A very relaxing holiday: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by Tigerlilyoz

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A very relaxing holiday

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Honolulu
Our holiday was for 24 days in total, with the majority of our time cruising on the Celebrity Century. The rest of the time we were either travelling or staying at the Aqua Bamboo & Spa Hotel in Honolulu. (See my review on Tripadvisor.com)
Getting to Honolulu involved a 20 1/2 hour flight, but as we regard any travelling as part of the holiday, it is seldom a problem. We flew with New Zealand Airways as we wanted to be well looked after. The staff is friendly and professional and the meals are good too. We flew with Qantas after disembarking from our cruise. We have used them many times and are always happy with their service.
All other transport was with local bus or train where possible, otherwise we used taxis. Catching the local busses and trains means you get to enjoy the company of the locals which is always worthwhile.
The Cruise itself was wonderful. We had 19 amazing days with 5 island stopovers. We embarked at Honolulu, then on to Maui, Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, More Bora Bora and finally Sydney.
The things we liked best about the cruise, were the amazing staff, about whom we can't speak highly enough, the bountiful and tasty food, and the interesting lecturers/speakers. In particular Milos R and Dianna Booher who were both exceptional. We recommend you go to their sessions even if you are not really interested in their topic because they will surely have something to say of interest to you.The Hawaiian Heritage sessions were also excellent although don't bother trying to take the Kukui bead necklaces back to Australia as they will be confiscated by Customs.
There was nothing we didn't like about the cruise although some things were not as good as we have experienced on other cruises. For example, the movie theatre never shows latest release movies and the screen is the size you would show your home movies on. You can have more recent movies on your stateroom TV but you have to pay for them.
Amazingly,room service is 24/7 and FREE. It's wonderful to be able to order a lovely cup of tea early in the morning without having to get out of bed or a hamburger for a midnight feast.
The whole tone of the ship is very 5 star although sometimes the passengers forget where they are and appear in the cafes in their budgie smugglers (speedos). It's often easier for a passenger with more taste to declare in a loud voice, "Oh my goodness have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately?" then to leave it to the cruise staff to turn the passengers away from the buffet.
All in all we enjoyed a blissfully restful and stress free holiday. We would certainly cruise with Celebrity again. Less

Published 12/18/11

Cabin review: 114094 Inside Stateroom

A GREAT room if you suffer from travel sickness. It is low down in the ship and near the middle of the deck. I usually have to go to the Medic for a jab, but with my Kw-ells, Phenergan and this wonderful location on the ship, not this time.... Bliss. Size is good, bathroom good, closet space great, TV is a wide-screen ( who has time to watch it), very clean and the cabin steward (Noell) excellent. There is no porthole or window, so you rely on the provided night light to wake up in the morning. I recommend that if you're a heavy sleeper, you book a wake up call if you are going on an early excursion.

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Port and Shore Excursions

As your cruise ship approaches the islands you will see all the hotel accommodation that are built on stilts over the water. It looks like a tropical paradise and is exactly as all the advertising brochures show it to be. Very romantic and idyllic. We arrived on a very hot and rainy day. Take an umbrella for heavy downpours but don't worry if you get slightly wet. You will dry out very quickly and will be cool too.

We had a grand time in Honolulu. Our hotel was in Waikiki which is very central for the activities we enjoy. That is, the markets and beach.
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We did the Atlantis Submarine Tour in Maui. Book it through the cruise ship as their price is as good value as anywhere else and it's very convenient. Don't be taken in by vendors at the wharf advertising the same cruise is less than $50. It is only that price if you go to a Timeshare' presentation.
Read 480 Maui Reviews

I've given this Island and extra point rating as it is cleaner, nicer and the people are more energetic than the other Polynesian islands. We joined a maxi taxi tour on the wharf and our driver/guide was a lovely lady who had established a couple of businesses for herself. She was a fantastic guide. Her name is Tiare (the same as the local flower) and the tour she provided was worth every cent.
Read 110 Moorea Reviews

We have been to 7 Polynesian Islands and if you're into water sports and activities they are fantastic. If like us though, you want to take souvenirs home, forget it. They are very, very expensive. For instance I found some very nice dinner place mats in one store. They showed the local fruits and flowers. At US$28 each, it would have cost US168 for a 6 person setting. Oh, and did I mention, they were PLASTIC. The people are lovely, warm people though and very willing to share their stories of local life.
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