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My first Celebrity Cruise! Century 1/15/2011, Pictorial Review

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Introduction:

After several cruises with Carnival and Royal Caribbean, my wife and I decided to give Celebrity a try. We found a 2 night trip on the Century out of Miami that would serve the purpose and not require us to take any time off of work. We were accompanied by my wife’s parents, it was her father’s first cruise.

We live in Central Florida so we drove down the morning of the cruise. After getting parked we began the embarkation process. It went smoothly up until the check in desk. Our attendant’s computer crashed, so we had to wait a while as she rebooted it. She had to swipe our card several times, and didn’t seem at all confident that it had worked when we left. It didn’t work as it turned out. We would have to go do the guest relations desk the next day to fix it. That was the only hitch, and we were on the ship in less than 45 minutes after parking.

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The Ship:

The Century is now more than fifteen years out of the shipyard, but you would never know it while walking around her. Her interior areas are spotlessly maintained and modern. I was impressed with the variety of bars and lounges she has. The Hemisphere Lounge at the front of the ship was a great place for sail away.

We also spent some time in Michaels Club. The piano player was very good, but it was mostly smooth jazz which is too slow for my taste. We had some drinks at the Martini Ice Bar. The drinks seemed better quality than those I have had elsewhere, and they were cheaper to boot.

Our ship

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Michaels

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The Martini Bar

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...and by night

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I went up to the Hemisphere Lounge each night, but both times it was almost empty. The Rendezvous Lounge seemed to be the hot area each night. They had live music playing and it was the only area where I saw folks dancing. I’ve never been much of a gambler, so my time in the casino was brief.

We did not attend any of the shows. The main theater was nicely decorated and I liked the box seats setup above the main floor. The Crystal Room cabaret lounge was also very nice.

Elevator lobby and stairwells

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Very nice pictures, Grady! I am looking forward to my first cruise on Century next May. :)

 

Donald.

 

Thanks! I think you'll enjoy it.

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The ships spa was one of the nicest I’ve seen. They had a small café in there serving healthy alternative to the buffet. There was a large thermal suite, and beauty salon and a barber shop. The gym about average size compared to other ships I have seen in Century’s size range.

The Spa Area

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Beauty Salon

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Darth, I love your reviews. You do every ship justice with your photos.

 

Thanks again, a loyal follower:D

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Outdoor Buffet seating

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The lido area on Century is very nicely done. There are two large pools, one deeper than the other. The four hot tubs are also located there. I really like that you are not required to check out pool towels on Celebrity, an annoying practice that Carnival and Royal Caribbean have gotten into.

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The Pool Bar

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The Mast Bar

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Darth, I love your reviews. You do every ship justice with your photos.

 

Thanks again, a loyal follower:D

 

Glad you enjoy them! I like putting these things together almost as much as the cruise. :D

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Our Cabin:

We initially booked into an interior guarantee cabin, but got upgraded to a balcony room after a price drop. We got more good news when we found out that they had given us a Concierge Class room on Vista Deck, #9043.

The cabin was nicely decorated and had a large balcony accessible via a sliding glass door. The balcony had a table and two chairs on it. The bathroom was good sized, with a shower that was actually large enough to shower in! Not that we needed storage space, but it was plentiful. The room had a flat screen TV, a small sofa, and a desk. The bed was comfortable as well. The Concierge perks that come with the cabin are a plus. You get a bottle of champagne in your room for sail away, a tote bag, fruit and capers daily, use of binoculars and an umbrella, and services from the ship’s Concierge.

 

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your photos really make me want to sail the Century again! thankyou for sharing.

 

Shes a great ship, you're most welcome.

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The view from our balcony

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Cabin area hallway

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Directory

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The Food:

I was highly impressed with the quality of food served in the ship’s buffet. The sandwiches from their deli station were delicious. I also really enjoyed the pasta bar and the pizzeria. The outside patio section of the buffet was a great place to eat, offering great views.

Our wait staff in the dining room was attentive and friendly. The food was good, and comparable to the other cruise lines I have been on. The dining room itself was beautiful. The entire aft wall is windows which offer some impressive views. Unfortunately our table wasn’t near them, but the dining experience was no less enjoyable. The variety of the menu was impressive, with a standard favorites menu and features that changed nightly.

We were able to order a full breakfast from room service since we were in a Concierge room. Our morning in Nassau was spent on our balcony enjoying it. That was a very nice experience that we had never tried before.

Main Dining Room

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Thanks so much for the pictures! We are sailing on the Century in 5 weeks. These pictures raised my level of anticipation even higher!

 

Does the Century have wireless internet? Trying to find this out. Have to check into work while I am gone.

 

Mary Jo

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We leave for our first Celebrity cruise on The Century Jan 27. That's only 10 days. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiflu pictures. The ship looks awesome. Can't wait.

 

Sue

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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. We are going on our first Celebrity cruise next month - looking forward to it more and more - threads like this certainly add to the excitement! :D

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Thanks so much for the pictures! We are sailing on the Century in 5 weeks. These pictures raised my level of anticipation even higher!

 

Does the Century have wireless internet? Trying to find this out. Have to check into work while I am gone.

 

Mary Jo

 

Not sure about the wifi. I want to say that it does, but Im not 100%.

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Thanks so much for the pictures! We are sailing on the Century in 5 weeks. These pictures raised my level of anticipation even higher!

 

Does the Century have wireless internet? Trying to find this out. Have to check into work while I am gone.

 

Mary Jo

 

Hi. I spent a month on the Century ... actually two fourteen day transatlantics in 2010. I LOVE the Century! Great ship. And wireless Internet almost everywhere. I used my iPad just about everywhere on the ship with no problems at all. Easy peasy!

 

Enjoy.

 

Fern

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Wow, Darth. Thanks for all the beautiful photos of the Century. We're thinking about booking her for Australia later this year, and your photos make it hard to resist.

 

One question: Are there bedside lamps for comfortable reading at night? The photos don't appear to show any lamps there.

 

Betsy

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Nassau:

I have no reason to ever go back into Nassau. I like to appreciate Nassau from the Lido deck. That is exactly how I enjoyed this visit. The hot tubs were empty and the weather was very nice. I did get off the ship to snap some pictures of our little ship nestled between the huge Carnival Dream and the unbelievably gigantic Oasis of the Seas. It seems strange to refer to a 70,000 gross ton ship little, but in comparison it certainly seemed so.

 

A hulk looms in the distance

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The Dream arrives

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Breakfast on the balcony

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Wow, Darth. Thanks for all the beautiful photos of the Century. We're thinking about booking her for Australia later this year, and your photos make it hard to resist.

 

One question: Are there bedside lamps for comfortable reading at night? The photos don't appear to show any lamps there.

 

Betsy

 

Not exactly bed side. They are built into the cabinet above the bed, so they shine down from above.

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