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42 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

We (wife and I, and another couple – call us “late 50’s”) chose this cruise as we wanted to experience a European cruise after doing several Caribbean cruises. This was our 3rd cruise on Celebrity. The Venice-Rome, and Dalmatian ... Read More
We (wife and I, and another couple – call us “late 50’s”) chose this cruise as we wanted to experience a European cruise after doing several Caribbean cruises. This was our 3rd cruise on Celebrity. The Venice-Rome, and Dalmatian Coast was highly appealing to us as we have read so much about these areas. Port stops were Rijeka, Split, and Dubrovnik (Croatia); Kotor, Montenegro; Valleta, Malta; Catania, Sicily; Naples, Italy; and ending in Rome (Civitevecchia). We flew into Venice a day in advance and stayed at the Hotel Olimpia, which is very convenient to the cruise port. It could not have been better for us. Although it was raining on embarkation day, we found it very easy to get to the Marittima Cruise Port via the people mover. Embarkation was as easy and fast as we have ever experienced. We were on board in no more than about 20 minutes, start to finish. The staff welcomed us as they always have, with a glass of sparkling wine. Having been on the Infinity 2 years prior, the ship was immediately familiar. Overall, the Connie is in very good shape – very clean, well maintained. We get that she is older and will be spiffed up shortly, however there was NOTHING we could find that detracted from our cruise experience! Our room was in fine condition, and we did not experience “threadbare” conditions as I have seen in some reviews. We were lucky to have left Venice when we did, for shortly after our departure, the city experienced their epic flooding that we only heard about later. We did dodge wind and rain for good parts of the cruise, however we were still able to enjoy our cruise. One port stop, Kotor, Montenegro, was cancelled due to advancing Adriatic weather systems, however they diverted to Corfu, Greece rather than settle for a sea day. That decision was made early, and we are thankful for the consideration for passenger safety. Food is always subjective, but we always enjoyed all of our options. The menu in the MDR is somewhat repetitious from past cruises, however our food was always well prepared and tasty. Options in the OVC were varied, and we could always find options for the few meals we ate there. We did the Tuscan Grille one night to celebrate the birthday of one of our travel companions. This particular night was their “seafood night”, so they did not have their usual menu. We had the mixed seafood grill, and the amount of food was staggering. The staff also wanted us to have lobster, so they went ahead and gave us all a lobster too! It was very good, but not over the top. The wait staff was amazing, though! Entertainment was very good overall. The House Band (“Cardinals”) and Music Soup were amazing (heard mostly in the Rendezvous Lounge). I am a musician, and the pianist is stunningly good! For “down time”, we really enjoyed the Stonewall Acoustic Duo (usually in the Cellermasters) – and got to know them a bit while on board. Very friendly folks! We only made it to one production show due to the busy itinerary - it was pretty good, but not over the top. Two different evenings featured British entertainers – one a “piano guy” (did all Elton John, Billy Joel, etc), and a female singer (seriously funny, and an amazing voice). Comedians were a bit “hit and miss”. Overall….quite happy with the entertainment. The port stops were amazing – we mostly did private tours for the 4 of us. We did opt for ship credit to do ship tours from Catania, Sicily (Taste of Mt. Etna and Taormina), and Naples (Taste of Pompeii and Sorrento). They were good, but we do believe we were spoiled by the private tours. However, the distances travelled on these 2 tours dictated that we felt we should be on a ship tour. Disembarkation was among the fastest ever! Our suitcases were easy to locate, and the lines easy to navigate. Bravo! OVERALL – we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. Everything, but for 1 port stop, went according to plan. While we do prefer the S-Class ships (Murano!!), we were very satisfied with our experience one the Connie. She was very warm and comfortable, and the staff was amazing. We would certainly book this ship (and M-Class) if the itinerary dictates it. Kudos to some of our favorite folks: Sanyan (stateroom attendant, Deck 3), Dawangga (bar service), Akor (bar service – Rendezvous Lounge); Carlos (MDR), and so many others! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We sailed on Constellation's voyage from Venice to Rome. We had a great itinerary. Embarkation in Venice was extremely smooth and we were in our stateroom less than one-half hour after getting to the pier. Celebrity staff were mostly ... Read More
We sailed on Constellation's voyage from Venice to Rome. We had a great itinerary. Embarkation in Venice was extremely smooth and we were in our stateroom less than one-half hour after getting to the pier. Celebrity staff were mostly friendly and helpful. Food in the main dining room was very good but mediocre in the buffet. Food there was often lukewarm and would become cold by the time you got your juice or coffee. Rarely would a waiter or waitress assist with drink service in the buffet area. Entertainment was very good with a variety of singing acts, dancers, comedians, magicians, and acrobats. I would have rated this cruise 4 stars if not for the rundown condition of Constellation. Everything looked worn and old. Carpets, blinds, wall coverings, and upholstery were in poor condition. I tried to close a blind in the gym while working out and it fell off the window. The decor had a distinctly 90s feel in the lounges and restaurant. We took one shore excursion in Valletta, Malta with Celebrity and it was well-run, informative, and enjoyful. After cruising on another lines 2-year old ship in 2018, Constellation was a let down. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
It was our third cruise on X and 7th cruise overall. My wife and I in our mid 50s, loved our experience on Constellation. We had no issues with the embarkation and debarkation processes. Loved our stateroom, its location and perks ... Read More
It was our third cruise on X and 7th cruise overall. My wife and I in our mid 50s, loved our experience on Constellation. We had no issues with the embarkation and debarkation processes. Loved our stateroom, its location and perks associated with Concierge Class! Excellent and dedicated staff, have provided us with an outstanding service quality! We loved the food in the San Marco Dining Room and Oceanview Cafe. The Cruise Director and his staff welcomed us to participate in activities such as safe archery, bean toss, trivia games, bingo, Minute to win it, Deal or no Deal, Silent Disco, Karaoke/Bandeoke in addition to the traditional evening shows. We really had a good time! We used Celebrity Excursions in Dubrovnik, Chania (Souda) Crete, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and Katakolon. All offered comfortable buses, very qualified guides able to explain the history behind the vestiges and for the most part, were very well organized! Santorini with 4 cruise ships in port, was a bit of a let down for us and most of the cruisers we met on our ship: The main reason is the bottle neck created in Fira, requiring all passengers to return to their ship via this single exit « door ». Passengers had to use one of the following 3 options: Cable car ( 30-45 minute chaotic line up,) Descend the 600 steps on the back of a donkey or on foot, on the path used by the donkeys, which was slippery, smelly and involved having to pass directly and unsafely close behind « parked » donkeys. This said, Santorini is and remains a very beautiful island, In short, we enjoyed a beautiful experience and this trip will remain part of our lifetime memories. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
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
Sail Date August 2018
Actually a relative selected this cruise two years ago but we took her to Israel in April this year and she said that it was too much to go again. So our son and daughter-in-law came instead. Embark. We booked overnight before the ... Read More
Actually a relative selected this cruise two years ago but we took her to Israel in April this year and she said that it was too much to go again. So our son and daughter-in-law came instead. Embark. We booked overnight before the cruise at Hotel Arlecchino which was at the opposite side of the plaza that has many water taxis and buses and the People Mover to the dock. Note we wanted to have 1 1/2 days in Venice before the cruise but we made a mistake with the time difference. So we had a walking tour just after landing and then in the morning we did some sightseeing and then we walked to the port, crossing the plaza and taking the people mover for 1.5€ person each way to the port and then walking to the cruise terminal. This could be stressful for those with mobility problems and/or excessive luggage. There appeared to be a shuttle but it wasn't running and there were minimal porters. Once inside, we arrived about 11:15, the process went smoothly. As Elite members we were told our room would be available after 11 but they weren't opened until 1:30. Room. We were in Aqua Class and our son and daughter-in-law were in a standard balcony room. Both rooms were clean and in reasonable repair as were most of the ship areas. They made good use of the Rendevous and Reflection Lounges, utilizing them most of the day and night. Bar staff were present but not obnoxious. Room cleaning staff were generally present and helpful. . I would have appreciated an option for vegetarian /dairy canapes. I look forward to receiving them but this time we were never able to eat all of them. Being an international cruise there were fewer participants at trivia, etc. But all the Celebrity Life staff were friendly and pleasant. More than any other ship I remember, almost every event was on time - beginning and end.I think I've seen this on other Celebrity ships too, The captains announcements can't be heard in the room. I couldn’t even find the TV Station to hear them on. This was very frustrating. BINGO seems too expensive and too little payout. Also it doesn't seem fair to disallow the Captains Club benefit (3 extra cards )on the last day. It also doesn't seem fair to not have a minutes based renewal when I used my 90 free ones and then it wasn't fair because I didn't get the credit I would have if I purchased it first instead of doing the 90 minutes The gym was basically function but their class schedule was very frustrating. The yoga and pilates classes were at 8am-9am and most of our excursions had stating times just after 8 and so we couldn't attend (I prepaid for 5 classes and only attended 1). I haven't gone to some of the production shows on other recent cruises but these were very much worthwhile. The theater was very comfortable. I apploud the designers for the great multi use of space espeically Rendevou and Reflection ships. My son kept looking for the table tennis table. He found raquets and balls but no table. But there were table tennis meetings on the schedule. We then found out that there were no tables but they must have purchased them in Athens ,by the end of the week there were two tables. Except for the last excursion day, the ship shore excursions seemed to go well. WE did a mixture of regular and third party excursions. Note it appeared that people taking private excursions often had to walk further than those on ship excursions. We had no problem exchanging some tickets when changed our mind. Overall my biggest dissappointment was there wasn't a specialist on Greek Mythology on board. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our thirteenth cruise and our first on Celebrity. We were expecting a step up from our other cruises which have been on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess, but we were sadly and utterly disappointed! I am not sure what the ... Read More
This was our thirteenth cruise and our first on Celebrity. We were expecting a step up from our other cruises which have been on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess, but we were sadly and utterly disappointed! I am not sure what the problem was but it seemed that every crew member, apart from our room steward, did not want to be there. They were uncaring, disinterested and, quite frankly, just going thought the motions. Not once were we referred to by name or made to feel welcome. On other cruise lines when you have visited, say, a bar for a couple of days, the staff know your name and your favourite drink...not on this ship. We thought the food in the main restaurant was very average, as was our experience at the Tuscan Grille Italian restaurant on the first night.One highlight was our meal in QSine, which, to their credit, was probably the best meal we had ever eaten at sea. The service there was good too. The nightly shows were also disappointing with all but two being the on board crew performing various songs and dancing. They too, sadly, were below par. Very disappointing and we will not be rushing back to Celebrity when others make much more of an effort! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Return booking and to go to different places Ship service is very good and can’t fault anything on board. Food and choice too, wish had also upgraded for fine dining as tour around kitchens gave a taste of the choice they have, ... Read More
Return booking and to go to different places Ship service is very good and can’t fault anything on board. Food and choice too, wish had also upgraded for fine dining as tour around kitchens gave a taste of the choice they have, however main dining room,with shared tables has great ambience. Back bar on level 10 has amazing service and definitely the place to sit and say goodbye to each port. Recommend always taking a drinks package. Well worth it along with gratuities paid in advance Enough time at all stops and time to enjoy at sea days with facilities. Mykanos was the stand out place, quaint and very Greek Santarini commercialised but beautiful views Dubrovnik clean and full of recent history and excellent local buses are very cheap and frequent from port side Local taxis in katakalon are very reasonable at 15euro pp to Olympus realisable and 20 mins Will definitely use constellation again and recommend to all Read Less
Sail Date June 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
Sail Date May 2018
First but not last cruise with Celebrity. Have cruised before on MSC and decided to try Celebrity. Got a good deal and booked balcony cabin. Cabin is nice. Yes, you can see that it is not new, but everything is working fine and it ... Read More
First but not last cruise with Celebrity. Have cruised before on MSC and decided to try Celebrity. Got a good deal and booked balcony cabin. Cabin is nice. Yes, you can see that it is not new, but everything is working fine and it was spotless clean.Balcony was great. We were in 7180, which had a much larger balcony than others. Location was great, in aft satrboard side and with cabins over and below. The ship is very nice. Bars, pools etc was nice and very clean overall. Loved the rooftop cinema and the Sunset Bar. Shows were great in the first half of the cruise, but then came new artists (a singer from Voice, a trumpet player and an acapella band) and they were really disappointing. Food in the buffet was ok. We had all our dinners at the San Marco restaurant and wow, that was amazing. Food was really delicious. The service we had was outstanding: Our waiter Robert was really good to help and recommend from the menu. He and Ravi, the assistant, was very kind and we never missed anything. The best, however, was our sommelier, Ivan.I've been to many restaurants all over the world, but never had better service when it comes to wine. He was very qualified and friendly. he remembered the wines I had tried and liked and always did that extra effort to serve me the right wine for the chosen meal. I had wonderful wines, all of them and will look for many of them in stores. I hope to meet Ivan again on a later cruise. All in all: Wonderful ship and fantastic service Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Here is my review of the August 28th 10 day cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. The cruise left from the Veice cruise port. Check in was fast; I was on the ship in 15 minutes. I had an inside cabin that was located at the far end of ... Read More
Here is my review of the August 28th 10 day cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. The cruise left from the Veice cruise port. Check in was fast; I was on the ship in 15 minutes. I had an inside cabin that was located at the far end of the front of the ship. Disadvantage was walking to the main dinning room located at the back of the ship. Afte 13 RCCL cruises this was my first time on Celebrity. The ship was an older model but still was well maintained. It had lots of wood touches and updated bars and service areas. We left Venice on the first day for a day at sea. Everyone settled in for a easy day to explore the ship. The ship has three pools; one being the covered solarium with the thesso type pool. The pools were next crowded. There were very few children on board because being a 10 day cruise and the ship had very little to offer children. Off to dinner at 8:45 the first night. My tablemates included two couples from the UK, a pair of ladies from Canada and a couple from Houston, Texas. Being a solo cruiser I felt I would be the outsider. The other couples welcomed me that first night and turns out to have been a great table for conversation. The table service left something to be desired with very slow service all the time of the cruise. We would get our desert at around 10:30 and it left little time to finish and catch the 10:30 show in the main theater. I saw 4 out of the 9 shows this cruise. Mostly singer and dancers. The one great show was a gentleman from the UK that played the saxaphone that was amazing. Because of the the diners finishing late the theater was about half empty every night. First port of call was Olympia, Greece; the site of the first olympics. The site had a museum and an outdoor area. Cost for the site was 12 euros. The town within walking distance of the ruins was small but it did have free WiFi. Next port of call was Santorini. The island was amazing but we had very litle time to really enjoy all it offers. I took a ships excursion that brought you to the top of the volcano to the town of Oia. Because of the number of ships in port the town which is one of the picture postcard places in the Greek islands was very crowded. The small winding streets were packed with tourists. I had lunch at one of themany restaurants that was overpriced but still worth the view. The excursion took us again by bus to a Greek winery for some samples and cheese. Last stop was the town of Fira for the cable car ride down to the ship. There was a long line for getting on the cabke car but considering the views and the town itself it was worth the wait. Some chose to walk the 600 steps down. Our next port was an overnight in Athens. Two days gave everyone to go into the city. I opted for the HoponHopoff bus from the port city of Piraeus. For 20 euros fortwo days it was worth the money. Athens is a very large city with the old and the new all packed into a very small area. The parthenon was my first stop but the crowds prevented me from waiting for a ticket to go to the top. I had lunch in the area of Monastiraki a beautiful section of Athens with outdoor cafes and flea market stands. Back on the bus I headed back to the ship. Second day in Athens I opted to stay on the ship. Next port was Mykonos. It has the look of what ervyone expects a greek island should look like. White and blue small homes and churches dotted the coastline. Again WiFi was available in the local restaurants for free. Next port was Corfu. Being a very large island with the main city of Corfutown; the island had a very different look than the two previous stops. The narrow streets and lots of shops made it iteresting people watching. I had lunch at an outdoor cafe that had the best moussaka dish I have ever had there. If you eat there it is called Aegli; claims to be the oldest restaurant in Corfu. Back on the ship for the final day at sea before returning to Venice I had a chance to photograph the interior of the ship. The ship is beautiful with the old style wood and classic looking decor. I was disapointed in the entertainment available compared to the RCCL Oasis class ships but the cruise director reminded me of how old the ship was and does not have the ability of do all the things an Oasis class ship can do. Ther was no piano bar to sit around; one thing I have enjoyed on RCCL ships. The entertainment consisted of soft rock bands playing in various locations around the ship, trivia games and other cruiser participation games. One thing Celebrity does is have guest speakers come on board. One gentleman gave three talks on the history of Greece and the islands. The second gentleman Ed Buckbee spoke three times on the history of NASA. Ed was around for all of the maned space shots from the Mercury to the Space Shuttles. As a big fan of the space program I had a chance to have breakfast with Ed. He was an amazing speaker telling us all the things about the original seven astronauts that most people never have known. If you are looking for agreat way of visiting Greece and the Greek islands this cruise is for you. The is a lot of walking in the ports and sometimes the cobblestone and marble walkways can be very slippery. Best not to wear flip flops off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Wasn't sure about choosing this ship because the reviews seemed mixed but ultimately the itinerary and dates were the best for our travel needs. I'm so glad we chose it and would definitely do so again! There were minor dislikes ... Read More
Wasn't sure about choosing this ship because the reviews seemed mixed but ultimately the itinerary and dates were the best for our travel needs. I'm so glad we chose it and would definitely do so again! There were minor dislikes but overall an EXCELLENT experience. The entertainment in the ship lounges was terrific. The house band, the Cardinals, the acoustic duo. All wonderful. The main stage shows were hit and miss. Mostly misses. Although well done with strong vocals, production quality and the aerial act was great, the big productions suffered from terrible scripts mixed with popular music for a laughable combination. With all the talent in the music industry, this is one area where Celebrity could definitely use some major improvement. The show times were frustrating as we had late dining at 8:45 p.m. and the shows were scheduled for 10:30 p.m. With a table of 8, our dinner was often rushed and a couple of nights we just skipped dessert. Service in all areas was great, buffet options at Oceanview Cafe were very good, room service breakfast was a treat, and we loved the stops in Olympia, Corfu, two days in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. Cruise sailed from Venice and we spent a couple of days there, too. Great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I am a history fan; I have long wanted to see Greece. This cruise was a great way to scratch the surface. Departing from Venice was an amazing bonus. Cruising down the canal past the city of Venice was incredible and really a great ... Read More
I am a history fan; I have long wanted to see Greece. This cruise was a great way to scratch the surface. Departing from Venice was an amazing bonus. Cruising down the canal past the city of Venice was incredible and really a great selling point for this specific cruise. Celebrity sold us on their service last January while on board Silhouette. Don't misunderstand Celebrity Constellation is not Silhouette, but it is Celebrity. Celebrity service is far better than any of the other 4 cruise lines we have cruised on. Yes, Constellation is 17 years old, but once you get onboard I just did not see the age. She looked far better than many newer ships (except Silhouette) we've been on. Onboard Experience For us being able to get around ship quickly is important. I think the date of the selection was critical to our experience. As grandparents to 3 boys, we love children; however, we go on vacation to recharge and enjoy ourselves. With this cruise beginning on August 28th, there were few children onboard. We did not have to listen to children running up and down the passageways outside our cabin. Perfect for sleeping late. Our cabin was amidships near the elevators. Perfect for getting to deck 10, quickly. We never had to wait more than 1-2 minutes for an elevator. We lived the fact that we could review our onboard account from our cabin television, daily. We had pretty big plans while ashore, so we did not plan late nights aboard. This does not mean we did not go to the evening shows. I wish I had taken notes on the entertainers who came aboard, but... In any event, we really enjoyed Lorraine Brown and the fact that she performed an evening show and a matinee several days later was great. We did enjoy the onboard singers and dancers. The aerialists were especially good. I believe one show was too much, Elyria (not sure I've spelled it correctly); we found the subject matter offensive/borderline offensive. Ports of Call 3 Sea Days - well needed days to rest 1. Katakolon - Ancient Olympia, shore excursion, interesting, but now I've done it; I won't do it again. 2. Santorini - Wow!!! You anchor in the caldera and the view is amazing. I've read other reviews of complaints about long lines for the cable cars. We never waited longer than one cycle of the cable cars. Walk or ride the donkeys if you want, imho, the smell of donkey urine and feces are a take away from a good cruise (although for some probably great for a good laugh, but not me). We visited Oia, got the Blue Dome shots, and walked as far as you could go. The road to Oia is interesting. Back to Thira (Fira) for quick tour and back to ship for a long, quiet nap. 3. Piraeus (Athens) - 2-days here. The port is 20-30 minutes from downtown Athens. Day 1 - Instead of touring our first day, we took a ferry to the island of Poros (where my brother-in-law grew up). If you get the opportunity, go to Poros. We only spent 4 hours there (ferry trip is about 2 hours round trip), but with the help of my sister's in-laws we had a great opportunity to see the island from a more personal perspective. This island is beautiful. I would come back to Greece just for this! After returning to the ship, we took the Metro to the Athens Plaka district and proceeded to get quite lost. No matter, we walked up to the Acropolis just as the sun was setting and then got lost in the Plaka district. IT was late when we returned to the ship. Day 2 - we had an Athens City Tour with add-on Acropolis tour with Shore Excursions Group. As enough people did not book the trip, four of us were given a virtual private tour of Athens - Perfect! 4. Mykonos - another beautiful location. We were off the ship early for our personal walking tour of Mykonos town. Love it, until later in the morning as the crowds began to build. The windmills and Little Venice are short walks from the tender dock Have lunch or coffee in little Venice, you might meet the local mascot, a pelican walked through the sidewalk cafe as we finished up. 5. Corfu - So many choices for tours, but did not want the long tours out into the island. There is so much history right in Corfu town. We took the shuttle to the terminal and walked out and caught the Hop on-Hop off bus. Corfu town is a small town with small streets and was quite crowded early making for a 20-30 minute ride to Kanoni. At Kanoni, get off and walk 300-400 feet to see and visit Mouse Island (beautiful view) Just across the channel, from Mouse Island, are views of what many believe looks like Capri. Here, you will also view aircraft landing at the island's only airport. BTW, the boat ride to Mouse Island cost 5 Euros round trip for 2; 5-10 minute ride. We left Kanoni and went to the Old Fortress, very impressive; especially when you consider when it was built. If you're up for it walk to the top - it is a long haul, sometimes made worse by people stopping to take photos on the narrow steps. Take your photos from the top, you won't miss anything. Service and Crew The ships crew are amazing. We were always warmly greeted by the crew everywhere we went onboard. Our San Marco dining room servers: Waiter - Widastra, Asst Waiter - Ram, & Sommelier - Susana were wonderfully friendly and warm. In 15 cruises, we have to say they were the best we've ever had. Thank you so much for that. We ate in the Tuscan Grille & can only say, "what's not to enjoy here?" The Tuscan staff were amazing hovering just out of view, but always available in an instant when something was needed. Great! In all of our previous cruises, we probably never had more than a shallow hello from the ships officers. Constellation was vastly different. We were always greeted by ship's officers, including the captain, saying hello, asking how our day was, how we were enjoying the cruise, and if we needed anything to let them know. We experienced this everyday. This is our first experience where our cruise director had anything to say other than a nod or simple hello. On Constellation, the Cruise Director Rich (sorry I did not make note of your last name, but won't ever forget your first name), was amazing. He was everywhere talking with guests. He greeted us as we boarded and he was there to wish us well when we departed at 0745. Thanks, Rich. This type of service is indicative of great management and leadership at the top. From my perspective, that is the Captain. I've been on several other cruises and never had this personal service. Thank you, sir! Embark/Disembark This is only my second Celebrity experience but embarking and disembarking have never been better on any other cruise line I've been on. Because this cruise was sold out, embarking was expected to be timely. We received a text and email indicating what time we would arrive for embarking. We paid no attention to this and boarded, as we were ready. Within a few minutes, we had our photos taken and were onboard. Disembarking went just as well. Unbelievably, we packed only carry-on luggage (took advantage of ships laundry) for 2-weeks in Italy and Greece. When it was time to leave, we left our cabin, early (we had an early train to Rome to catch) waited no more than 10-15 minutes and we were off and on our journey to Rome. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We picked this cruise because of the ports of call and I love the M class ships size. I have read other reviews that say the ship is dated not sure I understand we found the ship beautiful in excellent almost new condition. For the first ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the ports of call and I love the M class ships size. I have read other reviews that say the ship is dated not sure I understand we found the ship beautiful in excellent almost new condition. For the first time in years, we took just an oceanview stateroom on deck three and loved it. We do like Aqua class but received a great group rate so thought why not try it and with the savings it paid for our hotel room in Venice at a 5-star hotel. We arrived at the Marco Polo airport in Venice at 9:00 am and used Blitz VIP Service which met us at the gate picked up our luggage and we were led to the front of the line bypassing 300-400 people through customs and immigration to a private car. We were at the cruise port by 10:00 I was a little disappointed being Elite they gave us boarding cards and ours was number 4 and they were boarding 1 and 2. This is the first time I have seen this I expected priority boarding and do not feel being Elite means much anymore on Celebrity we boarded early anyway because I went ahead and walked on without waiting for our number to be called we were tired and hungry. We had breakfast and lunch every day at the Oceanview Cafe on deck 10 we found the selection and service to be very good everything was fresh and more than enough selections to please my wife and me who are very picky. I thought my wife would be disappointed with open seating in the San Marco Restaurant but wow the food and service were excellent every night. We sat at table 152 close to the entrance it almost felt like a private dining area our waiter Sukarta was the best we have ever had very friendly and professional. The bar service was good to excellent favorite was the Mast bar, the Martini Bar was excellent but for some strange reason, they would play very loud what they called "retro" music which chased us away most nights it was terrible. The entertainment at the pool and the bars were very good the shows were just fair at best. I loved Athens best my wife loved Venice best and both of us did not care much for Mykonos. Santorini, of course, was the most beautiful and wish we had more time in Corfu. Our best tour was in Katakolon with Kostas Theodorakopoulos of Visit Katakolon tours. Any of you who love to Cruise must visit Venice and Athens in your lifetime and no better way than with Celebrity. Read Less
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
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
Sail Date August 2017
My wife and I chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary, which included locales we've wanted to see (Dubrovnik, Malta, Sicily) but couldn't build a vacation around. The ship is showing age, but is quite functional. My wife did ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary, which included locales we've wanted to see (Dubrovnik, Malta, Sicily) but couldn't build a vacation around. The ship is showing age, but is quite functional. My wife did not like the ship decor, and that is probably our biggest criticism, but not a show stopper. Our room was an Aqua Class Balcony, so we were able to eat breakfast and dinners in Restaurant Blu. The service in Blu was EXCELLENT, and the smaller Blu dining room permitted us to get acquainted with all of the staff and many of the guests. We paid for the "Go Best" upgrade which was well worth it, if only for the unlimited WiFI and Premium drinks package. I think because of that we didn't experience the beverage "upsell" we see in many other reviews. There was a very good selection of wines by the glass rotated at dinner and a lot of specialty drinks, including the Martini Bar, and Cellar Masters Bar, as well as a good selection of single malt and blended whiskey, all of which was included in our drinks package. Our cabin steward was quite responsive, so no problems there. On the down side, the entertainment was average, and some of the bar staff were a bit disinterested or just slow. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise very much. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My wife and I were hesitant to go on a cruise given that I have bad motion sickness and we've read all the reviews on how cruise ships are not fun for young adults. I was completely wrong - Celebrity Constellation was fantastic in ... Read More
My wife and I were hesitant to go on a cruise given that I have bad motion sickness and we've read all the reviews on how cruise ships are not fun for young adults. I was completely wrong - Celebrity Constellation was fantastic in every aspect. There was not one thing that I would have wanted them to improve on except the gym (please add more free weights and a squat rack). Our cruise director, Rich, was fantastic as well. The entire crew, whether it be in the dining room, various bars or even at the pool went above and beyond to make us feel completely at ease. The food was great, our room was clean, the shows were decent, the games were fun. Would 100% definitely do again. Our cruise ship went from Rome to Israel to Turkey to Athens. We did only one shore excursion with the ship - all others we did on our own. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This cruise originally booked to embark at Istanbul but was changed following troubles there. We were disappointed as we wanted to see Istanbul.However our other port was Jerusalem so we accepted the change. Thereafter, communication with ... Read More
This cruise originally booked to embark at Istanbul but was changed following troubles there. We were disappointed as we wanted to see Istanbul.However our other port was Jerusalem so we accepted the change. Thereafter, communication with Celebrity was difficult. We could only access the web site to give personal details - we could not access details of trips and neither were we sent any information on trips. We were forced to seek independent trip companies which turned out to be excellent - small group sizes, superb guide and driver and significantly cheaper then booking through Celebrity. Days before travelling our Travel Agent eventually were able to get us paper luggage labels by contacting booking department. A big mistake we made was booking the cruise before flight details were known. Our flights to Athens were via Frankfurt (one and a half hours wait) with a similar journey on return from Rome. Reading the Brochure it stated that on cruises of 12 nights there would be 3 formal nights. We packed formal evening wear - on embarkation we were informed that there would be 2 nights of "CHIC CASUAL" and the rest smart casual. hardly anyone wore evening dress. Standards are dropping, one gent's idea of chic casual was trainers, shorts and t shirt and he was allowed in to restaurant. Standards are dropping. The cruise itself was good. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We are a married couple in our early 40's. This is our 4th cruise and 2nd with X, the previous one being a Western Med cruise 3 years ago on the Equinox. We are fortunate enough to travel permanently but usually in a more budget ... Read More
We are a married couple in our early 40's. This is our 4th cruise and 2nd with X, the previous one being a Western Med cruise 3 years ago on the Equinox. We are fortunate enough to travel permanently but usually in a more budget conscious and adventurous way but we have done a couple of cruises recently to "treat" ourselves. We embarked in Athens, the ship was at the far end of the terminal and a lot of people were trying to walk there but were struggling, perhaps X could have communicated that better. Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on in no time with a glass of bubbles. Disembarkation in Rome was smooth off the ship but the free shuttles provided by the port were inconsistent and we ended up waiting for more than an hour. I know this is not X issue but you would think they would want their passengers final memories to be good and might help. The ship is a Millenium class and therefore not as modern or chic as the Equinox (nor as pricey though). The ship seemed to be in very good condition considering others were telling us it is due for refurbishment next year. The decor is more dark and classic then we have encountered on other ships. We liked it at night but found during the day it was too dark to appreciate the bright seas as you were sailing. The outdoor areas were also clean but the windows did seem very dirty - but not a big issue. The basketball court was half closed due to renovations. There is no full promenade so outside walking is limited to the exercise track which is ok but with all the lounge chairs and fellow passengers it was difficult to get your exercise in. Our cabin was similar to others we have had, the shower has a curtain as opposed to glass but it was fine. There was loads of storage space. The bed is technically 2 twins and not as modern or as high as others but we seemed to sleep well haha. Our cabin steward was great. Our balcony (7171) was slightly larger than the standard. The only real negative in the cabin was the entertainment system - it is very antiquated and slow to update. Unlike our previous cruises movies on demand cost money and were very expensive ($15USD!!!) and TV channels were very limited. It was not a big issue as we were rarely in the cabin but sometimes its nice to relax there - not sure what you would do if you were cabin bound with illness??? Dining - unlike other cruises we did not try the speciality restaurants as we are sailing on the Connie again shortly on a re-positioning cruise and will try them then. The MD food started very poorly but got better the longer the cruise went .. perhaps that is a strategy so you remember it? The Oceanview cafe was similar, the standard of food was very average at the start with only white bread that was stale and over ripe fruit. It improved overtime. The pizzas were very nice as was the burger bar. The only other free dining option was the cafe al bacio and it was only desserts. Compared to our recent HAL (Koningsdam) cruise - free dining options felt a little limited and the food quality lower and not as modern (but again it was much cheaper). We had the classic drinks package which is unlimited in terms of quantity but not in quality. What we found strange is that what you were limited on was not price driven - eg you could not have sparkling water but you could have much more expensive mocktails. There was early pressure to upgrade the package but this died down after a couple of days. Service - outstanding. This was the most disappointing aspect of our last cruise and the most impressive aspect of this one. In particular the bar service, it was always easy to get a drink with plenty of waiters. All our other cruises the barmen have been grumpy (maybe because their tips cannot be removed?) but that was not the case on this one. Our sommelier (Victor) gave the best service I think I have ever received and Marley in the upstairs bars was equally impressive. One incident though was disturbing, we had a barman make an insulting comment one night and we complained immediately to Guest Relations. I made it clear we weren't after "free" things as compensation but merely wanted the incident investigated. Clearly they took my friendly approach as a way of trying to sweep it under the carpet as I never received any apology or follow up even after complaining again management failed to turn up at the scheduled time and later simply apologised with no explanations. Considering my wife was insulted surely some gesture like a letter or flowers would be expected, even if I said we would not be causing any problems over the incident???? Entertainment - the Cruise Director was an entertainer himself and was simply amazing. The production shows were typical but enjoyable. The guest entertainers were mixed but none were bad. The smaller venue entertainment was not very good but we rarely saw it as it did not fit in with our schedule. Activities such as quizzes and dancing were well organised. We always had something to do and found the cruise a lot of fun because of this. One thing we noticed was the officers not as visible as on Equinox, not a big deal just noticed it but management was very visible compared to HAL and I think this is why overall service is so great. The itinerary was great - loved Israel and Ephesus. Malta was great but would have liked more time. We are travelling again on the Connie soon, provided we have no more nasty incidents would definitely sail it again. Not as chic as other ships but very comfortable and good value for money, there was always space and other ships should base their buffet design on this one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Two ports drew us to this cruise. Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Both were wonderful. The ship is old and tired. The staff were friendly and with the exception of Leonardo on excursions were friendly and helpful at all times. Do not ... Read More
Two ports drew us to this cruise. Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Both were wonderful. The ship is old and tired. The staff were friendly and with the exception of Leonardo on excursions were friendly and helpful at all times. Do not look for fine dining unless you are prepared to pay more than your cruise price. It is good some night but on others disappointing. The real irritations are : - Unbelievable - poor old curtains in all the state rooms. Not clean. Carpets throughout looking as though they need a good clean. 69 dollars to play BINGO. ( three cards) 15 dollars to leave the ship to visit the port of call. Coach - one mile each way. No scoop of ice-cream on one deck unless you are in the captains circle. No proper cocktail glasses on one deck and you may find your cocktail in a tumbler. Internet to your stateroom at 315 dollars charged. Gratuities charged to the stateroom daily though we had paid these in advance. Some excellent shows especially the troop of dancers singers in two production shows and terrific Jane Curry guest singer. The other male singer was good also and very entertaining. All others were poor and not worth the visit to the theatre. Anytime dining was under stress as most passengers choose this. Feeding 1200 in a couple of hours with waiter service is tough on them. You spend more time inside as only on some decks can you walk outside. Staterooms are tired and poor and in need of doing up. The TV set worked but it was a struggle to use the various channels until we simply didn't bother. Photographs taken of you on board and off are sold to you at 30 dollars a picture. Absolutely dreadful and in protest four of us bought none. Though the ship is led by the wonderful Nina - senior officer - and her staff are a great crew - the charges and silly rules and tiredness make this a ship to be avoided until they spend money on it. There is nothing whatever for children on this ship. Sad but true - and you should not choose this one for a family holiday. Often the cocktails are made ( not so good). Some waiters make them very well. Training is needed to produce the right mix in many cases. There were some exceptionally good waiters outside on the breakfast area and in the main dining room. Waiters however would often butt in and interrupt conversations without the polite 'excuse me'. Our experience was previously with Princess Cruises but this is several years ago and I wonder if there has been a change in the way passengers are treated in the industry to extract more money ie. photos and short port bus rides etc... and that all are now the same. I wonder? The ports of this cruise were wonderful Venice to Malta and back but it is Croatia and Montenegro which both steel the show as Jane Curry did in the evening on the stage. Loved the singers and dancers - a new great troop. Trained in New York. Terrific. Such moments made it a good cruise but it needs the wow factor restored. Friends we were with were very disappointed indeed. It was very sad. They had paid a good deal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was a great cruise; the itinerary was very good, the Blu restaurant for Aqua Class was like going to a Specialty restaurant every night! We were booked on a similar itinerary out of Venice on the Celebrity Silhouette 2 years ago ... Read More
This was a great cruise; the itinerary was very good, the Blu restaurant for Aqua Class was like going to a Specialty restaurant every night! We were booked on a similar itinerary out of Venice on the Celebrity Silhouette 2 years ago but had to cancel it then. Venice now has size limits so only ships no bigger than the Constellation can go there. In fact, a few days before we left, there was a local protest organized against cruise ships destroying the port! The ports of call were all very rich in history. As we visited beautiful cathedrals dating back to as early as 400 AD, we were fascinated by the stories from the Bible illustrated on the ceilings and walls in mosaics and restored paintings. Considering that the Gutenberg printing press wasn't invented until the 1500's, we realized that this was the way the early church passed on their teachings! The people in the ports were very friendly, but not aggressive in their sales pitches, as in some other European and Asian cities. For example, I thought I needed to replace a watch battery, and went into a store in Dubrovnik; the clerk took my old battery, tested it, and it turns out it was fine, and I didn't need to buy one. In most other cities, tourist stores would be only too happy to sell a tourist a battery, whether they needed one or not. Would recommend going..before Venice cancels cruises out of their port! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We choose the cruise because of the itinerary and the fact we love Celebrity ships ..Embarkation was smooth quick impressive and within 15 mins of arriving at the dock we were sat at Sunset having a drink !!! Our cabin in A1 Aqua class was ... Read More
We choose the cruise because of the itinerary and the fact we love Celebrity ships ..Embarkation was smooth quick impressive and within 15 mins of arriving at the dock we were sat at Sunset having a drink !!! Our cabin in A1 Aqua class was as usual spotless and the cabin steward Sidney a real treasure .. We dined in the speciality restaurants and loved Ocean Liners where the food and service was as good as many Michelin star places, Tuscan Grill had me a bit confused ,what was it trying to be ? an upmarket Italian Trattorria? a pizza place ? it failed on the first one , pizza in a speciality restaurant ? they may do that in America but you do not find fast food in a fine dining place ever , so we cancelled our planned second trip and went again to Ocean Liners... We dined in Blu a couple of times but had an unpleasant situation with a surly waiter who when i pointed lout to him that my Lamb Cutlets were like old shoe leather he then summoned another waiter and said "do they look ok to you" ? i was gobsmacked , no sending for the Maitre D only an offer grudgingly given "do you want something else" .... I spoke to the Maitre D later and he was to say the least unhelpful and unconcerned ... This is the first time i have felt the need to complain on a Celebrity cruise it left a sour taste in my mouth ... We did find a fantastic Sommelier in Cellar Masters in Fabrice who help us to choose some wonderful wines and made the whole thing so enjoyable .We visited the theatre a couple of times and found it ok ... Overall we enjoyed the cruise but felt like a lot of other passengers that reductions in numbers of staff have a huge impact on the service , the staff in general are polite helpful and work very hard its a pity Celebrity feel the need to try and manage with less of them , in conclusion ,yes we would go with Celebrity again but if it slips any further in service we would look to change lines Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Just back from 11 day cruise. Firstly the positives- the destinations were excellent and the weather fantastic until the last 2 days. also our cabin at the back of the ship was incredible On the whole the food was good which leads me ... Read More
Just back from 11 day cruise. Firstly the positives- the destinations were excellent and the weather fantastic until the last 2 days. also our cabin at the back of the ship was incredible On the whole the food was good which leads me to the dining experience itself. We were in Anytime Dining and usually chose to eat at 8.30 to 8.45pm each evening. The experience at the entrance of the Dining room was a shambles and after queing for 10 minutes would be given a buzzer for a further 15 to 20 minute wait. We complained and the staff tried to resolve the situation Next the drinks package- we subscribed to the Standard Drinks package and the inconsistencies as to what drinks we were permitted to consume was amazing, depending on which bar. Without wishing to appear that we had a bad time, it is fair to say that we expected more from Celebrity Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We picked this cruise for the itinerary, price and timing. This was our first cruise and we were very happy with the service, ports of call and the food. Prior to our trip we were not sure what to expect because of the variety of the ... Read More
We picked this cruise for the itinerary, price and timing. This was our first cruise and we were very happy with the service, ports of call and the food. Prior to our trip we were not sure what to expect because of the variety of the comments in the available reviews. Turns out we did not need to worry. The food was great in the main dining room with lots of variety every night, we ate there every night. We had a simple breakfast in our room most mornings because of early docking at the ports, which was what we wanted. Since we were in port most days, we had lunch while we were out exploring. We only ever saw our room steward in the halls...he very quickly figured out our habits and worked around us. There was a good mix of entertainment in the evenings - live music and theater performances. We enjoyed exploring most of the ports on our own, however, we did select to shore excursions through Celebrity and thought that they were well organized and met our expectations. We would definitely cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Well firstly I have to apologise as this review is being posted a year after we cruised on the Connie! Anyway I'm finally getting around to reviewing this wonderful ship so here we go! Embarkation was a breeze, we departed out ... Read More
Well firstly I have to apologise as this review is being posted a year after we cruised on the Connie! Anyway I'm finally getting around to reviewing this wonderful ship so here we go! Embarkation was a breeze, we departed out of Civitavecchia (Rome) We headed straight for the Ocean View Bar and buffet while we waited for our luggage to arrive. Sail away was fantastic and there were many fellow Cruise Critic members at Sail Away drinks. The ambiance was infectious! The ship itself is a smaller ship but I have to say I like that as its not as crowded. The ship is very clean and well maintained. Dining in the main dining room was wonderful, we had amazing wait staff and couldn't praise them any higher. Our Sommelier was fantastic and always had a great recommendation, after the first night she knew what we liked and would always bring us our favourite drink. Buffett dining in Ocean View café is typically very busy, we only chose to dine there for breakfast and Lunch, however the selection is plentiful and delicious! Specialty Dining- We were lucky enough to try all the restaurants. Tuscan Grill was delicious, we had steak both of the nights we dined there, perfectly cooked and deliciously tender, all the side dishes and Entrees did not disappoint! Ocean Liners the French restaurant was probably my second choice over the Tuscan Grill but still equally delicious. One of the nights we dined here we were fortunate enough to dine in the private dining room with some of the officers! What an experience, wow!!! We were made to feel like VIP's. We were so happy to have experienced this and it certainly made for a memorable honeymoon! The food in Ocean Liners was delicious, do try the lobster its quite special as everything is cooked beside your table and the waiter talks you through everything on the ingredient list. Poolside dining is great if you just want a hot dog or burger! Poolside service was good, we always had a drink in our hand and did not struggle to get service. My poolside Aperol Spritz were always so enjoyable! The Martini Bar was a firm favourite with my husband and I, big shout out to Peter, Branko and Rudi, they were fantastic! Celebrity certainly know how to train their staff! Entertainment was probably the only negative for me. I don't think the shows were of a high standard. I would love to see some comedy acts! Disembarkation was pain free and we were off the ship in no time! I have to say this was a sad day! Celebrity you certainly lived up to our expectations, so much so we have two future Celebrity cruises booked! Bring on The Reflection in 2018 and The Edge in 2019! April & Reagan Bax :-) Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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