Celebrity Century Cruise Review by Paul & Frances: Celebrity Century - Northern Europe
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Celebrity Century - Northern Europe
Left out of Amsterdam, ports of call were, Dover (England), Le Harve (Paris), Cork, Dublin, Belfast (Ireland) Holly Head (Wales), St. Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands).
Our history, this is my 7'th cruise and my wife's 5'th. Our cruise agency booked us an interior cabin (our choice), two doors down from Purser's desk. We had second seating for dinner.
Ship has recently been upgraded, and it was clean and presentable. Embarkation was the easiest we have ever had. Champagne was being served when we walked on board. We pre-booked all of our excursions. Debarkation was equally as easy, just walked off to catch our flight home.
Major approvals from us: Cabin was clean and bath room acceptable and the shower was spacious, biggest we have ever had. Water pressure was great and there was abundance of hot water. The only problem was that our cabin was directly below the bar / lounge upstairs and it was VERY noisy until it closed at 1:00 a.m. ... WARNING, ask More your cruise agency about the location of your cabin in relation to floors above and below your own, we have learned, next time we'll ask.
Dinning Room: (This was a 10 night cruise) 3 formal, 2 informal, and 5 casual nights. Food was fantastic, we have only had better on Carnival Glory. Wine selection was moderate, and if you brought a bottle to the dinning room (as our cruise agency sent one to our room) the wine steward wanted to charge $25 corkage fee. The wine didn't cost that much ...
Bar service: Drinks were always available, but VERY PRICEY ... and no consistency at all. For example, my wife was drinking Ketal One martinis wish ranged in price from $5.95 to $9.95 depending on where on the boat you bought them, cheaper in the theater, and expensive in the martini bar ... a Heineken was $5.50 (Ouch ! ! !) drinks of the day were $4.95, but they tasted more fruity and less alcohol.
Public Areas: these were VERY smoky, as we departed from Amsterdam, there were a lot of Europeans on board, obviously they think differently about smoking policies in Europe than in North America / Caribbean.
Excursions: FANTASTIC ! ! ! the best we have ever been on ...
Dover we went to Leeds Castle / Canterbury, if you go there sample the Spitfire Kentish Ale in the little cafe area behind the castle. The Canterbury Cathedral was amazing, huge, and full of history. Right out side the gates of the cathedral is a small pub called the Butter Market Pub ... good drafts flow there.
Le Harve (Paris) we went to Versailles, absolutely beautiful. However this excursion came with lunch which was TERRIBLE, if you don't eat smoked salmon (on a bed of greens) or veal loaf you will walk away hungry as there is no other choices. We made sure the excursion desk on board knew we were unhappy although they did nothing about it. Lunch came with wine which helped but did not full fill the hunger.
Cork (Ireland): Old City Market and Jameson's Distillery, City market was cheesy and small, Jameson's was fascinating. I would do it again, except we would go off street shopping vs. City Market.
Dublin: Guinness Brewery ... YES ! ! ! do it, you have never tasted such fresh Guinness anywhere. Good tour of the brewery and free beer at the end ...
Belfast: We took the City "Hop on - Hop off" bus tour, top lever open air ... great views, and very educational. Eye opening experience. Make sure you see the Queens University of Belfast.
Holly Head (Wales): Botnand Garden / Snowdonia mountain drive, the gardens were beautiful but the drive was awe inspiring. Some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen. Lunch was provided, Soup, Salad, Roast Lamb or Veggie Lasagna, we got the Lamb it was great ...
St. Peter Port (Channel Islands): We took the Guernsey Island Drive ... my wife wanted to see the little Chapel. We got there at low tide, small boats were on the bottom of the harbor, no water to be seen, we were told the tidal changes are 40 feet, by the time we left there was 20 feet of water under the same boats ... really Cool ... The little chapel was built by a single monk, and the villages donated broken china for him to decorate it with, do a google search of the little chapel in Guernsey if you want to see more.
We really recommend this trip if you are considering it. Less
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