1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Celebrity Cruises
  4. Celebrity Cruises Cruise Reviews
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We tend to prefer longer cruises with sea days. Celebrity almost always has excellent speakers and this cruise was no exception. We tried to catch all the talks. This is our second cruise in Aqua. The ammenities make the trip so much ... Read More
We tend to prefer longer cruises with sea days. Celebrity almost always has excellent speakers and this cruise was no exception. We tried to catch all the talks. This is our second cruise in Aqua. The ammenities make the trip so much more enjoyable so thats what we look for now. Our cabin, an A1 was a long way from the spa and because of the weather we didn't use it. The room was very well done and the bed was very comfortable. By the time we finished breakfast our room was usually finished. Very clean.did n The buffett was usually crowded but never so much that we couldn't find a place to sit. I noticed, and reported, when a guest came back and dumped his leftover food back into the container. After that I only ate what was served. No more self serve. I feel that they should have someone at all the stations. I have no desire to eat a strangers leftovers. The lounge music venues were very nice. The service in Blu as always was excellent. Daniell and Jet, our waiters, Yudie(sp) the Maitre d' and the wonderful hostess were were so friendly and professional. Overall the shows we great with one notable exception. The music was so loud it overpowered the singers and the guest piano player. It was also.was damaging to our ears. Some of the performances we had to leave because of the music. I don't know why the music director thinks that louder is better. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose the transpacific cruise because of the ports and Celebrity Solstice because of reviews and recommendations. Very pleased we went Aqua class as the food and service in Blu restaurant was outstanding, especially for anyone with ... Read More
We chose the transpacific cruise because of the ports and Celebrity Solstice because of reviews and recommendations. Very pleased we went Aqua class as the food and service in Blu restaurant was outstanding, especially for anyone with special dietary requirements. By comparison, the main dining room was mediocre, but the buffet was better than expected. The Spa cafe was also good for light breakfast and lunch options but the burgers at the Mast Grill were disappointing. Al Bacio Cafe is very popular for specialty coffee and tea but expensive unless you have a drinks package. The daily treats there are provided free and some are very good. The gym is modern and spacious and evening entertainment was very good, especially the Lighthouse Duo and Gilly and the Girl. Some of the special artists were also great but there was a lack of variety of activities during the day and the cruise catered more to an older crowd with two sets of five consecutive sea days with mostly passive activities on offer. Although there were a small number of families on board this cruise which spanned the school holidays, and there is a kids club, the ship does not really cater to children or a younger crowd. It is quite accessible for people with mobility issues but there were often long delays for the lifts especially when disembarking. There were only 6 ports of call on this 19 night cruise so it was disappointing for a cruise called Tahitian Treasures that we visited two of the three ports in Tahiti over Easter where many places were closed due to the holidays. Shore excursions can be prebooked through the cruise line or independently online for convenience but are usually much cheaper and quite easy to book when you arrive in a port if you have done some research beforehand. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We had traveled on this ship last year in Alaska in a small suite. We felt like we were treated like royalty. This trip was a transpacific with many days at sea,so we took a Royal Suite. The room was very comfortable and the butler and ... Read More
We had traveled on this ship last year in Alaska in a small suite. We felt like we were treated like royalty. This trip was a transpacific with many days at sea,so we took a Royal Suite. The room was very comfortable and the butler and concierge were outstanding. The ship is going into refurbishment and it needs it. Carpet is worn and paint is peeling. We had the feeling that the ship was shorthanded. We mostly ate in the Luminae restaurant. This is where we saw fewer servers than last year.The shower was small but very nice. The room was clean and comfortable and while the closet was small,there was ample drawer and cabinet space. Having been to Sitka before, there were no excursions that interested us. We did a ship excursion in Otaru, but did not get much out of it. We thought the entertainment was mediocre at best. WiFi was better than expected on a transpacific with so many days at sea. I would travel with this ship again after the refurbishment. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We had long wanted to experience a longer time at sea on a repositioning cruise, and also to visit Japan, so this cruise killed two birds with one stone. I had read the CC reviews about the age of the Milennium, but some peeling paint ... Read More
We had long wanted to experience a longer time at sea on a repositioning cruise, and also to visit Japan, so this cruise killed two birds with one stone. I had read the CC reviews about the age of the Milennium, but some peeling paint etc just adds character to a ship and didn't concern us. However, we had two cabin issues that probably linked to the age of the ship and these were an unpleasant surprise. Firstly, our balcony cabin had an adjoining cabin door and the noise insulation was really terrible. You could hear the couple next door talking and I am sure they could hear us. Guest Services said there wasn't much they could do about this except get the cabin attendant to turn down the volume on the TV to minimum. (I had spent hours on the first night listening to what turned out to be the ping ping music of the Celebrity TV Channel that the attendant had turned on to welcome the other couple back to their room.) The second issue was the mattress which was ancient and caused me to have bad back ache. It took me a week to isolate this as the cause and Guest Services were really helpful. They arranged for the senior housekeeper to inspect and confirm the same day, and then they replaced with a brand new and mercifully comfortable mattress. Embarkation was smooth except we hadn't realised that we needed a USA visa as well as a Canadian visa- I knew that Sitka was in USA but, in my mind, we were travelling from Canada to Japan. There were a lot of other passengers in the queue for emergency USA visas and one Chinese couple were unable to get their visa for 3 days so they lost their cruise- terrible for them. We had travelled on several Solstice class ships and didn't feel that the Milennium design was massively different- the buffet was much better designed on the later ships and I am sure they will correct this during the January re-fit. Food in the Main Dining Room was generally great. Entertainment was also much better than I had expected- I had thought that Celebrity would cut corners on a repositioning cruise but I saw no signs of that. We went to the main shows and the talks by a naturalist. We also tried the talks on Japan but the lectures were poorly structured, and I don't think the lecturer knew that much about Japan. A shame really as Japan is so different from most other countries and a really fascinating culture- Celebrity should aim to improve this aspect I feel. Service was pretty impeccable- Celebrity staff manages to deliver a top class experience every time we go on a cruise, and this really adds greatly to our enjoyment. It was a bit chilly and rainy on the cruise, so no one wanted to use the swimming pool, with the result that other areas of the ship became pretty crowded at times. Especially, the gym in the morning, though it was fine in the afternoon. We enjoyed ourselves in the ports, doing our own thing. Japan is so well organised for transport, and everyone seems so helpful and honest, that it was far easier to travel on our own than we had expected. Eating in Japanese restaurants is great fun! We missed the last port due to a typhoon but had an extra day in Yokohama on board ship, and that worked our very well. We traveled to Tokyo by train using the free shuttle at Yokohama. I was really worried about our quantity of luggage as we had four suitcases and two small bags, but it was a Sunday and the Yokohama train station they use is for the normal train rather than the bullet train, and these have far more luggage and were not crowded either. I was annoyed that the Celebrity (paid) shuttle to Tokyo was not included within shore excursions but rather in Guest Services, and I only found out about it by chance 5 days before the end of the cruise, by which time it was booked out. In the end, the train worked much better for us, as our hotel was next to Tokyo station, whereas the Celebrity shuttle would have needed a 30 minute taxi ride to the hotel. After the cruise, we had a few days in Kyoto. We used the Japan Tourist offer of a hotel and bullet train tickets and this was both good value and a great service. The main sites in Kyoto are very crowded but there are lots of minor temples and other sites that are simply lovely. We hired a guide and that was a great investment. We must have fired 500 questions at her over the course of the day and she was so articulate in explaining how and why Japanese people think the way that they do. (Her employer is Chris Roworth Guides). This review sounds a bit negative, but we had a great time and felt that the cruise was a great way to get a sense of the distance to Japan, and was great value for money. I brought two crates of sparkling water on board as the cost of the drinks package would otherwise have negated the value for money side of things! We also used the internet very sparingly. Read Less
4 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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Loving cruising and wanting to go to Hawaii and the added bonus of Vancouver was amazing! Landed in Oahu end of April with warm air and palm trees! Glad to get here after over 12 hours of travel and changing planes from the East Coast. ... Read More
Loving cruising and wanting to go to Hawaii and the added bonus of Vancouver was amazing! Landed in Oahu end of April with warm air and palm trees! Glad to get here after over 12 hours of travel and changing planes from the East Coast. Hubby upgraded us to First Class so not so hard to take the trip:) Hawaii and Oahu were more than I imagined! Good food, friendly people, upgrade in our room at the Hilton Rainbow Tower. We were set! Since we were only going to be there for 3 nights we decided it looked like an easily walkable city, it was. We walked everywhere. Had dinner at both Duke’s and Roy’s. Loved Duke’s, Roy’s not so much. Ate at Tommy Bahama’s in town for lunch, on the rooftop! would do it again. Hilton was great. Found breakfast to be expensive eat locally. And don’t forget to have a shave ice! Watched the Solstice come into port from our balcony on Sunday morning. Sad to leave but excited to try the Solstice. Embarkation went smoothly with one problem and something in our carry on. A box of Tastycakes!! We were bringing them to family that lived in Kona. No one in the port knew what they were. They let us go :) No one to give us direction when we boarded. Since we have done more than 35 cruises we were helping others. We went to Michael’s where we met Cali, a pretty, well mannered young woman with a nice smile. Met a couple there that I had talked to on the Cruise Critic boards. Then went to Luminae for lunch. Great staff. Greeted by Marie who we remembered from Equinox. Enjoyed most dinners there and the staff was amazing! Headed to our room on deck 11, Sky Suite 1667. First thing we noticed, the railing was missing and there were paint chips all over the deck and furniture. Graffiti on the deck railing was exposed. I told Cabin steward and butler. It stayed like that for the whole 12 nights (I cleaned the paint chips). Room needs makeover but it was kept clean with requested extra towels, everyday. Only request for butler was keep lots of water and ice in the bucket. We do not need anything else. Had to ask for it the first two days. Water appeared about every other day, ice two days. It was our only request. Maja was the suite concierge we told her and water appeared, two days. Still no ice. Cabin is a good walk to aft but it was great since we are late eaters. Shows, most were pretty good, some not so good. Passed the time. Ports were the best!!!! Oahu (overnight), Maui (overnight) and the big island of Hawaii. Went on a Viatour to Pearl Harbor, don’t miss it. Very emotional. Then left to head to Maui. Took the Road to Hana tour in Maui with a local, went to Lahaina Luau with friends on Cruise Critic (well worth it) food was very good and entertainment was terrific. Second day did Maui on our own and had lunch atPaia Fish Market, loved it. Shopping was great in town. Tender ride was a little rough. In Kona we met family to tour their coffee farm, it was amazing. Next day the other side of the island Pahoa, Hawaii. Probably one of the most exciting days we ever had while traveling. We got to take a tour with Daniel Kenoi, a local with a great sense of humor. He told us Ku’u Home la ‘Oe which means My home I share with you. The best tour we have ever taken (before Vancouver). He took us to steam vents, to the crater, where as everyone knows by now, we were when the walls caved in and ash shot up into the air. Being from the East coast, we don’t get to see things like this. Took lots of photos, but we were both a little nervous. First a small earth tremor, it was an earthquake. Daniel decided for us to leave. They closed the park after we left. He headed to an orchid greenhouse to have our lunch where we were when the second earthquake, this one a 6.9 occurred. I felt my heart jump out of my chest. Saw hubby and Daniel and both were scared. He decided it was time for us to head back, NOW. Worried more about aftershocks and sunami. All on this tour decided to let Daniel go back to his family and help friends rather than continue tour. God Bless the people of Hawaii. 5 days at sea and we had a naturalist forgot his first name but last name was Nixon. He was great with stories of whales, and sharks and eagles. We went to every one. We arrived in Victoria BC in the rain. We had been here before on our way to Alaska. Nice city with wonderfully helpful people. Had lunch in an Irish Pub. Next day was disembarkation with a Vancouver tour (Sea to Sky) we both awoke with terrible colds (lots of sick people on board) but did not have much choice since our flight was not till 11PM. One of the best tours we ever took!! Vancouver is beautiful do no miss this tour if you get a chance. We traveled as a couple, in our 60’s and 70’s. I recommend this cruise for the ports. Glad we did it.Should not have waited this long to do it. Was a lot of moving luggage around and customs. Did not get home till Saturday morning after two plane changes!! Booked another cruise while on board - why not!! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Travelled from the UK to Japan via KLM and had 3 day stop over in Tokyo at the Mercure Ginza prior to boarding the Millennium. An ideal hotel location for tourism, shopping and transport both from Narita airport and to the Yokohama ... Read More
Travelled from the UK to Japan via KLM and had 3 day stop over in Tokyo at the Mercure Ginza prior to boarding the Millennium. An ideal hotel location for tourism, shopping and transport both from Narita airport and to the Yokohama Osonabshi cruise terminal. We pre-arranged 2 tours with Grey Line Japan during our stay in Tokyo a full day Tokyo grand city tour and a combined bus and train trip to Mt. Fuji. We travelled independently from Narita airport to Tokyo Ginza by “The Access Narita bus” from stop No.31 @ ¥1,000 each. Just outside the arrival terminal. This relatively new service dropped us off close to Ginza station and it was only a short walk from there to our hotel. Again we travelled independently from Tokyo to Yokohama taking a short taxi ride to the main Tokyo railway station, catching the 10:00hrs JR limited express train from Tokyo platform 10 to Yokohama and a further short taxi ride from Yokohama station to the cruise terminal. (Total cost of around ¥2,000 and even with three bags and two back packs this was an easy journey to accomplish outside rush hour) The Cruise ship boarding process was extremely efficient, and were sitting in the Oceanview cafe having lunch within 30 minutes of our arrival at 11:30. The staterooms were made ready at 13:00 and much to our surprise and delight, our 3 bags were ready waiting for us, the fastest luggage delivery ever. We pre-booked on line, a select dinning time of 18:15 and found this to be a touch too early, and changed to 18:45. Arriving however between 19:00hrs and 20:00hrs. the rush hour should most definitely be avoided at all costs to avoid a long wait. (Pre-booking does however ensure you get priority entry) The overall dinning experience was good if not outstanding, and most definitely not a 5 star experience possibly 4 star at best. We generally breakfasted in the solarium, took lunch in the Oceanview cafe or the Metropolitan Restaurant, if the cafe was too crowded. Dinner was in the Metropolitan. We did not utilise any of the other dinning outlets as we have done so in the past and their novelty value has no real attraction. I consider it reasonable to say that over the last 20 years we have noticed a slow but continual decline in the quality of some food served within the main dining room on both RCL and Celebrity. In addition the rather bland taste of some of the food served was almost embarrassing. Tom Yam soup and Beef Rendang both served in the buffet had almost no spices or heat added, the result was soup tasting much like chicken broth and a Rendang tasting like a beef stew. Regrettably the temperature of much of the supposedly hot food served in the Oceanview café was on occasion only just warm and not hot. The show time and entertainment experience was good if not outstanding, a somewhat mixed bag depending on personal taste. The resident singers and dancers along with the celebrity band were excellent. The musical artists who played at various locations around the ship were also very good. The Cruise director and head of on-board sales Paul Baya and the full entertainment team carried out their various duties very well. The loss of Michael's club as an entertainment venue to “suite guests only” appears to be symptomatic of the way Celebrity are currently heading. The new edge class of ships while looking dynamic, appear from the onboard viewing we received to be giving up ever more precious free space on the ship to suite guests and further sources of extra/additional revenue. The enrichment lectures were very good and very well attended. The ubiquitous art auctions, the initial hard selling of food and beverage packages, the so called sale of valued items and watches etc., the astronomical cost of pictures and Wi-Fi packages, just adds to the general cruise experience and should no be allowed to interfere with the very relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a great Celebrity cruise ship experience. The general condition of the ship was good if not great but at 18 years old, this has to be expected. We found the ship to be very clean and relatively well maintained with almost continual cleaning being undertaken within the accommodation. The very strong push towards hand washing was very much appreciated by those of us who have experienced the dreaded noro virus in the past. It was reported that the Millennium along with the other vessels of her class are to go through a very significant upgrade over the next 2 years. The master, officers and crew were excellent and tried very hard to ensure we enjoyed our cruise experience. Captain Nicholas who we have sailed with previously, is a most affable outgoing and positive hands on master who is frequently seen around the ship interacting with both passengers and staff on a very regular basis. This is a prerequisite for any effective, safe and well run ship. Ports of Call: Regrettably our arrival at the three Japanese ports coincided with the main Japanese annual holiday known as Golden Week, which resulted in much higher density of road traffic and increased numbers of visitors at the various tour locations. However this did not stop the magnificent sight of the cherry blossom in almost full bloom. An early blossom season this year, resulted in our viewing both the stunning blossom and the so called “rafting" of the fallen blossom on the surrounding water. In Aomori we took the celebrity 5.5hrs Highlights of Hirosaki tour, which was well organised with a good tour guide however due to the Golden week issue, the actual time in the various locations was somewhat limited. There was a magnificent Japanese drumming demonstration in the port on our arrival in Aomori. In Hakodate we took the celebrity 4.0hrs Hakodate Highlights tour which again was well orchestrated but we had even less time at the locations due to high visitor numbers. In Muroran we opted not to take one of the lengthy tours to Sapporo, instead we jumped on the local Hopi bus which took us from the very isolated container ship terminal into and around Muroran. Regrettably with the exception of a very limited number of department stores the town was closed, again as a result of the Japanese holiday. The local authorities had however arranged for the local high school band to play as the ship departed which was nice gesture with the Muroran Mayor in attendance. In Petropavlovsk we decided to do our own thing and went ashore independently. We were in one of the more fortunate groups (No.6) and received our immigration clearance by 11:30, the last group (No.20) was not cleared by the local authorities until 15:35 some nine and a half hours after arrival.........there were quite a few very unhappy people...... (we received a $50 rebate on our account which I assume was some form of compensation for this very disappointing port of call) The tender ride to ashore is only a 5-10 minute journey however the transfer onto the jetty is carried out via a floating pontoon which is very exposed to the weather. A considerable number of less able guests struggled considerably with the transfer and had to be assisted by the attending crew, who done a magnificent job under very trying and potentially dangerous later in the afternoon, when the wind blew up quite strong As this was a relatively a cold weather cruise, indoor seating was always going to be at a premium throughout the day, this situation however was further aggravated by the almost continuous sale of “Park West” works of art taking up the entire Rendezvous lounge on a number of sea days. Not sure if it was just our stateroom but ship TV reception was extremely poor on this cruise, even the internal ship generated programs were frequently not available. (Due to a weak signal) Stateroom No. 6034 a balcony cabin located on deck 6 starboard side forward was of adequate size for the two of us. It is located in a relatively quiet zone with an unrestricted view. Our stateroom attendant Armando was exceptional as was our head waiter Lorenzo The opportunity to make a “snowman" on the Sun Terrace was a very special experience when crossing the Bering sea. Gratuities a very thorny subject: We removed our auto gratuities immediately on boarding as an increasing number of international cruisers appear to be doing. We gave out cash tips to the crew we interacted with on a daily basis and in addition, utilised the “three cash only envelops” delivered to our stateroom the day before departure, to reward those crew members who we did not meet. I much prefer to tip after receiving good service. We gave out $275 in cash and a further $100 via the 18% gratuity on our various beverages which I consider to be acceptable figure. We had 2 further days in Vancouver staying at the Sheraton Wall centre which I can highly recommend, as hey try to accommodate cruise lines guest with an early entry to your room at no extra charge. Apologies for the rather lengthy review but as this cruise is somewhat off the beaten track I have tried to give as much information as I can recall. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Prior to the cruise, we spent several days in Tokyo and Kyoto. We found very spacious hotel rooms for three adults at convenient locations. (Hotel the M Innsomnia Akasaka in Tokyo and Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Gojo in Kyoto) ... Read More
Prior to the cruise, we spent several days in Tokyo and Kyoto. We found very spacious hotel rooms for three adults at convenient locations. (Hotel the M Innsomnia Akasaka in Tokyo and Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Gojo in Kyoto) Since we had a lot of luggage, we hired MK Taxi to take us to Osanbashi Pier for approximately 17,000 JPY, for a 45 minute trip. Embarkation was fairly quick and smooth and our room which was midship on deck 8 was adequate but a bit crowded for all of us. Chic Nights occurred on the second, sixth and thirteenth nights. Weather conditions were very pleasant (7-19 C) throughout the cruise with relatively calm seas; except for one occasion when 15 foot swells prevailed for several hours. The food in the MDR and Oceanview Cafe was very good with themed choices at the buffet on different days (Asian, Mexican, etc). We only ate at Sushi on Five speciality restaurant, but after enjoying authentic Japanese food in Japan, this restaurant food fell short in smany ways. Crossing the International Date Line was an interesting experience in that wince we were travelling eastward, we celebrated May 4th twice! The staff on the Millennium were friendly and attentive to our needs at all times! Port of Aomori: The ship docked at Shin Chuo Wharf (2-14, Yasukata, Aomori city). This pier is within easy walking distance to the downtown area and to tourist attractions such as ASPAM, A-Factory and Nebuta Museum. We had reserved a private taxi (Naricho Taxi) to pick us up at the pier to take us to Hirosaki Park. We were fortunate to have their one and only English-speaking staff to be our driver and guide to view the gorgeous display of cherry blossoms at one of the best viewing spots in Japan! So beauftiful! A bonus, was that the Cherrry Blossom Festival was on that weekend as well. Port of Hakodate: The ship docked at Minato-cho Wharf (Minatocho, 2 Chome, 14-53). The Port Authorities provided a free shuttle bus service from the pier to Hakodate Station (20 minute trip). I believe there was a different shuttle to the Goryokaku area as well. From Hakodate Station, we visited the Morning Market and the Red Brick Warehouses, before having lunch at Ryotei Fumoto (9-7 Horaicho), a Michelin star restaurant. It was a memorable experience of a high quality kaiseki meal at a reasonable price.(3564 - 20,000 JPY) Each course was so fresh and exquisitely plated! Port of Muroran: The ship docked at Sakimori Dock. This pier was far from ahy walkable tourist destination, so we took advantage of the hop on hop off bus service that was waiting at the pier. (tickets cost 1000 JPY per person). The loop went to all the 6 major points of interest in Muroran with an excellant map and bus time schedule. Buses arrived or departed at 10 minute intervals. Stops included shopping centers, Bolta Factory, Cape Chikyu, Downtown, hotsprings, aquarium etc.) Port of Petropavlovsk: We anchored in Avacha Bay with its awesome panoramic view of snow-capped mountains and white foothills. Passengers had to be tendered in after clearing the immigration process. It was such a lengthy endeavor that some passengers couldn't leave the ship until mid afternoon! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
The dining room service at the GRAND EPERNAY RESTAURANT WAS EXCELLENT TABLE 316 WITH SIMEON THE ASSISTANT MAITRE D, Te tiana-sommelier,carola assistant waiter and vecente waiter i give each of them 10 out of 10 marks for their service ... Read More
The dining room service at the GRAND EPERNAY RESTAURANT WAS EXCELLENT TABLE 316 WITH SIMEON THE ASSISTANT MAITRE D, Te tiana-sommelier,carola assistant waiter and vecente waiter i give each of them 10 out of 10 marks for their service !!. Well done team you always made me welcomed when coming to the dinning table !! The food was excellent too !! Dinning table was always nice and clean. A big credit to the chef too. Room 3103 room service a big 10 out of 10 to ryan thank you !! The musics was far too loud at the main foyer next to the guest relations office and shore excursions office . Excellent service from all the staff at the passport bar big 10 !! Front office staff were very helpful and big 10. 10 plus to nelly at the buffet restaurant!! The ship is very roomy and easy to get around. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
A cruise ship is a small city, and 3/4 of the people are all living in the same hotel (the other 1/4 are crew, and live on the lower decks). Depending on what you've reserved (a room versus a suite, a window versus a balcony), ... Read More
A cruise ship is a small city, and 3/4 of the people are all living in the same hotel (the other 1/4 are crew, and live on the lower decks). Depending on what you've reserved (a room versus a suite, a window versus a balcony), it's a hotel life. Attendants make your bed and change your towels, space is at a premium, there's a small safe in your closet, and the mini-bar has a few drinks and snacks for you to buy. Oh, and there are way too many older men wearing Speedos around the pools. This cruise on the Celebrity Solstice had us move to a new room just down the hall. We had just finished 3 consecutive cruises in the same room, but we weren't able to keep that room for this 4th trip. No worries... it was just down the hall, and the room attendants would move our suitcases and clothes for us. As with all cruises, we were required to disembark (in Sydney, Australia), and we wandered around the Royal Botanic Gardens, had a cappuccino, and discovered a very friendly white ibis who was sure there were insects and snails in my shoe. We walked into our stateroom, and immediately noticed mold in the shower, and broken or stained furniture. We called Customer Relations at once. Should we unpack our stuff, or should we keep it in the suitcase so it is out of the way for repairs? "We will respond to it tonight", we were told. Great! We went out to dinner and evening activities. When we returned, nothing. The next day, we called again... "Sorry, we have no record that you called about your room." What the... ? By evening, no change. We happened to see the incredibly friendly hotel director, Sue Richardson, just before dinner, who asked us very sincerely how things were going. We paused in our response... after all, she was the hotel director, responsible for big picture things. But she noticed our hesitation and asked for more details. So we showed her the photos of the room. "Unacceptable," she said. She was on the phone instantly. We didn't hear the conversation, but she turned to us and said, "We will make this right." Well, we returned to our room in the evening to find the mold (mostly) cleaned off, the drawer repaired, and the closet door repaired. The stain and tears on the couch were still there, as well as the mismatched sofa cushions (didn't notice the first day... was one changed?). Later, someone from Customer Relations asked us how things were. Remember, this was day 2. We had the stress of having to deal with an unsatisfactory room and being totally ignored on the first day. So we said, "The best we can say is that the room is now just below average." Well, that's not the ideal situation for a 19 day cruise. We asked if there was an alternative room. Later, we were asked if we would look at another room in the same class. We did (with Customer Relations junior officer Denis), and found the room better, but seeing how this was now day 3, we said we had put all the energy we wanted to into the room issue, and the new room wasn't worth packing and moving for. We said "thanks, but no thanks." I think Denis noticed how emotionally draining it was for us... day 3! He asked if he could keep looking into our case. Less than 30 minutes later, he contacted us and let us know there was a room with a balcony available, and could we go with him and look at it? Well, it was a very nice room (later we learned about its proximity to the noise from the smoking section in the deck below, and that it was the room that was utilized for parts when needed), and it would be appreciated. We moved the next morning. Thanks Denis! But for 3 days, we were feeling embarrassed, ignored, and... trivialized? How could we get put in a room in that condition in the first place? Why was our call to Customer Relations on day 1 ignored? Then no repairs or response on day 2, until only by chance we spoke to the Hotel Director? Then to think that our room was full of cleaners and mechanics fixing things, followed by being asked if it now meets our satisfaction, with the sofa in the condition noted. Below average at best. The Solstice made us feel ignored and unwelcome. That hung over us for 3 days. That was the memorable part of this cruise, and it was not the memory we wanted. There were a few other things. The "hairball" in the stewed mushrooms during breakfast, with no follow-through when I brought it to the attention of 2 shift supervisors. For obvious reasons, this turned my stomach! You have to wonder... Well, that's my rant. There were a ton of things I liked about this cruise but, as I mentioned above, the negatives became the narrative. Who wants to brag about negatives? Celebrity Solstice, I was wincing way too much on this cruise. What was great? The staff, of course. When even the the staffers cleaning the railings in the stairways get to know your name, you know the company emphasizes making a connection. We learned the food will meet your expectations, but you have to be willing to be honest with the cooks and servers about what those expectations are. And on this cruise the Beyond the Podium lectures were fabulous! The speakers really knew their material (much better than some previous speakers). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I think this itinerary was mis-named. For me, South Pacific Treasures would have been more accurate, because it was traversing the South Pacific ocean that was the purpose of this cruise, with a total of 11 sea days. One day we were ... Read More
I think this itinerary was mis-named. For me, South Pacific Treasures would have been more accurate, because it was traversing the South Pacific ocean that was the purpose of this cruise, with a total of 11 sea days. One day we were treated to 4-5 meter waves, another day 2 meter waves, another day it was a pacific ocean, smooth as a lake. Overnight of Oct. 5, we were treated to a beautiful full moon reflected on the water. As attractive as most of the stops were, spending time on open water was the central reality of this re-positioning cruise. Embarkation in Honolulu was smooth, with a different look, we each received a shell necklace as we entered the registration area. We cruised the Inside Passage on the Solstice last year, and it seemed a fair number of other passengers had previously been aboard this ship, allowing a comfortable familiarity for us. Certainly for us, the other passengers help make this a very enjoyable vacation. The many Australians we met during this trip were individually and as a group friendly and good-humored. The fun we had with our trivia team was a highlight of the whole cruise. The Cruise Critic meeting was well attended by cruisers and officers. Hotel Director Andrea and the Cruise Director Ben were very visible and active leaders throughout the cruise, one never knew where and when either of them might appear. Parag was our stateroom attendant, and he performed his duties with a smile, and proved quick to respond to both face-to-face requests and to phone calls. Blu was good for us. Telma and her restaurant staff provided excellent service throughout the cruise. Our main complaint is and has been, that we would like richer flavors in the food. Over 17 nights, the menu of course had repetition, and constraints of resupply further limited some of the potential choices. Considering there was some understandable drop-off in fresh produce, we admired the way Celebrity handled the logistics of supplying our cruise. Rose of Captain's Club had plenty to do, and was once again helpful to us. Ben was ok as CD, he is definitely energetic. Alexa and Nick ran trivia, both injecting some dry humor into the sessions. The house band Sound Stars was as good as any we have seen during our 16 years cruising. They played a range of popular music, covering different styles well, with some good interpretations thrown in. Prisma, the string duo, were excellent throughout the cruise, and I made an effort to hear them play. Starlight, the fusion quartet were good. Duo, the acoustic pairing were not as good for us as the other performers. Of the stage productions, the acrobatic/aerial show was much better than the other productions. Yoomi was good, as was Denny Elliot. The entire Hotel Staff deserves kudos for their efforts to clean and re-clean the ship during the Norovirus outbreak. Days before the cruise ended, thorough cleaning and re-cleaning of some state rooms commenced, pillows and linens were removed. The housekeeping and restaurant staffs, I think the entire Hotel management and staff, worked hard long hours to contain and rectify this outbreak. People were quarantined, care was offered and given. We very much appreciate all the efforts the service staffs made on the passengers behalf. The Polynesian Enrichment team provided ukulele lessons that I attended when they were available. They also were offering hula and other dance lessons, and were well attended, again when they were officially scheduled. It was odd to see them aboard and stating they were willing to hold classes that for some reason weren't being scheduled by the activities director. We watched some of the Enrichment lectures via the television, which was a first for us. We made good use of the fitness center and walking track. We the number of sea days, we had ample time to walk the promenade, and decks 14 and 15. Disembarkation in Sydney was easy, with helpful attendants sprinkled throughout the terminal. If the meters worth of missing wood railing on decks 14 and 15, and the connecting stairways; and the amount of rust clearly visible on our veranda and other parts of the ship are any indication, then the Celebrity Solstice best not wait until 2019 or even later to be totally refurbished. Overall, the combination of meeting friendly and interesting fellow cruisers, excellent service, the Pacific ocean, and attractive ports made for memorable travel. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We always wanted to do this cruise and visit Hawaii. Unfortunately our time in Hawaii of 5 days was not enough time, you definitely need a full week or more. Hawaii is great. The weather was great and so was our accomodation at the ... Read More
We always wanted to do this cruise and visit Hawaii. Unfortunately our time in Hawaii of 5 days was not enough time, you definitely need a full week or more. Hawaii is great. The weather was great and so was our accomodation at the Hilton Embassy Suites. Celebrity Cruises are great as was this one. The service and staff are amazing and very friendly. No faults there. However I will say that this cruise really needed more port stops. It was too many sea days. It was definitely very relaxing as the weather was great, but by time the second lot of 5 days of sea days came, we were a little over it, especially during the day. At night it was fine, as you had a pre-dinner drink, then dinner in the Dining Room (open dining times) then after we would go to see the 9pm show. But for us we just felt you needed at least two more port stops. Possibly in Fiji or the Cook Islands region. Overall we definitely enjoyed it though. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise because we love to cruise and wanted an easy way to visit our son who is studying in Japan. We have never sailed on a transpacific or transatlantic cruise and were a little apprehensive about all the days ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because we love to cruise and wanted an easy way to visit our son who is studying in Japan. We have never sailed on a transpacific or transatlantic cruise and were a little apprehensive about all the days at sea, but we really enjoyed it. We were able to sleep late and not worry about getting up early for a shore excursion. We did hit the remnants of a typhoon and had some rough seas, but the captain and crew handled it perfectly. I did not get seasick even though I do suffer from motion sickness. We thought the size of the ship was very good. We never had to wait in long lines at the elevators like we have had to on other ships. The Oceanview Cafe did get very crowded in the mornings at breakfast time, so it was hard to find a table, especially on those days when it was cold and rainy so no one wanted to eat outside. I liked the fact that there were stairs close to every bank of elevators. That made the elevators much less crowded. The meals in the Metropolitan dining room were very tasty. i did not like the scrambled eggs on the buffet or many of the bakery items. I love sweets, especially chocolate chip cookies, so I was disappointed in that aspect of the food. The cookies were frequently over-baked and tasteless. We did select dining and loved the flexibility. I would recommend getting reservations. On some nights, there were lines for those who did not have reservations. We loved the entertainment on the ship. The shows done by the Celebrity singers and dancers were fantastic. We loved the Forster Duo who played in the bars. The cruise director Paul Biya (sp?) was fantastic! We had a veranda cabin and we were happy with the amount of floor space, but storage is lacking compared to the cabins on Princess. I was disappointed with the drink service in the Oceanview Cafe. It seemed like there were not enough staff in that area. I often had to flag someone down to get them to bring me a mimosa or diet coke. Princess has much better service in the buffet area. Since this was a transpacific cruise, we had very few ports. We stopped in Sitka, Alaska; Otaru, Japan; Hackodate, Japan, and Yokohama, Japan. We did Celebrity shore excursions in Sitka, Hackodate, and Yokohama and enjoyed them. It would have been nice if Celebrity had provided a shuttle into Otaru. Although you can walk into the shopping area of Otaru, you have to walk along a very busy road with an uneven side walk. Embarkation was a bit crowded, but we did not have to wait in line very long. Disembarkation was very easy. The cruise director Paul said goodbye to us as we left the ship. That was a very nice touch. We enjoyed our cruise on Celebrity and would cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We picked this cruise for a trans-Pacific experience after having a couple of trans-Atlantic cruises. we wanted lots of sea days and not a port-intensive cruise - and that's what we got. Embarkation was OK, but a little disjointed ... Read More
We picked this cruise for a trans-Pacific experience after having a couple of trans-Atlantic cruises. we wanted lots of sea days and not a port-intensive cruise - and that's what we got. Embarkation was OK, but a little disjointed in finding the right line at Canada Place in Vancouver. Welcomed on board with a glass of sparkling wine, a nice touch, even if the wine wasn't very good. Loved our cabin, an aft Family Veranda. With a separate sleeping and sitting area along with a deep balcony made it one of the best cabin experience in 15 years of cruises. We don't take part in much of the activities (triva, art auctions, lectures, etc) but did enjoy the live music venues nearly every day. We didn't attend any of the evening shows. The House Band was OK, but we really liked the Forrester Duo and Groovity. Service was outstanding most of the time. There were a couple of meals in the MDR where it seemed like our table had been forgotten by the waiters after we were seated. And a couple of times it took a long time to get wine service. The Cellar Masters Bar and the Casino Bar were our favorites. The servers there got to know us quickly and provided great service. In general all the other bars had reasonably good service as well. A pet peeve however, is that the drink menus were very inaccurate. They tended to just list what MIGHT BE AVAILABLE since not all bars had the same supplies. I think each bar should have had a drinks menu that was specific to that location. Food was hit and miss, especially in the MDT. There was nothing terribly wrong with the food, just ordinary fare except dishes with an Asian flare seemed better executed. The Tuscan Grill and Quisine did much better than the MDR. Our first dinner at the Tuscan Grill was the best meal the the entire vacation, not just the cruise. The i-pad ordering system at Quisine was hard to use, but the food and the service were excellent. I have to say that Captain Nick was probably the best ship's master I've sailed with. He was visible and engaged with the passengers. His daily briefings on weather conditions as we neared a typhoon were great. I've never had a captain give passengers so much information, so regularly. Due to construction issues in the port we called at Sitka rather than Dutch Harbor. Sitka was easy to get around in after the free shuttle bus took us from the port into town. Really like the Raptor Center and Totem Park. After 8 sea days we called at Otaru, Japan. We took the train to Sapporo for a Fall Festival, but heavy rain forced us to cut short the sight seeing after lunch. Next was Hakodate, Japan. Again a free shuttle took us into town. We walked so much the previous day that here we went to the Morning Maket, the Red Bic Wharehouses and the Hakodate Beer Hall for lunch, then back to the ship. Final port was Yokohama for Tokyo. We overnighted here before disembarking. A free shuttle took us to the train station where we could go into Tokyo or elsewhere. This was only our second cruise with Celebrity, but we will consider them again. We usually sail on Holland America and i think HAL has an edge on the MDR food quality and consistency. The Millennium is the largest ship we're sailed on, but it never felt crowded except the buffet for breakfast and lunch was a zoo. It was a great cruise! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This cruise was VERY LONG AT SEA. TOO LONG in our opinion. There was supposed to be a "break" about half way through at Dutch Harbor but at the very last minute, Celebrity changed the itinerary to include Sitka instead. While ... Read More
This cruise was VERY LONG AT SEA. TOO LONG in our opinion. There was supposed to be a "break" about half way through at Dutch Harbor but at the very last minute, Celebrity changed the itinerary to include Sitka instead. While the contract allows for changes based on circumstances, everyone we talked to on the cruise indicated that they were extremely disappointed: a) the change meant that we spent nine uninterrupted days at sea, which may sound great to some people but is other folks' worst nightmare; b) Dutch Harbor was a major selling point for the cruise due to its hard-to-reach location and it historical and cultural significance; and c) no one believed that Celebrity did not know or could not have known about the problem with the dock in Dutch Harbor earlier in the year. That said, we were in concierge class and can recommend it. There were unique activities for our group, which were much appreciated. We were given an extensive tour of the stage areas by one of the principal dancer/singers AND we were invited to a champagne treat on the helicopter pad at the sail-in to Hakodate. Very nicely handled! Embarkation as concierge class was easy as far as Celebrity was concerned. But there was a very confusing and time consuming customs and immigration process because we were in Canada but would be going to Alaska in the U.S. so we had to go through two separate customs. Signage was poor and everyone was quite confused. The entertainment was uniformly superb. As mentioned by others, it is cold on the Bering Sea and in northern Japan and you need to be prepared. I would book on the starboard side of the ship if possible because we were on the port side (8150) and our deck was pretty unusable most of the time. It was sunny for at least part of the day on the starboard side. There was a storm that affected our specific preferred charted route, but the captain kept us out of the storm and well informed of our path and deviations. Obviously, North Korea's threats were a concern on this cruise, which intended to stop at two north Japan cities. We were told that Celebrity was in touch with the State Department and we were cleared to stick with the itinerary. The ship is older but well cared for generally. The wood could use some attention on the decks but it is not anything that detracts other than aesthetically. The Captain and crew are very visible and involved with all that the ship offers which in our experience is very unusual. We saw the captain around the ship or at the entertainment venues daily. Very refreshing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
With only three ports of call after departing Vancouver, this cruise is for hardcore cruisers that love sea days. All the usual shipboard activities were offered by the crew. Captain Christodoulakis could also be seen walking around the ... Read More
With only three ports of call after departing Vancouver, this cruise is for hardcore cruisers that love sea days. All the usual shipboard activities were offered by the crew. Captain Christodoulakis could also be seen walking around the ship regularly and engaging with the passengers. We found the ship and our concierge balcony cabin in good condition despite previous reviews. Sitka was substituted for Dutch Harbor (home to Deadliest Catch) but no itinerary changes otherwise. We sailed nine days through the Aleutians and Bering Sea; encountered some high seas; crossed the International Date Line; and followed the Kamchatka Peninsula coastline south past the Kuril Islands claimed by Russia. The Kamchatka River and the surrounding central side valley are flanked by large volcanic belts containing around 160 volcanoes; 29 are active (look closely to see steam rising!). Otaru was our first Japanese port of call. The city is known for glass works, music boxes, sake distilleries and the Otaru Canal. It is now lined with cafes and shops in converted old warehouses, including a steam clock that was a gift from Vancouver. About one hour west is the Shakotan Penninsula where you can hike Cape Kamui and look for Kitsune or Hokkaido fox. The second stop in Japan was Hakodate: one of the main cities on Hokkaido Japan's northernmost island. Looming over the town is 334m high Mount Hakodate reached by an aerial gondola. Tsugaru Fort is a short walk from the main building. At its base is Motomachi: a neighbourhood of steep streets with Western-style early-20th-century buildings and the Museum of Northern Peoples. Our final stop was the converted red brick warehouses near the port that are filled with shops! Back-to-back cruisers like us, who kept our suite, had two days in Tokyo (Yokohama). Despite heavy traffic the first day we saw key sights, such as Ginza, a popular upscale shopping area, Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple, the Imperial Palace and the Tokyo Tower. Japanese wear kimono to mark special occasions or cotton yukata for casual summer gatherings. Nightly there was a light show near the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, which we viewed from our balcony. During our second day in Yokohama we traveled south to the seaside city of Kamakura. The political centre of medieval Japan, this resort town has dozens of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines. The most recognizable landmark is the Kotoku-in Temple’s Great Buddha: a 13m high bronze statue still standing after a 15th-century tsunami. We also visited the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shinto Shrine, which was a Buddhist Temple for almost 700 years. Keep in mind that Japan is hilly and full of steps: all excursions should be rated strenuous. We ate in all the specialty dining venues, the main dining room and the Cafe. Our key complaints were average to poor food quality, slow service and overcrowding in the main dining room. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our first transpacific crossing and our second visit to Japan. We flew in business class from DFW non-stop on JAL to Narita airport using AA miles. We spent about thirteen and a half hours in the air from take- off to landing. ... Read More
This was our first transpacific crossing and our second visit to Japan. We flew in business class from DFW non-stop on JAL to Narita airport using AA miles. We spent about thirteen and a half hours in the air from take- off to landing. We stayed the first night at the Narita Hilton and it was a great choice. We took the free shuttle to hotel and then back to the airport the next morning. We got Yen from the Seven Bank (7-11) international ATM at the airport. It was a free standing machine ATM in the arrivals hall; it was not in an actual 7-11 store as we had expected. The airport limo (bus) service into Tokyo worked great. This was our first blush with how organized things were in Japan. The bus took about 90 minutes and dropped us right at the Tokyo Hilton in Shinjuku. There was a convenient free shuttle from the Hilton to the Shinjuku Station area which had several department stores and places to eat. We had 5 nights total in the Tokyo area and did our touring independently using public transportation. It was “Golden Week” (holiday) in Japan and a lot of people were off work making some tourist sites very crowded. I have never ever seen as many people in one area as we encountered at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. We had fun in Tokyo and saw many amazing things there but this is Cruise Critic so…..on to embarkation day. We took public transportation from Shinjuku- san-chrome station to the Nihon Odori station near the Yokohama pier. There were no train changes and no stairs to lug luggage up (several escalators). The walk from the station to the terminal was about half a mile. The walk was some effort with luggage but doable for us. It was a very cheap option for getting from downtown Tokyo to the ship. The ship was returning from a holiday charter cruise and was not available for early boarding. We dropped our bags and went to the nearby Yokohama Beer fest in the red brick warehouse area. Yokohama is very scenic and easy to get around. There are great gardens near the port and a big China town to explore on the overnight there. Our cabin was 8003 which was an extended ocean view with the area that would have been a balcony area inside the cabin. We estimated that it was 220-230 square foot instead of the usual 170 square foot. There was a leather sofa and a large leather chair. It was near the front of the ship right next to cabins for officers near the bridge. We did not have any noise from the forward area but our neighbors in the next cabin aft were very noisy. We liked this spacious cabin and our service was good. There is a cloth shower curtain. There is not a good room darkening curtain and light came in around the curtain on the large window. We were put off by the exterior condition of the ship because there was rust in many areas including around the inside of our window. The table inside our room was covered with rust around the base. This was surprising because the ship had recently undergone a dry dock refurbishment. We did not miss having a balcony on this cruise because it was cold and windy out during the crossing. We actually liked the ship a lot. It was our first time on a Celebrity smaller M class vessel. The public areas were great and it was nice that music did not overlap from one public area to another. The show room was very comfortable and the sight lines were good. The buffet was crowded during prime times but there was a lot of window seating available most of the time out side of prime times. We loved the fact the casino was non- smoking. The Rendezvous Lounge and the Cosmos lounge we both busy during the early evening. On this cruise Elite passengers were given coupons good only at the Cosmos, the Rendezvous and the Pool Bar. Weather made the outdoor venues uncomfortable and the Cosmos was closed two evenings for use by immigration officials. It would have been nice if there had been another bar for coupons. Bar service was good considering the number of drinkers. I do think it was good that all passengers were able to use the Cosmos Lounge because there was some beautiful scenery especially in and out of Muroran, Petropavlovsk and sailing the inside passage into Vancouver the last day. We saw whales on two sea days from our stateroom. We were in select dining and had reserved a 6:30 time on line before the cruise. We thought the food was good. We did not have anything that had to be sent back and we did not have anything that we just pushed away because it was under cooked or overcooked or not edible. In our experience through 35 cruises, this is a decent recommendation. We enjoyed the company of our table companions from Austin and Atlanta and did not dine in any of the specialty restaurants. We enjoyed the activities provided. We missed having organized Bridge but we participated in the progressive golf putting on sea days and enjoyed it very much. We only went to a few of the lectures but others seemed to have enjoyed them as they were well attended. We went to a couple of the afternoon matinee shows and particularly liked the presentation given by Domenick Allen about his career in music from Sinatra and Liberace to rock and roll. The magician Alexander Great presented a show of close up magic almost one on one in Cellars Masters for our group of four. He gave a demo of easy “bar tricks” to amaze your friends to a larger group on another day. This was in addition to his main show in the theater. You usually get more opportunities to get to know and see the entertainers on a long cruise with lots of sea days but this cruise was exceptional. The evening shows were good. The production shows were far above average and the guest entertainers were varied enough that it was fun to go to the show after dinner every evening. We were actually surprised the entertainment was so good on a ship that had been in Asia all season. We spent some time in the Casino and took advantage of the slot play bonus program. There were some tables dealing $5 blackjack in the afternoon on some (low limit) sea days. My husband played in the Texas Hold’em tournament against the officers and I was a finalist in the “International” slot tourney. Both were free events. Speaking of “international” the passengers on this cruise were very diverse with many Australians and Canadians in addition to people from all over the world. I was active in the Cruise Critic roll call prior to the cruise and enjoyed taking part in the planned cabin crawl. The Captains Club loyalty party was divided into two groups because there were so many Captains Club members on board. The Senior Officers party was very over crowded with standing room only for many people. The ports were Yokohama, Hakodate, Muroran in Japan and Petropavlovsk in Russia. We did not do any Celebrity excursions. In Hakodate, we took the free city shuttle to the train station in the center of town. Our cruise critic friends from Austin had arranged for a Goodwill Guide for the four of us. She was a delightful young mother who had attended college in the United States. She did a good job of showing us the sights and helped us sort out a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. In Muroran, we purchased the 1000 yen ($10) all day buses ticket right off the ship at the pier. This was really the only way out of the port area into town, but it actually worked like a hop on hop off to all the sights. There were not a lot of sights but we visited a book store that was filled with anime (animation/cartoons for adults) and other popular paperback books and action figures. Hello Kitty was just the beginning for Japan, and this store really was amazing. We also stumbled on a 100 yen store. I don’t know the real name but in the U.S. it would have been a $1 store. I bought a lot of neat fun little souvenirs for my friends back home for 100 yen each. I am not a big shopper and I had been putting off picking up gifts. This was my last chance and I had a ton of change to get rid of so it was a good find. Petropavlovsk Russia was a very pleasant surprise. We woke up with the ship parked in a beautiful small harbor surrounded by snow capped mountains. The sun was shining and the water was very calm. Miracle of miracles, immigration went very quickly with no face to face. We were on a tender with our passport in hand by 11:00 even after taking our time getting off. No Russian Visa was required to walk around on your own. We saw lots of locals out enjoying the beautiful day and managed to have a drink in a bar that I am sure no one else went into the basement to explore. According to staff that had made this stop on previous cruises, our cruise was extremely lucky with both the beautiful weather and with the unusually quick Russian immigration clearance process. Our cruise director Steve had made this trip back and forth many times (7?) and commented this was the earliest and smoothest clearance ever. Because of good weather and smooth seas the Captain was able to take the inside passage into Vancouver and it made for some beautiful snow capped scenery on both sides the last afternoon. Again it was a warm sunny day and nearly everyone was out enjoying the views from the open decks. On the last day, we woke just in time to see the bridge overhead sailing into Vancouver. We opted to the walk off with our luggage at 7:30 and the process went smoothly. The breakfast in the Buffet was not as organized as usual, out of some food, out of plates, juice machine not working, tables not cleared but I think there was a challenge with an inspection being made by Canadian officials because the ship was returning from Asia. There were no problems at the port leaving the ship but immigration forms were collected as we left the arrivals hall. We took the Sky Train from the port area (Canada Place) to the Vancouver airport. The Sky Train took 35 minutes and cost less than $4 for both of us. We fortunately had some Canadian change from a previous trip. Immediately after clearing security at the airport, we passed through United States immigration for the ongoing flight to Seattle which allowed us to skip immigration in Seattle. We were inside of the secured area at the Vancouver airport heading to our gate by 9:20. I hope that I answered some of the questions you may have had concerning this Trans Pacific cruise. We enjoyed it very much but realize that others on the same sailing may have had different experiences and opinions. We actually enjoy being frugal and getting involved in the local experience, but realize not everyone will want to use local transportation and “DIY” shore explorations. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Cruising the Hawaiian Islands was a cruise I have always wanted to do. Booked Aqua Class as sailed with Celebrity before and enjoyed eating in 'Blu' restaurant. It was a great cruise and did not disappoint. I could not rate ... Read More
Cruising the Hawaiian Islands was a cruise I have always wanted to do. Booked Aqua Class as sailed with Celebrity before and enjoyed eating in 'Blu' restaurant. It was a great cruise and did not disappoint. I could not rate this cruise as excellent due to a couple of small issues but these did not spoil the cruise in any way. The food on board was very good, lots of choice and deserts especially good. I felt the entertainment was lacking, especially of an evening. Some of the singers, well lets just say, maybe should not have been there. The 5 days at sea (weather was not great) could have been more to do. We did not see the entertainment team except in the Theatre. The shore excursions were good, I felt that the first excursion we took, 'Whale watching' should not have been offered on this cruise as we were informed that it was end of the season and not really the best time to see whales. I would sail with Celebrity again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
My wife & I chose Celebrity Solstice for a 18-day Tahitian cruise to Hawaii, as my wife's birthday coincided with the cruise being at Bora Bora on that day. Generally speaking, the cruise was very enjoyable and strongly ... Read More
My wife & I chose Celebrity Solstice for a 18-day Tahitian cruise to Hawaii, as my wife's birthday coincided with the cruise being at Bora Bora on that day. Generally speaking, the cruise was very enjoyable and strongly recommended for the following reasons: 1. This is a floating city with 5-star amenities and is very stable, even when 4-metre waves were encountered. 2. This ship is clean to perfection and even our bath towels were changed twice a day. 3. Service is 5-star in every area, e.g. the staff will go out of their way to fulfil your request. 4. Hygiene is tip-top all over the ship. 5. Food was available in great variety and good quality. 6. State-of-the-art fitness centre. (However, one has to pay for yoga or pilates classes). 7. Entertainment was excellent - day and night. As we know, nothing is perfect in life. Hence, there are a few things that could be improved: (a) Long queues at SOME ports to get on the tender boats, e.g. Bay of Islands, NZ. (b) It took us at least 2 hrs to go through US immigration on board at Lahaina, Maui (not Celebrity Cruise's responsibility). This could perhaps be organised better with US Immigration. (c) Outdoor furniture badly needs refurbishing. (d) A couple of bottles of drinking water needs to be provided in the cabins free of charge, as it is a necessity. This extra cost for Celebrity Cruises could be included in the price of the cruise? All in all, regardless of the above negative experiences, it was a very pleasant and enjoyable time. It is to be said, however, there are expenses and inconveniences to be expected, apart from the cruise itself, e.g. flights and connections between airport and cruise and vice versa as well as tours at ports when chosen. In conclusion, despite the above issues, we highly recommend this cruise on Celebrity Solstice without hesitation. I hope the above will clarify a few areas for someone who is interested in cruising. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose this cruise after seeing an advert in the UK DMail in late 2015 and just fancied the itinerary. I thought, 'looks interesting, like those stop-offs, I wonder if I can get it for less . . .' After some investigation and ... Read More
We chose this cruise after seeing an advert in the UK DMail in late 2015 and just fancied the itinerary. I thought, 'looks interesting, like those stop-offs, I wonder if I can get it for less . . .' After some investigation and maths I found that we could go on the cruise, plus have a few nights in start and finish destinations for the same amount. So we went ahead and booked and so glad we did. It became, honestly, the holiday of a lifetime; 30 days away with the 17 day Pacific cruise as the highlight. Ok, first the best bits: the stateroom accommodation was excellent, better than on previous cruise lines we had used. The crew were extremely friendly and efficient and actually spoke to passengers, started conversations, which was so refreshing. The ships facilities were also very good and finally the food superb. Now for the cons: the drinks were very expensive and even with having a drinks package I felt it difficult to make the most of the outlay (we both needed a rest to our livers when we arrived home!). The Captain, God bless him, was difficult to understand being Greek and although he was undoubtedly a fine sailor, communication and presence was not his strongest virtue, and this applied to some of the officers to. Some people found that having 2 lots of 5 continuous days at sea was too much; maybe a better thought out itinerary with additional stops would have been better. Food, as I said, was very good but not as varied as other lines we have used and, just one complaint, the iced tea was awful! In addition, some shore excursions were poorly managed and not what I had hoped for. Finally, I am by profession a maritime engineer with some 50 years experience and currently have my own ship safety engineering company in the UK; during my trip behind the scenes (additional 99$ cost!) I saw a number of areas which need review from a safety point of view - nothing major I should add, but areas that need tightening up. But saying all that, we met some new friends, most cruisers were very friendly and I would definitely recommend Celebrity and would not hesitate to cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
Chose this cruise because of the destinations. Found embarkation could have been handled better ie. long time queuing. Hard sales for drinks packages which were extortionate compared to other cruise lines, speciality restaurants and always ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the destinations. Found embarkation could have been handled better ie. long time queuing. Hard sales for drinks packages which were extortionate compared to other cruise lines, speciality restaurants and always pushing for booking another cruise in the news letter received every evening in the cabin. Excursions were also expensive compared to other cruise lines and not always value for money. The staff were nice and we did enjoy the cruise but found not a lot to entertain us for the days at sea. Found the cruise director of entertainment very annoying couldn't talk without shouting. No he wasn't awesome as his catchphrase goes. This was a first cruise with celebrity and was a bit disappointed as recommended by a friend. Found the ship a bit tired in places and although there was a rule about reserving sun loungers etc. never saw his implemented at any time. Most annoying. Would be nice if at the buffet restaurant someone could show you to a seat. Hunting for one was a chore at times so avoided it most of the time. These are observations made by myself and not complaints as such. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Celebrity Millenium: Launched June 17th, 2000; Handles 2158 guests at that time (but has been upgraded to about 2450); 91,000 tons, 965 ft long, 105.6 ft wide, 26 ft drought, Top cruise speed 24 knots (although we mostly cruised at ... Read More
Celebrity Millenium: Launched June 17th, 2000; Handles 2158 guests at that time (but has been upgraded to about 2450); 91,000 tons, 965 ft long, 105.6 ft wide, 26 ft drought, Top cruise speed 24 knots (although we mostly cruised at 16kts). The Millenium is now 16 years old although it has been well treated. The ship is well maintained and kept very cleaned. It does show its age a bit (the sealed windows are loosing their reflective coatings and some of the outside fittings need replacing) but the time has been kind to it with the maintenance and care. It is well designed and works well. The extra passengers do stress the regular facilities at times, especially the cafe where it can get quite competitive. The bridge crew and the captain especially had a high profile during the trip. The captain would often show up at the shows in the evening and everyone stopped talking to listen to his 10 o'clock daily talk. The captain was very proactive on safety and comfort - he changed course so that we stayed north of a particular storm so we transited the Bering Sea with very little ship movement. This repositioning cruise is excellent if you like lots of days at sea and to be able to get up into the Aleutian Islands/Bering Sea/Northern Japan. Celebrity has also started to go into more isolated ports, in this case Dutch Harbour (Aleutian Islands), Otaru and Hokodate (Japan). We enjoyed all of these ports and all three ports appreciated the arrival of the Millenium. Entertainment: The Millenium has the Cosmos Lounge upstairs at the bow and the large theater at the bottom of the bow. Both are well used. The presentations during the day are generally well done. Beth Foggin has been putting on a series of historical talks that are very good. We have attended them all. Milos Radakovich is the science guy and has done a series of talks on mammals, Mars, the universe, etc, all very well done with a lot of humor and a sense of the big picture. Compared with some of the other cruise lines, Celebrity has some of the best speakers. Both of these speakers are well researched and interesting. Others were less so, but overall, the speakers were good. The evening presentations were good. Many of these entertainers are older and appear to be doing the cruise circuit as a job. Most did it well. The young dancers and the band that was attached to the ship did an excellent job, doing show after show almost continuously and doing it with enthusiasm. Laundry: Celebrity claims that we have better things to do on our trip than do our own laundry so there is no place to do your laundry on board. So they charge $3US for a pair of socks and $4US for underwear. They charge similar prices for dry cleaning and even more to get something pressed. I heard that Celebrity was concerned about the safety of a laundry. This is surprisingly since Oceania and even Crystal have laundry facilities on board. The best way to handle laundry on a Celebrity ship is to bring lots of easily washed and no iron clothing. Towards the end of the cruise they offer to do a paper bag of laundry for $45US. If you roll your clothing and pack it tightly, it is amazing what you can pack in one bag. Otherwise you have to do enough cruising with Celebrity to get laundry as something included in your trip. Aqua Class: Aqua gets you access to the Persian Gardens steam room in the Spa area, a better location in the ship for your cabin, special soaps and shampoos, a small plate of treats in the late afternoon, access to the concierge services and the use of Blus restaurant for breakfast and dinner. We tried the Persian Garden which had been retrofitted into the Millenium. It is dark, hot and steamy. A good idea but it does not work as a retrofit. The concierge was great and helped with a couple of issues. I did not find anything special about the shampoos and soaps that they feature. Blu's was great. The food was good and the staff was even better. They were friendly, helpful and did an excellent job. One of our group was a Celiac (allergic to gluten). She had access to the next day's menu so that her food could be prepared in a gluten free kitchen and the staff understood about this problem and handled it well. They were so well organized on the gluten free area that she was even able to safely eat at the Buffet. Captains Club Receptions. The Captains Receptions last for 2 hours in the afternoon and involve all of the frequent flyers (we are not one of those) getting free drinks (they line up). But it shuts off Cosmos lounge for everyone else and it is one of the nicest public areas in the ship. Celebrity Land Tours: I would rate Celebrity a B on this, they can definitely do better. The tour we took at Otaru in northern Japan was great, but that was mostly due to the location of the trip and the wonderful guide (Nori) that we had. The trips appeared to be a little on the expensive side and there was not that much selection. The staff selling the tours on the ship also need a bit more knowledge and enthusiasm for what they are doing. They could have been selling caskets. Celebrity used to hand out better descriptions and maps of their destinations and give a short lecture on each place the day before. The lectures that used to be done for each port are almost non existent (they do one summary lecture at the start of the trip) and the handouts aren't much better (you have to ask for them since they are not officially sanctioned by Celebrity). Definitely an area of improvement. Fitness Facility: The facility has lots of exercise equipment and it is of very good quality. The treadmills have a wonderful view out the front of the ship. Staff was ok but not overly enthusiastic (and did not know the distance around the running track on top of the ship - 8 laps to the mile). Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
It's all about the journey for us. Long days at sea are what we need to reconnect to each other, to remember how much fun we have together when his job keeps us apart most of the year. Time at sea to sit on the deck, holding hands, ... Read More
It's all about the journey for us. Long days at sea are what we need to reconnect to each other, to remember how much fun we have together when his job keeps us apart most of the year. Time at sea to sit on the deck, holding hands, but not saying a word, a shared unspoken bliss. Time to act like goofy young newlyweds even though we long ago stopped looking like that much younger couple in our wedding photos. Time, ever so precious, is our ultimate journey. We want to spend it wisely. So, it is the ship, the crew, the overall cruising experience that makes the journey wonderful for us. And this journey from Vancouver, BC to Tokyo, Japan, on Celebrity's Millennium, was more than we hoped for. On September 2, 2016, we arrived at the port in Vancouver, Canada and boarded the Millennium for our first ever cruise upon a Celebrity ship. We have sailed once on Princess, once on NCL and numerous times on Holland America. But this cruise on the Millennium fit our schedule and our last minute desire to go somewhere. We had rented a car in Portland, Oregon and drove to British Columbia. We spent two nights in Whistler before making the drive to the port. It's a bit chaotic trying to figure out just how to enter the port and find the rental car return. A simple external sign that would state "Return rental car, this lane," would have been helpful. But once we found the place, it was easy. Park the car, turn in the keys, gather our luggage, walk to the elevator and without waiting, check-in for the cruise and board the ship. I don't know if this is an industry wide change, but Celebrity allows its passengers to board early, even though their rooms are not ready. So we were able to walk right on, find a spot in a public place and wait on the ship as opposed to waiting in the warehouse-huge port room. I liked this. An announcement let us know it was okay to find our rooms. We had chosen a concierge level veranda room. We were in 7183, which is a port sided room toward the aft. Our preference are rooms on the very aft part of the ship, but we were lucky to get back this far considering our last minute plans. We were greeted fairly quickly by our room attendant who asked us when we wanted our sparkling wine. From the moment we first met him, we knew we were in good hands. Ahmad was friendly, professional and attentive. His kind demeanor never wavered during the course of the cruise. It wasn't long before our luggage arrived. At first I thought there would not be enough space, but in the end, I actually had more than enough space, with some drawers not being used at all. The room was clean, the lights bright enough. I had read that Celebrity's rooms on these older ships were smaller than most, but it didn't seem to matter. The room was easy enough to get around, the bathroom, small, but logical in its layout. There wasn't a tub, but the shower was good size. I do wish that the Millennium had soap and shampoo dispensers instead of individual tubes, but considering I brought my own shampoo and conditioner, it didn't matter. The veranda is also smaller than what we've had on Holland America. But it worked. I truly believe that one should always approach life and events without any expectation. That way you spend more of your time being grateful for things simply existing and not waste a lot time fretting over something that didn't meet some per-conceived expectation. This doesn't mean that I didn't spend time comparing the ship and cruise line to Holland America, as I did. But I found myself pleased as to how close the two lines are. Not expecting Celebrity to match the few bad reviews I had read, I found myself wondering why more weren't mentioning its attributes. Onward we sailed. The seas to Dutch Harbor, Alaska were smooth, really smooth. Typhoons and other "low" weather systems were to the south of us the entire time. I don't know if they were sucking the energy away from the more northern waters, but the waters were truly smooth. As we got closer to Dutch Harbor, the Captain kept us up to date on the weather. He made several course deviations to keep us away from the potential of rough seas. He even had a TV presentation showing us the latest forecasts via his computer in his office. He decided to go north into the Bering sea and cross back into the Pacific as we got closer to Russia. Of course, a lot of us passengers had visions of crab boats bouncing in frigid, violent waters, but the Captain's decisions was wise. We continued with glass-like seas for the next several days. As the time came for us to reenter the Pacific Ocean, the captain made it very clear that we were facing 7-10 foot seas. He said that there were no further deviations that he could take, but felt the ship's stabilizers could handle the swells with minimal effect. And the ship did very well. I hardly noticed the swells except at night when I laid down. Our room attendant was making sure everyone had green apples in their room, an old time remedy for sea sickness. As we entered the waters off the coast of Japan, the seas were once again smooth as glass. Back to Dutch Harbor. Dutch Harbor is a very small town in the middle of nowhere. Maybe it was its isolation that made the town people so friendly. School buses were engaged in taking passengers from the port to the town and back. While the location is beautiful, there isn't a lot to do there. The local fire department was present and more than willing to have their picture taken with passengers. They were selling t-shirts and caps which I bought to take home. There are a couple of museums to visit and a few restaurants to dine at. My husband and I chose to walk around, go to the local store to buy a few things and then back to the ship. It's a short visit, a pleasant few hours and a once in a lifetime moment. How many people in their lifetime will make a stop in the Aleutian Islands? Just mind boggling, the places a cruise can take you. Next stop was several days away in Otaru, Japan. Where Dutch Harbor was on the chilly side, Otaru was muggy hot. We don't do excursions as a rule. We did get off the ship and walked a couple of blocks before heading back to the ship. Other cruisers who had taken excursions were happy with them. The biggest problem that everyone was having was the communication between ourselves and taxi drivers. The cruise director gave us wonderful advice to print in Japanese letters, from the onboard internet center, just where we wanted to go and give that to the taxi driver. He told us that at the bottom of each port's paper for the day, there was the port address in Japanese letters, in case we got lost. In Europe, because of the Latin roots of many words, one can find their way around or least understand what kind of products a store might be selling based on the similarity of some of the words to English. But in Japan, no way. Big advice for next trip to Japan, bring a book of symbols with a translation and learn a few Japanese phrases. Two very unique events happened as we left the Japanese ports of Otaru and Hokkaido. Children presented farewell shows from the dock. Now this isn't your typical "welcome to our port" set of dancers or even crew members dressed in costume. These were local children and young people dancing, cheering, performing as we sailed away. In Otaru, it was a group of girls doing Polynesian hula dancing. Next to them were young boys playing traditional Japanese drums. They danced and yelled to us messages in Japanese that could only be interpreted as heartfelt. 'Thank you." "Bon Voyage." "Please come visit again." Signs translated what we could not understand. In Hokkaido, there must have been 100 young school girls, all in school uniforms, performing a dance, over and over again, until we sailed out of view. Shouts of bye-bye filled the air. It was quite the farewell and not one to miss. Just remember to be dock side on the ship when you sail from a Japanese port or you might miss these wonderful performances. To clear customs, one must meet first with a Japanese official onboard. This process, while orderly, took some time, occurring at the first stop in Otaru. Some of the excursions got a late start because of it and I heard some grumbling from a couple of passengers because of it. I don't think you can plan for every complication that occurs, and I'm not sure there was any way to make the process faster. But keep that in mind if your return on cruise ship to Japan that your first stop is going to take longer to go ashore. As I mentioned earlier, we are not shore excursion types. We had two different stops in Tokyo. The first one at the Oi Harbor, found us parked next to a very active port's crane, unloading and loading the ship behind us. Well, there were a lot of ships in and out of the harbor. My husband spent hours enjoying all this activity. The next day we moved to the port in Yokohama. Disembarkation was smooth and easy. To catch a taxi to the airport, we found that the taxi loading area was manned by an interpreter, which made communication so much easier. Now let me talk about the cruise itself. Dining: We ate in the main dining room twice. We like the ease of the buffet and most times went there. The food in the dining room, the food overall, was just fine. Was it a mind-blowing, latest and greatest fusion, gourmet, latest spin on presentation, dining experience? No. But it was alright. I told my husband eating on Celebrity was like having dinner at your best friend's house. It wasn't as good as mom cooked, but it was okay, good enough and after all, you were there because you were friends, not because you wanted to eat your friend's mom's version of meatloaf. Could the food be better? Probably. Breakfast was very good in the buffet. The setup in the buffet could be improved upon as there were long lines for pasta dishes and stir-fry in particular. But did I ever go hungry for lack of food? Nope. For us, we found the Tuscan Grill not up to expectations, but the service we received was awesome. We went there only once. We did go three times to the Qsine Grill. The food there was very very good, the service enjoyable and impeccable. The chef came out and chatted with every table. The cost for these specialty restaurants compared to the food/service? I think they are too much, considering that I am paying the same amount for dinner for two as I could pay at my local, excellent cuisine restaurant for dinner for two and drinks. But we had bought a dinner package which made the specialty restaurants costs about 1/2 price, a very good bargain. I would recommend buying a 3-5 package in advance if eating at these restaurants interest you. I can say that Sushi on Five has lovely service, but my husband, a sushi snob, wasn't impressed. About the ship experience. Stores on the ship were typical, though I was surprised to have to go to the liquor store to by dental floss, the salon to buy finger nail polish. On other ships, there is a general store where these things could be bought in one place. Overall the stores were fine and well stocked with things you don't need. The future cruise desk actually has several people working at one time which was a very nice thing to have, no long waits just to ask a future cruise question. The photo studio was standard and opportunities to have your photo taken were plentiful. The casino has to be walked through to get to theater on that floor, but considering the small walking space between machines, I didn't see a lot of crowding going on when the theater was letting out. There were plenty of activities on board to do, including a passenger choir that practiced nearly everyday, a passenger flash mob dance group, art classes, an indoor putting competition and karaoke. Karaoke occurred about three times, late at night. Then they had a competition with three judges. I enjoy karaoke, but always choke during competitions, losing in the first round. They did have band karaoke, after the competition where I got to sing with the home band. That was fun. But overall, I think fewer and fewer people are doing karaoke. For those karaoke fans, the Millennium gets its song from SBI Karoake. You can go to SBI's website and see all the songs SBI has. While the Millennium does not have everysong SBI has, you can be assured that if SBI doesn't have a song, the ship doesn't either. The best part of our cruise was listening to a band from Poland, that I think the cruise named them the Four Elements Band. This quartet was excellent. They played jazzy arrangements of not so common standards and performed then professionally, with technical brilliance and that subtle interpretation that separates a technical musician from an artist. We don't dance much, but the dance floor was packed every night when they played. If you go to youtube you can find some videos of the band that we've posted. Just search for Millennium Four Elements Band Poland and they should show up. Anna, Aga, Daniel and Bogdan...they made our cruise such a pleasure. Our overall impression of Celebrity is this: Personable service. The crew wanted to interact with the passengers. I know I'm not going to spell this correctly, but Captain Christopulous, from Greece, would sit next to passengers in the evening and engage them in conversation. "Are you enjoying the cruise?" he would ask. "Is there anything I can or my officer's can do to make it better?" He asked. Wow. We were impressed enough to book another cruise on Celebrity. If there is any negative to report, it is the attitude of other passengers. There seems to be an increasing tendency for people to speak their mind. Just because one has the freedom to speak, doesn't mean one should forget the responsibility to speak wisely or with kindness. I hope they all enjoyed themselves as much as we did. It was a great cruise, on a very nice ship with a wonderful crew. And the time with spent with my husband, watching the waves move us along, made the cruise a journey well spent. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our 10th Celebrity Cruise.... for the first time we chose Concierge Class. One good thing was the extra cruise credits we got, but gotta say I was shocked at the (lack of) quality of the daily hors d'ouvres as were most of ... Read More
This was our 10th Celebrity Cruise.... for the first time we chose Concierge Class. One good thing was the extra cruise credits we got, but gotta say I was shocked at the (lack of) quality of the daily hors d'ouvres as were most of the guests we chatted to in both Concierge and Aqua Class. We ended up requesting a fruit plate instead of the stale bread and/or stale cashews. The Cabin steward we had was excellent. The entertainment, quality of the daytime lectures and events and Q-sine were absolutely amazing. We went twice to Q-sine... so worth the extra $$... someone should get an award for ingenuity in menu design, food quality and presentation. Outstanding! Had a wonderful meal in the other 'optional' dining room but the room was so large it just lacked any atmosphere. We did not try the Sushi on 5 as we live close to Vancouver that has some of the best sushi in the world. We will definitely take more Celebrity Cruises in the future but probably will just opt for a regular cabin. We has asked to be able to take a look at the Blu Restaurant to see what you get for the additional fare, but not even the Concierge Class Concierge could get us permission to see their facility (VERY surprising not to showcase to a 10x cruiser who is ready to spend more money an upgrade facility). I've been in the hotel and tourism industry for 40+ years and have NEVER heard of anyone who wanted to see the upgraded rooms or service being turned down. Oh well! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose the Millenium for this transpacific crossing because we wanted a BTB that visited Japan. This cruise fit the bill! We were on the ship from September 2 - 29, the first leg left Vancouver September 2. We have family that lives ... Read More
We chose the Millenium for this transpacific crossing because we wanted a BTB that visited Japan. This cruise fit the bill! We were on the ship from September 2 - 29, the first leg left Vancouver September 2. We have family that lives in the Vancouver area so we did not explore the area before embarking the ship. We did stay at a Vancouver Airport hotel and took the Skytrain to Canada Place with 2 suitcases and 2 carry-on pieces without any difficulties. Embarkation went smoothly and despite the rather long lines it went very fast. As per usual on any cruise, the buffet was packed with new cruisers at lunchtime. We were able to share a table with another couple and enjoyed our lunch. It was shortly past 1 p.m when we were allowed to go to our stateroom. One nice touch with the room is that there is now a built in night light in the bathroom. It shines a soft light fro behind the picture above the toilet. As many raisers know the bathroom is pitch black in the night so a light is always needed, whether it is a small flashlight or a night light. The strange thing with the bathroom is there are no plugs at all, this meant my hubby had to shave at the vanity and I had to do my hair there as well. Not very convenient. The vanity had 2 electrical sockets attached and could take 110 or 220. I brought along a small power bar so that all electronics were sure to be charged each morning. We did find it odd that there were 4 wooden hangers in the closet. Only 4 hangers. Period. When I asked our stateroom attendant for more hangers she said that she could only give us wire ones. Did someone take the wooden hangers home with them? The other thing that was missing was the guest services binder. When we asked about it we were told that they had been removed for updating. We never saw one the whole journey. The t.v does have a room service menu if you wish to order something off that menu and the Celebrity Today newsletter has all of the opening hours of the restaurants and activities so I guess the guest binder has been done away with. We found the dining room service very good but the food quality seems to have gone down a little since our last Celebrity cruise. I am not complaining, just my observation. We ate in the main dining room, the buffet and one evening at Qsine. Qsine is a speciality restaurant that is available for a fee. It is supposed to be a taste of a lot of countries and is served in very interesting formats. We found it way too much food for 2 people, it would be good for a party of 4. Again, my opinion only. We ordered room service breakfast a couple of times on port days when we had an early tour. I find room service delivery times rather hit and miss. I asked for breakfast between 7 - 7:30 the first time and it was delivered at 6:35. The second time I ordered I asked for it to be delivered between 8 - 8:30 ans it arrived at 8:15. Seems the earlier you order delivery the earlier it arrives. It is probably due to the volume of people ordering breakfast on a port day. If you haven't checked out the "Silent Disco Party" you are missing out on a lot of fun! We also went to a couple of trivia games. The cruise critic meeting was huge! My guess is there were more than 250 people in attendance. It was held in the Cosmos Lounge on deck 11 and almost all seats were occupied. There were only 4 ports of call on the transpacific, Dutch Harbour, Alaska and then 2 ports in Japan. Tokyo was the disembarkation point for the transpacific crossing. I was worried what there might be to do in Dutch Harbour because it is so small. There were 4 school buses provided that shuttled us to the Safeway grocery store parking lot. From there we could easily walk around and explore this delightful little place. Of course this is the infamous Dutch Harbour from the t.v show "The Deadliest Catch" so we went hunting for the fishing vessels that are featured on the show. We found out later that there were 2 of the fishing boats in the only area that we didn't explore! Otaru was our first port in Japan therefore we had to clear Japanese Customs. The officials came onboard and we were called according to the information delivered to our cabin the night before. The immigration process was very well organized...as is Japan itself, and we were cleared in no time at all. Read Less
Already Booked?

Get to know who you’ll be sailing with

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise