We (a group of 12 women and 1 lucky man) sailed on the Century on 1/31/08 and loved every minute of it. Embarkation went smooth arrived at the port @11:30 and was on the resort deck having lunch by 11:50. WE WERE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CABINS UNTIL 1:00. I immediately was impressed with how pleasant professional and welcoming EvERYONE was that worked for Celebrity. It was very obvious from the onset of our short voyage that the staff was very well trained. The ship itself was spotless and although it is not a brand new ship, it was in remarkable shape overall. Yes if you really really looked closely you might find a stain on the carpet but the ship is the cleanest I have ever been on. Oh yes, let me mention, I have been on 12 different ships. Mostly Carnival and RCLL and Celebrity is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of staff, maintenance and attention to detail. I am very particular about cleanliness and food quality and the Century exceeded my expectations. Also, I must tell you we booked the most inexpensive cabins on this ship. Our cost was a very cheap ($325 per person including taxes & pert charges!) I really expected to hate the cabins and the ship because I know you normally get what you pay for and not much else. The other member of my group wanted us to stay near each other and in the cheapest cabins possible so I went along with the group fearing the worst. Imagine my surprise when I not only liked the cabin, but our Cabin Steward Michael was the best I ever had!
The food in the Island Cafe was plentiful and of good quality. Murano's ($30.PP) was outstanding! The main dining room was very nice with great service and high quality delicious food. Great service was provided at every venue. Martini bar is a must go to! The bartender does great tricks and is very funny! Overall, I haveto say the entertainment was just OK not great (unless perhaps you are older person). They had a broadway singer doing a "60's show and the seniors on board loved her, I personally HATED the show. The Century singer and dancers were just OK. They tried hard but were not as talented as I have seen on other ships. Great Reggae band by the pool everyday. a and wonderful entertainment at smaller venues on the ship. Alex & Ariel (maybe not the correct names) were acrobatic dancers and they were great! They made the shows tolerable in the Century theatre. Celebrity really needs to beef up it's entertainment lineup if it hopes to attract younger, hipper people.
We did not do any shore excursions through the ship. In KeyWest we shopped. On Cozumel we sent a good part of the day at ElCid (an all inclusive resort 1/2 a block away from the Port. It was a fun day (you pay $35. per person) and you can eat (good food) and drink (great drinks) for the whole day. We will be in Cozumel in another 2 week so we decided to just relax and snorkel (and shop of course!) It was a great day of fun, sun and perhaps too much alcohol!! The day at sea was pretty busy. There were alot of activities planned poolside that day but many of them were cancelled because the Coast Guard had to send a helicopter to evacuation a pregnant woman who had gone into premature labor. While I of course felt very sorry for her, it was amazing to watch. The evacuation was handled very well by the brave men and a terrific woman from the Coast Guard. The upper deck of the ship was totally cleared of everyone and everything during the evacuation (unfortunately this occurred on the busiest day at the pool deck and a few passengers were unhappy about missing out on a hour of suntime on their last day of the cruise.) The staff made everyone stay under the upper deck for their own protection when the helicopter came in. Unfortunately they could not accurately predict when the helicopter would arrive so we waited under the deck for about 45 minutes and then the Capt. informed us that it would take another 45 minutes for the Coast Guard to arrive. They allowed passengers back into the pool area until the helicopter was in sight. It was really incredible to see. (Mother & Child were doing well when last we heard) Disembarkation was a mess due to the computers going down at Immigration in Miami so we were held up for about 2 hours getting off the ship. We made the most of it and spent that time on the pool deck to soak in the last bit of Florida sun before returning to the snow!!! It was great trip and I would highly recommend the Century.