My wife and I and another couple ...ages late 40s to early 60s, did our first seven day cruise.After much online research, we settled on the Celebrity Century and it turned out to be an excellent choice.EMBARKATION was a breeze. We drove to the terminal, dropped off our bags, then left the car in the nearby parking garage for $10 a day.Ariving early is the key to painless check-in. We arrived around 12 and were in our rooms 40 minutes later and had the whole afternoon to explore the ship.The ship is beautiful and immaculate...cleaning was an ongoing process.STATEROOMS were always clean. We had an oceanview forward on the Penthouse deck and really enjoyed it. Excellent storage, large shower and always hot water. Hairdryers aren't too powerful though.SERVICE was perfect. The staff was professional and fun. At any meal, the wait staff was always having a good time with guests. They seemed to enjoy their jobs.FOOD was very good, perhaps a bit too continental for our taste, but the selection gave you enough choices. And if you wanted something not on the menu, for example, shrimp cocktail, you just had to ask and it appeared. The Grand Midnight Buffet was mindboggling ...don't miss it ..it's on Thursday night.Lots of wind on the upper decks ...on one day, with a 20-knot steaming speed and a 35- knot wind, it was fun to watch the joggers come around the top deck and get blasted by a 55-knot wind. There were two pools and four hot tubs, but get there early to get the deck chair that you want.ENTERTAINMENT was good. There were several lounge trios or a piano player at the dinner in the Main Restaurant. There were three reviews with singers and dancers and also a solo singer (very good).DRESS: Many tuxes on the men but a lot of dark business suits on the formal nights. The ladies REALLY dressed for the formal nights.ITINERARY: We took the Eastern cruise from San Juan. Spent an hour or so at St. Thomas. There was excellent shopping there. I suggest you hire a taxi to see Magens Bay and Sapphire Bay -- beautiful water. St. Maartan. The Dutch side has good shopping. The French side has ...well ...the water was pretty. Nassau...just go directly to the Atlantis and spend a couple of hours there. It's awesome.LEAVING THE SHIP. Color coding and the luck of the draw determine when you leave. It took over three hours from the time we docked until we were off the ship. Getting our bags was easy because of the color coding, but getting to transportation was a test of patience.A note. Although the seas were not too rough, the ship noticably rocked and rolled, so bring seasick medicine as a precaution. Also, soft drink cans are almost $3.00 each. Bring some back from your shore excursions.OVERALL....... A solid 9 Embarkation 10Staterooms 9 Service 10Food 8Itinerary 8Debarkation 7We would definitely travel Celebrity again.JJR
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