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Boarded the Celebrity Constellation in Abu Dhabi for 16 day cruise to Rome via Suez Canal. The ship is a nice size and as mentioned by other contributor’s a little tired. The ships staff were first class and with the weather hot and ... Read More
Boarded the Celebrity Constellation in Abu Dhabi for 16 day cruise to Rome via Suez Canal. The ship is a nice size and as mentioned by other contributor’s a little tired. The ships staff were first class and with the weather hot and sunny made for an excellent cruise. Dining in the San Marco restaurant was good with excellent service. Cannot comment on evening shows as we did not attend. The Martini bar was a good meeting point, the bartenders were excellent being comical with their antics and great service. Well done lads. . The port of Aqaba gave access to Petra and the Wadi Rum.and the journey through the Suez Canal was spectacular. Fellow cruisers were all friendly making this a happy cruise. As I write this review the ship is at Marseille undergoing a 2 week refit. We are looking forward to our next cruise on the Constellation in September. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have taken more than 40 cruises and this cruise was by far the best. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff and you were always greeted in a pleasant greeting. Everything worked from the checking in to the disembarkment. Food was ... Read More
I have taken more than 40 cruises and this cruise was by far the best. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff and you were always greeted in a pleasant greeting. Everything worked from the checking in to the disembarkment. Food was amazing, entertaining the best I have ever seen. I never really attend the shows as they are not worth going to but this cruise it was outstanding. Well done. Ports of call were great and the talks were well worth attending. 5 stars and thank you Celebrity for an amazing itinerary I loved every port of call and the immigration process in India was stress free a great deal of preparation was put in place to ensure it ran smoothly and the communication to the process was well documented. We had an inside cabin on the 3rd floor near reception which was very central and also very very quiet. Reception was amazing and Dinner waiters Pasha and Sunil who served us was also 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We loved visiting Singapore and loved traveling on Celebrity. Not only Singapore, but Vietnam, Hong Kong, Manila, and Malaysia. This was a great itinerary and Port of call were quite interesting. Traveling on the Celebrity, ... Read More
We loved visiting Singapore and loved traveling on Celebrity. Not only Singapore, but Vietnam, Hong Kong, Manila, and Malaysia. This was a great itinerary and Port of call were quite interesting. Traveling on the Celebrity, Constellation was truly enjoyable. One major compliment is "how clean they managed to keep and shine the ship" which made us feel safe from catching any dreaded deceases or cold. The crew was terrific and the service was wonderful and we couldn't have had a better experience. We met several people doing a back to back and we were wishing we had planned to continue rather than going home. We met several great people that we will continue to communicate with. The tours that we took were well organized and made it easy to see the highlights of the cities without standing in too many lines. We haven't cruised as many times as lots of the people but look forward do many more. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise 2 years ago for the different port it was offering. We had never been to India, or Sri Lanka so now was the time. The ports were underwhelming and though we knew that India would be dirty we were surprised at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise 2 years ago for the different port it was offering. We had never been to India, or Sri Lanka so now was the time. The ports were underwhelming and though we knew that India would be dirty we were surprised at the level of rubbish left lying around with no need at all for it. The ship may be older but was clean and take into consideration it is going to dry dock in a few months time there are worse ships out at sea at present. The ships entertainers were the best we have seen for a long time and their new productions shows make a refreshing change. Guest entertainers - well its hard to please so many nationalities. The Food could be better and is not as good as has been In the past and portions could definitely be slashed in half. According to one chef the portion control is down to "Miami", well stop cutting corners elsewhere and provide smaller tastier dishes again. The service from the crew was brilliant as always Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We had an aqua class cabin, which allows us to eat at Blu restaurant. We loved it. Much more quiet than the main dining room. Service is slower than MDR which allows us to drink our wine slowly and enjoy a good cup of herbal tea. We never ... Read More
We had an aqua class cabin, which allows us to eat at Blu restaurant. We loved it. Much more quiet than the main dining room. Service is slower than MDR which allows us to drink our wine slowly and enjoy a good cup of herbal tea. We never felt rushed. BLU by itself is worth the extra. Cabins size is the same has regular veranda. Love the Celebrity cabins. A lot of storage for clothes and also in the bathroom. Nightly entertainment was excellent except for 1 night. Unfortunately, we had to use the medical facility. Staff were amazing. Doctor and nurses were quick to answer our needs. We now feel more secure knowing the medical staff is so good. We had lunch at the buffet few times and each time we had a hard time getting a waiter to order beer and wine. We had to go to the bar d get the drinks ourself. We took 1 shore excursion with the ship in New Mangalore and we loved it. No shoping stop. Guide was excellent and interesting. We already booked our next cruise in an aqa class cabin! Ship needs a liitle update! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise because I wanted to go to India and my husband did not. With this cruise I got to see some of India, but he got to eat and sleep on the ship. Many of the ports were very similar with nothing outstanding to see. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I wanted to go to India and my husband did not. With this cruise I got to see some of India, but he got to eat and sleep on the ship. Many of the ports were very similar with nothing outstanding to see. The one excursion we took through the ship was in Phuket - Phang Nga Bay. The day was rainy. I thought if the weather was too bad Celebrity would cancel the excursion. Since they didn't cancel it, I thought it would be safe to go. I was sadly mistaken. The stilt island we visited was very slick. Walking up and down the very steep gang planks was also dangerous. But that was nothing compared to being on the water in the pouring rain! The driver's of the boats could NOT see where they were going. One of the boats got stuck on a sand bar. The boats themselves were uncomfortable and dangerous because the wooden bench seats were not secured. That said, the buffet lunch was better than I expected. However, I would not recommend this tour. That was the bad part of the cruise, but everything else was good or great. Our cabin was wonderful. The meals were mostly very good with serving sizes plentiful. The entertainment was great, in fact, better than most cruise ships. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly and quickly. My husband and friends loved the guest lecturer from Hollins College. Service was friendly and fast. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
It is probably easier to state my one complaint, than to cover the very many aspects that I thought were great about the ship. My only complaint was that some of the entertainment on the second leg of our cruise was a repeat of our first ... Read More
It is probably easier to state my one complaint, than to cover the very many aspects that I thought were great about the ship. My only complaint was that some of the entertainment on the second leg of our cruise was a repeat of our first leg. However there were new acts, all of which were of a very high standard, and given we were sailing through the Middle East it would have been very hard to take new performers on board. The food was great ( particularly Luminae restaurant where we went on our second leg after our cabin upgrade). All the staff around the ship were fantastic, friendly and helpful. The cleanliness standard was high. I loved the thalassotherapy pool ! The lectures on ports of call were interesting; and boarding and disembarkation was easy. Unfortunately Celebrity joins other cruise companies by "nickle and diming" for so many things but this is my 4th cruise now so am accustomed to being expected to pay through the nose for extras such as bingo, movies. I do not understand why the companies do not make these things more accessible by lowering the cost. Given this was a maiden voyage itinery of the Middle East and India , there were some minor hitches with ports of call, but this can happen any time due to weather conditions.I would definitely sail again with Celebrity so that probably speaks for itself. With regard to shore excursions we only did one, and as usual that was well orgainised Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I have been on many cruises (over 85) and this is the most BORING cruise that I have ever taken. I am VERY disappointed with Celebrity and do not plan to sail them again. Our cruise from Athens to Abu Dhabi had many sea days. I love ... Read More
I have been on many cruises (over 85) and this is the most BORING cruise that I have ever taken. I am VERY disappointed with Celebrity and do not plan to sail them again. Our cruise from Athens to Abu Dhabi had many sea days. I love sea days because there are generally many daytime activities to keep me busy. I am not talking about the junk "seminars" which are actually infomercials to sell you something, I am talking about indoor games and activities such as trivia, tribond, bingo, battle of the sexes, scavenger hunts, name that tune, etc etc. During the sea days there were generally 2 daytime trivias and a name that tune. That's it. NOTHING ELSE. We had hours of down time which I don't like. I like being busy and going from game to game like most cruise lines and most other Celebrity ships offer. Bingo was canceled 3 out of 5 times due to lack of interest. I complained about the lack of game-type activities to Rich, the useless Cruise Director, as well as to Jess, the woman who did most of the trivias. My suggestions and complaints fell on deaf ears. There was really nothing to watch on TV (unless you paid for a movie) or wanted to watch the news (such as CNN or BBC) or Celebrity commercials which took up most of the channels.. They only showed a movie in the lounge once during our 8 sea days. There were some lectures on various topics during the cruise and they were taped and played ad naseum on the cabin TV. I have not been on Celebrity in 5 years and was SHOCKED at how this cruise line has fallen in quality. it is no better than Carnival or Royal Caribbean now. You are always hounded to buy something, the quality of food and service has gone WAY down and you are nickel and dimed at every opportunity. Staff cutbacks show at every turn - there is no longer a cruise staff to organize activities, there is ONE person! There is nobody in the library to organize and shelve books. Cabins used to have 2 people to clean them. Now's there one. Many of the crew speak English poorly and/or they are hard to understand. I also think that a lot of them don't understand English very well. My cabin steward and waiter and busboy are perfect examples of this as well as many crew in the Lido buffet restaurant. A few good things - the hollandaise sauce for the eggs benedict in the lido buffet restaurant for breakfast was awesome. So were the eggs benedict themselves. The Maitre'd and Headwaiters were very helpful. The price of the cruise was very good. They took our safety very seriously and I think that they even had armed guards on the ship when we were sailing in the Gulf of Aden. The WIFI was a bit expensive but worked very well and fast most of the time. I really appreciated having the speedy WIFI. I am sure that there are many people who took this cruise who enjoyed it but my mother & I certainly did not. Oh well. I did enjoy getting to Petra, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Also, Crete has great shopping! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise particularly for two reasons: 1 Transit id the Suez Canal 2. Embarkation from Istanbul (and so we could stay there 3 days prior to the cruise to soak up some of the sights of this great city) Our group was ... Read More
We chose this cruise particularly for two reasons: 1 Transit id the Suez Canal 2. Embarkation from Istanbul (and so we could stay there 3 days prior to the cruise to soak up some of the sights of this great city) Our group was three adults - one, my mother had some mobility issues. Unfortunately with the civil unrest in Turkey and the increased risk to tourists the cruise embarked from Athens so we altered our plans and stayed in Doha for two nights and Athens for one prior to the cruise. Our cabin was no different in size than the balcony cabin we have had previously. The differences we noted were: a. Higher cabin location b. No cover over the balcony c. Extremely good service from the Concierge Class room attendant d. Dining for breakfast and dinner in BLU e. Free access to the Persian Garden steam/sauna facility Dining for breakfast and the evening meal in BLU was a pleasure. All the team members in BLU were extremely courteous and just so helpful and of course every meal was a joy to eat. I have one major criticism of this cruise and the previous Celebrity cruise I have recently taken. The extraordinary price charged for a real cup of coffee made by an espresso machine on board. I Australia an espresso is a normal coffee and it tastes like coffee, the dirty water served as coffee is an insult to ones taste buds and stomach. We took shore excursions in Jordan, Oman and Abu Dhabi All were extremely good and worth the expenditure. We did book, on board, a transfer from the port to the airport, at booking we were not given any direction as to the nature of the transfer and where to go to join the transfer. Passing through the port terminal we asked people with CELEBRITY name badges where we how we would board the transfer and were told that our name would be held up by someone outside the terminal. This information was totally incorrect and we discovered that our transfer was via a bus which had already departed. This was the only poor service we experienced with this cruise, but it left a poor taste in our mouths non the less. We ultimately secured a cab to the airport - I think this may have been the best option anyway. We are still waiting upon a communication from Celebrity about this botched transfer and a refund for this cost! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Two ports drew us to this cruise. Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Both were wonderful. The ship is old and tired. The staff were friendly and with the exception of Leonardo on excursions were friendly and helpful at all times. Do not ... Read More
Two ports drew us to this cruise. Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Both were wonderful. The ship is old and tired. The staff were friendly and with the exception of Leonardo on excursions were friendly and helpful at all times. Do not look for fine dining unless you are prepared to pay more than your cruise price. It is good some night but on others disappointing. The real irritations are : - Unbelievable - poor old curtains in all the state rooms. Not clean. Carpets throughout looking as though they need a good clean. 69 dollars to play BINGO. ( three cards) 15 dollars to leave the ship to visit the port of call. Coach - one mile each way. No scoop of ice-cream on one deck unless you are in the captains circle. No proper cocktail glasses on one deck and you may find your cocktail in a tumbler. Internet to your stateroom at 315 dollars charged. Gratuities charged to the stateroom daily though we had paid these in advance. Some excellent shows especially the troop of dancers singers in two production shows and terrific Jane Curry guest singer. The other male singer was good also and very entertaining. All others were poor and not worth the visit to the theatre. Anytime dining was under stress as most passengers choose this. Feeding 1200 in a couple of hours with waiter service is tough on them. You spend more time inside as only on some decks can you walk outside. Staterooms are tired and poor and in need of doing up. The TV set worked but it was a struggle to use the various channels until we simply didn't bother. Photographs taken of you on board and off are sold to you at 30 dollars a picture. Absolutely dreadful and in protest four of us bought none. Though the ship is led by the wonderful Nina - senior officer - and her staff are a great crew - the charges and silly rules and tiredness make this a ship to be avoided until they spend money on it. There is nothing whatever for children on this ship. Sad but true - and you should not choose this one for a family holiday. Often the cocktails are made ( not so good). Some waiters make them very well. Training is needed to produce the right mix in many cases. There were some exceptionally good waiters outside on the breakfast area and in the main dining room. Waiters however would often butt in and interrupt conversations without the polite 'excuse me'. Our experience was previously with Princess Cruises but this is several years ago and I wonder if there has been a change in the way passengers are treated in the industry to extract more money ie. photos and short port bus rides etc... and that all are now the same. I wonder? The ports of this cruise were wonderful Venice to Malta and back but it is Croatia and Montenegro which both steel the show as Jane Curry did in the evening on the stage. Loved the singers and dancers - a new great troop. Trained in New York. Terrific. Such moments made it a good cruise but it needs the wow factor restored. Friends we were with were very disappointed indeed. It was very sad. They had paid a good deal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
A brilliant itinerary :Venice, Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, Koper) Montenegro, Valletta, Slovenia, Italy (Ravenna, Catania and Salerno)Pretty good weather (though heavy rain in Venice) and a very nice crew. The food was generally very good. ... Read More
A brilliant itinerary :Venice, Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, Koper) Montenegro, Valletta, Slovenia, Italy (Ravenna, Catania and Salerno)Pretty good weather (though heavy rain in Venice) and a very nice crew. The food was generally very good. We were unfortunate enough to need the medical team in an emergency and I can't thank them enough, they were brilliant.Only two moans: the water in the pools tasted salty but I was assured it wasn't salt water. I found this unpleasant to swim in as it stung my sensitive skin. A bigger problem for us was the siting of DJ Crazy Prince most nights on the landing over the main staircase atrium by the cocktail bar so that when we were sitting enjoying a quiet pot of tea after dinner ( in the only place you could get actually one, al Bacio cafe) we were assaulted by loud thumping "techno" and disco music from the floor below. This meant 3 decks had this noise. The same younger (ie 40 ish) guests - maybe 20 of them- were dancing and enjoying this most nights but I don't think it was to the taste of many older (typically cruiser) guests. We would have had a better cruise if EITHER the DJ was in a more enclosed area- one of the bars perhaps- OR we could have got our tea and coffee somewhere quieter, such as Celllar masters. I asked about taking a tray through as they were adjacent facilities but i was told if i did so I would have to have a paper take away cup...not the experience I wanted. This was due to the design of the ship, I don't recall this as a problem on Celebrity Eclipse. Otherwise a lovely cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We love transatlantic cruising. Only having to fly one way is a big plus and cruising this way is usually cheaper than flying. You can't eat, drink and be pampered on an 8 hour flight! We chose this cruise because we wanted to ... Read More
We love transatlantic cruising. Only having to fly one way is a big plus and cruising this way is usually cheaper than flying. You can't eat, drink and be pampered on an 8 hour flight! We chose this cruise because we wanted to spend some time in southern Italy post cruise. We had previously been on another Celebrity transatlantic 6 months earlier (see my Silhouette review) that was not very good so we did not have high hopes for this one but since we were using the ship primarily as transportation and not as a vacation this was ok. Well we were pleasantly surprised as we had an excellent cruise albeit not without a few issues. Embarkation in Fort Lauderdale was quick and easy surprisingly! Firstly, the food was GREAT. Our last TA it was TERRIBLE. Almost every dinner was excellent. We used room service and did not eat in the MDR. This did not detract from the experience as every day the food was delivered promptly and hot. We ate off the MDR menu. The salads. however were always terrible. The breakfast buffet was good and lunch was hit or miss. The sushi at dinner was the best I have ever seen on a ship. It will be a shame to lose this if Celebrity chooses to convert all the Bistro on 5's to sushi restaurants. The Bistro on this cruise was a disappointment. The menu had changed since our last cruise and ALL our favorites were gone. Entertainment was plentiful but quality-wise was mediocre. BUT that is my taste. The comedian had a good show and bad, the production shows were just ok. There was something going on every night which was a good thing. Despite the bad weather the ship was very smooth even on the day we had 17' waves. The size and layout of the ship are very nice indeed. The crew was mostly happy, helpful and very friendly. It really does start at the top. The captain was nothing but cordial and jovial every time I saw him. I liked the three ports we stopped at. Madeira, Gibraltar and Cartegena. I did not participate in any ship excursion. The issues I had: We had a bad smell in the bathroom and on the floor near us that made my eyes water but it was resolved quickly along with an A/C issue. Our safe broke the first day and it took 3 trips by a mechanic to fix it but in the end it was no big deal. There were no free in room movies like our cruise had - all were $12.95. This was a disappointment. The background music on open decks and in public rooms was the WORST music I have ever heard. Mostly covers performed horribly and WAY TOO LOUD - this was supposed to be background music! Whoever's job it was the pick the music should have been made to walk the plank. It WAS that bad 99% of the time. There were days that the smoking side of deck 4 was closed due to high winds yet the jogging track on the high deck with more wind was open. There was too much maintenance on open decks; keeping them closed at inconvenient times. My pants one day were ruined by a solution that was being used to clean deck chairs. The actual deck and chair became stained as well. I brought this to the attention of guest relations and they actually credited me for most of the cost of the pants without an argument. This was greatly appreciated. It paid to take pictures. The ocean spa cafe charged $6 for a smoothie of mixed fruit that was free to eat. I thought this was absurd. Their breakfast offerings were good though. We liked the Reflection lounge on deck 11 but they closed it an absurd amount of times for private functions. One bad moment we had was when the Captain's club rep knocked my wife down in a rush to get people out of the lounge for one such function. Ultimately he found us, embarrassed; apologized a thousand times, sent us wine, chocolate covered strawberries and a free dinner at the Bistro. I was really angry at first but he did make it right. He was extremely nice to us the remainder of the cruise (as he should have been) There is no excuse for what happened. EVER! Yes this seems like a lot of complaints but all I am trying to do here is give you an idea of what the cruise was like and hopefully someone from Celebrity will take note of the issues we had. We had a great time and this ship and its' crew have restored my faith in Celebrity and we did book another cruise while on board. We now have two future cruises to look forward to. The last thing I would like to talk about is how this ship is extremely UNFRIENDLY to people with mobility issues. Too many raised thresholds and no buttons to push to open doors to the cabin or to get outside. A person with a mobility problem simply cannot take a cruise on this ship alone. This problem really really should be addressed the next time the ship is in dry dock. Disembarkation in CIvitavecchia was excellent although the buses to get to the port exit are also extremely unfriendly to people with mobility issues. This should also be addressed at some point. Again, I loved this cruise. The food and crew far exceeded our expectations. All the issues we had were resolved in a timely manner and in no way detracted from the overall experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are Celebrity frequent cruisers, we liked the itinerary and the dates We spent about 4 nights pre cruise in Santiago--highly recommended! The port is about 2 1/2 hours from Santiago.. We had been on this ship before but not since it ... Read More
We are Celebrity frequent cruisers, we liked the itinerary and the dates We spent about 4 nights pre cruise in Santiago--highly recommended! The port is about 2 1/2 hours from Santiago.. We had been on this ship before but not since it was updated. The ship was lovely as was our verandah cabin. Our fellow passengers were a fun mix of Europeans, South Americans and North Americans. We had 2 great Beyond the Podium Speakers--a geologist and a naturalist. We cruised through the Panama Canal with their commentary--very interesting. We stopped in the following ports: : Arica, Chile; Lima ( Callaoe), Peru; Manta, Ecuador, and Curacao in the Caribbean. Sadly we had limited time in Lima since the port was about 45 minutes from Lima and there was a ton of traffic. We were in Manta on Palm Sunday so most places of interest were closed..... We didn't take any shore excursions and did hire a taxi for 3 hours in Lima. Otherwise we just explored on our own which was fine . My Spanish language skills ( which are not that extensive) were put to good use. The food was good to poor The dining room food was better than the buffet---especially for dinner. Breakfast was good in the buffet. We had My Time dining and a reservation was helpful. BUT we never sat with the same waiter and this was a drawback. The ship had an outbreak of rotavirus but it was kept extremely CLEAN. We never got sick but I did wash and/or sanitize my hands frequently. We sailed back to Miami so we only paid for a 1 way flight! ( we live near Tampa). Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This review will be as quick as this two day cruise. Embarkation : Arrived at port around 13:00 (1pm) onboard by 13:25 (1:25pm). Hardly anyone but kinda weird system after check in have to go to a different line for photo I.D ... Read More
This review will be as quick as this two day cruise. Embarkation : Arrived at port around 13:00 (1pm) onboard by 13:25 (1:25pm). Hardly anyone but kinda weird system after check in have to go to a different line for photo I.D picture. I could see this being a mess when lots of people. Ship : As soon as you enter the vessel you are greeted with a Champagne or Mimosa glass. That's a nice way to start your vacation. The Constellation is in very good shape,love the layout and decor. Bars : We did the Martini bar and have to say it's a big hit especially on a two night cruise with a DJ that plays amazing music in the atrium. All passengers were talking to each other and having a real good time. The ambiance had a nice Miami vibe. Also went to the Rendezvous at the top of the ship. This is more like a disco at night and the place was also very lively with lots of people and great music. I thought the drinks are the most expensive I have seen on all my cruises so far. So expensive we had to purchase a drink package. Entertainment : The first show was more like a Brodway style and the singers and dancers were good. Not the best but interesting enough for us to enjoy. The second show was a comedian and was pretty much like an old cruise act with same cruise jokes over again. Cabin : We had an inside cabin on deck 9 and thought it was very clean and big enough for us. My only concern would be for people who have light sleep to be careful of your cabin choice as this one we could here the disco from up top. Food : Buffet area for me was my least favorite for breakfast and lunch as I though Celebrity was lacking in variety and choices. Very hard to get any food with this glass panel on top. Once you get the food in the spoon half of it falls in between the other casserole. Just not a great layout and boring food. This might be because the ship is smaller to the ones I have gone lately. MDR for our two nights thats for sure an all different experience. The staff are fantastic very attentive,informative and polite. The food was top notch even on a two day cruise. Gym : Not as big as the newer ship but all is there for you to make a good workout. Art : Like mentioned above this ship is gorgeous and has lots of art work everywhere. It's nice to walk and see something catch your eye. Port : We were schedule to stop on Cococay but got diverted to Nassau for weather. Not my favorite port but it was ok. Overall: This was my second time on celebrity, my first was 14 years ago. I can say that definitely want to come back and try Celebrity again but on a longer cruise. I must admit the atmosphere and vibe on this cruise really made me realize that Celebrity might be my new favorite cruise line. This was like chic without being tacky. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We arranged for a morning driving tour of Rome before proceeding to the port. Our bags were checked in with the cruise line at the airport and transferred to the ship for us. Our tour arrived at the port about an hour and a half prior to ... Read More
We arranged for a morning driving tour of Rome before proceeding to the port. Our bags were checked in with the cruise line at the airport and transferred to the ship for us. Our tour arrived at the port about an hour and a half prior to sailing so the check-in lines were minimal and check-in was fast and efficient. All bags were waiting in our cabin when we arrived. The selection and quality of shore excursions were good, especially for a repositioning cruise. The most popular was by far the camel ride in Lanzarote. Very reasonably priced and well worth it. The production entertainment on the ship was very good. The guest entertainers were nothing special. We had seen ALL of them before on prior transatlantic cruises. The food and service in the main dining room was mediocre at best and certainly not up to Celebrity standards. Menus were fairly blase. The MDR has been cut in size to accommodate specialty dining. The dining room is crowded and service very slow. We rarely received a hot meal. Our waiter apologized and said that the food for the main dining room is preplated to allow emphasis on the specialty restaurants. He also said that main dining room staffing has been cut. He said he wasn't proud of the food he was serving and agreed that it has certainly slipped in recent months. The buffet was a good alternative and food was served hot. Bistro on 5 was TERRIBLE. Extremely POOR service for an alternative dining venue. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We were on the Celebrity Constellation on the November 4, 2015 transatlantic crossing. Check-in was quick, efficient and well handled. We were impressed with the speed in which we were able to check in and board the ship. I should note ... Read More
We were on the Celebrity Constellation on the November 4, 2015 transatlantic crossing. Check-in was quick, efficient and well handled. We were impressed with the speed in which we were able to check in and board the ship. I should note at this point that this was our second time leaving from Civitavecchia on a Celebrity ship and both times it was a quick and smooth process. Bar service was quite often slow, particularly in the casino. The Oceanview buffet on deck 10 was generally quite good but there were little problems with equipment (such as broken coffee makers etc.) and consistently long line ups at the stir fry station. I don't know if it is possible to add staff to highly popular stations but Celebrity may want to give that some thought. The salad bar was not well stocked. We had chosen select dining as an option and this is where the disappointment was the greatest. We have been on the Celebrity Solstice and Silhouette ships and we found the food and wait staff great. However on the Constellation the dining room staff provided inconsistent service. The sommelier appeared more interested in hawking bottles of wine as opposed to discussing informed wine/food pairings. She also made a number of errors with respect to billing. My husband, who had the premium beverage package, found glasses of wine on his account on several occasions when no wine should have been charged to our account. One time when the sommelier put an invoice in front of him to sign, I asked why he would need to sign anything when he had the premium beverage package and had only had a couple glasses of wine with dinner (wine which would actually be covered under a classic beverage package). She apologized and said his sea pass must be worn and she could not see that he had a package. This would have been believable had we not had the same discussion the previous evening. We made sure we sat in another area of the dining room after that time. Overall the wait staff was not impressive and not up to the higher service standards experienced on other Celebrity ships. The food in the dining room was not impressive taste wise and the portions small. I had a stuffed portabello mushroom as a main course and it was tiny. It would be considered a tiny appetizer and was ridiculously small for a main course. Overall the quality of the food was not good and we were underwhelmed with the taste, selection and presentation of the food in the dining room. The Ocean Liners specialty restaurant was an exception with regard to the quality of the food on this ship. We dined in that restaurant twice and on both occasions our meals were excellent and beautifully presented. Service was also exceptional. There was a bit of an odd situation when dealing with the reservations on both nights. On the first night of our reservation, we called to see if we could push our reservation by a half hour and dine with friends. We were told no, the restaurant was full and changing the reservation start time would be impossible. I then said we would call our friends and see if they wanted to move their reservation up 30 minutes since we were among the first dining times. We were then told that the restaurant could accommodate our requested change in time and pushed our reservation back by the requested 30 minutes. When we went to the restaurant there were only two tables occupied. In fact it never filled and there were many empty tables. There was also a small issue with our second reservation. On the second last night of our cruise, we asked to move the reservation from the last night to that evening. We were told it would be impossible to move the reservation as the restaurant was fully booked. We understood. However ten minutes after being told that, we were entering into the Oceanview and there was a Celebrity staff member encouraging people to make Ocean Liner reservations for that night. We asked him if there were tables available for that night and he said there were. We told him we had reservations for the last night of the cruise and we asked if we could change and he said there was no problem. He made the arrangements and we appreciate his efforts. Once again when dining there, despite being told the place was fully booked, we found it was barely occupied and there were three or four tables occupied (none with more than four people). The captain was entertaining and his daily updates were often the highlight of the day. The shows or theater entertainment was hit and miss. One act of note was the comedian who was very good and we felt well entertained. Overall the activities on the ship seemed to be fewer than on other ships and for the most part we were disappointed (Trivia, bingo etc.). At times staff seemed disorganized and we wondered if staff were new to their positions and this was their first experience on the ship. It had the flavour of "we are new at this so forgive our mistakes". The ship does seem a bit tired in spots and in need of an update even though it went through an update three or four years ago. We will forgive worn decor if the staff are on the ball, but this was not the case. There just seemed to be lackadaisical attitude towards any task by many of the staff members. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Although we had a wonderful time on board due to the great people we met from our Cruise Critic contacts, we felt the ship's atmosphere and entertainment were sorely lacking. Having travelled on the Infinity twice, we expected the ... Read More
Although we had a wonderful time on board due to the great people we met from our Cruise Critic contacts, we felt the ship's atmosphere and entertainment were sorely lacking. Having travelled on the Infinity twice, we expected the same experience or better in the Constellation. We were very disappointed. The crew and Maitre "D" in the dining room went out of their way to please us. We didn't like being nickeled and dimed for every little thing. A small bottle of water was $ 3:50, on shore . 50 cents! Food improved after the first two days which were sub-par. The changes made from past cruises were not appreciated. Unless you were in a suite, you could not use Michael's club and there was a separate dining room for suite travelers. The worst was canceling the stop in Israel that was supposed to be for three days. Most people booked the cruise because of the Israel stop. While we understood the reason, we didn't appreciate the replacements chosen as we had been there before, so we spent 5 days more in places we had already been and less time at sea to relax in the first 12 days of the cruise we had only two sea days. Very hectic. The crossing was great! The South American cruise on the infinity( 2014 ) had a very lively guitar player who entertained in the bar every night with such enthusiasm that you couldn't help wanting to dance and have a good time. The feeling when you left the dining room and heard his music was so upbeat that we looked forward to something similar on the Connie.....we didn't get it. All in all we enjoyed ourselves but it wasn't due to the cruise director or the entertainment...very disappointing. We made our own fun with our cruise critic group. The best lectures were those given by the traveling astronomer, Mr. Sink. He was wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We sailed on the spring 13 day transatlantic to Rome ,previous Celebrity cruise was on Silhouette last summer.embarkation was fairly painless as we were Select members. We did have a bit of a wait for our cabins and used this to get ... Read More
We sailed on the spring 13 day transatlantic to Rome ,previous Celebrity cruise was on Silhouette last summer.embarkation was fairly painless as we were Select members. We did have a bit of a wait for our cabins and used this to get better acquainted with the ship.we went to the caffe al Bacio and had excellent service and delicious coffees and cake. However this was the last time we received any great service on deck 3 or 4. We have been on 12 cruises in total. Our cabin was an oceanview 7000 and ver spacious , looking out over the helipad. Cabin attendants wear excellent and perhaps a bit too zealous as we were walked in on a few times even after we placed the do not disturb sign on the door We had the bar setup in the cabin and everything arrived on time.this is where things start to fall apart. We called to confirm our select dining and were told the only time was 9 pm. I Explained that would be too late but they said nothing could be done so we ate in the Oceanview Grill that evening and as it turned out for the rest of the cruise. I will explain later... Anyway we enjoyed the meals in the Oceanview and the staff were very hard working but cutbacks were very obvious and I felt sorry for them. Evenings were the best times to obtain seating as the rest of the time it was a zoo and we had problems getting food and a table there. The next evening I called down again and again was told no seating was available at the time we wanted, neither 5.30 nor 6 o'clock. At this point I became annoyed and explained that we had paid for select dining and it was suggested that we try the pay for food venues. I had to argue and finally we were told to show up at 6 pm. We went to the dining room and were seated where we proceeded to wait for twenty minutes before a waiter arrived. I saw staff standing around and giggling. We then left the dining room and did not return. The maître d called and asked why and we explained service was too slow. Just asked for our cabin number. This set a pattern on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our thirty-second cruise, but only our third trip on Celebrity. We have done six Transatlantic crossings and this was our second crossing on Celebrity. We made a similar cruise on the Celebrity Equinox last April. We have Elite ... Read More
This was our thirty-second cruise, but only our third trip on Celebrity. We have done six Transatlantic crossings and this was our second crossing on Celebrity. We made a similar cruise on the Celebrity Equinox last April. We have Elite status on Princess, but we have given up our perks on Princess and have now decided that Celebrity is our cruise line of choice. We flew from Tucson to Ft. Lauderdale a day early and stayed at the Crown Plaza hotel the night before sailing. We stayed at this hotel last year before boarding the Equinox and were again very pleased with the hotel's amenities and service. We had a wonderful room, shuttle service from the airport and a pre-paid breakfast at the hotel (a buffet, we ate only cereal, coffee and fruit, but a nice variety of items was offered). We also ate dinner at the hotel the night before departure and it was pleasant, but nothing special. The morning of embarkation, we took the hotel's shuttle to the port. It left the hotel at 10:00 AM and we arrived at the port within a half hour. We were booked in consierge (C2)class (which we have always used on Celebrity). We were promptly processed and led to a waiting area. We were among the first to board and we decided to wait in the library on deck 8. This area was very close to our room. We sat comfortably in the library area playing games and reading from our iPads while we waited. It was about 2 hours before we could enter our cabin but we were comfortable so we didn't mind the wait. We were not hungry, so we decided to wait until our room was available before going up for some lunch. The location of our room was perfect! Just as on the Equinox, we chose a location mid-ship since I frequently suffer from sea sickness. We had cabin #8115---just a few steps from the library, mid-ship elevators and a few stair ways below the buffet. I always order champagne and flowers for our sail-Away. When we arrived in the room I noticed that the flowers were not there. When our cabin steward introduced himself, I mentioned this and he was quick to note that flowers are NO LONGER included in consierge class rooms. I told him that I was not looking for "included" flowers, but had paid for flowers and expected them to be there. He delivered flowers shortly thereafter. As always, I truly enjoy flowers. Too bad they are no longer a part of Consierge class service. Our room was very nice, roomy, good view, and just what we expected and what we have had in the past. However, our room was VERY cold. We are from Arizona and thought it might just be that we were not accustomed to the temperature. We put up with it for two days and then called maintenance and found that there was a defect in the thermometer. Afterward the cabin temperature was fine! Our steward kept our room very clean and well supplied. Our bed was comfortable and we always like FIRM pillows. We have always enjoyed a large table for meals on our cruises. We were seated at the main seating at a table for 8. All were very pleasant table mates and the service and food was excellent. We particularly like the fact that Celebrity offers certain foods which are "Always" available. We have travelled on many cruise lines, but frankly we enjoy the food and service on Celebrity. Our servers were attentive and remembered our preferences. We like our coffee WITH dessert and on many lines it is always served After dessert! Thanks for that special service! The selections in the buffet were very good! We were always able to find items we enjoyed. We especially liked the fresh cheeses which were freshly sliced at lunch. We have not seen this on other ship and found it a VERY nice addition......thank you! We also enjoyed a meal in the Tuscan Grill (a restaurant we had tried previously on the Equinox) and were especially delighted with our dinner in the Ocean Liners restaurant. The meals prepared and served tableside were truly reminiscent of the ocean liners of years ago. We particularly like the Café Al Bacco and had coffee there each day while we retrieved our local newspaper via the internet. We like our cappucchino and café Americano. Service was always good and pleasant. We have to watch our calories, so we didn't indulge in all those beautiful pastries. On Celebrity we order the pre-paid premium non-alcoholic package. This works very well for us. We both drink soft drinks, special coffees and bottled waters. We also buy wines, but usually buy it by the bottle. On this cruise, we found it a bit more difficult to get Pellegrino water at some of the bars. The internet service on the Constellation was acceptable. The pricing was OK, (even if we don't get the Princess Perks). The speed was OK and we did not have to pay to print our airline boarding passes. I am appalled when cruise lines such as Cunard are so petty to charge .50 cents per page to print boarding passes. Since we have made several Transatlantic crossings, we had already visited some ports. We did take two of the Celebrity port excursions and were very pleased. Good information on ports and well price. (We have always found the Celebrity excursions very good and well priced.) The fitness center was well equipped and after the third day we never found it crowded. (Seems everyone has good intentions at the beginning of the trip.) We enjoyed several of the evening entertainment events and some of the daytime entertainment choices. We especially liked the fact that FOX News was available most of the time on our cabin television. Would have liked to have seen more movies provided (pay or free). The lounge music and entertainment was very pleasant. Debarkation was flawless. We had arranged a private car to meet us at the pier at 9:00 AM. We could manage our own luggage, so we had breakfast in the buffet at 8:00, returned to our room at 8:30, retrieved our luggage and left the ship. Our ride was waiting for us on the pier. Wonderful trip, great food and service and we have already booked another trip on Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my first Reposition cruise and my 3rd Celebrity adventure. I was very pleased with the entire voyage to Rome. The crew was VERY friendly & helpful. My cabin attendants were both VERY good in every way possible. The dining ... Read More
This was my first Reposition cruise and my 3rd Celebrity adventure. I was very pleased with the entire voyage to Rome. The crew was VERY friendly & helpful. My cabin attendants were both VERY good in every way possible. The dining room waiter and assistant were also VERY good,friendly ant attentive. Speaking of the dining room, the food and menu were beyond my expectations. The nightly and daily shows were spectacular!!! There were 13 Evening shows and at least 8 3 pm shows. We had singers and dancers that were Broadway quality in the production shows. Ms Curry was outstanding as well as a bunch of individual headliners. Out of all these shows only one was less than fair, A magician who should not be seen on cruises. There were plenty of daily activities and a very nice couple who arranged a daily bridge game that was well attended. The ship was immaculate from bow to stern, and the buffet was very good. I want to point out our Captain who was everywhere on the ship speaking to passengers was excellent in all respects. The Other officers were very visable and friendly. The ports we visited were very nice and I liked Gibralter very much. The weather was 100%+++ for the entire cruise. Kudos for Celebrity & The Constellation. Bob Weiss Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my sixth Transatlantic sailing on the Constellation, so I knew what to expect. However, for some reason this sailing ranks at the top. Getting to the ship was a breeze with a non-stop flight to Ft. Lauderdale on Southwest ... Read More
This was my sixth Transatlantic sailing on the Constellation, so I knew what to expect. However, for some reason this sailing ranks at the top. Getting to the ship was a breeze with a non-stop flight to Ft. Lauderdale on Southwest the day before sailing. Check in was super fast with a comfortable waiting area; only a few minutes wait before we could board. And the weather was perfect for departure. My cabin was on deck 2, very quiet and close to midship. After the lifeboat drill, the Cruise Critic members gathered at the Sunset Bar for departure drinks. Prior to sailing one of the CC members had arranged a solo/single travelers meet and greet at the same venue. What a super way for us singles to start the trip. Many thanks to Andrea for her efforts. Later on the ship arranged two single/solo lunches for us. Entertainment as mentioned in the previous review was highlighted by several performances by Jayne Curry. Her rendition of the ABBA song, Dancing Queen, may have been the highlight of my trip. Never seen anything like it! Would sail again just to see her sing it. The weather could not have been more perfect, calm seas, abundant sunshine, and pleasant temperatures. Forgot the sunscreen and suffered for lack of it. The security gal in London Heathrow commented on my tan! Disembarkation was a breeze. A fellow solo traveler whom I connected with through Cruise Critic had arranged a van to FCO. The flight home was booked through ChoiceAir on BA - flights were not at all full so lots of room to stretch out. All in all, a fun trip. Many thanks to Captain Nickolas Chrisodoulakis and his crew for all their efforts. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our third cruise on Constellation. We really like the friendly attitude of the staff, including the officers. I was a bit nervous about the weather, since it was our first transatlantic sailing.I was surprised and happy to hear ... Read More
This was our third cruise on Constellation. We really like the friendly attitude of the staff, including the officers. I was a bit nervous about the weather, since it was our first transatlantic sailing.I was surprised and happy to hear the the captain had ordered a 50 mile course alteration to keep us from rough seas. The food on Constellation has been good on all three sailings, not outstanding but certainly good, and since our last Princess sailing served the worst food I have ever had on a cruise, we have been happy. Ocean View Cafe, the buffet takes a bit of exploration to be able to take advantage of all it offers. Many people do not find the eggs Benedict since they are only available at one station, the signs that tell you what kind of egg dishes can be custom cooked at each station are not terribly obvious. It really requires reading your daily newsletter to find out what is what up there. But if you pay attention, you can maximize your enjoyment there. We ate in the main dining room for dinner most nights, and the serving personnel were outstanding. The lamb dishes were excellent. Our cabin was the usual. Bigger pillows would have been great, but the beds are really comfortable. The grout in our bathroom floor could have been cleaner, but our room steward took care of it. The guest entertainers, especially Jayne Curry, were wonderful. The stage shows were lame, but I have never seen any that I considered super. The most obvious failing is in daytime entertainment. The lectures were great but didn't take up of lot of our day. We are seriously considering another transatlantic, and probably Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We have done 2 Westbound Crossings and numerous other Celebrity cruises and this was certainly one of the best. The entertainment was the best we have experienced on any cruise ship, ever. The officers and crew were accessible and very ... Read More
We have done 2 Westbound Crossings and numerous other Celebrity cruises and this was certainly one of the best. The entertainment was the best we have experienced on any cruise ship, ever. The officers and crew were accessible and very friendly. The Captain has cultivated a culture of friendliness and it shows. Stateroom attendants were excellent and our room was always clean. Waiter Metin and wine steward Feyzullah were absolutely outstanding. We have done a crossing on the Reflection, which is newer and larger, but we have to say that we actually prefer the Constellation. We can't think of anything they could have done better on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our fourth transatlantic – the other three have all been with celebrity and all on solstice class ships. In fact, all of our previous cruises have been with celebrity on solstice class ships so this was our first experience of ... Read More
This was our fourth transatlantic – the other three have all been with celebrity and all on solstice class ships. In fact, all of our previous cruises have been with celebrity on solstice class ships so this was our first experience of one of the older ships. We weren't sure what to expect, but felt confident that given the number of positive reviews we'd read – celebrity constellation wasn't going to disappoint us and... (I'll cut to the chase here) it didn't really disappoint is, but I have to say we simply don't think it's quite as good as the solstice class ships – possibly that was just our experience on this cruise? I've put further details below and leave you the reader to decide. We spent a few days in Ft. Lauderdale and really enjoyed them, what a lovely place, the water taxi right being something of a highlight! Boarding.. was pretty much pain free – is it only me that gets really stressed leaving my suitcases with a complete stranger at the terminal?? – I have a recurring fear the cases simply won't get there, consequently I also make sure I tip the baggage guy (which for a Brit is a pretty stressful experience because we simply don't know how much to tip whether we should tip at all) .. anyway the bags arrived .. one was delayed because it contained a few bottles of tonic water – apparently Now – this was one thing we got wrong, recognising that many people board early, to enjoy the ships facilities, we boarded at about 1 PM, consequently the room wasn't ready ... not a problem, we headed bistro on five (one of our favourites) .. unfortunately, it seemed everyone else had, so there wasn't a table available. a glass of wine in the cellar Masters calmed us down a little .. and soon a table was ready – no sooner had we sat down than the announcement came that the rooms were ready ( our timing on this occasion was definitely off) .. we finished our meal and headed off to the room .. aqua class cabin number 9080 pounds – I think all in all it was very good in fact – possibly the only aspect of the ship that was "slightly better" than solstice class .. a better wardrobe, and proper bedside tables .. were a definite plus. Unfortunately the flatscreen TV and interactive television is a definite disappointment - there were NO free on demand movies - this might seem like any minor gripe, but we've really enjoyed (on the solstice class ships)the ability to watch fairly new films using the pay-per-view system – you can start stop pause rewind re-watch – altogether absolutely excellent – this in turn is usually motivated us to buy one of the other movies.. unfortunately – there were only movies to buy – there were movies on the remaining channels (probably on a continuous loop) but there was no real way to see which movie was on and what time it would be starting – plus as we crossed the Atlantic the channels faded in and out with new ones coming in, and other ones dropping out. - This was a definite negative.. Also – I have to say that the present Mrs barnos was disappointed with the general standard of cleanliness and quality and state of repair of certain aspects of the cabin. In particular, there were holes in the sheets! and she felt that the sofa was little drab.. Further gripe – evening including Captains club Internet minutes I still ended up purchasing a couple of extra bundles – largely because the connection was so unbelievably slow. Bearing in mind I've travelled transatlantic with celebrity before – so I know the connection might not be brilliant but (presumably due to the age of the ship?) The connection was frankly awful and they shouldn't charge for it – it's that bad ... incidentally a warning to any UK customers who use the mobile service provider EE .. apparently although they are just about the biggest in the UK at the moment, there are the only mobile service provider that doesn't connect to celebrities cellular at sea type mobile service .. so apart from poor Internet, I also had two weeks of no mobile.. thankfully my better half's T mobile connection worked fine! I'm going to edit the comments down here and try and be as concise as possible. yes, it's still a nice ship, in general the staff were excellent, the weather was exceptionally kind to us and the captain deserves a special mention. Capt Nicholas I think. I've never seen a captain so "visible", interesting uncommunicative morning announcements, taking great care to Advise us about the weather (surely that's the only thing that is of real interest on a transatlantic crossing). visible about the ship and very friendly and personable – I suggest this guy is heading for the top! Now the down side or negative points. Our principal reason for continuing to choose celebrity probably the quality of the food.. and the food here – including our favourite restaurant Blu .. was good but by no means exceptional, and on some occasions disappointing. Blu was still good – enjoyable and I would certainly choose to travel Aqua class for this reason alone. However, after a few days the "imagination" or creativity seemed to fade and many of the course choices seemed predictable. On a couple of occasions we were told by the waiting staff not to have a particular course as it was dry/disappointing or whatever .. I think there is a problem with the distance between this restaurant in the kitchen (we were told its three decks away) The Oceanview cafe was disappointing. firstly, I was extremely surprised to find that whenever we seem to turn up for a late lunch or late breakfast there were large sections closed or in evident transition – plus the choices were simply not very good. When compared to the Oceanview cafe on the solstice class ships, 9Hardly ever closed and usually spoiled for choice at every occasion). We didn't eat in the MDR .. other than afternoon tea for Captains club elite .. okay personal gripe here .. forgive me, we love travelling to America and generally love all aspects of American service BUT there is only one thing that is important when making tea – is that the water MUST be scalding hot at the moment it hits the tea ... don't worry about milk first/ water first – just simply pour boiling water on tea leaves .. it's really that simple. Unfortunately, as often happens, afternoon tea covered every single conceivable angle except failing on the only aspect that is essential (that's the scalding hot water hitting the tea part) .. if you don't get that right, there's no point in offering a huge range of fancy sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, 10 or 20 choices of tea just make sure that Boiling hot water – hits tea... if you don't get that then please don't bother .. sorry, rant over. We dined in ocean liners on a couple of occasions.. and I'm afraid the levels discussed above were just about the same, okay but not exceptional.. My biggest gripe and general disappointment with Celebrity comes at the end – landing in Rome and returning to the UK, the only flight leaving on the day we arrived was at 10:40 AM from Ciampino airport, which is Rome's second airport. Regrettably, celebrity seemed only interested in offering assistance/transport to Rome's main airport Fiumicino. I approached the guest relations desk several days before we arrived in Rome, and was more or less told that I was "on my own" I had to press them really hard to ask if they could help me organise a taxi or private transfer and I was completely stunned to be told that they could at a cost of €240. I told them I felt sure that the taxi should not be that expensive.. the NOT very helpful lady insisted that they could only use their "port agent" and that's what he'd quoted. It took me 60 seconds to Google " airport transfers Rome" and get a quote for €119. The service was excellent, we were met almost as soon as we left the ship, pleasant taxidriver, smooth ride, generally better service than any we've experienced before (when booking with celebrity). So come on celebrity put the extra effort in having taken our leisure dollars of us and help us end our holidays conveniently! ... I'm sure we'll be back to travel with celebrity again, but, the few disappointments here will make sure that I keep my "eyes open" from alternative cruise lines .. I'm sure there are plenty out there. I have completed my post-cruise survey and asks celebrity to contact me about my specific disappointments... but, I'm not surprised to have not had any contact from them yet. Happy cruising Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our 7th. TA with Celebrity & RCL and beyond a shadow of a doubt, it was by far the best cruise we have experienced in over 15 years of cruising. It met and exceeded our expectations in all ways. Cruise was booked and the ... Read More
This was our 7th. TA with Celebrity & RCL and beyond a shadow of a doubt, it was by far the best cruise we have experienced in over 15 years of cruising. It met and exceeded our expectations in all ways. Cruise was booked and the flights directly with BA, travelling from the Edinburgh to Miami via London. We arrived in the US some 36 hours prior to departure JIC. Note: Clearing immigration and customs in Miami was a nightmare, horrendous queues (lines) caused I suspect due to insufficient staff on duty. (We were told that this was the result “cut backs” by the current US administration, much like the UK with our almost non-existent border control officers.) My wife and I boarded the ship at our allotted time of 12:30hrs with minimal fuss or delay and the staterooms were ready by 13:15hrs. Our suitcases arrived some 30 minutes later which was a bonus. (Stateroom No.7086) The obligatory safety drill was held at 16:15hrs at our muster station in the theatre. This was a very well controlled drill and we could clearly see and hear the information being given, unlike RCL where it is held on the open deck and in the squash, only those at the front can see what is happening. We opted for the “open dinning” and pre-booked for 18:30hrs., this give us ample time for a relaxed pre-dinner drink and sufficient time to catch the 21:00hrs show in the theatre. We were told by the very helpful staff that we could arrive 15 minutes before or after the booked time with no issues. We did not dine in either the Tuscan Grill or Ocean Liners having done so previously we find no real need to do so again. This despite the repeated and mildly annoying attempts by cruise line staff to get us to book up for a meal…(Just a bit OTT in their efforts to drum up custom for the high number of empty tables we noticed in both outlets on many evenings.) The entertainment provided was exceptional on this cruise. As were the entrainment director Alejandro from Argentina and his entire staff. The decision was apparently taken, to cater more for the age profile of the passengers on board. To this end, a number of the more normal late night entertainments and additional matinee performances by the visiting guest artists were time shifted 15:00hrs. What a very clever and so easy to implement. This change to the normal cruise routine, proved to be very popular and the majority of the afternoon events were performed to full houses. Very special mention has to be given to the UK singer Jayne Curry from Manchester, she was phenomenal and performed her socks off throughout the cruise. The Beyond the Podium speakers were also very good especially in giving valuable and insightful port information. (And not just the location of the nearest “Diamonds International” or other store outlets as occurs all too frequently with RCL) There were literally so many daily activities it was a case of which ones to miss out, in order to attend the ones we wanted to see or take part in. Cruise Staff: They were simply great all round, from the highly visible and very friendly Captain Kostas to the cleaners who do such a magnificent job working tirelessly ensuring the ship looks bright and clean each and every morning. Our stateroom attendant was fantastic, being both very efficient and friendly without going OTT. There were no issues with sun bed hogging especially when the temperature dropped to 20C mid Atlantic. However there were one or two minor squabbles in the theatre with people trying to reserve seating for other friends or family, especially at the very busy 21:00hrs show, this despite repeated PA announcements not to do so. The ports of call were all OK. Having previously visited all the ports, we simply walked ashore and enjoyed the atmosphere in Funchal, Gibraltar and Alicante. Taking lots of pictures, purchasing the odd souvenir and enjoying the great weather was the extent of our excursions ashore. All ports were fairly easily accessed by walking for 15 -20 minutes. (Free shuttle in Alicante) On board photography and Art Auctions are my two personal dislikes. The photos because they are not of particularity outstanding quality and they are now far too expensive. The art auctions because they take up valuable seating space within the ship (especially during adverse weather) and appear not to be, that well attended. In addition, Celebrity make a great hoo-ha about being environmentally friendly even to the extent of asking us not to change our towels on a daily basis. Well how about the waste of quality white paper used in the printing of the hundreds of pictures which are not purchased or indeed the volumes of unsolicited promotional flyers of the various sales and art auctions that arrive in the staterooms on a daily basis. There has to be a more environmentally efficient way of achieving the promotion required for such things by Celebrity, without the need to waste reams paper within their fleet of vessels! Departing the ship was a breeze, we left at 07:00hrs., picked up our bags in the terminal walked past customs with a nod of the head and were in our pre-booked taxi and on the way to the airport at 07:15hrs. (Could not have been easier) All in all it was a fabulous cruise with calm good weather as an added bonus, very nice company on-board a truly relaxing holiday. We are now already counting down to our Autumn TA, from Barcelona to Tampa on the Vision of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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