Celebrity Millennium is not one of those glitzy, brand-new mega-ships with rock climbing walls, trampolines and craft breweries. Yet, despite its age (the ship launched in 2000), Celebrity Millennium still shines, thanks in part to a sweeping refit in early 2019 that added a new deep-blue livery, refreshed public rooms, cabins, and some features and decor inspired by the line's trendsetting Celebrity Edge. The cruise line has maintained the ship well and it retains a timeless, yet modern beauty that can be seen everywhere onboard.
As you walk around the ship, you'll appreciate details like the exterior midship elevators that offer panoramic views of the ocean and let in reams of natural light; the soothing Cosmos Lounge/observation deck with stage, dance floor and wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows; and the expansive two-level Metropolitan Main Dining Room) that's decorated in an array of gentle neutrals and has subtly tinted windows that bring bright light into the space no matter what the outside weather is.
For anyone seeking to avoid the crush of humanity you'll find on many mega-ships, Celebrity Millennium is just the right size, with a double occupancy of just more than 2,200 passengers. It's small enough that the ship feels intimate, but large enough to support multiple restaurants, lounges and a true theater experience.
The ship has a touch of sophistication we loved, but it never comes across as stuffy or tedious, perhaps because the naturally inspired decor found throughout gives the ship a light, airy feel. Add to that friendly crew with ready smiles and a genuine interest in helping, and Celebrity Millennium provides a truly pleasant and relaxed cruise experience.
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the suite experience, which is excellent on Celebrity Millennium. Suite passengers have access to an exclusive restaurant, lounge (drinks included) and sun deck, and an always-on-demand concierge who can help with any requests.
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However, one of the things we loved most was you don't have to be in a suite to get that lush suite feel in your cabin with stylish furniture, clever storage and glass-fronted cabinetry, all of which is usually reserved only for the highest-paying cruisers.
The passenger mix on Celebrity Millennium varies widely by destination. When sailing in North America, you'll mostly be sailing with people from the United States, although there will usually be several hundred Canadians as well, plus a smattering of people from the U.K. and Europe, Australia and Asia. Ages run the gamut from young to old, with lots of families onboard. (Millennium's North American sailings are in the summer, when kids are on school break.) The rest of the year, Millennium sails longer itineraries in Asia, where the passenger age skews older and there is a greater geographical mix, with lots more cruisers coming from Australasia.
Overall, passengers bring a friendly, upscale vibe. People are looking to have fun but also expect a high level of service.
Daytime: Casual is the name of the game during the day, with most people dressing for the climate of the destination they're traveling. You'll see lots of shorts, capris and jeans paired with T-shirts and polo shirts.
Evening: Mostly smart-casual. Men wear long pants and collared shirts and women don pants or skirt with a blouse. During Evening Chic nights (two for seven-night or longer cruises), women wear cocktail dresses or nice pants or skirts with an elegant top and men don nice slacks and a dress shirt or sweater, plus an optional sport coat or blazer.
Not Permitted: T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps, shorts and sandals are not permitted in the main dining room or specialty restaurants at any time. You can go to the buffet in shorts and a T-shirt, however.
For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Celebrity.
Unbelievably good experience....thank you Celebrity Cruises
Millennium’s 14-Night Cruise to SE Asia from HK in Dec