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We went on this cruise with a bunch of friends. We started off by staying in Fort Lauderdale for four days prior to departure. We like to spend time in Fort Lauderdale prior to cruising from Port Everglades. Overall..the Constellation is an older ship, but it is neat and tidy. This review will be based on the following five principles. Cabin/Stewart Food Dining Room/Service Food Buffet/Service Decktop - pool, etc. Bars Our cabin was quite nice and fairly roomy for Celebrity, we had an outside room with a large window, which was nice. The room however, was a showing it's age. Frayed corners on the chesterfield, nicks on the bathroom counter and vanity. The curtains were a bit faded - all minor things. Our cabin stewart was fantastic. For the life of my I cannot remember his name. He was from India (I had quite a chat with him as we were heading for India the following February for a month). He was constantly available for us and had a huge smile (EVERY TIME). Nice a nice young man. The Dining Room is another area that is showing it's age. This is going to be the shorter part of my review as I do not have a lot to say about the food quality or service. Overall, with the exception of our wine stewart, things in the dining room were sub-par. Our group consisted of 8 friends and we sat together. Every single night we dined it took three hours to get in and out, forcing us to miss the shows. Service was slow and food was mediocre. Not a strong point for this ship. The staff are overworked! Due to the slow service in the dining room we tended to eat at the buffet for lunch and some dinners. The food at the buffet was hit and miss, generally good. We did however, love the back part of the buffet area where you could sit outside (especially at sail away) magnificent - great bar staff as well. Pool and things to do outside on this ship - low point for the Connie...pool is too small. Had to wait constantly to get into the pool for fear of squeezing others out. The mini bars they had set up around the pool, although a great idea, took up a lot of sun bed room. The service at the pool bars was great. We had the unlimited beverage service and thought the service may be poor once the bartenders knew who had this package, but that was not the case. Bars - Overall - the martini bar was okay...they made a lovely dirty gin martini, but other types, not so good. The service was slower than most bars, but there are a lot of theatrics going on when they make the drinks, which is nice to watch...so the wait does not seem that long until you get tired of the mixing show :) Our favourite bar was at the back of the ship off the buffet. At sail away this was the place to be lovely live music (softer) and great service and views as you sailed away from different Caribbean Islands and watched the sun set. Overall...Celebrity Constellation has seen it's day. The tiredness of the ship seems to overflow to the tireless of the overworked staff. Does not set the mood overall. Would not cruise on this ship again. This was our first time on Celebrity having cruised on many times on Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean. We will give Celebrity another try. But not Connie...sorry!

Connie needs a nap.

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by wade.wave

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We went on this cruise with a bunch of friends. We started off by staying in Fort Lauderdale for four days prior to departure. We like to spend time in Fort Lauderdale prior to cruising from Port Everglades.

Overall..the Constellation is an older ship, but it is neat and tidy. This review will be based on the following five principles.

Cabin/Stewart

Food Dining Room/Service

Food Buffet/Service

Decktop - pool, etc.

Bars

Our cabin was quite nice and fairly roomy for Celebrity, we had an outside room with a large window, which was nice. The room however, was a showing it's age. Frayed corners on the chesterfield, nicks on the bathroom counter and vanity. The curtains were a bit faded - all minor things. Our cabin stewart was fantastic. For the life of my I cannot remember his name. He was from India (I had quite a chat with him as we were heading for India the following February for a month). He was constantly available for us and had a huge smile (EVERY TIME). Nice a nice young man.

The Dining Room is another area that is showing it's age. This is going to be the shorter part of my review as I do not have a lot to say about the food quality or service. Overall, with the exception of our wine stewart, things in the dining room were sub-par. Our group consisted of 8 friends and we sat together. Every single night we dined it took three hours to get in and out, forcing us to miss the shows. Service was slow and food was mediocre. Not a strong point for this ship. The staff are overworked!

Due to the slow service in the dining room we tended to eat at the buffet for lunch and some dinners. The food at the buffet was hit and miss, generally good. We did however, love the back part of the buffet area where you could sit outside (especially at sail away) magnificent - great bar staff as well.

Pool and things to do outside on this ship - low point for the Connie...pool is too small. Had to wait constantly to get into the pool for fear of squeezing others out. The mini bars they had set up around the pool, although a great idea, took up a lot of sun bed room. The service at the pool bars was great. We had the unlimited beverage service and thought the service may be poor once the bartenders knew who had this package, but that was not the case.

Bars - Overall - the martini bar was okay...they made a lovely dirty gin martini, but other types, not so good. The service was slower than most bars, but there are a lot of theatrics going on when they make the drinks, which is nice to watch...so the wait does not seem that long until you get tired of the mixing show :) Our favourite bar was at the back of the ship off the buffet. At sail away this was the place to be lovely live music (softer) and great service and views as you sailed away from different Caribbean Islands and watched the sun set.

Overall...Celebrity Constellation has seen it's day. The tiredness of the ship seems to overflow to the tireless of the overworked staff. Does not set the mood overall. Would not cruise on this ship again. This was our first time on Celebrity having cruised on many times on Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean. We will give Celebrity another try. But not Connie...sorry!
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