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Sail Date: November 2017
Wanted to do the far east,thought this was the cruise,arrived hong Kong 9 a m, (no rooms until after 1 PM) 12hour flight be aware.upgraded to aqua ,with what thought the extras. Blue room dining, breakfast in room,24 hour cabin ... Read More
Wanted to do the far east,thought this was the cruise,arrived hong Kong 9 a m, (no rooms until after 1 PM) 12hour flight be aware.upgraded to aqua ,with what thought the extras. Blue room dining, breakfast in room,24 hour cabin service, etc etc , after upgrading it wasn't worth it,upgraded to full drinks package, not worth it.blue room dining no different than main, service slow and inept. had 3 breakfast to room, all cold.mini bar in room ,unable to use,even though upgraded to top drinks package. If you ask for a alcohol drink to room, you pay ??. excursions ,bought on board rip off. Step outside get them yourself a lot cheaper. ship docks mainly in container ports, that's why pointless up grade to aqua class.destination port to Hanoi 4 hour round trip. Similar to Bangkok ,6-7 round trip, ,remember that docking is about 9 am and departing 5-6 pm.WIFI the most expensive I had on a ship.around 45£ for 1hour once you start using it ,that's when the hour starts.Entertainment not up to standards on other cruises. Staff are like any other ship friendly and polite. Food okay .ship clean and tidy. Unfortunately about 20 couples fell ill ,as myself. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because the sailing dates fitted in perfectly for us to celebrate the 50th birthday of my wife, it had been booked for 1 year in advance. We arrived at the terminal to get on the ship at our allotted time only to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the sailing dates fitted in perfectly for us to celebrate the 50th birthday of my wife, it had been booked for 1 year in advance. We arrived at the terminal to get on the ship at our allotted time only to discover that a block booking of about 700 had turned up early resulting in queues everywhere, but we could live with that we had a holiday to look forward too. We had read reviews in advance about the ship but that didn't bother us much as cruising is subjective.All i can say is the ship is indeed tired in a lot of places, rust on a lot of outside areas the ship just needs a lot of TLC.If you had never cruised before it would be fine but if you have the newer ships blow the Millennium out of the water,Celebrity need to take this vessel out of service asap (i believe it goes in for a refit in the next year or so) or charge accordingly ie tired old ship should mean cheaper price? Having to share a cruise with a block booking which was a free holiday for them all was no fun.From them all mobbing the oceanview cafe and them touching the food and then leaving it for someone else to pick up i found revolting, to sitting on the stairs in large groups is ignorant and a safety hazard for other passengers.Maybe in future Celebrity should do the right thing and let all the fare passengers know that they are sharing the ship with people that are on a block booking. In booking this cruise we wanted to see places we hadn't seen before, at no point does it tell you on the Celebrity website that some of the ports are a 3 hour roundtrip to the city or place you are visiting, maybe that should be on the website? The tours that are sold onboard are average at best you can easily do your own deals with a taxi for a tour at most places for a fraction of the price,Manilla is a perfect example you can walk from the boat to most places but Celebrity charge a lot for driving around the block a few times to make it look like a tour. For a vacation that was booked 1 year in advance for i feel this cruise was very average its like staying in a Hotel that 20 yers ago was a 5 start but over the years is now a 3 star but they are still charging 5 star rates.In saying all of this the staff onboard are the best that we have seen compared to other cruise ships, they always smile and are a credit to the ship. Celebrity must do better. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Chose this cruise for the extensive itinerary that would be most difficult to otherwise achieve - Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Malaysia! Recommend that you add on a couple of days pre or post cruise to explore Singapore, ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the extensive itinerary that would be most difficult to otherwise achieve - Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Malaysia! Recommend that you add on a couple of days pre or post cruise to explore Singapore, recommend the ship's evening highlights bumboat tour, etc., and also the 'Gardens by the Bay' on your own as the ship does not offer this, but is a must see, and be prepared for a lot of walking if you want to see the entire site, or you can just do the 2 domes and take their shuttle service. For Vietnam, unfortunately the ships' two ports are a long bus ride from the best points of interest, suggest choosing Cu Chi tunnels for Saigon, and Hoi An for Danang. The ship docks in Manila within walking distance of the old town, and in Boracay you can go outside the tender port's gate and get a scooter cab for $3 to White Beach, a must see. Kota Kimabalu is a pass, not worth much to see. Be aware that these areas can be very, very hot and humid! The Celbrity Millenium is an older ship, was full at 2200 pax., but we always found a buffet table, or a pool lounge chair, or entry to the main dining room at any time, as advertised. The buffet for breakfast and lunch offered lots of choices, and the main restaurant was adequate for quality, service was very good. Did not do the specialty restaurants, even though the ship was constantly trying to upsell these everyday. Main Theater entertainment was very good, lounge entertainment was also varied and generally good; Jed lacked personality and variety, Bar service was generally good,however drink choices for the classic beverage package were somewhat limited, an example being in the Wine bar there were only 2 red wine choices that were included in the package. The coffee cafe, el Bacio, was great for specialty coffees and pastries in the morning, but service was underwhelming in the late afternoon, and pre dinner. Embarkation was a little slow but disembarking with the express service was great, Singapore immigration was a pain. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
We wanted to go to Vietnam, Philippines, and Singapore. The itinerary was good with the exception of Malaysia. The ship was in desperate need of help. Torn sheets, rusted tables, rust on ship, plumbing problems, napkins in shreds, most ... Read More
We wanted to go to Vietnam, Philippines, and Singapore. The itinerary was good with the exception of Malaysia. The ship was in desperate need of help. Torn sheets, rusted tables, rust on ship, plumbing problems, napkins in shreds, most ice machines not working, down to one toaster, etc. Food was okay and we had delightful service. Our table mates were fun and the wait staff were attentive. We heard the ship is to go to dry dock in 2019, but they need to invest some money and work until then. We were disappointed in Malaysia port...not much there and the market they take you to is horrible! It stinks and has the same items in every stall. Plus, Asian ports often hassled passengers. In Singapore, we were detained in an office and told we could not go back on the ship until every passenger had disembarked. Many passengers were not getting off until evening so we thought we would be in the office several hours. Fortunately, an officer from Celebrity saw us and intervened. Some ports did greet the ship with bands and dancers. We have sailed on Celebrity for many years and see many "nice touches" disappearing...no more mints, lesser quality towels, quality of food, less interaction with officers, and others. Hopefully, the management will improve the experience. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
TRIP: The overall trip was amazing and the ship was the perfect floating hotel. SHIP: The ship overall was in great shape, clean and well maintained. STATEROOM: The stateroom (8134-Concierge Class) was also very clean and well ... Read More
TRIP: The overall trip was amazing and the ship was the perfect floating hotel. SHIP: The ship overall was in great shape, clean and well maintained. STATEROOM: The stateroom (8134-Concierge Class) was also very clean and well maintained by an excellent cabin steward.. The only disappointing things were the Concierge Mattresses were years overdue for replacement and the cabin air conditioning was weak as the room never got cold even after a maintenance visit. SERVICE, STAFF & CREW: Staff was very friendly, attentive and wanting to make sure your stay was a positive experience. FOOD: The Main Dining Room had great service however it was a very generic menu (looked like a universal menu for all Celebrity Ships) The chef specials and lobster night were the best meals. We only did about 4 dinners in the Main Dinning Room. We spent most of our time in the Oceanview Cafe (Buffet) which had a wide variety of options with lots of opportunity to try some more regional dishes which is what I expected would have been in the Main Dining Room. Very high quality selections on the buffet. ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES: Most were enjoyable with the night that featured the Russian Gymnasts and the Russian Violinists. PORTS of CALL & SHORE EXCURSIONS: Embarkation: Hong Kong: Kai Tak Terminal looks beautiful however the only transportation to it is by taxi or bus making it difficult to use it a base to explore Hong Kong. It is also very long and requires a lot of unnecessary facility walking (I am guessing around two to three football fields) to get to the ship. The check in was by a third party company (very young kids) that could not answer any Celebrity questions nor enter your account check in correctly which required us to make a couple of additional trips to the ship's Guest Relations to straighten out. DISEMBARKATION: Singapore Marina Bay Cruise Centre was a ship walk off and was extremely smooth! (The airport in Singapore-Terminal 4 is new and really an amazing place) BEST PORTS of CALL: Hue, Vietnam (Fishing Village Tour-On Your Own) and Bangkok, Thailand (Overnight on Your Own- with the Nighttime Tuk-Tuk Tour). Wish we had spent less time in Vietnam and an extra day in Bangkok, so much more to see! I would absolutely recommend this trip for those looking for some adventure! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our first cruise and we are British (late 40's) I think we don't like to moan so much as others judging by some of the comments I read before we went. I can't fault this experience, after reading some of the reviews I confess to ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we are British (late 40's) I think we don't like to moan so much as others judging by some of the comments I read before we went. I can't fault this experience, after reading some of the reviews I confess to be a bit worried but alas no need. Food - This ship caters for everyone and anyone no matter what you like, how much of it you like ad what dietary requirements your have. In the Restaurant you can have as many starters/mains as you like and we found the service amazing. We didn't have set times for dinner, just rocked up and got a seat either for two or as the cruise went on with new friends. You have to be a bit organised there is no point turning up at 8pm after show time. The Cafe on floor 10 has multiple culinary delights again to suit all palettes, it's mostly serve yourself but very good, with puddings galore if that's your thing. We used it mostly at lunch as it was close to the pool. (not as close as the burger stop!) Pizza's and other things go on till midnight. Food is endless. One thing you are surely to get is bigger! Drinks - We did the Classic package others upgraded but we found the Classic held it's own and if you fancy something more fancy you just pay the difference and it's all recorded on your account on the room TV. Staff were more than helpful and we got great service including Sun bed service a bit of a luxury. The Martini bar is a great pre and post dinner bar (you don't have to have martini's). The Cosmos good later for partying! Some people were moaning however if you are going to be rude and throw your toys out of the pram because you were next and have to wait a nano second to get another of the drinks you already have in front of you then serves you right. treat as you find is my motto. Entertainment - just too much to pack in as well as sun bathing and trips. The pool party and silent disco were two of our favourites. Cosmos is great once you have met some peeps. Trips - we did our own, much cheaper and usually a slightly better itinerary but if you are a worrier best book with the boat. Really liked Halong Bay as it was close to the Port - didn't like the Tender business as it took ages, with limited info being distributed. Between Halong Bay and the rest of the trips we had the added extra of a Typhoon so we were a day delayed - note get flexible bookings on your hotels if staying away overnight an expect to have to fret a bit - the Cruise ship did help those of us with Third party trips but it was hard unless you had internet which was expensive. Most of the Ports are a long way from the attractions and there isn't much going on at the Ports. So just be careful. We didn't of Hanoi as I didn't want to spend 6 hours on a bus. Vietnam was an experience - ticked it off the list won't go back. We went to Pattaya for the day (see Typhoon comment above we were going to stay overnight but Hotel wouldn't honour the change of date). I quite like Bangkok but we've been before. We went by pre arranged taxi to Pattaya onto the boat across to Koh Lann on the way back we went to Walking street. Neither were really our cup of tea but each to their own. Again nice to have a day off the boat but that's that one. Cabin - on 2nd floor with a window - expertly cleaned and homely. Not massive but did us proud for 2 weeks. Soap, shampoo and conditioner and skin cream (no shower gel) but it's all good stuff. Clothes - worried I hadn't packed right but Chic is really anything goes as long as you are tidy. Nice to have some dresser dresses (not ball gowns) or trousers but sun dresses worked. Boat - they were constantly painting and varnishing and when a stomach bug broke out (which is really passengers not washing their hands) the whole boat was on disinfectant frenzy they couldn't do enough. Loved the pool and all the outside facilities, towels and sun beds galore no reserving going on which was good after a hard evening partying. Gym was bigger than expected and the run/walk track was used quite a bit. Clientelle - Average age there were some youngster (20's) and a good range between 40 - 50. And some oldies. We got on with everyone but found the 40 - 60 year olds great fun and made some fantastic new friends. Do go on Cruise Critic to join groups etc. I did think an added extra would have been a notice board by reception as not many people paid for internet so once you are on the boat that's your contact gone. Or make sure you pre - arrange before you get on the boat. Think that's it. Loved it! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
On a few occasions, the Captain gave self-praise for doing his job. His officers did not mix with the passengers during functions, they stood around in groups like security guards. The Captain was late to functions. The decor is outdated. ... Read More
On a few occasions, the Captain gave self-praise for doing his job. His officers did not mix with the passengers during functions, they stood around in groups like security guards. The Captain was late to functions. The decor is outdated. There was plenty of table sanitising and handrail sanitising but never saw any chair sanitising in the buffet area. The design of the buffet sneeze guard encouraged passengers to go under to get to choices at the rear thereby breathing on food choices. Also, there was lack of cleaning around the ship, in particular, lift control panels, lift handrails, and stairwell handrails. Some staff displayed poor attitude. Generally, the food choices were great but they lacked flavour, however, the grill and pizza served food that had flavour and was cooked correctly. The healthy cafe lacked choices and it appeared to offer choices to entice spending. Speciality coffees were very expensive. The Qsine was a good and innovative experience. The buffet icecream choices were very good.There was no drink service in the buffet area except for a coffee and tea trolley during breakfast. The coffee was hot only at breakfast times. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
The Celebrity Millenium itself was fine we were in Aqua class with Premium liquor and Premium dining packages - well worth it, as the finer restaurants were very good. Buffets were good for breakfasts, otherwise very buffetlike! ... Read More
The Celebrity Millenium itself was fine we were in Aqua class with Premium liquor and Premium dining packages - well worth it, as the finer restaurants were very good. Buffets were good for breakfasts, otherwise very buffetlike! Entertainment on board was very good. We were on the 14 day Hong Kong to Singapore trip, with stops in Vietnam and Thailand. We found their ships excursions to be poor. Long bus trips to cities like Hanoi and Bangkok, and Halong Bay we didn't see much of the bay, but spent a lot of time in a touristy cave walk. Overall very disappointed in tours. If I were doing it again, when the ship is in port overnight, I would book my own private tour for the first day - much better quality and price, no crowds and you are not worried about getting back to the ship on time, since its staying in port that night! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Chose this cruise as my husband wanted to take me to the Far East. The millennium was ok a little dated but catered for our needs. We were in Concierge class which was kept clean, we had to ask on several occasions for our complimentary ... Read More
Chose this cruise as my husband wanted to take me to the Far East. The millennium was ok a little dated but catered for our needs. We were in Concierge class which was kept clean, we had to ask on several occasions for our complimentary champagne, Celebrity used to have this in your stateroom on arrival. Countries visited were very interesting but big draw back was the distance from where the ship docked to the places of interest, on average 2-3 hrs each way. Ate in the speciality restaurants most of the time, main dining room chaotic and poor quality food. Ocean view cafe great for breakfast and lunch. Entertain was good some nights. Staff were great, only came across one arrogant bar man. Shore excursions from the ship were good but expensive, cheaper to do your own thing, we used private hire taxis you are not tied to other people then. Hong Kong was brilliant. Vietnam was an eye opener. Danang and Hoi Ann brilliant, went to the war museum in Ho Chi Min. Didn’t like Bangkok when we visited Thailand. Singapore was amazing, loved Sentosa island and Raffles. Champagne brunch in the Ritz Carlton best ever. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this for the destination ports. This was our first trip with Celebrity but not our first cruise. The logistical arrangements were virtually flawless. Flights, transfers, pre and post cruise hotels very good, shore excursions ... Read More
We chose this for the destination ports. This was our first trip with Celebrity but not our first cruise. The logistical arrangements were virtually flawless. Flights, transfers, pre and post cruise hotels very good, shore excursions mostly excellent, staff and officers on board very good and the entertainment was varied and impressive (mostly). The good;- . Cabin nice and roomy considering it was in the lower price range. The room steward, Lydia, was friendly and did a very good job. I heard some comment that the ship was "tired" but it looked ok to me. The facilities were good. We used the gym, the sports deck, the Cosmos Lounge (during the day), the Thalassotherapy area and the Ocean view Café for all meals. We did not use any of the other restaurants - and we didn't really use any bars as we didn't drink alcohol. The Captain was visible and kept us all informed regarding the weather and route. We had a typhoon on route, and the captain devised a revised schedule which put us a day behind but kept the ports of call intact - and at all times the decisions, and the reasons for them, were clearly explained and communicated (and seemed eminently logical and sensible). The evening entertainment in the celebrity theatre was first class (mostly - just one black spot - see below). The variety of the shows and performers was fantastic - and when artistes were seen off stage around the boat they were approachable and chatty. The food was good (just one bad point - see below) but we confirmed ourselves to the Ocean view café (due to my gluten issue - which I explain more below). The range of food on offer was good and varied and included some local themed meals. The shore excursions were good and I have no complaints about the variety of these or the assistance we received from time to time by the shore excursions team. One minor quibble - see below. The bad;- The entertainment was excellent throughout - we had singers, a trapeze act, a concert pianist, a Stevie Wonder tribute act, a modern violinist and an excellent illusionist. The resident troupe of singers and dancers were very strong and put on three great shows. The black spot was a truly awful "action comedian" called Steve Carte. he purported to be a juggler but dropped so much I would not have been much worse - and his humour was simply not funny and included jokes taken from episodes of Only Fools and Horses - so that must mean they are at least 20 years old. I did think it may be just lost in translation (we are English and American humour passes us by) but there was very little reaction from the audience so I think it must just have been a bad act. Food was generally good - however I am wheat intolerant so I stick to a gluten free diet. We had Celebrity Select anytime dining - but the range of suitable food on the menu in the Metropolitan Restaurant was so limited that I was finding I didn't fancy it - so we ate constantly in the Ocean view cafe. However it wasn't clear what was gluten free in there so for the first few days we were guessing and hoping for the best (and when we asked the catering staff didn't seem to have much idea). Then the dishes began to be labelled indicating which were gluten free, vegetarian and so on. I think perhaps someone may have complained? Anyway, once this had been labelled life became much easier and there was a good range of stuff available which I could eat - and it was good stuff. There was a "Gluten free" station - but that only ever had puddings - gluten free mains were dotted about with "normal" food - so it was a case of lapping to see what was there. I would have been easier for me had the gluten free fayre been clustered in one station - and may have reduced some of the crowding in the café (which became a bit tiresome at times as people milled and dithered about). The excursions were good and well organised. On occasion however the disembarkation for this (where we were all gathered in the celebrity theatre waiting to be called) was a little tiresome and on one occasion we waited for about an hour (although to be fair I cant really see how else this could be sensibly managed). The travel arrangements were good - however one minor gripe was at the very end of the holiday where we were booked into a hotel after disembarkation awaiting our transfer to the airport. the hotel room had to be vacated by 6pm, but the transfer was not scheduled until 8.15pm - so we had to hang around with cases in the lobby of the hotel for over two hours with suitcases. There were a lot of Brits booked on a 23.15pm flight - and the hotel lobby had only about 6 seats - so it was a long wait. There was an outbreak of disease on board and may went down with bad stomachs. There was cleaning and disinfecting on an industrial scale towards the end of the trip and everything became a bit sticky to the touch. We religiously washed our hands as recommended throughout - but we saw many who did not. We were both ill but managed our own illness responsibly with drugs we had brought with us. There was messaging in both English and Spanish regarding cleanliness - I would suggest that this should perhaps also be given in French - as we saw a number of French speakers not taking care of hygiene - although I am not suggesting they were the cause. On the French point, we had a number of excursions where French speakers were present - but the trips were in English. As a consequence the French tended to talk loudly over the guides having their own conversations between themselves - thus rather spoiling it for others (and partly as some of the guides English was a little difficult to tune into). I wonder if French based versions of some of the trips could be considered - or at least a disclaimer making it clear that French will not be catered for on the excursions? . Overall we enjoyed the trip and would certainly use Celebrity again (but we pick our trips based on ports of call rather than brand). Read Less
Celebrity Millennium Ratings
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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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