Alaska Cruise 28-7-2013 - 4-8-2013: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by OzMosaics
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Alaska Cruise 28-7-2013 - 4-8-2013
From the moment we arrived in Vancouver at Canada Place, it was smooth sailing!
Helpful, friendly staff, a bit of a wait at Immigration (to be expected). We had booked a Royal Suite (Dave and I and our friend Janice were travelling to share a holiday cruise after attending a family wedding in Winnipeg) so we had been to Winnipeg and then visited Lake Louise before the cruise date.
We were a bit tired out and really excited, looking forward to a rest and our first cruise.
Everything was organised and we were greeted and escorted to our Royal suite by the Suite Concierge. She was very professional and our suite was all prepared. We arrived on board approx. 12.30pm.
Booking a suite does give privileges and our suite was beautiful.
A huge verandah, 2 deck chairs, full table and 4 chairs and enough room for a huge party!
So roomy and a bottle of champagne, More flowers, fruit and Vodka and Scotch which our Butler April, happily exchanged the Scotch to Bourbon, which we preferred.
The bathroom was spotless and had a spa bath (which I only used on the last night and found was not working but perhaps I did not understand how to use it properly - I am sure if we had asked our butler April, he would have had it sorted promptly!).
April made everything easy and nothing was too much trouble. Our housekeeper made the funniest creatures every night out of handtowels: turtles with Jan's sunglasses, funny monkeys etc. Just a bit of fun. We left an Australian Flag and a few mementos for them stuffed into a hanging monkey arrangement.
We tried room service a couple of times, but found it easier to attend the buffet or main dining room.
We were thrilled to be invited to the Captains Table on formal night one and we were entertained by the First and Second Engineer and other guests at the table. We were presented with long stem red roses and a complimentary photo of our table plus wines etc. A memorable experience. The First Engineer invited us to tour the Ship Engine Room etc on the last Saturday, but we missed this opportunity as we attended Ben's talk on Australia Zoo and Steve Irwin (both were at the some time) and we would have loved to see the engine room etc too. Next time!
The food on board is delicious, huge choice and the staff are very friendly and attentive. We ate at the Main dining room on Formal nights and informal. The second formal night had delicious lobster tail!
We dined at Murano Restaurant once and the service and food was awesome! The food cooked table side was delicious and the waiters and chefs did everything to make the experience memorable.
We did not visit the Persian Garden spa and perhaps if we had been invited inside to "check it out" or a little tour we would have but we are not spa addicts so didn't bother. I would have liked too, but
Dave and Jan were not interested.
We had a little flutter on the pokies, bought a few goodies in the shops onboard and did not take any tours of the towns on the cruise stops. We wandered around though and enjoyed the beautiful, perfect weather which we were blessed with.
The Hubbard Glacier was spectacular, again perfect viewing weather and congrats to the Captain to get us so close to the glacier.
Great memories and incredible photos.
The ship has old world ambiance and I loved all the timber, the staff were constantly cleaning, spotless everywhere and the public restrooms were impeccable, pot pourri, hot towels, room attendants, I have never seen cleaner.
Staff chatty and very friendly, even stopped cleaning or vacuuming to say hello as we passed by. The food areas were so clean, the pancake bay, ice-cream areas, everywhere was sparkling clean. We enjoyed hamburgers, chips, fish and chips, hot dogs, every type of salad, breakfast egg combos, from scrambled eggs to omelettes etc. You would be hard pressed to be unimpressed. The breads were fantastic and I loved the yoghurts.
Waffles, Asian, Indian, Italian, Pizzas, 24 hour food if you wished and really good brewed coffee bars.
Missed fresh orange juice though, but I enjoyed the apple juice.
The fresh food was abundant. We were invited to the Captains Club and great perks! Washing, internet access, special brunches, cocktails and more. Thank you so much Century!
The swimming pool was good to view but I was not tempted due to cool breezes but many enjoyed the hot spas etc. We enjoyed the entertainment on board and Ben the Cruise Entertainment Director, a great Aussie guy, did a great job keeping us all updated.
The Daily newspapers from around the world and the daily activity newsletter was excellent, you could really plan your day and night in advance.
The tv systems (we had 2!) were great and our full size floor to ceiling windows provided great viewing day and night.
Everyone we met enjoyed their cruise and raved about the service and food. I would have liked more fresh bbq chicken if anything.
The brunch on the Saturday was simply amazing with ice sculptures, incredible desserts and the fresh salmon carved from the bone was great,
Dave really enjoyed all the salmon.
I can't really complain about anything. The bedlinen was so soft and comfy, the pillows so soft.
When Jan's bed was made up for the first night of the cruise, it (a fold out day bed type of bed) was a little firm and the attendant immediately (upon our request) brought an overlay and Jan was happy with it, very comfy.
The room was kept spotless, we were brought afternoon tea snacks and somehow the staff always knew when we were out of the room to do room service, so we never felt our privacy was invaded etc. The slippers and robes were as new and plenty of coathangers etc.
Artwork all through the suite was lovely.
I know others say the Century is "run down" - I just can't agree, it's elegant and she is a beauty.
When our brother in law and wife return to Oz from their cruise on the Celebrity Solstice we can compare our cruises (in a week or so!).
The sunsets were so beautiful, the breeze can be sharp sometimes so take a "jumper". The formal nights were fun and optional.
We saw a few whales but as we didn't go on many tours (which we could have) we were happy with what we saw. It was so relaxing and the inhouse movies were appreciated too.
We had a fridge so we could bring down drinks - I really loved the 24- coffee juice bars, cardboard drink containers with lids and heat proof carriers were provided, what more could you want to wander around the ship?
Departure from Vancouver was spectacular too and the atmosphere was so much fun with live band playing on the pool deck. We also enjoyed watching the guest team vs the staff team in the pool volley ball, good on Ben for jumping in too in to the cold water after the ice Bear carving event! Only an
The Captain was great too and we loved the way all staff seemed important on the ship and how all were introduced to the guests during the cruise.
The onboard naturalist, Milos was entertaining and attending his talks made the Hubbard Glacier much more impressive, he is very knowledgeable and clever.
The musicians on board were excellent too and there were so many places to relax, chat and have a drink or two. We will have to eat lettuce until Christmas to regain our figures but who cares!!!!?
So much more to say, but we just left the Ship and are recovering in Vancouver for 2 days before Vegas and Grand Canyon!
Next cruise, would be Mediterranean perhaps.....one fine day....and we are hooked on Century, but it was our first cruise, nothing to compare to, but other guests we met who had been on many cruises, really raved about our cruise too.
All round *****
Thank you Century!
David, Sandra and Janice! Less
Cabin review: RS1034 Royal Suite
Great cabin, huge balcony, bit noisy overhead at times but not a big issue.Better 3rd person bed, perhaps upgrade of the lounge suite or better mattress.Perhaps bigger fridge.Huge closest space, good views, handy location to lifts.Well fitted out, wonderful main bed, perhaps a doona would be nice.Blankets for deck would be good in cool weather to snuggle up on the deck chairs.Read All Royal Suite (RS) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Walked off the Ship, went wrong direction (right) and ended up in Hoonah - saw an eagles nest but it was very hot and we jumped on the shuttle instead of walking back to the main town area.
Went into the museum, checked out the Zip Line base, explored.
Walked the streets, looked at the mountain goldola, ships in port, bought souveneirs. Juneau has cheapest souvenirs.