Celebrity Century Cabins
The cabins -- whether inside or the Royal Suites -- represent a lovely blend of comfort and contemporary style.
All cabins, from insides on up, feature soft Egyptian cotton linens and duvets, flat-screen televisions with cable channels and movies-on-request (some free, others $8.97 to $13.99), and wireless Internet access. There are colorful plush pillows and lush window treatments (outsides on up) that are actually functional and attractive, closing perfectly to create a dark room during daylight. A nice touch is the small, individual lamps attached to the walls above the bed allowing one person to read without disturbing the other.
Standard-sized cabins (this includes insides, outsides, and those with balconies) are, at 175 square feet, on the small side of industry average. But they are brilliantly decorated and outfitted to maximize space. The shower-only bathrooms in these staterooms have trendy vessel sinks. The roomy shower is twice the length of those found on new ships.
The balconies measure about 44 square feet.
Century has a handful of unique cabins called "sunset verandah staterooms"; they're located on the stern, above the white canvas sail-like tent that hangs over the Sunset Bar.
And, like the rest of the fleet, Century has ConciergeClass cabins. Though much the same as the standard balcony staterooms in many ways, these entitle passengers to a few extra perks. Those that stood out -- and made it worth the extra cost of a regular verandah stateroom -- included the Frette bathrobes, chilled Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, fresh flowers (in a neat stem-by-stem vase), daily hors d'oeuvres and the aforementioned balcony furnishings that featured a table for dining. In 2012, Celebrity expanded the ConciergeClass services to include an exclusive pre-departure lounge with free coffee and juices. The best thing? Passengers in these accommodations can order from a special ConciergeClass breakfast menu where options include the usual Continental fare with a big plus! Pancakes, omelets, eggs-to-order, fresh-squeezed orange juice and cold cuts were terrific, but even better were some of the ConciergeClass "signature" dishes, such as granola berry parfait, baked bananas and Russian Sevruga caviar. (Alas, the latter was priced a la carte at $44.50.) The smoothies were delicious. (Blueberry-watermelon was a favorite.) Also falling in the "very special but it will cost you" category were drinks, like mimosa, bloody Mary and Champagne. Nice way to meet the day.
At 246 square feet, the Sky Suites are basically just a bigger standard balcony cabin -- but they do have roomier balconies (69 or 179 square feet depending on location), a bit more space and a very lovely marble bathroom with a big soaking tub.
The Century Suite is very much like the Sky Suite, though interestingly, it's slightly smaller (190 square feet with a 35-square-foot balcony). The big difference? It comes with a DVD player and sumptuous bathroom.
The eight 537-square-foot Royal Suites are more of what you expect in a suite -- with a separate living and sleeping area (divided by a huge 42-inch flat-screen television on both the living room and bedroom sides), along with DVD and CD players. There's also a small dining room -- part of the L-shaped configuration of the living area. The bathroom is divine, with separate tub (whirlpool) and shower, lots 'o marble, and a walk in-closet with a little vanity. The suites come with a lovely long balcony (94 square feet) with plush furnishings, teak instead of the standard metal-mesh stuff, and plump chair cushions.
The Penthouse Suite -- there are two -- is the piece de resistance. At roughly double the size of the Royals, these feature a separate bedroom and living room, huge bathroom, guest powder room, walk-in closet, Bose electronic equipment, a dining room with butler's pantry and wet bar, and, on the verandah ... a whirlpool. Interestingly, while the suites themselves measure a generous 1,101 square feet, the balconies, at 118 square feet, are actually smaller than, er, smaller suites.
All suite passengers are entitled to butler service. Typically, butlers deliver cruise-sized newspapers, full meals and afternoon tea. They also provide shoeshine service, and booking assistance in Murano and the AquaSpa.
Century has seven wheelchair accessible oceanview cabins, one inside stateroom and two Sky Suites. Accessible staterooms are placed on centrally located floors and within close proximity to key destinations, such as guest relations, elevators and reception areas.
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