Japan – Cruise Part 1

Yokohama


We finally arrived at the pier for our departure on Celebrity’s Millennium. It was a beautiful day and was hard to believe that only last night typhoon Trami passed to our west. Since the Millennium held over 2,000 passengers it took quite a while to go through the check-in process. Passengers were all telling stories of where they were during the typhoon. 

We were very pleased with our cabin. Our verandah is larger than most as we were forward on the ship, which we prefer for more quiet and less engine vibration. Surprisingly our cabin was much larger than our Azamara one with much more storage and a larger bathroom. One unique thing about Celebrity ships is that they have an official Apple store onboard. They also offer classes in their lab/internet lounge. 
Since the ship is fairly large (tall) and we needed to pass under the Yokohama bridge the captain needed to plan our departure with the tide so he would have enough clearance. As it was, the Millennium cleared the bridge with not a lot of room. 

Looking back we got a clear view of the evasive Mt. Fuji as the sun was setting. There weren’t a lot of passengers on deck because it was so windy. 

The departure built up a great thirst and so we decided to try the Martini bar. Oh man, we found our hang out on the ship! The bar tenders at the Martini Bar are crazy performers. Always a crowd partaking in the bar tenders juggling, balancing and bottles and shakers flying in every direction. The martini menu was massive, but the bar tenders once they got to know you would concoct all kinds of martinis for you. The frozen surface of the bar was a pretty cool  touch. 

Here’s our original itinerary pre-typhoon Trami:
Because we departed a day late, the captain changed the itinerary and we by-passed Shimizu (Mt. Fuji) and Kobe would be our first stop… arriving on the same day but late in the afternoon. With the omission of the port of Shimizu we would be back on our cruise itinerary. 
We were very disappointed to miss out on the Mt. Fuji stop. We had booked an excellent shore excursion a long time in advance to make sure we didn’t miss out. The best laid plans aren’t exempt from typhoons. 
We spent the day at sea using the fitness center. I took a yoga class (nothing like what I get at home) but nice to try. The Millennium has an indoor adults only salt water therapy pool with side seating with jets that was also added to our daily onboard rituals. The therapy pool was followed by decadent coffees and treats at the Cafe al Bacio (another regular stop for us). 

See next post for Kobe, Japan