Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by HVB: The Suite Life
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The Suite Life
We've had 2 fantastic prior sailings with Celebrity in Concierge class but for my husband's birthday I thought I'd surprise him with a suite. We LOVED it. Yes the Millennium is an older ship heading into dry dock and there was some minor rust on the outside but it did not detract from our cruise.
Embarkation was a breeze at the Miami terminal. We arrived around 11 AM and proceeded to the deck 6 line and were on the ship in about 4 minutes. A butler took our carry on bag and led us to Michael's club where champagne and snacks were there with Lionel, our Captain's Club host for the cruise. It was nice to have a quiet place to stay while waiting for our rooms. We had lunch at the buffet until 1 PM where they let us into our rooms.
The Royal suite was even larger than I anticipated, as was the balcony. We were invited to a helipad embarkation party when we set sail, which was a perk of getting a suite, as were the Elite coupons we were given for things like free More internet, laundry, dry cleaning, and match play, among others.
Our luggage arrived without delay and we unpacked with plenty of room to spare! Our butler, Jose, was terrific and reliable. We put him to work between breakfast, coffee, room service, and he even got the head chef to sign the cookbook we bought. His service was impeccable.
The linens in the room were terrific, the bed was very comfortable. I loved having two sinks to get ready with. We used the hot tub on the balcony which fit 2 people rather uncomfortably but we thought it was just fine. We also used the indoor jacuzzi in the room as well, which was a nice treat since the spring breakers had taken over the Thalassotherapy pool and I wanted some tranquility.
It was nice to have full size lounge chairs to lay out on the balcony as the pool was packed.
The highlight of our cruise would be being invited to dine at the Captain's table on formal night which was beyond words. Lionel was perfect in his position as Captain's Club host. He handled everyone very well and was simply delightful.
We went golfing in Jamaica, having signed up for the White Witch course, but our excursion was cancelled. My husband went to the shore excursion desk where a nice lady working there said that the ship's doctor plays there often and introduced him to the doctor who called the golf course and made arrangements for us to play there after all! It rained but we enjoyed our round of golf. We did not shop much at the port or on board for that matter.
In Grand Cayman we rented a car and drove on the left side of the road up to the botanical gardens by ourselves, which was a nice diversion. We did not do much shopping here either.
We did not attend any of the nightly shows, although I heard they were good.
We ate every night in The Olympic specialty dining. It too, was beyond words. Something happened with our assigned table for 2 in the MDR and the Maitre' D came to see us in the Olympic to explain he moved us to the other side. We then ate with the Captain on Formal night and then on the third night we went to our table and sat there but no one came by. Finally we received bread and water and the wine steward wanted to take our wine order but we had not spoken with a waiter about what to eat, so we asked for a waiter and none arrived. We finally left after 25 minutes and went back to the Olympic where they apologized profusely and made us a special birthday dinner for my husband. We ate there every other night. The servers there were so attentive, funny, and the food was amazing. It is well worth the supplement. The head Maitre' D came down from the MDR to apologize for our lack of service upstairs. It seems we were sent to the space where the people on the flexible seating plan sit so there is no set team of people to take care of you. One thing we love about cruising is the same set of people each night and we definitely got that in the Speciality Dining. Towards the end of the cruise, they were making us whatever they thought we would like, food off the menu, and it was all delicious. Very special.
We enjoyed nightly cocktails in the Cova Cafe listening to Kevin Hall on piano and vocals and John Winters on guitar and vocals, they were both exceptional. I look forward to the next one! Less
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