Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Nittynatty: A memorable Norwegian cruise on the Constellation!
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A memorable Norwegian cruise on the Constellation!
What a spectacular cruise it has been! The Norwegian Fjords on the Celebrity Constellation has made our holiday so very memorable. For starters the food onboard was spectacular. Us being vegetarians, the head waiters went out of they way to serve us special Indian meals as and when we requested them. And the quality of the Indian food was just perfect. The raita, papads, pickle and rotis served with the food added the zing to the chana-puri, biryani, palak paneer-paratha and aloo-roti that we were served on the ship. The italian food was yummy too as was the chinese stir fries and sushi that we gorged on each day. The live counters served us made to order pastas, pizzas, salads and stir fries were superb! Made the whole dining experience a pleasure. The daily asian meal buffet too was always complete with dal,rice and pakora. The deserts were stellar each day as were the various ice creams and sorbets that were served to us. The lemonade was my favourite drink. The french fries served More
on the upper deck with the burgers was always crisp and freshly served.The room service was prompt when placed with an order. The Bistro served the yummiest crepes and paninis. All in all the best food we have ever had on a cruiseline. Clap clap clap for the experience.
The rooms have been newly refurbished. The beds are super comfy. Had read alot of reviews of the curtains. We did have the midnight sun shining on us but we did not have any issues with the blackouts on the curtains. We slept comfortably and the air conditioning was just perfect. The balcony rooms tend to become a little tiny with all the luggage tht we had but once unpacked and put the bags away, the room is lovely. Just loved sitting on the balcony enjoying the beautiful views. We chanced on seeing Dolphins from the balcony one evening which completed the whole balcony experience for us.
The ship entertainment was awesome. We enjoyed all production shows and the singers were fantastic. The arielists were superb! Really enjoyed them perform. Also had the pleasure to attend a back stage tour, which was very informative and interesting. As was the kitchen tour and bridge tour. We made it a point to attend all the evening shows and were very entertained. I liked the fact that the ship was not crazily packed with things to do, giving us plently of valuable free time to lounge on the upper decks with a blanket and the daily crossword to solve or just simply lay down staring at the ever changing stunning scenery. The upper deck ambience was amazing and used to be relatively empty. My husband and kids enjoyed playing TT at the corner of the upper deck with fellow cruise passengers. The outdoor pools were heated as it used to become very cold on alot of days during the cruise. All thumbs up for the Celebrity Constellation.
The Fun factory staff was amazing. My 10 year old used to promptly leave at 9 am and only return to us by 10pm. He thorougly enjoyed the activities, which was a big grace as the ship was otherwise full of 95% senior citizens. There were 50 kids this cruise as opposed to the 20 in the previous one. The programs were varied and interesting. Special thanks to Kimberly and Lebo. My son really learnt alot and enjoyed too!
The staff working on the ship were really helpful and courteous each time we interacted with them. They all seemed like a happy bunch and it was lovely to not hear them downtalk Celebrity. Always good to have happy workers.
The public areas of the ship are lovely! We were on board for 12 days yet didnt manage to spend time in all the areas. The Reflections lounge was really happening in the nights with a great DJ and live band. The San Marco served the best sit down meals. We had the priviledge to dine with the Staff Captain at his table. It was an event we shall not forget. The Ocean view had the most amazing open air bar behind where one could grab a bite and enjoy the view. The shops had good deals in them often and the staff were very helpful. The Art section of the ship held various interesting Art shows and the Faberge egg collection was impressive.
The itinerary was superb. Bergen- Olden- Molde- Alesund- Geiranger- Skjolden- Flam and Oslo. Out of the lot Molde was the most lacklustre maybe because of the wet weather when we reached there. Other ports were amazing.. All vastly different from each other. I do agree with other reviewers that an overnight at Oslo would have been wonderful. Oslo is a gorgeous city and there is so much to do and see there. A lot of people have written about Skjolden but it being a relatively new port on cruises, we had booked a shore excursion to the Nigardsbreen glacier, which was gorgeous.
The ship staff really spoilt the kids and us with lots of freebies and extra attention. The captain of the ship met us warmly each time around the ship. Special mention for his smooth handling of the vessel this big! The tiny look at details such as the hot chocolate servings on shore and the lovely sofa complete with a table of flowers on shore was always lovely to see.
Both embarkation and disembarkation in a cruise this big was smooth and fast. We were very impressed with the service always!
We cant wait to book our next cruise holiday with Celebrity! We know what we saw and experienced was world class hospitality in every way. Truly Modern Luxury sailing with Celebrity!
We arrived into Amsterdam a day before and stayed at the Moevenpick City Centre hotel which is right next to the cruise terminal in Amsterdam. It is a super location with good connections to the Central Station. We strolled our luggage into the terminal the next morning for checkin into the cruise. It was most convinient. We recommend this hotel to everyone embarking on a cruise from Amsterdam.
This was the prettiest port with stunning Fjord views. We took the local bus to the Briksdal glacier after buying the tickets from the tourist office at the port itself. The buses tend to fill up fast so get there early to avoid dissapointment. The ride to the point where we start to climb to the glacier was around 1 hour. Its a beautiful ride across lakes and waterfalls. The walk to the Briksdal is a brisk 45 min uphill walk. The thundering waterfall that we cross enroute was the highlight, as was all the information of the glaciers lenght over the many years that it has been there. A sad reminder of Global warming! There are troll cars which drive you up for 100 kr each. We had to take one on our way down, just in time for our bus back. We felt we didnt get much time at the Briksdal glacier which is just too beautiful. We wanted to sit there and stare at the beauty of that valley. The pristine blue of the glacier and the green lake before it was worth the climb up. An exhilirating experience to the top.
We returned back to the port, with a couple of hours in hand to explore the tiny village. We took cycles on rent from the tourist office for an hour, That costed us 50 kr. It was well worth the money. It was super fun zipping down the empty roads and exploring this tiny beautiful port.
We woke up to a cold and rainy day in Molde. This was our northern most point in the itinerary and we could feel how close we were to the Artic Circle from there. We walked down to the local bus stop, which is a 5-8 min walk from the cruise terminal and took the local bus to see the Atlantic Road. Its an engineering feat and is impressive once on it. It was really very cold and windy the day we were there. The whole trip to and fro with a few minutes spent on the bridges for pictures is just about 2 hours 30 minutes. This trip is best done by oneself as it is much cheaper to the ones from the ship. After that we spent the day visiting the Molde City hall rose garden (which sadly had only a couple of roses blooming) and walking around the shopping street which also shut shop at 3pm as it was a Saturday. Molde was hosting a football match that day and with the stadium just next to the cruiseport we could hear all the action on the ship itself.
The port town of Alesund with its colourful buildings and pretty flowers is a picture perfect town. We took the hop on hop off from the port and drove to the Aksla view point with stunning views of the Alesund archipelago. After which we resumed the hop on hop off tour to stop at the Aquarium, which is interesting but tiny in comparison to the other aquariums that we have visited. Our last stop was back at the cruiseport. With a few hours in hand we walked about a little more into the city centre before returing back into the ship. Norway is frightfully expensive and all we did was window shop!
The Unesco world heritage tag truly lives up to this port. The sailing into this Fjord was unbelievably beautiful. With waterfalls every few meters. Not to forget to mention the stunning Seven Sisters. Our ship did a cool 360 degree before this waterfall which left us spellbound.
Please get into Geiranger port as early as possible as all buses to Mount Dalsnibba get booked in a jiffy. We were caught in this fiasco but by a stroke of amazing luck, got the chance to hire a taxi ( which by the way were also running all full), to help us with our sightseeing. The wonderful taxi guy drove us all the way to Eagles Bend Road where he waited patiently till we clicked n clicked before driving us to Mount Dalisnibba. It was beautiful up there and the weather just made the view perfect. The sun shone brightly. The view from up there is to die for. The snow capped mountians, the fjord below with the tiny ship and the blue lake waters is a sight we shall never forget. We would have really missed something if we hadnt gotten that Taxi. The winds are cold up there. We also had the pleasure to visit the Lhama farm too. It was an added bonus. We heard that Mercedes tests its cars on those roads ever so often. Thats how sturdy those gorgeous Norwegian roads are. The rest of the port hours we walked about the tiny Geiranger port. Its beautiful and a must visit. This was our only tendered port on the itinerary.
The newest cruise port on our itinerary. The port has free wifi. We took our only cruise shore excursion on this port. We visited the beautiful Nigardsbreen glacier and glacier centre where we were served waffels and coffee.The drive to the glacier from the port is approx 1 hour. Its a beautiful drive along the flowing river. The beauty of the glacier is spell bounding. Hope we had a few more than 30 mins in that beautiful valley. There were people taking boats right to the glacier but we were severly short of time hence couldnt do so. We would have loved to do so. On our drive back we stopped at Gaupne and visited the Old Stave church. Our guide was an impressive 84 year old fellow who told us a lot about the surrounding area. Very glad we booked the excursion in time as they tend to get filled up very fast and besides these excursions there is very little one can do in these ports in so many hours.
Once back we didnt have much to do on the port itself. We walked around a bit and took lots n lots of photographs. Loved the free wifi though! Less
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Cabin review: Celebrity Constellation
Great location close to the elevators. No noise at all. The balcony is superb. The room is perfect for 2 but used to get a little crowded when the sofa cum bed used to be rolled out for my son every evening. Other than that very happy with the room.
Port and Shore Excursions
A Pretty town in Norway. We took the free shuttle bus to the city centre and managed to take the city hop on and hop off from there. We stopped at the Fish market for a few photographs and sovenirs before taking the Floibanen up to the gorgeous Bergen city view point. There are some gorgeous views of the whole city from up there. After which we took the whole hop on hop off around the town and got off to spend the remaining hours at the Fish market. Towards the end of the day we did realise that taking a hop on hop off is useless in this tiny town. Alot can be accomplished on foot alone. The hop on hop off buses do have free wifi which is an additional boon.
The highlight of Flam is the scenic train journey up to Myrdal and back. Its a 2 hour journey up and down. The train stops at the gushing Kjofossen falls for 10 mins both ways where we can scramble to take pictures. On our way back there was surreal music coming from the waterfalls complete with a Norwegian girl dancing on the steep hill sides. What an ambience that was! Unbelievable!
We were glad that we had booked our group for the Flam railway by making a wonderful group on Cruise Critic. Amazing people and so happy everyone turned up on time at the Flam railway station office. Must prebook tickets or take a shore excursion though the cruise as the train tends to fill up fast.
Rest of the day after the scenic train journey, was spent on wandering around the pretty Flam village with its huge souvenir shops. The port too has free wifi :)
Finally, the capital city of Norway. What a beautiful city and the cruise docked right in the heart of the Oslo. It was a mere 8 minute walk to the City hall and City centre. We took the hop on hop off straight to Vigiland park. It was a beautiful sunny morning and the statues in that park are exquisite. We spent 1/2 hour walking around the park, which was crowded even as early as 11 in the morning. The line for the return hop on hop off becomes huge as a lot of people get off and on at this spot. After this we visited the Viking ship museum. This is a nice tiny museum. Nothing like the Vasa museum at Stockholm but a nice relic of the days gone by. We returned to visit the City Hall by the Hop on Hop off. Its the place where each December the Nobel Peace prize is presented. Its a beautiful hall with a gorgeous seafront view. The bathrooms below are huge. Catering to the grand receptions this place must be holding. The Nobel Peace Centre is the grand yellow building standing next to the City Hall. It has a lovely permanent exhibition of the past Nobel Laurets. Worth exploring but again similar to the one we visited in Stockholm.
Oslo is a lively city. The Royal Palace and the Parliment are lovely as is the city centre with all the shopping. We walked back to the ship after loitering around the centre for a few hours. Would have loved to have more time at this port. Maybe an overnight would be have been ideal!