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Celebrity Millennium
Inaugural Caribbean Voyage
December 17 - 24, 2000

Embarkation

We booked our own airfare and flew from Dallas to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday morning. My first glimpse of the ship was from the airplane and her distinctive dark blue hull and large "X" are an amazing sight from the air. Celebrity's trademark "X" on the ship's funnel made her easy to pick out from the Costa Atlantica, Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas and the Grand Princess docked nearby. (The "X" is actually an uppercase rendition of the Greek letter "chi" as in Chandris, the family name of the founder of Celebrity Cruises.)

We took a cab to the pier at Port Everglades ($10 including tip) and arrived at the ship at about 1pm. There were no lines and we boarded quickly. Embarkation, though, had started at 10:30am this particular morning, as there were no passengers leaving from the previous cruise since the Millennium had just come out of dry dock. Women were given a white rose upon embarkation. All passengers were also given a hardback book describing the building of the Millennium - which was waiting for us in our stateroom.


View out the front windows from Cosmos nightclub on Deck 11