Celebrity Millennium Completes Revamp
Celebrity Cruises' Millennium has been 'Solsticised' - in time for its positioning voyages via Sydney in November. After a 3 week renovation in Miami, the 12-year-old, 91-000 tonne Celebrity Millennium comes away with new interiors, more bars and restaurants, additional balcony cabins and spa-inspired AquaClass suites.
Millennium is the fourth, and final, Millennium Class ship to undergo renovation, to retrofit the line's older vessels with the best features of Celebrity's newer Solstice class. Claimed as "the major enhancement" is the introduction of Celebrity's AquaClass category of staterooms, which offer balconies, exclusive and complimentary access to the Blu speciality restaurant, complimentary access to the Persian Garden and relaxation room in the AquaSpa, and in-room amenities such as bathrobes, slippers, toiletries, bottled water and teas.
Other new dining venues include Qsine, which presents its menu on an iPad; the Bistro on Five creperie; and Cafe al Bacio. And, for those with a sweet tooth, there is the new Gelateria to look forward to.
New drinking holes include the ice-topped Martini Bar and Cellarmasters wine bar, as well as the addition of 50 boutique beers to Michael's Club. Among other upgrades are the Celebrity iLounge, the "exhale" bedding program, and an expanded collection of original art.
Celebrity Millennium will return to Australia in November, for the first time since 2009, on its way to Asia for Celebrity's inaugural Asian season. Two one-way positioning cruises are available on the transformed ship: a 19-night Trans-Pacific sailing from Honolulu to Sydney; and a 17-night Australia and Asia cruise from Sydney to Singapore.
Celebrity Cruises will, for the first time ever, operate two vessels in Australasian waters in 2012-13, with Millennium joined by Solstice. "These ships continue to raise the bar for cruising down under with their elegant and modern design and innovative amenities," said Royal Caribbean's Adam Armstrong.
Source: Cruise Weekly, Thursday 17 May 2012.