Western Europe, Gibraltar apes and friends!: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by jollyelf

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Western Europe, Gibraltar apes and friends!

Sail Date: September 2009
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Amsterdam
It was great that we were allowed to board in Amsterdam the day prior to departure. This allowed us the opportunity to recover from the long flight and also have time to enjoy Amsterdam. All the ports were really fantastic beginning in Antwerp, Belgium and then on to Dover, England, LeHarve, France, La Coruna Spain, Lisbon, Portugal, Cadiz Spain, Gibraltar, U.K., Palma de Mallorca and ending in Barcelona.

Shuttle buses provided by the cruise line were overpriced - ranging from $10-12 each way. Most of the ports were not within walking distance from the ship and some form of transportation was required. Antwerp was very close but the others were not.

Getting money in Gibraltar was a challenge. There are many exchange booths but it's hard to find an ATM. Seeing those apes was worth it though! They have their own currency but will take Euros. This does not work in your favor.

The ship had a lot of creaking and clanging. It moaned most of the day More and sometimes into the night. They did make an effort to correct the problems.

They are cutting corners in the entertainment area. We had two production shows - one of which I had seen years ago. The last time we cruised on Century we had the most outstanding performers - but this time we had the same people for several night in a row but just paired up with new partners form a previous night. Blame the cruise director for this.

Celebrity is apparently switching from the old fashioned trivia games where you compete and write down the answers to win a pen or some little item. Now they have high tech video games which are just awful. I suggested they throw them in the ocean. On two of the three sea days there was very little to pass the time in the way of activites and games. On the third sea day after I spoke to the activities director they did have several trivia games but it was kind of too little too late. Good thing we play bridge or we would have been totally bored. The enrichment seminars sometimes didn't make the daily schedule and if you didn't watch the TV announcements in the morning you just missed them. These were also kind of out of sequence. For instance, they did Paris the day after we left.

Food overall was good - sometimes not as hot as it should have been. The pea or carrot flan were disgusting and we wondered why the next day there might have been soup of that flavor.... Wish there was a way to keep the pastries from drying out. Rolls and donuts needed dunking to be able to eat them.

Celebrity was disappointing this time and I think I'll try some other cruise line for future cruises. Less

Published 09/23/09

Cabin review: 88111 Ocean View

Great card rooms. Nice quite sofas on 6 which were nice for reading. Our cabin was on deck 8 and we were quite comfortable. You had to be careful of the hot water because it was scalding! Had to start out on cold or you were in trouble and couldn't turn it down.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Amsterdam is the cleanest city I have ever visited. If they can do it why can't other cities. No trash, beggars or slums. VanGogh Museum was a highlight.

The ship docks directly next to the center of the city and it's very easy to get around. We did take a tour to Ghent and the chocolate factory which was operated by the ship and was quite a nice tour. Ghent was charming!
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Many taxi tours available at the pier. This is really the better way to see Gibraltar because most of the roads are single lane and if you are on a bus tour you end up having to walk up the mountains because the buses cannot make it up on these roads. There is a cable car but this also requires many miles of walking to see the apes and get to the top of the rock. Seeing the apes was a highlight for me. Our taxi driver seemed quite well acquainted with several of them and they sat on the van window. We also saw St. Michael's Cave and the tunnel from war used to defind the area. The taxi cost 25 euros per person but it's worth it. They have their own currency and it's difficult to find an ATM machine. Found two on main street and needed some currency for lunch and few purchases. Don't get too much because you cannot use it anywhere else.

Toured Sintra which I loved and had lunch at Dos Cabritos which was wonderful and typical Portugese food. Visited the seaside resort of Cascais and then Lisbon. Lisbon is beautiful and worth seeing. Went to the end of Western Europe on this tour. Covered a lot of ground in one day. My husband used public transportation and he said it was outstanding. He took a train to Sintra and loved it!
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Ship docked in Le Harve. My husband rented a car and drove to Omaha Beach. The rental agency was not convenient to the pier. Ship ran a shuttle to Le Harve which was outrageously priced $10 each way for a 5 minute ride. This port was not conducive to walking to town though and really not worth the price of the shuttle. There were several other tours, including spending the day in Paris, offered by the ship which were nice. We went to the Alabaster Coast and saw the cliffs which was quite nice and drove through charming Normandy countryside.
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The port where you stop is actually Cadiz. This is a quaint old city and the only way you can see it is on foot. We took the guided tour offered by the ship and this worked out well. It included a Flamenco show which was outstanding and a sample of tapas and Sangria. Bus first took us around the edge of the town and then we walked. The ship is docked about a 20 minute walk from the center of town but I was happy to have the bus and a guide.
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