March 12, 2005
We are in our mid 50's and have been in on several cruises, mostly with Celebrity. This March we sailed on the Century for the second time. The first time was our first cruise and we thought it was an incredible experience. After several cruises we learned that we should come the day before, so we used Priceline to get a hotel and stayed at the Sheraton near the airport in Fort Lauderdale. The hotel was quite nice but a little remote and it was a taxi ride to any shopping etc..
On Saturday we went to the ship early and were on board by 11:30am. Embarkation could not have been smoother. We looked in to our table placement and requested a change with people more our age. They were very accommodating and the table had many nice couples for us to socialize with the whole cruise.
Early in the cruise we discovered Michael's lounge. The room is elegant and has a piano player-Julio- who was delightful. The production shows were good, the last one being the best, but the comedian and the singer they had on the non- production show days were fabulous. The shows had talented singers and dancers but the shows themselves could have been better staged-more thought in to the sets and costumes.
The service in the main dining room was extraordinary. The food was excellent as well. We had several fish dishes that were as good as it gets. The filet mignon and prime rib were also excellent.
This cruise went to the Western Caribbean and all the ports were fine. In Jamaica we found the only way to go is to book a tour with Phil Lafayette or one of the other guides listed on the message boards. It is cheaper and you get to Dunns River Falls before the crowds. Yes- the vendors are aggressive and it probably drives most of their business away. I don't understand why they cannot see that.
In the other ports we went to the beach ourselves with a taxi. In Cozumel- Paradise Beach and in Grand Cayman- the Beach Club- both are wonderful.
The Century is reported by some to show wear and tear. If you have a microscope and are expecting a 10 year old ship to look like new- maybe there is wear. But it remains elegant and beautiful. They continue to deliver great food and service, reasonably good entertainment and a lot to do with out being overwhelming. That is the Celebrity product. If you want 24/7 excitement, this might not be the cruise for you. We loved it.