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Our Itinerary: 14 night Classical Med cruise, Barcelona, Villefranche, Florence, Rome (over night), Naples, Athens, Istanbul (over night), Mykonos, Santorini, Venice. This was a port intensive cruise with only 3 sea days. We booked our air on our own using Delta Frequent Flier miles. We had a flight from Tpa to ATL and then to Barcelona. It was a good flight, we arrived Barcelona 10/5 at 11:00am. We had made arrangements to be picked up by BarcelonaTaxi@barcelonataxivan.com They picked us up right on time and brought us to our Hotel. We booked the Hilton Diagonal Mar through Hilton Honour rewards for two nights. The hotel is beautiful and it's not far to get anywhere in the city. It's not in Las Ramblas but it's only a bus ride or taxi away. The Ship: Millennium is beautiful. We were booked in the SkySuite 9121. We had a great Butler Ruben. He was always around in the event we needed anything. Our cabin was a Handicapped accessible room so we had a big bathroom and walk in shower (no tub). The only wear I saw in the room was where the curtains had been caught in the sliding glass door several times. I'm sure it wouldn't be cost effective to change them every time. though I do think they need to come up with a better idea for the sliders. We had wonderful service from Togi and Otto in the Platinum Club (Martini, Champagne and Wine Bar). Togi is very entertaining with his jugging of bottles. We had great food every night in the restaurant. This cruise we decided not to book the Specialty Restaurant. So every evening we were in the dining room. We had the best table mates, and our waiters Alberto and "G" were absolutely wonderful! The variety of food choices is amazing and the food comes out hot, fresh and great tasting. No one at out table ever complained about any meal. For Lunch if we were on the ship we ate at the buffet. The food was always good and the variety of choices were abound. Breakfast we usually dined in our cabin, occasional we snuck out for the wonderful waffles! We booked our itineraries some on our own and some thru the ship. For Villefranche we went on our own. You can take a train which isn't difficult and get to Nice, Cannes, Monaco and Monte Carlo. We chose to go to Cannes and Nice. Be warned though the trains are not in the best part of town so once you get off, you have to walk a long way or take a cab to get to the interesting sites. Florence (Livorno) we took the ships slow food movement tour. It was a great choice. We went to an Esturcan archeological site, a winery, where we had an awesome lunch, an olive oil factory. It was a great tour and we really enjoyed ourselves. Rome (Civitavecchia) we took the ships "Angels & Demons" tour. It takes you to sites mentioned in Dan Browns book. It was a great tour, and it includes alot of the sites you'd want to see anyway. The second day we decided just to visit Civitavecchia. It's a great little town. The port has a free shuttle which will drop you off not far from the train station so you can get a train back into Rome if you want. Naples - we booked seesorrento.com (Marcello) and we took the Amalfi Coast tour. IT's well worth the money and we had a fabulous lunch that had breath taking views. Athens - We booked georgestaxitours@yahoo.com Our driver was Tony. He was the best. He is very proud of his town and knows alot about the history. Istanbul - we booked the ships 2 1/2 day tours. First day was European side visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, rug demo and the famous market. Second day was Asian side and Topkopi Palace. I was disappointed in the second day as the bus took us over the bridge to the Asian side and turned around and went back to the European side. Other than that the tour did go to most places you probably want to visit. Mykonos - what can I say but Beautiful! You definitely can do this Island on your own. It's friendly and beautiful. Santorini - We did the Oia wine tour thru the ship. It's a great idea if there is going to be some ships in port as we got to the top of the Island by bus. You can only get up otherwise by walking, donkey or cable car. There is 6 cable cars that hold 6 people in each. we had 4 ships in port on our day and the line to go up and down the mountain was very long. We only were in port from 7-3pm so if you didn't get moving first thing you didn't get to see alot of the Island. This port is very picturesque and beautiful. Would have loved more time here. Maybe on the next cruise. We only made one Show and that was the Ventriloquist. If he's on board don't miss him, he's really good and it's a great show. Usually we make more shows but we had so much to do we just never made it. All in all we had a great time, great ship and met great new friends. We'd definitely sail Millennium again. It's now my husbands favorite ship. I still love Constellation, she's my favorite.

Celebrity Millennium - Western Mediterranean

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by aloanldy

Trip Details
Our Itinerary: 14 night Classical Med cruise, Barcelona, Villefranche, Florence, Rome (over night), Naples, Athens, Istanbul (over night), Mykonos, Santorini, Venice.
This was a port intensive cruise with only 3 sea days.
We booked our air on our own using Delta Frequent Flier miles. We had a flight from Tpa to ATL and then to Barcelona. It was a good flight, we arrived Barcelona 10/5 at 11:00am. We had made arrangements to be picked up by BarcelonaTaxi@barcelonataxivan.com They picked us up right on time and brought us to our Hotel.
We booked the Hilton Diagonal Mar through Hilton Honour rewards for two nights. The hotel is beautiful and it's not far to get anywhere in the city. It's not in Las Ramblas but it's only a bus ride or taxi away.
The Ship: Millennium is beautiful. We were booked in the SkySuite 9121. We had a great Butler Ruben. He was always around in the event we needed anything. Our cabin was a Handicapped accessible room so we had a big bathroom and walk in shower (no tub). The only wear I saw in the room was where the curtains had been caught in the sliding glass door several times. I'm sure it wouldn't be cost effective to change them every time. though I do think they need to come up with a better idea for the sliders.
We had wonderful service from Togi and Otto in the Platinum Club (Martini, Champagne and Wine Bar). Togi is very entertaining with his jugging of bottles.
We had great food every night in the restaurant. This cruise we decided not to book the Specialty Restaurant. So every evening we were in the dining room. We had the best table mates, and our waiters Alberto and "G" were absolutely wonderful! The variety of food choices is amazing and the food comes out hot, fresh and great tasting. No one at out table ever complained about any meal.
For Lunch if we were on the ship we ate at the buffet. The food was always good and the variety of choices were abound. Breakfast we usually dined in our cabin, occasional we snuck out for the wonderful waffles!
We booked our itineraries some on our own and some thru the ship.
For Villefranche we went on our own. You can take a train which isn't difficult and get to Nice, Cannes, Monaco and Monte Carlo. We chose to go to Cannes and Nice. Be warned though the trains are not in the best part of town so once you get off, you have to walk a long way or take a cab to get to the interesting sites.
Florence (Livorno) we took the ships slow food movement tour. It was a great choice. We went to an Esturcan archeological site, a winery, where we had an awesome lunch, an olive oil factory. It was a great tour and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Rome (Civitavecchia) we took the ships "Angels & Demons" tour. It takes you to sites mentioned in Dan Browns book. It was a great tour, and it includes alot of the sites you'd want to see anyway. The second day we decided just to visit Civitavecchia. It's a great little town. The port has a free shuttle which will drop you off not far from the train station so you can get a train back into Rome if you want.
Naples - we booked seesorrento.com (Marcello) and we took the Amalfi Coast tour. IT's well worth the money and we had a fabulous lunch that had breath taking views.
Athens - We booked georgestaxitours@yahoo.com Our driver was Tony. He was the best. He is very proud of his town and knows alot about the history.
Istanbul - we booked the ships 2 1/2 day tours. First day was European side visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, rug demo and the famous market. Second day was Asian side and Topkopi Palace. I was disappointed in the second day as the bus took us over the bridge to the Asian side and turned around and went back to the European side. Other than that the tour did go to most places you probably want to visit.
Mykonos - what can I say but Beautiful! You definitely can do this Island on your own. It's friendly and beautiful.
Santorini - We did the Oia wine tour thru the ship. It's a great idea if there is going to be some ships in port as we got to the top of the Island by bus. You can only get up otherwise by walking, donkey or cable car. There is 6 cable cars that hold 6 people in each. we had 4 ships in port on our day and the line to go up and down the mountain was very long. We only were in port from 7-3pm so if you didn't get moving first thing you didn't get to see alot of the Island. This port is very picturesque and beautiful. Would have loved more time here. Maybe on the next cruise.
We only made one Show and that was the Ventriloquist. If he's on board don't miss him, he's really good and it's a great show. Usually we make more shows but we had so much to do we just never made it.
All in all we had a great time, great ship and met great new friends.
We'd definitely sail Millennium again. It's now my husbands favorite ship. I still love Constellation, she's my favorite.
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