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59 Celebrity Constellation Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Cruising Background: I’ve been cruising with Celebrity since 2003 and this was my 18th/19th cruise (Tony, a few cruises less than me); and second time on the Constellation. This was our first back-to-back cruise, 3 September and ... Read More
Cruising Background: I’ve been cruising with Celebrity since 2003 and this was my 18th/19th cruise (Tony, a few cruises less than me); and second time on the Constellation. This was our first back-to-back cruise, 3 September and 12 September 2019, with our friends. It was a very port-intensive cruise with fabulous ports of call. I would love to do another one but with more sea days. On Board: The Constellation is a smaller ship (I love the S-Class ships) and does show her age, especially in the chairs around the various lounges, but overall in good condition The Martini bar was always crowded and very noisy, especially on the first day of embarkation. Music shouldn’t be so loud that you have to yell to talk to someone. We spent a lot of our happy hour time in the Reflection lounge; sometimes at the sunset bar at sail-away; and the Rendezvous lounge (depending on who was performing before dinner). The Reflection lounge was never filled. I believe there were only about 100-125 elite passengers. This cruise seemed more low-keyed than the second cruise, which had around 200 elite passengers. The appetizers during the happy hour were very good. The house band was The Cardinals. They were awesome!!! We enjoyed Kyle Tracy (guitar/vocals) and Duo Asai (Acoustic Duo). We didn’t care for the Sea Beats - terrible female singer that could put a person to sleep. The Rendezvous was a popular spot for trivia and evening entertainment. Cellar Masters was pretty quiet. Great staff on board! Some of my favorites were John (cabin attendant); Alejandro (CD and funny as ever; had the pleasure of meeting him on our March 2019 South America cruise); Clint (hotel director first cruise), Milana (hotel director second cruise); Luana (guest relations director), Vlada (Captains club hostess on our first cruise). In the dining room: Wannipa, Dusan, and Gede at table 233; in the Reflection lounge Sushant and Sabitri. Irlinda at guest relations tried to help me with me on an issue with my cabin. Isabela (event coordinator) sent us an invitation to the helipad for our departure from Valletta. Suzanna (sommelier). And of course, the Master of the ship Michael Karatzas, Staff Captain Lefteris Koumasidis, and Chief Engineer Nikolaos Politsis. Cabin 3142. I booked an ocean view cabin since the back-to-back was pretty expensive. Normally I book aqua or concierge. This cabin has an extra-large port hole. My room was VERY warm. Two engineers came by twice but couldn’t do anything to fix the problem. I ended up getting a fan for the room and kept the drapes closed all the time. The window should be better tinted to help from the heat of the sun. The fan helped a little but was still pretty warm. The a/c was running but there wasn’t enough air flow to cool the room; and the air didn’t flow downward, as there was a large square plate that blocked the air flow. Poor system design that I hope is improved when the Constellation gets a facelift. I'm rating this cabin as POOR due to the a/c issue. John was our cabin attendant and he was attentive, friendly, and helpful. Our room was made up early. He gets and EXCELLENT for my rating. The closet hangers need to be updated. Some of the wooden hangers kept coming off their hooks. Dear Celebrity Cruises, please add to your Celebrity Today a comment to all passengers asking them to be respectful of their neighbors not let their cabin doors slam shut. This is very annoying and disturbing when one is trying to sleep. I found many guests just walking in or out of their cabin without attempting to close the door gently. We enjoyed Silent Disco a few times on both cruises. The Captain’s Club Celebration and Senior Officer’s Parties were fun but not fully attended. It was actually nice to be able to attend an event and not feel so crowded. Food on board: We had select dining and really enjoyed all of our meals in the main dining room (except for one lamb entrée). We never waited long for our table. We went to the dining room anywhere from 6:15pm to 7:30pm. One night several of us went to Sushi on Five for a special Indian dinner. It was excellent with a good variety of foods. Another night Tony and I ate at the Tuscan Grill. I would say the Captain’s Club Elite breakfast in the Tuscan grill is pretty slow in its service. Nothing is cooked (only breads are toasted if asked), so why does it take so long to get our food? We went to the ocean view café for most of our breakfasts. Also, Dear Celebrity, please get rid of those awful knives. They are hard to hold! The Ports: We had a great time in Barcelona (three days pre-cruise). We stayed at H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel. Nice hotel, comfortable beds, and a great roof-top terrace. We visited Park Guell the first afternoon of our arrival. I finally got to visit Girona (via train). Lovely city and doable in a day. Also, we had a great lunch at La Grotte & L’Olivier. On the last day we did a Gaudi walking tour and an afternoon visit to Sagrada Familia (buy tickets in advance). Embarkation in Barcelona was a breeze!! We arrived about 10:45am by taxi and there were only a dozen others in the terminal! We couldn’t believe how empty it was compared to our other cruises. Our first night was the Cruise Critic Connections Party. Only a handful showed up, as it was at 8:15pm. I originally booked a tour for Monte Carlo but decided to go on our own. It's a tendered port. We LOVED the oceanographic museum (https://www.visitmonaco.com/us/place/monuments-museums/76/oceanographic-museum-of-monaco)!! We spent at least two hours there. We purchased a combo ticket that included the Palace. Had lunch at Restaurant Chez Tony; visited the old town church just before it closed for the day. We had a private tour for 8 people in Villefranche with Sylvie Di Cristo. We visited three hill towns. We stayed in Civitavecchia and did a cooking class (my second time). Tons of fun. We made several dishes and enjoyed the fruits of our labor afterwards with wine, water, and some lemoncello. Too much food! Frederico is the chef and owner of Aqua Pizzeria Ristorante (aquacivitavecchia@hotmail.it). If you book it, tell Frederico I recommended his class and, “Ciao from Monica!”. We had one sea day on this cruise. We had a 10am meeting about the procedures of our turn-around day in Venice. Lucky for us we wouldn’t have to pack our belongings since we had the same cabin. On the morning of our arrival, we just had to go to guest relations to pick up our new card. We did this around 7:30am. We wanted to be off the ship as early as possible since the departure was at 4pm. We were given a Transit Pass so that we didn’t have to go through the normal check-in process. We had to carry our original passports with us for the day. We used the old card to get off the ship; new card to get back on the ship (your photo is taken when you get back on the ship). The old card is taken away, but you can get it the next day. We were told we would need to update our credit card details for our on-board expenses but when I went a couple of days later, they didn’t need to adjust our account. We were told to be back on the ship by 3:45pm. All other guests had to be back on board by 3:15pm. When we arrived back to the terminal, we didn’t see any Celebrity staff members and we sort of got mixed up with the terminal and which area to enter. I had to ask a local worker where to go. W finally made it back on board by 3:25pm. The boat drill was at 3:45pm. Friends and I attended the Captain’s Club wine tasting at 11:15am. Suzanna, the sommelier, was sweet and very patient with late-comers (arriving 15-25 minutes after the start time) setting up more glasses for them. When the last person strolled in, half of the guests booed and hissed. At the Elegant Tea, two couples showed up in shorts and t-shirts. This was a ‘smart casual’ event, not a pool-side event. In Messina, we had a private tour for 8 to Mt. Etna, a specialty food shop (Oro d’ Etna), the Gambino winery (great visit with lunch and wine tasting), and then a short visit to Castiglione di Sicilia. We did a private tour in Corfu around the island for four of us. This was the only port where we had rain for about an hour. Beautiful island. We toured the Achillion Palace Museum. In Kotor, we did a private tour for 8 people about 4.5 hours and visited Perast, Budva, and Sv.Stefan (just views from the road). The views of Kotor from the top was spectacular! We had time back in Kotor for lunch at Konoba Scala Santa before getting back on the ship. In Zadar, we did a walking tour. We were disappointed because the guide showed up 1/2 hour late. He talked too much at the beginning, so it cut into our afternoon. I didn't have time to see a couple of places and I wanted to climb the town tower. We did see some interesting things. We had a good lunch at Porporela before the tour started. In Venice, we walked around town and went up the Campanile tower. The lines were very long to get into Basilica. We should have purchased tickets in advance. Venice is a great place to just wander and explore the many streets and bridges. Lunch at Taverna San Trovaso, one of my favorite restaurants in town. We were lucky to get a table. Gelato for dessert at Nico’s and a walk back to the people mover and terminal. Second cruise, 12 September 2019: In Split, we toured on our own. I should have done a private tour and visited another place. Tony and I were here before and saw the same things this time. It’s a shame that Diocletian’s palace is such a tourist trap with all the shops. For lunch we had traditional prawns, but it was difficult to get the meat out. Very messy too. In Dubrovnik, four of us took the local bus to Cavtat, a beautiful small seaside town. No crowds like in Dubrovnik. It was a relaxing day walking around along with a wonderful lunch at Posejdon Cavtat. I made reservations a few weeks in advance and asked for a table overlooking the water. Afterwards, we took a boat back to Dubrovnik, which was about a 45-minute ride. We were dropped off outside the town walls where we walked around a bit and had gelato (got rid of the rest of the local currency). In Catania, we had a private tour. We had a nice short visit to the fish market in town and the Cathedral. We went to Syracuse to visit the ancient ruins. We were supposed to get a guide for the site but somehow that fell through. Our guide/driver said there were plenty of signs to read. Not true. Fortunately, I had printed out a document on what we would be seeing, so that helped. Definitely get a guide. Nearby, we had lunch in Ortigia, which is a small island just south of the central area of Syracuse. We requested a place for lunch that served typical/regional dishes, so our guide made reservations for us at Trattoria “la Foglia”. We were treated to limoncello after our meal. Our last stop of the day was to Spinella, a wonderful small pastry shop in Catania. Lucca, our guide, said they serve the best pistachio cannoli. I have to agree. It was huge so the server cut each one in half for each couple to share. In Valletta, Tony and I went out on our own and visited some of the sites in town (Palace Armoury and State Rooms at the Grand Master’s Palace). One must-see is the Saint John's Co-Cathedral. The Baroque art, architecture, and Caravaggio’s paintings are a site to see! I went in alone, so I didn’t have to que in the long group line. We used Palma de Mallorca as a “sea day” with the exception of a short walk for an hour near the port in the morning. It was our third visit to this port. We were docked pretty far away from the center of town. Speaking of docking, the following ports we had to buy shuttle tickets: Zadar, Dubrovnik, Palma, and Ibiza. They ranged from 10 to 15 euros. In a few ports you could take local buses. In Valencia, we were told we could get a taxi, but none were around when we got off the ship. There was a local shuttle bus to the main terminal; again no taxi’s. We took bus #4 to town, which was about a 25-minute ride. As we used Palma as a sea day, we had no problem getting deck chairs near the pool. On the sea days, they were all taken. We saw a lot of deck chairs with towels but no one sitting on them. One time I did manage to get a chair and my husband came by and sat on the end of it. Five minutes later, a man across from us offered one of the chairs next to him. He had kept a towel on it but wasn’t using it!! Later a woman came to her chair (next to me) to collect her belongings. From the time I sat down and her arrival was about 45 minutes. As she started to walk away (leaving her towels on the chair), I grabbed her towels and politely said, “Take your towels to the bin.” Had I not said that, the towels would be on the chairs. Makes me wonder how many other people left their towels. The times I couldn’t find a chair I ended up on deck 5. I think there were only 10-12 chairs. There should have been more. Ibiza is a pretty town. We did a walking tour for about 2.5 hours and later had lunch at Locals Only. This was a long port day, 7am to 11pm. There are a lot of shops and restaurants/bars. It’s a party town; and there are beaches in the area to enjoy. Valencia: As I mentioned previously, we took the bus to town. There is a metro/tram but would have taken a lot longer. We were supposed to meet up with one of the free walking tours by 10:30am but missed it. We got off the ship about 20 minutes later than planned. Valencia is beautiful and it’s a place I could see visiting for a few days. Loved the Spanish architecture. The town squares are gorgeous. Four of us climbed the Valencia Cathedral Bell tower (207 steps up a spiral staircase, which the steps get smaller about the last two floors). The views from the top are nice when you look out, but you can’t photograph straight down to the plazas, as the walls are thick. My legs were wobbly for a couple of days. That staircase was hard on my legs. After lunch at Cordellats, we visited the central market in town; got there about 40 minutes before it closed (3pm). I loved the display of foods. Disembarkation in Barcelona: We had one night in Barcelona before flying home. We went to Sushi on Five for our disembarkation location; got off the ship around 9am. We should have stayed on the ship longer. The taxi line was very long!! I couldn’t imagine flying home that morning. There were four ships in port, so the taxi drivers were very busy. Overall, we had a great time on our first back-to-back cruise with the Celebrity Constellation. The ports were great, as well as the staff on the ship. Looking forward to another Celebrity cruise in a couple of years. Compass Rose Monica https://mycruisetravels.shutterfly.com/2019constellation Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We can only travel easily during July due to our fifteen year old son's school and athletic schedule. The Caribbean holds no allure for us during the heat of the summer, we've done Alaska, and the Pacific is so far from the East ... Read More
We can only travel easily during July due to our fifteen year old son's school and athletic schedule. The Caribbean holds no allure for us during the heat of the summer, we've done Alaska, and the Pacific is so far from the East Coast of the US, therefore Europe is our preferred destination. This itinerary/ship seemed to be the best value that Celebrity had to offer for July in Europe, so after several other preliminary bookings on the Edge for this year, we settled on it in December 2018. We did 3 days in Barcelona prior to the cruise by booking a Celebrity City Stay Package. Hotel was nice and in a great location but the per person price was a little outrageous for a triple occupancy room. My son slept on a sofa bed that was left out the entire stay, leaving us little to no room to walk in the room. If I had been given the option of paying a single supplement, I would have, but alas Celebrity ignored my repeated inquiries prior to the cruise. I also am quite put out that having been notified we would NOT be visiting Sagrada Familia on our included city tour, I booked/pre-paid to visit on our own free time, then the tour guide took us there the final evening (as was stated in the original itinerary). Needless to say, I will NOT book a Celebrity City Stay package again (and indeed there were only 9 of us on this sailing who did) but will make our own arrangements. Boarding the ship was great--we were in a Royal Suite again (we have done the same on the Summit twice before) and the Constellation was so much like the Summit it was like coming home. I am actually glad that the Constellation had not been "revolutionized" yet. Everything on the ship was well-maintained. I don't need everything to be brand-spanking new and trendy to feel comfortable. The crew was STELLAR, as always. We love Luminae (our son only does dinner there--he prefers the buffet if he eats breakfast at all) and we were so happy to see familiar faces from our previous Summit cruises (Siraz, the sommelier and Armando who had been in Blu for our Southern Caribbean cruise). Being able to mix and match from the main dining room menu was also a big plus. Even though we had specialty dining included, we only ate in Tuscan Grill one night (meh...especially with Italian ports on the itinerary) and Sushi on Five for At Sea day lunch (yum). We have done Qsine before and it's not our favorite. We did miss Murano (was Ocean Liners on Constellation). I did get gelato at Cafe Al Bacio 3 or 4 afternoons, though. Got a pedicure on embarkation day (much needed but overpriced and the upsell pitch is unavoidable) and my son used the Gym equipment, hung with other teens at the pool but otherwise we did not frequent the spa/pool deck at all (except some late lunches at the Grill after excursions). Since we did an excursion every day in port and had only one sea day, did not get to maximize use of the ship's facilities. We were so tired most nights, we went back to the room after dinner (usually seated at 6:30 pm) and were lucky to be awake past 10 pm! Our son, of course, is a night owl and rarely came back to the room before 2 am. There were many teens on the cruise and he was well entertained--we even left him behind on the ship for 2 out of the 3 Dalmatian Coast ports since he was tired of shore excursions (said it was like being on a school field trip--too much history). I heard no reports of bad behavior from other cruisers and the ship's safety officer assured me they allow "teens to be teens" under watchful eyes. Our room steward and butler were accommodating and allowed him to sleep in the bedroom all morning while they attended to the rest of the suite. My husband and I only made it to one show in the theater (the last 30 minutes of the "Rock" show). We heard several of the shows were quite good. Our son went to the "Magic of Soul" hoping it was a magician or comedian (which we missed having on this sailing as well) and said he enjoyed the show anyway. We did go to the Rendezvous Lounge--the performers there were good (we could often hear them in Luminae, competing with the piped in music, which was distracting at meal time--wish they had closed the doors or turned off the piped in music) but not compelling listening. As always, there was those 1 or 2 couples who were putting their dance lessons to good use. We stayed for one of the Trivia games (Are you smarter than a Ship's Officer) which was entertaining enough to keep us awake. They seemed to be having a rash of illness among the performers during our sailing--several did not perform when expected. We went to our Cruise Critic meet and greet (nice to chat with others), Senior Officers Cocktail Reception in Micheal's on the second formal night (obligatory photo with Captain provided to us for "free") and couple evenings in Cellar Masters where we enjoyed a solo guitarist who interacted with us like we were the only ones listening (and we might have been) and also met a couple from the UK (Edinburgh)who surprisingly knew as much about the NFL as we did! We did Celebrity excursions for 4 ports (French Riviera x 2, Montenegro, Croatia), Rome In Limo private excursions for 3 (Florence/Pisa, Rome, Positano/Sorrento/Pompeii) and a Roll Call arranged Excursion (Slovenia-Lake Bled)with 14 others. I will review them separately but I will say that the only disappointing one was the Beach Day in Croatia--which Celebrity gave all participants a 50% refund after many complained upon return to the ship. I learned that, especially during the heat of the summer, 3 days pre-cruise and 5 port days in a row is exhausting to say the least. We'll either opt to stay on board in some ports or find an itinerary with more sea days scattered throughout for future cruises. Just hard to travel that far and not get off the ship! Unfortunately, it was raining in Venice the day we disembarked, which just added to the chaos in the terminal. Even though they have the Micheal's Club concierge escort you off the ship and have your bags in a separate location available whenever you want to leave, I saw no advantage for Suite guests. We had to line up with the masses to walk through customs (who did some random checks but were mostly just a bottleneck). Our intent was to take the People Mover to Piazzale Roma where our post-cruise hotel was, but ended up taking a Taxi for 40 Euro since we didn't feel like wandering around in the rain and he was right there at the exit and willing to take us (he was the second one we asked). We still had to haul our luggage over one bridge (3 sets of steps) but that's what 15 year old boys are good for, LOL. Checking into the hotel (Hotel Olympia) was crazy--lots of guests from our sailing checking in at the same time while folks on the next sailing were checking out and the rooms had to be cleaned). The lobby was wall to wall people and luggage--the bellman had to kick us out into the rain because there was no room to move. We explored and came back, drenched, after 2 pm when the rooms were ready as promised. It was actually a welcome change from the intense sun and heat we had every other day of the trip. Overall, we enjoyed our entire vacation, and came home exhausted but happy. The best part was meeting fellow cruisers (on land and at sea) from other parts of the US, Canada, Australia, UK, and South America. As always, Celebrity delivers a quality product and fully met our expectations. When something fell short, they fixed it in most cases, with the exception of the Celebrity City Stay Package (lesson learned). We put all of our travel nest egg in one proverbial basket for this trip and have no regrets--we feel we got what we paid for. I would not recommend Celebrity to a budget-minded traveler or someone who needs lots of excitement/over the top activities, but it suits our family's needs like a glove and is squarely in our comfort zone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This is my first time with Celebrity and I was most impressed with the excellent service from housekeepers to crew to waiters. Everyone was very friendly and helpful throughout the whole cruise. Also they always pass out a paper for next ... Read More
This is my first time with Celebrity and I was most impressed with the excellent service from housekeepers to crew to waiters. Everyone was very friendly and helpful throughout the whole cruise. Also they always pass out a paper for next port so you can read through the FAQ for each port. ROOM: We stayed in an oceanview room second deck. Our restroom definitely needs some maintenance work cuz the handles on the sink cabinet came off the first day, then the hook on door came off the second day, then the entire shower head holder came off the last day almost hitting my head while I was showering. DINING: There are only 3 specialty dining (Qsine, Tuscan Grill, and Sushi on 5) on this ship but I was mislead by one of the sales while booking that this ship also has another fancy restaurant called Le Petit Chef Qsine Experience. So I end up purchasing 1 extra specialty dining night package. Qsine is a fusion restaurant. Every dish has fancy presentation but everything tastes disappointing. It's only worth going if you enjoy take food photos. Sushi on 5 is decent but my husband said the sashimi is not fresh enough. I only eat cooked food so the sushi tastes fine to me. The best food here turns out to be the appetizer Kobe beef sliders. It melts in your mouth. Tuscan Grill is the only one that's worth going back. Amazing appetizer Berkshire porkbelly with sweet cider glaze & crab cake. For entree we ordered Roasted beef ribeye and it was cooked to perfection so my husband end up finishing the entire 16oz steak by himself. Grilled Branzino taste good too. We went back again the next day. As for the 2 other complimentary dining, the Oceanview cafe is buffet style and overall food quality tastes lower than expected. Food was lukewarm and dessert was way too sweet. For breakfast I wish they had waffle machine so I can make fresh ones for myself. For dinner I end up going to the fresh stir fry station every night so I can get real hot food. San Marco Restaurant is the other complimentary dining more semi formal if you want to dress up. Food tastes better the the cafe but it takes a while to get your food. We end up only going there twice cuz we are always starving after our daily 9 hour excursion. Some nights I end up eating my instant noodles. Excursion: I booked 7 excursions with Celebrity. Overall tour quality was good but pricy. If I go again I might try to book local tours. I had a hard time understanding the first tour guide in France maybe due to her accent. I gave up listening to her after the first hour. All the tour guides were fine and I can understand them perfectly. Keep in mind these tours are always rushing you especially when you go to Florence and Rome. There's no time to take good photos and pay attention to listen to the tour guide at the same time. We almost always end up giving up on listening and focusing on taking good photos. I was most disappointed with the meals that's included in the these tours. The lunch included tours is at least $70 to $100 more per person but they only serve you lasagna. It feels like I am paying $100 more for a bite of salad, a thin slice of prosciutto, a piece of lasagna and tiramisu and sparkling water. This is for sure not worth your money. You should save it and just grab lunch on your own. Sea Day: Plan your day earlier. Avoid lunch and dinner time cuz there's no place to sit in the buffet area. Same for pools. There's a lot of activities that day and you can plan accordingly. WIFI: Very very slow speed at sea and we paid for unlimited plan for one device. Not sure what other options are out there. APP: I tried using the app but it wasn't really helpful for me. I booked excursions several months ahead and I completely forgot about the details of each excursions. I couldn't find this kind of information on the app. FEEDBACK: They will send you a survey at the end of your cruise but that survey has no blank area for me to write detail reviews like this. The only note area has limited character count that I couldn't even finish write 1 sentence. Not sure if they really want to improve and read our reviews. I might go back again with lower expectation on food quality. Overall their customer service is outstanding and this is why I might consider going back again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
we boarded Constellation 9th June and looking forward to several new excursions we had arranged for this cruise. We met our fellow Cruise Critic members as we sailed out of Rome, only a small group but very friendly. First stop ... Read More
we boarded Constellation 9th June and looking forward to several new excursions we had arranged for this cruise. We met our fellow Cruise Critic members as we sailed out of Rome, only a small group but very friendly. First stop Livorno, we joined a small group and went to Cinque Terre, wow, great day out, 1.5 hrs drive got us to Portovenere and from there the ferry to Manorola, the villages all picture postcard and hugged the coastline with the exception of Corniglia which is not accessible from the sea only by road or train as it is high up on the hills we took the train from Manorola to Veranazza, word of warning please get on the correct train. We didnt but realised and got off at the next stop and waited for the correct one. From there we had a ride with the guide to Corniglia, lunch and explored the town. We had a very good guide in Nicolo Scovenno who we do recommend. After Corniglia we had a 1.5 hrs drive back and called in at Pisa to see the Field of Miracles (the Tower) for those who had never been before. Back to ship, very tiring day but a very special tour, worth the effort. Word of warning, the villages are steep and it is strenuous to reach the carparks/train stations etc. Day 2 Portofino, still suffering the effects of the previous day, we settled for a stroll around Portofino, very picturesque and worth a visit. Sea Day, rest and relaxation Villefranche, Having been here many times we wanted something different to do and had read about Villa Effrusi, this turned out to be a great morning and well worth the visit. The villa belonged to the Rothschild family and was built around 1890 but now open to the public. There is a electronic guide for each room and is worth getting, all we did was leave a passport copy which was returned when we took back the devices. the gardens are spectacular and the musical fountains worth watching. it cost 15 euros each to get in. Use the 81 bus or a taxi which is expensive. Toulon we took another private group tour to the Lavendar Fields and Aix en Provence. We were just 1 week too soon for the full bloom of the lavender but the coloured haze you got the gist of what was to come, and Aix is lovely old town centre. Sete we took a ships tour to Nimes and Pont Du Gard. Wow the old aqueduct is truly amazing and the walk around the old part of Nimes to see the roman ruins well worth the effort. Sea Day feet up and relaxation Valencia - shuttle bus into town and wandered following a map, this is another old town and worth the effort to see. Palma - shuttle again and a leisurely wander around town. We have holidayed here before so relaxing day really no need to go further than town. Constellation is still a lovely lady, well maintained and very clean. The crew are extremely friendly and helpful. Our cabin Aqua 2 grade was very well kept with best cabin steward we have had. The entertainment was not to our liking, The shows we had seen several times so did not bother and the guest artists sorry but did walk out Now for the worst part of the cruise, the food in Blu. We have never eaten so much from the MDR menu which we had brought through on several occasions and my dearest husband has never had the roast chicken as many times as on this cruise. he did try the salmon which was raw in the middle, as opposed to the pheasant which was tough and overcooked and must have been chased around the deck a few times before it was cooked. I did try the duck with cherry sauce but unfortunately it arrived still quacking. My ultra sharp knife could not make any inroads into cutting it either, there was more blood than cherry sauce. My main course that night was a bowl of minestrone soup from the MDR. the chef on his walk around simply shrugged. when he was complimented on the soup he had to admit he did not cook that!! We were not alone in finding Blu a big disappointment on this cruise. The waiters however were amazing. Having been on Constellation several times we know that the kitchen can do better than they did on this cruise. Fingers crossed for September as we are going back for round 2 Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Itinerary and time of year were good. The ship itself was clean and the staff were lovely. Our butler was fantastic. The sky suite however - not acceptable. We've sailed with Celebrity 3 times and all were on S class (just so you ... Read More
Itinerary and time of year were good. The ship itself was clean and the staff were lovely. Our butler was fantastic. The sky suite however - not acceptable. We've sailed with Celebrity 3 times and all were on S class (just so you know I'm comparing apples to apples) The loveseat was filthy. Stains that should have been cleaned long ago and if not possible, replace the loveseat. It makes one wonder about sanitation. The top sheet on the bed was frayed every day. Granted, the part that's tucked into the bed, but I sleep with the sheets pulled out and that's how I saw their condition. Clean, yes. But frayed. There is also something in the bath water, or the cleaning supplies used in the tub because I broke out in a rash everywhere the bathwater touched. This is the 2nd year in a row on the same ship. So I started using the bottled water for my face and neck and presto - no rash. Of course, I can't bathe in bottled water, nor do I really know if it's a water problem or a detergent, but something's not right. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise for the ports. We wanted to see a Dubai and Petra. In my opinion, the ship was in pretty good shape. Yes, it needs paint in a few areas, but it is due for a refurbish anyway. I like the M class ships and was very happy ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. We wanted to see a Dubai and Petra. In my opinion, the ship was in pretty good shape. Yes, it needs paint in a few areas, but it is due for a refurbish anyway. I like the M class ships and was very happy with the ship. We could not get excited about the entertainment offerings in the theatre, which I think was because it was a repositioning cruise. We did enjoy the Take 5 band. The food in the main dining room was good, not great, but I had no trouble finding something that I wanted to eat. I was disappointed with the Tuscan Grill. I thought my steak lacked seasoning and could have used a little more attention from the servers. At $45 per person, I will not go back. Princess specialty restaurants, ie Crown Grill, is $29 per person. We did eat at Quine twice - catching it on sale at $30 per person, I felt we got much more attention and a great selection of food. We had 9 sea days, including transiting the Suez Canal, and 5 ports. We did ship excursions in Muscat, Oman and Petra, Jordan. We had scheduled a walking tour in Muscat which was cancelled, and the only other offering was a panoramic tour. It gave us the opportunity to get off the ship, but we were not impressed with Muscat, or the panoramic tour. Our ships tour of Petra was excellent. I only wish we had another day in Petra to explore some more. We rented a car in Katakolon and drove to Olympia. I was disappointed in Olympia. While there is signage by most of the ruins to describe the ancient use, they did not provide a map or brochure to help you organize your visit. Also, there is no parking at the site. You have to find a parking spot in the modern town of Olympia and then walk to the site. We did like the little town of a Katakolon and the people were very friendly. Our cruise also visited Dubai and Athens, where we had arranged private tours. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our first Celebrity Cruise. We chose this shop both for the size and the itineraries. These were some interesting ports! We arrived from our hotel in Rome with two other couples we met on Cruise Critic. We arrived around 1:45 and ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity Cruise. We chose this shop both for the size and the itineraries. These were some interesting ports! We arrived from our hotel in Rome with two other couples we met on Cruise Critic. We arrived around 1:45 and walked right on to the ship! No lines or waiting due to being past the rush and having the express paperwork filled out. Our cabin was ready and we dropped our carryon and went to have lunch in the Oceanview Cafe. There was a lot of choices and a bit confusing in the layout. We found our friends and enjoyed our first days, The cabin had plenty of storage and we had brought some extra hangers to store our gear. The bathroom was adequate with a pretty good size shower. The balcony furniture was nice and comfortable. There was some signs of age. Particularly the “ headboards” are kind of scruffy and the carpeting worn. But comfortable and adequate. We ate our meals in the MDR and even though we had open seating we ended up making a reservation for th same table most nights and got to know our waiters... Food was mostly very good. Some choices were a little unique for our tastes but generally very good. Staff all over the ship were welcoming and friendly. The cruise director Paul and a Sarah were entertaining without being cloying. Entertainment was mostly very good in the main theater. The ship orchestra was excellent. However, the lounge singers were painfully bad. They tried but were off key and sad. Would have liked a piano bar sing along atmosphere better. We had only booked two excursions through Celebrity, The one in Cassis was very good. The one in Portofino was difficult due to having to travel from LaSpezia when our port was cancelled . The motor coaches were good but then they smooshed us onto a public bus and we had to stand for 15 minutes into Portofino, The crazy ending came when we encountered very bad storms on our way back to Italy. Two ports had to be cancelled, seas were very rough, our mooring snapped and we hit the Costa Magica behind us in port. There was nothing Celebrity could do about the weather but the communication was not good. People were waiting to hear if we could sail again and get to Civitavecchia on time to get flights home. When that became impossible they made a vague announcement about letting people leave this ship at night and be bussed to Rome... we decided to stay on board and hoped to make our flights. Those who left encountered chaos trying to get out... blame on both sides. But again communication was lacking.. there were long lines at guest relations. I felt bad for those folks. Since we had booked our air with Celebrity they said they would take care of us, we arrived very late in port and hung out watching movies, eating and sunning on the deck. They did take us by bus to the Hilton, fed us dinner and rebooked our flights for the next day. Getting your flight was rather chaotic, they could have done a bit better there. They put us on a different flight than our friends. They took us to the airport at 4:00am.it worked out in the end but it wa quite crazy!!! Too bad because we enjoyed the ports, our new friends we met, the food and ost of the experiences we had. I would recommend booking through Celebrity Air , it certainly helped us! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Will start my review saying that we were a group of 9 friends who started our trip with a two night stay in Rome then we headed to port to begin our Celebrity experience. We all felt the food and service in the bars and dining area was ... Read More
Will start my review saying that we were a group of 9 friends who started our trip with a two night stay in Rome then we headed to port to begin our Celebrity experience. We all felt the food and service in the bars and dining area was very good. Cold beer was a problem for three of our group. Never could find one. Bar service poolside was very slow but all the staff was super friendly. We were concerned about the Constellation due to her age and the fact that she's getting a major reno in two years but not a problem. She's in great shape and we had no reason to be concerned. Entertainment was lacking. Had a band in the RendeVous room every night that was marginal at best. Headphone night and a few comedians were enjoyable. Problem is most of the shows in the Celebrity Theatre were too early for diners who ate after 7 pm. So far so good. Now I'll get to the ugly part of the trip. We travel quite a bit and realize that no one has control over weather conditions. What is under control is how those unexpected issues are handled. We ran into serious problems with weather on the last 3 days of our cruise which caused the company to alter our ports. We were no longer able to go to Portofino due to the lack of a break wall to protect us from the incoming storms. We were docked in La Spezia instead. A nice enough place in good weather but not much else when it's not. Many shops closed being a Sunday. Thought we'd have Monday to shop but due to storms and flooding some of us felt it best to stay put on the boat. I'm shocked they even let people disembark in that weather but didn't seem too concerned. We felt the excursions were going due to financial issues and not safety. They should have warned all wanting to get off of the problems in town. We were expected to leave port for Rome (our final destination) at 3 pm. The weather prevented us from doing this. We had an issue with the winds causing the mooring lines to snap and our boat started shifting into the port on its own. The gangplank then came off while we moved. We then bumped into the Costa ship docked behind us. Felt the captain did a good job with the handling of a scary situation. People who were returning from excursions were kept on their coaches during this weather and, thankfully no one was injured. Obviously we were going nowhere anytime soon. A few hours later we went to Guest Services where we were told no problem we'll get you to Rome in time so we then prepared for dinner which went off without a hitch. No word from anyone in command about our plans to get us to Rome for flights the following morning. We understood the gravity of the situation and assumed they were doing all they good under the crazy circumstances. At 10:45 pm we received a ship wide announcement from the captain stating that between 11 pm and 1 am Celebrity would be proving bus transfers to Rome for all interested. Gather your things and come to Deck 3. We did just what we were told. Once there we were told to put our names on a list with our flight times and to go back to rooms and turn on Channel 6 where our names would appear when it was time to return to Deck 3. Needless to say this didn't happen. We were absolutely in no danger remaining on the ship so we returned to our rooms watching channel 6 for over an hour. When nothing seemed to be happening except people loading onto coaches, which we could see from our balconies, we decided to send a rep down to assess. He was told the logical approach was scrapped because people refused to follow the instruction. We then gathered our things and got in a line the entire length of the ship hauling our bags ourselves. Commented about elderly and handicapped situation for them would be awful. Finally boarded our coach for Rome at 2:40 am for a 5 hour drive. Could have been handled much better if they'd only followed the number system that was already on our bags for our disembarkation the next morning. Bad ending to an otherwise great experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Pre-cruise: As twice before, we had reserved a room with a package at the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia. In addition to the room, the package included a shuttle service from Funcimo Airport, Rome and to the Hotel, a good three course ... Read More
Pre-cruise: As twice before, we had reserved a room with a package at the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia. In addition to the room, the package included a shuttle service from Funcimo Airport, Rome and to the Hotel, a good three course dinner at their nice restaurant “Bistro 34”, breakfast next day, and after breakfast – shuttle to the port. Embarkation: Went very smoothly. We have earlier sailed on several cruises in the Mediterranean, but never late fall. Therefore, we were a little anxious about the weather conditions at this time of the year. But more about the weather later in this review. The Ship: It is a few years since we last were on a Celebrity cruise, and then only on S-Class ships. This was the first time we were aboard an M-Class ship. But it turned out that we had nothing “to be worried about”! We found the Constellation to be a nice ship, and we think the ship seems mostly well maintained. Moreover, we really enjoyed the indoor Thalassotherapy Pool. Stateroom info: We had booked a Deluxe Veranda Stateroom on deck seven. It was comfortable. Two special comments: Some of the joins in the tiles on the bathroom were not clean, and some part of the balcony floor was not nice. We were very satisfied with our stateroom attendant. Dining: In connection with our embarkation, we were surprised to be informed that we had not been assigned to a set dining time in the MDR on deck five. We were on the wait list. But after talking to the maître, fortunately it was sorted out after a short while. We were pleased with the quality of the food we selected, and we had always excellent and pleasant service on our table no. 462, from our waiter Mayuresh and ass. waiter Praful, both from India, and from our sommelier, Lorenz from the Philippines. We really looked forward to every dinner with pleasure. We had all our breakfasts at the Oceanview Café, and also lunches, if we got back on time, after being ashore. During “peak hours” it could be a bit difficult to find an unoccupied table. When the weather was nice, we really liked to eat in the outside part of the Oceanview. We were pleased with the food selection. The employees did a good job of clearing tables etc., and the bars service was very good. We found the burgers at the Poolside Grill to be good. The Café al Bacio impressed us with its wide menu of coffee and teas, and with an excellent waiter service. Bars: We were very pleased with the service in all bars, and we think it was extra impressive with a view to the fact that the majority of the passengers also had a Beverage Package. Our favorite hang-out bar/lounge, was the Rendez-Vous, where we always received a friendly bar service, right after we were seated. Entertainment: With the exception of a male group, who performed Four Seasons Songs in the Theater, what we think in an excellent way, we were not particularly impressed. Unfortunately, we think most of the live music in the Rendez-Vous, was too noisy. The Captain’s Club Society: We are Elite Members, but we never attended the Elite Cocktail Hour, so I can't give any comment on that event. The Voyage: This cruise should have visited 8 ports of call - Gibraltar and 7 ports in Italy and France - in addition 2 sea days. But it happened unfortunately not quite as planned. During the first 8 days of the cruise, we had great weather. But especially the last 2 days, we were strucked by really bad weather with high winds and rough seas. And Constellation had to alter 2 ports. Instead of sailing to Portofino and Livorno, we had to sail to La Spezia as a replacement port. We were docked in La Spezia for 2 days, and on the second day it became really dramatic.The ship’s moorings broke, caused by the bad weather with heavy winds, and Constellation hit the cruise ship Costa Magica, which was docked behind us. Fortunately no one was hurt! The incident with Costa Magica happened in the afternoon, but no information was given until in the evening. Later, it was informed that those passengers, who wanted a free coach ride to the Funcimo Airport in Rome later in the evening / night, could register with Guest Relations on deck 3. Along with several hundred other passengers, we stood in line to be registered. We were told, that further information about the coach departures, would be announced later in the evening/night. My wife and I travel a lot, both on cruises and other ways of traveling. We have both experienced and know that unforeseen thinks can occur during a trip. In such cases, we also know that you unfortunately not always can thrust the information given by crew and employees, is correct. Their first priority will often be to try to “calm down the situation”. Personally, we therefore always in the best possible way, “closely try to follow up”, if unfortunate incidents should occur when we are travelling. After a couple of hours, we responded to the lack of information about the bus departures. We therefore took our baggage from our stateroom and found a place to sit down together with many other passengers near Guest Relations on deck 3. After a while we realized that the registration with the Guest Relations earlier in the evening, did not meant anything. You had to queue up. “First come, first served”. We understood later that we probably were some of the last ones who got a coach ride to the Airport. Our coach left the port around 3.00 am, and the ride took about 6 hours. Due to lack of space for suitcases on our coach, the coach was not full. So we had a relatively ok ride on mostly highways to the airport, and we arrived well in advance to our previously booked flight. I understand that it probably would not have been possible for Celebrity in the evening and night to get enough coaches to carry many hundred passengers on a 6 hour coach ride. But I feel really sorry for those of my fellow passengers who waited in vain in their staterooms for many hours for announcements for coach departures, announcements that never came. And therefore did not get the chance to catch a coach to the Funcimo Airport in Rome, and again maybe lost their flights. Overall – with the exception of the last 2 days of the cruise, we are very pleased with this our first cruise with Constellation. A nice ship, with an excellent and friendly crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We are experienced Celebrity cruisers and have sailed with them many times. We chose this itinery because of the ports that were scheduled to be visited by the Constellation. The ship is a Millennium class ship and we have sailed on it ... Read More
We are experienced Celebrity cruisers and have sailed with them many times. We chose this itinery because of the ports that were scheduled to be visited by the Constellation. The ship is a Millennium class ship and we have sailed on it twice before. Embarkation was relatively straightforward in Civitavecchia, and because of the time we arrived at, around lunchtime, we got to our balcony cabin room straight away. We decided to have lunch at pool grill, and this is where the hard sell started with the waiter asking up our dining arrangements for the evening and offering 30% discount on speciality dining for the night. After politely declining the offer he further stated that we could take the offer any night. Talk about persistence. We still said no! This was the start of the hard sell, which even continued at Muster drill that same afternoon with the Excursions Manager talking about trips at a safety drill. This theme continued throughout the cruise with speciality restaurants, drinks packages, spa deals etc. all being pushed by crew members. I know that this part of their jobs, but in recent years on Celebrity we have noticed a bigger ‘push’ on this which is most disconcerting. On saying all of this the staff we encountered were friendly, and the service on the whole was of a good standard. The food in the main dining room was overall good fare, where we had fixed seating dinning and nice table of like-minded regular cruisers. We were well looked after by our table waiter team of Opong and Roman. However I must mention the Ocean view café where the food was a ‘hit or miss ’. Also the layout of the café and food stations does not lend itself to enjoyable eating experience, and hopefully this is something that celebrity will address in the ‘make over’ of the ship in 2020. Entertainment overall was of a good standard with the theatre headliners being of particularly good on the first week with Jayne Curry and December 63(Four seasons tribute act) being the standout acts. We only saw one ship’s production show based on rock songs which was average. We also did our first silent disco (twice) which was a good laugh and a lot of fun. One other observation about the early evening shows that we attended I have never seen the theatre as busy for these shows –so fair dues to Celebrity for getting some good quality headliners! We did not participate in any of the ships official shore excursions as we do not normally do this preferring our own independent travels. Celebrity seem to have put premium prices on these excursions now and additionally transporting guests from ship to shore or town centre. This was particular in evidence when we docked in Toulon. Here the ship berthed in some 10 Kilometres from the town centre in La Sayne sur Mer. Celebrity informed passengers that for 20 Dollars per person there would be return boat shuttles next to where the ship was docked. Celebrity did mention that local public transport was available,’ but may not be reliable or consistent’. However, what they omitted to say was that you could walk 10 Mins to the local public shuttle boat pier and get ferry therefor 2 Euros to Toulon centre. The boat here went every half hour and you could clearly see the stop from the ship. I suggest anyone going to this port check with tourist information right off the ship and they will explain all. I will state cabin comments and port comments below, however the biggest event of this cruise was the weather we encountered on the last 2 days. On the second last day we were scheduled to go to Portofino, but because of the storms that were forecast in North Italy we headed for La Spezia instead. This was a more sheltered port and everyone knew why we were going there. However while docked our moorings broke free and we bumped into a Costa ship behind. The ship dropped anchor and with the assistance of up to 3 tugs the captain managed to stabilize the situation. There have been a few posts about this and video on you tube. Personally I think that this was an unfortunate accident and the Captain and the crew actually worked remarkably hard and saved the situation very quickly. We were due to set sail about mid- afternoon to return to Civitavecchia overnight to end the cruise. However this did not happen as the winds had not subsided enough for us to set sell. Eventually an announcement was made about 10.30pm to say that those who wanted to leave the ship for flights the following morning at Rome airport, then they could leave with luggage now! Celebrity had laid on courtesy buses and trip was going last about 5 Hours. We took this option and departed the ship with many others. Again, there have been many other posts about this and my only comment was the lack of communication on this day in La Spezia and also the lack of organisation going off the ship to buses. I think someone else has posted that the theatre could have been used to keep people together until buses were ready. This would have helped ease the anxiety some people were obviously going through. We travelled on bus overnight through some atrocious weather and I have to praise our bus driver who had to do his best with some distraught travellers looking for comfort breaks. He did accommodate all requests, and got us to the airport with plenty of time for early morning departures. All in all it was a nice cruise, with wonderful weather, on the whole. Pity about end! My impressions about Celebrity now having cruised with then for over 10 years is that I will probably still go again with them, but although they are embracing change ,and maybe looking at getting new younger customers, they should not forget the regular maturing or middle age customers who generally fill these ships. Ports of call – Ajaccio- Nice port to walk around. We had been there before and had taken Hop on /off bus previously. Malaga- We did hop on /off bus which is just outside port. Visited Alcazaba de Malaga historical buildings and walked along sea front. All very easy. Nice place to spend day. You can get train along Costa del Sol very easily from here at train station- about half hour walk from ship or short taxi ride. Cadiz- Most people went to Seville or Jerez . We walked round the perimeter of old town and explored the city centre shops. Take a map, as the streets are narrow and it helps. Gibraltar- Ship docks close to own centre and easy walk to all the shops. We picked up good bargains on spirits and tobacco here. Sete – Nice surprise in this port. Free shuttle to port gate and then walk into town centre in 5 Mins. Lovely canals and walks. We walked up the hill that dominates town Mont-St Clair. It took us about 45 Mins –I hour, but well worth views of the town and surrounding country and coast. A local bus also runs to the top. Check with tourist office (at port gate) for this as well. Toulon- We took local public transport boat to town centre past the French naval centre across bay. The weather restricted our visit here but, walked around lively market in town centre. Suggest anyone visiting here visit other places in region as did not think there was a lot to see or do. La Spezia – Just a quick walk around Marina because of weather. Again jumping off place for assorted trips. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Chose this cruise for the itinery and a pre cruise stay in Rome. Slightly apprehensive as having previously sailed on the beautiful Eclipse and Equinox, some reviews stated threadbare carpets,rust etc We need not have worried. The ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinery and a pre cruise stay in Rome. Slightly apprehensive as having previously sailed on the beautiful Eclipse and Equinox, some reviews stated threadbare carpets,rust etc We need not have worried. The ship was lovely using more traditional teak colours. The lifts were lined with wood,some lifts had sea views, lovely coloured glass on ceilings .The main dining room had a beautiful large coloured glass ceiling and beautiful windows. Large port holes gave light to many of the public areas. Some of these areas did seem a little dark in the evening A large outdoor screen on the rooftop terrace with comfortable settees. Plenty of sun beds available to enjoy the weather. Food in the ocean view cafe and San Marco restaurant was fabulous with wonderful service. Cafe allbacio was lovely with views of the sea Our negative was the overall entertainment,not much live music throughout the ship and noisy activities in the rendezvous lounge which was the path in and out to dinner.very off putting. Theatre was good but the stage shows quite noisy. Shore excursions were great but expensive Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Need to start this review by saying we had a great holiday, we travelled with friends, the literary was great and the weather fantastic. In our opinion there are lots of positives and we can only speak about our own experiences. We ... Read More
Need to start this review by saying we had a great holiday, we travelled with friends, the literary was great and the weather fantastic. In our opinion there are lots of positives and we can only speak about our own experiences. We travelled using the Jet Sail offer - this we found to be excellent - we rocked up at Stansted parked the car and within no time we were sitting in a very comfortable lounge drinking wine, coffee, tea or juice along with nibbles. Breakfast on the flight was really nice and in no time at all we were landing at an old airbase. Coach was waiting, off to the ship and next thing we knew we were on the ship enjoying our first G & T. The return journey is slightly different - no private lounge and we were delayed by two hours due to the weather. Still a good flight home and from landing to driving off from the airport it took no more than 20 minutes!!!!! We booked Aqa class as we always do - this ensures we get to eat in the Blu restaurant which we particularly enjoy. I have to say the food, service and attention to detail was absolutely fantastic and made our breakfast and particularly our evening dining experience one of the highlights of our holiday. The sommelier was brilliant and we never once had an empty glass. Our cabin was clean and well kept by our attendant who made sure we had everything we needed. Overall we thought the ship was kept very clean although some times the public toilets might have been better. The Officers on the ship including the Captain were almost invisible - on all our other Celebrity cruises the Captain, his cruise director and other top officers have always been very engaging. Never once saw the Captain, would no know who the cruise director was and never once was asked by any senior member of staff about our holiday. The entertainment on the ship was frankly very poor. There was a duo Izzy & Mo who were excellent but apart from them it was awful. We did the Silent Disco one night an that was brilliant and we looked forward to going again when they repeated the evening on deck but the music was awful, very few people dancing and gradually everyone left which was very disappointing. We found all the staff to be very helpful and everyone was working hard to ensure we had a good holiday. The bar staff were very busy at times so just be patient and all is good in the end. The days at sea were again busy and finding a lounger with a bit of room is almost impossible. We do not like being cramped around the pool so we are happy to sit on our balcony and read etc - but that was a problem. We were on this ship two years ago and I am sure this is a new thing that has been introduced - on the top deck is now an outside cinema that shows fits five times a day - no problem with that except if your stateroom (like ours was) is at the back of the ship then the noise from the film is a big issue. We, and others complained and to be fair they did turn down the volume but it was still loud and was not good. Why can they not simply give headphones to the people who want to watch the film? The ports were great and we enjoyed each and every one of them, we always sort our own trips so unable to comment on the Celebrity excursions but lots of people said to us they found them very expensive. We really like the Celebrity brand, you know you will get a good holiday, we feel tat although they are not cheap you do get good value for money. But we would not sail on the Constellation again . . . as many other posters have mentioned the ship is now showing its age and Celebrity need to sort this out sooner than later. For instance on the Eclipse you can sit in some of the bars and enjoy music and watch people dancing on the auditorium - this cannot happen on this ship and the rooms where music and dancing take place have no atmosphere and are dark and dingy. We were considering a cruise to Asia later this year on this ship but have decided to put that on hold as 14 days with several sea days on the ship is unfortunately not for us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our firs cruise experience so this review will help you if you've never cruised before. We got married in Rome so started the cruise from there for a 10 day trip around the med finishing in Barcelona. Obviously not ... Read More
This was our firs cruise experience so this review will help you if you've never cruised before. We got married in Rome so started the cruise from there for a 10 day trip around the med finishing in Barcelona. Obviously not cruising before we had no idea what to expect! Embarkation was smooth, we were greeted by smiling staff offering sparkling wine(?) and we were overwhelmed by the ship in all honesty. The ship is grand and beautiful, there was some live music being played by an acoustic duo in the main stairwell area which made our first experiencing extremely smooth and relaxing. We had a wonder round and took in many of the different areas of the ship to gain some understanding of how to 'to cruise'. Cabin We opted for the Concierge Class. The room itself was great, spacious and the balcony was a great size and private. Bathroom was small and you could not fit 2 people in there at one time, but I can imagine this is probably the same in most ships. There is a decent size dressing table with lots of mirrors so you can look your best before leaving your room! Bed was extremely comfy and you had multiple pillow options when concierge class. We didn't really benefit from the Concierge, mostly because she was not available for the first day of our cruise, I am sure she was helping other guests, but we had questions regarding our drinks package etc that we just figured out ourselves or asked members of staff. What we did benefit from being Concierge class was a backstage tour of the kitchen area which was complementary as part of concierge class. It's only a quick tour but does give you an insight to the extremely busy and complex kitchen arrangements. Dining We took the opportunity to dine all suited and booted however the same cannot be said for other guests, which is just sad. We ate breakfast and lunch in the buffet which does have a really good range of food and the queues are minimal considering how many people are on the boat. However when dining in the buffet of an evening, you are sharing the experiencing with people still in swim shorts etc which just ruins it slightly. After a couple of days we booked in to the San Marco restaurant every night. We had pretty much the same table and waiter each night which is far better quality. I am quite fussy when it comes to food, so I ate French Onion soup and Steak pretty much the entire time which was delicious. My wife had various other dishes but again, the food quality was very high. As a couple you are put on either a 2 space table or out on a big table with other guests. As anti social as we are, we requested the individual 2 person table where there is minimal room between the tables but does not impact your experience too much. Entertainment The entertainment is good and ranges from musicals to magicians. The onboard entertainments team perform multiple times during the cruise, and this becomes a little boring. There is an acoustic duo that play twice a day most days of the cruise in various locations of the ship and they are brilliant to listen to. After the last show (10pm) there is no real entertainment. So if you visit the earlier show (7pm) you will be stuck for things to do after, other than the overpriced casino. There are daily sports activities which involve table tennis and quizes that are hosted by the activities team, there's not much of a budget for this but its still something extra to do. There are enough sun beds to cover even on sea days, just make sure you get down there before 10am. Of course theres still the usual people throwing towels down at 6am but theres enough room and lounges to cover. The pools are ok and decent size, the indoor salt pool is lovely and we spent a lot of time in there. There is a spa at an additional cost which is always put in front of you. They are very keen on upsells on this ship and you will always find extra ways to part with your cash. Didn't spend any time in the casino (Other than having to walk through it to get to the theatre) as it was expensive. $10 for minimum bet on blackjack is a little pricey for me, but that may just be all cruises?? Other than the table tennis and drinking alcohol there is no more activities for you to do. And as a couple in our late 20's we were at a point where we didnt want to sun bathe all day or sit at the bar. The ports we went to do were great, Portifino is beautiful but very small and expensive. They offer a boat to shore at an extra cost so be aware of this. We travelled during term time so there was no children, but I feel if we had kids then there wouldn't be a massive amount for them to do, so do not recommend this as a family holiday. Service Service is superb all round and 99% of the staff are, or at least appear to be happy. I will point out that the ship, I have no experience to compare, but was extremely clean and tidy. The toilet facilities were absolutely spotless and there was always a 'toilet guy' in the gents by the San Marco restaurant. Overall Do not recommend Concierge class The ship does appear to be dated and tired in places Theres not a massive amount to do (In comparison to Royal Carribean and Carnival for example) Very clean and tidy Good food Great staff We paid over £4k all in, so I do feel it was ok value for money. But we were expecting more from the concierge class. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise as an alternative to the one we had cancelled in the Carribean due to the flights being cancelled because of the Beast from the East. We got as far as Newark but could not get to San Juan. We were delighted with this ... Read More
We chose this cruise as an alternative to the one we had cancelled in the Carribean due to the flights being cancelled because of the Beast from the East. We got as far as Newark but could not get to San Juan. We were delighted with this cruise as we had not sailed in the Adriatic Sea before and were really happy to have done it. The other plus was we flew direct to Barcelona from Edinburgh and again direct back to Edinburgh from Venice. The 11 night trip was ideal after the problems the previous month. Our cabin was at the back of the ship with a nice large balcony and was ideal as we just wanted to relax. We had the best balcony for the sun and the ship seemed to dock most days with the sun on our balcony. The meals in the dining room were very good but the cafeteria was a bit repetitive and did not give you a boost when you saw it. There is plenty of variation each day but you know what it will be. I must admit the shows in the theatre were excellent Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Michael's Club is only available to top level Captains Club and those in the top level Suites eg Royal Suite. It is not available to Concierge Class suite passengers. We have dined in the Tuscan Grille which is excellent, quiet ... Read More
Michael's Club is only available to top level Captains Club and those in the top level Suites eg Royal Suite. It is not available to Concierge Class suite passengers. We have dined in the Tuscan Grille which is excellent, quiet and relaxed. We tried Qsine but found it too quirky for our taste and the noise level so high we couldnt hear the waiter telling us about the meal. Our wine waiters have been excellent in recommending wines of our liking - we purchased the beverage package. It was offered several weeks before the cruise at a discount, as was the dining package. San Marco is very good, we choose a set dining time but you can book any time dining as well. The Ocean buffet is for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a wide variety of choices. I am gluten free and was able to be accommodated at all the restuarants. The crew are very helpful and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise for the ports of call. These included Malta, Israel, Crete and Mykonos. First sailed on this ship 15 years ago, however, the Constellation is still in a wonderful condition. The public areas still look smart and the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports of call. These included Malta, Israel, Crete and Mykonos. First sailed on this ship 15 years ago, however, the Constellation is still in a wonderful condition. The public areas still look smart and the only thing we noticed was some wear on the seats in the theatre. Service on board is excellent from the cabin attendants, the bar staff, guest services and the dining rooms. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview cafe and dinner in San Marco. Food was just basic, nothing special. Some nights we struggled to find an entree we liked and other nights we found it difficult to choose as everything sounded appetising. Cafe El Baccio has wonderful coffee and delicious cake selections. We ate in the Tuscan Grill one night, but in our opinion it was highly overpriced even with a 30% discount. We were on the classic drinks package which had a large selection to keep us more than happy! Never had to wait long to be served in any of the bars and there was a small wait to find a sommelier in the dining room or Oceanview Cafe. The evening theatre entertainment was very good, with a different show every night. Also enjoyed the evenings in the Reflection lounge. We had a concierge cabin deck 8 midship. The cabin was very nice, the bathroom was adequate and there was plenty of space for clothes. The carpet was in very good condition and the sofa showed only a little wear on the arms. The towels are quite small but the bathrobes are quite luxurious. We would certainly recommend this ship and will be sailing her again at the end of next January. Looking forward to that! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Celebrity food and service were both exceptional! Ship may be showing a bit of age, but the crew and service remain outstanding! Dining room food some of the best experienced in many cruises. Bar staff and service great throughout the ... Read More
Celebrity food and service were both exceptional! Ship may be showing a bit of age, but the crew and service remain outstanding! Dining room food some of the best experienced in many cruises. Bar staff and service great throughout the ship, especially the Martini Bar (Ice Bar!). Check-in process at the pier seemed a bit awkward, but no serious problems. The cruise buffet food was not the best we have experienced, but still very good. Specialty restaurants were outstanding! Several entertainment shows were outstanding! Great options for shore excursions, and the itinerary was excellent. As always, cruises departing from Rome give a great opportunity to explore Rome, and we arrived three days early to do just that. Ports on the itinerary like Malta, Israel, and Crete were exceptional, and not ports normally seen on Med cruises. Definitely an itinerary we would take again. Price, service, food and itinerary made the cruise outstanding for us! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We were in a Concierge Class suite with a balcony on deck 8, located midship, which was convenient. We enjoyed the ports and used local sightseeing trains and busses to explore. The best part ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We were in a Concierge Class suite with a balcony on deck 8, located midship, which was convenient. We enjoyed the ports and used local sightseeing trains and busses to explore. The best part of the cruise was the new friends we made! The cruise was smooth, we got to go to the heliport for sail off, which was cool, and the cruise uneventful for any issues. The shore excursions - one good, one, not. Celebrity needs to make sure that the tour matches the written description! We did better on our own. The food was okay, but I think they need to update their main dining room options.... we did not pay extra for the restaurants. Every morning we were greeted to the buffet by the happiest person in the universe, Jackie! The entertainment was cruise ship standard - a few good acts, some okay, a few not that good (we felt sorry for the performers who looked miserable). The new wifi was much better than a few years back, but slowed the last few days of the cruise, which was disappointing. Overall we had a wonderful time, and I will sail Celebrity again in the future (this was our second time) hoping to go on the new Edge! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Itinerary was great. Loved the new ports. Ship food was pretty disappointing in main dining and few choices of other venues. Although staff tried to please and were willing to offer another dish, food just did make it. Menu options not ... Read More
Itinerary was great. Loved the new ports. Ship food was pretty disappointing in main dining and few choices of other venues. Although staff tried to please and were willing to offer another dish, food just did make it. Menu options not really good. Somehow pork and beans didn't really stand out. Lobster night did. Tuscan grill always outstanding. Too bad no Lawn club. Service overall was great as well as crew members. They really tried hard to please. The shows were mediocre at best and the casino was dead each evening. Since we had perfect weather, had the opportunity to sit outside and take in The rays on sea days. Overall. Will return but to a newer ship in the fleet. The constellation is an oldie and she is beginning to show her wear and tear. Might be better serving a different type of itinerary. celebrity is still a great value and a fun time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Cruising the Mediterranean in early Fall is a great way to avoid crowds at the port cities while still enjoying nice weather that ranged between 70 and 80 degrees during the day. The Constellation is an older ship with about 2,000 guests, ... Read More
Cruising the Mediterranean in early Fall is a great way to avoid crowds at the port cities while still enjoying nice weather that ranged between 70 and 80 degrees during the day. The Constellation is an older ship with about 2,000 guests, which makes It easy to get around without encountering long lines. We had an oceanview cabin on deck 3 near the Grand Foyer, which was a very convenient location. Our stateroom attendant was a friendly and exceptionally hard worker that kept the cabin spotless and would go out of his way to open our cabin door when we passed him in the hallway. Some of the bar staff and main dining room waiters were less friendly and not so eager to please the guests. We had to continually ask for food items that were not served as ordered. Occasionally, the food wasn't very warm or was overcooked. Even though I handed our main waiter and sommelier extra tip money one evening, it didn't seem to improve the table service; however, the sommelier was more accommodating in keeping our wine glasses full. A major concern with the main dining room service is that it took so long (2+ hours) to eat that we were always late for the nightly entertainment. Many other people said the same thing causing them to eat at the Oceanview Buffet to save time. On some nights, the food in the buffet was much better than that served in the main dining room. The itinerary included several great ports that were very enjoyable to tour around - Alicante Spain, Seville Spain, Livorno Italy and Ajaccio Corsica. These ports offered many nice shore excursions, some of which I booked independent of the ship. These private tours in 8 passenger vans are far more pleasant than the large bus tours that the ship offers. And, they can be arranged for considerably less cost than the ship. Our highlight tour of the cruise was an all day trip to Cinque Terre that I organized using the Cruise Critic discussion boards to add fellow passengers to our group. This area of Italy consists of 5 quaint villages comparable to the small cities along the Amalfi coast. The other port stops included Gibraltar UK, Sete France and Provence France. We had already visited Gibraltar & Provence on previous cruises, so we spent those days on board. We did get off at Sete to complete a walking tour of the city; however, there wasn't much to see and the sidewalks were littered in trash and animal droppings. Watch your step. This was our 14th cruise on Celebrity ships over the past 6 years. There has been a noticeable decline in the overall cruise experience with Celebrity. The company has found ways to charge for more things on board that were once free; they have reduced the quality & selection of the food in the main dining room; they have removed some of the liquors, beers and wine from the Classic drink package and put them on the premium package; and, they have reduced the variety of entertainment throughout the day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We cruises last year with the Constellation and the public areas are nice refurbished. I hope that the cabins also in a short time will be refurbished. On this ship you can always have a quiet place to relax and also in the public areas ... Read More
We cruises last year with the Constellation and the public areas are nice refurbished. I hope that the cabins also in a short time will be refurbished. On this ship you can always have a quiet place to relax and also in the public areas there is plenty space. The food was good and the service excellent as usual by Celebrity. The embarkation in Barcelona was very good and we were within 15 minutes on board. We had select dining and the food in the main restaurant was good and also the service was very good. We had balcony cabin cat. 2A number 7161 and it was a nice and clean cabin. No noise at all and not far from the elevators. The shows were not so good as we used to by Celebrity although the Celebrity orchestra was very good. The music in the public areas was also good. The ports are very nice specially Cadiz, Gibraltar and Ajaccio. We cruised already many times with Celebrity and we will certainly cruise with the Constellation again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We booked this cruise during last years bogoho sale. We picked it mainly for the ports & that it covered 3 countries in the west Med. The unkonwn ports of Alicante, Spain and Sete, France were a plesant surprise which we thoroughly ... Read More
We booked this cruise during last years bogoho sale. We picked it mainly for the ports & that it covered 3 countries in the west Med. The unkonwn ports of Alicante, Spain and Sete, France were a plesant surprise which we thoroughly enjoyed walking around exploring. Not to mention the other ports were great with the exception of Marseille which was a disappointment and VERY dirty. - next time we.ll venture further a field. The crew and standard of Celebrity were of high class however the Constellation ship is a little "tired". We were expecting more of an update afetr the brief refurb earlier this year. It seems only the gift shops and high end stores were updated. Eg. Curtains in the Rendezvous Lounge had some rips in. Carpets worn in public areas. Music was loud from the bands. Wine glasses in the main dining room had water stains on all & you aeemed to be rushed thru your sitting. We had an oceanview stateroom 9001 on forward port side. Easy access to the gym, pool, bars and Ocean View cafe without any noise. Celebrity looks after most of our day tours which were great and you were guaranteed to be back for the ships sail that evening. The other ports we did our own exploring, mainly on foot or took advantage of the hop on hop off buses in town. All in all we had a great time. Met some lovely people from all over the world and hope to be back cruising again soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We choose this cruise at the last minute because we licked the ports. We arrived in Barcelona the same day and used the overpriced ship transfer,the check in was fast and efficient.Disembarkation was also fast. The ship is midsize ... Read More
We choose this cruise at the last minute because we licked the ports. We arrived in Barcelona the same day and used the overpriced ship transfer,the check in was fast and efficient.Disembarkation was also fast. The ship is midsize [2000 passengers and easy to get around] we never encountered any lines. The cabin was a good size for an inside cabin but the bathroom floor was moldy and was taken care after a few days[a problem on all ships that,s easily solved with bleach]and the ruffles were thorn. Dining was very good but the number of selections is going down[same problem as in other lines] but the food quality is above is above RCL,NCL,Carnival and Holland. We didn`t attend any shows as we were tired. We had two days at sea and there was little to do. Service was excellent in the dining room ,cabin and buffet. We liked the ports of call and never used the overpriced shore excursions.We either joined a Cruise Critic Group or toured on our own. Alicante: We took a morning walking tour of Alicante and then went to Guadalest a charming town in the mountains. Cadiz; We toured on our own and took and open bus tour and walked around town,and had a good time. Gibraltar; We took a morning tour to drive across the airport runway to the frontier,and we went to see the monkeys and the caves.Int he afternoon we walked thru the main street. Sete: We took a tour to the village of Carcassone and it was nice. Marseilles; We went on our own to Aix In Provence,walked around and took the little tourist train.A word of caution about this port,the ship docks far from the center,the shuttle to the center was 15euros[round trip per person] and the taxi to the train station is 20euros.The taxi drivers at the pier are pushy and want a whole day tour.In the morning we took a cab all the way to Aix for 60 euros and the driver kept pushing us to do a whole day tour[we were worn out by the sales pitch] and even with the price of the ride being reasonable on the way back we took the train[6 euros for seniors] and a 20 euros taxi ride from the station to the ship.On this port I will take an organized tour from the ship. Livorno; We took the shuttle to center of town [5 euros round trip/each],walked for an hour thru the out door market and took a tour to Lucca a great walled town walked around and then stopped fro 1 hour in Pisa. Ajaccio; The ship docks in the center of town ,we walked around and took the little train fro a 1 hour ride. Civitavecchia; We had a transfer to the airport for 70 euros per couple[with 3 other couples] .The ride took 45 minutes and got to the airport at 9:30 am with a 1:15 pm departure but the check in with Air Canada took 2.5 hours.Air Canada had one line for Business and first class,two lines for people that had boarding passes,one line for the eldery,handicaped and people with small children,for the rest of us [the majority ] there was only one line with a slow attendant. I will cruise again with Celebrity keeping in mind that drinks are very expensive[$10 t $15] and beers[ $8 and up] and to allow extra time fro your Air Canada check in. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Have not done western med. wanted a cruise company with friendly staff. The staff were exceptional, except one. We chose aqua class, blue restaurant used throughout. The food has changed since using millennium in 2015. The food is not ... Read More
Have not done western med. wanted a cruise company with friendly staff. The staff were exceptional, except one. We chose aqua class, blue restaurant used throughout. The food has changed since using millennium in 2015. The food is not healthy eating now, but overall it was ok but some dishes same as San Marco. The staff in blu were exceptional. Although the ship has had a refurb in places it was difficult to see where. Cellar masters was very dark and gloomy. We are now elite cruisers and the free extras were very good. Ocean cafe staff were excellent. Staff was fairly good. Entertainment was up and down. Juggler was very good. Cruise destinations were good but did not use Livorno as a long way into Florence or Pisa. Excursions from ship were pricey. Used hop on hop off buses, excellent value. Gratuities were ok but did not like steward touting for a tip. Overall a pleasant cruise with exceptional weather. Lacked activities on board in respect of lectures etc and no formal evenings as such, but we knew that formal evenings were no longer Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This Cruise was booked in September 2016 by my sister while she was on a Celebrity Cruise in the Balkans. The deal we got was tremendous, but we have sailed on Celebrity because we feel they are a step above others and the food has been ... Read More
This Cruise was booked in September 2016 by my sister while she was on a Celebrity Cruise in the Balkans. The deal we got was tremendous, but we have sailed on Celebrity because we feel they are a step above others and the food has been tremendous. This cruise however left us disappointed in many ways. I will say the itinerary was excellent! The ship is 15 years old and has had some minor renovations but it's still 15 years old. We noticed quite a bit of rust and worn materials in various public areas of the ship. We were in Aqua Class on Deck 9, starboard. Which means every morning we were treated to crew moving furniture around the pool on Deck 10, bright and early! We did have an excellent cabin steward. Aqua Class dined in Blu which to me was quite a disappointment. There was nothing memorable or spectacular about the food or the menu choices. The service was great, but the food was nothing to write home about! This was our fourth Celebrity cruise. My sister and brother-in-law, and the other couple we were with have perhaps cruised 8 or 10 times on Celebrity. All agreed the food has gone downhill. I have always enjoyed the Mast Grill on every Celebrity ship. The burgers this year were disgusting, sorry but no other way to describe it. Not sure if it was the quality of the beef they were receiving in Europe or what, but they were horrible! Poolside bar service was also disappointing. They ran out of limes with three days to go, and ran out of Tito's Vodka with two days to go. How does that happen when you're actively marketing drink packages almost non-stop for the first several days of a cruise? We've also noticed a drop off in entertainment aboard. Maybe we were spoiled on our first two cruises with excellent bands but I'd prefer more music and fewer games while poolside, particularly on sea days. Theater productions each evening were pretty good, but the "big production" Elyria was "different"! We are currently booked for Alaska aboard the Millennium in May, fingers crossed that things will be better, but will be watching CC to monitor reviews, comments etc. While planning the cruise we were uncertain about what to do in Ibiza and Valencia. After boarding and discussing it with our fellow cruisers my wife and I decided we would book with the ship for those two ports. We had brought the Shore Excursion booklet with us. Was disappointed to find the prices to book on board were significantly higher than booking in advance. This may be customary but I wasn't aware of it. We are in our mid 50's, and our fellow cruisers in late 60's. I would say most of the guests were in the same range. Overall we had a great time, but as I mentioned above, I'm hopeful that others who expressed similar comments while onboard, will review here or let Celebrity know of their concerns. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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