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67 Celebrity Constellation Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We were on the western mediterranean cruise from 2 oct to 9 oct and we loved everything about it. If you are going on this cruise I'm sure you will enjoy it. The itinerary is very busy and tiring if you do full day tours in all the ... Read More
We were on the western mediterranean cruise from 2 oct to 9 oct and we loved everything about it. If you are going on this cruise I'm sure you will enjoy it. The itinerary is very busy and tiring if you do full day tours in all the ports but of course the beauty of cruising is that you have a choice. You could stay on the ship all the time and enjoy the activities, spa treatments, food etc or do as we did and try to see everything in the time available. It is probably a good idea to do something in between. We booked through an internet agent with no problems there. However, a problem we did encounter was with the airport transfers. These were organised by the travel agent through A 2 b and I cannot stress enough DO NOT USE THEM. When we arrived in Barcelona we were told that the coach would be one hour late as they were waiting for people from another flight. We waited about 1hr 20mins and later found out that there were only two people from that flight that were on our coach. They did not have our names on the list so they took the top sheet/voucher and kept it. We thought no more of it but when we were leaving the ship the following week, we only had the bottom sheet and the guy who was there was very unhelpful and just said "no reference number, no shuttle" We were starting to panic as we had no Euros left to get a taxi. I had to text home to get the reference number which luckily then got us onto the coach. There were so many people complaining, they had been told that the company had gone out of business and another coach company was being used. There were elderly people who could not stand for long but they were told they would have to wait for several hours at the port. I would suggest either using the celebrity transfers or simply get a taxi. Even with 5 cruise ships in port there were plenty of taxis available. THE SHIP: the ship of course is beautiful. I loved the new carpets and gorgeous upholstery. Everywhere was very clean and there were always staff or automatic machines around dispensing hand gel. We had an ocean view stateroom which was excellent, the only problem was that the shower was not very hot and tended to go cold at times. THE FOOD: Excellent in every place we used including room service. Our waiter,Jayson was brilliant and our table companions,Gail and Richard from London and Larry and wife(sorry,bad with names) from Montreal were so nice and made our evenings very pleasant. THE ENTERTAINMENT:we found this to be better than expected. We were lucky to have a wonderful concert pianist on our cruise, Brooks Aehron who was fantastic. Also Lindsey Hamilton the singer was great. We enjoyed all the shows but these two were particularly good. There was also a group of four young men, the High C's who were excellent.The other shows were always well presented with lovely costumes and sets. THE STAFF; They are all so friendly and attentive, we could not fault them at all. The cruise director Rich, was lovely and always seemed to be there, wherever we were. A nice touch was every time we returned to the ship, several crew members were there to greet us including the captain. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
First I apologize for a delayed review. Unfortunately, when our cruise holiday ended, so did my work holiday. Now that I have a moment to write a proper review, I have asked my parents to also include their thoughts. Here is our review of ... Read More
First I apologize for a delayed review. Unfortunately, when our cruise holiday ended, so did my work holiday. Now that I have a moment to write a proper review, I have asked my parents to also include their thoughts. Here is our review of our 7 day Mediterranean cruise (Oct 16 to 23) aboard the Celebrity Constellation. The Constellation Ship and Crew The Constellation is a beautiful ship with a wonderful staff, excellent cuisine and incredible entertainment. The hefty remodel did not disappoint! We enjoyed relaxing on the "bubble beds" of the indoor pool. The jets in that pool are excellent after a long day of walking! Our room was quite spacious for a basic inside cabin. It was very quiet as well. The only downfall was that the pullout bed blocked the path to the bathroom and the door. I was surprised at how comfortable my pullout bed was! The entire crew was really top notch. Everyone was so friendly and had no problem stopped to chat with his or her guests. Understandably this is part of their job however they never made you feel that way. We were pleasantly surprised to see our Cruise Director, Rich, greeting us each morning at our ports of call and upon our return we were even more surprised to see Rich joined by the Officers and even the Captain to welcome us back onboard! The Officers were even helping serve at the brunch during our day at sea! We also saw Rich, Mike (Activities Director) and the Officers around the ship quite often talking with guests. These "simple" acts spoke volumes! We had an excellent stateroom assistant, Tinneson, who greeted us each morning and evening. In the evenings he would often open our door for us and did an excellent job keeping our beds maid and room tidy. Antonio are main stateroom attendant was very good as well. We looked forward to our dinners each evening. Not only did we have good food, we had great dinner companions but an excellent wait staff as well. If you have the pleasure of Daniel (from the Philippines) as your headwaiter, listen to his advice as to what to order each night. He never stirred us wrong! Daniel assistant was wonderful as well! To have a tour of the bridge was a treat and a highlight! The gentleman from Poland who showed us the bridge did a wonderful job. He was very informative and quite funny as well! The entertainment, again top notch! The entertainment is usually one of the highlights of a cruise for me and the Constellation did not disappoint! Lindsay Hamilton (West End star) and Carl Andrews (comedian/magician) were both fantastic! The Cast of the Constellation were all incredible! We could have been watching a West End show the singers and dancers had such talent! My favorite entertainment for this cruise was the Acappella group The High C's! These four young men from Georgia, USA could SING! And make you laugh! We had the pleasure of listening to them four times through our cruise and I liked them so much I brought their CD home with me! The buffet had a great variety from around the world for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For dinner, we liked the fact that there were two menus to choose from. The "favorites" were available each night and then the daily specials. The escargot and French Onion soup appetizers were favorites among our table. The meat dishes were always fabulous! The cut was always really nice and the preparation perfect. The pasta sauces were a bit bland however I think that is partly due to having to please the masses. We prefer lots of herbs and spices in our sauces but this may not be everyone taste. So, if you are like us, go with the meat selection and not the pasta. Don't forget to save room for desert!!! OH THEY WERE GOOD!!! The Cellar Master...oh how we miss this lovely wine bar. Who ever came up with the concept was a genius! We also enjoyed the entertainment of watching a Champaign bottle being opened with a Saber!!! Ports of Call I do have to say that I will not being taking another cruise where half of the places of interest are an hour or more away from the port. For a family of three taking a trip like this on a budget, we took the public transportation to reach Monaco, Florence and Rome. In Monaco, the trains were on strike so a public bus was the only option. With 2 cruise ships in the harbor, our ship being full, coming back from Monaco was a nightmare. Poring down rain, there was no queue to get on the bus so people were pushing from all directions (not fun when you are short!). People were getting on the bus and buying tickets for people in the back of the line. Those people were then cramping there way forward. We ended up being separated in the chaos. If the capacity were say 50, I would say we had 80 on the bus. The worst part was the bus driver kept stopping and picking more people up! Needless to say, the hour bus ride back to Ville France, smashed in a bused with fogged windows was not pleasant. Advise when going to Ville France if there is a strike, stay in Ville France or go to Nice, which is apparently only 15 minutes on the bus. In Livorno, 5 cruise ships in that day. To take the Celebrity transportation from Livorno, to Pisa and onto Florence would have cost us $90 per person ($270 for 3). It cost us a total of 20 Euro on the train! Going to Florence was not a problem. Coming back we ran into the same thing in every port of call. Everyone from all the ships were on the last possible train that would arrive back to the port city in time for the ships departure. We were luck and were able to get seats. For a lot of people it was standing room only for the 1:45 hour trip back to Livorno. Rome was the same type of train return as Livorno. The only difference was this train was a double-decker even more crammed with people and several upset locals. I feel for the locals trying to commute home but it was still not fun being yelled at in Italian. We were between two cars for this hour-long journey. Someone did a head count, 42 people including two small children were cramped into this space. You could not move. Again, we could have paid the $90 per person to take the Celebrity transport into Rome. Other than the public transport nightmares, Monaco was very pretty. We were able to see some mini go-carts of sorts race, which was a lot of fun. This was my second time to Florence and third to Rome. We all enjoyed the beauty of Florence and in Rome the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel were the highlight. The other two ports of call were Genoa and Naples. In Genoa the city had some pretty things to see but overall, the city was just ok. We enjoyed ourselves but I don't think it is a city we would go back too. Maybe if the weather had been better and we ventured out further we would have a different opinion. Capri on the other hand was gorgeous! We all enjoyed our day in Capri very much! Overall, the trip was enjoyable. With such heavy ports of call, we didn't get to enjoy the ship as much as we could have. The long days were quite exhausting. However, for my parent's first trip to Europe, this was the way to go. After this, I think we will take cruises with fewer ports of call and highlights close to the port so that we can relax on the ship more! Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
First let me start with the few complaints I have to get them out of the way. Then I can go on and on about the things I loved about this cruise. I sailed with my husband and six year old son. We are experienced cruisers and have ... Read More
First let me start with the few complaints I have to get them out of the way. Then I can go on and on about the things I loved about this cruise. I sailed with my husband and six year old son. We are experienced cruisers and have sailed with RCL,Disney and HAL. This was our seventh cruise. Complaints: 1) There is not one channel on TV for children. 2) The cabins are not equipped with DVD players- too bad we brought DVDS with us. 3) There is no indoor swimming area for children- so on cold days our son was out of luck. 4) Paying an additional 18% Spanish VAT on charges was painful. Not Celebrity's fault but perhaps there is a way around this like using different departure ports in the future. We've been on two other cruises from Barcelona but this was the first one that charged the VAT. 5) Would have enjoyed destination lectures more than lectures about astronomy. NOTE: For our son, swimming is among the most important bonuses of being on a ship and being able to chill in the room with cartoons is also very important to him. Please Celebrity, think about keeping the kids happy outside of the kid's club. This makes parents happy too!! Now on to the many praises I have for my new favorite cruise line. Their supervised youth program is by far the best we have seen. Kudos to the staff first of all. All were friendly to parents, liked kids, were energetic and attentive. They made the program a success. The facilities were terrific! The ball pit, climbing aparatus, art center, toys, etc. all first class. The only negative was having to pay extra for hours on port days. Both the 12-2pm and 4-6pm time frames had to be paid for. Almost $15 for two hours with the Spainish VAT of 18% that was charged to nearly EVERYTHING! It would be nice if we didn't have to pay extra for port days. We gave them a tip at the end. Dining was outstanding! The MDR was superb and Ocean Liners was truly amazing. Our Sky Suite was fabulous though we didn't have much for the butler to do but still tipped. The service everywhere on the ship was first class. We were pampered and treated nicely at all times. Our fellow guests were also polite and enjoyable to cruise with. We met great people through Cruise Critic. We got a tour of the bridge in addition to our meet and greet which was great! The shore excursions were excellent. The evening shows were not as good as I was hoping. I walked out of one of the shows as the dancing got to the point that I considered it X rated. The pianist in the Cafe was superb. The band that played by the pool was so-so. They could use some updated repertoire. The ship itself is incredibly beautiful despite some of the strange modern art pieces that make you think "how much did they pay for that one?" If you haven't tried Celebrity you really should. While there is a lot of up-sell to get you to spend more, the cruise experience on Celebrity is truly the best our family has experienced. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Me and the wife were first timers to cruising , so the barcelona tranfers were a little worring but we neednt have because the 30 euros or so taxi fare covered it and there was plenty avilable, boarding is easy as long as you have ... Read More
Me and the wife were first timers to cruising , so the barcelona tranfers were a little worring but we neednt have because the 30 euros or so taxi fare covered it and there was plenty avilable, boarding is easy as long as you have checked in online first and its just like an airport . The Constalation is a great boat ,food is first class and there is always somthing to suit everyone, even my fussy wife!!! , drinks are a little expensive typicially $17 for a glass of wine and a bottle of beck's , service was top draw , our room maid doris waited on us and was couldnt do enough for us ,the ship cruised along at night and was as steady as a rock , the cabin was spotless with the bed a pleasure to sleep in . entertainment was first class and my wife enjoyed and looked foward to eachnights show, the fine dinning in the evening was most enjoyable with the other guests 3 couples we had never met before at the table refreshing and great company and i shall miss not meeting up and telling tales of our day's adventures. Now on to the shore excutions this is where celebrity could do better ,our first coach trip was NICE and MONACO not bad value but out driver chatted to the tour gide and nearly killed 2 motorcyclists and just missed after a huge swerve that made everyone gasp a pillar on the viaduct in the carpark all because of taking to much!!! ,the tour guides in general all talk much too much just for the sake of talking and to loud as well !!!GENOA was good you can walk off the boat here and walk around but here you need a good map and celebrity could do much better by providing free local maps ,the ones in there daily bulitin are not good enough and caused me problems onshore ie GETTING LOST !!! LIVORNO is the port to get to FLORENCE as we call it but the italians call it FIRENZE this i didnt know and made my travel journey a bit of a adventure, and dont get on at the first FIRENZE stop because you will be on the wrong side of town !!!trains are very cheap but the notice boards are not good and somtimes very confusing , if your not sure ask the italian poeple are very nice and helpful ,CIVITAVECCHIA is the port for ROME and another 1 hour train journey going past PISA on the way (15mins) rome is packed with tourist and im afraid the motorbike and car have won the fight for the streets , crossing is dangerous!! unless you have seen every one stop!!!! taxis are vultures wating for the weak and unsure again the boat could have obtained free tourist maps for us and dished then out to those wanting them ,but the collusium was wonderfull. NAPLES is great we took the tour up vesuvius and pompei and although it was worth the trip to see the sights this was spoilt by the guide rambling on and taking us to a shell factory for half an hour ?? what for i dont know ,then stopping outside pompei for another three quarters of an hour for a snack ,and as you can guess everytime you let poeple off they comeback late delaying your time in the city ,once there she chats for half an hour outside!!! very frustrating and i wish the directors of the ship took these tours to see what we are getting because its not value for the money , but if your not sure about what you are doing you are in there hands and they know that!!! on my return to the ship after being out all day and in the bright sun you enter the ship and if your like me 6'4"tall and the scanner that you have to walk through is set at 6'0" you cant see it and whack your head!!! not clever i was offered no apology !!! BARCELONA ,here we had a late flight and took the tour Monserrat & airport transfer ,what a waste of money ,again tour guide chatting loudly nonstop (remember we were up at 6am to get off the boat) and she went on and on once at the mountain we stayed for a few hours and was given chior music for another 2 hours comming down and i was relived to get off !!! all in all out trip was great but the excurtions need much much improvement!! Greg xx Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Arrived at the dock by taxi, embarkation was very quick and efficient and our cabin was ready for us at 12.30pm with our luggage arriving not long after. We even booked our speciality dining during embarkation as there were no queues, plus ... Read More
Arrived at the dock by taxi, embarkation was very quick and efficient and our cabin was ready for us at 12.30pm with our luggage arriving not long after. We even booked our speciality dining during embarkation as there were no queues, plus got the information on drinks packages etc. Greeted on board with a glass of sparkling wine, then left to our own devices to explore the ship. Constellation is a lovely ship with impressive public areas, we particularly liked the covoured thalassotherapy area as the weather wasn't that hot but we could still enjoy the warm pool and jacuzzis and have a rest on the loungers. Towels were plentiful, even blankets were available should you want one. We had a couples Rasoul Ritual which was fantastic and was on special offer costing $110 for both of us which we considered good value. Watched a Broadway themed show, a hypnotist, Natasha Hamilton, Perry Grant, A Capella band and enjoyed all of them though have to say we like to make our own entertainment in the evening by enjoying leisurely dinners with our table companions, then meeting more people in the various bars and casino. We found this a very friendly cruise and met lots of nice people. The MDR we found to be excellent, both the food and waiting staff, we had a drinks package and the waiter remembered our drinks and had them there for us practically as soon as we sat down. The Cafe Bacio served some of the best coffee I've had in a long time together with tiny little savoury or sweet pastries depending on the time of day, just right for filling a gap at tea time. On our last day, which was a sea day, a brunch was provided in the MDR which had every type of food you could imagine, then afternoon tea which felt like quite a treat. Dinner in the Tuscan Grille couldn't be praised enough, again the standard of food and service was examplary and worth the additional cover charge. We had room service breakfast and snacks which were delivered promptly, piping hot and of good quality. Overall we found the staff to be friendly, polite and helpful and never had to wait too long for service in any area. We had a balcony cabin and was impressed by the amount of storage both in the cabin and in the bathroom which had built in units for all toiletries etc. There was definitely no shortage of storage space here. The aircon/heating worked well, bed was comfortable and couldn't find anything to fault really. Hope none of you ever need to find out - but the ship's medical facilities were excellent, I spent a couple of mornings in there for treatment and felt in very safe hands. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
My mom and I recently returned from a 7-day Mediterannean cruise on the Celebrity Constellation (October 9-16, 2010) and we were thrilled with the experience. We stayed in a stateroom with a veranda, and upgraded to Concierge Class, which ... Read More
My mom and I recently returned from a 7-day Mediterannean cruise on the Celebrity Constellation (October 9-16, 2010) and we were thrilled with the experience. We stayed in a stateroom with a veranda, and upgraded to Concierge Class, which I highly recommend. This was the largest and nicest stateroom I've ever stayed in, and compared to the three other cruises I've been on (Costa - Caribbean; Royal Caribbean - Alaska; Norwegian - Hawai'i), the food was by far the best. We were treated to fresh flowers and fresh fruit every day, pre-dinner canapes each evening, and a bottle of sparkling wine when we boarded. Our stateroom attendant (Danny) and his assistant worked tirelessly and kept the room spotless. It was amazing how quickly they could make up the room in the morning, change all of the towels twice a day, and turn down the beds in the evening. We opted for 'Celebrity Select Dining,' setting our own schedule for dinner every night and eating at a table for two. The dining room staff were efficient, friendly, and lovely to get to know. We also enjoyed the 'smart casual' dress code - everyone looks and behaves a bit better when they're dressed nicely at meals! The formal nights were a lot of fun...it was nice to see so many men in dinner jackets and tuxes, and ladies in cocktail dresses and gowns. We ate in the dining room every night and really enjoyed the dinners. We breakfasted in our stateroom, and the enhanced room service menu provided in Concierge Class was great. The buffet was great for lunches on days that we had half-day excursions. We really enjoyed the cruise itinerary, and booked a tour of some sort through Celebrity in every port. My absolute favourite was 'Florence on Your Own,' which provided bus transportation to and from the city with a hilarous tour guide (Samuel) who told us all about Tuscany and his hometown of Pisa on the beautiful drive to and from Livorno. I liked the Thalassotherapy pool, which reminded me of the solarium on the Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas. The gym was great, and was never crowded. I made a little routine of taking a dip in the pool and then doing some cardio before dinner. It's so relaxing to ride a recumbent bike or run on the treadmill while gazing out at the ocean. Most of the cardio machines also have satellite tv access if you'd rather gaze at CNN! My mom had her hair done a couple of times, and was very satisfied with the service in the salon. From start to finish, we really enjoyed this cruise, and I highly recommend the itinerary and the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
This cruise was planned within one month of it's departure date. The purpose was to accompany my mother on her first trip to Europe, with minimal cost and maximum effect. We chose the Celebrity Constellation and this itinerary because ... Read More
This cruise was planned within one month of it's departure date. The purpose was to accompany my mother on her first trip to Europe, with minimal cost and maximum effect. We chose the Celebrity Constellation and this itinerary because I like Celebrity's Millennium class ships, the trip could be accomplished in eight days, we were both Captain's Club Elite members and the time of year made for cooler weather. Late in the planning my brother also decided to join us. We upgraded to Concierge Class cabin 7203, which faces off the stern of the ship. This is an exceptional cabin due to its large balcony, which is approximately the same length as the cabin itself. Unfortunately, due to a combination of cool, sometimes wet weather, and our long days in port, we rarely took advantage of the balcony. This would be a great cabin on a Caribbean cruise or a long cruise with several sea days. By the way, our cabin steward was excellent. The ship is in very good condition. However, its design feels a bit dated after being on the Celebrity Solstice earlier this year. This is not a knock against the Constellation, just a reflection that the Solstice public rooms are so well designed. The one area where the Constellation is better than the Solstice is the Thalassotherapy pool, which is heated on the Millennium class ships. We chose Celebrity Select dining and ate every night between 7-7:15pm, the only exception being the day in Rome after which we were just too tired to dress up and went upstairs to the buffet. The buffet food appeared to be the same served every night. However, the addition of the sandwich and pizza bars probably made it a reasonable place to eat more than one night. In general, the food on the ship was very good regardless of where we ate. Celebrity Select dining is a great option if you want some flexibility. Entertainment was OK, with Carl Andrews (magician) and Lindsay Hamilton (singer) being the highlights. Getting a seat was not a problem if you arrived before show time. We really liked the way that every crew member said hello to us whenever we passed them in the hall. They have a tough life but Celebrity must have a program in place to encourage this personal touch. If you read my port reviews, you'll see that we did the "trains, planes and automobiles" mode of touring, mostly venturing out on our own. I've also included prices for our transportation and entry fees in the reviews. Overall, a great but exhausting trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
After hearing many good reports about Celebrity we finally booked one albeit only 7 days in the Med at the beginning of October,we went along with two friends who hadn't cruised before. We had only cruised twice previously firstly on ... Read More
After hearing many good reports about Celebrity we finally booked one albeit only 7 days in the Med at the beginning of October,we went along with two friends who hadn't cruised before. We had only cruised twice previously firstly on Cunard's Queen Victoria then on P&O's Ventura. Our feeling was at the end that they all have things to commend them and all do some things better than others, but lets get into my review of Celebrity's Constellation. ACCOMODATION Our cabin was 2114 a sea view room on deck 2, as is always the case the room was fairly small but very well designed giving us a decent sized bathroom and lots of storage easily enough room for a 2 week cruise with the extra clothes you would need, in our case half the storage wasn't used, the seating area was also well planned and gave us no cause for complaint of any kind. The TV gave us all the information we needed and the safe was easy to use. As is always the case in our experience the room steward Achmad was superb catering to our every need and keeping the room spotless. FOOD and STANDARDS This for me is one of the highlights of cruising especially the 5 or 6 course dinner in the evening which in the past has been at least equal to some of the better restaurants I have been to on land, as always our waiter Agostino couldn't do enough for us and was happy to replace dishes not to our taste or even duplicate dishes which were but the quality of the food didn't seem quite as good as I've experienced before, on three occasions steak or lamb came to our table overcooked to what we'd asked for, the waiter did of course replace if we asked and the maitre'd was most apologetic, once would be excusable but 3 times on a 7 night cruise is a lot. We changed our seating option from late which we had understood to be 8.30 on booking but which was actually 9.00 to early at 6.30 though we often didn't arrive until 6.45 and at this time of the year on this cruise it suited us better. The buffet on deck 10 was good too but you need to explore it all to see whats on offer, some sections of it we didn't find until nearly at the end of our cruise, don't simply assume as we did that both sides are just the same. What we did find disappointing was the fact that some guests didn't respect the dress code for formal nights, I like to dress up in a proper dinner suit with bow tie and the dress code was stated as Dress suit (tuxedo) or lounge suit with tie, most did adhere to the code but some still turned up in jeans and T shirt or polo shirt, I feel dressing for dinner is only respectful to the staff and to the history of cruising, I don't know how those people who admittedly were a tiny minority felt in the company of well dressed people when they looked frankly scruffy. Maybe if a ship has standards it needs to enforce them or not have them at all. ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES This for me was excellent and many of the shows I saw on the ship I would gladly pay to see at the theatre, the ships company of singers and dancers are very very good as were the west end singer and classical pianist (no not dry at all) in the main theatre. Perry Grant in Michael's Club is one of a kind and how he's never broken through into front line entertainment is a mystery to me though maybe it only works well in the intimate setting of somewhere like Michael's Club, his show which often went on for 3 hours or more was a mixture of songs comedy and audience participation with never an empty seat to be found, if you're going on Constellation and he's there don't miss it. There was also a very good party band and a more laid back four piece in the Rendezvous lounge as well as various other musicians around the ship. Entertainment in the night club on deck 11 after 10.30 was very good and without question the entertainment on this ship was head and shoulders above the same seen on previous ships I've been on. However on our last day I decided to go to an "enrichment" lecture, the lecturer was very sure of himself and presented with authority but his subject was allied to world consumerism and much of his data was at least 3 years out of date and so irrelevant given the current world financial and business climate. DRINKS and SERVICE I've already commented on our room steward and our waiter likewise on the ship all the staff were very friendly and helpful even to the point of senior officers including the captain being on the dock to welcome back guests after a day off the ship. Drinks to my point of view were very expensive, I ordered a Boddingtons beer (the only English bitter available amongst dozens of continental and American lager beers) when I first got on what I was presented with was a can which I could buy at home for around 75p ($1.20) the cost on board was $6 + VAT + 15% service charge coming close to £5 a can, unless you're a heavy drinker the drinks packages also seemed very highly priced. PORTS We visited 5 ports in the course of our 7 days though at Genoa the rain was so heavy we never left the ship, both my wife and I agreed it was for us too many on such a short cruise we would have preferred at least one more sea day, excursions from the ship were as always very pricey and we used them only once to go to Rome, in hindsight we could have had a much better day independently using local trains and the open top buses in Rome for a third of the cost. We did indeed do that in going to Pisa from Livorno for a total of 7 Euros each return including a bus to the station but did think it a bit of a cheek asking for $7 to transfer out of the port area when we were told we weren't allowed to walk off anyway. We also did Monaco which we both loved from Villefranche on the bus for 2 Euros each return, though in both instances we did a lot of walking once there. CONCLUSION Constellation to anyone who as with us has only been only ships that aim at the mainly British market is very American not that that's a negative comment but it is different, more in your face and a very large casino compared to the ships aimed mainly at the British market which I've been on, and I think the American guests on our cruise were probably in the majority So would I cruise with Celebrity again? yes especially for the entertainment but depending on the itinerary Would I go on Constellation again ? yes Would I recommend it ? probably yes with reservations about the quality of the food and the price of drinks Would I use their excursions again ? no Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
We flew into Barcelona the day before and stayed overnight before boarding the Constellation the following day. Boarding was any time from 12 noon onwards and we got there about 2.45pm. Although it was very busy the process went quite ... Read More
We flew into Barcelona the day before and stayed overnight before boarding the Constellation the following day. Boarding was any time from 12 noon onwards and we got there about 2.45pm. Although it was very busy the process went quite smoothly and we were on our way to our stateroom. We were delighted with the lovely, spacious room which offered every comfort. A bottle of champagne in an ice bucket, together with a bowl of fresh fruit awaited us on arrival and we soon settled in to luxury! Our stateroom with balcony was fabulous. Spacious with plenty of room to move about, it housed a huge, comfortable bed, flat screen TV, mini bar, dressing table area and a large sofa (convertible into a double bed), coffee table and a double wardrobe with plenty of drawers. Every detail was thought of from the lovely, thick bathrobes to the binoculars and golf umbrellas 'just in case'. The bathroom had a large shower and lots of hot water! Everything was replaced immediately and the whole room was spotlessly clean. There's nothing negative I can say about it. We chose Celebrity Select dining which meant we could choose at what time we wanted to eat in the main dining room. You are advised to book a table in advance but we didn't bother and although we had to wait a few times it usually wasn't more than about 20 minutes. The food was good with plenty of choice and the service was faultless. In fact, all the staff (of every nationality you could think of) was friendly, helpful and efficient. The only thing that marred the holiday for us was the extortionate price of the bottles of wine and other alcohol. We enjoy a bottle of wine with our meal but by the time the 8% Spanish tax (because we sailed out of a Spanish port) and the 15% surcharge was added, we ended up paying £35 for a bottle of wine! Non-EU residents could claim back the 8% Spanish tax so it wasn't quite as expensive for the Americans The theatre entertainment was OK but we thought P & O had the edge on their productions. We did watch the a capella group, the High C's and thoroughly enjoyed their barbershop type songs but the real star of the ship was Perry Grant in Michael's Club. He was brilliant, so funny and a real diva! He played to packed audiences every night and entertained with his great singing and interaction with the audience. You daren't move out of your seat for fear of being targeted!! A real entertainer and highly recommended. Well worth going on the cruise just to see him. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable cruise although, because of all the walking, we needed a holiday to recover! We would recommend Celebrity any time but think about getting a drinks package if you enjoy a bottle of wine. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
We arrived after a good flight with Easyjet from Luton and cleared through the modern terminal at Barcelona. A rapid taxi drive by a relation of Fernando Alonso took us to the harbour terminal in around 20 minutes and relieved me ... Read More
We arrived after a good flight with Easyjet from Luton and cleared through the modern terminal at Barcelona. A rapid taxi drive by a relation of Fernando Alonso took us to the harbour terminal in around 20 minutes and relieved me of around 40 euros. I had not been looking forward to the boarding procedure as a previous cruise on Constellation from Miami had been chaotic in the cruise terminal, however this was not to be the case on this cruise and literally with no queue we were on board within minutes. Our previous cruise on board this ship had been in the Caribbean a year earlier so we wee keen to see the changes made. Firstly our cabin where we had travelled Concierge class last time and I thought the difference was hardly worth the excess. We were not disappointed with our 1B balcony cabin. Some of the changes were;- A flat screen television with sky services and a few other channels was welcome to keep in touch with the world, our bill and where we were. Some furniture changes and no doubt some of the soft furnishings. Eating was much the same and the main and self service restaurants are serving the same good quality food with very pleasant waiters but a couple of the speciality restaurants had changed. We did not visit Tuscan Grill which was new but heard good reports. We had enjoyed Ocean liners on our last cruise and although it was of very high quality it did not quite seem to be as outstanding as my last visit,maybe to be fair it was the lack of novelty to me. We did visit the Crepe Bar which seemed to be very quiet throughout the cruise and it was extremely good. We were served by the most delightful waitress and all the staff were extremely pleasant. We were treated like old friends every time we passed the venue on the rest of the cruise. One of the biggest changes that we found on this cruise was the entertainment and the shows that were put on by a troupe of dancers and singers were just excellent. A magician was fairly good however a Welsh singer comedienne was hilarious although some of her humour may not of amused our American travellers as much! We also visited Michaels Club were our American cruisers were in hysterics over Perry Grant but I am afraid he failed to tickle my fancy! Our docking into Villefrance was cancelled due to bad weather and we had to divert to Monte Carlo, everybody say shame! Very much appreciated and quite a tight fit for Constellation on her first visit however the heavens had arranged a constant downpour and we were soaked nearly as much as the elderly lady who fell in the harbour. Next visit to Genoa was poor due to the many lowlife that hang around this harbour. Livorno and Cittevechia were good as was Naples(watch out for pickpockets!) as the sun was shining after all but the Italians have euro signs flashing in their eyeballs as soon as they see a cruise ship. This ship is still a beautiful cruiser mainly because of the staff who put in heart and soul into their jobs. Well done Celebrity but just keep an eye on the cost of port transfers, excursions and wine. We know you have to make money but don't spoil the ship by overpricing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
First the Ugly! The Constellation from the outside is the ugliest cruise ship I've been on. It looks like it's been built using Lego bricks and the colour scheme reminded me of a car ferry, particularly from behind. The ... Read More
First the Ugly! The Constellation from the outside is the ugliest cruise ship I've been on. It looks like it's been built using Lego bricks and the colour scheme reminded me of a car ferry, particularly from behind. The Bad We had dreadful weather in Monaco and more rain in Genoa and Livorno. It did however greatly improve for Rome, Naples and our last sea day before returning to Barcelona. The Good Inside the ship the dEcor, carpets, furniture and fittings were the best I've seen and were really classy. It had a refit back in May and everything still looked fresh and new. As for the service this was easily the best we've ever experienced and food was superior too even against Princess which has been my favourite cruise line. We tried a speciality restaurant (The Tuscan Grill at $30 extra each) and the whole experience was better than any gourmet restaurant I've tried on land. Compared with the Princess "Grand" class ships we thought the inside of the Constellation would be noticeably smaller but it wasn't at all. The only obvious difference was the absence of a dedicated night club. Constellation has a show lounge called Reflections which doubles up for this after midnight. In the day time this was also a nice lounge to sit in with its panoramic windows over the bridge and sides. The choice of public areas to socialise in was very impressive and we tried all of them (the Martini ice bar is something else!) but found ourselves mostly in Reflections after each night's Theatre show which we were able to see having chosen 1st sitting. If you like ballroom/Latin dancing then you won't ever be disappointed. By the way the magician Carl Andrews was just amasing with his "slight of hand" show. The night life was so good that we never went to bed before 1 am and even stayed up until 2.45 am! The activities team worked tirelessly to ensure the passengers were entertained and were such a friendly bunch we soon got to know all their names. The dancers/singers were also excellent and their shows in Reflections with passenger interaction were their best. Other points were mentioning that set Celebrity apart from P&O, RCCL and Princess include a champagne welcome on embarkation, and complimentary umbrella's placed in our cabin. A line of senior crew would also greet you back on board at each port call and overall the crew were always polite, friendly and keen to offer assistance. Captain Gerry was also visible around the ship giving a lecture, posing for pictures on the second formal night and listening appreciatively to the Acapella boys singing in one of the bars. Having had our main cruise holiday back in June aboard Emerald Princess this cruise was a last minute holiday and by far exceeded our expectations. There was a great mix of nationalities with the Brits and Yanks being the majority and for a one week cruise this has to be one of the friendliest we've ever had. I had half hoped it wouldn't be as good as Princess but it was so now I have a dilemma when choosing our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
The whole experience was excellent- having been used to smaller lines like Seaborne we were worried about Celebrity. The cabin was spacious enough - no bath only a shower but spotlessly clean. We paid a little extra for the Concierge Deck ... Read More
The whole experience was excellent- having been used to smaller lines like Seaborne we were worried about Celebrity. The cabin was spacious enough - no bath only a shower but spotlessly clean. We paid a little extra for the Concierge Deck where we received capanes and fresh fruit daily - luxury robes and plentiful toiletries, personal stationery etc. The cabin attendant was excellent and the cabin was spotless every day. Breakfast was taken in the restaurant rather than the buffet and was freshly cooked and well served. The buffet lunch was great - the only problem we had we lukewarm food in the restaurant at night, but after a word withe the maitre d' this was soon solved and the rest of the meals were piping hot. We did not take the tours as having cruised many times before we found it much, much cheaper to 'go alone' using local trains. ferries etc. All in all an excellent cruise, very well organised and well recommended. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Celebrity Constellation around the Western Med. From start to finish myself, wife and son had a wonderful time. There was so much right and so little wrong and for anyone thinking of a cruise on ... Read More
Just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Celebrity Constellation around the Western Med. From start to finish myself, wife and son had a wonderful time. There was so much right and so little wrong and for anyone thinking of a cruise on this ship do not hesitate to book it. Inside cabin was big enough for a 7 day cruise (3 of us). ships presentation was superb, all the staff were just so polite, courteous and nothing was too much trouble. Food was also very good, we ate at the buffet at lunch and in the main dining area in the evenings again service was great. I would recommend a drinks package if you like your wine or even if you just enjoy drinks every day,I used my classic alcohol package within the limits I would normally drink on a weeks holiday and think I saved about £15.00 per day. Entertainment was what I would describe as up to normal cruise / resort standards, certainly no worse. Perry Grant in Michael's club was just quality when you first see him although once you know the format not a lot changes with the routine but still very funny. I would certainly consider Celebrity again for another cruise hopefully soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
We are a late-fifties couple who cruised with 3 couples who are friends from California and Indiana. Our flights and hotel were not booked through Celebrity and our hotel in Barcelona was Le Meridien for 2 nights pre-cruise. One of the ... Read More
We are a late-fifties couple who cruised with 3 couples who are friends from California and Indiana. Our flights and hotel were not booked through Celebrity and our hotel in Barcelona was Le Meridien for 2 nights pre-cruise. One of the other couples stayed in Hotel 1898 which I liked even more than Le Meridien. We traveled by taxi from the airport to our hotel for about 25 Euros plus tip. While in Barcelona we mostly walked around the city and saw some of the sights. Shopping at Plaza Catalunya was fun and there were numerous shops in which to browse. Las Ramblas is a busy boulevard with lots of amazingly costumed street performers. On Saturday, we took a taxi to the port and arrived around noon and were on board and in our rooms by 12:30 pm. There were earlier boarders but not by much. It was an easy and quick embarkation, you could purchase wine and liquor in a store right at the terminal and no one seemed to be counting bottles, etc. I am not sure about bottled water because I did not pay attention to others purchasing this. We dropped off our carry-ons and met our friends on deck 10. I purchased the sommelier wine package and my husband got the premium liquor package which includes all cocktails, wines to $12 a glass, sodas, smoothies and premium coffees. We felt these were worth the money for us. Ocean Liners was our restaurant for the first night and was lovely, on the last night we ate at the Tuscan Grill which had a menu more to my liking. The service was wonderful at both specialty restaurants. The remainder of the evenings we had opening dining with reserved times varying from 7:15 to 8:00 pm. There was maybe a 5 minute wait on a few occasions. The food was good in the main dining room for the most part but if you want good beef, go to the specialty restaurants. Hassan, our head waiter was efficient and very personable, we requested to be seated in his area for the remainder of the cruise. Ports: Villefranche-Our group walked to the bus station and purchased tickets to Nice. Make sure you validate by punching into a machine your tickets for busses and trains or you will be assessed a big fine. In Nice we walked around the town and along the waterfront where we had lunch. I wish we had gone to Eze as well but did not this trip. Genoa-Our group walked to the train station (quite a hike up hill) and purchased tickets for around 5 euros to St. Margherita (here we were fined 10 euros for not validating our tickets by the conductor). Look for the express train when purchasing tickets or this trip will take one hour. The village on the coast has some wonderful shops and is very picturesque. We then took the ferry to Portofino for 7 euros each round trip (it leaves on the quarter past hour and returns on the hour). It was a beautiful view by water and Portofino has cute shops and restaurants at which to have lunch. Florence, Rome and Naples: At these ports we had secured a private tour company, Romeinlimo, for all three days with different drivers meeting us at 8 am at each port. This worked out very well and cost about 150 euros per couple each day which included tip. I can't say enough about the professionalism, information and efficiency of their drivers. They want you to have a great experience and to provide you with the opportunities to see and do what you want with the limited time in port. This was most important for Rome and Salvatore (Civitavecchia) was excellent. Rome was my favorite city but they all left me wanting to return to Italy for a more leisurely exploration. Highlights were Pisa, Florence and its monuments, the Coliseum, the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Church and the Pantheon. In Naples, we left immediately to meet a private tour guide, Patricia, for a tour of Pompeii. She made Pompeii come alive for us. Go first thing in the morning (it gets too crowded and hot later) and wear shoes for walking on stones. It is a rigorous hike. We had lunch in Sorrento and then toured the coast to Positano where we walked down to the Mediterranean and shopped in cute shops. We were back to the ship at approximately 5-5:30 pm each day after these ports. Gian (Livorno) and Vito (Naples) were our other two guides and did an excellent job as well! By the time the day at sea came, we were ready to slow down! It was a lovely cruise with a great itinerary on a beautiful ship. I would go again tomorrow. We carried our own luggage off the ship and left by 6:30 am for the airport arriving at 7 am. It cost 35 euros plus tip due to weekend-holiday extras. Our flight wasn't until 11:20 am so we had plenty of time. Enjoy your cruise! Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
This was our first cruise since 2007,the last one being Canada/NE on the Constellation. This was our 3rd cruise on this ship, and we've loved the ship, and the ambiance. On arrival at the port, we had a short wait, and were allowed on ... Read More
This was our first cruise since 2007,the last one being Canada/NE on the Constellation. This was our 3rd cruise on this ship, and we've loved the ship, and the ambiance. On arrival at the port, we had a short wait, and were allowed on board about noon, but the staterooms weren't ready until about 1pm. Our stateroom attendant, Schubert, was excellent, looking after every detail, and responding immediately to whatever question we had. We also enjoyed the special little touches offered to elite travelers. Some have said the appetizer bread was stale, but it doesn't take long for those little squares to dry out. The champagne was cold, and the coupons were much appreciated. Our waiter, Augusto, was also excellent, and his assistant..Lorena? was very good, as well. They were both very personable, and made dining a pleasure. The food....not so much. It was OK, but I noted that the dinner served on our return flight had more flavor than any of the meals in the dining room. Little things seemed s bit "off",such as the shrimp cocktails being served in a small dessert dish, rather than the cocktail dishes used previously. Nothing big to complain about, just a slight feeling of cut-backs. My husband has difficulty walking very far, so we can't comment on the entertainment, and we only did one tour, but it was great. A lady on the Cruise Critic roll call arranged a tour of the Amalfi Coast with Sorrento limousine service and it was very enjoyable. Our driver/guide, Girardo was very accommodating and informative. There were just 7 of us on the tour, and after an unexpected hour spent in Sorrento, and a visit to beautiful Positano, Girardo took us to a charming, noisy, delicious tratorria, Where we tasted various Italian dishes, and wines. It was a highlight of our tour. Because of time constraints, we didn't have much time to spend in Amalfi or Rapallo, but it was a splendid day. Rapallo, but it was a lovely, memorable day. As an added note, the refurbishing was well done. All in all, we enjoyed the cruise very much. The disembarkation was smooth and efficient, in spite of a long wait in line for boarding passes. We had a 10am flight, and made it with time to spare. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
This was our 21st cruise. We sailed on Celebrity in 99' and said probably never again. Eleven years later and eleven years older & wiser, Celebrity wowed us. We even booked a future cruise (open booking) w/ them. Cabin was an ... Read More
This was our 21st cruise. We sailed on Celebrity in 99' and said probably never again. Eleven years later and eleven years older & wiser, Celebrity wowed us. We even booked a future cruise (open booking) w/ them. Cabin was an inside--plenty of space, nice condition, decorated nicely. I'd suggest saving on the cabin w/ this busy of an itinerary because you are rarely in the cabin. Port days are approx 7a-7pm. Food and dining room service very good. Can't recall one thing that I didn't enjoy. Informal buffet good for when you are so dog tired that you don't feel like "dressing". We took formal clothes and never wore them. We did see one gentleman w/ shorts asked to leave DR to change at dinner. Ship entertainers were good. A few acts didn't make it or had ill members or family emergencies but ship staff filled in adequately. Not thrilled w/ Cruise Director. We were less critical of entertainment than we normally would have been b/c we turned in early to be ready for the next day's tour. Used shore excursions 4/5 days--all were good except for one. If we went again we'd venture more on our own instead of using pricey ship excrusions (our excursions cost more than our cruise fair). This is an ACTIVE itinerary. We probably walked 20-30 miles over the course of the week. We returned home VERY tired but would do it again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Just returned from our Western Med cruise aboard Celebrity's Century. What made this cruise exceptional was the itinerary. Stops were made on 8 of the 10 ten cruise days and each port was more beautiful than the last. We needed the ... Read More
Just returned from our Western Med cruise aboard Celebrity's Century. What made this cruise exceptional was the itinerary. Stops were made on 8 of the 10 ten cruise days and each port was more beautiful than the last. We needed the two sea days to rest from our shore excursions. First, about the ship, Century. Being a smaller vessel made it much easier to find things. We had a Cat. 2A Cabin on the 8th deck (Panoramic). The cabin was small and the rounded foot of the bed looked nice but really tried to disguise the smallness of the room and my husband and I had to take turns passing from front to rear of the cabin. Bath was adequate and we liked the raised basin but no hair conditioner. Lots of storage space was a plus - but we had to take care not to try to get things out of a closet at the same time - no room. Balcony nice - we traveled with another couple so we put their deck chairs on our balcony and enjoyed our evening glasses of wine together. Celebrity allows you to take one bottle of wine per passenger (size not specified) so we bought our wine at the Duty Free shop in the dock terminal just before we got in line for embarkation. I recommend the port (left) side as we faced the shore in almost every port. The one time we tendered to shore it was rocky and some passengers had difficulty maneuvering in the lifeboat/tender. We sat in the very back of the dining room (lower level)which at times was very noisy and made it difficult for us to hear our dinner mates around a table for 10 (late seating). The food was great but it took 2 hours to eat each night giving us just enough time to catch the show. (On 2 nights the shows were reversed so we didn't have to watch the time.) Getting up from the table after 10:30 was a drawback especially since we had to wake up around 6 the next morning in order to grab breakfast and get our bus tickets for our excursion leaving around 7 - 7:30. We thoroughly enjoyed discussing our day with our eight wonderful dinner mates. Every night we entertained ourselves as we laughed and shared our adventure stories. One of our favorite spots on the Century was the Martini Bar (Ice Bar), although the lighting was a bit depressing and they closed the window shades.. Michael's was a close second mainly because of the wonderful service from our favorite bartender. The Century is clean with polished woods and straight lines - soothing and comfy - not at all gaudy or over the top. I especially liked the smoking policy aboard ship compared to other ships we've sailed (this was our 7th cruise) - very little - we were not chased out of any venue because of the smoke. We had some problems with the Excursion Personnel - we were put on a waitlist for our chosen excursions on Malta and Tunisia but if we hadn't gone down to the desk and continued to ask about our status on the waitlist we wouldn't have received tickets for our excursions. Also, the communication regarding what to expect at each port was almost non-existent. They told us about the places but not the inside "skinny" on each port. For instance they did not tell us how aggressive the vendors are in Tunisia and how they touch you and get in your space when they are trying to sell you their wares. Also - how you can and are expected to barter. One lady on our bus kept walking away from the vendor until he agreed to lower his price on a ceramic lazy Susan from 85 Euros to 10 Euros! Another sold a bowl priced at 230 Euros for 120 Euros. In Malta one of our passengers had his wallet stolen. Also, when we missed picking up our camera in its case on the security conveyor belt we were given the run-around at the Guest Relations desk. Only when we personally went down to the gangplank area and nosed around asking questions did we miraculously discover our camera open and the pictures being checked by a security guard. All excursions were great - we especially liked the Amalfi coast drive with lunch in Sorrento - sit on the right side of the bus to see the most. (Enzo was a fab guide and very easy on the eyes!) The wine tasting in Tuscany was wonderful also. Rome was awesome but the traffic was horrendous. Always take the umbrella from the ship (on top of fridge)-it rains at the drop of a hat. We left Barcelona for our cruise on October 31. We thought it would have been much colder than it actually was. We could have packed more "warm weather" clothes like short sleeve tops and capris or shorts. In Malta and Tunisia it was very warm - laying in the sun warm in a bathing suit warm. We had a great time - but as I said in the beginning - the itinerary is what made this cruise super special. Read Less
Sail Date October 2008
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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