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19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
My wife and I are frequent Celebrity cruisers (14 cruises), but we had never taken a cruise less than 7 days. We were looking for something to do over Easter weekend and decided to do a short cruise and try Celebrities new Suite ... Read More
My wife and I are frequent Celebrity cruisers (14 cruises), but we had never taken a cruise less than 7 days. We were looking for something to do over Easter weekend and decided to do a short cruise and try Celebrities new Suite experience. While we have booked suites in the past this was our first with the new program. The suite only dining room ( Luminae) was intimate with outstanding food and service. FAR superior to the main dining room. Michaels Club ( suite only lounge) serves as the hub for suite occupant services. The club's concierge couldn't be more helpful in arranging shore excursions, dinner reservations ( or reservations or any kind for that matter), special events or requests,billing matters, baby sitting, etc, etc... Ours was delightful and could always be counted on to followup on things. If something was not right she would make it right. We had her arrange private sedan transport to the airport after our cruise. The lounge is also a place to grab a drink in a nice quiet environment with very attentive and friendly service. My wife and I would have a cocktail there each evening before dinner and grab our favorite table by the floor to ceiling window that overlooked the water. Other benefits include early embarkation and disembarkation that was truly smooth. Butler service for your room is also included... Both the concierge and butler gave you phone numbers to reach them any time during the cruise. I can't emphasize how comfortable they made you feel to ask questions or make a request. Suite guests also have reserved seating for the shows. The butlers reserve a section of the theater on the top level and seat suite guest in that section up to approximatley 10 min before the show ( then the remaining seating in that section is open to anyone). For us the suite experience was something we will make a habit of when cruising on Celebrity. One other thing to note: Port Everglades has global entry for going through customs. Unlike airports however you must have your global entry ID with you in order to take advantage of the program and avoid long lines. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We were so excited for our stay on an "upper scale" cruise line! Stayed in Aquaclass. Where were our towel animals? Where was our stateroom attendants? We never set eyes on him until we were leaving! We asked for ice to chill our ... Read More
We were so excited for our stay on an "upper scale" cruise line! Stayed in Aquaclass. Where were our towel animals? Where was our stateroom attendants? We never set eyes on him until we were leaving! We asked for ice to chill our wine in the bucket provided in our stateroom, and was brought a small cup, so we asked for more, and never received. The one show we did watch was a not-so-funny comedy that was geared toward a very sick sense of sexuality and the gay community. I have to admit, it WAS an adult show but had a lot of room for a little added class. Left early... Our dinner at 8:30 consistently turned into not even being served until 10:00 pm which was why we had to go to the adult show in order to see any... As for sunbathing, every chair on the upper deck against the outer railing remained wired to the rail the complete trip making it impossible to adjust from sitting straight up to a more comfortable position..... Our SWEDISH massages were booked as soon as we stepped on the ship, however had to be changed to an unacceptable time while at port due to a safety drill that would be commencing with buzzers. They explained that it would be impossible for us to relax with all the loud commotion, (recently, both of my parents had passed away within 2 months of each other) we decided to pay more since relaxing was our ultimate goal so we changed it to 7:00 pm in hopes that we could relax, unwind and go to bed feeling refreshed. NOT the case! Our SWEDISH turned out to be deep tissue, to the tunes of Rap and Boom (louder than the spa music that was playing) from whatever was going on above us along with loud crashes comin from right next to us that sounded as if beer kegs were falling from a counter top. Possibly construction? Who knows , but loud enough to shake the tables several times. Anyone that rates this ship a 4 or a 5? Well, it has to have been their 1st time cruising...... Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We sailed out of Ft Lauderdale and our embarkment was flawless. We were given access to our Aqua Class room early. The ship's crew were all friendly and accommodating. We upgraded to Aqua Class and thoroughly enjoyed the spay ... Read More
We sailed out of Ft Lauderdale and our embarkment was flawless. We were given access to our Aqua Class room early. The ship's crew were all friendly and accommodating. We upgraded to Aqua Class and thoroughly enjoyed the spay experience. It was worth every penny of the upgrade. The Blu restaurant is an added bonus . Anthony (from India) was our waiter each evening. His level of professionalism and service was five star in every way. He made our dining very enjoyable. Entertainment each evening was great. The food at the buffet and San Marco restaurant was outstanding although we found the buffet to be our choice. The ship itself is not new but was in fantastic condition and was easy to navigate. My wife has been on several cruises with Carnival and felt the food and overall experience on Celebrity was superior. Although she still plans to sail Carnival when opportunities arise. We enjoyed Key West and Nassau. I travel frequently with work and stay in many four and five star hotels. I would highly recommend Celbrity and The Constellation. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
My wife and I were in Florida for the month of January celebrating my retirement. We found this 2 night cruise and thought it would be a great way to end the month. We had been on 9 Royal Caribbean cruises and had been told Celebrity is ... Read More
My wife and I were in Florida for the month of January celebrating my retirement. We found this 2 night cruise and thought it would be a great way to end the month. We had been on 9 Royal Caribbean cruises and had been told Celebrity is a step up when it comes to cruising. Well, I would not recommend Celebrity to anyone. I am grateful it was only 2 nights as any longer would have really been aggravating. The service in the cafeteria was poor. I had my plate of food in hand and came upon a table that was available but needed cleaned. I asked the employee standing at the work station next to it if she could have someone clean it. She seemed to be annoyed yet did picked up a very wet rag and attempted to wipe the table. She hit about 2/3's of it missing the crumbs on the one side. No one in the cafeteria seemed to appreciate the fact that we paid to be on the cruise they have CHOSEN to work on. The food in the cafeteria was also a let down. The baked cod was hard on the outside and soggy in the center. The BBQ chicken had a good flavor but was dry inside. Some of the food was cold. My wife went for salad several times only to find the ranch dressing to be empty. The food in the main dining area was good yet the servers weren't as personable as we have enjoyed on our previous cruises. I was told by some of the fellow cruisers that this was only a 2 day cruise which isn't the normal routine. My advice would be to leave the ship docked rather than take a poor 2 day cruise where customers do not get quality treatment. Overall, it seemed like the employees did not want to be there. Reuben Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
we arrived at Port Everglades 1:00 pm and dropped the car at Park and go. With in 15 minutes our bag was checked and we were in line to check in. The boarding was very quick and well organized and with in minutes we were on board and ready ... Read More
we arrived at Port Everglades 1:00 pm and dropped the car at Park and go. With in 15 minutes our bag was checked and we were in line to check in. The boarding was very quick and well organized and with in minutes we were on board and ready for Coco Cay....we thought. As soon a s we boarded our room was ready. This was our 8th cruise and our 3rd on Celebrity. I work out of town a lot so we saw this quick 2 night cruise for $139 for an Ocean view and booked it. We booked a Ocean view guaranty and expected to be put on deck two but did not care seeing it was only 2 nights. The day before the cruise we got our room assignment and was pleased to see that we were in cabin 7001 in the very front of the ship. We did not know what to expect and were very pleasantly surprised when we got to the room. This room was huge compared to the standard room and even seemed bigger than the balcony rooms we have had in the past. The large porthole window overlooked the Helipad and straight out the front of the ship. When you look at the view from the bridge on the TV that is the same view you have from this room. The weather the day of departure was stormy and we wondered if we would be able to be tendered in Coco Cay. After the muster drill the Captain announced that due to the weather he made a decision to go to Nassau, Bahamas instead of Coco Cay. (good choice) We had select dining and went to dinner at 5:45 and were seated at a table for two by the window. Our dinner and service was quite good. We made a reservation for the same time the next night and everything was as good as the first night. The weather in the morning was very cool and windy so our snorkel excursion was cancelled. We ended up taking a private tour around Nassau and had a wonderful day. The entertainment on the first night was their production show of I-Hollywood and was very entertaining. The second night was a comedian named Rondell Sheridan and he was the best comedian I have seen on any ship! He was hilarious! As always Celebrity provided us with a good room, good service and a very nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2016
This review will be as quick as this two day cruise. Embarkation : Arrived at port around 13:00 (1pm) onboard by 13:25 (1:25pm). Hardly anyone but kinda weird system after check in have to go to a different line for photo I.D ... Read More
This review will be as quick as this two day cruise. Embarkation : Arrived at port around 13:00 (1pm) onboard by 13:25 (1:25pm). Hardly anyone but kinda weird system after check in have to go to a different line for photo I.D picture. I could see this being a mess when lots of people. Ship : As soon as you enter the vessel you are greeted with a Champagne or Mimosa glass. That's a nice way to start your vacation. The Constellation is in very good shape,love the layout and decor. Bars : We did the Martini bar and have to say it's a big hit especially on a two night cruise with a DJ that plays amazing music in the atrium. All passengers were talking to each other and having a real good time. The ambiance had a nice Miami vibe. Also went to the Rendezvous at the top of the ship. This is more like a disco at night and the place was also very lively with lots of people and great music. I thought the drinks are the most expensive I have seen on all my cruises so far. So expensive we had to purchase a drink package. Entertainment : The first show was more like a Brodway style and the singers and dancers were good. Not the best but interesting enough for us to enjoy. The second show was a comedian and was pretty much like an old cruise act with same cruise jokes over again. Cabin : We had an inside cabin on deck 9 and thought it was very clean and big enough for us. My only concern would be for people who have light sleep to be careful of your cabin choice as this one we could here the disco from up top. Food : Buffet area for me was my least favorite for breakfast and lunch as I though Celebrity was lacking in variety and choices. Very hard to get any food with this glass panel on top. Once you get the food in the spoon half of it falls in between the other casserole. Just not a great layout and boring food. This might be because the ship is smaller to the ones I have gone lately. MDR for our two nights thats for sure an all different experience. The staff are fantastic very attentive,informative and polite. The food was top notch even on a two day cruise. Gym : Not as big as the newer ship but all is there for you to make a good workout. Art : Like mentioned above this ship is gorgeous and has lots of art work everywhere. It's nice to walk and see something catch your eye. Port : We were schedule to stop on Cococay but got diverted to Nassau for weather. Not my favorite port but it was ok. Overall: This was my second time on celebrity, my first was 14 years ago. I can say that definitely want to come back and try Celebrity again but on a longer cruise. I must admit the atmosphere and vibe on this cruise really made me realize that Celebrity might be my new favorite cruise line. This was like chic without being tacky. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Having been on quite a few Royal Caribbean cruises and reached Diamond Plus, our objective was to take a cruise with Celebrity and see if the theoretically-equivalent Elite level actually is equivalent. We booked a 4-day cruise on ... Read More
Having been on quite a few Royal Caribbean cruises and reached Diamond Plus, our objective was to take a cruise with Celebrity and see if the theoretically-equivalent Elite level actually is equivalent. We booked a 4-day cruise on Celebrity Constellation out of Ft Lauderdale in January 2016. Constellation was built in 2002 and renovated in 2013. Passenger load is slightly over 2,000 people. Constellation is a Millennium Class ship (Solstice Class is the other Celebrity class with passenger loads around 3500). We originally booked an interior room, but about 2 weeks prior to the cruise, Celebrity called with an offer to upgrade to a Concierge Class room for $150 or an Aqua Class room for $200 (for both of us). We elected Aqua Class, and it was a great choice. Aqua Class rooms are 192 ft2 with a decent sized balcony, plus access to their own dining room, Blu (which, not surprisingly, has a modern, blue-colored theme). The shower in the Aqua room was the best we have ever had in any category of room, including suites. It was rectangle-shaped, had two full-height glass doors with ample room inside, a bar upon which the ladies can place their feet for leg-shaving purposes, and six water jets that will spray the body, vice just using the single normal overhead shower head (which is adjustable to fit humans of any height). Aqua Class also includes free and unlimited access to the Persian Garden, a spa within the main spa that has its own showers, three saunas (one dry and two steam) and a heated sitting/relaxing bench. This is a very nice amenity. Each afternoon they also delivered to our room a plate of canapes (tapas). One day the Captain’s Club manager sent a rose with a nice card. These amenities could have been because of Elite or the Aqua Class room; we’re not sure. Back to the ship: embarkation was very fast and smooth. From parking at Terminal 4 at 11:10 to being physically aboard the ship took less than 15 minutes. Upon entering the ship, we were handed a glass of champagne. Lunch was already being served in the Oceanview Café on deck 10. It had a nice range of choices and there was always plenty of international food available (Indian and Asian). Although we only ate there a couple of times, the Oceanview Café never felt crowded. Tables were spaced well, and the ambience was light and airy. Rooms were opened at 1:06. Bags came quickly (perhaps because we were in Aqua Class, or perhaps because they are just good at delivering bags). We checked the specialty dining rooms right away and took advantage of a first night 30% off opportunity to eat in Ocean Liners, the ship’s most upscale restaurant. Normally $50, the meal was $35 each, and well worth it. The lobster was the best ever, even having eaten quite a few in Maine. We tried the Blu restaurant the first morning and were hooked. Ate dinner there each night the rest of the cruise. Menu was very good; better than the main dining room, and that we discovered that if you want something that’s not on the menu, just ask (for example, they made us eggs benedict for breakfast and a grand mariner soufflé for desert). The Blu staff quickly learned our names, and made sure to greet us by name when we walked in. There was always plenty of staff in this dining room. Blu is a class act, and is one of the main reasons we again booked an Aqua class room for our next Celebrity cruise. The Elite (and higher) lounge does not open the first night at sea so we had to buy drinks a la carte at a bar. They are pricier than on Royal Caribbean. With the included tip, bar drinks were $9 and house wine was $10 or $11, depending on choice. After the first night, the Elite lounge has free drinks from 5 – 7 PM with an ample list of choices. Some small hors d’oeuvres were served but not enough to hurt your appetite. The lounge on Constellation used for Elite (Reflections) is located on the top deck facing the bow with a nice view when entering or leaving port. It is a large space with a dance floor and plenty of tables. On our short cruise, the Elite members didn’t remotely fill it, but we were told that on crossings and on longer cruises that attract more Elite members, the room does get full. We were also told that, like Royal Caribbean, the rolls of Elite members are growing faster than the space available for the Elite evening event on some of the longer cruises, and that they will likely have to begin issuing vouchers for drinks at any bar on the ship (which will likely turn into the three-drinks-on-your-seapass-card deal that Royal now uses). The ship has the usual array of bars. One very popular one that was always crowded was the martini bar. Casino is 100% no-smoking. Constellation was immaculate everywhere. Only noticed a handful of rust spots on the exterior rails (far fewer than on other ships, even newly renovated ones). Everything worked. The public restrooms have cloth towels to dry hands. The crew was friendlier than on other ships; everyone makes eye contact, smiles and greets you. The Captain on this ship has a real presence. It’s likely just his personality vice a Celebrity policy, but he’s out-and-about, he participates in crew vs guest games like water volleyball, he gives an interesting PowerPoint presentation on building of the first Solstice class ship, etc. Great personality on the announcing system, too. The three-level theater was adequately sized, and the rows had enough room between them for servers squeeze by and deliver drinks to those seated in the interior. Between each pair of seats is a small stationary table just large enough to place your drinks. This is a great idea that other ships should emulate. The production shows were excellent; we had 15 singers and dancers on our short cruise. The entertainers (comedian and singer) were well above average for short cruises. The computer lounge had about 20 PCs, all new Apples. Two computer guys were always available to help. Not sure about wi-fi speed. Other amenities: - Welcome packet in the room with slippers (to keep), a logo shoulder bag and a smaller bag that clips inside the larger one (again, this could be an Aqua class benefit or an Elite benefit) - Nice robes (ditto about which benefit) - Iced towels provided on the pier when returning to the ship. Great way to wipe the sweat off. - Iced, flavored water available inside security after re-boarding. - Extensive variety of Sushi available from 5:30 – 9:30 in the Oceanview Cafe. When we finally figured this out, we took plates of sushi to the Elite lounge to eat with our drinks. - Towels for the pools and spa do not have to be checked out with your Seapass card. Plenty of towels were always available. There were four people manning the future cruise sales office, and for good reason. Celebrity offers deals differently than Royal Caribbean, but they still have some excellent deals. For the 11-day cruise we booked, we got $300 toward gratuities, $300 in onboard credit and $200 off the cruise price (whereas Royal generally gives half off the second fare). Bottom Line: based on this experience, Celebrity is our new favorite cruise line, although I’m sure we’ll go back and forth between Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2016
Our only complaint is that drink prices have risen about 15% since our previous cruise during April 1914. The Constellation is the third Millenium-class ship we've cruised; it was more than satisfactory. Excellent quality of food and ... Read More
Our only complaint is that drink prices have risen about 15% since our previous cruise during April 1914. The Constellation is the third Millenium-class ship we've cruised; it was more than satisfactory. Excellent quality of food and service in the main dining room, as well as very good housekeeping. Embarkation was fine, though we waited a bit longer than expected for disembarkation. Cabin 6051 (with balcony) was fine, even if the weather kept us from using the balcony much. Shows were good, as well, with a few performers clearly in the professional stage show class. Food in the cafeteria (breakfast) had good variety and ample quantity, as usual -- although the danish didn't seem as fresh as they had on other Celebrity cruises. Burgers at the pool area (100% beef) were better than anything we get on land. We generally were quite satisfied and are looking forward to our next Celebrity cruise. Even though it's a six-hour drive to the nearest Celebrity departure port and we could instead board a Carnival ship locally, to us the Celebrity difference is worth the inconvenience. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
We booked this cruise in early December just to do something different on New Year's Eve. We had not sailed on Celebrity in several years, nor the Constellation before, but we thoroughly enjoyed the ship and crew. Embarkation at ... Read More
We booked this cruise in early December just to do something different on New Year's Eve. We had not sailed on Celebrity in several years, nor the Constellation before, but we thoroughly enjoyed the ship and crew. Embarkation at Port Everglades was very easy. We arrived at the port early the morning of departure so we were able to park in parking lot right next to luggage drop off. We brought a case of water to the ship and were able to get it checked in with our luggage and it was delivery to our cabin with the luggage. This was different from an earlier cruise out of Baltimore where we had to carry the water thought security and to the ship ourselves. I guess different ports have different procedures. New Year's Eve was exciting, and there were parties in virtually every lounge on ship. The main one was on the top deck with a pool party that kicked off at 10:30 and featured the live show cast performing right up to midnight. Food on the ship was outstanding at every venue we tried. Entertainment and performances in the main theater were top notch. There was a late show the third night called Elyria that boggled the mind. It was limited to adults 18 and over due to the what was billed as naughty content. The content was inappropriate for children, but we watch more risqué content on Saturday Night Live. The performance featured the live singing and dancing cast and also two acrobats performing high above the stage without safety harness or constraints. We had an interior room which was adequate in size and had lots of compartments to store our belongings. The bed was high enough to store our empty suitcases under it, which was not the case on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur last October. One of my favorite things about the room was the automatic night light in the bath room that gave just enough glow around the door to find it in the middle of the night without turning on the bathroom light and flooding the room with light. We did not take any excursions since we had been to both locations, Nassau and Key West several times. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
Just returned from the New Year's cruise and while the overall experience was fine, the dining room situation was terrible. We have cruised Celebrity many times starting with the Meridian and sailed on many lines with well over 100 ... Read More
Just returned from the New Year's cruise and while the overall experience was fine, the dining room situation was terrible. We have cruised Celebrity many times starting with the Meridian and sailed on many lines with well over 100 cruises under our belt. Celebrity started off by distinguishing itself from the others by the food. Menus were several courses and service was elegant and efficient. The bean counters have, unfortunately, gotten hold of this ship and decided that they could reduce the choices, thereby reducing the ordering and preparation time and thus the crew and save more money. The food is nothing like it used to be and I can think of no chef who would want to put his name to the menu. It is standard or less than standard low quality. It was lukewarm and took so long to deliver that on two nights we just gave up waiting for desert (over 2 hours for 3 courses) having missed the shows and just finished at the buffet. The last evening we requested to refill our water glasses three times and finally got the attention of the wine steward to do so. The table captain nor anyone up the line ever came by our table to ask how our food and service was. The 4 ladies at the next table had an even worse time and were also experienced cruisers. The ship is fine otherwise but nothing to distinguish itself particularly from the other mass market ships and this is sad. The accounting department at Celebrity or RCCL needs to recognize that a dollar saved is not always a dollar earned. They will not be earing ours for awhile. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
This was exactly our 3rd cruise on the Constellation. We are a couple in our 50s who have cruised Princess, Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and more recently Celebrity. This was our first time in a Celebrity Suite, which we were ... Read More
This was exactly our 3rd cruise on the Constellation. We are a couple in our 50s who have cruised Princess, Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and more recently Celebrity. This was our first time in a Celebrity Suite, which we were able to afford from having our suite guarantee upgraded. So while this was our 3rd time on Connie, it was a completely different experience being in a suite. Prior two cruises were in Aqua (with daily bottled water). Departure from Ft Lauderdale was a breeze. We arrived around 10:45. Since my wife was in a wheelchair recovering from foot surgery, I was able to park in the handicapped slot in Terminal 4, which was literally 20 yards from the entrance. A very nice Celebrity employee wheeled her to check-in and we were checked in quickly. Erick, the Michael's Club concierge, took us from there to Michael's club to wait until our room was ready. No sitting or waiting to board. Definitely different than our non-suite experiences. Departure lunch was in Luminae. I had the Signature burger, which was out of this world delicious. More on Luminae later. We stayed in Celebrity Suite 6104. This was a very spacious room with a separate bedroom/bathroom. There were two flat screen TVs, neither of which was used very much. This has a double wide balcony (same depth as regular balconies) with 3 chairs, two footstools, and a table. We were a bit disappointed there were no loungers, but as it turned out, the weather never let us stay out on the balcony but for a few minutes on one day. There is a dining table in the room. The separate bedroom has a king-sized bed and a large walk-in closet with a vanity. The bathroom has a double vanity and jetted, raised tub. There is a hand held shower, but because the tub is raised, anyone over 6' is going to have to duck to wash their hair. This was the worst part of the cabin. The best part was just the overall space and the floor to ceiling windows the entire length of the balcony. The balcony sticks out farther than any other room on the ship, so it's a bit strange when you can see everyone else's balcony. First time in a suite meant also first time with a butler. We were at somewhat of a loss on what a butler did, but our butler Ram made sure we were comfortable and brought us daily canapes. He also traded our welcome champagne to a nice white wine that we had later in the cruise. Service throughout the cruise was exemplary. I'm sure some of that was because we were in a suite, but having come off of a non-suite cruise on the Infinity, I found the service of comparable good quality. One thing that is very noticeable is that every member of the crew was very pleasant and friendly. We only have one "incident" coming back from Key West. They swabbed my wife's wheelchair for residue and had a positive result. So they pulled us aside, asked us a lot of questions about who handled the chair, what we purchased, etc. They thoroughly inspected everything we bought. Not finding anything, they swabbed again and cleared us. It delayed our re-boarding maybe 10 minutes, but I was glad to see they were thorough about it. They were very apologetic for holding us up, but we understood the need for caution in this day and time. Food in Luminae varied from incredible to inedible. Unlike seemingly most other areas, they did not try to make the food bland so as not to offend anyone. There were sharp flavors and unique combinations. When that happens, sometimes we just didn't like the combination (celery/horseradish sherbet cleansing the palate). Other times, it was fabulous (filet mignon, grilled lamb, and aforementioned signature burger). My wife did end up sending one dish back because it was just too salty. Selections in Luminae are also limited. They only have appetizers and main entrees. No soup or salad menu (although you can order from the MDR menu, if you like). We ate breakfast in Blu one morning just for the tableside muesli. Michael's Club was an interesting experience. It was never crowded and only once did we see it with more than 4 or 5 people in it. That was for the senior officer mingle. Meeting Captain Tasos was great as he is our favorite captain. We don't drink very much, so the ability to get free drinks in Michael's Club was little used on our part. Entertainment was varied. We skipped the two production shows because we had seen them before. The other two nights there was an outstanding magician and a comedian/ventriloquist. Both were very entertaining and funny. Around the ship, Christmas music was playing and then there was at least one group along with the Celebrity orchestra. And then, of course, the ubiquitous Celebrity DJ playing bumper club music in the main foyer area. It was interesting sitting in Cafe Al Bacio listening to Bing Crosby singing Silver Bells on the piped in music with the bump/bump club music coming from one deck down. Disembarkation was a breeze, again made easier because we were in a suite. One employee pushed my wife's wheelchair off of the ship and another pushed her all the way through customs and to our car. We were ship to car in about 15 minutes tops. Overall, this was an excellent cruise made better by the suite experience. Unfortunately, we probably won't be in another suite anytime soon. The "erosion of value" I mention in the title really just speaks to the cost-cutting measures being taken, from reduction in areas like buffet staff, to removal of daily water bottles in Aqua (our next 3 booked cruises), smaller portions and lower quality meats, higher priced specialty restaurants. But I don't want to end on a negative note. The staff and crew of Connie are top notch and are what really make a cruise special. This one was no different and has not eroded in any way. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
Background: We are near retirement age, self-employed professionals, childless. Our only previous cruise was on the Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda in October 2014. We liked the size and feel of the Dawn, which led us to book an M-class ship ... Read More
Background: We are near retirement age, self-employed professionals, childless. Our only previous cruise was on the Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda in October 2014. We liked the size and feel of the Dawn, which led us to book an M-class ship (Millennium) for an Alaska cruise next May. I surprised my wife with this Connie cruise just before our annual family visit to Florida. I figured that sailing on Millie's sister ship would give us an idea of whether we wanted to go through with our Alaska plans. We were not disappointed (and my wife, who suspected nothing until we landed in Fort Lauderdale and I told the cabbie we were going to the port, was thrilled). I was apprehensive after reading the negative reviews of Connie, but the only sign of wear that either of us detected was that the carpets were worn and looked slightly dull, presumably from ground-in dirt. The level of maintenance throughout the ship and the condition of everything we saw was topnotch. The staff, on average, was slightly better than on the Dawn: the cabin stewards were equally friendly, and staff/crew members who didn't directly serve us made more of an effort to smile and greet us in passing. Our steward, Roman, was personable and anxious to please; he did a fine job, and a couple of mixups due to a slight language barrier were easily remedied. I had originally booked a guarantee oceanview cabin (at a ridiculously low price). After final payment the fares came down and I upgraded, first to a guarantee balcony and finally to a guarantee Concierge Class. The Concierge amenities were nice, but I wouldn't pay a huge premium for them; the most substantial was a bottle of sparkling wine, which we swapped for a not-half-bad California red. We had Select Dining (= no set seating time), but ate most of our meals in the Oceanview Café (buffet/cafeteria), as we're pretty laid-back and like eating on our own schedule. The food ranged from pretty good to excellent, with two exceptions: (1) On our last morning I had watery scrambled eggs of uncertain provenance. My fault; I should have waited for a made-to-order omelet. (2) The "orange juice" in the drink fountain was adulterated with sugar and water (same stuff as on NCL; it would be illegal to call it juice in a landside USA establishment). "Premium" OJ was available at the bar for $5 including mandatory tip, but it was free with our one room-service breakfast. (We tried room service the first morning, but not again. The quality was quite good, but the food arrived at room temperature.) As I choose fish when possible, I was sorry that the Oceanview's fish entrée stayed the same for two or three days. But overall there was a nice selection of hot entrées and cold salads, as well as pizza, pasta, sushi, and a station that grilled meats to order (which some passengers apparently never found because it was somewhat separated from the rest of the buffet). The desserts were much better than the Dawn's, which had tasted of sugar and nothing else. The entertainment was excellent. The two production shows, "iHollywood" and "Celebrate the World," were nearly up to Broadway standards, except for one unfortunate fellow who was clearly a last-minute substitute: not only was he unsure in his movements, but none of his costumes fit. We felt sorry for him. The specialty acts blew us away. Jason Bishop is one of the best magicians I've ever seen. He can handle the big illusions as well as anyone, but he's also a master card manipulator, something that takes years of grueling practice. Gareth Oliver and his partner Alice bill themselves as the world's only ventriloquist double act. The way they took turns speaking and singing for each other had us in stitches (and they themselves cracked up at one point). I do wish that Alice, and also Jason's female assistant, had received better billing. We attended a talk/slideshow by Captain Tasos on the building of a Solstice-class ship. He's a wonderful speaker, full of dry humor, who can make statistics and technical information entertaining. We learned why onboard swimming pools are so small (water is heavy, and a bigger pool could seriously unbalance the ship). An S-class ship goes to drydock once in five years; the rest of the time she's constantly in use. One engine out of four is shut down at a time for routine maintenance. It takes a mile to stop a ship of that size, but only half a mile to do a 90-degree turn, so maneuvering around an obstacle is better than trying to stop short of it. And so on. We didn't use many of the services available. My wife got a mani-pedi in the spa; she said it was fine, though it cost twice as much as she'd ever paid before. I was disappointed that the Promenade Deck didn't go all the way around; the jogging track on the upper deck wasn't conducive to walking, as we were treated to high winds. The library had a nice assortment of modern and classic fiction and nonfiction; I borrowed a complete Sherlock Holmes to read myself to sleep with. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and fast. It helps that Port Everglades is adjacent to the Fort Lauderdale airport, and is state-of-the-art, with 9 passenger terminals averaging 50 check-in windows each. It's also a major cargo port; we enjoyed watching the cranes loading and unloading the container ships. We booked two official shore excursions. In Key West we took the Conch Train tour package that included admission to the Aquarium (run by the same folks). The train was a nice leisurely way to get oriented, and the Aquarium was small but well-maintained, with interesting exhibits. We got there just ahead of a large school group and had several feeding demonstrations to ourselves. In Nassau we went on the Glass Bottom Boat. It was mostly a harbor tour, with the guide pointing out the homes of the rich and famous; the underwater viewing lasted only about 20 minutes, but that was probably enough for most people, as we had to stand for that part. As with the NCL Dawn, we thought the Celebrity Constellation was just the right size for a cruise ship: large enough to have a reasonable complement of venues and amenities, but small enough that we didn't feel overwhelmed by the size of the physical plant or the number of people. We give it a solid 9 out of 10 and are looking forward to Alaska on the Millie more than ever. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
My husband and I had problems from the moment we boarded the ship. The first two persons we dealt with at the Guest Services desk were okay, nothing to rave or complain about, but we continued to experience problems including: our ... Read More
My husband and I had problems from the moment we boarded the ship. The first two persons we dealt with at the Guest Services desk were okay, nothing to rave or complain about, but we continued to experience problems including: our ship/cabin cards randomly being canceled causing long delays in getting drinks and food; getting locked out of our cabin; not being able to access the safe in our cabin where we had stored our id's, money and valuables; the first two nights we could not dine with the wedding party we were with (the bride and groom being the reason we were on this cruise); almost $600 in over-charges on our onboard account (still waiting to be refunded); and alarms going off when we tried to debark and embark the ship at the ports of call causing lengthy delays in enjoying our time onshore and then getting back on the ship. The third guest services person we dealt with was rude and abrasive and asserted that the problems we were experiencing were our own fault because we had changed cabins; however, we did not change cabins at any time... we booked cabin 7090 and stayed in cabin 7090 the entire time. On day 3 of our 4 night cruise we were fortunate to get a different Guest Services person, Angelina, who was a breath of fresh air compared to the previous persons we encountered - but even though she was courteous and professional the same problems continued to plague us and continued to ruin our cruise. Evening number 3 on the cruise started with us sitting on the floor outside our cabin waiting for a technician - this was after we had already spent a large part of the afternoon at the Guest Services desk that day. On the plus side, on this evening (the 3rd night) we were actually able to sit with the wedding party for the first time since embarking on the cruise - and we got drinks and food without any delays or problems. The next morning (last day of cruise) we debarked the ship in the Bahamas with no alarms or delays, but when we tried to re-board the ship alarms again sounded and there were ensuing delays as we once again needed to get photos and our ship/cabin cards "fixed" yet again. To add insult to an already spoiled experience, an envelope with a "future cruise certificate" was slipped under our cabin door about an hour before the end of the cruise; it was for $100 off a future cruise for my husband and $100 off a future cruise for me. Considering we had spent over $1700 on the cruise (over $1100 for the cabin and $600 for 2 beverage packages) - and considering that 3 of the 4 days on the cruise were fraught with delays and problems causing anxiety and stress, delays in getting food and drinks, and especially in preventing us for the first two nights of being able to fully celebrate with the wedding group of two young people who are very special to us (which again was the reason we were on this cruise) - and considering that day 4 we still encountered problems, although minor in comparison to the other 3 days - - - it was a total insult for Celebrity to slip certificates under our door that combined are worth a meager $200 off a future cruise! In all fairness to the many fine employees we encountered on the ship we would like to recognize the San Marco dining room staff for the excellent service and food; the many cheerful ship employees we passed in the hallways and who waited on us at the coffee and pool bars. It was their smiles and jokes that were the bright spots of our days. It’s too bad this same cheerful attitude and commitment to guest relations was not also present at Guest Services on the Celebrity Constellation (Nov 19 – 23, 2015). Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
First a little background. My husband and I sailed on the Constellation March of 2014; we had a fantastic time. The service, food and entertainment was top notch. We were amazed at the quality of food in the Oceanview Café and the ... Read More
First a little background. My husband and I sailed on the Constellation March of 2014; we had a fantastic time. The service, food and entertainment was top notch. We were amazed at the quality of food in the Oceanview Café and the personality and care paid to us in the main dining room. As a result, I was expecting a similar experience for my recent girls cruise. Unfortunately, this was not to be. This time around I found the buffet area to be totally uninspired, very little flavor in most dishes. The roast beef, once my favorite item served, was tough and full off fat. I was embarrassed that I "sold" this cruise ship and Celebrity's food to my friend as being better than Royal Caribbean. Needless to say, she was unimpressed. The waiter and sommelier in the main dining room were fine, nothing special. In the past, on Celebrity and every other cruise line I've sailed, the waiter will speak with you at the end of your meal and provide information on the operating hours of the dining room for the next day, summarize any special events, etc. Not once did our waiter take the time to offer this. Finally, the largest disappointment was the entertainment, or lack thereof. Not withstanding the main theater, there was little to no live music playing during the day or night. This is unacceptable given the number of beautiful lounges and public spaces found throughout the ship. No games, no trivia, nota. Because my first experience on the Celebrity Constellation was so incredible I may very well book another cruise with Celebrity, just not on this ship. Perhaps they are focusing their efforts on newer ships and/or longer voyages. Next time I need a quick getaway I will stick to Royal Caribbean. I've booked my third Halloween cruise on the RCI Enchantment of the Seas. I highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
we had cruised three previous times, all with carnival. i ran across of great deal for this cruise with celebrity and thought i would try it. from the things i had heard from other cruisers, celebrity was a big step up in class compared ... Read More
we had cruised three previous times, all with carnival. i ran across of great deal for this cruise with celebrity and thought i would try it. from the things i had heard from other cruisers, celebrity was a big step up in class compared to carnival. our itinerary started in fort lauderdale, to nassau bahamas, day at sea, key west, then back to fort lauderdale. we enjoyed the cruise. our stateroom, which was an interior room, was very nice. our stateroom attendant was outstanding, our waiter for dining was the best we have ever had and basically all the staff was kind and courteous. that being said, i can say all those same things about carnival so i would place them side by side if i was ranking cruise lines. one of the biggest differences to me was the cost of things on board the ship. now i'm not a tight wad but i felt like they were trying to milk every last dollar out of me. when we had cruised with carnival, we played bingo on every trip just for something to do. on this cruise, there were three different price points to play bingo, $39, $49, and $69. i thought that was pricey. we did the $49 package. there must have been 150 people playing, it was packed. we played three games, the first one paid 350, second 500, last one 800 something. if my math is right, if everyone bought the middle package, thats around $7300 in entries and only $1700 or so in payouts. thanks celebrity. we went to the casino each night for about an hour. i thought the staff in casino was very nice. i might be biased as i had tons of luck in the casino. in bahamas, we took water ferry over to paradise island because i wanted a look at atlantis. it was nice enough, we went to casino for 30 minutes or so then decided to go to beach. checked with atlantis and it was $75 per person to sit on "their beach". we decided to walk 10-15 mintues over to cabbage beach next door and paid a total of $20 for two beach chairs. beach was very nice, water was rather cool. be prepared to say no thank you for hair braiding, water sports, drinks every two minutes, flutes, etc.... nobody was real pushy but got a little old. our day at sea we went and got a couples massage. while, once again it was pricey, the massage was very nice. great way to relax. at key west, we decided to do a snorkeling tour through celebrity. the crew was very nice but we had some real choppy water which made swimming for me next to impossible and visibility was poor. we got done, went back to ship, got cleaned up and decided to go to fort zack beach over at zachary taylor state park. i wanted to get a ride but wife wanted to make the 20-25 minute walk. well guess who got lost and walked for over an hour. we ended up walking through what appeared to be a bad part of town which made me a bit uncomfortable but we had no issues. sometimes i get a bit nervous in areas i'm not accustomed to. we got to the beach which was average at best. the sand was rocky and had some sort of dead tree matter in it which was painful on the feet. the water was freezing. we stayed for about two hours and walked back to ship, stopping at a few shops on the way to buy some things for the grandkids. overall, most of the travelers were courteous of others but it still amazes me how some people think they come first and everyone else is scrambling for second. little things like cutting in line while eating really burns me up and i saw it happen over and over. there were very few kids onboard which made it nice. last cruise on carnival there were alot of teenagers on the ship and you could hear them running up and down the halls at night. the weather was fantastic although a little cool during the day at sea. there was always chairs available when we were looking for one and i met some really nice people while sunbathing. i would definately cruise with celebrity again. we had a good time. i will know what to expect in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I've been on over 15 cruises, and most recently a transatlantic on the Connie. This 4 day cruise had an entirely different feel to it, passengers were younger, drank more and the energy was a bit frenetic. Services on the ship seemed ... Read More
I've been on over 15 cruises, and most recently a transatlantic on the Connie. This 4 day cruise had an entirely different feel to it, passengers were younger, drank more and the energy was a bit frenetic. Services on the ship seemed to be minimized: no education at sea, Michael's pub is now a private club, no brunch buffet, food options and size of portions in the dining room reduced. Now plastic mugs in the dining room proudly display advertising, and flatware in the dining room did not always match. There were few books in the once good library. As always, wait staff and cabin attendant were first rate. Ship was clean, and carefully cared for.It is getting to look a little ratty in places. One sour note, this was a "NY Jets" cruise, something I didn't learn until after booking. Should not have been a big deal, but the room they reserved for there after dinner functions, was part of the space of the wine bar, where the classical duo were booked to perform. I'm a classical music fan, and was hugely disappointed that listening to the music proved to be impossible. Guest relations tried to help, but the management did not seem anxious to correct the situation. I will go back on the ship, but not a 4 day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Traveled with a group of six adults. Had a great time. Ship was very clean and well staffed. Enjoyed the full day at sea. Lots of activities to participate in or just watch. Was a lot of fun just to watch. On board shows were just ok, ... Read More
Traveled with a group of six adults. Had a great time. Ship was very clean and well staffed. Enjoyed the full day at sea. Lots of activities to participate in or just watch. Was a lot of fun just to watch. On board shows were just ok, nothing spectacular but enjoyable. Food was very good. We did dined at the Tuscan grill that was awesome. One in our group did have a little of the GI problems on our last day. Cabin was good size and storage was not a problem. We stayed at the Bahia Mar hotel in Fort Lauderdale was nice for a pre cruise stop. Disembarking took a little longer than expected, but large group to go thru customs was understandable. Only one morning of rough sea. No sea band or patch needed. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was our 2nd Celebrity cruise, the first being on the Solstice. Our overall experience on the Constellation was a disappointment compared to the Solstice. When we arrived to our cabin we were surprised that the sheets had torn spots ... Read More
This was our 2nd Celebrity cruise, the first being on the Solstice. Our overall experience on the Constellation was a disappointment compared to the Solstice. When we arrived to our cabin we were surprised that the sheets had torn spots and the bathroom was not as clean as it should have been. The food was average to below average with the exception being the Tuscan Grill which was above average which is to be expected as there is an up-charge to dine there. There were not enough servers in the pool area and you usually had to go to the bar and wait for at least 10 minutes to get a drink. The fancy deck chairs had tears in the cushions. There were not hardly any on-board activities during the day. On the positive side, the staff was attentive and always friendly. Our experience on the Solstice was great with no complaints, maybe because it is a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We sailed for 4 nights on the Celebrity Constellation with friends and part of a larger group that were part of a package put on by a local Florida craft brewery. This was our fourth time on the Constellation and overall the ship continues ... Read More
We sailed for 4 nights on the Celebrity Constellation with friends and part of a larger group that were part of a package put on by a local Florida craft brewery. This was our fourth time on the Constellation and overall the ship continues to deliver. It has nice pool and spa facilities, a good fitness area and good entertainment. We did find that the shows were reruns of earlier ones that we had seen on this ship, but for a first time viewer it is enjoyable. I did find that the food in the main dining room was not as good as previous times on this ship noticing that the menu really hasn't changed much over the past 5 years. Past trips on this ship have delivered food that exceeded the quality that we have had on other ships, but this time around the meals resembled more of the mass produced characteristics that you might expect from another line. I also felt the service had slipped from previous trips as well. We had a beverage package and prepaid gratuities included and I suspect many guests may have had the same thing because the bartenders, wait staff and sommelier just did not engage themselves with the passengers compared to previous trips on this ship. They also were not as attentive, lacked knowledge of the menu/preparation of the food and seemed to go through the motions. Positives with the food though were tasty, un-crowded breakfasts in the aqua spa and the pool grill still churns out a darn good burger and fries for lunch. Check-in and departure were both pretty efficient Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Our room was wonderful and the steward was very accommodating. However that is the only positive thing I can discuss. Activities on Sea Days were minimum. They only offered fitness classes, discounts at the Spa and the Boutique Sales. ... Read More
Our room was wonderful and the steward was very accommodating. However that is the only positive thing I can discuss. Activities on Sea Days were minimum. They only offered fitness classes, discounts at the Spa and the Boutique Sales. Every so often there was a Trivia session which only lasted 15 to 30 minutes, wine and alcohol tasting that cost money. They also had a casino and Bingo. Other than that the only thing to do was to lie in the sun. Food Service was terrible. The servers in the dining room and the buffet were rude and curt. When I questioned an item they jumped on me as if I didn't know what I was talking about. I use to cater and know my food. The Crème Burlier was soupy and cold. On the last day of the cruise they offered Fried Chicken and Spaghetti. What kind of dinner is that in the form dining room? Entertainment was terrific. There were virtually no activities for children. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
this was my first celebrity cruise and i was all excited to experience the excellent upscale experience everyone tells me celebrity offers. well i was very disappointed. first, the good--the entertainment was excellent and the cruise ... Read More
this was my first celebrity cruise and i was all excited to experience the excellent upscale experience everyone tells me celebrity offers. well i was very disappointed. first, the good--the entertainment was excellent and the cruise director and his staff were great. the room was fine and the room staff was excellent. now the bad--the food was poor in all areas, not enough choices, not served hot, and not very flavorful. the service in the buffet and other casual areas was very lacking, it almost felt as if half the staff was not even working. tables stayed dirty way too long with plates piling up everywhere. select dining without fixed dining times is TERRIBLE. it feels like you have to fight in lines to get seated, the waits are long and you cant develop a relationship with your servers having different ones every night, it is like starting from scratch and needing to retrain them to your preferences every night. the casino is also very tight to move around in. this may ruin me to ever go on celebrity again! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We've cruised on several lines: RCI, Princess and Celebrity (I've also cruised on Disney). This is our 2nd time in Celebrity Constellation. The cruise was another fantastic short escape from reality. We're a younger couple ... Read More
We've cruised on several lines: RCI, Princess and Celebrity (I've also cruised on Disney). This is our 2nd time in Celebrity Constellation. The cruise was another fantastic short escape from reality. We're a younger couple (early 30's) that enjoy getting away from the cold weather of the midwest each winter for a little break. Departing from Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) has always been great. The port is very close to the airport and there is plenty of hotel lodging in the area if you fly in the day before hand. We stayed at the Residence Inn in Dania Beach for the night. The hotel was very clean and new feeling. It also included a free full breakfast and transportation from FLL to the hotel and then to the cruise port the next day. Once aboard Celebrity Constellation we did have a wait a little time for our rooms to be ready. We boarded at about 11AM, so we had expected a bit of a wait. After meandering around Deck 3 (we stopped and made reservations at Oceanliners) we headed up to the Oceanview Cafe for lunch. As usual the area was quite busy; however they had enough stations open that there wasn't too long of a wait. Our room was ready by around 1:30PM. We were an interior room on Deck 9 forward. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool until the muster-drill and departure. Of note: the muster-drill procedure on Celebrity (and sister company Royal Caribbean) was substantially better than when we had sailed on Princess a couple years ago. DINING: We ate the first evening at the Oceanliners. We did the 5 course food and wine pairing. Each course was beautifully presented and well prepared. The quality of food was definitely a step above the main dining room. The wine pairings were also excellent as was the waitstaff. They did a great job at taking care of our needs while not "hovering". Dinner is the main dining room for the other evenings was very nice as well. Compared to Princess the food was a step above what we could remember and very similar in presentation and quality to RCI. In the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) that food was as expected, it was well prepared but not overly exquisite in any ways. This time there was a lot more live music onboard than in the past. The ship had a string trio that played evenings in Cellar Masters (wine bar) and other groups that played in the Rendevous Lounge. Compared to the past cruise we took on Constellation (April 2014) the live music was much better. We stopped in Key West which as usually was great. We've been to Key West on two cruises and spent a week there in the past. There is still plenty to do and its a relaxing but fun place to spend a day. We docked next to the Westin Hotel in the "middle" of town with great access to Duval Street and Mallory Square. Nassau isn't my favorite port and it seems to be under a lot of construction so it wasn't the greatest place to go. It reminds me of a smaller version of Cozumel. If you like shopping its probably great; however that's not really our thing so we spent a couple of hours wandering around then went back to the ship to relax. The captain was also wonderful and did a great job at being scene aboard ship. They played a Marine staff vs Hotel staff pool volleyball game which was fun to watch during the sea day as well. The rest of the staff was great; our room was always cleaned in an efficient manner and the waitstaff did a great job at dinner. Overall, we had a great time on Constellation and would recommend it again. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
This is my 2nd time (and last time) on the Constellation and 7th Celebrity cruise. This ship is in terrible shape. The furnishings in the public areas are in tattered disrepair. The fabrics are literally worn off the furniture so there are ... Read More
This is my 2nd time (and last time) on the Constellation and 7th Celebrity cruise. This ship is in terrible shape. The furnishings in the public areas are in tattered disrepair. The fabrics are literally worn off the furniture so there are bald spots. The room was not much better with rust in the grout in the bathroom and a moldy shower curtain. Having been now on Celebrity many times, they have cut back on the amenities. No cotton ball/Q-tip container. Instead, you get nothing unless you ask, and then you only get a 2-pack of cotton balls and Q-tips. Not a big deal, but you notice these things as the price of cruising continues to rise and they strip away the small stuff. Also, no pen and pad of paper in the room--this used to be standard. The TV room service program was not working, so they sent someone with another TV. Well.....it's not the TV, it's the programming. Duh! The battery in the in-room safe was dead, so the safe did not work. They sent another mechanic for that. Stay out of room 9109. Embarkation was a cluster mess even though I have priority check-in as a platinum member. Disembarkation was easy, since I stayed on the ship literally till they called my name to kick me off. My flight wasn't until 4 p.m. so I wasn't in a hurry to get off the ship. The food was the worst! Lobster bisque is more like lobster broth, with no trace of lobster. Steaks are tough and rubbery. I love to try all kinds of food, but I found that I needed to order two entrees at dinner just to have the hope that I could eat something off of each plate. That's really sad! The only dessert that is consistently good on Celebrity cruises is the creme brulee. The cake-style desserts were very dry and lacked good flavor. The buffet was hit or miss on good tasting food. If you can get your entree prepared fresh (omelette station or stir fry), that seemed to be the best way to get a tasty meal. I got tired of trying to hunt down a good meal so I went to room service. Boy, that was a mistake! The burgers and chicken sandwiches were dried out, the breakfast orders were made completely wrong and they gave me cream and sugar but no coffee. Really?? Nobody noticed that before sending it out? The shows were barely adequate, if not a bit lame. We had very smooth sailing seas, therefore, no swaying stage, so there was no excuse for the performers not to be in perfect step. Didn't do anything in Nassau except walk and shop and went to Senor Frog's. Fun place with great rum drinks and lots of dancing and singing. Took the "Taste of Key West" tour from the ship excursion. Well worth it for a food sampling tour. You visit a few of the establishments and you get a sampling of their food. Our walking tour guide was very informative and friendly and stopped along the way to give you some history of the area. The tour is a couple hours long. Not on this tour but was featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives is DJ's Clam Shack on Duval Street in Key West. I made my way down there to try their lobster roll. The BEST lobster roll I've ever had. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
Just completed my 2nd cruise with Celebrity on the Constellation. It was a last minute booking and we stayed in Cabin 6004 (Ocean View Accessible). Let me start off by saying that my first experience with Celebrity was on the Equinox on a ... Read More
Just completed my 2nd cruise with Celebrity on the Constellation. It was a last minute booking and we stayed in Cabin 6004 (Ocean View Accessible). Let me start off by saying that my first experience with Celebrity was on the Equinox on a 10 day charter cruise last summer in the Mediterranean in Aqua class and we had an amazing time. This cruise I would give a B-. The boat is a good size, but there doesn't seem to be a lot going on. I expected less activities on a 4 day cruise, but most of the boat was a snooze fest. I later realized from other guests that the M class tends to be a quiet ship. I really liked our room 6004 (pics attached). It was nice to have an oversized room, and I will definitely be requesting ADA rooms going forward to have the extra space. The service I found to be lacking with certain crew. The martini bar was always packed and one evening myself and another couple next to me waited 15 minutes before even being acknowledged by one of the three bartenders. There was no apology for the wait and when he took our order he looked annoyed. The next day the pool bar had only 1 staff member around lunch time and he too was completely overrun and had a sourpus face. On Equinox there were more visible staff, they always had a smile and I never waited more than 5 minutes for a drink. At least when I did wait the bartender would acknowledge me and let me know he would be with more shortly, not the case on the Connie. I get that many cruisers are now on the drink packages, and being a 4 day cruise many guests are not the most polite, but I was completely surprised to see such a large number of the crew looking so unhappy with curt replies. There were a few bright spots. Alexander in the Rendezvous lounge was always a treat (he was my favorite bartender on Equinox, so it was just luck he had moved to the Connie). The food was very good. Our first night in the main dining room though the service was painfully slow, but then we asked to be seated in a different section the following night and everything was perfect so we always returned to that section and had a great time. I can see why some cruisers who like a more relaxed and quiet pace enjoy the M Class. I'm glad I did the cruise, but going forward I would only book an S Class ship. The ship having less to do was only a minor disappointment, my main concern was the dichotomy of service. There were a few bright stars that we learned to always go to and it made the cruise by day 3, but Celebrity should have great service all around. The port stops were 50/50. We did a Snorkel excursion in Nassau which was well worth the money and a great way to see the island. We walked around the town for 15 minutes, but not being into the diamond exchanges, we returned to the boat for lunch. This is a stop I would avoid on future cruises or opt to stay on the boat. We had a wonderful time in Key west, a rather late start due to some drinking the night before in Reflections, but would definitely go back. The Butterfly Conservatory is worth the visit. Since I've been off the boat I've been in a YouTube video spiral of cruise reviews (Thinking the NCL Getaway might be fun to try). I have to say I still love Celebrity and I'm booked on the Equinox again in Aqua Class for the 10 day Med cruise this summer (Rome to Istanbul). So it was nice to see her in port when we disembarked.   Read Less
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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