We chose this cruise as we were already going to be in California for our son's wedding 3 days prior to embarkation. We drove down from Pasadena, spent a day enjoying San Diego, dropped off the rental car and embarked. Note there is still construction on the street outside the terminal, but our cab driver easily negotiated it. We tried to check our bags at the obvious spot, but were told to take them inside. Seemed unusual but we diligently went inside, where we were told to take them back outside. OK, finally got them checked and came back through the line. No other embarkation problems of note and we were quickly onboard enjoying the buffet lunch.
Met the other Cruise Critic Rollcall members at the Sunset Bar for sailaway drinks after muster drill. One member had made beautiful pin-on buttons for all of us, and we wore our Mardi Gras beads to identify ourselves. Good way to get the cruise started!
The officers were friendly and mixed with the passengers every day. It was great to have the Captain greet you personally at breakfast and the Hotel Director spend 1/2 hour with you at Elite Happy Hour. These are the little things that make traveling on the Century very special. She may be older and smaller, but the ship has a devoted following.
This was a quiet cruise with a lot of sea days and was definitely an older crowd. But there was lots to do if you chose to do it. The enrichment lectures on Pearl Harbor and the Pacific Theater in WWII were fabulous and June, the Hawaiian arts and crafts lady, was great fun.
The standard of excellence that Celebrity maintains in its service, food, maintenance of facilities, etc., is what keeps us coming back time after time.
This time we were parked at a different pier than on our previous Hawaii cruise in 2006, when we were at the Aloha Tower, which was very convenient. This pier was not so convenient. We wanted to go down to Waikiki Beach, so we decided to take advantage of the free shuttle offered by Maui Divers Jewelry. The catch, of course, is that you have to take a tour of their facility and showroom, which took about 45 minutes altogether. They picked us up at the cruise terminal, dropped us off at their showroom, picked us up again at the showroom and took us directly to Waikiki. When we were ready to go back to the ship, we joined the others with the Maui Divers sticker and got on their shuttle which took us directly back to the ship. I don't know what it would have cost to take a cab or bus, but this way was relatively painless if you don't mind looking at jewelry.
I would have liked to spend more time in Honolulu, specifically to see the Doris Duke house, which was closed on the day we were there. I'd even give up one of the other stops (Kona) to spend the extra day in Honolulu.