Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by 360Guy: Norway Magic!
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Destination: Baltic Sea
Just returned from the 12 night r/t amsterdam Norway cruise. Overall a very nice cruise experience---first time as Elite member so we enjoyed the laundry, internet and happy hour (although we upgraded our 123 promotion to premium beverage). This was a very well run cruise from embarkation to disembarkation. Without a doubt the most visible and communicative officers of any previous cruises. Capt. Tasos has a great sense of humor and was frequently the "foil" for the CD "JC" and his activity partner in crime "Mark". He gave great daily updates and 2 lectures that were well attended.
FOOD: Always subjective IMHO, however on this cruise I think it was good to very good overall. The main DR was efficient--we did Select Dining. Had good waiters--"Favian" was our favorite but all were good. Food was warm/cold as needed. We did 1x Tuscan that was also good--with the best service of any prior Tuscan experiences. Crab cake was unremarkable FYI (again imho). Food portions have been More adjusted since our last cruise (2013) and were somewhat smaller but thought the overall presentation was quite good. Only 1 meal in the MDR missed the mark but we were so far into the cruise we didn't need to get another plate! The Lideo buffet was always busy--in particular we LOVED the indian curries and I advised Exec Chef Gavin of our appreciation.
The Elite breakfast was never very busy but the fresh fruit and other goodies were fantastic. The Al Bacio crew on 5 were excellent.
SHIP: Older ship but we liked the level of care being shown. It's smaller and we like that. This crew was outstanding. Our stateroom attendant ("Mario") on 2nd level was super. Never a problem with the room or anything requested was not an issue.
PORTS: Fantastic 8 ports never had to tender. I am surprised that Celebrity is dropping this from their 2015 schedule. If you have not seen this part of the world--it is beautiful!
GRIPES: Actually very few. Celebrity seems to be even more aggressive around pushing constantly for dining packages, beverage packages, etc. During our CC get together, the CD actually suggested if we organized independent tours we would be "putting the ship out of existence." I thought the pushing of all the upcharging was rather shameless but I guess you get thick skin after a few days.
Bottom line was we met many wonderful people, and had a great experience. Looking forward to our next cruise! Less
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