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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:04 PM
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Default Celebrity Constellation, Part 3

Still Day 1, Part 3......

Our little group of about 14 were the only ones in there, and we had a little cocktail party of our own to celebrate our sailaway from Miami.
I have no idea if there was any other sailaway party on deck, the kind I like, with live music and dancing and contests, but from what I saw on the ship video the rest of the week, I don't think so. Just people smiling and waving with their drink-of-the-day, which is pretty much what we were doing anyway!

We had to cut our party short in order to get ready for our 6 p.m. dinner. The early seating was not our 1st choice, but it's what we got, so we thought we'd try it and see.
The San Marco dining Room, the only dining room on the Constellation, was a large, airy, and tastefully decorated room that just said "class".

We were seated about one table away from the Captain's table, near the huge floor-to-ceiling windows aft, and our tablemates were 2 other couples from our cruising group.
We had a pleasant and efficient waiter who was always smiling and couldn't do enough for you, and the service and the food lived up to Celebrity's reputation for both.
Our first dinner was wonderful; from the French Onion Soup, to the Caesar Salad, the Marinated Chicken Breast, and the Creme Brule for dessert, everything was spectacular. I had a sinking feeling that this was the first cruise that I was going to gain weight on!

After dinner we wandered the public areas of the ship, many of which were empty or near empty. Bars and lounges, even the casino were quiet and under-used, and the Photo Gallery was deserted, which is a first on any ship I've been on! We noticed throughout the cruise how few people were ever in the Photo Gallery, even though it was probably the largest and most accomodating of Photo Galleries we'd ever seen.

The Rendez-Vous Lounge

The Martini Bar

The Fortunes Casino

We ended up in the Celebrity Theatre for the Welcome Aboard show, hosted by our Cruise Director Josh Riffe. I recognized Josh from a cruise our family had done on the Carnival Valor about 4 years ago, when he had graciously posed for my camera with my daycare "friend" Flat Stanlyette!

The show itself just briefly gave us a sample of what entertainment was in store for the cruise; a wonderful acapella group called the Voice Males, an "ardage duo" who performed circus-like dance art, and the very talented Celebrity singers and dancers, who I was relieved to see could really sing and dance.
By the time the show was over, we were ready for bed, no late-night disco-hopping for us!
A very nice first day onboard, and looking forward to 12 more!

Tomorrow....A Sea Day!

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