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Constellation Review 31 August

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Sima

Guest
#1
Hello All,

This is my review of the Constellation, enjoy!


Constellation Review 31 August – 13 September 2002
By: Sima Malca & Ronit Selig

We have just returned from a wonderful cruise on the Constellation. From Dover to Barcelona. The weather was wonderful with temperatures between 20 –28 C.

The Ship:
Constellation is a beautiful 91,000 ton ship, she has 11 decks. All the public rooms are beautifully decorated. She has a 3 story high theater in shades of beige and pink, a two story high dining room called San Marco that looks like the Millennium’s but the colors are different. The Grand Foyer is magnificent, Rendez-Vous Lounge, Martini and Champagne bars are very comfortable, Reflections Nightclub is the panoramic 360 degrees observation lounge, sweet Cova Café is charming and our favorite Notes which is the fantastic music room. Everything is brand new and lovely. The cinema is small and comfortable, we watched one movie there. The Seaside Café on deck 10 is also beautiful.
The Emporium shopping arcade has nice shops but some things we wanted to buy Swiss chocolates were not there. They held sales sometimes and the prices were good.
The Casino is large and beautiful, we used the slot machines once, and one of them was kind enough to give us $55 (we invested $2).

The Cabin:
We had a 1B category cabin No. 8064 on Panorama deck. It was wonderful and we loved it. The colors are beautiful with Orange, light beige and light green. The bathroom has a shower which is as we learned much more comfortable to use than a bath, a hairdryer, lotion and shampoo dispensers and bathrobes.

The cupboard has a large storage space with hanging space and drawers. The bed is very comfortable with wonderful blankets. There is a writing desk, sofabed and a private balcony. The television is large and is sitting on top of the minibar. We could easily put all 3 suitcases under the bed. There are shelves near the desk. The air-condition system was good. The room was kept spotless by our stateroom attendant John who was the best we have ever had. He was quick and the minute we left for breakfast and dinner he cleaned our room and put ample soaps, towels and everything we wanted.
We used the laundry twice, it came promptly and clean.

The Itinerary:
The Itinerary was: Dover, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz, Palma, Livorno, Villefranche, Barcelona.
We took only 3 shore excursions, the first one was called “Medieval Ghent and Belgian Chocolatesâ€Â, Ghent is a medieval town, it is very pretty, the tour was very interesting, the first part was a tour of the city, the second a demonstration of chocolate making in a nice hotel and tasting chocolates. We bought there also superb chocolates.
The other two shore excursions were “Calvados Countryside†and Pisa, after these two experiences we realized we don’t care for these kinds of tours at all.
The other port we did on our on and they were fabulous.

The Food:
We ate mostly at the San Marco restaurant, also for breakfast and lunch. For Lunch and breakfast there is open seating and an assigned seating for dinner. The food was wonderful! There is a wide variety and as we eat mainly fish, there was always a fish item on the menu. The desserts were fantastic, especially the chocolate ones and all the ice creams. In the mornings we used to take a baked apple that was delicious and the quality of the pastries is superb. Many waiters remembered us from the Millennium. Our waiter and assistant waiter were very good. The food in the Seaside café where there is a buffet style meal was also very good but most of the time we preferred to go to the dining room.
We used room service once, ordering pizza and cakes, both were very good and arrived on time.


The Entertainment:
Most of the shows we saw at the Celebrity Theater where very good, we liked the Broadway style shows of the Celebrity singers and dancers. Lindsey Hamilton (a wonderful singer) gave two great shows, which were the highlight.
We purchased six movies from the interactive television selection, we enjoyed them very much.

Embarkation/Debarkation:
We arrived at the port of Dover at approximately 11:00 AM. It was almost empty, and the check in was very fast and we were in the ship after 10 minutes.
Debarkation was also smooth and we found our luggage quickly.

The Ship’s Staff:
The staff, many from the Millennium, was great everywhere. Guest Relations, the Bank, the Shore Excursions desk, the bar staff, and everyone else we encountered was very helpful.

On one of the warmer days in Spain, there was a wonderful party on the outer deck near the pool, with tropical fruit buffet, Caribbean music and dancing, this was one of the highlights of the cruise.

We had a wonderful cruise on Connie and we would love to take another cruise on her soon.
 
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Sandy R

Guest
#2
Hi Sima... we were also on the August 31st sailing of Constellation... in cabin 8080, down the hall from you. Perhaps we exchanged names, my memory is fuzzy, there were so many nice people we met. I concur that the cruise was wonderful. The staff, food and itinerary made for one our best cruises ever. We never take tours, did a few times in the past and won't subject ourselves to the experience again. On this cruise, we either booked private guides before we left home or hired a taxi and driver on the dock. Renting a car in Le Havre with another couple, was a definite highlight. Our private tour of Lucca and Pisa was also a highlight and the cruise ended on a high for us with our private guide in St. Paul de Vence and Eze. The Constellation is a great ship... we've already booked her for next July 2003. Sandy
 
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Sima

Guest
#3
Hi Sandy,

I also read your review and enjoyed it.

Can't wait to order my next Connie cruise, 13 nights went so fast.

All the best,
Sima