We tried a short cruise on the Millennium and this may be our last. Embarkation and disembarkation are the usual. Get on early, get a glass of champagne, limited choice lunch, wait for cabins to be cleaned. The bars were open and our drink package made the time pass quickly. Our cabin was nice and we enjoyed being on the deck 6 with an ocean view room. On Holland America we are almost 4 star Mariners and usually have a balcony. We wanted to try a short cruise with a lower cost cabin I liked that cabins that are located on higher decks. So what was the problem? Shows that are boring, and bar and dinning staff that were at odds with each other.
We were given a table in the second seating that was in a very bad location. It was a table for two as requested but in a major work area right by the entrance to the kitchen. This lead us to be a witness to the wine steward have it out with one of the waiters. They argued over who's job serving wine was. Not a pleasant environment.
The next day we went to the pool bar and the four guys behind the counter were having it out also. In their native language they were very hot. We got our drinks (after waiting a very long time) and left that area. The third night, once again wait staff were hot and having words. We got very tired of this. Our particular waiter and assistant treated us fine and kept apologizing for the table location.
The food was okay but as other reviews have stated - bland. I prefer Holland America selections for sure. I must also add that the ship layout is odd. It is very difficult to walk the pool deck. The indoor pool is just a big hot tub, you cannot swim in it. There were the usual pool chair hogs and also pool table hogs. The saving a tables for the entire day was new and I though rude rude rude.