Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by flroadtripper: Baltic With An Older Crowd
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Baltic With An Older Crowd
We were a cruising party of 4. My husband and I are in our late 30's my mom is not (ha) and we included my husband's daughter who is 18, as a high school graduation present.
The boat is beautiful. It seems to have come out of drydock very nicely. You could tell that carpeting and other things were very new and it made the boat luxurious and elegant (in our opinion.)
The Suite that my mom has was very nicely appointed and she adored her butler (Alfred.)
The itinerary was really wonderful. We enjoyed each port of call. None of us can agree as to which one was our favorite. Highly recommend this itinerary!
We liked the trivia challenges, especially the battle of the sexes trivia, and "What's that Song" with Tyler.
The young Greek captain was great. He interacted with the passengers a lot and he had a great sense of humor. Found his presentation on sailing and navigation of the vessel quite interesting!
The Casino was fun for the More members of our family that took part
The Buffet was always stocked with interesting food. Good quick service options.
There is too much 'packaging' for our taste. For instance, they have set up this new "Aqua Class" with it's own restaurant "Blu." My mom wanted to try Blu but even though she had paid for a suite (much more $ than the Aqua Class room) she was denied because it wasn't in her 'package' I found that strange. My husband and I were in a Concierge Class room and were invited to a special assembly area to wait to get off the ship. My mom was not invited, even though she paid many thousands more than us for her room, because the special lounge was in the "Concierge Package" and not in her package.
We are not demanding or picky people, we really are not. But to be told, by the concierge in particular, again and again that someone with the one of the most expensive rooms on the ship could not do this or wasn't invited to that because of the 'package' that came along with the other rooms was hard to figure out. Finally, the concierge just broke down and told me "Your mom paid mostly for her space - that's about it." And she did have a lot of space and it was very nice. But the 'packaging' of the cruise rubbed us the wrong way.
Food: The service in the San Marco took nearly 2 hours every single night - and we had one of the premium tables, right next to the Captain's location! It was just agony. Most nights we couldn't even bear to go and sit there. After we begged our head waiter to speed it up some, she was able to cut it to around an hour and a half, but even that seemed like eternity. Just painful.
Entertainment - Horrible. Having been on multiple Disney cruises, we have seen some great shows. We didn't expect Disney level shows, but we did expect something. I think the very low point was when Celebrity was attempting to pay homage to Disney (we think) and an odd looking mermaid with a bright orange wig on her head was spotlighted to "play" Ariel. Then came the rapping Superheroes. Yes, you read that right. Of course they were not identifiable superheroes because Celebrity does not have the rights to any of those characters, so they were just people dressed up like generic superheroes, who then began rapping. Nightmare.
The band "Ocean Dreams" and most of the other performers basically stuck to music that was popular in the 50's and 60's. This is great if you were young at this time. If you weren't, you probably didn't know most of what was played most nights. My step-daughter was unable to even recognize most of the songs in the "What's that Song" competitions. I think out of 4 or 5 competitions she knew 'one' song. Everything on board is geared for the older crowd so I would not recommend this cruise for families with any children under 28 or 30.
That being said even my husband and I (in our late 30s) stuck out on the cruise as we were noticeably younger than most of the cruisers. And maybe how you view this cruise is through the eyes, and the years, that you have. We saw many older people having a great time. My group, however, just felt sort of lost. We didn't want to take part in things like the 'Motown Dance Party."
Overall: This is a beautiful ship and the ports of call were phenomenal. However, we did book our own private tours at all ports but Berlin. That might have made our port experience what it was. You may want to consider Exeter Tours out of Tampa, FL. Wonderful experience with them. At any rate, for anyone over 55, Celebrity might be right up your alley. If you are 40 or under however, I would definitely stay away. And, I really hope Celebrity gets rid of the 'packaging' of every thing and every room. It's a lot of hassle to figure out what you have and don't have as an option and I don't think the system works very well in that regard. Less
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