Paulette: We were on the Mille for the New Years cruise. In general the best advise I can give you is Donít over pack, next donít over pack. If you do the formal nights that is another thing, we always do and that means packing a little more, and if you donít want to ware a tux then as I always do I ware a blue blazer and some nice pants on the flight down to Ft. Lauderdale. We have been on lots of cruises and for the most part enjoy them, some more then others. The Millennium is a terrific choice it is a very clean and comfortable ship.
We also like coffee, and we like it first thing in the morning, so we take a very small coffee maker with us, we bough it from a hotel in Palm Beach Fl. There is this coffee store here in Milwaukee called Alterra coffee roasters, and we love their coffee so we bring some with us, but if that is now for you, you can take a thermos to take some coffee back to your cabin in the morning, also you can ask room service to deliver coffee at what ever time you want to get up.
I am sure you have seen all the questions about bring booze on board. Put what ever you want in a plastic (used water bottle) and pack it in your non-carry on baggage. Also as we do I carry a ďLarge bottle of water ď in my carry on baggage on the flight, it might be Vodka who knows, I have never been stopped.
Paulette I am going to paste an e-mail that I sent out this morning re, St Thomas and Casa de Campo. Here it is:
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 waterfront, 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.
OK that was that, now for Nassau, What ever you do, do not take the water taxi to the Atlantis casino the water taxi does not let you off any near the casino, and there are these beggars on the small, all non to seaworthy boats, in fact I am surprised that they are allowed to operate. We did talk to others who took some of the other excursions and the reviews were good, the ones that I remember being the most talked about were the Sea world Explorer and the Stingray Snorkeling and beach break. But you can ask on this board for anyone who has experienced these and any other excursions and I am sure that you will get a response.
When you get back to Ft. Lauderdale be prepared to get in LONG lines at the airport, I hope that you have enough time between getting off the cruise and your flight.
Have a great cruise. Michael M