Have just returned from a week of frantic sightseeing in the Western Med on Celebrity Century. We were rather sceptical of sailing on an older ship after experiencing the 'Celebrity Solstice' in August, however we found the ship to be a friendly place to be with a nice atmosphere and the staff without exception were friendly and efficient.The flight out from LHR which Celebrity booked for us should have left at 11.20 however it was delayed by an hour which meant that we only reached the ship half an hour before it sailed which was far too late. On retrospect we should have asked them to book us onto an earler flight.
We opted for a Concierge Class' balcony cabin on Vista deck.Nice touches such as fresh flowers, a fruit basket,thick robes and daily plate of canapes.The cabin had excellent storage with 2 large closets and another with ample shelf space. Bathroom had a decent sized shower.We were disappointed with the Islands cafe buffet setup which was very confusing and the food areas were badly lit. Main restaurant was fine and the food there was well presented with a good choice. However there were times when the food was not as hot as it should be.The theatre was attractive and most of the shows were a good standard. However on most nights the shows were timed at 7.30 and 9.45 which meant that as we were at late sitting dinner we had to go to the show before dining which we did not like.The Crystal lounge was a good place to go for late night entertainment. The Martini bar was always packed out, probably the most popular bar on the ship.
Our 1st port was Cannes and we had to land by tender which was fine.It is an easy stroll along the front or there is a bus that does a circular trip around town. Portofino turned into a nightmare due to a heavy swell which finally stopped the tender service running at midday. We were trapped on shore for 5 hours while the captain tried waiting for the weather to improve [ it didn't]. Finally at 4.30 he decided to use local ferries to get the hundreds waiting to Santa Margarita where the ship anchored off shore in calmer waters and the tenders could be used to get us all back on board.The whole day turned into a nightmare not just due to the weather but mostly due to the indecision of the captain in not making alternative arrangements earlier - not a good experience to be told to wait on the jetty and not move for 4 hours,nowhere to sit and just a bottle of water given out and no food! We took the organized trips to Florence and Rome which were well run and informative but both involved a lot of walking and were very tiring but if you want to see these places in one day, thats what you have to do!!! We had already visited the major sights accesible from Naples so opted to visit the museum that has all the artifacts from Pompei etc.We got a taxi there and walked back.As UK 'over 65's' we got in free by showing a copy of our passport. Its a great place to spend a morning.
Disembarcation was well organised but as they want you off the ship as early as possible we were at the airport 4 and a half hours before our flight! They do organise trips around Barcelona for passengers on late flights but ours was not quite late enough to give us time to go on one of those. Would we take another cruise on 'Century', probably not as we prefer a more modern ship and she is beginning to show her age, however we did enjoy our holiday and if you like the ambiance of a smaller ship then she may well be the ship for you!