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Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Enjoyable cruise to interesting South East Asia

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Kangaroo Paw2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2018
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A

We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit South East Asia and we had previously cruised on Celebrity Silhouette and loved it. We were aware that the Millennium is a smaller and older ship and so were prepared for it to be a step down from the S-class ships. It was smaller as expected and has fewer specialty dining restaurants and bars. However, we found that the layout of the ship to be very nice and the public areas to be very open and inviting, not tired at all. We particularly enjoyed spending time in the el Bacio café and in the Martini and Cellar Masters bars.The food was good, but maybe not quite as good as last time. The Oceanview food is varied and nice. I love how they cook meat or stir fry to order. However, I did not like how the buffet is set up. It goes around and around in one long line, rather than being set up in open plan stations. Some areas are tucked away and we did not realise they were there till half way through the cruise. The main dining room is fine and the food is presented well and good quality. We did find the choices each day very similar and over two weeks it was a bit boring for our tastes. To counter this we often chose to eat at the speciality restaurants which are all excellent with fantastic service. (Tuscan Grill, Qsine, Sushi on Five). The service in general is generally good. There were a few hiccups e.g warm soft drinks, but staff rectified these when asked. The drink service in the theatre was slow as the staff are busy so get a drink from the bar before you go in. The entertainment was excellent and better than on the Silhouette. The shows are all fun and entertaining and there are lots of musicians around the shop. The only exception is the house band who unfortunately were laughably bad. Our room was similar as previous and while not luxurious was a good size with a nice balcony and adequate storage. Our steward was friendly and quick to deal with queries and problems. Embarkation and disembarkation was quick and efficient, but some of the immigration and passport checks at ports and on ship need more organisation as they often took a long time - especially when departing Hong Kong. Port excursions were interesting, but I would not recommend taking the trip to Hanoi.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A
Cabin 2A 7101

Nice room, good balcony. Very quiet area of the ship.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Victoria Peak

The weather was very cloudy and hazy so could not see anything which was disappointing. Tour guide was friendly and entertaining. Also went on a boat ride which was fun and visited Stanley. Recommended on a clear day.

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Halong Bay

Took a tour to Hanoi, which I do not recommend. It took 3 hours there and nearly 5 back! Hanoi is interesting and we liked the sights, but the drive really decreases your enjoyment of the day. The traffic is chaos and the bus often overtakes on the wrong side of the road. We did not get back till after 9pm. I wish we had chosen to explore Halong Bay instead as Halong Bay is gorgeous and has a nice town centre to visit.

Hoi An Walking Tour

Really enjoyed this tour. Hoi An is a lovely spot with pretty lanterns, quaint markets and some Interesting historical spots. The lunch provided was excellent and included 'real' Vietnamese food. The tour guide was good and free time was provided for shopping.

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Cu Chi Tunnels

This tour was ok. It was again a long drive (3hrs) from the port which I think was called Phu My. The tour guide was interesting and engaging and talked non stop the whole day giving important info, facts and stories. The tunnels themselves are somewhat interesting, but did not have the wow factor I expected. I did appreciate how brave and tenacious the Vietnamese were and did not feel any anti American or Australian sentiment at all. In fact the guide stressed that they do not blame anyone for the horrors of the war, but they do not want to forget this important part of their history and far enough. Yes, you can go down a section dug out for tourists, but as it is not part of the original tunnels to be honest I did not see much point. It was very hot and I was recovering from a cold so elected to stay above ground. Those that did go down told me that they did not see much anyway. The lunch provided was very ordinary and as it was very early (11am) it was not that enjoyable. Recommended for people interested in history, particularly the Vietnam War.

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City Tour

We really liked the city tour of Bangkok. It was a 2 and half hour drive, but as the guides were so engaging this flew past. We visited the golden Buddha which was amazing and a highlight. We also visited the flower market which was interesting and a Buddhist temple (sorry forgot the name). Lunch was at the Royal Princess and very nice. Recommended.

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Nong Nooch Walking Tour

Half day tour which was delayed as it took ages to get off ship and through immigration check. The gardens are good, if a little (actually a lot) gimmicky. First we saw a cultural show which was nice. We were then supposed to view the elephant show, but elected to start walking round the garden early. The gardens are vast and must take a huge amount of work. I particularly liked the French garden and the orchids. There is a nice elevated walkway to walk round and of course plenty of opportunities for photos. I would have liked more information about the plants used and less animal statues. Half day is adequate for this site.

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Singapore River Cruise

Tour was called 'Taste of Singapore' and was good. We went on a bum boat at Clarke Quay which was excellent and good for photos. Then we had morning tea at a hotel and tried some Singaporean treats. Lastly, we visited a food hall to sample some of Singapore excellent multi cultural food and ate some delicious dumplings. We were staying in Singapore for three more days so didn't need to do the sights on this tour. If you are flying out immediately I would advise you to do a tour that includes Garden by the Bay which is not to be missed.

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