- Stayed at the Embassy Suites Downtown prior to cruise. Hotel was really close to the port and we were dropped of by Enterprise at the pier after turning in the rental car Downtown. - Embarkation in San Diego was a rough evolution. There were 2 ships in port and the Port of San Diego was NOT ready to handle the crowd. An unfortunate event on the ship added to the confusion,caused delays with boarding and eventually delayed our departure. - Millennium is a good looking ship and appears to be well maintained. It does not have a huge multi story Centrum with big lights and lots of glitz. Millennium gets by with a much more cozy and sedate layout which we found to be very nice. - Cabin was an S1 Sky Suite. The room was comfortable with plenty of storage. If you have any mobility issues be wary of the bathtub. It has a high stepover height and it took my wife (bad knees) and I a moment to figure out the best way to enter and exit the tub-shower combo. There are plenty of places to grab onto so it became a non-issue for us. The Butler service was awesome. Fresh fruit and daily Tea/Snacks were a nice touch. Our Butler (Alwi) and Attendant (Luna) were a joy to sail with and they provided quality service through every part of the cruise. - Did the Select dining 4 nights in the MDR and felt that the service was not as good as when you deal with a set table and service crew. Dined in the Olympic for 5 nights and we cannot say enough good things about the food or service. Our server was Glen and we requested him each night because of his professional service and warm personality. To cruise aboard the Millennium and not dine in the Olympic will be cheating yourself out of a wonderful experience. The buffet was better than we had experienced on other cruises. Purchased 1 Premium alcohol package and 1 non-alcoholic package. It was really nice to not have to sign all those receipts. However, it was tough to get a server to come back and get that second drink order. Even though a gratuity is prepaid, I believe the grat pool split entices the server to search for greener pastures. - Public areas were enjoyable. The mineral pool in the Solarium and the Persian Garden (Steam Rooms) are not to be missed. Spa and workout facilities never seemed crowded. - Disembarkation was painless and well planned both on the ship and at Canada Place. Plenty of help in the terminal with luggage and directing traffic. San Diego could learn a few things from Vancouver - Took the Quick Shuttle from Canada Place back to Seattle for about $82.00. The trip took 3.5 hrs to Downtown with a stop at the border for U.S. Customs. The Shuttle will take you all the way to SeaTac for flights out. - The Wine Cruise Itinerary was very enjoyable, made better by a quality ship and crew.
The cabin balcony had an unusual shape due to it's position on the ship which gave it extra room. The shape and position of the balcony allowed the balconies above a view of about 60% of the space outside the cabin. The storage in the cabin was very generous accommodating us with room to spare and we pack heavy. There were some uneven surfaces underneath the carpet which hindered access to one of the closet doors and gave an unusual feel to the floor coming in from the balcony. Bathroom was spacious for a cruise ship. Ample toiletries, 2 umbrellas and binoculars were provided in the cabin. Overall the cabin was wonderful and we would choose it again.
Catalina is a cute island. Ship had to anchor out and tender passengers back and forth. Weather was nice, got some great pictures and did not know the Cubs used to play spring ball on Catalina.
The sail in and out of the Bay Area is a visual treat. Do yourself a favor and be topside for sail into and out of port. The scenery and chances for quality photos are worth getting up early for. Spent two days and 1 night in port. San Francisco offers something for every palate. We did tours to Sonoma visiting 3 wineries and rode the Napa Wine Train on the second day. Both tours were worth the money and gave us a quality scouting run for our next trip.
Going to say a few words about Astoria Oregon here because it is not an option in the port review section. The city did a good job of welcoming us. There was plenty of transportation to shopping, merchants set up tents just outside the security barrier, the tour to wine country required a long bus ride but the winery was nice and lunch was wonderful, last but not least the local high school band sent the ship away with a few songs.
Seattle has sooooo much to do. We pulled in downtown at Pier 66, which is the better of the 2 cruise ship locations. Transportation at the port is plentiful. If you go into the city there are stairs/hills to negotiate. Took the tour to 2 wineries and got a few minutes to see the Public Market. Most of the grapes for the wineries are grown on the other side of the mountains in Eastern Washington. The Pinot was great and you must see the Market to believe it. The flowers were incredible and the tricks done with the fish at the Market were the icing on the cake.
City is wonderful and clean. The Butchart Gardens are a sight to behold and should not be missed if visiting. Took over 200 pictures and I am sure I missed some stuff. The Gardens provide a path for those with and without mobility issues and no one will feel cheated. Don't forget to visit the Harbor and the Fairmont Empress Hotel.