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Sail Date: February 2011
What a great way for the boys to learn about other countries and modern miracles. The lectures helped us all understand a great deal about all we were able to see. The boys were pre teens and still able to enjoy the kids clubs while ... Read More
What a great way for the boys to learn about other countries and modern miracles. The lectures helped us all understand a great deal about all we were able to see. The boys were pre teens and still able to enjoy the kids clubs while being old enough to enjoy some free time with all the others their age. My boys have cruise since they were 7 and 9 so know the how to get around a ship.and make the most of all the club events available to them. The boys were spoiled rotten on the ship with tours and numerous activities to keep them entertained. I was lucky enough to run into an old friend on the first day so had some one to hang out with while my husband sat at the pool and people watched lol. (Shopping isn't his thing) There was always lots to do on board and on all the shore days too. I bought one of the Frozen drink packages for my husband who was then able to have any alcohol or non alcohol frozen drink. This was well worth it for him on such a hot itinerary even though he is not a big drinker. The food was spectacular and the restaurants all fantastic. My youngest loved chocolate ice cream at that age and the ice cream counter lady was amazing with him always encouraging healthier choices. The room Stewarts were always leaving great towel animals for the boys to enjoy. The boys have several friends who have now gone on cruise as kids are perfect ambassadors I loved the little bar dining area at the back of the ship for lunch and or brunch on sea days. Try the bagels or croissants with the cream cheese and the lox or the amazing blintz. I know even with working out and all the touring I still gained 5 pounds but it was so worth it . My husband says I travel by tasting and shopping I think he may be half right I love the people and their foods and the sights. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
We thoroughly enjoyed our 15 nights aboard the Celebrity Constellation. We (2 adults and 2 teenagers) had the time of our lives. The ship was just fantastic - having recently been refurbished. Our cabin on level 8 (with balcony 2 B) was ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our 15 nights aboard the Celebrity Constellation. We (2 adults and 2 teenagers) had the time of our lives. The ship was just fantastic - having recently been refurbished. Our cabin on level 8 (with balcony 2 B) was very comfortable and in a great spot on the ship, at the front near the lifts but not to close. Our kids were in a separate cabin on level 2 (inside cabin). We chose this because it was cheaper than the 4 of us staying in one cabin. We booked through VacationsToGo and (despite being from Australia) we had absolutely no problems with our booking. Our cruise had 7 ports of call, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, and 4 Mexican ports, Huatulco, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Luca. Each was wonderful and worth visiting, our favourite was Cabo San Luca. We did NOT require a yellow fever vaccine certificate for Costa Rica (which was something I was very worried about) - in fact our passports were not checked at any of the ports of call. The ship's entertainment was really great with shows every night as well as lectures and activities every day. Enough to keep everyone satisfied. The food was divine. Our waiter at the San Marco Restaurant, Mr Cecil, was fantastic and allowed us to overindulge every night - providing us with extra desserts. On sea days we spent quite a bit of time at the Aqua day spa - which was a bit expensive - but decadent. For Christmas, the ship gave everyone on board a lovely cruise bag for a present - which was really nice. For New Year's Eve (which we celebrated twice!)the ship's crew went to a lot of trouble to put on a wonderful night. We had three formal nights on board but there were no facy dress theme nights (as there is on other cruise lines). Our kids were very well entertained. We basically didn't see them much for 2 weeks - they spent all of their time at the kids club - the X club. There were approximately 250 kids on board and most just happen to be the same age as our two (15 & 17 yrs) - which was just fantastic for them. They made so many friends from all over the world. There is nothing we didn't like about this cruise. I fully recommend this cruise line, ship and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Let's begin with a few words about the author. My wife and I have cruised for many years and have experienced most of the mainline cruise companies along the way. In a number of cases, we have had multiple cruises on various lines. We ... Read More
Let's begin with a few words about the author. My wife and I have cruised for many years and have experienced most of the mainline cruise companies along the way. In a number of cases, we have had multiple cruises on various lines. We are experienced enough to arrange for our own tours, i.e. not sponsored by the cruise lines. We have enjoyed all of our cruising experiences and recognize that each cruise has its occasional lapses. Our trip on Constellation departed San Diego en route to Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Huatulco (all in Mexico), Costa Rica, a full Panama Canal transit, and Cartagena, Colombia with departure at Miami. Regarding Constellation, we had an outstanding experience. The ship is understated elegance. Although large, we never felt crowded. There are all sorts of spacious gathering areas. It is the most stable riding ship we have ever experienced. Although now on its way to refurbishing in dry dock, it is meticulously maintained. It has a quirky art collection on board, not to my tastes but interesting nonetheless. The crew is very friendly and will interact with the passengers, which is a nice change from years ago when Celebrity had a "non-intrusive" crew policy, read "cold atmosphere". In fact, we both remarked that the crew went out of its way to greet you whenever they encountered you on your travels about the ship. Since this was a long cruise during the school year, younger people were definitely in the minority. We have been on many Celebrity cruises and have seen a wide variety of age groups on board, so the demographics of this particular cruise should not be used as a measure of the age of all passengers on this line. With that said, I would characterize Celebrity passengers in general as educated, cultured, and international, although most are from the U.S. We both noticed more people dressing up on this cruise compared to previous cruises on Celebrity. Once again, this may be due to the ages of the passengers on this particular cruise. There were very few t-shirts in view, unless purchased from the ship and denoting the ports visited. The entertainment was quite good, but for a more cultured audience. The resident dance and singing company was as good as we've seen. The musical groups in venues outside the main theater were excellent. The headliner type acts were typical of cruise lines throughout the industry. One exceptional feature was a Smithsonian lecturer who was an expert on Latin America. I found his talks to be extremely interesting. Regarding food services, we were not disappointed. Celebrity is known for its dining experiences. The service and food in the main dining room was excellent. The buffet was as good as we've seen anywhere. One note: we used the traditional seating method of dining, as did the majority of the passengers. We find that the service is more attentive and we get to all of our activities without the hassle of planning our dining in a group of six. The only complaint we heard was from people who chose the "free style"service. They found the experience to be longer with less attentive service. Do you have more freedom when you dine this way? Yes, but you pay a price as well. One negative was the 40's night party on deck 11, a clear substitute to the old midnight buffet. It was crowded and dangerous because of it. Surprisingly, there was little or no 40's music played. Free drinks of any kind, including water, were not in supply. Another negative was the trivia contests on board. Some of the crew acted like they had never conducted one before. Passengers were giving the crew advice about how to m.c. the games. The games were still fun, just frustrating at times. All in all, this was pretty minor stuff. In general, we had the impression that little expense was spared to provide the passengers with a memorable experience, even though the fare was very low for a premium cruise line. This ship gets high marks, indeed! Cabo San Lucas We had been here previously on another cruise, so we elected to tour Todos Santos on a ship sponsored tour. It was well-narrated and the trip there, although long, was very beautiful. The town itself is interesting but not spectacular in any way. If in Cabo for the first time, a trip to El Arco is a must. Restaurant Mi Casa is also highly recommended. Acapulco Many reviewers are not kind to this community. They cite crime issues and "faded glory". We did our homework and booked the highly recommended Tour by Van with Rudy Fregoso (Rudy Acapulco). Rudy and his guide Sergio took us on an exceptional tour of a beautiful city. We found the people of Acapulco to be most welcoming. Rudy's van is spotless, can go where the large tour buses can't go, and is considerably less expensive than the ship tours. Huatulco There are some very nice shops near the pier. The jewelry shop here has a superior selection of fire opals, but they are expensive. The beaches are nice, but the water is still not up to Caribbean quality. The nearby town of La Crucecita is a short distance away, but may not be worth the time and trouble since time is tight. The area is picturesque. I would suggest shopping and swimming. The beach by the pier is very nice. Costa Rica We went on a river tour here, which we enjoyed. We saw lots of crocodiles and birds. As in Acapulco, we used a private van, this time through Okey Dokey Tours, another highly recommended service. It was an excellent tour at a very reasonable price. One negative note: I expected an eco paradise here, but was surprised to see the amount of trash and litter. I haven't seen anything like this since we were in Santo Domingo during a garbage strike. Waste Management is needed here. This was all the more glaring due to the country's international reputation for ecological management. Sadly, Costa Rica was the least clean of all our stops. Panama Canal Amazing. Period. Cristobal Colon This is a souvenir stand, pier only stop. Cartagena, Colombia As in previous stops, we used a private van service through Lee Miles (Mr. Emerald). His guide, Mercedes, provided an exceptional tour of a beautiful city for a very low price. The old city is reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The city is clean and safe. In many ways, the best was saved for last. One note: If shopping for emeralds, you will find a superior and cheaper selection than the ship's at Mr. Emerald in Cartagena. Summary This is a great ship with wonderful dining and activities. It is particularly recommended for individuals looking for an educational experience and for those interested in meeting people from around the world. Trip highlights for us (with the right tour provided) would be Acapulco and Cartagena, although all stops were interesting. This ship and itinerary is probably not the best for families with children, including teens. 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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