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This was a short cruise to Key West and Cozumel, with two days at sea in between. The Constellation is an extremely nice ship and the same class as the Summit, which we were on as well. While not the newest ship , it has most of the features you would want, as well as a nice décor and layout that makes it a very comfortable ship. It has an open deck at the rear, adjacent to the buffet, that is a great place to eat or have a drink. It is not as big as on the Solstice class ships and can get crowded when the weather is nice, which it was throughout this cruise. Docking right in Key West on a not too hot day was a real convenience. The Truman White House, where several significant historic events have taken place, is right next to the cruise port entrance and it was open to the public on this day. Very nice shaded grounds to walk around in and the gift shop had a nice little free historic display. In Cozumel we docked at the remote port instead of the centrally located one in the actual town center of San Miguel. This means you have to take a taxi, which is much less convenient. The port area where we docked is much less interesting, really just tourist shops. As Royal Caribbean Diamond Plus members we understood that we would receive reciprocal level benefits on this Celebrity cruise. However we only received Diamond level benefits. This was disappointing and not very clearly disclosed by RCI. The Elite level nightly reception in the Reflections lounge was very nice, but not as nice as the same level on Royal Caribbean. I can't understand why there is no reception on the first night, like on Royal. The snacks served were pretty lame and not always available, as they are at the buffet on Royal. There were also less choices of beers and other beverages. It was also one and one half hours shorter and there were no credits to use at the other bars as on Royal. The Elite party was held at the rather odd time of the morning. It would have been better to hold it in the evening, when the beverages served would be enjoyed more. It was nice to be on a ship without the pool deck movie screen, but unfortunately they replaced it by having music blasting in the early morning and late evening, making it impossible to sit and converse. Another odd thing was that there was no Caribbean band playing anywhere on the ship. They had a portable disco playing in the lounges and on the pool deck. There were also two women singing some rather non-mainstream types of music and none of the lounge musicians seemed to draw more than a handful of people. The one exception was the female classical string trio, Gran Volta. They also performed a very rock-like show in the theater using electric string instruments. Well done Celebrity! There was no lobster that I could find on the menu and even the bread selection was limited. They had some nice cakes and cupcakes at the buffet and the ice cream counter was good, although both seemed to lack any rich flavor. The freshly made waffles at the buffet were great, as usual. Celebrity' pizza is the best. But overall the buffet food lacked the variety and presentation of even the small ships on Royal. The make your own pasta bar did not even have any meat sauce available. Other than sushi there was very little in the way of Asian foods and curries. Even the hamburger grill on the pool deck lacked flavor, although the French fries were good. No afternoon tea, even in the buffet. The second production show was cancelled due to technical problems and replaced with a variety show. Jane Curry put on a very good cabaret show with her singing. There was no "meet the stars" opportunity on this ship. The one production show performed was good. The Captain put on a good talk about how modern ships are constructed and answered questions afterward. He was very personable and has quite a sense of humor. The cabin was fine except for the fact that the dust ruffle on the bed was full of holes and mostly in shreds. I cannot believe they have not replaced it. There were only about two trivia games each day and the prizes have become practically insulting. We heard that the ship had a reduced number of cruise staff and that seemed to be the case. Embarkation was the slowest and most disorganized I have seen in a long time. The Elite line just seemed to feed into the regular lines and you had to go in another line to register your credit card. Never had to do that before. This was very enjoyable cruise, but I have to say that since Celebrity went to the Modern Luxury concept it has resulted in some updated style but much less luxury.  

Not much difference between Royal Caribbean and Celebrity anymore

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Fast Alongside

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2015
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom 12
This was a short cruise to Key West and Cozumel, with two days at sea in between. The Constellation is an extremely nice ship and the same class as the Summit, which we were on as well. While not the newest ship , it has most of the features you would want, as well as a nice décor and layout that makes it a very comfortable ship. It has an open deck at the rear, adjacent to the buffet, that is a great place to eat or have a drink. It is not as big as on the Solstice class ships and can get crowded when the weather is nice, which it was throughout this cruise.
Docking right in Key West on a not too hot day was a real convenience. The Truman White House, where several significant historic events have taken place, is right next to the cruise port entrance and it was open to the public on this day. Very nice shaded grounds to walk around in and the gift shop had a nice little free historic display.
In Cozumel we docked at the remote port instead of the centrally located one in the actual town center of San Miguel. This means you have to take a taxi, which is much less convenient. The port area where we docked is much less interesting, really just tourist shops.
As Royal Caribbean Diamond Plus members we understood that we would receive reciprocal level benefits on this Celebrity cruise. However we only received Diamond level benefits. This was disappointing and not very clearly disclosed by RCI. The Elite level nightly reception in the Reflections lounge was very nice, but not as nice as the same level on Royal Caribbean. I can't understand why there is no reception on the first night, like on Royal. The snacks served were pretty lame and not always available, as they are at the buffet on Royal. There were also less choices of beers and other beverages. It was also one and one half hours shorter and there were no credits to use at the other bars as on Royal. The Elite party was held at the rather odd time of the morning. It would have been better to hold it in the evening, when the beverages served would be enjoyed more.
It was nice to be on a ship without the pool deck movie screen, but unfortunately they replaced it by having music blasting in the early morning and late evening, making it impossible to sit and converse. Another odd thing was that there was no Caribbean band playing anywhere on the ship. They had a portable disco playing in the lounges and on the pool deck. There were also two women singing some rather non-mainstream types of music and none of the lounge musicians seemed to draw more than a handful of people. The one exception was the female classical string trio, Gran Volta. They also performed a very rock-like show in the theater using electric string instruments. Well done Celebrity!
There was no lobster that I could find on the menu and even the bread selection was limited. They had some nice cakes and cupcakes at the buffet and the ice cream counter was good, although both seemed to lack any rich flavor. The freshly made waffles at the buffet were great, as usual. Celebrity' pizza is the best. But overall the buffet food lacked the variety and presentation of even the small ships on Royal. The make your own pasta bar did not even have any meat sauce available. Other than sushi there was very little in the way of Asian foods and curries. Even the hamburger grill on the pool deck lacked flavor, although the French fries were good. No afternoon tea, even in the buffet.
The second production show was cancelled due to technical problems and replaced with a variety show. Jane Curry put on a very good cabaret show with her singing. There was no "meet the stars" opportunity on this ship. The one production show performed was good.
The Captain put on a good talk about how modern ships are constructed and answered questions afterward. He was very personable and has quite a sense of humor.
The cabin was fine except for the fact that the dust ruffle on the bed was full of holes and mostly in shreds. I cannot believe they have not replaced it. There were only about two trivia games each day and the prizes have become practically insulting. We heard that the ship had a reduced number of cruise staff and that seemed to be the case. Embarkation was the slowest and most disorganized I have seen in a long time. The Elite line just seemed to feed into the regular lines and you had to go in another line to register your credit card. Never had to do that before.
This was very enjoyable cruise, but I have to say that since Celebrity went to the Modern Luxury concept it has resulted in some updated style but much less luxury.
 
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