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08/22/2011 03:36 pm ET Updated 4 days ago

The Celebrity Millennium: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Celebrity Millennium is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Celebrity Millennium.

Destination

The Celebrity Millennium currently sails to Alaska. The ship will complete its Alaskan schedule at the end of 2011. Then the ship will sail through the Panama Canal and dock in Miami. There, the ship will undergo refurbishment before re-emerging in 2012. Then, the Millennium will take passengers to Asia and the South Pacific.

Grand Ship

The first of Celebrity's Millennium-class ships, the Millennium is the largest and most luxurious ship in the cruise line's fleet. It is 105 feet wide, making it one of the largest ships capable of sailing through the Panama Canal's locks, which are 106 feet wide.

Special Features

In addition to a casino and library, the Celebrity Millennium has an onboard conservatory. This shipboard garden was designed by Emilio Robba. The Millennium's main dining room, RMS Olympic, was designed to take diners back to the golden era of passenger ships. The AquaSpa, the Millennium's onboard spa, pampers guests with a wide variety of relaxing treatments.

Accommodations

Interior and oceanview staterooms on the Celebrity Millennium are similar to its deluxe oceanview staterooms, with the exception that the deluxe comes with a veranda or balcony. The family oceanview cabin is almost double the square footage of a regular stateroom. In addition, the family stateroom offers a large private veranda.

Cost

The wide range of cruises means an equally wide range of prices. Celebrity Millennium passengers can take a two-night Bahamas cruise for as little as $199 per person for an interior cabin and $499 for a suite before the ship is refurbished. However, a 20-night cruise to the South Pacific after the Millennium is refurbished will run $2,299 per person for an interior cabin, and $7,799 for a suite. Check Celebrity's specials page on its website for cruise deals.

Excursions

Celebrity Millennium passengers recommended the helicopter trip in Skagway, Alaska, as a good value for the money. One passenger also recommended the Mendenhall Glacier trip. Another passenger was impressed with the five-day Anchorage excursion that Celebrity offers.

Dining Experience

The Celebrity Millennium's main restaurant, RMS Olympic, is styled after the sister ship of the ill-fated Titanic. The dining room offers two seatings. In addition, the ship has another specialty restaurant that prepares meals tableside. This restaurant requires a special reservation and will cost extra.

Maiden Voyage

The Celebrity Millennium was launched on June 17, 2000. The launch signaled more than just the beginning of the line's new Millennium-class ships. The Millennium also pioneered combined steam and gas turbines that are more efficient than traditional turbines.

In The News

The Seattle Times reported an outbreak of norovirus onboard the Millennium in March 2010. CBS reported that a female passenger jumped overboard in May 2011.

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