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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was along awaited trip to the far east and inparticular first time visits to Hong Kong and Singapore, where my parents lived for 20 years The ship moored ocernight in both Hong Kong and Singapore which along with a few days in ... Read More
This was along awaited trip to the far east and inparticular first time visits to Hong Kong and Singapore, where my parents lived for 20 years The ship moored ocernight in both Hong Kong and Singapore which along with a few days in hotels gave us time to explore Singapore is the most beatiful city and so accessible by road, river and train Whilst the Millenium is clearly in need of a refit, the crew make up for this with service in every are being top class My wife has food allergies and the restaurant staff were brilliant at getting this right each night, this coupled with a very attentive wine waiter and some great company each night made for memorable dining We haven't been on many cruises (5) but the entertainment on this ship was the best! A superb ships company gave stunning shows in the main theater and the cosmos lounge. The guest artist were all top qaulity and very varied West end eat your heart out, where else can you be served a gin and tonic in your seat. Our captain (nicolaos was the ,most visible w ehave seen attending losts of the vents and being available for chats / feedback and I'm sure that helped with the overall culture onboard The only negative is the need to charge so much for wifi on board, nearly $30 a day for access is ridiculous, todays traveller expects to be connected 24/7 - even on holiday Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
A well organised experience supported by excellent staff made it a great cruise to very different and interesting places. The small tours and experience of travelling around on our own was great fun. We also joined four Cruise Critic ... Read More
A well organised experience supported by excellent staff made it a great cruise to very different and interesting places. The small tours and experience of travelling around on our own was great fun. We also joined four Cruise Critic excursions, which proved as usual to be well organised with great people and good value for money. Embarkation and disembarkation were the easiest that we have ever experienced. Although having to queue in the open for over an hour and a half at one of Japan’s final ports, was not great. We did not use any of the specialty restaurants as we didn’t feel the need, although would suggest that Celebrity should aim to be more adventurous in the main restaurants. More emphasis on local cuisine of the ports visited would be good. Visiting acts for the onboard entertainment were of high quality, there was definitely something to meet all tastes. Although the Millennium is looking a little worn around the edges (refit scheduled for January 2019), it must be said that it was spotlessly clean at all times. All staff presented as being efficient, well trained, helpful and friendly. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Celebrity Millennium Ship Review In November 2018 we took a 14 Night/15 Day cruise departing from Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, with stops in Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Celebrity Millennium ship ... Read More
Celebrity Millennium Ship Review In November 2018 we took a 14 Night/15 Day cruise departing from Yokohama Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, with stops in Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Celebrity Millennium ship was showing its age, but it was very clean and well maintained. The staff told us that the ship was going into dry dock in Jan 2019 and would be completely refurbished, so if you go anytime in (or after) Feb 2019 much of the main areas of the ship will be new/refreshed. The Main Dining Room Service was generally very good, there were only a few times when seating at Dinner was chaotic (the last night was terrible). The problem seemed to be breakdown of communication between the ladies up front making the table seat assignments and staff on the floor seating people (not sure why). There was always good variety of food choices but not once in 14 nights was any Japanese or Chinese food served in the Main Dining Room (we would have liked this option), although it was served in the buffet on select nights. Quisine specialty restaurant was worth the $30 per person upcharge we paid for it (we got a discount). The food selection was very good/different, but even picky eaters will find a lot to enjoy here, so don’t let the food descriptions put you off. We liked it better than Tuscan Grill. Café Bacio - the coffee/pastries here were excellent and we thought the staff gave the best service on the ship! They could expand this area 3 times and it would still be full. My only complaint related to other guests, some of whom would park themselves at a table for 4 (or 2) with a laptop and sit there for hours taking up tables. Immigration Clearance and Port Shuttles You can’t find out in advance from Celebrity (we tried) but at EVERY port there was a FREE Shuttle; depending on the port it would take you right into town OR to a train station. So, if you don’t want to take a cruise-ship tour (and you are an independent traveler) you don’t need one. Shanghai is the exception; you need to be very careful at this port. If you don’t book a tour with Celebrity, the Reception Desk makes you prove that you have either (a) booked a Private Tour AND that the Tour Operator has obtained the immigration clearance on your behalf or (b) a FULL Visa to visit China. Even people who DID have a Full Visa had problems getting off the ship (Celebrity staff questioned them at length). They are looking out for you, but it can still be annoying. Celebrity collects your Passports at the end of day in Kagoshima, so that they can get the Chinese (144 hour) immigration sticker which they attach to one photocopy of your passport page. The night before the Shanghai Port they put the copy your stateroom. You must carry the photocopy and your Sea pass while in Shanghai. They don’t return your Passport until Hong Kong, but they don’t tell you that for several days. They expect you to know that you should carry a photocopy in Okinawa and in Taipei (the copies will be put in your rooms with an immigration sticker for those countries). Shanghai Boashan Port Cruise Terminal is new, very large (it’s a long walk from the terminal back to the ship, at least 1km) and empty. There is almost nothing inside the Port Terminal (no gift shop, stores or services). Japan Ports Sun Nov 11, 2018 Port of Shimizu for Mt. Fuji/Shimizu. From the Cruise Port there is a FREE shuttle that runs every 20 minutes to Shimizu JR Station. We took the Celebrity Shizukoa City Highlights Half Day Tour (4 hours) because of the short time in port (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) for $99 USD per person. First we visited Momijiyama Japanese Garden in Sumpu Castle Park for approximately 45 minutes. There was a nice little Tea House here. When leaving we had a view of Sumpu Castle from the outside only. Then we went visited the Sengen Shrine (very nice) and had some time to walk around/shop here. We would have preferred more time at the Mt Fuji (Miho no Matsubara) viewing site. There you walk up the path of a small hill and then down onto a wild beach (when walking, be careful of tree roots in the sand) so we only had around 10 minutes to take photos of Fuji San. But we got lucky and had a good clear view. There was also a nice small gift shop (with a public restroom) at bottom of hill selling souvenirs, tea and food items but we were only given 5 minutes to shop before we had to get back to the bus to return to the ship. There are small stalls at the port selling items. I found a T-Shirt I liked; the stall sells American sizes (just ask for them). Nov 12, 2018 (Port of Kobe for) Kyoto Kyoto is very crowded everywhere you go, so be prepared for that. We arranged in advance (via email) for a 9 1/2-hour private tour of Kyoto through Green Tomato; our guide was Yuko Hirai. We paid Y130,000 for 3 people (around $515 CAD per person) for a private car with a Driver and English-speaking Guide. They took us exactly where we wanted to go and were flexible with time at each location, so it was well worth the price in our opinion and we do recommend Green Tomato. A comparable Cruise Ship Tour on a Coach with 40 people and a set itinerary cost around $430 CAD per person. First, we went to the Crossing the Moon Bridge (not much to see here, you walk across the bridge, look at the river and take photos). Then we walked for approximately 1/2 hour through the town (past many nice small shops and restaurants) to the Bamboo Forrest. We walked into the Forrest along a busy path (rickshaws share the same path) to areas where we saw small shrines and took pictures of the Bamboo Forrest (amazing place). Then we went to Kiyomizu-dera Temple; there are several levels to walk up past old buildings. The veranda on the top level was closed because they are doing renovations, so part of it is covered in scaffolding but from inside there were still good areas to see the views outside. When you walk back from the temple there are lots of great shops that sell souvenirs, clothing and sweets/food in a wide range of quality. We could have spent hours just shopping here. Next we went to see Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion Zen Buddhist Temple); we walked along beautiful tree lined paths and then saw the temple. There was a small stand selling souvenirs like Omamori (lucky charms) with the Golden Temple and other symbols on them. After which we went to the Kyoto Tower and had a Yakitori dinner (chicken skewers, salad, rice) on the lower level of the Tower. This level had lots of different restaurants to choose from (Japanese, Mexican, Kobe Beef and more). If we ever go back to Kyoto we would stay in this area because it is so vibrant. Last we stopped at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, at night it is nearly empty (we only saw a couple of other people there). It is lighted but still can be dark in areas, so if you go late on your own we would suggest you take a flashlight. We didn’t walk all the way up (would take over 2 hours); part-way was good for a photo stop. Nov 13, 2018 Kobe From Kobe Cruise Port there is a FREE shuttle that ran from 9:00 am - 6:40 pm (every 20 minutes) to a shopping Mall in downtown Kobe. From the Mall you can walk to the 2 main shopping districts and Chinatown. The shuttles do get very crowded, so consider taking the taxis parked outside. Taxis don’t cost much, from downtown to the cruise terminal was just 700 Yen (around $8.50 CAD one-way). There is a City Loop Bus once you get into town (the Bus Stops are clearly marked); Adults Fares are $260Y single fare ($3 CAD) or $660Y All-day Pass ($8 CAD), you just pay the Driver. It takes you to many different locations and tourist sites throughout the City and runs every 20 minutes (but it gets very crowded too). We took a Taxi to the Herb Gardens for (I think it cost around $15 CAD). For a round-trip ticket on the Gondola (in Japan they call Gondolas “Ropeways”) it cost $1500 yen ($18 CAD) per person. You buy your ticket inside from a machine and then walk to the Gondola boarding area. Once onboard it takes about 10 minutes to get to the top Terrace (the views are fantastic) where there are many gardens (flowers, herbs) and a shop that sells different botanical/other products. You can easily spend 2 to 3 hours here. The Veranda Café is a bit pricey $4,800 Yen for English style Tea and cakes for 3 people (around $20 CAD each) but for the great views, atmosphere and excellent service it’s worth the price! We walked down to mid-way station (you have to) to get back on board the Gondola; the paths are full of beautiful plants and there is a waterfall you can visit. It is a bit steep though, so it wouldn’t be good for anyone who has trouble walking, but there are places to stop and rest. There’s a City Loop Bus stop nearby (follow the signs down) so when we left to go to the Chinatown area downtown, we took the bus. This a GREAT Port/Terminal with Information booths Downstairs (large) and Upstairs (smaller) and the Staff are VERY helpful. Before you leave the Terminal sign up (on your phone) for Kobe FREE Wi-Fi. It can be used by Tourists for up to 7 days and worked in the Terminal AND throughout most areas in Kobe. Private Tour Guides can meet people on either of 2 levels (usually holding a sign with your name on it) so make sure you know where to meet yours. There are also a few locals with signs, waiting for people to walk up to them (they don’t approach you) who you can book a tour with. On the Lower level there is a Currency exchange if you need it (and they were happy to just change large bills, into smaller bills for us). Later in the day they had shopping tables set up on Level 2 of the Terminal and a place where you could do FREE crafts. There were lots of places to sit; this is a very good port for Independent travelers. Nov 15, 2018 Kagoshima There is a FREE shuttle from cruise terminal to Kagoshima city centre (takes 30 minutes) that runs from 7:00 am- 5:30 pm. For us Kagoshima was a pleasant surprise (we didn’t know much about it); it has a lovely sub-tropical climate. For $200 USD per person we took a Celebrity Cruise Tour to Chiran Samurai Village & Ibusuki Sand Bath Experience. First we went to Chiran Gardens to see the exteriors of historic Samurai houses. We walked along narrow paths lined with trees and flowers. Outside the village by the bus parking are public washrooms. Then we went for the Sand Bath experience at Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel (we liked this hotel, beautiful gardens and views of the beach and volcano, right next to a big Golf Course). You go to the B4 floor changing room, remove all your clothes (store them in a locker) and put on a Kimono. We weren’t sure how comfortable we would be with this, but it was no problem, there is a nice changing room with individual showers for later (so very discrete). TIP: LADIES, there is only one bathroom in the change room, but there is a large multi-stall washroom before you go out to the sand bath. Then we took the elevator to B5 floor and walked outside to the sand-bath area. We laid down on the sand in a row (with others); a towel is placed first under your head and then staff came with shovels and buried us in the warm sand. The only part of your body not covered is your head/face. You can easily sit up and shake off the sand, if you find it gets too hot (I stayed for 15 mins and could remained longer). Most people stay buried between 10-20 minutes. Then we sat up, shook off the sand and went to a hot pool to rinse off (still wearing a Kimono). Next we went back to shower off and change into a clean dry kimono. You can go upstairs to the Sky Bath and go in a communal hot pool (ladies are separated from the men), but you must be nude, so not for everyone. After everyone was finished, we went to the top floor of the hotel and had a great lunch (even better food than on the cruise ship) with panoramic views of the hotel grounds, ocean and off in the distance a Volcano. This was one of the better run ship tours we went on, our guide Yoko was really good. Our last stop was at Lake Ikeda to take pictures of the lake/flowers/Volcano. There was a nice large gift shop (has public washrooms); we had around 1/2 hour to shop and before returning to the bus. When you return to the Port you go through a FULL immigration clearance - even people who stayed on board had to get off here and clear immigration. This meant long lineups; we were the first tour bus to get back to the ship and we waited in line for 1 hour, so be prepared. Shanghai Port of Boashan. In Shanghai tourists can visit for 144 hours without requiring a Chinese Visa but you MUST have an immigration clearance sticker. If you don’t book a tour with Celebrity, the Reception Desk makes you prove (a couple of days) in advance that you have either (a) booked a Private Tour AND that the Tour Operator has obtained the immigration sticker/clearance on your behalf or (b) you have a FULL Visa to visit China. Even people who DID have a Full Visa had problems getting off the ship (Celebrity staff questioned them at length). The staff were less than polite to them; I understand they are looking out for you, but it was still annoying. We tried to a book private tour through a Celebrity in advance, but their website had very poor information and even when we called Celebrity direct in advance to inquire, we had no luck. But once on-board the Private Excursions Desk Staff were excellent and able to arrange what we wanted. While onboard we (3) booked a Celebrity 8-hour Private Tour of Shanghai for $200 USD per person. Our Guide Ella and Driver Mr. Lu took us exactly where we asked them to (we had been to Shanghai before). We went to Yu Yuan Garden for shopping (lots to see here but we had been before, so we just wanted to shop), then to Xintiandi and Tianzifang which are trendy/new shopping and entertainment districts. We (4) had lunch at the 1 Star Michelin Restaurant Din Tai Fung; we paid $386 yuan ($76 CAD) for a double order of soup dumplings (fantastic), rice, sweet & sour pork and beverages. It averaged out at just under $20 CAD per person and was one of the best meals we had on our trip. Then we ended at the Fairmont Peace Hotel on the Bund for cocktails on their outdoor 9th floor rooftop bar, which has stunning views. 3 Cocktails cost a total of $486 Yuan ($95 CAD) with tip, so it averaged $32 CAD each, but it is so worth it for the views and the service was excellent. They gave us complimentary (spicy) assorted nuts to snack on. We heard other people who took bus tours complaining that they barely got off the bus and were basically just driven around the city. We told the Private Excursions Desk that they should advertise this private tour option better because it is well worth the money. Okinawa Japan Nov 19th The night before we arrived in Okinawa, we were given a letter telling us what Group# we would be in for the next day and a customs declaration form (and example of how to fill it in); only 1 person per cabin had to fill in the form. This was because we came from Shanghai and needed to re-clear immigration to go back into Japan. On the day in Port a PA announcement came on at. 7:15 am and passengers were told they would be called by Group# to proceed to gangway and disembark to go through Japanese immigration. We had to have our Sea pass card, copy of our Passport, the letter stating the Group # we were in and Customs form filled in by one family member. DON’T forget any of these documents or they make you get out of line and go back to get them. I recorded the times below because they will help you to estimate what time you might be called, when given one of these numbers (we had time for a leisurely breakfast). Group 1 at 7:15 am; Group 2 at 7:25 am; Group 3 at 7:31 am; Group 4 at 8:00 am; Group 5 at 8:08 am (4&5 Shore Excursions); Group 6 at 8:31 am and Group 7 (people w no Celebrity shore excursion) at 8:40 am. Last called were the people not going ashore for the day; they STILL had to disembark and clear immigration (and then they could return to the ship). By 8:50 am we were inside the terminal waiting to go through immigration clearance; it took us 15 minutes to get through (Japan is very efficient). There was an information booth and we got a (free) map of Kokusai-Dori (International) St. and the surrounding area. They circled the Makishi Public Market (a good area to be dropped off at) and the Wakasa Berth (what they call the Cruise Ship Dock) so that we could just show the Taxi Driver if there was any language issue (this worked great). We just wanted to shop, so we took a Taxi to Kokusai-Dori; it took around 10 minutes and cost Y830 ($11 CAD). There are lots of souvenir stores, long narrow streets full of stores, restaurants and there is even a Starbucks on the main street that has Free Wi-Fi. From Kokusai-Dori St we took a Taxi to DFS (Duty Free Shopping) Galleria. These are very high-end shops; it took under 10 minutes to get there and cost Y690 ($12 CAD). From there we walked a block over to Naha Main Place Shopping Plaza, it has more main stream shops for locals and tourists and several nice restaurants. From Naha Main Place Shopping Plaza, we took a Taxi to return to Wakasa Berth; it took 15 mins and cost Y1,040 ($13). So, for a total of $36 CAD ($11 each, because there were 3 of us) we took Taxis to multiple locations and had a nice day of shopping. Once back at the Terminal we had to hand in the copy of the passport we were carrying. Then as the ship left the Port local performers did a Drumming ceremony. Taiwan Nov 20th & 21st Although the Celebrity “Today” paper said copies of our passport with the Taiwanese immigration stamp would be put in our stateroom the night before, they were actually slipped under our door at 8:00 am on Nov 20th. At Keelung Port, there are information booths where you can get maps, book private tours and LOTS of Taxis outside. During the day there are ladies at a table who will change foreign currency to TWD. The day your ship departs there is a Currency exchange on Level 2 (opened at 4:00 pm on our last day) where they will change TWD (only) back to USD (only) at a very good Bank Rate. There is an information booth next to the main floor Homee Cafe where they have mail service (if you have a postcard with a stamp on it, hand it in and they will mail it for you). Day 1: we didn’t want to take a Tour (we had done our research) so we took a Taxi from Keelung Port to Taipei 101 Tower for $900 TWD ($39 CAD); the cost was $600 TWD ($25 CAD) and your ticket shows the “entrance time” you get to go up the elevator. In light traffic it took around 35 minutes to get to the Tower and the huge shopping Mall it is located in. If you just want to go up the Tower and shop, this is a good area to go to. We had lunch at Din Tai Fung a 1 Michelin Star Dumpling restaurant (we would recommend it, very good food for a reasonable price). The return trip by Taxi back to Keelung Port (in very heavy traffic) cost under $700 TWD ($30 CAD) so be aware the Taxi Drivers picking you up at the Port are charging a Premium. Day 2: A Taxi from Keelung Port to the Presidential Office (Palace) was just over $1000 TWD ($43 CAD) but it is farther away than Tower 101; it took around 1/2 hour in light traffic to get there. You line up for a FREE Tour and must go through Security Clearance (they check your purses and bags). You can’t take video here; you must lock your video-camera up in the FREE lockers they provide (they give you the locker key to carry). There are public washrooms right next to the lockers, if you need to use them do it before the tour starts re afterwards you will have to ask a Guard to take you back to this (restricted) area. We (3) were given a Private Tour by an English-speaking guide. Once inside, we asked politely and were allowed to take photos in some areas (just make sure you DO ask). Our Guide seemed a little standoffish at first, but when she realized we were sincerely interested in learning more about Taiwan she became very friendly. At the end of the Tour there is a nice small gift shop and there is a post office in the Palace if you want to stop and buy specialty stamps. Then we were taken back to the front, so we could pick up our video-camera. People say you can walk to Lungshan Temple from the Presidential Office, but it’s quite far away. To get a Taxi just walk 1 block past the Presidential Office up to the shopping street (you can see it). A Taxi to Lungshan Temple was just $100 TWD ($4 CAD) and took less than 10 minutes by car. We loved this beautiful temple, it was once of our favourite places in Taipei. There is no entrance fee, but they do accept donations. There are some local shops nearby that sell some souvenirs. A Taxi from Lungshan Temple to Chang Kai-Shek Memorial was also $100 TWD (took 5 minutes). Taxis were a are cheap and fast way to get from place to place and well worth the price, when time is of importance. Chang Kai-Shek Memorial is mostly a place to walk around and take photos of the building exteriors (it doesn’t cost anything). But make sure to go into the side entrance of the largest building where there are a few nice places to get a drink or something to eat inside. There’s also a lovely Arts orientated selection of small shops. Many people just stayed in the Keelung area (which has markets/restaurants/shops/temples) and said they liked it so much, they didn’t even go into Taiwan. Hong Kong We had been to Hong Kong before, so we took a Taxi from Kai-Terminal to the TOP of Victoria Peak; it took 1 hour to get there and cost $205 HKD (around $35 CAD). Well worth the price because it saved us a lot of time and we could walk right into the Peak complex. There’s was a lot of construction in this area (late Nov 2018) so we had to walk through a parkade to get to the Peak, but the view is still fantastic, so make the effort. There are several shops inside where you can buy souvenirs (but they are priced higher than the same thing would cost you in local markets). There are also a few places to eat and a nice coffee shop where you can access free Wi-Fi (ask for the login password when you order your coffee). The we took a Taxi to the Hard Rock Cafe located at 55 D'Aguilar Street in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong. It’s a typical Hard Rock so if you are a fan you will enjoy it (has a nice Rock Shop). One thing to be aware of is that Taxi Drivers in Hong Kong want to earn the highest fares possible (e.g. Airport Transfers) and will often refuse to pick up passengers even when empty (if they stop for you and you aren’t going very far, they refuse to pick you up, even though by regulation they ARE supposed to). This happened to us several times during our stay here. If this happens to you, go to the nearest Hotel or Information Kiosk at a Shopping Mall and ask them to get a Taxi for you (they are very helpful). Disembarkation Day The night before disembarkation we were given a newsletter with details about disembarkation. At 7:15 a.m. self-assist guests only (you keep/carry off your own luggage) were allowed to disembark. The Regular Disembarkation process started at 7:45 a.m.; all other guests were assigned a number. We were in group 20 and had been told to meet at 8:55 a.m. in Rendezvous Lounge. But at 8:45 a.m. they made a general call for groups 19 and 20 to go to the gangplank on Deck 4. We had to scan our Sea pass cards on exit, but no one asked to see our Passport or for the Hong Kong Departure card we had been told to fill in and there was no immigration/customs queue. So, by 9:05 a.m. we had made the (long) walk through the terminal, picked up our luggage from the area marked 20 and were in the Level 1 area to meet the private car we had ordered (we were staying over 1 more night in Kowloon). There was a Free shuttle area too. We arranged for the Cordis Hotel (Mercedes Benz) Mini-Van to pick us up at Kai-Tek Cruise Terminal at 10:15 a.m. It cost $690 HKD ($116 CAD) and took approximately 30 minutes to go from the Cruise Port to the Cordis Hotel in Kowloon. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We are in our early 70's - this was our 40th cruise - but only the 2nd with Celebrity (usually we cruise with either Princess or NCL) - We choose this for the itinerary - always wanted to see Hong Kong ! We are spoiled, and have ... Read More
We are in our early 70's - this was our 40th cruise - but only the 2nd with Celebrity (usually we cruise with either Princess or NCL) - We choose this for the itinerary - always wanted to see Hong Kong ! We are spoiled, and have cruised in suites for the last several years. The Room - we had a Celebrity Suite - #9096 - yes - we did hear chairs scrapping, etc. noise from Deck 10 above (but this was the last Celebrity Suite available) - and the noise was not so bad that it actually woke us up from sleeping or anything. The floor to ceiling windows were wonderful, and the extra space with the dining table were great. The balcony was indeed, narrow - but no problem - just turned the chairs sideways ! The totally negative part about the room (which we had read about, and were fore-warned) was the bathroom - very small - and the HUGE step in and out that you had to take to get in and out of the tub or the shower (combination tub and shower) The ship did show a little wear and tear - but nothing all that horrible (or worth reporting as far as I am concerned) The service and the food in the Luminae Restaurant was absolutely outstanding ! - You could pretty much ask for anything that you wanted. You could always order from the menu from the main dining room if there wasn't anything on the Luminae menu that caught your fancy. The wait staff were beyond great - welcomed you by name whenever they saw you. Our meals were, without a doubt, the highlight of the trip ! We did eat in the Italian Restaurant one night - it was OK - expensive wine. We found no reason to venture out of the Luminae after that. The entertainment was hit and miss. The production shows with the ship singers and dancers were very, very good - and very well attended. The other entertainment were things like jugglers and harmonica players (!) - not so good, and not so well attended. (of course, there were a couple of ports that the ship overnighted at, so passengers may have stayed ashore on shore excursions later than normal. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We enjoyed our cruise win this medium sized ship - it was easy to navigate, even if that meant not having some of the facilities of a larger ship e.g. a climbing wall. The staff and crew were all really friendly and helpful, more so than ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise win this medium sized ship - it was easy to navigate, even if that meant not having some of the facilities of a larger ship e.g. a climbing wall. The staff and crew were all really friendly and helpful, more so than on our previous cruises. The Excursions Desk were really good; before we sailed I had booked a load of shore Excursions, but after a couple we found that they were too limiting and it was easy to cancel them and get the money refunded. This cruise went to the places we wanted to visit, especially Japan , Shanghai and Hong Kong. The range of stops in Japan was good Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoshima and Okinawa. The visit to Shanghai was too fleeting, but we enjoyed our two days in Hong Kong. The price was good for a 14 day cruise, a night in Tokyo and a classic Drinks package included. The food was generally good, but not as special in the main dining room as we had hoped and expected. The range of food in the Oceanview buffet was good, but i found that some dishes were bland. We would sail with Celebrity again if the price was right, but I don't think that they are any better than Royal Caribbean. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Starting with , what we felt was a scam.... 1. Having checked and double checked we did not require visas for a port call in Shanghai China 17/11/18. ( Clear reports from travel correspondents, government info and the cruise company ... Read More
Starting with , what we felt was a scam.... 1. Having checked and double checked we did not require visas for a port call in Shanghai China 17/11/18. ( Clear reports from travel correspondents, government info and the cruise company itself stated we did not need visas for a tourist entry for the one day port call ) When we got close to the visit day we were informed , we needed a visa or had to be booked with a Chinese government agreed official tour company or yes you guessed it a Celebrity X cruise excursion, which are very expensive but we had no option as we wanted to see the country / city. 2. We do not like automatic gratuities as being from the UK we believe employees should get a decent wage and gratuities are only for excellent service, attitudes and behaviours. When on the ship we ensured automatic gratuities were stopped , this resulted in feeling a negative response from the desk clerk who written in bold print on a form Declined Gratuities. The ship then put out examples of high levels of tipping we should pay making us feel guilty. We did tip Staff that had looked after us and had the right work ethics, behaviours and personalities. 3. Food was OK but the restaurants were very busy and noisy but some of the staff were very good especially the night my wife celebrated her birthday. 4. The ship was very tired and dirty in some areas although in general to be expected for its age. The ship is due a full refit in February 2019. 5. We all agreed the evening entertainment was excellent with only two poor acts during the two weeks on board. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call, China, South Korea and Japan. This was also our first cruise with celebrity after previous cruises with P&O we were looking forward to the "step up" in the cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call, China, South Korea and Japan. This was also our first cruise with celebrity after previous cruises with P&O we were looking forward to the "step up" in the cruise experience. The ship herself was a little tired but nothing to put us off . Our cabin was 9027 ,deck 9 forward and was on a par with our experience with P&O,the main difference was the lack of tea and coffee making facilities. There was room service of course and you could book a time for the coffee to arrive,we used it about four times but decided the coffee and any food delivered ie toast was pretty grim by the time it had traveled from the kitchen to our cabin. We were using anytime dinning,this proved to be very useful and well run,we eventually booked a particular table at a set time because of the service team for our table. The food itself was,well,ok,just ok. We had expected it to be something really special after reading reviews and actually talking to to a couple of friends who had traveled with celebrity several times. Our group of 6 decided the food was pleasant enough but certainly not any better than we experienced on our previous cruises with P&O and sometimes was in fact, not as good We used the buffet at times , mainly occasionally for late lunch. Like most buffet's it was a bit of a bun fight and the selection of food was fresh and well presented. We used the speciality restaurant once,quisine,it was superb,it quality, service and suprise delivery was quite wonderful. Our group had various drinks packages,they worked well,it was just as well as the drinks were hugely expensive with a 18 percent service charge. The shows in the evening were of a good standard,but the was a definite lack of entertainment other times of the day,most other entertainment was designed to sell you something. A running joke was ,at least breathing was free. There seemed to be a constant effort to sell you something. The crew were absolutely brilliant,their interaction with customers was second to none, every member of the crew seemed to be working hard to please us. Overall a nice cruise,the ports of call superb even with the security and long waits to get off the ship. Would we sail with celebrity again? Probably not, unless there was a particular part of the world we wanted to see. One of our group has decided for her 60th birthday,it's a cruise to the Carribbean but with P&O. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Well, picking a cruise is always a mixture between: destinations, length, mixture between Seadays and poets, cruiseline and of course rates. We always like to go with Celebrity and we do like smaller ships. This cruise had China and ... Read More
Well, picking a cruise is always a mixture between: destinations, length, mixture between Seadays and poets, cruiseline and of course rates. We always like to go with Celebrity and we do like smaller ships. This cruise had China and Japan, both were on our bucket list plus South Korea which was an addon (and a pretty nice surprise). Millennium is an older ship, however we red before in other reviews that it is well maintained and we can confirm. We stayed in Shanghai for three days upfront, which was sufficient to see a lot, for the trip to the port we took a taxi, it’s the easiest way, cost was as far as I recall about 20 USD. Embarkation was good organized, as the ship was a little bit late in disembarkation and it took longer before we could board they offered for ConciergeClass (and above I assume) a free shuttle to a nearby hotel, because the port of Shanghai has not good waiting areas. We nevertheless decided to sit and wait and in the end we waited only additional 30 minutes. For Concierge Class they offer lunch in main restaurant at embarkation day, which was nice and more relaxing than in the self service. The port of calls were all very interesting, although especially for Beijing it is a pretty long 3-4 hour drive from the cruise terminal (depending on whether you go straight to the city or to the Great Wall first, as we did) so it is a really good idea to stay at least 1 night in Beijing. We’ve stayed 2 nights together with a small group we found through cruisecritics, which was less than half of what celebrity charges for such an excursion. Everything we visited could have been done in 2 day/1 night, however having 2 nights is a little bit more relaxing, as I said it is a long drive. Doing it in 2 days/1 night would bring you back to the ship probably middle of the (second) night. Service on board was fine as always with Celebrity, we did have some minor shortcomings which we mentioned and - as usual - they were very responsive and took prompt care to solve all issues. That’s something I really like with Celebrity and which I did miss on other cruiselines where even real complaints were handled less responsive. Food quality in the main restaurants was good, however over the years I have the impression that at least the selection and diversity of the meals getting slightly worse. Another disappointing point was the drink package, we had the classic one and had to found out, that they lowered the included wines from 11UsD per Glas to 9 USD, well as they do not really tell you upfront what is included in the package, nothing really to complain, although we knew from prior cruises. However we found out that they do not nickle and dime on the orders, so we sometimes did get drinks from premium package without paying the 1 or 2 dollars extra, seems that staff does have some flexibility. Regarding the ship, as mentioned above, it’s an older ship, but everything was pretty well maintained and clean. There is a good ratio between nu,bei of guests and public areas, so we always found a nice quiet place to sit and relax. However, the ship will be completely renovated in January 2019, when it stays in dry dock for more than a month. We only had one shore excursion with Celebrity for visiting Hakone national park and Mount Fuji, which was disappointing (although we had a great view because of very good weather conditions) the tour included a short boat trip (“cruise” on a lake), the ship was so overpacked that we hardly could move around to enjoy the tour, actually I am sure there were more people on board than allowed. We mentioned this to the cruise excursion desk and they actually reimbursed us partly, which was not our goal, we rather want them to change this for future tours. However our experience is (with all cruises and cruiselines we have been with so far) it’s always better to organize something on your own or with a group from cruise critics . All together: we very much enjoyed the cruise, we were absolutely lucky with the weather, we had fabulous service, seen many interesting places, gained some pounds and are looking forward to the next cruise with Celebrity in January. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Older ship getting an upgrade. Ships is older but well maintained! I will start with the cons; main dining room was ok for dinner. Escargot and French onion soup where excellent but with so many food options on and off the ship for this ... Read More
Older ship getting an upgrade. Ships is older but well maintained! I will start with the cons; main dining room was ok for dinner. Escargot and French onion soup where excellent but with so many food options on and off the ship for this cruise, you can pass on the main dinner for most of your trip. The buffet is excellent with different options each night and great food. Looking for late night, hit the pizza bar. Room service is good but limited. Specialty restaurants where all great, get the 3 night package before you arrive, quality and amount of food where excellent. I really like the sushi restaurant. And Q cuisine with lots of options, try the lamb and also the escargot. I was a single passenger and had ocean view room on the third floor and room was great with no issues and a great view. I also did the premium beverage package which basically gives you anything you want to drink on the vessel, except anything in your room. On that note go to any bar and get a few bottles of avian and put them in your room fridge. Off the ship I did my own thing, from taking and car to riding the train system which is excellent in China and Japan. I tend to travel in the fall for the great weather and change of season and this trip did not disappoint! See photos. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We took this cruise from Shanghai to Tokyo on Oct, 2018. The cruise started out on a bad note. On the check in at the Shanghai port, passengers were made to wait in line out in the sun, with only a couple of portable toilets. This may ... Read More
We took this cruise from Shanghai to Tokyo on Oct, 2018. The cruise started out on a bad note. On the check in at the Shanghai port, passengers were made to wait in line out in the sun, with only a couple of portable toilets. This may be the fault of the Shanghai port or the Chinese immigration, but we certainly started off with a bad taste. The bad vibe continued once we were on the ship. On the safety drill we were told to go to the wrong gathering spot. This lack of or wrong information continued several times on board. The ship itself was old (this ship was going to be retrofitted soon). There was no self-operated laundry on board. On a 14 day cruise this is unacceptable. The worse part of this cruise was the food quality. It was just average, or sometimes below average. After about 10 days (with 3 days at sea), this became quite noticeable. Finally, when we disembarked at Yokohama, there was not enough taxis available. We waited at the taxi line for close to an hour, and finally gave up and walked to the subway station. A long line was still waiting when we left. Read Less
Celebrity Millennium Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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