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Celebrity Century Cruise Review by LifeisaWOW: WONDERFUL HOLIDAY CRUISE


LifeisaWOW
2 Reviews
Member Since 2013
31 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 3.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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WONDERFUL HOLIDAY CRUISE

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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 More 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. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Century Sky Suite Penthouse Deck (10) 1201

1201...Large cabin ( disabled.) Extra wide doors for scooter or wheelchair. Bed at an angle to the sitting area which had a sofa-bed and 2 upholstered chairs. There is a Telescoping glass table. Fabric a bit used but not tattered. Great block-out drapes. We had fresh flowers (as needed) along with a fruit bowl which was replenished each night. Like we needed extra fruit! If I wanted to sound fussy I would suggest that the wallboards could use replacing. A few corners coming up and a bit of patching. But again, one would have to look for something. There is a noise problem with the deck above this mid-section 12th floor. People start walking at about 5:30 am. It is still dark out. It sounds like a loud THUMP, THUMP. Didn't bother my husband when he took his hearing aids out. I sleep pretty well so mostly didn't keep me awake BUT would awaken me in the morning. Other passenger on our floor were having a fit. Front desk send around some bottles of wine to guests as an apology. It needs to be chained off until the sun comes up. And REALLY needs more ceiling insulation. Our balcony was HUGE. it was about 17' long & 6' wide BUT partly jutted out to add a large corner with a lot more space. We had 2 chaise lounges, 2 chairs and a table outside. There wasn't was much privacy, except for about a 2' overhang, as we have had before. It worked out fine because the floor above wasn't used that much (except at 5:30 AM.) The ship had supplied portable ramps for each side of door going to the balcony. We didn't need them so tucked them away. There is a Ping Pong table around the corner from the room. The kids were having a great time with a fair amount of noisy competition.) It was pretty much controlled by late evening. The closet was large, but needed more good hangers. We asked for extras but got flimsy wire ones. There is also a lot of stacked shelving and drawer space. Weird drawers which need a learning curve to get open. Hallway way quiet even though conveniently close to the elevator. There was no elevator noise. We would definitely ask for this room again. Rumors around that the ship will soon be getting a another update. This would be a good thing.

Port and Shore Excursions


Tendered to the dock. The improvements are quite impressive since we were last there about 8 years ago. Quite clean and friendly. We went to our favorite, as everyone else's, the "Giggling Marlin." We were greeted by and chatted with the owner. Great chips, salsa & Margaritas made tableside.

Took a taxi into town. Charming city with a lot of character. Taxi for 4 of us was $20.00. Coming back to ship $15.00. Whatever! Also, took a. Catamaran tour from the dock near the ship. Not very good unless you make the decision not to go into town. It's a very abbreviated tour of the shoreline BUT better than nothing. It would be VERY difficult to walk into town. Narrow streets with broken concrete and crazy traffic.

Panama Railway

(4)
Nice bus trip to Panama City and then Train back to Colon. We took the dome car and saw a lot of countryside. Would recommend it.

Nothing has changed there. Taxis drivers all over you the minute you leave the ship. We walked about a mile or so down to a hotel we had stayed at some years ago. Very difficult for scooter or wheelchair with high curbs, broken sidewalks etc. Should have taken a taxi to "Old Town" instead.

Train ride

(5)
Great trip, do it!

Unfortunately time to disembark. Met friends in SD for a few days. Did the Hop on Hop off Trolly, Sea Port Village, USS Midway. There is a lot to do if you don't need to get right back home.

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