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Celebrity Millennium Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1658 reviews
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MIA roundtrip with Roatan and Cozumel

Review for Celebrity Millennium to the Eastern Caribbean
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Beyond the Sunrise
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2011
Cabin: Aqua Class

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 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.

Cabin Review

Aqua Class

Cabin A2

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.

Port Reviews

Miami

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.

Roatan

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.

Cozumel

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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