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8 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Transatlantic

Our fifth cruise and First cruise with Celebrity. We were looking forward to an awe inspiring cruise, fill of fun, activities, quality entertainment, what we found was a very uninspiring and rather dull cruise. I feel that the age ... Read More
Our fifth cruise and First cruise with Celebrity. We were looking forward to an awe inspiring cruise, fill of fun, activities, quality entertainment, what we found was a very uninspiring and rather dull cruise. I feel that the age demographics of this cruise (with the majority (80%) of guests being 65+) may have been a contributing factor in our boring cruise, as it seemed the daily activities and entertainment was directed toward the more sedate guests. Another disappointing factor was that many of the activities had a fee attached to them. We would have loved to joined in with yoga, fitness, martini making, cooking classes etc but couldn't justify the extra cost. It would have been nice to have sat in the Theatre and watched movies with more regularity than what was offered (twice in 15 days). There was plenty of Tournaments at the Casino (most also at a charge), it was evident that the Casino was by far the BIGGEST money-maker onboard. ENTERTAINMENT. Theatre shows put on by the Celebrity Dance and music crew were spectacular. Most enjoyable productions it was a shame there were only a few of them. The funniest show I have EVER seen on a cruise was Celbrity Constellations 'Liar liar' with the Captain, Cruise Director and Music director having us rolling around in stitches. Tenors of Rock another amazing show stopper. BEVERAGE Bars opened late and closed early (except the Casino Bar which closed about 1am), and no 24 hour cafe and eatery made utilising our 'Very Expensive' beverage package hard to utilize to its fullest. We purchased the Classic Beverage Package ($65/day each) which only entitled us to lower shelf spirits, light beers and $8 cocktails (we only found one $8 cocktail, all others were $9+). Sometimes the bars which were open were unstaffed (exception the pool bars) and many times trying to attract the attention of drinks waiter was like trying find a needle in a haystack. FOOD It was worthwhile dining at the seated restaurant and wasn't a problem changing our seating time from early to late dining. There could have been more variety on the menu, but the food was delicious and presented beautifully. The wait staff were VERY attentive, happy and warm. This was also the same for breakfast dining in the restaurant. The buffet was easily accessible and food again was presented fresh and delicious. It was good to see the chefs come out and inspect the displays to ensure they were kept up to high standards. Another bonus was that there were plenty of hand sanitation stations throughout the ship. STOPOVERS/EXCURSIONS We had heard too many complaints about shore excursion prices, overstuffed buses, slow patrons, impatient operators so we decided to find our own way around each stopover. Absolutely brilliant idea, so much cheaper (we saved $100's). Hop on..Hop off Buses which operated in most ports was the easiest way to get around as many sightseeing places as possible - they take about 1-2 hours full trip, so by our second time around we knew where we'd like visit. Some places we just took a taxi to the beach and sat in the bar to enjoy some cheap drinks and WiFi. Sharing taxis with others was another great way to get around, and the drivers would take you off the beaten track if you asked. We enjoyed a most beautiful Terrine in Agadir in our drivers favourite eatery. OVERALL Crew and Staff were amazing and at an earlier suggestion we tipped our Cabin Steward, bar staff and Wait staff, I feel though that even though we did this they would have given us the same great service that we received. They were all so happy and loved working for Celebrity, and it showed. The elite enjoyed 'Michaels Bar' and Aqua reserved only for members, from what we observed were mostly emptied... These could have been better utilised. The pay restaurants were well staffed, AMAZING food but to have a bottle of wine one needed to take out a small loan. All onboard extras (and there was lot) were very expensive, from the $5.50 coffee to $300 Wifi package. Lack of interesting daily activities had us creating our own just so we could make the days go by quickly... 10am - 12.00pm 'carona's by the pool. 12.00pm -1.30pm buffet selection creation. 1.30pm - 5.30 Bourbon at the Cas. 5.30 - 7pm Nana Nap. 7pm - 8.30 theatre Show. 8 30 wine and dine. There were many times we felt like we were on a Celebrity Xtortion Cruise and as we had travelled from Australia with a terrible exchange rate to EUR and $US, cost of cruise and getting to port of embarkment... The whole experience left us with an empty wallet. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We were on the Celebrity Constellation on the November 4, 2015 transatlantic crossing. Check-in was quick, efficient and well handled. We were impressed with the speed in which we were able to check in and board the ship. I should note ... Read More
We were on the Celebrity Constellation on the November 4, 2015 transatlantic crossing. Check-in was quick, efficient and well handled. We were impressed with the speed in which we were able to check in and board the ship. I should note at this point that this was our second time leaving from Civitavecchia on a Celebrity ship and both times it was a quick and smooth process. Bar service was quite often slow, particularly in the casino. The Oceanview buffet on deck 10 was generally quite good but there were little problems with equipment (such as broken coffee makers etc.) and consistently long line ups at the stir fry station. I don't know if it is possible to add staff to highly popular stations but Celebrity may want to give that some thought. The salad bar was not well stocked. We had chosen select dining as an option and this is where the disappointment was the greatest. We have been on the Celebrity Solstice and Silhouette ships and we found the food and wait staff great. However on the Constellation the dining room staff provided inconsistent service. The sommelier appeared more interested in hawking bottles of wine as opposed to discussing informed wine/food pairings. She also made a number of errors with respect to billing. My husband, who had the premium beverage package, found glasses of wine on his account on several occasions when no wine should have been charged to our account. One time when the sommelier put an invoice in front of him to sign, I asked why he would need to sign anything when he had the premium beverage package and had only had a couple glasses of wine with dinner (wine which would actually be covered under a classic beverage package). She apologized and said his sea pass must be worn and she could not see that he had a package. This would have been believable had we not had the same discussion the previous evening. We made sure we sat in another area of the dining room after that time. Overall the wait staff was not impressive and not up to the higher service standards experienced on other Celebrity ships. The food in the dining room was not impressive taste wise and the portions small. I had a stuffed portabello mushroom as a main course and it was tiny. It would be considered a tiny appetizer and was ridiculously small for a main course. Overall the quality of the food was not good and we were underwhelmed with the taste, selection and presentation of the food in the dining room. The Ocean Liners specialty restaurant was an exception with regard to the quality of the food on this ship. We dined in that restaurant twice and on both occasions our meals were excellent and beautifully presented. Service was also exceptional. There was a bit of an odd situation when dealing with the reservations on both nights. On the first night of our reservation, we called to see if we could push our reservation by a half hour and dine with friends. We were told no, the restaurant was full and changing the reservation start time would be impossible. I then said we would call our friends and see if they wanted to move their reservation up 30 minutes since we were among the first dining times. We were then told that the restaurant could accommodate our requested change in time and pushed our reservation back by the requested 30 minutes. When we went to the restaurant there were only two tables occupied. In fact it never filled and there were many empty tables. There was also a small issue with our second reservation. On the second last night of our cruise, we asked to move the reservation from the last night to that evening. We were told it would be impossible to move the reservation as the restaurant was fully booked. We understood. However ten minutes after being told that, we were entering into the Oceanview and there was a Celebrity staff member encouraging people to make Ocean Liner reservations for that night. We asked him if there were tables available for that night and he said there were. We told him we had reservations for the last night of the cruise and we asked if we could change and he said there was no problem. He made the arrangements and we appreciate his efforts. Once again when dining there, despite being told the place was fully booked, we found it was barely occupied and there were three or four tables occupied (none with more than four people). The captain was entertaining and his daily updates were often the highlight of the day. The shows or theater entertainment was hit and miss. One act of note was the comedian who was very good and we felt well entertained. Overall the activities on the ship seemed to be fewer than on other ships and for the most part we were disappointed (Trivia, bingo etc.). At times staff seemed disorganized and we wondered if staff were new to their positions and this was their first experience on the ship. It had the flavour of "we are new at this so forgive our mistakes". The ship does seem a bit tired in spots and in need of an update even though it went through an update three or four years ago. We will forgive worn decor if the staff are on the ball, but this was not the case. There just seemed to be lackadaisical attitude towards any task by many of the staff members. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our first Transatlantic cruise and it could not have been better. The seas were calm (credit to the Captain for going around a storm) the entire trip and my husband who gets sea sick easily never had a moments discomfort! The ... Read More
This was our first Transatlantic cruise and it could not have been better. The seas were calm (credit to the Captain for going around a storm) the entire trip and my husband who gets sea sick easily never had a moments discomfort! The ship is beautiful and well kept. The crew were always there with a smile and willing to help with anything you might need. This was our first time in a Celebrity Suite and it was wonderful. Michaels Club was our go to place to have a quiet drink and meet up with the many wonderful new friends we had met there. The Michael's concierge, Gareth Watkins was amazing- there was nothing we requested that he didn't come through with. The girls in Michael's remembered what you liked to drink and they were always quick with bringing you a snack if you were hungry. Luminae (I was told pronounced Lume eh nay') was worth waiting for. We loved the food and the service was great (although a little slow - hard to make the shows if you had desert). We tried both specialty restaurants and recommend them both. There were plenty of activities and entertainment to keep you as busy as you wanted to be. They even had shows during the day which was nice since we kept losing an hour here and there and it was harder to stay up late at night for the shows. We stopped in Madeira, Portugal; Gibraltar, UK; and Alicante, Spain. We did private tours in Madeira and Gibraltar with wonderful fellow cruisers that we met up with on our Cruise Critic Roll Call. In Alicante we did the HOHO bus and walked around town and ate at a local restaurant (LeMedina) for authentic Paella - a very pretty town to walk in! When we reached Civitavecchia we literally just walked off the ship and onto our tour bus for a look at St. Peter's square, the Coliseum and the Forum in Rome and then off to the airport. It was a ships tour and a great way to end our cruise. From there we flew to London to spend five wonderful days exploring before heading home to the States. We cannot wait for our next Celebrity Cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Working and raising a family kept us from cruising for over thirty years. Finally retired, and we've already cruised twice this year, hopefully more to come! Here's a comparison of the first two pleasure filled journeys, seen ... Read More
Working and raising a family kept us from cruising for over thirty years. Finally retired, and we've already cruised twice this year, hopefully more to come! Here's a comparison of the first two pleasure filled journeys, seen through our inexperienced eyes: MSC Poesia -- January 19th from Fort Lauderdale, a seven night western Caribbean cruise. We invited along our ten amazing grandchildren plus, of course, their parents. True family joy surrounded by caring, gracious service. Pure fun for kids, sophisticated elegance for adults. Celebrity Constellation -- May 5th from Miami, just wife Debbie and I, a 15 night transatlantic cruise to Amsterdam. Pampering for romantics, and we always felt special. We had booked this cruise before deciding on the MSC family vacation. Of course traveling as a family on MSC Poesia in a cluster of nine lovely upgraded balcony cabins is quite different from a couple in one of Celebrity Constellation's comfortable, spacious, Sky Suites. By the way, cabins on both ships are intelligently designed and were immaculately clean. And cabin attendants were thorough, pleasant, and proactive. Two home runs! Both voyages by far exceeded our expectations, and we will recommend both ships (and their companies) to personal friends. Clear to us: both organizations have strong, bright, and obsessively customer focused managements. Our big surprise: how very few people we meet, even veteran cruisers, have heard of MSC Cruises. A shame because this company's product is solidly good and deserving of recognition, worthy as a first choice. On the other hand, pretty much everybody knows and strongly compliments Celebrity for consistently excellent product, evidently, a well earned reputation. We have the feeling that MSC think of themselves as the underdog, a smaller less known company, so they try even harder than the "big boys" to please and delight. Similarly, no sign that Celebrity is resting on laurels, focused efforts. Decor -- both ships are creatively and stunningly decorated. MSC Poesia to us seemed to have a more cohesive, flowing sense of themes and colors, a feel that's both modern and welcoming, pleasant spaces. Celebrity Constellation is filled with evocative pieces of original art, many great conversation starters, add a sense of whimsy. At a guess, the overall decorating plan was assembled by a team of distinguished world class decorators, and each desired to contribute individuality. Sanitation -- on both ships crew continually sanitized railings, proactively offered hand sanitizer, suggested (to say it mildly) hand washing. Main Dining Room -- both have two fixed dinner seating. Poesia's dining room layout is more structured, serpentine hip walls create aisles for guests and wait staff to move about. The effect is cozy areas, a bit club room like, and one feels a tad more private. Constellation's dining room is towering high, magnificent, with a true "wow" evoking ceiling, plus elaborate formal staircase in center leading up to tables on a balcony circling above the main seating floor. There are no main area aisles, just lots of tables of varying sizes, scant wiggle room around each, but once seated, fully comfortable. A memorable space! Service in both is gracious, attentive, accommodating. Soon servers on both ships greeted us by name. On the Poesia, likely because our ten grandchildren made us stand out, very special extra service was unobtrusively provided, and younger children received individual help ordering. My jaw dropped with delight realizing that the wait crew remembered not only each child's name but also what food each likes, having noted what was left on the plate the day before, and used that to guide ordering. We take our hats off to that kind of spontaneous customer service, so rare in today's streamlined world. Nothing lacked from Constellation's excellent service, we were personally very, very well cared for. Food -- quality on both ships was excellent, as delicious as in most "fine" dining restaurant on land, but not quite "gourmet." My mind cannot grasp how so many thousand extremely varied (special requests encouraged) meals can be well prepared and served daily. Glad it's not my job to make that happen! In the main dining room, MSC's menu offered more international dishes (plus the US standbys). Some Italian dishes were jump out of your shoes tasty. Celebrity offers more "American" style choices. Likely each company is responding to the tastes if its own clientele: MSC has many more nationalities aboard especially Western European; Celebrity has a predominantly American clientele. Portions in the dining room are larger on Celebrity than MSC. However on MSC many (like big eater me) ordered five courses and left very satisfied. Hard to imagine many except the most robust fully finishing just four courses on Celebrity. I could only eat a third of a perfectly cooked, actually melt in the mouth delicious, braised lamb shank main course on Celebrity. At home would have been doggie bagged for an additional dinner plus a lunch! Both ships have cafeterias on the pool deck. MSC's is significantly larger, more selections, American and international. Quality at both ships' cafeterias is astonishing, fresh salads, carved meat, pastas, and so on. Celebrity has, at a more forward, separate location, a small healthy food cafeteria, Aqua Cafe, where we were delighted by fresh, often organic, food and tastes, breakfast and lunch, allowing us avoiding the temptation to over eat if "seduced" by the main buffets' almost sinful delights. Specialty restaurants (extra charge) on Constellation (Tuscan Grill and Ocean Liners) are simply top excellent food and service, as good as the best available in most average sized cities, worth the added cost (about $40 per person), especially for the romantically inclined. At Ocean Liners select the goat cheese souffle as a starter. Wine list is world class. We suspect MSC Poesia's specialty restaurants would also have also been delights, but the temptation was dampened by the thought of asking a fine dining venue for a tables for 23, including 10 children, with a few high chairs. As well behaved as our troops are, likely a considerate decision. Tips -- per day, per person, tips are added on to the bill covering both the "hotel" and included dining service. MSC has a reduced rate for children, the youngest are free. Both ships automatically add in a 15 percent tip for extra charge beverages and food. Celebrity also ask for a voluntary "extra tip" over and above this automatic 15 percent, and in our opinion usually the quality of the service received warrants a bigger tip. Smoking -- on both ships smoking is allowed at designated places on the pool decks. Appears more smoking allowed locations on Constellation. The very pretty Sunset Bar on Constellation's fantail overlooking the stern was way too smoky for us, although the Constellation does not lack for other delightful spots that are smoke free. Surprisingly, adjacent to the Constellation's healthy food Aqua Cafe there is a smoking area separated only by very wide automatic sliding doors, and strong cigarette smell wafts in with each door opening depending on wind direction. Extra charge beverages -- bottled water is free on the Poesia (nice for shore excursions) but is costly on Constellation (tap water is quite good on both ships). Bar prices on both were reasonable, lower than normally found on land. Because we purchased a wine package on Poesia (12 bottles for a nicely discounted lump sum) have no feel for relative wine prices in main dining room of ship. Constellation's wine list is extensive, never outrageously priced, although no bargains. Two pluses for MSC -- do it yourself self service gelato cone machines on pool deck, real hit with the kids. Laundry package, $25 lump sum covered our (grandma and grandpa) laundry for the week, not unlimited but conveniently sufficient. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This was my 9th cruise, third with Celebrity, and only my second transatlantic. I now consider myself thoroughly addicted to cruising in general, and longer duration repositionings/transatlantics in particular. I am ALWAYS looking for ... Read More
This was my 9th cruise, third with Celebrity, and only my second transatlantic. I now consider myself thoroughly addicted to cruising in general, and longer duration repositionings/transatlantics in particular. I am ALWAYS looking for interesting ports with historic significance and beautiful scenery, but the very relaxing pace of numerous sea days is also appealing. Being retired and of modest means, PRICING is ALWAYS a very important consideration. This cruise fit ALL of my requirements VERY nicely. I booked with my favorite online agency over five months in advance to assure necessary dates for my girlfriend's work schedule. I considered $609.00pp with $102.00pp for taxes to be an EXCELLENT rate for a 15 night cruise. The $150.00 OBC from the agency, along with the $250.00 OBC from rcl shareholder benefit made it OUTSTANDING. We drove the four hours from Fargo, ND to Minneapolis to hop our nonstop Delta flight to London Heathrow. We booked through Choice Air and considered the fare of $394.00pp to be outstanding as well. The seats were cramped as is usual in coach, but the food was fine and the service quite good. We landed early due to favorable winds and BREEZED through customs VERY quickly. Got a cab in SECONDS, and was at our hotel in 3 or 4 MINUTES! The Jury's Inn at Heathrow was a GREAT choice that allowed us to settle in quickly and relax after an all night flight. The facility was spotless, service was flawless, the room was quiet, the bathroom was perfect, and the beds were VERY comfortable. The Hatton Cross tube station (for sightseeing access to downtown London) was a 3-4 minute walk, and the 5 minute shuttle back to the terminal for the bus to Southampton was simple. Booking through Hotwire at $104.00, made it even BETTER! Sightseeing in London was rendered less than enjoyable due to the cold, wet, windy weather and any future trips there will be made earlier in the year! BRRRR! Wished we would have spent AT LEAST one or two extra nights.(next time!) We took the VERY reasonably priced National Express Bus from Heathrow to Southampton. The bus station inside the terminal is quite easy to find and there was a nice coffee shop that made the short wait for the bus comfortable and enjoyable. The bus itself was clean, the ride was comfortable and about an hour and a half long through pretty rural countryside with a short stop in Winchester. (Didn't get to see the Cathedral!) Took a cab from the bus stop to the Ibis Hotel in Southampton only to find out it was only 3 or 4 blocks away! The hotels, bus stop, cruise terminal, and downtown shopping/mall/eateries are ALL within an easy to walk 3-6 blocks from each other. VERY convenient, relaxing and enjoyable. Although the service was great, unfortunately, the Ibis is a VERY dated facility with cramped rooms that I would not choose again, even though it was fairly priced at $84.00. (Hotwire) The hotel front desk had a direct line to book the 3 minute cab to the port. We only had to wait 5 minutes. The Cabbie even made a quick stop at a food market to see if I could get a case of Coke to feed my sugar and caffeine addiction at a rate lower than $2.30 per can on the ship! I found out that cases of cans are very hard to find, so obviously I could NEVER live there! At the port, our pre-tagged luggage went DIRECTLY from the cab to the ship via porters. I only carried a book with the necessary documents folded inside. The ship was diligently fighting an outbreak of norovirus on the previous cruise so boarding was delayed and the lines to clear security were long and slow moving. As is usual, SOME people were outraged and indignant that they should have to wait SSOOO long. Get a grip folks, I hate to be the first person to burst your alternate reality bubble, but you are REALLY, SERIOUSLY, and TRULY... NOT THE ONLY PERSON ON THIS EARTH, and the planet does NOT revolve around YOU. After about 45 minutes in line for security, we were checked in less than 5 minutes later, and boarded about 20 minutes after that. The Constellation is a beautiful and quite comfortable work of marketing, art and engineering. Our inside room was well designed, efficiently laid out, and spotlessly clean. Smart use of mirrors in the cabin (and everywhere else on the ship!) make the spaces look much larger. My only negative comments here are the rather worn and cheap looking "sofa" in the cabin and the old fashioned shower curtain in the bathroom. (Solstice class ships have taken care of both of these minor glitches, at a cost of going backwards in terms of cabin storage space.) Most public spaces are designed with rich dark woods to appear soothing, relaxed and cushy-comfortable. Rendezvous Lounge, Cellar Masters, the Main Dining Room and Michael's Club and even the Main Theatre. To me, it's a much different "feel" than the more contemporary chic-elegance of S class ships. Ocean Liners specialty restaurant is the equivalent of Murano on an S class and is every bit as impressive, delicious and enjoyable. Tuscan Grille has the same menu and service as S class ships, and is MY favorite, but the location on M class ships just can't compare. We got two for one deals in BOTH as the staff was trying to fill empty seats on nights that were NOT formal ones. The buffet is not quite as well laid out as S class ships but kept me VERY happy with omelets for breakfast and all of the Indian and Asian curries for lunch. 8 different flavors of home made ice cream each day also kept me smiling but I definitely noticed the disappearance of MY favorite flavor, cinnamon.(?) Bistro on Five was very nicely retrofitted and the Aqua Spa Cafe is standard. The gooddie case at Cafe Al Bacio is fun but not all that great. The venue is very relaxing overlooking the atrium as well as outside views, and the cappuccino flavored gelato is just WAYYY too good to be true! The "old" martini bar is now Cellar Masters and seems to waste a whole bunch of valuable square footage in the middle of deck 5 next to the Bistro, but is VERY comfortable. The "new" martini bar (and Crush)looks as if it were "cut and pasted" (quite nicely!) from any S class ship. Anybody who complains about drink prices there must have a MUCH higher tolerance for alcohol than I, 'cause the way those bartenders measure a pour is VERY generous! If you have a sweet tooth do yourself a favor and try the Almond Joy Martini, downright TASTY! Entertainment was pretty standard with an acapella group, a very fun party band that could play ANYTHING, a newly arrived Caribbean band, and the typical Main Theatre shows of Pianists, Violinists, Singers, Comedians and of course, the Ships own production company. Most shows were quite good, but some were just not my cup of tea. The Elvis Impersonator, Shaun O'Shea WAS pretty darn good! Our shore excursion to the Normandy Beaches from La Havre, was with Overlord Tours and was so far above and beyond mind boggling as to defy description. Absolutely unbelievable. Profound, inspirational, sobering, DO NOT MISS IT. Our shore excursion in Lisbon was "Pirates of the Cruiseships" with "We Hate Tourism Tours" An incredibly fun whirlwind tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, and Cabo de Roca. If you want to have fun and see as much as you can in the one day you have available, you just have to give these guys a try! Fantastic! This brings me to my ONLY serious complaint about the entire cruise. The music. The average age for longer cruises, and transatlantics in particular, range above 65. At 55, I was one of the 200 or 300 YOUNGEST guests on board and if I wasn't enjoying the the music, you can be CERTAIN that the VAST MAJORITY of those older than I, were quite probably not big fans of the contemporary techno beat CRAP that is constantly being played. EVERY SINGLE NIGHT as soon as the band stopped, the DJs would have the entire place CLEARED OUT by the 2nd or 3rd song. I watched crowds of 200 to 300 people evaporate down to groups of 15 to 30 in less than 10 minutes because of your inappropriate music. HEY! CELEBRITY! Your CUTOMERS are the people paying the bills and they want to hear THEIR music. NOT the music your 25 or 30 year old DJs are playing that quite literally, DRIVES your guests OUT of your lounges and AWAY from your bars EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! Your DJs don't know the music that they should be playing even exists! STOP IT! NOW! It's EASY! Get some CD collections from Time Life Music and make your customers happy! Did I mention that the music onboard was a SERIOUS complaint? (cleansing breath) Disembarkation was the simplest, fastest, and easiest I have ever experienced! We left our room at 8am when the announcement was made. We were in line for less than 5 minutes before swiping our cards. We were through customs in less than 10 minutes and on a rent a car shuttle less than 5 minutes after that! WOW! Overall a WONDERFUL experience for a fantastic price, BUT, please fix the music! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Celebrate with Celebrity Constellation What a difference a year makes! Last Year's Transatlantic was on RCCL Navigator not so good. This year Constellation was a 9 out of 10 Hard to believe that they are part of the same RCCL ... Read More
Celebrate with Celebrity Constellation What a difference a year makes! Last Year's Transatlantic was on RCCL Navigator not so good. This year Constellation was a 9 out of 10 Hard to believe that they are part of the same RCCL family. The entire trip will have created fond memories. In Southampton we stayed at the Hotel Mercure very reasonable and only a 10 minute walk to the Pier. Boarding at 11:00 AM was slow so we went shopping at the excellent West Quay Mall came back at 2 PM boarding took only 10 minutes. Superlatives for all the restaurants, Gym was above average, I just wish that the dry sauna was turned on before 7AM when the gym was full. The ship personnel were always friendly. The Entertainers as well as Sue the cruise director were entirely appropriate for the demographics of this sailing. Every evening was enjoyable. The dress suggestions for Formal/Dress-up Dinners were well upheld even providing a Jacket for the men who didn't have one. We so appreciated the restraint in using the ship's Public address system to a minimum they assume appropriately that guests will & can read the daily activities newsletter. Diane Hedricks Zumba classes twice a day were SO appreciated by my Wife as well as the other 90 guests. Finally a word to the Stuffy/Elite 5% of our fellow passengers who felt that this was their exclusive private cruise,they would be happier chartering their own Boat next time, Especially the lady who insisted on turning down the music since it disturbed her ability to read in silence during the Zumba class in the Reflections lounge. Overall it must be obvious by this review that Celebrity Constellation is very high on our favorite Cruise ships list. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We arrived in Barcelona a week before boarding the ship. We stayed at the Hotel Pultizer. Great place to stay! Wonderful hotel and friendly staff! Rooms were great too! Since we knew the ship was coming into port with the Norovirus, we ... Read More
We arrived in Barcelona a week before boarding the ship. We stayed at the Hotel Pultizer. Great place to stay! Wonderful hotel and friendly staff! Rooms were great too! Since we knew the ship was coming into port with the Norovirus, we did not hurry to the port. We arrived around 2pm and were on board by around 4pm. I thought it was well organized with all the people that were waiting to board. They had plenty of announcements to inform everyone what was going on and when they were going to start to board. They provided some snacks and drinks. This is where the complaining began! As we were entering the port, they had someone ready with hand sanitizer. Then when you hit the next set of doors, there was another person ready to sanitize again. But the lady behind us told the second lady she just sanitized her hands at the first door, and did not want to sanitize them again. And she began to argue with her because she did not want to sanitize! Really...just take a squirt and move on! Once we got on board, there was no drink waiting for you. Totally understood why and was not a problem for us! But others were very upset not to have their free champagne! Really...they don't have to even offer that, but they usually do, under normal boarding. So, we headed to the first bar and ordered ourselves a drink. We purchased the premium alcohol package and loved it! We then headed to get something to eat. We were in our cabins by around 530pm. Our luggage arrived by 6pm, we ordered shrimp cocktails, and a cheese and cracker platter after our luggage arrived and unpacked and had a snack before heading to the Martini Bar for our first martini of the trip! We met our cabin steward, Andrew. He was fabulous! We saw him just about every time we left our cabin. We ordered cheese and crackers and shrimp cocktails the first day before dinner, and he made sure we had that in our cabin every night at the same time. We never had to ask again. He would even bring us special treats at times too! If he was in the hall as we were heading to our cabin, he would run to our door and open it for us! He really made the trip extra special! We pulled out of Barcelona around 6pm local time. We arrived in Alicante under cloudy skies and some lightning. Went on a walking tour of Guadalest. It is a very cool, very small village, in the mountains above the Costa Blanca section of the Spanish coast. We visited the oldest, largest house in the village, the Orduna House, which is right below what is left of the castle at the top of the village. The house is about 365 years old, and is now a municipal museum. It rained on us the entire time, and we got soaked! We left our umbrellas on the ship! We also passed by Benidorm, which is a huge tourist destination for people all over Europe! There were so many people who complained about this tour and wanted a refund because of the rain! Really...! What the heck is wrong with people?? Arrived in Malaga and set out on foot and walked around Malaga all day. Our first stop was the city center, and the Cathedral de Malaga. Lots of little shops and cafes up and down these little side streets. Most of the pedestrian walkways and alleys are paved with marble! Very clean! We then headed up the hill to the Castillo de Gibralfaro. Great views of the city below and coastline! We had a change of itinerary and would not be visiting Funchal (Madeira) Portugal. This was one port we were most excited to stop at. Not the cruise lines fault, and was due to a general strike that was called for the day we were to port in. We were just happy to hear they had another port for us to dock into and not another sea day! Here again, we heard people complaining about this and wanted some sort of refund for missing this port! Really??? We had a blast in Gibraltar, and took a guided tour of "the rock of Gibraltar", as well as the tunnels excavated by the British during WWII, St. Michaels cave, and the "Barbary Apes" that inhabit the area. The town itself had a nice long pedestrian mall type thing, and a TON of jewelry/watch and electronic gadget stores! After our tour, we went to Roy's, a recommendation from our tour guide, for the best authentic English-style fish n' chips that included mushy peas! Lunch was amazing! This place is highly recommended the next time you are in Gibraltar! This was our favorite port! So cool to cruise through the straits of Gibraltar during the day! If we would have ported in Portugal, we would have cruised through at night and could not see anything! That would have been like cruising through the Panama Canal in the dark! Thanksgiving Day was a day spent at sea with beautiful weather and calm seas. We spent the day on the deck using the pool and hot tubs and just kicked back and relaxed in the sun. Plenty of lounge chairs by the pool to be used. No chair hogs in sight! We just wondered where everyone was! Never felt crowded, and I believe the ship was almost full, if not full. We pulled into Santa Cruz de Tenerife just after sunrise. We took a guided tour that included the original capital of the island, La Laguna and walked around all the buildings from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. We had a brief visit at the market place in La Laguna, and saw all the nice fruits, veggies, and weird salted fish! They even had a couple of bars in there! We then went to the north end of the island and visited the museum of wine that documents the long history of winemaking here in the island. We then went to a bodega and sampled the local wines, meats, cheeses. We purchased a bunch of stuff, including saffron, and some locally-produced rum! We did not leave on time and I believe we left about an hour of so later than scheduled. This was our least favorite port. I think I was expecting something else...what, I am not sure! Next stop would be Fort Lauderdale, FL in 7 days! The trip across the pond was great! We only encountered one day of rain and high seas, and the others were beautiful! We spent our afternoons laying out on the pool deck and swimming in the pool and relaxing in the hot tubs! We were always able to find good prime lounges every time we went. Did not matter what time of day it was! We were very grateful to the captain for changing the course we were headed on, to a more southern route....this kept us in the nice warm weather and the calm seas! We really enjoyed our cruise! Yes, it was not perfect and there were some issues, but you will encounter that on any cruise line (even on Regents there were some issues). It did not bother us at all with all the sanitizing that was being done. Knew it was for our own health. Heard lots of people complaining about it and other petty stuff! There were more cranky people on this cruise than any other I have ever been on. Plenty of chairs by the pool at all times of the day. We did have a problem in the Ocean Liners, but when addressed it was corrected and when we dined there again it was perfect! We also dined in the Tuscan Grille twice...the best dinners on the cruise! We loved the grilled salmon for lunch with a salad from the Aqua Spa Cafe! Breakfast in the main dining room was awful! Service way to long, but we believe that was due to having to take people from the wait staff to help in the buffet area to help serve. We went twice and that was it. It took 45 minutes for my fresh squeezed OJ, the only time I found it! Room service twice and that too was not good! We never received our entire order. So, we decided on the Bistro 5 for breakfast...wonderful and we also ate in the Aqua Spa cafe for breakfast...also wonderful! We had a really hard time getting fresh squeezed OJ no matter where we were for breakfast! They told us it would take a while since they did not have the fresh squeezed at that location. So my question was where is the fresh squeezed OJ at?? Never did get an answer to that. Oh well, I was not going to let that ruin my cruise! As for the staff and crew, they were all great and friendly! Not a big fan of the Cruise Director, Sue Denning. Seems lots of people love her, but to be honest, we only saw her a few times during the entire cruise! I approached her once to ask a question, and she just blew me off. Not sure what the deal was, but not a good vibe from her. Never saw her out by the pool mixing with the passengers. We have seen much better cruise directors! The quality of the food was average to above average. Some nights and dishes were better than others. We found something we enjoyed every night and never went away hungry!! The beverage package was the best investment we made! We really enjoyed seeing all the zeros on our ship board account! And trying all the different cocktails and Martinis! We were able to order over the 12.00 limit, and they would just charge us the difference. This did not happen too often. The only time we really went over, was when we ordered the flight of martinis, and had to pay 3.00 extra plus 15%. I You cannot use the machines in the Cellar Masters with your sea pass card. You can purchase a card to use in the machines. We ordered wine by the glass at Cellar Masters, and then took the name of the wine we liked to dinner and gave it to our sommelier and she made sure we had this wine every night with dinner. She was not very good at recommending wines for us, so we went tasting in Cellar Masters and found what we liked. We really do enjoy Celebrity, and book our next cruise for next November on the Eclipse! So excited! This will be our first cruise on the S class...! We love the M class, and hope we will enjoy the S class as much. 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Sail Date November 2011
We arrived in Barcelona a week before boarding the ship. We stayed at the Hotel Pultizer. Great place to stay! Wonderful hotel and friendly staff! Rooms were great too! Since we knew the ship was coming into port with the Norovirus, ... Read More
We arrived in Barcelona a week before boarding the ship. We stayed at the Hotel Pultizer. Great place to stay! Wonderful hotel and friendly staff! Rooms were great too! Since we knew the ship was coming into port with the Norovirus, we did not hurry to the port. We arrived around 2pm and were on board by around 4pm. I thought it was well organized with all the people that were waiting to board. They had plenty of announcements to inform everyone what was going on and when they were going to start to board. They provided some snacks and drinks. This is where the complaining began! As we were entering the port, they had someone ready with hand sanitizer. Then when you hit the next set of doors, there was another person ready to sanitize again. But the lady behind us told the second lady she just sanitized her hands at the first door, and did not want to sanitize them again. And she began to argue with her because she did not want to sanitize! Really...just take a squirt and move on! Once we got on board, there was no drink waiting for you. Totally understood why and was not a problem for us! But others were very upset not to have their free champagne! Really...they don't have to even offer that, but they usually do, under normal boarding. So, we headed to the first bar and ordered ourselves a drink. We purchased the premium alcohol package and loved it! We then headed to get something to eat. We were in our cabins by around 530pm. Our luggage arrived by 6pm, we ordered shrimp cocktails, and a cheese and cracker platter after our luggage arrived and unpacked and had a snack before heading to the Martini Bar for our first martini of the trip! We met our cabin steward, Andrew. He was fabulous! We saw him just about every time we left our cabin. We ordered cheese and crackers and shrimp cocktails the first day before dinner, and he made sure we had that in our cabin every night at the same time. We never had to ask again. He would even bring us special treats at times too! If he was in the hall as we were heading to our cabin, he would run to our door and open it for us! He really made the trip extra special! We pulled out of Barcelona around 6pm local time. We arrived in Alicante under cloudy skies and some lightning. Went on a walking tour of Guadalest. It is a very cool, very small village, in the mountains above the Costa Blanca section of the Spanish coast. We visited the oldest, largest house in the village, the Orduna House, which is right below what is left of the castle at the top of the village. The house is about 365 years old, and is now a municipal museum. It rained on us the entire time, and we got soaked! We left our umbrellas on the ship! We also passed by Benidorm, which is a huge tourist destination for people all over Europe! There were so many people who complained about this tour and wanted a refund because of the rain! Really...! What the heck is wrong with people?? Arrived in Malaga and set out on foot and walked around Malaga all day. Our first stop was the city center, and the Cathedral de Malaga. Lots of little shops and cafes up and down these little side streets. Most of the pedestrian walkways and alleys are paved with marble! Very clean! We then headed up the hill to the Castillo de Gibralfaro. Great views of the city below and coastline! We had a change of itinerary and would not be visiting Funchal (Madeira) Portugal. This was one port we were most excited to stop at. Not the cruise lines fault, and was due to a general strike that was called for the day we were to port in. We were just happy to hear they had another port for us to dock into and not another sea day! Here again, we heard people complaining about this and wanted some sort of refund for missing this port! Really??? We had a blast in Gibraltar, and took a guided tour of "the rock of Gibraltar", as well as the tunnels excavated by the British during WWII, St. Michaels cave, and the "Barbary Apes" that inhabit the area. The town itself had a nice long pedestrian mall type thing, and a TON of jewelry/watch and electronic gadget stores! After our tour, we went to Roy's, a recommendation from our tour guide, for the best authentic English-style fish n' chips that included mushy peas! Lunch was amazing! This place is highly recommended the next time you are in Gibraltar! This was our favorite port! So cool to cruise through the straits of Gibraltar during the day! If we would have ported in Portugal, we would have cruised through at night and could not see anything! That would have been like cruising through the Panama Canal in the dark! Thanksgiving Day was a day spent at sea with beautiful weather and calm seas. We spent the day on the deck using the pool and hot tubs and just kicked back and relaxed in the sun. Plenty of lounge chairs by the pool to be used. No chair hogs in sight! We just wondered where everyone was! Never felt crowded, and I believe the ship was almost full, if not full. We pulled into Santa Cruz de Tenerife just after sunrise. We took a guided tour that included the original capital of the island, La Laguna and walked around all the buildings from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. We had a brief visit at the market place in La Laguna, and saw all the nice fruits, veggies, and weird salted fish! They even had a couple of bars in there! We then went to the north end of the island and visited the museum of wine that documents the long history of winemaking here in the island. We then went to a bodega and sampled the local wines, meats, cheeses. We purchased a bunch of stuff, including saffron, and some locally-produced rum! We did not leave on time and I believe we left about an hour of so later than scheduled. This was our least favorite port. I think I was expecting something else...what, I am not sure! Next stop would be Fort Lauderdale, FL in 7 days! The trip across the pond was great! We only encountered one day of rain and high seas, and the others were beautiful! We spent our afternoons laying out on the pool deck and swimming in the pool and relaxing in the hot tubs! We were always able to find good prime lounges every time we went. Did not matter what time of day it was! We were very grateful to the captain for changing the course we were headed on, to a more southern route....this kept us in the nice warm weather and the calm seas! We really enjoyed our cruise! Yes, it was not perfect and there were some issues, but you will encounter that on any cruise line (even on Regents there were some issues). It did not bother us at all with all the sanitizing that was being done. Knew it was for our own health. Heard lots of people complaining about it and other petty stuff! There were more cranky people on this cruise than any other I have ever been on. Plenty of chairs by the pool at all times of the day. We did have a problem in the Ocean Liners, but when addressed it was corrected and when we dined there again it was perfect! We also dined in the Tuscan Grille twice...the best dinners on the cruise! We loved the grilled salmon for lunch with a salad from the Aqua Spa Cafe! Breakfast in the main dining room was awful! Service way to long, but we believe that was due to having to take people from the wait staff to help in the buffet area to help serve. We went twice and that was it. It took 45 minutes for my fresh squeezed OJ, the only time I found it! Room service twice and that too was not good! We never received our entire order. So, we decided on the Bistro 5 for breakfast...wonderful and we also ate in the Aqua Spa cafe for breakfast...also wonderful! We had a really hard time getting fresh squeezed OJ no matter where we were for breakfast! They told us it would take a while since they did not have the fresh squeezed at that location. So my question was where is the fresh squeezed OJ at?? Never did get an answer to that. Oh well, I was not going to let that ruin my cruise! As for the staff and crew, they were all great and friendly! Not a big fan of the Cruise Director, Sue Denning. Seems lots of people love her, but to be honest, we only saw her a few times during the entire cruise! I approached her once to ask a question, and she just blew me off. Not sure what the deal was, but not a good vibe from her. Never saw her out by the pool mixing with the passengers. We have seen much better cruise directors! The quality of the food was average to above average. Some nights and dishes were better than others. We found something we enjoyed every night and never went away hungry!! The beverage package was the best investment we made! We really enjoyed seeing all the zeros on our ship board account! And trying all the different cocktails and Martinis! We were able to order over the 12.00 limit, and they would just charge us the difference. This did not happen too often. The only time we really went over, was when we ordered the flight of martinis, and had to pay 3.00 extra plus 15%. You cannot use the machines in the Cellar Masters with your sea pass card. You can purchase a card to use in the machines. We ordered wine by the glass at Cellar Masters, and then took the name of the wine we liked to dinner and gave it to our sommelier and she made sure we had this wine every night with dinner. She was not very good at recommending wines for us, so we went tasting in Cellar Masters and found what we liked. We really do enjoy Celebrity, and book our next cruise for next November on the Eclipse! So excited! This will be our first cruise on the S class...! We love the M class, and hope we will enjoy the S class as much. 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Sail Date November 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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