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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We can only travel easily during July due to our fifteen year old son's school and athletic schedule. The Caribbean holds no allure for us during the heat of the summer, we've done Alaska, and the Pacific is so far from the East ... Read More
We can only travel easily during July due to our fifteen year old son's school and athletic schedule. The Caribbean holds no allure for us during the heat of the summer, we've done Alaska, and the Pacific is so far from the East Coast of the US, therefore Europe is our preferred destination. This itinerary/ship seemed to be the best value that Celebrity had to offer for July in Europe, so after several other preliminary bookings on the Edge for this year, we settled on it in December 2018. We did 3 days in Barcelona prior to the cruise by booking a Celebrity City Stay Package. Hotel was nice and in a great location but the per person price was a little outrageous for a triple occupancy room. My son slept on a sofa bed that was left out the entire stay, leaving us little to no room to walk in the room. If I had been given the option of paying a single supplement, I would have, but alas Celebrity ignored my repeated inquiries prior to the cruise. I also am quite put out that having been notified we would NOT be visiting Sagrada Familia on our included city tour, I booked/pre-paid to visit on our own free time, then the tour guide took us there the final evening (as was stated in the original itinerary). Needless to say, I will NOT book a Celebrity City Stay package again (and indeed there were only 9 of us on this sailing who did) but will make our own arrangements. Boarding the ship was great--we were in a Royal Suite again (we have done the same on the Summit twice before) and the Constellation was so much like the Summit it was like coming home. I am actually glad that the Constellation had not been "revolutionized" yet. Everything on the ship was well-maintained. I don't need everything to be brand-spanking new and trendy to feel comfortable. The crew was STELLAR, as always. We love Luminae (our son only does dinner there--he prefers the buffet if he eats breakfast at all) and we were so happy to see familiar faces from our previous Summit cruises (Siraz, the sommelier and Armando who had been in Blu for our Southern Caribbean cruise). Being able to mix and match from the main dining room menu was also a big plus. Even though we had specialty dining included, we only ate in Tuscan Grill one night (meh...especially with Italian ports on the itinerary) and Sushi on Five for At Sea day lunch (yum). We have done Qsine before and it's not our favorite. We did miss Murano (was Ocean Liners on Constellation). I did get gelato at Cafe Al Bacio 3 or 4 afternoons, though. Got a pedicure on embarkation day (much needed but overpriced and the upsell pitch is unavoidable) and my son used the Gym equipment, hung with other teens at the pool but otherwise we did not frequent the spa/pool deck at all (except some late lunches at the Grill after excursions). Since we did an excursion every day in port and had only one sea day, did not get to maximize use of the ship's facilities. We were so tired most nights, we went back to the room after dinner (usually seated at 6:30 pm) and were lucky to be awake past 10 pm! Our son, of course, is a night owl and rarely came back to the room before 2 am. There were many teens on the cruise and he was well entertained--we even left him behind on the ship for 2 out of the 3 Dalmatian Coast ports since he was tired of shore excursions (said it was like being on a school field trip--too much history). I heard no reports of bad behavior from other cruisers and the ship's safety officer assured me they allow "teens to be teens" under watchful eyes. Our room steward and butler were accommodating and allowed him to sleep in the bedroom all morning while they attended to the rest of the suite. My husband and I only made it to one show in the theater (the last 30 minutes of the "Rock" show). We heard several of the shows were quite good. Our son went to the "Magic of Soul" hoping it was a magician or comedian (which we missed having on this sailing as well) and said he enjoyed the show anyway. We did go to the Rendezvous Lounge--the performers there were good (we could often hear them in Luminae, competing with the piped in music, which was distracting at meal time--wish they had closed the doors or turned off the piped in music) but not compelling listening. As always, there was those 1 or 2 couples who were putting their dance lessons to good use. We stayed for one of the Trivia games (Are you smarter than a Ship's Officer) which was entertaining enough to keep us awake. They seemed to be having a rash of illness among the performers during our sailing--several did not perform when expected. We went to our Cruise Critic meet and greet (nice to chat with others), Senior Officers Cocktail Reception in Micheal's on the second formal night (obligatory photo with Captain provided to us for "free") and couple evenings in Cellar Masters where we enjoyed a solo guitarist who interacted with us like we were the only ones listening (and we might have been) and also met a couple from the UK (Edinburgh)who surprisingly knew as much about the NFL as we did! We did Celebrity excursions for 4 ports (French Riviera x 2, Montenegro, Croatia), Rome In Limo private excursions for 3 (Florence/Pisa, Rome, Positano/Sorrento/Pompeii) and a Roll Call arranged Excursion (Slovenia-Lake Bled)with 14 others. I will review them separately but I will say that the only disappointing one was the Beach Day in Croatia--which Celebrity gave all participants a 50% refund after many complained upon return to the ship. I learned that, especially during the heat of the summer, 3 days pre-cruise and 5 port days in a row is exhausting to say the least. We'll either opt to stay on board in some ports or find an itinerary with more sea days scattered throughout for future cruises. Just hard to travel that far and not get off the ship! Unfortunately, it was raining in Venice the day we disembarked, which just added to the chaos in the terminal. Even though they have the Micheal's Club concierge escort you off the ship and have your bags in a separate location available whenever you want to leave, I saw no advantage for Suite guests. We had to line up with the masses to walk through customs (who did some random checks but were mostly just a bottleneck). Our intent was to take the People Mover to Piazzale Roma where our post-cruise hotel was, but ended up taking a Taxi for 40 Euro since we didn't feel like wandering around in the rain and he was right there at the exit and willing to take us (he was the second one we asked). We still had to haul our luggage over one bridge (3 sets of steps) but that's what 15 year old boys are good for, LOL. Checking into the hotel (Hotel Olympia) was crazy--lots of guests from our sailing checking in at the same time while folks on the next sailing were checking out and the rooms had to be cleaned). The lobby was wall to wall people and luggage--the bellman had to kick us out into the rain because there was no room to move. We explored and came back, drenched, after 2 pm when the rooms were ready as promised. It was actually a welcome change from the intense sun and heat we had every other day of the trip. Overall, we enjoyed our entire vacation, and came home exhausted but happy. The best part was meeting fellow cruisers (on land and at sea) from other parts of the US, Canada, Australia, UK, and South America. As always, Celebrity delivers a quality product and fully met our expectations. When something fell short, they fixed it in most cases, with the exception of the Celebrity City Stay Package (lesson learned). We put all of our travel nest egg in one proverbial basket for this trip and have no regrets--we feel we got what we paid for. I would not recommend Celebrity to a budget-minded traveler or someone who needs lots of excitement/over the top activities, but it suits our family's needs like a glove and is squarely in our comfort zone. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
we boarded Constellation 9th June and looking forward to several new excursions we had arranged for this cruise. We met our fellow Cruise Critic members as we sailed out of Rome, only a small group but very friendly. First stop ... Read More
we boarded Constellation 9th June and looking forward to several new excursions we had arranged for this cruise. We met our fellow Cruise Critic members as we sailed out of Rome, only a small group but very friendly. First stop Livorno, we joined a small group and went to Cinque Terre, wow, great day out, 1.5 hrs drive got us to Portovenere and from there the ferry to Manorola, the villages all picture postcard and hugged the coastline with the exception of Corniglia which is not accessible from the sea only by road or train as it is high up on the hills we took the train from Manorola to Veranazza, word of warning please get on the correct train. We didnt but realised and got off at the next stop and waited for the correct one. From there we had a ride with the guide to Corniglia, lunch and explored the town. We had a very good guide in Nicolo Scovenno who we do recommend. After Corniglia we had a 1.5 hrs drive back and called in at Pisa to see the Field of Miracles (the Tower) for those who had never been before. Back to ship, very tiring day but a very special tour, worth the effort. Word of warning, the villages are steep and it is strenuous to reach the carparks/train stations etc. Day 2 Portofino, still suffering the effects of the previous day, we settled for a stroll around Portofino, very picturesque and worth a visit. Sea Day, rest and relaxation Villefranche, Having been here many times we wanted something different to do and had read about Villa Effrusi, this turned out to be a great morning and well worth the visit. The villa belonged to the Rothschild family and was built around 1890 but now open to the public. There is a electronic guide for each room and is worth getting, all we did was leave a passport copy which was returned when we took back the devices. the gardens are spectacular and the musical fountains worth watching. it cost 15 euros each to get in. Use the 81 bus or a taxi which is expensive. Toulon we took another private group tour to the Lavendar Fields and Aix en Provence. We were just 1 week too soon for the full bloom of the lavender but the coloured haze you got the gist of what was to come, and Aix is lovely old town centre. Sete we took a ships tour to Nimes and Pont Du Gard. Wow the old aqueduct is truly amazing and the walk around the old part of Nimes to see the roman ruins well worth the effort. Sea Day feet up and relaxation Valencia - shuttle bus into town and wandered following a map, this is another old town and worth the effort to see. Palma - shuttle again and a leisurely wander around town. We have holidayed here before so relaxing day really no need to go further than town. Constellation is still a lovely lady, well maintained and very clean. The crew are extremely friendly and helpful. Our cabin Aqua 2 grade was very well kept with best cabin steward we have had. The entertainment was not to our liking, The shows we had seen several times so did not bother and the guest artists sorry but did walk out Now for the worst part of the cruise, the food in Blu. We have never eaten so much from the MDR menu which we had brought through on several occasions and my dearest husband has never had the roast chicken as many times as on this cruise. he did try the salmon which was raw in the middle, as opposed to the pheasant which was tough and overcooked and must have been chased around the deck a few times before it was cooked. I did try the duck with cherry sauce but unfortunately it arrived still quacking. My ultra sharp knife could not make any inroads into cutting it either, there was more blood than cherry sauce. My main course that night was a bowl of minestrone soup from the MDR. the chef on his walk around simply shrugged. when he was complimented on the soup he had to admit he did not cook that!! We were not alone in finding Blu a big disappointment on this cruise. The waiters however were amazing. Having been on Constellation several times we know that the kitchen can do better than they did on this cruise. Fingers crossed for September as we are going back for round 2 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Well, we have just returned from our first Celebrity Cruise in 5 years having spent the last 5 on P&O. We were onboard the Celebrity Constellation having done 3 cruises on the Silhouette when she was new. Our cruise was the Adriatic ... Read More
Well, we have just returned from our first Celebrity Cruise in 5 years having spent the last 5 on P&O. We were onboard the Celebrity Constellation having done 3 cruises on the Silhouette when she was new. Our cruise was the Adriatic and the Greek Islands Cruise from the 20th August for 10 nights starting from Venice. We had stayed in Venice for 3 nights prior to the cruise and organised all transfers ourselves. First impressions of the ship were very positive, and embarkation was very smooth and efficient. We were onboard at about 11.30am and had not had to wait more than a minute to check in. We liked the size of the ship and loved the fact that she had a large prom deck, though disappointed that it does not go all round the front or the aft of the ship. Our cabin was superb – we had Concierge Class 7203 which had a huge aft balcony with 2 sun loungers and a small table, a large table and 4 chairs. There was easily enough space for more! I would say that the balcony was about 15ft by 8ft at the least. The shades above made it very private and it was very quiet, with a mixture of shade and sun. We had been worried that the length of the balcony would make the cabin dark, but this was not the case and the cabin was light and airy. As travellers from the OK we were really pleased that we were asked If we wanted a tea kettle – and very surprised. A nice touch for us Brits! One thing that surprised us was that the cabin next to us was a family cabin and not another CC cabin. This was a surprise as had we realised this we would have chosen another one. No offense to anyone with children but in the school holidays it can be a lottery re possible noise with children on a balcony. Thankfully, the family next to us were generally respectful of others and quiet and we thank them for that. If we travelled in an aft cabin on this class of ship again we would check out what cabins are either side in case we were not as lucky next time. One thing that struck us about this aft cabin was that, unlike the Silhouette aft cabin and an aft cabin we have had on P&O’s Britannia, there was no juddering or vibration and when docking we very rarely felt anything. Connie came across as a very smooth, well balanced ship – if that makes sense. No soot either! Our cabin was comfortable, though some of the furniture a little worn and our balcony rail needed some TLC (but looking at the one nearby I think it was the next one to have some varnish!). The bathroom was excellent, and the storage space was amazing. We’ve never had a cabin with so much space to store our belongings! Have to say, the one thing that we both disliked was the full-length mirror that covered the wall right opposite the bed. Useless as a mirror to use to dress as you couldn’t stand far enough back and not at all flattering first thing in the morning (ha ha). We found the crew on the whole to be friendly and attentive. Staff in the bar areas were helpful and chatty but we did feel that they seemed a little understaffed at times and quite often it was far easier to go to the bar ourselves to get a drink than wait from someone to come to us. We found the perks from Concierge Class to be really good – we loved the special chance to go to the helipad on our sail in to Dubrovnik and some of the little extras we received. We would definitely go CC again in the future if funds allowed. The enhanced breakfast menu was excellent, and we made use of cabin service for breakfast a number of times. It was very efficient - though we wished that the times given to order went beyond 9 – 9.30am as some days when we wanted a lazy day we would have preferred a time after 10am (particularly when the clocks had changed an hour). We have to mention our cabin steward Neranda who was amazing – a superb advertisement for the cruise line and probably one of the best stewards we have ever had. His was polite, friendly, helpful, and thoughtful. His decoration of our cabin for our anniversary and bottle of wine was a lovely surprise and very much appreciated. In effect, it was thanks to him that we had a special cruise and we would very much like to meet him again on a future cruise. Dining. On our last cruises on Celebrity we found the food to be better than this time. We ate in Qsine on the first night and enjoyed the meal once again. We did think that the staff in there sometimes try too hard though – if that makes sense. We did not eat in the other speciality restaurants though – with Sushi on 5 not being to our taste and the menu in the Tuscan Grill not inspiring us at all. The food in the Main Dining Room was good when we chose, but we found that our choices were very limited, and it was a case of ‘which one item do you fancy tonight’. In fact, the MDR was the main disappointment of the cruise as we had chosen select dining and, on this occasion, it seemed chaotic most evenings. We expected to wait, but on one occasion our pager did not work, and we waited an hour or more with little apology when we gave up and went back to check. We sat in 3 main areas and service was hit and miss. 2 areas were ok(ish) but nothing special and some staff tried their best. Another one where we sat for 2 nights was terrible and everyone we sat with made the same comment. Service for the wine was hit and miss too – with the wine steward checking and topping up your glass in one area and no sign of them in the other. On 2 evenings we ate in the Buffet Restaurant and that was ok – we ate at the back in the open air and it was enjoyable. The food was good and the service very good and friendly. We used the buffet restaurant a number of times for breakfast and lunch in the late afternoon. We were never disappointed, and service and the quality of the menu was excellent. I have to say that the quality of the Celebrity buffet has been and still is way above any we have had on other cruise lines. We also used Café al Bacio several times for speciality coffees and, again the service there was excellent and the coffees very good! We are not a couple who tend to go to the major shows and prefer a walk around the ship after our meal and sit is a quiet bar. This time we found that the singers were a mixed bag. Sadly, we can’t remember are the names but the male soloist in the Oceanview Bar at the back was excellent (just as well as we could hear him from our cabin balcony), as were the group who performed most nights. A female soloist had a voice that was not to our taste (if that is a polite way of saying it) and it was not much fun listening to her trying to sing Whitney Houston! The string duet – well, words fail. The arrangements for the items they were playing really were not good and, though we both like classical music, we just did not like this duet at all. They certainly emptied some of the bar areas quickly and just didn’t seem to fit with the ‘vibe’ of the ship. The Movies under the Stars seemed good and in a good location at the back of the ship. We were going to make use of this but that will have to be another time! Drinks packages. We had a free Classic Drinks Package (if anything is ever free) and we used our onboard credit to upgrade to Premium when we boarded. We are unsure if it was worth the upgrade charge, but we found it easier to use, but had to keep a check on our bill on the TV as sometimes we found that we had been charged extra for some drinks. A mention must go to the Customer Service Team. They were excellent and though we had had a problem with one of our suitcases being damaged they dealt with the issue immediately and sorted any issues we had with our bill quickly and friendly. Shopping – loved the way that the shops were laid out and there seemed to be a good range of goods. A shame that they did not have a small shop for little odds and ends though. It may sound a small think but when we ran out of small packets of tissues it was a pain having to walk around Mykonos to find more. Surely the ship could stock more ‘must haves’ for passengers. Sun loungers – there always seemed to be plenty of sun loungers available, even on a sea day and the pool areas were well maintained and an idea place for a swim. One thing we did miss on Celebrity was the end of the day message from the Captain as we left port. I know that this is not a Celebrity thing, but it seemed strange not to have a message from the Bridge as we sailed away. We did see several Officers around the ship and they were always polite and friendly. On one occasion the Captain stopped to chat with us and that was a very pleasant surprise. Finally, the ports of call: Dubrovnik 2 days, Mykonos, Crete, Athens, Santorini, Kotokolon – what more can you say! All great ports of call with amazing opportunities for site seeing. We did some of the ship’s excursions and they were a mixed bag! Next year we will be doing a similar itinerary and will be checking out the chance to do more alone as we found the cost of the ship’s excursions quite expensive. To summarise our first cruise with Celebrity on one of their smaller ships – we had a great time as always. Looking back at the review there are some negatives, but these are generally minor issues and just our objective viewpoint having returned to Celebrity after a short time. Things weren’t perfect, but we have yet to sail on a cruise line where everything is! The test is would be go again and the answer is a most definite ‘YES’ and have booked again to go on Edge next year. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I enjoyed this cruise very much, which I took as a combination continuing education conference and vacation. For a ten-day cruise, it offered fantastic port opportunities, starting in Venice (we stayed in the Best Western Mestre on the ... Read More
I enjoyed this cruise very much, which I took as a combination continuing education conference and vacation. For a ten-day cruise, it offered fantastic port opportunities, starting in Venice (we stayed in the Best Western Mestre on the mainland, across the street from the Mestre train station, for an easy commute into Venice). Embarkation and disembarkation were easy and uneventful: the transfers to the airport were overpriced compared to what we would have paid for a cab (which was readily available, it turns out). We stayed in balcony cabin 9036, which was comfortable but had a curtain in the shower (and a clothes line--very handy for in-room laundry!). We are travelers who prefer the variety and flexibility of the buffet, which met our needs perfectly (plenty of salmon lox, omelettes to order at the stern eggs station, and a nice grill station for lunch and supper too, etc.). Be alert to the small signs if you are gluten-sensitive or need to avoid sugar, as the larger signs do not apply to all items in the area, I learned. We enjoyed the overnight stay in Dubrovnik, and would recommend taking a cab to the Old Town for an 8 AM start to the city walls walk (fee applies) before the heat and the crowds. At the port of Zadar, we took Celebrity's Krka River National Park excursion, which was a wonderful experience (shorter travel time than Plitvice Lakes). We also enjoyed the "Beautiful Taormina" excursion from Catania, Sicily, and would recommend a ship's tour due to the limited port time (9 AM to 4 PM). We would likely recommend a tour from Naples, which we found to be interesting but a bit gritty (it is absolutely true about the chaotic drivers running red lights despite pedestrians crossing!) as we tried to explore it on our own and in a guided Napolitours walking tour (suggest buy a good map, or have data and GPS on your smartphone). The authentic Neapolitan pizza was worth it, though! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Christmas Cruise departing Abu Dhabi and travelling to Oman and then onto India. Returned to Dubai for New Year and then ported back to Abu Dhabi. Family of 4 with two teenagers, 7th family cruise. Overall we had an enjoyable time, ... Read More
Christmas Cruise departing Abu Dhabi and travelling to Oman and then onto India. Returned to Dubai for New Year and then ported back to Abu Dhabi. Family of 4 with two teenagers, 7th family cruise. Overall we had an enjoyable time, but it was not amazing. The crowd was a little older and there were not a lot of families with teenagers in our demographic. My kids found a few kids but didn't really gel with a group unlike prior cruises where they have made longterm friends. There were a lot of English retirees on board, and nothing against them, but not really our crowd. There were quite a few sea days and to pass the time we went to the enrichment series "Inside the Whitehouse" - Melinda Bates - this was a fascinating lecture series and thoroughly enjoyed it. We went to trivias, game shows and all the nightly theatre entertainment. The highlight was the Whitney Houston tribute show - singer Ashlie-Amber who was ex American Idol. She was superb. Also enjoyed the magician and the Celebrity shows. Overall I thought the entertainment was very good. I would like to see a bit more organized activities for guests on board, particularly trivias and boardgames/cards etc. Trivia was hugely popular and could be run in different formats and more frequently. I didn't go to the pool area at all - but it was crazy busy and getting a lounge is a miracle. I heard stories that people were sleeping on lounges or getting them at 4.00am. Cabin 8023 & 8027 We had two interconnecting inside cabins on deck 8. Great space for 4 people, but for a cruise of this length we would probably opt for a sea view next time. Great for sleeping, but we have a tendency to loose track of time without exposure to daylight! Food The food on board was above average, particularly in the restaurant San Marco. We ate in the specialty dining on the first evening Tuscan Grill, but wouldn't do so again. Not worth the addition US$130 (with discounts) that we paid as not that much better than San Marco, IMO. We don't eat at the buffett that much as we find it overwhelming tending to stick to San Marco, even for lunch on some days. Husband and I take the drinks package with no alcohol, but mocktails and coffee. Jury is out if it is really worth it at $22 per day. It probably is because you don't hold back and order what you feel like. Kids take the soda package and I think they get value for money. PORTS We had private tours in all ports Pre cruise in Abu Dhabi really enjoyed our 4 days here - packed a lot in. Lourve is outstanding, desert 4WD on the dunes, the beautiful mosque, Ferrariworld was fantastic if you like that kind of thing! We stayed at the Royal Rose Hotel and it was excellent. Breakfast included too! Muscat, Oman was outstanding - beautiful port, lots to see, interesting Souk markets, fascinating city. Really enjoyed it and would thorougly recommend. Cochin, India - Private tour where we had a house boat down a river. It was relaxing, but took a couple of hours to get there from port (about 50kms). The city was very dirty generally. Goa, India - a disaster! - teenage tour guide on his first job who had no idea what he was doing. Underwhelming, dirty place, but maybe it was the guide. Apparently this is where locals go for there relaxing weekends (if this is the best they've got, feel sorry for them). We had an great lunch at a local restarant, got dropped off and had to fend for ourselves. It turned out to be amazing and noone got sick. Mumbai, India - wonderful guide, fascinating city. We really enjoyed this port. Lots to see and do, interesting history and architecture from British days. Dubai, UAE - we had been to Dubai before so didn't venture too far. We went to the Souks, river cruise and the wonderful Dubai Mall. Shopping will never be the same after you have visited Dubai Mall. Love Dubai - it is a happening place! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We booked this cruise during last years bogoho sale. We picked it mainly for the ports & that it covered 3 countries in the west Med. The unkonwn ports of Alicante, Spain and Sete, France were a plesant surprise which we thoroughly ... Read More
We booked this cruise during last years bogoho sale. We picked it mainly for the ports & that it covered 3 countries in the west Med. The unkonwn ports of Alicante, Spain and Sete, France were a plesant surprise which we thoroughly enjoyed walking around exploring. Not to mention the other ports were great with the exception of Marseille which was a disappointment and VERY dirty. - next time we.ll venture further a field. The crew and standard of Celebrity were of high class however the Constellation ship is a little "tired". We were expecting more of an update afetr the brief refurb earlier this year. It seems only the gift shops and high end stores were updated. Eg. Curtains in the Rendezvous Lounge had some rips in. Carpets worn in public areas. Music was loud from the bands. Wine glasses in the main dining room had water stains on all & you aeemed to be rushed thru your sitting. We had an oceanview stateroom 9001 on forward port side. Easy access to the gym, pool, bars and Ocean View cafe without any noise. Celebrity looks after most of our day tours which were great and you were guaranteed to be back for the ships sail that evening. The other ports we did our own exploring, mainly on foot or took advantage of the hop on hop off buses in town. All in all we had a great time. Met some lovely people from all over the world and hope to be back cruising again soon. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
The itinerary was quite unique and the time of year worked for our small group. The starting city of Venice was a must for our friends and we love Barcelona where the cruise was ending. The cabin was well situated and we had a huge ... Read More
The itinerary was quite unique and the time of year worked for our small group. The starting city of Venice was a must for our friends and we love Barcelona where the cruise was ending. The cabin was well situated and we had a huge balcony. The smallness of the ship made it easy to find our friends without always having to walk miles. Rich the cruise director was great. We travelled with 3 young adults who felt the crowd was a bit old, but that tends to happen when off peak and on longer cruises. They still had a fantastic time. We enjoyed trying Qsine and Tuscan Grill, where I personally got to have the best filet mignon I ever had. Check in was super fast at the port of Venice and disembarkation fairly smooth. The one issue we had a lot was errors on our bill more than once, which became quite irritating. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. We had very high expectations for this cruise as our cruise on the Equinox last year really set the bar quite high. My wife and I 32 and 37, respectively and consider ourselves “foodies” who ... Read More
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. We had very high expectations for this cruise as our cruise on the Equinox last year really set the bar quite high. My wife and I 32 and 37, respectively and consider ourselves “foodies” who enjoy some of the nicer things in life. Considering the majority of people on these cruises are older, I hope this review will help for the relatively younger people. Overall, I would recommend this cruise ship and cruise line as Celebrity does a great job generally. Here are the details: Ship: Definitely showing some age. The brown/tan with teal trim on our deck (9) didn’t even look modern for when the ship was built 17 years ago. It looked like 80s décor. A lot of windows looked like they hadn’t been cleaned in quite a while. Our room had a fair amount of dust accumulating in various areas. But we went through with some disinfectant cloths and cleaned it up quickly. No need to complain on the first day for just some dust. Bed was comfortable, balcony was average. Be aware that the pool is on deck 10. We were on deck 9 and at about 6:30am I would start to hear kids running around above us. My wife is a deep sleeper and didn’t notice, but I heard a lot. Service: Drinks: Get ready to wait for your drinks. This is not a jab at the bartenders, but rather the process that Celebrity makes them follow. It literally takes them as long to key in what you’re drinking as it does for them to make your drinks. I asked a few bartenders about it and they all agreed that it’s very frustrating for both themselves and the guests. Most of us bought the premium drink package, so why force them to take 15-20 seconds to chronicle what we drink each day? It can really become quite a laborious process. Food: We upgraded to Aqua Class and we bought the Specialty Dining package with four dinners, so we never ate in the regular dining room (San Marco). The service and food in the Tuscan Grill and Qsuine was top notch, as was the food. The food on Celebrity is fantastic and is one of the best selling points for us. We don’t go on cruises to eat as much as possible and we try to stay as healthy as we can while also enjoying nicer dishes. This is definitely doable on this ship. Blu is the other option for Aqua Class and above. The first night we got there at 8pm and were told it would be 10-15 minutes to wait. 20 minutes later, the host told us it could be another 30 minutes. We ended up going upstairs to the Oceanview Café and getting stir fry (which was great!). No big deal, but we ate earlier than we would have liked when we went to Blu because of the wait later on. Rooms: Our room attendant, Martin was fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and he was super respectful when we wanted to sleep in or when we needed something. Entertainment: My wife and I used to work in the theatre industry in NYC so we have seen a lot. We realize this cruise ship is not a Broadway theater, so we don’t set our expectations that high. The cast on the ship is great and really put on a decent show. The special guests they bring on throughout the cruise are FANTASTIC. We were blown away at the quality of the magic, singing, piano playing and comedy. After the show, we elected to go to the lounge most nights where we met our favorite bartenders (Adi & Jose Javier) and a bunch of new friends. The first night, I asked the DJ for a request. His response was “I’m in the middle of my set” and then told me he had already played a bunch of what I was asking for. I was very surprised by this reaction as the entire point of being a DJ on a cruise ship is to cater to the guests’ musical tastes to the best of your ability. He didn’t do that very well. However, he was a good DJ and a lot of people stayed up LATE dancing. Ports of Call: Venice (extremely crowded in August, but that’s to be expected), Dubrovnik (also very crowded but super cool and we spent a night docked there), Mykonos (rent an ATV!), Athens (get ready for long lines at the Acropolis and drink water), Santorini (VERY long lines for the cable car and make sure you have Euros- we had to walk up 600 steps because the ATM on board wasn’t working), Katakolon (get off the ship and go see Olympia!). Overall: Our time on the Equinox last year was preferable. I realize it’s a newer ship, but it’s still a fact. It was cleaner and better laid out. It seemed like the crew generally were happier. The gym was three times larger. However, we will look back on this cruise fondly and all the small annoyances will go away with time. I just feel that when you are paying thousands of dollars per person for an international cruise, the things I’ve pointed out in this review should be addressed. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We decided on the Jet Set Sail package. Really excellent service etc leaving from stanstead, but do think more could be done with regards to transfers in venice. Boarding went well, as includes priority boarding. Booked concierge ... Read More
We decided on the Jet Set Sail package. Really excellent service etc leaving from stanstead, but do think more could be done with regards to transfers in venice. Boarding went well, as includes priority boarding. Booked concierge class cabin, we had sailed with celebrity before and always chose this catagory We found the constellation an excellent choice. The recent refurb showed in the cabin and in other areas and we werent disappointed. The service, food and crew were all excellent. The only complaint we had was the groups of children that were allowed to run round the ship and in the bars at night. We witnessed verbal abuse from some of them when challenged by the crew and celebrity need to correct this. All ports of call around the greek islands were first class and disembarkation into the ports was swift and efficient. The restaurant staff were faultless and couldnt do enough for us. On return to venice, again the Jet Set Sail package was sadly lacking and the coach we were transferred in had major engine problems and we really thought we wouldnt even get to the airport. Marco Polo airport was chaos, definitely need more than the customary 2 hours prior to departure. But all in all a really great cruise and looking forward to travelling with celebrity again next year, keep up the good work. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise for the timing and destinations. We were a group of 16 people aged 8 to 83. With us we had 2 children with Celiac (aged 12). We had inside rooms and a balcony room all in front on the 9th floor. The staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the timing and destinations. We were a group of 16 people aged 8 to 83. With us we had 2 children with Celiac (aged 12). We had inside rooms and a balcony room all in front on the 9th floor. The staff was amazing, destinations were great all our dining was in the main dining room, Pool Grill, Oceanview Bar and the OceanView Cafe. I will start with the good, the staff is friendly, helpful and efficient, you can see that they enjoy what they do and they do their best to make your stay enjoyable, this applies to everyone starting at the room steward, the waiters, entertainment staff etc... Food was tasty and variety was very good, everyone in our group agreed that the regular food server was rated from good to excellent. Even though she is starting to show her age the Constellation is a very impressive ship. The ports of call were great, the destinations were fabulous. The OK, on board entertainment was good but activities were a bit on the weak side for the younger cruisers in our group. Although expensive the internet (onboard wifi) worked well. The so-so, Built in 2001 the constellation is starting to show her age in certain areas, some flooring around the pool had cracks, bed skirts were worn out, shower curtain rings had rust spots decor is a bit aged. We also had a short technical difficulty during which (about 30-45 minutes) none of the toilets in our area flushed. The not so good, even though we verified before we booked that they can cater to people (children) with celiac, and we confirmed during booking and reconfirmed by sending a special dietary form ahead of time and again by phone days before the cruise, the first few days breakfast and lunch were challenging (main dining room was organized). It took a conversation with the F & B manager and the head chef (who were very understanding and very nice) to get things going and unfortunately we were halfway through the cruise when we got to meet them. Without going too much into details we advise anyone with special dietary needs to go to guest services the first day just to make sure they are aware of your needs and expectations. Extras are on the expensive side of the scale. Overall compared to the offering in terms of value for money we found it to be OK as long as you don't go for the extras. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
chose this route as there was six of us and we all wanted to go to croatia, first the embarkation was very good streamlined, but having said that we did have quite a long wait at venice airport for a few stragglers and the celebrity ... Read More
chose this route as there was six of us and we all wanted to go to croatia, first the embarkation was very good streamlined, but having said that we did have quite a long wait at venice airport for a few stragglers and the celebrity agents didnt really know what to do it was hot when they eventually got us on the coach to the ship,they didnt even start the air con or offer us bottles of water which we thought was poor. Embarkation for concierge was good on board pretty smooth straight to special lunch and cases in room after that. Room very nice but in need of facelift lovely balcony, donny our cabin boy couldnt do enough for us to make the stay special as it was four special birthdays. Dining, that wasnt so good food pretty mediocre and not always hot when reaching the table so we started using the buffet which was pretty varied and enjoyable fresh cooked stirfrys were very good,deck 10 is the buffet and the wonderful oceanview bar where all the staff are very friendly especially Igusto who always remembered all our names and there was six of us!!! Unfortunately the Constellation is in need of a makeover and this showed in some areas,and to make matters worse on the fourth day there was an outbreak of norovirus on board and two of our party were unlucky enough to get this.Overall the holiday was very enjoyable pool area good but not much shade, we did not do excursions we made our own arrangements, entertainments were fine tho we didnt really do shows apparently they were good, service was very good in all areas nice touches with freezing cold towels round pool and when you were waiting to get back on board bottled water too, tho we did have a drinks package that is definitely worth having dont upgrage to premium classic is enough., would definitely go again..disembarkation just as seamless too Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We were able to get a good price for a concierge cabin. Some of the staff were excellent, others only average. This ship is showing it's age with dated carpets,etc. & there is rust showing up in many places, but the crew keep it ... Read More
We were able to get a good price for a concierge cabin. Some of the staff were excellent, others only average. This ship is showing it's age with dated carpets,etc. & there is rust showing up in many places, but the crew keep it clean & are generally obliging. I didn't like the piecemeal layout of the Oceanview restaurant, took quite a while to locate the various sections. The cabin & it's furnishings were comfortable, particularly the bed & pillows. Meals generally very good, steaks done just as requested. This particular cruise's destinations are sometimes hours from the ports, hence a lot of time is spent travelling. I amused myself for over an hour at one port watching the crews trying to recover the last two tenders in rough seas. It took ages for the captain to decide to turn the ship to give them a lee side. Theater cast were brilliant. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Having sailed on Celebrity ships before, we were expecting the standard to be somewhat higher. Normally Celebrity pitch their niche market a notch above their sister company -RCL - but this ship was not. It was a little tired in some areas ... Read More
Having sailed on Celebrity ships before, we were expecting the standard to be somewhat higher. Normally Celebrity pitch their niche market a notch above their sister company -RCL - but this ship was not. It was a little tired in some areas and the size of the bars and public areas were too small for the number of passengers on board. The cabin and public areas were bright and clean and the staff very approachable and friendly. The entertainment on board was excellent and the production shows were amazing , and some of the best we've seen at sea. Guest entertainment shows were also very good. The free "classic" drinks package - on offer with most deals -was a bit of a let down, with many drinks excluded , and martinis were simply in available to all classic package guests in the main ice martini bar. In the end , we upgraded to the premium package as we felt we were being treated as second class passengers in this regard. There was also a lot of hard selling of the drinks or upgraded drinks packages , and also the speciality restaurants . Upon boarding we were bombarded by staff making a heavy sales pitch! The buffet restaurant food was good altough somewhat repetitive on a daily basis. We missed however the service offered by Princess Cruises whereby staff came round offering to get your tea and coffee for you. We opted for " Select anytime dining" and this was our biggest complaint of all - you simply couldn't reserve in advance a table for two during peak hour -between 8- 8:30. CElebrity cannot compare to NCL in this regard. The tables for two in select dining were also on top of each other, and placed in lines , with no intimacy or privacy. In the end , we requested to change to set dining- late seating . To be fair, the Maitre Dee was very accommodating and eventually found us a lovely table This ship has now done away with " formal night " and replaced it with " elegant chic" While this appeared to be popular with passengers , I would have liked to have been advised of this in advance as I had brought 3 long formal gowns, and felt a little out of place- so ladies be aware of this. Tuxedos were also an exception rather than the norm! The embarkation and on/off boarding was well organised with no problems in this respect,- as was the tendering process. In summary, we enjoyed the cruise and made many good friends -probably because the venues were a bit smaller than our normal ships- allowing for this to happen.- so every cloud has a silver lining I suppose! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We had sailed with Celebrity previously (Australia & NZ) so when the opportunity to sail with them again to India, we jumped at the chance. Embarkation was very straight forward and we appreciated getting on board early so that we ... Read More
We had sailed with Celebrity previously (Australia & NZ) so when the opportunity to sail with them again to India, we jumped at the chance. Embarkation was very straight forward and we appreciated getting on board early so that we could have a "wander" as well as unpack before the emergency drill This meant that we could dress for dinner in a good timescale, which for those who are not regular cruisers,is not always the case. The overnight stop in Dubai wasn't of great interest to us as we have been there before however on the 2nd day, we made use of the shuttle bus to go into the city. This was ok as it took us to the Dubai Mall however the times issued by the ship seemed to have no resemblance to that used by the bus company. That seemed to be more "we'll leave when we want and come back when we want" leaving passengers hanging around both on the way in and the way back ! I am really glad that we have been to India however the New Mangalore stop wasn't the best and the tour that we took (through Celebrity) was expensive and not what we expected. Now this could simply be that we chose the wrong tour however we then did another one (again with Celebrity) in Mumbai. The guide was very poor. She was more interested in her schedule than letting us see what was supposed to be included ! I could go into a great deal more detail regarding the poor aspects of this tour however I won't bore you with what was not a particularly good experience. Suffice to say that Celebrity refunded part of the cost and we won't do any more tours with them should we decide to sail with them again. There are a number of reviews that already state the chaos of Indian immigration over the three days. I can appreciate that on the basis of this being the first time in the Indian ports, there was an element of uncertainty, however what I can't accept is the fact that immigration cards were issued to us for Mumbai, by Celebrity, that had't been stamped or signed. Utter chaos - and very poor administration and customer service by them. As other members have said, we were unable to dock in Oman (very disappointing) and went direct to Abu Dhabi and docked early. We were told that the gangways would NOT be open until dis-embarkation the following day. All very clear - until at 10.00 that night the public address system told us that everyone had to get off the ship to clear immigration ! 2,000 VERY unhappy passengers and not an Officer to be seen. Poor Celebrity - simply VERY poor ! Having said all that, our Sky Suite was comfortable (not big, but it is an older ship) and well looked after by our steward. We were able to eat in Luminae which was wonderful. The food was excellent and the the service could simply not have been better. The staff mixed the friendliness without ever forgetting what you needed etc. Will we sail with Celebrity again ? Maybe but I would certainly think twice about cruising with them on a maiden route. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our second cruise with Celebrity. Our group comprised my husband and I and our 21 year old son and 19 year old daughter. The itinerary was marvellous, we loved all the ports. "Connie" was great but not quite as good as ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Celebrity. Our group comprised my husband and I and our 21 year old son and 19 year old daughter. The itinerary was marvellous, we loved all the ports. "Connie" was great but not quite as good as Equinox. Felt a bit tired and dated and definitely more crowded somehow. A MUCH older crowd on board, again different to last year's cruise. I think this may have been down to the timing of the cruise. We upgraded to Aqua class for this cruise and I'm not sure if that was worth it. Eating in Blu was the main perk and Blu was brilliant, however the first 2 nights we waited an hour and almost an hour for a table. Upon complaining - this didn't happen again, we were seated promptly but all over the restaurant so we did not build up much of a rapport with waiters etc.. which was a pity. We mourned the loss of formal night. On one of the formal nights whilst eating in Blu my husband and son sat in dinner jackets and on the next table was a gentleman in jeans and polo shirt. Formal nights are now called something like "Casual Chic" euphemism for "anything goes". My advice is to treat all the nights in the same way as far as dress goes. We love the ship organised tour excursions for the quality of the tour guides, really excellent. However our fellow guests were another matter. There would be a great rush to get on the coach and we were always near the back of the coach which was absolutely fine except that others at the back ignored the commentary and talked (loudly) making it difficult to follow the commentary! One hoped to get nearer the front on the return journey to enjoy the return commentary however passengers reserved their seats. This exacerbated the crush to get on in the first instance. It was all a bit much really. These oldie cruise goers are quite something. The food and drink was incredible as last year. Getting a seat in the coffee shop was not always possible and getting a sun bed around the pool was tricky. Neither of these was an issue last year - We enjoyed it very much but not sure we will do this again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I chose this cruise for the price, date availability and itinerary. It was a long time since I cruised and was very excited I had the opportunity to take a Mediterranean cruise with my family. I was pleased with the overall cleanliness ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the price, date availability and itinerary. It was a long time since I cruised and was very excited I had the opportunity to take a Mediterranean cruise with my family. I was pleased with the overall cleanliness and ports visited. The food was good. The cabin room and crew was very good. Security was also very good. Every port going and coming back there was a full passenger screening. I loved the ice cold towels and cold drinks before entering the ship at each port. It was very hot and humid in Europe and alot of exploring left us overheated at times. The drink pkges, tours, and some other extras that use to be free wasn't free anymore. The main dining room meals and service was good. No more flamed Baked Alaska that would have been nice for my son to see. Still had lobster on the menu one night. I saw few smiling faces in the buffet and bar staff. They were constantly watch by their superior for cleanliness that they had no time to smile at the guests. Overall I would recommend this ship for the value and ports of call. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise for our group of 8 primarily for the itinerary. We have sailed with Celebrity a few other times and have had a good experience. We were reluctant to book on the Constellation based on other reviews, but all in all we ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our group of 8 primarily for the itinerary. We have sailed with Celebrity a few other times and have had a good experience. We were reluctant to book on the Constellation based on other reviews, but all in all we had a very good experience. We had one concierge room (8092) and three inside state rooms. The Concierge room was in a great location near the elevators and close to the Concierge desk. Embarkation was relatively smooth. We kept a couple of carry-on's and once on board, changed clothes and headed for the pool. We were able to grab a snack at the buffet and have drinks by the pool before the crowds arrived. On our first night we opted to eat at the Tuscan Grill since they were offering dinner at a 20% discount on the first night. The food was good and the service (with Angel) was fantastic. Several people have complained about the need for updating and we found most of the comments to be relatively accurate. However our room was clean as were the public areas, so that didn't impact us. Many others complained about poor service. Most of the crew was friendly any time we saw them. We had an excellent room attendant (Frederick) and our head waiter (Willy) was top notch. The concierge on deck 8 was a huge help to us on several occasions. Catarina in the coffee bar was very attentive and the staff in general was very pleasant. We did notice that in the main dining room the lady (don't remember her name) who took cocktail drink orders wasn't pleasant. We had a classic beverage package that was a "free perk" when we booked. That package was fine but didn't include many of the drinks I wanted to try. We ended up upgrading the package to a premium one (an extra $10 a day) and found it to be well worth the extra money. Interestingly enough, once we upgraded our package we noticed she became much more friendly. The food in the main dining room was relatively good. We had experienced much better food on the Equinox and on our Princess cruises, but the food was still pretty good this time. The portions were smaller than previous times, but we found them to be more than enough for us. There seemed to be fewer choices this time on the menu, but Willy did a great job with his recommendations. For three of the ports (Rome, Amalfi Coast and Venice) we booked a private tour through Shore Trips. I highly recommend them. It isn't cheap (but neither is Celebrity) but for a group of 8, we were able to do so much more than we would have had we spent our money through Celebrity. We also used Viator for a tour in Venice. We did book two Celebrity excursions. Kotor, was a nice experience. We did the three hour kayaking trip in the bay. We tendered at this port and then walked to the kayaks once on shore. We had ample time to kayak with a break for swimming and a snack. It's a beautiful port and one of our favorite places. Our other Celebrity excursion was in Zadar Croatia. We had booked a canoe trip down the river. However it was a 2 person kayak. The description that Celebrity gave for this excursion was not what we experienced. This kayak trip included a large waterfall where we had to abandon our kayak for it to be hurled over the waterfall while we climbed up a slippery hill and climbed back down again. One lady slipped and sprained her ankle. On another occasion we had to have one person get out of the kayak and carry the igloo of dry goods with a paddle along another slipped cliff while the other person went down a waterfall. It wasn't safe for both to go down that waterfall. We were rushed throughout this excursion and had no time to take a break for water, swimming or even enjoying the scenery. I definitely would not book that excursion again. As soon as we returned to the ship two different couples went immediately to medical. We over heard that we were dropped off in a location that they don't normally use, but whether or not that is true, Celebrity should update the description of that excursion. Entertainment was pretty good on board. We enjoyed the live music with the string duo and the house band. We also enjoyed DJ Lenny for the dance parties. We played trivia every day that we were back on time. The theater performances were fair although the comic was rude. We didn't care for that show at all. The casino was the same as it is on most cruise ships. The shopping onboard was disappointing. I didn't feel they had many choices as far as items like hairspray, dental floss, etc. Disembarkation was smooth and all in all, it was a very good experience. We look forward to sailing on this ship after it has gone through a refurbishment. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Never having cruised before, I chose this cruise for the itinerary and the positive reviews of Celebrity that I had read. On the whole I enjoyed it but there were some negative points too. Below is a summary of our views: GOOD: ... Read More
Never having cruised before, I chose this cruise for the itinerary and the positive reviews of Celebrity that I had read. On the whole I enjoyed it but there were some negative points too. Below is a summary of our views: GOOD: -Staff on the whole worked very hard and were friendly and courteous. Our cabin attendant, Barbara was delightful and couldn't do enough for us. Alex (Concierge manager) was also helpful. Ice cream man in Oceanview was hilarious. -The ship was very clean and our cabin was spacious and well equipped. -Food generally good, varied and plentiful -Room service very good and also prompt-lovely having breakfast on balcony! -Evening shows were of a very high standard-with many performers having been on the West End stage -Shore excursions were very well organised and the tour guides we had were excellent-very pricey though! -General nice touches like cold water and towels on re-boarding the ship -Embarkation, Disembarkation and general admin on the ship was efficient -Galley tour impressive and informative NOT GOOD: -The continual hard, hard sell from the minute we got on: -upgrade to this, buy that, internet package, so prohibitively expensive etc. So many expensive extras if you're not careful. Celebrity: remember we are on holiday, we want to relax and be pampered-not hustled -If you wanted to explore ports independently the shore excursions staff were very unhelpful, bordering on obstructive and rude, inferring each time it would be costly. difficult. too expensive, too far etc. -Very poor daytime entertainment. Watching someone try to sell you something every single day is not entertainment-it is an insult -We were excited to see that on our "at sea" day there would be pool games. Except the entertainment team couldn't be bothered to recruit the teams and it was dropped-with no announcement. We waited half an hour before realising it simply wasn't happening! -Really disappointed with "evening chic". Many people didn't bother. One man wore a T shirt and shorts! I really feel Celebrity should uphold standards and dress codes. If people don't want to dress smartly, there are other more casual options for dining. For the sake of those who make an effort (as instructed), please Celebrity, try to uphold the standards to which you aspire -The duo "Sugar and Honey" were absolutely awful. They were so depressing and sucked the life out of any potential atmosphere, no matter where they sang. Everyone around us thought the same, and my sister, who is currently on the same ship, says everyone on her cruise shares this view-as do the staff!! Seriously, it got so bad that on our last day we felt driven away from the pool by their dreary, repetitive, thin, depressing songs and went back to our balcony instead. Celebrity-please wake up and get rid of these two. We didn't find a single passenger who enjoyed this act and most found them downbeat and soul destroying. -Pre cruise admin (UK) was terrible. The website is only geared towards US customers, some info is incorrect (eg luggage tags are no longer posted), e-docs were issued several weeks late and phone calls are at an extortionate, premium rate. So in summary, good in (most) parts. Far less hard sell and improved daytime activities would go a long way to improving this cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We sailed on Celebrity Constellation's Eastern Mediterranean cruise from Venice. The airport is poor and under construction. Getting to the coach was difficult. Once in the cruise terminal building our embarkation was very smooth - ... Read More
We sailed on Celebrity Constellation's Eastern Mediterranean cruise from Venice. The airport is poor and under construction. Getting to the coach was difficult. Once in the cruise terminal building our embarkation was very smooth - but we were concierge class. The cabin was well appointed and our steward's were great. We found the facilities on the ship were very good. It's much smaller than Reflection, but we found that all the staff were very helpful and we loved the Sunset bar. We were part of a party of 8 and we all had a great time.The entertainment staff and musicians with only one exception were fantastic. The restaurants were good and as I got food poisoning in Montenegro, I found out that the on board medical staff were excellent. Our travel arrangements were ruined by the French industrial action but Celebrity got us there and back again. Having said that, if we ever see the inside of Marco Polo airport again, it will be too soon. The itinerary for this cruise is particularly good. Split was the highlight and should not be missed, but Slovenia is a gem and the Postonya caves were beautiful. The scenery in Montenegro is astonishing, but the roads are not for the faint hearted. We would recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Overall rating: Eight out of Ten! Booking: We booked this cruise directly through Celebrity UK on 6th Sept 2015 by paying a €330 deposit. The stateroom we booked was A1-1124 Aqua Class. The attraction of this early booking ... Read More
Overall rating: Eight out of Ten! Booking: We booked this cruise directly through Celebrity UK on 6th Sept 2015 by paying a €330 deposit. The stateroom we booked was A1-1124 Aqua Class. The attraction of this early booking deal as advertised was second person at 50% discount (First passenger cost €3,505.33 and the Second passenger cost €1,826.33). This included Classic Drinks and Gratuities. The balance of €5,001.66 was due and paid on 16th April 2016 bringing the total to €5,331.66. Compare this with the price our friends paid to accompanies us (in Concierge) which was $3,200 for Concierge only weeks before sailing, see “Cost” section later. Embarkation: As expected the embarkation process was straightforward, short queue and immediate access to the ship where we joined our friends (who travelled Concierge Class – See later) for a special Concierge lunch. We received no notification about any similar Aqua Class lunch? Staterooms: The Staterooms in Concierge and Agua Class are similar in size and layout, our friends were in Concierge on deck 8 (Room 8132) and we were Agua Class on Deck 11 (Room 1125). The two attendants in Aqua were very pleasant and helpful. The bathroom shower was just OK but not great, it lacked power. The binoculars were not working but these were replaced. Overall no real issues with our stateroom. Food and Restaurants: A major complaint is the unreasonable opening hours of the restaurants, which Celebrity doesn’t advertise clearly on their website. Blu only opens for breakfast from 6:30 to 8:30am, which is outrageous for people on holidays. Many people on the ship were commenting negatively about this. A business hotel in any city would be open for breakfast until 10am every day. Overall, the food was very good. The Maître d’ in Blu was a very friendly, efficient and pleasant person from Vancouver Canada and the main reception girl (from Ukraine) was welcoming, professional, accommodating and pleasant (this was her last cruise after 5 years). Service: The service in the Blu restaurant (available only to Aqua Class) was just OK. At times it felt that there were not enough people to serve the guests, and the waiters were running around trying to give everybody the service level they paid for. There were many occasions where we had to wait for the wine waiter who appeared quite stressed, this included at the start of the meal where we waited for glasses and the selection of our first drink. The service at Guest Services Deck 3 was often very slow with long queues. My friend had to wait 30 minutes just to get change of a €50 note to give some tips. The ATM’s on-board are a rip-off charging either $6.50 or €6.50 per transaction. No ATM’s in countries I’ve ever visited charge additional fees on top of normal bank fees. Overall: Overall the cruise ship was good, but you could feel that it was older, but well maintained. Simply put it was like a well-established place with a lived-in look. Personally, I would prefer a newer ship, and possibly one of the larger ships – this was not a big deal. This is our third Celebrity Cruise, the first one was on Celebrity Solstice in 2012 from Barcelona and it really spoilt us! We were in Concierge class and nothing but excellent service, lovely food and fantastic ship. Our second cruise in 2014 was in the Caribbean on the Celebrity Eclipse (Aqua Class) which was also lovely although I would prefer Europe as a destination. I feel the overall level of service has declined with Celebrity since the first cruise. If our first cruise (Celebrity Solstice) was 5-star, this was 4.75-Star! Celebrity are cutting down costs and this shows in a lot of places – they will lose custom, other cruise lines are catching up! Cost: My biggest complaint is that we paid much too much for this trip. Our friends booked the exact same cruise in May 2016 (i.e. only weeks before sailing) and got Concierge class for $3,200 including $150 on-board credit, including Gratuities and Classic Drinks package. With exchange rates that is almost half the cost we paid (€5,330.66). We were punished for early booking. I did ask Celebrity to look at our cost and offer some compensation before we paid the balance. We realised at that stage the ship was full in Aqua (which is small on the Constellation – about 150 people) and Concierge class and we could therefore not rebook. All our requests for any level of “feel good” compensation (e.g. on-board credit) were totally and utterly dismissed! I did not press my case before the trip in case the cancelled my booking! Another cost related issue I have is that in three ports (advertised as being cities) the ship actually docks several miles outside the city. I realise this is a practical requirement, however Celebrity are bordering on “sharp practice” to charge for a bus to bring Celebrity passengers to Celebrity advertised locations. This charge was between $12 and $15 per person, per city. Some examples from this trip are Ravenna ($15 pp) and Dubrovnik ($12 pp). What lesson has been learnt? Do not book directly through Celebrity! Do not book early! Note the extra Celebrity charges for transport into their stated destination e.g. Ravenna and Dubrovnik! Keep an eye on falling standards on Celebrity vs. other Cruise lines! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
This was our third Celebrity cruise, 2nd time on the Constellation and our 11th cruise overall. She was our first cruise in 2003. My husband and I are in our late 30's and took our two sons 4 and 6 along with my parents in there early ... Read More
This was our third Celebrity cruise, 2nd time on the Constellation and our 11th cruise overall. She was our first cruise in 2003. My husband and I are in our late 30's and took our two sons 4 and 6 along with my parents in there early 70's. We mainly chose this itinerary because it worked well with my older son's school schedule and we had been wanting to return to Celebrity for some time. We had been cruising Princess and Royal Caribbean the past few years. Embarkation was fine. We left on a Monday and I'm sure that helped. We took a taxi from our hotel and arrived just after 11 AM. No lines, everything well organized, and were on the boat by 11:30 AM. We had two interior Aft cabins on deck 8. We got interconnecting because of the kids. This worked out great. I highly recommend this. The kids get their own room and bathroom but you are connected with them and can easily keep an eye on them. If need be you can close the door. Once the steward unlocks it, only he can lock it again. The boat is in really good shape. They keep it up well. Only two times did I ever smell a faint sewage smell. I know other people have posted about this but it was faint both times and near a restroom so not uncommon. The pool area is nice but obviously does not have the kids areas newer ships do. However, we still used the smaller pool and the hot tubs a lot. Husband and I used the solarium pool and hot tubs too when the kids were in the kids club. All still very nice. My husband and boys also used the basketball court on the sports deck. Gym is smaller and it was crowded at times but we made do. Did not visit the spa this trip. First time our kids were able to take part in a kids club on any ship. They really enjoyed the fun factory. There was only about 50 kids on ship and they got a lot of one on one attention. Mostly we just used the night session from 7-10 P but a few times they went in the day sessions for an hour or two. They would get upset when we came to get them ! So its a good indicator of how good the program is and how well the staff are with the kids. We had select seating. On other ships when I have had this, you can still make a reservation to avoid getting the beeper and waiting. I like to eat between 7-8PM but don't want to wait, so we make a reservation. Never had an issue on Princess or Royal Caribbean getting at 7 or 7:30 reservation for select dining. However, the hostess told me the first night that the only do reservation for select dining between 5:30 and 6 and 8:30 or later. Found this a little annoying but not the end of the world. Just ate at 8:30 every night, a little later than we would have liked not the end of the world. In general the food in the Ocean View café was very good. I thought the buffet had a lot of choices and it was organized. Never saw them run out of ice, coffee, juice or anything like that. Only comment is that plates were slow to be cleared at times. We got burgers often from the pool side grille and they were great. The four nights we ate in the main dining areas I thought the food was good but not great. I agree with other posts that the selections seem to be limited. The portions were fine for us. When you eat 3-4 courses, it was the right amount. And the service was good and timely. Only issue we had was the Sommelier in our section. He was slow to come over and then would never bring us the bill for our wine. We did not have a package. One night we waited at the table after we were done eating to be honest and pay. The last night my husband got one glass and he never came back. We got up and left. I wasn't waiting around again. Since we cruised with celebrity in 2003, you can see the differences in service. The main dining room experience is not what is once was. However, I still think its on par or slightly above other cruise ships. We really enjoyed the martini bar. Yes, the drinks are pricey but they are really good and the guys at the bar put on a show. I do think the prices have increased but its inflation. We didn't get a drink package because with our kids on this trip, we no where drank enough even for the lowest tier package to be worth it. We might try it one time in the future. We made a reservation for Tuscan Grille and enjoyed that. The service was really good and personal. However, I'm not sure the $45 cover charge was worth it in the end. It was very good but not great. We did not eat at any other speciality restaurants and we were not Aqua or Suite class to access the other restaurants. Entertainment was again good not great. Two comedians that were pretty good. The house bands and orchestra were good. We liked Oceans 5. We did not go to the production show or the Supremes cover group they had. A little too old for us. Would have been nice to have a magician for the kids. Last cruise, princess had a great guy who did a kids show, I wish we had that this time. We played a little in the casino at black jack and in the end lost it all. No biggie, its gambling. My parents however did very well on the slots. In fact my dad said he never saw a cruise ship with such loose slots. Everyone around them was winning with them. By the end of the week he was up over $300. Bingo is getting to be a rip off. We always enjoyed this on past cruises but the minimum purchase is $39 , most expensive $59 and the jackpot does not need to go at the end of the trip. They are pocketing a lot of money off this. More needs to go back in to the winnings pot. Other items to point out: our state room attendant was great, every crew member we saw was very friendly, always smiled and asked how everyone was doing. The captain was very cool. He was witty and participated in the Liars Club game and crew vs. guest volleyball. In general I still think Celebrity is a really nice line. However, it does cater to an older crowd. Without the kids and people with other young children on the boat my husband and I definitely were 30 years younger than the average guest. And I expect more senior people on Celebrity. Doesn't bother us but I am pointing it out if this is something other people consider when choosing a cruise. Its not a party scene. I think celebrity has also cut back on the crew to guest ratio. This was very obvious from our 2003 cruise on celebrity. The activity staff is very small compared to what I remember it at. And not as many waiters and other attendants as in the past. We would still sail Celebrity again. Definitely want to try some of the newer ships. However, its not like it used to be and I definitely see why people are expressing that opinion. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
A common theme of a number of these reviews has been chaos in embarkation/disembarkation in Venice, either at the docks, airport or both. We chose to organise our own flights since we were staying on in Venice for a few days. Our ... Read More
A common theme of a number of these reviews has been chaos in embarkation/disembarkation in Venice, either at the docks, airport or both. We chose to organise our own flights since we were staying on in Venice for a few days. Our experience of Venice airport was excellent both on arrival and departure. This was in marked contrast to friends on Celebrity-booked flights. However, getting to the ship from the Venice "People Mover" was a route march, in very hot conditions, with no shuttle bus or luggage trolleys. The Celebrity rep posted at the terminal entrance had no suggestions other than to walk and drag our cases. We arrived hot, sweaty and stressed. Cabins were made available from about 1pm, by which time we had already lunched in "Ocean View". Our luggage arrived promptly. Our on-board experience started and continued to be excellent. We used the ship's shuttle service to St. Mark's Square which worked well. Cruise Critic organised a "Welcome on board/Venice sailaway" party on the helicopter deck as we sailed through Venice. We felt honoured and appreciated. We were then straight into two ports of call before our first "sea day". Somehow this seemed to mitigate against getting to know many of our travelling companions. We did our own thing in Split, booking a tour by private taxi on the dockside to take in Trogir and Split. Good value and well worth the visits to both. Dubrovnik was very hot, and most activities are in un-shaded areas. V picturesque though. (For any that tried it, it is a long, noisy and fume-ridden walk from the docks to the old town.) We then had our first "Sea Day" before seven straight port visits. Most excursions leave early in the morning and getting up at 5.30 restricts the ability to function into the small hours! 7 days on the trot, in very interesting ports with lots to see reduced the ambiance on board. So overall, we saw many fascinating places but missed out on the on-board experience. Breakfast was normally in Ocean View - it pays to check all the different food stations - the Eggs Benedict took some finding but worthwhile once located! Lunch either on shore or Ocean View - my wife loved being able to have dark turkey meat on demand - and we normally ate dinner in San Marco. Food was good quality without being exciting. We tried Ocean Liners once - $50 per head for appalling service. Food was good but 4 hours for a meal!! Once they'd done the "reveal" on the main course they didn't want to know. We went to the Bistro on 5 twice. $10 for a cover charge but they don't supply bread! normally empty - they haven't got this one right yet. Friends we were travelling with had access to Illuminati, which caters for passengers in suites. We weren't impressed with the additional menu items and, by and large, preferred the main San Marco restaurant. Our favourite stops were Santorini and Rhodes. Would like more time in both. Kusadasi for Ephesus is a must-see. The excursion time is quite short for all that there is to look at. The ubiquitous photographers were a bit of a pain to begin with, a couple of them were really good however. We enjoyed most of the entertainment - not sure about hypnosis as entertainment - but why oh why schedule the end of cruise passenger and crew show/concert at the same time as the junior show. People were bound to be disappointed. Also neither feature in the "video of your cruise" which, if you participated as two of our party did, was a major disappointment. I didn't see our concierge until disembarkation. On the few occasions I looked for her in her den on deck 3 she was not present. Not sure what we got for the money! From our point of view disembarkation was faultless. People tend to complain about the price of the ship-arranged excursions. We felt that they were reasonable value. Wine however is grossly overpriced, even though it comes in generous sized glasses. We have rarely drunk so little on holiday. They would sell a lot more if it was more reasonably priced. With only three sea days on our itinerary, you would really have to go some to get value from the drinks packages on offer! Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable cruise on a well-run ship, enjoying good standards of food, entertainment and cleanliness, with an excellent itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Our daughter chose this cruise for her college graduation, and we ended up having a wonderful family vacation. We've cruised with other cruise lines (Disney, Princess, NCL, RCCL), but chose Celebrity because of the itinerary (8 Night ... Read More
Our daughter chose this cruise for her college graduation, and we ended up having a wonderful family vacation. We've cruised with other cruise lines (Disney, Princess, NCL, RCCL), but chose Celebrity because of the itinerary (8 Night Adriatic & Greek Isles) and sail date. We participated in the 123Go program, which included paid gratuities, the Classic Beverage Package, and $300 credit. The Celebrity Constellation sailed from Venice, and stopped in Split, Santorini, Mykonos, and Katakalon, before returning to Venice. We flew into Venice a couple of days early, and did some sightseeing before boarding the ship on July 11. Check-in was smooth, and we were on the ship within an hour. The stateroom was very comfortable, with plenty of storage space, large balcony, comfortable bed, and adequate bathroom. We chose Celebrity Select and ate all our dinners in the San Marco dining room, where the food was delicious, and the service was excellent. Special kudos to our sommelier, Marko, and the assistant Maitre d, Hugo, who helped us immensely with our daughter who is vegan. We ate breakfast and lunch in the buffet area, which had a nice selection of food options to satisfy everyone in our family. We also enjoyed afternoon coffee and dessert in the coffee bar. The pool was quite small, and one had to be pretty aggressive for pool chairs. There was also a therapy pool in the adult area that we didn't get a chance to try. The fitness room was very nice, and we made good use of the treadmills and exercise bikes. The outdoor track was small, and had to be shared with both runners and walkers. Entertainment options were plentiful, and we enjoyed several musical performances and comedy shows in the theater. Super Captain Tasos (as our endearing Cruise Director Alejandro referred to him), was extremely informative, charming and witty, and had a great sense of humor. We also went dancing in the Reflections lounge to the music of DJ's Lucien and Inferno. During the days in port, we booked shore excursions through Celebrity, Viator, ShoreTrips, and SelectItaly. On the last evening of the cruise in Venice, we got to watch an amazing fireworks show over St. Marks Bay as part of the Redentore Festival. Finally, we purchased transfers to Marco Polo airport through Celebrity, which made the debarkation process much easier. Overall, we were impressed with Celebrity, and would not hesitate to sail with them again! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Just returned from our 25th Anniversary trip to Europe, having spent the first week on the Constellation and most of a second week on land. Perhaps we should have done it the other way around, as Celebrity had definitely spoiled us with ... Read More
Just returned from our 25th Anniversary trip to Europe, having spent the first week on the Constellation and most of a second week on land. Perhaps we should have done it the other way around, as Celebrity had definitely spoiled us with all the ice-water we could drink, unlimited towels and food, and constantly refreshed cabin . . .after that, traveling on land was a rude awakening! My husband, three teenagers (15, 17, 20) and I are experienced cruisers from Wilmington, NC and this was our second Celebrity cruise out of approximately 12-15 total; we definitely feel Celebrity is at the top of its tier with regard to service and food quality. [We had even taken a chance on Costa cruises last summer, only due to the itinerary offered for Northern Europe, and were sorely disappointed by crew decorum, lack of free water to drink, and absence of food availability between meals and late at night.] First to arrival: we took a taxi from the airport directly to the port, so no cruise connections were used. Given that we had arrived at 0900, we were very pleasantly surprised to be able to board shortly before noon, though our luggage didn't arrive at the cabin until ~3:30p. We had forgotten to buy duty-free bottles of wine to bring aboard, as one bottle per cabin is allowed at the onset of the cruise, so walked in the midday heat from the port to Piazza le Roma (~15-20 minutes) and visited the Coop store there; though we had asked a cruise rep, we were not advised that just past the security checkpoint, there was a duty-free shop right in the port terminal that would have saved us some sweaty steps! Cabins: The cabins we had were 7123 and 7127, both interior; there was adequate closet space, a nightstand per person, and the bathroom had storage in a cabinet under the sink. Beds were comfy. As always, I could have used more hooks to hang things on. Our kids' cabin needed to sleep 3, and we were unpleasantly surprised to find out that there weren't bunks to be pulled from the ceiling, but rather a fold-out cot/sofa-bed, which occupied much of the little floor space there was. Apparently, there are pull-out bunks on Levels 2 & 3, but not above those levels. As usual, the love-seat and cocktail table provided often were more in the way than useful in these smaller cabins, and I often wonder why there aren't at least tables that can be folded up or down against the wall to make more room. Dining: We had requested main seating at 18:30 and found the lower level of the San Marco Dining room to be quite nice, with large floor-to-ceiling windows looking out the back of the ship. We five had requested a table for 10 and were lucky enough to have been assigned a pleasant family from Dallas, TX who had girls of similar age to our teens, so dinner conversation was always lively! Our main server, Olman from Honduras, was a peach--always friendly and helpful, and his assistant, Ivana from Serbia, was just as nice. We give them both a "10"! Food was very good and we didn't have a bad meal all week: we always order one of each course (appetizer, salad or soup, entree, dessert) so there was always something to please. There was a lot of seafood, steak available every day, pasta, lamb/veal, and also vegetarian options daily. The Ocean-view Cafe buffet was available for breakfast and lunch and always had a wide variety of choices: Asian (the Indian options were always our favorite), Mexican, pasta cooked to order, pizza, sandwiches, salads, fruit, carving stations, meats & cheeses, the list goes on. We never paid extra to visit a specialty restaurant and did not purchase any of the drinks packages--the up-charges would only make sense if one were a BIG all-day drinker (who hadn't brought 2 bottles of wine aboard!). Ports: Our first port, the very day after embarkation, was Split, Croatia. Unfortunately, we should have docked and were tendered instead, causing us to miss a planned walking/biking tour that we'd been looking forward to. Celebrity was well aware of the clients' response to this snafu, and thereafter took great pains to make any other tendering/docking as painless as possible. We merely walked about the waterfront area and then returned to the ship, so I can't say too much about the port itself. Santorini: We were tendered here as well, but things went much more smoothly. Immediately upon landing, we heard an offer for 10 Euro pp tickets for a combined ferry/bus option that we took: fight from the tender landing area we boarded another boat that in ~15 minutes took us to the end of the island where we were transferred by minibus up to the top of the hill. There was the town of Oia (or Ia) which we strolled through and greatly enjoyed: so many vistas, replete with whitewashed buildings and blue accents and beautifully blooming bougenvillia everywhere! Bring your cameras!! Then, at a predetermined time ~1-2 hours later, we boarded a bus and rode the 15minutes to the city of Faro, at the top of where we'd initially landed. That area was much more overrun and crowded with tourists than Oia, so after strolling a while, we headed down on foot, on the same path that the famous donkeys use. It was a bit treacherous even going downward, as the cobbles are well-worn and somewhat slippery, so caution is advised (though at least one is in control of one's own destiny when walking, which can't be said for when on a donkey!) Mykonos: Docked. A shuttle provided brought us closer to the town, then we walked through town, along Little Venice, and to the nearest beach, which was a bit rocky to enter the water, but well worth the cool refreshing dip! Wish we had taken the opportunity to go to one of the more developed beaches, but had to re-board by 15:30 so didn't chance it. Windmills (not functional for some reason, though there was plenty of wind!) are a photo op, and again, all the cobbled lanes with overhanging flora. Katakolon: Docked. Main street is immediately adjacent to dock and many outfits sell tickets to Olympia. We opted to take Katakolo Tours bus round-trip to Olympia for ~10 Euro pp; the ride takes ~30 minutes each way and we had 2 hours there to see the museum and archeological site. Bring sunscreen, hat, and water, as the site is dry and HOT. Admission for these combined was 9 Euro pp. The bus back was barely air-conditioned, but served it's purpose. Venice: we hadn't arrived for any pre-departure time in Venice, so were very happy that we had one full day docked in Venice. It was blazingly hot, unfortunately, and that made our independent excursion to Murano, where the famous glassblowers work, a bit of an uncomfortable day. The wait for the vaporetto was long and crowded, and the town in general was even more busy than usual, as there was a celebration occurring that evening complete with fireworks over San Marco Square. Our purchase of a 24 hour vaporetto card for 20 Euro pp would have been a good deal if we had taken more than two vaporetto rides that day, but we opted to return to the ship for dinner and then had an upper level vantage point to see the fantastic (and fantastically long at ~20 minutes duration) fireworks at 2330 on the very last night of our cruise! Entertainment: After dinner, we would head directly to our 20:30 show and thereafter would go find whichever lounge was the liveliest. Given that we like having the teens with us most of the evening, we didn't have a chance to see what the Martini Bar had to offer, but it was always hopping. We did bemoan the fact that there was no piano bar for sing-alongs, and no real "disco"--the DJ had a small open space across from the Martini Bar, which made the whole level noisy and inhibited those who may otherwise have danced. Though he had some decent streaks of songs, we felt the DJ wasn't always attentive to the effect of his song choices: there would be a full dance floor and he would segue into some mix that would clear the floor, and he wouldn't change it up! Pay attention to your dancers!!! Also: It would be great if there were a "young adults" club where the 18-24s could meet and hang out; this demographic no longer has the organized "kids clubs" and would benefit from being thrown together more. The dancers and singers aboard were quite talented and enthusiastic, and we particularly liked the Celebrate the World show, though I heard it was being phased out after a 5 year run: would love to see it continued, but perhaps with updated costumes/songs? The newest show, Illyria, was a bit risque but no too, but the cast seemed to enjoy the challenge of a new and daring venture. The guest stars that we most enjoyed were the comedian Fred Klett from Milwaukee, and the female Ukranian violinist. The acrobats that are part of the cast are great as well. There happened to be two different Motown-type guests, which were both good, but it seemed too much of the same genre. Activities: As to the daytime events, the activities staff did a good job, offering dance lessons, ping-pong tournies (more, more!!), and trivia, but there was no shuffleboard competition. The library was well-stocked, but could use some travel guides and maps/atlases. Service: we found the staff aboard, from cabin stewards to waitstaff to officers and activity staff to be very attentive and polite. Super-Captain Tassos was great--with his involvement in so many activities, I don't know how the ship stays underway! The drink staff were never pushy. Disembarkation: We had independent arrangements to get to the train station for a 13:30 train, so requested the last # to disembark. We had to eat breakfast by 0800 and vacate the cabin by 0830, but then sat comfortably in a lounge for ~40 minutes until our # was called, walked off, found our luggage, and off we went! Read Less
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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