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We sailed in July, so my memories are not as fresh in my mind. We had not sailed on Celebrity before, and it was not our choice but we were with family and we kept an open mind. Embarkation was fine, no lines and easy on. That was probably the only day there were no lines to get back on the ship. Our room was ready when we arrived around 2 pm. Our luggage made it with no problems, another in our group was not as lucky. Not because of the cruise line, but the longshoremen who loaded the luggage. Initial impression of the ship was that it was not the modern luxury liner I had been led to believe. The ship is in need of updating, the furniture in the dining room was worn and stained, stateroom curtains were torn, carpeting was a bit worn and dirty, paint on windows, peeling paint on the exterior of the ship, and a broken window in the covered pool area. Our wait staff was very good and we had no complaints about the dining room food. We did dislike that large sections of the buffet were closed during the day. You needed to walk a great distance to see which sections were open, and often when you returned to an area it was closed. The food tasted fine in the buffet but there was not much variety during the non-standard eating times. When an area of the buffet was closed, they pulled down shades to cover. That was very annoying and it looked terrible. The mirrors in the buffet were annoying and you had to be careful not to walk into them. The main dining room was never open for lunch. We had lunch one day at the grill, that took forever since there was only one person working. We did dine in the Olympic restaurant one night and that meal was the highlight our trip. We never saw a show, nothing was appealing. As in other posts, the ship seemed to shut down at night. We love to go to the "nightclub" and dance, but when you are one of two or three couples it is a bit weird. We loved Hoonah and our tender trip back to the ship was no problem, but communication about where to disembark on the ship was terrible throughout the trip. We often waited to disembark, even in non tendered ports. Getting back on was even more frustrating. We would wait in line for twenty minutes or more. There was no explanation or apology, ever. Disembarkation on the last day was absolutely terrible. We went to wait at our assigned time, which passed without explanation. We were over two hours late getting off the boat in Vancouver. Again, no explanation or apology, just a really long wait. After our return I sent Celebrity a similar review as this post, never heard back. What a surprise.  

Wasn't the luxury experience we thought we would have.

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Wish it were cruise time

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2013
  • Destination: Alaska
We sailed in July, so my memories are not as fresh in my mind. We had not sailed on Celebrity before, and it was not our choice but we were with family and we kept an open mind.
Embarkation was fine, no lines and easy on. That was probably the only day there were no lines to get back on the ship. Our room was ready when we arrived around 2 pm. Our luggage made it with no problems, another in our group was not as lucky. Not because of the cruise line, but the longshoremen who loaded the luggage.
Initial impression of the ship was that it was not the modern luxury liner I had been led to believe. The ship is in need of updating, the furniture in the dining room was worn and stained, stateroom curtains were torn, carpeting was a bit worn and dirty, paint on windows, peeling paint on the exterior of the ship, and a broken window in the covered pool area.
Our wait staff was very good and we had no complaints about the dining room food. We did dislike that large sections of the buffet were closed during the day. You needed to walk a great distance to see which sections were open, and often when you returned to an area it was closed. The food tasted fine in the buffet but there was not much variety during the non-standard eating times. When an area of the buffet was closed, they pulled down shades to cover. That was very annoying and it looked terrible. The mirrors in the buffet were annoying and you had to be careful not to walk into them. The main dining room was never open for lunch. We had lunch one day at the grill, that took forever since there was only one person working.
We did dine in the Olympic restaurant one night and that meal was the highlight our trip.
We never saw a show, nothing was appealing. As in other posts, the ship seemed to shut down at night. We love to go to the "nightclub" and dance, but when you are one of two or three couples it is a bit weird.
We loved Hoonah and our tender trip back to the ship was no problem, but communication about where to disembark on the ship was terrible throughout the trip. We often waited to disembark, even in non tendered ports. Getting back on was even more frustrating. We would wait in line for twenty minutes or more. There was no explanation or apology, ever. Disembarkation on the last day was absolutely terrible. We went to wait at our assigned time, which passed without explanation. We were over two hours late getting off the boat in Vancouver. Again, no explanation or apology, just a really long wait.
After our return I sent Celebrity a similar review as this post, never heard back. What a surprise.
 
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Our stateroom was clean and well taken care of. It did need some updating, torn curtains and worn furnishings. We found storage to be sufficient.
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