Sailing Date of April 19, 2014 We have just returned from a lovely 5 day cruise on Celebrity's Constellation. We are seasoned cruisers – this being our 45th or so cruise (I have lost count). This was our 10th cruise with Celebrity. We began cruising in 1987 while living in Chicago. We continued to cruise and more often when we lived in Naples, FL from 1994 to 2004 and then once a year when we moved back to Chicago in 2004 until finally moving back to the Stuart Florida area in 2009. We now try to cruise 3-4 times a year. Being so close to the ports makes it easy.
This was a last minute cruise, booked 10 days prior to sailing. We had been on the Millenium in 2002, but not on an M Class ship since they remodeled them. We booked an inside guarantee (which is what we usually do) and were in Cabin 2096 on Deck 2. This is the lowest passenger deck and worked out well. We were midway between the aft and forward elevators and stairs and the location was very convenient. The cabin was a typical Celebrity inside cabin – we always have the beds in a twin configuration – it gives us more room – and there was plenty of storage for a 5 night cruise or longer. Our cabin stewardess, Amy, was fairly good – but not as attentive as she might have been. We don't spend a lot of time in the cabin – so we really didn't need anything special other than the robes that are provided.
The itinerary was Key West and Cozumel with the remaining days at sea. We left Port Everglades around 5pm and sailed directly to Key West. We were there on Easter Sunday – everything was pretty much open. It was a beautiful day and we were the only ship in town. We got off the ship and went to a restaurant that is a favorite of ours – the Conch Republic Seafood Company – which is located at the end of Front St at Green St and on the water. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and then slowly made our way back to the ship. We were in Key West from 7am to 6pm – allowing plenty of time for those taking tours or just sightseeing. That night was the only formal night of the cruise. Most people were dressed very nicely. I can tell you, however, that the dining room dress code is NOT strictly enforced. It is posted, but not enforced. This was true for the whole cruise.
We requested late seating dining with a table for two. Our request was granted and we had table 336 on deck 4 in the San Marco dining room. Our waiter Leeford and his assistant Liutcia were excellent as was the food. We ate every meal that we could in the dining room – all breakfasts, lunch when offered, and all dinners. Lunch was not offered in the dining room on the days we were in port – only on sea days and the last sea day, lunch was offered in Ocean Liners (for a fee). There were many venues for food. The San Marco is the main restaurant. The Oceanview cafe is the buffet restaurant and had much to offer. There is a grill for hamburgers and the like and a pizza area as well as sushi from 5:30 pm on. There is Blu for Aqua Class guests, the Spa Cafe in the Aqua spa with healthy selections, Cafe al Bacio and the Gelateria for coffee, sweets and gelato. The Bistro on Five for soups, salads and crepes ($5.00 fee), and Ocean Liners ($45) and the Tuscan Grille ($35) an Italian Steakhouse. We did not eat at any of the alternate restaurants – we did use the Oceanview cafe from time to time and we had sushi and pizza in the late afternoon. All very good-I do prefer the pizza from Princess, though. All in all, the food was excellent.
There were plenty of things to do on sea days – we are readers and brought books along – so we were always busy – and people watching is fun as well. The casino was always busy (non-smoking). The White Magic show was so good – don't miss it – the illusionist is amazing as is the contortionist. We have seen most of the production shows in the past and they were of no interest to us. We had read prior to sailing that the volume of the music, both on the pool deck and inside around the Martini Bar were loud – well that is true – if you like that kind of music, you will love it – we didn't care for it and avoided the pool deck when they were performing out there. The guitarist at the Sunset Bar was great to listen to – late afternoon -
In Cozumel, we did not leave the ship and just enjoyed being on board. It was delightful. The whole cruise the weather was just delightful. Couldn't have asked for better. We met lots of nice people and had fun visiting with them.
Debarkation was quick and easy. We had asked for an early off as we park in the Park N Fly lot adjacent to Port Everglades. We were off the ship right before 8am and on the shuttle and then in our car by 8:30am. It is an hour and a half ride home – so we were home before 10:30am, picked up our dog and came home and unpacked.
We really enjoyed this cruise – this is the second 5 day we have done in all of our cruising and we have found that they are great for a “disconnect” from the world. If you have questions or want to see the photos I took, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We give this cruise a 10!!!
Love Key West and it was Easter Sunday - we walked down Front St. to where it meets Green Street and had lunch at the Conch Republic Seafood Company. They had red shrimp in and as always a wonderful lunch topped with their version of Key Lime Pie. An excellent day -