We were on the April 26th sailing of the Celebrity Century, along the Pacific Coast. We booked this because we live in Southern California, and love all the ports this ship visited. Plus, no airfare!! We booked it quite a while ago, before it became known that this vessel would be sold. About a month before we set sail, I started reading negative reviews of this ship, and got a little nervous. After all, our last cruise was on the Equinox, and she was awesome! But we decided that we would make the best of it.
Here’s to not listening to negative reviews!!! If you have a cruise on the Century scheduled, you will not be disappointed!!
I will try to touch on a few aspects where I read negative reviews.
First of all, service. We had Sky Suite #1209 and it was very nice. Did not have any frayed fabrics, or discolorations. Although we didn't use our butler too much, he was always willing to help. Our stateroom attendant and his assistant were very visible, and very friendly. Possibly the only negative I would comment on, was that there were no cushions on our loungers (yes we had 2 loungers AND a table and 2 chairs on our veranda. The Sky Suites on Deck 12 have larger verandas!!). We didn't think about asking for cushions for them until the 4th-5th day. But when we did ask for them, our stateroom attendant brought them to us within 5 minutes!!! We had a little collapsible cooler with us, and we requested ice in it every day. It was filled and refilled twice a day! And, yes, we had the beverage package. There were always multiple servers to take our orders. Out at the pool might have taken a little bit longer, but you can always get up and go to the Mast Bar or Pool Bar and get your own. Hands down for the most excellent service (and drinks) at the Martini Bar!!! We would go before dinner, usually around 5:30-6:30, and always found a table! The server, Chris, and his bartender partner (I’m so sorry, but forgot his name) are a great pair!! Funny, social, and so entertaining!! Celebrity should be happy they are employees! If you are on the Century, and Chris serves you, tell him Bruce and Diane say hello!!
We had select dining, and usually went between 6:30-7:00. Never a wait! We found the food to be very good, and had no complaints with anything. The shrimp cocktails were excellent, as were the fish dishes we had. Our sommelier, Melanie, was awesome- always was around to fill our wine glasses. We had dinner at Murano- exceptional service and food!! The Island Café (buffet) was basic buffet food- nothing overly positive or negative to say, other than once you get your food and sit down, mostly everything is cold… ïŒ
You need to be prepared for the tendering process. Because we were in a suite, we had priority tendering, which we did not use except for Catalina, where we had a reservation for a golf cart. We got off the ship in Santa Barbara and Monterey (both tendering) about 2-3 hours after the first tenders started. We still had to wait, but it was 10-20 minutes- not bad. The ship will have 1-2 platforms available (and 2-4 tenders) depending on the sea current and winds. In Santa Barbara, we had just 1 platform, but in Monterey, we had 2. Catalina had 2 also.
OK, I found a rip in ONE cushion in the Cinema- BIG deal!!! We felt the ship is in very good shape, and for those that nitpick, well, sorry for you….the ship was built in 1995, but we loved her! She is small compared to the rest of Celebrity’s fleet, so don’t look for all the bells and whistles of the larger ships. But very “intimate” compared to those. LOVED HER!!