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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Celebrity Millennium, Tokyo to Hong Kong Autumn 2015 The cabin, sorry, state room was inside, 9063, not because I’m tight, which I am a bit, but because all the others had been booked. The cabin was fairly large, with a good, ... Read More
Celebrity Millennium, Tokyo to Hong Kong Autumn 2015 The cabin, sorry, state room was inside, 9063, not because I’m tight, which I am a bit, but because all the others had been booked. The cabin was fairly large, with a good, comfy double bed, a bit of a waste at our age. There was adequate wardrobe and storage space, TV with both satellite and pay per view, although apart from the news we didn’t watch it much, there was also a strange, horizontal shower that we were unable to adjust, on the whole the ship was spotless. Food: On the whole it was very good. Apart from the specialist restaurants which we didn’t use, see above, there are four main venues. The Poolside Grill, made that mistake once, cold, greasy, overcooked food, and, strangely for a cruise ship, apathetic staff, all the other staff were great, many with a sense of humour, which was appreciated. The healthy eating option, surely an oxymoron on a cruise ship. The Ocean View Café, this is the buffet area. It has quite a strange layout and you can use 500Kc just looking for food. The food is good and varied, although seldom hot and many had a sweet taste. It also had a good Asian option at breakfast, some of the dishes I chose tended to turn my wife’s stomach, she has always been a delicate flower! The main, Metropolitan Restaurant is the waiter served area. We went ‘any time dining’ which in reality was ‘anything but anytime dining,’ it was a shambles. You really do have to book and be prepared to wait. The conversation went something like this. “Can I book a table for about seven o’clock?” “We only have six or eight.” This is not an exaggeration. The food was very good, the portion size at first looked quite small, but at the end of the night it proved to be just right. Although like the buffet none of the meals were hot, maybe this is the American influence as we have found that most meals in the US are served this way. Also many of the meals had a sweet taste, perhaps another Americanism. Unfortunately with the main restaurant ranging over two decks it does tend to get very noisy, and if you’re on a large table it can be very hard to hear the conversation. Drinks: The one thing that Celebrity are good at is charging, which they do like a Rhino. They have little draft beer, Heineken and Millar Light, which don’t really count, these are $5:50 an American, 16oz pint, although given the bar staff’s inability to fill glasses these turn out to be more like 14ozs. There is also an 18% service charge on all drinks. You are encouraged, should you have exceptional service to tip more. The waiter is bringing it from the bar! All the other beer is bottled and ranges from $6 to ‘I have just won the lottery’ Wine starts at about $9 a glass to ‘I have just won the Euro Millions,’ Coffee and soft drinks are about $3:50. The do, do a drinks package which starts at about $55/day. Entertainment: The main entertainment, ie the big shows tend to be singing acts and solo performers brought on board as the cruise proceeds. While some of these were very good many of the singers couldn’t hold a tune in a bucket. The entertainment during the day, we found to be quite poor with a large part of this, maybe 50%, being either selling led, art auctions, health seminars etc, or subscription required. Excursions: We tend not to do too many booked off the ship, as these tend to be, as on all cruises, quite expensive, although if you do take one of these the standard, especially of safety will be excellent, they also have the great advantage of not leaving you on the quay side should you be late back. In Shimizu, we just walked round the town finding many of the attractions quite easily. Nagasaki, again is quite easy to get round, the trip to the peace park involves two trams, day ticket about Y300, but again using them is a piece of cake. The peace park and museum could take you most of the day. Kobe, some of the more adventurous took trains to Kyoto, we just wandered round again and found enough to do. We did get the loop bus, all day Y600, to Mount Rokko and the herb garden. You get the cable car, Y1100 return with discount if you produce the bus ticket, to the top and walk back about half way through the garden. There is also a free shuttle into town. Shanghai, there was a lot of confusion about whether you need a Chinese visa even if you stay on board, we found we didn’t but please check in good time whether you need one or not. Visas could be obtained on board but again please check before you go. Okinawa, we got the mono rail to Shiru Castle which was easy, although there is no shuttle and the walk to town takes about 30-40 minutes. Taiwan, we did book a trip to Taipei here because there is very little to do in Keelung, although the night market is amazing. Hong Kong, here we went for the Hop off-Hop on bus, if booked through the ship, it is slightly more expensive, but they do provide a shuttle into town, which is worth the extra. Don’t try and do too much on the bus, we did and spent the day in traffic. This is the first time for us with Celebrity and it was very good, but we do feel we’ve been on better. Would we go with them again? Yes, but only if it was a good deal and the itinerary was right. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
the places she was sailing.to were amazing but the ship needs to retire. She's old and needs to go to the 'great harbour in the sky!'. The food was often tepid on the buffet - in fact I complained about the cold garlic ... Read More
the places she was sailing.to were amazing but the ship needs to retire. She's old and needs to go to the 'great harbour in the sky!'. The food was often tepid on the buffet - in fact I complained about the cold garlic bread so much that every time I entered the restaurant I was presented with piping hot garlic bread! I also got the enhanced breakfast baked beans with added ingredients to normal plain baked beans with tomato sauce. The crew were marvellous and tried to make do with what can only be described as a second-hand boat. There were several holes in the floor under the carpets in the main dining room and also in the passageways outside the cabins. There were large drain holes round the covers on the deck and many people nearly hurt themselves. For half the holiday the spa pool was out of action. I had a concierge cabin which, unbeknown to myself, had changed facilities and as far as I was concerned had been seriously down graded to a cabin that didn't warrant the extra costs. Pathetic binoculars, no afternoon tea, no umbrella. the most amusing was fresh fruit - this consisted of two oranges and a manky apple yet in the restaurants the fruit selection was magnificant. The entertainment was only mediocre and the theatre shows lasted only 25 minutes. I tripped up in the buffet restaurant and had to be taken by stretcher to the doctors quarters which was designed in such a stupid way that the stretcher had to be tipped on its side (which had me hanging on for dear life). I have never been compensated for this diabolical cruise as it was booked with an American travel agent and Celebrity UK don't want to know anything. I have even told them I wanted to book up a new cruise, but still I didn't get an incentive even though I know of 2 couples who were either given some refund or a reduction on a further cruise. AVOID THE MILLINIUM LIKE THE PLAGUE! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We had a wonderful cruise from Tokyo to Hong Kong on the Celebrity Millennium. It met and in some cases exceeded our expectations of the cruise. Having read a fair few of the reviews, while we did notice some of the challenges mentioned, ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise from Tokyo to Hong Kong on the Celebrity Millennium. It met and in some cases exceeded our expectations of the cruise. Having read a fair few of the reviews, while we did notice some of the challenges mentioned, for us, any negatives were so few as they didn't distract us from our lovely holiday. We had one of the "sweet 16" cabins where the balcony is about double the normal size. We didn't realise this until after we booked the cabin and therefore were surprised, especially given the overall cost of the cruise, that we had such a nice balcony. While the ship was overhauled in 2012, a lot of the main decor in the cabins and the rest of the ship did feel slightly dated and things were a little worn in the cabins, but all very acceptable. The staff were very friendly and while we read the Celebrity had reduced the Entertainment staff recently, we found Manuel, Taylor and DJ Rockstar to be wonderfully funny and entertaining as we aren't sure what we would have gotten with more staff. We found the bar service to be attentive and not obtrusive. Even though lots of people have an inclusive drinks package we didn't find any issues with getting decent service. The lounge entertainment was good and Evan, the guitarist and singer, was really really great. We found the theatre to be uninteresting for us and only attending three shows, of which we were left feeling sort of indifferent about. The main dining room also was sort of hit and miss for us. We had some really great meals, some mediocre meals and some very poor meals. We often went to the buffet, which was pretty good. The Oceanview Grill would grill you up something fresh which was good and the pizza and pasta bars where great to have. We also went to Qsine several times because it impressed us and the Olympic twice. We thought the quality and service in both really really exceeded our expectations, though Qsine was far more memorable of an experience. We made lots of use of the gym, which was the best gym we had yet to see at see. It was seldom even close to being congested too. In fact, very few times did you feel crowded at all, except for maybe buffet during breakfast. We only went on one ship excursion, which was actually good, if you can tolerate a group of 30, which we find just too frustrating. We did it where we wanted to make sure we didn't run into any problems getting on or off the ship in Shanghai, though it was still 2 hours to get off the ship that day being "prioritised" over others coming ashore. We selected the cruise in large part because of the itinerary and ports. We weren't disappointed, except for maybe Shimizu/Mt. Fuji. It just seemed pointless. You aren't going to climb Mt. Fuji in a few hours you have ashore and if you didn't go on some long bus ride/excursion to the base of Mt. Fuji then there was little of interest in the rest of Shimizu. The previous cruise had a minor outbreak of Norovirus and so we had been warned that there was extra cleaning before we boarded and then that we should all be very careful. Of course, being in a new part of the world for us, I was mildly worried we might encounter a bug we weren't accustomed too, but the ship was really very clean and everyone seemed to take those extra steps to not pass on their germs. If you cruise will be ruined by a few rust spots and some slightly dated decor, then Celebrity Millennium is not for you, but everyone else should have a really enjoyable holiday. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
Short Summary for the Quick Readers: Overall ... not good. This is going to be a detailed (and negative) review, so to spare those just scanning a long read, in summary: this cruise on Celebrity Millennium starting in Tokyo and ending in ... Read More
Short Summary for the Quick Readers: Overall ... not good. This is going to be a detailed (and negative) review, so to spare those just scanning a long read, in summary: this cruise on Celebrity Millennium starting in Tokyo and ending in Hong Kong (15 days) in October-November 2014 was a non-stop set of disappointments. As one of our friends said: “if this was your first cruise, it would be your last cruise.” We, as a group of three couples, have over 70 cruises between us (several with Celebrity -- two sets of Captain's Club Members in the group) – none were as bad as this one in terms of the ship experience. I will elaborate further below. Septic/Sewer: A floating benjo ditch? The main issue we had on this cruise involved the ship’s apparent (but never fully admitted) problem with its sewage/waste system. Not just in our cabin(s) but in most parts of the vessel, the strong smell of latrine permeated. It was most noticeable forward – especially on Deck-5 just past the shops heading toward the theater. And it was CONSTANT. One of our members commented: “so this is what is meant by the nautical term poopdeck!” Literally, not a day went by until day 13 that anywhere we went onboard, you were nearly overcome with the smell of sewage. So much so that in Taipei when we walked by an open sewer line near Taipei 101, one of us commented: “makes me homesick for the Millennium!” The waste system problems also impacted each of us individually. One never knew when the toilet in the cabin was going to flush – or not. This was especially true the very last night when two of our group lost working toilets at midnight – both occasions after having used them and left unable to dispose of the waste. This was also encountered in public washrooms, where again, it was a gamble as to whether the little button would work or not. Often for me (4 times on the voyage) the answer was ‘NOT’ leaving me somewhat sheepishly skulking out of the commode stall hoping no one was queued to follow me. Now Celebrity – when informed of this, and acting quite dismayed – did compensate our group, providing each of us with a $200 voucher toward a future voyage. That was okay, but hardly compensated for 15 days of revisiting the lower rungs of Maslow’s Needs Hierarchy! When one goes on a cruise, and especially on a line with the reputation of Celebrity, one expects basic things to function – like the toilets – and to not have the main aroma being that of raw sewage. On day 12, when we were handed from Customer Service to the head of housekeeping, he did quietly admit that they had some issues with “… the main line …” in part of the ship. We noted that on our penultimate stop (Taipei), water was shut off on our end of the 7th floor, and a crew showed up as we were leaving for the shore excursion (~9am) to begin working in our port-side corridor. So indeed, something was amiss! And the next day the foul aroma on Deck-5 did dissipate significantly. Next up: Service in the main dining room. Our adventures in the main dining room began on the very first night when we showed up to our table only to find that it was double-booked! Or perhaps even triple booked! The maître d' showed up after several uncomfortable minutes and resolved things (we did get the table). The waiter and assistant we had were very pleasant and tried very hard, but later events would overcome their ability to serve us well. This first night was also problematic due to a 6pm sailing time, meaning the required drill was scheduled at 7:45pm – right in the last part of our dining time, meaning we had to overcome the initial delay due to the table-seating issue, wolf down our food, and then rush to our assigned drill locations – on the complete other end of the ship! I’m not sure what can be done about this, and imagine in the wake of the Costa calamity, that these drills on the first hours are now more mandatory. However, this made for a horrid first-night experience in dining. This was on top of being jet-lagged from a 12-hour time difference of travel from the States to Japan. Our next few nights in the main dining room were at best passable, but then we had a real disaster on the 4th night: Everything went wrong. For starters, for some reason, our waiter’s assistant was re-assigned to ‘chase down’ starters that were slow coming from the kitchen. This left our waiter alone to service his assigned tables – of which I’m sure there were more than four (more on staffing levels later in this discourse). This meant that several of our party who ordered a salad got no dressing for it (offered 20 minutes later), meant our water glasses were filled only once the entire dinner, and that a glass of ice tea ordered at the outset was never delivered. The coup de grâce was that our family matriarch – on the eve of her 80th birthday – was brought a plate of nearly raw lamb shank, which was also mostly fat and gristle, and she was provided only a butter-knife to cut it. Our waiter, when he was finally able to come back to check on us (at nearly 7:45pm for our 6pm sitting) offered to get her something else, but by then, everyone was finished and waiting to order dessert. So for dinner, she had a dry salad, some bread, one glass of wine, and a dessert. Other meals for the family were served at room temperature at best, and a gluten-free pasta meal looked like it had fallen fresh from a microwave plastic package and was strange-tasting and completely inedible! Only two of us had passable meals. Needless to say, this was our last night in the main dining room until night 12, when we were less than enthused with the quality of the food and never again went back. We had hoped that our special meal in the Olympic Restaurant for our matriarch’s 80th the next night would make up for this. Sadly, that was not to be the case. We had five orders of lobster and one of sea bass. The lobster, cooked tableside, was tough and chewy. We watched the young fellow cook it (two of our party had enjoyed it thoroughly on the previous voyage), and he basically tossed all five helpings into a single pan, overcooked it all, and added the seasonings AFTER the meat was cooked, rather than as preparation in the pan before a quick sauté of the meat. The accompanying sides were not hot (tepid at best), and the birthday girl’s fish was dry and tasteless. This, by the way, was after she had ordered Dover Sole but was ‘highly recommended’ to instead go with the sea bass. The staff also brought a special birthday cake, which was very nice. But after cutting six pieces, removed the rest of the cake and didn’t offer that remnant to the birthday girl as ‘take-out!’ Finally, a liter bottle of sparkling water was only poured to its recipient twice during the meal, and the rest of the bottle was not in sight when it came time to leave (so it, too, was left behind). All in all, the experience – for a cost of $215 for the six of us – was well below expectations. Now I want to add that Celebrity management offered us a make-up meal (after significant complaining to them) and that meal was much, much better in all facets, though we didn’t order lobster and there were only five us as one of our party was feeling tired/ill that day (the very person for whom the original meal was to honor). Finally in this area, having to resort to eating in the Deck 10 café/buffet area, we found the food okay (edible and usually satisfying) but must ding the Celebrity for the fact that their two-deep serving-dish arrangement and self-serve approach were a bad mix. Why? Because utensils left in the back trays had their handles over the front trays – bad on two counts: 1) because you were often eating food that had the handled-handle of the back dish dropped into it; and 2) because said handle was usually scalding hot from the steam system used to keep the serving dishes warm! I personally was burned to the point of needing ice in one instance –after which I asked for a server to spoon it for me (noticing they used a rag to wrap the handle)! This often led to a longer wait for the food, due to the next item of issue. Next up staffing: Hello? Is there anyone there? It was our combined impression(s) that Celebrity had reduced their overall service staffing levels by more than 20%. Waiters seemed overtaxed with at least 1-2 more tables than we’d experienced on previous cruises. The bar staff was almost invisible on the decks – it was rare, sitting out by the pool, that someone would come by to ask for a drink order. Some of our party –who had the drink package – were of the opinion that because they weren’t adding to revenue in a direct fashion, our service was inhibited. This may have been the case, but we also agreed that there were just less staff visible everywhere. This was never more apparent than in the Cellar Masters wine-bar on Deck 5! There only seemed to be one person there at a time, staffing the bar, so you had to walk-up and ask for a drink. And it wasn’t uncommon for there to be NO ONE anywhere in bar area! Also, for our members on the drink-package, smaller glasses were often provided and lower volume of liquid in them. Finally: O Captain? My Captain? This is the first time on a cruise that NONE of us could recall meeting the Captain, or even seeing him in the public areas. We were fortunate to be traveling with Captain’s Club members so we went to the Captain’s Party one night. And I’m sure one of the older, stoic, uniformed officers at the entrance was the Captain, but as we shuffled in we got only a nod as whomever it was, was engaged in conversation with another officer (note: NOT engaged with other guests). Basically, we knew the Captain only from the half-dozen or so times he gave us the 10am update over the loudspeaker. Now maybe he as on the bridge, dutifully guiding the ship so we had no Costa-like incident? Or maybe he had a cold and didn’t want to infect any of us? Or maybe he was phoning it in? We don’t know, but again, we never saw him. And the same was true for many of the senior-grade officers. We saw a few ‘blue suits’ up eating in the café but then they were keeping to themselves. In fact, the last night I saw at least a half-dozen officers I’d never seen before on any of the previous 14 days! As one of our party said: “Good management requires attention to detail, and if you’re not around it’s unlikely you’re able to pay attention!” I will end this on some good notes. Our cabin attendant (Lydia) and her helper (Irwin) were the BEST we’d ever had. She attended to another cabin in our party and they felt the same. Everything in the room (other than the toilet) was always perfect. We asked the first day to have four towels (rather than two) – and there were always four fresh towels for our use. Our friends asked the first night for ice to be in the room in the evenings, and the bucket was always filled after both day and evening servicing. She was simply 100% on the spot and was so sweet and friendly – always smiling, always saying ‘hello’ and always chatting with us. One of the waiters in Café al Bacio on Deck 5 was the finest crewmember we’d ever encountered – April was his name. He was always there, and had a GREAT sense of humor. Simply, we all fell in love with the guy. We spent a lot of time with him and he quickly learned our names and what we liked and often had it to us before we could order. I have to say, for me, he made the cruise memorable for a good reason – compared to all the other things above that were bad. I’ll not forget those bad things, but will also not forget April and the joy he brought us all. The ‘crepe restaurant’ (Bistro on Five?) was also very good – food was great and service was excellent for the two times we ate there. While having a $7-per meal up-charge, it was worth it. In the end, though, we were very displeased with the experience on Celebrity Millennium. I’m highly skeptical that we’ll ever use the $200 credit provided, nor the $100 future cruise coupon that we purchased early on (though it is transferable). The Millennium is showing its age, and may as one of the older less glamorous ships in the fleet, be getting ‘not the best’ in crewmembers. Celebrity is supposedly one of the top class of cruise lines – approaching Oceania in some views. Well, this ship – this crew – and this experience certainly doesn’t live up to that reputation.   Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
I've been on two other Celebrity Cruises, both on Solstice-class ships. Had wonderful experiences on these prior two cruises. Unfortunately, Celebrity's brand has been tarnished by having the cruising public being exposed to the ... Read More
I've been on two other Celebrity Cruises, both on Solstice-class ships. Had wonderful experiences on these prior two cruises. Unfortunately, Celebrity's brand has been tarnished by having the cruising public being exposed to the Millennium. We had a Sky Suite with an enormous balcony that was not usable due to the stench of sewage. While we did not have this stench in our suite, we could smell this sewage smell in various places in the ship. Check out other reviews, and one will verify that this was not an isolated problem. Repeated requests for a fix were met with indifference until I complained to corporate. While Celebrity never fixed the problem, they did offer compensation. Oh, by the way, did I mention that on occasion, the toilets would not flush? But this was not the only problem with this ship. Walking around in our suite, step in certain places and the floor creaks so badly that one fears waking a sleeping spouse. Walking through the main hallways, one can step in certain places and feel an "dip" in the floor. Boy, this ship is old. I bet Celebrity has plans to take it out of service ASAP and not further expose its brand to negative perceptions. The internet was significantly slower than on other ships. The crew had the audacity to blame the Japanese and Chinese governments. Funny how the speed did not increase when we were out of territorial waters. Celebrity: Better to be honest with your passengers about shortcomings. Don't lie. It just compounds the problem. You are trading short-term financial impacts for longer-term deterioration of your brand. Oh, there were some good things about the cruise: The itinerary was as promised. The Blu restaurant was acceptable, and much better than the alternatives. The Blue and Cafe a Baccio staff were great. The cabin attendants were good, but did leave an occasional cleaning towel after they left. As suite guests, we did get an escort off the ship in Shanghai, thereby avoiding a very crowded disembarkation and a lengthy delay which others experienced. The ship was kept clean, and a previous cruise's problem with norovirus did not appear to occur on our cruise. The captain and crew brought our cruise to a safe end.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
This ship needs to be retired now and not in 2 years time as planned. There are holes in the floor under the carpets both in the main dining hall and also on the decks in front of cabins. The drainage covers near the pool were loose and ... Read More
This ship needs to be retired now and not in 2 years time as planned. There are holes in the floor under the carpets both in the main dining hall and also on the decks in front of cabins. The drainage covers near the pool were loose and wobbly and were either dropped or stuck up on one side so were dangerous. The food in the self service cafe was often cold, especially the soup and the garlic bread. The entertainment was pathetic and only lasted 3/4 hour in the main theater The tables in the theater often fell out of their 3 prong housing onto your feet if someone went past to go to other seats and therefore the glass was often chipped. The tea on sea days finishes at 5pm but nobody told the staff on the first day at sea so they closed teatime at 4.30pm. I was in a 'concierge' class cabin on the 9th deck. I was expecting fresh fruit when I arrived, sparking wine and flowers. The fruit consisted of 2 apples & 1 orange (which was our fruit for the following 14 days), a bottle of the cheapest sparkling wine the boat carries and I am still waiting for the flowers. The towels were hard and uncomfortable, luckily I had my own towel. The lifeboat drill was a farce, we had to go to our muster station in one of the lounges where they ticked off our name and we sat there without our life jackets whilst a talk was held and that was it. I have still to find my lifeboat or my life jacket! This is the first cruise ship out of 6 cruises where there was not 24/7 food. All the food closed at midnight. You were able to get tea/coffee but no food unless you ordered room service. Early disembarkation was meant to be for my cabin class, we were the second to last number to disembark. I WILL NEVER SAIL WITH CELEBRITY AGAIN. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2014
After spending 14 nights on the Millennium I cannot understand the recent negative reviews. Either some people are very unlucky or they have a serious attitude problem because the ship and her staff are absolutely wonderful. I was a little ... Read More
After spending 14 nights on the Millennium I cannot understand the recent negative reviews. Either some people are very unlucky or they have a serious attitude problem because the ship and her staff are absolutely wonderful. I was a little hesitant about "downgrading" to an M-class ship after our previous S-class experience but I needn't have worried. The ship is in great condition and has a great feel to it. If you look for the imperfections you will find them but who has time to do that? We sailed Aqua class and found the service and food in Blu to be fantastic. Our cabin on deck 11 was kept spotlessly clean and in a great location (except when we had to make the long trek to the theatre). Poor value shore excursions are my biggest cruise bug-bear but I have nothing but praise for the ones we did on this cruise. Our overnight Beijing tour was fantastic (with the one black mark being the unnecessary visit to the jade factory). I heard some grumblings from people who took the Seoul excursion which turned out to be 90% shopping but the 4 tours we did were all fantastic. The activities staff (Taylor and Manuel with assistance from DJ RoxStar) were great fun although as usual I found the production shows to be appalling. That's just a matter of personal taste though and I thought the other entertainment was quite good. Brilliant cruise, brilliant itinerary, brilliant ship and brilliant crew. Loved it.   Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2014
There were four of us. All frequent world travelers and cruisers. We left on the Millennium from Tokyo on Sept. 28 for l4 days. What a fantastic crew on a great medium size ship. We have sailed on all the Solstice ships which are newer and ... Read More
There were four of us. All frequent world travelers and cruisers. We left on the Millennium from Tokyo on Sept. 28 for l4 days. What a fantastic crew on a great medium size ship. We have sailed on all the Solstice ships which are newer and larger but the Millennium is a charmer. The food was excellent; the service was wonderful and we had a great time. There was every kind of food imaginable in the buffet and it was well presented. We were in aqua class, which was terrific; but we did eat in the main dining room quite a bit for lunch and a few dinners for variety and enjoyed the food and service very much. Quisine is the craziest restaurant experience and just loads of fun with all unexpected unusual foods served in wacky ways. We laughed our way through dinner there and all enjoyed it. Don't go if you are a stiff. The martini bar, CRUSH, is another fun stop. If you order 3 or more martinis they shake and pour them all together in showman fashion which is something to see. The only fault of all Celebrity Ships is that they don't provide much information on how to get from the port to the main city of interest unless you take their expensive excursions. More information on how to get to the cities yourself or reasonable shuttle service would be appreciated. If you are not an experienced traveler, I suggest you take the excursions in Asia or elsewhere unless you can read their language. if you can't have a good time on a cruise, check your attitude.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2014
We recently went on a 14 day cruise in East Asia - it was OK but overall we were somewhat disappointed. Our cabin was good, the cabin attendant, and the dining room waiter were good, and the itinerary was good. But we did not find the ... Read More
We recently went on a 14 day cruise in East Asia - it was OK but overall we were somewhat disappointed. Our cabin was good, the cabin attendant, and the dining room waiter were good, and the itinerary was good. But we did not find the actual cruise as enjoyable as a previous one we had done on the Celebrity Infinity along the Inland Passage in Alaska. Although the on board facilities were pretty much the same, but in general we did not get the same degree of enjoyment or satisfaction as the earlier cruise - in particular we thought the quality and standard of food in the cafe and main dining room was generally poor and below the standard of the previous cruise. We took shore excursions at every Port - which were rather tiring, because they left early in the morning and you didn't have time at each place to really absorb the place and to do it at your own pace. That was a lesson we learnt, and no fault of the cruise. We were also concerned about safety drill on board, and how successful an evacuation of the ship would be int the event of such an occurrence - certainly getting passengers getting ashore for excursions, did not always go smoothly, and this should have been routine practice. Except for the food, i could not recommend against Celebrity Millennium, but we would certainly think carefully before going on another such cruise. Two Grey Gypsies. P.S. My opinion was not helped, because I lost my digital camera on board, it must have been found by another passenger or crew member, and they never handed it into the lost property office, but I guess that reflects modern society   Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2014
I was in the cruise to Japan, Korea, China from September 28- October 12. The cruise experience was very good, absolutely worth the money paid. Service provided was excelent everywhere in the ship. the only con. was internet service: it ... Read More
I was in the cruise to Japan, Korea, China from September 28- October 12. The cruise experience was very good, absolutely worth the money paid. Service provided was excelent everywhere in the ship. the only con. was internet service: it was impossible to send email from the ship and the charge was by the minute even the speed of the internet was close to zero.. I would like to say big thanks to 1. Our cabin steward HILIAS, who was absolutely excellent. Not only he did his job perfectly well, but was very caring, sensitive to our needs (I was seek one day), sincerely nice and kind. 2. Our waiters in the restaurant on the 4th floor LORENCO and AGNELO were very good, always remembered our preference in food and did the dining experience pleasant and unforgettable. 3. Employee from excursion reservation desk MILICA who was very patient to our changing plans and made the best possible choice for us with the excursion even in the last minute. I never saw so welcoming, friendly and helpful staff on the ship. Read Less
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