We are late bloomers when it comes to cruising and recently completed our first cruise on the Celebrity Century sailing from New Zealand to Australia and disembarking in Fremantle W.A. We are now well and truly hooked and already researching our next cruise - hopefully to Asia.
I know we have nothing to compare it to, but the Century was absolutely fantastic! I cannot speak highly enough of it. The staff were amazing - so cheerful and friendly - no request was ever too much trouble.
We had a Concierge Class balcony cabin which was compact but very comfortable. We had hoped to have breakfast most days on the balcony, however, we tried a couple of times but it always arrived cold. We ate most of our meals in the Grand Restaurant as we are not huge fans of buffets and found that the food there was not very hot either. Now my husband is a Health Inspector so this is a huge "no no" with him! We also ate in the specialty restaurant Murano on several occasions and it was magnificent. We had a couple of late lunches up at the Burger Bar by the pool and they were very good.
One gripe we had was with the Premium Drinks Packages that we purchased. We do love our wine and the package included wine by the glass up to $12. However, the only place that you could get these premium wines was in Murano, where you were already paying extra to dine there. We did speak with the Bar Manager and he arranged for us to have two of our favourite wines from Murano available in the Grand Restaurant which was nice. Also regarding the wine, we love our NZ sauvignon blancs and Australian reds. We thought, cruising around NZ and Aust that they would have a good selection of these. However, most of the wines were American and I have to say, did not "float our boat". We would take a drinks package again (but not the premium one) as it was good to be able to grab as much bottled water as we liked and have fresh squeezed juice or smoothies with our breakfast. The martinis in the Martini Bar were good too as were the liqueur coffees in the Cova Bar.
However, nothing could put a dampener on our experience and we are still buzzing and wishing we were back on the ship.