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Old March 15th, 2008, 01:58 AM
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Default About to book Century; 4 Nights from Miami April 2008

What a stone in my shoe the last week has been. First Ive spent hours searching the web for cruise deals and good iteneraries (sorry no spell check). I will be traveling with my pregnant fiance and was denied from Carnival. So I have been scrambling the last day for a new cruise vacation that must be in early to mid April 2008. And woolah, Ive been led to the April 10th 4 night Celebrity cruise aboard the Century. Ive been on Carnival multiple times and RCI once. I can say that I prefer Carnival but for no other reason than the comedy show, better food, and casino.

So now Im stuck pondering whether I should book this trip which I must do in the nect 36 hours or so. Some general questions I have are as follows:

Does the CC (Celebrity Century) cruise "nickel and dime" its passengers? Or is everything similar to the cruise experience I can expect from the competition?

WHats CC niche? Do they have unique offerings?

Will I be able to feast on gigantic amounts of shrimp cocktail? Or even more important; LOBSTER?

IS there a casino? WHat are the limits? Do they have live poker?

Any thoughts, suggestions, comments are welcome.

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Old March 15th, 2008, 12:11 PM
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What a stone in my shoe the last week has been. First Ive spent hours searching the web for cruise deals and good iteneraries (sorry no spell check). I will be traveling with my pregnant fiance and was denied from Carnival. So I have been scrambling the last day for a new cruise vacation that must be in early to mid April 2008. And woolah, Ive been led to the April 10th 4 night Celebrity cruise aboard the Century. Ive been on Carnival multiple times and RCI once. I can say that I prefer Carnival but for no other reason than the comedy show, better food, and casino.

So now Im stuck pondering whether I should book this trip which I must do in the nect 36 hours or so. Some general questions I have are as follows:
Before you go any further, be aware that ALL of the major cruise lines will not embark a pregnant passenger who will enter the last trimester before the end of the cruise.

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Does the CC (Celebrity Century) cruise "nickel and dime" its passengers? Or is everything similar to the cruise experience I can expect from the competition?
First, at Celebrity, "CC" is "Captain's Club" -- the line's loyalty program for repeat passengers -- and not a ship. The ships are known by full name.

That said, I think that Celebrity is somewhat less into "nickeling and diming" than some of the other lines. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to leave your money behind. As on other lines, you'll pay for "bar beverages" (which include juices, except at breakfast, and sodas), shore excursions, spa treatments, services of the beauty salon, bingo, gambling at the casino, photographs, accupuncture, medical treatments, dining in the specialty restaurant, and some personal enrichment classes, if you choose to use these services, as on other lines.

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WHats CC niche? Do they have unique offerings?
Celebrity is a "premium" cruise line, and the most "upscale" of the major cruise lines, generally drawing an upper middle class to upper class cadre of passengers among whom politeness and social etiquette are the order of the day. Activities tend to be geared toward that caliber of passenger, and services tend to be more "upscale" than on "mainstream" cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean with activities such as enrichment lectures, food and wine pairing seminars in addition to wine tastings, etc. Celebrity is the only major cruise line that still holds "informal" evenings (where gentlemen wear a sport coat and most ladies wear nice cocktail dresses) in addition to the "formal" evenings, so only about half of the evenings normally are "casual," and the majority of the line's passengers look forward to this experience. The shorter (four night and five night) Caribbean cruises aboard MV Century are a somewhat less so than the line's longer sailings, notoriously with more disregard for the prescribed evening dress, but you still won't be awakened from a poolside siesta by a barrage of announcements about imminent activities or by staff members recruiting participants for the next activity. In fact, the line generally limits PA announcements to about one per day (the master's noontime navigational announcement when at sea or the announcement that the ship is cleared and that passengers may go ashore when in port) so you have to show up in the proper place at the proper time on your own if you wish to participate in any of the daily activities.

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Will I be able to feast on gigantic amounts of shrimp cocktail? Or even more important; LOBSTER?
Shrimp cocktail is available every evening in the dining room, and you can order more than one serving if you wish -- though most of the line's passengers would not.

On most cruises, the line serves lobster on the last "formal" evening. I'm not sure how that works on the short cruises that have only one "formal" evening.

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IS there a casino? WHat are the limits? Do they have live poker?
Yes, there's a very nice casino -- and it's always quite popular! I don't know all of the limits, but there are always both regular and "single deck" Blackjack tables with $5 minimum/$100 maximum and, IIRC, $25 minimum/$300 maximum. I have not been aboard MV Century, but all of the line's other ships seem to have both "Texas Hold-Em" and head to head poker tables. Of course, they also have Craps and Roulette.

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I hope that this helps.

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Celebrity is a "premium" cruise line, and the most "upscale" of the major cruise lines, generally drawing an upper middle class to upper class cadre of passengers among whom politeness and social etiquette are the order of the day.
While that may be arguable on Celebirty's longer cruises, on the 4 and 5 day runs that Century does, the passengers are more typical of any of the major cruise lines demographics on their shorter cruises.
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Thanks everyone for your two cents. We have booked the 4-nighter out of Miami on 4/10 and look forward to our mini-vacation. Just a time to be worry free, without a cell phone or any contact to the outside world. I'm going to eat good, and moderately (except of course lobster and shrimp cocktail) , and jusyt enjoy time with my best friend.

In the near future I plan a trip to the Pacific Northwest and would consider a cruise. Any suggestions for budget minded 20-somethings? Would love to visit Vancouver BC
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Two weeks ago my daughter, age 20, and I went for a 4 night cruise on a Carnival cruise ship-the Paradise. I've never cruised on a Carnival cruise ship before and I had always thought that it was not even a close comparison to the Celebrity ships. My husband and I have almost always cruised on Celebrity before. I had some interesting thoughts. First-the Celebrity seems to have a clientele that is just a little ritzier, especially on the formal nights. I think the Celebrity cruises that we have been on have had an older clientele as well, and we think we just hit the spring break scene with the younger group on Carnival. I had good food on both, but the Celebrity is just really top-notch somehow. The food is tastier, I think, and yet I loved the food on the Carnival and on the Princess and on the Holland America before that. We have had terrific lobster and shrimp cocktail on them all- but the best is Celebrity!
Go, have a wonderful time. I think the greatest experience is meeting the people at your table for dinner and bonding and we sure bonded with our new friends on that 4 night cruise. I think you will love it...
Oh, and do visit the Pacific Northwest. Our next cruise is the Celebrity Mercury Vancouver-Alaska-Vancouver, June 8th. We are from Vancouver.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 11:43 AM
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Won't do it again.

We unfortunately caught the end of winter break in mid January and the ship was FILLED with kids running amouk. Forget about the hot tubs, they became kiddy pools and the second day had to be shut down for cleaning due to diapered babies being put in.

The atmosphere was more of a party booze cruise...Think Carnival without the announcements. The dining service was either so rushed...taking away plates that people were still working on, or so slow...we waited almost an hour between salads and entres on formal night.

After having cruised X for many years this past cruise was a TOTAL let down.

As for the shimp cocktail, they try to limit you to one, and it involves 4 medium shrimp. It wasn't available every night.

The lobster which was actually good this time, was on the last night ( casual ).

We also docked at the Navy pier in Key West which requires a 10 minute shuttle ride once you get through the disembarkation line. The ship did not dock at Mallory Square, and EVERY passenger needed positive photo identification to get through the military check points, which also checked your bags as well on the way back to the ship.

I've sailed Century MANY times prior and post renovation. These short 4 and 5 nighters have brought her back to the pre-renovation stage with the demographics they are attracting with the low fares.

The only saving grace was MURANOS.

So on Century with the shorties forget about anything X. The dress code is barely existant, thepassengers are obnoxious, and the furnishings on the ship are being abused. Its a shame IMHO to do these.

We have done the 3 and 4 nighters on Mercury for the PNW and found a much better demographic, fewer children and a more X experience. It could just be that the cruises out of Miami bring out the trailer in everyone.

THe one exception I would have to say is the once a year 2 nighter in January. Its seems like its more the business professionals leaving after work in their suits and ties going out for a quick gambling trip. The casino is packed on these....however the experience is definetly MORE of an X one.

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Though not pregnant...I feel for you. Mom-to-be must be close and you must be smiling from ear to ear. Am envious of your trip as I've sailed Century many times. She's a stellar ship, catering, in the main, to passengers older than yourselves I imagine...50+ adult passengers. However, you'll still enjoy yourselves particularly if you enjoy pampering your pregnant lady.

Congrats. This is a fine ship---actually one of the nicest ships afloat---that received a $5M upgrade in 2005. No, nickel and dimming of guests. RCI, NCL, Carnival et al do a fine/distasteful job of this. Celebrity, and Century in particular, are fairly high end ships and not out for your blood. One of their newest venues is the specialty restaurant, Murano. Reserve immediately upon embarkation or on-line before departing. It's outstanding. If ever you don't see something to your liking on their main restaurant (sit-down) menus, request what you want (shrimp, lobster, etc.); it will be furnished you and at no cost. Also, you can request double/triple orders on many food offerings, if you are this ambitious! The casino, as I recall, does have live poker although this can change as this venue is sub-contracted.

Hope this has been helpful.

P.S. You can also phone in, in advance, a dietary request; i.e. that you can eat only crustaceans and vegetables! There you have it: lobster and shrimp nightly. Be creative!

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