One of the drivers for picking this cruise was because it originally started in Istanbul, a city we have waited years to visit. Sadly, due to it being deemed unsafe, our embarkation was moved to Athens. It's quite some years since ... Read More
One of the drivers for picking this cruise was because it originally started in Istanbul, a city we have waited years to visit. Sadly, due to it being deemed unsafe, our embarkation was moved to Athens. It's quite some years since we'd been there, so whilst not what we hoped for, we nevertheless enjoyed a couple of days there pre-cruise.
This was our 2nd cruise on Constellation this year and our 5th with Celebrity. It never ceases to amaze me when I read some other reviews how people can be so derogatory about a cruise line that provides the most incredible overall cruise holiday experience. I think that people often forget that cruising is a mass market holiday and that the food and entertainment in particular has to appeal to a very wide cross section and nationalities.
Ok, so the buffet isn't gourmet, but there is so much choice, you'd have to be exceptionally fussy not to find plenty to eat. It is true that the layout of the buffet isn't the best on the Millenium Class ships, which is something that has been addressed on the Solstice Class, but the former are older vessels. People also complain about lack of seating, which is nonsense. The issue is that the seating closest to the buffet gets busy, but there's always plenty of seating further back...........you just have to walk a couple of yards!
Equally, the MDR does a great job especially considering the numbers they are catering for at any given time. There is always a reasonable menu choice.
The area where Celebrity always has the wow factor is service. I find it incredible that anyone can fault the service. The staff in all areas of the ship work so hard (for our benefit). The bar and dining room staff are incredible and it never ceases to amaze me given the numbers they serve every couple of weeks how they remember your name and drinks you prefer.
People often miss the fact that when you sit down to eat, no one asks what you ordered, the correct food is put in front of you................every time.
The cabins are perfectly big enough, with plenty of space for clothes etc.,
The Cabin Steward was always available, courteous and eager to help and as we pre-pay gratuities, no he wasn't after a bigger tip!
The entertainments team word really hard and whilst the activities and shows may not be to everyones liking you can't fault the energy and effort.
Overall, we had a wonderful cruise experience and will continue to cruise with Celebrity as long as they have the itineraries we want to do.
I do have two very small gripes.
1. The dance-floor in the Rendezvous Lounge on Constellation just isn't big enough, and 2. The daily canopes in Concierge Class are a waste of time and a total waste of time.
So, in summary, we had a lovely cruise on a lovely ship and were looked after incredibly well by people who try their hardest to please. Read Less