Read reviews before the trip, my comment after cruising.: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by ariesfire

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Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This was our first Celebrity cruise and our first time with a balcony. We have previously cruised on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. We had a concierge level room on deck 8. We have read many reviews on the ship and the ports before taking this trip. Some were good, some were not. What I learned on this cruise is the experience is very different for each person depending on their expectations and personal taste.

For example, having never had a balcony I thought the room was huge and well equipped. When I was standing at the balcony, I started chatting with the person next to us on the ship. They thought the cabin was very small for what they paid. They were dissapointed, we were thrilled.

There were always quiet areas. Even upon leaving Miami there was no problem finding a place to sit or to hang out and wave to the people on shore. There were plenty of seats at the AquaSpa pool and lounge area. It was so nice not to be surrounded by mobs of people everywhere you More went. I met another couple and they hated the fact that it was so quiet. They wanted a party atmosphere and they felt the ship was boaring they complained that there wasn't much to do on the ship.

I had read about the wear and tear on the ship. There was some rust and stains but nothing horrible. Others we talked to found the rust to be unacceptable. The bed sheets and bathrobes have seen better days, but they were clean which is what matters to me. Our binoculars worked so I was happy about that.

What I didn't like was the lack of attention to detail in the room. For instance, we were in concierge rooms. We received a basket of fruit daily. The pears still had the labels on them, the bannanas had brown spots and we had to pick through the grapes. Some actually had mold on them. They obviously were not washed. That really bothered me, but someone else may not care. Our cabin attendant was ok. He didn't go out of his way to do anything. Empty shampoo bottles should not be left to build up in the shower. We had five empty containers sitting in the bin in the shower. I did wonder if having automatic gratuity is the best idea. Our cabin person did not seem to care very much about doing a good job.
I did love the location of the room. It was toward the back on the eighth floor and it was very quiet, even on New Year's Eve.

Another example about each person see's things differently, we really enjoyed the New Year's celebration. It was quite the party and I had fun. While in line at guest services the next day, a woman was telling the desk person that it was the worst New Year's she had ever had in her life. She wanted a balloon drop; the free champagne was terrible etc. She was very upset.

The food. Again very different views. I was disappointed with the quality of food in the main dining room and the buffet. One should not be given an ice cold potato at the evening seating. The buffet food was very bland and usually cold. Our tablemates thought the food was wonderful. It's all in the pallet.

We ate at the Olympic Specialty Restaurant and loved it. We felt that it was worth the extra $40.00pp. Another couple at our table felt it wasn't worth the money. The food at the AquaSpa was very good as was the Tapas type food at the Cova Cafe. We read about these places on this board. Others we talked to didn't know about it. It is not well advertised. The pizza grill was good as well. We did room service for breakfast and late night. No complaints.

I prepaid for the unlimited soda. At no time did anyone roll their eyes or seem put out by giving me a diet coke. I counted at the end of the cruise and I had over 40 cans of soda during the five day trip. I got my monies worth and never had a problem getting a soda at all times of the day and night.

The ship does nickel and dime. $150pp for a tour of the ship? I almost choked on that price. Bingo ran anywhere from $15.00 for a single card to sixty dollars for three strips. This was per session.

The great thing about Celebrity is you are treated better than other cruise lines. Champagne on arrival, the staff and the overall experience was much better than other lines. At Grand Cayman we had to tender on a different part of the island due to weather. Carnival and Costa was there as well. The line to get back for the other two ships was a few hundred deep. Celebrity had their own tenders, no line and served water and juice to us before getting back on the tender. The staff is amazing. Everyone is friendly and helpful. The passengers on our cruise were in the upper income level and very nice to be with. Rif Raff was not present on this ship. I cannot say the same for the people on other cruises that I have been on.

In closing, I did enjoy this cruise line and the people I met. I will definitely cruise with Celebrity again this coming year. Less

Published 01/08/12

Cabin review: C38154 Concierge Class 3

Cabin 8154. Very quiet. Location is near the back of the ship away from foot traffic. Cabins above and below so noise was not an issue. Everything was in working order. Loved the balcony. Very private. Room was a good size for two people. We stored two large suitcases a wheeled garment back, backpack and tote bag without a problem. Plenty of drawer space. Room attendant was not the best.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Falmouth was not something I wish to experience again. They have twenty stores open in the cruise dock area. These are behind the gates to Falmouth. It is clean and people do not bug you to braid hair or do the hard sell at this port. Out of the twenty shops open, fourteen sell some sort of jewelry or watches. We decided to take the tram that gives a tour of Falmouth. It is $15.00 per person. Once you leave the gates it really puts the world in perspective. The poverty is unbelievable. Some people were quite impressed that a armed police officer with a bullet proof vest followed the tram for the whole tour. It made me rather nervous that they would need a bullet proof vest or that we would need such an escort. The tour itself was tough to handle if you are bothered by poverty. We stopped at an old church which was wonderful to see. Plenty of vendors greeted the tram selling t-shirts, towels, etc. They were not pushy so that was a pleasant surprise. We toured the town and I felt bad. Here we were on a cruise ship and the people have no windows and it was just so sad. The tour continued and we went past school house and the hospital. Don't get hurt in Jamaica is all I kept thinking. The end of the tour had a large group of very pushy men trying to sell trips and cab rides. They were very aggressive and I was happy when we got back behind the gates. I read on the boards that you can get your passport stamped. Apparently nobody told the lady at immigration. She gave me a very hard time about it. She wanted to know who told me that and why I thought that was possible. It was only after I gave her a cruise members name that she actually looked up from her book. She gave me the long drawn out eye-roll with the loudest longest sigh. She then had the difficult job of lifting the cover of the ink pad and managed to lift that pesky stamper. Unfortunately she had to actually flip the page in the passport. She sighed again after that daunting task and flipped the book across the window back at me. At least I did get the stamp. When the ship was leaving many of the vendors and other people gathered along the dock and waved and yelled and blew horns. It was an amazing send off and I had tears because they have so little yet they were there to give us a happy send off.
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I felt the taste of Cayman was worth the money. We had to tender in another area because of the weather so we did the tour backwards. We went to the brewery first. OSHA be dammed, it was crazy to be walking through the brewery, to be next to the machines, jumping over cables with boxes falling down around you. It was really a great tour that you wouldn't get in the states. We got to touch the machines, go through humidity rooms and really get up close. They allow you samples. The sample glasses are very good sized drinking glasses and you can have up to four samples. The place was clean and you have time to buy shirts, glasses etc. The second stop was the rum cake factory. You were not allowed inside the place where they make the cakes. You can view it from the window. You can sample all kinds of flavors of the cake and they have a rum bar for sampling as well. Our last stop was a rum sampling and tour in town. Unfortunately, the tour guide was MIA so we could only sample the rum. It is a short walk back to the shops and the dock. Some of the people on the tour were feeling very good by the time the tour ended.

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