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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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I had been to Vancouver last year to visit my son- what a great place to start a cruise! Diverse city with loads of things to do and places to see! Granville Island, Stanley Park, Gastown to name a few. We ( a friend from school and me, ... Read More
I had been to Vancouver last year to visit my son- what a great place to start a cruise! Diverse city with loads of things to do and places to see! Granville Island, Stanley Park, Gastown to name a few. We ( a friend from school and me, both in our 60’s) were here for a few days before the cruise started and would love to have spent a few more. The embarkation ran smoothly, quickly and easily. Couldn’t have been better. Everyone involved was helpful and pleasant. The Millenium -All public areas and cabin were kept spotlessly clean and tidy although the fittings and fixtures are a bit tired. Refit due next year I believe. We were in aqua class so we had a balcony which, although we didn’t use often, was a great bonus. We had a few issues with the cabin: the aircon didn’t work, the shower drain was blocked on arrival so it had a musty smell, the water didn’t drain well in the shower so the second person in had to paddle and my friend’s bed had a torn sheet. Those were the negatives. However, most were dealt with really quickly( aircon, sheet, blocked drain) and efficiently. The shower drain remained a problem. To “make up” for this we were given an option to dine in one of the speciality restaurants for a night. . Qsine= confused and confusing- strange mix. Blue= great food, service at times dreadful! 40 mins to get breakfast? Improved as time passed. Sommelier brilliant, maitre de tried his best. Main restaurant very good with lots of choice although was surprised it closed at 1. I do realise they needed to start prep for dinner and give the staff some time off but with all the activities it was difficult sometimes to fit food in! The terrace cafe’s range of food was amazing and tasty although seating on sea days will always be a problem. I was a bit worried about the 8 days at sea but I needn't have worried....so much to do, people to meet, food to eat, lectures, shows, shopping and so much more! Entertainment mixed bag- some superb, some dreadful. The show by the celebrity cast was brilliant. The artists who performed around the ship were also excellent. Activities- art class, unexpected and enjoyable although too big a class to learn a lot. Lectures by Celia Garland on wildlife were absolutely brilliant! Get her back! What a joy to listen to her! Quizzes were fun! There were plenty of other things to choose from eg bridge, salsa, basket ball, ping pong or keep fit, massage etc Got to put a bit in here re shops. Beautiful merchandise, great prices but....please, please be aware of the amounts of duty free you are allowed to take back to your country before you are tempted to buy expensive items on board. Service with a smile sums this area up! Attentive without being overbearing. The guys in the cocktail bar were incredible! Captain Alex was good fun and informative. The folk who manned cafe al baccio were also great. In fact all the staff worked so hard but managed to keep a smile on their face...even at 6 in the morning! Ports were great with lots to do and see. Alaska was amazing. Sapporo had a food festival going on(in honour of samna, a local fish) market food stalls in abundance..what a choice! We didn’t need lunch that day as the stall holders were desperate for us to try their wares and we obliged...it would have been rude not to.We missed Shimizu due to typhoon Trami but we had an extra night in Tokyo. Since we had a trip booked to see Mt Fuji we exchanged this and visited Kamakura instead which proved to be amazing...we would never have seen the giant Buddha otherwise. Most of the excursions we booked(whale watching in Alaska(not to be missed!) were very well planned and executed. The Otaru trip was a huge disappointment! Ok, it was raining but the “ nature walk” round a park was overpriced and quite frankly boring! The best bits were tasting a locally grown apple and losing someone who had nipped into a shop. Honestly the worst celebrity excursion I’ve been on! We would have been better exploring the local port town! It sounded far more exciting! We ended in Tokyo and were lucky enough to stay a couple of extra days. The transfer to our hotel was dreadful. It took over two hours(others in a taxi took 20 mins), because we had to stop at a number of hotels. We rode up the same street 3 times. However Tokyo is an amazing city...not enough time. The people are exceptionally polite, most speak some English( for those of us who don’t speak Japanese) and all are very helpful! The toilets? Well, you’ve heard the stories. In the hotel we were in the seats were warmed and there were various buttons to press for various “treats”. There was also what we referred to as a panic button.....just in case you got overwhelmed with the choice available. We did come across a couple of old style ones on our travels which proved a source of much hilarity. I’m going to miss that heated seat in our cold Scottish winter! Shopping opportunities abound and food available to suit all tastes and pockets. Would I do it all again? Absolutely!!! In a minute!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We have Elite Status on Celebrity which says, we are fans! Our previous Celebrity Cruise was on the Millennium as well... Vancouver to Japan. We were on Concierge level which, to be honest, is not worth the extra. Friends were on ... Read More
We have Elite Status on Celebrity which says, we are fans! Our previous Celebrity Cruise was on the Millennium as well... Vancouver to Japan. We were on Concierge level which, to be honest, is not worth the extra. Friends were on Aqua and were raving about it, We had wanted to even see the Blu restaurant and even the Concierge couldn't arrange it. WE found a 'deal' on Aqua for this cruise so booked it. Loved the shower. Tried to get some good non-allergic pillows. The first one was like a brick. The 2nd was like a dishrag. I wrote a comment to the Accommodations Manager but received no comment back. The room attendant tried his best but to no avail. The food in Blu was good... but nothing outstanding... I sent back a rack of Lamb that was raw... and on another occasion a steak that was tough. My wife returned a chicken breast that was so tough she couldn't cut it. SECRET: you can order off the regular dining room menu... or virtually anything else ... so just ask. It was nice to have the same Cruise Director and the same Captain Club manager plus the amazing Tina as Musical Director. The best part of the cruise was a result of logging into Cruise Critic's Roll Call. Jon had arranged the rental of a 10-cabin Junk for Halong Bay. Ziggy had arranged a 2-day tour in Bangkok. Penny had arranged some other day tours in Vietnam. All we needed to do was send money! Check out the Roll Call on your next trip!!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Embarkation was smooth so was the re- embarkation because we did back to back. The ship is one of there older ships but the renovations are good. Our Cabin was fresh and always clean (we had an Ocean view room) and the housekeeping ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth so was the re- embarkation because we did back to back. The ship is one of there older ships but the renovations are good. Our Cabin was fresh and always clean (we had an Ocean view room) and the housekeeping service was great. We were partnered up with great and interesting dining companions .. the food was very good and service excellent all of the ports were great I especially liked Icy Straight Point which just opened to larger cruise ships this year! Alaska is always worth another visit and I would go on the Millennium again. We are not tour takers since they are so very expensive and in all ports we were able to walk around. One of the specialty restaurants was our favourite called QSINE (thats right no U) but the food was extraordinary and unlike anything you could get elsewhere on the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2015
We were in the so called "Aqua" class. Definitely NOT worth the extra money. Canapés in the room - ONLY if you are there and, an olive, and a very small piece of bread with some humus on it HARDLY qualifies. The room staff ... Read More
We were in the so called "Aqua" class. Definitely NOT worth the extra money. Canapés in the room - ONLY if you are there and, an olive, and a very small piece of bread with some humus on it HARDLY qualifies. The room staff were great, very attentive and helpful. And one of the bar tenders we met was also very helpful "Rocky" from India. The food, if you can call it that was awful. Usually overcooked, tough, and tasteless. Our experience with this cruise line was just plane terrible. WE boarded the boat at Noon our bags got to the room at 8:00 PM. Not a good start but a definite sign of things to come. One thing, the acupuncturist on this boat is overbearing and and really twists your arm for appointments. My spouse ended up with three appointments that he charged him for after he said he would "consider it". And when we told him that we wanted this taken care of nothing happened until we went down and spoke with customer service. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
No problem at all in getting on or off the ship at Singapore and Hong Kong (both fascinating places). However the cities of Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Danang and Hanoi are not readily accessible. You can pay up front the rather ... Read More
No problem at all in getting on or off the ship at Singapore and Hong Kong (both fascinating places). However the cities of Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Danang and Hanoi are not readily accessible. You can pay up front the rather steep charges by the cruise company for day-long excursions to these cities. Departures may start very early in the morning. Remember the ship has docked in an out-of-the way container port (not without interest, despite what the cruise brochure says). Or you get a group together and bargain for a private van or taxi. Keep in mind that the trip to the city will vary from one to three hours - a lot of time spent getting there and back - even if you do see interesting country-side - conical hats, rice transplanting, water buffaloes, markets stalls. Few ‘privateers’ will wish to take you on such a long trip. Beware of scammers, they may say they’ll take you for a low, agreed price but the English spoken is so poor you may get more charges than what you expect. Or be taken to places of their choosing, especially where the guide and driver direct you to a factory or display room where the pressure is on to get you to buy something. Guide AND driver - that’s two people whose lunch you might have to pay for and they will order everything plus alcohol and energy drinks even cigarettes (and you don’t comprehend a word!). So at the beginning it would be better to say,’let me off downtown (in the centre) and pick me up later’. Walk around - you have been given local information by the Cruise line - or take a bicycle/rickshaw. Pick your own time and location to eat. It is not risky on your own, but a united front of two or three, will be more alert for scammers. The guide/driver ( or both) will ask for a ‘big tip’ on top and want to take you to an AMT. Say no NO! NO! - (unless they have merited it).The cruise lines suggest you be NICE NICE - it doesn’t work. When you get into the big city, avoid staying in the touristy areas - you’ll be besieged with demanding, pesky, loud vendors of goods and services - the worst I’ve seen since Naples in 1961. Tourists are the proverbial fish (ducks?) in the barrel! Everything else - from food to cabin, from gym to crew on the cruise - was good to excellent. Interesting and varied entertainment is offered, but the performers often being American cannot get through their heads that this is an international cruise. Their audience is not from the U.S. so leave off please the constant references to toney neighbourhoods (a form of name-dropping) or to people from St Louis being dumb and other ‘in’ allusions known only to the blessed. And get the sun while you can, don’t just wait for the day ‘at sea’ - there aren’t that many of them and the weather cool and wet (pre-typhoon?), the sea rough. It was fun to see, as the ship listed, all the water run out of one side of the pool, taking bras, sandals and towels with it.. However with good stabilization technology at work, sea-sickness is nowadays a rare occurrence. Oh, the worst thing on the ship in terms of passenger comfort. You are constantly moving between hot, humid conditions outside and dry, c-c-c-cold air-conned salons, eateries and staterooms. Yes, you will use that blanket stored in the top cupboard because you may not get warm again. I tried to stoke up on echinacea beforehand. I brought the Smith Bros. with me. Cover up. Don’t touch anything - avoid elevator buttons, railings et al. Sanitize! I still got a cold and as the week progresses you spot the other sufferers. Teach your waiter (a good bartender will already know) how to make a cocktail for coughers - a shot of brandy, a few teaspoons of honey, slices of lemon, a wedge of pineapple skin on. Inhale - yes, deeply, it helps - for an hour then start sipping. This cost me, with ‘the additional tip’, almost ten bucks and I could easily use a few a day. Since the fruit was heavily impregnated with brandy, I extended the life of my elixir with the addition of hot water, honey, more lemon, and a little tea (all freely available at the coffee stand.) Inhalation is important. Sunshine and orange juice too! Happy Cruising! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
This is my 16th cruise but only my second with Celebrity. I am typically on NCL, often in their Haven level, as I love NCL's dining options. I was very happy with the Celebrity Millennium, as it was a great way to see exotic ports, ... Read More
This is my 16th cruise but only my second with Celebrity. I am typically on NCL, often in their Haven level, as I love NCL's dining options. I was very happy with the Celebrity Millennium, as it was a great way to see exotic ports, while being treated to great food and entertainment. The ship itself is still in good shape, and has been well maintained. It has a a wonderful solarium w/indoor thalassotherapy pool, two outdoor saltwater pools, six hot tubs and plenty of thick towels constantly available, as many as you'd like. All lounge chairs, chaises and sun beds were in working order; I liked the classic look and feel of the wooden chaises in the solarium. The Persian Spa, run by Canyon Ranch, was nice, although a little choppy in design. The gym was well equipped and clean. We were Aqua Class, stateroom #1108, and had a wonderful cabin steward, Ruffina, who was very prompt, helpful and instructive. We could not have had better service. Our stateroom was modern, and the bed was very comfortable. I enjoyed our bottles of champagne on arrival, though the daily afternoon crudités could use a little help: same tapas selections almost every day. NCL's 'Haven' rooms are much nicer as far as upcharge accommodations go, although Celebrity's Aqua level more than makes up for this with their incredible Blu Dining Room. For the dining alone, I highly recommend upgrading to the Aqua Class, especially on a relatively long voyage. Again, the Blu Dining Room, which is only available to Aqua class guests, consistently offered superb service and selection for both breakfast and dinner. I wish Blu was open for luncheon as well! We dined in the specialty dining room The Olympic twice (not worth th upcharge of $50pp), and, although a beautiful setting, were underwhelmed with the food. Q-sine, the other upcharge restaurant, was fun and funky, with unique presentation and a great waiter, Patrick. My advice is to wait until they offer 2-for-1 specialty restaurant promotions (offered on 3 nights of our 14-day cruise) before trying either of these restaurants. We only ate at the buffet if we had early shore excursion or late excursion returns. I loved the fresh fruit, ice creams and breads; skip the pizza and pasta. We had no trouble with tendering to our first 4 ports, although the wait time was sometimes frustrating. I chose this cruise for its stops at Komodo Island and Phuket. The entertainment was fabulous, with the only misses being the two daily history and culture lecturers. Boring and off-the-mark! The special-performance entertainers were all incredible and some of the best I've seen on any cruise line. The ship's own singers/dancers were terrific, very professional and well choreographed, though the female leads were far superior to the men. The lounge acts were great, though I was surprised that nothing took place in the central atrium. It would have been nice to hear musicians throughout that area as one walks through the ship. My only complaint on this wonderful 14-day adventure was the Internet service. I understand the shortfalls of satellite connections, but even in the Apple store and internet cafe, service was horrible. Totally frustrating and not worth the package prices. I had the unlimited package for $349/14 days, which is the only way to go, as service was so spotty that I had my devices running 24/7 in hopes of transmission. Overall, I was quite satisfied with the ship, crew, ports and amenities, but I highly recommend the Aqua Class upgrade, especially for its access to the Blu dining room. I'm looking forward to another Celebrity adventure in the future! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2014
We were so looking forward to our cruise in Alaska. Celebrity Cruises was marketed and billed as more sophisticated, great service and great food. This being our sixth cruise and the first on Celebrity, others were on Royal Caribean, we ... Read More
We were so looking forward to our cruise in Alaska. Celebrity Cruises was marketed and billed as more sophisticated, great service and great food. This being our sixth cruise and the first on Celebrity, others were on Royal Caribean, we were so looking forward to the experience, boy were we disappointed! There were 41 of us in a group and this being the first celebrity cruise for most of us in the group and we were all disappointed! The service was bad to mediocre, dining service was slow, disorganized, food was good for processed food, it certainly was not a culinary delight. It was also odd, that the ship did not offer any dinner options that included local food such as crab or salmon. The bar service for the most part was slow, with the exception of two bartenders, most of the bartenders had the personality of a wet dishrag, they wouldn't smile, interact in anyway, it was obvious that there was a lot of tension among the crew, especially the bar staff. As for the ship itself, its old and tired, I personally don't like smelling the sewage everyday in the halls, different parts of the ship, but we smelled it. Our bathroom didn't work for half day and it was obvious something was leaking in the hall outside our stateroom and the lenth of the hall. We noticed right away that there wasn't good energy onboard. Something was missing.... The bright side to the cruise were the entertainers on board along with the ship entertainers. They all did a fabulous job, the shows were wonderfully entertaining. For the money we spent to be in concierge level cabin, we did not have concierge level service at all and that this cruise experience was a total waste of money and not pleasant. I won't waste my money again on CElebrity.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We boarded in Hong Kong for a 14-day cruise to Singapore via Viet Nam and Thailand. This was our first time on Celebrity, although we had been on 12 other cruises on 8 other lines. We were pleased with the experience overall, but have some ... Read More
We boarded in Hong Kong for a 14-day cruise to Singapore via Viet Nam and Thailand. This was our first time on Celebrity, although we had been on 12 other cruises on 8 other lines. We were pleased with the experience overall, but have some suggestions for improvement. The Ship: The Millenium is aging and shows it. Most of the indoor areas are in good condition, although the interior design is dated. The deck areas, however, are in need of maintenance. Much of the ship seems designed to maximize on-board charge revenue. There had been an outbreak of intestinal virus prior to our boarding, so the crew were constantly busy disinfecting. At times this was disconcerting, but the precautions were welcome. Indeed, the ship reported that some passengers on our cruise got sick. Fellow Passengers: A very international set with native English speakers making up only about 60% Lots of people from Asia and South America. Mostly adults, although quite a few younger than retirement age. About 5% under age 20, very few families. Stateroom: We were very lucky to stay in a Royal Suite, and I would be quite spoiled to find fault. We were very happy there, especially with the extraordinary service provided by our butler. Service: Perfunctory, adequate, at times a bit friendly. Comparable to other mass market lines. Food and Beverage: Main dining room was always at least adequate, with some great successes. Comparable to other mass market lines. We had dinner in Blu 3 times and were very happy with the bistro-quality food there. The Olympic provided steakhouse quality food on par with premium restaurants on other lines. Qsine was a bit bizarre with an Ipad menu gimmick. We thought we were ordering from the pads, but in reality a server took our order verbally, and then brought out way too much food. This was not clearly explained. The Oceanview buffet was a bit of a free-for-all with too much pushing and shoving, with food of a very mediocre quality. Celebrity charges for beverages and pushes beverage packages, which seemed a good buy only if you drink a lot, or if your travel agent gets you a discount on the package. Fitness Center: Terrific. Lots of equipment and machines. While it is intensely used, the large scale made it very easy to access the equipment I needed. I was very happy with this feature. Entertainment: Very cruise ship. We saw 2 shows in the impressive big theater, and both were entertaining, although neither had any edge. The band and singer who performed in the clubs were very, very good. Other performers were forgettable. Enrichment: Poor quality. One lecturer and an improv class. That's all, other than the usual previews of excursions. An appalling art auction with many pieces of questionable value. Excursions: We took 3, all adequate. There were problems with the English language skills of two of the guides, and I think a fact check for one of them would have turned up lots of made-up data. Still we had a very quick review of some exotic places, giving us a taste for whether we might return. The smartest thing we did was splurge on the 3-day overnight excursion to Siem Reap in Cambodia to see Angkor Wat. As extraordinary experience. Who Are We: Two retired gents in our 60s with extensive world travel under our belts. Generally we prefer land-based travel and the chance to get to know a place in depth. We love ships, traveling on the sea, and prefer crossings with at-sea days to port-intensive cruises. We have taken 13 cruises on 9 different lines with no loyalty to any line in particular. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2013
Background Information After a number of Caribbean and Mexican Riviera cruises plus a Med, Baltic and S. America it was time for something different. And the Panama transit has been a dream for years. The timing was right and Pre-Cruise: ... Read More
Background Information After a number of Caribbean and Mexican Riviera cruises plus a Med, Baltic and S. America it was time for something different. And the Panama transit has been a dream for years. The timing was right and Pre-Cruise: Hotel / Travel to Pier I stayed at the Royal Palm Resort in Fort Lauderdale for the two nights prior to the cruise. For the two-night pre-cruise say I found no reason to go anywhere. Nice size room, meal service outside the door by the pool and attentive service. Would definitely go back there again. (Note: the resort caters primarily to the gay traveler.) Embarkation Embarkation was the fastest I've experienced thanks, in part, to there being no line for Select Captains Club members. Within 10-12 minutes I was climbing the ramp and boarding "Millie" and enjoying my welcome glass of champagne. The only downside was the staterooms weren't quite ready (understandable since it was only 12:15pm. As promised, by 1:30pm the staterooms were ready and I was able to drop off my carryon bag. Stateroom We had originally booked stateroom 7180 (Category 2A) because it looked like it had a slightly larger balcony than other cabins in that category. This held true - the balcony was almost twice as deep. A nice overhang from the deck above provided shelter from the rainy days. The only downside: you looked directly down on the extended balcony of the suites on deck 6. Not really a big deal. Otherwise, this was a standard Cat 2A room. But, some "details” had been overlooked when the Millennium underwent her refurbishment. The hinges on the closet doors were loose and so the doors never did close properly. It was obvious one hinge had been replaced at some point (the old one lay on the closet floor). The paint job on the balcony was not in great shape with rust showing in several spots (this was later corrected when the balconies on deck 7 starboard were re-painted during our stop in Costa Rica). Ship Layout / Information The Millennium has been around for over ten years and recently went through a "Solsticeization" with upgrades to most staterooms, many public areas, and the addition of new dining venues. In general she looked very pretty. The pool area had been redone adding nice all weather, faux wicker, lounge furniture with deep cushions. Added cabins on Deck 11 cut the jogging track so it no longer circled the ship. Deck 12 aft was really almost wasted space " wide open but with no deck chairs. The Cosmos has been redone, closing off the port side entrance to allow room for a kid zone. The bar size was reduced so it took up less space (a nice touch) allowing for additional seating and a larger dance floor. The color scheme was also changed to warm blues. The added Wine Masters and Bistro on Deck 5 replaced the former Martini Bar with that being moved to a space on Deck 4 overlooking the atrium. Dining  Metropoliten (Main Restaurant) The main restaurant served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I never tried their lunch but did one breakfast there (the eggs Benedict were good but not spectacular) and enjoyed most evening meals there. Food was generally very good, served by attentive waiters and, for my regular table, an excellent sommelier. The group I traveled with was seated at three tables with each having the same wait staff but different sommeliers (the one for table 112 was, frankly, rather slow and, at times, totally ignored those who only wanted a glass of wine rather than a bottle). The sommelier for table 115 learned very quickly I always had a glass of wine with my dinner and always asked what I preferred for the meal. My favorite meal was the lamb shank the meat literally fell off the shank and was very tender and flavorful. Another very good entre was the prime rib done perfectly, juicy and tender. I was disappointed on two occasions when I ordered steak (once from the "every night” menu, once from the special menu) both times the steak was done as I asked but tasted rather tough and chewy. Two favorite deserts included the chocolate volcano cake (sinfully rich and tasty) and the always-available crème Brule. Another favorite was a very good NY cheesecake. All of the deserts I had were very good. Dining - Olympic I had the opportunity to eat here twice. Service in this specialty restaurant is at a very high level with a very attentive headwaiter and various assistants. Food service verges on performance art and the presentation of dishes is very attractive. ON both occasions, for starters, I had the lobster bisque served in a small pot, which was poured into the waiting bowl. The first night I had the Beef Wellington and it was superb cooked perfectly and very tender. For desert I had a lemon soufflé, also very delicious. The second time for my entre I had veal medallions cooked medium. They were very tender and, with the accompanying sauce, quite yummy. Desert on this occasion was the chocolate soufflé warm and delicious. On both nights we also had a cheese selection served between the entre and the desert. The Olympic offered a wide selection of cheeses from around the world. Unfortunately, trying to many would easily fill me up so I just sampled a couple (the Brie is excellent!). There’s a premium upcharge of $45 for this restaurant a bit pricey but in my opinion, worth it at least once. Dining Qsine Late in the trip I dined with my group at Qsine a new venue introduced on the Solstice class ships and added to the Millennium. The gimmick is the iPad-based menu but don’t let that throw you the food (both presentation and quality) is very good. A word of caution be careful how much you order, you’ll fill up fast. In our group of nine, we decided to order eleven tapas style "entrées” but only managed to actually get through 9. The food is served and designed to share and it went a long way very quickly. It was all very delicious and the presentation was both beautiful and practical. Again, there is an upcharge of $45 per person to dine here and it’s worth it. Dining Oceans Café / Grill This is the "buffet” on deck 10 and boasts a wide variety of breakfast and lunch offerings (I was never up there for dinner so cannot comment on that). Most days started here with breakfast with major choices made between made-to-order omelets or eggs benedict and pancakes, waffles, and/or French toast. Any of these choices were always good and prepared very well. Occasionally, if there were long lines for the omelets or the eggs benedict I opted for the pre-made scrambled eggs (passable) or just fruit and pastry. Lunch offerings ran the gamut from Asian to American to pasta to hamburgers and hot dogs (made on the grill by the pool) with wide selections of fruit and salads and tasty deserts. Most often I opted for either a burger or the hot dog (both excellent) along with crispy French fries (not exactly healthy, but very good). There was also a gourmet sandwich setup that I only used once (for a very good standard ham & Swiss cheese sandwich). At 4pm small tea sandwiches appeared in a variety of fillings, each only a bite or two. These made a great late afternoon snack or, a mini lunch if just returning from a shore excursion. The only down side was that the space was often crowded with people wandering rather aimlessly searching for what they wanted and not paying much attention to where they were going. Bars / Lounges When booking my cruise I took advantage of a Celebrity promotion offering a free Classic Beverage package, which, once I boarded, I upgraded to a Premium package (a cost of $10 per day). It was worth it for me given I really didn’t have to think about any beverage I was ordering whether cocktail, beer, wine, juice, special coffee or bottled water. It also allowed me to sample a variety of wines and beverages I might not have otherwise tried. My favorite bar was the Martini Bar and Crush located on Deck 4 above the atrium. This is a new/upgraded bar with a chilled counter giving a nice frosted surface. Seating is somewhat limited making the space feel crowded most evenings prior to dinner times. Bartenders are often somewhat preoccupied with "showmanship" and it can take a while to get served. While entertaining, I'd wish there were either additional bartenders or there be less time devoted to acrobatics and more to ensuring customers were served promptly. The martinis they made were good. The Cosmo club, forward on deck 11, is completely redone in pale blue tones. The bar, once a large round affair taking up much of the space, has been reduced in size allowing for more seating in the sizable venue. The Cosmo Club serves as a dance and entertainment venue in the evening. While sometimes noisy at night (depending on the entertainment that evening) it was a nice venue for a post dinner nightcap. The Cellar Masters on Deck 5 is new on Millennium taking up some of the space formerly occupied by the Martini bar (the remainder of the space is taken by the restaurant Bistro on Five. Cellar Masters has an extensive wine list and, with the beverage package, I was able to sample a variety of different wines. Not included in the beverage package were wines within a self-serve wine dispenser. The downside to the Cellar Masters bar is that it is laid out as a "pass through" space. Heavy traffic, especially at meal times, detracts from an intimate experience. Still, I enjoyed a pre-cocktail glass of wine here most evenings. Michael's Club on deck 4 is a carryover from the old Millennium but redone as a specialty beer pub. Even with a very pleasant atmosphere, I used this space rarely as it was used most evenings for either football or baseball games. Rendezvous Lounge on deck 4 provided nice entertainment many evenings and a pair of excellent bartenders who made superb martinis and cosmos. Other bars I sampled (mostly to get a midday beer) included the Pool and Sunset bars on deck 10 and the Mast Bar on deck 11. Both are outdoor bars nicely situated around the pool areas. Activities While shipboard activities were pretty varied, I didn’t partack of many. On the eight sea days I spent most of my time reading poolside or relaxing in the Solarium. Service Cabin/Bars Overall, the service in all venues was excellent. Only minor exceptions were with the Sommelier for one table who was quite slow and sometimes simply ignored the fact I wanted a glass of wine. The only other borderline service was at the Martini bar where "showmanship” seemed to often take precedence over getting people their drinks. Entertainment Saw the first production show and enjoyed that very much. Otherwise, I didn’t see any of the shows as the timing just wasn’t right for my pre-dinner plans of meeting folks for a cocktail before dinner. One group I enjoyed immensely was the Beacon Street trio a very talented group (violin, viola, and cello) who played alternate evenings in the Cellar Masters bar or the Café al Bacio. I always enjoyed catching their sets especially with an afternoon glass of wine. Disembarkation I opted for the "Express” departure, which meant I had to move my luggage (one suitcase, a carry on roller bag, and a shoulder bag) myself. Not a big deal and we did get off the ship a bit sooner than others. Disembarkation always seems chaotic but it really was pretty efficient  including a very quick pass through customs and short wait for a cab. Summary I’ve always liked the Millennium class ships and have now been on all of them. "Millie” was pretty and very comfortable. There was plenty to do (or not if you wanted to just veg out). The food was very good, service impeccable and the experience as a whole very pleasant. I’d actually seriously consider doing this one again sometime. Additional Port Reviews (could not choose in Port Selections) Puntarenas, Costa Rica (Arial Tram Adventure) The shore excursion choice here was difficult. I ended up with the Arial Tram ride, which was good but not exactly what I expected. In hindsight (always 20/20) I should have done one of the river trips. It should have been apparent that given it was midday, there would not be much wildlife. We did not see anything except a Macaw and some crocodiles on the bus ride to the conservation camp. There was included a short walk through a beautiful botanical garden with most flowers in full bloom. Puerto Quetzal, Guatamala (Port Selection not an option) 4 stars for port Originally I’d planned on the self-guided tour of Antigua but, at the last minute, cancelled that excursion and joined our group on a private tour that included Antigua plus a Macadamia nut farm for $10 less than the ship was charging. The tour was very good and our guide was superb with excellent English and an in depth knowledge of the area. If you’re going to see Antigua, I’d suggest hiring one of the guide companies located just inside the port terminal. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Todos Los Santos excursion) 3 stars This was an excursion to a village near Cabo that I hadn’t seen before so figured why not. Well, now I’ve seen it and won’t try to go back. The 90-minute drive there (75 minutes back) was pretty but there really wasn’t that much in the village except for a mission church and the Hotel California where we had a fair lunch. Not really recommended unless you really want to spend nearly 3 hours on a bus.   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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