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We stayed in Singapore the night before in the Copthorne riverfront hotel where we were able to walk along the river before being picked up by taxi at 1pm. Embarkation was very quick as we are elite we were put through a short queue. With ... Read More
We stayed in Singapore the night before in the Copthorne riverfront hotel where we were able to walk along the river before being picked up by taxi at 1pm. Embarkation was very quick as we are elite we were put through a short queue. With all visas checked and in order we were onboard within 1/2 hour. Cabin was available when we boarded at 1.30 and cases arrived about 4 in time for muster which was crowded but quick. the cabin 1126 was excellent, just what we ordered, peaceful and kept very clean with a good shower. Being elite we had cocktails and canopies from 5pm. it was good to meet over a drink before dinner, Chris the captains club manager mingled as did many other officers We had 1st sitting in the main dining room. food was always very good and our waiter made sure that we were happy with our meals every day breakfast in the Oceanview was where they serve the best poached eggs and egg Benedict sometimes we had breakfast in the dining room The best ice-cream at sea is available all day in the oceanview and always served with a smile entertainment was varied with only one bad night and that was the Elton John tribute, half of the audience had got up and walked out of the 1st show. there was music and bands or games to attend so plenty going on. By 11 the ship was very quiet as the cruise was port intense we booked 4 excursions before we left home through the celebrity site when we saw the 30% off we did find extra excursions when on ship and changed our basic trip to Cochin to a longer and fuller itinerary which included a boat trip, they refunded the money paid and i rebooked, so it worked out well. Staff from the ship were on the trip to help out and i must praise Spicey from the children club , who supervised with such care we loved the tea plantation trip in Sri Lanca We did the Mombai on the Move on the 1st day in Bombay which included a train journey and on the 2nd day the markets . both trips were very informative and enjoyable Goa we stayed on board and enjoyed the facilities At Muscat we docked in the town and so walked as we had been before. the souks are very near with cafes along the sea front . this was a very pleasant place to stop and just walk Dubai we have also been to before. most people on the ship booked the open top bus Phuket was by tender straight into the town, tender was very quick both ways and as it was our 1st stop we just walked in the lovely sunshine along the beach front We loved this cruise, we had a good itinerary, met some lovely people and found that the staff onboard were the most friendliest that we have encounted Our flight was not till 2.30 am so we booked into the Millennium hotel which was opposite the airport and they provided transport back at 11pm. That was better than staying at the airport all day Cruise was booked with Alana at Cruise.co.uk who looked after us and made sure that we had the correct visas etc and was always available for advice Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Chose cruise because of itinerary but also because of good experience of good previous Celebrity experience. Great cruise. Singapore to Dubai via India. Our 3rd celebrity cruise but first on a Millennium class ship Embarkation in ... Read More
Chose cruise because of itinerary but also because of good experience of good previous Celebrity experience. Great cruise. Singapore to Dubai via India. Our 3rd celebrity cruise but first on a Millennium class ship Embarkation in Singapore very slow but disembarkation very efficient. We had 2 nights in Singapore pre cruise and 2 nights Abu Dhabi post cruise in our cruise package from Iglu Cruises. Hotels good and all but one private transfer went smoothly. Very happy with ship. Never seemed crowded. Preferred dining room layout to the Solstice class ships. Not the same wow factor admittedly but seemed roomier. Food excellent. Great variety, particularly in Ocean View buffet restaurant. Best buffet we've experienced. Service in main dining room a bit slow at times but good otherwise. Think the kitchen struggled to cope the nights there was an extra special cook to order dish. such as lobster or Beef Wellington. Very friendly crew. Must have said Good Morning about 20 times on way to breakfast!! Entertainment - high quality guest artists and varied shows. Ships own productions ok. Best was the Broadway Show, particularly Les Miserables. Loved the Modern Strings duo who played at various venues around ship and the guitarist. Lacked enrichment talks about the countries we were visiting. "Beyond Podium " talks apart from one on Buddhism not relevant to itinerary. Ports of Call talks more about selling excursions than giving information about the country or port. Loved Cafe al Bacio. Went there most afternoons and had quality coffee and yummy cakes. Staff particularly Marren and Anastasia very attentive. Enjoyed the Modern Strings duo music there too. Bliss! Cabin great. Outside on deck 3 midship. Comfortable and bright with large circular window and no higher deck overhang. Good sized shower and nice built in bathroom furniture. Cabin in good convenient location. Kept perfectly by our steward Yacob. Atrium a bit dull looking and lacked atmosphere compared to Solstice class ships. Rendevous bar decor a bit dull too but that may be addresses in the upcoming refurb. Would be nice to have a Piano Bar in Atrium or something to give atmosphere. Most attractive bar area was deck 4 martini and crush bars but very popular and hard to get a seat there. Pool area and top decks had plenty of sunbeds but finding shade was difficult. More areas with sun canopies would be good. All in all a wonderful experience. had forgotten how good Celebrity is since 6 years since last cruised with them. Will be back! Thanks to Celebrity and to our travel Company Iglu, who were most efficient at organising the whole wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
After a gruelling but uneventful 13 hour flight to Singapore with BA we walked from Arrivals (not far at all) to the Crowne Plaza, which was obviously WAY out of Singapore centre, Why oh why Celebrity? It was a lovely hotel but we were a ... Read More
After a gruelling but uneventful 13 hour flight to Singapore with BA we walked from Arrivals (not far at all) to the Crowne Plaza, which was obviously WAY out of Singapore centre, Why oh why Celebrity? It was a lovely hotel but we were a 'captive audience' with no choice of eateries etc. and no chance to see the beauty of the city at night. Bad choice Celebrity! The following morning we were transported to the dock as normal. Embarkation was no trouble. It was lovely to be back on the 'Connie' once again! She was just how we remembered her but now a little tired and in need of a facelift perhaps. We love the layout of this class of Celebrity ship. Not too large to get around and sensible sized lounges etc. (Unlike some of the newer ships we've encountered). Due to the early arrival, the cabin was not ready, no biggie. Spent a while in the buffet with friends who had travelled in from another part of the World. The food was up to the standard we have come to expect from Celebrity and there was plenty of choice. Our cabin was on deck eight and the balcony protruded further than many on the ship. This gave us an uninterrupted view along the length of the vessel. Although a decent size with adequate storage, the cabin appeared somewhat smaller than on the likes of Silhouette, Reflection etc. and again showed some signs of age. Brilliant cabin steward! Our first encounter with the main dining room was quite disappointing it has to be said! The food was quite poorly cooked and tasted as if it been stood under a heat lamp for a while. Not a great start. Sadly it never really improved. Although were persevered with the dining room most evenings, and there were a few very good dishes during the cruise, it was certainly below the standard we have become used to with Celebrity and far short of our experience on Independence of the Seas, last June. The dining room staff and waiters were brilliant, no request was 'too much trouble'. As a musician myself I'm naturally quite critical of the standard of entertainers, musicians etc. on a cruise ship. The bands were of a good standard overall and the 'House Band' that backed most of the guest acts were brilliant. BUT as on most ships, the sound in the theatre was quite poor to my ears. It lacked punch and the bass player might as well have not been there as there was SO little bass content in the mix. Come on cruise lines, stop employing sound engineers with a 'theatre' background and get some rock 'n' roll guys in, your audience is changing! We didn't really see much of the other music acts on board so can't really comment. The guest artistes were all really good apart from a so called Elton John tribute who was dreadful! I've seen much better in the local clubs in the UK. Being of a certain age we didn't get involved in any physical activities on board but really enjoyed the daily quizzes on sea days and the port lectures were very informative, if a little over cautious about going-it-alone in ports. Which brings me on to shore excursions. First port of call was Phuket. We made the choice to take a local tour mini bus from the dock side. What a fabulous decision! The vehicle was brand new and had been 'pimped' to a very high standard inside. A great driver who took us to the Big Buddha (breathtaking) and an area where there were a number of temples/mosques and market stalls, fabulous. He then dropped us at The Hard Rock Cafe later. Phuket, one of the highlights of the trip! Colombo was our next port. We took an excursion via the ship. A brilliant local guide took us to a couple of points of interest including the Independence Memorial Hall and the National museum. Not enough time was given to enjoy the museum! We finished the tour with tea on the veranda at the very upmarket Galle Face Hotel, which was an enjoyable experience. Overall, not a brilliant tour as much of it was spent in the bus in traffic. (to be expected in the this part of the World I guess) so wouldn't do it again. My advice, take a local trip off the dockside. Cochin was next, our first real taste of India and that's what we got! The taste of pollution was with us from the time we hit the dock. (not literally) :) Again we foolishly took a trip via the ship. We were first taken to a ramshackle Shiva temple which was closed! A very unpicturesque building, so little point in taking us there. We then drove to Church of St. Francis, Fort Kochi which in its own way was quite beautiful but drab and fairly uninteresting. Some of the folks then walked to see some Chinese fishing nets which were quite a distance, we didn't bother as we'd seen them previously whilst driving. Which is really what the body of the trip consisted of, driving through traffic, it was hideous! We were so pleased to see the ship again! Don't bother doing that excursion. Which brings me on to Goa, our next port. I'm a collector of Hard Rock Cafe/Hotel pins (badges) so we always endeavour to make it to any HRC in the ports visited. In this case it was a HR Hotel in the Saligao district of Goa. As none of the trips offered on the ship went near to the hotel, we (foolishly) decided to take a private excursion offered by Celebrity Cruises at a cost of $800!!!! We gave them our desired points of interest including the Reis Magos fort, which was recommended to us, plus assorted temples etc. We were quite excited about this tour, a private vehicle, a guide plus wonderful points of interest, what could be better? Most of it basically! The bus was old and rickety, the guide arrived late and the fort was closed! What angered us was, there were bus loads of Constellation guests already in the fort when we arrived (although the fort WAS officially closed on that day) but we were NOT allowed in despite our tour being booked on the ship! We were granted a 10% discount off a future tour and a small refund by the tour desk but this really didn't make up for the pretty poor experience sadly. But at least we had lunch at The Hard Rock Hotel and I bought pins and a tee shirt! We didn't know quite what to expect in Mumbai. Having watched various travelogue progs on TV we had preconceived ideas about India I guess. Our guide was fabulous! She was SO interesting and genuine. In keeping with other ports, the traffic and pollution was excessive, to be expected. We were taken to the Gateway to India (obligatory), the Victorian railway station and Ghandi's house plus a few other sights. Altogether an enjoyable day! We were overnight in Mumbai but didn't go ashore the second day. After a couple of days at sea we arrived in Muscat, Oman. The highlight of the cruise!! Pristine is the word that sums up the city. Not a scrap of rubbish or debris on the streets, beautifully kept road-sides, roundabouts and public places. Our guide on the ship-booked excursion was superb and a really lovely man with SO much knowledge about not only his country but the whole of the middle east in general. We were escorted to the most spectacular Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, about half an hours' drive from Muscat centre. You HAVE to see this if you visit Muscat! We then went to the Mutrah souq where one can buy anything from clothing to lamps. An absolutely wonderful and enriching day! Having looked forward to seeing Dubai (and getting to another Hard Rock Cafe) for a long time, it turned out to be quite disappointing! For a start it was cold and I made the big mistake of travelling in to the centre on the top deck of the bus! The bus we were actually taking the tour on was picked up at a terminus outside the Dubai Mall. Chaos reigned there with people trying to jump the queue to get out of the cold wind. After already losing an hour of our day we managed to get on the bus and begin the rather tedious tour of Dubai. SO many road works and building sites. The traffic was hideous (I believe I've used that word before). We didn't get off the bus until we arrived at the WAFI Mall where we needed to get a cab to the Hard Rock cafe which is in the Festival City Mall way out of the centre. The cabs are so well priced! Probably our fault but we didn't enjoy our day in Dubai much as we made little effort to see 'the sites' as such, plus it was very cold. Maybe return someday? Our final destination and point of departure was Abu Dhabi, a day later. As we were there overnight we thought we would be able to take a walk around parts of the city after being dropped off at the hotel. NAH! Once again Celebrity had decided to stick us in the Novotel Al Bustan out near the airport! Why Celebrity?? It was a super hotel though and we were able to get a cab to a nearby mall to eat and do a little last minute shopping, as you do. The downside was, we had to leave the hotel at 4am as we were flying from (you guessed it) Dubai, where we had been a day earlier!! No problems at the airport as we were there before the cleaners had finished their work having taken only an hour and a quarter to drive from Abu Dhabi. A lovely breakfast at Giraffe Cafe, Terminal 1 was very welcome. Such a shame the HRC Dubai Airport is in Terminal 3 so I couldn't get there. Hey Ho. Summing up (please do)! It was a wonderful cruise on the Celebrity Constellation and we enjoyed most of the experiences both on board and on land. We would highly recommend this cruise if you've not been to this wondrous part of the world. So much culture with some spectacular vistas to behold and remember for the rest of your days on the planet. My advice, for what it's worth, ignore most of the excursions offered on board (expensive and not good value generally) and go for a local mini bus and driver/guide found on the dockside in most ports. Ask to see the bus before committing as they vary widely in age and quality and HAGGLE! We (four people) got a full day tour in a brand new bus in Phuket for $150 US. Wonderful memories! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Loved the variety of ports offered on this cruise. Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi, including Dubai and Mumbai and Goa.all different and exciting in their own way. The New Year overnight tour in Dubai was fabulous, from Jeep riding over the dunes, ... Read More
Loved the variety of ports offered on this cruise. Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi, including Dubai and Mumbai and Goa.all different and exciting in their own way. The New Year overnight tour in Dubai was fabulous, from Jeep riding over the dunes, camel ride to a Bedouin camp and dinner the Bedouin way. The tents were extremely comfortable. Sunset on the dunes and sunrise at the camp were amazing. After breakfast we went to a camel shelter to pat and talk to the beautiful animals. This was a Celebrity shore excursion and the best we have ever done. Returning to the ship we felt like we were coming home, the crew were all so friendly. Dinner every night was a pleasure as our waiters learnt quickly our dietary needs and made sure every meal was perfect for us. We loved Cafe Bachio and met many new friends there. A cruise is as good as you want it to be. Ours was perfect. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise (10 night Adriatic) because of the itinerary, Venice, Koper, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Valletta, Catania and Rome. This was our first cruise with Celebrity, though not new to cruising, having sailed with several ... Read More
We chose this cruise (10 night Adriatic) because of the itinerary, Venice, Koper, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Valletta, Catania and Rome. This was our first cruise with Celebrity, though not new to cruising, having sailed with several cruise lines previously. From start to finish our overall impression was understated excellence, professionalism and service. The Constellation is clearly an old ship, does not have the glitz like other ships but for us this was not an issue, quite the contrary. There was plenty of quality seating, even on the 'sea day' Use of the vast Thalassotherapy pool open to all guests without further cost and despite every cabin being taken there was no feeling of being the vessel being cramped. During the cruise the Master was notified that the Constellation could not berth at Catania, so overnight arrangements were made to tender in Siracusa. Free transport was laid on for those wishing to go to Catania. Having heard the comments from those who visited both it seems that consideration should be given to making Siracusa as the destiny, not Catania. A couple of issues, we chose to arrange flights and hotel stay ourselves, this saved £500 on the Celebrity quote. Celebrity charged $15 per overs on for port to town drop off, all the other cruise lines did this without cost, though charged for other things like premier seating. We found the cost of shore excursions exhorbitive and as such made our own arrangements. Tender to shore arrangements were poor, in Kotor the tender took 30 minutes. Despite somewhat lengthy queues waiting for tenders and preferential tendering for 'preferred guests', no seating was provided for disabled guests. As someone that uses walking aids I found the need for lengthy standing very hard. This was the only blot on what would have been a perfect cruise experience and needs addressing. In short, whilst we still book cruises for the itinerary, if we have the opportunity to sail with Celebrity again we would go without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We flew to Venice night before with Ryanair from East Midlands and was straight on avtco bus from treviso to piazzalle roma bus station. Our hotel olympia was 4 mins walk from bus station situated on lovely quiet canal. We arrived to ... Read More
We flew to Venice night before with Ryanair from East Midlands and was straight on avtco bus from treviso to piazzalle roma bus station. Our hotel olympia was 4 mins walk from bus station situated on lovely quiet canal. We arrived to peaceful and beautiful hotel and sat having drink by canal enjoying lovely venetian cocktails night before cruise. next morning after lovely breakfast with complimentary prosecco we walked back to bus station where peoplemover is situated. 1.50 euro to port took only 5 mins on people mover. great idea takes all stress out of journey. We arrived early about 11.45am and was on ship by 12.15 very quick efficient boarding. We found buffet was best on any of celebrity ships we have been on. It was varied delicious and generally hot. In fact we ate more in buffet than main restaurant as food was so good. we enjoyed San Marco. We preferred to choose large table as one problem was tables for 2 were ridiculously situated. you were closer to stranger than to your partner. This could be sorted out easily by changing angles of tables. wasn't too much of a problem but on night you wanted romantic meal for 2 you would have to eat elsewhere. food and service excellent. We had classic drinks package and was able to sample everything. really enjoyed the choices. The ship is older and initially we were a bit disappointed after sailing on reflection and eclipse. However the charm and friendliness of staff on ship overcame this. We would definitely travel on this ship again. the staff were simply amazing nothing too much trouble. Our cabin was 6031 balcony. very nice room slightly smaller than previous but balcony was huge double size sweet sixteen. During sea days we did not find problem with sunbeds seemed to be plenty. staff policed this very well and immediately removed towels after 30 mins if vacant. The shows were not good. They were very amateurish. We gave up going but as not too bothered as preferred casino or just listening to celebrity bands who were better than Star acts. The entertainment verged on butlins by pool. It was aimed at very young when age group is much older. maybe would suit summer holiday cruises. The cruise director was more interested in talking to her peers than chatting to paying customers. However this did not spoil our overall cruise experience but could for others. The itinerary was amazing. well recommended Venice walked around ourself. amazing. Zadar very pretty did ourselves. just walked around. kotor tendered in. lovely pretty little place. dubrovnik. stayed overnight. plenty to see and do. naples. took ferry next door to ship to capri 20 dollars 50 mins ride. climbed up instead of using funicular was hard work but views amazing. sicily. took celebrity excursion as time tight to taormina. wonderful views. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My wife and I chose this Cruise because of the wonderful ports it would visit, ports that we have visited before. We loved the ship Best food yet on a Celebrity cruise. Very professional and responsive waiters. Dadang and Milan ensured ... Read More
My wife and I chose this Cruise because of the wonderful ports it would visit, ports that we have visited before. We loved the ship Best food yet on a Celebrity cruise. Very professional and responsive waiters. Dadang and Milan ensured our dining experience was second to none. Our cabin attendant was more like a butter, always there responding to any request. Our last dinner however was spoiled by a person not previously encountered who did not allow me entry to the dining room because I was wearing long shorts due to the dress code. Me explanation that I had packed and had my suitcase taken away as requested by 6 before realising that I had packed my dress trousers fell on deaf ears . This marred the entire experience. The entertainment was excellent accept for the choreography of Rock City which was a surprising let down as we had seen and liked it before on a previous cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Such an interesting and varied cruise. From sophisticated AbuDhabi and Dubai to the chaotic streets of Mumbai then on to lush Kerala, and our favourite - Sri Lanka. Then the final enjoyment of a few nights in Singapore. The ship was ... Read More
Such an interesting and varied cruise. From sophisticated AbuDhabi and Dubai to the chaotic streets of Mumbai then on to lush Kerala, and our favourite - Sri Lanka. Then the final enjoyment of a few nights in Singapore. The ship was maybe a little tired in places but we were looked after so we’ll and as suite class guests had a few extra perks - we thought the cruise was fantastic. Embarkation and debarkation were calm and efficient. Our stateroom was the only issue and one that was not completely resolved. 9096 it appears is directly below the doorway from the lift area out to the pool deck. Trolleys pass overhead all night long! We were woken several times every night. Staff made efforts to divert the trolleys but I ended up sleeping on the sofa bed. We have received satisfactory compensation which helps a little. Needless to say I enjoyed a long nights sleep once in Singapore! Staff in Luminae and Michaels club were super. Entertainment team were amazing. Stateroom team brilliant. Thanks to everyone - will cruise again soon but will NEVER book onto deck below public areas! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chance to visit cities in UAE,Oman,India,Sri Lanka and Singapore all within a 17 day cruise.Also took a 2 day hotel add on in Abu Dhabi at the start of the holiday and a similar stay in Singapore at the end. The cruise lived up to all ... Read More
Chance to visit cities in UAE,Oman,India,Sri Lanka and Singapore all within a 17 day cruise.Also took a 2 day hotel add on in Abu Dhabi at the start of the holiday and a similar stay in Singapore at the end. The cruise lived up to all expectations with food,service and entertainment of a very high standard.For peace of mind we booked all our shore excursions through Celebrity and enjoyed them all immensely.Highlights were a trip on the Viceroy train in Columbo and the Mumbai tour where our guide,a lovely lady of a certain age,insisted on still calling the city Bombay! Also not to be missed is a visit to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi,although this was undertaken during our pre cruise city stay. Entertainment was of a high standard,particularly in the theatre on the 3 "evening chic"nights where some spectacular trapeze work was performed by two talented aerial artistes.The performances of the regular dance troupe in their spectacular costumes were also a delight. We booked a sky suite which gave us access to the excellent facilities food and service available in the Luminae restaurant and Michael's lounge.This booking also came with personal embarkation and disembarkation services which were much appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The cruise was 1st class Amazing selection of food,great restaurants.The staff were brilliant at all times and entertainment super. Rich and Liza were great entertainment managers and allways kept us informed. Our cabin was just fine ... Read More
The cruise was 1st class Amazing selection of food,great restaurants.The staff were brilliant at all times and entertainment super. Rich and Liza were great entertainment managers and allways kept us informed. Our cabin was just fine and our cleaner couldnt do enough for us.The only problem was Air France lost our luggage so we didn't have any luggage the total 15 day cruise. The guest relations were brilliant and helped us out the best they could .Despite this problem the cruise was brilliant.We did not go on any excursions they were very expensive so we did our own thing and did not have any problems apart from Sri Lanka where the tuc tucs driver tried to charge us £80 for 3 hours but we paid him £40 which was a good rate.A great experience overall and would book again with the company.We did eventually get our luggage back when we returned but the damage was done Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Just returned from the Arabian Sea Adventure on Celebrity Constellation. Have to say we were a bit worried by all the reviews after we had booked and many said the ship was tired and well worn. Well, I do not know which part they were ... Read More
Just returned from the Arabian Sea Adventure on Celebrity Constellation. Have to say we were a bit worried by all the reviews after we had booked and many said the ship was tired and well worn. Well, I do not know which part they were looking at, but we found it to be wonderful everywhere. The beautiful coordinated furniture, comfy chairs and multiple lounge areas were superb. (so often there is no where to sit on a cruise ship and coffee shops etc are so full you end up back in your cabin!) We would recommend Celebrity to anyone who wants a truly wonderful ship; fantastic staff; superb food and great staterooms to book with Celebrity. We have not been on other ships in the Celebrity fleet, but will certainly have Celebrity on the top of our future cruise company list before booking elsewhere. (NB: We are not first timers - we have cruised with many other companies and Celebrity certainly comes top with us). The food was exceptional in every area. The Buffet food was great with variety and really good quality food. This was unfortunately marred by seeing other guests who ate wearing just a vest - dreadful; the other restaurants were stunning and it was lovely to have the 'chique' nights too. As a Sky Suite passenger, we were fortunate enough to eat in Lumiere most of the time, which was exceptional in every detail. Plus having Michaels lounge as a little hideaway was truly brilliant. Nadia and her team really made every day a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I am a history fan; I have long wanted to see Greece. This cruise was a great way to scratch the surface. Departing from Venice was an amazing bonus. Cruising down the canal past the city of Venice was incredible and really a great ... Read More
I am a history fan; I have long wanted to see Greece. This cruise was a great way to scratch the surface. Departing from Venice was an amazing bonus. Cruising down the canal past the city of Venice was incredible and really a great selling point for this specific cruise. Celebrity sold us on their service last January while on board Silhouette. Don't misunderstand Celebrity Constellation is not Silhouette, but it is Celebrity. Celebrity service is far better than any of the other 4 cruise lines we have cruised on. Yes, Constellation is 17 years old, but once you get onboard I just did not see the age. She looked far better than many newer ships (except Silhouette) we've been on. Onboard Experience For us being able to get around ship quickly is important. I think the date of the selection was critical to our experience. As grandparents to 3 boys, we love children; however, we go on vacation to recharge and enjoy ourselves. With this cruise beginning on August 28th, there were few children onboard. We did not have to listen to children running up and down the passageways outside our cabin. Perfect for sleeping late. Our cabin was amidships near the elevators. Perfect for getting to deck 10, quickly. We never had to wait more than 1-2 minutes for an elevator. We lived the fact that we could review our onboard account from our cabin television, daily. We had pretty big plans while ashore, so we did not plan late nights aboard. This does not mean we did not go to the evening shows. I wish I had taken notes on the entertainers who came aboard, but... In any event, we really enjoyed Lorraine Brown and the fact that she performed an evening show and a matinee several days later was great. We did enjoy the onboard singers and dancers. The aerialists were especially good. I believe one show was too much, Elyria (not sure I've spelled it correctly); we found the subject matter offensive/borderline offensive. Ports of Call 3 Sea Days - well needed days to rest 1. Katakolon - Ancient Olympia, shore excursion, interesting, but now I've done it; I won't do it again. 2. Santorini - Wow!!! You anchor in the caldera and the view is amazing. I've read other reviews of complaints about long lines for the cable cars. We never waited longer than one cycle of the cable cars. Walk or ride the donkeys if you want, imho, the smell of donkey urine and feces are a take away from a good cruise (although for some probably great for a good laugh, but not me). We visited Oia, got the Blue Dome shots, and walked as far as you could go. The road to Oia is interesting. Back to Thira (Fira) for quick tour and back to ship for a long, quiet nap. 3. Piraeus (Athens) - 2-days here. The port is 20-30 minutes from downtown Athens. Day 1 - Instead of touring our first day, we took a ferry to the island of Poros (where my brother-in-law grew up). If you get the opportunity, go to Poros. We only spent 4 hours there (ferry trip is about 2 hours round trip), but with the help of my sister's in-laws we had a great opportunity to see the island from a more personal perspective. This island is beautiful. I would come back to Greece just for this! After returning to the ship, we took the Metro to the Athens Plaka district and proceeded to get quite lost. No matter, we walked up to the Acropolis just as the sun was setting and then got lost in the Plaka district. IT was late when we returned to the ship. Day 2 - we had an Athens City Tour with add-on Acropolis tour with Shore Excursions Group. As enough people did not book the trip, four of us were given a virtual private tour of Athens - Perfect! 4. Mykonos - another beautiful location. We were off the ship early for our personal walking tour of Mykonos town. Love it, until later in the morning as the crowds began to build. The windmills and Little Venice are short walks from the tender dock Have lunch or coffee in little Venice, you might meet the local mascot, a pelican walked through the sidewalk cafe as we finished up. 5. Corfu - So many choices for tours, but did not want the long tours out into the island. There is so much history right in Corfu town. We took the shuttle to the terminal and walked out and caught the Hop on-Hop off bus. Corfu town is a small town with small streets and was quite crowded early making for a 20-30 minute ride to Kanoni. At Kanoni, get off and walk 300-400 feet to see and visit Mouse Island (beautiful view) Just across the channel, from Mouse Island, are views of what many believe looks like Capri. Here, you will also view aircraft landing at the island's only airport. BTW, the boat ride to Mouse Island cost 5 Euros round trip for 2; 5-10 minute ride. We left Kanoni and went to the Old Fortress, very impressive; especially when you consider when it was built. If you're up for it walk to the top - it is a long haul, sometimes made worse by people stopping to take photos on the narrow steps. Take your photos from the top, you won't miss anything. Service and Crew The ships crew are amazing. We were always warmly greeted by the crew everywhere we went onboard. Our San Marco dining room servers: Waiter - Widastra, Asst Waiter - Ram, & Sommelier - Susana were wonderfully friendly and warm. In 15 cruises, we have to say they were the best we've ever had. Thank you so much for that. We ate in the Tuscan Grille & can only say, "what's not to enjoy here?" The Tuscan staff were amazing hovering just out of view, but always available in an instant when something was needed. Great! In all of our previous cruises, we probably never had more than a shallow hello from the ships officers. Constellation was vastly different. We were always greeted by ship's officers, including the captain, saying hello, asking how our day was, how we were enjoying the cruise, and if we needed anything to let them know. We experienced this everyday. This is our first experience where our cruise director had anything to say other than a nod or simple hello. On Constellation, the Cruise Director Rich (sorry I did not make note of your last name, but won't ever forget your first name), was amazing. He was everywhere talking with guests. He greeted us as we boarded and he was there to wish us well when we departed at 0745. Thanks, Rich. This type of service is indicative of great management and leadership at the top. From my perspective, that is the Captain. I've been on several other cruises and never had this personal service. Thank you, sir! Embark/Disembark This is only my second Celebrity experience but embarking and disembarking have never been better on any other cruise line I've been on. Because this cruise was sold out, embarking was expected to be timely. We received a text and email indicating what time we would arrive for embarking. We paid no attention to this and boarded, as we were ready. Within a few minutes, we had our photos taken and were onboard. Disembarking went just as well. Unbelievably, we packed only carry-on luggage (took advantage of ships laundry) for 2-weeks in Italy and Greece. When it was time to leave, we left our cabin, early (we had an early train to Rome to catch) waited no more than 10-15 minutes and we were off and on our journey to Rome. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I have just returned home after one of the best experiences ever. My daughter and I embarked on the Celebrity constellation in Barcelona which ended in Venice a few days ago. From the lovely young man who looked after our cabin to the ... Read More
I have just returned home after one of the best experiences ever. My daughter and I embarked on the Celebrity constellation in Barcelona which ended in Venice a few days ago. From the lovely young man who looked after our cabin to the fantastic waiter who served us on our table in the restaurant, the drinks waiter, the gorgeous lady who welcomed us each night,, the chefs, every single person on the ship was polite, helpful, and made me feel very special. The buffet had to be seen to be believed, such a variety of food and so much of it. The shows were amazing and I loved each one. The cabin was clean and the beds were comfortable. We found the excursions were well planned and because the weather was extremely hot to see a welcoming icy drink and icy flannels waiting for us before we boarded was so appreciated. I don't think that any more could have been done to make the cruise one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. I would certainly love to do another given the opportunity. A very big thank you to Celebrity, well done. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was the first time Jet, Set, Sail departed from Cardiff and the airport is certainly not yet set up for this type of cruise package. We'd checked out the private terminal/lounge at Stansted on the Internet and realised that ... Read More
This was the first time Jet, Set, Sail departed from Cardiff and the airport is certainly not yet set up for this type of cruise package. We'd checked out the private terminal/lounge at Stansted on the Internet and realised that Cardiff couldn't compete so our expectations were low. Free parking was allocated at Cardiff airport. Check in was very easy with dedicated desks. We were told we'd be fast-tracked through security and that we would be able to go directly through to the gate where we would be served refreshments before boarding. However, the fast-track lane was closed as the airport was "quiet". We were then stopped at security to go through the scanner which hadn't been calibrated so it couldn't be used but we were still kept waiting for quite a while. We were then denied access to the gate as "they weren't ready for us", despite passengers having already gone through. As a result there were a number of irate passengers. We waited for about 35 minutes in the main terminal before being allowed to go to the gate. Once through there were plenty of pastries along with tea, coffee, juices and Prosecco on offer. Initially the JSS (Jet, Set, Sail) cruises were marketed as using a private jet providing a business class experience, this was then "downgraded" to Premium Economy. Unfortunately, this has been over-hyped, basically the plane is a 737-300 chartered from Titan Airways. We were allowed a generous 25kg of luggage. The flight was comfortable but I'm not sure we had 31" of leg room as was advertised. A hot breakfast was served with tea, coffee and juice but some passengers complained that there were no alcoholic drinks offered. Service was very good and the crew very pleasant. On arrival at Barcelona we had to wait for almost an hour for our luggage to arrive on the carousel, then we had to queue up to give our names to the Celebrity representatives and pass our luggage to the porters to transport to the ship. Some passengers thought that once their luggage was checked in at Cardiff they would not see it again until it was delivered to the cabin on the ship. We were escorted to the coach for transfer to Celebrity Constellation where check in went very smoothly. As usual with Celebrity once on board we were greeted by friendly smiles and offered a glass of "bubbly". Due to the delay at the airport our cabins were ready for us and after a light lunch at the Oceanview Cafe we found that our luggage had been delivered to our cabin. We opted for an oceanview cabin on deck 7 forward which was situated in a very quiet part of the ship in a short corridor with only cabins on the decks above and below, so it was very peaceful each time we returned to ours after a busy day. We had a short walk to the lift to go three floors up to Reflections or three floors down to the Theatre but on the whole we chose to take the stairs. The MDR was a bit of a trek to the aft of the ship on decks 4 and 5 after all it is quite a large ship. The Constellation had a refit earlier in the year but as we hadn't sailed on her for many years we couldn't compare the recent before and after transformation. I wasn't impressed with the main pool deck as the loungers were very uncomfortable if you used them all day on a sea day. It's a while since we sailed on one of the larger ships and found the number of passengers using the pool deck rather overwhelming. We were like sardines but, in fairness to the Pool Butlers, they always managed to "squeeze in" more loungers for guests who wanted to be near the pools. We experienced extremely high temperatures and wonderful, sunny days and, while on board, staff regularly distributed ice cold facecloths and, on occasion, fruit skewers - it was a nice touch. The loungers in the Thalassotherapy indoor pool were much more comfortable and it was quite peaceful in there compared to the hustle and bustle of the main pool deck. We chose select dining so we could choose the time at which we wanted to eat. The time varied very slightly each evening but we never had to queue for a table because we made a point of booking for the next night with the lady at the desk on our way out of the MDR. Meals were very good and there was something to suit everyone. Our waiter, Bob, was brilliant, as soon as he knew what we liked he was able to recommend particular meals and tell us if he thought we might not enjoy what we had initially chosen. If he thought the portions looked a little small he brought extra for a particular person or for us to share. We ate at one of the speciality restaurants, the Tuscan Grill, which has a variety of Italian/steak meals on offer. We enjoyed what we had ordered and found the staff there to be very attentive. Actually, we found the staff on board very friendly, attentive and, in the main, very efficient. A Classic drinks package was included in the price we paid so we never had to purchase water or soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks up to the value of $9 per drink were included. If we wanted anything more expensive we had to pay the difference plus an 18% service charge on top. We had a slight problem with our booking but after speaking to the staff at Guest Relations we were able to come to a satisfactory solution. Guest Relations staff were fantastic, they left messages on our cabin phone checking that everything was now ok and asking if they could do any more to help us. Great itinerary, overnight at Valencia, then on to Livorno, Civitavecchia, Kotor, Split and another overnight in Venice. We were only tendered once, at Kotor in Montenegro as it's a very small port and another ship was moored right alongside the old town. Tender service was well organised and efficient but it took around 20 minutes to reach the port. Luckily, sea conditions throughout the cruise were fantastic, the sea was so calm, at times it was like glass. This gave us the opportunity to easily spot marine life such as dolphins, manta rays and, jellyfish. We only booked one excursion as we'd been to all the ports before. We chose the Game of Thrones and Medieval old town Split tour. We were driven by coach to Klis fortress which was around 20 minutes from Split. The guide was very knowledgeable about the fortress itself and also about the TV series, part of which was filmed there. From there we returned to Split and were taken to the Diocletian Palace which was built by the Roman Emperor, Diocletian. The guide provided us with lots of interesting information and also explained which parts of the palace were used in the filming of Game of Thrones. We then walked through the old town which is part of the palace grounds and where further filming took place. We enjoyed our time at Split and are planning to return for a short break. In Valencia, Livorno and Venice the ship was moored quite a way from the centre of the cities so shuttle buses/boats were provided at a cost of around 20 per person for a return journey. At Civitavecchia the shuttle bus was provided by the local authority and not chartered by Celebrity. Split was the only place that could be accessed on foot directly from the port. Entertainment throughout the ship was very good with a variety of activities provided. The production shows were very good, however a couple of the Celebrity singers were a bit out of tune. Guest artists included Jane Curry who has a great voice and is a very funny lady. Oil Nez was excellent, he plays a number of wind instruments and is very entertaining and interacts well with the audience. Our return flight was scheduled at 2.25pm from Venice airport. We were concerned that we would be forced to disembark by 9am and then be "abandoned" at the airport. However, those travelling on JSS received an invitation from the Guest Relations Manager, Milana Dortangs, to a disembarkation presentation in Reflections. During this presentation she was very thorough, detailing exactly what to expect on the morning of disembarkation. She was available for questions from guests at the end. On the day of departure guests could remain in Cellar Masters/Sushi on a Five to wait for their disembarkation time slots. Refreshments were provided throughout the morning and a member of staff distributed quiz sheets with crosswords/sudoku to those who required something to pass the time. When time slots were announced a member of staff escorted a group to the lift and down to the exit. We were guided to where our luggage was situated and escorted to our coaches. On arrival at Venice airport we were met by Celebrity representatives who supplied trolleys for our luggage. Again, we were escorted to the check in and guided towards security. It was extremely well organised and slick. The return flight was slightly delayed but that didn't cause us too much trouble as we had a car parked at Cardiff airport. We were served a hot meal followed by dessert along with a choice of soft drinks, beer, red or white wine and tea or coffee. It was the best in-flight meal we had in years. Again the crew were very pleasant and helpful. On return to Cardiff we had to show our boarding pass to staff who then provided a ticket to insert at the barrier to allow us to exit the car park. The cruise was much better than expected as over the last few years we have sailed on much smaller ships and the staff tend to be very approachable. We can honestly say that we couldn't fault anything on this cruise. The staff, waiters, pool butlers and crew were equally delightful and friendly. Each one wore a star on their uniform which we believed meant that they were employee of the month but everyone had a star. Apparently it is to remind them of the ethos of the company - to strive to be a star and to do their utmost to help all guests have a wonderful experience. We think it's worked - each and everyone we met was delightful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We spent four days in Milan prior to the cruise to visit Lake Como which was beautiful. We took the train to Venice to meet up with our cruise. That was the only confusing part, getting from the train station, the to the port, the people ... Read More
We spent four days in Milan prior to the cruise to visit Lake Como which was beautiful. We took the train to Venice to meet up with our cruise. That was the only confusing part, getting from the train station, the to the port, the people mover, walking through a long parking lot to finally find the ship. We had a special price with Celebrity for a "guaranteed" oceanview room, and we were not disappointed. We were midship in 2097, and very pleased. I tend to get seasick if I am too high up in the ship, so this worked well for me. This was the second cruise since the Constellation had come out of dry dock for upgrades, and the ship was looking very nice. As far as the room was concerned the carpet was new, but the bathroom did not appear to have had renovations done. Most of the public areas were sparkling new though. We ate at the 6:15 Main Dining Room, and the food was exceptionally good, but the service was slow. The first night we were just getting our dessert at about 8:20 PM and the next seating was for 8:30 PM. They asked us if we could come at 6:00 PM the rest of the nights, and we agreed. It was some better, but slower than other Celebrity ships. We did hear that the ship was short about 150-200 employees. The Enertainment was good, and we never had a difficult time finding a seat to enjoy the show. There was the usual, musical fare, magical show, comedian, dancers and singers. We did participate in a Celebrity shore excursion at each of the ports and were pleased with all of the them with the exception of the Island of Capri, $144. On that one the guide pretty much left us on our own most of the time, and then suggested a certain restaurant to go to for lunch. We all went in and sat down to order lunch as the town was so crowded, and lunch without alcohol ended up costing $100 Euros. I thought that was too much for a small plate of pasta, and should not be a place that the guide is sending everyone to without a warning. In Sicily we took an excursion called Beautiful Taormina and Blue Grotto and it was wonderful. We walked throughTaomina, had a "typical Sicilian" breakfast, and then took a boat ride near a town called Giardina Naxos and saw the Blue Grotto. Well worth the day and the $159.00 Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary - Middle & Far East + four days in India. We didn't use the ships excursions preferring to make our own arrangements. The Constellation is a lovely ship with a nice fun feel about ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary - Middle & Far East + four days in India. We didn't use the ships excursions preferring to make our own arrangements. The Constellation is a lovely ship with a nice fun feel about it. The entertainment was very good as was is the Cruise Director, Rich. There were lots of activities and lectures which we enjoyed The staff were always friendly, helpful and curtious. The food in the Oceonview Cafe was excellent with great choices - we especially enjoyed the Asian dishes. However, the meals in the main dining room were disappointingly poor meaning we only spent four evenings in the "San Marco" dining room. This was unfortunate as having dinner in a pleasant dining room is one of the joys of cruising. We had one meal in the speciality restaurant "Cruise Liners" which was fine, but not worth the extra money. Drinks were expensive as was wifi. However, overall it was a very enjoyable cruise and value for money. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
First time I have visited these Countries. Excursions were well organised and very interesting. The friendly and politeness we received from all the staff was outstanding. The food choice in the main eating area was excellent ... Read More
First time I have visited these Countries. Excursions were well organised and very interesting. The friendly and politeness we received from all the staff was outstanding. The food choice in the main eating area was excellent albeit at times it was difficult to get a seat. The restaurant menus offered a great selection which was beautifully presented. Entertainment was very much to our liking in particular the Irish lad and his fiancé, we listened to them at some point every day on-board. Whilst respecting the Captains' decision not to go ashore at Borocay the call of a day at the beach left us a little disappointed, but even the Captain can't control the weather. A thoroughly most enjoyable experience with plenty of happy memories. So much so, we have booked another cruise next year to the Med on the same boat. Hopefully we will meet some of your excellent staff again. Would definitely recommend Celebrity to friends. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We went with our son and daughterinlaw who have been on 5 other Celebrity cruises and this was our second one My wife had an aacident 2 days before we were due to sail, which ment she was in a wheel chair on the cruise. This was not ... Read More
We went with our son and daughterinlaw who have been on 5 other Celebrity cruises and this was our second one My wife had an aacident 2 days before we were due to sail, which ment she was in a wheel chair on the cruise. This was not a problem any on off the ship, All staff went out off their way to assist, without having to ask. When we were either getting on of the ship, staff always insisted they push the wheelchair. We could have not asked for anything more We dined at table 159 every night the waiters were fantastic, using the wheel chair didn't cause a problem. They were so good to us helping my wife to get out / in the wheelchair and placing the chair in a safe place. Their recommendations of the meals was excellent choice Staff in the ladies toilets were excellent helping my wife in the toilets, there was only one problem that if a member of staff was not present then I had to push my wife into the toilet (not very nice for me pushing my wife into the ladies toilet) Please consider making disabled only toilets available throughout all your ships This was our second cruise and once again the ship was spotless never any rubbish could. Been anywhere, not even a spot of dust or any finger prints could be seen. Staff were always about their cleaning duties. Safety drills were taking place when we were in Port Generally speaking what fantastic company Celebrity Cruises are to keep such a high standard on the 2ships We have been on, look forward to our next cruisein 2018 Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
the constellation is a "human size" ship, few years ago it would have been a large ship, today we can say medium with BTW a nice ratio of crew/passengers. we selected this cruise cuz the price which was unbelievable price we ... Read More
the constellation is a "human size" ship, few years ago it would have been a large ship, today we can say medium with BTW a nice ratio of crew/passengers. we selected this cruise cuz the price which was unbelievable price we couldn't refuse and also because the ports. DINING : We choose 'our time" dining, some nights we made reservation which are available only for dining between 6:00 and 7:00pm later you need to wait in line, they handle a "remote buzzer" that will inform you when your table is available. We liked very much the food, and we got the same waiter few nights so we had more than an excellent service, and the sommelier couldn't be better. In fact we felt everyone was doing that extra mile to make our meal an excellent experience. after one night the waiter knew our preferences and always went ahead of us, i.e. he notices we liked very much fish and seafood, so he would add an extra seafood item in the appetizers (6 shrimps instead of the 3 usual ones) the sommelier noticed we preferred red wine, he would always come with a selection of 3 bottles of red wine, after a few nights the selection was more precise to our taste. I liked to have a cocktail ... the barman when he used to see me would bring it to the table automatically with a personal welcome ( he would remember my name). Small things that enhance the pleasure of cruising. Oceanview cafe : nothing to say employees are very friendly, waiters would bring our speciality cafe as they see us .... for lunch the selection increases after noon. one comment I read (previous critics) and dont agree ... I am glad there s no tray, so much food waste with one plate imagine with a tray .... About taxi in UAE : prices will vary depending on the size of the car (the cheaper are the "Toyota Camry type" beige with a colored top, and the place you hop on for example starts 20 Dirham at airport and cruise terminal - 3,50 downtown .... and depending on the time of the day .. In Dubai to get to the closest metro station is about 35 AED, the metro day pass is 22 AED. Taxi are efficient and not very expensive depending how smart you use it. abu dhabi : very large port cannot walk out, free shuttle takes you to the WTC shopping mall. if you go to the mosque dont dress "as required" they will lend you what necessary and makes great pictures for souvenir. The mosque is a must see. taxi airport to ship will cost you about 90 Dirham (40 min) Dubai : very large commercial port no shuttle. You either have to take a taxi or HOHO bus (very expensive) Must see, for shoppers, is the Emirates mall (interior ski slope), the Dubai mall (very large aquarium, skating rink and the waterfalls) and also connects to the Burj Khalifa. I think Going to the 148th floor is a thrill of a lifetime .. at least for me ... have to admit, its unique. Muscate : the section near the port is the most interesting part (old souk which is close between 1:00 and 4:00 pm), I duo not recommend to walk to the town 5 KM has many Gov. buildings and schools , no commercial activity (practically no cafe no stores) and you meet nobody in the streets. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise specifically to spend 3 full days exploring Israel and the disembarking in Istanbul where we intended to stay for a few extra nights. Booking with Choice Air was ideal since when they cancelled Istanbul, they ... Read More
We chose this cruise specifically to spend 3 full days exploring Israel and the disembarking in Istanbul where we intended to stay for a few extra nights. Booking with Choice Air was ideal since when they cancelled Istanbul, they rebooked our flights from Athens without any fuss or extra charge. The food was fine, and plentiful, and our cabin was immaculate. The fruit was deliciously fresh! All employees were anxious to help besides friendly. The one complaint about this ship compared to other Celebrity cruises may sound silly. The tv only played the same episode of Top Chef,the same 3 movies or CNN or Fox! There was no on board theater and I missed that since after touring for so long, I needed a movie to relax before touring the next day. Other than that, this cruise was perfect and stress free. We only took one ship's shore excursion in Chania, Crete. What bothers me is that you are stuck on a bus with 45 other adults who take more time going to the restroom and shopping for souvenirs that actually listening to the tour guide. I want to recommend Hellenicprivatetours.com who promptly picked up our group at the dock in a large Mercedes mini bus. Took us on a guided tour of Athens and Cape Sounion with an intelligent and charming professional guide and then dropped us off at our airport hotel. They made us feel secure and anxious to return to Greece. Read Less
Sail Date November 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
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
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
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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