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7 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

The stateroom was chosen on our previous cruise using Celebrity future cruise . We were meticulous in choosing the cabin. It was A1 Aqua. 1124 . The constellation dry docked in March 2017 and added a movie theatre on deck twelve right ... Read More
The stateroom was chosen on our previous cruise using Celebrity future cruise . We were meticulous in choosing the cabin. It was A1 Aqua. 1124 . The constellation dry docked in March 2017 and added a movie theatre on deck twelve right above this stateroom. Which was NOT shown on the deck plans when we booked . The noise from the movie theatre is incesant you cannot sit on your balcony without hearing the dialog,sound effects and music The movies only stop for around thirty minutes between showings.This goes on until midnight. It stopped us using the balcony for the duration of the cruise . Otherwise the cruise was magnificent and up to celebrity’s usual standards. Staff were super , food in Blu was fabulous and the ship had a good friendly atmosphere . If you like to sit in your balcony without noise this is NOT the cabin for you. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Here is my review of the August 28th 10 day cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. The cruise left from the Veice cruise port. Check in was fast; I was on the ship in 15 minutes. I had an inside cabin that was located at the far end of ... Read More
Here is my review of the August 28th 10 day cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. The cruise left from the Veice cruise port. Check in was fast; I was on the ship in 15 minutes. I had an inside cabin that was located at the far end of the front of the ship. Disadvantage was walking to the main dinning room located at the back of the ship. Afte 13 RCCL cruises this was my first time on Celebrity. The ship was an older model but still was well maintained. It had lots of wood touches and updated bars and service areas. We left Venice on the first day for a day at sea. Everyone settled in for a easy day to explore the ship. The ship has three pools; one being the covered solarium with the thesso type pool. The pools were next crowded. There were very few children on board because being a 10 day cruise and the ship had very little to offer children. Off to dinner at 8:45 the first night. My tablemates included two couples from the UK, a pair of ladies from Canada and a couple from Houston, Texas. Being a solo cruiser I felt I would be the outsider. The other couples welcomed me that first night and turns out to have been a great table for conversation. The table service left something to be desired with very slow service all the time of the cruise. We would get our desert at around 10:30 and it left little time to finish and catch the 10:30 show in the main theater. I saw 4 out of the 9 shows this cruise. Mostly singer and dancers. The one great show was a gentleman from the UK that played the saxaphone that was amazing. Because of the the diners finishing late the theater was about half empty every night. First port of call was Olympia, Greece; the site of the first olympics. The site had a museum and an outdoor area. Cost for the site was 12 euros. The town within walking distance of the ruins was small but it did have free WiFi. Next port of call was Santorini. The island was amazing but we had very litle time to really enjoy all it offers. I took a ships excursion that brought you to the top of the volcano to the town of Oia. Because of the number of ships in port the town which is one of the picture postcard places in the Greek islands was very crowded. The small winding streets were packed with tourists. I had lunch at one of themany restaurants that was overpriced but still worth the view. The excursion took us again by bus to a Greek winery for some samples and cheese. Last stop was the town of Fira for the cable car ride down to the ship. There was a long line for getting on the cabke car but considering the views and the town itself it was worth the wait. Some chose to walk the 600 steps down. Our next port was an overnight in Athens. Two days gave everyone to go into the city. I opted for the HoponHopoff bus from the port city of Piraeus. For 20 euros fortwo days it was worth the money. Athens is a very large city with the old and the new all packed into a very small area. The parthenon was my first stop but the crowds prevented me from waiting for a ticket to go to the top. I had lunch in the area of Monastiraki a beautiful section of Athens with outdoor cafes and flea market stands. Back on the bus I headed back to the ship. Second day in Athens I opted to stay on the ship. Next port was Mykonos. It has the look of what ervyone expects a greek island should look like. White and blue small homes and churches dotted the coastline. Again WiFi was available in the local restaurants for free. Next port was Corfu. Being a very large island with the main city of Corfutown; the island had a very different look than the two previous stops. The narrow streets and lots of shops made it iteresting people watching. I had lunch at an outdoor cafe that had the best moussaka dish I have ever had there. If you eat there it is called Aegli; claims to be the oldest restaurant in Corfu. Back on the ship for the final day at sea before returning to Venice I had a chance to photograph the interior of the ship. The ship is beautiful with the old style wood and classic looking decor. I was disapointed in the entertainment available compared to the RCCL Oasis class ships but the cruise director reminded me of how old the ship was and does not have the ability of do all the things an Oasis class ship can do. Ther was no piano bar to sit around; one thing I have enjoyed on RCCL ships. The entertainment consisted of soft rock bands playing in various locations around the ship, trivia games and other cruiser participation games. One thing Celebrity does is have guest speakers come on board. One gentleman gave three talks on the history of Greece and the islands. The second gentleman Ed Buckbee spoke three times on the history of NASA. Ed was around for all of the maned space shots from the Mercury to the Space Shuttles. As a big fan of the space program I had a chance to have breakfast with Ed. He was an amazing speaker telling us all the things about the original seven astronauts that most people never have known. If you are looking for agreat way of visiting Greece and the Greek islands this cruise is for you. The is a lot of walking in the ports and sometimes the cobblestone and marble walkways can be very slippery. Best not to wear flip flops off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We are a married couple in our early 40's. This is our 4th cruise and 2nd with X, the previous one being a Western Med cruise 3 years ago on the Equinox. We are fortunate enough to travel permanently but usually in a more budget ... Read More
We are a married couple in our early 40's. This is our 4th cruise and 2nd with X, the previous one being a Western Med cruise 3 years ago on the Equinox. We are fortunate enough to travel permanently but usually in a more budget conscious and adventurous way but we have done a couple of cruises recently to "treat" ourselves. We embarked in Athens, the ship was at the far end of the terminal and a lot of people were trying to walk there but were struggling, perhaps X could have communicated that better. Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on in no time with a glass of bubbles. Disembarkation in Rome was smooth off the ship but the free shuttles provided by the port were inconsistent and we ended up waiting for more than an hour. I know this is not X issue but you would think they would want their passengers final memories to be good and might help. The ship is a Millenium class and therefore not as modern or chic as the Equinox (nor as pricey though). The ship seemed to be in very good condition considering others were telling us it is due for refurbishment next year. The decor is more dark and classic then we have encountered on other ships. We liked it at night but found during the day it was too dark to appreciate the bright seas as you were sailing. The outdoor areas were also clean but the windows did seem very dirty - but not a big issue. The basketball court was half closed due to renovations. There is no full promenade so outside walking is limited to the exercise track which is ok but with all the lounge chairs and fellow passengers it was difficult to get your exercise in. Our cabin was similar to others we have had, the shower has a curtain as opposed to glass but it was fine. There was loads of storage space. The bed is technically 2 twins and not as modern or as high as others but we seemed to sleep well haha. Our cabin steward was great. Our balcony (7171) was slightly larger than the standard. The only real negative in the cabin was the entertainment system - it is very antiquated and slow to update. Unlike our previous cruises movies on demand cost money and were very expensive ($15USD!!!) and TV channels were very limited. It was not a big issue as we were rarely in the cabin but sometimes its nice to relax there - not sure what you would do if you were cabin bound with illness??? Dining - unlike other cruises we did not try the speciality restaurants as we are sailing on the Connie again shortly on a re-positioning cruise and will try them then. The MD food started very poorly but got better the longer the cruise went .. perhaps that is a strategy so you remember it? The Oceanview cafe was similar, the standard of food was very average at the start with only white bread that was stale and over ripe fruit. It improved overtime. The pizzas were very nice as was the burger bar. The only other free dining option was the cafe al bacio and it was only desserts. Compared to our recent HAL (Koningsdam) cruise - free dining options felt a little limited and the food quality lower and not as modern (but again it was much cheaper). We had the classic drinks package which is unlimited in terms of quantity but not in quality. What we found strange is that what you were limited on was not price driven - eg you could not have sparkling water but you could have much more expensive mocktails. There was early pressure to upgrade the package but this died down after a couple of days. Service - outstanding. This was the most disappointing aspect of our last cruise and the most impressive aspect of this one. In particular the bar service, it was always easy to get a drink with plenty of waiters. All our other cruises the barmen have been grumpy (maybe because their tips cannot be removed?) but that was not the case on this one. Our sommelier (Victor) gave the best service I think I have ever received and Marley in the upstairs bars was equally impressive. One incident though was disturbing, we had a barman make an insulting comment one night and we complained immediately to Guest Relations. I made it clear we weren't after "free" things as compensation but merely wanted the incident investigated. Clearly they took my friendly approach as a way of trying to sweep it under the carpet as I never received any apology or follow up even after complaining again management failed to turn up at the scheduled time and later simply apologised with no explanations. Considering my wife was insulted surely some gesture like a letter or flowers would be expected, even if I said we would not be causing any problems over the incident???? Entertainment - the Cruise Director was an entertainer himself and was simply amazing. The production shows were typical but enjoyable. The guest entertainers were mixed but none were bad. The smaller venue entertainment was not very good but we rarely saw it as it did not fit in with our schedule. Activities such as quizzes and dancing were well organised. We always had something to do and found the cruise a lot of fun because of this. One thing we noticed was the officers not as visible as on Equinox, not a big deal just noticed it but management was very visible compared to HAL and I think this is why overall service is so great. The itinerary was great - loved Israel and Ephesus. Malta was great but would have liked more time. We are travelling again on the Connie soon, provided we have no more nasty incidents would definitely sail it again. Not as chic as other ships but very comfortable and good value for money, there was always space and other ships should base their buffet design on this one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise firstly because it was terrific value for the money 2nd for the ports it was visiting 3rd because it was Celebrity and they are always on top of the game.The embarkation was in Venice and went smoothly we were soon on ... Read More
We chose this cruise firstly because it was terrific value for the money 2nd for the ports it was visiting 3rd because it was Celebrity and they are always on top of the game.The embarkation was in Venice and went smoothly we were soon on board drinking bubbly and being introduced to all the amenities the ship had to offer.Constellation is one of older ships in fleet but did not look it, everything was spotless.The crew from captain to the cleaners were all very good and all ways had a smile for you,service in the restaurants was excellent nothing to much trouble for them never an empty glass!!The food and choice was some of the best we have seen on any of the cruises we have been on,the only disappointment was the replacement of the creperie on five to sushi on five but it's a personal thing. Entertainment in the theatre was spectacular the shows were on par with anything you would see in London or NewYork,all the other groups and singers were very professional and very entertaining in and around the bars and public places throughout the day.All the ports of call had numerous excursions you could go on but we only did one ,that was the Amalfi coast trip it was amazing .Most ports Celebrity laid on courtesy buses to city centres to do your own thing.Would we go again with Celebrity? Most certainly was the fourth time and soon to be a fifth. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because of the ports visited and previous Celebrity experience. Food and service on board was 1st class. We appreciated arriving at ports of call exactly on time and the visit to each port was interesting and full of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports visited and previous Celebrity experience. Food and service on board was 1st class. We appreciated arriving at ports of call exactly on time and the visit to each port was interesting and full of variety. Ship entertainment was good overall, a couple of average 'turns' were balanced by several really good acts. Cabin was clean and well kitted out, staff cleaning promptly each day and they were always on hand to meet your further requests. Service in the main dinning room was excellent and the variety of options for evening meal also very good. Breakfast in the main dinning area was 1st class and the variety and quality of food available around the ship morning till night was 2nd to none. The shore excursions were quality and very informative. Bar staff were always readily available to meet our every requirements and our stay way made all the more enjoyable by the warm greetings given by all the service staff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for the ports of call and a chance to try out Celebrity. The ports of call were great, apart from Ravenna, it's miles from anywhere, but it's an opportunity for Celebrity to make quite a bit of money on ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports of call and a chance to try out Celebrity. The ports of call were great, apart from Ravenna, it's miles from anywhere, but it's an opportunity for Celebrity to make quite a bit of money on coaching passengers into town. We normally sail with Royal Caribbean and we thought that this would be a step up as Celebrity boast 5 star luxury. It was the opposite. Royal, overall are a far better brand. The staff aboard The Constellation were not very friendly, it was as if they didn't want to be there. I have never seen bar staff so unfriendly as on this ship, apart from a couple in the Martini Bar. The menu in the main dining room was far below the standard of Royal, not enough choice or variety. There didn't seem to be very much happening aboard the ship especially on sea days when you would expect some more things to do. The entertainment was very good, especially Joe and Liv, By far the best entertainers on any of the ship that we have sailed on. Celebrity lacks the wow factor that we have enjoyed on all our other cruises. The ship does not have enough meeting places aboard ship, everyone seemed to gather at the Martini Bar where there was never enough staff. As for Chic nights, that is a joke. It's supposed to be a 5 star cruise line but it wants us to dress down, if you want to dress down then go to a holiday camp. I'm not going to dress down because others wouldn't be bothered. What made this cruise special were the ports of call and the fellow passengers that we met. We are going back to Royal Caribbean. Goodbye Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Two ports drew us to this cruise. Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Both were wonderful. The ship is old and tired. The staff were friendly and with the exception of Leonardo on excursions were friendly and helpful at all times. Do not ... Read More
Two ports drew us to this cruise. Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Both were wonderful. The ship is old and tired. The staff were friendly and with the exception of Leonardo on excursions were friendly and helpful at all times. Do not look for fine dining unless you are prepared to pay more than your cruise price. It is good some night but on others disappointing. The real irritations are : - Unbelievable - poor old curtains in all the state rooms. Not clean. Carpets throughout looking as though they need a good clean. 69 dollars to play BINGO. ( three cards) 15 dollars to leave the ship to visit the port of call. Coach - one mile each way. No scoop of ice-cream on one deck unless you are in the captains circle. No proper cocktail glasses on one deck and you may find your cocktail in a tumbler. Internet to your stateroom at 315 dollars charged. Gratuities charged to the stateroom daily though we had paid these in advance. Some excellent shows especially the troop of dancers singers in two production shows and terrific Jane Curry guest singer. The other male singer was good also and very entertaining. All others were poor and not worth the visit to the theatre. Anytime dining was under stress as most passengers choose this. Feeding 1200 in a couple of hours with waiter service is tough on them. You spend more time inside as only on some decks can you walk outside. Staterooms are tired and poor and in need of doing up. The TV set worked but it was a struggle to use the various channels until we simply didn't bother. Photographs taken of you on board and off are sold to you at 30 dollars a picture. Absolutely dreadful and in protest four of us bought none. Though the ship is led by the wonderful Nina - senior officer - and her staff are a great crew - the charges and silly rules and tiredness make this a ship to be avoided until they spend money on it. There is nothing whatever for children on this ship. Sad but true - and you should not choose this one for a family holiday. Often the cocktails are made ( not so good). Some waiters make them very well. Training is needed to produce the right mix in many cases. There were some exceptionally good waiters outside on the breakfast area and in the main dining room. Waiters however would often butt in and interrupt conversations without the polite 'excuse me'. Our experience was previously with Princess Cruises but this is several years ago and I wonder if there has been a change in the way passengers are treated in the industry to extract more money ie. photos and short port bus rides etc... and that all are now the same. I wonder? The ports of this cruise were wonderful Venice to Malta and back but it is Croatia and Montenegro which both steel the show as Jane Curry did in the evening on the stage. Loved the singers and dancers - a new great troop. Trained in New York. Terrific. Such moments made it a good cruise but it needs the wow factor restored. Friends we were with were very disappointed indeed. It was very sad. They had paid a good deal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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