We just came back from the Celebrity Century from Miami to Key West/Cozumel. I try very hard to get a nice cruise for a nice price. We were pleasantly surprised at the value and the relaxing atmosphere of the Century as compared to our summer cruise on the Solstice.
Although the ship was sold out, it seemed to be less crowded than the Solstice. Perhaps because of the colder weather-no one was in the pool-not a very "party" atmosphere! The women playing violin in the evening created a very upscale, elegant ambiance. I would not say that teens would have enjoyed this as much as the RC or Carnival. I do believe that Century is more for our likings, being hard working professionals who really are not late nighters or partiers!
We were upgraded from the concierge class to the Sky suite and the balcony was so large it accomodated 2 lounge chairs and a small table and 2 chairs. The lounge chairs should be replaced as they were stained-but we covered them with 2 towels. It gave us alot of privacy and a place to hang out instead of the public areas on the deck. It was a real treat.
We enjoyed breakfast on the veranda 2 mornings, it was too cold to eat outside alot of the time--very unusually cold weather this past week!
Having been upgraded, we now had a butler who was very nice--that is an added 7.00 gratuity every day. He brings a few toast appetizers at 4 PM-otherwise it really is not necessary to have a butler...for what?- But he was very nice and accomodating-bringing in the food for room service. We initially were told we needed him for room serice. That was not the truth. The room service attendants could have brought the food. If we needed a reservation he would have done so for dinner or excursions-
The only negative I would say about the Sky suite rooms on the Sport deck where we were is this:Those rooms were added and they were once part of the sports deck, and the roof of the rooms is the open, public deck above, so you can hear walking--in our case kids running on the deck above (outside deck). Also, there is alot of rattling noise from above because of the structure issues. We were also at the back of the ship, and felt alot of motion all the time when moving. It was very shaky. Additionally, they hose the deck above, and the water gets on everything that you leave on the veranda, because the rook of the veranda does not cover the entire veranda...so be careful what you leave outside...we had mostly ashes from cigarettes. If you get a sky suite, it is much better to not have the Sports deck...just my opinion. And the cabins all the way in the back end of the ship are just underneath the cafe, and there is absolutely NO privacy.
The food was very good-the dinner not as good as the Solstice-perhaps it was just our server...
The dinner in the buffet included some beautiful sushi display.
The lunch was very good--2 seperate made to order stations-one for pasta, the other asian.
It was one of the more relaxing cruises we have had and I would surely book this ship again.