Sail-away was exceptional. Cruising out of New York or New Jersey affords the unique opportunity to view the Statue of Liberty as many of our predecessors once did, except in the opposite direction, of course.
Muster drill, sans lifejacket went quickly and soon we were free to explore the Constellation. I’ve spent a bit of time on this ship so my mission was to find familiar faces among the staff and crew. Sure enough, there was Mario in Guest Relations, Ti-Ann the Event Coordinator, Omar our assistant waiter and a few others that looked familiar, but I didn’t remember their names. It truly amazes me that these employees who see thousands of passengers a month can remember guests even a year later.
- Celebrity Constellation Main Dining Room
First night’s dinner is kind of a drill; your waiter and assistant waiter introduce themselves; you to your tablemates. Even though there are thirty-one people in my group, only twenty-five have opted for the late dinner seating. Everyone is excited to meet each other, reminisce about past Celebrity cruises and peruse the menu. Celebrity started out the first night with a bang, offering escargot and prime rib, usually reserved for formal night’s offering. This being a fourteen night cruise, I knew I’d have to pace myself or else put on the dreaded five pound cruise weight gain. My Caesar salad was freshly tossed; the greens were not wilted and the croutons still crunchy. I sampled the lobster bisque and chose the grilled salmon from the Classic Selection on the left-hand side of the menu.
- Internet Cafe – Deck Four
A walk around the ship after dinner helped familiarize myself with the layout. Many ships’ internet cafes are interior rooms or along a corridor without any view of the ocean. The Constellation’s Internet Café is surrounded by large picture windows and overlooks the elaborate three-story foyer. Internet packages begin at $29.95 for 50 minutes ($0.60/minute) to $99.95 for 240 minutes ($0.42/minute). As a frequent passenger aboard Celebrity I received a voucher for 90 minutes free with any package $49.95 and over. Armed with all these minutes, I went back to my room to fetch my laptop and try out the wifi. At 11pm it was fast and furious without any sudden disconnects.
Nearly midnight and there’s a singer/guitarist playing James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel hits in the Cova Café…only me, my laptop and one other couple are the audience; first night at sea and most people retire early.
It was a good first day aboard the Constellation.
Sherry is editor and creator of CruiseMaven.com. An expert on ocean and river cruises plus trains in the US and Europe, Sherry’s goal is to share her experiences to entertain, inform and inspire readers to travel the world.