Our bathroom is very nice!
|Fullerton Bay Hotel Bathroom|
|Another photo of the room|
I considered going back to the pool but since it was nearly 9:00 am we went straight to breakfast. We activated our Do Not Disturb button on the door when we left.
|Do not disturb and housekeeping buttons|
Breakfast is served in the opulent Clifford room. It was not crowded and we were seated at a nice corner table.
|Clifford Breakfast area|
|Lovely display of breakfast items|
|Nice selection of Asian specialties|
The stores were mostly closed. It is amazing how late things get going in business oriented Singapore! The pharmacy would not open until 11:00 am so we went to look at one of the hair salons. It was open and they had both Shiseido and Kerastase products. I ended up with the Kerastase shampoo and conditioner. I even got to collect a gift with my purchase! It was a small nylon tote bag.
As we were leaving the shops more of them started to open. We met a gentleman who was traveling alone and cruising but not on our ship. He was Australian and said his wife passed away recently. He was looking for a sporting goods store to buy some clothes. We walked with him for about 5 minutes and then parted ways. We went to 7-Eleven and my mother purchased a pain reliever made in Hong Kong. We went back to the hotel and I left my purchases in the room.
|Fullerton Bay Hotel|
In order to get to the other side of river I needed to use the underpass from the Fullerton Bay to the Fullerton Hotel to get across the street. It was very easy!
Once in the ballroom area of the Fullerton Hotel I stopped to use the very nice restroom.
I went upstairs to The Fullerton Hotel and took a few photos before departing out the back door.
|Fullerton Hotel Lobby|
|Important Real Estate Developer|
I crossed the little pedestrian Cavenagh Bridge which was built in Glasgow and named after a Singapore Governor. The bridge opened in 1870 and is 260 feet long. There is still a sign on the bridge which forbids the passage of cattle and horses.
|No cattle or horses allowed|
|Asian Civilization Museum|
I walked by Parliament House which was built as a private mansion for Scottish merchants.
|Old Parliament House|
|Central Business District|
I next walked by more government buildings including the current Parliament.
The National Museum of Singapore was built by Sir Henry McCallum. A glass structure was added in 2008 which doubled the museum in size. The Rotunda Dome has 50 pieces of stained glass.
|Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles Landing site|
My final viewing spot was of St. Andrews Cathedral. This is one of the rare examples of English Gothic Revival architecture in Singapore. It was designed by Colonel Ronald MacPherson and built with convict labor. The first services were held in 1862.
|St. Andrews Cathedral|
|New building going up|
|View of the Singapore River|
|Crossing the bridge|
|Back at The Fullerton Hotel|
|Central Business District|
|Beautiful buildings across the river|
|Walking toward the Fullerton Bay Hotel|
|Fullerton Bay chandelier|
It was about a 10 minute drive to the cruise center. We almost had a near catastrophe though when exiting the taxi. The cruise center is built on a steep incline. The taxi drivers in Singapore do not get out to remove luggage. They remotely pop the trunk. My mother exited the vehicle and closed the door. I for some reason must of had a sixth sense about something going awry. I was holding on to the car door waiting for the driver to open the trunk. All of a sudden he started to speed away! I yelled STOP!! Luckily that worked and he pulled over. I can only imagine if he had left with all our luggage! I doubt he was interested in our clothing. I would like to believe the driver was just totally out of it but I am still debating that. I would advise anyone not to pay the driver until you have your belongings out of the trunk.
Boarding Celebrity Millennium
Crisis averted we walked into the Marina Bay Cruise Center and headed to the Celebrity Millennium. It was not crowded at all and we were able to board the ship in no time. While we were standing on the gangway there were several Celebrity staff running up and down demanding to collect our passports. It would have been much easier to do this in the cruise terminal. The crew seemed rather frantic about this and it seemed odd. We handed our passports over and received a ticket stub with out stateroom number on it. They were holding as many passports in their hands that they could hold and just running up an down the gangway.
We walked onto the ship and rolled our luggage to an empty elevator and went directly to our room on Deck 11. We are in one of the new Aquaclass staterooms (AQ 1141) that were added during the refurbishment in April 2012. The room did not appear new at all. It seemed so sparse and very basic. We do have a large balcony that overlooks the wake so that is one positive. This will be our sixth sailing on Celebrity. Our last Celebrity cruise was over a year and half ago on the Solstice. I think the Solstice and our most recent cruise on the Crystal Symphony have spoiled us. Perhaps we need to readjust our expectations for this cruise.
|Bathroom AQ 1141|
We unpacked and had plenty of space to put everything. I used the drawers in the desk and my mother utilized the closet. The shelves along the wall were also quite useful. We finished the unpacking and then decided to explore the ship. We went down to deck 3 where the Guest Relations is located and also the Olympic specialty restaurant.
The ship appeared to be in very good shape. The Millennium was launched in 2000. We have sailed on her sister ship the Constellation twice (last time being in 2006) and the Solstice twice. We also sailed on the Celebrity Century in 2008 for a Western Mediterranean cruise which we enjoyed very much.
Around 3:30 pm they announced that the Muster drill was to take place. We made our way to the Rendezvous Lounge on deck 4. It was very crowded when we arrived and was standing room only. After waiting about 30 minutes they started the drill. It was nice not to have to take our life vests with us. The drill was not as thorough as others we have done on Crystal or Princess. They just covered the basics with an audio description. I was glad when it was finally over.
We went back to our room to get ready for dinner. There were several announcements made. One was repeated a few times for the Park family to go to Guest Relations. Apparently they checked in yesterday but somehow ended up missing the ship! Another announcement was for those that had not turned in their passports to do so immediately. We were wondering why the ship was delayed departing. The missing Korean family and the passports explained it. Finally at around 5:00 pm we pulled away from the dock.
|Marina Bay Cruise Center|
|Departing Singapore with a view of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer|
Our balcony is quite large and being at the stern of the ship provided a great view of our sailaway. There are two lounge chairs, a padded lounger and a large table.
During our departure from the dock there was a bit of excitement. There was a large freighter that seemed to want to cross our path. It looked like a collision was possible. The Millennium suddenly picked up speed and cut the freighter off. We learned from the Captain the next day that this did present a problem and that he was on the phone with the other ship during this time. He told them he was going to cross their bow and then disappear! I am glad he handled it well.
We also found out that the reason for the late departure was because the Singapore authorities insisted on stamping each and every passport with a departure stamp. This seems reasonable so why Celebrity was unprepared for this is a mystery.
Those in Aquaclass staterooms have a private dining room called Blu. Guests in suites can also dine in Blu on a space available basis for $5 fee per person. We had enjoyed the food in Blu on the Solstice. I expected it would be similar on the Millennium.
We arrived at Blu around 7:30 pm. With the refurbishment and "solstilization" of the Millennium class ships, part of the main dining room was allocated to Blu. It was well done and seemed just the right size. We were seated next to a window at the last table in the back.
I started with an appetizer of goat cheese in a chili sauce. It was good but not fabulous.
My main course was beef which I usually don't order. It was kind of heavy which was surprising.
|Beef with potato|
I was able to save some room for desert as well.
We both checked email for about 5 minutes and then went back to room to collapse!
Tomorrow we will have a relaxing day at sea.