To leave cold weather and arrive in warm Fort Lauderdale at Christmas time was just the start of a superb holiday. My husband and I touched all bases: our Anniversary, his Birthday, Christmas and New Years.
We stayed at the Embassy Suites for several nights before the cruise and were able to enjoy the lighted harbor and beautifully decorated homes on a dinner cruise. The hotel was only about 5 blocks from the hotel. Taxi including tip was around $10.00 to the ship.
We were very fortunate to have an easy boarding due to our "Sky Suite" designation. Otherwise there would have been a very lengthy line. Been there done that AND it all works out fine once onboard.
We were met entering the ship with Mimosas or Champagne and VERY friendly workers.
My husband has a small collapsible, foldable "mobility scooter" called a LUGGIE. We purchased it at home and this was its first trip with us. Worth it's weight in gold.
The ship personnel was SO accommodating! Our spacious cabin and huge veranda (rm 1201) was a disabled room. It had everything we could have asked for including a lovely large bathroom and shower with plenty of bars and a seat.
Our Butler Walter, was a gem. Never intrusive but always there for information, reservations,, suggestions and a very cheery attitude. He served us afternoon tea, appetizers just before dinner and even helped us put together a party for our "table mates."
I'm sorry to see negative comments about the Celebrity Century. As with anything in life you could always look for faults.
Celebrity is a grand BUT older ship. Little things could be found but we chose to overlook them and REALLY enjoy our time. We have acquaintances that might not find this their "cup of tea."
We liked the size of the ship (1800 pass.) compared to some of the Mega Ships we have been on.
We could actually find our way around after a day or two.
Food in Murano's was EXCELLENT as was the service. In the Grand Dining Room we thought it was mostly very good. Buffet was as expected with plenty of choices and PLENTY of people.
Cons: Noise above our floor in the early AM, 530 ish. Front desk not able to control the traffic.
Our choice of 6:30 dining left us feeling a bit rushed to leave the table.
Entertainment, with exception of lectures, was a bit iffy.
Recommend the train excursions in both Colon and Costa Rica.
Antigua, Guatemala streets are impossible to navigate on your own, with a wheelchair or scooter. Deep uneven rocks (not pavers) were dangerous for ANYONE trying to cross the street.