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08/31/2011 10:26 am ET Updated Oct 16, 2011

The Celebrity Century: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Celebrity Century is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Celebrity Century.

Destination

The Celebrity Century sails to the top of the world and the bottom - from Alaskan cruises down the coast of California, through the Pacific and down to southern coasts of Australia and New Zealand. In the process, the Century visits such ports as Vancouver, San Diego, Honolulu, Fiji and Brisbane.

One Of A Kind

There is no other ship in the Celebrity fleet quite like the Celebrity Century. It is truly in a class by itself. The ship borrows amenities from some of the larger Millennium-class ships, such as specialty restaurants and an abundance of private balconies. But the ship's slightly smaller size gives passengers a more intimate feel.

Special Features

The Celebrity Century offers a wide range of exciting activities. Learn to blow glass, speak French or mix the perfect mojito. Check out the AquaSpa, which is almost as large as the pool area. to relax and get pampered. Or go to the nearby fitness area which offers passengers a place to exercise, talk with nutritionists and even participate in a body-sculpting boot camp.

Accommodations

During a 2006 refit, the Celebrity Century added Sky Suites. Larger than Century Suites, the Sky Suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with a sliding glass door that leads to a private verandah. The Family Oceanview cabin offers a large room with a sofa that converts into a bed.

Cost

The varied destinations of the Celebrity Century means varied costs. An interior room on the seven-night Alaskan cruise starts at $699 per person. A suite on the same cruise runs $1,749 per person. An 18-night cruise around Australia and New Zealand starts at $2,299 for an interior room, with a $5,399 price tag for a suite. The Celebrity website features specials on some cruises.

Excursion

Celebrity Century passengers who experienced the Hawaiian cruise recommended the Volcano National Park and the Blue Hawaii helicopter tour. Passengers on the Alaskan cruise reported that the whale watching was wonderful and felt it was something that people of all abilities could enjoy together.

Dining Experience

The Celebrity Century has a two-story main dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that give an unobstructed view of the sea. Breakfast and lunch buffets let you eat when you wish, but dinner is served in either an early or late seating. The Murano restaurant features tableside cooking. In addition, a variety of smaller cafes are located on the Lido deck and near the pool. Celebrity also offers a 24-hour room service, including pizza delivery to your room.

Maiden Voyage

The Celebrity Century made its maiden voyage Dec. 20, 1995. The ship was completely refurbished in 2006. During the refit, 314 new balconies were added.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Celebrity Century.

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