March 30, 2003
My husband, myself, and three kids (ages 15,13,9) took our first cruise on the Millenium and enjoyed it tremendously. The cabins were great, kids had an inside with two single beds and a drop down bunk and we had a balcony room. The food is outstanding-we enjoyed the evening meal in the Metropolitan restaurant every evening.
The entertainment was good-kids liked the shows as well as us. Service was excellent. Only downside was having to get to the pool early to get a chair but I think that is common with most cruises. Also, this is probably not the most active nighttime crowd for both teens and s. For a first cruise we had a great time and we all are looking forward to another cruise. The convenience of seeing different ports and enjoying the ship just can't be beat. We went to four ports-Campo de Casa which was not really worth visiting except for the evening Latin Extravaganza show which was very entertaining. Next was San Juan where we visited the Rain Forest which was a pleasant outing.
Next time I would grab a cab and find a beach or do the city tour. We then visited St. Thomas and did the BOB outing (Breathing Observation Bubble) which was an enormous hit with all of us. It is a little pricey but so unique to be worth it. Plus the tour operators go out of their way to make sure you enjoy the experience. Last port was Nassau where we snorkeled on the SeaHorse outing. It was fun but the tour operators barely said a word to anyone on the boat which detracted from the experience a little. Make sure you take advantage of the photographers-they really do take wonderful photos and it is not that often that your whole family is dressed as they are on the formal nights.
Lastly, get your kids the beverage card-it saves you a few dollars. The ship is beautiful, the staff looks after you well, the itinerary is good-how can you go wrong? Our next cruise we are rounding up a few families and all going together which should be even more fun.