This was my first time on a Celebrity ship, I was impressed with my experience. I have been on several cruises and several cruise line and I honestly dont have much negative feedback to provide.
Celebrity Century is the oldest of the ships and the rumor is this is the last year it will sail before the company will sell it. Even though the boat is smaller ( holds about 1800 people) it has great charm, character and is very clean and well decorated. Unlike most cruise lines Celebrity Century uses less dramatic interior design and stays with simple lines, colors and little or no patterns on carpets, bedding, walls or decor. The Century was very clean, well layout and felt cozy, and didnt feel outdated at all. If you have been on Royal Caribbean's larger ships such as Liberty of the Seas or Adventure ( to name a few) this ship does not compare at all to those. The Century has very little onboard shopping, only one restaurant ( which is excellent) and one coffee cafe, but what it lacks in those areas it well makes up for common areas and bars. The Century has an AMAZING Martini Bar which boast a wall made of real ice and also a bar counter made of ice. The Martini bar is by far my favorite part of the ship and tends to be where everyone hangs out.
One area of improvement for Celebrity should consider is music, the pool deck and common areas lack music and if it is played its usually elevator music at a very low volume. Most other cruise lines tend to have music playing that keeps busy happy and moving around. Celebrity is more laid back. Celebrity also doesn't seem to force activities on people, very few announcements are made onboard about activities, guest issues or anything else ( if you have been on Carnival especially you know how often people are being called to guest services). The Century does provide great shows in the theatre, an a cappella group and a harp and violin group in the grand atrium every evening.
For this cruise I was part of the Concierge Class, I would highly recommend this if you can afford it, our service was amazing and we were literally treated like Celebrities. You may wonder how they ( the staff) know you are in Concierge Class, well your room key tells all. Everyone on the ship receives a white card ( kids are blue) but in Concierge Club you receive a gold card so the wait staff knows that you are staying in the suites. Also in the suites you receive plush robes, umbrellas, really nice beach bags to take home, plush towels and a larger veranda with a dining table ( not to mention your room is in the most desirable places on the ship)
Celebrity is also the ONLY cruise line as of now that offers an ALL INCLUSIVE DRINK PACKAGE!! Well worth the money. I am not a big drinker but I have never been able to get off of the cruises with a bar bill less then $250. The all inclusive drink package gives you two options, the classic which includes unlimited drinks up to $8 for $29 per day and the Premium which includes any drink onboard including top shelf liquor for $49 per day. For this 5 night cruise I paid $283 ( including tips ) for unlimited drinks. As you can imagine this makes life easier, cheaper and allows you to not worry about your accumulating onboard charges. This option has sold me on using Celebrity for all future cruises. The only negative part this seems to have had on the cruise is there are less bartenders and pool butlers ( i guess to save on money) so you will have to wait a few extra mins to get a drink and sometimes deal with crankier bartenders but overall there is no reason to not get this package.
The last part I will touch on is food. The food is amazing on this ship. The buffets had no lines and healthy, well thought out, delicious food. My best friend who came along graduated from culinary school and is hard to impress. This person said they were amazed by the food, the presentations and overall quality. If you have cruised before the food on cruise ships doesn't compare to this food. You will be highly impressed, trust me. Its also good to mention that Murano's the restaurant onboard has the best food I have had on a cruise ship, its well worth the $35 charge.
Overall I would recommend this cruise, its a great ship, has excellent food and isnt over crowed. You more then likely wont have to search for a seat at the pool, stand in line to get food and wait forever to get back on the ship at the port. Also small things really make the difference, pillow top pool chairs, wet cold towels, no control of pool towels, a excellent sushi bar open from 5:30-9 and decor that doesn't scream tacky Vegas. There are a lot of mix reviews on the ship and of course it changes per trip but overall I cant think of anything that should steer you clear of this cruise, out of my ten cruises in the past 5 years I would say I rank this at the very top.