My wife & I and my 2 year old are sailing on the Millie at the end of Nov , I have a few questions specific to the Millie.
1) Is there much to do on board the ship for a 2 year old. Do they have a problem with children his age in the Pool ( he wears little swimmers) and a suit
2) What are the formal nights ( eastern carribean), I am assuming suit, shirt, tie and how casual is casual? Kaki's & a golf shirt?
3) We have been to the Carribean many times and like to go on shore excursions, any to recommend for all 3 of us. I find it is cheaper to get off the boat and find your own, has anyone done this and if so, can you recommend anyone ( jeep tours, snorkeling, scuba etc.)
4_ We are from Canada and we have my son as a rider on my passport, the passport office in Canada said he may need his own passport at certain ports. We will be at San Juan, Cataline Isl, St Thomas & Bahamas. Has anyone encountered any passport problems with their children at these ports
As to activities for your 2 year old the childrens program is excellent. I am not sure how old they have to be to participate however since I have not children. I have met some of the counselors and always see the kids parading around doing scavenger hunts or wearing pirate hats, whatever. They all appear to be in good spirits. As to the pool it should be no problem as long as you are in the pool with him. I can't imagine allowing a 2 year old in the pool alone. Same would go for the jacuzzi and Thallossotherapy pool. Most peoples main objection to children in the pools is that they are unsupervised and take over these areas. Nothing more intimidating than a jacuzzi full of kids to make you want to go to the casino.
The passport issue is interesting. For Americans (which I assume would be the same for Canadians) you only need something identifying you as the parent and since your wife is travelling with you there should be no need for a letter from her authorizing you to take him out of the country. In my experiences in the Caribbean there has been no need for a passport beyond getting on the ship. A birth certificate should do just fine. Call Celebrity and get a confirmation. They are in charge of the immigration status of everyone on the ship for the most part until you arrive in a US port. Then PLEASE follow their instruction to meet the US immigration officials at the designated place as this will hold up all of the other passengers.
I have no specific recommendations for shore excursions but they are all easily negotiated. If you are sailing on November 25 I will be sailing with you. Perhaps we could meet up for a cocktail. You will have a great trip as the Millennium is a wonderful ship.
Forgot to mention the dress. Yes, a suit will do just fine for formal nights, semi-formal nights a sports coat and tie with slacks. Casual night is generally slacks and casual shirt. I do not know about khakis especially if they are camouflaged. Use your own judgement. I always wear dockers for casual nights and tux for formal nights. I rent the tux to avoid packing it or a suit, much easier. Sports coat and tie will be required in the Olympic Restaurant if you dine there.
I am fairly certain that the children's program begins with 3-year-old children. They do have limited private child care. Have your TA check on this for you or contact Celebrity customer service.
They have no rules against any age children in the pool; however, the thallosotherapy pool and (supposedly) hot tubs are not available for children. Hot tubs are not really safe for young children and the thallosotherapy pool is for a time for relaxing for the adults.
Usually, the formal nights are the second night and the sixth night of a 7-day cruise. They request a dark suite with tie or tux on the formal nights. The khaki's and golf shirt are fine for casual night.
We are going on this same cruise this next Sunday so don't know which excursions to suggest or the problem regarding the passport--I would contact Celebrity or have my TA do that for me.
Am really looking forward to the cruise!
I just returned from the 11/4 sailing on the Millennium. Regarding the Immigration situation, the following occured. We were at Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon late, all passengers were given a letter telling them to bring the letter, a photo ID, birth certificate and/or passport the following morning to a designated area for Immigration clearance. The reason given was because the ship was going from a "foreign" port (Dominican Republic) to a U.S. port (St. Thomas). It took quite a while because the ship got into St. Thomas later than expected, and there were long lines and grumbling passengers the process started at 7 am in the morning!). Until all passengers were accounted for, the ship was not cleared for disembarkation, which didn't happen until after 9 am.
The same process was repeated on Sunday morning, the last day of the cruise. Our last port before Ft. Lauderdale was Nassau, Bahamas, again, a "foreign" port.
I did not pay much attention to the Youth program activities, so I can't help there. The whirlpools and the Thalassotherapy Pool are supposed to be restricted to children under 18, but is not strongly enforced. On most days, especially sea days, children under 18 were in both areas.
Formal nights were on Monday (at sea day) and Friday (again, at sea day). The "Informal" nights (there are 2) are also what is known as "Semi Formal", which means jacket and tie for men, khaki pants or Dockers are okay. Casual nights (there are 3) would be the equivalent of resort casual on land. If you dine in the Olympic, jacket and ties are required for men. Celebrity also recommends that guests stay in whatever the attire is for the evening throughout. (Meaning on formal night, they discourage folks from dressing up just for dinner and then changing to something casual afterwards). Shorts are not allowed after 6 pm on any evening.
Hope that helps! The ship is great, enjoy your trip!