Because of many negative comments posted prior to our departure, we were prepared for a less than stellar experience. We knew it was the last crusie prior to going to Freeport, The Bahamas to be retrofited immediately after we disembarked. However, we were pleasantly surprised. We had cruised for 14 days on Millenium in 2008 to Alaska and back to San Diego and it was our favorite cruise, with so many fond memories.
Boarding was smooth and quick. WE arrived at the port with our son, his wife and our grandson. We were meeting old friends on the ship and were to meet them on the pool deck as their rooms weren't reday when they boarded. We were on board quickly and were greeted with lot's of smiles and a Mimosa as we walked to the doors. We decided that since it was nearly 1:00 PM we would take a chance and try our rooms before going to the pool deck, so we wouldn't have to lug a suitcase. Our cabin was on the aft of the 9th deck, and was completely ready when we opened the door. We love the extra balconey space on the aft cabins and this was no exception. The champagne was cooling in an ice bucket and a daily planner was on the bed with our tickets to the specialty restaurant for the next night. Our kids had a family cabin on deck 7, so we dropped the suitcases and headed upstairs. The grill was on for hamburgers and fries outside and the buffet was in full swing. We opted for the buffet after a drink and ate on the deck. When we went back to the room later, our room attendent and his assistent came by to see what if we had any special requests. We told them ice on the room during the day and asked if we could have the fridge opened for my husband's diabetic supplies. They happily complied. Our friends were two doors down also in an aft cabin and had a similar experience
This was the beginning of 5 days of mostly positive experiences. We did find some paint chips on the carpet of the balcony where they had obviously been prepping for the retrofit, and there were a couple of sections on the lower decks closed off with workmen. Our friend found some rolls of carpet that were stacked against the wall on the back of Deck 3, but overall the ship was functioning normally. Was it a little shabbier than on our cruise 4 years before, yes. But we knew that was going to be fixed.
Wonderful location with huge balcony. Right below the buffet deck so you hear some noise when they set up for the morning, but nothing so loud that we were disturbed. Would book this room again.