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Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby Wansbrough » 09 Sep 2012 15:47

Continued from Amsterdam Pre Cruise

Day 1

Having arranged a taxi with the hotels concierge for 12.00pm and sat to wait the 20 minutes or so for it to arrive. The cost for a taxi from the hotel to cruise terminal was priced at €14.50. While waiting our concierge took the initiative and booked a mini bus for us to share with 4 other people also going to the cruise terminal. The same price as for 2 but now divided by 6 so we couldn’t lose really.
We were dropped at the front of the terminal after the 10 minute journey and after paying the driver we entered the terminal where we handed over our case to the porter and proceeded up the escalators to start the check in process.
At the top of the stairs we were ushered into the left aisle which was for Concierge passengers, one of the perks of having that grade of cabin is priority boarding. There were no other people queuing and we went straight to a check in desk where we signed the necessary documents and received our gold coloured sea passes. It was then on to the security checks and the boarding photo shoot followed by the short trek along the gangway to reach the ship.

The Celebrity Constellation is now 10 years old and has recently been in for a refit. Solsticized is what the cruise line describes as the name for the makeover. We joined the ship on deck 4 and immediately took the stairs up to deck 9 hoping we could get into our cabin. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be the case so we went up one more deck to 10 and proceeded to look around the ship.

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First impressions of the ship having sailed twice on Solstice class ships was where is it been Solsticized? The ship is definitely Celebrity but you have to look right over the ship to see the areas which have been worked on.
When we eventually gained access to the cabin we found it to be immaculate and compact. The only thing I would say is reminiscent of the Solstice class cabins is the bedding. As we were concierge class there were flowers, sparkling wine and fruit waiting for us. The bathroom was very compact and much of the space seemed to be taken up with the shower cubicle. The cabin felt really homely and we immediately felt at home.

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Cabin 9100 - Chosen for its prime location on this 2 night cruise.

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Being as our case hadn’t arrived we decided to go and do some more exploring, as is the case on day one there are many bar and spa staff positioned at strategic positions hoping to entice you to part with your cash for a little pampering. Being as it was just the 2 of us, Mrs W treated herself to a pedicure which was arranged for 15 minutes after sailaway. We also entered the raffle to win other spa treats and part of the conditions of the raffle was that you needed to be present to claim your prize. The idea was if I won we could get Mrs W’s pampering done gratis.
At 3.45 we attended the muster drill, our station being C1 which was in the casino. They started the drill but half way through it was halted as there were about 20 or so cabins which had seemingly slipped through the checking process on the way in and so the cabin numbers were called to see who was actual there and who wasn’t. There were still about 8 cabins missing when the muster was resumed. Bonkers really when you think it’s for your own safety!
Sailaway was 30 minutes late so we were in the spa well before we left and I can tell you I have never wanted to lose a raffle so much in my life and luckily for me my wishes were granted. I left Mrs W and made my way to the aft to watch us leave Amsterdam.
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I spent the next hour walking the ship and taking many photos of the public areas, and when I eventually returned to the spa I found a very happy and pleased Mrs W.
As it was only a 2 night cruise the dining was open seating in 2 sittings. We were allocated 2nd sitting which was from 8.30 to 9.30. We arrived at the restaurant desk on deck 5 at around 9.00 and were told that there were only tables for 2 on deck 4. We dropped down a deck and luckily we did manage to get a table for 2. I have to say that the decision to have open seating seemed to confuse the staff and a lot of the waiters and assistant waiters did not appear to know what they should be doing.
Luckily our team were on form and we struck up a great rapport right from the moment we sat down. The food as expected was typical Celebrity and excellent. Our sommelier was also very efficient despite being extremely busy.
After dinner we walked to the Celebrity Theatre where we enjoyed the show which was a juggler by the name of Pete Mathews. A good laugh made more entertaining by the inclusion of a couple of members of the audience in fancy dress.

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On return to our cabin, we were excited to find we had been given $225 of OBC! I still don’t know why we got it and was too frightened to ask in case it was a mistake. Needless to say it paid for Mrs W’s treatment and a T shirt for me along with the wine for both nights.

Day 2

We woke relatively early and decided to go to the Seaside Buffet for breakfast. It was nice to sit and enjoy the early morning while watching the UK go by as such a slow cruising speed. How could you not feel relaxed?

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The rest of the day we just took advantage of the fantastic weather and just sat up on deck watching the coast of England go by at 8 knots!

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The White Cliffs of Dover


Day 3

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Early morning mist at Southampton


We were off the ship by 9.00am the next day feeling fully revitalised and totally rested. We took the opportunity while on the ship to buy a couple more open passage deposits which we intend to make use of next July. Sad it was only 2 nights but happy that it had been such a fantastic break.

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Celebrity Constellation at Southampton


More photos of the ship and our journey can be seen here, that is provided you haven't got an ipad. If you have an ipad then the direct link is >>>HERE<<<

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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby Dave » 09 Sep 2012 16:01

Thanks Mike for the interesting review and excellent photos. :thumbup: As you can probably guess ( ;) ) she's not our cup of tea, but I can appreciate the attraction. (By the way, I'm pleased to note that the slideshow works fine on my tablet's browser, although sadly not in Tapatalk.)
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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby tomvet » 09 Sep 2012 16:18

Mike - great review. I think your pictorial review covered the ship from all angles - literally :lol:

Well done! I really enjoyed it!
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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby tomvet » 09 Sep 2012 16:19

Mike - great review. I think your pictorial review covered the ship from all angles - literally :lol:

Well done! I really enjoyed it! Not our cuppa either - decor yes! but formal nights etc on Celebrity - no!
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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby Skier Pete » 09 Sep 2012 20:18

Great review and brilliant pictures , as always

BTW is that an old friend berthed ahead of you? PRINSENDAM !
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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby Wansbrough » 09 Sep 2012 20:38

Skier Pete wrote:Great review and brilliant pictures , as always

BTW is that an old friend berthed ahead of you? PRINSENDAM !


Yes, well spotted Pete. :D
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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby Skier Pete » 09 Sep 2012 20:50

Something else my eagle eye has spotted but only on high magnification (400%)






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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby Mungo » 09 Sep 2012 21:04

Great review and super piccies! :D

Did you know that according to my friend who teaches at DOY, that major building work is due for next year with many buildings being demolished. :(
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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby Skier Pete » 09 Sep 2012 21:11

Mungo wrote:Great review and super piccies! :D

Did you know that according to my friend who teaches at DOY, that major building work is due for next year with many buildings being demolished. :(

Thanks for that info but i'm regularlly check out what is happening and this is their latest news courtesy of their web site.

I'm staggered that you knew which school it is; Of course I know it as DYRMS and nobody is going to chnage that even if they are an academy now



BAM Construction is to deliver a £25 million expansion of The Duke of York's Royal Military School. The contractor will refurbish Grade II listed buildings, as well as providing several new buildings.

BAM’s major project will include demolishing several non-listed blocks and building a sports hall, two two-storey teaching blocks and four two-storey junior boarding houses. The company will also erect a two-wing, two-storey extension to Centenary House for senior boarders. Further remodelling and repair work will take place across the estate, as will hard and soft landscaping and the provision of car park spaces. The scheme will increase capacity at the school from 468 to 722 pupils and provide enhanced facilities.

Project director Rod Stiles said: “BAM is pleased to be able to use our extensive experience in the education sector to help this historic and important school upgrade its facilities. “This scheme will provide cutting edge teaching, living and sporting facilities for students while remaining loyal to its historic roots. “Most of the suppliers and construction workforce will be from Kent and our training programmes will continue to develop new local construction apprentices.”

Executive Principal, Chris Russell, said: “We are delighted that BAM has been selected to enhance our already extensive school site and facilities. This programme will ensure that the Duke of York’s Royal Military School will remain a leading state boarding academy for many years to come”.

The project builds on a thriving workload for the BAM construction teams in the county. Earlier this year BAM revealed that in the last decade it had delivered buildings in Kent worth more than a third of a billion pounds. The contractor is currently working on three academies in Medway, and the first of these, Strood Academy, opens its doors to 1,500 new students on 3 September.

BAM recently also completed over the stunning Bluewater events venue and rebuilding of the campus facilities at Dartford and Gravesend for North West Kent College.
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Re: Celebrity Constellation - 5 - 7 September 2012

Postby issyalex » 09 Sep 2012 21:35

great photos and review. we were on Connie last Dec and don't think the Solstizing works.
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