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Celebrity Cruises: Constellation

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  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.
  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.
  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.
  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.
  • Celebrity Cruises Inc.

Constellation Review

The fourth and final Millennium-class ship, Celebrity Constellation was launched in 2002. In a move the line termed Solsticizing, Constellation has received some of the most popular features of Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships, including the addition of spa accommodations, an iLounge Internet and learning center, and more specialty restaurants. From Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Constellation sails a series of five-night Western Caribbean cruises in the winter season and repositions to Europe for summers of lengthier voyages throughout the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, with departures from Istanbul or Baltic sailings from Amsterdam.

Millennium-class ships are among the largest and most feature-filled in the Celebrity fleet. The ships include show lounges reminiscent of splendid opera houses, and an alternative restaurant with a classic ocean liner theme. The spas are immense and house a complimentary hydrotherapy pool and café. These ships have a lot to offer families, with some of the most expansive children's facilities in the Celebrity fleet. Recent upgrades have introduced more accommodation categories and dining venues similar to those found on Solstice-class ships.

Rich fabrics in jewel tones mix elegantly with the abundant use of marble and wood accents throughout public areas. The atmosphere is not unlike a luxurious European hotel filled with grand spaces that flow nicely from one to the other.

The Chandris Group, owners of budget Fantasy Cruises, founded Celebrity in 1989. Initially utilizing an unlovely, refurbished former ocean liner from the Fantasy fleet, Celebrity gained a reputation for professional service and fine food despite the shabby-chic vessel on which it was elegantly served. The cruise line eventually built premium sophisticated cruise ships. Signature amenities followed, including large standard staterooms with generous storage, fully equipped spas, and butler service. Valuable art collections grace the fleet.

Although spacious accommodations in every category are a Celebrity standard, Concierge-class, an upscale element on all ships, makes certain premium ocean-view and balcony staterooms almost the equivalent of suites in terms of service. A Concierge-class stateroom includes numerous extras, such as chilled champagne, fresh fruit, and flowers upon arrival; exclusive room-service menus; evening canapés; luxury bedding, pillows, and linens; upgraded balcony furnishings; priority boarding and luggage service; and other VIP perks. At the touch of a single telephone button, a Concierge-class desk representative is at hand to offer assistance. Suites are still the ultimate, though, and include the services of a butler to assist with unpacking, booking spa services and dining reservations, shining shoes, and even replacing a popped button.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Stylishly appointed Grand Foyers have sweeping staircases
  • There's no charge for use of the thalassotherapy pool in the Solarium
  • The AquaSpa Café serves complimentary light and healthy selections

Cons

  • These ships just have too many passengers to offer truly personal service
  • Wines in the specialty restaurants are pricey
  • There are no self-service laundries
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 999
  • Entered Service 2002
  • Gross Tons 91,000
  • Length 965 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1085
  • Passenger Capacity 2,170
  • Width 105 feet
  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Apr 30, 2015

Jayne Curry Reason to Book Celebrity

The Best Reason To Book With Celebrity In my personal opinion, the best reason to book Celebrity Cruises can be summed up in two words. First word: Jayne. Second word: Curry. Jayne Curry is a phenomenal entertainer with a clear, powerful, pitch perfect alto voice, a warm stage presence and is a true Funny Gurl (read her highly entertaining blog for the reason for the unusual spelling). Ms. Curry can take a lyric and wring as much emotion from it as

could Judy Garland. She appears to be a totally grounded, down-to-earth entertainer with enough droll wit and humor to fill an auditorium. And her speaking voice is gorgeous; very resonant, relaxed, sincere. If her agents are not marketing her for voice overs they should send out demo reels immediately. I have just written Celebrity to suggest they make her their spokesperson. We were travelling with a group of seven: my husband and myself, our two grown daughters, one son-in-law and two grandchildren. Every Celebrity crew member could not have been friendlier and more professional. Several even remembered my Granddaughter’s name and would bring her cookies. You could tell each employee had been exquisitely trained. The rooms were clean and used storage space most efficiently. The food was consistently excellent. The pool is quite small. I’m not sure this particular ship would be best for older teens unless Jayne Curry was performing and then they would just have to grin and bear it if they were travelling with me. The entertainers in addition to the incredible Jayne were all good but there was one glaring exception: the children’s show on the final night of the cruise was abominable. I’m not referring to the performers. They were on a par with theme park talent. It was the writing that wilted all comprehension. Our group felt that the writers of this disjointed show must have spent three days straight downing martinis in the martini bar. We could hear them claim “we’re so drunk let’s just grab a song here and a song there, throw them all into a story that defies reason, add glittery scenery and no one will notice!” We noticed and are forthwith issuing a plea to Celebrity – rewrite that ghastly show!

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