We're going on the Century in March. Would like any comments, suggestions or just opinions of the ship. Also, interested in your excursions while in San Juan, St Thomas, St Maarten and the Bahamas. Which ones did you do? I'm leaning towards doing them on our own and not through the ship. Any recommendations?
Forget about doing any shore ex in San Juan. You really arrive too late 4-:30-5PM.
Nassau is another waste as well. You get in around 2 PM. You are really better off spending the day in the spa. Atlantis - while a bit interesting, is no longer the premier resort it once was - now catering to group tours and the like.
St. Thomas - there's a ton of things you can do on your own. I usually jewelry shop. St. Maarten - many folks love the 12-meter races - I've done it and it was fun... but again - I shop, play in the casinos or take a cab over to Marigot for a change of pace and to practice my French.
Century's Eastern itinerary is not one of my favorites. I was on her 11/3 and 12/15 - both eastern. I just love the ship!!!
We were on the Century last month. The shows were good and the food was excellent.We have never been fans of Karoke but had lots of fun watching others. It was pretty popular and packed. Do the T-Pool at the spa.It is $10.00 a day o 50.00 for the week.It was vey relaxing. In St. Marten we did the Golden Eagle Catamarran through the ship and it was great fun! Mimosa's and rum punch, non alcohol drinks and a great lunch. Our 13 year old daughter was with us and had great fun also. If you snorkel, you need to swim out away from the boat. They even bring you drinks while are in the water. Sau Juan we just walked around a bit. We got some really good shots of the ship there, so just get off at least to tae some pics. Shopped in Nassau, and had a day with our son in St. Thomas, were he lives. You will love it! The Century is great!
Last trip to St. Martin we did a little adventure on our own. Took a cab (cab stand behind new building at the pier, just tell the taxi coordinator where you are going). We went to Dawn Beach for the day.
A very pretty beach with some ritzy homes on the hills above. Family beach with kids and even a local or two. There is a nice beachside bar and restaurant (with bathrooms) and there is also a food and beverage tent a little way down the beach. That guy will rent you an umbrella and two chairs for the day. Cab fare each way is about $15 and the beach stuff cost us about $10. There were several very friendly beach vendors
and a couple of women doing hair braiding under a tree. No one was pushy and we were quite comfortable. At lunch time the guy in the tent does carib style ribs that are great.(he throughs in a free rum punch with the chair rental that will regrow hair on a bald guy). There are always cabs there and phones at the beach bar .They will call a cab for you if one is not there. This is on the Dutch side but you might see a topless sunbather here and there. Based on the colored towels we saw, we were not alone from our ship on this beach. The souvenirs were priced as well as the stuff at the stands in town and there was a lot less pressure to buy.
In fact everyone one the beach we met was quite charming.
Hi Janice! Becky and I cruised Century last April (1st cruise) and LOVED it! I can't help with the Eastern excursions, but I still have almost every piece of paper from the cruise, so I might be able to help with ship questions.
The ship is beautiful. The crew was amazingly courteous and attentive. Our waiters and stewards made such an impression on us, we were seriously depressed when we got home that we actually had to cook and serve our own food! (lol!)
Speaking of food, it is all absolutely wonderful, and I never had a problem getting more than I should be allowed to eat. We always ate at our table for 8 in the main dining room, and usually did lunch in the Islands Cafe.
My personal favorite place on the ship was the Islands Cafe - particularly the outside deck area behind the cafe. On one day at sea, I spent the entire day lounging out there under the canopy, watching the sea go by. If you like to utterly relax - that's the place for it. I never even had a problem getting a chair and table. (During meals, I made sure to invite other cruisers to join me so I wasn't taking a whole table myself.)
FYI - if you are willing to splurge a little, the Steiner spa is fabulous. Becky had her hair done (went from long to short length) and manicure and pedicure. The stylist did an amazing job!! We also did the Rasul, which was definitely different and neat. And despite our time in the spa, we never got a hard-sell. I was surprised, based on what I had read on various message boards.
If you want more details of what Century was like, please email me directly. I am happy to share what I know. I have the feeling we were terribly spoiled by taking Century our first time aboard ship.
we did our first cruise on the century 05/27/2000. we are returning for another cruise 09/14/02. We just did the eastern iten. on the golden princess. the shopping in st martin is awesome. great deals on rum (bacardi 5 bucks a bottle any flavor) cigs (6 dollars a carton) t shirts 3/10 bucks and very nice beach towels 4/10 bucks. we are planning to bring a fold up laundry cart with us the next time we visit st martin! in st thomas there are also great deals on linens and such. if you are into the beaches, i would hire a cab and go on my own. the catamaran tours got rave reviews in st thom and st martin tho they are a bit pricey. (like 90-100 per person)
The Century is the first of the Century class ships, the 70,000 plus tonnage of Celebrity and her inaugural was in late 1995. She was a *major* upgrade over the Zenith.
She's fairly rich in most areas and favors dark colors in most areas. Noteworthy areas are her very majestic Grand Restaurant, her English styled Michael's Club and Crystals, her very successful recreation of a 1930s club. I think her Rendezvous is in the style of the earlier Zenith and Horizon and wasn't one of my favorite areas of the ship. I also thought her library and card room were a bit weak but on Celebrity these areas are a bit weak, except for the newest ships.
Good passenger space ratio when ship is sailing near 1800 pax. Food will vary due to the top chef, when I was onboard her in 1999 most of the food was very good, but there were some misses, and some of the meat was not cooked to order. Also, interestingly, I was on her year younger sister, the Galaxy, 3 months before the Century, and had more personalized service on her slightly larger sister just, basically, due to the Galaxy's crew at the time. The performance of the crew is not necessarily a constant, though, most of the senior crew are on the 3, soon to be 4, Millennium class ships and you may get some of the more newly added to the line crew members.
Celebrity ships are kept well, there is some slippage from time to time, sometimes the decks aren't as clean as other times, there are some reports of the staterooms and even suites being ratty from time to time on the Century and Horizon class ships, but the general upkeep is of a high order.
As for the ports I think if you go to Nassau don't stay too long in Nassau, maybe try Paradise Island.
Enjoy the Century, her look and feel is totally unique to her (Galaxy and Mercury feel quite different), and she has a timeless quality lacking in many ships built in the 90s. In general, I like the Century class ships more than Millie class as they are not cookie-cutters and all have their own unique decor and environments, and also have more dance floors and a more intimate feel than the newer, larger, Millennium class ships while not giving up much in terms of luxury and amenities to the newer ships.