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Gregg & Marcia

Age: 73

Occupation:Retired restauranteur

Number of Cruises: 22

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Millennium

Sailing Date: March 25th, 2001

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Because of their incredible cuisine and the way we were pampered and catered too on our first cruise with the Celebrity Line, we became totally addicted to cruising. Since our first [6] cruises with Celebrity, we have made [15] cruises in a [30] month period. We wanted to try the other major cruise lines to see how they compared with our Celebrity experience. Being our Millennium cruise was such a special occasion, we booked a Celebrity Suite. A little later in our review we will describe our Suite and tell you about a very elegant gentleman, our butler, Ralph.

The only way for us to make you understand why this cruise aboard Celebrity's Millennium was such a special celebration for us, is to give you some background information.

SUGGESTION: GIVE YOUR CABIN STEWARD THE SUGGESTED TIP FOR THE WEEK.

THE FIRST HOURS ABOARD SHIP ARE IMPORTANT:
Mary and I have found that there are certain things that we can do the first day that will set the tone or our entire cruise. The first thing we do is check our table assignment. We can't stress enough the importance of doing this. It's important to see if the table assigned you is what you requested. If it isn't, the Maitre`de has a chance to make the necessary changes. An e-mail we received this morning from one of our readers, Carol Ellis, tells what can happen if you don't check your table assignment. 

Tom & Mary, 
One thing that I don't think that you can stress enough is your idea of determining where you will be dining for your cruise prior to dinner the first evening. My husband, 3 children (18, 15 and 10) and I had asked for a table by the window for the 5 of us. We didn't check our table assignment and found ourselves with a family of 3, including a rather loud 5 year old, and we were in the center of the room. My youngest is rather sophisticated--she will opt for the scampi over mac and cheese any day. We are used to going to fine restaurants and all my kids truly behaved themselves since they were babies. We determined that our waitress was fantastic and it would have been difficult to change....... what if we ran into this family later? While we enjoyed dinner it was trying to hear their little one screech for more macaroni and cheese, chocolate milk, and the I"M TIRED!>>Carol Ellis

If you are not happy with whom you're seated, speak to the Maitre`de and ask to have your table changed. If he can possibly change it, he will. He wants to make you happy. This is also the time to make your reservation for the ‘Olympic.' The ‘Olympic' restaurant has only 134 seats and there are 2000 passengers. Time is of the essence. Don't miss out on what we can assure you, will be the dining experience of your life. The Olympic Maitre`des' are positioned opposite from where you check your table assignment.

SUGGESTION: BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR TABLE ASSIGNMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND THEN MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE ‘OLYMPIC' ALTERNATIVE RESTAURANT.

QUICK TOUR OF SHIP: [Delayed until later]
Mary was so enamored with our suite, we decided to delay our tour of the ship. Instead, we decided to go back to our suite, unpack and get things arranged the way she likes it. She is a great believer that there is a place for everything and everything in its place. She showed me where she was putting my underwear and my socks and all my other items. I listened intently, but I knew that within an hour I would have to ask Mary to help me find something. But the beautiful part of it, is my Mary knows I'm going to forget and she doesn't mind one bit. That's my Mary, gracious even in the very little things of life. She wouldn't think of hurting my feelings by telling me, "Hey stupid, I just showed you where I put it." Never would I hear such harsh language from my lady's mouth. I looked around for the electrical outlets. I couldn't plug in our scented plug ins quick enough. Seven days with my lovely lady in a Suite, with the fragrance of Gardenias in the air, and our butler Ralph available at our beck and call. This must be a glimpse of what heaven is like. Wimpy detected the scent of Gardenias and gently settled onto the sofa, looked at Mary, rolled his eyes and smiled. Wouldn't you smile if you were having your 22nd Honeymoon?:-------as you have probably surmised, its time for a nap. When we awake, we're going to take you to the dining room to meet our servers and we invite you to have dinner with us.

SUGGESTION: DON'T FORGET THE SCENTED PLUG-INS. THEY ADD A WONDERFUL FRAGRANCE TO THE CABIN. ALSO, REMEMBER A NITE LIGHT & AIR FRESHENER.

COVA CAFE MILANO:
We decided to rest before dinner instead of inspecting the ship. When we awoke, we took a quick shower and got dressed for dinner. Before we go any further, we want you to know we don't have to look at the ship's bulletin to see the dress code for the evening. We have our own dress code. One of the things we like about cruising is being able to get all dressed up and having someplace to go. We dressed the way we like to dress and as usual, Mary looked beautiful..

SUGGESTION: START DOING THE $2 THING WITH THE SERVERS.

FORTUNES CASINO:
SUGGESTION: BE SURE YOU MAKE A RESERVATION FOR THE OLYMPIC!
 WE ASSURE YOU, YOU WILL HAVE THE DINING EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME.


:----we invite those who are still with us...to join us as we visit the Ocean Grill, Main Pool, Children's Fun Factory, the first Floral Shop at sea, the main pool and the Spa & Thalassotherapy Pool. (not only do I have a hard time pronouncing it, I also have difficulty in typing it so we'll call it the Hydro Pool ) 

THE OCEAN GRILL:
The Ocean Grill is a very attractive breakfast/lunch and alterative dining area. It is well appointed with glass walls that afford a great view of the ocean. During our last 15 cruises, whenever we went through a food line, Mary would say, "Why don't they do it like Celebrity? She loves having a waiter carry her tray to the table and then bringing her whatever she wants to drink. The Ocean Grill offers buffet style breakfasts and lunches. The food is not only delicious but it is also presented in a most attractive way. We suggest you go to the back of the room, the section just before the outside deck area. In the morning they have an omelet station on each

We have enjoyed cruising more than any vacation we have taken in our 28 years of retirement. Cruising encompasses everything we enjoy. When you cruise, it's the same as hanging your things in the closet of a five star hotel and then the hotel moves and takes you the places you want to go. Mary loves the idea of putting our clothes in a closet, knowing their going to stay there for the entire vacation. I don't have to ponder what restaurants were going too, or what show can we see? Will we find a place after the show to have bite to eat? When you cruise, all that is taken care of, each and every day. We love the romance and intimacy of a cruise. If you have read any of our reviews; Mary & I call our cruises ‘Honeymoons,' because we feel that taking a cruise is the most romantic, intimate, exciting way to spend real quality time with the one you love. If you haven't cruised, you ought to seriously think about giving it a try. You don't know what your missing. 

We again want to thank Tom Ogg for giving us the opportunity of having so much fun. Mary & I are having the time of our life. We share our experience hoping to help those who have never cruised. We know how uncomfortable you can feel when you don't know the right questions to ask. We know because we've been there. If we can be of help to you, e-mail us and we would be happy to try and answer any questions you might have.

Something I would like you to do for me. Tom Ogg has completely reformatted his home page: http://www.cruisereviews.com/ We think it looks terrific. Take a look and let him know what you think. Tom@TomOgg.com

May your next cruise be your best.
Our warmest regards,


Tom & Mary Milano
TomandMaryMilano@Yahoo.com

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