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Celebrity Millenium 14 night Asia Immersion cruise Embarkation took 30 mins. Then we were welcomed onboard with champagne & mimosa on a red carpet. (We expected this, having been on its identical sister ship Celebrity Constellation.) Our oceanview room was comfy & spacious, but the bath cubicle was small. We had the Classic unlimited alcoholic drinks package, so I decided to try out their amazing array of cocktails. The Lido poolside bar was empty & the bartender gave me his signature drink in a jiffy, with a smile. In fact throughout the cruise, the bartender service was impeccable. They were really keen to serve us, cos as one bartender said, everytime we slash our sea pass, they earn 18% gratuity (paid by Celebrity & NOT charged to us--very nice). All cocktails were good, though the alcohol content was 45ml. If you wanted to add more Vodka or Triple Sec, they would gladly oblige (and slash your card once again). It was symbiotic--the more (free) drinks you order, the happier the bartender! Drinks service was very quick, esp at the Casino bar, Sunset bar & Poolside. Only the Martini bar had very slow service, since it was always crowded (not the bartenders fault) Unlike Constellation, on the first day, they was NO liquer sampling. But it didnt matter, cos we had the Classic alcoholic package. The special discount offers on alcohol purchase (in the duty free shops on deck 5), were much better than those at duty free airports in Singapore & H.K.. They also had a ladies hat, shawl & handbag sale (really cheap, only $40 for 5, mix & match) Every morning, on the way to the buffet breakfast, there were pretty girls waiting to give you a FREE sampler head massage. Yes, every morning! The cruise director Paul was outstanding & so was his deputy, Valentina. Paul conducted the game shows exceptionally well & was always witty & cheerful. He introduced all the entertainers every night. At every port, he would wait at the exit to greet the passengers & help, if required. Valentina wore stilts & a Chinese costume to entertain the crowd at the grand poolside Chinese New Year dance party. She also conducted the social media classes ( Facebook, WhatsApp, etc), some gameshows & trivia. In 14 days, we had only 3 grand shows, (this is the ONLY reason I deducted 1 star, as we expected more shows on a 14 day cruise) The other 11 days had a movie night (Billy Jean King's life story), a Phil Collins tribute singer, a Stevie Wonder tribute singer, a lovely Jamaican singer (Monique), a Vietnamese lady pianist (Van Anh Nyugen), a lady violinist (Inna Tolstova), a singing trio from US, the Mersey boys quartet from UK, a comedy juggler, an acrobatic couple, a comedian (Funny Bones). So, every night was taken care of. The 3 shows--iBroadway, Boogie Wonderland & Elyssium; were 45-50 mins each & truly amazing, easily of Broadway standard. 4 of the 12 performers posed for pics after each show. But they didn't mingle or dance with the passengers (like they did in Constellation). They also performed a small act on the pool deck & in the Cosmos lounge, in addition to the 3 main shows. For Chinese New Year, Celebrity even had a special Chinese dragon dance. The Cruise director Paul dressed magnificently like a Chinese Emperor & posed with all passengers. The passenger vs crew (in full uniform) pool volleyball game was a blast! Unfortunately, very few showed up or seemed interested in the enrichment health & fitness lectures. The fitness trainer who spoke on health & detoxification, was repititive. She spoke the same thing at every lecture. The buffet lunch had a lot of variety & was very satisfying. There were 6 diff. flavours of icecream & frozen yoghurt, which kept changing daily! Exotic flavors like cherry, pecan, peach, apricot, dark chocolate, banana, strawberry, etc In the main dining room, the service was good, but food was below par. Often we left after starters. The desserts were also ordinary & TOO SWEET. The buffet had better food & a lot more variety both for lunch & dinner. The cruise itinerary was well planned, with 5 sea days & 9 port days--2 Hong Kong, 2 Halong bay, 1 HoiAnn /Hue /Danang, 1 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Pattaya & 1 Singapore; so enough time for sightseeing at all ports. Overall I do recommend this cruise. We got a good deal, Love & God bless, drsel

Good, but below our HIGH expectations!

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by drsel

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Asia
Celebrity Millenium 14 night Asia Immersion cruise

Embarkation took 30 mins. Then we were welcomed onboard with champagne & mimosa on a red carpet. (We expected this, having been on its identical sister ship Celebrity Constellation.)

Our oceanview room was comfy & spacious, but the bath cubicle was small.

We had the Classic unlimited alcoholic drinks package, so I decided to try out their amazing array of cocktails. The Lido poolside bar was empty & the bartender gave me his signature drink in a jiffy, with a smile.

In fact throughout the cruise, the bartender service was impeccable. They were really keen to serve us, cos as one bartender said, everytime we slash our sea pass, they earn 18% gratuity (paid by Celebrity & NOT charged to us--very nice).

All cocktails were good, though the alcohol content was 45ml. If you wanted to add more Vodka or Triple Sec, they would gladly oblige (and slash your card once again).

It was symbiotic--the more (free) drinks you order, the happier the bartender!

Drinks service was very quick, esp at the Casino bar, Sunset bar & Poolside.

Only the Martini bar had very slow service, since it was always crowded (not the bartenders fault)

Unlike Constellation, on the first day, they was NO liquer sampling. But it didnt matter, cos we had the Classic alcoholic package.

The special discount offers on alcohol purchase (in the duty free shops on deck 5), were much better than those at duty free airports in Singapore & H.K..

They also had a ladies hat, shawl & handbag sale (really cheap, only $40 for 5, mix & match)

Every morning, on the way to the buffet breakfast, there were pretty girls waiting to give you a FREE sampler head massage. Yes, every morning!

The cruise director Paul was outstanding & so was his deputy, Valentina.

Paul conducted the game shows exceptionally well & was always witty & cheerful.

He introduced all the entertainers every night. At every port, he would wait at the exit to greet the passengers & help, if required.

Valentina wore stilts & a Chinese costume to entertain the crowd at the grand poolside Chinese New Year dance party. She also conducted the social media classes ( Facebook, WhatsApp, etc), some gameshows & trivia.

In 14 days, we had only 3 grand shows, (this is the ONLY reason I deducted 1 star, as we expected more shows on a 14 day cruise)

The other 11 days had a movie night (Billy Jean King's life story), a Phil Collins tribute singer, a Stevie Wonder tribute singer, a lovely Jamaican singer (Monique), a Vietnamese lady pianist (Van Anh Nyugen), a lady violinist (Inna Tolstova), a singing trio from US, the Mersey boys quartet from UK, a comedy juggler, an acrobatic couple, a comedian (Funny Bones). So, every night was taken care of.

The 3 shows--iBroadway, Boogie Wonderland & Elyssium; were 45-50 mins each & truly amazing, easily of Broadway standard. 4 of the 12 performers posed for pics after each show. But they didn't mingle or dance with the passengers (like they did in Constellation). They also performed a small act on the pool deck & in the Cosmos lounge, in addition to the 3 main shows.

For Chinese New Year, Celebrity even had a special Chinese dragon dance. The Cruise director Paul dressed magnificently like a Chinese Emperor & posed with all passengers.

The passenger vs crew (in full uniform) pool volleyball game was a blast!

Unfortunately, very few showed up or seemed interested in the enrichment health & fitness lectures. The fitness trainer who spoke on health & detoxification, was repititive. She spoke the same thing at every lecture.

The buffet lunch had a lot of variety & was very satisfying.

There were 6 diff. flavours of icecream & frozen yoghurt, which kept changing daily! Exotic flavors like cherry, pecan, peach, apricot, dark chocolate, banana, strawberry, etc

In the main dining room, the service was good, but food was below par. Often we left after starters. The desserts were also ordinary & TOO SWEET.

The buffet had better food & a lot more variety both for lunch & dinner.

The cruise itinerary was well planned, with 5 sea days & 9 port days--2 Hong Kong, 2 Halong bay, 1 HoiAnn /Hue /Danang, 1 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Pattaya & 1 Singapore; so enough time for sightseeing at all ports.

Overall I do recommend this cruise. We got a good deal,

Love & God bless,

drsel
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