Constellation - Southern Caribbean: Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by twice_a_year

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Constellation - Southern Caribbean

Sail Date: November 2005
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Flight out of Newark to San Juan -- Although there was a delay on the take off because they loaded the breakfast meal on the wrong plane, we arrive on time in San Juan. The crew on the plane was very friendly and efficient. The seating legroom was better than most airlines. American Airlines appears to have more legroom. It was a very smooth flight.

Arrival at San Juan Airport -- Luggage was quick to arrive and there was adequate Celebrity staffing to direct us to our pickup point. One problem existed. After meeting our Celebrity rep for transportation, we were asked our Flight Number. Although we had the voucher in hand, we were asked to supply the flight number. I informed the person that we just arrived on American from Newark but we still had to produce the flight number. While searching through our carry on for this information I noticed the flight information board right in front of us. It was clearly evident that the requested information was displayed on More this board.

Embarkation -- The short ride from the airport to the dock was uninformative as to the procedures to follow when entering the dock. Once off the bus without any directions as to where to go we all headed to the two long lines waiting to enter. While standing in this line with my fellow passengers I noticed that everyone in front of us had luggage. I asked a Celebrity up front and was informed that we should enter directly into the building since we had no luggage. Apparently these lines were for those people who were coming on board via private transportation. We entered the building and were promptly served. Had it not been for my imitative our group would have spent a long time in line for no reason except for poor communication.

Boarding the ship -- Celebritys style of greeting you with champagne and white-gloved escorts to your stateroom is and was impressive. This touch of class is a precursor of the fine service enjoyed on this line.

Stateroom 7177  Vista Deck  Category 2B -- We specifically chose this room because the size of the balcony. The space gained on the balcony was at the sacrifice of the room. The room was a little tight but not much of an inconvenience. The bathroom and shower were not affected by the room size. Both were more than adequate to meet our needs. (Im over 6 ft and over 200lbs) Our balcony was larger than most but the one next to us was regular size and would have been OK. I would always recommend a balcony on a Caribbean cruise.

Public rooms -- The ship was immaculate. Celebrity does a great job in keeping the ship in top shape throughout the cruise. The ship appeared to be less than fully booked. There was always plenty of room except at the pool on sea days. It got very crowded, very early. We got a good spot that we enjoyed. The pool music on port days was very mellow and quite relaxing. There were always plenty of towels and bar service. The bar service was not annoying but readily available when needed. Food Very good!!! Breakfast- I usually try to eat in the dinning room. I enjoy meeting new people in the open seating and I usually have better control on my intake. But, dont miss the buffet. A very good selection is offered. The specialty egg omelets were very good, but the best were the waffles and pancakes. Dont miss these treats. Theyre in the back of the ship in the buffet room. Lunch- you can have anything from hot dogs and hamburgers with great fries at poolside, a light lunch at the solarium, pizza, dinning room service, or a fabulous buffet. Follow it up with ice cream. You can have cones or dishes with different toppings on the hard ice cream with a choice of many flavors. Dinner - Again, there were many choices were available. You had you traditional fixed dinning room, casual dinning, Sushi, and specialty restaurant. The meals were excellent in the main dinning room. There was one problem. Due to the variety of choices many times the main dinning room was sparsely populated. We had a particular problem at our table. We had requested a large table. With a large table you have a better opportunity of meeting diverse personalities thus expanding your cruise experience. You also have the opportunity to experiencing alternative venues for dinner without creating a noticeable void at the table. We were assigned a table of eight. However, only four people were permanently assigned. If we chose to take advantage of the specialty restaurant, we would leave the other couple by themselves at a large table. Because we did not want to leave the other couple alone, we were unable to go to the specialty restaurant. It might be time for Celebrity to consider open seating and fixed gratuities.

Ports of call -- We have cruised the southern Caribbean many times. Therefore we were not too interested in touring. But this series of ports was quite impressive. Philipsburg, St. Maarten  We took the water ferry to town which was a $5 all day pass. You only need to pay $3 for a round trip. The beach in town nothing special and the town shopping was just another string of shops on tiny streets. There were three casinos with better odds than the ship. There was one tiny area by the water taxi that gave you the island flavor. This time we did not go on any tour but previously we went to the French side for the beaches. Some nudity is openly displayed for your viewing pleasure. Roseau, Dominica  Took a tour to the Trafalgar Falls. We were very pleasantly surprised. We didnt expect much but saw a very fine natural site. To get the full enjoyment some very strenuous walking is required. Some of our party went swimming in the cool and warm water pools at the base of the falls. You need not go down to the base (the really hard walk) to enjoy the falls. We had an excellent guide and saw much of the island. The Emerald Pool was another site that our fellow passengers really enjoyed. Castries, St. Lucia - We just visited the town. Our fellow passengers were not overly excited with the tours. Margarita Island, Venezuela - Our tour plans got messed up. But it turned out great. There was a great beach within walking distance from the ship. The path was lined with some very nice outdoor shops. We enjoyed a very, very nice day. Oranjestad, Aruba - If you cant enjoy Aruba, then you cant enjoy life. There is plenty to do in pleasant surroundings. We rented a car. But, I would recommend young people rent a bike. Found many very nice beaches within a couple miles from port. Did snorkeling (brought our own) where the tours took their divers. Beaches were great.

Debarkation -- It went smooth as silk- off the ship and picking up the luggage without delay. The flow was spaced out and our luggage was in a small enough group to facilitate the quick recovery.

San Juan Airport -- They were short on seats but very nicely decorated for Christmas.

Flight home -- We left on time and arrived early. Only problem was the 6 foot 6 inch guy who sat in front of us. He kept moving every two minutes and his head kept blocking the view of the movie. He also kept picking up his arms over his head. He showed no consideration to the passengers behind him. Why is it these big guys always do this just like theyre one of the last people to enter a movie theater and sit right in front of someone who has been there for a long time?

Ive been on 19 cruises and would rate this as one of the best. Less

Published 01/03/06

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