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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
After reading so many negative reviews about the Tired looking Millenium we did not have high expectations boarding. However embarkation was swift and we were immediatly invited to have lunch in the dining room waiting for luggage and room ... Read More
After reading so many negative reviews about the Tired looking Millenium we did not have high expectations boarding. However embarkation was swift and we were immediatly invited to have lunch in the dining room waiting for luggage and room to be ready. Yes the ship does need upgrading however the food, staff and layout of the ship far exceeded our expectations. We did not run into 1 bad experience and we would say that the entertainment of this 14 day adventure was consistently top notch with standing ovations more that once.Our dining room wait staff Gayhnor, Bundhoo and Menhir were the best and made every night special. Dee Dee in the Rendevous-vous lounge was amazing creating special drinks based on your liquor preference. The on board music was diverse and greatly enjoyed. This was a great way to see Asia and ports of call were diverse and interesting although a bit far from the sites but we were prepared for this. The only negative was the # of people coughing onboard which could be from the pollution in the area and/ air quality system on ship. Overall a great adventure and would do it all over again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our second cruise with Celebrity (the first was New Zealand and Australia). The idea of this cruise was introduce wife and kids (Girl 13, Boy 15) to Asia while retaining the comfort of the cruise ship. Object was achieved and ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Celebrity (the first was New Zealand and Australia). The idea of this cruise was introduce wife and kids (Girl 13, Boy 15) to Asia while retaining the comfort of the cruise ship. Object was achieved and some lessons learnt along the way. We had connecting rooms but could have had a family room without much impact. Recommendations: 1. If you can get on-board internet as part of the booking bundle do it for the kids only. The kids used it a lot. It wasn't always the best but kept them connected. Our only gave them one device at a time but that was enough and gave us a way to look things up when needed. 2. Only do ship planned trips if you don't have a lot of time in port. We only did one on a day which were departing at 5pm. Doing a ship tour means sharing the experience with a lot of people. That "experience" can also mean that you are sharing a single toilet with two bus loads of passengers. This slows the process down and usually means that not all of the planned activities are completed. 3. Where you can, do research and plan your own on-shore excursions. When in doubt just organise a car for the day. Very reasonable in Thailand and Vietnam. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the taxi network works well and they both have an amazing public transport system. Just pick a couple of sights that you want to see and lock in an agenda that works for your family. We did one excursion in Thailand with a couple from Canada which meant there was six of us in a mini bus with your own driver. Worked great. The trick is to book in a price before getting port, which is why the kids wifi helped so much. 4. Where you can book something before you travel independently. We booked an excursion from this company below and it was our highlight in Vietnam. http://besttoursinvungtau.weebly.com 5. Encourage the kids to get involved in the kids club. On Celebrity there aren't as many kids but that actually works well as they form a small but tight group. Usually we didn't see the kids for lunch and about 50% of dinners. The kids love the buffet whist we enjoyed the Main Restaurant. 6. Local currency. Do change currency for any port that you are visiting. Don't expect that the local ATMs will work as more often than not, they don't. At the end of the trip and if you are not planning on returning, tip the cruise staff in the left over currency. Hope that helps. Enjoy Asia, my family did. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our second cruise, Hong-Kong Vietnam Thailand Singapore. This was also a good cruise. The nightly entertainment was first class. The sing and dance musicals could not be beaten by anything on the London stage. We dined in the ... Read More
This was our second cruise, Hong-Kong Vietnam Thailand Singapore. This was also a good cruise. The nightly entertainment was first class. The sing and dance musicals could not be beaten by anything on the London stage. We dined in the main dining room and the food was good, with some adventurous dishes for variety. Captain Alex and his crew made every effort to meet and entertain guests. We were invited to tour the kitchen which were vast and spotlessly clean We were in concierge class. An upgrade when we booked. The cabin was comfortable and like everywhere spotlessly clean. Next time we'll be more careful to choose the side of the ship where we could observe arrivals. Our steward was first class We are booked to go on another Celebrity cruise next January around South America. My only negative comment is that the cocktails in the standard drinks package appeared to be be very weak. The martinis, which had to be paid for separately were much stronger. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I wanted to go to Hong Kong, been to Vietnam before and Singapore,I wanted to return, the cruise it self was 5 star, all the way, we also receive an upgrade to a balcony, which was brilliant, the staff was amazing, the young girl in the ... Read More
I wanted to go to Hong Kong, been to Vietnam before and Singapore,I wanted to return, the cruise it self was 5 star, all the way, we also receive an upgrade to a balcony, which was brilliant, the staff was amazing, the young girl in the coffee shop Victoria, was a delight, always knew what I wanted, thenon,y down side was the weather, it was so cold, but the amenities on board was great, would I go with celebrity again yes I would, thanks for a brilliant holiday, The excursions was very well priced, and enjoyed them all, Food was just amazing to much choice Entertainment was good always something going on, Embarkation and disembarkation was all good. The captains announcement was something to look forward to he always had a bit of humour, like keeping the ship upright. Can’t wait to to travel with you again in the very near future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My husband is from Hong Kong and we visit all the time. This time I wanted to go somewhere and not just stay there for 3 weeks. We found this cruise and we booked kind of last minute and got a great deal on an Inside Stateroom. Loved ... Read More
My husband is from Hong Kong and we visit all the time. This time I wanted to go somewhere and not just stay there for 3 weeks. We found this cruise and we booked kind of last minute and got a great deal on an Inside Stateroom. Loved the itinerary and chose this cruise over Princess because of the overnight stays and fewer ports. Plus we had sailed Celebrity before and was impressed by the higher quality than RCCL. Once booked I did a lot of research. Was surprised by the number of negative reviews about the Millie being old and rundown. And also that the food was not up to Celebrity's normal standard. Well I totally disagree. We had a GREAT CRUISE. Embarkation in Hong Kong was fast and easy. We arrived at 11am and got to board about 5 minutes after completing a very fast check-in. We headed to the buffet for lunch and then they announced around 1pm that all cabins were ready. The food was excellent. Choices were wonderful in the MDR and our wonderful waiter would advise when something wasn't to his standard and suggest something else. He was always spot on. After dinner we would always drop by the buffet to see if there was anything there we missed. The night the waiter said not to order the lamb, we found amazing lamb chops at the aft grill. We also had Select Dining which meant we could go whenever we wanted to between 5:30-9:30pm. We never had to wait plus we always got a table for two. Yes there were two tables right next to each other. Very close but you could choose to have a conversation with them or not. We met some very lovely people this way. We had an inside cabin on Deck 2 Forward. I usually get sea sick but this was fine for both motion and noise. Everything we wanted was either on Deck 4 or Deck 10 and we easily used the three sets of elevators (Aft, Mid and Forward). (Note: We normally always walk the stairs on cruise but I had just had knee surgery and couldn't walk very far without a cane. And the Millennium is a very long ship. Seemed that way. :) I can't comment on the entertainment as we didn't go to one nightly show. I did attend two talks and they were very informative. I LOVED that the Millie had a Solarium with a heated swimming pool. This was awesome because Hong Kong, Halong Bay & Chan May were cold. I think future cruises should always have this too. Only negative was that some people can't read. Family times was only between 3pm-7pm and kids can only go in the pool IF they are toilet trained; not with swim diapers. Our CC Roll Call for this cruise was large. 89 people I believe and we had a fabulous turnout for the CC Meet & Greet where we met the Captain himself plus other top staff. This was our chance to meet all the wonderful people on our Roll Call who had set up private shore excursions; me included. Thanks to John (Snowy Boy) from the UK who did an amazing job creating a spreadsheet to keep track of everything. As others have said before; the staff and service provided on the Millennium is top rated. Our cabin steward Edi was amazing. I'm not even sure how he sometimes cleaned our cabin when we were only gone for a short time. Also even though we were on Select Dining as I mentioned before; we were usually at table 101-106 which were always serviced by our waiter whose name I can't remember (sorry) and our assistant waiter Sumit. We did lunch in the MDR a few times and only on one day we had a waiter that was not very friendly OR efficient but he was the only one we had anything negative to say about. So glad we didn't have him for dinner. Shout out to Elana the MDR hostess. She always remembered our table preference and sat us in the same section. Shore excursions: Only did one with X and that was the Hoi An on your own. Only did it because we were only in port for one day and the ride was over 1.5 hours each way and we didn't want to miss the boat. Our tour of Halong Bay was a Roll Call excursion set-up by John. Whereas the ship piles on the people; our junk was cut-off at 16 people. We had a longer trip plus a fabulous seafood lunch on the boat for less money than X's excursion. Plus one person I spoke to said they had 38 people on their boat and NO lunch. And it cost more. For Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), we walked outside the port gates and ran into 4 people we had met the previous day at breakfast. We asked if we could join them and off we went for 8 hrs for just $30 US/person. Even had another couple join us and then found out once we started driving that they weren't even on the Millennium. They were on the Sapphire Princess which sailed an hour before us. No problem though and we got them back in plenty of time. For Thailand we didn't want to go to Bangkok so I had arranged a van that could hold 10 people and opened it up to our Roll Call. Ended up with 3 other couples; surprisingly all fellow Canadians. We split the cost among the 8 of us and it was just $13 per person for a return trip. We had a transfer only to Pattaya where we then did our own thing. They all followed me on a ferry over to Ko Larn (a small island about 35 minutes away) that had much better beaches . In this port they charged us a few dollars more to get inside the gates and we gladly paid it as it would have been a long walk otherwise. On the second days at both Halong Bay/Hanoi and Bangkok, we stayed on the ship when it was noticeably much quieter. Both times we spent the whole day (10+ hrs) in the Solarium on a nice L-shaped couch. Lunch those days were buffets. The heathy spa buffet for my husband and the burger & fries buffet on the other side of the outdoor pool for me. Loved the overnight in Singapore but also booked an extra night at a great hotel just around the corner from Chinatown. We bought the tourist EZ Pass for "unlimited rides" on the buses and MRT for just $30 for 3 days. Also took the MRT to the airport and turned in the card for a $10 refund. Definitely worth the $20. (Tip: Can only buy a certain stations and stupidly IMHO not at the Marina South Pier station which is right next to the cruise terminal.) This was a great cruise and we got it for such a steal. Talked to a sales rep about booking a future cruise but the cost for an inside cabin was 3x what we paid for this one so we passed. We still want to do another cruise in 2019 to celebrate our 25th anniversary but will keep looking for a similar sale. Not restricted to just Celebrity either. This is a great way to get a small taste of Vietnam and Thailand but the big cities are very far away (2-4 hrs ONE WAY). We didn't do Hanoi or Bangkok and were okay with that. For others it made for some extremely long days. Disembarkation in Singapore was easy. We were staying overnight so didn't need to rush off the ship. We said we could leave in the last group at 10am. We were given a 9:45am time slot but ended up being called a 9:15am. Walked right off and immigration and customs was easy. (Maybe because I had my cane and they sent us to special lines.) I highly recommend the Celebrity Millennium and even this cruise if you've never been to Asia before. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Southeast Asia Itinerary and wanted a southern climate in winter, so we chose this cruise. Minus the problems with the air and arriving in a rainy Hong Kong a day late (the night before the cruise), we had a wonderful time. Celebrity did ... Read More
Southeast Asia Itinerary and wanted a southern climate in winter, so we chose this cruise. Minus the problems with the air and arriving in a rainy Hong Kong a day late (the night before the cruise), we had a wonderful time. Celebrity did exactly what it promised. Ship provided exceptional entertainment and food. Cabins were big and roomy, and our oceanview had a huge window. The ports were wonderful. Each one so different from the next. We did a private tour of Halong Bay (Asia Expeditions--perfect), but did On Your Own Buses to the cities through the cruise lines. All worked well, but be aware. All the Vietnam ports and Thailand are at industrial ports with nothing to see without lengthy transportation (2 hours) into the cities. Be ready for long-ish rides. We did not hit warm and sunny weather until Thailand, but, then, Singapore was great and very warm as well.Be sure to overnight in Bangkok and Hanoi--you cannot see the cities in a day. In fact, I would have liked an extra day for Ho Chi Minh and Bangkok--just not enough time. Felt piecemealed. All in all trip couldn't be better--minus the air being redirected to Anchorage for a mental health case and sleeping on the floor of the Narita Airport due to a snowstorm--but we survived, and it was truly a trip of a lifetime. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
All the important aspects of this cruise on the Millennium (Hong Kong to Singapore) were excellent. Our stateroom service was flawless. Our dining room waiter, his assistant and the wine stewart were very, very good. The bar service was ... Read More
All the important aspects of this cruise on the Millennium (Hong Kong to Singapore) were excellent. Our stateroom service was flawless. Our dining room waiter, his assistant and the wine stewart were very, very good. The bar service was great. And the contemporary sculptures and art photos on display throughout the ship elevated the "tone" of the ship. Also, the process of embarking and disembarking at the various ports was smooth. There is only one "nit" we would like to pick-- and we mention it here because we know the Celebrity staff reads these reviews closely-- and that is that the sound system for the ensemble entertainment (dancers, singers), and even for the gentleman previewing the highlights of each port, was WAY TOO LOUD. Again, WAY TOO LOUD. We mentioned this to the sound guy after one of the performances, and while he thanked us politely for our feedback, it didn't seem to change things with any consistency through the rest of the cruise. We ended up having to dig out our ear plugs from our flight bags in order to be able just to sit through the shows in the Millennium Theatre. Without them, the volume was just painful. We talked to a number of our fellow cruisers and they agreed. We know from long experience with over-hyped PA systems on bus tours, that while people automatically complain when the sound is too low, they almost never complain when it's too loud. They just endure it. Well, we do complain. It is unfortunate, but this was the only bad spot in an otherwise flawless cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
The Good: Best food I have ever had on a cruise. The cafe buffet was always excellent, wide range of foods and flavors. I dont normally go for the specialty dining, however we did try the Quisine restaurant and where blown away by the ... Read More
The Good: Best food I have ever had on a cruise. The cafe buffet was always excellent, wide range of foods and flavors. I dont normally go for the specialty dining, however we did try the Quisine restaurant and where blown away by the food. Simply A class. We had a porthole room on the port side. Room was large with good storage, well maintained and very well cleaned by the room service team. We had a second room for the kdis. Our eldest loved the X club and made a bunch of good friends there, our youngest, (11) was one year to young for X club and was in the younger kids version. He didnt really like it as much, but I think just wanted to be in the "cool" elder kids room. My only complaint on the trip was the port in Vientnam which was an industrial port two hours away from Danang. Simply put it was to far away to do port tours, and no local attractions. Any of the port tours would have meant a two hour each way trip, to far, to long, to boring. You will also get a lot of pressure to buy the drinks packages, unless you are a really heavy drinker they are just not worth the money. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
The crew was excellent. I don’t know why Celebrity has not refurbished this small dark and dingy ship when they boast new Solstace class ships. Buffet was inedible, crowded, heavy sauces and u health selections. Main dining room ... Read More
The crew was excellent. I don’t know why Celebrity has not refurbished this small dark and dingy ship when they boast new Solstace class ships. Buffet was inedible, crowded, heavy sauces and u health selections. Main dining room alway served dry over cooked meals. Specialty ding was very good at $90 per couple extra.msnows were very good. Group (bus) tours close to awful. We chose to switch to private tours at great expense. Rooms small, few outlets, ship should be retire. Don’t get lured by price. This ship is a dog. Crew make it palatable. Quinine, Tuscany and Sushi restaurants are good but cost $45 per person. Given the lousy food it was worth the extra expense. si cje we switched to private tours and specialty dining. The spa was very good at high prices. We sailed Celberity several times on newer ships. This ship needs to be scuttled. Bad for their image. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We choose this as our first cruise as we wanted to visit the destinations provided. The cruise met and probably exceeded our expectation The staff on board the ship were all top class in their customer service irrespective of where we were ... Read More
We choose this as our first cruise as we wanted to visit the destinations provided. The cruise met and probably exceeded our expectation The staff on board the ship were all top class in their customer service irrespective of where we were in the ship. Our cabin 6144 was in a great location and was very comfortable with no outer noise whatsoever. The cabin service was above first class and deserves a special mention. Dining experience again was first class from the a la carte to the speciality restaurants. We enjoyed them all again with great service. Entertainment was varied throughout and all musicians were well accomplished. The resident band were first class and engaged with the audience.Please let them know. If there was a negative and we have both agreed it was the distance of some of the ports to the excursion destination. We did feel on a number of occasions that this time was wasted and would have welcomed more time at the destination. 3 hrs each way is excessive and not down to traffic. Read Less
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