Century Nov. 6, 2013
Used the Choice Air option Orlando/San Diego/Orlando and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. Had advance seats etc. Delta planes were cramped and full.
Arrival San Diego Nov. 4, fish tacos and margaritas. Miguel's near Old Town is a great place for these. Nice staff.
Boarded Century Nov. 6, Islands Cafe not crowded nor was it crowded the entire trip. Many fresh selections. Commenced the Classic alcohol package. This was more than adequate as it included fresh OJ each day, Cova Cafe coffee selections and most beer and alcohol. Smaller Martinis were doled out without any questions. Wait staff knew from the package which drink to supply. We had the late fixed seating and found ourselves in the capable hands of Don from Indonesia and Ketoot from Korea. The best for the entire cruise, every request was completed immediately from addition appetizers to deserts. Professional and swift. Were also able to discuss food topics service and social events very easily. We also had Dimitro from Ukraine as wine server. Nice, affable young man who's wife just had a baby but he will not be able to see them for 3 more months. He was always there to refill glasses and apply his broad shy smile. Food prep and choices were abundant. Fish each day was a delight as I had begun to think Celebrity could not cook fish properly. Each day was a different selection cooked to perfection. Breakfast and lunches were fresh and varied with more than adequate choices with ethnic choice (Indian, Mexican ). Never a problem getting a table.
Port call were too short to do any extensive touring.
Hilo, Rented a car, drove to the Volcanoes Nat'l. Park. Weather was so cold, windy and full on noxious gases that the entrance fee was waived. Sites were disappointing as there were no lava flows at that time. On our night sail we could only see a faint glow in the distance before the fumes were overpowering and had to go inside.
Had to tender with the ship's tenders, slow and a little scary in the waves. Great town for walking. Visited the Hulihee Palace, worth the trip. Found a little sushi bar with assorted Hawaiian and Japanese items. Walked to the Kona Brewery, Commercial operation with outdoor dining and great beers.
Tendered in but used a large port ferry so no problem there. Went to the Iao needle, great pic ops. and a drive along the south shore, fine scenery. Returned car and went to the Old Lahaina Luau. Great setting on shore. Good service and many Hawaiian dishes, try the poi (ugh). Drinks were flowing. All inclusive. Fun evening. Back to the ship.
Had 10:45 reservation at the AZ Mem. Took the #2 bus. Cheap and easy. Ask anyone on shore for the bus stop. 3rd time to the AZ. Still get goose bumps. Toured the area then returned to Chinatown, again by bus, Found a dim sum shop. Loved it. Very reasonable. Took bus to Iolani Palace (closed that day?) and King Kamehameha statue. Great pics. Returned to ship.
Waste of time one couldn't even go to town as the hours were 7-11pm. Small souvenir stand and nothing else to go ashore for.
Sea days both ways were very calm and overcast for the most part. Very relaxing.
Evening shows were much better than on some previous cruises. Great energy.
If there were some drawbacks, they were few. Daytime lectures were somewhat boring not so much for the subject content but for the delivery lecturers. Also not enough daytime events on sea days, cultural or entertainment. Missing this time were classical groups, quartets etc.
Overall a delightful and satisfying cruise.
Found out the Century is going into dry dock but only for one week.