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40 Celebrity Constellation Repositioning Cruise Reviews

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 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 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 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
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
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 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
Cruised for the first time as a 25th Anniversary present to ourselves, and other than minor (really, really minor) issues, the cruise was great. We live in Orlando, and drove in to port the morning of the cruise, arrived early - and < ... Read More
Cruised for the first time as a 25th Anniversary present to ourselves, and other than minor (really, really minor) issues, the cruise was great. We live in Orlando, and drove in to port the morning of the cruise, arrived early - and < 30 minutes after stepping from the car we had embarkation mimosas in hand and were looking at the booths on deck 3. We'd been advised that cross-selling was more prevalent than it used to be, and it did seem that every corner had someone offering a dinner package, a drink package, a spa package, etc, etc; learning to say 'no' came very quickly. We did purchase a dinner package (one dinner at the Tuscan restaurant, 2 at Ocean liners), and we had no complaints or issues at either restaurant, EXCEPT that the MDR food was *almost* as good and no additional cost. Based on the food quality in the MDR, i'd have a hard time justifying the cost for the dinner package on a future cruise. Almost everyone we spoke with told us how 'brave' we were to make a Trans-Atlantic cruise as our first cruise ever - and we still marvel at that thinking. We had no time for boredom, always something going on; a show, a class, an auction, a drawing, meals...all great fun. Of all things, Bingo was disappointing. I'd be fine only playing 3 games a session if packages were, say, $20/person. But the packages were $40/60/80, and that's a bit pricey to play three games and leave - so that was a one and done experience. We were *slightly* disappointed in the karaoke songs options (lots of older music, which is fine considering the typical clients, some newer music) in that there were few musicals included (as in one - 'My Fair Lady' was the only one I find - no Phantom, no Cats, no Wicked, no other big name, recognizable musicals included; just seemed like an odd omission). The ship ported in Madeira, Gibraltar, and Alicante before disembarking in Civitavecchia. We took none of the ship excursions, and so cannot comment on their quality - but can say the pricing seemed high. In Madeira we walked the town and had a great time, especially after 8 days at sea 8-). In Gibraltar we accepted a cab tour from a gentleman standing at the taxi stand, and once a group was gathered (maybe a 15 minute wait), we took off and definitely got our monies worth. He was informative, funny, knew his material and was easily understood. In Alicante I had arranged a Vow Renewal ceremony through a local company, and we met at Castillo de Santa Barbara - beautiful site and all went very smoothly. DO NOT look for cabs at the Castillo though, they don't seem to wait around there at all; expect to take the elevator from the Castillo to the beach and find one there, although it's a short walk to port shuttle from that point. The entertainment was hit or miss, mostly hit for us. Jayne Curry was fantastic, and the highlight of the individual entertainers as far as we were concerned. The juggler/comedian Steve Carte was standard fare, without anything truly distinguishing his work from other juggler/comedians we'd seen busking in parks for many years now. The stand-up comedian lost us and we walked out when he presented a series of jokes (better performed and notably available on DVD and the internet) from Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. Comedians stealing material is nothing new, but not such high visibility jokes and scenarios. Gemma Louise Doyle joined the ship in Madeira when Jayne left, and we lost in that trade; Gemma's singing is mostly pleasant, but she has little stage presence and no connection to the audience whatsoever. If we'd not been sitting in the 2nd row we'd have left. The Stars of the Constellation preformed several shows as well, and several were VERY good (iHollywood and the new show Elyria), most were decent and (we felt) only one failed to live up to expectations. It was the fourth night at sea (can't remember the name or theme of the show) but the cast seemed tired or bored, and it showed in the performance - very rote with no energy. Later performances were much, much better 8-). Perhaps the timechanges affected them? Our room itself (inside cabin 9018) was fine; small as expected, but plenty for two people not spending hours awake in the room. Hallway noise was non-existent, and we never heard anything from other passenger cabins. It IS next to a steward pantry, which apparently has metal stairs in it - you can hear the occasional steps being taken. It's also beneath the spa, and seemed to have drains from the spa area passing the walls, so you had the occasional water feature sounds coming from the walls. We found it relaxing (although it probably encouraged the odd nighttime bathroom trip or two), but I'm sure there are pickier travellers for whom these sounds might be disturbing. Service was great, the crew friendly, the weather was all but perfect for the entire trip. We couldn't believe we were finally on a cruise, and now look to make it a habit. A BIG recommendation: when the ship is heading to a new area (not back to the embarkation port), DO have language classes for the end point of the cruise! Celebrity put on ONE one hour Italian class right at the end of the trip, and all the conversation we heard though this not only should be standard fare, it should have started day one and continued right through the cruise! Just a marvelous idea. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our first Transatlantic cruise and it could not have been better. The seas were calm (credit to the Captain for going around a storm) the entire trip and my husband who gets sea sick easily never had a moments discomfort! The ... Read More
This was our first Transatlantic cruise and it could not have been better. The seas were calm (credit to the Captain for going around a storm) the entire trip and my husband who gets sea sick easily never had a moments discomfort! The ship is beautiful and well kept. The crew were always there with a smile and willing to help with anything you might need. This was our first time in a Celebrity Suite and it was wonderful. Michaels Club was our go to place to have a quiet drink and meet up with the many wonderful new friends we had met there. The Michael's concierge, Gareth Watkins was amazing- there was nothing we requested that he didn't come through with. The girls in Michael's remembered what you liked to drink and they were always quick with bringing you a snack if you were hungry. Luminae (I was told pronounced Lume eh nay') was worth waiting for. We loved the food and the service was great (although a little slow - hard to make the shows if you had desert). We tried both specialty restaurants and recommend them both. There were plenty of activities and entertainment to keep you as busy as you wanted to be. They even had shows during the day which was nice since we kept losing an hour here and there and it was harder to stay up late at night for the shows. We stopped in Madeira, Portugal; Gibraltar, UK; and Alicante, Spain. We did private tours in Madeira and Gibraltar with wonderful fellow cruisers that we met up with on our Cruise Critic Roll Call. In Alicante we did the HOHO bus and walked around town and ate at a local restaurant (LeMedina) for authentic Paella - a very pretty town to walk in! When we reached Civitavecchia we literally just walked off the ship and onto our tour bus for a look at St. Peter's square, the Coliseum and the Forum in Rome and then off to the airport. It was a ships tour and a great way to end our cruise. From there we flew to London to spend five wonderful days exploring before heading home to the States. We cannot wait for our next Celebrity Cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and I are in our 50s and have been cruising now for a while with an increased emphasis in the past couple years. We have cruised Celebrity before on Connie as well as Princess, RCI, and Carnival. This was our longest cruise by far ... Read More
My wife and I are in our 50s and have been cruising now for a while with an increased emphasis in the past couple years. We have cruised Celebrity before on Connie as well as Princess, RCI, and Carnival. This was our longest cruise by far as our previous long cruise was a 10 day Caribbean. It was our first transatlantic and our first foray into Mediterranean cruising as well. We flew into Rome 3 days before the cruise from Miami after a layover in Madrid. Having missed our connection in Madrid due to some silly rule from Iberian Air about not letting the crew onboard our plane, we arrived 3 hours later than expected. We traveled with a group through a group package that turned out to be somewhat of a disaster on the transportation front. Being somewhat abandoned at the Rome airport by our TA/transportation arrangement, we were forced to purchase our own bus to the Hotel Diana Rooftop. The hotel was fine and had a very good location. Fortunately the weather cooperated as our room did not have AC. Embarkation was another crazy day. We received notification from Celebrity the night before the cruise that the embarkation port was being changed from Civitavecchia to Naples due to weather. What a night of confusion, both from our TA and from Celebrity. I know this had to be extremely difficult on Celebrity's part as they had to contact a couple thousand passengers through various unreliable means. Having to organize 90 buses to disembark passengers from a port 175 miles away and pickup as many and get them all to Naples had to be an unbelievable logistical challenge. They came through, though, and were well organized in the Rome airport to transport passengers and their luggage to Naples. They checked our bags directly from the bus to the ship which made checking in and getting onboard very easy. Connie is showing her age somewhat, but she still sparkles in most areas. There were always crew cleaning, patching, painting, and maintaining throughout the cruise. This is still one of our favorite ships. We like that it is not a huge ship and the number of passengers never makes you feel like it is crowded. The passengers were more of a seasoned citizen variety with a few exceptions. There were only 8 kids on the cruise. From the various languages I could hear spoken throughout the cruise, passengers were primarily from the US but with a good sprinkling of European and Canadian cruisers with a few Australians as well. There was always something to do, but we spent most of our free time reading. It was sometimes difficult to find quiet places to read since many others had the same plan as ours. The activities were the typical trivia, random game shows, casino games, etc. There were very few good weather days so there wasn't much outdoor pool activity except on a couple days. Having booked Aqua class, we ate in Blu every evening and some mornings. We found the food superior there to the few times we ate lunch in the MDR. The buffet was adequate with good variety. At times the hot food was cold and the cold food warm, but there was variety at lunch and dinner. The two nights we ate dinner in the buffet were very good since they have a make to order grill in the back of the Oceanview cafe. The dinners in Blu were different than when we we were on Connie last April. There didn't seem to be as much of the "clean cuisine" concept as before as evidenced by the insistence to put gravy on every type of meat dish. Cafe Al Bachio always had something yummy whenever we needed a snack. We had booked 4 excursions through Cruise Critic members, 3 of which came off without a hitch. The other one was cancelled due to the operator not showing up. We felt bad for the organizers because it was a large group. We booked two shore excursions through Celebrity and almost got left behind on one of them (Pisa). Fortunately I was able to run to catch the tour before they left us. Rain left us disappointed in Florence but the weather cooperated at all other ports. Agadir was enlightening and a real adventure. Cartagena was nice as were the Canary Islands. Our Aqua A2 cabin was located on deck 9 unfortunately beneath the Lido deck/pool area. On any nights where music was being played we heard it pretty loud and clear and pretty much had to stay up as long as they were playing. In the early morning we would hear chairs scraping as they were being moved as well as heavy footed people walking the deck. The cabin itself was very comfortable as was the bed. Only the location under the Lido deck made it a slight disappointment. Our room stewards were awesome and always greeted us with smiles and well wishes for our day. Wait staff in Blu was exceptional as well. We really enjoyed getting to know some of the folks there since this was a long cruise. They got to know our names and habits as the cruise progressed. Particularly exceptional were Rich Gleason, the cruise director. We've been on many cruises where the cruise director is only seen in two locations- the morning show and introducing the show headliners. Rich was everywhere on this cruise, from jumping in the pool and participating in the crew/guest volleyball game, to helping with the egg drop challenge and many other areas. He was always visible in various lounges and walking the ship talking to passengers in every venue. He was just outstanding. We actually had two captains on this cruise, Captain Nikolas and Captain Tasos. I enjoyed Captain Nikolas but Captain Tasos was incredible. Again, I've never see a captain so visible and participate in so many activities. His performance at the Liar's game was incredibly funny. Overall entertainment was pretty good. The few production shows were good to very good. I was impressed that they had live entertainment every night as well as many guest lecturers that educated and entertained us in many ways. I had my perspective changed on a couple topics due to some of the lectures we attended. Disembarkation was a breeze as there apparently were a lot of customs agents that allowed us to get off of the ship earlier than expected. I wish I could say our TA redeemed themselves with a pickup in FLL. However, after waiting an hour an half in the rain with the prospect of waiting another 1-2 hours, we decided to forego our prepaid transportation and rent a car for the 3 hour drive home. In summary, this was a memorable and enjoyable cruise for us. If I had to pick one negative (other than our TA's blundering of the pre and post-cruise transportation) it was our cabin location and the noise that came along with it. The best part of the cruise had to be the great captain, cruise director and crew who went out of their way to make our cruise enjoyable. 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Sail Date November 2014
A little history first... I am early 40s and have been on 9 cruises to date of which 3 are westbound transatlantic crossings (including the one I am writing about). Typical cruise vacations are usually 3-4 weeks in length that include ... Read More
A little history first... I am early 40s and have been on 9 cruises to date of which 3 are westbound transatlantic crossings (including the one I am writing about). Typical cruise vacations are usually 3-4 weeks in length that include vacation time on land either pre or post cruise (or both). I read plenty of cruise reviews that have no details or explanations (not helpful) or reviews that focus on too many subjective complaints (also not helpful). I will comment on facts and actual events that occurred during my cruise. This 16 day westbound transatlantic on Constellation was to embark on 05-November-2014. Due to severe weather conditions at the port in Civitavecchia, passengers were notified on the evening of 04-November through a number of different methods (e-mail, telephone, text message) that the ship would remain in Naples, Italy to disembark passenger on the prior cruise and to embark passengers for the upcoming cruise. I started to receive notifications on my mobile phone around 5:00 PM (Rome time). I was able to communicate all of these changes to other passengers I was cruising with in my pre-arranged shuttle as well as post on the Cruise Critic board for the larger audience that would be affected. This was the first time for me to have this kind of event happen and it was a bit of a shock at first, but nothing that didn't work out in the end. I was fortunate to have already been in Italy for several days pre-cruise, so this last minute change was a hurdle that could be easily overcome. I made a quick call to the shuttle service I used (Rome Cabs) and they updated my final destination from the port to the FCO airport where Celebrity had motorcoaches waiting for us to take us to Naples to board the cruise ship. This worked out relatively smoothly given the vast number of people that were impacted by this change. Boarding the cruise ship in Naples was easy, but due to me forgetting my Express Pass at home, I had to fill out some paperwork provided by the cruise ship staff before I could check in. No worries, a few extra minutes to complete the paperwork and off I went to an agent to check in. Since all passengers were arriving by motorcoach sporadically throughout the day, there was never a line and that made boarding a breeze, even under these different circumstances. Because of the changes to the embarkation port, departure was at 8:00 PM (local time) and arrival in Livorno (Day 1 port stop) was delayed by about 2 hours. All in all, things would work out quite well. Muster drill was shifted a bit later to accommodate late passenger arrivals. For the next 16 days, I am in Aqua Class stateroom 9112. Again, our late arrival to the ship ensured that our room was immediately ready for us to access once on board the ship. Stateroom 9112 is a typical Aqua Class (A2 category) stateroom located on Deck 9 about 8 doors aft of the center stairwell on the Starboard side of the ship. The bed arrangement is near the bath. While this stateroom is below the Oceanview Cafe, noise was never an issue. No issues with noise from adjacent staterooms. In fact, our neighbors in 9110 were 2 of the 8 passengers in our shuttle van from Rome to the FCO airport. They were great neighbors and we had many long chats on our balcony. The proximity of this room to the center and rear stairwell allowed for easy/quick access to the Oceanview Cafe and Sunset Bar as well as elevators and stairwells for other parts of the ship (very convenient). We had excellent service from our stateroom attendant throughout the cruise. Very friendly and willing to assist us in any way possible to make our stay more enjoyable. He greeted us the first day, learned our needs for ice and our preferences for other things (in room tea, canape delivery, etc). The room was kept neat and spotless, the ice bucket was filled twice a day, and twice daily service happened so quickly when were out of the room. I did not miss the nightly chocolates as there were plenty of chocolate fixes around the ship. No towel animals either, but I would rather have fantastic service and no towel decorations, than to have lack luster service. Although we are booked in Aqua Class and Blu is our primary dining venue, I had pre-purchased a 5-dinner package in the specialty restaurants (2 dinners Tuscan Grill, 3 dinners Ocean Liners) with the first of these dinners to be had on Embarkation Day in Tuscan Grill. This was a very nice supplement to our many wonderful dinners enjoyed in Blu. As you can imagine, due to these changes the luggage did not get to our stateroom till much later in the evening. Since I had dinner reservations for 8:30 PM in Tuscan Grill, I was dressed more casually than I would prefer (wearing shorts and a polo), but the Tuscan Grill maitre d was wonderful and said to not worry. We would end up dining in Tuscan Grill 2 more times and it was some of the best service we had on the ship!! The first dinner in Blu would have been on the evening of Day 1. However, upon our arrival to the host desk at the entrance of Blu around 8:30pm, we were asked to take a seat in the Cellarmasters until a table was available for us. I was surprised and perplexed by this but did as we were asked. We were patiently waiting about 15-20 minutes before we were greeted by the Blu maitre d (an asst. maitre d from Ocean Liners covering for the regular Blu maitre d who was on vacation during this cruise). We were taken to Ocean Liners for dinner (no charge) on this night since tables in Blu were not clearing quickly enough to seat us anytime soon. While I was surprised, we were happy to be accommodated elsewhere. What I didn't know until many days later in the cruise is that this would become a reoccurring problem for us (excessive wait times to be seated in Blu). In fact, I changed up our arrival time on various days hoping to catch a break with arrival times between 7:00 PM and 8:45 PM. We seemed to arrive to a full dining room at any of these times on any given night. One night I was so frustrated about having to wait to be seated for dinner (after 15 minutes) that I went to check if there was immediate seating at either Tuscan Grill or Ocean Liners while we waited for an opening in Blu. When Ocean Liners could take us immediately, I used another night of my 5-dinner package to have us seated in Ocean Liners instead of waiting for seating in Blu. After the cruise I counted back and determined that 8 nights were spent in Blu and 8 nights were spent dining elsewhere on the ship. Only 1 night at Blu in 8 visits were we seated immediately for dinner. Having only ever been in Aqua Class one other time (on the Reflection, November 2013), I was surprised by the difficulty to be seated for dinner in a reasonable time frame. Of the 8 nights for dinner not spent in Blu, 2 of those dinners were with friends that were dining in the Select Dining area of the MDR. I haven't been in the MDR since 2011 and was very pleasantly surprised by the service and food. Because of this, the next (future) cruise will have us eating in the MDR. I enjoyed the Premium Alcohol package on this cruise and my partner had the Premium Non-alcohol package. No complaints for the most part, except for in the Specialty Dining venues where most wine by the glass is beyond the $13/glass package limit. In these situations, I would prevail upon the sommelier to find a recommendation that he could cover with the package. In all cases (except one) I liked the suggested options. The premium packages also allowed for many extra bottles of waters to take off the ship on port days, sparkling water with dinners, and specialty coffees at Cafe al Bacio. Service provided at bars all over the ship was good, even at busy times of the day. Bar service in Blu is a tad slow for my personal tastes, but once your relationship with your sommelier is established, your service improves. I still think that one sommelier for the whole restaurant is not enough (there should be 2). A single sommelier in Tuscan Grill or Ocean Liners seems reasonable as the pace of service is more relaxed. On this 16 day itinerary from Rome (technically Naples) to Fort Lauderdale, we had port stops in Livorno, Itally (Florence/Sienna/Pisa); Cartagena, Spain; Agadir, Morocco; 3 stops in the Canary Islands (Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife). The first 3 port stops were new for me. I didn't care for Morocco, but all the other port stops were amazing. We did wonderful private tours at the other ports, with the exception of Tenerife. This was our third time in 3 years to see Tenerife and we did it on our own as the port is easy to navigate by foot. My last time on an M-Class ship was the Millennium in 2011 and this was "pre-sosticization". These ships are so very beautiful and the solstice class upgrades and amenities make for a very comfortable cruise experience. While on board, I booked another cruise with Celebrity for 2015 on the Constellation. I'm not the kind of person to make note of every bit of peeling paint/rust or worn carpet/upholstery... or to take small one-off situations and blow them up out of proportion and harp about them forever on Cruise Critic threads. The public spaces were all very elegant and comfortable and neatly maintained. Public restrooms were clean and maintained at a frequency adequate to passenger traffic at various times of day. Service was generally very good at venues around the ship. Ship crew were usually smiling, very courteous, friendly, and talkative when they were not too busy. The food throughout the ship was generally very good to wonderful. I would prefer to see less self-service in the Oceanview Cafe (more staff to place food on your plate), which removes opportunities for illness and poor hygiene of passengers to affect you. Outside of the long wait times to be seated in Blu, there were no other issues that made for a mediocre or bad cruise experience while on the ship. Disembarkation in Port Everglades was at Pier 25 (or 27). Either way, it was not a fun/nice experience. The terminal is a dump (a roof and four walls). This particular day (21-November-2014) was very cool and rainy and windy. No comfortable means to take shelter from the elements once you are through customs/immigration and waiting for your private transport. If you are taking a cab to the airport right away, this is very easy to do. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Transatlantic Crossing  4/24-5/9/2014  Embarkation: We spent the night prior to the cruise in Fort Lauderdale. Transfer from the hotel to the ship was complimentary and easy. Check-in was efficient and took around fifteen minutes. Since ... Read More
Transatlantic Crossing  4/24-5/9/2014  Embarkation: We spent the night prior to the cruise in Fort Lauderdale. Transfer from the hotel to the ship was complimentary and easy. Check-in was efficient and took around fifteen minutes. Since the staterooms were not available until 1:30 PM, the Ocean View café was overly crowded with little sitting room available. Staff did not really assist guests to find searing. Some of the food offerings ran out and there was general confusion. Stateroom: We were in cabin 8086, Concierge class. It was located midships, was quiet and very comfortable. We especially liked the cabin layout as it felt larger than it was. There was ample storage space for fifteen days’ worth of clothing. The cabin was very clean and had been upgraded so appeared fairly new. Ship Condition: The Connie is not a new ship. It was supposed to be “Solstice-ized”. There is no comparison between a Solstice class ship and a Millennium class ship. This is especially noticeable in the Ocean View buffet. Solstice class ships offer a spacious buffet experience while the connie buffet is old-style and congested. Having said that, the ship was well maintained. Cabins were upgraded and the common areas looked new and modern. The ship’s exterior was in good condition. There was no appreciable rusting. The bright work was polished and the windows were clean. Specialty Dining: We ate in the Tuscan Grill early in the cruise. The food was delicious and the service second to none. We heard some complaints about the service but I felt the key was to make reservations for an early dining before the place became over crowded. The Tuscan Grill is a highly recommended treat if time and money permit. Ocean View Café: Breakfast was average for the cruise industry. Cold cereal was dispensed in bulk which limited daily selections to three or four choices. Milk was also served in bulk and became warm after sitting out for a time. I much prefer a cold cereal selection of individual serving boxes and milk in small cartons kept refrigerated. Omelets were average as were the pastries. Very little variation was observed from day to day. Lunches were a noticeable improvement from breakfast. More variety and delicious sandwiches, especially the chicken and tuna salad. Hamburgers and sausage from the poolside grill were the best I have ever seen on any cruise ship. Pizza was below average. Crust was too thick. For some reason the pizza improved during the evening hours. We ate some evening meals in the Ocean View Grill during in-port days. The Italian and Asian entrees were very good, better in some cases than the main dining room. San Marcos Dining Room: Our table was located n the center of the room and was very noisy. We were surrounded by eight person tables which made conversation nearly impossible. Several nights we took dessert in the Ocean View Café so we could carry on our discussions. The quality of thje food ranged from below average to very good. The fish entrée were not very appealing nor tasty. Steaks were average. The one night we had lobster was wonderful. Chicken dishes were usually well above average. The table breads were boring and basically did not vary during the fifteen day trip. Our waiter, Limon, was very good so service was very good, except for getting dessert and coffee. Conclusion: the dining room experience was not as good as on other ships. Entertainment: The ship singers and dancers were above average for cruise ships. The production shows were not geared for the mature guest. Might have been good for families or the younger audience. The classicall pianist, Brooks Aehron, was wonderful. Both his evening show and the “Classics on Celebrity” performance were outstanding. He was informative and entertaining. The “Classics on Celebrity” program is new with Celebrity and a welcome edition to the on-board enrichment programs. Jack Walker, vocalist, gave a top notch performance with music from serveral different styles (pop, Broadway, country, and opera). Fantastic voice and stage presence. Jaqui Scott, a London West End star, gave an absolutely wonderful performance combining show tunes with pop songs. The best performance of the cruise. Other performers were well above average as well. Without a doubt, this was the best entertainment of any cruise that we have taken. Enrichment Programs: The at-sea programs included history, music, and current events. The port lectures were informative and did not push ship-sponsored shopping. A welcome change from most cruise ships. Port Visits: The ship made stops in Lisbon, LaHavre, Brugge, and Dover. We used the ship excursions and were generally pleased. The one bad experience was in LaHavre where ther guide was awful. When we addressed this with the ship, we were promptly refunded the cost of the excursion. Debarkation: Being elite members of the Captain’s Club, we were given a special area tgo wait for debarkation. Coffee, juice and pastries were available. When our time was called, we departed the ship without any delay. Our luggage was waiting for us in the terminal area when we debarked.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This TA was the 2nd leg of a B2B. We were in Concierge class on deck 6 and we had a veranda that was triple size for that class stateroom, it was back where all the large suites were and we felt like "special" guests back there. ... Read More
This TA was the 2nd leg of a B2B. We were in Concierge class on deck 6 and we had a veranda that was triple size for that class stateroom, it was back where all the large suites were and we felt like "special" guests back there. Ship: Sparkling clean! This was our third cruise on Connie and she is getting better with age. Embarkation: As Concierge class we went to a special line with no waiting. Activities: So many to choose from we had trouble deciding what t do next. Often we had three activities on board we wanted to participate in at the same time so had to make some tough but happy choices. At times we would split up and do our own thing. Service: Second to none!!!!!!!!! Stateroom: Perfect and always made immaculate twice a day by the staff. A special shout out to our stewards, Muhajir and Rakesh. They were always smiling, always friendly, and always helpful. You guys are great, thanks so much for making this cruise so special! Dining: MDR was good as always, but the staff seemed to have more tables to cover so service was a bit slow at times. Tuscan Grille was outstanding, one of the best meals and service we have had anywhere thanks to our Italian waiter Fabrizio. Buffet was above average, you just have to pick and choose carefully. Wife loved the black bean soup at the lunch buffet but it was not served everyday. So she asked "Tiny" the head chef for the buffet if she could get some black bean soup the next day. Tiny said "yes ma'am" and so the whole ship had a black bean soup choice the next day. We loved the Key Lime pie served at Baccio and asked if we get it in the MDR for desert. The next evening our table of 6 was served a whole Key Lime pie much to the envy of the tables around us. Incredible! The expanded room service menu for Concierge class was great and we ate in the stateroom for breakfast several mornings. I loved the Omega 3 smoothies that are only available on the expanded room service menu. Fitness Center: First time we have ever used the fitness center and it was great. We went there early every morning and there was never a crowd. As a result gained less than 5 pounds during the 15 days. Entertainment: We were on Connie 18 months ago and the production shows were essentially the same. So we passed on most of the evening entertainment, it's always too loud anyway (I take earplugs to ease the pain). However, all the lecturers were great. Disembarkation: Concierge class has special waiting room with drinks and pastries. You go there and wait for your number to be called and walk (reluctantly) right off the ship. Easy, peasy. Summary: Our cruises on Celebrity just keep getting better and better. We have met lasting friends aboard and our table mates have always been great. We have discovered we like "sea days" better than port days so we will be doing more Transatlantics in the future. We are such fans of Celebrity, we are going to purchase stock in RCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
My wife and I decided to give Celebrity a try after 16 cruises with Royal Caribbean. We have not gone out of Fort Lauderdale in a long time and after reading a couple of reviews on the port and on Constellation I was a bit concerned. Our ... Read More
My wife and I decided to give Celebrity a try after 16 cruises with Royal Caribbean. We have not gone out of Fort Lauderdale in a long time and after reading a couple of reviews on the port and on Constellation I was a bit concerned. Our flight into Fort Lauderdale was delayed by about an hour so we arrived at the port at about 12:30pm. I expected long lines to get in to the port, to drop off our luggage, and to check in. The process went extremely smooth and from the time we stepped out of the taxi to the moment we stepped onboard was less than 20 minutes. The rooms were already available so we went up to our room to drop off some things before heading up to get a bite to eat in what we expected to be a mob scene with no place to sit, etc. It was busy but there was no real wait and we had no issue finding tables toward the back. The food was good and there were a variety of choices. The fruit is what makes it for us and it was fresh and so good tasting. We next went to the main dining room to see what table we got for dinner. We are diamond members with RCL and always request a table for two. We always seem to be assigned to a table for 8 or 10 but they change it when we go ask. I expected much the same on Celebrity with this being our 1st time on them but lo and behold they put us at a table for two from the start. As for the ship itself its design makes it seem larger than it is. They utilize all the available space very well. With the recent updates the colors throughout were very pleasing and the ship looked clean and well maintained. I read a number of complaints about poor service, unfriendly staff, etc, but we experienced none of that. From the time we stepped on to the time we disembarked the service was outstanding. We ate in the MDR every night and the food was excellent as was the service. Every entrée was properly cooked and had great taste. I especially liked the apple pie on this ship. I am 52 and it was the best I have ever had and my uncle ran a bakery. His was the standard I have compared all others to and this one is the 1st to beat his. Sorry Uncle Ted. Our balcony cabin was clean and comfortable and there was plenty of room for storage of all our things. Our room steward was wonderful and very friendly. The pools were busy and we had a lot of spring breakers onboard but there were always deck chairs available. The solarium was very quiet and there were little nooks all over the ship to slip into a chair and just read a book if you want. The entertainment was very typical for a 5 night cruise. The comedian was ok but not one of the better we have seen onboard. The magician and the contortionist however were extremely talented and entertaining. Disembarkation, I have read horror stories about. Not here. We were scheduled to be called off the boat at 8am but we got off 15 minutes early. By 8am we already had our luggage, cleared customs, and was on our way to the airport. No, we did not do self-departure. We were very impressed with Celebrity and the Constellation. It met and exceeded our expectations. In fact, we have already booked 2 more on her within the next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We are not new to cruising, this being our 33rd cruise since 1978 and I have to say with the exception of a couple of minor glitches, it will be known as the best cruise we have ever taken. This is the first review I’ve ever written. We ... Read More
We are not new to cruising, this being our 33rd cruise since 1978 and I have to say with the exception of a couple of minor glitches, it will be known as the best cruise we have ever taken. This is the first review I’ve ever written. We flew to Rome, spent 3 days before boarding. (We booked the hotel and choice air thru the cruise line and everything went perfect.) The 1st day in Rome, we went to Vatican City. Took small private tours thru Celebrity, for all our Rome tours, to tour the Vatican, you do need a ticket, and if you don't book a tour you will stand in line for 2 to 3 hours. All I can say about the Vatican, St Peters Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel, is that it was breathtaking! I just can't express the emotions we felt. We also toured the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Which were very impressive. The Crown Plaza hotel, was okay, but for the cost, we've stayed in better. I did not consider it a 4 star....more like a Holiday Inn, It was also NOT with in walking distance of anything as was advertised. But the restaurant was fantastic and reasonably priced. On the 24th we boarded the ship and were thrilled to see how large our cabin was. We were able to get a 2 room FV aft cabin for the 2 of us. It was wonderful! We had the best Captain ever. Captain Tasos Kafetzis, and we will be sure to sail with him again. along with JC, our cruise director and Mark, activities director, whose specialty was watching for icebergs! One of our favorite restaurants on the ship is Bistro on 5, this is where we head as soon as we board It is delicious plus no standing in line. This is the only specialty restaurant we go to, the food in the main dining Room is wonderful. The only problem was, the lack of veggies, but we just asked for them. On the 25th, we toured the Leaning tower of Pisa; As interesting as the leaning tower was, seeing the Alps in the background, a very beautiful sight. We are Elite members and on this cruise instead of having our "private" cocktail party from 5 to 7, they gave us tickets to use for our drinks at various lounges. My husband and I decided we liked this option much better than standing in a long line, then TRYING to find seats just for a free drink! Our next stop was Cartagina, Spain. We docked within walking distance of the city so decided not to take a tour. A very relaxing day and beautiful little city, enjoyed it very much. Thursday, was a sea day and Thanksgiving, The weather is warm enough now to sit on our balcony and the beginning of our 25 hr days! Friday, we arrived in Agadir, Morocco, I’m not going to say much about this except to say it was really nasty, and it was quit apparent they didn't want Americans there! The ship refunded everyone their tour money and I was really relieved to be back on the ship. Next stop was Lanzarote, Canary Island. Once again we could walk into town and had a very nice relaxing time. Saturday was our last stop before crossing the Atlantic. We were scheduled for a camel ride thru the dessert, in Gran Canaria, Canary Island, I really recommend this! We had so much fun. The rest of the trip was spent crossing the Atlantic and it was so relaxing and so much fun. We love the Constellation. It's a beautiful ship and we will be sure to sail on her again!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
From the time we stepped on board to the time we stepped off it was pure pampering. Our Aquaclass cabin 1111 was on the top floor and going westbound we have had sun all day. This is one of the newer cabins and very quiet. We are Captains ... Read More
From the time we stepped on board to the time we stepped off it was pure pampering. Our Aquaclass cabin 1111 was on the top floor and going westbound we have had sun all day. This is one of the newer cabins and very quiet. We are Captains club members and since there were many on board, we received 3 coupons each to enjoy beverages before dinner between 5 and 7PM. We enjoyed many functions planned by cruise critic including slot pull. The entertainment on board was fine, We ate in Blue most nights and enjoyed a great variety of meals all awfully good. The service was outstanding on every level from the cleaning personnel to Captain Tasos. We looked forward to his 10AM announcements and stories about the gods. The Captain was visible and enjoyed meeting the guests. All the staff on board was pleasant and friendly. The ports were well picked but our favorite port was Agadir. The layout of the ship is great and very convenient to reach wherever you want to go. The seize of the Connie is just perfect for us. The 7 days at sea were blissfully enjoyed with awesome weather. We can't wait for our 2014 Transatlantic on the Connie. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Often times I wonder if we are traveling with the same folks. We love this ship, yet other travelers have only ugly remarks. Cruising is often very subjective. What pleases us does not please others. Perhaps our standards are not so high. ... Read More
Often times I wonder if we are traveling with the same folks. We love this ship, yet other travelers have only ugly remarks. Cruising is often very subjective. What pleases us does not please others. Perhaps our standards are not so high. I think of it this way: When I am at home, how's the cooking? Who's making my bed? Cleaning the bathroom? Forget it!!! So, that being said, let me tell you about our cruise.Boarding in Miami was a snap. Having sailed on the "Connie" two years ago, we knew where our inside cabin was and settled in. (the inside cabin was a booking mistake but after reaching the Baltic and the constant daylight....sunrise @ 4:30 am and sunset @ 11:00 p.m., we were blessed to have a total darkness room :)Cruising the Atlantic was fun...we read, napped, ate, then napped some more. There were so many "Elite" members aboard that coupons were given out for Happy Hour Free Cocktails. We were not terribly happy about this. It was like getting a McDonalds Happy Meal ticket. Everyone got 3 cocktail tickets, to be used in any bar. Not really special....and no appetizers. :( Complaints were made. Lionel, the Elite Rep. was not very visible during the crossing.Ports of call during the crossing and through the English Channel were fun. We loved Dover, Eng. (quaint and walkable). Two hours to Paris was worth the trip.Portugal is always a favorite. On to Amsterdam......many departed. We stayed on. We love back-to-backs because they can become two distinctive cruises. Sailing up the North Sea and into the Bay of Finland was special. Port intensive and loads of walking, but even the old people (us) managed to spread our feeble wings and explore.We had excursions in every port, including 2 days in St. Petersburg. It was exhausting but worth every minute. A bit about the ship: The Constellation was in dry dock in April. Supposedly, great things happened. No....not true. Maybe some carpet was replaced. I didn't notice. (We were on the "Connie" two years ago). Venues were removed, i.e. the movie theatre, (the reason here was that Pay-for-TV movies were more of a money-maker). Sad... more money-grabbing going on. John, the Cruise Director, (if tonight's the night you are going straight to bed...this is not the night to do it!!) We love him. Saw him on another Celebrity ship. Entertainment: Production shows = exceptional. Nigel West = tremendous. Comedy and magic = average. Classical music = average. General musical entertainment = good. Food: Well, that is so subjective. We felt the San Marco was very good, but perhaps not as good as two years ago. (We only had escargot on the last leg of the trip). The buffet is what it is. Try the pizza....yum. The Tuscan Grill is worth every penny. Excellent!Special kudos to my friends in Reflections!! Hope to see you again Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We expect a lot from Celebrity and they delivered. Connie, as the Constellation is affectionately called by her many afficianados, is well maintained and a pleasure to spend on for multiple days at sea. The Cruise Director's staff ... Read More
We expect a lot from Celebrity and they delivered. Connie, as the Constellation is affectionately called by her many afficianados, is well maintained and a pleasure to spend on for multiple days at sea. The Cruise Director's staff did an excellent job with the entertainment and activities, plenty to do for those who wanted to be busy but also many comfortable places for reading and relaxationn. The cuisine is above average for cruise lines; it's not Oceania but well about average, well prepared and varied Let's follow the outlinee: Getting to the ship: We flew to London a couple days early to reacquaint with that great city. Stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in Earl's Court. Not luxe, but adequate in a very costly city and convenient to the metro and buses. (HIghly recommend the Oyster Pass for transportation). Train from Waterloo to Southhampton is convenient and frequent, make reservations online in advance for best rates. We paid only 6 pounds per person for the trip. Taxi from Southhampton Central Station is only a couple of pounds and readily available. Boarding process was somewhat chaotic. Extensive security screening, long lines and slow. Once beyond security, check-in was not so troublesome. All in, it took about an hour from arrival at the port to boarding. Once on board, about 2 pm, cabins were not ready as the ship was once again doing deep cleaning to guard against recurrence of the norovirus that had reared its ugly head on a couple of prior cruises for Constellation. (Before going on, let me say there was no noro on this cruise to the best of my knowledge. Diligent handwashing and use of sanitizers, as well as "hands-off service at the Buffet and the dining room, seem to have worked.) Shortly after 3, announcement made that cabins were ready for occupancy. Cabin: We had a veranda (read balcony) cabin on deck 9 directly below the Seaside Cafe (read Buffet). We had seen commentary that these cabins were subject to noise disturbance in the night; we had no such problem and the overhang from the deck above made the veranda quite comfortable and weather proof Cabin seemed smaller that on some lines but was adequate. We were not sure the veranda would be useful on transatlantic but we used it daily for reading or just relaxing. We stayed busy enough that we did not have breakfast on the veranda but are sure it would have been a lovely experience. Shower was spacious, even for a large person like myself. Despite some commentary about Celebrity, shower gel is available but not part of the routine supply in the bathroom, just ask for it. Closet space was fully adequate. Only complaint:beds are hard, not a generous mattress on a hard platform. Potential cruisers looking for some real space might want to look at the Family Veranda cabins on the stern, they are fabulous. Cuisine: It is difficult to evaluate the cuisine on cruises these days. They all seem to get some things very right, and some not so right. On balance, Celebrity hits the mark more frequently than some of the others. perhaps just a teeny notch above RCI and more above NCL but in a close contest with HAL and Princess. We did not test the speciality dining rooms as the meals in the MDR were always more than acceptable (and Celebrity may have pushed the envelope just a tad too much with its cover charges for the speciality dining rooms). Menus in MDR were offered wide variety of well prepared meal, with only one repeat menu on a relatively long cruise. Service staff, at least for our table, was attentive, professional and appropriately friendly. (It may have helped that the lead waiter was Turkish and we were able to greet him and carry on rudimentary conversation in Turkish, nevertheless dinner was always a pleasant experience.) The Seaside Cafe offered excellent choices for breakfast ,including a station devoted to poached eggs and the range of dishes possible with poached eggs. (Great oat bran muffins too) The creperie ($5 cover charge per person) offers a reasonable and very attractive option for lunch. Activities: Not much to say here. I go overboard with Trivia. There were at least 4 opportunities per day, including progressive. But there was much more. Three speakers, one on golf, one on esoteric things like medieval alcohol and tattooing and one, the most popular, on famous criminal cases out of Los Angeles gave daily lectures on sea days. Culinary demonstrations involving a guest celebrity chef were well received and fun. Since this array will change on each and every cruise, the details are not important, just that Celebrity and the staff did a fine job of ensuring that the sea days were full of activities, with a range of subjects to appeal to most anyone. Entertainment: Classical pianist, entertaining violinist, three vocalists with superior talent, plus a resident cast that performed the compulsory production shows, and supporting it all a first class orchestra. Perhaps the best lineup of entertainment on any of our many cruises Ship Connie is well maintained. Celebrity ships are not up to HAL in terms of decor but Connie boasts lots of fine art and well decorated public space. We prefer the vast promenade on some of the RCI ships but space was never a problem on Connie, she seemed particularly roomy in all the public areas. Should mentiion here that the senior officers on board, up to and including the Captain, were seen throughout the ship, friendly and approachable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
I'll start at the beginning because that is a very good place to start. We had originally booked a transatlantic on Celebrity Equinox for November 25 but we had to scuttle those plans thanks to a condition I contracted called Charcot ... Read More
I'll start at the beginning because that is a very good place to start. We had originally booked a transatlantic on Celebrity Equinox for November 25 but we had to scuttle those plans thanks to a condition I contracted called Charcot Foot which resulted in four months in a cast and the prospect of life in a wheelchair. In mid-October I was given the good news that I could walk very limited steps and my orthopedic surgeon saw no reason that we couldn't get away for a little r&r while between medical appointments. That very evening we were scouring the websites to find a crossing that would fit into our timeframes. We ended up with our favourite line, Celebrity, and Concierge Class accommodation on the Connie that was less in money than a normal verandah. Ever conscious of the dollars being spent so close to Christmas, we found a most reasonable airfare with Icelandair and, a month later, we were on our way! I won't go into the trials of travelling with a wheelchair. For those impressions please visit the home page of www.barrier-freecruising.com. We arrived at Heathrow following a fourteen hour journey from Toronto to Boston to Reykjavik to London. Kind of long but, at $520pp, I'm not complaining. Because of a tight arrival time, and our luggage plus a wheelchair, I decided to surprise Barb by renting a car and driver for the trip to Southampton. He met us in the baggage area, loaded our cases and chair and soon we were on our way. We only made one stop during the ninety minute drive and our driver pointed out some of the landmarks along the way. There was a delay boarding the ship due to a shortage of ship's crew assigned to assist some of the special needs passengers but, despite this, the entire time spent from cab to shipboard was no more than thirty minutes. Having crossed the Atlantic the other direction in spring on Celebrity Eclipse, it was hard not to start comparing the two ship styles right away. The first was the Seaside Cafe where we went to get a nibble or three while waiting for the cabins to be prepared. I will mention right at the start that Constellation was still undergoing a strict health regime due to an outbreak of Norovirus on an earlier November outing. For the first five days of our cruise all food handling was done by the Celebrity staff right down to putting salt and pepper on your food in the dining room. It meant for slower lines in the cafe but Barb and I appreciated the situation and the ship's most cautious response. Some people actually enjoyed the additional pampering. Back to the Seaside Cafe. I immediately missed the 'food islands' concept on Eclipse and the other solstice ships. There was nothing wrong with the food. It was completely up to Celebrity standards but I think the idea of the separate serving areas makes for a much quicker flow from chaffing dish to tray to table to tummy. I did like the way some of the eating areas by the windows actually jutted over the sea and you could look down to the ocean below. We made our way to the cabin when it was announced they were ready. Celebrity advertises that Concierge Class includes fresh flowers, fruit and savouries in the room as well as upgraded bed linens, bath robes and a 'pillow menu'. The room itself appeared smaller than the same category on Eclipse but, according to the ships' deck plans, they are almost the same size. Could be the layout. Past CC reviews have referred to stains and other signs of age in their staterooms. I looked but I didn't see anything worth mentioning. I should state that we booked a C1 and not an accessible AC since these sell out very quickly due to the limited number available. I was able to fold the wheelchair and hobble around between bed and bath and Saline, our room steward, rustled up a shower stool for me. I get to try the AC category when Barb, her wheelchair-bound daughter and I re-board Eclipse again to head back across the pond in spring. Something was very wrong in the dining room on the first two nights. Orders were mixed up and, worst of all, on the second night out we waited almost an hour for our appetizers and another hour plus for our entrees to arrive. We, and the others at the table, were very upset by this and let Customer Service know. We learned a week into the cruise that our wait team had originally been assigned to five tables and not just the two that they would normally serve. We were further upset that no proper apology was made by the maitre d' and, in fact, he never once approached our table during the entire cruise. It appeared that he delegated his assistant maitre d' to deal with the complainers. The food was Celebrity good and we felt that, on Constellation, the portions were actually bigger than on Eclipse. We didn't try any of the specialty dining venues but the feedback from fellow travellers seemed to be all positive. Cruise Director Sue Denning and her staff seemed to have the pulse of the ocean going passengers and only missed the mark when it came to the deejays late at night. But then again, with the great food, ocean air, theatrical shows and a daytime of tours and events, who needs to stay up late anyway? The shows were some of the best I have seen at sea. The dance/singing troupe worked their hearts out and I really don't know how they did two shows a night. If one guest performer really stood out I would have to say it was Sean O'Shea. It has been a long time since I have watched such a high energy show. His sense of timing is impeccable and it was one show I hated to see come to an end. By the way, Sue and some of her entourage, including Perry Grant (like him or not) move to Eclipse later this winter and I wish she could bring that orchestra with her. As the kids say.. they are AWESOME! We did three shore excursions.. all on our own. In Le Havre we hired Patrice, a local cabbie who is proud of his town, his region and his car. We shared the cab for three hours with another passenger and drove all around the historic city and then to the stunning cliffs at Etretat. Total cost was 50Euros each with tip. In Lisbon (Lisboa) we teamed up with Johnny, a 24 year old cabbie whose family has been in the tourism business for decades and who, himself, studies tourism to obtain a degree. His English was excellent and he took the two of us through every side street of the old district, out to the Belem area, let us shop and take pictures whenever and wherever we wanted.. all for a total price of 80Euros, tip included. Our last stop was Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands. Again we elected to do our own sightseeing and our driver was Alberto. Between his limited English and our fractured Spanish, we wound our way from Santa Cruz to Porto de la Cruz with the majestic Tede volcano dominating the scenery. He knew which stops would yield the best pictures. Altogether a nice three hours costing 80Euros. By the time we reached Tenerife the weather was already nice and warm.. for a pair of Canadians. It would take several days at sea for the southern Florida crowd to start to feel at home. How was the crossing? With only one five hour exception when we encountered some swells, it was smooth and steady as she goes. There was plenty, or little, to do during those eight days. Sherene made our visits to the shops enjoyable, the cooking demonstrations were as much fun as they were informative (maybe more), the strolling acapela group popped up everywhere and, as previously mentioned, the nighttime shows in the theatre were top notch. We didn't spend a lot of time on the upper decks by the pools or in the solarium, but instead made great use of our balcony.. me for laying back and snoozing while Barb work hard on finishing a Christmas stocking for one of her children. I fondly say that Barb cross-stitched her way across the Atlantic. We purchased our airport transfers while on the ship and disembarkation went very smoothly and soon we were at MIA waiting for our flight home. I would certainly sail on Celebrity Constellation again. Except for the usual high volume times, her elevators were never crowded, the hallways easy to negotiate (except next time I will bring a stroller.. too much carpeting for wheelchair users), the service was excellent and friendly and the food was Celebrity good. We are booked on Eclipse in the spring but, this time, in an accessible stateroom. Roll on April! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
The night before the cruise we stayed at the Airport Courtyard by Marriott. While the hotel was nice and offered free shuttle to the hotel from the airport and from the hotel to the port, it seemed to be located in the middle of nowhere. ... Read More
The night before the cruise we stayed at the Airport Courtyard by Marriott. While the hotel was nice and offered free shuttle to the hotel from the airport and from the hotel to the port, it seemed to be located in the middle of nowhere. We couldn't even find a place to buy a postcard. Embarkation was very smooth. When we got to our cabin we met our neighbors right away. It wasn't long before we met our stateroom attendant, Ovidio. He and his assistant did a great job in keeping the stateroom clean and providing us with ice and water throughout the cruise. The Constellation is our favorite ship and she was in ship-shape form. During the seven days at sea we were privileged to have some wonderful speakers on board. First among these was Professor David Hughes, a renowned astronomer from England. Next we had some great talks by former NFL-player turned astronaut, Leland Melvin. Both gentlemen were extremely personable and informative. Our sea days were jam-packed with fun things to do. We did have two rough days due to storms, but luckily we didn't feel any ill effects. Our first port was Ponta Delgada in the Azores. The shore excursion we picked was a jeep safari. The jeep was comfortable - only 5 in our jeep - and the guide took us through some amazing scenery. Actually, the Azores proved to be quite a pleasant surprise. The next port was Lisbon, Portugal, where we took a four hour city tour. Unfortunately our tour bus was too hot. We did enjoy the various stops we made. In Le Havre, France, we chose to take the excursion to the beaches of Normandy. This included a pleasant lunch at the Caen Memorial Museum. We were very moved. It was neat to see the White Cliffs of Dover when we docked. Here we took a tour of the Kentish countryside and stopped in Rye. It was fun to see people walking around and shopping and having tea. Our cruise director was Rich Clesen. He's probably one of the best we've had. You could see him everywhere around the ship and even out on the pier when people were going on their excursions. Our favorite entertainer, Perry Grant, was in top form with his great singing, piano-playing, and repartee. For the most part our dinners were very good. A couple of nights were near-misses, though. We enjoyed a couple of lunches and a breakfast at Bistro on 5 and highly recommend it. We also liked the Aqua Spa Cafe for breakfast. The disembarkation was very easy in Amsterdam. Celebrity took us to the airport via a bus and our bags were waiting curbside. The only bad thing was that our cruise was over. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We first took a Transatlantic last year on Disney Magic....and it was just that,magic! We have a vacation rental home near Disneyworld in Florida so we come over quite often to make sure the home is in tip top shape for our guests. ... Read More
We first took a Transatlantic last year on Disney Magic....and it was just that,magic! We have a vacation rental home near Disneyworld in Florida so we come over quite often to make sure the home is in tip top shape for our guests. So it makes sense to come and go on a Transatlantic and use one air fare for 2 vacations. First time with Celebrity and I had heard good things about Connie so we were excited to go. We left our Central Florida home at around 8 a.m and drove to Ft Lauderdale. Checking in took an inordinate of time but we were eventually on board and enjoying our first lunch. We shared a table with another very nice couple and had a good chat and then never saw them again for the whole of the 2 weeks. We met our dinner companions that night and we had a great time together. One couple never showed up but as we were on a table for 8 we still had our lovely couples from Maryland and California. Our waiter was called Ufuk (yes really) and he was wonderful and so personable. Also his assistant was great. Food was about the same quality as RC I would say. We took all the meals that we could in the restaurant and therefore sat with many different people. The service was always good and I loved the somewhat older waiter from Lisbon; what a nice man. Every night we caught a show, every night we saw the wonderful Perry Grant for most of both shows, we took part in many quizzes, enjoyed the Zumba and generally walked the decks and read. The library was pretty good, quite a lot of odd titles but enough to keep me going. Internet was (as always) ridiculously expensive but stayed at a good speed all the way over; our Disney internet last year was disastrous) Not my favourite ports of call but OK; I would opt for stops in the Caribbean and Bahamas next time. I do like the cruise line's own private beaches so if I can find one that offers this it would sway me.. Lots of wonderful guests on board and we enjoyed many a long gossip. And the drawbacks? I suppose I was expecting a big step up from Carnival and RC and at first I struggled to see what they were. Then I realised how much more space there was, how many staff per guest there were and how fabulous the covered deck was. I found the decor rather dreary and the art work, at times, puzzling (dead dandelions!) I do like a promenade deck you can walk right round(not possible on Connie) and our check in lady at Ft Lauderdale was spectacularly rude (until she overheard us talking about it) We did not go on to Amsterdam but disembarked in Dover where all went smoothly and we were met by my son in law and within 2 hours we were back in our own home. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
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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