We were looking for a cruise catering to adults sailing to Saint Petersburg. Cruise Critic helped us choose Celebrity Century. I have to say it was a very pleasurable experience from start to finish. We arrived in Amsterdam 3 days early.That gave us enough time to recover from jet lag and see a bit of Amsterdam. It must be one of the friendliest cities in the world. We took advantage of the hotel shuttle arranged by Celebrity to get to the port. That made lugage handling and check-in easier. Our cabin class entitled us to VIP check-in and it was the fastest easiest boarding we have ever done. We immediately went to our Sky Suite to drop of our carry-on luggage. Our suite had a horrible odor. Our attendant Hector apologized and said there had been a leak from the bathroom on the previous cruise and he was drying the carpet. When the odor was still there the next morning he had our entire carpet shampooed. That solved the problem. A bottle of wine was sent to our room along with an apology for any inconvenience. Our butler John was pleasant but not as available as our travel mates butler. We were more than pleased with our cabin and its many amenities. The Century is a well designed ship. It was very easy to get around and everything was easy to locate.During the course of the cruise I think we took advantage of everything they had to offer.
The Islands Buffet had a great selection of food choices. The food was well prepared and was organized into American, European, and Asian sections. There was always so much to choose from. On formal nights you can reserve a table there for casual dining or just select from the buffet. My only complaint was there was no dress code and some people came to breakfast in bathrobes and slippers I thought that was really tacky on a cruise of this class. The outdoor grill room was always available for burgers nachos etc.
The grand dining room is truely beautiful. We were unhappy with our origional table assignment that was too close to the violinists. They immediately reassined us to table of our liking. Its nice you can get tables for two or four and not have to set with strangers. We had a very friendly waiter Francisco and his assistant was great too. They remembered our prevences and we had to ask for nothing. Our wine srewart Tina was also a true pleasure to work with. There were good menu choices every night including some sugar free fesserts. Do not miss the special brunch buffet. It was fantastic.
The Spa Cafe offered healthy eating choices but we found enough in the other restaurants and only stopped there once.
The specialty dining room Murano was a phenominal.The service was exceptional and the menu choices were varied, beauiful, well executed and most of all delicious. They offer several tableside presentations that are fun. The cheese souflet was the best I ever had. I wish we had booked more nights there. The food was that good. Chef Joselito gave us a tour of the kitchen and even prepared a special Philopino dish for us. We had a major problem with a reservation cancellation on the night of our friends anniversary. They gave our table to large party of Dutch passengers. They didn't tell us it was cancelled. They just booked us another night. They later apologized and prepared a special dinner for us. They even brought in violinists for our friends anniversary.
There are several bars and lounges throughout the ship. They all present a different atmosphere to fit your mood. We loved the MartinI bar with its friendly waitress Visjna. Also Vic in the Cova Cafe. The drinks are well prepared with good liqour.
Rich Cleesen heading the activities was a true asset to the cruise.He was both friendly and funny. He led a great crew but I have to say the girls far outshined the guys. We really enjoyed Anna and Katie who ran a lot of the activities.
The Spa is beautiful and offered everything from massage to botox. I had a great but rather expensive massage from Pedro. My friend got a great hair cut and color. They ran a lot of specials that made it more reasonable.
The ship has a shopping boulevard for gifts and items you might have forgot to pack. The Russian Bazarre was a good bargain.
We booked shore excursions in every port. They had a lot to choose from. They were well organized and fun. If I repeated the trip I think I would book private tours at some of the locales.Unfortuately we booked tour that had no shopping time. We saw a lot but missed out on some great shopping buys. We were a group of four older gay men. We were well treated on this cruise.
Lastly I want to comment on the crew. I think their staff is their greatest asset. Every single employee from the engineroom attendant to the captain went out of their way to make your stay pleasant. This has to be one of the friendliest staff on seas. There was not even one employee who was not smiling and friendly.They came from 52 diferent countries and certainly represented their homeland and Celebrity well. If I travel with Celebrity again it will be because of the crew.
The enrichment seies was ok. Could have been way better.
Entertainment was pretty good. I especially enjoyed the acapella singers, the violin quartet, and the show Liverpool nights. The juggler was just OK for me although he did have a few phenominal tricks. I missed the comic. The headliner Lindsy Hamilton was really good but the show was too short.