Celebrity Caribbean Crunch Time
Sail Date: January 01, 2007
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Couple
Room Type: Balcony
Usually my husband makes the air travel arrangements, arriving the night before near the Port. This time, we had the cruise line make all the travel arrangements. We were not overly concerned when our flight arrangements arrived showing they had booked us with a lay over in Atlanta from Cincinnati, arriving in Ft. Lauderdale less than 2 hours before the Millenium's departure.
What should have been factored in for flight arrangements is weather. We sat on the ground in Cincinnati, waiting for lift off for over an hour and 1/2. This caused us to miss the Atlanta connection. Fortunately there was another flight to Ft. Lauderdale 30 minutes after arriving late into Atlanta.
At the airport in Ft. Lauderdale, we were met by Celebrity People by the baggage, eager to get our luggage, and bus us to the Millenium. One out of four of our luggage pieces was not to be found. We had to scurry, being bussed to the dock, with the gang plank literally brought in as we ran onto the ship. I am sure we amused the other Millenium Cruisers watching us on deck with their life jackets on, having just completed the mandatory drill.
We made the ship just 2 minutes prior to it's departure! This was nerve wracking. What we found in the stateroom quickly smoothed our senses. A bottle of champagne, a bowl of fresh fruit, fresh flowers, even in the bathroom! Our stateroom Attendant was all concerned smiles, commenting that she was worried we had missed the cruise!
We had an early dinner seating, which we were able to attend, albeit a bit ruffled, smoothed a bit with champagne embibed in the room. The Table we sat at had wonderful people, we all got along well and plan to keep in touch.
The Food is the BEST, the cleanliness is the BEST, the Crew of the Ship are the BEST. Food can be found from work out health cuisine to breaded weinerschnitzel with mashed potatoes. Chocaholics, the quality of chocolate is excellent, not the waxy stuff I've had on other cruise lines.
The excursions are easy to make on board. We also used the website to choose and dream on before we left for the trip. Magen's Bay, on St. Thomas, was lovely, surreal in the water temperature being just right, and sunshine with shade trees on the beach. We did a lot of walking on our own in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.
Except for the missing piece, our other luggage arrived on time to our stateroom. The unfortunate missing luggage containing my husbands daily prescriptions came 2 days later at the first port in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to the Consierge attentive service. Let this be a lesson Travelers! Prescriptions should remain in your carry on!
Pros: Gracious Hospitality
Cons: Flight Arrangements