Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Glammy Grammy: Medtastic
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Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Arrived at the dock by taxi, embarkation was very quick and efficient and our cabin was ready for us at 12.30pm with our luggage arriving not long after. We even booked our speciality dining during embarkation as there were no queues, plus got the information on drinks packages etc. Greeted on board with a glass of sparkling wine, then left to our own devices to explore the ship.
Constellation is a lovely ship with impressive public areas, we particularly liked the covoured thalassotherapy area as the weather wasn't that hot but we could still enjoy the warm pool and jacuzzis and have a rest on the loungers. Towels were plentiful, even blankets were available should you want one. We had a couples Rasoul Ritual which was fantastic and was on special offer costing $110 for both of us which we considered good value.
Watched a Broadway themed show, a hypnotist, Natasha Hamilton, Perry Grant, A Capella band and enjoyed all of them though have to say we like to make our More own entertainment in the evening by enjoying leisurely dinners with our table companions, then meeting more people in the various bars and casino. We found this a very friendly cruise and met lots of nice people.
The MDR we found to be excellent, both the food and waiting staff, we had a drinks package and the waiter remembered our drinks and had them there for us practically as soon as we sat down. The Cafe Bacio served some of the best coffee I've had in a long time together with tiny little savoury or sweet pastries depending on the time of day, just right for filling a gap at tea time. On our last day, which was a sea day, a brunch was provided in the MDR which had every type of food you could imagine, then afternoon tea which felt like quite a treat. Dinner in the Tuscan Grille couldn't be praised enough, again the standard of food and service was examplary and worth the additional cover charge. We had room service breakfast and snacks which were delivered promptly, piping hot and of good quality.
Overall we found the staff to be friendly, polite and helpful and never had to wait too long for service in any area.
We had a balcony cabin and was impressed by the amount of storage both in the cabin and in the bathroom which had built in units for all toiletries etc. There was definitely no shortage of storage space here. The aircon/heating worked well, bed was comfortable and couldn't find anything to fault really.
Hope none of you ever need to find out - but the ship's medical facilities were excellent, I spent a couple of mornings in there for treatment and felt in very safe hands. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
We jumped a taxi (reasonable price)to the Spanish Steps which was the furthest point away from the station then worked our way back at a leisurely pace, stopping for food and drinks along the way, and finished at the Vatican which was close to the station. Rome is very easy to do on your own, you can choose where to see, and do it at your own pace avoiding the crowds as you go along. You can buy an excellent map of Rome for 1 Euro in most shops and plan your route for the day.
Villefranche has a few nice shops to browse through, with well priced Italian ladies clothes that are a little different. The tender to and from the ship was no problem, with no waiting either way.
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