Ahoy readers, all’s well aboard the Celebrity Millennium as we continue the voyage from Ensenada, Mexico to the Hawaiian Islands, delightful to be more precise. It didn’t begin so seamlessly, with massive delays in San Diego where 600 passengers waited to be bused across the US border. FYI: an archaic maritime law from the 1930s prohibiting foreign flag ships from taking passengers between US ports. To skirt this rule lines like Celebrity embark passengers from foreign ports. It wasn’t fun. But once on board the mega-liner all the angst was left in our wake.
The ship has been glamorized since its inaugural in 2000 and shines like a star of the sea. The crew couldn’t be more accommodating and the food while somewhat inconsistent so far but more often good. Our stateroom is surprisingly comfortable for this seafaring couple more use to suites. It has a balcony, big bed, small flat-screen TV, robes, plenty of towels, mini-fridge, hairdryer, shower and a few Hydro-Minerale Aquatic Spa toiletries. Our two pleasant room attendants, Gratiela and Allen, are efficient at keeping our stateroom shipshape).
There is WiFi available for a fee and an accommodating Internet staff to help set it up. It does work at a snail’s pace so plan on spending a few bucks each time you email home or friends. If you have an Apple device that you need help with, there is a shop on board dedicated to the brand.
The fitness center suits us well with enough equipment to ward off cruise pound gains. There’s also a lavish spa and salon, a gorgeous main dining room, and aternative restaurants which you can enter in for $90 a person.
We will be offering more in-depth observations during the 11-day cruise do come back often.