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Celebrity Century Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


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Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 17, 2008
Ship: Celebrity Century
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
This was our first cruise-family of 5 (3 teenagers). Everything was problem free from the booking of the cruise to boarding, excursions, and disembarkation. We had one room with a balcony and one inside stateroom. The room with a balcony was a huge plus. Used it everyday for breakfast, enjoyed catching some rays while reading during the days at sea when the pool deck was too crowded and noisy. There was plenty of storage space for our clothing and cosmetics. The rooms were large enough. We didn't have any difficulty maneuvering around the ship and finding the different activities. Our stateroom attendant, Marino, met our needs before we even knew what they were. Our room was also tidied, fresh ice and water, clean towels were placed every time we left the room. We dined in the main dining room every evening. Alexander was our waiter and Roy our assistant waiter. What an experience. Exceptional service that was personalized more as the cruise went on. Wish we could have fit them in our suitcase to bring back home!! Everyone on the ship works long hours but somehow each morning have a smile on their faces. The Aqua Spa workers, Helema, Teresa had such a genuine gentlessness, kindness and sincerity about them that is missing in much of humankind these days. They made my experience in the Spa wonderful and I am better for having them be my clinicians on this cruise.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Had the opportunity to try many different types of food we probably wouldn't have tried in a restuarant. My son was the most experimental. He tried escargot, lamb, liver pate, etc. We all tried some cold soups, different salad greens. The presentation was exceptional even though we didn't particularly care to try some of the dishes again. All in all, we left the table "sated". Our waiter Alexander and his assistant, Roy added to our dining pleasure. You have a treasure in those two employees.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the comedy show and also the magic show. We enjoyed the art auction and, of course, the champaign.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Our teenagers (14-16-18) had a little more difficulty with activities. Even though there were alot of activities planned for "teenagers" they found alot of the other kids a little bit loud and non respectful while participating in the activities. Only one table tennis area. All in all though, they had a great time and said we should have gone on a longer cruise.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Your staff put in very long hours, work hard, but also mad a smile on their faces or a pleasant greeting no matter what time of the day or evening.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We opted for the smaller Century ship. Didn't get lost which was a plus. Easy accessibility. Didn't like walking through the casino with all the smoke to get to the theater.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Bed very comfortable. Had a room with a balcony with table and chairs. Wouldn't do another cruise without having one. Water pressure in the shower was very good, water always hot. Always had plenty of clean washcloths and towels thanks to Marino.
3 out of 5
Too many cruise ships docked at the same time which of course made the town crowded. 3 of our family went scuba diving, while my daughter and I took the submarine tour which was awesome. Saw alot of underwater habitat-was skeptical beforehand-was very clear visibility and was colorful.
3 out of 5
The town was very pretty, however, the streets were very crowded. It seemed like there was a bar, a jewelry store, a bar, a place to eat, another bar, another jewelry store, over and over again on each street. Did make a jewelry purchase-great deals. We did visit Ripley's. We enjoyed just walking on the side streets and looking at the beautiful architect. Food was great.

Pros: Ease and no-worries

Cons: Pool area too small

Recommends Celebrity Century? Yes!

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