– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
On Tuesday we arrived in Grand Cayman and I had absolutely no motivation to do anything. In hindsight, the ordeal of Jamaica really put me into a negative mood.
Now I found myself in Grand Cayman where I had previously enjoyed Stingray City and snorkeling and Seven Mile Beach. In the years since I have done the same thing on a much higher and far more personal level in Bora Bora (OK, call me jaded, spoiled…or an experienced traveler) and I have had enough skin problems to keep me from just lying out on the beach. So that left me with shopping (not my favorite pastime). As a result my time on the island was about 1.5 hours.
Back on the ship my DW and I decided to have lunch in the Grand Dining Room…Closed. So we were relegated to the buffet. Now, as I have said, there are good varieties and the food is fresh, but the quality is not what I really enjoy. There are a few decent curry dishes, but most everything else is seasoned not to offend. The fish is always bland and the chicken tastes fresh enough, but mostly of whatever sauce is on top of it. But we service ourselves and carry our trays out to the Sunset Bar area and enjoy the venue, if not the inoffensive food. It is interesting that the bar staff no longer even asks us for our SeaPass card; having noted that we have the Premium Liquor Package.
With a good amount of free time I decided to stroll around the ship and take a critical look. It put me in a more negative mood. I found the cushions in literally every venue stained or dirty (in varying degrees to occasional to consistent). Certain areas of the carpets in the buffet are damaged. One venue that I cannot understand and literally makes some people ill is the Martini Bar. While it’s dirty looking white chairs initially put me off, what the real offending element is the ever-changing lighting…from lime green, to red, to purple, to orange. While food and serving surfaces are immaculately clean, the ship is just is tattered.
And, to be sure, there really is no style element that can compare to the larger Celebrity ships; especially the Solstice-class. There are little bits here and there that are intended to tie Century to the other ships, but just as having a spring roll on the dinner menu calling it a Taste of Silk Harvest, the nods just don’t have the intended effect.
I have decided that I am really not on a Celebrity cruise, but on something more akin to my experience on Holland America on its older Maasdam a few years back. Neither are fair representations of the lines’ true product.
OK, with that off my chest it is time to pull things together because it is this night that is our private event in Murano. Fortunately, Murano is a wonderful and fairly newly installed venue and, by happenstance, the maitre de is the same one we had on Equinox on a prior cruise.
The evening started with Pierre Jouet champagne with passed high quality warm and cold canapés. This was followed by a truly wonderful dinner of the highest quality. Warm goat cheese soufflé served a bit more creatively, but not as stylish, as previously. A perfectly prepared and presented filet mignon with foie gras with wonderful vegetables. I finished with the famous Grand Marnier soufflé and a 20 year old tawny port. Oh, I wasn’t done. There also was an excellent tiramisu birthday cake along with a visit from the Captain, Staff Captain, Cruise Director and Activities Manager. This was followed by more champagne at the Sunset Bar and then some nice cigars. (This was a Luxury Evening. Yes, it is possible on the Celebrity Century.)
Next up, some final observations and thoughts.
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