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Sail Date: March 2014
Concierge Class Veranda Cabin  Sailing date 3/16/2014 Hong Kong to Singapore Us: Seasoned cruisers, 13 cruises, Holland America, RCL, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess, and yes, Celebrity twice, late 1990’s and this cruise being reviewed ... Read More
Concierge Class Veranda Cabin  Sailing date 3/16/2014 Hong Kong to Singapore Us: Seasoned cruisers, 13 cruises, Holland America, RCL, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess, and yes, Celebrity twice, late 1990’s and this cruise being reviewed Cruise highlights: Sorbets and Ice Cream are the best of any cruise line Best dancers and singers of any my cruises Very good cruise director Cruise lowlights: Notified 24 hours before embarkation that Millennium is experiencing Norovirus and that boarding will be delayed for “deep cleaning”. Celebrity stayed on high alert for Noro throughout the 14 day cruise by allowing no self serve of any food and the staffing required was met by pressing all hands into serving lines. My first step onto the ship revealed more rust on the entry deck than I’ve seen in my entirety of the other thirteen cruises. And that was confirmed by rust on all parts of the ship including my cabin balcony and furniture and carpeting that needed replacement throughout the ship. No exterior glass surface on the ship was every cleaned—all outside windows in public areas and cabins were never washed for the entire cruise. Other seasoned cruisers will know that exterior glass is normally cleaned every day or at least every port day. NO vacuuming of any carpets, supposedly for Noro, so our cabin carpet was brushed with a dustpan—large chunks only. Dirtiest carpet I’ve ever seen, greasy, stained; think of your worst hotel room. I believe HEPA filters for vacuums were invented for this type of cleaning situation—not on Celebrity. Drapes were ripped and stained, furniture was chipped and broken, you get the idea. Celebrity entices with a choose 1 of three options, we choose the free “classic” beverage package. Good for all drinks but non-premium alcohol. Celebrity will not publish, nor can anyone tell you which drinks are included. So one night, you can get a Jack and Coke, and at a different bar the next night, that is not included. The limit for mixed drinks is $8.00. Unexplained until you attempt to order a drink, is that a drink that is $8.50 will result in the full charge of $8.50 on you bill, not the 50 cents difference in the price. Concierge class is a joke, wilted flowers, the same three apples, no priority embarkation or disembarkation—don’t waste your money. Summary: Celebrity is more concerned with avoiding a headline of Norovirus for one of their ships then providing adequate service levels to the passengers actually on the ship. Disappointing cleanliness, disappointing food (Oceanview Café was at the level of college cafeteria food), and extremely disappointing service combine to take Celebrity off the list for any future considerations. Buyer beware.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We boarded in Hong Kong for a 14-day cruise to Singapore via Viet Nam and Thailand. This was our first time on Celebrity, although we had been on 12 other cruises on 8 other lines. We were pleased with the experience overall, but have some ... Read More
We boarded in Hong Kong for a 14-day cruise to Singapore via Viet Nam and Thailand. This was our first time on Celebrity, although we had been on 12 other cruises on 8 other lines. We were pleased with the experience overall, but have some suggestions for improvement. The Ship: The Millenium is aging and shows it. Most of the indoor areas are in good condition, although the interior design is dated. The deck areas, however, are in need of maintenance. Much of the ship seems designed to maximize on-board charge revenue. There had been an outbreak of intestinal virus prior to our boarding, so the crew were constantly busy disinfecting. At times this was disconcerting, but the precautions were welcome. Indeed, the ship reported that some passengers on our cruise got sick. Fellow Passengers: A very international set with native English speakers making up only about 60% Lots of people from Asia and South America. Mostly adults, although quite a few younger than retirement age. About 5% under age 20, very few families. Stateroom: We were very lucky to stay in a Royal Suite, and I would be quite spoiled to find fault. We were very happy there, especially with the extraordinary service provided by our butler. Service: Perfunctory, adequate, at times a bit friendly. Comparable to other mass market lines. Food and Beverage: Main dining room was always at least adequate, with some great successes. Comparable to other mass market lines. We had dinner in Blu 3 times and were very happy with the bistro-quality food there. The Olympic provided steakhouse quality food on par with premium restaurants on other lines. Qsine was a bit bizarre with an Ipad menu gimmick. We thought we were ordering from the pads, but in reality a server took our order verbally, and then brought out way too much food. This was not clearly explained. The Oceanview buffet was a bit of a free-for-all with too much pushing and shoving, with food of a very mediocre quality. Celebrity charges for beverages and pushes beverage packages, which seemed a good buy only if you drink a lot, or if your travel agent gets you a discount on the package. Fitness Center: Terrific. Lots of equipment and machines. While it is intensely used, the large scale made it very easy to access the equipment I needed. I was very happy with this feature. Entertainment: Very cruise ship. We saw 2 shows in the impressive big theater, and both were entertaining, although neither had any edge. The band and singer who performed in the clubs were very, very good. Other performers were forgettable. Enrichment: Poor quality. One lecturer and an improv class. That's all, other than the usual previews of excursions. An appalling art auction with many pieces of questionable value. Excursions: We took 3, all adequate. There were problems with the English language skills of two of the guides, and I think a fact check for one of them would have turned up lots of made-up data. Still we had a very quick review of some exotic places, giving us a taste for whether we might return. The smartest thing we did was splurge on the 3-day overnight excursion to Siem Reap in Cambodia to see Angkor Wat. As extraordinary experience. Who Are We: Two retired gents in our 60s with extensive world travel under our belts. Generally we prefer land-based travel and the chance to get to know a place in depth. We love ships, traveling on the sea, and prefer crossings with at-sea days to port-intensive cruises. We have taken 13 cruises on 9 different lines with no loyalty to any line in particular. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This was a port intensive cruise with a good mix of nationalities from the Canada, Britain, Europe, Australia and the USA - for once we actually sympathised with our American friends as their flights to Singapore were much longer than ... Read More
This was a port intensive cruise with a good mix of nationalities from the Canada, Britain, Europe, Australia and the USA - for once we actually sympathised with our American friends as their flights to Singapore were much longer than ours. Unfortunately the ship had had problems with Norovirus for some time, as earlier reviews confirm and, while the crew were trying to deal with it, it does impact on the cruise experience particularly in the buffet where everything has to be served. The other downside is the constant reminders to wash your hands and not to eat any dodgy food on shore. They are probably right though, having seen how many passengers seem to take no precautions on shore, but it does not help. Luckily it did not affect us and there were many good things. Embarkation in Singapore was fine and disembarkation in Hong Kong excellent (Miami please learn a few lessons), the crew were friendly and the entertainment staff excellent - we could not remember when we had had such a choice of dance music in the early evening. The entertainment in the theatre was certainly varied, not all suited us - but that's fine. The real bonus was the lecturers; for once they were relevant to the itinerary - talking on Buddhism and our ports of call. The lecturer in Buddhism was first class - he really had people talking and at tour lunch stops, when we met other guests, conversation frequently turned to what he said. Some reviewers have said the ship is looking a little uncared for. We didn't think it was any worse than some other lines we have been on but it does feel old fashioned and a bit dark if you compare it with the Solstice Class of ship which are so light and airy. It confirms the Solstice ships are a step change up and the Millennium Class has been left behind a bit in their wake. We choose select dining and were lucky to find Serkan and Mao serving us plus a top class sommelier, fairly early in the cruise, and persuade the welcome lady at the door to put as there very night. We thought the food at dinner had improved from our last cruise in Europe, with more interesting choices. However for us the guest relations department took the prize. Our airline managed to lose our main luggage on a short stop over in the Middle East and we were not reassured on arrival in Singapore. We went to see guest relations and they immediately gave us confidence, I appreciate this is something they have to deal with regularly, but they said they would contact the airline and the agent and make sure it arrived - luckily we had two days in Singapore at the start and arrive it did, just one hour before sail away. We are long standing captain's club members and the host was not the most user friendly we have had. He made no appearance at the breakfast in the Olympic, (he seemed to be used to shore up the buffet cleansing operation), but the real problem was that 'head office' had done a deal with one of the art auctioneers to use the Cosmos Lounge nearly every evening before dinner. This meant that captains club members who enjoy the early evening drinks which are normally held there were given vouchers and told to go elsewhere - on further discussion it appears that vouchers is the way that Celebrity are going forward but I did not hear one frequent cruiser who thought it a good idea. We booked all our tours in advance from Celebrity and were generally pretty satisfied. The ports are a long way from the main cities (3.5 hours in the case of Hanoi), and some guides were better than others, but we saw everything we were supposed to and the organisation on the ship beforehand was good. At the end we were pretty happy and would recommend this cruise as an excellent way of seeing this part of the world.   Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2014
This was the first time my husband and I had been on a cruise so we didn't have anything to compare it against except that we are experienced travellers having stayed and dined in some beautiful places. Since we booked with Celebrity ... Read More
This was the first time my husband and I had been on a cruise so we didn't have anything to compare it against except that we are experienced travellers having stayed and dined in some beautiful places. Since we booked with Celebrity Cruises we continued to monitor many negative reviews and were questioning whether we should cancel our booking for an alternative. However, we are so pleased we didn't! The embarkation process in Hong Kong was well organised, efficient and went without a hitch. Our cabin number 8155 on deck 8 had a fantastic location being easily accessible to all restaurants. It was clean, tidy, well maintained, had a lovely balcony, in general all we needed. The main cafe, the Ocean View, provided a huge variety of meals to suit all tastes and palettes. The only negative point we can make is that the food could be served a little hotter. On full days at sea it does get a little crowded at 12 noon so either go a bit early or leave it until after 1pm. The food in the main restaurant, The Metropolitan, was of an excellent quality. Service was sometimes a little slow, especially at breakfast time. The speciality dining restaurants, of which there were two, always served fabulous food, exceptional quality, along with great service. In general the staff were hard working, extremely polite and friendly, service on board was second to none. An extensive list of excursions was available and you would be hard done by not to find something that suited you. Due to the location of some of these points of interest meant that a 3 hour (approx) coach ride (each way) was necessary in order to reach them due to docking locations. However the guides made the journey entertaining and quite informative. Drinks packages - don't rush into purchasing these as you can buy them on board when you can better determine if they are worth while. Water is provide with all meals. If you frequent the coffee bars then a non-alcoholic package comes in useful. It's useful to note that coffee after meals was extra unless you have a package. You will also need bottled water for excursions, however these were provided free of charge on the coaches. Again decide once you are on board whether you need to purchase a wine package. Bottles can be purchased individually and any wine not drunk can be carried over until the next day. The disembarkation process in Singapore was again superbly organised. One niggly point - there seemed to be every opportunity to charge for the little extras which other establishments provide as a complimentary service e.g. Wi Fi. Our experience was obviously different from the negative ones that we read about and we wouldn't hesitate in sailing with Celebrity Cruises again.   Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2014
We have just returned from this cruise and absolutely loved it. This was our third cruise with Celebrity, having previously sailed on the Century and the Equinox. I do have to say that I thought the ship was showing some signs of age in ... Read More
We have just returned from this cruise and absolutely loved it. This was our third cruise with Celebrity, having previously sailed on the Century and the Equinox. I do have to say that I thought the ship was showing some signs of age in some areas but this in no way affected our time on board. For us, the staff really make our holiday. Embarkation: Embarkation was at noon but we were told that there had been a norovirus outbreak on the previous cruise so this would be delayed by 1 hour. This did not happen and the embarkation process was fast and smooth and we were having a drink and lunch in the Oceanview Café by 1.15pm. We could not go to our cabin until 3pm but this was no inconvenience at all. Cabin: We have previously had balcony cabins but chose an oceanview this time - cabin 3065 - third deck midship. I have to say this was very convenient. Straight up the corridor to Guest Relations, Shore Excursions etc and one floor up to the Martini Bar and main restaurant. This is obviously not a Solstice class ship and the bathrooms are not as opulent but we were happy with our cabin. I have to say that on our previous cruises we had a balcony cabin which I really missed. However, as Asia was so hot, I do not know how much time we would have spent on the balcony. Our cabin attendant was very good. Food: We ate most meals in the main dining room. Our one gripe on all cruises is that the food is never hot enough. With Hubby being a Health Inspector, he freaks out about this. The good was good without being wow - very American obviously. We only found out about 10 days into the cruise that there was a separate Asian menu. I wish we had known this a lot earlier as we found this much better. We rarely ate in the buffet - not a fan at all and apart from the station that cooks food to order in the evening, did not really enjoy it. We ate several meals in Bistro on Five ($5 cover charge). Food again was Ok without being great. The exception was the Tom Yum Gai Soup which was so good that we asked for the recipe. Drinks Package: We were given the Classic Beverage Package as a free extra. We upgraded to the Premium Package for an extra $11 per day and were very glad that we did. I mainly drink NZ Sauvignon Blanc which was $9.50 per glass or Chandon Bubbles which were $10 per glass. We had several martinis - $11 each and other cocktails. Large bottles of Evian water were also included, as was coffees in Café al Bacio and juices and smoothies in the Aqua Spa Café on Deck 10. Overall experience: We met so many wonderful people on this cruise. The staff, as always are amazing. We loved Katut and Yasa in the Martini Bar and Moses and Bruce in the Cosmos Bar were great fun as were the staff in the Casino. We do not go to the shows but did see a comedian one night who was very good. We also attended and participated in the improv comedy events and really enjoyed them. I enjoyed this cruise the most of the 3 that we have been on. Not for the itinerary as we really loved the Mediterranean, but we just found the Millennium to be a really friendly ship. I would cruise on her again in a heartbeat.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2014
We have just returned from this cruise and absolutely loved it. This was our third cruise with Celebrity, having previously sailed on the Century and the Equinox. I do have to say that I thought the ship was showing some signs of age in ... Read More
We have just returned from this cruise and absolutely loved it. This was our third cruise with Celebrity, having previously sailed on the Century and the Equinox. I do have to say that I thought the ship was showing some signs of age in some areas but this in no way affected our time on board. For us, the staff really make our holiday. Embarkation: Embarkation was at noon but we were told that there had been a norovirus outbreak on the previous cruise so this would be delayed by 1 hour. This did not happen and the embarkation process was fast and smooth and we were having a drink and lunch in the Oceanview Café by 1.15pm. We could not go to our cabin until 3pm but this was no inconvenience at all. Cabin: We have previously had balcony cabins but chose an oceanview this time - cabin 3065 - third deck midship. I have to say this was very convenient. Straight up the corridor to Guest Relations, Shore Excursions etc and one floor up to the Martini Bar and main restaurant. This is obviously not a Solstice class ship and the bathrooms are not as opulent but we were happy with our cabin. I have to say that on our previous cruises we had a balcony cabin which I really missed. However, as Asia was so hot, I do not know how much time we would have spent on the balcony. Our cabin attendant was very good. Food: We ate most meals in the main dining room. Our one gripe on all cruises is that the food is never hot enough. With Hubby being a Health Inspector, he freaks out about this. The good was good without being wow - very American obviously. We only found out about 10 days into the cruise that there was a separate Asian menu. I wish we had known this a lot earlier as we found this much better. We rarely ate in the buffet - not a fan at all and apart from the station that cooks food to order in the evening, did not really enjoy it. We ate several meals in Bistro on Five ($5 cover charge). Food again was Ok without being great. The exception was the Tom Yum Gai Soup which was so good that we asked for the recipe. Drinks Package: We were given the Classic Beverage Package as a free extra. We upgraded to the Premium Package for an extra $11 per day and were very glad that we did. I mainly drink NZ Sauvignon Blanc which was $9.50 per glass or Chandon Bubbles which were $10 per glass. We had several martinis - $11 each and other cocktails. Large bottles of Evian water were also included, as was coffees in Café al Bacio and juices and smoothies in the Aqua Spa Café on Deck 10. Overall experience: We met so many wonderful people on this cruise. The staff, as always are amazing. We loved Katut and Yasa in the Martini Bar and Moses and Bruce in the Cosmos Bar were great fun as were the staff in the Casino. We do not go to the shows but did see a comedian one night who was very good. We also attended and participated in the improv comedy events and really enjoyed them. I enjoyed this cruise the most of the 3 that we have been on. Not for the itinerary as we really loved the Mediterranean, but we just found the Millennium to be a really friendly ship. I would cruise on her again in a heartbeat.   Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2014
I am a fan of Celebrity Cruises. I try to cruise with them once a year and absolutely love the upscale feel and vibe. And I booked this cruise 11 months in advance - I was so excited! First time traveling solo. Unfortunately this trip did ... Read More
I am a fan of Celebrity Cruises. I try to cruise with them once a year and absolutely love the upscale feel and vibe. And I booked this cruise 11 months in advance - I was so excited! First time traveling solo. Unfortunately this trip did not live up to my expectations - which was partially because of my own hype. I had sailed on Millennium when she was first built and was dully impressed. But thirteen years later she feels tired. The public spaces, despite some spiffying-up, look worn. The outdoor lounge chairs are in terrible shape. There are cracks and crevices, and some visible rust. The carpet throughout looks dirty. Millennium is just not a brand-spanking-new ship - and I knew that going in. So that is not really part of my disappointment - just an observation. My major problem was the food and service. As an Aqua Class passenger, I was entitled to eat in BLU. I had eaten in BLU last year on Reflection and it was wonderful. I'm not sure what happened here but the food was bland & uninspired and the service was worse. I thought it was a one-off thing - so I gave it three tries. After that, no more. I tried the MDR instead - the worst. First meal was okay, service impersonal. Certainly not the food I am used to on Celebrity. The second night I was ignored. Imagine sitting alone at a table off to the side and watching countless members of the staff walking past your table with no acknowledgement. An assistant waiter finally asked me if I wanted to order - um, can I get a menu please? The entree was overcooked and cold - so I walked out mid-meal. Not once in either venue was I asked how my meal was or if I was having a nice evening. Was this because I was alone? I was pretty upset. I went directly to the Captain's Club desk to make a complaint - something I never do on a cruise. No one wants to be around that negative energy. Make the most of it! But I really had to say something to someone. The Captain's Club desk was closed. Come back tomorrow. The food debacle was salvaged by my casino hostess (Carolyn, on her last cruise!) who booked me into The Olympic for the rest of the cruise. The Olympic is outstanding. Food, service - everything. Just wonderful - I applaud the maitre d's, waiters, and assistants for making every evening a event! And because I was there every night for a week they kept offering to make special entrees not on the menu! I was pampered and I loved it. As for the rest of the cruise? It was okay. It was overcast every day. Victoria Peak was closed because there was zero visibility. Halong Bay we couldn't see a thing. HoiAn overcast again. And it was hot everywhere. Oppressively hot. I will say that overnight in Bangkok on a tour booked with BKK Tours we had a terrific time. Ms. Air delights in showing you her country, it was the perfect experience - I can not recommend them enough. BKK Tours in Bangkok, Michele and Air. The topper of the whole experience was the Noro Virus scare. Celebrity announced that we would have to wait longer to board because prior passengers had been sick. Good. Clean it up. But it didn't stop there. At every entrance or exit from any room we were asked to hand sanitize. The buffet was clogged with people because you could not serve yourselves and beverage tables had been placed in the passageways so people were scattered about willy-nilly. It was chaos. And half of the ships' public access doors were closed to force passengers to walk a targeted path with plenty of Purell. I am very grateful to the efforts of the whole ship to keep us healthy. I applaud the thoroughness of their sanitizing - kept me Noro free! But it was an inconvenience. A sad part of cruising in today's world - avoiding the germs. I'm really glad I went - It was two weeks of relaxing and doing nothing, basically. I didn't get to see the fantastic sights of Asia that I thought I would see. But the natives told me we were there in the wrong month for clear weather. Better to go in December or January. (Who knew?) And Celebrity stepped up to make the dining everything I expected. So everything worked out. I will definitely be back next year - already checking it out! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Just disembarked Celebrity Millennium after a 14 day Northbound Asian Allure cruise. On arriving at the very upmarket Singapore Marina Bay terminal for our departure, we were informed that there would be a significant delay in boarding ... Read More
Just disembarked Celebrity Millennium after a 14 day Northbound Asian Allure cruise. On arriving at the very upmarket Singapore Marina Bay terminal for our departure, we were informed that there would be a significant delay in boarding the vessel due to there being a gastro intestinal outbreak on the previous cruise with 200 people becoming ill. The vessel was being "disinfected" thoroughly as a pre-caution, the boarding process was therefore chaotic and abysmally handled. No one was able to access their staterooms until 4.00pm, the cruise Director "Steve" announced that everyone could access the bars and restaurants whilst waiting for their accommodation to become available, which was not too much of an inconvenience as we had arrived in Singapore the previous day and were well rested, however, they had the audacity to charge people for drinks, during this period of inconvenience, we were soon to realise that this cruise line is all about "added costs". We have travelled extensively on Seabourn and more recently sailed on the new Royal Princess in Europe, a far better cruise experience. As we were making our way to our stateroom Deck 7 (7201) I passed a corridor where luggage had been "thrown" into a heap outside the elevators awaiting delivery to their respective owners only to be confronted by a male room attendant who tried to stop me from taking a photograph of this, by pushing me out of the view, however, I did take a photo and it is posted on here. The following day we happened to pass the Cabin supervisor who made a comment in broken English " hmm you are the trouble makers" , I ignored her remark and subsequently made an appointment to meet with the Hotel Director, who explained that she should never have made that remark and was very apologetic. This is our introduction to Celebrity cruises!! ROOM SERVICE Having had room service on previous cruise lines, and were pleased mostly with it, we decided to have breakfast the following morning in our stateroom on our balcony ( which is enormous). It was the worst presentation of food and beverage that I have ever seen, a dried green mess greeted me as I lifted the lid on the scrambled eggs with dried and cold toast and cold coffee, the worst instant concoction imaginable. The same was true for my families meals, we were not able to eat any of it and I made a complaint with the Room service Manager, who in his defence contacted us the following morning to apologise ,and to give us his assurance that this was just some sort of "one off" situation, we never had room service again. ACCOMMODATION A family veranda suite at the rear of the vessel , stateroom 7201, a very large and for the most part a comfortable place to rest your head. My brother slept on a very uncomfortable pull out sofa bed that was so bad he changed to the very slim sofa bed on the other side of the room which he said was much more comfortable. My twin beds which had been joined to form one bed was very comfortable and my partner and I slept very well. The interiors of this vessel which have been refurbished look fantastic at night, with intimate bars and restaurants, the exterior is rusted,dirty and in need of some serious repair, i e. Hand rails, glass mirrors and doors . All of the outdoor furniture was stained and "ash" or the remnants of burning oil from the ships engines provided us with a daily "mop up" with our towels ( from the pool), which we're also stained and thin.( photos of this accommodation are attached) RESTAURANTS The main dining restaurant (Metropolitan) is on two levels with the lower level reserved for the "fixed hour" dining 6pm 830pm, we had opted for the flexible "Select" dining( 6pm - 9.30pm) and were accommodated on the upper level. The food was sometimes good, sometimes not so good, and sometimes terrible, it was never consistent. We had purchased beverage and specialty dining packages prior to arriving on the ship as well as the prepaid gratuities which is a condition of "select" dining, no problem with this, as it was prepaid when the payment for the cruise was made. My first glass of wine which was poured from an excellent bottle of Cabernet was spilt over a brand new shirt, this was to happen twice more, when I finally told the same wine waitress to just open the bottle and leave it on the table, when this was brought to the attention of the "Head waitress" she passed by at some point and pushed a folded up card for a "complimentary" launder under my side plate and said, here you go Mr........and walked off without even making eye contact, this card was left on the table and was never utilised. It was very rare to pass a member of the restaurant staff and receive a smile and some sort of greeting, only once can I remember that we received any eye contact and that was followed by a "grunt" . The QSine restaurant on Deck 11 dubbed "uniquely unordinary" lived up to its reputation with upside hanging table lamps and iPads to order the "experience" from, small plates and bites which are shared by the table, these were all delicious and interesting, you can order as much or as little as your appetite desires. It was my brothers birthday that evening so a cake was provided accompanied by the staff singing Happy Birthday. This restaurant carries a surcharge of US$45 per person. This restaurant was never full and under patronised, uniformed staff from the restaurant (in dirty stained uniforms) were always trawling the main "cafeteria buffet restaurant" offering discounts off the US$ price to attract diners. EXCURSIONS All excursions were professionally handled and all the tour guides were friendly and informative OVERALL EXPERIENCE With most of the passengers either becoming ill or recovering from illness, this was the most disappointing cruise we have ever been on. In 25 years I have NEVER travelled on a vessel that felt unhealthy and a general feeling of unhappiness amongst the passengers. The complaints were constant and evident in every area of this vessel.   Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2014
Was told that Celebrity was a First class cruise line - let me tell you this one(Millennium) was definitely Third class - dingy, dirty, boring. Maybe the worst of the Celebrity fleet? So many nationalities manning the buffet it was so ... Read More
Was told that Celebrity was a First class cruise line - let me tell you this one(Millennium) was definitely Third class - dingy, dirty, boring. Maybe the worst of the Celebrity fleet? So many nationalities manning the buffet it was so difficult to communicate with them. As for the dining - quality of food ranged from good to mediocre - ordered fish last night on board & you could smell it was "off" before it hit the table. Not much in way of fun entertainment. Movies & even the on board singers etc. were not a good look. Some of the major acts were very good though. Library was supposed to be open 24hours every day, but closed on majority of days & I was looking forward to some serious reading. We basically took cruise rather than a land tour holiday hoping it would be easier on our bodies. It was, the land content was quite good, but sadly the ship was a major disappointment. Many others we talked with were also upset with quality of the ship, food etc. Really this ship needs to be confined to the scrap heap. Is the quality of the food, entertainment & ship determined by where it is cruising to? Friends of ours did the Caribbean on Celebrity Silhouette around same time & said it was just a lovely ship, food & entertainment great. What happened to Celebrity Millennium? I would advise those entertaining thought of doing Asia by cruising, look at other alternative ships/cruise lines. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2014
This was our 12th cruise with Celebrity; we have been very satisfied customers and have developed a fondness for what was our first cruise line. Our previous cruise with Celebrity had been on the Silhouette in October 2012, although the ... Read More
This was our 12th cruise with Celebrity; we have been very satisfied customers and have developed a fondness for what was our first cruise line. Our previous cruise with Celebrity had been on the Silhouette in October 2012, although the continual trimming of many of the niceties from earlier cruises was evident, the essentials were still sound and we rated it as one of our best cruises. With this background we were totally unprepared for the experience of the Millennium – our feelings ran through shock, horror, disgust and sadness, mixed with complete bafflement at what Celebrity was trying to achieve. If this had been our first cruise with Celebrity it would have been our last, with the benefit of past experiences we will use Celebrity again, but another experience similar to the Millennium would probably be our last. First impressions at embarkation were not good, the decor as we entered the ship was dour and tired and in need of replacement. On further exploration we could see that various parts of the ship had been updated – those where additional charges applied – but these jarred with the shabby state of the “free” areas and gave the impression of a two “classes” ship. Our stateroom was fine and we were well looked after by our stateroom attendants, unfortunately the corridor in which we were situated had a permanent smell of blocked drains and seemed to form a “rat run” for some of our less desirable travelling companions – more on that issue follows. Our experiences in the main dining room were disappointing. The food varied between the OK and the inedible – it was never “special”. It bore the hallmarks of mass catering and on several occasions had clearly been standing for a “while” before being brought to our table. The low points were a dish described as chateaubriand, containing nothing related to fillet beef, that was tasteless and mushy and a steak Diane that could not be chewed. The service was as good as could be expected from the clearly overloaded waiters and I have no criticism of them as individuals. The dress code was consistently flouted by many other guests - eg shorts and T shirts at dinner in the main dining room - I never saw any of the recalcitrants challenged. The Oceanview self service restaurant was very poor. The food was unappealing, the scrum to obtain it equally so – the removal of trays meant that four trips to the self service counter were required during a normal breakfast. There were insufficient tables for busy times, when a table was vacated it remained full with the dirty crockery of the previous occupants, the tardy clearance of the crockery combined with a very cursory wipe of the table with a not too clean cloth created a very distasteful and unhygienic eating environment. Guests picking food from the service counter with their fingers was an increasing and unchecked concern On the upside the overall entertainment was some of the very best we have enjoyed on our cruises, the production shows were excellent and the enrichment talks on Buddha, arranged especially with the port destinations in mind were outstanding. Top marks also to the Cruise Director – for the entertainment programme and his genuinely friendly approach. Similarly for the Captain’s Club – this was probably the best hosting we have enjoyed. Although the ship was disappointing the destination ports were not. This was our first visit to the Far East and we found it enlightening and enthralling – especially Vietnam Every cruise we have been on has contained at least one group of people we have wished were elsewhere, but the ships have always been full of so many pleasant people that it was never an issue. On this Millennium cruise there were very many people with whom I never wish to sail again – their rudeness, boisterous behaviour, scruffy appearance and general demeanour did not belong on a supposedly luxury cruise ship. The continual cost cutting and consequential removal of many “niceties” over the last half dozen years or so is well known to regular Celebrity cruisers and whilst unwelcome to us, has not previously adversely affected the essential features of a Celebrity cruise, the food, the service, the ambience – and of course we along with others have benefited from the resulting price competitiveness of Celebrity. This cruise was different, mediocre food, poor service because staff were overloaded, the jarring behaviour of many other guests - suggest that the focus on cost and price has led to fundamental changes to the Celebrity cruise experience. This was not a luxury cruise – I am sure that many people, enticed by Celebrity’s advertising/image to have joined a cruise for the first time, will have been surprised by their experience. Similarly it was also clear from onboard conversations, that many long term Celebrity cruisers are of the view that standards have become unacceptable and will cruise elsewhere in future. Celebrity needs to decide who it wants to be – a luxury cruise line or a commodity cruise line that sells on price.   Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2014
We had taken a 10 day land tour of China first and then boarded the Millenium in Hong Kong. Unfortunately it was cold and very foggy so we could not see much of Hong Kong. The ship was quite nice though smaller than some of the other ... Read More
We had taken a 10 day land tour of China first and then boarded the Millenium in Hong Kong. Unfortunately it was cold and very foggy so we could not see much of Hong Kong. The ship was quite nice though smaller than some of the other ships. We continued on to Vietnam, visiting Hanoi, Saigon and Halong Bay. Halong Bay was a site to behold. The bay is strewn with quite spectacular rock formations and one of the houses a cave. Hanoi is a bustling city and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is very modern. The markets are something else! Never seen one like the Chinese market in Saigon! By now the weather was definitely warm. We continued on to Thailand. Bangkok was great a there is such a mixture of new and old! The Grand Palace was amazing! We ended up in Singapore from the grand finale! Singapore is clean, modern and full of life. The area near Marina Bay is spectacular! Life on board was good but not without a few hiccups. The food was good but somehow some of the passengers got sick with a stomach flu and the buffet had to be with attendants serving the food and it was not the same carefree way to dine. The entertainment was a disappointment on this cruise, not to Celebrity's usual standards. However, we were so exhausted from all the excursions, that after dinner we were ready to go lay down. The Casino was not well attended on this cruise. It is a shame that the cities we visited were so far from the ports and there is nothing to do at the ports themselves (quite industrial) without taking a bus and traveling 2 to 3 hours to get to your destination. In any event, it was worth it once you got there. All in all, another successful and enjoyable cruise! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2014
This was me and my husbands second cruise together, our first cruise was on the Constellation the sister ship of the Millennium. We have both traveled fairly extensively on land based holidays and tours. The itinerary for the Far East ... Read More
This was me and my husbands second cruise together, our first cruise was on the Constellation the sister ship of the Millennium. We have both traveled fairly extensively on land based holidays and tours. The itinerary for the Far East Cruise was excellent taking in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. This was a lovely way to see the Far East in a short space of time and enjoy the comfort and luxury of a cruise ship. Hong Kong - Booked flights and hotels independently. We arrived in Hong Kong on the 13 February and spent three nights at the Langham Place Hotel in Mongkok. The Club L rooms have amazing views of Mongkok and came with the exclusive use of the Club L lounge for breakfast, snacks and drinks. The hotel was excellent and the shopping mall attached to it had access to the MTR from the basement . The weather in Hong Kong was unusually cold for this time of the year but we did bring coats and warm clothes with us! it was also very foggy so we did not go up the Peak but explored Mongkok and went to Ladies Market, lots of fake handbags and the usual souvenirs. Walked along the Avenue of Stars which had great views of Hong Kong Island. With great anticipation we took a taxi from the hotel on Sunday 16 February to the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. It is so big and involves a lot of walking but not very busy and still being built up in places. Arrived at 1200 midday and joined a fairly small queue for Aqua Class passengers, check in was quick and efficient. Having been on the Constellation we knew the layout of the ship fairly well, had read a lot of negative reviews of the Millennium but she is definitely not the ugly sister! The Millennium Class ships are gorgeous the atrium is so grand. Our cabin 1100 was everything that we had hoped, actually liked it more than the sky suite we had on the previous cruise. Still fairly new, lovely decor and furnishings and also lots of storage space. Mario the cabin steward was brilliant and requests for extra coat hangers and clearance of the fridge was done straight away. The Aqua Class cabins appealed to us because we were then able to have breakfast and dinner in the Aqua class restaurant Blu. The flexible dining option was excellent, tables for two were also good and we never had to wait for a table to become available. Tables are very close together though! Breakfasts in Blu were really good especially the smoothies and parfaits. Always had a table by the window and it was a lovely start to the day! Evening meals were a bit hit and miss. Did not enjoy any of the soups and the desserts are now all from the MDR menu. The kobe beef meat loaf was outstanding and some of the steak meals also. Had a classic non alcoholic drinks package which was really good value though could be confusing especially when ordering some soft drinks. Some bars had different ideas about what was included and what was not! But Cafe l' Bacio was wonderful really excellent choice of speciality teas and coffees. The cakes and pastries that are served complimentary with drinks are the best on the ship! Went to both speciality restaurants Qsine and the Olympic both really good but Qsine though novel was only worth doing once. Never went to MDR but had some nice lunches in the Oceanview cafe. Lots of choices curry dishes, pasta, sandwiches the list was endless and always cooked well. Really enjoyed most of the shows some were outstanding especially the acrobats and the guitar player. Also saw some fairly new films in the theater. Did not attend any of the on board seminars or activities. Ports of Call Booked all excursions except Hong Kong through Celebrity. Vietnam Halong Bay - This was our first port or tender in this case. Such an amazing place, the scenery was breath taking! Went on a half day boat trip around the bay and also visited a cave which had very steep steps for access but the views were worth it! Rural Vietnam and Hoi An - Had to meet in theater for all excursions and tours, this was really well organized and we were giving a coach number and then proceeded to coach when called. Danang like most of the ports on this cruise is a container port. Went to a typical Vietnam village which was interesting and the surrounding country side was scenic. Hoi An was fascinating would loved to have spent longer there. Also went to China Beach, quite interesting the history and its connection with the Vietnam War. Quite a long day but an interesting perceptive of North Vietnam. Hoi Chi Minh - Still prefer to call it Saigon! The museum tour was good saw the Mummy, which was very well preserved. The former palace or Reunification Hall as it is now called was really informative, the museum contains some interesting pictures and information on the fall of Saigon. Most of the excursions involved very long days of touring but were well organized and the lunches included were really nice. Thailand Bangkok The Grand Palace and Venice of the East - Bangkok was so hot! The boat trip was excellent saw the Temple of Dawn, you could walk up the steps of the temple though quite a climb down! We also saw the big gold reclining Buddha and the gold monk. Lots of gold! The Grand Palace was stunning but very busy. The temple containing the Emerald Buddha was beautiful. Singapore City Tour - Walked around the Arab district, and the Garden by the Bay which was spectacular. The ship was docked at the Marina Bay terminal which has amazing of the Singapore skyline and the Marina Bay Hotel. Disembarkation - Very long queues to clear customs but the terminal does have air con and the queues moved fairly quickly. Flight was not till 11pm so we pre booked a day room at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Changi airport. Really nice airport hotel and a relaxing end to our cruise. Really enjoyed this cruise and we met some really nice people, from all over the world. Lots of different nationalities on board. They did have problems with noro virus on the ship but procedures put in place to deal with this were effective. The Millennium is a lovely ship and all the staff on board were friendly and attentive. Would sail with Celebrity again but would probably go on one of the solstice class ships next time.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2014
Having had 27 cruises over 20yrs,we have never had reason to complain before. Over the last 4yrs we have used Celebrity Solstice class ships.The general standard has been good,deck cleanliness,sun loungers and around the ship,as we would ... Read More
Having had 27 cruises over 20yrs,we have never had reason to complain before. Over the last 4yrs we have used Celebrity Solstice class ships.The general standard has been good,deck cleanliness,sun loungers and around the ship,as we would expect. Also the food has been fine. What a difference with Millennium,first impression was how jaded this ship appeared,it looked all of its 12/14yrs.surely scrap the rusting dirty sun loungers and freshen up the deck area.We know nowadays it so competitive for cruise companies,but the crazy high prices for drinks and tours does not help there future.$50 for a bottle of wine and $7.50 for a beer,mad! hence nobody enjoying evening drinks in the many empty bars. Sadly like so many other passengers we picked up some bronchial virus,which spread to non stop coughing,and occasional vomiting.having been to the medical centre a couple of times we were sold some linctus which made no improvement. After a few days we realised this virus must be widespread,as all self service was stopped in the buffet restaurant and the staff were serving in surgical gloves. We realise that security is so important,but so much frustration with body search and checking on and of the ship it becomes a ordeal.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
Our third trip with Celebrity and our most disappointing! Great itinerary, wonderful dining room staff but the ship/cabins are tired and in need of some TLC. Worn curtains, bathroom mirrors lacked silver backing are examples of the poor ... Read More
Our third trip with Celebrity and our most disappointing! Great itinerary, wonderful dining room staff but the ship/cabins are tired and in need of some TLC. Worn curtains, bathroom mirrors lacked silver backing are examples of the poor state of the cabin. The entertainment was college grade at best. Some talent that did eixist spoiled by a band that thought it was the star of the musical numbers. Officers were very low key and seldom seen except for command appearances. This was also our second Celebrity cruise spoiled by a virus infection. This ship needs to be taken out of service to be completely sanitized and refurbished. It wasn't close to being Solstice class no matter what the ads tell you. Then there is the Celebrity website! For three weeks prior to our departure I had no access to book side trips or update our travel information. It was listed as under repair or being upgraded. Requests for information or help went unheeded. The best response I could get was that we would be contacted within 48 hours. We are home from our trip and I'm still waiting!   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
Having recently returned from a Celebrity cruise I thought I would share my experiences with you. Initially all seemed well. The first and second nights got off to a great start...then it went downhill. The food was of good standard but ... Read More
Having recently returned from a Celebrity cruise I thought I would share my experiences with you. Initially all seemed well. The first and second nights got off to a great start...then it went downhill. The food was of good standard but arrived cold frequently. I had an incident with an extremely rude drinks waiter and from then on whenever he was around it made me extremely uncomfortable. He would deliver or rather dump the drinks ordered drinks, say nothing to anyone at our table and stride off. The so called entertainments in the evening were derisory, with the exception of the Violinist and the guitar soloist. I was most upset and complained profusely when I was informed that in the middle of our cruise the Cosmos lounge was reserved for a private party. At first I couldn't fathom who would book a private party on a cruise ship. Then the entertainments' director said it "was for the crew". How dare you!!!!!!!!!! Five of us book a cruise and are excluded from an evenings entertainment to give the crew a party AT OUR EXPENSE. I was given a bottle of plonk as compensation for the five of us. As for our evening, all entertainments stopped at 23:40. I was given an apology for the waiter from the manager. To sum up:- the entertainments onboard were poor or derisory this is the most important element. I will say that the day staff i.e.Rich and his colleagues were very good. Male staff were often rude. Food was served cold frequently. There were too many faults and niggely problems for this cruise to be memorable for the right reasons and I am speaking on behalf of all five of us in saying we will NOT be using Celebrity Cruises ever again.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2014
Personal Background Information: This was our fourth cruise in ten years, although our first with Celebrity. What a letdown. We had planned this trip to Southeast Asia as our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. Embarktion: We boarded ... Read More
Personal Background Information: This was our fourth cruise in ten years, although our first with Celebrity. What a letdown. We had planned this trip to Southeast Asia as our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. Embarktion: We boarded Celebrity Millenium on February 2, 2014 in Singapore and planned to disembark in Hong Kong 14 days later. Our concierge class stateroom was 8122. Dining / Food: I have Celiac Disease which means I must adhere to a Gluten-free diet. Before making the reservation, I sent a list of things I can and cannot eat to the agent and special-diets email and was assured that Celebrity could handle all of my dietary requirements. I inquired again one month before sailing and asked if GF food and supplies would be loaded on the ship and was told yes, they would look after me. LIARS! There was only one type of GF bread on the entire ship for 14 days--Food for Life Rice bread in white and brown rice. NO muffins, edible waffles/pancakes (to be fair, the cook tried, but without GF flour mixes on board the results were inedible), crackers, cookies, hot cereal, noodles (except for one brand of Pad Thai) but no pasta sauce, and of course at the daily high tea--no tea cakes or cupcakes in sight. More disturbing was the lack of education and snarkiness evidenced by the staff. Several times we saw servers use tongs or their hands to handle regular wheat bread and then utilized to give me GF bread w/o knowledge of the dangers of cross contamination. Our waiter, "Salih" brought me lamb wrapped in phyllo dough for dinner (I had pre-ordered fish since dough is NOT GF generally), and when I suggested this was not my dinner, he said, "Oh yes, I specifically checked with our chef and it is absolutely safe for you to eat it." He was visibly annoyed when I told him it could not possibly be my dinner since I pre-ordered fish the night before. He finally brought out my fish while everyone else was eating desert. Both a gentleman from Canada and my husband sent back their dinners one night…the meat was cold and undercooked and the roasted potatoes were uncooked and still hard. A woman from Russia and I both sent back the “duck soup†which was greasy, flavorless, and basically inedible. An assistant maitre'd Alex kept insisting I go eat on the 10th floor buffet rather than the main dining room, because as he said, "I only serve you so you don't complain about me, why not eat upstairs?" He also told me, "You give your order to the chef and it is his job to make it for you....I only bring the food." Room Service: As an omen of things to come, Celebrity gave us a complimentary bottle of wine for our anniversary...but forgot to leave a cork-screw...and this was in a "Concierge Class" cabin. When I called to inquire about a corkscrew, the room attendant said, "I'm eating lunch right now, I'll come when I've finished." On several other nights we chose to eat in our rooms...each time, dinner was served without utensils. We had to go up to the 10th floor buffet or recall room service to obtain utensils....meanwhile, our food got cold. Staff: Another assistant maitre'd, named Anatoly who was taking requests for dinning preferences when we first boarded the ship brushed aside my request to share a list of foods I can and cannot eat with him and his colleagues. His response was "so what do you want me to do about it?" Interestingly, I had to explain to a junior staff member why I needed to speak with Anatoly before I was allowed to verify that GF meals were available on the ship and that they had received my previous emails. The job of this junior staff member was "crowd control" (verbatim from the Manager of Food and Beverages) for Anatoly....seriously? Four of us were in line...another person with food intolerance and 2 octogenarians seeking to change their dinner times....crowd control? Not exactly a Springsteen concert mash-up if you get my drift. Entertainment: The entertainment was a real disappointment. Third tier and frankly I've seen more talent at high school musicals. One pianist, we dubbed "Shanghai Liberace" had the nerve to narrate a music video of himself playing one of his own compositions entitled "Shanghai Nights". Really? Does Celebrity really think a promotional pitch from a pianist is really entertainment? I counted eight people walking out of this so called performance on the main floor.... ten including my husband and I. Excursions: Oh, and did I mention that our passports were confiscated on day two of this 14 day cruise and only returned on Feb. 14th the night before arriving in Hong Kong. The crew insisted we would be safe going ashore in Thailand and both Vietnams with only our cabin room keys. Seriously? My understanding is that no-one is allowed to confiscate my US passport and that should I go ashore (on ship-run excursions) in a foreign country without it and became separated from the group, I would be a person without a country or resources to get home. Summary: On previous cruises, I was offered REAL GF food including bagels, waffles, cakes, breads, several types of pasta and sauces and customer service that was friendly, professional and frankly a joy to experience. Why this is beyond Celebrity Cruise lines is a mystery. However, what is not a mystery is that the staff made it clear that my medical requirements were my problem and of no concern to them. As Alex said, "I serve you only so I don't get in trouble." So, I won't bore you with more details of how badly we were treated on this cruise. Discussions with the cruise director and manager of food and beverage were fruitless. They listened, but no discernible changes were made. The bottom-line is that our experience with Celebrity demonstrates that they treat passengers without respect, snarkiness and an obvious dislike of being in a customer service industry. Evaluate all of your options before booking a cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2014
This was our 3rd cruise with celebrity and have certainly noticed some small changes (cutbacks) with them since our last cruise on the solstice 2 1/2 years ago. This did not affect our cruise at all and still had a fantastic holiday.. ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with celebrity and have certainly noticed some small changes (cutbacks) with them since our last cruise on the solstice 2 1/2 years ago. This did not affect our cruise at all and still had a fantastic holiday.. Arrived in Hong Kong and the weather was as cold if not colder than the uk, so prepare yourself and take some woolies with you. Hotel in Hong Kong was nice and attached to the airport so not far to walk after a long flight. Embarkation was straight forward and efficient on to the ship. Cabin ready almost straight away. We had balcony cabin on deck 6 and was fine, clean and plenty of storage space. Room attendant Charlie was efficient and had the usual knack of knowing when we left our stateroom and immediately attended to it. PORTS OF CALL We chose to book all our excursions through celebrity and glad we did. The tour guides were excellent and very informative. As most ports are quite a distance from excursions the days can be long and tiring but all restaurants that were included were very good. Hong Kong- Did the laser light show and to the peak, very disappointed. Laser show was poor, seen a better show from the lights from buildings. Due to fog our trip to the peak was a waste of time. Did not see anything which I know is outwith anybody's control. Would not recommend it. Hanoi - Long bus journey to Hanoi but worth it, had a great guide. Disappointed as was not able to see mummy of hoi chin minn but otherwise fantastic. Halong bay - Morning out to the caves on a junk boat, highly recommended. Danang - Did a bycicle ride in hoi ann, had a brilliant time and was one of my favourite excursions. Hoi chinn min city - Went down the tunnels and again informative and enjoyable Bangkok- Another one of my favourites. Went to an elephant park and got to ride on one of these majestic animals. Amazing. Singapore - Very clean city but very expensive. Did not have too long to explore. All of our excursions apart from Hong Kong very excellent value and for the distance we had to travel, the tour guide and meals worth every penny. All very well organised. The itinary was why we choose this cruise and so glad we went. The people were so friendly and welcoming to us visitors to their country. Yes the millenium is an older ship but in good order for its age. Did feel movement on occasions and we did have one night where the show was cancelled due to it being unsafe for the dancers/singers. Food was good, although the waiters and solemmiers have much more tables to attend to so not so much time for chatting. Ocean view cafe always busy for breakfast and lunch when sea days but a good selection. We had the classic drinks package which worked for us even although a lot of days we were away for 12 hours. Entertainment was ok, some guest entertainers not our cup of tea but you can't please everyone I suppose. Magician show was what you would see at a children's party. Onboard bands excellent D'Revelations were excellent and activities staff worked the guests well. There was some episodes of Nora virus on board while we were on and extra precautions were carried out, deep cleaning and no self service at the buffet (I actually prefer this even though it slows it down). The staff were vigilant with alcohol gel at all dining areas but I think they need to go into the toilets as well. On numerous occasions when I was in, there was people not washing their hands. There really is no excuse for this but do think a lot of people from a certain age are not quite so aware of the importance of hand washing. CONCLUSION- If you want an all singing/dancing ship then the Millenium may not be for you but if you want to experience some wonderful countries and sights with good food and nice surroundings then yes I would highly recommend it. Would I sail with celebrity again? Yes without a doubt. Would I visit the Far East again?DEFINITELY Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
I am always skeptical of some of the negative reviews I read about cruise ships. I recommend considering the sources before making your mind not to make a booking due to bad reviews. People are more likely to complain about things that ... Read More
I am always skeptical of some of the negative reviews I read about cruise ships. I recommend considering the sources before making your mind not to make a booking due to bad reviews. People are more likely to complain about things that went wrong than things that went right. Age, lifestyle and country of origin can also make or break a positive review. I’m not sure why some people are compelled to write such negative reviews. I think it’s a mix of one small thing sets them off, they are just too darn picky, OR perhaps they work for a competing cruise line. I’m an EXPERIENCED cruiser and an executive in the travel industry. I have cruised over 25 times, including mid-range and luxury lines. I am an avid Celebrity cruiser. My wife and I sailed on the Millennium on the January 5 14-night cruise from Singapore to Komodo Island, Lombok, Bali, Penang, KL, and Phuket. We had a wonderful journey. The Millennium has been SOLSTICEIZED and is in very nice shape. She is a bit smaller than the beautiful new Solstice Class ship which is a plus in my book. I did miss The Silk Harvest Asian fusion restaurant but also LOVED the new venue, “Qsine”. What a fun and delicious experience. We enjoyed our Sky Suite and thought the service was great. This was simply a wonderful itinerary and a most memorable trip. I implore reviewers not to judge an entire cruise on one or two hiccups. Travel is seldom flawless and savvy travelers know they just need to role with the unforeseen and ENJOY. We always try to be grateful for the opportunity to enjoy such as wonderful and privileged experience. This becomes even clearer after visiting third world ports where poverty and desperation are prevalent. An earlier review from the same cruise we were on spends most of the time complaining that the Apple Store did not meet his expectations. Really? I suggest you should be amazed that a cruise ship even includes an Apple Store. If you want better Apple shopping, go to a shopping mall or shop online. Please While we had a wonderful cruise, we are starting to book smaller ships now and constantly search for more exotic destinations where we haven’t yet visited. You can book Millennium with confidence. It’s not Seabourn or Azamara but it’s a good value for your money.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2014
Celebrity Cruises - Jan 19 to Feb 2, 2014 Celebrity Cruises has come a long way since our last cruise with them a couple of years ago, unfortunately it is in the wrong direction. However, they are perhaps following a trend in the cruise ... Read More
Celebrity Cruises - Jan 19 to Feb 2, 2014 Celebrity Cruises has come a long way since our last cruise with them a couple of years ago, unfortunately it is in the wrong direction. However, they are perhaps following a trend in the cruise industry that is a result of not understanding or properly choosing their “target market.” Initially their target market was the “Love Boat Crowd” or those wishing to visit the cities of Europe for historical reason. As the popularity of cruising increased, so did the destinations, as well as the potential to make additional profit off of tours and other related services. Price competition exacerbated the problem by shifting the marketing by the cruise lines to initial cost versus total cost at disembarkation. Another problem could also be a result of expanding their cruise destinations without doing the proper planning to deal with these destinations. The bottom-line is that most of the “decisions” seem to be driven by that bottom-line of profit as opposed to customer satisfaction or providing real value for the dollars spent. Summary: For those that do not like long stories I will sum up my conclusions first. If you want to see tropical islands with white sandy beaches, go to the Caribbean, not South East Asia (SEA). The “locals” have similar life styles and it will not take you 24 hours of flying time to get there. You may visit a few luxury resorts while in SEA, but for the cost of the cruise line tours you could spend an extra day or two at one of those resorts in the Caribbean. The combination of ship size and docking facilities results in “tendering” for many of the SEA stops and even when docked the points of interest are thirty or more minutes away by taxi or other forms of expensive transportation. Cost is always a consideration for all but the wealthiest of us and even those did not get to be wealthy by throwing money away. When one adds the cost of the transportation to SEA, the cruise cost, the tour costs, and the cost of beverages, that total approximates the cost of a luxury cruise on one of the smaller ships that include most of these costs plus other benefits and truly quality food. Another new trend to avoid is the “anytime dinning” option. I believe that has led to both a decline in the quality of the food served as well as the service. This will be discussed further in the rest of this document. However, I believe Celebrity has set a new low standard for the quality of food in the cruise industry. Celebrity Millennium: Food – Some food was good, most was eatable to mediocre, and some was actually uneatable. In 1986 I did a Panama Canal Cruise on the Royal Princess with my parents and I remember my dad saying how the quality of the food had declined since they first started cruising in the 1970’s. Part of the problem may be the cruise destinations for SEA and obtaining quality meat products. I do not know the answer to that question, but most of the beef we had was either tasteless, tough, or both. The “anytime dinning” may be a contributor to this problem since with the old way of first or second seating the chef had a pretty good idea of how many would show up for dinner as well as what the popular meals would be. Now with the combination of anytime dinning and the optional “specialty” dinning venues, those numbers as well as the staff required to serve them can vary widely. When these factors are combined with the focus on making the maximum profit, the result is predictable and not good for the customer. Unfortunately one of the driving factors for all of issues associated with the food is cost / profit, and that seems to be driving the train. We were on a Princess Cruise; October – November 2013, and the food was far superior to that we had on this Celebrity SEA cruise, but that was a 15 day roundtrip cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii; supply may not have been a problem. Celebrity Millennium: Service – Walk the Talk! Not really; again this may be a result of the changes in “tipping” policies that have taken place over the years. When I first started cruising we got envelopes for tipping the various servers that took care of our needs during the cruise. Today those “tips” are automatically added to your room bill unless you elect to have them removed; a fact which is not well publicized. So it is kind of like “socialism;” everyone one shares equally regardless of how hard they work. Of course if your “clients” selected first or second seating you will have the same “dinner” customers every night so you will do the extra things for them because they may give you an additional tip at the end of the cruise. The problem with this approach is that it does not promote teamwork and I often observed a server or their assistant standing around talking while the other severs were rushing around because their tables were full. The problem gets worse if you eat breakfast or lunch in the dining room; something I highly recommend because the food at the buffet is marginal. Unless your regular server is handling your table the “service” will be adequate, but not great. I blame this on the head waiter and their assistants; they should be walking their stations with coffee or water supporting the assistant waiters in their tasks and setting an example. We were eight days into our fourteen day cruise before we even knew who our head waiter was. At this point we suspected he was grooming us for his tip at the end of the cruise. Celebrity Millennium: The Ship – The ship is in serious need of some maintenance where the salt water and air have caused extensive corrosion. Our balcony door was badly corroded and should have been replaced. There is similar evidence of wear and tear throughout the ship and it makes one wonder about some of the equipment we cannot see. The electrical system is outdated as there are insufficient outlets in the rooms to allow the hookup of phone and camera chargers, laptop computers, and medical devices (sleep apnea CPAP machine). We had to have a ten foot extension cord run from the desk to the bedside for the CPAP machine and that was a tripping hazard to go onto the balcony. One of the really big “rip-offs” on cruise lines today is the charges for Internet Service. Almost all today’s travelers rely on maintaining Internet contact with family, friends, or business associates, on a regular basis. When the cruise line charges for these services for one hour exceeds my home bill for a whole month I know I am being overcharged. Then when one considers the speed of the Internet service coupled with the quality, it becomes really aggravating. Celebrity Millennium: Not Alone – Today’s Trends – More and more cruise lines are doing things to improve profits, but at the expense of customer satisfaction and providing value. The hope, maybe even belief, is that the customer will not figure it out until after the cruise line has made their money. I believe those running cruise lines following this path are going to fail because others, like me, will publish their stories and the word will spread. I used to like cruising vacations because they provide a good value. A good value is not determined by the provider of the service calculating the maximum price that can be charged for a service, but by the value the recipient of the service places on that service. The cruise lines must remember they not only have other cruise lines to compete with, but other alternative vacation choices. We will be looking into the higher end cruise lines where more amenities are included as well as all inclusive resorts with great reviews. Vacations are about relaxation and fun.   Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2014
Just got back from a fantastic 14 night cruise aboard celebrity Millennium. Was a little worried from previous reviews which proved to be unfounded. Yes the ship is not as good as previous Celebrity Cruises on solstice class ships but to ... Read More
Just got back from a fantastic 14 night cruise aboard celebrity Millennium. Was a little worried from previous reviews which proved to be unfounded. Yes the ship is not as good as previous Celebrity Cruises on solstice class ships but to be fair they are a lot newer so you would expect to be in better condition. The Millennium is over 10 years old but has been maintained and is clean, tidy and what I expected, no complaints here and not sure what people expect. Cabin was spacious (Concierge Class 8112) and found it to be better laid out and more usable than previous cabins I have been in, particular the shower which was much larger. In general staff always appeared friendly and helpful which is what I expected and wasn't disappointed. I did witness some passengers treating staff appallingly as if they were some sort of third world servant, quite embarrassing and really regret not interjecting. Staff work tirelessly for long hours and are only human and on occasions perhaps make the odd mistake, but don't we all. They try to please everyone but clearly from the attitude of some they don't always succeed but they certainly don't deserve the treatment by some. I see some reviews were critical of the Apple staff, I found no problem and the lectures/lessons were advertised clearly on the ships daily programme and took place as listed, I attended several and wasn't disappointed. In Bali yes there were delays in being tendered to and from the ship however this was nothing to do with the ship but purely down to the sea conditions, there was a significant swell which on occasions made it impossible for safety reason to board the tenders. You can't really hold the ship responsible for acts of nature! as expected staff were conscious of issues and provided plenty to cold drinks and towels to make people as comfortable as possible throughout the wait. South east Asia is a relatively new itinerary for cruise ships and yes time in ports is limited on occasions but this is clear if you read about the excursions and the fact that most ports are tendered and not docked. I carefully planned and we had some great excursions including white water rafting, visiting Komodo dragons and sea kayaking to name a few. Yes I would love more time in port but this is a cruise after all so a brief intro to the country you are visiting is all your going to get. We dined on select basis and always got a table to suit and as normal food was of an extremely high standard as is expected from Celebrity. Plenty of choice and accommodated a gluten free member of our party every day with no problem. One night we booked into the Olympic specialty restaurant which was fantastic and well recommended. All in all we had a fantastic cruise, Its almost impossible to compare cruises from different parts of the world as they all come with there own differences as is expected, go with an open mind and you won't be disappointed, if you want a pristine ship book on a brand new one if not Millennium is fine just a little older. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2014
It has been 12 years since we sailed on Celebrity (Mercury), so it was fascinating for us to see how things have changed from then, We booked B2B SNG to SNG for Indonesia then it was SNG to Hong Kong. We were in Aqua class but as we booked ... Read More
It has been 12 years since we sailed on Celebrity (Mercury), so it was fascinating for us to see how things have changed from then, We booked B2B SNG to SNG for Indonesia then it was SNG to Hong Kong. We were in Aqua class but as we booked late, we had to accept that we had to move from deck 11 to 9 for the second leg. Embarkation was painless other than the new port at Marina Bay, You do seem to have to walk a very long way to get to the ship compared to the port at the Harbourfront - its location too seemed more out of the way too. Getting back on the ship was a pain as the security was either over the top or highly inefficient as there were always long lines once through customs to get back on, as was the case in most ports of call. The Singapore customs were also causing long lines as passports and baggage is checked everytime you get on or off the ship, and although they are efficient, long lines are the normality especially when there is another ship there. Getting back on the ship was a constant problem throughout the cruise. X are very good at organising tenders and disembarking but poor at getting back on. In Bali, folks were waiting 2 hours in the sun for a tender. All the trips and tours arrived back at the same time and we were told that there were 6 tenders working. They lied, there were 6 in total and were dropping off one at a time and even the last passenger tender had to wait some 15 mins bobbing about alongside the ship waiting for the crew and equipment to be unloaded first. We were also told it was always like that there - ??? sort it out X We used the ships tours for the first leg as we were late getting on this cruise. Compared with doing your own or joining a CC trip, they were very disappointing and the weather was constant rain. I looked at the weather forecast for the area and it showed rain and thought I was just unlucky, but to our dismay at each stop we were told it was the middle of the rainy season !! Shame on X for doing this itinerary way too early. The second leg in Vietnam and HK was down to 10*C with rain which did spoil things but this was just bad luck and not the ships fault. In Hanoi when we got back to the ship we were greeted with chicken soup!! We used Smile tours for the second time for the 3 stops in Vietnam. Cant recommend them highly enough Ship :- Millie is a well used ship and in places it is dated and worn. Having said that, it is being constantly cleaned and is in good condition for its age. Cabin :- We were on deck 11 and when it rained, which it did alot, it poured through the balcony doors into the cabin. We reported this to the steward who said there was nothing they could do as all the cabins were like it !! Maybe stay clear of the rainy season would help. The cabin itself when not drenched was fine and the cabin steward was very helpful. When it came to moving we were told that we would get help in moving but on the day there was no-one to be seen so we moved ourselves which didnt take long. Our cabin on deck 9 had seen better days with some of the doors not fitting correctly and that smell of damp in the bathroom. We knew the balcony was smaller than normal as it was next to the hump, but the condition of it was disgusting. We found also the overhang to be way too big that there was no chance of any sun getting to it. As it was so cold we didnt use it anyway Dining :- As we were in Aqua, we dined in Blu. I find the concept to be very good (hoping not to pile on too much weight), but its execution was poor. Rarely did you receive the food cooked as you ordered it and saw many a plate being returned for that reason. You ended up ordering not what you wanted but how you thought it would arrive. The avocado and arugula salad would arrive without the avocado and the chicken salad was chicken and a few lettuce leaves etc etc. The first leg they ran out of many items but not on the second. Blu shared the kitchen with the main dining room which seemed to be at the root of the problem. We used the MDR only for lunch which was fine so cant comment on the evening meal. The buffet was the usual fare and with the constant announcements about Novo, you would think people would be careful - but no, it was the usual scramble with people handling the food and putting it back if they didnt want it. X didnt help as the trays were so far at the back of the serving counter that people were putting there heads under the screens to get at it - hence it was rare that we ate anything there. Olympic was nothing short of fabulous. At $45 a visit, at first it seemed mighty expensive for a speciality restaurant, but we thought it was worth every penny and also had a couple of lunches there. Q Sine was a novel concept at first, but after dining there 3 times, the novelty had worn off and although glad we tried it, we wouldnt re visit it, The Cafe was good in the mornings but the afternoon staff didnt know how a coffee should be made. We had to send several back as they were that poor. We ended up not going in the afternoons Staff:- The staff everywhere were probably the best we've sailed with. We found them so friendly and welcoming especially in Blu - officers were thin on the ground, but would make small talk when you did see them Photographer :- What a pain in the butt they were. I appreciate that there are folks who want their picture taken but we dont do that anymore. It was bad enough being interupted during dinner but 3 times in one evening ??? Entertainment :- We are not ones for shows but on this occasion we decided to go and have a look. I now know why we dont do shows. It doesnt help when they are hyped up to be the best in the world and then the juggler starts dropping his props and you can see how the magician does things etc. Didnt go to the cabaret style show so cant comment Disembarkation :- like the embarkation, it was painless other than the new port at HK. You have to walk miles with your carry - ons and taxis were hard to come by. Again the old port of Ocean terminal was a much better port for the passenger. Would I go on it again? If the itinerary was suitable and it was a good price the yes I would. For all its failings, they are acceptable as long as you can either avoid them or accept it was a good price and expect less because of it. It was certainly not 5 star but again I didnt pay the 5 star price. If sailing with X again I would do Aqua but not on Millie, and would give deck 9 and its overhang a miss   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2014
We booked the "Gems of Indonesia" cruise several months in advance, and carefully counted down the days until departure. The itinerary was excellent, and as a huge Apple fan, could hardly wait to shop the onboard Apple store, and ... Read More
We booked the "Gems of Indonesia" cruise several months in advance, and carefully counted down the days until departure. The itinerary was excellent, and as a huge Apple fan, could hardly wait to shop the onboard Apple store, and participate in the advertised iLearn classes. The embarkation process was quick and painless, and although quite small, found our room comfortable. One thing that struck me right away was the general lack of enthusiasm from the crew. They all seemed tired, burned out, and one actually stated they hated long cruises because they get tired of the same passengers. The Apple store was a joke, selling just a couple of Apple items, which were at least a generation old, and for top dollar. I believe Apple would not be pleased if they knew. The Apple iLearn classes were no where to be found, and my asking seemed to annoy to the staff. The required beverage packages were a joke, we basically spent $32 a day (for my wife and I) to get one bottle of water, and one diet coke each. NO FREE WATER! Half the time we could not locate a station open to get these items. The cost of these packages/shore excursions nearly doubled the price of the cruise. Shore excursions were expensive and disappointing, often getting to spend less than 30 minutes at a site I had looked forward to exploring for months. One evening on Bali, passengers had to wait 90 minutes to get on a tender and taken to the ship. I saw 2 ambulances come and go to take away passengers who had become ill in the heat. The topper was a mid cruise dinner where a piece of glass was in my roast duck, it shattered when I bit down, and caused my mouth to bleed for several hours. The staff seemed less than concerned, and I felt like they believed I had made it up. Sadly, the most educational thing we did during the cruise was attend a multi part seminar, Buddhism 101 by Marshall Stern. Excellent, and the 60 minute talks were longer than the time we got to spend at most of the temples, that I had waited so many months to see. Bottom line, this was our 3rd Celebrity cruise, and will be our last. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
If you've been on a true solstice ship, you'll be disappointed. Solsticized means they improved areas that would bring more money to the ship, like a larger casino. The Persian gardens on millenium were in a dark enclosed space ... Read More
If you've been on a true solstice ship, you'll be disappointed. Solsticized means they improved areas that would bring more money to the ship, like a larger casino. The Persian gardens on millenium were in a dark enclosed space with no tile lounges (tile seats) compared to the ones that face the ocean in a solstice class. It is an older ship with paint splatters all over the place. On the up side, the food is superb as is the service. There was always an open lounge on the pool deck and all the passengers were respectful. The Therallasapy pool had stuff floating in it but it was nice regardless. The whirlpool were the perfect temperature..nice and hot. Entertainment is lack luster. Be sure to see the Komodo dragons. We took a tour with Jeffry Buana (email him) to Komodo and the Pink beach. Be advised that you have to jump on the top story of his boat from the pier...husband did it even with 3 artificial joints. Fantastic snorkeling. Just ignore the trash. This part of the world was not taught to throw things in the garbage so there is trash everywhere. You'll bump your head on a milk carton when you come up for air. The monkeys along the side of the road are fun and there are many at the monkey forest/Ubud. We took a tour with Dewa Parita in Bali as recommended by a cc'er. 7 passenger air conditioned van was $60 per day TOTAL, not including tip. He would take us anywhere we wanted to go but we left it up to him. He took us early to see the temples on the ocean, the silver factory, etc. port Klang is a waste of time. Stay on the ship and take advantage of the free wifi shooting from the terminal building. Everyone who went into Kuala Lumpur said it wasn't worth it.it was just for shopping.Have fun! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2014
This was the first time my wife and I took a Celebrity cruise and also our first time visiting this part of the world. Embarkation: Everything seemed to go fine until we were sent to a desk off to the side and not told why. We were not ... Read More
This was the first time my wife and I took a Celebrity cruise and also our first time visiting this part of the world. Embarkation: Everything seemed to go fine until we were sent to a desk off to the side and not told why. We were not given our room cards and no one seemed to be able to tell us why we were sent there. Finally after asking several people what was going on we found out that because we were Aqua Class they were holding our cards until they had an opportunity to up-sell us a dining package. Keep in mind we just flew from Toronto for 22 hours and after finally reaching our destination and checking in we are made to wait in the stifling heat, carry-on luggage in tow with no explanation...nice Celebrity. No other cruise line has ever withheld our room cards after check-in...five star service. Our Room: The air conditioning was not working and after 3 days and several attempts they managed to get it to work...only on the highest cold setting, permanently. Oh yes my wife developed a nasty cold in spite of our attempts to keep the room at a manageable temperature by keeping the balcony door open at night...$4.00 for cold medication at the medical unit...thanks again Celebrity. The railing on our balcony was damaged and the metal support was separated from the wooden portion. Our shower would not drain properly and water would pool around our ankles when showering. The only bright spot about our room was the attendant who was excellent, he was professional and took care of all our needs promptly. Oceanview: Disgusting. Stale food was reused from lunch for dinner. The food was almost always too cold or tired looking, wilted lettuce is a staple in Oceanview. The buffet should be renamed the staff lounge. Never in all my cruises have I seen so many staff eating and talking loud in a buffet. Sometimes you would have to complete with them for the last piece of steak or fries in the tray.One night we even saw a staff take some cheese cubes out of the tray and put them in his hand, he then casually walked around popping cheese cubes in his mouth. Staff were often nervous and would only look busy when a manager was on the floor. Tables were left untidy and sticky. The amount of people snacking while waiting at the food stations had to be one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen on a cruise. One night while this was happening three staff were at the same stations and said nothing. Hand sanitizer is clearly not the solution here. Restaurants: Mediocre at best, food was often cold, salty or a combination of both. The staff in the Blu were excellent Lui and Mae, thank-you for your excellent service. Fellow cruisers: We met some wonderful couples from the UK who were warm and shared a wealth of experiences with us. As one of the youngest people on the ship I have to say the behaviour of some of the guests was disgusting. I saw a couple screaming at the top of their lungs at another couple to get out of their seat in Lombok during an excursion. They said it is "the rule." I did not know that rules existed regarding seats when on an excursion. i regret not sitting in that seat myself, the couple being yelled at moved...guess what I would have done? Some of the seniors treated the locals and the staff like they were beneath them. Again in Lombok a man from the UK took off his shoes and placed his bare feet on top of the seat in front of him during an excursion. We were instructed that in that part of the world showing the bottom of your feet is considered disrespectful to the locals. The people there do not have very much and to see someone show a total disregard for their culture was something I never thought I would see someone on a 5 star cruise line do. The only reason why I would sail with Celebrity again will be because of the itinerary. It was a terrible experience on a tired ship that needs to be retired. Thank-you Spaky, Good luck in Australia.   Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2014
My husband and I are in our early forties and left the kids at home for some "us" time. After reading the reviews we decided to keep an open mind as out of two thousand people on the boat you have to realize only a very few have ... Read More
My husband and I are in our early forties and left the kids at home for some "us" time. After reading the reviews we decided to keep an open mind as out of two thousand people on the boat you have to realize only a very few have complaints. We got to the new Singapore Ship Terminal just after lunch and were offloaded right at the front door no holdups at all. We handed our bags in about three meters away and walked straight through to check in. We had a Concierge room so we could go into the special line. We beat the only other couple standing in line so no big deal yet with the concierge benefits. Best check in and boarding ever, and to be greeted with a cold glass of champers was lovely. Staff all very friendly we couldn't fault them the whole trip. Our room was nice and seemed refreshed from the colours of the rooms we saw on you tube etc. The balcony was a good size and had a larger table on it where you could eat meals if you wanted. We had two lots of flowers in our room the whole two weeks but that didn't really matter as long as they didn't smell as they drooped after a few days. We didn't have the canapes as you had to specify a time you were in the room each day to get them. The bathroom was great and had a glass nightlight picture on the wall which was a brilliant idea no waking my hubby up at night turning bathroom light on. We went to trivia each day which was fun. We saw a few shows which were pretty good and had dinner in the main restaurant most nights. Marina and Hilerio were excellent nothing was too much trouble. Alexander knew our drinks each night and had them waiting for us, thanks again Alexander. I thought the food there was of good quality and you had good choice each night. The buffet was well a buffet and not bad. We had a problem with knowing when the 3 formal nights and brunch were on as it was in fine print on the nightly newsletter and never announced on the ship so we missed the brunch altogether and so did a lot of other people. We were told they keep if pretty quiet so they don't have two thousand people turn up for it. So if you want to go find out when its on and put it in your calander. Fully expected lobster earlier then the second last night formal night and the baked Alaska was just served to your table like a normal desert, no waiters going around the room with them on fire etc. We were told it was too old fashioned for Celebrity. All tender ports worked well if you were not one of the people who had to get off the moment we got there. I heard people complain about Bali tendering to get back to the boat and if you have to back on board by 5pm why the hell would you wait till the last minute to get back to the port. You are to blaim for the que not Celebrity. We got back about an 3.30pm and walked straight on to a tender. Komodo Island was great but wouldn't bother with a tour. Just wait till mid morning then go ashore there are ranger (in tshirts) everywhere and they will take you out the back of the buildings about 100m to the water hole where about five or six of them are. We trekked over island for nearly two hours with one siteing to find them all back near where we started. The amount of rubbish in the waters of Indonesia is amazing we went through islands of rubbish and even saw one of the rented tenders throw rubbish overboard in front of everyone in Bali. Went snorkelling and had to push rubbish aside on their reefs. Before we got to Malaysia we were told we could change money over in port but we were off the ship in first few groups but line was a mile long already and we had a tour so no money it was. Ship does not change most Asian currencies so make sure you get some before you go. They do take US in some places. We had the Classic beverage package and for us it was worth it as we added up our bill (drinks has 0 next to them) and we would have spent well over $2500 in the two weeks and not one day were either of us drunk. We did have a few very early mornings in the nightclub. Basic spirits were $8 and basic beers $6. Would get it again just for the convenience and knowing my hubby isn't spending too much. The Apple store was biggest letdown as we wanted to buy new Ipad but they only had old ones and not many models in Stock. Russian guy just said next cruise will have new model but what good is that to us. Singapore was about $170 dearer then BigW at home (Aust) to buy and theSingapore airport duty free wasn't much better. Aust duty free were out of them on way home so hubby not happy. We found everything very expensive in Singapore but it was the most beautiful city we have ever been to and we will be back. My other big gripe is the photos were $25 each to buy so we didn't buy any but would have bought about five if they were a more reasonable $10 each. We didn't feel the big sell on the ship as with all the other ships we have been on which was great. All in all I am already planning our next Celebrity Cruise but we will do one with the kids first on Royal or NCL as they seem to have more for them to do. PS the lollies in the free icecream bar and all the different flavours or softserve was excellent. Loved our cruise. Read Less
Celebrity Millennium Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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