Sail Date: December 01, 2008 Ship: Celebrity Century Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Family (young children) Reviewed: 9 years ago
Our time spent on Century in early 2007 was SO great, we booked it again this past December! The 35 million dollars Royal Caribbean spent on her refurbishment shines throughout every corner of the ship. The staff goes the extra-mile to see to it that your every request is not only met on time, but above your expectations. Whether enjoying Sushi on the Aft-Deck Bar/Restaurant area after a day in-port, enjoying the string-quartet after dinner, hitting the Disco or taking in a show, there isn't one thing I would say Celebrity should change about their hospitality on the Century... it is that RELAXING! If you want more JUMP in your step when cruising, I would recommend their Big Sister, Royal Caribbean. If you want luxury, pampering, and a true experience out of the ordinary, there is no better value than Celebrity Century if you can't take more than a 4 or 5-night vacation. While our 10 year-old does prefer the Royal Caribbean Kid's Program a little more than Celebrity's, the staff on this ship truly goes out of their way to please even the youngest of the young 16 hours a day! Have no fear booking a voyage on this ship. As an experienced cruise-a-holic with almost two dozen voyages under my belt traveling on more than a half-dozen cruiselines, I know what I'm talking about!
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Not to be out-done by other aspects of hospitality on-board, Century's dining facilities are also a step up over their Parent-Line Royal Caribbean. Whether dining in the Garden Cafe, the Main Dining Room or a specialty restaurant, you will not be disappointed!
5 out of 5
This too is what I think sets Celebrity apart from much of their competition. As soon as you are welcomed aboard, you are greeted with "White Glove" treatment, Champagne, (Shirley Temples for the kiddies) and escorted to your cabin while strings play in the centrum of the ship. Once the staff-member places your belongings in your closets, you are provided with the schedule of Events laying out all the entertainment from the Top-Deck Calipso Bands, to Jazz-Quartets, to Piano-Bar, Stageshow, Bingo, Disco, Casino and more for the remainder of the day (and night). Whether you like Big-Band, Rock-n-Roll, Jazz or Disco, there is always something going on somewhere on the ship; upto 2AM! (Later in the Disco!!!) If cooking up a storm in the kitchen is your bag, be on the lookout for the Executive Chefs to provide some great lessons on food-prep. Ever wanted to learn how do do an Ice Carving? Well, now you can! Take in an art-auction, or drop the kids at the Arts and Crafts class while at sea.
3 out of 5
While not as good as Royal Caribbean, your offspring from the ages of 3 to 17 will find more than enough things, and fellow-cruisers their own age to have plenty of fun with; all while under the supervision of certified educational and athletic professionals.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
As stated earlier in this review; whether it were being welcomed aboard by the Senior Officers and staff, passing a cabin-steward in a hallway, being seated for dinner, or even brushing up against one of the entertainers on-board during the day, there was never a time while on Century that any member of my family wasn't greeted with a smile, and a question of how they could make our experience with them even better.
5 out of 5
While dwarfed by today's standards of the "cities @ sea" like the Freedom-Class or Solstice-Class SUPER-Liners, you will find plenty to do on Century. She has sleek, modern lines both inside and out, and is easy to navigate through. The main restaurant is elegant, and the wait-staff is top-notch. Signs and diagrams of the ship are posted everywhere, so finding out how to get from one spot of the ship to another is simple to do.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Although this is an older ship (1995) by today's standard, it is only now that the newest ships in all the cruiselines are catching up to the square footage space that Century offers in her cabins. You will find it easy to move around in your cabin, even if you are a family of three or four. The same holds true in the bathroom of your cabin. The Century-Class ships were largely responsible for changing the industry's thinking when it came to designing more comfort into the cruising experience
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