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Julie

Age: 58

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Millennium

Sailing Date: 11-14-2008

Itinerary: new zealand

Definately a grand lady. The Millenium. After hours of surveying cruises and ships my son and i decided on the millenium Sydney to New Zealand for our cruise in November 2008. We read all the reviews we could find and found them a little daunting about the ship needing re -furbishing. I found it exact opposite it was very clean and bright all staff were extremely helpfull and happy to serve. The ship was fully booked and had 2000 passengers although the only time you felt a little crowded was the lifeboat drill and disembarking. All other times because the ship is so large there was never any signs of over crowding. Food was scrumptious and varied to cover all tastes and plenty of great activity to work it off. Passengers were of many nations great to learn about other cultures. Definately cruise again with Celebrity. Food was varied to cover all tastes and very fresh. Coffee was lousy if you can take your own. Very clean and comfortable I had a balcony which was valuable when going throudh Milford sounds and docking at each port. Breakfast on the balcony was very relaxing. They were very well organized and very interactive especially for singles to help mix and meet new people. Dunedin bus driver to Olverston House was terrible very boring and not very informative. The house itself was wonderfull and the staff and tour guide was brilliant. Needed more time at the Dunedin gardens for leisurely walk and to take pictures and take it all in. Christchurch centre is worth taking a few hours to look around if time permits. Wellington wasn't as windy as everyone had predicted absolutely beautiful place and extremly clean. Maori village in Tauranga was definately worth seeing we were all involved in their welcoming and such beautifull people. Our tour guide Julie was very professional and informative taught us to sing a local song. Auckland sky walk was a real buzz if your game!!! Only wish we had more days at each port to see more. Had an absolute ball from Olympic Restaurant where I was treated like a queen such brilliant service definitely worth the extra money to have a meal there. To the whirlpool swim in the late evening and the fabulous cocktails to sip by the pool in the day. Daytime was filled with lectures of coming cities and tours or comedy shows. Night life was filled with diferent bars, music, the cinema or theatre shows and dancing all superb. The gentle rocking of the ship sent me to sleep all ready for another day. So much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it.

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