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Celebrity Century Review

Posted March 5th, 2012

Yesterday some of the Cruiseabout team had the honour of visiting Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Century, while she was in port in Brisbane. Launched in 1995, this 1814-passenger, 71-545 ton ship has an elegant and modern design, while still being an intimately-sized ship.

In 2006, Celebrity Century underwent a massive refurbishment, incorporating a variety of Celebrity's Millennium-class attributes with the best of the Century-class features, such as the AquaSpa, Michael's Club and the Martini Bar. During the refurbishment 314 new balconies were added to staterooms, along with 14 new suites, 10 new staterooms (ranging from inside to balcony categories), a new speciality restaurant, an expanded spa and a series of features that typify the Millennium-class ships. And, Celebrity Century is all the better for it.

The cabins are a blend of comfort and contemporary style, and all of them feature soft Egyptian cotton linens and doona's, flat-screen TV's and wireless internet access. The ConciergeClass cabins offer a few extra perks to their passengers, including Frette bathrobes, fresh flowers, daily hors d'oeuvres and a special ConceirgeClass breakfast menu to order from. And, as an extra perk all suite passengers are entitled to butler service. There are also several wheelchair accessible cabins, including 7 balcony cabins, 1 inside cabin and 2 Sky Suites.

There are a number of dining options available onboard. The Grand is a sprawling, two-storey traditional dining restaurant, offering an open breakfast and lunch, and two seatings for dinner - one at 6.00pm and one at 8.30pm. For a more low-key dining option, we would definitely recommend the Casual Dining Boulevard, which offers a buffet with a variety of stations and options, including homemade waffles for breakfast, and a sandwich, soup and salad bar for lunch. For sushi lovers, there is also the fabulous Sushi Cafe, which is open from 6.00 - 10.00pm only. At night, a portion of the lido deck is transformed into the Island Cafe for casual dining, but a reservation is required. And, for simple and healthy food, you should definitely try the AquaSpa cafe, offering a light breakfast, lunch and early dinner.

A highlight of Celebrity Century is the addition of Murano, a speciality restaurant that offers tableside cooking, carving and flambe. This restaurant seats only 66 people, so offers a more intimate experience than the other dining options. The chandeliers have been handcrafted from Murano glass, named for the island of Murano, near Venice, where glass-blowing has been a tradition since the 13th century.

Another highlight is the Martini Bar, which made Century the first ship to have an "ice bar" at sea. It features a liquid wall that freezes to form a sparkling crystalline appearance, and a bar counter that freezes into ice-cold stone. The Sunset Bar is a popular spot for the sailaways, as it wraps around the back of the ship, while most of the post-dinner shows and concerts are held mainly in the Celebrity Theatre. For some live entertainment and dancing, the Rendez-Vous Square is a good spot, and for some late night partying you should venture into the Crystal Room Night Clube or Hemispheres, the top-of-the-ship observation lounge and disco.

Celebrity Century has a big focus on healthy cruising, and the AquaSpa is the main feature. The spa offers a full range of beauty and massage treatments, as well as accupuncture, a barber ship for men and a salon for women, fitness classes and a gym, and the Persian Garden, which is a relaxation room outfitted with steam showers and heated tile loungers. For those who want to be a little more active, there is also a golf simulator, a basketball court and table tennis onboard.

Celebrity Century is a beautiful ship, with and elegant, intimate feel, combined with modern touches, designed to make your cruise both special and comfortable. She spends the winter months cruising Alaska's Inside Passage, and then repositions to Australia for the summer months. In between she sandwiches in cruises in Panama Canal and Hawaii. A cruise onboard Celebrity Century will deliver everything you expect and more!

To see photos from our ship visit, please visit our Facebook page.

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