Celebrity Millennium - Dec 3-8, 2011: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by NYCruiseNoob

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Celebrity Millennium - Dec 3-8, 2011

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We weren't quite sure what to expect, or if we would even like being on a cruise. Based on the great experience we had on Celebrity Millennium we'll certainly do this again. We were consistently impressed with the quality of the service, the food, the general condition of the ship, and the personal attention that we received.

Boarding was simple and pleasant. We arrived at the cruise terminal at about 11:00 AM and were aboard within 20 minutes. Our stateroom was available by 1:15, and our luggage arrived not to much later than that. We were surprised at how smoothly that all went.

We were lucky enough to be in a Sky Suite in cabin 9121. At first I had some concerns about our location - right by the elevators on the Sky Deck. I had read about noise from the pool deck, the large overhang, and elevator noise. None of these things turned out to be wrong, but never did we feel they were "problems." Noise was very infrequent and never bothersome in the evening. The large More overhang cut off a view of the sky, but it actually made the veranda feel very cozy, and a nice alternative from being up on deck exposed to wind and sun. We didn't hear the elevator at all.

We thought the Metropolitan Dining Room was very good. We are both "foodies" and were expecting something on the order of good hotel banquet food...this was far better! We really liked the portion sizes; they were small enough to allow us to sample all the courses without feeling stuffed. One of the high points was the service we got from our wine steward, Hari. We were on the premium beverage plan and didn't buy any bottles. In other reviews I had seen that some passengers felt ignored by their wine person because they were not buying fancy bottles. Our experience was the opposite. Hari made good recommendations for glass selections, kept them filled, and made us feel like special customers because we took time to talk about the wines with him.

Entertainment was good. The "Stars of the Millennium" revue was only OK...but still fun. Also featured were a great juggler (Mike Price), a very good a cappella group called Metropark, and a comic named Louis Johnson. All three of the guest acts were excellent.

We received excellent butler service from Claudio, a really nice fellow from Romania. He brought us coffee and breakfast every morning (except for our arrival this morning), and did other little things like helping me exchange the shirt for my tuxedo rental.

My biggest (and happiest) surprise was how easy it was to find a quiet spot, either on the deck or somewhere below. My fear was that we'd be surrounded by people unless we stayed in our stateroom, but it's a BIG ship for 2000 passengers. I never felt like I couldn't find a spot to relax.

All in all we really enjoyed our trip on the Millie! Less

Published 12/11/11
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Cabin review: S19121 Sky Suite 1

Excellent, central location. No noise from adjacent elevator or lobby area. Occasional overhead noise from a storage area located directly over the veranda. The veranda itself is slightly small for a Sky Suite because it angles in on one side, and it did not feature a small table. However, this posed no real disadvantage. Nice large bathroom, plenty of storage in closets and under the TV.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We really enjoyed our visit to Falmouth, Jamaica, but I definitely think this is a case of "your mileage may vary." It depends a lot on what you want to do and how you decide to go about it. We wanted to do a little sightseeing, eat some good jerk, and find a nice beach. None of the ship excursions fit our needs, so after digging around on CC for pointers I got in touch with Courtney Taylor. He turned out to be very good, reasonably priced, and delivered exactly what we asked for. He started out by taking us to Rose Hall. Since we couldn't even get in to see the grounds without paying $20 (each) for the tour, we decided to take it. It was only OK, and unless you are really fascinated by the notion of seeing a supposedly haunted house I can't really recommend it for the price. Next he took us over to Montego Bay, showing us both the central (somewhat grimy) town and some of the nice homes on the hillsides above. Then he dropped us at Doctor's Cave Beach Club for a couple of hours. For a few dollars we got chairs, umbrellas, a rum punch, and a pretty beach with a nice swim area. Delightful! Courtney was right on time to collect us, and took us to Scotchie's for lunch. We were having such a nice time that we asked him to join us. We had a terrific lunch...jerk chicken and pork, rice and peas, festival, Red Stripes (except for Courtney). The food was amazingly good and the surroundings rustic in the best sense. Big thumbs up!
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The Celebrity-run part of this excursion was excellent; that is, they got us mustered and off the ship in a very smooth fashion. Once ashore, though, there was a certain amount of pandemonium around getting on to a bus and getting to our destination - the Tiki Club at Seven Mile Beach. The Tiki Club itself is nothing much...a lot of chairs close together, a somewhat rocky beach. But if you take the trouble to walk about 10 minutes up the beach you find quiet stretches of beautiful white sand and clear turquoise water. Paradise. My advice: skip the excursion. Go ashore, hire a taxi ($4 from the port to the beach) and find your own little slice of heaven.

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