I would like to take a Mediterranean cruise this fall. I sailed on the Constellation last year to Northern Europe and it was simply awesome in the true sense of the word.
I am considering sailing on the Millenium but I have read e-mail from recent passengers who have complained the ship is looking a little ragged around the edges and in need of refurbishment. Century, a smaller older vessel, was just given an overhaul this spring. I am also considering Holland America which is a similar premium cruise line.
I liked the 14-day itinerary on Millenium leaving Venice on November 10, 2006, but what I have read of late gives me pause.
I would appreciate hearing about any recent experiences you have had on Millenium or suggestions you have on a Mediterranean cruise. Best,
I think you'd be happy on either the Century or on HAL. I've heard really good things about the virtual total overhaul of the Century, so I'm sure there will be no ragged edges. Just be aware that the Century is a smaller ship than the Constellation, and so may have a slightly different "feel".
In terms of Celebrity vs. HAL - I've been on both and think they're both excellent. If you can afford or get a deal on a HAL "Deluxe Verandah Suite" - the perks for suite passengers on HAL FAR outweigh the Concierge Class on Celebrity. Particularly if you're doing a longer cruise, the HAL suites/perks are well-appreciated.
My wife and I have cruised twice on the Constellation (7-day Caribbean) and loved it, once on HAL's Rotterdam (12-day South America) and loved it too.
I think either way you go (Celebrity Century vs. HAL) - you're going to have an AWESOME experience!!
I have to agree that you are in a "no lose" position. I recently cruise the Millennium in South America and did not feel that she was worn or in any way inferior to her past sailings. I am also going to sail the new Century in the Baltic and can't wait to review her. I just got off the Galaxy in the Med and she is showing signs of wear, but as I understand it, she is the next to go into drydock.
Best of luck on whatever you choose. Be sure to let us know how it goes.
In terms of Celebrity vs. HAL - I've been on both and think they're both excellent. If you can afford or get a deal on a HAL "Deluxe Verandah Suite" - the perks for suite passengers on HAL FAR outweigh the Concierge Class on Celebrity.
I couldn't agree more! Especially if you do the "real estate thing" and come up with a $ per sq foot, HAL has (I think) everybody beat. Heck, send out enough laundry and dry cleaning and you've made up the difference in no time! The only problem is once you sail in one of those fab suites - nothing else will do!
We just returned a few weeks ago from a Med cruise on the Millenium. I am not an experienced cruiser, but the ship and the services were definitely a notch or two lower than we experienced on a HAL Alaska cruise last year. That is despite the fact that we had rather undesirable cabins on the HAL ship (last minute booking and we were on the lowest deck in the back of the ship) and had large concierge level cabins on this trip. (Having a veranda is really nice, if that is an option for you.) Other than the veranda, I couldn't tell that we got any benefit from concierge class, except some inedible canapes that were sometimes delivered in the afternoon.
One more thing you might want to know about Millenium is that the communication services are not the best. We had spotty and very slow internet access -- a problem for us since we had intended to stay in frequent touch with caretakers for an elderly family member via email.
However, the ports were wonderful and that is really what the trip is about. You'll have a wonderful time, I'm sure, whichever ship you choose.
We also returned early July from a 12 night Med cruise on the Millenium. We had a regular outside room with verandah abd found it to be quite adequate. We are going on the same vessel in Jan. 07 and selected the concierge room; we'll see what the difference is, probably just a little larger with a few nicer ammenities. We had been onthe Galaxy in the past, as well as several other lines...Princess, Royal Carib, and Norweigan. The Milennium is pretty good shape, although a little refurbishing wold be nice. The service, food etc however was outstanding!
I agree with some others who felt that the internet service left a lot to be desired. It was very slow and pricy, even with having brought my own lap top computer along. A year or so earlier, I had my laptop on board a Royal Carib vessel and had unlimited access to the internet from my stateroom for around $120 the entire trip! (Not real fast, but it didn't matter; there was no clock running!)