Having just read a review for the Constellation’s Turkey and Greek Isles cruise I felt compelled to put pen to paper (so to speak) as I think I must have been on a different cruise.
We came away from the cruise thinking it was one of the best we’ve been on. I base this mainly on the general atmosphere and friendliness on the ship; the fact that the weather was very kind to us; and the ports were great, many of which we had never visited.
We loved the daily show hosted by Cruise Director JC with Mark as his sidekick. They were a brilliant duo. I don’t think we have ever laughed so much at a daily show. If we weren’t able to see the whole show before breakfast we always caught up sometime during the day. One of the good things about the daily show was that you were introduced to the entertainers (musicians, illusionists, comedians) who were due to give performances that day in the theatre. This encouraged us to go to shows we might otherwise have missed and we thought they were really good. We particularly liked Nicola Loud (violinist) and Steve Caouette (comedian.) The crew talent show (more below) hosted by the Cruise Director was very entertaining. I have since heard JC singing on video clips on the net and he should seriously consider doing a set. JC was also an excellent host at the Cruise Critic Connections Party. We also liked the timing of the two theatre shows, 7 and 9pm which seemed to work well around dinner arrangements.
What can I say about Captain Tasos? He was FAB. Obviously a charismatic leader who encouraged his officers and crew to mix with the passengers; he endeared himself to the passengers with his witticism and his dancing. Yes, he joined in with his officers in a Greek dance on the crew talent show! I have never known a Captain to be so visible. We need more Captains like him.
We were last on the Constellation in 2009 and she has undergone a recent refurbishment which we thought was wonderful. Considering the cruise was at the tail end of the European season the ship was remarkably spick and span. We particularly liked the Reflections Lounge where the Elite members had their evening aperitifs.
As usual on Celebrity cruises, our stateroom was excellent. Our attendant, Joachim couldn’t have been more attentive and very quickly sorted out a problem concerning some items sent to the laundry but which didn’t return! The Maitre D in Blu should be given a bonus; he was unable to find us a table for half an hour one day so, to kill the time, we ended up in Future Cruises and booked another cruise! It became a long running joke between us and we never waited for a table again!! Sadly, the variety of the menu in Blu did not match the excellent service. We feel that Celebrity has lost sight of what it intended for Blu. If it wasn’t for the timing of the late seating in the main dining room we would have gone there more often.
Overall, we had a wonderful cruise but we are concerned that the culinary expertise is not what it used to be. This is the reason that we chose Celebrity in the first place and we hope there will not be further cost cutting in this area. We also hope that one day we will again sail under Captain Tasos’ command and that JC and Mark will still be making us laugh.