Great ship, great crew and staff, great cruise: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by Nancyquilts

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Great ship, great crew and staff, great cruise

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego
EMBARKATION. We arrived at 11:30 and, with our suitcases, joined a line that stretched across the front of the pier, part way down the side, back to the front inside and across to the one longshoreman who was taking baggage. After that it was easy to board.

CONDITION OF SHIP. Public spaces were clean and spiffy.

CABINS. We had a Century Suite (CS) at the aft of the ship for half the cruise, and a Concierge Class (CC) on the port side for the other half.

The CS was wider, with room for a normal bed rather than the rounded ends of the CC. It was longer, and had a larger sofa and that marvelous aft balcony with two lounges, two chairs, and two tables. The CC balcony was about half that size with just the two chairs and a large table.

The safe in the CS was about waist height and at the front of a shelf. The safe in the CC was on the top shelf above eye level and at the very back of the shelf, so pretty much inaccessible.

Flowers in the More CC were much better and changed after the first week. And there was a red rose in the bathroom.

The breakfast room service menu was a lot better (imho) for the CC than for the suite.
I bring my own pillow, so that wasn't a problem.

PORTS and INFORMATION. The ship has excellent port information, including other information than just the closest jewelry stores,but it is evidently only delivered to the suites. Otherwise the information is available at the Service Desk on Deck 5. We had been to these ports before, so didn't take the ship's excursions. There was no written information on the Panama Canal.

Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala isn't listed, but it has a very nice pier with open air shops, a jade museum and music as well as local guides.

ENTERTAINMENT. From excellent to average to way below for the movies chosen. With about 95% of the passengers over 40, the movies were mostly planned for teenagers and below. "Snow White and the Huntsman", "Three Stooges", etc.

FOOD. The menu is very good and extensive. For breakfast you could have Eggs Benedict every day in the MDR. The MDR was closed for lunch when in port. Dinner had a wide selection of every-day items such as French onion soup, Caesar salad, shrimp, salmon, chicken, beef, creme brulee, cheesecake and chocolate cake. There were other items that changed each day, including 4 kinds of ice cream, 2 yoghurt, and 1 sherbet.
We found some of the portions to be way too large, and wish they had smaller meals available rather than waste so much.

DEBARKATION. Easy as usual in Ft. Lauderdale. Horrible as usual in San Diego. There were long lines of passengers everywhere you looked on Deck 12 waiting to get through the process, and we were the only ship there that Saturday.

COMPLAINT. You remember all the other ships, how in ports you would go down a certain staircase or elevator and then go directly off the ship? Century was evidently remodeled to remove that option, and now we went all the way to the forward stairs or elevator, down, and then back to the midship area to get off.

The elevator and stairs no longer go down to the midship area. Small complaint, but I hope it was worth it for Century to have more space for something else rather than the passengers' comfort. Less

Published 02/09/13

Cabin review: NS1136 Century Suite

1136 Century Suite, with the large balcony and loungers as well as two tables and two chairs. Some soot on balcony, and the area above was washed down every morning leaving the balcony wet then. A great place for breakfast. 9165 Concierge Class. Safe not accessible as on the top shelf above eye level. Nice large shower.

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Port and Shore Excursions

A tender port.

We've taken excellent excursions here, but didn't do any this year.

Just hanging around the pier, it was not great. This is a fake town, sort of like Disneyland but without the charm. We much prefer the pier at Cristobal, with its music and tables of handicrafts, but X stopped at Colon both times.

One of our favorite ports - and they have internet right on the pier for $5 per hour.

At the town end of the pier is an open air market with handicrafts.
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