Unexpected Expenses

Celebrity Century Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Sail Date: February 01, 2010
Ship: Celebrity Century
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago

I had not cruised for 15 years. There were a lot of changes in that time. We ended up with several thousand dollars in extra charges from what we first thought the trip would cost. The automatic gratuities and charge for every beverage were the most surprising and disturbing to us. Absolutely everything you do gets a gratuity charge added on, plus there is a $11.50 per person, per day automatic charge. It really makes that initial price that is advertised, not as attractive. If you are inexperienced at cruising, as we were, it is an unexpected item. There are a few activities on the boat, but they all revolve around selling something to us. Plan to spend at least $500-1,000 more than the amount you sign up for. I like being busy on a vacation and I was very bored for most of the trip. We spent a lot of time in lines too. The bartenders and staff behind food counters move very slowly. The Grand dining service (Ajay) was excellent. The ship was very clean. Warning: there is only one outlet in the entire room, it is in a location that you cannot plug in a cell phone charger and there are none in the bathroom. We spent money on a cab to a hardware store at our first shore excursion in Key West and bought an extension cord with multiple outlets. Then we tripped over it for the rest of our vacation. (we had a Stateroom with a balcony which is not the cheapest room by no means).

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The food in the Grand Dining which is included (except beverages) was the only food that was good. It was in fact excellent. The Murano was also good, but not that different from the Grand Dining - so save the extra $ 35.00 per person if you not a gourmet who likes duck liver, etc. The buffet lines were slow, cold and dried out. There were very few fruit and vegetable options that were appealing


1 out of 5
There was very little entertainment. The evening shows were very good. Everything else is designed to be a sales pitch to get you to open up your wallet. I was very bored!

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
The staff was very friendly and always said hello to us whenever we walked in the halls. I used the spa several times, and the staff there was very unhappy with their jobs. They work from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. or later depending on the day. They seemed very worn out. The person I used commented that she had been there the longest which was 4 months.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
The public areas were clean and well decorated. There are about 1/2 the amount of deck chairs required for the guests. They said you should not save a chair, but they were all saved by 8:00 a.m. by people who did not come back until after 1:00 p.m. There are very few activities that do not cost extra, so be sure to get a deck chair if you do not like to gamble or plan to stay in your room.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
The fabric on the furniture in the room was dirty and worn. The room had only one inaccessible outlet. The deck always had a pool of dirty water to wade through and it did not rain on our trip. There was a drain at the highest point on the deck floor that was clogged with junk. There are very few TV stations to select from. The mattress on the bed was thin and had a spring that would make a loud noise whenever we got up from the bed. Make sure you iron before you leave, as there are no irons allowed in the room and it costs to send it out

Pros: Service in the Grand Dining

Cons: Everything else

Recommends Celebrity Century? No.

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