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We were pretty dedicated Hal passengers until our last Hal cruise to the Panama canal when we had lots of mechanical problems with our room on Zuiderdam . So we decided to try Celebrity . Parked in the garage in Ft Lauderdale and took the elevator down to boarding level , pretty easy , since we had already dropped our two big suitcases off at the curb right next to the terminal. The room ( 7159 ) wasn't ready til about 1pm but at noon we were able to "sneak" in there and leave our carryons so we could go to the Lido for lunch . The lunch buffet was pretty good , but not as varied as Hal . Room service breakfast was always on time ( we always order coffee and a little something else ) and I like their idea of calling us on the phone to tell us it was on the way . After that each morning we went to the Lido for eggs and omelettes , which were very good . The room service breakfast selections ( for free) were very limited unlike Hal where you can order anything in the room for breakfast . I really missed their steamed prunes . Dinner each night in the dining room was very nice , service was excellent . The food was good , but not great , about the same as Hal . Our head waiter Domingos did a great job and we were at table 801 most of the time with a great view of the ships wake . Burgers near the pool was a disappointment , not made fresh but pulled from a reheat pan . Hal was sooo much better on that . Entertainment , particularly the ship's singers dancers and acrobats were far superior to Hal . Everything in our room and on the ship functioned well . I read a lot of reviews here about the ship being worn out . It is not . It is in great shape and very clean . The captain was the funniest comedienne on the ship , we would have liked to see more comedy acts . Cozumel was underwhelming , we just went to the beach for the day ( Paradise beach ) it was OK but nothing great and you really couldn't go in the rocky bottom water . Key West was great as always , we have been there a number of times and always learn something new . This time we toured Truman's little whitehouse . Very interesting . Would we do Celebrity again ? Yes . But we found it to be kind of plain vanilla , good but nothing in the "wow " factor . Our balcony room was the smallest balcony room we have ever had . It was however very functional . Our cabin steward was a ghost and no where near as friendly as on Hal .

Copnstellation 2/7/15 our first Celebrity cruise

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by FrankNJ

Trip Details
We were pretty dedicated Hal passengers until our last Hal cruise to the Panama canal when we had lots of mechanical problems with our room on Zuiderdam . So we decided to try Celebrity . Parked in the garage in Ft Lauderdale and took the elevator down to boarding level , pretty easy , since we had already dropped our two big suitcases off at the curb right next to the terminal. The room ( 7159 ) wasn't ready til about 1pm but at noon we were able to "sneak" in there and leave our carryons so we could go to the Lido for lunch . The lunch buffet was pretty good , but not as varied as Hal . Room service breakfast was always on time ( we always order coffee and a little something else ) and I like their idea of calling us on the phone to tell us it was on the way . After that each morning we went to the Lido for eggs and omelettes , which were very good .
The room service breakfast selections ( for free) were very limited unlike Hal where you can order anything in the room for breakfast . I really missed their steamed prunes . Dinner each night in the dining room was very nice , service was excellent . The food was good , but not great , about the same as Hal . Our head waiter Domingos did a great job and we were at table 801 most of the time with a great view of the ships wake .
Burgers near the pool was a disappointment , not made fresh but pulled from a reheat pan . Hal was sooo much better on that . Entertainment , particularly the ship's singers dancers and acrobats were far superior to Hal .
Everything in our room and on the ship functioned well . I read a lot of reviews here about the ship being worn out . It is not . It is in great shape and very clean . The captain was the funniest comedienne on the ship , we would have liked to see more comedy acts . Cozumel was underwhelming , we just went to the beach for the day ( Paradise beach ) it was OK but nothing great and you really couldn't go in the rocky bottom water . Key West was great as always , we have been there a number of times and always learn something new . This time we toured Truman's little whitehouse . Very interesting .
Would we do Celebrity again ? Yes . But we found it to be kind of plain vanilla , good but nothing in the "wow " factor . Our balcony room was the smallest balcony room we have ever had . It was however very functional . Our cabin steward was a ghost and no where near as friendly as on Hal .
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