This was my second cruise to Alaska, and we chose the Century based on other reviews.
Our inside stateroom seemed larger than some of the previous ships I have been on. The rooms were well laid out and were in excellent condition with flat screen TV's, and modern looking rooms with two closets. Our room was always kept clean and well stocked by our room attendant during the cruise, however we never did seem them during the week we were on board.
Being a smaller ship to many of the newer choices available today, the Century did not disappoint, being equipped with all the amenities you would expect. Everything was kept very clean, and in good repair.
The dining room service was outstanding, and with the exception of one night, the food was outstanding. (I guess everyone has their off nights) The buffet was OK, with some selections being much better than others. The variety was excellent, and they try to cater to everyone's tastes, with sections including, More
American, British, European, and Asian fair. In the mornings there are made to order egg stations, and in the afternoons a made to order pasta bar. There was also a late night pizza counter, and an ice cream bar during the day. The buffet service was hit and miss. Some of the staff were not overly friendly or attentive, and didn't seem to have a good grasp of the English language.
Also worth mentioning is the Spa Cafe, adjacent to the fitness center, while small, offered some excellent healthy alternatives, and some very unique and delicious dishes. (The melon ginger cold soup was fantastic)
My bartender was always there when I wanted a drink and remembered my name throughout the cruise. The entertainment was decent with the evening shows, featuring a comedian, and a magician one night. One show not to miss, is the crew talent show, one of the best shows on this cruise. There was a young lady on crew who sang and played piano, she was fantastic. Other entertainers such as Aquadio, their on ship acapella group, and other entertainers were also great.
The Celebrity Life activities were alot of fun, and I especially enjoyed the watercolor painting classes. My only complaint in this area was that some of these activities were planned too close to the disembarkation time for Icy Straight, which became confusing when an announcement went over the PA system at 2:30 to prepare for tendering, when it wasn't actually starting until 3:30.
Overall a great ship, and had a great time on this cruise. Less
Two closets, plus a third with pull out drawers and shelves, desk with 6 drawers, plus more storage and a safe behind the mirror. Flat screen TV, bar with fridge, table and chair. Bathrooms with modern sink and nice shower. Pool towels, and robes were available right in the room. As with other ships, you will want to bring a power bar from home, as there is only one outlet if you have things like cameras you wish to charge overnight. Location on the ship was very quiet, and gave great access to the theater and spa, located only two floors up or down from this room. The dining room and buffet is on the opposite end of the ship so you will have a bit of a walk for these. Comfortable beds, and everything in good repair.
Icy straight is a tendered stop in the small village of Hoona AK. The shops were interesting to look through, but there really isn't much there, other than a few shops and a nature trail. I'm sure this would be a much more interesting stop however for those not from the region. The people in the village were very friendly, and gives you an opportunity to be on the rocky beach for awhile if the weather is nice. If you go a bit later, you can avoid most of the 'rush' that gets off when the ship first docks.
Juneau was my favorite stop on this cruise, having close by access to shopping, the tram and numerous tour choices on the pier. If you wish to see the glacier, you do not need to book the excursion on the trip. For $16 return trip, you can take a bus to the glacier and waterfalls, that runs every 30 minutes. The visitor center has an admission charge, but you do not need to enter if you are only interested in photo ops, or hiking. It is a spectacular place to visit, and the short hike to the waterfall is well worth it.
Juneau was my favorite stop on this cruise, having close by access to shopping, the tram and numerous tour choices on the pier. If you wish to see the glacier, you do not need to book the excursion on the trip. For $16 return trip, you can take a bus to the glacier and waterfalls, that runs every 30 minutes. The visitor center has an admission charge, but you do not need to enter if you are only interested in photo ops, or hiking. It is a spectacular place to visit, and the short hike to the waterfall is well worth it. Other things to see is the governors house and the Alaska State museum, all which are within walking distance and easy to find by following the signage in town. I did not get to see the museum, as it was time to go back to the ship for dinner.
Ketchikan was an interesting stop full of local history and sites. Many opportunities to see Totem poles here. We took the duck tour which was very interesting, and gave us a good look at the city and huge marina. Our tour boat broke down just as it was trying to get out of the water, but the quick thinking staff got us on our way with out too much delay. The guide stayed in good humor throughout the 'crisis' Things not to miss are Creek Street, and some of the beautiful totem pole carvings throughout the tourist district.