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Susan Ross

Age: 56

Occupation:children's author

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Millennium

Sailing Date: 2011-02-21

Itinerary: souther Carribean

We cruised on Celebrity Millennium from Feb. 4 to the 14th. It was our first cruise. We had a wonderful time. I LOVED being on the sea. My husband liked touring the islands.

Unless you are cruising at holiday times this boat is not for the young. We are in our mid-fifties and we felt like youngsters. However we fit right in, early to bed, early to rise (no worms to catch). Nightlife ended about 12a.m. but it didn't matter because most of us were in bed by then (sleeping).

Unbeknownst to us until several days into the cruise, they have introduced 'select dining'. We were told about the two sittings - 6 and 8:30. We picked 6 but found it too early since we'd go on excursions, be back around 2 and eat lunch. But 8:30 was too late for us. What to do? Select dining allows you to eat anytime and meet new people every night. It was the perfect solution. That's the way we will go from now on.

I loved the buffet. The food in the dining room at dinner was hit and miss. One night I had a great steak. Another night I had to return it. This seemed to be a common occurence.

Our stateroom was lovely. I strongly suggest getting a balcony or, at the very least, a window.

There was a show every night at two different times. We enjoyed most of them. The comedians were great. I didn't find any activities on sea days of interest so I did a lot of reading. I would have liked more to do. The pool closed around dinner time, which I found odd, however, since I never used it, it didn't affect me.

We don't scuba dive, but just as an FYI we know of at least two scuba excursions that were cancelled due to lack of interest. That is probably because a large number of guests were quite elderly. Our cruise director, John, was amazing.

The enjoyment of the excursion depends on the guide. The three excursions we took from the ship were drastically different. Victor, was funny and very informative. Freddy, had a basket with "show and tell" items and was great. Gwen was like a strict and boring school teacher and ruined our day in Aruba. Every island has tour guides waiting to take you places at prices cheaper than the ship. The success of these also depends on your guide. If you take an tour from the island do NOT take a regular taxi. Make sure the vehicle has big windows so you can see the sights.

Overall we had a wonderful time. Most of the staff were friendly. The service was great. The islands were nice although I found that after seeing three, they all looked alike. My husband disagrees. The poverty was a little hard to take, as were all the stray cats and dogs. We spent about four hours on the islands and that was plenty for us. We don't like swimming and other water sports however.

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