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9 Athens (Piraeus) to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews

BLU restaurant - Poor foods and menu selection are limited, and very ... very slow service, We need at least 2 to 2 1/2 hour to finish a meal !!!! Very disappointed !!!! Some days we rather go to the Oceanview restaurant to have our ... Read More
BLU restaurant - Poor foods and menu selection are limited, and very ... very slow service, We need at least 2 to 2 1/2 hour to finish a meal !!!! Very disappointed !!!! Some days we rather go to the Oceanview restaurant to have our dinner just to save time and better foods. Our Aqua class cabin was clean and nice, the stateroom attendant was friendly and professional. The staff at the emporium were also very friendly. However, staff on the rest of the ship were NOT very friendly, especially the staff at the future cruise dept., they are not very helpful in answering questions or give any future cruise suggestions... They have only two good shows in the theater - ihollywood and elyria, other shows in the theater were terrible. Overall, the staff on the ship gave us an impression of "don't bother us" attitude. This is our first time on the Constellation and we were very disappointed !!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The stateroom was chosen on our previous cruise using Celebrity future cruise . We were meticulous in choosing the cabin. It was A1 Aqua. 1124 . The constellation dry docked in March 2017 and added a movie theatre on deck twelve right ... Read More
The stateroom was chosen on our previous cruise using Celebrity future cruise . We were meticulous in choosing the cabin. It was A1 Aqua. 1124 . The constellation dry docked in March 2017 and added a movie theatre on deck twelve right above this stateroom. Which was NOT shown on the deck plans when we booked . The noise from the movie theatre is incesant you cannot sit on your balcony without hearing the dialog,sound effects and music The movies only stop for around thirty minutes between showings.This goes on until midnight. It stopped us using the balcony for the duration of the cruise . Otherwise the cruise was magnificent and up to celebrity’s usual standards. Staff were super , food in Blu was fabulous and the ship had a good friendly atmosphere . If you like to sit in your balcony without noise this is NOT the cabin for you. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
First but not last cruise with Celebrity. Have cruised before on MSC and decided to try Celebrity. Got a good deal and booked balcony cabin. Cabin is nice. Yes, you can see that it is not new, but everything is working fine and it ... Read More
First but not last cruise with Celebrity. Have cruised before on MSC and decided to try Celebrity. Got a good deal and booked balcony cabin. Cabin is nice. Yes, you can see that it is not new, but everything is working fine and it was spotless clean.Balcony was great. We were in 7180, which had a much larger balcony than others. Location was great, in aft satrboard side and with cabins over and below. The ship is very nice. Bars, pools etc was nice and very clean overall. Loved the rooftop cinema and the Sunset Bar. Shows were great in the first half of the cruise, but then came new artists (a singer from Voice, a trumpet player and an acapella band) and they were really disappointing. Food in the buffet was ok. We had all our dinners at the San Marco restaurant and wow, that was amazing. Food was really delicious. The service we had was outstanding: Our waiter Robert was really good to help and recommend from the menu. He and Ravi, the assistant, was very kind and we never missed anything. The best, however, was our sommelier, Ivan.I've been to many restaurants all over the world, but never had better service when it comes to wine. He was very qualified and friendly. he remembered the wines I had tried and liked and always did that extra effort to serve me the right wine for the chosen meal. I had wonderful wines, all of them and will look for many of them in stores. I hope to meet Ivan again on a later cruise. All in all: Wonderful ship and fantastic service Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I wanted to go to Israel for many years and this cruise offered 2 ports and an overnight. Celebrity Constellation offered this itinerary. WE had sailed on the Connie twice before. The ship has always been well maintained. It is an ... Read More
I wanted to go to Israel for many years and this cruise offered 2 ports and an overnight. Celebrity Constellation offered this itinerary. WE had sailed on the Connie twice before. The ship has always been well maintained. It is an attractive ship inside and out. The service from the crew - amazing. Our cabin was a balcony forward this time. I really enjoyed the spectacular views from it. Our cabin was in excellent condition. The stewards provided exceptional service and cleaning. We dined mainly in the MDR. Our meals were delicious. The sommeliers knew their wine products. We did try out Sushi On Five. The food was delicious but I found it expensive. We are Elite so many mornings we had breakfast at the Captains Club specified location. It was great to see CJ again. We had met her on the Infinity. She had just taken over CC. We love the activities she organized for the passengers. Entertainment. We are not big show people. Often we opt out. I have to say one of the highlights was encountering PUTU again in the Martini Bar. WE have have sailed with Celebrity many times. Putu is an entertainer. HIs antics - well you just never know what he will do next. Fellow staff - Tada and Daniel were equally as entertaining. If you end up on a cruise with them, enjoy. I hope to meet them again on a future cruise. The ports were incredible. WE landed in Athens a couple of days early. We have been there before and taken excursions. This time we immersed ourselves in the Plaka and savoured the time there. Another reason for choosing this cruise was the ports. WE were able to revisit Mykonos, Rhodes, Malta and Crete. I would highly recommend these ports. Now back to Israel. It is a must visit country. We visited Nazareth, Ashdod, Haifa, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Rehovot and Jerusalem. I would love to go back and see this amazing historical country again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My wife said Celebrity had best service. IT FAILED big time. Chose this cruise for Israel ports. Aqua class=waste of money. Cabin same size. Private dining room had poor amount of servers-35 tables 5 servers. Menu left a lot to be ... Read More
My wife said Celebrity had best service. IT FAILED big time. Chose this cruise for Israel ports. Aqua class=waste of money. Cabin same size. Private dining room had poor amount of servers-35 tables 5 servers. Menu left a lot to be desired. Not compatible with the added cost for the cabin. Rarely extraordinary selection. Most as found in casual restaurants. Items listed on menus only available through room service or non existent. With my dietary restrictions, listed with food service, canapes (not really canapes but items in 4 slots) not compatible. In 12 days I was able to have 1 item. With greasy and oily items, no utensils or napkins provided. Front desk unable to get help with problem. Ran out of food items, blaming poor amounts at embarkation. No free movie channel, only a channel with $15.00 movies. Tried to make specialty restaurant reservation. Told completely full until I told them I won the deal in the casino. Then immediately available. While dining, multiple empty tables. Appetizers said multiples of item listed. Service 1 item. Example, fried mushrooms, served 1 mushroom. Only positive were my servers in the dining room. They took excellent care of us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This cruise originally booked to embark at Istanbul but was changed following troubles there. We were disappointed as we wanted to see Istanbul.However our other port was Jerusalem so we accepted the change. Thereafter, communication with ... Read More
This cruise originally booked to embark at Istanbul but was changed following troubles there. We were disappointed as we wanted to see Istanbul.However our other port was Jerusalem so we accepted the change. Thereafter, communication with Celebrity was difficult. We could only access the web site to give personal details - we could not access details of trips and neither were we sent any information on trips. We were forced to seek independent trip companies which turned out to be excellent - small group sizes, superb guide and driver and significantly cheaper then booking through Celebrity. Days before travelling our Travel Agent eventually were able to get us paper luggage labels by contacting booking department. A big mistake we made was booking the cruise before flight details were known. Our flights to Athens were via Frankfurt (one and a half hours wait) with a similar journey on return from Rome. Reading the Brochure it stated that on cruises of 12 nights there would be 3 formal nights. We packed formal evening wear - on embarkation we were informed that there would be 2 nights of "CHIC CASUAL" and the rest smart casual. hardly anyone wore evening dress. Standards are dropping, one gent's idea of chic casual was trainers, shorts and t shirt and he was allowed in to restaurant. Standards are dropping. The cruise itself was good. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and I are in our mid-40's and this was our fifth cruise (2 in Caribbean and 3 in Mediterranean). We have sailed with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Norwegian. Included in our package was the Classic ... Read More
My wife and I are in our mid-40's and this was our fifth cruise (2 in Caribbean and 3 in Mediterranean). We have sailed with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Norwegian. Included in our package was the Classic Beverage Pkg (I upgraded my wife to the Premium Pkg) and gratuities. I personally liked the layout of the ship. You could walk through all the decks to get to your destination and the restaurants and lounges were well located. The Constellation was clean, and the crew seemed to ensure all the common areas were kept tidy and spotless. We had a balcony cabin on the 8th deck midship. The bathroom was fairly "large" for a cruise ship and located on the right as you entered the room. The bed was in the middle of the room, and a desk and couch was infront of the balcony. There was plenty of space for my wife and I, and the luggage fit perfectly under the bed. I thought the dining was fabulous. We had the buffet breakfast at the Oceanview Cafe every morning and were not disappointed. The smoked salmon and endless bacon were my favourites! We ate in the main dining room (MDR) and the food and service was impressive. We did not have a bad meal (and we would often order two appetizers or mains....). The entertainment on the cruise ship was the only negative for us. The entertainment director (Rich) was energetic and hilarious, but besides him, the nightly programs were well below other cruise ships that we have sailed on. The dance productions were ok, but became boring and repetitive during the week. I felt that the acts that Celebrity had in the theatre would only be lounge acts on other ships. Their lounge acts (Groovity, Good Wine etc) need improvements. The service on the ship was amazing. The servers in the bars, restaurants and others areas were always smiling and treated us like gold. One of the best service experiences that we have ever had. The ports and excursions on the cruise were fantastic. A short list of the activities that we did (all booked on our own is below): Ephesus - we had been to the Terrace Houses previously, therefore we simply spent hours shopping for turkish lamps etc. It likely would have been cheaper for me to go to the terrace houses again....but we did get some great souvenirs! Rhodes - walked around the town. Fabulous and easy port. Cyprus - toured ancient ruins. Was a great way to see the southern part of the island. Israel - spent three days touring (Nazareth and Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Massada and Dead Sea). I could have done without Sea of Galilee, but the rest of the tours were amazing1 Malta - walked around the town on our own. Great easy port to sight see on your own. There were only a few kids on the cruise which was great for us (we travelled with two other adults) as the pools and hot tubs were not inundated with them. I would definitely sail with Celebrity again in the future. From the food, to the service and the ports - things could not have been better. A few tips - laundry was expensive. There was a "special" during the cruise in which you could put in a bag of laundry for $50 US....crazy if you ask me. We normally bring a travel iron with us (yes I know - they are "illegal") but we did not on this cruise and regretted it as they would not provide us with an iron as they wanted us to put in the shirts for ironing for an unbelievable (high) price. Hope this helped! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We are a married couple in our early 40's. This is our 4th cruise and 2nd with X, the previous one being a Western Med cruise 3 years ago on the Equinox. We are fortunate enough to travel permanently but usually in a more budget ... Read More
We are a married couple in our early 40's. This is our 4th cruise and 2nd with X, the previous one being a Western Med cruise 3 years ago on the Equinox. We are fortunate enough to travel permanently but usually in a more budget conscious and adventurous way but we have done a couple of cruises recently to "treat" ourselves. We embarked in Athens, the ship was at the far end of the terminal and a lot of people were trying to walk there but were struggling, perhaps X could have communicated that better. Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on in no time with a glass of bubbles. Disembarkation in Rome was smooth off the ship but the free shuttles provided by the port were inconsistent and we ended up waiting for more than an hour. I know this is not X issue but you would think they would want their passengers final memories to be good and might help. The ship is a Millenium class and therefore not as modern or chic as the Equinox (nor as pricey though). The ship seemed to be in very good condition considering others were telling us it is due for refurbishment next year. The decor is more dark and classic then we have encountered on other ships. We liked it at night but found during the day it was too dark to appreciate the bright seas as you were sailing. The outdoor areas were also clean but the windows did seem very dirty - but not a big issue. The basketball court was half closed due to renovations. There is no full promenade so outside walking is limited to the exercise track which is ok but with all the lounge chairs and fellow passengers it was difficult to get your exercise in. Our cabin was similar to others we have had, the shower has a curtain as opposed to glass but it was fine. There was loads of storage space. The bed is technically 2 twins and not as modern or as high as others but we seemed to sleep well haha. Our cabin steward was great. Our balcony (7171) was slightly larger than the standard. The only real negative in the cabin was the entertainment system - it is very antiquated and slow to update. Unlike our previous cruises movies on demand cost money and were very expensive ($15USD!!!) and TV channels were very limited. It was not a big issue as we were rarely in the cabin but sometimes its nice to relax there - not sure what you would do if you were cabin bound with illness??? Dining - unlike other cruises we did not try the speciality restaurants as we are sailing on the Connie again shortly on a re-positioning cruise and will try them then. The MD food started very poorly but got better the longer the cruise went .. perhaps that is a strategy so you remember it? The Oceanview cafe was similar, the standard of food was very average at the start with only white bread that was stale and over ripe fruit. It improved overtime. The pizzas were very nice as was the burger bar. The only other free dining option was the cafe al bacio and it was only desserts. Compared to our recent HAL (Koningsdam) cruise - free dining options felt a little limited and the food quality lower and not as modern (but again it was much cheaper). We had the classic drinks package which is unlimited in terms of quantity but not in quality. What we found strange is that what you were limited on was not price driven - eg you could not have sparkling water but you could have much more expensive mocktails. There was early pressure to upgrade the package but this died down after a couple of days. Service - outstanding. This was the most disappointing aspect of our last cruise and the most impressive aspect of this one. In particular the bar service, it was always easy to get a drink with plenty of waiters. All our other cruises the barmen have been grumpy (maybe because their tips cannot be removed?) but that was not the case on this one. Our sommelier (Victor) gave the best service I think I have ever received and Marley in the upstairs bars was equally impressive. One incident though was disturbing, we had a barman make an insulting comment one night and we complained immediately to Guest Relations. I made it clear we weren't after "free" things as compensation but merely wanted the incident investigated. Clearly they took my friendly approach as a way of trying to sweep it under the carpet as I never received any apology or follow up even after complaining again management failed to turn up at the scheduled time and later simply apologised with no explanations. Considering my wife was insulted surely some gesture like a letter or flowers would be expected, even if I said we would not be causing any problems over the incident???? Entertainment - the Cruise Director was an entertainer himself and was simply amazing. The production shows were typical but enjoyable. The guest entertainers were mixed but none were bad. The smaller venue entertainment was not very good but we rarely saw it as it did not fit in with our schedule. Activities such as quizzes and dancing were well organised. We always had something to do and found the cruise a lot of fun because of this. One thing we noticed was the officers not as visible as on Equinox, not a big deal just noticed it but management was very visible compared to HAL and I think this is why overall service is so great. The itinerary was great - loved Israel and Ephesus. Malta was great but would have liked more time. We are travelling again on the Connie soon, provided we have no more nasty incidents would definitely sail it again. Not as chic as other ships but very comfortable and good value for money, there was always space and other ships should base their buffet design on this one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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
Sail Date October 2016
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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