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73 Celebrity Millennium Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

My DH and I just returned from a wonderful 5 night cruise. Surprisingly great time on Millie. We booked this cruise because of the great price. Millie is due to go to dry dock in a few weeks - so we really didn't expect much. Boy ... Read More
My DH and I just returned from a wonderful 5 night cruise. Surprisingly great time on Millie. We booked this cruise because of the great price. Millie is due to go to dry dock in a few weeks - so we really didn't expect much. Boy -what a surprise we got. Food was the best since our 1st cruise (Micheal Roux days) The Aqua Spa was enjoyable every morning. Inside cabin (we usually book a balcony or above) was comfortable and immaculate. Stateroom attendant - Bernardo was perfect! We enjoyed select dinning. The food was just amazing. Black salmon, chateau briand, lobster, filet mignon, trout...wow,,,yummm! Ports - Falmouth...can't really comment since we just visited the port, which seemed kinda of over priced and phoney. We spend a few hours and reboarded. Grand Cayman was fun, a bit pricey with exchange rates, but the beaches are enjoyable. This trip was really about the ship, since it will be soon sterilized, (oops, I mean Solsticized) Shows were good for the most part. Some of the onboard crew talent was better then the professionals! It was all enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Great things we enjoyed: •Our cabin stewards [Wayan and his assistant] were very friendly and great. They have done their best to accommodate our daily needs with smiles. •Our dining room waiters [Teguh and Dana] were also great. ... Read More
Great things we enjoyed: •Our cabin stewards [Wayan and his assistant] were very friendly and great. They have done their best to accommodate our daily needs with smiles. •Our dining room waiters [Teguh and Dana] were also great. •The entertainment team is one of the best we have seen among other competitors - especially Kimika Duo [they are fabulous - we have seen them performed several times in the past at the Caribbean Princess and HAL], the production show "iBroadway" was very well presented with very talented and energetic cast [not too crazy about "Boogie Wonderland" - a little corny], the Full Tilt, the dance band [sorry, I forgot their names - the Filipino group] and your show room band [very tight and solid sound, pleasant to listen to]. •We enjoyed the bright, spacious and casualness of the buffet restaurant on deck 10 and simply loved the Solarium pool, Jacuzzi and the total relaxing ambiance especially during port days. •We enjoyed the bright, spacious and casualness of the buffet restaurant on deck 10 and simply loved the Solarium pool, Jacuzzi and the total relaxing ambiance especially during port days. •Fortune Casino was great - it allows us to win a few and lose a few - not just simply taking our money. There were variety slot machines to select from without having to wait for availability. •Cosmos was one of our favorite hang out places during the cruise - very elegant and quite relaxing. •The library was cozy and quiet sanctuary for those who love reading and relaxing. •The tall and very friendly female gift shop staff assisted us with our cologne selection [sorry, we cannot recall her name]. •Bertrand, Ocean Grill's waiter, was very friendly and pleasant to chat with during our morning breakfast routine. NOT so great things which disappoint us: -The Construction through out our cruise. We were not once warned that our cruise was going to be a WIP Cruise [Work in Progress] when we first made our booking. We chose to go on a cruise to 'get away' from the hustle and bustle of city life, hectic work schedule, construction noise and other home improvement inconveniences. We love to lounge in the promenade deck to relax, enjoying fresh air, the scenic beauty of nature and the peaceful open ocean. During our cruise, various sections of the promenade deck were barricaded, workers were constantly working, pounding or scraping. Some sections were closed off through out the cruise. The promenade deck resembled an abandoned industrial construction site. The Sunrise Deck 11 also resembled another construction site - lumber stacks by jogging track, construction crew pounding, scraping, moving heavy equipments and having very loud exchange in the jogging track area, unsightly barrier surrounding the children play area and construction supplies and equipments were placed just about everywhere with no regard to guests' convenience. -The 'term' Dry Dock was used constantly, once we were on board the Millennium from crew, construction workers and officers. It would have been nice if we were told about this when we first made our reservation, prior to finalizing our booking and spent the additional monies for the upgrade to Concierge Class. We had to be selective as to where to eat our meal - some sections might be subjected to constant drilling, pounding or scraping noise. During sea days, the Pool and the Solarium turned to an over-crowded zone - guests were hoarding lounge chairs, tables, etc. Other lounging areas on the ship were not accessible due to construction, water everywhere and lounge chairs were stacked and roped off. The promenade deck was also a construction zone - lounge chairs were dirty or stacked - workers were painting or scraping - carpet rolls were stacked all over public area. -Concierge Class Upgrade - misleading [save your $$$, do not upgrade]. Amenities were not delivered as promised - we had to ask through out our cruise for various amenities. Priority boarding/early embarkation was supposed to be Concierge Class privilege - but all category passengers benefited. Restaurant seating preference was not accommodated as promised - we asked for private table for two - we were seated in a large table w/a group of other passengers - Maitre d' not willing to assist and ended up w/table location in the least desirable area of the dining room for the rest of our cruise [same thing happened with other couples]. -Service in general was mediocre and uncaring. Some cooks or buffet servers were very unfriendly toward guests but very nice toward officers and fellow ship mates. Suggestion: decline the auto-gratuity and tip those individuals generously - especially if they deserved it. -Most meat items both in the main dining room or buffet were tough [especially steaks, even filet mignon]. Order lamb shank, fish or lobster instead - they were great! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Our previous cruising experience includes four cruises on two other cruise lines and we traveled with and without children once on each of those cruise lines. We were looking forward to this cruise as a time for us as a couple to relax ... Read More
Our previous cruising experience includes four cruises on two other cruise lines and we traveled with and without children once on each of those cruise lines. We were looking forward to this cruise as a time for us as a couple to relax and enjoy lots of activities and pampering like we'd experienced on the other ships. That is not what we received. The boarding/embarkation experience and the disembarkation experience were both better than we have experienced on other lines so that part was terrific - the highlight of the trip, sadly. Hardly any waiting getting on or off the ship. Our last Carnival Cruise had horrific delays getting off the ship so this was a welcomed experience. However, it went downhill from there. We were not informed that this cruise was the "last before 3 weeks in dry-dock". If you find out that kind of info about a cruise...RUN AWAY QUICKLY!!! They weren't waiting for dry dock to begin repairs. This news was evident from our first encounter with staff once aboard. Our cabin steward informed us her assistant had already gone home because they were headed to dry-dock the following week. That is how she explained the empty tissue holder in our bathroom and unlocked mini-bar missing items when we checked into the room. We never had any opportunities to get to know her or feel like she cared about us at all since we had prepaid gratuities. There were none of the famous towel characters we have always had on other ships (a highlight for our kids to see pics of when we return home), or polite conversation with her as we passed in the hall as she was always too busy talking on a radio or to other staff. We've always tipped our stewards above and beyond when they go above and beyond. No extra tips earned on this cruise. This lackluster service continued throughout the ship. It was the most unfriendly crew I've ever seen. They don't seem to care if they receive extra tips or not. After an exhausting travel day, we were looking forward to sleeping in until 10 or so on that first morning but that was not to be. We were greeted at 8am by the banging of large hammers on steel directly below our room. This continued non-stop until we finally got dressed and left the room 1.5 hrs later. So much for relaxing. Many areas of the ship were closed. Many of the open areas were often filled with the smells of paints and stains. The main thing open was the pool area which was so crowded we couldn't find chairs so we only got to use the pool once and it was so deep we couldn't touch so there wasn't much relaxing to it as you either had to tread water or hold onto the rail since there wasn't much room to float. We did work out once in the fitness center but many of the group exercise classes offered had an additional charge which was another disappointment. We love to be active on our cruises and this ship did not offer any of that. To compare, Navigator of the Seas on RC offers: roller-blading, ice skating, mini-golf, rock climbing, pools, sports court, fitness center, towel-folding classes, and more. This one had only the sports court (which we didn't make it to because it was secluded amid lots of construction so we weren't even sure if it was open), pool, fitness center, and the closed down mini-golf. We went to the "movie theater" which consisted of a projection screen in a small conference room with uncomfortable chairs and bad picture quality on the screen. This ship seemed more like a con to try to get you on board to bleed you dry of additional funds rather than an all-inclusive vacation experience. Other ships in their fleet may be different but we're not willing to take that chance. We had friends who brought their children on board at a charge of $700 per child and were greeted with news that every area of the ship for the children was closed. They moved the children's "camp" area to a storage closet with some video games in it. Mini-golf was closed, ping pong was closed the first few days, shuffle board sticks were broken or missing, etc. They were so livid they are pursuing refunds for the children because there was nothing but a very deep pool to entertain them. The staff at the guest services desk made no effort to rectify the situation for them. We were thankful we'd left our kids at home. This is definitely not the ship to bring young children on. Stick to Royal Caribbean or Carnival if you are bringing the family. We took ours on the Navigator of the Seas and we'll be hard-pressed to get our kids on a lesser ship after that. On this ship, even the older guests were complaining of nothing to do. One older couple told us they had complained and been given a complimentary dinner in one of the paid dining places. Wish we'd have complained more loudly. They seemed to roll up the sidewalks at midnight. I heard complaints from many of the older folks that they were kicked out of the casino at 1am with nothing else left for them to do. For those of us who like to get the most out of our vacation $, this was not the place to do it. If you didn't like dancing in clubs or singing, there really wasn't anything else to do after the main stage show of the evening. On this ship, we had a balcony room on deck 6 but it was so covered in sea-spray/salt and had such cheap "Motel 6" type lawn furniture made of plastic straps and was so unclean we had to clean it off before being able to use it. I tried to sit outside one night at sea and birds kept dive-bombing our balcony and almost hitting me. One got injured and laid out there on the next balcony making sad noises all night. Our friends had a child lean up again their balcony rail and it bleached her brand new shirt - apparently some cleanser the staff had used on the rail was not washed off or else had blown onto it from the construction on other decks, we're not sure. The cost of the balcony was definitely not worth it so we'll save our money in the future and stay inside like we have done in the past. The caliber of entertainers they had on board was great but there just weren't enough options for things to do. Some of the best activities offered were offered on days we were in port and out on excursions so we couldn't participate. Other times, when they offered something good, they offered all their good activities for that day at the same time or in the same location so you had to choose and then had nothing else to do. While listening to the staff answer questions for the galley tour, we were constantly bothered by the trivia challenge game going on right behind us in the same room. Thank goodness we like to dance because we wouldn't have had anything to do the entire last day at sea if we hadn't gone to the different dancing classes taught throughout the day. We hoped that the renovations which were forthcoming for the ship would add activities and upgrade existing things but we were informed they are primarily just adding 5 new dining experiences which will all charge you extra money. This being a highly rated ship, we found the focus was almost exclusively on the food and very little on the service. Even the chocolates on the bed at night were "fancy" - chocolate with some added thing like lavender or citrus which skewed the flavor so we gave up on them. What happened to mint? While it was nice to be able to choose what time we would eat dinner on the select dining option, many times the time we wanted was already full so we had to go earlier or later than we wanted anyway. Once there, it usually took 1 hr 45 minutes to 2hrs+ for them to complete meal service which kept us from being able to enjoy many of the evening activities. Again, the food selections were either very plain (the set menu of options on the left side of the menu didn't change all week) or very "fancy". For someone who doesn't adore mushrooms or seafood, this was very disappointing. Few were the appetizers that sounded appetizing to the average palate and other than mushrooms and seafood there really isn't much that I don't love. Some of the dishes were wonderful such as the quail (which had lots of mushrooms) my husband had and loved but this was the first cruise where he didn't ask for a second lobster because this one was not cooked properly. For a ship boasting of their food, I gained half the weight I did on previous cruises just because there wasn't much tempting me and I'm quite a foodie. Our waiter barely spoke to us except to take our order and made no conversation to try to add to our experience or earn add'l tipping. On other lines, we have enjoyed fun shows from the waitstaff during dinner so this was another disappointment. The atmosphere at dinner was blah. One evening they attempted some form of show but only a limited number of tables could see or hear what they were doing and we had no view at all from where they seated us and dozens of other tables around us - a complete waste. I could not note one point of service that I felt came close to what we've experienced on other ships. We can still recall the name of our waiters from most previous cruises because they were so fun and friendly. Not this time. He kept disappearing and didn't have time to visit. The only time you got attention was if you dared to touch the wine list, if you did there were two folks ready to take your order. We don't drink alcohol so us touching it was only happening so we could see each other or make room for other things. The food on the ship is touted as top notch because everything is made fresh on board. Don't be fooled, that doesn't make it taste better, it just takes longer to prepare. The ice creams were homemade but only one flavor tasted as good as any brand we've had from a supermarket. We were sent a bottle of champagne with a note that said for us to enjoy the rest of our trip. We don't drink alcohol so I asked if we could trade it for sparkling juice or anything. We were told no, that it was the thought that counted. Thought doesn't count when it's thoughtlessly something the person will never use. We just left it in our room. There were no credits offered on our room price or anything that would be a gesture on the part of the cruise line to acknowledge they should not have had passengers on board with all the construction on board. That lack of service being tolerated is why you won't likely ever find us cruising on any future Celebrity sailings. We docked in Cozumel next to the Oasis of the Seas and everyone we talked to on the pier said they wished we could just go and take an excursion over to that ship where there might actually be things to do and to plan our next cruise on that ship. For the price paid for this balcony room, we could have been on the Oasis and that's probably the most disheartening thing of all. Our plane ride home was spent next to a couple who had been on the Oasis and they couldn't stop talking about how amazing it was and describing the shows, the activities, the ship. That ship will likely be our next cruise destination. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Even though we were disappointed with the cruise on the Eclipse(see review)in February, we came back to Celebrity since it was the only ship that matched our schedule. Maybe our expectations were low based on the Eclipse but the ... Read More
Even though we were disappointed with the cruise on the Eclipse(see review)in February, we came back to Celebrity since it was the only ship that matched our schedule. Maybe our expectations were low based on the Eclipse but the Millennium was a pleasant surprise. The embarkation was worse than the Eclipse which was strange since it was a smaller ship and also was not full. We waited about 25 minutes. They should consider a separate line for people that have all their documentation done versus those that need to fill out forms that they forgot to complete. Since the rooms were not ready we had lunch in the buffet. As on the Eclipse it was not very good with long lines and limited selection. It was better on the next few days with a better selection especially with Asian dishes. The room was ready about 2pm with the luggage arriving by 330. The cabin was actually laid out better than the Eclipse with plenty of storage space with drawers and closets that were easy to access. The negative part of the comparison was the smaller and older style bathroom, that is due for a renovation. The dryer on the wall could only be used for 2 minutes before your hand got roasted. Also stay away from Deck 9 since it is right below the pool and restaurant area. We could here the carts being rolled back and forth both early in the morning and late in the evening. On the last night the sound was even worse as they started moving furniture to storage prior to retrofit. The cabin attendants were GREAT. They promptly fulfilled any request and also remembered that you wanted additional bath towels and wine glasses for our afternoon pre-dinner party. The only negative was that they seem to be standing outside your door waiting for you to leave to make up the room. The Main dining room was superior in food and service than the Eclipse. In fact, this was the first cruise we decided not to try the high end restaurant that carried an additional charge. When we looked into the Olympic it was less than 50% filled. Several shipmates who went there to it were pleased and one said they were able to negotiate a lower surcharge than the advertised rate of $40. We only ate dinners in the MDR but the service was great and the only complaint was that they hurried the service and we were generally done in an hour for the 4 courses. One meal was just ok, stay away from sirloin steak unless you bring a very sharp knife. The one area that Celebrity does well is the sushi starting at 530. It is a large assortment. The plan is to get there early since by 6 it is a long line. The pool area was ok and there were no problems in getting chairs except for the last day. The staff did a go job in keeping children out of the adults only area. Also the cruise line was offering 2 for 1 drinks from pool bars. One day it was draft beers, the next mojitos, etc. This was first for us and we learned later in the evening from a fellow passenger in the cruise business was that the ship's alcohol sales were below budget so they used this approach to increase sales. Similar to the Eclipse, the cruise director was a screamer, an American this time. Also the volume of the announcements are so loud that it is impossible to continue any conversation. The evening song and dance show was good and better than the Eclipse. The comedian was ok. He was better on comedy central but I guess that he had to tone down his act due to the kids in the audience. I mentioned earlier that the crew did a great job in keeping children out of the adult only pool area. Unfortunately they did not do 2he same job in bar areas were the parents were drinking and their kids were running around. One time we were forced to move since the kids were screaming. Of course the parents did not care. The exercise area was large enough but they had at least 6 machines that were out of order. One positive note was that the area was staffed even early in the morning. As usual, the first day was packed but by mid-week it was empty. As noted by others the crew was doing repairs and painting on this cruise before retrofit. Parts of decks were closed and the smell of paint was everywhere. Getting off was a mess. First they did not give you the option of a departure time. Since we were traveling with others, our time was 745 while the other one was 1000. We got around that issue by combining the luggage so that it got off at the same time. There were no announcements when you could leave the lounge to depart. Also getting off was hampered by the crew using the elevators to remove chairs for storage at 730 in the morning. Once on shore the bags arrived quickly. Finally the ports of Roatan and Cozumel were the pits unless you wanted to go to the beach or scuba/snorkel. Also at both ports it rained. We booked one beach excursion and the whole experience was poorly organized. Although they had Celebrity people telling you where to go, the local excursion leaders left a lot to be desired. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
My husband and I have cruised before but always with our children. We thought that Celebrity would be a nice option for kid free cruising. Celebrity was supposed to be a little more upscale with less party crowd. That was what we were ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised before but always with our children. We thought that Celebrity would be a nice option for kid free cruising. Celebrity was supposed to be a little more upscale with less party crowd. That was what we were looking for and that's why we booked it. I wanted to have a veranda and initially booked a concierge class with veranda. My husband noted that the Sky Suites had lounge chairs and we upgraded to the Sky Suites and paid the upcharge. We were upgraded to the celebrity suite and lost the veranda that I very much wanted. I called Celebrity and I was told "I'm sorry". The person on the phone told me that verandas would be added during dry dock and there was nothing she could do for me. So, "I'm sorry" was the best that they could do. Customer service wise I wasn't too impressed. When we boarded we asked again if there was a veranda suite available and again I got "I'm sorry". I heard a gentleman next to me very disappointed in the quality of his stateroom and he got the "I'm sorry" as well. They are trained very well with the use of the word "sorry". Absolutely no efforts were made to at least show that they actually cared. I let it go, but I hesitate to sail with them again because if a really serious issue arose I don't know if they know how to say anything else. The celebrity suite was really lovely. Very large. Well appointed. Not the quality of the a Disney stateroom or even the Freedom, but this was mainly due to age. The view was nice and I was able to let go of losing the veranda. But, it certainly changed my way of cruising as I really enjoy veranda time. The stateroom attendant and butler were nice people, but we really didn't need them. We were invited to the Elite club functions as a suite perk. My husband and I enjoyed the Captain's sail away party. The fresh fruit daily was a nice perk. We enjoyed the sparkling wine on embarkation. All nice touches. The ship. It's time for refurbishment. Clean, but it's really showing its age. The Freedom and Disney Wonder were much more attractive. I really missed the activities of the larger ships. I didn't think I would but I was looking to do some rock climbing or play golf. The ship seemed filled with bars. I actually had fun at the casino and actually came out a little ahead which is a first for me on a cruise. The towel game was fierce and my husband and I missed out on good seats on deck. We went up to the upper deck to get our rays in. It was hard to find a lounge chair and the minute you got up there was someone looking to get your chair. Drink package. My husband and I opted for the premium drink package. I'm not sure it was worth the money. The bartenders didn't seem to like it and I felt like you received service without a smile. I guess they wanted extra tip on top. We threw in an extra dollar here and there to try to get them to open up a little, but we didn't like the feeling like we were shortchanging them. We actually drank less than we would have because they just didn't make it easy to get a drink. So, I guess it's a win for the cruise line. I did visit Cova a few times for the speciality coffees which I probably would have skipped if it were not for the package. I also loved the bottled water for working out as I would have filled up my water bottle from the fountain. I certainly would have skipped the Sugar Free Red Bulls that I enjoyed. I'm still thinking about whether I would do it again. Olympic. Awesome and worth every penny. That's were the best of the best servers are! The main dining room was slow and the food (only went 1 night) was so so. We opted for the 3 night package and again it was worth every cent. Service was prompt and always with a smile. The restaurant was quiet and had a very nice ambiance. Food was amazing. If I ever cruise Celebrity again, I'm not going to the main dining room again. That's for sure! Entertainment. There is some talent on that ship! The comedian was hilarious!!! Loved him! Robbie Printz was his name. I'm going to look him up! Singers and dancers were very talented as well. Cruise director Justin was friendly and engaging, but not as funny as Graham Seymour from the Freedom. There's so much more to tell! But, I've got to end it some where! My husband and I had a great time and did not talk about work at all the entire trip so it was a success! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Just back from our second ever cruise. Both have been on Celebrity, and we like most of the things about that line. All in all, though, this cruise was a 5/10 at best. First impressions mean a lot. And Millenium's first ... Read More
Just back from our second ever cruise. Both have been on Celebrity, and we like most of the things about that line. All in all, though, this cruise was a 5/10 at best. First impressions mean a lot. And Millenium's first impression was not good. Perhaps because our first cruise ever was on the Eclipse just 4 months ago and we imagined that all cruise ships look shiny and new, we both had the same reaction upon boarding: this ship is in bad shape. Not that she wasn't seaworthy, but we both imagined our mothers having reactions based on the fact that the ship looked shopworn. We were greeted with what looked like peeling paint, poor condition of the varnish on the decking, and a distinct lack of smiling staff to welcome us aboard. Had our little mimosa while boarding, but it was too early to access the cabin. No matter, up to Aqua Spa Cafe for a light lunch. Aside from being salty, that meal was fine. Checked out the fitness classes on offer -- chose none. Expected more of a variety than three classes total, and all had a relatively hefty cover fee. We don't do Pilates or Yoga, so there was really only cycling or engaging a daily personal trainer (not our idea of a vacation, however). Skipped that. Announcement to go to the cabin -- and we're off! Loved the huge, deep balcony in 8172. Really, if you're in C1 on this ship, take it. The balcony was bigger than the room. Totally delightful, and we made great use of it. Downsides: the tiles in the bathroom were not what I would call clean. PA system didn't work (almost missed muster drill because of it). The number 1 highlight of the whole cruise was the staff at the Cova coffee bar. Dragana, Delia and Alin (Romanians all) were frankly fantastic. Awesome attitude, great conversationalists, and all seem to enjoy their jobs. We enjoyed them so much we were passing out $20s to them as we were leaving. Plus they all make a hell of a coffee. We learned something very valuable on this voyage. On our first cruise, we were booked in Aqua Class -- that means no main dining room. We hate the main dining room. To be fair, we only went one night -- the first night we went to the special tailgate party in the Cosmos lounge to watch the KU-UK NCAA basketball final. So no dinner. Night two we had reservations in Olympic for a birthday dinner. That was great. Wednesday night, we present ourselves in the dining room. Got to our table (table for 8, #405). Right above the engines. Vibrations, loud noises. And we didn't like our companions (only 2 were there). Full disclosure: we're a gay couple. And they clearly didn't like that. They were southern-US polite, but were clearly uncomfortable. And that made us uncomfortable. Waiter was frankly over ebullient, and the assistant waiter seemed shy and uncomfortable with the head waiter's antics. Food was a 4/10. I took the "chef's recommendation" -- I guess that means stuff they have to get rid of. The beef was very tough. Thursday we just went to the buffet, and we decided to pay the $40 a head to go back to the Olympic rather than deal with the MDR a second time on Friday. The Olympic: do it. If cost is a consideration, I'd seriously think of skipping an excursion so that you can do this instead. As you know, we ate there twice, and both were outstanding. Sole Veronique the first night was melt in your mouth delicious. The escargot tortellini (I might call them tortelloni, for your Italian speakers out there) had a flavor that was out of this world. Salads: perfect. And the Valrhona Chocolate dessert was TDF. And we essentially don't eat dessert. Splurged on a $100 bottle of the Puligny-Montrachet that was also great. Second visit we both had the Filet Mignon, sans truffles, that was also delicious. Perfectly prepared. The serving crew was great as well. Oceanview Cafe: 2/10. Consistently out of what most people would consider normal items. Like orange juice at breakfast. Coffee from their urns -- I know, it's mass produced coffee, and I don't expect anything gourmet from that -- was frankly undrinkable. In fact, it was a joke among many passengers about how awful the coffee was. So, what's missing? Well, frankly, a team to pick up the garbage. There was garbage everywhere. Watched no fewer than 45 staff walk past a collection of dirty plates, cups, glasses and empty bottles, until finally a senior officer picked them up. This cruise (it's spring break time) had lots of smokers, but rarely were the ashtrays emptied. Cabin steward staff was also fair at best. Saw ours twice, and the one time we phoned, there was no answer, and no voice mail even. He did keep a bottle of champagne iced down for us. That was nice. But we're still waiting for a small cake from the Olympic to be delivered. Not sure if that's the restaurant's fault or the cabin steward's. Moral of the story -- new ships only, and Aqua Class is a must for us (or at least Celebrity Select Dining with a table for 2). Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Just back from our second ever cruise. Both have been on Celebrity, and we like most of the things about that line. All in all, though, this cruise was a 5/10 at best. First impressions mean a lot. And Millenium's first ... Read More
Just back from our second ever cruise. Both have been on Celebrity, and we like most of the things about that line. All in all, though, this cruise was a 5/10 at best. First impressions mean a lot. And Millenium's first impression was not good. Perhaps because our first cruise ever was on the Eclipse just 4 months ago and we imagined that all cruise ships look shiny and new, we both had the same reaction upon boarding: this ship is in bad shape. Not that she wasn't seaworthy, but we both imagined our mothers having reactions based on the fact that the ship looked shopworn. We were greeted with what looked like peeling paint, poor condition of the varnish on the decking, and a distinct lack of smiling staff to welcome us aboard. Had our little mimosa while boarding, but it was too early to access the cabin. No matter, up to Aqua Spa Cafe for a light lunch. Aside from being salty, that meal was fine. Checked out the fitness classes on offer -- chose none. Expected more of a variety than three classes total, and all had a relatively hefty cover fee. We don't do Pilates or Yoga, so there was really only cycling or engaging a daily personal trainer (not our idea of a vacation, however). Skipped that. Announcement to go to the cabin -- and we're off! Loved the huge, deep balcony in 8172. Really, if you're in C1 on this ship, take it. The balcony was bigger than the room. Totally delightful, and we made great use of it. Downsides: the tiles in the bathroom were not what I would call clean. PA system didn't work (almost missed muster drill because of it). The number 1 highlight of the whole cruise was the staff at the Cova coffee bar. Dragana, Delia and Alin (Romanians all) were frankly fantastic. Awesome attitude, great conversationalists, and all seem to enjoy their jobs. We enjoyed them so much we were passing out $20s to them as we were leaving. Plus they all make a hell of a coffee. We learned something very valuable on this voyage. On our first cruise, we were booked in Aqua Class -- that means no main dining room. We hate the main dining room. To be fair, we only went one night -- the first night we went to the special tailgate party in the Cosmos lounge to watch the KU-UK NCAA basketball final. So no dinner. Night two we had reservations in Olympic for a birthday dinner. That was great. Wednesday night, we present ourselves in the dining room. Got to our table (table for 8, #405). Right above the engines. Vibrations, loud noises. And we didn't like our companions (only 2 were there). Full disclosure: we're a gay couple. And they clearly didn't like that. They were southern-US polite, but were clearly uncomfortable. And that made us uncomfortable. Waiter was frankly over ebullient, and the assistant waiter seemed shy and uncomfortable with the head waiter's antics. Food was a 4/10. I took the "chef's recommendation" -- I guess that means stuff they have to get rid of. The beef was very tough. Thursday we just went to the buffet, and we decided to pay the $40 a head to go back to the Olympic rather than deal with the MDR a second time on Friday. The Olympic: do it. If cost is a consideration, I'd seriously think of skipping an excursion so that you can do this instead. As you know, we ate there twice, and both were outstanding. Sole Veronique the first night was melt in your mouth delicious. The escargot tortellini (I might call them tortelloni, for your Italian speakers out there) had a flavor that was out of this world. Salads: perfect. And the Valrhona Chocolate dessert was TDF. And we essentially don't eat dessert. Splurged on a $100 bottle of the Puligny-Montrachet that was also great. Second visit we both had the Filet Mignon, sans truffles, that was also delicious. Perfectly prepared. The serving crew was great as well. Oceanview Cafe: 2/10. Consistently out of what most people would consider normal items. Like orange juice at breakfast. Coffee from their urns -- I know, it's mass produced coffee, and I don't expect anything gourmet from that -- was frankly undrinkable. In fact, it was a joke among many passengers about how awful the coffee was. So, what's missing? Well, frankly, a team to pick up the garbage. There was garbage everywhere. Watched no fewer than 45 staff walk past a collection of dirty plates, cups, glasses and empty bottles, until finally a senior officer picked them up. This cruise (it's spring break time) had lots of smokers, but rarely were the ashtrays emptied. Cabin steward staff was also fair at best. Saw ours twice, and the one time we phoned, there was no answer, and no voice mail even. He did keep a bottle of champagne iced down for us. That was nice. But we're still waiting for a small cake from the Olympic to be delivered. Not sure if that's the restaurant's fault or the cabin steward's. Moral of the story -- new ships only, and Aqua Class is a must for us (or at least Celebrity Select Dining with a table for 2). Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Because of many negative comments posted prior to our departure, we were prepared for a less than stellar experience. We knew it was the last crusie prior to going to Freeport, The Bahamas to be retrofited immediately after we disembarked. ... Read More
Because of many negative comments posted prior to our departure, we were prepared for a less than stellar experience. We knew it was the last crusie prior to going to Freeport, The Bahamas to be retrofited immediately after we disembarked. However, we were pleasantly surprised. We had cruised for 14 days on Millenium in 2008 to Alaska and back to San Diego and it was our favorite cruise, with so many fond memories. Boarding was smooth and quick. WE arrived at the port with our son, his wife and our grandson. We were meeting old friends on the ship and were to meet them on the pool deck as their rooms weren't reday when they boarded. We were on board quickly and were greeted with lot's of smiles and a Mimosa as we walked to the doors. We decided that since it was nearly 1:00 PM we would take a chance and try our rooms before going to the pool deck, so we wouldn't have to lug a suitcase. Our cabin was on the aft of the 9th deck, and was completely ready when we opened the door. We love the extra balconey space on the aft cabins and this was no exception. The champagne was cooling in an ice bucket and a daily planner was on the bed with our tickets to the specialty restaurant for the next night. Our kids had a family cabin on deck 7, so we dropped the suitcases and headed upstairs. The grill was on for hamburgers and fries outside and the buffet was in full swing. We opted for the buffet after a drink and ate on the deck. When we went back to the room later, our room attendent and his assistent came by to see what if we had any special requests. We told them ice on the room during the day and asked if we could have the fridge opened for my husband's diabetic supplies. They happily complied. Our friends were two doors down also in an aft cabin and had a similar experience This was the beginning of 5 days of mostly positive experiences. We did find some paint chips on the carpet of the balcony where they had obviously been prepping for the retrofit, and there were a couple of sections on the lower decks closed off with workmen. Our friend found some rolls of carpet that were stacked against the wall on the back of Deck 3, but overall the ship was functioning normally. Was it a little shabbier than on our cruise 4 years before, yes. But we knew that was going to be fixed. The staff overall was attentive, friendly and helpful. There were a couple of times when the waiters on the deck at the rear of the buffet seemed to be more interested in doing their own thing than getting drinks, and we missed the fact that there were limited amounts of food available between 3:00 and 5:00PM when we returned late from an excursion. None of this was worth getting upset about. We had a late seating for dinner and the food was excellent as was the service from our waiter, Jason, and asst. waiter Natalia. They told us both of them were leaving for other ships as soon as we docked, as was much of the other staff. The Ass't maitre'd told us the last night that if we were late leaving he'd have to give us cover-alls and put us to work. We felt that perhaps the staff had been at minimum levels because of the retofit, but those on board did everything they could to make the cruise special. The two highlights were our dinner in the Olympic which was amazing with marvelous food and service. Also the brunch buffet on the last day at sea with ice sculptures, chocolate fountains ( both white and regular chocolate), omelet stations and carving stations was remarkable. It was a wonderful 5 days, and we are scheduled to go back to Alaska on Millenium in September after the changes. We are so anxious to see the changes and have new experiences. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
his was the third Celebrity cruise my boyfriend and I have taken (within 14 months), and it was probably my favorite - we were on the Century last February and Eclipse in December. No doubt those ships were both great in their own rights ... Read More
his was the third Celebrity cruise my boyfriend and I have taken (within 14 months), and it was probably my favorite - we were on the Century last February and Eclipse in December. No doubt those ships were both great in their own rights (and Eclipse is undoubtedly the most beautiful ship we've been on), but there is something special about Millennium. As background, we live in Florida, so even though the trip to Miami is about four hours, it's a relatively easy and inexpensive trip. We did try an off-site parking service, Premier Parking, this time. One word: DON'T. I paid for garage parking, and while I technically parked in (on?) a garage, I didn't intend to park on the very top in the baking sun. Also, one guy there was very rude to another driver in a completely unnecessary way, and my boyfriend had to sit on my lap in the shuttle to the port. Not a good idea, and not comfortable at all. Once we got to the port, though, check-in was a breeze and we arrived on the ship just as the announcement was made that rooms were ready. We dropped our carry ons off and headed to the buffet. I really like the layout of the Ocean Cafe, with a kind of continuous buffet rather than a central area of stations. That may change in a couple of weeks when the Millennium is "solsticized" but I think the layout is better than that of Eclipse. Generally speaking, the food was good in the Ocean Cafe and the Main Dining Room. My only consistent criticism of the food is that everything seemed to come with extra salt - though I don't use a lot of salt, so it could just be my taste. Other than that, I enjoyed what I had. We also at at Olympic one night. As other reviewers have noted - just do it! The setting is gorgeous, the service impeccable, and the food delicious! There was one little hiccup in our travel plans. One of my boyfriend's bags went on vacation on the Eclipse, as it sailed on the same day. However, Violetta, the Concierge, had already been contacted by the time he called to check on the bag, and she made arrangements for it to be shipped back to Miami from the first port. She also arranged for some toiletries and basics, free daily laundry, and an on-board credit to cover what he needed to buy to replace what was missing. Fortunately, one of his bags did make it, so he was able to muddle through the week between what he had and what they provided. We were also escorted through security and customs when we arrived back in Miami and the bag was delivered to us there. It was an inconvenience, but Violetta and Celebrity took reasonable measures to address the issue. During the cruise, I told my boyfriend that this was my favorite ship so far. When he asked why (he preferred Eclipse), I thought about what makes Millennium so special. After some consideration, I think it's because it's an introvert's dream ship. Introverts are getting a lot of press these days, so hopefully you already know that they aren't necessarily shy, they just recharge batteries by being alone. As an introvert myself, I enjoyed all the little nooks and intimate spaces throughout the ship - chairs next to portholes in a short (kind of random) hallway, comfortable seating arranged in alcoves, and other little surprises. My favorite was Cova Cafe. I ended up taking my Kindle there most days and just hanging out and reading. The staff were always very friendly and helpful, and it has an intimate feel (even though the main thoroughfare goes directly through it). If you're an extrovert, no worries - there are plenty of spaces for you, too: the pool, bars, lounges - all the places I never went! We were in room 9072, a Concierge room (C2) which will be converted into an Aqua Class room during dry dock (they replaced the bathroom door frame during our cruise in preparation). The location was great - one floor up to the Ocean Cafe, very close to mid-ship elevators - except for one thing: we were directly under the pool area, so we heard lots of heavy-footed walkers at all hours. It wasn't something that ruined the trip, but just be aware that you might hear noise from the pool if you're on Deck 9. If you're a light sleeper, you might want to seek other accommodations. Other reviewers have noted, correctly, that there are some cosmetic issues that probably will (and should) be addressed when Millennium goes into dry dock. But for me, the ship was more of a destination than the ports. I didn't even get off the ship in Grand Cayman, and thoroughly enjoyed my day. I'm hoping Millennium is even more special at the end of refurbishment, and am looking forward to my next Celebrity cruise. Overall, it was a great vacation! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
My daughter {22 years old} had been begging me to go on a cruise during her vacation time, which was also spring break. We live in Florida and cruise often on Royal Caribbean. I had checked the itinerary of the RC lines and none were going ... Read More
My daughter {22 years old} had been begging me to go on a cruise during her vacation time, which was also spring break. We live in Florida and cruise often on Royal Caribbean. I had checked the itinerary of the RC lines and none were going to decent beach destinations so I chose to try Celebrity since I had been told to try it since I loved RC so much as it was their "5 star line". I also had heard that Celebrity food was so much better than RC. This cruise was a total joke from the beginning. First, I am Diamond Plus with RC and was told I would get the same perks as on RC. NOT! Even though I was labeled as Captains Club Elite, the only recognition I received was 2 red roses delivered to my room on the second day of the cruise. {I thought this was nice}. We were invited to have free drinks from 5pm to 8pm nightly in the Michaels Club but, we had dinner at 6pm and found it hard to attend when we needed to be dressed for dinner. They did not allow you to take the drinks. You had to sit and drink them there. And, by the time dinner was over, so was the event. So, this was useless. There is no reason to have the priority tender, embarkation or debarkation as there were no lines to begin with. The special robes that (on RC) are given to just loyalty patrons were given to everyone on board this ship. Now, for the cruise itself. When boarding the ship, the crew was not friendly at all. There were no smiles, no welcome aboard, they just stood there. I even said hello to a couple and all I got back was hi. They did give you mimosas upon boarding though. But, this would have been so much nicer had they been standing at the gang plank with smiles and maybe a reggae band. But, they handed it out in the hallway when you got on the ship and most people missed out because it was kinda hidden. I noticed right away the rust and dirtiness of the ship. The windows instantly caught my attention with all the salt spray that had not been cleaned off. The drapes were dirty, so dirty in fact that you could see the dirt from the outside of the windows! The fabrics on the chairs were all worn. Some with holes in them. I seriously could not believe that RC could call this ship their 5 star line. I had already knew that this ship was scheduled for dry dock, but I had been on several of RC ships that were also scheduled for dry dock and none of them looked no where near as bad as this ship did. This ship doesn't need dry dock, it needs a complete over haul. We could not get into our staterooms until 2pm (RC has you in your stateroom by 1pm at the latest) so, we went to the dining room to use my so called "Captains Club" perks and get a table by a window. When I arrived and asked about this, they looked at me like a deer caught in headlights. After about an hour, I did get this finally arranged. Then off to the Ocean Cafe. THIS was a COMPLETE joke. IF you are a coffee drinker, don't take a cruise on this ship. Unfortunately, I am and found this out the hard way. Even though there are 3 drink stations in this cafe. Only one always had coffee cups. AND, because of this, the coffee was always out. So, you had to go to one coffee station get your cup then go to the back of the cafe to get your coffee. I thought well maybe since this is the first day, maybe it will get better tomorrow. NOT! This was the whole cruise. The food was "ok" but it was the same foods every single day. There was only 1 person maintaining each station so you waited in line for a long time for each peice of food. They serve you on this ship, you cannot go and get your own food. I thought this was a bad decision on Celebritys part. They do have ice cream on this ship but, again they serve you and again only one person their to dip the ice cream for you and that was always a huge line. AND the person doing it had no clue as to how to put soft serve on a cone. I wish I had taken a picture of this because this was hillarious. One string of soft serve which you could eat in two licks. SERIOUSLY! We finally get in the stateroom and I really liked the balcony. Our balcony was bigger than most on the ship so that I was happy about. The room seemed clean but the floor in the bathroom was horrible. Mold in the grout. We used a towel to cover it up. The showers on this ship are bigger than RC and we liked that as well. It had plenty of room for storage. There were drawers in the closet when was nice. We had three in our room and even with the bunk pulled out of the ceiling at night, there was plenty of room. The room attendant we saw only once during the whole cruise, but he did keep our room nice. We had to ask for towel pets though. And he did make one for our daughter. I will warn you of this though..make sure the handle on the balcony door is in the down position, otherwise, you will be locked out of your room and stuck on the balcony. We had to save our neighbors twice. We also hung a hammock on our balcony and if you want to know how or see pictures, let me know and I will do so. The food in the dining room was fair. The lobster was overcooked and very tough. Normally , I order two of these but because of this , I didnt even eat the one I had. I thought my filet mignon was good but others at the table didn't. They did have mushrooms on the appetizer menu every night and I would have to say these were awesome. I would say that Royal Caribbeans food was much better. Room service. As many times as I have cruised, I have never seen room service as bad as this. I order room service every morning on all my cruises so I have coffee as soon as I get up. On this ship, you order room service on the interactive television. The first night on ship I ordered it, they called me back on the phone to confirm. In the morning, no room service. I called to see where it was at and they said they did not get the order the night before. I laughed and said hun, they called me and confirmed it! So, I reordered it again and 2 hours later I get it. I have three people in the room and told them this. 1 small pot of coffee and 2 cups. No sugar, No cream. I call down to get them to correct this and noone answered the phone. I ordered room service a total of 8 times and not one time was it right or on time. By the end of the cruise this had become a joke. There are not a lot of activities for the young at heart. The pools all close at 8pm. Even the hot tubs ! The clubs all close at 10pm. There is nothing to do on this ship after 10pm accept gamble in the casino. There were a lot of smokers on this cruise and only one area for them. I counted 12 tables by the pool. Other than this, there is not one ashtray on the entire ship. This is good and bad for both smokers and non smokers. IF you have a cruise ship, and you have a lot of smokers and they can only smoke in one spot then the abundance of smoke in that one area is horrendous. If you dont have ashtrays in other places on the out side of the ship then they will find a place to put their butts. I am not a complainer and I really hate to complain. I love cruising and basically you could put me on a barge and I would be happy as long as I know beforehand that it is a barge. But, when I book a 5 star cruise and get this, I am unhappy. I searched for reviews on this ship beforehand and was told by Celebrity when booking that this was much nicer than RC. I expected this and was very disappointed. I hope this doesn't happen to anyone else. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
When I booked this cruise, I worried how it might be since it was 2 cruises from dry dock, but I knew it was Celebrity so I hoped it would still be great. I should have trusted the feeling and gone elsewhere. I am terribly disappointed in ... Read More
When I booked this cruise, I worried how it might be since it was 2 cruises from dry dock, but I knew it was Celebrity so I hoped it would still be great. I should have trusted the feeling and gone elsewhere. I am terribly disappointed in Celebrity after this cruise. I brought a girlfriend with me to show her how great Celebrity is, and there is little chance she will go on Celebrity again after this. Embarkation was the best part. With the Elite status we were given priority status, and there were no lines. We boarded at about 1230p onto the deck instead of into an atrium, and were given champagne and mimosas. Rooms were open around 130pm, and 2 of the 3 bags were delivered by 3pm. It went downhill from there. Room - With the concierge class we got champagne on arrival, but the bucket had so little ice in it, it wasnt cold enough to drink. We brought our own champagne and soda onboard to drink in the room, and we had to continually ask for more ice to fill the wine bucket and the ice bucket for drinks. The attendant would clean the room in the morning, and leave the sodas floating in warm water. You'd think by the 3rd day they would understand we wanted cold drinks. (The refrigerator in the room really isnt a refrigerator we were told "it is just a holder for the minibar drinks." We were not given extra shampoo or conditioner without asking. For concierge class, I was terribly disappointed. The rooms were decorated fine, but everything was shabby. The balcony was pretty rusty, outside table was all chipped. The bathroom was pretty bad, gross shower curtain, LOTS of broken floor tiles, all of the hardware rusty. Room smelled pretty rusty. On the second day the door fell off the closet, I went to find the attendant who said "yes i saw it was loose yesterday." We had a balcony on the 9th floor, and it is a really poor location for Concierge class. The balcony has a huge overhang so we had no sun and poor pictures. It was also very noisy, upstairs at night they were always dragging something around on the deck. These cabins are supposed to be reclassified as Aquaclass.... I would have to really question if they are worth the amenities for the poor location. Public Areas - Most of the deckchairs were dirty, or missing slats. Lots of trash around the pool area for hours. The best part was one of the railings on the sun deck... it was missing the wood, so there was a beach towel rolled around the metal covered in duct tape. Are you kidding me??? Another highlight was the big plastic blue trashcan they wheeled around the pool and sun decks to collect trash. It was pretty gross. One of our dinner companions had a bathroom door fall off, to which the attendant said "dont worry we're going to dry dock next week". That was the excuse for everything. A lot of the hallways on the lower decks smelled musty and of sewer. I was glad we were on the 9th floor. Elite - The Elite benefits were the best part, except they were not executed well. Free drinks and canapes from 5-7pm on two of the 4 days, but you have to be dressed for dinner (no shorts or flipflops), and since I always have late seating for dinner, we only went once prior to our 6pm Olympic reservation. The continental breakfast really only had a couple danishes and some fruit, so we ate breakfast first, then went to get our drinks. The free wine seminar was done at the same time as the champagne tea, so we missed that too in favor of the tea. We tried to discuss the ship and service issues with the Elite rep, but he didnt seem to care either. Olympic - The Olympic restaurant was the best part of the cruise. The food and service were outstanding. The space itself was badly in need of a coat of paint and a good scrub. They are removing that restaurant in dry dock so hopefully it will get a good clean. The sommelier however needs a lesson in "house wine". I asked for a "house" chardonnay, and ended up wtih a $24 glass on my bill. Not cool. After my complaint, she removed half the charge. Service - The service overall was poor. The dining room waiters were not attentive. We constantly asked for refills of water and tea. The stateroom attendant was the worst I've had on my 12 cruises. Every day we asked for more ice, water in the pitcher, more shampoo, and towels. One day he didnt even clean the bathroom until we asked. While we were in Cozumel the entire deck with the restaurant was closed until dinnertime so they could replace the carpet. So, no dining room lunch service that day. We were never allowed upstairs on deck 12 the entire cruise because they were scraping and varnishing. I went to the guest relations desk to complain one day, and there were so many people complaining, it was a long line. It was pretty sad. They gave out a lot of onboard credits from what I heard. Bottom line, we should have gotten a dry dock priced cruise. I will know now not to book Celebrity this close to dry dock. I am hoping the service issues on this ship are one time issues, and not a signal of where Celebrity is headed. We'll see. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
The cruise was absolutely fabulous. We had a great and relaxing time. There were added little touches that made it even more special. Upon arrival Mimosas or champagne were served before boarding the ship along with beautiful fresh ... Read More
The cruise was absolutely fabulous. We had a great and relaxing time. There were added little touches that made it even more special. Upon arrival Mimosas or champagne were served before boarding the ship along with beautiful fresh flower bouquets. When returning to the ship from the ports before boarding they had cold ice water or juice, Purell, and cold towels. Embarkation: Very quick and easy, very pleasant. We were on the ship in no time. At 1pm you are able to go to your cabin. Luggage is delivered a little later, just make sure that shorts and bathingsuit are with you so you could enjoy the beautiful Miami sun right away. Rooms: We were in a Conceirge Room, 8086. Very clean. Fresh flowers, bottle of champagne, fresh fruit, beautiful Balcony. Lots of room to store luggage, and plenty of space to hang clothes in closet and drawers space. Small snack delivered to the room everyday. To end the day off a turndowned bed with a chocolate. Food: Upon arrival on the ship they offer a buffet lunch which was very good. We did have the buffet everyday for breakfast and lunch. The first morning we did the breakfast in the MDR and it was ok, as soon as you sit someone is there with coffee, another with jucie, another with a danish, and that was nice, but I liked the buffet in the Oasis because I could choose whatever I wanted without having to think of ordering every little thing. If you were out on one of the islands and arrive late and hungry there was always something to eat, pizza, salad, and poolside was the best hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. We ate in the MDR for dinner everynight, our waitstaff was wonderful, Nely, Param, wine Manish and beer and drinks, Anthony, they were fantastic! The food was good some days better than others, but if you did not like something they would just bring you something else, can't decide between two appetizers, they will bring you both. Always took Nely's recommedations, he was always on point. The meals were always served gourmet style, beautiful presentations, and elegant. The Brunch that they had the last day at sea was great. Everything to choose from and my favorite, alot of beautiful desserts. We did do the tour of the kitchen, here we met all the chefs on board, and they gave us a tour of the kitchen, beautiful and spotless, it started off with champagne and ended with chocolate covered strawberries. A tour not to miss. Ship: She is beautiful, she is going into dry dock next month and she will be even more beautiful. The public bathrooms were beautiful and always clean. Ports: Our ports were Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico. Roatan: Kind of poor, we did do the Glassbottom Boat Tour which was ok, enjoyed the other part of the tour and not so much the boat tour. They did bring us to the other side of the island, which was beautiful, that is where you need to be when going on this island. Cozumel: Absolutely beautiful Island. We did the Cozumel Island Tour, this tour took us to the Tequila factory for a tequila tasting, an island tour, and then to Playa Mia Beach to relax, what a beautiful beach. The tour was on an air conditioned bus with a fabulous tour guide. Very beautiful and well kept island. Entertainment: We did not do any of the shows in the theatre we enjoyed hanging out in the lounge they had a fantastic pianist. Overall: We had a great time on this cruise, very relaxing. Cruising is the way to go on a vacation. You don't have to think, making reality kind of hard to come back to. Absolutely beautiful Cruise! One thing that I kept going back and forth on was the drink package. I did decide not to do it and felt that I made the right decision for us. We did have a glass of wine at dinner each night and did have drinks after dinner, drinks by the pool, water bottles and still ended up spending alot less than the pkg would be. I feel that if I did get the package that I would drink more to make it worthwhile and it was not necessary. Lemonade, fruit punch, iced tea, water, coffee and tea are provided all day, near the pool and near the buffet areas. Ice cream and cookies are also offered all day in the Oasis. Was very impressed to find out in the kitchen tour that all the breads are made fresh 3 times a day right on the ship, and when they say fresh, they mean it. First time of Celebrity and have to say we LOVED IT! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
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 ... Read More
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 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! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
I have cruised on the MILLIE 5 times since Oct. 11... I really, really enjoy everything about it and am very sorry to know that she will not be doing the 4-5 day cruise out of Miami any longer.. In Dec. 12 we may have the Constellation. ... Read More
I have cruised on the MILLIE 5 times since Oct. 11... I really, really enjoy everything about it and am very sorry to know that she will not be doing the 4-5 day cruise out of Miami any longer.. In Dec. 12 we may have the Constellation. First timers, DO NOT MISS the SPECIAL brunch on the last sea day.. it is over the top. Also the solarium Tpool is "the best" Over 18 years of age and no loud music. Wood deck chairs with nice pads.. makes you feel you are on one of the old elegant crossings for a few days. Also, head to the aft (back deck) 10 to enjoy your breakfast/lunch/snack out of doors... Roatan, is a very very poor country and if you can pack a few school supplies for the children(pens, pencils,markers, paper etc ) it is greatly appreciated.. I also bring bandaids and some first aid items. If you are touring, any driver will take you to an orphanage or school for you to drop the items off personally or just check with a Head Waiter on board and ask them to assist you with meeting a crew member that will be visiting their home in Roatan and you can pass it on personally.. The smiles you will receive will warm your heart. Usually, they have the children sing a song for you... They are such nice people... If you don't feel like wandering to far and want to do a little shopping, go out of the port area and cross the road.. there you will find a yellow building with stalls... 1/2 of the price you will pay at the port shops. Also, you can bargain on the prices.. You can wait and book your tours/cars when you arrive.. In the port there are many reliable companies..My friends and I have used BODDEN tours. ENJOY They are very accommodating.. I hope to go again on the LAST trip in April Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
From the top I have to say overall we enjoyed our first cruise - 5 days, western Caribbean from Miami; calling at Falmouth, Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Our Concierge class cabin on the aft of the ship was generous in size and ... Read More
From the top I have to say overall we enjoyed our first cruise - 5 days, western Caribbean from Miami; calling at Falmouth, Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Our Concierge class cabin on the aft of the ship was generous in size and very comfortable; comparable to a small room in a luxury hotel. The veranda looking to the rear was extremely large. We were on deck 9, directly below the outdoor dining area and there was some noise from moving chairs, the band, etc., but not a big problem. The steward serving our cabin was very helpful, recognized us on sight the second time he saw us and responded rapidly to requests (such as for morning coffee). We found the level of comfort and service to be worth the additional cost. We ate most of our meals in the casual restaurant. Next time, we'd do our evening meals mostly in the more formal restaurant where reservations are advised. The food in the casual restaurant was quite acceptable, comparable to what you'd in a good buffet restaurant (think 2 steps above Old Country Buffet). In the main restaurant, the food was better and the service certainly more attentive as you'd expect. We ate one dinner in the "gourmet" (surcharged) Olympic restaurant and found it worth the price. A delicious meal, served in a leisurely old-world fashion. Breakfast on first morning out exposed a problem in Celebrity's planning - they were slammed in both restaurants because they were not prepared for the 800 or so guests in an affinity group to hit the restaurants all at once (they apparently overestimated the percent that would use room service). This meant unacceptably long waits, cold food, grouchy everybody. We didn't do any of the evening entertainment options in the lounges or casino (OK we spent an hour on the penny slots); just personal preferences. A Broadway music review we did attend was about the quality of a decent college production. We did enjoy spending time by the pool during the days at sea - people watching, enjoying food from the grill, and a few beverages. The vessel itself is quite comfortable. There are any number of spaces where one could go and read, play cards or spend other kind of quiet time. The internet service is handy but expensive (75 cents/minute). You can make and receive calls on your mobile phone aboard ship, but check with your carrier to determine what your roaming rates will be. The ship also has a satellite phone service you can use from your cabin, which is probably more costly that your cell phone would be, and there is a toll free number family members can use to get in touch with you. Unless you're a very heavy drinker you can skip the beverage packages. For our cruise it would have been about $60/day/person. Since the cruise line promotes them heavily both before and during the first day or two of the cruise, you can bet they make our like bandits on this. Since most drinks are around $6-$8 -- well, you can do the math. Similarly, we avoided the many photo ops, souvenir options, etc. When we take another cruise we'll consider more carefully the ports of call, looking for places of greater historical or cultural interest, where a day ashore offers relatively easy access to its benefits. Interestingly, we did not hear any of our cruise companions talking enthusiastically about their excursions. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Had not cruised for 10 years and our last cruise was ok so we were a little apprehensive. We flew into MIA and stayed at the Hotel Breakwater in SOBE. Its at 10th and Ocean so it is right in the middle of everything, including a lot of ... Read More
Had not cruised for 10 years and our last cruise was ok so we were a little apprehensive. We flew into MIA and stayed at the Hotel Breakwater in SOBE. Its at 10th and Ocean so it is right in the middle of everything, including a lot of people in a party mood. The hotel was great; newly renovated and nice rooms. I've read many reviews of the noise so we booked a high floor room in the southwest corner and it was great. Ate dinner at Casa Tua at 17th and James St. Highly recommend this restaurant. Eat at the kitchen table; it seats 25 so its a shared table but you get to experience the kitchen. Getting on the boat was a breeze. It couldn't have taken more than 10 minutes. We went to the pool side bar and had a drink and burger. We stayed in Sky Suite 6131 which we picked because of the extra large balcony. The room was awesome - plenty of room for everything and the balcony was wonderful. We spent a lot of time there with friends either reading, or having pre-dinner beverages. The location of the room was great as it was one flight down to the select dining, martini bar and Cova Cafe coffee. This cruise was one of the best vacations I've taken in a long time. We were pampered, taken care of in a non intrusive and friendly manner. FOOD - the MDR was excellent. We were always seated at the same table no matter what "select" time we choose. Food on some nights was really good and on others outstanding. Wine service was also very good and never had to wait for refills. Ravvi and the rest of the wait staff were excellent. Cova Cafe had great lattes small sandwiches and breakfast breads. Martini Bar made the afternoon. we didn't use the buffet much - just liked the more intimate feel of the smaller food venues. We ate in the Olympic Restaurant one night. While it was a nice experience, I actually enjoyed the MDR better. It felt more at home.CASINO - spent some nights in the casino and had a good time. There usually was a fun crowd. Slot machines seemed somewhat stingy. the casino bar was a good place to watch NCAA basketball. POOL - surprisingly, didn't sit by or go in the pool once. This is unusual, but just enjoyed the other spots, including our big balcony. CABIN - great. Nelson and Nemia took great care of us. GYM - Smaller than expected but plenty of equipment and only crowded the first day. PORTS - sailed with Capt. Dusty Austin on his 36ft Pearson in Roatan. This was the highlight of our off boat activities. Sailed for a while and snorkeled as well. He had plenty of drinks/beer and made us sandwiches for lunch. His son acted as first mate. Cozumel was a little tired. The shopping at the dock was actually fun. We got taken buying some bargain jewelry, but it was an experience. When the salesperson pulled the "high quality" tequila out of a boot for some shots we knew we were in trouble. Went to Playa Palencar but the wind was blowing in a direction that made the water murky and sea-weedy. We stayed for 15 minutes and went back to the boat. We'll probably opt for the eastern Caribbean next time. SHIP - I know its due for a refurbishment but I thought she was in great shape. A little rust here and there are some places needing repair, but I would sail on her in this condition any time. DISEMBARKATION - much easier than I expected. Did the express and was at the MIA airport before 9 in plenty of time for an 11 flight. I miss the boat already!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
The ship isn't as large as others I've been on, but there were fantastic public areas and friendly service. When we arrived, we were greeted with Mimosas--for free! Nice touch. Staff on the ship was friendly and helpful. ... Read More
The ship isn't as large as others I've been on, but there were fantastic public areas and friendly service. When we arrived, we were greeted with Mimosas--for free! Nice touch. Staff on the ship was friendly and helpful. The choices in the dining room were great. They even served a full-sized lobster one of the nights. This is something many of the cruise lines have done away with. If I have a complaint it is with the bar staff. They were slow and at times hard to find (and I'm not a huge drinker). That said, love the two-for-one offers on the pool deck. Our stateroom and the attendant was great. I expected a worn out room since we were on the bottom floor, but it wasn't. It was in great shape and the attendant didn't disappoint. It was like magic. We'd leave and come back to a magically made up room. However, this line (or this attendant) doesn't make towel animals. Bummer. We sailed on a sailing with lots of spring breakers, but from other years of experience, it was nothing like what we've experienced on other ships. We had our two boys 15 & 16 with us. Club Xtreme was not something they looked forward to before arriving, but they were hooked the first night. The activities kept them entertained and looking forward to another trip. I would sail Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Overall, the cruise was good and we loved the itinerary. However, we just had too many issues that should not have occurred. Plus, I really do not like being in the situation of chasing down and solving problems when I'd rather be ... Read More
Overall, the cruise was good and we loved the itinerary. However, we just had too many issues that should not have occurred. Plus, I really do not like being in the situation of chasing down and solving problems when I'd rather be spending my time relaxing. We've always heard that Celebrity Cruises was a step above its sister line, Royal Caribbean. We have taken numerous cruises on Royal Caribbean and are Diamond members. So, we wanted to venture out and try Celebrity Cruises and booked our spring break cruise. As a result of our status on Royal Caribbean, we qualified as Elite members in Celebrity's Captain's Club. Two weeks before we sailed, we notified Celebrity that our Elite status was not showing on our documents. Celebrity assured us that our status was noted and was in their system, although it did not show up on our documents. Upon embarkation on March 10, 2012, our Captain's Club status was not in the system. As a result, we were not given any of the benefits associated with the Elite status. It wasn't until after several hours of inquiry and chasing down the Captain's Club representative that our status was updated and new seapass cards were reissued. Cabin. The family ocean view stateroom with veranda is great for families. It has a terrific balcony. However, our stateroom had some quirkiness because of its location. First, our stateroom was in a corner, which required that we pass through two sets of doors to enter the stateroom. Sometimes, it smelled of sewage when passing between the first and second stateroom doors. That's right, our seapass card had to be used twice to enter the stateroom because of how the entry is located. However, upon entering the stateroom, there was plenty of storage for luggage and clothing. Overall, the stateroom is decent but it is time for an upgrade. You could clearly see worn areas in the bathroom. Part of the door frame had rusted away, probably because of water damage. It goes without saying that one would choose our stateroom for the fantastic balcony. Our balcony was located aft on the starboard side. We really liked the location and spaciousness. However, our balcony looked as if it had not been cleaned in months. The cleanliness was so lacking that we called Guest Relations and inquired how often the balcony was cleaned. There were even grease marks and hand prints on the sliding glass door. Yes, soot from the engine exhaust can drift onto the balcony, but that is a minor and rare inconvenience that did not bother us. Our balcony was just not cleaned as it should have been. The lounge chairs were in no better shape and I requested several times to have padding placed on the lounge chairs so that I would not get my clothes dirty. We had hoped to have breakfast on our balcony, but after seeing its condition, we ditched this idea. Once we got the padding on the lounge chairs and had someone clean the balcony floor, we enjoyed it. Again, given the caliber of this cruise line, we should not have had to address any of these problems. These issues should have been fixed before we set foot into the stateroom. Our stateroom attendant's service was not as good as it should have been. There were four of us staying in the stateroom and for some reason, our bathroom would only have two washcloths. We called once and informed that our bathroom should be provisioned with a quantity of four. In addition, the lowest point of the cruise occurred when our bathroom was provisioned with towels that had holes in them. I couldn't believe that Celebrity would allow this to happen on their cruise line. I've never received a towel with holes on any of my Royal Caribbean cruises. Captain's Club. Captain's Club is definitely not as good as Royal Caribbean's Crown & Anchor Society. As Elite members, we received a one-page sheet of coupons (15 coupons to be exact). Some of the coupons were good, but I couldn't help think that Celebrity was not a step above Royal Caribbean in this regards. Which is better? A sheet of 15 coupons for each adult (Celebrity), or a booklet of 28 coupons for each adult and a booklet of 15 coupons for each child (Royal Caribbean). Further, the evening social hour in the Michael's club is a nice touch, but this benefit was not available until March 12, two days into the cruise. Again, we thought Royal Caribbean's Concierge social hour was better and more accommodating than what we experienced on this cruise. So, one may ask, what did we enjoy about the cruise? The food! We enjoyed the food. The quality of the food was very good. We initially had a seating arrangement problem due to a member of our party having a food allergy. Our head waiter resolved the seating problem and also went out of his way to make the food experience enjoyable for our kids. Our waiter and assistant waiter were very attentive. Despite the problems, we enjoyed the cruise. As you can imagine, we did not think it was a step above Royal Caribbean. Perhaps, Celebrity's newer ships in their Solstice class provide a much more enjoyable experience. However, we are not going to take the chance and have opted to cancel our future reservation on Celebrity's Reflection. We will continue with our August cruise on the Vision of the Seas. Finally, we hope Celebrity Millenium is much better after it becomes Solsticized. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Bigger is not always better! The Millennium is the perfect size - not too big and not too small. Have cruised on the Solstice class ships (Eclipse & Solstice) and enjoyed those very much and was afraid that the Millennium class ship ... Read More
Bigger is not always better! The Millennium is the perfect size - not too big and not too small. Have cruised on the Solstice class ships (Eclipse & Solstice) and enjoyed those very much and was afraid that the Millennium class ship size would "feel" crowded due to its smaller size. My fears were unfounded! I actually personally enjoyed that there were fewer people on the ship than the Solstice class size. There were lots of place to find your own personal space. Never felt crowded at all - except for the buffet lines. Do wish it were set up like the Solstice class ships, as it would be easier to find the food stations. But at least there were always plenty of tables in the buffet on the Milli. Never had a problem finding somewhere to eat. The Millennium is a beautiful, classic gal. I almost think Celebrity should leave her as she is and not "solstisize" her. But hopefully once they have taken her out of dry dock she will be even better than she was before she went in. We were on a five night cruise to Cozumel and Roatan - which was not long enough. We wanted to stay for 5 more nights! Ship was lovely and was in excellent condition. The staff on the Millennium was exceptionally pleasant and professional. Actually, I found the staff on board to be much more friendly than the staff on the Solstice or the Eclipse. And I found the Officers on the Milli to be much more engaging than either of the Solstice class ships that we have sailed. Every single time an Offer passed by us, they always said hello. As did the staff. They were always very pleasant and very friendly. And had a smile on their faces too! Not sure why.... other than possibly less passengers on board so maybe not as hectic for the officers or staff??? Our cabin was a fabulous place to relax and chill out. Huge balcony and it was an aft corner balcony to boot. Beautiful views of the relaxing wake! Many hours were spent enjoying the sea air on that fabulous piece of Millennium real estate! Cabin was very quite too. Food in the MDR was very good. Service was excellent. Our assistant waiter (Fernando??) and wine steward were fabulous! We were in Select Dining (dine at your choice of times) and enjoyed the freedom that provides in when you want to eat. No complaints about the MDR. Everyone on the Milli tried hard to please! My favorite place to relax was the Thalassotherapy pool! I love that pool! Wonderful pool and it is an absolute shame that they do not have this T-Pool on any of the Solstice class ships. As that is one of THE best places to relax and feel all your muscles un-kink! Enjoyed the two ports of call - especially Roatan. Went to Maya Key which was a lovely relaxing way to spend the day. Didn't realize it when we booked the ship's excursion that Maya Key is a wildlife sanctuary. The excursion included a very interesting guided tour of the grounds (1 hour in length), Mayan culture museum, wonderful lunch buffet, sandy beach area with snorkel area and also a beautiful pool area. Highly recommend this ship excursion. Entertainment was excellent. Enjoyed the shows. Especially enjoyed the comedian that was there on the last evening. Rondell Sheridan (I think??) was his name and he was REALLY very funny!! Don't miss him if he is on your sailing! Also you will be amazed at the Cruise Director's voice! She is from Australia (cannot remember her name) but she has an amazing voice! I would gladly sail on the Milli again in the future and look forward to doing so one day again soon. She is a beautiful gal who will hopefully only be better once Celebrity has solsticized her. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
This was our second cruise on a Celebrity ship. The first was on the Solstice. We did not expect the Millennium to be in the same class as the Solstice so our expectations were set somewhat lower. We arrived at the Port of Miami at ... Read More
This was our second cruise on a Celebrity ship. The first was on the Solstice. We did not expect the Millennium to be in the same class as the Solstice so our expectations were set somewhat lower. We arrived at the Port of Miami at 12:15PM for our 4pm sailing. Porters immediately swept up our bags and sent us on to the check-in point. Personnel guided us effortlessly through the procedure with lightning speed. We were then on the ship at 12:45pm. We were greeted with champagne and escorted to the cafe for a nice buffet lunch. We then had time to tour the ship on our own for several hours. We found everything very clean and orderly with all personnel very friendly and helpful. Music played in the pool area for our enjoyment. When we returned to our cabin at 4pm or so, our bags were delivered at to the door. Our inside cabin, 2165 was slightly tight. We wanted to go cheap on this cruise so we did not expect a huge room with the price we paid. Queen sized bed was comfortable. Typical bathroom. Sufficient storage for clothes. Flat panel TV. Huge mirror on wall at foot of bed. Room was quiet. Little rumble can be felt when you walk bare feet on floor. We were not in the room very much so we did not mine the close quarters. Had 6pm dinner seating. Excellent waiter and assistant waiter. Food was Celebrity delicious each night. Little disappointed that there was no lobster served on the cruise. Beautiful and yummy brunch served on the second the last day on cruise. Gorgeous ice, fruit, cheese, and vegetable carvings. Buffet at the cafe was ok. We ate breakfast at the Metropolitan Restaurant every morning. Very good. Great shows every night. Don't miss those. Cosmos was fun for dancing each night. Show crew gave dance lessons every day in Cosmos night club. If you don't want noise, you can find a quiet place on this ship, outside or inside. Ship is showing its age however. It will go to dry dock in April. We were told it will get new flooring and 2 new specialty restaurants. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Millennium. Great competent crew combined with great food and entertainment how can you go wrong. Plus the price is right. We paid $900 for the two of us including taxes, etc. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We booked this cruise vacation a couple of months ago - the price was right for our family. We took our son (16) and daughter (11)on this vacation. We had never been on a five day cruise before - and it was perfect. Five days was a ... Read More
We booked this cruise vacation a couple of months ago - the price was right for our family. We took our son (16) and daughter (11)on this vacation. We had never been on a five day cruise before - and it was perfect. Five days was a great break from work and school - and allowed us to get home on Saturday so that we could relax before getting back to the grind. Although the Millennium is due to go to dry dock to be Solsticized - we thought the ship was in very good condition. Sure there were some worn spots here and there - but the public areas were in really good condition. The same can be said for our cabins. We had a Concierge Class veranda stateroom - and the kids had an inside cabin across the hall. We thought that the Concierge Class was laid out well with good space. We've had larger staterooms - but this suited us nicely. The food on board exceeded our expectations. We knew the Olympic Restaurant would be excellent (and it was!!!). We wound up in the main dining room for four nights and the food was very good. Lots of choices and almost everything we ate was very good. The service in the main dining room was fantastic. Our waiter and assistant waiter provided outstanding service and had great personalities. Needless to say the service in the Olympic was impressive. I recommend that you eat in the Olympic at least once. If we didn't have the kids - we probably would have dined their at least 3 times. The only area we saw for improvement was the entertainment. There was a band in the Rendezvous lounge that was terrible. They were from the Ukraine - and their singer butchered pop songs every night. However - we saw the same musicians without their female singer at brunch on Friday - playing jazz and swing - and they were terrific. If only they played this music every night - their dance floor would have been packed. There were entertainers in the Cova lounge that were good - but not great. A talented piano player that turned every song into something that sounded like Elton John. A guitar player who had a nice voice - but had zero personality. And - an A Cappella group - MetroPark - who were very good and very entertaining. Lastly - Celebrity has a disembarkation that was fantastic! No messages over the speaker system every five minutes. Instead - directions to a meeting area - and then an announcement for groups to head to the gangway. We were off the ship with absolutely no lines. We had a great time - and highly recommend Celebrity and the Millenium. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
I decided in January to book my annual winter break cruise and started looking for cruises departing in Feb. Celebrity always has good deals on Western Caribbean cruises this time of year so it was pretty much a no brain-er when I saw the ... Read More
I decided in January to book my annual winter break cruise and started looking for cruises departing in Feb. Celebrity always has good deals on Western Caribbean cruises this time of year so it was pretty much a no brain-er when I saw the Millennium sailing a 5 day itinerary for 349pp. I could have gone cheaper on Carnival, but I want more sophistication and less party on my cruises. Embarkation: As always the cruise terminal in Miami is a breeze to get through. We arrived around 1130a and after the typical formalities of the security X ray, Illness questionnaire and sea-pass account check-in, we were on-board by 1145a. The staff gave their usual warm welcome and champagne or mimosa and it was time to head to the buffet for lunch while the staterooms were being readied. The ship: After reading many reviews about the ships condition I was anxious to see if the Millie was being taken care of. I am happy to say that the ship was immaculate. The only areas of wear and tear I noticed was the outdoor bar flooring was in need of a overhaul and our stateroom had bedside lamps that were corroded and rusted. Crews were already working behind the scenes for the Millies upcoming overhaul as evidenced by the engineering crew making measurements around the ship. The public areas were very nice and tastefully decorated , although some of the artwork throughout the ship was a little bizarre for my taste. The solarium had the look and feel of a Solstice class ship and was one of my favorite areas of the Millie. The stateroom: We booked a veranda on deck 8 near the forward bank of elevators. I thought noise would be a issue but after the first day it became clear that it wasn't. The room was a bit smaller than I expected, but it was clean and well laid out. Plenty of storage space for a 5 night cruise. One negative about the room that I noticed was our ice bucket was not filled regularly. On previous cruises fresh ice was usually available and changed twice a day. On a couple of days we had no ice at all. Also when will Celebrity finally install comfortable mattresses? The beds are so hard! The bathroom was nice and clean. I love the lemon grass toiletries they offer. The staff: For the most part the Celebrity crew were amazing. Always smiling and generally happy. One area that was a issue on this cruise was it seemed like I had to wait more than usual for bar service and buffet service. More than once I would show up to a buffet station and have to stand around for 3-5mins until I was served. It wasn't that there was a line, there was simply nobody there to serve you. Our waiter Fermin (sp) at the main dining room was amazing though. The best I have ever had on a cruise. He was attentive and gracious! Had it not been for our fantastic waiter I would have skipped the MDR altogether, but we came 4 out of the 5 nights, his service was that good. The food: Sadly Celebrity is slowly falling behind when it comes to food quality. More than once on the cruise I was disappointed with my food choices. The shining star of the ship is the aquaspa cafe. The food there is healthy, light and delicious. Sadly its open only for breakfast and lunch. The buffet was lack luster and presumably due to the light bookings on the ship, not fully opened. Entire sides of the buffet were not even used during our cruise. Stand out selections in the buffet were the Indian curry's . I highly recommend any one of them. The sushi was good although the Miso soup was always lukewarm. I didn't care for the pasta station or the carvery station much. The food was mostly bland and not very original. The main dining room food was the biggest disappointment of the whole cruise. I like to think I have a sophisticated palate so when I ordered the Coc Au Vin I was looking for a wow factor. I got chicken with brown gravy on mashed potatoes. The much touted Plank Blackened Salmon was a huge letdown. Imagine salmon drenched in KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce. Most at our table did not finish it. Menu items that really made me roll my eyes were Spaghetti Carbonara and the chefs "special meatballs" Seemed like rather mundane selections for a cruise line once known for its amazing food. Activities: I will be honest on this one. I spent most of my time wallowing at the pool or solarium. Didn't see a single show although I heard the juggler was amazing. The live music on the ship was just OK. The repertoire of the band was pretty limited. I heard "Sweet Home Alabama" at least 5 times on the pool deck. The disco wasn't much better. Music leaned toward the typical "classics" "Saturday Night Fever" kinda stuff. The dancing with the stripes officer show was hilarious. Highly recommend it. In fact all of the ships officers seemed pretty visible and engaged during our cruise. That was refreshing to see. Summary: In all I had a good cruise. I will sail Celebrity again. I like the subdued atmosphere and all the little perks that they offer. I hope Celebrity can work on the food situation that's my only real gripe. If you are looking for a good value and a relaxing vacation Celebrity may be for you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We arrived into Miami about 5pm on February 5 and took a taxi ($30) to the Holiday Inn downtown. Check-in was easy and the room was great...seems to have been recently redone. We went across the street to Bayside for dinner and again the ... Read More
We arrived into Miami about 5pm on February 5 and took a taxi ($30) to the Holiday Inn downtown. Check-in was easy and the room was great...seems to have been recently redone. We went across the street to Bayside for dinner and again the next day for breakfast. This hotel is in an excellent location for cruisers. Took a taxi (about $15) to the ship about 11am and we were aboard by 1130. The whole process was quick and efficient. We wandered around the ship and tried out the buffet, then the rooms were ready about 1pm. It appeared that some things are a bit dated on this ship, but I did not see any extreme wear and tear. Everything was kept very clean. Food- We found the main dining room food to be comparable to that on RCCL. We had always heard that Celebrity was a step above RCCL, but we found them to be very similar in quality. We very much liked the fact that there was the large alternate selections available every evening, but we were not impressed with the bread selections. The buffet was just okay. First off, the set up is beyond horrible. I could never get to the salad area without waiting in line for other stuff. The set up does not make sense. Second, there really didn't seem to be a lot of choices in the buffet. My biggest complaint is the quality of those scrambled eggs....wet and soupy! The Cova cafe (almond croissants) was wonderful and be sure to check out the burgers and fries at the Ocean grill. Ports- We stopped in Roatan and Cozumel this trip. Roatan did not seem very impressive in the area where we were docked, but I believe other parts of the island are nicer. We did do the ziplining through the cruise line excursions and it was great. This was our 4th Cozumel stop, so we just wandered into the main part of town and did a bit of shopping and eating. Entertainment- We saw one of the shows, which was okay. The crew talent show is a must see...they were great! The comedian(Rondell Sheridan) on the last night was very good, especially when he was picking on people in the audience. We enjoyed the cruise and would probably sail Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
This was my third Celebrity cruise and as always, few other mainstream lines can hold a candle to its combination of large ship features and amenities with a more refined and personal touch. Every aspect of the cruise, from boarding to ... Read More
This was my third Celebrity cruise and as always, few other mainstream lines can hold a candle to its combination of large ship features and amenities with a more refined and personal touch. Every aspect of the cruise, from boarding to disembarkation, was conducted in a friendly and efficient manner. It did not take long to get on or off the ship. The staff members all had friendly attoitThe ship is going into drydock shortly for a refresh, and certainly a few public areas and carpets could use an update, but overall, the ship had a very modern feel to it. The gym was ample and there was never a wait for equipment. There also were plenty of deck chairs so you didn't have to scramble to get a seat in the sunshine during the sea days. The cabin was comfortable and verandah was kept clean as well as the room. Our cabin steward team was great and unobtrusive. The cruise director was great and had a fun personality without being too over the top or phony. Entertainment such as shows and activities were also fun, not earth shattering or anything, but a good time. The ports of call were good, the new port at Falmouth was nice to visit as it is an actual Jamaican town. If you walk a few blocks from the port you get a nice slice of local Jamaican life. Also there are some great buildings to look at which date back to colonial times. Grand Cayman was overrun by cruise passengers with 5 ships in port. We took the public bus to the beach and then returned to the ship. The tendering makes this a somewhat annoying port. The main flaws in this cruise were related to dining services. The buffet restaurant was not terribly efficient. The food in the buffet area was usually fresh, but they had an annoying habit of shutting down various stations throughout the buffet even though the buffet restaurant was still busy. This drove all the dining traffic to the few remaining stations, causing large lines. In the dining room, the food was really below average in terms of quality. You didn't go hungry but nothing was really terrific. Meats generally came out overdone and vegetables seemed limp and lifeless. Our dining room team was friendly and personable but oddly inefficient. Sometimes we would linger between courses for 15 minutes with uncleared plates, only to have 2 subsequent courses turn up all at once. Employees in the dining room also made attempts to solicit positive comments on the comment cards, with a not-so-subtle point to their nametags when doing so. I felt that was out of place on a more upmarket cruise line. Another minor complaint would be the continuing degradation of Captain's Club benefits, which now seem to be reduced to a sheet of coupons of minimal value and a reception scheduled in the middle of the afternoon when many guests are participating in activities throughout the ship. Despite any minor blips, it was a great cruise. Celebrity delivers a top notch product at prices which are not that much higher than more mass-market cruise lines. Looking forward to sailing on again on one of the blue & white ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We got bargain rates and inexpensive air fare for this 5 night W Carib cruise so maybe we're not entitled to complain... I know the Millennium is going into dry dock in 6 wks but the experience might have soured us on Celebrity. The ... Read More
We got bargain rates and inexpensive air fare for this 5 night W Carib cruise so maybe we're not entitled to complain... I know the Millennium is going into dry dock in 6 wks but the experience might have soured us on Celebrity. The beds: each leaning to one side- separating them didn't help and requesting a foam overlay wouldn't have helped since the bases were listing to one side. Sheets seemed to be OK and were all cotton (?) however, they weren't changed in 5 nights and started to feel bad.. Orange poly cover was pilled and disgusting. As were the orange covered shams. White synthetic filled comforter was also repulsive. Worse than some of my old, worn out comforters at home that I use solely for cushioning/transporting furniture/art etc. Bed skirt was torn. I requested feather pillows which were only marginally better than the ones on our bed. By the way, we were on deck 7 in a veranda room. Carpet was in good condition. Comfortable beds, especially as we age and also get accustomed to a higher standard take on more importance. I'd love to see the Westin Heavenly bed on Celebrity ships (even in a diminutive shipboard size). Even the Marriott hotel chain has improved their beds. Celebrity needs to get with it! Down comforters would be inappropriate for the Caribbean but mattresses, sheets and pillows all need a major upgrade. Service: room attendants were nice and did a good job- surprisingly, although they seemed grateful for the additional tips ($70 ) - there was no enhancement in service, cleaning, promptness etc. Food: pastries and breads/rolls were mostly excellent. Although dense, 100% whole grain not found anywhere, including the Aqua Spa. There was some pumpernickel bread darkened with caramel coloring but tasted light and white. Main dining room: Mostly mediocre with a few exceptions. We were glad it was only a 5 night cruise. Hospital cafeteria food has been steadily improving- I think most hospitals nowadays would serve better haddock than the dried out stuff on our first night. My husband's first course on the first night (should've been fresh) of a lump crab appetizer was inedible. Salmon on the left side (traditional) menu was very good the first time and dried out and disappointing on another night. As others have said, the shrimp cocktail was reliably good and the creme brulee delicious. Apple pie also outstanding. A few of my husband's beef dishes were excellent but a rib eye tough and poor. Toward the end of the cruise, we started sending anything back that was disappointing after one bite. At first I felt some sympathy for the chef, after all, it must be difficult preparing so much food for so many people... I won't bore you with anymore details of the bad/disappointing dishes we experienced.. Morning espresso drinks and croissants and afternoon sandwiches at Cova Cafe were great (all free except for coffee). Aqua Spa breakfast and lunch food was fresh and beautifully presented. Sushi bar was good as was our first buffet lunch. The food we had on our Azamara cruise a few yrs ago was infinitely better. We met some folks who were cruising Celebrity for the first time- previously on Carnival- they said there was no comparison and they were thrilled with the Millennium- I guess it's what you are used to... Next time, I will follow closely Conde Nast numerical ratings for individual ships.. Ports: Roatan- very interesting, hilly, lush and green- enjoyed our private snorkeling trip (Upachaya). Make sure you wear a snorkel vest- you don't have to inflate it but good to have it as back up since several people in our group panicked. Stunning water and views- sea life not that great but still an excellent experience. Cozumel- private taxi tour with Alberto (Eduardo's company) was great. Car was older and small but a/c worked well and he was an excellent guide. Loved the wild, windblown east side of the island and our lunch stop at Playa Bonita. Had a delicious lunch along with icy cocktails- no intestinal problems ensued.. Miami- stunning views departing the port and enjoyed our ship excursion at the end- highlights of the city and beach- bus tour. Entertainment: Eddie, a fellow cruise passenger, performed at Karaoke night "It's raining men"! Eddie's performance was one of the highlights of our entire cruise. Newlywed game with Bob Eubanks wannabe was also a hoot. My advice is to seek out the fun and silly- don't take your entertainment too seriously. Comedian/singer James Stephens III was seriously great though. Overall, we had a lot of fun on this cruise and would recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
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 3.5
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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