After many sailings on P&O and Princess Cruises, we had the wonderful opportunity to sail aboard the Celebrity Century.
Reading numerous and varying reviews before embarking, we decided to have an open mind and judge for ourselves once onboard.
Embarking in Fremantle was time consuming. We arrived at 11.30am and were advised to collect a number and wait in the lounge area. Announcements were made that there was a delay in boarding due to disembarking passengers being held in customs. We finally got on board at 2.45pm.
*The "Century" although an old ship, was in excellent, clean condition. A very well laid out ship, but in need of re-furbishing.
*The Islands Cafe always had a good assortment of dishes, with the desserts to 'die for'. I particularly liked seeing the officers dining there too.
*The Celebrity Theatre had some wonderful shows, with great costumes.
*Our balcony cabin was fantastic, our steward Berrisford always kept it clean and was always on hand if we ever needed him.
*There was no constant annoying announcements made, and the music around the pool area was not too loud where it was unbearable.
*The majority of the crew were friendly and helpful.
*The Guest Relations staff were always happy to help, as too the staff in the boutiques.
*The girls that work in the "Fun Factory", were the nicest bunch I have had the pleasure of meeting. Being that there were only 9 children on board, my daughter was more than happy to go, even if she was the only child in there. It really is a credit to Celebrity Century to have such wonderful staff to entertain your children, and for parents not having to worry about leaving their child in their care.
*Not enough to do during days at sea, unless you were a fitness or health fanatic - there seemed to be more interesting actives during days in port.
*Having the extra cost of paying for shuttle services when tendering into port. Previous cruises I have been on, this was complimentary.
*Being one of many Aussie passengers, it would have been nice to have a news station from Australia on the cabin TV's.
*Some crew(not many though)gave me the impression that they wanted to be anywhere else but on the ship. They seemed to be walking around in a daze or were rude and noisy.
*The amount of elderly people on board who thought it was their right to be rude and obnoxious. Pushing their way into elevators, barging in between other passengers waiting to be served at the bistro, and having no regard or manners for that matter to other passengers or crew.
*The Head Chef at the Islands Cafe, who abused my 75yo mother for her mentioning that the beef rissole seemed undercooked. He got nastier and louder when he knew he had an audience from other passengers.
*The Future Cruise Sales manager who must of felt I was wasting his time, or does he just not like Australians? He did not protray this Jekyll/Hyde attitude during his seminar on future cruises.
*The NON Smokers - 3 very small sections of the ship was made available for those who wished to light up. To those NON smokers on board who are determined to encrouch on these very small areas (which were indicated as Smoking Area), and deliberately coughed and made hand gestures...if you dont like the smoke - move away to any other 95% of the ship which was smoke-free. These smokers paid the same amount to cruise on this ship as you did, and have every right to smoke if they wish.
Will I cruise on Celebrity Century again?
I really dont know....maybe, maybe not.
A couple of not-so-nice instances have me thinking the latter.