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Celebrity Cruise Line

MV Century

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: Susan Dearn
# previous cruises: 3
Date of Trip: September 21, 2002
Itinerary: Caribbean - Eastern

The Century ship is a well maintained and well staffed ship. People were constantly polishing and cleaning.

You can be as involved or as private as you choose to be. Be prepared to pay for every beverage from colas to wines, etc. which can count up pretty quickly. Also budget for tips at the end of the week.

Public Areas
This ship was large enough to find quiet spots for reading and relaxing, i.e. upper decks and some lounges. The pool area was far too crowded for our comfort, and the casino was too smoky. An attempt was made to limit smoking in some areas, but the "smokers" seemed uninformed. Cigar smoke travels a long way, even on open decks!

Food and Service
The food and service were both outstanding. I'm still amazed there's not even a basic house wine available at dinner without additional cost. $8.00 for one glass of common wine is too much to pay.

The service staff were most accommodating and very friendly. Take time to get to know these people. Their stories are quite interesting.

The late night buffets were elaborate, but way too late for us, (and we're not even Seniors yet!).

Our cabin was on the 9th floor with a window. It wasn't very large, but the closet space was most generous and the bathroom adequate. We were located mid ship and found this to be convenient to elevators, but very quiet. Our room steward was exceptional.

We attended most of the shows and found the Century Singers and dancers to be very talented. The shows were well planned, well performed, and just the right length...usually an hour.

There were several daytime activities, but one had to read the daily calendar for info, as public service announcements were kept at a minimum....thankfully.

Time in ports was never long enough....San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Nassau. We arrived in San Juan after everything had closed and left 3 hours later. The beaches in St. Thomas were our favorites, as they have limited accessed, thus fewer hasslers on the beach.

Who Goes
The ten with whom we shared a table were people we thoroughly enjoyed being with. It's amazing to me that the ship can "match" people so well. Yes, we're already begun some correspondence with a few.

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