This was our second cruise with Celebrity. The first time we sailed on Celebrity was a western Caribbean cruise on the Eclipse which sailed out of Miami. We picked Celebrity again as we liked the itinerary and the length of the cruise - not for ship. The Constellation is an older ship and not as nice as the Eclipse.
We went down to Ft. Lauderdale a few days in advance of sailing. The day of sailing had to wait a long time for a van to show to take us to the ship. This was because there were 7 cruise ships in port and it was taking over an hour to get in and out of the port area.
Boarding the ship took a long time. We had a long wait (over 2 hours) to board the ship. The line ups were very long. This could be due to fact that the ship had just sailed over from Europe and had to go through various customs procedures before passengers could start to board. Once on board we were able to find our cabin. The cabin was a little nice; there was lots of space to More
put things away. The bathroom was a little on the small side with just a shower curtain for the shower - you had to be careful when you were showering that the water didn't go over the lip of the shower stall. There were some items missing from our statement i.e. face cloths, hand towels, bag for laundry and bath robes. Once we notified the room steward these items were provided. The cabin was kept very clean by the room stewards and they were always around cleaning hallways, etc. I needed ice for an ice pack and it was provided 2 or 3 times a day.
The islands we visited were Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Saint Maarten and St. Thomas. However every island we went to the shops were same - no variety just the same jewellery shops and souvenir shops
The meals in the MDR were a hit and miss affair - some nights were good some not so good. The wait staff for our table were excellent. We did go to the Tuscan Grill for 2 nights - here the meals and service were excellent. The breakfast buffet was so, so. I found that there were no individual serving stations so everyone came the buffet from all sides. We also found that even though they were supposed to be open until 11:00 to serve breakfast by 10:30 they had closed everything up to get ready for lunch. We did not take advantage of breakfast in the MDR as they closed up at 9:00 am - on sea days could they not stay open a little later???
The entertainment on the ship so so ..... The 2 comedians that we saw were very poor. In fact many people got up and left including us. Sue Dennings, the entertainment director, one woman show was quite good. We didn't go in to see Perry Grant but did hear him from outside Michael's lounge.
Disembarking from the ship was very poor. Rather than go through customs, then pick up your bags you picked up your bags which had to be lugged through long lines to get to customs. Once outside we had signed up for transfers to the airport - there were not enough buses so more buses had to be brought in - very poorly organized.
In summary if we were going to do another Caribbean cruise, we would not go on the Constellation and would sail out of Miami - a much better port to sail from - Port Everglades should be renovated to more reflect the 21st century. Less
Celebrity Constellation Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean
We booked a 4 x 4 Island Safari and Harrisons Cave Expedition. This was a very good tour. Saw quite a bit of the island - our tour guide was good and was quite informative. The trip into Harrisons Cave was excellent. Lots of staglamites and streams and water falls. Very impressive. We were not impressed with Bridgetown. Very dirty.
We did take a shore excursion, however, it was not listed. The one we took was Beauties of Curacao. This was a good shore excursion as it gave us a look at island. The city of Willemstad is very nice lots of colourful buildings. The pontoon bridge is quite the tourist attraction with lots people going back and forth.
Beauties of Curacao. This was an interesting tour as it gave us an overview of the island. We also stopped at a local artist's residence to look at her paintings. The town of Willemstad is very colourful. We walked across the Pontoon Bridge to see the other side of the island.
The original tour we wanted was cancelled so we signed up for another one. This would have been a good tour if the microphone and air conditioning were working. Consequently the tour guide could not be heard. Also the bus was very small. I moved to back so I could stretch out. Lunch was provided at one of small hotels. This was so so - could have been a bit warmer. By the time we got back there was not much time to see the town.
As mentionned above this was a terrible excursion. Blackbeard's Castle was just a tourist rip-off - all they wanted you to do was to spend money. When we were dropped off we were told that this was the end of the tour with our tour guide. We had to make our own way back to the ship. Terrible excursion. Would not recommend this tour at all.