I had a category 9 on Vista Deck Inside #9167. Joyce was my attendant and Marco her assistant. Both were lovely people.
I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale around noon and took a cab to Amerisuites. I had booked a room there through Hotwire. It was extremely clean, nice free breakfast and complimentary shuttle to the port.
I had lunch at Carlos and Pepe's and for dinner I met one of my friends from my Constellation cruise, Carol. She lives near the port and we had a wonderful time at Bravo's, which is located on 17th Street. It was my 3rd time eating there and it was as good as I remembered.
Saturday morning I took the first shuttle to the ship. I got to the pier about 10:30 and met 2 folks from our Roll Call there as well.
We boarded about 11:15. I dropped my carry on in my cabin walked around. It was so nice being back on this beautiful ship again. I felt like I had come home.
About 12:30 I went to see the Maitr'd, Richard, from Poland. He was extremely nice and told me the request my TA had made had been granted. There was another single gal from the Roll Call and we were cross-referenced to sit together. We were at table 587, lower level, by the window.
Our tablemates were fantastic. Stacey from Virginia, Noah and Michelle from California, Raad and Mandy from the UK and John and Lynn also from the UK.
Our waiter was Zoren from Masadonia and Asst was Jesus from the Phillipines.
Both were superb. Our Wine Steward was Nilos, also from the Phillipines and our Ass't Maitr'd was Nelson from Portugal.
Every night was wonderful and I always looked forward to seeing my tablemates. They enhanced my cruise very much. We all drank wine and shared bottles. We were like a family of 8.
The 2nd formal night Stacey and I were invited to the Captain's Table. We did enjoy it but I must be honest, I really missed my table.
We went to 3 different shows together as well. During the day we pretty much did our own things but I always saw some of my CC friends and tablemates around the ship.
Ports were the usual on the Western Swing. In Jamaica I just walked up to Margaritaville and in Grand Caymen I just walked around as well.
Cozumel was the "Mexican Cuisine" excursion. It was one of the best I have ever done. Everyone else made the same comments. I recommend it very highly. It was alot of fun, informative and interesting. We all had a good time.
Key West was the "Pub Crawl" for my birthday. 3 of my tablemates went too. We had a great time. The Guide was Lou and he has been doing this tour for about 2 years. He was very fun and we all had a good time.
I was invited to a Galley Tour and that was very interesting. And I was also invited to a "Meet the Sr. Officers" cocktail party which was extremely nice.
There was also an invitation to an "Elegant Tea" I attended in the Crystal Room.
The shows I saw were quite good. There was a comedian named Louis Johnson and he was very funny. We also saw 2 other Broadway style shows and we all enjoyed ourselves.
Our dinner table also went to "Caribbean Night" up on the pool deck. One of the Activities staff found 2 tables and 8 chairs for us and we danced and had a great time.
I saw quite a few crew members I knew from prior cruises, which was really nice.
Nelson, our Maitr'd, had been on the Mercury when I sailed her last March.
Earl was on board too. And my very first waiter, Diego, from Columbia was on board this cruise as well.
Images, the sports bar is now the Martini Bar. Ryan, from South Africa was the bartender. I was there or in the Rendez-Voux for drinks pre-dinner every night.
I was told by Ryan they are going to turn Images into a "New Martini Bar" when she goes into dry-dock. I think this will be a good move. It is a good size bar right now and I think they can give it a "good ambiance" for a Martini Bar.
Right now it is still a partial sports bar/martini bar. Oh, speaking of Martinis, I had quite a few over the week. The peach was very good as well as the Martini Delight. There was another one I had and for the life of me I cannot recall the name. But he put 2 raspberries in the bottom of the glass for me.
I also had a creamy chocolate.
There was a culinary/drink demonstration in the Rende-Voux and that was really fun too. They had 4 chefs, who all do different things, one bartender and a couple of the Wine Sommeliers. We all got to taste wine, a miniature Century Martini and the food was excellent. They made filets for everyone to taste (slices)with a burgundy sauce.
My one big problem was fixed in about 2 days. My bed was horrible. I needed a bed board, as I prefer a firm mattress. I received it on Monday so the rest of the nights I slept better.
I know reviews are really cruisers opinions. What pleases some of us doesn't please others.
I felt like I had truely come home again. Century is still beautiful and I had a marvelous time. The staff was as friendly as ever. 4 of the gals at Guest Services and the Future Cruise Consultant sent me a vase of flowers for my birthday.
The Cruise Consultant is wonderful. Her name is Demitrius and we got along famously. A genuinely nice person.
Overall, I would definitley recommend this ship and yes, I would sail her again.