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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by jjcrossland

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Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Constellation
Member Name: jjcrossland
Cruise Date: May 2011
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: 04
Cabin Number: 2048
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5+
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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First European Cruise on Celebrity Constellation
After 2 cruises on Carnival, we were ready for a more "adult" cruise, but when we cruised the Celebrity Constellation to the Baltic we were a little surprised at how many seniors there were. We're in our early 60's, but most of the passengers seemed to be over 70. But we were able to mix with folks from England, Northern Europe and Canada which was fun.

Our ocean view stateroom was smaller than what we experienced on Carnival, and we were a little disappointed. The appointments in the stateroom and the ship were a little austere too - not a lot of decor to speak of. The ship seemed a little older and had more of a "used" feel to it.

But what did impress us about Celebrity was the level of service. We were treated like royalty and I was so impressed with our formal dining room service, I even wrote a letter to the CEO of Celebrity about how great the experience was. The dinners in the formal dining room were excellent, but everything else was average. The meals on the 10th deck restaurants were not much to speak of. They served brunch twice in the formal dining room and the food was not that tasty. It looked pretty, but that was about it.

Our plane arrived in Amsterdam at 9:30am, but we were told by the cruise line that we would not be able to board until 1:30pm. After being up all night on the flight, we were so tired that we decided just to take a taxi to the cruise port and hope for the best. When we got there at 11:30, we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a baggage handler who immediately took our four pieces of luggage away and they let us board immediately. Great!

Another thing that impressed us about the Constellation was the entertainment.

They had a professional song and dance troupe from the West End of London that knocked our socks off! The singing and dancing was first rate. There were a couple of single acts that weren't so hot, but overall we were very satisfied with the events in the main theater.

One time in the Reflections Lounge, the West End troupe dressed up in Army uniforms (short shorts for the girls) and danced with the customers while the band played dance tunes from the 40's. It was great.

We enjoyed all the shore excursions, especially St. Petersburg, Russia. If you have never been to Russia, be sure to go see Peterhof Castle, the summer vacation residence of Peter the Great. We also took a river cruise and went on a tour of Yussupov Palace where Rasputin was killed.

Overall, I would give our cruise a 7 out of 10. The service was great, and so were the shore excursions and entertainment, but the ship was a little small and old.

Publication Date: 07/18/11
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