Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review
We cruised aboard Celebrity's new Millennium on 1/7/01 on their Eastern Caribbean itinerary.The Ship is ELEGANT. The woods, the colors, the attention to detail, the space - were all fabulous. My favorite public room was the Platinum Lounge, which is a martini and champagne bar. Such rich hues of purple and steel grey, accented with huge, marvelous crystal light fixtures.You don't feel crowded aboard because they have a high space-to-passenger ratio, and it shows. Crowds developed around the lunch buffets in the Ocean Cafe and Grill, around the pool, and of course, outside the dining room just before the Le Grande Buffet, but I doubt anyone would find any different on other ships. Deck chairs would get scarce in the pool area fast - more than in the thalassotherapy pool area. If you just want to read a book on deck in peace, there are plenty of comfy deck chairs on the wide Promenade Deck (Deck 4 or 5, I can't remember). There are lots of quiet places at any time of day or night, from the library to the ladies' sauna, which surprisingly had it's own huge porthole. There were places for activity and places for quiet any time of day.I also found the ship well laid out. Our cabin was close to the Forward Elevator Lobby, which made it extremely convenient for getting to most areas quickly. There are plenty of elevators, and they all run fast and hold lots of people. Vibration is brought up often with this ship, but we only noticed vibration when at the stern. Noticeable, but not distracting. Didn't notice it elsewhere.Our 2C category cabin on Deck 6 was of just the right size for us and all our luggage. We had a generous balcony (I chose our cabin carefully) and it was wonderful! Our Cabin Stewardess and her assistant were always very friendly, polite and hard-working. We made sure we gave both of them a generous gratuity at the end of the cruise.At dinner in the Metropolitan Restaurant, the food was very good, but it looked like other tables had better service than we did. Wasn't too fond of our waiter and assistant. Breakfast was quite good.I found the breakfast buffets to be just ok. Have breakfast in the dining room instead. The lunch buffets were good, as was the afternoon tea buffet. We did the Alternative Dining one night. Standard fare - herbed chicken, sirloin steak, lasagne, salmon, etc. - simple, but good. The service was ok. I think they train waiters there. Everyone should dine in the Olympic once. I thought the menu was limited, but the service was more than excellent...and they had chocolate souffle!We saw only one production show, and thought it was good. Others we spoke to had very positive comments about all the other shows. The theater is beautiful, comfortable and the sightlines are excellent.The AquaSpa -- loved it. My husband enjoyed a swedish massage ($109) and I LOVED the Persian Garden ($17/hr - great deal!). Our embarkation went very fast and efficient. Debarkation was smooth and without delay. Good job.The art collection ranged from beautiful to clever to "huh?" If you like elegant, you'll love Millennium. I'm looking forward to a cruise on Infinity and/or Summit.