Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by EmptyNesting
- Sail Date: December 2015
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom 12
Also contrary to other reviews, the meals in the MDR were not uninspired or small in portions. While not generous of size, the meals were well presented and the service very good to occasionally excellent. We prefer open dining and were seated on the second floor, above the fixed seating diners. First complaint: What a dine they made each night! The noise from the first floor floated up the the second and after the first night, we refused seating by the railing above them to lessen the noise.
We had an exceptional meal in the Ocean Liners specialty restaurant. The service was spectacular and the food outstanding. A large group of 10 were seated half way through our meal and I observed the wait staff interactions with this group. The staff presented the food in unison, other wait staff assisting with perfect timing and presentation. This meal was well worth the up-charge and other people we met shared this opinion.
We sailed between the holidays with many mixed generation fellow passengers. Most were well behaved and I suspect the kids program was very good, since mobs of teens or preteens were not behaving obnoxiously. We did notice inconsiderate hallway conversations by some families. Did they think they had the ship to themselves.
We enjoy ballroom dancing and the dance band (Katherine and the Saints) were the best we've experienced on a cruise. The dance floor on deck four in the lounge was very good, but too brightly lit and hot. We did not dance on deck 11, where others said the metal (?!?) floor was too slippery.
We did not dance on the pool deck for one very good reason. The DJ must have been deaf, since the volume was turned up so high our ears were ringing in less than a minute. It was on the verge of painful and OSHA would never allow such noise levels in a factory. Worse than a jet engine spooling up!
Embarkation was smooth and reasonably quick given the number of passengers. Disembarkation to a shore excursion was the smoothest we've ever experienced.
We tendered to one port, Grand Cayman. A couple days prior, I asked an unhelpful guest services agent if we needed tender tickets. She said we would be informed the night before and seemed put out by the question. Only experience we had with this team, rather disappointing.
We did shore excursions on our own in Key West and Grand Cayman. The everglades excursion from Celebrity we booked was convenient (late afternoon flight so we had something to do instead of sitting in the airport for 8 hours) and informative, with a good but gabby tour guide. Worth the money if you have the time and have not been into the everglades on an airboat.
Will we sail Celebrity again? If they have an itinerary we are interested in with convenient dates, we will consider them. We will not seek them out otherwise. And what is 'Modern Luxury'? After 5 nights, I still had no clue what they meant by this.
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