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This ship is in need of an upgrade. We were Aqua class so had access to Blu restaurant. The staff were excellent but the food somewhat disappointing, repetative and the vegetables for the whole 2 weeks were the same - carrots, ... Read More
This ship is in need of an upgrade. We were Aqua class so had access to Blu restaurant. The staff were excellent but the food somewhat disappointing, repetative and the vegetables for the whole 2 weeks were the same - carrots, cauliflour! The self service restaurant was dreadful. Heaven help any non-meat eaters or vegetarians. Pasta with tomato sauce, vegetable pizza, salad bar - same every day, occasionally there were curried vegetables on the Curry station, dreadful selection and poorly cooked. Fish was always in a sauce and dried out. Itinerary - we went to India & Sri Lanka. The trip sounded wonderful. We were also supposed to visit Abu Dabi. From Dubai we travelled to Abu Dabi overnight, arrived early in the morning - had to disembark ship by 8.30 am and were then promptly driven by coach back to Abu Dabi to catch a flight. We would have been better staying in Dubai overnight rather than the supposedly day in Abu Dabi. There is no launderette available for passengers on Board only expensive laudry service. Entertainment - dreadful. The theatre occasionally had some good artists performing. Unfortunately, the new band headed by a Trumpet player who thought he was the star of the shows - just played so loudly that the artists had to scream in order to try and be heard above the band. Very little on offer in the form of deck games. You could throw a bean bag into a whole on a tiny board! They have a large Basketball pitch which is hardly used where other deck games could be available eg shuttle board, deck coits etc. Shopping - extensive area for shops with drab items and highly priced unless you attend one of 'special' events. Generally this was a very disappointing trip. We have travelled with Celebrity before on the Eclipse which was of much better standard. This trip would put us off using Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We have predominately sailed with Cunard but after our fantastic experience with Celebrity we are moving to this cruise line from now on.Every aspect with Celebrity was amazing from the service to the food to the cabin it was faultless.We ... Read More
We have predominately sailed with Cunard but after our fantastic experience with Celebrity we are moving to this cruise line from now on.Every aspect with Celebrity was amazing from the service to the food to the cabin it was faultless.We have cruised with Cunard (Carnival 30 times and the quality and service as plummeted across the entire carnival fleet) This cruise was Fabulous from the ports of call to the attention to detail aboard ship. The entertainment was second to none so was the attentive staff and crew.The quality of the food was also excellent and the service in the restaurants was just wonderful. there is absolutely nothing i can complain about.The internet is amazing but expensive at $320 for 15 nights but compared with $180 for 8 hours on Cunard its worth every cent and at least you can use it . Book soon as you get on in order to get the best deal. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Chose this cruise because it visited a lot of cities I have on my to do list. But sadly this is like a hospital ship. Brothel red style rooms, hospital food (really really bad) and zero energy. Travelers of a certain age, which is the ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it visited a lot of cities I have on my to do list. But sadly this is like a hospital ship. Brothel red style rooms, hospital food (really really bad) and zero energy. Travelers of a certain age, which is the majority, seem to enjoy this hospital/nursing home ship, but if you are not 70+ yet i suggest you avoid at all costs. The pools are kiddie pools, decor is tacky, lame casino with half the slots out of order. Crap activities and coffee is tasteless brown swill. For any good food or coffee you have to pay. For drinkable water you have to pay - the provided water is smelly beige. It will be easy to pay for because they aggressively hustle you when you walk around the ship. For the shore excursions they allow only a few hours. For example in Oman, we were allowed 4 hours. When you factor customs and travel, that allowed 2 hours to see the city. What a joke. This was my first cruise experience and my last. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise as we wanted to travel to India, but were unsure about what that destination would be like, so we saw cruising as a safe and easier option (with the benefit of returning to our version of normality at the end of each ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to travel to India, but were unsure about what that destination would be like, so we saw cruising as a safe and easier option (with the benefit of returning to our version of normality at the end of each day). It was a good choice. We could experience the manic chaos of India and enjoy the sensory overload that it is, and then retreat each afternoon/evening to our cabin for a hot shower, on deck for a drink, and to the air conditioned comfort we are accustomed to. Overnight in Mumbai was fantastic, as we got to experience the never ending energy that the city offers by going out to a restaurant for dinner then exploring night markets before retreating back to the ship. The other ports were also interesting, but India was our real reason for this trip. The ship and staff were great. We were lucky enough to score an aqua class cabin which meant we could dine for breakfast and dinner in the Blu restaurant. Very good service and lovely well balanced meals made it overall the best dining experience we've had on a ship. We went to the Qsine restaurant twice and that was outstanding. Usually we enjoy nightlife and music in the evenings, but we were so tired after each port day, we didn't bother this time, it was early nights most of the time. The shows we went to were very good and a good variation of acts. Our cabin was pretty standard balcony, which was more than adequate. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We have have been traveling a fair bit for the past few decades. India and Sri Lanka have always been part of our to-go list but only wanted to do it on a cruise because we did not want to stay locally. Imagine our delight when we found ... Read More
We have have been traveling a fair bit for the past few decades. India and Sri Lanka have always been part of our to-go list but only wanted to do it on a cruise because we did not want to stay locally. Imagine our delight when we found this route. We have been to the other places included - Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman but we still joined a couple of the tours to revisit these wonderful places. Celebrity Constellation is a very tidy ship. The staff on board including our cabin steward made sure it was kept immaculate. Not once did I see plates or rubbish stacked anywhere. The ship is old but you will be surprised that we never saw any rust or dilapidated flooring, walls etc. Furniture - in the public and dining places were all in very good condition. The biggest downfall of this cruise were the shore excursions. The choices they gave were basically not interesting - just driving around the cities, having a few stops for pictures and a bit of shopping in the local filthy markets. The descriptions of the tours are not well prepared and often misleading. India is a place where people in their 50s visit. They let you walk and walk in the afternoon but they dont say that in the description of the tours. I was in two tours where guests complained to the guide why we have been walking for over 2 hours and worse, walking around in circles in those crowded streets. My husband and I thought it was just us having a whinge privately until we actually heard a couple of the other guests call the attention of the guides. Also, the places they chose to offer more often than not had no historical significance or mildly put, just useless and not interesting for the ordinary traveler. I have heard of other stories where they sent them to filthy plantation sites that did not even have any water. My husband and I think those who prepared and selected the tours on offer did not take their job seriously. I think they just came up with the list without even visiting or trying out these tours themselves. The experience we had with these tours have forced us to re-evaluate our future bookings with Celebrity. We compared the shore excursions being offered by other cruiseliners from the same port. Unfortunately, we found out that Celebrity does offer the poorest type of shore excursions for the other ports of our future cruises. People go on a cruise to see things and not just stay in the cabins. Hence, shore excursions are important. Another thing, we did not like in Celebrity Constellation is the limited number of places to dine. It was a 15 day cruise. Obviously, you cannot expect us to dine at the Blu ( for Aqua Class passengers) the whole time. They only had the main dining room ( San Marco), the Oceanview Buffet and the 3 specialty restaurants, the Tuscan Grill ( never changed its menu) , QSine ( food is truly horrible here) and the SUshi place. I have been used to ships with having at least 8 restaurants on offer. It is not the ship's fault but I think it is worth mentioning in order to avoid disappointment. The Oceanview buffet is were 90% of the passengers have their lunch. Choices are abundant but they seem to taste the same and are often cold. There were days when the food was actually great. The Entertainment is another disappointment. We thought the performers were auditioning for a job when the ship docked. The Cabin was okay except for the fact that the ship only had 5 movies on offer and was played on rotation. Hence by Day 6 you will have the video on Day 1 on offer again. You can opt to rent a movie. With Princess and Norwegian, if you are in this cabin class ( which is one step lower than the suites) you get a wide selection of movies. You can forget the TV unless you can stand 16 days of Fox News. In summary, you need to really do your research when joining a cruise of this type. It was not the worst cruise we ever were on BUT it could have been heaps better if our host pointed us to the right direction in order to see the better side of what India has to offer. The service we received from everyone from the cabin attendant, the restaurants, room service, stores, guest service, etc is one of the best we have experienced in a cruise liner. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise exceeded my expectations and this was my 39th cruise overall, over 7 different cruise lines. We were on its sister ship, the Millennium, in October and the Constellation seemed to be in better condition overall. The Millennium ... Read More
This cruise exceeded my expectations and this was my 39th cruise overall, over 7 different cruise lines. We were on its sister ship, the Millennium, in October and the Constellation seemed to be in better condition overall. The Millennium went into dry dock in Feb. and the Constellation is due early next year. We were Aqua class guaranteed and I knew there was a risk being on the 9th deck with noise up above from the pool deck, but I didn't expect banging 2 nights in a row at 3:00am. I let guest relations know, and the next morning they called to see if it had been quieter which it had. She told me they sent security there overnight to make sure it was quiet. We also got an unrelated call from Guest Relations to ask how our arrival to to ship went. We had a problem with Choice air reservations which cost us more at the airport and I was going to contact them then I returned from our trip to resolve it. Guest relations immediately issued me a credit on our account without going back through Choice Air. Our balcony cabin was similar to every other balcony we've had. Only room for one person to walk between the end of the bed and the wall. With Aqua Class we got extra spray jets in the shower. Relative to other cruises, I thought the entertainment was excellent. We had seen several of the guest entertainers on other cruises before, but the Celebrity entertainers were as good as I have seen on ships. They had 3 different enrichment speaking series for days at sea including an Improv duo that my husband loved. We don't do the trivia games or all the merchandise "sales" so that gave us something else to do since we do not hang out at the pool. The itinerary was the reason why we booked this cruise and it was fascinating. India is dirty and crowded, but that's India. It also has beautiful temples, outdoor laundries, gardens, upscale hotels, etc. It's part of the experience. Abu Dhabi and Dubai were much more western than I had anticipated. Phuket is a beach resort paradise. Singapore is immaculately clean and there's a lot to see there. I had arranged private tours in advance for each port, which I do for all of our cruises, so I can't comment on the shore excursions dept. On all cruise ships they are meant to be profit centers unless you go on luxury cruises where they are included. We ate our meals in Blu, the restaurant for Aqua Class. The sommelier and wait staff were exceptional. The food was better than the main dining room. We liked the speciality restaurant, Qsine, better than the Tuscan Grill. Qsine has 20 different tapas selections and we enjoyed everything we ordered. The Oceanview Cafe is at par with other Celebrity and Princess ships. There are a lot of selections but you have to go all the way around both sides to see everything. Azamara is better, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and NCL are worse. If you are up for an exotic itinerary and can bear the heat and humidity in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore, I would highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We got tired of Caribbean Islands, and have always wanted to see India. We weren't disappointed! Ship was OK, not new but fine. The crew were excellent, especially the Customer Relations desk which helped us out when my wife lost ... Read More
We got tired of Caribbean Islands, and have always wanted to see India. We weren't disappointed! Ship was OK, not new but fine. The crew were excellent, especially the Customer Relations desk which helped us out when my wife lost her medications and had to have replacements sent by UPS to Oman. We didn't go to the entertainments. The food was good but not great. Good steaks, Prime Rib and Chateaubriand, also good Lamb. Fish a bit disappointing. No problems with passports or visas - quite efficiently handled. We got e-visas for India - very simple process. Overall we really enjoyed the cruise, especially Mumbai, where we could have done with more time. Cochin, and Goa are mildly interesting, we didn't go ashore in Oman or New Mangalore. Took a private car from Muziris Heritage Tours in Mumbai - well worth it! Lilo Jose organised it , and Karim was an excellent guide - we saw a lot in the time available, and had an excellent curry! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is an older ship as has been reported. On the whole this doesn’t create issues as Celebrity has tried to keep the ship fairly tidy but it’s due for a major refit next year. Generally staff were all very cheerful (except the guy on ... Read More
This is an older ship as has been reported. On the whole this doesn’t create issues as Celebrity has tried to keep the ship fairly tidy but it’s due for a major refit next year. Generally staff were all very cheerful (except the guy on the bar in the main dining room who was also very reluctant to give you a glass if you ordered a beer or a can)! The Captain seemed a really nice chap and we did a very good ‘backstage’ tour in which he told us a lot about his job. As Aqua Class we ate mainly in the Blu Restaurant, with an excellent Maitre d’ in the form of Laurence, with Cathy very ably assisting her. Most of the dining room staff here were good too, although we did have a slight issue. Prior to leaving I had prebooked the extortionately priced internet package (over 287$) but had a bit of an argument with Celebrity’s U.K. office as I felt we had been misled over a few things, in particular poor information about the acquisition of visas for our trip. This caused us to pay significantly more than we needed to - I think over £300 for the 2 of us. Eventually we were given a voucher for a meal upgrade as an apology, which was supplied to us onboard. In the Blu restaurant one night, a waiter was obviously trying to ’upsell’ meals in these ‘speciality dining’ restaurants and we put our names down for one. Difficult to remember the conversation but I do feel we mentioned the voucher. He then said we were entitled to a ‘free’ lunch in one of the others’, which we took. When our ship’s bill came we had been charged for both meals. After showing them the invitation they had supplied, they removed the cost of one meal, but wouldn’t take off the other 50$. I saw the deputy manager responsible and made my feelings very clear! He said he’d get back to me later (after talking to his boss). They agreed to give us another free meal in another speciality dining room, rather than give us 50$ back. Reluctantly we agreed, but, what a shambles! As other passengers commented on frequently, the team are obviously trained to refund nothing and get what money they can out of you! The maitre d’ from Qsine asked which restaurant we wanted to go to and what time we wanted him to book us in. Surprise, surprise - we arrived and there was no booking! Luckily they had a table but we are still waiting to have it confirmed they’ve not charged us for it! Whilst writing this I also see they did not apply our Captain’s Circle credit to our prebooked internet package either but the thing that really upset us was our one prebooked excursion. We often do our own thing at ports as we find we can usually do things better, cheaper. However, if I see something we can’t arrange ourselves we go with the ship. In Goa the company were offering an excursion that appealed to us. It cost 440$ for the 2 of us, so was very expensive. However, it sounded good. We should have been taken around a market with the ship’s chef looking at fruit, vegetables and spices after which we were to taste a few local specialities. Then we were to go on a scenic drive to the Odzel Valley with ‘spectacular views of the bay’. Here we would have a cooking demonstration of local foods by a chef from the region followed by a 4 course meal, with beer or a soft drink. On returning to the ship we were also to have a special meal in the evening. What actually happened was that we were driven to the market through roadworks (they are building a motorway along the route - and have been for 4 years!) in a very rickety bus. We had a guide who kept telling us about local fish and coconut curries. At the market we walked around looking at the stalls, fruit and veg with one chilli stall (hardly worth the excursion description of being told all about local spices). We then went to a local ‘tour’ restaurant where we were served an average meal where we paid for our beer (and they overcharged us!). We had only meat curries which were so spicey most of the group couldn’t eat them. Despite all the cleanliness routine on the ship we were then given a plate of 6 desserts for 6 of us to eat from! No trip to the Odzel Valley, no cooking demonstration, no scenic views. Back at the ship the meal in the evening included 3 of the same dishes we’d had at lunchtime, one of which was served only luke warm! Again, no ‘typical’ Goan fish curry! Very disappointing and certainly not what we’d have booked up, let alone paid that sort of money for. Other people complained and head office in Miami were contacted, for which we were reimbursed 20%, their maximum, they said. This was flagrant mis-selling and should definitely have been more money. We enjoyed our cruise overall, and the destinations, but feel let down by the fact we saw nothing of Goa on that trip. It is the first time we have spent as long as 15 nights on a ship and enjoyed this, with more sea days. The itinerary is interesting and it was good to do a linear cruise as well. However, as you can tell, we had some issues and it amazes me that any large companies are prepared to dig their heels in over problems, rather than resolve them effectively. It leaves a bad taste in a customer’s mouth for such a small amount of their money. I told them I write reviews. SURELY, for what it would cost them, a suitable refund on both of these problems would have kept us happier and I wouldn’t have written this. They would have lost very little, yet do not seem to see the importance of customer relations. We had a behind the scenes ship tour and enjoyed this. Interesting to see what goes on behind view. The stage is very impressive and most of the entertainment was good. The band were very skilled and there was a good variety of shows, although the first comedian was poor, not at all funny. Food was usually pretty good, but variable and somewhat repetitive. A shame not to have Thai food in Thailand etc though. I like guacamole, which always seems to be in plentiful supply in the buffet on most ships, but not here. There are gaps in dining, sometimes when you return from trips annoyingly, but a stodgy afternoon tea is offered. Needs to be something other than chunky bread sandwiches and cakes. In Aqua class you get canapés but not sure these are worth having most of the time. Due to the hot air temperatures we only used the Persian Garden steam rooms etc once, too. We had a drinks package for the first time and, I have to say, I did appreciate not having to think about what we drank. Again, though, at times, costs were cut. There is a cocktail of the day, but often at an additional charge to the ‘classic package’. I like Mojitos, but these, and many others’ were made with nasty concentrate so were not nice. Also, I would say that there were not really many decent activities on on sea days. As we had 6 there was nothing to really encourage us to do much on quite a few days (apart from money making things like shop sales and art auctions)! We often read on our balcony. The pool is undersized and was often crowded. I’ve probably written enough now so... did we enjoy the cruise? Yes. Could there be improvements? Definitely. Should the ‘customer service team’ listen to passengers more? Absolutely. Should the company have more respect for passengers than making the odd 20$ extra? Certainly. If Celebrity have a cruise I want to go on again, I wouldn’t rule them out, but I might look for an alternative first. Just a little less penny pinching and they would not have made me feel like this! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and I recently sailed on the March 18th Constellation voyage from Abu Dhabi to Singapore. In reading recent reviews on said trip I’m wondering if we were on a different cruise altogether. Why this Itinerary - We’ve done ... Read More
My wife and I recently sailed on the March 18th Constellation voyage from Abu Dhabi to Singapore. In reading recent reviews on said trip I’m wondering if we were on a different cruise altogether. Why this Itinerary - We’ve done the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Coastal, Transatlantic, and Mediterranean. A cruise to the other side of the world (for us) gave us an opportunity to experience new areas with minimal upheavals, knowing that we always returned to the comfort of the ship. So we booked it and started the process. Planning - All adventures require a bit of planning; much of what can be obtained via the internet. So we studied the various countries and their ports of call, checked out the shore excursion offerings, and looked into what could be done on our own. India extended the use of “e-Visa” to cruise ports in 2018 so after uploading the required documents, entering the required data, and payment of fees we had our visas in less than 24 hrs. Obtaining the “Transit” visas for Sri Lanka was even easier. We received them in less than an hour. Also checked how to get to/from the sailing and decided to book air travel on our own as offerings from Celebrity Air were all via Heathrow with lots of wait time between connections and higher costs. And of course ordered our luggage tags which, for some reason, we received twice. But better than none at all. Itinerary - Our home base is the Washington, DC area; Northern Virginia. Flew from Dulles to Abu Dhabi where we had decided on a 2-night pre-cruise stay. We returned eastbound from Singapore where we had also decided on a 2-night post-cruise stay. Thus without thinking about it we ended up with a round-the-world adventure. Abu Dhabi - Navigating the Abu Dhabi airport was easy: made our way from plane to Immigration, collected our luggage, found an ATM right off to obtain local currency, and loaded our luggage on one of the luxury taxis (Mercedes SUV’s); all within 30 minutes. As always we brought along more than we needed, but as we would be gone for 3 weeks why not! We selected the Aloft Hotel as it seemed to be mid way between various sights. We were at the hotel in short order, checked in, had a light dinner, and off to bed. I had forgotten to check if there were any special events in Abu Dhabi. Found out that it was Special Olympics time and that the Aloft was ground zero for this. So lots of folks in the public areas. Next day we were made it to the Grand Mosque and arrived in time to take one of the private tours - highly recommend this to avoid the masses. From there we went to the new Louvre Museum where we had lunch and also took a private tour which greatly explained the format and setup of the museum as compared to the Louvre in Paris. Afterwards went to the gold market souks and browsed a little. Then back to the hotel. Travel to/from all sights in Abu Dhabi was very easy by taxi. It was also very economical. Cruise Day 1 - Abu Dhabi: Checked out of the hotel shortly after 11 AM and promptly arrived at the cruise port, again via taxi. The terminal was small but clean and efficient. Check-in was straightforward; dropped our bags, presented documents, surrendered passports, got our Sea Pass, and were invited to board right away. Enjoyed the welcome cocktail and made our way to the public areas to await room availability. Made reservations for specialty dining as we had purchased a 2 dinner and 1 lunch special. Had lunch at he Oceanview Cafe, found the Martini Bar, and made a quick tour of the ship to get the lay of the land. After room availability announcement we checked out our cabin, met the room steward, found our luggage already there, and started the unpacking process. We booked Aqua class this time as we wanted to compare against Concierge Class which we had always done before. Other than the room locations and the special showers everything else seemed similar to the Concierge rooms. Soon it was time for Muster then, after changing for dinner made we our way to Blu via the Martini Bar. We found Blu to have the quality of food that used to be at the Main Dinning Room. Service and attention were superb by the Maitre’D Laurence, Waitstaff Armando & Gary, and Sommelier Enrickkee throughout the cruise. The food offerings were always varied and very satisfying. Cruise Day 2 - Dubai: We signed up for a ship excursion to the Burj Khalif so we were off by 8:30 AM. This got us through early enough to avoid the crowds; very long lines seen as we came down. Then we took a bus ride through some of the “notable” areas of Dubai - tall buildings, freeways, the outside of the Emir’s palace, and the outside of a couple of luxury hotels at Palm Island. We considered driving around to see the outside of hotels a waste of time and is something that ought to be eliminated as it makes the tour just drag on and on. Back on board for lunch at the Spa Cafe and then took to deciding which of the many activities to participate in. We have always felt that there are so many things to do that one can’t do it all. Late afternoon and early evening Trivia became our mainstay. And, of course, a stop at the Martini Bar on our way to dinner became de-rigor. We did see many of the shows throughout the cruise; enjoyed the large productions most of all. Cruise Day 3 - Muscat: We had signed up for another ship excursion which was called a “Walking Tour of Oman”. Since this was in the late afternoon we took it leisurely, starting with the Captain’s Club Elite breakfast and then wandering through the shops and such until tour time. This excursion ended being one of those that should never have been offered. All participants came ready for a least a brisk stroll but we found ourselves just going a block here to another block there, with way too much time listening to a guide who had difficulty with English and who then sent us off to explore a museum and shop the souk. Many of the participants complained to the Excursion staff to no avail. Fortunately that was the last ship excursion we had signed up for. Cruise Day 4 - Sea Day # 1: We located ourselves in the pool area by mid-morning. There was never an issue with finding seating and continuously enjoyed the music, the pool activities, and the beverage offerings from the pool bars. Also had lunch at the Pool Grill. I had signed up for several of the Cycling classes but decided that it was way too much of an effort so never made it to the gym. This being the first “Chic” night we enjoyed a great dinner at Tuscan Grille. It was very satisfying to see many folks in their finery. The Tux came along as being retirees (pensioners for our British friends) we don’t have many opportunities to spiff up. Cruise Day 5 - Sea Day # 2: More pool time with lunch tidbits from the Pool Grill, Spa Cafe, and Oceanview Cafe. We did find the layout at the Oceanview difficult as one has to circle around to get something from one end and then something else from another end. Understand this is to be changed after the ship undergoes its “revolution”. Cruise Day 6 - Mumbai (with overnight): Wanting to see the sights with a more direct involvement we signed up with “Mumbai Magic” for a tour using local taxis, busses, and trains. This is an outfit run by students who take you throughout the major areas of Mumbai. After the shuttle dropped us off at the “Green Gate” we found our guide and embarked on a fun filled adventure using all of the above conveyances and even stopping for lunch at “Swati Snacks”, where we had a great vegetarian meal. Back to the ship exhausted but very satisfied. My wife, being blonde, was stared at throughout the day. The guide explained that many young people who are visiting Mumbai like to ask for selfies. So we had a good laugh. Cruise Day 7 - Mumbai: This day we went on a tour of the Dharavi slum, the second largest in the world after the one in Pakistan. Again, we did this with a local outfit - “Young Tours”. The tours are led by actual residents and our guide led us through the area visiting various enterprises, enjoying a cup of special Chai tea, and even visiting his home. It was amazing to see so many people being industrious from the lowest job upwards. Cruise Day 8 - Goa: After two days under the unrelenting sun and exhausted from all that touring we stayed on board to recoup. Spent the day mainly inside and participated in various activities. We did enjoy a stint at the Persian Gardens. Cruise Day 9 - Sea Day # 3: More pool time; again no issues with finding seating. This was “Chic” night number 2. By now we were “regulars” at the Martini Bar which meant that the stop before dinner started earlier. Folks were a little less dressed up but still very smart looking. Cruise Day 10 - Cochin: Many on the cruise signed up for “Tours with Lijo” in all of the ports in India. We elected to take the Cochin tour which was essentially a leisurely ride along the backwaters of the many rivers and canals on a houseboat with lunch. The tour was well organized; each group of 20 was assigned to a houseboat, and we cruised along for several hours with a nice lunch served halfway through. The only negative was the long ride to/from - an hour and a half each way. This was the complaint about most tours at all ports - it required a very long bus ride to get to the sights and back. Cruise Day 11 - Colombo: Here we took a walking tour with “Colombo Walks”. Harold, who we met at the port gate after a shuttle ride, gave us a view of various aspects of Colombo - Pettah market, Red mosque, Hindu temple, Grand Oriental Hotel where we enjoyed tea, Fort Clock Tower which used to be a lighthouse, presidential residence, and the Dutch Hospital precinct. Tonight was diner at Sushi on Five. We had exchanged a lunch for a dinner so this gave us expanded offerings from which to choose. Good overall. Cruise Day 12 - Sea Day # 4: Back to the pool for the morning. In the afternoon we enjoyed the Elite formal Tea. Cruise Day 13 - Sea Day # 5: Pool time again with more wanderings throughout the ship. This was “Chic” night number 3. It seemed like everyone wanted to look their best at the last dress-up night. We had dinner at Q-Sine and were overwhelmed with the multiple choices. Interesting experience. Cruise Day # 14 - Phuket: This was the only “tendering” port. The ship anchored off Patong Beach and a myriad of launches ferried everyone to a small pier; about a 15 minute ride. We decided to go to a different beach which was rated best beach # 2 in Phuket - Kata Beach. Found an ATM right by the pier for local currency and took a taxi for the short ride to Kata Beach. Secured chairs and an umbrella; spent the afternoon enjoying the warm water and small crowds. Another taxi ride back to Patong and back to the ship via tender. Cruise Day # 15 - Sea Day # 6: Spent a good portion of the day packing as the cruise was coming to an end. I had purchased several Lotto tickets and as there had been no winners anyone who had tickets was invited to the Casino for a drawing to participate in a slot tournament. Not being gamblers this was our only foray into the casino. My name was drawn and I was one of six that enjoyed the slot event. As luck would have it I ended being the winner - a $100 credit! Now how to spend it - was offered the option of redeeming it at one of the stores. So off we marched to the store areas to see how we could put the winnings to good use. This was also our last dinner at Blu where we once again enjoyed the attention of the entire staff and said our farewells. Bags out by 10 PM and another cruise was winding down. Cruise Day 16 - Arrival in Singapore: Up early so we could have a leisurely breakfast at Blu. Then off to the Elite area to await our disembarking number. Our number was finally called and we sadly left Constellation. Singapore: We found the cruise terminal to be well laid out. Through immigration quickly, located our baggage, and off to find an ATM and a taxi. Only complaint is that the ATM is on an upper floor rather than on the exit level. Finding a taxi was easy enough and we were soon off to our hotel. We picked the Hotel Fort Canning for our 2-night stay. This was the old British Army headquarters and has been very nicely remodeled. Only negative is that while relatively close to the MRT the climb uphill is exhausting in the heat and humidity. Thus it was taxis every time we left and returned. We did use the MRT to shuttle between the various sites once we were down on the flats. We took on the usual major sights over our 2-day stay including the Arab Street area, the Chinese area, the light show at Gardens by the Bay, a climb to the top at Marina Bay Sands with an obligatory cocktail at Ce La Vi, and so on. A big find for us, being somewhat foodies, was lunch at National Kitchen by Violet Bon. Violet is considered the grand dame of Singaporean cooking. And we enjoyed the satay offerings at Lao Pa Sat hawker center. This is where one of the adjoining streets is closed at night and tables and satay being cooked line the street. Again a taxi to the airport with all our luggage and we started the long journey home. In Summary: This cruise did live up to being a journey to “exotic” destinations. It gave us an insight to areas of the world that we had not been to and probably will not return to. Most of the ports where the ship docked were industrial areas requiring a shuttle to the outside; time consuming. We found Constellation to be well maintained and all staff members were always helpful and accommodating. After being on many Solstice ships and several RCCL mega ships we were unsure as to how we would find a smaller ship. Needless to say we took to the size of Constellation right away; easy accessibility to all parts of the ship. One thing we both miss is a Murano class restaurant. We did make our way through all of the eating and drinking venues on the ship other than the main restaurant and Luminae which is reserved for suites. All of them met our needs at various times of the day. We were unable to participate in all of the onboard activities; too many things to do with not enough time. For example we never made it to the Rooftop Terrace to watch a movie. For some reason we also did not make as much use of our balcony as we have on other cruises. We never encountered an overt “up sell”. Yes, there were staff members seeking takers for the specialty restaurants and drink packages. But all it took was a smile and an “already taken care of” reply and we were never asked again. All in all we were very satisfied with our voyage. Until next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Booked the best of India and Sri Lanka at very short notice and with a great discount in the sale. This is our third Celebrity Cruise. The other two were on the Eclipse to the Baltic and on the Xpedition to Galapagos. This cruise was ... Read More
Booked the best of India and Sri Lanka at very short notice and with a great discount in the sale. This is our third Celebrity Cruise. The other two were on the Eclipse to the Baltic and on the Xpedition to Galapagos. This cruise was not in the same class. The ship is very dated with depressing brown decorations everywhere. I can look past this as it’s overdue a refurb which is planned shortly. What I can’t overlook is the aggressive sales strategy which is invasive throughout the ship. Seems to be a glorified shop on the sea! You are targeted for an upscale at every opportunity. Salesmen even visiting your table while you dine trying to sell various upscale dining events. The food standards have dropped massively even in the Specialty dining where two steaks were inedible. The main cafe area was like a scrum most days with some variable quality. The battered fish was so bad I saw many dishes being returned. Staff attitude was also variable which was a surprise as on previous trips all were exemplary. I made one complaint about a shore excursion which was not as described and it took two days to resolve. The Shore Excursion staff were very defensive although they eventually gave us 20% off the cost of the tour (which was fair). As far as the excursions go they are very expensive and if we went again we would make our own arrangements at every port which may did with positive reviews. To sum up there is much evidence of cost cutting and aggressive revenue generation which for me diminished the vacation experience. Celebrity seems to have lost its sparkle and sadly that will be our last cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
What a disappointment! This was the first cruise we had been on and it has put us off cruising for life. Although the ship is due for a refit next year, we didn't really notice how tired it was. The cabin was fine, dining was ... Read More
What a disappointment! This was the first cruise we had been on and it has put us off cruising for life. Although the ship is due for a refit next year, we didn't really notice how tired it was. The cabin was fine, dining was great - great variety of food and plenty of it. Dining Room wine waiter refilled the glasses of the male guests - ladies had to ask for a refill? At some tables the bottle was left for the male diner... never at an all female table. It took a minimum of 20 minutes from ordering a drink to actually getting it? Staff on the whole (apart from the Guest Relations???) were friendly and helpful. Entertainment and Activities were dire! The theater hosted third rate entertainers and the activities consisted of throw the bean bag into a hole and ping pong? Evening activities seemed to be staff doing there utmost to sell you every type of watch from Rolex to Citizen, diamonds, designer clothes, jewelry, holidays.... they even had an art gallery with art auctions every day/evening? It must have been a contest to see who could con you out of the most money on your trip. Tours had been arranged in advance from Cruising Excursions and were excellent. India was a bit disappointing but could have spent more time in Muscat and Dubai. Embarkation and disembarkation was surprisingly easy in all ports. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise was on a great promotional offer just over a year ago and the itinerary looked really interesting so we booked. The ship is dated and desperate for a refit which is happening soon we are told - it's really needed. The ... Read More
This cruise was on a great promotional offer just over a year ago and the itinerary looked really interesting so we booked. The ship is dated and desperate for a refit which is happening soon we are told - it's really needed. The layout of the Oceanview Cafe is pretty awful but dictated by the ship structure; having to do a large lap of the track to see what's on offer is a bit of a pain - hopefully the refit will improve this. The ship lacks a bit of atmosphere at times, the piped music is mainly aimed at the elderly audience and could do with being more lively. How about playing some Bollywood when at the Indian ports during breakfast? The places we visited (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai) were all excellent and interesting. Celebrity are relentless in their pursuit of additional sales and crossed the line in my opinion; during the cruise they presented information about ports of call. Part of these made strong suggestions that India was somewhat unsafe and that robbery or being conned was likely; speakers told 'personal stories' of 'anecdotal' accounts in an attempt to scaremonger passengers into booking with Celebrity excursions. For this reason we did not book with Celebrity excursions at all. We used private local tour operators, online booking with great communication and the quality was excellent. They charge less than Celebrity and you see much more with a personal level of service, I really recommend this to enhance your visits to India. We used Magic Tours and Dream Tours Mumbai, both met us at the ship or port gate - really easy, car with driver and an English speaking tour guide. Costs varied from $50 to $115 per person for a group of three depending on what was included; all were private and exclusive to to our group and included private chef cooking on a houseboat trip to a really in depth and intimate tour of Mumbai (Dream Tours Mumbai - check TripAdvisor for review). Entertainment was hit and miss but there is a lot of live music which is excellent and needs to be maintained please. There were 4 or 5 productions by the onboard team and one or two were very missable and low quality, otherwise acceptable - previous cruises have been better. Food is good overall and service was mostly good though the sommeliers were not very prompt or attentive on this ship. We went Concierge Class on deck 8 - this added some nice benefits including a bottle of bubbly, helipad visit and galley tour. We would go on this tour again, mainly for the ports of call and the people we met on shore. All really kind, helpful and happy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have travelled with Celebrity before including this ship and Equinox. Although old and due for refit the overall condition was good. A few areas could do with some updating overall it was good with some areas having recently been ... Read More
We have travelled with Celebrity before including this ship and Equinox. Although old and due for refit the overall condition was good. A few areas could do with some updating overall it was good with some areas having recently been re-fitted. Our cabin was good. Service was excellent everywhere and the food generally very good. Entertainment varied as it does on all ships but was up to standard. The audio volume was, of course, too high making female singers very harsh but the management will continue to ignore requests to lower the volume as 'they know best'. We had a bundled Classic drinks package which was useful but no one understood how it worked. Wine lists were difficult to find and it was not easy to find out what named drinks and pricing existed in each bar and restaurant. Some wine types ran out within 2-3 days. The daily cocktail was sometimes within the package and at other times not. The Miami management need to review how it all works. Drinks within the package were not charged the 18% gratuity which surprised and pleased us! More UK beers would be nice and not chilled. Excursions were the usual mix of good and not so good and now you have to ask for a shore map as they are kept in hiding behind the Guest Relations counter and not on show as in previous years. Internet package costs are astronomical so don't expect to use Wi-Fi on board unless you are rich. Some public areas of the ship were too cold and management need to check stat settings. Despite the negatives the experience was good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We stayed in Abudhabi for 3 nights in a hotel prior to boarding the ship. Boarding was chaos because Celebrity had given strict instruction that we needed to take 4 copies of our visas and 2 copies ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We stayed in Abudhabi for 3 nights in a hotel prior to boarding the ship. Boarding was chaos because Celebrity had given strict instruction that we needed to take 4 copies of our visas and 2 copies of our passport information. On arrival we were instructed to give a copy of our passport information to embarcation team and not our passport. The embarcation team promptly demanded our passports as they make their own copies and told us they did not require ours. We then proceeded to the check in desk where we were asked for our celebrity express pass. We informed them that we were not able to check in on their web site. We were then told don't worry most people have not been able to access our website so we stated from scratch. We finally boarded the ship and go to guest relations to give them the 4 copies of the India visas which were required. We were subsequently told that they only needed 1. The question that should be asked of Celebrity with over 2000 paasengers making all these photocopies half a rain forest would have been destroyed by making these unnecessary copies. The staff as always are brillant and special thanks to Surya Sunset bar and Chris The Sky lounge deck 11. PLEASE NOTE Celebrity double charge both myself and my husband's cards for almost $400 which meant we had to claim the money back via our banks. A lot of hassle to deal with when you get home!. Disembarkation was an absolute nightmare. We needed to leave the ship.at 4am we were told we couldn't as first disembarkation was at 6am. We were also told they would not have our passports back from Abu Dhabi immigation. We were given a letter and told to attend Alpha room at 2:15 on the 17 March as this was for guests leaving late 17. Upon arrival we were told this was only for guests leaving on the 17 and not for early leavers on the 18 and to go back to Guest relations. Guest relations final seem to understand we needed to leave the ship at 4am and we were to collect our passports after 9pm. On attending Guest relation at 9pm we were told they were not available until 3am. They finally registered our early morning call after 4 attempts. We were then informed that no porterage would be available at 4am so we had to drag our luggage off ourselves. The final slap in the face was when reaching the gangway we were told were not on list for disembarkation and they needed to call reception. After contacting Guest relation asking for clearance to allows to leave. The security confiscated our sea card passes and said because they had no facility the would check us out at 6am We felt the excursions were a con and expensive. We have sailed with several different cruise lines and we both came to the same decision that we would NEVER cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
we chose the cruise for the itenary and it was a area we wanted to go to but unfortunately we did not enjoy the "MDR" as the menu did not change we spent most of our time in the buffet where there was plenty choice also the ... Read More
we chose the cruise for the itenary and it was a area we wanted to go to but unfortunately we did not enjoy the "MDR" as the menu did not change we spent most of our time in the buffet where there was plenty choice also the entertainment was very poor indeed the main dance/singers only done 4 shows in the 15 day cruise not what we expected at all the house bands well to be honest a pub band would of been better the cruise director (Paul) he does not have a clue how to entertain most of the entertainment he done was game show style or putting round a restaurant and that's meant to be 5 star as for the ship itself we could not fault it very clean indeed the ship staff very friendly but it lacked atmosphere on the pool decks mainly at night the bars were all empty no music or dancing going on and we were not the only passengers to notice this some are celebrity regulars would we go with celebrity again I doubt it unless the rely look at all the areas that need to be looked at Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Sorry as an extremely seasoned cruisers this was the first time sailing with Celebrity and we were very disappointed. The ship was definitely no 5* the cabin was shabby the bed covers needed updating it was shabby, the towels and flannels ... Read More
Sorry as an extremely seasoned cruisers this was the first time sailing with Celebrity and we were very disappointed. The ship was definitely no 5* the cabin was shabby the bed covers needed updating it was shabby, the towels and flannels etc needed throwing out, the entertainment was not great and the service mediocre. Having said that our cabin steward and our waiters were satisfactory. Our over all impression of the company was that they have a policy of harassment towards their guests to get as much money out of you as they possibly can. We succumbed to buying a drink package on board but on days at sea there was hardly anywhere that you could get a drink before late afternoon. You basically had to be up on deck at the pool bar or the other option was the specialist coffee area where you could get very limited alcoholic drinks or fancy coffee. On sea days the coffee area was totally overwhelmed it was hopeless trying to find a seat or get a drink. Even until the last day of the cruise the pressure to buy another cruise or buy a dinner in one of the speciality restaurants it made us cringe with embarrassment. We have never experienced such relentless selling on any other cruise line and how they have a 5* status confounds us so we do not intend to back on a Celebrity Cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
After a gruelling but uneventful 13 hour flight to Singapore with BA we walked from Arrivals (not far at all) to the Crowne Plaza, which was obviously WAY out of Singapore centre, Why oh why Celebrity? It was a lovely hotel but we were a ... Read More
After a gruelling but uneventful 13 hour flight to Singapore with BA we walked from Arrivals (not far at all) to the Crowne Plaza, which was obviously WAY out of Singapore centre, Why oh why Celebrity? It was a lovely hotel but we were a 'captive audience' with no choice of eateries etc. and no chance to see the beauty of the city at night. Bad choice Celebrity! The following morning we were transported to the dock as normal. Embarkation was no trouble. It was lovely to be back on the 'Connie' once again! She was just how we remembered her but now a little tired and in need of a facelift perhaps. We love the layout of this class of Celebrity ship. Not too large to get around and sensible sized lounges etc. (Unlike some of the newer ships we've encountered). Due to the early arrival, the cabin was not ready, no biggie. Spent a while in the buffet with friends who had travelled in from another part of the World. The food was up to the standard we have come to expect from Celebrity and there was plenty of choice. Our cabin was on deck eight and the balcony protruded further than many on the ship. This gave us an uninterrupted view along the length of the vessel. Although a decent size with adequate storage, the cabin appeared somewhat smaller than on the likes of Silhouette, Reflection etc. and again showed some signs of age. Brilliant cabin steward! Our first encounter with the main dining room was quite disappointing it has to be said! The food was quite poorly cooked and tasted as if it been stood under a heat lamp for a while. Not a great start. Sadly it never really improved. Although were persevered with the dining room most evenings, and there were a few very good dishes during the cruise, it was certainly below the standard we have become used to with Celebrity and far short of our experience on Independence of the Seas, last June. The dining room staff and waiters were brilliant, no request was 'too much trouble'. As a musician myself I'm naturally quite critical of the standard of entertainers, musicians etc. on a cruise ship. The bands were of a good standard overall and the 'House Band' that backed most of the guest acts were brilliant. BUT as on most ships, the sound in the theatre was quite poor to my ears. It lacked punch and the bass player might as well have not been there as there was SO little bass content in the mix. Come on cruise lines, stop employing sound engineers with a 'theatre' background and get some rock 'n' roll guys in, your audience is changing! We didn't really see much of the other music acts on board so can't really comment. The guest artistes were all really good apart from a so called Elton John tribute who was dreadful! I've seen much better in the local clubs in the UK. Being of a certain age we didn't get involved in any physical activities on board but really enjoyed the daily quizzes on sea days and the port lectures were very informative, if a little over cautious about going-it-alone in ports. Which brings me on to shore excursions. First port of call was Phuket. We made the choice to take a local tour mini bus from the dock side. What a fabulous decision! The vehicle was brand new and had been 'pimped' to a very high standard inside. A great driver who took us to the Big Buddha (breathtaking) and an area where there were a number of temples/mosques and market stalls, fabulous. He then dropped us at The Hard Rock Cafe later. Phuket, one of the highlights of the trip! Colombo was our next port. We took an excursion via the ship. A brilliant local guide took us to a couple of points of interest including the Independence Memorial Hall and the National museum. Not enough time was given to enjoy the museum! We finished the tour with tea on the veranda at the very upmarket Galle Face Hotel, which was an enjoyable experience. Overall, not a brilliant tour as much of it was spent in the bus in traffic. (to be expected in the this part of the World I guess) so wouldn't do it again. My advice, take a local trip off the dockside. Cochin was next, our first real taste of India and that's what we got! The taste of pollution was with us from the time we hit the dock. (not literally) :) Again we foolishly took a trip via the ship. We were first taken to a ramshackle Shiva temple which was closed! A very unpicturesque building, so little point in taking us there. We then drove to Church of St. Francis, Fort Kochi which in its own way was quite beautiful but drab and fairly uninteresting. Some of the folks then walked to see some Chinese fishing nets which were quite a distance, we didn't bother as we'd seen them previously whilst driving. Which is really what the body of the trip consisted of, driving through traffic, it was hideous! We were so pleased to see the ship again! Don't bother doing that excursion. Which brings me on to Goa, our next port. I'm a collector of Hard Rock Cafe/Hotel pins (badges) so we always endeavour to make it to any HRC in the ports visited. In this case it was a HR Hotel in the Saligao district of Goa. As none of the trips offered on the ship went near to the hotel, we (foolishly) decided to take a private excursion offered by Celebrity Cruises at a cost of $800!!!! We gave them our desired points of interest including the Reis Magos fort, which was recommended to us, plus assorted temples etc. We were quite excited about this tour, a private vehicle, a guide plus wonderful points of interest, what could be better? Most of it basically! The bus was old and rickety, the guide arrived late and the fort was closed! What angered us was, there were bus loads of Constellation guests already in the fort when we arrived (although the fort WAS officially closed on that day) but we were NOT allowed in despite our tour being booked on the ship! We were granted a 10% discount off a future tour and a small refund by the tour desk but this really didn't make up for the pretty poor experience sadly. But at least we had lunch at The Hard Rock Hotel and I bought pins and a tee shirt! We didn't know quite what to expect in Mumbai. Having watched various travelogue progs on TV we had preconceived ideas about India I guess. Our guide was fabulous! She was SO interesting and genuine. In keeping with other ports, the traffic and pollution was excessive, to be expected. We were taken to the Gateway to India (obligatory), the Victorian railway station and Ghandi's house plus a few other sights. Altogether an enjoyable day! We were overnight in Mumbai but didn't go ashore the second day. After a couple of days at sea we arrived in Muscat, Oman. The highlight of the cruise!! Pristine is the word that sums up the city. Not a scrap of rubbish or debris on the streets, beautifully kept road-sides, roundabouts and public places. Our guide on the ship-booked excursion was superb and a really lovely man with SO much knowledge about not only his country but the whole of the middle east in general. We were escorted to the most spectacular Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, about half an hours' drive from Muscat centre. You HAVE to see this if you visit Muscat! We then went to the Mutrah souq where one can buy anything from clothing to lamps. An absolutely wonderful and enriching day! Having looked forward to seeing Dubai (and getting to another Hard Rock Cafe) for a long time, it turned out to be quite disappointing! For a start it was cold and I made the big mistake of travelling in to the centre on the top deck of the bus! The bus we were actually taking the tour on was picked up at a terminus outside the Dubai Mall. Chaos reigned there with people trying to jump the queue to get out of the cold wind. After already losing an hour of our day we managed to get on the bus and begin the rather tedious tour of Dubai. SO many road works and building sites. The traffic was hideous (I believe I've used that word before). We didn't get off the bus until we arrived at the WAFI Mall where we needed to get a cab to the Hard Rock cafe which is in the Festival City Mall way out of the centre. The cabs are so well priced! Probably our fault but we didn't enjoy our day in Dubai much as we made little effort to see 'the sites' as such, plus it was very cold. Maybe return someday? Our final destination and point of departure was Abu Dhabi, a day later. As we were there overnight we thought we would be able to take a walk around parts of the city after being dropped off at the hotel. NAH! Once again Celebrity had decided to stick us in the Novotel Al Bustan out near the airport! Why Celebrity?? It was a super hotel though and we were able to get a cab to a nearby mall to eat and do a little last minute shopping, as you do. The downside was, we had to leave the hotel at 4am as we were flying from (you guessed it) Dubai, where we had been a day earlier!! No problems at the airport as we were there before the cleaners had finished their work having taken only an hour and a quarter to drive from Abu Dhabi. A lovely breakfast at Giraffe Cafe, Terminal 1 was very welcome. Such a shame the HRC Dubai Airport is in Terminal 3 so I couldn't get there. Hey Ho. Summing up (please do)! It was a wonderful cruise on the Celebrity Constellation and we enjoyed most of the experiences both on board and on land. We would highly recommend this cruise if you've not been to this wondrous part of the world. So much culture with some spectacular vistas to behold and remember for the rest of your days on the planet. My advice, for what it's worth, ignore most of the excursions offered on board (expensive and not good value generally) and go for a local mini bus and driver/guide found on the dockside in most ports. Ask to see the bus before committing as they vary widely in age and quality and HAGGLE! We (four people) got a full day tour in a brand new bus in Phuket for $150 US. Wonderful memories! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We loved the itinerary of this cruise. Singapore embarkation was quick and luggage delivered to our room. Our Balcony cabin 8031 was spacious with enough closet space. However the bathroom mirror fogged up after the shower. We reported ... Read More
We loved the itinerary of this cruise. Singapore embarkation was quick and luggage delivered to our room. Our Balcony cabin 8031 was spacious with enough closet space. However the bathroom mirror fogged up after the shower. We reported it to the house keeping and front desk. After 3 service call the repairman couldn't fix the problem indicating the problem with their exhaust system of the ship. I am a vegetarian the first few days the food was very skimpy, after speaking to Restaurant manager the problem was fixed. The dining room staff Elias and Johnson were friendly and very efficient. Our room attendant Daria is very sweet and always asked about our comfort. The shows are excellent. Overall it was a good cruise, hope celebrity will replace this ship with a newer one. Shore Excursion we took Colombo, Goa, Muskat and Dubai excursion. Most of the excursions were city tours. The tours were OK. Overall thecruise was average due to creeky old ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
For the Itinerary, and to try a new Cruise Line after 6 Cruises with P&O over last 8 years. Constellation was lovely, it's going for a refit next year so will be even better. Food was superb as well as Service and ... Read More
For the Itinerary, and to try a new Cruise Line after 6 Cruises with P&O over last 8 years. Constellation was lovely, it's going for a refit next year so will be even better. Food was superb as well as Service and entertainment. The ambience is more informal than P&O and better for it. The breakfast and lunch Buffets are of a high standard, both choice wise and quality, and Dinner was of a high standard - see my expanded waistline! Only Cons are they try too hard with up selling drink packages etc early on in the Cruise. But easy to resist. They could also provide information on the Ports visited with a handout on Port Details as you arrive. Towels are also whiter and fluffier on P&O. Would I go back to P&O, no not after this experience, it is definitely a class or 2 above P&O and will definitely use Celebrity again although will use Concierge Class not Aqua as this Cruise. Did not find any advantage with Aqua, dined in Blu once and much preferred San Marco Restaurant Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Let's face it. A 14 day cruise from Shanghai to Singapore for under $1,000 is a no brainer. Thought the charge ($270) was quite high for WiFi. Shore excursions pricey. Drink packages expensive. Mandatory tips. Shops concentrated on ... Read More
Let's face it. A 14 day cruise from Shanghai to Singapore for under $1,000 is a no brainer. Thought the charge ($270) was quite high for WiFi. Shore excursions pricey. Drink packages expensive. Mandatory tips. Shops concentrated on very expensive items. But here's the deal. 14 days to fabulous ports and they are still charging what they probably charged for a cruise like this 10 or 15 years ago. They have to make money somewhere and it certainly wasn't on the price of a ticket. Food was very nice and waiter (Mario) was excellent Friendly crew and Captain. Cabin attendant pleasant. Buffet was probably good but I'm not big on the Hometown Buffet concept (all you can stuff in your mouth). Made some nice friends and was very.lucky who they seated us with for dinner. All in all I would do a cruise like this over again in an instant. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We stayed in Singapore the night before in the Copthorne riverfront hotel where we were able to walk along the river before being picked up by taxi at 1pm. Embarkation was very quick as we are elite we were put through a short queue. With ... Read More
We stayed in Singapore the night before in the Copthorne riverfront hotel where we were able to walk along the river before being picked up by taxi at 1pm. Embarkation was very quick as we are elite we were put through a short queue. With all visas checked and in order we were onboard within 1/2 hour. Cabin was available when we boarded at 1.30 and cases arrived about 4 in time for muster which was crowded but quick. the cabin 1126 was excellent, just what we ordered, peaceful and kept very clean with a good shower. Being elite we had cocktails and canopies from 5pm. it was good to meet over a drink before dinner, Chris the captains club manager mingled as did many other officers We had 1st sitting in the main dining room. food was always very good and our waiter made sure that we were happy with our meals every day breakfast in the Oceanview was where they serve the best poached eggs and egg Benedict sometimes we had breakfast in the dining room The best ice-cream at sea is available all day in the oceanview and always served with a smile entertainment was varied with only one bad night and that was the Elton John tribute, half of the audience had got up and walked out of the 1st show. there was music and bands or games to attend so plenty going on. By 11 the ship was very quiet as the cruise was port intense we booked 4 excursions before we left home through the celebrity site when we saw the 30% off we did find extra excursions when on ship and changed our basic trip to Cochin to a longer and fuller itinerary which included a boat trip, they refunded the money paid and i rebooked, so it worked out well. Staff from the ship were on the trip to help out and i must praise Spicey from the children club , who supervised with such care we loved the tea plantation trip in Sri Lanca We did the Mombai on the Move on the 1st day in Bombay which included a train journey and on the 2nd day the markets . both trips were very informative and enjoyable Goa we stayed on board and enjoyed the facilities At Muscat we docked in the town and so walked as we had been before. the souks are very near with cafes along the sea front . this was a very pleasant place to stop and just walk Dubai we have also been to before. most people on the ship booked the open top bus Phuket was by tender straight into the town, tender was very quick both ways and as it was our 1st stop we just walked in the lovely sunshine along the beach front We loved this cruise, we had a good itinerary, met some lovely people and found that the staff onboard were the most friendliest that we have encounted Our flight was not till 2.30 am so we booked into the Millennium hotel which was opposite the airport and they provided transport back at 11pm. That was better than staying at the airport all day Cruise was booked with Alana at Cruise.co.uk who looked after us and made sure that we had the correct visas etc and was always available for advice Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have done many celebrity cruises and this itinerary was a good one for us. Yes the ship is a bit tired but that did not distract from our enjoyment at all. Cabin was A2 Aquaclass which was fine but we suffered from overhead ... Read More
We have done many celebrity cruises and this itinerary was a good one for us. Yes the ship is a bit tired but that did not distract from our enjoyment at all. Cabin was A2 Aquaclass which was fine but we suffered from overhead noise at all times of the day and early mornings, but being under the pool deck what does one expect! Our cabin attendant Robert was fabulous. Dining in Blu was good, not very good as we’ve found before. Lobster was delicious on lobster night and our filet Mignon was great, but other meals were just ok. Desserts a huge let down. Night time entertainment was some of the best we ha d seen on Celebrity for years. There were only two nights ( Elton Jack and the first singer and dancers show)that were terrible, the rest were brilliant. Disappointed that the late night show supposedly on our final night was cancelled at the last minute. This upset our whole plan for the final night as we thought we’d go to the early Beatles show, after an early dinner, then have time to put our bags out then see the late show Allearia at 10 pm. Should have known this plan would fail as never ever seen a late show put on on our last night , EVER! Activities during the day on Celebrity are pitiful! Trivia, bingo, art auctions, sales, sales, sales, dance classes round the pool for 15-20 minutes, Officers versus passenger bag drops, golf putting, volley ball all done by the pool with blasting music, HATE IT!, and another reason to change ship preferences. Thank goodness for the solarium, where quiet reined! The selection of artists for onboard music was excellent, loved the Acoustic Duo especially but they had a range of music to suit all tastes including classical, fantastic. Captains Club host Chris was wonderful and our drink waiters in Reflections Lounge,during CC drinks 5-7, Amik and Valentine were wonderful as was Kadek at cocktail making. Service we thought was excellent throughout the ship. Did all shore excursions ourselves but got feedback from several Celebrity excursions from others, some very good, some dreadful. All ports were fabulous. We did a cooking class in Patong, Thailand with Pums cooking school and restaurant which was fabulous. Colombo Sri Lanka took a Tuk Tuk tour with Tuk Tuk Safaris, again a wonderful way to see Colombo. Then had lunch at the Gallery Cafe, Geoffrey Bawa’s restaurant in a beautiful garden setting which was delicious and cheap. India we had three private tours booked with our Cruise Critic group, in Cochin, Goa and Mumbai. We were booked with Lijo at Muziris Tours. All were fabulous and we got fabulous guides in Goa, Edgar and in Mumbai Infan. Both guides brought our tours with them to life. Muscat we had a private car tour with 2 others from CC for 4 hours. Brilliant and saw all the things we wanted to see. Khalifa was our guide and was very good. The Grand Mosque was fantastic. Dubai we didn’t get off except to go through immigration. This made getting off in Abu Dhabi a breeze. The best- the wonderful hard working staff entertainment at night and music on board Our cabin attendant Our CC waiters Lobster and filet in Blu The bad Lack of any newspapers now for anyone, told to watch BBC and CNN!!! Really- how much Australian, New Zealand Canadian, French, German news does Celebrity think we get from these stations!!! All to save paper, yet we can get three invitations the same night from Art Auctiions about their sales! There were more Brits and Aussies on this cruise than US passengers but that didn’t mean any newspapers! Overall, we had a fabulous cruise due to the itinerary and the people we met, but we find the loud music in all venues the sell, sell, sell just spoiling our overall enjoyment of Celebrity now and we will be looking at other lines that meet our needs better. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Family of 4 in 2 ocean view balcony cabins. We have sailed on Connie before . The public areas are very clean and well maintained. The staterooms are showing their age, however very clean. She is booked for a refit later this year. This ... Read More
Family of 4 in 2 ocean view balcony cabins. We have sailed on Connie before . The public areas are very clean and well maintained. The staterooms are showing their age, however very clean. She is booked for a refit later this year. This will put more life into this beautiful ship. The staff are probably the best we have sailed with. The food in MDR was a very high standard as was the buffet. We had a drinks package ( not premium ) which was very good. We had one meal in Quisine, this was very interesting, but we ate far too much food ! Ordering was an experience in its self, but that is the idea of this restaurant. The entertainment crew worked very hard. On board singers and dancers very excellent, would have liked to see more of them. Their afternoon Broadway singing show was as good as any show I have seen. Guest performers were mostly very good. 1- Singapore. Arrived 1 day early. Pre booked a taxi in uk which did not arrive. The taxi rank at the airport is very efficient and much cheaper than we paid in uk. Lovely city , we need to explore more. Just managed the hop on / off bus which was good value. Taxi driver recommended a local restaurant / cafe called chin chin- the food was delicious and cheap- we were the only non local people and they were very happy to serve us. If you just want good food would recommend- but it is like a cafe. 2 - Phuket- ship tendered. Pre booked a tour in uk with Go Phuket. Guide arrived promptly at 10 am as stated. She was lovely and we had a mini bus for 6 which gave us a very interesting tour of the area and included a beautiful meal at a very clean beach front restaurant. Would 100% recommend this company, very good value. 3- Columbo Sri Lanka- very busy town. Pre booked a tour called Tuk Tuk Safari. This was amazing and we felt like royalty - the ladies given flower garlands and a coconut to drink. Also snacks and cold beer provided. We were transported around the city to see the temples and markets. Lunch also provided in a local curry house served on a leaf. I paid £136 for 4 of us and it was a highlight of our trip. 4 Cochin- immigration was very organised and we were off the ship very early. We booked a trip via a company called carnival on a house boat. It took about 1.5 hour to get there. The bus journey was interesting as this is a very busy place. The house boat tour was 2.5 hours with lunch prepared on the boat. It was very tranquil, but maybe a little too long. However very cheap in comparison to the ships tour which arrived and left at the same time. 5- Goa- Our room attendant was from Goa. We wanted a beach day and he recommended Majorda beach. We paid for a taxi at he port. The taxi booking spot is next to the money exchange just off the ship. We paid £30 ( on card ) 45 min drive to beach and the driver waited. It was lovely with shaded sun beds. Free wifi from the bar. Lots of beach sellers who pestered until you bought from them. The clothes however were very nice and cheap. Mumbia - 2 day stay. Booked a trip in uk with Amaze tours. Our guide was brilliant. We were in a private taxi and he took us everywhere the ship trip went to for a fraction of the cost. On day 2 we did the slum tour with the same company, also had a train ride as part of the tour. This was so interesting and we all enjoyed it. Mumbia was mostly very clean, noisy, colourful and very interesting. Muscat- we just walked into the town to the Souk. There was a hop on / off bus which was expensive. The town is clean and looks stunning from the ship. Dubai - Docked at 12. We had a free transfer to the mall on the hop on /off bus from the port but decided to buy a day ticket. It was expensive for 4 . Approx £55 each. The are 3 routes and we only managed 2 in the time we had. This was a shame as Dubia is amazing. I think it would have been better to miss MUscat and have 2 days in Dubia. Will need to return. Abu Dhabi - did not see as we flew home from Dubia so just got a taxi to the airport. 1.5 hours transfer and very reasonable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise because of where Connie was taking us, we hadn't been to Colombo, Cochin, Goa, Mumbai, Muscat or Abu Dhabi. (We had been to Phuket and Dubai several times before). After reading many reviews about Connie ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of where Connie was taking us, we hadn't been to Colombo, Cochin, Goa, Mumbai, Muscat or Abu Dhabi. (We had been to Phuket and Dubai several times before). After reading many reviews about Connie before, we really didn't know what to expect as there were so many conflicting reviews both good, bad and ugly. So I've decided to write a review on our experience on aboard and Connie in general. Connie herself is in great shape, nice and clean and everything was working on board, with no smells. In regards to activities onboard there were many choose from, but we chose to relax and just take in the sun on sea days and venture out when docked at all the ports. In regards to Shore Excursions we did choose one from the ship, but it turned out terrible so we complained and received a 30% refund. To be fare to the Shore Excursion team it was the tour guide who was terrible not the places we visited. Cabin, WOW we had no idea that it was going to be that BIG, we had an Oceanview Category 4 Stateroom Number 8003 and our cabin attendant was absolutely superb. Dining was easy, we just rocked up and asked to sit with 6 other guests and within a couple of minutes we were seated and every night apart from 2 nights we sat with different guests and the food was great, we tried just about everything they had on the menus, with top service all around. Entertainment on board this cruise was really really good compared to some horror stories we heard, in fact all over the ship the entertainment was good. The Ports, well what can I say they were simply fabulous, Phuket jus simply laid back and just did what we wanted to do that included catching up with friends (using free Wifi of course), Colombo it was a pretty place and would like to go back again and spend more time, Cochin, well we kind of liked it but Goa and Mumbai were much much better and overall we thought India was kind of organised chaos. Muscat was a beautiful city where the mountains reach out and touched the sea and the city and harbour met. Aub Dhabi, did'n really do any thing for us, it looked like another suburb of Abu Dhabi. Now for the best part, on Connie there is this special place called the Martini Bar, we lived there every night of the cruise just meeting the most loverly people you could ever meet from all over the globe and the 4 bar tenders put on the best Martini/Cocktail shows I ever seen, pouring 15 Cocktails in one go, it was simply the best, well done lads. Overall we had a WOW of a time on Connie will be sailing on her again in the very near future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Chose cruise because of itinerary but also because of good experience of good previous Celebrity experience. Great cruise. Singapore to Dubai via India. Our 3rd celebrity cruise but first on a Millennium class ship Embarkation in ... Read More
Chose cruise because of itinerary but also because of good experience of good previous Celebrity experience. Great cruise. Singapore to Dubai via India. Our 3rd celebrity cruise but first on a Millennium class ship Embarkation in Singapore very slow but disembarkation very efficient. We had 2 nights in Singapore pre cruise and 2 nights Abu Dhabi post cruise in our cruise package from Iglu Cruises. Hotels good and all but one private transfer went smoothly. Very happy with ship. Never seemed crowded. Preferred dining room layout to the Solstice class ships. Not the same wow factor admittedly but seemed roomier. Food excellent. Great variety, particularly in Ocean View buffet restaurant. Best buffet we've experienced. Service in main dining room a bit slow at times but good otherwise. Think the kitchen struggled to cope the nights there was an extra special cook to order dish. such as lobster or Beef Wellington. Very friendly crew. Must have said Good Morning about 20 times on way to breakfast!! Entertainment - high quality guest artists and varied shows. Ships own productions ok. Best was the Broadway Show, particularly Les Miserables. Loved the Modern Strings duo who played at various venues around ship and the guitarist. Lacked enrichment talks about the countries we were visiting. "Beyond Podium " talks apart from one on Buddhism not relevant to itinerary. Ports of Call talks more about selling excursions than giving information about the country or port. Loved Cafe al Bacio. Went there most afternoons and had quality coffee and yummy cakes. Staff particularly Marren and Anastasia very attentive. Enjoyed the Modern Strings duo music there too. Bliss! Cabin great. Outside on deck 3 midship. Comfortable and bright with large circular window and no higher deck overhang. Good sized shower and nice built in bathroom furniture. Cabin in good convenient location. Kept perfectly by our steward Yacob. Atrium a bit dull looking and lacked atmosphere compared to Solstice class ships. Rendevous bar decor a bit dull too but that may be addresses in the upcoming refurb. Would be nice to have a Piano Bar in Atrium or something to give atmosphere. Most attractive bar area was deck 4 martini and crush bars but very popular and hard to get a seat there. Pool area and top decks had plenty of sunbeds but finding shade was difficult. More areas with sun canopies would be good. All in all a wonderful experience. had forgotten how good Celebrity is since 6 years since last cruised with them. Will be back! Thanks to Celebrity and to our travel Company Iglu, who were most efficient at organising the whole wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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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