This was our first time on Celebrity. We had been told it was an upmarket Royal Caribbean but we found it to be very much on a par.
The good news was our cabin. We booked Concierge Class which was well worthwhile. The cabin was very spacious and had a large shower. We ate breakfast on the balcony most days.
We enjoyed the main dining room and the two specialty restaurants. We ate lunch at the AquaSpa cafe - beautiful piece of grilled tuna or salmon with salad. The buffet is just as badly organised as most cruise lines. Couples have to "guard" their tables so one eats while the other gets their next course. I wish other lines could see how well Oceania does buffets. The buffet food quality was significantly below that of the main dining room.
The production crew did a great job with their 3 shows. The headline acts left a lot to be desired. The hypnotist spent 40 of his 50 minutes just finding and testing potential subjects leaving little time for any More
demonstrations. The pianist could only play very quickly and loudly without any subtlety. When the comedy juggler showed that he could juggle spit, we decided to walk out.
The ports were very interesting. The only disappointment was Le Verdon which required a $90 per head coach trip to Bordeaux. The highlight was Bilboa with the Guggenheim museum.
The outbreak of Norovirus caused a major dislocation to the ship's procedures. Waiters and kitchen staff ensured there was no contact between food and the passengers. Sometimes this went to absurd levels such as dispensing sugar and sweetener sachets individually, removing cotton buds and brochures from the staterooms etc.
The activities at sea were fairly minimal for a ship with over 2000 passengers - we have had more variety on much smaller ships.
Overall we had a great time. We enjoyed the cruise experience, the ports and the friends we made on board. We would travel Celebrity again if it had an attractive itinerary. Less
Celebrity Constellation Cruises to the British Isles & Western Europe