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197 Celebrity Constellation Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

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
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and will certainly be booking another one next year. However there were a few things that bothered us. Not sure whether we were missing something or not but where was ALL the entertainment ? We were aware ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and will certainly be booking another one next year. However there were a few things that bothered us. Not sure whether we were missing something or not but where was ALL the entertainment ? We were aware of the shows held in the theatre every night and in Michael's Club (Perry Grant) but other than that there didn't seem to be much going on. The band that played on deck and in the Reflections Lounge were absolutely terrible ! The Sailaway Party just didn't seem to happen either Although the band was playing, there were no bells and whistles and no one dancing. There was a party that was held one night late on the deck and we got there to find one couple dancing and not many other people around ! It seemed to us that the Cruise Director or Activities Department did not do adequate "marketing" of all of these events. Although the Cruise Director (Rich) was always visible in person and on TV, there just didn't seem to be much of a party vibe on board. We had intended to do some serious dancing but there just didn't seem to be appropriate music in either the Reflections Lounge or Rendevous Room. Perry Grant in Michael's Club was fantastic !!!! Our on shore excursions were great, well organised but JUST TOO LONG ! We returned to ship between 6 and 7 pm in the evenings and found it quite a rush to shower and change in time for dinner at 9pm. (Also very tired after excursions). Spent two days on board during the day and yet there just didn't seem to be much going on. No tour of the bridge was advertised either ? In general, the food was great all around, our room attendants were fantastic. They were the only crew who actually got to know our names. Our waiter at dinner didn't bother to find out what our names were. One thing that disturbed me was that some of the entertainers / staff from the ship were on the shore excursions along with the passengers / guests. One guy from the Accopella singing group was on two of our excursions and to be honest he was a total nuisance. He spoke loudly all the time on the coach to his friends while the tour guide was talking. We eventually had to tell him to shut up so that we could hear what was going on. He just got on our nerves. Unfortunately I didn't get his name. I don't think that the crew/staff should be mingling with the guests. They should be doing their own thing on shore. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Our second cruise with Celebrity began with a pre cruise 2 day stay in Barcelona using a Celebrity pre-cruise package which was at an average mid-town hotel (Gran Hotel Havanna - a Silken chain. Terribly over-priced ($300+/day), it was ... Read More
Our second cruise with Celebrity began with a pre cruise 2 day stay in Barcelona using a Celebrity pre-cruise package which was at an average mid-town hotel (Gran Hotel Havanna - a Silken chain. Terribly over-priced ($300+/day), it was clean, well-staffed, and included a substantial buffet breakfast. The room was small with no where to place two pieces of luggage except on a desk and side table. The rooftop pool was cold and the sauna could only be turned on by the front desk. A fitness center was available off-site for 15 euro/day!A transfer to the cruise ship was included. After sightseeing for two days, we embarked on the Constellation in a 400sq. ft. suite with a separate bedroom and floor to ceiling wall of windows ( partially obstructed by a service ladder-not mentioned in Celebrity's description of the suite). The amenities listed a DVD player ( missing and unable to be attached to the TV's)The TV's (42")were wall mounted. Also included in the suite was a sitting area, dining area, bath with shower/jacuzzi combo, dual sinks, refrigerator and ample closet and drawer space. A computer was also in the suite. Whether the free 90 minutes per person was included in suite or our membership in Captain's Club ( free after two cruises with Celebrity)made us elegible for the service was not clear. Also included with our suite was free soft drinks and well liquor which did not include beer??? Also included was admission and free beer, cocktails, and appetizers in Michael's Club from 4-6PM daily. All of these were great ammenities. Food was about average. The buffet breakfast and lunches were good in the Seaside Buffet but had a limited dinner. The San Marco dining room food ranged from poor to good. The ambiance and service were about average for cruises. It also had a relatively small menu. A specialty dining room Ocean Liner with an extra fee ( 1 free with our suite)was great!! I'd recommend the Venison and Lobster. For me, the speed and variety of a dinner buffet, beats the fanfare of the main dining room. I can't eat ambiance!! The two formal nights should also be eliminated. The ship had 3 pools - not long enough for lap swimmers- clean and heated with six jacuzzis. One was a therapy pool under a dome. The fitness center was adequate and staffed except 6 - 7 AM and 10 - 11PM. But,it was closed on the day of departure!! The Persian Garden - extra fee - has a Turkish bath, aroma steam room, and relaxation area which I used free with coupons included in our package, otherwise, the free sauna worked very well. The casino was average but failed to have any amenities for frequent gamblers. The entertainment was poor to average. Because of poor weather and the fact that we already were worn out on Italy from previous visits, we only used one Celebrity sponsored excursion to Pompeii out of Naples which was reasonably priced but had a poor English- speaking guide. Overall, the cruise was enjoyable but not memorable. 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
Our Background: My husband, my sister and I, age range 45 to 60 cruised on Constellation Oct. 16 to 23, 2010. We are not first time cruisers. First time on Constellation. Our past cruises mostly Celebrity mid size ships, always ... Read More
Our Background: My husband, my sister and I, age range 45 to 60 cruised on Constellation Oct. 16 to 23, 2010. We are not first time cruisers. First time on Constellation. Our past cruises mostly Celebrity mid size ships, always balcony cabins Cruise selection based mostly on itinerary and dates rather than the ship. The review & opinions expressed below stem from our personal perception, thus highly subjective. This is a port-intense itinerary, so there were many services that we did not have time or reason to experience. Services such as spa, art auction, wine cellar, specialty restaurants, cafes, accupunture, botox, teeth whitening, etc... Summary of our likes and dislikes of Celebrity Constellation experience: LIKE: • Room service was fantastic! We ordered coffee early in the morning, and it was delivered to our room, with a smile, every time! • The embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and swift, No fuss or hassle. • Not many loud announcements during the day. • Some Specials, promotions are done on print, rather than loud hawking throughout the ship. • Friendly, Hardworking staff. Always YES to requests. • The lounges feel more intimate and comfortable. (love the chairs!) • GYM is spacious, and the trainers are friendly. (have had experience before where the trainers express their disapproval when I use the floor space without joining their paying classes.) • Almost daily, my sister used the equipment in the gym, found it adequate. • Love the brunch! • The Salt water Adult Pool! • The renovation really updated the feel of the ship. • History / art lecture , seminar onboard by Mary (forgot her last name.) • Love the hot sauna in the woman's change room! DISLIKE: • Cabin was smaller than Princess, even with all the large mirrors in the room. • Noises from the deck above (cafeteria) early in the morning • Too much selling • VAT added to every purchase, to every service • No Free Specialty coffee at dinner NOTABLE INCIDENTS: On sea day, the pool areas were full, which is expected. unoccupied lounge chairs were difficult to find. However, there were many chairs with only beach towels; probably forgotten or the passengers just left them there assuming the crew will pick them up. I decided to grab one lounge chair with a beach towel. Should someone shows up to claim this seat, I would simply move. No one did. I sat and read for 3 hours. Main Room Dining has always been a significant part of our cruise experience; This is the first time that we did not enjoy our dining as our previous Celebrity cruises. Food--our seared Tuna, no matter how raw we ordered was way over-cooked. Over-cooked tuna was just too dry. To me, it was wasted. We love Tuna! It was a valiant attempt . Searing Tuna perfectly on this mass scale, to me, is next to impossible. The personable service provided by the same waiter and assistant for our entire cruise is something we look forward to. We did not receive that during this cruise. My personal observation is that the staff are stretched and stressed. And we felt it. They could not devote the time for that personal & individual attention that my husband and I really enjoyed. Even with the same nightly requests, we still had a mix up: decaffeinated coffee was mixed with caffeinated coffee (sleepless night). The rhythm between the courses and water or coffee refilling were interrupted frequently. An experience with our wine steward maybe worth mentioning: he brought a new bottle of wine to us (we bought a package.), put it on our table, and left without opening the bottle. After 20 minutes or so, and several attempts of flagging him, we finally had to ask a "supervisor." A waiter from another table opened the bottle for us. The wine steward was then sent over to our table to "explain" why he did not open the wine, rather than the straight truth: he forgot. When we dismissed his phoney reasons (our meal has not started), he then changed his tune, and apologized. By then, he did not seem sincere, and was talking too much. We just wanted to enjoy our wine and dinner. The supervisor did come over after and made sure everything was set straight. Sad to say, after that incident, no one from our table wanted to order drinks from that wine steward. REVIEW OF PORTS This was a port-intense itinerary and the reason we chose this cruise. We really luck out—with the exception of Nice, the weather was fantastic! Everyday was warm and sunny! Barcelona--We stayed a few days in Barcelona pre and post cruise. Montserrat is definitely worth a visit. A note on the train schedule: The published train schedules did not necessary correspond to their actual schedules. Our supposedly 7:36am train departed at 7:22am. We thought we were on the wrong train. Even the attendant did not know the actual time. We did not join any tour in Barcelona, we find the city easy to navigate by ourselves. We walked a lot. While walking the city, we "discovered" many pleasant surprises such as local craft and food markets, irresistible bakeries, charming cafes... We watched our belongings very carefully, so the pick pocket did not take advantage of us. My husband did observe the network of "scammers", promoting the shell game. There were 7 of them working together. There were so much to see and absorb. Long but fulfilling days. These are the places where I believe no words can take the place of actually being there experiencing, smelling, touching, seeing, tasting... Being our first time visiting these places, we could not imagine getting to all those sites, without a local guide / driver. Time is limited. The traffic, the crowds, the line ups in these places were unbelievable, and I was told the summers are even worse. We booked 3 tours, all private, and with Fabrizio of Allarounditaly (allarounditaly.net) in Livorno, Civitavecchia, and Naples. Our tour driver/guide, Fabrizio was great and funny and knowledgeable. And he cares. To avoid long line ups, he helped us reserved tickets to Academic, and got us to purchase tickets in advance to the Vatican. The valuable time we saved from line up was spent admiring David, and the Sistine Chapel instead. One of our dining companions toured with the cruise line, waited in line for Vatican ticket, and did not have time to admire the Sistine Chapel. Via Cruise Critic roll call (wonderful place to get information and get companions!), we got together with 4 other fellow passengers. 7 of us formed our own tour group. I think it was the perfect size. We shared 3 long tour days, and really enjoyed each other's company! We had tons of laughter and fun! We also had our alone time. I think it worked out very well. One of the high light for me was visiting a winery on our way to Florence. It was situated on top of rolling hill, perfect illustration of Tuscany. The "retail" space was a tiny front office. I can tell this is an actual working winery, not a "tourist shopping destination": we were the only people there; the "salesperson" putting the labels on the bottles as we purchased; and somewhat annoyed workers pushing wheel barrels around us intrusive tourists! What a wonderful place to pick up organic virgin olive oil, organic honey, and of course, wine! We did not feel pressure to buy. In fact, we genuinely like to purchase more had they not run out! I could have bought a few more bottles of their famous organic extra virgin olive oil! Amalfi Coast is just breath-taking! It should be on everyone's bucket list, in my opinion. Sorrento, Positano are on our WILL-VISIT-AGAIN list. We enjoyed cruising, and visiting new places. And this trip encompass both. As I heard one passenger said, "the worst day on a cruise still beats any day at home!" We whole-heartedly agree! 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 7 night cruise, visiting France, Italy & Spain. We are seasoned cruisers this being our 14th cruise, arrived in Barcelona after a flight from Bristol UK, taxi transfer to port, 30 euros. Checking in very quick ... Read More
Just returned from 7 night cruise, visiting France, Italy & Spain. We are seasoned cruisers this being our 14th cruise, arrived in Barcelona after a flight from Bristol UK, taxi transfer to port, 30 euros. Checking in very quick and easy, despite Celebrity not having a boarding card for me, all sorted in a matter of minutes. First impressions a nice clean ship, informed ship not full despite 200 passengers moving from the "Century" as she was now in dry dock. Booked a trip to Portofino, I later cancelled this trip as I had been advised we will not be taking a boat to Portofino, transfer was by road - full refund given. Booked an inside cabin, plenty of room and cabin steward very good, booked first sitting in the dining room, service was slow despite ship not full, food average not as good as P&O Azura that we sailed on in August. Dress code laid back, formal night mixture of black jacket, suites. One complaint tax/service charge - 15% tax + 8% spanish tax, paid $11 dollars for one small can of budweiser and one can of murphys - rip off, needless to say we drank less. 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
BACKGROUND: We are a 40-something couple who like cruising and have done about eight cruises, most of Celebrity M-Class but have also done a couple of RCCL cruises. We've discovered that we like Suites and that it changes the way we ... Read More
BACKGROUND: We are a 40-something couple who like cruising and have done about eight cruises, most of Celebrity M-Class but have also done a couple of RCCL cruises. We've discovered that we like Suites and that it changes the way we cruise; it's good to have more space and to have a bath at sea. We decided to do a Western Med itinerary this time as it's only a couple of hours away for us UK-based people. TRAVEL TO PORT: Out Travel Agent organised flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Barcelona on Jet2. The flight was fine (better than Easyjet and Ryanair but no frills). We arrived on time around 1pm and waited in a huge crowd at passport control (hey, it's Spain) but were out of the airport at about 2pm. We walked straight to a taxi to the port. Charge was about 36 Euro. EMBARKATION: Very straightforward. Luggage porters met our taxi and took our luggage, we entered the terminal building and into the non-existent line for suite check-in. After check-in we were directed to a desk where we were offered a complimentary meal at either Ocean Liners or Tuscan Grill - offer was for the first night only. We selected Ocean Liners and organised a 9pm reservation. We also purchased soda cards and went to board the ship. The welcome wasn't very pro-active and whilst we were met no-one actually offered to escort us to our stateroom. STATEROOM: We booked a Suite Guarantee and were allocated 6102, a Sky Suite next to the Celebrity Suite on the starboard side. This is marked on the website as having a smaller verandah which is semi-private. Both statements are technically true although if it is smaller it's by a very small amount; it's not like the triangular verandahs on decks 8 and 9 above it - there are two loungers out there and plenty of room. It IS semi-private in that the occupants of the Celebrity Suite next door can see onto the balcony from one of their windows. They cannot see into your stateroom but you can see into theirs so it was more of an issue for them than for us. The suite was very pleasant; unfortunately we had a number of issues. It was dusty everywhere (we wondered if it hadn't been used the previous cruise), there was a hair in the bath (ugh), glasses were dirty and the ventilation grill behind the door was on the floor; not a great start. I went down to Guest Relations and they sent an Asst Chief Housekeeper who agreed it was unacceptable and promised it would be put right and not recur. Our Stateroom Attendant (Erwan) looked a bit scared each time I encountered him after that. We experienced two butlers during the cruise - our original butler wasn't great; the dirty glasses were apparently his responsibility, as was more dust on the table. Also we returned to the stateroom on day 2 to discover a tissue in the middle of our bed; the butler left it apparently. We were offered a replacement butler and we allocated Richard, the Head Butler who was wonderful and we had no further butler-related issues. SHIP: The ship is in excellent condition after its refurbishment earlier this year. DINING: Our first food was in Bistro on 5 on the first afternoon. Excellent service and good food - the Dark Chocolate Mousse dessert is to die for. Our first night dinner in Ocean Liners was excellent. The service is a little 'theatrical' but the food was good and we enjoyed the meal. We dined in the MDR for most of the cruise. Food in the MDR was just OK, nothing particularly bad but nothing memorable either. We ate a couple of lunches in the Seaside Cafe; again it was OK; fish chips and mushy peas were good. We also ate in Tuscan Grill one night; again excellent service and food. For us we preferred Tuscan Grill t Ocean Liners. Room service food was OK, although we had one order with cold (not even tepid, cold) fries. ACTIVITIES: This was a port-intensive itinerary (5 ports in 7 days) so there wasn't a lot going on. There was a couple of trivias a day which we enjoyed and managed to win a couple of times. SERVICE: Overall it was inconsistent. Where it was good (Bistro on 5, Specialty Restaurants) it was very good. When it wasn't it could be non-existent (we waited for 15 minutes in Rendez-Vous one evening and no-one came near, let alone took our drinks order). In the MDR our waiter was OK but his assistant thought nothing of barging between people mid-conversation. Bar service in the MDR was also poor; I drink a lot of soda - normally it's not a problem - let the bar waiter no to keep one supplied. That worked for about half an hour then nothing. Meanwhile the sommelier was fawning over our tablemates who were buying wine...not good enough. We had a couple of issues in the MDR over the week; dirty water glasses on multiple occasions, incorrect drinks orders and at breakfast pieces of salmon and green pepper in corned beef hash; a good job I wasn't allergic. ENTERTAINMENT: 'Broadway-style' shows aren't our scene so I cannot comment on the production shows. Best entertainment was a Swedish Choir made up of guests - they were superb and got a standing ovation for their performance which included soloists and finished with a medley of Abba songs. DISEMBARKATION: Very smooth. We were asked to meet in Ocean Liners at 8.20am. We went there to be told all colours and been called and we could leave at our leisure. We walked off the ship, picked up our luggage and were directed to a transfer bus to the airport. Whole thing took about 10 minutes. SUMMARY We enjoyed this cruise but were concerned about Celebrity's attention to detail. We had a poor start but service did improve after I spoke with various levels of management on the ship. We enjoyed the ports and the specialty restaurants. The Sky Suite was a pleasant space to spend time. Would we cruise with Celebrity again? Probably... 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
The GOOD, Our Concierge cabin was wonderful. Very nice. All the staff we meet were both friendly and helpful. Our Head Waiter Hasan, on deck five, table 520 was the savour of our meals. Embarkation was fast and very easy. The BAD, Where ... Read More
The GOOD, Our Concierge cabin was wonderful. Very nice. All the staff we meet were both friendly and helpful. Our Head Waiter Hasan, on deck five, table 520 was the savour of our meals. Embarkation was fast and very easy. The BAD, Where do I start? The food was bad to very poor which was a surprise due to the fact that the brochure states world class food. It was so bad that on our third day we decided to eat at the buffet. Much to our surprise the buffet was over half closed with very few choices to eat. The food did not look very appetizing either. We had to go back to the dining room. This cruise was a celebration for one of the couples in our party. It was their 50th wedding anniversary. We planned this for 2 years. Our travel agent and my friend who's anniversary it was, both confirmed our dinner reservations for the Tuscun Grill. It was noted at both times that this was for a celebration for a 50th wedding anniversary. On arrival to the Tuscan Grill,I mentioned to the Matre'd and our head waiter that this was a special dinner for their 50th anniversary. NOT ONE PERSON from this ship did any thing for this couple. No piece of cake, a glass of champagne, nothing. The wine list was a joke. They tried to offer a bottle of a low end Wente wine from California as a premium wine selection. We are from California and questioned the wine choice so they brought a more expensive bottle form Spain which was not at all good. We had steak for dinner, a filet , which we can grill just a well as they did at home on our barbecue. The photo service is the worst I have ever seen on any of the cruises I have taken. I always buy a lot of photos from the ships.I bought a photo package for $79.00. It seem like a good deal. I had a very hard time choosing enough photos to fill my package. We never had photos taken at any of our dinner seatings, nor did they show up for the anniversary dinner. I asked the photo manager the day before to please have someone in the Tuscan Grill for my friend's anniversary dinner. They never showed up. I had to have the restaurant manager call for photo service. They finally showed up but the photos were of poor quality. I can take better photos than they did. Every other cruise I have been on , when you leave the ship to go into a port , they have a photo area with the theme of the port your in. NOT this ship. For France we had our photo taken with a stuffed dolphin. Go figure? The next port was Florence and Pisa. We had a photo with a parrot. The last two ports which were Rome and Naples did not have any background except the side of the bottom of the ship. Normally the photo people are taking so many photos that you almost get tired of them. With this cruise you won't have to worry about spending money on photos. They also do not have many activities to do if you choose to say on the ship. THE UGLY, with the concierge class room you get afternoon appetizers every day. The first two days we received a plain white kitchen plate with a paper doily on it. It had 6 small nickle size stale pieces of bread with fancy cheese whiz squirted on top of the bread. I thought, is this some kind of a joke? The third day we requested cheese and crackers. When the same white kitchen plate with paper doily arrived it seemed to be a little better until I took the plastic wrap off the plate. Sitting next to the cheese and cracker was a bunch of grapes that had gone bad and were moldy. Some had fluid oozing from the. To sum this ship and cruise line up. I will NEVER use this line again nor will I recommend it to any one else. I have been on the Carnival cruise line and Royal Carribean line. As we all know Carnival is not noted for a higher class of cruising after all they are the fun ships. I have to say I was very disappointed as were the other two couples who traveled with me and my husband. The food, activities , photos and personal service are 100 times better on the Carnival line. This is kind of funny as they are not the elite of cruising as Celebrity states they are. 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
We were on our first cruise. The ship appeared very clean and inviting. All of the staff we encountered were polite and pleasant. We had butler service with our suite. This was a huge disappointment as he was not overly friendly nor ever ... Read More
We were on our first cruise. The ship appeared very clean and inviting. All of the staff we encountered were polite and pleasant. We had butler service with our suite. This was a huge disappointment as he was not overly friendly nor ever "offered" any services listed in the brochure. It seems he had 12 other cabins with whom to "serve" as well and ended up with nothing additional to a cabin steward who dressed well! When I asked for a coke with room service lunch the one time I ordered lunch I was informed I could get it from the mini bar! The furniture was worn thread bear and so uncomfortable we had to put cushions under the seats of the sofabed to tolerate sitting on it. After 3 days into our 11 day cruise both my husband and myself were hit by the " Norovirus" and forced into isolation in our cabin for 48hr. We missed a formal nite, two shore excursions to the ruins on Mexico and stayed weak and not well the remainder of the cruise. The C.D.C. boarded toward the end of the cruise and staff told us over 300 cases had been reported with the gastrointestinal virus. ( which is caused by contaminated food and or water and insufficient hand washing ) We had been eating salads and drinking the ship's water after being told it was safe.... No compensation has been offered thus far and the ship is leaving the port the very day we disembarked with another load of passengers heading for Cozumel with 4 hours in between to "clean up" the ship.... While confined to our cabin I requested free internet access or in room movies and customer service denied the request! The only contact we had was when security phoned our cabin to make sure we were there and had to speak to each one of us. That was the extent to the Constellation's concern. Read Less
Sail Date October 2006
First off, I would like to say that I selected Constellation because I was travelling with an 8 and 12 year old and had heard that this was a good option...More about that later. Embarkation was not glamorous, but was quick and ... Read More
First off, I would like to say that I selected Constellation because I was travelling with an 8 and 12 year old and had heard that this was a good option...More about that later. Embarkation was not glamorous, but was quick and efficient. We chose Celebrity over Crystal b/c we were told by a travel agent that they are better for families. Thus, we afforded ourselves the Royal Suite and still came out significantly better than Crystal's prices. The suite was well-appointed - B & O stereo, 2 large flat-screen TVs, nice woodwork, walk-in closet, nice marble bathroom with a large tub (bring a bungee cord for the bathroom door, tho - a design flaw - it slams all night long). Butler service was helpful and made a nice difference for us in terms of unpacking/ packing, although I will say that at first the butler told us that he could not help us with packing b/c he had too many other suites to help and when we were clearly disappointed and he still had rec'd his tip, I think he thought better of it and decided to help out. I was happy to have the Royal Suite and it worked out well for a family w/ 2 young kids..there was a nice dining area for bkfst room service. I checked out the regular rooms and those were light and bright and we would have been fine in those as well...but if I had to do it again, I would still go for the Royal. Food - San Marco feels like Red Lobster or something of that level. Iceberg lettuce, weak sauces, definitely not a gourmet experience, but passable. Ambiance was okay. We had a very lousy table at first in front of a kitchen entrance. I was surprised that having the Royal Suite gave us no better seating/reservation privileges in any of the dining facilities. Oceanliners IS indeed a fine dining experience, but we were only able to access it twice..would have gone more if we could have. Breakfast was fine everywhere and there were many choices, depending on how much time you wanted to spend. I was surprised that I was impressed by the ship's theater and entertainment. It definitely added to our evenings as we do not go to casinos or cigar bars...the other bars were WAY too smoky for our taste so we didn't go even though we go out to bars at home! Kids -my children had an amazing time. That said there were some issues - The pool is weak. There is NO service around the deck. Very self-serve. I found it sort of unpleasant to be there even though we were on a Caribbean cruise and spent outdoor time on the beaches in the ports. The kids' programs sound great on paper and they have a decent facility, but the staff were EXTREMELY UNWELCOMING, something I have never experienced before in any hotel program or camp. In fact, the people working in the kids program were less friendly than the staff anywhere else on the ship were to my kids, including security!! We heard this from several other families as well. Strangely, it seemed to work out fine for families with kids aged 4-ish, but not for those with kids ages 6-15. I was really shocked. My kids attempted to join in on various activities many times and finally just gave up. They are very out-going kids and have been to loads of similar programs without any problem. When I finally went to speak to the director about this, she asked me to cite all the examples and gave meager excuses and didn't really care much. Her staff looked at her like she was out of her mind hearing her response. You are really on your own. DO NOT count on this program as we had. Anyway, the kids still had lots to do. There is a basketball court and they seemed to love just exploring the ship. The Aquaspa - a well-equipped underutilized facility - the dancers and entertainers were there more than the guests. Massages were okay. They do not offer you a locker to shower which I found odd and unhygienic. I inquired and they said that most of their guests did not wish to shower and they washed their hands. Yuck!! Ports - We enjoyed a great evening show in the Dominican Republic. Grenada was not great - too many hagglers on the beach. I wanted to pay them to leave us alone. Barbados - we arranged to go to the Sandy Lane Hotel for the day. this was a great choice. We had seen the caves on a previous trip. the shopping in Barbados is a completely unattractive waste of time. (Speaking of which, I did not find the info. that I got from Celebrity's shopping consultant to be very accurate - He encouraged time spent shopping in Antigua and Barbados - the selection and quality in St. Thomas are far superior, so it was really a waste of time to do any shopping in the other areas, far better to enjoy the beaches/sights. San Juan - go to the Old City Be careful about excursions. On our parasailing trip we paid extra for a role of film taken by the crew. When we got home it was empty. So disappointing to the kids who wanted to remember the experience with photos. One diving excursion had a boat that was more like a bus. When I saw it, I just couldn't bring myself to get on it. I am happy to have a place to write a review. Celebrity is NOT interested in any feedback. I found that strange. They told me to write a letter and they would respond in three weeks?! All in all, we had a great time and enjoyed our first cruise. If you are a sophisticated traveler, you will often feel like a tacky tourist and foolish on a cruise. It is definitely travel for the masses. You will not have individual or unique experiences, but if you laugh at all of that you can still have a good time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
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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