Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by leigh77
- Sail Date: April 2018
- Destination: Transpacific
- Cabin Type: Concierge Class 2
Since we had a lot of luggage, we hired MK Taxi to take us to Osanbashi Pier for approximately 17,000 JPY, for a 45 minute trip.
Embarkation was fairly quick and smooth and our room which was midship on deck 8 was adequate but a bit crowded for all of us.
Chic Nights occurred on the second, sixth and thirteenth nights.
Weather conditions were very pleasant (7-19 C) throughout the cruise with relatively calm seas; except for one occasion when 15 foot swells prevailed for several hours.
The food in the MDR and Oceanview Cafe was very good with themed choices at the buffet on different days (Asian, Mexican, etc).
We only ate at Sushi on Five speciality restaurant, but after enjoying authentic Japanese food in Japan, this restaurant food fell short in smany ways.
Crossing the International Date Line was an interesting experience in that wince we were travelling eastward, we celebrated May 4th twice!
The staff on the Millennium were friendly and attentive to our needs at all times!
Port of Aomori:
The ship docked at Shin Chuo Wharf (2-14, Yasukata, Aomori city). This pier is within easy walking distance to the downtown area and to tourist attractions such as ASPAM, A-Factory and Nebuta Museum.
We had reserved a private taxi (Naricho Taxi) to pick us up at the pier to take us to Hirosaki Park. We were fortunate to have their one and only English-speaking staff to be our driver and guide to view the gorgeous display of cherry blossoms at one of the best viewing spots in Japan! So beauftiful! A bonus, was that the Cherrry Blossom Festival was on that weekend as well.
Port of Hakodate:
The ship docked at Minato-cho Wharf (Minatocho, 2 Chome, 14-53). The Port Authorities provided a free shuttle bus service from the pier to Hakodate Station (20 minute trip). I believe there was a different shuttle to the Goryokaku area as well.
From Hakodate Station, we visited the Morning Market and the Red Brick Warehouses, before having lunch at Ryotei Fumoto (9-7 Horaicho), a Michelin star restaurant. It was a memorable experience of a high quality kaiseki meal at a reasonable price.(3564 - 20,000 JPY) Each course was so fresh and exquisitely plated!
Port of Muroran:
The ship docked at Sakimori Dock. This pier was far from ahy walkable tourist destination, so we took advantage of the hop on hop off bus service that was waiting at the pier. (tickets cost 1000 JPY per person). The loop went to all the 6 major points of interest in Muroran with an excellant map and bus time schedule. Buses arrived or departed at 10 minute intervals. Stops included shopping centers, Bolta Factory, Cape Chikyu, Downtown, hotsprings, aquarium etc.)
Port of Petropavlovsk:
We anchored in Avacha Bay with its awesome panoramic view of snow-capped mountains and white foothills.
Passengers had to be tendered in after clearing the immigration process. It was such a lengthy endeavor that some passengers couldn't leave the ship until mid afternoon!
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