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194 Celebrity Constellation Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because most of these ports were new to us. We wanted a cruise that would depart out of Venice. We went 4 days early to enjoy this wonderful city. Getting on the ship was easy and fast. The food and service in Luminare ... Read More
We chose this cruise because most of these ports were new to us. We wanted a cruise that would depart out of Venice. We went 4 days early to enjoy this wonderful city. Getting on the ship was easy and fast. The food and service in Luminare was great. We ate there everyday and enjoyed it. The ports were beautiful with lots of offerings. We took some tours through the ship and some independent. Most of these ports were very easy to get around. The scenery is beautiful! We enjoyed the entertainment on board too. The entertainers that were brought on board were very good. We like the size of this ship. It was easy to learn where everything was. Also the passengers are under 2000 people so you can easily connect with other passengers. We enjoyed stopping by the Martini Bar before dinner. Great Martinis and a wonderful spot to meet up with fellow cruisers. Disembarkation was very easy too. For lots of reasons we enjoyed sailing on the Constellation in the Suites. I know it's more money but there are great perks. We loved this cruise and would go again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Having just taken a Holland America cruise (which I enjoyed very much), my expectations were high coming into this one. Unfortunately, it fell short in the biggest area for me, the food. First, let me start by saying that I thought the ... Read More
Having just taken a Holland America cruise (which I enjoyed very much), my expectations were high coming into this one. Unfortunately, it fell short in the biggest area for me, the food. First, let me start by saying that I thought the ship was very nice, with a bright, cheery decor. The staff was wonderful, the embarkation/disembarkation very smooth, the special performers memorable, etc. I basically view the ship as transportation from one port to another, instead of as the destination of the trip itself, so in that it was a success. I had a big issue with the fact that there were only pay-per-view movies available in the room ($14.98 a shot). The last cruise I was on offered complimentary movies that mirrored what I found on the air flight to the embarkation city. I thought that was now a standard offering on all cruises, but apparently not. But now for the reason for the average rating. I found the food to be mediocre. Not only that, but for the most part, people served themselves from the buffet. Food in the back row of serving dishes were often not easily accessible to those with short arms. On three separate occasions, I saw people who were completely under the food guard reaching for food. Having just been on a Holland America cruise, where food was almost always dished out for you by servers, this was very surprising (and not in a good way). Half way through the cruise, both I and my spouse became ill, and spent the remainder of the cruise eating the blandest food possible (baked chicken breast and white rice) whenever we were on the ship. Oddly enough, things seemed to be better when we were off the ship and eating from places where we were docked. We had been drinking the water from the dispensers on the ship, so we're not sure if it was the food or the water that was the cause of our stomach issues. Between the issue with the food and the lack of complimentary movies in the room, I do not plan on cruising with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We went on this cruise as part of the Abraham Hicks large group. It is so wonderful to cruise with people of such high vibration. The itinerary and group workshops were wonderful! We were well taken care of by our wonderful cabin ... Read More
We went on this cruise as part of the Abraham Hicks large group. It is so wonderful to cruise with people of such high vibration. The itinerary and group workshops were wonderful! We were well taken care of by our wonderful cabin attendant, Nino. Our cabin was well located aft and midship. We are used to the newer ships with better storage and bathrooms, than the Constellation. It took some getting used to. The water is very heavily chlorinated and I am allergic. I brought my own water filter, but I could still feel my skin burning and itching from the shower. The group had a large section in the main dining room reserved just for us. The wait staff was very good, Jom, the sommelier, was outstanding. We had the classic drink package included.That said, we couldn't get a martini from the Martini Bar with the classic package. As with the other cruises we have been on, we were nickel-ed and dimed to death from the overpriced specialty dinners to the overpriced shore excursions, shuttles and transfers. We didn't have the outrageous and S L O W internet package. I couldn't complete the Celebrity survey for this cruise because we were also on the Sept 28th cruise. I went up 3 times to the ilounge to complete the survey. When the ilounge attendant was finally there, the internet was too slow for my device. They give you 30 minutes to complete the survey which is sent to your email. The attendant said I would need 3 hours to complete the survey. using their speed and my device. My biggest complaint is that they have NOTHING for back to back cruisers as far as excursions in Venice. I didn't book anything before we left home, because we were given no idea about when we would get our new sea pass. The shore excursion desk was absolutely NO HELP at all. This one man in particular was very spiteful. We needed to know the easiest way to get to San Marco (vaporetto at 15 euro roundtrip) and how to get skip the line tickets for the Doges Palace and the Basilica. This man would give me no information.Celebrity should definitely have pre planned excursions for the back to back cruisers. We would have enjoyed ourselves a lot better had we known how and where we were going and not worry about getting back to the ship on time. Getting on the Cruise Critic role call and planning private excursions is definitely the way to go. We were denied a meet and greet party because we did not have the 25 required minimum. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Pros - Crew is top notch - Food is good, even in the buffet where we prefer to eat as other venues often to slow for us - Despite being an older ship without newer ship amenities like real shower doors, the ... Read More
Pros - Crew is top notch - Food is good, even in the buffet where we prefer to eat as other venues often to slow for us - Despite being an older ship without newer ship amenities like real shower doors, the Constellation is well maintained Cons - In room entertainment is a huge embarrassment - * Most channels are devoted to promoting the cruise and the cruise line * Only three channels have entertainment programming - + One channel has British TV shows - reality, game, drama, comedy - some are stand alone episodes, some are random episodes from conntinuing dramas such as Downton Abbey - many quite boring + One channel has American TV shows - mostly failed sitcoms and detective shows - again many quite boring + One channel has the "movie of the day" - this movie, whether good or bad runs continuously all day - if we watch a bad movie while getting dressed, do we really want to see it again in the evening? * Holland America now offers On Demand in room entertainment with hundreds of different programs - they even offer a channel featuring movies filmed in the areas in which the ship is porting - while I have taken 6 Celebrity / Azamara cruises since 2014, I will now favor Holland America if itineraries and pricing is comparable - Despite having cruised with Celebrity six times in 3.5 years, we are still not at a loyalty level worthy of being invited to its free cocktail party for more traveled guests- this is fine, but I detest being asked to leave the best spot in the ship every evening for the private party. Reflections is the lounge on the top floor forward -the best place on the ship to have a glass of wine and watch the sea views. When 5:00 pm rolls around those of us in the prime seats are asked to move over to a side area while the most loyal guests have this party. I watched them several nights. Most, maybe all, spent their time visiting with other cruisers and not enjoying the sea views. Perhaps the party for this group could be held on the dance floor or on the side since views do not seems to be of interest to the attendees. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I have to say, the embarkation was extremely smooth, so this was a good start to our cruise. I do however feel that even though having a refit the ship still felt a bit dated. The cabin was clean, but again felt a bit dated. We have only ... Read More
I have to say, the embarkation was extremely smooth, so this was a good start to our cruise. I do however feel that even though having a refit the ship still felt a bit dated. The cabin was clean, but again felt a bit dated. We have only cruised 6 times previously and have never taken in a show before. This cruise however we took in 5 shows and really enjoyed them. The staff were so so friendly. A big disappointment however was the food in the dining room. The food on the sun deck for breakfast and lunch was very nice. One thing which really annoyed me was the fact that some passengers were refusing to apply the hand gel when offered by the crew, and i passed on this to one of the head of the ship. From a personal perspective we were disappointed with the lack of guest making an effort to dress up for dinner(we did every night, we feel this adds to the occasion). I am well aware that the Company has to make money, but the price for even a bus trip to Rome was $90 or there about's, we ended up getting a bus at the port 19 Euros each return. as well as this internet prices were again about $332 for a 10 day cruise. Rip off. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The itinerary was quite unique and the time of year worked for our small group. The starting city of Venice was a must for our friends and we love Barcelona where the cruise was ending. The cabin was well situated and we had a huge ... Read More
The itinerary was quite unique and the time of year worked for our small group. The starting city of Venice was a must for our friends and we love Barcelona where the cruise was ending. The cabin was well situated and we had a huge balcony. The smallness of the ship made it easy to find our friends without always having to walk miles. Rich the cruise director was great. We travelled with 3 young adults who felt the crowd was a bit old, but that tends to happen when off peak and on longer cruises. They still had a fantastic time. We enjoyed trying Qsine and Tuscan Grill, where I personally got to have the best filet mignon I ever had. Check in was super fast at the port of Venice and disembarkation fairly smooth. The one issue we had a lot was errors on our bill more than once, which became quite irritating. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I have to admit that I was spoiled by having been on the Reflection in January. Not only was the ship beautiful, but it had an amazing attentive staff. This ship was the functional opposite. Cleaning the room consisted of leaving every ... Read More
I have to admit that I was spoiled by having been on the Reflection in January. Not only was the ship beautiful, but it had an amazing attentive staff. This ship was the functional opposite. Cleaning the room consisted of leaving every old half consumed item exactly where it had been left and service in the dining room meant waiting 20 to 30 minutes per course (which would be ok, if your companions weren't finished with their mean in the interim). I ordered a birthday cake for my friend (at a $29 charge) and not only did we have to wait 20 minutes for it after the entrees, but then we had to wait for the plates and forks. Once they brought those, we couldn't get tea and coffee for another 10 minutes until I got up and physically found the Assitant Maitre D'. To his credit, the Assistant Maitre D' from Croatia ( I believe his name was Milan) went out of his way to try to make up for the terrible food and service in the dining room. As to the quality of the food, I saw that other reviewers reported it to be fine. This may be because they were eating in Aqua or in the specialty restaurants. Also, these people probably eat their foods sauced, which I do not, which covers up cheap ingredients. I realized too late in the trip that we should have paid extra in order to get edible food. The captain and senior officers clearly knew this, since they never ate in the dining room. That should have given me the clue. Towards the end of the cruise I went to Sushi on 5 and both the staff and the food were wonderful. Our group was treated to a dinner at Tuscany the last night, and while it was not as good as it was on the Reflection, it was certainly lovely. As to the dining room and buffet food, it consisted of tasteless tomatoes from cold storage, cheap frozen spinach defrosted into a watery mess, white rice which was so bad that when I asked my dining companion to sample she involuntarily spit it out, stir fries which were overcooked and over salted, french fries that tasted like they were from a t.v. dinner heated in the microwave, etc. The quality of the food rivaled an elementary school cafeteria, not an alleged premium cruise line. As to the rest of the ship, it is old and tired. It has that worn, need to be renovated look. The Good: Embarkation- Absolutely up to Celebrity standards. Quick, efficient and easy. Pool- Thalassotherapy was an absolute delight. If the ports weren't so good, we could have stayed there for days. Entertainment- Jenny Cho was amazing. The other shows were a delight. Itinerary- Could not have been better. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We have chosen this cruise because it was supposedly be a 5.5 stars however we were VERY DISAPPOINTED with Celebrity Constellation!!! 1st day upon our check, the room was dirty, with stains on the chairs. The telephone in our room was so ... Read More
We have chosen this cruise because it was supposedly be a 5.5 stars however we were VERY DISAPPOINTED with Celebrity Constellation!!! 1st day upon our check, the room was dirty, with stains on the chairs. The telephone in our room was so filthy and sticky, that the buttons, as you pushed them down would get stack and not work. Disgusting!!! Our bathroom floor had a leak problem. While we were on a shore excursion, the mechanics came and supposedly fixed the problem. Upon our return to the ship, we have not seen any improvement with the floor but we were definitely missing my husbands unique knife from the bathroom. We contacted customer service regarding the missing item but nothing has been done about that. The common areas were not well maintained or well cleaned. While we were dining at the Seaside Cafe (Self Service), nobody would come and collect empty plates. We have observed this pretty much every time we have dined at the Seaside Cafe. We have witnessed other guests cleaning the plates from a table, as the staff was not available to do that. Our anniversary was never acknowledged, even though it was clearly mentioned in our documentation. Our last day was in Barcelona where we have arrived very early in the morning and our assigned check out/leaving the ship time was at 7:30am. Guests from some other rooms had to leave the ship at 7am!!!! That is unacceptable. I have never seen another cruise or a hotel which kicked out their guests so early. What about the poor elderly people who had an afternoon departure for overseas flight? What about the people who were transferring to a hotel in Barcelona? No hotel allows you to check in at that time in the morning!!!! After our check out we proceeded to collect our luggage at the carousel. When I have received my suitcase, the collapsible handle on my bag was not working due to a big dent into the suitcase. Someone must of smashed my bag very hard. After our cruise we were traveling through Europe and I had hard time transferring from place to place with my large bag without a working handle. There is plenty more I could write about our experiences during our sailing. About what was unacceptable and disappointing. I will just summarize it with a comment, that we are experienced travelers who are not very picky, however Celebrity Constellation is definitely NOT a 5* cruise. If I was generous, I would give them 3.5*. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My friend is a travel agent who recommended this cruise. We booked this cruise with 3 other couples and had a very nice time. The food was very good as well as the service. The only complaint we had was that smoking was allowed on the ... Read More
My friend is a travel agent who recommended this cruise. We booked this cruise with 3 other couples and had a very nice time. The food was very good as well as the service. The only complaint we had was that smoking was allowed on the pool deck. Due to the pool deck being enclosed the smoke tended to hang as well as pass through the doors into the enclosed area's. Also as this ship is smaller those travellers who used the upper pool deck to walk or run constantly ran into obstacles, as their was limited space for this activity. The cabin was comfortable with a nice sized bathroom. The bed was very comfortable and had a nice selection of pillows to choose from. Our room was a ocean-view on deck 3 which we found was perfect. As this cruise had a number of stops we did not miss having a balcony as we were up early each morning and off of the ship. Overall we would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We've cruised Constellations 3 times and this will be the last one. We opted for Aqua Class and we were a little disappointed with the Persian Garden. It was noisey and had benches as opposed to individual beds with NO VIEW. ... Read More
We've cruised Constellations 3 times and this will be the last one. We opted for Aqua Class and we were a little disappointed with the Persian Garden. It was noisey and had benches as opposed to individual beds with NO VIEW. Small area. Cabin was dated and looked a bit run down. You can see the wear and tear of the 17yr old ship. Musical entertainment minimal and they played for very short periods, could have used more live music for longer periods of time. The one show we did see was not the greatest. Love the 'silent disco' - great fun. Staff seemed overworked/stressed and definitely understaffed. Room stewards don't have assistance anymore and they are cleaning at a surface level because they can't get around to doing a 'full' cleaning. BLU was our favourite part and the food was great. Bartenders are mostly attentive and the staff at Bacio are always welcoming. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this cruise for it's great mix of ports of call; favorites - Sicily, Montenegro and Valenica. Least favorite - Ravenna; as much as I love byzantine mosaics, the town itself lacks the charm as a ship destination; I would ... Read More
I chose this cruise for it's great mix of ports of call; favorites - Sicily, Montenegro and Valenica. Least favorite - Ravenna; as much as I love byzantine mosaics, the town itself lacks the charm as a ship destination; I would recommend going to San Marino or Bologna which will take more transportation time and the additional cost involved. The inside stateroom cabin met my expectations. The cruise staff is professional and friendly. The food quality was what Royal Caribbean was like 7 years ago and was high. I wouldn't recommend the burger or fries that are out by the pool. Dining room was elegant and classy. From a casual dining perspective, there is not enough seating on the outside back of the ship and it is only available on deck 10. The entertainment on board was diverse and there was something for everybody. Lots of great shows and entertainers in the Celebrity theatre. Minuses: - The actual docking ports were never within walking distance to the town; this maybe unique to the destinations themselves, but you will have to either pay for a shuttle service or be on a shore excursion. - The price of Celebrity's shore excursions are high; this is what drives me to Cruise Critic in the first place to meet my fellow passengers and create our own excursion for a fraction of the price with a much smaller group. - Deck 5 has too much shopping space that reminds me of being in a department store for women and fine jewelry. - There is a video sceen up on deck 11; the overall number of films shown is limited to 1 a day. I think they could do a better job in showing more variety. - There is a kiosk on deck 3 that allows you to send a Celebrity greeting with a picture via email to your family and friends. This machine was operating fine, but none of the recipients received their greeting. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The itinerary was the biggest factor in choosing this cruise as it visited a number of ports in the Adriatic and Med that we had not been to before. We last cruised on the Constellation in 2006 since when it has been through a major refit ... Read More
The itinerary was the biggest factor in choosing this cruise as it visited a number of ports in the Adriatic and Med that we had not been to before. We last cruised on the Constellation in 2006 since when it has been through a major refit including the addition of aqua class staterooms and facilities which we chose this time round. We joined in Venice having spent the 2 days prior exploring that wonderful city. The great thing about this was that having stayed on the central Piazza Roma it was only a very short walk (over the road) to the public transfer system which took us to the cruise port in just a few minutes. This made embarkation a particularly easy and comfortable exercise. Constellation carries c. 2,000 guests, so a medium sized ship which we prefer. Because of the refit/expansion that was undertaken, occasionally some of the layout is a bit confusing but after a couple of days we sorted out our bearings. The open air and indoor swimming pools are both salt water ones, the former unheated and the latter more of a spa pool. After getting used to the salt water aspect, I really enjoyed the outdoor pool which is of a decent enough length for swimming. Our aqua class cabin was comfortable and well designed albeit the bathroom felt a little cramped. Plenty of wardrobe space with sufficient hangers. Standard sized balcony just taking two recliners and small table. We took all of our breakfasts and dinner in Blu Restaurant which is exclusive to the Aqua cabins. Food had a slightly healthier eating aspect to it but plenty of choice and excellent quality. Service was excellent with a nice rapport built with our waiter team, sommelier etc. Probably the best overall entertainment package we have experienced in the theatre. Most of the guest artists were British, except for a husband and wife from Australia (separate and very different acts on different nights). The in house team were also very good. We didn't take any of the shore excursions which, as usual for Celebrity, are very expensive and we can find enough to do in port or with locally booked trips on our own. We also found it easier and less expensive to find taxis in most ports and it does frustarte me that when Celebrity is responsible for the shuttle service, they want to charge $15 or $20 when locally provided ones charge €7 or €8. Good itinerary and our favourites were Dubrovnik (overnight), Ravenna, Catania (Sicily) and Valencia. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We were a group of 10 and this was our first time to the Mediterranean. This cruise followed a Danube river cruise. We embarked after spending 3 nights in Venice and I would recommend at least 3 nights there - though it is expensive. We ... Read More
We were a group of 10 and this was our first time to the Mediterranean. This cruise followed a Danube river cruise. We embarked after spending 3 nights in Venice and I would recommend at least 3 nights there - though it is expensive. We travelled as a group by water taxi to the port. This was the most economical for us as we had lots of luggage and are all seniors. Embarkation was smooth - we were on board by 11am and enjoyed lunch on the deck. Clouds rolled in near sail away time, but the rain held off just long enough to sail by Venice - something not to be missed! We went ashore at all ports and at least took the shuttle to town. Walked the walls in Dubrovnik - worth the time. Totally enjoyed Catania stop where we went to Mount Etna and Taormina. This cruise was chosen for the itinerary. We like the size of this ship - a little smaller than Eclipse etc. Though it is older, the recent renovations are good. Seem to be many coats of paint on the balconies etc. But Connie is still in good shape. I really wish Celebrity would add a piano bar. Maybe get rid of Cellar Masters - there never seems to be anyone there. Or Sushi on 5. We did appreciate that there seemed to be less push to up sell this year - i.e. specialty dining, spa etc. And I would like to see the cost of internet come down and be faster. It is a part of everyone’s lives now - perhaps unfortunately. Overall a great trip! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Husband had a big birthday. Liked the sound of all the stops. Booked an aqua class cabin and very pleased with it. Comfortable bed and Martin kept it very clean and organised. We had use of Blu restaurant which was lovely food and ... Read More
Husband had a big birthday. Liked the sound of all the stops. Booked an aqua class cabin and very pleased with it. Comfortable bed and Martin kept it very clean and organised. We had use of Blu restaurant which was lovely food and service excellent. Staff in Blu really looked after us. We went to the Tuscan restaurant and so good we went again. Also went to Qsine but not that impressed. Food not that interesting and dessert made me feel sick! We had a drinks package which worked well for us although we are not big drinkers. Pina coladas round the pool very nice though! Pools very good but a little cold at times. Indoor pool lovely and warm like a bath! Jacuzzis warm and restful! Everything worked like clockwork though but it was a very early start on coming home day had to be up at 5 in the morning for 7 pick up. Would we go again YESdefinitely had the most fantastic and memorable holiday Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Travelled with 2 other couples. This cruise has been on our bucket lists and we finally were able to take this cruise. We did stay in Venice for 3 days before boarding the Constellation. Very impressed. To start, our room 8003 was ... Read More
Travelled with 2 other couples. This cruise has been on our bucket lists and we finally were able to take this cruise. We did stay in Venice for 3 days before boarding the Constellation. Very impressed. To start, our room 8003 was amazing. An Oceanview at the front of the ship was huge. No balcony, but the extra space made up for that. Could have fit another queen bed in there and still have room to move. I have a little bit of mobile issues and stayed around the ship one day instead of doing shore excursions. Our room Stewart checked with me a few times that day when he saw me to make sure all was well, and asked if he could do or help with anything. ( Charlie was his name) all the staff we found to be so kind and fun loving. Very polite and always smiling. The food was excellent. We ate at the spa, the buffet, the dining room, the bistro, and the Tuscan grill. The only complaint we had was there was too much food.the evening shows were great..comedians, music, bands, and the silent disco is a hoot. The main reasons we took this cruise, was the cruise line and the ports. We did do our own private excursions. The ship is not overly big. I found it quite comfortable with my mobility issues. I did not use my cane at all. The age group on the ship was also great..averaged 35 and up. Not too many children. Saw maybe 8 or 10. Even the passengers were friendly with one another. We decided to book on the Silhouette next November. Love this cruise line Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary. We previously cruised on the Constellation in 2012. The ship is a bit tired, staffing needs improvement. Dining staff ineffective, they did not respond to the needs of our group. ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary. We previously cruised on the Constellation in 2012. The ship is a bit tired, staffing needs improvement. Dining staff ineffective, they did not respond to the needs of our group. Dining experience was terrible, though the menu was average. Specialty Restaurant, Tuscan Grill was wonderful. Room Steward was great! Production shows were terrible, guest entertainers were great. Ports of call were fabulous, though I would not recommend using ships transfers. We had a horrible experience in Palma de Mallorca. A 20 minute wait for the shuttle turned into 1.5 hours in a torrential storm. Complained about it, and NOTHING was done!! Shuttle Service does not belong to Celebrity, so they didn't care. Embarkation/Debarkation was quick and effective. Cruise Director was a delight. Staffing not sufficient for a ship this size. Will not likely cruise on the particular ship again, but will definitely continue to cruise with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first time on the millenium class ships so we were a little apprehensive. We shouldn't have been as we all enjoyed the size of the ship, layout and slightly fewer people. 3 of us shared the Penthouse suite and the ... Read More
This was our first time on the millenium class ships so we were a little apprehensive. We shouldn't have been as we all enjoyed the size of the ship, layout and slightly fewer people. 3 of us shared the Penthouse suite and the experience was fantastic from start to finish. Obviously the space and layout of the suite are both exceptional but our all time favourite Butler, steward and every member of staff we met were friendly, efficient and willing to go the extra mile. We have had a very poor Butler once in the past so we have now had our confidence restored in Celebrity. Dining in Luminae was great, you can order off the other menus if you ask so the choice is very wide. We tried sushi in 5 once and enjoyed the food even though we are not experts on sushi. Lunchtimes we tried Oceanview and Aqua spa cafe and enjoyed both once we had managed to find somewhere to sit. We were often ashore so had some local snack whilst there. Entertainment both day and night was fine for us, we did a few dance classes, trivia quizzes and went to shows when it was visiting artists all of whom were really good. Not keen on the big shows so can't comment. The activities staff seemed very friendly and good at their job and Rich the cruise director was one of the best we have had. We had organised our own shore excursions both just for the 3 of us and with a small group on the roll call and really enjoyed each port although they were all at a distance from the town/ city we were visiting. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We have sailed to Europe many times before and wanted to experience different ports. This itinerary worked for us since it went to three ports in Spain that we hadn't visited ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We have sailed to Europe many times before and wanted to experience different ports. This itinerary worked for us since it went to three ports in Spain that we hadn't visited before. Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona were an added attraction since they are among our favorites. We have actually sailed on the Constellation four times before and were happy with it's recent renovations. As usually, staff and service on the Celebrity line was outstanding. The stage shows were good It seems dinner times were moved later to 8:45 p.m. which made getting to the show on time virtually impossible. Although we don't always chose to go, it seems we were not able to get there on time. On our next cruise we are considering changing to Select seating time. Shore excursions were wonderful. Lunches were delicious and really gave a "taste" of the local cuisine. We flew in one day early to enjoy Venice and stayed at The Hotel Ala (a beautiful hotel.) The service and location to St. Mark's Square made it an excellent choice. I would recommend it if ever you are visiting Venice. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for the timing and destinations. We were a group of 16 people aged 8 to 83. With us we had 2 children with Celiac (aged 12). We had inside rooms and a balcony room all in front on the 9th floor. The staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the timing and destinations. We were a group of 16 people aged 8 to 83. With us we had 2 children with Celiac (aged 12). We had inside rooms and a balcony room all in front on the 9th floor. The staff was amazing, destinations were great all our dining was in the main dining room, Pool Grill, Oceanview Bar and the OceanView Cafe. I will start with the good, the staff is friendly, helpful and efficient, you can see that they enjoy what they do and they do their best to make your stay enjoyable, this applies to everyone starting at the room steward, the waiters, entertainment staff etc... Food was tasty and variety was very good, everyone in our group agreed that the regular food server was rated from good to excellent. Even though she is starting to show her age the Constellation is a very impressive ship. The ports of call were great, the destinations were fabulous. The OK, on board entertainment was good but activities were a bit on the weak side for the younger cruisers in our group. Although expensive the internet (onboard wifi) worked well. The so-so, Built in 2001 the constellation is starting to show her age in certain areas, some flooring around the pool had cracks, bed skirts were worn out, shower curtain rings had rust spots decor is a bit aged. We also had a short technical difficulty during which (about 30-45 minutes) none of the toilets in our area flushed. The not so good, even though we verified before we booked that they can cater to people (children) with celiac, and we confirmed during booking and reconfirmed by sending a special dietary form ahead of time and again by phone days before the cruise, the first few days breakfast and lunch were challenging (main dining room was organized). It took a conversation with the F & B manager and the head chef (who were very understanding and very nice) to get things going and unfortunately we were halfway through the cruise when we got to meet them. Without going too much into details we advise anyone with special dietary needs to go to guest services the first day just to make sure they are aware of your needs and expectations. Extras are on the expensive side of the scale. Overall compared to the offering in terms of value for money we found it to be OK as long as you don't go for the extras. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We were three friends cruising with our three moms. We all had a great time even though when we booked it we thought it would be more for the moms than for us. A great ship, great service, excellent staff and good food, many people say ... Read More
We were three friends cruising with our three moms. We all had a great time even though when we booked it we thought it would be more for the moms than for us. A great ship, great service, excellent staff and good food, many people say excellent food but we live in Spain and it's hard to equal great Spanish food! The entertainment was good and the ports of call were also good except for Valencia, it's not worth an overnight stop. We stayed in a ocean view stateroom which was fine, the cabin doesn't look that big but there really is loads of storage room. I liked the size of the ship because I never had the feeling of being crowded. The atmosphere onboard is casual and everyone does there own thing which is good. I would recommend this cruise to anyone on a first time cruise like us! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We sailed with celebrity before and booked this cruise on the last one because we enjoyed it so much. Constellation was a disappointment. We went Jet set sail which was fine this end. Nearly 2 hour wait for our luggage with no information ... Read More
We sailed with celebrity before and booked this cruise on the last one because we enjoyed it so much. Constellation was a disappointment. We went Jet set sail which was fine this end. Nearly 2 hour wait for our luggage with no information meant a poor start. No welcome on arrival. Poor bar service was an issue throughout compared to last cruise. Staff in Blu were amazing but service was wanting in other areas. There were other issues which although raised with guest relations were not sorted. Celebrity did not want to know either on board or after writing to them. Excursions to Split and Montenegro were interesting but the latter included a forced and unexpected fashion show at a leather showroom. We never felt relaxed as we had done on our last cruise. However the entertainment was much improved. The Cardinals were excellent entertaining in the lounges. The guest shows were much better than our previous cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this ship and date due to it's ports as some of us hadn't been to them. The Constellation was magnificent in it's new décor. Our steward Neil was exceptional, his charm, and efficiency were above board. The ... Read More
We chose this ship and date due to it's ports as some of us hadn't been to them. The Constellation was magnificent in it's new décor. Our steward Neil was exceptional, his charm, and efficiency were above board. The dining room staff, Alexander and Alexandre were incredible. Details they remembered, the friendliness and kindness were fantastic. We enjoyed our breakfast in our cabin which the service was great. One of the best features (there were many) the ice cold washcloths returning to the ship. We had a fabulous experience by being invited to the helicopter pad to view our entrance into Venice, this was extraordinary. Our Mater D was very kind, the only annoying problem was the loud music selection, you couldn't hear your friends right across our small table. Qsine was awesome, very unique in presentation, food fantastic...desert menu fun. all in all this was a great experience and Celebrity ranks as #1 to us. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I have just returned home after one of the best experiences ever. My daughter and I embarked on the Celebrity constellation in Barcelona which ended in Venice a few days ago. From the lovely young man who looked after our cabin to the ... Read More
I have just returned home after one of the best experiences ever. My daughter and I embarked on the Celebrity constellation in Barcelona which ended in Venice a few days ago. From the lovely young man who looked after our cabin to the fantastic waiter who served us on our table in the restaurant, the drinks waiter, the gorgeous lady who welcomed us each night,, the chefs, every single person on the ship was polite, helpful, and made me feel very special. The buffet had to be seen to be believed, such a variety of food and so much of it. The shows were amazing and I loved each one. The cabin was clean and the beds were comfortable. We found the excursions were well planned and because the weather was extremely hot to see a welcoming icy drink and icy flannels waiting for us before we boarded was so appreciated. I don't think that any more could have been done to make the cruise one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. I would certainly love to do another given the opportunity. A very big thank you to Celebrity, well done. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Let me start by saying that we mainly cruise with Celebrity though do other lines as well. Excellent start with quick and easy embarkation in Barcelona. Cabin 8117 a Sky 1 suite was excellent as were our Cabin Attendant Neil and Butler ... Read More
Let me start by saying that we mainly cruise with Celebrity though do other lines as well. Excellent start with quick and easy embarkation in Barcelona. Cabin 8117 a Sky 1 suite was excellent as were our Cabin Attendant Neil and Butler Rolando. Cost is slightly more than Aqua class but in our opinion well worth it. Food and drink, quality and service, was excellent. The staff were their usual friendly self and were happy to do anything to please. The Luminae restaurant was perfect with the option of having anything from other restaurants on the ship if you so wished. If there was any downside for us it would be the loudness of the music but this was got around by moving locations. Michael's club was a oasis on those occasions where 'Nadia' could not do enough for us. The gym was well set out and accessible most times. The Canyon Ranch was it's usual overpriced self (my wife was quoted $120 for soaking off nails and re-gel.) Laundry and Wi-Fi excellent and I did not find the speed slow but I am told that being the owner of a 'Commodore 64' my expectations are not that high. Anyone travelling the med from Barcelona to Venice might be better picking a starboard side cabin as port side was in the main used to dock so lovely views of dock buildings etc. Not the best when you are overnight so there for 36 hrs. Yes, I am sure that if I wanted I could find something to grumble about but there is no point, anything that was a problem was sorted out almost immediately - that in my opinion is a sign of a good ship with a good and happy crew. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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