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34 Celebrity Constellation First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

This was our first ever cruise, so we were stepping in to the unknown , but we asked advice from friends who were experienced cruisers, we had a mind of where we wanted to go and went to a recommended agent who gave us options, not only in ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, so we were stepping in to the unknown , but we asked advice from friends who were experienced cruisers, we had a mind of where we wanted to go and went to a recommended agent who gave us options, not only in destinations but cruise companies. we were told that CELEBRITY was highly thought of and that in there words was " the best food on the seas" After our trip we can confirm that the quality was excellent and we would find it difficult to improve on at any restaurant that i'd ever been to. Everything about the ship was of high quality entertainment, service and facilities. the only regret in hindsight was that many of the destinations we had been to before, so we didnt do the trips, but that was our fault. All in all we were very pleased, if we were nit picking then the support and care at the end didnt match up to the arrival, so left us a bit grumpy. Also we were mis led re the drinks package, but again that was the agents fault. I will give you some advice please make it a lot clearer to what you are entitled on drinks as i was refused one brand of whisky in one bar yet it was available in another Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was the second cruise my husband and I have taken with Celebrity and it was just as wonderful as the first one many years ago on the sister ship Summit. The mattresses are just perfect and the sheets and pillows are luxurious. ... Read More
This was the second cruise my husband and I have taken with Celebrity and it was just as wonderful as the first one many years ago on the sister ship Summit. The mattresses are just perfect and the sheets and pillows are luxurious. Once again at dinner I would find myself thinking about the pleasure of crawling into bed later in the evening. We had Stateroom 6000 on the Penthouse deck . Our stateroom was right in the front of the ship and we overlooked the helicopter landing pad. We had great views at all four stops. Even though we had fabulous weather there was a bit of soft movement but it really only enhanced the lull into sleep. This spacious stateroom is over the theater which was absolutely no problem. It was quiet at all times. The only crew member we saw was our wonderful attendant Amelita. The shower in the bathroom was larger than the others we have had. The furniture and carpet appeared new and the colors are lovely. This stateroom is quite a walk to the back dining areas for the 3 meals. But the theater was easy and quick to get to. The public bathrooms were very clean and several had lovely orchids on the granite sink counters. We received a nice carry bag to use on the excursions and were very surprised to see we had chocolate candies at night. No little towel animals though. There is no miniature golf on this ship. No outside big movie screen and no popcorn. No soft ice cream outside by the pools. No picnics or barbecue lunches on the pool decks during the days at sea. The toiletries were luxurious and were provided without asking. Nice. The bathrobes were in good condition as were the towels and washcloths. On the day we stopped at St. Croix it rained in the afternoon and we saw a rainbow right over the front of the ship out of the porthole window - what a lovely surprise and no charge. Another very big surprise was FOX NEWS on the TV. For four evenings we were able to see a full moon over the ocean after our dining time. So lovely and no charge. In our opinion the food was excellent. In the Oceanview Cafe they had stations with a "special" each day. The fresh vegetables were abundant. The fruit was plentiful although we never saw a fresh strawberry but that has been true for several cruises lately. There was an ice cream station in the Oceanview Cafe that was open for lunch, snacks and dinner. We had a 6:00 o'clock reservation in the MDR. This was changed to 5:30. We sat at a table for 8 with four people. After four nights another couple joined us for the remaining evenings and the last evening we had another guest at our table. It amazes me how the ships can put couples together that have similar tastes, opinions and background. We all showed up every evening and enjoyed each other very much. Service from Shane in the MDR was very good as was the choice of food on the menu. In fact, desserts seemed to be better than usual. Staff was very courteous and kind to us. I wasn't too impressed with the shopping on board but I'm not a big shopper so we mostly browsed when the shops were open on sea days. However we did enjoy the Faberge Egg talk. We have seen some of the Imperial Eggs and enjoyed hearing the history again. We did an excursion at each stop. The snorkeling at Tortola was disappointing. The company that took us to Norman's Island did not really cover the basics like we have experienced before. We never did see an abundance of fish or under water life. They eventually dropped us off at the beach on Norman's Island for 45 minutes. The best excursion was the sailing on the America's Cup sailboat when we stopped at St. Maarten. We had a beautiful calm day and a good crew. Too bad we lost in the race. It was a safe and great experience. We had a bit of a wait at the embarkation because of a strong storm that caused an outage to the computers, etc. just as passengers were leaving. Immediately we got a piece of paper with information about the problem and why we had to wait to board the ship. Flavored beverages were brought out and served to us. We still got on the ship with plenty of time to eat lunch and get to our stateroom by one o'clock. Our luggage came later in the afternoon. The sail away was delayed due to a repair so we missed that. When I was walking around the specialty restaurants (and some other areas) I was approached and asked if they could give me a discount on a meal and make a reservation for me? I'm really not interested in eating in these places. This bothered me. Another thing I wondered about was why we could not walk all the way around the promenade? There were big heavy oil cloth covers over the entrance to the covered part of the promenade. We went to almost all of the evening entertainment and most were very good. We enjoyed Travis Turpin and his many singing styles and impressions of Ray Charles, Elvis and other legends. Gary Evans was featured as a guest speaker for "Beyond the Podium" on sea days. He presented very interesting talks and video clips about Alfred Hitchcock and Marilyn Monroe. It was all but impossible to get a comfy pool deck chair near the pool. We do love their huge indoor hot tub pool and the sauna near the indoor pool is wonderful with a view of the sea. All in all it was wonderful to be on another Celebrity Cruise. The ship has an intimate feel to it and is very comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Having been on quite a few Royal Caribbean cruises and reached Diamond Plus, our objective was to take a cruise with Celebrity and see if the theoretically-equivalent Elite level actually is equivalent. We booked a 4-day cruise on ... Read More
Having been on quite a few Royal Caribbean cruises and reached Diamond Plus, our objective was to take a cruise with Celebrity and see if the theoretically-equivalent Elite level actually is equivalent. We booked a 4-day cruise on Celebrity Constellation out of Ft Lauderdale in January 2016. Constellation was built in 2002 and renovated in 2013. Passenger load is slightly over 2,000 people. Constellation is a Millennium Class ship (Solstice Class is the other Celebrity class with passenger loads around 3500). We originally booked an interior room, but about 2 weeks prior to the cruise, Celebrity called with an offer to upgrade to a Concierge Class room for $150 or an Aqua Class room for $200 (for both of us). We elected Aqua Class, and it was a great choice. Aqua Class rooms are 192 ft2 with a decent sized balcony, plus access to their own dining room, Blu (which, not surprisingly, has a modern, blue-colored theme). The shower in the Aqua room was the best we have ever had in any category of room, including suites. It was rectangle-shaped, had two full-height glass doors with ample room inside, a bar upon which the ladies can place their feet for leg-shaving purposes, and six water jets that will spray the body, vice just using the single normal overhead shower head (which is adjustable to fit humans of any height). Aqua Class also includes free and unlimited access to the Persian Garden, a spa within the main spa that has its own showers, three saunas (one dry and two steam) and a heated sitting/relaxing bench. This is a very nice amenity. Each afternoon they also delivered to our room a plate of canapes (tapas). One day the Captain’s Club manager sent a rose with a nice card. These amenities could have been because of Elite or the Aqua Class room; we’re not sure. Back to the ship: embarkation was very fast and smooth. From parking at Terminal 4 at 11:10 to being physically aboard the ship took less than 15 minutes. Upon entering the ship, we were handed a glass of champagne. Lunch was already being served in the Oceanview Café on deck 10. It had a nice range of choices and there was always plenty of international food available (Indian and Asian). Although we only ate there a couple of times, the Oceanview Café never felt crowded. Tables were spaced well, and the ambience was light and airy. Rooms were opened at 1:06. Bags came quickly (perhaps because we were in Aqua Class, or perhaps because they are just good at delivering bags). We checked the specialty dining rooms right away and took advantage of a first night 30% off opportunity to eat in Ocean Liners, the ship’s most upscale restaurant. Normally $50, the meal was $35 each, and well worth it. The lobster was the best ever, even having eaten quite a few in Maine. We tried the Blu restaurant the first morning and were hooked. Ate dinner there each night the rest of the cruise. Menu was very good; better than the main dining room, and that we discovered that if you want something that’s not on the menu, just ask (for example, they made us eggs benedict for breakfast and a grand mariner soufflé for desert). The Blu staff quickly learned our names, and made sure to greet us by name when we walked in. There was always plenty of staff in this dining room. Blu is a class act, and is one of the main reasons we again booked an Aqua class room for our next Celebrity cruise. The Elite (and higher) lounge does not open the first night at sea so we had to buy drinks a la carte at a bar. They are pricier than on Royal Caribbean. With the included tip, bar drinks were $9 and house wine was $10 or $11, depending on choice. After the first night, the Elite lounge has free drinks from 5 – 7 PM with an ample list of choices. Some small hors d’oeuvres were served but not enough to hurt your appetite. The lounge on Constellation used for Elite (Reflections) is located on the top deck facing the bow with a nice view when entering or leaving port. It is a large space with a dance floor and plenty of tables. On our short cruise, the Elite members didn’t remotely fill it, but we were told that on crossings and on longer cruises that attract more Elite members, the room does get full. We were also told that, like Royal Caribbean, the rolls of Elite members are growing faster than the space available for the Elite evening event on some of the longer cruises, and that they will likely have to begin issuing vouchers for drinks at any bar on the ship (which will likely turn into the three-drinks-on-your-seapass-card deal that Royal now uses). The ship has the usual array of bars. One very popular one that was always crowded was the martini bar. Casino is 100% no-smoking. Constellation was immaculate everywhere. Only noticed a handful of rust spots on the exterior rails (far fewer than on other ships, even newly renovated ones). Everything worked. The public restrooms have cloth towels to dry hands. The crew was friendlier than on other ships; everyone makes eye contact, smiles and greets you. The Captain on this ship has a real presence. It’s likely just his personality vice a Celebrity policy, but he’s out-and-about, he participates in crew vs guest games like water volleyball, he gives an interesting PowerPoint presentation on building of the first Solstice class ship, etc. Great personality on the announcing system, too. The three-level theater was adequately sized, and the rows had enough room between them for servers squeeze by and deliver drinks to those seated in the interior. Between each pair of seats is a small stationary table just large enough to place your drinks. This is a great idea that other ships should emulate. The production shows were excellent; we had 15 singers and dancers on our short cruise. The entertainers (comedian and singer) were well above average for short cruises. The computer lounge had about 20 PCs, all new Apples. Two computer guys were always available to help. Not sure about wi-fi speed. Other amenities: - Welcome packet in the room with slippers (to keep), a logo shoulder bag and a smaller bag that clips inside the larger one (again, this could be an Aqua class benefit or an Elite benefit) - Nice robes (ditto about which benefit) - Iced towels provided on the pier when returning to the ship. Great way to wipe the sweat off. - Iced, flavored water available inside security after re-boarding. - Extensive variety of Sushi available from 5:30 – 9:30 in the Oceanview Cafe. When we finally figured this out, we took plates of sushi to the Elite lounge to eat with our drinks. - Towels for the pools and spa do not have to be checked out with your Seapass card. Plenty of towels were always available. There were four people manning the future cruise sales office, and for good reason. Celebrity offers deals differently than Royal Caribbean, but they still have some excellent deals. For the 11-day cruise we booked, we got $300 toward gratuities, $300 in onboard credit and $200 off the cruise price (whereas Royal generally gives half off the second fare). Bottom Line: based on this experience, Celebrity is our new favorite cruise line, although I’m sure we’ll go back and forth between Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This Thanksgiving cruise was a first for my husband and myself... And, it was wonderful! First off, the ship exceeded a lot of my expectations. It is well maintained and extremely clean. It was easy to get around and easy to find a ... Read More
This Thanksgiving cruise was a first for my husband and myself... And, it was wonderful! First off, the ship exceeded a lot of my expectations. It is well maintained and extremely clean. It was easy to get around and easy to find a place to suite almost any mood. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of newer ships, it is comfortable and welcoming. Also, there was a lot going on around the ship all the time. While the activities weren't 100% on point for our interests, we usually found something that we enjoyed. Some of the highlights for us were a talk about building of Solstice class ships (by the Captain), shows with Gareth Oliver (from Britain's Got Talent) and the ship's aerialists. Also enjoyable was BINGO, not something we'd typically participate in, but a lot of fun due to the Activities staff. We ate mainly in Blu. The food was incredible every single meal. The portions were small enough to make the four courses manageable and there was rarely a bit of food left on our plates. Also, the service was wonderful. The maitre de greeted us by name after only two meals and the servers were helpful, friendly and funny. I loved eating in Blu and think it is an amazing perk of Aqua class. The ports were interesting. In Cozumel, we toured the island's Mayan ruins and visited the Mayan Cacao Company. This was a great excursion, which we followed up with lunch and shopping in town. Key West included a Snuba excursion and then exploration of Duval Street. We booked everything through Celebrity and the experiences were excellent. Finally, getting on and off the ship was quick and easy. We were at the port very early due to our morning flight and baggage claiming processes all going ahead of schedule. But, we were able to start check-in pretty soon after arrival and got on to the ship with very little waiting. We self-disembarked and it went very smoothly as well. We sailed out of and returned to Terminal 4, which was bright, clean and run in an organized fashion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our first cruise and it was perfect. Starting from the very first moment of embarkation and until the very last when leaving the ship. Everything is very well thougt and organized, just come and enjoy without any thoughts. Ship ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was perfect. Starting from the very first moment of embarkation and until the very last when leaving the ship. Everything is very well thougt and organized, just come and enjoy without any thoughts. Ship looks great, is very clean and excellent maintained, and the most important - top service, whereever you are!!! I have travelled a lot, both for business and for pleasure, and have never seen such a great service. People serving and helping you and genuinely enjoying doing this - well done guys. Cabines are very comfortable awith a lots of storage place! Otherwise also the food is great - a lot of choice, always available and very tasty. The only minus I can add is that the shore excursions are quite expensive, but most people that do not want them find their way anyway! The activities and night shows are also very interesting. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had never tried a cruise before and now wonder why we waited so long. We have nothing negative to say, only praise, for the wonderful service, the amazing food, and for the many activities for guests to enjoy. We upgraded to a ... Read More
We had never tried a cruise before and now wonder why we waited so long. We have nothing negative to say, only praise, for the wonderful service, the amazing food, and for the many activities for guests to enjoy. We upgraded to a fine dining package, and then my husband booked another as we so enjoyed being made to feel like celebrities! All in all a fantastic experience. We will definitely book another . One thing I would say is the formal nights were not as formal as I imagined them to be, and a cocktail dress for the ladies and a lounge suit for the men is adequate. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My daughter and are embarked on our very first cruise this spring on the Celebrity Constellation. We travelled from Nova Scotia Canada all the way to Venice, Italy, where we met our cruise ship. We were in Venice for a good part of 2 ... Read More
My daughter and are embarked on our very first cruise this spring on the Celebrity Constellation. We travelled from Nova Scotia Canada all the way to Venice, Italy, where we met our cruise ship. We were in Venice for a good part of 2 days; Dubrovnik, Croatia for 2 days; Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu Greece; Katakolon, Greece; Valletta, Malta and ended our cruise in Rome, Italy. We were in a balcony cabin 7018 which had "partial obstructions". These obstructions were simply the white bracing "posts" on each side - they hardly obstructed our view at all. We were very pleased with our cabin. We loved the Celebrity Constellation. Everyone on board was so very friendly and very quick to please. Captain Tasos had the most hilarious sense of humour. We enjoyed the "banter" back and forth with the cruise director, Mark, during the cruise. The entertainment directors, Shawna and Andreas were quite hilarious as well. We LOVED the Cafe el Bacio coffee shop; the relaxed atmosphere, great staff (Metin and Viktor) and live music at the Rendevouz lounge; the "games", etc hosted by the entertainment team; relaxing on the top pool deck; the Live Production Shows; the wonderful dishes to choose from every evening at dinner; great food at the breakfast buffet; Bistro on Five - banana nutella and mediterranean crepes were delicious! Celebrity did an excellent job at trying to keep everyone sanitized with hand sanitizer stations and "servers" to make sure most people sanitized before going into the eating areas and getting onboard the ship. The ice cold towels and drinks were very appreciated when arriving back on the ship each day after the very "hot" temperatures we experienced during our days in ports. We had the Classic Drink Package, and we had no troubles ordering most anything we wanted. Besides alcohol, it included fresh squeezed juices, basic bottled water, canned pop/soda, the fancy coffees at Cafe el Bacio and more. It was great value! The Live Production shows at the theater were just amazing! We loved the onboard cast of professional musician, dancers and aerialists. Absolutely excellent! We have very few negative comments - My main concern is all the paper that is wasted daily onboard. Every day in every cabin and on every menu, there are thousands of pages of paper printed and wasted. I realize they need to get out their "information", but in this day and age, I firmly believe it doesn't need to be by copying and printing on paper. How about they make the internet prices a lot more reasonable and get out the info that way? Or include the schedules on the TV each day like they have the seapass acct showing? -We would have liked to have seen the early dinner seating a bit later.It was very rushed most days to get ready and be at dinner by 6:15. 6:30-7 would have been quite a bit less rushed. -We liked relaxing in the Rendevouz lounge area after dinner and before the shows most evenings. We found they would have something there; then the entertainment would move up to Reflections lounge or somewhere else....and so on.... It would have been nice if they had kept something going on at each venue, so the people that stayed in one place for a while would continuously have something to watch or listen to. Like I said, we have very few complaints or concerns - we loved our trip on the Celebrity Constellation and will most likely watch for another cruise on her again in the future - Well done, Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was truly a great experience. I enjoyed every moment of this trip. The ship was clean and well appointed. The food was good and the crew was good natured and nice. I especially want to thank our stateroom porters, Budi and Roman. ... Read More
This was truly a great experience. I enjoyed every moment of this trip. The ship was clean and well appointed. The food was good and the crew was good natured and nice. I especially want to thank our stateroom porters, Budi and Roman. These gentlemen learned out names and our likes and dislikes. The room was always cleaned on a timely basis. We always had fresh towels. These gentlemen were top notch in everyway. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Cruised for the first time as a 25th Anniversary present to ourselves, and other than minor (really, really minor) issues, the cruise was great. We live in Orlando, and drove in to port the morning of the cruise, arrived early - and < ... Read More
Cruised for the first time as a 25th Anniversary present to ourselves, and other than minor (really, really minor) issues, the cruise was great. We live in Orlando, and drove in to port the morning of the cruise, arrived early - and < 30 minutes after stepping from the car we had embarkation mimosas in hand and were looking at the booths on deck 3. We'd been advised that cross-selling was more prevalent than it used to be, and it did seem that every corner had someone offering a dinner package, a drink package, a spa package, etc, etc; learning to say 'no' came very quickly. We did purchase a dinner package (one dinner at the Tuscan restaurant, 2 at Ocean liners), and we had no complaints or issues at either restaurant, EXCEPT that the MDR food was *almost* as good and no additional cost. Based on the food quality in the MDR, i'd have a hard time justifying the cost for the dinner package on a future cruise. Almost everyone we spoke with told us how 'brave' we were to make a Trans-Atlantic cruise as our first cruise ever - and we still marvel at that thinking. We had no time for boredom, always something going on; a show, a class, an auction, a drawing, meals...all great fun. Of all things, Bingo was disappointing. I'd be fine only playing 3 games a session if packages were, say, $20/person. But the packages were $40/60/80, and that's a bit pricey to play three games and leave - so that was a one and done experience. We were *slightly* disappointed in the karaoke songs options (lots of older music, which is fine considering the typical clients, some newer music) in that there were few musicals included (as in one - 'My Fair Lady' was the only one I find - no Phantom, no Cats, no Wicked, no other big name, recognizable musicals included; just seemed like an odd omission). The ship ported in Madeira, Gibraltar, and Alicante before disembarking in Civitavecchia. We took none of the ship excursions, and so cannot comment on their quality - but can say the pricing seemed high. In Madeira we walked the town and had a great time, especially after 8 days at sea 8-). In Gibraltar we accepted a cab tour from a gentleman standing at the taxi stand, and once a group was gathered (maybe a 15 minute wait), we took off and definitely got our monies worth. He was informative, funny, knew his material and was easily understood. In Alicante I had arranged a Vow Renewal ceremony through a local company, and we met at Castillo de Santa Barbara - beautiful site and all went very smoothly. DO NOT look for cabs at the Castillo though, they don't seem to wait around there at all; expect to take the elevator from the Castillo to the beach and find one there, although it's a short walk to port shuttle from that point. The entertainment was hit or miss, mostly hit for us. Jayne Curry was fantastic, and the highlight of the individual entertainers as far as we were concerned. The juggler/comedian Steve Carte was standard fare, without anything truly distinguishing his work from other juggler/comedians we'd seen busking in parks for many years now. The stand-up comedian lost us and we walked out when he presented a series of jokes (better performed and notably available on DVD and the internet) from Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. Comedians stealing material is nothing new, but not such high visibility jokes and scenarios. Gemma Louise Doyle joined the ship in Madeira when Jayne left, and we lost in that trade; Gemma's singing is mostly pleasant, but she has little stage presence and no connection to the audience whatsoever. If we'd not been sitting in the 2nd row we'd have left. The Stars of the Constellation preformed several shows as well, and several were VERY good (iHollywood and the new show Elyria), most were decent and (we felt) only one failed to live up to expectations. It was the fourth night at sea (can't remember the name or theme of the show) but the cast seemed tired or bored, and it showed in the performance - very rote with no energy. Later performances were much, much better 8-). Perhaps the timechanges affected them? Our room itself (inside cabin 9018) was fine; small as expected, but plenty for two people not spending hours awake in the room. Hallway noise was non-existent, and we never heard anything from other passenger cabins. It IS next to a steward pantry, which apparently has metal stairs in it - you can hear the occasional steps being taken. It's also beneath the spa, and seemed to have drains from the spa area passing the walls, so you had the occasional water feature sounds coming from the walls. We found it relaxing (although it probably encouraged the odd nighttime bathroom trip or two), but I'm sure there are pickier travellers for whom these sounds might be disturbing. Service was great, the crew friendly, the weather was all but perfect for the entire trip. We couldn't believe we were finally on a cruise, and now look to make it a habit. A BIG recommendation: when the ship is heading to a new area (not back to the embarkation port), DO have language classes for the end point of the cruise! Celebrity put on ONE one hour Italian class right at the end of the trip, and all the conversation we heard though this not only should be standard fare, it should have started day one and continued right through the cruise! Just a marvelous idea. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Embarking was a breeze. We were in state room 6148, Penthouse suite. We could see our neighbors on the balcony as we walked up to the terminal so thought our room would be ready. As soon as we checked in, we were escorted to Ocean Liners ... Read More
Embarking was a breeze. We were in state room 6148, Penthouse suite. We could see our neighbors on the balcony as we walked up to the terminal so thought our room would be ready. As soon as we checked in, we were escorted to Ocean Liners as Michaels Club was having the windows frosted. I can totally understand that, over the course of the cruise we constantly saw people trying to look in. I am sure new cruisers were just curious as to what Michaels Club is. We had to wait quite a while to go to our suite, we later found out that was because they were doing some kind of tour of our suite, we saw the movie on UTube after the cruise. Once we entered and looked around the suite which was beautiful but dusty, we noticed there were no glasses other than the 2 champagne glasses for the sparkling wine. Our two bottles of spirits were not there either. There were four of us in the suite and only two towels and two bathrobes. Our Butler stopped by and introduced himself, told us if we needed anything, to ask him first and he would make sure it was taken care of. I asked for glasses, more towels and 2 more bathrobes. I also asked he explain how the hot tubs work, the sound system and automatic drapes. He just looked at me and said "push the buttons". If you have stayed in this suite, you know there are buttons everywhere. To cut a long story short, it took several requests. We finally called housekeeping who delivered the towels and bathrobes that evening and stocked the cabinets with glasses the next morning. I can honestly say our Butler was the worst I have experienced. I have had much better in a Sky Suite. We were told by the neighboring PH that they were tipping the Butler before he actually did anything and that's how they got what they wanted. I have always tipped according to the service I receive and no before. I feel I tip well for good service. We then started tipping him everytime we saw him for the next couple of days but honestly, things did not improve. We passed him several times and he did not even acknowledge us. One might think we were needy, the only thing we asked for were the towels etc. And breakfast in our room twice. Now as far as the service we received around the ship, we could not have asked for better service. Other than a few rude bar tenders, and not to us, only what I observed for other guests, as soon as they heard 6148, they were Johnny on the spot. We did not wait for anything, even though we expected to. Leo and his staff in Michaels Club were superb. They were so friendly and could not do enough for those of us fortunate to be in Michaels. It will make cruising without Michaels Club very hard. We ate at Ocean Liners the first evening, food and service was great. Sommlier one of best we have experienced. Second night was formal night, we have never done formal night before but my Son and his Fiancée wanted to do it so we did. We were invited to dine at the Captains table, ordinarily I we would have declined. Again, my Son etc. wanted to so we did. I found it to be a very nice experience, food was great, conversation never stopped. We were each given a photo of us all at the table along with a personal menu and a Rose for the Ladies. Our stops were Key West and Cozumel. Key West was the first day, been several times but a first for my Son. We took the trolley around the Island and hopped on and off at various sights. Beautiful weather and we have decided to go back when we can stay longer and experience the night life there. The next day was a sea day, we had not even toured the ship yet as embankment day was really busy. We ate lunch at Bistro on 5, not as good as I remember toured the ship and took a nice nap on the huge balcony. This was formal night. Cozumel, been several times but a first for my son. We took a private Jeep Tour and had Mirasol as our guide. I can not say enough nice things about her, she was fantastic. Great personality and such a good sense of humor. Fabulous day! We went snorkeling, went up the lighthouse, saw the crocs, did some site seeing and tequila tasting. We had so much fun! We ate in Blu that night. I felt bad for others because they were apparently making people wait but as soon as we said the magic 6148 we were seated immediately. Food was great as was the service. We ate alone as my Son had date night. They ate in the MDR and said the same. We had selected select dining, they too were seated immediately. Next day at sea, relaxing. My husband hit the casino, lost but he had fun doing it. The rest of us went by the pool and then back to our balcony. We tried to utilize our suite and balcony as much as possible but also wanted to experience the ship, we really needed a lot longer cruise. Every evening we went for cocktails and canopies in Michaels. The canopies were much better than we used to get in our suite on previous cruises. We also got a bridge tour on our last sea day. All in all, we had a great time and I still love Connie. The only downside was our Butler. Disembarking, well those VIP tags, I am not sure how I will ever be able to cruise without them. Leo walked us down to our bags which were in a special spot, straight to a dedicated line for immigration and right off the ship. Sad to leave but if you have to, what a great way to do it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
The bottom line: my 6 years old daughter was crying when we were leaving the ship - and asked me to promise her that the next cruise will be at least twice longer... Now to details. We were warned upfront (including by Cruise Critics ... Read More
The bottom line: my 6 years old daughter was crying when we were leaving the ship - and asked me to promise her that the next cruise will be at least twice longer... Now to details. We were warned upfront (including by Cruise Critics reviews) that Celebrity cruises is positioned more to elder people - but it should be less relevant for European cruises especially during the summer school vacations. Indeed, the majority - over 70% to my assessment - of passengers of our cruise were closer to our parents' ages rather to ours (early 40s), and number of kids of our kids' ages (6 and 12) was counted in just few tens. I realize that cruises which are more family and kids oriented would offer even more activities and attractions appealing for us, and probably next time we will be looking for these more - but this does not mean that we didn't enjoy our cruise! Including kids clubs' activities. We chose this specific cruise mainly because of its itinerary and timing - and we enjoyed each and every moment! Especially we enjoyed the following aspects of our cruise: (a) embarcation and disembarcation processess at each and every port were extremely efficient (b) very friendly and helpful staff, giving a pleasant feeling at every corner of the ship (c) excellent food both at Oceanview Cafe and especially at San Marco restaurant (d) Gym and spa are excellent, especially helpful on see days but also good after busy port days. Couple of minor drawbacks: (a) Stockholm deserves much more than 7 hours we were given (b) Major activities and shows are too much oriented for the elder croud... Again, we didn't feel bored - but we were expecting for more... Details about the stateroom are given separately. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
For our eighth cruise, we decided to take a short get-away to a couple of places we hadn't been before - Nassau, Bahamas and Key West. We've been on five different cruise lines, but find Celebrity suits us very well. Tried the ... Read More
For our eighth cruise, we decided to take a short get-away to a couple of places we hadn't been before - Nassau, Bahamas and Key West. We've been on five different cruise lines, but find Celebrity suits us very well. Tried the concierge class this time - had done aqua class before. Both were good, although I'd likely try the aqua class again next time. Access to Blu for dining seems to add a bit of quality to the overall experience. Embarkation was quick and easy for both cabin classes. Found the food quality in the main dining room to vary quite a bit - sometimes very tasty, others pretty bland or overcooked. Cy and Ron were great waiters during the times we were lucky enough to get them (we had the "pick your own time" dining package). Dinner in the Tuscan was excellent, as was the sommelier Natasha. This was our first time with the Classic Beverage package, and we really enjoyed the options it provided to us. The room was nice and light, with reasonable storage capacity. The bath needed a bit of repair work, but nothing serious. Really appreciate that you can easily choose not to have your picture taken (over and over again). They don't push this as much as other lines, but offer it as an option to those who are interested. We chose to keep our luggage and use the walk off disembarkation early in the morning. It was quick and easy. If you don't have too much luggage to manage, this is a great way to exit quickly. All in all, Celebrity is a great cruising option that we'd highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
For at least 25 years, my husband has wanted to take a cruise, but having 4 kids, I could never financially see it happening. But the kids are now mostly grown up and out and it's just me and my husband, and it seemed now was the time ... Read More
For at least 25 years, my husband has wanted to take a cruise, but having 4 kids, I could never financially see it happening. But the kids are now mostly grown up and out and it's just me and my husband, and it seemed now was the time to give in to this cruising idea. Since I'm claustrophobic and had no idea how I'd do, we wanted to try a short cruise before embarking on a larger, more expensive itinerary. I made the arrangements, choosing Celebrity as I had read that they h.ave a 50ish crowd (we're both 50 somethings) and it's not known as a party boat (we're not big on drinking). I thought this would be a good match for us. Embarkation Day: Kind of a zoo. Very crowded, long lines (think Disney). I had forgotten to print our boarding passes, so it was a bit of a hassle looking us up on the manifest before being allowed thru security. Once passed security, we were directed to another line for actual check-in. That was a little more smooth and in no time, we were in yet another line to actually board. We were welcomed on board with a glass of champagne, but there was no direction as to where to go or what to do. Since we knew our cabin number, it seemed to us, we should find our cabin and drop off our carry-on suitcases. After a few wrong turns, we did manage to find our room. Our cabin steward was surprised to see us, but let us know it was okay to drop off the luggage and suggested we go downstairs to the buffet. When we got there, we noticed everyone else still had their luggage. It was probably an hour later that the announcement came that it was okay to head to your cabins. That's when we noticed helpful people ready to assist with directions to cabins. Everyone picked up their luggage and the place cleared out pretty quickly. No, we didn't look like inexperienced newbs at all. We headed on a ship's tour including the spa and I signed up for the Persian Garden - very worth getting the pass! Awesome relaxation. I particularly enjoyed it after a day in port. On the Boat: I thoroughly enjoyed cruise life from the get go. Being a family of 6 always meat that vacation was a condo somewhere, so I was still grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry - same thing as not on vacation, just a different location. Here on the cruise, I got to be on vacation just like everyone else! I loved it! Yay!!! I got to relax, rest, take it easy, just enjoy myself! My husband, not so much. He looked around and saw that the majority of people could be categorized as follows: old, fat, drunk or a combination thereof. He was very put off by it. I tried pointing out that we're not spring chickens ourselves, directed our eating toward the San Marco where people ate more the way we consider normal, but the drinking was harder as it was seemingly everywhere. He spent a couple of miserable days, then decided he needed to try and get over i. The comedian the first night was so horrible we walked out 15 minutes in to his show. We were dubious about going to the show the next night, but I'm glad we did. It was a great show. In fact, the shows got better and better the next few nights. Shore Excursions: We didn't preplan any excursions. The night before Cozumel, we went to the shore excursion desk, looked over the different trips and decided on the Jose Cuervo Tequilla Tasting Experience - a really wonderful excursion that I highly recommend. They do teach you how to appreciate not just the taste, but the sight, feel and even sound of tequila - much like fine wine. You also get a tour of an art museum that features native works and the tour guide gave us really good insight into Mexican culture. There are also replicas of several Mexican landmarks which are explained on plaques (which are in English). At Key West, we got off the boat with no plans, but ended up taking the trolley tour to orient ourselves to the island before heading out on foot to explore on our own. You can definitely get a great feel for the island in the time you have there. Immigration: This was done before disembarking at Key West. We were ordered to report to our muster station at 7:10 (Rendez Vous Lounge) where the doors were closed. We waited there for a few minutes with some other people thinking we were early and they weren't set up yet. Then some people came and left thru the doors to the promenade and didn't come back. Uh oh. Maybe we weren't early. We decided to do the same. What an eye opener!!! The line was long, really long, I mean REALLY LONG! It stretched thru the Rendez Vous Lounge past the martini bar and cappucino bar and back thru the casino and was headed toward the Celebrity theater! I was in shock and disbelief at the length of this line. However, once it started to move, it moved quickly, and really didn't impact our time in port. Customs: Like all good things, the cruise was over all too quickly and it was time to say goodbye to the ship and hello to Customs. Like Immigration, this is a really long line, but unlike Immigration, it does NOT move quickly. We were told to report to the Celebrity Theater and once there, realized that we were 2 of a thousand or more. We waited there for a while, probably 20 minutes or so, before they called our number. Then we got to head down to deck 3 to wait in line to get off the ship. Ten minutes later, we were exiting the ship into the cruiseport on the second floor. Here, we waited 10-15 minutes before going downstairs to get our luggage. Upon retrieving our luggage, we got to get in another line that weaved back and forth about 4 times before turning the corner to what we thought would be customs. In reality, it was more queue time. It weaved back and forth another 4 times before rounding a corner where the line split into 3 - one for each customs station. Get the picture? 2100 passengers on board, 3 customs stations. Yep, each station was handling about 700 people. It was an 1 1/2 hours total to disembark and hit the open air outside the cruise port. Outside the cruiseport was an organized chaos as not only our ship was dumping into this area, but the Crown Princess was also. It made for a lot of people, going in a lot of different directions, on a lot of different forms of transportation - private cars, taxis, shuttles, buses or their own car somewhere out in the lot. A Word on Claustrophobia: I had mentally prepared myself for a smaller space, so I was pleasantly surprised at how big our cabin actually was. Since a balcony cabin was out of our price range, I needed a cabin with quick access to open air. The insides on deck 11 are a great choice as they are literally seconds from open air. I also brought a small fan that we plugged in at night. Really helpful. Odd Discovery: Something I noticed on my cruise that none of my research had uncovered and you may want to note: Once you get away from the land towers, your cell phone may not keep accurate time. Even tho we only moved from Eastern to Central and back to Eastern time, and my phone always set correctly when on land, when we were out at sea, it was 5 hours off. Made no sense to me. Bottom Line: Will I do it again? Absolutely! I'll even take Hubby with me. Although I'll make sure we go with another couple who are experienced cruisers, because I think he needs that to get plugged in and enjoy cruise life as much as I do.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
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
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
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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