Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by DIS cruiser
- Sail Date: December 2008
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
We had a late lunch at Lido Buffet. It was quite disappointing. The food weren't hot with not much variety. We were in the 1st seating dinner at 6 pm at the Metropolitan Restaurant. Our waiter & assistant waiter were v nice & attentive. The food however were pretty average. They all tasted pretty much the same. They served lobster on the 2nd last night of the cruise & for some reason, my husband & I both tasted something mouldy in the lobster. After the 1st few nights, we got sick of the food & had dinner at the Lido. They served sushi & freshly cooked pasta & noodles every night. The sushi were pretty average with the same variety every night. The pasta & noodles were freshly made & were the only food that were hot. They provided a 'Casual Dining' alternative - they made part of the Lido into a restaurant setting & the menus were different to the Metropolitan. However, we were told by the assistant Maitre D' that the menus there were the same everyday except for the Chef's special. We tried there for dinner 1 night. The food were ok, nothing special. There was a US$2 gratuity per person added to our account.
For breakfast, we went to the Lido everyday. Again, the food were the same every day. However, the omelette, pancake & waffle stations were pretty good, at least the food were hot. They provided orange, apple & o'guava drinks. The fruit selection was good at breakfast. There were oranges, melons & Pineapple. On a couple of mornings, there were strawberries but they were pretty much all rotten. Only fruit salad was served at lunch & they weren't fresh at all. Apart from that, they had whole oranges, apples & bananas. I was shocked to see some oranges were rotten with moulds all around them. I tasted an apple & it tasted mushy & was the worst apple I've ever tasted.
Lunch was boring & pretty average every day. Again, everything wasn't hot, apart from the pasta station. There were freshly made pizzas which tasted quite nice but for some reason, they got cold v quickly. I saw a few passengers actually asked their pizzas to be reheated in the oven. Fruit salad was terrible & dessert were pathetic. They didn't seem to be freshly made. There were different varieties of ice-cream & sorbet every day which were pretty good though.
I would like to mention the cleanliness on the Millennium. We were really impressed with the Golden. They were spotless. I would give a perfect 10. However, I would only give a 2 to the Millennium. I can't say how many times I saw dirty dishes & cups in the Lido. There was once that I put lemons in my cup only to realize that there were still traces of milk in there. 1 of the fellow passenger obviously saw my shocked face & said she had the same experience the other day. She said their dishwashers obviously weren't too good..... From then on, I made sure I checked every single dish & cup that I used. Regarding service in the Lido, it really varied. Some of the waiters were quite good. However, there were times that we found a few waiters of the same nationality were standing there chatting in their own language while the plates kept on piling up on our table......
I would like to say something about the lifts. For some reason, the lifts didn't seem to stop at level 3 which was the lobby. There were so many times the lift went pass this level if you wanted to go up. We later figured out the trick & pressed 'down' instead. We went down 1 level & then pressed the level we wanted & hehe ..... up we go, passed level 3 of course........
Entertainment wise, pretty average again. However, we could see they made an effort of getting the Australian female vocalist in for a couple of shows. There was a talent show for adults 1 night & my daughter participated in the youth talent show 1 afternoon which I think was quite nice. We found the 'Sat night at the Movies' ridiculous. The movies they showed were at least a year old! Most of the nights they had the Celebrity singers & dancers doing the show, pretty average.....
There were 250 kids on board due to the holiday season. 60% of the passengers were from the US, approx 30% from Europe & other countries & the rest Aussies. My daughter rated the kids programme average. She was in the 7-9 group. They had different themed nights which was nice. But my daughter commented that the staff there always gave them a hard time & weren't really interested at them. There were lots of free plays & my daughter liked the PS2. The talent show was a highlight & there was a movie night which was quite nice too. On X'Mas day, Santa came & presented every child a gift which was a nice touch.
There were shuttles provided at most ports for a nominal fee. We were charged US$12 return at Dunedin & later realized Volendam provided free shuttle for their guests ( they docked on the same day ). The queue was so long for our return shuttle back to the ship & we queued for nearly 1 hr while there was no queue at all for the Volendam.
Disembarkation was very organized. The allocated time for our disembarkation was 8:30am & we were off the ship exactly at that time. There was also a disembarkation show & the cruise director James presented all the info in details. The top 10 cruise questions he presented at the show was hilarious. He was v energetic & you could always see him around.
I would say the experience we had with the Millennium wasn't what we expected. The food was pretty average, same as entertainment. The service of our waiter & assistant waiter was great. Apart from that, the service at the Lido was only ok. Will we cruise with Celebrity again? I doubt that. I'm sure there are other cruise lines which provide better food, service, entertainment......
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