My wife had hurt her knee a few weeks before the cruise and was walking with a cane so we got special treatment at embarkation. It took about 20 minutes.This was our second cruise. We have stayed at numerous all inclusive resorts over the last 10 years. Overall, the food on this ship is a lot better than at the resorts (with a few exceptions, such as the grand lido resorts where I would say the food is comparable). This applies to all meals. We ate at the buffet, at the Olympic Restaurant and at the Metropolitan restaurant during our cruise and the quality of food was excellent at all three. On one night, we even tried the alternative dining and again the food was great. Service was very good to excellent throughout our 10 day cruise. The assistant maitre d' was very good to us and to all guests in our section. He came over every night to see that we were satisfied with our food, service, etc. Our waiter and assistant waiters were both excellent. From the bar staff to the entertainment staff to the stewards, everything was above par. Again, with the possible exception of the Grand Lido, it was much above the quality in any resort where we have stayed.The same applies to the entertainment. It was top notch. Much better than at most resorts with the possible exception of the Grand Lidos and Sandals (we have stayed at the Sandals Ocho Rios where the entertainment was comparable).As stated above, everything aboard the Millennium was top notch.As for a bit of constructive criticism I would note that the cruising experience tends to be a bit more expensive than the all inclusive resorts because the cruise is not all inclusive. No wine with the meals, unless you buy a bottle (prices seemed to range from about $25.00 to $150.00 us). Even soda pop had to be purchased. This, of course, is different from the all inclusive resorts where wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks are included with the price of the vacation. In addition, if you really want to spend $ on the cruise, there is the casino, bingo, all the spa treatments, etc. where you can easily double the cost of your vacation and quite quickly I must say. This being said, it is really your choice, so I am not really complaining about the cost of gambling, etc. I would suggest however that wine (just a good quality house wine would be sufficient), and soft drinks should be included in the price of the cruise.Bill ColletteMoncton New BrunswickCanada
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