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Sail Date: March 2016
We booked this cruise when we were on celebrity solstice 18 months ago. Doing Honolulu Tahiti New Zealand Sydney. We loved that cruise so we booked this one going the other way ( we got Fiji instead of NZ ) The millennium is older than ... Read More
We booked this cruise when we were on celebrity solstice 18 months ago. Doing Honolulu Tahiti New Zealand Sydney. We loved that cruise so we booked this one going the other way ( we got Fiji instead of NZ ) The millennium is older than solstice but we thought it was well maintained. The staff were constantly cleaning, painting, repairing the ship. All the staff were really helpful and welcoming. The captain ( captain Nicholas ) was constantly around the ship talking to guests he was so friendly, the best captain we have ever had. Our cabin was a good size and the room attendants done anything we asked for. The food was good in the ocean view cafe. Food in the specialty restaurants was excellent as was the service. Bar service was good, it could have been a bit better but still acceptable. A couple of minor negatives, we were cruising in the tropics but the ship shop did not have any sun screen ( we were told it was because the ship was going into dry dock in Canada so they were letting stocks of everything go down and not replacing what sold out ) some night the ocean view cafe closed one side of the serving area early so that made the other side really busy. The ports of call were all very good, like everything if you put in you get more out. We will be sailing with celebrity again they really treat guests so well Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, also first time on a large cruise ship. We have previously cruised on Renaissance (now defunct), Club Med 1 & 2, and most of the Windstar ships, visiting the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, also first time on a large cruise ship. We have previously cruised on Renaissance (now defunct), Club Med 1 & 2, and most of the Windstar ships, visiting the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Micronesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora, etc0. We spent one night in Anchorage, AK before the cruise, took the train from Anchorage to Seward, then spent a long weekend in Vancouver after the cruise. The train ride was scenic, but the typical overcast Alaskan weather diminished the visibility and impact of the scenery. We saw one bald eagle nest, a porcupine, and a galloping speck on a mountainside that appeared to be a bear. So much for the wildlife! Overall, the train ride was quite civlized, with an informative hostess/guide, and decent food service. Boarding the Millennium was relatively smooth, until we got on board, when the camera station malfunctioned, so we had to wait to get our ID cards. Nobody offered to show us to our cabin, so we found it on our own (not very difficult). However, I heard some nasty comments from other passengers about the rather lackadaisical approach to onboarding. There was one knob on the wall in our cabin, the purpose of which I never did figure out. Our cabin steward Ralph did come by a little later to introduce himself, and provided attentive and courteous service throughout the cruise. The room was comfortable and nicely decorated, and our veranda was also nice --- somewhat larger than the cabins directly above us (!?). The newly refurbished decor of the ship was VERY nice, and I spent a lot of time in the early morning hours taking photos, which I have posted on the Celebrity message board, and tried to post in the Photo Gallery (somewhat laborious process). Celebrity did host a welcome party for the 20+ Cruise Critic guests in Michael's Lounge, with complimentary champagne and Mimosas. However, afterwards it was hard to keep track of the folks we met, except for those of us who joined together for the Dyea Dave excursion into Canada a few days later. We were lucky to have a sunny day to view the Hubbard Glacier, but the floating ice kept the ship from approaching closer than 3 miles or so. Even so, the rails were lined with passengers looking for a good view. The best viewing was from the Sports Deck, or the Cosmos Lounge. A good "secret" spot was from the Spa fitness center, directly below Cosmos. One of the highlights of the trip was the onboard naturalist, who gave a live presentation during the glacier visit, plus several other presentations in the theater, which were then re-broadcast throughout the day on TV. He was very informative, and an excellent speaker. One piece of information that we learned from these talks is that during June, cruise ships are not allowed to enter Glacier Bay national park, because of the need to protect the newborn seal pups. Before the cruise, we had heard that Celebrity was not one of the cruise lines allowed into the park, so it turned out that we didn't miss anything anyway. We only did one excursion, and I heard mixed reviews from other passengers. The weather was overcast and drizzly throughout all the Alaska itinerary, and apparently the whale watching was somewhat disappointing, as the boats are not allowed to approach nearer than 300 yards from the whales and orcas. We saved our whale watching until Vancouver, and were rewarded with some outstanding sights of leaping, breaching orcas. Entertainment was pretty good, with a great magician, a fairly good comedian/ventriloquist, and several different musical groups. Now for the food & beverage. Admittedly, my basis of comparison is based on small ship cruising, which allows for more personal service and food presentation. Celebrity's food was fairly good in quality, but suffered from "large dining room syndrome". Let's start with the coffee, which was not terrible, but it wasn't great either. Even the fresh-ground coffee at the Cafe Bacio was pretty bad, at $5 a pop. Celebrity can do better. Breakfast pastries were terrible, little round danish thingies fresh from the freezer case, about as appetizing as cardboard with jelly on top. Most guests turned them down. OJ was good, but the scrambled eggs definitely came from a large chafing dish, not cooked to order. Omelets were consistently overcooked, but the eggs benedict were pretty good.Lunch in the Ocean Cafe was OK for a buffet line, with good selection. Desserts were pretty, but tasteless. Bread pudding was excellent, as was the ice cream. Main dining room service was very attentive, but again, the food suffered from a lack of attention and consistency. I had to send back my steak, lamb chops, and salmon because it was overcooked. Caesar salad was great one night, lousy the next. Desserts were all very good, especially those that were prepared on the dining room floor, such as Crepes Suzette and Cherries Jubilee. The wine list was limited by the glass, and some offerings were not available, even though they were listed on the menu as the Sommelier's Recommendation! Overall, still a very pleasant cruise experience. We have booked another 12-night Celebrity Cruise to New Zealand and Australia early in 20123, looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Great experience with the Millie - we have only cruised with Infinity and Century before - so she is a newbie to us. The wait staff for our table were lovely - we had friends who were on anytime dining sit with us twice - and they also ... Read More
Great experience with the Millie - we have only cruised with Infinity and Century before - so she is a newbie to us. The wait staff for our table were lovely - we had friends who were on anytime dining sit with us twice - and they also loved out staff. They had a bad experience with another table they wanted to join, in fact they were making a formal complaint against the member of staff for being so rude! Lisa the cruise director is a love - she is funny and clever - she also sings on stage and in person makes you feel really welcome. Met a few cruise critic members at a meet and greet in Michael's Club on the first day. Lots of the crew were in attendance and made us feel at home. The guitarist was superb - best musician on the ship as far as I was concerned. Had a bridge tour - very informative and yet boring at the same time - maybe its a girl thing... Food was average - not up to previous standards and I know they have changed the chef who sets the menus - Michael Van Staden now?? Everyone who visited the Olympic raved - husband too tight to go there. Ship was looking tired in some of the main areas but I hear she is getting a refit - not happy about lots of different restaurants - but cruise lines will learn by default that customers want to pay up front and have a dining option they can use without waiting etc... Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We chose the Celebrity Millennium for our first Alaska inside passage cruise because the dates and prices were very reasonable. Liking the finer things in life, we opted for the first class train from Anchorage to the port of Seward and it ... Read More
We chose the Celebrity Millennium for our first Alaska inside passage cruise because the dates and prices were very reasonable. Liking the finer things in life, we opted for the first class train from Anchorage to the port of Seward and it turned out to be the perfect choice. While checking in we were asked by the maitre'd of Olympic if we would like to try his restaurant that first night for a discount; we accepted and absolutely loved the space, the waiters, and the excellent food and wines. The Italian grandmother walls and decor are from the historic ship Olympic which was Titanic's sister ship. The next night we went to the main dining room and enjoyed terrific food but missed the Olympic's atmosphere so returned 3 more of the 5 remaining nights. The best night though was when our butler served dinner in our stateroom (the Royal Suite). Though our previous cruise experiences were luxury brand smaller ships we had not had more than 350 ft2 in the stateroom. The Royal Suite is about 750ft2 with a beautiful dining room for four. My dad was staying nearby in a Celebrity suite which was also nice but incomparable to the RS. He spent a lot of time in our room. The balcony of the RS was also roomy with two chaise lounges and an outdoor dining table but the "jacuzzi" is a joke: it's a jacuzzi bath tub barely big enough for one person and visually unappealing. The same is true for the penthouse suite's jacuzzi which we toured. The RS's jacuzzi bathtub (inside) is a much better option; that or the public jacuzzi on the pool deck. It was interesting to experience a big ship for the first time after being warned how impersonal they can be. I suppose in the main spaces that holds true but it also allows for a nice sized casino and clubs. The signing of bills after each drink or other purchase was a tad irritating having come from SilverSea and the like but drinks were free during happy hour in the captain's club. The captains club also came with invitations to smaller group tours (galley, bridge, etc.) and some drink inclusive parties. The only thing we paid extra for that I do NOT recommend is the "eat when you want" dining option. I forget the name of it but they've reserved the upper left side of the dining room for people who have paid the extra money but they still want you to decide in advance and tell them what time you would like to eat. Otherwise you walk up and take your chances that they'll have a table for you. I'd rather just do the later seating or better yet go to the Olympic. Surprisingly, the overall experience exceeded the smaller ship experience but only because of the Royal Suite, the friendliness of the staff in the Olympic, our butler and the excellent food experiences. There was maybe once or twice in the main breakfast / lunch buffet restaurant that I went "oh, this is what they mean"... when I carried my cafeteria tray and sat among a group from China. Our next cruise is booked on Seabourn's Sojourn which is also new for us but I wouldn't hesitate to return to Celebrity under the right conditions. Also I found the port stops less exciting than slowly cruising by all the beautiful scenery so one of the lessons learned from that cruise is to maximize time at sea and glaciers and minimize port stops; and did I mention the Royal Suite? Ya, that's also key. Enjoy. Read Less
Celebrity Millennium Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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