On the 3rd June 2017 my adventure to join the Celebrity Constellation began ( extremely early in the morning! )
This blog is solely going to concentrate on the ship itself so stay tuned for my next blogs concentrating on the food ( very important of course ) and destinations I visited.
My cruise was the second sailing after Constellation had received her refurbishment at the end of May. I had read about the changes that were being implemented before we left the UK so I knew what to expect and was excited to see for myself.
As soon as we stepped on board I immediately felt at home, I really can’t put my finger on exactly why, but I could see straight away why people love this ship and why she gets so many repeat guests. We were greeted with a glass of chilled champagne in the atrium before we went off to explore our new home for the next 10 nights.
It was evident in all the public areas the refreshments that had been made. New carpets and upholstery really gave the ship a fresh and modern feel, I was extremely impressed!
A controversial change, from regular sailors on Constellation, was the removal of Ocean Liners restaurant and in its place is Qsine. Personally I love Qsine, the quirkiness of the way the dishes are served makes for a special night, but I appreciate it is not everyone’s cup of tea!
A new area at the back of the ship on top deck has been created, the Rooftop terrace. This was the area I was most intrigued to see! A large screen has been put up and the area has lots of comfy sofas and cabana type seats where you can just either relax in the sun with a drink or take in one of the films/sports events shown. In the evening this area, on certain nights, you can book the ‘Taste of Film’ which includes food and wine pairing matched with a film on the big screen. From what I gather this is small plates served at key points throughout the film.
On the pool deck, there is the addition on the ‘Top deck Burger Bar’. This is in place of the poolside grill which served up burgers and hot dogs throughout the day. The concept is the same, however there is now a charge for these high end burgers which are made using Wagyu beef. You are looking at around $10 per person for a burger with fries. If you don’t want to pay for one of these premium burgers, you can still pick a regular one up from the Oceanview cafe with no charge. More on the food side of things in my next blog!
The staff…. what can I say! Every single staff member I came in to contact with was happy and smiling and genuinely wanted to help with whatever was needed. Our cabin steward would often sprint from one end of corridor to help open our cabin door when my husband came back from Cafe Bacio with our morning coffees! We ate in the Oceanview cafe one evening and were surprised to be approached by the Executive chef who was asking for feedback on the food quality and choice in all the restaurants on board. I thought this was a great touch and although we had no complaints I’m sure if anyone had an issues they would have been taken on board and rectified. He was again genuinely interested in receiving any kind of feedback to make improvements where needed.
We experienced no problems with bar service in any bar we visited, even though we had a drinks package. I do know some customers travelling on other cruise lines had long waits to be served or the staff were just not interested if you had a drinks package, certainly not the case here! There was a great choice of bars and lounges, my favourite being the Martini bar. My husband thoroughly enjoyed playing with the iced bar each evening, much to amusement of the bar staff. Although we never went to a show whilst on board, they were extremely popular and from what I heard the performances and show quality was excellent each night.
We had an Ocean view cabin located mid ship on deck 3. The cabin was ideally located and we experienced no noise from engines, which I know is a concern for some being low down on the ship. This was the first time we have not had a balcony cabin, due to them all being sold out for our sailing, so I was a little skeptical about the size and having no outside space or fresh air. I was pleasantly surprised! The cabin was large, with a great amount of storage space and a lovely big window. The bathroom was what I would class as normal size really and even though there was the dreaded shower curtain rather than the glass screen, I wasn’t fighting it in the shower it seemed to stay put! Bonus! I would definitely have no hesitation in taking an Ocean View in the future and the lack of balcony didn’t make a huge impact on the cruise, it just made us ( or should I say me! ) get ready to go out quicker.
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog, I really can’t recommend the ship highly enough so if you are considering a cruise on Constellation I hope this has helped! Don’t forget to check back for my next Constellation installments……
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