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Celebrity Constellation
Owner/Operator:Celebrity Cruises
Year built:2002
Builder:Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Former names:Constellation
Gross Tonnage:90,940
Length:294.0 m (964.5 ft)
Beam:32.2 m (105.6 ft)
Passengers (normal):2,038
Passengers (maximum):2,450
Crew:999
Service speed:24.0 kn
Sister Ships: Celebrity Millennium - Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Constellation Photo Gallery
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Constellation, a celebrity in her own right
Amenities, decor, charges and services have changed since this article was written Text & Photos © 2006 Bart de Boer

At first glance, she looks like something the LEGO brick fan club could have designed. With her stark, angular looks, Celebrity Cruises' Constellation is not your average pleasure ship. The space-age, business-like facade of this floating five-star grand resort hides opulent interior spaces that are ingeniously designed and give this impressive seagoing high-rise a distinct ocean liner feel. Offering her guests superior service, fabulous food and lots of elbow room, Constellation has rightfully become a celebrity in her own right.

Youngest of Celebrity Cruises' Millennium-Class quartet, Constellation was built in 2002 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique at St. Nazaire, France. Carrying up to 2,450 guests in five-star comfort, she spends the summer in the Baltic before crossing the Atlantic for a series of cruises to Canada and New England. Like a true celebrity, Constellation moves south in winter spending her time in the sunny Caribbean.
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Constellation's Grand Foyer has no soaring heights, no palm trees, no glass ceilings. Instead, the design firm of Scott Butler has managed to create a soothing and utterly elegant space to anchor the three decks that hold the majority of the public rooms. From the Guest Relations Desk on Plaza Deck a beautiful backlit onyx grand staircase leads up to Promenade Deck. This is definitely the place for these formal portrait sessions! On the port side directly adjoining the Grand Foyer is that other Millennium-class gadget: elevators with sea views. An eight-deck high glass wall rises all the way up to Sunrise Deck, with six elevators zooming up and down, providing beautiful vistas of sea and land.
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Apart from looking very elegant, the Grand Foyer also serves a more practical purpose. Here you will find the 24-hour Guest Relations Desk, a beautiful Shore Excursion center and window-walled Internet Café. One deck lower, on Plaza Deck a gorgeous passageway with oversized portholes leads to the aft stairwell, passing by the three-room Conference Center and Cinema. In true ocean liner tradition, Celebrity Cruises still have a dedicated cinema for afternoon and evening showings of recent movies. The conference rooms also serve as card and lecture rooms as part of the line's recently introduced Celebrity Discoveries, a program of onboard lectures and bridge classes.
Celebrity Cruises have built up a venerable reputation for very good food, with menus and service designed under the supervision of well-known restaurateur Michel Roux. And nowhere on board Constellation will you find better proof of Michel Roux's culinary talents than in the superb Ocean Liners Restaurant.
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On each of the four Millennium-Class ship in the Celebrity fleet, Michel Roux runs a different culinary playground. These exclusive specialty restaurants are modeled around remnants of famous transatlantic ocean liners, ranging from the original wood paneling of 1914 White Star Liner Olympic (sister ship to the ill-fated Titanic) on Millennium to glass panels of the cool, 50s flagship United States on Infinity. On Summit, guests are taken back to the thirties in the Normandie Restaurant. And finally, Constellation adds a touch of Art Deco in her sensational Ocean Liners Restaurant.
A marble lobby features several showcases with original ocean liner artifacts, making this a mini maritime museum. Double doors lead to a small cocktail lounge and the exquisite wine cellar (with 8-seat table that can be reserved for an extra special occasion). The dining room itself is decorated in a classic ocean liner style, with many beautiful paintings and expertly showcased memorabilia. The Ocean Liner restaurant seats 180 guests and serves up a mouthwatering menu accompanied by fine wines and top notch service. Such is the quality of the food served here that guests seem more than willing to pay the hefty supplement that is levied when you make your reservations here.
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Constellation offers a wide variety of public rooms and bars. But sailing on a ship that is longer than Queen Elizabeth 2 does means that walking shoes are essential. With the main dining room on one end of the ship and the theater on the other, prepare for some serious strolling!
To keep both the guests and the cruise line happy, Constellation's designers have made the trek from one end to the other as much fun as possible by providing many possibilities to spend money on the way. You see, there is no way to miss either the Shopping Center, Art Gallery or Casino on your way to the Theater after dinner. Constellation's gaudy casino is aptly named Fortunes. With its over the top décor, this is by far the least elegant room on the ship.
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One of the largest public rooms on Constellation is the stunning three-deck high Celebrity Theater, seating no less than 900 guests in comfort. Borrowing the best features from earlier Celebrity and Royal Caribbean vessels, the result is nothing less than spectacular. Too bad the make-believe "flames" (in reality pieces of fabric blowing in a breeze) along the walls of the room that were so novel as the ship entered service have now disappeared.
Celebrity's signature Michael's Club remains under lock and key during our visit. Modeled after an old-fashioned gentleman's club and originally designated as a cigar lounge, Michael's Club is used as a piano bar these days. With the vast Photo Gallery on its doorstep, this is not the most obvious location for an upscale cocktail bar. Still, many people find their way to Michael's Club making it a very popular hideaway.
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On Celebrity's smaller Century-class vessels three different design teams were each given responsibility for the dining room on any of the three sister ships, resulting in as many decidedly different dining room interiors. Too bad Celebrity decided to not repeat this novel approach to dining room design on their Millennium-class ships.
Designed by Birch Coffey, the two-deck San Marco Restaurant is Constellation's main dining room and despite the use of different colors the space looks like a copy/paste exercise from previous sister ships. With a beautiful grand staircase, bouquets of fresh flowers, immaculately set tables and a beautifully illuminated ceiling, the San Marco Restaurant is elegant and well designed. It also happens to be very big! With up to 2,500 guests accommodated in two traditional dinner seatings, you should not expect an intimate dining experience. Despite Celebrity Cruises' luxury image, space between tables is rather tight and there are only a handful of tables for two. Still, the food served here is typically of a very high standard and is what made Celebrity Cruises rightfully famous.
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The first public room after leaving the San Marco Restaurant on Promenade Deck is the Rendez-Vous Lounge, which sports an inviting, colorful decor that makes this room one of the most attractive on the ship in my opinion. In an effort to save costs, entertainment here is shared with the Martini and Champagne Bars up on Entertainment Deck. Leading to the amidships stairwell and Grand Foyer is a a very attractive, window-lined area with some cozy, semi-secluded seating and a slightly more subdued atmosphere.
Constellation's seagoing shopping mall is called The Emporium and spans half of Entertainment Deck. It's huge and very obviously modeled after the successful shopping centers on Royal Caribbean's ships. With so many opportunities to part with your well-earned money, how can you resist? Directly above the Rendez-Vous Lounge are Constellation's Martini and Champagne Bars. Contrary to what the names suggest, these are not small, exclusive hideaways though. The "Champagne section" on port side and the "Martini section" on starboard side are in fact part of one vast public room that serves as a main thoroughfare from bow to stern. An opening in the middle of the room directly overlooks the dance floor and bandstand of the Rendez-Vous Lounge one deck below. While the elegant, understated hotel-like look of the Martini/Champagne complex does have its appeal,  the room would in my opinion be better off having been divided into a few different venues to enhance intimacy; something I would expect on a ship of this size and status.
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Further forward on Entertainment Deck we end up at the Grand Foyer and the irresistible Cova Cafe di Milano. A branch of the famous Italian coffeehouse, this seagoing heaven for caffeine aficionados is sitting right on the edge of the Grand Foyer and is THE perfect place on board to see and be seen. Busy in morning, afternoon and evening, the Cova Cafe is a big hit on all Celebrity ships, serving up delectable cappuccinos, espressos, herbal teas and scrumptious pastries. Service here comes with a smile. And a fee! All specialty drinks at the Cova Cafe cost extra.
Focal point of Constellation's open decks is the Seaside Pool, amidships on Resort Deck. Even on a gray and foggy day like today the pool area looks stunning. Its two fairly large swimming pools are anchored by four Jacuzzis and a fascinating "rock pool". And to make any sunny sea day even better, you will even find a stage and dance floor.
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With an ample supply of padded lounge chairs and two superb pool bars (the Mast Bar one deck up is perfect for late afternoon drinks as Constellation sets course for another port of call), this is one great pool deck. There are numerous spots to while away with a good book; some in the shade, others in the sun. And with Celebrity's famous live music out on deck, who can possibly resist spending a lot of time here?
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After swimming a bit, lounging a bit and listening to some music, you might get a little hungry. Do not worry, there is no need to change as the Seaside Café & Grill is just a few steps away. The area is accessible from either the amidships or aft stairwells and features a gigantic buffet area, stretching the length of the room. Ample seating is available on both starboard and port sides. Here you will find another design detail that is sure to make people with fear of heights crazy. Several oversized portholes in the floor (!) provide a fantastic "aerial" view of the sea. I can assure you that looking down one of these portholes makes you realize Constellation is tall. VERY tall! Open almost around the clock, the Seaside Café is home to Celebrity's new "Casual Dining Boulevard", serving up sushi, pizzas and casual dinners.
A few years ago, someone at Celebrity Cruises thought it might be a great idea to team up with world-famous Cirque du Soleil. In return for sponsoring the Cirque's successful acrobatic shows, Constellation and Summit would be the first ships afloat to offer a taste of Cirque du Soleil. The cruise line spent a lot of money to transform Constellation's observation lounge into "The Bar at the Edge of the World". Alas, Celebrity's guests did not quite pick up on this novel form of entertainment and Constellation was left with a weird looking observation lounge that is devoid of any atmosphere during the day. At night, The Bar at the Edge of the World still serves as late-night nightclub and disco. Let's hope it will soon revert to its original form.
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Celebrity has built up a enviable reputation for providing excellent spa services. The Aquaspa on Constellation features the exquisite Aquaspa Pool with a glass roof. Beautiful artwork, wooden lounge chairs, pergola's and even bowls of fresh oranges and tangerines make this area the most wonderful spot on board, sheltered from inclement weather. The enormous spa area occupies most of the forward part of Resort Deck. Here you'll find treatment rooms galore, a large fitness/aerobics room, an acupuncture facility and a beauty salon. It's all there under the watchful eye of a lot of Steiner ladies. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
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And it is at the Aquaspa that our whirlwind ShipTour ends. Bold on the outside, sumptuous on the inside, Constellation has turned into somewhat of a celebrity herself!
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