We cruised on the Celebrity Century (Med) in Aug/Sept this year.
This is a smaller ship but there is nothing old and tired about it. The attitude of the company however may be what is old and tired. I couldnt quite work out who they were catering to but if pushed would have to say the much older crowd and the very wealthy (or would be if they could be types) I think the average age on this ship was around 60. It seemed that a lot of these passengers never left the ship.
We found our on board experience very very boring. This is not a cruise for children by the way. They will have nothing to do.
Celebrity advertising lured us with promises of 'evenings' of entertainment and theme nights. Unfortunately an 'evening' on Celebrity Century starts at 11.30 pm. We missed all those theme nights because they were just too late and we couldnt hang around bored for hours waiting to attend, especially when tours for the next day could mean being off this ship by 7.45 More
am. Catering for those that never left the ship I think.
At sea days really put us off cruising again. If you dont like bingo, trivia or the overcrowded pool deck (never a deck chair available unless you were in full sun all day) there is really nothing else to do. Pools are very small too. There are seminars to sit and listen to but nothing interactive. Beware - some of the so called entertainment may sound good but you have to pay extra.
Thats what we found with this cruise - everything was extra. Even getting from the ship to a town if you didnt buy a Celebrity tour. They got an extra dollar out of you at every opportunity. It was hard sell all the time.
We decided not to buy the full drinks packages and go with a soda and classic non alcoholic and pay as we went for alcohol. The soda deal was ok but the classic package was not worth the money. The only fruit juice we found was orange on the back deck. Never saw the bottled juices etc they advertise. Maybe they were only available in the spa. Drinks are very expensive so if you do plan on enjoying a few beers or wines at night or on sea days buy the package and avoid the nasty surprise at the end of the cruise. eg a class of wine in the restaurant is over $10.
The service on the ship was wonderful and we met some lovely friendly staff. Celebrity seem pretty hard on them though and should keep reprimands more private i feel. We felt one member of management took his job too seriously and nicknamed him the Gestapo.
Meals in the restaurant were great. We did not dine at Murano as we had heard the extra expense was not warranted.
Food in the Island Cafe was pretty good - bistro type food. There was little change in the menu though over the 12 days.
Ports were great apart from Split Croatia. Why were we there?? Do not pay for a tour here as there is nothing to see. Just get off the ship and walk. Such a disappointment after Dubrovnik!
Celebrity tours ranged from excellent to just ok but were all very expensive and added an extra $1000 to our holiday. There were much cheaper options eg train to Rome, Florence, free boat trips in Venice to the Murano glass factory etc, but Celebrity do not give you any information if you want to go it alone. If you visit Venice, gondolas hold 6 so get together with some other passengers and share the 130 euros. At a few ports, private tours and open top buses were waiting for those not already on tours. There were always taxis as well. The locals take advantage of all those new visitors getting off a ship!
Overall the ship was very clean, the staff were great and the food was pretty good. Celebrity let themselves down by not catering to all passengers in regard to activities and entertainment.
Will I cruise with Celebrity again? No. I will be looking for a cruise line that recognizes the different needs and desires of ALL its passengers not just a select group. Less