Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by djdobrott
- Sail Date: January 2015
- Destination: Bahamas
- Cabin Type: Ocean View 6
This cruise I would give a B-.
The boat is a good size, but there doesn't seem to be a lot going on. I expected less activities on a 4 day cruise, but most of the boat was a snooze fest. I later realized from other guests that the M class tends to be a quiet ship.
I really liked our room 6004 (pics attached). It was nice to have an oversized room, and I will definitely be requesting ADA rooms going forward to have the extra space.
The service I found to be lacking with certain crew. The martini bar was always packed and one evening myself and another couple next to me waited 15 minutes before even being acknowledged by one of the three bartenders. There was no apology for the wait and when he took our order he looked annoyed. The next day the pool bar had only 1 staff member around lunch time and he too was completely overrun and had a sourpus face. On Equinox there were more visible staff, they always had a smile and I never waited more than 5 minutes for a drink. At least when I did wait the bartender would acknowledge me and let me know he would be with more shortly, not the case on the Connie.
I get that many cruisers are now on the drink packages, and being a 4 day cruise many guests are not the most polite, but I was completely surprised to see such a large number of the crew looking so unhappy with curt replies.
There were a few bright spots. Alexander in the Rendezvous lounge was always a treat (he was my favorite bartender on Equinox, so it was just luck he had moved to the Connie).
The food was very good. Our first night in the main dining room though the service was painfully slow, but then we asked to be seated in a different section the following night and everything was perfect so we always returned to that section and had a great time.
I can see why some cruisers who like a more relaxed and quiet pace enjoy the M Class. I'm glad I did the cruise, but going forward I would only book an S Class ship.
The ship having less to do was only a minor disappointment, my main concern was the dichotomy of service. There were a few bright stars that we learned to always go to and it made the cruise by day 3, but Celebrity should have great service all around.
The port stops were 50/50. We did a Snorkel excursion in Nassau which was well worth the money and a great way to see the island. We walked around the town for 15 minutes, but not being into the diamond exchanges, we returned to the boat for lunch. This is a stop I would avoid on future cruises or opt to stay on the boat.
We had a wonderful time in Key west, a rather late start due to some drinking the night before in Reflections, but would definitely go back. The Butterfly Conservatory is worth the visit.
Since I've been off the boat I've been in a YouTube video spiral of cruise reviews (Thinking the NCL Getaway might be fun to try). I have to say I still love Celebrity and I'm booked on the Equinox again in Aqua Class for the 10 day Med cruise this summer (Rome to Istanbul). So it was nice to see her in port when we disembarked.
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