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Marsha Wulf

Age: 69

Occupation:Talent Agent

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Constellation

Sailing Date: 2015-04-4

Itinerary: Western Carribean

In my personal opinion, the best reason to book Celebrity Cruises can be summed up in two words. First word: Jayne. Second word: Curry. Jayne Curry is a phenomenal entertainer with a clear, powerful, pitch perfect alto voice, a warm stage presence and is a true Funny Girl (read her highly entertaining blog for the reason for the unusual spelling). Ms. Curry can take a lyric and wring as much emotion from it as could Judy Garland. She appears to be a totally grounded, down-to-earth entertainer with enough droll wit and humor to fill an auditorium. And her speaking voice is gorgeous; very resonant, relaxed, sincere. If her agents are not marketing her for voice overs they should send out demo reels immediately.

We were traveling with a group of seven: my husband and myself, our two grown daughters, one son-in-law and two grandchildren. Every Celebrity crew member could not have been friendlier and more professional. Several even remembered my Granddaughter's name and would bring her cookies. The main dining room staff was incredible. You could tell each employee had been exquisitely trained.

The rooms were clean and used storage space most efficiently. The food was consistently excellent. The pool is quite small.

The entertainers in addition to the incredible Jayne were all good but there was one glaring exception: the children's show on the final night of the cruise was abominable. I'm not referring to the performers. They were on a par with theme park talent. It was the writing that wilted all comprehension. Our group felt that the writers of this disjointed show must have spent three days straight downing martinis in the martini bar. We could hear them claim "we're so drunk let's just grab a song here and a song there, throw them all into a story that defies reason, add glittery scenery and no one will notice!" We noticed and are forthwith issuing a plea to Celebrity to rewrite that ghastly show!

Food was very good in the main dining room and certainly adequate in the buffet. The buffet had delicious smoked salmon pizza. Had never had that before. The wait staff in the main dining room were fantastic.

Cabin was clean, used space efficiently and had a huge balcony. We were in room 7208. The room attendants could not have been kinder.

Entertainment was marvelous with one exception (see my summary of the overall cruise experience). It was also quite fun to just watch the passengers show off their ballroom dance skills. Years ago, as a teen, I was an assistant at a ballroom dance studio. These passengers know what they're doing!

Although we didn't take any ship-sponsored excursions, we toured Key West and Cozumel on our own.

In Key West we visited the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory which was so soothing. It was kind of sad to learn that butterflies only live approximately two weeks. We started out at the Simonton Street Beach. It is quite small but suited our needs just fine. We dined at the on-site restaurant Lagerheads which was terrific. Then we took the Old Town Trolley Tour of Key West. They had very friendly, entertaining and informative drivers.

In Cozumel, we took a short taxi ride to Chankanaab Park. What an awesome place. Beautiful white sand, great snorkeling and a shallow inlet where toddlers can safely splash around. We didn't take in any of the shows because the grandchildren were having such a great time in the water.

We would book with Celebrity again in a heartbeat, particularly if we knew Jayne Curry was the headliner. I wrote the CEO of Celebrity, Michael Bayley and complemented him on his perfect employees and spotless ship.

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