We just returned from sailing on the Millenium yesterday, this was our 7th celebrity cruise and by far the most disappointing, the food was wonderful as usual, but the hotel is extremely understaffed. We had royal suite 6139, there were quite a few problems with our room, and we heard that we were'nt the only ones. The ship also broke down the 2nd day at sea, there were engine problems and we never made it to Puert Rico. We hope every opne has a better cruise than us.
I too was on the Millennium the week of 2-18. This was our first cruise so I had nothing to compare it to. The food and service were better than outstanding! The ship itself is beautiful but I felt movement the whole week ... sometimes worse than others. I've heard from others that everyone was sick ... not true as far as I know. No one in our party (fifteen of us) got sick. It was overcrowded though and I thought it would be more of an adult cruise. There were 475 children so getting up to the pool to read a book was near impossible. We slept until eight and there was no way we could have gotten a chair. there weren't people in many of them but there was "stuff" on most of them. I should think they would have at least one chair for each passenger but I guess some people needed too. I was glad we had decided on a verandah. At least there we were sure we would catch some sunshine and a chair! All in all, as a first-time cruiser, I would definitely sail with Celebrity again ... but I would check school calendars before I booked. I love children but I think there is a time and place for them and the casinos and bars isn't that place.
Celebrity is not known for catering to a lot of families except on School vacation times. It is also unfortunate that the Millennium is still experiencing problems. She is such a lovely ship. I do hope you will give Celebrity and cruising another opportunity some day.
Hi -- We were also on the 2/18 voyage in 6118 Sky Suite. The problem we had in our suite was the overpowering smell of sewage coming from the toilet which began during the first or second night. The next morning we reported it to our Butler and it was fixed later that day. Never found out what the problem was. Please let us know your experience.
The ship was lovely and the staff friendly, hard working and accommodating. We found the lunches in the main dining room just fair at best and only ate 2 meals there. The Olympic was wonderful. This is the first time in 4 cruises where we could not get a chair on deck. My husband and I often commented that we have been on large ships before but never felt crowded until this one. Maybe we have cruised too much!
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: Millie 2/18 cruise problems
We were also on the 2/18 Millennium cruise. No problems with understaffing, but I believe I suffered from food poisoning on the evening of the first formal (Mon. night). I got explosively ill shortly after dinner, and was extremely ill throughout the night. In the morning I saw the ship's doctor, and was almost put on an IV because I was so dehydrated. I was charged $138. for a shot of compisine and a prescription of Cipro (antibiotics). I continued to be sick all day/night Tuesday, and was unable to fully enjoy food again until Friday morning.
I later learned that many other people suffered the exact same symptoms following dinner that evening. Rumor has it that crew members also were ill. If you or anyone else you know was ill, please let me know. I tried to at least get refunded the doctor's fee to no avail!
HI! We had a suite which was 2 rooms, a living room/ dining room and a bedroom. When we boarded the ship there was no air in the living/dining room and the bedroom was freezing. There are 2 thermostats but they didn't do anything, it took the engineering staff 7 hours to get it woorking but it never was really right. Also on that same 1st night, my husband took a shower before dinner and the top of the glass shower door came off the track almost on him. The security lock on our front door didn't lock(they were never able to fix it ) and finally the gass cup holder in the bathroom broke while my 4 year old was in brushing her teeth causing glass to shatter everywhere. My husband was also unhappy with the Olympic restaurant but that is another story........ I hope that this answers your questions. Wendy
Dear Lisa, I'm sorry to hear that you were so sick, I too heard many stories(mainly around the pool during the day, I had to get up at 7:00 to get 2 chairs, I was'nt leaving!! ), I or my family remained healthy during the cruise but one of our friends that we were traveling with also got violently ill Monday night ,but we weren't in the main dining room that night, we ate in the Olympic. We tried to figure it out but couldn,t, if you find anything else out please let me know.,
HI old neighbor!!!! I'm sorry to hear about that terrible smell, luckily we didn't have that problem but we had others. The air conditioning didn't work the first 7 hours we were on the ship, they did fix that but it never was really right. The shower door came off in my husbands hands, the security lock didn't work on our door, and a glass broke while my daughter was in the bathroom, the metal thing holding it to the wall was very loose. My husband has had it with celebrity, we have a reservation on the Infinity the same time next year but he wants to cancel. Also the chair situation at the pool was a joke. I got up everyday at 7:00 to make sure we got 2 chairs where we wanted them, some days even this wasn't early enough.
My husband and I were also two of the sick ones from Monday night. I posted a message about this earlier. But I read with resigned amusement about the pool chair situation. There were only two of us requiring pool chairs but I was up at 6:30 a.m on the at sea days in order to get a "good spot". Well the only thing about that is it is still dark out at that time so it was hard to figure out what a "good spot" was. II The sideshows that were going on with the pool chairs was just as good as the nightly shows which we though were excellent. We almost witnessed a fistfight and I swear there was one woman whose goal was to save every chair on both decks for the entire week and the people she save them for didn't show up until noon if at all. If you think I am exagerating, I am not. It's sad but all true.
I still don't understand how people can save all those chairs for people who show up hours later or not at all, its just not fair to the rest of us that can use the chair then. This is my biggest complaint, because I too enjoy sitting at the pool in the sun and I don't think its fair that I have to get out there so early just for 1 or 2 chairs that I will use. When I leave to go eat, I give up my chair and find another one after that, no big deal. Unfortunately this is a problem on just about every ship, especially those precious "sea days". At least I don't let it spoil the cruise for me, its just not worth it. Happy cruising!