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First, a little background. I am 63 and my wife is 59 and we have completed 12 cruises, the most recent on the Celebrity Millennium. Previously we have cruised on NCL (3), Costa (1), Royal Caribbean (1), and our favorite Holland America (6). We chose this cruise because of the great itinerary and because Celebrity is rated as a "premium" cruise line as is Holland America. These are my comments regarding our experiences on this cruise. 1. Embarkation process - absolute flawless. We literally walked onto the ship to our room which was ready. Our luggage showed up less than two hours later. 2. Condition of ship - For a ship that is only six years old, many items showed excessive wear. Most notable was the condition of the toilet seats found in our cabin and throughout the ship in the public restrooms. They were ALL badly worn, chipped, and stained. One was completely broken! For any cruise line this is disgusting. For a so called premium cruise line, this condition is unacceptable. We also noticed that many pieces of furniture in the public areas of the ship were badly stained and worn. The bedspread in our cabin was stained very bad which was beyond disgusting. The cheap plastic shower curtain in our cabin was worn and frayed on the bottom and should have been replaced long ago. The beds were like cheap cots with thin mattresses and pillows that were like bricks. 3. Shore Excursions - These were extremely well organized with absolutely no problems other than having unfit people with us that had no business being on such strenuous adventures. Unfortunately this is something you have to put up with on all cruises. 4. Staff - These people were the highlight of our cruise. Because Celebrity still leaves tipping up to the customer, service remains very high. Every staff person we encountered was kind, courteous, and attentive - just like the old days before automatic tipping. 5. Entertainment - We only watched two shows which consisted of the usual singers and dancers. Both were very high quality and professionally done. 6. Food - On a scale of 1 to 10, we gave both the cafeteria on deck 10 and the main dining room about an 8. We tried the Olympic Restaurant on deck 3 only because it was a gift from our travel agent. The atmosphere in the Olympic as stunning because of the ornate paneling which was salvaged from the Olympic which was the sister ship to the Titanic. Seeing this room really gives you an insight into how opulent those old ships were about 100 years ago. Not being a "foodie" and not being impressed with the tableside show the waiters put on, I would not recommend paying the extra money to eat there. I would however strongly recommend going there during the day just to look around and take photos. 7. Internet Facility - Like all cruise lines, this service is an absolute rip-off. The charges are $.75 per minute or 100 minutes for $70, 200 minutes for $120, or 500 minutes for $250. If you are used to the speed of a dial-up ISP, you will be happy with this service. However if you have any type of high speed service at home, you will go to sleep waiting for each page to load. 8. Debarkation Process - Extremely efficient system that is different from other cruise lines. Other than our bus being 20 minutes late, we encountered no other problem. Bottom line, would I go on another Celebrity cruise? No way. If we cruise again is will most certainly be on a Holland America ship. Thanks for your time.

Millennium - Eastern Mediterranean

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Mike Parkinson

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First, a little background. I am 63 and my wife is 59 and we have completed 12 cruises, the most recent on the Celebrity Millennium. Previously we have cruised on NCL (3), Costa (1), Royal Caribbean (1), and our favorite Holland America (6). We chose this cruise because of the great itinerary and because Celebrity is rated as a "premium" cruise line as is Holland America. These are my comments regarding our experiences on this cruise. 1. Embarkation process - absolute flawless. We literally walked onto the ship to our room which was ready. Our luggage showed up less than two hours later.
2. Condition of ship - For a ship that is only six years old, many items showed excessive wear. Most notable was the condition of the toilet seats found in our cabin and throughout the ship in the public restrooms. They were ALL badly worn, chipped, and stained. One was completely broken! For any cruise line this is disgusting. For a so called premium cruise line, this condition is unacceptable. We also noticed that many pieces of furniture in the public areas of the ship were badly stained and worn. The bedspread in our cabin was stained very bad which was beyond disgusting. The cheap plastic shower curtain in our cabin was worn and frayed on the bottom and should have been replaced long ago. The beds were like cheap cots with thin mattresses and pillows that were like bricks.
3. Shore Excursions - These were extremely well organized with absolutely no problems other than having unfit people with us that had no business being on such strenuous adventures. Unfortunately this is something you have to put up with on all cruises.
4. Staff - These people were the highlight of our cruise. Because Celebrity still leaves tipping up to the customer, service remains very high. Every staff person we encountered was kind, courteous, and attentive - just like the old days before automatic tipping.
5. Entertainment - We only watched two shows which consisted of the usual singers and dancers. Both were very high quality and professionally done.
6. Food - On a scale of 1 to 10, we gave both the cafeteria on deck 10 and the main dining room about an 8. We tried the Olympic Restaurant on deck 3 only because it was a gift from our travel agent. The atmosphere in the Olympic as stunning because of the ornate paneling which was salvaged from the Olympic which was the sister ship to the Titanic. Seeing this room really gives you an insight into how opulent those old ships were about 100 years ago. Not being a "foodie" and not being impressed with the tableside show the waiters put on, I would not recommend paying the extra money to eat there. I would however strongly recommend going there during the day just to look around and take photos.
7. Internet Facility - Like all cruise lines, this service is an absolute rip-off. The charges are $.75 per minute or 100 minutes for $70, 200 minutes for $120, or 500 minutes for $250. If you are used to the speed of a dial-up ISP, you will be happy with this service. However if you have any type of high speed service at home, you will go to sleep waiting for each page to load.
8. Debarkation Process - Extremely efficient system that is different from other cruise lines. Other than our bus being 20 minutes late, we encountered no other problem.
Bottom line, would I go on another Celebrity cruise? No way. If we cruise again is will most certainly be on a Holland America ship. Thanks for your time.
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