Century is a classic. We love the size and age of the ship...and the quiet beauty. The crew is, hands down, the best we have encountered. Our cabin stewards were superb...efficient and charming. Our dinner waiters were remarkable...highly skilled, fun & good natured. We miss them...and will long remember each of them with fondness. Each and every member of the crew, from the Captain on down, smiled and offered friendly greetings with each encounter. The ship was kept sparkling.
John, the Cruise Director, was simply stellar. Fun, dynamic and engaged....and very accessible. It is a ship for adults, which we truly appreciate. We found the level of entertainment to be excellent. The three guest musicians...The Estrada Trio, 5 O'clock Somewhere and Martin Andales...were talented musicians and a pleasure personally. Nightly production shows were fun, entertaining and well done. The evening the Polynesian dance troupe came on board was delightful. We loved that the Cinema was available with daily movies.
Chelsea, the naturalist, gave enthusiastic, fascinating and informative presentations each morning at 10...which enhanced our knowledge and enjoyment. June, the Hawaiian ambassador, was a delight...she lit up every room she entered. Our friends enjoyed the ukulele lessons. The grand guest recital of ukulele playing and hula dancing was well attended and fun.
Food was consistently good to excellent. Astonishing given the large number of guests and crew fed daily. The buffet was well laid out and efficient...an amazing variety and tasty. I so much appreciated the fresh fruit platters in the morning...and the omelet station. Belgian waffles were delicious...but we kept it to a one day treat! ;-)
We selected this itinerary first for the large number of days at sea...secondarily the ports of call. It was an ideal itinerary to rest, relax and rejuvenate...as well as enjoy old friends traveling with us...and meet new friends on board. Fellow passengers we encountered seemed to be as relaxed and happy as we were. We had worked for several years straight with pressing deadlines so we relished planning nothing. We didn't stress over the tender ports...simply disembarked when it was quieter and stayed open to whatever we found to do in port. Unusual for us...normally we research and plan...but somehow we were sailing the Pacific and in Hawaiian ports and all was as it should be.
We heard in advance of sailing that internet was slow and costly per minute. Cell service at sea is expensive. Before booking we decided to disconnect from the world for 15 nights. I highly recommend it. The first day or two was a bit (just a bit) odd...but soon we were in the moment and blissfully out of touch.
On the downside, we found the shore excursions to be prohibitively expensive. Specialty coffees (such as cappuccinos) to be costly. And the corkage fee of $25 in the dining room to be unreasonable. Overall coffee quality could be improved with a better blend of coffee. None of this ruined our time...but they would be easily reviewed and worth reconsidering for Celebrity.
Altogether perfect...just what we needed. We are well rested...still feeling we are floating in a bubble of ocean and sky. Thank you to the Celebrity Century crew for the gift of a lovely vacation.