Celebrity Century Review
Obtaining just returned from our very first Celebrity Cruise aboard the Celebrity Century and I wanted to publish a Celebrity Century review that hopefully other individuals can benefit from it.
Some background on our cruising experience. This is our 6th cruise we have taken in the final twenty many years so by no indicates are we what you would call specialists. Nor would you contact us rookies either. In the previous twenty years we have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Disney, Carnival and Holland (twice). We have been also lucky sufficient to attain a fiscal degree in which the last three cruises have been at the Suite level.
We booked the Celebrity Century out of Miami Florida, as we wished to consider a New Many years Eve Cruise. A word of caution if you are searching to take a cruise over any New 12 months you will want to book very early. For illustration, the initial week of October there had been a number of options on numerous cruise lines. In the second week of October most all of these selections we gone.
We left the port of Miami on December 30th 2009 and returned January 4th, 2010.
In November of 2009, Celebrity launched a number of “all you can drink” possibilities. These consist of:
-Frozen Drinks (margarita’s daiquiri’s, etc)
-Alcohol (residence alcohol)
There were four of us in our celebration and we purchased 1 water card and one beer card for the four of us. I are not able to recommend these cards enough. On the water you get your decision of Evian stilled and Perrigrino Sparkling. You get bottled water at no charge at every bar, each restaurant and all day every day. These are not the little bottles either – these are the big bottles of water all the way to the 1.5 liter dimension. For the duration of dinner we effortlessly went by way of five bottles a evening.
The same goes for the beer card. The beer card gives you each can or bottle of beer at no charge. This consists of the two domestic and imports. To make the math perform on a beer card you need to drink about 6 beers per day. You can only buy 1 beer at a time, but on the pool deck there are four bars in the quick vicinity. At very first we basically each took my card to every diverse bar and ordered a beer. Then a single of the waiters came more than and asked told us that we did not need to have to come to the bar due to the fact he would make the bar “come to us”. I then advised him we had been hunting for some good support and slipped him a $ 20 in his pocket. That was it – we never had to make yet another “beer run” the rest of the cruise. Regardless of the number of beers we needed – he brought them in excess of and place them on the totally free card. On every cruise you must constantly tip your waiter early in funds and I guarantee you that you will get greater support than you ever have had in the previous.
A note on tipping. At 1st I felt a tiny guilty when the bartender or waiter gave me a bottle of water or beer and the charge slip had zero, but a spot for additional tip. Then I remembered that Celebrity had had 15% to the price of the card for the gratuity. In essence the gratuity on these drinks was pre-paid.
Also remember to double verify your charge slip to make certain the waiter did not charge you. We did have 3 separate incidents where the waiter inadvertently charged us. The very good information is as soon as we pointed it out they reversed the charge.
A far more expert cruise encounter? The cruise on the Celebrity Century felt like it was created for the much more seasoned cruiser. It is extremely very likely that what I am about to describe is widespread via out the Celebrity Cruise Line, but because this is my one particular and only cruise with Celebrity, I can not say this for particular.
Compared to all of the other cruises I have experienced, I by no means felt “sold to”. Not like other cruises there was not the continual announcements about a jewellery sale, artwork auction, bingo game, etc. Our mail box / cabin was also not littered with flyers and coupons reminding us of the identical. It was a nice break. This is not to say that Celebrity did not preserve us informed about what was taking place aboard the Celebrity Century. There had been occasional announcements and of course the daily itinerary of occasions was delivered to our cabin nightly. But if you waited to be advised what to do next aboard the Celebrity Century you would have missed out on different activities.
Jamaican Waterfall: This was an excursion in Ocho Rios. If you have the bodily ability you must not pass this up. Fundamentally you climb UP a 650′ waterfall. They have guides to consider you up the waterfall safely. It is a accurate one of a variety knowledge.
The Bad and the Ugly:
Space dimension: As pointed out earlier we have been blessed with the potential to cruise with a suite the last 3 cruises. two aboard Holland and this one particular on the Celebrity Century. The suite was less than ½ the dimension of a comparable suite about Holland and the bathroom was about one/3rd the dimension. We traveled with 3 pieces of luggage. A single of the pieces would not match in the bed or in the closet. The area attendant / butler had no alternatives so for five days it sat out. So you get a modest space to commence with and now have a piece of luggage to maneuver all around for five days.
The Bed: I have slept on a lot more comfy beds in a university dorm. The are extremely flat. Even worse was the length. At 6’3′ my feet easily hung above the edge of the bed. I spoke with a gentleman who was under 6′ tall and he said he had the very same problem. He was not in a suite so the bed length should correspond with the variety of room. My assumption is the beds have been quick to allow people to walk all around them.
Recycling: Non-existent. In this day of becoming green this was a large shock and disappointment. Aboard Holland there is a recycling trash can in each room. Not aboard the Celebrity Century. The good news is they gave you significantly less paper to throw out in terms if coupons and flyers, but there is even now a very good volume that could be and need to be recycled. I definitely look on this a adverse in direction of Celebrity Cruise Lines vs. the Celebrity Century. The age of a ship ought to not dictate whether or not or not you offer you recycling.
The Buffet: The meals that was supplied was more than plentiful and the quality was fine. Even so, in the evenings the menu remains the same. If for what ever purpose you did not want to consume in the principal dining space – the selections have been:
-Create your personal pasta
It By no means altered. All of the above is also obtainable at lunch. I have in no way been on a cruise and have had this experience. I can tell you that about Holland whatever they supply in the primary dining room is also supplied in the buffet line / café.
The Murano: Like all other cruise lines, Celebrity Cruises gives a greater end restaurant you can appreciate for a fee. This fee typically ranges from $ 25 to $ 35 per particular person. Celebrity advertises the Murano as an Italian Theme. It is not like any Italian I have ever observed. For example, I have but to be provide Fuqua (stuffed goosed liver) in any other Italian restaurant. I would get in touch with it a mish mash of French, Italian and seafood. The situation I have with the Murano is not the meals but the charge. The left hand of the menu is a five course foods and wine program. At the bottom of the menu it says there will be an $ 89 charge if you purchase this meal!
So with Celebrity you can have larger end inside increased end? It is 1 point to supply a greater end dining knowledge aboard an expensive journey presently, but to then want to charge an further $ 89 for a menu choice is absurd. The evening we have been there we noticed no one order the 5 program meal so I wonder why it is actually provided. Possibly they want to limit the offerings in the Murano and this is a way to do it although nevertheless creating their menu appear total.
7 Mile Seashore Excursion – Grand Cayman: Some might say this is not honest to hold this against Celebrity Cruise or include in a overview about the Celebrity Century, but I am nicely mindful that the cruise lines keep a substantial portion of the money travelers pay out for excursions booked through them. Celebrity Cruises is nicely mindful of what they are charging for.
The 7 Mile Seashore Excursion in Grand Cayman is with no a doubt the most significant rip-off for an excursion I have ever seasoned. For $ 35 you get:
1. Shuttle bus journey to the 7 Mile Beach (public seashore)
two. one free drink (watered down rum mixed with Kool-Assist in tiny plastic cup)
three. 1 lawn chair
And what do you get to knowledge when you get to the beach? Water, sand and sun! Want an umbrella to defend oneself from the sun? $ 5 please.. Want to jet ski, parasail, snorkel, and so on – much better carry your credit score card!
For the 4 of us it value $ 140 for the over 10-minute bus ride, drink and use of a lawn chair. Get the city bus to the same beach – $ 2.50 per person. Take a cab trip from the dock to the exact same seaside – $ five every! I realize that in any predicament it is purchaser beware and you want to be safe on your holiday. There is no volume of funds that is worth possessing my loved ones safe. However in this situation the place there is such a disparity in value received versus what the typical charges are – it can be known as practically nothing significantly less than highway robbery. Shame on you Celebrity Cruises for giving this so-referred to as excursion at this value.
I am sorry to say that the bad and the ugly far outweighed the very good on the Celebrity Century. Celebrity does note that the Century ship is the oldest ship in their fleet, but it did have a multi-million dollar improve in 2006. Sadly what we identified disappointing about the cruise had nearly nothing to do with the Celebrity Century but rather Celebrity Cruises as a entire. When we received to the airport we took a vote on Celebrity and it was unanimous – none of us will probably be cruising in Celebrity Cruises once again.