Our first cruise was to Alaska 2010 with Holland America for a 7 day cruise and 7 day land tour including Denali National Park and Fairbanks. This was our second cruise a 12 night Arctic Circle cruise with Celebrity Constellation. We departed from Amsterdam, Holland on a round trip. What a great ship. The Constellation had just come out of dry dock a month before to finish its refurbishments not all completed in 2012. We found it to be updated, new carpets, new restaurant the Blu on deck 4 which was fantastic, some balconies added to the celebrity suites, new mattresses in all suites. New paint and marble and hardwood flooring throughout every deck. The ship was very clean public areas,such as public restrooms and general walking areas to get from one end to the other end of the ship, even the casino seemed clean. I noticed staff picking up drinks left behind and trash like napkins etc. left behind by guests. We sailed seven days and went into a port five days including the very farthest you can go into the Arctic Latitude 78 Longyearbyen, Svalbard Island , Norway. Did not see any polar bears, but did see wild group of young reindeer,what fun. Stopped in the Lofoten Islands, took a tour of the Vikings museum was well worth the extra side trip expense. Another cruise port was Bergen, Norway very beautiful and historic.
The activities director John was excellent. Alway had a lot planned from guest speakers scheduled throughout the day to bingo, poker tournaments, many tours of the ship like the captains bridge tour, which we took and really enjoyed. Along with the great spa and nine restaurant choices to select lunch, snacks and dinner from. A big selection also of on board shops. A well designed gym with updated equipment and many work out classes and yoga to pick from. The activities at night of theme parties we really enjoyed especially the Motown theme and the 70's disco theme another night. We went to three stage productions and thought two of the three productions, we saw were very well done and the music with a live orchestra was also very good. The Constellation has nine restaurants the Ocean Liners, Blue and Tuscan Grill we loved the best.
The best kept secret is one of the Sky 1 suites we stayed in #6146. It is the best suite next to the penthouse suite. It has great designer details like all wood crown ceiling molding. To give you an idea when you unlock you suite door you have a small entry hallway foyer with marble rod iron table with art work hanging over it and a lamp. The first thing we noticed was the high end quality of furnishings like a large suede sofa. It is 80 sq ft larger then the other Sky 1 category suite. Our balcony was 30 sq ft larger. The size difference is because of its location on the ship. Also Sky 1 suite on the other side of the ship port side #6145 is the same exact suite as ours. The bath room is to die for. It is all green and white true marble. A large vanity double sink with long vanity top. A large walk in stand alone double wide shower.This Sky 1 suite was at one time a second master bedroom and bath to the Penthouse suite that is next door. It was separated several years ago and has all the perks as the Penthouse suite. King bed not a queen or two twin beds in the other Sky 1 suites. All mahogany beautiful woodwork throughout. We even had a Butler all for the same price as the other Sky 1 suites.
This suite has a large stand alone soaking tub. I really appreciated staying in this suite since I am a degreed Interior Designer from Dallas,Texas. The Constellation was a well maintained and beautiful designed ship to get around on. We were very pleased how quickly our disembarkment was. We felt it was very organized and got to the airport in plenty of time even though our flight was early.