We sailed on the Century from November 21st to December 15th . The first segment left Barcelona with the first stop in Marseilles, France. We had stops at Nice, port for Florence, port for Rome, port for Naples, Tunis, Casablanca, Cartegena, Gibraltar, Canary Islands. We favor back to back cruises. The port selection was excellent for us.
We favor and inside cabin, which of course is extremely cost effective since you use your cabin to sleep in. The beds were firm to our liking. Although the cabin is only 175 sq. feet, the space is used effectively. We had more than enough room. Instead of having a large bed, we choose the single bed option, which allowed for plenty of room in the center. The stateroom staff truly met all of our needs.
The Grand Restaurant is beautiful, and the staff and service is truly exceptional. The entrée selection is above average, but nicely presented. It appears the company is attempting to reduce costs by changing the entree selection based on previous cruises with Celebrity. The traditional lobster meal was replaced with a seafood entree, which consisted of a half tail. The soups are very good. We really enjoyed the deserts. Service is excellent.
The Island Cafe food is exceptional for breakfast and very good for lunch. We would recommend the healthy food found in the Aqua-Spa Cafe. Truly healthy to eat. We eat most of our lunches there. The hamburgers and onion rings served by the pool are also exceptional. The Murano Restaurant, in our opinion, is not worth an additional cost of $30. The alcoholic drinks are expensive between $6 - $10 per drink.
On deck 12 there is the beautiful Hemispheric Lounge. The problem is they allow smoking on one side. It is actually a wonderful place to read a book and view the ocean while you are sailing. We also enjoyed the bridge tours that were given on both sailings while we were on see.
The evening entertainment is typical and definitely in need of improvement - the usual young singers and dancers, average comedian, average solo singers and instrumentalists. Movies were also shown some nights in the show lounge. The projector in the movie theater was new, but had a blue cast in the middle.
The exercise facilities were extremely busy at times. I found; however, that around 10:00 a.m., I could easily get on any of the machines I desired.
The staff and crew are truly some of the best - extremely helpful, friendly and courteous; always greeting you with a smile and giving assistance where required. My mother uses a travel wheelchair, and the staff went out of their way to be helpful to her.
This time getting embarkation and disembarking from the ship in Miami was one of the best. We especially liked the luggage area in Miami. We noticed that by hiring a porter, we definitely went to the head of the line as our transportation to the Miami airport was arranged through Celebrity.
Although we got exactly what we paid for, we were extremely pleased, and our looking forward to our next cruise with Celebrity. The Western Med. kept us busy with various tours, and I missed the sea days. Nothing beats a transatlantic cruise if you want to relax and not have any worries.