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5 Celebrity Millennium Bahamas Cruise Reviews

Flew into Ft Lauderdale from Austin, TX and Virginia. Took a 29 dollar R/T shuttle to the port of Miami. First Suite, upgraded from Concierge, cool. No line to get onboard for Suites, onboard in 10 minutes. 9117 Suite- only issue, ... Read More
Flew into Ft Lauderdale from Austin, TX and Virginia. Took a 29 dollar R/T shuttle to the port of Miami. First Suite, upgraded from Concierge, cool. No line to get onboard for Suites, onboard in 10 minutes. 9117 Suite- only issue, large overhang from pool deck prevents sitting in the sun, always in the shade. Enjoyed butler servers, sparkling wine in room, fruit basket, daily delivery of afternoon tea, sweets and little sandwiches. Went to both shows, comedian Rondell Sheridan was very funny the first night, the Celebrity singers and dances did the boogie woogie/disco show night two. Dinner in MDR was great, Prime rib, crispy phyllo wrapped lamb shank. Outstanding dinner in the Olympic dinning room night two, Filet mignons in green pepper sauce an black truffle sauce amazing, Tender, tasty and about 2 1/2 inches thick, must have been about 12 ounces. Used repeat coupons for coffee drinks in the Olympic for free, awesome. Had a great piano player/singer at the Cova. Short cruise, but the ship remains beautiful, sailed in 2010 on 11 night Caribbean cruise. Problems-none, just wish we had ONE more day Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Background Info My wife, daughter and I have cruised extensively on Celebrity and on other cruise lines. We recently cruised on the Eclipse during Spring Break and had a wonderful time. My daughter is 13 years old and has been cruising ... Read More
Background Info My wife, daughter and I have cruised extensively on Celebrity and on other cruise lines. We recently cruised on the Eclipse during Spring Break and had a wonderful time. My daughter is 13 years old and has been cruising since she was a toddler. The fact that we live in Miami makes cruising very convenient. Travel to Port of Embarkation Since we live in Miami traveling to the port was a snap. I was able to work until 1:30, since I work in downtown Miami. My wife picked me up at the office and we were at the port in 5 minutes. Embarkation I dropped my wife, daughter and our luggage off at the terminal building and self parked our car. After walking back to the terminal we proceeded through security and "checked in". We were on board and sipping champagne in about 20 minutes. It was a "painless" embarkation with "no lines". No doubt this was a result of our late arrival to the terminal building. Since we are Captain's Club members and had booked a concierge cabin we had a special check in line. What surprised me though was that the regular check in line also had no wait. Sometimes a "late arrival" is a good thing. Ship The Millennium is a ship built in 2000. Based on several reviews on the boards I was concerned that the ship would be showing her age. We had recently cruised on the Eclipse and experienced a Solstice class vessel. That Eclipse cruise to date had been one of our favorites. In the past we had cruised on the Century, Galaxy and Mercury. All of these ships were well maintained and provided a great cruise experience. One thing that we have learned in our cruising is that a ship can be old, yet be well maintained and not show her age. The Millennium fits into this category. After getting settled in the cabin we began exploring the ship. We quickly discovered several public rooms that would become our favorites The Gova Cafe and the Martini Bar were active spots on board that always attracted a crowd. We did miss the ice bar top the Eclipse had in the Martini Bar though. I did notice that "Extreme" the Sports Bar did not open during our cruise. This was a really cool place that had large televisions and a ping pong table. It is a shame that the space was never used. Another space that we found difficult to access was the conservatory. Whenever we would try and visit the conservatory it was closed. On one of our sea days we were finally able to see it. What a peaceful and beautiful place. It is a shame that they are doing away with the Conservatory during the dry dock process when they "Solsticize" the ship in 2012. Michael's Club on the Millennium has entertainment and a crowd. On the Eclipse, Michael's Club was barely used. The retail shops on the Millennium were not impressive. The Eclipse has an amazing shopping area. I hope they renovate this area when the ship goes into dry dock in 2012. All in all, I found the public areas to be in fairly good shape considering the age of the ship. A dry dock in 2012 will definitely "spruce up" the ship. Cabin As soon as we boarded the ship we headed to our cabin to drop off our personal belongings. We were booked on a concierge cabin on deck 8. The cabin was located on the port side of the vessel and had a nice balcony. The size of the balcony on the Millennium seemed a bit smaller than that on the Eclipse. The cabin itself had plenty of storage space and an LCD TV. The cabin was nicely decorated and clean. The only remark that my daughter made was that the bedspread smelled old. The interactive feature of the television was not working on our cruise due to an upgrade that was being performed on the system. Entertainment and Activities We only attended one show during our cruise. The "Boogie Wonderland" show on the last night of the cruise was amazing. We truly enjoyed ourselves an thought it was better than some of the shows on the Eclipse. The calypso duo that played on the ship was also very good. We spent most of the days lounging by the pool and enjoying the sun. Chose not to participate in the activities on board the ship. Ports of Call The ports of call on our cruise were not known until the night before embarkation due to Hurricane Rina. As a result of the hurricane our ship could not visit Cozumel and instead spent a day in Nassau. Many passengers were disappointed, but all realized that it was inevitable due to the storm. During our stop in Nassau we chose to visit Atlantis. My 13 year old daughter wanted to do the water slides in Atlantis so we took a taxi to Paradise Island and paid the exorbitant fee to spend a day on their property. We all had a good time and my daughter especially enjoyed the experience. Key West was a port of call that was interesting to say the least. It turns out that we stopped in Key West during Fantasy Fest. Duval Street was closed due to a street festival that was going to take place at noon. There was a lot to experience during this brief six hour stop. Unfortunately, some of the experience was not suitable for young children. Several times I had to cover my daughter's eyes due to the sights that are a part of Fantasy Fest. We did choose to visit "Sloppy Joe's" and have a bit to eat before heading back to the ship. Dinning This is an area that Celebrity excels in. The preparation and presentation of the food on board the Millennium was what I had thought to expect on the ship. The food in the MDR was excellent. The only disappointment was what other reviewers had stated concerning the menu on the one formal night of the cruise. The menu on that night was average and did not contain any entrees that one would expect, such as lobster or filet Mignon. The Ocean Cafe food selections included everything that one would expect such as a pasta station, Tandoori station, Pizza and a Panini station. The breakfast buffet also provided the obligatory omelet station, as well as an assortment of hot side items such as corned beef hash, bacon and sausage. Service Our cabin steward was amazing. Shortly after sailing we still had not received two pieces of luggage. I called him and explained the situation. Within a few minutes he appeared at our door with both pieces. It seems that they were placed in front of another stateroom. During the cruise our cabin received regular turn down service and was kept spotless. We chose traditional late seating for our dinner service. Again we were fortunate to have a great waiter and assistant. We received prompt service every night and enjoyed the dinning experience. We heard from a few other passengers that they did not have great service. Summary The 4 night cruise was short, but an enjoyable vacation. The relaxing nature of the Celebrity cruise experience made it exactly what I needed--- a de-stresser. I would without a doubt do it again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Just returned from a 4 night cruise aboard Millennium. First of all we were supposed to do key west / cozumel. we ended up with key west and nassua due to hurricane rina. this in no way was celebritys fault but quite frankly had i known i ... Read More
Just returned from a 4 night cruise aboard Millennium. First of all we were supposed to do key west / cozumel. we ended up with key west and nassua due to hurricane rina. this in no way was celebritys fault but quite frankly had i known i was going to the bahamas i would have never booked. nassua quite frankly is the pits but just the same i suppose to avoid the weather its what had to be done. ill concentrate on the ship etc. since i did not like the ports but again that was in no way an issue for the cruise line it was weather. EMBARCATION was easy. showed up about 1130 am on board within 30 minutes. champagne welcome was very nice. first impression of the ship was clean, low key sophistication. ROOM was a 2B deluxe balcony room #9004. my one and only complaint about the entire cruise was the connecting door to the other room. may as well not even have been there. the couple next door were not at all respectful to there neighbors with loud noise and very loud tv. again compliments to the crew on this matter though. when we complained about the noise the room steward taped up the door and it was amazing the amount of noise this simple procedure cut out. kudos to the crew for this act. the room was clean , plenty of room, nice balcony. our balcony was under the overhang from deck 10 and it actually helped block some of the sun and rain and i had no issues with this location as far as noise. however on this deck further aft some rooms under the pool area and around the stairs i could see would have noise issues. FOOD- no issues with the food. ate in the dining room on formal night and one other night. service was efficient and food was well prepared. we did the select dining and i enjoyed not having a schedule for eating in the dining room. just show up and we were seated immediately, never a wait. the food in the ocean cafe was fine. plenty of variety for a 4 day cruise. the fish and chips were a great touch. im not a foodie so i wont spend lots of time on the food itself other than to say it was plentiful and nothing i had was bad. we ordered room service coffee / breakfast every morning and it was always hot and right on time. SPA-i actually won a spa treatment a mens haircut / facial and it was a great experience. Peter in the mens salon was great and he did a great job. the thalassotherapy pool was one of the best features of the ship. its no extra charge and i highly suggest a soaking in this wonderful pool. SHOWS-i was expecting shows along the caliber of a high school drama club. SURPRISE!! the shows were excellent. saw all the shows including the comedian and liked all three. no complaints at all. also for those interested when we boarded i went to guest services and asked if there were any bridge tours offered. we were put on the "list" and went on a super secret bridge tour. very interesting and if you just ask then they seem more than happy to get you on the tour. THE SHIP- clean, low key , understated. i did not notice anything about the ship that would have put me off. sure the ship has a few spots here and there that need repair but if you were at sea this long you would to. from what i saw nothing looked out of place or so torn and tattered that i even thought twice about it. i dont understand some of the other reviews talking about how bad a shape this ship is in... i didnt see that. overall the cruise was great. my one and only complaint is the bahamas , what a dump nassua is but again that was not a celebrity issue. cant do anything about the weather. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Our 4-day Millenium cruise was very enjoyable. I didn't expect much from a short cruise, and I'm happy to report this far exceeded expectations. Embarkation: We arrived at the Port of Miami on October 27 around 12:30pm and ... Read More
Our 4-day Millenium cruise was very enjoyable. I didn't expect much from a short cruise, and I'm happy to report this far exceeded expectations. Embarkation: We arrived at the Port of Miami on October 27 around 12:30pm and were aboard by 1:00pm, just in time to drop off our suitcase at our stateroom. Stateroom: We were in concierge class cabin, #9137 and found it to be clean and comfortable. It was a very good location, aft but closer to midship. Although there was a public area above us, we did not hear any noise at night. The complimentary hors dourves were not very good. The daily fruit was old and bruised. Our steward was... okay. Dining: Our waiter and assistant waiter in the main dining room, late seating, were excellent. The food was good, but not up to the quality and variety we've enjoyed on other Celebrity ships. We ate in the Olympic restaurant one night and it was by far the best ship specialty restaurant we've been in. The service was impeccable and the cuisine outstanding. We had lunch at the Aqua Cafe (so-so), the buffet (great variety and very clean) and at the pool grill (good hamburgers and hot dogs, but was not bussed well). We had breakfast delivered to the room, always prompt and preceded by a phone call. We also had club sandwiches from room service around 2:00am once. It was delivered quickly and tasted great. Bar Service: There were many negative comments on Cruise Critic boards about the bar service on Millenium. Well, someone must have been listening because we always had prompt, excellent service. (To be honest, though, we always added a dollar or two to the gratuity on the bill, so that may have helped.) Entertainment: The music around the ship was very good. We particularly liked going to the Rendezvous Lounge when the 4-piece band was playing. The a-capella group was very good, too, as was the singer in the Cova Cafe. I'm sorry I'm not sure of the names. The casino is large for a ship and extremely well run. Tables, craps and roulette were always busy. It was nice to see some $5 tables. Many casinos don't have those anymore. Bar service in the casino was excellent, too. Ports: The ship stopped in Key West during Fantasy Fest. It was a lot of fun seeing all the costumed (and costume-LESS!) people, but it certainly wasn't appropriate for children. The ship stopped in Nassau instead of Cozumel because of storm conditions. We've been to Nassau many times and did not get off the ship. Instead, we spent the time at the Thasso-whatever pool. Nice! Miscellaneous: The shops on board were very ordinary. We did not use the spa or fitness center. Overall, the best thing about this ship was the staff. It started at the top with the cruise and activities directors and filtered all the way down. Everyone smiling, welcoming and doing terrific jobs. If people did not enjoy themselves on this cruise... they just weren't trying! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Boarding the Millie was effortless and we found our cabin easily.Cozumel can canceled due to the hurricane and disappointed that Nassau was to be the replacement. We were happy Key West would still be a port so we could experience a taste ... Read More
Boarding the Millie was effortless and we found our cabin easily.Cozumel can canceled due to the hurricane and disappointed that Nassau was to be the replacement. We were happy Key West would still be a port so we could experience a taste of Fantasy Fest. After lunch with friends and exploring the ship, back to our cabin to unpack. Each time we got close to our cabin, we smelled a musty odor that never disappeared. For the first day, we smelled the same smell in our bathroom. Finally after getting very close to the shower curtain did we figure out the smell was coming fromthe curtain. But, it still had that same odor in the hallway. A quick call to passenger services with a request to have the curtain changed, and the smell did not come back in our bathroom. The dining room is lovely. Our table was in the middle of the room and we enjoyed view of the staircase. Unfortunately our waiter was less that polished. Venezia might have had a language barrier when communicating with us. What should have been a lovely dining experience became tedious each evening. Our assistant waiter was excellent. Our steward, Norma, was pleasant but found her average. She should have never allowed the shower curtain to remain in the bathroom since it was yellowed and had grease stains, too. Also, she was stingy with the bath lotion. Had to ask her to replenish. Plus we had to ask for our pillow menu. Maybe the staff is taught to make the bed with the top sheet put on sideways. When you got into bed, the sheet was tucked in on the left and right, but not at the bottom. So your toes kept playing with the end of the sheet. We've cruised on the Century twice and do prefer that ship to the Millie. We missed the martini bar and excellent dining room staff and food served. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Celebrity Millennium Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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