by Deborah B
August 31, 2003
Just returned from our cruise on Celebrity's Constellation to the
Southern Caribbean which included: Puerto Rico, St Criox, Barbados,
St Lucia, Antigua, and St Thomas. This is our second cruise with
Celebrity, and once again, the staff treated us like royalty. I
can not say enough about Celebrity.
Asis our cabin attendant was amazing. I don't know where he hides,
but as soon as we were close to our room, he would jump out from
somewhere to open our door. We could leave for a few moments and
come back to a clean room. We had clean towels at all times, and
he even set up towel animal figures for my 2 year old son. If we
ever needed anything, we could just pop our head out of our door,
and there he was, ready to help. I am sure he had many other cabins
to care for, but it felt as though he was reserved for just us.
Ivica our waiter was also excellent, as well was our waiter assistance
and sommelier. My son did not like to sit for more than 40 minutes
at a stretch, so my husband was often away from our table. Ivica
would take my husband's course and exchange it for a fresh one if
he felt too much time had passed. He was very attentive to us, especially
to my son. I don't know how many tables he was in charge of, but
we felt as though we were his only one.
I have to mention another waitress who we remembered from the Millennium,
which we sailed last year. Samena came to visit us every night even
though we were not at her table. She was extremely nice and always
gave special attention to my son, which we all really appreciated.
The entire staff was extremely nice, always smiling, and it just
made the entire atmosphere wonderful.
We ate in the main dining room every night with one exception. We
got a babysitter for my son (with whom we were very pleased) and
treated ourselves to the Ocean Liner. It is not to be missed! For
appetizer, I had the goat cheese souffle. It was amazing. Now I
am not a real goat cheese fan, but this souffle was out of this
world. I had seen others rave about it, and I am glad I tried it.
My husband had the lobster bisque which he enjoyed, although he
told me after tasting the souffle that he wished he had gotten it.
For entree we both had the Sea Bass. It was good, not outstanding,
but definitely good. For dessert, I had the Grand Mariner souffle
and my husband had the chocolate souffle, we also both got the sampler.
Pure decadence. I have to push the chocolate souffle. That in itself
was well worth the trip! They also gave my husband a side scoop
of vanilla ice cream, which put this dessert over the top!
The service and food in the main dining room is excellent, and I
could not have imagined being more pampered than the service we
received in the main dining, but at Ocean Liners I felt like I was
a movie star or something. Honestly, you will not find better service
ANYWHERE. I live in the NYC area, where have some of the best restaurants
in the world....we are not easily impressed. The service at Ocean
Liners definitely did just that. Dining here was one of the highlights
of our trip.
They also have casual dining, which we only took advantage of the
night my son was dining alone. We got him pizza and pasta and ate
outside on the Aft deck listening to music while watching the sun
set. We tried some of the pasta, and it was delicious. Sometimes
we would get an after dinner sushi snack, which was always fresh
I can't forget to mention the Spa dining. Excellent. We ate here
every day for lunch. Never a line, very healthly and tasty meals.
We never ate at the buffet lunch. I realized by the end of the cruise
that they also served breakfast. Next time, we'll be visiting the
Spa for breakfast as well.
If you have traveled on the Millennium, it is basically the same
exact ship except the Constellation does not have the Sports Bar.
We were told it was very expensive to have the big screen TVs getting
all of the games on satellite. I don't think they had enough traffic
through there to warrant having another one on Constellation. Instead,
they have a larger conservatory which housed lots of plants and
flowers. As the Millennium, the ship is beautiful and tastefully
decorated. It also has an expansive art collection. It was a main "disco", plus a champagne bar, martini bar, and lounge.
It also has a movie theatre, which we never went to and a large
theatre for shows. Plenty to do.
They had an area for kids which included a small pool and some climbing/slide
equipment. My son used it the day we were out at sea, but not the
baby pool. The waves in it were too much since we were traveling.
He was too young to use the inside play area. Children must be 3
years old and potty trained. Next year we'll use the "camp"
services. They even watch the children until 1am on formal nights
for free. Great deal!
We went with the "cheap seats" again. Our room was an
Ocean View room without a balcony on the 2nd floor. It was perfect.
We were afraid to get a balcony because I had visions of my son
getting out on it in the middle of the night and falling off the
boat. Paranoid, I'm sure, but I wasn't taking any chances. If we
did not take our son, I would have loved to have had one to have
breakfast or drinks out on.
The room we had (2115) was mid-ship and we were very happy with
it. It had plenty of storage and my son slept on the pull out couch.
It pulled out into a twin bed. It did get a little crowded when
the couch was pulled out, but we really were only in our cabins
to sleep and change clothes.
The one nice thing about the cruise is, no matter what type of room
you had, you were treated first class all the way. I compare it
to the treatment I had on my wedding day--it felt as though we were
We sent to the lounge prior to having dinner and I have to say a
huge thank you to Karen and Carl the lounge singers. They are the
nicest people and were so nice to my son. He loved dancing to their
music, and at one point they gave him a maraca to play during their
act. They were fun to watch.
We only saw a few shows in the theatre. We saw a piano player...Finkel,
who was extremely talented. We also saw a magician who my son enjoyed.
He was okay. We heard the comedian was good, but we missed him.
Grand Buffet: Don't miss the Grand Buffet display. It is on the
last formal night and it is a site to be seen! I notice that on
this cruise there were only 2 midnight buffets: one sherbert display
in the beginning of the week, and then the Grand Buffet. However,
there is food available 24/7.
We had seen PR last cruise, so we basically stayed on the ship when
we got there. Our first stop was St Criox and since we had to be
back on the ship by 2:45pm, we decided to spend the day by the pool.
I heard the snorkeling was excellent (which we couldn't do with
the baby) but otherwise it was not worth getting off the ship for.
St Lucia: Absolutely beautiful. Lush, green, tropical, the Pitons
are amazing. We went to Marigot Bay, which had fantastic views,
but the beach (sand) itself was not very nice. We heard if we traveled
further away near the Pitons, there was a beautiful black sand beach.
We'll try that next time. We took a water taxi which cost us $50
round trip. We could have probably talked them down.
Barbados: We went to a beach club called the "Boatyard".
It is extremely close to the port, and a lot of the crew goes there.
You get a beach chair/umbrella and $5 worth of tokens to use at
their restaurant/bar for $10. You also have use of their "iceburg"
climbing rock in the middle of the ocean and their ocean trampalines.
Volleyball is there too. We had the most fun here.
Antiqua: We went to Hawk's Bill. It was a $30 round trip taxi ride
(usually the taxi drivers like to come back for you so they make
the money both ways). You have use of a hotel's amenties which includes
a pool. You only have to pay for a beach chair if you want it ($5).
I think this was the prettiest beach of all the islands.
St Thomas: We went to Megan's Bay. It is listed as one of the top
10 beaches in the world. In my husband's opinion, it was the prettiest
that we visited. It is only $6 per person for a taxi there, and
$3 to get on the beach. It is another $5 for a beach chair and you
can also rent a float for the day. This beach is a little crowded,
but if you walk down a little, it becomes less crowded. There is
a restaurant, rest rooms, and showers there. The water is really
calm and perfect for lounging out in the ocean on the float.
Traveling with Toddlers:
My son was very easy to travel with. I highly recommend getting
the late seating instead of the main. We had the main and I did
this thinking my son needed to eat earlier. Had I planned better,
I would have realized we could have fed him at the casual dining
room earlier in the night and he would be asleep by the time we
had dinner. He could have been next to us asleep in his stroller.
Plus, since he slept on the beach until around 4pm or so, he was
ready to run around by the time 6pm came.
I also recommend bringing some type of shelter if going to the beach.
We had brought a little half tent which was very portable and easy
to put up. You can't always find a place under a palm tree to shade
your child, and not every beach provided umbrellas. My son would
sleep nicely in the half tent and we didn't have to worry about
You don't have to bring toys. The children's area let's you sign
out a toy box full of sand toys, books, and lots of fun things.
My son enjoyed playing with everything.
Last Day Advice:
We had to get off the ship by 10:30am on Saturday, yet our fight
was not until 6PM. We had no plans on how to spend those hours in between.
At the baggage claim in Newark we ran into a family from our cruise,
and what they did was rent a hotel room in Puerto Rico for the day
with another couple. I am kicking myself for not doing that. This
way, you have a place to store your luggage, a shower, and a bed
for naps. Plus the use of their facilities. We'll definitely do
this next time.
Stats on us: married couple in mid-30's traveling with a 2 year