The time has come to say goodbye to a venerable member of the Celebrity Cruises fleet.

Last week, the line announced that the 1995-built Celebrity Century will sail her final season this year, departing the fleet in April of 2015 to join Royal Caribbean subsidiary Croisières de France (CDF).

Celebrity Century docked in Vancouver at Canada Place. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Celebrity Century docked in Vancouver at Canada Place. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Celebrity plans to send Celebrity Century out in style. From March 2014 through April 2015, she will visit 77 ports across 32 countries, the most destinations worldwide of any other ship in the Celebrity fleet. New exotic destinations include Manila and Boracay, Philippines; Bandar Seri Begawan (Muara), Brunei; and Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar. Guests can take their pick from culture-rich experiences in Asia, Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Coast and South Pacific.

Celebrity is even hosting a special President’s Celebration of the Century cruise that features Celebrity President and CEO Michael Bayley. The 14-night sailing from Singapore on Celebrity Century will depart March 8, 2015, whisking guests to some of the most exotic destinations in both Vietnam and the Philippines. Celebrity plans to announce additional special events and onboard programming in the near future.

The long-rumoured transfer of Celebrity Century was one of cruising’s worst-kept secrets, with speculation kicking into high gear after CDF prematurely announced they’d be taking delivery of the ship next year.

Century's younger sister ship, Mercury, docked in Vancouver in 2007. Photo ©  Aaron Saunders

Century’s younger sister ship, Mercury, docked in Vancouver in 2007. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Unusually, Celebrity Century managed to outlast her newer, younger sisters Galaxy (1996) and Mercury (1997), both of which left the Celebrity fleet in recent years to join German-based TUI Cruises as their Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2, respectively.

Part of her longevity may have to do with a massive $55-million refit that Celebrity Century underwent in 2006 that substantially increased the number of balcony staterooms onboard to 314 from just 49, and radically – but pleasingly – altered her physical profile. Not only did the new Celebrity Century come out of drydock looking fantastic, she seemed to embody the cruise ship she was always meant to be, eleven years on.

Celebrity Century is still a beautiful ship, but her differences compared to the line’s newer, larger vessels like Celebrity Reflection are apparent. Still, if you’ve never had the chance to sail aboard this beautiful and intimate 1,814-guest ship, there’s never been a better time to do so.

More information on Celebrity Century’s last voyages can be found by visiting the Celebrity Cruises website.

 

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