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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by alarmbrain: Constellation - Southern Caribbean

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Constellation - Southern Caribbean

Sail Date: December 2005
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan

This was our first cruise with Celebrity - we've had three cruises with their "sister" line Royal Caribbean, all of which we were very pleased with. The Constellation is an absolutely gorgeous ship, elegantly styled with ART Deco fixtures and furnishings, but there is plenty of interesting modern art tastefully displayed throughout the ship.

Our cabin was HUGE - it was one of the most forward cabins so it was a lot roomier than the standard stateroom; we enjoyed having the large porthole. Our cabin steward, Jose, was wonderful - extremely personable and he kept our room spotless. I received a floral bouquet on the first day (Saturday) and it was exquisite; the beautiful pink roses fully opened over the course of the cruise.

Food on the ship was eclectic and delicious, especially in the ultra-elegant SanMarco dining room. Service there was very correct and very serious; we did miss the party atmosphere of the Royal Carib. dining rooms - if you like the feel of very More proper, elegant dining you will be right at home in SanMarco. The ice cream bar on Deck 11 was a welcome (and very popular) place.

We were especially happy with the excursions desk staff who gave great advice and were NOT pushing the excursions - this was unlike Royal Carib. where we found the excursions staff to be ONLY interested in making a quick sale with frantic threats of "sellout". We had no problems booking tours even late in the day before the tour was to take place.

Shows were better on Royal Caribbean but the 1/2 hour Cirque du Soleil performance is very worthwhile.

The best excursions were KANDELA in Casa de Campos (an awesomely spectacular Vegas-style show under the stars in a stone amphitheater) and the BOBs in St. Thomas (an underwater breathing bubble attached to a little jet-ski type vehicle you ride underwater). The waterfall tour in Grenada (HIKE,WADE,SOAK)is worthwhile as you actually get to swim under a magnificent waterfall but you do need to be prepared to hike on a somewhat difficult mud trail thru the rainforest. DON'T miss the thrilling tram ride up to Paradise Point in St. Thomas; the views are unparalleled and the bar up there serves a drink called the Bushwacker which is luscious - just like a chocolate milkshake with 7 kinds of alcohol. If you want to purchase the pale-blue Caribbean gem LARIMAR, you can get a good deal on the jewelry at the tents market in town at St. Thomas - there is an older lady who has unusual pendants and bracelets that are priced right. All in all, this cruise was an excellent foray into sheer luxury. Please email us if you want more particulars. Less

Published 01/06/06

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