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11 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Middle East

We did this cruise because it included a land tour of the The Golden Triangle, which was fabulous. We have been on four celebrity cruises, so we felt confident in booking this one. Firstly the pros : Overall the staff were very ... Read More
We did this cruise because it included a land tour of the The Golden Triangle, which was fabulous. We have been on four celebrity cruises, so we felt confident in booking this one. Firstly the pros : Overall the staff were very friendly The ship was clean and tidy The entertainment was very good some nights When in port going ashore was run quite smoothly The pool area was kept clean and tidy Announcements were kept to a minimum Cons: The library was a disgrace, it is so minimal, nothing to read. Lack of meaningful activities, we are completely over trivia, bingo. Putting competitions ect. Several people complained to us that they were bored, it was time to go home they said. The upselling is tedious and cheapens the brand I ordered drinks at the pool bar, they were so awful I never repeated thay again. Drinks at the reflection bar were quite acceptable. We always look forward to the last night to enjoy the lobster tail. When it was served to us we were appalled, the majority of the shell contained some sort of filling which was inedible, no lobster flesh. We sent our meal back uneaten, shame on Celebrity, if you are cost cutting don't put lobster on the menu ! I think Celebrity have forgotten who their core market are, after many cruises I can see a large section is made up of baby boomers and older who would enjoy a lot more activities of enrichment than they are being offered. At certain times of the day tea, coffee and water were only available at the end of the Ocean view Cafe on level ten. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Loved the variety of ports offered on this cruise. Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi, including Dubai and Mumbai and Goa.all different and exciting in their own way. The New Year overnight tour in Dubai was fabulous, from Jeep riding over the dunes, ... Read More
Loved the variety of ports offered on this cruise. Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi, including Dubai and Mumbai and Goa.all different and exciting in their own way. The New Year overnight tour in Dubai was fabulous, from Jeep riding over the dunes, camel ride to a Bedouin camp and dinner the Bedouin way. The tents were extremely comfortable. Sunset on the dunes and sunrise at the camp were amazing. After breakfast we went to a camel shelter to pat and talk to the beautiful animals. This was a Celebrity shore excursion and the best we have ever done. Returning to the ship we felt like we were coming home, the crew were all so friendly. Dinner every night was a pleasure as our waiters learnt quickly our dietary needs and made sure every meal was perfect for us. We loved Cafe Bachio and met many new friends there. A cruise is as good as you want it to be. Ours was perfect. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We embarked in Singapore and it was probably the best embarkation we have ever had. Very fast and efficient. We went straight to our cabin and one of our suitcases arrived soon after. Our cabin steward as always, was fabulous. These ... Read More
We embarked in Singapore and it was probably the best embarkation we have ever had. Very fast and efficient. We went straight to our cabin and one of our suitcases arrived soon after. Our cabin steward as always, was fabulous. These guys are amazing. In fact all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Yes, the ship in places is a bit tired but this did not detract from the cruise. My main gripes are the food in the MDR was not as good as on previous cruises and the price of drinks is excessive! We did this cruise as we wanted to visit India and we were not disappointed. This was an amazing cruise and one we will never forget. One word of warning, we normally do Celebrity shore excursions but some of the prices are very high. We did a houseboat tour with Viator in one of the ports of call and it was the best trip of the cruise at less than half the price people on the ship paid for the same trip, so beware! Best place on ship? Without a doubt the martini bar! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We choose this cruise to see India. The ship is very tied and rusting , worn carpet , wooden seats in the dinning room with joints coming apart. The crew do try very hard and give u 110% in effort. The entertainment director is getting ... Read More
We choose this cruise to see India. The ship is very tied and rusting , worn carpet , wooden seats in the dinning room with joints coming apart. The crew do try very hard and give u 110% in effort. The entertainment director is getting away with being payed for sitting on his backside all day. the onboard day time entertainment was non exsistant compared to other cruise lines.There was more entertainment to be found in the casino than over the whole of the boat. The nightly shows in the theatre where great if u where in a nursing home and had not seen any entertainment for a while, really who do they think they are giving us a acrobat show which a 11 year old could perform. Every night at dinner it was a toss of a coin to see if ur drink order would arrive in 30 minutes or under or would arrive at all. The cabin steward did a fantastic job and congratulations to him cabin 9131. The food was the same day in and day out, the quality of food okay but not outstanding. When u travel aqua class and have your own designated dinning room u don't expect to have to wait up to 3/4 hour for a table.The cruise would have been excellent if I had traveled in a inside room, but having table for aquas class I was very disappointed and will never cruise with celebrity again. No one even wants to listen on board when u are offering constructive criticism. Felt very let down and ripped off. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Our past experiences with Celebrity date back to the times of ships like Zenith, Galaxy und Century (1992-1999). We were quite disapponted with the present services. The ship ist old and our balcony rail was terribly rusty. The Food was ... Read More
Our past experiences with Celebrity date back to the times of ships like Zenith, Galaxy und Century (1992-1999). We were quite disapponted with the present services. The ship ist old and our balcony rail was terribly rusty. The Food was ok but not more (the Tuscan Grille food was great, but considering the surcharge of 45.- $ per Person also very expensive). The portions served are either very big or very small (so that we had to ask for a 2nd serving). All Special Happenings Need to be paid extra (Tapas and Sangria, sushi). The self Service cafe was ok but we were missing the Food served in the passt (in 10 days found twice some shrimps, but plenty of US junk food). The drink packages at 55.- or 65$ are more than double compared to Oceania!!! The Service was in General good. We had opena seating and tried to get a table near our favourite head waiter and Sommelier. The Music Shows were good to excellent, but the life Music around the pool very loud so that we were hardly able to talk to each other (do they consider all cruise Pax to be deaf?). The staff in general was very friendly and helpful, considering the long duty times on board. Excursions: Since the offered excursions were very expensive we (Group of 6 persons) organsied all our excursions via Internet and had a great time in Muscat, Khasab, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Cruise critic Party: Celebrity manged to host the Party in the morning where plenty of People were out on excursions in Abu Dhabi, insted of the afternoon when everybody was on board since we had left Abu Dhabi at 12noon. Admirals Club: still fighting with Celebrity to honour our first 4 Cruises.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for some heat and winter sun - so we weren't disappointed in that respect. Hadn't been before so the itinerary was to look forward to. The embarkation process from Dubai to the ship was slow and not very well ... Read More
We chose this cruise for some heat and winter sun - so we weren't disappointed in that respect. Hadn't been before so the itinerary was to look forward to. The embarkation process from Dubai to the ship was slow and not very well coordinated. It took 1 hour at Abu Dhabi in the queue before we embarked the boat. It seemed odd to have the Cruise Critic gathering when most were away on a excursion although for some reason we did not appear on their lists and did not get an invite anyway! The ship was quite large in respect to what we have been on before and we felt that it was a little " tired " and could do with some TLC. Our Ocean View cabin on deck 3 was fine and close to the stairs and elevators and didn't suffer from noise being close to the atrium. Our open dining experiences on deck 4 were on the whole very good meeting a wide spectrum of people. The menus gave good choices for all our tastes. The waiter service was always very attentive and good. We went to some of the on board entertainment. Whilst it was not to our taste we acknowledge the effort and professionalism that was on show. The staff around the ship we found to be pleasant and courteous. The ports were interesting, but if you didn't do an excursion at Khasab there was nothing to see or do. We did some ship excursions (for ease) but also did our own. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Let me start by saying we love Celebrity and have cruised with them over 20 times. Yes things have changed over the years but the company must move with the times and keep up to date with their offering especially when there is a muti ... Read More
Let me start by saying we love Celebrity and have cruised with them over 20 times. Yes things have changed over the years but the company must move with the times and keep up to date with their offering especially when there is a muti national clientele like on this cruise. We embarked around 11-00. The signage wasn't as good as it is at many other ports, and there was a long line putting their hand luggage through the scanner. Other people were coming off coaches and being directed differently to add to the confusion. Once we got to the right desk embarkation was slick. My daughter was in a wheelchair for boarding and along with others in wheelchairs trying to access an elevator on board. We were surprised to see other able bodied passengers pushing past the wheelchairs to access the elevators. We used the stairs and met our daughter in Michaels. Megan was a gracious host and quickly resolved our questions. The bar staff in Michaels were also very accommodating obtaining our favourite drinks for us. Luminae was as always a fabulous relaxed atmosphere with great Matre'D Taskim, Sommellier Dragana and all of the wait staff doing a great job. On every cruise their are some things we try which we haven't tried before, and others we aren't as thrilled with. On the plus side the silent disco was fantastic, great fun. The movie on the pool deck with headphones so no one else was disturbed was also a good innovation for night time entertainment....shame no bar service! The live music in the bars was also very good. In particular the classical duo played very well and were wonderful to listen to. Please Celebrity keep a wide range of live music on board to suit all tastes. We used to love the production shows but this time they were disappointing. A mish mash of popular songs with little to link them, the pantomime show being particularly odd with parodies of gay people I found distasteful. The Beatles tribute and the Musicals singer (sorry cant recall his name ) were particularly good. We decided to try the adult late night game shows this cruise. I don't think we'll be doing it again. They were just cheap and smutty....Not modern luxury celebrity more like a race to the slime! The ship was in good shape and the Martini bar was the liveliest venue. The bar staff were fantastic. Rhory was great and we went to a mixology class with him where we had a great time. We were taken to dinner in the Tuscan by Sinisa Micetic(Guest relations manager) and Oswald Harbrecht (food and beverage manager). The food and service in the Tuscan was just excellent. Our stateroom was well maintained. The shower door was a little heavy to open but otherwise we were very well looked after by Nash and Maxime. We loved all the ports on this trip which offered a variety of things to see and do. For us, having visited Dubai previously our stay was a little long. Maybe a couple of other ports would enhance this cruise, although for most people the sunshine was enough! At each port there were lots of options for taxis and tours. We used sunshine tours Oman and local taxis elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We went with our son and daughterinlaw who have been on 5 other Celebrity cruises and this was our second one My wife had an aacident 2 days before we were due to sail, which ment she was in a wheel chair on the cruise. This was not ... Read More
We went with our son and daughterinlaw who have been on 5 other Celebrity cruises and this was our second one My wife had an aacident 2 days before we were due to sail, which ment she was in a wheel chair on the cruise. This was not a problem any on off the ship, All staff went out off their way to assist, without having to ask. When we were either getting on of the ship, staff always insisted they push the wheelchair. We could have not asked for anything more We dined at table 159 every night the waiters were fantastic, using the wheel chair didn't cause a problem. They were so good to us helping my wife to get out / in the wheelchair and placing the chair in a safe place. Their recommendations of the meals was excellent choice Staff in the ladies toilets were excellent helping my wife in the toilets, there was only one problem that if a member of staff was not present then I had to push my wife into the toilet (not very nice for me pushing my wife into the ladies toilet) Please consider making disabled only toilets available throughout all your ships This was our second cruise and once again the ship was spotless never any rubbish could. Been anywhere, not even a spot of dust or any finger prints could be seen. Staff were always about their cleaning duties. Safety drills were taking place when we were in Port Generally speaking what fantastic company Celebrity Cruises are to keep such a high standard on the 2ships We have been on, look forward to our next cruisein 2018 Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
the constellation is a "human size" ship, few years ago it would have been a large ship, today we can say medium with BTW a nice ratio of crew/passengers. we selected this cruise cuz the price which was unbelievable price we ... Read More
the constellation is a "human size" ship, few years ago it would have been a large ship, today we can say medium with BTW a nice ratio of crew/passengers. we selected this cruise cuz the price which was unbelievable price we couldn't refuse and also because the ports. DINING : We choose 'our time" dining, some nights we made reservation which are available only for dining between 6:00 and 7:00pm later you need to wait in line, they handle a "remote buzzer" that will inform you when your table is available. We liked very much the food, and we got the same waiter few nights so we had more than an excellent service, and the sommelier couldn't be better. In fact we felt everyone was doing that extra mile to make our meal an excellent experience. after one night the waiter knew our preferences and always went ahead of us, i.e. he notices we liked very much fish and seafood, so he would add an extra seafood item in the appetizers (6 shrimps instead of the 3 usual ones) the sommelier noticed we preferred red wine, he would always come with a selection of 3 bottles of red wine, after a few nights the selection was more precise to our taste. I liked to have a cocktail ... the barman when he used to see me would bring it to the table automatically with a personal welcome ( he would remember my name). Small things that enhance the pleasure of cruising. Oceanview cafe : nothing to say employees are very friendly, waiters would bring our speciality cafe as they see us .... for lunch the selection increases after noon. one comment I read (previous critics) and dont agree ... I am glad there s no tray, so much food waste with one plate imagine with a tray .... About taxi in UAE : prices will vary depending on the size of the car (the cheaper are the "Toyota Camry type" beige with a colored top, and the place you hop on for example starts 20 Dirham at airport and cruise terminal - 3,50 downtown .... and depending on the time of the day .. In Dubai to get to the closest metro station is about 35 AED, the metro day pass is 22 AED. Taxi are efficient and not very expensive depending how smart you use it. abu dhabi : very large port cannot walk out, free shuttle takes you to the WTC shopping mall. if you go to the mosque dont dress "as required" they will lend you what necessary and makes great pictures for souvenir. The mosque is a must see. taxi airport to ship will cost you about 90 Dirham (40 min) Dubai : very large commercial port no shuttle. You either have to take a taxi or HOHO bus (very expensive) Must see, for shoppers, is the Emirates mall (interior ski slope), the Dubai mall (very large aquarium, skating rink and the waterfalls) and also connects to the Burj Khalifa. I think Going to the 148th floor is a thrill of a lifetime .. at least for me ... have to admit, its unique. Muscate : the section near the port is the most interesting part (old souk which is close between 1:00 and 4:00 pm), I duo not recommend to walk to the town 5 KM has many Gov. buildings and schools , no commercial activity (practically no cafe no stores) and you meet nobody in the streets. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted some sunshine, wanted to visit somewhere new, wanted a flight of less than 8 hours and wanted to try a Celebrity ship. Our flight arrived early morning and we were taken to a hotel for breakfast. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted some sunshine, wanted to visit somewhere new, wanted a flight of less than 8 hours and wanted to try a Celebrity ship. Our flight arrived early morning and we were taken to a hotel for breakfast. We were pleased about this as 4 or 5 hours in the port building after an overnight flight would have been unpleasant. We were able to check in there but there were still long queues for this and for the busses to the port. We enjoyed the ship very much. Our cabin was tastefully decorated and practical with plenty of storage. The public areas were good with plenty of places to sit and relax and the ship never felt crowded. We had anytime dining and booked time slots before we left and this worked out very well for us as we were always shown directly to a table. The food was very good but not excellent. The coffee bar was excellent. Our main criticism of the ship was that we didn't find the shore excursion team were not very helpful. There were no talks about the places we were visiting and they were not able to help us to arrange independent sight seeing. This was in contrast to our previous experiences with Holland America. Our disappointment in the cruise was with the location. We had really looked forward to seeing Dubai but had not anticipated the congestion. To get anywhere the bus or car had to sit in traffic jams first. Even the Palm was disappointing as the public access bits were not attractive. We enjoyed the 4 wheel drive dunes explorer once we got there BUT if the you get the back two seats in the vehicle you are very cramped. We did rotate seats every hour. The camel ride on the same excursion was a bit of a disappointment as we only went about 50 yards before turning round and coming back. Oman was much more attractive as apparently the Sultan spends a lot of money to maintain the traditional lifestyle. We enjoyed the dhow trip to the "fjords" Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I am a very, very experienced cruise traveler. I enjoyed this cruise, had a good time. There are some big BUT's though which unnerved me. Here my opinions, which will most likely resonate more with fellow Europeans: + Ship ... Read More
I am a very, very experienced cruise traveler. I enjoyed this cruise, had a good time. There are some big BUT's though which unnerved me. Here my opinions, which will most likely resonate more with fellow Europeans: + Ship beautiful, (if you like modern ship design, which I do), looking new. It did not look full, although it must have been at 90% of capacity. Except the pool deckchairs of course. Staff very good, dining staff exceptional (incl. remembering preferences and satisfying special wishes). Entertainment program very good (important on a cruise with many sea days). Guest lecturers were knowledgable and interesting. I like that they include also off-mainstream subjects, like cave exploration. Dining was good and variable at the dining rooms, no variety at the casual buffet any time of the day, and day after day the same items. Nothing to eat after 10pm. MINUS Cabins small relative to other cruise lines, but nothing was missing. I knew that from earlier cruises and was traveling solo anyway, so I had enough space. Nice touch: Night light in the bathroom. Only small tubes for generic shampoo, conditioner, body lotion. Constant music, too loud, everywhere. Including the main pool area, which is probably desired by the guests during a Carnival Caribbean cruise but not on this cruise with more mature passengers. Not one quiet place where you could read a book without having to order a drink or without loud music or with some sales event going on there (gym courses, wine tasting and selling, art selling, adult coloring class, bingo etc. etc). Library is a minimal room with 4 seats (on a 2000+ passengers' ship) burried in the interior, with probably less than 200 books. One thing I really disliked: There is an extensive and detailed "code of conduct" for passengers which lays out a regime I did not sign up for when I booked this cruise and foresees severe consequences at the sole discretion of the ship's management. I think common sense, courtesy and if necessary the applicable laws are more than enough. And body cams on security staff at all times, in addition to the omnipresent fixed video cameras, obvious and hidden. A person I had met (a young lady in her first trip ever outside her home country) was forcibly disembarked in Muscat, Oman for climbing over a reeling. Another major objection is the prices of side services, which Celebrity describes as "reasonable" in their website but they don't publish detailed pricelists anywhere. Here below I will compare prices with Holland America because I was on a HAL ship just one week before this cruise: -Many items included in the price with other cruise lines are charged here, and handsomely: Certain drinks at breakfast-juices, more than half of items listed in the room service menu and even for the free items a delivery charge of $4.50! -Pay per view movies in the cabin at $13.50 each, compare with the extensive free library of HAL on dvds AND one new movie daily at the movie theater (versus one big screen movie in 16 days on Celebrity). -Prices for drinks and beverages are outrageous: Why is a cappucino priced $7 incl. 18% gratuity and Holland America charges $4 incl. 15% gratuity? Is it so much better? Similar with wines and cocktails. Small plastic bottle of water $3.50+18% gratuity? A scoop of ice cream $4+18%? It is forbidden to bring even a glass of wine on board, for no other reason than to consume their own overpriced items. -Prices for laundry are outrageous too (no self laundry possibility on Celebrity): A bag of laundry at $49 on "one time special offer"? A 2 piece suite for $19? A pair of socks $3? Double the price of HAL? They clean double as good? -Internet package for 16 days $299? Or $23.50 for 1 hour? Prices for one device only! Again almost double the price of HAL for the same satellite service. -"Optional" but automatic gratuity $13.50 per person per day? (HAL $10.50 for no worse service). No adjustment of the amount is possible, either nothing or the full amount. -Shore excursions similar, but in this Celebrity is no worse than other cruise lines and critically the consumer has alternative options with local tour operators. -Specialty dining for a charge and spa services: I didn't try, cannot compare. - Shops on board: I compared prices for items I had earmarked earlier for purchase such as alcohol and certain perfumes with other duty free outlets (airports and airlines). Don't bother, Celebrity's "duty free" price is 20-30% more expensive at every single one. Seems to me they reduce the state tax and add the difference directly into their sales margin. -Shoe shine service as on HAL? Let alone complimentary? Not here! So this cruise was only a good value if you restricted yourself to the absolute minimum of consumption, did not drink wine, cocktails, coffee, did not watch movies, did not use laundry or internet and checked if your conduct fits Celebrity's regulations at all times. But if you consumed all of the above, you could easily spend on board 3-4 times more than the price for the cruise. Hmmm... Quite the cheap trick of "get them on board first and sell them every little thing or service expensive"... not my idea of relaxed vacation or fair pricing policy folks and counterproductive. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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