Thursday, June 28, 2012

On Board the Celebrity Millenium Headed for the Panama Canal Part I

In the port of Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

I somewhat recently got back from my 15 day transcontinental cruise through the Panama Canal on board the Celebrity Millennium, a ship that recently "solsticized." How I dearly wish I was still on board and on my way to yet another delicious dinner, but I'll get to that later, first the specs.

The Millennium was built in 2000 making her one of the older ships in the Celebrity fleet, but that makes her no less grand, especially since we were among the first passengers to set sail after the ships dry dock renovations. The Ship can hold up to 2,038 people and is 965 feet long with a beam of 105 feet across, which, when traveling with a group of people for 15 days, makes it just big enough for you to get lost from one another every once in awhile.

So now onto the review of whether or not this aging ship is as grandiose as it seems...

First up a tour around the quasi-new ship starting with Captain Taramas's welcoming champagne toast:



Unfortunately I was an absent minded photographer and forgot to take pictures of our stateroom until it was our last night, but it does help to illustrate the slightly cramped quarters at times. The rooms however, I found to be sizable in comparison to that of the Emerald Princess, there was room to walk about and stretch just as long as the couch wasn't converted into a bed at night, that was things became a wee bit squashed to say the least. To me though the crowning glory was the size of the bathroom, as well as, the veranda. I was pleasantly surprised and most overjoyed when I saw that the shower wasn't the mere coffee sized darkness of most cruise ships with plenty of counter space for three people and that you could actually move about in the shower to boot.


On the next blog post, I'll review the ship's fantastic dining venues.

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