West Coast Wine Cruise: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by hurwitz5

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West Coast Wine Cruise

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: USA
Embarkation: Vancouver
My husband and I have gone on over 25 cruises in various parts of the world (Europe, Alaska, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Hawaii, and the Caribbean). What attracted us to this cruise were the interesting sightseeing ports on the West Coast, that we could combine with a visit to our son and family in Los Angeles.
We flew into Vancouver the day before the cruise and stayed at the Hyatt Regency downtown. It was a lovely hotel in close proximity to Canada Place where we boarded the cruise ship. Although the hotel was about 4 - 5 blocks from the cruise terminal at Canada Place, we took a cab because of an abundance of luggage.
Since we are Select on Celebrity, we went on an express line and boarded the ship within 20 minutes (by 11:30 a.m.) and were greeted with a glass of Chempagne. We proceeded to the Islands Cafe for a buffet lunch. At 1:30 p.m. an announcement was made that the cabins were ready. Our bags were delivered to our cabin shortly after. We had an inside More cabin on deck 8 midship. We found this to be a very convenient location for getting to the restaurants, shows, the casino and shops.
We knew that the Century is an old ship,and that it is going into dry dock in April 2013. We found that the cabin was clean, but really in need of an update. It needs new bedding, new carpeting, new shower tiles, etc. I will say, however, that there was a wonderful amount of storage - 2 large closets for hanging clothes, as well as another closet with shelves and drawers, plus 6 drawers by the desk and 2 drawers in each night table, The amount of storage was far better than that on the Solstice class ships, Our cabin steward, Jose, was very helpful and always kept our cabin clean. He also made some towel animals. The public rooms appeared to have been updated more recently than the cabins. The dining rooms, lounges and theater were in good shape.
The food on the ship was very good, particularly in the main dining room. We enjoyed every dinner in the main dining room, served very professionally by Hendrix and Olga. There was a very good selection of food. We especially loved the salmon, lamb chops, lobster and prime rib. The French onion soup and desserts were also outstanding. The only bad meal we had was at the Murano Restaurant on the last night of the cruise. The lobster tails, soups, salads and appetizers were bland and tasteless, and not served hot. The souffles (dessert) were the only part of the meal we enjoyed. When the waiter asked why I hardly ate the scallop appetizer, I told him that it wasn't tasty. He asked if he could get me something else, I decided to ask for shrimp cocktail. Since we were dining at Murano, I anticipated receiving large or jumbo shrimp. Instead, it took the waiter more than 20 minutes to round up some shrimp from the main dining room (small size). On another cruise line the specialty restaurant had delicious jumbo shrimp, I should have asked the waiter about the shrimp and how long it would take him to get the shrimp. We realized that we had been sitting in the restaurant for over an hour, and all we had eaten was the appetizer. The lobster bisque was thin and not hot. We had tastier lobster tails in the main dining room.
The cruise director, John Grantham, is one of the best cruise directors we have had on over 25 cruises. We remembered him from a previous cruise. He is charming and articulate. We enjoyed the 3 production shows. The Celebrity singers and dancers were the best we have seen in a while. We also enjoyed all the other acts (singers, pianists, comedians, etc.) over the 10 night cruise. We also went to the 60's dance party and to various lectures on sea days - all very enjoyable.
The ports were varied and interesting. We were fortunate to have sunny and warm weather during the cruise. We particularly enjoyed the Chihuly exhibit in Seattle, a Napa - Sonoma wine tour from San Francisco, and just walking around Victoria, Nanaimo and Catalina Island. Each port had a different feel to it.
I summary, we had a wonderful cruise - very good food and service, interesting ports, and wonderful entertainment. The only negatives were the Murano restaurant and the "old" cabin. We would sail on the Century again, once it is refurbished. Less

Published 10/15/12

Cabin review: 108160 Inside Stateroom

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