My wife and I, and another couple, just returned from a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise on The Century. Here's a quick review of our experience.
Dining - The Grand. Food, selection, and service was great! This was among the best food overall of any of our 14 cruises. The choices (selection) were good...something for everyone. The taste was very good. Our wait staff was excellent. Don't be afraid to order the steak...it's good.
Murano's - you don't want to miss this. This was, without a doubt, the best alternative dining experience we've had (14 cruises to date). The food was outstanding (we had steak). The service was superb, as well. The $30.00/person cost was well worth it. By the way, that includes the gratuity, although we tipped a little extra because they deserved it.
Our cabin - We had an inside cabin...pretty basic, but the use of space was great. The design had several drawers and shelves which provided useable space for socks, shorts, tee shirts, shoes, etc. A smaller, hidden space with shelving was located behind the mirror (dressing table), safe located here as well.
Michaels Cigar/Piano Bar - It is NOT a cigar lounge. Even though it is still posted on Celebrity's website as a cigar lounge, IT IS NOT!! The only place one can enjoy a 'stick' is on deck 11...Sunset Bar (see below; rear of the ship).
Sunset Bar - Great location for sailaway from ports. Smoking on one side only. The Sushi Bar is located just inside, and the pizza is not too far either. We had 2 cold days on our cruise, so could not have a smoke here...too windy, and too cold. Weather permitting, this is an enjoyable place to have a smoke and visit with other cigar smokers. Afternoon music and entertainment is provided by a guy playing guitar and singing. My personal favorite place on the ship.
Cova Cafe - Terrific! Great place to enjoy exotic espressos. Full bar, as well. Good place to 'people-watch'. Frequent entertainment in the evenings...violin group, and a 4-guy acapello group.
Island Cafe - Breakfasts and lunches (and dinner, too) were quite good. The omelets were terrific. Good selection of food for lunches. Try the tuna salad...Celebrity has some of the best on all their ships. If you want to go for dinner here instead of the main dining, you will need a reservation. They put out white table cloths and make it quite elegant.
Crystal Lounge - Here you can enjoy a good mix of music performed by Kathleen & The Saints. They are a delightful Korean family who offers up very enjoyable, 'danceable' tunes. Kathleen has a very pleasant voice and sings on key (more than I can say for the Celebrity Singers & Dancers).
Celebrity Theatre - The shows featuring the Celebrity Singers & Dancers did not meet our expectations. There were lots of off-key notes by some of the singers. We went for the "Shout" performance, and did not go back.
Ship Overview - Although The Century is obviously an older one, and it shows in some places, we still enjoyed her elegance and comfort. There was some "creaking" in our cabin at night from the movement of the ship in high seas, but we got used to it after a couple of nights. We enjoyed the overall size of the ship, as opposed to the huge Voyager Class on RCCL. It was easier to get around.
Considering an upcoming cruise on The Century? - I would give it 4 Stars overall. Go For It!
See you on the high seas!