Cruising to Alaska on the Celebrity Century Day Two

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features, Weekend Update

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Published on August 11, 2013 at 12:01 am with 6 Comments

We have the second installment of BC_DisneyGeek’s report on his Alaska Cruise on the Celebrity Century, but before we do that, I would like to answer a question that may have been on some of your minds:

When Dustysage turned over the reins of the newly created Weekend Update column to me almost six years ago, he told me that there was only one rule and that was to “have fun with it”. I have taken that admonition to heart as I have edited over 280 installments of the Weekend Update. We have covered everything from monster truck rallies to WWF wrestling matches. And we’ve had lots of fun along the way.

Sometimes people don’t understand why the Weekend Update exists under the MiceChat banner. Here’s how I look at it: My husband and I are a certified Disney “nuts”. We go to Disneyland 25+ times every year. We vacation in Orlando at least twice every year. We own bi-coastal Premier Annual Passes. We have cruised with Disney. We have attended all three D23 Expos. And so on and so on. But our lives are much richer than “all Disney, all the time”. We also take time to experience the plethora of non-Disney experiences that life offers (many times with our MiceChat friends).

As Rosalind Russell (playing Auntie Mame) once said, “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Thank you, Dusty, for giving me the opportunity to serve up a delicious dessert each week to the MiceChat/Disney banquet. ~~Rick

A “day at sea” gave me a chance to thoroughly explore the ship:

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The cruise ship Century was launched in 1995 and went into a 5 week drydock in April 2006 whilst undergoing complete refurbishment. Designed to incorporate a variety of Celebrity’s Millennium-class attributes, the revitalization of Century is the line’s most extensive refurbishment to-date, and the largest cruise ship modification completed by Fincantieri’s Palermo, Italy, shipyard.

A total of 314 new verandas have been added to the ship, along with 14 new suites, ten new staterooms ranging from inside to veranda categories, a new specialty restaurant, an expanded spa, and a series of features and amenities that typify the line’s Millennium-class fleet.

The new Murano specialty restaurant in the center of the ship has chandeliers handcrafted of Murano glass, named for the island of Murano near Venice, Italy, where glass-blowing has been a fine art and tradition since the 13th century.

Century has the first “ice bar” concept at sea within its Martini Bar featuring a liquid wall that freezes to form a sparkling crystalline appearance, and a bar counter that freezes into ice-cold stone, while a solid block of ice will display bottles of liquor behind the bar. Wikipedia

Guests rehearsing for the Thriller flash mob.

Guests rehearsing for the Thriller flash mob.

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Chilled pear and cucumber yogurt soup

Chilled pear and cucumber yogurt soup

Smoked turkey and avocado frittata

Smoked turkey and avocado frittata

Marble cheesecake

Marble cheesecake

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A lounge at the front of the ship

A lounge at the front of the ship

The spa area

The spa area

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Spinach turnover:

Spinach turnover:

Spiced Louisiana gumbo

Spiced Louisiana gumbo

Grilled rib eye

Grilled rib eye

"Cannoli Tutti-Frutti"

“Cannoli Tutti-Frutti”

This was the typical scenery for the cruise:

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British entertainment in the main theater

British entertainment in the main theater

Cheese filled blintzes for breakfast

Cheese filled blintzes for breakfast

The ship surrounds you with luxurious appointments:

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About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • tofubeast

    I sailed the Century back in ’03. Awesome staff and food. We are sailing Celebrity Solstice in AK next year. So excited! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  • poohmeg

    Beautiful pictures! Never having been on a cruise, let me ask a dumb question – commercials for cruises always show huge crowds of people…but most of your pictures don’t have any people in them! Did you walk around in the middle of the night to take pictures, or are cruise ships really that much less crowded than the ads imply?

    • BC_DisneyGeek

      I took a lot of these photos early in the morning when the ship was still quiet.

      The ship was busy during the day, but never so crowded that you couldn’t find a place to sit on the deck, in a lounge, at a show, etc. Only at the lunch buffet was it ever a slight challenge to find a table.

      It will vary from cruise to cruise I imagine, but from my experience the ships have enough space that it rarely feels crowded.

  • tofubeast

    poohmeg— you’d be surprised to be on ships with 3k people, and find plenty of empty or quiet places on board. Definitely found that to be true on Celebrity and RCCL. I haven’t sailed with other lines, but I bet that’s the same case too.

    And to bring this back to Disney—- one day I will go on DCL. One day!

    • BC_DisneyGeek

      The Disney cruise line is well worth it. Every aspect of their ships is top notch.

      They can be pricey relative to other cruise lines, but there are deals to be had. The re-positioning cruise from Vancouver to LA last year was quite reasonable.

    • poohmeg

      Thanks! Maybe I will try a cruise someday – I have been thinking about doing the Joanie Madden Irish one for the past couple years, since it’s really not that much more expensive than traveling to a festival – but I haven’t been sure about the cruise part of it. It is on Norwegian, I think. This kind of inspires me to check it out in a little more detail!