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Sail Date: January 2016
My wife and I were in Florida for the month of January celebrating my retirement. We found this 2 night cruise and thought it would be a great way to end the month. We had been on 9 Royal Caribbean cruises and had been told Celebrity is ... Read More
My wife and I were in Florida for the month of January celebrating my retirement. We found this 2 night cruise and thought it would be a great way to end the month. We had been on 9 Royal Caribbean cruises and had been told Celebrity is a step up when it comes to cruising. Well, I would not recommend Celebrity to anyone. I am grateful it was only 2 nights as any longer would have really been aggravating. The service in the cafeteria was poor. I had my plate of food in hand and came upon a table that was available but needed cleaned. I asked the employee standing at the work station next to it if she could have someone clean it. She seemed to be annoyed yet did picked up a very wet rag and attempted to wipe the table. She hit about 2/3's of it missing the crumbs on the one side. No one in the cafeteria seemed to appreciate the fact that we paid to be on the cruise they have CHOSEN to work on. The food in the cafeteria was also a let down. The baked cod was hard on the outside and soggy in the center. The BBQ chicken had a good flavor but was dry inside. Some of the food was cold. My wife went for salad several times only to find the ranch dressing to be empty. The food in the main dining area was good yet the servers weren't as personable as we have enjoyed on our previous cruises. I was told by some of the fellow cruisers that this was only a 2 day cruise which isn't the normal routine. My advice would be to leave the ship docked rather than take a poor 2 day cruise where customers do not get quality treatment. Overall, it seemed like the employees did not want to be there. Reuben Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Our room was wonderful and the steward was very accommodating. However that is the only positive thing I can discuss. Activities on Sea Days were minimum. They only offered fitness classes, discounts at the Spa and the Boutique Sales. ... Read More
Our room was wonderful and the steward was very accommodating. However that is the only positive thing I can discuss. Activities on Sea Days were minimum. They only offered fitness classes, discounts at the Spa and the Boutique Sales. Every so often there was a Trivia session which only lasted 15 to 30 minutes, wine and alcohol tasting that cost money. They also had a casino and Bingo. Other than that the only thing to do was to lie in the sun. Food Service was terrible. The servers in the dining room and the buffet were rude and curt. When I questioned an item they jumped on me as if I didn't know what I was talking about. I use to cater and know my food. The Crème Burlier was soupy and cold. On the last day of the cruise they offered Fried Chicken and Spaghetti. What kind of dinner is that in the form dining room? Entertainment was terrific. There were virtually no activities for children. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We are a couple in our forties and we tend to travel with our eight year old daughter. This was our sixth cruise altogether and our first with Celebrity. We flew in the day before the cruise and stayed the night at the Hilton Fort ... Read More
We are a couple in our forties and we tend to travel with our eight year old daughter. This was our sixth cruise altogether and our first with Celebrity. We flew in the day before the cruise and stayed the night at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Our room was slightly dated, but was clean and very comfortable. Our proximity to the cruise terminal as well as our view of the marina and palm trees ensured that we would stay here again. Added bonus was bartender Lori- she was awesome and made a mean Dark & Stormy Night! Check in was quick and easy. Everyone was friendly and got us on the ship within 20 minutes of entering the terminal building. As we came aboard, we were handed each a glass of sparkling wine (DD was given orange juice in a champagne flute) and we strolled the atrium area, partaking in the sounds of a DJ spinning club music. During our tour of the ship, we commented on the ease of navigating the ship and the beautiful, quirky artwork placed throughout the ship. Cabin 8169 (Concierge Class stateroom balcony) was beautiful but we found out later had an awkward layout - when the couch was folded out to a bed, it was very difficult to get by pull out couch to get to balcony. Cabin attendant Leroy did an excellent job. Spent sail-away on our balcony, where we enjoyed some of the bottle of sparkling wine placed in our stateroom and waving to the Port Everglades webcam. Afterwards we went up to the Mast Bar to meet up with our Cruise Critic Roll Call group, although the party seemed to be wrapping up with very few folks left to say hi to by the time we arrived. DINING We had dinner in the MDR three of the four nights aboard. We had a table to ourselves, which was a first on any of our cruises and not something we would care to repeat. We missed the social aspect of dining with others as we've done on previous cruises. Our serving team of Acosta (waiter), Xiomara (Assistant Waiter) and Belinda (Sommelier) were excellent. The food in the MDR was good to very good. On Valentines Day, DW and I enjoyed dinner at Tuscan Grille, which was excellent; both in food quality and in service. Please note that even though the ship has a Formal Night, there is not a lot of formal wear going on. Probably due to the short length of the cruise. Most mornings, we enjoyed breakfast in the buffet area. The variety was amazing and from a personal point of view, a little too tempting! I was involved in a health & wellness challenge at this time and my small plate of fruit & yogurt would soon by followed by a bigger plate of bacon, potatoes and a made-to-order omelette. Om Nom Nom!! Lunches were split between the buffet and the MDR. Again, there was an excellent variety in the buffet and the food was fresh and hot in both venues. We found ourselves stopping at Café al Bacio time and time again to satisfy our espresso or green tea needs. Our only complaint with dining was our room service breakfast. Bacon and eggs were cold. CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES While we This was completely expected, but we found that Celebrity's Fun Factory came up short against Disney and Royal Caribbean. Program hours are 9:00AM - noon, 2:00 - 5:00 & 7:00- 10:00, with optional lunch, dinner or late night programming at a cost of $6.00 per hour. Again, having experienced the children's program on both Royal Caribbean & Disney cruise lines, we did not find this program as appealing, with a much smaller area for the kids, less communication from the staff, and fewer educational aspects (unless we just didn't know about them). A good example would be not finding out about the $55 VIP package until our at-sea day when our daughter asked if she could join the lunch-time tour of the ship's bridge. If we had known about this on the first day of the cruise, we may have opted for this package. We also REALLY missed an equivalent to RCL's "Family Time Dining" or Disney's "Dine & Play". ACTIVITIES On our at-sea day, we took the tour of the galley. This was something we hadn’t experienced on any previous cruise and we were not disappointed! Later that afternoon, we participated in the Riedel Glass Comparison, held in Cellar Masters on our sea day. This entertaining and informative seminar was led by sommelier Ayhan very informative and we left with a couple sets of Riedel Vinum series glasses. After the seminar Ayhan graciously let us use his set of Riedel glasses to sample some spectacular Cabernet Sauvignons from Cellar Masters Enomatic dispensing system. We particularly enjoyed the social aspect of the Reidel tasting, enjoying the opportunity to meet some fun and outgoing folks, including three from our home town of London Ontario. SHORE EXCURSIONS While in Nassau, we followed the recommendation of a fellow passenger and booked the guided walking tour “Bites of Nassau”. Our guide, Lexi, introduced our group of eight to some local delicacies, both savoury and sweet, and brought to life the colourful history of this storied community. We left with happy taste buds and some wonderful memories! The day in Key West was great - it's one of our favourite ports of call, and this visit didn't disappoint. We booked a dolphin watching tour with Fury, and enjoyed our early-morning walk from the cruise ship dock to (insist name of area here), a quick 10 minute wander. Our morning with Fury was great, although the dolphins were doing their best to hide from us, we were eventually able to spot several out in the deeper water and enjoyed watching them in their natural habitat rather than in an enclosure. We were guided to an area for some snorkelling before heading back to town - all in all, a success. We wandered Key West for a while in the afternoon, enjoying the laid back vibe and art galleries almost everywhere you turn. Again, a favourite stop for us... ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE Strolled around the ship looking for "the party" after dinner - bars were mostly empty, pool deck deserted, the bands playing at Reflections and Rendezvous lounge Seemed to be playing to a much older crowd, slow dancing to soft pop from the '70s. DW and I had a bet that we would hear a cover of the Captain & Tennille classic,”Muskrat Love” at some point. Meh.. Martini bar was packed but rather quiet. More than a few of the customers seemed engrossed in their smartphones. We're not sure, but we went through almost everywhere else on the ship and ended up feeling like we were playing a strange game of hide & seek! Travelling with an 8-year-old on this particular cruise left us wanting for family -friendly evening entertainment as well. Most shows were later at night - after 10pm - and seemed more appropriate for older audiences), but the show on the final evening was called The Land of Make Believe, and its 7pm & 9pm show times indicated it would be better for families. It certainly entertained us, although its possible we weren't supposed to find it as funny as we did - the performers were great, but the show was so over-the-top campy that we couldn't believe it - we're pretty sure it was intentional, but boy oh boy... if it wasn't... Our minds are boggled. Disembarkation was a snap, and we were told our luggage was already off the ship & waiting for us a full 45 minutes before our scheduled departure - nice not to have to wait around. We appreciated assistance from one of the pier porters who helped with our luggage, entertained us in the customs lineup and got us a taxi far more quickly than we would have on our own - a worthwhile investment. To sum up, we're glad to have gone on this trip, and with the deal we got ($100 shipboard credit, free classic beverage package & free gratuities, in theory at least) feel we got good value for our money. That said, there were enough things that we felt were missing for us that we probably won't put Celebrity high on our list of cruise lines for our next vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We went on a four day cruise to the Bahamas to celebrate my husband's birthday and had 3 Concierge Class cabins on the 9th floor. Ours was 9145 and our sons and their families were on the other side, in 9122 and 9124. Checking in at ... Read More
We went on a four day cruise to the Bahamas to celebrate my husband's birthday and had 3 Concierge Class cabins on the 9th floor. Ours was 9145 and our sons and their families were on the other side, in 9122 and 9124. Checking in at about 1:00 was a breeze, and we didn't need the Concierge line to get on board quickly. We were happy to learn that our cabins were ready and we went to put our luggage away and then to the Ocean View Restaurant for lunch. There was a wide selection of pretty well prepared food but we opted for salads the first day. We usually eat breakfast in the main dining room and the buffet lunch. The Ocean View buffet was varied and we enjoyed the various curries other Indian and Asian offerings. Everyone we encountered on the ship was very friendly and helpful. We had the Classic Drink Package and were happy to learn that it included Absolut Vodka and most of the mixed drinks, as well as cappuchinos in the Cafe. There were plenty of lounge chairs by the pool, even on the one sea day. Dinner was good and we had an 8:30PM seating and a really nice table by the picture window. Our waiter, Umar, and his helper, Igor, were wonderful and anticipated all of our wishes. The food was generally good. Compared to their other soups, the onion soup was excellent and the crème brulee was an excellent way to end each meal. On my husband's birthday, they presented him with a small cake and sang Happy Birthday. The bars and lounges on The Constellation were also really nice, and there is a fairly large casino, where one son managed to walk away with an extra $300. Games on the boat were kept to a minimum, and it was always easy to escape the action at the main pool. There is a very nice solarium, but the wooden chairs are not very comfortable there. We liked the very front of the boat on the 11th floor, which had plexiglass panels to minimize the wind when the boat was moving. Entertainment was typical for a 2000 passenger boat and not memorable, but a pleasant enough way to pass an hour in the evening. There were other workshops and activities offered during the day, and we enjoyed a multigenerational game of Trivia. My only negative would be our cabin. It was right under the Ocean View Restaurant, which is well carpeted, but I believe that I heard noise in the morning and late at night. I am a very light sleeper and usually try to pick a room sandwiched between two others. My husband did not hear any noise. Neither of us were happy with our cabin steward, which is very unusual for us. We had to ask him twice for more shampoo on the third day of our cruise. He obliged but never brought new body wash. By Saturday night, our garbage was overflowing and it was NEVER emptied and we left the boat on Monday with a mess in our room. On Sunday our bathroom sink was never scrubbed and the bathroom mirror was full of spots from my husband's shaving. The only thing the cabin steward did do was to appear at our door three times to remind us to give him an excellent review. Unfortunately, I filled the comment card out early and did give him one. On the other hand, the cabin steward on the other side of the boat was great and did a lot of little extra things for our sons. Despite this, we had a wonderful time on this cruise. We live in Florida in the winter and do these short ones quite often. I can say that I like Celebrity the best of the large lines that do the 3-4 day cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Here is a summary of our cruise experience on the Constellation. -Customer service department PRIOR to the cruise. Rude and unhelpful. They couldn’t care less about my issue. They left a poor impression on their cruise line. I told them ... Read More
Here is a summary of our cruise experience on the Constellation. -Customer service department PRIOR to the cruise. Rude and unhelpful. They couldn’t care less about my issue. They left a poor impression on their cruise line. I told them if I wasn’t already booked, I would cancel my trip. -Embark: Simple and easy. -Ship: Clean, well maintained. -Interior State Room: 6905. Larger then most. Some reviews said they were small, but this cruise was the opposite. Probably one of the best rooms I ever had whether it was a balcony, exterior or interior. -Staff: Unlike the customer service department prior to this cruise, everyone was extremely friendly and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Our room steward was great, and our waiters on table 312 late seating were excellent. Food: Buffets were as most cruise lines. Dinner was the same. My only big disappointment was there was no lobster on formal night. I was told they only give lobster on 7+ day cruises…ours were 5. I told them I just came off a 5 day cruise on Carnival in November and they gave us lobster. I was told lobster was available at one of the premium restaurants for $35 a person. Attire in the main dinning room was business casual, except on formal night where a jacket is required. However I did see a few people wear blue jeans and another with dress shorts. I heard that on 5 day or less cruises they are more lenient. -Brunch: Don’t miss it! Ours was offered on our last full sailing day from 10am-noon. Very good. -Entertainment: Main theater shows were better then most cruises. They had 6 singers instead of the usual 2, and they were excellent. The last night show was really good. On other nights there was a comedian one night and a magic show on another, all in the main theater. In the other lounges I was disappointed with the entertainment. I’m not sure if it was the season, but I would estimate the average age of the passengers to be around 70, I’m in my mid 50’s. Therefore the music/shows in the lounges catered to that age group. I didn’t want to go into a lounge and here violins playing. A piano bar would have been nice (none offered, if there was I’m sure they will be playing classical music on this cruise) and there was no “night club”. -One thing that really stood out on this cruise was the Captain. Although very professional, he was extremely funny, funnier then the cruise director. He made jokes when he introduced his Chief Crew personal, he took part in a “liar’s” show, and he and his crew members had a volley ball tournament with the cruise passengers in the main pool. Most captains you see once and that is it, not this one. He made the cruise that much better! -Bar service: A big difference from other cruises I have been on. No one was walking around the pool deck, or anywhere for that matter, to take drink orders. Except for one or two personal pushing a beer cart, if you wanted a mixed drink you had to walk up to the many bars at the pool or around the ship. Now I didn’t find this a problem for this was the lowest bar bill I ever had on any cruise, but I could see where some passengers may not like the fact that they will have to get up off their lounge chairs to get a drink. -Disembark: Easy, we docked at 7am, had to be out of the room at 8:45, and we were off the ship by 9:15. -Summary: ship is nice, clean, rooms bigger then most, cruise staff friendly right down to the Captain. Our stops in Key West and Cozumel were on time and longer then most stops (10 hours at each port). Don’t forget you can bring on a 750ml of wine per person, soda (not sure of the amount but I brought a 12 pack) and water. You can email me with any questions you may have.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
We have just finished a 5 d 4 n cruise before the Christmas. We stopped at Nassau and Key West. We booked the cruise at the end of November from a large internet company. Since we travelled with two kids (5 and 8 years old), we are concern ... Read More
We have just finished a 5 d 4 n cruise before the Christmas. We stopped at Nassau and Key West. We booked the cruise at the end of November from a large internet company. Since we travelled with two kids (5 and 8 years old), we are concern the kids' program and food. The Fun Factory is located on the 8th Floor. The place is clean. They divided the children in groups 3 to 5 yrs old and 6 to 8 yrs old. My children enjoyed their programs. Most of the time it is free of charge. If you want extended hours, you can pay $6 per hour until 1:30am. It is perfect for couples who are desperate for some privacy and quiet time. Since 2011, all Celebrity cruises' main dining menu have dropped lobsters, which I did not realize when I booked. The food is tasty and hot. If you do not pay extra $35 per person, you can get lobster from the specialty restaurants. They provided fruit juice and coffee without charge all day and evening. The breakfast has smoke salmon, great variety of cold cuts, fruits, omelette and some vegetables. If you have an evening gown that requires press. You can call the housekeeping extension and they will do the press for you just in 15 minutes. I was quite amazed for their prompt service with a small charge. They do not have ironing board available in the cabin. If you want to save money, please pack your formal dress well unfolded in your suitcase. Hairdryer is bad. You need to push the button to get it on. If you have a long hair like me, then after 20 minutes dry. Your finger's muscle hurts. It is hard to style your hair with a hairdryer like that. So, Please bring your own hairdryer. Read Less
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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