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16 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Baltic Sea

This was our second cruise with Celebrity, and our first on the Constellation, a slightly smaller and older ship than its cousin the Equinox, which we took last summer. There is a lot to like about Celebrity, including courteous and ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Celebrity, and our first on the Constellation, a slightly smaller and older ship than its cousin the Equinox, which we took last summer. There is a lot to like about Celebrity, including courteous and efficient service, spotless public facilities and staterooms, and plenty of eating venues, all of which serve perfectly good food. Like the Equinox, we had to put up with the incessant hawking of extras, including photos, beverage packages, specialty restaurants, Internet packages, shore excursions, merchandise, cheesy art work, "chocolate diamonds," etc. I assume that Celebrity counts on the extras so that it can offer its staterooms at nominal--for the cruise industry--prices. Unsurprisingly, the Norway cruise had a pretty large contingent of older passengers, which meant that the ship was quieter, but to some extent resembled a floating retirement community, with a plethora of canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. This is not meant as a criticism, simply to make the point that if one is seeking a lively crowd, cruises to the northern climes tends to attract an older demographic, (including us.) Although we upgraded to Aqua class for our cruise to Norway, our stateroom on the Constellation seemed no larger that the Concierge class stateroom we had on the Equinox, and the decor--despite the Connie's recent renovation--seemed a bit fusty. Our room on Deck 9 was directly below cruise Deck 10 that cantilevers directly above, which means that we heard lots of thumping and footsteps overhead at all hours. Nonetheless, everything in the stateroom was very clean and comfortable, and was kept shipshape by our steward on his twice-daily visits. Given that I am in my seventh decade, I'm allowed to be peevish about something, and in my case it concerns the so-called "background music" in the Ocean View Cafe (the buffet ) invariably was whiny pop fare much more suited to the teen center than a major dining venue. Someone at Celebrity needs to study its demographic more carefully and tweak the details. Will we sail with Celebrity again? Very likely, although more likely on one of the newer ships.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Boarding in Fort Lauderdale for the TA was fast and efficient. We had cabin 2023 for the TA and 2033 for the European parts of the trip. I do NOT recommend cabin 2023. At night there is a whistling sound that will keep you awake. The room ... Read More
Boarding in Fort Lauderdale for the TA was fast and efficient. We had cabin 2023 for the TA and 2033 for the European parts of the trip. I do NOT recommend cabin 2023. At night there is a whistling sound that will keep you awake. The room steward said it is probably the ship's stabilizers. We did not hear the noise in 2033 and other passengers in different cabins on that deck and other decks did not hear the noise. The first day we had a problem with fruit flies in our cabin on the 2nd leg and housekeeping sent a crew to deep clean. The next day we found 1 fly and after that we were fly free. Guest Services gave us a complimentary specialty restaurant dinner of our choice for our trouble and our steward gave us a bottle of wine. This was more than the simple apology we expected. But great guest service. We are not fond of the theatre layout on this ship. Even when you enter on the lowest deck you still must descend a flight of stairs to be seated on the main floor of the theatre. In high heels on a rocky sea this can be daunting. The food is good, the Tuscan Grille Fillet was excellent. After 27 days the menu feels very repetitive. Service at the buffet dining can be annoying. Staff is so anxious to clear table that many times we had wait staff reach to clear a plate when we were not finished with our meal. Lines at the coffee machine in the morning could be avoided if staff were more inclined to refill cups at your table. This was hit and miss depending on who was assigned to the area in which you were seated All in all the staff tried to be accommodating and were very friendly. In the main dining room our waiters were often overwhelmed. Would recommend this cruise and this ship, but don't expect the service and features you would get on a luxury ship. Keep in mind, you are not paying the price you would on a luxury ship. Just have fun and meet new friends and see the wonderful ports available on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Our first cruise was to Alaska 2010 with Holland America for a 7 day cruise and 7 day land tour including Denali National Park and Fairbanks. This was our second cruise a 12 night Arctic Circle cruise with Celebrity Constellation. We ... Read More
Our first cruise was to Alaska 2010 with Holland America for a 7 day cruise and 7 day land tour including Denali National Park and Fairbanks. This was our second cruise a 12 night Arctic Circle cruise with Celebrity Constellation. We departed from Amsterdam, Holland on a round trip. What a great ship. The Constellation had just come out of dry dock a month before to finish its refurbishments not all completed in 2012. We found it to be updated, new carpets, new restaurant the Blu on deck 4 which was fantastic, some balconies added to the celebrity suites, new mattresses in all suites. New paint and marble and hardwood flooring throughout every deck. The ship was very clean public areas,such as public restrooms and general walking areas to get from one end to the other end of the ship, even the casino seemed clean. I noticed staff picking up drinks left behind and trash like napkins etc. left behind by guests. We sailed seven days and went into a port five days including the very farthest you can go into the Arctic Latitude 78 Longyearbyen, Svalbard Island , Norway. Did not see any polar bears, but did see wild group of young reindeer,what fun. Stopped in the Lofoten Islands, took a tour of the Vikings museum was well worth the extra side trip expense. Another cruise port was Bergen, Norway very beautiful and historic. The activities director John was excellent. Alway had a lot planned from guest speakers scheduled throughout the day to bingo, poker tournaments, many tours of the ship like the captains bridge tour, which we took and really enjoyed. Along with the great spa and nine restaurant choices to select lunch, snacks and dinner from. A big selection also of on board shops. A well designed gym with updated equipment and many work out classes and yoga to pick from. The activities at night of theme parties we really enjoyed especially the Motown theme and the 70's disco theme another night. We went to three stage productions and thought two of the three productions, we saw were very well done and the music with a live orchestra was also very good. The Constellation has nine restaurants the Ocean Liners, Blue and Tuscan Grill we loved the best. The best kept secret is one of the Sky 1 suites we stayed in #6146. It is the best suite next to the penthouse suite. It has great designer details like all wood crown ceiling molding. To give you an idea when you unlock you suite door you have a small entry hallway foyer with marble rod iron table with art work hanging over it and a lamp. The first thing we noticed was the high end quality of furnishings like a large suede sofa. It is 80 sq ft larger then the other Sky 1 category suite. Our balcony was 30 sq ft larger. The size difference is because of its location on the ship. Also Sky 1 suite on the other side of the ship port side #6145 is the same exact suite as ours. The bath room is to die for. It is all green and white true marble. A large vanity double sink with long vanity top. A large walk in stand alone double wide shower.This Sky 1 suite was at one time a second master bedroom and bath to the Penthouse suite that is next door. It was separated several years ago and has all the perks as the Penthouse suite. King bed not a queen or two twin beds in the other Sky 1 suites. All mahogany beautiful woodwork throughout. We even had a Butler all for the same price as the other Sky 1 suites. This suite has a large stand alone soaking tub. I really appreciated staying in this suite since I am a degreed Interior Designer from Dallas,Texas. The Constellation was a well maintained and beautiful designed ship to get around on. We were very pleased how quickly our disembarkment was. We felt it was very organized and got to the airport in plenty of time even though our flight was early. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Just got back a few hours ago and thought it would be good timing for me to mention some of the highlights as well as some of the "wish someone had told me that" points of The Baltic Cruise on Celebrity. First off, this ... Read More
Just got back a few hours ago and thought it would be good timing for me to mention some of the highlights as well as some of the "wish someone had told me that" points of The Baltic Cruise on Celebrity. First off, this truly is a fantastic itinerary and we had the time of our lives. That said, I will just briefly delve into some observations which may or may not prove useful for those of you planning this cruise. 1. Boat is fabulous. All Celebrity boats have been "Solsticized". I must tell you though that our cabin did seem smaller than on previous voyages but if this was so...it may have been due to the fact that the shower area is now much larger and quite nice. 2. Lovely service throughout the ship with very helpful personnel and staff. 3. Without any doubt, the nicest, most intelligent and interesting group of passengers we have eve come across. It was a delight to meet new people each evening from all over the world. The people helped to make this cruise extra special. There were less Americans on board than Australians, Scots and people from Britain. Loved meeting them! 4. Food is VERY GOOD. Now that I have said this, i also want to say that they did a tremendous job of catering to all tastes with a very wide variety of foods from all over the world. There was most definitely something for everyone. This was the positive. The negative: The food is not as good as I remembered it from other cruises. This should really not be a major concern for anyone as the food is still very good, it's just not what it once was. I could give lenghty examples/explanations but what would be the point? This may well turn out to be a matter fo MY personal preference and certainly the food offered was head and shoulders above other cruise lines we've been on. I, and several other passengers DID speak with Guest Relations regarding the charge for shuttle buses from the ship. With no other way to get to towns, you either would have to sign on for a celebrity tour or arrange private transportation. Celebrity charged for the shuttle to take you into town in several of these ports. As one person put it: Why are they hickel and dimining us to death here? In several of these ports, The Constellation did NOT receive the premiere spot in the port and there was NO WAY to get into town without transportation without walking miles in some cases. These shuttles, in these situations should be offered to their passengers free of charge. It was almost as though we were being punished for not having taken their excursions. It just felt cheap. I do understand that gasoline if crazy expensive in Europe but perhaps if they had told us about these costs up front, there might have been less disgruntled passengers. Do NOT take the HOHO bus in Copenhagen unless you are prepared to : 1. Be left standing at times while the bus passes you by. This happened to several couples including myself and my hubby. My hubby ended up chasing the bus to no avail. What would have happened if we HAD TO BE on the ship and counted on this method of transport? 2. They are not honest about their pick up drop off locations. Several couples we spoke with were told they would be picked up in one place only to find out later that the location was given in error or "changed". I don't own a crystal ball..do you? 3. One woman told me about how she returned to her ship 15 minutes after she had been picked up by this bus because they wanted to see if there were more passengers. 4. We were delayed for 40 minutes in one place because they were playing a game of chicken with the tour buses. Not worth going into. Don't take these buses. They are totally unreliable. If you have had a good experience with them, count yourself amongst the very fortunate. 5. St. petersburg: We loved this port as everyone does and I think we covered it very thoroughly in the time we had at our disposal. There is a price to pay however. First off, the ten hour tours run you ragged and it is followed by a second day which although usually not as strenuous...is no walk in the park. If you want a leisurely tour or more time in the Hermitage, pick your tours very carefully. They ran us from 7:30 in the morning till almost 6 at night. Very few bathroom stops but we did indeed see everything and then some. We were on Alla tours. Get your running shoes ready. Very good tour but very strenuous. It is very annoying to say the least, that we are not allowed to shop in stores we might want to in St. Petersburg as all the tour operators have deals upon deals with these souvenir shops , museums, etc. A drink of vodka is not what I was looking for inside these part junk/part high priced souvenir shops. This was disappointing for shopping purposes. The open air buses were freezing. Several people we were with ended up becoming sick after this early morning romp in the cold. Yes, it was very unique to see the buildings this way and it's a wonderful idea but even going downstairs (where the windows were wide open) was still incredibly cold and drafty. Dress appropriately and think twice before taking this boat. Pack a little snack and some water for this tour. You'll need it and they did not stop for us until the 1 pm lunch. This was Alla Tours and the first day we ate on the bus. We didn't come to St.Petersburg for the cuisine but this was very tacky. After a solid morning of running and more running, it would have been delightful to just sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and have use of the bathroom facilities. This was also not so easy to come by on this tour. OUr guide, Angie was very knowledgeable about Churches and Palaces but knew practically nothing about Art. Know what you are truly interested in and if it is art..you should choose a different company for one of the days. I don't know...we adored Talinn and if you don't go to the sweater market there, it would be a huge mistake. This port had the most reasonably priced souvenirs. In Helsinki..you must see Stockmann's Dept. Store. Also: lovely items, reasonably priced. Copenhagen was outrageous. We heard a story at dinner of one family who paid 60 dollars for two burgers and a drink. They also tried very hard there to charge us 60 dollars for two tea cakes and two teas. Warnemunde and Rostock was a great day. The opera House in Stockholm was amazing. I will come back later this week to see if anyone has any questions I might be able to answer. I would be most happy if I was helpful in sharing even one new thing you may not have known. The weather was much better for us than previous weeks. You can't order the weather but i cannot imagine what this trip would have been like if it remained cold, damp, clammy and without sunshine when we were there. As it was, Amsterdam was a literal "wash out" but most of the other days eventually saw some sun at some point. Very tired from this vacation though. It is definitely rigorous but you will have memories forever. BTW...there was a fantastic accapella group on this ship called of all things "Lemon Squeezy". Bad name but the most brilliant singing. You will love them if they are on your ship. Truly exceptional young talents. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We just arrived from a 12 day cruise from the Baltics and it was such a wonderful experience. I would have rated it a perfect 5 except for the fiasco at the airport in claiming our luggage at the Schipole sidewalk. First let me say that ... Read More
We just arrived from a 12 day cruise from the Baltics and it was such a wonderful experience. I would have rated it a perfect 5 except for the fiasco at the airport in claiming our luggage at the Schipole sidewalk. First let me say that the Cruise Director, Sue Denning, is perfect for her job. Her entire staff were truly professionals. Ms Denning is the Star of Constellation! She loves her job and that joy emanates in everything she does. The moment we boarded our planes for the good ole USA, we already miss her. Another person we love is Guess Relation Manager Jann Ramos. She must have a magic wand in her hand as problems get resolved the moment she hears about it. Of coarse, the entertainers on board were world class! I say this of Perry who had us laughing at the edge of our seats with various renditions of Judy Garland songs, etc. I say this of our favorite country singer, Jeffrey Ang whose young voice echo the voices of Johnny Cash and other great country singers and I say this to the great dance band of Filipino Musicians embodied in "Great Ideas" that played daily at the Rendezvous Lounge. We always had something to do and the entire staff were simply professional in every way. Our Cabin Stewart, Simon, was always there when we needed him. Kudos to our Waiter, Sweetash for India and his assistant Michael from the Philippines. Our dining experience was always an event due to the experienced international staff of our Executive Chef Paulus from Greece. We already booked our next cruise on Celebrity next year! Berlin - We were glad we read the reviews in Cruise Critic on outside tour companies. We chose Denrus here and also for St. Petersburg. They were excellent. Our professional tour guide in Berlin, Peter, was extremely knowledgeable. The included lunch with all kinds of German Sausages was an experience as well as the local bear. Berlin in a beautiful city. Too bad it takes 3 1/2 hours from the ship to the city via Bus one way. It can be tiring. There were brief showers on the day of the tour but we did not mind it as all. Each of the 24 passengers had a completely satisfying and educational day. The Germans were very hospitable. St. Peterburg DENRUS again provided us with excellent service. Our professional tour guide, Anna, provided enough humor in her explanations that took us go back to the age of Catherine the Great. The lunch provided us at the palace took us back to the era before the revolution where our waiters dressed the part and had our pictures taken with a lovely lady resembling a young Catherine. The menu was Beef Stroganoff and it was delicious. Do not miss the Peterhoff gardens with its magnificent fountains as the images in your head will make you compare it with Versailles in France. On the 2nd day, we had a boat cruise, a subway ride and the highlight, the Hermitage! Like the Louve in Paris, it will take you years to truly appreciate the treasures within. Thanks to Anna, the treasures were discovered in a day. We also loved the Cathedral of Our Savior (Spilled Blood) and the burial cathedral of the Romanofs. What a beautiful yet tragic story. Hollywood was right to glamorize the era. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My wife, Sue, and I came to Amsterdam from Maryland on the Tuesday prior to the cruise to enjoy the city. We were met there by our good friends, Gary and Julie, from Kentucky on Wednesday who joined us on the cruise. This was a 35th ... Read More
My wife, Sue, and I came to Amsterdam from Maryland on the Tuesday prior to the cruise to enjoy the city. We were met there by our good friends, Gary and Julie, from Kentucky on Wednesday who joined us on the cruise. This was a 35th Anniversary Cruise for us and a Happy Birthday Cruise for Gary. The weather co-operated somewhat. There were clouds and on and off rain on Tuesday and Wednesday with partly cloudy skies on Thursday. We stayed in the museum district not far from the Rijksmuseum at a small Bed and Breakfast (THE COLLECTOR) on De Lairessestraat. For 8 Euros total, the 197 bus from the airport dropped us off about 200 yards from the front door. The #16 Tram line ran right in front of the B&B making access to the center city easy. We had a back room that overlooked a small courtyard complete with chicken coop and chickens that provided fresh eggs in the morning. The owner, Karel, was very friendly and enjoyable to talk to. The room was spacious and clean, the bed was comfortable, and it had its own private bath. Karel recommended a small Dutch Restaurant not far from the B&B (La Falote) and we ended up eating there 2 of the nights. The restaurant owner and cook, Peter, served great Dutch food at a reasonable price. He also entertained us playing American tunes (Home On The Range, etc) on his accordion. While there, we met another couple who live only 30 miles from our home. They were going on the same cruise. They also ate there 2 nights. Amsterdam was all that we had read about and more. We opted for the Museumkaart and a GVB Pass for the 4 days we were there instead of the iAmsterdam Kaart. We visited the Anne Frank Haus, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Museum Van Loon, Bijbelmuseum and the Royal Palace. We walked and walked all over; then we rode the Tram and repeated this throughout the day. We covered a lot of the city but, unfortunately, could not get into more of the museums as 3 full days did not allow enough time. We took a relaxing 1 hr 15 min canal ride on THE BLUE BOAT in the Canals of Amsterdam. At the end of each day, we were pooped and our dogs were tired and sore as the saying goes, but we enjoyed every minute we were in the city. We also booked a 4 hour tour on Thursday to see the windmills on the Zaanse Schans as well as the former fishing villages of Volendam and Marken. I had some of the best fried Cod I have ever eaten while in Volendam. There was not enough time spent at any of the 3 places, especially at Marken. We no sooner arrived at Marken, took a short 15 min walk from the boat to the Shoe Makers Building, watched a 5 minute demonstration on how Dutch Wooden Shoes are made, and then we were told we had 10 minutes to shop before the bus left to return to Amsterdam. You had better not be late since three passengers were late (by 10 minutes) getting back to the bus in Zaanse Schans, and it left without them. This tour really should have only gone to the Zaanse Schans and Volendam and skipped Marken in my opinion. Friday turned up cloudy and rainy, but the Constellation was there to brighten our spirits. Karel called for a cab for the 4 of us and our 9 pieces of luggage (5 large, 4 small) for 11 AM. Twenty minutes and 20 Euros (total) later we were on the dock ready to board. At 12 PM, the boarding process began, and we were on the ship within 15 minutes. This was our 8th cruise, 6 on Royal Caribbean and our second (the Solstice was the first) on Celebrity. Gary and Julie had enjoyed a number of Celebrity cruises and had previously been on the Constellation prior to the Solsticization. My wife and I had an Oceanview cabin on deck 6 forward. We were completely satisfied with the stateroom as it was oversized compared to the typical cabins due to its location. Our stateroom attendant, Rivon, and his assistant, Anthony, were friendly and did an outstanding job in keeping our stateroom ship shape. After a quick lunch in the Seaside Cafe and Grill, we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around and enjoying the ship. We were thoroughly pleased with the Constellation. We visited all of the various public areas and were impressed with how clean they were. In the evening we made our way to the San Marco Restaurant. WOW is all I can say. We were assigned a table for 8 (Table 402) at the very back of the restaurant overlooking the stern of the ship thru some huge picture windows. We were two tables to the right of the Captains Table. I am not sure how we were lucky enough to be assigned this table, but we were very pleased. Even better were our table mates. Hank and Gail from Alabama and Jay and Aileen from Indiana were friends traveling together as were Gary, Julie, Sue and I. We had such a wonderful time talking with them and sharing life and travel stories. Our Waiter was Marlon Monroe (say that quickly and it may bring an image to you of a certain blond actress from the 50's). However, Marlon is from Nicaragua and is male. He and his assistant waiter were excellent. Also, Petar, the head waiter in our section of the restaurant, stopped by and visited with us each evening wanting to know how things were and how he could help if needed. Again, a member of the Celebrity staff giving excellent service and paying attention to the customer. As for the food in the restaurant, it was mostly excellent with a few misses here and there. For instance, Gary, Julie and I ordered lamb shank one night. Gary's was fall off the bone tender while Julie and I needed a VERY SHARP knife to cut into the meat. We probably should have returned ours. Gary ordered it a second night later in the cruise and again it was excellent. I also had a Veal Cordon Bleu that was on the tough side. Jay had issues with his steak the first 3 to 4 nights. He wanted medium rare; he was served well done, well done, and rare. But by the end of the cruise, I believe he was on a 3 night win streak of medium rare. However, for myself, other than the nights with the lamb shank and veal, every other main course I had I would rate excellent. The meat dishes were served as I ordered, medium rare. A double order of lobster tail the last Formal Night was cooked to perfection. I had escargot for an appetizer (I think 9 out of the 10 nights) in the San Marco and it was delicious. For dessert I ordered mostly Crème Brule or vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and nuts. One night the menu had a dessert with a cherry sauce so I had my vanilla ice cream topped with it. UMM UMM GOOD. The 4 of us ate at the Tuscan Grill one evening. Every course was mouth watering. Three of us had filet mignon, and one had veal scaloppini... all cooked to perfection. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The additional expense was worth the great meal and excellent service. We had lunch in the San Marco Restaurant once. A great meal but VERY SLOW service that caused us to miss a lecture we wanted to see. All other lunches when we ate on the ship were at the Seaside Cafe and Grill. I thought the food was generally good to great with a wide variety of food available. There was a pasta station and meat carving station every day, pizza, various salads, beef, chicken, pork, fish, sushi, fruit, breads, desserts, ice cream and sherbet etc. One day they had what I can only describe as a Salmon Wellington that was delicious. It was a rice center surrounded by salmon and then a bread coating over the salmon baked similar to Beef Wellington. They sliced it just like a Beef Wellington is served. In the evenings the Seaside was open for dinner with again plenty of food to choose from. We did eat there one night for dinner due to a late arrival back from our Berlin Excursion. Late into the evening pizza and desserts were available if your stomach for some unknown reason was still hungry. The four of us ate most breakfasts in the Aquaspa Cafe on the 10th deck rather than fight the crowds and calories in the Seaside Grill. Light healthy food (ex: fruit, yogurt, cereal, egg white omelets, and tiny rolls) was available. I eat blueberries every morning at home. Each morning a dish with ½ of an orange and a couple of blueberries on top was available. Each morning the young lady, Beth Ramos from Brazil, with a cheerful smile on her face, would greet me and would remember and offer me extra blueberries for my orange dish. That is the type of service that I truly appreciate from the staff. Julie and Sue had High Tea one afternoon in the Oceanliners Restaurant. As they were escorted in, the room looked beautiful set for tea, and the live music was lovely. The food included yummy finger sandwiches, scones and desserts (as much as you wanted). An extensive selection of teas was available. They did not choose champagne, but it was available at an additional charge up front. Again, the waiters proved to be top notch as well as the food. It was one of their most enjoyable experiences on the ship. The second Sunday of the cruise was a sea day and Sunday Brunch was served from 10AM to 1 PM in the San Marco. WHAT A FEAST and a beautiful presentation. They had everything and anything: breads, waffles, eggs served any way you could imagine, sausage, bacon, fish, chicken, sushi, pasta, fruit, cereal, desserts, wine, Champaign, Mimosa, Bloody Mary (the drinks were the only things not free). The highlight for me was the Bananas Foster... TO DIE FOR. One night in the Reflections Nightclub the cooks put on a Dessert Extravaganza from 11PM till Midnight. All the deserts you want to (and should not) eat this late at night. Again, a lovely presentation too. I do not think I need to say any more about this one. We did not eat in Oceanliners or Bistro on Five or Cafe Al Bacio. I did order a gelato at the Gelateria ($3.00 + Tip) and it was GOOD. Enough about food (I only gained 5 Lbs). Let's talk entertainment. We tried and enjoyed most everything the ship had to offer in terms of entertainment. In the day time I gave my obligatory $20 to the Bingo Gods not once but twice and once again none of the pots were mine. (Mis)Fortunes Casino was once again a money loser for me. Can someone who actually took home some of the $204,000 that was won in the slots please contact me and let me know your secret? Sue and Julie enjoyed the Scrapbooking sessions held in Michaels Pub. Gary and I enjoyed the lectures that were given. So many things to do and so little time. In the evenings, Perry Grant was in Michaels Pub with his groupies. I stopped in to listen to see what all the accolades are that he gets. He seems to be a nice gentleman with a good voice. Just not the type of entertainer I would enjoy going back to on a nightly basis. The acapella group Lemon Squeezy was on this cruise. They are 4 young men from Stockholm and they sang daily in many of the venues. Great voices and great melody. We really enjoyed them and listened to them whenever we had the chance. All the evening acts that performed in the Celebrity Theater were in my mind excellent. The Celebrity Singers and Dancers put on a couple of nice Broadway type shows. Celia and Julien's Acrobatic show and violinist Greg Scott were amazing. Singer Chris Riggins, a woman singer whose name escapes me and comedian Martin John were all entertaining. We were too worn out from our 1st day St Petersburg sightseeing excursion to go to the Moroshka performance of singers and dancers at 10:30 PM that night but we heard they were outstanding. The most outstanding entertainer in our opinion was the Cruise Director, Mrs. Sue Denning. What an amazing lady. She was everywhere on the ship, friendly, & helpful. We managed to talk to her at a party she hosted for those of us celebrating Wedding Anniversaries and found out she was married on the same date as Sue and I. She put on a one woman song and comedy show one evening that was as good as or better than any big named entertainer. In the 8 cruises we have been on, she is head and shoulders above any other Cruise Director we have had the fortune to sail with. It is unfortunate for those passengers sailing on the Constellation in the Mediterranean over the next 2 months as she is taking time off to be with her family. We hope she comes back soon as she is a tremendous asset for Celebrity. If you like to shop, again there were plenty of sales of liquor, watches, amber jewelry, Russian Eggs, Lacquer Boxes, Father Frost Figurines and Matryoshka dolls to occupy your time and empty your wallet. The President of Faberge was on board and gave a fascinating talk on the history of the company along with his dealings with Theo and Sara Faberge. Captain Frantzis assisted him in opening the first Faberge store at sea on the Constellation. They had for sale not only high end jewelry that the company sells but also a dozen valuable Faberge Eggs (exquisite!!!). These were not cheap ($10,000 to $20,000), and they managed to sell 3 of the Eggs during the cruise. Last but not least are the ports. We took Celebrity excursions in Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn. We took DENRUS Tours in St Petersburg and to Berlin while we did Copenhagen on our own. The sail into Stockholm thru the islands was awsome. The Stockholm Tour was A DAY IN STOCKHOLM. What a beautiful city! This tour covered all the main sites within the city as well as a visit to the Vasa Museum. Our guide was excellent and this tour was well worth the money spent. In Helsinki we took the PORVOO & HELSINKI HIGHLIGHTS WITH LUNCH. Again an excellent tour and guide and well worth the money. We stopped at a small 15th Century church in Sipoo. Next was Porvoo, a small town with a few shops to browse in and shop. The lunch was excellent at an old Manor house former distillery just outside of Porvoo. Lastly, we stopped at the Rock Church and then Senate Square in Helsinki. The Rock Church, Senate Square and the Cathedral overlooking the square were for me the highlights of this tour. In Tallinn we took the MEDIEVAL RAKVERE & TALLINN Tour. Our tour guide was excellent. We first did a walking tour of the upper part of Old Town Tallinn around the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (which was not open at the early hour we were there). I would have liked to have more time here and to see the lower town, but time did not permit it. We then took a 1 ½ hour bus trip to the town of Rakvere to visit the Distillery Museum. Here 4 lucky passengers volunteered to do a tasting of 5 different vodkas. Then we took a 2 minute drive to Medieval Rakvere Castle. This was an enjoyable time with an interesting talk on the history of the castle and town by our guide. We had the option of riding a horse or trying our luck at shooting bows and arrows at targets if desired. We walked along the Castle Ramparts and took in some nice views of the court yard and surrounding countryside. There was a short walk through a darkened passage way in the Castle that was difficult to maneuver due to no lighting and rocky steps you had to navigate (but fun). There were skeletal and other scary figures within the torture chamber that reminded me of Carnival Fright Houses back in the states. An excellent lunch was served in the castle of sauerkraut , potatoes, carrots and melt in your mouth delicious pork. Our day in Copenhagen started with rain which lasted most of the morning. We did a lot of walking and put our umbrellas to good use. We managed to see all the main attractions within the city (The Little Mermaid, Nyhaven Canal, Kastellet Fortress, Tivoli Gardens, Town Hall Square, Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteque, Christiansborg Castle, Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace from the exterior). Plus we took a stroll along the main shopping district. The only places we visited on the interior were the main Cathedral down town and a small church near the Kastellet. Two things struck me about Copenhagen. Some sections of the town were filthy with discarded food wrappers and other garbage. I did not expect this. Also, the cost of everything was outrageous, especially food. It seemed that everywhere we stopped to peruse a menu for lunch, the cheapest food item was a hamburger and fries for $20. We decided to take the shuttle bus back to the ship at noon to dry out and eat on the ship before resuming our walking tour in the afternoon (the rain subsided by then). The $12 fee for the shuttle bus from the ship to downtown (one stop) while expensive was well worth the expense as it got us out of the rain and back to the ship for a quick lunch. We also used the bus to get back into town. In Warnemunde, we opted to take a tour to Berlin with the DENRUS Tour Company as it was less expensive than similar tours run by Celebrity. We had a small group of about 18 people. The 3 hour ride to and from Berlin was tedious. We had a guide on the bus and a guide in Berlin who were both excellent and well informed. The 6 hours in Berlin did cover all the main highlights in the city. However, there were too many Kodak Moments that were missed because there was not enough time to stop for pictures. Also the bus windows were tinted so any photo's we took within the bus have a greenish shading to them. The stops we made were at the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial, a Section of the Berlin Wall along a river, Charlottenburg Palace and the Sony Center for Lunch. It was a great lunch of 4 different bratwursts, sauerkraut, potatoes and beer. The best part of the trip was the city of St Petersburg. Again we opted for a 2 day tour of the city with DENRUS. We took their ROYAL ST PETERSBURG TOUR and were not disappointed. Our guide was Lana, a trained Concert Pianist who also studied for 3 years to become a tour guide. She was absolutely the BEST. Her knowledge of all the venues we visited and the way she presented the story behind each of them made this trip memorable. Our small group of 12 people and 2 full days of sightseeing along with excellent lunches went too fast. You can read more about the Royal St Petersburg tour on the DENRUS web site. After 11 fun filled days on the ship, we began 15 hours of hell on the water. Leaving Copenhagen and making our way into the North Sea on the final sea day into Amsterdam, the ship ran into a weather front that made life on board miserable for many (including my poor wife and Julie). Winds of 40 to 50 knots coupled with seas in my estimation of 10 to 15 foot made the ship rock and roll. Gary and I were fine, but our wives were not. Sue spent the entire time in the cabin near the toilet. The worst part of the storm started in the early afternoon and did not subside until we got to the outer locks into the canals leading to Amsterdam in the early morning hours the next day. My wife was still not feeling well when we docked. The ship was 3 ½ hours late in docking in Amsterdam and many flights into Amsterdam were cancelled due to this storm. This caused major issues with people having to change flights. We were informed with a telephone call at 7AM that morning by Choice Air (Celebrity's Air Travel Arm) that they rebooked Sue and me. We had a Continental direct flight to the states but now had to travel to Frankfurt on Lufthansa and then get a United Flight from there to the states. We had bought the transfers from the ship to the airport from Celebrity. Celebrity took our luggage the night before arrival. We got a bus ride to the airport that morning and were supposed to pick up our luggage there. Never again will I do this. The bus ride was fine. At the airport, it was a circus. The luggage arrived in large vans at the same time as or just after the buses arrived. There were one hundred or so passengers looking for their luggage while there were 3 or 4 men that had to off load the luggage onto the curb. People would not stay out of the way of the poor guys trying to unload the luggage. Some had the luggage carts that were getting in the way. Three or four Celebrity personnel were trying to keep people away from the area to no avail. Just a complete zoo. I finally found our luggage after about 45 minutes of searching due to one of our bags arriving in a different van from the other two. When we got to the Lufthansa ticket counter, they could not ticket us for our flight due to some issues between Choice Air and United not assigning us an eticket change. Plus the flight Choice Air put us on in Amsterdam did not leave enough time to make the connection in Frankfurt with United. This took a an hour to straighten out with me having to run between the Lufthansa Check In Counter in one building and the Continental help desk (United's desk was closed) two buildings over. We finally made our new flights and got home to Maryland at about 11 PM that night in pouring rain. Even though Choice Air had changed Gary and Julie's flight, they managed to make it on their original flight along with our tablemates Gail and Hank. Unfortunately their flight left late and had a longer flight time due to strong head winds. During the flight an Air Marshal had to handcuff an unruly passenger (might have been drunk) and 4 kids on the flight were unruly and made life miserable for all. Gary and Julie missed their connection to their final destination and the flight they were put on left late so they arrived home over 5 hours late; at 1AM in the morning. Guess you could say they had "36 hours of hell" at the end of their vacation. Our other tablemates Jay and Aileen had their own adventure getting home. They had not been rescheduled from their flight (the same flight Sue and I were supposed to be on originally, go figure), but they had not been assigned an e-ticket number. So after standing in a long line at Continental, they were directed to go to the Continental help desk, where, eventually they received the coveted e-ticket number. On returning to the Continental check-in they were confronted with an even longer line. But, using good old American initiative, they went to the line for Elite members and when asked if they were Elite members they stated that the lady at the help desk had told them to go there. They received their tickets and proceeded to the gate. The flight was just boarding. Alas because of strong head winds the plane had to stop for refueling in Goosebay, Labrador. This detour caused them to miss their connection in Washington, DC. Instead of arriving in Indy at 5:30 pm, they arrived at 12:30 am, and did not get home until nearly 2:00am. The great company of our friends and our dinner tablemates as well as the excellent service provided by Celebrity and its crew made this Baltic Cruise an unforgettable vacation despite the few hiccups here and there. An unfortunate experience due to bad weather is just something that cannot be foreseen. There is no better cruise line in our opinion than Celebrity and we look forward to future sailings on their ships. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We recently went on the Baltic cruise and WOW, what an experience. Everything went so smoothly and met expectations that we thought all ships were like that. We are hooked on cruising now and are already planning our next voyage. Having ... Read More
We recently went on the Baltic cruise and WOW, what an experience. Everything went so smoothly and met expectations that we thought all ships were like that. We are hooked on cruising now and are already planning our next voyage. Having recently read the reviews of another very well known ship, I was surprised to see a lot of unhappy people which made me realise how lucky we were to have chosen the Constellation for our first voyage. Cabin We booked a cabin with a balcony but were upgraded to concierge class with a restricted view. I was at first disappointed but actually it was only a small metal structure which in no way restricted the view so we scored. The room was lovely and spacious with plenty of room to unpack all our things. The bathroom is small but very pretty with a fresh rose and all the guest amenities you would expect. The shower has a little wash line so you can rinse out a few things which dry quickly overnight so take a bit of washing powder with you. Food The food was fantastic although for one or two nights, the choices in the San Marco restaurant were uninspiring. Sometimes the starter portion was very small but there is so much food, you can't possibly complain. The "brunch" organised towards the end of the trip was spectacular and beyond the imagination of the average person. The buffet on 10th floor was really great and we often chose to eat there, specially breakfast. The variety is amazing and although some of the stations closed at different times of the day, there was always lots to choose from at any time of the day. Lots of people chose this option and it was very crowded but you never had to wait for more than a few minutes. tea, coffee, juice and water available 24h. In my opinion, the "specialty restaurants" are superfluous. We did not use them. Excursions We only took the St Petersburg excursion. The SA rand does not go very far and we felt the excursions to be expensive. Generally we walked into town, sometimes quite far, but you see things along the way. I would recommend that you do some research on what buses to catch and what you want to see before you sail e.g there are warnings about the HOHO buses in Copenhagen. I did this and could make the best of the day. We booked the Celebrity St Petersburg 2 day excursion and although it was expensive we were not disappointed. It was fabulous - beyond expectation. You can't do this city justice on your own in 2 days. One review I read, suggested a tea break. He also mentioned that it was very strenuous. I am undergoing chemotherapy and did not feel tired at all. It is all so exciting and there is so much to see, you don't even think about a rest or have time for tea. Do some walking before your cruise and you will be ready for the 2 days. Entertainment The "on board" group of entertainers were excellent and their shows were magical. The "guest" entertainers were okay but I felt they could have saved a lot of money by using some of the lead "on board entertainers" to do their own show - they were that good - but I suppose that would make Celebrity look cheap! The lectures were on interesting topics but the lecturer was so boring and did not seem to have a good knowledge of his topics. A real pity. Our only gripe Our only gripe was the beverage packages. We took the classic package at $44 per day plus 15% service fee. We misunderstood the explanation on the brochure, thinking that we had to pay for tea, coffee and water on the ship. The wording is misleading (but clear if you read it again) as you only have to pay for SPECIALITY tea, coffee and water eg Irish coffee. Even so, you are off the ship most of the time and it is almost impossible to use this package fully. When we found it did not suit us, we tried to cancel the package but the management would not move on the subject so we ended up paying over $1,100 unnecessarily. This was really our fault but I did feel that the management could have seen we made a mistake and been more sympathetic. All in all, I can highly recommend the Constellation for a wonderful and trouble free cruise. The ship was late coming into Amsterdam and we missed our flight but I don't see that as a reflection on the Celebrity or part of this review. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We have wanted to visit St. Petersburg for some years. We realised the easiest way was to take a cruise. We have cruised before with NCL, Oceania and Holland America. The process of boarding was straightforward and easy. Service, ... Read More
We have wanted to visit St. Petersburg for some years. We realised the easiest way was to take a cruise. We have cruised before with NCL, Oceania and Holland America. The process of boarding was straightforward and easy. Service, restaurants etc. were probably the best of any cruise we have taken. The only area we felt let down the cruise was the buffet restaurant. it was more a cafeteria. other than that every food and beverage outlet was of a very high standard. The Tuscan restaurant and Oceanliners were excellent. In fact the main dining room was up with the specialty restaurants on other cruise lines. The Acqua Spa restaurant we used daily for breakfast and lunch. They would cook you omelettes at breakfast and chicken or salmon at lunch. The itinerary was exactly as we wanted. Lastly, but not least, our cabin attendant - Estella - could not be beaten. Would not hesitate to recommend the Constellation got anyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We are in our 60s, have cruised with Celebrity seven times, three times on Constellation, but the first time since she was refurbished. She looks good. This time we flew to Amsterdam on the day of the cruise. (I normally wouldn't ... Read More
We are in our 60s, have cruised with Celebrity seven times, three times on Constellation, but the first time since she was refurbished. She looks good. This time we flew to Amsterdam on the day of the cruise. (I normally wouldn't recommend this, but it worked out fine.) Our plane reservations were made through Celebrity, and since we had made that arrangement over a year earlier, the flight was less expensive - the air fares have gone up so much. Our flight arrived about 9:30. After clearing passport control and collecting out luggage, we found the Celebrity sign and showed them our transfer voucher. They took charge of our luggage and asked us to wait for the shuttle for about 30 minutes. The bus took us to the port where we were given a boarding number. We filled out the health questionnaire and waited until our number was called. We were onboard about 11:15 and there were Mimosas and champagne waiting. By 11:30 the buffet opened and a message that cabins were ready was made before the usual 1:00 time. It all went very smoothly. Our cabin was as expected - concierge class on Deck 9. Our luggage arrived about 3. We find that the cabin has ample storage for us. The only complaint about the cabin is that it should have much better room darkening drapes. On this trip we had about 4 days with no night - it was a cruise above the Arctic Circle, after all. Both the cabin attendant and his assistant were excellent! In fact the entire crew/staff were the best that we have had. And the captain and other officers were very visible and approachable. In the dining room the waiter and assistant were also top-notch. Two people at our table of eight put in a request for chocolate milk and iced tea, and they were there every night. We also requested bowls of berries for dessert and 4 bowls arrived each night. On lobster night (it's actually a seafood platter) one person requested two lobster tails on his plate. Remember you can request two or three (or more) of anything. A couple of nights we asked for an extra entrEe to pass around our table, so everyone could try something else. I won't go into details about the ship as that information is available other places on this web site. The itinerary of this cruise was unique, though. Bergen and Alesund are also ports on another cruise, but Leknes (Lofoten), Longyearbyen, and Honningsvag are once a year for Celebrity. In Bergen we docked away from the more interesting old town area and a free shuttle was available to the town center. We turned Alesund into a walking around port for us. When we were here previously we took the onshore excursion Path of the Trolls. I recommend it highly! Leknes is a tender port and there is a shuttle from the dock into town which can be purchased onboard for $7. There really is not much there. The ship offered three different excursions. We took one that went to a church and a restored fishing village/museum. We were supposed to make another stop at Sund, but for some reason it was skipped. We asked about it at guest services and were given about 1/3 of the cost credited back to our shipboard account. The tender service returning us to the ship was the low point of our cruise. I don't know what happened, but we waited in line for almost an hour, and we were fairly close to the front of the line. Some people must have waited for about 2 hours, and there were lots of complaints about it. Even the crew person at the dock was very frustrated. We heard him calling back to the ship and asking them to send the tenders. In Longyearbyen it was very easy to walk into town. There are some shops here and a very fine museum. In the afternoon we took an excursion around town, to the museum, and out to a dog park. Dogs are not allowed in town because so many people have dog sled teams, and the dogs would create a mess and nuisance. Outside of town are several places to board dogs. The dogs were very friendly. We were given a snack, of sorts, of dried seal meat and thin, crispy bread. My husband really liked this as it was very similar to the thin bread his Norwegian mother made. In Honningsvag almost the whole ship made a trip to the North Cape. This is done by shuttle bus which is only a transfer with a set time to return. It is emphasized that this bus trip is not narrated. There is a lot to see and do at the North Cape, and we were lucky that it was not raining. If you do this, try to get as early a bus as possible. If you want to watch the video they show, do that first. There is a large souvenir shop and the prices reflect the remoteness. (Norway is expensive all over, though.) Many people like to buy and mail post cards from here with the North Cape postmark. A stamp costs about $3. We enjoyed the scenery along the way. There is also a brief stop to see and photograph a Sami herdsman and his reindeer. And, of course, there is a little souvenir shop. We were in Honningsvag on Sunday, so not everything was open. There is an Ice Bar that is a big attraction. It has a cover charge that includes two drinks. There is also a small souvenir shop right next to the pier. There is a troll and a statue of a large dog out front. In fact I think there were troll statues at about every port! After the ship left Honningsvag it passed by the North Cape, so we were able to see it from the vantage point of the sea. There is a lot to do on the ship - trivia, golf contests, sports, cards, lectures, shipboard tours, cooking competition, wine tasting, reading, relaxing, pools, exercise, nothing, and music of many different styles. We were not bored. The performances with the Celebrity singers and dancers were outstanding. The other performers were average. An a capella group, Lemon Squeezy, was very well received. Perry Grant performed in Michael's Club nearly every night and had one performance in the theater. (He was returning to Constellation and had problems with his flights, so missed the first two nights of the cruise.) We have reached elite status with Celebrity. One of the perks is a free day at the Persian Garden when the ship is in port. Not knowing what this is, I asked at the spa desk and was able to walk in and look around. A couple of days later my husband and I made a trip there. It consists of two shower areas, an herbal steam room, a Turkish bath room, a sauna room, and a relaxing area. I believe you can either buy a one day pass or a pass for the entire cruise. Two other perks that we used were the light breakfast and the evening social hour, both in Michael's Club. In short order the servers there got to be friends and knew what we wanted. An elegant tea is also complimentary one afternoon. Elegant tea was also offered, twice, for a fee, in Ocean Liners restaurant. A brunch was offered twice on this trip. It ran from 10-1 in the main dining room and seemed to serve as a replacement to the midnight buffet with ice sculptures, omelet and carving stations, and other special touches. Also one evening at 11:15 a chocolate buffet was presented in Reflections. We did not eat at any of the for-a-fee dining areas. There is a coffee shop on deck 5 that was heavily used, especially in the afternoon when music was provided. The small sandwiches, cookies, and pastries are complimentary, but the various coffees are not. You could serve yourself a coffee from the buffet area on deck 10 and take it with you to enjoy an afternoon treat on deck 5. Gratuities are automatic. However, you have the option to opt out or to change them by going to Guest Services and filling out a form. We were very lucky on this cruise to actually see the midnight sun as the weather was clear. There were people onboard who had been in the area twice before but had not seen the sun at midnight (and later) because of poor weather. It was an amazing thing, but it sure threw off sleep patterns for most of the passengers. Our departure luggage tags and departure time were delivered to our cabin a couple of nights beforehand. The time is based on the arrangements you have for leaving the port city. We headed to our shuttle bus, waited for about 30 minutes for it to get filled, and were taken to the airport where our luggage was waiting for us curbside. The departure process was very easy. Was this our favorite cruise? Would we do it again? Probably not, but we are very glad that we've done it!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
This was our first Celebrity cruise for a few years, in recent times we have been Azamara regulars, it was the itinerary & port of embarkation that attracted us. The booking was made quite late and was for a guaranteed concierge ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity cruise for a few years, in recent times we have been Azamara regulars, it was the itinerary & port of embarkation that attracted us. The booking was made quite late and was for a guaranteed concierge cabin. This is the first time we have booked guaranteed and it worked out OK but I am not sure that we would have chosen this cabin location ourselves. We live in Yorkshire England & only had a one hour flight to Amsterdam which was a great way to join a cruise. Cruise line transfer was fine but embarkation was not very well organised at first, we are Elite members & being booked in concierge expected to be in a fast track line. I could not find a line & signs were not clear, only after waiting for some time & pointing out to a member of staff that we were Elite were we told to go straight through to check in. That was the only real problem & overall we had a lovely time & the staff from the Captain down were fantastic. The Captains club benefits are now excellent & we will certainly book again with Celebrity. The weather was great most of the time, very hot the first week but a little cloudy later on, the only rain was in Amsterdam on the last day. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
We departed May 22nd from Amsterdam on the Celebrity Constellation with 8 in our group.Our cruise was the Baltic states including St. Petersburg, RU. When we first entered our cabin we noticed the Walmart cheap plastic stained chairs on ... Read More
We departed May 22nd from Amsterdam on the Celebrity Constellation with 8 in our group.Our cruise was the Baltic states including St. Petersburg, RU. When we first entered our cabin we noticed the Walmart cheap plastic stained chairs on the balcony. The balcony itself was filthy and included dried paint drippings all around. The railing was in bad need of a refinish job. The varnish on the railing was peeling off. Rust was everywhere. The mattress was sagging and in need of replacement. In the dining room, our party sadly found that the kitchen did not know how to cook beef. It was overcooked and tough! Our first stop was Rostock, Germany. Celebrity told us we were at Wernemunde, Germany. We weren't! We were in Rostock. No problems for Stockholm or Helsinki. We arrived early at St. Petersburg, RU. We were excited about this stop as we hired Tailored Tours of St, Petersburg for our 2 days of touring. Our guide and General Director of this company did not disappoint us. His name is Timofey. He was patient and answered every question we had. Web address http://www.tour-petersburg.com/ Because of his knowledge of the history of St. Petersburg and of all the paintings we saw, these two days became the highlight of our cruise and so much better than a ship purchased excursion. We talked of it for days after leaving. No problems for Tallin. At Copenhagen, Celebrity said there would be maps outside. There were no maps to be had anywhere. When we returned in the afternoon there were hundreds of maps. On disembarkation, Celebrity told early departure guests to be in the Celebrity theatre on deck 4. The only people there were the passengers. The theatre was closed and locked. After searching around, we found the disembarkation point on deck 3 by Guest Relations. This ship is a tired old ship and needs to be retired. Doubt if we'll ever book Celebrity again! Ron Kudla777 Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Overall this was an outstanding trip with visits to great cities. Positives: Staff - from the most junior employee to the Captain greeted all guests with a smile. Waiters - we signed up for open seating and were so pleased with ... Read More
Overall this was an outstanding trip with visits to great cities. Positives: Staff - from the most junior employee to the Captain greeted all guests with a smile. Waiters - we signed up for open seating and were so pleased with our waiters - Elves and Alfonso - on the first night that we requested their tables the rest of the cruise and were accommodated. We are early eaters - 5:30-6:00 so it wasn't rushed. Formal Nights - About 20% of the men wore tuxes; 70% coat and tie; 10% something else (knit shirt and jacket. Honesty about tours in St. Petersburg. The package from Celebrity said that if we were doing a private tour, we only needed tour tickets from an authorized agent, passport, and entry card. We booked with Alla who listed the same requirements. No problem getting off - we were in the first 100 or so off. Alla Tours and our guide Nadia were awesome! Cabin - as mentioned elsewhere, cabin 8080 is one of the quietest. Nothing on the opposite side of the passageway and cabins above and below. Smoking policy - Outstanding. Only smelled smoke when we were in a smoking area and there weren't too many of them. Stage shows - The three major performance shows were outstanding even though this was a new troupe. Violinist and ventriloquist/comedian were great. The singer - OK. Negatives: Docking locations were distant. Will check itineraries of Solstice class ships. They get the best location. Constellation is getting the second choice of Celebrity. Aida even had better locations. Port Lecturer - very poor. Insisted we needed kroner when virtually all stores took Euros and dollars. Stated there was a special arrangement so we could see the Rock Church in Helsinki. Even the tour order form said it was closed. It was closed. Ships Tours - Guides spent most of the time counting. Didn't see much. Shuttle Bus - Very disorganized. So bad in one port the ship refunded the money. Cabin steward was a bit grumpy. Asked about towel animals and he said he didn't do them. Goodby extra tip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
This is our 10th cruise - first on Celebrity - selected this cruise specifically for the itinerary - Perfect !! Hope I can provide some factual information that will help other future cruisers. Upgraded from Conceirge class ... Read More
This is our 10th cruise - first on Celebrity - selected this cruise specifically for the itinerary - Perfect !! Hope I can provide some factual information that will help other future cruisers. Upgraded from Conceirge class to Sky suite three weeks before sailing - got a really great price for residence/senior discount - glad we did this. The extra space in the cabin and bathroom was great, especially on a 12 night cruise. We were in cabin 9111 mid-ship near the elevators - very quite and no noise from deck ten as some people have reported. The cabin was very similar to the Jr Suite on RCCL- perks were good but not like the perks on a "full sized suite". Cabin was nice size with very large walk-in closet and plenty of drawer space. Bathroom good size with tub/shower combo - great showerhead, water pressure & hot water. My husband is over 6' tall and fit in this fine- no problem with head hitting the ceiling. The hair dryer was awful so make sure you bring your own! We flew non-stop from Philadelphia to Amsterdam the day before - spent one night at the Marriott Amsterdam - great location - directly across from the Blue Boat canal tour and the main outdoor center with restaurants and cafes a block away - got a good rate directly from Marriott (Sr Rate) but had to book early - much better than the Celebrity pre-crusie package offerings. The taxi from the airport to the hotel was approx $56.00 (41 Euros) and no limit on luggage - People suggested that we use the Schipol Travel Taxi but they only permit one piece of large luggage pp and then there is an additional charge - with 3 pieces of luggage it was the same as a regular taxi and we did not have to wait or stop at other hotels. We were a short cab ride to the Anne Frank house and walking distance to some of the museums - we really loved Amsterdam and wished we had stayed an second day - we did Amsterdam on our own, no formal tours. Taxi from hotel to pier including tip was 20 euros ($28.00) - 15 mins on Sunday with no traffic - embarkment was a little confusing - given priority number to board but went up the stairs and it was all one big line - then 2 lines thru security- after that we breezed through the suite line - The service on the ship was outstanding - all areas of the ship and all personnel - it was the best I have ever received on any of our past cruises - Our wait & bar service staff in the dinning room was excellent! And our room steward and butler were very attentive and professional. We never had any issues or problems. The entertainment was good - not the best we have seen but it was entertaining and we did go to all of the evening shows. The casino was very nice with great staff ! I love to gamble and go to Las Vegas often, but the payouts were so bad that after the first day we did not go there very much - it is a shame because we usually like to spend part of our evenings there. The food was somewhat disappointing - it was not as good as I was expecting. The food presentation was very nice and what we ate was really good - it was the selection of food that I found to be the biggest disappointment - the buffet for breakfast & lunch were the same each day (no big deal about that) but the dinner buffet was not anything that I expected - it looked just like lunch! Many nights in the dinning room we ordered off the alternate menu - but again it was just the selection that we were unhappy with. We booked all of our excursions through celebrity - we always feel more comfortable that way especially since we took the long trip into Berlin. We were pleased with the tours- the tour guides were very knowledgeable and led the tour well. We knew what we wanted in detail to see in each city, and selected the tour that met that criteria- and felt that we accomplished it all. We took the Celebrity transfers back to the airport -total $66.00. A cab might have been a few dollars cheaper but this was very organized and easy - our flight was an early one at 10:50 AM and we were the first group off the ship and at the airport by 8:15 AM with plenty of time to get through check-in and security. ONE TIP - print out your boarding passes on the ship - it is faster and easier to get you and our bags checked-in. If not there are two different lines you will have to go through. We were very impressed with the ship for our first Celebrity cruise. Enjoyed the smaller size ship and relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely cruise Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Embarkation: As you may know our cruise was delayed due to extra cleaning on the ship because of the norovirus. Celebrity handled this well and we took the complimentary shuttle back into town and went to Rembrandt's house which was a ... Read More
Embarkation: As you may know our cruise was delayed due to extra cleaning on the ship because of the norovirus. Celebrity handled this well and we took the complimentary shuttle back into town and went to Rembrandt's house which was a neat experience as there was also an etching demonstration in his workshop. We got back to the ship around 4pm and waited until our cabin was ready. Ship: We had not been on a Celebrity cruise before. We have sailed on the Voyager class on RCI. We definitely liked the smaller number of passengers on the Constellation. I did miss the Promenade as there was not a similar area on this ship. Initially the ship did not seem that full but by the end a lot of the lounges were full. Cabin: We were in a C1 Cabin. The first few days were frustrating as everything had been removed from the cabins due to the virus. We felt it was like pulling teeth asking for things that should have been there: champagne, robes, Captain's Club coupons. We had a TV remote that was not working and we had to ask for our deck to be cleaned as there was debris from dry dock. The deck chairs were dirty and old. However, the carpet in the cabin looked new and the bedding was great. Eventually, things settled into a normal pattern and our stateroom attendant was excellent. Service: On the whole this was great. The only exception was our wine steward who seemed to have issues. I was very impressed with the way the staff at guest relations kept their cool. Food: Beef was very good and desserts were excellent. Some of the fish dishes were disappointing. We enjoyed the Seaside Cafe with stir-fry and pasta to order. CanapEs in Concierge Class were dreadful. Entertainment: We enjoyed the entertainment more than I had expected. We had a Russian group who came on in St. Petersburg and did traditional singing and dancing. Also Live Wire who were a Celtic group. We went to Michael's Club several times to see Perry Grant - we loved Perry - he is a great entertainer. Ports: We did our own thing in Warnemunde (thanks Heinbloed for your great directions to Rostock), Tallinn and Copenhagen. We took 2 of Celebrity's shore excursions and they were excellent. We took a "Day in Stockholm" which gave us a very good overview of the city, tour of city hall, Vasa Museum, and walking tour of the Old Town. Our guide was Annika and she was very good. In Helsinki we took a tour of Porvoo and Helsinki Highlights. It also included lunch at the distillery at Kiala Manor which is a working farm. We enjoyed the opportunity to see outside the city as it was a nice day and our guide Ann Marie was also exceptional. In St. Petersburg we had a 2-day tour with Alla which was fantastic. Disembarkation at Ports: This was really excellent and much better than our experience on RCI. We were expecting a mob scene at St. Petersburg (this came later at the Russian Bazaar on the ship!). We had an independent tour arranged through Alla Tours. We were asked to register our tour which we did. We were told to be in the Rendezvous lounge at 7:15 am and would be escorted off the ship. We got there at 7am and were told by the few people there that is was OK to leave. There was no line and we walked straight through immigration with no problem. Conclusion: The trip was one of a lifetime. I think late May is unpredictable weather wise but I personally would not want to tour the highlights of St. Petersburg in the heat of the summer. I did get rather sick of the constant purell and my hands were very dry by the end of the cruise. However,we did stay well and the ship was kept spotless. Would I go on Celebrity again? Depends on itinerary and price but I would not pay extra for concierge class again. Thanks to CruiseCritic for all the tips.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
We arrived early around 12:30 to enjoy an afternoon on board prior to sailing. Instead we spent the afternoon in cruise terminal waiting while the ships crew disinfected the ship from a outbreak of the norovirus on the previous cruise. We ... Read More
We arrived early around 12:30 to enjoy an afternoon on board prior to sailing. Instead we spent the afternoon in cruise terminal waiting while the ships crew disinfected the ship from a outbreak of the norovirus on the previous cruise. We were provided a box lunch and juice while we waited. We finally boarded around 4:30, our stateroom was ready and we were greeted by our room steward. The room was clean and well appointed. Our room steward indicated he would help with our needs during the cruise, a promise he fulfilled many times. We chose Celebrity Select dining and had made daily reservations before the cruise. We easily modified our reservations several times during the cruise to fit our needs. I would highly recommend this option as it provided the flexibility to better enjoy the ports and ship activities. Dinners were generally excellent with the exception of having to ask for coffee refills on a couple of occasions. The evening menu was varied and always provided a good selection on each course to select from. A standard menu was available for the less adventurous in dining. On the second morning we discovered the waffle bar at the rear of the seaside cafe. There you could get fresh waffles, pancakes and cheese blitzes. The various food stations towards the rear of the breakfast buffet were normally less crowded so head aft after entering. What most surprised me was the quality of the entertainment. The cast of the featured song and dance shows were outstanding performers. Many of the singers and dancers in my humble opinion are of broadway quality. Do not miss these featured shows. The remaining entertainment was ok but totally cruise ship quality with a few good acts thrown in. Unless you like bad vaudville stay away from Perry Grant in Michael's Club, he reminded me of Tiny Tim on steroids. Must note that we also had a norovirus outbreak on this cruise. Cannot over emphasize the professionalism of the crew to keep it under control. Besides the frequent reminders to wash your and sanitize you hands regularly the crew was visible continually sanitizing anything that could be touched. In the buffets all foods were handled only by ships personnel, not a bad practise virus or not. This passenger and friends stayed virus free by being vigilante and following the ship instructions. The itinerary speaks for itself, great ports. I recommend seeing the ports on your own or with independent tours. Our two independent tours (Warnemunde and St. Petersburg) were great and we also did Tallinn on our own. Our ships tours in Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen were essentially a bust. In summary I would definitely recommend this cruise line and ship to anyone interested in visiting the Baltics. Loved everything about this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, having previously cruised with Holland America. Embarkation at Harwich was smooth and well organised within a few minutes we were welcomed on the ship and presented with a glass of Champagne. We ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, having previously cruised with Holland America. Embarkation at Harwich was smooth and well organised within a few minutes we were welcomed on the ship and presented with a glass of Champagne. We were immediately taken to our cabin which was somewhat of a disappointment. We had booked a 2A cabin but Celebrity have recategorised their cabins and our was originally a 2B so had a fairly small balcony. We have been used to a bath/shower on previous cruises so were disappointed to find a small bathroom with just a shower cubicle. Storage space was ok and the bed was comfortable. There was a good variety of food available at all times and the ship organised 2 Brunches which were amazing! Dress code for formal nights was not enforced and people went into the main dining room on these nights in jeans and trainers which seems a shame when most people took the trouble to dress appropriately. Entertainment was mostly excellent and the resident Band were very versatile. We had a husband and wife team of dance/acrobatics who were truly fantastic, but never more than on our last night crossing the North Sea in a Force 10 when we could hardly keep our balance on two feet they gave a magnificent and faultless performance and received a standing ovation for their bravery! We did have a problem with the costs on this ship. A glass of fresh orange juice at breakfast was $2.50 + 15%service charge. Glasses of wine (half full)in the bars were $8.00 +15% service charge and when the bill arrived there was space for an additional tip which we found insulting (no service was THAT good) Wine in the dining room was also very expensive considering they were not premium wines. We had an excellent series of lectures by Dr Mark Holder about Happiness and The Amazing Brain which were fascinating. The Port lecturer was very boring and the shopping Advisor was just interested in promoting a chosen few shops! The Arcade shops on board were very expensive, also the Photographic Dept where a mini DV tape was double the amount we were charged in Tallin. Disembarkation was straightforward and well organised and all staff with whom we came into contact were friendly and helpful, but taking the experience as a whole we do not think Celebrity warrants the 5 star rating they claim as we have had better service and accommodation with HAL. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
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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