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6 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

This was our first ever cruise, so we were stepping in to the unknown , but we asked advice from friends who were experienced cruisers, we had a mind of where we wanted to go and went to a recommended agent who gave us options, not only in ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, so we were stepping in to the unknown , but we asked advice from friends who were experienced cruisers, we had a mind of where we wanted to go and went to a recommended agent who gave us options, not only in destinations but cruise companies. we were told that CELEBRITY was highly thought of and that in there words was " the best food on the seas" After our trip we can confirm that the quality was excellent and we would find it difficult to improve on at any restaurant that i'd ever been to. Everything about the ship was of high quality entertainment, service and facilities. the only regret in hindsight was that many of the destinations we had been to before, so we didnt do the trips, but that was our fault. All in all we were very pleased, if we were nit picking then the support and care at the end didnt match up to the arrival, so left us a bit grumpy. Also we were mis led re the drinks package, but again that was the agents fault. I will give you some advice please make it a lot clearer to what you are entitled on drinks as i was refused one brand of whisky in one bar yet it was available in another Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first cruise and it was perfect. Starting from the very first moment of embarkation and until the very last when leaving the ship. Everything is very well thougt and organized, just come and enjoy without any thoughts. Ship ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was perfect. Starting from the very first moment of embarkation and until the very last when leaving the ship. Everything is very well thougt and organized, just come and enjoy without any thoughts. Ship looks great, is very clean and excellent maintained, and the most important - top service, whereever you are!!! I have travelled a lot, both for business and for pleasure, and have never seen such a great service. People serving and helping you and genuinely enjoying doing this - well done guys. Cabines are very comfortable awith a lots of storage place! Otherwise also the food is great - a lot of choice, always available and very tasty. The only minus I can add is that the shore excursions are quite expensive, but most people that do not want them find their way anyway! The activities and night shows are also very interesting. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I travelled with my daughters mother in law, we're both single in our early 50's, neither of us had cruised before. I did not really know what to expect but had high expectations from what others had told me about Celebrity. ... Read More
I travelled with my daughters mother in law, we're both single in our early 50's, neither of us had cruised before. I did not really know what to expect but had high expectations from what others had told me about Celebrity. Food We chose select dining and loved this option, and would choose again. On our first night we sat on a table for 2 and ended up talking to the couples on either side. So the second night we shared a table and continued with this for most nights. It's a great way of meeting others and other people's lives always seem more exciting and interesting than your own. The standard of the meals was very good, with only one miss. One night 6 out of 8 of us ordered steak and we were all disappointed. My rare was very well done and did not have any flavour. Having said that if you spoke up the staff were more than happy to replace your meal. We chose to dine in ocean liners one evening and had a beautiful meal. The service was excellent one waiter was particularly good but another was too "fawning". Maybe people who are not used to "fine" dining expect this, I'm not sure. For fine dining I expected it would be silver service, but no. I liked the casual option where you could get a piece of fish, chicken or steak cooked on the spot. A great idea. Bars Loved, loved the martini bar! This was our favourite place to congregate, and we made some new friends there who we hope to keep in touch with. The staff there were excellent, particularly Gede and Atura the boys from Seminyak in Bali. We also liked the bar at the rear of the boat (mast bar?) and enjoyed our ritual of having a drink while we set sail after a hard day on shore. Beverages We purchased the premium package and whilst it seemed pricey we certainly enjoyed sampling many different cocktails as well as enjoying wine with our meals. I feel the cruise line should offer a free bottle of water as a courtesy to all passengers as they leave the ship when in port. It doesn't need to to be Evian. And there should be a complementary bottle of water in the stateroom. Most hotels provide this. I have to say I was disappointed with: *the tea served throughout the ship. I do like good tea and have never heard of most of the brands available. The Earl Grey wasn't not drinkable. So if your particular take your own teabags! * the coffee served was not drinkable unless you purchased from Al Bacio * the juice (so so sweet) served in the buffet dining area was particularly bad too We ended up using our beverage package in Al Bacio and at the bars to purchase coffee, fresh juices and smoothies. A fellow traveller, American, said the cruise line caters primarily for Americans, who apparently like that kind of juice(?) Cabin We were in cabin 2001. This was next to the staff door and below the theatre. It was not noisy. The bathroom and cabin were very clean and well maintained by the excellent cabin attendants. The bathroom was a little tired and could do with a revamp though. The ship appeared to be very clean and it was good to see such a strong emphasis placed on hygiene. I'm still using paper towels on door handles! Entertainment Most performances were excellent. I enjoyed seeing Steve Stephens, very talented. The Scottish illusionist (mmm don't think so) was entertaining too. And on our last night we had the “Beatles”, all very enjoyable. The dancers were well rehearsed and the singers on the whole were good. We spent several evening in the reflections bar/night club. The bar staff were fun, I even spotted a few dancing. The live band provided good music on the whole but they do seem to play the same music most nights. The DJ was happy to play requests when he had them in his library. They did play a lot of salsa music which is great if you have a partner to dance with. Having said all that the place was usually empty by 12.30 except for the diehards. And the staff even packed up around us one night, though it was after 2am. The average age of travellers was between 50 and 70. Another review said that most of the clientele are upper middle class. I'm not sure of that. Staff The staff are very attentive and always acknowledge you, lovely to see. The staff all appeared to enjoy their roles. Photographers The photographers were on the whole irritating, I'm not sure if they are a company Celebrity has a contract with or what.. I come from a retail sales background and have to say they were pushy. On our first day one jumped in front of us as we were disembarking saying, “this way ladies”, I actually thought they were part of the crew telling us where to go etc, when all she was trying to do was flog a photo. The pictures are very expensive too $20 a pop. Wow! Hard sell There is a lot of selling on board which unless you can switch off from it could distract from your cruise. I feel if Celebrity are not careful this could bite them on the bum. Shore excursions Very very expensive. On my next cruise I will do a lot more research about the ports we are to dock at. Obviously at some ports you are not allowed to get off and walk through and then I would certainly utilise the excursions offered. Not enough information is given about what is available at the ports, obviously they want you to choose theirs. The tours we went on were on the whole very good. The guy we had in Rhodes was excellent, he loved his job and telling people about his island and was happy to give you more than what you had paid for. We enjoyed the places we visited but another sea day after Santorini would have been good. I am already planning my next cruise and plan on going with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We have just returned from our first cruise. We were recommended Celebrity by several friends. We chose this cruise because of the great ports of call. Whilst we had a wonderful holiday, I'm, not sure we will rush to do another. ... Read More
We have just returned from our first cruise. We were recommended Celebrity by several friends. We chose this cruise because of the great ports of call. Whilst we had a wonderful holiday, I'm, not sure we will rush to do another. The overall experience was good, but there were too many little grouses. The good: 1. Fantastic staff - almost always helpful, and friendly 2. Plentiful food 3. Large number of great stops 4. Cleanliness 5. Hygiene in eating areas The bad 1. Money - Celebrity's prime purpose on life seems to be to relieve passengers of large amounts of money. 2. Prices were inflated for everything. No bargains - the cheap items on offer were still overpriced, and trashy. 3. No consistency - too often, different people would give different information. 4. Few activities on sea days. A cinema would have been good, but Celebrity got rid of that to make room for more paying passengers. 5. Food in MDR average - better, and more plentiful in Ocean View diner. 6. Overpriced shore excursions. Similar, and cheaper elsewhere, eg via Viator. 7. Crap shows, except where entertainers specially brought in. We walked out of 2. Very disappointing. 8. Formal nights that were not. I had a tuxedo, and felt very overdressed on each of the 3 nights. No enforcement - many passengers did not even have a tie and jacket. If they want formal nights, then enforce it, and make an occasion of it. FNs were no different apart from very few people really dressed up, than any other night. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My daughter shouted me this cruise from Istanbul to Rome. This was my first time cruising and I absolutely loved it - especially on the Constellation - what a beautiful ship with beautiful staff from all over the world. The ports we ... Read More
My daughter shouted me this cruise from Istanbul to Rome. This was my first time cruising and I absolutely loved it - especially on the Constellation - what a beautiful ship with beautiful staff from all over the world. The ports we visited were amazing, starting in Istanbul (will definitely visit again) and other stand-out ports/cities such as Bodrum, Marmaris, Santorini. Everywhere we docked had it's own unique magic. As for the ship - wow, what more could you want ... fantastic food, great facilities, lovely cabins and beautiful staff who were helpful, friendly, efficient, talented, dedicated - oh and not to forget our Captain ... great sense of humour while still maintaining the professionalism and leadership needed to captain a ship. My daughter has already (along with her fiance') booked her next Celebrity cruise for their honeymoon next year. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
My daughter and I recently returned from our wonderful holiday which incorporated a 12 night cruise on the Celebrity 'Constellation' from Istanbul to Rome. We thought Constellation was beautiful. We found all the crew, from ... Read More
My daughter and I recently returned from our wonderful holiday which incorporated a 12 night cruise on the Celebrity 'Constellation' from Istanbul to Rome. We thought Constellation was beautiful. We found all the crew, from cleaners to Captain, to be wonderful - friendly, helpful, dedicated, efficient, professional, talented, good sense of humour and the fact that they were from almost every corner of the world, was even more special.... a truly international crew. We found the casual dining food to be very good with plenty of selection and the formal dining choices to be delicious. My daughter and I loved the on-board entertainment - the highlight for us was in fact the crew talent night ... magic! The ports of call were fantastic and all unique - a few of our favourites: Istanbul, Bodrum, Marmaris, Rhodes, Santorini. A couple of negatives (that really didn't impact on how much we loved our cruise), was the fact that we observed most Americans on the cruise to be quite a negative, complaining bunch of whingers who didn't seem to enjoy anything?! Quite bazaar and we were left wondering why they bothered leaving home. (Thankfully there were a few who restored our faith/opinions.) The other thing was not being prepared for the disembarkation in Rome - the port is about an hour train ride from Rome and the train station at that port is horrible, with no ramps or lifts and awful WC facilities. Overall, we'd both happily choose a Celebrity cruise again and my daughter has in fact already booked the next for herself and fiance' (honeymoon)! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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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