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Sail Date: March 2019
The itinerary was the reason we chose this cruise The upgrade has been done to a very cheap budget The staff as always ,wonderful service always smiling. Main dining room , good food and service Layout of ship because of size ... Read More
The itinerary was the reason we chose this cruise The upgrade has been done to a very cheap budget The staff as always ,wonderful service always smiling. Main dining room , good food and service Layout of ship because of size was a bit strange. Had to walk through casino to get to some places !! Would have loved to have seen more space for dancing Poor band and disco stuck on the floor near the bar but no room for dancing. Think they should consider moving the second bar near martini bar for dancing. It was rarely used , most were watching the entertainment and itching to dance by the railings. Enjoyed the trivia etc The theatre entertainment was very average. There were 2 standout acts, but on the other nights, it was mediocre at best One of the tours we went on was dreadful. So bad most got partial refunds. But, I got 30% others got between 40 and 100% I don't get why the different refunds!!! Such a shame. Ive never had an issue with any of my celebrity cruises before, I just feel they've dropped the ball on this one 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
7 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
For the ports of call and, that it was a celebrity cruise. Every member of staff on board were excellent with some being exceptional. Everything was spotlessly clean and of a very high standard. The food was delicious exciting and ... Read More
For the ports of call and, that it was a celebrity cruise. Every member of staff on board were excellent with some being exceptional. Everything was spotlessly clean and of a very high standard. The food was delicious exciting and very varied, always lots of choice and available all day every day. The selection and amount of restaurants gave you lots of different places to eat so you would never be short of different cuisine.. We particularily enjoyed the night life entertainment and stage shows which were fantastic and very proffessional. We also used the facilities in the gym and had some great advice from doritya our personal trainer who was very knowledgable and patient and a joy to be with. Getting on and off the ship was a very smooth process and it was nice to see the faces of the friendly staff welcoming us back on board, great holiday, thank you celebrity. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Overall a great experience. Our ship was held up initially due to fog, we were reimbursed and updated regularly via email. The ship was pleasant enough and quite layed back. The on board drinks and excursions were extremely expensive ... Read More
Overall a great experience. Our ship was held up initially due to fog, we were reimbursed and updated regularly via email. The ship was pleasant enough and quite layed back. The on board drinks and excursions were extremely expensive though. The ports were often along way out of the tourist areas so do your homework as we did and get your own tickets and trips booked before you go. The entertainment was really good and the lectures on sea days were very informative. I really enjoyed relaxing in the Sauna area too! The meals got a bit boring after a while, however there are plenty of other restaurants on board at a price. The ship was very clean, it was the right size and not too busy. Disembarkation was a bit of a nightmare with Yokohama customs but fortunately we had allowed plenty of time to get to the airport. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
I would have rated this cruise a 3.5 overall. strong points being the destinations (fabulous) which were various, many and interesting, the staff (very trying their utmost and always available on Celebrity), the food at oceanview and at ... Read More
I would have rated this cruise a 3.5 overall. strong points being the destinations (fabulous) which were various, many and interesting, the staff (very trying their utmost and always available on Celebrity), the food at oceanview and at that extra charge Italian restaurant (cant already remember the name, but the food was awesome). A special kudos to the Blu staff, overall excellent (better than the food which was ok). The destinations were awesome but we enjoyed our time mainly when we took a private tour guide away from the cruise shore excursions (to the exception of Jeju Island, very nice). We did with the boat a 3D/2N excursion of Beijing with hotel... really disappointing, always running, never the time to enjoy a site (literally walking through the Imperial garden without stopping), hotel was ok but nothing special, worst than everything we ended up all 3 days in low quality Chinese restaurant that no Chinese gourmet would call that Chinese food... it tasted like cafeteria food in huge rooms of 300 cruise passengers (more like a wedding banquet without the nice part).. they even brought us in a restaurant where there were 20 coaches on the parking (I counted) which was just located within ... a huge JADE shop... tourist scam no less!!! Entertainment on the ship was unequal.. one day very good (like 2 Russians acrobats) another day pretty much the same than the day before (same dancers and singers just having a different act, but good overall, just not various).. it was the day entertainment which was disappointing.. nothing much organised except events to bring you in the spa, shop, casino to spend more money under the pretext of some seminar of some sort... And a lot of future cruises presentations!! This cruise overall was average, usually my wife and I chose the boat as much as the destination... it was our 2nd cruise on this ship and I dont find it improving... chose it for the amazing ports/destinations but do organise your visits on your own. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Having done a number of Celebrity Cruises in the past & thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience, we had been looking forward to our latest voyage of discovery. Unfortunately toon many cost saving issues spoilt the overall experience. ... Read More
Having done a number of Celebrity Cruises in the past & thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience, we had been looking forward to our latest voyage of discovery. Unfortunately toon many cost saving issues spoilt the overall experience. Bearing in mind our yardstick was past Celebrity Cruises we were truly disappointed. The following issues, small as they were in some instances, combined to spoil our trip:- Blu Restaurant Experience - Too many customers for too few tables. On too many occasions we had to wait to be seated despite the best efforts of the Maitre’d. Sommelier not to past standards, had a passing knowledge of wines only. Kept the wine glasses full but when busy struggled to keep up. Limited menu selection of 4 items only with 3 constants many times too similar to offers on day. Description on menu not a true reflection of food on offer eg. Soufflé heavy & stodgy, better description would be a dumpling. Seared Duck, skin hadn’t been near a hot pan only fit to be cut off meat & left on side of plate. Some food presented cool not hot. Have to say service was excellent throughout. Speciality Restaurants - Qsine: Given a key table & then provided with blankets to stop freezing to death. Even when we were moved complete with blankets, it was still uncomfortable. Order of selections made was bizarre ie. Started with fish & chips followed by Escargot, followed by the largest meatballs ever seen (with unusual texture). Surprise Dessert, apple crumble (how disappointing). Tuscan Grill - Great experience on 1st visit. Return visit (due to experience one) unbelievably poor. Very poor service (almost forgotten). Main course left under pass for too long (medium rare tuna arrived at table as well done tuna / Medium well done steak arrived as dry, well done steak). Complained to Maitre’d who acknowledged complaints as genuine, made efforts to change service but server refused to relinquish our table. No problem but service got worse! Offered a return night but was not followed through. Entertainment - 3 of 4 soloists average singers at best with choreography likewise. Occasional guest entertainers generally very good. Shore Trips - A little disappointing overall. Too much travelling for too little experience. This didn’t help with very poor weather on occasions but surely if it’s thick fog at high level couldn’t the iterary be modified at the last minute (or at least be offered another option) instead of sticking with the original itinerary with zero visibility!!! Poor Japan experience! I could go on but I guess you now get the message!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Arrived into Shanghai the day prior to the cruise and took a taxi directly to the Sheraton Grand hotel in Pudong - about 45 minute taxi ride - cost around 160 Yuan. The next morning we were up and on the subway at 7AM to head to the ... Read More
Arrived into Shanghai the day prior to the cruise and took a taxi directly to the Sheraton Grand hotel in Pudong - about 45 minute taxi ride - cost around 160 Yuan. The next morning we were up and on the subway at 7AM to head to the Bund and central Shanghai. Subway system is very easy to use and we managed to get to where we were going with few problems. We returned to the hotel around 1PM and I checked my email - Celebrity had sent a communication stating that embarkation would be delayed as the ship was unable to port due to heavy fog. Celebrity was very good about providing hourly updates. In the end we were told to not show up to the port until 8PM for embarkation. They also advised that they would provide a $50 stateroom credit to cover any meal costs due to the delay. Embarkation was relatively smooth - lots of grumbling from fellow passengers about the delay but it was beyond the cruise lines control - I think people just like to complain sometimes. Not a lot of space in the terminal so everyone was seated in an area prior to checking in and we had to get up and sit down again as we moved towards the check in area - a bit confusing but it worked. Finally got onto the ship around 9:30PM we were exhausted as it was 7AM back home. First day was a sea day which was nice as we relaxed and adjusted to the the new time zone. Incheon/Seoul - Celebrity provided a bus from the port into Incheon and dropped us at a local market. Not much to see but fellow passengers took the subway into Seoul which was about an hour ride. We chose to return to the ship after a couple of hours and enjoy the peace and quiet onboard. Beijing 3 Days - Ported in Tianjin which is about 3 hours drive from Beijing - we chose to leave the ship and go into Beijing for two nights on our own (many fellow passengers did the same). We had booked a private transfer directly to Beijing with a company I had found online. There are taxis at the port that will take you into Tianjin to catch the bullet train to Beijing. They will try and bargain starting rate is 300 Yuan but the metered rate is only around 180 so be careful. Beijing was cold - it had snowed on the great wall that day. we spent 2 days in the city touring on our own and then took a taxi to the Beijing South railway station - Bullet train fare to Tianjin was around 60 Yuan each and then taxi fare from Tianjin to the port was 165 Yuan Jeju Island - They call this the Hawaii of Korea and it was our first day with warmer weather. Weather had warmed up to around 19C. We had a free transfer into town and ate at a local restaurant and returned to the ship. Nice destination Kobe (2 Days) - the overnight was nice as we had decided to go to Hirsohima for the day when we arrived on the bullet train. Hiroshima is about 200 miles from Kobe. There is a monorail that will run you into the main train station - we bought our Kansai/Hiroshima area passes here. These are 5 day passes for that part of Japan on the trains and include the bullet train between Osaka and Hiroshima. Cost if you buy prior to arriving in Japan was 13,500 Yen or about $135US - amazing price if you are there for 5 days. On our second day we got up early and took the train to Kyoto but were limited in time there as the bullet train was not included in the pass. Shimuzu/Mount Fuji - due to our limited time here we booked a shore excursion through the ship as we wanted to go to Mount Fuji which was about 2 hours away. Unfortunately Mount Fuji was surround in clouds and we could not see it when we arrived. Apparently it is visible less than 100 days per year. After a Gondola and boat ride across Lake Ashi we headed back to the ship for a 1.5 hour ride. About 30 minutes out the clouds around Mount Fuji started to dissipate and we had an incredible view of the mountain from. Was worth the trip just to see it. Hospitality was amazing - cultural shows on the dock and as we were leaving the portset off fireworks Tokyo/Yokohama - We were flying out of Narita which is about a 1.5 hour drive from the port. Taxis would be extremely expensive. We were advised in the terminal to take a taxi to the YCAT station was about Yen 2,000 and then took a bus to Narita for Yen 7,200 Overall was a great experience we saw many cities in Asia. This was a great way to decide where we would like to visit again. We will return to Japan - the people are wonderful and helpful. This is our 5th Celebrity cruise in a row (2nd on the Millenium) and the onboard experience has detiorated over the last few years in my opinion. Food in the Master Dining room was inconsistent some nights it was good and other nights not so good. There was also a constant sales pitch to upgrade to packages Premium drink packages, specialty dining packages, photo packages , lunches on the specialty restaurants etc. Drink service was difficult in the master dining room you were lucky to get your drink order before the main course was out. We just started in the lounge prior to going to dinner and brining it in with us, One night a couple with us ordered a bottle of wine for dinner that never showed up. I am not sure if Celebrity has reduced their staff in the dining room but the staff were run off their feet it seemed. The crew when you got the chance to interact with them however were wonderful. Said hello everytime you came into contact with them and we had a few nice conversations with crew members when we had a chance. I will sail with Celebrity in the future as I have been happy with them in the past (on the Soltice ships mainly) not sure if the inconsistent was due to the Millenium class ships or staff shortages 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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