(5:30 p.m. EDT) -- Celebrity Cruises' oldest ship, Celebrity Century, which was slated to go into a 30-day dry dock in February of 2014, will now be out of the water for just seven days.
According to line spokeswoman Liz Jakeway, that leaves only enough time for the ship to have its marble polished, new carpeting and upholstery installed, and fresh coats of paint applied to balconies and the pool area.
In May, Cruise Critic's Host Andy posted a statement from the line on a message board thread about the topic. In the statement, the line said the ship was to receive new cabins (including suites), as well as Solstice-class upgrades to its bars, restaurants and lounges.
Celebrity declined to elaborate on why the vessel's dry dock time was cut and the more extensive refurbishments scrapped, but, earlier this year, the line did confirm that it had no plans to sell Century (a la former fleetmates Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Mercury, which were sold to German cruise line Tui in 2009 and 2011, respectively).
"Celebrity Century is an active member of the Celebrity fleet," Jakeway told Cruise Critic. "If a decision is made to change that status, we'll announce it at the appropriate time."
Four sailings were initially canceled (and booked passengers compensated) to make time for Century's dry dock when it was first scheduled. Now the line has slotted in three additional voyages to fill the time when the ship was supposed to be in dry dock: two eight-night Eastern Caribbean sailings on February 15 and 23, 2014, and one three-night Bahamas cruise on March 3, all sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Associate Editor