The Century was on its inaugural cruise out of Aus, and having been on two RCCL ships before were looking forward to what was promoted as a star rating better.
Not the case, it did not match our expectations.Even at this time of year, the trip is a cool climate one and the ship was not suited.
Hard to find a seat anywhere indoors with a view. The Rendezvous Lounge is dingily lit and the few seats next to windows were taken by book readers.The Hemisphere Lounge should have been a warm sanctuary and fit a lot of people, was totally spoiled by the smokers, making even a short stop there unpleasant.The Sunset Bar area also taken over by smokers.
We liked the Mast Bar, however it was also closed most of the time, understanderbly because of cold windy weather. Hugely irritating then, when we did have a glorious afternoon near the end of the cruise, that they did not open it and we had to spend our time in the dim indoors!
Public toilets were few and not on every public deck.To get to the Hemisphere's one had to negotiate a wet and windy deck!
Stateroom the worst I've seen.We had an inside cabin with a ship columnn coming through it where the second bed should have been.The two put together ok, but both were sagged and the join not comfortable as it was covered only thinly.Small, cheap, ineffectual pillows. No bedside to place glasses,etc at night. The shower controls not marked which was hot or cold direction and was scalding either way it turned. The past passenger's sandy bottles of coke and water left in fridge for a week, when I then threw them out. Cabin was always done every day, but absolutely no frills.
Dining room service always excellent, the food, however basically quite ordinary as we have found on other cruises.Perhaps we were expecting better because the line is touted as excelling in the food department.Even so, hard to enjoy a relaxing meal in such a noisy, rushed environement.The engine/propeller noise and vibration made the place less than it should be.
So we gravitated to the Islands Cafe buffet and had a better experience. The waiters, plate clearers and drink staff were efficient,friendly and sometimes went that bit further to please.
Evening entertainment such as a guessing game was really good fun and we caught the all crew spectacular another night and thoroughly enjoyed that.
Always found the Cova Cafe to put a bright spot in our morning, great coffees and brilliant service.
A lot of the ports needed a tender and the process was hampered by wind.Have to note though that having one break down and the length of time to remedy the situation did not make us want to use one.
All up, a disappointing holiday for the money with the saving grace of a fine crew.