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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
CABIN (see below) DINING The Metropolitan Dining Room looked gorgeous, and for the most part, the food matched its elegance to such an extent that we didn't have to contemplate paying extra for specialty dining. Still, when I saw ... Read More
CABIN (see below) DINING The Metropolitan Dining Room looked gorgeous, and for the most part, the food matched its elegance to such an extent that we didn't have to contemplate paying extra for specialty dining. Still, when I saw the menu the first night, I felt it was not as high-brow as I had hoped. Thankfully, the impression improved, but when they had something really decent, they put EVERYTHING I was looking forward to into that one evening (lobster tail, rack of lamb, beef Wellington). There were other blemishes: not knowing what "English cut" was for the prime rib, for example, the Béarnaise not having any tarragon in it, subbing sea bream for the advertised cod without first telling diners (only owning up to it when challenged, and thereby looking like they were passing off one fish for another), and the soup course being weak almost all around, hot or cold... For the most part, though, the food was fresh and tasty, and the service at most seatings, exquisite. It was a marvel that they kept so much food going around so hot, and that one night when a Grand Marnier soufflé was offered for dessert took the cake, so to speak. I was also amazed and thankful that our wine steward Jelena remembered my name on the second night, and even more thankful that she gave us (and everyone else?) a 20% discount off all bottled wines, making the choosing of any of the packages quite unnecessary. The mark-up was your usual restaurant-type (before the discount kicked in) - I would not recommend lugging your own and paying the $25 corkage unless you're talking about 3-figure fine wines. The buffet at the Oceanview café, too, was impressive - LOTS of variety, fresh, and most of it well-prepared (those Indian dishes!!!), intruded upon occasionally by a lack of authenticity that ranged from frustrating (cannoli not made with mascarpone, and tiramisu with no actual lady fingers in it) to ROTFL ridiculous (at the "Indian Favorites" carving station, they featured - you guessed it - roast BEEF!) But there's a dire dearth in seating to handle a ship of this size, a situation not helped by inconsiderate fellow cruisers (a couple sitting opposite each other in a square table for four...) ENRICHMENT / ENTERTAINMENT Listening to Dr. Gary Kramer talk about everything from whales to stars, as well as hold court in a wide-ranging QnA, was a pleasure - dude and wife are accomplished dancers too! Most of the entertainment was good - musical guests included an accomplished Chinese pianist/composer Jiang Tian and various great singers; the revue had its moments, with a fine young female singer leading the way, but the first show was confusing, and just average when it came to singing/dancing (the final night was a little better). EXCURSIONS & PORTS OF CALL Ship excursions were by and large pricey and not worth the money. Just by way of an example, the excursion to Beijing from the ship at the port in Tianjin comprises a bus ride there and back (3 hours each way): cost, $119 for this "self-guided tour" per person. With a little bit of planning, a couple can take a taxi to the Binhai train station ($12 each way) and take the high speed train right into Beijing ($10 per person each way), saving not only a boatload of money ($65 vs. $258) but trimming 2 hours of travel time. We loved all 3 places in South Korea - heck, all the ports of call, but felt we could easily have spent more time on land than cruising in the ocean at a slow speed. MISCELLANEOUS As mentioned, the Celebrity Millenium experience exceeded my expectations, as did "staying cooped up for 14 nights" - cuz we didn't, as we went ashore to explore at every port, and it was a great adventure. Some touches of "luxury" are appreciated (most waiters helping you place the napkin in your lap), while others are unnecessary (cloths to dry your hands in every public bathroom - in addition to paper towels). The gym is just too small for a ship this size: can't quite picture what would happen when it's not an older crowd like ours. The damn TVs did not work 95% of the time on 90% of the channels. The Solarium is beautiful, but the water in the hot tub is way not hot enough, and the number of hot tubs, inadequate. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Christmas and New Years Cruise in Asia. My son and I went on this 14 day Cruise, we loved the food and the staff 95% were incredible. Unfortunately our cabin Steward was not one of them her cleaning especially the Bathroom being very ... Read More
Christmas and New Years Cruise in Asia. My son and I went on this 14 day Cruise, we loved the food and the staff 95% were incredible. Unfortunately our cabin Steward was not one of them her cleaning especially the Bathroom being very inadequate. The entertainment was very average and there was a distinct lack of things to do on Sea Days. The production shows especially Broadway were quite good just not the impersonators and hypnotist. The Martini Bar was the place to be with the boys making wonderful cocktails and entertaining us with there show of tossing the bottles and containers. Overall the staff and service well made up for any shortcomings and we had a great time, cant wait to get back on her in May after the renovations. Anyone onboard look out for a sommelier Jelena she was wonderful, and Gaynor & Kadak in the MDR anytime dining and delphante in the Rendezvous all fantastic. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This 14/15 day cruise visited only 4 ports [excluding the embarkation/debarkation ports], and all of these ports were a long way from the "nearby city"-- about 4-6 hours (rt) by bus. The only stop with an enjoyable town/city was ... Read More
This 14/15 day cruise visited only 4 ports [excluding the embarkation/debarkation ports], and all of these ports were a long way from the "nearby city"-- about 4-6 hours (rt) by bus. The only stop with an enjoyable town/city was Ha Long Bay--- which is/was fabulous! Why they did not also stop in Hainan, China (as other more caring cruise ships do) is completely beyond me!! While the ship is not overly large {great from my point of view}, it offers most of the things and services which other ships offer (I have taken more than 14 cruises]. What I found to be a "negative" are the constant charges one encounters-- and, at prices which are atrocious-- e.g. internet charges of $40+ per day, for very slow internet speeds. "Special meals" (which did not seems very "special" to me or any other "foodie") were expensive [$40+ per person and an 18% gratuity]. The cost of shore excursions were very high-- at least 300% more than using "local services"--- and they do not pay the service providers more! Also, all excursions stop at places where "things" can be bought--- and "kick backs" are provided- and paid for by the traveller! The service provided by the room attendants and waiters at the dining room was excellent-- as extra service was always done with a pleasant "can do attitude"!! The solarium was another gem... unused by the majority of passengers. I particularly liked the wave pool and the emphasis on "Thalassotherapy" [healing powers of various salts]. The entertainment offerings were "spotty"--- some excellent--- others not, while well attended and interesting lecture series were cut short/terminated without any warning!! The ship's captain was an excellent communicator and made his most welcome presence felt! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Starting with , what we felt was a scam.... 1. Having checked and double checked we did not require visas for a port call in Shanghai China 17/11/18. ( Clear reports from travel correspondents, government info and the cruise company ... Read More
Starting with , what we felt was a scam.... 1. Having checked and double checked we did not require visas for a port call in Shanghai China 17/11/18. ( Clear reports from travel correspondents, government info and the cruise company itself stated we did not need visas for a tourist entry for the one day port call ) When we got close to the visit day we were informed , we needed a visa or had to be booked with a Chinese government agreed official tour company or yes you guessed it a Celebrity X cruise excursion, which are very expensive but we had no option as we wanted to see the country / city. 2. We do not like automatic gratuities as being from the UK we believe employees should get a decent wage and gratuities are only for excellent service, attitudes and behaviours. When on the ship we ensured automatic gratuities were stopped , this resulted in feeling a negative response from the desk clerk who written in bold print on a form Declined Gratuities. The ship then put out examples of high levels of tipping we should pay making us feel guilty. We did tip Staff that had looked after us and had the right work ethics, behaviours and personalities. 3. Food was OK but the restaurants were very busy and noisy but some of the staff were very good especially the night my wife celebrated her birthday. 4. The ship was very tired and dirty in some areas although in general to be expected for its age. The ship is due a full refit in February 2019. 5. We all agreed the evening entertainment was excellent with only two poor acts during the two weeks on board. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We took this cruise from Shanghai to Tokyo on Oct, 2018. The cruise started out on a bad note. On the check in at the Shanghai port, passengers were made to wait in line out in the sun, with only a couple of portable toilets. This may ... Read More
We took this cruise from Shanghai to Tokyo on Oct, 2018. The cruise started out on a bad note. On the check in at the Shanghai port, passengers were made to wait in line out in the sun, with only a couple of portable toilets. This may be the fault of the Shanghai port or the Chinese immigration, but we certainly started off with a bad taste. The bad vibe continued once we were on the ship. On the safety drill we were told to go to the wrong gathering spot. This lack of or wrong information continued several times on board. The ship itself was old (this ship was going to be retrofitted soon). There was no self-operated laundry on board. On a 14 day cruise this is unacceptable. The worse part of this cruise was the food quality. It was just average, or sometimes below average. After about 10 days (with 3 days at sea), this became quite noticeable. Finally, when we disembarked at Yokohama, there was not enough taxis available. We waited at the taxi line for close to an hour, and finally gave up and walked to the subway station. A long line was still waiting when we left. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was a wonderful cruise and the perfect way for a coeliac to travel safely around Japan. The cruise was interrupted by two typhoons and the departure was delayed by a day and some ports were cancelled and replaced with new ports ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise and the perfect way for a coeliac to travel safely around Japan. The cruise was interrupted by two typhoons and the departure was delayed by a day and some ports were cancelled and replaced with new ports visited. Celebrity refunded the first day of the cruise and alcohol package and paid for the extra nights accomadation in Yokohama due to the delay. The cruise began in Yokohama and it is a very pretty port and loads to do and see if arriving the day before the cruise. The Millennium was built in 2000 and compared to the Soltice you can see where celebrity has developed their fleet over the years. The reason for the 4 star is simply that the bar outside the Ocean View restaurant simply wasn’t big enough compared to the Soltice and the walking track on the 11 floor wasn’t as pleasant as the Soltice but these are minor issues. We had a wonderful time on the ship and enjoyed every minute. It was a very busy cruise with only three sea days and every other day we were in port. The highlights for me was Kobe with a day trip to Kyoto via bullet train then the golden pagoda. Nagasaki was a delightful small port and very easy to navigate as a solo visitor. Shimizu was also well worth the shore excursion, sadly didn’t see Mount Fuji due to cloud cover. Two stand out performances were the Japenese Drummers and Geisha performance. I was very appreciative that Celebrity offered these performances. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was my first cruise with Celebrity however I have traveled several times on other lines. I was expecting something else as i was told if I like the previous cruise i was on this was the next level - well i was greatly disappointed. ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Celebrity however I have traveled several times on other lines. I was expecting something else as i was told if I like the previous cruise i was on this was the next level - well i was greatly disappointed. The staff - sure there was about 4-5 that i would say went above and beyond - the rest couldn't give a dam, in fact in one bar when my choice of drink ran out (on the first day) after requesting they get another bottle as there was more than enough in other bars - was told maybe i should drink in the other bar!!! The food in the dinning room was average to say the least and the servings sparse, we actually had to ask for a plate of vegetables on the side to get a "complete" meal. Don't ask for wine with your meal as by the time you have eaten maybe - just maybe it would turn up. The continuous gouging for money was sickening, i purchased a drink package that i thought would pretty much cover me but in fact it was very very basic. The whole first 2 days all the staff wanted to do was upgrade me (for $14 a day) to the better package. I will point out the price i paid was just slightly more than the drink package i had on the Princess line of which pretty much the whole bar was available to now not even being able to order a Martini on the Millennium without out paying additional. The room steward must of existed as our room was made everyday but god knows who he was, past experiences they did nothing but fall all over you to ensure a nice tip at the end of the cruise. Look it was ok, but if you want great service, a touch of decadence and to feel like they actually want to look after you i would suggest you look at other lines, i certainly wont be in a hurry to travel with them again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I went with Celebrity to Alaska before with my mom, about a decade ago. It was great. I decided to go back with my mother-in-law, and it's not great. Some elements of the cruise are just wonderful. But there is SO MUCH wrong ... Read More
I went with Celebrity to Alaska before with my mom, about a decade ago. It was great. I decided to go back with my mother-in-law, and it's not great. Some elements of the cruise are just wonderful. But there is SO MUCH wrong that I really can't give it a better review. The wonderful: Some of the staff. The problem is that it's only SOME of the staff. On multiple occasions, I had a problem, would take it to a staff member, would be told that it would be handled, and then it wouldn't be. In general, the people who are working for tips and little else (waiter, room service, like that) are good to very good. Everyone else is doing an absolute minimum. Their goal is to get you to go away believing (generally incorrectly) that your problem is solved. Alaska, of course, is beyond gorgeous. The bad: Most of the staff. The food is mediocre at best. In the dining room, it's pretty good. But in the cafe, which is where you will be eating most of your meals, not so much. I have a daughter going to Carleton and she says the food is totally on a par with the dorm food there. My son went to Wesleyan and said the cafeteria food at Wesleyan was better than the food on the ship. There is a jogging track, which is good. Unfortunately, they allow guests to smoke on it, which is not so good. They do have a smoking policy that precludes smoking cigars or pipes on the jogging track, but they do not enforce it even if you ask. The online checkin procedure was beyond awful. I eventually simply gave up and asked my travel agent to do it. (My travel agent is good, so he did. Thanks, David!) The extent to which Celebrity nickel and dimes you at every opportunity is amazing. There's a bottle of water in your room, but they'll charge you $5 to drink it. (They don't advertise the charge.) There is a laundry bag in your room. You can participate in the "laundry bag challenge" and put as much laundry in it as you can, and they'll wash it all for you. For $50!! Probably cheaper to just buy new clothes. We booked all of our expeditions directly with the expedition operators, saving hundreds. The cabin is in horrible need of a refit. There were a total of three outlets available, which makes simply no sense in today's connected society. Some of the overhead fixtures were cracked. They've clearly been trying hard to keep things in good shape, but it's simply been too long. The cabins all need to be redone. The "Celebrity XCelerate" internet is a joke. Pings in excess of 500ms. Bandwidth down varies between 1Mbs and 8MBs. Up is about 250Kbs. If this is the super fast version, I dread to think about what the slow version was like. And it's REALLY expensive. Do yourself a favor and don't order it for multiple devices; it's easy to share between multiple devices. We had a decent cell signal about half the time. The shows were good to very good for a cruise ship. Much better than community theater, much worse than you'd find in (say) Vegas or Portland. And obviously not even in the same class as you'd get in NYC, LA or London. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My son chose this cruise for me and two grandchildren because of his schedule; otherwise would have chosen Disney or Princess, more kid-oriented. Very good food with lots of choices, either buffet, which kids usually preferred, or waiter ... Read More
My son chose this cruise for me and two grandchildren because of his schedule; otherwise would have chosen Disney or Princess, more kid-oriented. Very good food with lots of choices, either buffet, which kids usually preferred, or waiter service, food excellent but long wait time, however next to ocean view window. Nice swimming pools kids liked and outdoor film showing, hot tubs not hot enough by our Asian standards. Enjoyable Broadway-quality performances, and chamber music and well as loud pop music. Very lucky week of warm California-like weather. However, I think the notification system for activities could be much better than just the daily newsletter, which was hard to read and cluttered with diamond ads. How about some modern technology, i.e. screens near the elevators? Also some videos and maps of where we are going, the geology, and why? Finally found a map and one screen, several days in, but missed most activities. Nature program by very knowledgeable Mickey was good, but too short, not enough pictures, and only presented once a day about half an hour -- overall, hardly any information or education about Alaska, its animals and people, its geography, which is supposed to be the main point of the tour. By contrast, I got very irritated with the continual pushing of diamonds both on ship and at tourist stops -- a large portion of a deck occupied with shops for luxury items, esp. diamonds. Large casino area. But no place on ship to buy needed toiletries, like Listerine, sanitary pads, hair ties, toothbrush -- and overpriced and rare at tourist ports, too. Painful lack. Millenium prices for shore activities also seemed inflated, like $100-$300 a pop, but I couldn't compare with local prices. Gotta expect spending another $1000 a person for the shore activities, which I would have thought would be included or not inflated. Note also, the fresh crab at eateries on land was much better than the crab dinner offered on the cruise for $35, but lines were long and prices even higher. The tours of the inner workings of the cruise ship were very interesting, to my surprise; too bad additional charge. Kids liked meeting the captain. Excellent report by the environmental engineer, how water for the ship all comes from the ocean water filtered, distilled, and/or reverse osmosis (tastes better than the Evian water in plastic bottles). And waste carefully managed and discharged, if at all, in controlled way biological only and shredded into the ocean. Passenger max of 2200, to staff of over 900. Greatest number in food service. It would be handy if not everything on board except food required additional payment, e.g. even charge for drinking water bottles -- kids had a meltdown when the arcade machine was out of order and would not change cash into play tokens. It was fixed by evening, but not before much grief. Impossible to deprive modern kids of their electronic fix! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We travelled with 3 seniors in their 70s, my 46 year old daughter and her 14 and 12 year old kids. We had an outstanding experience. The staff was very helpful and always had a smile . Our cabin steward Cliff was a genie. We rarely saw him ... Read More
We travelled with 3 seniors in their 70s, my 46 year old daughter and her 14 and 12 year old kids. We had an outstanding experience. The staff was very helpful and always had a smile . Our cabin steward Cliff was a genie. We rarely saw him but even if we left our cabin for a few minutes, we returned to find things tidied up and our bedspread perfectly smoothed. We went to the entertainment 5 nights and each show we saw was well worth a $50.00 ticket. (though of course we didn't have to pay). We ate breakfast and or lunch in the Oceanside grill and found the food good with lots of variety. At peak times it was a little dicey finding a table. We ate dinner in the Metropolitan Restaurant which was an exceptional 4 star experience. We had the same table every night next to a window. Our waiter Arun from India was very attentive and helpful as was his assistant Nelson. There was an excellent variety and very well prepared appetizers, entrees and desserts. I really miss the wonderful food and their attentive service. We saved a little money by getting an inside cabin which worked fine for sleeping, showering and storing our purchases. There was plenty of chairs and lounging areas to sit out on various decks and watch the beautiful scenery. It was great that there was plenty for the teenagers to do. They particularly enjoyed the pool, hot tubs, playing ping pong and the disco. I went to the "silent disco" with them which was a unique experience that I enjoyed. We took 3 of the excursions (the Skagway train, the whale watching trip and misty fiords) which weren't misty because it was 75 out. I've been on other cruises and my only concern going in was the size of the ship. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't seem crowded and was very comfortable. Celebrity staff were all very helpful and I'm looking forward to using Celebrity to see the Caribbean. Read Less
Celebrity Millennium Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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