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4 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Bahamas

Having been on quite a few Royal Caribbean cruises and reached Diamond Plus, our objective was to take a cruise with Celebrity and see if the theoretically-equivalent Elite level actually is equivalent. We booked a 4-day cruise on ... Read More
Having been on quite a few Royal Caribbean cruises and reached Diamond Plus, our objective was to take a cruise with Celebrity and see if the theoretically-equivalent Elite level actually is equivalent. We booked a 4-day cruise on Celebrity Constellation out of Ft Lauderdale in January 2016. Constellation was built in 2002 and renovated in 2013. Passenger load is slightly over 2,000 people. Constellation is a Millennium Class ship (Solstice Class is the other Celebrity class with passenger loads around 3500). We originally booked an interior room, but about 2 weeks prior to the cruise, Celebrity called with an offer to upgrade to a Concierge Class room for $150 or an Aqua Class room for $200 (for both of us). We elected Aqua Class, and it was a great choice. Aqua Class rooms are 192 ft2 with a decent sized balcony, plus access to their own dining room, Blu (which, not surprisingly, has a modern, blue-colored theme). The shower in the Aqua room was the best we have ever had in any category of room, including suites. It was rectangle-shaped, had two full-height glass doors with ample room inside, a bar upon which the ladies can place their feet for leg-shaving purposes, and six water jets that will spray the body, vice just using the single normal overhead shower head (which is adjustable to fit humans of any height). Aqua Class also includes free and unlimited access to the Persian Garden, a spa within the main spa that has its own showers, three saunas (one dry and two steam) and a heated sitting/relaxing bench. This is a very nice amenity. Each afternoon they also delivered to our room a plate of canapes (tapas). One day the Captain’s Club manager sent a rose with a nice card. These amenities could have been because of Elite or the Aqua Class room; we’re not sure. Back to the ship: embarkation was very fast and smooth. From parking at Terminal 4 at 11:10 to being physically aboard the ship took less than 15 minutes. Upon entering the ship, we were handed a glass of champagne. Lunch was already being served in the Oceanview Café on deck 10. It had a nice range of choices and there was always plenty of international food available (Indian and Asian). Although we only ate there a couple of times, the Oceanview Café never felt crowded. Tables were spaced well, and the ambience was light and airy. Rooms were opened at 1:06. Bags came quickly (perhaps because we were in Aqua Class, or perhaps because they are just good at delivering bags). We checked the specialty dining rooms right away and took advantage of a first night 30% off opportunity to eat in Ocean Liners, the ship’s most upscale restaurant. Normally $50, the meal was $35 each, and well worth it. The lobster was the best ever, even having eaten quite a few in Maine. We tried the Blu restaurant the first morning and were hooked. Ate dinner there each night the rest of the cruise. Menu was very good; better than the main dining room, and that we discovered that if you want something that’s not on the menu, just ask (for example, they made us eggs benedict for breakfast and a grand mariner soufflé for desert). The Blu staff quickly learned our names, and made sure to greet us by name when we walked in. There was always plenty of staff in this dining room. Blu is a class act, and is one of the main reasons we again booked an Aqua class room for our next Celebrity cruise. The Elite (and higher) lounge does not open the first night at sea so we had to buy drinks a la carte at a bar. They are pricier than on Royal Caribbean. With the included tip, bar drinks were $9 and house wine was $10 or $11, depending on choice. After the first night, the Elite lounge has free drinks from 5 – 7 PM with an ample list of choices. Some small hors d’oeuvres were served but not enough to hurt your appetite. The lounge on Constellation used for Elite (Reflections) is located on the top deck facing the bow with a nice view when entering or leaving port. It is a large space with a dance floor and plenty of tables. On our short cruise, the Elite members didn’t remotely fill it, but we were told that on crossings and on longer cruises that attract more Elite members, the room does get full. We were also told that, like Royal Caribbean, the rolls of Elite members are growing faster than the space available for the Elite evening event on some of the longer cruises, and that they will likely have to begin issuing vouchers for drinks at any bar on the ship (which will likely turn into the three-drinks-on-your-seapass-card deal that Royal now uses). The ship has the usual array of bars. One very popular one that was always crowded was the martini bar. Casino is 100% no-smoking. Constellation was immaculate everywhere. Only noticed a handful of rust spots on the exterior rails (far fewer than on other ships, even newly renovated ones). Everything worked. The public restrooms have cloth towels to dry hands. The crew was friendlier than on other ships; everyone makes eye contact, smiles and greets you. The Captain on this ship has a real presence. It’s likely just his personality vice a Celebrity policy, but he’s out-and-about, he participates in crew vs guest games like water volleyball, he gives an interesting PowerPoint presentation on building of the first Solstice class ship, etc. Great personality on the announcing system, too. The three-level theater was adequately sized, and the rows had enough room between them for servers squeeze by and deliver drinks to those seated in the interior. Between each pair of seats is a small stationary table just large enough to place your drinks. This is a great idea that other ships should emulate. The production shows were excellent; we had 15 singers and dancers on our short cruise. The entertainers (comedian and singer) were well above average for short cruises. The computer lounge had about 20 PCs, all new Apples. Two computer guys were always available to help. Not sure about wi-fi speed. Other amenities: - Welcome packet in the room with slippers (to keep), a logo shoulder bag and a smaller bag that clips inside the larger one (again, this could be an Aqua class benefit or an Elite benefit) - Nice robes (ditto about which benefit) - Iced towels provided on the pier when returning to the ship. Great way to wipe the sweat off. - Iced, flavored water available inside security after re-boarding. - Extensive variety of Sushi available from 5:30 – 9:30 in the Oceanview Cafe. When we finally figured this out, we took plates of sushi to the Elite lounge to eat with our drinks. - Towels for the pools and spa do not have to be checked out with your Seapass card. Plenty of towels were always available. There were four people manning the future cruise sales office, and for good reason. Celebrity offers deals differently than Royal Caribbean, but they still have some excellent deals. For the 11-day cruise we booked, we got $300 toward gratuities, $300 in onboard credit and $200 off the cruise price (whereas Royal generally gives half off the second fare). Bottom Line: based on this experience, Celebrity is our new favorite cruise line, although I’m sure we’ll go back and forth between Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We booked this cruise in early December just to do something different on New Year's Eve. We had not sailed on Celebrity in several years, nor the Constellation before, but we thoroughly enjoyed the ship and crew. Embarkation at ... Read More
We booked this cruise in early December just to do something different on New Year's Eve. We had not sailed on Celebrity in several years, nor the Constellation before, but we thoroughly enjoyed the ship and crew. Embarkation at Port Everglades was very easy. We arrived at the port early the morning of departure so we were able to park in parking lot right next to luggage drop off. We brought a case of water to the ship and were able to get it checked in with our luggage and it was delivery to our cabin with the luggage. This was different from an earlier cruise out of Baltimore where we had to carry the water thought security and to the ship ourselves. I guess different ports have different procedures. New Year's Eve was exciting, and there were parties in virtually every lounge on ship. The main one was on the top deck with a pool party that kicked off at 10:30 and featured the live show cast performing right up to midnight. Food on the ship was outstanding at every venue we tried. Entertainment and performances in the main theater were top notch. There was a late show the third night called Elyria that boggled the mind. It was limited to adults 18 and over due to the what was billed as naughty content. The content was inappropriate for children, but we watch more risqué content on Saturday Night Live. The performance featured the live singing and dancing cast and also two acrobats performing high above the stage without safety harness or constraints. We had an interior room which was adequate in size and had lots of compartments to store our belongings. The bed was high enough to store our empty suitcases under it, which was not the case on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur last October. One of my favorite things about the room was the automatic night light in the bath room that gave just enough glow around the door to find it in the middle of the night without turning on the bathroom light and flooding the room with light. We did not take any excursions since we had been to both locations, Nassau and Key West several times. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
First celebrity cruise, great expectations which were not quite met. Embarkation was swift but additional time due to not having printed an "express pass". Printed up 14 pages of "cruise docs" but it was not part of the ... Read More
First celebrity cruise, great expectations which were not quite met. Embarkation was swift but additional time due to not having printed an "express pass". Printed up 14 pages of "cruise docs" but it was not part of the package. Room was great, clean, comfortable beds, well attended to by cabin steward. Dining, anytime, was fine, no reservations and were accommodated quickly. Food average in main dining room, we expected better quality. Pastries were dry and very mediocre. Did not try the specialty restaurants. Buffet breakfast was better then in the main dining. Only buffet and one restaurant free..others with charge. Specialty coffee drink bar was great and included with the basic drink package and the service was exceptional. Entertainment average but the host screamed into the mike during the pool games. We relocated to the adults only spa area to get away from it. Inconsistent formal night enforcement in main dining.. Long sleeve shirts for men were accepted in lieu of sport coats. Short sleeve shirt..offered a loaner coat to enter (which was promptly removed when seated).. Many men were seen seated with short sleeves and a few spied wearing shorts! No flip flops allowed per brochure but saw people wearing sport shoes you wear in the water! Casino nice as non smoking. Decent cruise.. Will consider another. Read Less
Sail Date February 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 January 2014
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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