Celebrity's Oldest Cruise Ship to Stay Put (for Now); Dry-Dock Scheduled for 2014

March 8, 2013
(10:45 a.m. EST) -- There will be no transfer (or sale) of the Century -- for now. Celebrity Cruises' oldest vessel, the 1,814-passenger Celebrity Century, will go under the knife in early 2014 for what's anticipated to be a substantial refurbishment.

Century's sister ships, Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Mercury, were transferred to German sister line, Tui Cruises, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Rumors have been swirling regarding a similar fate for Century, which debuted in 1995 (insert lame joke about the ship being a relic of an earlier century).

"Celebrity Cruises has no current plans to sell or transfer Celebrity Century," the line said in a statement. "The ship does have a scheduled dry-dock period at [Freeport's] Grand Bahama [Shipyard] in February 2014. We will announce details of the work that will take place during that period once those details are finalized. "

During huge overhauls over last few years, Century's slightly larger Millennium-class fleetmates gained several popular amenities found on the newer, bigger, grass-covered Solstice-class quintet. Additions included specialty restaurants; remodeled martini, beer and wine bars; and spa cabins.

A number of Cruise Critic members scheduled to sail on Century during the approximate dry-dock period said their cruises have been cancelled. We've e-mailed Celebrity for comment.

--by Dan Askin, Senior Editor