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Sail Date: December 2007
We live in Western NY (the Fingerlakes Region) and so had to fly to Fort Lauderdale, and stay at a a Hotel The Comfort Inn Air/SeaPort. We do not recommend it, it was crowded, noisy, shabby and costly considering what I just wrote. There ... Read More
We live in Western NY (the Fingerlakes Region) and so had to fly to Fort Lauderdale, and stay at a a Hotel The Comfort Inn Air/SeaPort. We do not recommend it, it was crowded, noisy, shabby and costly considering what I just wrote. There was free transportation to the cruise port that did go smoothly. This was our first cruise ever and although we were very prepared (we had our documents and a day bag packed with what we needed until our luggage arrived at our room) we still found that the bus drop off and checking in was not well coordinated. There was no one to let you know where to go or what to do and very frankly it seemed like mayhem to many. Once we did get checked in people were quite helpful, we went to our room which was larger than we expected and quite nice ( champagne and fresh fruit on our table, nice fluffy robes, apair of binoculars for our use as well, and plenty of literature). We got a bite to eat, and wandered the ship for awhile and scheduled a massage for Christmas day (which was already almost booked!). By then it was time to get ready for dinner, but we opted out of the regular sit down and ate at the buffet, which was pretty minimal and disappointing, although we chalked it up to the "first day at sea". As for the rest of our dining experiences onboard, overall the food in the dining room was pretty good, (I've worked in food service for 25 yr.s), and very frankly I wish they would have kept things simpler, they probably would have had more success overall. By trying to produce fancier meals on such a large scale, things often arrived dried out, poorly presented, or combinations that just seemed odd. The buffets were satisfactory, a pizza station, pasta made to order, sushi station, soup and sandwich station, etc. The breakfast buffet was actually quite good, but what amazed me the most was the Afternoon Tea was surprisingly nice (finger sandwiches, fruits, hor'deurves) that were really quite pretty and filling! The pool was nice, yes there were "lounge hogs" and no, the crew did not care. However, we occasionally got a decent chair. We only got frustrated twice and quite by accident found ourselves on the "topless" deck. What a well kept secret! Only one person was topless, and she kept herself quite hidden, the rest were in their 50's or so, who were just looking for peace and quiet. Up there you could not hear any of the noise from the pool (ie: kids, the band, etc.) and the oceanview was lovely! We actually wish we had found this little haven sooner, and swore not to tell even our friend on board, until after the cruise. As I said our room was lovely, the bed was a king size, the couch had a fold out bed (we did not need though), there was plenty of closet space, we loved our balcony, and there was ample space in the nightstands and closet drawers for our things.. Our stateroom attendants were amazing and we wanted for nothing! We asked they delivered, sometimes we didn't even ask, like extra soda at night or extra kleenex(I had the sniffles), they just put them there, it was wonderful. Each night literature and a schedule for the next day arrived in your room, there was always extra info about your next port ie: shopping, history, maps, it was quite helpful. It also seemed as if very few of the shore excursions had sold out, and apparently we were a full ship! We went into Grand Cayman, Aruba, Panama, and Cozumel. Columbia had some warnings and we spent the day on ship although most people got off and atleast checked out the pier shopping without any problems. I don't want to get into much of the port activities, because everyone, and every activity is so different, other then to say we enjoyed ourselves. Onboard we found the shopping to be meager, but we truly loved going to the Art Auctions (there were three), we went to the casino a few times and actually won a bit, the activities are what you would expect (Bingo, Poker tournaments, Karaoke, dance competitions, a few lectures, a few wine tastings etc.), the nightly entertainment was the most disappointing thing on the whole ship. I truly can not say enough about how bad it was, I have seen better performances in elementary schools, and simply do not understand what the problem was! There was only one performer, a comedian, who played one night, he was good after that, well.... All in all, my husband and I were impressed by 98% of the crew, the cleanliness of our room and majority of the common areas was amazing, the food was good considering the amount they had to pump out each and every day, 24 hours a day, the coordination of the shore excursions was very good, andwe had a WONDERFUL time. Now we just need to save up some more money so we can do this again, because, we would love to! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2007
We did a 11 day cruise with stops in Aruba, Panama, Costa Rica and Cozumel Jan 8 to 19th. We missed Grand Cayman because of the wave swells. We loved the Celebrity experience!! Especially after being on the Carnival Victory last May. ... Read More
We did a 11 day cruise with stops in Aruba, Panama, Costa Rica and Cozumel Jan 8 to 19th. We missed Grand Cayman because of the wave swells. We loved the Celebrity experience!! Especially after being on the Carnival Victory last May. It's a real noisy party ship for a younger crowd. The Constellation is a classy ship with a superb level of service and pampering. We had a balcony which is well worth the extra money. However, it was very windy a few days so we couldn't go out on it as much. But we loved the relaxation on the ship. There was not a constant barrage of announcements. The captain came on at noon only to give a review of things. the cruise director only spoke after each excellent top-notch show each evening. The Cirque de Soleil show had been discontinued 2 cruises before our's. We ordered room service 2 times for breakfast. It was very efficient and professional with one girl in a nice uniform delivering not like Carnival that had a new person each time who forgot items always (cutlery, cream etc). The buffet was wow. Waiter's served you and other's were always there to help you bring your tray to your table. They had a waffle/pancake station and omelette station in the morning. In the evening there was a Sushi Bar, a Pizza station 24 hrs and a pasta station. The ice cream station had about 8 flavors on the go each day. We loved the Aqua Spa food as it was the light and healthy type and so delicious. We loved our dining room experience with our waiter Marius and Kutu (spelling?). 11 days was wonderful as you had time to absorb everything and relax. I couldn't get over how fast the embarkation was too. They have a 2 floor library also with a librarian. Loved all the reading. We danced to our heart's delight. The Rendez-Vous Lounge had music everyday, also the Bar at the Edge of the Earth and by the pool. You didn't get stuck going through the casino at every step like the Carnival Victory. You rarely got choked up with smoking around you as it was absolutely everywhere on the Victory. My advice: think what you really want on a cruise. Our's was mostly people in our ages (50's and older). It was a wonderful experience. We didn't realize that the Constellation did not go into the Panama canal. It docked at Cristobel pier and in order to see anything you had to book a tour as the crime rate is so high there. We booked an 8 hr bus tour to Panama City which was so interesting. It stopped at the Gatun Locks and we got to see how the ships go through. Then we went into Panama City, about an hour's ride away and a guide took us on a tour of the old city etc. I loved it! In Costa Rica we took a tour to a banana plantation, an old railway that used to transport the banana's and a boat ride of a river. Saw lots of wild life. We would highly recommend the Celebrity line of ships. 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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