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Arrived into Shanghai the day prior to the cruise and took a taxi directly to the Sheraton Grand hotel in Pudong - about 45 minute taxi ride - cost around 160 Yuan. The next morning we were up and on the subway at 7AM to head to the Bund and central Shanghai. Subway system is very easy to use and we managed to get to where we were going with few problems. We returned to the hotel around 1PM and I checked my email - Celebrity had sent a communication stating that embarkation would be delayed as the ship was unable to port due to heavy fog. Celebrity was very good about providing hourly updates. In the end we were told to not show up to the port until 8PM for embarkation. They also advised that they would provide a $50 stateroom credit to cover any meal costs due to the delay. Embarkation was relatively smooth - lots of grumbling from fellow passengers about the delay but it was beyond the cruise lines control - I think people just like to complain sometimes. Not a lot of space in the terminal so everyone was seated in an area prior to checking in and we had to get up and sit down again as we moved towards the check in area - a bit confusing but it worked. Finally got onto the ship around 9:30PM we were exhausted as it was 7AM back home. First day was a sea day which was nice as we relaxed and adjusted to the the new time zone. Incheon/Seoul - Celebrity provided a bus from the port into Incheon and dropped us at a local market. Not much to see but fellow passengers took the subway into Seoul which was about an hour ride. We chose to return to the ship after a couple of hours and enjoy the peace and quiet onboard. Beijing 3 Days - Ported in Tianjin which is about 3 hours drive from Beijing - we chose to leave the ship and go into Beijing for two nights on our own (many fellow passengers did the same). We had booked a private transfer directly to Beijing with a company I had found online. There are taxis at the port that will take you into Tianjin to catch the bullet train to Beijing. They will try and bargain starting rate is 300 Yuan but the metered rate is only around 180 so be careful. Beijing was cold - it had snowed on the great wall that day. we spent 2 days in the city touring on our own and then took a taxi to the Beijing South railway station - Bullet train fare to Tianjin was around 60 Yuan each and then taxi fare from Tianjin to the port was 165 Yuan Jeju Island - They call this the Hawaii of Korea and it was our first day with warmer weather. Weather had warmed up to around 19C. We had a free transfer into town and ate at a local restaurant and returned to the ship. Nice destination Kobe (2 Days) - the overnight was nice as we had decided to go to Hirsohima for the day when we arrived on the bullet train. Hiroshima is about 200 miles from Kobe. There is a monorail that will run you into the main train station - we bought our Kansai/Hiroshima area passes here. These are 5 day passes for that part of Japan on the trains and include the bullet train between Osaka and Hiroshima. Cost if you buy prior to arriving in Japan was 13,500 Yen or about $135US - amazing price if you are there for 5 days. On our second day we got up early and took the train to Kyoto but were limited in time there as the bullet train was not included in the pass. Shimuzu/Mount Fuji - due to our limited time here we booked a shore excursion through the ship as we wanted to go to Mount Fuji which was about 2 hours away. Unfortunately Mount Fuji was surround in clouds and we could not see it when we arrived. Apparently it is visible less than 100 days per year. After a Gondola and boat ride across Lake Ashi we headed back to the ship for a 1.5 hour ride. About 30 minutes out the clouds around Mount Fuji started to dissipate and we had an incredible view of the mountain from. Was worth the trip just to see it. Hospitality was amazing - cultural shows on the dock and as we were leaving the portset off fireworks Tokyo/Yokohama - We were flying out of Narita which is about a 1.5 hour drive from the port. Taxis would be extremely expensive. We were advised in the terminal to take a taxi to the YCAT station was about Yen 2,000 and then took a bus to Narita for Yen 7,200 Overall was a great experience we saw many cities in Asia. This was a great way to decide where we would like to visit again. We will return to Japan - the people are wonderful and helpful. This is our 5th Celebrity cruise in a row (2nd on the Millenium) and the onboard experience has detiorated over the last few years in my opinion. Food in the Master Dining room was inconsistent some nights it was good and other nights not so good. There was also a constant sales pitch to upgrade to packages Premium drink packages, specialty dining packages, photo packages , lunches on the specialty restaurants etc. Drink service was difficult in the master dining room you were lucky to get your drink order before the main course was out. We just started in the lounge prior to going to dinner and brining it in with us, One night a couple with us ordered a bottle of wine for dinner that never showed up. I am not sure if Celebrity has reduced their staff in the dining room but the staff were run off their feet it seemed. The crew when you got the chance to interact with them however were wonderful. Said hello everytime you came into contact with them and we had a few nice conversations with crew members when we had a chance. I will sail with Celebrity in the future as I have been happy with them in the past (on the Soltice ships mainly) not sure if the inconsistent was due to the Millenium class ships or staff shortages

Great itinerary and wonderful trip

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by rooney12

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View 4
Arrived into Shanghai the day prior to the cruise and took a taxi directly to the Sheraton Grand hotel in Pudong - about 45 minute taxi ride - cost around 160 Yuan.

The next morning we were up and on the subway at 7AM to head to the Bund and central Shanghai. Subway system is very easy to use and we managed to get to where we were going with few problems. We returned to the hotel around 1PM and I checked my email - Celebrity had sent a communication stating that embarkation would be delayed as the ship was unable to port due to heavy fog. Celebrity was very good about providing hourly updates. In the end we were told to not show up to the port until 8PM for embarkation. They also advised that they would provide a $50 stateroom credit to cover any meal costs due to the delay.

Embarkation was relatively smooth - lots of grumbling from fellow passengers about the delay but it was beyond the cruise lines control - I think people just like to complain sometimes. Not a lot of space in the terminal so everyone was seated in an area prior to checking in and we had to get up and sit down again as we moved towards the check in area - a bit confusing but it worked.

Finally got onto the ship around 9:30PM we were exhausted as it was 7AM back home.

First day was a sea day which was nice as we relaxed and adjusted to the the new time zone.

Incheon/Seoul - Celebrity provided a bus from the port into Incheon and dropped us at a local market. Not much to see but fellow passengers took the subway into Seoul which was about an hour ride. We chose to return to the ship after a couple of hours and enjoy the peace and quiet onboard.

Beijing 3 Days - Ported in Tianjin which is about 3 hours drive from Beijing - we chose to leave the ship and go into Beijing for two nights on our own (many fellow passengers did the same). We had booked a private transfer directly to Beijing with a company I had found online. There are taxis at the port that will take you into Tianjin to catch the bullet train to Beijing. They will try and bargain starting rate is 300 Yuan but the metered rate is only around 180 so be careful. Beijing was cold - it had snowed on the great wall that day. we spent 2 days in the city touring on our own and then took a taxi to the Beijing South railway station - Bullet train fare to Tianjin was around 60 Yuan each and then taxi fare from Tianjin to the port was 165 Yuan

Jeju Island - They call this the Hawaii of Korea and it was our first day with warmer weather. Weather had warmed up to around 19C. We had a free transfer into town and ate at a local restaurant and returned to the ship. Nice destination

Kobe (2 Days) - the overnight was nice as we had decided to go to Hirsohima for the day when we arrived on the bullet train. Hiroshima is about 200 miles from Kobe. There is a monorail that will run you into the main train station - we bought our Kansai/Hiroshima area passes here. These are 5 day passes for that part of Japan on the trains and include the bullet train between Osaka and Hiroshima. Cost if you buy prior to arriving in Japan was 13,500 Yen or about $135US - amazing price if you are there for 5 days. On our second day we got up early and took the train to Kyoto but were limited in time there as the bullet train was not included in the pass.

Shimuzu/Mount Fuji - due to our limited time here we booked a shore excursion through the ship as we wanted to go to Mount Fuji which was about 2 hours away. Unfortunately Mount Fuji was surround in clouds and we could not see it when we arrived. Apparently it is visible less than 100 days per year. After a Gondola and boat ride across Lake Ashi we headed back to the ship for a 1.5 hour ride. About 30 minutes out the clouds around Mount Fuji started to dissipate and we had an incredible view of the mountain from. Was worth the trip just to see it. Hospitality was amazing - cultural shows on the dock and as we were leaving the portset off fireworks

Tokyo/Yokohama - We were flying out of Narita which is about a 1.5 hour drive from the port. Taxis would be extremely expensive. We were advised in the terminal to take a taxi to the YCAT station was about Yen 2,000 and then took a bus to Narita for Yen 7,200

Overall was a great experience we saw many cities in Asia. This was a great way to decide where we would like to visit again. We will return to Japan - the people are wonderful and helpful.

This is our 5th Celebrity cruise in a row (2nd on the Millenium) and the onboard experience has detiorated over the last few years in my opinion. Food in the Master Dining room was inconsistent some nights it was good and other nights not so good. There was also a constant sales pitch to upgrade to packages Premium drink packages, specialty dining packages, photo packages , lunches on the specialty restaurants etc. Drink service was difficult in the master dining room you were lucky to get your drink order before the main course was out. We just started in the lounge prior to going to dinner and brining it in with us, One night a couple with us ordered a bottle of wine for dinner that never showed up. I am not sure if Celebrity has reduced their staff in the dining room but the staff were run off their feet it seemed. The crew when you got the chance to interact with them however were wonderful. Said hello everytime you came into contact with them and we had a few nice conversations with crew members when we had a chance.

I will sail with Celebrity in the future as I have been happy with them in the past (on the Soltice ships mainly) not sure if the inconsistent was due to the Millenium class ships or staff shortages
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Ocean View 4
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We booked an Oceanview Guarantee and our room was assigned at the back of the ship near the elevators which we liked due to the proximity to the dining rooms and buffet. Cabin had an adjoining room an we only heard the neighbours one night when they had company over.

Room was average showing some signs of wear - ship needs a retrofit soon.
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