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64 Celebrity Middle East Cruise Reviews

We did this cruise because it included a land tour of the The Golden Triangle, which was fabulous. We have been on four celebrity cruises, so we felt confident in booking this one. Firstly the pros : Overall the staff were very ... Read More
We did this cruise because it included a land tour of the The Golden Triangle, which was fabulous. We have been on four celebrity cruises, so we felt confident in booking this one. Firstly the pros : Overall the staff were very friendly The ship was clean and tidy The entertainment was very good some nights When in port going ashore was run quite smoothly The pool area was kept clean and tidy Announcements were kept to a minimum Cons: The library was a disgrace, it is so minimal, nothing to read. Lack of meaningful activities, we are completely over trivia, bingo. Putting competitions ect. Several people complained to us that they were bored, it was time to go home they said. The upselling is tedious and cheapens the brand I ordered drinks at the pool bar, they were so awful I never repeated thay again. Drinks at the reflection bar were quite acceptable. We always look forward to the last night to enjoy the lobster tail. When it was served to us we were appalled, the majority of the shell contained some sort of filling which was inedible, no lobster flesh. We sent our meal back uneaten, shame on Celebrity, if you are cost cutting don't put lobster on the menu ! I think Celebrity have forgotten who their core market are, after many cruises I can see a large section is made up of baby boomers and older who would enjoy a lot more activities of enrichment than they are being offered. At certain times of the day tea, coffee and water were only available at the end of the Ocean view Cafe on level ten. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Loved the variety of ports offered on this cruise. Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi, including Dubai and Mumbai and Goa.all different and exciting in their own way. The New Year overnight tour in Dubai was fabulous, from Jeep riding over the dunes, ... Read More
Loved the variety of ports offered on this cruise. Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi, including Dubai and Mumbai and Goa.all different and exciting in their own way. The New Year overnight tour in Dubai was fabulous, from Jeep riding over the dunes, camel ride to a Bedouin camp and dinner the Bedouin way. The tents were extremely comfortable. Sunset on the dunes and sunrise at the camp were amazing. After breakfast we went to a camel shelter to pat and talk to the beautiful animals. This was a Celebrity shore excursion and the best we have ever done. Returning to the ship we felt like we were coming home, the crew were all so friendly. Dinner every night was a pleasure as our waiters learnt quickly our dietary needs and made sure every meal was perfect for us. We loved Cafe Bachio and met many new friends there. A cruise is as good as you want it to be. Ours was perfect. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our third celebrity cruise and unfortunately feel that celebrity are cutting too many corners which is reducing standards and this is clear to see, they can no longer be considered a 5* cruise company, more a 3*, the cabin bedding ... Read More
This was our third celebrity cruise and unfortunately feel that celebrity are cutting too many corners which is reducing standards and this is clear to see, they can no longer be considered a 5* cruise company, more a 3*, the cabin bedding and fixtures are in a worn state, the metal frame of the bed sticking out from the holes in the valance, curtains which had never been cleaned for years, the public areas are tired, check out the seating in the buffet! the general feel is of neglect, yes I understand that it is going for a refurbishment but it will take a lot, lot longer than two weeks to make the improvements needed for this ship. On a positive note the guest evening entertainment was great, house band blue wave were good but limited library of tunes was their problem, you can only take "mustang Sally" so many times before it starts wearing thin! The drinks and tours are extortionate but this appears to apply to most ships. The ships crew, now less in numbers, appear to reflect the condition of the ship with morale being low, very little "banter" to be had. To finish on a positive note, the itinerary (spice route ) was amazing possibly one of the best we have done, we are booked for a celebrity cruise early next year, but I am looking at cancelling, perhaps in a few years they will have upped their game and restored the standards which celebrity WAS renowned for, I'll re-book then. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Great combination of ports - very different and unique, with so much to do and see! Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi. This was my fifth cruise on Celebrity, and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Great combination of ports - very different and unique, with so much to do and see! Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi. This was my fifth cruise on Celebrity, and I'll definitely do another next year. That seemed to be the sentiment of several of our fellow cruisers, many of whom were either already booked on another cruise on Celebrity, or booked another cruise while onboard this one. Let me first say that this is NOT a cruise for the faint of heart, and it should definitely not be your first cruise. There are a lot of visa and immigration hurdles that must be overcome, but it is so worth it. This is a cruise for adventurers who enjoy seeing intriguing parts of the world and have their set their expectations accordingly. It is NOT an easy cruise. There is a lot of walking involved everywhere. Do not take this cruise expecting to see ports like those you see in the Caribbean, Europe or other developed cruise destinations. The contrast in the port cities is vast. You begin in Singapore, where everything is beautiful, shiny and developed, but when you get to India, the first three ports are essentially industrial ports. Mumbai is a bit more modern, and then you end in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where the ports are shiny and beautiful. The cruise line did a good job of managing this. They insisted that everyone attend the port talks (and Marco did an excellent job with the port talks, providing photographs and tips, so you knew what to expect when you arrived in these ports). The passenger mix on this ship was wonderful. There were people from 50 different countries onboard...it was fascinating. So many wonderful people to meet and talk to! Not a lot of children, as this was a rather lengthy cruise, but those we did see seemed to be enjoying themselves. Just a few words about the ship. The Constellation is a beautiful ship. It has always been a beautiful ship. I was on it when it was new, on a cruise of the British Isles and Norwegian Fjords, back in 2003. By today's standards, it's now a mid-sized ship. She is going into dry dock on May 2nd, I believe. I don't know truly how much work will be done, but it really just needs a bit of esthetic updating. I certainly didn't see anything that was horribly egregious! We had an ocean view stateroom on Deck 2, and it was just fine. Our cabin attendant, Brian, was amazing. He kept everything in perfect order for us. I don't know about balconies on this itinerary, because the weather is extremely hot everywhere you go. It's hot and steamy in Asia, and then just hot (but dry) in the Middle East. It was nearly 100 degrees everyday (over 100 with the heat index). I preferred being in the cool AC in my cabin when I wasn't out on a shore excursion. We chose the Select Dining, so we were able to go to the Main Dining Room whenever we wanted. We are late eaters, so we usually did not arrive before 8:45 or 9:00 p.m., and there was only one evening where we had a brief wait for a table (and I think that was because we actually showed up a bit earlier that evening). We also ate for 3 evenings in the specialty restaurants. Sadly, Ocean Liners will be disappearing during the dry dock. :( Classic French cuisine apparently just does not cut it with the majority of passengers anymore. The Tuscan Grill was okay, but Ocean Liners was better. I'll be dreaming of the Grand Marnier soufflé (and the lobster and the Dover sole). I've always thought that Celebrity has good to great food (for a cruise ship - remember that they are feeding thousands of people every day), and they did not disappoint. The suite passengers raved about Luminae, the exclusive restaurant for suite guests. I also heard good things about Blu, the Aqua Class dining restaurant. And I love the Aqua Spa cafe! Healthy food...no butter or oil...lots of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. Heard they will be revamping the Aqua Spa menu during the dry dock, or perhaps shortly thereafter. The food in the main dining room was very good, as was the food in the buffet. They have a carving station with something different everyday. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. The ice cream station was busy, busy, busy (it was so hot!). There's pizza and pasta available almost all of the time. The staff. I can't say enough great things about the staff on this ship. They were truly the most hardworking, pleasant, amazing crew. The pool manager had to be the hardest working guy on the ship. He was out there every single day and night, working on the pool area, managing his staff of pool butlers. The food service staff was amazing. There was one sweet waiter who was Indonesian...Suk...(and I'd mess up the rest if I tried!)..so friendly, always smiling and singing. We also really enjoyed the entertainment on the ship. The cruise director, Rich Cleesen, and his staff (Jessica and Mathew were terrifc) did a great job. We didn't see every single show as we were quite tired on port days, but we loved the Australian Beatles show (who subsequently morphed into the Rolling Stones and were equally as good - they did a later show in the Reflections Lounge and had everyone up dancing and singing - I think if they had been willing to play for an extra couple of hours, everyone would have stayed!). We also thought the production shows were really good - one was an "around the world" musical and the other was a tribute to Hollywood. There was also a great show that was done by a multi-talented comedian (Steve ___?). We heard a lot of good things about the shows we missed. On sea days, we hung out at the pool, went to the port talks, played bingo, went to happy hour and played trivia in the Rendevous Lounge...it was a nice, laid back vibe! We also went to the Canyon Ranch Spa and had pedicures. Definitely not cheap, but a treat. We had a large contingent of fitness aficionados on board, so the gym facilities got utilized quite a bit, and the fitness classes were well attended as well. About shore excursions. We lined up private guides in all of the ports, so we did not take any of the ship excursions (other than the Inside Access tour of the ship, which was fantastic...I would highly recommend doing it at least once in your cruising lifetime!). I heard some grumbling about the some of the shore excursions, but it would not be fair for me to comment without having first hand knowledge. What I would say is that I think it is super important to research, research, research the ports before you go. Cruise Critic is an invaluable source for this, as many of the seasoned cruisers who participate have knowledge that is absolutely invaluable. We used Muziris' Heritage for our tours in India (we negotiated a deal for all four ports), and I can't say enough good things about them and the service they provided to us. I would be remiss in mentioning however the one thing that I wasn't terribly fond of - and that was the whole "drinks package" thing. First off, I thought that bottled water (not premium, but just regular bottled water) should have been free on this cruise. It costs the cruise line pennies. It was hot, hot, hot. Instead, they were selling bottled water as you exited the ship. I do understand the non-drinking passengers not wanting to subsidize the drinking passengers, but there has got to be an easier way. There were people who bought drink packages and were so confused about what they purchased, what they were entitled to etc. There were people who had to negotiate the terms of their drink packages, because they were told they were not entitled to certain things, but the printed terms said otherwise. We tried to order a bottle set up for our stateroom, but no one seemed to know what we were asking for (although it was advertised on the Celebrity website). So much time was spent by the passengers and the bar staff trying to negotiate this, that I thought was nuts! Too many different levels. The wine packages were good. If they somehow manage to sort that out, it would truly be perfection! Overall, it was an incredible, amazing experience - one that I would definitely be thrilled Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise primarily because of the destinations. We loved the locations that we visuted, but were disappointed with the overall on board experience. The food in the main dining room did not appear very imaginative, some nights ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because of the destinations. We loved the locations that we visuted, but were disappointed with the overall on board experience. The food in the main dining room did not appear very imaginative, some nights there was nothing that was very tempting on the menu. The best service that we received in the dinning room was from our sommelier who was fabulous. Most of the shows on board were entertaining and the resident band was good. All of the entertainment only lasted for 45 minutes, which meant that in the evenings we couldn't go to one place and enjoy ourselves for the night, it was all just short and snappy. They left the best dance music until the last night in the reflections. The service in the cabin was the worst we have had on any cruise, we constantly had to ask when we needed anything lije shampoo etc, there were absolutely no extras, we thought that once we started tipping the steward each day that he may improve, but that wasn't the case. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have taken more than 40 cruises and this cruise was by far the best. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff and you were always greeted in a pleasant greeting. Everything worked from the checking in to the disembarkment. Food was ... Read More
I have taken more than 40 cruises and this cruise was by far the best. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff and you were always greeted in a pleasant greeting. Everything worked from the checking in to the disembarkment. Food was amazing, entertaining the best I have ever seen. I never really attend the shows as they are not worth going to but this cruise it was outstanding. Well done. Ports of call were great and the talks were well worth attending. 5 stars and thank you Celebrity for an amazing itinerary I loved every port of call and the immigration process in India was stress free a great deal of preparation was put in place to ensure it ran smoothly and the communication to the process was well documented. We had an inside cabin on the 3rd floor near reception which was very central and also very very quiet. Reception was amazing and Dinner waiters Pasha and Sunil who served us was also 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We embarked in Singapore and it was probably the best embarkation we have ever had. Very fast and efficient. We went straight to our cabin and one of our suitcases arrived soon after. Our cabin steward as always, was fabulous. These ... Read More
We embarked in Singapore and it was probably the best embarkation we have ever had. Very fast and efficient. We went straight to our cabin and one of our suitcases arrived soon after. Our cabin steward as always, was fabulous. These guys are amazing. In fact all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Yes, the ship in places is a bit tired but this did not detract from the cruise. My main gripes are the food in the MDR was not as good as on previous cruises and the price of drinks is excessive! We did this cruise as we wanted to visit India and we were not disappointed. This was an amazing cruise and one we will never forget. One word of warning, we normally do Celebrity shore excursions but some of the prices are very high. We did a houseboat tour with Viator in one of the ports of call and it was the best trip of the cruise at less than half the price people on the ship paid for the same trip, so beware! Best place on ship? Without a doubt the martini bar! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We wanted to see this part of the world. The ship needs a total remake. Our cabin was fine, our service in cabin and dining select was good. Food was overall good, they ran out of things twice. But the tour excursions are terrible, ... Read More
We wanted to see this part of the world. The ship needs a total remake. Our cabin was fine, our service in cabin and dining select was good. Food was overall good, they ran out of things twice. But the tour excursions are terrible, dangerous, they let local people selling things on our boat tour, the boat was filling the tank with gas as we went out to eke Fanta island.do not take the celebrity land tour excursions. The staff in shore excursions is not helpful nor understanding. This was to be the trip of a lifetime, but all shore excursions disappointed. We have traveled a lot, and cruised a lot. Dining service and cabin derive was very good, but the ships of this class need an overhaul and the shore excursions should either be redone or go away completely. Sometimes the air conditioning on the buses did not work and it was 99 degrees with 200 % humidity. The tour operators could barely speak English, if at all. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise 2 years ago for the different port it was offering. We had never been to India, or Sri Lanka so now was the time. The ports were underwhelming and though we knew that India would be dirty we were surprised at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise 2 years ago for the different port it was offering. We had never been to India, or Sri Lanka so now was the time. The ports were underwhelming and though we knew that India would be dirty we were surprised at the level of rubbish left lying around with no need at all for it. The ship may be older but was clean and take into consideration it is going to dry dock in a few months time there are worse ships out at sea at present. The ships entertainers were the best we have seen for a long time and their new productions shows make a refreshing change. Guest entertainers - well its hard to please so many nationalities. The Food could be better and is not as good as has been In the past and portions could definitely be slashed in half. According to one chef the portion control is down to "Miami", well stop cutting corners elsewhere and provide smaller tastier dishes again. The service from the crew was brilliant as always Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We choose this cruise to see India. The ship is very tied and rusting , worn carpet , wooden seats in the dinning room with joints coming apart. The crew do try very hard and give u 110% in effort. The entertainment director is getting ... Read More
We choose this cruise to see India. The ship is very tied and rusting , worn carpet , wooden seats in the dinning room with joints coming apart. The crew do try very hard and give u 110% in effort. The entertainment director is getting away with being payed for sitting on his backside all day. the onboard day time entertainment was non exsistant compared to other cruise lines.There was more entertainment to be found in the casino than over the whole of the boat. The nightly shows in the theatre where great if u where in a nursing home and had not seen any entertainment for a while, really who do they think they are giving us a acrobat show which a 11 year old could perform. Every night at dinner it was a toss of a coin to see if ur drink order would arrive in 30 minutes or under or would arrive at all. The cabin steward did a fantastic job and congratulations to him cabin 9131. The food was the same day in and day out, the quality of food okay but not outstanding. When u travel aqua class and have your own designated dinning room u don't expect to have to wait up to 3/4 hour for a table.The cruise would have been excellent if I had traveled in a inside room, but having table for aquas class I was very disappointed and will never cruise with celebrity again. No one even wants to listen on board when u are offering constructive criticism. Felt very let down and ripped off. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We had an aqua class cabin, which allows us to eat at Blu restaurant. We loved it. Much more quiet than the main dining room. Service is slower than MDR which allows us to drink our wine slowly and enjoy a good cup of herbal tea. We never ... Read More
We had an aqua class cabin, which allows us to eat at Blu restaurant. We loved it. Much more quiet than the main dining room. Service is slower than MDR which allows us to drink our wine slowly and enjoy a good cup of herbal tea. We never felt rushed. BLU by itself is worth the extra. Cabins size is the same has regular veranda. Love the Celebrity cabins. A lot of storage for clothes and also in the bathroom. Nightly entertainment was excellent except for 1 night. Unfortunately, we had to use the medical facility. Staff were amazing. Doctor and nurses were quick to answer our needs. We now feel more secure knowing the medical staff is so good. We had lunch at the buffet few times and each time we had a hard time getting a waiter to order beer and wine. We had to go to the bar d get the drinks ourself. We took 1 shore excursion with the ship in New Mangalore and we loved it. No shoping stop. Guide was excellent and interesting. We already booked our next cruise in an aqa class cabin! Ship needs a liitle update! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise because I wanted to go to India and my husband did not. With this cruise I got to see some of India, but he got to eat and sleep on the ship. Many of the ports were very similar with nothing outstanding to see. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I wanted to go to India and my husband did not. With this cruise I got to see some of India, but he got to eat and sleep on the ship. Many of the ports were very similar with nothing outstanding to see. The one excursion we took through the ship was in Phuket - Phang Nga Bay. The day was rainy. I thought if the weather was too bad Celebrity would cancel the excursion. Since they didn't cancel it, I thought it would be safe to go. I was sadly mistaken. The stilt island we visited was very slick. Walking up and down the very steep gang planks was also dangerous. But that was nothing compared to being on the water in the pouring rain! The driver's of the boats could NOT see where they were going. One of the boats got stuck on a sand bar. The boats themselves were uncomfortable and dangerous because the wooden bench seats were not secured. That said, the buffet lunch was better than I expected. However, I would not recommend this tour. That was the bad part of the cruise, but everything else was good or great. Our cabin was wonderful. The meals were mostly very good with serving sizes plentiful. The entertainment was great, in fact, better than most cruise ships. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly and quickly. My husband and friends loved the guest lecturer from Hollins College. Service was friendly and fast. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have cruised a number of times before with Celebrity but this was our first cruise on the Constellation. Although it is an older ship it seemed in decent condition. The only problem we had was a non flushing toilet which was soon ... Read More
We have cruised a number of times before with Celebrity but this was our first cruise on the Constellation. Although it is an older ship it seemed in decent condition. The only problem we had was a non flushing toilet which was soon repaired. Our cabin 7114 was a balcony. We found the cabin to be clean and comfortable. Our cabin attendant was excellent. We had Select dining which seemed to run smoothly. We didn't bother to pre book a table but we're always seated immediately and with the same wait team. We like a table for 2 but the tables on this ship were much closer to other tables than we are used to although thus wasn't a problem. The food was the usual Celebrity fare and not over exciting. The waiting staff and sommelier were excellent. The Maitre d was hopeless and we watched him one evening trying to blame the waiter for a problem which quite clearly was not caused by the waiter. Drink prices are extortionate so we were grateful for the Elite cocktail parties. We didn't eat in any Soeciality restaurants but made numerous visits to the buffet. The food was adequate but there did seem less choice than on previous ships. We never had any problem finding a table. Entertainment- we went to many of the shows and particularly enjoyed some of the visiting performers. We're not that keen on the Ships own shows as they seem very predictable and formulaic - they are however popular with other passengers so it's clearly a matter of taste. The Cruise Director was Ok and less irritating than some others we have experienced. The staff member running quizzes, Jess, was excellent. We flew into Abu Dhabi the night before and stayed at the Airport Premier Inn . The following morning we took a taxi to the port. The check in process was very slow and we queued for over an hour. Once on board the cabins were soon available and the bags were also delivered quickly. We were completely unpacked and sorted before muster call. Mumbai - our first port of call. Everyone had to have a face to face interview with Indian Immigration and we were all given a number which was called when it was our turn. First we had to reclaim passports from Celebrity, then see Immigration before returning passports to Celebrity. Thus all seemed a bit of a mess with a scramble around the passports. Additionally a lot of people were openly ignoring the number calling excercise and no one from Celebrity was managing this. We did raise this later with guest relations who seemed to indicate that there was nothing they could do. One wonders why they bothered with a ticketing exercise. We had a private tour with Mumbai Magic which was fantastic. Goa - today we were able to just walk of the ship with minimum checking. We had booked excursions for the next 3 days with Muzuris which worked very well New Mangalore - again we were able to just walk off the ship with minimum checking Cochin- today we were back to the numbers, passport reclaiming and face to face immigration interviews. We were given a very high number which meant we were over an hour late turning up for our excursion but thankfully they were very flexible and the trip went ahead as planned. Colombo - we took a ships trip to a temple. This was very interesting but then spent too much time in a jewellery shop which we didn't enjoy. Phuket - this was a tendering port and we took the ships elephant excursion. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise , because it was a different type of Holiday,. We have never been to the countries that we visited , and were looking forward to the 5 star event. The ship was not 5 star ,and was badly in need of refurbishment. ... Read More
We chose this cruise , because it was a different type of Holiday,. We have never been to the countries that we visited , and were looking forward to the 5 star event. The ship was not 5 star ,and was badly in need of refurbishment. This coloured our first day of the trip. We had just left an excellent Hotel The Al Raha beach in Abu Dhabi and felt let down when we boarded the ship. We were not alone thinking about the ship in this way. Many more people on the ship felt the same way. We have been on many cruises with other companies who were supposed to be 4 Star, and were far better than this ship.(the constellation) The excursions that we went on were poor and were not value for money. My wife Mrs Susan Beswick has already put a review in about those. The coaches were old and Rickety on the Goa beach trip,the food was less than adequate. The SRI LANKAN trip was a tour of concrete and poorly air conditioned /lighted museums. The Mosque visit was far below the standard of the one in Abu Dhabi that we visited(not part of your Itinerary. What made the cruise a success for us , were the Staff on the ship(they were 5 star). The room attendant was exceptional. The dining room waiters and sommeliers were excellent. The Bar staff were very competent and good fun. The guest relations were excellent. The acts and entertainment in the theatre other than Elton Jack were of excellent Quality. All your staff had an excellent rapport with your customers. The room we had was ok but the furnishing was old and tatty. The ceiling had dents in it. We just use the room for sleeping and bathing, but we still like it to be of a good Standard. Last but not least, My name is Graham Beswick and I was the lead passenger with our friends the Doyles.It is my E mail that you use . I have sent a mail back explaining this, and you still put Gerrard Doyle on the mail We would not travel with this company again unless some improvements with the above were made. India was a country of extremes which we wanted to see . Singapore was a delight to stay there . The Swissotel was very good and good value. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see more of India, having covered the Golden Triangle a couple of years ago. The destinations were amazing, each in their own way. We particularly enjoyed the 3 days we spent in Singapore. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see more of India, having covered the Golden Triangle a couple of years ago. The destinations were amazing, each in their own way. We particularly enjoyed the 3 days we spent in Singapore. The ship is very well appointed and exceptionally clean. The entertainment was very good, in particular Joe and Liv who are an excellent acoustic duo. The excursions were very well organised, particularly the way in which disembarkation was managed. The ice cold towels upon return to the ship were very welcome and most refreshing. We purchased the package too dine in the specialist restaurants and this was really good value for money, we tried all 3 restaurants, but particularly enjoyed dining at Ocean Liners, which we did three times! All the staff on board are friendly and helpful and our housekeeper, Hanz, couldn't have even more pleasant and polite. We would definitely consider another cruise with Celebrity Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
As most Constellation cruisers knew, the Ship was heading to Barcelona for refit and refurbishment (Solsticizing) in May, 2017. That being said there was no evidence of significant crew painting since in just a few months it would ... Read More
As most Constellation cruisers knew, the Ship was heading to Barcelona for refit and refurbishment (Solsticizing) in May, 2017. That being said there was no evidence of significant crew painting since in just a few months it would probably have a needed major sandblasting and rust removal. This did not affect the itinerary and all ports of call that we visited were unique. India was truly amazing and it was like stepping back into the third world, but we just had to see the Country. We were not disappointed! The furniture in the public areas need an overhaul as they have exceeded their useful life. We had no complaints about the cabin as it was always kept clean. The bathroom and shower definitely showed its age and previous hard use. The meals onboard were good, except we do miss the free sushi bar in the Oceanview cafe. Celebrity has made the fleet-wide decision to charge for the sushi on Deck #5 Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have been on Celebrity for years ( Elite member) but I am sorry this is out last cruise with them! We made our own, day flights out to Abu Dhabi on the 31st & rtn from Dubai with BA ( who have also gone down the pan in quality ... Read More
We have been on Celebrity for years ( Elite member) but I am sorry this is out last cruise with them! We made our own, day flights out to Abu Dhabi on the 31st & rtn from Dubai with BA ( who have also gone down the pan in quality control), & stayed at the Millennium Corniche hotel - very good for 2 nights. The hotel put on a free bus to the Yas mall, where we spent the time looking at Farrari World & a very nice relaxed mall. Embarkation was very good & stress free. We sailed to Muscat on the following day at midday, but we took an excursion to the Mosque in the morning which blew us away. Think Palace not mosque, it was absolutely stunning. Best trip of the whole cruise! However until we reached Dubai in 5 days time, there was little else to see & do. Muscat old town was walkable but it was VERY hot & no breeze. The Souk was old & original & a little claustrophobic. Khasab was a complete waste of time. We didn't bother with any of the trips, nor the $10 rtn shuttle to the town- see previous reviews on this purchase). However we did find a beach hidden to the right of the docks which NO ONE mentioned, so we strolled there & watched the big rollers come in - very nice, however not suitable for swimming due the deep shelving beach & strong currents. So for 5 days we bored to tears, unless you like sunbathing, there was not much to do. I like going to the "Apple" classes on board, but to my horror, Celebrity are now charging $18 + 18% to attend!! Just to learn a few tips on how to use an iPhone?? Dubai was brilliant, we booked on the net before we went, a 3 day incl ticket for £58 each on Big Bus Tours. Did two tours, Green & Blue, incl the boat trip in the Marina & Aquarium at Atlantis ( don't pay extra to go in, not worth it). Wafi Mall, so so, Emerates & Dubai Mall brilliant. Lots to see & do. In the Dubai Mall walk all the way through to the Fountains ( show starts at 6.30pm) & look at the water & the tallest building. The Aquarium wall was fabulous & nice to and & watch. You could stay all day in the Dubai mall & not see it all. There are food courts inside, where you can get reasonable meals/drinks - much better than on the ship! We did not have the drinks package, as neither of us consume huge amounts, but I do like good coffee, but Celebrity are now charging $6.49 a cup in their coffee area. Must be the most expensive coffee I have ever purchased. ( they are 18AED £4 in the malls & very good). FOOD, OMG have standards dropped . I can agree with all previous reviews that the food quality & choice is now abysmal. We gave up eating in the main dining room & reverted to the cafe at night & the steak/chicken/Salmon station at the far end. Also the Pasta station is very good & your dish is made up for you while you wait & it was hot!! Breakfast lunch & dinner, food was cold & VERY uninteresting. I kept thinking I was on Voyage of Discovery or Fred Olsen. We DO like nice food, which is why we cruise, but I though it was awful on this trip. Back to Oceania, who have meals to die for..... Balcony Cabin 7025 was fine, no complaints, but I didn't think to examine the mattress ( it was very comfortable though) Pillow were cheap & hard & much to high. no option to req other pillows as in the past. Our glass pane under the veranda rail was thick with salt when we arrived & still the same when we left, not cleaned once! Also the metal frame holding the glass was so rusted away, a strong gale would soon dislodge it. The wooden rail has seen better days & needed to stripped right back & re varnished. On our last day at 9am the workmen came to do the rails, but via our cabin, just as well we were not in bed! HOWEVER, all they did was to apply a layer of varnish on TOP of all the salt/dust deposits etc. So the handrail later felt like a piece of rough sandpaper. Appalling maintenance. BUT on the morning of departure everyone had to be out of our cabins by 7am!~ I have NEVER ever had to leave my cabin so early. No chance of sleeping in as the Tannoy messages began at 6am, tag no, you can now depart. ( yes we did have the sound turned off in our cabin, but they were VERY loud) . As you can imaging the WHOLE ship had to take breakfast in the cafe ( nowhere else open) so it was like being at Butlins. Absolutely awful, especially as out trf didn't leave until 9.30am. The whole ship had an air of neglect & desperately need refurbishing, Rust in the swimming pools & tiles missing, does not look nice. The entertainment crew were brilliant & shows were very good, But they're were NO enrichment lectures or any info on the area we were visiting. very poor.. ( except for a Captains talk on navigating the ship) Staff seem to be nice but there are not many of them, unless you include, a constant HARASSMENT to buy a speciality meal, take a drinks package or to book a spa treatment! So to sum it up, if you like drinking - take the package, like sunbathing & not bothered about food, then this is the cruise for you. For us, we will stick with Oceania! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Our past experiences with Celebrity date back to the times of ships like Zenith, Galaxy und Century (1992-1999). We were quite disapponted with the present services. The ship ist old and our balcony rail was terribly rusty. The Food was ... Read More
Our past experiences with Celebrity date back to the times of ships like Zenith, Galaxy und Century (1992-1999). We were quite disapponted with the present services. The ship ist old and our balcony rail was terribly rusty. The Food was ok but not more (the Tuscan Grille food was great, but considering the surcharge of 45.- $ per Person also very expensive). The portions served are either very big or very small (so that we had to ask for a 2nd serving). All Special Happenings Need to be paid extra (Tapas and Sangria, sushi). The self Service cafe was ok but we were missing the Food served in the passt (in 10 days found twice some shrimps, but plenty of US junk food). The drink packages at 55.- or 65$ are more than double compared to Oceania!!! The Service was in General good. We had opena seating and tried to get a table near our favourite head waiter and Sommelier. The Music Shows were good to excellent, but the life Music around the pool very loud so that we were hardly able to talk to each other (do they consider all cruise Pax to be deaf?). The staff in general was very friendly and helpful, considering the long duty times on board. Excursions: Since the offered excursions were very expensive we (Group of 6 persons) organsied all our excursions via Internet and had a great time in Muscat, Khasab, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Cruise critic Party: Celebrity manged to host the Party in the morning where plenty of People were out on excursions in Abu Dhabi, insted of the afternoon when everybody was on board since we had left Abu Dhabi at 12noon. Admirals Club: still fighting with Celebrity to honour our first 4 Cruises.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for some heat and winter sun - so we weren't disappointed in that respect. Hadn't been before so the itinerary was to look forward to. The embarkation process from Dubai to the ship was slow and not very well ... Read More
We chose this cruise for some heat and winter sun - so we weren't disappointed in that respect. Hadn't been before so the itinerary was to look forward to. The embarkation process from Dubai to the ship was slow and not very well coordinated. It took 1 hour at Abu Dhabi in the queue before we embarked the boat. It seemed odd to have the Cruise Critic gathering when most were away on a excursion although for some reason we did not appear on their lists and did not get an invite anyway! The ship was quite large in respect to what we have been on before and we felt that it was a little " tired " and could do with some TLC. Our Ocean View cabin on deck 3 was fine and close to the stairs and elevators and didn't suffer from noise being close to the atrium. Our open dining experiences on deck 4 were on the whole very good meeting a wide spectrum of people. The menus gave good choices for all our tastes. The waiter service was always very attentive and good. We went to some of the on board entertainment. Whilst it was not to our taste we acknowledge the effort and professionalism that was on show. The staff around the ship we found to be pleasant and courteous. The ports were interesting, but if you didn't do an excursion at Khasab there was nothing to see or do. We did some ship excursions (for ease) but also did our own. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We booked this cruise for a really good deal. Normally we do not like this shipsclass. And that did not change. We prefer the Solstice class on X. The condition of the ship is not as bad as some people were writing. She will go into ... Read More
We booked this cruise for a really good deal. Normally we do not like this shipsclass. And that did not change. We prefer the Solstice class on X. The condition of the ship is not as bad as some people were writing. She will go into drydock end of april in Spain. And she needs some refurbishment, like the Oceanview Cafe. The food was much better than in some reviews were written. The food in MDR was good, sometimes up to better, sometimes average. Expecially the food in the Oceanview Cafe was much better than on many other cruiseships in the past. It was hot, it was fresh, every day something special for breakfast and dinner, like a huge Donughtchoice one morning, fresh fried fish and chips, Borscht for the almost 100 russian people on board. We loved the Cafe al Bacio with the wonderful cakes and cookies. But sometimes really slow service. Service in the Oceanview was not so good, not enough people to clean the tables, more crewmembers trying to sell drinks or packages. Cabin cleaning was not as good as in former years. One stateroom attendant instead of two in other years. Every cruiseline is cutting down service. Service for Social Hour was really good, but that has to do with all the passengers and their drinking packages. So the Lounge was almost empty every evening. We knew all ports but not Khasab, Oman. We had a wonderful dhowcruise to the Fjords, watching a lot of dolphins. We liked Abu Dhabi more than Dubai: too busy, to much under construction, to much traffic. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Let me start by saying we love Celebrity and have cruised with them over 20 times. Yes things have changed over the years but the company must move with the times and keep up to date with their offering especially when there is a muti ... Read More
Let me start by saying we love Celebrity and have cruised with them over 20 times. Yes things have changed over the years but the company must move with the times and keep up to date with their offering especially when there is a muti national clientele like on this cruise. We embarked around 11-00. The signage wasn't as good as it is at many other ports, and there was a long line putting their hand luggage through the scanner. Other people were coming off coaches and being directed differently to add to the confusion. Once we got to the right desk embarkation was slick. My daughter was in a wheelchair for boarding and along with others in wheelchairs trying to access an elevator on board. We were surprised to see other able bodied passengers pushing past the wheelchairs to access the elevators. We used the stairs and met our daughter in Michaels. Megan was a gracious host and quickly resolved our questions. The bar staff in Michaels were also very accommodating obtaining our favourite drinks for us. Luminae was as always a fabulous relaxed atmosphere with great Matre'D Taskim, Sommellier Dragana and all of the wait staff doing a great job. On every cruise their are some things we try which we haven't tried before, and others we aren't as thrilled with. On the plus side the silent disco was fantastic, great fun. The movie on the pool deck with headphones so no one else was disturbed was also a good innovation for night time entertainment....shame no bar service! The live music in the bars was also very good. In particular the classical duo played very well and were wonderful to listen to. Please Celebrity keep a wide range of live music on board to suit all tastes. We used to love the production shows but this time they were disappointing. A mish mash of popular songs with little to link them, the pantomime show being particularly odd with parodies of gay people I found distasteful. The Beatles tribute and the Musicals singer (sorry cant recall his name ) were particularly good. We decided to try the adult late night game shows this cruise. I don't think we'll be doing it again. They were just cheap and smutty....Not modern luxury celebrity more like a race to the slime! The ship was in good shape and the Martini bar was the liveliest venue. The bar staff were fantastic. Rhory was great and we went to a mixology class with him where we had a great time. We were taken to dinner in the Tuscan by Sinisa Micetic(Guest relations manager) and Oswald Harbrecht (food and beverage manager). The food and service in the Tuscan was just excellent. Our stateroom was well maintained. The shower door was a little heavy to open but otherwise we were very well looked after by Nash and Maxime. We loved all the ports on this trip which offered a variety of things to see and do. For us, having visited Dubai previously our stay was a little long. Maybe a couple of other ports would enhance this cruise, although for most people the sunshine was enough! At each port there were lots of options for taxis and tours. We used sunshine tours Oman and local taxis elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Prior to the embarking the cruise we arrived in Abu Dhabi a few days in advance to beat jet lag (long flight from Canada). We stayed at the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, and loved it. Great hotel for a reasonable price in a good location. We ... Read More
Prior to the embarking the cruise we arrived in Abu Dhabi a few days in advance to beat jet lag (long flight from Canada). We stayed at the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, and loved it. Great hotel for a reasonable price in a good location. We were also quite surprised at how much we loved Abu Dhabi in general, and in particular how green it is (I guess that's what happens when you use 250 MILLION gallons of water a day just to keep the city green). No sign of the desert unless you look for it. Embarkation was the best we've ever experienced at any port world-wide. Great terminal building and super smooth process. We guess from the time we got out of the taxi, it was only 15 minutes until we were on the ship. Fast, friendly and efficient process. For context, my wife and I are 47 and 46 years old, and unfortunately due to a progressively debilitating disease my wife now requires a small mobility scooter (yay Travel Scoot!), and therefore we were in an accessible deluxe veranda cabin (category 2A). She also maintains a strict diet to try and moderate the disease and that requires no gluten, dairy or egg. So a lot of my remarks and comments will have an accessibility component and will may also mention food as it relates to these dietary restrictions. As with all Celebrity cruises we've been on (see my signature), the staterooms were not ready until roughly 1:30 PM, so we relaxed on deck in the sun. On that note, the weather on this cruise was nothing short of spectacular. Sunny, calm and NO clouds every single day with temperatures around 27*C (80*F for Americans), although there was fog/haze a couple times. Prior to going to our room we went for lunch in the buffet, which was a big disappointment compared to the Solstice class ships were are used to with Celebrity. It is the more traditional style buffet, with food on two sides of the ship arranged in a long single line, along with an area at the back of the ship. It is not too intuitively laid out, and makes it difficult to see what is available without taking a complete tour all the way around both sides. For those with mobility issues, this is problematic. It also lends itself to feeling more crowded than the Solstice class buffet design. Combine this with a more crowded feeling tables area and less tables outside on the back deck, and the buffet area was not our favourite [albeit still better than the Carnival cruise we were on]. The food however, was very satisfactory, and they were more than happy to cook something especially for my wife if she couldn't have things on the actual buffet. Our stateroom, being accessible, was huge. We figure it is similarly sized to a suite or much higher category room. However, not having automatic door openers was extremely disappointing and lead to less independence for my wife. The stateroom itself, while showing some wear was nice, although the mattresses could use replacement. The balcony was also huge with a nice ramp to access it. As for public rooms, we liked some and disliked others. The main lounge on deck 4 was fantastic and we had drinks in it almost every night before dinner (and listened to the Joe and Liv Duo, who were fantastic). Similarly Cellar Masters was excellent, and actually better than on Solstice class ships, however we only had drinks there once as the string duo would lull you to sleep. We also loved the martini bar, but it was so small it was difficult to get a table to enjoy a drink. Cafe al Bacio was consistently busy and very well done. Sushi on Five was beautiful....but empty! Accessibility inside the ship was generally OK, but the doors were a huge issue. Instead of automated doors, like on the Solstice class ships, they were typically the older style push/pull doors....and heavy! This was also true for accessing the exterior decks, and that was difficult. For older people they had a really hard time opening some of the doors even when the ship was stationary. Similarly, the public restrooms did not have automated door openers and were very poorly designed inside (but very clean). Very unfortunate design for accessibility purposes, some of which should have been rectified in dry dock but were not. I'll devote a separate paragraph to the pool areas. While decent they were wholly inaccessible. This meant my wife couldn't enjoy lounging in the water or walking in it. There were stairs to get up to the pool level in the solarium, then stairs to go down into the water. Similarly the main outdoor pool had many needless stairs. This is simply a function of older design, however. New ship designs are eliminating such needless design features. Both pools were a bit smaller but very well used, but personally I didn't enjoy the solarium pool area at all (too small). The Aqua Spa cafe in the solarium is in an odd location and makes it more of an after-thought and hard to remember when thinking of food options. The hot tubs were nice and very well used, with cooler than normal water which meant you could stay in them for a long time and enjoy the sun. The itinerary was excellent: Abu Dhabi, UAE - 2 days Muscat, Oman - 2 days Khasab, Oman Dubai, UAE - 3 day All ports were very, very good, but Dubai is literally another world. Makes most similar things in the US seem small, older and inconsequential. You have to see it to understand what I mean. One surprising fact about the fellow passengers wasn't the vast array of nationalities on board, but the complete lack of Americans. Typically cruises anywhere in the world are populated by a tremendous number of Americans. Not this one! Had to really look to find any. I guess Donald Trump's rhetoric and lies about being unsafe in the Middle East must be resonating with most back home (and yes, that was a political comment). I should also clarify that not once on the entire trip did we feel the least bit unsafe. Quite the contrary, and the people in each of the countries were fantastically nice and helpful. You quickly learn in travel that a smile is a universal language. On to the food. We didn't try the specialty restaurants on this ship, as we've done Tuscan Grille, Murano, Qsine and Silk Harvest many times each on other cruises (and the cover charge is getting outrageous at $45 US and $50 US). Ocean Liners looked very nice though, and its menu was similar to Murano. Tuscan Grille had the new menu and a nice top level location. The San Marco main dining room was quite good. As is typical there were hits and misses, but in general it was very good. The service was fantastic, as usual. We actually liked the look and feel of the MDR better than on the Solstice class ships, as it was less crowded and felt quite upscale. Room service was OK, but they have limited the free menu so much in recent years it's becoming an afterthought. We did however order continental breakfasts from room service many days just to avoid the buffet disaster, and with the perfect weather it was great to eat on the balcony. Debarkation was as easy and effortless as embarkation. However, with a late flight to Singapore, we decided to take the offer to stay on board until 3 PM and use all the facilities. What a great idea by Celebrity!!! We still had to be out of our staterooms by 7:00 AM (yes, you read that right), as the ship docked at 5:00 AM but we simply went for breakfast and then went and laid by the pool. At 9:30 AM we were escorted off the ship, then given a visitor badge and whisked back onboard. Off to the pool again. Great way to spend a day compared to booking a day room at a hotel and having to deal with luggage and taxis multiple times. Overall, to conclude, we liked the cruise itself and loved the itinerary BUT would probably not sail on a Millenium class ship again (at least until they get some of the accessibility challenges resolved). Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Chose this cruise because I was very keen to visit that part of the world. We stayed in Singapore prior to the cruise and were very happy with the Orchard Hotel that had been booked for us. It was in a very central position and ... Read More
Chose this cruise because I was very keen to visit that part of the world. We stayed in Singapore prior to the cruise and were very happy with the Orchard Hotel that had been booked for us. It was in a very central position and everything about it was first class. We had a private transfer to the port and embarkation was fine. It was our first Aqua Class booking and were very excited about this. Our cabin was exactly the same as any other balcony cabin. On reaching our cabin, it had a heavy layer of dust on the TV. This was quickly rectified. The only other benefits of being Aqua Class were a few nibbles delivered to our cabin every afternoon and the flexibility of eating in the Blue Restaurant. The food was the same as in the main restaurant, just less people. The waiters in the main restaurant seemed to want to please a lot more. The ship itself was looking very tired, although I believe it was due for a refit. We had been on the Reflection 6 months previously and you could not compare the ship at all. The main destinations we visited such as Bangkok and Ho Chi Min City were long drives from the port, which made these trips long and tiring, although the stay in Bangkok was overnight so we stayed in a hotel. We did not realise this until after we had booked. Smaller ships are able to dock much closer. The two other ports were much more holiday destinations, but a day is not really long enough to get the feel. Overall, I felt the cruise was too short, too hot and too busy. Whilst on board it was Chinese New Year, and the main stairwell was decorated with lanterns and the captain gave a 2 to 3 minute speech. A bit of a let down all in all. I generally always enjoy Celebrity cruises but this one did nothing for me, except to say I was not in a hurry to book another cruise. However, I have been persuaded and going on another Celebrity cruise next month. It was a long way to go from the UK, and this should be considered when booking and perhaps spend longer away. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We did this cruise simply to get out of the UK weather and enjoy the quality of Celebrity's accommodation and food. The intinary is not very good if you are looking to simply get off the ship and tour the local promonard etc. Due to ... Read More
We did this cruise simply to get out of the UK weather and enjoy the quality of Celebrity's accommodation and food. The intinary is not very good if you are looking to simply get off the ship and tour the local promonard etc. Due to the flight times and arriving in Dubai then transferring to Abbi Dhabi we were simply to tired to see anything of Abbi Dhabi and that was one of the better stops. Dubai is simply a great place to explore if you are prepared to use either the taxis or red bus. It's a city break really with some odd stops thrown in. The ship (Constallation) was one of the smaller ones in the fleet and did need updating and we did not find the staff as friendly as others we have been on although it's difficult to put your finger on what was wrong. The food and wine was very good but the dinning areas seemed a little cramped during the evening which resulted more noise than usual. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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