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Apologies for the length ....ooops Considering the many less than flattering reviews of Millennium we were very pleasantly surprised with the overall relative charm and consistently welcoming staff. Perhaps mainly due to the outstanding ... Read More
Apologies for the length ....ooops Considering the many less than flattering reviews of Millennium we were very pleasantly surprised with the overall relative charm and consistently welcoming staff. Perhaps mainly due to the outstanding sociable and efficient Captain instilling a positive attitude. We were in Sky S1 6125 We embarked in Hong Kong and following an initial problem by Immigration staff not accepting entry to the ship without a China Visa despite all the ongoing CruiseCritic roll call comments yes/No/yes?... I fortunately had printed the Transit Visa requirement document from the Shanghai Port Authority website outlining the Transit rules... Well we were allowed on board... However the Ship advised no Shanghai access without a Visa, ... unless we booked a tour with them..The Michaels Club concierge Lucy arranged the booking for a $10 fee per person visa... So well done but be aware?. In fact in Shanghai port there did not appear to be egress by non visa pax? The ship itself while certainly ageing appeared to be very well maintained everywhere and constantly cleaned by diligent staff. The Sky S1 was neat with sufficient space , settee and lounge and desk chair and had a nicer bed configuration facing the balcony view. The walk in? storage was good however doors open almost into the bathroom and across the entryway created a minor hazard. Our Butler Robert was fine however we had little need to require his service and our suite was well cleaned We tended to eat in Luminae most meals and were never disappointed by the ever efficient and smiling staff..Wow the best Sommelier (Leo) we have come across in countless cruises even on the many smaller luxury companies. The total Lumiae staff should be mentioned and were appreciated. Lumiae menu could and was supplemented as required from the Main dining room menu choices...always without hesitation. An excellent option and appreciated Michaels club Lucy another efficient and excellent Concierge with a great barman Jag....?.ever attentive and inventive..thankyou. We never experienced The Main Dining room so no comment . However we attempted several lunches in Ocean View with very limited success due mainly to finding two seats somewhere or particularly near, to one of the selected food buffet stations. The buffet food was plentiful but resulted in people with partially or full plates walking almost from one side of the ship to obtain say pasta for me then the other direction for sandwich etc ...so a bit of a traffic jam but I guess minor. The specialty Restaurants for us anyway did not compare to Solstice as no Marino and we did not care (but tried it )for the perhaps interesting Qsine as with many varieties a little hard to match a wine but interesting to experience. We attended at Tuscan a so called "Connoisseur" wine pairing dinner but our table and others were underwhelmed.. 5 courses all full size servings( which may suit some) creating a quantity problem and the menu selection with the first 3 dishes offering large cheese balls and one course a whole Tomato cut 4 chunks with a huge Mozzarella ball.."fine dining"..come on. But the Fillet steak was lovely (9 oz...on top of the other dishes... too much ..well for us) and also available on several nights anyway in the main dining (or Luminae)..so not that special. The wine selection provided the opportunity to try a variation from the norm and in general were nice (one bottle corked) but replaced immediately... so good service and still an enjoyable evening. We did not (this time) try the Sushi on 5 as we had on Solstice and enjoyed. Entertainment The Cruise Director was ok and managed to keep it all rolling Actual stage shows.. a couple with the ship dancers etc were excellent, other individual performers while ok were a mixed bag... but in general all good...with ever vigilant drink waiters. The ports of call were generally good. We commenced the trip with a week in Hong Kong so did not experience the ship tours. Taiwan private tour arranged with Hana tours through a Cruise Critic member Cindy was excellent Okinawa.. We walked 20+ minutes from the ship to the to City centre and simply explored the shops, lanes and markets..a little lunch an enjoyable stroll with warm weather Shanghai full day ship bus (50 pax) tour( without a visa could not participate in a private one) to the Water Village was good and even included a short river(creek) boat ride with one oar man rowing and steering with the one rear long oar and paddled between all the old style village homes and shops.. nice.Then a big chinese luncheon Nagasaki tour was cancelled following the previous days heavy fog... with the Millennium anchored overnite and near full day as the China port Authority commanded no movement..The Captain (always keeping everybody informed) announced 22 ships were stopped near us but "out of site"..a very dangerous situation.The Captain explained while perhaps? Millie could have moved we still had the Pilot on board...so. Kobe on our own to enjoy the City as we had been there last year for days .. While there it is worth tours covering the Bamboo forest and the Golden Pavillion.. did not speak to pax who did tours. Shimuzu (ahh Mt Fuji... it was there somewhere?) ship bus tour (another full bus load).. to the interesting Pine Forest walk of trees advised to be 200 to 400 years old and lead to a black sand beach which on a clear day offers great view of the Mt Fuji (we were shown a picture)...As we managed good views last year we accepted the pic... another large lunch with over 300 of our newest best friends .. a wide selection of authentic local province food despite the large expected crowds a pleasant day Disembarkation ..we fortunately waited in Michaels Club til final call to exit at 0945... Then Cab to YCAT the Cruise Air Terminal and Limo Bus to Haneda ( totalUS$25 each)... The ship had a tour Airport drop off to Narita only US$170 each... Anyway a very enjoyable cruise on the pleasant Millie helped by the staff and crew and a delightful and visible Captain Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarkation in Hong Kong was a breeze, and disembarkation in Tokyo was really easy. Immigration in some ports in Japan was a nightmare, and there was a huge on-line discussion regarding any ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarkation in Hong Kong was a breeze, and disembarkation in Tokyo was really easy. Immigration in some ports in Japan was a nightmare, and there was a huge on-line discussion regarding any visa needed for China. It was determined that if you were a US or Canadian citizen you could use the ship's visa for $10 pp (if you intended to take a ship's excursion in Shanghai )- but other nationalities needed to purchase a Chinese visa before they boarded the ship. We stayed at Royal Garden Hotel in Hong Kong for 2 nights prior to the cruise, and it was really good. In Tokyo was stayed two nights at the Grand Nikkon (after the cruise) and it was terrific. We did mostly ship's tours, which were fine but some of the guides were difficult to understand but tried hard to please and make our experience in Japan memorable. The food and service on the ship, in the main dining room, was really good - but the food in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) left a lot to be desired. I think, because we were in Asia, they felt the need to do a lot of Asian and other exotic dishes, which were mostly left untouched, as at least 80% of the passengers were American, Canadian or English, and wanted good familiar food. The lack of tables in this cafe caused a lot of frustration also especially when people were in a hurry in order to make their tour on time. I would say this was my least favorite part of the ship and we avoided it as much as we could. The ship was fine, but it is a little dated and lacks the "wow" factor of the newer ships. The captain and the officers were very visible and made every effort to be friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had not been to Japan. The date & itinerary were what we were looking for. There was a terrible problem with whether we needed a visa for China. Every time I called, which had to be at least a dozen times, I got a different ... Read More
We had not been to Japan. The date & itinerary were what we were looking for. There was a terrible problem with whether we needed a visa for China. Every time I called, which had to be at least a dozen times, I got a different answer. I called my travel agent 4 times. She told me we didn't need a visa but knew I must be concerned for a reason. She called visa central and was told we needed a visa. I called visa central & got different answers. We decided that we better to be safe. It cost us about $300. On board they after about 3 days they said we could get a group visa for $10/person if we booked a shore excursion with them. The ship was fine. The cabin was good. There was no place to ballroom dance in the evening before 10PM, a big disappointment. The food was disappointing. The shows were very good except for a terrible comedian. Only time I have seen so many people walk out. The service was slow at the late seating. Our room steward was nice & good but had a hard time getting Ice. He couldn't have cleaned very well because we found a purse and tote left behind from previous cruisers. Loved Taiwan, Okinawa, Shanghai, Kobe (Nara) & Tokyo. Didn't make Nagasaki because we ran into fog in Shanghai & the pilot couldn't get off the boat. We were over 9 hours stuck in port. We had to go through immigration in Osaka because we didn't in Nagasaki. It was a nightmare. Didn't have enough time in Kyota. Lunch a hotel was mediocre. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
By and large we had an enjoyable cruise on Millennium travelling from Hong Kong and visiting Taiwan, China and Japan. Though the ship is showing signs of wear and tear it is kept spotlessly clean. The itinerary was excellent and we ... Read More
By and large we had an enjoyable cruise on Millennium travelling from Hong Kong and visiting Taiwan, China and Japan. Though the ship is showing signs of wear and tear it is kept spotlessly clean. The itinerary was excellent and we enjoyed it immensely apart from missing the port of Nagasaki due to fog (we were unable to offload the Chinese pilot after leaving Shanghai) which led to three consecutive days at sea – something we normally try to avoid. Luckily we were on a Celebrity trip the day we were due to visit so at least we got our money back! The missed port unfortunately had a knock on effect in Kobe which was too small to cope with the immigration process for a vessel entering Japan from China resulting in huge delays of up to three hours. We spoke to several people on private tours who did not make their trips. We lost our reserved seats on the bullet train to Kyoto but otherwise managed to proceed as scheduled albeit an hour or so later than planned. We found the entertainment in the theatre to be a bit hit and miss. We were underwhelmed by the Cruise director who seemed to think wearing different odd coloured shoes each evening was somehow funny! The shows we attended were OK but we preferred to go to the rendezvous Lounge to listen (and dance) to the excellent ensemble “Inner Mood”. Worst aspect of the cruise was the food. We found the fayre on offer in the Oceanview café to be very disappointing, always cold or at best lukewarm. Also compared to the Solstice class ships the layout of the restaurant is poor. The MDR was generally better but there were some nights when we found little that appealed (and we are not fussy eaters!). On other evenings we were spoiled for choice. Quality of the food was similarly unpredictable ranging from duck as tough as old boots to steak you could have cut with a butter knife. A copious supply of the very pleasant house merlot together with delightful table companions helped alleviate any complaints. To finish on a high note the staff were, as ever, simply brilliant. From cabin attendant to restaurant server to the guys behind the pool bar they could not do enough to help. Always smiling, always going that extra mile they really made our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Great Asia itinerary. Our room was very well kept with excellent room steward. Very clean and tidy throughout the ship. Overall ship temperature was very good. We had varying outdoor temps during our 2 weeks. Staff in general was excellent ... Read More
Great Asia itinerary. Our room was very well kept with excellent room steward. Very clean and tidy throughout the ship. Overall ship temperature was very good. We had varying outdoor temps during our 2 weeks. Staff in general was excellent as well. Not even remotely any bad experiences. Entertainment was very very good. Great variety. The in-house dancers and band were awesome! Food in main dining was great. It was all hot and fresh. Nice selection. Wine sommelier went above and beyond getting me a selected bottle the next evening from another source. Servers were friendly and very good at their job. Candida in the main dining was superb! Only my pasta one night was not the greatest. We also ate at the Tuscan Grill. Amazing food and experience! Cannot say enough good about it. Worth the extra price. The upstairs buffet was always good with a varied and fresh, hot selection. Sunny side up eggs cooked to perfection. Bagels were not the greatest though. A smoked salmon sandwich on a baguette is highly recommended.Great Italian coffee. Room service was timely; usually early. Captain was informative and well spoken. Kept us informed with the fog situation we had for a day. The hamburgs at poolside needed a little help. Buns not fresh and burger was not right off the grill. Eating area by inside pool I would say was the biggest disappointment, as it had been awesome on other Celebrity ships. We had a lot of fun and our eyes were opened to Asian culture. No regrets. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This cruise had a wonderful itinerary leaving from Hong Kong,and visiting large ports like Shanghai, Tianjin (Beijing), Incheon (Seoul) and Yokohama (Tokyo) as well as smaller ports like Nagasaki, Kagoshima ,Osaka, Naha, Jeju Island , ... Read More
This cruise had a wonderful itinerary leaving from Hong Kong,and visiting large ports like Shanghai, Tianjin (Beijing), Incheon (Seoul) and Yokohama (Tokyo) as well as smaller ports like Nagasaki, Kagoshima ,Osaka, Naha, Jeju Island , Ishigaki Island and Hososhima. The Volendam, although older, is a comfortable well-sized ship. We had a verandah stateroom which we feel is worth the extra price. The food, in general, was very good. There were interesting lectures (kudos to Master Kam) and many activities to keep people busy. The passengers were mostly in the senior age-group but most were very well-travelled and active. The service by our room stewards was wonderful, as usual on HAL. The Lido seemed understaffed with less service than on previous cruises. The staff were always friendly. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly for us. However, at some ports, particularly in Japan, there were long waits and line-ups to get off the ship. We really enjoyed the cruise and our first visit to Asia. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We choose this cruise because it was to be our first time to visit Asia. The stops were super interesting with lots of variety. We hit the cherry blossoms almost perfectly. The ship was in fine condition with the exception of the ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was to be our first time to visit Asia. The stops were super interesting with lots of variety. We hit the cherry blossoms almost perfectly. The ship was in fine condition with the exception of the seating. It seems that the springs in the chairs in the high traffic areas (LIDO, MDR, and Franz Hals lounge) have lost their springs. They're pretty uncomfortable. We ate virtually all of our meals in the LIDO so that we could control the portion sizes and eat fairly quickly. This paid off in spades as both of us did not gain any weight during the cruise. There seems to be fewer staff in the LIDO and MDR The biggest challenge I found was with the way that HAL did immigration process for the ports in which we had shore excursions. For all of the times that HAL does immigration procedures, one would think that they would have it down. I realize they don't control the local authorities and my observations are not about them. It's about HAL. Sometimes they issue priority cards (and that process is varied and flawed), one time they did it by what stateroom deck you were on (the worst), On the positive side, the embarkation in HK was the best we've ever had, and the disembarkation in Vancouver went exactly as presented. The highlight of the entertainment were two performances: Elliot Finkle and Savannah Jack. Mr. Finkle is an amazing pianist and entertainer. He's the kind of fellow you'd like to have in your home and just chat with. Savannah Jack was a 5 person band from Nashville that performed for the first time on HAL and ALL 4 shows (2 each on 2 separate days) were different. On the final night, they played to packed audiences for both 8 and 10pm shows. Normally HAL puts a low key venue in those last time slots, but they were so high energy. The service continued at HAL's typical high standards (with the immigration process exception). We traveled with a 15 year old granddaughter and it would have been nicer for her to have others of the same age. We liked the cruise so much we booked it to start in Singapore in February, 2018 and sail to Yokohama. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We just returned from the Volendam China, Japan cruise. We chose it because of the ports of call and we had been on this ship previously. We enjoyed the trip very much but have to say the time wasted getting off the ship at the different ... Read More
We just returned from the Volendam China, Japan cruise. We chose it because of the ports of call and we had been on this ship previously. We enjoyed the trip very much but have to say the time wasted getting off the ship at the different ports if you are touring independently, is a big disappointment and time wasted at the port. We did not use the dining room more than 3 times in our 2 weeks onboard because the service is so slow and the food isn't very hot when it does arrive. We ate a Lido buffet mostly. The breakfast and lunch is great there. The dinner food has the same "not hot enough" problem. One evening I was asked by a manager how our food was. I did ask him for some hot fried rice and got some. We observed that they put the food out on the buffet line at 5 pm and it doesn't open till 5;30, so that could be the problem. They do have many choices. The MIX martini bar and Ryan the bartender are super great. We were regulars there1 Most of the ports of call were fabulous with the exception of Nagasaki, which we thought wasn't very good and not enough time to really enjoy it. Shanghai and Tokyo were our favorites. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We signed up for this cruise 2 years ago. We have almost every detail planned. Plane mechanical problems caused us to miss one day and one tour in Hong Kong. Regretfully, all prepaid, non-refundable. It was sign of more trouble to come. ... Read More
We signed up for this cruise 2 years ago. We have almost every detail planned. Plane mechanical problems caused us to miss one day and one tour in Hong Kong. Regretfully, all prepaid, non-refundable. It was sign of more trouble to come. The Millennium is a wonderful ship. She is in great shape for her age and is well maintained. Our cabin 1136 was in great shape with no problems. I cannot think of one thing in 14 days that stood out as normal wear and tear. I had an Aquaclass cabin and could have eaten in Blue most dinners, but the staff was slow, almost invisible when you needed someone and never a smile. We went to the main dining room, the waiters were there, happy, and had a wonderful attitude. A world of difference. Except for Blue, the waiters throughout the ship were exceptional. We had a drink package and we tested that. The food was excellent and I enjoyed the variety and have something different most nights along with meeting new people every night. Entertainment was nice. The on board lectures were interesting. I wish they had more on the culture of the people in each port. We did not gamble, but my wife did purchase quite a bit of make-up with our onboard credit, so shopping was great for her. The fitness was nice and I enjoyed exercising with a view. The equipment was in great shape. The persian gardens was relaxing and the steam cleared the lungs just fine. I enjoyed relaxing there and meeting new people. Luna, our cabin Steward was wonderful. She did a great job and wonderful personality. No for the bad. We decided to take a taxi back to ship while we were in Incheon. We found that Celebrity had given us the wrong port address, We thought we had hours to spare, but it took us over 2 hours in a taxi going gate to gate before we were lucky to have someone call the correct terminal and get us in contact with the ship. We barely made it onboard. We almost missed the ship. It was one heck of a taxi bill. The next day I went to Guest Relations and explained what happened. I also explained we met several others that were lost because of the bad address, including one person who had his taxi cut off the last shuttle bus because he had spent hours looking for the ship. The Women at the counter told me, "the port agent gave us the wrong address, it was not our fault. Is that all there is, NEXT" It is up to Celebrity to give us the correct information. People do make mistakes and this worked out in the end, but the attitude that it was "Not Our fault, we don't care" was a bit much. It was my 3rd cruise with Celebrity. I did not book another one while on board like I did last time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I was somewhat apprehensive about our cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong on this ship as there have been a number of negative reviews about the ship. I really don't understand why, the ship is perfectly charming if in need of a little ... Read More
I was somewhat apprehensive about our cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong on this ship as there have been a number of negative reviews about the ship. I really don't understand why, the ship is perfectly charming if in need of a little updating and care but really its a beautiful ship. Cabins are lovely and very, very clean as is all of the ship. The theatre is a delight, comfy seats and somewhere to put your drink whilst watching a splendid show, something different every night. When not in the theatre there is plenty of other venues, quizzes, music theme nights and more gentle areas with lighter music to enjoy. There are good quite areas to escape to. The Al Bacia coffee shop is amazing, great coffee and fantastic cakes and good service. We found the staff to be lovely in all areas especially our State room attendant Gede he had the most wonderful smile and couldn't do enough for you, thanks Gede. The food in the main restaurant is of high quality ok sometimes it wasn't as warm as should be but that was only a couple of times out of the 14 nights!!! Drinks are served nicely too. OK the ports of call are somewhat to be desired as you have to travel a long way to see anything, we knew this before we went as we had done our homework so remember to research, a good company to use for excursions are.. Cruise Excursions.com, they show you something different. Just one negative about the end of our cruise..we had to disembark at 10am and wasn't flying until 11pm..a long time to wait and there is nowhere to leave cases, as there was four of us we had four large cases, 2 hand luggage cases and holdalls, you certainly couldn't go very far with that lot!!! we asked at reception if we could leave them in the secure are of the port as the ship wasn't sailing until the next day and there was a lot of security around, they said absolutely not!! so we enquired what was on the top of the port building, they said shops/restaurants...believe me, there is NOTHING as yet. So we went to the airport early and sat there for 12 hours before the flight which is another 13 hours, we feel that once we had finished our cruise we were abandoned, such a shame really because we enjoyed the ship and the cruise but felt let down at the end. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. Hong Kong-Shanghai-Beijing-Seoul-Nagasaki-Kagoshima-Kagoshima. Firstly, this was a "shoulder" cruise making it a bit chilly and down right cold in some ports. The balcony was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. Hong Kong-Shanghai-Beijing-Seoul-Nagasaki-Kagoshima-Kagoshima. Firstly, this was a "shoulder" cruise making it a bit chilly and down right cold in some ports. The balcony was almost useless. Wish I had selected a cheaper cabin and used the extra money on excursions, wifi, beverages and the many other ways they find to increase your bill once on board. Entertainment was poor with the exception of the Shanghai Acrobats. Other shows were not worth going to and many people walked out. Not sure who they thought would be interested in harmonica players as an evening show. Even most movies shown on board had English subtitles and we left because we could not read, watch and enjoy. The public rooms were not usually crowded and were comfortable. Many people on the ship were doing back to back sailings and would be on board for 28 or more days. I was very ready to head home after 14 days. Food became repetitive and in spite of the effort HAL put into trying to prevent the spread of illness, my husband was sick for the last five days. In the main dining room, there was always a huge wait between appetizers and main course. We were at open seating so I am not sure if it was the same if you were in the assigned tables. For the most part, the food was good. In the Lido, the buffet option, I found it annoying to have to search for a table and often to have to bus it and find our own silverware and napkins. The staff working was very busy and trying hard but clearly it was understaffed. When you have numerous small plates to carry, you either need a tray(not available) or staff to help you get it to the table(also not available for the most part). After two weeks, I found the buffet to be repetitive but we tended to eat most of our meals there(breakfasts, lunches and half the dinners) But the food there was prepared to order and hot. The lines were confusing (People coming from both sides) but the wait was not too long. We did use room service and found it to be good. The menu was limited but you could also request anything on the current dining room menu which they did not advertise. . We found the excursions expensive. But if you did not book with them, you were delayed significantly in disembarking so it really cut into the time you had to do any tours. Several of our stops were a long distance from the city of interest (Beijing, Seoul,Tokyo) so it almost forced you to do their tours so you knew you would be back in time. We used the fitness center most mornings. There was a water fountain but a water dispenser with cups would have been much better. Plus, I did not appreciate that many of the classes, (spin, yoga) were not free. I attended a fitness lecture and walked out as it was one of the worst on board experiences I have ever had. When I left the lecture, there were only two people left. Everyone else had already left and apparently had similar opinions of it. Bottom line, we had a good time. I am glad I got the cruise at a discount price as it would not have be worth it for full brochure price. Would I sail HAL again? Yes if the price was right and I would know what to expect. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we weren’t disappointed at all stopping off in China, South Korea and Japan. As first time cruisers and just turned 50 we were some of the youngest couples on board with the average age ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we weren’t disappointed at all stopping off in China, South Korea and Japan. As first time cruisers and just turned 50 we were some of the youngest couples on board with the average age of the guests around the 70+ age group mark. In fairness the cruise was targeted towards this group and a mainly American audience followed by the Aussies and Canadians. Only 124 Brits on board !!!!! The ship and cabins were very good in our opinion but we cannot compare to any rival. Rooms cleaned very efficiently and to a high standard by out 2 stewards.The food was spot on mostly with a great choice however the Lido self service restaurant is very much hit and miss with over dry and cold food served very often in the evening. The main Dining room “The Rotterdam” was excellent for breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Entertainment was generally of a poor standard from the on board production and I have seen better at my kids school play!! The guest entertainers were however very good and of high quality which included a magician, comedian, juggler and rock violinist. Most nights there were two showings and always a seat available. The Excursions were badly organised and a royal rip off for what they were. We found that the meals served were of a quality that was too be desired and best left to a night out having drunk 10 pints of beer !!!! It seems that that they inflate the prices and squeeze everything to make as much money as possible. Shame as the itinerary for the excursions were not at all bad. We had 2 days in Beijing ( note the ship docks in Tianjin which is 2.5 hours from Beijing) and completed 2 excursions with very early starts. We could have done the same excursions and fitted more with an overnight stay in a 4* star hotel for less than half of the price Holland and America are charging. My advice is go independent as we have learnt a very harsh lesson on this. Activities on board were generally poor and very scarce on sea days which meant we were bored and Holland and America need to get their act together if they want to entice a new and younger client but then we got the impression that they look after their high value return guests and do not bother or incentivise new guests. There seems to be a speech and education programme targeted to the older demographic on board. The whole cruise is very much a hard sell culture and you pay and I mean pay for everything at inflated rates plus a service charge even if I go and get things myself. The crew in general very warm and welcoming with the exception of a few in the spa area who were miserable and non engaging and the Captain of the ship who walked around the ship acting as if he were GOD and ignoring all guests other than the big spending regular Americans. All in all it was a pleasant first cruise with good food let down by a lack of sea day activities and overinflated prices. Finally although I have not been on any other cruise ship I would not consider Holland and America to be a premium brand imho from the experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Was a great cruise, missed one port because of bad weather. We stayed in Keelung, Taiwan an additional night to make up for it. Cruise Director Bruce was very good, Jeremy, the ports of call guide, was excellent, service was fantastic, ... Read More
Was a great cruise, missed one port because of bad weather. We stayed in Keelung, Taiwan an additional night to make up for it. Cruise Director Bruce was very good, Jeremy, the ports of call guide, was excellent, service was fantastic, menu selection in Lido Buffet could have been better, food was excellent though, entertainment was pretty good. They even had some local entertainment come on board at some ports, which added some local color and flavor. Embarkation and disembarkation was simple and quick. The only hassle of the cruise was all the passport meetings and documentation that was needed what with going into and leaving five different countries in a matter of four weeks. As far as the itinerary, we could have stayed in Yokohama, the port city for Tokyo, overnight. One day was just not enough time to explore a large city like that. The shuttle buses provided by HAL in most of the ports was a very nice feature. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Great ship. Good food,. Fantastic crew and organisation. However, you WILL pay $2000 above sticker price for a 2 week cruise. Gratuities, excursions, drinks. Most reviled by all was the "free drinks package." It is not. Firstly, ... Read More
Great ship. Good food,. Fantastic crew and organisation. However, you WILL pay $2000 above sticker price for a 2 week cruise. Gratuities, excursions, drinks. Most reviled by all was the "free drinks package." It is not. Firstly, this package only applies to beer and wine; then only wine by the glass, not the bottle; then only in certain bars and only at certain times. In short, not fit for purpose. I'm sure the small print explains all this, but it is typical of the deceptive pricing policies. e.g. all drinks attract an automatic 18% gratuity. It adds up. Typically we want to enjoy a trip and not feel deceived by small print. Otherwise the staff could not have been more helpful and excursions better organised. Saw sights we would never have considered without the excursions. Would cheerfully use them again having learnt the lessons on pricing but others might not be so forgiving. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Chose this cruise for the destination ports and expected weather. Spent a couple of nights in Hong Kong before joining the ship and it was much colder there than expected although it did warm up on our last day. Embarkation was excellent ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the destination ports and expected weather. Spent a couple of nights in Hong Kong before joining the ship and it was much colder there than expected although it did warm up on our last day. Embarkation was excellent with plenty of people to guide us in the correct direction. Not travelled with Celebrity before and the Millennium was a little older than we expected and there was quite a bit of maintenance happening throughout the cruise. We chose the late sitting in the dining room and really enjoyed the company of our fellow cruisers and the waiters and sommelier looked after us well. We were only six on our table and had some great evenings. The food improved as the cruise progressed. Unfortunately we were not able to go to the dining room on the last evening so were not able to say goodbye to our fellow diners and the staff which was a real shame. Would love them to get in touch with us. Every member of staff seemed to be quite happy to help us at every opportunity. Did enjoy all the destinations but Singapore has to be our favourite. We were in a balcony cabin which was not very large but adequate with a comfy bed and we were looked after excellently by Rommel. The ports were very interesting but there was a lot of travel from the ship to get to our chosen destinations. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I were interested in going to Asia for our first time, so started to research the possibilities. The itinerary offered on this trip was the most attractive, so we booked our cabin many months ahead. We had traveled on the ... Read More
My husband and I were interested in going to Asia for our first time, so started to research the possibilities. The itinerary offered on this trip was the most attractive, so we booked our cabin many months ahead. We had traveled on the Millennium twice before and would have preferred to try a new ship, but the ports of call were too enticing to pass up. Both embarkation and disembarkation went extraordinarily smoothly. The staff was overall very pleasant and responsive and is the greatest attribute of this ship. The vessel itself is aging and while it is kept clean and as attractive as possible, is definitely showing the signs of many voyages over the years. We understand that it is to be decommissioned in the not-too-distant future, which would be a wise move. The ship experienced some plumbing issues during our trip, evidently the result of a guest flushing something that didn't belong in the sewage line. Our cabin was not affected by the blockage and subsequent work to clear it, but we spoke with people who had no toilet access for a day or so while the problem was being resolved. We were on the 7th level and experienced a sewage odor in the hallway in both directions from our cabin, although thankfully, not right in front of it. The odor was obvious for several days during the 2-week trip. Our cabin was cozy but comfortable. No more towel animals waiting for us at the end of each day (evidently those days are gone), but our stateroom attendant was terrific. Food in the main dining room was overall very average. The dining staff worked hard and were very friendly and accommodating. Specialty restaurants were all excellent, so we were glad to have decided to try them. Entertainment was good and there were ample opportunities for engagement in varied activities during the day. The staff made an effort to prevent absent people from claiming deck chairs for the entire day, which was appreciate. We enjoyed using the gym, which is adequately equipped for the number of people who make use of it. Equipment is kept clean and functional. I don't believe that Celebrity should charge additional money for fitness classes - they should be available to the first xx number of people who show up (due to space limitations) but not at additional expense. I found that working out in the free weight area was like working out in a greenhouse - very hot and humid due to the large amount of glass & sun. Not pleasant, making this space less useful than it should be. The ports were great - only Halong Bay was a tender port and that went very smoothly. Others were easy off/on. There was distance between some ports and the ultimate destination for travelers, resulting in some folks spending hours in buses/cars in traffic. Best to research before booking and deciding how to spend excursion time. We did not book excursions through the ship but rather on our own, which worked out very well. As with many cruises, we considered this trip to offer a sampler of what the region was like, which is just what we got. There wasn't one port I would have skipped - in fact, we wish we'd have had more time in every single place. Many folks added days on the front and/or back end of the trip, which would have been nice. We squeezed in a trip to Angkor Wat while the ship was in transit from Vietnam to Thailand, which didn't add time to our vacation and was additional effort, but what a wonderful experience it was! While we won't cruise on the Millennium again, we do look forward to cruising again in the future. We met lovely people from around the world and saw some beautiful parts of the world which we'd never experienced before. The weather was fantastic. This trip will be a cherished memory. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The cruise itenerary was great, starting off in Hong Kong, very friendly place though some issues with the timing of the hop on hop off bus timetable. On the whole great city to visit, would like to go back for a longer stay. Vietnam,what ... Read More
The cruise itenerary was great, starting off in Hong Kong, very friendly place though some issues with the timing of the hop on hop off bus timetable. On the whole great city to visit, would like to go back for a longer stay. Vietnam,what a fantastic place, you can see that they are in their infancy of travel destinations. The people are very friendly. It was a long distance from where the ship docked to first major city(3hours). Long day of site seeing but that's what holidays are for to experience different cultures. Lots of motor bikes. Hay Long bay was amazing, we did not get off the ship here. The next port of call Hoi Chi Min city, went to Cu Chi tunnels, once again a long bus ride however it was worth the trip, very moving place and for a short second with hearing the gun fire from the firing range, you could only imagine what the soldiers would have heard and how frightening it would have been for the young men. Glad we went. Bangkok was good, very busy. Tour guide was very funny and informative, we did not realise that it was known as " Venice of the east" but soon could see why once we went on the river for a boat trip. Very busy place. The ship was very old in its Decore, the grand foyer was not so grand, needs an up lift. The main bar areas were a little dark, once again just needs an uplift. The cabin was good, plenty of room, bed comfortable. The food was good, lots of variety , they tried to cover all taste. Considering number of people on board you really did not need to go hungry. Rodrigo and Larry were wonderful and nothing was to much trouble to ensure our dinning experience was good. The pool area was very good and clean, only issue people saving chairs and being away for ages. The crew was very friendly and tried to help. The shopping area was small and staff not so friendly. The activities were varied but not every thing suited our taste but that's life. Cruising is making the most of things and relaxing. The entertainment was good and varied, may not have been to every ones taste but we found it to be good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We sailed from Hong Kong and as being less able than a lot of the passengers enjoyed the embarkation process as it was very quick and efficient. The cabins were great size with balconies for 2 out of the 3 couples who sailed in our ... Read More
We sailed from Hong Kong and as being less able than a lot of the passengers enjoyed the embarkation process as it was very quick and efficient. The cabins were great size with balconies for 2 out of the 3 couples who sailed in our group; all agreed no problems at all. Food was good and the dining room staff excellent right from reserving a table as we had freedom dining to our table staff Arman, Manauba and Pandian the wine water all excellent and good fun. Itinerary was great that's why we booked and wasn't disappointed with Vietnam probably the highlight for us. We did not use the ship excursion programme but pre-booked our own with reputable companies at all the ports of call. This is by no means a slnt on the ship's tours it's just we like to do our own thing Overall great holiday for us as we met some great people and befriended quite a few, visited some wonderful places and the weather was great right through apart from day in Singapore, however because we had booked several more days there it was not a problem. Dave, Sandra, John, Maureen, Kathy and Billy from Liverpool UK Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I must say I was worried before joining this cruise by a lot of very poor reviews on this site. However, it was pretty good on the whole, and the good definitely outweighed the bad. Many of the complaints I read about before sailing ... Read More
I must say I was worried before joining this cruise by a lot of very poor reviews on this site. However, it was pretty good on the whole, and the good definitely outweighed the bad. Many of the complaints I read about before sailing referred to: a) The ship being dilapidated, carpets worn, bed linen stained, curtains torn, etc. This was not the case at all. Yes, it is an older vessel, but is well maintained. Our stateroom was smart and clean, as were the public areas. b) Unfriendly staff. Definitely not - in fact this cruise was above average in this respect. c) Poor food. Again, in my experience, not an issue. From my point of view, good points were: Our stateroom - clean, comfortable, everything working, well serviced (Muladi was first class) Embarkation and disembarkation - both were efficient and quick. Cafe al Bacio - good coffee, pastries and service. And even better when the Odessa Duo were playing, excellent string duo. Qsine Restaurant - I generally feel specialty restaurants are poor value and a waste of time, but this was the exception. Really excellent food, interesting, huge range of dishes and tastes, attractively presented and with attentive and efficient service. Less good aspects were: Staffing levels in the main dining areas seem to have been reduced. This meant that waiters and especially sommeliers were always scurrying around and occasionally there were annoying delays. Laundry - who on earth washes but does not iron shirts??? The Martini Bar - normally a favourite, but this one definitely was not. The bar staff seem to see their roles as primarily entertainers and jugglers, and were condescending if not downright rude to some customers. Happily this was not the case in all the other bars. "Evening Chic" nights. Celebrity need to sort themselves out on this. There was no attempt whatever to ensure that smart attire was worn in the main restaurants on "evening chic nights, some people wore tee shirts,trainers and ordinary jeans. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Just back from this cruise, having left early for family reasons. We've done multiple Azamara cruises and this was our third on this itinerary, so we obviously love the line and this itinerary. Halong Bay is a justifiably world ... Read More
Just back from this cruise, having left early for family reasons. We've done multiple Azamara cruises and this was our third on this itinerary, so we obviously love the line and this itinerary. Halong Bay is a justifiably world heritage area; Marble Mountain and Hoi An (from Danang) are wonderful places to visit; Ho Chi Minh City is a unique experience, if only for crossing the roads; and Bangkok always has something new to show us. With the exception of a boat tour of Halong bay, all the other places can be explored privately, aided by taxis, foot and sky train. We cruised Quest in April 16, just after the refit, and now have cruised Journey post re-fit. Several improvements are of note. The Pool Grill is a wonderful night dining addition. The Sunset Bar deck is very popular at night (often difficult to get a seat for a drink or meal) - thanks for listening Azamara. The Living Room (ex Looking Glass) is now a wonderful space, with people gathering together for pre-dinner drinks and chats, with quiet music accompaniment in the background and attentive service staff. Several years ago we enjoyed a cruise in which Eric organised several of the singers to perform solo shows pre-dinner. Didn't happen this time but the cast were on their first cruise. I hope this initiative returns. We did get a Glenn Miller Show from the band one sea afternoon and it was very enjoyable - good band; great drummer. The current DJ, Eddie, is great fun, both in the disco and for various quizzes - he has an effusive personality (other cast members would do well to observe and learn; they unfortunately inject no personality in to the quizzes - I know, they're young and inexperienced but could do better than "the next question is..."). With Eddie and Mario, Azamara have two absolute gems. The food quality, service, ambience were as good as always and we met some delightful, happy people, as we always do on Azamara - it really does have its own atmosphere doesn't it. Not to be overlooked, tenders are easy - no queuing for tickets - just go down when it suits; free shuttle buses of quite short distances - none of this 2 hours from the city in Bangkok and HCM); exceptional docking location in Hong Kong harbour. Although we had to leave the day of White Night, I have no doubt this was again the highlight of the cruise. We didn't do Azamazing to the Ancient City, as we've been twice previously and while it's a very good Azamazing night, we thought we'd pass up the 1hr plus bus trip this time. I'm not suggesting they change it - it really is one of the best Azamazing nights we've attended, given that it is in a delightful setting and gives a good cross-section of Thai cultural activities. However, I was surprised to hear there were no fireworks this time. We stayed on board; were 2 of 4 having dinner in Prime C and were amongst the 7 guests who had a few laughs from "Bridget Jones' Baby" on the pool deck. All in all, a reasonably pleasant but weird night, being aboard with so few people. Now for the areas that IMHO need some improvement. We love Voices and the other production shows. For a small cruise ship they are of excellent standard. From LCV cocktail parties in recent years, it is apparent that the number of returning guests continues to grow. It is well past time to commission Voices 2 and one or more other production shows. Return guests would appreciate a change. We were lucky enough to be offered a LCV upgrade from veranda to suite, which we of course accepted. The shower cubicle is great. However, they've removed the DVD players, leaving suite guests to cope with the measly 2 free movies per day, on a 7 day rotation. Given that there are always very few children aboard and the average age must be somewhere between 55 - 68, I feel just insulted by the deplorable movies they show. It was a succession of movies designed for very young children - e.g. Dory, Jungle Book, BFG, etc. The program was absolutely dominated by these ridiculous movies. I don't have a nanna nap in the afternoon but I often sleep badly on a ship and would appreciate only adult oriented movies. Given the money we pay for an Azamara cruise (which has undoubtedly increased since the re-fit; which no longer includes discounted pre-booked shore excursions; which has also seen 14n cruises scaled back to 13n at a higher cost - yes Azamara, we've all noticed), I would have thought they could at least put on a couple of decent free movies. We attend most of the quizzes/trivia sessions put on. There is far too much repetition. We get new cast members and I don't mind that we break them in but we too often get the same old quizzes. Is it really that difficult to find new quizzes - otherwise the more difficult / obscure questions get swallowed up by those returning guests who have heard the answers so many times they are imprinted to their memory cells. Given our need to leave the cruise early, we found the staff we interacted with very understanding and helpful - still we've always experienced a high level of service on Azamara, so we weren't surprised. For the benefit of future cruisers, we experienced quite a swell for a few days out of Hong Kong, so I think this isn't the best time of the year to cruise this region - maybe look at November if that's feasible. It wasn't too bad but we were in jeans until after we left Danang and to that point had reasonably rolling seas. On the other hand, if you prefer cooler weather, then this is your cruise. We had overnight rain but very little during daytime and none while ashore - just the occasional short shower while aboard Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My Volendam experience overall was positive . The Indonesia and Far East discovery cruise was perfect length of time to experience the flavour of SE Asia. As a single traveler I found the itinerary and the price reasonable. This was my ... Read More
My Volendam experience overall was positive . The Indonesia and Far East discovery cruise was perfect length of time to experience the flavour of SE Asia. As a single traveler I found the itinerary and the price reasonable. This was my second HAL experience and it was a great way to embrace cruising in a safe and interesting way. I cannot comment about the ship other than to say it was clean and other than minor floods in the theatre ( no kidding) the crew fixed the problem. One of the things I observed was the Captains commitment to safety of the passengers. I loved having a cabin to myself. The stateroom stewards were great. I had a problem with a noisy fan in the bathroom and it was fixed promptly. I did not go on the cruise for the dinners but I thought the dining room staff were polite and accommodating. Some more helpful than others but all in all great. the food was not rock and roll wonderful but the special dinners were very nice. I had dinner in the cannetello and was underwhelmed - waste of money. maybe I went of a bad night. My favourite entertainment was the Adagio group they were a treasure. I went once or twice to the theatre shows - it was a hit or miss. some people loved the shows I was sorry I missed the mime. I heard he was wonderful. Barry from Boston grew a following in the evenings. he is goofy bold and has a huge repertoire of music he was talented at engaging everyone in sing alongs. He also was kookie in the kiss the fish event. the activities on the boat were fun, lots of people enjoyed then, The singles event coordinator was wonderful she also hosted some cooking shows lots of interesting ideas lots of fun. I liked the lectures in the Indonesian leg of the trip there were not too many ( it would have added a lot to that leg of the trip) the second leg was terrific, we had Tai chi and chi gong classes, history of china, fantastic Phil gave special sessions in the Hudson lounge. We were informed about Buddha, food and cultural characteristics of people. The special martini events were fun too. the gym was clean and the staff in the gym were very helpful. Service was good. the staff at the front desk were great. The Ports - thank goodness for cruise critic . the trips I participated in through cruise critic were wonderful the excursions the I took through HAL were because of the 2 hour drive back and forth from the location to the Ship. Boroduru was wonderful, the HAL bus trip was terrible the use tried to squeeze too many people into too little space . So the stop mid way at the Eva cafe was good the World heritage site was amazing I loved it . the dinner provided was delicious.coming back we stopped at a silver factory it was okay. we had a police escort to get to and from Boroduru. Other people that took private tours got back in time they just took other roads. the trip to AYATHUYA was interesting It was TOO expensive and I would not recommend it. the ship takes two to two and a half hours to get into Bangkok. I was hoping to get some shopping in but the Ayatthuya trip did not allow for that. the elephant ride was okay, I had had enough of Kenny our guide by 2 hours into the trip. waste of money waste of my time. Day two was more interesting the trip on the river, the grand palace was lovely still no time to shop. when you have only a few hours to sleep who need such an expensive hotel? Bottom line just take the shuttle in to Bangkok and do it on your own. Halong Bay was through HAL and I would recommend this trip. lovely and wonderful. Tommy tours in Da Nang is wonderful. I have written a review in trip advisor . loved that day. In Bali we had a driver Mertee from drivers with distinction that showed us around the island. He was fun accommodating and a terrific person to give us an overview of Bali. I would also recommend him. Our private tour in lombock was great. we saw all kinds of temples I joined another cruise critics tour and I cannot find the operators name, but it was very good. Gokomodo tours was good. also arranged trough cruise critic. this was the only place that I made a mistake. there were lots of kids and one darling boy came up begging, he said he had no mother or father I gave him some fruit. right away I had 1 million kids surrounding me. our tour operator said this was a typical strategy kids use. and that he most likely had parents. Viet nam wonderful but crowded. Jakarta dirty and smoggy Singapore - I would go in a heartbeat. that orchid garden in amazing would I go again ? Maybe to revisit some sites and other new ones. I would definitely have more confidence to go on my own. The other travellers you meet are great. all have a variety of background experience. they are also a treasure. all in all those are some of my thoughts on my adventure. all best Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My wife and I were on the 12 night Asian cruise which began on Jan. 14 and ended on Jan. 26. We used Choice Air for our travel arrangements. We flew into Hong Kong the night before the scheduled departure date, arrived on time, and ... Read More
My wife and I were on the 12 night Asian cruise which began on Jan. 14 and ended on Jan. 26. We used Choice Air for our travel arrangements. We flew into Hong Kong the night before the scheduled departure date, arrived on time, and easily acquired a taxi from the airport. We stayed at the Eaton Hong Kong on Nathan Rd. This location offered us a chance to safely walk in a well known area of Kowloon after dinner. Embarkation was quick and easy, especially given that we were in a country with a language foreign to us and in a terminal that was completely unfamiliar. Celebrity personnel were placed strategically in the expansive Kai Tak Terminal, and we even met the helpful Guest Relations Manager Migle Zukaite before we boarded. Well done, Celebrity! We found the senior officers, staff and crew to be friendly and helpful throughout the cruise. Captain Iatrou and his officers were visible throughout the public areas, and we observed their attention to daily operations of the Millennium. The Millennium shows it's age, even after last year's refurbishment. Badly rusted areas around hatches and at a starboard side stair on Deck 11 are only two examples on the ship's exterior. Another example was the public restroom on Deck 4 which often emitted a foul odor and required multi-day maintenance during the cruise. Throughout the cruise, one had to accept that the bath water would be discolored, brownish to yellow. In our stateroom, we had problems with the sliding glass door and water from the bathtub pooling on the bathroom floor that were quickly addressed (re-seating the door and caulking around the tub). These problems saddened us, because my first cruise with Celebrity was on the Millennium in 2006, and we still like the design and size of this vessel. On the plus side, cabin issues were promptly corrected and the crew did a good job of cleaning all public areas throughout the cruise, even on the days with rough seas. Luminae staff were excellent, quickly learning our preferences. Although we chose from the interesting dishes on the menu most meals, we also added variety by accessing the MDR menu. We made one visit each to the Tuscan Grille and Qsine, and favored the latter due to the interesting menu choices and presentation. We each used the fitness center multiple times, and the equipment seemed to be in working order, with only one elliptical malfunctioning at the end of the cruise. We received massages from the Spa staff, and enjoyed their skillful attention. As is per usual for a Celebrity Cruise Director, Steve Gayda was everywhere, and seemingly always smiling. Of his staff, Senor Manuel and Mr. Mulvey were both friendly and humorous. Overall, the ship's entertainment was good to adequate. During our cruise, the house band Front Row played songs from at least three decades and were competent, and occasionally good. The quartet that played jazzy numbers and pop songs had people dancing every evening at the Rendezous Lounge. Of the featured performers, Monique Dehaney was our favorite, and we also enjoyed Yoomia's music. The Phil Collins and Elton John impersonators were not appealing to us. I would also like to credit the whole Millennium crew for handling differing, and apparently fickle, disembarkation and attendant immigration requirements at these ports. We felt efforts were made to keep passengers informed of the necessities of visas and passports. We took three excursions offered by Celebrity. - The first was a half day excursion in Tapei that was disappointing. The tour made the stops to Tapei 101 and the temple as advertised, however the well meaning guide seemed unprepared and disorganized. - In contrast the half day tour in Busan, Beautiful Harmony of Nature and Humanity, was informative and well organized. - The half day tour of Shanghai with airport dropoff, which took us through the Bund and up the Jin Mao tower was informative and interesting. We set up private excursions at two ports. - We used HPE to visit Hue while we ported at Chan May, Vietnam. Our guide was knowledgeable and we had an interesting day visiting a Buddhist temple and the old Imperial City. We can recommend Peter and his team for an enjoyable introduction to Vietnam. - Bambikes provided a bicycle tour of Intramuros in Manila, Phillipines. The company seeks to provide sustainable means of providing a tourist experience, while also being friendly and safe. The biking is not strenuous, the guide was knowledgeable, and tour lasted approximately 2.5 hours. At a brisk walk we were able to move to and from the dock to their company offices in 20-25 minutes. We recommend Bambikes for first time visitors to Manila. We benefited from good weather at every port, and while we experienced rough seas a couple of days, the alternating port-sea day-port itinerary had a comfortable rhythm. Disembarkation was fluid and without delay. While the Millennium is showing her age, and population pressures and political considerations make visiting some of the ports a challenge, we enjoyed this Celebrity Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
After reading all the negative reviews for the Millennium we were concerned that we possibly made the wrong choice for this cruise. This was our third cruise with Celebrity and once again, we were NOT DISAPPOINTED! The ship was older ... Read More
After reading all the negative reviews for the Millennium we were concerned that we possibly made the wrong choice for this cruise. This was our third cruise with Celebrity and once again, we were NOT DISAPPOINTED! The ship was older than what we were use to, but it was well maintained. Our cabin was clean and the service was as good as any other Celebrity ship we have sailed on. Food and entertainment was excellent as usual and the staff was friendly and curtious. This was our first time travelling to that part of the world, and we were not use to the immigration issues that we encountered before arriving at the ports. Multiple immigration checks and handing over our passports while we were on the ship. We were not told about this before we left, so it came as a bit of a surprise. But it was always organized and efficient. Travelling to this part of the world was very different for us. We really enjoyed it and we toured most of the cities. Don't go here and expect to see anything close to the ports. There is really nothing close by to visit. So do your homework and plan tours. Otherwise you will be disappointed. And the weather for us was all over the map. The warmest weather was Vietnam and Manila. Unfortunately the rest of the cruise was cool to cold, so on the 'sea days' you were confined to inside the ship. But there was lots of things to do to keep busy it you wanted. Reflecting of the cruise, we were quite pleased. Not as easy as a Caribbean or Meditranian cruise, but worth it if you want to see this part of the world. As far as all the 'negative' reviews that I read. They were unnecessary. There is always travellers that are never happy. They expect way too much and complain about everything and everyone. We have seen it on all our travels and this trip was no exception. And my only complaint would be that there will be a small group of passengers who can be rude, loud and obnoxious. The staff on the ship are wonderful, hard workers who sometimes have to keep a smile on their face and be polite no matter who they come in contact with. Celebrity has never disapointed us and we would not hesitate to travel with them in the future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Having visited Beijing three times - all work related, we were very keen to visit Taipei as it seems the jewels from the Forbidden City ended up in Taipei after the civil war. Not the easiest of places to schedule travel and we saw this ... Read More
Having visited Beijing three times - all work related, we were very keen to visit Taipei as it seems the jewels from the Forbidden City ended up in Taipei after the civil war. Not the easiest of places to schedule travel and we saw this cruise offered a stop here. Plus we also wanted to visit Shanghai, Vietnam, and South Korea. Taipei and the National museum were OK but we had maybe too high expectations, however the lunch at the Grand Hotel is the best we have ever experienced on a shore excursion. Overall the cruise schedule was wonderful (Hong Kong, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwain, South Korea, Shanghai). We also appreciated the sea days in between each stop. The immigration procedures were handled extremely well by Celebrity. Didn't understand why first night of the 12 we stay in Hong Kong as we spend 2 nights before boarding - would have preferred another overnight stay en route somewhere else like Tawain. We always take a suite and Celebrity always make us feel special with priorities everywhere, the Michel's club, private butler, and the Luminae restaurant excellent as always. Negatives would be the ship is aging on the hotel side. There are only two speciality restaurants - Qsine a must experience but once is enough, and Tuscan Grill that we found disappointing compared to previous cruises. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
After reading past reviews of the Millie over the last 3 months, we did not have high expectations. However, we were surprised in almost every category by service that exceeded expectations. We booked Aqua Class, which allowed us to bypass ... Read More
After reading past reviews of the Millie over the last 3 months, we did not have high expectations. However, we were surprised in almost every category by service that exceeded expectations. We booked Aqua Class, which allowed us to bypass the Main Dining Room - that was a huge plus. Embarkation was smooth although the Hong Kong Kai Tak cruise port was very inconveniently located. Alleged shuttle bus to local malls/MTR stop were infrequent and did not follow schedule (one couple waited 1 1/2 hours for the bus to return to ship). Taxis were not always available. Cruise port stores were all shuttered. Itinerary was interesting with sea days between each port which paced us quite nicely. Cruise excursion in DaNang/Chan Mai port arrived back to ship some 50 minutes after all aboard, but the ship did wait. Chan May has zero port infrastructure for tourists. Hoi An Cooking class was the best excursion of the trip. Manila was the site of our worst excursion - City tour on day 1 - guide started narration with only 10% of the group near her and was basically impossible to understand her English. 2nd day in Manila was US inauguration day for Trump with thousands of protesters and police blocking the streets - very interesting. Taipei we went off on our own and was fairly easy to navigate from Keelung to Taipei on the train and to use the subways to get around. Busan had the worst immigration process with a noon arrival, South Korean immigration officials did not get set up until 12:45 and first folks were not off the ship until 1:10 or so - most of the shore excursions were scheduled for 12:15 and 12:30 - communication was poor and most of us did not get lunch as a result of this mis-information. The city itself was quite clean and the fish market was amazing to see. Shanghai debarkation was smooth although once again the port was well out of town. Blu restaurant was excellent with superb service from Mercedi and Josef in the center of the room where we seemed to get seated 85% of the time, Assistant Maitre d Kateryn was wonderful as was the sommelier, Imade. Oceanview Café had a good variety of food, although occasional running out of certain things. Only on a couple of occasions during breakfast and lunch times on sea days did seating become an issue. As past reviewers mentioned, the constant shilling of the Qsine and Tuscan specialty restaurants became a pain. We did not partake. Cabin 1112 was small for the price but expected in the older ship. Low part on veranda deck collected a deep puddle every time it rained that Singh, our excellent cabin attendant scooped up by hand. Soot issues were mentioned by other reviewers and of course was wind dependant. It also affected the outside area of the Oceanview Café bar area. Room service menu was unimpressive although coffee service was quick and hot (but not necessarily very good coffee). Coffee bar was a delight and brewed a great cup. Angel and the others did a great job there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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