Celebrity Cruises plans to significantly revitalize the
77,713-ton Century. The ship, which entered service in December
1995, will undergo a $55 million makeover during a five-week dry
dock commencing in April 2006. When the Century emerges on June 2,
2006, she’ll have 314 new verandas in what will be Celebrity’s most
extensive refurbishment ever.
In addition to the new verandas, Century will also sport 14 new
suites, 10 new staterooms ranging from inside to veranda category,
an increased number of Concierge Class category staterooms and a
new specialty restaurant. The refurbishments are designed to bring
Century more in line with Celebrity’s Millennium-class fleet.
Century’s new specialty restaurant, like those on the
Millennium-class ships, will feature a menu designed by Celebrity’s
longtime culinary and wine consultant, Master Chef Michel Roux.
Century’s lido deck will be reconfigured to include an expanded
“Casual Dining Boulevard,” offering sushi, pizza and made-to-order
pasta dishes, an ice-cream bar, as well as buffet breakfasts,
themed lunches and casual dining in the evening.
Celebrity’s Spa Cafe, a popular feature of the Millennium-class
fleet, will also be added to the Century, offering light, healthy
spa cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A new Champagne Bar and Martini Bar will be added to the space
next to “Michael’s Club” piano and jazz bar. On the aft deck, a new
bandstand and bar featuring tapas carts will be added.
Other renovations include a newly dedicated space for Internet
access and computer enrichment courses. A new art gallery will
enable passengers to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces. The “Fun
Factory” children’s area will be expanded, and a new teen room will
be added, as well.
Celebrity is currently in the bid process to determine where the
work on Century will be performed. After the renovations are
completed, Century will be one of the first Celebrity ships to
offer short cruises from the Port of Miami. Beginning in November
2006, the ship will offer four- and five-night Caribbean cruises,
continuing until April 2007.