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We just recently returned from the 5 night Constellation and had a good time. Having sailed in early March there was definitely a younger crowd on board. A lot of college kids all having a good time. It was the youngest group we have experienced on several Celebrity ships. We stayed over a few nights early in Ft Meyers with some family and rented a car and dropped off at Budget downtown Mia and made it to ship by 12:30. Was an easy process and cost $17.00 cab to pier. Was on ship by 1:00pm and rooms weren't ready until 2pm. There were a few minor issues that caught my attention, like a terrible sewage smell coming from our shower. Ship is getting old and its starting to show. I know its going into dry dock and it needs it. Main dining room carpet is nasty, worn down and showing its age. The drapes in Ocean Liners are missing some of the buttons and tie downs and really getting old. But I think all this will be addressed. The other public areas seemed to be okay. We did use the laundry every other day using elite coupons and it work great. Cut down on packing. We used the free internet minutes on the last day to check into flights and it worked okay. I would not pay for internet it was so slow. Took me 20 minutes just to check in online and print boarding passes. Dining room was good but nothing that we said WOW, like in the past. No escargot. no beef wellington, no lobster kinda of a boring menu. Ribeye steak was 1/4" thick. Actually all the chicken dishes were very good, we did like the last sea day Brunch, tons to select from and nice presentation. All of the crew were excellent. We did select dining and never waited more than 5 minutes for table of 2 and we always asked to be seated in same area each nite as to have same wine steward (Elvis) and maitre d (Alex). We really enjoyed select dining. Pool bar servers were awesome. We would sit up in solarium and have the same gal wait on us. Amstel light drafts $2.50 can't beat that. I enjoyed reading my book on my balcony and run up to pool bar and see her and just give her the look and presto..no waiting. We tipped all these great employees extra on the last day. Roatan was a great port, reminded me of Cozumel back in day before it got over populated by cruiseships. Cozumel is always a great stop but with Oasis of sea next to us and 5 other ships in town, you can really feel it. We met some great people and had a great time. For the price we paid you can't beat it. The price of cruises seem to stay same so I can understand how they have cut back on the dining. We had a 10 am flight out of Miami and had green #1 tags. We carried our bags off went to Micheal's club for a quick coffee and danish at 7:00am and they were already calling green 5. We said goodbye to all of our new friends and grabbed a cab ($25) and were at MIA by 7:45. Smoothest disembarkation ever. All in all a great time. Neither of us got sick/hurt or had any major problems and I would give this trip 3*'s out of 5.

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We just recently returned from the 5 night Constellation and had a good time. Having sailed in early March there was definitely a younger crowd on board. A lot of college kids all having a good time. It was the youngest group we have experienced on several Celebrity ships. ...... We would sit up in solarium and have the same gal wait on us. Amstel light drafts $2.50 can't beat that.

 

We we on Mar-4 sailing. I had never seen the half-price draft beer (Heineken or Amstel at pool bar) on prior sailings and it was offered every day. I really didn't see many taking advantage of the draft special. I believe the Cafe Bacio had half-price cocktails after 9:30pm every night. Also Cellar Masters had half-price after 9:30pm.

 

We we told by a senior staff, after I remarked about the high % of 'younger' pax, that a goal of the 5-day itineraries was to appeal to young working folks to attract them for future business.

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We did 5 nt/5nt/4nt cruises on the Constellation in February and really enjoyed the lively younger groups. The bars were busy and it was a lovely atmosphere. Such a contrast to our Summit cruise last September when it was like a ghost ship after the second show.

There were many larger groups of young people and they looked fantastic on formal nights - suits/tux and the ladies wore lovely gowns. :D celebrity do need to encourage this age group - they were a credit to the US.

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Thanks for the review.

 

Were you able to locate free wifi at either port?

 

I wonder if the drink specials were in response to 123go classic beverage packages?

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I remember looking out the room in Roatan and seeing a sports bar that had a roof sign "free Internet". I think it was called Fonzies. Cozumel does have it but I never looked. They had several drink specials daily and that was a nice surprise. On the last night they had bottles of wine in MDR at 50% off. Any bottle over $50 I think. We opted for a 1/2 bottle because I was getting the "cruise sore throat."

It was nice to see the younger crowd and I will say pretty well behaved. I think they liked the loud 2 person disaster that played in the martini bar every night which I still can't hear. Yeah it really was that bad.

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Where does the Constellation dock in Cozumel? Downtown, or further down the road where Carnival and RCCL usually dock?

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Where does the Constellation dock in Cozumel? Downtown, or further down the road where Carnival and RCCL usually dock?

 

When we were on the Connie in Feb, it docked at the International Pier which is the one further down the road next to the Big Carnival Dock.

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