Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by 2wheels: Another beautiful Caribbean cruise -
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Another beautiful Caribbean cruise -
We are a retired couple, usually traveling with one other couple, sailing once or twice a year. We prefer 10 to 14 or more days. We have been to the Caribbean seven times, Hawaii once, and New England/Canada once. We have Alaska/West Coast scheduled as well as another Caribbean in 2012. Our preferred lines are Celebrity and Holland America.
We just returned from a 14-day voyage on Celebrity Constellation that took us to St Maarten, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao. We had previously visited Barbados, Grenada, Aruba & Bonaire, but the others were new to us.
Generally, we were very impressed with the update of the Constellation. We sailed with her in Oct 2009, so were eager to see what had been improved. The bedding, upholstery, carpets, & drapes had been done, not only in the cabins, but in the public areas as well. The whole new decor is beautiful.
The update seemed to flow over to the crew - this whole crew was so More friendly, eager to please and upbeat in every way! From the Captain all the way down, they made themselves available. Our first female Cruise Director, Sue, was really fantastic. And the female Maitre D, Lucy, was available every night of the cruise, not just the last night as we have seen before. Dining: We hope they never get rid of the "everyday" menu in the dining room because we do not always find something on their daily menu we can eat. We are pretty conservative eaters, not used to lots of sauces and gravies. We like our veggies to look like veggies and even though we are old, we don't need them mashed up or chopped. So, we usually had things like salmon or steak but getting the steak done to order was sometimes a problem (no matter which side of the menu it was on). That said, our waiters bent over backward to make it right for us and they brought anything and everything we ask for. We did not go hungry and we did not go to the specialty restaurant and pay for what we should have been getting in the dining room!
Entertainment: We enjoyed all of the entertainment on board. The Take Note Quartet entertained us nightly in the Rendez-Vous Lounge - they were super. Of course, Perry Grant was good (when you could get in the door for his show). Inspiration Strings group was fantastic. The acapella group lost one of it's members early on to illness and he eventually had to fly home, but they managed to entertain with only 3 of them and the help of a 15-year old passenger who sat in one night. The orchestra and dancers were good, the comedians entertaining, singers very talented, etc. Less
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Cabin review: Celebrity Constellation Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Veranda Vista Deck (7) 7126
Cabin 7126 is a very convenient location near center ship. Location is good because of walking distance to either end and because there are no cabins across the hall. It is far enough from the elevators that we got very little noise. Level 7 is between two cabins-only floors, so you don't have music or deck chair rearrangements to disturb you. Would prefer lounge chair on balcony rather than two straight chairs. Plenty of room for everything. I always take a bunch of suction hooks to hang items like hats, bathing suits, my make-up mirror, etc.; they come in really handy. I miss the little center drawer in the desk because that's where I put my make-up on ships that have them. In this case, the cabin steward brought me an extra tray like the ones they put water on and it worked perfectly.
Port and Shore Excursions
After the tour, we walked into town and shopped a little, rode the ferry, and just walked around. It is really pretty and it was interesting to check out the 'floating market', small boats with fruits, veggies, etc. for sale.
Black Sea Pretty Grim!
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