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My wife and I just finished a Alaskan cruise on Celebrity Millennium on August 17th, 2018. Here are our detailed comments: An Alaskan cruise, inside passage, was a bucket list item for us. We chose the Millennium because rated good (not exceptional), and it's not so huge it could not get close to the glaciers. The boat is pretty worn. Completely functional, but worn. We had a sky suite (cabin 8127). Suite size was good, bed and couch was good, but the entry level suite on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas April 27th 2017 was much larger, cheaper and much nicer. According to the crew, the ship will undergo a complete retrofit in Jan-Mar 2019 in Singapore, and will be spectacular. Because we were in suite, there was a private lounge (Michaels) with free cocktails, and a great private concierge (Josue). He was amazing, and made everything happen, including a tour of the bridge, a reception with the Captain and ship's officers, and special "helipad/bow of ship" viewing experience of the Hubbard glacier. He has an incredible personality, and really is fantastic. Our suite butler (Ramir) was also great, he was available on-call, and arranged evening show reserved seating and other details. Also, suite guests had use of a private dining room - Luminea. We regularly ate there (in addition to other dining areas), and they served Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. No reservations needed, and it was nothing short of exceptional - unlike the main dining room and buffet. A quick comment on dining - we were not on the boat to gorge ourselves - we eat normal portions and expect good service and tasty food. The main dining room (deck 4) where we ate exactly two meals (two too many) was a disappointment. Service attitude was indifferent and sometimes rude, and food tasted like it was prepared in bulk. Portions were not normal restaurant size, they were mini sized. We ate a number of times at the buffet restaurant (Oceanview, on deck 10) for convenience. Some of the food was good, never great, and some was marginal. Mostly it tasted like bulk prepared food. They routinely ran out of food. The buffet lines appeared to be designed for staff to dish your plates, but was operated as self serve, and it was really hard to reach under the glass to put food on a serving spoon, because the distance was so deep. Staff in the buffet was sometimes rude, and when they transitioned from lunch to dinner (or breakfast to lunch), the buffet would have no food from time to time, so you had to wait, or plan your meal times. When you came to eat at normal meal periods (breakfast, lunch, dinner), it was very crowded and you had to wait for a clear table. In contrast, Royal Caribbean's standard main dining room and buffet areas food and service was exceptional, tasty and polite. On Royal Caribbean you would be very happy without any restaurant upgrades. The staff is clearly incentivized to sell the "specialty restaurants". Having had a great experience with upgrading to specialty restaurants on Royal Caribbean, we ate in the Sushi and Italian specialty restaurants on Millennium. Sushi was better than average, the Italian was exceptional. Great wine, service and menu. As part of the Alaskan cruise experience, we booked two separate helicopter/dog sledding experiences through Celebrity. Both times they were cancelled due to weather, and they would only cancel 30 minutes prior, so when they cancelled, you did not have time to book alternative experiences. We recommend if you are booking anything with a flight or that can be affected by weather, you book for as early as possible, since you cannot cancel and get a refund, and if it cancels, you have time to book alternatives. We also found that the tour operators in each Alaskan port are selling the same experiences, for lower cost, sometimes substantially lower. The evening shows were great, and worth attending. The acts were Broadway level, and the comedian was great as well. On par with Royal Caribbean. Drink packages were horrendously complex and expensive - it was impossible to determine if you should buy one, or just pay by the drink. Other cruise lines make it easier, and don't gouge. Internet service packages were also way overpriced, and connection speed was unusable. As suite guests, we had perks that made a big difference in the overall experience. Royal Caribbean did not have such perks when we got a suite with them. If we did not upgrade to the suite on the Millennium, we would have been pretty disgruntled with the experience. I doubt we would book another Celebrity cruise, while many of the crew and officers were great, I think they really need to improve their service level, facilities and quality. It's worth noting that Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Silversea are all owned by the same corporate parent. Hopefully they manage these brands and operations separately, and don't allow them to all come down to the level of Celebrity.

Alaskan Cruise - Celebrity Millennium (Seward to Vancouver BC Route)

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by bobperrypersonal

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Aqua Class
My wife and I just finished a Alaskan cruise on Celebrity Millennium on August 17th, 2018. Here are our detailed comments:

An Alaskan cruise, inside passage, was a bucket list item for us. We chose the Millennium because rated good (not exceptional), and it's not so huge it could not get close to the glaciers.

The boat is pretty worn. Completely functional, but worn. We had a sky suite (cabin 8127). Suite size was good, bed and couch was good, but the entry level suite on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas April 27th 2017 was much larger, cheaper and much nicer. According to the crew, the ship will undergo a complete retrofit in Jan-Mar 2019 in Singapore, and will be spectacular.

Because we were in suite, there was a private lounge (Michaels) with free cocktails, and a great private concierge (Josue). He was amazing, and made everything happen, including a tour of the bridge, a reception with the Captain and ship's officers, and special "helipad/bow of ship" viewing experience of the Hubbard glacier. He has an incredible personality, and really is fantastic. Our suite butler (Ramir) was also great, he was available on-call, and arranged evening show reserved seating and other details. Also, suite guests had use of a private dining room - Luminea. We regularly ate there (in addition to other dining areas), and they served Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. No reservations needed, and it was nothing short of exceptional - unlike the main dining room and buffet.

A quick comment on dining - we were not on the boat to gorge ourselves - we eat normal portions and expect good service and tasty food. The main dining room (deck 4) where we ate exactly two meals (two too many) was a disappointment. Service attitude was indifferent and sometimes rude, and food tasted like it was prepared in bulk. Portions were not normal restaurant size, they were mini sized. We ate a number of times at the buffet restaurant (Oceanview, on deck 10) for convenience. Some of the food was good, never great, and some was marginal. Mostly it tasted like bulk prepared food. They routinely ran out of food. The buffet lines appeared to be designed for staff to dish your plates, but was operated as self serve, and it was really hard to reach under the glass to put food on a serving spoon, because the distance was so deep. Staff in the buffet was sometimes rude, and when they transitioned from lunch to dinner (or breakfast to lunch), the buffet would have no food from time to time, so you had to wait, or plan your meal times. When you came to eat at normal meal periods (breakfast, lunch, dinner), it was very crowded and you had to wait for a clear table. In contrast, Royal Caribbean's standard main dining room and buffet areas food and service was exceptional, tasty and polite. On Royal Caribbean you would be very happy without any restaurant upgrades.

The staff is clearly incentivized to sell the "specialty restaurants". Having had a great experience with upgrading to specialty restaurants on Royal Caribbean, we ate in the Sushi and Italian specialty restaurants on Millennium. Sushi was better than average, the Italian was exceptional. Great wine, service and menu.

As part of the Alaskan cruise experience, we booked two separate helicopter/dog sledding experiences through Celebrity. Both times they were cancelled due to weather, and they would only cancel 30 minutes prior, so when they cancelled, you did not have time to book alternative experiences. We recommend if you are booking anything with a flight or that can be affected by weather, you book for as early as possible, since you cannot cancel and get a refund, and if it cancels, you have time to book alternatives. We also found that the tour operators in each Alaskan port are selling the same experiences, for lower cost, sometimes substantially lower.

The evening shows were great, and worth attending. The acts were Broadway level, and the comedian was great as well. On par with Royal Caribbean.

Drink packages were horrendously complex and expensive - it was impossible to determine if you should buy one, or just pay by the drink. Other cruise lines make it easier, and don't gouge. Internet service packages were also way overpriced, and connection speed was unusable.

As suite guests, we had perks that made a big difference in the overall experience. Royal Caribbean did not have such perks when we got a suite with them. If we did not upgrade to the suite on the Millennium, we would have been pretty disgruntled with the experience.

I doubt we would book another Celebrity cruise, while many of the crew and officers were great, I think they really need to improve their service level, facilities and quality. It's worth noting that Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Silversea are all owned by the same corporate parent. Hopefully they manage these brands and operations separately, and don't allow them to all come down to the level of Celebrity.
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class
Cabin A1 8127
The boat is pretty worn. Completely functional, but worn. We had a sky suite (cabin 8127). Suite size was good, bed and couch was good, but the entry level suite on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas April 27th 2017 was much larger, cheaper and much nicer. According to the crew, the ship will undergo a complete retrofit in Jan-Mar 2019 in Singapore, and will be spectacular.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins