Delightful cruise to Hawaii: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by rudyusc

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Delightful cruise to Hawaii

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: San Diego
Arriving in San Diego by air, we took a taxi to the cruise port for $15, much less the $20 each that Celebrity asked for their transfers. The driver let us off right at the door. A porter took our bags and we headed straight for the check in. We were aboard soon after and headed for the buffet.

Having sailed several times before on Century, we were pleased to find her in such good shape. The carpets, paint, and upholstery all seemed to be fresh and the flat-screen TVs and electronic links have been updated since our last cruise in 2008. We had a balcony stateroom on the 8th deck near the central stairway. We had more closet space than on the Solstice. We enjoyed breakfasts on the balcony during port days, but the straight chairs did not encourage any lounging there.

Although all of our paperwork indicated that we had early seating for dinner, the card in our stateroom gave us a table for second seating. Because of our strong preference for early seating, I went More straight to the Maitre'D to request a change. Because of a snafu somewhere the early dinner was overbooked by 100 guests above the capacity. After a temporary accommodation for the first night, we were given a permanent table at early seating for the rest of the cruise. We were grateful for the change.

We were pleased with the experience in the main dining room and never felt the need to try the specialty dining in Murano. The menu choices were always pleasing: everything that I tasted was delicious. Our wait staff was very attentive and took care of all of our requests. We chose this particular cruise because we didn't have to fly to or from Hawaii and because we enjoy sea days. There were lots of activities on sea days. In fact so many good things were happening at the same time that we asked the Cruise Director Rich Clesen to move some around to help space things out. He did so and it was a big help to us. Among all the usual activities there were two guest lecturers on board. One of them, Dr. David Plourd, gave a series of presentations about the seas and the creatures that live in them. His video clips of dolphins and whales were spectacular. He also told about the formation of the Hawaiian islands and its relatives in the Pacific. He is perhaps the best lecturer we have heard on any ship.

The crew were always pleasant and smiling and attentive to our needs or wishes. There was a Roman Catholic Chaplin on board who held services for both Catholics and Protestants. We were pleased that he was there to hold services on Ash Wednesday. Less

Published 03/12/13

Cabin review: 2A8122 Deluxe Ocean View with Veranda

Our balcony cabin was amidship close to the central stairway. It was clean and quiet and everything worked properly. We enjoyed breakfasting on the balcony table. The straight chairs were fine with the table but did not encourage lounging on the balcony. The Century has more closet space than the newer ships. The flat screen TV allows access to ones account and also serves for ordering room service. The bedding seems to be common across the fleet with a mattress that is too hard for us. The stateroom attendant provided an egg crate to soften the surface for us.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Akaka Falls

On the dock we chose a waterfall tour with Authentic Hawaiian Adventures. We waited until the guide found enough people (7 total) to begin the tour. The 15 passenger bus was more than adequate for our little group but still allowed for an intimate tour. The guide, Kamaki, was very knowledgeable about Hawaii's history, geography, and vegetation. We stopped at the Liliuokalani Gardens that are near the cruise port, then made the scenic trip to Akaka Falls. Leaving the falls we stopped at a roadside fruit stand to sample fresh coconut and tropical fruits. We then stopped at a pastry shop for some lunchtime snacks. Back on the bus we continued to the Rainbow Falls in Hilo.

We had been to Honolulu before but had never seen the Bishop Museum. After a modest cab from the dock we arrived at the Museum just before its 9:00 opening time and spent over half the day in Hawaii Hall, their primary museum of Hawaiian history. We had lunch on the grounds and took in a planetarium show that was aimed for school children and not adults. Later, we spent the remainder of the day at the Iolani Palace that was built in the late 1800s as the residence for Hawaiian royalty. Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch to live there. The Palace featured electric lighting and flush toilets that were almost unheard of at that time. The palace had elegant woodwork and beautiful furnishings. The walk from the Palace to the ship was longer that we were expecting, but not unreasonably so. We recommend both of the attractions to the cruiser who wants to know more about Hawaii's history and its people.
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Glass Bottom Boat

We arrived at the dock with nothing planned and found a glass-bottomed boat loading for sightseeing and dolphin watching so we joined the queue, paid our fare, and hopped on board. After looking at the coral and fish beneath the boat we began cruising along the coast line. Soon whales were spotted and we headed their way hoping for a closer look. Although we never did get very close, we could see them spout, surface for breathing, and flip their tails at us as they dove back under the sea. On the return trip to the dock we were given deli sandwiches for lunch and a hula provided additional entertainment. We never did see the dolphins, but we did enjoy the excursion.


We left the ship early per the instructions on our ticket for the Drums of the Pacific Luau. We allowed the recommended time for tendering, but the wait to tender was short so we arrived at the dock more than 30 min. earlier than expected. After a wait of 45 min. or more someone came by passing out cards for the busses. It was then that we found that the busses were to arrive an hour later than our ticket showed. So we had to wait some more. Eventually the busses came -- about 15 min. later than we had been told -- and took us to the luau. Our busses were the last to arrive and the entertainment had already begun. The food was OK at best, the drinks were lame, but the show was lively and well received.
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