B2B Century Feb 20, 2010 & Feb 25, 2010: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by kampinguru

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B2B Century Feb 20, 2010 & Feb 25, 2010

Sail Date: February 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We flew to Miami on the Saturday morning and arrived at the ship around 10:45am. At 11:00am, we were allowed to start boarding and were able to be among the first to check in. We got on board and purchased the frozen drink package for the first leg of the B2B. The price was $19.65 per day plus 15% gratuity. They put a sticker on your sea pass to identify that you have the package. On to the pool deck to get a couple of chairs and a cold beverage. It was cool in Miami but coming from Canada, it was downright balmy. We sat there until the buffet opened and then went to get lunch. The fire doors to the stateroom corridors were closed so we could not get to the staterooms until around 1:00pm. After lunch, we went downstairs to book Murano's and were able to get a favourable dining time for the Jamaica night. It was a wonderful dining experience, not rushed and very attentive. The cheese plate was exquisite with several different types of cheese to savor. The Petite-fours after dessert More were an extra treat. I had the Grand Marnier Souffle and my wife had the chocolate one. I would highly recommend these as the dessert of choice. I would suggest that you limit yourself to one piece of the bread that they offer even though they look and taste wonderful. You need to leave room for dessert. You will be full. The ship is in great shape for being 11 years old. The staff are always cleaning and fixing things so it has remained a great classic ship of the Celebrity line. The MDR is still magnificent and the service is always top notch. Our Stateroom was a sideways cabin but it was next to the stateroom attendants storage area so we were always hearing noises from there. We love the sideways layout though. We had 9167 last year and it was much quieter. Unfortunately 9167 was not available for both legs so we took 9161 as we did not want to have to move between cruises. The entertainment on board was a mixture of Broadway shows and a comedian names James Stephens III. He was pretty funny, but I have seen better and much worse. The luggage arrive well ahead of the early seating dining on the embarkation day so it was no trouble getting ready for dinner. The sushi bar at the rear of the Islands Cafe at 5:30pm each night was an added treat as I love sushi. The sommeliers in the main dining room are quite good and very attentive. We had a server named Jesus Braganza and an assistant server Marsha Buchel and both were fantastic. Called us all by name and remembered our likes and dislikes. The food was excellent and the desserts were decadent. It would be your own fault if you go hungry. They will bring you two of any course if you cant decide so feel free to ask. We had no issues with our stateroom and our attendant was attentive and willing to comply with our requests. We asked to have the mini bar cleaned out so we could use the fridge for our own use and he did it. I wanted to also say that Captain Mantzavinos was one of the most personable Captains I have met on a cruise ship and we had the pleasure of dining at his table on the formal night of the second cruise. A marvelous host and great conversationalist. It was a most memorable evening. If you get a chance to talk to the Captains Club Hostess on board, Ti-Ann Aure, you will find her to be a delightful and engaging person. She went to great lengths to ensure our cruise was our best one yet. She deserves huge kudos. We purchased the Captains Wine Package 7 bottles and discovered a wide array of wines to satisfy even the most discriminating palate with reasonable prices. The only negative I can point out has little to do with the cruise line but lots to do with the mentality of the ever popular chair hogs. Deck chairs were hard to find even in the cool weather, but there were no people in them. I would like to see the lines do more to combat this issue, but I suppose I will just have to accept it as a fact of life. Highly recommend the Century as a smaller cruise ship with a more spacious feel to it. Have booked again for next year while on board. Less

Published 03/08/10

Cabin review: 119161 Inside Stateroom

Sideways cabin next to attendants storage room. Lots of noise from the storage room as well as some white noise as the smoke stacks are in the white area behind the stateroom. Similar to 9167 but the noise in 9161 is louder than in 9167. We had 9167 last year on the same cruise. Most likely would not book this room again.

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Port and Shore Excursions

A wonderful island to visit and this year we took an X-Rail tour through the Mayan jungle and learned a bit about the Mayan culture. It was with Wild Tours and it was the same company that the ship uses to book its tours with. We met downtown at Margaritaville and were taken by taxi to the tour site. We met up with a tour from the ship and spent three hours driving on the trail in the jungle. Make sure you take clothes that you can get dirty in. Very dirty. Very Very Dirty. They are open wheeled cars and you are driving through mud puddle and the dirt sprays up into the car. We were covered in mud when we were done. The ship says to take clothes that you can get dirty in but they do not elaborate on how dirty you will get. If you are taking a backpack, I would suggest that you put everything inside into a plastic bag as it will get dirty. We figured out that if you take a couple of straps, you can strap your backpack to the roof of the car and it will not get as dirty or wet. If you try to keep it at your feet, it will get soaked. We used the straps on the front of the pack to lash it to the roof and it stayed there and stayed dry on the way back. Not so much when we put it at our feet for the trip out. I would highly recommend this tour and enjoy getting dirty. There is running water at the end to rinse off with but you will not get clean. Your clothes will be dirty so a shirt that is old and disposable might be in order. I wore my bathing suit as the shorts so I could rinse off and took a second shirt.

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We rated this port as a 5 as we have been here before, but we have been scheduled to be there 3 times and have only been once. This is one of the ports where you are tendered in from the ship to the port as there is no docks for the cruise ships. There is fragile coral reefs that would be destroyed by the construction of the cruise ship terminals. As a result, if the waves are too big, they will not be able to tender you to the shore from the ship. This cruise, we made an alternate stop in Key West instead but we did not get off the ship that day because we were going to be there on the second leg of the B2B. We stayed on board and made use of the frozen drink package we purchased :-). It was also quite cool and was threatening rain. Turned out to be a good decision on our part as the skies opened up 2 hours before the ship sailed for Miami.

This is a quaint little port and there are lots of things to do, but the ship docks at 7:00am and a lot of things are still closed at that time. Leaving at 1:30pm does not give you a whole lot of time to take some of the more adventurous tours. Last year we rented a Harley from Adventure Cycle in Key West and spent the time riding up highway 1 toward Islamorada. It was a nice ride. This year we rented a jet ski and took a guided tour around the island. It was around 65-70 degrees so we were the only ones on the tour. It was a great time and we received a lot of local information about the island from the guide.

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We love Jamaica although the pressure can be a little intense to the uninitiated. If you just say no thanks and keep walking, you will be fine. Last year we did the Dunn's River Falls and White River tubing and enjoyed both tours. We used Peat Taylor Tours and booked it ourselves. We had a private bus that took us to the falls and waited for us while we climbed and then picked us up after we were finished and took us to the drop off point for tubing on the White River. When we were done, he picked us up at the bottom and took us to the ship. We asked to be dropped off at the local grocery store, General Foods, where we picked up some Jerk Chicken Spice and Blue Mountain Coffee. We then walked back to the ship on our own. It was about a 15 minute walk. The weather was in the low 80's with a little humidity but a great day none the less. This year we had a taxi driver take us on a tour of Ocho Rios and outlying areas. We asked him to take us to a place where we could get authentic Jerk Chicken and Port and he took us to Scotchies, which is a place the locals haunt and we had an absolutley wonderful lunch there. We had him take us to General Foods again this year to re-supply us with Jerk Chicken spice and Blue Mountain coffee. All in all, it was a wonderful day.

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