Australia Top End Cruise: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by Jim Simpson

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Jim Simpson

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Australia Top End Cruise

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Other
My wife and I are regular cruisers with the mid range cruise lines e.g.Princess, P&O , NCL , Royal Caribbean and Disney but this was our first Celebrity cruise.It was also our first trip Australia.
I have read some of the reviews and I am very surprised at their negative attitude.
Of course not everything was perfect particularly the tendering arrangements however there were only two of these.
I cannot understand why people are objecting to a 14$ return shuttle trip which took around 20 minutes. Other cruise lines have attempted to charge that amount just to get out of the port.
The ship is obviously not in the first flush of youth but we found id to be scrupulously clean . There were always sun beds available complete with towels which did not need to be signed out.
In my opinion the food was several notches better than their sister company Royal Caribbean provide . The dining surroundings and waiting staff were excellent. The food was on a par with Disney which More is high praise in my opinion.
They provided daily newspaper for Australians , Americans and Brits , something sadly lacking on RC ships.
The entertainment , with the exception of a horrendously unfunny Australian " comedian " was excellent. Concert pianists , opera singers and concert violinist were provided along with 3 production shows.
The ships cinema showed the wonderful The Help and the good Margin Call amongst others.
They provided excellent port talks , an interesting espionage specialist and nature and environmental talks in the theatre in the afternoon.
In addition they had the obligatory pool volleyball , bingo etc so I cannot understand previous comments about lack of daytime activity.
There were 6 ports of call .Due to the distance to the towns it was cost effective to purchase shuttle transfers but this was only necessary twice and as previously stated i did not consider the cost excessive.The ports were interesting and although the high flying Australian Dollar made purchaes on the expensive side we enjoyed them very much.
In conclusion we had a wonderful cruise with Celebrity and i will in future actively skke them out when booking cruises. Less

Published 03/14/12

Cabin review: 101044 Inside Stateroom

cabin inside 1044 spacious with all necessary features. Good sized comfortable bed

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Blue Mountains

Stunning 8 hour tour including sail back right under harbour bridge

City Tour

Used hop on hop off open topped bus . Visited Aquarium and Tower .Excellent
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