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We booked this cruise over a year ago based on the Singapore, Viet Nam and Hong Kong Itinerary. Unbeknownst to us, this was going to be the first cruise after the Millenium was being refurbished in dry-dock. The ship was being "touched up" right up to the time we sailed and throughout the sailing. We were told to arrive any time between 11:30 AM and 3:30 AM. Registration was fairly uncomplicated. Groups were seated based on cabin class. One of the ship's vocalist played as entertainment (beautiful voice), while we waited. Finally, at just after 12:30, an hour late, we were allowed to board. There was a great deal of excitement as everyone came aboard. The crew was very welcoming and went out of their way to assist. There was a nervous excitement in the air. We loved the new design and the feel of the ship. Our first constructive criticism - we were Aqua class. Blu, the Aqua class restaurant, was closed for lunch. For lunch we were told to go to the buffet. I really dislike buffets. I avoid them. Being around crowds of people fighting for food is not my idea of relaxation nor the way to begin a cruise. There was lunch at Luminae for suites. There was a private lunch for Concierge class in Metropolitan Dining Room. Blu should have been open for lunch. Our Cabin - we really liked the decor of the cabin and the design of the bathroom. The new beds are heavenly! There were some items that had been forgotten or not finished in our cabin. Celebrity was very responsive to the issues and by mid-cruise almost everything had been repaired. We weren't the only ones with room issues and from what I heard, Celebrity made every effort to make things right. The person we had dealt with in Guest Relations was excellent and checked each day until the room issues were resolved. The above issues are the only reasons I did not give our cruise 5 stars - an excellent rating. Dining - Blu was fantastic. We loved it so much we ate their exclusively. Our last Celebrity cruise we were in a suite and enjoyed Luminae - but this cruise - Blu might have been even better. The staff was truly outstanding. We enjoyed all of our meals there. Never felt rushed. Entertainment and Activities - there was so much to choose from. Truth is, this cruise we needed to unwind and just relax and that is exactly what we did. I used the spa for a whopping 7 times - the most I've ever been to a spa. Loved everyone there. We loved sitting on our veranda and staring out at the sea. The cruise was a very full one and most of the 2200 were from the UK and Australia. When we went to dance or watch a show it was packed. Excursions - We used Celebrity for our excursions with one exception. All were excellent and well worth the cost. Captain Alex - absolutely hysterical. He should be doing stand-up comedy. We looked forward to his morning addresses. To recap, the Millennium is a beautifully refurbished ship. My husband joked that it had that "new ship" smell. It was an almost perfect cruise minus a few things that were not ready or not finished in our Aqua cabin. The service we experienced was OUTSTANDING from everyone. We've only been back in the US 12 hours and miss the ship. Looking forward to our next cruise (booked on this cruise) in two years.....

First Sailing on Refurbished Millennium - Almost 5 Stars

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Gull

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Aqua Class
We booked this cruise over a year ago based on the Singapore, Viet Nam and Hong Kong Itinerary. Unbeknownst to us, this was going to be the first cruise after the Millenium was being refurbished in dry-dock. The ship was being "touched up" right up to the time we sailed and throughout the sailing.

We were told to arrive any time between 11:30 AM and 3:30 AM. Registration was fairly uncomplicated. Groups were seated based on cabin class. One of the ship's vocalist played as entertainment (beautiful voice), while we waited. Finally, at just after 12:30, an hour late, we were allowed to board.

There was a great deal of excitement as everyone came aboard. The crew was very welcoming and went out of their way to assist. There was a nervous excitement in the air.

We loved the new design and the feel of the ship. Our first constructive criticism - we were Aqua class. Blu, the Aqua class restaurant, was closed for lunch. For lunch we were told to go to the buffet. I really dislike buffets. I avoid them. Being around crowds of people fighting for food is not my idea of relaxation nor the way to begin a cruise. There was lunch at Luminae for suites. There was a private lunch for Concierge class in Metropolitan Dining Room. Blu should have been open for lunch.

Our Cabin - we really liked the decor of the cabin and the design of the bathroom. The new beds are heavenly! There were some items that had been forgotten or not finished in our cabin. Celebrity was very responsive to the issues and by mid-cruise almost everything had been repaired. We weren't the only ones with room issues and from what I heard, Celebrity made every effort to make things right. The person we had dealt with in Guest Relations was excellent and checked each day until the room issues were resolved.

The above issues are the only reasons I did not give our cruise 5 stars - an excellent rating.

Dining - Blu was fantastic. We loved it so much we ate their exclusively. Our last Celebrity cruise we were in a suite and enjoyed Luminae - but this cruise - Blu might have been even better. The staff was truly outstanding. We enjoyed all of our meals there. Never felt rushed.

Entertainment and Activities - there was so much to choose from. Truth is, this cruise we needed to unwind and just relax and that is exactly what we did. I used the spa for a whopping 7 times - the most I've ever been to a spa. Loved everyone there.

We loved sitting on our veranda and staring out at the sea. The cruise was a very full one and most of the 2200 were from the UK and Australia. When we went to dance or watch a show it was packed.

Excursions - We used Celebrity for our excursions with one exception. All were excellent and well worth the cost.

Captain Alex - absolutely hysterical. He should be doing stand-up comedy. We looked forward to his morning addresses.

To recap, the Millennium is a beautifully refurbished ship. My husband joked that it had that "new ship" smell. It was an almost perfect cruise minus a few things that were not ready or not finished in our Aqua cabin. The service we experienced was OUTSTANDING from everyone.

We've only been back in the US 12 hours and miss the ship. Looking forward to our next cruise (booked on this cruise) in two years.....
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class
Cabin A1
Our cabin felt like a "brand new" cabin. It reminded me of when we've done home construction and there are always a few things not complete. The new beds are AMAZING! Best sleep we've had in years. We are trying to find out the brand as we'd like to buy them for home. We loved the decor.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    We chose to do the Ho Chi Minh City Tour. It is a long day and Viet Nam is quite hot. We had a very good tour guide, nice tour mates and air conditioning. We found the tour to be very informative. Having grown up with the Viet Nam war, there was a lot to process as we drove and saw this very interesting city. We did change $100 USD at the post office and would advise not to change money in Viet Nam. Everyone accepts USD so don't bother and save yourself from being stuck with leftover Dong.
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