Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4-6 cruises

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3 out of 5

Long awaited Alaska Cruise

Sail Date: June 22, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Qsine is a nice addition to the refurbished Millennium. Metropolitan Dining should include more vegetarian and international choices on the menu. Ofshore excursions were exciting and onboard entertainment was well done. Hubbard Glacier and helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier including dog mushing were the highlights of the glory of Alaska. We had smooth sailing through the inside passage and a lucky break in the weather in Juneau. The ship's staff and crew are friendly and we have booked our next cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette.

Pros: Friendly Staff

Cons: Small Rooms

Recommends Celebrity Millennium? Yes!

Ship Quality
Comfortable decor with soothing colors. Public areas were kept clean, the staff was regularly wiping the handrails and stairs. Windows, however, needed a good washing especially in Qsine and Cosmos. Our Stateroom and bathroom were kept clean and tidy. It took us the whole cruise to figure out the layout of the ship.
Food and Dining
We tried the special dining options in Qsine and Olympia (for which there is additional charge). Qsine was particularly enjoyable and our waiter Vinny from Brazil took good care of us.
Select Dining is a convenient option. Service in Metropolitan Dining room was inconsistent. Our first waiter at dinner was either overwhelmed or just inattentive. We had to request for bread, butter, water, standard stuff that is part of the service. Finally, he got grumpy when we requested spoons for the dessert.
However, the dining experience the next day, at a different table in the Metropolitan was more pleasant. We had Arnel as our assistant waiter who personified service with a smile and took care of our meal.
As mentioned earlier, the menu could be expanded to include more vegetarian and international selections.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom size was compact as was the bathroom. It was nice to have the balcony to enjoy the view (we happened to spot a whale), but most days it was too chilly to sit out. We barely managed to store our clothes in the smallish closet. I could store two suitcases under the bed. I did notice that the bedskirt had an old tear that they must have missed when the Millennium was refurbished recently. The space at the foot of the bed is pretty tight to walk by to the sitting area. Fresh flowers are a nice touch in the room. The binoculars provided are mediocre, bring your own if you really want to spot wildlife. The two umbrellas came in very handy in Ketchikan.
Our stateroom was located towards the back of the ship on the 7th deck. We enjoyed the quiet and had no problem covering the length of the corridor to get around. Cruising the inner passage of Alaska was smooth sailing so we hardly felt any movement of the ship.
The cabin was kept clean, with fresh fruit and canapes at 3:00 PM.
Entertainment
Good dance programs with some terrific dancers and talented singers, The comedy shows were entertaining and I enjoyed the spanish guitar player tremendously on White Night.
Service and Staff
Ship staff were friendly and helpful. Did have some difficulty understanding some of the heavy accents of a few staff members. Our stateroom attendant Coco and his assistant were both good and learnt our difficult names by the end of the day.
Chef Debushish Das in the Oceanview Cafe on Deck 10 went the extra mile to cater to our special request for spicy tea and a spicy palette. Thank you!
Assistant waiter Arnel on level 5 of the Metropolitan Dining Room made the sun shine in comparison to our previous waiter.


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