Celebrity Century Cruise Review by HuskyBoy: Celebrity Century - Western Caribbean
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Celebrity Century - Western Caribbean
We live in Florida and were able to drive to the Port of Miami. We reserved a parking place at United Parking in Miami which was a mile from the port. On arrival to the garage, we pulled into the parking spot and within a couple of minutes the shuttle pulled up ready to take us to the ship. Great service and half the price of parking at the port.
Check-in for us was at 1pm and there was about a 10 minute wait and we were on-board the ship, heading up to lunch on the 11th deck.
Our first impression of the Celebrity Century was a good one - the ship was clean and the decor appeared rich. Our cabin was an interior on the 9th deck which was a perfect location - two floors up to the pool deck and two floors down to the theater.
Dining options were excellent. Breakfast was had in the buffet on the back of the ship. There was a nice deck to eat out overlooking the water at the rear of the ship. As for the food at breakfast - great omelets - need a little work on More the french toast and pancakes - there was still plenty to choose from.
Lunch had multiple options - we often found ourselves eating fresh pasta in the cafe - with the occasional burger while hanging out around the pool. There was plenty to eat and the ability to customize each offering was endless.
Dinner was had in the grand dining room which accommodates the 5th and 6th decks at the rear of the ship - our service was great - the first night many of us had salmon that ended up being a bit dry - but everything else was fantastic. During the week I enjoyed lamb, an excellent sirloin steak as well as wonderful dessert options. Our server ended each night with a fun game at the table.
Entertainment - for the most part was great - there was a large number of live musicians that played throughout the ship - an excellent Acapella group - "Franklin" a solo guitarist who I worked to find as he was so relaxing. Many bands kept the action going and allowed for all flavors of music. The shows in the theater were well done, but not a whole lot different than what you might find on other ships. The comedian, Louis Johnson, was outstanding during the "clean" show and not that great in the "late night" offering.
If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing cruise, this is it - only one announcement during the day, at noon, from the captain and cruise director. Often times it was not possible to hear what they were saying. There were no poolside games to speak of with the exception of a couple passenger vs. officers volleyball games.
Ports we visited included Key West and Grand Cayman - both excellent ports. In Key West we rented bicycles and rode to the Little White House, Southern most Point etc. In Cayman, we booked an excursion online with Soto Cruises for $30/person US. This was an excellent decision. On arrival to port, we tendered in, which was easy, walked a couple of minutes to the main cruise port where we met the contact for Soto Cruises. We boarded a bus and a few short minutes were in the boat heading out to sea. After a 30 minute ride we stopped for snorkeling at a place with beautiful coral and fish. Following snorkeling, we moved on to Sting Ray City - which should not be missed. We had the opportunity to hold and feed the stingrays - some of which were 5' wide. Soto took the time we needed to really enjoy the experience and the price was worth it! Check them out.
We had two days at sea, which I love - good for reading books, soaking in the hot tub - eating - or whatever moves you.
On arrival back in Miami we chose the "walk-off" option which was easy - at 7:20am we had our bags in hand and whisked through customs. We walked out of the terminal and there was the parking shuttle - within 10 minutes we were in our car heading toward the Turnpike.
We high recommend Celebrity and loved the Century. She might be a bit older, but she was easy to navigate and is really well cared for. We have cruised Carnival and Royal and will definitely consider a return to Celebrity! Less
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Cabin review: Celebrity Century 9037
Great location - easy access to main areas of the ship. Interior room was small but there was ample closet space. Shower was larger than we have experienced on many ships.
Port and Shore Excursions
This is a tender port, where the ships have to park out in the bay and you are brought to shore on smaller boats. This seems to be a bit of problem, but was not - it was very easy and there was little to no waiting.
Things to not miss in Grand Cayman: Sting Ray City and Snorkeling the Reef. These are easily found with the many tour offerings. We utilized Soto and highly recommend them. The sting rays are unreal - with their 5 feet wing spans, they are very friendly and love being fed.
The city is clean and there is a fair amount of building going on. Be careful though, it is a British Colony and they drive on the opposite side - look both ways when crossing the street!
Things to see: Southern Most Point; Little White House; Hemingway House; Butterfly Museum. All easily accessible. Of course, for those who love a good bar, there are plenty to choose from on Duval Street.
We will continue to choose Key West as a good day in port.