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51 Celebrity Constellation First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

My husband and I took our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on board the Celebrity Constellation. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. We found it very easy to get around the ship even with the fact that I ... Read More
My husband and I took our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on board the Celebrity Constellation. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. We found it very easy to get around the ship even with the fact that I need to walk with crutches. Everyone on the crew were friendly, polite and very helpful. The Master of the ship, Captain Tasos Kafetzis, is delightfully congenial and is an absolute presence on the ship. We will sail with him anytime. There are activities for everyone to enjoy. I can't wait to go back when I have full use of my leg to take part in the numerous fitness related activities (Zumba, Yoga and dance). We made full use of the pools, hot tubs and Thalassotherapy Pool, perfect for arthritic or painful joints. We briefly visited the Casino and did not make it into the Library. Service was excellent everywhere on the ship. When we needed answers to our many questions, guest relations was most helpful and we found all crew members to be very kind and helpful. Our port and shore excursions were very enjoyable. Cozumel: A suggestion if you go to the Coba Ruins, arrange for a wheelchair from the ship to the ferry before you leave the ship if you have any difficulty walking and they were there waiting for us on our return. Then there is a fair amount of walking over rough terrain from the ferry to the bus that takes you to the ruins and a little more walking on rough terrain at the ruins to get to the bike taxi. Do take advantage of the bike taxi, at a very reasonable $12 if you have any trouble walking. It is a wonderfully interesting and informative excursion even with the long travel to get there. Key West: Take the trolley tour of the island, stop where you want. Our Ocean View cabin was very comfortable and well maintained by our steward, Robin. We asked him for ice the first night so I could use it in an icepack for my ankle and he saw to it that I had ice available twice a day. Any request and he was right on top of it. When we returned from our early breakfast our bed was already made and room was clean and fresh with fresh towels in the bathroom. We passed him in the hall frequently and he always had a smile and friendly greeting for us. In the evenings, we always dined in the San Marco and we had the most amiable and magnificent waitstaff. Danny, Adriana, Ahmed and Diana were most attentive, polite and helpful in their friendly and caring manner. They even presented us with a beautifully crafted Tiramisu and chocolate cake for our anniversary from them. We enjoyed delicious and beautifully presented dishes every evening. We set ourselves with an early reservation and never had a problem sitting at our table or receiving our food on time. It was always perfect temperature and perfectly timed to our table. Our dining companions enjoyed the same wonderful service. We opted for the Classic Premium Non-Alcoholic drink package which was perfect for us. I usually had a glass of wine and my husband had a mixed drink each evening which we paid for separately and this was perfect for us. We enjoyed a daily visit to Cafe Al Bacio for Espresso, Cafe Mocha or the Iglu, a wonderful frozen concoction of espresso and gelato. Breakfast and lunch was usually at the Oceanview Cafe where you could find just about anything you could imagine from a very tasty buffet. For lunch at the outdoor grill occasionally a hot dog or delicious hamburger. We did take part in Karaoke in the Reflections Lounge and found the stage shows in the Celebrity Theater to be wonderfully entertaining with some very talented singers, musicians and dancers. White Magic Illusion and Contortionist show was absolutely fabulous and if Celebrity should offer the Liar's Club on your cruise, DO NOT MISS SEEING THIS! It was hilarious! Music everywhere on the ship or some areas were blissfully quiet go where it suits you. Embarkation and disembarkation was extremely easy for me and well done by Celebrity. In Summary: I am looking forward to our next cruise on Celebrity Constellation. They have sold me! This is my choice for vacation from now on!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We were first time cruisers but would go with Celebrity again now that we are hooked! The planned route took us from Ft. Lauderdale overnight to Key West, then following a shore day there another overnight to Cozumel before returning to ... Read More
We were first time cruisers but would go with Celebrity again now that we are hooked! The planned route took us from Ft. Lauderdale overnight to Key West, then following a shore day there another overnight to Cozumel before returning to our starting point. Engine trouble forced cancelation of the Cozumel stop on our short cruise but a second day in Key West was hardly a disaster. I'm sure there was some scrambling going on behind the scenes to rearrange things and Nassau was substituted as our next stop. All things considered the crew were excellent at keeping everyone informed but no "freebies" were offered to make up for the disappointing change in the itinerary. Everything else about the cruise was first class; the restaurant service and offerings were superb, the outside deck accommodations were great, and even the nightly entertainment was far better than we expected for a shorter cruise like this one. Over our 40+ years of married life we have traveled to a lot of places in the world (Caribbean, Europe, the Orient) but always by plane. After this experience we will definitely do more cruising and we would like to try this particular routing again to see if we can finally get to see Cozumel. Since we are snowbirds from Canada but spend winters in Florida we are able to take advantage of any last minute cruise deals that pop up since we are less than an hour away from Port Everglades. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My daughter shouted me this cruise from Istanbul to Rome. This was my first time cruising and I absolutely loved it - especially on the Constellation - what a beautiful ship with beautiful staff from all over the world. The ports we ... Read More
My daughter shouted me this cruise from Istanbul to Rome. This was my first time cruising and I absolutely loved it - especially on the Constellation - what a beautiful ship with beautiful staff from all over the world. The ports we visited were amazing, starting in Istanbul (will definitely visit again) and other stand-out ports/cities such as Bodrum, Marmaris, Santorini. Everywhere we docked had it's own unique magic. As for the ship - wow, what more could you want ... fantastic food, great facilities, lovely cabins and beautiful staff who were helpful, friendly, efficient, talented, dedicated - oh and not to forget our Captain ... great sense of humour while still maintaining the professionalism and leadership needed to captain a ship. My daughter has already (along with her fiance') booked her next Celebrity cruise for their honeymoon next year. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
My daughter and I recently returned from our wonderful holiday which incorporated a 12 night cruise on the Celebrity 'Constellation' from Istanbul to Rome. We thought Constellation was beautiful. We found all the crew, from ... Read More
My daughter and I recently returned from our wonderful holiday which incorporated a 12 night cruise on the Celebrity 'Constellation' from Istanbul to Rome. We thought Constellation was beautiful. We found all the crew, from cleaners to Captain, to be wonderful - friendly, helpful, dedicated, efficient, professional, talented, good sense of humour and the fact that they were from almost every corner of the world, was even more special.... a truly international crew. We found the casual dining food to be very good with plenty of selection and the formal dining choices to be delicious. My daughter and I loved the on-board entertainment - the highlight for us was in fact the crew talent night ... magic! The ports of call were fantastic and all unique - a few of our favourites: Istanbul, Bodrum, Marmaris, Rhodes, Santorini. A couple of negatives (that really didn't impact on how much we loved our cruise), was the fact that we observed most Americans on the cruise to be quite a negative, complaining bunch of whingers who didn't seem to enjoy anything?! Quite bazaar and we were left wondering why they bothered leaving home. (Thankfully there were a few who restored our faith/opinions.) The other thing was not being prepared for the disembarkation in Rome - the port is about an hour train ride from Rome and the train station at that port is horrible, with no ramps or lifts and awful WC facilities. Overall, we'd both happily choose a Celebrity cruise again and my daughter has in fact already booked the next for herself and fiance' (honeymoon)! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was a very busy cruise because there were only 4 days at sea; which was sufficient for my husband. Everything was very clean and the staff very professional and friendly. We are not big eaters and so although the buffet was very ... Read More
This was a very busy cruise because there were only 4 days at sea; which was sufficient for my husband. Everything was very clean and the staff very professional and friendly. We are not big eaters and so although the buffet was very plentiful we did not try a lot of the options. the dinner meals were varied and offered something for everyone. My husband loves fish and tried many types and found them very good except for the cod. I am a light eater and managed to find salads and small plates to enjoy. Our room was small for 3 adults and we were told it was bigger. My husband slept on a made up couch which was a bit short for someone six feet tall. However the room was kept very clean and the staff responsive to any request. Although there were several talks and entertainment we found activities a bit limited. I would have enjoyed a separate games room where there would be cards, scrabble, backgammon and other games displayed. There really is not anything to complain about in the service but we realize that we are not really cruisers as we like to be busy and the ship didn't offer enough activities and our day tours felt rushed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Well, I wrote a nice write up about this cruise earlier, and when I hit submit it had an error, so this will be a condensed version! I was a first time cruiser on this ship, and had no preconceived notions of how cruising ... Read More
Well, I wrote a nice write up about this cruise earlier, and when I hit submit it had an error, so this will be a condensed version! I was a first time cruiser on this ship, and had no preconceived notions of how cruising "should" be. That being said, hubby and I had an absolutely fabulous vacation, and don't understand why some people are complaining. Boarding was a breeze, hardly any lines to be found and a "champagne" welcome as you step on board was a great precursor. Our meals were for the most part terrific, I wasn't keen on the pasta sauce at the buffet and I had one not so great sirloin steak there as well, but that's really the only negative things I can think of. The main dining room had delicious food in small-ish portions, but still enough to fill you up. If it's not, then just order something else! The cleanliness aboard was apparent, and there are hand sanitizer dispensers all over the place, so that was nice to see. After boarding and heading up to the lunch buffet, I did notice some tables and food stations could use a quick cleaning, but I heard that they had zero down time between our cruise and the one before it, so I will cut them some slack for that. The rest of the time, it was well-kept. The staff was polite and friendly, I didn't have any language barrier experiences with any of them so that was a plus. I can't say enough about our room attendants, those guys worked so hard all day long cleaning all of our rooms, and were very courteous and took good care of us. My husband thought they actually cleaned too much, replacing soap and little shampoo bottles after only one use! We went back and forth to our room a good amount, and they were always apologizing if they weren't quite done cleaning yet. Great job to those guys! Our room on deck 2 was fairly quiet and we slept well each night. Heard a bit of noise early in the AM but got back to sleep quickly. Our waiters at San Marco were also wonderful, always smiling and professional, and quick to get us what we needed. Prompt serving of food as well. The food was all really good quality in my opinion, but it could be a little bland for those that are used to things being seasoned well. No fault of theirs, I'm sure it is done to please the majority of people's palates. Dessert was FABULOUS, get the creme brulee and cheesecake. My hubby thought the chocolate cake was lacking, however. Lamb was terrific he says. The activities were plentiful during the day, something for everyone. Dancing lessons, Zumba and exercise classes, crafts, shopping, art exhibits, wine and spirit tastings, group activities like pool volleyball and the Dancing with the Stripes competition was hilarious- officers paired with guests "dancing with the stars" style. Late night music and nightly shows in the theater as well as tours of the ship and a lecture or two. Take your pick! Or, you can grab a lounge chair in the sun or in the shade and drift from one nap to the next with a cocktail in hand- we did some of both. The entertainment was actually entertaining, much to my surprise. The crew is energetic and enthusiastic, but the aerialists seriously steal the show. I had no idea that would be happening on board! Comedian was funny, and the magician was convincing me magic was actually real. The last show of the cruise was a little cheesy, but it did get a few laughs out of us and they were still really good. Our ports were Falmouth Jamaica and Georgetown Grand Cayman. I liked both for different reasons. Jamaica had the best swimming beaches and food, hands down. Soft sand, clear water, occasional waves, nothing to fear in the ocean and no seaweed to be found along with amazing jerk chicken and rice and beans. The Chukka beach was uncrowded and we basically had it to ourselves. There is a gift shop, bar, restrooms, showers, lounge chairs and umbrellas. The only downside if there was any, are the numerous local vendors asking if you want your hair braided, bead jewelry, fresh fruit, wood carvings, etc. They generally stay off to the side, but a few walk up and down the beach and may ask you (from a distance), if you are interested. If you aren't just say no and don't walk down the beach. We did walk and ended up supporting a couple of them. We got two bottles of rum at the gift shop, but found out its a much better deal when you are back at port. Buy them there! Grand Cayman was commercialized and touristy, but felt a lot safer. The water was the most amazing turquoise blue, I didn't know it existed in the real world and clearer than you can imagine. The beaches were FAR more crowded with three ships in port, and the water was somehow chilly compared to Jamaica even though the temp outside was the same. It had some amazing fish swimming up to the shoreline, but there were a few urchins hiding beneath the rocks near the shore and it was very rocky at certain points in the water and along the beach- so do bring shoes that can get wet! Jamaica did not have this issue. We've been to the D.R.- Punta Cana for our honeymoon which are known for their beaches, and we thought that these two beaches exceeded theirs. All in all, this was an amazing trip. I can't really complain about anything. Everyone is there to make you happy and enjoy your vacation and getting off the ship in Miami was a bit of a rude awakening. I really wanted to stay longer! If you aren't impossible to please and want a relaxing cruise that caters to adults, Celebrity is where its at in my opinion. Don't worry about the negative remarks, you won't regret it! Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We are unseasoned at cruising, so consider these comments with that perspective. Our previous cruise experience was limited to a 50-passenger trip though the Greek isles on the Sea Cloud -- a wholly different experience than that offered ... Read More
We are unseasoned at cruising, so consider these comments with that perspective. Our previous cruise experience was limited to a 50-passenger trip though the Greek isles on the Sea Cloud -- a wholly different experience than that offered by a "traditional ocean liner." But we had been looking for the right opportunity to dip our toes in the water of large passenger ship cruising, and the Top Chef theme cruise -- only 4 nights 5 days on a highly regarded "luxury" line-- seemed an attractive introductory experience from which we might forecast our cruising future. Sadly our experience was very mixed. First, the Top Chef themed activities were simply wonderful. Cooking demonstrations, Quickfire "competitions," Q and A's with 10 years of fan favorites and winning "chef-testants," and Tom Collichio playing lead guitar and singing Creedence at the poolside stage-- we could not have enjoyed the themed events more. Bravo to Bravo and Top Chef for a well-planned and well-executed experience. And it bears saying that the Top Chef chefs and staff were all about the ship, interacting with the passengers, spending real time and making real connections. Every single Top Chef person -- and most notably Gail Simmons and Hubert Keller-- was as cordial, gracious, and engaging as one could imagine. A class act by a classy group in every respect. If only the ship and its staff had lived up to the standards of the reality TV folks. I don't want to nitpick, and we are seasoned travelers if not cruisers, so I have no problem rolling with the unexpected, but these seemed to us to be serious lapses in the cruise line's core functions: 1. Our "veranda suite." Oh, please. There is nothing "suite" or sweet about the suites. They are single rooms, with the tiniest bathroom you can imagine. The presence of a small upholstered love-seat in addition to the bed is evidently the defining feature of a "suite" on this line. For shame! We are not price-sensitive when it comes to accommodations and we booked the best available suite months in advance. Even so, one person must sit on the bed to allow the other to move anywhere in the room. The sound of the toilet flushing is enough to wake the dead. The shower delivers nothing warmer than room temperature water (but curiously, the water in the bathroom sink is hot). The veranda is a plastic-enclosed postage-stamp with 2 miserable plastic chairs. The TV cannot be viewed from the seating area, only the bed -- whose genius is behind that failure of space/function? The hallways are endless and narrow and laundry carts and food service carts are left parked permanently in key spots along the way. Suffice it to say that I have stayed in budget-priced Travel Lodges that were better designed and better appointed. The vaunted "Concierge Class" turns out to be three stems of Peruvian lillies (alstomeria) and three pieces of fruit. They were, all six of them, there when we moved in and they were there when we left. Requests for daily ice were hit and miss. 2. The food. Yikes! Awful in the Main Dining Room (San Marcos). The rib-eye was like pot roast; the duck was flabby and fatty and unrecognizable. Everything was unseasoned, overcooked, and bland. The onion soup was fine, and my husband had an appetizer of himachi one evening that was good. But even the vaunted Sunday brunch was cold bacon, toaster waffles served room temperature, and the same canteloupe, watermelon and honeydew that we had seen at every service for four days. Waiter service was fine, but entry and seating service was an ugly and unpleasant frenzy at every meal-- bossy and over-bearing staff, indifferent to guest sensibilities and preferences. The buffet was just dreary. Endless pans of curries and over-baked sludgy pasta casseroles. The rolls and pastries were stale every single day. The pizza was doughy, tough, flavorless, served room temperature. The sushi was unimaginative and unexceptional. The omelets were fine but took forever as that station was never adequately staffed. The hamburgers at the poolside grill were like frisbees in their lack of flavor or other recognizable meat-like qualities. We tried two of the specialty (extra price) food options, with good results. Bistro on Five had very nice panini, if an absurdly limited menu, and the bar across from Bistro on Five served a marvelous 7-item tapas platter for $19.00 that was a tasty and sufficient supper for two one night when the MDR menus was so dreary that we simply got up and left without ordering. The ship makes a big deal of its ice creams and gelatos, but both were sub-par, The ice cream, which I tried 3 different times, was full of ice crystals and inadequately flavored. The gelatos were no better. Pastries at the coffee bar were days past their sell by deadline. Drink service -- wine, cocktails, beer, sodas -- was very strong. No complaints at all although in retrospect the all-inclusive beverage package is over-priced but very convenient. 3. Ship entertainment. Way way way too much thumping pounding "music" -- everywhere, all the time. The passengers are mostly 45+ and even more. Why are we enduring hip hop and rap and disco music constantly? The comedian was unfunny and hostile to the (admittedly sparse) audience. The lectures and programs were almost all sales opportunities. The "art" auction was astonishingly huck-sterish and uninformed. Oh, I could say more, but what is the point? Truth be told by Day 3 we were looking forward to being done with this luxury vacation; by the 4th day we were avid to get off the damn boat; and by the time we docked, I was grateful to the point of tears that it was finally over. Embarkation and disembarkation are very well-organized and we were grateful for the ease of departing. I have tasked myself with the assignment due diligence and investigating whether our experience was typical, or was based on a bad choice of cruise line. If we need to spend more to have a good experience, I'll bite again. If what we had is what you get, then no -- never, never, never again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
First of all, many reviews have complained that the ship is showing it's age and wear and tear. However, I thought virtually everything looks to be in very good shape and well maintained. The public areas, lounges, bathrooms, ... Read More
First of all, many reviews have complained that the ship is showing it's age and wear and tear. However, I thought virtually everything looks to be in very good shape and well maintained. The public areas, lounges, bathrooms, cafe's, bars, etc are all very clean and modern. Not only do they look clean, but you will constantly see them cleaning everything. There was always someone walking around with a windex bottle and a rag or vacuum. The only part of the ship that I felt needed some updating was the lounge chairs on the upper deck of the pool. The soft lounge chairs on the actual pool deck all appeared comfortable and clean. However, the upper deck has those white slat lounge chairs and they were sort of dirty looking. I'm sure it's just from the constant exposure to sun and sea, but still, they could be replaced. Our room was very clean and in good order. The bed wasn't as uncomfortable as many people have said, but I think that's just a matter of preference. We had cabin 6135, which is one of those not so hidden C1 class cabins that has an extended balcony. If you are thinking of booking this class i would definitely try and get one of these extended balcony cabins. Lots of room for 2 sitting chairs, 2 lounge chairs, and a table, with plenty of room to walk around as well. They leave little afternoon snacks in your room every day. It is just a small plate of 5 or 6 items. None of them were very good though. All of the food we had was either good or excellent with 2 exceptions. The one night we ordered room service and i still hadn't arrived 45 minutes after i ordered it. When I called again the woman told me she'd check and call me back. She called me back about 2 minutes later and said it's on the way. When we got it the food looked like it had been sitting around for some time. My guess is they just forgot to bring it up. The second not so good food was the breakfast in the main dining room. The pancakes were just awful. The best meal was at Ocean Liners, which you do have to pay $45 per person to eat there, but it was SO worth it! The casino was a bit sleepy, it just seemed like no one wanted top play in it for some reason. The good thing about that is you have your pick of any seat/table in the house. The pool area did get crowded a couple times, but that was about the only place i ever felt there was a lot of people. There are a lot of spots on the ship where you can truly be alone. There was never a crowd for the buffet, restaurants, shows, etc. The gym does get a little crowded in the mornings, but I think that has more to do with it being fairly small than anything else. The entertainment was ok overall. Some of the bands were good, some were not. The comedian was funny, but I thought the magician was bad. We went to one of their production shows and walked out after 10 minutes, with was 9 minutes too long. Overall it was a very relaxing, clean, enjoyable cruise. My final note would be to other first time cruisers. Take dramamine or some other motion sickness pill. Everyone said you can't feel the ship move, but you certainly can. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
I'm sorry, this is a very long review; but there's a lot I want to touch upon. As we are normally either "one stop" or "road trip" vacationers, we had never actually considered taking a cruise. We like to ... Read More
I'm sorry, this is a very long review; but there's a lot I want to touch upon. As we are normally either "one stop" or "road trip" vacationers, we had never actually considered taking a cruise. We like to settle in to places, explore, find out of the way places and get to know our destinations. However, so many of our friends love cruising, so, we thought we'd give it a try. We selected a "mini" cruise -- 5 night/4 days -- to see if we liked it. We chose Celebrity because we'd heard so many really good things about the cruise line. I have nothing to compare it with, but we were happy that we did because it was excellent. We opted for only 2 ports and 2 sea days so we could see if we enjoyed life onboard -- a good way to "get our feet wet" so to speak! We arrived in Miami a couple of days beforehand, which was nice because it made our vacation a little longer. We stayed at the Holiday Inn across the street from Bayside Market and a stone's throw from The Port. It was the perfect pre-cruise location and it was fun to watch the ships come and go from our bedroom window; we were even treated to a fireworks display one night. Embarkation was so easy and efficient. From the time we left our hotel to the time we were onboard and sitting by the pool, less than 1 hour had passed! Good tip from a friend -- because the staterooms aren't available for a few hours, take a beach bag with change of clothes, swimsuit, sunscreen, etc. So you can enjoy some sun time before going to your stateroom.) We lunched at the buffet -- the only pre-sailing eatery open (maybe Bistro on Five was open too -- not sure). Great selection of food -- only quibble was the fact that they ran out of water and coffee quite early because of the amount of people being fed at one time. This was the only time we ate at the Buffet, apart from the occasional late afternoon snack -- we had all our other meals at the San Marco Dining Room -- so nice to be able to be served in a beautiful environment. After lunch we made our way to our stateroom -- only got lost once! When we arrived there, only one of or two cases was there, but between our wonderful Cabin Attendant (Jaime) and the Concierge, the problem was resolved quickly. We were on Deck 7, pretty much in the centre of the ship, so it was very stable and we never felt any movement. We were also close to the elevators and staircase, but it was a quiet location. We were so impressed with our stateroom. Yes, of course it was tiny, but the design, layout and amazingly efficient use of storage space made it feel much larger -- we could have packed twice as much and still had room to spare. Same goes for the bathroom. Both rooms were light and bright -- good use of light woods and neutral colours -- both spotlessly clean. We were glad that we'd booked a room with a verandah -- it was lovely to be able to sit out there whenever we wanted, especially at night -- so peaceful watching the stars and enjoying the breeze. We slept with the door open -- the sound of the sea lulled us to sleep. Our Cabin Attendant and his Assistant were fantastic -- nothing was too much trouble. I happened to mention , in passing, that I found the pillows a little soft -- within minutes there were new, firmer pillows on the bed -- and that's only one example of the incredible service. Another was when I asked for extra towels, they were there by the time we returned from breakfast. The Constellation is a beautiful ship. We spent an afternoon just exploring and getting ourselves orientated with all the different places onboard. The decor everywhere is just lovely. The crew are amazing -- so friendly (always a big smile), helpful, efficient and professional. As mentioned above, we ate all our meals in San Marco Dining Room. We opted for a table for 8, second sitting, which worked out perfectly. We lucked out and were sitting with 6 other interesting, fun people. It was nice to be able to get to know them and we all looked forward to getting together in the evenings and comparing notes about our day. Also, our table was in a fabulous spot -- right in the middle, open ceiling up to the 2nd level, close to the Captain's Table and the dramatic, sweeping staircase. Breakfast and lunch was freestyle and we opted to share tables with others, so met more people. Our table attendants were excellent and the wine waiter was amazingly knowledgeable and gave us some great recommendations. (Another great hint from a friend. We are not big drinkers, but do enjoy wine with our dinner, so we purchased a pack of 3 bottles of wine, which was perfect for the 2 of us for 5 nights. Saved us a lot of money because to buy wine at the table is way more expensive.) There were also other drinks packages, which if split between a couple would be excellent value. Of course, the food was constantly delicious -- always a good variety -- something for everyone. We didn't eat at any of the specialty restaurants or cafes -- however there was a good variety and they all looked lovely. My husband enjoyed the burgers at the poolside grill and we had to control ourselves with the fabulous homemade icecreams. The last day there was a huge, fantastic brunch - dozens of tables full of wonderful food + ice sculptures -- amazing. However, it was really odd that they were charging for orange juice at the brunch when it was included at no charge with breakfast every other day! The Cruise Director and Entertainment Officer (Damien and Tyler) did a fantastic job and worked so hard to co-ordinate all the activities. We didn't take advantage of many of them, but there was definitely something for everyone. We just wanted to be lazy, sit in the sun, read and snooze -- so we found a couple of quiet corners of the ship and just relaxed. We did go to a couple of shows at the theatre and they were fun; the cast did a really good job and worked very hard. All the above were positive aspects of the ship; but we did have a few "cons", which I'm going to mention. First -- a real pet peeve. Having to pay for bottled water is just crazy. Yes, there are water dispensers at the buffet and near the pool, but having to pay for bottled water is just nickel & diming. I was checking the online room service drinks menu and everything was no charge except for the water!!! With the prices being charged for drinks, I'm sure free bottled water wouldn't be such a big deal. We solved that problem by buying a couple of large bottles at each port and filling our smaller bottles from those. Also, at the pasta station at the buffet there were only 2 people working there: one cooking the pastas to order and one other who just put the sauce over the pasta. There were always long line-ups there, so why not have more than one person cooking the pasta and surely the same person could cook AND add the sauce!! My husband noticed that some of the bathroom towels had holes in them, but, to be honest, I never noticed that; I thought the towels were lovely, thick and good quality. Some of the beach chairs could do with replacing. The webbing is definitely starting to sag -- okay if you're sitting by the pool where the chairs are cushioned, but otherwise, they are a little uncomfortable. Not too bad if you pad them with lots of beach towels! The cruise literature states that there's a dress code; nothing amazingly formal, but a dress code none-the-less. Pity it's not enforced in any way. People turned up for dinner in the restaurant wearing shorts, ratty tee-shirts, flip-flops and baseball hats worn backwards (that weren't taken off at the table!). People came into the buffet wearing wet swimsuits and wrapped in towels; not very nice. Lastly, our one really big complaint -- the level of the music being blasted all over the ship!! I know it's just my opinion, but when I'm by the ocean, I like to hear the sound of the water and maybe some gentle, relaxing music; but the noise on the ship was absolutely mind-numbing and stressful. There was a really nice Caribbean band playing by the pool, but the speakers were the size of small buildings and I'm sure the music could be heard all over the Caribbean!!! It would have been nice to have the option of a "quiet pool" -- not just the Solarium, because who wants to sit inside on a lovely, hot, sunny day?! The noise coming from the Martini Bar was beyond belief -- might have been better if the bar was enclosed so that the music didn't permeate throughout the ship. It was impossible to sit and enjoy a drink in the Rendezvous Lounge before going in for dinner -- there was a lounge between there and the San Marco Dining Room -- live music, small dance floor and karaoke. Again, the sound level was astounding, so a relaxing conversation was impossible. Even when the singer performed in the open air cafe behind the buffet, the speakers were huge and we got up and left. During the rest of the day there was really nice music being played there and it wasn't ear-splitting! One night, after dinner, we wanted to sit up on the deck and just relax -- well, there was music blasting around the pool and there wasn't even anyone there!!!! Would it be too much to ask to lower the volume???? We were surprised because we weren't expecting that on Celebrity. Maybe the Caribbean cruises are more party-orientated, but still...........!! Ports: Roatan and Cozumel. We selected these ports because we were more interested in the onboard cruising experiences than the land portions. I can't comment on the shore excursions because we didn't take any, but there was an enormous variety with something for everyone. They seem a little expensive, but I guess if you want to be sure that the ship won't leave without you if you're late, then they're a great idea. We just hopped into taxis and explored on our own. We were a little disappointed in Roatan, but spent a few nice hours browsing around and sampling local food. Cozumel we just headed to a beach club we'd read about and had a lovely day there. For $10 we rented 2 beach chairs and an umbrella. Enjoyed a nice lunch and a couple of beers, lazed in the sun, swam, snorkelled and listened to softly played Bob Marley music!!! By the way, when we were docked at Cozumel, we were right next to Royal Caribbean "Oasis of the Seas"!!! Never seen anything quite so huge in all our lives -- passenger capacity of 6500 + approx 2000 crew members!!!! Unbelievable. Made us really appreciate our ship with only approx 2000 passenger capacity!! The Constellation looked tiny next to this behemoth!! Our Cruise Rating for Celebrity Constellation -- 8 out of 10. Would have been 10 out of 10 if it weren't for our minor quibbles and the noise issue.! We loved the ship and we can't say enough good things about the crew and the service they gave. Apparently there's a 2-1 passenger crew ratio, which is amazing. Every single person had a big smile on his/her face and were friendly, helpful, professional and efficient. Special shout outs to Damien and Tyler (who I mentioned before) + Jaime and Carlos(our stateroom attendants), all the table attendants at Table Number 208 (sorry, I can't remember their names)and also to Marinela, the adorable girl who carried round a huge tray of pastries, croissants, brioches, etc at breakfast. Would we cruise again? Maybe if we saw an itinerary that we really liked and had sea days -- we would cruise on Celebrity again for sure. It would also be nice to combine it with a few days ashore either at the beginning or end of the cruise. We really enjoyed it, but cruising wouldn't be top of our vacation wish list -- we still prefer to have our feet on the ground! Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Late last year I decided my husband and I should take a cruise. I had never really wanted to cruise, but after hearing about a friend's recent experience, I decided that we should give it a try. I am an incurable detail person and ... Read More
Late last year I decided my husband and I should take a cruise. I had never really wanted to cruise, but after hearing about a friend's recent experience, I decided that we should give it a try. I am an incurable detail person and embarked upon an exhaustive review of cruise lines, ships, passengers and just about every other detail that I thought might be pertinent to achieving the perfect cruise experience. I had a long list of requirements: I didn't want to be on the party barge, I needed a little luxury, I wanted to be with more "middle aged" people and less 20-somethings and children. I had to have a nice stateroom and a good wine list. The Constellation kept coming up as the ship for us. We flew into Miami on the morning of embarkation and had a seamless transfer to the ship. A friendly Celebrity representative was there to greet us and direct us to the bus which was waiting nearby. The journey to the port was short and comfortable and once we arrived (around 1:00) were able to board the ship with no delay whatsoever. Being first time cruisers, we had no idea what to expect, or even where to go. We were handed a glass of sparkling wine upon our arrival and directed onto the ship. We weren't exactly sure where to go at that point, so we asked one of the many smiling and helpful Celebrity employees what we should do. His response, "you can do anything you want! You're on vacation!" We decided to head to our stateroom which was a concierge level room with a balcony. We found it to be sparkling clean and ready for us, which was a nice surprise because I had read that often rooms are not ready. We had hors d'oeuvres waiting for us along with a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. The room was HUGE compared to what we were expecting and the balcony was worth every penny. I have seriously stayed in NYC hotel rooms that were not as big as our concierge level stateroom! I had taken the advice of just about every poster on the first time blogs and had packed all the usual "space saver" devices like the over the door holder, etc. We didn't need any of them because there was so much storage space in the room. It was wonderful! We didn't really see our stateroom attendant much, but we really didn't need him. Our room was beautifully cleaned every day and each day we had afternoon hors d'oeuvres delivered to the room. We chose traditional dining just to try it with the intention of changing to open seating if we didn't like the way it went. We sat with 2 of the nicest couples we have ever met, and ended up spending the rest of the cruise dining with them. We even had drinks together in the airport on the way home! Service was pretty slow (we were never in a hurry!) but the food was good. The sommelier was good about keeping my glass full, a benefit of the beverage package. The experienced cruisers among us were disappointed that there was no lobster served, as apparently that is the norm for most cruises. I usually ate light at dinner and hit the sushi or pizza bars laters. Sushi was better than expected and I enjoyed it often.Bistro on 5, as mentioned in other reviews, is a hidden gem. We ate their twice, always had good service and excellent food, and it was NEVER crowded. Well worth the 5 bucks. My favorite place to hang out when we were not outside was Cafe al Bacio. They have these big, squishy, comfy chairs and we usually tried to get there early to get a window seat. My hubby and I spent several hours there one cold day reading, talking and drinking coffee, tea and yummy drinks. We never tried Cellar Masters, the wine bar with the cool dispensers, because I don't think the dispensed wine was included in the beverage package.We opted for the premium beverage package and got more than our money's worth. Not only does it cover wine, beer and mixed drinks (pricey if you're buying them) but also special teas and coffee drinks which we enjoyed often. Wine and beer selections were pretty good. It made for a much more relaxing vacation because there was no bill waiting for us when we got home. In Key West we did the Hemmingway House tour and had a drink at Sloppy Joe's which was fine, but we were really there for the cruise and cared little for the excursions. In Cozumel we were originally scheduled to snorkel, but all water activities were cancelled because of windy conditions. We ended up in a Mexican cooking class instead, which ended up being one of the most fun things we did all weekend. We were paired 2 others from our cruise and the 4 of us made dinner under the supervision of Oskar, a Mexican chef, while a little man kept bringing us drinks. We opted not to stay and use the beach facilities after our class and dinner and instead returned to the ship. Don't think I'd go back to Cozumel, but our class was fun.The few kids that were on the ship during our cruise (school was in session) were either European or home schooled, both groups that generally behave better than average American kids so they were no problem. However, they did monopolize the outdoor pool most of the time so we chose the adult only pool which was a bit crowded at peak times. We're not big pool people anyway, so this was not a problem for us.The ship was unbelievably clean. I had heard horror stories from others about cruise ships, but I will say that every surface was perfect! The public bathrooms in particular were very impressive, and there was an attendant present during busy times, cleaning the commode just as soon as someone exited the stall. The show was OK, but we really weren't there for the big shows and were looking for more of an intimate getaway for us. We loved Michael's and spent our last night there. Entertainment there was wonderful!The only negative was room service. We ordered our breakfast the first day, anticipating a leisurely breakfast on the balcony. After more than an hour had passed and it had not been delivered, we called. It finally came after another 30 minutes and was ice cold, obviously had been sitting somewhere. Our concierge was very apologetic.Disembarkation was easy but we were so sad to go. Four nights is just not enough, so we are looking for a 10 day cruise next.....if we can get someone to watch our children for that long! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
I realise that I've written one LONG review, but I've attempted to address some of the topics that I wanted to know more about prior to taking my first cruise. Hope it's helpful to some folks. :) This was my first cruise ... Read More
I realise that I've written one LONG review, but I've attempted to address some of the topics that I wanted to know more about prior to taking my first cruise. Hope it's helpful to some folks. :) This was my first cruise ever and it was a great way to start! I've traveled on ferries and smaller boats/ships overnight, but never a real cruise ship. I'd read some negative reviews prior to my cruise, so I was a tad apprehensive. However I didn't think that the Turner Classic Movie Channel would risk its reputation by offering this rather pricey cruise, attended by many famous people, on anything less than a stellar cruise ship, and it seems that I was right! My experience with Celebrity and the Constellation put any worries that I might have had to rest! (This cruise centered around the showing and appreciation of classic movies. TCM TV hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz were on board, as were celebrities such as Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Arlene Dahl, Sally Ann Howes, Norman Lloyd, Rich Little, and Alex Trebek.) Booking was easy through "Sixthman", on-line. All information and directions were very timely, thorough, and helpful. Our hotel shuttle dropped us at the Celebrity (Constellation) pier. Our checked luggage had the correct Celebrity specific tags on it and it was swiftly handled by the cruise line's staff from that point on, without any problems. We made our way into the building which seemed like a proper, permanent structure to me; clean and well decorated, and there were many well groomed and polite staff members available to direct us, and to answer questions. We got through security swiftly, and then went on to "check in". This process seemed to go quickly in general for most folks from what I could see at the time, but we were especially lucky in that we were permitted to board right away as we had "priority embarkation"; a perk from booking a "Sky Suite" (S1). We had no waiting to speak of. At this same desk we could see some staff members in funny hats who would entertain folks by singing Happy Birthday to anyone whose birthday it happened to be. :) The line of guests walking toward the doors of the ship moved along very quickly and with no waiting that we could see. There were crew members smiling and greeting us at every turn. Once on board we were given champagne, mimosas, or juice. We walked aft and were free to do what we wished as we waited for our room to become ready. We chose to sit in the peaceful 5th floor bar "Cafe al Bacio" and enjoy more champagne, and some yummy pastries. We both had obtained the Premium Beverage Package during booking our cruise, and this package is definitely a good idea if you enjoy a drink with meals, in between meals, and in the evening. An overhead announcement stated that all staterooms were ready after we had waited for approx. an hour, maybe less. We easily found our stateroom and our luggage arrived very shortly after. Our butler Alfred (what a dear!) and our two room stewards Luis and Boris, introduced themselves in turn and explained the daily routine. The butler provided us with two methods of contacting him, and he reminded us often to contact him if we needed anything at all. He answered very promptly whenever we did call for him. There was champagne and fresh flowers and fruit waiting for us. We had flowers, fruit, and a never ending supply of canapes and desserts showing up in our room several times daily, as if by magic. The stewards kept the room very clean and would supply towels, beach towels (excursions), and change the sheets whenever asked. The three of these fellows worked hard to quickly fulfill any and all requests. They all seemed very well trained, polite, friendly, and impeccably groomed. I did notice that all of the staff on the Connie smelled similar, and they all smelled great. Maybe they have rules about which scents they may or may not use? They didn't discuss the "Pillow Menu" as such, but in our room, we seemed to have every type of pillow they had available. We both seemed to find our favourite. The room had a safe, a small fridge, and lots of storage for the two of us. The room was tastefully decorated and very quiet. The carpet looked quite new. We couldn't hear any noise from the hall or from the next door rooms, other than perhaps a little bit while we were in the bathroom. But you couldn't hear this "noise" from the bedroom. We couldn't hear any noise from the public space under our room (the dining room), nor from the staterooms above us. The beds were surprisingly comfortable, and the sheets of good quality. The closet was quiet large and even large enough to be used as a tight changing room if you're shy. :) The TV was of quite a large size. The balcony was heaven! 6127 has a nice balcony. The HVAC system would make a gentle hum at certain settings, but it was not too loud; in fact I found it rather soothing. We had enough hangers, but we could easily have obtained more if we had requested. The drapes were heavy enough to block light quite well. There was a night light in the bathroom that could be unplugged. The hairdryer was not great, but certainly adequate. We did not dine in the specialty dining rooms but I only heard good things from the few folks I heard speaking about their experiences with them. Well, we did have crepes at the Bistro on Five which were wonderful. All of the crepes are five dollars and they are very good. This Bistro has great hours, and the decor and staff are lovely. The food that we had at the main dining room, the Aqua Spa Buffet, the Sunset Bar, and the many other venues around the ship that we visited, was all very good! There was a pool side grill where hot dogs, hamburgers, and the like were made to order. Generally I found the food on the ship to be of a chef level quality, well presented, and professionally served. Most of the food seemed to be of gourmet level to me. The buffet choices were vast and there were food selections from around the world. I enjoyed the Indian food. Even the buffet pasta was great; not overcooked at all which is a feat when it comes to buffets. We enjoyed the "Crush" ice bar and martini bar on the fourth deck. It was a great place to meet folks, and enjoy the very good martinis. We didn't have to endure much waiting at all on the Constellation, despite the ship being at full capacity (the cruise was "sold out"). We had no waiting at the dining room, buffets, or other food venues. There were only the occasional very short waits for the elevators, if any at all. We never had to wait for a poolside deck chair. There were always seats available at the theater which is saying something on a cruise such as ours. There were popcorn and drinks available when entering the theater where the staff would welcome you with a smile, and waitstaff would also bring drinks to your seats. The screen was surprisingly large, and the sound system was great. I found the seats comfortable, and there are little tables between the seats on which you can place drinks. Being at the front of the ship, we'd sometimes feel the roll of the ship while in the theater, but it was not bad at all. The seats were placed at such an angle that even short persons such as myself were able to see the stage and screen. The regular outdoor pool area was a nice spot to read, relax in the sun, or meet folks. There were two pools in that area and the water was not too cold. They are not deep enough for the water to be over an average sized adult's head, but certainly deep enough for swimming. There are four, fairly large hot tubs surrounding these pools. The deck chairs around these pools were cushioned and some were out in the open beside the pools, while others were sheltered from the sun by a mezzanine that hung above the periphery of the pool area. These sheltered chairs were still definitely "outdoors", but you could still enjoy the pool area if the weather got bad, or if you had too much sun. The glass walls (windows) around these chairs slid open to allow the sea air in, if you're so inclined. There were always lots of clean towels available and the staff kept the pool area well picked up and tidy. Waitstaff circled the area often and took drink orders. I noticed the waitstaff bringing food and other items to some of the quests who were resting on their deckchairs. The salt water spa pool "Aqua Spa" was located beyond (forward of) the outdoor pools and it was very nice. The water was lovely and very warm, but not hot tub warm. There were two hot tubs on either side of the main spa pool. One nice touch was that there was a lift chair to aid those folks with mobility issues in and out of the hot tubs (but maybe not the spa pool itself? - I couldn't quite tell for sure). Another nice touch, was that this spa tub and area was designated as being an "adults only" (16 years and older) area, making it an even more peaceful retreat. There was a sign or two that gently reminded folks to please keep the area serene, as "spa treatments are in progress". Many folks rested on the old fashioned, wooden deck chairs and read. It was one of my favourite places on the ship. There were four huge, high taps on all corners of this spa pool that dropped water straight down with some force, and they provided quite a good neck and back massage. There were fabulous "bubble chairs" built into the two sides of the pool where you could recline on smooth, stainless steel bars, and the warm water would bubble up around you. This area was quiet and the noise of the water drowns out (pardon the pun) any voices or other poolside noise that might occur. This area was covered by a transparent roof, so the sun was always visible. It was a very nice place to relax, especially if the weather was poor. There were showers, saunas, and a spa treatment area beyond this spa pool. The sauna had a large window that overlooked the ocean. Guests were able to use these facilities without any fuss, and we were able to walk right in, no waiting, no extra fee (other than for the spa treatments themselves). These full shower/bathroom facilities could be used by quests who had crowded cabins as a secondary bathroom, as long as they didn't linger too long. There was quite a mix of folks on our cruise, but it seemed to me that most folks were middle aged or older. But there were also many young couples. I only saw one child embarking, but never saw him again during the cruise. The folks on this cruise were all interested in the theme which was classic movies, so maybe we all got along better than the average crowd? But I don't really know as this was my first cruise. Some folks seemed to go to bed early, and others never seemed to sleep at all. But there were many public places where the night owls could meet without bothering those who were trying to sleep. I truly cannot think of a thing to complain about regarding this cruise. If I was totally unreasonable and nitpicky, I might be able to think of something. But in all reality, things went very well indeed. Especially when I consider that there were a couple of thousand of strangers gathered together in a new and strange environment, out in the middle of the Caribbean. I must admit that I did hear several folks complaining about little things. Frankly it seemed to me that these folks just loved to complain in general, and would complain no matter how well things were going. Jeepers, some of them were just awful. I don't know how the staff endured folks such as these, but they would just keep on smiling and acting in a professional and respectful manner. I know that things must go wrong on cruises at times, and that they do need to be addressed. But from what I observed, the nonsense about which most of these folks were complaining was either nonexistent, or not important in the least. During all of our comings and goings from our stateroom, the staff managed to clean it twice a day, deliver our daily goodies, and perform our nightly turn down service without detection. Their timing was magical, and we never saw them unless you wanted to. Our butler was very helpful organising one of our shore excursions, along with our other extra requests. We were supplied with fabulous, fresh beach towels for both of our excursions, along with a very good quality tote bag/wallet for off shore exploring; it appeared to be very water resistant. Getting on and off of the ship for our excursions went quickly and smoothly (waves permitting), and the staff wished that we "have a great day", and "welcome back" as we came and went. The staff were very attentive to anyone needing aid, and they seemed focused on safety. We enjoyed Celebrity's famous chilled towels and champagne upon our return to the ship. Also, antibacterial soap was dispensed by a couple of crew members at the door, if you were so inclined. Leaving the ship also went very smoothly. We had our luggage tags delivered to our room by our butler the night before, and he explained the process. We packed, put our tags on our luggage and placed it in the hall before going out for the evening. We didn't realise that we couldn't get our room service coffee on the day of disembarkation (silly first timers), but when our butler heard us asking our steward about this, he said not to worry and took the time to deliver it himself! What a great guy. We were allowed to leave the ship whenever we wanted to due to our "priority disembarkation" perk from booking the "Sky Suite" (S1), so we wandered over to the bar on the 5th floor where we had first started our cruise five days before. We relaxed and enjoyed some mimosas while our Beverage Cards still remained activated! We only had to line up for a small amount of time in order to leave the ship, and we easily found our luggage and got though customs. The staff was helpful as we lined up to leave the ship, ensuring that we had our customs cards filled out, and answering questions. We took the Celebrity shuttle to the airport. We had no tickets for this shuttle (our fault) but the driver saw our Celebrity lanyard ID's and let us on the bus anyway. Nice guy. :) If anyone has any specific questions for me, please feel free to ask. :) I grew rather fond of "Connie" during my five days on board. I would definitely book a cruise with Celebrity again, and would certainly take the opportunity to enjoy more time on board the Constellation. :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Background My wife and I (a little older than the '50' in the title) decided to add a short cruise after a vacation in Miami Beach. The objective was to see how we liked cruising. Our holiday in Miam Beach was in a condo ... Read More
Background My wife and I (a little older than the '50' in the title) decided to add a short cruise after a vacation in Miami Beach. The objective was to see how we liked cruising. Our holiday in Miam Beach was in a condo overlooking the Government Cut and we are able to watch many cruise ships departing port from our balcony and only about 350 metres away from us. Conclusion from that experience: The Carnival ships passing were PARTY SHIPS. It was nice to here the 'When I wish upon a star' played on the Disney ship's horns as they set sail. Arrival We took a cab from Miami Beach to the pier. Checking in shortly before noon everything went smoothly and quickly. The excellent customer service standards that Celebrity seems to have were immediately noted. We were directed (Surprise Surprise) to the 'Bistro on Five' for a first lunch. I say 'Surprise' because it is one of the pay extra facilities and there is a fairly constant sales pitch to sell the up-charged items aboard the ship. The $5.00 cover charge seemed quite reasonable as this although wasn't the fanciest meals we had on ship it was the freshest and well prepared and very tasty. The primary items on the menu are soups and both sweet and savoury crepes. Cruisers Sitting later at the stern of the ship having a cocktail we met some fellow cruisers. Being 'virgins' we didn't know what to expect but found it so easy to meet and converse with other shipmates. There is always was something in common, even it is 'the cruise right now'. This particular short cruise, over a weekend, had a wide range of ages and nationalities represented. There were few children and also few elderly people too. We were told that the previous 5 day cruise from Saturday to Thursday had an older demographic. Of note, the swimming pool area was quite a party scene during the day. I didn't see it as being crazy but the music was quite loud and the pool area is a bit of an enclosed amphitheatre. Again, we were told, during the previous cruise that wasn't over a weekend, that this was not the case. Stateroom I had selected room 9201 when booking from the deck plan. From the pictures it looked like the balcony was larger than the other ones in the same class. This proved to be correct. The balcony was almost as big as the main area of the cabin. Interestingly, being astern of the ship, the balcony was well protected and we never once had to deal with wind when outside. The actual room very nice and we appreciated the many storage options so that it was easy to keep tidy. Not having cruised before I can't really comment on how it compares to other ships or cruise lines. San Marco Restaurant. We had a private table booked for the late dinner seating. The food was very good, not quite excellent, and again I can't compare to other cruise experiences. Comparing it to high end banquet meals the food at the dining room on the ship was far superior and the selections were great. The servers we had for the duration of the cruise were excellent and remembered all our preferences. On a future cruise we would likely ask for a traditionally shared table. I was less than impressed by the breakfast in this restaurant. For example, ordering hash browns had the servers bringing a deep fried thing that looked and tasted like the Macdonalds menu item of the same name. Buffet Restaurant We had breakfast at the buffet restaurant and on the cruising day it was very nice. The poached egg station is a nice touch. I appreciated that the servers preferred to place the food on the plates, eliminating the need to touch utensils that other guests had touched. Breakfast on the departure day was less impressive and was typical buffet fare. Cleanliness and prevention of germ transmission. Celebrity takes this very seriously. There are numerous signs instructing guests to clean hands properly. There are many hand disinfectant stations about the ship plus crew members dispensing same when embarking. I saw on a number of occasions cleaners wiping down stair railings. 'Seminar' While taking the complementary tour of the spa area we signed up for a foot pain seminar. Miraculously the crew members were able to tell all our physical problems by a quick perusal or our footprints. This turned out into a disgusting sell job for some overpriced shoe inserts. Of course, aboard ship, it is difficult to scour the internet to see if the products they are trying to sell will do what they say. I thought it sad that the cruise line is using their legitimate personal trainers to sell what seems like expensive junk. Gym and Running Track The gym is well equipped and faces forward with a view ahead of the ship. It's too bad that for a 6' tall man the windows are too low to see the horizon. I appreciated the running track and used it every day except for when the winds got too strong. It is 333 metres long so quite usable but best to use early before sunbathers and partiers block the actual surface. It's hard enough not gaining weight with all the good food and drink available. I used a combination of daily exercise and never setting foot into an elevator to try to prevent the extra pounds. I can't say I was totally successful though. Entertainment The Hollywood revue was a fun hour in the Celebrity Theatre. It is always good to see young performers singing and dancing and putting their all into what they are doing. Departure Not having booked our travel through the cruise line we found that the departure time they allotted us was a bit tight to catch our plane. We wound up butting through the long line for departure and were able to get to the airport on time. Next time I would be more careful setting this up. Luckily our cab driver was a retired race car driver. In general, we really enjoyed the Celebrity ship and Constellation in particular. She has the feel of a classic liner and I hope to return in the future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
My husband and I took this cruise to Scandinavia this past August 12 - 24. It was our first cruise, and generally, we enjoyed it very much. The accommodations were excellent, as well as the service. The entertainment was generally very ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise to Scandinavia this past August 12 - 24. It was our first cruise, and generally, we enjoyed it very much. The accommodations were excellent, as well as the service. The entertainment was generally very good, and we especially appreciated the pre-disembarkation prep talks given by Linda; she was excellent! We personally could have done w/out the "Staffs' Got Talent" show, which I understand is a fixture on cruises; they didn't! Tops in the entertainment for us was the indomitable Perry Grant. Don't pay attention to those naysayers; they don't know what they're talking about. This guy's humor is a mite sophisticated, so if you don't get it...all I can say is, after my husband and I discovered his show in Michael's Club, we made sure to return for almost ALL of his shows. He is very talented and absolutely hysterical. When we disembarked in Amsterdam, and I spent 3 days listening to people speaking Dutch, I must have looked like a nut, because I kept cracking up remembering Perry's rendition of "speaking Dutch" (the Dutch passengers aboard were hysterical, too!). The only thing I was surprised about and disappointed with was the uneven quality of the food. I know the staff is preparing food for thousands of people, but I still expected the buffet to have better-tasting food. I mean, how difficult is it to make good-tasting bread? Or decent tuna fish salad? The food in the dining room and Tuscan Grille specialty restaurant was generally very good, but here again, I was disappointed with the desserts. They were generally just "OK," and sometimes not good at all. Really awful we're the chocolate chip cookies (the REAL ones), also not something you need Michelin stars to be able to execute well. And I was particularly disappointed w/some of the food prepared on Russian Night. While the coulibiac and Russian-style potato salad were pretty good, the hot borscht and beef stroganoff were inedible. I actually offered my easy and delicious hot borscht recipe to the head chef; he said he wanted it and his asst chef said they'd come to the dining room that night (the last) to look for me and get it, but they didn't. I felt bad that all those people had had such a wonderful time in St. Petersburg, but then weren't able to experience the simple but delicious pleasure of these Russian classics. The other thing I'd probably wish for is more shopping time (at least 2 hours) built into the tours. I also very much enjoyed Karen Dodd's nature presentations, but would have preferred the trivia sessions to be more general (geography, history, maybe about the ports of call), and they would have been more enjoyable if small prizes were given out after each session. And come on, it was SO ANNOYING that they kept trying to sell us stuff and that we didn't have free wi-FI, but from what I understand, this is typical of a cruise at this price range. I liked this port of call because it really looks like a medieval town (I'm a history buff; this may not be everyone's cup off tea), and the shopping is fabulous! A tour really isn't necessary; it's small enough for a self-guided tour. Ate lunch at Olde Hanse, where the servers wear medieval garb, and the place is only lit w/candles! The food was very good, too. Buy sweaters, natively-made linen wraps, etc. The prices are fair. And we were able to return to the ship when we were finished (well, if the truth be told, I wasn't finished, but would I ever have been?!) by shuttle bus. Tour guide was fabulous, saw the important sites, palaces, etc., and had oodles of time for shopping! The idea of see stuff, then hang out in the city center for a few hours and return on a shuttle bus is a terrific way to combine sightseeing and shopping; I would have liked ALL the tours to be this way. Tried traditional Danish smorgasbord; expensive but delicious! Talk about wonderful bread! Danish people exceptionally nice (pretty much everyone in every port of call was nice). Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
I am not going to detail all our every moves but to sum up how we felt and how we were treated aboard the Celebrity Constellation. Embarkation - It was smooth and easy. Punch and water were provided while waiting, and champagne flue-ts ... Read More
I am not going to detail all our every moves but to sum up how we felt and how we were treated aboard the Celebrity Constellation. Embarkation - It was smooth and easy. Punch and water were provided while waiting, and champagne flue-ts awaited all as you board the grand old "Connie". Every member of the crew were all smiles and so very helpful. Stateroom - clean clean clean. We had a concierge c3 veranda on deck 8. We had one some time ago on deck 9 and found the overhanging deck above to blot the sun. As Concierge class we had fresh flowers, fruit, and 4pm snacks every day in our room. The red rose in the bathroom was a nice touch. Steward and assistant were ever so friendly and meticulous with the attention to the room's condition. Common areas - They were never overcrowded and the staff mingled with the passengers as did many of the ships officers. Unlike RCCL you could get as many towels pool side you wanted. Sherbets in the afternoon on sea days was a nice touch at pool side. Of course, the ice cream is no charge. The staff managed to be very polite and cared for the the common areas very well. Food - Of course the food was good but not as good as in the past. Don't get me wrong, even at average the Celebrity food is far better than Princess and RCCL. I was disappointed that escargot was not on the menu. The wait staff were what you would expect on a top notch cruise. Fantastic! Disembarkation - This had a few glitches but it did go quickly. To sum it all up, cruise Celebrity and cruise the best affordable luxury line in the world. Happy cruising. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We recently went on the Baltic cruise and WOW, what an experience. Everything went so smoothly and met expectations that we thought all ships were like that. We are hooked on cruising now and are already planning our next voyage. Having ... Read More
We recently went on the Baltic cruise and WOW, what an experience. Everything went so smoothly and met expectations that we thought all ships were like that. We are hooked on cruising now and are already planning our next voyage. Having recently read the reviews of another very well known ship, I was surprised to see a lot of unhappy people which made me realise how lucky we were to have chosen the Constellation for our first voyage. Cabin We booked a cabin with a balcony but were upgraded to concierge class with a restricted view. I was at first disappointed but actually it was only a small metal structure which in no way restricted the view so we scored. The room was lovely and spacious with plenty of room to unpack all our things. The bathroom is small but very pretty with a fresh rose and all the guest amenities you would expect. The shower has a little wash line so you can rinse out a few things which dry quickly overnight so take a bit of washing powder with you. Food The food was fantastic although for one or two nights, the choices in the San Marco restaurant were uninspiring. Sometimes the starter portion was very small but there is so much food, you can't possibly complain. The "brunch" organised towards the end of the trip was spectacular and beyond the imagination of the average person. The buffet on 10th floor was really great and we often chose to eat there, specially breakfast. The variety is amazing and although some of the stations closed at different times of the day, there was always lots to choose from at any time of the day. Lots of people chose this option and it was very crowded but you never had to wait for more than a few minutes. tea, coffee, juice and water available 24h. In my opinion, the "specialty restaurants" are superfluous. We did not use them. Excursions We only took the St Petersburg excursion. The SA rand does not go very far and we felt the excursions to be expensive. Generally we walked into town, sometimes quite far, but you see things along the way. I would recommend that you do some research on what buses to catch and what you want to see before you sail e.g there are warnings about the HOHO buses in Copenhagen. I did this and could make the best of the day. We booked the Celebrity St Petersburg 2 day excursion and although it was expensive we were not disappointed. It was fabulous - beyond expectation. You can't do this city justice on your own in 2 days. One review I read, suggested a tea break. He also mentioned that it was very strenuous. I am undergoing chemotherapy and did not feel tired at all. It is all so exciting and there is so much to see, you don't even think about a rest or have time for tea. Do some walking before your cruise and you will be ready for the 2 days. Entertainment The "on board" group of entertainers were excellent and their shows were magical. The "guest" entertainers were okay but I felt they could have saved a lot of money by using some of the lead "on board entertainers" to do their own show - they were that good - but I suppose that would make Celebrity look cheap! The lectures were on interesting topics but the lecturer was so boring and did not seem to have a good knowledge of his topics. A real pity. Our only gripe Our only gripe was the beverage packages. We took the classic package at $44 per day plus 15% service fee. We misunderstood the explanation on the brochure, thinking that we had to pay for tea, coffee and water on the ship. The wording is misleading (but clear if you read it again) as you only have to pay for SPECIALITY tea, coffee and water eg Irish coffee. Even so, you are off the ship most of the time and it is almost impossible to use this package fully. When we found it did not suit us, we tried to cancel the package but the management would not move on the subject so we ended up paying over $1,100 unnecessarily. This was really our fault but I did feel that the management could have seen we made a mistake and been more sympathetic. All in all, I can highly recommend the Constellation for a wonderful and trouble free cruise. The ship was late coming into Amsterdam and we missed our flight but I don't see that as a reflection on the Celebrity or part of this review. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Cruise: Very good itinerary. Amsterdam, Warnemunde (+Rostock), Stockholm, Helsinki, St-Petersburg, Tallin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam. Refurbushed Embarkation: Super efficient! Was supposed to be there at 13.30. We arrived at 12.00 and ... Read More
Cruise: Very good itinerary. Amsterdam, Warnemunde (+Rostock), Stockholm, Helsinki, St-Petersburg, Tallin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam. Refurbushed Embarkation: Super efficient! Was supposed to be there at 13.30. We arrived at 12.00 and boarded not long afterwards. Stateroom: Had an inside stateroom. Personally, we wouldn't pay more for a window or a balcony since we don't spend our free time in the room. Since it was our first cruise, was a bit worried about feeling claustrophobic. Not at all! The room is very well designed with a huge mirror at the back. Staff: Very, very nice staff. Made our experience an unforgettable one. They work so hard all day! It was nice to talk to them and learn more about their background and their life at sea. Food: Loved it! I am a food addict and I need to eat well during my vacations. I was very impress at the quality of the food especially since there's nearly 2000 cruisers eating each night. There is so much food, all the time, that you will find something to eat for sure! Didn't try the specialty restaurants. Shows: Impressive! Usually not a fan of resort free shows. Was really impressed at the quality of the shows! Dance shows, musical comedy, violinist, circus act, etc. Activities: a lot of activities...dance classes, movie theater, clubbing, casino, poker tournament, wine tasting, ship tours and much much more. Disembarkation Day: Really easy as well...Nothing to say... Loved our cruise and our first experience with Celebrity Cruises. We will cruise with them again for sure! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
As first time cruises we traveled with family who are old hats but we used Cruise Critic to help with the planning and as a result we had an absolutely amazing trip. We are now converts to the cruising experience and are planning the next ... Read More
As first time cruises we traveled with family who are old hats but we used Cruise Critic to help with the planning and as a result we had an absolutely amazing trip. We are now converts to the cruising experience and are planning the next trip already. Not sure what to put so I may seem to be rambling but here goes. We arrived at the embarkation early and basically walked right on to the ship, really had no waiting other than the security area. The staff were very helpful and so we were able to begin enjoying the experience with no stress after boarding. When we disembarked our group was called as we arrived at our meeting area and we were able to leave the ship pick up our luggage and be on our way with absolutely no delays. Not having anything to compare it to we were very pleased with the ship, it was easy to find our way around and we were always greeted with pleasant smiles and helpful staff. We did not use any of the extra facilities or services - to busy relaxing and enjoying the piano bar (see below). We did use the buffet area for breakfast and for snacks when we arrived back from the port visits. We were able to find what we needed and it was very tasty, we even tried some things that were new to us which is what these experiences are all about. We tended to take our before dinner refreshment in Micheal's Club and were treated like we were someone important. Randy and Lily became a key part to daily activities - checking in each night before and after dinner and they made us feel like old friends. Not sure if this appropriate but we would encourage a visit to see Randy and Lily in Micheal's Club. During this trip the piano player was Richard Rubin and we also highly recommend spending time with very talented musician. His "act" is very dependent upon audience interaction so keep that in mind. We had the late sitting and this is the only real negative because they changed the time from 8:15 to 8:45 which makes for quite a late evening. We ate all the dinners in the dining room except for the day in Berlin because we arrived back too late. Our dining room staff of Sweetee Gonzales(?) and Nesimi Tucmuck(?) were again instrumental in making this such an enjoyable experience. We had a table with just the 4 of us and we were able to laugh and joke with the staff developing a good rapport. Obviously the meals were great with a good selection although I would have liked to see a couple of regional dishes when we were in the areas. It would seem to me that this would be an opportunity to showcase what are some of the unique foods in northern Europe. I realize that there are health concerns and food inspection concerns but I wonder if those could not be overcome. We did not participate in any of the Cruise line shore excursions. With the exceptions of Berlin and St. Petersburg we did the ports on our own using the Jump On and Off buses and generally these worked well. Copenhagen was not as good due to traffic congestion but that is the nature of the beast when 6 cruise ships arrive in the port at the same time and there was road construction in the older areas of the city. For Berlin and St. Petersburg we used SPB Tours and had great service and tours. In both centers we opted for the private car with a driver and guide and we found that this was an awesome way to see the cities. Especially in St. Petersburg where were able to by-pass the long lines and because we were a small group we were generally able to move quickly through the crowds. Highly recommend this company. All in all it was an interesting experience and if you are interested in the history of the Baltic region and the historical cities located there we highly recommend this cruise and a cruise on the Constellation is certainly one you will remember for a long time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Ever since my cousins embarked for a year in the Middle East (Iraq!) in the early '60's on a trans-Atlantic cruise, and I had to get off the Italian Line boat before it sailed (when you could still do that!), I have wanted to ... Read More
Ever since my cousins embarked for a year in the Middle East (Iraq!) in the early '60's on a trans-Atlantic cruise, and I had to get off the Italian Line boat before it sailed (when you could still do that!), I have wanted to sail across the Atlantic. Finally, a last minute "sale," and other factors, combined to make such a trip possible. It is great that my husband has ended up being a fan too! We researched lines for about 6 months; and instantly most were eliminated due to the allowing of smoking, or not enforcing limiting rules, as reported here on CC & elsewhere. Picking a cruise, is like buying a car, you are never going to have everything exactly the way you might like it. Celebrity was one of the few left and we were very happy with the experience. We were later than we would have liked boarding, as we were scheduled on a late van from an area motel. Upon boarding the Constellation, we were immediately accosted by crew trying to sell us a specialty dining package. Not a good start! We broke free and made our way to our cabin, where our wonderful attendant, Victor, was a lot calmer & helpful. (The cabin was cleaner than clean, I'm thoroughly spoiled.) Then we made our way to the top of the ship, for the sail away in beautiful weather. Somewhat disconcerting was the every other night loosing of an hour as we traveled East. Thus to pick up that hour of lost sleep, life on board settled into a pattern of a late b'fast, lunch & dinner. Most breakfasts & lunch were at the Seaside Cafe/Grill. Having chosen the Anytime Dining, because we didn't want to be tied down to a schedule, worked out most times. The Maitre'D there performed a nightly juggling act very well, we thought. The only problem there, was except for the brunches (YUM!) we didn't get to eat on the main floor. Noise level was a problem, which was why we sometimes preferred the Seaside. We did the Tuscan Grill one night - service was excellent, one of us was pleased with our meal, the other less so. Late in the cruise we went to the Bistro on Five, and wished we had visited more often. Since this was our first big ship cruise, we really enjoyed the behind the scenes tours - galley, bridge & engine control room. We also liked popping in on the lectures, & sometimes caught up with them via in house video. We never seemed to connect when the Strings were playing and that was a regret. Overall the atmosphere on board was cheerful and pleasant. Thanks to all the crew for their hard work. Husband had 3 acupuncture treatments with Dr Woo, on an unhappy thigh area, and he credits these for getting him up Mt St Michel on a port stop. Although this was the first big ship, we have been on other boats from rowboats, to multi-night whale watches for 35, to large Canadian & Danish ferries. We thought the ship was very smooth, and actually enjoy the roll of the ship, if it is not violent. Some Bonine took care of one of us one day between the Azores & Portugal. Alas the sky's were often cloudy, so we missed seeing the stars we had hoped to. As for excursions, part of the attraction of this trip were the northern ports in France. Seeing, climbing, being at Mt St Michel & Monet's Garden will cast a glow for the rest of our lives. Thanks to the wisdom & knowledge of Susie, Bonnie and Mike & Clare, all contacts brought together here on CC before sailing, these private, small group excursions were beyond satisfactory. Lisbon was probably the most interesting port to sail out of, with the ship just squeaking under a bridge with the low tide. As for the plumbing troubles experienced by others on higher decks, all of us in steerage on the lower decks, seemed to obey the flushing rules, and had no issues that I know of. :-) The cabin signage should be a little more explicit & visible with instructions in this dept. Many people do not think of the disinfectant wipes so popular today as a problem for a ship's sewage system - they are. The crew should put the disposal baggies out in a more prominent location. At one point we had to ask our cabin steward for more bags, they were hidden in an under-sink cabinet. This is where experience with smaller boats & living on off-shore islands, had us well trained. Celebrity & other lines have got to get their act together with Internet access, if they wish to attract younger cruisers. At present, it's overly expensive, slow, poor service, etc. They need to install more 'lines' to the satellites for passengers. We liked the daily NYTimes news sheet. Found the daily reporting of the winnings in the casino amusing - with no info on the amounts bet! HAHA Our group experience with others at the beginning of the cruise, didn't encourage us to try again. Mistake on the part of the casino people. On the positive side, they shouldn't change their chocolate supplier or the onion ring recipe! We didn't want the cruise to end. We are looking forward to another cruise with Celebrity in the future - maybe on the Solstice, with the hot glass show, where you will find me fused to a chair to watch the magic! Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Hotel/Flight - We did not book our flights or hotel through Celebrity. Virgin America SFO-FLL and back. VA is our new favorite airline. About Us - The infamous Party of Eleven (henceforth referred to as the PoE). We are ... Read More
Hotel/Flight - We did not book our flights or hotel through Celebrity. Virgin America SFO-FLL and back. VA is our new favorite airline. About Us - The infamous Party of Eleven (henceforth referred to as the PoE). We are late-40's to mid-50's, all healthy and active. Four married couples and two gal-pals in 5 CC2 cabins on Deck 9 and our solo man down in an inside Deck 2 cabin. All had previous cruise experience but me. Mostly we would do our own thing during the day and get together for cocktails and dinner. Embarkation - My wife and I got on our hotel-to-dock shuttle at 9:50 am and by 11:20 we were enjoying lunch at Bistro on Five. Thanks to CC for that tip, we were the only people there. The process was as smooth as smooth could be, and I would estimate we were among the first 100 people to get on the ship. Stateroom - CC2 #9054. We loved it. No complaints at all. Our stateroom attendant Lourdes and her assistant Rodino (?) kept everything spotless. Ice in the ice bucket twice a day without asking for it. Good fresh fruit every day. I didn't mind the dreaded overhang one bit, it kept our cabin nice and cool. The only thing I didn't like about the overhang was that it got into all the pictures I took from the balcony...so I would walk up two decks to Deck 11 for photos. No noise from the Lido deck, except for some faint rumblings now and then. No balcony smokers. On the second day, we had the canapes changed to the cheese plate...the canapes were not good, the cheese and crackers were much better. They did NOT take away the binoculars and umbrellas on the last night. We didn't use room service for any meal. Overall Ship Condition - Very very nice. If you went looking for it you could find some rust here and there. There were always lots of staff cleaning, polishing, painting, and washing windows everywhere. There were some stains on the carpet in the Lido buffet area...not surprising considering the traffic and the amount of food handled. Cruise Critic Stuff - Meet 'n Mingle on the first sea day in the Reflections lounge on Deck 11. Capt. Pagonis, CD Sue Denning and some other marketing officer were there. I was light-headed from not eating yet that day and had to leave early, but it was a very nice affair. Thanks Terry/Theresa/Terpla for the Roll Call. On the second sea day my wife and I attended a bridge tour courtesy of CC, it was fascinating. Again, thanks to CC, being on the Roll Call really paid off there. Dining and the Dining Venues/Experience - Yeah, let's get right down to it! MDR - Select Dining for all of the PoE. We had some teething problems with our Select maitre d, who we nicknamed Simon Bar Sinister. We had thought we had arranged for a 7 pm reservation for the PoE, but we experienced the mainland/ship disconnect there. On the first night, we were split between two tables. OK, it was the first night. I thought dinner was fine, but some fish entrees were returned. On the second night, we were all seated at a big round 12-top table, but were informed we couldn't do that again. Again, some fish entrees were returned. After some haggling, we reached a compromise where two 4-tops and a 2-top were put together for us, and we had a 7 pm reservation every night. Apparently Simon Bar Sinister thought we were demanding a 12-top...but we weren't...we just wanted to be seated together. On the third night, it all turned around and all for the better. We had the same servers every night and the food was very good to great in my opinion. Only two entrees were returned for the rest of the cruise. Waiter Dewa, assistant waiter Abdullah, wine guy Anthony Fernandes and drinks guy Vladko kept all the plates and the glasses full and kept us laughing. The ladies' orders were always taken first, and the ladies were always served first...very classy. All the courses came together at the right time, we never had any long waits. Our wait staff made us all look forward to dinner every night. We all dressed appropriately and to be honest, I thought everyone else I saw did too. MDR coffee was very good indeed. Bistro on Five - We had our embarkation lunch there, and one other lunch. I had the sweet and sour steak crepe twice and my wife had the beef pannini twice, they were so good. The Italian crepe was killer, it's the one with nutella and bananas. Server Robert was great. Nobody was ever there, it seemed...too bad, the food is really good. Lido Buffet - My wife and I had breakfast there every morning, it was OK, not great. I refused to wait for the omlette guy, so tray western scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit were good with me. I was amazed at the huge variety. The coffee...it is best not to drink the Lido coffee. Starbucks Via is the way to go. We didn't have many lunches there. I had pasta and meatballs once, and it was very good. I didn't try the waffles, but they were there. I even had good reports about the pizza from a few of the PoE. Cafe al Bacio - Olga and Natalie fixed our Americanos every morning, very good coffee and fun girls. The pastries in the morning and the afternoon sandwiches are delicious. Sea Day Brunch - Ohmigod. I missed the first one but was able to take some pictures. I was ready for the second one, and had my eating game face on. It's hard to describe, you've just got to go. So much wonderful food...I overate for the only time on the cruise. Belgian waffles AND crepes suzettes after two plates of food...shouldn't have done that but couldn't resist. Gelateria - It was very good but I felt so sorry for the girl there. NOBODY went there, she just stood smiling at everyone walking by all day... It's hard to put over for-pay gelato when there are six flavors of free ice cream up on the Lido deck, I guess. There was always a line for the free stuff. Ocean Liners - Very classy, just a wonderful experience and well worth the extra money. The maitre d' had an impossible name (Srdjan?), but was great. They were excited to have the entire PoE and we were seated at a huge table and had five-six waiters hovering around all the time. They'd put the plates down all at once and then lift the big silver covers all at once, choreographed service that really impressed us. Go there. And now there's the worst experience of the cruise. Our waiter was serving dessert, something with six tall shooters of all different goodies. The cherry one fell off the tray and went all over my blindingly white pants, my new (but not blue) suede shoes, and my wife's brand new dress. We weren't happy at all, but we put game faces on. The maitre d freaked out, I thought he was going to have a heart attack. He apologized until we got tired of it, and gave us dry cleaning coupons and said he would do whatever it took to make it right. The next day our clothes/shoes were returned and you couldn't tell it had happened. Classy. Tuscan Grill - Every time members of the PoE would see Mustafa on board he would tell us how much he was looking forward to the appearance of the PoE. How he knew about us or who we were, I don't know. Once again, a wonderful dinner and much more relaxed than Ocean Liners. Mustafa and his crew kept us laughing the whole time. The filet mignon (sp?) was fabulous, and everyone loved whatever was ordered. So much wonderful food! Don't pass on the Limoncello digestif! The Tuscan Grill experience was well worth the money. That's it for the food section, let's move on to... Drinks/Lounges I had the Premium Alcohol Package and so did many of the PoE. I never experienced anything but great service. Sunset Bar - Favorite venue for sailaway/morning/after-dinner drinks. Sonjay and Katut took good care of us. Martini Bar - Gilario and Igede put on a show every night. After the first night, my wife and I and another couple from the PoE would gather here at 6 pm without fail. Gilario stopped taking our cards after the third night, he knew our numbers. My wife had a different martini from the menu every night, and on the last night Gilario invented a cocktail for her. It was quite the sight to see Gilario pour twelve martinis at a time and never spill a drop. Lots of fun in a swank atmosphere. Cellar Masters - Very lightly used, but that was fine with us. After the Martini Bar, we would head here and Memet would set us up with a glass of wine to take into the MDR. One of the ladies is a beer drinker, and after the first night Memet had her brands stocked. Very nice experience. Mast Bar - My favorite afternoon hangout. Rosemarie makes a mean Bloody Caesar! Her cohorts Kevin and Colin were no slouches either. A fun place to watch the shennanigans down on the Lido Deck. Reflections - I didn't spend much time there. Rendezvous - I just walked through it on the way to other places. It seemed awfully dark in there. Also a special shout out to somellier Sheldon. I and others of the PoE did the Riedel wine tasting with Sheldon, and he really knows his stuff. We would run into him around the ship, he always remembered our names and wanted to know if we were enjoying ourselves. Entertainment - CD Sue Denning literally seemed to be all over the place, I would bump into her or see her at least two-three times a day. A real fun, high-energy person. Celebrity Theater - My wife and I never went to a show, not once...just not our thing, I guess. Many of the PoE did go. I heard good reports about the comedy shows and the juggler got very good reviews. String Quartet - Four lovely young ladies that could really play too. You would see them at various times around the ship, and they played at the sea day MDR brunches. Very classy. A Capella - These guys were very good. Again, they just seemed to appear randomly...but if I had bothered to read the dailies I'm sure they were scheduled. We did go up to Reflections for their 50's show, but were disappointed they only did four songs and turned it over to... Full Tilt - I've played guitar and bass in a lot of cover bands and, while technically competent, these guys (and gal) just churned it out without much enthusiasm. Pretty ho-hum. Perry Grant - I'd read a lot, I thought I'd try it. I lasted ninety seconds. Fart noises? Enough said. Overall Impressions - I thought, with the possible exception of Simon Bar Sinister, every single crew/staff member worked very hard to provide a first-class experience. I can't say as much for my fellow passengers (PoE excepted, of course!). I'll just say that 25-35% of my fellow passengers didn't deserve the respect and service that they received...and leave it at that. My wife and I would get up most mornings and do sixteen laps around the Deck 11 track. This gave us ample opportunity to observe the cunning habits and strategies of the Lido Deck Chair Hogs. We are not lie-in-the-sun people, so it didn't bother us a bit, but it was very interesting to watch. Every day we would see people lay out their belongings, even to the point of putting upturned drinks tables on the lounges to snag those too. Invariably, we would then see them in the buffet lounging over breakfast. To Celebrity's credit, I did hear reports from members of the PoE that the pool butlers would make regular sweeps of the Lido and remove belongings. I learned not to bother with trying to use the Deck 9 forward elevators when trying to get down to the Martini Bar at 6 pm. They were full of drunken Elites coming from their drinks party on Deck 11. Once was enough for that. Disembarkation - We had an eight pm flight so we booked the Everglades airboat tour to kill time. We gathered in the Gamma Room on Deck 3 at 8 am and we were on the bus leaving the dock at 9 am. Smooth as smooth can be. So, It was my first cruise ever. Would I go again? We had a wonderful time and ate and drank to our heart's content. The weather was fabulous, the ship was slick and clean, the service was almost perfect. But, with all that said...maybe not. I just don't think my wife and I are cruise people. Maybe a barefoot cruise or Azamara. We're already planning our next big trip, but it will be a week in Paris and a week in Rome. We may consider another cruise after that. The PoE (minus us) go an a cruise every other year and they're talking Tahiti. That does sound good. Port/Excursion Reviews: St. Martin - We walked around the area of Phillipsburg nearest the cruise terminal in the morning. It was interesting to see/smell the shopkeepers preparing for the day by smoking a little ganja first. In the afternoon, we went on the Celebrity-sponsored Golden Eagle Sailaway. Clean boat, great crew, beautiful day on the water. Then they anchored for snorkeling...over white sand. Any snorkeler knows the fish are at the reef. We saw no fish. Big disappointment. Not recommended for snorkeling. Antigua - We went with Creole Cruises to a small island for a lobster barbeque and snorkeling. Capt. Glenn has a big clean speedboat with 2 300-hp engines and he wasn't afraid to use them! A wonderful day out on the water and a truly delicious meal. Highly recommended. St. Lucia - Another Celebrity-sponsored excursion, the Coastal Cruise to the Pitons. We felt this was a total mess. We got packed aboard the catamaran Carnival II like sardines. The boat was dirty and beat. The crew couldn't care less. They ground the port stern into the concrete pier as we were leaving, you could see and hear the fiberglass splintering. Four gas gauges, none of them worked. One of the two tachometers didn't work. When they stopped for a swim break, they didn't count the numbers leaving the boat...someone could have easily been left behind. On the way back some of my fellow passengers (all from the Constellation) got hammered on the rum punch. That's OK, but there was no place to go to get away from them. Stay away from this excursion. Others of the PoE took a private tour and loved it. Really too bad, that Carnival II ride was a total waste, and we were told St. Lucia is beautiful. We didn't get a good impression. Barbados - We went snorkeling on the catamaran Calabaza. A clean, wonderful boat, they limit the passengers to twelve. Capt. Danny and crew took good care of us and the snorkeling was great, lots of fish and turtles. Highly recommended. Grenada - All of the PoE except for me and our solo man went on the Celebrity-sponsored Adventure Tubing and they all enjoyed it very much. We had made arrangements to eat lunch at Boot's Cuisine up in the hills. We walked out of the cruise terminal and were immediately besieged by derelict locals who wanted to be our friends. It got a little scary. Finally I asked a policeman where the car park was, and the derelicts scattered. We found our ride and had a fabulous lunch at Boots. Boots and Ruby are local people who converted their house verandah into restaurant seating and serve local food. Watch out for the rum punch, they make it from the rum from the distillery around the corner and it is 138 proof!!! Highly Recommended. Aruba - All of the PoE rented three jeeps and we spent the day touring Aruba. We got lost several times...be sure to get a GOOD map, ours were very poor. We had lots of fun, swam, etc. When we were hungry, the only place open (because of the Carnivale holiday) was Senor Frog's. All the way to Aruba to wind up at Senor Frog's? We had to laugh about that. But, the lunch was pretty darn good. Curacao - One other couple and my wife and I walked into Willemstad and spent the day walking, shopping, and appreciating the amazing colors of the city. The Floating Market was a lot of fun. We took a cab to the Curacao distillery...kind of a non-event. We ate lunch on the water at a place called The Grillings. Looking right over the rail we could see eels and lots of fish. A very nice place. Try the Amstel Bright beer, very good. Bonaire - Saving the best for last. Most of the PoE went with us aboard the catamaran Woodwind for a two-hour drift snorkel. It was flat-out amazing, the best snorkeling we have ever experienced. Cannot recommend the Woodwind highly enough, a great crew and the snorkel of a lifetime. Fort Lauderdale - We went on the Everglades Airboat tour. Lots of fun but LOUD!! Two V-8's with open pipes on each boat. We did see alligators. After the boat ride, we saw the alligator wrestler. I was having doubts, but the guy was an absolute crack-up, so funny...and he actually did wrestle a HUGE alligator. I remain - Dragline Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Me and the wife were first timers to cruising , so the barcelona tranfers were a little worring but we neednt have because the 30 euros or so taxi fare covered it and there was plenty avilable, boarding is easy as long as you have ... Read More
Me and the wife were first timers to cruising , so the barcelona tranfers were a little worring but we neednt have because the 30 euros or so taxi fare covered it and there was plenty avilable, boarding is easy as long as you have checked in online first and its just like an airport . The Constalation is a great boat ,food is first class and there is always somthing to suit everyone, even my fussy wife!!! , drinks are a little expensive typicially $17 for a glass of wine and a bottle of beck's , service was top draw , our room maid doris waited on us and was couldnt do enough for us ,the ship cruised along at night and was as steady as a rock , the cabin was spotless with the bed a pleasure to sleep in . entertainment was first class and my wife enjoyed and looked foward to eachnights show, the fine dinning in the evening was most enjoyable with the other guests 3 couples we had never met before at the table refreshing and great company and i shall miss not meeting up and telling tales of our day's adventures. Now on to the shore excutions this is where celebrity could do better ,our first coach trip was NICE and MONACO not bad value but out driver chatted to the tour gide and nearly killed 2 motorcyclists and just missed after a huge swerve that made everyone gasp a pillar on the viaduct in the carpark all because of taking to much!!! ,the tour guides in general all talk much too much just for the sake of talking and to loud as well !!!GENOA was good you can walk off the boat here and walk around but here you need a good map and celebrity could do much better by providing free local maps ,the ones in there daily bulitin are not good enough and caused me problems onshore ie GETTING LOST !!! LIVORNO is the port to get to FLORENCE as we call it but the italians call it FIRENZE this i didnt know and made my travel journey a bit of a adventure, and dont get on at the first FIRENZE stop because you will be on the wrong side of town !!!trains are very cheap but the notice boards are not good and somtimes very confusing , if your not sure ask the italian poeple are very nice and helpful ,CIVITAVECCHIA is the port for ROME and another 1 hour train journey going past PISA on the way (15mins) rome is packed with tourist and im afraid the motorbike and car have won the fight for the streets , crossing is dangerous!! unless you have seen every one stop!!!! taxis are vultures wating for the weak and unsure again the boat could have obtained free tourist maps for us and dished then out to those wanting them ,but the collusium was wonderfull. NAPLES is great we took the tour up vesuvius and pompei and although it was worth the trip to see the sights this was spoilt by the guide rambling on and taking us to a shell factory for half an hour ?? what for i dont know ,then stopping outside pompei for another three quarters of an hour for a snack ,and as you can guess everytime you let poeple off they comeback late delaying your time in the city ,once there she chats for half an hour outside!!! very frustrating and i wish the directors of the ship took these tours to see what we are getting because its not value for the money , but if your not sure about what you are doing you are in there hands and they know that!!! on my return to the ship after being out all day and in the bright sun you enter the ship and if your like me 6'4"tall and the scanner that you have to walk through is set at 6'0" you cant see it and whack your head!!! not clever i was offered no apology !!! BARCELONA ,here we had a late flight and took the tour Monserrat & airport transfer ,what a waste of money ,again tour guide chatting loudly nonstop (remember we were up at 6am to get off the boat) and she went on and on once at the mountain we stayed for a few hours and was given chior music for another 2 hours comming down and i was relived to get off !!! all in all out trip was great but the excurtions need much much improvement!! Greg xx Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Celebrity Constellation around the Western Med. From start to finish myself, wife and son had a wonderful time. There was so much right and so little wrong and for anyone thinking of a cruise on ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Celebrity Constellation around the Western Med. From start to finish myself, wife and son had a wonderful time. There was so much right and so little wrong and for anyone thinking of a cruise on this ship do not hesitate to book it. Inside cabin was big enough for a 7 day cruise (3 of us). ships presentation was superb, all the staff were just so polite, courteous and nothing was too much trouble. Food was also very good, we ate at the buffet at lunch and in the main dining area in the evenings again service was great. I would recommend a drinks package if you like your wine or even if you just enjoy drinks every day,I used my classic alcohol package within the limits I would normally drink on a weeks holiday and think I saved about £15.00 per day. Entertainment was what I would describe as up to normal cruise / resort standards, certainly no worse. Perry Grant in Michael's club was just quality when you first see him although once you know the format not a lot changes with the routine but still very funny. I would certainly consider Celebrity again for another cruise hopefully soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
After landing in Amsterdam, we took the train (15 minute ride)which conveniently took us right to the port and after a few minutes walk we arrived at the Constellation's berth. We were expeditiously processed through check-in and ... Read More
After landing in Amsterdam, we took the train (15 minute ride)which conveniently took us right to the port and after a few minutes walk we arrived at the Constellation's berth. We were expeditiously processed through check-in and shown to our ocean-view stateroom. My husband was extremely concerned that he'd get seasick since this was our first cruise so we ordered a stateroom on the second deck. When we put out to sea, neither my husband nor I realized we had left shore until only after I had opened the curtains and saw open sea! Happily, throughout the whole cruise neither one of us felt a thing and our cruise was seasick-free. Our stateroom attendant catered to our desires including extra towels and maintaining the room expeditiously. We were definitely pampered in a way we could really get used to! The sea days were filled with all sorts of activities and we were rarely in the room, from lectures on the boat's navigational systems and ecology to the fitness center and spa we were kept happily busy all day long. Although one could just hang out with a good book next to the pool and relax without doing a thing. The ports of Stockholm, Helsinki, Talinn and Copenhagen were quite interesting but we felt didn't need any organized tours since it was possible to see the important places by ourselves. The only port we did feel it was necessary to book an organized tour was in St. Petersburg. Since the Russians are known for their bureaucracy we needed someone to organize our visa and other necessities. We didn't take the ship's port excursions since we felt they were overpriced and didn't cover many of the places we could see with an independent tour company. Also the ship's excursions covered only half-days for both days we were in port and the independent company took us for a full day excursion on both days for much cheaper. We also went to see the ballet, Swan Lake, at the famous Alexandrinsky Theater which was of a very high quality, although the Bolshoi didn't perform it. They were away on tour at the time. This the indepenent company also organized for us. Of course, the dining experience was something we had never encountered and the quality of the food was very high, although the chicken and fish dishes I found to be quite dry. The rest of the cuisine, especially in the Seaside Cafe, catered to our preferences of salads and healthy eating, although we couldn't pass up the desserts and visits to the ice cream bar! As we pulled into Amsterdam we realized that our dream vacation was coming to an end, so I ran up and got a brochure featuring other cruises offered by Celebrity so we could get a head start in planning our next cruise! The disembarkation process was very smooth and we were able to carry our own luggage off the ship and take the short walk back down to the train station and on to the airport for our flight home. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
This was our first ever cruise and we chose to sail the Constellation simply because it sailed from Amsterdam and seeing we live in the Netherlands, this was the perfect departure point. Moreover, travelling with a 10-month-old, it was the ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and we chose to sail the Constellation simply because it sailed from Amsterdam and seeing we live in the Netherlands, this was the perfect departure point. Moreover, travelling with a 10-month-old, it was the obvious choice. When we checked in, we were given a sheet of paper with some information, but it wasn't until we had sat down with some fellow Cruise Critics that we understood that there was a virus on board the Constellation. The Norovirus had decided to rear its ugly head on the cruise prior to ours and all the staff on board the Connie were working hard to clean her up. In the meantime, all passengers were given a lunch bag with a sandwich, juice, muffin and chocolate bar to eat. Bottled water was also available for those who wanted that. Finally at 3:00pm boarding began and it seemed to have gone rather smoothly. We were informed that the staterooms weren't ready, so we had to stay in the public areas. The complementary drink when entering was a good way to start the cruise. When the staterooms were given the all clear, we were able to get our stuff settled in and just had to wait to go to supper. Our luggage arrived during the course of the evening. Supper in the MDR (San Marco) was exceptional! The chefs certainly know what they are doing, although I felt that the pasta was a bit too overcooked. As an Italian, I can be rather picky about how pasta is prepared. Other than that, all the other food was beyond my expectations. The staff were all very friendly, helpful and more than willing to talk to us. It also helped that they all loved our daughter and did everything to shower her with attention. They would entertain her when we ate. Our stateroom attendant was also very quick to help us when we needed him. I don't think we could have survived the 2 or 3 episodes of baby vomit on the bed if he hadn't changed the sheets so quickly. The activities on board was very well organised. There was so much to do and so much variety in what they offered. There was simply not enough time to participate in all the activities. I had heard from the Cruise Director, Allan King, that someone complained about there being too many trivia games offered, but I felt the offer was good enough. The live shows and bands were amazing! I absolutely loved hearing Free-4-All, the ship's a capella group. The 4 young men are very talented and have amazing voices. As for the singers and dancers, one word: WOW! The shows simply took my breath away. Finally, I loved the other live shows offered (Ric Ceisler and Livewire). Despite the Norovirus, which had gripped quite a few cruisers on our cruise, we still managed to enjoy ourselves. I was very satisfied with the extra precautions taken to minimise the spread of the virus, although it is not entirely possible to stop it from going around. I was just so relieved that my 10-month-old didn't catch it. We were spared. The crew did their best to inform us of how best to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Hats off to them. My husband and I agree that the cruise made a lasting impression on us, even if the ports of call passed by in a blur. I've made many friends on board the Connie and hope one day to return to meet with them again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Our cruise started in Miami on February 28th and ended in San Diego on March 13th with day and half day stops in Cartagena, Puntarenas,Costa Rica and three stops in Mexico: Huatulco, Acopulco and Cabo San Lucas. The highlight of the ... Read More
Our cruise started in Miami on February 28th and ended in San Diego on March 13th with day and half day stops in Cartagena, Puntarenas,Costa Rica and three stops in Mexico: Huatulco, Acopulco and Cabo San Lucas. The highlight of the cruise,the Panama Canal, was a full days transit with a commentary provided by a Canal pilot, throughout the day. Apart from Cabo San Lucas we organised our own sightseeing, which we found very easy to do with taxis at the dock. This was purely our own preference as we understand the official excursions were well oprganised, if a little long in some instances. Contrary to an earlier review, we found the cabin on Sky Deck to be entirely acceptable, clean and well furnished. It is true that if you looked carefully there was some carpet wear at the balcony door but it was not a major issue. The upper open promenade deck did however, show considerable weathering and wear but again, it was not a major problem for us. The ship goes into dry dock in April for renovation and the creation of an additional restaurant on this deck. All the public areas were clean and tidy but some seating areas were showing signs of their eight years of intensive usage. Service was excellent and everyone was obviously very well trained to ensure that clients received the very best of attention and with very few exceptions, this was constant throughout the cruise. As far as eating was concerned, we found the Aquaspar and Seaside Cafe to be fine. We dined in the Ocean Liners Restaurant on one occasion, which was excellent but with a $35 supplement, unnecessarily expensive. The problems arose in the main restaurant, the San Marco, This has a series of very fine menus, prepared by a Jacques Van Staden but unfortunately, on a number of occasions, what arrived on the plate was a very poor replica of the menu description. For example, the Beef Wellington was made up of heavy pastry and rather poor, very overcooked beef. Just a pity that this Jacques Van Staden was not on hand to see the damage done to his menu ! There were a number of other dishes with similar problems, but to be fair some of the dishes, particularly desserts, lived up to the menu description. Having been disappointed by the standard of meals in this restaurant we tried the Casual Dining in the Seaside Cafe. In the evenings an area was set aside with elegant tables and we found it to be very good and far better than the main dining in the San Marco. On reflection, the ship was perhaps trying too hard and had there been a simpler menu, then maybe there would have been a better correlation between the menu and the plates arriving on the table. The talks on board were excellent but we could have done with more talks on the places to be visited. For example, there was nothing on Costa Rica and not much on Cartagena. Would I take a cruise in Constellation again ? Yes, why not especially after the refit and some change in the dining. Ian Bennett Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
We are a mid twenties honeymoon couple from Finland. This was our first cruise if you don't count the overnight ferry trips between Finland and Sweden or Finland and Estonia. We have read cruise critic reviews and boards almost daily ... Read More
We are a mid twenties honeymoon couple from Finland. This was our first cruise if you don't count the overnight ferry trips between Finland and Sweden or Finland and Estonia. We have read cruise critic reviews and boards almost daily for about a year now so we knew somewhat what to expect. We flew to Miami two nights before our cruise and stayed at wonderful little Cadet hotel (SoBe) where the service was excellent and price was a great deal. Taxi to the port was 24 dollars. We arrived to the ship around 12:30 and the embarkation went smoothly. They took away my little scissors but returned them to my stateroom the next day. Don't know what's the point. Was I a thread with the scissors while embarkation process but not anymore at the ship? We dropped our carry on's to our stateroom and went to have a lunch. Stateroom We had a standard room with veranda. We thought that the stateroom would have been smaller and more worn out. But actually it was really spacious and in good shape. The stateroom was clean except the veranda could have been cleaner and dryer. Our stateroom attendant Hilda was a nice lady and did her job efficiently. Public rooms and decor We didn't spot any wear and tear. The decor on the edge of the earth night club was little on the odd side but we got used to it. The decor all around the ship could have been a little more modern but that's a question of taste. We enjoyed the art around the ship very much. Service Outstanding. Almost every member of the crew was smiling and very polite. We especially liked the waiters in champagne bar and Michaels club. Food and drink We ate dinner almost every night at the main dining room. We had select dining. Usually there was no problems getting a table when we arrived. Allthough we didn't make any reservations. The first two nights we sat on tables of six. We really enjoyed meeting and discussing with other guests. On third night we asked a table for two for a change. The rest of the cruise we were given a table for two. I guess that is what they assumed we preferred allthough it would have been a nice change to have bigger tables again. But we enjoyed also tables for two. It was our honeymoon after all. Three times we had to wait for a table. They advised us to the martini bar and told that they would come to let us know when the table would be ready. Two times we waited over half an hour. And went to ask when the table would be ready. They told us that they had came to look for us but didn't find. That was stange because we were right at the bar where they told us to be and never saw anyone looking for us. Every night there were about five persons looking after our table. That was new experience to us. Every other night we ordered a bottle of red wine and saved half of the wine for tomorrow. Every night we could find something we liked from the menu. The food was great and it was plenty. Sometimes they automatically assumed that I would drink coffee and poured it in to my cup before I got a chance to say anything. I don't like coffee and prefere tea. Once we went to the elegant tea and two times to the brunch. The brunch was great. We had breakfast one time at the main dining room but the choices wasn't as plentiful as the buffet. The seaside buffee for breakfast, lunch and snacks was great! There was so much to choose from. The chocolate coated doughnuts were my favourite. My DH preferred the waffles. They were good but we get better (thinner and crispier) in Finland. Also the double chocolate chip cookies were great! We sometimes had a snack from the poolside grill. The french fries were crispy and great. I also like hot dogs, but after a couple I had enough for the entire cruise. We never tried aqua cafe because the variety of offerings didn't look so plentiful but i'm sure it would have been nice and healthy. We would have liked if there would have been somewhere to get food after 11 pm. Luckily there was the room service which we used a couple of times. The service was prompt. We had reserved soda packages online before the cruise. The word soda was printed to our sea passes. I guess that you get stickers if you by the package from the ship bars. Sometimes the waiters didn't notice that we had sodacard because it was printed not stickers and they had to do the receipt again. At the end part of our voyage we started to wonder why we hadn't received the souvenir mugs to our stateroom. They delivered them to our stateroom when we asked for them. Entertainment & activities We were quite pleased with the entertainment. Although it was definately aimed for more mature audiences. The three production shows were good. One comedian was also good (can't remember his name). Also Jeff Trachta's ( Thorne no. Two from the bold and the beautiful, which is Finlands number one foreign soap opera) show was good though little lame. We didn't like the magician Michael Finney. He wasn't very funny and some of his humour was offensive towards gays and he also seemed sovinistic when he asked a woman to join him on stage. My husbands favorite entertainer was the piano artist Max Difaz on Michaels club. Perry Grant was on holiday so Max was substituting him. Some people might have been disappointed that Perry wasn't there, but we really much enjoyed Max's entertainment and became his fans. Very nice guy. We both enjoyed the partyband extreme. The singer reminded Rihanna. They were really good. Other entertainers were just okey. We Finnish people love Karaoke and we were a little disappointed that it was on only two nights. It didn't seem to attract people from USA though. Almost everyone in audience were from Canada of Europe. They also had a lot of technical difficulties on Karaoke and one night they stopped it because one uppset ( I think russian )woman came to demand dance music. They had a couple competitions at night and quizzes and other activities during the day. There could have been more, but we always found something to do and never were bored. We participated to the name that tune quiz. Most of the songs were from both sides of the 60's but still some people were ccomplaining that the tunes weren't old enough! If it would have been up to us there would have been tunes from this century also... The entertainment throughout the ship stopped too early on evenings. After midnight there were just a couple people dancing at the bar at the edge of the earth. Luckyly we were also exhausted from days activities so we were quite happy returning to our stateroom. Itinerary It was wonderful and this is why we chose this cruise. Miami-St. Thomas-Antigua-St. Lucia-Barbados- Tobago- Grenada- Aruba-Curacao-Miami. Every port was great and there was only time to see something from each port. Our favourites were perhaps St. Lucia and Aruba. St. Lucias scenery was amazing and were glad that we booked a tour from Cosol. Pool The pool deck was nice. There were a lot of chair hoggers but almost everytime we could find some chairs that pleased us. The indoor Thalassotherapy pool was too hot for us but we really We enjoyed the outside Whirlpools. Other passangers We were expecting an older groud and it was, but there were also a lot of middle aged and young people. We were positively surprised that so many people that we talked to knew something about our homecountry Finland and many had visited Finland. Everyone was very nice except for one lady that I met during last breakfast. I went to get one croissant (nothing else) from a long line where everyone was waiting for waffles to be ready. The line wasn't moving. So I desided just to take the croissant between them cause it took me one second. Then the lady let me know with loud voice where the end of the line was. She propably thought that I was stupid. I thanked her for the information. Disembarkation also went smoothly. We took Celebrity trip to everglades. Otherwise it was good but we didn't spot any alligators because it was could. Before leaving we stayed two nights on Miami beach at Beach Paradise hotel. This hotel wasn't really good. The best... Food, service, stateroom, pooldeck, itinerary, Max... Not best... Cannot find anything important here... Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
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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