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We had wanted to cruise Celebrity because it was reputed to be the leader of the mainstream cruise lines. We were shocked to find it was the worst we had been on, including Holland, Princess, NCL and Royal Caribbean. The ship was very shabbily decorated with seemingly little thought, expense or design sense involved. The center atrium had a long staircase and really nothing else. Nothing to marvel at by looking around or up. Just blah. The worst offense of the cruise was the cafeteria where we were used to finding food similar to what was served in the dining room, but without the personal service. They usually involve parallel lines of food that will satisfy most tastes, but organized so you can pick up your plate and silverware and logically proceed through the food entrees. This ship had entries that seemed to have to start or end, and long passageways with walls and no food available -- just wandering past tables of diners as though you're on an exercise walk. Every meal there was a sushi section, a Mongolian BBQ section, pizza and burgers (connected to the pool area), and often that was about it. We often could not put a complete meal together that would likely satisfy and a simple American taste. Breakfast was usually okay with usual eggs, meat, potatoes, etc. The dessert section for lunch/dinner was pathetic with several little 2-inch square desserts that were few, small and not very good placed a the end of the main course line. The best ships have a separate dessert section that provides larger desserts and selection, and isolated from the main food line, I assume to separate traffic, which is always a problem in the cafeterias of all ships. Desserts are usually something we marvel at and remember fondly long after the cruise. Not so on the Mellenium. It should be noted that the dining room was good and typical of cruise ships we've been on. The food and service was good, though nothing unusual for experienced cruisers. In fact, we wondered if perhaps the cruise line was purposely devaluing the cafeteria to encourage people to use the dining room instead. That would be to possibly ensure it was full each night, or to increase revenue from wine and alcoholic beverages which are more commonly ordered in the dining room. We have no proof of this, of course. We bypassed the excursions since they were elaborate (e.g. helicopter) and expensive. But we did have a good time on our own at ports like Ketchikan, Juneau (especially) and Skagway. So we enjoyed the ports (other than Icy Straight Point). Their stop at the Royal/Celebrity-developed port of Icy Straight Point was a huge disappointment. Almost nothing there, and clearly was designed to save the cruise lines money. We should have gone to an actual port like Sitka. The entertainment was typical of what we usually see on ships, no better or worse. We don't partake of a lot of ship activities, so won't comment on those, but they appeared typical of other cruises. Our oceanview room was actually quite nice with large window, good-sized tv flatscreen (a first) and wifi in the room (also a first). Embarkation was a problem since three ships were boarding all at the same time. But it was actually handled very well and the experience wasn't any worse than normal, given that "normal" is never any fun.

Not happy with Celebrity Millenium

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by jschrupp

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2013
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View 7
We had wanted to cruise Celebrity because it was reputed to be the leader of the mainstream cruise lines. We were shocked to find it was the worst we had been on, including Holland, Princess, NCL and Royal Caribbean.

The ship was very shabbily decorated with seemingly little thought, expense or design sense involved. The center atrium had a long staircase and really nothing else. Nothing to marvel at by looking around or up. Just blah.

The worst offense of the cruise was the cafeteria where we were used to finding food similar to what was served in the dining room, but without the personal service. They usually involve parallel lines of food that will satisfy most tastes, but organized so you can pick up your plate and silverware and logically proceed through the food entrees. This ship had entries that seemed to have to start or end, and long passageways with walls and no food available -- just wandering past tables of diners as though you're on an exercise walk. Every meal there was a sushi section, a Mongolian BBQ section, pizza and burgers (connected to the pool area), and often that was about it. We often could not put a complete meal together that would likely satisfy and a simple American taste. Breakfast was usually okay with usual eggs, meat, potatoes, etc.

The dessert section for lunch/dinner was pathetic with several little 2-inch square desserts that were few, small and not very good placed a the end of the main course line. The best ships have a separate dessert section that provides larger desserts and selection, and isolated from the main food line, I assume to separate traffic, which is always a problem in the cafeterias of all ships. Desserts are usually something we marvel at and remember fondly long after the cruise. Not so on the Mellenium.

It should be noted that the dining room was good and typical of cruise ships we've been on. The food and service was good, though nothing unusual for experienced cruisers. In fact, we wondered if perhaps the cruise line was purposely devaluing the cafeteria to encourage people to use the dining room instead. That would be to possibly ensure it was full each night, or to increase revenue from wine and alcoholic beverages which are more commonly ordered in the dining room. We have no proof of this, of course.

We bypassed the excursions since they were elaborate (e.g. helicopter) and expensive. But we did have a good time on our own at ports like Ketchikan, Juneau (especially) and Skagway. So we enjoyed the ports (other than Icy Straight Point). Their stop at the Royal/Celebrity-developed port of Icy Straight Point was a huge disappointment. Almost nothing there, and clearly was designed to save the cruise lines money. We should have gone to an actual port like Sitka.

The entertainment was typical of what we usually see on ships, no better or worse. We don't partake of a lot of ship activities, so won't comment on those, but they appeared typical of other cruises.

Our oceanview room was actually quite nice with large window, good-sized tv flatscreen (a first) and wifi in the room (also a first).

Embarkation was a problem since three ships were boarding all at the same time. But it was actually handled very well and the experience wasn't any worse than normal, given that "normal" is never any fun.
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