The Century is the smallest ship that we ever cruised on and the passengers mingled with other passengers because if its size. We enjoyed meeting people and actually seeing them again. The crew on this ship is so wonderful and friendly that they create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. Everywhere you go on this ship they are smiling and cleaning and polishing. The Century is kept immaculate by this terrific crew. Yes, the Century is showing some signs of age, but nevertheless it is an elegant ship. The atrium is beautiful with the changing lights in the ceiling. Upon entering the Century, we were greeted by smiling staff serving champagne and/or orange juice. This was a lovely touch and it set the tone for the entire week. Our first impressions were that this ship was homier, had fewer children, had mixed adult ages (we are in our 50's), and was classier. The buffet in the Islands Cafe has white linen on the trays and food is served to passengers by this terrific crew. At the end of the buffet line a crew member is waiting to carry your tray to a table.
We had an inside room on the panorama (deck 8) deck. The room had much storage space and closet space. The beds in the stateroom were not the most comfortable so I asked my stateroom attendant Syamsul if he could do something about this problem. He said he would either get me a new mattress or make the one I had more comfortable. We left the room and within an hour he made me a "pillow-top" mattress. The bed was fine after that. He just was wonderful and he kept our room immaculate without intruding on our privacy.
The Grand Restaurant is the beautiful two tiered dining room. Dinners are 5 courses and every evening the Charade Quartet played while we ate dinner. The food and the service was excellent. The best we have ever had on a cruise. It is also open for lunch and dinner with excellent choices. The eggs benedict served in the dining room was delicious.
The Islands Cafe is on the pool deck and food is served to you on a buffet line for lunch & dinner. There is also an omelette and belguim waffle station outside the pool area for breakfast. The belguim waffles were outstanding. There is a shaded area outside off of the Islands Cafe where guests can eat breakfast & lunch too. It was wonderful eating out there as the ship pulled into a port. The view was gorgeous. There is a grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, & pasta) and sandwich station outside the pool area for lunch. The food was very good here especially the pasta dishes.
Every afternoon there is also an ice cream station set up and served to guests at the Islands Cafe. Yogurt is also served throughout the day. Some evenings a Sushi Bar is set up in the Islands Cafe. The Sushi was delicious and the waiter even taught me how to use the chopsticks. This crew will do anything for the passengers. They even have a "sorbet parade" in the afternoon around the pool & the waiters serve sorbet to the guests. Another nice touch !
These boards had some negative comments about the entertainment on the Century. We were a little concerned about this, but our entertainment was terrific. We especially enjoyed Michael James (the ladder man) and the 3 production shows. The singers and dancers were very talented. There was also a vocal impressionist Sean O'Shea who was very good. In addition to the shows in the theater there were other entertainment options. Each evening we went to Michael's Club and enjoyed Howie Gold playing the piano and singing. Michael's Club is beautiful with its paneled walls. You feel as if you are sitting in someone's living room. The Rendezvous Lounge was great for dancing to the sounds of the Two Hot Duo. This duo was also very talented.
The Cova/Tastings Bar also had the continuous sounds of the "magic piano" which played throughout the day.
In Cozumel we went to Paradise Beach which we learned about on these boards. We took a taxi there for $12.00. The beach is beautiful and chairs, umbrellas, floats, and kayaks are free. There is an "iceberg" that children can climb in the water & a trampoline also. We even met "Paradise Beach Tom" while we were there. This was a terrific afternoon.
In Grand Cayman we went to 7 mile beach.
In Jamaica we went to Margaritaville.
In Key West we went on the trolley tour where you could get on & off the trolley to spend some time in one area. This tour was great because you could get on and off where and when you wanted to.
Celebrity adds another wonderful touch when they greet their passengers at the pier with chilled towels and ice water.
We got a weeks pass to use the thalasotherapy pool in the spa. This pool was very relaxing like a complete body massage in the water.
This was our best cruise ever. We met a group of our cruise critics friends at the mast bar and enjoyed their company throughout the cruise. Our tablemates at dinner were so much fun, we really enjoyed their company and hope to see them again! Celebrity really knows how to treat their guests "famously." We met some wonderful people and had a great time on this lovely ship. We would definitely cruise on the Century again!
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