We had high hopes for this journey on the Celebrity Constellation. A fine looking ship awaited us in the Dover harbor and we had a smooth embarking process and were on board quickly. This made up somewhat for the 2 hour delay awaiting Constellation transportation from Gatwick to the ship. Our previous one and only cruise was on Holland America lines and their ship the Statendam to Alaska which a great first beginning to cruising. We had a nice welcome aboard the Constellation and our cabin was wonderful, great size and balcony and very large bathroom. We explored the Connie and awaited to meet our four new tablemates at dinner. Well,they were great and wonderful Brits that we came to really like and enjoy and friendships were made. The big problem was the food;it was tasteless,overcooked, hard as a rock(vegetables) and the fruit was over the hill. We all tried to make the best of it but when we ordered steaks one night, four of them rare and all came back overcooked that was it! We complained to the staff but no avail. Anyway,that was a downer.
We enjoyed the Gym and the earlier opening hours of 6am pleased us as did the nice gym towels and great view.
We found the shows less then stellar, but did enjoy the comedy night and several of the music shows. The Constellation show people were great dancers but poor singers and when will the ship get the point that older guests hate loud amphed up music? It drove everyone nuts.
The ports of call were great. St.Petersburg the charm with a wonderful ballet and tours of the Pushkin estate and its quiet and subdued gardens, and immense wealth. The tours in Estonia, and Lithiuania were likewise enjoyable and eye opening, both the beauty of Tallin, and the warmness of the people. The Solidary museum in Poland a must see, but the rest of Gadinsk leaves a lot to be desired.
We returned happy and loved the overall ambience of the ship. We found the crew that attended to our room needs outstanding and helpful. We found the food staff unable to satisfy us with respect to our problems with the food and laid the blame on the kitchen. No solution was found for this. Most disappoint to us that this is a five star line and the food brought our trip down to a 3 star level.
In comparison to our first cruise the Constellation did not provide value for the dollar spent and did not live up to its billing. The HAL trip to Alaska had outstanding food and service and this line was no comparison to that trip.