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89 Celebrity Constellation Repositioning Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for the ports. We wanted to see a Dubai and Petra. In my opinion, the ship was in pretty good shape. Yes, it needs paint in a few areas, but it is due for a refurbish anyway. I like the M class ships and was very happy ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. We wanted to see a Dubai and Petra. In my opinion, the ship was in pretty good shape. Yes, it needs paint in a few areas, but it is due for a refurbish anyway. I like the M class ships and was very happy with the ship. We could not get excited about the entertainment offerings in the theatre, which I think was because it was a repositioning cruise. We did enjoy the Take 5 band. The food in the main dining room was good, not great, but I had no trouble finding something that I wanted to eat. I was disappointed with the Tuscan Grill. I thought my steak lacked seasoning and could have used a little more attention from the servers. At $45 per person, I will not go back. Princess specialty restaurants, ie Crown Grill, is $29 per person. We did eat at Quine twice - catching it on sale at $30 per person, I felt we got much more attention and a great selection of food. We had 9 sea days, including transiting the Suez Canal, and 5 ports. We did ship excursions in Muscat, Oman and Petra, Jordan. We had scheduled a walking tour in Muscat which was cancelled, and the only other offering was a panoramic tour. It gave us the opportunity to get off the ship, but we were not impressed with Muscat, or the panoramic tour. Our ships tour of Petra was excellent. I only wish we had another day in Petra to explore some more. We rented a car in Katakolon and drove to Olympia. I was disappointed in Olympia. While there is signage by most of the ruins to describe the ancient use, they did not provide a map or brochure to help you organize your visit. Also, there is no parking at the site. You have to find a parking spot in the modern town of Olympia and then walk to the site. We did like the little town of a Katakolon and the people were very friendly. Our cruise also visited Dubai and Athens, where we had arranged private tours. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because of where Connie was taking us, we hadn't been to Colombo, Cochin, Goa, Mumbai, Muscat or Abu Dhabi. (We had been to Phuket and Dubai several times before). After reading many reviews about Connie ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of where Connie was taking us, we hadn't been to Colombo, Cochin, Goa, Mumbai, Muscat or Abu Dhabi. (We had been to Phuket and Dubai several times before). After reading many reviews about Connie before, we really didn't know what to expect as there were so many conflicting reviews both good, bad and ugly. So I've decided to write a review on our experience on aboard and Connie in general. Connie herself is in great shape, nice and clean and everything was working on board, with no smells. In regards to activities onboard there were many choose from, but we chose to relax and just take in the sun on sea days and venture out when docked at all the ports. In regards to Shore Excursions we did choose one from the ship, but it turned out terrible so we complained and received a 30% refund. To be fare to the Shore Excursion team it was the tour guide who was terrible not the places we visited. Cabin, WOW we had no idea that it was going to be that BIG, we had an Oceanview Category 4 Stateroom Number 8003 and our cabin attendant was absolutely superb. Dining was easy, we just rocked up and asked to sit with 6 other guests and within a couple of minutes we were seated and every night apart from 2 nights we sat with different guests and the food was great, we tried just about everything they had on the menus, with top service all around. Entertainment on board this cruise was really really good compared to some horror stories we heard, in fact all over the ship the entertainment was good. The Ports, well what can I say they were simply fabulous, Phuket jus simply laid back and just did what we wanted to do that included catching up with friends (using free Wifi of course), Colombo it was a pretty place and would like to go back again and spend more time, Cochin, well we kind of liked it but Goa and Mumbai were much much better and overall we thought India was kind of organised chaos. Muscat was a beautiful city where the mountains reach out and touched the sea and the city and harbour met. Aub Dhabi, did'n really do any thing for us, it looked like another suburb of Abu Dhabi. Now for the best part, on Connie there is this special place called the Martini Bar, we lived there every night of the cruise just meeting the most loverly people you could ever meet from all over the globe and the 4 bar tenders put on the best Martini/Cocktail shows I ever seen, pouring 15 Cocktails in one go, it was simply the best, well done lads. Overall we had a WOW of a time on Connie will be sailing on her again in the very near future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We are Celebrity fans having first cruised on Equinox in 2013. We only ever cruise at Christmas and with friends we met on our first cruise. The biggest disappointment was the arrogance of some of the passengers especially with the ... Read More
We are Celebrity fans having first cruised on Equinox in 2013. We only ever cruise at Christmas and with friends we met on our first cruise. The biggest disappointment was the arrogance of some of the passengers especially with the sunbeams. Now we Brits have a reputation for competing with other europeans for beds around hotel pools in europe but seizing 20 beds at 0630 using 4 towels per bed, smacks of selfishness and arrogance and to top it all, from fellow Brits1 We cruised at Christmas from Abu Dhabi including Goa, Mumbai, Dubai, Sir Bani island and back to Abu Dhabi. Abu dhabi is rather boring, Goa was disappointing, Dubai is impressive but hugely expensive, Sir Bani island (never went ashore) seemed pointless. Why have to wait two ours to be tendered to a beach for a BBQ? We were deck 11 in AquaClass and our cabin attendant was fantastic as were 80% of the crew some, clearly their first contract, need a short sharp shock. Celebrity has a policy of not allowing reservation of sunbeds and if you leave, its 30 minutes or your personal belongings are collected and taken to guest relations. Never happened. Pool butlers seemed either intimidated or were perhaps, getting a little kick back for turning a blind eye. Now I appreciate that there are never enough beds on sea days especially if the weather is hot, but it kind of iritates you knowing you have to hunt for a bed after you've had breakfast and certainly put us and our friends, in a bad mood - not the way to start your day! The ridiculous use of 4 towels per bed, kind of flys in the face of Celebrity's "save the waves" campaign and perhaps should require you to sign for a maximum amount of two towels using your sea pass and return them otherwise, you pay for them. Better policing would also help. We always book AquaClass mainly because Blu restaurant has, in my opinion, the best food on the ship along with a comprehensive and impressive wine list. Neither was obvious in Blu in fact, its probably some of the most mediocre food we have ever had. Celebrity have definetly reduced the selection too, even though we always opt for Premium Drinks Package as opposed to the Classic Drinks Package. I would be replacing executive chef too. Are Celebrity aware of the dozens of potato dishes that can be created rather than has or chips? Or sauces rather than some light hearted attempt to disguise yesterdays with todays? As a former chef, I was deeply frustrated at the lack of culinary skill or imagination AND the bloody lack of potato dishes! Connie is showing her age and any any amount of "refits' makes little difference. She is shabby and unloved and should be scrapped. Going back the Solstice class a in September and then Christmas 2020 - never again on a Millennium Class. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We selected this cruise based on the interesting itinerary from Rome to Abu Dhabi, including a journey through the Suez Canal and a trip to Petra from Aqaba, Jordan. The ports were all a lot of fun and interesting. Several were easy enough ... Read More
We selected this cruise based on the interesting itinerary from Rome to Abu Dhabi, including a journey through the Suez Canal and a trip to Petra from Aqaba, Jordan. The ports were all a lot of fun and interesting. Several were easy enough to do on our own. Our time was limited in Catania and Muscat, so I wish we were there for more hours. The cruise was long with many sea days, but we enjoyed the different activities the Celebrity Constellation offered. I wish they would vary the timing of activities from day to day so we could do more. For instance, if you decide to participate in trivia, it's at the same time daily and often conflicts with several other things on the schedule. Also, the schedule is packed from 10am-3pm, but not much going on in the late afternoon. While the Constellation is an older ship, it didn't feel old and they've done a good job keeping it updated. We found our cabin comfortable and the ship easy to get around. The food in the Oceanview Cafe was great for breakfast and lunch, offering a wide variety. We also enjoyed access to ice cream and cookies in the afternoon. We had great service by a couple of different waiters in the main dining room (a few not so great servers). For the most part, the food was good, but not great. We had a few misses. The entertainment was predictable but enjoyable. The production cast and musicians were very good, and we liked the theme nights in the Reflections lounge in the late evening. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We flew into Abu Dhabi for a 2 night stay before the cruise to Rome through the Suez Canal. We had an ocean view and thoroughly enjoyed the stateroom. We enjoyed the facilities on the ship. The entertainment in the theatre was good to ... Read More
We flew into Abu Dhabi for a 2 night stay before the cruise to Rome through the Suez Canal. We had an ocean view and thoroughly enjoyed the stateroom. We enjoyed the facilities on the ship. The entertainment in the theatre was good to excellent. I suppose it depends what your personal preferences are. We enjoyed eating the excellent food in the MDR, meeting new people and listening to their adventures. We won a meal in the Italian restaurant. It was very good. We met up with people to do the trivia and had good fun. We called in at Muscat in Oman, we just had a walk along the waterfront. We did a trip to Petra from Aqaba, Jordan, it was amazing. A must do trip, even though it was not cheap. We sailed through the Suez Canal without a narration onboard. This was disappointing. Also when we entered the Mediterranean there was no mention of the event!!! We called into Athens and got the Ho-Ho bus to the Acropolis. A very worthwhile trip. After seeing the sights at the Acropolis we got back on the bus and did a city tour. We got the admission halfprice into the Acropolis because we are seniors and proof we were EU citizens. We then called in to Katakolon. This is a lovely beachside resort. Bars and restaurants facing the sea, tourist shops in the street behind. We got the train to Olympia, we also got halfprice admission to the museum and Olympic site. We ended the cruise in Rome, after 15 nights. We have been on this ship before and found some of the changes ie no happy hour, the changes in the casino plus the prizes won for trivia were disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Chose this cruise for the itinerary, and it did not disappoint, nor did the cruise ship, all very good. All staff had a very positive and willing attitude. The ship's officers were always visible and this seemed to have an impact ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary, and it did not disappoint, nor did the cruise ship, all very good. All staff had a very positive and willing attitude. The ship's officers were always visible and this seemed to have an impact everywhere. An excellent example was the Hotel Director, Helen, whom we seemed to bump into every day. The ship was clean and seemed well maintained, all public spaces were constantly being cleaned. Our cabin steward was great as were all the bar and dining staff. Just wish that the dinner menu could have been better, as well as several of the entertainers that were brought onboard were not very good. The exception was the Ship's band and the production shows. The gym and sauna were well used and we enjoyed the Solarium where we could find seats most of the time. Also we were frequent users of the aft bar and dining area on Deck 11. Would recommend! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as it was amazing value for the ports we were visiting and neither of us had even been to Asia. However, I will admit to booking onto Constellation with a little trepidation having previously cruised ... Read More
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as it was amazing value for the ports we were visiting and neither of us had even been to Asia. However, I will admit to booking onto Constellation with a little trepidation having previously cruised on larger & newer ships (P&O Britannia and MSV Divina). We arranged our own flights and hotel pre-cruise taking advantage of New Year sales and flew to Singapore on British Airways arriving the day before embarkation and stayed in The Scarlett in Chinatown which was a superb base. We then spent the day sightseeing around Marina Bay on electric scooters (a must do!), including a cheeky charge up and down the F1 pitlane, before taking an Uber to the Cruise Terminal. Embarkation at Singapore was straightforward with no queues, although we were a little disappointed that the photo opportunities had already been packed up having pre-paid for the photo package. However, that disappointment aside, we were through check-in and on ship within about 20 minutes. Once aboard we headed to the Atrium and took advantage of waitress service and our drinks package to order our first cocktail, a Singapore Sling of course! :D Constellation departed on-time and we watched the sail-away from the Sunset Bar at the aft. All our pre-cruise doubts about sailing on Constellation were immediately dispelled once we took a hour or so to explore her. We found her to be extremely well maintained and decorated, and despite being nearly 50% smaller that previous ships we'd sailed on, if anything there was a feeling of more space. Our initial cabin was an inside on deck 9 forward (9015) which was a fantastic quiet location, only spoiled by a problem with our toilet which eventually led to us having to move to an Ocean View on deck 3 (3126). Whilst being a fabulous cabin in a great position midship, benefitting from a massive window as it used to be part of the conference centre, there was a low rumbling noise which we found disturbing for the first couple of night having come from such a quiet location. We had traditional dining at the later sitting of 8:30pm and were sat on a table of eight with some other British couples. Both the company and service was great and we did not have any complaints regarding the food which was excellent throughout. We never ate main meals in the Ocean View Café buffet restaurant however breakfasts and lunches there were all excellent always with fresh food available. We also ate in the specialty restaurant Qsine twice, once complimentary as a result of our cabin move, and once paying, and found it to be an excellent innovative experience with simply stunning food that you wanted to eat too much of! We can’t wait to go back! Entertainment would be the only minor point of gripe, with shows that were not really of the same standard to those on previous cruises. However, we did find that the Silent Disco Celebrity put on at the Martini Bar on selected nights was excellent and really they should do it somewhere every night!! Our other issue was towards the end of the cruise when the main late-night venue Reflections was closed for a staff party all night forcing us to move to the much more sedate and earlier closing Rendezvous Lounge. Credit to Celebrity though as after a little discussion, a DJ was put on after the House Band finished and the bar kept open until 1am for us. We found the Shore Excursions provided via Celebrity to be of a very good standard and well organised and would certainly use them again. Disembarkation in Abu Dhabi took a little longer than previous experiences and luggage collection in the terminal building was more haphazard. However it was completed without incident and we had a great day hiring a car and visiting Ferrari World before heading to the airport for our return flight to the UK that evening. Overall it was a great cruise on a fabulous ship, which left us with a very positive impression of both Celebrity and Constellation. So much so that we have another cruise booked in May aboard “Connie” in the Mediterranean! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The itinerary of this cruise is good, but affected by the closure of open decks in the hours of darkness for three nights while passing through the Gulf of Aden. The Blu restaurant exclusive to Aqua passengers was excellent entirely as ... Read More
The itinerary of this cruise is good, but affected by the closure of open decks in the hours of darkness for three nights while passing through the Gulf of Aden. The Blu restaurant exclusive to Aqua passengers was excellent entirely as expected, with an excellent maitre D. The buffet cafeteria standard of food was poor and bland. Often food was awkward to even reach due to the layout of the food bars. Staff in bars often stood about chatting among themselves rather than attending to guests. 18% service charge on every onboard purchase is outrageous, especially in bars on board where service is poor. Some of the deck bars were closed at times when they should have been open. The Aqua class stateroom while adequate, was looking rather tired. Worn furniture and rather small on Celebrity Constellation. Our cabin steward however, was outstanding. Advised that Celebrity cruises were definitely 5star, I’d say definitely not! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
New places to visit and new cultures to experience.The ports of call were excellent and the time in its port adequate for the tours planned. The crew was good for the most part although attention to detail was lacking. The ship was clean ... Read More
New places to visit and new cultures to experience.The ports of call were excellent and the time in its port adequate for the tours planned. The crew was good for the most part although attention to detail was lacking. The ship was clean and the housekeeping did a great job. The Hotel manager was visible but not engaged. The Staff Captain did a great job keeping the crew doing their duties as needed. The food in the Buffet was almost always cold and the fruits not ripe.The ship shows its age being the oldest in the Millennium class and needs refurbishing which i heard that it is scheduled soon. The cruise director and his staff was very good, the different games and shows were well planned and executed. The guest relations Manager was not visible and her staff needs more training. The two exceptions were Daniela the events coordinator and Rose the Captain's Club hostess that did an outstanding job. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
the itinerary was very very interesting. the staff in general were very nice on board. some staff were very friendly while others were not whereas on a holland ship all staff are friendly. they also responded quickly when things were ... Read More
the itinerary was very very interesting. the staff in general were very nice on board. some staff were very friendly while others were not whereas on a holland ship all staff are friendly. they also responded quickly when things were brought to their attention. the food was very good, portion sizes were just right. The buffet should be designed better as to traffic flow. the reflection lounge was closed too often for private functions . The Connie is a nice size ship to travel on. The ships entertainment was excellent especially the production shows. The dancers and singers were all very very good. The any time dining seemed at times a bit chaotic to get a table so advance reservations are the best option. Once seated dining is very pleasurable, not hurried not rushed and very attentive. The meal presentation was also very good. Vegetarian options were plentiful and creative. This itinerary is well worth doing if it is offered in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were somewhat concerned about boarding a 15 year old ship and also about dining and entertainment due to our most recent experience on a Celebrity ship (on that occasion we had just completed a cruise on HAL where the food was ... Read More
We were somewhat concerned about boarding a 15 year old ship and also about dining and entertainment due to our most recent experience on a Celebrity ship (on that occasion we had just completed a cruise on HAL where the food was outstanding...). Well, the ship was in a very good shape, food at the main dining room and at the cafeteria was never disappointing, and the entire staff lived up to the Constellation reputation. From embarkation to disembarkation everything ran smoothly. Entertainment was generally ok with some high points (mainly the comedians) and quite varied. Shore excursions were well managed although sometimes overly expensive. Select dining was managed nicely, only once did we (four of us) have to wait for a table. Our stateroom attendant was particularly attentive and efficient. Internet service was fine... outside of peak usage times (you'll have to figure this one out on specific cruises), The only downside is Celebrity's pricing model which makes all the extras bust any budget you may have. From internet pricing to laundry to specialty restaurants and specialty coffee, prices have all skyrocketed over the recent past. Celebrity must review this and offer better value for "basic cruisers". Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise for its itinerary, which ended with the F1 . The check in was chaotic, but once on-board that was soon forgotten. Our cabin was at the rear of the ship with a large balcony, this was ideal for our cruising ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary, which ended with the F1 . The check in was chaotic, but once on-board that was soon forgotten. Our cabin was at the rear of the ship with a large balcony, this was ideal for our cruising through the Suez canal, offering panoramic views. My personal opinion is that some excursions were over priced but I know others on-board were happy with them. Entertainment was good and varied. No problems with the sunbed but think that was more down to the demographics of passengers. We enjoyed the dining in the main dining room and requested the same location every night as we had an amazing waiter. On previous Celebrity cruises we've struggled to find somewhere to sit at Cafe Al Balcio, this time we never had a problem and enjoyed a coffee while watching the world go by. Would highly recommend this itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Celebrity is our cruise line of choice! We love Aqua Class staterooms and what comes with it ... especially dining in the Blu. The Persian Gardens on this ship is very small and not as open as on the Solstice Ships, but there for your ... Read More
Celebrity is our cruise line of choice! We love Aqua Class staterooms and what comes with it ... especially dining in the Blu. The Persian Gardens on this ship is very small and not as open as on the Solstice Ships, but there for your use. We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary. It was a "repositioning" cruise so did not come with all the perks that other cruises do, but the price was excellent. We found the Constellation to be friendly, never any crowds or lineups and a great mix of passengers from all over the world. The food on this ship was very good. We dined in all the restaurants during our 15 nights on this ship and enjoyed everyone of the restaurants. The Blu & The Tuscan are our favourites. An activity that we really enjoyed is the "Silent Disco" at the Martini Bar. This is alot of fun, made for many laughs and a good time. Be sure to try it out if you see it listed as an activity on your ship. We would travel on the Constellation again if the itinerary was what we were interested in. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were a family of 6 adults. This was my second celebrity cruise. We were in Aqua class. Disappointed in the cruise. The Suez Canal narrator did not have adequate microphone so he ended up speaking to people as they came up to him. Not at ... Read More
We were a family of 6 adults. This was my second celebrity cruise. We were in Aqua class. Disappointed in the cruise. The Suez Canal narrator did not have adequate microphone so he ended up speaking to people as they came up to him. Not at all like Panama Canal crossing on NCL. We used Aqua class and main dinning room menu- which was nice to have access to. Not as boring as repeats. The entertainment in the main venue was good but the entertainment in the other clubs was not. We attended most of the podium lectures which were good. Physics, naturalist and historical series. It was nice to get an invitation to go to helicopter area for docking. We ordered cheese for our afternoon snack which was far superior to the other offering in Aqua. No extra charge. Room service for breakfast was very prompt. Our cabin steward was always available and helpful. Aman. Our waiters at dinner got our preferences down and we had a table for 6 reserved for us which was spacious and nice. We went on private tours. The Dark Rome tour of the Basilicas and St. Peter's was great. The guides were very learned energetic and enthusiastic. We were able to get tickets to go down to St. Peter's tomb and see the old pagan cemeteries. Contact the Vatican- very limited each day. We were very lucky. On the way up to the main basilica we saw other areas. We also went to the top on the elevator. Would suggest this. You can climb up to the top for additional 300 stairs. We were happy with the elevator inside and out. You ended up where the statues are and the dome inside. To go to the top of the tallet building in Dubai get your tickets in advance. We were dissapointed. A must see the Mosque in Abu Dabi. We did a dune bashing which was fun. I would skip the dinner cruise- too long and you can get a water taxi that goes the same route and takes you to the gold market suick. I did not buy anything but the malls are a nice walk through with the aquarium and the ski slopes. Food courts are very interesting. Like being back in US but the customers were veiled. People were always very friendly. The acropolis is being restored which is nice. Also went to Poseiden ruins. Petra was fantastic and much larger than just the treasury in the Raider's movie. A very long walk. Horses and carts are available. Donkeys also. Hope this is helpful. No problem with pirates. We had some black out dates. Windows and curtains drawn. We did have a Safe Haven drill. Felt very safe. Enjoyed the Captian's talk.Buffet had great variety and was good. The aqua class comes with the Persiean Garden. This was not the same as on our other Celebrity cruise. Dark small and dank. I did enjoy the sauna for the general members off the pool. The gym was visited by my husband alot. The stretch exercises and abdominal exercises were good but needs to be offered more times especially since we had so many sea days with little activiites. They were very popular. I liked the fact that there was no hard pressure sales in the spa when we attended women's pamper day. My sister and sister in law enjoyed the brow presentation also. Our hostess in aqua class was wonderful. She greeted us and was very polite and happy!! She loved her job and it showed. Nice greeting every night. NurseGator Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
There's a lot of rust all over the ship. The public restrooms are almost always more dirty and smelly than the restroom on the average petrol station. The WTC Abu Dhabi shopping mall has better quality on their toilet paper than ... Read More
There's a lot of rust all over the ship. The public restrooms are almost always more dirty and smelly than the restroom on the average petrol station. The WTC Abu Dhabi shopping mall has better quality on their toilet paper than the ship. As always there are too many different kinds of music on at the same time around the Al Bacio, which is usually our favorite place to spend our time and money. This cruise we didn't. We couldn't. The two girls strangling their violins must have paid a lot of money to be on this ship because they really can't play. Classical music is supposed to be harmonious, but they have no ounce of harmony in their act. They just sound like they're mistreating their instruments. The singer Jessica Hart in the production team destroys everything that allows her to open her mouth. She can't carry a tune, at all. Vocal Captain Matt on the other hand is amazing. I've been calling Celebrity customer service a lot in the previous months asking about our upcoming trip and every time I got different answers. Not one person knew anything at all about visas or visitors permits. But they should all be fluent in the workings of the ship and that you will handle ships excursions and the guests needs. It turns out we've been worried for nothing. But we've actually seriously considered cancelling this cruise because it was virtually impossible to get any answers from customer services. The Silent Disco was the absolute highlight of the activities on the ship. The short episodes of "if you laugh you lose" would have won if they were longer. I could easily see this on stage in the theater for half an hour and remember it as the highlight of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We picked the due for the itinerary and value for money. Rome, Sicily, Athens, Suez Canal, Aqaba for Petra, Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Sky suite, deck 6, midships, good location close to where you needed to be. Great feature was that ... Read More
We picked the due for the itinerary and value for money. Rome, Sicily, Athens, Suez Canal, Aqaba for Petra, Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Sky suite, deck 6, midships, good location close to where you needed to be. Great feature was that the bed faced to window and not side on as in other suites we’ve had. Good standard of ship and guest entertainers. Luminae great as usual although there were a few night where we had to pick from the main dining room menu. Only thing that we disliked aboard the ship was the quality and appropriateness of piped music when there was no live music or DJ. The music in the Martini Bar which we love was appalling, techno electronic which set your nerves on edge and created a negative ambiance. I can’t stress how bad it was. We requested that they play something more appropriate to the bar and crowd aboard but were told that the music was set by head office in Miami and couldn’t be changed. Every evening we asked them to turn it down.......it was truly awful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
As you are obvoiusly only looking for positive reviews to put on Cruise Critic I won't bother wasting my time describing the couldn't care less attitude of the staff, the drunken neighbours who we were told to put up with and the ... Read More
As you are obvoiusly only looking for positive reviews to put on Cruise Critic I won't bother wasting my time describing the couldn't care less attitude of the staff, the drunken neighbours who we were told to put up with and the security staff who never bothered turning up on the penultimate night when this couple started arguing late at night. By this time both my wife and I had been quarantined in our room because of a virus we picked up on the ship. I lost one stone in weight the time we were aboard. On our flight back to Manchester from Rome many other passengers who we recognised as being on the same cruise had the dry hacking cough that characterised our virus. Virus may have been due to electricians replacing cables on level six for pretty much all the cruise, the vents in the ceiling being constantly open. The electricians were provided with masks. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is rated as a 5-star ship - it barely approaches a 3-star, no wonder it needs a refurbishment! I would suggest a total makeover or sending it to the scrape yard. Some of the negatives: Too few restaurant staff and mainly very ... Read More
This is rated as a 5-star ship - it barely approaches a 3-star, no wonder it needs a refurbishment! I would suggest a total makeover or sending it to the scrape yard. Some of the negatives: Too few restaurant staff and mainly very inexperienced when it comes to customer service No self service laundry facilities Library is a misnomer - should be entitled a closet with a glass wall and virtually no books present Ship is dirty overall Food is substandard Cabin stewards are down to one per cabin and far too many cabins for them to service in a timely manner Disembarkation was ridiculous. We were called to leave the ship 1.5 hours BEFORE our transfer was to leave dockside....we ended up standing around for that length of time when we could have been onboard drinking our morning coffee! Daily activities were mainly concentrated on selling stuff - need a major overhaul of the so-called social activities If this is the Celebrity ship standard, you can count me out - would not sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The ports visited. The crew were very friendly. The food at times was fine. Embarkation in Abu Dhabi was a shambles. Some show were excellent others very amateurish. Not sure I use Celebrity again. Money making in your face ... Read More
The ports visited. The crew were very friendly. The food at times was fine. Embarkation in Abu Dhabi was a shambles. Some show were excellent others very amateurish. Not sure I use Celebrity again. Money making in your face constantly. Don't agree with the high tipping system. About time cruise lines paid a fair wage and not expect clients to pay the wages by tipping. Not a great range of shops on the ship. It was looking very tired and needing a face lift. The Windows in all public areas were never cleaned.couldnt see out of the dining room at the the stern and the Oceanview you couldn't take a photo from the inside due to filthy glass.other ships we travelled on always were cleaning the outside when in port. Maybe the newer Celebrity ships offer more things to do. The live speakers were very interesting but greatly overlapped each other. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
15 mins within arriving we were onboard and lunching in the MDR.The dining staff were always attentive at both MDR or oceanview. 'DAISY' was one of the assistant waiters who always had a smile or cuddle.The food was of good ... Read More
15 mins within arriving we were onboard and lunching in the MDR.The dining staff were always attentive at both MDR or oceanview. 'DAISY' was one of the assistant waiters who always had a smile or cuddle.The food was of good quality. My husband got more than his share of seafood everyday.Our room always smelled of bleach which told us it was kept clean. We refused the daily fruit to our room(cONCIERGE). There was plenty of fruit,yoghurt and yummy ice cream in oceanview to consume. We chose this cruise for the unusual ports to see. We had the most wonderful speakers onboard that gave us the history and what we were going to see on our voyage. "Mickey"gave us info throughout the passage of the suez canal. This was the highlight for us. We started to watch the entry in the early hours right thru the day until we exit.What a great day for all. "Mickey" made a dvd to purchase at the end of the cruise. This was a collection of photos from "cruisers"of what they saw on this trip. Worth every penny. The shows were really good. We appreciated the work that the dancers must put in to give us a great performance.CONNIE" was our 2nd celeb cruise and it won't be our last.Thanks again CELEBRITY for a enjoyable, interesting and safe trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
To visit Petra in Jordan,The Celebrity Constellation is definately not 5Star ,Modern ,orLuxury as Advertised.the ship is tired throughout .Dining in the San Marco restaurant was slow and dark due to a number of broken and missing ... Read More
To visit Petra in Jordan,The Celebrity Constellation is definately not 5Star ,Modern ,orLuxury as Advertised.the ship is tired throughout .Dining in the San Marco restaurant was slow and dark due to a number of broken and missing lamps,every course ordered took around thirty minutes to arrive,when on the 8.30 sitting most nights it was not unusual to leave after 11.00pm. What is described as a stateroom is just in reality a small cabin with the tiniest of bathroom, (I have a bigger bathroom in my camper.)valances around the bed were torn pieces of metal sticking out around the bed at shin height which were cured by placing pool towels under the mattress and hanging them over the end of the bed (never been in 5star accommodation with this option?) Not a 5Star cruise more like hovering around a THREE. If lots of Tee shirts,shorts and caps on backwards at evening supper is your thing this is the cruise ship for you .why do Celebrity encourage Dinner suits and then welcome guests dressed like hotdog sellers in ?. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. It was our first time on Celebrity. We had some great adventures in Oman and Petra. A lot of sea days but we knew this going in. The Suez Canal was interesting and very different from the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary. It was our first time on Celebrity. We had some great adventures in Oman and Petra. A lot of sea days but we knew this going in. The Suez Canal was interesting and very different from the Panama Canal. The cruise staff was very friendly and outgoing. The entertainment was the best we have had onboard a ship in a long time. A very pleasant surprise. We really enjoyed the silent disco nights. What a fun idea! We were disappointed in the food. Not much fruit selection and they ran out of lettuce four days before the cruise ended. All salads were made with spinach. I must say that a Caesar salad made with spinach is not my idea of a Caesar. As the cruise progressed the food got worse, some bing quite stale upon serving. Not good advertising for future cruising with this cruise line. Overall we had a good time, but were disappointed with the food but not the service. The service was great! We are going on another Celebrity cruise in a few days, we hope the food is better. Only time will tell! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have been cruising over 10 years, had took many segments of world cruises. The reason we chose this cruise was Suez Canal and Petra. We took the ship's shore excursion to Petra - great disappointment. The tour guide was very ... Read More
We have been cruising over 10 years, had took many segments of world cruises. The reason we chose this cruise was Suez Canal and Petra. We took the ship's shore excursion to Petra - great disappointment. The tour guide was very green in the area - not well organized, lacking experience to lead - worst of all it hard to hear from him due to large group (our tourist bus was fully loaded). For charging over $270 per person it did not even provide a bottle of water on the way back, especially it's over 2 hours drive and after few hours walk. The ship is dated thus showing its age. Overall services and food in the main dining room are OK - nothing exceptional. Most of the enrichment programs /talks were very informative. The presenters are knowledgeable of their subjects . We're in concierge cabin on deck 8. Our cabin was clean and tidy, however the sofa, bed skirt and towels are wore out. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Firstly, a bit of background, this was our first cruise with Celebrity having 25 plus previous cruises mainly with the Carnival group of brands. The last ten years apart from one with P&0 and one with Fred Olsen all being with Princess ... Read More
Firstly, a bit of background, this was our first cruise with Celebrity having 25 plus previous cruises mainly with the Carnival group of brands. The last ten years apart from one with P&0 and one with Fred Olsen all being with Princess Cruises. Last New Year we tried P&0 after a gap of 9 years - just to see if all the so many poor reviews could be accurate. For us they were true and could only be described as dreadful. The Ventura herself was a nice ship but Food and service were dreadful. For us the company that offered the cruising experience of old - was confirmed as long gone. We love Princess and have been Elite status with them for quite a few years. We have however become bored with their itineries; especially out of Southampton. So, we decided that it was time for a change and booked our first cruise with Celebrity. The cruise was a repositioning voyage from the Arabian Gulf back to Europe starting off in Abu Dhabi We became a little concerned when before the cruise various reviews on the Constellation were very mixed. However, we should not have worried - Overall the cruise was a great success and an absolute pleasure. It was almost as if the clock had been turned back and the cruising of 20 years ago was back again. Cruise was booked as a package through Cruise Kings including flights to Dubai All Transfers – 2-night stay in Dubai – Transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome airport and flight home. Transfer from the airport in Dubai to the Hotel was chaotic as reps attending the arrivals seemed to have little idea as to what was going on and who was going where. This was not helped as we were delayed getting through to arrivals by 1.5hrs delay in getting through the long lines at immigration. Hotel in Dubai whilst fine for the time stayed would not use again. We were booked in the Holiday Inn in Al Barsha; very close to Ski Dubai and the Mall of the Emirates. Hotel was more basic than expected, whilst clean and friendly enough the continuous piped music which resonated from the central atrium through to the rooms right through the night drove us mad. Our outbound flight with Emirates on the evening A380 Flight from Manchester was fine, but delay in getting through immigration in Dubai was a pain. Return flight from Rome to Manchester with Jet2.com was as expected - very basic. We knew at booking that this would be the case but due to relatively short flight and good timings we stuck with - but would not be a flight of choice otherwise. Boarding Celebrity Constellation in Abu Dhabi Had previously read that long queues could be encountered depending on the arrival time in Abu Dhabi. We changed our original departure time from the hotel in Dubai from 11.00 to 09.00. This was a very good tactic, as we arrived at the terminal with only a handful of other guests. The terminal building was very nice and seemingly brand new. After a quick look at the shops we proceeded straight through security and basis our Aqua Class cabin waived straight through to priority boarding. We were on the ship at 10.30 am and offered welcome onboard sparkling wine before we even got as far as the elevators – Nice touch. On boarding we were told that cabins would be available from approximately 13.30 and that announcements would be made. This was fine by us – Overall very well organised and stress free. Initial Impressions On boarding was very pleased to see that Celebrity Constellation appeared to be very clean and in Good condition. Yes, some carpeting in alleyways and public areas was obviously well worn but not exactly threadbare, Décor appeared a little dark and ‘dated’ but we soon got used to this and she is still a lovely ship. She does not have all of bells and whistles of more recent ships but still considered her as very nice. What was so striking was the friendliness and apparent high morale and friendliness of all the crew. It was all so nice after our most recent experience with P&0 where majority of crew persistently looked as if they were chewing a wasp! Cabin Cabins were released to passengers at 13.20. Our cabin Aqua class Balcony 9057 was slightly smaller than the balcony cabins we are used to on the “Grand Class “of ships but was well laid out and spotlessly clean. Balcony itself was ok and it was nice to note that it was not only very clean (Seen to be cleaned throughout the voyage) when other ships more recently full of salt and general grime/overpainted balcony furniture not touched throughout the cruise. One thing to point out which we found out about pre-cruise is that by design of the ship all balconies and those on decks 8 and 9 are completely shaded by the large overhang from deck 10 above. This was not a problem for us as the weather was so hot and the shade welcomed but for some cruisers and more temperate cruises direct sunshine onto the balconies is limited or in our case non-existent. Bathroom was excellent spotless – no plumbing problems – Proper glass shower door and excellent multi nozzle power shower. Only possible complaint was that the bed and mattress was worn and very lumpy – Hopefully this will be rectified in upcoming refit. We really missed the new luxury beds found onboard Princess. Another minor note was the condition of the net curtains on the patio door which were drab and patched. Other than this we were quite happy. With Aqua class – daily hors d’oeuvres are delivered in the afternoon. These to be honest these are not worth it and we told our steward not to bother with these about half way through the cruise as they often deserved afternoon naps. Same applied with the delivery of daily jugs of supposedly infused chilled teas. Being Aqua Class also got upgraded Bathrobes – Slippers and use of Binoculars and Umbrella in the cabin. Toiletries were informed to be upgrades on the normal items on offer but this being first Celebrity/Aqua class cabin can’t really comment. It was nice to see though that individual shampoos and conditioners are still provided as opposed to the general refillable bottles of shower gel recently replacing the individual toiletries on Princess cruises. Another supposed bonus for aqua cabins was unlimited use of the spa suite of sauna and steam rooms which they called the Persian Garden? Was told that this was much better on the Solstice class of ships but found on Constellation this was rather dark and dingy. Would not bother with the so-called rewards of aqua class if it were not for our own designated restaurant “Blue” This was in our opinion worth the upgrade on its own Food and Service We have not yet travelled on Princesses recently announced new Club class but guess that this is designed to compete with Celebrity Aqua class. Availability of separate restaurant even though we never used the main restaurant was to us well worth the upgrade on its own. The small and more intimate Blu restaurant open for Breakfast and Dinner we used every day except one day when we dined in Ocean Liners. To us the food and service could not be faulted. It was excellent. Management ashore should give credit to the excellent staff – service levels and Maître D as to the levels of excellent service and the product provided. Blu restaurant had different menu every day of the cruise. Must point out though that we are in no way criticising the product on offer in the main restaurant, as many conversations we had with other friends made during the cruise commented on the excellent standards and Menus on offer in the main restaurant. As already mentioned we did on one occasion use the speciality restaurant “Ocean Liners”. This was very nice indeed but we only used this once and did not use the other restaurant the Tuscan Grille quite simply because the food and service in our main Blu restaurant was so good there was no need to use the specialty restaurants. Our only possible complaint with food offerings was the main buffet the Ocean View Café. This was to our tastes and that of many other passengers not to our liking. We found the offerings to be very repetitive even though we only checked this out at lunchtimes. It was badly planned – laid out the different sections made the flow to be very poor making the pushing and shoving encountered very uncomfortable. Access to serving areas was poor forcing users to lean under the enclosed serving areas often needing the leaning over of other items more towards the front of the displays. This was as said poor and uncomfortable. Score of the main buffet is the only item which could possibly lower the overall score of the food and beverage dept. To be fair though ship can hardly be blamed for design and layout of the serving areas, but management could be faulted on the offerings available. Entertainment Evening entertainment and Productions in the Theatre were some of the best we have seen for a long time. During the cruise, we had 4 production shows by the ships production team 3 of which we considered to be excellent and one good. Other evenings we had different guest entertainers ranging from excellent to very good. Only one considered as mediocre was the magician card trick type of act but probably some people liked. All shows – acts lasted for approx. 50 minutes Much better than the 30 min presentations offered over the last couple of years by Carnival Group ships. Thought that cruise director was OK certainly put himself out and about around the ship, which is more than can be said for most these days. Daytime entertainment especially since we had so many consecutive sea days was lacking – Morning lectures were OK But afternoon offerings poor. Again, considering so many sea days Some of which were too hot to stay in the sun. During the latter part of the cruise afternoon movie presentations started – not sure if this was due to complaints but in any case came as a welcome break. In conclusion, the cruise was good – very good. Hotel aspects Food Service General Hotel services were excellent as was the ships cleanliness. So, nice to see that cold towels still presented on open decks during the very Hot weather and on return from shore. People think these are minor items and other companies cut these little things thinking they are not missed or indeed noted. Maybe not by the newbies who seem to be the target groups of other cruise lines But companies should be reminded that they are noted. Cleanliness onboard Celebrity Constellation was to be commended. Had into the habit of not using - even avoiding public restrooms onboard as even recommended due to outbreaks of Noro virus etc. Constellation was spotless Public bathrooms even had attendees especially in the evenings and kept gleaming with cloth towels offered by smiling attendants. Crew to be commended throughout the ship - starting at the top and all Hotel Management team commended. Many thanks to the Hotel director and all his obviously, content and happy crew. Whether next cruise will be Celebrity or Princess would go with either subject to itineries and possible deals. We missed many items normally found on Princess not least the free Laundry for Elites – Mini Bar Set up – Free Internet etc., Celebrity has the edge in our opinion from this one cruise. Hope that it is maintained and that ship based fixtures are attended to in the upcoming refit. Thanks to all on Constellation for a great experience overall Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was a cruise to tick off 2 bucket list items, Petra and Suez Canal, We arrived early Monday morning and got to the port at 8:45 ish, Celebrity opened check-in at 9am for around 100 of us but we did have to wait until 11am to get ... Read More
This was a cruise to tick off 2 bucket list items, Petra and Suez Canal, We arrived early Monday morning and got to the port at 8:45 ish, Celebrity opened check-in at 9am for around 100 of us but we did have to wait until 11am to get on the ship. We were expecting warm temperatures but not the 37-43 centrigrade we had. We did the Magical Muscat tour and were not disappointed though the time spent at the souk could have been halved. Aqaba we did a private tour to Petra, we did have a few misgivings as our driver was not there to meet us, however he had gone to the wrong ship, thinking that as we were Brits we would be on Queen Mary but the agent soon told him we were on Constellation. What a day, this well exceeded every expectation, the sights magical, the scenery stunning, the people very welcoming. Suez, we thought would be one straight long canal, but how wrong were we, it has bends, lakes and contrasting scenery on the two banks. Mickeylive did a commentary every hour from the bridge and this helped make this a very good day. Most of the ship was wandering around to get various vantage points including the helipad too. Athens we wandered across to Mandraki harbour for a change and Katakolon was a very beautiful village for the day. The crew as usual were brilliant and the food was much improved since our last voyage in January. It is tired looking but as I write this, it is in dry dock for refurbishment Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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