Relaxing days at sea on the Century: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by BJzink
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Relaxing days at sea on the Century
Embarkation: San Diego
The staff on this ship was extremely friendly, and any one of them would try to do whatever we asked. The captaiin and ship officers were very visible; I think we saw the captain almost every day in different areas.
We opted for fixed dining so we would have a consistent waiter and assistant. The first table assignment was for a table of 10, and we had requested a table for 2 when we booked. We are not unfriendly, but have a hard time hearing conversation with all the background noise in the DR. The assistant maitre'd was able to fill our request if we would change to the later seating. This was fine, and we had a great table with excellent servers. Food choices were great, we could have escargot every night! If we had the least problem with any of the dishes, the waiter would immediately get something else for us. The meals were imaginative, very nicely presented, and the temperature of them was hot or cold as appropriate.
We didn't do much of the activities, we enjoyed reading on our veranda as the weather warmed up, and people-watching by the pool area. We also tried to watch NFL football in the Rendez-vous lounge, but the TV screens were smaller than the one we have at home, also had competition from Art Auctions, Cooking Demos, bands, trivia, etc, etc. Sure would be nice if they had a designated sports area with big-screen TVs; there were at least 50+ passengers who were trying to watch the games along with us. Maybe they could consider redoing the Martini Bar - there were usually 6 or fewer people there any time we passed thru, and the music in there was loud & horrible. We appreciated the smoking rules - it was great not to have smoke on our veranda, or choke while passing thru the casino.
The entertainment was pretty average compared to other cruise ships we've been on - the production shows were entertaining and the dancers did a good job considering the ship motion.
We had to pass through a cold front when we were returning to San Diego and the captain deviated from the usual course to make us more comfortable, but with 20+ ft. waves, & 40mph winds it was pretty hard not to have some motion. We've had worse.
Disembsarking was quick & smooth. Off by 10AM, our parking company van was there in the lot, & we were on the road by 11AM. We would definitely consider sailing on Celebrity in the future. Less
Cabin review: 1063
my husband said we would definitely not choose this category unless we could be guaranteed not to have the door/toilet conflict in the bathroom.
Port and Shore Excursions
Great Island Circle Tour
Tour started great - very knowlegable guide/bus driver. Kept us entertained. Unfortunately there was a huge clog of vehicles on the North Shore of Oahu due to a surfing contest which made us 2 hours behind our scheduled time to arrive at the Polynesian Cultural Center. They did save us some buffet food, but was obviously stale. Saw the Canoe Pagent, Big Screen movie, and had some time to see a little more of it. Supposed to be 5 hrs. there, barely had 2 1/2.
Lots more people than when we went to one several years ago on Kauai, Food was OK, the pork wasn't from a pig in a pit. The entertainment was pretty good - heavy on Tahitian dancing, not Hawaiian.
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