by Liz Harper
November 16, 2000
My husband, myself and my 5 year daugher have just returned from the eastern caribbean on Century. We arrived at Port Everglades at 11:00am and upon entering the terminal Century staff were waiting to check our cruise documents, we were immediately ushered to the check-in desks and within 20 minutes were were on board. We were invited to have coffee and danish on deck 11 in Islands Cafe until 12:30pm. At 12:30pm we went to the Theatre where we were escorted to our cabin. Very efficient - the number system is gone and regardless of category you are allowed to board with the minimum of fuss. Congratulations Century!
The cabin was 9098 and inside despite my doubts turned out to be wonderful. Just as in previous reviews the storage space was ample for three of us. This was our first cruise in an inside cabin and we did not miss our window at all. The extra mirror (where the window would be on an outside) enabled all three of us to dress at the same time. The bathroom was extremely well appointed and spacious.
We consider ourselves somewhat food experts and have dined all over the world and enjoy fine dining. In our opinion breakfast in the Grand Restaurant is more civilized and better prepared than Islands. In saying that, by no means is breakfast in Islands bad, it is typical buffet style food. The lunch in Islands was again typical of buffet style food but superior to Carnival buffet food.
However, the food in the Grand Restaurant at dinner was just good - nothing spectacular. It had none of the flair, imagination or presentation that we have experienced on Carnival's Imagination!!! Many of the deserts were bland and on no occasion did I have trouble in selecting my choices. The choices were poor. A lot of veal and pork and lobster was only served on one evening. We were disappointed - but again it was not bad, just o.k.
All the waiters, bus boys, cabin stewards that we came into contact with were wonderful. The staff at Guest Relations and at the Shore Excursion desk were unfriendly (I wonder if this is because their service is not determined by gratuity?!)
My daughter was very disappointed that there were no towel animals on the bed in the evenings! She thoroughly enjoyed her time in the Fun Factory and all the activities were well suited to her age group. The Counselors generally looked sloppy, never brushed their hair, but were great with the kids.
The entertainment was good & bad. The production shows (singers & dancers) were wonderful, the comedian was good but the pianist was the wrong entertainment for the theatre venue and magician was mediocre.
I wished I had studied the itinerary more closely. We arrived in San Juan too late to take our evening drive around old San Juan and there was NOTHING else to do. All the stores close at 6pm. We left the terminal, walked maybe 12 feet and returned to the ship - too many beggars and prostitutes! St. Maarten & St. Thomas were lovely. The stop in Nassau was a waste of time, there were 6 ships in port all at the same time, this means +- 10,000 in town all at the same time - chaos.
We will cruise Celebrity again, despite some negatives, we had a great time.