Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by cuttingedgeglassworks: Glorious cruise to Southern Caribbean on the Constellation
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Glorious cruise to Southern Caribbean on the Constellation
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was only our 2nd cruise on Celebrity Cruise Line, but we are hoping that it's the "start of something big!" We have cruised on a variety of lines, mostly Holland America but are finding Celebrity a bit more fun.
The Constellation is one of their older ships but has been recently "solsticized" and remodeled, keeping the best of the original ship and adding the flavor of the newer models. The size is just right for my hubby and me - about 2000 - and having 3 sets of elevators certainly makes moving about the ship a breeze.
Of even greater importance was the staff - top notch in our opinion. Our experience in the MDR was one of the best that we have ever experienced.
The food was very good in the MDR, but not as good at the buffet line.
Entertainment was mostly OK, but one night the cast outdid themselves and performed an extravaganza not usually seen on the high seas - at least in a non-mega ship. They actually performed a mini-play with a More thread of a plot and fantastic costuming and stagecraft.
Another item worth mentioning is the effort of the stripes to mix and mingle with the passengers. There were many opportunities to meet the captain and his subordinates - an obvious attempt to be available.
The enrichment on this ship was outstanding with lectures by Milos Radovich on a variety of scientific topics that were fun as well as informative! Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
The guide was one of many offering tours as you walk off the ship. We didn't book immediately, but waited until we got a bit into town. But we also made sure that the guide was ready to go immediately, so we weren't sitting waiting in a hot vehicle while the guide gathered more visitors.
The ship docked right in town, so all we had to do was walk off and start visiting and shopping. From the pontoon bridge to the floating market to the fort and government building to the friendly people, Curacao was a delight!
We just walked and walked....and then sat down in a cafe for a bit of refreshment.
However, you have to be forceful to get through the crowds of islanders at the market. Vendors were very aggressive - a real turnoff, if you let it.
(Maybe we had been spoiled by our terrific guide of the day before in Antigua.)
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