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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our third cruise with Celebrity. It was a disappointment at all levels . It was a big step down from our experience from two years ago with Celebrity Equinox. This was a Mediterranean cruise . It was no entertainment on ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Celebrity. It was a disappointment at all levels . It was a big step down from our experience from two years ago with Celebrity Equinox. This was a Mediterranean cruise . It was no entertainment on deck in the evening. It was no fitness or other outdoor activities like the previous Celebrity cruise. It was a lack of service and amenities. It was also a big disappointment in food quality and diversity . Food that we enjoyed at the buffet in the past now we had to go to special restaurants and pay extra. My husband and I had classic beverage packege but to get your cappuccino you had to go to the 5 th floor from 10th floor in order to get it . It was no cappuccino machine at any outdoor bars and any other indoor bars except the 5 th floor. People who catered to us were great but not to many of them ... Many times I had to clean my table and waiters were no where to be found. Overall it was not a good experience Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Firstly, the fascinating itinerary -- Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, Borneo and back to Singapore. The South China Sea was as calm as the Baltic! Very comfortable suite on the Constellation. Excellent service from Rhona ... Read More
Firstly, the fascinating itinerary -- Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, Borneo and back to Singapore. The South China Sea was as calm as the Baltic! Very comfortable suite on the Constellation. Excellent service from Rhona and Rufina. Friendly and efficient support throughout cruise from Michael's Club concierge Joao. First class dining in Luminae and Tuscan Grill. Restaurant staff are superb as are the Café al Bacio staff! Joining and leaving the ship couldn't have gone more smoothly. Port visitor arrangements throughout were efficient. Generally enjoyed the shore excursions though the market by the shore in Kota Kinabalu is to be avoided unless you're comfortable with the overpowering stench of fish combined with overripe fruit (durian?). It's disappointing that whole day trips have to include shopping for up to one hour, even when the trips are about half to one hour later in returning to the ship than expected. Apart from this, the shore excursions are most enjoyable and most of the guides are excellent. We miss the formal nights, but despite this and our other criticisms, we have booked three more cruises with Celebrity. Perfect ending to the cruise was provided by my son and family from Indonesia joining us in Singapore for a relaxing long weekend. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise for its itinerary, which ended with the F1 . The check in was chaotic, but once on-board that was soon forgotten. Our cabin was at the rear of the ship with a large balcony, this was ideal for our cruising ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary, which ended with the F1 . The check in was chaotic, but once on-board that was soon forgotten. Our cabin was at the rear of the ship with a large balcony, this was ideal for our cruising through the Suez canal, offering panoramic views. My personal opinion is that some excursions were over priced but I know others on-board were happy with them. Entertainment was good and varied. No problems with the sunbed but think that was more down to the demographics of passengers. We enjoyed the dining in the main dining room and requested the same location every night as we had an amazing waiter. On previous Celebrity cruises we've struggled to find somewhere to sit at Cafe Al Balcio, this time we never had a problem and enjoyed a coffee while watching the world go by. Would highly recommend this itinerary. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose the Constellation over the Millennium primarily because it garnered better reviews and had Ocean Liners intact. Both sailed out of Singapore, which would have saved us air tickets and time travelling to port. We were initially ... Read More
We chose the Constellation over the Millennium primarily because it garnered better reviews and had Ocean Liners intact. Both sailed out of Singapore, which would have saved us air tickets and time travelling to port. We were initially slightly apprehensive about sailing our longest ever voyage on one of the oldest and smallest ships we have done. These fears were unfounded. The crew was excellent and their enthusiasm, sincerity and professionalism stood out. Our cabin (a Penthouse) was huge, with more than enough room and we were truly pampered onboard. Our cabin steward and butler were both very helpful and full of initiative, meeting our needs even before we realised we had them! Entertainment was of a consistently high standard, with the exception of the Broadway revue, which needed more rehearsal time. Food was hit and miss but the service standards of the crew in Luminae could not be faulted. Our experiences in Ocean Liners (thrice) and Tuscan Grille (once, at lunch on a sea day) were both very good. OL food was hit and miss but service was excellent; Tuscan had both very good food and service and we regretted not booking for dinner. Specialty dining was complimentary for our suite but we were travelling in a big group and therefore could not utilise the perk as often as we would have liked. Sushi on 5 had great rolls but sashimi was mediocre. Service by Zeus was outstanding as usual. We did not expect our child to enjoy the Kids' club but she did. More so than on a typical RCL cruise, which was surprising. We also enjoyed the activities organised by the crew - the watercolour lessons, the dance lessons, the gym lessons, the trivia sessions and the table-tennis rounds. It was a cruise that was as active as you wanted to make of it. Everything was done in good taste without intruding into the relaxing vibe of the overall cruise. Would we go again? In a heartbeat. We would prefer if Celebrity had shorter cruises around the region though - it is very difficult to get leave from work in the beginning of the work year for such a long period of time. If they had 7-10 day cruises around the region, we would be back multiple times. As it is, we are next booked on a 10-day European cruise in June and a 10-day New Zealand cruise in December, both of which happen in periods of time where it is easier to get vacation time. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We choose this cruise to see India. The ship is very tied and rusting , worn carpet , wooden seats in the dinning room with joints coming apart. The crew do try very hard and give u 110% in effort. The entertainment director is getting ... Read More
We choose this cruise to see India. The ship is very tied and rusting , worn carpet , wooden seats in the dinning room with joints coming apart. The crew do try very hard and give u 110% in effort. The entertainment director is getting away with being payed for sitting on his backside all day. the onboard day time entertainment was non exsistant compared to other cruise lines.There was more entertainment to be found in the casino than over the whole of the boat. The nightly shows in the theatre where great if u where in a nursing home and had not seen any entertainment for a while, really who do they think they are giving us a acrobat show which a 11 year old could perform. Every night at dinner it was a toss of a coin to see if ur drink order would arrive in 30 minutes or under or would arrive at all. The cabin steward did a fantastic job and congratulations to him cabin 9131. The food was the same day in and day out, the quality of food okay but not outstanding. When u travel aqua class and have your own designated dinning room u don't expect to have to wait up to 3/4 hour for a table.The cruise would have been excellent if I had traveled in a inside room, but having table for aquas class I was very disappointed and will never cruise with celebrity again. No one even wants to listen on board when u are offering constructive criticism. Felt very let down and ripped off. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
This was a maiden voyage for Celebrity for these destinations. The cruise started in Abu Dhabi with 2 days in Dubai, 4 sea days, New Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai, 2 sea days, Oman, Abu Dhabi. Dubai is a fascinating city with awesome ... Read More
This was a maiden voyage for Celebrity for these destinations. The cruise started in Abu Dhabi with 2 days in Dubai, 4 sea days, New Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai, 2 sea days, Oman, Abu Dhabi. Dubai is a fascinating city with awesome architecture. This would have been a five star review except for the port of New Mangalore which was a complete bust. We were told that this port will be removed from future cruises. At least Celebrity learned from this experience and, after all, it was a maiden voyage. I hope the person who arranged this port doesn't get fired. The ports of Goa and Bombay were OK but nothing special. We really needed longer times in both for a better experience. Hopefully dropping New Mangalore will provide an additional day in Bombay. We were unable to get into Oman because of high winds. Cudos to the captain for keeping us safe...no heroics. However, we then beelined for Abu Dhabi when most passengers would rather have taken a leisurely sail instead. We arrived early in the afternoon at the port of AD but were unable to disembark to explore, much to the chagrin of everyone. The Aqua Class balcony was great and Blu restaurant was excellent as usual. We also did the Chef's dinner for $120.00 which is our favorite activity and never disappoints. Room steward and waiters were spot on the entire cruise. Entertainment was excellent also. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Chose this cruise for the unusual ports and had a super cruise with Celebrity last year. The cruise was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Joining the ship was smooth and easy. Dubai was the first stop and good to visit the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the unusual ports and had a super cruise with Celebrity last year. The cruise was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Joining the ship was smooth and easy. Dubai was the first stop and good to visit the one time, enjoyed the hop on hop off bus and visited the mall, marina and the Burj Khalifa. The water fountain show at night and the tower lighting show were impressive. Arrived in New Mangalore, India and Celebrity did not manage the disembarkation at all well. A queue that stretched throughout the ship and it took an age to get off. Then to find that this was a coal port, and very dirty. To combat this water wagons were driving up and down the roads dropping water which had little effect other than to make a black slush underfoot. New Mangalore did not have much to see other than a market and some temples. I don't think this port is suitable for a cruise ship! Goa was a little better with some nice beaches around 50 mins drive in a taxi, beach bars supplied beds free if you bought food or drink and the locals were quickly roused to sell us the usual Indian wear. Slightly intense and annoying but expected. Mumbai was a complete farce with Celebrity messing up the immigration by missing off a vital stamp from the card. It took just under 2 hours to sort which was stressful and in one case upsetting for those concerned. We missed our trip and after considerable lobbying they finally agreed to put a further coach on for the 13 people concerned. No guide only a 'stand in' local chap who tried his very best. The trip meant we missed a few sights and a train trip and being we had looked forward to it as the highlight, it was a big disappointment. After further discussion Celebrity refunded the trip cost and offered a free meal in the Tuscan Grill restaurant. A fair offer but it could not take away the disappointment of a missed opportunity. As one passenger has already pointed out, we could not enter Oman due to 30 mph winds. The captain had delighted in telling passengers earlier that he could maneuver the ship in winds of 30 mph...a shot in the foot :>). Sad to miss the Oman stop altogether. Then the fun and games started again with Celebrity messing up the immigration one last time. An announcement out of the blue at 10pm that all passengers would have to leave the ship immediately to collect their passport and hand in person to Abu Dhabi immigration. Then they announced that there was no need to proceed immediately and it was ok to watch the show and visit afterwards. So we proceeded from our meal to the show and as we arrived a further announcement said all those on deck 2 must proceed to immigration immediately. So off we went and queued once again with those who had woken up with children and the infirm etc. We got back just before the end of the show only to here that we need not have gone to immigration until after the show!!! So you see it was a real farce, you couldn't make it up. Some people were shouting at officers looking down on the queue from the deck and there was some loud booing and shouting at the end of the show when the cruise director said 'these things happen sometimes' not the best choice of words and he left the stage rather quickly. The cabin, dining, bar and other staff as always were excellent and could not do enough. The shows I have to say were of west end theatre quality in my opinion which was why it was so annoying to miss the last one, I am told it was superb. We did enjoy the cruising and the staff, food and shows were great. On a 30th wedding anniversary it was just so disappointing with the repeated immigration faux pas. This was due to the handling of disembarkation which has to be attributed to Celebrity I am afraid. This was not the high standard that we enjoyed last year on the 'Reflection' and I have written to Celebrity who replied and told me of their concern and how sorry they were. Celebrity said they were sorry for the experience and that was all. I might try PO cruises for the next one then as they may appreciate our custom a little more :>) Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
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: April 2014
Sailing Date of April 19, 2014  We have just returned from a lovely 5 day cruise on Celebrity's Constellation. We are seasoned cruisers – this being our 45th or so cruise (I have lost count). This was our 10th cruise with ... Read More
Sailing Date of April 19, 2014  We have just returned from a lovely 5 day cruise on Celebrity's Constellation. We are seasoned cruisers – this being our 45th or so cruise (I have lost count). This was our 10th cruise with Celebrity. We began cruising in 1987 while living in Chicago. We continued to cruise and more often when we lived in Naples, FL from 1994 to 2004 and then once a year when we moved back to Chicago in 2004 until finally moving back to the Stuart Florida area in 2009. We now try to cruise 3-4 times a year. Being so close to the ports makes it easy. This was a last minute cruise, booked 10 days prior to sailing. We had been on the Millenium in 2002, but not on an M Class ship since they remodeled them. We booked an inside guarantee (which is what we usually do) and were in Cabin 2096 on Deck 2. This is the lowest passenger deck and worked out well. We were midway between the aft and forward elevators and stairs and the location was very convenient. The cabin was a typical Celebrity inside cabin – we always have the beds in a twin configuration – it gives us more room – and there was plenty of storage for a 5 night cruise or longer. Our cabin stewardess, Amy, was fairly good – but not as attentive as she might have been. We don't spend a lot of time in the cabin – so we really didn't need anything special other than the robes that are provided. The itinerary was Key West and Cozumel with the remaining days at sea. We left Port Everglades around 5pm and sailed directly to Key West. We were there on Easter Sunday – everything was pretty much open. It was a beautiful day and we were the only ship in town. We got off the ship and went to a restaurant that is a favorite of ours – the Conch Republic Seafood Company – which is located at the end of Front St at Green St and on the water. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and then slowly made our way back to the ship. We were in Key West from 7am to 6pm – allowing plenty of time for those taking tours or just sightseeing. That night was the only formal night of the cruise. Most people were dressed very nicely. I can tell you, however, that the dining room dress code is NOT strictly enforced. It is posted, but not enforced. This was true for the whole cruise. We requested late seating dining with a table for two. Our request was granted and we had table 336 on deck 4 in the San Marco dining room. Our waiter Leeford and his assistant Liutcia were excellent as was the food. We ate every meal that we could in the dining room – all breakfasts, lunch when offered, and all dinners. Lunch was not offered in the dining room on the days we were in port – only on sea days and the last sea day, lunch was offered in Ocean Liners (for a fee). There were many venues for food. The San Marco is the main restaurant. The Oceanview cafe is the buffet restaurant and had much to offer. There is a grill for hamburgers and the like and a pizza area as well as sushi from 5:30 pm on. There is Blu for Aqua Class guests, the Spa Cafe in the Aqua spa with healthy selections, Cafe al Bacio and the Gelateria for coffee, sweets and gelato. The Bistro on Five for soups, salads and crepes ($5.00 fee), and Ocean Liners ($45) and the Tuscan Grille ($35) an Italian Steakhouse. We did not eat at any of the alternate restaurants – we did use the Oceanview cafe from time to time and we had sushi and pizza in the late afternoon. All very good-I do prefer the pizza from Princess, though. All in all, the food was excellent. There were plenty of things to do on sea days – we are readers and brought books along – so we were always busy – and people watching is fun as well. The casino was always busy (non-smoking). The White Magic show was so good – don't miss it – the illusionist is amazing as is the contortionist. We have seen most of the production shows in the past and they were of no interest to us. We had read prior to sailing that the volume of the music, both on the pool deck and inside around the Martini Bar were loud – well that is true – if you like that kind of music, you will love it – we didn't care for it and avoided the pool deck when they were performing out there. The guitarist at the Sunset Bar was great to listen to – late afternoon - In Cozumel, we did not leave the ship and just enjoyed being on board. It was delightful. The whole cruise the weather was just delightful. Couldn't have asked for better. We met lots of nice people and had fun visiting with them. Debarkation was quick and easy. We had asked for an early off as we park in the Park N Fly lot adjacent to Port Everglades. We were off the ship right before 8am and on the shuttle and then in our car by 8:30am. It is an hour and a half ride home – so we were home before 10:30am, picked up our dog and came home and unpacked. We really enjoyed this cruise – this is the second 5 day we have done in all of our cruising and we have found that they are great for a “disconnect” from the world. If you have questions or want to see the photos I took, please e-mail me at melkaz1758@gmail.com. We give this cruise a 10!!!   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
I have sung the praises of Celebrity ever since I was wowed on a 2010 transatlantic cruise on the Equinox. Well, I will sing them no more after experiencing the Constellation 3/31-4/5/14. And to add insult to injury, my travel companion ... Read More
I have sung the praises of Celebrity ever since I was wowed on a 2010 transatlantic cruise on the Equinox. Well, I will sing them no more after experiencing the Constellation 3/31-4/5/14. And to add insult to injury, my travel companion was a first-time cruiser. I had to apologize profusely throughout the 5-night cruise. Thanks, Celebrity! *Food, cold cold food. The "hot" food in the Oceanview Cafe was consistently cool and in some cases cold. I think they never allowed their refrigerated food to warm up before serving. The same goes for room service (we only did it once because ice cold eggs are not very appetizing). *Not enough staff for the onslaught of passengers. Perhaps, there were enough staff but they simply weren't organized. One staffer told me that the passenger load was unusually high. As a result, finding a table in any eating venue besides the restaurants often meant sharing it with dirty dishes. Except for the Aqua Spa Cafe, the food was rather unexceptional, often dried out and repetitive (though I did enjoy the Indian food the most since it consistently was above par with the rest of the food). *Cabin cleanliness. The bathroom maintained a faint smell of urine. I bent down to pick something off the clean bathroom floor only to find that the front of the lavatory had not been cleaned off. My cabin mate had to dig under the TV to retrieve and earring and returned with a handful of dust. *Layout of Deck 3 guest relations area. I was so used to having a large open area on that floor as a nice gathering place, afternoon music groups, etc. The Constellation has its grand staircase smack dab in the middle, thus dividing up the room. *Entertainment. The dancers/singers were probably the poorest I've ever seen on a ship. Their Riverdance routine would go viral on YouTube, it was so laughable. No one in sync, no straight lines. With the exception of one young man with an operatic lite voice (think Josh Groban), the voices were pretty average. In addition they had a magician whose slight of hand was better for closeup work vs. a large venue (and the theatre monitors are not high quality enough to show detail). *Just plain weird. The night before we disembarked, the cabin steward removed the cabin's pen and pad! Why not leave it in the room and post a sign THOU SHALL NOT STEAL? *Busy decor. After the elegance of the Equinox, I was surprised by the particularly wild patterns, particularly carpets on the Constellation. They lent a cheap feel to a ship that was supposedly refurbished recently.Thankfully, this was counterbalanced by excellent, thought-provoking artwork and photography. The redeeming factors: *Some of the nicest staff and crew you will find on any ship. *All the gym equipment is new and they had plenty of treadmills. *Overall, the ship is maintained well, though signs of rust on the outside of the ship is evident, particularly if you have a balcony. *Rapid on/off, both at ports and embarking/disembarking (Disembarking express was a breeze). Sadly, I will rethink Celebrity. I would definitely take a chance on the Equinox again and RC's Serenade of the Seas. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2014
We were disappointed with the ship. I'm surprised that it has a 5 star rating because it's an old ship and looks old. It's been refurbished, but mostly what they did was add the aqua level which costs a lot more unless one ... Read More
We were disappointed with the ship. I'm surprised that it has a 5 star rating because it's an old ship and looks old. It's been refurbished, but mostly what they did was add the aqua level which costs a lot more unless one is a high level frequent cruiser on Celebrity. I think the rest of the ship would get a much lower rating. The food in the main dining room wasn't good. The buffet food did taste good, but it was so crowded that it was stressful. We had beverage packages. I envisioned relaxing by the pool or on the upper deck and having waiters bring me drinks. There were only a few waiters walking around taking drink orders. Since the inside bars were closed during the day even when at sea, the bartenders on the decks were rushed and there was always a crowd waiting to place an order. That was stressful. The pool and deck chairs were crowded together to the point that they were all touching. There was no space between the chairs to set a drink or beach bag. It was difficult getting in and out of the deck chairs. The worst part was that strangers were squeezed together up close and personal in swim suits. That was not relaxing but stressful. We have no complaints about the cabin. The stewards were great. I missed not having ice in our room. That's a service they stopped unless someone requested it. We never got around to requesting it. The room was clean and neat and the stewards were friendly. I liked the drink packages. We could have all the drinks we wanted but just not in a relaxing or fun atmosphere. We can also stay home and get all the drinks we want. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
This trip was a last minute booking for us and as it was the only time we could get away from the world. We were seeking solace from the cold winter and we sure found it. After loving three cruises with Royal Caribbean, This was our first ... Read More
This trip was a last minute booking for us and as it was the only time we could get away from the world. We were seeking solace from the cold winter and we sure found it. After loving three cruises with Royal Caribbean, This was our first cruise with Celebrity and I was extremely concerned about the culture aboard a celebrity ship. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cruise served an extremely diverse group of various ages and cultures. Having previously sailed on Jewel of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas with Royal Caribbean, The Constellation seemed to be a precursor to those ship designs. The overall ship layout seemed familiar, but was slightly clumsy compared to the flow of the RCL Radiance Class ships. I will say that the the ship is overall kept in great shape and the recent upgrades are keeping the ship relevant up to today's expectations. That being said, there are a few inconsistencies in branding across the ship that seem to have missed the upgrades. This was also our first balcony cabin and it was absolutely stellar. There were four of us in the cabin which made it a little tight, but such is the life at sea. I don think that I can ever go back to an inside after having the balcony. Activities seemed to be a little light, especially on sea days, Cruise Director JC was pretty good. Loved the daily show on the ship TV channel, but I only saw him on stage or on screen. I would have liked to have seen him around the ship more and had some more diverse activities. Similarly, Onboard entertainment was good, but could have been better. Most of the musical acts seemed to be hispanic groups which is what you get on a cruise sailing from south florida to Mexico I guess. They were great, and a lot of fun, but were a little unfamiliar to us. New Years Eve was celebrated around the pool with champagne and dancing. It was a whole lot of fun, and the morning after there was an enormous and lavish brunch buffet in the main dining room that was unlike anything I have ever seen. Service and Dining was the best that I have ever seen at sea. Every night in the main dining room was better than the last. There was a special New Years menu that was fabulous. Our waiter and assistant waiter actually said that they would lose sleep if we were to have a bad meal and I would believe that. Bar service was underpar especially around the pool deck. there was a very long wait for drinks. Embarkation and Debarkation were quick and painless. Overall this cruise was very good. I would recommend this ship and itinerary to anyone looking for a more sophisticated way to relax and experience some of the Celebrity Modern Luxury. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
Last minute cruise over New Year's and based on some reviews of this ship, we were a little concerned but we were pleasantly surprised. This ship is not one of the glitzy new ones, but it has been nicely updated in all the places that ... Read More
Last minute cruise over New Year's and based on some reviews of this ship, we were a little concerned but we were pleasantly surprised. This ship is not one of the glitzy new ones, but it has been nicely updated in all the places that matter, with attractive and well maintained public areas that retain some of the charm lost on the newer "floating cities". We loved all the little conversation groupings throughout the ship. We had a veranda room that was more spacious than other ships w/abundant storage space. We chose flex dining and never had to wait w/party of 3 and this was even with a fully booked cruise. The food in the main dining room was good to very good for a cruise ship this size (I think some people forget that serving 1800 dinners is not the same as made to order meals for 100 diners). We splurged on the Ocean Liner restaurant one evening and it was well worth the upcharge given the quality and outstanding service and ambiance. The New Year's Eve celebration was terrific, with options to suit everyone's taste. Other than the magician, the entertainment was good and getting a decent seat was rarely a problem. Given that this was a full ship, it was sometimes hard to use the fitness room or pools when you wanted, but spots always opened up. In fact, we were pleasantly surprised that we could always find several nice spots to lounge about w/o feeling overwhelmed w/people. On board activities were a bit thin, especially for at sea days. The exercise and dance classes were good, and the galley tour was worth the time, but not much else other than trivia contests, art auctions and the casino. Lectures and port presentations were really sales pitches. It would have been nice to have a presentation on the Mayan culture prior to Cozumel, for example. Given that this was only a 5 day cruise w/2 days in ports, this wasn't a huge issue, but I'd definitely want more intellectual options for a longer cruise - perhaps that's the case. I can't comment on the shore excursions as we didn't book any. We're familiar w/Key West and in Cozumel, we opted for a highly rated, local tour guide for the Tulum ruins to have a more indepth experience. Embarkation and disembarkation was always smooth, even better than experiences we've had on more elite lines. The real standout on this ship is the crew. Everyone, from the captain on down, was visible, accessible and went out of their way to make your trip special. They emphasize being a team and it showed in so many ways. I'd definitely recommend this cruise and this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
In November 2013 we sailed the Celebrity Constellation on a transatlantic crossing from Rome to Fort Lauderdale with stops in Livorno (Florence), Cartagena, Morocco, and the Canary Islands. We were booked in a Royal Suite which provided a ... Read More
In November 2013 we sailed the Celebrity Constellation on a transatlantic crossing from Rome to Fort Lauderdale with stops in Livorno (Florence), Cartagena, Morocco, and the Canary Islands. We were booked in a Royal Suite which provided a bedroom with access to the balcony and hot tub there, a sizeable living room and a small dining and bar area that could accommodate four for dining. Unfortunately, the condition of the dining table was terrible with major stains and blemishes. We asked to have it covered. (We entertained in our suite several times). This was our first cruise on Celebrity. Having sailed previously several times on Seabourn and having made a similar transatlantic crossing the previous year on the Seabourn Quest our expectations for the Constellation were somewhat lower than what we have experienced on Seabourn. We were very pleasantly surprised to find the service on the Constellation to be excellent and the crew to be cheerful, helpful, and eager to please. We were especially impressed with our butler Cipirian Priscasiu whose service was superb. Upon our arrival he was asked how difficult it would be to prepare a complicated morning protein shake of eggs, peanut butter, ice cream, and ice (one of us is a competitive athlete on a high calorie diet) and without a moments hesitation he said, “At what time each morning would you like me to bring this to you?” The shake together with our breakfast was delivered every morning at 8:30. While Chip did an outstanding job taking care of us we were also very pleased with the service staff both in our stateroom (Moreno) but also in the dining rooms and at the bars. We were accustomed to the excellent service we have experienced on board our Seabourn cruises but we agreed that the service on the Constellation was comparable to the care we have experienced on Seabourn. Particularly outstanding were Onur, Sheyla, Slojana, Iputu, and of course Marco whose spectacular bartending displays were always exciting. Because of the special service we received we elected not to utilize the prepaid gratuities options, offering some cash tips during the cruise and the giving each of the crew members who impressed us cash expressions of our appreciation on the day before our departure. We are without apologies both athletes AND foodies. We were not unhappy with the food on board the Constellation but here is where the comparison with Seabourn did not match up. We ate in all of the specialty restaurants and we found the cuisine and creativeness in Blu to be the best dining experience on the ship. We found the availability of fresh seafood to be limited and the wine list somewhat lack luster. Although we had been told to prepare for this, we found the need to carry and flash our “drink card” continuously somewhat annoying. We had purchased a premium liquor package ($1000+ per person) prior to sailing but we missed the all-inclusiveness of Seabourn and the ease with which you could go from venue to venue without having to go through the drill of pulling out your card and signing chits. The on board internet was both dysfunctional and expensive. This has to be improved! The cruise director, JC did an excellent job. Most interesting to us were his successful efforts to include passengers in the performances. Near the end of the cruise, a large chorus of passengers who had rehearsed together during the course of the cruise performed to a full theatre. They in addition to several passenger/singers (thank you Taina Plagmann in particular) received a standing ovation from the entire theatre. Finally, as we saw him often among and interacting with the passengers it became apparent that much of the high morale among the staff came from the exuberant and affable captain Tasos Kafetzis. It was clear he had the respect of his crew and they admired his leadership. Based on our very unexpectedly very pleasant cruise on Celebrity Constellation we have booked a short Caribbean cruise for next month on the Constellation and another long cruise through the Panama Canal on the Celebrity Infinity for later this year. We are hoping they will replicate our transatlantic cruise on the Constellation.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
I’ve read the three preceding reviews of the Black Sea cruise we just completed, and while I don’t doubt the veracity of those reports or the feelings that prompted them, I’m compelled to present a very different report. In short, we ... Read More
I’ve read the three preceding reviews of the Black Sea cruise we just completed, and while I don’t doubt the veracity of those reports or the feelings that prompted them, I’m compelled to present a very different report. In short, we had an excellent experience. Although the delayed boarding was unfortunate, given that Celebrity was doing its best to cleanse the ship of the Norovirus, our reaction was “take all the time you need.” In fact, we appreciated all of the safety measures taken, and we assume that’s why the number of cases on our cruise was vastly reduced from the previous group. That said, we were among the first to board and had the Oceanview Café to ourselves for about 20 minutes while the staff doted on us (this was the result of chance, not any personal connections or star status on our part). Our room was very nice and the service provided by Gwen (our “butler”—still loving that, although I would have preferred that he change his name to “Jeeves”) and Suhas (our steward) were unceasingly attentive and immediately responsive to the few requests we made. I can’t imagine any better service than what they provided. In that regard, we were really impressed with the friendliness and service level of every staff member we encountered. A special shout out goes to Natalia in the Gelateria. After Day Two, she would call us out by name (kind of like “Norm!” on Cheers, I suppose) and was fun to talk to while she dished up our latest calorie bombs. I’d regard the food service overall as very good, even though it started off questionably. We were assigned to dine by ourselves at a location that was hilariously awful: the first table against the wall as one enters the Main Dining Room, and next to the kitchen entrance as well as the Maître D’s stand. At that table, one can dine while heavy laden waiters brush past, expectant diners hover nearby, and an overworked headwaiter deals with the usual issues. While we were waiting for our appetizers, bemoaning our outcast state, I got up and approached the Maître D, and began gently with, “You know, I don’t think this table is going to work for us…”, but before I could finish my entreaty the guy shook his head and said, “That’s terrible. Come with me….” He cancelled our order and took us up to the dining room’s higher level and told the head guy there that he was changing us to Anytime Dining and we should be given the best table available. Never another problem after that. Over the ensuing eleven nights, we dined multiple times in each of the main dining room, Tuscan Grill (loved the Ravioli Ripieni con Carne Brasata di Manzo and the chocolate and pistachio crème brulee—can’t remember the exact name as by the dessert course I was in a food coma), Ocean Liners, Blu and The Bistro on Five, and enjoyed all of them. The food in the main dining room was only good- to very good, but fine considering the volume they have to meet. And recognizing that after 40 years of marital bliss the conversation can sometimes lag a bit between us, we usually requested dining companions and we were always given two or more really interesting people to dine with. We ended up eating multiple times with a few couples and it was a highlight of the trip. As a form of repentance, we used the fitness center and track often. The center has a good selection of resistance and cardio machines and a fair selection of free weights. Most users were careful to wipe down after use, and we saw the staff wiping down everything frequently. The track is decent, but best utilized before 8 am or so. The evening’s entertainment was always good if not particularly great, although the violinist was exceptionally talented and the Man from Mars and his amazingly limber wife (“Okay, I’ll stop staring, honey…”) were very entertaining. One beef: I hate it when Emcees call out things like “Are you having a good time????” and similarly banal inquiries obviously intended to evoke a big round of applause. Hey, if I like the show, I’ll clap enthusiastically. I’d like to organize a group response along the lines of “WELL, IT WAS JUST OK…” but that’ll have to wait for another cruise. We really enjoyed the shore excursions, all but one of which we arranged privately. By doing so we got to know several couples in advance and developed friendships with several that will endure well beyond the trip. And if anyone doubted that ship-based excursions include a hefty surcharge, consider that for the Odessa Ballet we attended, the ship’s charge would have been around $120 each and seats would have been in the middle or back of the theater (great opera house, btw). Planning ahead, we purchased Row 3 seats for $30. True, my purchase didn't include bus transportation to and from the theater, but we saved 2 x $90 by walking to and from the ship, an enjoyable stroll down Primorsky Boulevard and the Potemkin Steps, much less than a mile. It was an outstanding itinerary we’ll recommend to anyone interested. And despite a couple of hiccups, which were immediately resolved, we thought Celebrity did an excellent job under difficult conditions. We’ll be back.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. We got on the ship at around 11 AM and wore our bathing suits so we could sit by the pool which we waited for our rooms to be made ready (we had done this before). We did not do early ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. We got on the ship at around 11 AM and wore our bathing suits so we could sit by the pool which we waited for our rooms to be made ready (we had done this before). We did not do early disembarkation but rather got a full night's sleep (since our flight was at 9 PM out of FLL instead of MIA) and left around 8:30 AM. I even had time to go to the main dining room for a seated breakfast! Our room was fantastic. We had great ocean views and some beautiful views while docking in both port (more on those later). My favorite place to watch us dock from was in Reflection (the 11th deck forward observation bar). The bed was a little saggy on the left side and the comforter was not very thick but we asked our stateroom attendant (who was fantastic) for another comforter and everything was perfect after that. Our favorite thing about Celebrity is the food. We find dinning a breeze, professional, and delicious. This cruise was no different. The first night we were placed in a two person table (as we had requested) but by the busy entrance halfway. We had booked the cruise only 1 month before so we were not surprised. At the second night, we asked to be moved to a more remote table and were happily re-seated in a section of the restaurant that was almost completely empty for the entire cruise. Our waiter and assistant waiter were very quick and attentive (I asked for an iced tea on the first second night and one was waiting for me each night there after). We at the Italian Grill specialty restaurant and it was the highlight of our cruise! Food was UNBELIEVABLE, service was impeccable, and the ambiance was wonderful. Now for the stops: Let me start off by saying I love the ocean and I love the water, I just do not love the beach. We sat by the pool every day and I spent lots of time on our balcony just relaxing and reading. The first stop was Roatan and it is a very poor country (second poorest in South America behind Haiti one person told us). Since we knew very little of the country and none of the shore excursions piqued our interest, we decided to rent a car and drive the island for the day. We had rented a scooter on our Bermuda Honeymoon cruise and wanted to recapture some of that excitement. Within a few hours a few things were apparent - the island was very small, the roads were terrible, and we wanted to back to the boat. We spent a few hours on Roatan in total and the rest of the time on the boat enjoying the sun. The second stop was Cozumel. I had remembered this stop from my childhood cruises with my family and knew immediately to get through the touristy International Cruise Terminal as quickly as possible. Once we exited, we walked towards downtown and made our way to a beach were we relaxed for a bit but soon headed back to the cruise ship to have lunch and relax by the pool, again :) We did stop by Senior Frogs which was a tourist trap and outrageously expensive. I should also say it was uncomfortably humid that day. As for the Constellation, it is a nice sized ship. It did not feel crowded and we never had to wait for food in any dining room. We do not really drink (maybe we each had 1-2 drinks the entire cruise), but we did discover the martini bar on the last night and I will say I would have spent much more money there if I had known about it earlier - I love martinis and these were delicious. There were not many children and the common areas were well staffed. We were always able to find a chair at the pool (just have to ask if anyone is sitting in some chairs as a used towel is not always cleaned up right away. All in all, the cruise was exactly the lazy vacation we needed to relax, eat, and sleep. The stops were boring and touristy, but that is the Caribbean for you. We have already booked our next Celebrity cruise and we are going to cruise Europe for 12 days on the Equinox. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
I have sailed on the Eclipse so I was a little apprehensive about the Constellaion .however I was pleasantly surprised. The crew were welcoming and helpful. The ship clean and well laid out. Our outside cabin met our needs and we had no ... Read More
I have sailed on the Eclipse so I was a little apprehensive about the Constellaion .however I was pleasantly surprised. The crew were welcoming and helpful. The ship clean and well laid out. Our outside cabin met our needs and we had no complaints. The ship had previously experienced noro virus outbreaks so no self service and no ice on the martini bar. The crew were well prepared with gel etc so we experienced no problems. We has a premium non-alcoholic package and this was an excellent choice. I thoroughly recommend this package. I have previously used the premium alcoholic package but I think the non-alcoholic package met our needs better. We did have some Martinis and had fun with the flight of martinis once or twice. We also tried Ocean Liners and this was a highlight of our cruise. We also went for the champagne afternoon tea and this was the first one on a cruise I have enjoyed. Even Cunard had been a disappointment. We spent a lot of time relaxing in the Cafe Baccio, enjoying the coffee. Staff again were excellent. We paid for access to the perfumed garden but I am not sure if I would do that again. The entertainment was hit or miss. I enjoyed the acts placed around the ship but did not enjoy Perry. However, Michaels club was packed out when he played, so we were not missed. Some acts in the theatre were good, others ok. All a matter of taste. Celebrity delivered the break we needed and we will definitely cruise with hem again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Although we have cruised many times over the years, this was our first trip with Celebrity. We usually prefer the newer, mega cruise ships for the greater variety of amenities & entertainment, but the Constellation didn't ... Read More
Although we have cruised many times over the years, this was our first trip with Celebrity. We usually prefer the newer, mega cruise ships for the greater variety of amenities & entertainment, but the Constellation didn't disappoint. The not-so-small Constellation holds approximately 2,449 passengers & 941 crew. It entered service in May 2002. We had a short delay boarding due to Public Health Inspection. Later we learned that the ship scored a 99% rating, lowered only because of a cracked tile - quite impressive! There were a large number of Europeans onboard - many from Germany and the UK. Australia was also well represented as well as Canada & South America. Announcements were made in English, German, French, sometimes also Spanish. After the first day, the frequency of announcements lessened considerably. Question people as to why they cruise and most mention the food at the top of their list. Well, the food onboard was delicious. We always ate dinner in the main dining room, the elegant yet understated, San Marco Restaurant because the food was so wonderful. The 2-deck high windows at the rear of the restaurant and large side windows afford beautiful ocean views on both levels. A center ceiling of rose-colored glass casts a rosy glow over the entire restaurant. Tables are dressed in crisp white linens with either a small floral vase or a flickering tea light candle (battery-operated for safety.) The food has a French slant to it. The head chef is French. We had lobster on the last formal night. One of the reasons that we were so satisfied with the food was our waiter, Gede. We always asked to be seated at one of his tables. He received a Crewmember of the Month award for the previous month. He has been with Celebrity for 13 years. Every night he offered his informed recommendations with explanations. After a short time, he anticipated our requests. Attention is given to every diner, adult or child alike, by the entire wait staff. Tables were cleared and reset moments after being vacated. I can't say enough about how smoothly the dining room was run starting from the hostesses, Amy & Alexandra at the upper level entrance. The chefs also did a terrific job with presentation of the dishes. We enjoy choosing our own time to dine & hadn't cruised on Celebrity sooner since it only recently offered this option. We usually dined between 6-6:30 and we never encountered a line or a difficulty is getting a table where we wanted to sit. The buffets in the Seaside Cafe were quite extensive - the best I have had on any ship that I've cruised. English & American Breakfasts were available with a wide selection of items. Lunches include a German Corner and Mexican & Asian selections plus soups, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees/meats of every kind. We both enjoyed the best pizza we've ever had on any ship. I loved the wide variety of complementary sushi available nightly also. My husband enjoyed the evening stir fry. I especially appreciated the ice cream/frozen yogurt, sorbet and soft serve ice cream available. We often observed crew offering to carry trays for elderly passengers & bringing coffee refills or desserts to passengers. The great ratio of passengers to crew members made a big difference in service & it showed. I would be remiss if I didn't extol the extravagant Easter Brunch prepared for us complete with foil -wrapped large Chocolate Easter Bunnies & Eggs. It was a feast for the eyes. The same sumptuous brunch was repeated later in the cruise - don't miss it. I especially enjoyed photographing the large roasted pig, the ice sculptures and all the desserts. Everything was fabulous. For me, though, it is the itinerary that is most important. Most passengers that I spoke with said that the itinerary motivated them to choose this particular cruise. Although Port Canaveral is ten minutes away from where we live, we chose to drive 3 hours to Fort Lauderdale for this 14-night cruise to the Exotic Southern Caribbean. Our Ports of Call were Aruba, Curacao, Granada, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten & St Thomas. We hadn't visited these islands in a long time, so we took shore excursions for most of them. Our Celebrity-run Shore Excursions were well-organized, high quality, very educational and fun. The costs varied from $24.75 on up depending on the activity & length. The guides all spoke English well and were very accommodating answering questions & stopping for photos. Drivers were all careful & polite. Although we could have saved money in each port booking tours directly with local guides, for peace of mind, we stayed with the ones offered by the cruise line & were quite satisfied. Our charming ocean view stateroom, #2129 was mid ship on Deck #2. It was a compact 170 square feet and had a large window, a sitting area with a glass table & small sofa, mini bar, safe and a 20" flat screen interactive TV. Even though we brought plenty of clothes, we found lots of cabinet, drawer and closet space for all our belongings. The entire deck was very quiet even though our room was close to the glass elevators. The only noise we heard inside was a distant hum cycling on & off when we were in open seas that we thought might be the stabilizers in operation. All the passageways to the staterooms are cheerfully painted in light beige and salmon colors and the walls are adorned with wall hangings. I thought that these areas were the nicest of all the previous ships that I sailed. Our room steward, Saturnino was quite attentive to our needs & stopped by on the first day to introduce himself. He stopped by again a few days later to ask if we needed anything - only more ice, please. One evening we retired early after a long day sightseeing & he checked in to make sure that we were OK. All the staff & entertainers greeted us pleasantly whenever we passed them. The Senior Officers were visibly present especially at night. One particular officer, Kim from Human Resources chatted with us several times and called us by name whenever she saw us. Everyone on staff made you feel like a celebrity. They all seemed to love their jobs. Rich Clesen, our energetic Cruise Director was everywhere around the ship especially in/outside the theater and onshore at Ports of Call. He was very approachable & funny. We tried to beat him out of the theater each night but never could. Did he have a twin onboard., we wondered? No, but he must run fast - all the way from the theater's stage. The public areas including restrooms are always spotless and constantly cleaned. Hand sanitizers are located at all restaurants as well as at the theater and the casino. The Front Desk even has a supply of Handi-wipes to use in port - great idea! I loved the new Martini Bar with its sleek ice-topped bar where I inscribed our names in the ice one night. The bartenders are friendly and entertaining. The martinis, by the way, are delicious. The neat glass elevators with ocean views were fun to ride and we used them regularly. We also enjoyed the cantilevered areas in the Seaside Cafe. Look down below through the unusual round glass windows in the floor and watch the ocean passing by. Finding the cozy 2-deck library was a joy for me. The Fortunes Casino was the place to be in the evening. The magnificent Grand Foyer with its imposing marble staircase was striking. The whirlpools on board differed in temperature. The two outdoor pools were a little cool for me to stay in too long. We loved going to the Solarium where quiet music played. Using the warm salt water Thalassotherapy indoor pool there was delightful. Since I don't enjoy sitting in the sun, we came here often. We always found 2 comfortable, cushioned lounge chairs together each day. The Celebrity Theater wass comfortable and beautiful. Besides the three wonderful production numbers, Celebrate the World being the best in my opinion, we were entertained by: aerialists Lixandra and Ilya, a husband & wife team, David Meyer & his one-of-a-kind musical instrument, resident entertainer Perry Grant, vocalist/piano player, John Bressler, magician, Nick Lewin, a capella quartet Blend Tech, former cop/comedian, Kevin Jordan, Greg Bonham an Aussie singer & trumpet player and Diane Cousins, a funny comedian/singer who can really belt out songs with her powerful voice. All the performers were very entertaining & I attended almost every show. There was a wide variety of live entertainment around the ship, as well. When leaving the dining room each night, hearing classical music played by the Arabesque Trio was so soothing. We stopped each night to listen. I enjoyed the live island music played daily poolside by Flava whenever we could find a lounge chair in a shady location. My husband's favorite was the Blend Tech Quartet that mainly performed in the Grand Foyer. We also enjoyed listening & dancing to the Carousel Party Band in the Rendez-Vous Lounge. Many past guests are big fans of the outrageous Perry Grant - he has quite a following. But whether you enjoy him or not, you have to admit that he loves what he does and puts his heart & soul into his shows. He performs many nights in Michael's Club, a cozy piano bar room. Terry Dodson performing in the Sunset Bar was a great favorite of ours, also. Sometimes it is the small things that really make a difference. Being greeted with champagne as we came onboard on embarkation day was a portend of good things to come. The terrific Galley tour was also preceded by champagne - how elegant! We were pleasantly surprised to find a complementary tote bag in our room as well as two robes to wear onboard & an umbrella to use in ports. I appreciated that EVERY night there were two show times (7 & 9 PM) - so convenient. The Captain's Welcome Aboard Toast was a nice touch. Handing menus to and taking dinner request from the ladies first was appreciated. The dining room staff calling us by name was expected but asking us first what we wanted to be called was even nicer. Finding white quilted cotton placemats on the plastic trays at the Seaside Cafe buffets were a nice touch, also. Being able to get news & sports scores back home via the very accessible The USA Times was neat. My husband enjoyed doing the daily Crossword Puzzle & SUDOKO. Foreign language issues were also available. Having the "Pool Butlers" hand us iced hand towels in the Solarium and onshore after a sweaty day of sightseeing was so refreshing. Using cloth towels in public restrooms was luxurious. The cruise line asked us what time we wanted to disembark the ship and we got the exact time that we requested. I check with a few of the children & their parents onboard and they were quite happy with the Kid's Programs. One day we watched them parading with their hand puppets. They were all kept active with Basketball Shoot Outs, Dodgeball, Hula Contests, Relay Races, Jumping Contests, Scavenger Hunts & Egg Hunts. They were also creatively involved in Drawing Contests, Rainstick Craft, Talent Shows, Torch Making, Sand Art Bottles & Lego Challenges. There were ice cream & dinner parties too. I had only minor complaints. I mainly wished that the Celebrity Dancers & Singers had performed on stage in the Celebrity Theater more than the three times that they did. The dancers did perform Cabaret style in Reflections starting between 10-10:45 some nights but that was too late for us after tiring sightseeing & early next day excursions. I did manage to watch replays on TV. Also it was a tight squeeze with two people trying to access the closet, safe & bathroom in the narrow stateroom entrance. We found this on almost every ship. The Constellation is also beginning to show wear. She is due for renovations next year. The small furniture nicks & scratches do not detract from her beauty, though. She is well loved by all who sail on her. I heard that they will be adding a few more staterooms - that's good news. Will we be back on Celebrity again - you bet! We placed a deposit for a future trip. If you like something other than one big party scene with lots of drinking & loud music, consider the Constellation especially if you are over 40. You will especially enjoy the fine food, excellent service and great entertainment. See you onboard. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
This is our second cruise on the Constellation and second since the Solsticization. We were very lucky with perfect weather and smooth sailing with only one slightly rocky day. Our cabin was an outside with no veranda. We took two 14 days ... Read More
This is our second cruise on the Constellation and second since the Solsticization. We were very lucky with perfect weather and smooth sailing with only one slightly rocky day. Our cabin was an outside with no veranda. We took two 14 days cruises last year so did this for economy. We had no complaints with the cabin but prefer having a veranda. Our steward, Newton, did a perfect job taking care of us. We had Choice Dining and sat mostly at tables for two which wasn't a problem. We ate mostly between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. The two times we ate at large tables the "tablemates" talked politics which we never do and which no one should do. We are Elite members so enjoyed the loyalty perks afforded us. No other cruiseline we've cruised on is as generous as Celebrity. We booked another cruise for next year on the Eclipse on the first night out and got an excellent deal. We liked almost all the shows, enjoyed Perry Grant 4 times, and also enjoyed the music around the ship. The Constellation has a great concert band as well as the smaller groups. The food was by far the best we've had on any of the other 25 cruises we've been on. For the life of me I will never understand how anyone can complain about the food. It was excellent. Lunches were in the Sea-view cafe except for the sea days and breakfasts there as well. We did enjoy the Ocean Liners for the good Elite coffees. We ate at the cafe (the one that charges $5 pp) on embarcation and liked it very much. Great food and none of the hastle of the upstairs cafe. It was peaceful and the service was good. We will be doing this on future cruises but since there were not a lot of people there I have to wonder how long before they close it. Give it a try...you will like it and it's worth the $5. We've been to all the islands many times before so hit the beaches on all of them. The only one we missed was on St. Lucia. We were just all "beached" out that day. We took two ships tours to use up our cabin credit. One was Seaquarium beach in Curacao and the other was Dickinson Bay in Antigua. We could have done them on our one for a lot less money but with the credit it didn't cost us anything at all. Our all time favorite is the Boatyard Beach in Barbados. We both love that place! On past cruises we've loved shopping in St. Martin and St. thomas but the prices on gold have gone up so much we won't be doing that anymore. We can remember when the jewelry store wall we hung with gold. Now just a few pieces and crazy high prices. Silver is the new gold, I guess. Next year it'll be the Eclipze for 14 days and maybe we will sneak in another one this year. It sure is tempting!I can't say enough about the staff on the Constellation. Every single person we met was friendly and helpful from the Captain on down. We never saw a frown and anything but smiles and helpful people. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Fourteen Great Caribbean Days! This was the 25th Cruise together for my wife and I. I just turned 60 and my wife is in her mid 50's, and we both love the Caribbean Beaches and time in the Sun with 16 of our Cruises being to this ... Read More
Fourteen Great Caribbean Days! This was the 25th Cruise together for my wife and I. I just turned 60 and my wife is in her mid 50's, and we both love the Caribbean Beaches and time in the Sun with 16 of our Cruises being to this area. This was our Fifth Cruise on Celebrity and have three more booked with them over the next 13 Months as we have found their service, food and smoking policy to be very well suited to our likes. We stayed two nights prior at the Hilton Marina Hotel near the pier and there were 10-11 other Cruise Critic couples staying there also. We had a great pre-Cruise Cocktail gathering by the pool bar the evening before the Cruise with about 25 fellow Cruisers present. Our Cruise Roll Call was very active and we met a lot of new friends, scheduled events such as this and others on-board, and linked up with others for our MDR Table. All worked out very well, and thanks to Cruise Critic it made for a great Cruise. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the ship about 11:30 and were on board within 40 minutes or less. Being Elite and in a Concierge Class cabin made no real difference at this time as our travel mates moved through very smoothly also and were right behind us the whole way through the process. Our bags did not show until about 4:00, which is a bit later than the last few cruises we were on, but still ok. The Constellation was our first Cruise on this class of ship and we thought she was lovely and in great shape. Public Rooms were very lovely and we spent a lot of time in the padded chairs around the pool. Ship is a nice size with plenty to do and large enough to do my little "walk a'bouts" around the deck as the day went on. Bar service around the pool was good without being overly intrusive and music was at a nice level to not be overwhelming. We had a C3 cabin mid-ships and to be honest do not really see the benefits of Concierge Class over a 1A or 2A Balcony cabin. One drawback to me was the large overhang over our Balcony. It did keep any rain off the Balcony but did not permit the late night stargazing I usually enjoy. Appetizers at 4:00 were ok but kind of boring until we switched and asked for just Cheese and Crackers. That got a bit boring too after 10 days of the same cheese? The fresh flowers in Cabin and Bath were nice, but would not do Concierge again unless price was pretty close. Food and Service in the MDR was superb. Our waiter Roger and his assistant Thomaslav did a wonderful job and were always there to take care of any little issue . Carlos, the Head Waiter for our section of MDR, did a truly great job too. My wife is Gluten (wheat only) intolerant and they went out of their way to get her the next day's menu and made sure everything was done correctly throughout the two weeks. We had a great table of Cruise Critic friends (8 of us) and enjoyed wonderful conversation throughout the voyage. We ate one night in Tuscan Grill and had a wonderful meal with another couple we were sailing with. My wife and I enjoyed a nice lunch in Bistro on Five one Sea Day too. The desert Crepe with Nutella, Banana and nuts was out of this world. Plenty of good places for meals aboard the ship and enjoyed many great salads, pastas, ice cream, and many other things as the cruise progressed. Stops on this Cruise included Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, and St Thomas along with five sea days (two at beginning and end and one after Curacao). Nice mix and we liked it so much we booked the same Itinerary for next March on the Eclipse, which is taking over this run from the Constellation next year. No new Islands for us this trip but did hit a new Beach or two along the way. Weather was 80's and sunny almost all the days with only a few brief showers on a couple days but nothing that caused any disruption in our plans. Entertainment on board was pretty good. Jefferson Ang on guitar was very nice as was the Piano Man (a sub for usual Perry Grant) in Michaels most evenings. We did not do any of the evening shows, as not a fan of shows at 7:00 before our Late Traditional dining at 8:30. The bands in Rendezvous through the dinner hours were pretty good and the dance floor there was usually pretty full. We met friends there for pre-dinner cocktails almost every night and Chris, one of the Bar Waiters, got to know us very well. He was headed home for a break and we wish him well. We used the Celebrity Luggage Valet service for $20pp. Had used it prior on Oasis sailing last year and would suggest it to anyone with a later flight out of FLL. You get special tags and set the bags out as normal the night before disembarkation. You then do not see your bags until they come off the line at your home airport. No need for Porter or lugging your bags in and out of a Taxi, etc. Real issue is that on Saturdays and Sundays, you cannot check in your bags at the airport until 2 hours prior to your flight. We walked to Security past hundreds of people sitting in the outer airport lobby with their bags waiting for that two hour time limit to arrive- no fun at all. Disembarkation went ok, there was a slight wait right after we got off the ship but not having to find our bags was a help. Customs was very smooth and we were off to the airport with only our Carry-ons in tow. This was a truly wonderful cruise on a great ship with a very friendly Crew and great service. We are looking forward to our next Cruise on Silhouette this April. That will be our first Solstice Class sailing and our first time trying Aqua Class and Blu. Boy, am I ready to sail again! And Again! And Again!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
We were interested in this cruise because it sailed so far north and because it had many days at sea (every other day), which are the ones we enjoy the most. In summer we try to escape from the heat, and look for cold and long days. ... Read More
We were interested in this cruise because it sailed so far north and because it had many days at sea (every other day), which are the ones we enjoy the most. In summer we try to escape from the heat, and look for cold and long days. In this cruise we were above the Arctic Circle for four nights with midnight sun (notice that as official time is advanced two hours for summer savings, to see the real midnight sun one should look for it at 2 am). With so many hours of light it's difficult to tell what time of the day really is, so our sleeping patterns got a bit distorted. Best highlights of our cruise were hikes in Spitsbergen and in Lofoten, dinners in the main restaurant San Marco, the quiet area with the heated indoor pool, and the Perry Grant experience. And of course, as in any cruise we enjoyed the always changing colors, lights, and shades of sea and sky. There are two issues that need to be corrected in Celebrity Constellation: one is buffet restaurant procedures (extended timetables, more self service and less queues, staff diligence), and the other one is to shrink smoker areas (it is a must to have a smoke free open air bar at the stern of the ship). Transfer from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam cruise port is a piece of cake, fast and cheap: approximately 8 euros a head for train to Central Station, and approximately 7 euros for taxi from Central Station to cruise dock. Embarkation in Amsterdam was very quick and smooth. Just 20 minutes after calling our group, we got the sea pass card and already we were onto the boat. Our cabin with balcony was in deck 8, front, port side (better than unlucky crowd in deck 9, which are shadowed by protruding galleries from pool in deck 10). We wanted a calm and quiet cabin in a high deck, to the front of the boat away from the rumbling of the engines, we don't mind to walk all the ship long went to the eateries. We prefer to have the indoor pool and gym just two decks above us. The bed is queen size and very comfortable. The wardrobe, six drawers, plus both bedside tables with two drawers made enough storage space for us. The tiny sofa was too small for us to sit there together (and we are small people, American size XS). The cabin has individual control air conditioning, digital combination safebox, flat screen TV (about 28 inches), two European type plug with 220 v AC, and two American style plug with flat pins and 110 v AC, so you will not need a plug adapter. The balcony is big enough for two chairs and a tiny table, but it could have fit tight two small hammocks as well. Balconies are separated by translucent glasses, so there is not complete privacy (just in case you like to venture out naked when in high sea). The bathroom is small but it has everything needed. The shower closes with a plastic drape curtain, and it has optimal water pressure. All guests receive a bathrobe on this ship, no matter the cabin category. Cleaning and housekeeping was effective, but not as diligent and attentive as in other cruises we have been. We received the impression that there was a shortage of staff to check more often and tidy up room, toilets, etc. They only checked room twice a day (morning and bedtime), and sometimes we had the room ready as late as noon. Compared to other cruises, we missed towel folding at bedtime. We had almost all dinners in the San Marco main restaurant, with all our congratulations for their accurate and fast service and the excellent quality and presentation of dishes. For me, the most memorable plate was ribs of lamb with crust, served the second night of the cruise. A pleasant surprise was the always available "Catalan cream" dessert, which they insist in naming "creme brulee", though they do not always manage to burn it regularly enough. We really appreciate that maitres d' managed to get us a better placed table for two by a window, in the restaurant lower deck, away from the corridor. We took advantage of the free room service for delivering of coffee and orange juice in the early morning, and it worked very well and on time. Sometimes we had breakfast or lunch in the Aquaspa Cafe bar by the indoor pool. It provided excellent healthy food, but we found a pity its too limited opening times. For breakfast and lunch we resorted most to the Seaside Cafe buffet restaurant, at the aft of the ship. Food was OK, but service was a bit chaotic. We received here, as well, the impression that there was a shortage of staff emptying and cleaning tables already left free. It was not unusual to see people going around several times carrying their trays looking for a free and clean table. The best thing in the buffet were the many types of bread and pastries. Also, we liked that all evenings there was the Indian style corner available with spiced rice, lentil and curry stews, korma chicken, eggplant pakoras, papadams, etc. We consider that some missing items to improve should be more variety of cheese (hard types), quality olives, and true yogurt. There were other issues that could be improved in the buffet service: Slow service: it is a nuisance to have to queue to be served by a waiter for many plates, we missed more chances to help oneself food Timetables: times are too tight, buffet should extend lunch time later than 3 pm, in special for days at sea, pizza is not enough. Information: it would be easy to put explicit notices on what each plate contains, without need to ask every time. And an extra hint for the buffet: china dishes are too heavy, especially if most of expected customers are aged people. Among the free drinks, there are water, lemonade, orange juice (only breakfast), tea (many types), and coffee (watered American style). Espresso coffee, cola and soda, and alcoholic drinks are always charged, as advertised. Wine prices are quite expensive. We would have liked to be able to scan the wine list on the cabin TV. We missed more Spanish wines on the wine list. Some wine hints: do avoid a terrible semi-dry prosecco by the name "Fantinel Friuli". We found OK a sparkling brut by the name "Ferrari", and the red cabernet "Kendall Jackson", and very good the white chardonay wine "Nickel & Nickel" from California, that we discovered thanks to our always smiling sommelier Alexandra from Makedonija. The top entertainer on board was of course Perry Grant, every evening Michael's Club was packed full for him. He is the jewel showman that Celebrity Constellation cannot loose. Shows at the theater were pretty typical with no news proposals, choreographies were always the same, a pity for dancers and singers, who could do better in other productions. Choreographies seemed quite messy, lots of disordered kicking around. Maybe it has to do something with too many people trying not to collide in the not so big stage, but then it is the choreographer's work to adjust the show to the space constraints. Life music and singers were quite good, but music were so mainstream again. The cappella quartet Lemon Squeezy are impressive. There were also a good couple of acrobats, and a freakish pickpocket. We had chosen a cruise looking for fresh air and quietness at sea, we felt there are too many smoking areas in the ship, and sometimes music is too loud in some public areas at untimely times. Both issues prevented us from enjoying open air seaside bar at the stern of the ship. Luckily we had the quiet zone, with no music at all, at the front of the ship, with the excellent indoor pool with heated salty water. It was a bit annoying that in the indoor pool area there were some old people that reserved hammocks and then disappeared for hours. After a few days we started to behave more assertively and removed unknown owner items with the assistance from the pool steward. The sauna looking to the sea is excellent to disconnect and relax. The "Persian Gardens" space is way expensive as it is (sauna, steam bath, several kinds of showers, and a relaxing cool tepidarium), it should be cheaper or include some massages. We ventured sometimes into the outdoor pools to swim, but temperatures were not helping, and one had to swim energetically there, but contrast with hot whirlpool was comforting afterwards. Gym is fine, it was never crowded. It has several sorts of fitness machines, static bicycles, treadmills, ellipticals etc. Among the exercising machines we missed one for abductors and adductors, that is to exercise thighs and buttocks. As in other ships, we consider the music in the gym to be too loud. Shops on board had too few Celebrity logo souvenir items available (say, lanyard, mug, magnet, t-shirt), and every day they had almost the same items to sell, so no variety and boring. Laundry service works ok and fast and returns clothes in not much more than 24 hours. We missed an auto-laundry, those self-service washing facilities that were so useful in other ships. The cruise stopped in these 6 ports: Bergen, Leknes in Lofoten, Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen, Honningsvag (North Cape), Alesund, and ended in Amsterdam. It was shocking for some of our fellow travellers that on board there were new tours available that were not publicized on the web before the cruise. We were able to change one of the tours just two days before without problems for refunds. We tend to look for active tours. Information before excursions, time schedules, and alternative options could be improved a lot. Strenuous activities want a previous selection on adequate equipment and ability of participants. In Bergen we had time to walk around and see the fish market (they try to sell you smoked fish in any language they can) and the wooden houses of the Hansa (all of that looked quite rebuilt for tourists). Later on the day, we had the guided tour to the Mount Floien. We were a party of about thirty people. We went up with the steep funicular, and had a lazy walk through the misty woods along well marked trails (good footwear needed, tough). In Lofoten the ship was tendered far away from any town. We had done research before and knew Leknes was not interesting, so we had selected the guided tour for hiking to Nusfjord, and we had no problem to go ashore with the first tenders. The route of this long hike was very nice through the Lofoten wilderness and you had many occasions to admire plants, birds, and landscapes. But hiking was quite demanding, including narrow paths by steep cliffs, some rock climbing, descending a vertical ladder and a rope, and you definitely needed to be fit and carry good hiking footwear. Unfortunately, there was not an adequate selection on the participants before starting, and there we were some eighty people just for two guides, some misinformed people with flat sole leather shoes, and a stout and proud old guy that had to admit panting he was not so tough as he used to be when he was about to fall down a slope half way the hike. Guides did earn their pays that day, but it all could have ended with some grave incident. In Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, we had scheduled by email a hike tour with Poli Arctici (http://www.poliarctici.com/) to walk up to the Sarkofagen and cross the glacier over the town. They came to pick us up at the dock with their minivan, and lent us ski poles just in case, that were a good help to cross the ice cap. We enjoyed a lot this tour, our lighthearted guide, a small party with similar pace, and the lucky sunny day we got. This hike can be done in summer with plain hiking footwear (good hard soles but no need for ankle high mountain boots). We do recommend this tour company if you happen to wander into this remote land. After some souvenir shopping in the city center, we took the shuttle bus to return from the city center to the ship. In Honningsvag we had the king crab experience tour. We were a party of about forty people. After almost every one had the mandatory photo with one of the poor beasts, we enjoyed the crab meat and some of us helped as many seconds as desired. This experience is quite interesting but it could improve with some more lively and informative speeches. Staff were some shy youngsters with very good intentions but not much loquacious. Loads of other people from the ship went to the North Cape, that had not any appeal for us. In Alesund we had the hiking Sugarlump Mountain tour. This was a hike up the mountain along well marked trails (good footwear needed, tough). We got a quite misty day at the top, so no views. Loads of people from the ship went for the Trolls path, but we did not fancy a long bus ride. We returned to the ship just in time to ask for tax refund to the Norwegian agent on board. The disembarkation in Amsterdam was fast and well organized. From other experiences we know that a tour for the last day is the most undemanding way to get your luggage on place. We had the canal cruise tour with transfer to Schiphol airport, which was a nice way of ending our too short vacations. Side note: for starters ask for the daily information paper "Celebrity today" in English. Spanish version wants to be checked by a native speaker, its translations from English are unintelligible and sometimes funny, or plain wrong when confronted with the English original. Same goes for speaker announcements in weird Spanish with Saxon accent.  (it's odd, as any Spanish speaking individual from the staff could have made those speeches much better). Summarizing, it was a good experience, as any successful cruise vacation is, but we did not find it worth the price difference from Celebrity to RC, and we missed the special touch from Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We drove to Fort Lauderdale and parked in the Park N Go because they offered a discount on-line. Free shuttle service to the ship. We arrived at the ship around 12:30 pm and we went through the check-in in record time. We checked out ... Read More
We drove to Fort Lauderdale and parked in the Park N Go because they offered a discount on-line. Free shuttle service to the ship. We arrived at the ship around 12:30 pm and we went through the check-in in record time. We checked out our room on deck 3 and meant our cabin steward-Joel. We went to deck 10 for the buffet and then walked around "The Connie" to see the changes. This is our second voyage on "The Connie". Our luggage finally made it to our cabin around 5:00 PM. I was getting just a little nervous. We changed for dinner and then went to the sail away party with other cruise critic members. We signed up for the 6:00 dinner which is the main seating. We were at a table for 10 and our waiter, Jose and his assistant Dennis were great. They both had a good sense of humor which made our dining experience enjoyable.Service - Both cabin service and the dining room service was excellent. Our cabin steward-Joel refreshed our ice bucket everyday at 4:00 so that we could have a cocktail in our room before dinner. In the dining room after the first night our waiter figured it out that we were all lovers of bread sticks so he made sure that there were extra bread sticks every evening. The staff was very attentive.Port Excursions-We never do sign up for shore excursions. Instead we go outside the gated taxi area and hire a taxi on the outside. It is cheaper and the driver doesn't have to give part of his earnings to the ship.Entertainment-We are followers of Perry Grant so we were in Michaels Club every night till midnight. We did go to every show in the main theater. The dancers and singers on the ship were fantastic. Lots of energy and very good voices. However, on the first night they sang and danced, the male dancers had large holes in their shirts which I feel should have been addressed before going on stage to perform. The entertainers that Celebrity hired for the cruise were good. Perry Grant did have a show in the main theater and it was good. I feel he is better in the smaller venue because he can interact with the cruisers. My husband and I enjoy hearing him play the piano and singing the "Oldies but Goodies". However, he kept using the same people over and over to "turn on his ball" and that got old because the stories were all the same. He needs to change it up more. and use other new faces. Sue Denning, the cruise director is very talented as a singer. She even had a show in the main theater. Strong voice and very entertaining. She is also a very good and attentive cruise director.Our dining table had a situation with the maitre-d and we went to Sue Denning and it was handled in less than 4 hours. The restaurant manager even sat with my husband and I for at least 30 minutes and talked to us about the situation and kept apologizing.I wish cruisers would read and obey the dress code rules. It clearly states that after 6:00 pm in the public areas-shorts, flip flops, jeans (no holes, rips or tears) are permitted. During the day I even saw bear chested men parade around the buffet area in their speedos and some of them shouldn't be wearing them. On formal night in the dining room, people were wearing flip flops, t-shirts,, blue jeans with holes. The staff do not want to "hurt their feelings" but what about the cruisers who do dress according to the dress code. Don't they have feelings? Two couples at our table told us on the first night that they would not be in the dining room for formal night because they do not wish to dress in the appropriate clothes. Instead they ate at the buffet. Food - Excellent in all areas. In the dining room, on one side of the menu was meals that can be served every night and the other side of the menu there were different meals every night. Disembarkation - We left the ship at 7:45 am and we were on the interstate at 8:45 am. Very organized in the luggage area and customs was quick.We will certainly use Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD ON CELEBRITY'S CONSTELLATION *****14 Night Exotic southern Caribbean Cruise SHIP: Constellation, Date: April 23-May 7 2011, Master of the Vessel: Captain Athanasios G. Peppas My name is Kim ... Read More
IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD ON CELEBRITY'S CONSTELLATION *****14 Night Exotic southern Caribbean Cruise SHIP: Constellation, Date: April 23-May 7 2011, Master of the Vessel: Captain Athanasios G. Peppas My name is Kim Bartholomew (Tikigal, for those who know me on Cruise Critics), and I live in the Orlando, Florida area. I have been a professional mystery shopper for 7 years. In my previous career, I was a flight attendant for 20 years, who had spent time both check riding other flight attendants, their service, and served on a quality & service volunteer board which made our cabin service the best in the skies during the 70's thru the 90's. I do not work for Celebrity, and am not compensated for my reviews of my cruises. I do pay particular attention to detail, service, attitude, promptness, cleanliness, staff coordination, and all around appearance of the ship. EMBARKATION AND DEBARKATION PROCESS: 5 Stars I traveled with my parents on this trip, and was booked in a Concierge class room in 9122. After arriving in FLL, and parking at the offsite parking, which was very inexpensive, we were immediately shuttled to the ship. Our luggage drop went smoothly, and traveled through a preliminary security. There were lines for Suites, Concierge, Elite, and check in areas by deck numbers as well. Virginia Mckeown was our check in gal. Very sweet, and brand new. She did her best in her brand new job. It may have been a few minutes more, but we didn't mind the wait. We were greeted with champagne, and our rooms were available to drop off our luggage immediately. Captains Club Host: Mr. Graeham Kelleher. He was very personable and cared very much for each of his Captain's club guests during the entire cruise. Words can't express how much we considered him family by the time we left our cruise. Lunch was available at the Ocean Cafe buffet on deck 10. We had plenty of time afterwards to get to know the ship, or take a small nap. The debarkation process was simple and efficient. Once our number had been called at 8:30 AM, we left in an orderly fashion, picked up our luggage and went thru customs. Although the two lines looked endlessly long, and we were at the end, we were through the whole process in 10 minutes (baggage claim, customs, and out to the real world). We boarded our shuttle for the parking lot, and were on our way home all within an hour. Concierge Room 9122:5 stars plenty of room to unload 7 suitcases. We had room for the 3 of us to put away everything, hanging and folding. At first you think you need more, but at the end, you have found all the little cubby holes in the room that is for storage. Don't forget the secret storage next to the TV, that is by the aisle way. It contains 3 more shelves. My only complaint here is the Safe is too small for your belongings. Especially in rooms built for 3-4 passengers, and the suites, should contain large safes! My carpets were clean and not soiled. There was no odor in the room. There was ample closet space to hang or store all of our belongings. We had fresh towels and linens on the bed daily, and my sofa bed (there were 3 in the room) was made for "The Princess and the Pea". How to make up a comfortable sofa bed if you are the 3rd person in the cabin: 1-2 foam egg crates on top of mattress, followed by 1 blanket, 1 bottom sheet, 1 top sheet, 1 blanket, and 2 pillows. Your dream land waits!!! Room Service: Awesome! We ordered breakfast out on the balcony every morning with fresh coffee and juice plus tidbits. We usually discussed the program for the day, and decided where we would all meet. Nothing is finer than a beautiful view of the water or your local port in the early morning hours. It was also a fine place to be for many passengers during sunset sail way's, enjoying a fine bottle of wine and Celebrity appetizers. LAUNDRY SERVICE: 1 Star: To reach Princess Cruise Line Standards for Diamond or Elite, Princess had unlimited dry-cleaning, and laundry service every day. The clothes were hung up, or in dry cleaning bags hung, and articles folded and put on your bed or dresser. Celebrity laundry comes back in a paper bag, with most items like shirts or shorts coming in a smaller size than when they left. Nothing is pressed, unless you have a Captain's Club coupon for 1 free pressing or 1 item dry cleaned for free. I do not understand this process, even though I have mentioned cold water only. If Celebrity truly wanted to be one step up on Princess, this is the department that needs attention. CLEANLINESS AND HOUSEKEEPING: 5 Stars Hand sanitizers everywhere, and in constant use, as instructed by the staff before entering many events or for the dining hall. I also noticed them constantly disinfecting the hand railings coming on to the ship from the island. Now, that is attention to detail, my friends! The restrooms were always spotless, no watermarks on the sinks or mirrors. There were plenty of paper products or towels in each public bathroom. Commodes were consistently sparkling clean, with a nice pleasant smell. Doors and trash cans were always clean and emptied often. RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Grade A Some people remark that Celebrity doesn't have a lot to do aboard ship, but I found that to be quite the contrary. Activities for free included morning stretch and relax class, trivia, pool aerobics, ping pong tournaments, basketball challenges, line dance classes, napkin folding, golf challenges, a lesson in facial rejuvenation and acupressure, pool games, listening to strolling A Cappella, more trivia, a nightly movie in the cinema, piano music, nightly shows in the Celebrity Theater, a lovely string quartet, dancing in different venues including Cosmos, galley tours, art auction events, shuffleboard tournaments, Zumba classes, cards, and the library if you are really stuck. For fees there were Mega Slot Tournaments, Chilates and body sculpting classes, champagne cocktail, martini or wine tastings, spa treatments, Texas Hold'em Cash Tournaments, and the Champagne High Tea at Sea. These are just a few, but I know there were more, I just couldn't get to all of them. FOOD: 5 Stars The Celebrity Constellation was my 4th cruise for 2011 on Celebrity, with two more booked ahead before year's end, and I am feeling more and more able to compare apples to apples, rather than to oranges. Celebrity is streamlining their food to be comparable with other ships in their fleet, and although some specialty restaurants still do a better job cooking than others, the menu's are basically the same, and have been taught by one executive chef system wide, teaching the other chef's on each ship his dishes, and how he likes them prepared. Each ship's executive chef seems to put a little twist of his own into the menu, and for that I am grateful, or else I would be bored with an identical taste in cuisine on each cruise. For this year at least, I know the menu. I do not know how long the particular head executive chef for Celebrity will be under contract, or know when the menu will be totally replaced. I would like to highlight a few areas of both compliment and concern: 1) The left hand side of the main dining room menu has items that are available every night of the week and seem to have been long standing favorites of past guests. I no longer have to ask the matre de for a standing order of escargot, I can just order it. These include: Chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail, Escargot, antipasti platters, French onion soup, lobster bisque, Caprese and Caesar salad, king salmon, grilled chicken, NY steak, cheesecake, apple pie, and Crème Brule. All outstanding, and being with family, we were able to try each other's dishes without having to order extra. 2) The right hand side of the menu varied so differently each night from beef Carpaccio or frog legs as appetizers to the Chilean sea bass, and quail for dinner. Each dish was expertly prepared and served picture perfect. If you didn't want the sauce, just ask your waiter! I think my waiter was a genie granting my every wish or whim. I was in heaven not having to cook for 11 days, and having gourmet food nightly. Honestly, it was a wonderful experience. 3) I did find that the portions have been downsized, which I found positive. After cruising for the past 20 years, I noticed how much waste there was in food (passengers unable to finish large portions of their meal). It truly was sad to see so much waste. Now, you are always able to double order if you wish of anything, or order it again, or just order a little bit, and in a few minutes, it will arrive from the galley. Happily the waiter will serve you another portion, and never will question your judgment. It is a much better system than discarding plates and plates of food. It has also helped Celebrity keep the costs lower on food on the cruise, thereby keeping my total price down for the cruise fare. My hats off to Celebrity for this. Next time someone says, the portions seemed smaller than last time; think of what I have just stated. 4) Excellent presentation of service. Each waiter we had, no matter where we were on the ship, were skilled in service, presentation, table set up, and clean up. Their mannerisms were consistently friendly and respectful. I was never ignored, like I have been on other cruise lines. The Waite staff was there to please. I never saw any crew member act disrespectful towards a guest. 5) The complimentary appetizers served in the room truly need to be updated. Mostly pieces of bread with a cream cheese of sorts on top or an occasional shrimp. I think humus, and the more modern appetizers would work better in our rooms, with pita crisps, rather than bread, keeping in the "healthy theme" that the ship often touts. So what constitutes healthy appetizers? Maybe some new evaluation would be good in this department, as I have seen the same, year in and year out. First night: went to the Sunset bar on deck 10 to meet the other Cruise Critics for our own Sail away party we had planned on line. Great fun and a must. You will meet many friends whom you have been on line with for months if you follow the thread for your ship. Day 2: At sea. Went to the San Marco Restaurant from Easter breakfast, the Reflections Lounge on Deck 11 for our Celebrity hosted Cruise Critic party and gift exchange. Deck 11 has fabulous views from the lounge, and is also the nightly spot for our Captain's Club parties. The ship has scrapbooking on board, and supplies all the goodies, plenty of trivia, and we went to a Senior Officers cocktail party. The Captain made his grand appearance tonight coming down the stairs during late seating for the Captain's Table formal night dinner. It was very impressive to see. Day 3: Newlywed Not so Newlywed Game in the Reflections Lounge: too funny! Scrapbooking, art auction, movies, trivia, dance shows. So much to see and do. Antigua: went on a tour of the Island, awesome! We hired a van driver to take 5 of us around. Saw lots of history, and where the British War ships hid, defending the Island. Ate in the specialty restaurant and had Lobster with Cognac and Cream sauce. Fabulous!! Also went to an elegant tea on the ship in the afternoon, with very interesting sandwiches, desserts, and teas! Loved St. Lucia for its beauty and the water sports, also attended the late night Liar's Club performance given by the ship's officers. A MUST!! Words we don't know and their crazy explanations! Grenada: Loved the spice Island. Also known for snorkeling and scuba, catamaran trips, and other pirate excursions. If you are shopping: You must go to Dot's Plaza. They have hand painted shirts and batik clothing for sale, spices and coffee's prewraped, and exotic jams, jellies, vanilla, and coffees. Celebrity Celebrated when Prince William married Kate Middleton. I was so pleased. We woke up at 4:30 A.M., put on our hats and party outfits and went to the Cinema to watch the entire set of events unfold on the big screen. Wow. Celebrity had coffee for us, and pastries, teas, it was so so English!!! And the theatre was quite full!! Later, the ship kept up the celebration with an English theme, we had Beatles trivia, Beatles look alike and sounded alike shows. The wedding was the talk of the day Show not to Miss: Land of Make Believe. Best set design and costumes out of any performance I have ever seen on board a ship. Like a fairy tale wedding in some parts. Also saw Strike up the Orchestra with Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. Aruba: A beautiful place to make your snorkeling and scuba dreams come true. The water is so so blue and clear. I took a cab to Baby Beach with family and friends to see where my parents used to play back in the 1940's. It was very nostalgic for them. It is very friendly and hospitable. Curacao: Place to shop for linens, leather coasters, handmade table cloths, jewelry hand painted pictures. Also another good stop for scuba and snorkeling and touring by water. The aqua water is beautiful on the ABC islands. Bonaire: Took the Mushi Mushi fun snorkeling on the Catamaran. Best trip of the vacation. The snorkeling was incredible. You can also go into town and buy coins from shipwrecks and unusual jewelry. At sea days: Did a backstage tour of the theatre with Amy Kelleher, the Producer of the Constellation shows. She was so nice, informative, and took the time to answer everyone's questions. We simply loved the tour and the costumes, lighting, and set design presentation she gave us. More trivia, dance lessons and a formal night as well. We did a Galley tour with Adalberto Herrara, Executive Sous Chef from Columbia. Also met with Thomas Stelbrink, Executive chef (Very informative). He has 45 chefs underneath him. Attending the champagne art auction, learned how to fold napkins, and learned the scarf color order of chefs on board. The galley was quite large and I was able to snap a few photos as well. I have done my share of scrapbooking as well. Unfortunate Medical Incident: A passenger needed blood, and they had to land a helicopter on the helipad, first time I had never seen that happen. Many passengers, as well gave blood to help the elderly gentleman (only if you had a blood bank ID card). It was another reminder to have cruise insurance, as helicopters aren't an inexpensive item to order. STAFF CAPTAIN'S CLUB Delightful! I can't say enough good things about this program. The benefits far exceeded my expectations, from complimentary nightly functions in the Elite Lounge (Reflections), to the Seniors Officer's party. Graeme Kelleher our Captain's Club host was outstanding, paying particular attention to every detail, to make the event perfect for all members. Our waiter in the Captains Club lounge was Randy Manding: Awesome, always had our drinks waiting for us when they opened the door at 5:00 PM. He was the Wow factor for us, and put him right into the A Plus category Dining Room: Mauricio Gironza, Rubinco Traykoski: anticipating our needs, prompt excellent service. Ocean Liners Specialty Restaurant: Srdjan Prastala, Maitre d'hôtel, very nice, always smiling. Nicola Savic- Chef de rang-so cute- he should be in Movies. Very good at his job! Fernando- Asst. Maitre d'hôtel great service as well, and our hat off to Assistant Waiter in Ocean Liners for Captain's Club breakfast is Moses Catbagan: always smiling, anticipated our every need, excellent service. Cruise Director: Sue Denning: Funny, witty, a plus for our ship as a legend in the entertainment business. She knew my name by the end of the first day, and always asked about how I was. Loved her scarf tying session! Hotel Director: Bernhard Stacner any problem, come see him. He solved all the issues aboard ship in the hotel department. Excellent! Master of the ship: Captain Athanasios G. Peppas If you want to meet this man, he is overwhelmingly friendly, informative, and concerned about you and the company. He has recently married and has a young son. They were a pleasure to meet while on board, although we only saw his family once. The Captain was everywhere, from the bridge, to shows, to greeting us at Cruise Critic and Captain's Club parties, and participating in various fun events with the passengers. After comparing him with captain's on some cruise lines who stay to themselves, I say...Come sail with Celebrity and enjoy the whole experience, and be pampered by a most professional and caring staff! Truly, Celebrity Cruise Lines did an outstanding job. The friendships made on board on this ship have been unparallel to any other cruise I have been on. These are once in a lifetime experiences, and I consider myself fortunate for the new friends made on board, and for the renewal of friends from past cruises, and for the experiences afforded to us by Celebrity. I hope you have enjoyed the review. My slideshow of the trip is at Trip Advisory.com. Here is the link to it. http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-01a1-0fb4-cbd0?lb Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Coincidentally, like Host Anne, we were in Cabin 7049 and lucky to have the best Cabin Attendant, Doris, that we have had in many years. She anticipated our needs, was always cheerful and efficient, and was more visible and accessible than ... Read More
Coincidentally, like Host Anne, we were in Cabin 7049 and lucky to have the best Cabin Attendant, Doris, that we have had in many years. She anticipated our needs, was always cheerful and efficient, and was more visible and accessible than other we've had. Too, Garry and his assistant, Marsha, gave us good service with a happy attitude at our table of four in the San Marco.We ate in the dining room 11 of 14 nights and loved Bistro on 5, Oceanliners, and Tuscan Grille. All provided exceptional service and delicious, premium quality food. Tuscan Grille on Constellation was far superior in food and service to Tuscan Grille on Solstice in May 2010. Usually, we don't go to all specialty restaurants, but food quality in dining room is not as good and the offering of premium entrees not as frequent. A blatant example is the entree (½ lobster tail, 1 small scallop, 1 shrimp, mini-filet) on final formal night instead of nice-size lobster tail and filet in the past. Our Maitre d' came to the table every night to check on our satisfaction, but he was limited by the menu in what he could do. Though the every night part of the menu offered plain salmon, other species of fish were not available without spices or sauces so there was no flexibility for those of us who would like simpler grilled fare.We thought the cruise director, Sue Denning, was outstanding. There's something to be said having an entertainer, not just a talker, as cruise director. She was everywhere and spoke with everyone whether on ship or in port. Sue's husband was on this cruise, so she was exceptionally busy getting ready for the next cruise (when she'll be in Miami at the CD's meetings), spending time with her husband, and being everywhere she needs to be. It's a demanding job, and she does it well. We also enjoyed her one woman show which was in addition to another show that night, not a substitution as some cruise lines do.We were happy to share Captain Pagonis's last cruise on Constellation, hear his lecture on navigation, and spend time with him at the Captain's Club Officer's party (although we've enjoyed sailing with him several times and hate to see him go to Silhouette). He sets a great example by mingling with passengers in the buffet line and other places on the ship. His friendly attitude filters down from the Captain, through the ranks, to every staff member; and we were pleasantly greeted by anyone we met in the hallways or anywhere on the ship. The officers were very accessible as well. We spoke with many, especially Bernhard (Hotel Manager), who was visible everywhere and willing to answer any questions (even if the answer was not what we wished to hear).The Captain's Club host, Graeme, did a good job enforcing the dress code at Elite Happy Hour and did announce that happy hour was being changed to 5-7 pm by popular request. Production shows were elaborate, and singers and dancers very good on this cruise. Imported entertainment was not as good, but that's the luck of the draw... you get what you get... Some we liked, some, not. Now we come to Perry.... We enjoyed his one-man show very much... his sequined vests, jackets (each night) and robe. We found his show like a magnet, drawing us in for fun each night. He is definitely an entertainer.Ports don't interest us that much since we've been to each many times. Our destination is THE SHIP. We are very happy on sea days, although we always get off the ship even if it's to walk. The exception is Bonaire. We confess to choosing this particular cruise because Bonaire was one of the ports. We snorkeled on our own off the beach in Aruba, and we saw lots and lots of fish, but nothing beats Bonaire and Woodwind Tours! For the best snorkeling in the CaribbSean take this trip. They outfit you, teach you, snorkel with you, pamper you, and give you the trip of a lifetime. Sadly, Celebrity is dropping Bonaire from their schedule, so we will have to cruise with another line when we want to go back for our third trip on Woodwind. I can't conclude this review without mentioning embarkation and disembarkation. Both were horrendous! The ship was at Pier 29, which should be used for small ships only. We had no wait to get our Sea Pass and didn't need to even be in the "Elite" line. After that, it was all downhill. There was a delay in taking photos for the Sea Pass. We were herded into a seating area where we were instructed to wait until called to get in line. Some passengers decided to call themselves to get in line. It became a big mess. Celebrity port staff needs a better system. It took over an hour to board and no preference was given to Elite, Concierge, or Suite passengers. Disembarkation was equally bad. When our color was called, we went to the terminal and found our luggage wasn't ready. We had to wait while that was accomplished. Then, since the area was so small, aisles were too narrow to find bags and maneuver. Our porter loaded our luggage and got us out of the terminal, but then we had to shuttle to the parking lot. It was a long, aggravating process.We are happy that Celebrity doesn't permit smoking in cabins, on verandahs, or in most places on the ship. Our wish list would include limiting smoking more. If we wound up on the wrong side and had to walk through smoker's alley around the pool, it was very unpleasant and the smoke drifted beyond the designated area. Our second wish would be to have footstools on the verandah. There is plenty of room for them, and it's a small amenity with a major comfort result. Third, of course, would be to put Bonaire back on the itinerary. Fourth, addressing the aforementioned food quality. One shouldn't have to go to specialty restaurants to get the kind of food we used to get in the San Marco.All-in-all, this was our best trip in recent years. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
We enjoyed our second sailing on the Constellation even more than last year's Panama Canal trip. Everything went smoothly. The entertainment exceeded our expectations-the a'cappella group "Full Tilt" is ... Read More
We enjoyed our second sailing on the Constellation even more than last year's Panama Canal trip. Everything went smoothly. The entertainment exceeded our expectations-the a'cappella group "Full Tilt" is fantastic. We are Perry Grant fans; he is a very talented entertainer. The comedians and singers were great. The guest speakers, Milos and Joel, were very knowledgeable and added a great deal to the quality of the cruise. It was our first time in Concierge Class; we enjoyed the amenities. The room was spotless. ALL staff are pleasant and always appear to be doing their utmost to ensure you have a nice time. We were at table 503 and also had Val as our waiter. He was probably the best waiter we've had in 12 cruises. Let's talk about the food. It's always good, sometimes very good to excellent. If you want something, just ask and they literally run to get it for you. The maitre'd came to our table every night to pre-order for one of our table mates who required a special diet. We did zip-lining in St.Lucia-it's a first-rate trip-great fun - well worth the money! Scuba diving with Red Sail Sports in Aruba-great dive operator. Scuba diving in Bonaire - great reefs - sub-par dive operator (Dive Friends-Bonaire.) Disembarkation went very smoothly and a vast improvement over the problems we had disembarking in San Diego last March. Read Less
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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