My fiance and I will be taking our first cruise as newlyweds aboard the Millenium on 1-14. We would love to chat with others that will be on Millenium at this time.
I do have a question and it is about the ports of call for those of you who have been on the Millenium on the Western Carribean... did you take the tours offerred by Celebrity and how were they? If you did not go through Millenium, what did you do and how was that? All the information you have to offer would be wonderful.
Congrats on the upcoming wedding and honeymoon aboard Millennium!
I'm sure you will have a cruise you will never forget. I did find some members reviews of Millennium, although a totally different itinary. Will put the link in just so you can read about the ship. Since the ship has just recently left drydock, there aren't any reviews of the current itinary, but I would think there will be some soon, hopefully before you cruise??
Here is a link to a section for "first timers" that may also interest you:
Just be sure to go to "Sting Ray City" in Grand Cayman, either with a ship excerstion, which is probibaly the best way to go, sinice its your first cruise, or by doing it on your own. When in Cozumel you may want to stop in Carlos & Charlies for a bit of a fun time.
We're in the process of getting our daughters wedding together for April, so by now you should be almost set, good luck and hope everything goes off without a hitch, have fun. Any more questions just feel free to post again on the boards. BTW, any tips you can give me with the wedding arrangements would be greatly appreciated.
What a wonderful way to start your married life together! You couldn't have picked a better cruiseline! My husband and I sailed on Mercury last December to the Western Caribbean with the same itinerary at Milli. I would suggest the Conch train in Key West...it is fun and very informative. In Calica, Xcaret is a must in my opinion. We did book the tours through the cruiseline, but it isn't necessary to do so. The nice thing about booking Xcaret with the ship is that you can go back to the ship and then back to the park if you like!!! We wanted to do Sting Ray City, but unfortuanately the weather didn't cooperate so it was cancelled.
By the way, we had a honeymoon couple at out table every night for dinner. I asked them at the end of the cruise what they thought about the cruise.....they said they were thrilled they chose a cruise for their honeymoon and they were very pleased that they chose Celebrity. Have a wonderful cruise and a very happy life together! Best wishes!
Dan and I would like to try going the route you suggested... I assume it will be less expensive and most cases better than the trip made by the cruise. I guess I just worry about spending more time making decisions and less time enjoying. It sounds like you know these places pretty well! Be prepared if I decide to "pick your brain."
Congrats. Much like my wife and I eight years ago when we were on our honeymoon, you're going on the best cruiseline. I can tell you that since that first cruise, we've never done nothing else but cruise for vacations. Currently we're at 10 cruises, including a European transatlantic cruise in November on the Millenium.
My suggestion for seeing the sights of a particular location for the first time is to utilize the ship sponsored excursions. Personally, I think they are resonable priced and give you a good overview of your destination. Also, it's a good insurance policy on getting back to the ship on time. THE SHIP WILL LEAVE PEOPLE. It's a standing joke on the ship about how many people were left at the last port. However, they will NOT leave people who are on ship organized excursions. I found this out in Grand Cayman. We were out at stingray city and got caught in a storm coming back to shore. The guide called the ship on behalf of the 50 passengers on the excursion and held up the ship. This guide is the only person with the power to stop a cruise ship.
As far as the Millenium, DO:
Use the wonderful spa
Go to the grand buffet
Smoke a cigar at Micheal's
Go to Olympic Dining. (Poor service, Overpriced)
Use the internet room (.95/minute even if your not on the net)
Hope this helps
As for our 11th cruise, we'll be going to Asia in September on Norwegian.