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April 1, 2018 to April 16, 2018 from Tokyo to Shanghai. First night in La Bistro first choice wine is not available, second the same. Cabin has noise and we are not able to slip. Cabin phone is not working. Change a cabin 2 times. Most of ... Read More
April 1, 2018 to April 16, 2018 from Tokyo to Shanghai. First night in La Bistro first choice wine is not available, second the same. Cabin has noise and we are not able to slip. Cabin phone is not working. Change a cabin 2 times. Most of food OK, but beef and burgers are not eatable. In Tsar restaurant waiting for desert 25 min, waiters disappeared and after desert came melted. Pastries and ice cream are very good. Watermelon is tasteless. All ports are excellent. All shore excursions are good, but one. Entertainment below average. Only two good shows for 15 days. Use a same musicians for 2 times. Customer service is a big issue, we need contact hotel director for resolve cabin noise issue. Cabin was clean and we have no problem. Information from bridge came very late and not clear. NCL need to improve customer service and not sail cabin with noise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Excellent menu and presentation, 5-star service throughout the ship. Fabulous ports of call with very diversified tours. People where all well traveled and open to conversations and friendly. Oceania is an above average, luxury cruise line ... Read More
Excellent menu and presentation, 5-star service throughout the ship. Fabulous ports of call with very diversified tours. People where all well traveled and open to conversations and friendly. Oceania is an above average, luxury cruise line attracting well traveled, higher educated people all interested in the itinerary and gourmet food services at a high standard. Though this ship offered this environment the ship seems a little Tired and could use some refurbishing again to keep up in this category. The ports where diversified and everyday was filled to exhaustion. With 6 sea days the trip was both relaxing and interesting to sail. Entertainment is not what you choose Oceania for but at this price category they need to improve or may see a decrease in repeat customers who are having other ships that are newer, brighter and offering more choices. Regardless of minor problems we will make Oceania our first choice for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 5th cruise with Oceania. We chose this particular one for its itinerary, starting in Tokyo and ending in Bangkok. It was the only one we found on an upscale cruise line that covered so much of the coast of Asia in less than ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Oceania. We chose this particular one for its itinerary, starting in Tokyo and ending in Bangkok. It was the only one we found on an upscale cruise line that covered so much of the coast of Asia in less than 3 weeks. The choice of ports was excellent -- but be aware that it is extremely hot in Saigon and Bangkok in mid-April. The cruise started in Tokyo on March 24, presumably to avoid very chilly weather. The trade-off was the heat at the end of the tour. My husband and I are independent travelers and we never take shore excursions offered by the ship so I can't comment on the quality of the excursions. Instead we wander around on our own (using hop-on hop-off busses) or book through private booking companies -- which I highly recommend in Asia, as there are few signs in English. This cruise was a 50th anniversary trip for us so we splurged on the Owners Suite. The service and accommodations were between "extraordinary" and "over the top." But we found the same to be true at any of the "Concierge" level accommodations, so it's not necessary to book an Owners Suite to feel pampered. Our only complaint was that the quality of the dining experience has declined somewhat since our first cruise on Oceania in 2012. After Norwegian Cruise Line took over Oceania, we noticed some cost-cutting measures, including the quality of the food, which I would describe as "very good," as opposed to "excellent" when we first started cruising with Oceania. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to book a cruise with them, and in fact we have booked another one this September. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I was booked for 28 days and left after 2 weeks. The staff are really miserable, apart from a few, JR, Alfred, Christian, the waiters on table 321 and one or two others, the maintenance crew were very nice too. The staff in Kings court ... Read More
I was booked for 28 days and left after 2 weeks. The staff are really miserable, apart from a few, JR, Alfred, Christian, the waiters on table 321 and one or two others, the maintenance crew were very nice too. The staff in Kings court were mainly really miserable, there must be something wrong with management. As I was leaving and paid for 2 weeks that I will not be on board I offered my cabin to a lady who was travelling with a companion on an inside cabin, she was on a world tour and a platinum member, so you would think a valued customer....... Cunard had me waiting for 30 minutes to their headquarters to ask "permission" for someone else to use my paid for cabin! They said no, unless she paid for it too! They are very petty with charges.... Mineral water, hello! Are you an upmarket brand or cheap and nasty charging for mineral water? No one asked me why I wanted to leave the ship 2 weeks early, I have been a business owner and I would be mortified if that happened to me and want to set it right or at least know why? Also, there is no shade anywhere on the ship? Steamer seats with no towels available, yuck! Maitre d is useless and very unhelpful. I understand that it is difficult to accommodate everyone but there were so many empty seats at tables, a lot of unhappy passengers re dining. One passenger decribed his experience as a prison sentence.. Glad I broke out of my prison experience!...... Never again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We did a back to back to back Sydney to Yokohama so this review is for the last leg, Hong Kong to Yokohama. The Jewel is now quite old and in need of a refit but provides a good cruising experience with lounges and restaurants to suit all ... Read More
We did a back to back to back Sydney to Yokohama so this review is for the last leg, Hong Kong to Yokohama. The Jewel is now quite old and in need of a refit but provides a good cruising experience with lounges and restaurants to suit all tastes. Our inside cabin was adequate and our cabin steward did his best. Dining was generally good. The two main restaurants were fine, the buffet (Market cafe) often a scrum but the food was good. The speciality restaurants were good. Service was generally good, some outstanding, some poor. Entertainment became a bit samey but we were on the ship for 40 nights so that was to be expected. Ports on this leg of the cruise were great. We did not take any NCL excursions but seldom heard anything good from those who did take them so this is an area on this ship that NCL should look carefully at. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Disappointing Weather Beleaguered Odyssey to the China Seas This was out tenth cruise with Celebrity plus a further three more with the RCCL Group, and overall, this was by far our worst cruise experience yet. It is difficult to ... Read More
Disappointing Weather Beleaguered Odyssey to the China Seas This was out tenth cruise with Celebrity plus a further three more with the RCCL Group, and overall, this was by far our worst cruise experience yet. It is difficult to pinpoint precisely why we came away so disappointed but there was something distinctly odd about this cruise. We are relatively experience travellers and fully accept that one must accept the rough with the smooth while traversing our glorious planet and as such find it somewhat churlish to complain when things do not always go to plan, but from the get go the cruise lacked any atmosphere. Perhaps this was due to the scheduled 20h00 departure time when most guests were either at dinner or in the grand theatre, so the usual sail away party that encourages guests to get into a party mood never effectively happened. A further contributing factor could well have been the highly diverse demographic on this cruise where passengers of the various distinct nationalities tended to stick to themselves. Of course, the strange weather we experienced on the trip did not help sailing through a major storm on the second day of the cruise and then effectively losing two days anchored either in a harbour or out at sea due to dense fog that restricted access to or egress from a couple of the ports we were scheduled to visit during the cruise. The general feeling of discontent that permeated the ship, shared by many other passengers whom we interacted with throughout the cruise, inevitably had a dampening effect on the overall cruise experience. Yet the cruise ship management team seemed to be quite blissfully unaware of the obvious malaise developing among their passengers. Based on this cruise, we can only infer that the standards of the Celebrity brand generally are slipping. In virtually all aspects a clear deterioration of their product offering was notably detected. Some random observations in this regard include: Entertainment: Apart from the ship’s hard working orchestra, a really top notch card magician and an energetic female singer who really knew how to work a crowd, the quality of entertainment offered was very poor. Indeed how some of the acts could possibly ever have been contracted frankly beggars belief and suggest Celebrity is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to attracting cruise ship performers. Food: The quality of food in the main dining room was always well presented but generally somewhat bland. The same could be said of the buffet dining option in the Ocean View Café which was in the main uninspiring and very much of the sameness day after day. However, in the defence of the F&B team, it must have been extremely difficult to cater for the tastes of the multicultural demographic on board. The obvious conclusion the typical passenger must come to is that the notable decline in the “for free” restaurants is but a not too subtle way of persuading guests to use the speciality restaurants, most of which did not seem to be that well patronised. We object paying what we consider to be an excessively exorbitant couvert charge for the speciality options, the Tuscan Grill and QSine, a sentiment that is shared by most other passengers as neither of these two venues seemed to be that well utilised. In the event, we did sample the fare of Sushi on 5, the speciality Japanese venue and were well satisfied with the meal which was well presented, tasty and good value. Guest Speakers: We usually enjoy the “On the Podium” enrichment lectures of the guest speakers on board. On this occasion however, the talks namely a series on Buddhism and another on oriental art were clearly not of much interest to the rank and file passenger and were extremely poorly attended. Apart from the first lecture in these series which were held in the Cosmos Lounge, subsequent lectures of both series were offered in the huge main Celebrity Theatre. On one occasion the art history lecturer had an attendance of less than ten in the Celebrity Theatre venue, while on the occasions we attended either of the speaker’s offerings, we never counted more than thirty to forty people in attendance. Surely seeing these enrichment talks were being so poorly patronised, The Cruise Director should have offered the speakers a more intimate venue? Cruise ship management: As mentioned previously, the cruise ship management did not seem to be able to gauge the level of non-satisfaction that enveloped the ship. Ship officers were seldom seen around the ship, and the Cruise Director did not seem to understand that the poor attendance at organised activities on board could mean that passengers were not all that happy with what was being offered, and communication with passengers (especially during times when the ship lay anchored off shore or in port – on two occasions for almost a full 24 day) was woefully inadequate. Even the affable Captain Alex, whose humorous daily admonitions of peace and love often did provide sound food for thought, was found wanting in this regard when passengers were kept completely in the dark for almost 24 hours while the ship was anchored at the port of Incheon which was closed due to excessively reduced visibility. Communication from the Cruise Director did improve when the ship was again anchored off shore outside Shanghai for a further extended period, so perhaps the ship’s management did learn from their previous shabby performance after all. Itinerary: We chose this cruise because of the itinerary as a visit to Beijing, in particular, had long been on our bucket list. While completely out of Celebrity’s control, the delayed arrival in Incheon, the full day lost while the ship was anchored in Incheon because of the port’s closure and the further delay while Shanghai port remained closed, all had the effect of severely constricting the limited time available to see the attractions in Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai . Specifically, we had booked a three day two night ship excursion to Beijing which was to be the highlight of our trip. Unfortunately because of the weather, this excursion had to be reduced to a two day, one night offering which meant that the attractions and sites to be visited had to be concertinaed into two not three days resulting in minimal time being spent at some key attractions such as the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square, or to some attractions such as the Summer Place not being visited at all. Most disappointing. Similarly we had a half day hotel drop off ship excursion in Shanghai at the end of the cruise. This too had to be curtailed as the excursion which was scheduled to be completed by about 13h00, only started at 16h45 because of the ship’s late docking. However, all’s well that ends well as the excursion enabled us the see the Bund in Shanghai at night. Awesome! The ship: The Millennium was ostensibly refurbished only two years ago. Clearly this refurbishment was focused primarily on upgrading the experience of suite class passengers as the refurbishment seems to have been restricted to reconfiguring the speciality and suite class restaurants and to upgrading suite class staterooms. Very little attention was paid to the more frequently used public areas such as the Ocean View Café and surrounds which are in a particularly bad state, or to the standard staterooms. Our Concierge class stateroom while clean and adequately equipped was drab and in dire need of upgrading. However, while ageing and in urgent need of a complete makeover, the Millennium was always kept clean and well maintained. Service: The one enduring positive of the cruise was the generally good to excellent service we received from most of the service staff with whom we interacted be they stateroom attendants, barmen, waiters or stewards. It is really one area where the RCCL Group have got it right and staff invariably are attentive, well trained, obliging and cheerful, always seemingly willing to go the extra mile and undertake their duties with a smile. By contrast, we found some of the more professional staff in Guest Relations and particularly Shore Excursions to be surly and off-hand. Perhaps this was because a lot of extra work was thrust on them to amend or rearrange a number of excursions that were affected by the weather issues. But they should acknowledge that the passengers were also significantly inconvenienced during this cruise. It is after all, their job! Despite these obvious shortcomings, the cruise nevertheless presented us with opportunity to exploring some unique parts of the East and to view many iconic sites first hand. Some highlights included: • Exploring the beautiful temple and gardens of Zhongheng Park in Keelung (the port city for visits to the capital Taipei), site of the majestic 25 metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy – the biggest such statue in SE Asia • Visiting Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb museum in Nagasaki, a most moving experience and a timely reminder that we have to keep the nuclear weapons out of the hands of hardliners wherever they may exist • Traversing the ultra modern city of Busan by hop on – hop off bus. Unfortunately a rushed visit so we did not have the time to see the famous fish market, apparently one of Busan’s main attractions • Viewing an ancient volcanic crater site followed by a close up view of centuries old village life on Jeju Island • Visiting, albeit in a somewhat hectic fashion in view of the delay in arriving in Tianjin, most of the major iconic attractions of the city of Beijing including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven • Staying for one night in the glorious China World luxury hotel (as part of the included Beijing experience). Certainly one of the best hotels we have yet stayed at • Viewing the lights of Shanghai at night • A most interesting post cruise a private day long tour of the ancient village of Su Zhou and the unique 900 year old water village of Zhou Zhuang. We have been loyal Celebrity cruise passengers for over ten years where we have been privileged to enjoy many wonderful experiences. This only further serves to heighten our concerns at the apparent (but notable) decline in the quality of the Celebrity product. Had we not already have booked and fully paid for a further Celebrity cruise of Canada and New England this coming September (which we seriously considered cancelling), the Millennium cruise of China and South Korea would probably have been our last with Celebrity. Hopefully, our experience on the Summit in September will restore our faith in the Celebrity brand. However, whatever the outcome we feel the time has now come for us to explore the products offered by competitor cruise lines so, in all probability, we shall be bidding a fond but sad farewell to the Celebrity brand after our Canada/New England cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We had sailed on Celebrity before but not on the Millennium. We wanted to go to China, Korea and Japan. We were really looking forward to it. As soon as we got on the ship- we were very disappointed to see the outdated and dull decor. ... Read More
We had sailed on Celebrity before but not on the Millennium. We wanted to go to China, Korea and Japan. We were really looking forward to it. As soon as we got on the ship- we were very disappointed to see the outdated and dull decor. It was actually depressing- like a cheap motel. Only four stores on board when we expected more. The interior of the main restaurant was dark and also out dated. My husband ordered steak and fries and got two small slices of steak and four fries- we never went back. Fortunately the cafeteria food was good. The bed was so hard that I had to call them to do something as I could not sleep. Because we had sailed on Celebrity before I was looking forward to sinking into a nice bed and just relaxing. They then provided a mattress pad which helped. Now comes the real problem-because of the fact that the ports were quite distant from where the shore excursions were going-each excursion involved at least 1 to 2 hours to get there. Imagine wasting your time touring a market when you wanted to see sights and do some shopping. Between the markets-food and fish- and the traveling time- the excursions were some of the worse we have encountered in 10 years of cruising. The ports were in deserted areas not near shopping or site seeing so you could not just get off the ship and do an independent trip especially as sights were a good hour away and taxi drivers etc do not speak English in those areas. Now to the most upsetting part- the ports in the area of Shanghai close when there is too much dense fog and we could see why. This is a common problem for this area.The result- all the passengers had to cancel their flights home and reschedule-this cost us $1000- not covered by trip insurance. It was hands down the worst cruise I have ever taken and a good lesson in why you should always read the reviews of each ship-not go by just the reputation of the cruise company. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We did back to back to back Sydney to Yokohama so this review is for the Singapore to Hong Kong part of the cruise. By this time we had had a poor experience Sydney to Singapore. Luckily the Hotel Director Claus left the ship and a new one ... Read More
We did back to back to back Sydney to Yokohama so this review is for the Singapore to Hong Kong part of the cruise. By this time we had had a poor experience Sydney to Singapore. Luckily the Hotel Director Claus left the ship and a new one arrived - Stephen - who was much better. He immediately realised that he had inherited a poor cruise and set about changes which improved the quality of the experience, arranging back to back events and generally sorting out the tendering and port arrangements. We had a much better experience, back to the usual standard we expect from NCL. The ship is in need of a refurb - planned - but generally the experience was good. Cabin was good for an inside. Steward good. Most of the crew were excellent, a few poor experiences but thats how it goes. Entertainment could be improved substantially - 'Dan the Man' not quite the invisible man as he can be but he was also new (from Sydney) so perhaps inherited a poor plan. Our own planned shore excursions were great, NCLs not so and the onboard team needs to be broken up and refreshed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Now.... I have cruised a few times before on various lines but never RCI. All have been really good experiences with some very good service on them. Yes, I have had bad experiences on them too but only the odd problem like the waiter in ... Read More
Now.... I have cruised a few times before on various lines but never RCI. All have been really good experiences with some very good service on them. Yes, I have had bad experiences on them too but only the odd problem like the waiter in the main dining room not being as attentive as he could of been or the barman who could not mix a cocktail to save his life. but nothing to ruin a holiday..... That changed with this trip. Now before I start I just want to say that this was part of a £13k package that was arranged through an agent. So. everything in place before we fly off to Singapore. Cruise documentation all done and dusted and printed off, credit card details given as requested. Whoop HOLIDAY TIME. Had a wonderful 3 days in Singapore. We both so want to go back as it was amazing. Anyway. arrived at the terminal and it was manic but not too bad (or so we thought). queued to go through the scanners, that was done within 10 mins so not too bad. We then had to join another queue for the check in desks.... 30 mins later we handed over out set sail pass. my credit card was taken and dealt with and we were given our cruise cards. Excellent stuff.... Ship here we come. Well it would of had it not been yet another queue of about 30 mins to get through customs. whoooo done. no not quite. Had a another queue to go through to get on the ship this time lol... this is not taking the p!$$.... Anyway, we finally get on board the ship and head off to our room on the 8th floor (8524). The room is. nothing special. but it is tired.... Very tired. Rips in the sofa and parts being quite thread bare. Anyway, luggage arrives so start to hang clothes up and the wardrobe door falls off and just misses my partners head..... It did get put back on after a very lengthy phone call to reception and not getting anywhere.... The room steward did get it sorted for us eventually. Walking round the ship does confirm that it is very very tired and defiantly in need of its impending refit (should of happened by now). We go and have a swim and jump in the hot tubs. very nice. and good service from the pool staff. We head off to our second sitting Dinner and expect to be sat at a table for 2 only to find that we are on a table for 10.... Not to impressed but it will do. The waiter introduces himself and gives us a menu and a wine menu. another couple on the table order a bottle of wine which was fine but the waiter wanted to give us all a free glass of wine as a hello and welcome on board. so we dont order a drink as we were getting a glass of wine....... We get our glasses filled with water and we order starters and mains. and then the wait began....... and went on....... and went on....... eventually the food turn up the waiters station and sat there as he was still waiting for the free wine to arrive..... we got fed up of waiting and ordered drink from the wine waiter which arrived within a few mins... still no food though..... Then he grabs 3 plates and turns to give us our starters and he stops mid step... turns round puts the plates back down and picks up a jug of water to refill someones half full glass of water then returns to get the food which he serves.... whoooo. Not quite, everyone sent their starters back as it was cold.... Hot starters served and finished... nothing special... pretty poor to be honest. but put it down to experience. Anyway. main course get served and this is now the worse dish I have ever eaten... Ship pad thai. Should have some good flavours and be a bit spicy.... nothing... no taste no flavour and no spice.... 2 mouthfuls and I left it.... Dessert menu delivered and I could not believe it.... No. cheese board. I gave up at that point and left the table and went to eat in the Windjammer... well I would of but it was shutting....... WOW. I thought this was a 24 hour buffet. NOPE. opens at 6:30am and closes at 9:30pm. Well to say i was disappointed was an understatement. Did not go back to the main restaurant for the rest of the cruise I was P!$$ed off with it. We ate in Chops Grill for 2 evenings which was really good albeit at additional cost. Now that was the service I was expecting in the main restaurant. 2 days in on the cruise and I get a letter stating that my Credit Card had issues and had not been able to be sorted for onboard credit. So off I go and get that sorted out. Pay the $80 fee that I had racked up and was told it was all sorted now and it will be OK. get back to room. Fold letter up and throw in the bin. The next day.... I get exactly the same letter. the exact same one I put in the bin the day before.... What the hell is going on. Off I go again to reception to get that sorted out. I was assured that it was OK and working. Well 1 day later I get a message on my phone saying that there was a problem with my credit card.... Off I march again with all my credit card slips showing that I had registered my credit card and made payments. Im so P!$$ed and insenses now I ask for the auto tip service charge to be taken off my account and i would tip those that had actually made a difference to our holiday. Ok, not a problem it will be removed over night..... Was it heck. So yet again I had to go see reception to sort my account out. The low and behold when I get back to my room I get a letter saying that if I didnt return the pool towels I would be charged $25 for each of them...... Yes you guessed it... Back to reception to sort it out. Man walking round with ipad had that bill removed within 30 seconds... me thinks they get loads of people with rouge towel bills... The staff on towel duty did like scanning cards twice for 2 towels but only scanning once when returning them..... EASY MONEY FOR RCI...... Did I enjoy my cruise. Yes, but not to the level I expected. Would I travel with RCI again NO.... not in a million years. They are just not for us. very disappointed with service and the ship. Had better service from the staff of CMV and The Marco Polo............. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Anyone who has been following Silver Shadow's reviews on Cruise Critic, must have had second thoughts . The complaints escalated and the stars dropped. Having just returned from one of the finest cruising experiences I have ever ... Read More
Anyone who has been following Silver Shadow's reviews on Cruise Critic, must have had second thoughts . The complaints escalated and the stars dropped. Having just returned from one of the finest cruising experiences I have ever enjoyed, I must protest! I will grant you that what others see as old fashioned and in need of a makeover, I see as a patina, a graceful lady who takes very good care of herself. I never once suffered a bed that wasn't anything but pure comfort. The upholstery was out of date? Good grief, is that why you took the cruise ? For the upholstery? I'd strongly recommend buying pashminas at your first port of call. I am quite sure that in addition to all the myriad services the Butler provides you, he has likely been trained as a draper who will artfully cover the offensive sofa with the same kind of panache he brings to your breakfasts in bed or the bath he'll draw you at the end of a long day ashore. The service on Silver Sea is simply heaven on earth. Every single crewmember is at your beck and call whenever you need anything. The ship is so well staffed that you never have to wait for a single thing. And the fact that every single drink, every glass of wine, every soft drink and water is at your beck and call and all included in one fare is just another reason to love Silver Shadown There's enough variety in the various restaurants that the pickiest eaters can find favorites like superb pasta in La Terrazza, and stone-grilled meats at Grill by the Pool that are excellent. Pastries and desserts are particularly good everywhere aboard ship. The dining experiences are as varied as you mood. Opt for formal breakfast service in the Dining Room or catch the morning breezes on the deck outside La Terrazza. The intimate size of the ship lacks for nothing but makes it possible to meet its truly international passenger complement is dozens of ways. The line attracts some wonderful travellers from all over the world. Aboard ship and ashore conversations start easily, common interests forge friendships. My nine day itinerary from Singapore to Vietnam to Hong Kong was an education in and of itself. Two superb experts, one on the Vietnam War the other on Photography and Sea Eploration were a highlight of the trip. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We loved the cruise having only 3 ports in 7 days really gave us time to explore the Princess. The staff very great always polite and seemingly happy. Big shout out to Jerry in The Vines, Oscar on the pool bar and Edgar our cabin steward. ... Read More
We loved the cruise having only 3 ports in 7 days really gave us time to explore the Princess. The staff very great always polite and seemingly happy. Big shout out to Jerry in The Vines, Oscar on the pool bar and Edgar our cabin steward. We went for an inside cabin Dolphin D233 and found it ideally located. The Sanctury was great a real treat The Spa was wonderful and we located ourselves to the adult only pool by the Spa which was great quiet and ideal for us. The movies under the stars was a real treat loved it We went to the beach in Ko Sumui which was fantastic and then the Elephant Karral in Pattaya which was awesome. I was worried out animal cruelty but the elephants were clearly looked after and enjoyed being fed the bananas We did not venture into Vietnam as all the trips were about 9 hours and as we had 2 very full days in Singapore decided to stay on board where I got a great deal on a massage We booked with Iglu Cruises who really sorted out everything the transfers were spot on and on time the Orchard hotel in Singapore was fab. Overall an excellent trip organised very well The food was great and the steakhouse was well worth the additional charges. There was some complaints however we found that they were totally unfounded. Overall 10/10 Loved it Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Itinerary mostly. Highly recommended ship and cruise line. Staff were very attentive. Food was excellent especially the specialty restaurants. The Martini bar was our main choice every evening before dinner. The bar staff were ... Read More
Itinerary mostly. Highly recommended ship and cruise line. Staff were very attentive. Food was excellent especially the specialty restaurants. The Martini bar was our main choice every evening before dinner. The bar staff were amazing with the cocktail show. We enjoyed the casino most nights very exciting atmosphere. The ports were very interesting. Singapore was a great experience. Thailand even better with the lovely people. Vietnam was a different story. The people whilst friendly have clearly suffered greatly. Ho An was fantastic. What a beautiful place. The climax of the trip was the Pingxse Lantern Festival in Taiwan. Very emotional evening in the mountain village of Shifan whereby hundreds of thousands of personalized lanterns we let of simultaneously. The whole event was handle very well and we would love to go back every year to take part in this spiritual event but not practical. Very glad we did it though. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had done our first cruise in may/june 2017 from Athens to Barcelona on Azamara Journey and would have liked to do this itinerary on Journey this year but dates didn't suit......decided that Millennium might be a good choice......we ... Read More
We had done our first cruise in may/june 2017 from Athens to Barcelona on Azamara Journey and would have liked to do this itinerary on Journey this year but dates didn't suit......decided that Millennium might be a good choice......we weren't disappointed even though 4 times as many passengers and had been told there would be queues for everthing.....not true.. The balcony cabin was great. The food and service excellent. Wouldn't do this itinerary again as travel times from ports of call to destinations too long and the ship was fabulous to have nearly to ourselves. The food in the main dining room was fantastic and the wait staff very attentive and were happy to accomadate any requests. The Oceanview cafe food was also excellent and never had to queue for anything and tables were cleared and cleaned almost immediately. Q-Sine specialty restaurant was interesting.....not my cup of tea but the food and service excellent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Firstly, the fascinating itinerary -- Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, Borneo and back to Singapore. The South China Sea was as calm as the Baltic! Very comfortable suite on the Constellation. Excellent service from Rhona ... Read More
Firstly, the fascinating itinerary -- Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, Borneo and back to Singapore. The South China Sea was as calm as the Baltic! Very comfortable suite on the Constellation. Excellent service from Rhona and Rufina. Friendly and efficient support throughout cruise from Michael's Club concierge Joao. First class dining in Luminae and Tuscan Grill. Restaurant staff are superb as are the Café al Bacio staff! Joining and leaving the ship couldn't have gone more smoothly. Port visitor arrangements throughout were efficient. Generally enjoyed the shore excursions though the market by the shore in Kota Kinabalu is to be avoided unless you're comfortable with the overpowering stench of fish combined with overripe fruit (durian?). It's disappointing that whole day trips have to include shopping for up to one hour, even when the trips are about half to one hour later in returning to the ship than expected. Apart from this, the shore excursions are most enjoyable and most of the guides are excellent. We miss the formal nights, but despite this and our other criticisms, we have booked three more cruises with Celebrity. Perfect ending to the cruise was provided by my son and family from Indonesia joining us in Singapore for a relaxing long weekend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
IST cruise and a big disappointment.Chose itinerary and company based on friends and reputation of Celebrity.All my life have been told that the dining/food is an amazing experience.Well it's NOT on the Constellation. Main ... Read More
IST cruise and a big disappointment.Chose itinerary and company based on friends and reputation of Celebrity.All my life have been told that the dining/food is an amazing experience.Well it's NOT on the Constellation. Main restaurant San Marco was extremely poor for food quality and standards of service.eg first meal asked for a table for two....only to be sat in a row with my wife further away than both diners either side !Had to stand up and wave to get someone to come and serve us after 20 mins .He asked if I was ready to order....I replied a drink would be nice ! Food was over cooked, dry chicken,icecream scoop of 'mash' and a sprig of broccoli !! Food described on the menu arrived without certain ingredients eg salad with blue cheese .....no blue cheese.Prawns with exotic mango cocktail sauce came with a little pot of tomato sauce ! Looking back I can not believe how bad it was.We did not look forward to our evening meals.QSine (speciality dining) was our saving grace, Food in the buffet restaurant was better but it always felt like being on a ferry!NOT what we wanted on a very expensive holiday .I am told we have been very unlucky ! but MANY people were complaining at the standards on the boat.This was our first cruise so we tried to enjoy it as best we could .Experienced cruisers said it was the worst they had ever sailed on. Cabin was great,plenty of room,comfortable bed etc.Balcony uninspiring and definitely NOT worth the large extra cost.Canapes( a few olives,couple of crisps !) came every afternoon which were never touched. Staff on the whole friendly but we never felt special.Cabin attendant excellant.Concierge ....only saw her once and she couldn't answer our question and did not attempt to try and find out or get back to us ! Entertainment in theatre ..excellant. Trips totally overpriced and poor.....£ 127.50 each for the hidden valley ...absolute rip off. The overall impression of the ship is that it is tired,dull dark lounges and not the luxury experience I had looked forward too,especially for the high cost, and expected from one of the best rated Cruise companies. Cruising again ? Why not ! But not on the Constellation !....maybe more research next time ! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Sydney to Auckland, Feb18. First impressions were excellent, the online check in made things an absolute breeze, we were onboard the ship by 1pm, which gave us plenty of time to become familiar with her. The Journey is a lovely ... Read More
Sydney to Auckland, Feb18. First impressions were excellent, the online check in made things an absolute breeze, we were onboard the ship by 1pm, which gave us plenty of time to become familiar with her. The Journey is a lovely well maintained ship, very clean. Our cabin on Deck 4 was located midship starboard side around 5 cabins down from the Starboard Gangway but was extremely quiet the whole time we were onboard even with the gangway being utilised. Our cabin was extremely clean, the en suite was on the small side and if you're a big guy then you have to turn sideways on to the shower to fit your shoulders in. The plastic shower curtain is USELESS would be so much better if they just had a glass door. Our cruise was 14 days, we had plenty of storage space and for the first time on 5 different cruise lines I was able to put my Extra Large Samsonite Hardcase under the bed (big plus). Our Cabin Attendants Louis and Reynaldo met us, fantastic guys, who delivered excellent service with a smile or joke every time we met them. They kept the cabin absolutely immacuate. As for the food, well the Main Dining Room was good, good choices and well cooked etc etc as you'd expect. The Buffet up at Windows Cafe, even though it had a number of speciality nights, we saw time after time, the same deserts, the same pasteries, the same sushi served up lunch and dinner. The Chefs Top Table was a STUNNER brilliant, great food, great wine and great company. Prime C Steakhouse the food was average but it was brilliant in Aqualina, as was the service. Coffee was out and out DISASTER and NOT WORTH DRINKING. Getting served UHT Milk for coffee whilst the ship was visiting two of the BEST Dairy Nations in the world is simply not on. As for the Coffee, the beans must have been roasted badly because the coffee was full of acid, no balance and very little favour. Onboard Entertainment to these Aussies was POOR. 54 may have been great for the Americans onboard but to anyone else it was so so. No Presentations on the history of New Zealand etc etc other than the Shore Excursions was pretty poor. That said we had the only Presenter Dr Michael Fopp do outstanding presentations on the Battle of Britain, Early Female Flyers etc etc. The Public Rooms were all excellent and very very comfortable. The ship only has 690 passengers maximum onboard so it was always possible to get a seat except at 6pm for Dinner at the Discoveries Bar or the Sunset Bar on the stern if the ship was sailing. The Itinerary was wonderful with plenty of time in the various ports we visited. Gave us plenty of time to wander around or take up shore excursions. Picton is just gorgeous whilst Napier with its Art Deco buildings was also a highlight. Milford Sound we arrived with grey skies but the sun rose and the sky cleared to show Milford in all its glory. We met a number of the Officers and Crew, all of whom were very nice and would take the time to have a chat with you. Finally the Onboard TV Entertainment was woeful. Documentaries were over 20 years old in some cases, whilst the movie selection was limited and repeated after a couple of days. The first cruise line to introduce a system like the In Flight Entertainment one finds available onboard a flight with Emirates, Singapore or Qantas Airlines will make a killing. No excuse in this day and age of technology for ships not to have such an entertainment system available to its passengers given ships have more space to carry such systems than aircraft. If the airlines can do it, the cruise industry should be doing it as well. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise because of the itinerary and the ships crews. The things listed above if improved would see the Journey really at the top of its game. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We did a few consecutive cruises on this ship We had a brilliant conceige Kevin who made my Husbands Birthday very special Captain Claus and staff Captain Michail Kappas we met many times and are very professional Embarkation ... Read More
We did a few consecutive cruises on this ship We had a brilliant conceige Kevin who made my Husbands Birthday very special Captain Claus and staff Captain Michail Kappas we met many times and are very professional Embarkation was a breeze and so was disembacation We found the food on board very high quality and we dined in the speciality restaurants and had wonderful meals with our buy one get one free offer We enjoyed the entertainment especially the ice skating show Top tip when we arrived in Laem Chabang port the taxis are very expensive and want to take six to eight people you can barter but it is quite pricey so share if you can We stayed overnight in The Hilton Pattaya which was amazing and we had a taxi back to the port the next morning at half the price that we paid to go to Pattaya Vietnam we did the half day cultural tour we booked this through Royal Caribbean it was an excellent insight and we were happy that we went. We ordered room service for lunch which they charge a fee to bring the trays to your room it was amongst the best room service we have had on any Royal Caribbean Ship The food was piping hot and the presentation was great When we docked in Penang you are able to walk off quite easily We had a good walk around and we ate where the staff of the ship recommended and it was amazing it was a food hall and there were Hawkers cooking and selling their home made food really good quality and very clean We travelled as a couple The dining room food was very varied so there was plenty of choice and we met a lot of new friends on my time dining The parade in the street is not to be missed. Loved the ship the crew and would highly recommend this cruise Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We selected this cruise because of the itinery and price. We wanted to try an asian cruise this time, and not that many options are available departing from Singapore. Royal Caribbean was much more expensive and had a less attractive ... Read More
We selected this cruise because of the itinery and price. We wanted to try an asian cruise this time, and not that many options are available departing from Singapore. Royal Caribbean was much more expensive and had a less attractive itinery. Costa Victoria is old. Built in 1996, and is by current standards a small ship. This would however not have to be only a disadvantage. A small ship can have its advantages. Unfortunatelly that was not the case with Costa Victoria. The decor of the ship is just uggly and would really need an upgrade. There's plenty of space on deck, but not enough deck chairs forcing people to simply place the towels on the fake "grass" floor, and the "solarium" in the forward of the ship needs at least a jacuzzi or something to relieve the main pool area. We we're upgraded from an inside to an outside cabin which was a very nice surprise! The outside cabins which comes with only a porthole window. The cabin is very small and the orange colors are not pleasant.No seating are is available so oyu have to sit in the bed to view TV. The bathroom is fine though. The dining options available are the absolute basics. It's either the buffet, or the main dining rooms. The buffet has 4 parallel lines, but only one is serving the grilled meat/fish why all people needs to queue in this line. For lunch the poolside of the buffet is serving burgers. unfortunatelly not tasty at all :(. No pizza or ice cream was available at all which suprised me on an italian ship. The MDR has two seatings, no flexible time dining. The gala dinner was rather good, but most other days the food was below standards. We shared dinner table with people from Scottland, Italy, Russia, Ukrain and Slovakia (we're from Sweden). Exiting, but not practial since not all could speak the same language. There was about 25 other Swedes onboard the ship and some british/americans which would have been much better for us to dine with for language reasons. The "theater" is more like a normal show room in 2 levels. 2 of the shows, one italian tenor and one acrobatic show was good, the other dance shows was boring. When we embarked costa took our passports and said they we're going to keep it for the entire cruise. I tried to understand why, but no one could answer me. They just said "this is how Costa always do", however, I have been with Costa 2 times before and they have not taken my passport. The day before disembarkation we had to queue to get them back. I then noticde the passports had been stamped by Thai and Cambodian customs. So maybe this was the reason for collecting them, but it would have felt better if this information was provided to us prior to embarkation. Btw, we was informormed just days before the cruise that a mandatory fee of $40 per person was going to be applied for Cambodian Visa (also applicable if not disembarking the ship). This shold have been made clear when booking the cruise, or better, including in the cruise price. Cruising is always a pleasurable way to travel, and even with the bare minimum of the cruise experience the Costa Victoria provides I find it worth the money paid. But for sure there shold be a significant difference in price, or much better itinery if I would choce costa again for my future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise as we haven’t cruised to this area before. Pros; the ship is great, a bit old but clean. Our room was excellent as was our steward. We had one for 11 days, then he went on holiday & we had someone else for ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we haven’t cruised to this area before. Pros; the ship is great, a bit old but clean. Our room was excellent as was our steward. We had one for 11 days, then he went on holiday & we had someone else for the rest of the cruise. We couldn’t fault either of them. Our room was always ready when we came back from breakfast & he gave us 2 extra towels every day. Food was lovely. We were in Vivaldi for our main meal 5:30 sitting. I wouldn’t pick that again as it was a bit rushed as next sitting was 7:30. Meals were always hot & served quickly. Medium sized portions , but you could have 2 if you wanted to. The buffet was excellent, great choices, some variety each day, always hot food. Great desserts. Staff in the shops were friendly & helpful, but I didn’t buy much as we were on a budget. We could always get a lounge around the pool, the staff were good at getting rid of stuff that wear just left by lounge hogs. Cons; Staff in some bar areas were inattentive, we always had to find a waiter to take our orders. They were standing around in groups talking a lot of the time. Shops were extremely expensive even for duty free, some things I can get back home cheaper. On the Emerald Princess there seemed to be more of a selection of items to buy at reasonable prices. We missed that aspect. No towel animals.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Having sailed with several other cruise lines, I have to say that the service we received from every single member of the Princess team was first class. Better than we have ever experienced from any other company. That said, there are a ... Read More
Having sailed with several other cruise lines, I have to say that the service we received from every single member of the Princess team was first class. Better than we have ever experienced from any other company. That said, there are a few areas where Princess really let themselves down on this trip. The Sapphire is due for a complete refurbishment in the next couple of months so it was no surprise that it is looking a little tired. However, I didn't like the fact that they started doing maintenance work during our trip. There were a couple of areas of the buffet restaurant roped off while something was being done to some large cabinets, right by the entrance. They also did some painting on the top deck without putting any 'wet paint' signs up. We found this out when my wife happened to get paint on a brand new top she was wearing. Although an attempt to dry clean (free of charge) was made, the top was ruined and came back in worse condition. Sanding and varnishing work was also being done on some hand rails around the swimming pool, with guests in very close proximity. Other things that were not so good - The Captain was almost anonymous. The only time we saw him was when he made a very brief welcome speech. He was not seen by any of our party walking the decks or otherwise socialising with the guests. The only time we heard from him was when he announced an itinerary change caused by bad weather. None of the bars stocked slim line tonic water and the Horizon buffet restaurant was perhaps the poorest of its type that I have experienced in a dozen cruises. Apart from Horizon (the buffet restaurant), the restaurant food was of a good standard with plenty of choice most nights. We did try both the speciality restaurants during the cruise, with very different results. Sabatinis was excellent throughout. Great service and fantastic food. The Steakhouse however turned out to be a curtained off section of the Horizon Buffet. The curtains did not stop other guests walking through throughout the meal. We even had one person walk through in their pyjamas! This totally destroyed any ambiance, it was difficult to relax and worst of all, of the six main courses our party had, we had to send two of them back. I would mention two members of the entertainment staff. Ted, the Cruise Director and Amy, the Assistant Cruise Director. Ted is a lovely guy and clearly very intelligent, however, he is in need of a new script. His repertoire when speaking on stage is very unimpressive. "Give me an oooh" and Give me an aaah" does not go down well with a mainly adult audience, a significant percentage of which do not have English as their first language. And as for his jokes - I have never witnessed so many tumbleweed moments. On the other hand, Amy Alderson was a pleasure to know. She made every effort to get to know our group and was absolutely charming. A credit to Princess, I am sure a promotion will not be too far away, she deserves it and I am willing to bet that she tells a better joke than Ted. There were two very talented violinists playing each evening in the atrium. We certainly enjoyed their music, but would it have hurt them to smile occasionally? All performances in the theatre were of a very high standard. The dance troupe were excellent and the visiting artists all very entertaining. Especially David Knight, the Hypnotist. Our stateroom with balcony was comfortable, although I am sure that the shower was shrinking throughout the trip. There was certainly less room in it at the end than there was at the beginning. Perhaps it was me getting bigger!! Adrian, our Stateroom attendant was excellent, very helpful, always smiling and always in the background if we needed him. I did like the idea of the ship holding onto our passports throughout the cruise. They looked after most of the immigration issues, which made getting on and off the boat at all the different locations much easier. However, the issue with Cambodia and visa requirements was very poorly communicated prior to the cruise. This resulted in us spending more on a visa than we needed to, because we had unnecessarily sorted it out before leaving the UK. We only went on one excursion organised by Princess and that was in Borneo, to the Mari Mari museum. Excellent and would recommend. All the other excursions were organised by the company we booked the cruise through. The gym was very busy most mornings, so you need to pick your timings. There was a lack of cycle machines compared to cross trainers, but all equipment was in good condition All in all, a terrific holiday in which the staff of Princess contributed significantly to our enjoyment, for which I thank them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My husband is from Hong Kong and we visit all the time. This time I wanted to go somewhere and not just stay there for 3 weeks. We found this cruise and we booked kind of last minute and got a great deal on an Inside Stateroom. Loved ... Read More
My husband is from Hong Kong and we visit all the time. This time I wanted to go somewhere and not just stay there for 3 weeks. We found this cruise and we booked kind of last minute and got a great deal on an Inside Stateroom. Loved the itinerary and chose this cruise over Princess because of the overnight stays and fewer ports. Plus we had sailed Celebrity before and was impressed by the higher quality than RCCL. Once booked I did a lot of research. Was surprised by the number of negative reviews about the Millie being old and rundown. And also that the food was not up to Celebrity's normal standard. Well I totally disagree. We had a GREAT CRUISE. Embarkation in Hong Kong was fast and easy. We arrived at 11am and got to board about 5 minutes after completing a very fast check-in. We headed to the buffet for lunch and then they announced around 1pm that all cabins were ready. The food was excellent. Choices were wonderful in the MDR and our wonderful waiter would advise when something wasn't to his standard and suggest something else. He was always spot on. After dinner we would always drop by the buffet to see if there was anything there we missed. The night the waiter said not to order the lamb, we found amazing lamb chops at the aft grill. We also had Select Dining which meant we could go whenever we wanted to between 5:30-9:30pm. We never had to wait plus we always got a table for two. Yes there were two tables right next to each other. Very close but you could choose to have a conversation with them or not. We met some very lovely people this way. We had an inside cabin on Deck 2 Forward. I usually get sea sick but this was fine for both motion and noise. Everything we wanted was either on Deck 4 or Deck 10 and we easily used the three sets of elevators (Aft, Mid and Forward). (Note: We normally always walk the stairs on cruise but I had just had knee surgery and couldn't walk very far without a cane. And the Millennium is a very long ship. Seemed that way. :) I can't comment on the entertainment as we didn't go to one nightly show. I did attend two talks and they were very informative. I LOVED that the Millie had a Solarium with a heated swimming pool. This was awesome because Hong Kong, Halong Bay & Chan May were cold. I think future cruises should always have this too. Only negative was that some people can't read. Family times was only between 3pm-7pm and kids can only go in the pool IF they are toilet trained; not with swim diapers. Our CC Roll Call for this cruise was large. 89 people I believe and we had a fabulous turnout for the CC Meet & Greet where we met the Captain himself plus other top staff. This was our chance to meet all the wonderful people on our Roll Call who had set up private shore excursions; me included. Thanks to John (Snowy Boy) from the UK who did an amazing job creating a spreadsheet to keep track of everything. As others have said before; the staff and service provided on the Millennium is top rated. Our cabin steward Edi was amazing. I'm not even sure how he sometimes cleaned our cabin when we were only gone for a short time. Also even though we were on Select Dining as I mentioned before; we were usually at table 101-106 which were always serviced by our waiter whose name I can't remember (sorry) and our assistant waiter Sumit. We did lunch in the MDR a few times and only on one day we had a waiter that was not very friendly OR efficient but he was the only one we had anything negative to say about. So glad we didn't have him for dinner. Shout out to Elana the MDR hostess. She always remembered our table preference and sat us in the same section. Shore excursions: Only did one with X and that was the Hoi An on your own. Only did it because we were only in port for one day and the ride was over 1.5 hours each way and we didn't want to miss the boat. Our tour of Halong Bay was a Roll Call excursion set-up by John. Whereas the ship piles on the people; our junk was cut-off at 16 people. We had a longer trip plus a fabulous seafood lunch on the boat for less money than X's excursion. Plus one person I spoke to said they had 38 people on their boat and NO lunch. And it cost more. For Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), we walked outside the port gates and ran into 4 people we had met the previous day at breakfast. We asked if we could join them and off we went for 8 hrs for just $30 US/person. Even had another couple join us and then found out once we started driving that they weren't even on the Millennium. They were on the Sapphire Princess which sailed an hour before us. No problem though and we got them back in plenty of time. For Thailand we didn't want to go to Bangkok so I had arranged a van that could hold 10 people and opened it up to our Roll Call. Ended up with 3 other couples; surprisingly all fellow Canadians. We split the cost among the 8 of us and it was just $13 per person for a return trip. We had a transfer only to Pattaya where we then did our own thing. They all followed me on a ferry over to Ko Larn (a small island about 35 minutes away) that had much better beaches . In this port they charged us a few dollars more to get inside the gates and we gladly paid it as it would have been a long walk otherwise. On the second days at both Halong Bay/Hanoi and Bangkok, we stayed on the ship when it was noticeably much quieter. Both times we spent the whole day (10+ hrs) in the Solarium on a nice L-shaped couch. Lunch those days were buffets. The heathy spa buffet for my husband and the burger & fries buffet on the other side of the outdoor pool for me. Loved the overnight in Singapore but also booked an extra night at a great hotel just around the corner from Chinatown. We bought the tourist EZ Pass for "unlimited rides" on the buses and MRT for just $30 for 3 days. Also took the MRT to the airport and turned in the card for a $10 refund. Definitely worth the $20. (Tip: Can only buy a certain stations and stupidly IMHO not at the Marina South Pier station which is right next to the cruise terminal.) This was a great cruise and we got it for such a steal. Talked to a sales rep about booking a future cruise but the cost for an inside cabin was 3x what we paid for this one so we passed. We still want to do another cruise in 2019 to celebrate our 25th anniversary but will keep looking for a similar sale. Not restricted to just Celebrity either. This is a great way to get a small taste of Vietnam and Thailand but the big cities are very far away (2-4 hrs ONE WAY). We didn't do Hanoi or Bangkok and were okay with that. For others it made for some extremely long days. Disembarkation in Singapore was easy. We were staying overnight so didn't need to rush off the ship. We said we could leave in the last group at 10am. We were given a 9:45am time slot but ended up being called a 9:15am. Walked right off and immigration and customs was easy. (Maybe because I had my cane and they sent us to special lines.) I highly recommend the Celebrity Millennium and even this cruise if you've never been to Asia before. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Wanted to see and learn about viet nam. Could not do it in a better fashion than a vrc. It was outstanding from a historic,cultural and shopping point of view. Returned home being much more knowledgeable about vietnam and throughly ... Read More
Wanted to see and learn about viet nam. Could not do it in a better fashion than a vrc. It was outstanding from a historic,cultural and shopping point of view. Returned home being much more knowledgeable about vietnam and throughly enjoyed the trip. The tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the history and was honest in his assessment. Service on board was great as usual with the quality of food being outstanding! The land portion was well organized and the hotels were first class. most of the land excursions were of interest but not all of them. However the balance was great. The captain was always present and interacted with the passangers which made the atmosphere much more friendly. We have certainly cultivated new friends as a result. I would strongly recommend this one to friends who want to do something different and learn a lot about a country rich in history. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Just returned from the Arabian Sea Adventure on Celebrity Constellation. Have to say we were a bit worried by all the reviews after we had booked and many said the ship was tired and well worn. Well, I do not know which part they were ... Read More
Just returned from the Arabian Sea Adventure on Celebrity Constellation. Have to say we were a bit worried by all the reviews after we had booked and many said the ship was tired and well worn. Well, I do not know which part they were looking at, but we found it to be wonderful everywhere. The beautiful coordinated furniture, comfy chairs and multiple lounge areas were superb. (so often there is no where to sit on a cruise ship and coffee shops etc are so full you end up back in your cabin!) We would recommend Celebrity to anyone who wants a truly wonderful ship; fantastic staff; superb food and great staterooms to book with Celebrity. We have not been on other ships in the Celebrity fleet, but will certainly have Celebrity on the top of our future cruise company list before booking elsewhere. (NB: We are not first timers - we have cruised with many other companies and Celebrity certainly comes top with us). The food was exceptional in every area. The Buffet food was great with variety and really good quality food. This was unfortunately marred by seeing other guests who ate wearing just a vest - dreadful; the other restaurants were stunning and it was lovely to have the 'chique' nights too. As a Sky Suite passenger, we were fortunate enough to eat in Lumiere most of the time, which was exceptional in every detail. Plus having Michaels lounge as a little hideaway was truly brilliant. Nadia and her team really made every day a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Ok, we had a lovely Cruise, the itinery was great and that is what sold us the cruise, the ship was comfortable, albeit a little tired in places, There were issues that Celebrity really need to address but on balance it may appear to some ... Read More
Ok, we had a lovely Cruise, the itinery was great and that is what sold us the cruise, the ship was comfortable, albeit a little tired in places, There were issues that Celebrity really need to address but on balance it may appear to some that these are petty to others. However you have to remember that Celebrity are selling a dream, and as a customer I should not have to compromise. We arrived early in Abu Dhabi, 7am but couldn’t check in until 9 and board until 11 and didn’t get cabin until 12, so really lost the morning. No one said we could leave the cruise termininal at check in but in reality there was nothing to stop us once checked in, so I should have asked. My advice is check in and then do the big red shuttle bus to the trade centre or take taxi and start exploring as soon as you can. Don’t waste time waiting to get your cabin as it will still be there when you get back and your luggage will have arrived too. We didn’t, ended up not going out until 13:00 so missed doing as much there as we could have there. My biggest issue that makes me angry with Celebrity is the Indian Visa debacle as others have mentioned, so will not go into details here, but Celebrity are shirking there responsibilities for treating customers fairly when they insist in their correspondence that to board you must have a Multi Entry Visa, yet are able to “arrange” on board visa’s for people they allowed to board without a visa and at a cost that was significantly less than most of those passengers who followed their guidance paid to the Indian Consulate or a Visa Application Service. The most frustrating issue relates to the lack of sun Beds, and the behaviour that this creates to Bed block. Something that was prevalent and have not seen on other cruises, so beware. The pool butlers seemed unable to manage the situation when beds were reserved but unoccupied for hours.....and there was no obvious system in place or passenger communication on a fair usage policy, something that they could have published in the daily guide. The terrace was lovely with its rattan furniture and big screen, but again if you wanted one of these beds you had to be up early, and if you went specifically to only watch the film then I am afraid the floor was for you. This really isn’t acceptable for a Cruise line of Celebrities status. The state room was really nice, not new but clean and comfortable. A nice place to take a lazy breakfast on the balcony on your first day at sea. The attendant worked hard to look after us and was responsive to our needs. We really enjoyed the Celebrity cabaret team shows in a first class theatre, some of the other shows were a little hit and miss but still watchable. The Martini Bar was a great environment and very popular so always commanded big queues at the bar, patience is a virtue, the guys work hard, but another pair of hands would have really helped. The San Marco was a nice environment but the whole Select dining queuing spoilt some of the enjoyment and seemed chaotic, although we learnt to book a table for the following night on our way out so helped us cope with the apparent Chaos. The staff work hard, but sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough of them and on quite a few occasions I had to ask for my Wine to be topped up, again when you are selling an experience then attentiveness is what makes the difference, that is the finesse that it lacked. Food was generally good with a selection and some staples if you didn’t fancy the daily special, but having cruised previously with Princess although the food was enjoyable I would say it wasn’t quite as good. The Ocean View was great for breakfast and throughout the day had great selection of good quality mealsand snacks - really enjoyed the Pizza bar and the Egg station for breakfast. We chose to eat the Indian special dinner served there when in Mumbai, it was really very nice. The Tuscan Grill was nice, and more personal, it is probably worth the premium just for the change of scenery and a very enjoyable steak with an excellent and attentive sommelier. The silent disco was good fun and really enjoyable, so have ago. We had the classic alcohol drink package, which was great unless you wanted specifically to enjoy primary branded drinks and spirits, but if you fancied a special tipple you only had to bay the uplift on over your package allowance. This package also enabled us to enjoy the coffee and tea selection in Cafe Baguio for 11’s with some wonderful pastries. In terms ports of call, Mumbai, Dubai, and Muscat were my favourites taking in the sunset at Sky at Level 143 of the Burj Kallifa a must. The Grande Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a must too. So overall we had a lovely time, but there are some niggles that Celebrity need to improve. This was my first time on Celebrity so expectations from talking to others were high. The test is would I do it again? Assuming Celebrity sort out the Visa situation then Yes, but having been once and learnt how it worked I would certainly be more demanding of the pool butlers and in the San Marco. It would be nice to go back and see that Celebrity have recognised the issues and feed back from myself and others and then to come back and write perfect review. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Was a very good deal and was going to places we wanted to see cabin was spacious and comfortable and jay our cabin steward was lovely nothing to much trouble.we were on the second floor cabin2082 right in the middle great location.Dining ... Read More
Was a very good deal and was going to places we wanted to see cabin was spacious and comfortable and jay our cabin steward was lovely nothing to much trouble.we were on the second floor cabin2082 right in the middle great location.Dining we did early siting Alastair our waiter very attentive and friendly food was superb and no dish was repeated in the 14 days we were sailing ,maitre de came to every table every night and told him he had a restaurant to be proud of.we will definatley be back on a celebrity cruise in the future.we have told all our friends to look at celebrity deals and to try one of their cruises.we booked our shore excursions when we booked the cruise thinking it would be celebrity we were going with but our paperwork showed us it was a company called shore excursions who after a shaky first start and have since refunded our money for that trip were brilliant very good indeed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018

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