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My wife and I were on the 12 night Asian cruise which began on Jan. 14 and ended on Jan. 26. We used Choice Air for our travel arrangements. We flew into Hong Kong the night before the scheduled departure date, arrived on time, and easily acquired a taxi from the airport. We stayed at the Eaton Hong Kong on Nathan Rd. This location offered us a chance to safely walk in a well known area of Kowloon after dinner. Embarkation was quick and easy, especially given that we were in a country with a language foreign to us and in a terminal that was completely unfamiliar. Celebrity personnel were placed strategically in the expansive Kai Tak Terminal, and we even met the helpful Guest Relations Manager Migle Zukaite before we boarded. Well done, Celebrity! We found the senior officers, staff and crew to be friendly and helpful throughout the cruise. Captain Iatrou and his officers were visible throughout the public areas, and we observed their attention to daily operations of the Millennium. The Millennium shows it's age, even after last year's refurbishment. Badly rusted areas around hatches and at a starboard side stair on Deck 11 are only two examples on the ship's exterior. Another example was the public restroom on Deck 4 which often emitted a foul odor and required multi-day maintenance during the cruise. Throughout the cruise, one had to accept that the bath water would be discolored, brownish to yellow. In our stateroom, we had problems with the sliding glass door and water from the bathtub pooling on the bathroom floor that were quickly addressed (re-seating the door and caulking around the tub). These problems saddened us, because my first cruise with Celebrity was on the Millennium in 2006, and we still like the design and size of this vessel. On the plus side, cabin issues were promptly corrected and the crew did a good job of cleaning all public areas throughout the cruise, even on the days with rough seas. Luminae staff were excellent, quickly learning our preferences. Although we chose from the interesting dishes on the menu most meals, we also added variety by accessing the MDR menu. We made one visit each to the Tuscan Grille and Qsine, and favored the latter due to the interesting menu choices and presentation. We each used the fitness center multiple times, and the equipment seemed to be in working order, with only one elliptical malfunctioning at the end of the cruise. We received massages from the Spa staff, and enjoyed their skillful attention. As is per usual for a Celebrity Cruise Director, Steve Gayda was everywhere, and seemingly always smiling. Of his staff, Senor Manuel and Mr. Mulvey were both friendly and humorous. Overall, the ship's entertainment was good to adequate. During our cruise, the house band Front Row played songs from at least three decades and were competent, and occasionally good. The quartet that played jazzy numbers and pop songs had people dancing every evening at the Rendezous Lounge. Of the featured performers, Monique Dehaney was our favorite, and we also enjoyed Yoomia's music. The Phil Collins and Elton John impersonators were not appealing to us. I would also like to credit the whole Millennium crew for handling differing, and apparently fickle, disembarkation and attendant immigration requirements at these ports. We felt efforts were made to keep passengers informed of the necessities of visas and passports. We took three excursions offered by Celebrity. - The first was a half day excursion in Tapei that was disappointing. The tour made the stops to Tapei 101 and the temple as advertised, however the well meaning guide seemed unprepared and disorganized. - In contrast the half day tour in Busan, Beautiful Harmony of Nature and Humanity, was informative and well organized. - The half day tour of Shanghai with airport dropoff, which took us through the Bund and up the Jin Mao tower was informative and interesting. We set up private excursions at two ports. - We used HPE to visit Hue while we ported at Chan May, Vietnam. Our guide was knowledgeable and we had an interesting day visiting a Buddhist temple and the old Imperial City. We can recommend Peter and his team for an enjoyable introduction to Vietnam. - Bambikes provided a bicycle tour of Intramuros in Manila, Phillipines. The company seeks to provide sustainable means of providing a tourist experience, while also being friendly and safe. The biking is not strenuous, the guide was knowledgeable, and tour lasted approximately 2.5 hours. At a brisk walk we were able to move to and from the dock to their company offices in 20-25 minutes. We recommend Bambikes for first time visitors to Manila. We benefited from good weather at every port, and while we experienced rough seas a couple of days, the alternating port-sea day-port itinerary had a comfortable rhythm. Disembarkation was fluid and without delay. While the Millennium is showing her age, and population pressures and political considerations make visiting some of the ports a challenge, we enjoyed this Celebrity Cruise.

Cruising the China Seas

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by cruisefam38

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Sky Suite 1
My wife and I were on the 12 night Asian cruise which began on Jan. 14 and ended on Jan. 26. We used Choice Air for our travel arrangements. We flew into Hong Kong the night before the scheduled departure date, arrived on time, and easily acquired a taxi from the airport. We stayed at the Eaton Hong Kong on Nathan Rd. This location offered us a chance to safely walk in a well known area of Kowloon after dinner.

Embarkation was quick and easy, especially given that we were in a country with a language foreign to us and in a terminal that was completely unfamiliar. Celebrity personnel were placed strategically in the expansive Kai Tak Terminal, and we even met the helpful Guest Relations Manager Migle Zukaite before we boarded. Well done, Celebrity!

We found the senior officers, staff and crew to be friendly and helpful throughout the cruise. Captain Iatrou and his officers were visible throughout the public areas, and we observed their attention to daily operations of the Millennium.

The Millennium shows it's age, even after last year's refurbishment. Badly rusted areas around hatches and at a starboard side stair on Deck 11 are only two examples on the ship's exterior. Another example was the public restroom on Deck 4 which often emitted a foul odor and required multi-day maintenance during the cruise. Throughout the cruise, one had to accept that the bath water would be discolored, brownish to yellow. In our stateroom, we had problems with the sliding glass door and water from the bathtub pooling on the bathroom floor that were quickly addressed (re-seating the door and caulking around the tub). These problems saddened us, because my first cruise with Celebrity was on the Millennium in 2006, and we still like the design and size of this vessel. On the plus side, cabin issues were promptly corrected and the crew did a good job of cleaning all public areas throughout the cruise, even on the days with rough seas.

Luminae staff were excellent, quickly learning our preferences. Although we chose from the interesting dishes on the menu most meals, we also added variety by accessing the MDR menu. We made one visit each to the Tuscan Grille and Qsine, and favored the latter due to the interesting menu choices and presentation.

We each used the fitness center multiple times, and the equipment seemed to be in working order, with only one elliptical malfunctioning at the end of the cruise. We received massages from the Spa staff, and enjoyed their skillful attention.

As is per usual for a Celebrity Cruise Director, Steve Gayda was everywhere, and seemingly always smiling. Of his staff, Senor Manuel and Mr. Mulvey were both friendly and humorous. Overall, the ship's entertainment was good to adequate. During our cruise, the house band Front Row played songs from at least three decades and were competent, and occasionally good. The quartet that played jazzy numbers and pop songs had people dancing every evening at the Rendezous Lounge. Of the featured performers, Monique Dehaney was our favorite, and we also enjoyed Yoomia's music. The Phil Collins and Elton John impersonators were not appealing to us.

I would also like to credit the whole Millennium crew for handling differing, and apparently fickle, disembarkation and attendant immigration requirements at these ports. We felt efforts were made to keep passengers informed of the necessities of visas and passports.

We took three excursions offered by Celebrity.

- The first was a half day excursion in Tapei that was disappointing. The tour made the stops to Tapei 101 and the temple as advertised, however the well meaning guide seemed unprepared and disorganized.

- In contrast the half day tour in Busan, Beautiful Harmony of Nature and Humanity, was informative and well organized.

- The half day tour of Shanghai with airport dropoff, which took us through the Bund and up the Jin Mao tower was informative and interesting.

We set up private excursions at two ports.

- We used HPE to visit Hue while we ported at Chan May, Vietnam. Our guide was knowledgeable and we had an interesting day visiting a Buddhist temple and the old Imperial City. We can recommend Peter and his team for an enjoyable introduction to Vietnam.

- Bambikes provided a bicycle tour of Intramuros in Manila, Phillipines. The company seeks to provide sustainable means of providing a tourist experience, while also being friendly and safe. The biking is not strenuous, the guide was knowledgeable, and tour lasted approximately 2.5 hours. At a brisk walk we were able to move to and from the dock to their company offices in 20-25 minutes. We recommend Bambikes for first time visitors to Manila.

We benefited from good weather at every port, and while we experienced rough seas a couple of days, the alternating port-sea day-port itinerary had a comfortable rhythm.

Disembarkation was fluid and without delay.

While the Millennium is showing her age, and population pressures and political considerations make visiting some of the ports a challenge, we enjoyed this Celebrity Cruise.
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Cabin Review

Sky Suite 1
Cabin S1 6130
We stayed in a Sky Suite, our third time in this category in the past 15 months. We have found that we have enough space and storage to be comfortable. While the room was kept clean, it showed the wear-and-tear of 15 years of use. For example a chunk of wood was missing from the back of the desk chair, and the closet doors bear the scuffs and scratches of many pieces of luggage.
Alfred, our butler, was helpful with information, coping with ever changing immigration regulations, and with fulfilling our simple requests. Sunny did a good job with keeping the cabin clean and neat, and was responsive to our requests.
Access to Michael's Club and the staff there is decided perquisite to suites.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Imperial Hue
    We used HPE to visit Hue while we ported at Chan May, Vietnam. Our guide was knowledgeable and we had an interesting day visiting a Buddhist temple and the old Imperial City. We enjoyed a quiet and tasty lunch at a French-Vietnamese restaurant. We can recommend Peter and his team for an enjoyable and informative introduction to Vietnam.
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  • Hong Kong
    Our attempt to use the shuttle buses during the Hong Kong port was completely thwarted by the arrival of the Genting Dream, another cruise ship. The passengers disembarking and embarking that ship overwhelmed the local services, and we were unable to easily get back into Hong Kong.
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  • Manila
    Bambikes provided a bicycle tour of Intramuros in Manila, Phillipines. The company seeks to provide sustainable means of providing a tourist experience, while also being friendly and safe. The biking is not strenuous, the guide was knowledgeable, and tour lasted approximately 2.5 hours. At a brisk walk we were able to move to and from the dock to their company offices in 20-25 minutes. We recommend Bambikes for first time visitors to Manila.
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  • City Tour
    We took the Half Day excursion in Tapei that was disappointing. The tour made the stops to Tapei 101 and the temple as advertised, however the well meaning guide seemed unprepared and disorganized. Furthermore, a couple of our fellow passengers made the guides job more difficult. The gift shop stop was disappointing.
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