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167 Celebrity Constellation Senior Cruise Reviews

We love cruising & find Celebrity meets our preferences well. Staff are caring, helpful & fun. Food is excellent & shows are usually very good, especially production casts. Places visited were pretty & interesting. By way ... Read More
We love cruising & find Celebrity meets our preferences well. Staff are caring, helpful & fun. Food is excellent & shows are usually very good, especially production casts. Places visited were pretty & interesting. By way of criticism, we were on this ship 5 years ago & despite a refit found its finish was dark & not as bright as other ships in the fleet. We were disappointed that prices are noticeably increased & costs are being cut. The programme of events from Oct'2015 shows twice as many daily activities as Oct'2016. Bar staff tips are now 18%! Menu choices are reduced, eg. only two new dessert options at dinner now. Excursion prices are too high. Pay per view movies on tv are $15, exorbitant! Many 'discounted' sales goods (special offers) are cheap & of poor standard. New policy to offer 2nd passenger half price conceals overall increase! So, changes deserve to be criticised. The company needs to reconsider. However, it is still a great holiday experience. We have already booked our next cruise on the Reflection in 2017. Thank you for opportunity to raise these issues. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our 5th cruise with Celebrity and we chose this cruise for the itinerary. Unfortunately their standards have dropped dramatically and from the minute you step on board you are constantly bombarded with upgrading your drinks ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Celebrity and we chose this cruise for the itinerary. Unfortunately their standards have dropped dramatically and from the minute you step on board you are constantly bombarded with upgrading your drinks passage, booking speciality dining and booking another cruise. Anything to get your money! Embarkation went smoothly and our balcony stateroom was very clean but definitely the worse for wear. Torn valance sheet, shabby curtains and cracked tiles in shower room. The wear and tear was evident throughout the ship but it is all very clean. The staff never seem to stop cleaning from morning until night and they are always so cheerful and pleasant. The food in the ocean view self service was okay but nothing was ever hot . We used the burger bar once and have to say that it was delicious. The real problem was the main dining room. Oh my goodness it was not good! Beef so tough it was inedible. Our table attendants were superb and so attentive and I did feel embarrassed at continually returning food but I was certainly not the only one. Again the food wasn't hot enough, Overall it was very poor. We didn't go on any of the ship's excursions as they are very overpriced, preferring to do our own thing. I do feel it is wrong that Celebrity are now charging for taking you from the ship into the town - $12 or $15 each depending on length of journey. The entertainment was very good and we went each evening to the theatre then enjoyed listening to whichever group was playing in the lounge. My friend and I had a game of bingo - $31!! Total rip-off! Overall I was disappointed in the cruise. We travelled with friends and had told them that the sai away from Venice would be spectacular with lovely music as the ship sails down the Grand Canal. What did we get? Absolutely nothing. Lots of people remarked on this and had been looking forward to the big sail away. The cruise was not worth the money we paid and I would not recommend Celebrity to anyone. They are certainly not 5*! I think it's time to try another cruise line and, after speaking to others on the ship, I don't think I will be the only one. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We (wife and I) are Celebrity loyalists - elite in Captain's club. This cruise - Adriatic and Italy - was our tenth on Celebrity after a break of four years. Our first was in 1972 on Galaxy. Celebrity had a well-deserved ... Read More
We (wife and I) are Celebrity loyalists - elite in Captain's club. This cruise - Adriatic and Italy - was our tenth on Celebrity after a break of four years. Our first was in 1972 on Galaxy. Celebrity had a well-deserved reputation of offering medium price cruises but well above average in dining and service. No longer. The menu in the main dining room has been reduced from five to three courses, the first labeled as 'starters'! The menu was rarely better than downtown hotel standard. The quality was variable - they are certainly no longer buying the best meat. The main dining room should be 'fine dining': steak and chips might be found in a road side diner but not appropriate here Deserts down to a choice of two very non-descript items - I fully expected to see carrot cake and brownies one night. Celebrity seems to have reduced its staffing. Our dining room staff were as good as ever but elsewhere the strain of overwork showed. Gloomy, non-conversational. In the lounges too few staff at peak times. Concierge cabins - as good as ever. Our attendant could not do enough to please. Embarkation and debarkation superlative. If Celebrity has chosen to compete on price with Fred Olsen or Saga, then good luck to them. But we expect better. And our views are not unique - chance conversations with other Celebrity 'old hands' - never again! Good bye! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The ports were fabulous, and the price was good! This was our first visit to the Dalmarion Coast! The ship was clean in public areas and staff helpful and friendly. Didn't attend celebrity theatre. Food at dinner was very good, ... Read More
The ports were fabulous, and the price was good! This was our first visit to the Dalmarion Coast! The ship was clean in public areas and staff helpful and friendly. Didn't attend celebrity theatre. Food at dinner was very good, service was excellent! Room was kept clean except for the bathroom, the floor and bathroom needed bleach and scrubbing. The room attendant was very personable and friendly, did his job well. The room 3067 was quiet and fairly close to the elevator. The buffet cafe on the 10th floor was tasty and adequate for breakfast. Other than the old dirty bathroom our stay was comfortable. The ship needs to redo or deep clean the bathroom. Also the chair in the room had a stained fabric so I put a clean towel on it. I would have been more comfortable in a cleaner room, bit didn't think to complain at the time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We had sailed on Connies inaugural cruise and had the most fabulous time. There was no fault with the food, accommodations, shore excursions, nightlife....the decor was a breath of fresh air in comparison to the other lines. So, with such ... Read More
We had sailed on Connies inaugural cruise and had the most fabulous time. There was no fault with the food, accommodations, shore excursions, nightlife....the decor was a breath of fresh air in comparison to the other lines. So, with such great memories we had no hesitations and booked a family cruise. Embarkation disorganized, port staff very unhelpful and rude. Despite my pleas that I was travelling with my elderly disabled mother, we were forced to line up with the rest of the passengers even though I am a "elite" traveller. No help upon arrival, much different from the inaugural cruise where a cruise member escorted us to our cabins, we were left to our own devices to locate our cabin! The quality of food has gone down hill when even compared to our previous cruise of 2013. The variety quality left much to be desired. Celebrity was known for the quality of their food, sadly this is no longer true. The cabin was dated, bathroom in need of an update, even though the brochure said that it was "refurbished " mold, peeling paint, balcony door locks sticking, poorly flushing toilets.... To add insult, there was garbage left in our cabin that the room attendants failed to notice and remove. I would question how actually "clean" is my cabin. I wiped down all surfaces with my Lysol wipes! If possible, book your own shore excursions. The one offered by celebrity is $$$$$$and not worth the $. I don't mind paying extra if the quality was there. The guide in Barcelona sat at the front of the bus and read out loud the script on his phone. I was seated at the front with my mother and witnessed it! He would stop at a sight, told us to come back to the bus after we "make pictures!" To make matters worse, on the return trip, he was walking so fast, he left my entire family stranded at the Sagrada familia!? The ship's staff said they would investigate and all she said was that we all returned safely to the ship! Oh, and they refunded us our cab fare only". This is surely not the "beyond our expectations?!". The entertainment catered to the UK crowded and far below previous experiences. It might have well been the crew members who put on the show! Amateurs! The dining room was crowded, and the noise level was deafening. It was difficult to carry on any dinner conversation! The table next to us was so loud, we asked for a table change, they were unable to accommodate because the dining room was full, yet they were able to accommodate the dining your way passengers. It would have to be a very good deal for this loyal cruiser to sail with celebrity anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was or first ever cruise, so we took friends' advice and went for the higher end of the market. We were not disappointed!! (Gross understatement!!). It was fabulous from start to finish. I can't understand what possible ... Read More
This was or first ever cruise, so we took friends' advice and went for the higher end of the market. We were not disappointed!! (Gross understatement!!). It was fabulous from start to finish. I can't understand what possible cause for complaint anyone could have with this cruise or ship. From the moment we boarded to the time we disembarked we were treated to what can only be described as service more akin to a floating 5-star hotel. We were on deck 8 and had the most attentive and willing deck attendants- nothing was too much trouble for them, The cleanliness of the state-room is the standard by which future cruises (yes - there will be more with Celeb Cruises!!) will be judged. We had clean towels twice a day and the shower curtain was changed each day. There was champagne waiting for us and canapes delivered each afternoon. Every member of staff had a smile and a genuine greeting for everyone they passed by - it was amazing how they made everyone feel welcome. The food was outstanding. The Ocean View had an amazing selection to choose from - breakfast, lunch and dinner. San Marco was excellent with the waiters and someliers giving perfect service. What can you say about the Tuscan grill - except absolute perfection in terms of service, ambiance and quality. WOW!! Even though we tried not to, we put on several pounds - the food is amazing. Disembarkation for shore excursions went swiftly and efficiently - they dealt with huge numbers of people in a calm and professional manner. It is a mark of pure class when you get back to the ship and waiting for you are ice-cold towels and cool drinks underneath gazebos. The officers were sometimes there to either see us of or welcome us back, even though I'm sure they had other things to do. The entertainment was totally professional in a wonderful theatre. On the decks throughout were musicians of the highest quality, The only disappointment we had was on the Dubrovnik shore excursion - there were so many other tourists that it was like a cattle yard within the old town: I would warn others that this might not be a good option. The trip to Aix en Provence could have done with being a little longer - the guide was pushed for time, and there would have been plenty of time for an extra hour as the guests who went to Florence were back a couple of hours later later. What a lovely town. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We have cruised with Celebrity for over 15 years. We chose the Iberian Peninsula cruise as we had not been to the Ports on this cruise earlier. The Check-in took ages in spite being Elite Members. They had the bookings messed up - we ... Read More
We have cruised with Celebrity for over 15 years. We chose the Iberian Peninsula cruise as we had not been to the Ports on this cruise earlier. The Check-in took ages in spite being Elite Members. They had the bookings messed up - we had two cabins allotted to us. They took time to resolve the issue. Disembarkation was a breeze. Constellation is an old ship. With the refit and adding extra cabins it is a mess at Common areas of Swimming Pool/Jacuzzis, Oceanview Cafe & the Gym. The Cabin was normal Balcony Cabin.\ The Dinning Restaurant - Dinner was crowded with tables close to each other. Not so earlier. Food in the Dinning Hall was good. In the Oceanview Cafe it was a challenge to find a place to sit and then to get food. The Crockery & Cutlery cleanliness was pathetic. They kept WET plates, unwashed plates & mugs. Plates with black marks. They had an excuse for everything, but set things right. Very disappointing from this point of view. The some Shows were good rest average. Celebrity Life did a good job of their activities We wanted to book two tickets for the "Under Siege" shore excursion at Gibraltar. Only one was confirmed, second waitlisted. Next day the status did not change. On asking to cancel the confirmed one. They immediately confirmed the second one. We had some friends who we met on board and advised of this excursion. They went to book the same. Got their reservation without a hassle. Never understood this game. The Guides at Shore excursions had no regards to people with difficulties, continued on at their own pace. Most Ports we visited were fantastic. Since we were at Bilbao - overnight, on arrival we picked up a rental car (AVIS) at the Port area and drove (4Hours one way) to Lourdes in France. It was the High Point of the Vacation. We cruise every year - have done 15 cruises with Celebrity. This one was amongst the last favourable. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our fifth cruise with Celebrity, first time on this ship. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, which started with an overnight stay in Rome. We booked with The Scottish Cruise Centre, and their organisation of everything, including ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Celebrity, first time on this ship. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, which started with an overnight stay in Rome. We booked with The Scottish Cruise Centre, and their organisation of everything, including pickups from airport to hotel, hotel to ship and ship back to airport were efficiently dealt with, we had no complaints. The check in was fast, as we are Select members of the Captain's Club. The disembarkation was the same, well organised. The ship would benefit from a little TLC here and there, but nothing to complain about. We ate only in the main dining room and the restaurant on deck 10 for breakfast and lunch. We felt no need to upgrade to the speciality restaurants, as we found the food of a good standard. These were being pushed quite a lot, but a polite "no thanks" was all that was required. We had a classic drinks package, which was perfectly adequate, and included beers, wine by the glass, some spirits, cocktails and speciality coffees etc, all of which were good. We found the staff friendly and very attentive to our needs. Off the ship, we tended to do our own thing, using local transport or sharing taxis with new friends we had made on the ship, which worked out very well. We had cruised in this area before, and the only new port was Valetta, where we hired a taxi for a few hours and really saw quite a lot, well worth the money! Lovely sail in! We had a taxi in Athens too, and the driver seemed to know all the side roads to get us out of the traffic heading for the Acropolis, which was just mad! The sail in to Venice was, of course, really special as always! The entertainment was as good as we have seen on any ship. The adult late night show Eleyria, was different, but very entertaining! All in all, another great cruise with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first ever cruise, so we were stepping in to the unknown , but we asked advice from friends who were experienced cruisers, we had a mind of where we wanted to go and went to a recommended agent who gave us options, not only in ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, so we were stepping in to the unknown , but we asked advice from friends who were experienced cruisers, we had a mind of where we wanted to go and went to a recommended agent who gave us options, not only in destinations but cruise companies. we were told that CELEBRITY was highly thought of and that in there words was " the best food on the seas" After our trip we can confirm that the quality was excellent and we would find it difficult to improve on at any restaurant that i'd ever been to. Everything about the ship was of high quality entertainment, service and facilities. the only regret in hindsight was that many of the destinations we had been to before, so we didnt do the trips, but that was our fault. All in all we were very pleased, if we were nit picking then the support and care at the end didnt match up to the arrival, so left us a bit grumpy. Also we were mis led re the drinks package, but again that was the agents fault. I will give you some advice please make it a lot clearer to what you are entitled on drinks as i was refused one brand of whisky in one bar yet it was available in another Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s who were on a B2B in the Mediterranean and Adriatic for a total of 22 nights. We very much enjoyed the first one of our 12-night Mediterranean cruise which started on April 27 from Civitavecchia ... Read More
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s who were on a B2B in the Mediterranean and Adriatic for a total of 22 nights. We very much enjoyed the first one of our 12-night Mediterranean cruise which started on April 27 from Civitavecchia and ended on May 9 in Venice. I posted a summary of that cruise with details about the “Constellation”, food, entertainment, service and the ports called “Very Nice Mediterranean Cruise on Connie” if you’d like to check it out. This review is for the second part of the B2B which was the 10-night Adriatic cruise RT from Venice starting May 9. It was our 14th on Celebrity and 37th overall. Since we’d been on the “Constellation” six other times, the “Infinity” twice and the “Millennium” once, we knew the ship and its features well. Our experience on the ship on this cruise was very similar to the first one of our B2B. Our belongings were seamlessly moved from Cabin #8036 (2B Unobstructed Balcony) to Cabin #3008 (Ocean View) which were near the forward elevators on the starboard side. The layout of both cabins was very similar with a shelf under the window where the balcony door would be. The storage was adequate, but it would be nice to have a few more drawers in the closet. Since there are only two hooks on the walls, we bring magnetic hooks to give us some additional options for hanging clothes and papers. The food in the MDR was very good and the pizza and pasta station in the buffet were good. The entertainment was excellent and we continued to enjoy three production shows (“iHollywood”, “The Land of Make Believe” and “Celebrate The World”) even though we’ve seen them many times. The cast was terrific especially Robert who also was a very funny guest on Celebrity’s version of the “Tonight Show”. Cruise Director Maarten and Activities Manager Taylor were the best team we’ve seen anywhere as they started the party and kept the fun going. Graeme Kelleher is without question the best Captain’s Club Host we’ve ever had. The DJs also kept playing danceable music in the Reflections Lounge until late several nights even though only a few couples were still there (sometimes after 2:00 am). The overall service at all levels was great. We’d had lots of problems with “Select Dining” on the first cruise getting tables in our preferred section, but it improved on this cruise with a couple of exceptions. So, overall we had an excellent time. As with the first cruise, we had the Classic Beverage Package as one of our included perks. We really liked being able to get bottles of water when leaving the ship on every port call and during the day while onboard. We also got cans of soda and glasses of OJ whenever we needed them. In the evenings, we’d have several glasses of wine with dinner and other drinks in the theater as well as the bars and lounges. It was really nice to order whatever you wanted and not worry about signing for anything. It also lubricated our dancing! Obviously, there’s a balance for drinking alcohol late at night vs. being ready to go on an excursion the next morning, but we adjusted as needed during the 22 days/nights on the two cruises. There were eight ports and two days at seas on this itinerary. We still like to do what we can on own but since we’re getting older, we did more ship’s excursions than in the past. This time, it was pretty skewed as we only did one port completely on our own and seven with the ship. Here’s a summary of what we did in each port: We were in Venice overnight on the last day of first of our B2Bs. We walked from the ship docked at Marittimato pier to the People Mover station. There was a long line of people waiting to buy tickets for about $2. We didn’t bother to use it as it wasn’t much longer of a walk into Venice and we probably got there faster than people at the end of the line (and we saved $4). Once there, we each bought a pricey 24-hour vaporetto pass for 20 Euro (about $23) and went to Murano and Burano. Note that it took about three hours for that route so you need to allow enough time (especially if some of the vaporettos are so packed, you’d have to wait for the next one to arrive). The following day, we continued to use the same pass to go St. Marks. We had the typical Venetian experience as we wandered around getting lost until we found the train station. We then took our last boat ride and returned to the ship in plenty of time for the start of the second of our B2B cruises. In Koper, Slovenia, we did the “KR16 Lake Bled and Island” tour at $130 pp. It was a little pricey, but the lake is a long distance from the port. We’d been there in 2009 on a land tour, but that was in February so the boats didn’t go out to Slovenia’s only island. It took several hours to get there by bus, but we enjoyed the boat ride with one man paddling with two oars. We trekked up the steep stairs to the top of the hill, but unfortunately the church was under repair so you couldn’t go in. However, it was still nice to get there. After that part of the tour, we were offered two options: you could stay in the town to shop, eat or just wander around or the bus would take you up to the Bled Castle. If you opted for the castle, you could walk up a fairly steep cobblestone ramp to the ticket booth and get somewhat of a view. For 10 Euro, you could enter the courtyard where you got the full panorama including the island. While we were in line, a man gathered 10 people and got us in at a discount at 8 Euro each. There were more than 10 of us from the bus so the guide could have mentioned this to us so we could have done the same within our group. Once inside, there was an interesting museum, a wine cellar and an indoor restaurant plus outside tables overlooking the walls. The restrooms were free even if you didn’t buy anything. Even though we’d been there before, it was well worth the small additional cost (especially since we’re not shoppers and would have been a little bored in town). In Zadar, Croatia, we booked the “RZ13 Krka National Park – Half Day” tour at $85 each. We drove into the mountains for a couple of hours and finally reached the park. There were hundreds of small and large streams and waterfalls everywhere as you walked for about an hour on a boardwalk around a loop. About halfway out, there were some picnic tables where we had sandwiches, cookies and sodas that we brought from the ship. It was an interesting tour although some avid photographers blocked the path many times to take a ridiculous amount of “selfies”. We’d been to Split, Croatia before and seen Diocletian’s Palace and the other major sights in the town. So, we booked the ship’s “AT08 Ancient Salona and the Town of Trogir” (aka “Roman Ruins of Salona and Trogir”) for $60 each. It was a very gray day and drizzly, but we were able to see the ruins in Salona without getting soaked. We walked around the area to see how large the town used to be when it was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. There was also a small museum which had free restrooms. Unfortunately, there wasn’t time to visit the amphitheater as it was too far to see it within the time constraints on this tour. We then continued to the town of Trogir which was founded about 2,300 years ago. It’s said to be the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic but in all of Central Europe. There were many limestone buildings and we visited several churches. We were also treated to some Croatian songs from an acapella group of five men who were selling CDs. After trying to stay out of the rain on the promenade, I climbed up the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Lawrence which was included in the admission price as part of the tour. There were quite a few stairs leading to a steep ladder and a tight squeeze to get to the highest level which offered a great view of the tiled roofs below. The only problem was that it started to pour and the rain came flying in through the open sides of the tower. I was soaked to the bone, but so was everyone else as they made their way back to the bus! In Dubrovnik, we did the “DU10 Highlights of Dubrovnik Riviera” for $73 each. We went to higher ground on the bus where we stopped to take pictures of the panoramic view of the walled city below. We drove further to the Konavoski Dvori restaurant which was next to a river with some of the water routed to waterwheels. We were served some local meat, cheese and bread plus a choice of a glass of red or white wine. It was only about 10:00 am so it was a little early to be drinking, but it was a nice stop for a break and restrooms. We continued down the coast to Cavtat, a fishing village and seaside resort, where we had about an hour of free time. The promenade was nice and had many benches where you could rest and look out over the quiet harbor. We then returned to Dubrovnik where we had a guided walking tour. The streets were very crowded and noisy so we weren’t able to hear much of the commentary (even with the earbuds for the “whispers”). Since it was early May and there were only two large cruise ships in port, we couldn’t imagine what the crowds would be like in the high summer season with many more ships there. Dubrovnik is the classic example of the double-edged sword of cruising: being able to see wonderful sights from the comfort of your ship vs. finding an overwhelming number of people doing the same thing which lessens the experience for everyone. At that point, we decided to break away from our group and the crowds to head for the cable car station above the city. On the stairway to get there, many shops were selling RT tickets for 120 Kuna ($18 pp), but we weren’t sure if they were higher priced than the official venue. It turned out that they were the same price, but you still had to wait in the same queue with or w/o tickets. It was not an original idea as there was a pretty long line when we arrived. Some people bailed out to take a taxi up to the top which made it a little quicker, but we still waited for about 45 minutes before we got to the ticket booth. There are two cable cars, one going up and one coming down. They each hold about 35 passengers and move quickly to the top or bottom in less than 5 minutes. Once you’re up there, you’ll get a great view of the walled city on the sea side and the mountains on the other side. There’s a restaurant, a small amphitheater where you can eat your own food and free restrooms. We brought sandwiches and cookies from the ship and relaxed there enjoying the views in all directions. There was a line for going down, but it didn’t take too long. It’s definitely worth the cost if the weather is clear. Once we got to the bottom, we walked back to the city, went to the Pile Gate area and joined the short queue for the shuttle bus to the ship. It’s free if you have any Celebrity excursion sticker or you can buy tickets if needed. It took about 15 minutes to get back. In Kotor, Montenego, we booked the “KV19 Seaside Resorts of Budva and Kotor” at $65. On the way to Budva, the bus stopped at an overlook so we could see Sveti Stefan, the famous high-end resort island on the Montenegrin Riviera. There was a lot of construction going on to widen the road and to build more hotels and casinos. Once in Budva, the weather wasn’t great, but we did a walking tour to the stone fort, citadel, church and other buildings above a nice harbor and a beach with some pounding surf. We had about an hour of free time to walk around with an option to get some food and drinks at a local restaurant. We then returned to Kotor where we were led on a walking tour through the Sea Gate inside the walls. It’s one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The architecture was interesting and there were many shops. If the weather wasn’t so gray and drizzly, I might have attempted to walk up the many steps to St. John’s Castle high above the city. Maybe we’ll give that a shot next time. When we were in Naples on the first cruise of our B2B, we did the ferry on our own to Capri and Anacapri. As we’d been to Pompeii many times, we opted for the ship’s “NP06 The Ruins of Herculaneum” for $73. We were surprised to see that the site was located in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the modern city/commune of Ercolano. Our first view of the ruins was looking down from above into the excavations. Our guide was great as he explained that only one fourth of the buried city has been uncovered so you got a sense of how large it was at that time. Unlike Pompeii, it was quickly buried in ash so it was virtually untouched when it was excavated. Casts were made of many skeletons of the people who were instantly killed by the intense heat of the eruption and are placed where they found them. The tour was very comprehensive as we visited pretty much every street, house and building. We’d definitely recommend it as a nice alternative to the crowds at Pompeii. In Catania, Sicily, we did another ship’s excursion called “CQ21 Panoramic Catania” for $55. Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing tour of our B2B as the city and surrounding area were very gray and rundown with litter everywhere which looked like it had been there for years. The bus dropped us off at an overlook of the Aci Castello, a castle built on black lava almost 1,000 years ago. We then did a “drive by” through some cities and historical areas, but we didn’t stop again. We returned by the same route to Catania where we had a walking tour. This was certainly better as the buildings and church exteriors were very interesting. We also saw the Roman ruins and the fountain from the underground river that provides drinking water to the city. Our guide also helped us to buy two deep-fried arancinis for 1.80 Euro ($2) each. They were the size of your fist and both had rice with one having tomato added and the other with eggplant and cheese. It was a very filling local treat and the highlight of this tour. At the end of the cruise, we booked the ship’s transfer by bus to the Marco Polo airport at $34 each. We did that to simplify things so we wouldn’t have to hassle with cabs or water taxis at the port. We got on the Celebrity bus w/o any problems and things were looking fine. However, when we got to the airport area, the bus stopped in a parking lot and everyone had to roll their bags up an incline in the rain with construction in progress. There were no carts to use and really not much direction from the staff as to what to do. Apparently, their buses are not allowed to drive to the covered airport entrance which was a surprise to us and the other guests. Not exactly the best way to end an otherwise nice cruise! All in all, we had a great time, even with so many ports in so few days. About the only thing that didn’t please us during the cruise was Celebrity charging $12 pp for transfers from the ship’s port to some of the cities. If they have to dock that far away, they really should be included. We did ship’s excursions those days so we didn’t have to pay, but it’s not fair to the independent travelers. In the coming ten months, we have three more cruises booked on the “Millennium” in Asia and another three on the “Solstice” in New Zealand, South Pacific and Australia. We’re definitely enjoying our experiences with Celebrity and we hope that our satisfaction continues. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
City stay of 4 days in Venice was wonderful. Well worth the price. This was great way to start our holiday. Excursions were included in the price. They had us at a very nice Hilton, right on a canal. We should have asked for a better ... Read More
City stay of 4 days in Venice was wonderful. Well worth the price. This was great way to start our holiday. Excursions were included in the price. They had us at a very nice Hilton, right on a canal. We should have asked for a better room as ours faced an inside courtyard. Breakfast at the hotel was very good. The ship was very clean, staff and entertainment very good. For us to see the 7pm show, we simply skipped dessert and had it later. There was an odd way of doing dinner thou, as you had to sign up each night for the next night. Would have been 5 stars but the disembarkation was a horror. The buses going to Venice airport could not go to the terminal. We were all let off in a parking lot. They did provide luggage carts, but you had to push your own cart up to the terminal and no staff offered directions. Worse for us as it was raining, I guess the staff wanted to get out of the rain. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Nicely Scheduled Mediterranean Cruise Celebrity Constellation was a beautiful mid size Cruise ship. We like it. This 12 days Mediterranean, there were only 2 Sea days. Each evening our ship departed from the port, next morning when we ... Read More
Nicely Scheduled Mediterranean Cruise Celebrity Constellation was a beautiful mid size Cruise ship. We like it. This 12 days Mediterranean, there were only 2 Sea days. Each evening our ship departed from the port, next morning when we woke up, we were in a brand new port and town to explore. More than 75% of the fellow passengers were typical retired seniors, at the same time we saw some honeymoon couples enjoying their lifetime trip. We flew to Roma via Frankfurt, and stayed 2 nights in Roma before embarking Constellation at Civitavecchia port. Our pre-cruise hotel was “Hotel de Monti”, actually it was not a hotel but there were 6 rooms only apartment style accommodation at the 3rd floor in the old building built in 16 century. The room was surprisingly modern and very cleans with comfortable bed, including good breakfast was a bonus. Walking distance to Roma Termini, Colosseum, and Trevi Fountain, and easily go to St. Peter’s Square by Metro. We tried to arrive at Civitavecchia before noon to avoid embarking crowds. Our embarking was very smooth, we got our Sea-Pass card right away without any line-up. Soon we found ourselves eating our lunch at the Oceanview Café. Celebrity kept our passports when we checked in at Civitavecchia until one day before disembarking at Venice. Our cabin was inside #8085, mid-ship on deck 8. Nicely organized inside cabin and located very quiet section. We didn’t spend much time in our cabin, just take a shower and sleep. This 12 days Mediterranean Cruise, only 2 sea days, so almost every morning, as soon as our ship moored at the pier, we were out of the cabin to explore the town. Perhaps, if we had a balcony cabin, we wouldn’t have enough time to enjoying a balcony. 2 years ago we had an Alaska Cruise on boarded “Celebrity Century”, it was a very pleasant cruise. On board Century, we were encountered very happy, friendly crews at Restaurants, Buffet, Bars, Pool deck, and Security points. They were enjoying their works with passengers. We had a very fun cruise. Unfortunately, on boarded Constellation, we did encounter the grouchy crews and staffs regularly. They just routinely did their works everyday but did not take any extra mile to take care of their cruise guests. It’s seems like, they do their routine work without any energy or eagerness. It was sad to see……….. The worst crew was a front desk personnel. They treated cruise passengers like un-welcoming herds. They showed us obvious annoying look first, and then asked with fake smile, “What can I help you!”. We tried to avoid guest service desk as much as possible we could because they would ruin our enjoyable cruise. If I named one crew who took care of us very pleasantly, he was a dinning waitperson named "Vladimir". Every time we had our dinner at his section, we enjoyed our meals and conversations with him. Entertainments: We only saw 2 shows out of 12, one was Hollywood production style show and the other one was Saxophonist from Liverpool, UK. Both show were nicely done, at least I didn’t fall a sleep in the chair. There were only two sea days in 12 days cruise. These sea days pool deck was jam packed with sunbathing peoples. So you should wake up early to get a lounger or two at prime location. Dining staffs were promoting specialty restaurants very hard at the Main Dinning and Buffet entrance, Gangways, Elevator halls, everywhere. I think Celebrity cruise specialty restaurants’ cover charge was too pricey. Inclusive main dining was more than good enough for us. Even the 2nd Chic day, we got a Lobster tail at the main dinning. Disembarking was well organized and very smoothly done. Three nights before, we picked our disembarking time and got color-coded luggage tags with number on it. 1 day before disembarking, just placed tagged luggage outside of the door before 11pm, next time we saw our luggage was at the cruise terminal in Venice waiting for us to pick up. Ports and Excursions: First of all, we don’t like any group(big or small) tour excursion, since we have to follow the tour’s timetable. We hate it !. Therefore, we did D.I.Y. excursions all ports except Kusadasi, Turkey. Rome, Italy: Pre-cruise. We spent 2½ days in Rome to explore. We visited major tourist attractions such as Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican, and St. Peter’s Square. These places were packed with tourists and the Selfie-Stick was the most popular device in Roma. Pisa, Italy: Early in the morning, we took the Trenitalia train(€58pp, Return ) from Rome Termini to Pisa, 2.5hours later we arrived at Pisa central station. From there, we caught the city bus (€2 Return, 15minutes) to Pisa Leaning Tower. The Pisa Tower was still standing with such a leaning angle, amazingly. There were many leather products shops in front of the entrance but all were counter fit products, so be aware! Napoli, Italy: Cross the busy road in front of the Napoli cruise terminal, we took a streetcar(€1.70 each way) to Napoli Porta Nolana station. And then, we caught the Campania Express train for tourist to go to Pompeii(€11 Return ). Pompeii Ruin(€13 Entrance fee) was very unique, and huge archeological site, you need at least 3 hours to explore. Good walking shoes, water, hat, and detailing map are essentials. Valletta, Malta: Our ship arrived at 1:30pm. We walked to the Elevator Tower(€1) near the harbour, it lifted us up to Upper Barrakka Gardens area. Harbour view from this Garden was spectacular. There was a free Wi-fi hotspot at this Garden, everybody frantically using it. We wanted to go to old Valletta town but ferry from Valletta to Sliema was canceled due to rough sea(?). Santorini, Greece: There were two choices of transportation at Santorini. One was taking a cable car(€5) to top of the cliff, town of Fira. The other one was take a ferryboat to Oia. Tender boat took us to tiny Fira harbour; at there we bought a “Ferry + Bus transfers ticket(€15)” to go to Oia. Less than 40 minutes ferry ride and bus transfer, we arrived at town of Oia. It was a beautiful breathtaking town, and a stunning harbour view from the top. Explored Oia for 3 hours, and then we caught a transfer bus to town of Fira. We had our lunch at the restaurant with spectacular view of Santorini harbour. Even our huge cruise ship was looks like tiny, tiny toy ship from there. Our return to ship, we rode a cable car down to the Fira harbour. Kusadasi, Turkey: This was the only port we hired a Tour company called “Ephesus Shuttle” because we were afraid of mishap in Turkey. We had “Shuttle - 1” 4 hours Ephesus tour, plus House of Virgin Mary with a knowledgeable tour guide named Ms. Dicle Gundem(?). She was a very intelligent lady who is working as a tour guide for 7years. Highly recommend. Rhodes, Greece: Cruise ships moored on a pier directly opposite the walls of the medieval Old City. Walk to the end of the pier, cross the road, and you are into the walled Old City of Rhodes. We walked around Cobblestone street for 2 hours, not much to see but interesting old town. Nice restaurant named Socratous Garden was our stop to take a break in the hot day. Mykonos, Greece: Our ship docked Mykonos new port early in the morning. Cruise sold unlimited use of transfer bus from new port to old port town for $5. However we knew in advance, there is a Sea-bus(€2 each way) frequently right in front of the cruise ship to the old port town and drops us off in the centre of town. We loved White tiny church(Church of Paraportiani), the White buildings, Little Venice, and Windmills in the old town. Walking through the twists and turns of the streets was wonderful experience. We saw enough ruins already so we didn’t go to Delos. Athens, Greece: Our ship berthed at Piraeus Terminal A. Just outside of the terminal, we found a X80(Express bus ) bus-stop to city centre as we expected. However, posted sign at the bus-stop said “Out of Order!”, we didn’t know what does it mean, but definitely X80 bus was not running at all in May. Walked out of the Piraeus port and caught X40 city bus(€1.70 each way) to Syntagma Square. We spent good 4 hours at Acropolis-Parthenon(€20 entrance fee) , Areopagus- Mars Hill, and then wondering around Plaka area for shopping. At Syntagma Square, we could watch a Presidential guard changing ceremony. Don’t miss it out; it was a kind of fun/entertainment to watch. China, Greece: We docked the port of Souda, about 4km from Chania. Just outside of terminal, the city was operating a non-stop transfer bus(€2 each way) for cruise passengers to Chania old town. There were the old buildings, the mosque, the lighthouse and crystal clear waters makes Chania very pictorial. Venice, Italy: You must see the town of Venice from the Sea. When cruise ship was maneuvering the narrow strait into Venice harbour, we could see everything about town of Venice. We decided to walking in and out of Venice, we used People Mover(€1.5 each way) from pier to Piazale Roma. From there, we walked to Raialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Square. The street was a perfectly maze but we could find many direction signs on the building wall. Again it was a totally crowded tourist town, therefor further away from the main tourist attractions; we could find a good restaurant with reasonable price in Venice amazing city. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s. We very much enjoyed this 12-night Mediterranean cruise which was our 13th on Celebrity and 36th overall. We’d been on the “Constellation” five other times, the “Infinity” twice and ... Read More
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s. We very much enjoyed this 12-night Mediterranean cruise which was our 13th on Celebrity and 36th overall. We’d been on the “Constellation” five other times, the “Infinity” twice and the “Millennium” once so we knew the ship and its features well. This was the first cruise of a B2B with the second one being a 10-nighter in the Adriatic. We flew into Rome from Boston and arranged with the Triano hotel in Civitavecchia to transfer there from the airport in a private van. It cost 110 Euro (about $125) for the two of us, but it was worth it. We stayed one night to ensure that we wouldn’t miss the boat. It was reasonably priced at 94 Euro ($110) including breakfast with cappuccinos. The location was fine as we were able to walk down to the beachfront and the pedestrian shopping area in about 15 minutes. They also offered a free shuttle to the cruise terminal so we signed up for the first one to arrive early and were the second and third people to board. It wasn’t fancy, but we’d recommend it for a pre-cruise stay. The ports included Naples, Valletta, Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Piraeus (for Athens), Souda (for Chania in Crete). They were all interesting and the weather cooperated which made each day even better. We also had two days at sea which were needed to rest up. This cruise ended with an extra overnight in Venice so we had time to see the city again during the two days before our B2B started. We booked a “Guaranteed Ocean View” and we were pleasantly surprised to get an upgrade to an unobstructed Balcony forward on Deck 8. Our cabin #8036 was right next to the forward elevator lobby so they was sometimes some noise from people using that area, but it really wasn’t an issue as it was pretty quiet as there were other cabins on the decks above and below us. It also didn’t have the overhang from Deck 10 which many of the Deck 9 balconies had. The TV offered quite a few channels including International CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, BBC, Euronews, Sky News, ESPN and ESPN2 and plus the usual Celebrity channels. They had three free movies rotating at set times each day and PPV movies but no free movies on demand. The food in the San Marco MDR was very good with a wide variety of choices each night. The overall service in all areas and at all levels was excellent. We were greeted in the hallways by all of the crew which added to our experience. We’re also glad that many of the other guests still dress up for the “Evening Chic” evenings as it adds a touch of class to our cruises. Maarten and Taylor did a great job as Cruise Director and Activities Manager. They seem to have a terrific working relationship and are very friendly and approachable. They made sure that people were having a good time and did a super job getting the parties going throughout the ship. Their personalities and senses of humor made the fun contagious. We also had the pleasure to renew old acquaintances with some officers and staff from other cruises. They included Graeme Kelleher who is without question the best Captain’s Club Host we’ve ever had. He appeared to personally engage just about all of the guests at the “Elite” events and was always interesting to talk to about his upbringing in Southern Africa and his time onboard with his wife Amy who is an excellent Stage Manager. We were particularly pleased when Graeme selected us to be treated to special dinner with the Guest Services Manager and Food and Beverages Manager. Along with them and two other couples, we had a wonderful evening of food, wine and camaraderie at the Tuscan Grille. We were also happy to see Boban, our friendly Beverage Manager and Cecilia, our favorite sommelier. All three of the production shows (“iHollywood”, “The Land of Make Believe” and “Celebrate The World”) were excellent. We’d seen the same shows on other Celebrity ships, but we found this cast of singers and dancers to be the best we’ve seen on all of our past cruises. The aerial artists were amazing (although we always worry that they might slip on the moving ship). The dancers also did several shows in the Reflections Lounge. Elyria (the late night show for adults only) was a pleasant surprise as it’s unique to the Celebrity fleet. We really enjoy the live orchestra and hope that Celebrity continues to keep them. The two DJs did a great job keeping the party going late at night in the Reflections Lounge, even if there were only a few couples dancing (sometimes after 2:00 am). The other performers were also very good. We were in the third row for the show that Matthew J. Dowden did so we were as close as you could get to his card tricks. We still don’t know how he was able to do the sleight of hand so smoothly. The “West End” singer, Phillipa Healey, had a great range of song types and could really handle her operatic solos. Casablanca was the “House Band” and we saw them in most of the venues. The musicians were very competent and could do a range from jazz to Santana (and maybe even Jimi Hendrix if they were let loose). However, their singer, Maria, seemed to have technical problems in every venue and even missed some slots. She was obviously reading the lyrics to the songs from her tablet to almost every song which was very distracting. That’s fine for karaoke, but not for a singer in a professional band. They appeared to be miscast in this role and probably should have been the “Dance Band”. We’ve seen many of these bands on Celebrity with much more energy and charisma so Casablanca was very disappointing. Since we understand that there will be some problems during any cruise or other vacation, we typically accentuate the positives and ignore the occasional negatives. However, we consistently had difficulties with our “Select Dining” experience which impacted our enjoyment. Well before we arrived onboard, we’d made reservations online for a table for two at dinner each night in the San Marco MDR. The first couple of nights, we were seated at a table with Halim as our waiter, Igor as our Assistant waiter and Cecilia as sommelier in a section near the railing overlooking the lower level. We were very happy their service and banter as well as the table’s location so after dinner, we asked the ladies at the front of the house to see how we could arrange to be in that area again at any table at or near the railing. They told us that it was not possible to reserve a table for the next night or any other night, but that they’d make a note about our preference. We thought this procedure was a bit odd as we’ve done reservations for the next night on other Celebrity cruises, but we went along with it. We arrived on the next night at our appointed time and mentioned that we’d like to be seated where we’d been before. The lady smiled and quickly printed out our ticket so we were surprised to be led to a completely different section in a line of tables for two which were about a foot apart. We sat there for about ten minutes and nobody came over so I went back to the front desk and asked why we were seated there. They really didn’t have any explanation so we waited until they could find a table in our section. We continued to come in at our reserved time, but this situation didn’t get much better. We told them that we were flexible on when we’d come in and we willing to wait. We then arrived earlier several times in the hope that we’d be accommodated, but we were still seated in various areas. After we were seated, we’d then see open tables that would have be perfect for us, but instead they’d just seat us anywhere they felt like. We weren’t asking a specific table or a specific time so we’d expect that they could make some effort to try to place us as requested. Even though we were overdressed if anything and I wore a tuxedo several times, it was the same routine. We really have no idea why this particular group handled seating like this. Just as the servers in the fixed seatings get used to the diners’ preferences, that’s also been our experience on just about all other cruises for “Select Dining”. In March, we’d been on a 14-night Southern Caribbean cruise on the “Eclipse” where their staff made sure that we were consistently able to do that. It’s actually counterproductive to the staff and the guests to randomly be bounced around the dining room from night to night and having to get used to each other. We felt that this was a totally unnecessary runaround that didn’t benefit anybody. Maybe this was an aberration with these ladies on the “Constellation” so we brought it to Celebrity’s attention in our survey as it was the only negative experience that we had on the entire cruise. In the coming months, we have three more cruises booked on the “Millennium” and another three on the “Solstice” so we’re hoping to get an explanation and some advice from Celebrity on how we can avoid this situation in the future. We also gave them a couple of minor suggestions to make their guests’ stay better: Post the dinner menus online so that they can anticipate the evening’s offerings Add some free “on demand” movies to choose from as you do for PPV as is done on the “Solstice” class ships. PORT REVIEWS In the ports, we still like to do what we can on own but since we’re getting older, we did more ship’s excursions than in the past. This time, it was five on our own and three with the ship. In Naples, we went out on our own to Capri on one of the ferries that were docked about a ten minute walk from the ship. It cost about $42 RT for each of us which was a little pricey, but much less than the ship’s unguided transfer at $100 each. Once on Capri, we queued for about 45 minutes to take a small crowded bus up to the town of Anacapri which costs about $6 more each. It was touristy and crowded, but we enjoyed seeing it again. In Valletta, the ship arrived at 1:30 in the afternoon so there wasn’t time to do much. So, we went up on the elevator for 1 Euro each to the Upper Baraka Gardens and on to St. John’s Co-Cathedral. We’d been in Malta before, but we didn’t have much money then so we weren’t willing to pay the 10 Euro entrance fee. This time, we definitely didn’t want to miss it. The interior was very ornate and the included audio guide helped us to understand what we were seeing. After that, we walked around the walls of the city and the Lower Baraka Gardens and then went back down to the ship on the elevator which is free in that direction. In Santorini, we’d done the usual tours so we booked the “SO65 Kaiki Ride and Volcano Hike”. After tendering to shore, a small wooden ship took us to a nearby island where we then trekked up some pretty steep trails to the top. It was strenuous as advertised but it was worth doing. This tour included a RT pass for the cable cars to Fira so we went up and took a public bus to Oia for about $4 each. It’s a bargain as we really enjoy seeing this amazingly picturesque town so we keep going there when we’re in this port. Next was Kusadasi with Ephesus nearby. It’s a very popular site and is certainly worth doing if you haven’t been there. Since we’ve been there four times, we took the day off and went to the Starbuck’s on the pier and each spent several hours on the internet in a comfortable chair for the price of a cup of coffee. In Rhodes, we unfortunately arrived on a national holiday of Easter Tuesday so all of the museums and archeological sites were closed. We had planned to take a public bus to Lindos to see the acropolis there, but there was no point since you couldn’t get in. We’d hoped to see the Palace of the Grand Masters last time but it was under renovation. That’s now completed, but it was also closed so we’ll have to wait until we’re back there. We walked around the town and the walls until the rain poured down and everyone got soaked by the unavoidable rivers of water in the cobblestone streets. In Mykonos, we’d been there before so we skipped the ship’s day pass transfer into town at $5 each and walked in the other direction over a hill to a beach to get some exercise. There’s no real sidewalk so you need to watch out for traffic, but it was fine and served the purpose. In Piraeus, we skipping our usual train trip into Athens and opted for the “PR01 Corinth Canal”. After a couple of hours on the bus, we arrived in Corinth and went out on a bridge to see the canal from above. The bus went down to water level where our group hopped on a private boat to traverse the canal. They provided a surprising nice selection of local Greek food including spanakopita, shrimp, octopus and other snacks, washed down with a small glass of Ouzo. When docked in Souda, we took the “IQ10 Real Crete” which drove around the island to some high spots with great views of the water. It ended in Chania with over an hour of free time. We’re not shoppers so we were a little concerned about killing time, but the harbor area and markets were very nice and we then wished we’d had more time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the price. The price was great, and we loved the places we went, although we had been to all of them before. One of the first thing we noticed on this ship, as opposed to all the other ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the price. The price was great, and we loved the places we went, although we had been to all of them before. One of the first thing we noticed on this ship, as opposed to all the other cruises we have taken, was that many of the crew were not friendly or helpful. They would walk right past you and many murmur "hi", but were not particularly friendly. Although most of the cabin crew were very friendly, as were most of the waiters and servers. The people in the buffet, and the seating staff in the dining room, and many of the staff in the shop areas were not very accommodating or friendly, but very eager for you to buy. We also noticed that the ship was VERY dated, and was not at all well kept up. This was also a first for us. We had a balcony, and the whole 12 days, there was a dirty area right in the middle of the glass the size of a basketball that you couldn't see through at all. I ran a cloth through it just to see if it was scratched, but it was just dirt, and no one ever cleaned it. And there were four or five dried drips of paint down the glass as well. Also there was dirt in the gutter of the balcony near the railing that was always filled with black dirt and sludge. The floor by the wall was rusty and the paint was coming off the white rail beneath the bottom of the balcony. The rug was also coming up in front of the balcony door. There was black mold in the caulking at the bottom of our shower, and the hooks that held the shower curtain were rusty. The faucet was corroded. In the buffet, some of the cushions were torn and the seats had wear lines where people had sat that the lining was showing through. Most all of the railings on the decks were rusty and had big areas where the paint had been scraped off, so there were both rust and black areas wherever you looked. The lounge chairs were scraped and worn, and looked old. Also, the staff on the ship - especially at the excursion desk often didn't know things that they should have known, and gave us wrong information quite often. For instance, the last two days we were in Venice, and we could see busses in the distance that said "free port shuttle" on them, but no one could tell us if those were for our use, or if they came down to where out ship was. We were told by the desk that there was no free shuttle, but that we could pay 22 euro for the ships shuttle boat that would take us to St Marks Square. Then when we got off the ship there WAS a free shuttle to the end of the port. So after we saw that there was a free shuttle, we asked if it would be available the next day, the day of disembarkation, and we were told that it would not be available, which seemed very odd to me. While we were on the free shuttle, there were a few people who had paid for the ships shuttle to St Marks Square, but they never found where it was they were supposed to go, so missed it even though they paid for it. Also on the way back to the ship, there were quite a few different people who also never found where to get the ships shuttle, so never used it, having paid for it. AND we asked the bus personnel about the free shuttle the next day, and they said that yes, the free shuttle would be available for us to use. It seemed as though the ships personnel had no interest in anything that was not part of the ships excursion packages, which was also not how it had been on other ships. Usually we are told in the nightly newsletter basic things as to how to get around in the different ports if you were going on your own, and other tips about the ports that would help those of us who were not on the ships excursions. There was very little of that kind of information, although there was a little. It seems like the ships staff should have a basic knowledge of transportation and customs and so on for us as well as the ships tours, but they seemed very lacking in even basic questions about the ports. That being said, we still enjoyed the cruise, and would do it again. None of this was a deal breaker for us, since the price was so good, it was just not like anything we have experienced before. We could overlook that kind of thing, but we would be very discouraged and angry had we paid top dollar for this shabby ship. We enjoyed the food, and the people who were nice, and just ignored the bad stuff, but I would be very careful if that kind of thing is important to you. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We loved the itinerary: Rome, Civitavecchia, Naples, Pompey, Valleta Malta, Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Crete, Ephesus, Athens, and Venice. Wow! What a trip! We had so much fun and loved each of the ports we visited. We used ... Read More
We loved the itinerary: Rome, Civitavecchia, Naples, Pompey, Valleta Malta, Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Crete, Ephesus, Athens, and Venice. Wow! What a trip! We had so much fun and loved each of the ports we visited. We used cruisecritic.com to find excursions at a much cheaper rate than offered by Celebrity. Each one was perfect. I had also found some of the excursions on viator.com that worked out beautifully. One of our best deals through viator.com was the transfer from the Port of Venice to the Marco Polo Airport. A Mercedes van (could have easily accommodated 6 with luggage) picked the 4 of us up right at the terminal door and drove us to the airport at a cost of $55 US dollars total which was less than 50% of the cost of Celebrity's bus-type transfer. Quick, easy, and inexpensive! The food was excellent aboard the ship. We had an interior room near the center elevator on deck 7. The room was spacious and comfortable with plenty of storage, a seating area with table, vanity, room on either side of bed....shower was even more accommodating than we find on most of the other 27 ships we've sailed. The 2600 or so passengers made us never feel crowded. The ship allowed for easy exit at the ports. Never had a long wait to exit even on the tender location, Santorini. I would highly recommend this ship for adults and senior adults, not so much for children as it lacked many of the amenities favored by the younger crowd. The shows were generally very entertaining; Martin, the coordinator of all the entertainment was a hoot. The price of our 12 day cruise was just over $1000 each; I think we got a very, very good deal. I would have liked to see more enrichment activities including lectures on the ports of call, the culture and the history, such as we experienced four months ago on the Celebrity Solstice in New Zealand/Australia. Nothing like that aboard this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our second cruise with Celebrity and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The ports visited were all amazing. Our top favourite stops were Malta (gorgeous sailing in and sailing away) make your way to lovely Mdina and lunch at Fontanella ... Read More
Our second cruise with Celebrity and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The ports visited were all amazing. Our top favourite stops were Malta (gorgeous sailing in and sailing away) make your way to lovely Mdina and lunch at Fontanella (amazing views) and breathtaking Santorini, make your way to Oia using the tour operators'(2) boat shuttles right off the tenders at Fira Port (20E, includes boat shuttle to Oia port, bus up to Oia, bus back to Fira including Skylift back down for ship tenders). Kusadasi(Ephesus) a must see, was very interesting we used an excellent semi-private tour for 25US. We never waited to get off and on the ship at all ports. Service on the Constellation was excellent, always with a smile and very courteous. Excellent dining room options, we never had any problems with Select Dining, we showed up when we were ready and a table was always available. Excellent and varied shows. We met amazing cruisers and had lots of fun. We purchased only two excursions from Celebrity - Athens (excellent tour and guide) and Salerno we booked Pompeii on our own, was very disappointing since we had to purchase tickets at Pompeii and waited over 1 hour just to buy tickets,lots of wasted previous time, would buy a full excursion with cruise line next time. The rest we organized ourselves using Cruise Critic and were all great experiences. Best cruise ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I love cruising and have gone on Princess,& Royal Caribbean, but Celebrity is my favorite. Celebrity offers a higher level of service. The crew was friendly and seemed happy to be working for the company. We had a balcony cabin on ... Read More
I love cruising and have gone on Princess,& Royal Caribbean, but Celebrity is my favorite. Celebrity offers a higher level of service. The crew was friendly and seemed happy to be working for the company. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9. Our room steward, Yogi and his assistant were excellent. Our cabin was immaculate and whenever we requested something, it was done and we never had to ask twice. We had first seating. The menus were diverse and the food was excellent. We ate at 2 specialty restaurants. Tuscany was Italian cuisine and it was excellent. We have eaten at the restaurant on other Celebrity ships and have never been disappointed. The other restaurant was Q which was fun and quirky. It was like Tapas. We ordered many different plates and shared them. We have eaten there before on a family cruise. There were 9 of us and we were and we were able to sample lots of different cuisines. The entertainment was wonderful. The ship's singers and dancers were very talented. Their productions were top notch. They also entertained at different venues as part of the evening activities. The ports were great, St. Marten, St. Kitt, St. Lucia, Barbados, Aruba Antigua and Curaçao. My only complaint was that we spent an overnight in Barbados. Unfortunately it was Easter and nothing was open. The next day was an Island holiday and nothing was open. That was unfortunate. The ship is beautiful and well maintained. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We did spend some time in Miami before the cruise visiting relatives. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We had a hectic drive from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, traffic held up by 2 different accidents on I-75. Were so relieved to find our ship still docked (lol) it was only 2:30. As Aqua Class and Diamond members we are given priority ... Read More
We had a hectic drive from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, traffic held up by 2 different accidents on I-75. Were so relieved to find our ship still docked (lol) it was only 2:30. As Aqua Class and Diamond members we are given priority check in, which we appreciate. That was lost after we received our room card and had to join a long line to have a picture taken for the card. Normally that is done by the person checking you in which does not involve standing in another line. Poor planning there. Our first time in Aqua Class 2 and were surprised the room was really small. Our balcony was small and being on deck 9 had an overhang which kept it shady, at all times. Were disappointed with the toiletries, we had the same ones in an oceanview. Brochure lists amenities which are not provided. You must request the very, very small pkg. of Qtips or it is not provided. The steward said the company quit supplying the facial water spray which he said was a foot spray. Brochure claims a facial spray is provided. We noted the bathroom mirror did not appear to have been cleaned at the top in quite a while, but the bottom 2/3 was cleaned daily. We loved the shower which has multiple shower heads and a shower DOOR, not a plastic curtain! We enjoyed eating in Blu, the service was very good and the food for the most part was very good. The wine is (surprise) overpriced. A bottle of Beringers costs $5 in Florida and was $33. Our wine at $65 was not especially good. The concierge was very charming and the service in the Rendevouas lounge was excellent. We only used the Persian Garden once, but it was serene. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The Celebrity Constellation was a wonderful ship to visit on our first cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. My husband did the research and planning, and his homework was fruitful, because we experienced a celestial voyage. ... Read More
The Celebrity Constellation was a wonderful ship to visit on our first cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. My husband did the research and planning, and his homework was fruitful, because we experienced a celestial voyage. The "spot-on" attention to so many details made up for any minor inconveniences. Our boat was not too big, but it still offered many of the luxuries and amenities seen on bigger boats, which we checked out to consider for future visits. Our favorite activities involved the entertainment and shore visits. We found the live band, and theatrical performances to be "top notch' (even by NY standards). Cozumel and Key West were destinations we have not had the opportunity to explore until now, and we're glad that we did, because there were so many interesting historical sites, restaurants and unique shops to investigate. We dined in both the San Marco Restaurant and the Oceanview Cafe and were pleased with most of the meals. The service that we received on the ship from the concierge, and shore excursions personnel to the many waiters and attendants was always amazing. It was a great ship and voyage that I would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I have always been treated very well. Dining was always a pleasure. Food was excellent. Cabins always neat and cleaned. Cabin attendants were very helpful and friendly. We did back to back cruises, Fiji and Tahiti. Fiji was a waist ... Read More
I have always been treated very well. Dining was always a pleasure. Food was excellent. Cabins always neat and cleaned. Cabin attendants were very helpful and friendly. We did back to back cruises, Fiji and Tahiti. Fiji was a waist of time shore cruises were not the best. Do not book a tour on the dock. they are just a costly and they do not give very much in the way of tours. They are just bus rides. "Look there and look here" they did not stop. The only stop they did make was at a "Get you shop" that they are tied into. Do not go on your on. It is dangerous that Fiji is a depressed country. Stay with the tours and don't get off by your self. The Tahiti cruise was very nice all around. good port of calls. People were all very friendly. Long time at sea from Fiji to Maui. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Having been on quite a few Royal Caribbean cruises and reached Diamond Plus, our objective was to take a cruise with Celebrity and see if the theoretically-equivalent Elite level actually is equivalent. We booked a 4-day cruise on ... Read More
Having been on quite a few Royal Caribbean cruises and reached Diamond Plus, our objective was to take a cruise with Celebrity and see if the theoretically-equivalent Elite level actually is equivalent. We booked a 4-day cruise on Celebrity Constellation out of Ft Lauderdale in January 2016. Constellation was built in 2002 and renovated in 2013. Passenger load is slightly over 2,000 people. Constellation is a Millennium Class ship (Solstice Class is the other Celebrity class with passenger loads around 3500). We originally booked an interior room, but about 2 weeks prior to the cruise, Celebrity called with an offer to upgrade to a Concierge Class room for $150 or an Aqua Class room for $200 (for both of us). We elected Aqua Class, and it was a great choice. Aqua Class rooms are 192 ft2 with a decent sized balcony, plus access to their own dining room, Blu (which, not surprisingly, has a modern, blue-colored theme). The shower in the Aqua room was the best we have ever had in any category of room, including suites. It was rectangle-shaped, had two full-height glass doors with ample room inside, a bar upon which the ladies can place their feet for leg-shaving purposes, and six water jets that will spray the body, vice just using the single normal overhead shower head (which is adjustable to fit humans of any height). Aqua Class also includes free and unlimited access to the Persian Garden, a spa within the main spa that has its own showers, three saunas (one dry and two steam) and a heated sitting/relaxing bench. This is a very nice amenity. Each afternoon they also delivered to our room a plate of canapes (tapas). One day the Captain’s Club manager sent a rose with a nice card. These amenities could have been because of Elite or the Aqua Class room; we’re not sure. Back to the ship: embarkation was very fast and smooth. From parking at Terminal 4 at 11:10 to being physically aboard the ship took less than 15 minutes. Upon entering the ship, we were handed a glass of champagne. Lunch was already being served in the Oceanview Café on deck 10. It had a nice range of choices and there was always plenty of international food available (Indian and Asian). Although we only ate there a couple of times, the Oceanview Café never felt crowded. Tables were spaced well, and the ambience was light and airy. Rooms were opened at 1:06. Bags came quickly (perhaps because we were in Aqua Class, or perhaps because they are just good at delivering bags). We checked the specialty dining rooms right away and took advantage of a first night 30% off opportunity to eat in Ocean Liners, the ship’s most upscale restaurant. Normally $50, the meal was $35 each, and well worth it. The lobster was the best ever, even having eaten quite a few in Maine. We tried the Blu restaurant the first morning and were hooked. Ate dinner there each night the rest of the cruise. Menu was very good; better than the main dining room, and that we discovered that if you want something that’s not on the menu, just ask (for example, they made us eggs benedict for breakfast and a grand mariner soufflé for desert). The Blu staff quickly learned our names, and made sure to greet us by name when we walked in. There was always plenty of staff in this dining room. Blu is a class act, and is one of the main reasons we again booked an Aqua class room for our next Celebrity cruise. The Elite (and higher) lounge does not open the first night at sea so we had to buy drinks a la carte at a bar. They are pricier than on Royal Caribbean. With the included tip, bar drinks were $9 and house wine was $10 or $11, depending on choice. After the first night, the Elite lounge has free drinks from 5 – 7 PM with an ample list of choices. Some small hors d’oeuvres were served but not enough to hurt your appetite. The lounge on Constellation used for Elite (Reflections) is located on the top deck facing the bow with a nice view when entering or leaving port. It is a large space with a dance floor and plenty of tables. On our short cruise, the Elite members didn’t remotely fill it, but we were told that on crossings and on longer cruises that attract more Elite members, the room does get full. We were also told that, like Royal Caribbean, the rolls of Elite members are growing faster than the space available for the Elite evening event on some of the longer cruises, and that they will likely have to begin issuing vouchers for drinks at any bar on the ship (which will likely turn into the three-drinks-on-your-seapass-card deal that Royal now uses). The ship has the usual array of bars. One very popular one that was always crowded was the martini bar. Casino is 100% no-smoking. Constellation was immaculate everywhere. Only noticed a handful of rust spots on the exterior rails (far fewer than on other ships, even newly renovated ones). Everything worked. The public restrooms have cloth towels to dry hands. The crew was friendlier than on other ships; everyone makes eye contact, smiles and greets you. The Captain on this ship has a real presence. It’s likely just his personality vice a Celebrity policy, but he’s out-and-about, he participates in crew vs guest games like water volleyball, he gives an interesting PowerPoint presentation on building of the first Solstice class ship, etc. Great personality on the announcing system, too. The three-level theater was adequately sized, and the rows had enough room between them for servers squeeze by and deliver drinks to those seated in the interior. Between each pair of seats is a small stationary table just large enough to place your drinks. This is a great idea that other ships should emulate. The production shows were excellent; we had 15 singers and dancers on our short cruise. The entertainers (comedian and singer) were well above average for short cruises. The computer lounge had about 20 PCs, all new Apples. Two computer guys were always available to help. Not sure about wi-fi speed. Other amenities: - Welcome packet in the room with slippers (to keep), a logo shoulder bag and a smaller bag that clips inside the larger one (again, this could be an Aqua class benefit or an Elite benefit) - Nice robes (ditto about which benefit) - Iced towels provided on the pier when returning to the ship. Great way to wipe the sweat off. - Iced, flavored water available inside security after re-boarding. - Extensive variety of Sushi available from 5:30 – 9:30 in the Oceanview Cafe. When we finally figured this out, we took plates of sushi to the Elite lounge to eat with our drinks. - Towels for the pools and spa do not have to be checked out with your Seapass card. Plenty of towels were always available. There were four people manning the future cruise sales office, and for good reason. Celebrity offers deals differently than Royal Caribbean, but they still have some excellent deals. For the 11-day cruise we booked, we got $300 toward gratuities, $300 in onboard credit and $200 off the cruise price (whereas Royal generally gives half off the second fare). Bottom Line: based on this experience, Celebrity is our new favorite cruise line, although I’m sure we’ll go back and forth between Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We booked this cruise in early December just to do something different on New Year's Eve. We had not sailed on Celebrity in several years, nor the Constellation before, but we thoroughly enjoyed the ship and crew. Embarkation at ... Read More
We booked this cruise in early December just to do something different on New Year's Eve. We had not sailed on Celebrity in several years, nor the Constellation before, but we thoroughly enjoyed the ship and crew. Embarkation at Port Everglades was very easy. We arrived at the port early the morning of departure so we were able to park in parking lot right next to luggage drop off. We brought a case of water to the ship and were able to get it checked in with our luggage and it was delivery to our cabin with the luggage. This was different from an earlier cruise out of Baltimore where we had to carry the water thought security and to the ship ourselves. I guess different ports have different procedures. New Year's Eve was exciting, and there were parties in virtually every lounge on ship. The main one was on the top deck with a pool party that kicked off at 10:30 and featured the live show cast performing right up to midnight. Food on the ship was outstanding at every venue we tried. Entertainment and performances in the main theater were top notch. There was a late show the third night called Elyria that boggled the mind. It was limited to adults 18 and over due to the what was billed as naughty content. The content was inappropriate for children, but we watch more risqué content on Saturday Night Live. The performance featured the live singing and dancing cast and also two acrobats performing high above the stage without safety harness or constraints. We had an interior room which was adequate in size and had lots of compartments to store our belongings. The bed was high enough to store our empty suitcases under it, which was not the case on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur last October. One of my favorite things about the room was the automatic night light in the bath room that gave just enough glow around the door to find it in the middle of the night without turning on the bathroom light and flooding the room with light. We did not take any excursions since we had been to both locations, Nassau and Key West several times. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Food was horrible. First morning we went to sit down breakfast. Ordered eggs, bacon, toast and oj. Only thing edible was toast and it was cold, bacon was so salty it was awful. Next morning ate in buffet upstairs. Worse, how do screw up ... Read More
Food was horrible. First morning we went to sit down breakfast. Ordered eggs, bacon, toast and oj. Only thing edible was toast and it was cold, bacon was so salty it was awful. Next morning ate in buffet upstairs. Worse, how do screw up scrambled eggs? Next morning tried the omelet station. These people don't have a clue. Only good meal we had was when we ate at the oceanliners restaurant. Enough of the food issues, if you are going on this ship for the food, you will be greatly dissappointed. Our room was okay, little small compared to other ships. Had several issues with toilet backing up, they were there with 3 phones calls to fix. Glad we were on 7th floor cause when we happened to go to deck 2 and 3 to get off boat, it smelled like sewage. This ship has some issues and needs an overhaul. Gambling, did not see or hear of anyone winning. I made my fair share of deposits. Funny though their internal news paper they deliver every day said they were paying out huge amounts. They don't bother to tell you how much the put in... Very dissappointed to say the least. Second time to sail with celebrity and will be our last! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Background: Tenth X cruise. Stayed overnight at Days Inn Hollywood( due to easy to drive to and price for 1 night) Friendly staff. Dominga who took care of the breakfast has always keeping the room clean and refilled the breakfast ... Read More
Background: Tenth X cruise. Stayed overnight at Days Inn Hollywood( due to easy to drive to and price for 1 night) Friendly staff. Dominga who took care of the breakfast has always keeping the room clean and refilled the breakfast items. Embarkation: Smooth and fast. Cabin: 8128 CC2 Kept very clean with fresh towels, soap, lotion and chocolate on the turn down. Always fresh water and ice. Fresh rose thanks to Jonette, the Hostess. Orland and Hari were excellent attendants. Dining: Lunched at Bistro on Five upon embarking. French onion soup and lamb chops were very good as was the service. Dining at MDR was not quality nor service on previous cruises. Only ate there twice for lunch or evening. Staff seemed to have too many tables. Chef and Dining Room manager asked about food and service. Could not respond as we just started with soup. Specialty Restaurant: Ocean Liners was outstanding with excellent service. Miloz the manager was friendly and very accommodating stopping by to chat. All staff was very attentive. Olga was outstanding as our server as she prepared our dishes tableside and kept our wine glasses filled. This was the best food and service of any specialty venue. The burgers at the mast grill as usual were very good. We generally avoid the buffet. Breakfast in the cabin was prompt and warm. Overall we were pleased with the cruise and booked 2 more while on board. Karin the future cruise person was very helpful. Jonette the CC Hostess was pleasant and charming. Disembarkation was a snap. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I really enjoyed the above cruise on the celebrity constellation in October 2015. The employees of the company go out of their way to make you feel great. It was very disappointing not to go into Israel . Instead we went to 4 Greek ... Read More
I really enjoyed the above cruise on the celebrity constellation in October 2015. The employees of the company go out of their way to make you feel great. It was very disappointing not to go into Israel . Instead we went to 4 Greek islands. A shame there wasn't something else to break of all the old churches and look alike places, even tho they were interesting. Other cruises had many informative lectures, but the celebrity did not. That was not good. Their crew of actors for their production numbers were phenomenal .! This was not a cruise for children as about 90% of people were 60 and older. That was a plus for some of us! Naturally shore excursions are high, as they are on any ship. I found the hop on/hop off busses in a number of cities to be great. Besides giving a bit of info as u pass a point of interest, you pay one nominal fee for a 24 hour pass and you can get on and off the bus whenever it stops! These are run by the port you are in and big competition for the shore excursions sold! Our stateroom was very small, but I heard that other ones in the same area were a bit bigger. But I never plan on staying in it for too long anyway! There was a big fitness area, spa, and beauty area. For what we got, where we went, saw, and duration, this was a great deal! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
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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