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Old May 31st, 2005, 09:39 PM
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Big build up to what? Nada. Where's Kuki? There's no news of anything anywhere.
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Hes probably enjoying free drinks or dinner with the fat cats. Too busy to update us common folk while he is living high on the hog.
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Here's the press release...

There are LOTS of interesting details we discussed.. but I just spent ALL day flying home.. and now have to unpack and then pack. Heading to sail the Century in the morning!

CELEBRITY CRUISES LAUNCHES A NEW CENTURY
Top-rated premium line’s classic ship to receive multimillion-dollar makeover

MIAMI – June 1, 2005 – For most, the new century begins in 95 years, but for Celebrity Cruises, it will launch next year. The top-rated premium cruise line has announced plans to significantly revitalize its 77,713-ton Century, which entered service in December 1995.
Following an approximately $55-million makeover beginning in April 2006, and marking Celebrity’s most extensive refurbishment to-date, Century will emerge from a five-week drydock period on June 2, 2006, with 314 new verandas.
“This initiative is nothing short of miraculous, technically and otherwise – particularly the veranda program,” said Celebrity’s President Dan Hanrahan. “In just five weeks, we will add 314 verandas, which is a first for an existing cruise ship.”
The revitalization project also will result in the addition of 14 new suites, 10 new staterooms ranging from inside to veranda category, an expanded number of ConciergeClass category staterooms, a new specialty restaurant, and a series of the “tastes of luxury” that typify the line’s acclaimed Millennium-class fleet.
“Our goal is to modify the Century to be more aligned with our Millennium-class fleet, in order to maximize guest satisfaction and offer every Celebrity guest a consistently extraordinary vacation experience across the fleet,” said Hanrahan.

More . . .

CELEBRITY CRUISES LAUNCHES A NEW CENTURY 2/4

It’s All About Choices
Like Celebrity’s Millennium-class specialty restaurants, Century’s new specialty restaurant will present an intimate, elegant dining experience with a menu designed by Celebrity’s longtime culinary and wine consultant, Master Chef Michel Roux. The venue, still to be themed, will follow the distinctive style of Celebrity’s Millennium-class specialty restaurants, which introduced the industry’s first tableside cooking, carving and flambé.
Celebrity’s “Casual Dining Boulevard” on the lido deck will be expanded to offer a Sushi Café, made-to-order Pasta and Pizza Bar, a small ice cream parlor, along with buffet breakfasts, themed lunches, and dinner service with a casual dress code every night.
In response to growing guest interest in Celebrity’s Spa Cafes on the Millennium-class fleet, a new Spa Café will be introduced on Century, offering light, healthy spa cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Century’s dramatic, two-level “Grand Restaurant” will continue to offer both light and elaborate breakfasts, lunches and five-course dinners in an elegant setting.
Cova Café Milano, the seagoing version of the stylish coffeehouse in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, will adopt the pastry and chocolate displays that have made the venue such a “hot spot” on the line’s Millennium-class fleet. At night, the space will transform to a romantic, lamp-lit wine bar, complete with live music.
A sophisticated new Champagne Bar and trendy Martini Bar offering Celebrity’s famed menu of more than 30 versions of the popular libation will be located adjacent to Century’s “Michael’s Club” piano and jazz bar.
Outdoors on the aft deck, a new bandstand and bar complete with tapas carts will offer the ultimate setting for romantic sailaways at sunset.

Abundant Enrichment Opportunities
“High Seas Computing” will find a home onboard the Century, just as it has on Celebrity’s Millennium-class fleet, in a newly dedicated space offering guests Internet access and courses ranging from basic computer use to web site creation to digital photography.



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CELEBRITY CRUISES LAUNCHES A NEW CENTURY 3/4

Holder of the largest corporate collection of contemporary art, Celebrity Cruises continues to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy great original works throughout each ship in the fleet, as well as in its new art galleries. Like those on the Millennium-class fleet, Century’s new art gallery will join the array of trendy boutiques in “The Boulevard,” allowing art aficionados to purchase one-of-a-kind works.
Because enrichment isn’t appreciated only by adults, the “Fun Factory” children’s area will be expanded, and a new teen room will be added, featuring a number of options ideally suited to adventuresome teens.

A Wealth of Wellness
Century will follow the lead of Celebrity’s Millennium-class in presenting a permanent space dedicated solely to the line’s exclusive “Acupuncture at Sea” program, offering guests acupuncture treatments, therapies and enrichment lectures by licensed doctors of Oriental Medicine.
An industry pioneer in presenting a spa experience at sea on a par with the best of those on land, Celebrity has won numerous awards for its exotic AquaSpa facilities operated by the elite Elemis Ltd. Century's AquaSpa will be expanded significantly to allow for a number of new features, including a Persian Garden and other features yet to be announced.

Accommodations of All Sizes
Century’s enormous accommodations initiative will, first and foremost, add 314 new verandas to both aft and side staterooms. A total of 393 staterooms among the total 907 will have verandas. The number of ConciergeClass staterooms, featuring the host of amenities offered in that category, will increase to 176. A total of 10 stylish ocean-view staterooms will be added, along with 14 new Sky Suites, each suite offering Celebrity’s impeccable, 24-hour butler service.

Celebrity’s ambitious Century revitalization project will be completed during drydock from April 28 through June 1, 2006. The line has begun a bidding process to select the shipyard where the work will be performed.
Following its revitalization, the “new” Century will set sail on a series of 12-night Baltic and10- and 11-night Mediterranean sailings, a 13-night "Best of Europe" voyage, and a seven-night Norwegian Fjords cruise. Bookings for all itineraries open June 3.
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CELEBRITY CRUISES LAUNCHES A NEW CENTURY 4/4

Celebrity's 'New' Century - 2006 Europe Cruise Fares
Fares for Century's Baltic cruises beginning at $1,600 for inside, $1,900 for outside, and $2,750 for ConciergeClass accommodations, all per person and based on double occupancy.
Fares for the Mediterranean sailings begin at $1,500 for inside accommodations, $1,800 for outside, and $2,650 for ConciergeClass accommodations, all per person and based on double occupancy.
Fares for Century's seven-night Norwegian Fjords cruise begin at $1,100 for inside, $1,400 outside, and $2,200 for ConciergeClass accommodations, all per person and based on double occupancy.
Fares for the 13-night "Best of Europe" voyage begin at $2,000 for inside, $2,300 for outside, and $3,250 for ConciergeClass accommodations, all per person and based on double occupancy.

Century also will be one of the first Celebrity ships to offer short cruises from the cruise capitol of the world, the Port of Miami, beginning in November 2006. The ship will present four- and five-night roundtrip Caribbean cruises through April 2007, offering travelers with limited vacation time the opportunity to experience what the top-rated premium brand has to offer.
Bookings for Century’s new, short Caribbean sailings open next week, with fares beginning at $330 per person, double occupancy, for the four-night vacations, and $340 per person, double occupancy, for the five-night cruises.
Celebrity Cruises is the industry's highest rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has 10 ships in its fleet, which sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. In addition, Celebrity Xpeditions offer exotic travel experiences in the Galapagos Islands and every major region where Celebrity sails. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at www.celebrity.com.

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Old May 31st, 2005, 10:50 PM
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Oh well I guess we will have to find out on the Celebrity website or by checking the current news under the RCL stock symbol. Perhaps there was some misunderstanding or maybe there were no computer connections available down in Miami? Maybe Celebrity took him for a ride....if you know what I mean....maybe hes swimming with the fishes. The possibilities are endlesss but a short note or update would have been nice. After all is is down there because of this website and all of us little people.
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Thanks for the information Kuki but I personally say BOO to Celebrity! I think they should have left this lovely ship alone and while I am whining I have to add that I hate 4 or 5 day cruises. In my opinion they are not worth packing for.
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I personally found it a bit odd that Celeb was going to spend the big bucks on a ship they plan to use on short itineraries.

However, their view appears to be that it will attract alot of the "incentive groups" .. sort of a quick "convention" cruise for lots of corporations. They are also intent on making it family friendly, with a dedicated teen center, and upgraded "fun factory".

The new balconies they are adding will actually be larger than the existing ones, and they'll be built out from the ship.

I'm not a fan of the short cruises for myself either.. but seems to be a large demand out there.

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Kuki: Thanks for the info. I was excited to see that I may get a chance to sail on Century on one of those short cruises. It would be a great way for us to try the ship as I've always shy-ed away from the ships without verandas. I can't wait to get the opportunity to sail on Century after the refurb. A nice 5-day get away sounds good to me right about now!

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For whatever it's worth (and admittedly it's probably not worth much), I wasn't happy when Celebrity decided to remove its presence from the Caribbean between May/November, and now I'm even less happy about the line getting into the short (4/5-day) cruise market.

It's great that Century is being modified (although having sailed it four times, I like it quite well as is) but I don't understand why such a huge investment is being made in a ship that will offer short cruises in the Caribbean. In my very humble opinion, 4/5-day cruises are nothing more than glorified water-based bus trips which attract two kinds of passengers - lots of groups and conventioneers, and party hearty folks looking for a cheap getaway. The only explanation I can come up with is that that type of passenger load will a) generate lots of onboard revenue, and b) will keep the ship sailing full.
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Oh great, family friendly, just what we need! I avoid Royal Caribbean because it's always overrun with unruly, unsupervised, children. Celebrity has been a refuge from that, now they are looking to attract them. Lucky us.

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So they're basically trying to turn it into a Millennium-class ship.... ooookay.

Personally, I am thrilled about the short Caribbean cruises. As a Florida resident with limited vacation time, these short, over-the-weekend cruises are often the only way I can manage to cruise. Fits perfectly into my schedule. I can't wait.

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Where are they going to put the specialty restaurant?

The Century is 70, 606 tons, not 77,713 tons like the Galaxy and Mercury. Doesn't seem it is going to be stretched so someone got their facts wrong.


There's nothing that exciting here. And it's typical that the suits want to add more Millennium-like features to the Century, while not realizing that the Century has many advantages over the Millennium. Doesn't sound like they went too far, but it all depends on how all of these modifications are implemented. The last thing I know some of us want is some Century-Millennium hybrid when we sail the Century. The suits just don't know what they have in the Century.

The public is easy to sway. When the cruise lines stop emphasizing bigger, trendier, private spaces such as verandas and balconies, and get back into talking about personalized service afforded by ships of a certain size, passenger to crew ratios, creative and not necessarily varied activity, and find the niche to serve and not everyone and everybody, then perhaps we'll have a healthier cruise industry. Right now we have an industry stressing volume via trends versus distinctive cruise style for those of us that desire one.
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I must say I am pleased with any improvements to this class of ship that keeps the "fresh" and competitive in the market. I prefer this class to the millenium class and I look forward to seeing exact details and pricing for the 2006 European season on Century. The upscale restaurant, balconies, spa cafe, and lido food area improvements are all things that would draw me back to this ship.
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Kuki,
Did they have any after pictures? Just wondering how this will change the look of this ship? I agree with ML, it would be nice to get a short cruise in at some point, I can see that being a selling point as well for those of us who don't always have a lot of time to get away...

Thanks for giving us the scoop.

Hope the packing is underway or just about fininished and you can continue on your journey, have fun!

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We are booked on the stretched Encahntment with Royal so I guess we will also give this a try--have not been lucky enough in the past--Will have to hope we get a nice non-kids week & no loud groups......These short trips are very big money makers --way back we were told Sovereign was the most profitable at the time grinding out those stops at Coco Cay--- would rather have this than a new mega beast!
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Century has always been lacking in balcony capacity compared to its sister ships of Galaxy and Mercury and it seems that Celebrity is making up for it in a big way. With a roughly 45% balcony cabins they are on par with the precent of today's newbuilds.

I can also see why they increased the number of Sky Suites. There were also less of these and the suites on Sky deck did not have the extended balconies. Both of these were not reasons why I was reluctant to choose Century.

I just wonder with addition of the balconies what it will do to the exterior look of the ship. I also wonder, if it is a success, what is in store for Galaxy and Mercury?

I does show that renovation is less expensive than new builds. I am also glad to see it. I prefer to see a face lift than ending up as gambling casino in Hong Kong. (Unless the face lift turns into a Michael Jackson experience)

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I see the good points and the bad points.

The good point being I love the Millenium class perks, the Cova Cafe the spa food, etc. but all in all I agree with PapaBill that it's nice they are upgrading this ship in general.

The bad point being that you will get the "puddle jumpers" or the "ocean jumpers" in this case, people that just want to get away, not like us serious cruisers. (I tried the Majesty of the Seas...yikes...never again).

I'm not sure why the suits would do a 4-night/5-night Caribbean when they have so many RCL ships doing this itinerary. I would have like to have seen them take the Century and do the 10-night/11-night Ultimate Caribbean like they used to do with the Summit in December.

Oh well....the Century sounds like it's going to be a nicely appointed ship so I guess Europe is in my future on the new and approved Celebrity Century.
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Cruz Crazy,

The Cova Cafe is not a Millennium class perk. The Century introduced the Cova Cafe. To be honest, I don't see anything that different about the Millie's Cova vs. the Century class ships.

The Century is a nicely appointed ship right now. What it is going to turn into is hopefully a somewhat modified Century, but still the Century. Hopefully, it won't be some poorly implemented hybrid of something it can't or should not be--a Millennium class ship, already a hybrid of RCI and Celebrity ideas.
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what I find amazing is that since Celebrity is now doing so well,,why doesn't parent company, RCL let Celebrity build a new class of ships. It seems that RCL is being selfish and only thinks of itself and not its sister company.

When RCL first made announcements of its new build,namely the Freedom series, I thought of new radical ship design but was very,very disapppointed and expected much more elaborate and some radical design changes for a passenger ship.
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i think if they were to create a new class of vessels it should not get much bigger than the M Class because than it would be to big and it would loose the appeal. the intamacy is a plus on celebrity ships.
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NJMatt,

Maybe Celebrity's overall clientele is a fixed size and they don't need to expand. That's my opinion. RCI's appeal is broader-based. Celebrity may be better served improving aspects of their existing ships. They could start with upgrading the beds and bedding in all staterooms fleetwide. They could also increase the maintenance budget and go on a "wearbuster" mission. They could spend more money on their food budget. etc.

What radical design are you looking for? I like hearing people's ideas about ships.
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Personally I'm glad to see Celebrity making more strides to be family friendly. Just because we cruise with kids, does not mean some of us don't appreciate elegance, nice decor, an upscale atmosphere and great service. I'd sail Seabourn if they had a kids program.....Other than Disney, the most family friendly lines are usually an assault to the senses, and it isn't because of all the kids onboard.
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I think the dea of Century doing the sort mini-cruise concept will detract from the quality product now offered and just throw them closer and closer to the Carnival and RCCL type of product.
Celebrity cannot be everything to each potential cruiser.
Stick with a quality product and as Benjamin Smith suggested....work on new bedding and keep up ship maintance better.
(even Carnival is upgrading bedding now)
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IMHO we do not need family friendly on every line.. Royal is already an option for family friendly so I hope they keep Celeb the way it is--after cruising with Royal we always look forward to a nicer atmoshphere on Celeb... While many children are nice & well controlled,, many are not--our March trip is an example..& truth be told even the nice children took over theshow--literally, One little boy sang with the entertainer in the Centrum for the entire show &...another little girl monopolized the dance floor in the grown ups lounge while parents cooed & snapped pics... In the specialty rest they laid under the tables--just too long to sit still....It just wasn't that cute or appropriate & these were not the bad kids on board--the bad ones dumped syrup over the rail onto the art auction , mixed around the room serice orders, rang door bells & pushed elev buttons.etc.... anyhow while we all love our children & grandchildren it does change the ambiance. My dream is that Celeb keeps becoming more elegant & lovely in anything it does.....
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Not on every line, but yes, I think there is an absolute need and market for an UPSCALE family line. What about people who are used to vacationing in high end establishments? Do you think they'll be happy on Carnival or even RCL? I can tell you, they won't. Elegant and kid-friendly are not mutually exclusive. If you really want an upscale atmosphere go to Seabourn, Crystal or Radisson, you won't find many children there as they are very child unfriendly.

Celebrity tried the adults only cruises, I guess they weren't profitable, so now it seems they've realized that there is a big market for families who want high quality and are willing to pay for it...even the Ritz Carlton has Ritz Kids, because they know that's where the future of travel is.
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From what I've heard from many managers who work on the ship, Celebrity is trying to please their repeat cruisers by offering new itineraries and longer cruises. And I just read that they are offering the four and five night cruises to give the repeat cruisers a opportunity to let their friends try Celebrity.

It seems Celebrity is in a transition period right now and are trying to realign their ships with itineraries.

I do wish Celebriy would build a new class ship, but not as big as the Millenium class.
As we can see, Royal Caribbean must be the big profit maker, because they spent mega bucks on the Freedom of the Seas with two more in the works. If they know they can fill those cabins, they will build those ships.

My opinion of family-friendly.....I avoid the kids by cruising when they are in school and avoid Spring break and holidays. This may limit many itineraries for me, but I enjoy my cruise experience so much more.

Mom and Dad should realize that even though YOU may enjoy the more upscale cruiseline, your kids might be bored since they do not offer the programs for the young ones.
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My kids have cruised the Celebirty fleet for 10 years and had a "good time" on all but one cruise in September to Alaska.(no other kids on the ship)..
Even my kids recognize (and enjoy ) Celebrity is a cut above in food and service then other main stream lines.
The kids will be aboard the Mercury again when we sail her to Alaska in July.
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"Mom and Dad should realize that even though YOU may enjoy the more upscale cruiseline, your kids might be bored since they do not offer the programs for the young ones."

My kids enjoyed their cruise on the Mercury as much as I did, and MUCH more than their cruise on Carnival or RCL. Even children can be discriminating and can learn to appreciate quality.

Also, where did you get the impression that Celebrity doesn't offer kids programs? They've had that for years, plus kids playrooms, kids pools, kids menus, cute kid-sized robes, kid freebies like back packs, CD cases. What's not to love for kids?
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I thought you said to me Century was just perfect the way it was....why would it need to be dry docked like I suggested after my disaster vacation of Feb.of this year? Do you remember that???? It is so funny how people are changing their tune. This ship needed to be dry docked about 2 years ago.
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Hope they don't change the Mercury. We have it booked for this Sep & again in '07 to Mex Riviera...it's a perfect size and we have a nice balcony CC cabin. I think the best Family friendly ships right now other than Disney are Royal's very large ones..lots to do. On Brilliance which is very lovely --kids roamed & got into mucho trouble--non-supervision. It felt like carnival with kids. As for century I think we would try a shorter trip if they do something other than the Western carib itin...we will need one more trip to make 10 & a short cruise would work well for that purpose!
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