By Andrea M. Rotondo
Cruise Critic Contributor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Entertainment

Celebrity Millennium Entertainment & Activities

Theater

With how destination-intensive Celebrity Millennium's itineraries are, you may think evenings would be light on entertainment -- but that's not the case. Visit Celebrity Theater, one of the prettiest and most comfortable theaters at sea. An amazing number of performances were available during our voyage, including The Mersey Boys (a U.K. vocal harmony group), Boogie Wonderland, a singer performing the music of Stevie Wonder, comedians, a female vocalist, a violinist, a magician, a cirque act, and Celebrity's unique "Elysium" Broadway-style production, among other shows.

Daily Fun

While there are more activities hosted on sea days, you'll find plenty to keep you busy aboard Celebrity Millennium on any day of the week. Consult the ship's daily program to find the best activities for you. Look for fitness classes (some free and some for-fee), table tennis free play, basketball pickup games, trivia sessions, complimentary "taste" sessions (like one devoted to rum punch), rooftop movies on Deck 12, Xbox competitions, art seminars and auctions sponsored by Park West Gallery, and a variety of lectures. On our voyage, there were discussions about Buddhism, destinations on our itinerary and the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. For-fee bingo was also on offer, as were iLearn Apple classes that ranged from learning about iMovie to more effectively using Siri.

Musical performances could be found throughout the ship from the afternoon hours onward. We especially enjoyed Danilo Gomes, an incredibly talented singer and guitarist who seemed to know every song ever written. Lado Strings, a violin duo, also played on some afternoons and evenings.

At Night

In the evening, passengers made it a point to seek out pre- and post-dinner entertainment by way of the DJ at the Martini Bar, the dance band at the Rendezvous lounge or the acoustic duo at Cafe al Bacio. Fortunes Casino on Deck 4 also drew crowds with its walls lined with slot machines and gaming tables (poker, roulette, blackjack and baccarat). Several tournaments were held in the casino during the voyage. You must be 18 or older to play at the casino (21 or older for Alaska cruises).

Dance parties erupted in the late evenings, and everyone seemed to enjoy the "silent" disco, where you wear headphones and rock out to your own music (which might not be the same song your partner is listening to).

Celebrity Millennium Bars and Lounges

This is a comfortable ship that has a variety of bars and lounges to suit any personality. What's constant throughout the venues is excellent service from the wait staff. You won't wait long for a drink in any of these establishments, and there's often music playing (live or recorded) to keep your toes tapping.

Rendezvous Lounge (Deck 4): This lounge is popular both during the day and evening due to its comfy furniture and windows with views out onto the promenade. At night, bands play here and people often dance in front of the stage. Art auctions are staged here throughout the voyage.

Martini Bar & Crush (Desk 4): For the hippest bartenders, visit the ice-topped Martini Bar. They mix up pretty amazing pre- and post-dinner cocktails. It gets busy here, but the bartenders are efficient and friendly. Crush is located right next door and offers vodka flights and caviar from the late afternoon to evening (earlier opening hours on sea days).

Cellar Masters (Deck 5): With its dark red, gold and purple decor, Cellar Masters has a clubby feel. Sink into the comfortable armchairs or hop on a barstool to order your favorite varietal. Sommelier-led wine tastings are scheduled here throughout the cruise.

Oceanview Bar (Deck 10): When you're at the buffet, this is the bar that tends to everyone's needs. It's all the way aft, outside but it is under cover. It gets busy here, especially during the lunchtime rush on a sea day.

Cosmos Lounge (Deck 11): This observation lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the ship is the site of lectures and other events during the day. It's a great place to read a book (though we found the furniture in the other lounges was more comfortable). The color scheme of blue, green and white evokes the ocean and makes this a tranquil place, day or night. In the evening, passengers meet here for pre- and post-dinner drinks and conversation.

Mast Bar (Deck 11): When you're lounging by the pool, this is your go-to bar. Waiters rove the deck taking drink orders on a continual basis.

Michael's Club (Deck 4): The suites-only Michael's Club feels like a private men's club, with its onsite concierge, cushy chairs and flat-screen televisions showing sports. Complimentary continental breakfast, light lunch and self-service snacks are available. Visit between 5:30 and 8 p.m. for a free pre-dinner drink. (Note: Zenith members of Celebrity's Captain's Club loyalty program are also invited to use Michael's Club.)

Celebrity Millennium Outside Recreation

Pools

Head to Deck 10 midship for the main pool. It's a lovely area with cushioned loungers and daybeds. The pool has a shallow end for a quick dip and a deeper end for swimming. There are also four hot tubs, a bar and table tennis on the port side.

Forward of the main pool is the Solarium, with a thalassotherapy pool (fee-free) under a retractable roof, teak loungers with head pillows and round tables by the AquaSpa Cafe. It leads into the Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

Note that children must be fully toilet trained to use the pool or whirlpools. If your child is under 16, he or she must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian when using the whirlpools.

Recreation

A jogging track (six times around equals 1 kilometer) and shuffleboard can be found on Deck 11, along with a basketball court on Deck 12 at the top of the ship.

Sun Decks

There's ample space to lounge in the sun (or shade) aboard Celebrity Millennium. The pool deck on Deck 10 has many loungers and daybeds, and you'll find places to sunbathe on the Promenade on Deck 11 and the rooftop terrace on Deck 12 (staircase-access only). Movies are shown on the rooftop terrace, and blankets are available when the weather gets chilly.

Celebrity Millennium Services

Deck 3 is the place to visit Guest Relations (open 24 hours/day), the Captain's Club Host, Destination Concierge and Shore Excursions desk. Aft of this area is the conference center, which can be divided up into two or three rooms, each with plasma TVs and projectors. Several private functions were held there during our voyage.

Consult the Concierge on Deck 8. Head to Deck 5 for the Innovations Apple Authorized Reseller store, a consultation with the Future Cruise Vacations representatives or a visit to the ship's boutiques at the Emporium. On our cruise, there was a variety of jewelry (think high-end Tahitian pearls and bobbles by Swarovski and Phantasya), handbags (Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Furla and more), resort apparel and designer watches (TAG Heuer, Bulova, Stuhrling, Fossil and Citizen Eco-Drive) on offer, along with Celebrity logo gear. You can also purchase sundries and duty-free items here.

The small, two-level library is located on Decks 8 and 9, and the Celebrity iLounge internet cafe is on Deck 6. The iLounge features iMac computers, as well as printers, for passenger use. Computer and technology classes, mostly focusing on Apple products, are held there and cost extra. You can also sign up for Xcelerate internet service here (which was quite robust and fast on our sailing), and Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship. Prices start at 75 cents a minute, or you can buy a package. (Sometimes you can select a free internet package as a "perk" when buying your cruise fare.) Unlimited access was sold on our 14-night itinerary for $319 ($23 per day) plus 50 percent off a second device in the same stateroom. (A mid-cruise special of $219 for unlimited internet was offered on the seventh day of the itinerary.)

You'll find the medical center on Deck 1. There are no self-service laundry facilities, but service is available through your cabin steward on a per-piece basis. A special of $49 per bag of laundry was advertised mid-cruise.

Celebrity Millennium Spa & Fitness

Spa

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub, on Deck 10, offers spa treatments and salon services as well as the steam and sauna area and the for-fee Persian Garden. Day passes to the Persian Garden are free to AquaClass passengers; everyone else pays a per-day fee (inquire at the spa for the exact cost for your voyage). Multiday passes may be available for a discount. You must be at least 16 years old to access the Persian Garden.

Spa services at the facility include facials, waxing, massages, scrubs and wraps, thermal therapy, hair styling and nail treatments, with specials offered on port days. Prices are what you'd expect to pay at a high-end spa on land. A 50-minute deep-cleansing facial is $140 (discounted to $105 on port days), a seaweed head-to-toe wrap is $250 ($188 on port days), and a 50-minute aromatherapy massage costs $300 ($225 on port days).

Celebrity also has a trained acupuncturist onboard Millennium. In fact, it was one of the first lines to introduce the now-standard cruise spa option. A special acupuncture area is located on Deck 7.

Fitness

The Fitness Center is on Deck 10 right near the spa and adults-only Solarium. You'll find Life Fitness equipment ranging from stationary bikes to elliptical machines to treadmills. A selection of weights, fitness balls and exercise mats are also available. The center gets crowded in the early morning hours on port days and nearly all day on sea days. Visit during the lunch hour or late in the afternoon for a bit more breathing room.

In addition to fitness equipment, the center also offers a variety of classes. Some, like Morning Stretch and Six Pack Abs, are free, while yoga, Pilates, Boot Camp and Zumba classes will cost $12-plus per session.

There is also a jogging track on Deck 11. Six laps equal 1 kilometer (or 5/8 mile).

Celebrity Millennium For Kids

While Celebrity doesn't have all the family-friendly amenities that sister line Royal Caribbean has, it does offer a solid program for children aged 3 to 11 years at the Fun Factory on Deck 11. As long as your kids don't require character meet-and-greets, they should be happy there. Teens (12 to 17 years) have their own space, the X Club, in which to relax, and there is a small video arcade (though several of the machines were out of service during our voyage).

Parents with children younger than 3 are invited to accompany their toddlers into the playrooms at select times. (Infants who sail must be at least 6 months old as of the first day of the cruise. However, for transatlantic, transpacific, select South America and other select cruises, infants must be at least 12 months old.)

In-cabin babysitting is available for $19 per hour for up to three children (12 months minimum) within the same family. In-cabin babysitting is subject to availability and must be requested 24 hours in advance.

Passengers should note that Celebrity Cruises has earned Autism Friendly Cruise Line status after its completion of Autism Friendly Certification via Autism on the Seas.

Kids

Participation in the kids' program is complimentary (with some exceptions) and is broken nicely into compatible age groups. Potty-trained children are welcomed from age 3 and join the Shipmates (3 to 5 year olds). Cadets (6 to 8), Ensigns (9 to 11) and Teens (12 to 17) make up the balance of the groups. Age-appropriate activities are available for each, and trained counselors are in attendance.

The Fun Factory is outfitted with large TVs, a Ping-Pong table and computer terminals. Kids' activities include crafts, Wii games, puppet shows, dinosaur studies, sushi making, miniature boat building and pajama parties. Special family activities include Ping-Pong tournaments, bingo, talent shows and scavenger hunts for kids and parents.

Parents can also borrow toys from the Fun Factory for children to use onboard. The toys, suitable for a variety of ages from 3 to 11, include many LeapFrog interactive toys.

Teens

Teens hang out in X Club on Deck 10, a gaming haven with Wii, Xbox machines and PlayStations. The club also has space for lounging and a dance floor. Teens can participate in teen pool Olympics; late-night theme parties, such as "Red Carpet" and "Prom Night"; craft and scrapbook activities; karaoke; and fashion design workshops.

Celebrity Millennium Ship Stats

  • Crew: 1,024
  • Launched: 2000
  • Decks: 11
  • Passengers: 2,158
  • Registry: Malta
  • CDC Score: 98

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