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Constellation - Cova Café, The Emporium & Champagne Bar

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.

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.

Martini / Champagne Bar

The Emporium
The Emporium - Art Gallery
Cova Café
Cova Café

Champagne / Martini Bar

Champagne / Martini Bar
Champagne / Martini Bar
Champagne / Martini Bar

Champagne / Martini Bar

 

Photos and text: © 2005-2006 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on May 6, 2006

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