Royal enthusiasts took the plunge and booked Century out of San Pedro on 26 April. Ports of call included Santa Barbara, San Francisco( overnight) Monterey, Catalina Island and to keep the PVSA happy, Ensenada. port heavy, LOTS of tenders. You have been warned.
First thing: pay no attention to all the negative reviews of how old and worn out Century is. It's all poppycock and hogwash.
Arrival at the port was via the hotel shuttle( Crowne Plaza, about 5 minutes away). Check in was fairly smooth. we got there around 10/1030 and were checked in in under 20 minutes. we waited maybe 45 minutes after that before boarding began. Grabbed my mimosa and headed directly to the buffet.
Buffet: way better overall than any of the Royal ships we have been on. better selection, and taste.
MDR: service abysmally slow at breakfast but dinners were excellent to outstanding across the board
Pool side: french fries were amazing and the perfect thing to snack on at the sunset bar during sailaway
Pizza: surprisingly good with a sauce that had actual flavor.
Ice cream bar: delicious, especially the peanut butter, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. they also had at least one frozen yoghurt and some sorbets and No Sugar added choices.
Sushi: the basics. a little bland but we are sushi snobs.
Bacon: yes it gets its' own category. Reg. bacon far too salty and the English bacon was gone by day 3.
Cabin: the name 'suite' is tad bit misleading. the room was smaller than any Grand Suite on Royal but laid out well. the balcony was huge, easily twice as deep as a standard. the tub was definitely easier to get in and out of . The Butler stopped by daily with a cart with tea/coffee and little snacks. he was way too quiet though, knocked so softly that a few times we never heard him. Did need to get a blanket form the steward as it was chilly at night. did miss the double sink in the bathroom , which was puny. one late night/early morning it would not flush but it sorted itself out before we had to call maintenance. there was a sewage smell a few times but nothing overwhelming.
Public spaces: loved the rendezvous lounge, never really spent time in any of the others. LOVED the fact that the casino is smoke free. in fact I couldn't tell you where the smoking areas were as we never had a whiff the entire time.
Shows/entertainment: saw one show and liked it but the others were underwhelming. the house band, Headlines was poor to middling. the guitar player and piano player were pretty good.
Crew: Polite, efficient and would do anything you asked. I just never got a personable or overly friendly vibe from any of them.. with the exception of Sugi, the bartender at Rendezvous, no one really went out of their way. as a result, this was the first time ever we chose to not add any additional gratuity to anyone at the end. they got their prepaid tips and that was it save the one time I used room service and when I got a few cocktails on the house.
Ports: SB, Catalina and Monterey are tendered, the docks are fairly well protected but the ship at anchor could get dicey. docked at Fisherman's wharf in Monterey, about a 45 minute walk to Cannery Row. Weather was beyond perfect every day.. 70s and 80s with just enough breeze to keep it form getting stifling.