We flew to Miami on the Saturday morning and arrived at the ship around 10:45am. At 11:00am, we were allowed to start boarding and were able to be among the first to check in. We got on board and purchased the frozen drink package for the first leg of the B2B. The price was $19.65 per day plus 15% gratuity. They put a sticker on your sea pass to identify that you have the package. On to the pool deck to get a couple of chairs and a cold beverage. It was cool in Miami but coming from Canada, it was downright balmy. We sat there until the buffet opened and then went to get lunch. The fire doors to the stateroom corridors were closed so we could not get to the staterooms until around 1:00pm. After lunch, we went downstairs to book Murano's and were able to get a favourable dining time for the Jamaica night. It was a wonderful dining experience, not rushed and very attentive. The cheese plate was exquisite with several different types of cheese to savor. The Petite-fours after dessert were an extra treat. I had the Grand Marnier Souffle and my wife had the chocolate one. I would highly recommend these as the dessert of choice. I would suggest that you limit yourself to one piece of the bread that they offer even though they look and taste wonderful. You need to leave room for dessert. You will be full.
The ship is in great shape for being 11 years old. The staff are always cleaning and fixing things so it has remained a great classic ship of the Celebrity line. The MDR is still magnificent and the service is always top notch. Our Stateroom was a sideways cabin but it was next to the stateroom attendants storage area so we were always hearing noises from there. We love the sideways layout though. We had 9167 last year and it was much quieter. Unfortunately 9167 was not available for both legs so we took 9161 as we did not want to have to move between cruises. The entertainment on board was a mixture of Broadway shows and a comedian names James Stephens III. He was pretty funny, but I have seen better and much worse. The luggage arrive well ahead of the early seating dining on the embarkation day so it was no trouble getting ready for dinner. The sushi bar at the rear of the Islands Cafe at 5:30pm each night was an added treat as I love sushi. The sommeliers in the main dining room are quite good and very attentive. We had a server named Jesus Braganza and an assistant server Marsha Buchel and both were fantastic. Called us all by name and remembered our likes and dislikes. The food was excellent and the desserts were decadent. It would be your own fault if you go hungry. They will bring you two of any course if you cant decide so feel free to ask.
We had no issues with our stateroom and our attendant was attentive and willing to comply with our requests. We asked to have the mini bar cleaned out so we could use the fridge for our own use and he did it. I wanted to also say that Captain Mantzavinos was one of the most personable Captains I have met on a cruise ship and we had the pleasure of dining at his table on the formal night of the second cruise. A marvelous host and great conversationalist. It was a most memorable evening. If you get a chance to talk to the Captains Club Hostess on board, Ti-Ann Aure, you will find her to be a delightful and engaging person. She went to great lengths to ensure our cruise was our best one yet. She deserves huge kudos. We purchased the Captains Wine Package 7 bottles and discovered a wide array of wines to satisfy even the most discriminating palate with reasonable prices. The only negative I can point out has little to do with the cruise line but lots to do with the mentality of the ever popular chair hogs. Deck chairs were hard to find even in the cool weather, but there were no people in them. I would like to see the lines do more to combat this issue, but I suppose I will just have to accept it as a fact of life. Highly recommend the Century as a smaller cruise ship with a more spacious feel to it. Have booked again for next year while on board.