Bigger is not always better!: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by margar

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Bigger is not always better!

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Bigger is not always better! The Millennium is the perfect size - not too big and not too small. Have cruised on the Solstice class ships (Eclipse & Solstice) and enjoyed those very much and was afraid that the Millennium class ship size would "feel" crowded due to its smaller size. My fears were unfounded! I actually personally enjoyed that there were fewer people on the ship than the Solstice class size. There were lots of place to find your own personal space. Never felt crowded at all - except for the buffet lines. Do wish it were set up like the Solstice class ships, as it would be easier to find the food stations. But at least there were always plenty of tables in the buffet on the Milli. Never had a problem finding somewhere to eat.

The Millennium is a beautiful, classic gal. I almost think Celebrity should leave her as she is and not "solstisize" her. But hopefully once they have taken her out of dry dock she will be even better than she was before she went More in.

We were on a five night cruise to Cozumel and Roatan - which was not long enough. We wanted to stay for 5 more nights! Ship was lovely and was in excellent condition.

The staff on the Millennium was exceptionally pleasant and professional. Actually, I found the staff on board to be much more friendly than the staff on the Solstice or the Eclipse. And I found the Officers on the Milli to be much more engaging than either of the Solstice class ships that we have sailed. Every single time an Offer passed by us, they always said hello. As did the staff. They were always very pleasant and very friendly. And had a smile on their faces too! Not sure why.... other than possibly less passengers on board so maybe not as hectic for the officers or staff???

Our cabin was a fabulous place to relax and chill out. Huge balcony and it was an aft corner balcony to boot. Beautiful views of the relaxing wake! Many hours were spent enjoying the sea air on that fabulous piece of Millennium real estate! Cabin was very quite too.

Food in the MDR was very good. Service was excellent. Our assistant waiter (Fernando??) and wine steward were fabulous! We were in Select Dining (dine at your choice of times) and enjoyed the freedom that provides in when you want to eat. No complaints about the MDR. Everyone on the Milli tried hard to please!

My favorite place to relax was the Thalassotherapy pool! I love that pool! Wonderful pool and it is an absolute shame that they do not have this T-Pool on any of the Solstice class ships. As that is one of THE best places to relax and feel all your muscles un-kink!

Enjoyed the two ports of call - especially Roatan. Went to Maya Key which was a lovely relaxing way to spend the day. Didn't realize it when we booked the ship's excursion that Maya Key is a wildlife sanctuary. The excursion included a very interesting guided tour of the grounds (1 hour in length), Mayan culture museum, wonderful lunch buffet, sandy beach area with snorkel area and also a beautiful pool area. Highly recommend this ship excursion.

Entertainment was excellent. Enjoyed the shows. Especially enjoyed the comedian that was there on the last evening. Rondell Sheridan (I think??) was his name and he was REALLY very funny!! Don't miss him if he is on your sailing! Also you will be amazed at the Cruise Director's voice! She is from Australia (cannot remember her name) but she has an amazing voice!

I would gladly sail on the Milli again in the future and look forward to doing so one day again soon. She is a beautiful gal who will hopefully only be better once Celebrity has solsticized her. Less

Published 02/25/12

Cabin review: FV8166 Family Ocean View with Balcony

Excellent cabin. Family Veranda stateroom with a corner aft balcony. The cabin was huge with a separate sleeping and sitting area. Tons of closet space and drawers. The balcony was huge!!! It was fabulous! We were on deck 8 aft so the aft lounge / dining area was two decks above us. We enjoyed this because the steel drum musicians would play there about 2 times a day and we could hear them from our balcony. PLEASE NOTE: Now some people MIGHT not like that, so be aware that you will definitely hear music from the aft upstairs lounge area that is at the back of the ship / buffet area.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Cozumel is Cozumel. My favorite thing about this port is the incredibly intense blue color of the water! It is beautiful! Unfortunately on this trip we chose the wrong beach. We did not want wall to wall people and noise and that was what we got when we chose to take a taxi to San Francisco beach. It was way too loud and busy for our tastes! Lots of music, wall to wall (rows and rows) of beach loungers on top of each other, and lots and lots of people. And did I mention incredibly annoying beach vendors that walk up and down the beach hawking trinkets, hair braiding, massages, etc...... So we took a short walk to the down the beach to where only three people were laying on their beach towels on the sand. It was nice and quiet there! So that is where we spend an hour or so on the beach. San Francisco Beach is right next to the Paradise Beach Club. And they are basically one and the same. If you want lots of action, water toys, jet skis, music, beer, etc. Than either of these beach clubs would be great for you. If you want peace and quiet and relaxing beach time - be sure to go somewhere else. As you will not find it here.
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Enjoyed Roatan and would love to go back again. Went to Maya Key which was a lovely relaxing way to spend the day. Maya Key is a wildlife sanctuary. The excursion included a very interesting guided tour of the grounds (1 hour in length), Mayan culture museum, wonderful lunch buffet, sandy beach area with snorkel area and also a beautiful pool area. Highly recommend this ship excursion. Also it is only a very short 5 minute ferry ride from the ship to the key that is across the way from where the ship is docked. Just be sure and bring bug spray as the bugs are terrible! We did get lots of itchy bites as we forgot the bug spray!!
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