by Sue Peavey
February 3, 2002
My husband Charlie, and I flew to Ft. Lauderdale the day prior and stayed at the Sheraton Yankee Trader on Ft. Lauderdale beach. It was heaven, flying down from cold and damp New England to the sunny and warm 85 degree temperatures. We had dinner that evening at Shula's Steakhouse which is located in the hotel. What a marvelous way to start a great vacation! It was heaven!!
Sunday, we took a cab to the pier at 10:00 am, checked our bags and waited for boarding which began promptly at 10:45 (we are Captains Club Members).
The ship is gorgeous! We stashed our carry on bags in our Category 1A cabin (9100) on the Sky Deck (which had the famous overhang, but, not a problem) and began to explore the ship.
The Champagne Bar and Martini Bar are located on opposite sides of the same wall. We spent many hours at both, and it was wonderful. Please note that the side of the ship on which the Champagne Bar is located is the smoking side, and this area got quite stuffy and smoky during some periods, hence we moved over to the Martini side. We also spent some time in Michaels Club, which is the Cigar Bar. They have wonderful ventilation there, so the smoke did not bother me too much. The dining room was wonderful, the food is really quite spectacular. I ate meat every night which is not my normal habit, but, it was so darn good! Our table mates were wonderful, a nice mix of people. We also had high tea one day in the main dining room which is not to be missed. They have lovely finger sandwiches along with desserts. Dress is semi formal, but men do not have to wear a tie, only a jacket. We have been cruising for a few years now, and opted to skip the shows, but, we heard the entertainment was top notch.
The pool area is quite large, we always got a lounge chair. There is ample room for shade seekers. They have hamburgers, and hotdogs at the pool grille at noon and wonderful pizza at 3 pm. The promenade deck was wonderful for sitting and reading a book. The chairs on this deck are padded, but, do not recline, so occasional napping is hard. The Thellassophy (sp) pool was a wonderful, quiet haven. The best kept secret on the Millie is the little grille located behind the "T" pool. They serve low calorie, low cholesterol meals there that were to die for. So flavorful!!! We ate our breakfast and lunch there. One lunch was sushi, another was a Chinese noodle dish. YUMMY!!
Our stops were San Juan, Catalina (their private island), St Thomas (St John) and Nassau. We stayed on the ship for the first two, but, in St. Thomas, took the ferry over from Red Hook to St. Johns where we went to Trunk Bay and Maho Bay, two truly beautiful beaches which are paradise on earth. In Nassau, we took a ship excursion over to Atlantis Resort. It was wonderful, the resort is awesome, and their underground aquarium is not to be missed.
We had a few portraits taken by Tommy, the best photographer on Millie. He really knew about shadows, angles and such. He was a perfectionist.
Disembarkation: We are Captains Club members, so we are first off the ship which as around 8:30 am. We were in the security line at FLL at 9:00 am and on our flight at 11:00 am back to Boston.
What a wonderful trip, we are booked on the Constellation next Feb. 2003 for her Southern Caribbean route. We always travel alone, its fun meeting couples that share the same love of cruising, and we did meet many fine people on Millie.
If you have any questions regarding the Millie please feel free to write.Sue