So far we have taken eight cruise vacations on four different ships.
We began cruise vacations in 2006. That trip was a Mediterranean voyage on Celebrity Millennium. We followed that up with another Mediterranean voyage on Celebrity Solstice in 2009. We made a decision to go with smaller ships after that trip so in 2010 we took a Baltic cruise on Azamara Journey. It has become pretty much our home on the seas with us returning to the same ship in 2011 for a cruise centred around the Monaco Grand Prix followed by a British Isles cruise in 2012, an Asian cruise in 2013 and another Mediterranean voyage in 2016. We switched it up a bit for our most recent cruise in 2018 by taking a Mediterranean cruise on its sister ship Azamara Quest.
After five successive cruises on Azamara Journey we switched it up just a little bit by selecting its sister ship Azamara Quest for a Mediterranean cruise in 2018.
We selected this cruise based on itinerary and time of year, but once we made the choice we were pleased with the prospect of seeing what differences if any there may be between the two virtually identical ships.
What we did notice were subtle differences such as the art displayed on the ships but we found what sets them apart was the crew and staff - to us there was a different feel on the two ships. Interestingly, we did encounter crew and staff that we had seen previously on Azamara Journey.
For five successive cruises we sailed on Azamara Journey - one of three near identical ships owned and operated by Azamara.
It really has become so far our home on the seas. We first tried Azamara Journey in 2010 because we wanted to try a smaller ship after two cruises on larger vessels with Celebrity Cruises. We loved the experience on the smaller ship. It really did suit us better. When booking some of our subsequent cruises we had actually looked at some other cruise line options - but the combination of available itineraries and service that we knew and loved brought us back to booking again on Azamara Journey.
We had enjoyed our first cruise on Celebrity Millennium in 2006 so it was an easy choice to return to Celebrity Cruises when we were considering another Mediterranean cruise in 2009.
We were intrigued by a new class of ship that Celebrity were launching, called Solstice Class, that we considered was worth trying.
Not surprisingly, Celebrity Solstice is the flag ship of the class of five ships and was the first to launch with its maiden voyage on November 23, 2008. We thought it would be nice also to take a voyage in a ship that was so new.
With this being our first cruse we had no frame of reference as we travelled around the Mediterranean on Celebrity Millennium. It was actually just called Millennium at the time of our cruise with it being rebranded in 2008 as Celebrity Millennium when the Solstice class ships were introduced to the fleet.
Celebrity Millennium is a big ship (with a capacity of 1975 passengers at the time of our sailing) - but it did not seem overly big or crowded. Our overall impressions of the ship was good - it certainly had enough good facilities, services and choices to suit our taste.
We had a wonderful voyage on Celebrity Millennium and have very fond memories of our first cruise.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.