I read the Century is older and smaller and consequently cannot be Solsticized like the Millenium class ships. That makes me wonder if she is good enough for 15 nights, 9 of them sea days, because people have reported demographics result in fewer activities. I am not willing to sail on a ship without a lot of activities and entertainment on a Hawaii-San Diego cruise. Should I wait until Celebrity puts a younger ship in San Diego for the Circle Hawaii itineraries?
I sailed in a Century Suite on the Century in 1997. The ship was only two years old and was considered state of the art. It had one of the most beautiful dining rooms afloat. It is a small ship by today's standards and may not be the ship for you. I wouldn't hesitate to sail her myself but I have little interest in onboard activities.
Nine sea days might be a little boring.
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I would guess that your liking or disliking Century depends upon what activities you're looking for. If it's rock climbing walls & ice skating rinks, then she is not for you. She may be small by today's standards, but she is 70,000 plus GRT, which not to long ago, would be considerd large. You should expect to find the usual shipboard activities that are on other Celebrity ships. She does have only one pool, but has plenty of bar venues, a beautiful theater, & 3 club lounges, along with a casino & of course shops. She also has one specialty restaurant, & her main dining room remains one of the most beautiful at sea, IMO. We last sailed her in 2009 on a trans Atlantic to Amsterdam, & while the crossing was mostly calm, we did hit some fairly moderate seas & which she handled fine. I wouldn't hesitate to sail on her again, regardless of the number of sea days.
OK these are my interests for an ideal onboard experience:
Lectures-- on our TA they had lectures on sea days in theater or cinema
Demonstrations-- cooking demonstration & tasting, wine tasting/pairing
Classes-- most sailings have Rosetta Stone classes
Stage shows-- all Celebrtiy ships have stage shows
Concerts-- all Celebrity ships have musical entertainment, including the Celebrity orchestra
Piano Bar-- Michaels Club on Century is a piano bar
Dancing-- pre/post dinner dancing in 2 or 3 venues
Swimming-- as I said, 1 pool
Hot tubs-- I believe they have 4 hottubs
Therapy pool-- alas, they removed the therapy pool in 2006 makeover
Ship Library-- yes
Restaurants Main DR, specialty, buffet, grill for burgers/dogs
I am not the kind of person who would love RCI's sports deck
You may have a point-perhaps it would be better if you chose Princess for this cruise. Normally I say Celebrity is better, but perhaps not for this. I do think the Century would be a great ship in most cases but perhaps not for that many sea days.
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It's been more than ten years since I sailed on the Century, but I still remember it has having perhaps the most beautiful main dining room of the 15+ large ships I've sailed on. Also, the specialty restaurant really seemed "special" on that ship. The Century still gets a very good rating, so I would still have no hesitation in considering it.
They removed the Thelosotherapy pool in the spa????!!:o
Yes they did, when they refurbshed her in 2006. They replaced it with Persian Gardens. It is a shame, because the T pols on the Century class ships were hands down better than those on the M class ships, even though you had to pay for their use, unless you were Elite level of Captain's Club. While the T pool on the M class are much more beautiful, those on C class had powerfull jets to take care of any tension, almost like a massage.