Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Third Mate

Experience
7+ cruises

Reviews
2

Helpful Votes
5

1 out of 5

Celebrity's not worth it anymore

Sail Date: April 13, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Oceanview

We were really excited about returning to Celebrity after several years on other lines.  We had fond memories of fine dining, interesting onboard activities and overall a luxury vacation.  Talk about  disappointned!  What used to be an upscale cruise line is no longer.  The food is usually overcooked and dry and often lukewarm.  Crappy green goop on the escargot instead of a garlic/shallot butter, the creme brulee is a cornstarch pudding not an egg custard.  It all tastes like cafeteria food and not individually prepared fine dining.  The buffet is even worse.  Nearly all desserts are geletin based crud.  They even stick the stuff inside layer cakes.

The cabin heat couldn't be controlled.  We like it cool at night and warm during the day.  Had engineering down 4 or 5 times in 13 days and finally gave up and just sweated.

Some of the entertainment was good, but other than the regular staff musicians the only entertainment is the theatre.  There is no secondary venue with good acts.  No cruise day activities that appealed.

The staff soldier on, trying their best in the midst of all the service and amenity cuts and penny pinching measures.   It feels like a bare bones cruise.  If we ever take Celebrity again - which we definitely don't plan to do - we would not be surprised if they handed us oars as we boarded and told us to row!

Ship Quality
Inside was fine, but on deck there was a lot of rust and no one scraping and painting and maintaining as we have seen on other lines.
Food and Dining
See above
Cabin / Stateroom
Could not control the ventilation and the bathroom stank of urine.
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions Took our own excursions as the price of shipboard excursions for a family of 4 is prohibitive.
Hong Kong
Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan
Nagasaki, Japan
Busan (Pusan), South Korea
Jeju City, Jeju-Do, (Cheju-Do), South Korea Didn't get off the ship
Shanghai, China
You were completely abandoned once you disembarked. The subway shuttle was not running and the woman running the taxi stand didn't speak English. Good luck!

Tip

Don't waste your money.



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