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Old February 16th, 2004, 09:01 AM
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JUst got off the milli- wanted to know if anyone had any questions- we had the concierge class- bring on the questions....Tracey
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What did you think ??? We go on her on 2/22.

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We had an amazing time- Gained WAY to much weight, Everyhting was perfect except people did seem to complain a lot about the ports. Casc de campo was the pits- It was beautiful but there was NOTHING to do. We were fine with the ports because we just really wanted to relax on the ship. If you are into the excursions than you might be a bit disappointed. The food was great and the staff perfect. We did a lot of spa things and the prices were kind of high and most annoying was the hard sell for products that you "needed" afterwards. Just stick to a firm no thanks. although they will really try to sway you. Any more questions, just post- Have fun- Tracey
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Old February 16th, 2004, 02:21 PM
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Tracey, what was the weather like at Nassau? What did you do there? Overall, what is not to be missed during this one week cruise. We are with cruzintime next Sunday.
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Old February 16th, 2004, 02:37 PM
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How were the hairdryers in concierge class. I've experienced the regular Celebrity hairdryers that get very hot to the touch when they're on for any length of time. The concierge class perks are supposed to include a "salon quality" hairdryer. Was it any different? Did it work well? Should I bring my own? Also, how was the electric outlet situation in the room? Can I sit at the desk/dressing table and plug things in there or will I need an extension cord? (I'm cruising in less than three weeks and starting to think about the nitty gritty of packing).
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Old February 16th, 2004, 03:58 PM
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Tell us about the Concierge perks, I just booked Concierge room for the Century April 17th
Also how was the dress on casual, informal and formal nights? What did you
see people wearing on informal night? I have never been on a cruise that had
informal nights. Thanks
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Old February 16th, 2004, 04:04 PM
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I'll respond to both threads- First, the weather in nassau was great, although nassau itself is a bit of an armpit...very dirty...We did the blackbeards cay beach break there. The excursion itself left a lot to be desired although we did jet ski there and that was INCREDIBLE.. Very fun !!! Second- The hair dryers in CC are perfect. as are the outlets- per the posts that I had read I Shlepped my hair dryer AND an outlet thing and never took them out of my suitcase. There are two outlets in the vanity area.(with a chair and huge mirror). Although I did use the duct tape !!!! One of the dresser drawers was opening and closing all night with the waves and I had to tape it closed !!. Let me know if I can be of any more assistance- If you are like I was you want to know all that you can ahead of time...Tracey
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Old February 16th, 2004, 04:12 PM
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Did you feel Conceirge Class was worth the extra money? Did your cabin have the infamous overhang? Did you hear any noise from above? There seem to be alot of questions about CC cabins and itīs nice to have someone to share their experience!

Glad you had such a great cruise!

Thanks in advance.

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Old February 16th, 2004, 06:03 PM
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Yup, we had the overhang and let me tell you ....It was a pleasure.....It blocked the wind on sea days and you got more privacy with it..It was far enough above that you didn't even think of it as an "overhang" Someone who probably likes to complain started some thread about this horrible overhang and it took on a life of its own...I promise you that you won't even notice it !! I do think that CC was worth it. We had fresh flowers in our room everyday and beautiful pale pink roses on a sterling silver vase in the bathroom. The robes were out of this world.( i even ended up buying one.) We had the most amazing breakfasts delivered on cue every morning..Sitting on your veranda, in your jammies, sipping coffee and eating eggs benedict just can not be beaten with a stick. The only thing that we never saw was the " menu of pillows" although we thought this was funny from the very beggining so it never bothered us..ha. Tracey
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Old February 16th, 2004, 08:18 PM
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What hours were the casino open on sea days? Was the casino or the ship's stores ever open while in port, such as the evening in Casa de Campo? (I know that opening the casino or stores while in port is rare....just thought I'd ask)
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Old February 17th, 2004, 06:33 PM
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My wife and I sail on the milli 11/28/04 and can't wait .I really love these boards you learn so much and people are so nice .Tracy thank you for all your info. This will be our first cruise. I don't think it will ever get here. If any one has more info. about anything a first timer needs to know. Please feel free to e-mail me . THANK YOU


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Old February 17th, 2004, 07:47 PM
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Dear Tracey, My husband and two older children are cruising in the Milli on 3/7. I saw on a review elsewhere that it was almost impossible to hail a taxi too Ft Lauderdale airport after returning from the cruise because they only want to take longer fares. We have a 1pm flight... Did you experience any difficulty disembarking? We are Concierge Class......any truth to the priority embarkation and disembarkation info? Thanks in advance. kate
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Old February 17th, 2004, 08:05 PM
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Good evening everyone.....to answer the last few questions......Ed-no, the stores and casino are NOT open in any port- in fact, they wait until about 1/2 hour after we had sailed to open. although the nights that we sailed late,(casa de campo) they all still opened for a few hours.(maybe until 2)...Kate- we had a 1:15 flight and the taxi's were EVERYWHERE.. Believe me, you will not have a problem..If you have ever been to vegas, it was much like that with the taxi line... Ed- I hope you have an amazing time. We booked our cruise back in june and I know what you mean, I never thought it would get here..I think that all the time I had made it that much more special..(and started my addiction to these boards !!ha ha) any more questions? Feel free to post. Tracey
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Old February 18th, 2004, 10:30 AM
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Hey Tracey, which nights were formal, informal, casual - do you recall? We've booked the Olympic for the Casa Decampo night and don't want to miss a formal night in the dining room. Also, what food was to die for? My cruise is just over 2 weeks away and I'm getting hungry.....
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Old February 18th, 2004, 01:29 PM
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Christine- The formal nights are always days at sea, so you'll be fine. Also, we couldn't tell a difference between informal and casual. Everyone wore about the same calliber of clothing on those nights..You do not need a sport coat on the informal nights- only about 20% of the men were wearing them. Now I know someone is going to respond to this ,but we thought that the food in the Olympic was the same as in the main dining room. (both exellent) I did't think that it was any better. The difference is the presentaion..That was INCREDIBLE. They cook almost everything tableside. YOu have 3 staff members per table. YOu are really pampered there..Enjoy it. TRacey
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Old February 18th, 2004, 06:11 PM
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I disagree with Tracey about the taxi's in Ft. Lauderdale. When we got off the ship there was a long line waiting to get taxi's and I kid you not, there were fights and arguments everywhere. It might have been that it was the New Years Cruise I don’t know but boy were people in a mood. I had to go way out in the road and get a taxi and ride it in to the terminal, and then some taxi dispatcher tried to take it away and give it to someone who had tipped him. I told him that if he touched the cab I would break his arm; I did it in my best New York accent so he believed me.
The much bigger problem in Ft. Lauderdale is at the airport, on any given Sunday there are about five to six cruise ships arriving to let off their passengers and pick up the new cruisers, the airport is a mess. The lines wrap around the building and take well over an hour. This is to say that the cruising industry has outgrown the capability of the airport by leaps and bounds. We go to Ft. Lauderdale every month and we make sure that we are never there on a Sunday. We go to Palm Beach and drive down to the airport on Monday, but even then the last time we did this the highway leading from Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale I94, was closed due to an accident. By the time we turned in out rental car and got to the airport we had 15 minutes to get on our airplane, the only reason we made it was because we found a very nice sheriff, told him of our dilemma, he took us right to the airline counter, we got our tickets and he took us right up to the security line and got us through security, and we did have to do the security check, but we did get through and did make the flight by the skin of out teeth. So is you keep all this in mind you should be ok, ask for help if you need it. Michael M
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Old February 18th, 2004, 09:58 PM
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We were also on the 2/8 Millennium cruise and there was only one informal night on Thurs. I disagree with Tracey about sport coats on the informal night. Most men at our dinner seating wore sport coats.

Our friends went on the Bayahibe Beach Break at Caso de Campo and enjoyed that. There was some nudity.

In the Olympic we had a party of 8 and we had 4 servers who would serve and remove plates simultaneously for the whole table. Quite a production!

We signed up for the bus transfer to the airport., which cost $11 per person. We were about a half hour late disembarking due to some passengers not reporting for immigration. No one can leave the ship until everyone is cleared. Yes, the airport was chaos. People were lined up in doorways. We made it to our gate at 10:50 after leaving the ship at 9:00.

We had a great cruise and can't wait to go again.

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Old February 22nd, 2004, 11:40 PM
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We are booked for the June 2 Northern Europe cruise. Would like to hear more about concierge class. One of the few things I do not like about cruising is the mad rush as you board to get the restaurant and spa reservations you want. Will the concierge make those for us, that is can we skip the mad dash?

As for the pillow menu, we were just at a travel show with a Celebrity rep and he was bragging about the pillow menu. Important to us as we cannot sleep with feathers!

I have an email from the Celebrity spa group that says you can pay a flat fee and have access to the spa resources for the whole trip--I think it was $100. This is my first "Celebrity cruise. I would have happily paid for that same deal on the Star Princess. The sauna, steam rooms and the heated tile couches special pool were superb. Is the spa a great hang out on Celebrity?

Loved the duct tape hint. We have never brought any and I did have a drawer problem on one cruise.

How was room service, we hear that one of the concierge class features is a table on the veranda designed for eating meals outside.

Did you see the elusive conservatory, mentioned on some websites?

How is the library? I read voraciously and we will have been traveling before we go aboard, I fear I will be out of English language books.

Thanks for all the good information on previous posts.
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Hi Mary Alice

I was also on the Milli 2/8. Tracy may have a different view, but I'll try to respond to your questions.

Only Captain's Club members can make advance reservations in the Olympic. However, we had no difficulty at all getting reservations for Tuesday evening on our anniversary. The restaurant is on deck 3. Just walk around the corner when you embark. I understand the earlier days of the trip are easiest before word spreads about how really wonderful it is. This is a "not to be missed" experience. The warm cheese souffle apetizer is to die for. We ordered the chef's suggested wines with three of the four courses. It was worth every penny!!!

The library was great. It is midship with two floors, decks 8 and 9. However, it is closed when the ship is in port. Hardly anyone uses it, so it is a nice place to find a quiet spot.

My spa exerineces were limited to a pedicure and the talassatherapy pool. There is no charge for this pool on the Millie. No tile couches, but there are reclining underwater benches along the side with warm salt water jets. Very relaxing. Try out the spa cuisne in the little buffet behind the thalassatherapy pool. Far superior to the big buffet and much more healthful. The area can get crowded on sea days, and when the weather is chilly. We skiped excursions on the Tues. D.R. port day and had it all to ourselves.

Again, no problem with the pedicure appointment. I walked in on Tuesday afternoon, and they worked me it within 30 minutes! The staff were friendly and efficient. The sell for extra products is fairly soft. A courteous, no thank you, and we moved right along.

This is a beautiful ship, and I think you will enjoy concierge class. I especially liked the fresh flowers and fruit in the room.

Have a great trip!
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Thanks for all of the info. I'm sailing on the 4/4 Mille.

One question, if you take the Bayahibe Beach Break excursion, do you still have time to shop in Altos de Chavon?

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Old February 26th, 2004, 04:28 PM
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Hey Tracey: another Q. What time do the late shows (i.e. those after late-seating dinner) begin?
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Christine- They usually began around 10:30 or 10:45. Enjoy..Tracey
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Old February 27th, 2004, 03:32 PM
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I did not take the Bayahibe Beach break, but did get a chance to go to Altos de Chavon. This was one of the highlights of my trip. Skip the shops in town (really pricey and not that great) and go straight to Altos de Chavon. This area is made out of old stone and has a beautiful view. It also has a small grocery store that you can purchase film, etc. in case you forgot something.

Carlos and Jessica (shopping guides) recommend a restaurant at this place. We did not eat there, but it looked like a nice place. I wouldn't have minded trying it. Be sure and get all the shopping tips from them at the 10 a.m. sessions in the Celebrity Theatre. You can get some great advice and have an opportunity to walk away with some gifts as well. Sit close to the front and scream really loud when answering their questions. This will increase your chance to get some of those gifts when Carlos starts handing them out to the audience!
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how did you get to altos de chavon? were there taxis waiting when you got off at
casa de campo? what kind of shopping was there?
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We were on the 2/8 Millie sailing and at the Casa de Campo port they had free mini buses to take you to the Marina and Altos de Chavon. But there's not alot to do there. Friends of ours did the Bayahibe Beach Break and they liked that.

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Thanks for the info. We are booked on Millenium for 3/28 and planning to go on the Bayahibe Beach Break. We also are thinking about the snorkel tour on St. Thomas. Anybody done that?
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Thestokes: Yes we have done the snorkel tour on the St Thomas stop. You actually get on a ferry and go to St.John. From there you get on a truck bus and go to the Trunk Bay.
Mr. Stoks for us it was a waste of time. We often go to St Thomas and enjoy the shopping there. ( I first went to St Thomas in 1960, I was in the Navy it has changed a lot.) This last trip we got off the boat in the morning and went in to Charlotte Amalie did some quick shopping and got back to the boat in time to go on the tour. We are both scuba divers with many dives in Mexico and in the Florida Keys and in the Bahamas, we know what good diving is, this was not good diving. There is very little coral and few fish, what little coral there was, was dead. By the time you finally get to the beach you have about an hour before you have to get back on the bus. Once out of the sea water you have to shower in the coldest water I have used in a long time there is no hot water, and the area around the unisex showers had the strong smell of sewage. To sum it all up, If you have never been to St. Thomas I think the better bet is to just go in to town and there is a plethora of good restaurants in town. Just relax and walk along the water front, or I have heard that the Island drive and Coral world tour is quite good, but I have never been on it, I am surer you can find some one who has.
I am glad that you are going on the Bayahibe beach tour. It is a great beach very commercial but the swimming was nice and the booze is all included ! did you know that? We must have had 10 Rum and cokes, make sure that you ask for the 151 Rum when they make you drinks if you do in fact drink Rum, and if in fact this is the case for your tour find out, I think we took a different Cruise line. We had dinner in Casa De Campo that evening before the ship left port it was great and if you want I can give you the name of the restaurant. Have a great cruise and if you want any other Info I will be happy to give it to you. Michael M
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Thanks for the input. I'm disappointed to hear that the snorkeling is so poor. We went for the first time last year in Hawaii and loved it. That is good news about the drinks being included on the beach tour.

Do you know anything about the rum distillery tour? My 18 year old son is interested in this (I wonder why!!)
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Yes we did take the rum " Distillery" tour, it was not a tour of the distillery at all. It is a free tasting of verious rums, and that is all, it is in Old SanJuan, now I don't know if there is anothere tour of a different distillery or not but the Bacardi Rum Distillery in old San Juan is open to the public and anyone who is just passing by. We were just walking around Old Town and ducked in to take the tour, and there was none we saw the history of the Bacardi family and did get about three small free drinks, and guess what, you can even buy some, fancy that. Michael M
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Well, that's misleading. My son really wanted to see how rum is made. Oh well, at least it's free.
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