Celebrity Century Cruise Review by Flyer55
- Sail Date: October 2012
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom
Service. We have always had good service but this was a step above what we have experienced with other lines. I had high expectations after reading other reviews of the Century's crew, and those expectations were exceeded.
Room. This was the first time we booked an inside cabin. With 10 sea days and being in port during daylight hours a balcony seemed unnecessary. The room did not feel small and there was plenty of closet space. Minor problems were solved quickly by the cabin steward and Celebrity maintenance staff. This ship had the largest showers we have ever had on a ship. I would book an inside cabin again based on my experience.
Public areas were clean and well maintained. We enjoyed being on a smaller ship and found it easier to get around. The elevators were fast compared to other ships we have been on. The theater was very nice and we always had good sight lines.There were plenty of things to do during the day. The cultural activities and Beyond the Podium speakers were excellent. June and Dirk were don't miss. Our wives especially enjoyed June's Hawaiian culture activities. John, the cruise activities director, was as good as described by guests who wrote reviews of other cruises on the Century. We have usually skipped the nightly entertainment on other ships because we didn't find it entertaining, but we always went to the shows on the Century when we weren't too tired from a long day of island excursions.
Food. The main dining room served the best food we have had on any cruise. We had Select Dining but were able to easily make reservations. Mostly, we followed the advice from reviews and stuck to the beef and pork entrees. The only main course that disappointed was fish prepared in a style we weren't familiar with. It wasn't bad, just not something we'd not order again no matter who prepared it. The food at the Spa Cafe was a nice change of pace and there was a greater variety of fruits that were prepared differently. The Island Cafe was good but nothing special. The stir fry station was the best part of the luncheon meal, IMO, but a lot of people seemed to enjoy the pasta bar. The Sushi was excellent. I don't think you can find better burgers, dogs, and fries than at the pool grill. We wish Celebrity had announced the special menu items in advance. The German sausages, and fish and chips were very good. The pizza was better than we've had on other ships. The ice cream was worth the cost of the cruise. We wish the Island Cafe had longer hours. We are used to the late night offerings on Princess cruises, and having only pizza available after 9:30 PM seemed a little limited. The bar service was good. Others writing reviews of the Island Cafe commented about how quickly tables were cleared and how you couldn't leave your seat to get a glass of water or cup of coffee without finding your table service removed when you returned to your seat. They were right.
The tours were good and reasonably priced. We didn't do any high dollar excursions, but we did see what we wanted to. It was just our luck that the volcanic activity on the big island picked up the day after we left.
Disembarking was easy but not without a glitch. The ship's scheduled arrival time was for 7:00 AM. We scheduled our flight home for 10:45 thinking we would have plenty of time. First, the airline rescheduled the flight to 10:30 with a 9:50 boarding time, and then we discovered that Customs would not be opening until 8:30. There were a lot of people with 9:00 AM boarding times who were sweating getting off the ship. Once they opened the departure gangway we found the departure to be as fast and efficient as the boarding. We ended up getting through airport security 45 minutes after we walked off the ship and had plenty of time to spare before boarding our plane home.
Overall we'd rate our experience as excellent.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
EnsenadaIf you are there on a Jones Act stop don't bother going off the docks if it is after dark. We were told on the ship by passengers who had been on this cruise before, and didn't follow their advice. Big mistake. If you go off the docks do it on a ship sponsored tour.View All 434 Ensenada Cruise Port Reviews
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Pele's Lava March Walking TourVery good guide and interesting tour.View All 3 Pele's Lava March Walking Tour Reviews
If you go downtown before or after a tour don't count on the "free" shuttle to bring you back. Plan on a taxi for going back to the port.
Pearl HarborThe tour company messed up an otherwise great tour. We followed their instructions to a T and they still didn't get us back to Pearl in time for our scheduled ticket time. Then the tour guide negotiated with the Park Service to get us in, and told the group that if anybody needed to get water or go to the bathroom now was the time. About half the group left thinking they would be going on the Arizona Memorial tour at noon. It was less than two minutes when the Park Service herded the rest of the group into the theater, leaving those of us with spouses following the tour guide's advice out of the group being admitted. It took a rather stressful 20 minutes of arguing with the Park Service personnel about what happened before they decided that "Oh well, you missed your scheduled time," was not the answer we wanted to hear.View All 136 Pearl Harbor Reviews
Eventually they "worked us in." But, after a couple of hours of standing on the Missouri tour and waiting for admittance to the memorial it was not acceptable to have to stand during the mandatory movie presentation before being shuttled to the memorial.
To put a cherry on the top of the day the bus driver/tour guide directed us to the wrong bus stop to get to the beaches.
OTOH, the taxi driver that took us to Diamond Head was worth every penny.
Iao ValleyIao Valley tour was excellent. We had rented a car and driven to the Haleakala Crater and the Road to Hana the day before. This was icing on the cake, a day to take a relaxing tour and see some beautiful scenery while learning about Maui. It is a great place to take pictures.View All 21 Iao Valley Reviews
Maui Tropical PlantationIf you wonder what all the plants you are seen are, go on this tour. It isn't too long and the tram makes for an easier day.View All 27 Maui Tropical Plantation Reviews
San DiegoSan Diego's airport is big enough to handle the nonstop cross country flights, but small enough to be user friendly. It is a short drive to the terminal.View All 243 San Diego Cruise Port Reviews
The terminal and embarkation couldn't have been any easier.
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