Celebrity Century Cruise Review
We're in our mid-30s and went on this cruise with our kids and our parents. Overall we found an enthusiastic and friendly staff though a poorly designed ship filled with cranky elderly people. We felt like captives of a pervasive marketing campaign: wherever we turned Celebrity was after more money.The good:* The staff did their best. They were, for the most part, enthusiastic and fun.* Kid's Club, the program for kids, was especially well run.* The food was yummy. The baked caprese salad, gravlox filled with smoked trout and never-ending food for kids, (a nod to the enthusiasm of my five-year-old) were great. Our waiters were great, though we saw others who weren't. We were at the early seating and felt rushed.* Our cabin was consistently kept clean, had lots of cabin space and a nice shower.* The spa. I got a great haircut for $25! My wife liked it so much she got one too, but it cost more.* The evening shows were silly, but fun.The bad:* The ship design created a wind tunnel making the running deck unusable (I could lean forward into the wind and not fall down!) and the swimming deck resemble a typhoon. I had to clarify with staff members that the pool didn't have a wave machine in it.* The hot-tubs were cold and the pools arctic (our cruise was in December but we were in the Caribbean).* Two of the treadmills in the gym were broken the entire week of our cruise. Others used a reservation system where people would "reserve" treadmills, then not show up: they should switch to a system like gyms use with a line. * There was little to do.* Drinks were expensive, uncreative and weak. Come on Celebrity: at those prices, you might as well leave us hammered.* Things were overwhelmingly geared for the over 75 crowd. Many were cranky and needy: they didn't seem to care that we were also on vacation.* Visits to most ports were too short and arrived late. We were two hours into Nassau for a five-hour visit into Nassau then the infirmed (a sizeable group on this ship!) were allowed off first creating a giant backup and wasting another 45 minutes. Our visit to San Juan was a total waste: we got there after dark with everything closed. St. Martin and St. Thomas were great, though too short. (hint: skip the cruise and fly to either of these places and stay for a week).* Our TV never did work. Every time I'd try to use the "in-room entertainment system" it was broken, though since I was on a cruise I decided it wasn't too important. For TV-heads and in-room entertainment junkies though, be aware you might be without.* The game-room hours. They locked-up all their games -- even checkers -- after a brief time. You couldn't use a ship checkers game at night. Tip: bring your own games if you want to play them which you will 'cause there's not much else to do.* Instructions were confusing. We brought wine that Celebrity told us could be uncorked for $6/bottle. When we arrived to disembark we were given handouts saying they wouldn't allow this. However, now only did they ignore these same handouts but delivered our wine to our room (where we brought it, without problem, to dinner and had it uncorked at much lower prices than buying it on-ship would have cost). Also: get a passport for your kids, though Celebrity says it isn't necessary (it isn't, but not having one is a hassle).Summary: the Century is apptly named. If you haven't lived about a century you should choose a different ship.