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Lordy Jun 15th, 2005 04:37 AM

Any tips / suggestions for quiet places / secret nooks etc on Millennium.
 
Hi there,
I am wondering if anyone can give me some suggestions about the Millennium. Where are the good spots to get the sun, read a book and relax, have a quiet drink etc.
We are taking a cruise in July ( beginning from Venice and finishing in Barcelona )
What are your must sees?
Any tips regarding food and drink?
Thanks in advance
Donna

( PS we have cruised with Holland America and Super Star cruises )

kfusto Jun 15th, 2005 05:20 AM

Post this on the Celebrity board at cruisecritic.com for good response.

Lordy Jun 16th, 2005 12:34 AM

Hi there,
for some reason, I am unable to access the boards section of cruise critics. Will try again at a later date.
Thanks
Donna

eeyore Jun 16th, 2005 06:48 AM

We took the Millenium when it first set sail. It is a great ship. I am trying to remember it all in great detail, which is hard but here's my best attempt:
There is a bar area on the back of the ship all wood tables and it is great, it can be busy but when you are leaving a port I found it's a great place to sit with a cocktail. We didn't find this location till later in our trip and I was sorry about that! also the spa is great. And there is heated pool (i think) and in teh early evening my mom and i would often go and relax there. Very quiet not many people around. I wish I could be of more help but those were the two things that stuck out in my mind! Have a great time!

juliaelzie Jun 16th, 2005 03:26 PM

Hi,

I like to sit on the upper sun decks on the back of the ship. For the first day, it is fun to explore the ship and check out doors at the front and back of the ship. There are some very neat little nooks on cruise ships.

Best Regards,
Julia

Lordy Jun 17th, 2005 04:59 AM

Thank you both for your suggestions.
Donna

anniemoll Jun 22nd, 2005 03:21 PM

We were on the Millennium in December of 2002. It was a wonderful cruise (our first) and with several thousand people on board we were always amazed that we could "get lost" if we wanted to. We chose not to dress up for any meal. My husband wears dress clothes every day to work and since this was a vacation a jacket and tie was not an option, or a problem. Some evenings we were the only ones in the jacquzi or pool. The casino was a fun treat. We also had a large corner balcony where we just went to hang out and read or look at the sea, it was great. There are several nice bar areas, with musicians. Again, with so many on board it is hard to imagine that you can still enjoy small groups of fellow passengers. We hope you have a great trip.

jeff135 Jun 28th, 2005 11:48 PM

My wife, son and I went on the same ship and itinerary last summer. We had a great time. If you're looking for a quiet place to enjoy the sun, the fourteenth deck (you'll need to walk up two decks beyond the last deck serviced by the elevator) is for topless sunning. It is very private and a place to get away from the crowded pool area. A great place to read a book or just have a quiet conversation or to grab a light breakfast is the patisserie (I think its on the fifth deck). The pastries are great. A wonderful place for a quiet drink is in the Rendezvous lounge shortly after the first dinner seating begins. After dinner, Michael's Club provides an intimate setting for an after dinner cocktail.

In Venice, take a vaporetti (a water bus) to Murano to see the unique glass designs. Enjoy dinner at one of the canal side restaurants by the Rialto Bridge. Not haute cuisine, but it gives you a great feel for the area. In Dubrovnik, take the walk on top of the wall surrounding the old city. It gives you a sense for the history of the area and the fortifications necessary to guard the city against potential conquerors. On Santorini, make sure you visit Io on the northern end of the island. It's where all the great pictures you see of Santorini are taken. A sunset cocktail in Fira on the edge of the caldera is a great way to end your visit to this beautiful island.

The first time we took a cruise that stopped in Naples, we toured Naples itself. In retrospect that was a mistake. This time we boarded a ferry for Capri immediately to the left of the pier where the ship docks. Capri is pedestrian only and allows you to browse leisurely through some of the top fashion boutiques along the bouganvilla lined promenades. Next time we'll pass on the sidetrip to Anacapri, a small city at the end of the island. From Capri we took another ferry to Sorrento. Perched on massive cliffs, we had a late afternoon snack in a cafe in the town center, where the staff happily poured complimentary limoncello, the local liquour, for all of us including our 16-year old son. You can then take another ferry directly back to the cruise ship.

In Livorno, its only a five minute walk to the train station. The ship docks at 7 am and there is a 7:40 train that takes you right to the Vatican. It will get you to the Vatican Museum before the line gets too long and well before the more expensive cruise line bus.

Villefranche is a cute little village with the train station a five minute walk from where the tenders let you off. In one direction the train will take you to Nice and Cannes, in the other direction is Monte Carlo. It may be a bit too ambitious for some, but we started off the morning walking the Promenade des Anglais in Nice with the Mediterranean on one side and classic architecture on the other. Then it was off on the train to Cannes for lunch and sunbathing in Cannes. While there is a free municipal beach in Cannes, I would recommend paying for one of the beach clubs that line the shore, renting a chaise and towel, and enjoying lunch at the club's beach restaurant. We returned to the ship to freshion up and put on evening clothes before taking the train into Monte Carlo. A stop at the Grand Casino is a must, although we found it stuffy and nothing like the casinos in Las Vega or Atlantic City. Try to get a curbside table at the bistro just outside the Grand Casino. It will provide a front row seat to view the rich and famous trying their luck at the casino.

Finally, in Barcelona, grab the double-decker tourist bus at the park at the top of Las Rambla. The cost is less than 20 euros and you can get off and on again as many times as you want. The bus will stop at all the major sites, as well as providing a narrative of numerous sites along the way (mostly Gaudi designed buildings). My son just came home from a trip to Europe with some of his freinds and found Barcelona the best city to tour (he was also in London, Ibiza and Paris) because of this bus.

If you have half as much fun as we did, you'll have a great trip. I don't think you could find a better itinerary.

jeff135 Jun 29th, 2005 07:03 AM

CORRECTION: The port for the train to Rome is Civitavechia, not Livorno. Sorry for the confusion.


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