SHIP OF THE WEEK: CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION

Affectionately known as “Connie” by its fans, the 2,034 passenger Celebrity Constellation debuted in 2002 as the fourth and final ship in Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium Class.

Over the years, the ship has developed a host of admirers and repeat cruisers who are drawn to its value, comfort and intriguing itineraries.

In 2013, the ship went into dry dock for a major makeover. The 66 staterooms added include popular AquaClass cabins and their companion Blu restaurant featuring healthy “clean cuisine.”

Other new features include the addition of private verandahs for the eight Celebrity Suites, an iLounge with Apple workstations and a retail store, and new meeting and conference spaces. Also upgraded was the Wi-Fi throughout the ship with a new easier-to-manage log-on system.

Some common areas and staterooms were redecorated with new color schemes, carpeting and upholstery reflective of the newer Solstice Class.

In both price, quality of food and service, and general ambience, Connie strives to balance the intimacy offered by smaller ships and the leisure, entertainment and dining perks offered by bigger ships.

Passengers have access to nine bars and lounges; French, Italian and bistro alternative restaurants; a large casino and nightly Vegas-styled entertainment.

The staff and officers are very helpful and friendly, and all go out of their way to chat with passengers on their frequent walks through the ship and at shipboard events.

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