After having sailed on the Century recently, I found the negative reviews to be true. Some of the reviews are trying to discredit the negative comments about the Century, and I don't understand why these reviews are attacking people who had an unpleasant cruise experience. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, especially when they're sincere and the reviews are right on.
We are in agreement with the posts about the very drastic decline of the condition of the ship. The upholstery is ripped, frayed and terribly worn in the cabins and the public areas. Our balcony was full of rust around the railings, and there was white paint splashed all over the clear plastic walls of the balcony. Everything looked dirty and in disrepair. We found out from other cruise passengers that Celebrity is planning to take the Century out of its fleet by 2015, and maybe this is why the ship is so terribly neglected. The people who recently wrote that this ship is clean and in perfect condition were clearly not being truthful.
We ate every evening in Select Dining, and sometimes the wait was long, even though we had reservations. Sometimes there was just chaos at the maitre d's station, and other guests were getting nervous about not getting a table. Eating dinner should have been relaxing, but it was stressful for us, too. We were celebrating our 30th Anniversary, and there was no such thing as a quiet, romantic dinner. The tables for two were 2 to 3 inches apart, and you were eating with other couples whether you wanted to or not. The dining room was just so crowded and noisy, and we were so disappointed. There was hardly any seafood on the menu, and the selections were very limited.
I agree with the other reviews about the lack of pool chairs, and sometimes the music was unbearably loud around the pool areas. We enjoyed the music in the small club areas, especially the musicians on guitar and the piano player. We skipped the big production shows in the main theaters as they appeared to be re-runs of the same old cruise type shows.
We like Celebrity cruises, but would never spend our hard earned money on the Century again. This was once a great ship, but now it's just waiting to be sold off to the highest bidder. Buyer beware -- there are better ships to sail on.