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29 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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 chose this cruise as we liked the itinerary. Unfortunately, we didn't get to board the ship in Venice as our flight from Belfast was over 8 hours late! We flew, instead to Dubrovnik which would have been our first port of call, and ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we liked the itinerary. Unfortunately, we didn't get to board the ship in Venice as our flight from Belfast was over 8 hours late! We flew, instead to Dubrovnik which would have been our first port of call, and boarded the ship the following day. We were on a classic drinks package, but could not believe we were charged over $12 for 2 medium bottles of water in our cabin (apparently not included in package???) We were disappointed with a few things on the ship. Firstly, the staff in general were not very friendly, especially in the Oceanview Bar at the rear of the ship, the service was very slow, it seemed there wasn't enough staff on and they didn't seem to care! The exception to this was our cabin steward, he was very friendly and greeted us by name every time he saw us. We could not fault the main dining area The San Marco Restaurant, the food and service were excellent. Entertainment in the theatre was average to say the least. We went to a few shows but were not that impressed. We had pre-booked a couple of excursions, Santorini, and Amalfi Drive & Pompeii. Santorini was very good, the only comment I would make is that we didn't get enough time in Oia. The Amalfi drive was spectacular and the lunch was just ok. Pompeii was very interesting but again it was quite rushed. Disembarkation was very good and well organised. Overall we were expecting a 5* experience, I would give it no more than 4*. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We went on this cruise which sailed on 28th May which was the first sailing in the year. An earlier cruise before ithe weather got too hot would have been much better - every day the temperature hovered around 27 - 29 degrees. The heat ... Read More
We went on this cruise which sailed on 28th May which was the first sailing in the year. An earlier cruise before ithe weather got too hot would have been much better - every day the temperature hovered around 27 - 29 degrees. The heat was scorching and combined with the dry shadeless places the ship docked, we found ourselves often staying back on the ship. It looks like the cruise business has not caught on to the reality of global warming - cruises need to be scheduled to sail earlier in the year before the heat gets too intense, and need to have later autumn sailings for people who are not keen to get roasted in the sun for 10 days! Despite passengers having to do lots of pre cruise homework checking-in online and fixing their printed luggage tags which had to be downloaded online, embarkation was a nightmare with piles of people standing in line to ..... do the `real 'check-in?? Obviously there were just not enough counters despite getting passengers to check in at different time slots. However, disembarkation was a breeze. There is no wifi unless passengers buy the ship's expensive wifi package. Hello ... this is 2018...not 1918 !!!!!! Apart from the expensive wifi package, passengers have to pay for drinking water. The water from the cabin tap is a cocktail of clorine and chemicals and is undrinkable. No complimentary bottle of drinking water in the cabin; this is no fine hotel room!! The Oceanview Cafe had the most options in tems of food and dining times, but the staff manning the Cafe need training in handling passengers with more courtesy. Often we felt the service we got at a food counter was similar to that of a fast food outlet. The level of professionalism at the San Marco Restaurant,which was supposed to be more formal, was below what we observed on other cruises.. Perhaps since the ship has done away with the more formal dining the staff feel relaxed enough to cluster together to chit chat when they should be attentive to diners. The ship is well-maintained and the itinerary was good. Koper was beautiful, unspoilt and not mobbed with tourists like Dubrovnik or Naples. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
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
Here is my review of the August 28th 10 day cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. The cruise left from the Veice cruise port. Check in was fast; I was on the ship in 15 minutes. I had an inside cabin that was located at the far end of ... Read More
Here is my review of the August 28th 10 day cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. The cruise left from the Veice cruise port. Check in was fast; I was on the ship in 15 minutes. I had an inside cabin that was located at the far end of the front of the ship. Disadvantage was walking to the main dinning room located at the back of the ship. Afte 13 RCCL cruises this was my first time on Celebrity. The ship was an older model but still was well maintained. It had lots of wood touches and updated bars and service areas. We left Venice on the first day for a day at sea. Everyone settled in for a easy day to explore the ship. The ship has three pools; one being the covered solarium with the thesso type pool. The pools were next crowded. There were very few children on board because being a 10 day cruise and the ship had very little to offer children. Off to dinner at 8:45 the first night. My tablemates included two couples from the UK, a pair of ladies from Canada and a couple from Houston, Texas. Being a solo cruiser I felt I would be the outsider. The other couples welcomed me that first night and turns out to have been a great table for conversation. The table service left something to be desired with very slow service all the time of the cruise. We would get our desert at around 10:30 and it left little time to finish and catch the 10:30 show in the main theater. I saw 4 out of the 9 shows this cruise. Mostly singer and dancers. The one great show was a gentleman from the UK that played the saxaphone that was amazing. Because of the the diners finishing late the theater was about half empty every night. First port of call was Olympia, Greece; the site of the first olympics. The site had a museum and an outdoor area. Cost for the site was 12 euros. The town within walking distance of the ruins was small but it did have free WiFi. Next port of call was Santorini. The island was amazing but we had very litle time to really enjoy all it offers. I took a ships excursion that brought you to the top of the volcano to the town of Oia. Because of the number of ships in port the town which is one of the picture postcard places in the Greek islands was very crowded. The small winding streets were packed with tourists. I had lunch at one of themany restaurants that was overpriced but still worth the view. The excursion took us again by bus to a Greek winery for some samples and cheese. Last stop was the town of Fira for the cable car ride down to the ship. There was a long line for getting on the cabke car but considering the views and the town itself it was worth the wait. Some chose to walk the 600 steps down. Our next port was an overnight in Athens. Two days gave everyone to go into the city. I opted for the HoponHopoff bus from the port city of Piraeus. For 20 euros fortwo days it was worth the money. Athens is a very large city with the old and the new all packed into a very small area. The parthenon was my first stop but the crowds prevented me from waiting for a ticket to go to the top. I had lunch in the area of Monastiraki a beautiful section of Athens with outdoor cafes and flea market stands. Back on the bus I headed back to the ship. Second day in Athens I opted to stay on the ship. Next port was Mykonos. It has the look of what ervyone expects a greek island should look like. White and blue small homes and churches dotted the coastline. Again WiFi was available in the local restaurants for free. Next port was Corfu. Being a very large island with the main city of Corfutown; the island had a very different look than the two previous stops. The narrow streets and lots of shops made it iteresting people watching. I had lunch at an outdoor cafe that had the best moussaka dish I have ever had there. If you eat there it is called Aegli; claims to be the oldest restaurant in Corfu. Back on the ship for the final day at sea before returning to Venice I had a chance to photograph the interior of the ship. The ship is beautiful with the old style wood and classic looking decor. I was disapointed in the entertainment available compared to the RCCL Oasis class ships but the cruise director reminded me of how old the ship was and does not have the ability of do all the things an Oasis class ship can do. Ther was no piano bar to sit around; one thing I have enjoyed on RCCL ships. The entertainment consisted of soft rock bands playing in various locations around the ship, trivia games and other cruiser participation games. One thing Celebrity does is have guest speakers come on board. One gentleman gave three talks on the history of Greece and the islands. The second gentleman Ed Buckbee spoke three times on the history of NASA. Ed was around for all of the maned space shots from the Mercury to the Space Shuttles. As a big fan of the space program I had a chance to have breakfast with Ed. He was an amazing speaker telling us all the things about the original seven astronauts that most people never have known. If you are looking for agreat way of visiting Greece and the Greek islands this cruise is for you. The is a lot of walking in the ports and sometimes the cobblestone and marble walkways can be very slippery. Best not to wear flip flops off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
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
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
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 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 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 cruise originally booked to embark at Istanbul but was changed following troubles there. We were disappointed as we wanted to see Istanbul.However our other port was Jerusalem so we accepted the change. Thereafter, communication with ... Read More
This cruise originally booked to embark at Istanbul but was changed following troubles there. We were disappointed as we wanted to see Istanbul.However our other port was Jerusalem so we accepted the change. Thereafter, communication with Celebrity was difficult. We could only access the web site to give personal details - we could not access details of trips and neither were we sent any information on trips. We were forced to seek independent trip companies which turned out to be excellent - small group sizes, superb guide and driver and significantly cheaper then booking through Celebrity. Days before travelling our Travel Agent eventually were able to get us paper luggage labels by contacting booking department. A big mistake we made was booking the cruise before flight details were known. Our flights to Athens were via Frankfurt (one and a half hours wait) with a similar journey on return from Rome. Reading the Brochure it stated that on cruises of 12 nights there would be 3 formal nights. We packed formal evening wear - on embarkation we were informed that there would be 2 nights of "CHIC CASUAL" and the rest smart casual. hardly anyone wore evening dress. Standards are dropping, one gent's idea of chic casual was trainers, shorts and t shirt and he was allowed in to restaurant. Standards are dropping. The cruise itself was good. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise firstly because it was terrific value for the money 2nd for the ports it was visiting 3rd because it was Celebrity and they are always on top of the game.The embarkation was in Venice and went smoothly we were soon on ... Read More
We chose this cruise firstly because it was terrific value for the money 2nd for the ports it was visiting 3rd because it was Celebrity and they are always on top of the game.The embarkation was in Venice and went smoothly we were soon on board drinking bubbly and being introduced to all the amenities the ship had to offer.Constellation is one of older ships in fleet but did not look it, everything was spotless.The crew from captain to the cleaners were all very good and all ways had a smile for you,service in the restaurants was excellent nothing to much trouble for them never an empty glass!!The food and choice was some of the best we have seen on any of the cruises we have been on,the only disappointment was the replacement of the creperie on five to sushi on five but it's a personal thing. Entertainment in the theatre was spectacular the shows were on par with anything you would see in London or NewYork,all the other groups and singers were very professional and very entertaining in and around the bars and public places throughout the day.All the ports of call had numerous excursions you could go on but we only did one ,that was the Amalfi coast trip it was amazing .Most ports Celebrity laid on courtesy buses to city centres to do your own thing.Would we go again with Celebrity? Most certainly was the fourth time and soon to be a fifth. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We love cruising & find Celebrity meets our preferences well. Staff are caring, helpful & fun. Food is excellent & shows are usually very good, especially production casts. Places visited were pretty & interesting. By way ... Read More
We love cruising & find Celebrity meets our preferences well. Staff are caring, helpful & fun. Food is excellent & shows are usually very good, especially production casts. Places visited were pretty & interesting. By way of criticism, we were on this ship 5 years ago & despite a refit found its finish was dark & not as bright as other ships in the fleet. We were disappointed that prices are noticeably increased & costs are being cut. The programme of events from Oct'2015 shows twice as many daily activities as Oct'2016. Bar staff tips are now 18%! Menu choices are reduced, eg. only two new dessert options at dinner now. Excursion prices are too high. Pay per view movies on tv are $15, exorbitant! Many 'discounted' sales goods (special offers) are cheap & of poor standard. New policy to offer 2nd passenger half price conceals overall increase! So, changes deserve to be criticised. The company needs to reconsider. However, it is still a great holiday experience. We have already booked our next cruise on the Reflection in 2017. Thank you for opportunity to raise these issues. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our 5th cruise with Celebrity and we chose this cruise for the itinerary. Unfortunately their standards have dropped dramatically and from the minute you step on board you are constantly bombarded with upgrading your drinks ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Celebrity and we chose this cruise for the itinerary. Unfortunately their standards have dropped dramatically and from the minute you step on board you are constantly bombarded with upgrading your drinks passage, booking speciality dining and booking another cruise. Anything to get your money! Embarkation went smoothly and our balcony stateroom was very clean but definitely the worse for wear. Torn valance sheet, shabby curtains and cracked tiles in shower room. The wear and tear was evident throughout the ship but it is all very clean. The staff never seem to stop cleaning from morning until night and they are always so cheerful and pleasant. The food in the ocean view self service was okay but nothing was ever hot . We used the burger bar once and have to say that it was delicious. The real problem was the main dining room. Oh my goodness it was not good! Beef so tough it was inedible. Our table attendants were superb and so attentive and I did feel embarrassed at continually returning food but I was certainly not the only one. Again the food wasn't hot enough, Overall it was very poor. We didn't go on any of the ship's excursions as they are very overpriced, preferring to do our own thing. I do feel it is wrong that Celebrity are now charging for taking you from the ship into the town - $12 or $15 each depending on length of journey. The entertainment was very good and we went each evening to the theatre then enjoyed listening to whichever group was playing in the lounge. My friend and I had a game of bingo - $31!! Total rip-off! Overall I was disappointed in the cruise. We travelled with friends and had told them that the sai away from Venice would be spectacular with lovely music as the ship sails down the Grand Canal. What did we get? Absolutely nothing. Lots of people remarked on this and had been looking forward to the big sail away. The cruise was not worth the money we paid and I would not recommend Celebrity to anyone. They are certainly not 5*! I think it's time to try another cruise line and, after speaking to others on the ship, I don't think I will be the only one. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We (wife and I) are Celebrity loyalists - elite in Captain's club. This cruise - Adriatic and Italy - was our tenth on Celebrity after a break of four years. Our first was in 1972 on Galaxy. Celebrity had a well-deserved ... Read More
We (wife and I) are Celebrity loyalists - elite in Captain's club. This cruise - Adriatic and Italy - was our tenth on Celebrity after a break of four years. Our first was in 1972 on Galaxy. Celebrity had a well-deserved reputation of offering medium price cruises but well above average in dining and service. No longer. The menu in the main dining room has been reduced from five to three courses, the first labeled as 'starters'! The menu was rarely better than downtown hotel standard. The quality was variable - they are certainly no longer buying the best meat. The main dining room should be 'fine dining': steak and chips might be found in a road side diner but not appropriate here Deserts down to a choice of two very non-descript items - I fully expected to see carrot cake and brownies one night. Celebrity seems to have reduced its staffing. Our dining room staff were as good as ever but elsewhere the strain of overwork showed. Gloomy, non-conversational. In the lounges too few staff at peak times. Concierge cabins - as good as ever. Our attendant could not do enough to please. Embarkation and debarkation superlative. If Celebrity has chosen to compete on price with Fred Olsen or Saga, then good luck to them. But we expect better. And our views are not unique - chance conversations with other Celebrity 'old hands' - never again! Good bye! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The ports were fabulous, and the price was good! This was our first visit to the Dalmarion Coast! The ship was clean in public areas and staff helpful and friendly. Didn't attend celebrity theatre. Food at dinner was very good, ... Read More
The ports were fabulous, and the price was good! This was our first visit to the Dalmarion Coast! The ship was clean in public areas and staff helpful and friendly. Didn't attend celebrity theatre. Food at dinner was very good, service was excellent! Room was kept clean except for the bathroom, the floor and bathroom needed bleach and scrubbing. The room attendant was very personable and friendly, did his job well. The room 3067 was quiet and fairly close to the elevator. The buffet cafe on the 10th floor was tasty and adequate for breakfast. Other than the old dirty bathroom our stay was comfortable. The ship needs to redo or deep clean the bathroom. Also the chair in the room had a stained fabric so I put a clean towel on it. I would have been more comfortable in a cleaner room, bit didn't think to complain at the time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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
City stay of 4 days in Venice was wonderful. Well worth the price. This was great way to start our holiday. Excursions were included in the price. They had us at a very nice Hilton, right on a canal. We should have asked for a better ... Read More
City stay of 4 days in Venice was wonderful. Well worth the price. This was great way to start our holiday. Excursions were included in the price. They had us at a very nice Hilton, right on a canal. We should have asked for a better room as ours faced an inside courtyard. Breakfast at the hotel was very good. The ship was very clean, staff and entertainment very good. For us to see the 7pm show, we simply skipped dessert and had it later. There was an odd way of doing dinner thou, as you had to sign up each night for the next night. Would have been 5 stars but the disembarkation was a horror. The buses going to Venice airport could not go to the terminal. We were all let off in a parking lot. They did provide luggage carts, but you had to push your own cart up to the terminal and no staff offered directions. Worse for us as it was raining, I guess the staff wanted to get out of the rain. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Nicely Scheduled Mediterranean Cruise Celebrity Constellation was a beautiful mid size Cruise ship. We like it. This 12 days Mediterranean, there were only 2 Sea days. Each evening our ship departed from the port, next morning when we ... Read More
Nicely Scheduled Mediterranean Cruise Celebrity Constellation was a beautiful mid size Cruise ship. We like it. This 12 days Mediterranean, there were only 2 Sea days. Each evening our ship departed from the port, next morning when we woke up, we were in a brand new port and town to explore. More than 75% of the fellow passengers were typical retired seniors, at the same time we saw some honeymoon couples enjoying their lifetime trip. We flew to Roma via Frankfurt, and stayed 2 nights in Roma before embarking Constellation at Civitavecchia port. Our pre-cruise hotel was “Hotel de Monti”, actually it was not a hotel but there were 6 rooms only apartment style accommodation at the 3rd floor in the old building built in 16 century. The room was surprisingly modern and very cleans with comfortable bed, including good breakfast was a bonus. Walking distance to Roma Termini, Colosseum, and Trevi Fountain, and easily go to St. Peter’s Square by Metro. We tried to arrive at Civitavecchia before noon to avoid embarking crowds. Our embarking was very smooth, we got our Sea-Pass card right away without any line-up. Soon we found ourselves eating our lunch at the Oceanview Café. Celebrity kept our passports when we checked in at Civitavecchia until one day before disembarking at Venice. Our cabin was inside #8085, mid-ship on deck 8. Nicely organized inside cabin and located very quiet section. We didn’t spend much time in our cabin, just take a shower and sleep. This 12 days Mediterranean Cruise, only 2 sea days, so almost every morning, as soon as our ship moored at the pier, we were out of the cabin to explore the town. Perhaps, if we had a balcony cabin, we wouldn’t have enough time to enjoying a balcony. 2 years ago we had an Alaska Cruise on boarded “Celebrity Century”, it was a very pleasant cruise. On board Century, we were encountered very happy, friendly crews at Restaurants, Buffet, Bars, Pool deck, and Security points. They were enjoying their works with passengers. We had a very fun cruise. Unfortunately, on boarded Constellation, we did encounter the grouchy crews and staffs regularly. They just routinely did their works everyday but did not take any extra mile to take care of their cruise guests. It’s seems like, they do their routine work without any energy or eagerness. It was sad to see……….. The worst crew was a front desk personnel. They treated cruise passengers like un-welcoming herds. They showed us obvious annoying look first, and then asked with fake smile, “What can I help you!”. We tried to avoid guest service desk as much as possible we could because they would ruin our enjoyable cruise. If I named one crew who took care of us very pleasantly, he was a dinning waitperson named "Vladimir". Every time we had our dinner at his section, we enjoyed our meals and conversations with him. Entertainments: We only saw 2 shows out of 12, one was Hollywood production style show and the other one was Saxophonist from Liverpool, UK. Both show were nicely done, at least I didn’t fall a sleep in the chair. There were only two sea days in 12 days cruise. These sea days pool deck was jam packed with sunbathing peoples. So you should wake up early to get a lounger or two at prime location. Dining staffs were promoting specialty restaurants very hard at the Main Dinning and Buffet entrance, Gangways, Elevator halls, everywhere. I think Celebrity cruise specialty restaurants’ cover charge was too pricey. Inclusive main dining was more than good enough for us. Even the 2nd Chic day, we got a Lobster tail at the main dinning. Disembarking was well organized and very smoothly done. Three nights before, we picked our disembarking time and got color-coded luggage tags with number on it. 1 day before disembarking, just placed tagged luggage outside of the door before 11pm, next time we saw our luggage was at the cruise terminal in Venice waiting for us to pick up. Ports and Excursions: First of all, we don’t like any group(big or small) tour excursion, since we have to follow the tour’s timetable. We hate it !. Therefore, we did D.I.Y. excursions all ports except Kusadasi, Turkey. Rome, Italy: Pre-cruise. We spent 2½ days in Rome to explore. We visited major tourist attractions such as Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican, and St. Peter’s Square. These places were packed with tourists and the Selfie-Stick was the most popular device in Roma. Pisa, Italy: Early in the morning, we took the Trenitalia train(€58pp, Return ) from Rome Termini to Pisa, 2.5hours later we arrived at Pisa central station. From there, we caught the city bus (€2 Return, 15minutes) to Pisa Leaning Tower. The Pisa Tower was still standing with such a leaning angle, amazingly. There were many leather products shops in front of the entrance but all were counter fit products, so be aware! Napoli, Italy: Cross the busy road in front of the Napoli cruise terminal, we took a streetcar(€1.70 each way) to Napoli Porta Nolana station. And then, we caught the Campania Express train for tourist to go to Pompeii(€11 Return ). Pompeii Ruin(€13 Entrance fee) was very unique, and huge archeological site, you need at least 3 hours to explore. Good walking shoes, water, hat, and detailing map are essentials. Valletta, Malta: Our ship arrived at 1:30pm. We walked to the Elevator Tower(€1) near the harbour, it lifted us up to Upper Barrakka Gardens area. Harbour view from this Garden was spectacular. There was a free Wi-fi hotspot at this Garden, everybody frantically using it. We wanted to go to old Valletta town but ferry from Valletta to Sliema was canceled due to rough sea(?). Santorini, Greece: There were two choices of transportation at Santorini. One was taking a cable car(€5) to top of the cliff, town of Fira. The other one was take a ferryboat to Oia. Tender boat took us to tiny Fira harbour; at there we bought a “Ferry + Bus transfers ticket(€15)” to go to Oia. Less than 40 minutes ferry ride and bus transfer, we arrived at town of Oia. It was a beautiful breathtaking town, and a stunning harbour view from the top. Explored Oia for 3 hours, and then we caught a transfer bus to town of Fira. We had our lunch at the restaurant with spectacular view of Santorini harbour. Even our huge cruise ship was looks like tiny, tiny toy ship from there. Our return to ship, we rode a cable car down to the Fira harbour. Kusadasi, Turkey: This was the only port we hired a Tour company called “Ephesus Shuttle” because we were afraid of mishap in Turkey. We had “Shuttle - 1” 4 hours Ephesus tour, plus House of Virgin Mary with a knowledgeable tour guide named Ms. Dicle Gundem(?). She was a very intelligent lady who is working as a tour guide for 7years. Highly recommend. Rhodes, Greece: Cruise ships moored on a pier directly opposite the walls of the medieval Old City. Walk to the end of the pier, cross the road, and you are into the walled Old City of Rhodes. We walked around Cobblestone street for 2 hours, not much to see but interesting old town. Nice restaurant named Socratous Garden was our stop to take a break in the hot day. Mykonos, Greece: Our ship docked Mykonos new port early in the morning. Cruise sold unlimited use of transfer bus from new port to old port town for $5. However we knew in advance, there is a Sea-bus(€2 each way) frequently right in front of the cruise ship to the old port town and drops us off in the centre of town. We loved White tiny church(Church of Paraportiani), the White buildings, Little Venice, and Windmills in the old town. Walking through the twists and turns of the streets was wonderful experience. We saw enough ruins already so we didn’t go to Delos. Athens, Greece: Our ship berthed at Piraeus Terminal A. Just outside of the terminal, we found a X80(Express bus ) bus-stop to city centre as we expected. However, posted sign at the bus-stop said “Out of Order!”, we didn’t know what does it mean, but definitely X80 bus was not running at all in May. Walked out of the Piraeus port and caught X40 city bus(€1.70 each way) to Syntagma Square. We spent good 4 hours at Acropolis-Parthenon(€20 entrance fee) , Areopagus- Mars Hill, and then wondering around Plaka area for shopping. At Syntagma Square, we could watch a Presidential guard changing ceremony. Don’t miss it out; it was a kind of fun/entertainment to watch. China, Greece: We docked the port of Souda, about 4km from Chania. Just outside of terminal, the city was operating a non-stop transfer bus(€2 each way) for cruise passengers to Chania old town. There were the old buildings, the mosque, the lighthouse and crystal clear waters makes Chania very pictorial. Venice, Italy: You must see the town of Venice from the Sea. When cruise ship was maneuvering the narrow strait into Venice harbour, we could see everything about town of Venice. We decided to walking in and out of Venice, we used People Mover(€1.5 each way) from pier to Piazale Roma. From there, we walked to Raialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Square. The street was a perfectly maze but we could find many direction signs on the building wall. Again it was a totally crowded tourist town, therefor further away from the main tourist attractions; we could find a good restaurant with reasonable price in Venice amazing city. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s. We very much enjoyed this 12-night Mediterranean cruise which was our 13th on Celebrity and 36th overall. We’d been on the “Constellation” five other times, the “Infinity” twice and ... Read More
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s. We very much enjoyed this 12-night Mediterranean cruise which was our 13th on Celebrity and 36th overall. We’d been on the “Constellation” five other times, the “Infinity” twice and the “Millennium” once so we knew the ship and its features well. This was the first cruise of a B2B with the second one being a 10-nighter in the Adriatic. We flew into Rome from Boston and arranged with the Triano hotel in Civitavecchia to transfer there from the airport in a private van. It cost 110 Euro (about $125) for the two of us, but it was worth it. We stayed one night to ensure that we wouldn’t miss the boat. It was reasonably priced at 94 Euro ($110) including breakfast with cappuccinos. The location was fine as we were able to walk down to the beachfront and the pedestrian shopping area in about 15 minutes. They also offered a free shuttle to the cruise terminal so we signed up for the first one to arrive early and were the second and third people to board. It wasn’t fancy, but we’d recommend it for a pre-cruise stay. The ports included Naples, Valletta, Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Piraeus (for Athens), Souda (for Chania in Crete). They were all interesting and the weather cooperated which made each day even better. We also had two days at sea which were needed to rest up. This cruise ended with an extra overnight in Venice so we had time to see the city again during the two days before our B2B started. We booked a “Guaranteed Ocean View” and we were pleasantly surprised to get an upgrade to an unobstructed Balcony forward on Deck 8. Our cabin #8036 was right next to the forward elevator lobby so they was sometimes some noise from people using that area, but it really wasn’t an issue as it was pretty quiet as there were other cabins on the decks above and below us. It also didn’t have the overhang from Deck 10 which many of the Deck 9 balconies had. The TV offered quite a few channels including International CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, BBC, Euronews, Sky News, ESPN and ESPN2 and plus the usual Celebrity channels. They had three free movies rotating at set times each day and PPV movies but no free movies on demand. The food in the San Marco MDR was very good with a wide variety of choices each night. The overall service in all areas and at all levels was excellent. We were greeted in the hallways by all of the crew which added to our experience. We’re also glad that many of the other guests still dress up for the “Evening Chic” evenings as it adds a touch of class to our cruises. Maarten and Taylor did a great job as Cruise Director and Activities Manager. They seem to have a terrific working relationship and are very friendly and approachable. They made sure that people were having a good time and did a super job getting the parties going throughout the ship. Their personalities and senses of humor made the fun contagious. We also had the pleasure to renew old acquaintances with some officers and staff from other cruises. They included Graeme Kelleher who is without question the best Captain’s Club Host we’ve ever had. He appeared to personally engage just about all of the guests at the “Elite” events and was always interesting to talk to about his upbringing in Southern Africa and his time onboard with his wife Amy who is an excellent Stage Manager. We were particularly pleased when Graeme selected us to be treated to special dinner with the Guest Services Manager and Food and Beverages Manager. Along with them and two other couples, we had a wonderful evening of food, wine and camaraderie at the Tuscan Grille. We were also happy to see Boban, our friendly Beverage Manager and Cecilia, our favorite sommelier. All three of the production shows (“iHollywood”, “The Land of Make Believe” and “Celebrate The World”) were excellent. We’d seen the same shows on other Celebrity ships, but we found this cast of singers and dancers to be the best we’ve seen on all of our past cruises. The aerial artists were amazing (although we always worry that they might slip on the moving ship). The dancers also did several shows in the Reflections Lounge. Elyria (the late night show for adults only) was a pleasant surprise as it’s unique to the Celebrity fleet. We really enjoy the live orchestra and hope that Celebrity continues to keep them. The two DJs did a great job keeping the party going late at night in the Reflections Lounge, even if there were only a few couples dancing (sometimes after 2:00 am). The other performers were also very good. We were in the third row for the show that Matthew J. Dowden did so we were as close as you could get to his card tricks. We still don’t know how he was able to do the sleight of hand so smoothly. The “West End” singer, Phillipa Healey, had a great range of song types and could really handle her operatic solos. Casablanca was the “House Band” and we saw them in most of the venues. The musicians were very competent and could do a range from jazz to Santana (and maybe even Jimi Hendrix if they were let loose). However, their singer, Maria, seemed to have technical problems in every venue and even missed some slots. She was obviously reading the lyrics to the songs from her tablet to almost every song which was very distracting. That’s fine for karaoke, but not for a singer in a professional band. They appeared to be miscast in this role and probably should have been the “Dance Band”. We’ve seen many of these bands on Celebrity with much more energy and charisma so Casablanca was very disappointing. Since we understand that there will be some problems during any cruise or other vacation, we typically accentuate the positives and ignore the occasional negatives. However, we consistently had difficulties with our “Select Dining” experience which impacted our enjoyment. Well before we arrived onboard, we’d made reservations online for a table for two at dinner each night in the San Marco MDR. The first couple of nights, we were seated at a table with Halim as our waiter, Igor as our Assistant waiter and Cecilia as sommelier in a section near the railing overlooking the lower level. We were very happy their service and banter as well as the table’s location so after dinner, we asked the ladies at the front of the house to see how we could arrange to be in that area again at any table at or near the railing. They told us that it was not possible to reserve a table for the next night or any other night, but that they’d make a note about our preference. We thought this procedure was a bit odd as we’ve done reservations for the next night on other Celebrity cruises, but we went along with it. We arrived on the next night at our appointed time and mentioned that we’d like to be seated where we’d been before. The lady smiled and quickly printed out our ticket so we were surprised to be led to a completely different section in a line of tables for two which were about a foot apart. We sat there for about ten minutes and nobody came over so I went back to the front desk and asked why we were seated there. They really didn’t have any explanation so we waited until they could find a table in our section. We continued to come in at our reserved time, but this situation didn’t get much better. We told them that we were flexible on when we’d come in and we willing to wait. We then arrived earlier several times in the hope that we’d be accommodated, but we were still seated in various areas. After we were seated, we’d then see open tables that would have be perfect for us, but instead they’d just seat us anywhere they felt like. We weren’t asking a specific table or a specific time so we’d expect that they could make some effort to try to place us as requested. Even though we were overdressed if anything and I wore a tuxedo several times, it was the same routine. We really have no idea why this particular group handled seating like this. Just as the servers in the fixed seatings get used to the diners’ preferences, that’s also been our experience on just about all other cruises for “Select Dining”. In March, we’d been on a 14-night Southern Caribbean cruise on the “Eclipse” where their staff made sure that we were consistently able to do that. It’s actually counterproductive to the staff and the guests to randomly be bounced around the dining room from night to night and having to get used to each other. We felt that this was a totally unnecessary runaround that didn’t benefit anybody. Maybe this was an aberration with these ladies on the “Constellation” so we brought it to Celebrity’s attention in our survey as it was the only negative experience that we had on the entire cruise. In the coming months, we have three more cruises booked on the “Millennium” and another three on the “Solstice” so we’re hoping to get an explanation and some advice from Celebrity on how we can avoid this situation in the future. We also gave them a couple of minor suggestions to make their guests’ stay better: Post the dinner menus online so that they can anticipate the evening’s offerings Add some free “on demand” movies to choose from as you do for PPV as is done on the “Solstice” class ships. PORT REVIEWS In the ports, we still like to do what we can on own but since we’re getting older, we did more ship’s excursions than in the past. This time, it was five on our own and three with the ship. In Naples, we went out on our own to Capri on one of the ferries that were docked about a ten minute walk from the ship. It cost about $42 RT for each of us which was a little pricey, but much less than the ship’s unguided transfer at $100 each. Once on Capri, we queued for about 45 minutes to take a small crowded bus up to the town of Anacapri which costs about $6 more each. It was touristy and crowded, but we enjoyed seeing it again. In Valletta, the ship arrived at 1:30 in the afternoon so there wasn’t time to do much. So, we went up on the elevator for 1 Euro each to the Upper Baraka Gardens and on to St. John’s Co-Cathedral. We’d been in Malta before, but we didn’t have much money then so we weren’t willing to pay the 10 Euro entrance fee. This time, we definitely didn’t want to miss it. The interior was very ornate and the included audio guide helped us to understand what we were seeing. After that, we walked around the walls of the city and the Lower Baraka Gardens and then went back down to the ship on the elevator which is free in that direction. In Santorini, we’d done the usual tours so we booked the “SO65 Kaiki Ride and Volcano Hike”. After tendering to shore, a small wooden ship took us to a nearby island where we then trekked up some pretty steep trails to the top. It was strenuous as advertised but it was worth doing. This tour included a RT pass for the cable cars to Fira so we went up and took a public bus to Oia for about $4 each. It’s a bargain as we really enjoy seeing this amazingly picturesque town so we keep going there when we’re in this port. Next was Kusadasi with Ephesus nearby. It’s a very popular site and is certainly worth doing if you haven’t been there. Since we’ve been there four times, we took the day off and went to the Starbuck’s on the pier and each spent several hours on the internet in a comfortable chair for the price of a cup of coffee. In Rhodes, we unfortunately arrived on a national holiday of Easter Tuesday so all of the museums and archeological sites were closed. We had planned to take a public bus to Lindos to see the acropolis there, but there was no point since you couldn’t get in. We’d hoped to see the Palace of the Grand Masters last time but it was under renovation. That’s now completed, but it was also closed so we’ll have to wait until we’re back there. We walked around the town and the walls until the rain poured down and everyone got soaked by the unavoidable rivers of water in the cobblestone streets. In Mykonos, we’d been there before so we skipped the ship’s day pass transfer into town at $5 each and walked in the other direction over a hill to a beach to get some exercise. There’s no real sidewalk so you need to watch out for traffic, but it was fine and served the purpose. In Piraeus, we skipping our usual train trip into Athens and opted for the “PR01 Corinth Canal”. After a couple of hours on the bus, we arrived in Corinth and went out on a bridge to see the canal from above. The bus went down to water level where our group hopped on a private boat to traverse the canal. They provided a surprising nice selection of local Greek food including spanakopita, shrimp, octopus and other snacks, washed down with a small glass of Ouzo. When docked in Souda, we took the “IQ10 Real Crete” which drove around the island to some high spots with great views of the water. It ended in Chania with over an hour of free time. We’re not shoppers so we were a little concerned about killing time, but the harbor area and markets were very nice and we then wished we’d had more time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our second cruise with Celebrity and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The ports visited were all amazing. Our top favourite stops were Malta (gorgeous sailing in and sailing away) make your way to lovely Mdina and lunch at Fontanella ... Read More
Our second cruise with Celebrity and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The ports visited were all amazing. Our top favourite stops were Malta (gorgeous sailing in and sailing away) make your way to lovely Mdina and lunch at Fontanella (amazing views) and breathtaking Santorini, make your way to Oia using the tour operators'(2) boat shuttles right off the tenders at Fira Port (20E, includes boat shuttle to Oia port, bus up to Oia, bus back to Fira including Skylift back down for ship tenders). Kusadasi(Ephesus) a must see, was very interesting we used an excellent semi-private tour for 25US. We never waited to get off and on the ship at all ports. Service on the Constellation was excellent, always with a smile and very courteous. Excellent dining room options, we never had any problems with Select Dining, we showed up when we were ready and a table was always available. Excellent and varied shows. We met amazing cruisers and had lots of fun. We purchased only two excursions from Celebrity - Athens (excellent tour and guide) and Salerno we booked Pompeii on our own, was very disappointing since we had to purchase tickets at Pompeii and waited over 1 hour just to buy tickets,lots of wasted previous time, would buy a full excursion with cruise line next time. The rest we organized ourselves using Cruise Critic and were all great experiences. Best cruise ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I really enjoyed the above cruise on the celebrity constellation in October 2015. The employees of the company go out of their way to make you feel great. It was very disappointing not to go into Israel . Instead we went to 4 Greek ... Read More
I really enjoyed the above cruise on the celebrity constellation in October 2015. The employees of the company go out of their way to make you feel great. It was very disappointing not to go into Israel . Instead we went to 4 Greek islands. A shame there wasn't something else to break of all the old churches and look alike places, even tho they were interesting. Other cruises had many informative lectures, but the celebrity did not. That was not good. Their crew of actors for their production numbers were phenomenal .! This was not a cruise for children as about 90% of people were 60 and older. That was a plus for some of us! Naturally shore excursions are high, as they are on any ship. I found the hop on/hop off busses in a number of cities to be great. Besides giving a bit of info as u pass a point of interest, you pay one nominal fee for a 24 hour pass and you can get on and off the bus whenever it stops! These are run by the port you are in and big competition for the shore excursions sold! Our stateroom was very small, but I heard that other ones in the same area were a bit bigger. But I never plan on staying in it for too long anyway! There was a big fitness area, spa, and beauty area. For what we got, where we went, saw, and duration, this was a great deal! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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