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Sail Date: January 2018
Celebrity wins again - a great break on the high seas! This was our second cruise with Celebrity and our first on the Millennium or "Millie" as her crew affectionately call her. She's an old girl, at 18 years, but maintained ... Read More
Celebrity wins again - a great break on the high seas! This was our second cruise with Celebrity and our first on the Millennium or "Millie" as her crew affectionately call her. She's an old girl, at 18 years, but maintained pretty well and the crew, led from the front by the lively, charming Capt Alex Papadopoulos, take a real pride in introducing her cruise guests to all aspects of her workings - from the immaculately clean galley (kitchens) churning out excellent food daily - to the hi tech bridge. Capt Alex says Kalamari to all his cruise passengers ... at first I thought he was offering me a squid sandwich but it turned out to be "Good Morning" in Greek. Excellent on board entertainment in the fantastic Celebrity Theatre, led by Steve, the friendly and experienced Cruise Director and Sam, the lovely Entertainments Coordinator, meant that we looked forward to our evenings on board, even when the sea was a bit bumpy. We saw first class shows every night, magicians, singers, dancers and comedians - all first rate. Despite poor weather - pouring rain in Hong Kong on departure, and overcast cloudy weather in Vietnam - we had a great time anyway - meeting interesting fellow cruisers on board, dancing to the excellent ship's band Head Start - and learning from informative excursions led by enthusiastic local guides. Our only real disappointment was that this huge cruise liner had to anchor in deep water ports some two hours or more away from the major cities on the itinerary and so a lot of the excursion time off the ship took place on coaches hurtling at high speed past fascinating sites, rather than having sufficient time to wander round these exotic destinations to explore at a more leisurely pace. That aside, highly recommended - but perhaps not the best for singles, who did not seem to have as much fun as we couples were having. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Took this cruise because of the time and the itinerary. Exactly what we were looking for. Have traveled with Celebrity on the Infinity in the past and had a great experience. I thought the crew and staff top to bottom was amazing. I ... Read More
Took this cruise because of the time and the itinerary. Exactly what we were looking for. Have traveled with Celebrity on the Infinity in the past and had a great experience. I thought the crew and staff top to bottom was amazing. I don't eat in the buffet so I can't rate it. Coffee bar was great and the ship could have used another one. Other services were plentiful and of quite decent quality. Enjoyed QSine but it's not for everyone..check the menu. Tuscany was boring to me but others liked it. The entertainment was really fun. Silent disco, good house band, orchestra and performers were entertaining...not broadway but not off key, either! The ship is worn out. Air quality is poor from bad air conditioning and doors stick and swell. Carpets are dirty and worn and decor is painfully dated. Felt our aft cabin at the concierge level was well appointed...if only the AC had worked properly! Embarkation and disembark was phenomenal and immigration was kept as efficient as it could have possibly been. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
This tops any previous cruise. Aqua Class has us spoiled for any other level - from the flowers, wine, fruit, evening treats and use of the Persian Garden to the food in Blu. Their service was exceptional - from our waiters to the wine ... Read More
This tops any previous cruise. Aqua Class has us spoiled for any other level - from the flowers, wine, fruit, evening treats and use of the Persian Garden to the food in Blu. Their service was exceptional - from our waiters to the wine steward...even the front desk knew our names on the second day. Each port was unique and provided enough time to get a perspective of life at each stop. Only wish is that the ports were closer to areas of interest. Having a sea day between ports to relax was helpful as tours required full, long days. Our small group planned our sightseeing through Tours By Locals and was never disappointed. Easy pickup; english speaking guides; delicious local restaurants; cost effective; outlined to meet our requests...even the tailor shop in Hoi An...we felt we saw twice the sights compared to a normal cruise tour. It was also nice to have large vans to relax on the longer trips into town. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The destinations were perfectly suited to our curiosity. Overall we were very pleased with the trip and the service was excellent. Steve, the Program Director, is one of the best we have ever had. We would have liked to have had more local ... Read More
The destinations were perfectly suited to our curiosity. Overall we were very pleased with the trip and the service was excellent. Steve, the Program Director, is one of the best we have ever had. We would have liked to have had more local cuisine in the main dining room and unfortunately most of the seafood was over cooked. The departure from Hong Kong required us to all converge on the upper deck to go through immigration before departure. The scene was chaos and unorganized. As a result many of us missed most of the mandatory lifeboat process. Lots of choices for ship shore excursions and we enjoyed our choices. In particular, we enjoyed the bicycle tour through the garden plots in Denang. Entertainment included a wide variety of options. We added some extra days at each end of cruise and this was very helpful as there is so much to enjoy in all the ports. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit South East Asia and we had previously cruised on Celebrity Silhouette and loved it. We were aware that the Millennium is a smaller and older ship and so were prepared for it to be a step down ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit South East Asia and we had previously cruised on Celebrity Silhouette and loved it. We were aware that the Millennium is a smaller and older ship and so were prepared for it to be a step down from the S-class ships. It was smaller as expected and has fewer specialty dining restaurants and bars. However, we found that the layout of the ship to be very nice and the public areas to be very open and inviting, not tired at all. We particularly enjoyed spending time in the el Bacio café and in the Martini and Cellar Masters bars.The food was good, but maybe not quite as good as last time. The Oceanview food is varied and nice. I love how they cook meat or stir fry to order. However, I did not like how the buffet is set up. It goes around and around in one long line, rather than being set up in open plan stations. Some areas are tucked away and we did not realise they were there till half way through the cruise. The main dining room is fine and the food is presented well and good quality. We did find the choices each day very similar and over two weeks it was a bit boring for our tastes. To counter this we often chose to eat at the speciality restaurants which are all excellent with fantastic service. (Tuscan Grill, Qsine, Sushi on Five). The service in general is generally good. There were a few hiccups e.g warm soft drinks, but staff rectified these when asked. The drink service in the theatre was slow as the staff are busy so get a drink from the bar before you go in. The entertainment was excellent and better than on the Silhouette. The shows are all fun and entertaining and there are lots of musicians around the shop. The only exception is the house band who unfortunately were laughably bad. Our room was similar as previous and while not luxurious was a good size with a nice balcony and adequate storage. Our steward was friendly and quick to deal with queries and problems. Embarkation and disembarkation was quick and efficient, but some of the immigration and passport checks at ports and on ship need more organisation as they often took a long time - especially when departing Hong Kong. Port excursions were interesting, but I would not recommend taking the trip to Hanoi. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise as we wanted to get away over the Christmas and New Year period. We had been to Taipei before, and wanted to see the other places on the Itinerary in Taiwan. We have been on Millennium before, but felt that the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to get away over the Christmas and New Year period. We had been to Taipei before, and wanted to see the other places on the Itinerary in Taiwan. We have been on Millennium before, but felt that the food on the ship is not as good as previously. The staff and service were excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation were both smooth, similarly getting the tender and getting off the ship at every port went very well. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas and had lots of Christmas activities for both adults and children. We are Elite members and the Club host Graham, was the best host we have ever had on any ship in the Celebrity and Royal Caribbean fleet. He was at the Club every night to greet us, gave us lots of information re the ports of call, and was in the lounge to organise our departure from the ship on the last morning. This was a vast contrast to a previous Millennium cruise in March/April 2016, the club hostess was in attendance on the first night, and after that we did not see her until the morning of departure from the ship. Thank you very much Graham for your excellent service. In spite of hearing lots of negatives about transport from the ship, we walked straight out of the baggage area into a taxi without any wait at all. The Captain of the vessel was simply great. He is what I would call a high profile Captain and as well as attending many functions, he was in the port building on disembarkation to personally farewell every passenger. We enjoyed our cruise, met lots of lovely people from all parts of the world and Celebrity did a wonderful job in ensuring everyone had a happy Christmas and New Year. What more could you ask? Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This was not a 14 day cruise it was a 13 day cruise spending the last day and night in Hong Kong harbour.Where we left from. 1 The shows were below standard 2 The food was poor with the exception of 3 meals,which were excellent 3 ... Read More
This was not a 14 day cruise it was a 13 day cruise spending the last day and night in Hong Kong harbour.Where we left from. 1 The shows were below standard 2 The food was poor with the exception of 3 meals,which were excellent 3 The stops were impossible to experience night life or night markets with exception of Hanoi which was a 7.5 hour return trip by taxi or bus,unless you spent the night in a hotel in Hanoi,extra expense. 4 The entertainment on board,should you not wish to leave the ship in port,was non existent 5 You were not given any alternative information re travel should you not wish to take excursions eg Taiwan,there was a train direct. 6 There were no cooking classes re the food of the countrys we visited. 7 The state rooms were excellent. We had a beverage package,and drank cold drinks from the mini bar in our state room,they dont tell you this is not part of the beverage and charge you ,which is foolish,as you can order drinks at any bar and bring it down to your room.I did query this and they reversed the charges. 8 The service was excellent and the staff were excellent 9 Embarkation and Disembarkation excellent 10 The visibility of officers and captain,were unique,the captain was even down stairs in disembarkation wishing us all well. In all with the exception of staff and offices stateroom and captain a very poor cruise,which i would not recommend to any one,the worst cruise ever.We have travelled on Cunnard,Princess,Crystal,MSC,Costa and more,this was the worst. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
Overall we enjoyed our cruise. We selected it based on the time it was running and the ports it visited. This cruise was round trip hong kong visiting 3 ports in Vietnam and 3 in Taiwan. As others have mentioned the ship is a little ... Read More
Overall we enjoyed our cruise. We selected it based on the time it was running and the ports it visited. This cruise was round trip hong kong visiting 3 ports in Vietnam and 3 in Taiwan. As others have mentioned the ship is a little tired in areas especially the cabins. We had an ocean view on level 2 mid ship. The furnishings desperately need replacing and the mattress and pillows were very uncomfortable. Other than that the cabin was well laid out and we had plenty of storage. Our room steward wasn't the best we've had often missing one thing or the other when she made up our room. They didn't supply body wash which was a little annoying. We also had an issue with noise from a pump or stabilizers so I think we would look at moving up a level to see if we could avoid that in the future. We didn't really have any issue with the food being served. We've seen some people comment that the main dining room was lacking in quality but we ate there most evenings and never really had any issues. Our waiter was always willing to correct meals that weren't up to our standards. We lost our wine guy mid cruise so this made getting drinks challenging some evenings. We usually picked up a drink on our way to the dining room to make up for this. We tried to avoid the buffet if possible as it was almost always a zoo and you could never find a table. When we did eat there the food was generally good. Because we had late dining we would go for afternoon tea which was always good. The grill by the pool was good and generally had seating. We didn't try the spa cafe as nothing really looked appealing to us. We had the classic drink package included with our cruise which could be limiting at times but we took full advantage of the drinks at the coffee bar which were always delicious. The ports were nice but some were a little far out so you spent a lot of time travelling instead of enjoying the port. We did a couple of tours with cruise critic people and they worked out great. We did a few ports on our own and a couple through the ship. We didn't really like the entertainment on the ship. We found there was very little to do in the evening other than disco or DJ. There wasn't a single comedian on the ship which we thought was very odd. There was a few games or activities but they only lasted about 20 minutes each time so they didn't eat up a lot of time. Luckily we had wonderful dining companions so we ended up chatting until 1030 or 11 each night. The TV in the stateroom is horrible. We brought our own downloaded shows so we at least had that to fill our evenings and sea days when the weather wasn't good. The pool areas were good but is was a challenge to find a spot by the indoor pool when the weather wasn't great. We see people get up to go to lunch and they'd leave all their stuff there which of course is always frustrating. We would sometimes go up to the outdoor terrace area if we couldn't find a padded lounger by the pool. Embarkation was a breeze we arrived around 130 and were on the ship by 2pm. Getting off the boat in Hong Kong was a little trickier but only because cabs don't really come out there. We were second off the boat at 7am and had to wait about 15 minutes for a cab to show up. Our flight was at 10am and we made it with plenty of time but is was Sunday and we didn't have to deal with any traffic. I wouldn't book a flight out much earlier than that if you're counting on a taxi getting you to the airport. Overall it was a decent cruise. We loved the people we met through cruise critic and will use this forum again for future cruise. Staff on the boat we always friendly and willing to help. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Chose this as it was the best way for us to visit different parts of Asia. The ship was very tired and if we had known it was going to be so old, we would not have gone. This was the general opinion of everyone, especially those who had ... Read More
Chose this as it was the best way for us to visit different parts of Asia. The ship was very tired and if we had known it was going to be so old, we would not have gone. This was the general opinion of everyone, especially those who had been on other Celebrity ships. The service was very good especially in the Blu restaurant where we were. We had a fantastic cabin person who was always smiling. The Oceanview restaurant was not great and eating there was not a good experience. Most of the time it was difficult to find a seat. I am gluten free and if we went for breakfast it took 20 minutes for someone to find me a piece of toast. The manager eventually organised for the GF bread to be out with it's own toaster. There was a lot of walking around to get food. The bread was in one part of the ship and they wouldn't let you toast it yourself. You had to wait in a queue for that and then go to another room to order an egg, where you had to queue again. Usually there was only one person making the eggs. The variety of food though was good, just logistically it didn't work out very well. If you were vegetarian it was fine if you liked Indian cuisine, if you didn't it was difficult to find vegetarian food. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Reason for cruise was for pampering and relaxation after a difficult year. Let me just say that I find it difficult to relate the complaints I have seen on cruise critic with the reality of my experience on the Millennium. I found ... Read More
Reason for cruise was for pampering and relaxation after a difficult year. Let me just say that I find it difficult to relate the complaints I have seen on cruise critic with the reality of my experience on the Millennium. I found staff to be extremely helpful, kind, professional and going above and beyond what is required of them being either cabin attendant, wait staff and guest relations, etc. Always smiling and trying to please. Must be a hard job and I could certainly not do it. The food on board was on the whole tasty but if not to one’s liking, could easily be returned and something else supplied. No questions asked, staff just eager to make one’s dining experience as good as it could be, if you want more of one thing, or three or more entries not an eyelid is batted, same applies for deserts, have them all if you want. What the customer wants, customer gets. Yes Millennium is aging but what do you expect, you know the age of the ship before you get on, you are not as good today as you were 15 years ago. You can see by the new ships they are improving all the time. I had a few issues with its design with my mobility. All my issues were addressed with Guest Relations and taken seriously. I was treated respectively and was very impressed with their assistance and helpfulness. Ports were interesting and the trip was very enjoyable. I felt there was enough to do on board for those that wanted to be entertained. The Celebrity life games, trivia, Yes and No, etc. were very enjoyable and the Entertainment staff did a great job. Loved the coffee shop La Bacio, especially Victoria who was extremely helpful. My preferences were known after the first time, being lactose intolerant and needing lactose free milk. These was also known by the bar staff that supplied coffee to the dining room and knowing my stateroom details, hence not needing to see my card, this was very impressive. All I have to say people is cut the staff some slack, they are doing a great job and their jobs depend on you the people they are trying to please. Read Less
Celebrity Millennium Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 3.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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