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8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We chose this cruise because we had thoroughly enjoyed a S. Pacific cruise going to Sydney 2.5 years ago. This time, we wanted to tour New Zealand on our own and return via another long cruise. We flew into Sydney from Queenstown on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had thoroughly enjoyed a S. Pacific cruise going to Sydney 2.5 years ago. This time, we wanted to tour New Zealand on our own and return via another long cruise. We flew into Sydney from Queenstown on JetStar early on the day before Millennium sailed. We took the train to Circular Quay, noting that mass transit is the same everywhere when an agitated young girl got on and proceeded to swear loudly and crudely at anyone she thought was looking at her. Relieved to get off, we walked to our hotel, Holiday Inn Old Sydney, which is very convenient to the Quay. We have spent time in Sydney before, but we revisited several spots in the 24+ hours we had before we could board the ship. We weren’t able to get on the cruise ship until mid-afternoon sail day, but we did drop off our bags early. Once on board with champagne in hand, we found our well-situated room (#6098, perfectly mid-ship; a terrific location) and made our way to the OceanView for a late lunch. Millennium is showing her age, and the dry dock (happening now?) is desperately needed. Our bathroom grout, toilet, and floor were stained; the curtains were moldy at the bottom; my mattress was soft and sagging (an egg crate topper helped); towels were frayed and stained; plants were growing out of the overhang visible from the treadmills! Nevertheless, our steward Peter kept the room clean and tidy and was unfailingly polite and helpful, as were all the crew members we saw. The staff also showed their professionalism and poise when on our second sea day we had a helicopter evacuation of a passenger with heart issues. The captain thoroughly explained what would happen. We deviated from our course and were at dinner when the ship slowed way down; we could see the helicopter circling again and again, waiting for the medical crew they had lowered to the ship to evaluate. The passenger was evacuated safely, but we heard later that he had died the next day in New Caledonia. We enjoy Celebrity and HAL both for their enrichment lectures. We had a destination expert (history, culture), married astronomers (little too keen on sharing Polynesian worldview, Hawaiian words, etc.), and a botanist. All were good. The astronomers held two star gazing nights toward the end of the cruise. The husband was excellent at pointing out constellations (we saw the Milky Way, Southern Cross, and Alpha Centauri for the first time), but when his wife would take the microphone and give us Hawaiian names and a Polynesian view of the stars and navigating, we grew impatient and finally left. We heard later that many others felt the same way. A Hawaiian native woman taught dances and lei-making, and her sessions were always well-attended. The entertainment was standard cruise fare, although the Aussie Boys put on a concert that was the best show we have ever seen on a cruise ship. A close second was the Gold Art aerialist duo. Singers, a humorist/magician, a mentalist, singers, musicians, and the production shows completed the offerings. We always attended the entertainment, although getting there early was important. Visibility in the theater is very good. We enjoyed trivia, made use of the running track and gym, watched some dance lessons, thoroughly enjoyed the informal Q&A with some of the Celebrity dancers, and made it to the DateLine Crossing and Equator Crossing parties. The former was way too loud with a rock band in a confined space, and the latter was held at night and without much class or ceremony to it, losing a good deal of its fun. We chose AnyTime dining and were happy with that; however, we came to realize dinner would last close to 2 hours. Time between courses took way too long, but I don’t know if that would have been true at the timed seatings as well. We found the food very good, but we are not food snobs. Fish routinely disappoints me on cruise ships (dry and tasteless), unless it’s the always-dependable salmon. The bread baskets always had different varieties (loved the sundried tomato foccacia) and three types of spread (excellent hummus). A separate vegetarian menu is available, so I had double the choices since fish is not on the vegetarian menu. I found the carrot cumin salad, the stuffed mushroom, and spicy corn soup with green chili and cilantro fabulous! Others regularly praised the rack of lamb and prime rib. We had a full-sized lobster tail on the last “elegant chic” night. “Elegant chic” encompassed everything from casual capris and tennis shoes to tuxedos! We never tried the formal dining room for breakfast or lunch. The OceanView has a huge variety of food at both meals, and it is long enough and stations are on both sides of the café, so crowds are kept to a minimum. Homemade sticky buns appeared about every 3rd day in the OceanView. At the back of the café, I was a frequent patron of the made-to-order pasta station. I have never found a good veggie burger on any cruise ship, but by Day 15 of the cruise, I was ready for something different. I ordered one at the poolside grill, and it was fantastic! I ordered one for the following four days as well and wished I had found it earlier. The lightly-battered fries were also very good, just not available every day. The AquaSpa café has tasty and lighter alternatives at breakfast and lunch (lentil and quinoa make frequent appearances). A small menu on the wall offers quiche and made-to-order grilled tuna or salmon. Add that to a salad for a lovely lunch (just be prepared to wait 12-15 minutes). Occasionally, they offered mango slices which were scooped up fast! We ate dinner in the OceanView a couple of times. Again, be sure to go all the way to the back for the grill and a choice of meats and fish. Also available only at night is the Mongolian grill. Our first three days at sea were filled with exercise, lectures, trivia contests, shows, an art auction, reading, sunning, the Thelassotherapy pool, and plenty of eating! Lautoka, Fiji – on the recommendation of good friends, we had pre-booked a driver for both stops in Fiji. He was a bit pricey, but we had a bad experience with a taxi driver last time we visited Suva, Fiji. Another couple from the ship joined us for a tour including an authentic village, an ornate Buddhist temple in Nadi, the Sleeping Giant orchid gardens, optional mud baths (it was too hot to even consider these!), the Denarau marina (shops and harbor), and general countryside driving. Our driver, Fasail, ordered Indian appetizers and sodas at the Buddhist temple and paid all entry fees for our AU$120 each (his price is on the high side, he admitted, since Fasail drives from Suva). He was very knowledgeable and provided excellent commentary as well as an air-conditioned van, most welcome in the heat and humidity. After the 4-hour tour, we ate a late lunch on the ship and walked 20 or 30 minutes to McDonald’s for very slow wifi (code given with purchase). Had we walked further into town, we found out later, we could have located a café with better wifi. A Fijian cultural group came aboard in the evening and danced and sang for us. Suva, Fiji – I recruited two other couples for the tour with Fasail. Since Suva is the capital, he showed us government buildings as well as landmarks, Albert Park, Thurston Gardens, the Grand Pacific Hotel, and a wealthy neighborhood before making a stop to order Indian appetizers. While we were waiting for them, Fasail took us to two local stores (almost all stores were closed, being a Sunday, but he must know the owners, and he assured us we were contributing to local family businesses). Two of the guys bought Fiji shirts at the first store, and two of us bought an assortment of cannibal forks at the second (we all left the store while our negotiator bargained for a good price for the bundle!). We picked up the delicious appetizers and bottled water and headed into the countryside. We tried to hike in the Colo-i-Suva national forest, but steady rain cut that short. We made our way into the rainforest for about 20 minutes before giving up, soaked in our rain gear despite the cover of trees. Fasail’s tour was also supposed to include a trip to the beach with some time for swimming, but that clearly wasn’t happening. Most of us wanted some wifi, so Fasail went to one of the resorts, but they would not let us use their wifi, even if we purchased food. He suggested we return to the Colo-i-Suva forest and the delightfully-situated RainForest café which did have wifi, and we sat on a covered patio overlooking a small lake. We ordered appetizers and drinks and caught up on email and websites for a couple of hours. We also fed French fries to the fish! The day’s outing wasn’t exactly the tour we had paid for (and I thought we would see some fire walking), but we all felt connected again. The tour was discounted from AU$100, since I had recruited another couple. We each paid $AU80 + $5 each for the forest fee. Another four sea days followed the Fiji stops, and we crossed the International DateLine during this time. Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Do get up early to watch sail in; this is an extremely beautiful island. We tendered here, and that was a mess. We had been told tender tickets would be available at “x” time, so that’s when we went, only to learn people had lined up almost an hour earlier (lesson noted for the next day!!). So we ended up waiting an hour for a tender. We had pre-booked Reef Discovery Pure Snorkeling (gear and water/soda/fruit drinks provided), and they waited the extra 20 minutes for us (obviously, they know cruise ship and tender procedures). The boat held 8 of us + two guides who were professional, helpful, and fun. We were gone four hours and had four snorkel stops: manta rays, The Aquarium where we were given bread to attract the fish (and a reef shark and an unwelcomed barracuda), eagle rays (true to their name, they looked like they were flying), and the Coral Gardens. Guillaume was adept at finding eels and coaxing them out. Fabien showed us a seahorse, although it wasn’t anything like what we’re used to seeing. At each stop, fish were abundant, the gorgeously multi-hued water was warm, and boating past the resorts with the over-the-water bungalows was amazing. This was a spectacular excursion. Online, I had requested and was granted a drop-off at Matira Beach, but the guides must not have gotten the message, and we decided to get some lunch on the ship anyway. I wish we had insisted on the drop-off, for once we ate and took the tender back to the island, it was too unbearably hot and humid to even think about walking a beach, no matter that it was supposed to be amazingly beautiful. We found a restaurant a short walk from the pier that offered wifi with a meal purchase, but it was full with a wait list, so we returned to the ship. If you’re looking for wifi here, this restaurant is in a small strip of shops across from the church. Or you can take a taxi to Bloody Mary’s, but I imagine you’ll have to purchase something there as well. Moorea – This is the most beautiful island we have ever seen; the iconic picture of what “Tahiti” should look like! We pre-booked a car with Albert Transport, and the pickup was right on time. We went straight to the Lagoonarium with two other couples. This is a must-do if you like the water and snorkeling. The Lagoonarium is a few miles past the ferry dock. After paying the entry fee + snorkel gear fee (incidentally, you will get a much better price if you have CPF) at the hut at the small parking area, a little motor boat ferried us and a honeymooning couple to the completely idyllic motu three minutes offshore. We were taken around the tiny island, given a hut, shown the free life vests and plastic shoes as well as the kitchen with free coffee/tea, told when the first fish feeding was, and had the two snorkeling “tours” explained to us – the thick cables offered protection from the current and we could take the longer route all the way to the reef. We all quickly changed and got to the water. The snorkel gear was of poor quality, so if you plan on this, have your own gear if possible. The fish were plentiful, and we saw some colorful ones as well as a hundreds-strong school of tiny bright blue fish. The coral was abundant and varied, just not colorful. Before the scheduled fish feeding, the guides got in the shallow water with bait and were soon swarmed by stingrays. Anyone could pet the rays, and this was quite a fun experience. The guides kept up this portion of the feeding for a generous amount of time. Then the guides asked everyone to go into the deeper water and get on the outside of the cables. In a U-shape now, we watched the guides feed and attract reef sharks, more rays, and myriad fish. The feeding went on for close to 45 minutes. We had packed some food from the ship and ate in the hut, escaping from the brutal sun. The hut has windows that open for cross ventilation, so it was quite comfortable. It would be easy to spend an entire day here. We never even made the full circuit of the closer-in snorkel trail. But we only had the one day, and we wanted to see some of the island, so off we went. Our first stop was at a marked lookout over a stunning white sand beach, water of an almost-unimaginable aqua color, and bungalows stretched across the water. We gaped for a good while, continued our drive, found a French café offering free wifi so we stopped for pastries, iced coffee, and internet catching-up, before resuming the island tour to Belvedere Lookout. The drive is windy and torturous, but the lookout is so worth it! We wished for more time (I don’t know why the cruise ship left at 5 when we were so close to the next island) to stop at the agricultural school, fruit juice factory, and fruit stands. We mistakenly thought Le Petit Village was near the pier, or we would have stopped there before turning in the car. But we made do with browsing the stalls set up by the tender pier. With more time, I would have liked to visit a pearl farm. The black Tahitian pearls are stunning and oh so expensive. Back on board the ship, we cleaned up and went to the specialty restaurant Qsine (2/1 special). We found it just as unique as advertised, from the décor to the iPad ordering system to the unusual way every dish is presented. Some of the small bites were delicious; others we wouldn’t order again! But we definitely recommend it. I heard they were offering the 2/1 special almost every night, but when we booked, we were told it was only on port days. Papeete – While waiting for friends to meet us off ship, we watched native dancers performing for the tourists. We shared a rental car with our friends, necessitating a hot and humid walk to the Avis office and a wait behind several others. We intended to get out of Papeete as quickly as possible, following a Fodor driving tour. We made several stops, including the black sand beach and lighthouse at Pt. Venus, blowholes, waterfalls, lookout views, gardens, and grottos over the course of five hours. While not as pretty as the other two islands, Tahiti still is gorgeously green and mountainous, but also more crowded. We returned the car with enough spare time to hunt down wifi (a challenge, but we found an internet café at a shopping center whose name started with a “V” near the ship), connect online for an hour, and then try to spend our remaining Central Pacific Francs at the now-closing local market. I found a bar of Tahitian vanilla soap, and when I gave the lady my remaining change, she insisted I take another bar of soap! Some stalls were still set up close to the ship, and I bought a very inexpensive Tahitian pearl bracelet. We now had five remaining sea days, and while at first we didn’t want them to end, by day four, the inevitability had sunk in, and we were ready. Unfortunately, the immigration process to get off the ship in Honolulu was a nightmare with terribly long lines and poor communication of a US-citizen line. We texted our shuttle driver we would be late, but we made it to the airport in plenty of time. But for a while there, we weren’t so sure! During this 18-day cruise, plus our 18 days self-driving in New Zealand, we saw some truly amazing places, reveled in extraordinary beauty, experienced new countries, enjoyed spectacular weather, and met wonderful people. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We booked this cruise when we were on celebrity solstice 18 months ago. Doing Honolulu Tahiti New Zealand Sydney. We loved that cruise so we booked this one going the other way ( we got Fiji instead of NZ ) The millennium is older than ... Read More
We booked this cruise when we were on celebrity solstice 18 months ago. Doing Honolulu Tahiti New Zealand Sydney. We loved that cruise so we booked this one going the other way ( we got Fiji instead of NZ ) The millennium is older than solstice but we thought it was well maintained. The staff were constantly cleaning, painting, repairing the ship. All the staff were really helpful and welcoming. The captain ( captain Nicholas ) was constantly around the ship talking to guests he was so friendly, the best captain we have ever had. Our cabin was a good size and the room attendants done anything we asked for. The food was good in the ocean view cafe. Food in the specialty restaurants was excellent as was the service. Bar service was good, it could have been a bit better but still acceptable. A couple of minor negatives, we were cruising in the tropics but the ship shop did not have any sun screen ( we were told it was because the ship was going into dry dock in Canada so they were letting stocks of everything go down and not replacing what sold out ) some night the ocean view cafe closed one side of the serving area early so that made the other side really busy. The ports of call were all very good, like everything if you put in you get more out. We will be sailing with celebrity again they really treat guests so well Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We have recently returned from a cruise to the South Pacific on the Celebrity Millennium which was advertised as a five star cruise The cruise from Sydney to Honolulu via Fiji & Tahiti on the Celebrity Millennium would in our ... Read More
We have recently returned from a cruise to the South Pacific on the Celebrity Millennium which was advertised as a five star cruise The cruise from Sydney to Honolulu via Fiji & Tahiti on the Celebrity Millennium would in our opinion rate as 3 stars at best and this was a case this of false advertising & misrepresentation on the part of Celebrity. We have friends who have sailed with Celebrity and had told us we should expect to have a better experience than we had previously with Princess Cruises and Carnival. We can now tell them that they are mistaken and that they should sail with Princess Cruises or Carnival before they make such ridiculous statements. The problems started from the moment we set foot aboard the ship. Our cabin which had been reserved several months earlier was occupied by other passengers. Even though we had booked the cruise and chose the cabin in August 2015 the couple who were occupying the cabin decided to extend their cruise but instead of moving them to a new cabin Celebrity staff saw fit to let them remain in the cabin we had reserved. This only came to light when we entered the cabin and found it was occupied and there were personal belongings scattered around the room. This situation could have been very embarrassing for both parties and we are still concerned that our ship’s pass could open a cabin that was occupied by others and for the entire duration of the cruise my partner was worried that somebody else may be able to enter our cabin. As you can imagine this was not the best start to our relaxing holiday Not 5 star service Leaving Sydney on a cruise ship should be an unforgettable experience and as Sydney is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful & spectacular ports in the world we were expecting a spectacular sail away party to remember. You can imagine our dismay when we just sailed out quietly - what a disappointment that was! Our experience with other cruise lines led us to expect certain things to be as standard, so we asked our cabin steward why there was no shower gel in the bathroom only to be told that those sorts of luxuries are for Concierge and Suite class guests only. We were appalled and yet another trip to Guest Relations. Not 5 star service SERVICE We are at a bit of a loss to understand why you charge 18% service charge on your drinks when service on the deck area and in the theatre was virtually non-existent. Not 5 star service Although the shows presented were of a very good standard this was let down by having one member of staff taking drinks orders in a 900 seat theatre that was generally full to capacity. Not 5 star service Additionally on our several days at sea the service on the open decks was again virtually non-existent, so again we were paying 18% service to collect our drinks at the bar. Not 5 star service At dinner my partner decided to have a glass of Port after her meal only to be served this in a champagne flute Not 5 star service OVERCROWDING The sunbeds were of poor quality and there were no sunbed cushions making them quite uncomfortable. The positioning of the sunbeds on the open decks was ridiculously close together making it impossible to put things like bags, drinks and the like down beside you. Has nobody in the Celebrity organisation heard the phrase "Sometimes less is more?" A few less sunbeds and a bit more personal space would be a vast improvement, again not what we would call 5 star service ENTERTAINMENT The only saving grace in this area were the shows put on in the theatre. There was very little entertainment around the pool during the day. In the evening the entertainment consisted of Latitude the house band who is a scruffy rock band who played very little other than rock, rock and more rock and generally when they were playing the dance floor would be empty. If you consider that the average age of the passengers was probably 70+ I think some soul, swing or pop would be more likely to fill the dance floor. DJ Rock star awful we can’t say any more than that The end of cruise party should not be held on the last night as everybody is packing and had to be up early for disembarkation so no one wanted to party. If it had been held the night before we think it would have been better attended instead we were subjected to something called Bandioke where guests could sing with the band. Only two guests did so and to be honest they were better than the band. Crossing the Dateline celebrations consisted of a few balloons falling into the Atrium. Crossing the Equator party was over by 10 p.m. Definitely not 5 star entertainment DINING The standard of dining in the Metropolitan was generally very good but the lack of variety in fresh fruit options in the Ocean view restaurant was very disappointing – only watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe for the whole 18 days – no pineapple, strawberries or other exotic fruits even though we were in the South Pacific!! We visited the speciality restaurants Qsine, Bistro on 5 and The Olympic. Qsine was fun and definitely different Bistro on 5 also good fun The Olympic was a great disappointment - it was what we would normally expect in the standard dining room on a Princess or Carnival cruise SHORE EXCURSIONS We booked several shore excursions the second of which was our excursion in Papette which was cancelled due to the venue (The Intercontinental Hotel) not being able to accommodate us for lunch. Therefore we did our own thing and got a local tour and had a great time On our return we got chatting to other passengers and found that they had made their own way to the Intercontinental hotel and had eaten and drunk there and the hotel was able to accommodate them. After that we cancelled the rest of our tours through shore excursions and we then had some fantastic experiences without the aid of Celebrity Definitely not 5 star service On a closing note We have delayed writing this review as we both completed the online feedback questionnaires. And as we were told that feedback is taken very seriously. We thought we would hear back from Celebrity as we raised all of the above in our questionnaires. It was not until I contacted Lisa Lutoff-Perlo President and CEO (lLutoff-Perlo@celebritycruises.com) did I get a response The Millennium was going for a refit in Vancouver. It is very tired ship and I feel that Celebrity knew they could get away with using a tired and tatty ship as the itinerary sold the cruise. We spoke to many passengers and most of them were very disappointed with the Celebrity experience. We will relay our experience to all our family and friends and will not consider using Celebrity again We would like to add that cruising is becoming more and more popular and competition is increasing. We feel that Princess and Carnival offer a more enjoyable and luxury brand than Celebrity!! There was nothing 5 star about this experience except the price !!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
My husband and I cruised with friends. We took a cruise from Auckland to Sydney on another cruise line on which we have no status so there were no benefits. We are Diamond members with RCCL so we are Elite with Celebrity. The benefits ... Read More
My husband and I cruised with friends. We took a cruise from Auckland to Sydney on another cruise line on which we have no status so there were no benefits. We are Diamond members with RCCL so we are Elite with Celebrity. The benefits of the status adds a fun addition to the cruise. We boarded the ship with our friends, so they were able to experience priority boarding. It made the embarkation easy. Our friends have no status on Celebrity so we missed most of the Elite events because we did not want to leave our them. Dee, the Captain's Club hostess let us bring them to happy hour once so they could experience that benefit. It was on the night we left Moorea with beautiful views so they enjoyed it. Our cabins were nice but small. The balconies were roomy and we enjoyed them a lot. We wished we had the wall that can be opened on the balcony so we could open it and sit out on them together. The ports were nice but didn't particularly like Fiji. There were so many crew members that we liked. If you're on this ship in the near future, look for Sati, the bartender, Karyati (assistant waiter), Jhoana (assistant waiter), Paul (waiter), Rudi (assistant waiter who should be a waiter), Agnello (sommelier), Edwin (room steward), Lubis (assistant room steward who should be a room steward), Yusmin (Chef DuJour), Darko (waiter in Qsine), Dadek (server in Qsine), Daniela (we saw her everywhere with a smile). There are so many others whose name I don't know. We dined at Qsine and Olympic (twice). Qsine is a fun and filling experience. It's very different from your typical restaurant. Olympic is elegant and the food and service was wonderful. I'm sorry to hear it is being replaced. The entertainment was fabulous. Most nights there was new entertainment and not the singers and dancers. Steve Gayda is a excellent cruise director. We truly liked his travel adventures. The immigration process was painful. The line was long and slow. Celebrity wants you out of your cabin at 8:30 AM which leaves a lot of time to spend waiting when everything starts closing. People went to the immigration line before their scheduled time which made it even more congested. On the competing line, you can stay in your cabin until 10:00. Our captain was out and about on the ship. He seems to be a very caring and gracious man. Overall, it was a wonderful trip. The ship needs work but is headed to dry dock. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary: it was a repositioning cruise taking the Millennium from the Asian Market to Alaska, with our portion being from Sydney to Honolulu with stops in Fiji and French Polynesia. We booked a Royal Suite ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary: it was a repositioning cruise taking the Millennium from the Asian Market to Alaska, with our portion being from Sydney to Honolulu with stops in Fiji and French Polynesia. We booked a Royal Suite and purchased the 1-2-3 GO! package so we ended up with pre-paid gratuities, unlimited internet, premium beverage package and unlimited specialty restaurant dining. The cruise is the longest in Celebrity's rotation at 18 days. This review is going to be less about the Millennium (which will be undergoing a significant refit, not a small one as suggested by the previous review) and more about Celebrity Cruises and how the brand is changing and what it means for loyal Celebrity cruisers. The "Suite Experience", introduced a few years ago under the Modern Luxury banner, was designed to provide guests who book a Suite or higher a better on-board experience including the use of Luminae (restaurant for Suite guests only), Michael's Club (with a dedicated MC Concierge and complimentary beverages), priority embarkation, disembarkation and tender service, and more. For the most part it's a good program and adds some value, but could be expanded (see suggestions below). Since we were in a RS and had a premium beverage package Michael's Club became redundant and we never used it, although Lucy - the MC Concierge - was charming and helpful. Until the Xcelerate program is rolled out slow internet continues to be a challenge for a lot of guests, although it wasn't a problem for us since we had unlimited internet. We ate primarily in Luminae and it was exceptional - food, service and ambience. For us this really makes booking a Suite worth it. Bruno, Elena and the entire team made breakfast, lunch and dinner wonderful! We dined twice in Qsine and three times in The Olympic, the latter of which is being replaced by Tuscan Grill (a Celebrity staple) during the renovation, which is a shame because while the atmosphere may not necessarily be "modern" but it certainly is "luxury". All our dinners in both were excellent. We also purchased the Progressive Dinner one evening ($125 p.p. including wine pairings) and enjoyed visiting 3 restaurants and Cellar Masters (for dessert) with 7 other diners, several who also did the Chef's Table dinner ($250 p.p.) and loved it. We may try that next time. We did eat in the Oceanview a couple of times for breakfast and lunch. While the selection was very good, the layout needs to be reconfigured to allow a better flow, but that's not part of the upcoming dry dock. As it is right now the Oceanview setup leads to people cutting in line and other rather rude behavior. Cafe al Bacio was our go to after lunch latte destination (Johannes makes an awesome one!). Since the PBP includes specialty coffees, making a trip to Michael's was, again, unnecessary and redundant. Bistro on Five is being replaced with an ala carte Sushi Restaurant. Good idea as Bo5 was usually empty. It used to be a favorite treat for lunch, but we never went there (in 18 days!). Not sure how the a la carte pricing is going to "go over" - time will tell. Formal Nights are now dubbed Elegant Chic which concerned us a little as we enjoy getting dressed up and were afraid we would be the only ones, but our fears were unwarranted as there were many women in dresses and men in tuxedos. I guess Elegant Chic sounds more in tune with Modern Luxury, but in reality it's all the same. Celebrity is known for many industry firsts, especially with the launch of the Solstice class ships. Now, however, Celebrity is playing catch up with the installation of a lawn with an outdoor movie screen area a la Carnival, NCL Disney and others. If Celebrity wants to imitate other cruise lines they should follow NCL's example and offer a Haven-style pool area as part of the "Suite Experience" or at minimum have an area around the pool sectioned off. Instead we had to deal with "chair hogs" on a daily basis and frequently saw loungers being held with towels and books for hours at a time, never occupied. Celebrity may try to convince guests clearing the belongings is the responsibility of the Pool Butlers, but this is not the case whatsoever and guests spend a lot of time circling around looking for available loungers. Our cabin stewards (Benji and Redford) did a nice job keeping our room clean and Peter, our Butler, was always around with a smile. Since we enjoyed delicious lunches in Luminae we rarely took advantage of the afternoon tea Peter offered each day. He did help us with laundry and pressing, and in bringing and retrieving our passports to Guest Relations when they were requested - all of which was very helpful. The RS's are being completely redone, so I won't comment on the cabin. We had 5 ports of call and booked three shore excursions through Celebrity and two independently. While Shore Excursions is surely a revenue generator for the cruise line, 1-2 should be offered complimentary as part of "Suite Experience". Of the 3 we booked through Celebrity one was good, one was fair, and one was beyond poor and the value for the money would all be rated fair to poor. The "Suite Experience" includes priority tendering off the ship in ports where required, but should also include priority tendering when returning to the ship. We didn't attend any of the shows, art auctions (aren't these a thing of the past?), guest lecturers/Celebrity Life activities, or visit the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. We used the Fitness Center a few times and it was fine, although I'm glad I brought my iPod so I didn't have to listen to Pitbull over and over and over. No kidding. Overall we had a good time (see my ratings above). We previously booked a Transatlantic cruise on Silhouette for November 2016 and a Greek Island cruise for June 2017. We have also booked a Transatlantic cruise on Azamara Quest for October 2017. We feel like Celebrity is moving in the wrong direction and more toward becoming a mass market brand. With few exceptions there wasn't the "wow" factor we have come to expect, so we have decided to take a look at other cruise lines that offer more of what we are looking for. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2013
The Celebrity Millennium was a nice boat to cruise on with wonderful destinations. However, it was the first cruise for a lot of the crew and there was definitely a language barrier. It took four nights for our waiter to understand the ... Read More
The Celebrity Millennium was a nice boat to cruise on with wonderful destinations. However, it was the first cruise for a lot of the crew and there was definitely a language barrier. It took four nights for our waiter to understand the difference between medium rare and well done. We elected to have breakfast in the dining room most mornings as the buffet lines were unorganized and people were attacking it from any direction they pleased, breaking into lines and causing confusion amongst the fellow passengers and servers. Our breakfast orders were correct about one out of every four orders…again language barriers. It was our Cabin Stewarts first ever cruise and we were on the concierge level. Not good planning. After a couple of days we ran out of soap and shampoo and had to instruct him to replace those items on a regular basis. We also asked that fresh ice be in our room each day at 4 PM. It rarely happened. On a better note, the Captain was highly visible and we were able to speak with him on several occasions on a personal level. He was a great guy, highly knowledgable, and his management staff listened to our concerns and made every attempt to see we were satisfied. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
We boarded the Millie for our cruise to Singapore from Sydney after having been on the Solstice for a week and were disappointed in the lack of updates especially since she had been in dry dock for engine repairs just a few months prior. ... Read More
We boarded the Millie for our cruise to Singapore from Sydney after having been on the Solstice for a week and were disappointed in the lack of updates especially since she had been in dry dock for engine repairs just a few months prior. The staff was mostly new and it took them more than a few days to realize that a smile and friendliness gets you a long way with the passengers. We had an incident in one of the specialty restaurants and were truly more than happy with the way they handled it from the top to the bottom. Truly appreciated the follow up to my situation and the concerns. All in all we would not sail on the Millie again until there is a complete refurbishment and the ship has a friendlier look to it, we were constantly thinking it reminded us of a nursing home and not because of the age of the passengers. The cook to order area in the back of the ship was super and had great choices every night so we opted to eat there most nights and take out food on the back deck area which provided beautiful views. The staff in this area was most pleasant and the other people there seemed to be regulars also. One thing we enjoyed above all was the Acupuncturist on board, she was great and helped us a lot. Would go on another cruise with her any day. The ship is easy enough to get around on and find your way very quickly after boarding. Only issue there were some of the long wait times to get off in some ports and as many of the ports were tender ports we lost a lot of time on land. All in all we would give the Millie 3 ***. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
This review covers the 2nd half of our bucket list and anniversary cruise on Millie. Honolulu Nov2nd to Sydney Nov20th to Singapore Dec7th. We changed our cabin on disembarkation day Nov 20th in Sydney, our friends moved a cabin as well ... Read More
This review covers the 2nd half of our bucket list and anniversary cruise on Millie. Honolulu Nov2nd to Sydney Nov20th to Singapore Dec7th. We changed our cabin on disembarkation day Nov 20th in Sydney, our friends moved a cabin as well which allowed us to have cabins on the aft of the ship side by side 11th deck AC1138 & AC1140. Our room transfer was seamless we had breakfast at the buffet and were back to our room by 8:00am, Mario our room steward informed us our new room was vacant and we could transfer our belongings. We did this in about 5 minutes just moving the hanging clothes from one room to the new one and rolling our suitcases over. We needed no assistance, our friends moving into 1140 could not access their room as it was not yet vacant . They moved their stuff into our room and safe, we locked the door and went and got our new boarding passes. We walked off the ship before 9:00am with no delays as we had no luggage and walked up into the Rocks area as we had a Bridge climb we had booked on line for 10:00am. We arrived at the climb centre before it opened, once inside they asked if we wanted to go on the 1st walk which we did and thus began two amazing days in Sydney. Sydney was fantastic and an Australian we met on the 1st leg had given us a highlighted walking map on which he detailed how to walk all over the town and use the ferry system. The ship was docked at Circular Quay and the city was easily accessible. We did Manley beach and had excellent fish and chips on the board walk, went to the oldest pub in Australia and drank Nelsons Blood, toured the Opera house a short walk across the harbor, took the ferry to Darling Harbor, toured the sights then walked back through the city, went to a Woolworths which I had not seen since I was a child, ate at Hungry Jacks ( Australian Burger King ). We spent 2 days in constant motion and only touched the surface of Sydney. When we returned to Millie the 1st evening Mario opened the door between the 2 balconies our cabin flowers had been refreshed and a bottle of sparkling wine awaited us in ice, our friends transferred their belongs to their cabin and the good times continued. That evening we sat on our aft balconies drinks in hand and looked out at the lite Sydney bridge with glowing ferries and shuttle boats beetling across the harbor. I could only smile and reminisce of a past cruise on Azamara in Istanbul were we had the good fortune of dining at an aft window table for two at the top deck specialty restaurant the sun setting and watching a similar scene as the ferries darted across the Bosporus. As stated Mario took excellent care of us, we had roses in the room which my wife received on our anniversary they stayed fresh for almost 20 days. Our regular room flowers stayed fresh almost the length of the cruise. Every day Mario would load our ice bucket and also fill the glass wine bucket with ice and we would place our Aqua class bottled water ( San Benedetto ) in the bucket to chill we never used the fridge. We would take 2 chilled bottles of water with us when we walked the deck each morning and there would be 2 more when we got back from breakfast. We would drink those in the afternoon and there would be 2 more bottles when we returned after dinner and the bed had been turned down. We always had water when we went ashore. When we went ashore we would bring back ginger beer and Fanta to chill and drink on the balcony. I enjoy the different daily flavoured teas in Aqua class and would pour them over a glass of ice. I asked for a firmer pillow and it was on my bed by the evening. My wife asked for a bag of dry rice as our under water camera had steamed up the lens. Mario miraculously appeared with it and after leaving the camera in it over night the problem was solved. We cannot say enough about Mario we would catch him singing while cleaning cabins, he always brought smile to our faces and greeted us by name when ever he saw us. He would open the cabin door for my wife if he was close and saw her coming. On Sydney departure day we were invited to a party on the Helipad, all the B2B cruisers were invited and there was a mix of officers and complimentary drinks. It was spectacular and a most memorable sail away, Sydney is rated as one of the best entry ports in the world right up there with Venice. After Sydney we noticed a change in the flow of the ship, It was not just that the passengers had changed they had different expectations and showed up at different times. Venues that were slow 1st leg were jammed 2nd leg. The Blu Maitre'd had a difficult time predicting when the crush would come we adjusted our dinning times to avoid it and failed a few times. Staff had changed as well, many had disembarked in Sydney and it was noticeable, some staff were promoted to new positions and new staff boarded. We lost some of our favorite bar tenders and servers. It took a few days before Blu was up and running close to what we had grown to expect. It was never bad service but there were stumbles we had not encountered on the 1st leg. It is to be expected and we were happy for those promoted. One of the girls who worked the Gelato bar was promoted to assistant waiter in Blu she was a lovely personable young women but she was like a deer in the headlights of an on coming car for the 1st week. The food in Blu continued to maintain high standards. We discovered that we enjoyed eating in the MDR at lunch which is waited by Blu staff service was prompt and the advantage of controlled portions. Plus the added advantage of sitting with other cruisers for conversation. After 18 or 19 days of the 1st leg no one was really sure how long it was as we lost Nov 13th we had a smooth daily routine in place and our sea days flew by. The ship picked up a pilot in Sydney and he would give daily lectures in the theater to explain the intricacies of the the Australian coast and the Great Barrier Reefs. There were professional presenters who gave daily lectures on the history of Polynesia and Australia. Even the Captain gave a lecture on navigation, cruise planning and various methods of mapping, GPS, tracking methods and fail safes used. Captain Costas Nestourodas was a personable and striking man who my wife adored and even received a few hugs from, he did not suffer fools gentle as I can attest to after hearing him responses to pompous passengers. There were presentations made by "Scotty" from the excursion department on what to see and do in the ports. Then there were the presentations on what was included in the various shore excursions one could buy, we did not attend these. It was information overload. We found the Concierge desk staff very helpful and a great port resource they would hand out maps for the ports the day before if requested. They would confirm tender and shuttle times, weather conditions. We found them under appreciated and a wealth of information always courteous. The ship activities staff did a great job and we attended the Battle of the Sex's Trivia whenever offered, this was a lot off fun and pitted the men against the women asking each gender related questions. It was well attended and as it grew in attendance it moved up to the Cosmos lounge. The men won both legs the good humored repartee between spouses was fun. The wives could not believe what their husbands knew about cosmetics, designer shoes, women's apparel and such. They also offered diversions like a Canadian day where they set up a hockey net on the pool deck one could take a slap shot at the Activities Manager Touche who played goalie. For those with issues this was an opportunity to vent and take a "shot" at him. They offered dance classes in the theater we usually attend but did not have time but my wife loved the Bollywood classes and Zumba and attended when possible. She also liked the cooking seminars I enjoyed the butchering seminar were they showed how to perp & sear rack of lamb correctly. They offered seminars were they had the arialists would answer questions in the theater and demonstrate and explain how they did certain moves. The same applied for an amazing magician who put on a hand magic seminar in the theater at 1:00pm the place was standing room only. The shows in the theater were always well attended and since it was our 2nd leg we did not need to attend the large production shows. This allowed us to enjoy the ambiance of the ship and spend more time listening to the classical trio, listen and dance to the jazz quartet, guitarist or the piano player in a more intimate venue. I must mention that Celebrity had a special intimate gala occasion in the Cosmo Lounge for all those celebrating a wedding anniversary while on board as well as the couples who were married during the cruise. It was hosted by Rich and they had the deck band play so we could dance. A large wedding cake was shared and champagne toasts given. It was a very nice touch. As noted in the 1st leg review the tenders for ports worked flawless for us and we had no problem with the shuttles provided as well. People take note most repositioning cruises use shuttles as the ports are not usually close to the wharf. Shuttles may be an unforeseen charge but minimal and the cost is not worth ruining a cruise over. In Brisbane we took a cab to the Kola reserve and were able to beat the excursion rush by hours, we took a cab from there to the downtown area and then took the shuttle back to the ship as the $10.00 fee was much better then a cab for two at $45.00. We were charged the round trip fee but a visit to the excursion desk a day later and the charge was cordially refunded. We did a private excursion at Arlie Beach arrange by CC members. It was 20 people in a high speed Zodiac and we made it to WhiteHaven beach which the ship lectures warned not to attempt. It was a spectacular day but demanding and the way back was at full throttle with two 250hp motors wide open. We hit a storm on the open sea, yes the same rough seas and rain some passengers complained about in the tenders. Our captain never slowed down we were in full flight for over an hour it was exhilarating for all and frightening for some. The Great Barrier Reef we booked the ship excursion as docking times in Cairns did not allow for a private tour. In hind sight the ship excursion was a better option and we were picked up from the ship. It was a day full of activities and time passed far to quickly. We paid an extra $45.00 to do a private snorkel excursion with a private guide. It was just 5 of us and a guide, they dropped us on the far side of the reef and the plan was to swim around the reef back to the platform or be picked up if we ran out of time. We ended up swimming across the reef and the guide was enraptured as she stated even she seldom gets to snorkel free on top of the reef. At 3:15pm she became aware of the time and we had to swim for the platform as the boat left for the ship at 4:00pm we made it by a few minutes. It was physically demanding yet my wife is not a strong swimmer and refuses to use flippers I had no problem towing her by hooking a finger in her vest or holding her hand and keeping up with the group. Truth be told it was better as we shared what we saw, the same turtles, sharks and such together not as individual snorkelers. Cairns had a shuttle we used the 2nd day and it was well worth it as it was over a 1/2 hour to town. A wonderful day. A heads up we brought our own water shoes, masks and snorkels my wife had her own snorkel vest and I brought light weight surf flippers plus a Body board we bought in Hawaii. I had a swim shirt to prevent sun burn. Having your own equipment speeds up your time and makes it more enjoyable in the water. We left some of the equipment with staff when we disembarked and they were grateful for it. We snorkeled Hawaii, Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Fiji, New Caledonia, Arlie Beach and Cairns all amazing venues for snorkeling. In Darwin we hopped a cab and went to a market at the far side of town and worked our way back to the ship using public transport. Darwin is a why are we here port?, you are there because there is no where else to be! We heard the Hop on N Off bus was a disaster as there were just to many people who bought tickets so difficult to get on. We walked from the downtown shuttle drop off to the ship and it was about 15 minutes and enjoyable. Bali the Captain announced we would anchor early to allow staff who come from Bali to have more time visiting home and family a very classy move. We were informed in advance about the Visa and were told they could not charge in advance as the fee price fluctuated. We bought our Australian visa on line before we sailed. This was a demanding port for us and we made it to the Jatiluwih rice terraces a Unesco protected Heritage site. Once again the lectures warned do not try to get there. We did it and we saw much more but we were whipped when we returned to the ship. The extra time ashore was welcome. We enjoyed Singapore and used public transit to get from the ship to the city, I wish Toronto's public transit stood up to theirs. We did the expected river cruise, ate at the Hawkers food stalls in China town and toured it,went to Raffle's and had a sling, ate Curried Crab and so much more. Disembarkation was smooth. We checked into the Marina Bay Sands, I recommend you take a city view it will not disappoint and you need to do it once. The infinity pool is worth the cost of the stay. After 3 days we flew to Bangkok and the trip continued on land. After all this what have we learned? Well we enjoyed Celebrity and we loved our time on Millie they exceeded our expectations and we had high expectations but Celebrity delivered. We researched before we undertook this cruise to ensure our expectations would be met. We ensured that what we wanted to do and experience was available and we were not surprised by the cost. We spent about $500.00 over our budgeted cost for the trip but we received a lot of value for that extra money. I do not believe any other cruise line could come close to supplying the cruise we enjoyed for the price we paid. We will sail Celebrity again as we plan to do a few weeks of land tours in China before we board Millie for her 14 day Tokyo to Vancouver reposition this spring we are booked in Aqua Class. Yes a most satisfying cruise.   Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2013
This was a second cruise on the Millennium and third overall on Celebrity. Ship itself was well maintained. We had a handicapped cabin, which meant there was a lot of extra space and we had a rear facing balcony which was great. Cabin crew ... Read More
This was a second cruise on the Millennium and third overall on Celebrity. Ship itself was well maintained. We had a handicapped cabin, which meant there was a lot of extra space and we had a rear facing balcony which was great. Cabin crew was efficient and friendly. Entertainment was good, lots of local performers from Australia. We had room service breakfast several times on the balcony. Good, but sometimes an item or two was left out. Waiter in the main dining room was useless, his assistant tried as best she could to make up for his deficiencies, she was outstanding. Food was very uneven. Last cruise on this ship it was outstanding, This time not so much. I had four meals that I would rate as outstanding (out of 17 nights), 6 more were excellent, and 7 times the main entrees were only fair at best. Several of the dishes were overcooked, one I sent back which I never do. Fish dishes were overdone and tasteless. To make up for the shortcomings, several dishes were oversauced to cover up the overcooking. Pastry chef was inadequate. A "lava cake" was the size of a tiny hockey puck. Best desserts were from the everyday menu, when they tried to make something else, it was a failure. However the ports were great. Ship arranged tours tended to be too rushed and they got back to the dock way too early. A little better planning is in order. We arranged one tour and one city visit on our own and had a much better time, not to mention we saw more and even saved a couple of dollars. An unexpected highlight was a couple of talks by the Great Barrier Reef pilot who was on the ship for several days. He is an old mariner and has lots of stories about the people and culture of the area. He was the best speaker on the trip. We picked this trip for the itinerary and were not disappointed in that but the ship did not live up to expectations. An above average itinerary on a very average ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
We traveled on Celebrity Millennium in November 2013 from Sydney to Singapore. We had chosen the rear facing Cabin 8172. We were travelling with our five year old daughter. We - the parents - are mid forties and like it quiet with ... Read More
We traveled on Celebrity Millennium in November 2013 from Sydney to Singapore. We had chosen the rear facing Cabin 8172. We were travelling with our five year old daughter. We - the parents - are mid forties and like it quiet with reasonable food, but not very formal an a daily base. We only have done six cruises so far. Many reviews made me nearly to NOT book this ship and cruiseline. I honestly do not understand those reports after having enjoyed a wonderful time onboard. I take into consideration the price I paid (Singapore based). Embarkation and Check In. VERY GOOD. The boat docked at Circular Quay in Sydney. It was announced that the overnight might be tendered, but we docked for both days at Circular Qay!!!! That already is hard to beat. The baggage drop was very efficient, even when doing the drop of by car. After we dropped the baggage we went back to town. As we arrived for the real check in in the afternoon there was no queue or delay and we went within a few minutes onboard. A glass of sparkling of sparkling wine was served upon reaching deck 4. As expected I needed to identify my baggage at security (due to some items we brought along). I cleared it in no time and got a good hand to bring my bags into the state room. A bottle of sparkling wine was waiting in the room and we found our room in perfect condition. Extremely well maintained and clean. The cabin was exactly as advertised and the balcony was huge. When I say huge, I really mean huge. It's a terrace, mostly covered yet also providing sunny parts, For breakfast we always went to the Oceanview cafe, where a buffet is served. Everything is reasonable, choices are given. Only drawback might be that the walking distance might increase when opting for choices, but then... if you want choices that's it on a buffet. We also went for lunch to the buffet, same as above, the rear counter offered good fresh sandwiches, my daughter loved the pasta bar for fresh pasta. We did not opt for any drink package as we were not sure about it. For us this was the perfect choice. The juices on the buffet were great, coffee and tea "ok". Bottled Water priced reasonable. In the evening and on the cabin we anyhow preferred a bottle. The dinner we took most of the time on our balcony twice in the buffet, formal and some other nights in the Metopolian. Room service requires patience (1-1.5 hours), but food is hot and well presented. Oceanview buffet is empty at night, great with a child, but food is not comparable to the quality of Metropolian. The Metropolian served a menu that we found very comparable to other cruises. The food was good, the waiters great. A Kids menu was available. The Wine list is impressive and reasonable prices. The Somelier was well trained and did never try to sell unreasonable. On formal nights there could be a slightly better choice within the seafood area. Seafood in general was the only draw back in quality I experienced, it could have been slightly better, but then I need to admit that our chosen itinerary contained frequent small and remote ports (meaning tendering as well as passing within Indonesia), thus fresh catering is not easy. We had the select dining option and always got the reservation as we wanted and the table we preferred. Within my profession i work with processes and passenger flows and I have to give great credit to the staff coordinating the tender process and flow. While waiting time is expected, it was so well organized and communicated that I could not see room for improvement without increasing cost for the cruise line. A job very well done. We did not go for any entertainment or bar, thus we cannot comment. The Fun Factory for Kids was open when required. Carrying only 33 kids the challenge was not high. It may be a room for improvement to make it slightly more cheerful and appealing. Having said this, my daughter liked it, but we always needed to convince her in the first time to go there... Again some words with regards to the staff. Superb, Great, Personal, Friendly, Helpful, Correct and more. Many thanks to our Caretaker of the cabin: Augosto, The Waiter Pero in the Metropolian and Melwin providing good advice on the wine list. Celebrity and Catain Costas created a perfect and memorable memory for all of us. Our daughter is now addicted to cruising as well ..... Thanks for reading. Clauspeter Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
This was our first Celebrity cruise & what a disappointment, we were always told that if RCL was 4 star, Celebrity was 5 star plus, definitely not the case, especially regarding the MIllennium. The ship is old, tired and lacked ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity cruise & what a disappointment, we were always told that if RCL was 4 star, Celebrity was 5 star plus, definitely not the case, especially regarding the MIllennium. The ship is old, tired and lacked "soul" especially at night. We should have taken note of the negative reviews before we booked, but we wanted the itinery - mistake!. We started off in Sydney, with the first night in the Menzies hotel, good location, but the hotel was not to a very good standard. We were collected from the hotel & taken to the ship in Circular Key the next day. As we were in Aqua class were entitled to priority embarkation, what a joke, stood in line 1.5 hours where the other people flowed through the checks. Once we got to the balcony cabin it was clean but lacked character & felt dated, cases arrived in good time. The canapés on a night time were no more than dips & were disgusting and rejected on day two. Food in Blu was general good, service was attentive, but sometimes they forgot part of your order, the Oceanview restaurant was poor, lacking choice & often cold. It also could not cope with days at sea. The last few days of the cruise fruit, especially berries & bananas were non existent. The main theatre entertainment was mixed, some good musical productions but the juggler & American comedian were dreadful. The cruise band, dancers & singers were excellent. What surprised us the most being seasoned cruisers was the lack of atmosphere at night! normally a ship comes to life at night, but not this one, it was often like a ghost town, with empty bars, never before experienced this. Drinks were expensive on this ship compared to other cruiselines we have been on. Most of the ports we stopped at we had to be tendered ashore by some distance, this was fine & well managed, but what we objected too is then having to pay a significant cost for the shuttle to reach the destination described once ashore. Day room at the Conrad hotel, Singapore at the end of the cruise was excellent Be aware that everything about Celebrity is money, money, money, that's all they seem interested in! On a positive note we really enjoyed the places visited, Australia was excellent & we meet some nice people. Highly recommend - Sydney, WhiteSunday islands & the Barrier Reef as a must see! Shame the ship did not come up to scratch compared to other cruise companies (P&O, Princess & RCL) we have travelled with & will think twice before booking with Celebrity again.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
We have to agree with everything the previous people wrote about this cruise on board the Millenium from Sydney in November 2013. The itinery was fantastic but after having done thirty plus cruises with probably all their competitors we ... Read More
We have to agree with everything the previous people wrote about this cruise on board the Millenium from Sydney in November 2013. The itinery was fantastic but after having done thirty plus cruises with probably all their competitors we thought we would give Celebrity a try. Big mistake! Longest check in ever even though we were Concierge class it took hours. We have checked in at Sydney before with RCL and that was efficient and fast. Cabins were lack lustre and tired looking. We had to request at least over three days for the additional items that Concierge class is meant to bring, eg binoculars, robes and tote bag. These items we did not bring ourselves because of the Concierge inclusion so missed being able to view islands from our balcony etc. Very annoying! The poor quality of food in the buffet restaurant and the dreadful way it was served with hot spoon handles, some very untrained staff and a general feel of mayhem made this by far the worst experience we have ever had on board a cruise in the self service restaurant. Even the fixed dining was not up to P&O, Princess or Holland & America standard. Although our waiters were very good, the food and the chinaware was not five star by any means The previous review had mentioned how Celebrity seemed intent on grabbing every dollar they could from their passengers and we one hundred percent agree with them. The charges for shuttles were really high with the timing to coincide with tenders not even thought about, leaving people "stranded" ashore for over an hour at midnight because Celebrity just couldn't get their planning together. Then finding out that every person on board was charged $25 for a visa in Bali even if they weren't going ashore was a disgrace. Aren't these usually included as port charges and payable by the cruise line? We could go on and there were some good things but we feel the itinery saved the holiday not Celebrity and unless they are going somewhere that we just can't resist we will not be cruising with them again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2013
My husband and I boarded the Celebrity Millennium on Nov 20th in Sydney(Australia) for a 17 day tour up the east coast of Australia then to Bali and Singapore. This was our second Celebrity cruise this year- the other on Celebrity ... Read More
My husband and I boarded the Celebrity Millennium on Nov 20th in Sydney(Australia) for a 17 day tour up the east coast of Australia then to Bali and Singapore. This was our second Celebrity cruise this year- the other on Celebrity Reflection for a tour of the Mediterranean. For the first (and last) time we chose an inside cabin. Although adequate there were a few "design" faults that annoyed me, but may be ok with others, Anyway, the ship itself is ;lovely, the staff excellent, the food was wonderful and the entertainment was superb- with new entertainers nightly. THere were several people on board who were physically impaired, mobility wise and many who were well over 70, For those people I felt very sorry for. The only free entertainment was 1) the gym. 2) shuttle board,3) dance classes 4) Trivia. Everything else you paid for. Spa treatments were expensive and plus 15%, drinks were all plus 15%- no free water in cabins and the tap water was foul. I ended up taking a cardboard cup to the dining room and filling it from the "free" water there and taking it back to my cabin, as my husband had tablets to take daily. Bingo(3 games) cost me $39 US dollars. Beware your onboard account will very soon be over a $1000. Watch out when choosing your cruise if the ports have to use tenders, Sydney was right at Circular Quay and fantastic. Brisbane was a disgrace- an old grain terminal and a $65 one way taxi fare into the city(because the ship was too big to dock at Brisbane). Airlie Beach was also a tender, but the tours were ok value for money. Caiirns was also a tender port, but because we had been there before we got a two day pass for a shuttle bus ($28 us each), Darwin we were docked right at the port and took a city tour which was ok. Then came Bali- WHAT A RIP OFF1 All the tours were posted early on in the cruise so we had booked for a 5 hour, do your own thing in Kuta(been to Bali before 3 times but always by air). The ship was meant to anchor (tender boat again) at 8am, so we chose the tour that left at 10am. Well the ship actually arrived an hour earlier. However, we got the tender into Benoa, then were met by a nice deluxe coach and a gudie who gave us a bottle of water and a batik hat. We were then taken to the Centro shopping centre , arriving at 11 am. we were told to be back at 1.30. Everyone protested so finally we wee told we had to be back as he was leaving at 2pm on the dot. When we said we had been told 5 hours (last tender boat was at 6,45 pm) he said that included transfer time. So what did this 3 hour, do your own thing cost us? $120 US PLUS $50 US for the visa (Which you had to pay whether you left the ship or not), So all up it cost us $170US for 3 hours. NOT HAPPY. Why could not the bus have left at 4.30? Then we met people who had taken a taxi from Benoa to Kuta for $25 aust for 2 people. BEWARE, Last port was Singapore where we did our own thing and the ship stayed overnight. We were doing a two week tour to Penang after we left the ship and had made arrangements for a 1.40pm flight from Changi airport, as our travel agent said we had to be off the ship by 12 noon- fair thing. A few days before arriving in Singapore, everyone received a letter asking if they wanted to make their own way to the airport or would they like the ship's personnel to arrange a transfer- $28 US per person. We were ok with that and chose the latter- MAINLY because we are 66 and 71 and didn;t want to have to take our own luggage off the ship- which if you didn't choose to use them you had to do. I thought that was VERY POOR.All right to take your money but couldn't help you off with your luggage. Anyway, we then were asked what time was our flight leaving and what was the flight number etc. We wrote 1.40pm. Then we got a letter to say "Please meet in the Celebrity Theatre at 7.15am on the morning of departure, When I went to see people at Guest Relations desk and asked why we could not leave at 10/30 am, they said EVERYONE going to the airport with them had to leave at that time. So we were off the ship and into the coach by 7.35 am. Arrived at Changi at 8.15 and then found our plane had been delayed 45 mins. What a boring day. If we had known this would happen, we would have booked a flight for 10am, Would we travel on Celebrity again? NO NO NO. Could not fault the ship, staff, meals, cleanliness or entertainment, but total rip off from start to finish and not enough "free" entertainment for those not interested in the "physical {stuff, Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
We sailed from Sydney on Millenium last November for 17 nights Australia and South Asia cruise ending in Singapore. This was my third Celebrity cruise but my husbands first experience of this company. After reading many of the reviews ... Read More
We sailed from Sydney on Millenium last November for 17 nights Australia and South Asia cruise ending in Singapore. This was my third Celebrity cruise but my husbands first experience of this company. After reading many of the reviews here, and being horrified by some of them I have to say we very much enjoyed our time on Millenium. Boarding in Sydney could have been a little faster, but luggage arrived promptly to our cabin, aquaclass 9080. We had no issues with our cabin, got all the extras we were meant to get, thought the canapes were okay, did not like the iced tea but liked the free bottled water. Our room steward kept the cabin clean but we hardly saw him and when we did he was very quiet, not very talkative. Enjoyed the food in Blu and ate there most nights. Liked Qsine very much and also had a wonderful meal in The Olympic. We had premium drinks package which for us was good value as we like our cocktails and wine. The guys working at the martini bar were great. The shows were very mixed, some being excellent and others poor. The ports of calol were very good. We booked our own tours apart from the Great Barrier Reef and the Kurunda railway. Tendering was fine and last years issues seem to have been sorted. We got married on board and had a wonderful day. Also met some lovely people on this cruise. We will certainly cruise with Celebrity in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
I was quite apprehensive about this cruise after reading reviews of this ship, many of which were not that flattering. I really don't know what some people expect. The ML is a lovely ship and there is nothing wrong with it. It does ... Read More
I was quite apprehensive about this cruise after reading reviews of this ship, many of which were not that flattering. I really don't know what some people expect. The ML is a lovely ship and there is nothing wrong with it. It does show a bit of inevitable wear and tear but nothing that could possibly affect your enjoyment of the cruise. The ship is very clean with an efficient and friendly crew. We had an Aqua class cabin which was well appointed, fairly spacious with lots of storage. It has a great shower with proper screens. Our stateroom attendant was friendly and efficient. The ML is an extremely stable ship (or maybe we were lucky with the weather) and there was practically no rocking at all. We ate all over the ship - Blu, the main dining room, Bistro on Five, Aqua Spa Cafe, Cafe al Bacio and even the buffet ( pretty good food but crowded and not really our dining venue of choice). We enjoyed all of them and most meals were very good, although we had a couple of awful dishes in Blu and switched to the main dining room which was much more fun anyway. The servers and waiters were attentive and friendly. Most of our breakfasts and lunches were at the Aqua Spa Cafe which was healthy food in a pleasant outdoor undercover setting. I should also mention Cafe al Bacio. We went there numerous times - it is relaxing, pretty good coffee (although I prefer fresh milk to Longlife milk) and the service was always friendly, especially Sandra who was particularly friendly and polite. You could usually get a table, even though the occasional person did the wrong thing and hogged the table for long periods to read, use iPads or play cards without ordering anything. There are plenty of things to do on board and we were not bored at all. Worth mentioning are Marshall and Nancy, the comedy improvisation team who are very talented and extremely funny. We went to all their shows. The main pool area, in fact both pool areas, did seem pretty busy but we were not interested in using them anyway so it didn't affect us. It may have been quite difficult to get a sun lounge in the shade, although there seemed to be plenty available in the sun. The entertainment was generally very good, with the ML singers and dancers excellent - in fact the best I have seen on any ship. I did feel the band was too loud on a couple of occasions, especially the brass. Leo Ward, the magician and comedian was fantastic, an expert at magic with a great sense of humour. I saw both his shows, plus the Liars Club and he was very entertaining. Will Martin was also wonderful. We have seen him before and he has a great voice. The gym is not the largest one I have seen on a ship and it always seemed busy when I was there. I did the stretch and Abs classes most days which were pretty crowded but I always got a spot. We liked the itinerary. The tendering in Airlie Beach and Cairns was OK when the big boats were used. The little one we were on in the middle of the thunderstorm in Airlie Beach was pretty scary. But overall the tendering was never a problem for us. We did several ship's tours and they were all good. I only have one small negative comment - the cost of the shuttles. I heard a lot of complaining from other cruisers about having to pay these. It might be better for Celebrity to include these costs in the overall cruise fare and not charge extra. People just did not like these charges. But overall we liked the ML and the itinerary and had a great cruise. I would definitely recommend this ship.   Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2013
From arriving in Sydney and boarding the ship to departing in Singapore I can honestly say the experience was fantastic. Our flight from NZ arrived before our scheduled boarding time but there was no problem we just left our bags in ... Read More
From arriving in Sydney and boarding the ship to departing in Singapore I can honestly say the experience was fantastic. Our flight from NZ arrived before our scheduled boarding time but there was no problem we just left our bags in capable hands and went into town for a few hours, on return to the ship it took no time to register and board, with our luggage following soon after. There was no time to get bored, the biggest problem was to fit everything into the day especially at sea days where there was plenty on offer. The entertainment was almost perfect but did not enjoy (sad to say being a kiwi) the NZ juggler who was very poor, the M orchestra never ceased to amaze us that with little practise they could back an artist to perfection, also enjoyed the M dancers. We tried various places to eat and enjoyed them all, with the range of food available almost 24/7 one would be hard pressed not to be able to find something to suit. It was exciting to experience our first Thanksgiving meal, the staff certainly went our of their way to make this a very special day. Our cabin was delightful as were the 2 people attending them, nothing was too much trouble and they kept our cabin spotless, such hard workers always with a smile on their faces and time for a friendly chat. At times I felt ashamed hearing the way other passengers spoke to these wonderful people. Enjoyed days on shore, tendering was different but very well organised, you never felt you had to wait too long, with the number of people on board I expected long delays but this was never the case. We left the ship in Singapore and this handled with ease, we choose to take our own bags off as we had transport waiting, so just walked off the ship thru customs and out to Singapore. Before doing this cruise I read lots of reviews and became slightly worried about the experience but I can honestly say that I could find nothing negative and had the most amazing 17 days, can't wait to do it again.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
I chose this cruise for my DH, myself, and four other couples because of the interesting new itinerary that included the eastern seaboard of Australia, the Gold Coast area, and into Benoa, Bali and Singapore. The ship was lovely, the ... Read More
I chose this cruise for my DH, myself, and four other couples because of the interesting new itinerary that included the eastern seaboard of Australia, the Gold Coast area, and into Benoa, Bali and Singapore. The ship was lovely, the dining room wait-staff & room staff were exceptionally good. Our veranda room was very nice. Most of the ship staff seemed to go over and beyond trying to please their passengers, with the small exception of a young woman from England in Guest Services that was very snippy one day to almost everyone, (certainly in the wrong job, or a bad day for her). Fortunately, I only had that one experience with her. The Celebrity orchestra was excellent. Glad to see that someone had toned down the volume with plexiglass stands in front of the drums and some of the brass. This made the listening much more enjoyable without the extreme high decible blast endured in some of past shows on some cruise ships. The program musicians were fantastic and multi-talented. All of the shows were above average except for the crude comedian that thought it was funny to grab his private parts. Much of the audience left that show, and he ended it early. I think the Cruise Director had a lot of complains over him from what I heard. The entertainment in the lounge areas was very enjoyable. In the great scheme of things, I guess you could say it would have been a well orchestrated cruise except that Celebrity had a huge failure in the tendering department. Many of the ports required tendering, and that was without exception, a fiasco. It was obvious that Celebrity was greatly unprepared for these new ports and the process to get so many people onto the shore. If I had one suggestion to make to Celebrity's new president, it would be that he hire an expeditor to go ahead of the ship to make sure everything went smoothly. Celebrity hired some local businesses to tender passengers to shore. There was trouble with them docking beside the ship, extensive time to board the multitude of people, ship elevators opening on the floor to which people with priority numbers were already waiting in the halls, etc. and etc. This poor planning by Celebrity caused many an anguished moment for those wanting to get to a planned excursion. Tempers and anxiety soared. Celebrity could have done a much better job of handling the process of the tendering. Hopefully, this was a learning experience, and it will be handled much better in the future. For anyone wanting to have an overall "taste" of these ports, I would recommend this cruise. Hopefully, Celebrity will correct their tendering problems and make this an outstanding cruise experience for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
Boarding. We had splurged for Aqua class tickets and our printout said we could board at 11.30 am .We decided we would go straight from our hotel and find a place to chill out for an hour or so before boarding time .I always like Circular ... Read More
Boarding. We had splurged for Aqua class tickets and our printout said we could board at 11.30 am .We decided we would go straight from our hotel and find a place to chill out for an hour or so before boarding time .I always like Circular Quay .I am a boat man and I can watch the comings and goings for hours .We were surprised to find a bit of activity at our designated queue line and at about 10.30 it looked like we were going to board. Processing was quite painless as Celebrity had about 20 stations to take particulars .All went quite smoothly apart for one small exception that my wife discovered and that was that we had been given someone else's onboard passes. The young lady who checked us in was a learner. We went aboard early, why? On Board .We were given the obligatory glass of sparkling wine as we went on board and sat down to take note of our surroundings .An announcement was made that our cabins would be available at 1.30 pm and that the buffet was open and that we should explore the ship in the meantime .In due course we learnt that the ship has suffered what was suspected to be cases of Norvovirus on its trip from Hawaii and that the ship was having a major cleanup .That is not the announcement that everyone likes to hear but there is very little you can do about it.It was stressed that strict hygiene should be observed at all times .I couldn'thelp noticing that some people were still blase about washing their hands before eating at the buffet .The clean up was evidently successful because I was not aware of any cases of sickness for the trip. Cabin .We had originally been assigned cabin no.9100 .After I had a look at the deck layout I requested a cabin change ,which was a wise thing to do .9100 opens onto a staircase and public area and is right up against one of those bulges in the ships side that ensures you have no forward vision .I wondered why they wouldn't issue this cabin as the last one beats me . Our cabin no. 9114 was quite good .Plenty big enough for two people .One small problem was that for our first night we had a double bed instead of two singles as requested. I also have a problem with doonas or duvets ,I find them far too hot.Both problems were rectified . Eating .We had an Aqua Blue ticket which enabled us to dine at Blu restaurant .The eatery was pleasant, not overly flash but a reasonable place to have a meal in comfort .The service was friendly without being over the top .The servings were not hearty but adequate. The Oceanview buffet was always fairly crowded. the offering there was the usual for such a venu . The way some people heap up their plates they must have thought it five star .The Metropolitan was the main dining room .We only dined there once and had a good meal .We did not eat in any of the value added restaurants. Tendering.We tendered at Airlie Beach and at Cairns .At cairns in particular the tendering method caused quite a bit of consternation .The company used on shore contractors which were catamarans some of which held over 500 pax .The contractors would not move without a full boat ,they must have been paid by the passenger,so the loading and unloading took ages . In Bali we also used catamarans but they were supplemented with ships lifeboats and tendering was no problem. Boarding. We had splurged for Aqua class tickets and our printout said we could board at 11.30 am .We decided we would go straight from our hotel and find a place to chill out for an hour or so before boarding time .I always like Circular Quay .I am a boat man and I can watch the comings and goings for hours .We were surprised to find a bit of activity at our designated queue line and at about 10.30 it looked like we were going to board. Processing was quite painless as Celebrity had about 20 stations to take particulars .All went quite smoothly apart for one small exception that my wife discovered and that was that we had been given someone else's onboard passes. The young lady who checked us in was a learner. We went aboard early, why? On Board .We were given the obligatory glass of sparkling wine as we went on board and sat down to take note of our surroundings .An announcement was made that our cabins would be available at 1.30 pm and that the buffet was open and that we should explore the ship in the meantime .In due course we learnt that the ship has suffered what was suspected to be cases of Norvovirus on its trip from Hawaii and that the ship was having a major cleanup .That is not the announcement that everyone likes to hear but there is very little you can do about it.It was stressed that strict hygiene should be observed at all times .I couldn't help noticing that some people were still blase about washing their hands before eating at the buffet .The clean up was evidently successful because I was not aware of any cases of sickness for the trip. Cabin .We had originally been assigned cabin no.9100 .After I had a look at the deck layout I requested a cabin change ,which was a wise thing to do .9100 opens onto a staircase and public area and is right up against one of those bulges in the ships side that ensures you have no forward vision .I wondered why they wouldn't issue this cabin as the last one beats me . Our cabin no. 9114 was quite good .Plenty big enough for two people .One small problem was that for our first night we had a double bed instead of two singles as requested. I also have a problem with doonas or duvets ,I find them far too hot.Both problems were rectified . Eating .We had an Aqua Blue ticket which enabled us to dine at Blu restaurant .The eatery was pleasant, not overly flash but a reasonable place to have a meal in comfort .The service was friendly without being over the top .The servings were not hearty but adequate. The Oceanview buffet was always fairly crowded. the offering there was the usual for such a venue . The way some people heap up their plates they must have thought it five star .The Metropolitan was the main dining room .We only dined there once and had a good meal .We did not eat in any of the value added restaurants. Tendering.We tendered at Airlie Beach and at Cairns .At Cairns in particular the tendering method caused quite a bit of consternation .The company used on shore contractors which were catamarans some of which held over 500 pax .The contractors would not move without a full boat ,they must have been paid by the passenger,so the loading and unloading took ages . In Bali we also tendered and used catamarans but they were supplemented with ships lifeboats and tendering was no problem. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
This was our first cruise with Celebrity so my comments are from the experience on this ship and by comparison with HAL, RCL etc. Boarding, Sydney International cruise terminal is a great location however it is sadly lacking in quality ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity so my comments are from the experience on this ship and by comparison with HAL, RCL etc. Boarding, Sydney International cruise terminal is a great location however it is sadly lacking in quality and efficiency which is a shame. Cabin, we booked and Aqua Class cabin, 9085 which is under the pool deck but the noise was minimal. The cabin was very good in all aspects, shower fantastic, real towels and as always cabin staff excellent. One issue I personally found annoying was the lack of information on the TV regarding the ships location, where we have been, going to, speed etc etc. Dining, being Aqua class we dined in Blu which is exclusive for Aqua class and it was a fist class dining experience. The menues were high quality and diverse, service fantastic, layout great so overall excellent. As this restaurant was so good we looked at all the other venues but did not dine there as Blu had a superior offering, all round. Entertainment, new shows every night which was very good, a few other entertainers around the bars who were good. There were excellent speakers on board who's presentations were all related to the USA and world history events. They were very interesting however we were sailing through the great barrier reef and Indonesia so I thought topics more relative to our locations would have been more appropiate. Ship, the ship is hgig quality having just been refurbished, easy to get around and all the facilities you could ask for. Being large has its drawbacks as we had to tender at many ports and that was very time consuming and frustrating. Overall a great cruise and the Celebrity experience was for us, excellent.   Read Less
Celebrity Millennium Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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