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We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarkation in Hong Kong was a breeze, and disembarkation in Tokyo was really easy. Immigration in some ports in Japan was a nightmare, and there was a huge on-line discussion regarding any visa needed for China. It was determined that if you were a US or Canadian citizen you could use the ship's visa for $10 pp (if you intended to take a ship's excursion in Shanghai )- but other nationalities needed to purchase a Chinese visa before they boarded the ship. We stayed at Royal Garden Hotel in Hong Kong for 2 nights prior to the cruise, and it was really good. In Tokyo was stayed two nights at the Grand Nikkon (after the cruise) and it was terrific. We did mostly ship's tours, which were fine but some of the guides were difficult to understand but tried hard to please and make our experience in Japan memorable. The food and service on the ship, in the main dining room, was really good - but the food in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) left a lot to be desired. I think, because we were in Asia, they felt the need to do a lot of Asian and other exotic dishes, which were mostly left untouched, as at least 80% of the passengers were American, Canadian or English, and wanted good familiar food. The lack of tables in this cafe caused a lot of frustration also especially when people were in a hurry in order to make their tour on time. I would say this was my least favorite part of the ship and we avoided it as much as we could. The ship was fine, but it is a little dated and lacks the "wow" factor of the newer ships. The captain and the officers were very visible and made every effort to be friendly and helpful.

Great itinerary

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by keithval

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View 4
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarkation in Hong Kong was a breeze, and disembarkation in Tokyo was really easy. Immigration in some ports in Japan was a nightmare, and there was a huge on-line discussion regarding any visa needed for China. It was determined that if you were a US or Canadian citizen you could use the ship's visa for $10 pp (if you intended to take a ship's excursion in Shanghai )- but other nationalities needed to purchase a Chinese visa before they boarded the ship.

We stayed at Royal Garden Hotel in Hong Kong for 2 nights prior to the cruise, and it was really good. In Tokyo was stayed two nights at the Grand Nikkon (after the cruise) and it was terrific. We did mostly ship's tours, which were fine but some of the guides were difficult to understand but tried hard to please and make our experience in Japan memorable.

The food and service on the ship, in the main dining room, was really good - but the food in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) left a lot to be desired. I think, because we were in Asia, they felt the need to do a lot of Asian and other exotic dishes, which were mostly left untouched, as at least 80% of the passengers were American, Canadian or English, and wanted good familiar food. The lack of tables in this cafe caused a lot of frustration also especially when people were in a hurry in order to make their tour on time. I would say this was my least favorite part of the ship and we avoided it as much as we could.

The ship was fine, but it is a little dated and lacks the "wow" factor of the newer ships. The captain and the officers were very visible and made every effort to be friendly and helpful.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View 4
Cabin 04 2153
As an ocean view bin it was more than adequate. We loved the location and our room stewardess was terrific. Bed was extremely comfortable and there was enough storage room.
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