We flew from London to Barcelona, stayed at the Barcelona Hotel for a few days so we could sightsee around the city, then we got a taxi to the port from the hotel, the embarkation process was really efficiently handled by all staff and we were welcomed on board "Century" in time to enjoy lunch.
Our cabin was a good size with a window, plenty of cupboard space the bathroom was a good size too, and the steward kept our cabin tidy and well supplied with ice water.
The information broadcast by the Captain, once a day at 12 noon, was mostly inaudible, couldnt hear anything inside our cabin and we never knew where we were heading, the weather details for the day and information about the ship.
Our days at sea were boring, very few suitable activities to join, luckily the library had a few books I hadnt read. This ship seems unsuitable for children, they ran all over the ship day and early evening, even though the brochure said they would be supervised at all times by the Childrens Club.
Dining in the Island Cafe we had the same menu for the 12 days we were on board. The staff were not very helpful due to the language barrier, but our waiter and assistant waiter in the Grand Restaurant where we had dinner at night were very helpful and friendly. On formal nights in the Grand there was no checking of standard of dress - such a shame when some of us went to a lot of effort to dress well.Alcohol was very expensive on board with the additional charges added.
The entertainment was geared for a much younger group of people I believe, with the dancing, partying and theme nights starting at 11.30pm, and the live performances in my opinion, held in the Theatre were of rather poor quality, we have seen far better on other cruises.
The highlight of our cruise was calling at the following ports: Ville Franche, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Dubrovnik, Venice, Split, - the scenery, people and cultures were wonderful to experience and left lasting memories with us - unfortunately Salerno could quite happily be bypassed.
Our disembarkation started earlier than advertised (7am)we were told to book another night in a hotel as we would miss our plane connection, but as we berthed at 6am we could have connected with our flight from Barcelona. The staff at the disembarkation terminal were excellent, helping to clear the terminal as quickly as possible and ensuring everyone was catered for.
Sadly Celebrity has not lived up to their advertising pamphlets/brochures, I consider this Century ship to be only "2" star, very false advertising, and unfortunately we will NEVER sail with that cruise line every again.