The Century That Lasted Two Decades

What do Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Celebrity Century have in common?

They all say good-bye with a one-year victory lap.

The classiest of New York Yankees are Rivera and Jeter, and some would say the same about the Century. 

Rivera walked away from an illustrious career after making the rounds to almost all Mariano RiveraDerek Jeterof his old stomping grounds last season, and he celebrated by spending time with the faceless opponents in cities he visited…the groundskeepers and unsung employees of the teams he beat over 19 years.

Jeter will do the same thing this season, his 20th. Presumably, his ex-teammate set the standard he is likely to follow.

The Century's career as a "Celebrity" will almost make it to two decades as well, and unlike the ballplayers she hasn't had much in the way of time off. She was Century-Riley HuntleyCelebrity's first "class" ship in 1995. In the Century Class, Galaxy and Mercury came after her and left before she did, giving the grand old dame a chance to say good-bye to her fans.

She'll do that between now and April of next year. Her victory lap will take her to 77 ports in 32 countries, more than any ship in the Celebrity fleet that will then be 10. Between now and the end of April, passengers booking passage on the Century will be eligible for up to $200 per stateroom in onboard credit.

The President himself, Michael Bayley (okay, not THE President), is going to join her guests on a Celebration of the Century cruise in Asia. Her final cruise will be a link between two of the world's great cities, Dubai and Rome. In other words, she's going out in style.

Just like Rivera and Jeter.

– ship photo by Riley Huntley

Celebrity Infinity
13 nights
April 29, 2014
MiamiNew YorkHalifaxCorkLondon
Inside: $499
Cost per day: $38
www.celebritycruises.com

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