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5 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Caribbean - Western

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 April 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
Sail Date March 2014
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 December 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 January 2013
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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