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Cruise Ship Information
GTS Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium-class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises. She is the co-flagship of the Celebrity fleet, along with Century-class ship Century. She was originally named Constellation, but renamed in May 2007. Her three sister ships are the Celebrity Infinity, Summit, and Millennium.
 
She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. The ship boasts a COGAS[2] power plant of gas turbines and a steam turbine providing up to 60 Megawatts for the electric systems and two 19 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom MerMaid azimuth thrusters for propulsion. In 2007, she was refitted with the addition of a diesel engine as a fuel-saving measure. The ship can run on any combination of the gas turbines or diesel. In port, she generates electrical power from the diesel.
 
Constellation consistently receives top honors from Condé Nast's readers survey, and was ranked in 2007 by readers as one of the "best large cruise ships." During the summer period the ship sails in Northern Europe. Since her delivery the ship sails to the Baltic Sea between May and August. In June and July the ship also sails to the Norwegian Fjords up to the North Cape. The rest of the season the ship sails to the Mediterranean and Black Sea (fall) and the Caribbean (winter).
 
Atmosphere on board 

You will notice the relaxing and elegant atmosphere onboard Constellation the moment you cross the gangway. As your cruise progresses, gentle reminders that you're aboard one of the most sophisticated ships in the "premium" range of cruise lines will appear.

The tone is set early in the cruise. Representatives from each of the ship's activity options set up poolside tables to answer questions of arriving guests on embarkation day. Whether it's spa appointments, questions about Internet rates or casino gaming, it's a nice touch to begin the cruise. There is enough variety in onboard activities, enrichment lectures, and quality entertainment to keep almost any type of cruiser happy -- all led by a friendly and energetic Cruise Director and his staff.

Over the past decade we've noticed a change in the attitude of staff on Celebrity ships. They've moved from delivering a professional but reserved service, to a still professional but friendlier service. Positive change in our view, and clearly exhibited on our Constellation cruise with friendly, yet excellent, service throughout.

Family with Kids/Teens
Celebrity Constellation Children's / Kid's Programs & Babysitting
 
CEL_SL_Arcade_019The Celebrity Constellation has kids' activities designed to entertain the younger cruisers and is known as the Celebrity X Club Youth Program. Youth groups are divided based on age. There are a total of four age groups with the own areas and activities.
Shipmates is for ages 3 to 6,
Cadets are ages 7 to 9,
Ensigns covers ages 10 to 12,
Admiral T's covers ages 13 to 17.
The Celebrity X Club Youth Program will take kids under three, but if they are not potty trained, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times while at the "Fun Factory".
Activities include treasure hunts, boat building, and PCs. The Admiral T's crowd has their own hang out called the "Tower," located on the Sunrise Deck (Deck 11). Teen activities include the Pool Olympics, karaoke and Play stations to name just a few. The children's program is located in the "Fun Factory" also on the Sunrise Deck (Deck 11).
Babysitting on the Celebrity Constellation
Babysitting on the Celebrity Constellation is offered as a group or in-stateroom if personnel are available.
Celebrity X Club Youth Program Overview
Check out our detailed overview of the Celebrity X Club Youth Program. The overview provides details on what to expect with Celebrity Cruises children's program, costs, late night babysitting services, and slumber parties. You can even make child care arrangements when the Celebrity Constellation is in port -- this gives parents the flexibility to explore the port without their kids.
Celebrity Constellation Children's / Kid's Programs & Babysitting Tips:
The daily activities for the various kids' programs are delivered to cabins every evening. They are also handed out by their respective Directors.
During peak sailings, the older kids may be grouped into 12-14 and 15-17 age groups with different activities
 
Past Passenger Programs
The Program: Captain's Club, a three-tiered system
 
Perks: "Classic" members (those who have earned one to four credits for cruising with Celebrity) get perks including access to the loyalty desk and loyalty host, a premium onboard discount booklet, a one-category upgrade (when available), pre-sailing dining reservations at alternative eateries on applicable vessels, and little freebies like wine tasting and golf clinics. "Select" cruisers (five to nine credits) receive all of the above as well as a complimentary wine seminar, priority status to shore excursion waitlist, an invitation to the senior officers' cocktail party, 25 percent off any Internet package, complimentary pressing of two clothing items, and discounted laundry on cruises of 12 nights or more.
 
Added perks for "Elite" members (10 or more credits) include a private shipboard departure lounge with continental breakfast, priority tender service, priority waitlist for dining room seating, elegant tea service, complimentary use of Thalassotherapy pool use on Celebrity Mercury, complimentary access to the Persian Garden (port days only), access to the new Captain's Club Lounge at Michael's Club (certain hours of the day), 90 free Internet minutes, one free item of dry cleaning, a complimentary bag of laundry (wash, dry and fold), discounted laundry on cruises of 12 nights or more, and the ability to join Royal Caribbean's Crown and Anchor Society at the Diamond level.
 
All members get the traditional invite to the captain's cocktail party, newsletter and chance to cruise on reunion voyages.
 
Incentive to Belong: As Celebrity's ships get larger, preferential boarding and disembarkation is a nice benefit. Also, because the tier system is based on credits -- not just the number of cruises taken -- there are ways to move up the ranks faster. For example, you'll earn an extra credit for booking a Concierge-level stateroom or higher, or for sailing for 12 nights or more, for a possible total of three credits for one voyage.
 
Members-Only Deals: Captain's Club members are offered several special discounted sailings per year, some of which can be a good deal compared to retail rates, especially if it also includes an onboard credit or discount certificate. Compare prices to verify the savings.
 
For More Info: Visit the Captain's Club section on Celebrity's Web site or call 800-437-3111.
 
Fitness And Spa

buffs will be pleased with the glass-enclosed fitness center offering 14 treadmills, 12 exercise bikes, six stair-steppers, two rowers and free weights. Aerobics classes are scheduled throughout the day. Personal training, a body composition test, an Alpha massage capsule, and destress and detox packages are offered at various fees.

At 25,000 square feet, the adults-only AquaSpa is one of the most spacious afloat. The jewel of the fitness area is the highly atmospheric, relaxing Thalassotherapy pool, a sort of saltwater Jacuzzi, in which you'll feel as though you've retreated into a different world altogether (a small fee for use all day). The Persian Garden aromatherapy oasis is a nice place to meditate for an additional charge.

Treatments administered by Steiner's of London are by no means inexpensive but usually booked solid anyway. Get 20 percent off if you book on sailing day, and watch for specials on treatments while the ship is in port.

At $29, the "Frangipani" treatment, a scalp, neck and shoulder massage, is by far the best value on offer. There are also exotic "Sensory Heaven" treatments, such as the float massage, haiku ritual facial and an "aroma stone massage."

 
Food & Dining
The Ocean Liners alternative restaurant is an homage to the grand era when ocean liners ruled the seas. It aspires to be among the finest restaurants at sea. The three-hour dinner involves a $30 per person surcharge, plus an additional charge for five paired wines if you wish to partake.
 
A visit to Ocean Liners is as much about the dining experience as it is about the food. This restaurant is practically theater with a flourish of white tied waiters cooking tableside flambé entrees with butterfly service. The food quality was naturally better than the dining room due to the a la minute delivery of searing hot food to the table. There are signature dishes and an impressive list of international wines ranging in price from $18 to $450 a bottle.
 
Tuscan Grille Restaurant, featuring Italian cuisine but not limited to pasta ($25 service charge) offers a true trattoria mena starting with prima piatti; antipasti, calamari fritto, bufala mozzarella,etc. Secomd course is soup or salad, the pasta course comes third with spaghetti(?), linguini, Kobe meatballs or veal parmesan. The main course offers seafood (sea bass, salmon), vegetarian (eggplant parmesan) or meat; lambchops, veal, ribeye, NY strip or filet mignon.
 
Desserts in any service-charge restaurant on Celebrity are heavenly.
 
The very elegant two-level San Marco Dining Room is located completely astern with two-deck-high glass windows welcoming warm, natural light and offering remarkable views of the sea. Its tables are spaced widely enough to permit conversation at sub-shouting levels. If you happen to be assigned a table on the lower level, at least once arrive from Deck 5 and make your entrance down the elegant grand staircase, which defines the grandeur of this room.
 
The setting for casual dining from 6:30 a.m. to half past midnight is deck ten's Seaside Cafe & Grill offering breakfast and lunch buffet, pizza, afternoon tea and an ice cream and frozen yogurt counter. An odd and very amusing decorative touch is an extra-strength four-foot circle of glass in the floor with a view to the open sea below. There's a good chance you won't even notice it unless you happen to sit nearby and look down, and then the effect is quite surprising.
 
The Seaside Café attempts to alleviate waiting and congestion by breaking the two buffet lines into separate areas with offerings changing daily. There is a separate sandwich counter aft, as well as pizza, Asian food and pasta stations.
 
Because it is a cafeteria style buffet line, even with the attempted separation, we found people in the buffet lines running into the pasta line from the other way. During breakfast hours the sandwich station serves made to order pancakes and waffles with a selection of toppings. Many people seem to never discover this area, so service is fast, and the pancakes are hot and fluffy, and the waffles excellent.
 
This rear section of the café, called the Grill, is also the place for casual dinner, served a la carte. Reservations are required and dinner is served between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. There's also a sushi service here in the evenings. Outdoors at poolside, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken breasts and fries are available during the day. On some nights Constellation lays out themed midnight buffets. 24-hour room service is also available
 
For healthy fare, the Aqua Spa Café by the thelassotherapy pool serves breakfast, lunch and extremely light dinners; all cold items, nothing cooked. Menu offerings include high-nutrition, low-fat cereals, yogurt, bagels and the like for breakfast. Later in the day, cold plates like apple/walnut salad, citrus marinated salmon, tortilla wraps and cold soups are on tap.
 
All passengers can also order room service meals from the lunch and dinner menus during the hours those meals are being served. Continental Breakfast room service only is offered except for those with Concierge-class or suite-level cabins. For an out-of-cabin continental breakfast experience, don't miss the absolutely decadent pastries at the Cova Cafe Milano. 
 

Entertainment
Celebrity is placing an increased emphasis on entertainment.  "Celebrity was always known for the food number one, the service number two and then the entertainment.  What we are really trying to do is drive the
entertainment."
 
When people think of cruise ship entertainment, the first thing that often comes to mind is the production shows in the ship's theater. In this area, Celebrity has been "hiring new production companies to come in with much bigger productions with mass appeal. The production companies put together the shows. They hire the dancers, the singers. They rehearse on land and they bring them onboard.  The [cast] gets about a cruise to learn the stage and get the costumes going. But they are paid onboard by Celebrity.
 
Staterooms
Celebrity Constellation features a variety of cabin categories to suit any passenger's needs, from tiny insides to lavish 1,500-square-foot suites, and 60 percent of all accommodations feature verandahs.
 
Constellation's standard cabins -- insides, outsides and balconies (called "Deluxe Oceanview") -- average a paltry 170 square feet (38-square-foot balconies), about 15 to 20 feet below the industry average.
 
Decor features hotel-style white bedding with light brown accents, rust carpeting and striking red love seats thrown in for a shock of color, all of which replaced the flamboyant turquoise-and-yellow Caribbean decor of the old abodes. (For a before and after, check out part three of our refurb slideshow.)
 
Insides, outsides and balconies feature two twin beds that convert to queens, safes, small desks, stocked mini-fridges, flat-screen TV's and bathrobes. The mini-fridges are locked; have your room steward open yours and clear out the for-fee booze if you want to store your wine or water. Shower-only bathrooms have hair dryers, shampoo, moisturizer and bar soap. There is no shower gel.
 
Drawers might be some issue for because they were a little stressed for space -- especially with having to pack for a 12-night cruise. There are drawers hidden in a secondary closet in each room, which also houses the safe. There's another drawer above the flat-screen TV, which is also where extra bedding is stored.
 
For those looking for a little more space and a few more amenities, the ConciergeClass cabins are 191 square feet with 42-square-foot-balconies. Added touches for concierge passengers include welcome bubbly, a pillow menu, nightly canapes, a 32-inch TV and nicer balcony furniture. In 2012, Celebrity expanded the ConciergeClass services to include an exclusive pre-departure lounge with free coffee and juices. Sky Suites come in at 251 square feet with 57-square-foot balconies.
 
Continuing up in size, Family Oceanview cabins are 271 square feet with enormous 242-square-foot verandahs that feature pairs of loungers and tables with two chairs each. Inside, there's a partition separating the "master bedroom" from the lounge/extra bed area.
 
Eight 467-square-foot Celebrity Suites feature lovely floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows (but no balconies), a jetted tub and a pair of entertainment centers. The eight 538-square-foot Royal Suites (195-square-foot balconies) add more space and feature whirlpool tubs on the verandahs. On the top of the list are a pair of 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suites with massive, 1,098-square-foot balconies. These suites also feature a baby grand piano, should you wish for a private concert or to tinkle the ivories on your own.
 
All suite passengers enjoy the service of a butler, who can help pack and unpack, set up in-cabin meals and help make onboard arrangements. Other suite extras include complimentary dinner at a specialty restaurant (one dinner for cruises of seven nights or less, two for cruises of eight nights or more); priority check-in; in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner; complimentary espresso and evening hors d'oeuvres.
 
There are 26 wheelchair-accessible cabins, including insides, oceanviews, balconies, concierge class cabins and Sky Suites.
 

Tipping

Celebrity suggests a per-person per-day gratuity of $3.50 for the waiter, butler (Suites only) and stateroom attendant; $4.00 for Concierge Class stateroom attendant; $2.00 for the Assistant Waiter; and $.75 for the Assistant Maitre d' and the Assistant Chief Housekeeper.

All guests are given a form to sign if they wish to have these gratuities charged to their shipboard account. Children under 12 who are the third or fourth person in the stateroom pay only half these amounts. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Gratuities for room service, spa, casino and other staff are at your discretion. Note: Passengers who choose "Celebrity Select Dining" before their cruises are required to prepay gratuities (prior to boarding).

Alternatives: If you wish to adjust the amount you pay, this can be done onboard at guest relations.
Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to all bar bills.
 
Fellow Passengers
Celebrity attracts an upper middle-class passenger base, the majority of whom are experienced travelers. It was mostly couples or groups on my particular cruise, typically in the 45 to 70 age range. During the summer and over school holidays, the number of kids onboard may balloon to 250 or more.
 
When Constellation is in Europe, the passenger mix is international, with a roughly even blend of North American and European cruisers, most of whom hail from the United Kingdom (the largest Continental contingent), France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. Passengers from Japan, Israel and South America were also onboard our sailing. In the Caribbean, expect the breakdown to skew much more North American.
 
Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer a vibrant, high-energy environment; lots of singles and children; open, single-seating or anytime dining; a small-ship cruise experience
 
Our recommendation
The stylish ships of Celebrity Cruises feature high-end decor, modern technology, excellent enrichment programs, superior dining options and outstanding spas.
Celebrity Cruises is best for: Adult couples, cruise line also attract families with teen-agers, family reunions, multi-generational; Young adults looking for soft adventure and sports activities; Boomers looking for a cruise with lots of enrichment at sea; Spa lovers and Travelers who want a taste of luxury at a premium cruise price.