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We wanted a small ship cruise experience. Constellation is ACL's newest ship and it is very beautiful. Our cabin was very roomy and the bathroom was adequate. The food was delicious and the chef came by at every meal to be sure everyone was satisfied. The wait staff was college age young people and they were the most polite young people we have been around. The entire staff was very eager to please. We have never been on a 'small ship' like this before, so we found out that things are very different on it than on the larger cruise ships. Example: no shops on board, no pictures being made, not the type of entertainment on large ships, and no medical professional on board. It was a very relaxed atmosphere which is what we enjoyed. The entertainment was speakers and a singer or two. They were very nice people and did a good job. They offer some complimentary shore excursions and others at a nominal price (especially compared to larger ships). These ports were small towns which were interesting and beautiful to visit. However, our itinerary was changed and we were taken to the town of Bucksport. There was no explanation given. The town was extremely small and we were there on a Sunday with everything shut down. In the afternoon we were given an opportunity to take the excursion to the Fort. Unless you went on the excursion there was nothing to do all day there. In Boothbay we were not allotted enough time and it seemed like a quaint little town. The tender ship was reserved for excursion passengers which allotted the rest of us about 1-1/2 hours in the town. We did anchor out at most stops and had to be tendered in. The tender boat ran every 30 minutes and they had people on it to help everyone in and out. This staff were all young, but they went above and beyond to be sure that everyone was happy and taken care of. This was the first time this particular ship had done this itinerary and some of the time it seemed like a 'work in progress' for them, but they did their best to satisfy everyone. Disembarking was pretty good except there were not enough seats on our bus and we had to ride a taxi. The young man in charge did immediately call a taxi, but our luggage went without us on the bus. We had concerns about meeting up with our luggage, but it all turned out ok. We did enjoy ourselves even though this was a new experience for us. There were 143 passengers on this cruise. There were age ranges from 40's on up to 80's represented - mostly senior citizens. It is pretty costly, but it was worth it. We have already made plans on board for a future cruise.

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American Constellation Cruise Review by D D

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: USA
We wanted a small ship cruise experience. Constellation is ACL's newest ship and it is very beautiful. Our cabin was very roomy and the bathroom was adequate. The food was delicious and the chef came by at every meal to be sure everyone was satisfied. The wait staff was college age young people and they were the most polite young people we have been around. The entire staff was very eager to please. We have never been on a 'small ship' like this before, so we found out that things are very different on it than on the larger cruise ships. Example: no shops on board, no pictures being made, not the type of entertainment on large ships, and no medical professional on board. It was a very relaxed atmosphere which is what we enjoyed. The entertainment was speakers and a singer or two. They were very nice people and did a good job. They offer some complimentary shore excursions and others at a nominal price (especially compared to larger ships). These ports were small towns which were interesting and beautiful to visit. However, our itinerary was changed and we were taken to the town of Bucksport. There was no explanation given. The town was extremely small and we were there on a Sunday with everything shut down. In the afternoon we were given an opportunity to take the excursion to the Fort. Unless you went on the excursion there was nothing to do all day there. In Boothbay we were not allotted enough time and it seemed like a quaint little town. The tender ship was reserved for excursion passengers which allotted the rest of us about 1-1/2 hours in the town. We did anchor out at most stops and had to be tendered in. The tender boat ran every 30 minutes and they had people on it to help everyone in and out. This staff were all young, but they went above and beyond to be sure that everyone was happy and taken care of. This was the first time this particular ship had done this itinerary and some of the time it seemed like a 'work in progress' for them, but they did their best to satisfy everyone. Disembarking was pretty good except there were not enough seats on our bus and we had to ride a taxi. The young man in charge did immediately call a taxi, but our luggage went without us on the bus. We had concerns about meeting up with our luggage, but it all turned out ok. We did enjoy ourselves even though this was a new experience for us. There were 143 passengers on this cruise. There were age ranges from 40's on up to 80's represented - mostly senior citizens. It is pretty costly, but it was worth it. We have already made plans on board for a future cruise.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 216
Our room was the largest room we have ever been on while cruising. All rooms had floor to ceiling sliding glass doors to a balcony. The bathroom was adequate, but we have had larger ones on Holland America. It was not by any means one of the very tiny bathrooms seen on some ships.