I just came back from the Millenium on Sunday. This was my 4th cruise, all with Celebrity. Im only 16 but my opinions pretty much reflect those of the adults who traveled with us.
The ship was easily the most fantastic I have ever witnessed. The attention to detail was spectacular. The public rooms were fantastic. The Rendez vous lounge and the Platinum club were absolutely amazing. Cosmos was very nice as I liked the view over the from of the ship. I will describe the dining rooms and entertainment in their sections of this review.
The Cabin- We had cabin # 9056. It is a premium ocean view with a veranda. It was very nice and very well kept. Our cabin steward, Olivar, was great. We weren't the cleanest people and he did a great job of cleaning our room. The overhang on the balcony was obstructing but it really didnt bother us much. You could pretty much see everything you wanted to, and if you couldnt you could just go up to the pool deck.
Dining- I'll start with the Ocean Grille. It is pretty much the same as all the others on Celebrity Ships. Very relaxed, yet the service and food are still very good. The Metropolitan Restaurant was something else. It was Beautiful. Our table was # 410 which is considered the best table besides the Captain's table. It is right in the center of the bottom floor. The food was, as usual, fantastic. Perfectly cooked and never slow. Now for our waiter. Goran IV was the best waiter Ive ever had. My parents agree and this was their 10th cruise together. He was so cool. He had a fantastic personality but always was kind, courteous, and prompt. He balanced personality and service perfectly. Our asst. waiter, Dewa, was great also as he was always there when you needed water or dressing. Aliceo, our bar server was very good as well. Anytime we saw him outside of the dining room he would say hello and call us by our name, as would Goran and Dewa. Robert, the Maitre D', was very pleasant. Because we were VIP's we were able to eat lunch in the dining room on Sunday afternoon when we boarded. We were the only ones in there, yet the service treated us like royalty. Robert made sure to come over to our table every night and check up on us. If we ever needed anything, he was there. The pizza, sanwich bars, and midnight buffets were wonderful also. Make sure to try the BLT's at the sandwich bar (MMMMMM). If anyone has had Goran IV as a waiter please tell me what you thought of him.
Entertainment- The only show i went to was the last one and although it was short it was still pretty good. Before dinner we would go to the Rendez vous and in there the singer was excellent. One night she was joined by Bobby Black who was in the Celebrity stage shows. He was phenomenal! Prodigy, the pool band, was very good.
Pool and Aqua Spa- The pool area was very nice and had plenty of seats. Even if you couldnt get a seat right near the pool, you can go up one deck and always find one. The Aqua Spa was very nice as i used the showers there when the rooms were getting crowded before dinner. I never went in the Thalasotherapy pool.
Ports- We only went on one shore excursion. That was to Dolphin Encounter in Nassau. It was good but not worth the $94. In San Juan we just walked around and shopped. Same in St. Thomas. on Catalina we went to the ship sponsored beach party. It was a great day at the beach. They provided lunch and chairs. The snorkeling there is nothing, dont waste your money. If you like crazy things try the tubing. They drag you around in an innertube from a speedboat. Its scary as heck but fun.
Teen Program- Well, heres the deal. Every night on the back of the ship at the Ocean Grille they have an outdoor teen dance party. These were fun but no one danced. So basically I met people on my own rather than thru the teen program and then we did our thing. It wasnt hard to meet girls as there were plenty of them on there. I still talk to a few of them.
Service- only one word can describe it: EXCELLENT!!!!!
Complaints- I only have 2 complaints and they mainly have to deal with passengers. 1) Enforce the dinner dress code. Many people were in shorts and a t-shirt on casual night and some were in cargo pants and a polo shirt on informal night. 2) Keep little kids out of the jacuzzi. Many parents didnt seem to care where there kids were or what they were doing. No one under 10 should be allowed in the jacuzzi without a parent.
Overall, It was a fantastic ship with a fantastic crew and it was a fantastic cruise. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best, I give it an 84.
If you have any questions on anything you want to know or anything I may have left out, let me know.
Thanks for the review. WOW - Comprehensive is an understatement. We're taking the 12 day on 5/31 on Mille in the Med. So far, I've compiled about 40 folks that I've met on the net (mostly here). Since we're old F_ _ _S your review from our kid's generation is really refreshing. Sorry about the fact that no one danced, but I hear that "standing around" and talking is not completely out of the norm. I agree that the dress code should be enforced. Unfortunately, the American public has gotten pretty lax, YES THE ADULTS!, about this type of thing. You've been brought up properly. Little kids need to be supervised, too. Parents think that it's a closed environment and someone else will watch them. One of my daughters is a lifeguard and that's what happens to her. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to it.
Did you have any problem with 'vobration' of the ship? It's my understanding that they cancelled 3 trips scheduled for this december to do repairs. If you did notice it, was it an annoyance to your trip?
The only time you could feel the vibration was when in the dining room. Even then it was very little and not an annoyance at all. Put it this way, if someone overlooks the fabulous food, setting, and service just to worry about the vibrations then they have other things to worry about.
We were on the Galaxy 2 years ago, and will be on the MIllenium in June. Our waiter on the Galxy was Goran - I think it's a relatively common name, but I can't help but wonder if he's the same guy. From Dubrovnik, Croatia, married withkids, hoping to open a restaurant, great with magic tricks, maybe 5'10"+ and skinny?
Since you felt that other passengers attire was inappropriate at times, will you please let me know what is acceptable for: informal, casual and formal nights as well as day to day on the ship, and in the ports. I have obviously never cruised with celebrity, and on carnival everyone was dressed down a bit.
By the way I am going on the new years cruise for my honeymoon.
Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me alittle more about the overhangs on the verandas of these cabins. Does the level below also have this problem? I read a concerning review on Cruisemates about these and now am wondering if we should try to switch to the level below.
Do the balconies get sun at all? Also the review I read said that the 1a cat. on the 9th level- Sky deck are also more dark and dreary.
Any feedback would be so appreciated! Thanks, Debbie