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Just returned from a 12 day Alaska cruise aboard the Celebrity Century. Having taken over 15 cruises. This one ranks as one of our best. It was also our first Alaskan cruise. The Century was an old but elegant ship and she did show signs ... Read More
Just returned from a 12 day Alaska cruise aboard the Celebrity Century. Having taken over 15 cruises. This one ranks as one of our best. It was also our first Alaskan cruise. The Century was an old but elegant ship and she did show signs of her age, but it reminded us of ships from our earlier cruises. our stateroom was really nice and spacious (Cabin 1069) compared to the newer ships and our veranda was larger than some staterooms we had on other ships. The overall service was excellent, Our stateroom attendant was outstanding as well as the wait staff in the Grand Dining Room. Murano's, the only specialty restaurant on board was exceptional and one of our favorites. We were sad to hear that this ship has been sold and this was its last Alaska voyage. It was not all bed and roses though. The check-in at the Pier in San Francisco was sheer chaos. We had Priority check-in which was completely disorganized. There were 3 couples in the Priority area and it took almost 45 minutes to check us in. Staff seem unprepared for the multitude of passengers and those in the regular lines seem to be serviced faster than us. When we finally got on board, they did not have a record of our beverage package that we pre-purchased, requiring me to take my documentation to the desk to straighten out. Then our keycards would not work causing another trip back to the desk to have another set made. Once inside though, everything turned about for the best. Met our Stateroom attendant Edy and our Butler, Santorsa. Both were motivated to please us. That night in the Grand Dining Room (we had the late seating), we met our servers Shobith and his assistant Naik. They were also very attentive and friendly. We split our 12 days between the Grand Dining and Maurano's. I can't say enough for the crew aboard the Century. Everyone was exceptionally friendly and made us feel welcome. As previously stated, Shobith and Naik were always waiting when we came in for dinner and on those rare days when we ate lunch in the Dining Room (which was open seating), Shobith would always check on us even though we weren't his table. As for the food in the Grand Dining Room. It was well above average compared to some of the other cruises. I neglected to mention, the theme of this cruise was 'Top Chef' . The menu featured dishes from the latest season of the show. We enjoy wonderful Gazpachos, Frog's Leg, Seasoned Pork and Macaroons' to name just a bit and these were in the Main Dining Room. On to Murano's, the Century's only specialty restaurant. We had a number of meals there including The Wine Dinner, Chef's Table and Champagne Tea. Again, the staff was exceptional and gracious and the food superb. Our chef de cuisines, Marco and Tris as well as, Arif and Anessa Our Wine Steward, took excellent care of us. I could go on for pages about the food. The Goat Cheese Soufflé was one of our favorites, The Pork Belly (an appetizer) was a meal in itself, followed by the Chateau Briand and Lobster. I thoroughly enjoyed the Loin of Venison and the Veal Tenderloin. Desserts were also excellent. The Grand Mainer Soufflé and the Banana Crepes were not to be missed . We couldn't wait most nights to go back to our cabin and see what new towel animal our Cabin Stewart Edy made today. Each day Santosa would leave some delicious treat in our cabin and if we happened to be there he would bring us tea and sandwiches. We also found the ships Officer's to be friendly and approachable as well. Captain George was more visible then any ship's Captain encountered on any vessel. We saw the Food and Beverage Director Koray Savas several times a day. He always stopped to say hello not just to us, but other passengers as well. The only thing we found a bit lackluster was the entertainment. The best of the entertainment was in the main dining room, where Shobith and Niak taught me how to entertain the masses. It was a laugh a minute in trying to move a soda can out of a glass and into a container without touching it. You really had to be there, but I certainly was entertained and most of the guests who were near us also were. For the most part though much of it was geared towards a much older crowd Doug Cameron and Marc Preston, very talented, but not our taste. 'A touch of Broadway' was upbeat and Reva Rice actually sang while Roller Skating on a moving vessel, kudos to her. For a 12 day cruise, we wished for a little more time in each port. It seemed we only spent a few hours in each port. Our favorite highlight was the Helicopter ride up to the Mendenhall Glacier, where we were able to walk along the ice beds. Victoria, BC was beautiful, again not enough time to really enjoy, would have preferred staying there rather than stopping in Astoria, Oregon.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014

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