This was our ninth cruise with Celebrity in the last five years. Things got off to a rough start as the check in process was horrible. We later heard this was due to immigration processing the completion of the previous cruise. In addition the service at dinner the first night was also very poor. We were seated at 6:30 and did not get our entrees until after 8:00.
After this things got better, much better. Service in the main dining room improved. The food was excellent at each meal in both the main dining room and the buffet. The entertainment was very good. We were even lucky enough to see a couple of whales, one of which did a magnificent breach. We would give the cruise director, Rich, very high marks.
The Century is a beautiful ship. Even though it is an older ship, it is obviously well-maintained. Our cabin attendants kept our cabin very clean and even left us some cute towel animals to enjoy.
The ports we visited were interesting and we had a lot of fun, even when it rained. We stopped at Santa Barbara, overnighted in San Francisco, and went on to Monterey, Catalina Island, and Ensenada, Mexico. One drawback, however, was the tendering process, which proved to be very frustrating for many passengers.
We were disappointed that this cruise did not have any guest speakers. That is one of the features we have appreciated on all of our previous cruises. Also missing was a string quartet (lately downsized to a trio).
The disembarkation went very smoothly, the polar opposite of the embarkation. Since we drove to the port, the parking lot was very conveniently located.
In summary, this was a very good cruise. We met many wonderful people and have many good memories to look back on.