Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review
January 20, 2013
by Dr. Joe Reynolds
departed from Monroe, Louisiana on January 15, 2013 via Delta
airlines. I had checked the price of using Delta all the way to
Singapore and found using Singapore out of LA was cheaper than Delta
all the way. We spent the night in Monroe on Jan 14th because of a
freeze and fear of iced over roads in the early morning. We spent
the night at LAX Marriott Courtyard and flew Singapore air to
Singapore on Wednesday January 16 via SX11 (stopped in Narita
Japan), and arrived in Singapore on January 18th at about 3:30 AM.
We arrived In Singapore at about 5:00 AM on Friday January 18th and
met up with our English friends that were already checked into the
Marina Mandarin hotel. We looked for another couple from Cruise
Critic at the hotel, but did not come across them until boarding.
While in Singapore I had a tailor made shirt and Vance had a jacket
made. We were allowed to check in around 8:00 AM on the 18th, a
pleasant surprise. We had dinner one night at the East Coast Seafood
Company, a cab ride toward the airport. One night ate at Ruth Chris
steakhouse in the hotel.
On Friday, we visited the Marina Sands hotel an Eight Billion
project which is a new hotel on the Marina in Singapore,
Unfortunately it rained all day on Saturday so we just made our way
over to the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel to meet up with other
Cruise Critic members. While there my LSU hat attracted a lawyer
from Vacherie, La and we chatted awhile regarding mutual friends.
We boarded the Millennium on Sunday around 12 noon and our Penthouse
Suite was ready about 1:00 PM. The concierge Jennifer (Jenny)
Knights from England was superb in making arrangements for us
throughout the cruise. Our 74 group for the Komodo island tour were
in the first tender off the ship thanks to Jenny.
Monday we were in Singapore, but elected to stay aboard and enjoy
Tuesday we were at sea and ate with the Staff Cabin at the late
dining for the first formal night.
Wednesday we were at sea and ate at the Olympic Restaurant in the
wine room which is nice, but it tends to be a little warm, so be
Thursday Jan 24 Bali. We were scheduled to visit Lombok, but the
captain stated that Indonesian officials were making it difficult to
remain on our schedule so the captain changed the schedule and
sailed to Bali arriving much earlier than previously scheduled and
on a different day. We all had to change our previously scheduled
private tours. When we arrived in Bali, we just took a cab tour to
Denpasar, the capital of Bali, visited a market, then stopped at the
Batik factory and bought some beautiful shirts and many very
reasonably priced gifts. When we returned to the dock we did not go
back to the ship, but waited around for 30 minutes to go on our
previously arranged Tanah Lot Pan Pacific Sunset dinner tour. We
used PT.BEWISH INTERNATIONAL TOUR CO. We visited the Taman Ayun
temple used by Hindu people. We visited Alas Kedaton (Monkey forest)
which had monkeys just running all around free and many huge winged
bats in the area. Tanah Lot temple (A Hindu Temple) was viewed from
a distance since the sun did not co-operate for a beautiful sunset.
We ended up eating at the Pan Pacific hotel in Bali We had a
beautiful view of the sea. We returned to the ship 12 hours after we
left so it was a long day.
Friday we were still in Bali, but it rained so we did not go on a
tour. I went ashore to just buy from the locals that were giving the
hard sell on the previous day when I didn’t have time to work with
Saturday we arrived at Komodo Island and met our tour group with 74
of us that Art had arranged. Everything worked fine in spite of the
change of venue. We received everything that was promised. We
visited the village for a few minutes and then the pink beach and
had lunch on board our little boat.
Sunday we went to Lombok (originally scheduled for Thursday) and did
our private tour with Jane’s arrangements. Visited the Lembar
Harbor, the Sukarara village where weaving is done, Sengigi Beach,
the Batu Balong Temple and the Banyu Mulek village. We had a very
good fried shrimp dinner included in trip cost. We did drive to
Mataram city and visited a Mayura floating Pavilion.
Monday we were at sea and enjoyed some Joker Poker games.
Tuesday we were at sea and ate in the Q-sine Restaurant which was a
Wednesday, Jan 30 we docked at Port Klang to go to Kuala Lumpur via
a private tour arranged by Eileen. We went to the Batu Caves, but
276 steps was too much for us. Made a photo stop to take a picture
of the PETRONAS Towers, and went up in the KL tower, and then to the
Central Market and had a nice meal and did some shopping visiting
Thursday, Jan 31 we toured Penang, Malaysia via a private tour run
by Kimmy. We landed in Georgetown and then visited the Kek Loksi
Temple and the Funicular. We drove through Little India, drove up
Penang Hill and came down on a funicular. We past Kapital Keling
Mosque and St. George church but did not get to the Botanical
Friday, Feb 1 was a tour of Phuket, Thailand arranged by Art which
was very good. Phuket is approximately the size of Singapore and is
Thailand’s largest island. We cruised on a Chinese Junk, the JUNE
BATHRA to James Bond Island (KoTapu or Nail Island) ($6 fee to stop
on the island) We cruised in the beautiful Phang Nga Bay. We had to
transfer to a long tail boat for a wet ride to Ko Tapu and also to
the Sea Gypsy Village. This island became famous from the 1974 Bond
film “The Man with the Golden Gun” starring Roger Moore and
Christopher Lee (Scaramanga). As we made our way back from a long
day we noticed how active the downtown area of Phuket was. This
Friday night we were invited again to the Captain’s table for a
Saturday was a day at Sea and we had to pack to disembark the next
day. It was an easy disembarkation and well organized and we toured
the Botanical Gardens in Singapore on the way to the airport where
we had plenty of time in the wonderful Singapore lounge to eat a
nice Buffett meal complimentary to guests on Singapore’s flight SQ38
nonstop to LAX. We spent the night at the LAX Marriott Courtyard and
flew home the next day.