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Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship
A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship Cruise Log Gene Sloan, USA TODAY 1:20 p.m. EDT October 10, 2013 Celebrity Cruises 71,545-ton Celebrity Century is by todays standards a mid-sized classic but when introduced in 1995 as the Century, it was one of the worlds largest, most technically-advanced cruise ships. Peter Knego Fullscreen The Celebrity Century enjoys a loyal following and will remain with the Celebrity fleet through at least 2013. Currently plying Alaskan waters, the ship will be offering a season of cruises to Hawaii, the South Pacific and Australia in late 2011 before returning to Alaska in the summer of 2012. Peter Knego Shown here as built, the ship was given an extensive re-fit in 2006 at Fincantieris Palermo shipyard that saw the addition of new venues as well as two decks worth of balconies. Peter Knego The Celebrity Century has 11 passenger decks and a double-occupancy capacity of 1,814 passengers. The ship was built by the acclaimed Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, the same yard that has delivered the lines cutting-edge Solstice series of ships. Peter Knego The uppermost of the Celebrity Centurys 11 passenger decks is Deck 15, a platform at the base of the funnel offering an excellent view of the midships pool area. Peter Knego Deck 15 features a netted-in basketball and tennis court as well as an observation area. Peter Knego The forward portion of Deck 14 is an open terrace overlooking the bow. Peter Knego Fourteen laps around the jogging track on forward Deck 14 equals one mile. Peter Knego This is the view facing aft from the forward portion of Deck 14, showing the midships pools and lido. Peter Knego Deck 14 starts again aft of the pool area with more sunning space that continues all the way aft to a platform that overlooks the stern. This is a view facing starboard on aft Deck 14. Peter Knego The exterior portion of Deck 12 encircles the pool area on Deck 11. Peter Knego The al fresco Mast Bar is situated on the forward Deck 12 terrace directly above the Pool Bar on Deck 11. Peter Knego The exterior portion of Deck 11 is home to the two midships pools (the aft pool is heated), four whirlpools and plenty of open and sheltered deck space. Peter Knego Although the Celebrity Century does not have a full wrap-around promenade, it does have wide, teak-lined walkways on either side of Deck 6 with shuffleboard courts and a proximal view of the sea. Peter Knego The uppermost of the ships public rooms, Hemisphere is a beautiful observation lounge with a nautilus-shaped layout inspired by the Fibonacci mathematical sequence in which each successive numeral is defined as the sum of its two predecessors. Peter Knego Fullscreen Hemisphere was designed by British architect John McNeece, seats 447 guests and provides a spectacular view over the bow and off to the starboard side of the ship. In addition to an observation lounge, it functions as the Celebrity Centurys adults-only nightclub. Peter Knego Next to Hemisphere Lounge on the port side of Deck 11 is the Teen Center, which was fitted during the ships 2006 upgrading. Peter Knego An arcade adjoins the Teen Center on Deck 11. Peter Knego Deck 10 begins with the AquaSpa and its very well equipped gymnasium, which overlooks the bow and contains a large selection of free weights, weight machines, cardio machines and a stretching area. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the gym on the starboard side of Deck 11, there is the Persian Garden thermal suite with heated mosaic-lounge chairs and access to an aromatherapy steam room and dry sauna. Peter Knego A central passageway in the AquaSpa connects the gym, Persian Garden, therapy rooms, barber shop and beauty salon. Peter Knego Treatment rooms in the AquaSpa, which was significantly expanded in 2006, have a dramatic sea view and offer a variety of therapies from massages to teeth-whitening. Peter Knego A large beauty salon is now located on the starboard side of the AquaSpa. Peter Knego The AquaSpa even has its own barber shop. Peter Knego The Celebrity Century now has a 45-seat AquaSpa Cafe located at the aft starboard end of the AquaSpa with additional al fresco seating adjacent to the pools. Peter Knego The AquaSpa Cafe serves lighter, healthy fare for breakfast and lunch. Peter Knego The casual, 638-seat Islands Cafe is located on aft Deck 11 and has a variety of food stations offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner selections. Peter Knego There is additional seating in the aft portion of the Islands Cafe as well as the al fresco Sunset Bar on the aft terrace where there is a view over the ships wake. Peter Knego Islands Cafe buffet selections are seemingly endless and feature a carvery, sandwich bar, fresh fruits, seafood, pasta, ice cream, desserts, Asian cuisine and (shown here) salads. Peter Knego For those wishing to create their own salads, there is an excellent salad bar with cruets of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as a selection of prepared dressings at the end of the counter. Peter Knego Sushi fans also have a large, colorful selection in the Islands Cafe to choose from along with plenty of ginger, wasabi and soy sauce in which to douse it. Peter Knego Two full levels of public spaces begin on Decks 7 and 6 with the 921-seat Celebrity Theater, the Celebrity Centurys main showroom. The state-of-the-art venue has excellent sightlines, a large stage and the latest sound and lighting effects. Peter Knego In addition to guest magicians, singers and comedians, there are three Broadway-style productions per week in the Celebrity Theater. Dance Around The World features an international array of songs and colorful costumes. Peter Knego “A Touch Of Broadway” offers a sampling of Broadway shows, including “Hairspray,” “Nine” and (shown here) “The Producers.” Peter Knego Fullscreen On Deck 7, just aft of the Celebrity Theater, Michaels Club is an elegant piano bar named for Michael Chandris from the Greek shipping family that founded Celebrity Cruises. Seating 45 guests, it has a homey ambiance well suited for cocktail parties and after dinner drinks. Peter Knego The 47-seat Martini Bar is adjacent to Michaels Club. Another 2006 installation, it has chairs upholstered in white hide, a textured bulkhead and fiber-optic lighting that perpetually changes color. Peter Knego The upper level of the Celebrity Centurys beautiful three-deck-high Grand Foyer is a shopping gallery. Peter Knego Fullscreen When built, the foyer featured a cyber waterfall on a series of LED screens but in 2006, it was given its current look with a textured silver surface and giant curtains, evoking the atria aboard the lines quartet of Millennium Class ships. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the Grand Foyer on Deck 7, Fortunes Casino occupies 7,539 square feet and accommodates up to 265 gamers. Peter Knego Fullscreen The aft portion of Deck 7 is home to the 332-seat Crystal Room, a handsomely decorated space that has a raised central alcove surrounded in frosted glass panels. At night, it is home to the ships orchestra for Big Band, jazz and other musical events as well as a weekly gala dessert extravaganza. Peter Knego On Deck 6 another line-up of public rooms begins aft of the Celebrity Theater on the port side with OnLine@Celebrity, the ships internet room. Peter Knego On the starboard side, the Future Cruise Sales Desk is situated in a gallery that has an escalator leading up to Deck 7. Peter Knego Inboard of OnLine@Celebrity and the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a small theater and conference room. Peter Knego The first of two card rooms follows on the port side. Peter Knego Here is the main card room, which seats 50 guests.. Peter Knego On the starboard side following the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a 30-seat library with a large selection of books and DVDs. Peter Knego The Deck 6 balcony of the Grand Foyer is home to the Cova Cafe coffee bar, offering a full menu of specialty coffee drinks and cocktails, tea and wine. Peter Knego Cappuccinos are artfully presented and priced at $4.00. Peter Knego The Cova Cafe is also a great place to grab a quick snack or treat, offering a revolving selection of pastries, croissant sandwiches, tapas and cookies at varying times of day or night. Peter Knego A photo gallery is located on the port side of Deck 6, just aft of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego Fullscreen The Rendezvous Lounge is a favorite hub for karaoke and live music performances. It is cleverly configured around an X-shaped passage that is another tribute to Celebritys Chandris family roots. X is the symbol for the Greek letter chi and is also the Celebrity Cruises logo. Peter Knego Fullscreen Celebrity Cruises is known for its spectacular main-dining venues and the Celebrity Centurys Grand Restaurant is no exception.