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Celebrity Constellation

Celebrity Constellation - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Officers and crew are friendly and accessible

Cons

From drinks to the spa to dining, there's an upsell

Bottom Line

Constellation sailings are a great value for the money


Cruise Reviews

This is our 12th cruise, the third to the Mediterranean area, and our first on Celebrity. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. With the exception of Barcelona, we had not been to any of these ports on our prior cruises. Having read ... Read More
This is our 12th cruise, the third to the Mediterranean area, and our first on Celebrity. We chose this cruise for the itinerary. With the exception of Barcelona, we had not been to any of these ports on our prior cruises. Having read some of the reviews, I had become a bit skeptical about the condition of the ship. She was beautiful, very well maintained and very clean. One would have look exceedingly hard to find a blemish. I wondered if this is the same ship. The Constellation is a perfect size for me. It is large enough to have many features and plenty of seating for everyone. It is small enough to give that intimate feeling but never felt crowded at all. I do not fit the demographic for zip-lining, flow-riding, and rock climbing anyway. My wife and I flew into Venice three days early to acclimate and sight-see. Venice is a fabulous city we pre-booked our transportation and tours from our hotel web-site. Marriott could not have made it any easier for us. Boarding the ship was simple too. Unlike some of the other cruise lines, Celebrity let passengers board very early and opened all of the common spaces for our comfort in relaxing while the staterooms and the ship was prepared. Our boarding “appointment” was for 12:30. Having boarding appointment was a new concept for us a well, but it worked great. We were asked to show up 2 hours early. There was no wait at 10:30 to process and/or board. Although we were “concierge class”, it really seemed to make no difference as at the time as none of the passengers needed to wait in line to check-in or to board. Very smooth, efficient, and customer friendly. Our stateroom was 6413. This was nice as it was situated in between two suites so that provided us with an extra deep balcony. Nice. We booked tours on most ports thru Celebrity. You do know that if you book on-line in advance you can save 20%, not much difference from booking privately and the guarantee is there, so there is that, no risk of the ship leaving port without us. The guides were all fabulous and informative, the ports were all terrific, many wine tours for us on this trip. No complaints at all. Natasha our cabin steward was absolutely top notch, perhaps best in the industry. Vlad and Andrii our waiters in the MDR took great care of us. The food was exceptional; some nights the MDR offered too many great choices. No real reason to go to the specialty restaurants, although we did go on one evening. Tuscan grill is a combination steak/Italian restaurant. I found this to be odd as it seemed to be strange to pay $40 for pasta, so we both opted for the steaks. We would have gone for a pasta dinner, but not at that price point. Celebrity, put me on your focus group! I can help you understand your customer base. We are from Las Vegas and we know buffets. The lunch buffet was exceptional. We did eat out in port a few times to experience the local cuisine and flavors, I mean who can go to Spain and not try the paella, right? But everyday the lunch buffet offered many choices and daily themes; German, Italian, Indian, BBQ, seafood, so many choices and all very good. Breakfast buffet included an omelet station, and poached/Benedict station, pancakes/waffles, and then all of the usual breakfast foods as well, oatmeal, fresh fruits and melon, .hash browns, bacon, sausage, bangers, fried tomatoes, mushrooms, pastries, yummy. We did go to most of the shows and enjoyed everyone that we had seen. The ship’s orchestra is exceedingly good. The singers/dancers are all very talented. Cruise director Alejandro is an absolute laugh-riot. Live music from Klye Tacy( guitarist), and the Cardinals (ships band) were very good. Guest entertainers were the Fly Boys (musical), Jon Courtnay (pianist & comedian), and Mathew McGurk (magician) were all very, very entertaining. Jon Courtnay is pee your pants hilarious and talented too. No towel animals, but every night there was a chocolate on the pillow. I am not sure that the quality is going down, this cruise, this lovely ship, and the outstanding crew surpassed my expectations. I felt like it was my first cruise all over again. Celebrity, we will be back! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Constellation is an older ship and needs it's planned upgrade next year. having said that it is well maintained,very clean and has a good happy crew The layout does need re modeling but the larger lounges and cafe are good points ... Read More
Constellation is an older ship and needs it's planned upgrade next year. having said that it is well maintained,very clean and has a good happy crew The layout does need re modeling but the larger lounges and cafe are good points over Solstice class ships but the lack of alternative dining options and under used areas are worse. We were not happy at all with luggage arrangements at Venice Airport. All of us on Celebrity arranged flights had to lug luggage out to coaches ,load it and then unload it at the cruise terminal before it was taken off us.... Cost cutting ?? Dining in the MDR was well organised and overall very good which is more than can be said for the Tuscan Grill where service was poor and the food average The buffet had its problems,too much luke warm food left standing "under the lights" and a layout that caused you to spend too much time collecting your food. i understand the layout is to be changed,it needs to be. Our balcony stateroom was "cosy" being slightly smaller that we were used to but perfectly OK Entertainment was mixed as it always is some very good ,some not so good and others not worth bothering with In short we enjoyed the cruise,it could have been better, and in my view Celebrity need to be careful with the cost cutting. Currently there is a point of difference. it does not need to be eroded. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Cruising Background: I’ve been cruising with Celebrity since 2003 and this was my 18th/19th cruise (Tony, a few cruises less than me); and second time on the Constellation. This was our first back-to-back cruise, 3 September and ... Read More
Cruising Background: I’ve been cruising with Celebrity since 2003 and this was my 18th/19th cruise (Tony, a few cruises less than me); and second time on the Constellation. This was our first back-to-back cruise, 3 September and 12 September 2019, with our friends. It was a very port-intensive cruise with fabulous ports of call. I would love to do another one but with more sea days. On Board: The Constellation is a smaller ship (I love the S-Class ships) and does show her age, especially in the chairs around the various lounges, but overall in good condition The Martini bar was always crowded and very noisy, especially on the first day of embarkation. Music shouldn’t be so loud that you have to yell to talk to someone. We spent a lot of our happy hour time in the Reflection lounge; sometimes at the sunset bar at sail-away; and the Rendezvous lounge (depending on who was performing before dinner). The Reflection lounge was never filled. I believe there were only about 100-125 elite passengers. This cruise seemed more low-keyed than the second cruise, which had around 200 elite passengers. The appetizers during the happy hour were very good. The house band was The Cardinals. They were awesome!!! We enjoyed Kyle Tracy (guitar/vocals) and Duo Asai (Acoustic Duo). We didn’t care for the Sea Beats - terrible female singer that could put a person to sleep. The Rendezvous was a popular spot for trivia and evening entertainment. Cellar Masters was pretty quiet. Great staff on board! Some of my favorites were John (cabin attendant); Alejandro (CD and funny as ever; had the pleasure of meeting him on our March 2019 South America cruise); Clint (hotel director first cruise), Milana (hotel director second cruise); Luana (guest relations director), Vlada (Captains club hostess on our first cruise). In the dining room: Wannipa, Dusan, and Gede at table 233; in the Reflection lounge Sushant and Sabitri. Irlinda at guest relations tried to help me with me on an issue with my cabin. Isabela (event coordinator) sent us an invitation to the helipad for our departure from Valletta. Suzanna (sommelier). And of course, the Master of the ship Michael Karatzas, Staff Captain Lefteris Koumasidis, and Chief Engineer Nikolaos Politsis. Cabin 3142. I booked an ocean view cabin since the back-to-back was pretty expensive. Normally I book aqua or concierge. This cabin has an extra-large port hole. My room was VERY warm. Two engineers came by twice but couldn’t do anything to fix the problem. I ended up getting a fan for the room and kept the drapes closed all the time. The window should be better tinted to help from the heat of the sun. The fan helped a little but was still pretty warm. The a/c was running but there wasn’t enough air flow to cool the room; and the air didn’t flow downward, as there was a large square plate that blocked the air flow. Poor system design that I hope is improved when the Constellation gets a facelift. I'm rating this cabin as POOR due to the a/c issue. John was our cabin attendant and he was attentive, friendly, and helpful. Our room was made up early. He gets and EXCELLENT for my rating. The closet hangers need to be updated. Some of the wooden hangers kept coming off their hooks. Dear Celebrity Cruises, please add to your Celebrity Today a comment to all passengers asking them to be respectful of their neighbors not let their cabin doors slam shut. This is very annoying and disturbing when one is trying to sleep. I found many guests just walking in or out of their cabin without attempting to close the door gently. We enjoyed Silent Disco a few times on both cruises. The Captain’s Club Celebration and Senior Officer’s Parties were fun but not fully attended. It was actually nice to be able to attend an event and not feel so crowded. Food on board: We had select dining and really enjoyed all of our meals in the main dining room (except for one lamb entrée). We never waited long for our table. We went to the dining room anywhere from 6:15pm to 7:30pm. One night several of us went to Sushi on Five for a special Indian dinner. It was excellent with a good variety of foods. Another night Tony and I ate at the Tuscan Grill. I would say the Captain’s Club Elite breakfast in the Tuscan grill is pretty slow in its service. Nothing is cooked (only breads are toasted if asked), so why does it take so long to get our food? We went to the ocean view café for most of our breakfasts. Also, Dear Celebrity, please get rid of those awful knives. They are hard to hold! The Ports: We had a great time in Barcelona (three days pre-cruise). We stayed at H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel. Nice hotel, comfortable beds, and a great roof-top terrace. We visited Park Guell the first afternoon of our arrival. I finally got to visit Girona (via train). Lovely city and doable in a day. Also, we had a great lunch at La Grotte & L’Olivier. On the last day we did a Gaudi walking tour and an afternoon visit to Sagrada Familia (buy tickets in advance). Embarkation in Barcelona was a breeze!! We arrived about 10:45am by taxi and there were only a dozen others in the terminal! We couldn’t believe how empty it was compared to our other cruises. Our first night was the Cruise Critic Connections Party. Only a handful showed up, as it was at 8:15pm. I originally booked a tour for Monte Carlo but decided to go on our own. It's a tendered port. We LOVED the oceanographic museum (https://www.visitmonaco.com/us/place/monuments-museums/76/oceanographic-museum-of-monaco)!! We spent at least two hours there. We purchased a combo ticket that included the Palace. Had lunch at Restaurant Chez Tony; visited the old town church just before it closed for the day. We had a private tour for 8 people in Villefranche with Sylvie Di Cristo. We visited three hill towns. We stayed in Civitavecchia and did a cooking class (my second time). Tons of fun. We made several dishes and enjoyed the fruits of our labor afterwards with wine, water, and some lemoncello. Too much food! Frederico is the chef and owner of Aqua Pizzeria Ristorante (aquacivitavecchia@hotmail.it). If you book it, tell Frederico I recommended his class and, “Ciao from Monica!”. We had one sea day on this cruise. We had a 10am meeting about the procedures of our turn-around day in Venice. Lucky for us we wouldn’t have to pack our belongings since we had the same cabin. On the morning of our arrival, we just had to go to guest relations to pick up our new card. We did this around 7:30am. We wanted to be off the ship as early as possible since the departure was at 4pm. We were given a Transit Pass so that we didn’t have to go through the normal check-in process. We had to carry our original passports with us for the day. We used the old card to get off the ship; new card to get back on the ship (your photo is taken when you get back on the ship). The old card is taken away, but you can get it the next day. We were told we would need to update our credit card details for our on-board expenses but when I went a couple of days later, they didn’t need to adjust our account. We were told to be back on the ship by 3:45pm. All other guests had to be back on board by 3:15pm. When we arrived back to the terminal, we didn’t see any Celebrity staff members and we sort of got mixed up with the terminal and which area to enter. I had to ask a local worker where to go. W finally made it back on board by 3:25pm. The boat drill was at 3:45pm. Friends and I attended the Captain’s Club wine tasting at 11:15am. Suzanna, the sommelier, was sweet and very patient with late-comers (arriving 15-25 minutes after the start time) setting up more glasses for them. When the last person strolled in, half of the guests booed and hissed. At the Elegant Tea, two couples showed up in shorts and t-shirts. This was a ‘smart casual’ event, not a pool-side event. In Messina, we had a private tour for 8 to Mt. Etna, a specialty food shop (Oro d’ Etna), the Gambino winery (great visit with lunch and wine tasting), and then a short visit to Castiglione di Sicilia. We did a private tour in Corfu around the island for four of us. This was the only port where we had rain for about an hour. Beautiful island. We toured the Achillion Palace Museum. In Kotor, we did a private tour for 8 people about 4.5 hours and visited Perast, Budva, and Sv.Stefan (just views from the road). The views of Kotor from the top was spectacular! We had time back in Kotor for lunch at Konoba Scala Santa before getting back on the ship. In Zadar, we did a walking tour. We were disappointed because the guide showed up 1/2 hour late. He talked too much at the beginning, so it cut into our afternoon. I didn't have time to see a couple of places and I wanted to climb the town tower. We did see some interesting things. We had a good lunch at Porporela before the tour started. In Venice, we walked around town and went up the Campanile tower. The lines were very long to get into Basilica. We should have purchased tickets in advance. Venice is a great place to just wander and explore the many streets and bridges. Lunch at Taverna San Trovaso, one of my favorite restaurants in town. We were lucky to get a table. Gelato for dessert at Nico’s and a walk back to the people mover and terminal. Second cruise, 12 September 2019: In Split, we toured on our own. I should have done a private tour and visited another place. Tony and I were here before and saw the same things this time. It’s a shame that Diocletian’s palace is such a tourist trap with all the shops. For lunch we had traditional prawns, but it was difficult to get the meat out. Very messy too. In Dubrovnik, four of us took the local bus to Cavtat, a beautiful small seaside town. No crowds like in Dubrovnik. It was a relaxing day walking around along with a wonderful lunch at Posejdon Cavtat. I made reservations a few weeks in advance and asked for a table overlooking the water. Afterwards, we took a boat back to Dubrovnik, which was about a 45-minute ride. We were dropped off outside the town walls where we walked around a bit and had gelato (got rid of the rest of the local currency). In Catania, we had a private tour. We had a nice short visit to the fish market in town and the Cathedral. We went to Syracuse to visit the ancient ruins. We were supposed to get a guide for the site but somehow that fell through. Our guide/driver said there were plenty of signs to read. Not true. Fortunately, I had printed out a document on what we would be seeing, so that helped. Definitely get a guide. Nearby, we had lunch in Ortigia, which is a small island just south of the central area of Syracuse. We requested a place for lunch that served typical/regional dishes, so our guide made reservations for us at Trattoria “la Foglia”. We were treated to limoncello after our meal. Our last stop of the day was to Spinella, a wonderful small pastry shop in Catania. Lucca, our guide, said they serve the best pistachio cannoli. I have to agree. It was huge so the server cut each one in half for each couple to share. In Valletta, Tony and I went out on our own and visited some of the sites in town (Palace Armoury and State Rooms at the Grand Master’s Palace). One must-see is the Saint John's Co-Cathedral. The Baroque art, architecture, and Caravaggio’s paintings are a site to see! I went in alone, so I didn’t have to que in the long group line. We used Palma de Mallorca as a “sea day” with the exception of a short walk for an hour near the port in the morning. It was our third visit to this port. We were docked pretty far away from the center of town. Speaking of docking, the following ports we had to buy shuttle tickets: Zadar, Dubrovnik, Palma, and Ibiza. They ranged from 10 to 15 euros. In a few ports you could take local buses. In Valencia, we were told we could get a taxi, but none were around when we got off the ship. There was a local shuttle bus to the main terminal; again no taxi’s. We took bus #4 to town, which was about a 25-minute ride. As we used Palma as a sea day, we had no problem getting deck chairs near the pool. On the sea days, they were all taken. We saw a lot of deck chairs with towels but no one sitting on them. One time I did manage to get a chair and my husband came by and sat on the end of it. Five minutes later, a man across from us offered one of the chairs next to him. He had kept a towel on it but wasn’t using it!! Later a woman came to her chair (next to me) to collect her belongings. From the time I sat down and her arrival was about 45 minutes. As she started to walk away (leaving her towels on the chair), I grabbed her towels and politely said, “Take your towels to the bin.” Had I not said that, the towels would be on the chairs. Makes me wonder how many other people left their towels. The times I couldn’t find a chair I ended up on deck 5. I think there were only 10-12 chairs. There should have been more. Ibiza is a pretty town. We did a walking tour for about 2.5 hours and later had lunch at Locals Only. This was a long port day, 7am to 11pm. There are a lot of shops and restaurants/bars. It’s a party town; and there are beaches in the area to enjoy. Valencia: As I mentioned previously, we took the bus to town. There is a metro/tram but would have taken a lot longer. We were supposed to meet up with one of the free walking tours by 10:30am but missed it. We got off the ship about 20 minutes later than planned. Valencia is beautiful and it’s a place I could see visiting for a few days. Loved the Spanish architecture. The town squares are gorgeous. Four of us climbed the Valencia Cathedral Bell tower (207 steps up a spiral staircase, which the steps get smaller about the last two floors). The views from the top are nice when you look out, but you can’t photograph straight down to the plazas, as the walls are thick. My legs were wobbly for a couple of days. That staircase was hard on my legs. After lunch at Cordellats, we visited the central market in town; got there about 40 minutes before it closed (3pm). I loved the display of foods. Disembarkation in Barcelona: We had one night in Barcelona before flying home. We went to Sushi on Five for our disembarkation location; got off the ship around 9am. We should have stayed on the ship longer. The taxi line was very long!! I couldn’t imagine flying home that morning. There were four ships in port, so the taxi drivers were very busy. Overall, we had a great time on our first back-to-back cruise with the Celebrity Constellation. The ports were great, as well as the staff on the ship. Looking forward to another Celebrity cruise in a couple of years. Compass Rose Monica https://mycruisetravels.shutterfly.com/2019constellation Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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