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3 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Middle East

We did this cruise simply to get out of the UK weather and enjoy the quality of Celebrity's accommodation and food. The intinary is not very good if you are looking to simply get off the ship and tour the local promonard etc. Due to ... Read More
We did this cruise simply to get out of the UK weather and enjoy the quality of Celebrity's accommodation and food. The intinary is not very good if you are looking to simply get off the ship and tour the local promonard etc. Due to the flight times and arriving in Dubai then transferring to Abbi Dhabi we were simply to tired to see anything of Abbi Dhabi and that was one of the better stops. Dubai is simply a great place to explore if you are prepared to use either the taxis or red bus. It's a city break really with some odd stops thrown in. The ship (Constallation) was one of the smaller ones in the fleet and did need updating and we did not find the staff as friendly as others we have been on although it's difficult to put your finger on what was wrong. The food and wine was very good but the dinning areas seemed a little cramped during the evening which resulted more noise than usual. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
First the good points. Staff throughout the ship were brilliant, helpful, happy and delightful especially our main dining room server Daisy. Food was generally very good in the main dining room and buffet both in quality and choice. ... Read More
First the good points. Staff throughout the ship were brilliant, helpful, happy and delightful especially our main dining room server Daisy. Food was generally very good in the main dining room and buffet both in quality and choice. State room was very good although the bedding had seen better days, but was clean and changed regularly, again the steward was brilliant. Excursions were great in India, not booked through the ship but by friends made on cruise critic roll call. Met lovely people from all over the world, most were happy with their cruise although as always you get the perpetual moaners. The Classic drinks package included in the cruise price was more that adequate, and included speciality coffee and soft drinks. The ship although a bit on the old side was great, public rooms were really good and just the right size not too big or too small. Now the not so good points. Celebrity obviously keep the upfront costs of the cruise reasonable, but try to make up their money by on board sales. If you don't play their game and buy extra it is fine, remember you are boarding a shopping mall! We were approached six times on boarding to upgrade our drinks package which we found was totally unnecessary unless you enjoy Matinies, (only $10 + 18% per person per day!) Speciality dining was pushed time and time again throughout the cruise and was relatively expensive $40 to $50, as I said food in the main dining rooms were very good. Entertainment was very poor. The cruise director was the worst I have ever encountered, never saw him around the ship only on stage in the evening or the usual TV program, his catch phrase of " Love You" was really cringe worthy. God knows what he did! Again a lot of the entertainment was to make money, usual art auctions, casino competitions, tastings etc.etc. Stage shows were predictable and visiting artists generally poor. All said had a great time as we did not commit to extras and accepted the entertainment as it was and enjoyed the company of other guests. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Second time we have used Celebrity and again booked a Sky suite as larger suites were all taken. The cruise was from Abu Dhabi to Dubai (overnight) to New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai all India. The cruise was supposed to go into Oman but ... Read More
Second time we have used Celebrity and again booked a Sky suite as larger suites were all taken. The cruise was from Abu Dhabi to Dubai (overnight) to New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai all India. The cruise was supposed to go into Oman but due to bad weather we returned a day early (4pm) to Abu Dhabi but remained onboard overnight. The led to the farcical situation of a standoff between Celebrity and UAE immigration which led to EVERY man, woman and child being called off the ship in queues to the cruise centre at 10pm to surrender their passport!! This could have been avoided by Celebrity but they did not wish to disrupt dinner service and obviously tried to use their influence to leave it till morning! Funnily they then used that excuse to say immigration was being called at 10pm and it was better now instead of queues in morning...unfortunately this meant children, babies and the infirm being called from their sleep ( this was the last night and everyone had to be out of their cabins by 7am so many including us had retired early). This is definitely a bad mark to Celebrity and some extent UAE immigration. We as usual picked up our own taxis for tours so as not to be stuck waiting for others on a bus or the repetitive queuing to get on /off same bus and at a fraction of tour costs! Mumbai was particularly excellent for us as the taxi driver we used was very informative and took us to places we had not asked to see but were pleased he had added...of course there was the obligatory jewelry and carpet shop stops but that was an easy distraction at the end. Once again the Luminae restaurant was very good both in food and service. Our suite was tired and had torn bedding and had to constantly mention to Butler or attendant things that required attention such as shower hose leaks and lamps that were out. The Michael's Club (for suite passengers only) was again excellent but poorly utilized other that afternoon tea and early evening before dinner. Part of this was because it was supposed to close at midnight but staff started cleaning up sometimes as early as 10.45. with the vacuum out at 11pm putting clients off coming. Will still use Celebrity again as we like the private dining of Luminae and drinks at Michael's club at times to suit our taste. Read Less
Sail Date November 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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