Background: this was our third TA, and our first cruise with Celebrity. This was our 12th cruise in the past three years.
Travel: we live in Florida and drove to Miami in a rental car. Hint: Hertz has a downtown office with a shuttle to the pier - a very great convenience.
Embarkation: arrived after 2:00 PM. Smooth, with no delays.
Stateroom: we booked inside guarantee. The room was adequate and very convenient. Lots of storage space.
Ship Info: The Century is an older ship, and smaller by modern standards. We loved the size and layout and preferred it to the larger Constellation, which we took on a later Baltic cruise.
Dining: We had first sitting. The waitstaff was very prompt, attentive and correct. The food was very good. Better in quality than on Royal Caribbean and about on a par with Holland America. The buffet was OK - the asian counter and the ice cream were the stars. One problem with Celebrity is that they do not offer a "wine card" for inexpensive house wines in the dining room and in the bars. You can purchase a single glass of wine, but the price is higher than on Holland America. Celebrity claims that the quality is higher too, and this may be true.
Activities: Kathy Ace was a lecturer on the sea days. She is a writer and talked about mystery authors and TV shows. She was a great speaker, and here talks became more popular as the cruise went on. There were the usual trivia, dancing, etc. activities which were adequate, but not as extensive as those found on Holland America.
Staff & Service: First rate with the sole exception of the Captain's Club Hostess, who refused to help us obtain our benefits claiming "it is not company policy" to check out our on-line enrollment. The Hostess on the Constellation on the following cruise had no problem helping us. On the other hand, the captain went out of his way to greet the CC group and make us welcome. He also gave historical information about transatlantic cruising during his daily nautical updates. It helped make the cruise something special.
Entertainment: The shows and talent were OK.
Shore Excursions: We only booked one ship excursion: a tour of Canterbury. This was excellent and very well organized. Also, the ship shuttle busses to town were well run.
Disembarkation: We got off in Amsterdam very quickly and smoothly. We stayed on for several days after the cruise in a hotel we booked ourselves. Summary: The Century is an older, but very nice ship crewed by people who obviously love her and enjoy their jobs. I would recommend this ship for people who aren't travelling with children and want a more traditional cruise experience.