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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Ruth Jeffries: COMPLETE LUXURY


Ruth Jeffries
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Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 3.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 3.0

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COMPLETE LUXURY

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona

We flew into Barcelona the day before and stayed overnight before boarding the Constellation the following day. Boarding was any time from 12 noon onwards and we got there about 2.45pm. Although it was very busy the process went quite smoothly and we were on our way to our stateroom. We were delighted with the lovely, spacious room which offered every comfort. A bottle of champagne in an ice bucket, together with a bowl of fresh fruit awaited us on arrival and we soon settled in to luxury!

Our stateroom with balcony was fabulous. Spacious with plenty of room to move about, it housed a huge, comfortable bed, flat screen TV, mini bar, dressing table area and a large sofa (convertible into a double bed), coffee table and a double wardrobe with plenty of drawers. Every detail was thought of from the lovely, thick bathrobes to the binoculars and golf umbrellas 'just in case'. The bathroom had a large shower and lots of hot water! Everything was replaced immediately and the whole More room was spotlessly clean. There's nothing negative I can say about it.

We chose Celebrity Select dining which meant we could choose at what time we wanted to eat in the main dining room. You are advised to book a table in advance but we didn't bother and although we had to wait a few times it usually wasn't more than about 20 minutes. The food was good with plenty of choice and the service was faultless. In fact, all the staff (of every nationality you could think of) was friendly, helpful and efficient. The only thing that marred the holiday for us was the extortionate price of the bottles of wine and other alcohol. We enjoy a bottle of wine with our meal but by the time the 8% Spanish tax (because we sailed out of a Spanish port) and the 15% surcharge was added, we ended up paying £35 for a bottle of wine! Non-EU residents could claim back the 8% Spanish tax so it wasn't quite as expensive for the Americans

The theatre entertainment was OK but we thought P & O had the edge on their productions. We did watch the a capella group, the High C's and thoroughly enjoyed their barbershop type songs but the real star of the ship was Perry Grant in Michael's Club. He was brilliant, so funny and a real diva! He played to packed audiences every night and entertained with his great singing and interaction with the audience. You daren't move out of your seat for fear of being targeted!! A real entertainer and highly recommended. Well worth going on the cruise just to see him.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable cruise although, because of all the walking, we needed a holiday to recover!

We would recommend Celebrity any time but think about getting a drinks package if you enjoy a bottle of wine. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Constellation 8134

Our stateroom with balcony was fabulous. Spacious with plenty of room to move about, it housed a huge, comfortable bed, flat screen TV, mini bar, dressing table area and a large sofa (convertible into a double bed), coffee table and a double wardrobe with plenty of drawers. Every detail was thought of from the lovely, thick bathrobes to the binoculars and golf umbrellas 'just in case'. The bathroom had a large shower and lots of hot water! Everything was replaced immediately and the whole room was spotlessly clean. There's nothing negative I can say about it.

Port and Shore Excursions


We sailed into the port of Livorno which, again was a large port. We booked a trip calling firstly to Pisa and then on to Florence. Pisa was amazing although we would like to have stayed longer. Florence was an interesting city but so busy. We decided to take an open top bus tour which took us out of the town, up into the hill where the statue of David overlooked the city. If you are interested in great architecture then this is the place for you. Again, the afternoon was really rushed and we didn't get to see a lot of it before starting the 1 and a half hour journey back to the ship.


Genoa was a large, busy port. We walked into the town which took about 20-30 minutes at a strolling pace. It was very windy with threatening rain so we had a quick look around and then headed back to the ship - in the rain!

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Salerno was the port for those wanting to visit Naples, Capri, the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. Having walked for miles over the past few days we decided to do a half day tour of Pompeii. The site itself was really interesting but we wished we had gone independently instead of an organised tour. The tour guide's English was so bad that no-one could understand her so we came away barely understanding anything she said! It was packed with people and different tours were queuing up to see the most interesting sights - it was gridlock most of the time! When we got back to the ship a few people said that they had caught a train into Pompeii quite easily. We'll definitely be more adventurous next time.

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Civitavecchia was our port of call in order to see Rome. We took a train for the 45 minute journey (90 minutes by coach) into Rome and our first stop was Vatican City. We are not Catholic but it was an awe inspiring sight as St. Mark's Square was absolutely packed with people waiting to see the Pope. We walked from there to the Trevi Fountain which took ages as we got lost even though we had a map! By this time we decided to use the metro which cost 4 euros each for an all day ticket. This was great because all of the main sights that we wanted to see - Spanish Steps, Colosseum, etc - were not far from the metro stops. We will definitely return to Rome and use the metro to get around this vast city.


Villefranche was a small, pretty port with a beach and winding streets. The ship was too large to dock in Villefranche so tender boats were provided. We caught a train to Nice which was less than 4 euros each for a return ticket! Being a Sunday Nice was quite quiet but being a large city I imagine it would be hectic on a normal weekday. It was OK but a bit like any other city, nothing really different about it.

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