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Century - Celebrity Cruises - Grand Foyer, Murano Specialty Restaurant, Cova Café

Heart of the Century is the impressive three-deck high Grand Foyer. Lined with shops, a coffee bar and the 24-hour Guest Relations Desk, this is probably where you will first set foot on the Century. Apart from new carpeting and a remodeling of the grand staircase, the major change here is the addition of a specialty restaurant, run by Celebrity Chef Michel Roux..

Grand Foyer - gone are the TV screens

Called Murano, the exquisite reservations-only restaurant is located just off the Guest Relations Desk on Plaza Deck. A small passageway lined with showcases full of Murano glassware leads to the actual restaurants which is divided in three sections. First you have a 'wine cellar' which can be booked for small groups. Then, there is the window-walled main section. And finally you

will find a semi-secluded four-table alcove that boasts a colorful mural. Murano's design is so utterly elegant, completely understated and devoid of any glitz that you can't help but fall in love with this gorgeous restaurant.  

Murano Specialty Restaurant

One deck up, the Cova Café has been spruced up but still has the same petite chairs and petite tables overlooking the Grand Foyer. Designed as a seagoing sidewalk café, expect to pay extra for a cappuccino or espresso here. And a shot of caffeine, head up one more deck to do some serious shopping in the large boutique that is bathing in blue light from the overhead 'skylight'.

Grand Foyer

Boulevard Shop on Entertainment Deck
Three-deck high Grand Foyer lined with shops
Cova Café
Cova Café

Coffee with a view at the Cova Café

Grand Foyer

Murano - Michel Roux's specialty restaurant
Murano - Michel Roux's specialty restaurant
Semi-private dining in Murano's 'wine cellar'
Murano - Michel Roux's specialty restaurant
Murano - Michel Roux's specialty restaurant

 

Photos and text: © 2006 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on November 26, 2006

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