Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by deeb312: Great Cruise on the Constellation
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Great Cruise on the Constellation
Just back from a 5-night cruise on the Constellation. We had a great time! Because I've found other reviews to be helpful, here are some of our experiences and observations.
Although the ship went out of Miami, we flew in and out of Ft. Lauderdale as it was cheaper for both couples in our party. Transportation between FLL and the port is about $80 one way.
Embarkation was unbelievably easy. We arrived at the ship at 12:30 and we were on board by 12:45. We didn't wait in a single line.
Our cabin was 8130, Concierge Class between the aft and the mid-ship stairwells. I love the cabins on this class of Celebrity ship. Although they're about the same square footage as the Solstice Class ships, the space is more usable and there's tons of storage. Our cabin steward was Santana and he was outstanding. While the bathroom grout could have been cleaner and there was dust in the corners, I had no major complaints about housekeeping. (I work in the hotel More industry.) The beds are very worn but we asked for an egg crate topper and slept fine. (We're used to a Heavenly Bed at home.)
The condition of the ship overall is good. With the exception of the exercise equipment, the dining room and the buffet area, the interior of the ship is beautiful and really well-maintained. In the exercise area, the TV's didn't work on several pieces of aerobic equipment.
The exterior really needs work. Lots of bare wood and damaged lounge chairs. I hear it's going to dry dock in April so hopefully, they'll address those issues then.
Food on this ship was fine for us but it was a mixed bag. The selections at the buffet were plentiful and while not gourmet quality, we always found more than enough that appealed to us. I had read complaints about the pizza but I thought it was Pizza-Hut quality or better. Not something I'd eat at home (live in DT Chicago) but more than good enough. The sushi was excellent! Great variety. All of it fresh and very good. I do think that they've cut staffing in this area as the number of tables with dirty dishes was high the entire trip. It's not going to spoil my vacation but they could improve greatly.
We're finding that the food and food service in the dining room on Celebrity is getting to be very inconsistent. We sailed on the Eclipse in 2011 and thought the dining room food and service was mediocre at best. The Millennium last year was excellent and included some of the best fish we'd ever had. The Constellation was somewhere in between. 50% of the food was delicious. The rest was OK or worse. But our server, Kristianus and server assistant, Vladamir were excellent and we chose to dine with them for the entire trip.
Live musical entertainment was really good on this ship. We didn't attend any shows but we heard good things about the magician and the variety show performers.
One of our two ports was Falmouth, Jamaica. We did the Aerial Experience which included the Jamaican Bobsled Experience and zip lining through the trees. It was outstanding and well-worth the $139 per person. In our second port of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, we paid $5 per person to a bus waiting at the pier and they took us to a bar at seven mile beach where we rented umbrellas and lounge chairs. Perfect relaxing day at a low cost.
Disembarkation was also a breeze. We were in the last 20 people off the boat and were through customs with 20 minutes of the time we left the ship.
Overall? While it's not the old Celebrity that we hear people long for, it's still a great vacation at a great price. We agree with others that the cuts are noticeable but Celebrity is still our line of choice. We'll said with them again and also on Constellation again. Less
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