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54 Celebrity Constellation Senior Cruise Reviews

This is the 2nd cruise we sailed with Celebrity, we were impressed with Eclipse last year and decide to join another cruise with Celebrity. This is a slightly smaller and older ship than the Eclipse, but we still had a lot of fun in this 9 ... Read More
This is the 2nd cruise we sailed with Celebrity, we were impressed with Eclipse last year and decide to join another cruise with Celebrity. This is a slightly smaller and older ship than the Eclipse, but we still had a lot of fun in this 9 nights cruise trip. First of all, we love the shows at night, the performances, singer and dancers did a fantastic jobs, we caught the show every evenings and make sure we don't miss it. The onboard activities were Okay, a lot of them are the same as what we played last year, so it is a bit lack of surprise for us, but the games are still fun to watch. We still had a great time. We did not go to the specialty dinning, so we stayed at St-Marco Dinning room for your dinner. They updated the menu everyday with plenty of choices. We tried a lot of different food everyday and they had Lobster Tail and Scallops which are my favorite! We also had our breakfast and sometimes lunch and snacks at OceanCafe, honestly the food are getting a bit boring. They did change their Chef Specials everyday, but other than that, the other food in the buffet was very similar everyday. With a cruise of 9 nights, you may get bored. My wife went to their morning sketch a couple of times early in the morning, but other dance or yoga class has to pay, so we skipped that. The gym was clean and the machines were fairly new. They have a basketball court, which is often forgotten by a lot of guests. I spent a good 45 minutes there while at the sea. The basketball are a bit old and some of time are not pumped. Service was great, there were officers teaching us to use the new App on Board, which is very useful to see the daily activities and communicate with your cruise mates and family on board. Most of the staff are very friendly and had smile with them at all time. However, my steward's job was really bad. First, she never come greet us or come talk to us during the 9 nights of the cruise. Second, she always forgot stuff in our room. For example, we had no agenda for a couple day, toiletries not refilled, no clean towels. Dirty cups are not taking away, etc. It was horrible, and we decide to talk to the guest relation after 1 week. They sent a steward supervisor to talk to us and apologized, and they gave us a follow call the days after to make sure our room and supplies are Okay. I would say that it could be just a bad individual who didn't properly do her job and not Celebrity's standard. Overall, the ship is clean and easy to navigate. We like Celebrity and have great experience at the ship, but we like to see Celebrity creating more new activities, providing more and different foods in OceanCafe daily, so it keep their guest impressed with this Premium Cruiseline. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have travelled with Celebrity before including this ship and Equinox. Although old and due for refit the overall condition was good. A few areas could do with some updating overall it was good with some areas having recently been ... Read More
We have travelled with Celebrity before including this ship and Equinox. Although old and due for refit the overall condition was good. A few areas could do with some updating overall it was good with some areas having recently been re-fitted. Our cabin was good. Service was excellent everywhere and the food generally very good. Entertainment varied as it does on all ships but was up to standard. The audio volume was, of course, too high making female singers very harsh but the management will continue to ignore requests to lower the volume as 'they know best'. We had a bundled Classic drinks package which was useful but no one understood how it worked. Wine lists were difficult to find and it was not easy to find out what named drinks and pricing existed in each bar and restaurant. Some wine types ran out within 2-3 days. The daily cocktail was sometimes within the package and at other times not. The Miami management need to review how it all works. Drinks within the package were not charged the 18% gratuity which surprised and pleased us! More UK beers would be nice and not chilled. Excursions were the usual mix of good and not so good and now you have to ask for a shore map as they are kept in hiding behind the Guest Relations counter and not on show as in previous years. Internet package costs are astronomical so don't expect to use Wi-Fi on board unless you are rich. Some public areas of the ship were too cold and management need to check stat settings. Despite the negatives the experience was good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We loved the itinerary of this cruise. Singapore embarkation was quick and luggage delivered to our room. Our Balcony cabin 8031 was spacious with enough closet space. However the bathroom mirror fogged up after the shower. We reported ... Read More
We loved the itinerary of this cruise. Singapore embarkation was quick and luggage delivered to our room. Our Balcony cabin 8031 was spacious with enough closet space. However the bathroom mirror fogged up after the shower. We reported it to the house keeping and front desk. After 3 service call the repairman couldn't fix the problem indicating the problem with their exhaust system of the ship. I am a vegetarian the first few days the food was very skimpy, after speaking to Restaurant manager the problem was fixed. The dining room staff Elias and Johnson were friendly and very efficient. Our room attendant Daria is very sweet and always asked about our comfort. The shows are excellent. Overall it was a good cruise, hope celebrity will replace this ship with a newer one. Shore Excursion we took Colombo, Goa, Muskat and Dubai excursion. Most of the excursions were city tours. The tours were OK. Overall thecruise was average due to creeky old ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
A long awaited visit to this region after the trials and tribulations of getting the e-visa for India , we were very excited about the cruise The embarkation was very efficient after a long tiring drive from Dubai airport. The cabin ... Read More
A long awaited visit to this region after the trials and tribulations of getting the e-visa for India , we were very excited about the cruise The embarkation was very efficient after a long tiring drive from Dubai airport. The cabin wasn't ready until later but we had the use of the other areas while waiting and had lunch in Ocean view restaurant which was adequate. The ship was not as opulent as others we have sailed on. This was first experience with Celebrity. We were very disappointed with the stateroom which was a 2a balcony on deck 7. The room was very dated old curtains poorly fitted. Valance on bed dirty , room dirty . The bathroom had hairs stuck on shower and floor was stained. The actual balcony looked like it hadn't been cleaned properly for weeks. This had to be re-cleaned by the stateroom attendant, after this it was satisfactory for rest of cruise. The bed was comfortable . Just no wow factor ! The San Marco dining room was good , waiters efficient and food very nice. At busy times had a little wait for a table. The sea days were calm, nice and relaxing. Three Chic evening's gave us the chance to dress up but not compulsory to wear a tuxedos. The Ships excursions just gave us a whistle stop tour but we got to see the places we planned. India was challenging but exciting. The people were so friendly, Mumbai busy lots of traffic as we expected. The last day arrived late afternoon in Abu Dhabi with a trip planned for 4pm to Grand Mosque which was not for the faint hearted, after immigration we proceeded for panoramic tour then onto the highlight of the Mosque. I would NOT recommend this trip as seems that Friday is definitely not the best time to go and don't think ship highlighted the challenges this trip held. It was absolutely manic , pushing crowds and frightening long wait least 1.5 hours in dreadful dangerous crowds before you even get through the Mosque security scanners. Once inside the crowds were in the thousands and detracting from the experience of visiting a beautiful place of worship. There must have had many complaints as the ship actually refunded the costs of the excursion. It was just a shame as it meant the last evening was extremely stressful and rushed with late arrival time to dinner , cases out for 10pm . This left us bit deflated after the very enjoyable last two weeks. Would I do it again YES! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The holiday was part of my wife's 80th birthday celebration. Having been several cruises with other companies we wanted to try out the Celebrity Cruise line. Also we had never before been through the Suez Canal. We spent a few ... Read More
The holiday was part of my wife's 80th birthday celebration. Having been several cruises with other companies we wanted to try out the Celebrity Cruise line. Also we had never before been through the Suez Canal. We spent a few days in Rome (a city we are familiar with) before the cruise and then a few days in Dubai (a new experience) at the end. Seen it now - wouldn't go back! The ship was very good (maybe a little bit tired) but the cabin was excellent and the organisation and staff first class. We old folks took part in lots of on-board activities and particularly enjoyed the entertainment - especially the very informative lectures. The upstairs buffet was very good but unfortunately the main dinning room not so. Many people complained about the slow service and on occasions the piped music made conversation impossible. I've never had such a bad crepe suzette. Would we go again with Celebrity ? Well, maybe. While we can perhaps afford it, I'm never comfortable feeling I'm being "ripped off". The excursions were well over priced; $300 up front for gratuities plus 18% on all drinks (come on !!) and $530 for Wi Fi - even the ship's comedian thought it was a joke. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, we had a great holiday - thoroughly enjoyed it. However, our two immediately previous cruises on TUI Discovery and the Allure of the Seas were equally good, if not better value for money. Celebrity Cruises are good - but not as good as they think they are. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Pre-cruise: As twice before, we had reserved a room with a package at the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia. In addition to the room, the package included a shuttle service from Funcimo Airport, Rome and to the Hotel, a good three course ... Read More
Pre-cruise: As twice before, we had reserved a room with a package at the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia. In addition to the room, the package included a shuttle service from Funcimo Airport, Rome and to the Hotel, a good three course dinner at their nice restaurant “Bistro 34”, breakfast next day, and after breakfast – shuttle to the port. Embarkation: Went very smoothly. We have earlier sailed on several cruises in the Mediterranean, but never late fall. Therefore, we were a little anxious about the weather conditions at this time of the year. But more about the weather later in this review. The Ship: It is a few years since we last were on a Celebrity cruise, and then only on S-Class ships. This was the first time we were aboard an M-Class ship. But it turned out that we had nothing “to be worried about”! We found the Constellation to be a nice ship, and we think the ship seems mostly well maintained. Moreover, we really enjoyed the indoor Thalassotherapy Pool. Stateroom info: We had booked a Deluxe Veranda Stateroom on deck seven. It was comfortable. Two special comments: Some of the joins in the tiles on the bathroom were not clean, and some part of the balcony floor was not nice. We were very satisfied with our stateroom attendant. Dining: In connection with our embarkation, we were surprised to be informed that we had not been assigned to a set dining time in the MDR on deck five. We were on the wait list. But after talking to the maître, fortunately it was sorted out after a short while. We were pleased with the quality of the food we selected, and we had always excellent and pleasant service on our table no. 462, from our waiter Mayuresh and ass. waiter Praful, both from India, and from our sommelier, Lorenz from the Philippines. We really looked forward to every dinner with pleasure. We had all our breakfasts at the Oceanview Café, and also lunches, if we got back on time, after being ashore. During “peak hours” it could be a bit difficult to find an unoccupied table. When the weather was nice, we really liked to eat in the outside part of the Oceanview. We were pleased with the food selection. The employees did a good job of clearing tables etc., and the bars service was very good. We found the burgers at the Poolside Grill to be good. The Café al Bacio impressed us with its wide menu of coffee and teas, and with an excellent waiter service. Bars: We were very pleased with the service in all bars, and we think it was extra impressive with a view to the fact that the majority of the passengers also had a Beverage Package. Our favorite hang-out bar/lounge, was the Rendez-Vous, where we always received a friendly bar service, right after we were seated. Entertainment: With the exception of a male group, who performed Four Seasons Songs in the Theater, what we think in an excellent way, we were not particularly impressed. Unfortunately, we think most of the live music in the Rendez-Vous, was too noisy. The Captain’s Club Society: We are Elite Members, but we never attended the Elite Cocktail Hour, so I can't give any comment on that event. The Voyage: This cruise should have visited 8 ports of call - Gibraltar and 7 ports in Italy and France - in addition 2 sea days. But it happened unfortunately not quite as planned. During the first 8 days of the cruise, we had great weather. But especially the last 2 days, we were strucked by really bad weather with high winds and rough seas. And Constellation had to alter 2 ports. Instead of sailing to Portofino and Livorno, we had to sail to La Spezia as a replacement port. We were docked in La Spezia for 2 days, and on the second day it became really dramatic.The ship’s moorings broke, caused by the bad weather with heavy winds, and Constellation hit the cruise ship Costa Magica, which was docked behind us. Fortunately no one was hurt! The incident with Costa Magica happened in the afternoon, but no information was given until in the evening. Later, it was informed that those passengers, who wanted a free coach ride to the Funcimo Airport in Rome later in the evening / night, could register with Guest Relations on deck 3. Along with several hundred other passengers, we stood in line to be registered. We were told, that further information about the coach departures, would be announced later in the evening/night. My wife and I travel a lot, both on cruises and other ways of traveling. We have both experienced and know that unforeseen thinks can occur during a trip. In such cases, we also know that you unfortunately not always can thrust the information given by crew and employees, is correct. Their first priority will often be to try to “calm down the situation”. Personally, we therefore always in the best possible way, “closely try to follow up”, if unfortunate incidents should occur when we are travelling. After a couple of hours, we responded to the lack of information about the bus departures. We therefore took our baggage from our stateroom and found a place to sit down together with many other passengers near Guest Relations on deck 3. After a while we realized that the registration with the Guest Relations earlier in the evening, did not meant anything. You had to queue up. “First come, first served”. We understood later that we probably were some of the last ones who got a coach ride to the Airport. Our coach left the port around 3.00 am, and the ride took about 6 hours. Due to lack of space for suitcases on our coach, the coach was not full. So we had a relatively ok ride on mostly highways to the airport, and we arrived well in advance to our previously booked flight. I understand that it probably would not have been possible for Celebrity in the evening and night to get enough coaches to carry many hundred passengers on a 6 hour coach ride. But I feel really sorry for those of my fellow passengers who waited in vain in their staterooms for many hours for announcements for coach departures, announcements that never came. And therefore did not get the chance to catch a coach to the Funcimo Airport in Rome, and again maybe lost their flights. Overall – with the exception of the last 2 days of the cruise, we are very pleased with this our first cruise with Constellation. A nice ship, with an excellent and friendly crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Need to start this review by saying we had a great holiday, we travelled with friends, the literary was great and the weather fantastic. In our opinion there are lots of positives and we can only speak about our own experiences. We ... Read More
Need to start this review by saying we had a great holiday, we travelled with friends, the literary was great and the weather fantastic. In our opinion there are lots of positives and we can only speak about our own experiences. We travelled using the Jet Sail offer - this we found to be excellent - we rocked up at Stansted parked the car and within no time we were sitting in a very comfortable lounge drinking wine, coffee, tea or juice along with nibbles. Breakfast on the flight was really nice and in no time at all we were landing at an old airbase. Coach was waiting, off to the ship and next thing we knew we were on the ship enjoying our first G & T. The return journey is slightly different - no private lounge and we were delayed by two hours due to the weather. Still a good flight home and from landing to driving off from the airport it took no more than 20 minutes!!!!! We booked Aqa class as we always do - this ensures we get to eat in the Blu restaurant which we particularly enjoy. I have to say the food, service and attention to detail was absolutely fantastic and made our breakfast and particularly our evening dining experience one of the highlights of our holiday. The sommelier was brilliant and we never once had an empty glass. Our cabin was clean and well kept by our attendant who made sure we had everything we needed. Overall we thought the ship was kept very clean although some times the public toilets might have been better. The Officers on the ship including the Captain were almost invisible - on all our other Celebrity cruises the Captain, his cruise director and other top officers have always been very engaging. Never once saw the Captain, would no know who the cruise director was and never once was asked by any senior member of staff about our holiday. The entertainment on the ship was frankly very poor. There was a duo Izzy & Mo who were excellent but apart from them it was awful. We did the Silent Disco one night an that was brilliant and we looked forward to going again when they repeated the evening on deck but the music was awful, very few people dancing and gradually everyone left which was very disappointing. We found all the staff to be very helpful and everyone was working hard to ensure we had a good holiday. The bar staff were very busy at times so just be patient and all is good in the end. The days at sea were again busy and finding a lounger with a bit of room is almost impossible. We do not like being cramped around the pool so we are happy to sit on our balcony and read etc - but that was a problem. We were on this ship two years ago and I am sure this is a new thing that has been introduced - on the top deck is now an outside cinema that shows fits five times a day - no problem with that except if your stateroom (like ours was) is at the back of the ship then the noise from the film is a big issue. We, and others complained and to be fair they did turn down the volume but it was still loud and was not good. Why can they not simply give headphones to the people who want to watch the film? The ports were great and we enjoyed each and every one of them, we always sort our own trips so unable to comment on the Celebrity excursions but lots of people said to us they found them very expensive. We really like the Celebrity brand, you know you will get a good holiday, we feel tat although they are not cheap you do get good value for money. But we would not sail on the Constellation again . . . as many other posters have mentioned the ship is now showing its age and Celebrity need to sort this out sooner than later. For instance on the Eclipse you can sit in some of the bars and enjoy music and watch people dancing on the auditorium - this cannot happen on this ship and the rooms where music and dancing take place have no atmosphere and are dark and dingy. We were considering a cruise to Asia later this year on this ship but have decided to put that on hold as 14 days with several sea days on the ship is unfortunately not for us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Itinerary...never been to Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro. Cruise was very tiring if yiu wanted to see all the stops, with only 2 sea days out of the 10 day cruise. Also with our anytime dining at 6:45, we could not participate at ... Read More
Itinerary...never been to Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro. Cruise was very tiring if yiu wanted to see all the stops, with only 2 sea days out of the 10 day cruise. Also with our anytime dining at 6:45, we could not participate at the Captains get together for Elite members which was at 7:45 to 8:30. The regular Captains Club get together was fro 5 - 6...dont understand why the Elite get together was also held at 5 - 6. I recall the on other Celebrity cruises each Elite get together was held twice each night one for early dinng and one for late...cost cutting? On a positive side the cabin and dining and wine service were EXCELLENT. The waiter and wine steward could not do enough for you. With one exception we opted for non-ship private excursions since we had a group of seven...no bus and less cost. Worked out very well. The ships tour to Mt Etna had an excellent guide. Also in 2 stops if you dint have a tour it cost $12 to get into town and back...penny pinching !!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Michael's Club is only available to top level Captains Club and those in the top level Suites eg Royal Suite. It is not available to Concierge Class suite passengers. We have dined in the Tuscan Grille which is excellent, quiet ... Read More
Michael's Club is only available to top level Captains Club and those in the top level Suites eg Royal Suite. It is not available to Concierge Class suite passengers. We have dined in the Tuscan Grille which is excellent, quiet and relaxed. We tried Qsine but found it too quirky for our taste and the noise level so high we couldnt hear the waiter telling us about the meal. Our wine waiters have been excellent in recommending wines of our liking - we purchased the beverage package. It was offered several weeks before the cruise at a discount, as was the dining package. San Marco is very good, we choose a set dining time but you can book any time dining as well. The Ocean buffet is for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a wide variety of choices. I am gluten free and was able to be accommodated at all the restuarants. The crew are very helpful and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the fact that we are generally very happy with Celebrity cruises. The itinerary had its plusses and minuses. Oman, Thailand and Singapore are delightful places, whilst India is the real pits - a ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the fact that we are generally very happy with Celebrity cruises. The itinerary had its plusses and minuses. Oman, Thailand and Singapore are delightful places, whilst India is the real pits - a filthy place. Food on board was really great for meat dishes on the evening meal, but fish is a little below par. Breakfast and lunch were good, though we have been spoilt a little more on the Eclipse with an even wider selection. The crew are motivated and always have a smile. Embarkation went really smoothly. Disembarkation took a little longer than expected. Anything that needs urgent improvement? Yes, make internet packages more customer friendly e.g. a 'minutes' package for 120 minutes, so that passengers can simply check their emails and social media packages daily without having to spend close to $300. Currently both the 24hr and the 1hr packages are 'one-shot'. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise for the unusual itinerary from Abu Dhabi to Singapore via India and Sri Lanka. We had some reservations about using Celebrity Constellation due to previous negative reviews which described the ship as showing signs of ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the unusual itinerary from Abu Dhabi to Singapore via India and Sri Lanka. We had some reservations about using Celebrity Constellation due to previous negative reviews which described the ship as showing signs of age and being 'tired'. These fears were unfounded as the cabin, public areas and restaurants had obviously all been renovated and were in fine condition. We chose 'anytime' dining in the main restaurant and this worked well on most evenings with just 2 occasions when we had to wait for a table (with pager) and just one occasion when service was very slow. The quality of the food was excellent with a good variety of menus throughout the cruise. We just ate once in the Italian restaurant and this too was excellent though the supplement charged was rather expensive Entertainment in the main theatre was average cruise fare . The young singers and dancers were very talented but some of the material used was strange. One particular production show was like a mock pantomime and pretty atrocious. The other solo artistes were generally good except for one impressionist who was poor (several people left during the performance). The best act was Bayne Bacon (comedian/pianist) who was exceptional. He also took part in 'The Wedding Game' game show but there was not enough of this type of entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose this cruise mostly because of itinerary. Really wanted to check out India even though it’s only by a cruise stop. We explored Dubai for four days before cabbing it to Abu to board the ship. What a GREAT city. These guys in Dubai ... Read More
Chose this cruise mostly because of itinerary. Really wanted to check out India even though it’s only by a cruise stop. We explored Dubai for four days before cabbing it to Abu to board the ship. What a GREAT city. These guys in Dubai have really got it together. Embark and disembark went great. Entertainment was great. We found one thing strange. A one time only special production show was offered at 11 pm in the theatre. REALLY? Also if get back late from a shore excursion the food offering between 4-6 is VERY limited.Food at all venues was perfectly acceptable. We had late fixed in the MDR. This is mass market cruising folks and we feel people just expect too much. This not your private yacht. People continually arrive late for dinner and mess up the serving routine for the whole table.Service in MDR was just fine. This ship is getting older but they are doing a good job at keeping her in good shape. Getting a cocktail in the evening was a bit of a challenge. So many people with drink packages on these Celebrity cruises bars are really busy. Martini bar so crowded we often just gave up. Bartenders seemed more concerned with providing a show than serving customers. Shore excusion in Mumbai are a challenge due to traffic. We chose a private car plus guide. Best decision EVER. Wish they would run morning cruise director info in a continuos loop without all the advertising between segments. All in all a good cruise ,sorry for my randomness,but we are Princess people and just know the product better.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the exotic destination and the fact that January, weather wise, is the best time to go. That made our decision to sail on the Constellation an easy choice. A real drawback was having to get Indian Visas. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the exotic destination and the fact that January, weather wise, is the best time to go. That made our decision to sail on the Constellation an easy choice. A real drawback was having to get Indian Visas. Electronic ones do not cover the cruise so we had to apply for regular visas. It was expensive, and it was an ordeal. When Celebrity dropped one of the ports in India and cut it to three ports, I was very disappointed. Usually getting visas are easy, not so for India. Now I wish I had paid for a 10-year visa to make sure I never have to do that again! This was our first Celebrity cruise. We have sailed with several other cruise lines, but the last 4 cruises were with NCL on similar sized ships. All in all, it was a great cruise on the Constellation. There are things I preferred on NCL and some things on the Connie I liked better. I would travel either cruise line again giving preference to the one with the best destination and then the best price. I thought the food on the Constellation was very good. It was difficult to get my head around the fact that there is only one main dining room included in the price and only three specialty restaurants. As good as the food was in the main dining room, it is very noisy and I longer for somewhere quieter. We tried Qsine one evening. It is an additional $50 per person. For me, I found it a very confusing format. Anyone that has dined there knows what I mean. It is something to do once, but once was enough. Food in test tubes was just weird. One thing I learned from reading Cruise Critic was that there is a vegetarian menu for the main dining room if you ask for it. My husband is a vegetarian and he said that the menu did change every night so that was a plus for him. Entertainment was about equal on both cruise lines, some good, some not to my taste. NCL tended to have more variety acts in the Theatre and the Constellation seemed to have more single performers. It is a very nice theatre. We also enjoyed the lounge band J Beam. The Constellation is not particularly elegant. Having said that, I think our outside stateroom was roomier and better decorated than on the older NCL ships that I have sailed on. This ship did not have a promenade deck that goes all the way around. I missed that. It is too difficult to use the jogging track because it goes through the sunbathers. We purchased the classic beverage package. (It does not include as many liqueurs as NCL and does not have the ice cream type drinks like mudslides.) If I did buy a drink that was not included in the package, I only had to pay the difference in price. That made it less expensive than upgrading to a premium package. One advantage with the classic package is that it includes bottled water and coffee from the specialty coffee bar. I enjoyed the staff. Most were friendly, helpful and added to our enjoyment of the cruise. This isn’t a criticism but there were no towel animals. I missed that! It didn’t make or break the cruise, but it was an expectation! The only ship shore excursion I went on was to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. It was worth every penny. Yes, I liked the cruise. Yes, I would sail with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Was a very good deal and was going to places we wanted to see cabin was spacious and comfortable and jay our cabin steward was lovely nothing to much trouble.we were on the second floor cabin2082 right in the middle great location.Dining ... Read More
Was a very good deal and was going to places we wanted to see cabin was spacious and comfortable and jay our cabin steward was lovely nothing to much trouble.we were on the second floor cabin2082 right in the middle great location.Dining we did early siting Alastair our waiter very attentive and friendly food was superb and no dish was repeated in the 14 days we were sailing ,maitre de came to every table every night and told him he had a restaurant to be proud of.we will definatley be back on a celebrity cruise in the future.we have told all our friends to look at celebrity deals and to try one of their cruises.we booked our shore excursions when we booked the cruise thinking it would be celebrity we were going with but our paperwork showed us it was a company called shore excursions who after a shaky first start and have since refunded our money for that trip were brilliant very good indeed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We did noy stay in Rome before departure as we have visited a couple of times before in depth,so we went straight from the airport to the shipwe did not have a great start here as we were told in baggage reclaim to look out on the left ... Read More
We did noy stay in Rome before departure as we have visited a couple of times before in depth,so we went straight from the airport to the shipwe did not have a great start here as we were told in baggage reclaim to look out on the left hand side when exciting missed them they were behind a great big pillar we walked around the arrivals and went back to our starting point luckily for us we spotted a fellow cruiser who waved to us and told us the location of the bags deposit to go to the ship(the airport team had there backs to the exit point talking not doing there jobs).Although we had pre checked in it was slow the coach was held back for some 10mins whole process took about an hour. The ship although we found it clean we also found it tired it was supposed to have had a re-fit earlier this year have a look at the carpet in Main Dining it is filthy and threadbare in parts. The cabin we found to be ok everything worked that we used. We went for second seating dining which we also do all the time when cruising we sat sat down everynight apart from 1 night in the Tuscan for our 40th anniversary of which the ship managed to cock up our Reservation.We enjoy the dining we were looked after very well in the most part found the food to be of a high quality and well presented and very good wines to go with the meals. Sorry we are lazy dont do activities(apart from the Quiz)but we foung that both groups on this ship are the best we have seen on any cruise. Service was of a high standard we did not find any negative issues with this. We used the shore excursions in Athens / Petra we found both of high quality with excellent guides (in fact the athens guide a young girl was the best we have ever had in any sort of excursion while on holiday). We used the shore excursion as well in Oman (Muscat Walking Tour) we did not do very much walking to be honest it was on a Bus we did not think this one was good valuse for money in hindsight we would do the Big Bus tour they did a good deal on Oman / Dubai / Abu Dhabi. Dubai / Abu Dhabi we did the Big Bus both run a shuttle from the boat to the kicking off point downtown. Dubai (saturday) chaotic drop of point is the Dubai Mall exremely busy did the mimimum we wanted to do but that was mainly because of the heavy traffic. Abu Dhabi a lot better traffic around the city a lot lighter if you are tight on time do the mosque. Disembarkation was fine off the boat strangley short of taxis outside and the 2 men running this moved the taxi down the rank so people at the head of the queue were overlooked British / Americans / canadians and Scandinavians sonn showed them the erroe of there ways. We stayed a further night in Abu Dhabi at the Dusit Thani fantastic and well appointed Hotel with a fantastic dining experience it is slightly set back from downtown and is pretty isolated but taxis are very cheap here. In all it came to our expectation we booked it for our 40th wedding anniversary and had a great time we made some friends without having to resort to some on board fancy club. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Cruising the Mediterranean in early Fall is a great way to avoid crowds at the port cities while still enjoying nice weather that ranged between 70 and 80 degrees during the day. The Constellation is an older ship with about 2,000 guests, ... Read More
Cruising the Mediterranean in early Fall is a great way to avoid crowds at the port cities while still enjoying nice weather that ranged between 70 and 80 degrees during the day. The Constellation is an older ship with about 2,000 guests, which makes It easy to get around without encountering long lines. We had an oceanview cabin on deck 3 near the Grand Foyer, which was a very convenient location. Our stateroom attendant was a friendly and exceptionally hard worker that kept the cabin spotless and would go out of his way to open our cabin door when we passed him in the hallway. Some of the bar staff and main dining room waiters were less friendly and not so eager to please the guests. We had to continually ask for food items that were not served as ordered. Occasionally, the food wasn't very warm or was overcooked. Even though I handed our main waiter and sommelier extra tip money one evening, it didn't seem to improve the table service; however, the sommelier was more accommodating in keeping our wine glasses full. A major concern with the main dining room service is that it took so long (2+ hours) to eat that we were always late for the nightly entertainment. Many other people said the same thing causing them to eat at the Oceanview Buffet to save time. On some nights, the food in the buffet was much better than that served in the main dining room. The itinerary included several great ports that were very enjoyable to tour around - Alicante Spain, Seville Spain, Livorno Italy and Ajaccio Corsica. These ports offered many nice shore excursions, some of which I booked independent of the ship. These private tours in 8 passenger vans are far more pleasant than the large bus tours that the ship offers. And, they can be arranged for considerably less cost than the ship. Our highlight tour of the cruise was an all day trip to Cinque Terre that I organized using the Cruise Critic discussion boards to add fellow passengers to our group. This area of Italy consists of 5 quaint villages comparable to the small cities along the Amalfi coast. The other port stops included Gibraltar UK, Sete France and Provence France. We had already visited Gibraltar & Provence on previous cruises, so we spent those days on board. We did get off at Sete to complete a walking tour of the city; however, there wasn't much to see and the sidewalks were littered in trash and animal droppings. Watch your step. This was our 14th cruise on Celebrity ships over the past 6 years. There has been a noticeable decline in the overall cruise experience with Celebrity. The company has found ways to charge for more things on board that were once free; they have reduced the quality & selection of the food in the main dining room; they have removed some of the liquors, beers and wine from the Classic drink package and put them on the premium package; and, they have reduced the variety of entertainment throughout the day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We cruises last year with the Constellation and the public areas are nice refurbished. I hope that the cabins also in a short time will be refurbished. On this ship you can always have a quiet place to relax and also in the public areas ... Read More
We cruises last year with the Constellation and the public areas are nice refurbished. I hope that the cabins also in a short time will be refurbished. On this ship you can always have a quiet place to relax and also in the public areas there is plenty space. The food was good and the service excellent as usual by Celebrity. The embarkation in Barcelona was very good and we were within 15 minutes on board. We had select dining and the food in the main restaurant was good and also the service was very good. We had balcony cabin cat. 2A number 7161 and it was a nice and clean cabin. No noise at all and not far from the elevators. The shows were not so good as we used to by Celebrity although the Celebrity orchestra was very good. The music in the public areas was also good. The ports are very nice specially Cadiz, Gibraltar and Ajaccio. We cruised already many times with Celebrity and we will certainly cruise with the Constellation again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We decided on the Jet Set Sail package. Really excellent service etc leaving from stanstead, but do think more could be done with regards to transfers in venice. Boarding went well, as includes priority boarding. Booked concierge ... Read More
We decided on the Jet Set Sail package. Really excellent service etc leaving from stanstead, but do think more could be done with regards to transfers in venice. Boarding went well, as includes priority boarding. Booked concierge class cabin, we had sailed with celebrity before and always chose this catagory We found the constellation an excellent choice. The recent refurb showed in the cabin and in other areas and we werent disappointed. The service, food and crew were all excellent. The only complaint we had was the groups of children that were allowed to run round the ship and in the bars at night. We witnessed verbal abuse from some of them when challenged by the crew and celebrity need to correct this. All ports of call around the greek islands were first class and disembarkation into the ports was swift and efficient. The restaurant staff were faultless and couldnt do enough for us. On return to venice, again the Jet Set Sail package was sadly lacking and the coach we were transferred in had major engine problems and we really thought we wouldnt even get to the airport. Marco Polo airport was chaos, definitely need more than the customary 2 hours prior to departure. But all in all a really great cruise and looking forward to travelling with celebrity again next year, keep up the good work. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Our cruise to the Mediterranean on the Constellation was truly amazing. We visited Italy, France and Spain. Cabin 7051 was adequate. Ship has been refurbished, but still shows wear. Although we would sail on it again. TV reception ... Read More
Our cruise to the Mediterranean on the Constellation was truly amazing. We visited Italy, France and Spain. Cabin 7051 was adequate. Ship has been refurbished, but still shows wear. Although we would sail on it again. TV reception was nonexistent. As we like to keep up with world events, it was upsetting. Blackout lasted for five days until they got tired of our complaining and fixed it. Shower in cabin is largest we've ever had!!!! Ports were all beautiful. We formed our own tours in all ports through Cruise Critic participants except for Portofino. We took the ship's tour to Cinque Terre. They did a wonderful job. Since Cinque Terre is far, we were glad to have the reassurance that we would be back on time or the ship would be waiting. We had heard stories of many people nearly missing the boat due to the distance of Cinque Terre away from port and the many means of transport necessary to get there. Bon voyage! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because of the great itinerary especially the overnight stays in Dubrovnik and Malta. We had sailed on Celebrity Constellation many years ago and had fond memories. The ship still fits my choice of a traditional mid ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the great itinerary especially the overnight stays in Dubrovnik and Malta. We had sailed on Celebrity Constellation many years ago and had fond memories. The ship still fits my choice of a traditional mid sized ship but the service was often mediocre and the class distinction has spoilt the happy relaxed feeling a cruise should have. The recent upgrades are attractive especially in the Reflections Lounge where we remember on a previous cruise enjoying a pre dinner cocktail, but on this cruise it was closed every evening at 5pm so the "elite" class guests could have exclusive occupancy, and several times during the afternoon it was closed for private functions. The staff were often very rude about clearing the lounge. We were also disappointed with the live entertainment in the lounges which was very minimal and almost never appropriate for the age of the large majority of guests. The only performance in the theatre that we enjoyed was Jayne Curry. The food and service in the main dining room was very good and we looked forward to it each evening. However, the same could not be said for the Oceanview Cafe, and we were not surprised by the outbreak of norovirus considering the state of cleanliness of the crockery and cutlery. The day before the announcement, I pointed out to a staff member that I had discarded 10 cups before I had found a clean one. We were "lucky " to avoid the virus, and for me the negative aspects could be pushed to the background, but not so for my husband. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We embarked in Singapore and it was probably the best embarkation we have ever had. Very fast and efficient. We went straight to our cabin and one of our suitcases arrived soon after. Our cabin steward as always, was fabulous. These ... Read More
We embarked in Singapore and it was probably the best embarkation we have ever had. Very fast and efficient. We went straight to our cabin and one of our suitcases arrived soon after. Our cabin steward as always, was fabulous. These guys are amazing. In fact all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Yes, the ship in places is a bit tired but this did not detract from the cruise. My main gripes are the food in the MDR was not as good as on previous cruises and the price of drinks is excessive! We did this cruise as we wanted to visit India and we were not disappointed. This was an amazing cruise and one we will never forget. One word of warning, we normally do Celebrity shore excursions but some of the prices are very high. We did a houseboat tour with Viator in one of the ports of call and it was the best trip of the cruise at less than half the price people on the ship paid for the same trip, so beware! Best place on ship? Without a doubt the martini bar! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We booked with a travel agent that included precruise and postures tours, airfare and transfers. The entire experience was excellent. Embarkation ran smoothly. We did private tours which were interesting and fun and we met some wonderful ... Read More
We booked with a travel agent that included precruise and postures tours, airfare and transfers. The entire experience was excellent. Embarkation ran smoothly. We did private tours which were interesting and fun and we met some wonderful people. The ships staff were so friendly and spoke to us always as we passed by including those cleaning the common areas. The Captains Club manager,Rati, was amazing and very helpful. The cocktail waiters in the Reflection lounge were very efficient. Our room steward was superb and over and above helpful and no request was delayed or unmet. The entertainment was mixed and not all was to our liking but tribute shows are not our cup of tea. The two women musicians, violin and guitar ( can't remember their name) were wonderful. In all fairness, with all the different people on board it is impossible to meet everyone's tastes. The food in the MDR was excellent every night. I would say we were very pleased with our experience on the Constellation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
In addition to being a special birthday the Itinerary was the prime reason we booked this cruise as we always wanted to visit Singapore & Vietnam. The move away from Formal nights to Chic just did not work and there was very little ... Read More
In addition to being a special birthday the Itinerary was the prime reason we booked this cruise as we always wanted to visit Singapore & Vietnam. The move away from Formal nights to Chic just did not work and there was very little glitz or glamour on these evenings. It is the main reason that we will not be using Celebrity Cruises in the future as we feel that the opportunity to dress up and having a more glamorous ambience than the everyday is one of our main reasons for going cruising. We used the photographers on one of the Chic nights but were very dissapointed that the $30 charge did not include a cardboard holder and the photo was not even trimmed. It was in fact handed to us in a plastic carrier bag which is the worst service we have received on any cruise. Whilst the service in the main dining room was excellent we tended to find the food fairly bland and there was very little choice of regional dishes. The lunchtime buffet restaurant was however excellent and offered a very wide range of dishes. We found the seating arrangement and bar staff in the theatre to be excellent and it was probably the most pleasant theatre we have experienced. Overall the ship was very nice and the staff were generally very friendly and helpful. The shore excursions were well organised & although expensive generally provided what was advertised The embarkation and disembarkation systems were the best we have ever experienced and our thanks and congratulations to all the staff involved. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Originally purchased two years ago on what we thought was a good deal at the time, the 123GO! promotion. First of all let me start by saying that at the end of the cruise someone somewhere has lost Julie's luggage. This did not ... Read More
Originally purchased two years ago on what we thought was a good deal at the time, the 123GO! promotion. First of all let me start by saying that at the end of the cruise someone somewhere has lost Julie's luggage. This did not even make it to the cruise port on Sunday morning for us to pick it up. This caused us much consternation as we had to rush off through Immigration to catch the Taxi to the Airport, so this may not be the fairest of reviews you could find. Julie's loss not only will cost us over £1000 but also her five year diary was inside and the memories may be lost forever. So if you know of someone that may have picked up the wrong case by mistake, please let us know, it was a red Samsonite shell case, medium in size. Vietnam was not what we expected and in a good way, great trips organised by one of our fellow passengers, the trip was provided by My Way and very good too. Hong Kong was a bit of a washout weather wise, but that is no ones fault. However we only go three hours to explore as we had booked one of the ships tours and was not off the ship until 09:45, despite docking at 07:00, then had to be back before 14:30. Giving us three hours to walk around, simply not enough to travel half the way around the world for. Manilla was good; again a ship's tour, which was good. Nice to see historic places and well timed. We loved Boracay, fantastic place to walk around, don't bother with the ship's tours as you can get about very easily yourselves. Kota Kinabalu was stunning as we took the ship's tour to an island for snorkeling, however friends of ours caught a boot local to the dock and had much longer for less money, you takes your choice! We enjoyed the food at the MDR, not a match for previous cruises but good enough not to complain. We also paid for the Dining experience and so visited the Ocean Liners and Tuscan Grill speciality restaurants. Both were very good but the service and food in Ocean Liners was fantastic. Connie is due to visit dry dock soon to be refitted and not before time, the ship was tired and in desperate need of a makeover is several places. Come on Celebrity you can do better than this. Overall a good cruise and just about worth the money paid, however we did not book for another cruise as the Future Cruise options/deals offered were similar to deals we can find ashore, not counting the future discount that always appear. So a sad goodbye from us we shall try elsewhere, hi Holland America good to see you again! Ian. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Wide range of places to visit, alternate days at sea. Great cabin staff and thoroughly enjoyed meals/ entertainment on board. So good to get a good coffee each morning and amazing food in Ocean Liners. Everyone seemed to be relaxed and ... Read More
Wide range of places to visit, alternate days at sea. Great cabin staff and thoroughly enjoyed meals/ entertainment on board. So good to get a good coffee each morning and amazing food in Ocean Liners. Everyone seemed to be relaxed and enjoyed the cruise. So many different views of the countries we visited - from very poor to very rich people here. Nice to have the time in Singapore before leaving the ship. The entertainment each evening was good. As a first time cruiser maybe the smooth waters of this area lulled me into a sense of security, but I have never felts more relaxed! In spite of the passenger numbers, we still felt thst there was room to move, and after discovering the egg station, I was hooked for breakfast each day. I will certainly be travelling with Celebrity in the future. The only minuses, were the 35C temperatures in Vietnam and Manila, something we need to get used to! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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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