Review: Celebrity Century
Cruise - Ocean Cruise
Mediterranean on Celebrity Century
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This was a 7 day sailing out of Barcelona at the end of the summer holidays when the children had returned to school. Our previous sailings with Celebrity had always been on their Millennium ships so we were a little apprehensive regarding Century as it is the smallest in the fleet. However after 7 days on board Century she has become our favourite Celebrity ship.
From the moment you arrive on board you are aware of what can only be described as a 'Quality' feel about the ship. As always with Celebrity you are welcomed aboard with a glass of Champagne or Orange Juice for those who do not take alcohol and you are shown to your cabin by one of the greeters who are immaculately dressed and wearing white gloves. I make no excuse for the use of the word cabin as this is indeed is what the guest rooms on a ship are. They are not staterooms which are rooms associated with palaces and the like. It’s like being called a ‘Guest’. Guests are people who are usually friends and stay free of charge. We are fare paying passengers.
Anyway, I digress. Our cabin was an inside with plenty of room. The colour scheme of pale walls and ceiling with maroon coloured bedcover and pillows were well matched and again gave a quality feel to the cabin. Dressing gowns were also provided. Why do some people insist on walking about the ship in them and wear them around the pool? Also provided were a beach bag and a small umbrella. The beach bag you keep at the end of the cruise but the umbrella is only loaned for the duration of the cruise. Still nice touches though. T
he cabin was well equipped with lots of hanging and storage space, 23’ flat screen interactive television, hidden safe etc. The bathroom was well equipped with good quality toiletries, body lotion, shampoo etc. Having said that, they are no longer providing Molton Brown toiletries as they used to. Obviously a sign of the times. The shower was of an oblong design with plenty of room thus avoiding having to dance with the shower curtain. From our previous trips on Celebrity ships we had become accustomed to high quality and this ship was no exception. The lounges are beautifully furnished and decorated and are of a size that gives an intimate feel. All the chairs are very comfortable and in good condition.
The café and shops that adorn the high atrium are in superb condition with gleaming wood and brass. The Martini Bar is furnished in white but as the main lights and hidden lights change colour this reflects onto the white furniture. They evolve through pink, mauve, green etc. It certainly makes for a very pleasant atmosphere. Accompanied by excellent service this is a great place to meet with friends. Background music is of a volume that although it can be heard it is not intrusive. Michaels lounge with its leather furniture is reminiscent of a gentlemen’s club. The grand piano and its pianist who has a lovely sense of humour are there every night and will play requests until the early hours. Rendezvous Square is a great lounge with music every night. The Mast Bar was without a doubt our favourite bar. It has lovely heavy wooden tables and large cushioned wooden chairs which are in excellent condition and add to the quality feel of the ship. It is a great place to sit and relax whilst soaking up the sun and watching the world go by.
The wood work and all the wooden furniture on the outer decks is in immaculate condition. No discoloured or flaking varnished railings here. The only problem is that it is popular with everyone so tables and chairs are at a premium. On the pool deck are 2 swimming pools and 4 jacuzzis. The sun loungers are all covered with thick dark blue mattresses and each lounger is provided with a pool towel. These are rolled in such a way as when you see them an embroidered image of the ship shows on them. Just another small detail that adds to the overall air of quality. We were on 2nd seating for dinner with a table for 8. The dining room is at the stern of the ship. Situated on 2 levels with the second level forming a gallery which is where we were. The tables are fairly well spaced so that you do not get the feeling that a neighbouring table is encroaching. The waiters were very efficient and friendly and we never felt as though we were being rushed.
The Captains table which we were invited to is on the lower level and situated right at the stern end of the room. With a back drop of windows overlooking the sea it makes a beautiful setting. From here you can look at the rest of the dining area unlike some that are in the centre of the dining area. The Sushi bar at the stern of the ship opens every afternoon and provides freshly prepared Sushi. It is interesting to watch the chiefs making it. It is an art that the chiefs have mastered with years of experience. This is free and adds to the choice for what to have as a snack in the afternoons.
The staff were very friendly and as you would expect nothing was too much trouble. Many of them had the ability to remember your name which gave things a more personal and individual air. The entertainment was excellent and we really enjoyed the guest acts especially the singer Jack Walker. The theatre is large with comfortable seats and good view lines. Now for the down side. The price of drinks we thought was extortionate. When going ashore there was a crew member selling bottles of water at $4 plus 15% gratuity plus 7% Spanish tax!! No thank you. That’s over £3 for a bottle that can be purchased in a supermarket for less than £1 and they are still making a profit!!! $24 + 15% + 7% for the cheapest bottle of wine, I don’t think so. We expected the 15% gratuity but not the extra 7% Spanish tax. The food in the main restaurant could have been better. Main problem was that it was not hot. On 3 out of 7 nights food was sent back. This is not what we had come to expect on a Celebrity ship. We complained to the maitre D and made our feelings known to the hotel director. However the good points far out ways the not so good. All in all, a great cruise offering good value for money. And yes, Celebrity is still our favourite cruise line. It’s the extra touches that set it apart from the rest of the main stream cruise lines. Century whilst being the smallest in the Celebrity fleet exudes quality and we will certainly go on her again.
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