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Celebrity Cruises aboard the Millennium
Above: Celebrity Cruise Lines Millennium Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service: 2000
Guest capacity: 1,950
Total staff: 999
Length: 965 feet
Passenger decks: 11
CDC inspection score: 99

Millennium Overview

The Millennium cruise ship departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Caribbean and South America.

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A trendsetter when it was launched in 2000, Millennium was the first ship to have glass-walled exterior elevators, a super spa and a music library. The first of a new class of vessel -- faster and larger, but still able to sail through the Panama Canal -- she represents a new chapter for Celebrity.

Among other firsts that Millennium has clocked for Celebrity include incorporation of a gas propulsion technology that reduces emissions, noise and vibrations and enables it to cruise at 24 knots. The ship can reach more destinations in less time. However, another innovation has been somewhat less successful. The first ship ever to use a "mermaid pod propulsion system," Millennium, along with Infinity, Summit and Constellation, has suffered from repeated breakdowns of the unit -- and resulted in cruise cancellations. Celebrity Cruises has taken the unusual step of filing a $300 million lawsuit against the mermaid pod creators. In the meantime, the company has assured travelers that the breakdowns represent no safety hazard and will continue to offer generous compensation to passengers whose cruises are cancelled or interrupted as a result of the balky system.

Ultimately, this ship is a good choice for all types of cruisers. Highlights include the cuisine of a Michelin-starred chef, elegant public rooms, museum-quality art, top-notch entertainment and lavish suites.


Of nine types of staterooms and suites, a good choice is an Ocean View Stateroom (categories 4-8). At 170 sq. ft., these cabins offer panoramic windows, sitting areas with sofa beds, and two convertible beds. Eighty percent of the accommodations have ocean-views; 74 percent of those with verandas. A veranda is great in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, but may be too cold in northern Europe. Balconied cabins include a Premium Ocean View Stateroom with Veranda (categories 1A-1C) measuring 191 sq. ft. with 41 sq. ft. veranda, sliding glass doors, sitting area with sofa bed and two convertible beds.

Other balcony cabins include Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Veranda (categories 2A-2C; 170 sq. ft. with 38 sq. ft. veranda) and Large Ocean-View Stateroom with Veranda (category 3; 271 sq. ft. with 242 sq. ft. veranda). Four kinds of suites include palatial Penthouses (1,432 sq. ft. with 1,098 sq. ft. veranda), Royal Suites (538 sq. ft. plus 195 sq. ft. veranda), Celebrity Suites (467 sq. ft. with floor-to-ceiling windows) and Sky Suites (251 sq. ft. plus 57 sq. ft. veranda). Suites include butler service. However, if your budget allows for only modest accommodations, Inside Staterooms (categories 9-12) aren't too shabby. They are 170 sq. ft., with similar layout as the Ocean View Staterooms, but windowless. All cabins offer interactive TV's, mini-bar, safe, voice mail and hairdryer.


The two-level Metropolitan Restaurant offers panoramic views and feature cuisine of of a Michelin-starred chef, Master Chef Michel Roux. Lean and light selections are offered and special diets are available (request at least 15 days before sailing). The service, by a European-trained staff, is attentive. A quintet entertains. The Olympic, a 134-seat alternative restaurant (fee is $30 per person) with Edwardian decor, is highlighted by the original paneling from the premier restaurant on the classic liner Olympic, sister of the Titanic. It offers a demonstration kitchen, dine-in wine cellar, and tableside cooking of dishes such as Caesar salad, steak Diane and crepes Suzette. Reserve early! The outdoor-indoor Ocean Cafe offers buffet-style breakfasts and lunches and the no-fee Ocean Grill offers casual dinners of steaks, rotisserie chicken and salmon with waiter service. Other food treats include Elegant Tea, themed buffets, and Gourmet Bites (tempura, mini-empanadas, etc.) at midnight. Complimentary 24-hour room service includes sandwiches, boxed gourmet pizzas, salads and desserts (guests can also order from dining room menus during meal hours).


Options include Broadway-style revues and an interactive game show in the Greek-style Celebrity Theater; first-run movies; CDs in Notes music library; disco in Cosmos; and a night-cap in one of the lounges. Extreme Sports is popular and so is the Fortunes Casino featuring 228 slots and 13 tables for blackjack, roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker and dice.

Fitness & Recreation

The Riviera on Resort Deck is a hedonistic spot with two pools, four whirlpools, two bars, outdoor grill, bandstand, dance floor, sun shop, and access to the Ocean Cafe & Grill. Considered one of the best spas afloat, the 25,000 sq. ft. Elemis AquaSpa offers a free hydropool in a glass-domed conservatory setting. Facilities include 16 treatment rooms (for hot stone and other first-at-sea therapies), sauna, steam, a cafe, an ocean-view gym. The gym includes aerobics and 50 pieces of cardiovascular and resistance equipment. Other facilities include a jogging track, volleyball, basketball, paddle tennis, and golf simulator. Celebrity has enhanced its daytime recreational programs to include enrichment lectures and folkloric groups from ashore. Computer clinics are available for $59 an hour.

Public Areas

The Grand Foyer has glass-walled exterior elevators that offer ocean views. The Cova Cafe offers cappuccinos, chocolates and music by a harpist. The Rendezvous Lounge on Promenade Deck is the preferred place for pre-dinner cocktails. It has comfortable seating, music for dancing, and leads to the lower level of the Metropolitan Restaurant. One deck above is the Platinum Club. It houses Celebrity's Martini Bar and Champagne Bar with a caviar display - and overlooks the Rendezvous' dance floor/stage. Extreme Sports, Celebrity's first-ever sports lounge, features sports-themed art and big-screen TV's. Intimate spaces include The Tower, a lounging area with sea views and a conservatory ambience. Online@CelebrityCruises is the line's first Internet Cafe with 18 individual stations; the basic fee is 95 cents a minute. There is no self-service launderette (laundry and dry-cleaning available for a fee).


There are free, supervised activities for four age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-17. All participants 3-10 must be signed-in/out of the Fun Factory club by a parent/guardian. Each child wears a wristband for identification. Parents' Night Out is on formal nights with free babysitting; counselors take the children to a pizza party. Limited private babysitting is $8 per hour per family (maximum two children). Make arrangements onboard through Guest Relations or Stateroom Services. Group babysitting for children ages 3-12 from 10pm to 1am is $3 per hour for one child, $5 per hour for two or more children from the same family. Teenagers have their own club.

Expert Millennium reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Millennium cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Millennium Score: 99

Cruise Critic: Millennium
The Cruise Critic gives Celebrity's Millennium a 3-ribbon rating.

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