Celebrity Century

Celebrity Century Ship Review

Celebrity Century underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2006, adding new balcony staterooms and amenities. Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

NOTE: Celebrity Century left the Celebrity Cruises’ fleet in 2015.

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Celebrity Century features new accommodations that include 314 private verandas, 14 additional Sky Suites and 174 new and modern Concierge Class staterooms complete with fresh-cut flowers, a luxurious pillow menu, and upgraded bathroom amenities.

Celebrity Century Overview

The 70,606-ton, 1,750-guest Century was the first megaship Celebrity ever launched, way back in 1995. Today she’s the oldest ship in Celebrity’s fleet, but a major refurbishment in 2006 completely updated her look and feel, and she looks fantastic. All in all, she’s a nice combination of contemporary amenities in a package that’s relatively smaller and more intimate than her larger fleetmates.

Public Spaces On Celebrity Century

The attractive Rendez-vous Lounge is the perfect place to unwind in the evenings. Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

One of Century’s most popular spaces is her Martini Bar, which looks like a martini itself with its icy blue and white color scheme and subdued lighting. The Michael’s Club piano bar, on the other hand, has the old world styling of a classic men’s club, with high-backed chairs, comfortable couches, bookcase-lined walls, and a menu of cognacs and single-malt Scotch. The Grand Foyer has a clean, modern elegance, befitting a ship that, like the rest of the Celebrity fleet, is outfitted with some remarkable modern art.

On the atrium’s second level, the Cova Cafe offers specialty coffees and pastries. Down the corridor, the Rendezvous Lounge is a large venue for live music and socializing. All the way forward, the two-story Celebrity Theater has long banquette seating and cocktail tables on the main level and balcony seating up above. For dancing and after-dinner cocktails, there’s the dark and clubby Crystal Room lounge on the Entertainment deck and the Hemisphere observation lounge perched near the top of the ship on the Sports deck.

Outdoors, Century offers a low-key pool deck with two central pools and four hot tubs, and a sports deck for basketball and volleyball. The ship’s spa is lovely and modern, with serene treatment rooms, a dedicated space for acupuncture treatments, an aromatherapy steamroom called the Persian Garden, and a cafe serving smoothies and healthy snacks and light meals. A fitness center and a modern and elegant beauty salon are adjacent.

Dining On Celebrity Century

At dinnertime, guests can choose from four options. Straddling the Plaza and Promenade decks, the main Grand Restaurant is a beautiful two-deck space with a wide, dramatic staircase and floor-to-ceiling windows facing back over the stern. The specialty Murano Restaurant, named for Venice’s famous glass-blowing island, specializes in elaborate, Old World, multicourse meals, with a dark, intimate ambience; a Continental menu; and featured tableside carving and flambé. The ship’s buffet restaurant, the Island Cafe, serves casual dinners, while right next door is a handsome and popular Sushi restaurant.

Celebrity Century Staterooms & Suites

One of the updated balcony staterooms aboard Celebrity Century. Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Century’s staterooms were all redesigned during her 2006 refurbishment, and they shine. Though smallish, the 170-square-foot standard outside staterooms and standard balcony staterooms have an upscale, boutique-hotel look and a sensible layout, with wood wall paneling, nicely designed storage cabinets with reading lights above the bed’s headboard, and a warm color palate.

ConciergeClass staterooms only run a few square feet larger, but come with plush perks like a pillow menu, welcome champagne, upgraded bedding, and priority access to restaurant and excursion reservation and other onboard events.

The 246-square-foot Sky Suites come with huge 179-square-foot private balconies that are bigger than the balconies on the ship’s top-level, 1,000-square-foot Penthouse Suites. As aboard all other Celebrity ships, guests in all levels of suite get the services of a tuxedo-clad butler.

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One Comment

  • I sailed with a cousin on a Celebrity ship last month and we shared a cabin with separate credit cards for our stateroom keys. The experience on board was lovely. As a performer/musician my favorite part was the Summit’s new pianist, Jordan Peterson!

    However, after the trip, my card was charged for the entire bill ($8,000)instead of only my portion ($800). It has now taken three weeks, multiple hours of phone calls with our supposed Celebrity customer service rep, Mike, (who is near impossible to get a hold of!), my credit card company, the bank, and being quite literally yelled at by a Royal Caribbean collections agent, who was not informed of the investigation to fix the mistakes to the bill on THEIR end … And the issue is still not closed, nor have we been offered a single form of restitution for all the trouble we’ve been put through. Not only that, but I was asked to solve this myself by calling my credit card company back and allowing a portion of the incorrect charge to go through! And when I’ve asked that we be compensated with a discount, or a credit of some kind, even a bottle of wine, I’ve been told a flat “no” followed by radio silence, without any further suggested solutions.

    I’m disgusted with the disrespect I’ve been shown, when no portion of this drama was our doing. I was nothing but patient and polite as they began to sort this out, but have reached my limit at this point. NO portion of the lovely vacation was worth the nightmare I’ve endured after the fact. You’re better off on a cruise line who cares!

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