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The Celebrity Constellation: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

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The Celebrity Constellation is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Celebrity Constellation.

Destination

The Celebrity Constellation sails all over the world. Caribbean cruises explore the western and southern islands. The trans-Atlantic cruise travels from Rome, Italy, to Miami, Fla., stopping in Florence, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and Tenerife, Canary Islands. The Constellation cruises through the Holy Land and Greek islands, visiting Istanbul, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and Jerusalem, Israel. During warmer seasons, the Constellation takes passengers along the Arctic Circle and through Scandanavia and Russia, stopping in Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; and St. Petersburg, Russia. The Norwegian Fjords cruise offers passengers a new way to see Norway as they travel through the interconnected rivers and fjords of the nation.

Grand Ship

The Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium-class cruise ship and one of the largest ships in the Celebrity fleet. The Constellation is fresh from dry dock, where it was renovated with the latest decor and technical features on the market. The ship offers amenities for every passenger, including a spa that's almost as big as the pools.

Special Features

The AquaSpa on the Celebrity Constellation offers everything from nail and eyebrow grooming to massages and acupuncture. The fitness center offers more than just a gym. The Constellation fitness center can set you on a path to lifelong health with its body composition analysis, fitness boot camp and seminars in health and nutrition. If you want to flex your gray matter, try taking one of the onboard classes or seminars. Learn to blow glass, mix the perfect mojito or speak Greek in one of the Life Activity Seminars.

Accommodations

The Celebrity Constellation offers several different cabin options. The penthouse suite offers almost as much outdoor space as indoor space. The family suite also has a large balcony and a sitting room that converts to a second bedroom with slidiing glass doors. The inside stateroom and the oceanview stateroom are identical except for the window. Both have two beds and a small sitting area.

Cost

Because the Celebrity Constellation sails to so many different destinations, prices vary widely. An interior cabin on a four-night Western Caribbean cruise may cost as little as $349 a person. The same cabin costs $2,199 for the 12-night Scandanavian cruise. For best prices, look at sailing in September and early October. Also, check the Celebrity website for specials.

Excursions

Several passengers recommend staying with Celebrity Constellation shore excursions in Russia and the Baltics. Celebrity takes care of all ship-to-shore paperwork, so there is no need to apply for a separate travel visa. In addition, several passengers recommend dressing in layers in these northern climates. Even in summer the temperature can swing from 60 to 80 degrees.

Dining Experience

The two main dining rooms on the Celebrity Constellation are decorated to call to mind the golden age of European passenger ships. Passengers are free to eat as they choose for breakfast and lunch, but are assigned either an early or late seating for dinner. The Constellation also serves steak and Italian cuisine in the Tuscan Grill. Grab a cup of coffee in Cafe a Bacio, sip a martini in the ice-filled bar at Crush or relax with a glass of wine in the Cellar Masters, a Napa-inspired wine bar.

Maiden Voyage

The Celebrity Constellation made her maiden voyage May 12, 2002. The Constellation was one of the first Millenium-class ships to be revamped or "Solsticized." The ship's new common areas and decor debuted May 9, 2010.

In The News

The Celebrity Constellation made news in June 2010 when passengers were struck with a gastrointestinal illness. More than a quarter of the passengers became ill on the 12-day Scandanavian cruise. This was just after outlets reported that the Clebrity was the first ship to be "Solticized," or refurbshed, to new technological standards.

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