Great ship with great service: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by DeepThinker

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Great ship with great service

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Flying to San Juan is more expensive but is the gateway to the southern Caribbean when cruising, we chose an 11 night adventure because 7 nights just are not long enough on one of these beautiful ships. This was our first time on a Millennium class ship, last year we experienced the Equinox which is the new Solstice class so we were curious about how it would be different. The Millennium is very well maintained but there are a few minor age spots showing up, remember it is in salt water all the time! All the common areas on the ship are beautiful and they incorporated more wood which we prefer. The main dining room is stellar, with all the wood accents and the spectacular two story glass window which looks out the back of the ship. Out of the four cruises this was the best service we have experienced, the maitre d checked on us regularly, our waiter Carlton was superb as was our busboy Eka. We have noticed that the biggest struggle seems to be with getting steak orders right, they More came close but not quite perfect. We sent steaks back and we received prompt attention from the maitre'd and head sous-chef, satisfaction with food is taken very very seriously! One night we ventured to the Olympic restaurant, it is an experience not to be missed, they take service and presentation to new heights. If you enjoy fine dining then I'd suggest giving up several shore excursions for the Olympic!

On to our cabin, we would like to thank Cruise Critics for helping us find one of the "sweet 16" cabins!!!! These cabins have larger balconies, in our case cabin 7180 was large enough for additional lounge chairs which we asked our room steward to provide! The cabin is well appointed, extremely clean, the washroom could be a bit bigger, we didn't care for the shower curtain, we preferred the glass shower door on the Equinox. In addition we did not like the hair dryer at all, where did they find that contraption? You need to be a bit of a contortionist to use it, lol, but we managed.

We had an opportunity to chat with the head sous-chef and were happy to discover that Celebrity is one of the few lines that does not use prepared sauces, they make as much from scratch as they can. One big issue with cruising is that from the time you get on board you never experience hunger which is actually a bad thing because we find you don't enjoy food as much when you are not hungry. We enjoyed coffee/tea and fresh croissants and danishes on our balcony each morning, having room service included is an awesome bonus! (make sure you ask for almond croissants!!) We tried to hit the gym, which is well appointed, each day, unless we had an excursion. After showering we headed to breakfast, did you know they serve six different types of eggs benedict?? I really liked the Mexican ones. But how can you walk by all the waffles, french toast, omelets, breads, fruit, you name it, without sampling some??

Booking shore excursions through the ship is more expensive because you are paying for the extra service, booking on your own you take a bit of a risk in regards to availability and quality so you need to weigh the benefits. Less

Published 04/19/11

Cabin review: 2A7180 Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A

Thanks to Cruise Critics we booked one of the 'sweet sixteen' cabins #7180 which is a category 2A but with a large balcony, almost twice the size of the regualar ones. Lots of room to move around or add a lounge chair or two!

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Port and Shore Excursions

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Our 3rd time at this island, could the people be any less friendly?? I gather they frown on smiling which is why they frown ALL the time. Next time we are not going to bother getting off the ship. Barbados is just a big bump in the ocean, it's quite industrialized, there are probably some nice areas but we certainly haven't discovered them. The port is ugly too.
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Our last stop this cruise and definitely one of our favourites, what a gorgeous island. I went scuba diving here but unfortunately the coral reefs have been damaged by several hurricanes plus all the development along the shores, I suspect they will never recover. I noticed a number of small resorts that looked very welcoming, I would certainly like to visit here longer.
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Grenada has come a long long way, considering it's turbulent history. They have really cleaned up their act and built a beautiful port for the ships to arrive at. We found the people very friendly and enjoyed a glass bottom kayak tour. We felt very safe here and had fun shopping for gifts for our daughters.
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Beautiful volcanic island. If you scuba dive then diving in the marine reserve near the Piton is a must! I did not book through the ship since those dives tend not to be advanced to accommodate open water divers. I walked off the ship and booked with a dive master who was taking snorkelers to a beach near the Pitons. We did a drift dive at about 80 feet, gradually rising to about 50 feet. The coral was in excellent shape, great variety, and fantastic schools of fish. Second dive was shallower of course but still very worthwhile. Highly highly recommended!
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St. Maarten is beautiful and very wealthy, it's very arid, all the green you see on the hills aren't trees, they are cactus! Last year we did the Rhino Rider adventure which was a lot of fun, we enjoyed cruising the lagoon and seeing the hundreds of staffed yachts. St. Maarten is known for shopping but most shops are closed on Sunday!

This was our first time to the British Virgin Islands and we chose the Virgin Gorda Baths tours which is a lot of fun. You do need to be pretty mobile to do this tour as you climb around incredibly huge rocks and up and down rickety ladders. It's hard to believe how these rocks could have been deposited the way they are, very worthwhile! You need to waterproof your camera but there are some awesome shots to be taken.

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