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Celebrity Century, the first of Celebrity's Century Class ships, features more suites than any other ship in the Celebrity fleet. She's the sister ship of Celebrity Mercury. Approximately 65% of the staterooms onboard Century have an ocean view, most of which have their own private balcony.
In April of 2006 Celebrity Century underwent a 5 week drydock period, during which she received many upgrades through a complete refurbishment. During this period of time she received 314 new private verandas, 14 new Sky Suites and 174 new Concierge Class staterooms. All staterooms onboard Century now feature flat-screen TVs and wireless internet (available for a fee), as well as new carpeting and decor. Murano, a wonderful new specialty restaurant, was also added to Celebrity Century. The spa was completely refurbished and expanded during this process as well, adding a spa cafe. Many of the upgrades and updates done during this process were influenced by Celebrity's newer Millennium Class ships.
Celebrity Century will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012: Panama Canal 2013: Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Pacific Coast, Panama Canal
Celebrity Century features a wide range of stateroom types. From basic interior staterooms to large and luxurious full suites. All staterooms onboard the Century feature two lower beds convertible to queen size (unless noted otherwise), telephone and voicemail, air conditioning, a safe, hair dryer, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, 100% cotton towels, complimentary use of bath robes, complimentary 24-hour room service and a mini bar (of which the items that you consume are charged for).
Interior Staterooms: The interior staterooms onboard Celebrity Century are 174 square feet in size. They have a private bathroom, a 23" LCD-HD TV and optional wireless internet access. Interior staterooms are available on the following decks: Continental, Penthouse, Plaza, Panorama, Sports and Vista.
Ocean View Staterooms: The Century's ocean view staterooms are 175 square feet. They feature either a window or porthole (depending on the category room), a sitting area, a private bathroom, a 23" LCD-HD TV and optional wireless internet access. Ocean view staterooms are available on the following decks: Continental, Plaza, Panorama, Sports and Vista.
Veranda (Balcony) Staterooms: The veranda staterooms onboard Celebrity Century range in size from 170 to 195 square feet, with a veranda that's anywhere from 42 square feet to 116 square feet (depending on the specific stateroom). All of the veranda staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, leading out to a private veranda. The most basic veranda stateroom is a category 2A, known as a deluxe ocean view stateroom with veranda. The next step up is a category CC room, which is a Celebrity Concierge Class stateroom, featuring a large sitting area and benefits including enhanced service, priority embarkation/debarkation, fresh fruit and flowers, welcome champagne and a massaging showerhead.
Suites: There are many suites onboard Celebrity Century. The most basic suite is called a Century Suite (category NS), which is 190 square feet and has a 35 square foot private veranda. The next step up is a Sky Suite (category SS). Such a room is 244 square feet. Most of these suites have a 142 square foot veranda, but there are a few that have a smaller one. SS suites feature a 26" LCD-HD interactive TV, a VCR and a sitting area with a sofa bed. A Royal Suite is 306 square feet in size, with a 131 square foot balcony. These staterooms feature a 40" LCD-HD interactive TV in a bedroom, with a 27" TV and VCR in a living room, as well as an audio system, CD player and tape deck. The most premium, and largest, staterooms onboard Celebrity Century are the Penthouse Suites. These massive accommodations are 1,101 square feet, with 118 square foot verandas. These suites feature a 40" LCD-HD TV and DVD player in their living room and bedroom, as well as a Laser Vision player, projector and 100" flat screen. There is also a security camera with a 5.9" LCD monitor and a double sofa bed. Guests staying in a Penthouse Suite benefit from the following special amenities: priority check-in and departing, priority luggage delivery at boarding, dining room seating preference, 100% cotton oversized bath towels, complimentary use of bathrobes, a private portrait sitting, and the opportunity to book an in-suite massage.
All guests staying in suites onboard Celebrity Century benefit from a European-style butler service. This service includes welcome champagne, daily fruit selection, fresh-cut flowers, daily hours d'oeuvres, a menu of pillows, duvets and pillow-top mattresses, a leather key holder, personalized stationary, a tote bag, double-thick Frette bathrobes and complimentary espresso and cappuccino.
Celebrity Cruises' dining is award winning, prepared by world-renowned chefs. There are a wide range of dining venues to choose from while onboard Celebrity Century. From the main dining room, to the spa cafe, you're sure to find just what you're looking for.
The main dining room onboard the Century is called The Grand Restaurant. It's a two-level dining room, located towards the rear of the Century (on the Plaza and Promenade decks) with beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows, great service, gourmet food and elegant china. The main dining room has two seating times for dinner. The main seating time starts at 6:15 pm, while the second seating starts at 8:30 pm.
Murano is Celebrity Century's optional specialty restaurant. Tableside cooking, carving and flambé are some of the great features of this fine dining option. There is a $30 per person cover charge to dine in Murano (which is subject to change). It's an additional cost that's well worth it, as the food served in Murano is fabulous.
Other dining options onboard Celebrity Century include a sushi bar, various grills and the spa cafe. The spa cafe (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) features healthy alternative dining choices, such as sushi rolls, various organic food, fresh fruit and vegetables. Of course, there's always the option to order from the 24-hour room service menu.
Celebrity Cruises offers a variety of options for passengers with specialty dietary needs. For example, there are "Lean and Light" menu options, children's menus, as well as available selections for those needing any of the following: vegetarian, kosher, diabetic, low-fat, low-sodium, low-cholesterol, gluten-free and lactose-free diets. Such special needs must be made known to Celebrity prior to your cruise.
The first passenger level deck onboard Celebrity Century is the Continental deck. There are a bunch of interior and ocean view staterooms on this deck, as well as the ship's medical center and the Fun Factory (the main base of Celebrity's X-Club children's program).
The next deck up on the Century is the Plaza deck. On this deck you'll find interior and ocean view staterooms, as well as a bunch of public rooms. Among them are the first level of The Grand Restaurant (the ship's main dining room), Murano (the Century's specialty restaurant), the Future Cruise Desk, the Shore Excursions Desk, Guest Relations, various shops and the Grand Foyer.
The Promenade deck is Celebrity Century's third passenger level deck. Towards the rear of the ship (on this deck) you'll find the upper level of The Grand Restaurant. Also on this deck is the art gallery, internet stations, the library, the card room, the photography area, Rendezvous Lounge (great for a night cap or some dancing), Cova Cafe (serving coffee, espresso and pastries) and the lower level of the two-floor Celebrity Theatre (the Century's main show lounge).
On the fourth deck, the Entertainment deck, you'll find the Crystal Lounge (featuring many popular events, such as live musical performances, karaoke and champagne tastings), Fortunes (Celebrity Century's casino), various shops, Michael's Club (featuring live piano music), a martini bar (offering 20 martini variations), more internet stations and the upper level of the Celebrity Theatre.
The Century's next three decks up are the Panorama, Vista and Penthouse decks. All three of these decks do not have any public rooms on them. On the Promenade and Vista decks you'll find various interior, ocean view and veranda staterooms. Not surprisingly, on the Penthouse deck you'll find various suites (including the Century's two penthouse suites), as well as some interior and veranda staterooms.
The eighth passenger level deck on Celebrity Century is the Resort deck. This deck features one of the most popular areas of the ship, the main outdoors area that houses two large swimming pools, a dance floor with stage, bars and lots of lounge chairs. Also on this deck is a sushi bar, a couple of grills and the spa and fitness center. Within the Century's spa you'll find the spa cafe (featuring healthy alternative dining choices), a hair salon, an acupuncture room, various therapy and treatment rooms, as well as many exercise machines and equipment.
The Sports deck is the next deck up. On this level of the ship are many Sky Suites, as well as some interior, a single ocean view, and some veranda staterooms. The Mast Bar, teen disco, arcade and Hemisphere Lounge (a popular night spot, featuring a dance floor) all are located forward on this deck. Also on this deck are many lounge chairs for outdoor sun bathing and relaxation.
The Sunrise deck is the highest deck on Celebrity Century. The jogging track is located forward on this deck, and a golf simulator is located towards the rear of the ship on this deck.
Three types of clothing are recommended for a Celebrity cruise: casual shipboard attire (day wear), conservative port wear, and eveningwear.
Daywear includes the following: slacks or pants, blouses or shirts, knit tops or polo shirts. A pair of sneakers or rubber-soled shoes (for deck sports), and a swimsuit cover-up (for cool areas on the ship).
Port wear for women includes: a casual dress, skirt and blouse, or pants outfit. Port wear for men includes: casual pants or walking shorts, and polo-type shirts. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Eveningwear is broken up by Celebrity Cruises into two main categories, Smart Casual and Above and Formal. Celebrity Cruises classifies Smart Casual and Above as follows: For Ladies:Skirt or pants complemented by sweater or blouse. Gentlemen: Pants (no holes, rips or tears) with sports shirt or sweater. Shirts must have sleeves. T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main restaurant at any time. Shorts and flip flops are not allowed in the evening hours. Celebrity Cruises classifies Formal attire as follows: For Ladies: Cocktail dress, gown or dressy pantsuit. For Gentlemen: Tuxedo, suit or dinner jacket with slacks.
Here's a general guideline that Celebrity Cruises provides for its nightly dining types:
Smart Casual and Above
Celebrity Cruises' youth program is called the X-Club. This program is available year-round and is based out of a section of the ship known as the Fun Factory. The program starts in the Fun Factory at 9 am each day during days at sea, or 30 minutes prior to arrival in port during port days. The Fun Factory closes at 10 pm each night. The X-Club is in a five-tiered age-based system as is as follows:
Children participating in X-Club events must be at least 3 years old and potty trained. However, if your child is under 3 or isn't potty trained you can accompany them to the Fun Factory to take part in activities. On the first day of the cruise there is a Open House event, so that parents can get all the information they want concerning the program. Popular features found in the Fun Factory include various crafts, games, toys, arcade games, music, karaoke, a ball pit and more. There are special teen events and explorations scheduled for the older members of the X-Club.
Celebrity Cruises recommends the following gratuity guidelines (per guest, per day):
Assistance Chief Housekeeper: $0.50
Stateroom Service: $3.50
Stateroom Service (Concierge Class): $4.00
Assistant Maitre'd: $1.00
Assistant Waiter: $2.00
Butler (for suites only): $3.50
These gratuity rates apply to guests of all ages. Please be aware that a 15% gratuity charge will be automatically added to your bar bills. Gratuities for room service, bellboys, casino and spa staff is at your discretion.
You can pay for your gratuities by one of the following ways:
- In cash (at the end of your cruise)
- Having the cruise line add them to your SeaPass (onboard) account
- Pre-paying them (by having your travel or booking agent add them to your reservation)
The official minimum drinking age on all Celebrity cruise ships is 21. However, on cruises departing from European, Australian and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically under 21, a parent that is sailing with their 18 to 20 year old son(s)/daughter(s) may sign a waiver allowing them to consume alcoholic beverages.
Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages onboard. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call or from the onboard shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of sailing.
The official minimum gambling age on all Celebrity cruise ships is 18 years of age. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required. Some Alaskan ports require you to be 21 years of age to gamble. All gaming operations are performed in U.S. currency.