Another beautiful Caribbean cruise -: Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by 2wheels

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Another beautiful Caribbean cruise -

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We are a retired couple, usually traveling with one other couple, sailing once or twice a year. We prefer 10 to 14 or more days. We have been to the Caribbean seven times, Hawaii once, and New England/Canada once. We have Alaska/West Coast scheduled as well as another Caribbean in 2012. Our preferred lines are Celebrity and Holland America.

We just returned from a 14-day voyage on Celebrity Constellation that took us to St Maarten, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao. We had previously visited Barbados, Grenada, Aruba & Bonaire, but the others were new to us.

Generally, we were very impressed with the update of the Constellation. We sailed with her in Oct 2009, so were eager to see what had been improved. The bedding, upholstery, carpets, & drapes had been done, not only in the cabins, but in the public areas as well. The whole new decor is beautiful.

The update seemed to flow over to the crew - this whole crew was so More friendly, eager to please and upbeat in every way! From the Captain all the way down, they made themselves available. Our first female Cruise Director, Sue, was really fantastic. And the female Maitre D, Lucy, was available every night of the cruise, not just the last night as we have seen before. Dining: We hope they never get rid of the "everyday" menu in the dining room because we do not always find something on their daily menu we can eat. We are pretty conservative eaters, not used to lots of sauces and gravies. We like our veggies to look like veggies and even though we are old, we don't need them mashed up or chopped. So, we usually had things like salmon or steak but getting the steak done to order was sometimes a problem (no matter which side of the menu it was on). That said, our waiters bent over backward to make it right for us and they brought anything and everything we ask for. We did not go hungry and we did not go to the specialty restaurant and pay for what we should have been getting in the dining room!

Entertainment: We enjoyed all of the entertainment on board. The Take Note Quartet entertained us nightly in the Rendez-Vous Lounge - they were super. Of course, Perry Grant was good (when you could get in the door for his show). Inspiration Strings group was fantastic. The acapella group lost one of it's members early on to illness and he eventually had to fly home, but they managed to entertain with only 3 of them and the help of a 15-year old passenger who sat in one night. The orchestra and dancers were good, the comedians entertaining, singers very talented, etc. Less

Published 04/11/11

Cabin review: 2A7126 Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A

Cabin 7126 is a very convenient location near center ship. Location is good because of walking distance to either end and because there are no cabins across the hall. It is far enough from the elevators that we got very little noise. Level 7 is between two cabins-only floors, so you don't have music or deck chair rearrangements to disturb you. Would prefer lounge chair on balcony rather than two straight chairs. Plenty of room for everything. I always take a bunch of suction hooks to hang items like hats, bathing suits, my make-up mirror, etc.; they come in really handy. I miss the little center drawer in the desk because that's where I put my make-up on ships that have them. In this case, the cabin steward brought me an extra tray like the ones they put water on and it worked perfectly.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Antigua was another island we were visiting for the 1st time, so we took an excursion called Antigua Highlights to get an overview of the island. Very nice transportation, good guide, and enjoyed tour very much. Beautiful island.
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Having been here before and doing the beaches, we though we would just walk around in town and then maybe take a tour from there. We were approached as we left the ship by a clean-cut young man with a 20-passenger van who offered us a 2 hour tour for $20 apiece. (every tour we had taken up until now was $45 to $50 through the ship) He showed us on a map where he would take us, where there would be stops, etc. Thankfully, we said yes. His name was Felix. We didn't know how bad yesterday's tour was until we took this one. This man was fantastic! He gave us details and interesting tid-bits of information that kept us asking questions. He took us to poor neighborhoods and rich and told us what was happening in each. There were photo opportunities, special stops to make sure everyone could see a particular view, and restroom stops. I'm sure that you can get a bad tour anytime but after this trip, I will be more open to getting someone on shore.
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We had previously been to Bonaire, so just went into town and shopped in the central market and in the shops. We bought some things in a little shop (Lillman's) we liked before and came back through the center market and bought a small water color painting. The people are very friendly and the city is very colorful and clean.
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We may not be able to give a rating that reflects all this island has to offer because, like before, we took an excursion from the ship but it was BAD. The name was Beauties of Curacao and it was 4 long hours. The air-conditioned bus was pretty but apparently the horrible bumpy roads had completely worn out the shocks - it was uncomfortably bumpy. We drove one hour before we got to the first 'beauty'. We climbed a hill and overlooked some rocks where the water was spraying - it was pretty. There was a restroom at that stop, but nothing else. Time to go again, for almost another hour. We note that along the way it was impossible to take pictures or even see anything to take pictures of. The sides of the road had very high growth of brush and vines and in most places we couldn't see over it. We were on a highway, so moving pretty fast. If you did see over the brush and vines, you still couldn't take a picture because of the bumpy ride. The second 'beauty' was a tropical beach, 'most beautiful in Curacao'. This was a 10-minute picture stop. The next 'beauty' was the 18th century Jan Kock estate. It is the private museum & gallery of Nena Sanchez and mostly an opportunity for us to purchase some of her painting. From there we could see the salt lakes and, on the way back, a few flamingos. The guide was fair, at best. She simply did not engage, did not point out all she could have, and at stops she was off to herself or eating lunch.

After the tour, we walked into town and shopped a little, rode the ferry, and just walked around. It is really pretty and it was interesting to check out the 'floating market', small boats with fruits, veggies, etc. for sale.

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Another tour, Best Views of St Lucia, took us high up in the hills for a magnificent view down to the sea. Transportation was good, guide was good, and we felt like we got a good overview of the island.
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There was much to see in St Maarten and since we had not been there before, we took a short excursion called St Maarten Highlights, I believe. It was 3 hrs, air-conditioned bus, over to the French side to a town called Marigot for shopping. Tour overall very good, pointed out landmarks, stopped for pictures, etc. Back in town, we had some time to walk around and shop before going back to the ship.

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