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 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.