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Sail Date: October 2009
Having previously enjoyed sailing on the Constellation in 2007,we were exited to return to a Ship and crew we just loved ..We are a couple in our early 50`s and LOVE to cruise.This was our 4th cruise on CELEBRITY and have previosly cruised ... Read More
Having previously enjoyed sailing on the Constellation in 2007,we were exited to return to a Ship and crew we just loved ..We are a couple in our early 50`s and LOVE to cruise.This was our 4th cruise on CELEBRITY and have previosly cruised with RCCL,Princess, and HAL. The Cruise Line failed to deliver our invitation to the Cruise Critic get together,so we missed this one (first time in 12 cruises). EMBARKATION: Cape Liberty-A little unorganized but once shuttle and loading began,things began to smoothen out.Was greeted with a glass of Champaigne but was not escorted anywhere but instructed to proceed to the Buffet.. Inside cabin was roomy and very clean.We met our cabin steward but hardly saw him the whole 13 days.He kept our room clean and tidy and we had no wants for anything as he resupplied articles as needed.. The Buffet was a little disappointing as there were several items served almost daily and the choices were minimal.Waffle and Omlette stations were Great.Staff did not assist many of the passengers who needed assist with trays and only 1 time was I offered a refill on my morning coffee in the 13 days..This was a BIG change from 2 yrs. previous.A big PLUS was the ICE CREAM bar with candy..Outdoor grill was very good and always seemed to be busy.Pizza station needs to offer better selection.There are meats other than Pepperoni.Sushi bar was good. The Dining Room food was fair at best (entree usually served warm at best)and most steak cuts were poor and some were actually Pot Roast.Heard several complaints about the Lobster,mine was OK..The waiter and assistant waiter were good and took care of most our needs.This is an area that needs to be improved upon.. Entertainment: This was probably the worse entertainment of any cruise we have been on,many being the same production shows we saw 2 yrs ago.Fair comedian.The movies very dated and not recent movies like the competition shows.The String Quartet and The Celebrity Band were both EXCELLENT. The Captains Party for returning cruisers was the BEST we have attended.4-5 types of food bars were set up and served several returning cruisers. Ports of call were excellent choices with the overnight in Quebec City being simply FANTASTIC. The ship overall is showing some signs of wear and we noticed SEVERAL weak spots in the floor and actually saw a gentleman fall due to these soft spots in the hallways. Staff was attentive but seemed reserved compared to our previous sailing.May have to do with the TIP prices being raised and NO LONGER able to auto adjust tips $$ down for poorer services rendered.You can still auto adjust $$ UP,just not lower the tips.We still enjoyed the staff and most worked very hard.. DISEMBARK: A mess..Hardly any Celebrity personel present to keep walkways and doorways unblocked or to assist with disabled. (Yes,there are ALWAYS those select few who cannot follow protocal and screws everything up by blocking the traffic walkways).We hired a car in advance to pick us up and we were at the airport in no time waiting to fly home. I am sure we will sail with Celebrity again in the future but they are slowly falling behind their competitors in SEVERAL areas.They need to take lessons from RCCL,which seem to have their Line in order.. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
We are a retired couple, usually traveling with another couple. We have sailed with NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Celebrity. Embarkation at Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ was fantastic. We arrived slightly after 11 ... Read More
We are a retired couple, usually traveling with another couple. We have sailed with NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Celebrity. Embarkation at Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ was fantastic. We arrived slightly after 11 am and after a short wait, we were welcomed aboard w/ champagne and looking for lunch in the Seaside Cafe. Selection and service were good and we were soon checking out our stateroom. Luggage arrived throughout the afternoon and we were pleasantly surprised when the mandatory lifeboat drill did NOT require life jackets!Cabin 7114 is situated mid-ship, not too near elevators, with no cabins across from it; in other words, quiet w/ easy access to everything. The balcony is equipped with 2 chairs and is 2 floors above the life boats which we looked down on. Storage is adequate, but I missed a drawer in the desk because that is usually my make-up area. Hint: we use suction cup hooks on mirrors for hats, storage bags, etc. This is our first cruise to try 1st seating for dinner, but after dinners that finished at 10:30 on our last (Holland America) cruise, we made the switch. So, 6pm found us in the San Marco Dining Room where we were delighted to find our table for 8 and two delightful couples from NJ. Our Waiter, Jorge, and Assistant Waiter, Andres, began right away to learn our preferences and try to keep us happy. They were good at their jobs; we were impressed that Andres remembered drink choices and did not have to ask again. Food: We ate in the San Marco every night except 2 and in the Seaside Cafe for all breakfasts and lunches unless we were ashore or there was a brunch in the San Marco (these were GREAT). Overall, the food was good, but some of our group and others we talked to agreed that the nightly offerings had an unusual (some said European) flair. Thankfully there is a "classic" menu from which one could order any night and we chose items from this menu frequently. When I did stray to the other menu, I was quite often disappointed; items like Shrimp Scampi which had 3 very tough shrimp, rice not done and pureed vegetable were not to my taste. My husband, a beef eater, had several beef dishes that were tough or not cooked to order. It is our opinion that the quality of beef in the main dining room has suffered since the specialty restaurants appeared. We have eaten in a specialty restaurant and it was wonderful, but we are not willing to spend extra every night and don't believe we should have to. Seaside Cafe had great choices for breakfast and lunch. Any type of breakfast food could be found, cooked to order or quick pick up. The only sad note here was the coffee which was (to our taste) not drinkable as it came from the urn. We found that a mix of 1/3 decaf, 1/3 regular, and 1/3 hot water gave us something we could drink. We saw many others adding water and even saw waiters adding water to the coffee they were serving through the dining room. Our complaints seemed to fall on deaf ears. Lunch choices ran from hot foods to a great deli whose chicken salad, egg salad and hot soups were great lunch fare. The only burger we ate from the grill was cold; a disappointment because we usually love the grill items. The 'Casual Dining by Reservation' did not live up to it's billing. We found that they have one menu for the entire cruise! Also, the 'classic menu' from the dining room was not available as we had understood (we were told this was a recent change). Entertainment: Something for everyone! The Celebrity Theater brought us some very enjoyable shows. The productions were well done, costumes great, and our only complaint here is that the volume was way to high! There were the usual orchestra, a classical guitarist, a pianist, comedians, and some combinations. Acts that stood out were Alex & Sally, an Adage Duo, and an A Capella group, The Voice Males. The party band, Sipra was especially good. We attended several enrichment talks and enjoyed them. We are not fans of the art auctions and usually prefer to find a quiet spot for reading when there is time to relax. All employees of the cruise line were efficient, friendly and always trying to please. 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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