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Century - Celebrity Cruises - cruise ship review and photos. This photo  Kees van Garderen

Norwegian Cruise Line did it; Costa Cruises did it; Royal Caribbean did it. And now Celebrity Cruises have successfully 'revitalized' one of their older ships. The makeover girl in question is the popular eleven year old Century, widely respected for her trendsetting style and good looks. Still, with a only a few dozen balcony cabins competition proved to be tough and so the ship was sent to an Italian shipyard where she was overhauled from top to bottom and 314 balconies were added. Enter the 'new' Century


When introduced in 1995, Century proved to be an instant hit. With her bold looks, classy interiors, priceless art collection and fine cuisine and service, she has played an important role in the rise of Celebrity Cruises. But with only 61 balcony cabins Century was beginning to feel the warm breath of the competition lately. What to do?

In comes Century's much-publicized 'revitalization'. By adding 14 new suites, 10 new staterooms and 314 private balconies (which sell at higher prices), plus more revenue-earning amenities (like a new specialty restaurant), Celebrity has obviously tried to make the rebuilding a commercial success as well. So, will Century be 'recommercialized' rather than 'revitalized'? Let's quickly hop on board and find out! 

Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
Built: 1995
Building Yard: Meyer Werft, Papenburg
Rebuilt: 2006
Gross Tonnage: 71,545
Length: 248.5 m (807.1 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (105.6 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 1,778
Passengers (max): 2,150
Crew: 843
Service speed: 21.5 knots
Sister ships: Galaxy, Mercury


Photos (unless otherwise noted) and text: 2006 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com. Title photo Kees van Garderen

First published on November 26, 2006

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