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29 Celebrity Constellation Repositioning Cruise Reviews

Third voyage aboard Connie. We were eager to see her makeover but a bit disappointed when we did. Stateroom bathrooms lead the gripe list. Replacing towels but failing to tend to rust (rot) spots in grout, tiles, etc. just does not make ... Read More
Third voyage aboard Connie. We were eager to see her makeover but a bit disappointed when we did. Stateroom bathrooms lead the gripe list. Replacing towels but failing to tend to rust (rot) spots in grout, tiles, etc. just does not make sense in my book. And it makes the defects stand out very, very clearly. Reupholstering is nice. But take a moment to find the chairs, couches and other furniture whose inner springs or foam needs replacing, too. Clearly, this was not done. Pizza??? Only ship that made me yearn for Papa John. Buffets? B O R I N G. Please "X," show the creativity that once made shipboard dining (minus the extra charges) a highlight of any cruise. No complaints about the crew. They, like most cruise ship staff, have had their ranks thinned and work their behinds off. Courtesy was never an issue. The pool area was not touched. That was abundantly evident. Again, do things halfway and the improvements serve to make the decay and wear stand out even more than it did before the ship was "Solticized" (whatever the heck that is supposed to mean!) The voyage itself was fine. Captain Peppas (whom we have sailed with several times before on other "X" ships) seems to have honed his personality. He was out-and-about more than we have ever seen him. He is still hesitant about engaging passengers in conversation but was always polite when approached. Guess I am somewhat biased because I am a die-hard Captain Nick Pagonis loyalist. Cruise Director Rich Clesen is a personable, hard-working young man. We truly lucked out on this crossing by having the incredible pianist Eliot Finkel aboard. As usual, Mr. Finkel brought down the house when he performed an afternoon concert for we classical music aficionados. Venerable comedian Don Gavin was tur-to-form with a routine that was quite enjoyable. And what can one say about Perry Grant? Perry continues to pack the house no matter where or when he performs. To us, he is the Best Entertainer on the Seven Seas. Mr. Hanrahan, I know it is a monster expense to rehab a cruise ship the size of Connie. However, if you are going to do it, wait till you can do it from fore-to-aft and from ceiling-to-floor. Do it right or don't do it at all. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We booked this cruise about 7 months in advance. Someone on our roll call alerted us that our cabin on the aft and was able to get it that day when I contacted our ta. We went one day early by flying into Ft. Lauderdle. Used Ambassador ... Read More
We booked this cruise about 7 months in advance. Someone on our roll call alerted us that our cabin on the aft and was able to get it that day when I contacted our ta. We went one day early by flying into Ft. Lauderdle. Used Ambassador limo to get to Conrad Miami, which were all stellar. Would do it all over again. The ship was well maintained. Thought it looked great for 10 years old. I was very impressed that they had complimentary scrapbooking class. I loved going and the quality was great. There were only 3 ports of call to Hamburg. First was LaHavre and took ship's tour Paris on your own. It was a long bus ride for the 5 hours. We had been before so just visited our favorite cafes and shops. Next, Dover, where we toured Canterbury and Faversham on a private tour which was outstanding. Rotterdam was last port before Hamburg, we took the shuttle provided by port to train station where we took train to Delft. Loved Delft! We had a C1 aft. It was really the best. Loved the size of the balcony and had a wine and cheese party one night with two other couples. Our room steward was wonderful. The food started out great, but declined in the MDR after 4 nights. The Oceanliners was okay, really thought the Normandie on Summit was more of a speciality venue with superior service & food. The food in Aqua Spa was very good. Room service was prompt and good. The waffles were a huge disappointment. This was one reason we wanted to go on Celebrity. They were outstanding on Summit. The buffet was okay . The standard quality and variety. Loved Perry Grant and the guest piano player from Julliard. The Latin show was also very good. Guest Relations in all fairness had their hands full because of the volcano, but they were very under-staffed on the last night at the desk. At 10 pm they had 2 people and a huge line of people. The problem was airline changes were posted on guests doors around 9 pm. Disembarkation was without incidence. We waited in Concierge area and didn't even have to go through Immigration. Hamburg personnel were great. There was a shortage of wheelchairs with only 6 for the whole airport. Our flights were all changed because of the volcano. We did have complications without tickets just a paper from Guest Relations for Choice Air. Next time I want more because in Paris almost was denied boarding without ticket just boarding passes. Entertainment was what we expected. Loved Perry Grant in Michael's Club. Dining in MDR was great first four nights then declined. It was the quiet of food. Oceanliners was just okay. It was not as good as Summit. Waffles were terrible! Tried more than once and didn't improve. Aqua Spa was good as always. Room service great in morning with CC menu. Guest relations under staffed on last evening. In light of volcano and flight changes they needed all windows open. Disembarkation was smooth. We didn't even go through immigration. Shuttle to Hamburg was fast and very nice. Flights home were complicated because of flight cancellations. Almost denied boarding in Paris because we didn't have anything but a piece of paper fom Guest Relations for Choice Air. Celebrity has not kept it's level of quality of food and service up to four years ago. Really feel RCCL is just as good except for food presentation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
I had been anxiously awaiting the transatlantic cruise for months and it was finally here! We spent 3 amazing days in Paris, no snobby or unfriendly Parisians were encountered, and 2 in London. Even though the itinerary of the ... Read More
I had been anxiously awaiting the transatlantic cruise for months and it was finally here! We spent 3 amazing days in Paris, no snobby or unfriendly Parisians were encountered, and 2 in London. Even though the itinerary of the transatlantic cruise said Paris (Le Havre), the city of Paris is 2 1/2 hours away by train or bus! No way was I not seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night! We arranged for our own transportation to the Harwich Terminal and it took a good 2 hours from London. The train stops right at the Terminal so next time that will be the method. The check in was a breeze and we were off! I was disappointed by the cabin, so small, and it was a balcony on the 6th deck. The beds are horrible!! Those egg crates for padding that they try and appease you with are just as bad. Room service was punctual but was never hot when it got to our room. Our attendant was exceptional as was all the service throughout the trip. The crew make the experience since you're spending practically 24/7 together. The ship is showing its' age. I was disappointed with the entire cruise. Amazing with the 3 other reviews on the same ship, we could have such different experiences. The food was ok at best and the only good meal was the Parade dinner. The entertainment was ok, the activities were the same. The bingo king was obnoxious while he took he was being cute. The shore excursions were varied and well organized. I'm not sure if the excursions at St. John, NF were cancelled because of the bumpy ride or the fact that we left Reykjavik 3-4 hours late! We were on board before departure time (remember they'll leave you behind) and we saw bus after bus pull up and watch as it snaked through the port building to get everyone back on board! What a joke! The sea were high between Scotland and Reykjavik and then onto Canada. The dining was sparse a couple of nights and the entertainment cancelled. I felt that the quality of the Celebrity cruise had slipped since our last cruise. While you think you'd be treated differently, the specials offered on board were better than what they offered their repeat customers. Shame! Some cabins lost their luggage for the entire trip from the Celebrity transfers out of Heathrow airport. We had to lend them some of our clothes because Celebrity had only given them complimentary laundry services at the time. Can you imagine a 2 week cruise with the clothes you wore on the plane? Yikes!! I chose this cruise because of the Celebrity name, the ports and because it was my husbands' first trip to Europe. However, it will probably be my last cruise with Celebrity. Outside of the amazing service and crew it was just an ok ship with ok food and entertainment.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Background:  This was our fifth Celebrity cruise and our third on Constellation, which we had not sailed since a TA in 2006.  Since we are a family of three, we book suites, looking for discounted rates through Internet travel ... Read More
Background:  This was our fifth Celebrity cruise and our third on Constellation, which we had not sailed since a TA in 2006.  Since we are a family of three, we book suites, looking for discounted rates through Internet travel agencies.  We sail with a number of other cruise lines, including Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Regent and Silversea.   Summary:  Although we enjoyed this cruise, we found that Celebrity has changed a good deal since our last cruise on the Constellation in 2006.  Service remains outstanding, but ship maintenance, food quality, food variety and the lectures offered have declined.  We will sail with Celebrity again, but on the new, larger ships.   Service:  All our stewards, in the dining room and our stateroom, were outstanding as usual. Service throughout the Constellation was wonderful.   Food:  Since 2006, the quality of the food has declined, but that said, we still enjoyed our meals overall.  A time or two, we had some very good entrees, including a wonderful fillet of halibut one evening, but overall the food is rather bland.  Ingredients used are not the best, with no butter at all in many of the cookies and no cream used in the preparation of creamed soups, with arrowroot or cornstarch  likely substituted as thickeners.  Overall, it is apparent that Celebrity is reducing per passenger costs by cutting food quality.  No longer is lobster served, except as part of a seafood medley at one formal dinner. The seafood medley is rubbery and tasteless.    Stateroom:  We booked a Royal Suite at a discounted rate, but found that the very same suite we booked in 2005 currently has some problems.  Our heat did not work throughout the cruise. At first, this was not apparent as we embarked from Florida, but as we advanced across the Atlantic, we were most uncomfortable without heat.  Attempts to fix the problem were not successful. Eventually, the maintenance crew simply turned off the cold air flow completely. I wonder how the passengers following us managed as they were going to northern Europe, which is quite cold in May.  Our lighting was also inadequate as Celebrity has added very low wattage bulbs throughout the suite rendering it rather like a cave due to all the dark paneling. This was not so in 2005.  The sofa bed also gave way, and we had to request that it be repaired. It was left open one evening, with the frame broken near the head of the bed.  The bedroom queen mattress was terrible....very hard even with added padding.  The suite was kept spotless, and the staff tried very hard to solve our lack of heat problem with no success.    Lectures:  In the past, we have enjoyed very good lecture series on crossings on the Constellation. This time, not so.   No "name" lecturers as in the past.    Library:  The library is quite literally a mess.  The lighting is so low that it is nearly impossible to even see the books.  There is no librarian. Books were randomly placed on shelves.  A beautiful room left to ruin. There are few books available.  Take your own....   Entertainment:  Overall, the entertainment was quite good. We particularly enjoyed Linsey Hamilton and the British comedian, whose name I do not recall. We did not see any of the production shows.   Conclusion:  Although we were disappointed in some aspects of this cruise, we intend to give one of the new Celebrity ships a try.  Some of the crew on the Constellation think that she will be sold as the newer larger ships enter service.  Perhaps that explains why we had problems in our suite.  The crew remain stellar, however, and provide wonderful, friendly service.  Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
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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