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Celebrity Cruise Line

GTS Constellation

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: John Nuttall
# previous cruises: 10+
Date of Trip: June 22, 2002
Itinerary: Europe

This was definitely a destination cruise, with the British Isles, Ireland, Norwegian Fjords,Copenhagen and Brussels visited. For those who like Alaska cruises then this is one they will love.

Public Areas
The ship's decor is clubby, understated and warm. It does not overpower you. The spa is the best afloat, the lounges are what you would expect from Celebrity. We loved the views from above the bridge, especially when leaving and coming in to ports.

Food and Service
The food was excellent in most cases, and very good at other times. The lamb, soups and fish dishes were among the best ever eaten. The pizza was the only exception, and should be looked at. Somebody should research what Carnival does. The service was impeccable and unobtrusive. Buffets were middle of the road, except for the gala buffet, which was spectacular. The alternative dining set ups were great, especially after coming from shore, and not wanting to dress for dinner.

The cabin did not distinguish itself from other lines. There was ample storage and room, for what time one spends in the cabin. The honor bar was not used, especially at the prices charged. The cabin was very quiet, and naps were easy to take. Cabin service was excellent.

This was the only area that Constellation did not measure up. The overall level of entertainment was poor. All other cruise lines we have cruised on have been better. Waving the flag and asking people how long they have been married to get ovations is a sure sign of low quality. Celebrity needs to look long and hard at this area.

Paris is always a great port. The fjords, especially Geirangerfjord, were spectacular. I wonder why we did not visit Amsterdam instead of 2 stops in Ireland and 3 days in Norway, or Brussels. The tours were all fine, and left us wanting more, (we took 5). The spa and health facilities were the best we had seen, especially when you go to Northern Europe. We never missed the open pool.

Who Goes
This was an older group, although there were many families although 60% were American, with many British and Korean people on board also. They were generally well travelled.

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