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4 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Middle East

We choose this cruise to see India. The ship is very tied and rusting , worn carpet , wooden seats in the dinning room with joints coming apart. The crew do try very hard and give u 110% in effort. The entertainment director is getting ... Read More
We choose this cruise to see India. The ship is very tied and rusting , worn carpet , wooden seats in the dinning room with joints coming apart. The crew do try very hard and give u 110% in effort. The entertainment director is getting away with being payed for sitting on his backside all day. the onboard day time entertainment was non exsistant compared to other cruise lines.There was more entertainment to be found in the casino than over the whole of the boat. The nightly shows in the theatre where great if u where in a nursing home and had not seen any entertainment for a while, really who do they think they are giving us a acrobat show which a 11 year old could perform. Every night at dinner it was a toss of a coin to see if ur drink order would arrive in 30 minutes or under or would arrive at all. The cabin steward did a fantastic job and congratulations to him cabin 9131. The food was the same day in and day out, the quality of food okay but not outstanding. When u travel aqua class and have your own designated dinning room u don't expect to have to wait up to 3/4 hour for a table.The cruise would have been excellent if I had traveled in a inside room, but having table for aquas class I was very disappointed and will never cruise with celebrity again. No one even wants to listen on board when u are offering constructive criticism. Felt very let down and ripped off. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Let me start by saying we love Celebrity and have cruised with them over 20 times. Yes things have changed over the years but the company must move with the times and keep up to date with their offering especially when there is a muti ... Read More
Let me start by saying we love Celebrity and have cruised with them over 20 times. Yes things have changed over the years but the company must move with the times and keep up to date with their offering especially when there is a muti national clientele like on this cruise. We embarked around 11-00. The signage wasn't as good as it is at many other ports, and there was a long line putting their hand luggage through the scanner. Other people were coming off coaches and being directed differently to add to the confusion. Once we got to the right desk embarkation was slick. My daughter was in a wheelchair for boarding and along with others in wheelchairs trying to access an elevator on board. We were surprised to see other able bodied passengers pushing past the wheelchairs to access the elevators. We used the stairs and met our daughter in Michaels. Megan was a gracious host and quickly resolved our questions. The bar staff in Michaels were also very accommodating obtaining our favourite drinks for us. Luminae was as always a fabulous relaxed atmosphere with great Matre'D Taskim, Sommellier Dragana and all of the wait staff doing a great job. On every cruise their are some things we try which we haven't tried before, and others we aren't as thrilled with. On the plus side the silent disco was fantastic, great fun. The movie on the pool deck with headphones so no one else was disturbed was also a good innovation for night time entertainment....shame no bar service! The live music in the bars was also very good. In particular the classical duo played very well and were wonderful to listen to. Please Celebrity keep a wide range of live music on board to suit all tastes. We used to love the production shows but this time they were disappointing. A mish mash of popular songs with little to link them, the pantomime show being particularly odd with parodies of gay people I found distasteful. The Beatles tribute and the Musicals singer (sorry cant recall his name ) were particularly good. We decided to try the adult late night game shows this cruise. I don't think we'll be doing it again. They were just cheap and smutty....Not modern luxury celebrity more like a race to the slime! The ship was in good shape and the Martini bar was the liveliest venue. The bar staff were fantastic. Rhory was great and we went to a mixology class with him where we had a great time. We were taken to dinner in the Tuscan by Sinisa Micetic(Guest relations manager) and Oswald Harbrecht (food and beverage manager). The food and service in the Tuscan was just excellent. Our stateroom was well maintained. The shower door was a little heavy to open but otherwise we were very well looked after by Nash and Maxime. We loved all the ports on this trip which offered a variety of things to see and do. For us, having visited Dubai previously our stay was a little long. Maybe a couple of other ports would enhance this cruise, although for most people the sunshine was enough! At each port there were lots of options for taxis and tours. We used sunshine tours Oman and local taxis elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Prior to the embarking the cruise we arrived in Abu Dhabi a few days in advance to beat jet lag (long flight from Canada). We stayed at the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, and loved it. Great hotel for a reasonable price in a good location. We ... Read More
Prior to the embarking the cruise we arrived in Abu Dhabi a few days in advance to beat jet lag (long flight from Canada). We stayed at the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, and loved it. Great hotel for a reasonable price in a good location. We were also quite surprised at how much we loved Abu Dhabi in general, and in particular how green it is (I guess that's what happens when you use 250 MILLION gallons of water a day just to keep the city green). No sign of the desert unless you look for it. Embarkation was the best we've ever experienced at any port world-wide. Great terminal building and super smooth process. We guess from the time we got out of the taxi, it was only 15 minutes until we were on the ship. Fast, friendly and efficient process. For context, my wife and I are 47 and 46 years old, and unfortunately due to a progressively debilitating disease my wife now requires a small mobility scooter (yay Travel Scoot!), and therefore we were in an accessible deluxe veranda cabin (category 2A). She also maintains a strict diet to try and moderate the disease and that requires no gluten, dairy or egg. So a lot of my remarks and comments will have an accessibility component and will may also mention food as it relates to these dietary restrictions. As with all Celebrity cruises we've been on (see my signature), the staterooms were not ready until roughly 1:30 PM, so we relaxed on deck in the sun. On that note, the weather on this cruise was nothing short of spectacular. Sunny, calm and NO clouds every single day with temperatures around 27*C (80*F for Americans), although there was fog/haze a couple times. Prior to going to our room we went for lunch in the buffet, which was a big disappointment compared to the Solstice class ships were are used to with Celebrity. It is the more traditional style buffet, with food on two sides of the ship arranged in a long single line, along with an area at the back of the ship. It is not too intuitively laid out, and makes it difficult to see what is available without taking a complete tour all the way around both sides. For those with mobility issues, this is problematic. It also lends itself to feeling more crowded than the Solstice class buffet design. Combine this with a more crowded feeling tables area and less tables outside on the back deck, and the buffet area was not our favourite [albeit still better than the Carnival cruise we were on]. The food however, was very satisfactory, and they were more than happy to cook something especially for my wife if she couldn't have things on the actual buffet. Our stateroom, being accessible, was huge. We figure it is similarly sized to a suite or much higher category room. However, not having automatic door openers was extremely disappointing and lead to less independence for my wife. The stateroom itself, while showing some wear was nice, although the mattresses could use replacement. The balcony was also huge with a nice ramp to access it. As for public rooms, we liked some and disliked others. The main lounge on deck 4 was fantastic and we had drinks in it almost every night before dinner (and listened to the Joe and Liv Duo, who were fantastic). Similarly Cellar Masters was excellent, and actually better than on Solstice class ships, however we only had drinks there once as the string duo would lull you to sleep. We also loved the martini bar, but it was so small it was difficult to get a table to enjoy a drink. Cafe al Bacio was consistently busy and very well done. Sushi on Five was beautiful....but empty! Accessibility inside the ship was generally OK, but the doors were a huge issue. Instead of automated doors, like on the Solstice class ships, they were typically the older style push/pull doors....and heavy! This was also true for accessing the exterior decks, and that was difficult. For older people they had a really hard time opening some of the doors even when the ship was stationary. Similarly, the public restrooms did not have automated door openers and were very poorly designed inside (but very clean). Very unfortunate design for accessibility purposes, some of which should have been rectified in dry dock but were not. I'll devote a separate paragraph to the pool areas. While decent they were wholly inaccessible. This meant my wife couldn't enjoy lounging in the water or walking in it. There were stairs to get up to the pool level in the solarium, then stairs to go down into the water. Similarly the main outdoor pool had many needless stairs. This is simply a function of older design, however. New ship designs are eliminating such needless design features. Both pools were a bit smaller but very well used, but personally I didn't enjoy the solarium pool area at all (too small). The Aqua Spa cafe in the solarium is in an odd location and makes it more of an after-thought and hard to remember when thinking of food options. The hot tubs were nice and very well used, with cooler than normal water which meant you could stay in them for a long time and enjoy the sun. The itinerary was excellent: Abu Dhabi, UAE - 2 days Muscat, Oman - 2 days Khasab, Oman Dubai, UAE - 3 day All ports were very, very good, but Dubai is literally another world. Makes most similar things in the US seem small, older and inconsequential. You have to see it to understand what I mean. One surprising fact about the fellow passengers wasn't the vast array of nationalities on board, but the complete lack of Americans. Typically cruises anywhere in the world are populated by a tremendous number of Americans. Not this one! Had to really look to find any. I guess Donald Trump's rhetoric and lies about being unsafe in the Middle East must be resonating with most back home (and yes, that was a political comment). I should also clarify that not once on the entire trip did we feel the least bit unsafe. Quite the contrary, and the people in each of the countries were fantastically nice and helpful. You quickly learn in travel that a smile is a universal language. On to the food. We didn't try the specialty restaurants on this ship, as we've done Tuscan Grille, Murano, Qsine and Silk Harvest many times each on other cruises (and the cover charge is getting outrageous at $45 US and $50 US). Ocean Liners looked very nice though, and its menu was similar to Murano. Tuscan Grille had the new menu and a nice top level location. The San Marco main dining room was quite good. As is typical there were hits and misses, but in general it was very good. The service was fantastic, as usual. We actually liked the look and feel of the MDR better than on the Solstice class ships, as it was less crowded and felt quite upscale. Room service was OK, but they have limited the free menu so much in recent years it's becoming an afterthought. We did however order continental breakfasts from room service many days just to avoid the buffet disaster, and with the perfect weather it was great to eat on the balcony. Debarkation was as easy and effortless as embarkation. However, with a late flight to Singapore, we decided to take the offer to stay on board until 3 PM and use all the facilities. What a great idea by Celebrity!!! We still had to be out of our staterooms by 7:00 AM (yes, you read that right), as the ship docked at 5:00 AM but we simply went for breakfast and then went and laid by the pool. At 9:30 AM we were escorted off the ship, then given a visitor badge and whisked back onboard. Off to the pool again. Great way to spend a day compared to booking a day room at a hotel and having to deal with luggage and taxis multiple times. Overall, to conclude, we liked the cruise itself and loved the itinerary BUT would probably not sail on a Millenium class ship again (at least until they get some of the accessibility challenges resolved). Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We went with our son and daughterinlaw who have been on 5 other Celebrity cruises and this was our second one My wife had an aacident 2 days before we were due to sail, which ment she was in a wheel chair on the cruise. This was not ... Read More
We went with our son and daughterinlaw who have been on 5 other Celebrity cruises and this was our second one My wife had an aacident 2 days before we were due to sail, which ment she was in a wheel chair on the cruise. This was not a problem any on off the ship, All staff went out off their way to assist, without having to ask. When we were either getting on of the ship, staff always insisted they push the wheelchair. We could have not asked for anything more We dined at table 159 every night the waiters were fantastic, using the wheel chair didn't cause a problem. They were so good to us helping my wife to get out / in the wheelchair and placing the chair in a safe place. Their recommendations of the meals was excellent choice Staff in the ladies toilets were excellent helping my wife in the toilets, there was only one problem that if a member of staff was not present then I had to push my wife into the toilet (not very nice for me pushing my wife into the ladies toilet) Please consider making disabled only toilets available throughout all your ships This was our second cruise and once again the ship was spotless never any rubbish could. Been anywhere, not even a spot of dust or any finger prints could be seen. Staff were always about their cleaning duties. Safety drills were taking place when we were in Port Generally speaking what fantastic company Celebrity Cruises are to keep such a high standard on the 2ships We have been on, look forward to our next cruisein 2018 Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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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