Our first time in a floating resort: Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Israeli girl
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Our first time in a floating resort
Destination: Baltic Sea
Our stateroom attendant catered to our desires including extra towels and maintaining the room expeditiously. We were definitely pampered in a way we could really get used to!
The sea days were filled with all sorts of activities and we were rarely in the room, from lectures on the boat's navigational systems and ecology to the fitness More center and spa we were kept happily busy all day long. Although one could just hang out with a good book next to the pool and relax without doing a thing.
The ports of Stockholm, Helsinki, Talinn and Copenhagen were quite interesting but we felt didn't need any organized tours since it was possible to see the important places by ourselves. The only port we did feel it was necessary to book an organized tour was in St. Petersburg. Since the Russians are known for their bureaucracy we needed someone to organize our visa and other necessities. We didn't take the ship's port excursions since we felt they were overpriced and didn't cover many of the places we could see with an independent tour company. Also the ship's excursions covered only half-days for both days we were in port and the independent company took us for a full day excursion on both days for much cheaper. We also went to see the ballet, Swan Lake, at the famous Alexandrinsky Theater which was of a very high quality, although the Bolshoi didn't perform it. They were away on tour at the time. This the indepenent company also organized for us. Of course, the dining experience was something we had never encountered and the quality of the food was very high, although the chicken and fish dishes I found to be quite dry. The rest of the cuisine, especially in the Seaside Cafe, catered to our preferences of salads and healthy eating, although we couldn't pass up the desserts and visits to the ice cream bar!
As we pulled into Amsterdam we realized that our dream vacation was coming to an end, so I ran up and got a brochure featuring other cruises offered by Celebrity so we could get a head start in planning our next cruise!
The disembarkation process was very smooth and we were able to carry our own luggage off the ship and take the short walk back down to the train station and on to the airport for our flight home. Less
Port and Shore Excursions
We then headed back to the ship which left about 6 hours after it had entered the port.
We then headed over to the Rock Church and were so impressed with the fact that this church was actually in use and was hewn out of a mountain of rock. A pipe organ is also in use there and the acoustics are so good that I'm sure the sound must be terrific. One can actually sit in the pews and get a feel for the ambience of this magnificent church.
Since everything was so expensive in this port we didn't even stop for a cup of coffee or cake. We just headed back to the ship with our find.
We definitely recommend going with an independent tour company since the prices for the ship's excursions in St. Petersburg are very expensive and don't cover full days while in port, only half days.
We were only in this port for about 6 hours so before we knew it we had to get back. On the way back to the ship there's an outdoor souvenir area but we don't recommend buying anything there since it's very expensive and one can find cheaper things in town.
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