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4 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Let me begin by saying, we always have a good time when cruising. It's a wonderful vacation experience with food, service and entertainment. However, we all may have a different opinion on level of quality, etc. and we all can have ... Read More
Let me begin by saying, we always have a good time when cruising. It's a wonderful vacation experience with food, service and entertainment. However, we all may have a different opinion on level of quality, etc. and we all can have a difference of opinion regarding the ship. That being said, our opinion regarding the Constellation is that the ship is mediocre - as was our experience based on a variety of factors. The food. How can one ruin breakfast? Have eggs and pancakes arrive cold morning after morning in the main dining room. Have toast arrive cold and brittle. Dinner was also erratic in terms of proper temperature and the menu was not great - to be kind. While we were never hungry, it was a shame to think that this is what Celebrity has come to. We are elite plus, so have lots of experience on which to base our opinion. Our cabin was another source of disappointment. We had booked the cruise rather late and so had the last cabin available. It was an inside on deck 9. The size was fine - the bathroom was not. The grout had rust and mold and this was not pretty. The cabin had an almost continual internal noise from the air conditioner and a loud motor noise at night that we could not identify. So, try not to book cabin 9135. The entertainment was enjoyable - though we had seen the production shows before. This may be a good reason to sail on a variety of cruise lines. Less repitition. We love to cruise and welcome the break in our daily lives. It's always great to have ones bed made and food served. However, the Constellation needs improvement in many areas. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I've sailed five times before on Celebrity, and this was my most disappointing experience. Everything was mediocre. I sailed on the Reflection from Miami to Rome last spring, and did not have a single complaint. My partner and I found ... Read More
I've sailed five times before on Celebrity, and this was my most disappointing experience. Everything was mediocre. I sailed on the Reflection from Miami to Rome last spring, and did not have a single complaint. My partner and I found ourselves frustrated and disappointed with almost every aspect of this cruise. Food: The food was mediocre. Oceanliners was not memorable, and served several of the courses cold. The butter was so hard we had to practically shave it. The main dining room was consistently bland. Entertainment: We went to two shows. The dancers/performers seemed to be passionate and tried hard - but the direction was awful and cheesy. Never butcher and take liberties with classic songs like "Over the Rainbow" which the audience loves to sing along to! Nobody could sing along or even hum along with many of the songs because the production on both nights would alter the song into annoying medleys. Ports: Cozumel/Playa Del Carme and Key West were great. Ship facilities: The "Canyon Ranch" gym was fine, but always had dirty towels lying around. Moreover, they'd play spa/new age music which was not motivating for a gym! Passengers: Older crowd, heavily into eating, boozing and gambling. This is not for the sophisticate traveler, which we like to consider ourselves. Service: All of the servers and stateroom attendants were great, and were clearly working very hard. Many of them seemed overworked, which was sad for us to observe.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We have been on many cruises and most recently have done our last 4 cruises on Celebrity because we find that this company provides what we are looking for in a cruise holiday. Embarkation - a pleasant trouble free experience - no ... Read More
We have been on many cruises and most recently have done our last 4 cruises on Celebrity because we find that this company provides what we are looking for in a cruise holiday. Embarkation - a pleasant trouble free experience - no complaints here. Cabin - we were in a C2 cabin 9038 which I chose due to the irregular shaped balcony. It was a lovely cabin and the extra room on the balcony was fantastic, we had lunch there several times. The overhang is large but didn't bother us in anyway. The Cabin Steward and his assistant were very friendly and kept everything spic and span. Food - Unfortunately in the MDR we were not impressed (we were on Select Dining) The service was not very efficient, a lot of waiting on some nights between courses, and also the quality of the food was not the standard we have enjoyed on previous cruises (our last one being in the summer on the Equinox). We did eat in the Tuscan Grille and Ocean Liners, both were substantially better than the MDR and the service and food was excellent. We also ate in the Creperie on Deck 5 some nights and this too was a much more enjoyable experience - unfortunately the menu choice was rather limited. The food in the Sunset Grille was fine for breakfast and lunch but awful at dinner in the evening (hardly any choice - pasta or pizza it seemed every night). The layout of the cafe is much nicer on the Equinox too. I think the Christmas dinner in the MDR was the most disappointing for me, about the only edible thing on the plate was some turkey breast - perhaps the Americans don't really 'do' Christmas dinner. Entertainment - there were a few highlights. Perry Grant was entertaining in Michael's club (the Piano bar), one of the production shows was good and the Christmas show was nice. Unfortunately our 17 year old son and his 18 year old cousin were with us and this provided a problem which Celebrity seemed less than efficient at solving. Our son wanted to spend time with his cousin in the evenings, the place to go was the nightclub 'Reflections', unfortunately at 11.30pm they would tell anyone under 18 to leave. This meant our son came back to the cabin early and missed spending time with his older cousin. We did ask if the rules could be relaxed but although we were told someone would get back to us, nobody did. We were upset to find out from other parents that their children under 18 had managed to avoid being ID'd and were able to stay late at the club. We did complain again to the cruise director and she apologised and amazingly for the last 2 days of the cruise suddenly no one was told to leave the nightclub ... we did ask for this much earlier in the cruise and it is such a pity that we had to wait until the last 2 nights of a 14 night cruise for something to be done .. a shame for us Celebrity fans because our son ended up unhappy and saying it was 'his worst cruise ever'. Overall- our holiday was OK and we did enjoy the ports we visited and the staff on board (particularly the cabin staff and those in the speciality restaurants) were really friendly. We have been on the Constellation before but will not choose the ship again because we prefer the Solstice Class more. I don't like being negative about things and I have to say I did meet some lovely people on board but we would not sail on Constellation again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Booking this holiday was a "once in a lifetime" for our Honeymoon 25 years late! - We had some reservations having never cruised before. We did our homework, chose the destination first of all, and then dates - as Celebrity had a ... Read More
Booking this holiday was a "once in a lifetime" for our Honeymoon 25 years late! - We had some reservations having never cruised before. We did our homework, chose the destination first of all, and then dates - as Celebrity had a good write up on cruise critics and trip advisor we booked in February, giving us loads of time to research islands. We flew into Miami to stay at the fabulous Fountainblue Hotel, if this was a taste of things to come we couldn't wait! We had 2 days in Miami which couldn't have been better, we walked the boardwalk to muscle beach took in all the sights and found an irish bar - as you do! On cruise day we arrived at the (massive) queue for 2 pm as instructed, even that couldn't dampen our enthusiasm we waited to get booked in - which we had already done online so what was the point? It seemed to take forever for no other reason than to get your ship card - I am not one to be ageist but the staff were not in the first flush - a theme that was unfortunately to continue.... Anyway still full of fun we had our first of many pictures and boarded. On to our cabin we met the lovely Maylene and her assistant who couldn't have looked after us better, Cabin was clean, lovely view from the balcony ,we missed dinner the first night - too busy watching Miami fade into the distance but with a nice bottle of wine who cares? We went for a wee wander then to deck 10 "the buffet" - all looked good with plenty of choice unfortunately none of it fresh! Even the pizza had to be heated up twice! We later learned that if you want HOT and FRESH go for a stir fry or eat at the fabulous poolside grill in the afternoon. Still on a high we went to "the bar at the end of the earth" this was to be our favourite place - a hideaway from the geriatrics. The second night was formal night much looked forward to by me, not so much by my hubby (looking handsome in his kilt). We met our lovely table 401 and our fantastic waiters who couldn't do enough for you. Our table couldn't have been better chosen we all got on like a house on fire and stayed like that for the 2 weeks. We can honestly say if it wasn't for the company we would have hated every minute on board. As we are partial to a few G & T's this was not missed by the bar staff who were falling over themselves to get to us - well at 15% on every bar tab wouldn't you? Suffice to say the drinks landed at the table before us, a pattern was set. The food was good, great choice and not too much on the plate I tried a few things I hadn't before, my only complaint would be it was always lukewarm. I guess it is hard to serve all these people hot food but it was a minus point. We picked the early option 6pm no denying it was a bit of a rush after the island tours and cocktail time (see below) However the second option at 8.30 seemed a bit late for us - generally we were leaving as these people were queuing up. Cocktail time was arranged by the table as a pre-appetiser! Well at $5 a pop we decided it was a good idea to try a new one each day our star waiter Radley was always on hand to maximise the choice - well it was rude not too. On occasion we missed dinner but mudslide had ice cream so dessert was done. Meeting at the poolside, we thankfully did not requiring a lounger. Anyone on a cruise knows that you get there early and STAY all day the 30 min rule is not enforced. Certain people leave for 3 hours and expect to get there empty lounger back on their return! NO not the Germanys, more Stateside - but that's another story entirely! The highlight of the holiday had to be the islands, we did not do pre-arranged tours finding them overprice with no freedom of choice. Opting instead for a local taxi tour, we fixed the price with the driver for an island tour and then to the beach. This worked out great for us; we had some fantastic drivers, so so friendly from stopping to take pictures of you to treated you to some local food and the holistic water from a coconut. I would definitely re-visit St Maartan and Antigua - not by cruise tho! The shopping is same everywhere. I would be very careful and do your research if buying, we saw Tiffany stuff that would be cheaper at home. We played golf in St Lucia again booking at home and saving $130 on the cruise price. Unfortunately you do have to get back on the ship at night, trust me there were a few times we thought about packing and staying put. Our main complaint was the ENTERTAINMENT - SAME THING EVERY DAY. Josh the entertainment director seems like a switched on young guy, the entertainment team are young why is this definitely pitched at 70+? Waltzing cannot be everyone's scene. We have friends in there 60's who thought this music was old and very dated. We are mid 40's there were younger than us onboard, most people we met thought the music was dire they need to move with the times. In particular to have the same band perform before and after both set dinners in the Rendezvous lounge was just bad. At the very least get someone else half the time, with a bit variety and personality. As for Perry Grant in Michaels' Club we read reviews he was great and looked forward to seeing him, each to there own but we really did not get it! There were people who saw him every night, singing & clapping along. Personally we saw him twice and could do his script- "gated community, built in microwave" - same every time boring! The exception to the disgraceful entertainment was Sipra - they must be the hardest workers on that ship - outstanding from daytime poolside (titanic was wearing thin) to night-time they could turn their hand to anything, and did -well apart from Bon Jovi but I guess you can't win them all! To close: Would we cruise again - HELL NO, but it was a great experience Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
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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