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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because most of these ports were new to us. We wanted a cruise that would depart out of Venice. We went 4 days early to enjoy this wonderful city. Getting on the ship was easy and fast. The food and service in Luminare ... Read More
We chose this cruise because most of these ports were new to us. We wanted a cruise that would depart out of Venice. We went 4 days early to enjoy this wonderful city. Getting on the ship was easy and fast. The food and service in Luminare was great. We ate there everyday and enjoyed it. The ports were beautiful with lots of offerings. We took some tours through the ship and some independent. Most of these ports were very easy to get around. The scenery is beautiful! We enjoyed the entertainment on board too. The entertainers that were brought on board were very good. We like the size of this ship. It was easy to learn where everything was. Also the passengers are under 2000 people so you can easily connect with other passengers. We enjoyed stopping by the Martini Bar before dinner. Great Martinis and a wonderful spot to meet up with fellow cruisers. Disembarkation was very easy too. For lots of reasons we enjoyed sailing on the Constellation in the Suites. I know it's more money but there are great perks. We loved this cruise and would go again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Having just taken a Holland America cruise (which I enjoyed very much), my expectations were high coming into this one. Unfortunately, it fell short in the biggest area for me, the food. First, let me start by saying that I thought the ... Read More
Having just taken a Holland America cruise (which I enjoyed very much), my expectations were high coming into this one. Unfortunately, it fell short in the biggest area for me, the food. First, let me start by saying that I thought the ship was very nice, with a bright, cheery decor. The staff was wonderful, the embarkation/disembarkation very smooth, the special performers memorable, etc. I basically view the ship as transportation from one port to another, instead of as the destination of the trip itself, so in that it was a success. I had a big issue with the fact that there were only pay-per-view movies available in the room ($14.98 a shot). The last cruise I was on offered complimentary movies that mirrored what I found on the air flight to the embarkation city. I thought that was now a standard offering on all cruises, but apparently not. But now for the reason for the average rating. I found the food to be mediocre. Not only that, but for the most part, people served themselves from the buffet. Food in the back row of serving dishes were often not easily accessible to those with short arms. On three separate occasions, I saw people who were completely under the food guard reaching for food. Having just been on a Holland America cruise, where food was almost always dished out for you by servers, this was very surprising (and not in a good way). Half way through the cruise, both I and my spouse became ill, and spent the remainder of the cruise eating the blandest food possible (baked chicken breast and white rice) whenever we were on the ship. Oddly enough, things seemed to be better when we were off the ship and eating from places where we were docked. We had been drinking the water from the dispensers on the ship, so we're not sure if it was the food or the water that was the cause of our stomach issues. Between the issue with the food and the lack of complimentary movies in the room, I do not plan on cruising with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
The itinerary was quite unique and the time of year worked for our small group. The starting city of Venice was a must for our friends and we love Barcelona where the cruise was ending. The cabin was well situated and we had a huge ... Read More
The itinerary was quite unique and the time of year worked for our small group. The starting city of Venice was a must for our friends and we love Barcelona where the cruise was ending. The cabin was well situated and we had a huge balcony. The smallness of the ship made it easy to find our friends without always having to walk miles. Rich the cruise director was great. We travelled with 3 young adults who felt the crowd was a bit old, but that tends to happen when off peak and on longer cruises. They still had a fantastic time. We enjoyed trying Qsine and Tuscan Grill, where I personally got to have the best filet mignon I ever had. Check in was super fast at the port of Venice and disembarkation fairly smooth. The one issue we had a lot was errors on our bill more than once, which became quite irritating. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I have to admit that I was spoiled by having been on the Reflection in January. Not only was the ship beautiful, but it had an amazing attentive staff. This ship was the functional opposite. Cleaning the room consisted of leaving every ... Read More
I have to admit that I was spoiled by having been on the Reflection in January. Not only was the ship beautiful, but it had an amazing attentive staff. This ship was the functional opposite. Cleaning the room consisted of leaving every old half consumed item exactly where it had been left and service in the dining room meant waiting 20 to 30 minutes per course (which would be ok, if your companions weren't finished with their mean in the interim). I ordered a birthday cake for my friend (at a $29 charge) and not only did we have to wait 20 minutes for it after the entrees, but then we had to wait for the plates and forks. Once they brought those, we couldn't get tea and coffee for another 10 minutes until I got up and physically found the Assitant Maitre D'. To his credit, the Assistant Maitre D' from Croatia ( I believe his name was Milan) went out of his way to try to make up for the terrible food and service in the dining room. As to the quality of the food, I saw that other reviewers reported it to be fine. This may be because they were eating in Aqua or in the specialty restaurants. Also, these people probably eat their foods sauced, which I do not, which covers up cheap ingredients. I realized too late in the trip that we should have paid extra in order to get edible food. The captain and senior officers clearly knew this, since they never ate in the dining room. That should have given me the clue. Towards the end of the cruise I went to Sushi on 5 and both the staff and the food were wonderful. Our group was treated to a dinner at Tuscany the last night, and while it was not as good as it was on the Reflection, it was certainly lovely. As to the dining room and buffet food, it consisted of tasteless tomatoes from cold storage, cheap frozen spinach defrosted into a watery mess, white rice which was so bad that when I asked my dining companion to sample she involuntarily spit it out, stir fries which were overcooked and over salted, french fries that tasted like they were from a t.v. dinner heated in the microwave, etc. The quality of the food rivaled an elementary school cafeteria, not an alleged premium cruise line. As to the rest of the ship, it is old and tired. It has that worn, need to be renovated look. The Good: Embarkation- Absolutely up to Celebrity standards. Quick, efficient and easy. Pool- Thalassotherapy was an absolute delight. If the ports weren't so good, we could have stayed there for days. Entertainment- Jenny Cho was amazing. The other shows were a delight. Itinerary- Could not have been better. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We have chosen this cruise because it was supposedly be a 5.5 stars however we were VERY DISAPPOINTED with Celebrity Constellation!!! 1st day upon our check, the room was dirty, with stains on the chairs. The telephone in our room was so ... Read More
We have chosen this cruise because it was supposedly be a 5.5 stars however we were VERY DISAPPOINTED with Celebrity Constellation!!! 1st day upon our check, the room was dirty, with stains on the chairs. The telephone in our room was so filthy and sticky, that the buttons, as you pushed them down would get stack and not work. Disgusting!!! Our bathroom floor had a leak problem. While we were on a shore excursion, the mechanics came and supposedly fixed the problem. Upon our return to the ship, we have not seen any improvement with the floor but we were definitely missing my husbands unique knife from the bathroom. We contacted customer service regarding the missing item but nothing has been done about that. The common areas were not well maintained or well cleaned. While we were dining at the Seaside Cafe (Self Service), nobody would come and collect empty plates. We have observed this pretty much every time we have dined at the Seaside Cafe. We have witnessed other guests cleaning the plates from a table, as the staff was not available to do that. Our anniversary was never acknowledged, even though it was clearly mentioned in our documentation. Our last day was in Barcelona where we have arrived very early in the morning and our assigned check out/leaving the ship time was at 7:30am. Guests from some other rooms had to leave the ship at 7am!!!! That is unacceptable. I have never seen another cruise or a hotel which kicked out their guests so early. What about the poor elderly people who had an afternoon departure for overseas flight? What about the people who were transferring to a hotel in Barcelona? No hotel allows you to check in at that time in the morning!!!! After our check out we proceeded to collect our luggage at the carousel. When I have received my suitcase, the collapsible handle on my bag was not working due to a big dent into the suitcase. Someone must of smashed my bag very hard. After our cruise we were traveling through Europe and I had hard time transferring from place to place with my large bag without a working handle. There is plenty more I could write about our experiences during our sailing. About what was unacceptable and disappointing. I will just summarize it with a comment, that we are experienced travelers who are not very picky, however Celebrity Constellation is definitely NOT a 5* cruise. If I was generous, I would give them 3.5*. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
My friend is a travel agent who recommended this cruise. We booked this cruise with 3 other couples and had a very nice time. The food was very good as well as the service. The only complaint we had was that smoking was allowed on the ... Read More
My friend is a travel agent who recommended this cruise. We booked this cruise with 3 other couples and had a very nice time. The food was very good as well as the service. The only complaint we had was that smoking was allowed on the pool deck. Due to the pool deck being enclosed the smoke tended to hang as well as pass through the doors into the enclosed area's. Also as this ship is smaller those travellers who used the upper pool deck to walk or run constantly ran into obstacles, as their was limited space for this activity. The cabin was comfortable with a nice sized bathroom. The bed was very comfortable and had a nice selection of pillows to choose from. Our room was a ocean-view on deck 3 which we found was perfect. As this cruise had a number of stops we did not miss having a balcony as we were up early each morning and off of the ship. Overall we would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We've cruised Constellations 3 times and this will be the last one. We opted for Aqua Class and we were a little disappointed with the Persian Garden. It was noisey and had benches as opposed to individual beds with NO VIEW. Small ... Read More
We've cruised Constellations 3 times and this will be the last one. We opted for Aqua Class and we were a little disappointed with the Persian Garden. It was noisey and had benches as opposed to individual beds with NO VIEW. Small area. Cabin was dated and looked a bit run down. You can see the wear and tear of the 17yr old ship. Musical entertainment minimal and they played for very short periods, could have used more live music for longer periods of time. The one show we did see was not the greatest. Love the 'silent disco' - great fun. Staff seemed overworked/stressed and definitely understaffed. Room stewards don't have assistance anymore and they are cleaning at a surface level because they can't get around to doing a 'full' cleaning. BLU was our favourite part and the food was great. Bartenders are mostly attentive and the staff at Bacio are always welcoming. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I chose this cruise for it's great mix of ports of call; favorites - Sicily, Montenegro and Valenica. Least favorite - Ravenna; as much as I love byzantine mosaics, the town itself lacks the charm as a ship destination; I would recommend ... Read More
I chose this cruise for it's great mix of ports of call; favorites - Sicily, Montenegro and Valenica. Least favorite - Ravenna; as much as I love byzantine mosaics, the town itself lacks the charm as a ship destination; I would recommend going to San Marino or Bologna which will take more transportation time and the additional cost involved. The inside stateroom cabin met my expectations. The cruise staff is professional and friendly. The food quality was what Royal Caribbean was like 7 years ago and was high. I wouldn't recommend the burger or fries that are out by the pool. Dining room was elegant and classy. From a casual dining perspective, there is not enough seating on the outside back of the ship and it is only available on deck 10. The entertainment on board was diverse and there was something for everybody. Lots of great shows and entertainers in the Celebrity theatre. Minuses: - The actual docking ports were never within walking distance to the town; this maybe unique to the destinations themselves, but you will have to either pay for a shuttle service or be on a shore excursion. - The price of Celebrity's shore excursions are high; this is what drives me to Cruise Critic in the first place to meet my fellow passengers and create our own excursion for a fraction of the price with a much smaller group. - Deck 5 has too much shopping space that reminds me of being in a department store for women and fine jewelry. - There is a video sceen up on deck 11; the overall number of films shown is limited to 1 a day. I think they could do a better job in showing more variety. - There is a kiosk on deck 3 that allows you to send a Celebrity greeting with a picture via email to your family and friends. This machine was operating fine, but none of the recipients received their greeting. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The itinerary was the biggest factor in choosing this cruise as it visited a number of ports in the Adriatic and Med that we had not been to before. We last cruised on the Constellation in 2006 since when it has been through a major refit ... Read More
The itinerary was the biggest factor in choosing this cruise as it visited a number of ports in the Adriatic and Med that we had not been to before. We last cruised on the Constellation in 2006 since when it has been through a major refit including the addition of aqua class staterooms and facilities which we chose this time round. We joined in Venice having spent the 2 days prior exploring that wonderful city. The great thing about this was that having stayed on the central Piazza Roma it was only a very short walk (over the road) to the public transfer system which took us to the cruise port in just a few minutes. This made embarkation a particularly easy and comfortable exercise. Constellation carries c. 2,000 guests, so a medium sized ship which we prefer. Because of the refit/expansion that was undertaken, occasionally some of the layout is a bit confusing but after a couple of days we sorted out our bearings. The open air and indoor swimming pools are both salt water ones, the former unheated and the latter more of a spa pool. After getting used to the salt water aspect, I really enjoyed the outdoor pool which is of a decent enough length for swimming. Our aqua class cabin was comfortable and well designed albeit the bathroom felt a little cramped. Plenty of wardrobe space with sufficient hangers. Standard sized balcony just taking two recliners and small table. We took all of our breakfasts and dinner in Blu Restaurant which is exclusive to the Aqua cabins. Food had a slightly healthier eating aspect to it but plenty of choice and excellent quality. Service was excellent with a nice rapport built with our waiter team, sommelier etc. Probably the best overall entertainment package we have experienced in the theatre. Most of the guest artists were British, except for a husband and wife from Australia (separate and very different acts on different nights). The in house team were also very good. We didn't take any of the shore excursions which, as usual for Celebrity, are very expensive and we can find enough to do in port or with locally booked trips on our own. We also found it easier and less expensive to find taxis in most ports and it does frustarte me that when Celebrity is responsible for the shuttle service, they want to charge $15 or $20 when locally provided ones charge €7 or €8. Good itinerary and our favourites were Dubrovnik (overnight), Ravenna, Catania (Sicily) and Valencia. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We were a group of 10 and this was our first time to the Mediterranean. This cruise followed a Danube river cruise. We embarked after spending 3 nights in Venice and I would recommend at least 3 nights there - though it is expensive. We ... Read More
We were a group of 10 and this was our first time to the Mediterranean. This cruise followed a Danube river cruise. We embarked after spending 3 nights in Venice and I would recommend at least 3 nights there - though it is expensive. We travelled as a group by water taxi to the port. This was the most economical for us as we had lots of luggage and are all seniors. Embarkation was smooth - we were on board by 11am and enjoyed lunch on the deck. Clouds rolled in near sail away time, but the rain held off just long enough to sail by Venice - something not to be missed! We went ashore at all ports and at least took the shuttle to town. Walked the walls in Dubrovnik - worth the time. Totally enjoyed Catania stop where we went to Mount Etna and Taormina. This cruise was chosen for the itinerary. We like the size of this ship - a little smaller than Eclipse etc. Though it is older, the recent renovations are good. Seem to be many coats of paint on the balconies etc. But Connie is still in good shape. I really wish Celebrity would add a piano bar. Maybe get rid of Cellar Masters - there never seems to be anyone there. Or Sushi on 5. We did appreciate that there seemed to be less push to up sell this year - i.e. specialty dining, spa etc. And I would like to see the cost of internet come down and be faster. It is a part of everyone’s lives now - perhaps unfortunately. Overall a great trip! Read Less
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