4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: December 02, 2010 Ship: Celebrity Century Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
I guess that I had expected more from a Celebrity cruise and was disappointed. The cabin was adequate, nothing special, but we expected that. Food was "OK", but nothing spectacular. We learned later that the meals are the same no matter which Celebrity ship you sail on so glad we didn't pay more. Apparently, Corporate office decides the menu and the ship staff have to produce it. The dinner menu was all right but not great. Nightly options were steak and chicken which were ok. Best a la carte option I had was the Pork a la Moutarde. Waiter staff is very attentive and helpful. Wine steward was a bit pushy but tolerable. Common areas are very clean and well maintained. Pool area is ok but it was too chilly for us to use it on this cruise. Casino area is small, but lively. Lots of slot machines, only two roulette tables which disappointed my better half. Did not use the spa of the fitness center. Tried to use the Computer Center to talk to our daughters back home but found that Skype is blocked by every cruise line as it uses too much bandwidth.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Biggest surprise for food was one whole section of the morning buffet dedicated to "Asian breakfast". Seriously, who eats Garlic Chicken and steamed rice for breakfast? No this was NOT during a crossover period, but at 8AM. A half section was dedicated to English Breakfast and another half to American. Considering that the vast majority of the passengers were American or Canadian, I found this very strange. Needless to say, it also led to massive backlogs on the American line and no one on the Asian line.
Not sure why, but the main dining room for dinner was not well attended with numerous tables empty or with only two or four people. Ours was a table for 8 and we were the only two. It is possible that this was due to the late seating which doesn't start until 8:45PM.
3 out of 5
Shows were good. Singers were very good and dancers were just ok as their timing was off a bit several times during the performance.
Musicians that we heard around the ship were very good and would play almost anything within their specialty. The juggler who is not a standard on the ship but a guest performer was incredible and the highlight of all the shows.
Trivia and other games were fun. We found bingo at $30 to be a bit much for us so we passed on that.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Saw a busboy during the morning buffet take a tray from a lady with a cane. He walked her to the front of every line where she wanted food and walked her to the table. Same guy saw another old lady balancing a plate and two cups of coffee. He grabbed the plate and one cup and helped her to the table. A clear example of "going beyond" in my opinion.
If you like to shop, this is your place. The entire main strip is just shops and restaurants. Private beaches are in another area of the island which we did not visit. Also did not take in the Tulum ruins as this was a minumum 6 hour excursion which left little time for anything else.
Don't Miss: Carlos and Chralie's restaurant for a great time.
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