We are cruising since almost 10 years and take at least 2 cruises per year. So far we have tried Oceania Cruises (Marina-PH2 Suites), HAL (Koningsdam-Vista Suite), MSC (Aurea Suites) and TUI Cruises (Junior and Captain Suites) on ... Read More
We are cruising since almost 10 years and take at least 2 cruises per year. So far we have tried Oceania Cruises (Marina-PH2 Suites), HAL (Koningsdam-Vista Suite), MSC (Aurea Suites) and TUI Cruises (Junior and Captain Suites) on several occasions. This has been our first cruise with Celebrity Cruises and we have been very insecure prior starting our vacation due to so many negative reviews here.
We have received a very good offer with all 4 „perks“ included (all inclusive premium drinks package, pre-paid gratuities, unlimited internet access for 2 and a shipboard credit of USD 300,-/cabin) and decided to try Celebrity as we wanted always to discover South East Asia…
After all we would state, that this cruise has been by far the best „suite life“-experience we have enjoyed so far on a cruise ship. We always have been treated like king and queen from any staff member on board (No matter of cabin category you have been booked in!). They all work so hard every single day and still have a smile on their lips…
Despite the MILLENNIUM is an old ship (the oldest within the fleet of Celebrtity Cruises) she is still very nice and very very clean. Despite several refits there are still some occasional signs of aging, but the ship is still very well looked after. The signs of age are mostly shown in cabins (bathrooms, furnishings, balcony railings) and in SOLARIUM/ Persian Garden area where there are some new and very pretty lounge furnishing, but the covered pool has plenty of rust spots and the glass dome seemed very old and not cleaned for a longer time. The sauna area is not up to date, the Persian Garden is inside without any window… Restaurants, bars and public areas in general are stil very nice.
Do not let this minor unperfections spoil your vacation! Even on newer ships like MS Marina (Oceania cruises) and MS Koningsdam (HAL) there are several rust spots… Even in our home not everything is perfect!
Dining has been one of the highlights of our cruise on one side and the cabin and the itinerary/ ports of call itself on the other side.
As suite guests we have been allowed to dine at the LUMINAE Suite class restaurant, which has been open on each day for breakfast and dinner and on seadays also for lunch. The restaurant is very elegant (furnishings seem the same on all Luminae-Restaurants fleetwide). The Menu has a very limited choise of 4 appetizers, 4 entrees and 3-4 desserts, but you can choose as many courses (including entrees) as you would like to and in the event of missing anything you can order a la minute and they will make their best efforts to refill your wish. You can also order any course from the Main Dining Room (MDR)/ Metropolitan Menu. The quality of food has been extraordinary and offered a wide choise of meat, fish and vegetarian foods. We are foodies and really liked the cuisine. In our opinion the LUMINAE restaurant stands above even the specialty restaurants on Oceania Cruises and even Pinnacle Grill on HAL. We have even got one of the best soufflés so far on a cruise ship. The wine list has been quite large and we could enjoy or favourite wines: Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Riesling (for white) and Burgundy and Bordeaux (for red ones).
Our another favorite venue has been the CAFE AL BACCO AND GELATERIA with the fresh italian coffee and small suite delights (complimentary if you order a drink) in the early morning and afternoons.
The AQUA SPA CAFE has offered a good choise of heathly food, breads and fresh juices and smoothies.
On 2 nights we have tried the QSINE and have found the food to be quite good, but the focus has been mainly on the different/ unconventional kind of presentation. Our favorite dish has been the Mediterian delights (thought too big portion). The waitress GORDANA from Macedonia has been a real treasure and provided a merorable service.
One night we ate at TUSCAN GRILLE, but neither the food nor the provided service met expectations, so we have cancelled the pre-booked second visit (Celebrity have refunded payment immediately!).
As suite guests we had complimentary access to MICHAEL´S CLUB LOUNGE with the concierge service desk (Rhiannon Lewis has been so helpfull on several ocasions) and the afternoon High Tea Service on each day.
We have never ate at the self-service OCEANVIEW CAFE & GRILL, so can not make any comment on this venue. The open air terrace at the back seemed quite nice however…
On this cruise we have booked a CELEBRITY SUITE (CS 6104) on deck 6. The cabin has offered a great location midst of the ship without any noise disturbances from other cabins (sometimes we could hear the neighbours from the sky suite beside banging the wardrobe shelfs in and out). This cabin type is a real suite, as you have a large separate living room with large dining area, entrance hall and a separate bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. While the living room is very bright with the large window front going around the entire living room front, the bedroom is complitely dark as laying inside. For us this was perfect, as we are very light sleepers and enjoyed to have a complitely dark bedroom. The dining table has been large enough for up to 4 people and we have regulary enjoyed our breakfast in the suite. The biggest disappointment with the room was however the bathroom. Comparing to the rooms size and layout this seems quite small and old. The height/ entrance in to the bath is quite high and very difficult for ederly people, this becase a real issue… Also there is no socket/ electricity layout in order to connect an electrical device/ toothbrush etc. We had to order an extendable cable which has been provided immediately.
The furniture itself is old and needs replacement, but still good in shape and clean. The balcony infront of the living room is quite narrow, but of good size with 2 chairs, a food step and a small table.
As mentioned previously we have been very satisfied with all crew members on board! They all made our holidays to become a great experience and we can only confirm Captain´s Leo words: we have welcomed you as foreigners, but will say good bye to you as good friends. Our maitre in Luminae NATASHA from Macedonia has been a great person and soo freiendly, as well MILLA (somellier) and all the waiters… After few nights they all knew our Names, prerefed table and drinks… We could not await it to return every evening to our restaurant…Our butler RAMIR has been the best we had so far on a sea and has been so helpfull on any occasion. One day we have decided to carry out a party in our suite for some other fellow passagners who became friends on board and Rhiannon (concierge) and our butler have beed so great of providing some canapes, sweets and drinks for all 12 people! This service has been for free! Thank you! Our suite manager Denny Flores and his spanish collegue from Alicante (sorry forgot her name) have been also very helpfull after an issue with the bathroom access and have even done a very nice poresent for our next cruise with Celebrity. The guest Relations Manager ALANA from South Africa has even refunded us the costs for our private visas in Vietnam (more than USD 175,-), as this has been caused due to wrong informations from their sale office/ representatives in Austria/ Germany. Our suite attendant has kept the suite always tidy and clean.
The cruise line show productions have been almost all good and we have especially enjoyed their guest entertainers on board, especially the young singer lady from Jamaica who is living in Japan and as best the Celebritys exsclusive british signer lady JAYNE CURRY with her great voice(not many songs but all of them san great!) and british humor!
The fitness room is surprisingly big and offers a large number of fitness equipment in some hours the room could become quite croudy, but in general you could always make a good workout.
The PERSIAN GARDEN area is quite dark, as laying inside; we found the sauna and changing rooms and showers to be quite old and the SOLARIUM covered pool need some attention.
The sunloungers at the Solarium are quite new and comfy. Celebrity shall refit this area when ship is in dry dock next time.
As on every cruise line all offered ship excursions are quite expensive, so we have done all of them on our own. The airplane scenic flight in Halong Bay was just 1/3 of the price we have been asking from the cruise line for example!
We can recommend the MILLENNIUM SHIP to any cruisers looking for a cruise in style with superb food and great service provided from any crew member!
We definitely consider cruising again with Celebrity on one of their Millennium Class ships and for sure with the bigger Solstice-Class ones.
According to the infos provided on bord all ships fleetwide will undergo a totally refurbishment by the end of 2020 in order to bring them all to tho the new EDGE-Class level… Read Less