Number of Cruises: 10
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: November 7th, 2005
7 Day Eastern Caribbean
This was our 10th cruise and our 5th cruise on Celebrity. This was a ten day cruise to Ocho Rios, Costa Rica, Panama and Aruba. We booked the cruise through Celebrity who also made our flight reservations.
Embarkation was typical. The Celebrity hostess who met cruisers at the airport was a little vague about what was happening and a little too chatty (we didn't really care about her real estate license, we just wanted to know what we were waiting for). Once we got to the terminal though there was no line and we were soon on the ship. As everyone probably knows, this ship is scheduled to be refurbished this year so we were a little worried about how it would be. The ship though was beautiful, clean and well maintained.
The other guests were middle-aged or older for the most part. This is typical for a cruise longer than one week.
We loved our waiter, Kristian, who was by far the best waiter we have ever had on any cruise. We really looked forward to dinner every night. Our cabin attendant was also very good. The food was excellent and everyone at our table enjoyed the meals.
The Celebrity orchestra was wonderful and their talents were especially evident when they accompanied one of the entertainers (pianist). The Celebrity dancers and singers were fair but we were told this was the first time doing these routines. There were many activities throughout the day as per usual for a cruise. We did sign up for the thallisotherapy pool. It was expensive ($89 per person for the cruise). It turned out to be a waste of money as we hardly ever used it. The room is humid and dark and we spent most of our time in the pool. We did not get off the ship in Jamaica or Costa Rica. The folks at our table who went on a jungle excursion in Costa Rica said that they didn't really see any wildlife. We did go on the boat excursion through the Panama Canal which was wonderful and well worth the money. Aruba was beautiful. I do wish the ship could have stayed in port longer so we could have spent more time there.
We thoroughly enjoyed the numerous lounges especially the Hemisphere which is the disco and the Cova Cafe. By and large all of the employees of the ship were just wonderful.
The ship seemed to have taken very good precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. There were dispensers of alcohol based hand disinfections at the doors to the dining room and at the head of the buffet lines. The guests did seem to be using them and I did not hear of anyone getting sick on the cruise.
We had a lot of difficulty getting off the ship. There was a delay in Customs and debarkation didn't start until almost 10 am. Celebrity had put us on an 11:20 flight. However, our group was the seventh group called. We should have been in the first group. Then the buses didn't leave the port until, literally, every last seat was taken. We missed our flight and subsequently didn't get home at 4:30 as planned but got home after midnight.
We would definitely sail on the Century again and may look into a Baltic cruise.