I'm planning on cruising the weekend of 6 Dec. '03. My choices have been significantly narrowed down, two of which are the Century and the Millennium. I would appreciate some opinions on the pros and cons of each ship. I've sailed on both the Eastern and the Western itiniaries, so that is not an issue. My major judging factors would be the service, food, and upkeep of the ship. I've never sailed Celebrity, but have sailed Carnival, RCL, HAL, and Costa. I most diffinetly expect Celebrity to meet or exceed the standards set by those cruise lines, and would consider my cruise a disappointment if Celebrity did not surpass at least two of those lines. I understand that each of the mentioned lines position themselves in a certain niche, but I tend to expect certain standards of service and upkeeps to be met. Thanks for your help.
I have sailed the Century and the Millennium. I am cruising on the Century again in April 2004. I am doing a SS on deck 9 ths time for it will be interesting to see how it will be with the changes in the cabin classes.
Both ships are great. I prefer a smaller ship., but I have admit the aft cabins on decks 7, 8, and nine on the port and starborad sides are fantastic. The balconies are as large or larger than the stateroom. The are currently called FV, thety used to be call Category 3.
I have heard great things about the Constellation and Summit. I do know the M class ships sail so smooth we didn't realize we had left port.
Thank you, Babette, Lilac Town, CGTNORMANDIE, et al for your replies. I am awaiting eagerly for my cruise in December no matter which ship we choose. On the ship poll, the Century rates slightly higher than the Mill. However, the Mill. at this point is slightly less expensive in the outside cat. that we are interested in. I do understand that Celebrity ships often tend to sell out. That's just a risk I have to take, seeing that I cannot finalize my vacation with my employer until 30 days before the start of the vacation. (Some union rule involving seniority and the right to usurp someone else's vacation timeframe). I had my mind set earlier on the Horizon sailing out of Tampa, or the Mercury out of San Diego, but the wife and I just can't work out the timeframe necessary for those longer sailings. Thanks, all!
Upkeep of Celebrity ships is good to outstanding. Service and food depends on sailings. I just don't agree with statements that say that service and food is good or bad on any particular ship. Crews, head chefs, and so forth change too often and it is not a constant. It is for a particular sailing, and then after that, who knows?
What's a pro for some is a con for others and vice versa. I think the Celebrity Century is a large ship and the Millennium somewhat larger, but some think that Century is a smaller ship. Depends on what your yardstick is.
What I like about Century is that she's individual and there's no ship that's a carbon copy of her (Galaxy and Mercury have significantly different public areas and style and personality than Century, and Galaxy and Mercury are different from each other. Millennium and her sisters are virtual carbon copies of each other in public areas except for the specialty dining rooms). For others, this doesn't matter. I like that Century has cozy, more intimately sectioned off areas in her lounges. Millennium has more H-shaped lounges that aren't particularly intimate. For some, lounges don't matter. I like that Century has 3 dance floors and has a destination lounge where one is located. For others, it doesn't matter. I don't care much about balconies, but Mille has more and a larger variety. I don't care much about casinos or how tight or loose they may be, but I guess Millie's is bigger. I don't care about shows. I think the Century has more and varied deck space as well and Century's lower deck spaces are teak, not non-slip like Millennium. The Millennium's biggest upside is its specialty restaurant, nothing like the service and ambiance and food quality is available on Century. That's the only advantage that's important to me . Otherwise, I think it is a ship that wastes plenty of its space and I don't feel like, even though it has 21,000 tons more "space" than Century, that it really has much more to offer in this space. And some of it is meeting rooms, a big flower shop, and some of it just empty space.
Thanks for the input, Benjamin. Century sounds like a kind of ship I would like. I do agree with you that the service and food may vary with the changing of the crewmembers, but in general, all the reviews I've read gives Celebrity high marks on a consistant basis.