MIA roundtrip with Roatan and Cozumel: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Beyond the Sunrise

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MIA roundtrip with Roatan and Cozumel

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Miami-Roatan-Cozumel-Miami on Millennium again confirmed our preference for Celebrity. The cruise line seems to fit our "happily married, fifty-something" preferences. Not too many children, nor too many octogenarians.

For the two of us, this five night itinerary is more for resting than sight-seeing or activities. We find it very relaxing to read and watch the waves without phone or email interruptions. We flew into Miami the morning of departure and took a cab to the port. We usually come in the day before to reduce potential travel interruptions but had adequate cushion this time on the day of travel. A taxi from Miami Airport to the cruise terminal is now $25 due to a $1 fuel surcharge. It took about 35 minutes.

Check-in at noon took less than 15 minutes with our roll-aboard luggage. The concierge-level line was actually longer than the other lines, so there was no benefit. The buffet opened at noon but we waited in the Air-conditioned library until our rooms More were made available at 12:30. Then we went to eat and wander around the ship. We like the food quality and variety on Celebrity. We also like that they serve us to minimize the hands-in-the-food contamination. (We still watched one of the clueless reach into a serving dish and pick up a handful of dry toppings with his bare hand). The only disappointment was the Thai-inspired soups or rice dishes. They should just call them Asian, because they are not quite truly Thai in flavor.

Millennium is a fine ship but is ready for its upcoming refit and "Solsticization. " It is basically identical to Infinity in layout and design. We are looking forward to seeing the upgraded Infinity during an upcoming Panama Canal cruise.

We have watched departure from an upper deck to see both sides of the port of Miami. However, we are now content with watching the views from the privacy of our balcony. Celebrity has won our loyalty primarily by not allowing smoking on the balconies or in the staterooms. We enjoy the balconies at extra expense and detest the smell of cigarette or cigar smoke. One smoker on a balcony impacts dozens of non-smokers.

The food in the dining hall also is great and the service is exceptional. Our table-mates were pleased with every soup, appetizer and entre ordered. As usual, the left side of the menu remains the same each night. The right side has an excellent variety of seafood, beef, lamb, chicken and veal. I had a steak that was as good as any I have had in the finest specialty restaurants. The service continues to be slow (two hours each night) since each order is cooked to order. The quality is obvious, but we would prefer a bit quicker service to get back to watching the waves.

The activities and entertainment are fine. We do not see why so much profanity-laced "entertainment" has to be provided during prime time, and then rebroadcast throughout the next day. Relegate them to a midnight show in one of the lounges.

Another quick rehash of the concierge level discussion. There is no real value added for the extra cost. We were given the same towels and shampoo we had our last cruise on deck 7. The room attendant expressed the great inconvenience of granting our request for the provided shoe shine and feather pillow option. She also didn't like making room in the fridge for our cokes and lectured us why we shouldn't be drinking cokes anyway! The rest of the week was fine since we didn't ask for anything else. The room was clean but the bathroom smelled musty. The afternoon canapés would be better if we had a choice. Maybe a fruit and cheese option one day, chips and salsa option another day. The flowers are nice but I dont see the need for concierge level again.
The seas passing Cuba were a little rough so don't forget the Bonine (like Dramamine without sleepiness). Information about Miami, Roatan and Cozumel is below.

Surprisingly, we were not able to book next fall's cruise on board because the routes are not settled. Also surprisingly no allowance was made for those of who wanted the upgrade and OBC advantages of booking on board.

Overall it is a great cruise. We chose the express departure since we travel light. We were off the ship and through customs by 6:30 a.m. We were at MIA in plenty of time for standby on the 0745 flight out. Less

Published 12/15/11

Cabin review: A29110 Aqua Class

Room 9110 is a good concierge level room. The layout of the bed (s), couch, table and chairs is as described by Celebrity. There are two sets of two plugs at the desk. There was the pleasant addition of a night light in the bathroom. The balcony sits under one of the buffet deck seating extensions. This is good for shade but a disadvantage for those wishing more direct sun. The iron support for the buffet extension blocks some views while seated and looking forward. We are very grateful that Celebrity does not permit smoking on balconies.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Cozumel is a good stop. There are a gaggle of shops at the pier and an abundance of souvenirs. We walked the 3 miles along the coast to the Forum shops. Very pretty and level ground but with the heat the $7 taxi may be advisable. When you exit the pier shops, you can get in line for a taxi. Or turn left and walk about 100 yards to the next hotel to immediately catch a taxi for the same price. There is a large grocery store right before the forum shops. They were delivering their live Christmas trees so it smelled like Christmas. We enjoy looking through the groceries, house wares and decorations. This is not a tourist store so some Spanish is advisable. The tourist area is a constant "no gracias" to the unending touts. We didn't stay long. There is a McDonalds with free WiFi.
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Miami is a great city. The cultural experiences are worth going down to Calle Ocho for a Cuban sandwich. The outlet malls are good as are the museums and beaches. It is worth at least a couple of days before or after any cruise from this port.
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Roatan Island, Honduras is an interesting port. There is a large, new shopping area right at the pier. We found a free WiFi signal upstairs near the car rental shop. Walking into the "city" of Coxen hole takes about 15 minutes and is a great cultural introduction. (There is no need for the $5 taxi ride). We watched several boys diving off an old fishing boat and swimming. A local supply boat unloaded a pig, food and hardware, clothes washing was occurring down a lane and being hung to dry. There are a couple of Internet Cafes on the road but I did not go in to confirm availability. The Yabba Ding Ding shop in Coxen Hole is slightly cheaper than the shops at the pier. Dinner companions enjoyed the island tours and zip line.
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