REVIEW OF CELEBRITY CRUISES CENTURY

The Century Docked in St. Thomas U.S.V.I.

On a December day in 1995, a bottle of champagne, its cork never to be popped, its golden bubbles never to rise in crystal goblets met its fate across the bow of a majestic ship. In 1995 she was christened as the newest and largest of the fleet at 807 feet in length and weighing in at 70,000 gross registered tons (GRTs).

The Century is a vessel that recaptures the golden age of cruising together with modern sophistication.

My first reaction when I boarded her was, "this ship has a lot of space." This was just going down the hallway to get to our cabin.

Our cabin 9247 was all the way aft on the Vista deck (deck 9 just like being on the ninth floor). When you attend a seminar it is potluck as to what cabin you are assigned. We lucked out this time with a cabin meant for 4 to 5 people and a fantastic view off the back of the ship.

Our cabin could be split up into two separate rooms with a large wooden sliding door panel. We had an L shaped couch and a seating area by the large picture window; so much closet space was available that we couldn't use it all and a nice full size bed.

All of the cabins are done in wood and have a nice size bathroom, lots of closet space and a large seating area. Found in the cabins are the following: hair dryer, 19 inch Sony interactive TV, refrigerator/honor bar and personal safe. If you prefer to go in style many cabins feature a private verandah.

The Century has a dozen plus large lounges found through out the ship.

The Celebrity Theatre, where all of the major shows were held is one of the most high tech show theater found on a ship thanks to Sony. Used as a backdrop during the shows are 48 large screen TV's that work in tandem to create one large picture. The theater's advance technology includes fly towers, telescoping wall, revolving stage, hydraulic orchestra pit and interactive equipment, Also many large props were lowered down from above the stage and pyrotechnics were used during the shows. The shows we saw were definitely some of the best we have ever seen at sea. Celebrity went all out in creating a high tech theater and hiring top rate entertainers.

The Century's state-of-the-art, two-deck theater was created in the style of an outdoor amphitheater, with cantilevered balconies providing unobstructed views for up to 921 passengers.

Michael's Club - Photo taken by K Krenz

The Century also caters to a diverse range of passenger interests with multiple indoor entertainment options such as the lively Rendezvous lounge, intimate Michael's Club, (Where you can enjoy a hand rolled Cuban cigar and a Cognac after diner.) Note: Michael's was the prettiest lounge found onboard with leather chairs and wooden decor it looked just like a sophisticated English hunt club.

Images video bar, had TV's all over the place. This was a great place to watch the football playoffs. Some of the tables that you sat around contained Sony video game "play stations" if you got bored.

Fortunes Casino was very attractive at 7,539 square feet. The Crystal Room, an elegant nightclub, illuminates evenings with its signature Art Deco motif reminiscent of the chic New York of the 1930's

The commanding Grand Foyer, built in the style of a conservatory with a glass dome roof (lighting changes through out the day and night to reflect various moods) and three-deck grand staircase, contains a glamorous shopping gallery called The Boulevard, and Tastings, a European-style wine and coffee bar here is where you can sip away your time at sea to the accompaniment of a grand piano. The show-piece of the Grand Foyer is the three-deck water-fall that has water flowing over numerous large screen TV's (kaleidoscope designs were shown here again creating different moods)

The Century's unique Hemisphere observation lounge, a sunlit observation deck by day, transforms at night into a futuristic "disco under the dome"(The dome is a technical lighting prop over the dance floor that was raised every night to a great fanfare of light, fog and sound to signify that the dance floor is open.)

For relaxation or recreation the Century's spacious open decks feature two swimming areas with cylindrical waterfalls, flanked by a bridge and rimmed with teak benches. A jogging track, golf simulator (I was 7 yards short of winning the longest drive competition.) and a designated outdoor Sports Deck for basketball and volleyball.

The Century's health and fitness club, AquaSpa, boasts one of the most advanced and well-equipped gyms available. The AquaSpa program, which borrows from the designs of Japanese gardens and bath houses to create a tranquil "retreat" in which you can relax, de-stress and become fully revitalized.

The Century's two-tiered formal The Grand Restaurant was one of my favorite features. A majestic staircase leads you down to the lower level of the dinning room with a breath taking view looking aft at the wake of the ship by day and in the evening shades are pulled over the windows with different classical scenes thus the ambiance of the dining room is constantly changing.

The Grand Restaurant during the Midnight Buffet - Photo taken by M Krenz

Award-winning levels of cuisine and service is designed, developed and overseen by renowned Master Chef Michel Roux. Maureen and I enjoyed mealtime very much and we didn't even gain any weight. Well, maybe a pound.

For casual dining there was the Islands Cafe with four tasty buffets, and the Veranda's two grills, adjacent to the pool area serving hot dogs and hamburgers.

Also found onboard is a state of the art movie theater, library, card room and many other lounges to curl up in to read a book.

Even though much of our time was taken up by a seminar, we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. (Kris Krenz MCC)

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