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Apologies for the length ....ooops Considering the many less than flattering reviews of Millennium we were very pleasantly surprised with the overall relative charm and consistently welcoming staff. Perhaps mainly due to the outstanding sociable and efficient Captain instilling a positive attitude. We were in Sky S1 6125 We embarked in Hong Kong and following an initial problem by Immigration staff not accepting entry to the ship without a China Visa despite all the ongoing CruiseCritic roll call comments yes/No/yes?... I fortunately had printed the Transit Visa requirement document from the Shanghai Port Authority website outlining the Transit rules... Well we were allowed on board... However the Ship advised no Shanghai access without a Visa, ... unless we booked a tour with them..The Michaels Club concierge Lucy arranged the booking for a $10 fee per person visa... So well done but be aware?. In fact in Shanghai port there did not appear to be egress by non visa pax? The ship itself while certainly ageing appeared to be very well maintained everywhere and constantly cleaned by diligent staff. The Sky S1 was neat with sufficient space , settee and lounge and desk chair and had a nicer bed configuration facing the balcony view. The walk in? storage was good however doors open almost into the bathroom and across the entryway created a minor hazard. Our Butler Robert was fine however we had little need to require his service and our suite was well cleaned We tended to eat in Luminae most meals and were never disappointed by the ever efficient and smiling staff..Wow the best Sommelier (Leo) we have come across in countless cruises even on the many smaller luxury companies. The total Lumiae staff should be mentioned and were appreciated. Lumiae menu could and was supplemented as required from the Main dining room menu choices...always without hesitation. An excellent option and appreciated Michaels club Lucy another efficient and excellent Concierge with a great barman Jag....?.ever attentive and inventive..thankyou. We never experienced The Main Dining room so no comment . However we attempted several lunches in Ocean View with very limited success due mainly to finding two seats somewhere or particularly near, to one of the selected food buffet stations. The buffet food was plentiful but resulted in people with partially or full plates walking almost from one side of the ship to obtain say pasta for me then the other direction for sandwich etc ...so a bit of a traffic jam but I guess minor. The specialty Restaurants for us anyway did not compare to Solstice as no Marino and we did not care (but tried it )for the perhaps interesting Qsine as with many varieties a little hard to match a wine but interesting to experience. We attended at Tuscan a so called "Connoisseur" wine pairing dinner but our table and others were underwhelmed.. 5 courses all full size servings( which may suit some) creating a quantity problem and the menu selection with the first 3 dishes offering large cheese balls and one course a whole Tomato cut 4 chunks with a huge Mozzarella ball.."fine dining"..come on. But the Fillet steak was lovely (9 oz...on top of the other dishes... too much ..well for us) and also available on several nights anyway in the main dining (or Luminae)..so not that special. The wine selection provided the opportunity to try a variation from the norm and in general were nice (one bottle corked) but replaced immediately... so good service and still an enjoyable evening. We did not (this time) try the Sushi on 5 as we had on Solstice and enjoyed. Entertainment The Cruise Director was ok and managed to keep it all rolling Actual stage shows.. a couple with the ship dancers etc were excellent, other individual performers while ok were a mixed bag... but in general all good...with ever vigilant drink waiters. The ports of call were generally good. We commenced the trip with a week in Hong Kong so did not experience the ship tours. Taiwan private tour arranged with Hana tours through a Cruise Critic member Cindy was excellent Okinawa.. We walked 20+ minutes from the ship to the to City centre and simply explored the shops, lanes and markets..a little lunch an enjoyable stroll with warm weather Shanghai full day ship bus (50 pax) tour( without a visa could not participate in a private one) to the Water Village was good and even included a short river(creek) boat ride with one oar man rowing and steering with the one rear long oar and paddled between all the old style village homes and shops.. nice.Then a big chinese luncheon Nagasaki tour was cancelled following the previous days heavy fog... with the Millennium anchored overnite and near full day as the China port Authority commanded no movement..The Captain (always keeping everybody informed) announced 22 ships were stopped near us but "out of site"..a very dangerous situation.The Captain explained while perhaps? Millie could have moved we still had the Pilot on board...so. Kobe on our own to enjoy the City as we had been there last year for days .. While there it is worth tours covering the Bamboo forest and the Golden Pavillion.. did not speak to pax who did tours. Shimuzu (ahh Mt Fuji... it was there somewhere?) ship bus tour (another full bus load).. to the interesting Pine Forest walk of trees advised to be 200 to 400 years old and lead to a black sand beach which on a clear day offers great view of the Mt Fuji (we were shown a picture)...As we managed good views last year we accepted the pic... another large lunch with over 300 of our newest best friends .. a wide selection of authentic local province food despite the large expected crowds a pleasant day Disembarkation ..we fortunately waited in Michaels Club til final call to exit at 0945... Then Cab to YCAT the Cruise Air Terminal and Limo Bus to Haneda ( totalUS$25 each)... The ship had a tour Airport drop off to Narita only US$170 each... Anyway a very enjoyable cruise on the pleasant Millie helped by the staff and crew and a delightful and visible Captain

Pleasant trip on a charming but aging ship

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Bocca

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Sky Suite 1
Apologies for the length ....ooops

Considering the many less than flattering reviews of Millennium we were very pleasantly surprised with the overall relative charm and consistently welcoming staff. Perhaps mainly due to the outstanding sociable and efficient Captain instilling a positive attitude.

We were in Sky S1 6125

We embarked in Hong Kong and following an initial problem by Immigration staff not accepting entry to the ship without a China Visa despite all the ongoing CruiseCritic roll call comments yes/No/yes?... I fortunately had printed the Transit Visa requirement document from the Shanghai Port Authority website outlining the Transit rules... Well we were allowed on board...

However the Ship advised no Shanghai access without a Visa, ... unless we booked a tour with them..The Michaels Club concierge Lucy arranged the booking for a $10 fee per person visa... So well done but be aware?. In fact in Shanghai port there did not appear to be egress by non visa pax?

The ship itself while certainly ageing appeared to be very well maintained everywhere and constantly cleaned by diligent staff.

The Sky S1 was neat with sufficient space , settee and lounge and desk chair and had a nicer bed configuration facing the balcony view. The walk in? storage was good however doors open almost into the bathroom and across the entryway created a minor hazard.

Our Butler Robert was fine however we had little need to require his service and our suite was well cleaned

We tended to eat in Luminae most meals and were never disappointed by the ever efficient and smiling staff..Wow the best Sommelier (Leo) we have come across in countless cruises even on the many smaller luxury companies. The total Lumiae staff should be mentioned and were appreciated.

Lumiae menu could and was supplemented as required from the Main dining room menu choices...always without hesitation. An excellent option and appreciated

Michaels club Lucy another efficient and excellent Concierge with a great barman Jag....?.ever attentive and inventive..thankyou.

We never experienced The Main Dining room so no comment .

However we attempted several lunches in Ocean View with very limited success due mainly to finding two seats somewhere or particularly near, to one of the selected food buffet stations. The buffet food was plentiful but resulted in people with partially or full plates walking almost from one side of the ship to obtain say pasta for me then the other direction for sandwich etc ...so a bit of a traffic jam but I guess minor.

The specialty Restaurants for us anyway did not compare to Solstice as no Marino and we did not care (but tried it )for the perhaps interesting Qsine as with many varieties a little hard to match a wine but interesting to experience.

We attended at Tuscan a so called "Connoisseur" wine pairing dinner but our table and others were underwhelmed.. 5 courses all full size servings( which may suit some) creating a quantity problem and the menu selection with the first 3 dishes offering large cheese balls and one course a whole Tomato cut 4 chunks with a huge Mozzarella ball.."fine dining"..come on.

But the Fillet steak was lovely (9 oz...on top of the other dishes... too much ..well for us) and also available on several nights anyway in the main dining (or Luminae)..so not that special.

The wine selection provided the opportunity to try a variation from the norm and in general were nice (one bottle corked) but replaced immediately... so good service and still an enjoyable evening. We did not (this time) try the Sushi on 5 as we had on Solstice and enjoyed.

Entertainment

The Cruise Director was ok and managed to keep it all rolling

Actual stage shows.. a couple with the ship dancers etc were excellent, other individual performers while ok were a mixed bag... but in general all good...with ever vigilant drink waiters.

The ports of call were generally good.

We commenced the trip with a week in Hong Kong so did not experience the ship tours.

Taiwan private tour arranged with Hana tours through a Cruise Critic member Cindy was excellent

Okinawa.. We walked 20+ minutes from the ship to the to City centre and simply explored the shops, lanes and markets..a little lunch an enjoyable stroll with warm weather

Shanghai full day ship bus (50 pax) tour( without a visa could not participate in a private one) to the Water Village was good and even included a short river(creek) boat ride with one oar man rowing and steering with the one rear long oar and paddled between all the old style village homes and shops.. nice.Then a big chinese luncheon

Nagasaki tour was cancelled following the previous days heavy fog... with the Millennium anchored overnite and near full day as the China port Authority commanded no movement..The Captain (always keeping everybody informed) announced 22 ships were stopped near us but "out of site"..a very dangerous situation.The Captain explained while perhaps? Millie could have moved we still had the Pilot on board...so.

Kobe on our own to enjoy the City as we had been there last year for days .. While there it is worth tours covering the Bamboo forest and the Golden Pavillion.. did not speak to pax who did tours.

Shimuzu (ahh Mt Fuji... it was there somewhere?) ship bus tour (another full bus load).. to the interesting Pine Forest walk of trees advised to be 200 to 400 years old and lead to a black sand beach which on a clear day offers great view of the Mt Fuji (we were shown a picture)...As we managed good views last year we accepted the pic... another large lunch with over 300 of our newest best friends .. a wide selection of authentic local province food despite the large expected crowds a pleasant day

Disembarkation ..we fortunately waited in Michaels Club til final call to exit at 0945... Then Cab to YCAT the Cruise Air Terminal and Limo Bus to Haneda ( totalUS$25 each)... The ship had a tour Airport drop off to Narita only US$170 each...

Anyway a very enjoyable cruise on the pleasant Millie helped by the staff and crew and a delightful and visible Captain
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Sky Suite 1
Cabin S1 6125
The Sky S1 was neat with sufficient space , settee and lounge and desk chair and had a nicer bed configuration facing the balcony view. The walk in? storage was good however doors open almost into the bathroom and across the entry way created a minor hazard.
Our Butler Robert was fine however we had little need to require his service and our suite was well cleaned
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