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Old December 24th, 2000, 11:48 PM
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Hi all!

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.

Thank you!

Jessica
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Old December 25th, 2000, 10:55 AM
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Hi Jessica,
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??

Millennium review:
<http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/cruiseguide/shiptour/memreviews/mr_celebrity/millennium4.html>

Here is a link to a section for "first timers" that may also interest you:
<http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/cruiseguide/first-time/index.cfm>

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.

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Our family will be among the lucky 2000 or so passengers sailing on
Millie Jan 14. It will be our 9th cruise, our 9 yr old daughter's 6th cruise
and our 1 yr old daughters first!

It will also be the 4th Western Carribean on Celebrity. The others were on
the inaugeral seasons aboard the Century, Galaxy and Mercury.

As far as shore excursions go, better to save your money.
These are all safe, friendly ports where you can easily catch a taxi.

What we usually do:

Key West- take the free shuttle into town and explore by foot. Make sure you
try the conch fritters from one of the stands.

Calica- only been there once, and it rained the whole day. This time we plan
to go to the eco-archiological park a few minutes from the ship.

Cozumel- take a taxi to the beach. We like San Fransisco beach. The beach
is great and they have a nice little open air restaurant serving
Mexican seafood.

Grand Cayman- we also take a taxi to the beach. Sting Ray City is supposed
to be great too!

Happy Hollidays... see you aboard,
Bill, Judy, Kimberly and Caitlin Collan
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Old December 25th, 2000, 08:49 PM
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Jessica:
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!
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Thank you very much for the links. I am sure the one for first-time cruisers will be a big help.

Congratulations on the upcoming wedding! Feel free to email me with any specific questions... it certainly has been an interesting ride. Let's just say I can't wait until it's over!!
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Looking forward to seeing you!

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."

Thanks for the info.

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Old December 27th, 2000, 02:07 AM
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Thanks for the info...

I have never heard of XCaret. Sounds like I need to do a bit of research.

I heard that Tulum would be a good place to go... I just love the thought of seeing those Mayan ruins!

Jessica
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Old December 27th, 2000, 12:39 PM
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Jessica;
Xcaret is an eco-park and it is well worth seeing. You can snorkel, swim, sunbath, see a limited number of ruins, explore a butterfly farm.........
There is much to do.
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We'll be in cabin 8168.
Congrats on your wedding, hope all goes as planned!

Bill C. & family
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Old December 30th, 2000, 02:20 PM
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Soon to be newlyweds

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
DON'T:
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.

BON VOYAGE!!!

Rick
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