1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Celebrity Millennium
I have cruised with Celebrity Cruise Line pre RCL buyout and Celebrity today is not what it used to be. Gone is the wonderful service, food and the greek crew, now it is hash house food, mediocre service and an international crew. Boarding in Ft.Lauderdale was excellent only because as a seasoned cruise person (45 cruises) I ignored the stated 1 pm embarkation request by Celebrity and arrived at the terminal about 11 am and was on the ship within the hour. Stateroom was not ready until after 1:30 pm and I was still searching the holding area at 5 pm for my luggage. My statement 7003 was a true surprise and was almost equivalent to a mini suite, this stateroom overall measured 230 sq feet with a huge round window overlooking the bow of the ship. Dining on the Millennium varies from location to location and meal to meal. Overall the food in the main dining was good, not great, but on the other hand the waiter staff in the main dining room was excellent and attentive. The buffet on the Lido deck was to be expected, crowded with rude passengers and less than edible food. The service lines were slow and the food pretty much the same from day to day, meal to meal. The poolside grill (tacos, hamburgers, hotdogs) was terrible, cold food, bad service. The Olympic Restaurant dining (optional cost $30/person) is exceptional, great food and service. This dining experience reminds of the days long gone (thank you Royal Viking Line) of superior dining. The Entertainment was passable but not memorable. One major production in the Celebrity Theatre should definitely be retired "Classic" what a hodge podge of musical numbers, mostly in the opera and other classical modes which went over the heads of most of the audience, and they left during the performance. Highlight for this position cruise was the transit of the Panama Canal from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean. After eight such transits, I truly marvel at the Panama Canal and recommend a canal transit for any cruise enthusiast. Ports of Call were good to very good, but the real star for this cruise was the Panama Canal. Wished the days at sea (9 days) for a 15 day cruise were supplemented with an addition two or three added ports to break up the sea days. Debarkation in San Francisco was OK, but not smooth. I had to ask to get off the ship nearly 45 minutes after the stated debarkation in the letter I received and had to rush to get my luggage and taxi to the airport. Unfortunately Celebrity Cruise Lines is going in the same direction as most other cruise lines since most are owned by either Carnival, RCL or NCL the days of fine service, excellent food and wonderful ports, activities and entertainment have now been replaced by generic everything. One major compliant about the Celebrity Millennium is it badly needs to be refurbished from top to bottom and after 8 years of service the wear and tear is apparent throughout the entire public, outside and stateroom areas. Will I sail again on Celebrity, the answer is yes, I am booked on the April 2009 transatlantic/Mediterranea cruise on the new Celebrity Solstice and I am taking a small group on the Celebrity Mercury on a roundtrip Hawaii cruise in November 2008.........

Celebrity is Slipping

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by WallyPalmSprings

Trip Details
I have cruised with Celebrity Cruise Line pre RCL buyout and Celebrity today is not what it used to be. Gone is the wonderful service, food and the greek crew, now it is hash house food, mediocre service and an international crew.
Boarding in Ft.Lauderdale was excellent only because as a seasoned cruise person (45 cruises) I ignored the stated 1 pm embarkation request by Celebrity and arrived at the terminal about 11 am and was on the ship within the hour. Stateroom was not ready until after 1:30 pm and I was still searching the holding area at 5 pm for my luggage. My statement 7003 was a true surprise and was almost equivalent to a mini suite, this stateroom overall measured 230 sq feet with a huge round window overlooking the bow of the ship.
Dining on the Millennium varies from location to location and meal to meal. Overall the food in the main dining was good, not great, but on the other hand the waiter staff in the main dining room was excellent and attentive. The buffet on the Lido deck was to be expected, crowded with rude passengers and less than edible food. The service lines were slow and the food pretty much the same from day to day, meal to meal. The poolside grill (tacos, hamburgers, hotdogs) was terrible, cold food, bad service. The Olympic Restaurant dining (optional cost $30/person) is exceptional, great food and service. This dining experience reminds of the days long gone (thank you Royal Viking Line) of superior dining.
The Entertainment was passable but not memorable. One major production in the Celebrity Theatre should definitely be retired "Classic" what a hodge podge of musical numbers, mostly in the opera and other classical modes which went over the heads of most of the audience, and they left during the performance.
Highlight for this position cruise was the transit of the Panama Canal from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean. After eight such transits, I truly marvel at the Panama Canal and recommend a canal transit for any cruise enthusiast.
Ports of Call were good to very good, but the real star for this cruise was the Panama Canal. Wished the days at sea (9 days) for a 15 day cruise were supplemented with an addition two or three added ports to break up the sea days.
Debarkation in San Francisco was OK, but not smooth. I had to ask to get off the ship nearly 45 minutes after the stated debarkation in the letter I received and had to rush to get my luggage and taxi to the airport.
Unfortunately Celebrity Cruise Lines is going in the same direction as most other cruise lines since most are owned by either Carnival, RCL or NCL the days of fine service, excellent food and wonderful ports, activities and entertainment have now been replaced by generic everything.
One major compliant about the Celebrity Millennium is it badly needs to be refurbished from top to bottom and after 8 years of service the wear and tear is apparent throughout the entire public, outside and stateroom areas.
Will I sail again on Celebrity, the answer is yes, I am booked on the April 2009 transatlantic/Mediterranea cruise on the new Celebrity Solstice and I am taking a small group on the Celebrity Mercury on a roundtrip Hawaii cruise in November 2008.........
WallyPalmSprings’s Full Rating Summary
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Rates
Service
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Celebrity Millennium price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email