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11 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Caribbean - Western

Celebrity Constellation: Key West and Cozumel, 3/19/16 Intro: My first and only cruise with Celebrity was a few years ago on the Century. Although it was only two nights long, we had a great time. We decided that a longer trip would ... Read More
Celebrity Constellation: Key West and Cozumel, 3/19/16 Intro: My first and only cruise with Celebrity was a few years ago on the Century. Although it was only two nights long, we had a great time. We decided that a longer trip would be nice, so we booked a five night sailing on the newer and larger Constellation. Another factor that pushed us toward Celebrity was that they offer past guest benefits in their program to members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. Embarkation: My wife and I drove down to Fort Lauderdale on the morning of the cruise, it is about four hours down the Turnpike. We used Park-N-Go, as we always do at Port Everglades. Off-site parking can be hit or miss, but we’ve had good service from them over the years. The Constellation was pulled up to Terminal 4. I’ve cruised from there a few times, it seems to generally be used for small to medium sized ships. The crowds were not very heavy and check-in only took a few minutes. The ship: “Connie” is about 14 years old now, but looks very good for her age. Even at 90,000 gross tons she is a medium sized ship by today’s bizarre mega-ship standards. Being a fan of Royal Caribbean’s Radiance Class ships, I liked that the Constellation is of similar size and layout. It is easy to see that Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are sister brands as the ships share many design features. The pool deck has a good setup with two pools and four hot tubs. The Solarium is also a great area, I liked the sections on the sides of pool that are shaped like wide loungers for relaxing in the water. I enjoyed having drinks at the aft facing Sunset Bar and also the Reflections Lounge which overlooks the bow. Our Cabin: We stayed in #7040, an interior room on deck 7. It was in a forward side corridor, which was nice as there was very little noise in that area. The only guests walking through were staying in that hallway. The room itself had lots of storage and drawers. They provided bathrobes and a hairdryer in the room. Our steward did an excellent job with a morning cleaning and an evening turndown service. Day 1, Fort Lauderdale: After embarkation we had lunch in the buffet since the rooms were not yet open. I was impressed with the quality of the food, especially the pizza. Out of nearly sixty cruises, the Connie had the best pizzeria. I wish they would share the technique/recipe with their contemporaries at R.C.I. Later in the afternoon we went up to the gym. It is well equipped with modern machines with TV screens and multimedia inputs. I liked that they have free saunas in the locker rooms, but I wish they would have also included free steam rooms as well. The only steam rooms onboard are in the Turkish Garden which has a fee to use. For dinner we went to San Marcos which is the main dining room onboard. We chose anytime dining which always comes with pros and cons. You can show up whenever, but will likely have a short wait (they provide pagers to waiting guests). Reservations are available, but the popular times (between 6 and 8) book up very fast. We ended up going after 8 each night. The food and service were both very good. Day 2, Key West: One of the highlights of this cruise was the extended time allotted for the Key West stop. Most of my cruises that have gone there leave around 2 pm or earlier. We had until 5 pm which gave us more time to spend in town. We rented bicycles and rode to Fort Taylor. It is an interesting piece of history that can get overlooked with all of the other attractions on the island. The park also has bicycling trails and a beach which can all be used for the small entry fee. After the fort we continued riding around town, stopping at a few other locations before heading back to the ship. In the evening we attended the Captain’s Club reception in the Reflections Lounge. We met Graeme the Captain’s Club Host. Graeme is a really nice guy and great in his role. He was always walking the room chatting with guests and making everyone feel welcome. In the evening we went up to the Reflections Lounge where they have the nightly dance club. It is a good venue for it with a large dance floor and lots of seating. The bartenders took great care of us and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Day 3, At Sea: We hit rough seas during the night and it continued into the day. Crowds on the pool deck were noticeably less than is typical due to the motion and the dreary weather. But it was still a relaxing day, and I enjoyed spending some time at the pool bar after visiting the gym. I also visited the martini bar which sits off the atrium on deck 4. It has modern look, and a cool (literally) bar top that frosts over. The bartenders that work there are well trained “flair tenders” and their skills are impressive to say the least. We had a nice conversation with Graeme in the Captain’ Club. He has been working in the cruise industry for a long time, so we shared lots of stories about past cruises. When we returned to the cabin later that evening we were excited to find an invitation to dine with one of the ship’s officers on the following evening. We definitely looked forward to a new experience. Day 4, Cozumel: We slept in after another late night in the dance club, so we did not venture into Cozumel on this voyage. Instead we got our daily gym visit out of the way and relaxed on the ship. I spent some time at the Sunset Bar and also up on the pool deck. We had dinner in Blu with Julio Pena, the ship’s financial controller and Gabriela Stephens the International Hostess. They were both very friendly and outgoing. My wife is an accountant, so she enjoyed comparing notes with Mr. Pena. Gabriela was a very interesting person to meet. She fluently speaks four (FOUR!) languages, she assists the international guests with their needs and creates the ship’s publications in various languages. As an unfortunately monolingual American, this was very impressive. The dinner itself was delicious as were the wine pairings. Day 5, At Sea: The last day onboard was a fairly lazy one. After lunch in the buffet, I spent most of my time at the pool deck. We stopped by the Reflections Lounge for drinks and to thank Graeme for a job well done throughout the cruise. We had dinner in San Marcos one last time and spent our last late-night in Reflections. Entertainment: The onboard shows were decent for a shorter cruise. Rich was a good comedian, and the hypnotist act on the last night was funny. We also enjoyed the nightly Port vs. Starboard games in the Reflections Lounge. The live music was excellent throughout the ship. I liked that they had a rock band on the pool deck instead of the typical Caribbean island fare. Debarkation: Debarking the ship was very easy. There was a debarkation lounge in the Ocean Liners restaurant for Captain’s Club members, but we did not use it. The line wasn’t long for the gangway, so we just walked right off. We carried everything with us, so we were out of the terminal building in just a few minutes. A Park-N-Go shuttle was waiting, so we were quickly on the road and heading north. We had to make a stop at the Moonlight Diner for breakfast, as we always do in Fort Lauderdale. This was a great cruise. We really enjoyed the Constellation. The size of the ship was just right, and the crew was incredibly friendly and hard working. While the majority of our cruises will likely still be on Royal Caribbean, we will definitely be returning to Celebrity again. Hopefully next time we can try one of the Solstice Class ships, most of the Celebrity fans we spoke to said that they are very impressive. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I have cruised over a dozen times RCCL, Princess and Celebrity. We wanted a cruise over our daughters spring break and it was between this one and a Princess. We booked the Constellation, despite the poor reviews. I tend to think most of ... Read More
I have cruised over a dozen times RCCL, Princess and Celebrity. We wanted a cruise over our daughters spring break and it was between this one and a Princess. We booked the Constellation, despite the poor reviews. I tend to think most of the posters are the negative people hence I decided to post a true picture. Food very good, entertainment cruise worthy, ship beautiful, veranda room very nice, mixed crowd diverse and friendly, crew outstanding. Ports of call Cozumel and Key West great time at both. For the exception of the unfortunate Carnival ship that lost all power, I do not see how you cannot have an enjoyable time on a cruise. Highly recommend the Constellation and enjoy your trip! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our third cruise, first time on a Celebrity Cruise. The reviews scared us, but we went in with a neutral attitude and were truly blown away with the service from this cruise. We are a family of four: 2 adults and 2 elementary ... Read More
This was our third cruise, first time on a Celebrity Cruise. The reviews scared us, but we went in with a neutral attitude and were truly blown away with the service from this cruise. We are a family of four: 2 adults and 2 elementary school-aged kids. We arrived around 1 pm and was on the ship within an hour. We had forgotten our paperwork at home, and they helped us to get checked in with no problems. We were concerned when they put our credit card number on our kids' seapass (one kid has no concept of money), but they told us that on board, the guest relations would remove the ability for our kids to be swipe-crazy, so it was resolved. [One family forgot to remove that ability, and their daughter bought $600 worth of goodies before they found out.] We tried the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) and the Main Dining Rooms, and both were excellent. In the main dining room, they treated us like royalty, as our server was both professional and entertaining, making us laugh every night. Spa Cafe was simple but delicious. It's tucked away, so we think several people didn't see it. The food there was excellent and provided a lot of organic, diet friendly options. We tried the food there every day. Celebrity had a great mix of different foods to try each night. On formal night, they did have lobster tail, which was simply delicious. We remembered the best kept secret of eating free pastries in Cafe El Bacio without needing to order a coffee. Those desserts were even better than the ones in the dining rooms, as they were fresh and just melted in the mouth. Each day, they changed the pastries around, which kept our waistlines from shrinking too much. We ran into the cruise captain a few times. He was always friendly and full of laughs. We're glad that Celebrity had the staff come and chat with the guests. One day, we had to do a photo scavenger hunt with the kids, and we had to shake hands with the officers and give high fives to the workers. Every worker that we asked to help us was more than happy to oblige. We never ran into a complaining worker. This particular week, our entertainment included the Osmond brothers, so everyone was really excited to see them. They actually were on the cruise for their fans, but in the end, they decided to put on an impromptu performance, and people were blown away at their humor and talent. The other performers: comedians and singers were all excellent. In comparison to our past cruise with Carnival, Celebrity's performers were much more professional and had "WOW" factor. The lido deck always had loud music playing, and the activities director had several pool activities going on everyday. It was the fun place to be, but we enjoyed the quiet corners of the ship. The kids' program Kids Korner was pretty good. It was spring break, so we could tell that by the end of the week, the kids director was getting worn out. Still, our 8 year old wanted to be there 24/7 because it was fun with all of their programs: super hero night, pirate night, etc. Our 10 year old said the program was "OK" because it didn't follow the schedule, and it got crazy a few times. She did ask to go back, though, so it was not THAT bad. I appreciated that they did have some entire family programs like Family Bingo and Family Scavenger hunt, and they actually gave out nice prizes! We won a few things. We didn't book our excursions through Celebrity, but we did enjoy our ports at Cozumel and Key West. The fitness center was a little cramped. On the first day at sea, the entire place was packed out. We had to wait a little bit to run on the treadmills, but it wasn't too bad. Just crowded. The fitness bathrooms were not as nice as Carnival's which had individual fancy shower stalls and dressing rooms to use. The shower stalls were very small, and the lockers were difficult to use. Several people couldn't figure out how to use the lockers, so the attendant was constantly explaining how to use to the lock. We took advantage of the Thallasotherapy pool for adults. It's like a huge hot tub to just relax in. We tried the hot tub next to the pool, and the hot tub was no good. Other couples saw us try both and so they got out of the hot tub and joined us the pool which they all agreed was so much better than the hot tub. It was just so relaxing. The library was a bit of a disappointment. Most of the books have been picked over. Nothing of interest was there. People that came to use the library used the chess board to play games. It was connected to the iLibrary upstairs where people could use Apple computers. We spent time just watching the waves on the outside decks. Several times, we saw flying fish. And once, we saw a large shark swimming by. It was just nice to watch the ocean waves. Overall, we really did have an excellent time. We were glad we didn't let the complaining reviews keep us from enjoying our trip. We think Celebrity was top notch. It was truly a wonderful and relaxing vacation for the entire family. We went home relaxed and ready to take on the world again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was my 10th cruising experience. My husband, myself and our 18 yo son went on this cruise this past month. The ports were awesome and weather great. Celebrity had sold 900 of the 2100 tickets to spring breakers, most from FL ... Read More
This was my 10th cruising experience. My husband, myself and our 18 yo son went on this cruise this past month. The ports were awesome and weather great. Celebrity had sold 900 of the 2100 tickets to spring breakers, most from FL schools. It turned out to be students from frats and sororities from FL colleges. The entire ship became party for the spring breakers. The dining room was full of rude loud curses from the frat boys and the staff had no control of them. The captain made many announcements regarding the behavior issues but nothing else was done. There was vomit on decks the staff had a tough time keeping up with esp in mornings. I had made a complaint during the formal night when the table next us broke out in a fight of f words. WE were told that we would be compensated for the drinks. A relationship manager by the name of Morgan for Celebrity took weeks to get back to me, put me on hold for extended periods of time then without a real apology said we don't compensate for that sort of stuff. No more celebrity cruises for me. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My wife, myself and daughter booked the March 7 cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West and Cozumel. We have sailed frequently with Royal Carib/Celebrity and are all members of the Captains Club so we were expecting Celebrity's normal ... Read More
My wife, myself and daughter booked the March 7 cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West and Cozumel. We have sailed frequently with Royal Carib/Celebrity and are all members of the Captains Club so we were expecting Celebrity's normal upscale adult cruise. Instead, what we got was the cruise from Hell, spring break in Cancun removed to the Constellation, anarchy on the high seas. It was a complete disaster. On a ship that held 2000 passengers, Constellation, without warning to its regular, loyal cruising clients, booked passage for another 1000 screaming, out of control college maniacs who basically took over the ship. You could not get to the bars or the swimming pools which were wall to wall drunken students from 10 am in the morning until 7 at night. The ship was vandalized, at least one student put in the brig for the duration, a couple removed from the ship in Key West, and some detained for running naked through the halls on a family ship! At one point, they even took over one of the bars and began dispensing alcohol to their underage friends. The crew made a perfunctory early effort to control things but eventually gave up and seemed to join the party! As a result, 1000 loyal repeat clients were basically held hostage for six days to the Vandals and Visigoths running wild. And as an added result of the bacchanalia, the sanitation of the ship went to hell. The pools were completely drained at least once. Despite this, my daughter came down with a viral illness that, after two doctors and a specialist, was traced most probably to the unsanitary pool condition onboard the ship, She spent two days of her 21st birthday vacation in complete misery. After returning, I joined her in this condition, though not as seriously. I blame Celebrity for this, not the kids. Kids will be kids, especially on spring break. But they did not belong on Celebrity. Or, if it was Celebrity's choice to book Cancun on the High Seas, it should have been clear that this is what the nature of the cruise would be. Booking those kids on an upscale family ship normally populated by sane adults and children with no advance warning amounted to nothing less than a betrayal of Celebrity's loyal clients and we will not soon forget it. It will be a long time before we return if, in fact, we do not sue Celebrity for gross negligence, breach of contract, misrepresentation, willful endangerment, and failure to maintain required sanitary conditions. Bottom line : Don't deceive yourself. Celebrity may portray itself as an adult and family-oriented, upscale cruise line but it won't hesitate a minute to sell out its returning, regular clientele to make another dollar. And NEVER, NEVER take a cruise during spring break unless you are a college student or someone in their second childhood. It is HELL! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was my second cruise with Celebrity, but I think I set myself up for disappointment by my first cruise being a 12 day Mediterranean on the brand new Solstice back in '09. The Solstice was amazing, and the Constellation was a bit ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Celebrity, but I think I set myself up for disappointment by my first cruise being a 12 day Mediterranean on the brand new Solstice back in '09. The Solstice was amazing, and the Constellation was a bit of a disappointment in comparison. I chose to go with Celebrity because it tends to be a more classy crowd, older, not so many kids, etc. Well, this cruise was overflowing with trashy, loud, disrespectful college kids on Spring Break. We heard that there were 1000 passengers on board between the ages of 19-25, and it was obvious every where you went on the ship. I realize Celebrity isn't going to turn away paying passengers, but I do not feel that they did a good job of enforcing rules - especially the dress code. At one point I saw a group of college girls in thongs sitting in the cafe with no cover ups. Bare bottoms on the chairs. No one said anything to them. The college students completely took over the pool area every day and there was no chance of anyone over 30 making their way into the pool without being subject to MTV-style gyration and language from the kids. On day one, after being on the ship for about 30 minutes we already saw frat guys walking through the cafe bare-chested, beers in both hands. Aside from the Spring Breakers, here are my thoughts: Activities: Pretty limited. A lot of them seemed to be shopping related. I did not find any that really interested me. Service: My room steward was great. She did an amazing job. Most of the crew I encountered were friendly, but not overly-so. The service at dinner was pretty slow. We had the open dining with a different waiter each night. Excursions: Did not do any of the excursions Embarkation: It went smoothly and was fairly quick. I was a bit put off that the porter asked for a tip before we even had a chance to offer one. Cabin: Had a Veranda cabin on the 7th floor. It was adequate, but nothing fancy. The cabin definitely showed wear - the bed skirt was torn and stained. Stains on the carpet. I think the rooms could be updated. I did appreciate there being plenty of storage. Dining: Mediocre at best. Every meal we had, our thought was "this is okay..." I wouldn't say any of our meals were excellent. Just adequate. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants thought. Our service was actually pretty slow each night. Entertainment: Very enjoyable. Jayne Curry from the UK was fantastic. The comedian was pretty funny, and there was a magician who was very impressive. Disembarkation: Quick and smooth. We were told to be in our waiting location at 8:30, and we were off the boat, through customs and checking into the airport by 9:30. Overall - I would sail Celebrity again, but probably not the Constellation, and never ever during Spring Break. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Pre-Cruise: After a second cold winter in a row, we really enjoyed the hot weather on our five cruise. My husband and I cruised without our children this time. It made for a really relaxing cruise. We flew to Fort Lauderdale from Detroit ... Read More
Pre-Cruise: After a second cold winter in a row, we really enjoyed the hot weather on our five cruise. My husband and I cruised without our children this time. It made for a really relaxing cruise. We flew to Fort Lauderdale from Detroit the afternoon before our cruise. For the second time, we stayed at The Embassy Suites on 17th. It's not the cheapest hotel by any means, but it's clean, you get a couple of drinks and snacks (popcorn, chips and dip, carrots/celery, etc) and a full breakfast in the morning. The rooms are spacious and the pool area is nice. We had dinner at the Irish pub across the road. It was okay. There is a large Publix right next door to the hotel. It's a convenient spot for one night pre-cruise. Embarkation: We took a taxi to Port Everglades at about 10:30am on embarkation day and were on the boat by 11:05am - FANTASTIC!!! The process was seamless from start to finish. Spring Break College Students: We are low key cruisers who appreciate that we're sharing a boat with a couple thousand people (and one thousand crew members who work really hard). We had some spring breakers on board. It didn't seem like there were as many as on earlier sailings. Most of them were able to blend into the scenery. But quite frankly, others need a lesson in manners. A cruise is a public place. Just because you've paid money to be there doesn't mean you can treat it like your own private party. It's simply disrespectful to curse and swear out loud in public areas - particularly in the presence of young children and the elderly. And no one needs to see dancing more appropriate to an age 21 and up club on the pool deck of a family cruise ship. Let's keep it classy. Security did a decent job of keeping a lid on most things. But most nights, friends on other floors had to call security at 2am for really obnoxious behaviour. The drinks packages are great. But perhaps there ought to be a minimum age limit of 25. Otherwise, Celebrity risks its brand. On sea days, there wasn't an empty chair to be found on deck ten. They really need to enforce the 30 minute rule. Food: Our dinners in the main dining room were mostly fine and sometimes really good. We often grabbed a burger on the pool deck for lunch. The Ocean Café was just okay. We normally have oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. But the physical layout of the space is terrible. There is no sense of flow so lineups are too long. I can't imagine being a mother trying to supervise the filling of a few kids' plates. You could never keep everyone in sight. We enjoyed the pizza and sushi in the late afternoon. It helped to hold us over until our late seating dinner. Entertainment: The cruise director, Allejandro from Argentina, is wonderful. His supporting staff is also very good. We enjoyed the evening entertainment. Jayne, a singer from England whose last name escapes me, was fantastic. She was really entertaining and had a wonderful voice. The Dancing with the Officers evening was good fun. We also appreciated the captain's presence at various activities. The Ship and its Staff: The ship is well cared for by its hard working staff. There needs to be more staff. They are always in a flurry of movement, but there is too much for them to do. Too often, there were cups and plates all over the place on deck ten around the pools. And it often took 20 - 30 minutes for a server to come by. Our room was well maintained by our stewards and our dining room service was equally strong. I used the gym a couple of times. There were always machines available. I didn't take any of the classes. Disembarkation: We did the express self-disembarkation. We were told to meet on Deck Three at 7:15am. We got there at 7:05am and were about 300th in line. At 7:45am, the line proceeded to move quickly. One staff member ensured that there was order. There were two customs officers to process all of the passengers. We made it to the airport in plenty of time to make our 11:30am flight. Ports: Cozumel and Key West - We took a cab to Paradise Beach in Cozumel. It was fine. We were blessed with glorious weather for our entire trip. What's not to love about a day at the beach? We took the hop on/hop off tour in Key West. It was okay. After that, we ate lunch and did a bit of shopping. We'll definitely be back on Celebrity, but I have real reservations about cruising during Spring Break again.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Just returned from the five day Key West, Cozumel run on the Constellation. Very nice relaxing cruise. Only a few minor problems (for us - maybe a bit more major for others). We spent the night before the cruise at the Renaissance, only a ... Read More
Just returned from the five day Key West, Cozumel run on the Constellation. Very nice relaxing cruise. Only a few minor problems (for us - maybe a bit more major for others). We spent the night before the cruise at the Renaissance, only a few blocks from the ship. We were able to leave the car in their garage for $10 per night and shuttle over to the cruise. What a deal - and a really wonderful hotel to boot. Took the shuttle over to check in - check in was flawless. We got out of the van and onto the ship in about 20 minutes. Have never experienced such an efficient check in. We checked most of our bags and carried the rest up to the buffet for a light lunch. Food was very good - but that was the last time we ate at the buffet. Our rooms were ready quite quickly and we went down to unpack the bags we carried. Before we were done, the rest of our luggage arrived. We were in cabin 9038 - Aqua Class - our steward and his assistant were wonderful and the perks you get with Aqua Class are worth the price. We unpacked and got ready for the muster drill. At the drill was where we discovered that there were about three or four hundred spring break, rowdy, drunken (already) college kids on board. We had traveled on a couple of spring break cruises before with the college crowd but they were always quiet and polite. Not this crew!! The muster drill was in the theater and there was a lot of shouting and screaming (by the kids). Left us wondering what the rest of the trip would be like. We tend to make the best of situations and are quiet passengers anyway so we generally in locations where they were not. So for us, this was not a really big problem. The only real problem came about when you wanted to use the pools in the afternoon as the pool deck seemed like a bit frat party. Anyway, that's not Celebrity's fault. And they did try (with some success) to tone them down. So, back to the good. The cabin was wonderful. Lots of storage, wonderful shower and 9038 has an extra large balcony because it's located on a bump. We ate breakfast and dinner during the entire cruise in Blu. The food was wonderful - lots of variety and everything was delicious. Had lunch in the Bistro on 5 one day - great crepes and a very quiet relaxed atmosphere - one of our favorites on the Solstice ships. We didn't go to any of the shows as we generally like to have a nice dinner and then go to the casino to lose a little money and then retire to read in our cabin. Sounds boring but it sure does get you to relax. There were plenty of quiet spots on the ship to enjoy a cocktail or to get some sun. It really is a beautiful ship, well maintained, "Solsticized" very nicely. The only complaint is about the Persian Garden. It really is not quite up to par with the Solstice class ships' spas. But that's also a minor thing. We'd go back on the Constellation any time - just not on a five day during spring break. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
It never crossed my mind that the third of March would be Spring Break for some schools! Celebrity has never been the cruise line of choice for party going young people, so I seriously thought we’d boarded the wrong ship on the wrong ... Read More
It never crossed my mind that the third of March would be Spring Break for some schools! Celebrity has never been the cruise line of choice for party going young people, so I seriously thought we’d boarded the wrong ship on the wrong cruise line. Young people boarded and went straight to the bars. We never saw bar staff verify any passenger’s age. This was definitely a Spring Break Party Cruise and we'd somehow gotten our older selves into the middle of it. I kept thinking, where are we? This can't be The Connie! The music everywhere on the ship was irritatingly loud and obviously aimed at this under 30, partygoing group of young people. That couldn't have been a mistake. The Celebrity we know must be marketing to a new, younger customer. They had a DJ from Miami and that was the 'music' that greeted us at sailaway. They might as well have handed us a bottle of beer at boarding rather than a glass of sparkling white wine. All we heard for five nights and days was the boom, boom, boom of the bass! On the pool deck, it was impossible to read once the music started. At night in the martini bar, everyone looked well over fifty and yet the DJ set up right near us. Conversation stopped because we quickly got tired of yelling to one another over the music. Young people can be charming and some definitely were, but more than once we saw shirtless young men in their wet bathing suits at the buffet in The Oceanview Cafe. Never saw staff tell them to don a shirt and even saw one staff member, dispensing hand sanitizer at the entrance to the buffet, drop a blob of the liquid into the hand of a young man wearing no shirt without saying a word. Also irritating, apparently the young don’t understand that when you party until 2 AM, it is polite to return to your cabin quietly. We definitely picked the wrong ship at the wrong time and it will be the last time we do that. The Connie was once the shining star of the Millennium class ships and during her heyday, she reigned at the top of a prestigious list of the best large cruise ships. Despite the addition of the few Solstice venues, she is looking tired. If you are going to update her, doesn't she deserve new carpeting? Five day venues apparently appeal to more young people who want to party onboard ship and from now on, we are going to give the five day cruises a miss. We cruised on The Connie twice in her earlier, grander years. Her staff back then worked under past Celebrity Hotel Director, Nickos Batistatos. He ran a tight ship and the Connie was a grand venue and the staff, top notch. Nothing stays constant in this world and this was like sailing on another ship and another cruise line entirely. It was painful to see. The staff were basically doing their jobs, but not terribly well and definitely without enthusiasm. Regrettably, this will be the last time we cruise on The Connie and definitely the last time we'll book a five day cruise. If you are looking for a more upbeat and upscale cruise experience, consider the longer cruises on Eclipse or Reflection. The Connie has had her day and she just isn't the ship she used to be.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Just got off this ship yesterday 3/22/14. I have to say my husband and I were disappointed in this trip. This was our 7th cruise but our first with Celebrity. We usually sail with R Caribbean or Carnival. We do prefer R Caribbean. We were ... Read More
Just got off this ship yesterday 3/22/14. I have to say my husband and I were disappointed in this trip. This was our 7th cruise but our first with Celebrity. We usually sail with R Caribbean or Carnival. We do prefer R Caribbean. We were told this was a step above Royal Caribbean ship, so we were very excited to go. We drove 12 hours to Ft Lauderdale from N C. first let me say that embarkation and debarkation went very well. The crew was very nice, our room steward was very Nice also, although we did not see him very much at all. On previous cruises we really got to know our room people. We only had a towel animal one night on the cruise, which was disappointing. People do look forward to those special touches. In the San Marco dining room our waiter and assistant waiter were very good. Very outgoing, we saw our waiter every morning in the ocean view. He made a special effort to come and talk to us. I think he was my favorite of everybody. Milan thank you so very much. We saw the captain and other officers throughout the week. The show was good the first night and so was the comedian. The first show was a bit early, I think it should have been at 8:00pm instead of at 7:00. This interfered with the early dining, by the time you were finished with dinner the early show was almost over. There weren't as many on board activities on ship days like other ships I have been on. Not much to do if you are one of those that don't lay out in the sun out by the pool. I was bored at times. We did not care for the food in the ocean view dining...... I must saw I have had better food. It seemed like most of it was the same food over and over. There were no ice sculptures by the pool or no midnight buffet....what kind of a ship doesn't have that? It was almost impossible to get a chair by the the pool or around it......a lot of chair hogs. There were a lot of college students on the ship for ship break, which I have no problem with but all they do is drink and a obnoxious. When they are running around up and down the hallway all hours of the night waking people up there is a problem. I did call the desk and report that, and they did stop. I say when the bars close they need to go to their rooms not disturbing other passengers. Which that is not the cruise Lines fault just needed to vent about that. After 7 cruises this is the first time I had seen a lot of people drunk and disrupting. The ship was a clean ship no complaints there. Our best day was yesterday at Key West. With all this said we were expecting a 5 star ship, but didn't get that. This was the first time I was actually glad to get off a ship. I think we will stick to what we know is good, and sail with the cruise line on what we know is good. I don't think we will sail on a celebrity cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Pre-Cruise: We stayed in the Hampton Inn in Miramar. It took us about 45 minutes to get the port. The price was right and the place was clean. We dropped off our luggage (plus a case of water and soda) at the port and then drove to the ... Read More
Pre-Cruise: We stayed in the Hampton Inn in Miramar. It took us about 45 minutes to get the port. The price was right and the place was clean. We dropped off our luggage (plus a case of water and soda) at the port and then drove to the Premier Parking deck. We had made arrangements directly to the owners and paid $5 per night to park. (Thank you Florida Departure board :-) Took the free shuttle back to the port. Check-in: Hubby kept saying at every corner that the long lines were coming (from his prior cruise experience) but he was WRONG :-) Total time to check in was 30 minutes. We were in cabin 2043 (cat 11). Lunch: After receiving some great info from our roll call, we headed to Bistro on 5 for lunch. There is a $5 up charge but the place was totally empty. It set the tone for our cruise. Wonderful service. Cabin: Deck 2 inside. Beds were already put together. I asked the room steward to empty the refrig for our aloe, wine, water and soda. It was done quickly. There was plenty storage space and we placed our empty luggage under the beds. There were six drawers in the closet and two in each night stand. There were plenty of hangers for our clothes. The bed skirt was torn but you couldn't see it unless you were examining the bed. Ocean Liner: We ate here our first night. 20% off the $45 up charge. It was not crowded so we got a lot of attention. The Chef came out and said hello. That was a nice touch. "Mr. B" was very friendly. The food was good. Hubby had the lobster cooked table side. We got a bottle of wine that was saved for us when we ate in the MDR. Shows: We went to the variety show which I thought was a great idea. It gave you a preview of the entertainment for the cruise. We decided to see the comedian, the magician and the A Capella group. They were all great! Breakfast in the MDR: We ate there every morning. Eggs, bacon, sausage, breads, fruit, OJ, hash browns, grits, oatmeal, french toast, pancakes waffles. Service was a little slow. You are seated with folks that arrive at the same time as you. Pool: Very crowded but we found a spot. I do admit that we claimed our two chairs early in the day. After walking the track and touring the galley we settled in at the pool. Pool Side Grill: It can be missed. 30 minute wait for a hot dog, kids cutting in line. The Spa grill was another pool area option. It was excellent and not crowed. We opted to do room service instead of MDR. Food was good but service was slow (perhaps do to the fact that we were eating when they were doing the late seating) Roatan: We did an excursion on our own and we went to The Little French Key. $88 for lunch and transportation. It was extra great since Carnival's two ships couldn't get into their port. MDR: We had a table for two. I started each of my remaining meals with the mushroom and the french onion soup. Everything was tasty and the service from our waiters were excellent. Cozumel: We did another excursion on our own. Got a cab outside of the port area since the line was so long there. It cost us $10 to go to Chankanaab Park. We swam with the dolphins and snorkeled with our own equipment. $10 cab ride brought us back to the port. Bingo: We felt that this was a money making activity rather than a fun activity. The cards cost $29 for one or $49 for two. Only 3 games were played and the pots were not that large ($180, $ 210 and $282). Only real disappointment of the cruise. Spa Pool : Very nice and not crowded. It said adults only but there were a few kids in there being good. Drink Package: We opted not to do. We were going to play it by ear and see how much we were really drinking. If we needed it we were going to buy it mid cruise. We did not drink enough to warrant buying the package. The lemonade was good and the hubby did not complain about the coffee. Casino: We had fun in there. Dealers were nice and would explain how to play if they were not busy. I won money in the slots and then donated it back :-) Overall: We are not Elite's and did not stay in a suite but EVERY ONE in the crew made us feel like we were special. Everyone attempted to please. Hubby was pleased that he did not have to hear all the overhead announcements that he had been used to hearing. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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