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48 Barcelona to Europe - Western Mediterranean Celebrity Century Cruise Reviews

We are in our 60's and this is our review of our century cruise that left Barcelona Oct 13th, 2010. This was our first cruise with Celebrity. We had cruised four times with Carnival, so were looking for a different experience. This ... Read More
We are in our 60's and this is our review of our century cruise that left Barcelona Oct 13th, 2010. This was our first cruise with Celebrity. We had cruised four times with Carnival, so were looking for a different experience. This was also our first time to go to the Mediterranean. We picked this particular cruise because of the itinerary and the dates. W e left St Louis and flew AA to Chicago and then Iberia to Madrid and then Barcelona (we had almost no problems with Iberia). The service was very good and we really enjoyed the food. What I didn't enjoy was being frisked in Madrid. I wear a ring watch and forgot to take it off before going through the detector. (So it was my own fault). We took the Aerobus to Plaza Catalunya with no problems and walked a short distance to our hotel. We arrived at the Hotel Continental, around noon and we were able to get a room. We had a snack from the buffet, it was okay. They did have plenty of things to choose from and I saw them refill things very often. I did enjoy having a mimosa with breakfast. DH did not care for the beer though. The room was pink and very small, but we had plenty of space as we were only staying one night and the location was great. We enjoyed this first day and walked La Rambla and bought a few things. We also walked through the big department store El Corte Ingles and a supermarket type store. The next day we walked around Plaza Catalunya and a few stores in that area, we then went thru the Mercat. Awesome! There was so much fresh food; bakeries, fruits, vegetables, meats and fish. We returned to our hotel to pick up our bags and headed for the ship. We took the Metro to the port area. It wasn't easy with four suitcases but we made it. We took the Green line and expected the Metro to have a green color but it didn't. Just make sure the wall shows the Metro to be the Green line. First problem, where did we go to get on the ship? We were walking around, looking around for signs, when a person, maybe connected with the port, called to us and asked if we were heading for a cruise. We told him yes and he walked us to a bus stop, where we waited for the bus, cost was 2 euros each person. It seems he, or someone, was there to help cruisers get to their ship. It was very helpful. Riding the bus to the ship(s), we did notice several people walking, hauling their luggage and wondered if they didn't know there was a bus to the ships. This bus only picked up at this one place and then went to the different terminals to let people off. It was about 1 mile to our ship. Finally, we were going aboard our ship! We arrived around 1:30 and there were no lines, we walked right up to the counters, pictures, etc onto the ship, where I did receive my free mimosa, nice touch. We were able to drop off our carryon luggage in our room, snap a few pictures and went to lunch. It was nice to get our tray of food and have someone take the tray and escort me to a table, DH followed. We went to a few talks and then went to our cabin to unpack. We met our steward, who assured me that we were going a "step-up" in service. Second problem, in looking at the amenities in the bathroom, I noticed that two of the three bottles were half empty, I put them on the counter upside down, figuring they would attract attention and be changed, didn't happen. They were put back on the shelf. I didn't see our steward again, so was unable to tell him of my disappointment in this "stepped up" service. (This Celebrity has a higher standard than Carnival, did seem to be the attitude with everyone to whom we mentioned having been on Carnival, before this cruise.) Muster was easy, as they didn't have us wear the life jackets. (But now I wonder if this was a good idea. Imagine the chaos if we had to really abandon ship. No ship officers to help. No communication.) We received our suitcases and were able to finish our unpacking before going to dinner. We were with two other couples, one from Australia (who were to do the transatlantic B2B, also) and a couple from California. Dinner was nice. (Third problem, they didn't understand that I wanted my coffee with my dinner, not just with dessert, my DH or I, asked several times before I got it. However the next night they bought it right away, the following I had to wait again and ask for it.) I also noticed that the first night we were given three bread baskets, the second, two baskets, and the third, as we were the only ones at the table, one, but we weren't given it right away. Were they waiting to see if any of the others showed up? The next morning we did take the ships tour to Nice, Eze, Monte Carlo and Monaco. This was by tender to Villefranche, which was started one half hour late, didn't really pay too much attention to the ship arriving late. We both enjoyed the tour and had no problems. We were able to get on a tender fairly early. There were two buses and our bus went to Nice and we walked to the flower market, and had a little time to shop. We then reboarded the bus and went to Eze. Here we went to a restaurant, which I think was named The Traiter. Bottles of water and red and white wine were on the tables. We were served bread, salad, chicken in a mushroom and olive sauce, fried fingerling potatoes, and a zucchini soufflE. We had a demitasse cup of coffee and a raspberry and vanilla gelato. After eating we walked up the hill to the village of Eze. It was all uphill, but you could go at an easy pace, and if you didn't want to go all the way you didn't have to. After arriving at the top we were given time to look at the shops and walk back down to the bus. The bus then went to Monaco and we got off the bus to walk around and go into the church. We were also able to see the changing of the guards and do a little more shopping. Now off to drive on a little of the Grand Prix, and walk on it on the way to Monte Carlo. We did go inside the casino after paying 10 Euros to do so, and we played the slot machine a few times. Again we could walk around. Our guide was very nice and informative. This was such a nice start. We arrived back on ship in time for our late dining. All six of us at the table discussed the fact that we had not left port, but just that one fact. The ship started to move and a few moments later, stopped, problem number four, then the Capital made an announcement that the rudder was broke, cruise cancelled, be off ship by the morning of the 16th. At some time we were informed that we could get free internet and phone calls. We all were dumbfounded, and wondered what to do as we finished dinner. We did not see the other two couples after this, so do not know what they did. My DH and I went back to our cabin and on the way talked to one crewmember who said that since we had not booked our cruise or flight through Celebrity we would have to make our own arrangements. We decided to try and salvage our trip by seeing if we could get to Rome and spend a few days and then stay a few days in Barcelona until our regular flight home. It would have cost us at least twice as much to fly back early. The next morning we were informed we needed to fill out papers on if we wanted to go by bus to Barcelona or Nice, and we would have until 5:00 p.m. on the 16th to be off the ship. Not knowing that Frances' train strike was still going on, we opted to go to Nice, planning on taking the train to Rome. During the day we also learned that the buses were on strike. We were able to get to a ships computer, after a half hour wait, and in two and one half hours were able to book the Christoforo Columbo hotel in Rome and a flight from Rome to Barcelona. (There was an officer and two crew members who were trying to help people who had little experience in using a computer to set up alternate plans, plus setting up connections for those who had their own laptops. These crew members are to be commended, they did go above and beyond their job. When we later came back to use the computer again they were still there.) We left to have some lunch and in talking to another crew member; were told that the tour company that was used to book ships tours was available to help us in Villefranche. We tendered over to see if we could get more help. The poor girl at their desk (of course) knows nothing of this. Maybe that is why there were no lines. She did inform us of the strikes and did tell us we would be better off going to Nice as it was a bigger city. She also told us where to find an internet cafe. Finding this internet cafe was a big help. We were able to book a hotel in Barcelona; it still took an hour as the first few hotels were booked, especially those close to La Rambla, including the Hotel Continental. We were able to find a hotel near a Metro in the Sagrada Familiar area, the Eurostar Mitre Hotel. We really lucked out on both of these hotels as we had no real clue of where they were and what they looked like (who had time to really look at hotel reviews). Back on the ship we realized we probably should have tried to see about a plane from Nice to Rome because of the strike, so we went back to the computer room to do that. The computer lines went down and it took an hour to get them back up. We found it would be too expensive to fly. The flight itself would not be too bad, but they only allowed one carry on and we would have to pay a per pound fee for our larger suitcases. So we decided to play it by ear and try to get a train. We packed our luggage, went to our nice, but lonely dinner. There were a lot of absences. The next morning after breakfast (sadly, no more help in seating anyone, but was fairly empty.) we tendered to Nice, where a crew member did direct us to a taxi. This was the end of our Celebrity Cruise. Did it meet our expectations? Yes and no. I did enjoy what little we experienced on the ship, but it wasn't a "step up" from Carnival, just different. The Carnival ships are brightly colored and decorous where the Century was just the opposite. From reading problems from other passengers thru the last few years on cruise critic, I did know that we would get very little help. I was disappointed that there was so little information given out. I feel that Celebrity (and other cruise lines) should fix this problem. People were flown into Villefranche from Miami, whom we were told would be able to help. After looking for these people we were told by a crew member that this group was only to count the people going by bus to Nice or Barcelona and setting up hotel rooms. We had also been told that there would be limited rooms, so don't count on getting one, if we take the 10 hour bus ride to Barcelona. And Celebrity would only pay for one nights lodging at Barcelona, then you are on your own. I am glad that my DH was able to salvage our trip. We have lost out on an experience we had been planning for 8 months. The hours he put in to plan our port days is lost. While we did get to Rome, Pompeii and Barcelona, after leaving the ship; the cruise we wanted is gone. Never again can we take a cruise for granted, we will now make back up plans. We love to cruise, but will be wary. Will we give Celebrity another chance? Right now I don't know. As you have read in other reports, the cruise line is only giving us 25% off on our next cruise with them. As we had booked an inside cabin for $1,170 (a great buy which later went up $500), that is not much incentive. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
There is very little I can say here that hasn't already been said on the Forum chat about the debacle that took place on this Celebrity Century October 13th cruise to "nowhere". If you want details go to forum. Now to ... Read More
There is very little I can say here that hasn't already been said on the Forum chat about the debacle that took place on this Celebrity Century October 13th cruise to "nowhere". If you want details go to forum. Now to review our very brief stay on the Century. Cosmetically it's lovely. Cabins with verandas were delightful & it killed me to know we have to leave so suddenly. Cabin crew (gloreo) and waiter were excellent. They were so pleasant even though they were taking a huge financial hit. Never got a chance to see a show, play in casino, shop the shops, etc. I'm sure it would have been fun. Advice to future cruisers on any ship; obtain international cell phone, flight insurance, double & triple check trip insurance to make sure they cover what happened on this cruise, be able to utilize any & every resource such as public transportation, airport desks, etc. Trust your own survival instincts & don't depend on ship personnel. After all is said & done, we hope Celebrity management has learned a lesson in customer relations. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
We were so happy with the quick way we were able to embark onto the ship in Barcelona, having paid extra for a special room this paid dividends as were could walk straight through and check in, the staff seemed welcoming and helpful. There ... Read More
We were so happy with the quick way we were able to embark onto the ship in Barcelona, having paid extra for a special room this paid dividends as were could walk straight through and check in, the staff seemed welcoming and helpful. There were plenty of welcoming faces while we walked around the ship while making ourselves familiar with the surroundings. We were so happy when we were able to get into our cabin, as this was our first cruise we were positively surprised with the size and standard of the cabin. The first port Villefranche used tender boats to get to shore - this process seemed a little chaotic but took just an hour to get to the point we could get off ship - so not the end of the world. What was very bad is that we decided, along with some other cruisers, to get off ship and take a train to the nearby Monte Carlo. After a 1hr 30min wait we gave up trying as it seems there was a French train strike - we didn't have enough time to get the alternative 50min bus ride, look around and get back - so just left to go back to the boat. We were disappointed that Celebrity could not have given out this information, we understand we were not on their organised tour but this piece on information could have helped us and a lot of other people out. Other than these 2 issues we could not fault any other aspects of the cruise up until the moment that the captain announced end of Day 2 that the cruise was cancelled due to damage to the rudders. From this moment on it seems the staff and company just could not handle what was happening. As you can imagine there were many angry people and also many people desperately trying to sort out how they were getting home or moving on from here but the staff seemed to think it was ok to try and lighten the mood by making jokes about it - this was not the right way to go about this. Also it seems the staff were not correctly briefed about how to handle this or what info to give to us as more than once we got conflicting information. So overall a lovely ship, gorgeous food and some amazing staff!! Just watch out if there are any further issues like we encountered as they don't seem to cope brilliantly with those situations :) Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Left Barcelona on Sept 19 for 12 night Western Med cruise on Celebrity Century with stops in Tuscany, Rome, Salerno, Venice, Dubrovnik, Provence, and back to Barcelona. Century is an older medium size ship with 900 staterooms but was ... Read More
Left Barcelona on Sept 19 for 12 night Western Med cruise on Celebrity Century with stops in Tuscany, Rome, Salerno, Venice, Dubrovnik, Provence, and back to Barcelona. Century is an older medium size ship with 900 staterooms but was recently refurbished to the tune of $55 million. Our stateroom was on the 9th deck midship and we never really felt much, if any, ship motion. Stateroom was fairly roomy with two closets and lots of space for belongings. Two twin beds fitted together. Bathroom was comfortable with a fairly large shower (two people can fit in it easily). We had a nice veranda where we enjoyed room-service breakfast each morning and pre-dinner cocktails. Service on the ship was fantastic. Both the stateroom attendant and the restaurant waiter offered outstanding service. The ship has all the amenities anyone could want. Specialty restaurant, Murano, costs $35 per person extra but is worth one dinner there. We had two formal nights and I rented a tux but only about 5% of the guests wore a tux, the rest in suits or sport coats. Food was good but not spectacular. I'd rate it a B-. Our shore excursions were sensational. I booked my own private trips (not those offered by the cruiseline). When we docked in Salerno, I booked a one day private limo guide to the Amalfi Coast. I used Tour of Italy, www.tourofitaly.com. Giancarlo gave us an outstanding tour of the Amalfi area including a special lunch in Amalfi. Young, good looking guy who operates out of Sorrento. His tour can't be beat and I highly recommend him. When we docked in Livorno, I used a guide by the name of Francesco Pasqualetti. He does not have a website but can be reached at info@eventsandholidays.com. Francesco gave us a spectacular 8 hour tour of Tuscany with the highlight being a private wine-tasting luncheon at a small family winery in Chianti. He really knows Tuscany and took us places only a local would know about. Tuscany is fabulously beautiful, especially the Chianti region. I also highly recommend Francesco. In Rome we used Vatican Tours, vaticantoursinc.com. Private limo driver drove us around Rome in the morning to show us the main sights. A private guide then toured the Vatican in the afternoon going thru the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's. We waited in no lines and got into each area without delay. It was a fairly quick tour because we had to take a one hour train ride back to the dock for a 7pm departure. We went into Venice and Dubrovnik on our own but used the cruiseline's tour of Marseilles, France on a bus which was pretty much a bust. I'm glad we did not use the ship's excursions for the other ports. All in all a great trip for a first time cruiser. I am sold on cruising! Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
This was our second cruise on Century - last time it was in 2006, immediately following the major refit and there was still a lot of work to be done, as the refurb wasn't finished. Four years on and the gloss of the refurbishment has ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Century - last time it was in 2006, immediately following the major refit and there was still a lot of work to be done, as the refurb wasn't finished. Four years on and the gloss of the refurbishment has well worn off and to us the ship looked somewhat tired. We had a lot of heavy rain one day and the rainwater seeped under the balcony doors into a whole row of staterooms on one of the decks where balconies were added in 2006. One day the air conditioning unit fell out of the ceiling above the toilet in our room - glad that neither my husband nor I were sitting there at the time as it weighed a good couple of pounds! Let me say that we had a great time, especially spending time with fellow cruise critics. The staff members are lovely but the famous Celebrity edge seems to have gone. I know I will sound as though I'm moaning but we have sailed with Celebrity eight times now and have always been huge fans and keen to recommend them to friends. Usually my reviews are glowing and so I am really disappointed to have to report what we found this time. We were in a Concierge stateroom and whilst our attendant kept the room surface-clean, some of it wanted a bit more than just a quick once-over. Even on arrival the wooden arms of the sofa were caked in dust, the bedspread had greasy patches, the little glass table was dirty and the balcony doors were grimy and smeared with fingerprints etc. We had to ask for more shower gel, more room service breakfast forms, more laundry bags, instead of things being replaced once we had used them. After all, the attendant took away the empty shower gel and the laundry and often brought the breakfast. In the past, attendants have usually been more responsive. However, he was a lovely guy. We were on Select Dining because that was all that was available when we booked the cruise, some five months previously. We ate at 9pm each evening and now think that we must have had the left-overs after seeing fellow cc friends' pics of dinners from the set dining times, which looked much fresher than ours - avocado on a fish starter for us was one slice - brown, opposed to three slices - bright, fresh green! But, the meat was always beautifully cooked and of excellent quality and portion size. The desserts were terrible, but that has been said many times on these boards in recent months - no spun sugar creations and delectable looking puds, but often big slabs of cake - pink, green or brown, cut into slices. That's all the downsides over with! We still had a wonderful cruise and enjoyed all the ports - Barcelona, Salerno, Venice, Split (we couldn't get into because of high seas), Dubrovnik, Civitavecchia for Rome, Livorno for Florence and Toulon. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy. Every excursion we took was well handled and good value. The singers and dancers were the best we had seen on any ship. We enjoyed some excellent lectures on a really interesting selection of topics. The bartenders in the Elite cocktail lounge and the Martini lounge were outstanding and the ship was a happy place - just tired. We understand that it is likely to be sold on, which is a good idea. The ship is a nice size and I hope that Celebrity don't just concentrate on investing in huge ships in the future. We will give Celebrity another chance - Millennium class ships are our favourites, with the indoor thallassotherapy pool and whirlpools. Just hope that the food returns to its former standard and that training for stateroom attendants is improved - then Celebrity will be back on track as a luxury cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Quick background--husband and I are in our early 50's, been cruising forever, on many different lines and love it. This particular vacation for us, was the truly the icing on the cake after all our years of cruising. We had waited for ... Read More
Quick background--husband and I are in our early 50's, been cruising forever, on many different lines and love it. This particular vacation for us, was the truly the icing on the cake after all our years of cruising. We had waited for almost 33 years after we were married to take our first Mediterranean cruise, so we decided to renew our wedding vows on board the ship, on the day we sailed into Venice. It was absolutely incredible, I would recommend it highly to any couple who is thinking about celebrating the love they share while cruising on their dream vacation. It was all very simple to arrange, Celebrity took care of all of the arrangements. If anyone wants details, I will be happy to share any information regarding the process. That day was truly the highlight of the cruise and quite possibly, our most memorable cruise experience to date. Although I spent time each day of our cruise writing, I did not dedicate more than a few minutes here and there to reviewing the ship itself. My blog was strictly about my food experience during our entire vacation, whether we were on the ship or not. Now I will attempt to fill in the blanks with details about our actual cruise on board the Celebrity Century. We had been on the ship for the first time last December for a quick 4 night cruise out of Miami. We were so impressed with the way we were treated by the crew, the food and the accommodations, it was a no brainer to book our med cruise on the Century. The itinerary, dates and price fit our requirements, so now all we had to do was wait 10 long months before we would be on board. We booked our own air, British Airways flight through Expedia, and although it was a good deal, in hind sight we had a few minor blips along the way. Nothing major, just a couple of newbie European travelers to London who thought they had done enough research. It's all a learning experience. We boarded in Barcelona and arrived at the ship around 1pm. As usual, no line for boarding Elite passengers, and were delighted to hear that the cabins were open for guests. A quick visit to the cabin, and we were on our way to the buffet for a bite to eat. I then headed to the computer lab to sign up for our Wifi package. I'd planned on doing the live food blog on my IPad, and needed assistance to get up and running. Piece of cake, the crew member was very familiar with how an Ipad works with the ship's system, and I was on my way. Only one time during the entire cruise that I found I was unable to get online. The wifi connection was just as fast as my 3G at home, love the Apple technology. I'd had a crazy week at work before we left and was in major need of a salon appointment, so Rog met some CC folks for sail away, and after a brief hello--goodbye, I was on my way to the spa for some pampering. The place was empty, I had it all to myself. We are not big dining room people, but decided to give it a whirl that first day and had such a great experience, we returned every night thereafter, except for the evening we were graciously invited to dine at the Captain's table. The food was great, the service perfect and our table mates made our time in the DR a very special part of our cruise at the end of each day. My husband has a few minor food allergies, and the DR staff could not have been more helpful. He was provided with the following night's menu, made his choices, and it was as simple as that. A few nights, he loved his entree so much, he asked for the same thing the next night, and they granted his request, no questions asked. I drink a special digestive tea, that I bring from home, with my entree instead of later with dessert..and each night a hot pot of water was waiting for me at the beginning of the meal. The buffet food was always to our liking, no matter what time of day we chose to eat there. I loved the tapas, the ice cream, and the delicious cookies offered at tea time. I'm sorry to say we didn't get to the Aqua Spa Cafe until our 7th day on the ship, however, I enjoyed it as we always have in the past. With such a port intensive itinerary, and so much time spent off the ship, some things were bound to be overlooked. We also chose to eat most of our quick early morning meals in Michael's Club for the Elite breakfast. The crew members were always accommodating when we needed a coffee or yogurt smoothie to go, as we were running to catch a tour. We skipped the DR for lunch on all sea days except on one occasion, and we'd wished that it had been passed over entirely. Not an interesting menu, and not all that palatable once the meal was delivered. It probably did me no harm to eat less at one meal during the cruise. The dessert, however, was delicious. If you look hard enough, you can always find the silver lining. The Elite perks really do contribute to the enjoyment of our cruise...repeat passengers are treated very well on all the Celebrity ships. We were also fortunate enough to meet some very nice CC members at our gatherings. It was so pleasant at the end of a long port day, to swap stories with each other over cocktails. We do our best to attend all of the functions, however, every now and then we miss one or two. I did not get to the gym on this particular cruise. We tend to use it more often on sea days and this port intensive trip only had 3 such days, a 4th one was added when we encountered bad weather on the day we were scheduled to visit Slip. It was our only tender port of the entire cruise, and with the high seas, it was ultimately cancelled. I'd heard some folks had a little motion sickness, I fared ok, but my husband took a pill and spent a restful day napping. I did enjoy a few of the lecture series being offered, although I found myself dozing off because of the gentle motion of the ship. It had absolutely no bearing on the speakers, they were extremely interesting, however a full tummy and a comfy chair won out, no matter how closely I was listening. Might have also been our busy port days and very late evenings contributing to my desperate need for a nap. The shows were attending by my husband more so than me. We had late seating, so he'd go watch the show while I changed and tidied up for dinner. He enjoyed quite a few of them, in particular, Jack Walker and Enrico Cifiello. I did make it to one production show, which I enjoyed and was able to catch the Magician Andy James, who left me wanting my short time in the theater back. Not exactly a polished performer, but his show in no way detracted from our evening on the ship. For us, it is really all about the passenger care details...something as simple as a cool washcloth and a drink offered to vacationers as they return from a busy port day. It makes all the difference in how you feel about leaving each city and returning back to your home-away-from-home on board the ship. We had a few minutes of unpleasantness as we disembarked when trying to locate the ship's shuttle in civitavecchia. It ultimately led to us missing our previously scheduled tour because we were unable to get on the early train into Rome. Another little blip in our plans that turned into a blessing later in the day. We thoroughly enjoyed all of our ports. I won't go into detail as I've reviewed them all, and included numerous pictures, in my blog. We chose to opt out of all but one day of ship's excursions, and instead arranged most days on our own. Our tour in Dubrovnik was perfect, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a full day of eating and drinking in that interesting seaside port. After much discussion, and taking into consideration our luggage allowance, we opted to bring not only formal clothes, i.e. tux and gown, we also dressed up each evening with the exception of one night on the ship, regardless of the casual option in the DR. It was fun, our table mates followed suit, and it felt special to be putting-on-the-Ritz each evening. It also gave me a chance to use most of my ever growing collection of wraps. Interestingly enough, I found that we were not alone in that decision and saw many couples in fancy, if not formal, clothes at night. We took advantage of the Elite early debarkation at 6:30, and we were off the ship, retrieved our luggage and inside a taxi in less than 15 minutes. Talk about efficient, that breaks all debarkation records in our book. We never had any customer service issues or problems during the course of our cruise. We booked our next 3 trips while on board, and plan to be back on Century as soon as our vacation time allows. We rarely look close enough to see worn carpet or scratched furniture, it never appears on our radar, nor do we care if it exists. We have yet to find a vacation option that even comes close to our cruise experiences. These trips will never be completely perfect, nothing in life ever is....you just have to go with the flow and take each situation as it presents itself. We love cruising, will continue to enjoy the Celebrity product and make informed decisions regarding ships and itineraries. For a more detailed close-up view of our port excursions and the wonderful food we enjoyed off the ship as well as on board...please feel free to visit my blog. Happy cruising....Joanne Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
My wife and I just returned from a 12 night Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity's Century. We departed from Barcelona and finished at the same location. We've sailed with Celebrity once before and chose this company because we were ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from a 12 night Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity's Century. We departed from Barcelona and finished at the same location. We've sailed with Celebrity once before and chose this company because we were pleased with our first experience and because of it's good reputation. We were not disappointed. Our first Celebrity cruise was on the Infinity. While the Century is 15 years old and not as shiny new as some ships, it's still a beautiful way to cruise. About 5 years ago it underwent a 50 million dollar upgrade and, although it is a bit bit worn in some areas, I'd definitely sail on her again. We found the cruise well organized and the crew attentive to every need. Our cabin attendant was great as was the dinner wait staff. We had many questions and guest relations was extremely helpful and kind. We always enjoy the nightly entertainment and were just a bit disappointed this time around. The young dancers and singers were good but tended to lip sync a bit too much for our tastes. There were a couple of other acts that were not up to the level we'd expected. Still, we enjoyed the shows. This was our first trip to Europe and we enjoyed the countries we visited immensely. If I had to change anything on the itinerary, I would probably make port in Napoli instead of Salerno. We felt that Salerno was simply a place to park the ship so you take an excursion to Pompeii, Sorrento, etc. The city itself left a lot to be desired. We made several great friends and enjoyed the cruise very very much. We would not hesitate to cruise with Celebrity and on the Century again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
This was our 3rd cruise on Celebrity Century and 4th cruise overall and we had an absolutely wonderful time. All staff members are friendly, polite and courteous and incredibly helpful. We dined most nights in The Grand Restaurant where ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on Celebrity Century and 4th cruise overall and we had an absolutely wonderful time. All staff members are friendly, polite and courteous and incredibly helpful. We dined most nights in The Grand Restaurant where the food was excellent and we received exceptional service from our waiter, Ketut and his assistant, Erawan. It was our daughter's 11th birthday whilst on board and they presented her with a suprise birthday cake which was delicious! The Islands Cafe offered a great selection for breakfasts and lunches but our dining highlight had to be our evening at Murano's. Wow, 7 courses of the finest food. Truley a culinary delight for a supplement of $35 pp. The entertainment was great from the very professional shows performed by the Celebrity singers and dancers to the guest performers. Our personal favourite was David Deeble, the comedy juggler! Also a mention to the fantastic "On Point" A capella group who entertained in the Cova Cafe. (We are now their official groupies!) But we did find The Stingrays party band a bit "samey", they need to expand their act to include stuff other than classic American rock. We heard the same songs over and over... Special mention to Cruise Director Que and his assistance Alejandro who were great. The Fun Factory programme for kids was great. The fact that our children (6 and 11) would have stayed there 24/7 says it all really. The staff,led by Anca,were great fun and offered a wide variety of activities to keep everyone amused. They even offered a lunch or dinner party and slumper parties in the evening after hours for a small charge ($6 per child per hour). Don't get me wrong, our kids weren't there all the time but we did struggle to get them off the ship to visit the ports of call!! That is a credit to the youth programme staff. The only criticism we can offer is the pool area is looking a bit tired but was perfectly adequate and the jacuzzi's were far too hot! Also the fact that we docked at Salerno (for the port of Naples). When the Bay of Naples is the size of a small nation why dock at a dump, some 40km from Naples itself? We were sorry to leave and our kids disembarked asking "when can we go back on Celebrity again?" The answer is next summer!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
We flew from London to Barcelona, stayed at the Barcelona Hotel for a few days so we could sightsee around the city, then we got a taxi to the port from the hotel, the embarkation process was really efficiently handled by all staff and we ... Read More
We flew from London to Barcelona, stayed at the Barcelona Hotel for a few days so we could sightsee around the city, then we got a taxi to the port from the hotel, the embarkation process was really efficiently handled by all staff and we were welcomed on board "Century" in time to enjoy lunch. Our cabin was a good size with a window, plenty of cupboard space the bathroom was a good size too, and the steward kept our cabin tidy and well supplied with ice water. The information broadcast by the Captain, once a day at 12 noon, was mostly inaudible, couldnt hear anything inside our cabin and we never knew where we were heading, the weather details for the day and information about the ship. Our days at sea were boring, very few suitable activities to join, luckily the library had a few books I hadnt read. This ship seems unsuitable for children, they ran all over the ship day and early evening, even though the brochure said they would be supervised at all times by the Childrens Club. Dining in the Island Cafe we had the same menu for the 12 days we were on board. The staff were not very helpful due to the language barrier, but our waiter and assistant waiter in the Grand Restaurant where we had dinner at night were very helpful and friendly. On formal nights in the Grand there was no checking of standard of dress - such a shame when some of us went to a lot of effort to dress well.Alcohol was very expensive on board with the additional charges added. The entertainment was geared for a much younger group of people I believe, with the dancing, partying and theme nights starting at 11.30pm, and the live performances in my opinion, held in the Theatre were of rather poor quality, we have seen far better on other cruises. The highlight of our cruise was calling at the following ports: Ville Franche, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Dubrovnik, Venice, Split, - the scenery, people and cultures were wonderful to experience and left lasting memories with us - unfortunately Salerno could quite happily be bypassed. Our disembarkation started earlier than advertised (7am)we were told to book another night in a hotel as we would miss our plane connection, but as we berthed at 6am we could have connected with our flight from Barcelona. The staff at the disembarkation terminal were excellent, helping to clear the terminal as quickly as possible and ensuring everyone was catered for. Sadly Celebrity has not lived up to their advertising pamphlets/brochures, I consider this Century ship to be only "2" star, very false advertising, and unfortunately we will NEVER sail with that cruise line every again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
We could not have been more pleased with our Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Century. They have a couple of different itineraries for this ship in the Med; we were on the one that has ports near Nice, Florence, Rome, Dubrovnik, ... Read More
We could not have been more pleased with our Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Century. They have a couple of different itineraries for this ship in the Med; we were on the one that has ports near Nice, Florence, Rome, Dubrovnik, Venice, Split and Naples. My husband and I were traveling with our two teenagers (19 and 17) and with my mother-in-law, who is in her 80s but is more fit than many 50 year olds. We had two Sky Suites on the 12th deck (Sports Deck 1218 and 1220). We chose that deck because we wanted the two rooms to be adjacent and this was the only area with suites that still had adjacent rooms when we booked, but we liked the location. The Sky Suite rooms are very nice, quite large and have wonderful verandas. Both rooms were in good repair and were very clean. The only we issues we had were fairly minor: the safe did not work in one cabin and there were a few times when the hot water wasn't as hot as desirable. The Sky Suites are generously sized for a couple and adequate for three people. In the suites, we had both a cabin attendant and a butler, so the service was excellent. The butler brings tea each afternoon and then comes again with canapEs before dinner. He will also serve meals in your room (including the entire dinner menu in courses if you choose to have dinner on your veranda). Because several of us had not visited any of the ports, we chose to do shore excursions through the cruise line in the hope that we would get good overviews of each city. Although I understand why people would choose to book private tours, we actually had very good experiences with the shore excursions we chose. Celebrity does a very good job of describing the shore excursions on their web site including clear information about how physically demanding each excursion is. We found it a bit strange that on most of the excursions, there were at least a couple of people who had a great deal of difficulty. The information on the shore excursions is accurate: if it says you need to be able to walk 3 miles over uneven and uphill surfaces and climb 200+ steps, that is what you need to be able to do. We thought that the food and service on the Century were excellent. We had breakfast most mornings in the casual restaurant called Islands, which has four large buffet lines. We tend toward light meals in the a.m., so our group ate fruit, cereals, breads, sweet rolls, etc., all of which were good. They also had many hot options including several kinds of eggs and breakfast meats. We had lunch in Islands many times as well and thought that the array of options was excellent, especially since we have two vegetarians in our family. In addition to one or two selections of curries and several other hot dishes each day, they also always had a pizza kitchen with four or five choices plus two or three other options like calzone, a pasta line (a variety of pasta choices and sauces) and an Asian area that included a number of hot entrEe choices and also had a stir fry chef so you could pick your own ingredients and sauces and have it prepared to order. They also had a special sandwich each day, a couple of soups, desserts, cheeses and probably a lot of things that I have forgotten. We ate most of our evening meals in the formal dining room and had good food and service every night. We thought that the choices were very good with fish or seafood, a vegetarian option, one or two beef, lamb or pork options plus poultry each night. Only one of our group ate at the pool grill, which he deemed "fine" but not exceptional. We had tea in our room most days with nice little sandwiches and cookies, but tea is also offered in Islands where they had a good assortment of tea cakes and sandwiches, plus scones and mini croissants. We had sushi with our dinner one night and although we aren't experts, it certainly seemed to be very fresh and well prepared. The information that we received about the cruise in advance indicated that there would be three formal nights, but there were actually only two, which was good because the third formal night would have been the last night on the ship and it wouldn't have been as easy to deal with formal clothing that night. We aren't really in to the formal thing, but we decided to do it and actually enjoyed being dressed up and seeing everyone else in their finery (and yes, virtually everyone was dressed well with most of the men in dark suits and most of the women in cocktail or long dresses). It is worth noting that if you didn't want to do the formal nights, you could easily have dinner those nights in Islands, which doesn't require formal attire. You are asked to wear "smart casual" attire every evening (everywhere on the ship except poolside) - long pants and knit shirts for men, pants, skirts or dresses for ladies - and it seemed that most people abided by this request. With all these clothing requirements, we definitely found it necessary to send some of our things to be laundered during the trip. It was hot enough during our August cruise that clothes that had been worn on shore excursions couldn't be worn again without laundering. We washed undergarments in our room with Woolite that we brought with us (hanging line was available over the bathtub in our suites but I don't know about other cabins) and we sent other things to the laundry. We spent about $125 for five people. Other than shore excursions in every port, we did not participate in a lot of the other shipboard activities. We did visit the fitness center a number of times - a nice location at the front of the ship with great views. My daughter and I were there as we came into Venice and that was a particularly nice time to have the gorgeous views while exercising. We went to a couple of the evening shows with the ship's musical theater troupe and enjoyed them - talented young performers. We booked our own flights and hotel in Barcelona. I didn't want to take a chance on missing the ship due to travel delays and we wanted to have time to tour Barcelona, so we arrived on Saturday morning (Friday departure) for our Monday sailing. We walked around Barcelona Saturday afternoon and evening and took a "hop-on, hop-off" bus tour on Sunday. We particularly enjoyed La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. On our return at the end of the cruise, we booked airport transfers through Celebrity because we had a relatively early flight. We were flying Delta and it was particularly nice that we could actually check our luggage with Delta agents at the cruise terminal - Delta then transferred our checked bags directly to our flight. We kept our carry-on bags with us. The only bad thing that happened is that it was raining when we arrived in Barcelona (the only rain during the entire trip). We were under cover from the ship and into the cruise terminal but the buses are not in a covered area. So we hauled our carry-on luggage out to the bus in the rain, loaded it under the bus ourselves ... and then stood in the rain because the person coordinating the transfer (employed by a shore excursion company - not Celebrity directly) was standing inside the doorway of the bus, not letting anyone get on until she had very slowly looked up their names on checked them off her list. That was pretty unpleasant and it was really the only thing that went wrong during our trip. I've read some reviews from people who had problems with squeaking noises in their rooms or bad odors or vibrations. We were on the 12th deck, so that may have affected our experience, but we did not have any noise issues. I did notice vibrations a couple of times when we were coming in to port early in the morning, but it wasn't enough to wake us. Leaving one port (I think it was Naples), the vibrations were really quite bad while we were having dinner, although nothing fell off the table. I think that the vibrations happen when the ship is trying to get into or out of a tight spot. It was never bad enough to affect our trip. I am very sensitive to smells and I did notice a bad odor (probably from the ship's fuel) on the day we boarding and very briefly a few times after that, but it dispersed quickly and did not cause me any discomfort. Truly, we had no complaints about our trip. Everything was what you would expect from a high quality cruise line like Celebrity: good food, good service, good activities, and an excellent staff that is friendly and eager to assist in any way. They even met us at the end of every shore excursion with refrigerated wet washcloths, cold water and cold juices. We couldn't have been happier and would gladly choose Celebrity, the Century and this itinerary again in the future. There is only room for six port reviews on the Cruise Critic form and we visited six, so this is the review of our last port which was Salerno / Naples in Italy. We did not visit Naples but toured Sorrento and Pompeii instead. This was our last port and we had had very little time for shopping and wandering during our previous shore excursions, so we chose an itinerary that gave us an hour for shopping in Sorrento. We then had a good lunch at a local hotel before driving to Pompeii. Pompeii was one of our favorite stops on the entire cruise. We had a very good, very knowledgeable tour guide and despite the heat, which made the walking tour a bit uncomfortable, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sights of Pompeii. It seemed to me that because we had a good guide, we saw much more and understood more of what we saw than we would have if we had toured on our own. Pompeii is much larger and much more complete than we realized. We only spent about 1.5 hours walking in Pompeii, and you could definitely spend far longer if you wanted to see everything. Just outside the entrance, there were shops, a restaurant and snack stands plus gelato vendors. Given the heat, a nice drink and a bit of gelato were very welcome. We'd give the Sorrento/Pompeii itinerary a rating of 5. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
We sailed July 21 through Aug 2, 2010. Ship (Century) is older (1995) but was refurbished a few years ago. Room was really great. We stayed in sky suites (rooms 1229 & 1231) and the rooms were big, with full tub/shower and huge ... Read More
We sailed July 21 through Aug 2, 2010. Ship (Century) is older (1995) but was refurbished a few years ago. Room was really great. We stayed in sky suites (rooms 1229 & 1231) and the rooms were big, with full tub/shower and huge balcony. This was my 13th cruise. I've never had a balcony this big. We actually had the same butler we had on a previous cruise, (Wilford) who did a great job. Location of the rooms were really great. One flight down for food/buffets and open air bar located at very back of ship. Very little traffic in hallway outside our rooms. Previous posters on this site complained of joggers making noise and waking them up when staying in these rooms but we did not have any problem. The only floor above us was open deck and had signs posted informing joggers that the jogging track was located elsewhere. We took several private shore excursions which we booked ourselves on the internet prior to cruising. First with Dream Tours in Villa Franche (our driver was John) and then with Sorrento Limousine Service in Pisa/Florence; Rome; and Naples/Salerno. All private shore excursions included a driver and a nice mercedes van which would seat 7 comfortably, plus the driver. There were only 4 of us, so we had tons of room and it was really nice to be able to go where/when we wanted to and get recommendations for good restaurants, etc. We had a guide in Rome (Patrick) that was set up through Sorrento Limousines and he was really good. Tony is the main man at Sorrento Limos and we set up private trips everywhere in Italy through him. I highly recommend both these companies. They met us at the port with a sign that had our name and we paid cash (euro) at the end of each trip. Well worth the small additional cost over regular shore excursions through the ship. Food on the ship was good, better than on some other cruises. Service was very good. I especially liked "Gill" the bartender at the bar at the very back of the ship. We purchased drink stickers which allowed us to drink anything we wanted as long as it didn't have a price above $8.00. The stickers cost about $500 each, but on a 12 night cruise, with glasses of wine at dinner and some before/after dinner drinks, I believe those stickers were a good deal. All in all, a really good ship and cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
My husband and I sailed the Century for our one year anniversary. We are both 28 years old and love to cruise. We have been on cruises with Princess, Holland America, Carnival, and now Celebrity. Generally, we have been happy with each ... Read More
My husband and I sailed the Century for our one year anniversary. We are both 28 years old and love to cruise. We have been on cruises with Princess, Holland America, Carnival, and now Celebrity. Generally, we have been happy with each trip. This was our first Celebrity cruise and I think Celebrity is now close to the top of our list of our preferred companies. Here are my thoughts... FOOD - (I'll start with the most important) Overall, food was great. Better than any other cruise ship we have been on. Better buffet, Better sit down dinner meals... Muranos had some nice dishes. Not my husband and my favorite type of food, so I'm not a good critic here. Their pizza at the pizza bar was the best cruise pizza yet. Wish they stayed open later. (That was the only negative thing, was that the buffet seemed to be open less than other cruises.) Overall, the quality of the food surpassed other cruises we have done. SERVICE - Amazing. Hands down, incredible. Our butler Rasti was amazing. We are gamblers and the casino staff made our trip so much fun. Dining staff was a bit more slow than we are used to in the main dining room, but we did the anytime dining which could be the reason for that. With a suite we were able to order the main dining room menu to be sent to our room and that was such a nice service. ROOM - Loved our huge balcony with lounge chairs. I sunbathed on our private balcony on our sea days. Our room was at the very back of the ship facing the back. My biggest complaint of the whole trip was the shaking in our room which we heard is standard for back of the boat rooms. Maybe this is what others have been talking about in past reviews. It's bad. I'm from California and used to earthquakes, but these would be bigger than any earthquake I have felt yet. Every time the boat pulled in and out of dock, the room would shake. Drawers opened and on a few occasions things fell to the ground. Most mornings, we arrive in port EARLY, like 6am and we were awake at that time, every day as a result. (Except sea days.) I loved the big balcony which you can really only get on these back rooms, but the early wake up calls were not worth it. SPA - the hot stone massage was the best massage I have ever gotten. PORTS - Mykonos was my favorite place. You don't need to book any excursions there. There is a bus to get the beach or you can just walk around town. It is beautiful. We did not go to Rome on our trip (went to another town my husband lived at one time) but heard that booking a guided tour there is imperative. With only a day to spend there, you bypass lines in a tour and wouldn't get to see very much on your own because of that. In Sicily, you can get a cab for about 100 Euros to Taormina. Beautiful town. Better doing it on your own (you can find other people to share a cab with) than with a tour. You can go at your own pace and stay as long as you like. Now, I thought the boat was docking in Naples and we were going to take a hydrofoil to Capri. Salerno is NOT Naples and Naples is about a 45 minute train ride away. There are only a few boats to Capri from Salerno, which we missed so we were out of luck. We talked with people who went on an excursion to Capri through the boat and they said they felt like they didn't get enough time on the island anyhow. We ended up finding the pizza place from the book Eat Pray Love in Naples instead and it was fantastic. In Kusadasi Turkey, a cab to Ephesus worked out well and we were able to see everything at our own pace. You can even hire a guide for a fraction of the cost that the ship charges. There are guides right in front of the entrance. Same with Athens. We hired a cab driver to take us and another couple to all the hot spots (Acropolis, changing of the guards, Olympic stadium, Plaka, etc.) and we paid 100 Euros for the entire day! Overall, the trip was incredible and far surpassed my expectations. I would absolutely sail with Celebrity and on Century again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
My husband and I have always wanted to visit the Mediterranean and we finally decided to splurge on a 12-night Med cruise. We've previously only experienced 7 night Caribbean cruises - primarily with Royal Caribbean. We had a fabulous ... Read More
My husband and I have always wanted to visit the Mediterranean and we finally decided to splurge on a 12-night Med cruise. We've previously only experienced 7 night Caribbean cruises - primarily with Royal Caribbean. We had a fabulous time and plan to cruise with Celebrity again in the future! Cabin We booked a Sky Suite on the 12th deck and loved loved loved the huge balcony (179 sq. feet). The room itself was quite comfortable and had tons of storage for everything we brought. We didn't even use all of the storage. The bathroom had a full jacuzzi bath and lots of storage for bathroom stuff (think hair products, makeup, sunscreen etc..). The balcony was our favorite part of the cabin. It had 2 chairs and a table for dining as well as 2 full lounges with a side table. As soon as we got in the room I requested cushions for the lounges and our cabin steward brought them within a couple of hours. We pretty much dined on the balcony any time we ordered in (more on that under Food & Service). Ship We found the Century to be a beautiful intimate ship with lovely spaces. I especially liked the Celebrity Theatre, Crystal Room (where we watched World Cup games), the Hemisphere Lounge, and Michael's Club. The only area of concern is that the 2 pools are quite small compared to other ships we've been on. However, we're not really pool people and we could lounge on our private balcony, so it wasn't an issue for us. We never felt crowded and never had to wait in long lines. Many reviews mentioned vibrations. We did experience vibrations for a few minutes primarily when we docked or left a port. It was not a concern at all..made you aware you were on a ship. Other than that, no issues. We had perfect weather and smooth sailing through this entire cruise. Fellow Passengers It was a nice mix of passengers. We met many honeymooners and quite a few folks celebrating their anniversaries. While there were families with children, they were in the minority. I'd say majority of passengers were Americans in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. We also had quite a few Canadians and Spanish-speaking guests..with a smattering of folks from Europe and Australia. All in all we enjoyed the company and camaraderie. We met some very nice couples that we plan to keep in touch with. Because the World Cup was underway, we all had a blast watching the games while the international crew had friendly competition rooting for their teams. Ports/Excursions This was a fairly port-intensive cruise departing from Barcelona and stopping in Italy, Turkey, Greece, and France. Highlights for us were Mykonos, the Acropolis in Athens, Pompeii in Naples, the Amalfi coast, Rome (we wished we had an overnight stay there...too much to see!), and Taormina in Sicily. For me, Rome was THE highlight - the visit to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica was breathtaking. I would highly recommend private tours in Rome, Naples, and Florence vs. ship excursions. You can find recommendations on the cruise critics boards. We used romeinlimo and I would certainly recommend them for private tours in Italy. For Mykonos and Athens you can pretty much do it on your own. Taormina had spectacular views and I would recommend at least a half-day there...we did a ship excursion and only had 1.5 hours there - not nearly enough! The cold drinks and towels as you come back to the ship was very much welcomed as the weather got hotter as our cruise progressed :-). Food & Service We thoroughly enjoyed the friendly crew members and service in the main dining room. Our cabin steward was very efficient and we had an outstanding butler (Challs from India) who provided full dinner service for us several nights on our balcony. Imagine a white table cloth covered table with fresh flowers and wine glasses glistening in the rays of the sun setting on the Mediterranean sea as light breezes cool the air. Challs would bring us our multi-course dinner course by course, pouring and refilling our wine unobtrusively. Aaaah...a definite highlight! Overall the MDR food was excellent and we always had tons of choices. We dined at Murano's one night and yes..it IS as good as everyone says it is. I would highly recommend splurging for at least one night at Murano's. I would rate the food/service one notch above Royal Caribbean. Activities We mostly enjoyed the productions and guest entertainers..but found 2 performances (out of 6 we attended) a little cheesy. Sue Denny, the cruise director, was excellent. We enjoyed The Stingrays and the a capella quartet On Point. We liked the Celebrity Life sessions - specifically the Savor series. We went to a few sessions to get cooking tips/recipes - got to see the chefs in action. The "behind the scenes" look in the ship galley was cool as well. Overall we have no complaints...if you were on the ship there was always something to do or some place to chill - even on port days. We also enjoyed our spa massages and treatments while onboard even though there were overpriced compared to similar treatments on land. I also signed up for the Persian Garden and enjoyed the heated Mosaic lounges! Overall we were very pleased with our first experience with Celebrity and we will definitely visit the Med again in the future. My thanks to fellow cruise critic board members for all their help in planning for the cruise and for the private excursions. Now that this cruise is over, we are looking forward to planning our next one!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
My extended family of 9 (ages 5 to 82) cruised the Century to the Mediterranean in June. Between the nine of us we have cruised Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean before but I would not consider us experienced cruisers. SERVICE: ... Read More
My extended family of 9 (ages 5 to 82) cruised the Century to the Mediterranean in June. Between the nine of us we have cruised Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean before but I would not consider us experienced cruisers. SERVICE: First and foremost I have to mention that the customer service on this ship was impeccable. The staff on the ship were so gracious to our family at every turn. Having friendly, polite, fun staff made for a wonderful experience on board the ship. We could have been sailing on a dingy and the Century staff would have made us all feel like royalty. ROOMS: We had a sky suite on floor 10 and two inside suites on floor 4. The Sky Suite was nicely decorated, bright and airy, and had more storage space then we could use. Our butler was always available and satisfied all our requests. The Suite and the veranda were large enough for our entire family to gather and socialize before dinner. The veranda had two cushioned lounge chairs and a table with two more chairs. Bathroom was large and had a tub. Our butler brought fresh flowers, fruit and small sandwiches every day. I did notice some shaking in the Sky Suite from the engines which was unnerving at first but then I rarely noticed it. The inside cabins also had plenty of storage space. The inside cabins had a couple of issues with our safe and fridge not working when we arrived but both were quickly fixed. SHOWS: We saw the dance and singing shows and thought the quality of the performances were top notch. There was also a quartet a cappella group and string quartet that played around the ship and they were also very talented and personable with the crowds. The cruise director was a lot a fun and an entertaining MC for the shows. FOOD: I have to admit that I wasn't expecting a lot of the food in the MDR or the casual dining buffet but I was pleasantly surprised. The buffets had a good variety and lines were short. The sushi bar was popular for a casual snack at night. They were having some issues with the drink ice dispenser at the buffet but came up with a work around. We had an early dinner seating and our wait staff went above and beyond to ensure our group was happy, especially the young kids - thank you David and Martir. Our meal at the Murano was definitely the best meal onboard for our family of "foodies". KIDS PROGRAMS: My 5 year old son loved the Fun Factory kids programs - I had to drag him away. They did a lot of arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, movies, games, they have a Wii etc. The Kids program is on the 4th floor in a room with no windows but depending on the time of day took them all around the ship and at night took them to see the shows( if they were kid appropriate). There was also a basketball court, ping-pong table and dart room on the top floor of the ship. Ping-pong was a popular activity for us after dinner. There is also card room that has board games and decks of cards can be obtained from the customer service desk. I think the staff said there were about 150+ kids ages 0 to 18 on board but I didn't really notice that many. INTERNET: Sketchy and slow satellite connection. Don't plan on doing any extensive web browsing or trying to do office work. I jumped online to verify that our private shore excursions were still a go, and to print boarding passes for our flight home. I would recommend finding free wifi on land if you really need to stay connected. POOLS: Two fairly small aging pools (water was cold) and cluster of hot tubs. Not a lot of people were swimming (maybe a few brave kids) but there were plenty of sun bathers. FITNESS CENTER: The place was usually at least ½ full but we never had to wait for a machine. SHIP: We chose Century because it was not a MEGA ship. We enjoyed the more intimate atmosphere. Sure, if you want to nit-pick you can find signs of the ships age but with great service, food and amazing ports of call dare I say - who cares! OVERALL: A great experience. I would cruise Century again as it now feels like - home (only better)! Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
My husband and I booked the celebrity Century for the 12-day European sailing in March of 2010. We paid full price for our concierge class room. Since it was our honeymoon we booked well in advance and tried not to spare any expense. ... Read More
My husband and I booked the celebrity Century for the 12-day European sailing in March of 2010. We paid full price for our concierge class room. Since it was our honeymoon we booked well in advance and tried not to spare any expense. We had planned to spend one night in Barcelona when we disembarked, before flying home. Little did we know we wouldn't make it pass the first two nights. The ship itself was nice, not overly fancy and not anything compared to some of the new ships that RC has like the oasis, but we weren't looking for a crazy big ship, we were more interested in the ideal itinerary and seeing Europe. The cruise ship staff never mentioned that France was experiencing strikes all over before we got off the boat in Villefranche, this information would have been extremely useful, we would probably have booked an excursion if we had known how frustrating dealing with French tourism can be. When we got back on the boat, the Captain announced that there was a problem with the ship and the cruise needed to be canceled. I thought it was a cruel joke, however very quickly we learned it was much worse then a cruel joke. And that's about were Celebrity ditched all of their passengers and things went quickly downhill. They kept making these obnoxious announcements about how all the Internet and phone was complementary so please use the phones in your staterooms. It was so irritating since you couldn't get an outside line, no matter when you tried, or how often you tried. We finally had to resort to using our cell phones (at a ridiculous cost) to try and make arrangements to get off the ship, since again the staff was unable to help, and extremely overwhelmed. One thing I think should be noted, this is such a small detail and wouldn't have gotten us off the ship any faster at all but is something I will always remember. While waiting in their 3 hour line ups to speak to someone at the desk to ask questions, they kept playing their destination promo videos. How rude and inappropriate! The videos kept going over all the fantastic destinations on the cruise, it was like "And while in Venice make sure you shop here..." blah blah blah, can you believe that they didn't even have enough sense to turn these videos off. The next thing I want to say, is that if Celebrity had had any sense they would have called passengers down at "appointments" based on where they were going. So all the New Yorkers had to meet between 7-8pm for example, this would have done so much to stop them from repeating the same information to 2,000 passengers all individually, and if they had all the people travelling to roughly the same areas there then they could easily say these are all the flights leaving heading to NY or back to Toronto, etc. But they were just so disorganized and overwhelmed, what a bloody mess. I can say also that the fact that you are on your honeymoon, or your 50th anniversary or your 80th birthday makes no difference to this company they could care less, they treat everyone equally awful in bad situations. Also another tip, something for people to keep in mind is that unless you purchased "Trip interruption, MECHANICAL insurance" you will probably get no assistance from your insurance provider. Even if you have the Cadillac of gold travel cards, and prior to your 12-day vacation you call to double check that you have proper coverage. That's right when your down they still feel the need to kick you. And another blow came when we came back and Celebrity sent us 25% off our next cruise with them, but only if we used it between this date and that date, and only on certain ships not all of their ships, and only valid for the original two people who were supposed to take the vacation. They send you a coupon with all these restrictions, what a fraud. I can't think of a worse company I have ever done business with. I hope there are so many law suites spawn from this trip, I would just love to see this company take such a financial hit because they are so horrible at customer relations and retention. Unless Celebrity is committed to re-vamping there emergency situations policy and detail how they would in the future do things differently, there coupon is wasted paper as far as I am concerned. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Nov 21, 2009, Embarkation, smooth as glass. Arrived at the airport, met by cruise personnel, didn't have a reservation for a transfer but they accommodated us. Arrived at the ship, "checked in" and boarded the ship. We ... Read More
Nov 21, 2009, Embarkation, smooth as glass. Arrived at the airport, met by cruise personnel, didn't have a reservation for a transfer but they accommodated us. Arrived at the ship, "checked in" and boarded the ship. We were early so it was the buffet for us. The pizza was yummy and the ice cream better. Went to our room, first time we have had a sky suite and the room and balcony was lovely. Carlton was our butler and he took care of making sure we had what we needed right away. Simon needed some shirts pressed and he took them, had them done and when we returned the next day, they were hanging in the closet. Guest relations was helpful when our safe didn't work. First night as dinner, wow, great table, great waiter (Renato), great assistant waiter (Ulisses, brand new), great maitre'd (Melvis). MOst of all the tablemates we had were incredible. We enjoyed there company every night of the cruise. I am a very picky eater and so Renato made sure I had something I liked every evening. Between he and Melvis, I could never had gone hungry. Very efficient. Loved it, and can't say enough. The formal nights were impeccable and the desserts lovely. Thank you Celebrity for making sure we had Renato and Ulisses to take care of us during dinner. We only used the cruise line shore excursions once and it was good. This was in Cannes, and we went to Galimard perfume factory (very interesting experience) and to St Paul de Vance, beautiful walled city in France. The other cities we had booked private shore excursions but they were flawless. We used Rome in Limo, Rome cabs, and AP tours and I would recommend any of them. The prices were comparable to the cruise line and we only had 6 people. We only attended one show due to the fact that we had late dinner seating and didn't care to attend a show before dinner. The cruise critic party was very nice, food, drinks and good company. The Captain's Club party was very good, entertainment, food, etc. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The Amalfi coast and Sorrento, one of the most beautiful places we have been. Withour tour guides we saw more than we could have ever dreamed. Rome, WOW, Pompeii, unbelievable...For disembarkation, we took a post tour with the ship which then returned us to the airport. Lovely and wonderful We made friends that will last a lifetime and we will most definitely cruise with Celebrity again. Again, Renato if you read this, thank you for attending to my food needs and for being a great waiter!!! You helped make our dining experience delightful every evening! Ulisses, you will make a great waiter, keep smiling and talk sometimes. Melvis, thank you for attending to my menu choices and for making sure I had what I wanted to eat!! Thank you Celebrity!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
The start of our holiday was stressful as ever ... due to a 4.5 hour flight delay out of O'Hare, we missed our connection in Amsterdam! We made several calls to Celebrity during all of this to notify them of our status. When we ... Read More
The start of our holiday was stressful as ever ... due to a 4.5 hour flight delay out of O'Hare, we missed our connection in Amsterdam! We made several calls to Celebrity during all of this to notify them of our status. When we finally landed at BCN, they were waiting! Whisked us off in a private taxi and we jumped on board with only 5 minutes to spare ... carried on our own luggage to find a fantastic balcony cabin on the 8th floor :) Quickly walked around and found our way to the back deck for a glass of wine to enjoy the sail away. Wow, we were in heaven from that moment! We often spent time on the back deck for sail away and the waiters/bartenders were absolutely fantastic! Hello Charles! Everyday after 9-11 hours in port we were so happy to come back and enjoy a relaxing sail-away with our favorite waiters. Great place to have some sushi also as the sushi bar opened each day at 5pm. Everyone loved the sushi bar and took full advantage each day when they opened for a great, healthy snack. This ship and cruise was awesome. Every single thing about about it. The service and food were great. After we walked ourselves to death in every port ... we really were not motivated to dress up for dining room standards so we often dined at the casual dining area. GREAT CONCEPT! The sea bass was great ... service was too and we could enjoy in comfort at our pace. The entertainment was so nice every evening we did not want to spend much time dining ... casual dining was the perfect choice. We fell in love with the music of Franklin and the string quartet and also the Neptunes so we had quite busy evenings following them around! The shows were also very entertaining and often quite funny. The last day at sea we booked dinner at Murano. WOW. Fantastic! Good thing it was my last night or we may have eaten there every night! I find it quite amusing to read any negative reviews because I wonder if those folks were on a different ship than we were? We travel quite often on all different types of holidays ... and for the $ spent, wow, this was the bang of all for the buck. Great, great vacation! I can only think of two things to improve ... 1. The odds in the Casino 2. The spa prices Otherwise, I'd highly recommend Celebrity and the lovely Century. The travel itinerary was quite intense with only one sea day at the end. Even though we are very, very active ... by the sea day - we were beat! Lots to see and so little time! We took ship tours on two days to see St. PaulDeVence and also Cinque Terre as they were complicated to DIY. The ship's tours were quite enjoyable as they take the work out of it for you. The other days we DIY ... and while we saved some $ ... in the future, I'll rethink it especially in a port like Napoli. Wow, that place was crazy and a very long stressful walk to the Stazione ... and a very, chaotic Garibaldi Napoli Centrale. Here, I'd preferred a ship's tour - next time. All in all, this was an amazing vacation. I'm totally sold on Century for the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
This was our 10th cruise with Celebrity. Being cruisers we did a back-to-back cruise (Western Med. for 7 days and Transatlantic for 14 days). The service for dining staff to stateroom attendants was the best we have had. I have ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise with Celebrity. Being cruisers we did a back-to-back cruise (Western Med. for 7 days and Transatlantic for 14 days). The service for dining staff to stateroom attendants was the best we have had. I have nothing but praise for these people. Although I will be mentioning some negatives, overall the cruise was outstanding. We truly enjoyed the buffets and the Aqua Spa Cafe for healthy eating. The food was well prepared and definitely hot. A few people complained they line is using insulated containers and at times the coffee is cold. Our travel companions were outstanding, and we agreed that except foritems such as New York Sirloin Strip Steak (red meat), which was tough, the entrees were great. Our suggestions on evaluation rated everything about the dining experience as excellent, except for standard red meats, which we rated as tough. By staying on Deck 5 near guest relations, the cabin halls are extra wide, which is really great for using a wheelchair. My mom has to use the wheelchair, because of her balance. Everyone treated us like Royalty and the staff knew our names by the end of the first week. Entertain would be what one would expect on a ship of this size. For the most part we were interested in the ports and relaxing -- not in the entertainment. Our stateroom attendants as mentioned were unbelievable. Although the stateroom was only 160 sq. feet, the layout is excellent. We had more than enough storage for two individuals. With the airlines charging for overweight and extra bags, we packed light and instead used the laundry service on board. My mother had to see the ship's doctor. Nothing serious. We were impressed on how everything was handled, and the price is about what you pay for in the states. Because we have trip insurance, we of course will be able to get this money back. Supposedly there was suppose to be Valet Service at Miami. Since my mom uses a wheelchair, we did everything with Celebrity. Our reasoning was that all we would have to do is place the luggage outside the stateroom on the last night and it would eventually arrive in Milwaukee our destination. We were informed on the ship it was not available for that cruise. We were not happy as my travel agent checked with Celebrity a week before we left, and we were told it was available. In addition some of the ports are not great for wheelchairs, but that was to be expected. On the excursions, I wish there would be more detailed information on disabilities and wheelchair use. Because I had been at some of the ports, I knew which would work out with a wheelchair such as Pisa and Gibraltar. The guest speakers during the Transatlantic were first rate. I would definitely go with Celebrity again and am planning another back-to-back cruise (Israel and Egypt followed by a Transatlantic). Considering the cost of airfare, I figure cruising across the Atlantic is the way to go. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Most of our cruises have been on Celebrity, and the Century was the first ship we ever sailed on. The renovations were done admirably - color schemes and wood accents make you forget that this is an older ship. We arrived in Barcelona ... Read More
Most of our cruises have been on Celebrity, and the Century was the first ship we ever sailed on. The renovations were done admirably - color schemes and wood accents make you forget that this is an older ship. We arrived in Barcelona 2 days early - beautiful city and wish we spent an extra day there. Embarkation was efficient, liked the welcome champagne but miss the days when you were ALWAYS escorted to your cabin. (We weren't, but others were.) I am in the camp that has seen a decline in Celebrity cuisine over the past few years. I found myself frequently ordering off the everyday menu, and desserts were not very enticing, most seemed overly sweet. The buffet lunches were underwhelming. 9I often settled for a cold cut sandwich.) But what ports! Florence had magnificent architecture, the Amalfi coast was the most beautiful part of the world I ever visited. We took 2 ship excursions, and 2 private ones (arranged through the CC Board) THe private drivers were superior - we got to see more, while ship ones often wasted time. for example, on the Rome ship excursion, the bus left the port at 7:45, then stopped 30 minutes later for a 45 minute bathroom break. And we were dumped at the Vatican gift shop. We had a great cabin steward, very visible, and the Cruise Director was very personable, and also ominpresent. The few production shows we saw were forgettable - no outstanding soloists and we've seen so many on Celebrity ships over the years, they seem recycled. Overall, we had a great time - had an amiable dinner table, met alot of nice people - if only Celebrity would return to its glory days of food - I miss the post dinner afterglow. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
This was our first time cruising. We were most impressed with Celebrity as a cruise line; and The Century as a ship. We arrived at the port at Barcelona at 11am. We immediately got thru' the embarkation process and we were on the ship ... Read More
This was our first time cruising. We were most impressed with Celebrity as a cruise line; and The Century as a ship. We arrived at the port at Barcelona at 11am. We immediately got thru' the embarkation process and we were on the ship within 20 minutes to be greeted with a glass of champagne. We were able to use all teh facilities, and get to our state room by 1pm. All the crew onboard The Century were polite and courteous at all times. If there is any criticism to make it is only that they were a little too quick (expecially in the Islands Cafe Area) to take away your plate and your tray........sometimes before you had even finished eating from it! Also, by the end of the week, we had become a little put off by being asked if we wanted to buy a cocktail every five minutes. This happened the most when you sat out by the pool, or in the Theatre during the entertainment. But, apart from that, we were very happy. Our cabin (an inside cabin on the 8th deck) was clean, well laid out, and we had no faults at all with the shower, basin or toilet (I did hear that someone else on our floor had a toilet that just stopped working within a day or so....but this was rectified quickly by the staff). The food was plentiful. The staff in the main dining room were very helkpful and friendly. Our Head Waiter was Raymond on table 608, and he was very good, assisted by Alex. We were on a table of 10. To begin with we'd worried about what our fellow dinner companions would be like. We needn't have worried. We all had a great time, and we have met some friends who will certainly keep in touch with. We did eat one day in the Murano restaurant having read some great reviews on this site before we travelled. The ambience in the restaurant was terrific, and the staff were very attentive and helpful....but I must admit I didn't think the food was that much better than we'd had in the normal (price-included) restaurant. the entertainment was good. The professional singers and dancers tried very very hard. There were three separate shows during the week; so many dances routines to learn, songs to learn, and many many costume changes. The shore excursions we went ed on were for Cannes (by tender from the ship), Florence and Rome. My only gripe here was that we specifically booked the Panoramic Florence trip as were told we would still get to see most of the sights, but with little walking. In reality, we were first dropped off for 30 minutes at a leather outlet on the way to Florence. Then upon arrival, and after aw whistle-stop photo opportunity to take a picture of the city from a great view point, we were literally abandoned for 1 hr 30 minutes outside one of the main shops. Nowhere near any of the main sights- not being told how to ge to any of the main sights, and with nowhere to sit or use the rest rooms. By the time we found our way to the main sights, it was time to rush back to meet the coach for the 1 hour 30 minute drive back to meet the ship. I know many people on that tour felt let down and were not happy. In contract the other excursions were all fantastic- especially the Panoramic Rome tour with our guide, Monica. I would definitely recommend this. All in all, despite our very limited knowledge of cruise lines and ships, we were very impressed with The Century.....in fact, so impressed, that we have already booked another cruise on the same ship for next year ! Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Just returned from a weeks cruise on the century. Its very disappointing both the ship and the service.The boat lacks the 'wow' factor of modern ships and the cabins are really small. I went concierge class and you have to ... Read More
Just returned from a weeks cruise on the century. Its very disappointing both the ship and the service.The boat lacks the 'wow' factor of modern ships and the cabins are really small. I went concierge class and you have to squeeze round the bottom of the bed (which has been cut off at the corners so your feet dangle over). The main restaurant food is really bland, they had some nice steak one night but destroyed it by broiling it. The Murano food is better but the chief has been allowed to indulge in his creativity too much and has produced some dishes that just don't work eg delicate scallops in soggy puff pastry. The islands buffet was a shambles with food being cooked while you wait, hence massive queues so if your partner wants something different you end up both waiting or eating separately. Ports were good with two exceptions, Genoa was put in as a swap for Portafino and it is a real dump, not worth getting off the boat for. Livarno port was 5 mins from the town but Celebrity charged $12 each for a shuttle which you had no option to pay as they would not let you walk off the boat. A free shuttle has always been supplied in the similar situations. Entertainment was usual cruise standard ie west end chorus line doing their best. My real whine comes from an incident and how it was handled. On embarkation I purchased the sommelier wine package which I was told could be used in all bars and restaurants and would save me money. First night no probs in the main restaurant. Second night in the Maurano I tried to choose 3 different bottles from the list but none were available so I had to buy a $60 bottle and not use the package. Second night I tried casual dining and again was told they had none of the package wines. I now complain to guest relations who send Alex the head wine waiter who promises it will all be sorted but I opt for a refund on the package. The next day I ask for a glass on white wine in the islands (about 8 on the list) and I'm told they only have one. I again go to customer relations and ask to speak to a manager. They then send someone over who tells me he is a manager but turns out to be an asst in the bar! (I never did get to see a guest relations manager despite repeatedly asking - I guess they don't like customers). I finally get to see the Bar Manager Dilip after several promises of them coming to see me but then getting pulled off to more important duties. It now becomes clear what's been happening. The Murano waiters get 3.5% commission off all bottles they sell. The wine for the Islands is mainly stored in the main dining room so the Islands waiters would have to go down 5 decks to get the wine and they can't be bothered. So easy for Celebrity but frustrating for the customer. On return I emailed Celebrity to complain and despite a promised 48hr response I have yet to hear from them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Have just returned from a week of frantic sightseeing in the Western Med on Celebrity Century. We were rather sceptical of sailing on an older ship after experiencing the 'Celebrity Solstice' in August, however we found the ship ... Read More
Have just returned from a week of frantic sightseeing in the Western Med on Celebrity Century. We were rather sceptical of sailing on an older ship after experiencing the 'Celebrity Solstice' in August, however we found the ship to be a friendly place to be with a nice atmosphere and the staff without exception were friendly and efficient.The flight out from LHR which Celebrity booked for us should have left at 11.20 however it was delayed by an hour which meant that we only reached the ship half an hour before it sailed which was far too late. On retrospect we should have asked them to book us onto an earler flight.We opted for a Concierge Class' balcony cabin on Vista deck.Nice touches such as fresh flowers, a fruit basket,thick robes and daily plate of canapes.The cabin had excellent storage with 2 large closets and another with ample shelf space. Bathroom had a decent sized shower.We were disappointed with the Islands cafe buffet setup which was very confusing and the food areas were badly lit. Main restaurant was fine and the food there was well presented with a good choice. However there were times when the food was not as hot as it should be.The theatre was attractive and most of the shows were a good standard. However on most nights the shows were timed at 7.30 and 9.45 which meant that as we were at late sitting dinner we had to go to the show before dining which we did not like.The Crystal lounge was a good place to go for late night entertainment. The Martini bar was always packed out, probably the most popular bar on the ship. Our 1st port was Cannes and we had to land by tender which was fine.It is an easy stroll along the front or there is a bus that does a circular trip around town. Portofino turned into a nightmare due to a heavy swell which finally stopped the tender service running at midday. We were trapped on shore for 5 hours while the captain tried waiting for the weather to improve [ it didn't]. Finally at 4.30 he decided to use local ferries to get the hundreds waiting to Santa Margarita where the ship anchored off shore in calmer waters and the tenders could be used to get us all back on board.The whole day turned into a nightmare not just due to the weather but mostly due to the indecision of the captain in not making alternative arrangements earlier - not a good experience to be told to wait on the jetty and not move for 4 hours,nowhere to sit and just a bottle of water given out and no food! We took the organized trips to Florence and Rome which were well run and informative but both involved a lot of walking and were very tiring but if you want to see these places in one day, thats what you have to do!!! We had already visited the major sights accesible from Naples so opted to visit the museum that has all the artifacts from Pompei etc.We got a taxi there and walked back.As UK 'over 65's' we got in free by showing a copy of our passport. Its a great place to spend a morning. Disembarcation was well organised but as they want you off the ship as early as possible we were at the airport 4 and a half hours before our flight! They do organise trips around Barcelona for passengers on late flights but ours was not quite late enough to give us time to go on one of those. Would we take another cruise on 'Century', probably not as we prefer a more modern ship and she is beginning to show her age, however we did enjoy our holiday and if you like the ambiance of a smaller ship then she may well be the ship for you! Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Just returned from our first cruise with Celebrity Century - one word - EXCELLENT. Prior to our trip, I had read and re-read all sorts of reviews and in fact I was approaching the trip with a little trepidation - such was the negativity ... Read More
Just returned from our first cruise with Celebrity Century - one word - EXCELLENT. Prior to our trip, I had read and re-read all sorts of reviews and in fact I was approaching the trip with a little trepidation - such was the negativity and subjectivity that I had found. My fears were totally allayed- from the moment we arrived at the Embarkation Point to the moment we caught the Airport Transfer bus - I was more than impressed with the organisation, smooth running and friendly attitude of ALL the staff with whom we came in contact. The ship was sparkling clean, the main restaurant dining was fabulous - it makes othr five star restaurants that I have dined in look like 'Smokey Joes Greasy Spoon Cafe'. The Island Cafe and its Pizza/Pasta station- I add in the factor that it is mass production of food and for mass production and serving of that scale it is excellent. My meals were never cool/cold, the filet/tenderloin were the most tender and tasty I have ever experienced, the service from Reymond and Ritchie at Table 602 was exemplary and made the cruise for me. I have read about people complaining about engine noise in the dining room - what do they expect ? They are on a SHIP!! There is not a lot that can be done about that - it needs engines to make it sail! Our stateroom was immaculate, well designed with plenty of storage space. Ramesh and his assistant (I'm sorry I didnt get his name) kept it immaculate also. Enough room to shower etc and towels replaced constantly. I felt pampered. I have cruised previoously with different lines so it is not as if I am unaccustomed to this level of experience. We organised our own excursions and found this easy enough to do. We met up with some other couples and went ashore together. The highlight of the trip for me was the Isle of Capri - absolutely beautiful. Marred slightly by the hordes of Eastern Europeans crowding round the ticket booths and begging and the very rude man behind the till!! Not very tourist friendly - but then how would I feel sat behind a till all day, every day dealing with people who didnt speak my language?? Another way of looking at that is to say' if you don't like it then move on and get another job'!! I like the size of the ship - not too may people, plenty of space and never crowded. The Martini Bar is where I was to be found on most evenings - in fact I bought 8 of those martini glasses!! I can't spell the name of the young lady who was such a good hostess - began with a V I think. I'm a great people watcher and noticed that anyone who was heard to complain about anything was North American. I can understand this - their standards of service etc are extremely high - but I honestly feel that anyone finding fault with this cruise was simply just looking for something to complain about. Maybe its because most of the cruisers were over 55's and there were a few 'grumpy old men' on board!! By the way, we are over 55's too-but not grumpy - just a white haired husband who won £1000 in the casino and thinks that Celebrity is wonderful. He treasures his 'Winner' T-shirt. How do the staff remember so many peoples names??? From dining, to casino, to cabin staff and people we passed on the way - they all remembered our names!! I have only a couple of suggestions which I think might make things a bit smoother - my husband was for ever looking for a loo!! Maybe larger, clearer sign posting would be good? At the Island Buffet, which, again, I cannot fault - some people queued from the end of the line and some just went straight in to the food that they wanted even though it might have been half way up the line - to the consternation of some. The two formal evenings were exceptional - the ladies were all beautifully attired, as they were most nights, formal or not. Most men wore suits but about 40 per cent wore dinner suits. (Very nice) and everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to dress up for the evening. On the first night I noticed a couple of men who weren't dressed appropriately - no jacket, T-shirt - but by the second night they had come to heel. Peer pressure - everyone else was dressed up and they had probably been told off by their better halves. In conclusion - I would definitely do it again, it was a fabulous experience made all the better by the staff on board.All the disembarking arrangements, as usual were very well organised. We left it a bit later to disembark and got the train from Cita... to Rome. Or should I say cattle train?? Standing room only++++ Have never experienced over crowding like it in my life. Got to Rome - rainy, cold, lots of beggars and really poor people. Graffitti- buses with peoples' faces pressed against the windows - how they got on or off I don't know. Got a tour bus, sat on top, got frozen, saw the sights. Some very nice statues, but I preferred Barcelona in the city league. Signposting atrocious, back to Cita.... and the ship, thank goodness. Home again!! Welcoming smiles from Century crew - Welcome home Miss Joan, Mr George - what more could you want? Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
I guess perspective is an important thing, especially with reviews and such. To give a background on my perspective, I have cruised extensively since 2002 on several lines, but on the whole have favoured Royal Caribbean. In addition to ... Read More
I guess perspective is an important thing, especially with reviews and such. To give a background on my perspective, I have cruised extensively since 2002 on several lines, but on the whole have favoured Royal Caribbean. In addition to their ships, I have also tried Cunard, P&O and, once, Thompson. We selected the Celebrity itinerary aboard Century more for the available dates more than anything. We had to go that week, and needed a Saturday or Sunday departure and were limited to 7 days. Barcelona suits because with a 2 year old a 2 hour flight is about the most any of us can tolerate. I knew that Celebrity were part of the same group as RCI, so that gave us a little more confidence than a totally unknown line. We booked direct, and I have to say the cruise line staff at the booking office were excellent. very efficient, did what they said they would do, when they said they would do it. Match the best price we had online, and through in $50 per cabin as a sweetener. They also transferred our RCI Crown & Anchor level to the Celebrity Captains Club. A small thing, but welcome non the less and meant our custom definitely felt valued. It was only after booking (I do this alot, as an impulsive sort of a person when it comes to holidays) that I read a few reviews, mainly on this site. This speaks to the title of this review as some of the comments I read really made me worry we might have chosen a duff ship - poor food, tired decor, sultry staff. OK, not from every review but the ones who seemed to have a bad experience wrote more and went into often minute detail about the problems. Maybe its more fun to write the bad stuff? More later on the specifics, but I'm glad to say that on the whole, with one or two very minor exceptions we had and excellent cruise, with Century exceeding my expectations in just about every area. Food: Maybe I have lower standards than others, or maybe I just like anything on a plate but I found the standard of the food on board Celebrity to be on par with Cunard and P&O, and slightly ahead of RCI. Dinners in the main dining room always offered a good selection (apart from one night which was all fish and mushrooms which saw my wife heading for the Island Cafe), and the food presentation, flavour and quality was always to a high standard. Highlights were the lobster/fillet mignon surf and turf on the second formal, and the rack of lamb which was offered twice and very nice indeed. The Island Cafe was your usual cruise ship buffet deal, but offered an excellent variety of different dishes, from Asian, to English through French and Italian. The only thing that let food on a daily basis down was the main restaurant didn't open for lunch which we all missed, and the deck Grill served very mediocre burger and nachos which weren't a patch on the Johnny Rocket burger bars found on RCI ships. The staff in the main dining room were excellent, especially the assistant Matre'd Mr Amir. Our 2 year old has a severe egg allergy but this was never a problem, and they were always happy to produce meals that had been checked for egg and most of the time were quite creative. As you can appreciate this was a massive help. The specialty restaurant was superb. Only ate there once, because I wanted to try it and it was worth it, but the main dining room was so nice didn't feel the need to go back, which is probably a ringing endorsement for the dining room. Cabin: We cruised in the Concierge Class, for no other reason than I hate tired decor and for some reason it was £50 per cabin cheaper than the standard class. The decor is nice, but the cabins are small in terms or standing area (but you only sleep in there right?). The one thing I did notice was there was much more storage and wardrobe space than on other ships (especially QM2 on which I guess they expect you to live out of your suitcase). There as loads of space for hanging stuff up and shelves for the folded items. Even with the third bed made up the cabin was comfortable, if not palatial. The Balcony is a nice boon, but we didn't use it a whole lot as the ship is actually quite roomy for the number of guests, and even on the sea day didn't feel crowded. Would I pay more for the CC cabin? Yes, but not a lot. I actually found the canapes ok, but wouldn't pay for them and some of the toppings were a bit odd. First day fizz was nice, though I never used the concierge service, and Im not really sure what they do for you. No concierge club unlike the RCI ships either. It does give you a quicker Embarkation, which I suppose if you dont like to que is another plus point. Public Areas: Pleased to say not at all tired. We were on Explorer of the Seas in 2005 and that felt tired, Century does not. Good number of bars, Michael's Club by far the nicest. Has a Gentleman's Club feel to it and usual has a half decent pianist of an evening. Martini bar is a bit 1970s, and acts like a thoroughfare so not at all intimate. Casino is good with a nice number of tables and excellent staff. Too many annoying machines, but thats the same with all of them. We didnt really do the theatre, so cant comment on the quality of the entertainment. Its not really my thing anyway... The one thing that surprised us, and be warned if cruising out of the Spanish ports, was that VAT at 7% was charged on ALL ship board purchases. I have never had this before, and when I questioned it staff said it is paid to spain. So with tips, at 22% to the price of drinks, tours etc etc. This caught me off guard a little. I dare say Celebrity aren't pulling a fast one, and the Spanish are so broke I guess they are trying anything, but it added nearly $200 to my room bill for the week. All in, I was very pleased with our first Celebrity cruise and Century is a nice ship. in someways, it lacks the impact of the mega ships but makes up for it with the feeling that its from a slightly different time, when ships werent designed by accountants and its still possible to find your self a spot where you will be totally alone for an hour or so. We'll definitely be back to Celebrity, and possible Century as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Sailed Celebrity for the first time, I must say the cabin we had best grade window on deck 9 was excellent and the service as usual in the cabin some of the best we have experienced. Beware of window cabins next to the last balcony on deck ... Read More
Sailed Celebrity for the first time, I must say the cabin we had best grade window on deck 9 was excellent and the service as usual in the cabin some of the best we have experienced. Beware of window cabins next to the last balcony on deck 8 and 9 as they are sold as unobstructed.... they are obstrucred where the refit has included balconies there is a grab rail that extends the last bacony and ends in the centre of the window of this room. Also the view is obstructed by a frosted panel which can be seen that ends the last balcony. The room service was excellent never had to wait long, and there was always a flask of fresh water and ice regularly changed. The entertainment, must say I am never totaly impressed by on board entrtainment but this was awful, poor costumes which looked as if they were made themselves and the singers singing mimed not live. The speacialist dining experience was certainly no patch on P&O but was an enjoyabe evning as we did not know what awaited in the main restaurant. We had the specialist dining on the first night when we went into the main dining room we discovered our table had been changed, we ended up on a table of 8 the table size was a 6, the other passengers were Dutch and only 1 spoke english, the table next to us had 8 very young children who were running around the table and laying on the floor and shouting. We had the Assistant waiter only on our table we started our meal at 9:45 and did not finish until 11:15. Must say the Maitre De went out of his way to put things right and changed our table. Sitting in the dinning room was alike sitting in a BHS cafe with the noise level so high it was difficult to have a reasonable conversation across a table, there must have been a lack of waiters as they were totally rushed.The eating experience was not enjoyable it was good to eat and get out, the quality of food however was great, the steaks were very tender. The wine choice extremely poor, if you liked USA wines plenty to choose from little or no choice of New Zealand or Chile. The formal nights were a formal night by name only allowing passengers in the main dining room with shirts hanging out of trousers, no jacket or tie worn, is it not a wonder that the standards are slipping if these passengers are not told to go to the buffet dining, when others make an effort. The Buffet dining in the dining room is very restrictive, if you have been on a tour and arrive back at the ship after 2pm the only choice is hot dogs burgers or pizza. We decided on this cruise for the places it visited some are not listed here we also went to Livorno our most enjoyable tours were Pisa, Closium and Vatican, Florence, Capri, Sorrento,Pompeii and the so called reputation of Celebrity, the places we visited were excellent as were the tours we choose, I would not rush back to this ship Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Celebrity Century Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 3.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.7
Service 2.0 4.5
Value For Money 3.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.2

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