I've heard this ship is due for some redoing early in 2006. What all will they do to her? I heard verandas will be added. Also, what about our favorite Zenith. Isn't she do for some kind of update too?
Here's the full press release Celebrity Cruises issued in July in regards to the changes planned for "Century":
Celebrity Cruises Launches a New Century
Top-Rated Premium Line's Classic Ship to Receive Multimillion-Dollar Makeover
MIAMI, June 1, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- For most, the new century begins in 95 years, but for Celebrity Cruises, it will launch next year. The top- rated premium cruise line has announced plans to significantly revitalize its 77,713-ton Century, which entered service in December 1995.
Following an approximately $55-million makeover beginning in April 2006, and marking Celebrity's most extensive refurbishment to-date, Century will emerge from a five-week drydock period on June 2, 2006, with 314 new verandas.
"This initiative is nothing short of miraculous, technically and otherwise - particularly the veranda program," said Celebrity's President Dan Hanrahan. "In just five weeks, we will add 314 verandas, which is a first for an existing cruise ship."
The revitalization project also will result in the addition of 14 new suites, 10 new staterooms ranging from inside to veranda category, an expanded number of ConciergeClass category staterooms, a new specialty restaurant, and a series of the "tastes of luxury" that typify the line's acclaimed Millennium-class fleet.
"Our goal is to modify the Century to be more aligned with our Millennium- class fleet, in order to maximize guest satisfaction and offer every Celebrity guest a consistently extraordinary vacation experience across the fleet," said Hanrahan.
It's All About Choices
* Like Celebrity's Millennium-class specialty restaurants, Century's new specialty restaurant will present an intimate, elegant dining experience with a menu designed by Celebrity's longtime culinary and wine consultant, Master Chef Michel Roux. The venue, still to be themed, will follow the distinctive style of Celebrity's Millennium-class specialty restaurants, which introduced the industry's first tableside cooking, carving and flambe.
* Celebrity's "Casual Dining Boulevard" on the lido deck will be expanded to offer a Sushi Cafe, made-to-order Pasta and Pizza Bar, a small ice cream parlor, along with buffet breakfasts, themed lunches, and dinner service with a casual dress code every night.
* In response to growing guest interest in Celebrity's Spa Cafes on the Millennium-class fleet, a new Spa Cafe will be introduced on Century, offering light, healthy spa cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
* Century's dramatic, two-level "Grand Restaurant" will continue to offer both light and elaborate breakfasts, lunches and five-course dinners in an elegant setting.
* Cova Cafe Milano, the seagoing version of the stylish coffeehouse in the heart of Milan's fashion district, will adopt the pastry and chocolate displays that have made the venue such a "hot spot" on the line's Millennium- class fleet. At night, the space will transform to a romantic, lamp-lit wine bar, complete with live music.
* A sophisticated new Martini Bar offering Celebrity's famed menu of more than 30 versions of the popular libation will be located adjacent to Century's "Michael's Club" piano and jazz bar.
* Outdoors on the aft deck, a new bandstand and bar complete with tapas carts will offer the ultimate setting for romantic sailaways at sunset.
Abundant Enrichment Opportunities
* "High Seas Computing" will find a home onboard the Century, just as it has on Celebrity's Millennium-class fleet, in a newly dedicated space offering guests Internet access and courses ranging from basic computer use to web site creation to digital photography.
* Holder of the largest corporate collection of contemporary art, Celebrity Cruises continues to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy great original works throughout each ship in the fleet, as well as in its new art galleries. Like those on the Millennium-class fleet, Century's new art gallery will join the array of trendy boutiques in "The Boulevard," allowing art aficionados to purchase one-of-a-kind works.
* Because enrichment isn't appreciated only by adults, the "Fun Factory" children's area will be expanded, and a new teen room will be added, featuring a number of options ideally suited to adventuresome teens.
A Wealth of Wellness
* Century will follow the lead of Celebrity's Millennium-class in presenting a permanent space dedicated solely to the line's exclusive "Acupuncture at Sea" program, offering guests acupuncture treatments, therapies and enrichment lectures by licensed doctors of Oriental Medicine.
* An industry pioneer in presenting a spa experience at sea on a par with the best of those on land, Celebrity has won numerous awards for its exotic AquaSpa facilities operated by the elite Elemis Ltd. Century's AquaSpa will be expanded significantly to allow for a number of new features yet to be announced.
Accommodations of All Sizes
* Century's enormous accommodations initiative will, first and foremost, add 314 new verandas to both aft and side staterooms. A total of 393 staterooms among the total 907 will have verandas. The number of ConciergeClass staterooms, featuring the host of amenities offered in that category, will increase to 176. A total of 10 stylish ocean-view staterooms will be added, along with 14 new Sky Suites, each suite offering Celebrity's impeccable, 24-hour butler service.
Celebrity's ambitious Century revitalization project will be completed during drydock from April 28 through June 1, 2006. The line has begun a bidding process to select the shipyard where the work will be performed.
Following its revitalization, the "new" Century will set sail on a series of 12-night Baltic and 10- and 11-night Mediterranean sailings, a 13-night "Best of Europe" voyage, and a seven-night Norwegian Fjords cruise. Bookings for all itineraries open June 3.
Celebrity's 'New' Century -- 2006 Europe Cruise Fares
* Fares for Century's Baltic cruises beginning at $1,600 for inside, $1,900 for outside, and $2,750 for ConciergeClass accommodations, all per person and based on double occupancy.
* Fares for the Mediterranean sailings begin at $1,500 for inside accommodations, $1,800 for outside, and $2,650 for ConciergeClass accommodations, all per person and based on double occupancy.
* Fares for Century's seven-night Norwegian Fjords cruise begin at $1,100 for inside, $1,400 outside, and $2,200 for ConciergeClass accommodations, all per person and based on double occupancy.
* Fares for the 13-night "Best of Europe" voyage begin at $2,000 for inside, $2,300 for outside, and $3,250 for ConciergeClass accommodations, all per person and based on double occupancy.
Century also will be one of the first Celebrity ships to offer short cruises from the cruise capitol of the world, the Port of Miami, beginning in November 2006. The ship will present four- and five-night roundtrip Caribbean cruises through April 2007, offering travelers with limited vacation time the opportunity to experience what the top-rated premium brand has to offer.
Bookings for Century's new, short Caribbean sailings open next week, with fares beginning at $330 per person, double occupancy, for the four-night vacations, and $340 per person, double occupancy, for the five-night cruises.
Celebrity Cruises is the industry's highest rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has 10 ships in its fleet, which sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. In addition, Celebrity Xpeditions offer exotic travel experiences in the Galapagos Islands and every major region where Celebrity sails. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at http://www.celebrity.com .
SOURCE: Celebrity Cruises
As for "Zenith", I suppose that she is going to leave the fleet in the not too distant future, so I doubt the major refurbishment intended for her will be completed before she has left the fleet. "Horizon" is currently in dry-dock receiving the long-planned upgrades, but then she is no longer part of the Celebrity fleet and will operate for Brazilian and British passengers in the future under the name "Island Star".
We really liked the layout of the Century the way it was.The only problem we had was the last time we sailed on her she was very worn. Then the last time we sailed on the Horizon it was all but filthy. Very worn to say the least. I think that Celebrity let's all thier ship's go to long without refurbishing, at least some fresh carpet and new furniture and bedding once in a while. They are getting VERY EXPENSIVE compared to some other lines that are trying to improve,I think this will hurt them eventually.JMHO.Tom
Never mind refurbishing...the latest word we recieved straight from a Celebrity officer-in-white-uniform was that our favorite ZENITH was being sold to some other cruise line. Couldn't get the date they are planning toward but we earlier did have a booking for next Nov. 3 out of Tampa on that nice smaller-type ship. Partly because of the rumors about Zenith being sold, and being a bit burned out on Caribbean islands, we cancelled that and are now booked on Island Princess (Whittier, AK to Vancouver)Aug.28. Thatwill be a first for us on Princess and we're crossing our fingers that it will be a good choice. We have definitely been spoiled on Celebrity ships. At least Island Princess is very new (launched 2003) We'll see......
Although change is inevitable, I also mourn the loss of the original layout of the Century - which is/was my favorite ship. My favorite cabins were the 7 balcony cabins along the aft end. Although they came with suite amenities they were actually standard cabins with balconies.....and very usable balconies too.
But I expect I will cruise on the "new" Century at some point, and perhaps I will fall in love with this ship all over again.
I was just on the Zenith Nov. 10-14 and had an excellent time. As you know, the Zenith is doing 4 and 5 night cruises to the Caribbean. We did a 4 night that was supposed to go to Key West and Cozumel. It was immediately before Coz re-opened after the hurricane, so instead of a day at sea and 2 days in port, we had 2 days at sea and a day in Grand Cayman. Even better for us! We couldn't stop in Key West because the ship needed the extra time to get down to Grand Cayman.
Anyway, I believe the Century will be taking over the Zenith's 4 and 5 day itineraries next year.
Thank goodness for Zenith being sold.
I have never been so dissapointed about a ship in my life. I expected it to be alot nicer.
It needed so many cosmetic touches to it to bring it up to par, and was about as plain a boat as you could ask for.
But, the food was great, and it was cheap!
I have to agrre, what Art said.
We were on the Zenith in february for a 14 day cruise, southern caribbea, and we also never have been so dissapointed.
And for us the food was average, but not great, but okay it was cheep for such a long cruise with an excellent itinerary.
But Iīve heard, that the Zenith had a refurbishment and is in a much better condition now. We saw her last month in Nassau and we saw some outside refurbishments, but donīt know what happend inside.
We really like the layout of the Century. I thought the food was very good, and the service was excellent. We were on the Horizon and the dinning room service was the best we have had on any ship. The food was good.But the Horizon was very worn and filthy. The last time we went on the Century it was clean enough, but very, very worn and in need of refurbishing. I would like to know why Celebrity let's thier fleet get so run down before they refurbish them?The other cruise line's seem to do a much better job of maintaining thier ship's than Celebrity does. Why is this?It is not just my opinion , I have read many post's on this board and other's with the same opinion.Just curious as to what the other's think. Tom