Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by 2see2sea
- Sail Date: January 2018
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom 9
After reading reviews I had prepared myself and my immediate family for an older, tired ship with not so much to do and average food...we were thrilled to have realised we were wrong.
The ship is 18 years old and lives on the sea, so of course there is going to be rust, some worn out places and paint touch ups. It appears well cared for, there were outdoor maintenance crew tidying up paint chips etc often and inside was constantly being cleaned and polished. It was clean, neat and tidy...the furnishings were just fine and some areas were more updated than others but overall we found it comfortable with a great variety of places to go to for entertainment, eating, drinking, sunbathing, quiet time or socialising.
Our main disappointment was with the pool, it was small and the whole sundeck area was cramped, but we’ve never done a cruise before so we’re just a bit taken aback with the people lying side-by-side in a confined space. Quite a few spa pools though, and it was quiet first thing in the morning or on port days if you got back earlier.
I liked the music around the pool area in the afternoon and if you went to the top deck it wasn’t always as crowded, especially on the windy days...but you did have to hold onto your hat!
The food was great! Some days fantastic! The chefs were incredibly accommodating with food intolerances, the staff were friendly and helpful. We mainly ate in the Ocean View Cafe/the buffet, we tried to time it in the quieter times, before half twelve/half six and for early morning port stops we got room service breakfast...as tables could be limited, especially on cold days. We also ate at the Metropolitan, where you can order however many starters/entrees/desserts as you like. The staff are amazing considering how busy it is and how demanding some people can be. Some of our family ate in the specialty restaurants and loved them.
Bar staff seemed stressed sometimes, combining stocking up and serving guests. We used the poolside bar on deck 11, not always as busy. Some staff were fabulous cocktail/mocktail makers...Rodica :) we did get a drinks package...organised once on board after we signed for our first two beers and realised how much we would be paying if we were to be drinking like we enjoy to do on holiday. I’d organise it on board again so deals can be arranged so your money goes further. It is expensive but was well worth it for our family. We drink lots of water, one of our girls enjoys soy chai lattes, the other mocktails and us beers and cocktails and our package included all this.
Cosmos was quieter during the day...not serving drinks some afternoons, but you can carry your drinks around the boat, so we would get one at the pool bar and sit in cosmos looking out to sea...lovely!
The entertainment was better than I thought it would be, muscians, bands, shows...something for everyone. The woman Jamaican singer of a variety of songs, fun and energy, four men singers of a variety of broadway style songs and the three men singers of Motown, disco tunes (sorry cannot remember the names) and Ged the Irish singer were my favourites. Also the acoustic duo, who visited the teens club, which they liked. The dancers were good too...the magic show wasn’t really our thing. There were two shows 7 and 9pm, great for working around dinner times.
There was some entertaining game show/trivia also. And the silent disco is fun for all ages!
There were some interesting talks one of our girls enjoyed. And Ken talked on the ports coming up which was great to hear tips and places to visit. These are also on the tv in the cabin.
The cabin was bigger than what I thought, smaller than a motel room, but pop the suitcases under the bed after unpacking and there is plenty of storage so not too cluttered. We took a camping clothesline and washing liquid to hand wash our clothes, the washing is expensive on board, and febreeze was a great handy tip I read. Perfect for deodorising the room, shoes etc. I also wiped everything down with antibacterial wipes, for peace of mind. We didn’t get ill, some did with cough/head cold...fresh air, water and washing hands before putting them to your mouth is basic but invaluable.
The teens enjoyed the XClub, a few activities organised, there were only a small group of them so they enjoyed just hanging out all together. They made some lovely friendships and we hardly saw them. I soon realised they were very safe on board, there’s security cameras and security people around the ship, and it was actually a good holiday for kids and parents without being in each other’s space all the time.
PORTS OF CALL
Some of the ports were hours away from the advertised destination. We didn’t go into Bangkok, as we had been there before. We went to Pattaya for the day, hoping to go to an island off it but the weather didn’t play the game so we shopped and strolled instead. I wasn’t too taken with the town, the beach was busy with boats and parasailing etc. Quite smelly and dirty. The next day we walked out of the port gates and took a private taxi to Harbour Mall. 4km’s (approx) from the port. We got some cheap shopping done here over a few hours. We then enjoyed a quiet time on the boat as most others were away.
We did a scooter tour with XO Tours, organised before we left, in Ho Chi Minh. It was fantastic! They took us to the museum, burning Buddha, Chinatown amongst other places. They had great knowledge on the places we went to.
Hoi An was lovely, we did an ‘on your own’ so was only a few hours in the town.
Hanoi was a four hour trip in, but worth it for us. We organised our own transport for this, which was cheaper. We did a tour in Halong Bay once returning from Hanoi, so packed a lot in, which was tiring.
Singapore and Hong Kong we did all on our own, taxis are easy to use and we did the hoho bus in both places which we found really worthwhile to get our bearings and learn about the cities.
Gardens by the Bay has a great light show in Singapore, Satay Street is fun place to eat at.
Eaton Hotel in Kowloon in Hong Kong was great for location, service, good breakfast and clean.
Most of the staff are amazing, always happy to help, friendly and they have interesting backgrounds to hear about. Maybe the occasional surly one had had an encounter with the guest that will never be happy....some people are just that way. Shout out to Chef Shwyam, Chef Joseph, Chef on the pasta station, Rodica, Wilmex, Meicho, Angelica,Marites and Captain Alex for getting us to our destinations safely and for his entertaining and motivating announcements.
Overall a great trip, came home exhausted but that’s because we were up late most nights, listening to the entertainment, up early most mornings, watching as we came into port, making the most of the places we stopped at. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth, efficient and relatively quick.
We will cruise again and would go happily on Celebrtiy Millenium if she was going to destinations on our list.
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At one time the water was cold in our shower, we had overturned the tap, our lovely attendant Marites soon had it quickly sorted for us.
Quite a few storage places.
The two single beds pushed together were a little annoying. Suitcases fitted easily under the beds.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Bangkok (Laem Chabang)We went to Pattaya one day and Harbour Mall the next for a wee shop.View All 212 Bangkok (Laem Chabang) Cruise Port Reviews
The first day we used the taxi/bus service in the port hall, the next day we walked outside the gates and got a private taxi...it was cheaper but obviously not without risks. Our driver was lovely, picked us up at the designated time and place like we arranged. We got back early and enjoyed the ships facilities without the crowds....quite the treat!
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HanoiBooked a bus to Hanoi, then a 6hour trip around Halong Bay. Having done Phi phi islands and in hindsight, would’ve spent longer in Hanoi.View All 60 Hanoi Cruise Port Reviews
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Hong KongUsed the hoho bus, taxis, star ferry and walking to get around to see the sights. Was very easy.View All 314 Hong Kong Cruise Port Reviews
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SingaporeWe did Singapore ‘on our own’. The port is handy to town with plenty of taxis. Security was very efficient.View All 569 Singapore Cruise Port Reviews
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