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This was our second cruise with Celebrity (the first was New Zealand and Australia). The idea of this cruise was introduce wife and kids (Girl 13, Boy 15) to Asia while retaining the comfort of the cruise ship. Object was achieved and some lessons learnt along the way. We had connecting rooms but could have had a family room without much impact. Recommendations: 1. If you can get on-board internet as part of the booking bundle do it for the kids only. The kids used it a lot. It wasn't always the best but kept them connected. Our only gave them one device at a time but that was enough and gave us a way to look things up when needed. 2. Only do ship planned trips if you don't have a lot of time in port. We only did one on a day which were departing at 5pm. Doing a ship tour means sharing the experience with a lot of people. That "experience" can also mean that you are sharing a single toilet with two bus loads of passengers. This slows the process down and usually means that not all of the planned activities are completed. 3. Where you can, do research and plan your own on-shore excursions. When in doubt just organise a car for the day. Very reasonable in Thailand and Vietnam. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the taxi network works well and they both have an amazing public transport system. Just pick a couple of sights that you want to see and lock in an agenda that works for your family. We did one excursion in Thailand with a couple from Canada which meant there was six of us in a mini bus with your own driver. Worked great. The trick is to book in a price before getting port, which is why the kids wifi helped so much. 4. Where you can book something before you travel independently. We booked an excursion from this company below and it was our highlight in Vietnam. http://besttoursinvungtau.weebly.com 5. Encourage the kids to get involved in the kids club. On Celebrity there aren't as many kids but that actually works well as they form a small but tight group. Usually we didn't see the kids for lunch and about 50% of dinners. The kids love the buffet whist we enjoyed the Main Restaurant. 6. Local currency. Do change currency for any port that you are visiting. Don't expect that the local ATMs will work as more often than not, they don't. At the end of the trip and if you are not planning on returning, tip the cruise staff in the left over currency. Hope that helps. Enjoy Asia, my family did.

Cruising Asia with Teenage Kids

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by smon

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class 2
This was our second cruise with Celebrity (the first was New Zealand and Australia). The idea of this cruise was introduce wife and kids (Girl 13, Boy 15) to Asia while retaining the comfort of the cruise ship. Object was achieved and some lessons learnt along the way.

We had connecting rooms but could have had a family room without much impact.

Recommendations:

1. If you can get on-board internet as part of the booking bundle do it for the kids only. The kids used it a lot. It wasn't always the best but kept them connected. Our only gave them one device at a time but that was enough and gave us a way to look things up when needed.

2. Only do ship planned trips if you don't have a lot of time in port. We only did one on a day which were departing at 5pm. Doing a ship tour means sharing the experience with a lot of people. That "experience" can also mean that you are sharing a single toilet with two bus loads of passengers. This slows the process down and usually means that not all of the planned activities are completed.

3. Where you can, do research and plan your own on-shore excursions. When in doubt just organise a car for the day. Very reasonable in Thailand and Vietnam. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the taxi network works well and they both have an amazing public transport system. Just pick a couple of sights that you want to see and lock in an agenda that works for your family. We did one excursion in Thailand with a couple from Canada which meant there was six of us in a mini bus with your own driver. Worked great. The trick is to book in a price before getting port, which is why the kids wifi helped so much.

4. Where you can book something before you travel independently. We booked an excursion from this company below and it was our highlight in Vietnam. http://besttoursinvungtau.weebly.com

5. Encourage the kids to get involved in the kids club. On Celebrity there aren't as many kids but that actually works well as they form a small but tight group. Usually we didn't see the kids for lunch and about 50% of dinners. The kids love the buffet whist we enjoyed the Main Restaurant.

6. Local currency. Do change currency for any port that you are visiting. Don't expect that the local ATMs will work as more often than not, they don't. At the end of the trip and if you are not planning on returning, tip the cruise staff in the left over currency.

Hope that helps.

Enjoy Asia, my family did.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class 2
Cabin C2 8141
Nice cabin which connected with 8143. Worked well for us. The kids had a twin and we had a double. The balcony weren't able to be connected on the Millennium like we could on the Solstice. Rooms were slightly bigger on the Millennium.
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