Celebrity Constellation Review
8/16/03 - 8/30/03
14 Night Scandinavia & Russia

One of the newer ships in Celebrity's fleet, the Constellation is the best cruise ship on which we have sailed.  We're glad we had been on several other ships prior to the Constellation, as it helped us appreciate all of the design and attention to details that work so well on this ship.

Our cabin was an outside balcony, in the middle of the ship.  From a size and design perspective, it was typical of most cruise lines, and therefore was somewhat generic.  Our cabin steward was excellent, but again that is typical of cruising in general.  Embarking and disembarking the ship were also normal.

Now that the average items are out of the way, here are the superlatives, where the Constellation and her crew really stood out:

  1. Dining -- whether in the formal dining room, the buffet lines, or one of the specialty food areas, this ship has very good food.  And the variety is also very good, with multiple choices -- for example, for lunch there is a grill by the pool (hamburgers, fries, and pizza), a healthy alternative restaurant near the spa, the hot entree buffet, a soup and sandwich line, a pasta station, the formal dining room, and room service.
  2. Quality of food -- very good.  None of the tough hamburgers we have found on Norwegian ships, and nothing that tasted canned or prepared in bulk.  This is restaurant quality food.
  3. "The look" -- as you wander around the ship, you are constantly reminded that you are on a very classy vessel.  From the sculptures to the carpet, to the constant cleaning and polishing by the crew, the Constellation reminded us of a very nice hotel.
  4. Entertainment -- definitely a cut above our other cruise experiences, including a wonderful classical pianist (three standing room only concerts), a performer from London's West End, and a very talented group of staff performers.  In addition, the Celebrity Theater was excellent, with good acoustics and sight lines.
  5. A movie theatre -- fast disappearing on many cruise ships, this was one more sign of an attention to detail.  It was fun to settle in and watch recent movies.

 

 

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