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29 Celebrity Constellation Repositioning Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for the ports. We wanted to see a Dubai and Petra. In my opinion, the ship was in pretty good shape. Yes, it needs paint in a few areas, but it is due for a refurbish anyway. I like the M class ships and was very happy ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. We wanted to see a Dubai and Petra. In my opinion, the ship was in pretty good shape. Yes, it needs paint in a few areas, but it is due for a refurbish anyway. I like the M class ships and was very happy with the ship. We could not get excited about the entertainment offerings in the theatre, which I think was because it was a repositioning cruise. We did enjoy the Take 5 band. The food in the main dining room was good, not great, but I had no trouble finding something that I wanted to eat. I was disappointed with the Tuscan Grill. I thought my steak lacked seasoning and could have used a little more attention from the servers. At $45 per person, I will not go back. Princess specialty restaurants, ie Crown Grill, is $29 per person. We did eat at Quine twice - catching it on sale at $30 per person, I felt we got much more attention and a great selection of food. We had 9 sea days, including transiting the Suez Canal, and 5 ports. We did ship excursions in Muscat, Oman and Petra, Jordan. We had scheduled a walking tour in Muscat which was cancelled, and the only other offering was a panoramic tour. It gave us the opportunity to get off the ship, but we were not impressed with Muscat, or the panoramic tour. Our ships tour of Petra was excellent. I only wish we had another day in Petra to explore some more. We rented a car in Katakolon and drove to Olympia. I was disappointed in Olympia. While there is signage by most of the ruins to describe the ancient use, they did not provide a map or brochure to help you organize your visit. Also, there is no parking at the site. You have to find a parking spot in the modern town of Olympia and then walk to the site. We did like the little town of a Katakolon and the people were very friendly. Our cruise also visited Dubai and Athens, where we had arranged private tours. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We flew into Abu Dhabi for a 2 night stay before the cruise to Rome through the Suez Canal. We had an ocean view and thoroughly enjoyed the stateroom. We enjoyed the facilities on the ship. The entertainment in the theatre was good to ... Read More
We flew into Abu Dhabi for a 2 night stay before the cruise to Rome through the Suez Canal. We had an ocean view and thoroughly enjoyed the stateroom. We enjoyed the facilities on the ship. The entertainment in the theatre was good to excellent. I suppose it depends what your personal preferences are. We enjoyed eating the excellent food in the MDR, meeting new people and listening to their adventures. We won a meal in the Italian restaurant. It was very good. We met up with people to do the trivia and had good fun. We called in at Muscat in Oman, we just had a walk along the waterfront. We did a trip to Petra from Aqaba, Jordan, it was amazing. A must do trip, even though it was not cheap. We sailed through the Suez Canal without a narration onboard. This was disappointing. Also when we entered the Mediterranean there was no mention of the event!!! We called into Athens and got the Ho-Ho bus to the Acropolis. A very worthwhile trip. After seeing the sights at the Acropolis we got back on the bus and did a city tour. We got the admission halfprice into the Acropolis because we are seniors and proof we were EU citizens. We then called in to Katakolon. This is a lovely beachside resort. Bars and restaurants facing the sea, tourist shops in the street behind. We got the train to Olympia, we also got halfprice admission to the museum and Olympic site. We ended the cruise in Rome, after 15 nights. We have been on this ship before and found some of the changes ie no happy hour, the changes in the casino plus the prizes won for trivia were disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Chose this cruise for the itinerary, and it did not disappoint, nor did the cruise ship, all very good. All staff had a very positive and willing attitude. The ship's officers were always visible and this seemed to have an impact ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary, and it did not disappoint, nor did the cruise ship, all very good. All staff had a very positive and willing attitude. The ship's officers were always visible and this seemed to have an impact everywhere. An excellent example was the Hotel Director, Helen, whom we seemed to bump into every day. The ship was clean and seemed well maintained, all public spaces were constantly being cleaned. Our cabin steward was great as were all the bar and dining staff. Just wish that the dinner menu could have been better, as well as several of the entertainers that were brought onboard were not very good. The exception was the Ship's band and the production shows. The gym and sauna were well used and we enjoyed the Solarium where we could find seats most of the time. Also we were frequent users of the aft bar and dining area on Deck 11. Would recommend! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as it was amazing value for the ports we were visiting and neither of us had even been to Asia. However, I will admit to booking onto Constellation with a little trepidation having previously cruised ... Read More
We chose the cruise based on itinerary as it was amazing value for the ports we were visiting and neither of us had even been to Asia. However, I will admit to booking onto Constellation with a little trepidation having previously cruised on larger & newer ships (P&O Britannia and MSV Divina). We arranged our own flights and hotel pre-cruise taking advantage of New Year sales and flew to Singapore on British Airways arriving the day before embarkation and stayed in The Scarlett in Chinatown which was a superb base. We then spent the day sightseeing around Marina Bay on electric scooters (a must do!), including a cheeky charge up and down the F1 pitlane, before taking an Uber to the Cruise Terminal. Embarkation at Singapore was straightforward with no queues, although we were a little disappointed that the photo opportunities had already been packed up having pre-paid for the photo package. However, that disappointment aside, we were through check-in and on ship within about 20 minutes. Once aboard we headed to the Atrium and took advantage of waitress service and our drinks package to order our first cocktail, a Singapore Sling of course! :D Constellation departed on-time and we watched the sail-away from the Sunset Bar at the aft. All our pre-cruise doubts about sailing on Constellation were immediately dispelled once we took a hour or so to explore her. We found her to be extremely well maintained and decorated, and despite being nearly 50% smaller that previous ships we'd sailed on, if anything there was a feeling of more space. Our initial cabin was an inside on deck 9 forward (9015) which was a fantastic quiet location, only spoiled by a problem with our toilet which eventually led to us having to move to an Ocean View on deck 3 (3126). Whilst being a fabulous cabin in a great position midship, benefitting from a massive window as it used to be part of the conference centre, there was a low rumbling noise which we found disturbing for the first couple of night having come from such a quiet location. We had traditional dining at the later sitting of 8:30pm and were sat on a table of eight with some other British couples. Both the company and service was great and we did not have any complaints regarding the food which was excellent throughout. We never ate main meals in the Ocean View Café buffet restaurant however breakfasts and lunches there were all excellent always with fresh food available. We also ate in the specialty restaurant Qsine twice, once complimentary as a result of our cabin move, and once paying, and found it to be an excellent innovative experience with simply stunning food that you wanted to eat too much of! We can’t wait to go back! Entertainment would be the only minor point of gripe, with shows that were not really of the same standard to those on previous cruises. However, we did find that the Silent Disco Celebrity put on at the Martini Bar on selected nights was excellent and really they should do it somewhere every night!! Our other issue was towards the end of the cruise when the main late-night venue Reflections was closed for a staff party all night forcing us to move to the much more sedate and earlier closing Rendezvous Lounge. Credit to Celebrity though as after a little discussion, a DJ was put on after the House Band finished and the bar kept open until 1am for us. We found the Shore Excursions provided via Celebrity to be of a very good standard and well organised and would certainly use them again. Disembarkation in Abu Dhabi took a little longer than previous experiences and luggage collection in the terminal building was more haphazard. However it was completed without incident and we had a great day hiring a car and visiting Ferrari World before heading to the airport for our return flight to the UK that evening. Overall it was a great cruise on a fabulous ship, which left us with a very positive impression of both Celebrity and Constellation. So much so that we have another cruise booked in May aboard “Connie” in the Mediterranean! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
New places to visit and new cultures to experience.The ports of call were excellent and the time in its port adequate for the tours planned. The crew was good for the most part although attention to detail was lacking. The ship was clean ... Read More
New places to visit and new cultures to experience.The ports of call were excellent and the time in its port adequate for the tours planned. The crew was good for the most part although attention to detail was lacking. The ship was clean and the housekeeping did a great job. The Hotel manager was visible but not engaged. The Staff Captain did a great job keeping the crew doing their duties as needed. The food in the Buffet was almost always cold and the fruits not ripe.The ship shows its age being the oldest in the Millennium class and needs refurbishing which i heard that it is scheduled soon. The cruise director and his staff was very good, the different games and shows were well planned and executed. The guest relations Manager was not visible and her staff needs more training. The two exceptions were Daniela the events coordinator and Rose the Captain's Club hostess that did an outstanding job. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
the itinerary was very very interesting. the staff in general were very nice on board. some staff were very friendly while others were not whereas on a holland ship all staff are friendly. they also responded quickly when things were ... Read More
the itinerary was very very interesting. the staff in general were very nice on board. some staff were very friendly while others were not whereas on a holland ship all staff are friendly. they also responded quickly when things were brought to their attention. the food was very good, portion sizes were just right. The buffet should be designed better as to traffic flow. the reflection lounge was closed too often for private functions . The Connie is a nice size ship to travel on. The ships entertainment was excellent especially the production shows. The dancers and singers were all very very good. The any time dining seemed at times a bit chaotic to get a table so advance reservations are the best option. Once seated dining is very pleasurable, not hurried not rushed and very attentive. The meal presentation was also very good. Vegetarian options were plentiful and creative. This itinerary is well worth doing if it is offered in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were somewhat concerned about boarding a 15 year old ship and also about dining and entertainment due to our most recent experience on a Celebrity ship (on that occasion we had just completed a cruise on HAL where the food was ... Read More
We were somewhat concerned about boarding a 15 year old ship and also about dining and entertainment due to our most recent experience on a Celebrity ship (on that occasion we had just completed a cruise on HAL where the food was outstanding...). Well, the ship was in a very good shape, food at the main dining room and at the cafeteria was never disappointing, and the entire staff lived up to the Constellation reputation. From embarkation to disembarkation everything ran smoothly. Entertainment was generally ok with some high points (mainly the comedians) and quite varied. Shore excursions were well managed although sometimes overly expensive. Select dining was managed nicely, only once did we (four of us) have to wait for a table. Our stateroom attendant was particularly attentive and efficient. Internet service was fine... outside of peak usage times (you'll have to figure this one out on specific cruises), The only downside is Celebrity's pricing model which makes all the extras bust any budget you may have. From internet pricing to laundry to specialty restaurants and specialty coffee, prices have all skyrocketed over the recent past. Celebrity must review this and offer better value for "basic cruisers". Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Firstly, a bit of background, this was our first cruise with Celebrity having 25 plus previous cruises mainly with the Carnival group of brands. The last ten years apart from one with P&0 and one with Fred Olsen all being with Princess ... Read More
Firstly, a bit of background, this was our first cruise with Celebrity having 25 plus previous cruises mainly with the Carnival group of brands. The last ten years apart from one with P&0 and one with Fred Olsen all being with Princess Cruises. Last New Year we tried P&0 after a gap of 9 years - just to see if all the so many poor reviews could be accurate. For us they were true and could only be described as dreadful. The Ventura herself was a nice ship but Food and service were dreadful. For us the company that offered the cruising experience of old - was confirmed as long gone. We love Princess and have been Elite status with them for quite a few years. We have however become bored with their itineries; especially out of Southampton. So, we decided that it was time for a change and booked our first cruise with Celebrity. The cruise was a repositioning voyage from the Arabian Gulf back to Europe starting off in Abu Dhabi We became a little concerned when before the cruise various reviews on the Constellation were very mixed. However, we should not have worried - Overall the cruise was a great success and an absolute pleasure. It was almost as if the clock had been turned back and the cruising of 20 years ago was back again. Cruise was booked as a package through Cruise Kings including flights to Dubai All Transfers – 2-night stay in Dubai – Transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome airport and flight home. Transfer from the airport in Dubai to the Hotel was chaotic as reps attending the arrivals seemed to have little idea as to what was going on and who was going where. This was not helped as we were delayed getting through to arrivals by 1.5hrs delay in getting through the long lines at immigration. Hotel in Dubai whilst fine for the time stayed would not use again. We were booked in the Holiday Inn in Al Barsha; very close to Ski Dubai and the Mall of the Emirates. Hotel was more basic than expected, whilst clean and friendly enough the continuous piped music which resonated from the central atrium through to the rooms right through the night drove us mad. Our outbound flight with Emirates on the evening A380 Flight from Manchester was fine, but delay in getting through immigration in Dubai was a pain. Return flight from Rome to Manchester with Jet2.com was as expected - very basic. We knew at booking that this would be the case but due to relatively short flight and good timings we stuck with - but would not be a flight of choice otherwise. Boarding Celebrity Constellation in Abu Dhabi Had previously read that long queues could be encountered depending on the arrival time in Abu Dhabi. We changed our original departure time from the hotel in Dubai from 11.00 to 09.00. This was a very good tactic, as we arrived at the terminal with only a handful of other guests. The terminal building was very nice and seemingly brand new. After a quick look at the shops we proceeded straight through security and basis our Aqua Class cabin waived straight through to priority boarding. We were on the ship at 10.30 am and offered welcome onboard sparkling wine before we even got as far as the elevators – Nice touch. On boarding we were told that cabins would be available from approximately 13.30 and that announcements would be made. This was fine by us – Overall very well organised and stress free. Initial Impressions On boarding was very pleased to see that Celebrity Constellation appeared to be very clean and in Good condition. Yes, some carpeting in alleyways and public areas was obviously well worn but not exactly threadbare, Décor appeared a little dark and ‘dated’ but we soon got used to this and she is still a lovely ship. She does not have all of bells and whistles of more recent ships but still considered her as very nice. What was so striking was the friendliness and apparent high morale and friendliness of all the crew. It was all so nice after our most recent experience with P&0 where majority of crew persistently looked as if they were chewing a wasp! Cabin Cabins were released to passengers at 13.20. Our cabin Aqua class Balcony 9057 was slightly smaller than the balcony cabins we are used to on the “Grand Class “of ships but was well laid out and spotlessly clean. Balcony itself was ok and it was nice to note that it was not only very clean (Seen to be cleaned throughout the voyage) when other ships more recently full of salt and general grime/overpainted balcony furniture not touched throughout the cruise. One thing to point out which we found out about pre-cruise is that by design of the ship all balconies and those on decks 8 and 9 are completely shaded by the large overhang from deck 10 above. This was not a problem for us as the weather was so hot and the shade welcomed but for some cruisers and more temperate cruises direct sunshine onto the balconies is limited or in our case non-existent. Bathroom was excellent spotless – no plumbing problems – Proper glass shower door and excellent multi nozzle power shower. Only possible complaint was that the bed and mattress was worn and very lumpy – Hopefully this will be rectified in upcoming refit. We really missed the new luxury beds found onboard Princess. Another minor note was the condition of the net curtains on the patio door which were drab and patched. Other than this we were quite happy. With Aqua class – daily hors d’oeuvres are delivered in the afternoon. These to be honest these are not worth it and we told our steward not to bother with these about half way through the cruise as they often deserved afternoon naps. Same applied with the delivery of daily jugs of supposedly infused chilled teas. Being Aqua Class also got upgraded Bathrobes – Slippers and use of Binoculars and Umbrella in the cabin. Toiletries were informed to be upgrades on the normal items on offer but this being first Celebrity/Aqua class cabin can’t really comment. It was nice to see though that individual shampoos and conditioners are still provided as opposed to the general refillable bottles of shower gel recently replacing the individual toiletries on Princess cruises. Another supposed bonus for aqua cabins was unlimited use of the spa suite of sauna and steam rooms which they called the Persian Garden? Was told that this was much better on the Solstice class of ships but found on Constellation this was rather dark and dingy. Would not bother with the so-called rewards of aqua class if it were not for our own designated restaurant “Blue” This was in our opinion worth the upgrade on its own Food and Service We have not yet travelled on Princesses recently announced new Club class but guess that this is designed to compete with Celebrity Aqua class. Availability of separate restaurant even though we never used the main restaurant was to us well worth the upgrade on its own. The small and more intimate Blu restaurant open for Breakfast and Dinner we used every day except one day when we dined in Ocean Liners. To us the food and service could not be faulted. It was excellent. Management ashore should give credit to the excellent staff – service levels and Maître D as to the levels of excellent service and the product provided. Blu restaurant had different menu every day of the cruise. Must point out though that we are in no way criticising the product on offer in the main restaurant, as many conversations we had with other friends made during the cruise commented on the excellent standards and Menus on offer in the main restaurant. As already mentioned we did on one occasion use the speciality restaurant “Ocean Liners”. This was very nice indeed but we only used this once and did not use the other restaurant the Tuscan Grille quite simply because the food and service in our main Blu restaurant was so good there was no need to use the specialty restaurants. Our only possible complaint with food offerings was the main buffet the Ocean View Café. This was to our tastes and that of many other passengers not to our liking. We found the offerings to be very repetitive even though we only checked this out at lunchtimes. It was badly planned – laid out the different sections made the flow to be very poor making the pushing and shoving encountered very uncomfortable. Access to serving areas was poor forcing users to lean under the enclosed serving areas often needing the leaning over of other items more towards the front of the displays. This was as said poor and uncomfortable. Score of the main buffet is the only item which could possibly lower the overall score of the food and beverage dept. To be fair though ship can hardly be blamed for design and layout of the serving areas, but management could be faulted on the offerings available. Entertainment Evening entertainment and Productions in the Theatre were some of the best we have seen for a long time. During the cruise, we had 4 production shows by the ships production team 3 of which we considered to be excellent and one good. Other evenings we had different guest entertainers ranging from excellent to very good. Only one considered as mediocre was the magician card trick type of act but probably some people liked. All shows – acts lasted for approx. 50 minutes Much better than the 30 min presentations offered over the last couple of years by Carnival Group ships. Thought that cruise director was OK certainly put himself out and about around the ship, which is more than can be said for most these days. Daytime entertainment especially since we had so many consecutive sea days was lacking – Morning lectures were OK But afternoon offerings poor. Again, considering so many sea days Some of which were too hot to stay in the sun. During the latter part of the cruise afternoon movie presentations started – not sure if this was due to complaints but in any case came as a welcome break. In conclusion, the cruise was good – very good. Hotel aspects Food Service General Hotel services were excellent as was the ships cleanliness. So, nice to see that cold towels still presented on open decks during the very Hot weather and on return from shore. People think these are minor items and other companies cut these little things thinking they are not missed or indeed noted. Maybe not by the newbies who seem to be the target groups of other cruise lines But companies should be reminded that they are noted. Cleanliness onboard Celebrity Constellation was to be commended. Had into the habit of not using - even avoiding public restrooms onboard as even recommended due to outbreaks of Noro virus etc. Constellation was spotless Public bathrooms even had attendees especially in the evenings and kept gleaming with cloth towels offered by smiling attendants. Crew to be commended throughout the ship - starting at the top and all Hotel Management team commended. Many thanks to the Hotel director and all his obviously, content and happy crew. Whether next cruise will be Celebrity or Princess would go with either subject to itineries and possible deals. We missed many items normally found on Princess not least the free Laundry for Elites – Mini Bar Set up – Free Internet etc., Celebrity has the edge in our opinion from this one cruise. Hope that it is maintained and that ship based fixtures are attended to in the upcoming refit. Thanks to all on Constellation for a great experience overall Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was a cruise to tick off 2 bucket list items, Petra and Suez Canal, We arrived early Monday morning and got to the port at 8:45 ish, Celebrity opened check-in at 9am for around 100 of us but we did have to wait until 11am to get ... Read More
This was a cruise to tick off 2 bucket list items, Petra and Suez Canal, We arrived early Monday morning and got to the port at 8:45 ish, Celebrity opened check-in at 9am for around 100 of us but we did have to wait until 11am to get on the ship. We were expecting warm temperatures but not the 37-43 centrigrade we had. We did the Magical Muscat tour and were not disappointed though the time spent at the souk could have been halved. Aqaba we did a private tour to Petra, we did have a few misgivings as our driver was not there to meet us, however he had gone to the wrong ship, thinking that as we were Brits we would be on Queen Mary but the agent soon told him we were on Constellation. What a day, this well exceeded every expectation, the sights magical, the scenery stunning, the people very welcoming. Suez, we thought would be one straight long canal, but how wrong were we, it has bends, lakes and contrasting scenery on the two banks. Mickeylive did a commentary every hour from the bridge and this helped make this a very good day. Most of the ship was wandering around to get various vantage points including the helipad too. Athens we wandered across to Mandraki harbour for a change and Katakolon was a very beautiful village for the day. The crew as usual were brilliant and the food was much improved since our last voyage in January. It is tired looking but as I write this, it is in dry dock for refurbishment Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Boarded the Celebrity Constellation in Abu Dhabi for 16 day cruise to Rome via Suez Canal. The ship is a nice size and as mentioned by other contributor’s a little tired. The ships staff were first class and with the weather hot and ... Read More
Boarded the Celebrity Constellation in Abu Dhabi for 16 day cruise to Rome via Suez Canal. The ship is a nice size and as mentioned by other contributor’s a little tired. The ships staff were first class and with the weather hot and sunny made for an excellent cruise. Dining in the San Marco restaurant was good with excellent service. Cannot comment on evening shows as we did not attend. The Martini bar was a good meeting point, the bartenders were excellent being comical with their antics and great service. Well done lads. . The port of Aqaba gave access to Petra and the Wadi Rum.and the journey through the Suez Canal was spectacular. Fellow cruisers were all friendly making this a happy cruise. As I write this review the ship is at Marseille undergoing a 2 week refit. We are looking forward to our next cruise on the Constellation in September. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have taken more than 40 cruises and this cruise was by far the best. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff and you were always greeted in a pleasant greeting. Everything worked from the checking in to the disembarkment. Food was ... Read More
I have taken more than 40 cruises and this cruise was by far the best. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff and you were always greeted in a pleasant greeting. Everything worked from the checking in to the disembarkment. Food was amazing, entertaining the best I have ever seen. I never really attend the shows as they are not worth going to but this cruise it was outstanding. Well done. Ports of call were great and the talks were well worth attending. 5 stars and thank you Celebrity for an amazing itinerary I loved every port of call and the immigration process in India was stress free a great deal of preparation was put in place to ensure it ran smoothly and the communication to the process was well documented. We had an inside cabin on the 3rd floor near reception which was very central and also very very quiet. Reception was amazing and Dinner waiters Pasha and Sunil who served us was also 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We loved visiting Singapore and loved traveling on Celebrity. Not only Singapore, but Vietnam, Hong Kong, Manila, and Malaysia. This was a great itinerary and Port of call were quite interesting. Traveling on the Celebrity, ... Read More
We loved visiting Singapore and loved traveling on Celebrity. Not only Singapore, but Vietnam, Hong Kong, Manila, and Malaysia. This was a great itinerary and Port of call were quite interesting. Traveling on the Celebrity, Constellation was truly enjoyable. One major compliment is "how clean they managed to keep and shine the ship" which made us feel safe from catching any dreaded deceases or cold. The crew was terrific and the service was wonderful and we couldn't have had a better experience. We met several people doing a back to back and we were wishing we had planned to continue rather than going home. We met several great people that we will continue to communicate with. The tours that we took were well organized and made it easy to see the highlights of the cities without standing in too many lines. We haven't cruised as many times as lots of the people but look forward do many more. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise 2 years ago for the different port it was offering. We had never been to India, or Sri Lanka so now was the time. The ports were underwhelming and though we knew that India would be dirty we were surprised at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise 2 years ago for the different port it was offering. We had never been to India, or Sri Lanka so now was the time. The ports were underwhelming and though we knew that India would be dirty we were surprised at the level of rubbish left lying around with no need at all for it. The ship may be older but was clean and take into consideration it is going to dry dock in a few months time there are worse ships out at sea at present. The ships entertainers were the best we have seen for a long time and their new productions shows make a refreshing change. Guest entertainers - well its hard to please so many nationalities. The Food could be better and is not as good as has been In the past and portions could definitely be slashed in half. According to one chef the portion control is down to "Miami", well stop cutting corners elsewhere and provide smaller tastier dishes again. The service from the crew was brilliant as always Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We had an aqua class cabin, which allows us to eat at Blu restaurant. We loved it. Much more quiet than the main dining room. Service is slower than MDR which allows us to drink our wine slowly and enjoy a good cup of herbal tea. We never ... Read More
We had an aqua class cabin, which allows us to eat at Blu restaurant. We loved it. Much more quiet than the main dining room. Service is slower than MDR which allows us to drink our wine slowly and enjoy a good cup of herbal tea. We never felt rushed. BLU by itself is worth the extra. Cabins size is the same has regular veranda. Love the Celebrity cabins. A lot of storage for clothes and also in the bathroom. Nightly entertainment was excellent except for 1 night. Unfortunately, we had to use the medical facility. Staff were amazing. Doctor and nurses were quick to answer our needs. We now feel more secure knowing the medical staff is so good. We had lunch at the buffet few times and each time we had a hard time getting a waiter to order beer and wine. We had to go to the bar d get the drinks ourself. We took 1 shore excursion with the ship in New Mangalore and we loved it. No shoping stop. Guide was excellent and interesting. We already booked our next cruise in an aqa class cabin! Ship needs a liitle update! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise because I wanted to go to India and my husband did not. With this cruise I got to see some of India, but he got to eat and sleep on the ship. Many of the ports were very similar with nothing outstanding to see. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I wanted to go to India and my husband did not. With this cruise I got to see some of India, but he got to eat and sleep on the ship. Many of the ports were very similar with nothing outstanding to see. The one excursion we took through the ship was in Phuket - Phang Nga Bay. The day was rainy. I thought if the weather was too bad Celebrity would cancel the excursion. Since they didn't cancel it, I thought it would be safe to go. I was sadly mistaken. The stilt island we visited was very slick. Walking up and down the very steep gang planks was also dangerous. But that was nothing compared to being on the water in the pouring rain! The driver's of the boats could NOT see where they were going. One of the boats got stuck on a sand bar. The boats themselves were uncomfortable and dangerous because the wooden bench seats were not secured. That said, the buffet lunch was better than I expected. However, I would not recommend this tour. That was the bad part of the cruise, but everything else was good or great. Our cabin was wonderful. The meals were mostly very good with serving sizes plentiful. The entertainment was great, in fact, better than most cruise ships. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly and quickly. My husband and friends loved the guest lecturer from Hollins College. Service was friendly and fast. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
It is probably easier to state my one complaint, than to cover the very many aspects that I thought were great about the ship. My only complaint was that some of the entertainment on the second leg of our cruise was a repeat of our first ... Read More
It is probably easier to state my one complaint, than to cover the very many aspects that I thought were great about the ship. My only complaint was that some of the entertainment on the second leg of our cruise was a repeat of our first leg. However there were new acts, all of which were of a very high standard, and given we were sailing through the Middle East it would have been very hard to take new performers on board. The food was great ( particularly Luminae restaurant where we went on our second leg after our cabin upgrade). All the staff around the ship were fantastic, friendly and helpful. The cleanliness standard was high. I loved the thalassotherapy pool ! The lectures on ports of call were interesting; and boarding and disembarkation was easy. Unfortunately Celebrity joins other cruise companies by "nickle and diming" for so many things but this is my 4th cruise now so am accustomed to being expected to pay through the nose for extras such as bingo, movies. I do not understand why the companies do not make these things more accessible by lowering the cost. Given this was a maiden voyage itinery of the Middle East and India , there were some minor hitches with ports of call, but this can happen any time due to weather conditions.I would definitely sail again with Celebrity so that probably speaks for itself. With regard to shore excursions we only did one, and as usual that was well orgainised Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise particularly for two reasons: 1 Transit id the Suez Canal 2. Embarkation from Istanbul (and so we could stay there 3 days prior to the cruise to soak up some of the sights of this great city) Our group was ... Read More
We chose this cruise particularly for two reasons: 1 Transit id the Suez Canal 2. Embarkation from Istanbul (and so we could stay there 3 days prior to the cruise to soak up some of the sights of this great city) Our group was three adults - one, my mother had some mobility issues. Unfortunately with the civil unrest in Turkey and the increased risk to tourists the cruise embarked from Athens so we altered our plans and stayed in Doha for two nights and Athens for one prior to the cruise. Our cabin was no different in size than the balcony cabin we have had previously. The differences we noted were: a. Higher cabin location b. No cover over the balcony c. Extremely good service from the Concierge Class room attendant d. Dining for breakfast and dinner in BLU e. Free access to the Persian Garden steam/sauna facility Dining for breakfast and the evening meal in BLU was a pleasure. All the team members in BLU were extremely courteous and just so helpful and of course every meal was a joy to eat. I have one major criticism of this cruise and the previous Celebrity cruise I have recently taken. The extraordinary price charged for a real cup of coffee made by an espresso machine on board. I Australia an espresso is a normal coffee and it tastes like coffee, the dirty water served as coffee is an insult to ones taste buds and stomach. We took shore excursions in Jordan, Oman and Abu Dhabi All were extremely good and worth the expenditure. We did book, on board, a transfer from the port to the airport, at booking we were not given any direction as to the nature of the transfer and where to go to join the transfer. Passing through the port terminal we asked people with CELEBRITY name badges where we how we would board the transfer and were told that our name would be held up by someone outside the terminal. This information was totally incorrect and we discovered that our transfer was via a bus which had already departed. This was the only poor service we experienced with this cruise, but it left a poor taste in our mouths non the less. We ultimately secured a cab to the airport - I think this may have been the best option anyway. We are still waiting upon a communication from Celebrity about this botched transfer and a refund for this cost! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
A brilliant itinerary :Venice, Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, Koper) Montenegro, Valletta, Slovenia, Italy (Ravenna, Catania and Salerno)Pretty good weather (though heavy rain in Venice) and a very nice crew. The food was generally very good. ... Read More
A brilliant itinerary :Venice, Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, Koper) Montenegro, Valletta, Slovenia, Italy (Ravenna, Catania and Salerno)Pretty good weather (though heavy rain in Venice) and a very nice crew. The food was generally very good. We were unfortunate enough to need the medical team in an emergency and I can't thank them enough, they were brilliant.Only two moans: the water in the pools tasted salty but I was assured it wasn't salt water. I found this unpleasant to swim in as it stung my sensitive skin. A bigger problem for us was the siting of DJ Crazy Prince most nights on the landing over the main staircase atrium by the cocktail bar so that when we were sitting enjoying a quiet pot of tea after dinner ( in the only place you could get actually one, al Bacio cafe) we were assaulted by loud thumping "techno" and disco music from the floor below. This meant 3 decks had this noise. The same younger (ie 40 ish) guests - maybe 20 of them- were dancing and enjoying this most nights but I don't think it was to the taste of many older (typically cruiser) guests. We would have had a better cruise if EITHER the DJ was in a more enclosed area- one of the bars perhaps- OR we could have got our tea and coffee somewhere quieter, such as Celllar masters. I asked about taking a tray through as they were adjacent facilities but i was told if i did so I would have to have a paper take away cup...not the experience I wanted. This was due to the design of the ship, I don't recall this as a problem on Celebrity Eclipse. Otherwise a lovely cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We love transatlantic cruising. Only having to fly one way is a big plus and cruising this way is usually cheaper than flying. You can't eat, drink and be pampered on an 8 hour flight! We chose this cruise because we wanted to ... Read More
We love transatlantic cruising. Only having to fly one way is a big plus and cruising this way is usually cheaper than flying. You can't eat, drink and be pampered on an 8 hour flight! We chose this cruise because we wanted to spend some time in southern Italy post cruise. We had previously been on another Celebrity transatlantic 6 months earlier (see my Silhouette review) that was not very good so we did not have high hopes for this one but since we were using the ship primarily as transportation and not as a vacation this was ok. Well we were pleasantly surprised as we had an excellent cruise albeit not without a few issues. Embarkation in Fort Lauderdale was quick and easy surprisingly! Firstly, the food was GREAT. Our last TA it was TERRIBLE. Almost every dinner was excellent. We used room service and did not eat in the MDR. This did not detract from the experience as every day the food was delivered promptly and hot. We ate off the MDR menu. The salads. however were always terrible. The breakfast buffet was good and lunch was hit or miss. The sushi at dinner was the best I have ever seen on a ship. It will be a shame to lose this if Celebrity chooses to convert all the Bistro on 5's to sushi restaurants. The Bistro on this cruise was a disappointment. The menu had changed since our last cruise and ALL our favorites were gone. Entertainment was plentiful but quality-wise was mediocre. BUT that is my taste. The comedian had a good show and bad, the production shows were just ok. There was something going on every night which was a good thing. Despite the bad weather the ship was very smooth even on the day we had 17' waves. The size and layout of the ship are very nice indeed. The crew was mostly happy, helpful and very friendly. It really does start at the top. The captain was nothing but cordial and jovial every time I saw him. I liked the three ports we stopped at. Madeira, Gibraltar and Cartegena. I did not participate in any ship excursion. The issues I had: We had a bad smell in the bathroom and on the floor near us that made my eyes water but it was resolved quickly along with an A/C issue. Our safe broke the first day and it took 3 trips by a mechanic to fix it but in the end it was no big deal. There were no free in room movies like our cruise had - all were $12.95. This was a disappointment. The background music on open decks and in public rooms was the WORST music I have ever heard. Mostly covers performed horribly and WAY TOO LOUD - this was supposed to be background music! Whoever's job it was the pick the music should have been made to walk the plank. It WAS that bad 99% of the time. There were days that the smoking side of deck 4 was closed due to high winds yet the jogging track on the high deck with more wind was open. There was too much maintenance on open decks; keeping them closed at inconvenient times. My pants one day were ruined by a solution that was being used to clean deck chairs. The actual deck and chair became stained as well. I brought this to the attention of guest relations and they actually credited me for most of the cost of the pants without an argument. This was greatly appreciated. It paid to take pictures. The ocean spa cafe charged $6 for a smoothie of mixed fruit that was free to eat. I thought this was absurd. Their breakfast offerings were good though. We liked the Reflection lounge on deck 11 but they closed it an absurd amount of times for private functions. One bad moment we had was when the Captain's club rep knocked my wife down in a rush to get people out of the lounge for one such function. Ultimately he found us, embarrassed; apologized a thousand times, sent us wine, chocolate covered strawberries and a free dinner at the Bistro. I was really angry at first but he did make it right. He was extremely nice to us the remainder of the cruise (as he should have been) There is no excuse for what happened. EVER! Yes this seems like a lot of complaints but all I am trying to do here is give you an idea of what the cruise was like and hopefully someone from Celebrity will take note of the issues we had. We had a great time and this ship and its' crew have restored my faith in Celebrity and we did book another cruise while on board. We now have two future cruises to look forward to. The last thing I would like to talk about is how this ship is extremely UNFRIENDLY to people with mobility issues. Too many raised thresholds and no buttons to push to open doors to the cabin or to get outside. A person with a mobility problem simply cannot take a cruise on this ship alone. This problem really really should be addressed the next time the ship is in dry dock. Disembarkation in CIvitavecchia was excellent although the buses to get to the port exit are also extremely unfriendly to people with mobility issues. This should also be addressed at some point. Again, I loved this cruise. The food and crew far exceeded our expectations. All the issues we had were resolved in a timely manner and in no way detracted from the overall experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are Celebrity frequent cruisers, we liked the itinerary and the dates We spent about 4 nights pre cruise in Santiago--highly recommended! The port is about 2 1/2 hours from Santiago.. We had been on this ship before but not since it ... Read More
We are Celebrity frequent cruisers, we liked the itinerary and the dates We spent about 4 nights pre cruise in Santiago--highly recommended! The port is about 2 1/2 hours from Santiago.. We had been on this ship before but not since it was updated. The ship was lovely as was our verandah cabin. Our fellow passengers were a fun mix of Europeans, South Americans and North Americans. We had 2 great Beyond the Podium Speakers--a geologist and a naturalist. We cruised through the Panama Canal with their commentary--very interesting. We stopped in the following ports: : Arica, Chile; Lima ( Callaoe), Peru; Manta, Ecuador, and Curacao in the Caribbean. Sadly we had limited time in Lima since the port was about 45 minutes from Lima and there was a ton of traffic. We were in Manta on Palm Sunday so most places of interest were closed..... We didn't take any shore excursions and did hire a taxi for 3 hours in Lima. Otherwise we just explored on our own which was fine . My Spanish language skills ( which are not that extensive) were put to good use. The food was good to poor The dining room food was better than the buffet---especially for dinner. Breakfast was good in the buffet. We had My Time dining and a reservation was helpful. BUT we never sat with the same waiter and this was a drawback. The ship had an outbreak of rotavirus but it was kept extremely CLEAN. We never got sick but I did wash and/or sanitize my hands frequently. We sailed back to Miami so we only paid for a 1 way flight! ( we live near Tampa). Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This review will be as quick as this two day cruise. Embarkation : Arrived at port around 13:00 (1pm) onboard by 13:25 (1:25pm). Hardly anyone but kinda weird system after check in have to go to a different line for photo I.D ... Read More
This review will be as quick as this two day cruise. Embarkation : Arrived at port around 13:00 (1pm) onboard by 13:25 (1:25pm). Hardly anyone but kinda weird system after check in have to go to a different line for photo I.D picture. I could see this being a mess when lots of people. Ship : As soon as you enter the vessel you are greeted with a Champagne or Mimosa glass. That's a nice way to start your vacation. The Constellation is in very good shape,love the layout and decor. Bars : We did the Martini bar and have to say it's a big hit especially on a two night cruise with a DJ that plays amazing music in the atrium. All passengers were talking to each other and having a real good time. The ambiance had a nice Miami vibe. Also went to the Rendezvous at the top of the ship. This is more like a disco at night and the place was also very lively with lots of people and great music. I thought the drinks are the most expensive I have seen on all my cruises so far. So expensive we had to purchase a drink package. Entertainment : The first show was more like a Brodway style and the singers and dancers were good. Not the best but interesting enough for us to enjoy. The second show was a comedian and was pretty much like an old cruise act with same cruise jokes over again. Cabin : We had an inside cabin on deck 9 and thought it was very clean and big enough for us. My only concern would be for people who have light sleep to be careful of your cabin choice as this one we could here the disco from up top. Food : Buffet area for me was my least favorite for breakfast and lunch as I though Celebrity was lacking in variety and choices. Very hard to get any food with this glass panel on top. Once you get the food in the spoon half of it falls in between the other casserole. Just not a great layout and boring food. This might be because the ship is smaller to the ones I have gone lately. MDR for our two nights thats for sure an all different experience. The staff are fantastic very attentive,informative and polite. The food was top notch even on a two day cruise. Gym : Not as big as the newer ship but all is there for you to make a good workout. Art : Like mentioned above this ship is gorgeous and has lots of art work everywhere. It's nice to walk and see something catch your eye. Port : We were schedule to stop on Cococay but got diverted to Nassau for weather. Not my favorite port but it was ok. Overall: This was my second time on celebrity, my first was 14 years ago. I can say that definitely want to come back and try Celebrity again but on a longer cruise. I must admit the atmosphere and vibe on this cruise really made me realize that Celebrity might be my new favorite cruise line. This was like chic without being tacky. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our thirty-second cruise, but only our third trip on Celebrity. We have done six Transatlantic crossings and this was our second crossing on Celebrity. We made a similar cruise on the Celebrity Equinox last April. We have Elite ... Read More
This was our thirty-second cruise, but only our third trip on Celebrity. We have done six Transatlantic crossings and this was our second crossing on Celebrity. We made a similar cruise on the Celebrity Equinox last April. We have Elite status on Princess, but we have given up our perks on Princess and have now decided that Celebrity is our cruise line of choice. We flew from Tucson to Ft. Lauderdale a day early and stayed at the Crown Plaza hotel the night before sailing. We stayed at this hotel last year before boarding the Equinox and were again very pleased with the hotel's amenities and service. We had a wonderful room, shuttle service from the airport and a pre-paid breakfast at the hotel (a buffet, we ate only cereal, coffee and fruit, but a nice variety of items was offered). We also ate dinner at the hotel the night before departure and it was pleasant, but nothing special. The morning of embarkation, we took the hotel's shuttle to the port. It left the hotel at 10:00 AM and we arrived at the port within a half hour. We were booked in consierge (C2)class (which we have always used on Celebrity). We were promptly processed and led to a waiting area. We were among the first to board and we decided to wait in the library on deck 8. This area was very close to our room. We sat comfortably in the library area playing games and reading from our iPads while we waited. It was about 2 hours before we could enter our cabin but we were comfortable so we didn't mind the wait. We were not hungry, so we decided to wait until our room was available before going up for some lunch. The location of our room was perfect! Just as on the Equinox, we chose a location mid-ship since I frequently suffer from sea sickness. We had cabin #8115---just a few steps from the library, mid-ship elevators and a few stair ways below the buffet. I always order champagne and flowers for our sail-Away. When we arrived in the room I noticed that the flowers were not there. When our cabin steward introduced himself, I mentioned this and he was quick to note that flowers are NO LONGER included in consierge class rooms. I told him that I was not looking for "included" flowers, but had paid for flowers and expected them to be there. He delivered flowers shortly thereafter. As always, I truly enjoy flowers. Too bad they are no longer a part of Consierge class service. Our room was very nice, roomy, good view, and just what we expected and what we have had in the past. However, our room was VERY cold. We are from Arizona and thought it might just be that we were not accustomed to the temperature. We put up with it for two days and then called maintenance and found that there was a defect in the thermometer. Afterward the cabin temperature was fine! Our steward kept our room very clean and well supplied. Our bed was comfortable and we always like FIRM pillows. We have always enjoyed a large table for meals on our cruises. We were seated at the main seating at a table for 8. All were very pleasant table mates and the service and food was excellent. We particularly like the fact that Celebrity offers certain foods which are "Always" available. We have travelled on many cruise lines, but frankly we enjoy the food and service on Celebrity. Our servers were attentive and remembered our preferences. We like our coffee WITH dessert and on many lines it is always served After dessert! Thanks for that special service! The selections in the buffet were very good! We were always able to find items we enjoyed. We especially liked the fresh cheeses which were freshly sliced at lunch. We have not seen this on other ship and found it a VERY nice addition......thank you! We also enjoyed a meal in the Tuscan Grill (a restaurant we had tried previously on the Equinox) and were especially delighted with our dinner in the Ocean Liners restaurant. The meals prepared and served tableside were truly reminiscent of the ocean liners of years ago. We particularly like the Café Al Bacco and had coffee there each day while we retrieved our local newspaper via the internet. We like our cappucchino and café Americano. Service was always good and pleasant. We have to watch our calories, so we didn't indulge in all those beautiful pastries. On Celebrity we order the pre-paid premium non-alcoholic package. This works very well for us. We both drink soft drinks, special coffees and bottled waters. We also buy wines, but usually buy it by the bottle. On this cruise, we found it a bit more difficult to get Pellegrino water at some of the bars. The internet service on the Constellation was acceptable. The pricing was OK, (even if we don't get the Princess Perks). The speed was OK and we did not have to pay to print our airline boarding passes. I am appalled when cruise lines such as Cunard are so petty to charge .50 cents per page to print boarding passes. Since we have made several Transatlantic crossings, we had already visited some ports. We did take two of the Celebrity port excursions and were very pleased. Good information on ports and well price. (We have always found the Celebrity excursions very good and well priced.) The fitness center was well equipped and after the third day we never found it crowded. (Seems everyone has good intentions at the beginning of the trip.) We enjoyed several of the evening entertainment events and some of the daytime entertainment choices. We especially liked the fact that FOX News was available most of the time on our cabin television. Would have liked to have seen more movies provided (pay or free). The lounge music and entertainment was very pleasant. Debarkation was flawless. We had arranged a private car to meet us at the pier at 9:00 AM. We could manage our own luggage, so we had breakfast in the buffet at 8:00, returned to our room at 8:30, retrieved our luggage and left the ship. Our ride was waiting for us on the pier. Wonderful trip, great food and service and we have already booked another trip on Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my 25th cruise. My third with Celebrity. The ship was in good condition. We found are ocean view cabin to be very clean, with ample closet space and plenty of light and mirrors. The crew was extremely friendly. We were constantly ... Read More
This was my 25th cruise. My third with Celebrity. The ship was in good condition. We found are ocean view cabin to be very clean, with ample closet space and plenty of light and mirrors. The crew was extremely friendly. We were constantly greeted by staff. The officers were also quite visible through out the cruise. We had "select dining" and never had to wait for a table. The Waite staff was extremely professional. The food always came out hot. Some of the cuts of meat were tuff, but overall the dining experience in the San Marco restaurant was first class. The buffet with the exception of breakfast was a disappointment. Dinner in the buffet was limited and the selection most nights not good. We avoided the buffet and stuck to the main restaurant. After 9:30 good luck finding a snack. It was pretty much limited to pizza & pasta. Entertainment was hit or miss. We attended most of the shows. The production shows with Celebrity's own entertainers were some of the worst. The ports with the exception of Agadir, Morocco were great. Our tour of Taroudant, Morocco was a big disappointment. Over all I would rate my experience on Celebrity, Very Good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
In November 2013 we sailed the Celebrity Constellation on a transatlantic crossing from Rome to Fort Lauderdale with stops in Livorno (Florence), Cartagena, Morocco, and the Canary Islands. We were booked in a Royal Suite which provided a ... Read More
In November 2013 we sailed the Celebrity Constellation on a transatlantic crossing from Rome to Fort Lauderdale with stops in Livorno (Florence), Cartagena, Morocco, and the Canary Islands. We were booked in a Royal Suite which provided a bedroom with access to the balcony and hot tub there, a sizeable living room and a small dining and bar area that could accommodate four for dining. Unfortunately, the condition of the dining table was terrible with major stains and blemishes. We asked to have it covered. (We entertained in our suite several times). This was our first cruise on Celebrity. Having sailed previously several times on Seabourn and having made a similar transatlantic crossing the previous year on the Seabourn Quest our expectations for the Constellation were somewhat lower than what we have experienced on Seabourn. We were very pleasantly surprised to find the service on the Constellation to be excellent and the crew to be cheerful, helpful, and eager to please. We were especially impressed with our butler Cipirian Priscasiu whose service was superb. Upon our arrival he was asked how difficult it would be to prepare a complicated morning protein shake of eggs, peanut butter, ice cream, and ice (one of us is a competitive athlete on a high calorie diet) and without a moments hesitation he said, “At what time each morning would you like me to bring this to you?” The shake together with our breakfast was delivered every morning at 8:30. While Chip did an outstanding job taking care of us we were also very pleased with the service staff both in our stateroom (Moreno) but also in the dining rooms and at the bars. We were accustomed to the excellent service we have experienced on board our Seabourn cruises but we agreed that the service on the Constellation was comparable to the care we have experienced on Seabourn. Particularly outstanding were Onur, Sheyla, Slojana, Iputu, and of course Marco whose spectacular bartending displays were always exciting. Because of the special service we received we elected not to utilize the prepaid gratuities options, offering some cash tips during the cruise and the giving each of the crew members who impressed us cash expressions of our appreciation on the day before our departure. We are without apologies both athletes AND foodies. We were not unhappy with the food on board the Constellation but here is where the comparison with Seabourn did not match up. We ate in all of the specialty restaurants and we found the cuisine and creativeness in Blu to be the best dining experience on the ship. We found the availability of fresh seafood to be limited and the wine list somewhat lack luster. Although we had been told to prepare for this, we found the need to carry and flash our “drink card” continuously somewhat annoying. We had purchased a premium liquor package ($1000+ per person) prior to sailing but we missed the all-inclusiveness of Seabourn and the ease with which you could go from venue to venue without having to go through the drill of pulling out your card and signing chits. The on board internet was both dysfunctional and expensive. This has to be improved! The cruise director, JC did an excellent job. Most interesting to us were his successful efforts to include passengers in the performances. Near the end of the cruise, a large chorus of passengers who had rehearsed together during the course of the cruise performed to a full theatre. They in addition to several passenger/singers (thank you Taina Plagmann in particular) received a standing ovation from the entire theatre. Finally, as we saw him often among and interacting with the passengers it became apparent that much of the high morale among the staff came from the exuberant and affable captain Tasos Kafetzis. It was clear he had the respect of his crew and they admired his leadership. Based on our very unexpectedly very pleasant cruise on Celebrity Constellation we have booked a short Caribbean cruise for next month on the Constellation and another long cruise through the Panama Canal on the Celebrity Infinity for later this year. We are hoping they will replicate our transatlantic cruise on the Constellation.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was my 9th cruise, third with Celebrity, and only my second transatlantic. I now consider myself thoroughly addicted to cruising in general, and longer duration repositionings/transatlantics in particular. I am ALWAYS looking for ... Read More
This was my 9th cruise, third with Celebrity, and only my second transatlantic. I now consider myself thoroughly addicted to cruising in general, and longer duration repositionings/transatlantics in particular. I am ALWAYS looking for interesting ports with historic significance and beautiful scenery, but the very relaxing pace of numerous sea days is also appealing. Being retired and of modest means, PRICING is ALWAYS a very important consideration. This cruise fit ALL of my requirements VERY nicely. I booked with my favorite online agency over five months in advance to assure necessary dates for my girlfriend's work schedule. I considered $609.00pp with $102.00pp for taxes to be an EXCELLENT rate for a 15 night cruise. The $150.00 OBC from the agency, along with the $250.00 OBC from rcl shareholder benefit made it OUTSTANDING. We drove the four hours from Fargo, ND to Minneapolis to hop our nonstop Delta flight to London Heathrow. We booked through Choice Air and considered the fare of $394.00pp to be outstanding as well. The seats were cramped as is usual in coach, but the food was fine and the service quite good. We landed early due to favorable winds and BREEZED through customs VERY quickly. Got a cab in SECONDS, and was at our hotel in 3 or 4 MINUTES! The Jury's Inn at Heathrow was a GREAT choice that allowed us to settle in quickly and relax after an all night flight. The facility was spotless, service was flawless, the room was quiet, the bathroom was perfect, and the beds were VERY comfortable. The Hatton Cross tube station (for sightseeing access to downtown London) was a 3-4 minute walk, and the 5 minute shuttle back to the terminal for the bus to Southampton was simple. Booking through Hotwire at $104.00, made it even BETTER! Sightseeing in London was rendered less than enjoyable due to the cold, wet, windy weather and any future trips there will be made earlier in the year! BRRRR! Wished we would have spent AT LEAST one or two extra nights.(next time!) We took the VERY reasonably priced National Express Bus from Heathrow to Southampton. The bus station inside the terminal is quite easy to find and there was a nice coffee shop that made the short wait for the bus comfortable and enjoyable. The bus itself was clean, the ride was comfortable and about an hour and a half long through pretty rural countryside with a short stop in Winchester. (Didn't get to see the Cathedral!) Took a cab from the bus stop to the Ibis Hotel in Southampton only to find out it was only 3 or 4 blocks away! The hotels, bus stop, cruise terminal, and downtown shopping/mall/eateries are ALL within an easy to walk 3-6 blocks from each other. VERY convenient, relaxing and enjoyable. Although the service was great, unfortunately, the Ibis is a VERY dated facility with cramped rooms that I would not choose again, even though it was fairly priced at $84.00. (Hotwire) The hotel front desk had a direct line to book the 3 minute cab to the port. We only had to wait 5 minutes. The Cabbie even made a quick stop at a food market to see if I could get a case of Coke to feed my sugar and caffeine addiction at a rate lower than $2.30 per can on the ship! I found out that cases of cans are very hard to find, so obviously I could NEVER live there! At the port, our pre-tagged luggage went DIRECTLY from the cab to the ship via porters. I only carried a book with the necessary documents folded inside. The ship was diligently fighting an outbreak of norovirus on the previous cruise so boarding was delayed and the lines to clear security were long and slow moving. As is usual, SOME people were outraged and indignant that they should have to wait SSOOO long. Get a grip folks, I hate to be the first person to burst your alternate reality bubble, but you are REALLY, SERIOUSLY, and TRULY... NOT THE ONLY PERSON ON THIS EARTH, and the planet does NOT revolve around YOU. After about 45 minutes in line for security, we were checked in less than 5 minutes later, and boarded about 20 minutes after that. The Constellation is a beautiful and quite comfortable work of marketing, art and engineering. Our inside room was well designed, efficiently laid out, and spotlessly clean. Smart use of mirrors in the cabin (and everywhere else on the ship!) make the spaces look much larger. My only negative comments here are the rather worn and cheap looking "sofa" in the cabin and the old fashioned shower curtain in the bathroom. (Solstice class ships have taken care of both of these minor glitches, at a cost of going backwards in terms of cabin storage space.) Most public spaces are designed with rich dark woods to appear soothing, relaxed and cushy-comfortable. Rendezvous Lounge, Cellar Masters, the Main Dining Room and Michael's Club and even the Main Theatre. To me, it's a much different "feel" than the more contemporary chic-elegance of S class ships. Ocean Liners specialty restaurant is the equivalent of Murano on an S class and is every bit as impressive, delicious and enjoyable. Tuscan Grille has the same menu and service as S class ships, and is MY favorite, but the location on M class ships just can't compare. We got two for one deals in BOTH as the staff was trying to fill empty seats on nights that were NOT formal ones. The buffet is not quite as well laid out as S class ships but kept me VERY happy with omelets for breakfast and all of the Indian and Asian curries for lunch. 8 different flavors of home made ice cream each day also kept me smiling but I definitely noticed the disappearance of MY favorite flavor, cinnamon.(?) Bistro on Five was very nicely retrofitted and the Aqua Spa Cafe is standard. The gooddie case at Cafe Al Bacio is fun but not all that great. The venue is very relaxing overlooking the atrium as well as outside views, and the cappuccino flavored gelato is just WAYYY too good to be true! The "old" martini bar is now Cellar Masters and seems to waste a whole bunch of valuable square footage in the middle of deck 5 next to the Bistro, but is VERY comfortable. The "new" martini bar (and Crush)looks as if it were "cut and pasted" (quite nicely!) from any S class ship. Anybody who complains about drink prices there must have a MUCH higher tolerance for alcohol than I, 'cause the way those bartenders measure a pour is VERY generous! If you have a sweet tooth do yourself a favor and try the Almond Joy Martini, downright TASTY! Entertainment was pretty standard with an acapella group, a very fun party band that could play ANYTHING, a newly arrived Caribbean band, and the typical Main Theatre shows of Pianists, Violinists, Singers, Comedians and of course, the Ships own production company. Most shows were quite good, but some were just not my cup of tea. The Elvis Impersonator, Shaun O'Shea WAS pretty darn good! Our shore excursion to the Normandy Beaches from La Havre, was with Overlord Tours and was so far above and beyond mind boggling as to defy description. Absolutely unbelievable. Profound, inspirational, sobering, DO NOT MISS IT. Our shore excursion in Lisbon was "Pirates of the Cruiseships" with "We Hate Tourism Tours" An incredibly fun whirlwind tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, and Cabo de Roca. If you want to have fun and see as much as you can in the one day you have available, you just have to give these guys a try! Fantastic! This brings me to my ONLY serious complaint about the entire cruise. The music. The average age for longer cruises, and transatlantics in particular, range above 65. At 55, I was one of the 200 or 300 YOUNGEST guests on board and if I wasn't enjoying the the music, you can be CERTAIN that the VAST MAJORITY of those older than I, were quite probably not big fans of the contemporary techno beat CRAP that is constantly being played. EVERY SINGLE NIGHT as soon as the band stopped, the DJs would have the entire place CLEARED OUT by the 2nd or 3rd song. I watched crowds of 200 to 300 people evaporate down to groups of 15 to 30 in less than 10 minutes because of your inappropriate music. HEY! CELEBRITY! Your CUTOMERS are the people paying the bills and they want to hear THEIR music. NOT the music your 25 or 30 year old DJs are playing that quite literally, DRIVES your guests OUT of your lounges and AWAY from your bars EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! Your DJs don't know the music that they should be playing even exists! STOP IT! NOW! It's EASY! Get some CD collections from Time Life Music and make your customers happy! Did I mention that the music onboard was a SERIOUS complaint? (cleansing breath) Disembarkation was the simplest, fastest, and easiest I have ever experienced! We left our room at 8am when the announcement was made. We were in line for less than 5 minutes before swiping our cards. We were through customs in less than 10 minutes and on a rent a car shuttle less than 5 minutes after that! WOW! Overall a WONDERFUL experience for a fantastic price, BUT, please fix the music! Read Less
Sail Date November 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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