This was our second cruise on Celebrity, the first being on Solstice in the Caribbean in January, this year. I've been following the progression of the "solsticizing" of the Millennium on the Celebrity website, so my hopes were high. We booked an Aquaclass cabin, which, at the time, was less than any Concierge class. Then we upgraded to a Suite guarantee for not much more.
We flew to San Diego the day of the cruise and took a cab right to the ship.
The driver tried to tell us that he only took cash, but we know that in San Diego all taxis are required to accept credit cards (and it's emblazoned all over the cab windows), so we insisted on using credit. The check-in went smoothly until we got on the ship. All on-boarding guests were funneled to a single bank of four elevators, and one was not working. Not a great beginning. We found our cabin, 9123, which turned out to be a Sky Suite "Accessible", meaning wheelchair-accommodating. What that translated to was a bathroom with a floor-level, walk-in/roll-in shower, but with no storage whatsoever -- not one shelf, and a tiny sink. We immediately went to the Guest Relations counter and reported that we did not need the "accessible" part and would greatly prefer to transfer to another cabin. They did not hold out much hope, and told us that they would not know until everyone was on board after the ship sailed. We did not unpack, just in case. We proceeded to an informal Cruise Critic meet-and-greet in the Sunset Bar, which very few of us found. We did at least meet Sigfried and Ilse, Dana (Danna?) and Bruce, and Eric and Jennifer (Gonzo70). Then we all took off to muster, which was short and sweet. We next met our suite butler, Ramir, to whom we repeated our wish to transfer cabins. The first pleasant surprise was an invitation to suite passengers to watch the sailaway from the helipad at the very front of the ship. We were all met in a lounge and then guided through the upper level of the theater outside to the helipad for a selection of sparkling, white and red wines. The weather was wonderful, so this was a great experience! When we got back to our cabin the miracle actually happened! We switched Sky Suites with another couple on the same deck who were very eager for the accessible bathroom because the bathtub was an insurmountable obstacle for the husband. Yippee! We rolled into our new space, 9111, and immediately took off to dinner in the MDR.
Sky Suite 9111, port side, mid-ship: roomy size cabin with large closet and lots of storage (although not enough hangers). Rather small balcony, completely sheltered from the sun, with two lounge chairs but no table at all. Small bathroom with a tub and shower, which would be a problem for anyone at or over 6-feet tall; storage was pretty good. Bath towels are generous, but the hand towels were inconsistent between new-and-soft and old-and-scratchy. Small sofa bed. One very uncomfortable lounge chair.
We live in San Francisco and love it, so we're biased. The walk along the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building back to the cruise ship pier (around #35), then Pier 39 and Fishermen's Wharf is never tiresome! We did, however, hear several complaints from other passengers about the excursions up to wine country, both because of the expense and the destinations.
We took a shuttle bus into city center and just walked around, which we never tire of. We know the museum is wonderful from past experiences.