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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