Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Jeanne3150
What a wonderful cruise!
This was our 3rd cruise with Celebrity, the others were on Summit and Mercury. We had more fun on this cruise than the others, although they were wonderful too.
Embarkation was a breeze as it has always been with Celebrity. We arrived around 12:30 and were on board by 12:45. On top of the ease with embarkation we were thrilled to find we had been upgraded to a Royal Suite, what a wonderful way to begin our cruise! The Royal Suite has a separate living room and bedroom along with a large balcony that includes a Jacuzzi (which we used nearly every night!!)
Awaiting our arrival were our confirmation notices from the Olympic restaurant which we had booked prior to departure. If you haven't been to one of Celebrity's "Specialty" restaurants you have truly missed out on something special. We had already had the pleasure of dining at the Normandy on Summit and we couldn't wait to see if Olympic was as good and to our delight it was. The food is excellent but the service is the reason that the experience is so special. The staff is there to satisfy your every urge or whim and seem to take delight when you are happy (I know that's their job...but they are excellent at making you think they care if you enjoy your dining experience or not). We spent 2 wonderful evenings at the Olympic on this cruise, if you sail on Millennium make sure you go at least once, it is well worth the $25.00 service charge.
On our other Celebrity cruises we utilized the spa with a massage or facial and we enjoyed them but the staff at Millennium's spa made you feel truly welcome. Consequently we found ourselves spending more time than we had anticipated in this area but we had chosen this cruise to pamper ourselves after an especially difficult year and the spa certainly helped fulfill that desire. As usual the spa staff wanted to sell some of their products but when I let them know I wasn't interested they did not push, which was great. Anyway they were a very friendly spa staff and made you want to return over & over. While I love the overall spa on both Millennium and Summit, the Thalassotherapy pool is MUCH better on the Mercury class ships.
The food on Millennium was very good as it always is on Celebrity. We found ourselves utilizing the formal dining room for lunch much more and enjoyed that. We will probably use it exclusively on our next cruise, the food served is much better than the normal Buffet style at the Ocean Cafe. Breakfast was usually something light delivered to the suite so that we could sit on the balcony and enjoy the sea air.
Dinners were great in the main dining room, although we missed the lobster night, opting for the Olympic that night. We also missed dinner the third night when our shore excursion arrived late from San Juan, that was the only disappointing food as the buffet offered in the Ocean Cafe that night was average at best. But we didn't care, we just had some Pizza from room service later and were fine.
The entertainment on Millennium was also excellent. We enjoyed it more than any other cruise we have been on. The Celebrity singers and dancers did a wonderful job on the 3 big shows. Our favorite late night hang out quickly became Michael's Club. This used to be a smoking lounge but was converted last fall into a piano bar and it was wonderful. The musician was good and a lot of fun, taking requests from the audience. It seemed we ended every night in this lounge sipping Spanish Coffee.
Our room attendants also did a marvelous job, the suite was always perfect on our return, no matter what time it was. Celebrity ships are so clean, it makes you feel great knowing the extra effort they obviously make to keep the ship sanitized!!
We booked this ship for the ship not for the stops it was making so I don't have a lot to say about that, but we did enjoy going to the rain forest in San Juan, we had a great guide that day even if we did get back late. We mistakenly chose to go Kayaking in the Dominican Republic. It wasn't much fun, the guide disappeared in the little town he left us all in and the kayaking was on a not too clean river. But, that's OK, we chose the excursion and have a few interesting stories to tell because of it.
Overall we LOVED Millennium and Celebrity again. So much so that 2 days after our return we booked ourselves on an October 2003 Infinity cruise through the Panama Canal and I can't wait till then!!!
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