the Century still a class of its own !!!!: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by Lolotte

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the Century still a class of its own !!!!

Sail Date: September 2009
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Amsterdam
We just got back from a wonderful repositioning cruise on the Century on its voyage from the Baltic to the Med. What attracted us were the unusual ports: Antwerp- Le Havre-Dover-La Coruna-Lisbon-Cadiz-Gibraltar- Palma de Mallorca.

We had already sailed on the Century twice. Well, the Century is still in wonderful shape ( except for the noisy engines especially when they start!!), it keeps the flair of the older cruise liners ! The service is wonderful and the cabins are nicer than the Millenium class since they have been redone. Everything was amazingly clean and in top shape. However the Century does not provide the Entertainment venues that the newer ships offer, if the ship is the attraction for you, the Century is not for you. For this cruise it was the destinations.

The Century just got their new menus and they were as good as expected. The service is still the same, no cutbacks there, we did have an issue at our first table but we were rapidly transferred and the More new maitre d' Alex really took great care of us. We went to the Murano once and it is worth every penny.... The nightly shows had excellent entertainers but they kept bringing them back every night in different combinations ! Also the musicians around the ship were really awful with the exception of the Celebrity Orchestra... It was not possible to dance and also the bridge games were not organized as usual in other Celebrity cruises. The dressing code has been relaxed, too much !!! Blue jeans and t-shirts in the dining room should not be accepted. It is just not up to the elegance of the place and of the meal.

We organized our outings every day but be warned that guest services do not know much about these ports and be well prepared. The most they can do is give out a map.

All in all we would go on the Century again anytime ! Less

Published 09/27/09

Cabin review: 8107

Nice decor, lots of space for clothes, very quiet area

Port and Shore Excursions

The ship left from Amsterdam and we had time to enjoy the beautiful city but beware of the bikes, they are everywhere !!! We took a bus (Arriva) near the train station to Volendaam, Marken ( ferry) and back to Edam, the countryside was spectacular and we bought many souvenirs far cheaper than the prices in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam you can walk everywhere but you need a week to see everything !!!

Antwerp is an easy port to visit. The ship is docked right in town : we walked to Rubens House, the cathedral and the diamond museum.

Read 50 Antwerp Reviews

Here the attraction is the Dover Castle. There is a city bus right outside the port that will take you either there or in the little town center where you can catch a train to London or Canterbury. We visited the castle and the guided tour of the war tunnels, very interesting.

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We took the funicular to the top of the mountain ( 40 minutes walk from the ship), saw the crazy monkeys and the beautiful St Michael's cave, the old castle and war tunnels and walked down the mountain to the ship. The town itself is just stores, stores and stores.

Le Havre is not a very nice city but right at the dock you can rent a car, it has to be done before as they do not have many. ( le havre rent-a-car). We drove to Mont St Michel ( 3 hours and very easy) and it was just an amazing place. On the way back we also stopped in Honfleur a nice Normandy seaside artist town.

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Lisbon is a fabulous city but we were there on a Monday and all the museums were closed except for the Sao Jorge castle in town that is worth a visit if only for he spectacular views. We hopped on a bus near the ship (17A) got to Rossio place and took the train to Sintra a beautiful little town on the coast, we visited the Imperial Palace ( very nice) and did a tour of town on a little train. Good buys in the shops. We then came back and walked through Lisbon and finally took a taxi to the ship.

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