Christmas Cruise 24 December to 6 January Sydney to Auckland
This was our 28th cruise and our first with Celebrity Century
What we loved
The staff who are exceptional.
The space on board. The ship was full with 1800 passengers and we never had to queue at gangways or tender ports and the public lounges soaked up passengers brilliantly.
The traditional ship feel, with loads of wood used in the public rooms
Our inside cabin was well furnished and comfortable with a very high standard of housekeeping. The ships interiors are immaculate and the majority of the outdoor deck space is in good nick. Yes there is sign of wear and tear outside but on the whole the Century is in excellent condition
The production shows were the best we have seen and the lead singers were also the best we have come across.
Murano - simply the best restaurant experience we have had anywhere
The range and consistent quality of cuisine in both the Main Restaurant and the Buffet are about the best we have come across
Finally- joy of joys - there was not a dreaded Art Auction or the associated dubious art for sale to be seen. If that is standard with Celebrity that alone will have us come back
What we did not love
The lack of anything really special Christmas Day food wise. For many people including us Christmas Day Lunch is the most important meal of the year and with Celebrity's cuisine reputation something that we were really looking forward to on this cruise. We dined in the Main Restaurant - it was just the normal run of the mill lunch menu! In the evening they did add Roast Turkey to the main courses and called Christmas Pudding an "English Pudding" and also offered a "Noel Log" for dessert otherwise it was the normal restaurant fare. Tip for Christmas Cruise people - take your own bon bons!!!
Yet the brunch buffet held in the dining room three days later was stunning. Why Celebrity did not offer this brunch on this Christmas Cruise on Christmas Day is mystifying. This comment was also made by many people that we spoke to
The lack of advertising of the GLBT Rainbow drinks each evening. We are two gay men and for us this is an important social part of our evenings on a cruise and every other cruise line we sail on advertise this, along with other social events, in the daily printed program
There was a "Community Notice Board" by the reception desk which did list this and other events like "Single Mingles" However, if,like us, you have no reason to visit the reception desk (and the community notice board does not stand out that well either by the desk) you would be oblivious to any GLBT event or other social events on the ship. We only saw this board by accident
When asked about this ship's officers said it was a Head Office decision. Yet Friends of Bill W is advertised each day in the daily printed program whilst GLBT or other events are not - Not Good . An easy solution would be to advertise in the daily program taht there are other events onboard listed on the Community Notice board at the reception desk - problem would then be solved
The constant pushing by staff the first few days of the cruise of the different Drinks packages we found very irritating.
The Main Dining Room was also not open for lunch on Port Days, not a big issue but some people we spoke did not like being restricted to the buffet seven days straight
But apart from these few issues this was in every way simply the best cruise experience that either of us have ever had. There was something about the staff, the ship, the quality and variety of the cuisine that works and works very well. We have become Celebrity Converts and have already booked our next cruise with the line