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Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise for its itinerary, which ended with the F1 . The check in was chaotic, but once on-board that was soon forgotten. Our cabin was at the rear of the ship with a large balcony, this was ideal for our cruising ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its itinerary, which ended with the F1 . The check in was chaotic, but once on-board that was soon forgotten. Our cabin was at the rear of the ship with a large balcony, this was ideal for our cruising through the Suez canal, offering panoramic views. My personal opinion is that some excursions were over priced but I know others on-board were happy with them. Entertainment was good and varied. No problems with the sunbed but think that was more down to the demographics of passengers. We enjoyed the dining in the main dining room and requested the same location every night as we had an amazing waiter. On previous Celebrity cruises we've struggled to find somewhere to sit at Cafe Al Balcio, this time we never had a problem and enjoyed a coffee while watching the world go by. Would highly recommend this itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Celebrity is our cruise line of choice! We love Aqua Class staterooms and what comes with it ... especially dining in the Blu. The Persian Gardens on this ship is very small and not as open as on the Solstice Ships, but there for your ... Read More
Celebrity is our cruise line of choice! We love Aqua Class staterooms and what comes with it ... especially dining in the Blu. The Persian Gardens on this ship is very small and not as open as on the Solstice Ships, but there for your use. We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary. It was a "repositioning" cruise so did not come with all the perks that other cruises do, but the price was excellent. We found the Constellation to be friendly, never any crowds or lineups and a great mix of passengers from all over the world. The food on this ship was very good. We dined in all the restaurants during our 15 nights on this ship and enjoyed everyone of the restaurants. The Blu & The Tuscan are our favourites. An activity that we really enjoyed is the "Silent Disco" at the Martini Bar. This is alot of fun, made for many laughs and a good time. Be sure to try it out if you see it listed as an activity on your ship. We would travel on the Constellation again if the itinerary was what we were interested in. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
We were a family of 6 adults. This was my second celebrity cruise. We were in Aqua class. Disappointed in the cruise. The Suez Canal narrator did not have adequate microphone so he ended up speaking to people as they came up to him. Not at ... Read More
We were a family of 6 adults. This was my second celebrity cruise. We were in Aqua class. Disappointed in the cruise. The Suez Canal narrator did not have adequate microphone so he ended up speaking to people as they came up to him. Not at all like Panama Canal crossing on NCL. We used Aqua class and main dinning room menu- which was nice to have access to. Not as boring as repeats. The entertainment in the main venue was good but the entertainment in the other clubs was not. We attended most of the podium lectures which were good. Physics, naturalist and historical series. It was nice to get an invitation to go to helicopter area for docking. We ordered cheese for our afternoon snack which was far superior to the other offering in Aqua. No extra charge. Room service for breakfast was very prompt. Our cabin steward was always available and helpful. Aman. Our waiters at dinner got our preferences down and we had a table for 6 reserved for us which was spacious and nice. We went on private tours. The Dark Rome tour of the Basilicas and St. Peter's was great. The guides were very learned energetic and enthusiastic. We were able to get tickets to go down to St. Peter's tomb and see the old pagan cemeteries. Contact the Vatican- very limited each day. We were very lucky. On the way up to the main basilica we saw other areas. We also went to the top on the elevator. Would suggest this. You can climb up to the top for additional 300 stairs. We were happy with the elevator inside and out. You ended up where the statues are and the dome inside. To go to the top of the tallet building in Dubai get your tickets in advance. We were dissapointed. A must see the Mosque in Abu Dabi. We did a dune bashing which was fun. I would skip the dinner cruise- too long and you can get a water taxi that goes the same route and takes you to the gold market suick. I did not buy anything but the malls are a nice walk through with the aquarium and the ski slopes. Food courts are very interesting. Like being back in US but the customers were veiled. People were always very friendly. The acropolis is being restored which is nice. Also went to Poseiden ruins. Petra was fantastic and much larger than just the treasury in the Raider's movie. A very long walk. Horses and carts are available. Donkeys also. Hope this is helpful. No problem with pirates. We had some black out dates. Windows and curtains drawn. We did have a Safe Haven drill. Felt very safe. Enjoyed the Captian's talk.Buffet had great variety and was good. The aqua class comes with the Persiean Garden. This was not the same as on our other Celebrity cruise. Dark small and dank. I did enjoy the sauna for the general members off the pool. The gym was visited by my husband alot. The stretch exercises and abdominal exercises were good but needs to be offered more times especially since we had so many sea days with little activiites. They were very popular. I liked the fact that there was no hard pressure sales in the spa when we attended women's pamper day. My sister and sister in law enjoyed the brow presentation also. Our hostess in aqua class was wonderful. She greeted us and was very polite and happy!! She loved her job and it showed. Nice greeting every night. NurseGator Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
There's a lot of rust all over the ship. The public restrooms are almost always more dirty and smelly than the restroom on the average petrol station. The WTC Abu Dhabi shopping mall has better quality on their toilet paper than the ... Read More
There's a lot of rust all over the ship. The public restrooms are almost always more dirty and smelly than the restroom on the average petrol station. The WTC Abu Dhabi shopping mall has better quality on their toilet paper than the ship. As always there are too many different kinds of music on at the same time around the Al Bacio, which is usually our favorite place to spend our time and money. This cruise we didn't. We couldn't. The two girls strangling their violins must have paid a lot of money to be on this ship because they really can't play. Classical music is supposed to be harmonious, but they have no ounce of harmony in their act. They just sound like they're mistreating their instruments. The singer Jessica Hart in the production team destroys everything that allows her to open her mouth. She can't carry a tune, at all. Vocal Captain Matt on the other hand is amazing. I've been calling Celebrity customer service a lot in the previous months asking about our upcoming trip and every time I got different answers. Not one person knew anything at all about visas or visitors permits. But they should all be fluent in the workings of the ship and that you will handle ships excursions and the guests needs. It turns out we've been worried for nothing. But we've actually seriously considered cancelling this cruise because it was virtually impossible to get any answers from customer services. The Silent Disco was the absolute highlight of the activities on the ship. The short episodes of "if you laugh you lose" would have won if they were longer. I could easily see this on stage in the theater for half an hour and remember it as the highlight of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We picked the due for the itinerary and value for money. Rome, Sicily, Athens, Suez Canal, Aqaba for Petra, Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Sky suite, deck 6, midships, good location close to where you needed to be. Great feature was that ... Read More
We picked the due for the itinerary and value for money. Rome, Sicily, Athens, Suez Canal, Aqaba for Petra, Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Sky suite, deck 6, midships, good location close to where you needed to be. Great feature was that the bed faced to window and not side on as in other suites we’ve had. Good standard of ship and guest entertainers. Luminae great as usual although there were a few night where we had to pick from the main dining room menu. Only thing that we disliked aboard the ship was the quality and appropriateness of piped music when there was no live music or DJ. The music in the Martini Bar which we love was appalling, techno electronic which set your nerves on edge and created a negative ambiance. I can’t stress how bad it was. We requested that they play something more appropriate to the bar and crowd aboard but were told that the music was set by head office in Miami and couldn’t be changed. Every evening we asked them to turn it down.......it was truly awful. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
I love the time away on the cruise through the Panama Canal. And seeing the new canal was very interesting. The ports were interesting, learned about Tequila and coffee in 2 of the ports, and in Colon watched ships going through the ... Read More
I love the time away on the cruise through the Panama Canal. And seeing the new canal was very interesting. The ports were interesting, learned about Tequila and coffee in 2 of the ports, and in Colon watched ships going through the canal. We ate dinner in the main dining room. The food was generally great, except for some of the vegetarian dishes. the Spa cafe was a disappointment. Food was mediocre and no hot food. Went on another Celebrity cruise and the spa cafe served grilled fish for lunch, great!! but not on this one. Only cold wraps and salad. this ship is over 15 years old and in need of maintenance in the rooms and some care. With the first view of the ship I noticed that it needed painting and general care outside. I guess I am spoiled by RCCI and the care that the Captain for "His" ship. This care was not evident on this cruise. Found out that Captains are rotated every 3 months, so there is no "ownership" of the vessel. Also found that the brochure description of the cabin was mistaken. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
The food and beverage experience on this ship was perhaps the best we have ever had on any cruise, however, the ship is badly in need of a major refurbishment. Cabin furniture and many public areas are looking very tired. Having said that, ... Read More
The food and beverage experience on this ship was perhaps the best we have ever had on any cruise, however, the ship is badly in need of a major refurbishment. Cabin furniture and many public areas are looking very tired. Having said that, the crew was almost universally friendly, attentive and wanting to make our cruise experience better. The ports were generally excellent with the exception of Colon, which was a dump. In our opinion we should have sailed straight from the Panama Canal to Cartagena, which other than the canal was the highlight of the cruise. We don't take ships' tours but had a few good tours on this cruise, with the exception of Puerto Quetzal, where the tour arranged through Tour Excursioneers to Antigua and a spa was poorly organized and overpriced. Our tour with Marelvy in Cartagena was excellent, as was our tour from Puntarenas. Again the only negative was the ship, which is in very bad shape. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Chose this cruise because another couple we met on a previous cruise advised us that they had booked on this cruise and invited us to join them. We were most disappointed with the goings on the Silhouette. The Accounting was awful, we had ... Read More
Chose this cruise because another couple we met on a previous cruise advised us that they had booked on this cruise and invited us to join them. We were most disappointed with the goings on the Silhouette. The Accounting was awful, we had paid for a Dinner Wine package and the Somellier had no intimation of this. He most graciously advised us that our credit was good and for us to go ahead and order the wine and that he would take care of the accounting aspect. He discovered that we had been billed for two sets of Wine packages and arranged for the Credit due. The shore Excursions thru' which office we had confirmed three tours, two tours earllier and one later. They had no record of our first two tours and advised us that we had no reservaions even after the fact that they sent us an invoice confirming the tours debited us with the costs. Had a shore appointment whch was made even before we started the tours, where we would not have been able to keep if it was not due to the fact that one of the Shore Excursions Staff, after hearing our plight confirmed with her Manaer and were able to accommodate us. There was a major break down with the water supply for several hours when a main pipe burst and was eventually repaired. When the water supply resumed, the water from the faucet was badly discoloured and presumable contminated and the toilet backed up very badly. When the Front Office Guest Services was requested to supply a few bottles of water (normal Cost US $5.50 + 18% gratuity - a true rip off) at no charge due to the inconvenience. After 3 reminders and assurances, absolutely no action was taken and the water never arrived. We celebrated 2 special occassions with our 51st wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday, receipt of the latter was confirmed prior to full payment and was totally ignored on board.There were numerous, approx. 20 items each day on the daily Today Ship's programme, which were marked with double ** asterics, indicating that a fee applies. Even the Officers Party for Select Members were a joke. the cruise line cancelled the party (a huge savings in doing so) and instead provided each couple with 3 beverage coupons that had to be consumed withing 2 hours from 5 pm - 7 pm, which resulted with the early Dinner sitting passengers had only 45 minutes to consume 6 beverages. Again a massive savings in not achiving the impossible. A sure insult to the intelligence of the cruise passencgers.All of the Waiter and other Staff were very good. The Officers, with the exception of the Captain, could do with some PR updates. Being our 39th cruise, will not be inclined to add this cruise to our repeat list. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
My wife and I have cruised with Celebrity many times but this was our first time sailing on the Silhouette. It was a major disappointment comparing it to the other trips with Celebrity. The food in the main dinning room was marginal ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised with Celebrity many times but this was our first time sailing on the Silhouette. It was a major disappointment comparing it to the other trips with Celebrity. The food in the main dinning room was marginal at best and not once in the 15 that we ate in the main dinning room did our dinner arrive hot. the meals were warm at best. Portion sizes have been reduced to child size portions and if you return your dinner due to it being cold you wait only to receive another warn dinner. Do you enjoy a cup of coffee with your desert,so do I. Unfortunately not once did the coffee arrive with the dessert and a number of nights we left without ever having our coffee. I can only surmise that the cruise lines want you to book your dinners in the specialty restaurants since the staff were ever present trying to get us to book a table. Activities on this ship were designed for non active or non mobile passengers. No basketball, volleyball or pool games. This was the first cruise I have ever taken that no band of any sort played around the pool during the day. As I said BORING. On a transatlantic cruse with 7 straight sea days you would think the crew staff would have come up with a plan to entertain the passengers better during the day. Our stateroom attendant was great and the stateroom was very comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because we spent a week in Prauge and Rome before boarding this trans-Atlantic cruise. The ship missed one port of call because of the weather (never refunded the port charges) but the rest of the crossing the seas ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we spent a week in Prauge and Rome before boarding this trans-Atlantic cruise. The ship missed one port of call because of the weather (never refunded the port charges) but the rest of the crossing the seas were very calm and the weather warm. We found the food day after day to be boring, except if you paid extra for the specialty restaurants (about $100 for 2 unless you buy a package). If you book anytime dinning do not expect to be seated when you want always a long line and a wait. The entire Celebrity cruise line is geared to getting every dollar out of you on a cruise. from internet, drinks, special event, services and of course retail stores which are no bargains. My wife has her hair washed and blown out at the beauty salon cost $75 plus 18% gratuity that was the last time we used any service on board We brought our own DVD player to watch movies in our room. Entertainment in the Celebrity theater was inadequate and nothing memorable, singing that was way to loud so that we had to walk out of the theater several times. Disembarking the ship was a nightmare, something happen to the gangway and they left the passengers lined up on deck in line while they called the shore to have it fixed. We have sailed on 70+ cruises on other ships and are now Elite class on Celebrity. It will be a long time before we sail with this line again. Read Less
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