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11 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 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
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 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 was our fifth cruise with Celebrity, first time on this ship. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, which started with an overnight stay in Rome. We booked with The Scottish Cruise Centre, and their organisation of everything, including ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Celebrity, first time on this ship. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, which started with an overnight stay in Rome. We booked with The Scottish Cruise Centre, and their organisation of everything, including pickups from airport to hotel, hotel to ship and ship back to airport were efficiently dealt with, we had no complaints. The check in was fast, as we are Select members of the Captain's Club. The disembarkation was the same, well organised. The ship would benefit from a little TLC here and there, but nothing to complain about. We ate only in the main dining room and the restaurant on deck 10 for breakfast and lunch. We felt no need to upgrade to the speciality restaurants, as we found the food of a good standard. These were being pushed quite a lot, but a polite "no thanks" was all that was required. We had a classic drinks package, which was perfectly adequate, and included beers, wine by the glass, some spirits, cocktails and speciality coffees etc, all of which were good. We found the staff friendly and very attentive to our needs. Off the ship, we tended to do our own thing, using local transport or sharing taxis with new friends we had made on the ship, which worked out very well. We had cruised in this area before, and the only new port was Valetta, where we hired a taxi for a few hours and really saw quite a lot, well worth the money! Lovely sail in! We had a taxi in Athens too, and the driver seemed to know all the side roads to get us out of the traffic heading for the Acropolis, which was just mad! The sail in to Venice was, of course, really special as always! The entertainment was as good as we have seen on any ship. The adult late night show Eleyria, was different, but very entertaining! All in all, another great cruise with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first ever cruise, so we were stepping in to the unknown , but we asked advice from friends who were experienced cruisers, we had a mind of where we wanted to go and went to a recommended agent who gave us options, not only in ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, so we were stepping in to the unknown , but we asked advice from friends who were experienced cruisers, we had a mind of where we wanted to go and went to a recommended agent who gave us options, not only in destinations but cruise companies. we were told that CELEBRITY was highly thought of and that in there words was " the best food on the seas" After our trip we can confirm that the quality was excellent and we would find it difficult to improve on at any restaurant that i'd ever been to. Everything about the ship was of high quality entertainment, service and facilities. the only regret in hindsight was that many of the destinations we had been to before, so we didnt do the trips, but that was our fault. All in all we were very pleased, if we were nit picking then the support and care at the end didnt match up to the arrival, so left us a bit grumpy. Also we were mis led re the drinks package, but again that was the agents fault. I will give you some advice please make it a lot clearer to what you are entitled on drinks as i was refused one brand of whisky in one bar yet it was available in another Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We are an American couple in our mid-60’s. 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
We are Captain's Club Elite and no strangers to Celebrity. We had our usual fine experience on The Constellation. It's no secret that cruise line profit margins have been squeezed in recent years and it really shows in several ... Read More
We are Captain's Club Elite and no strangers to Celebrity. We had our usual fine experience on The Constellation. It's no secret that cruise line profit margins have been squeezed in recent years and it really shows in several areas. Since base cruise fares have not risen at all that we can see in the past ten years, it may be time for a modest increase to restore some of the value to the experience. Overall, food quality is very good and the buffet has held up well. The real decline has come with the selections in the MDR and Celebrity (and other lines from what we can tell) need to address this as a point of competitive differentiation. Out of a half dozen entree selections each night only two were really worthy of the excellence in dining on which Celebrity originally built its reputation. Other cost-cutting moves were evident, but less egregious than trying to do entrees on the cheap. Most bar prices have shifted to the high side, but values remain for those willing to work the menus. I'm sure Celebrity has a profit model for optimizing drink consumption against costs, but whatever the components of that model are escape me. The beverage packages are no value at all for most cruisers. Continuing my rambling, Perry Grant continues to make his mark with us Celebrity denizens and the entertainment was, on the whole, very fine. One problem: many of us on this cruise appeared to sail with Celebrity once or twice each year and we all agreed it's time for some fresh production shows. Two criticisms: With deck seating at a premium why, during the middle of the afternoon, is it necessary for the spa staff to tie up 12 to 15 seats in the solarium to hawk their wares with free demos? The spa may have run its course as a profit center for cruise lines especially among age 50+ passengers who predominate on most Celebrity ships. Many of us have regular spa and massage memberships at home and aren't interested in paying the severely inflated prices on cruise ships. There's nothing special about it. Second, the berths where we were moored in several cities were miserably inconvenient and long hikes from the Port Terminals and transportation. In Athens, why was the Norwegian Jade berthed next to the terminal while Constellation was parked at the very far end in the freight area? Can the port charge be that different? Seems like serious nickel and dime stuff to many of us. Overall, another fine cruise and we look forward to stealing away for another sometime soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
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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