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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
First of all, we had a wonderful experience on the Celebrity Constellation when we sailed August 6, 2019 for a 9 night Greek Cruise, EXCEPT using Flights by Celebrity. I booked 2 Aqua Class rooms for friends and 1 Royal Suite for myself ... Read More
First of all, we had a wonderful experience on the Celebrity Constellation when we sailed August 6, 2019 for a 9 night Greek Cruise, EXCEPT using Flights by Celebrity. I booked 2 Aqua Class rooms for friends and 1 Royal Suite for myself and my friend for a special 50th birthday celebration. We booked this in February 2019. I can not say enough about the Royal suite and our Butler, Ali. We had suite 6133 and he and the stateroom attendant are top notch!! Also a shout out to Joyce in the coffee bar/Michaels club. She’s an absolute delight. Now the issue...I booked this direct with Celebrity for the rooms and the airfare for the Royal Suite and 1 Aqua class room and paid in full in May, when full payment was due. I first found out several weeks before the trip my 1 hr 10 min layover in Chicago to Venice had been reduced to 35 min to change gates and get my luggage aboard. When I called Celebrity they informed me that the change to 35 minutes was an “acceptable” amount of time to find the connecting gate and have my luggage transferred. Since we were meeting friends in Venice for a day and half before the cruise, I was very concerned about the layover time. I called back again to Celebrity to be told I would have to pay Celebrity several hundred dollars to take a flight 2 hours earlier from Charlotte to Chicago through American Airlines. Frustrated, I called American Airlines directly and they changed my flight to the earlier flight with no issue and no charge. Then a couple weeks before leaving I realized Celebrity had me on the very last seat on the plane on one side window, and my friend on the very back of the plane on the opposite side of the plane window to Venice. I booked this in February...I finally called and paid American Airlines direct to change our seats to be together. Then came check in with American Airlines 24 hours in advance. I could only check into Chicago, but not all the way to Venice. We spent over an hour waiting in line at American Airlines ticket counter as we could not do curbside checkin all the way to Venice...The final straw was trying to check in back to Charlotte from Venice 24 hours before the flight. When I could not check in but my friend who did check in with no issue, since he booked his flight directly with American Airlines, he informed me they had 8 first class upgrades available for $500 each. I went to our private concierge agent in Michael’s lounge (since we had the Royal Suite) for assistance sInce I wanted the first class upgrade deal. I was worried by the time we went to check into the airport 3 hours before flight the upgrade offer would be sold out. (No surprise it was sold out). She did everything possible to check us in but could not check us OR previous clients using Flights by Celebrity in when check in was available August 14th. Let me say she went out of her way to help, but when she finally called Flights by Celebrity they told her I could upgrade to first class for over $4,000 one way. She was just as amazed as I was with the response from Flights by Celebrity and mentioned she would email corporate to inform them of the situation, even thought nothing could be done. I paid $1,800 to Celebrity for my round trip flight each person, which I am sure I could have done direct with American Airlines and never had these issues. I wasted 3 hours of our last cruise day dealing with this. We used the spa services, several specialty restaurants for all 7 of us, gambled every night but one, closing down the casino each night and tipping the staff very well during the cruise on top of the prepaid tip package. We also bought a great deal of high end wine as this was a once in a lifetime trip for a few of the 7 that traveled together. The service from Flights by Celebrity was a slap in the face considering the amount of money I spent on that trip for all of us. Oh, by the way, on our return flight from Philly to Charlotte Flights by Celebrity had us both on the last back seats on the plane, but at least this time we were side by side. Never again will I book my flights through this company. I will go directly to the airline for my flights to save all the wasted time, frustration and money. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Went on a far east cruise on the Celebrity Constellation. Firstly, our taxi didn't turn up to take us to the hotel for our overnight stay. When asking anyone from Celebrity Cruises they couldn't help us as they couldn't ... Read More
Went on a far east cruise on the Celebrity Constellation. Firstly, our taxi didn't turn up to take us to the hotel for our overnight stay. When asking anyone from Celebrity Cruises they couldn't help us as they couldn't speak English. (we werent the only ones this happened to) While waiting to check in and board ship in Shanghai, we was shunted from place to place with no where warm to sit. (it was very cold) The staff was amazing so no issues there what so ever !!! But the price on board ship was so extortionate. The WIFI and Excursions was so overpriced. If we hadn't got a drinks package in place, I have no idea what we would have done. The ship docked in cargo type docks in the middle of nowhere. So, if you didn't have an excursion booked then you had nowhere to go. We ended up taking two trips just to get of ship. $49 just take us to Danang for a 4-hr trip which got cut to 3hrs which was not good enough for the amount they were charging. We complained and got a 30% refund. The second one was Singapore night at a glance, which most of it was done on foot and cost a grand total of $99 each for 3.5 hrs long trip. They only had American dollars on boardship. They should have had the relevant monies needed for each port docked at. The food on board was mainly rice type dishes and stir fry, very little of anything English. And you need very long arms to get the things from the back in the buffet. Ridiculous to have to pay to go in speciality restaurants. ( Just my opinion) To top it off we had to wait in airport for our flight home for over 12hrs because of turn around. All in all, very disappointing as this was for our 30th wedding Anniversary and my Husbands 60th Birthday. we saved long and hard for it. A big let down !! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Would never sail in the constellation as little activities and same old food everyday lack of waiters for bars noisey ship, bars up stairs closing at 6.30pm , entertainment wasn't crash hot , lack of English speaking crew had noise in ... Read More
Would never sail in the constellation as little activities and same old food everyday lack of waiters for bars noisey ship, bars up stairs closing at 6.30pm , entertainment wasn't crash hot , lack of English speaking crew had noise in cabin complained several time and last day of cruise they decided to upgrade me and every port we went to to get to town was 2hrs away and u had to find your own transport to town so the ports they chose was not ideal and 2 nights before end of cruise they were scrubbing everything down up top deck and lower decks we all felt like we were being pushed off the ship and if u didn't take a drink package the drinks were over priced , internet was very very expensive , also cabins weren't cleaned properly as when I got into my cabin there was a pair of shoes under my bed and air conditioning kept playing up in rooms and when we had to depart ship we had to be out of cabins by 8am and the cabin person was stripping beds before 8am I will never sail the celebrity constellation ever again and they had the cheek to class that ship a 5 star I would rate a 2 star Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I chose this ship because I wanted to visit the ports of Boracay and Kota Kinabalu mainly. As I hadn't visited Vietnam, that was also a highlight. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy Vietnam as the ports were very far away from the ... Read More
I chose this ship because I wanted to visit the ports of Boracay and Kota Kinabalu mainly. As I hadn't visited Vietnam, that was also a highlight. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy Vietnam as the ports were very far away from the towns we were visiting. I expected to see a bit of beautiful Vietnam but was not the case. Because of the distance between each port we had to be back on board by 4.30pm which made it hard as some of the shops didn't open until 10.00am or 11.00am and in Kota Kinabalu, we had to be back on board by 2.30pm! The Oceanview Café was brilliant with lots of food choices, but the San Marco dining room was average. The staterooms were small and so cold I got sick with a chest infection. The POOL was extremely cold, never have experienced a pool so cold on a Cruise before. They ended up regulating the termperature by the end of the Cruise thank goodness. The entertainment was very good at bars, around the pool and in the main theatre. Shopping was average, not too much variety. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I must start out by saying I was expecting the worst considering the many problems I had booking through the Australian office but the on-board experience put much of this out of my mind. That means I was expecting it to be bad which ... Read More
I must start out by saying I was expecting the worst considering the many problems I had booking through the Australian office but the on-board experience put much of this out of my mind. That means I was expecting it to be bad which meant I was intending to be critical. I found the all round performance to be really good without being exceptional;. I did really enjoy the 6pm sitting in the main dining room and found it far better overall than the specialty restaurants. Service in all dining rooms is excellent and really stands out -- it would be difficult to complain. I found the bar staff to be not as inspired and sometimes surly and inefficient. The embarkation and disembarkation processes were painless and efficient. I did not really enjoy the shore excursions (except the Nha Trang river cruise) as they seemed a bit disjointed and bus travel to and from the attractions was way too long (a smaller ship like those with Azamara Club can get far better access). The internet packages offered on day 1 are not good value and they need to offer a better range (eg 250 hours etc). My stateroom attendant was outstanding -- basically invisible but highly efficient and helpful. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 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: November 2016
This was a maiden voyage for Celebrity for these destinations. The cruise started in Abu Dhabi with 2 days in Dubai, 4 sea days, New Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai, 2 sea days, Oman, Abu Dhabi. Dubai is a fascinating city with awesome ... Read More
This was a maiden voyage for Celebrity for these destinations. The cruise started in Abu Dhabi with 2 days in Dubai, 4 sea days, New Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai, 2 sea days, Oman, Abu Dhabi. Dubai is a fascinating city with awesome architecture. This would have been a five star review except for the port of New Mangalore which was a complete bust. We were told that this port will be removed from future cruises. At least Celebrity learned from this experience and, after all, it was a maiden voyage. I hope the person who arranged this port doesn't get fired. The ports of Goa and Bombay were OK but nothing special. We really needed longer times in both for a better experience. Hopefully dropping New Mangalore will provide an additional day in Bombay. We were unable to get into Oman because of high winds. Cudos to the captain for keeping us safe...no heroics. However, we then beelined for Abu Dhabi when most passengers would rather have taken a leisurely sail instead. We arrived early in the afternoon at the port of AD but were unable to disembark to explore, much to the chagrin of everyone. The Aqua Class balcony was great and Blu restaurant was excellent as usual. We also did the Chef's dinner for $120.00 which is our favorite activity and never disappoints. Room steward and waiters were spot on the entire cruise. Entertainment was excellent also. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
Food was horrible. First morning we went to sit down breakfast. Ordered eggs, bacon, toast and oj. Only thing edible was toast and it was cold, bacon was so salty it was awful. Next morning ate in buffet upstairs. Worse, how do screw up ... Read More
Food was horrible. First morning we went to sit down breakfast. Ordered eggs, bacon, toast and oj. Only thing edible was toast and it was cold, bacon was so salty it was awful. Next morning ate in buffet upstairs. Worse, how do screw up scrambled eggs? Next morning tried the omelet station. These people don't have a clue. Only good meal we had was when we ate at the oceanliners restaurant. Enough of the food issues, if you are going on this ship for the food, you will be greatly dissappointed. Our room was okay, little small compared to other ships. Had several issues with toilet backing up, they were there with 3 phones calls to fix. Glad we were on 7th floor cause when we happened to go to deck 2 and 3 to get off boat, it smelled like sewage. This ship has some issues and needs an overhaul. Gambling, did not see or hear of anyone winning. I made my fair share of deposits. Funny though their internal news paper they deliver every day said they were paying out huge amounts. They don't bother to tell you how much the put in... Very dissappointed to say the least. Second time to sail with celebrity and will be our last! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my third cruise on a big ship. Overall, I was impressed with all aspects of this cruise. Service was very good, staff was very friendly, and both the food and service in the main dining room was better than on my 2 prior NCL ... Read More
This was my third cruise on a big ship. Overall, I was impressed with all aspects of this cruise. Service was very good, staff was very friendly, and both the food and service in the main dining room was better than on my 2 prior NCL cruises. I found my interior cabin to be very satisfactory, and kept very clean by house services. The cruise was originally destined for 3 days in Israel, however, this was cancelled at the last minute due to the hostilities there. This was a big disappointment, and Greek island stops were substituted. I had not been to any of the Greek islands, so was able to enjoy them -- especially on Santorini after joining an excursion organized through cruisecritic at the last minute. I arranged my own shore excursion activities and travel transfers to and from the ship, so cannot comment on the ship's excursions or transfers. I easily hired a legal taxi at the Istanbul airport after asking for direction at the tourist info booth after exiting customs. The fare was very reasonable. Upon disembarking, I took the train from Civitavecchia to Rome Termini, then Rome to the Airport. This was very easy to do and very economical as compared with transfer costs. I used the ship's gym facilities and can state that the cardio and weigh machines were new and in excellent condition. The theater shows were very good -- including an Elton John look-alike who was very talented and a concert pianist who performed beautifully. To sum up, quality of service was excellent with the exception of guest services. There was a refund of port charges for the Israel cancellation. I called to inquire as to why my refund was less than what others were receiving, and a proper response was not provided. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
I was very much looking forward to this cruise. I have been on several others and having sailed with RCCL previously I was led to believe that Celebrity was a step up from this. I'm afraid I found otherwise. The ship was older and ... Read More
I was very much looking forward to this cruise. I have been on several others and having sailed with RCCL previously I was led to believe that Celebrity was a step up from this. I'm afraid I found otherwise. The ship was older and smaller and that I can live with as the itinerary was what I wanted to do. However older and smaller is no excuse for poor quality food, unhelpful staff and poor communication of information cruisers needed to know. Captain Tasos was excellent and I very much enjoyed his humour. That said, the ship was tatty and felt downtrodden. There did not seem to be enough staff to cover the needs of the passengers. The communal areas always felt overcrowded and you had no chance of sitting on the back deck at the ocean view cafe as it was minuscule for the number of people. The food was cold, unappetising and done on a budget. I found this in the formal and informal dining areas. The last evening on board I went to the ocean view dining room as I was truly fed up of the other dining rooms offerings. The Buffett meals served that night were pretty much leftovers from the previous 3 or 4 days. I kid you not! Thank goodness they did a tasty curry up there or I may not have eaten. There were no midnight buffets or deck bbq's that you usually see on cruises. On day 1 there was an issue with the cabin door lock that took 4 visits and several hours before I could access my cabin. On the day we were in Dubrovnik a huge thunderstorm occurred. Local flooding and the like. I found myself abandoned with several elderly passengers in town as the shuttle buses failed to come to get us back to the ship. The celebrity rep hid out the storm and left us to fend for ourselves. Eventually after nearly an hour the Aurora rep felt sorry for us and put us on their coach to get back to the ship. We complained and we did get laundry vouchers and the shuttle cost refunded but this was after we insisted on this. I was more concerned about the safety of the older passengers as one had fallen in an open drain waist deep and a few others were very cold, the staff onboard did not seem to care about their safety. Also one of the ladies from that day had her tshirt shrunk by the laundry. The top was valued at $50 but they only refunded her $20 The TV didn't work well the toilet didn't flush always the safe gave up and I had to keep popping up to guest relations to fix things. They got to know me quite well! I got a little fed up of the constant pressure to buy drinks packages or dining options. I did do the Ocean Liners dining and although the waiters were very attentive I still didn't feel it was high end dining. At the extra cost of around $70 I don't think it was worth it. I loved the itinerary but otherwise I didn't enjoy the ship and its offerings which is sad because I do love cruising and still love that special feeling you get from the whole experience on board. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
This was my 15th Transatlantic cruise on Celebrity and I traveled solo. The start to this cruise was much different than any other cruise. On Nov 3 ,I departed on my flight to Rome and upon arrival at Fiumicino, I took the train to ... Read More
This was my 15th Transatlantic cruise on Celebrity and I traveled solo. The start to this cruise was much different than any other cruise. On Nov 3 ,I departed on my flight to Rome and upon arrival at Fiumicino, I took the train to Civitavecchia (Civi). All went well until I received a text from Celebrity informing me that the Constellation was in Naples due to bad weather in Civi. The text said that we would be bused to Naples. Unfortunately the text did not give times of departure of departure point. Celebrity also sent emails to passengers. The emails went straight to spam so if you had a tablet or smart phone you never got the email. there were of course many confused passengers in Civi that evening. My stateroom was wonderful, up front with large porthole and extra large. The ship which I had sailed on several times is still in first class condition. Plenty of deck chairs and never a wait for anything. The crew is super friendly and everywhere to be seen. Dining in the MDR is OK, nothing more. Service is either very good or very slow. The menu shows a few changes at dinner such as pork and beans and mac and cheese added in. , Much of the meat is tough. I had seen much of the entertainment on previous cruises. Brooks Aehron, the pianist, was on board again; he is just super good and enjoyed by virtually all the passengers. The show put on by the passengers was top-notch. Disembarkation was a breeze, probably less than 20 minutes. All in all, a good cruise despite the very rocky start. I can only hope that someone in the Miami HQ learns from this experience.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
I have sung the praises of Celebrity ever since I was wowed on a 2010 transatlantic cruise on the Equinox. Well, I will sing them no more after experiencing the Constellation 3/31-4/5/14. And to add insult to injury, my travel companion ... Read More
I have sung the praises of Celebrity ever since I was wowed on a 2010 transatlantic cruise on the Equinox. Well, I will sing them no more after experiencing the Constellation 3/31-4/5/14. And to add insult to injury, my travel companion was a first-time cruiser. I had to apologize profusely throughout the 5-night cruise. Thanks, Celebrity! *Food, cold cold food. The "hot" food in the Oceanview Cafe was consistently cool and in some cases cold. I think they never allowed their refrigerated food to warm up before serving. The same goes for room service (we only did it once because ice cold eggs are not very appetizing). *Not enough staff for the onslaught of passengers. Perhaps, there were enough staff but they simply weren't organized. One staffer told me that the passenger load was unusually high. As a result, finding a table in any eating venue besides the restaurants often meant sharing it with dirty dishes. Except for the Aqua Spa Cafe, the food was rather unexceptional, often dried out and repetitive (though I did enjoy the Indian food the most since it consistently was above par with the rest of the food). *Cabin cleanliness. The bathroom maintained a faint smell of urine. I bent down to pick something off the clean bathroom floor only to find that the front of the lavatory had not been cleaned off. My cabin mate had to dig under the TV to retrieve and earring and returned with a handful of dust. *Layout of Deck 3 guest relations area. I was so used to having a large open area on that floor as a nice gathering place, afternoon music groups, etc. The Constellation has its grand staircase smack dab in the middle, thus dividing up the room. *Entertainment. The dancers/singers were probably the poorest I've ever seen on a ship. Their Riverdance routine would go viral on YouTube, it was so laughable. No one in sync, no straight lines. With the exception of one young man with an operatic lite voice (think Josh Groban), the voices were pretty average. In addition they had a magician whose slight of hand was better for closeup work vs. a large venue (and the theatre monitors are not high quality enough to show detail). *Just plain weird. The night before we disembarked, the cabin steward removed the cabin's pen and pad! Why not leave it in the room and post a sign THOU SHALL NOT STEAL? *Busy decor. After the elegance of the Equinox, I was surprised by the particularly wild patterns, particularly carpets on the Constellation. They lent a cheap feel to a ship that was supposedly refurbished recently.Thankfully, this was counterbalanced by excellent, thought-provoking artwork and photography. The redeeming factors: *Some of the nicest staff and crew you will find on any ship. *All the gym equipment is new and they had plenty of treadmills. *Overall, the ship is maintained well, though signs of rust on the outside of the ship is evident, particularly if you have a balcony. *Rapid on/off, both at ports and embarking/disembarking (Disembarking express was a breeze). Sadly, I will rethink Celebrity. I would definitely take a chance on the Equinox again and RC's Serenade of the Seas. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2012
This was my third voyage on the Constellation and she continued to please. In fact, I sailed on the new Silhouette in December 2011 but prefer the Constellation for warmth/ambience and easy of getting around. Arrived on the AutoTrain ... Read More
This was my third voyage on the Constellation and she continued to please. In fact, I sailed on the new Silhouette in December 2011 but prefer the Constellation for warmth/ambience and easy of getting around. Arrived on the AutoTrain from Virginia the day prior to the cruise. Stayed at the Hyatt Place, Dania Beach. Package provided one night's stay, parking for two weeks and round-trip transfers. This is a very nice property with many cruisers and flight crews staying here. Do be aware that the shuttle to the pier stops at all ships; took 30 minutes for the return trip shuttle to arrive at the pier. I took the 10:00 a.m. shuttle from the hotel. Had to 'encourage' the porters to load my luggage onto the carts rather than letting them sit on the ground. I was concerned that my luggage would co-mingle with those disembarking. Only about 25 other passengers in front of me in line for screening. The waiting area was very well organized with the coordinator providing frequent and humorous updates as to when embarkation would begin, which it did promptly @ 11:30 a.m. Immediately went to the buffet and then strolled the decks to re-familiarize myself with the ship's layout. Cabin was ready at 1:30 p.m.; luggage arrived promptly. Had a balcony cabin forward of the glass elevators, portside. Requested an 'egg crate' foam pad for the bed. Hung a wreath on the door - my way of quickly locating my 'home' in the long line of cabins. Elite breakfast: meats, cheeses, fresh fruit, pastries and delicious speciality coffees, Bellini's and Mimosa's. Food in the buffet was good: breakfast was the same every day and I did a mix of the American and British selections. Lunch in the buffet had good variety from day to day. Enjoyed the sushi in the evenings as a pre-dinner snack. As a solo traveller, I prefer fixed-table dining and selected the 8:30 seating. Had a marvelous set of table mates: couples from Australia, Germany, California and Florida. We never lacked for interesting and spirited conversation. The main dining room's food was very good; I enjoy lamb which was offered several evenings. Was disappointed that escargot was not offered on the 'every day' side of the menu. While it was mentioned that the supplier was having issues with providing a sufficient supply, we guessed that this might be a cost-cutting measure (as was the lack of shrimp cocktail at the gala brunch). Entertainment was good to very good. Enjoyed two of the three production shows, had seen two of the speciality acts on the Silhouette which were worth repeating, enjoyed seeing Diane, the Welsh comedian/singer, again. Of course, as a Perry Grant fan, attended the majority of his 7:30 p.m. shows in Michaels Club and both appearances in the main theater. For newcomers to Perry, it can be a love or hate response. Everyone must see him at least once to know which pack you fall into. His loyal following is legendary and his talent is unique (he moves to the Eclipse in the late Fall I believe). At every activity (Captain's Club or Cruise Critic), it was mentioned that the Connie is the fleet-wide ship with the most repeat cruisers. Passengers love the ship itself (easy to navigate and Perry Grant)and the Southern Caribbean itinerary. Unfortunately, the 04/21/12 cruise, was the last time the Connie sailed the southern Caribbean run. When returning from Euroipe in the Fall, she will revert to four- and five-day cruises. What a shame for us fans, but it was explained that the Eclipse has 900 more beds and this itinerary always sells out. Question is: do passengers enjoy the Connie and Perry more than the itinerary? Time will tell. The Connie is showing a bit of rust and worn wood on railings; the wood planking at the pools needs refurbishment. However, the carpeting and furnishings are in very good condition. The dining room chairs are actually comfortable unlike those on the Silhouette (pillows were needed because the chairs were too deep and waiters had to move the chairs out of necessity rather than courtesy because they were so heavy/wide). Ports: Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, Saint Martin and Saint Thomas. Aruba: beautiful beaches, town OK (lots of road construction), took a non-ship tour. Curacao: beautiful Dutch architecture, interesting movable bridge across the shipping lane; took a non-ship tour. Grenada: more authentic island experience downtown; took the ship's 'Land Rover' tour; had a very good guide who pulled all types of spice and fruits from trees and brought them to us; known for the spice market. St. Lucia: there on a Sunday so downtown Castries was closed; took a non-ship tour with COSOL; two small vans of ship's passengers; included island foods and a lot of rum punch, Pitons beer and white; swam at Jalousie resort between the Pitons. Barbados: national holiday so downtown Bridgetown was closed; took a non-ship taxi tour of this beautiful island ($15 pp). Antigua: another more authentic island experience downtown; have been here many times; just walked around town. St. Maarten: have been here many times; simply did the beach alongside the 'boardwalk'; purchased the lounge chair/umbrella/beer package. St. Thomas: ship's Jeep/beach tour was cancelled due to lack of participation; started out with overcast skies and deteriorated into torrential rain; shops emptied out as passengers (Connie and Allure) headed back to the ships. Booked Bermuda and New England/Canada on the Summit for 2013 out of Cape Liberty. Celebrity is my line of choice. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2011
The Constellation is a first class ship and I have been on many. It is not too big and is still part of the elegance of cruising. No bowling allies, rock walls, or tractor pulls. Great shows, beautiful decor. I usually avoid the Buffet ... Read More
The Constellation is a first class ship and I have been on many. It is not too big and is still part of the elegance of cruising. No bowling allies, rock walls, or tractor pulls. Great shows, beautiful decor. I usually avoid the Buffet on all ships except for a breakfast or a snack but actually found it to be fabulous with an amazing selection and style of foods. Just look the the Yellow Pages under restaurants and they have covered all the types in the Buffet. For a quiet evening wait till every-one's in the dining rooms and then go to the back of the buffet at the grill where the grilled salmon is No.One with mixed grilled peppers and a carafe of wine for $10.00 and you not only have the best meal you have peace and quiet because nobody is there and you hear soft music you normally wouldn't notice, the lights are low and its wonderful. Going against the flow is always a good way to enjoy a cruise. I most split my dining between the two specialty restaurants...The Ocean Liner and the Tuscan Grill. $30. a pop but a discount if you buy in 3's. The fillet steak is like a tender soft ball ripped out of a cow...crab cakes amazing...flambe lobster, fabulous cheese selection and flambe strawberries. Too wonderful and please dress....its classy...no farm cloths. The main dinning room was very elegant but I found it so rushed...like a cafeteria...I only tried it twice and was too wound up when I left. I like to relax over my food then go to the theatre. The wine package was a pain in the butt...won't do that again. I kept ending up with wine that wasn't on my package and having to pay huge amounts...I prepaid 5 bottles and think I only used 4 so there goes any tiny saving. The $10. carafe was a better deal. The various stops were wonderful but be very careful in Lisbon as many of us were openly attacked and robbed by pick-pockets...I literally had to fight with three aggressive young woman to hang onto my money. Lisbon should put a stop to them or the ships to by-pass Lisbon. This ship is a bit smaller but so much better and as it was a repositioning cruise I had an outside cabin with a patio, flat screen TV with actual TV programing which I've never had before. I wish there was a list you could be on for last minute single offerings for seniors who could go in a few days notice. Thank you constellation. Read Less
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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