Glorious cruise to Southern Caribbean on the Constellation: Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by cuttingedgeglassworks

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Glorious cruise to Southern Caribbean on the Constellation

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was only our 2nd cruise on Celebrity Cruise Line, but we are hoping that it's the "start of something big!" We have cruised on a variety of lines, mostly Holland America but are finding Celebrity a bit more fun.

The Constellation is one of their older ships but has been recently "solsticized" and remodeled, keeping the best of the original ship and adding the flavor of the newer models. The size is just right for my hubby and me - about 2000 - and having 3 sets of elevators certainly makes moving about the ship a breeze.

Of even greater importance was the staff - top notch in our opinion. Our experience in the MDR was one of the best that we have ever experienced.

The food was very good in the MDR, but not as good at the buffet line.

Entertainment was mostly OK, but one night the cast outdid themselves and performed an extravaganza not usually seen on the high seas - at least in a non-mega ship. They actually performed a mini-play with a More thread of a plot and fantastic costuming and stagecraft.

Another item worth mentioning is the effort of the stripes to mix and mingle with the passengers. There were many opportunities to meet the captain and his subordinates - an obvious attempt to be available.

The enrichment on this ship was outstanding with lectures by Milos Radovich on a variety of scientific topics that were fun as well as informative! Less

Published 04/17/11

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

Great balcony, but the room itself could have had more seating space. We've experienced balconies with a larger sofa and table which was more comfortable

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Port and Shore Excursions

Since we had never visited this island, we grabbed onto a tour guide taking 12 other cruisers on a jaunt around the place. It was a wonderful tour - highly recommended. The guide was very proud of his birthplace and enjoyed showing off the history of the island as well as the beautiful present-day beaches. After the tour he dropped off most of the passengers at one of the beaches and returned us to the ship. It was a wonderful day of sight-seeing.

The guide was one of many offering tours as you walk off the ship. We didn't book immediately, but waited until we got a bit into town. But we also made sure that the guide was ready to go immediately, so we weren't sitting waiting in a hot vehicle while the guide gathered more visitors.

Read 1191 Antigua Reviews

Hubby and I had stayed in Aruba for a week many years ago and visited again on a cruise recently, so I have a special place in my heart for this island. We took a city bus up to the hotels on Palm Beach. The bus terminal is an easy walk up from the cruise terminal, and the buses are clearly marked, making transportation a breeze. Then we walked the glorious beach for hours, enjoying the sights and sounds of beach-combing. After taking the bus back, we shopped around the city for a bit and returned to the ship happy and satisfied.
Read 1288 Aruba Reviews

First, we took a shuttle into town. It was too early for the shops to be open, so we booked a guide to drive us around the island. He was very proud of the island and showed us a great deal of it, especially the wealthy section on the beach. We also got to see many of their crops, especially sugar cane, and went up to the highest point - again for a photo op.
Read 1223 Barbados Reviews

Bonaire is a quiet little island but with plenty to see and do. And the people are outstanding and very helpful. We merely shopped around and got on the internet for the afternoon on this island but still enjoyed our visit immensely. We had planned to go see the 15000 flamingos that make this island their homes, but would have had to take a full tour. Since we really didn't want to spend several hours touring, we decided to remain in town, but still got a glimpse of the gorgeous fish in their fabulously clear water - right next to the cruise ship!
Read 444 Bonaire Reviews

What a delightful place to visit! All three of the ABC islands were wonderfully clean and inviting, but Curacao was my favorite.

The ship docked right in town, so all we had to do was walk off and start visiting and shopping. From the pontoon bridge to the floating market to the fort and government building to the friendly people, Curacao was a delight!

We just walked and walked....and then sat down in a cafe for a bit of refreshment.

Read 917 Curacao Reviews

The cruise ship docked right in town, and the spice market was right there- 2 blocks from the ship! We had a great time looking at the spices, and just adjacent was the fruit/vegetable market of the island. We really got the feel of the culture of the people there. Within an easy walk is the fort and the rest of the harbor, a beautiful sight to see.

However, you have to be forceful to get through the crowds of islanders at the market. Vendors were very aggressive - a real turnoff, if you let it.

Read 531 Grenada Reviews

Our experience was negative despite the natural beauty of this island. We decided that we didn't want to take a long taxi ride this time, so opted for a short drive up to the highest point to take pictures with a few stops along the way for sight-seeing. Well, this ended up being just a sales pitch by some of the pushy islanders to sell their trinkets and wood carvings. Our driver did not seem able to describe much of the island's history or terrain. It was a disappointing day, since this island is so beautiful.

(Maybe we had been spoiled by our terrific guide of the day before in Antigua.)

Read 1134 St. Lucia Reviews

This is one of those very popular ports with several cruise ships docked here at the same time. We took a taxi over to the French side first, since this was our 3rd visit to the island. I always enjoy getting to see the European influence in the shops - very stylish. Then we shopped around the Dutch side a bit as well.

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