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2 Celebrity Millennium Trans-Ocean Cruise Reviews

This was a relocation cruise from Singapore to Sydney. The ship we sailed on "Celebrity Millennium" was in need of some major renovations. There were holes covered by carpet on one of the decks and people actually suffered ... Read More
This was a relocation cruise from Singapore to Sydney. The ship we sailed on "Celebrity Millennium" was in need of some major renovations. There were holes covered by carpet on one of the decks and people actually suffered falls. I had a balcony room on deck 9 and the view was fantastic, once I could get the balcony door open. This ship is due to go in to dry dock once it reaches Vancouver, but from what I hear only for a basic refit. The staff on the ship were fantastic and could not do enough to help you. The cabins were of average size, like most of the ships I have been on and the most important clean. The dining room staff were also fantastic, but the menus were boring and the symbols that they use to state if the food is vegetarian or lactose free etc. were not very good. I was looking for the lactose free symbols and when I found them, many of the descriptions of the food contained cream or cheese in the ingredients. So much for lactose free. In the bistro, it is the first ship that I have been on that has closed the bistro more times than it seemed to be open. Yes they cleaned it well, but you were always waiting for it to open so that you could get something to eat and the afternoon tea time was at 4pm, much too late if you were on the early sitting for dinner, so you missed out. The entertainment on this ship was very good. Some was exceptionally good. This is of course only my opinion and everyone has different opinions and like different things when it comes to entertainment. So overall they did a fantastic job. The ports that they travelled to were okay, but they cancelled the one that I most wanted to go to just before we sailed. I feel that they should have given people the option of cancelling if that was there preference. Embarkation and disembarkation was very well done and with no hassles. Not like some ships where the line is so long and you stand in them for hours. This only took a few minutes and they had you processed and on to the ship. Overall this was a wonderful time spent with friends sailing to Australia; Celebrity Cruises just needs to review some of their practices. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The main reason for taking this cruise was to get from Singapore to Cairns, Australia and Celebrity Millennium was the only ship that fitted the bill regarding ports and timing. A week prior to joining the ship in Singapore we were ... Read More
The main reason for taking this cruise was to get from Singapore to Cairns, Australia and Celebrity Millennium was the only ship that fitted the bill regarding ports and timing. A week prior to joining the ship in Singapore we were advised by our booking agent that the scheduled stop at Bali had been cancelled due to security concerns. We were naturally disappointed but firmly believe that passenger safety is paramount and this decision was for our benefit. (Not so impressed when passengers who were due to join in Bali and who then had to fly to Darwin to join the ship reported that a number of cruise ships had stopped at Bali at the time Celebrity Millennium was supposed to have been there, including a Royal Carabbean vessel! - the sister company to Celebrity!!). We were very happy with the Celebrity Millennium. The accommodation was clean, functional and comfortable. This included our cabin, restaurants, theatre and public areas. We ate in the Millenium restaurant, sharing a table of eight people who were all great company. The food was good with an interesting and tasty variety of dishes being offered each day. Restaurant and wine service was also of a high standard. The entertainment in the theatre was great with a variety of performers of very high standard - singers, comedians, musicians and jugglers to name a few. Shipboard safety procedures were carried out according to International Maritime requirements. (However, I noticed that the port propeller on No 9 lifeboat was secured by a nut with no locking device and which was only on by a couple of threads! In case your are wondering, I do have a photo of this prop) Regarding the vessel I have no real complaints at all. However - there is always something - the thing that really annoyed me was the gratuity arrangements. At the start of the trip I opted out of the automatic gratuity system. I believe that tips are given if service provided warrants it and not as a foregone formality. My wife and I had decided to tip our stewards and waiting staff directly and this is what we did. I was extremely unimpressed however when our steward presented us with envelopes upon which was written how much we supposed to tip them together with an official note stating that as we had opted out of the automatic gratuity payments we were expected to tip the stewards by the amounts stated. To my wife and I, this system where gratuities are not only expected but demanded, stinks! This system causes me further displeasure where drinks are concerned. Alcoholic drinks are altogether very expensive and this is further compounded by an additional 18% automatic gratuity being added. A bottle of water placed in our cabin - not even chilled - cost $5.50 plus 18% gratuity. A similar bottle of water could be bought ashore in Australia for 75 Cents! We actually left the ship, as planned, in Cairns. The majority of passengers were staying on until Sydney. It was also a fact that the majority of passengers were Australians. It is also a fact that Australians don't tip. I would have loved to have been on board when he Aussies were presented with envelopes for tips! In conclusion I would sumerise that the cruise was great but spoils by the fact that Celebrity, it would seem, do not pay their staff a living wage! Until the gratuity situation is resolved, I will NEVER TRAVEL with Celebrity Cruises again. I was further disenchanted when I was informed by other passengers that they had paid less than half the fare my wife and I had and that theirs included air fares from Australia to Singapore and hotel accommodation in Singapore. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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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