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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Happy Cruiser 6143: Panama Canal Cruise

Happy Cruiser 6143
1 Review
Member Since 2007
9,120 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 3.0
Enrichment Activities 1.0
Entertainment Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 3.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Panama Canal Cruise

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego

We spent the night before the cruise at the Holiday Inn on the Bay. Enjoyed getting up the next morning and seeing the Connie right outside our window.

Embarcation was long and slow. First time I've ever gone after 2:00 p.m. and I'll never do that again. Friends who went aboard at noon just breezed on.

Our cabin was great, our stateroom attendant, Doris, was very attentive. We ate in the main dining room at the main seating--our waiter, Bonifacio, and his assistant, Luther, were fabulous. We hated to leave them behind!

The event coordinator, Allen Sharpe, was extraordinary. He welcomed us all to the Connections party with nametags and introduced several of the ship's officers. None of the officers spoke for a long time; they gave us time to visit with each other. Allen arranged a bridge tour for all of us as well as one for the members of my group. Cruise Critic members were also invited to a sailaway on the helipad.

I cannot say enough good More things about the staff on this ship. Everyone we met was pleasant and friendly and wanting to please. Denise, of the shore excursion desk, went out of her way to get two friends and me on a whale watch on a zodiac. I've never seen so many whales up close!

Food was very good. Our waiter seemed to be able to conjure up our favorites.

Huatulco is not listed in the dropdown menus for a review. Probably because it's hot and not particularly interesting.

The journey through the Panama Canal was very interesting. We got off the ship at Cristobal Pier and did a bit of shopping after the transit.

Embarcation in Miami was long--not getting off the ship, that was a breeze, but very long customs lines. We had a large number of foreign nationals on the ship, so that could have been part of the problem. Note to TSA: do what the Europeans do, have one line for people with EU passports and one line for all others. In Miami, there could be one line for US passports and one line for all others.

I'd sail the Connie again in a heartbeat! Less

Published 02/08/10

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Cabin review: Celebrity Constellation

6143: great balcony, great quiet location

Port and Shore Excursions

Acapulco is hot and crowded. We hired a van at the dock to take us to see the cliff divers. We elected to watch from the shade at a table at the Hotel Mirador. Saw two diver shows and Indian dancing at the hotel. Came out and met the driver who had waited for us. He drove us around a while, took us to the Casa Blanca for a great view of the harbor. We then elected to return to the ship because we were hot & tired.

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We tendered off the ship, looked around and shopped for a while, had some fish tacos, and then reported for our ship's shore excursion, a whale watch on a zodiac. Amazing excursion! We saw lots of humpbacks breaching, spy hopping, fluke slapping, tail slapping, and diving. This excursion would not be for the faint of heart or those who get seasick, however. We were far from shore in a very small, bumpy boat.

Most interesting of all the ports, aside from the passage through the Panama Canal which is not an option for a review. I'd say the streets in Colombia are cleaner than they are in Minneapolis! We hired a van at the port to take us around. We spent 6 hours touring around with him. Very interesting.

Very hot. Best price for souvenirs. Articles became cheaper the farther away from the dock one went. Ship offered some interesting shore excursions, but they involved riding on a bus for 7-9 hours, not my cup of tea.

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