SkySea Golden Era Review and Specifications
Specifications of SkySea Golden Era
|Builder||MEYER WERFT PAPENBURG GERMANY|
|Speed||21.5 kn / 40 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||248 m / 814 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||72458 gt|
|Passengers||1808 - 1814|
|Decks with cabins||10|
|Former names||Century, Celebrity Century|
Review of SkySea Golden Era
SkySea Golden Era (former Celebrity Century) was built in 1995 by Meyer Werft GmbH in Papenburg, Germany. The ship cost US $450 million to build, and was last refurbished in 2014.
History - construction & ownership
The 72,458-ton, 1,808-passenger cruise ship SkySea Golden Era (Celebrity Century) debuted as the last of 3 Century-class vessels. Century's sisters, the ex- Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Mercury, are currently operating for sister line TUI Cruises as Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2, respectively. Since 2016, the ship operates under the name "SkySea Golden Era" for the Chinese "SkySea Cruise Line".
January 2014 news reports from France (including the CDF website) said Century will join the CDF fleet in 2015. CDF is a Royal Caribbean brand operating the French market with 2 ex-Celebrity cruise vessels ms Zenith and ms Horizon. The news said Century will replace the Zenith ship, which will join the Pullmantur fleet – the RCCL’s cruise brand in Spain. For 2014, CDF expected to carry around 100,000 passengers, and with the Century they expected nearly 120,000 “cruise clients” in 2015. The 2015 “program updates” also included new cruise shore excursion packages (3 to 5 shore tours, depending on the itinerary) at just 100€ per package.
However, in late 2014, RCI decided to sell the vessel to the Chinese company Ctrip for US$157 million. The ship was transferred in April 2015. Ctrip is a leading travel agency and one of China’s biggest brands in travel business and a cruise agency with more than 10% of the local cruise market.
Cruise itinerary program
Starting itineraries from China in May 2015, the Century ship became “SkySea Golden Era” – the first vessel in the fleet of the new cruise line SkySea Cruises (joint venture between Ctrip, RCI and a Chinese private equity firm).
SkySea Golden Era has 11 passenger decks with a total of 907 cabins, of which 75 are Suites. The Cabin grades number is 26.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
The SkySea Golden Era (Celebrity Century) ship has nice dining venues, from the main dining room - The Grand, to The Islands Cafe and the Grill lido buffet & grill. This cruise ship also has a Sushi Bar and The Murano restaurant.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
SkySea Golden Era is the best deal for passengers who search for a good quality adult-oriented cruise at a good price, with nice food, relaxing atmosphere and polite service. The ship should be avoided by passengers who like lots of children's and sports facilities, as well as many dining options.
SkySea Golden Era wiki
Year built 1995 (as MS Century)
Last refurbished 2014
Passenger capacity / crew capacity 1810 (2177 max) / 850
Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 71,550 tons / 816 ft (248 m)
IMO number 9072446
MMSI number 249054000
Callsign code 9HJD9
Ship builder Chantier de L'Atlantique (France)
Building cost USD 450 mill
Ship owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
Operator Celebrity Cruises
Christened by Maria Chandris