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3 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Baltic Sea

The itinerary of Celebrity's Baltic & Northern Europe cruise on Constellation is excellent with a good ratio of sea and port days. The cruising experience on the Constellation itself was mediocre for a number of reasons: - The ... Read More
The itinerary of Celebrity's Baltic & Northern Europe cruise on Constellation is excellent with a good ratio of sea and port days. The cruising experience on the Constellation itself was mediocre for a number of reasons: - The ship has received a "facelift" but you can tell that it is an older vessel missing many of the amenities and the "flashiness" of newer cruise ships. - We did not book any shore excursions with Celebrity. In some ports a free shuttle bus (like offered by other companies) would have been nice. - The entertainment program left much to be desired. The quality of the life music and evening shows (if any) were very mixed and most of the so called "lectures" turned out to be sales pitches for port excursion or advertisement for on-board shopping. The sport program is not up to standard; Yoga and Pilates are not worth the fee. - We were very unhappy with the food. The quality in the main dining room was "hit and miss"; there were a few delicious items but in general the meals did not hold up to the flamboyant description in the menu. Salads looked and tasted tired and especially fish dishes were very disappointing. There was no lobster day as common on other cruises. Most of the food at the Ocean Grill (buffet restaurant) was of very low quality, boring and basically the same throughout the cruise. - We were in "Select Dining" and were asked to make dinner reservations. Be advised that a reservation makes no difference where and when you will be seated. We asked for a window table several times (and would have accepted to wait for one) but were assigned noisy tables at the rail although several window tables were available. Until the end of the cruise we were not able to find out what gets you on a preferred table - it is clearly not the "first come first serve" rule. - In general the dining room staff is very friendly and one of the Sommeliers was outstanding. Expect that your left over wine from the day before might get missing. Once a waiter spilled champagne over my pants, offered an apology but did not even refill the glass. - Specialty Dining: The Ocean Liner Restaurant is excellent and worth the fee but we had a much below average experience at the Tuscan Grill. Neither the food nor the service were convincing and worth the additional cost. - Upon embarkation we deposited 2 bottles of liquor with the Constellation staff and were promised to get them delivered to our stateroom the night before disembarkation. We never saw the 2 bottles (which were a pricy souvenir from a micro distillery in Amsterdam) again. Guest relations was less than helpful in locating our liquor and gave us conflicting answers - first they could not find it, after we presented the claim check they told us that it was found and will be delivered, then we were informed that it was delivered to the wrong stateroom, etc. etc. (recently we learnt that friends had a similar experience on a Celebrity ship). This experience thoroughly spoilt our last evening on the Constellation and convinced us to make cruising plans with other companies in the future.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We recently went on the Baltic cruise and WOW, what an experience. Everything went so smoothly and met expectations that we thought all ships were like that. We are hooked on cruising now and are already planning our next voyage. Having ... Read More
We recently went on the Baltic cruise and WOW, what an experience. Everything went so smoothly and met expectations that we thought all ships were like that. We are hooked on cruising now and are already planning our next voyage. Having recently read the reviews of another very well known ship, I was surprised to see a lot of unhappy people which made me realise how lucky we were to have chosen the Constellation for our first voyage. Cabin We booked a cabin with a balcony but were upgraded to concierge class with a restricted view. I was at first disappointed but actually it was only a small metal structure which in no way restricted the view so we scored. The room was lovely and spacious with plenty of room to unpack all our things. The bathroom is small but very pretty with a fresh rose and all the guest amenities you would expect. The shower has a little wash line so you can rinse out a few things which dry quickly overnight so take a bit of washing powder with you. Food The food was fantastic although for one or two nights, the choices in the San Marco restaurant were uninspiring. Sometimes the starter portion was very small but there is so much food, you can't possibly complain. The "brunch" organised towards the end of the trip was spectacular and beyond the imagination of the average person. The buffet on 10th floor was really great and we often chose to eat there, specially breakfast. The variety is amazing and although some of the stations closed at different times of the day, there was always lots to choose from at any time of the day. Lots of people chose this option and it was very crowded but you never had to wait for more than a few minutes. tea, coffee, juice and water available 24h. In my opinion, the "specialty restaurants" are superfluous. We did not use them. Excursions We only took the St Petersburg excursion. The SA rand does not go very far and we felt the excursions to be expensive. Generally we walked into town, sometimes quite far, but you see things along the way. I would recommend that you do some research on what buses to catch and what you want to see before you sail e.g there are warnings about the HOHO buses in Copenhagen. I did this and could make the best of the day. We booked the Celebrity St Petersburg 2 day excursion and although it was expensive we were not disappointed. It was fabulous - beyond expectation. You can't do this city justice on your own in 2 days. One review I read, suggested a tea break. He also mentioned that it was very strenuous. I am undergoing chemotherapy and did not feel tired at all. It is all so exciting and there is so much to see, you don't even think about a rest or have time for tea. Do some walking before your cruise and you will be ready for the 2 days. Entertainment The "on board" group of entertainers were excellent and their shows were magical. The "guest" entertainers were okay but I felt they could have saved a lot of money by using some of the lead "on board entertainers" to do their own show - they were that good - but I suppose that would make Celebrity look cheap! The lectures were on interesting topics but the lecturer was so boring and did not seem to have a good knowledge of his topics. A real pity. Our only gripe Our only gripe was the beverage packages. We took the classic package at $44 per day plus 15% service fee. We misunderstood the explanation on the brochure, thinking that we had to pay for tea, coffee and water on the ship. The wording is misleading (but clear if you read it again) as you only have to pay for SPECIALITY tea, coffee and water eg Irish coffee. Even so, you are off the ship most of the time and it is almost impossible to use this package fully. When we found it did not suit us, we tried to cancel the package but the management would not move on the subject so we ended up paying over $1,100 unnecessarily. This was really our fault but I did feel that the management could have seen we made a mistake and been more sympathetic. All in all, I can highly recommend the Constellation for a wonderful and trouble free cruise. The ship was late coming into Amsterdam and we missed our flight but I don't see that as a reflection on the Celebrity or part of this review. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This is our 10th cruise - first on Celebrity - selected this cruise specifically for the itinerary - Perfect !! Hope I can provide some factual information that will help other future cruisers. Upgraded from Conceirge class ... Read More
This is our 10th cruise - first on Celebrity - selected this cruise specifically for the itinerary - Perfect !! Hope I can provide some factual information that will help other future cruisers. Upgraded from Conceirge class to Sky suite three weeks before sailing - got a really great price for residence/senior discount - glad we did this. The extra space in the cabin and bathroom was great, especially on a 12 night cruise. We were in cabin 9111 mid-ship near the elevators - very quite and no noise from deck ten as some people have reported. The cabin was very similar to the Jr Suite on RCCL- perks were good but not like the perks on a "full sized suite". Cabin was nice size with very large walk-in closet and plenty of drawer space. Bathroom good size with tub/shower combo - great showerhead, water pressure & hot water. My husband is over 6' tall and fit in this fine- no problem with head hitting the ceiling. The hair dryer was awful so make sure you bring your own! We flew non-stop from Philadelphia to Amsterdam the day before - spent one night at the Marriott Amsterdam - great location - directly across from the Blue Boat canal tour and the main outdoor center with restaurants and cafes a block away - got a good rate directly from Marriott (Sr Rate) but had to book early - much better than the Celebrity pre-crusie package offerings. The taxi from the airport to the hotel was approx $56.00 (41 Euros) and no limit on luggage - People suggested that we use the Schipol Travel Taxi but they only permit one piece of large luggage pp and then there is an additional charge - with 3 pieces of luggage it was the same as a regular taxi and we did not have to wait or stop at other hotels. We were a short cab ride to the Anne Frank house and walking distance to some of the museums - we really loved Amsterdam and wished we had stayed an second day - we did Amsterdam on our own, no formal tours. Taxi from hotel to pier including tip was 20 euros ($28.00) - 15 mins on Sunday with no traffic - embarkment was a little confusing - given priority number to board but went up the stairs and it was all one big line - then 2 lines thru security- after that we breezed through the suite line - The service on the ship was outstanding - all areas of the ship and all personnel - it was the best I have ever received on any of our past cruises - Our wait & bar service staff in the dinning room was excellent! And our room steward and butler were very attentive and professional. We never had any issues or problems. The entertainment was good - not the best we have seen but it was entertaining and we did go to all of the evening shows. The casino was very nice with great staff ! I love to gamble and go to Las Vegas often, but the payouts were so bad that after the first day we did not go there very much - it is a shame because we usually like to spend part of our evenings there. The food was somewhat disappointing - it was not as good as I was expecting. The food presentation was very nice and what we ate was really good - it was the selection of food that I found to be the biggest disappointment - the buffet for breakfast & lunch were the same each day (no big deal about that) but the dinner buffet was not anything that I expected - it looked just like lunch! Many nights in the dinning room we ordered off the alternate menu - but again it was just the selection that we were unhappy with. We booked all of our excursions through celebrity - we always feel more comfortable that way especially since we took the long trip into Berlin. We were pleased with the tours- the tour guides were very knowledgeable and led the tour well. We knew what we wanted in detail to see in each city, and selected the tour that met that criteria- and felt that we accomplished it all. We took the Celebrity transfers back to the airport -total $66.00. A cab might have been a few dollars cheaper but this was very organized and easy - our flight was an early one at 10:50 AM and we were the first group off the ship and at the airport by 8:15 AM with plenty of time to get through check-in and security. ONE TIP - print out your boarding passes on the ship - it is faster and easier to get you and our bags checked-in. If not there are two different lines you will have to go through. We were very impressed with the ship for our first Celebrity cruise. Enjoyed the smaller size ship and relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely cruise Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
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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