Step into a world of unbridled opulence and luxury onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium, one of the best big ships in the cruise holiday industry.
With a name like Millennium, it’s not difficult to work out when this ship was built. After spending a decade providing perfect cruise holidays, what better way to recharge one’s batteries with a stay in the Bahamas? That’s what the Celebrity Millennium did in May 2012, for a refit that brought it in line with their Solstice Class ships. On deck 11, another 60 cabins were added and new restaurants and a redesigned cinema were just some of the additions to keep this cruise line at the forefront of innovation and excellence.
Destinations and Itineraries
Until September, this ship sails on seven day cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage, on cruises entitled Northern Alaska or Southern Glacier - depending on which direction the ship is heading. There are four ports visited, including a night in a hotel at each end of the cruise to allow travellers to recover from a lengthy flight. Native American settlements and breathtaking natural beauty form the itinerary on this cruise, which makes ports of call at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, the Hubbard Glacier and Seward.
In the middle of September the ship heads south on a nine-night cruise that makes five ports of call including Victoria and Nanaimo in Canada, Seattle and San Francisco Monterey, before making its final stop at San Diego.
From there a new 15 night cruise takes the ship east through the Panama canal, visiting seven ports en route in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, through the canal and to Cartagena in Colombia, arriving at its ultimate destination, Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
At the beginning of October the ship travels from Florida back to California on a westbound Panama cruise, calling at the same ports arriving at San Diego 15 days later. The ship then gradually makes its way to Singapore in stages of two-week cruises that take it to Hawaii, Sydney and Singapore, its new home until April 2014.
This ship circumnavigates the vast American continent and gives passengers the chance to savour its dramatic landscapes and legendary cities and then heads east, ensuring the choices off the ship are as wide as those on board.
There are two pools on the outside of the ship and one on the inside with a sliding glass roof, as well as four Jacuzzis. There is a fitness centre, sauna and steam room. Other exercise options include a basketball court, compact football, paddle tennis, volleyball, a golf simulator, shuffleboard and a jogging track. If all that sounds a little too exhausting then there is plenty of deck space to stretch out in the sun. Children’s facilities are also considered to be very good. The Millennium’s Fun Factory caters for children and Tower Club tempts teenagers with a video games arcade and supervised activities. The dress code on board is casual and comfortable during the day and alternates between smart-casual, informal and formal in the evenings. Formal evenings require a suit or dinner jacket for men and a cocktail dress for ladies. Dinner is also available as room service for those who don’t want to make their way to the dining room or adhere to a dress code.
The latest technology has been harnessed in every one of the thousand-plus cabins. Different configurations are on offer to ensure that there is a stateroom suitable for every kind of guest. More than half of the 60 new staterooms are AquaClass suites, creating the opportunity to turn your cruise into a floating spa break, with a stay here including a massage shower and passes to the spa’s thermal suite. Cabins are well-sized, feature twin beds that convert into a double, and have interactive TV systems that allow passengers to book an excursion. More than half of the cabins have private balconies. Bathrooms are generous with good-sized showers.
There are three main dining rooms on the ship. The main restaurant encapsulates the style and glamour of the golden age of cruising, named after the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic. The cuisine is as detailed and polished as the décor. A thoroughly modern alternative is available at the Qsine restaurant, where contemporary dishes can be ordered at a finger stroke across the iPad menus. Light dishes are served in the Bistro on Five, with sandwiches, salads and desserts served in the daytime. The Café al Bacio and Gelateria offer a taste of snacking Italian style with ice cream and delicious coffee.
You will find all the information you need to know about what is on each deck, find your accommodation, which deck the pool is located on.
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