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

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
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
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
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
In most cases our Celebrity Cruise ‘met expectations’ and so I have given it an ‘average rating, but, unfortunately, Celebrity fell short on every level – perhaps with the exception of the hotel and restaurant staff. One ... Read More
In most cases our Celebrity Cruise ‘met expectations’ and so I have given it an ‘average rating, but, unfortunately, Celebrity fell short on every level – perhaps with the exception of the hotel and restaurant staff. One aspect in which Celebrity catastrophically failed to meet expectations was in the itinerary and name of the cruise. Listed as a cruise of the ‘Eastern Roman Empire’ – it actually managed to schedule port stops at two of the most important sites on the day they were closed. We booked this cruise because of the promise of visiting ancient roman ruins – as stated in the on-line promotion. For the Constellation to dock at Athens on a Monday - when normally the Acropolis Museum is closed - and Santorini on Tuesday when the Museum of Ancient Thira was closed is bordering on miss-selling. In general, the time allowed for on-shore excursions was insufficient. Because of time constraints, visiting Akrotiri (the predominant Roman site on Santorini) was problematical but, having read that due to restoration, most of the important artefacts had been moved to the Museum of Ancient Thira anyway, this was an absolute must visit. However, this museum is closed on Tuesdays – and Celebrity cruise of the Eastern Roman Empire, chose to dock at Santorini on Tuesday. The story would have been the same in Athens as the Acropolis Museum is normally closed on Monday, but, because of the unusual political/financial situation in Greece – the museum was especially opened for a limited time during September . When booking this cruise, we said that it was to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary - we were assured of an upgrade and looked forward to this with excitement. We were given a very nice stateroom, portside in Concierge class – which was not actually an upgrade but simply what we had paid for. Not a problem. Our actual anniversary was on the 11th September – which we had mentioned when booking the excursion tour to Herculaneum from Sorrento. However – no acknowledgement of this was made either by way of a bottle of champagne or flowers in our room – or anything – we were just two more passengers. On other cruises we have been on, a small acknowledgement of a birthday or anniversary has been made in the dining room. This is often little more than the presentation of a cup cake with a candle and brief chorus of ‘Congratulations’ or ‘happy birthday’. We are naturally (British) a little shy at such attention – but accept it with pleased embarrassment – it is something to mark the day. Our table partners told our waiter that this was a special occasion for us - and he smiled, but that was it – nothing else – and we were left thinking that fifty years of marriage was perhaps not something worthy of celebration after all – at least not with a cruise on Celebrity. In fact, that was it – Celebrity regards its passengers as simply cargo – a revenue source that should be milked at every opportunity. They do not go that extra footstep (let alone mile) to make the cruise special –you get what you pay for – and pay for – and pay for. Concierge class incurred a high rate of ‘gratuity’ boasting ‘fresh fruit every day’ Well, the fruit was so hard that it remained inedible until the day of departure – so there was no need to replace it every day – cynics might suggest that this was intentional. We bought a bottle of wine in Sorrento to celebrate our Anniversary in our stateroom - but this was confiscated on return to the ship and given back to us on departure. So even that little celebration was taken away from us. Read Less
Sail Date September 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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