Although the ship only entered service in 2002 the Celebrity Constellation has undergone a refit in the last few months, meaning that passengers can take advantage of the new contemporary interiors and state of the art entertainments. This is typical of the Celebrity cruises brand which has forged a reputation as a dependable provider of high quality cruises that appeal to all age groups and nationalities.
Destinations and Itineraries
Amsterdam is the Celebrity Constellation's home until the middle of September this year. From the Dutch capital the ship embarks on 13 day tours of Scandinavia and Russia on a classic Baltic cruise. After a day at sea the ship's first port of call is Warnemunde in Germany, the port for Berlin. Another day at sea follows before the ship calls in a Stockholm, Helsinki and then the UNESCO world heritage city of St Petersburg in Russia.Read more
The next day the ship arrives at Tallinn in Estonia and then following another day at sea the ship reaches the magical Danish capital of Copenhagen. After another day at sea the ship returns to Amsterdam. Departures for this cruise are scheduled for July and August. A single 11-day voyage between Barcelona and Istanbul follows, calling at eight ports including Villefranche in France, Florence, Civitavecchia and Naples in Italy, Sicily, the Athenian port of Piraeus, and the Kusadasi in Turkey before arriving in the Turkish capital.
From then until the middle of November the ship sails the Greek islands and Turkey on 13 day cruises that depart and return to Istanbul. The Constellation then crosses the Atlantic on November 24, reaching its winter home of Miami, leaving from Civitavecchia and calling en route at Naples, Sardinia, Malaga and Tenerife. Shorter cruises around the Caribbean follow until April 2014 when it returns to Europe. Ports of call can include Key West, Cozumel and the Bahamas.
Cruise Ship and Facilities
One of the smaller ships in the fleet, the Celebrity Constellation has 975 cabins, with more than half benefitting from balconies. An additional 223 have an ocean view and there are a further 178 rooms inside. Cabins are generously proportioned, with a large lounge area which has a sofa bed, making it appealing to families with children. Each cabin also has a fridge, minibar, safe, and interactive TV. Bathrooms are spacious with good sized showers.
One of the many benefits of the recent refit is 66 updated staterooms, including the spa-inspired Aqua class with complimentary access to the ship's Persian Garden. When all the cabins have double occupancy the ship has a capacity for 2,449 passengers. Combined with the 1,000 crew, this creates a ratio of one crew member for every 2.4 passengers - promising attentive service.
This ship has two pools on deck and another inside with a sliding glass roof. There are four jacuzzis on board and plenty of sports facilities to keep the active occupied. This includes a fitness centre, aerobics, a basketball court, compact football, paddle tennis, volleyball, a golf simulator and jogging track. There is also a sauna for relaxing and an on board Elemis spa with panoramic views across the ocean - part of a new trend of branded spas on ocean liners.
New this year, the ship has the first Apple computer specialist at sea, the Celebrity iLounge. In fact enhanced wifi is available throughout the ship, ensuring that Celebrity keeps pace with the changing needs of its customers. Young passengers are equally well looked after and the ship's facilities for children is rated as good. On board there is a Fin Factory and Tower Club for teenagers with organised activities and a video games arcade.
There are three main dining rooms on the ship, the San Marco restaurant being the main destination for diners, offering good food and attentive service. Dinner is also available in the cabin as room service. Alternative dining options include the Tuscan Grille with traditional Tuscan décor and cuisine from the Italian region given a modern twist. Another beneficiary of the ship’s recent refit, the Blu restaurant continues the spa theme with healthy food prepared without fuss or pretence.
Passengers can educate their palate in the on board wine bar or have a snack at the Cafe Al Bacio and Gelateria. The dress code is casual and comfortable in the daytime, with evenings ranging from smart casual to formal, when a dark suit or black tie is required of gentlemen and a cocktail dress for ladies.
The Celebrity Constellation only entered service in the last decade but such are the stellar standards of the cruise line that its recent refit was deemed necessary. The result is a quality cruise liner with some of the most modern facilities available at sea.
By night the Celebrity Constellation glitters with possibilities. Whether you take in a Broadway style show or a cabaret revue at the Celebrity Theatre, tempt lady luck in the casino, or discuss the day with friends in the piano bar, your cruise holiday evenings will be every bit as action packed as your days. Whatever you do onboard the Celebrity Constellation make sure you book a treatment at the sublime Elemis spa, with delights like hot stone massages on the menu it’s one of the most relaxing locations on the ship. You’ll also find plenty of pretty public spaces to enjoy, filled with luscious foliage and fragrant flowers.
Thanks to the intelligent design, even standard accommodation onboard the Celebrity Constellation packs lots of handy cruise holiday essentials into 170 square feet. There’s a sitting are with coffee tables, ample storage in the shape of cupboards and drawers, nightstands and a shower ensuite with complimentary products. Around three quarters of her cabins boast glamorous balconies; book one of these and you’ll be treated to enhanced space and a delicious daily delivery of fresh fruit and canapés.
Luxury cruise holidays are an opportunity for memorable event dining, and dinner in the two-tier San Marco Restaurant is a truly unforgettable occasion, with a menu put together by legendary chef Michel Roux. Haute cuisine is served by white gloved stewards in Ocean Liners fine dining restaurant and buffet style meals are served poolside in the relaxed Seaside Café; an endless parade of international hot and cold dishes. In addition there’s a tempting range of chic cafes, healthy snack bars and grill stations to try out.
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