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Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises
1050 Caribbean Way · Miami, Fl 33132
Phone: 800-647-2251
Ships: 10
Avg. Length: 960 ft
Avg. Passenger: 2030
Ports: May, 2007
Avg Dining Rooms: 3
Health Clubs: Yes
Day Spas: Yes
Unique Feature: 1 Staff for 2 Guests
Celebrity Cruise Review

Celebrity Cruise Line is the deluxe sister of Royal Caribbean Cruises. Celebrity was conceived to provide a luxury cruising experience at an affordable price. The line offers 10 ships sailing to over 50 ports of call in 11 cruise markets including Alaska, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, South America, Galapagos Islands, South Pacific and more.

Celebrity was awarded the Conde Naste Traveler "The Best Cruise Ships in the World" in a survey by their readers. One of the main reasons Celebrity Cruises was rated highly is that they provide 1 staff member for every 2 onboard guests. This high staff to guest ratio is how they are able to offer Butler service in all suites.

The spa experience is a major part of any cruise and Celebrity Cruises has taken the Spa at Sea experience to a new level. The Celebrity Aqua Spa is one of the most luxurious and exotic spa experiences at sea. Celebrity Cruises is a great line for those looking for an affordable deluxe cruise.



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Reviewed By: John
From: Plainview, Texas
Trip Date: February, 2013
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Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises

Ship: Reflection

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"We sailed on the new Celebrity Reflection 2/16 thru 2/23 2013. Overall disappointed in the ship. If you enjoy a ship that looks like a Target store, it is for you. Staterooms poorly designed with a lot of wasted space. Their price point is over and above as for as drinks and other items. You will find very little that is free. Crew has a attitude problem. The food was good. Book a 6-star cruise. In the end you will spend same amount of money and be much happier. Unfortunately, this ship was poorly done thru out and unappealing overall. Color themes look like star wars." - John from Plainview, Texas


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Traveler Posted: Celebrity Cruise Review
Reviewed By: John
From: Blue Springs, Missouri
Trip Date: December, 2012
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Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises

Ship: Silhouette

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"Wife and I sailed on the Jan 6 itinerary to the E. Carib. We were in an aft facing Concierge Class stateroom on deck 10. The cabin was as advertised and comfortably slept two adults. The balcony was large enough for two reclining chairs and a 24" table. We dined using Celebrity Select dining in the Cuve dining room 5 of our 7 evenings. The wait staff was attentive and the food was satisfactory. Not "5-Star" but still good. Activities were certainly centered around trying to get you to spend more in the shops and boutiques. We pre-paid our be Verge package utilizing the Premium package. For us, this was about a break even deal and we like to drink. Having it to do over-I would pay-as-you-go. The voyage itself was fairly rough for the time of year and track (this coming from a former Marine Officer with many worldwide sea deployments on various size vessels up to Aircraft Carriers!). The embarkation process was slow and tedious and debarkation took about 2:15 hours. Nothing special by being in "Concierge Class." Overall a pleasant but not extraordinary trip but certainly not worth the nearly $4,700 cost ($1,100 in air fare) spent for this 7 day cruise. Will not cruise again." - John from Blue Springs, Missouri


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Reviewed By: Mary and Jim
From: Brick, New Jersey
Trip Date: September, 2011
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Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises

Ship: Summit

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"9/4/2011 to 9/11/2011 trip to Bermuda on Summit Stateroom 9093 We were on Concierge Class and while we did have some priority on embarkation we were the LAST group to get off the ship in Bayonne N.J. My room key had to be replaced everyday as it did not work after a short period of time. Could that be because I carry a cell phone and if so why not warn clients in advance??? The last night on the ship a pipe broke and our room was soaked carpets as well as the bottom of our suitcases. We received nothing extra in Concierge Class except some very stale crackers with cheese daily which we discarded. Overall did not see an advantage in Concierge Class and due to weather could not use the veranda (this was no one's fault ) but extra expense not worth it particularly with the last group off the ship!!! On the positive side, enjoyed the casino and did quite well which made up for some of the disappointments. Food was good and the quiet part of the pool near Aqua Spa was very pleasant." - Mary and Jim from Brick, New Jersey


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Reviewed By: Mindy
From: Central, New Jersey
Trip Date: Nov, 2008
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"As a travel agent, I tend to be a bit more critical of cruise ships and resorts than your typical traveler. This is a pretty long review.

Embarkation: Getting on the ship was pretty uneventful. There were lots of ships in port including the brand new Solstice. We arrived at port before noon and had no long lines or issues getting on. I did hear grumbling from some other guests about the horrendous lines around 1pm and later.

Cabin: The cabins were not supposed to be ready until 1 pm but ours was so we went right up and dropped off our carry on luggage. Category 2C -cabin 6057, a little bit forward. Decent sized with a nice balcony but every time I unpack, I realize how small these cabins are. I might have to upgrade to a suite at some point. There is ample drawer and closet space but the night stand drawers were hard to open. There is a stocked mini bar in the room which can be locked and there was a $19 bottle of wine sitting on the desk for sale, which we put away. The Constellation is a few years old now and is in great shape but there are little things in the cabin that would make it better. Larger, flat screen TV would be nice. Shower with a door not curtain. They had nice in room bathroom amenities but no shower gel. They do have separate shampoo and conditioner which is always appreciated since days at sea really dry out your hair. The wall hair dryer is from the old days and is in the bathroom. There is only 1 place to dry your hair- standing up in the steamy bathroom. There was an issue with the cleanliness of the bathroom upon arrival. It was taken care of relatively quickly. There was an imprint burn of an iron on the bed spread. The carpet near the balcony door was dirty (could have used a steaming). None of these took away from our cruise experience. Ok, now let's talk bedding. We were in a standard balcony so we didn't get a pillow menu but I am a bed snob. My bed at home is a very soft pillow top. I have severe back problems and sleep well on soft mattresses. The mattress in the Courtyard hotel was much better than the one in our cabin. Yes, there is European bedding covering the very hard mattress. I did ask for a mattress topper and received it but even my husband, who can sleep on anything, is complaining that this mattress it hard. In all, the cabin was kept clean. I heard that the ship is going into dry dock in April of 2009 and, hopefully, the soft goods, etc will be upgraded. Ice was replaced 2x daily. Extra towels were always put in the cabin, per my request. No complaints with the cabin steward or his assistant after the first issue.

Food: Food is always a big deal on ships and we have always loved Celebrity's food. We haven't sailed Celebrity in a few years and I noticed a good number of differences. Portion sizes seemed to be a bit smaller - but you can always ask for more - There were only 3 specialty desserts listed daily instead of 6 - You had to ask for fresh pepper- it wasn't brought around automatically - Escargot was no longer on the 'always available' menu (per Olman, our waiter, shrimp cocktail was also removed but was brought back due to an uproar from the guests) - Fresh berries required a 24 hour notice. When I asked for them for dessert, Olman said that he would see what he could do. The next evening, our table mates had escargot for an appetizer and I had my berries for dessert. Olmans motto was to under promise and over deliver- A good motto for a waiter working on tips! - The fried potato baskets were no where to be found. This was always a big part of the Celebrity dinner presentation. Now for the food - in general, quality has remained the same There were a couple of choices that I didn't love but it was my fault for ordering fish (which I am not a big fan of) in the attempt of starting off the cruise on a healthy start. There were multiple entrees that I would have chosen each night at dinner, as well as appetizers, soups and salads. My husband is a fan of Celebrity's cold soup and had a different one each night. On our 11 night cruise, the menu did not repeat itself which again was nice. We split breakfast between the dining room and buffet and they were equally good. Table mates of ours said that the eggs benedict were wonderful. Again, in and attempt to eat healthy, my breakfasts primarily consisted of oatmeal and fruit. I did have an omelet, frittata and the waffles. All were good. In lieu of a midnight buffet, there was a brunch set up from 10am - 1pm on a sea day. There were a couple of nice ice sculptures, some beautifully decorated trays, and all the breakfast and lunch offerings you could want, including a pancake station. I asked for chocolate chip pancakes. There were no chocolate chips to be found. The pancake maker looked at the main chef, who picked up his cell phone and within 5 minutes 2 huge bowls of chocolate chips appeared. Now that is what Celebrity is all about. Lunch at the buffet was a good selection of hot stations, carvings, salads, freshly made pasta - prepared in front of you with the ingredients and sauce of your choice, pizza, sandwiches and paninis. The Asian station was not particularly to my liking but there were so many other options, it wasn't an issue. Burgers, franks and tacos were available poolside daily as well as a light menu at the AquaSpa Cafi during limited hours.

Fellow Cruisers: This was where the cruise was very different from most of the Caribbean cruises that we have taken. There were many more non-Americans on this cruise. Over 400 Canadians, over 250 British plus a good amount from Germany, other European countries, as well as a large number of Spanish speaking guests. Seemed to be about a mix of 60% Americans and 40% non Americans. Our table mates were a nice mix. Steve and Kathy are from England. Elena and Nils and Maryann and Ken were traveling together from New England and a young Mexican honeymoon couple was placed at our table as well. It was unfortunate since they were sitting with people their parents' ages and they spoke little English.

On-Board Activities: Although there were full agendas of activities, many were not well attended. The poolside games were cancelled because of no participants. There were trivia games, name that tune, bingo (of course), computer classes, cooking demos and more. Since this was a long cruise and the age of the guests was on the older side, I wasn't expecting a loud and exciting atmosphere. It was quiet and relaxing and just what we needed. Art Auctions were a big thing, as was acupuncture. The spa seemed pretty busy, as was the fitness center. The shops had the usual assortment of jewelry, clothes and gifts. We browsed through at the beginning of the cruise and didnt go back- even for the sales. We weren't looking to shop on this cruise.

Dress Code: Well, the fashion police were not out in force. Even on formal night, the attire ranged from Tuxedos and dinner jackets to tuxedo shirts, bow ties and no jackets, to sport jackets and the entire gamut. Celebrity is trying to maintain a dress code but it seems that neat goes more than dressy. It seemed that the Americans were the ones who were more casual than the non-Americans. The smart casual nights have really toned down. It is now long pants for men without rips or holes. So basically, jeans are ok for dinner. We did see men wearing sneakers for dinner as well. Evening Entertainment: One complaint here was that a number of the shows were before the late dining. We specifically take the late dining so that we can relax before going to dinner.

The best entertainment was the comedian and magician/comic. The production shows were good although we only saw 2 of the 3. They had a few solo acts including members of the singers and dancers, orchestra and a very good pianist-who was quite the showman. The casino was smoky in the evening so I rarely ventured in. It was crowded during sea days and every evening. They did have $3 blackjack tables as well as $.25 slot machines and those were always busy. Perry Grant is a singer/comedian/all around entertainer who draws a huge crowd nightly in Michaels Club. There is usually standing room only. Apparently he has been on the Constellation for years and still draws them in. One evening he appeared with the orchestra in the Rendezvous Lounge and there was still standing room only. He could fill the theatre without difficulty. The lounges were busy each evening with different acts.

Ocean Liners - Specialty Restaurant: Price tag is $30 per person or $27 per person for a more limited menu but paired with wine for every course  at an additional $31 pp. We chose the standard menu. The food and service was sensational. It was a 2.5 hours dinner and worth every penny. I had sea bass and my husband had a scallops and lobster main course. We started with lobster bisque, lobster and vegetable salad and ended with a fruit and cheese plate and dessert. Definitely a must do.

Ports of Call:

GRAND CAYMAN: Always beautiful and even though a hurricane passed through last week, you would never know it. Since we had already been there, we decided to visit some hotels. We saw the Ritz Carlton (my favorite), the Westin, Sunshine Suites, Grand Cayman Beach Resort and stopped into the Marriott. We walked miles along 7 mile beach and there is good reason that it is listed as one of the best beaches in the world.

CARTEGENA, COLUMBIA: This was a new port of call for us. We decided to take an excursion through the cruise line and chose the Deluxe City Tour with Fortress. The tour took us to both old and new Cartegena, into the Inquisition Palace, San Pedro Museum and a long visit (and climb) up to the top of the fortress, with panoramic views of the city. The tour included 2 shopping stops, both of which I could have done without but my main issue were the massive amounts of street vendors and beggars. I would recommend a tour if you are visiting Cartegena instead of wandering around on your own.

CRISTOBAL PIER/COLON, PANAMA: Directly outside the ship is a newly built cruise terminal with shops, restaurants and more that lead to a huge parking garage for the tour busses. We took the Panama Canal Tour which went through 3 of the 4 locks. Unfortunately, we had the bad luck to get a very bad tour guide. She was new to Panama (recently moved from India), spoke with a very heavy accent and was very difficult to understand and was very unknowledgeable about history and culture of Panama. She also repeated herself several times and said some outright offensive remarks to many on the tour. The boat was too small for the group, with bathroom facilities down a very steep set of stairs. Many times the toilets clogged causing quite a problem with the 70+ passengers. The only bright part of the tour was the other tour guide, Roberto, was very knowledgeable and repeated what he had told the people on his bus. We got to go through 3 locks. It rained during a good portion of the trip which did dampen things a bit but our main purpose was to go through the locks. We, and many other guests, filed complaints about the tour guide and the boat and were given a 25% refund on the tour which I did think was fair.

PUERTO LIMON, COSTA RICA: Our favorite port of call. We took the Costa Rica Favorites tour and loved it. We started with a tour of the canals and our guides had eagle eyes spotting monkeys, sloths, iguanas and birds of all kinds. Our group was too large to fit on one canal boat so we took the small boat and were glad we did since we really were able to see quite a bit more than those on the larger boat. From the cruise, we took another 1+ hour bus ride through the banana and pineapple plantations to the aerial tram. It started pouring during the ride over and the Aerial Tram company made a fortune selling ponchos to us for $10 each. If you are going to take this tour, bring a poncho with you. The lunch provided was good and the tram was about a 1 hour tour over the tree tops. We saw some birds but not much else in terms of wildlife. The foliage was gorgeous. Took an optional = hour walk to see some more and the guide was thrilled to point out tarantula, ant and bat nests. Interesting and again, beautiful foliage. By the way, it stopped raining as soon as we got to the tram so we have 2 very expensive rain ponchos.

COZUMEL: Been there done it, so I made arrangements to see 4 different hotels. We saw the Presidente, the Occidental Grand, the Iberostar and the Cozumel Palace. This port came after a day of very high winds and rough seas. Unfortunately for many of the guests who booked water based excursions, they were cancelled due to the rough seas. Cozumel has some of the most beautiful beaches and great snorkeling and diving but the seas were just too rough to go in the water.

Disembarkation: Relatively uneventful. We left our carry on luggage in the cabin and headed to the dining room for breakfast. We needed to vacate the cabin by 8:30am and were told to report to the theatre. Our tag # was called by 9:20am and were actually off the ship and getting on to a shuttle before 10am. We were back at the Fort Lauderdale airport by 10:30 am.

Overall impression: In general, we really enjoyed the cruise and the itinerary. We were very happy with the food and service. I would have no qualms recommending the ship to my clients as long as they realized that this is not a party ship. The longer cruises typically have older passengers so this is not going to be a ship that young party goers would necessarily enjoy. I have seen a couple of cost saving measures that Celebrity has put in place but that is understandable in this economy. I did miss the cold cloths upon returning to the ship after a shore excursion. We had it in Grand Cayman but didn't see it in the other ports. The Constellation is always ranked among the top 10 large ships by Conde Nast and I can see why. I look forward to my next Celebrity cruise."

Mindy Gilbert - Professional Travel Agent at My Vacation Lady
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