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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I chose this cruise beause our previous cruise on celebrity summit to puerto rico was great unfortunately it was not as good This cruise was a transatlantic leaving from ft lauderdale and ending up in Rome on our previous celebrity ... Read More
I chose this cruise beause our previous cruise on celebrity summit to puerto rico was great unfortunately it was not as good This cruise was a transatlantic leaving from ft lauderdale and ending up in Rome on our previous celebrity cruise on the Summit the food was excellent always prepared to our liking this time not so much The ship is showing visable signs of wear and tear and theres not much to do which is ok but ,lets say miniature golf would be nice, they pulled out a sixfoot by 2 ft green mat and called it golf I that that was insulting . They scheduled it every day The staff was fine and my room was clean The steward was great The concierge level for which I paid is really non existent . They dont do anything if you get through to them I would not tcruise this ship again Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We love transatlantic cruising. Only having to fly one way is a big plus and cruising this way is usually cheaper than flying. You can't eat, drink and be pampered on an 8 hour flight! We chose this cruise because we wanted to ... Read More
We love transatlantic cruising. Only having to fly one way is a big plus and cruising this way is usually cheaper than flying. You can't eat, drink and be pampered on an 8 hour flight! We chose this cruise because we wanted to spend some time in southern Italy post cruise. We had previously been on another Celebrity transatlantic 6 months earlier (see my Silhouette review) that was not very good so we did not have high hopes for this one but since we were using the ship primarily as transportation and not as a vacation this was ok. Well we were pleasantly surprised as we had an excellent cruise albeit not without a few issues. Embarkation in Fort Lauderdale was quick and easy surprisingly! Firstly, the food was GREAT. Our last TA it was TERRIBLE. Almost every dinner was excellent. We used room service and did not eat in the MDR. This did not detract from the experience as every day the food was delivered promptly and hot. We ate off the MDR menu. The salads. however were always terrible. The breakfast buffet was good and lunch was hit or miss. The sushi at dinner was the best I have ever seen on a ship. It will be a shame to lose this if Celebrity chooses to convert all the Bistro on 5's to sushi restaurants. The Bistro on this cruise was a disappointment. The menu had changed since our last cruise and ALL our favorites were gone. Entertainment was plentiful but quality-wise was mediocre. BUT that is my taste. The comedian had a good show and bad, the production shows were just ok. There was something going on every night which was a good thing. Despite the bad weather the ship was very smooth even on the day we had 17' waves. The size and layout of the ship are very nice indeed. The crew was mostly happy, helpful and very friendly. It really does start at the top. The captain was nothing but cordial and jovial every time I saw him. I liked the three ports we stopped at. Madeira, Gibraltar and Cartegena. I did not participate in any ship excursion. The issues I had: We had a bad smell in the bathroom and on the floor near us that made my eyes water but it was resolved quickly along with an A/C issue. Our safe broke the first day and it took 3 trips by a mechanic to fix it but in the end it was no big deal. There were no free in room movies like our cruise had - all were $12.95. This was a disappointment. The background music on open decks and in public rooms was the WORST music I have ever heard. Mostly covers performed horribly and WAY TOO LOUD - this was supposed to be background music! Whoever's job it was the pick the music should have been made to walk the plank. It WAS that bad 99% of the time. There were days that the smoking side of deck 4 was closed due to high winds yet the jogging track on the high deck with more wind was open. There was too much maintenance on open decks; keeping them closed at inconvenient times. My pants one day were ruined by a solution that was being used to clean deck chairs. The actual deck and chair became stained as well. I brought this to the attention of guest relations and they actually credited me for most of the cost of the pants without an argument. This was greatly appreciated. It paid to take pictures. The ocean spa cafe charged $6 for a smoothie of mixed fruit that was free to eat. I thought this was absurd. Their breakfast offerings were good though. We liked the Reflection lounge on deck 11 but they closed it an absurd amount of times for private functions. One bad moment we had was when the Captain's club rep knocked my wife down in a rush to get people out of the lounge for one such function. Ultimately he found us, embarrassed; apologized a thousand times, sent us wine, chocolate covered strawberries and a free dinner at the Bistro. I was really angry at first but he did make it right. He was extremely nice to us the remainder of the cruise (as he should have been) There is no excuse for what happened. EVER! Yes this seems like a lot of complaints but all I am trying to do here is give you an idea of what the cruise was like and hopefully someone from Celebrity will take note of the issues we had. We had a great time and this ship and its' crew have restored my faith in Celebrity and we did book another cruise while on board. We now have two future cruises to look forward to. The last thing I would like to talk about is how this ship is extremely UNFRIENDLY to people with mobility issues. Too many raised thresholds and no buttons to push to open doors to the cabin or to get outside. A person with a mobility problem simply cannot take a cruise on this ship alone. This problem really really should be addressed the next time the ship is in dry dock. Disembarkation in CIvitavecchia was excellent although the buses to get to the port exit are also extremely unfriendly to people with mobility issues. This should also be addressed at some point. Again, I loved this cruise. The food and crew far exceeded our expectations. All the issues we had were resolved in a timely manner and in no way detracted from the overall experience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I went on this cruise with my wife and this was my 27th cruise, but my first transatlantic. We flew in FLL the day before, rented a car and drove to our hotel in Boca Raton, the Marriott Boca Center. The next morning I dropped the ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my wife and this was my 27th cruise, but my first transatlantic. We flew in FLL the day before, rented a car and drove to our hotel in Boca Raton, the Marriott Boca Center. The next morning I dropped the wife and the luggage at the pier and I returned the car at FLL. I then grabbed an UBER and went to the pier. The embarkation was extremely easy and fast and we were on the ship eating at the oceanview cafe in about 30 minutes from the time we entered the terminal. The cabin was 8071, a concierge balcony and it was perfect in size and location. Our cabin stewards were amazing and I spent considerable time on the balcony. The dining was in the san marco restaurant on deck 4 at 8 pm every evening and we were at table 119, a table for 10. Both the waiter and the assistant were amazing and they made sure everything was 10 out of 10. Both the wife and I remarked that the food presentation was wonderful, the food was very tasty and warm and the portions were more than sufficient. We were very impressed with the oceanview cafe and the variety that it offered. One night we ate at Oceanliners, taking advantage of the $25 per person cover, which was 50% off the normal price. The service, presentation and quality of the food was amazing. The entertainment was phenomenal and featured shows, singers, jugglers, bands and DJ's. In addition there were guest speakers almost everyday talking about the Roman Empire and airplanes and flying. The cruise director, Maarten, was friendly, visible and fun to be around. The ports were wonderful and the three excursions we booked at home on the celebrity website were organized and informative. The disembarkation was organized and efficient and there was no confusion as to where we should go and what we should do. I loved the shows, Casablanca, the Serbian Band, Four Elements, the band from Poland, Sugar and Honey, the duet, and the gentleman playing the guitar. The Constellation orchestra was incredibly good and talented. We saw a violin lady from Poland, Savannah Smith the singer from Las Vegas, the juggler, the Phil Collins impersonator, Travis the singer, who was very talented and entertaining, and the amazing piano lady that used to play in China. The two DJ's, Lancero and Crazy Prince were amazing and kept the party going late into the night at the Reflections Lounge on deck 11 and on deck 4 outside the Martinini Bar. The crew members were the friendliest and nicest I have been around on a cruise ship and they made the trip a delight. She ship was clean and I could not find anything wrong with it. I purchased the standard $45 drinking package and drank a variety of drinks all day long, never having a problem getting a drink. This was my favorite cruise ever and I did not have a boring moment, although it was a transatlantic and I thought I might be bored. I bought the unlimited internet for $179 and it was very fast and reliable. I have posted the videos I personally filmed with my iPhone on youtube and they can be found searching for: "cruise addict". They cover the ship, excursions, food, drinks, shows, music and a host of other useful information. I hope that after watching the videos, you will see why I had such an amazing time onboard the Constellation and can't stop bragging about it. I can't wait to do another transatlantic next spring as they are the most relaxing and fun way to get to Europe. The Celebrity Constellation and its crew made this my best cruise so far. I hope this review has been helpful and I hope you do not hesitate to book the Celebrity Constellation, because she is an amazing ship with an amazing crew. Bon Voyage. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Disembarkation 1st cruise with celebrity, a few issues with the embarkation but overall great cruise experience. Check-in at Port Everglades was painless, not a very nice facility though, but lines were short so no major complaints. We ... Read More
Disembarkation 1st cruise with celebrity, a few issues with the embarkation but overall great cruise experience. Check-in at Port Everglades was painless, not a very nice facility though, but lines were short so no major complaints. We did Aqua class with the premium beverage package and once on the boat I had some issues with my card not working, problem was quickly resolved at the help desk. The baggage was my biggest complaint, we had 3 bags and mine did not make it to the stateroom even by 4:00 pm, boat was supposed to leave at 5:00. We called and called and they kept telling us they were looking for it. Finally we went down to deck 4 to the help desk and asked if we could look through the bags to see if mine made it on the boat. They did and my bag was there, just not sure why they didn't tell us to come look through the pile to begin with. Cabin Very happy with our deck 9 balcony cabin. I was very worried about the overhang above the balocny but it turned out to be very nice and provide additional shade and privacy. We used the balcony a lot more because of the overhang. Loved hearing the waves while lying in bed, will never cruise again without a balcony room... Cabin was just the right size, plenty of storage, wife loved the vanity/mirror. I would recommend bringing a power strip, there was only one outlet on the vanity and none accessible by the beds. Bathroom and shower were great. The shower wall jets were a bit intense for us but we loved the shower head and glass enclosure. Dining Blu was very good, some nights better than others, some meals ok some very good.The breakfast was very good each day, much better than the buffet. We did eat in Ocean Liners one night and I can't say enough about how great this experience was. Very nice french concept, several courses and a lot of table side cooking made it memorable. We found the language barrier to be a bit frustrating in Blu and other cafes but this one was much better. The oceanview buffet put a bad taste in our mouth during embarkation lunch but they must of still been getting things set-up. The food was good most days. I can't say enough about the pizza, great crust. We also enjoyed eating outside on the aft deck, could always get a table in the shade and great bar to order drinks. Best poolside drink: French Caribbean: Best cocktail drink: Green Reef, made in Blu and Ocean Liners. Upgrade to the premium beverage package, with the basic already included in the price of the fare the upgrade paid for itself the first day. We ordered room service for breakfast a few days, it was ok not great. The smoothies, needed more ice not very good. Activities The pool was nice but very crowded so go early and save a chair. It was a little frustrating that they let kids in both outside pools even when one is 16 and up, but not that many kids on board so was not that big of a deal. The first sea day we sat on the aft end of the boat, very quiet and nice being away from the loud music but less people coming around getting your drink order. We loved the indoor hydro pool, included built in loungers with jets, water was saltwater, so very nice in the afternoons or after a work out. The gym was great for a boat this size, very clean, had nice cardio machines and free weights. The relaxation room was not that great, would be better if it looked out to the water like the newer ships. We never booked a massage because the prices were so high, other spa services seemed in line with shore cost but they rip you off on massages. Its not the money but a matter of principle, we would be willing to pay maybe 20 or 40% more being on a cruise but not 100% more. We had massages in cozumel in a private cabana on the beach one hour for $50! The shows at night were great, broadway style shows. They had a comedian one night very funny and the best was the hypnotist on the last night. Shore Excursions We did not book anything through the cruise line but my recommendation for Cozumel is to get away from the port, not that great and not much to do. Book an all inclusive beach day or go see the ruins. We booked Mr Sanchez after walking into Nach Cocom and not being happy with that resort. Mr. Sanchez was more like a Sandals, had swim up bars, beach/water activities, very clean beach and great facilities. Recommend booking the all-inclusive side much nicer and newer. Key West was great. We rented bikes and road around the island, ate at Blue Heaven, visited several beaches, etc. On the way back to ship we went over to the main harbor pier to the left of the cruise dock. We loved this areas a lot of locals and great bars, cafes. Which we had spent more time there. Duval was a bit touristy for us, the conch train seemed cheesy. Bikes were a great way to go and see a lot of different areas of the island, also work off calories from the buffet... Overall great cruise with celebrity. The boat though not brand new was in great shape, the staff was constantly cleaning/maintaining it and it showed. The lower decks seemed to be in better shape that the uppers. Nice size boat, not too big and it was nice running into the same people from time to time. Can't wait to cruise again. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
These comments are from a cruiser with almost 50 sailings across many cruise lines. Celebrity does not live up to their claims of being an upscale line. The Constellation is a clean, well maintained, pretty ship, as are the Solstice class ... Read More
These comments are from a cruiser with almost 50 sailings across many cruise lines. Celebrity does not live up to their claims of being an upscale line. The Constellation is a clean, well maintained, pretty ship, as are the Solstice class vessels. But higher prices and diminishing services are the flip side. In fact, it seems like they’re dividing passengers by classes as in the olden days of trans-Atlantic sailing. Some clubs and restaurants are restricted and specialty restaurants are severely overpriced. Further, they’re selling drink packages, etc., which only pay if you imbibe heavily, accept the inflated prices for duty free alcohol and don’t mind waiting 15 - 20 minutes at the typical bar. Even a can of soda is over $4., including the 18% mandatory gratuity. The service staff is very friendly and does an excellent job although they lack the training to match the advertised level. Little touches such as providing the pepper mill or grated cheese when serving salads or pasta should be automatic if you claim 5-star service. The dining room menu looks impressive but the food doesn’t match. Veal Cordon Bleu should be a rolled delicate entrée, not a deep fried, oily slab of meat topped with ham and bland sauce. The always available sirloin is laughable at ½ inch thickness. Sadly, on 2 nights that was the most appealing selection available; but was passable when combined with a 2nd entrée of salmon. Seating in the main dining room is tight and if you’re at a table for two, you can be facing the butt of a patron at the next table. Except for excellent omelets and tasty abundant nightly sushi, the Oceanview Buffet was lackluster and limited. The grill which offered fish or some meats to order at dinner and waffles for breakfast is so far aft like it was an afterthought. Also, it closed at 8:00am sharp on the last day, instead of 8:30 as listed in the daily sheet- so no pancakes. Further, calls to Guest Relations always got you the typical telephone tree before being placed on hold. The same was true even at the Concierge Desk for ‘Elite’ level passengers and they had limited hours. Simple requests to guest relations people were incorrectly handled and required repeated calls. We never received a final statement and the charges to our credit card were incorrect requiring phoning the accounting office after our return. Our Concierge class cabin on this ship was slightly larger than the standard balcony but definitely not worth any price difference. We received unappetizing afternoon hors d’oevres, a dirty pair of binocs, an umbrella, plus a few flowers after requesting them. The cocktail hour invitation never arrived. Production shows in the Celebrity Theater were impressive. But, we don’t consider a one-act comedian or a hypnotist a show, no matter how good he may be. And, the Newlywed game, although humorous, is quite dated. Celebrity really doesn’t offer much else other than the bands in different lounges playing the same music nightly. Michael’s Club on this ship was closed to ‘standard’ passengers whereas alternate entertainment was offered there on other ships. Another fiasco was clearing immigration on board in Key West. While I accept this being mandated by USINS, Celebrity handled it extremely poorly. There was no need to have passengers stand for up to an hour in a line that wrapped around the ship. This was reminiscent of the Mercury many years ago and they still haven’t learned or simply don’t care. I think Celebrity is pursuing the wrong strategies and they will be losing business as a result. I seriously doubt cancelling my upcoming ten day winter cruise caused any waves. No one even asked why, nor did I hear a peep from my “personal planner” at Celebrity despite being an “Elite” member. My next two cruises obviously are now booked on other carriers. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
My wife and I are frequent Celebrity cruisers (14 cruises), but we had never taken a cruise less than 7 days. We were looking for something to do over Easter weekend and decided to do a short cruise and try Celebrities new Suite ... Read More
My wife and I are frequent Celebrity cruisers (14 cruises), but we had never taken a cruise less than 7 days. We were looking for something to do over Easter weekend and decided to do a short cruise and try Celebrities new Suite experience. While we have booked suites in the past this was our first with the new program. The suite only dining room ( Luminae) was intimate with outstanding food and service. FAR superior to the main dining room. Michaels Club ( suite only lounge) serves as the hub for suite occupant services. The club's concierge couldn't be more helpful in arranging shore excursions, dinner reservations ( or reservations or any kind for that matter), special events or requests,billing matters, baby sitting, etc, etc... Ours was delightful and could always be counted on to followup on things. If something was not right she would make it right. We had her arrange private sedan transport to the airport after our cruise. The lounge is also a place to grab a drink in a nice quiet environment with very attentive and friendly service. My wife and I would have a cocktail there each evening before dinner and grab our favorite table by the floor to ceiling window that overlooked the water. Other benefits include early embarkation and disembarkation that was truly smooth. Butler service for your room is also included... Both the concierge and butler gave you phone numbers to reach them any time during the cruise. I can't emphasize how comfortable they made you feel to ask questions or make a request. Suite guests also have reserved seating for the shows. The butlers reserve a section of the theater on the top level and seat suite guest in that section up to approximatley 10 min before the show ( then the remaining seating in that section is open to anyone). For us the suite experience was something we will make a habit of when cruising on Celebrity. One other thing to note: Port Everglades has global entry for going through customs. Unlike airports however you must have your global entry ID with you in order to take advantage of the program and avoid long lines. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Celebrity Constellation: Key West and Cozumel, 3/19/16 Intro: My first and only cruise with Celebrity was a few years ago on the Century. Although it was only two nights long, we had a great time. We decided that a longer trip would ... Read More
Celebrity Constellation: Key West and Cozumel, 3/19/16 Intro: My first and only cruise with Celebrity was a few years ago on the Century. Although it was only two nights long, we had a great time. We decided that a longer trip would be nice, so we booked a five night sailing on the newer and larger Constellation. Another factor that pushed us toward Celebrity was that they offer past guest benefits in their program to members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. Embarkation: My wife and I drove down to Fort Lauderdale on the morning of the cruise, it is about four hours down the Turnpike. We used Park-N-Go, as we always do at Port Everglades. Off-site parking can be hit or miss, but we’ve had good service from them over the years. The Constellation was pulled up to Terminal 4. I’ve cruised from there a few times, it seems to generally be used for small to medium sized ships. The crowds were not very heavy and check-in only took a few minutes. The ship: “Connie” is about 14 years old now, but looks very good for her age. Even at 90,000 gross tons she is a medium sized ship by today’s bizarre mega-ship standards. Being a fan of Royal Caribbean’s Radiance Class ships, I liked that the Constellation is of similar size and layout. It is easy to see that Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are sister brands as the ships share many design features. The pool deck has a good setup with two pools and four hot tubs. The Solarium is also a great area, I liked the sections on the sides of pool that are shaped like wide loungers for relaxing in the water. I enjoyed having drinks at the aft facing Sunset Bar and also the Reflections Lounge which overlooks the bow. Our Cabin: We stayed in #7040, an interior room on deck 7. It was in a forward side corridor, which was nice as there was very little noise in that area. The only guests walking through were staying in that hallway. The room itself had lots of storage and drawers. They provided bathrobes and a hairdryer in the room. Our steward did an excellent job with a morning cleaning and an evening turndown service. Day 1, Fort Lauderdale: After embarkation we had lunch in the buffet since the rooms were not yet open. I was impressed with the quality of the food, especially the pizza. Out of nearly sixty cruises, the Connie had the best pizzeria. I wish they would share the technique/recipe with their contemporaries at R.C.I. Later in the afternoon we went up to the gym. It is well equipped with modern machines with TV screens and multimedia inputs. I liked that they have free saunas in the locker rooms, but I wish they would have also included free steam rooms as well. The only steam rooms onboard are in the Turkish Garden which has a fee to use. For dinner we went to San Marcos which is the main dining room onboard. We chose anytime dining which always comes with pros and cons. You can show up whenever, but will likely have a short wait (they provide pagers to waiting guests). Reservations are available, but the popular times (between 6 and 8) book up very fast. We ended up going after 8 each night. The food and service were both very good. Day 2, Key West: One of the highlights of this cruise was the extended time allotted for the Key West stop. Most of my cruises that have gone there leave around 2 pm or earlier. We had until 5 pm which gave us more time to spend in town. We rented bicycles and rode to Fort Taylor. It is an interesting piece of history that can get overlooked with all of the other attractions on the island. The park also has bicycling trails and a beach which can all be used for the small entry fee. After the fort we continued riding around town, stopping at a few other locations before heading back to the ship. In the evening we attended the Captain’s Club reception in the Reflections Lounge. We met Graeme the Captain’s Club Host. Graeme is a really nice guy and great in his role. He was always walking the room chatting with guests and making everyone feel welcome. In the evening we went up to the Reflections Lounge where they have the nightly dance club. It is a good venue for it with a large dance floor and lots of seating. The bartenders took great care of us and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Day 3, At Sea: We hit rough seas during the night and it continued into the day. Crowds on the pool deck were noticeably less than is typical due to the motion and the dreary weather. But it was still a relaxing day, and I enjoyed spending some time at the pool bar after visiting the gym. I also visited the martini bar which sits off the atrium on deck 4. It has modern look, and a cool (literally) bar top that frosts over. The bartenders that work there are well trained “flair tenders” and their skills are impressive to say the least. We had a nice conversation with Graeme in the Captain’ Club. He has been working in the cruise industry for a long time, so we shared lots of stories about past cruises. When we returned to the cabin later that evening we were excited to find an invitation to dine with one of the ship’s officers on the following evening. We definitely looked forward to a new experience. Day 4, Cozumel: We slept in after another late night in the dance club, so we did not venture into Cozumel on this voyage. Instead we got our daily gym visit out of the way and relaxed on the ship. I spent some time at the Sunset Bar and also up on the pool deck. We had dinner in Blu with Julio Pena, the ship’s financial controller and Gabriela Stephens the International Hostess. They were both very friendly and outgoing. My wife is an accountant, so she enjoyed comparing notes with Mr. Pena. Gabriela was a very interesting person to meet. She fluently speaks four (FOUR!) languages, she assists the international guests with their needs and creates the ship’s publications in various languages. As an unfortunately monolingual American, this was very impressive. The dinner itself was delicious as were the wine pairings. Day 5, At Sea: The last day onboard was a fairly lazy one. After lunch in the buffet, I spent most of my time at the pool deck. We stopped by the Reflections Lounge for drinks and to thank Graeme for a job well done throughout the cruise. We had dinner in San Marcos one last time and spent our last late-night in Reflections. Entertainment: The onboard shows were decent for a shorter cruise. Rich was a good comedian, and the hypnotist act on the last night was funny. We also enjoyed the nightly Port vs. Starboard games in the Reflections Lounge. The live music was excellent throughout the ship. I liked that they had a rock band on the pool deck instead of the typical Caribbean island fare. Debarkation: Debarking the ship was very easy. There was a debarkation lounge in the Ocean Liners restaurant for Captain’s Club members, but we did not use it. The line wasn’t long for the gangway, so we just walked right off. We carried everything with us, so we were out of the terminal building in just a few minutes. A Park-N-Go shuttle was waiting, so we were quickly on the road and heading north. We had to make a stop at the Moonlight Diner for breakfast, as we always do in Fort Lauderdale. This was a great cruise. We really enjoyed the Constellation. The size of the ship was just right, and the crew was incredibly friendly and hard working. While the majority of our cruises will likely still be on Royal Caribbean, we will definitely be returning to Celebrity again. Hopefully next time we can try one of the Solstice Class ships, most of the Celebrity fans we spoke to said that they are very impressive. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The Celebrity Constellation was a wonderful ship to visit on our first cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. My husband did the research and planning, and his homework was fruitful, because we experienced a celestial voyage. ... Read More
The Celebrity Constellation was a wonderful ship to visit on our first cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. My husband did the research and planning, and his homework was fruitful, because we experienced a celestial voyage. The "spot-on" attention to so many details made up for any minor inconveniences. Our boat was not too big, but it still offered many of the luxuries and amenities seen on bigger boats, which we checked out to consider for future visits. Our favorite activities involved the entertainment and shore visits. We found the live band, and theatrical performances to be "top notch' (even by NY standards). Cozumel and Key West were destinations we have not had the opportunity to explore until now, and we're glad that we did, because there were so many interesting historical sites, restaurants and unique shops to investigate. We dined in both the San Marco Restaurant and the Oceanview Cafe and were pleased with most of the meals. The service that we received on the ship from the concierge, and shore excursions personnel to the many waiters and attendants was always amazing. It was a great ship and voyage that I would recommend to anyone. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We had a hectic drive from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, traffic held up by 2 different accidents on I-75. Were so relieved to find our ship still docked (lol) it was only 2:30. As Aqua Class and Diamond members we are given priority ... Read More
We had a hectic drive from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, traffic held up by 2 different accidents on I-75. Were so relieved to find our ship still docked (lol) it was only 2:30. As Aqua Class and Diamond members we are given priority check in, which we appreciate. That was lost after we received our room card and had to join a long line to have a picture taken for the card. Normally that is done by the person checking you in which does not involve standing in another line. Poor planning there. Our first time in Aqua Class 2 and were surprised the room was really small. Our balcony was small and being on deck 9 had an overhang which kept it shady, at all times. Were disappointed with the toiletries, we had the same ones in an oceanview. Brochure lists amenities which are not provided. You must request the very, very small pkg. of Qtips or it is not provided. The steward said the company quit supplying the facial water spray which he said was a foot spray. Brochure claims a facial spray is provided. We noted the bathroom mirror did not appear to have been cleaned at the top in quite a while, but the bottom 2/3 was cleaned daily. We loved the shower which has multiple shower heads and a shower DOOR, not a plastic curtain! We enjoyed eating in Blu, the service was very good and the food for the most part was very good. The wine is (surprise) overpriced. A bottle of Beringers costs $5 in Florida and was $33. Our wine at $65 was not especially good. The concierge was very charming and the service in the Rendevouas lounge was excellent. We only used the Persian Garden once, but it was serene. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our second time on a Celebrity ship and about our 12th cruise overall. I want to write this review especially for those people who feel anxious when they read several poor reviews about a ship and about someone's experience ... Read More
This was our second time on a Celebrity ship and about our 12th cruise overall. I want to write this review especially for those people who feel anxious when they read several poor reviews about a ship and about someone's experience on their cruise. Remember, it's all in your attitude. If you go with the knowledge that not everything will be perfect but that you are on vacation and will make the most of it, you will have a great time. If you also keep in mind that you will be sharing a ship with several thousand other people, it will put things in perspective. We had a great time on our cruise. Embarkation was as smooth as could be expected (again, remember that you're not the only person trying to board). As soon as we got on the ship we went to the excursion desk to book a few excursions with our ship credit. We had purchased the "Go Best" package which included gratuities, WiFi, $150 ship-board credit person, and the premium drink package. Once the excursions were booked we made our way to the lunch buffet. There was lots to choose from and nothing was disappointing. If you know you will be drinking on the ship, you definitely should get one of the drink packages. The premium package included drinks at their Martini Bar which was one of the highlights of our cruise. Did we have to wait for drink service at times, yes! What would you expect? If you expect instant service, then you should stay home and make your own drinks. Every employee on the ship was polite and helpful. The only rude behavior was on the part of some of the cruisers. A near fight broke out over the saving of lounge chairs (but I've seen these arguments before-the first ship to create some sort of system for saving lounge chairs will make a million dollars). We booked a balcony cabin which was quite large. We had the set dining at 6 pm and were seated with two other lovely couples whom we looked forward to catching up with every evening. They were of the same mind-set as us...just enjoy yourself and don't sweat the small stuff. We enjoyed the pool and the casino most every evening. We attended only one show and thoroughly enjoyed it. We would definitely book a Celebrity cruise again and wouldn't mind getting back on the Constellation. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We were so excited for our stay on an "upper scale" cruise line! Stayed in Aquaclass. Where were our towel animals? Where was our stateroom attendants? We never set eyes on him until we were leaving! We asked for ice to chill our ... Read More
We were so excited for our stay on an "upper scale" cruise line! Stayed in Aquaclass. Where were our towel animals? Where was our stateroom attendants? We never set eyes on him until we were leaving! We asked for ice to chill our wine in the bucket provided in our stateroom, and was brought a small cup, so we asked for more, and never received. The one show we did watch was a not-so-funny comedy that was geared toward a very sick sense of sexuality and the gay community. I have to admit, it WAS an adult show but had a lot of room for a little added class. Left early... Our dinner at 8:30 consistently turned into not even being served until 10:00 pm which was why we had to go to the adult show in order to see any... As for sunbathing, every chair on the upper deck against the outer railing remained wired to the rail the complete trip making it impossible to adjust from sitting straight up to a more comfortable position..... Our SWEDISH massages were booked as soon as we stepped on the ship, however had to be changed to an unacceptable time while at port due to a safety drill that would be commencing with buzzers. They explained that it would be impossible for us to relax with all the loud commotion, (recently, both of my parents had passed away within 2 months of each other) we decided to pay more since relaxing was our ultimate goal so we changed it to 7:00 pm in hopes that we could relax, unwind and go to bed feeling refreshed. NOT the case! Our SWEDISH turned out to be deep tissue, to the tunes of Rap and Boom (louder than the spa music that was playing) from whatever was going on above us along with loud crashes comin from right next to us that sounded as if beer kegs were falling from a counter top. Possibly construction? Who knows , but loud enough to shake the tables several times. Anyone that rates this ship a 4 or a 5? Well, it has to have been their 1st time cruising...... Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We sailed out of Ft Lauderdale and our embarkment was flawless. We were given access to our Aqua Class room early. The ship's crew were all friendly and accommodating. We upgraded to Aqua Class and thoroughly enjoyed the spay ... Read More
We sailed out of Ft Lauderdale and our embarkment was flawless. We were given access to our Aqua Class room early. The ship's crew were all friendly and accommodating. We upgraded to Aqua Class and thoroughly enjoyed the spay experience. It was worth every penny of the upgrade. The Blu restaurant is an added bonus . Anthony (from India) was our waiter each evening. His level of professionalism and service was five star in every way. He made our dining very enjoyable. Entertainment each evening was great. The food at the buffet and San Marco restaurant was outstanding although we found the buffet to be our choice. The ship itself is not new but was in fantastic condition and was easy to navigate. My wife has been on several cruises with Carnival and felt the food and overall experience on Celebrity was superior. Although she still plans to sail Carnival when opportunities arise. We enjoyed Key West and Nassau. I travel frequently with work and stay in many four and five star hotels. I would highly recommend Celbrity and The Constellation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Although this cruise had quite a few Spring breakers we sailed without a hitch. Constellation isn't a new ship but is well maintained and other than the bed skirts showing little wear. Our oceanview cabin on deck 3 albeit small ... Read More
Although this cruise had quite a few Spring breakers we sailed without a hitch. Constellation isn't a new ship but is well maintained and other than the bed skirts showing little wear. Our oceanview cabin on deck 3 albeit small suited us perfectly with a very convenient location mid-ship. Both my Mom and I felt that the service on the Constellation was fantastic. The dining staff, housekeeping staff and the entertainment staff went above and beyond to make this short cruise so enjoyable. Our stateroom was kept spotless and refreshed quickly upon us leaving. We did noticed that the security which is usual not noticeable took extra steps to ensure that all passengers were safe and no one got out of hand. The diversity of the passengers made for a fun and lively crowd. We ate in San Marco, Ocean Liners (twice), and enjoyed lunch in the Bistro on 5. All of these exceeded our expectations. The lamb chops in Ocean Liners are worth the surcharge on their own! Having been on several cruise lines I feel for the price Celebrity delivers the highest quality dining experience. (The only exception may be Crystal however the price is much higher) Another highlight was the Cafe al Bacio which started our day with delicious iced coffee each morning. We went to three shows- the guest singer Savannah Smith who had a beautiful voice and two performances by the ship's entertainers that were both very good. The aerialists were fantastic. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
My girlfriend and I recently took a short, five day, "resting" cruise to Key West and Cozumel on the Celebrity Constellation, without our husbands. We stayed overnight at the Ft Lauderdale Hilton Marina before the cruise and it ... Read More
My girlfriend and I recently took a short, five day, "resting" cruise to Key West and Cozumel on the Celebrity Constellation, without our husbands. We stayed overnight at the Ft Lauderdale Hilton Marina before the cruise and it was easy and cheap to get from airport to hotel to cruise port and back to airport. We booked the Hilton's preferred transportation service to get to the hotel and had a bit of confusion because we arrived on different flights in different terminals, but that eventually worked out fine. The Hilton was filled with cruisers, which initially overcrowded the elevators on our departure day, but we weren't in hurry so that was not a problem for us. More troublesome for the Mom and Dad with lots of bags and a fussy baby.... The Hilton's sit down breakfast restaurant was also crowded with a 20 minute wait for breakfast - we took a walk through the marina and checked out the yachts and when we got back our table was ready. The drug store a few blocks walk from the hotel was perfect for last minute sunscreen and other purchases. Embarkation a breeze and we had a cocktail by the pool while we waited for our cabin to be ready. Love the Constellation. It has most of the amenities of the Solstice class ships, with a more cozy, intimate feel. Our Concierge Class cabin, 8110, was convenient to the elevators and had the added bonus of hearts on the door (courtesy of a previous cruiser whose decals stained the door), so it was always easy to find. Beds, pillows and linens were extremely comfortable. We travel light (carry on only) and had plenty of room for everything. We were disappointed that the specialty restaurants were completely booked except for 9:30 pm, and our main dining room experience was AWESOME!!! Great selection, servers and food. We attended a wine and food pairing seminar we throughly enjoyed. The buffet is a bit smaller than on the Celebrity Reflection, but we had no trouble finding something delicious whenever we were hungry. I am a latte person for morning coffee and love, love, love the Cafe al Bacio. Since at least half of the pool lounges were "occupied" by towels only on sea days and none (!!!!) were empty, we ACTUALLY occupied lounges with only towels on them several times and no one ever came to claim them. Just sit down - possession is 9/10th of the law. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Never before have a been such a wide variety of age groups on any cruise line or ship before. One great thing were the college age kids who were on Spring break, (most major college's in the U.S.A start spring break in March), I-- ... Read More
Never before have a been such a wide variety of age groups on any cruise line or ship before. One great thing were the college age kids who were on Spring break, (most major college's in the U.S.A start spring break in March), I-- being a product of the movie, "Animal House" and the college age of the 80's and a 18 year old legal age remember a more wild and rambunctious Spring break spent in Florida and The Padre Islands on the beach and for a total cost for a week on the beach including the bus ride from Wisconsin was a mere $400.00 dollars. The College kids on the Constellation were cool cats and mostly in there mid 20's. They were well behaved and really added a lot of life and energy to not only the pool area but the main dinning hall as they girls were wonderfully outfitted with Celebrity's new, 'Chic," look. One of the interesting observations was the lack of children on the ship. I would surmise that most parents were waiting for there little ones to get out of public school before beginning their school breaks. The Constellation was by far one of the most well maintained ships I have even been on. I'm not talking the rooms but the actual, exterior, balcony's, and general areas. If you sail this ship you will have the opportunity to tell the offers your own opinion as the crew was available on more than one occasions and as Constellation is a "small" ship in todays standards you may bump into fellow passengers from time to time. We were in cabin 6114 on the promenade deck, it was your standard cabin that look like it was decorated in the 80's so I cant really complain now can I? Always book on the promenade deck of any ship and on any fleet. The luxury suites are located on this deck in most cases and so are the best housekeeper--and least chance of getting an obstructed view from your balcony, well almost. Food, oh, everybody wants to hear about the food, and the booze. Fact is if you like your libations, GET THE UPGRADES beverage package-period, you can walk around with a Hendricks gin with a cucumber slice in it and a bottle of Pierre water if you like, all included in your package. This package also includes your specialty coffees, wines in the main dinning room, and specialty drinks-why deny yourself life's simple pleasures! The buffet served decent sushi at around 4pm everyday with a large variety, and mist so soup. Never saw that before. Main dinning room was up to speed. Service was top notch and consistent with cruise ship dinning. The food also was varied and well prepared. I have only nice things to say about the main dinning room. I feel the two specialty restaurants on board were awkward in the sense the food in them was in fact the same food you could get in the main dinning room but of course for a price. The dishes had been renamed, and of course reshaped, but regardless they were the same cut of steak, the same desert and the same pork and cuts of fish. If you want an romantic/intimate setting yes, this will be your juiciest night as the atmosphere is pleasant and a change from the main dinning room-the food though not. If your still onboard I have a few things to say about the shipboard entertainment, well on actually. There were two shows put on by the staff. like watching STAR WARS for the first time and viewing the chemistry of Harrison Ford and Carrie fisher-pure magic. I had to ponder if they actors on the Constellation knows this themselves. to see for yourself several young people preforming a act and doing it with such chemistry made me slightly jealous and reminded me of my younger years and when I myself was part of something much larger than ourselves. Finally we come to the end of my review of the cruise ship Celebrity Constellation. Yes, don't hesitate to get on this ship. She is fun, smooth, and noteworthy, (did I mention I won $400.00 dollars in the casino?) could have used that money in the 80's. The Constellation will satisfy if you have or have not cruised before--she doesn't disappoint only you can do that on a cruise. My one last piece of wisdom. "Don't believe all the negative cruise reviews you read about." Good sailings! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Nice short last minute get away. We had a standard Verandah cabin 9016. The room was nice and clean. Had a small pull out couch and I believe a drop down bed. The verandah had a tapered overhang from the above floor (spa area). The ... Read More
Nice short last minute get away. We had a standard Verandah cabin 9016. The room was nice and clean. Had a small pull out couch and I believe a drop down bed. The verandah had a tapered overhang from the above floor (spa area). The overhang did not allow a lot of direct sunshine, but it did give pretty good privacy and cover from the rain. There is only one outdoor pool area, but plenty of outdoor areas to get sun. We really enjoy the sunset bar, where the bartenders were very professional and friendly. The dining was overall good. The buffets had healthy alternatives a nice sushi happy hour. The dinners were good and nice sized portions and also great staff. We didn't do any excursions, but walked into Key West. My wife did use the spa twice for messages and said the masseuse was excellent. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We recently took the Flower Power Cruise aboard the Celebrity Constellation for 5 days to Cozumel and Key West. The entertainment was great but many of the services aboard the ship were lacking. Though the state rooms were fine, the ... Read More
We recently took the Flower Power Cruise aboard the Celebrity Constellation for 5 days to Cozumel and Key West. The entertainment was great but many of the services aboard the ship were lacking. Though the state rooms were fine, the food quality was inconsistent in the main dining room and terrible all week at the buffet. Most noticeable was the poor service through the entire ship. We have taken several cruises and anything but demanding but the basic quality of the service staff was far below par of any other line we have taken. We don't know if this is because of the "Charter" for the theme cruise but the staff seemed untrained and certainly uninterested in what they were doing. Of course, there were some exceptions but overall they seemed poorly trained and ill equipped to deliver good customer service. They didn't seem to care if you came back or not. Overall it was a great time because of the music and theme but I would never pay for a cruise on a Celebrity ship if for a normal cruise trip. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We loved our experience aboard the Constellation. Superior service is something we have come to expect on Celebrity ships, however this crew exceeded our high expectations. Embarkation was a bit chaotic, however it was no fault of the ... Read More
We loved our experience aboard the Constellation. Superior service is something we have come to expect on Celebrity ships, however this crew exceeded our high expectations. Embarkation was a bit chaotic, however it was no fault of the cruise line. Ft. Lauderdale experienced severe weather (tornadoes and high winds) on the morning of our departure, and when we arrived at the terminal there was only emergency lighting and the xray machines and computers were non functioning, so the previous cruisers were late departing, and baggage was being examined by hand. All that being said, power was restored shortly after our arrival and the rest moved along swiftly. I do wish that the picture taking was done at the check-in and didn't require a second line, but once power was restored to the terminal we were aboard within 45 minutes ( there was a big backlog due to the weather and power issues). From that moment on, we were spoiled with pampering service everywhere on the ship. The Concierge Ilaria, was amazing. After I filled out the in-cruise comment card complementing the service and several crew members, I suggested that the hairdryers that required the user to hold in a button to have airflow, I received a call from Ilaria. She told me that she had checked around the ship in all the suites (we were Concierge Class) and that was the only kind of hairdryer available. She then offered to use of her personal dryer! What amazing thoughtfulness!! Even though I had my own, and declined her generous offer, I couldn't believe the offer. AMAZING! From the servers in the dining room, to the bar service by the pool, to the room stewards we experienced nothing by smiles and a willingness to go the extra mile from every crew member we encountered. We found the entertainment to be better than usual. The comedian, and juggler/comedian were funny, and the resident production troupe were better than most cruise ships. Our room steward, Lizardo, did a great job. We never had to ask twice for anything, he kept our cabin spotless and quickly learned our preferences. We ate at the Tuscan Grille and enjoyed the meal and the service. Our experience in Ocean Liners was FAR superior however. From the old world ambience, to the menu, to the tableside preparation to the outstanding service, our experiences there very special. We are looking forward to dining at Ocean Liners on our next cruise in December, it was well worth the extra money. Although we enjoyed Tuscan Grille, we would probably not re-visit it. The food in the main dining room was good, the only possible suggestion we had was that on several nights they had all of our favorite proteins (duck, lamb, steaks,) and on others (only 2) we found ourselves ordering from the old standards. The buffet was just as we've come to expect, however the table vacated by previous diners were cleared and cleaned quicker than normal, allowing for an easier flow and the constant attentiveness by bar wait staff made getting morning coffee appear as if my magic (much appreciated). The only negative (minor) we noticed was that Celebrity seems to be cutting back on live music by the pool. There was only and hour to and hour and a half per day (dance class and Zumba) on the sea days. We missed that and hope it's not a trend. The DJ, Lancero, who played in the center of the ship every evening was great and had high energy, they need to give him a dance floor on a regular basis Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our first time cruising with Celebrity. We have cruised on Disney twice before and Holland once. We had an Aqua Class cabin - 1133 (large veranda). The view from the room was great, but the boat rocked quite a bit. My only ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Celebrity. We have cruised on Disney twice before and Holland once. We had an Aqua Class cabin - 1133 (large veranda). The view from the room was great, but the boat rocked quite a bit. My only compliant was the veranda door would not stay open or shut when you were outside - it banged back and forth due to boat rocking. Room was noisy at night - I believe it was the veranda doors banging. If I ever go on Celebrity again I would book an Aqua Class room in the middle of the ship. The Blu restaurant was wonderful - worth the price of the Aqua Class. Service in Blu was outstanding, food quality was excellent. Night time shows were hit and miss, some were excellent. They had a Behind the Podium Speaker - Gary Evans spoke about the Caribbean Islands, Alfred Hitchcock and Marilyn Monroe that was amazing. The Theatre was very nice, ample seating with good views. This was a Virgin Islands cruise that offer only one shore excursion that would accept a collapsible wheelchair, which is weird based on the mature age of the cruisers. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We flew in 2 days early to enjoy Fort Lauderdale. Stayed at the Hilton Marina and was convenient for water taxi's and our annual trip to Coconuts for dinner! The morning of our cruise we had a flash storm at 7am that we got to watch ... Read More
We flew in 2 days early to enjoy Fort Lauderdale. Stayed at the Hilton Marina and was convenient for water taxi's and our annual trip to Coconuts for dinner! The morning of our cruise we had a flash storm at 7am that we got to watch sweep across the intercoastal waterway from our 8th floor balcony. The power was shut down at the port so previous cruisers were late in leaving. After about a 15 minute wait in line we entered the suite line up and that went really quick. Everyone was great except for the grumpy old man taking our pictures. He was awful and very rude. We walked right on to the ship by 12noon and our room was ready! Went for a nice lunch and our first cocktail and explored the ship. Loved this ship. It is the perfect size not too overwhelming. We loved our stay in Aqua class and would do that again anytime. Blu restaurant was the best-Delicious food in great portion sizes. Andy our waiter looked after us every morning and night and we just really enjoyed the peacefulness of Blu, not feeling rushed and just a relaxed meal. Most people who sat beside us were great at conversations and a few did not talk at all which is just fine with us. We never had a problem getting a table and went at different times each night. Having the premium beverage package had us enjoying the best beverages ! We enjoyed yummy wines with our dinners and several different cocktails throughout the day. We never had to wait more than a few minutes for a drink. Loved the special coffee's and took full advantage of that. We went to the shows every night and enjoyed all of them. They were never that crowded and we always found a good place about 20 minutes before the show started. We had 2 dinner in Ocean Liners and they were so nice. It is old fashioned table side service that was perfect. The tables are spaced nicely and they wait on you like you are the only person they are serving, We really enjoyed it. St. Croix we took a taxi to Sandcastle Beach. We had a beach umbrella, 2 loungers and rum punch for $20.00. Great snorkeling right off the beach. Yummy restaurant for lunch. Picked lots of sea glass from our beach walks. Our celebrity snorkelling excursion got cancelled to Virgin Gorda due to high waves so we were disappointed in that and just walked around the town. The sun came out in the afternoon and water calmed right down. We went back to the ship and had a nice lunch and sat in the shade and read. In Antigua we booked an island tour with "Lawrence of Antigua". He drove (6) of us all over the island in his air conditioned deluxe van. We enjoyed seeing Nelson's dockyard, many other sites and the outstanding Valley Church beach. Just beautiful! St. Maarten is a great place and we have been there a few times before. We booked a snorkel trip in a speedboat with Island Marketing. This 36' super fast boat was perfect for a choppy day on the water. The two of us and one other couple went all around St. Maarten with Captain AL. We stopped at many snorkel sights and Pinel Island where we fed the iguanas some romaine lettuce. We went to Rainbow Beach for a yummy lunch. Of course Sunset beach for the airplane viewing was great as usual. Such a fun day. We liked the Persian Gardens and that was so relaxing on sea days as well as the aromatherapy sauna. We enjoyed the adult pool that was covered in and visited there on sea days. Still chair hogs all around the pool. Many towels sat all day on chosen loungers that no one came to despite us walking by several times. We had our nice balcony to sit on but still don't understand why people hog chairs and don't use them? The 5 or 6 kids on this cruise were so well behaved and we saw them only briefly going to the show or dining rooms. No teens running around either. Disembarkation was easy. We had a late 10am time and just walked through and right to customs. Luggage was well organized and easy to find. In summary we would cruise Celebrity again, in a aqua room! So relaxing and enjoyable. A great luxurious, romantic vacation for 2! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Let me begin by saying, we always have a good time when cruising. It's a wonderful vacation experience with food, service and entertainment. However, we all may have a different opinion on level of quality, etc. and we all can have ... Read More
Let me begin by saying, we always have a good time when cruising. It's a wonderful vacation experience with food, service and entertainment. However, we all may have a different opinion on level of quality, etc. and we all can have a difference of opinion regarding the ship. That being said, our opinion regarding the Constellation is that the ship is mediocre - as was our experience based on a variety of factors. The food. How can one ruin breakfast? Have eggs and pancakes arrive cold morning after morning in the main dining room. Have toast arrive cold and brittle. Dinner was also erratic in terms of proper temperature and the menu was not great - to be kind. While we were never hungry, it was a shame to think that this is what Celebrity has come to. We are elite plus, so have lots of experience on which to base our opinion. Our cabin was another source of disappointment. We had booked the cruise rather late and so had the last cabin available. It was an inside on deck 9. The size was fine - the bathroom was not. The grout had rust and mold and this was not pretty. The cabin had an almost continual internal noise from the air conditioner and a loud motor noise at night that we could not identify. So, try not to book cabin 9135. The entertainment was enjoyable - though we had seen the production shows before. This may be a good reason to sail on a variety of cruise lines. Less repitition. We love to cruise and welcome the break in our daily lives. It's always great to have ones bed made and food served. However, the Constellation needs improvement in many areas. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Our first trip with Celebrity cruise lines 9 day So. Carribbean. Ship embarkation was quick and efficient. Our rooms were ready shortly after getting on board. Rooms need updating, curtains looked like rags, bathroom grout some mold. We ... Read More
Our first trip with Celebrity cruise lines 9 day So. Carribbean. Ship embarkation was quick and efficient. Our rooms were ready shortly after getting on board. Rooms need updating, curtains looked like rags, bathroom grout some mold. We did enjoy the night light feature in bathroom. Also the shelf under the window good place to put things. Was unhappy that after our first night we were charged for items from the mini bar we did not use. Guest services straightened out for us. Next time would ask that all items be removed from mini bar area. We upgraded to premium beverage package and was worth the extra cost. The martini bar made great cocktails and having wine at dinner was wonderful. We also enjoyed Bacio with Starbuck like coffee drinks and sweets. Shows were hit and miss with nice seating in theater. Shipboard activities were lacking on sea days. We did not find many things to do other than the pool or casino. Food was also hit and miss and way over salted. We had a couple of good meals in the dining room but otherwise could have passed on eating here. The sushi on the buffet was good and service was excellent. Staff was very accommodating in making spicy sauce for me. Tuscan grill food was good but not the quality we have had on other cruise ships. We were able to secure a discount for dinner there the first night glad we did not pay full price. Port excursions are over priced but did give us the security of ship not leaving without us. We did walk off debarkation and the cattle line up was chaotic at best. There were people in line 90 minutes before we even made port. We had early flight out of Ft. Lauderdale or would not have done this option. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was the second cruise my husband and I have taken with Celebrity and it was just as wonderful as the first one many years ago on the sister ship Summit. The mattresses are just perfect and the sheets and pillows are luxurious. ... Read More
This was the second cruise my husband and I have taken with Celebrity and it was just as wonderful as the first one many years ago on the sister ship Summit. The mattresses are just perfect and the sheets and pillows are luxurious. Once again at dinner I would find myself thinking about the pleasure of crawling into bed later in the evening. We had Stateroom 6000 on the Penthouse deck . Our stateroom was right in the front of the ship and we overlooked the helicopter landing pad. We had great views at all four stops. Even though we had fabulous weather there was a bit of soft movement but it really only enhanced the lull into sleep. This spacious stateroom is over the theater which was absolutely no problem. It was quiet at all times. The only crew member we saw was our wonderful attendant Amelita. The shower in the bathroom was larger than the others we have had. The furniture and carpet appeared new and the colors are lovely. This stateroom is quite a walk to the back dining areas for the 3 meals. But the theater was easy and quick to get to. The public bathrooms were very clean and several had lovely orchids on the granite sink counters. We received a nice carry bag to use on the excursions and were very surprised to see we had chocolate candies at night. No little towel animals though. There is no miniature golf on this ship. No outside big movie screen and no popcorn. No soft ice cream outside by the pools. No picnics or barbecue lunches on the pool decks during the days at sea. The toiletries were luxurious and were provided without asking. Nice. The bathrobes were in good condition as were the towels and washcloths. On the day we stopped at St. Croix it rained in the afternoon and we saw a rainbow right over the front of the ship out of the porthole window - what a lovely surprise and no charge. Another very big surprise was FOX NEWS on the TV. For four evenings we were able to see a full moon over the ocean after our dining time. So lovely and no charge. In our opinion the food was excellent. In the Oceanview Cafe they had stations with a "special" each day. The fresh vegetables were abundant. The fruit was plentiful although we never saw a fresh strawberry but that has been true for several cruises lately. There was an ice cream station in the Oceanview Cafe that was open for lunch, snacks and dinner. We had a 6:00 o'clock reservation in the MDR. This was changed to 5:30. We sat at a table for 8 with four people. After four nights another couple joined us for the remaining evenings and the last evening we had another guest at our table. It amazes me how the ships can put couples together that have similar tastes, opinions and background. We all showed up every evening and enjoyed each other very much. Service from Shane in the MDR was very good as was the choice of food on the menu. In fact, desserts seemed to be better than usual. Staff was very courteous and kind to us. I wasn't too impressed with the shopping on board but I'm not a big shopper so we mostly browsed when the shops were open on sea days. However we did enjoy the Faberge Egg talk. We have seen some of the Imperial Eggs and enjoyed hearing the history again. We did an excursion at each stop. The snorkeling at Tortola was disappointing. The company that took us to Norman's Island did not really cover the basics like we have experienced before. We never did see an abundance of fish or under water life. They eventually dropped us off at the beach on Norman's Island for 45 minutes. The best excursion was the sailing on the America's Cup sailboat when we stopped at St. Maarten. We had a beautiful calm day and a good crew. Too bad we lost in the race. It was a safe and great experience. We had a bit of a wait at the embarkation because of a strong storm that caused an outage to the computers, etc. just as passengers were leaving. Immediately we got a piece of paper with information about the problem and why we had to wait to board the ship. Flavored beverages were brought out and served to us. We still got on the ship with plenty of time to eat lunch and get to our stateroom by one o'clock. Our luggage came later in the afternoon. The sail away was delayed due to a repair so we missed that. When I was walking around the specialty restaurants (and some other areas) I was approached and asked if they could give me a discount on a meal and make a reservation for me? I'm really not interested in eating in these places. This bothered me. Another thing I wondered about was why we could not walk all the way around the promenade? There were big heavy oil cloth covers over the entrance to the covered part of the promenade. We went to almost all of the evening entertainment and most were very good. We enjoyed Travis Turpin and his many singing styles and impressions of Ray Charles, Elvis and other legends. Gary Evans was featured as a guest speaker for "Beyond the Podium" on sea days. He presented very interesting talks and video clips about Alfred Hitchcock and Marilyn Monroe. It was all but impossible to get a comfy pool deck chair near the pool. We do love their huge indoor hot tub pool and the sauna near the indoor pool is wonderful with a view of the sea. All in all it was wonderful to be on another Celebrity Cruise. The ship has an intimate feel to it and is very comfortable. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We were a party of 6 that has often cruised together. We all had the Classic Beverage Package. Embarkation We had stayed at the Crowne Plaza on Rte. 84. We all took a shuttle to the ship. This was easy since we were the only ... Read More
We were a party of 6 that has often cruised together. We all had the Classic Beverage Package. Embarkation We had stayed at the Crowne Plaza on Rte. 84. We all took a shuttle to the ship. This was easy since we were the only ship sailing out of Port Everglades that day. A storm knocked out the power to the terminal, which was terminal 4. This terminal in the past was used by a gambling ship and later MSC cruises, It seems very old. Since the walk through detectors couldn't work nor the luggage scanners, they started to "pat down" passengers and manually check carryon's. Luckily the power came on and those devices became operational. We are used to having your picture taken while receiving your card. This terminal required a separate line for pictures with only two cameras. However, we were at the Sunset Bar within arrival at the terminal. Ship The ship was in great shape. It was perfect in size at 91,000 tons. It had more public space per passenger than any ship we had previously been on, We never waited long for any elevator. Ports St. Croix was a disappointment. We booked an excursion to the Captain Morgan Distillery. However, before Captain Morgan we went to the "botanical gardens." I expected paved walkways and beautiful gardens. We did not like this at all. Our condo development is lovelier. We had been to Tortola before. Here DW shopped for clothes for the grandchildren. We were closed out of the Amazing Antigua excursion. Our friends liked it. They were taken past nice houses and movie star houses. We booked a cab for $25.00 each. He took us to both sides of the island and Nelson's Boatyard, etc. He took shortcuts through the various villages and we got to see how poor Antigua is. Back at the port, DW did more shopping at a nice straw market area. We have been to St. Maarten many times. Rose like to shop on Old Street. Dining We ate breakfast and lunch every day in the buffet. Because of the size of the public spaces, there were always plenty of tables available. The lines were not difficult to maneuver and the food was fine. The only snag in the buffet was coffee. I wish that I owned a company and whoever manages the coffee service owned my only competition. Whether we arrived at &:00, 7:30 or (:00 AM, the station would have no coffee, The next station would have no cups, the next station would have coffee and cups but no cream. We signed up for Select Dining for the first time ever. I then learned a lesson. I made reservation for 5 for the first night at 6:30. I thought that we would figure out when we wanted to eat the other days once we were onboard. However, onboard, you can only schedule a day at a time. Also, no reservations were available between 5:45 to 8:00 PM. I was told that those who scheduled the week before sailing got all those times. The meals were great. The Sommelier, Tomislav was even better. Your wine glass will never be empty. Bars We pretty much spent most of our bar time at the Sunset Bar. Having someone come to your table to take drink orders was spotty, but you could quickly order drinks at the bar and take them to your table. I pretty much stayed with Glenfiddich scotch while DW had Mai tais, or frozen strawberry Daiquiris. sais Entertainment The theater has enough seats to accommodate all passengers om two shows each night. The four production numbers were great. We enjoyed the comedian/juggler. The 2nd comedian was okay. We had seen the Elton John impersonator on the Equinox and didn't like the show so we skipped that here. Lenten Bonus. We were thankful that Celebrity had a priest onboard. We were able to make Mass on six of the eight offerings. Debarkation Debarkation went smoothly until we reach the customs area. Several lines were open to the customs officers. Some lady in uniform kept messing up the lines so some lines failed to move for various time periods. Once outside, we quickly caught a cab to the airport. Wrap-up Despite the minor irritations, the six of us had a great time. We had such a great time that on the subsequent weekend, we all booked Constellation's sister ship, Summit for a 9 day cruise out of Fort Lauderdale in February, 2017. Read Less
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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