We arrived in San Diego night before our cruise, stayed at the Best Western Hacienda in Old Town. Perfect timing since it was Cinco De Mayo, and our hotel was right in the middle of the action. Hotel was very sprawling, comfortable and friendly staff. They provided us transport to the port the next morning.
Embarkation: we arrived early around 11a, quickly went through check in with no lines. Process was very simple and organized. We were fortunate because they started boarding around 1145. On board quickly with our room was ready to go. Very nice.
Room: our sky suite was on towards the aft on port side. very spacious for a mini suite, comfortable, and a very large balcony. We are hooked! We have always had a balcony room on cruises, but the extra space and comfort is addictive. We also got a great rate with a "senior" 55+ discount. Worth the hunting I did before booking.
Dining: To begin, we both decided no formal wear for this cruise, we wanted to be casual. So we had already planned on doing formal night dining in our room. That was great! In our nights we eat in the dining room we found plentiful selections, and the food was very good. We did Select dining, and found the service to be good, but mostly hurried and not always attentive. We also asked for table for 2, and my only real complaint on the cruise was that they crunched 2 tops together, almost making it comparable to a table for 8, it was that close to the tables next to us. We also tried the buffet for dinner a few times and it was good Indian food, so for us it was fine. Breakfast and lunches we mostly buffet and it was fine for us, plenty of choices. We tried to do lunch in the different ports anyway.
Staff/Service: Now that we have had a butler, and having read so many suggestions on the boards, we knew to just ask for whatever you want. And we did, and our butler Albino was awesome. Very attentive, loved the dinner service- did that on 3 nights. The staff on board was the most friendly and helpful of any cruise we have been on. The Century really lived up to its reputation of providing great service. We were very impressed.
Ship Condition: well its an older ship, however...the staff painstakingly keeps everything clean and shining. There is wear and tear, and our suite had some areas that could use some rehab- water stains around the balcony doors. But overall we were impressed by how well they kept everything maintained.
Ports: Without going into great detail, we were really looking forward to all of the stops- Catalina island, San Francisco, Astoria, Victoria, and then staying an extra 3 nights in Vancouver. Enjoyed them all. Once again got some great ideas from CC and rented ahead of time a golf cart in Catalina and that was a blast. Really got around and was fun. San Francisco was great, being able to get on and off the ship for 2 days made it easy to do many things. Loved the cable cars, did one day passes and got around the city quite easily. Invited to the bow of the ship when leaving, and while it was tropical storm wind, it was a blast going under the Golden Gate. Got some great pictures. Victoria did Butchart Garden, and that was really worth the visit. Fell in love with Vancouver! Worth mentioning- we stayed 3 nights at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (got a great breakfast plan rate) and it was fantastic. Highly recommend. If you like Indian food- ViJ's over the Granville bridge lived up to its hype!!
Entertainment: it was ok. shows were ok. comedian ventriloquist was very good. since this was not something important for us, not a big deal. I have to say the celebrity dancers worked very hard to please. We did not stop by many of the lounges, so cant comment on that. We did go to Cova Cafe quite a bit, had the drink card- and Dean the bartender- was fantastic.
Disembarkation: very simple and easy. first time I did not see any pushing, and the process was very organized. since we were going to be staying in Vancouver we were not in a hurry anyway, but by 9a we were off the ship and walking across the street to our hotel.
Overall Experience: Very grateful to CC for all of the previous cruisers who made so many great suggestions, that we really benefited from. We really enjoyed the Century and will probably look for her first when we plan our next cruise. The smaller size, great quality of service and food, is rare on most of the major lines. Other than 1 day of very high seas (our second sea day) this cruise was a perfect cruise vacation.