Century Pacific Jewels Cruise Mar 12 beyond expectations: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by winnies65

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Century Pacific Jewels Cruise Mar 12 beyond expectations

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Our first cruise, to Tahiti and Hawaii, was fantastic - from the moment we laid eyes on the Century in Sydney Harbour, to the parting of ways in Honolulu.
Although considered a smallish cruise ship, the Century appeared to us as an impressive white giant as we boarded without delay or hassle (admittedly with the benefits bestowed by our Concierge ticket).
Investigating our new suburb for the next 18 days we were impressed with the lovely lacquered timber, the lounges, the grand dining room, and the welcoming hello's from the 'staff'.
The cruise itself was a novelty, it being our first, and we enjoyed both ship arranged shore excursions and those we found ourselves while island hopping in French Polynesia and Maui. We were not disappointed by the cruise destinations.
The stateroom, like most hotel rooms, was a little tired, particularly the bathroom but contained everything we could want from the most comfortable bed to well stocked bar fridge,wireless internet More (surprisingly adequate for a satellite service), to the furniture and of course the verandah (where we enjoyed some wonderful private breakfasts).
The formal and casual dining areas were great. The grand dining room was a picture. Straight out of a grand 19th century hotel with its majestic stair case and timber, timber, timber, finished with the giant windows two storeys high across the aft of the room/ship.
The Century's on board activities certainly kept the passengers busy from dance classes to bingo to shows in the Celebrity Theatre. Although we kept ourselves busy by the swimming pools relaxing.
And then there was the staff. The wait staff in the dining areas, lounges, pool deck and the staterooms. From Bali, Romania, Serbia, Peru and everywhere in between. To Irfan, Ketut, Nenad, Radu and so many others - you made the cruise much more than just another vacation. And the ship's operational crew, mostly behind the scenes but those who maintained the ship, got us on and off the ship, both at dock and by tender so seamlessly, thank you.
Of course there were some aggravations. But nothing disasterous, nothing not remedied with a smile. Less

Published 04/11/12

Cabin review: C19176 Concierge Class

Stateroom 9176 is two thirds toward aft with good proximity to staircase and lifts. Would choose this stateroom again.

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Port and Shore Excursions

A full day in Bora Bora with an outstanding cruise arranged excursion snorkelling and swimming with the rays and sharks. Unforgettable. The tender was smooth so little time wasted.

The port of Honolulu was well organised for our disembarkation (with formalities having been dealt with in Maui). We went on to stay in Waikiki for 3 days and we will return.
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Maui is picture perfect. A tendered port rather than docked, a valuable amount of time is dedicated to getting off and on the ship. But a late departure from Maui maximises our opportunity to investigate and enjoy a great luau.
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Moorea was a tendered port. We took a private tour of the island in a fairly dilapidated school bus but with a resident American married to a local princess as our guide. We believed him. It seems that French Polynesia is suffering from the world's economic problems with a smattering of the gorgeous resorts being closed. Those aboard the Celebrity Century and the increasing number of other cruise ships will hopefully fill the gaps in the local economy created by these closures.
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Leaving Raiatea at 2.00pm is criminal. This a beautiful port and fortunately we were docked so no time wasted getting off and on the ship.
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The port of Papeete is bigger than I expected and as we took a tour of the island of Tahiti, we didn't have enough time to investigate Papeete. We will return one day to Tahiti and know we will not be disappointed.
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