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Elaine Kilpatrick

Age: 56

Occupation:receptionist

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Century

Sailing Date: April 24th, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean


Review:

Century-Western Caribbean 4/24/04 - 5/1

Are you tired? Do you need some tlc? Have you ever wondered how nice it would be to be treated like royalty?

Do you enjoy the beauty of a breathtaking sunrise, or sunset that will bring you closer to the Heavens than ever before? (Ok, Ok, but really, if you long for the above, you deserve a vacation on the Celebrity Century!)

My husband and I, along with our 4 daughters (ages 25, 23, 21 and 17) took this cruise and every one of us were delighted.

The Century is a grand ship, yes older, but still in great shape and immaculate from stem to stern! Every crew member is there to make your 7 days the most relaxing, enjoyable experience ever! We appreciated everything they did, all with sincere warm smiles and caring ways, you felt at home the moment you stepped on that ship!

Embarkation was smooth, and the moment we stepped onto the ship we were greeted with a glass of champagne! Nice touch Celebrity! We went straight to our rooms, and our cabin steward was there in a flash to welcome us and ask if we needed anything.
Our daughters cabin steward did the same for them. (they had their hands full with 4 young ladies in one room!!!) The rooms are a comfortable size, and the bathroom is well equipped for a small area. The showers are a very comfortable size as well. These rooms are always being cleaned by the cabin stewards! (I miss them so much!)

Our oldest daughter has major food allergies, and we approached our waiter (Victor...who is the BEST!!!) He immediately spoke with our daugher about the foods she can eat, and every night went out of his way to make sure her meals were made correctly. She was in awe as we were too. The food was exceptional, beautifully prepared, and everyone was extremely impressed with the variations each night and how delicious each dish was! (I did not want to leave, nor did anyone else for that matter) They really care about each morsel, and if it appears you may not like something, immediately Victor or Ivan (assistant waiter who we love too) would ask "would you like something else?, is everything ok?" They just go beyond the call of duty, and we can't thank them enough.

The entertainment was good too. The comedians were very funny, and the juggler/comedian was so talented and funny too.

I was lucky in the casino, and found the machines to be pretty fair. (I won the jackpot on the 3rd night on one of the machines, and came in 2nd place in the blackjack tournament which was pretty sweet too!)

The poolside was nice, yes the "pool chair hogs" are aboard every ship, and not much is done about them. I can see saving seats if you're just leaving the pool for 10 minutes, but when the whole front sections have towels on them and belongings on them for more than 1 hour (I sat in a chair just outside the pool area, and one lady was saving 8 pool chairs) after which I asked her if I could use one she said "my friends are coming right back" I told her they've been empty for 1 hr and she said "they'll be right back!" 15 minutes later, her friend came back and said "Oh, we're sitting over that side, I'm getting my towels now"! People are just rude, and plain selfish! That women never said a word to me...not that I expected her to! It's rather silly, but that's how it is.

There's nothing better than those nice "ice cold" face cloths, that the crew comes around with, while your sunning by the pool. Boy do they feel great! Another classic treat that Celebrity offers, and well appreciated!

Our first stop was Jamaica. I chose to stay at the pool while my daughters and husband went to the falls. Not much else interested me there, and I was thrilled just to be out in the warm sun by the pool. (plenty of chairs while people are in port)

2nd stop was Grand Cayman....do go to Stingray City. What a thrill it is to swim with those beautiful creatures. My daughters loved it (although 2 came out of the water sooner than I expected!!!) Grand Cayman is a beautiful island, but not much time is spent there so that's about all we could do.

3rd stop was Cozumel. I love the beaches and snorkeling there. Nice clean beaches and clean showers at Chakanaav (spelling??) park. It's a great place to spend the whole day, and only $10 to get in.

Day at sea, and 4th stop was Key West. This is a great place to just walk around, lots of shopping, and plenty of small "watering holes", etc. The best advice I can give is to get yourself a Western Caribbean tour book (I belong to AAA, and ordered one a few months before the trip) Or just go online, to the library, whatever....just make sure you get to see what interests you for the island you are visiting. I just wish that the ship didn't leave till after sunset, that would have been nice.

The week went by too fast, but every minute was an enjoyable one. We were all very pleased, and also very sad when the last night fell upon us. This was a great ship, you will not be disappointed! (ok..there's always a few out there that could find something bad with 100% perfection, but there's no pleasing those folks!) (Note, this was our 4th cruise within the last 3 years, we sailed on Enchantment of the Seas (RCC), Millineum (Celebrity), Grand Princess, and this ship Century)

I would rate the Enchantment 5 star, Millineum 5.5 star, Grand Princess 5 star, and Century 5.5 star.

Thank you Century, I look forward to sailing again, hopefully soon! Bon Voyage
Elaine from N.H.

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