We are sailing on Celebrity Millennium toward the Hawaiian Islands. It’s now day 6 of the12-day cruise which means much has happened to report about. Before we wax critical suffice it to say, the staff has remained consistently efficient, enthusiastic and very accommodating. The food, especially at night in the Oceanview Café on deck 11 is some of the best buffet-style dining, afloat—much of it made to order. The Internet staff is amazing. Not only are they tech-savvy-plus, but they go out of their way to help passengers with any computer or connection problems-- there are a few since it’s the slowest Internet service ever (for which they compensate us by freely doling out added minutes and credits).
Bests on board so far
- Dinner at Olympic restaurant, which is delicious and costs $45 a person.
- Pool butlers at your service.
A braised lamb shank served in our stateroom for a room service dinner.
- The lap-length pool when you can get in.
- Mr.B, the maître d’hotel specialty restaurants who goes out of his way to please.
- Elite CaptainsClub privileges such as continental breakfast in Olympic, cocktails, wine nightly from 5 to 7 in Cosmos (with a well-trained staff), two free bags of laundry done, discounts etc.
- Our deluxe balcony stateroom which is surprisingly spacious and very comfortable; and our attendants Gratiela and Allen.
- Zumba Classes on deck
Exasperating moments of which there are a few
A fitness group takes over the main pool from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. daily much to the chagrin of those of us who enjoy pre-breakfast lap swimming. There are 160 paying members of this Fun & Fitness group, according to an instructor this morning who pretty much told us that it’s the way it is and we can go swim another time or squeeze into a lane by the all—which we did dodging limbs of exercisers who obviously resent the intrusion.
- Difficulty of finding tables at breakfast and lunch at the Oceanview Café
- Fitness center equipment that is tired with TV screens that don’t work.
- Lots of prime time lines.
- No delivery of USA Times to cabins must fetch your own.
- No hangers to request room turndown.
- Fee to use steam bath, sauna is free. Also fees for some exercise classes, but no Zumba which is offered twice a day and very popular.
- A $2.50 charge for fresh squeezed orange juice at breakfast.
Stay tune, more to come aft tomorrow’s port day in Maui.