Great introduction to New Zealand: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by B55

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Great introduction to New Zealand

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Auckland
Having never cruised with Celebrity before, we availed ourselves of the Concierge Class facility offered. This was to allow us priority embarkation and disembarkation. All very well, when it works. A very good feature to have combined with dedicated concierge, umbrella and binoculars for use in port, fruit and canapes delivered to the cabin every day and a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.

We chose Celebrity because of the itinerary on a convenient date. Century was the ship for this route and time of year. I believe that next year they will not be using the Century in favour of the Celebrity Solstice. This may be a better ship. The itinerary certainly seemed to be a very popular one with all nationalities, including many New Zealanders.

The embarkation process was reasonably good. Though the priority boarding was not perhaps as efficient as it could have been due to the fact that there were only really two people to handle priority embarkation and many many More more for the other people boarding. Once aboard, everything was very well organised.

We found the cabins, in particular for the class of cabin selected, rather small, compared to other ships we have been on. They certainly were not uncomfortable. The bathrooms however, were very bland and spartan, again by the standards of other ships/lines we have cruised with. There was plenty of storage space in the cabin. The verandah sadly needed some maintenance as water had accumulated under the floor surface and when walked on, water that had collected would bubble and squelch over the surface and over the feet. It was quite a wet weather cruise on some occasions.

As ever, the staff on board were amazing and nothing was too much for any of them. Celebrity has a very good team, especially in regard to the cabins and in the dining and refreshment areas.

Due to bad weather, one port was cancelled, but this could not be avoided as the tender could not get in to land. The sea was very rough and it was also foggy. With the remaining ports, of which there were ten in total, there were no problems.

The Celebrity food and dining experience was very good. Some of the waiters, in particular the sommeliers, were absolutely excellent. The shows were good for the most part. We were not enamoured of the resident troupe of singers and dancers, but the guest acts were truly excellent and very entertaining. There were a good but repetitive array of movies to watch, both in the cabin and at the theatre. The gym was nearly always full at any time we surveyed it.

Speakers on various subjects, invited on board were most interesting and very informative. They knew how to deliver information and keep it interesting.

Disembarkation was satisfactory. Shore Excursions seemed somewhat overpriced. On the whole it was a very enjoyable cruise and a great itinerary.

Pleas note that not all port options are available in the drop-down menus here. Only those that are are rated. Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Napier, Akaroa, Milford Sound, are missing. Less

Published 01/27/12
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Cabin review: C19168 Concierge Class

Cabin 9168 was a standard Concierge Class starboard side mid-ship to aft cabin. Ideal for the particular itinerary, which started in Auckland and ended in Sydney. Most ports were approached and the ship was docked against the pier on the Starboard side. On of the drawers, in the wardrobe chest, kept on sliding in and out, thus banging throughout the night, in rough seas we experienced. On the verandah, there was a split in the surface of the floor of the verandah. This split caused a bubble that filled up with water, and when stepped on, the water surged up and over the surface and ones feet. It needed to be avoided. All other aspects of the cabin were satisfactory. The heating/air conditioning was very efficient and effective. The block out curtains were very effective also.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Especially around the harbour area, a most enjoyable entertainment precinct and very picturesque.
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In a day ashore, it is difficult to gauge Dunedin's best assets. The university is a lovely space to walk around as are the Dunedin Botanical Gardens. Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street is a long walk outside of the city centre. Best accessed by the excellent bus services from the city centre, at the Octagon. For those who like to take a step back to a time gone by, I recommend a lunch at the Best Cafe. An old fashioned 50's-60's style FishCafe. An excellent well run place offering delicious and memorable fish and chips, and the odd steak if you want it. To really enjoy, you will need to "get" the decor. The main port for Dunedin is Port Chalmers, some 20-25 minutes drive up the coast from Dunedin itself.
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Melbourne has a lot to offer and much of it is extremely accessible via public transport. There is a tram stop at the end of the Pier, from there you can connect to other transport services. For trips further afield, organised shore excursions may be the better option.

A beautiful port to sail into and out of. The Jewell in Australia's Crown. There is much to see and do in and around the CBD. If you prefer to travel further afield, a trip to the Hunter Valley is a most enjoyable day out. The city ferries are an excellent way of travelling around Sydney Harbour and offers enjoyable sightseeing options, for instance Manley Beach or the Sydney Zoo.

Interesting coastline on approach to Wellington, well worth being on deck to view. With very little flat land in Wellington, the city seems to be located in a bowl shaped area, with a great deal of hillside established as residential area. The Wellington Cable Tram Car is a must do and the return journey down to the port can be enjoyed via a well signposted walk through the Botanical Gardens. The gardens have an excellent Rose Garden, Hydrangea Grove, Begonia Conservatory and an attractive cafe.
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