LOVE TRANSATLANTICS: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by uncle-b

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Sail Date: April 2009
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Miami
This was a great transatlantic crossing.  This was our 35th cruise and our 3rd transatlantic.  We were 7 days at sea at the beginning of the cruise.  The sea was like glass about 3 of these days.  We had some rough seas the last 7 days.  These were between ports so wasn't too bad.  We were upset that we didn't get an upgrade on our cabin, but it turned out to be fine.  For the price we paid, this cruise was a great value.  The food was very good.  We ate in the dining room in the evenings and mostly the buffet for breakfast and lunch.  We were disappointed on the night we had lobster.  Instead of a lobster tail, we had a trio of scallops, shrimp, & lobster.  The lobster was dry and not good.  The shrimp was the best thing on the plate.  The beef dishes were the better selections.  The soups were excellent.  Some of the best we have had on a cruise.  The salmon and the shrimp cocktail More which were offered every night were also very good.  Our waiter made suggestions on what was good each night. 

The enrichment series was one of the best.  The speaker on international relations had a packed house each time he spoke.   The speaker on jazz music was very mechanical and read from notes but his subject was good.  There were a lot of activities that we did not participate in.  These included lots of trivia, bingo, and wii games.

We love entertainment so we attended all the shows.  The production shows on this ship were some of the poorest we have seen.  The shows and the singers and dancers weren't that good.  These need to be updated.  The other acts were very good.  The pianist Pearl Kaufman was superior.  She did the music for many famous movies and won many awards for these.  She told many good stories about many famous stars such as Jack Nicholson.  A singer who did opera and broadway tunes was also good.  The comedian Glen Hirsch was also good.  These entertainers left the ship at the end of the 1st week.  The 2nd week we had a violinist who was excellent.  We also had a juggler/comedian who mostly did comedy that was good.  The only bad act was the impressionist.  All the bands were very good.  These included a party band, a dance band, a string group and the celebrity orchestra.  There was also a very good a-capella group who did short segments on several nights.

The staff and crew was the friendly and most helpful of any cruise we have been on.  They always spoke and greeted everyone with a smile. Less

Published 05/20/09

Cabin review: 4145

We booked an inside cabin.  We had lots of storage.  The shower was bigger than on most ships.  Since we were on the 4th floor , we expected some noise but it was very quiet.

Port and Shore Excursions

We elected to carry our bags and walk off the ship.  We had been to Amsterdam before so we took the train to Germany for a few days before flying home.  We walked from the ship to the train station.  It as about a 20 minute walk with our luggage. 

We were not in port long enough to do anything here.  We docked at 9 and left at 3.  We walked into town.  It was a long walk.  It was cold and started to rain so we went back to the ship.  We had originally planned to take the train to Canterbury but didn't have enough time.

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We broke our rule here of not taking a tour off the ship.  We had been to Paris several times but wanted to go to the Beaches of Normandy.  We booked this tour on the ship at a cost of $179 each.  We got up at 6 since the tour left at 8:30.  There were 3 bus loads on this tour.  We were on the 1st bus.  We were spaced out so we all weren't at the same place at the same time.  It was a 2 hour bus ride to our 1st stop which was Pointe du hoc.  Our tour guide spoke excellent English.  He spoke for the 1st hour of the tour about the history of the Normandy invasion.  Very interesting.   Our next stop was Omaha Beach.  We only stopped for about 30 minutes to make pictures.  We would have liked to stay here longer.  Our next stop was the American Cemetary.  Our tour guide did an excellent job of telling us about all these places.  He answered questions and was very knowlegable about all our stops.  Our last stop was in Caen at a museum.  We had an excellent lunch here which was included in the tour price.  Wine was also served.  We spent about 2 hours here and got back to the ship at 6:30.  This was the best tour, we have taken off a ship.     

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Madeira was a very beautiful island.  Lots of flowers.  We rode the cable car to the top which was 30e for the 2 of us.  We had a wonderful view from the top.  We walked around some and watched some people take a toboggan ride down a steep street.  The ship had a shuttle bus which was $11 per person.  Some people walked into town or took a private tour in a taxi.  Others took an orgnaized tour.  We were disappointed it was a Sunday and almost no shops were open.   

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