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10 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Western

We had a hectic drive from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, traffic held up by 2 different accidents on I-75. Were so relieved to find our ship still docked (lol) it was only 2:30. As Aqua Class and Diamond members we are given priority ... Read More
We had a hectic drive from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, traffic held up by 2 different accidents on I-75. Were so relieved to find our ship still docked (lol) it was only 2:30. As Aqua Class and Diamond members we are given priority check in, which we appreciate. That was lost after we received our room card and had to join a long line to have a picture taken for the card. Normally that is done by the person checking you in which does not involve standing in another line. Poor planning there. Our first time in Aqua Class 2 and were surprised the room was really small. Our balcony was small and being on deck 9 had an overhang which kept it shady, at all times. Were disappointed with the toiletries, we had the same ones in an oceanview. Brochure lists amenities which are not provided. You must request the very, very small pkg. of Qtips or it is not provided. The steward said the company quit supplying the facial water spray which he said was a foot spray. Brochure claims a facial spray is provided. We noted the bathroom mirror did not appear to have been cleaned at the top in quite a while, but the bottom 2/3 was cleaned daily. We loved the shower which has multiple shower heads and a shower DOOR, not a plastic curtain! We enjoyed eating in Blu, the service was very good and the food for the most part was very good. The wine is (surprise) overpriced. A bottle of Beringers costs $5 in Florida and was $33. Our wine at $65 was not especially good. The concierge was very charming and the service in the Rendevouas lounge was excellent. We only used the Persian Garden once, but it was serene. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The Celebrity Constellation was a wonderful ship to visit on our first cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. My husband did the research and planning, and his homework was fruitful, because we experienced a celestial voyage. ... Read More
The Celebrity Constellation was a wonderful ship to visit on our first cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. My husband did the research and planning, and his homework was fruitful, because we experienced a celestial voyage. The "spot-on" attention to so many details made up for any minor inconveniences. Our boat was not too big, but it still offered many of the luxuries and amenities seen on bigger boats, which we checked out to consider for future visits. Our favorite activities involved the entertainment and shore visits. We found the live band, and theatrical performances to be "top notch' (even by NY standards). Cozumel and Key West were destinations we have not had the opportunity to explore until now, and we're glad that we did, because there were so many interesting historical sites, restaurants and unique shops to investigate. We dined in both the San Marco Restaurant and the Oceanview Cafe and were pleased with most of the meals. The service that we received on the ship from the concierge, and shore excursions personnel to the many waiters and attendants was always amazing. It was a great ship and voyage that I would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Background: Tenth X cruise. Stayed overnight at Days Inn Hollywood( due to easy to drive to and price for 1 night) Friendly staff. Dominga who took care of the breakfast has always keeping the room clean and refilled the breakfast ... Read More
Background: Tenth X cruise. Stayed overnight at Days Inn Hollywood( due to easy to drive to and price for 1 night) Friendly staff. Dominga who took care of the breakfast has always keeping the room clean and refilled the breakfast items. Embarkation: Smooth and fast. Cabin: 8128 CC2 Kept very clean with fresh towels, soap, lotion and chocolate on the turn down. Always fresh water and ice. Fresh rose thanks to Jonette, the Hostess. Orland and Hari were excellent attendants. Dining: Lunched at Bistro on Five upon embarking. French onion soup and lamb chops were very good as was the service. Dining at MDR was not quality nor service on previous cruises. Only ate there twice for lunch or evening. Staff seemed to have too many tables. Chef and Dining Room manager asked about food and service. Could not respond as we just started with soup. Specialty Restaurant: Ocean Liners was outstanding with excellent service. Miloz the manager was friendly and very accommodating stopping by to chat. All staff was very attentive. Olga was outstanding as our server as she prepared our dishes tableside and kept our wine glasses filled. This was the best food and service of any specialty venue. The burgers at the mast grill as usual were very good. We generally avoid the buffet. Breakfast in the cabin was prompt and warm. Overall we were pleased with the cruise and booked 2 more while on board. Karin the future cruise person was very helpful. Jonette the CC Hostess was pleasant and charming. Disembarkation was a snap. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
The five day cruise I recently took on Celebrity Constellation was a mixed bag - some good, some not so good. Let's start with the good: check in was a breeze; no really long lines and plenty of agents. Debarkation was equally as easy ... Read More
The five day cruise I recently took on Celebrity Constellation was a mixed bag - some good, some not so good. Let's start with the good: check in was a breeze; no really long lines and plenty of agents. Debarkation was equally as easy - bags grouped by number and seperated so you didn't have to trip over other bags. Room - big enough for a solo traveller (me) but I think 2 people would find it very crowded. Stateroom steward was vey attentive, friendly. And then there is the Captain...a wonderful young man and very available and willing to take pictures anywhere he happened to be. And his morning updates were funny and factual...a great sense of humor. Not so good: although the food was good, it was relatively unispired, nothing to write home about. A couple of my entrees were barely warm. Service was just OK. Our server was always around but delivery of the food was slow three of the five nights. Buffet lunches were ok, the usual fare. Breakfast was good and featured a carving station...nice touch. There was sushi daily at 5:30 but it was not well publicized. Entertainment was only fair at best. The last night was billed as an extravaganza with high flying acts, etc. A glich with the safety system force that show to be cancelled and replaced by a cobbled variety show - and the announcement for the change was made very late. And Constellation is in need of a refurbishment - SOON! I saw lots of rust and peeling paint. I would rate this cruise a c+. It should also be noted that I am a solo cruiser (not by choice) and pay almost double the per person room rate. Is that really fair?? Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was our 25th Celebrity Cruise and we were escaping the cold for two weeks to celebrate my birthday. I have elite + status with Celebrity and booked a Sky Suite last December. I drove to the Amtrak station in Cleveland parked my car, ... Read More
This was our 25th Celebrity Cruise and we were escaping the cold for two weeks to celebrate my birthday. I have elite + status with Celebrity and booked a Sky Suite last December. I drove to the Amtrak station in Cleveland parked my car, checked our bags in to Fort Lauderdale and caught the Capital Limited to Washington. Since we were in a sleeper on the Silver Meteor to Fort Lauderdale we spent a couple hours in the comfort of the Metropolitan Lounge. They had comfortable chairs, TV’s, complimentary pop and snack and a free internet connection. We were first on the train in roomette B2. The meals were free and good with our sleeper along with free coffee, juice and bottled water. The ride was a little like being on a ship and we arrived on time in Fort Lauderdale. Got my luggage and caught a cab to the Ramada on SR84. They had a free Shuttle to the pier in the morning arriving at 11:30 AM. Checked two bags in at the curb at the pier. Embarkation: I showed them my Suite boarding pass, and was directed to the suite desk right away. After getting our cruise card we were on the ship first. We did 3 B/B/B cruises in the same suite and getting on and off the ship between cruises was seamless. Cabins: We were in Sky Suite 6117 which was attractively decorated and good sized for the price. The balcony, while good size and offers good privacy. The bath room was nice and we enjoyed the bath and shower. Cabin service was efficient and unobtrusive. I got a free bottle of sparkling wine with each of our 3 B/B/B cruises. Took advantage for the free laundry for elite + members on two occasions. I also enjoyed the afternoon snacks at tea time on most days.. Public Areas: The public areas are nice and never feel crowded. We went to the elite cocktail hour each night till 7 PM. We then went to see the shows, singers or comedians on board before dinner. There was plenty of activities to keep you busy all day including lectures and they had a mass every Sunday. I went to the free wine tasting for elite members and enjoyed everything on board. You will not be bored on a Celebrity ship. Dining: I went to dinner at Blu each night around 8:00 PM and were given a table for two. We ate all our evening meals there and it was excellent. We also had breakfast in Blu every morning. We went to open seating lunch in the Dining room every day when not in port. We had pizza several times for an afternoon snack. All the restaurants were nicely decorated and the food in all the Dining rooms was excellent. The food in the Lido was also good and we had breakfast and lunch there before tours or while in port. We had lunch 3 times in Bistro on Five, one lunch in both Ocean Liners and the Tuscan Grille, and two dinners in the Tuscan Grille and one dinner in Ocean Liners. All meals enjoyed all our meals on board.. Tours: We did a tour in Cozumel. We walked to gift shops in Key West and Nassau as we had been here many time before. Disembarkation: This was smooth. They had a room set up for suite members and that was great. They had comfortable seats and we were able to depart when we felt like it. We caught the Shuttle back to the Ramada Inn on SR84. Had a nice lunch and dinner there. Caught a cab the next morning to the Fort Lauderdale Train Station at 8 AM. Checked our bags in to Cleveland. Boarded the train at 9 AM and went to the dining room for breakfast. The meals were free and good with our sleeper along with free coffee, juice and bottled water. We were on time getting to Washington. Since we were in a sleeper on the Silver Meteor from Florida we spent a couple hours in the comfort of the Metropolitan Lounge. They had comfortable chairs, TV’s, complimentary pop and snacks and a free internet connection. In Washington we caught the Capital Limited to Cleveland had dinner on board, got some sleep and were woken as we got to Cleveland. In the station we collected our bags and drove home. Would take the train to Florida on a cruise again as the cost was the same as we were quoted up airfare and less hassle. Overall, I was satisfied with the cruise and booked two 2016 Celebrity cruises while on board.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
The restaurant seating "TEAM" needs to take their work a little more serious. You don't seat two English speaking people at a table with six Chinese speaking people. And if the "TEAM" was too busy overlooking names ... Read More
The restaurant seating "TEAM" needs to take their work a little more serious. You don't seat two English speaking people at a table with six Chinese speaking people. And if the "TEAM" was too busy overlooking names (Italian vs. Chinese), then the waiter should have picked up on the situation and rectified the arrangement. We ate in the buffet for the remainder of the cruise. Food was sub-par, especially the beef, and not only in the buffet, but the main dining room also (I ordered the prime rib on the first night of the cruise). Buffet was about as organized as a soup sandwich. Had to hunt for everything I wanted on my plate. Meat in this line, potatoes in that line, veggies somewhere else. The so-called "Cruise Director" is pretty much skating. Not much planning, considering this was a Xmas cruise. A first year Arts & Entertainment student could have planned the five day cruise much better. This was by far the worse cruise I have ever taken, and to think that it was a Xmas cruise was even worse than worse. You people are billed as a five star cruise line...welllllll...that's just a bunch of bull. I've taken many a cruise with a lesser star rating that far exceeded my expectations and would make your outfit pale in comparison. I paid for a premium brand and got stiffed. That won't happen again. On a brighter note, the ship was very clean and bright. Casino....Wife and I playing identical slot machines...cruise cards inserted in each...mine wasn't giving nearly as much points as my wife's, even though we started off with the same amount of money and had equally won/lost the same amount of money when I called a floor mgr??? to inform him something was wrong with the machine/s. He looked, agreed, walked away and was never seen again... We will never sail with Celebrity again. They could care less about the customer. It's all about profit. Read Less
Sail Date December 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 April 2014
My husband and I took our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on board the Celebrity Constellation. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. We found it very easy to get around the ship even with the fact that I ... Read More
My husband and I took our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on board the Celebrity Constellation. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. We found it very easy to get around the ship even with the fact that I need to walk with crutches. Everyone on the crew were friendly, polite and very helpful. The Master of the ship, Captain Tasos Kafetzis, is delightfully congenial and is an absolute presence on the ship. We will sail with him anytime. There are activities for everyone to enjoy. I can't wait to go back when I have full use of my leg to take part in the numerous fitness related activities (Zumba, Yoga and dance). We made full use of the pools, hot tubs and Thalassotherapy Pool, perfect for arthritic or painful joints. We briefly visited the Casino and did not make it into the Library. Service was excellent everywhere on the ship. When we needed answers to our many questions, guest relations was most helpful and we found all crew members to be very kind and helpful. Our port and shore excursions were very enjoyable. Cozumel: A suggestion if you go to the Coba Ruins, arrange for a wheelchair from the ship to the ferry before you leave the ship if you have any difficulty walking and they were there waiting for us on our return. Then there is a fair amount of walking over rough terrain from the ferry to the bus that takes you to the ruins and a little more walking on rough terrain at the ruins to get to the bike taxi. Do take advantage of the bike taxi, at a very reasonable $12 if you have any trouble walking. It is a wonderfully interesting and informative excursion even with the long travel to get there. Key West: Take the trolley tour of the island, stop where you want. Our Ocean View cabin was very comfortable and well maintained by our steward, Robin. We asked him for ice the first night so I could use it in an icepack for my ankle and he saw to it that I had ice available twice a day. Any request and he was right on top of it. When we returned from our early breakfast our bed was already made and room was clean and fresh with fresh towels in the bathroom. We passed him in the hall frequently and he always had a smile and friendly greeting for us. In the evenings, we always dined in the San Marco and we had the most amiable and magnificent waitstaff. Danny, Adriana, Ahmed and Diana were most attentive, polite and helpful in their friendly and caring manner. They even presented us with a beautifully crafted Tiramisu and chocolate cake for our anniversary from them. We enjoyed delicious and beautifully presented dishes every evening. We set ourselves with an early reservation and never had a problem sitting at our table or receiving our food on time. It was always perfect temperature and perfectly timed to our table. Our dining companions enjoyed the same wonderful service. We opted for the Classic Premium Non-Alcoholic drink package which was perfect for us. I usually had a glass of wine and my husband had a mixed drink each evening which we paid for separately and this was perfect for us. We enjoyed a daily visit to Cafe Al Bacio for Espresso, Cafe Mocha or the Iglu, a wonderful frozen concoction of espresso and gelato. Breakfast and lunch was usually at the Oceanview Cafe where you could find just about anything you could imagine from a very tasty buffet. For lunch at the outdoor grill occasionally a hot dog or delicious hamburger. We did take part in Karaoke in the Reflections Lounge and found the stage shows in the Celebrity Theater to be wonderfully entertaining with some very talented singers, musicians and dancers. White Magic Illusion and Contortionist show was absolutely fabulous and if Celebrity should offer the Liar's Club on your cruise, DO NOT MISS SEEING THIS! It was hilarious! Music everywhere on the ship or some areas were blissfully quiet go where it suits you. Embarkation and disembarkation was extremely easy for me and well done by Celebrity. In Summary: I am looking forward to our next cruise on Celebrity Constellation. They have sold me! This is my choice for vacation from now on!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We sailed on the Celebrity Constellation on Dec 13-19, 2013. We had sailed on her in 2008, and we were amazed with the improvements on this trip--not only in decor and service, but also in the food. I reviewed my Cruise Critic review from ... Read More
We sailed on the Celebrity Constellation on Dec 13-19, 2013. We had sailed on her in 2008, and we were amazed with the improvements on this trip--not only in decor and service, but also in the food. I reviewed my Cruise Critic review from 2008, and I had said that you needed a chain saw to cut the beef and the lobster!! Not so on this cruise; the food was prepared correctly--the beef and the seafood were done to perfection. With the exception of one arrogant woman in customer service, the crew was fantastic--very friendly. We drove from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale on Dec 13th and stayed at the Rodeway Inn on SR 84. The manager, Izzy, does a fantastic job in arranging transportation to and from the cruise port. We left our car at the motel, and they provided round trip transportation to the port. We paid the extra 2 bucks to go to the ship early, and we were very happy we did because we were on board by 11:15 am. Day 1-Saturday, 14 Dec.: I would give Celebrity 5 stars except for a few things, so they only get 4 stars. We booked the cruise and were supposed to have the free classic beverage package, free gratuities, and a $50 on board credit, and Celebrity only thought that we had the on board credit. We immediately went to customer service, and the agent corrected the free beverage package, and gave us new cards indicating this. Fortunately we had brought a copy of our receipt; otherwise we have really been had. He did not correct the free gratuity package, and it took several trips back to customer service to correct this. A very unfriendly agent insisted that we could not have had all three packages, although I showed her the receipt showing her that we did. She finally faxed a copy of our receipt to Celebrity's HQ, and by the day we were to get off the ship, it was finally corrected. However it wasted at least 2-3 hours of our time and several trips to customer service getting the problem fixed. I still do not know if it was Icruise.com's fault or Celebrity's, but it was a major pain in the rear to go through this aggravation. Celebrity does a classy job of giving you a glass of champagne when you get on board. We had Select status and concierge level, so we got priority boarding. There was a lot of confusion among some Celebrity personnel as to where you actually went to get on the ship. We were told the wrong answer 3 times. This dock was a new position for the Constellation (or so we were told) at Ft. Lauderdale, so that must have added to their confusion. Still, they should have known the correct answer. We sailed on the Silhouette earlier this year, and the Eclipse last year, and Celebrity has added an additional step in the boarding process. Before, when you presented your passport and boarding pass, the agent took your picture for your pass. Now you have to go to a different agent to get your picture taken. Guess Celebrity has to buy less cameras this way, but they added 2 new agents to take your picture. Cabins were not ready until about 1:30 pm, but this was no big deal. We had lunch at the buffet, and took a tour of the ship. Food was excellent in the buffet, especially the carved beef and the fish. We were pleasantly surprised that our luggage arrived in our room about 2:30 pm. We have been on over 25 cruises, and never recall our luggage arriving so soon. It may have been that we were among the first to board, but we really do not know. The cabins had been totally redone since we sailed on her in 2008. I believe the ship was renovated in the spring of 2013. The shower was the best we have had on any ship and considerably better than we had on the Silhouette or the Eclipse. The towels were quite lush, but they still have the same scratchy toilet paper! Lifeboat drill was a complete joke; we cannot believe that the Coast Guard allows ships to have people gather in a lounge, casino, or bar, and the crew tells them what they are supposed to do. We met in the casino and sat around a black jack table! We never even went to where you would get on the lifeboat. Carnival, HAL, and Celebrity all do this, but we think it is crazy. If the ship is going down, we sure are not going to the casino--we are going to the lifeboat. You learn by doing, not by watching! We had requested a table for two at the 6 pm dinner sitting, and found out that we had a table for 10. Again, I do not know who screwed this up--Icruise.com or Celebrity, but a visit to the dining room steward fixed the problem, and we had a very nice table. One thing we noticed on the Constellation that was not on either the Eclipse or the Silhouette, was that the tables for 2 were pretty far separated from nearby tables. On the other two ships, most of the tables for 2 were within a foot or so from the next table. We liked the arrangement on the Constellation much better, and it was better than we have had on any cruise ship. We had a great waiter (Wandas), assistant waiter (Sasha), and sommelier (Kemal). For dinner we had fantastic salmon, and the NY cheesecake with caramel topping was out of this world--so much for not gaining weight on a cruise! The opening night show in the lounge was excellent, as were the other shows that we saw. Day 2 Sunday, 15 Dec.: We had very smooth sailing to Key West. We docked at Pier 2 by the Westin about 7 am. It is an easy walk to wherever you want to go in Key West. We were just in Key West in Sept. for 3 days, so there wasn't much we did not see. We did walk over to the Truman White House and took the tour--very informative. We had taken the tour of Hemmingway's house in Sept, and highly recommend it, but do the tour yourself rather than booking through the ship because you will save a bunch of money. It is a short walk from the ship. However, if you want to take the Conch Train tour, it is cheaper through Celebrity. When we sailed on the Constellation before, we had some great healthy food at the Aqua Spa cafe. However this time we were disappointed and only went there once. We opted for breakfast and lunch at the buffet and both were very good, especially the seafood and stir fry. We did have breakfast one day in the main dining room, and it was fairly slow but excellent--first time I have ever had a smoked salmon omelet. Dinner was excellent, as usual. We were supposed to leave Key West at 5 pm, but one of the engines had a problem, so they moved us to the Navy dock adjacent to Pier 2 so they could fix the problem. Unfortunately, the repair took much longer than expected, so we had to spend an extra day in Key West and did not get to go to Cozumel. We are very thankful that the problem with the engine happened when we were docked in Key West, rather than being in the middle of the Gulf where we would have been stranded at sea. Day 3- Monday, 16 Dec.: We spent the day in Key West, not doing much of anything. We did take the galley tour, which was OK, but not nearly as good as the one we had taken on the Eclipse. They do give you a glass of bubbly, but since we had the free beverage package, it was no big deal. Since we are Select members, we were supposed to have a special Captain's Club event for Select members in the Reflections Lounge; this did not happen and no one seemed to know why. We were really looking forward to this since this was our first cruise as Select members. Instead, they had a dinky reception in the main showroom the next day with all past guests where they gave you a glass of wine or champagne and some pastries--more like Carnival does than the high class we have come to expect from Celebrity. On Silhouette and Eclipse, the normal past guest reception was fantastic; Celebrity certainly has gone downhill in this regard. This was probably because of the officers being busy with the overseeing of the engine repair, but still a major disappointment. Let's hope our experience next month on the Equinox is better. We were getting ready to leave our cabin about 8:20 pm to go to the show when the lights went out in our cabin; fortunately this only lasted for a minute or so, and we had brought flashlights so we could see. I opened the door to the hall, and most of the lights were on in the hallway. A couple of our neighbors had the same problem. No one ever explained this, but fortunately it only happened once for a brief period. We were supposed to leave Key West about 10 pm, but did not get to leave until about 6 am on Tuesday morning. The trip to Cozumel was cancelled because of time and distance, so the Captain decided to go to Nassau. Day 4- Tuesday, 17 Dec.: We left to go to Nassau about 6 am, so we spent the day at sea. We did get to go to the free wine tasting at 11 am in BLU that was held for Select members. This was very nice and informative, and we got to taste 4 very good wines. On previous sailings when we attended the wine tastings, they served some kind of food pairing and also some water to cleanse your palate; this did not happen on this tasting--maybe because it was free--we do not know. Once we got into the Atlantic, the seas were about 5 feet, but it was still fairly smooth sailing. Celebrity does a fantastic job with their brunch at the Marco restaurant--it was more like the brunch at Bellagio or Mirage in Las Vegas. This was one of the highlights of our cruise. It is not well publicized, but it was well attended. We went early at about 10 am, because on our past experience on the Silhouette, they fill up quickly. The fresh shrimp was more like Vegas buffets at the better casinos--all you can eat--not like the 4 little shrimp they give you at dinner when you order the shrimp cocktail. We had to leave about 10:55 am since the wine tasting started at eleven. Good thing, we think, since we had consumed a lot of really good food. Next time, we will skip breakfast and just go to the fancy brunch in the main dining room. Celebrity does not, in our opinion, do a really good job of scheduling events; there are too many conflicting events of things we wanted to do. For example, they had the golf putting contest when we were on shore. We had the same problem on the Silhouette and the Eclipse. Since I have won a couple of putting contests on previous ships, this was a disappointment, but I wasn't going to give up going onshore to get to putt!! At dinner we had the cedar plank salmon and steak and both were very good. For some reason, Celebrity no longer had surf and turf( lobster and steak). Lots of people were ticked off, but what can you do? Don't think there is a shortage of lobster, and this is the first cruise I have been on that they did not have lobster one night. Maybe another way to save money for Celebrity. Day 5 - Wednesday, 18 Dec.: We arrived in Nassau about 8 am. Eight ships were in port so it was very crowded since this was an unplanned visit for us. We had been to Nassau several times before, and we do not especially like Nassau, so we just went to the straw market, and visited a few shops and went back to the ship. We did not see any deals on anything. We had lunch at Bistro on Five, and it was really great. There is a $5 charge per person, but it was not crowded. Unfortunately the service was slow, but they finally brought in a couple more waiters and the service improved. I guess that because we were in port, Celebrity thought there would not be much traffic. They have a very limited menu, but it was healthy and good. Since we had to pack this afternoon, we did not do much except go to the martini bar; the drinks are expensive, but they have half-price between 4 and 5 pm. The classic beverage package does not cover any of the fancy martinis. The dinner was great, and so was the show. We went to bed early since we wanted to get off the ship early on Thursday morning with the early debarkation program. We had told Celebrity that we wanted to get off with the "carry your own luggage off program", but they somehow never got the word, so were in group 26 to get off the ship. We went down to customer service, and told them again, and they gave us a form, which told where we were supposed to meet (Conference room, Deck 3) on Thursday at 7:30 am Day 6 - Thursday- 19 Dec.: Disembarkation day We got to the Conference room about 7:15 am and there were at least 100 people in front of us. Our advice: get there early. At least this was much better than our last trip on the Silhouette when you had to take your luggage to the main dining room, and then had to catch an elevator to take you to the deck where you got off the ship. On this ship, you got off on deck 3, which is where you met. We feel sure that Celebrity did everything to fix the engine, but they offered no compensation to anyone that we know of for not going to Cozumel. I know other ships have offered compensation, but then they were stranded at sea, so there is a major difference. We did book another cruise for 2015 when we were on board. You get the free classic drink package and $250 on board credit when you do this, and you can change the ships or the dates. They claim that you cannot get this once you leave the ship, but I called my travel agent, and she said this was not true. I have not had time to investigate this, but I will. We were disappointed that Celebrity does not host a Cruise Critic "Meet and Greet" on cruises less than 7 days. We certainly have enjoyed meeting other Cruise Critic members on previous cruises. A plus for Celebrity is that Celebrity lets you sign up online for their CC meeting, whereas on Carnival and HAL, someone has to take the initiative to put one together and communicate through Cruise Critics blogs. One of the CC members suggested we have a meeting, but unfortunately it was scheduled for the day we were supposed to go to Cozumel, and since we did not get to go to Cozumel, we went back onshore, and do not know if the meeting was held. To Celebrity's credit, they do not allow smoking in the cabins and verandahs, dining rooms, lounges, showroom, or casino. Too bad that HAL and Celebrity do not do this. Overall it was a very good cruise, and we look forward to our next sailing with Celebrity on the Equinox.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Just came back off a 5 night cruise on the Constellation. This was our 5th cruise on Celebrity and we are very partial to this cruise line. We love dining in the specialty restaurants, and went twice to Ocean Liners. The food there was ... Read More
Just came back off a 5 night cruise on the Constellation. This was our 5th cruise on Celebrity and we are very partial to this cruise line. We love dining in the specialty restaurants, and went twice to Ocean Liners. The food there was awesome. We did try Tuscan one night, and it was good, not great. If you are going to do only one night specialty-go to Ocean Liners, they will make you feel like you are eating in a 5 star restaurant. Both food and service are terrific. We cruised Concierge Class-cabin 7186. The location was nice as it is close to the aft elevator. Our room attendant was ok, we have had much better on Celebrity. We didn't have much interaction with him. He did his job, but didn't go out of his way to communicate with us. We only ate in the MDR 2 times this trip, and the food was fine. The last night they served a chambord chocolate cake-that definitely had something wrong with it, it was inedible. The pastries and breads on this ship not as heavenly as on the Summit or Century, but were ok. The biggest surprise for us on this ship was the lackluster Cruise Director-worse I have had on 14 cruises. We didn't see her anywhere on the ship. She would show up on stage at night, and on tv in the morning, but that was about it until the last night in dining room. I don't think this is her calling. We stopped at 2 ports, Honduras and Cozumel. We did an excursion in Honduras the glass bottom boat on the reef, which was fun. Our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled, which left us with not much to do in port. I don't think I would look to go back to either port. Read Less
Sail Date February 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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