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3 Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean from Istanbul

I really enjoyed the above cruise on the celebrity constellation in October 2015. The employees of the company go out of their way to make you feel great. It was very disappointing not to go into Israel . Instead we went to 4 Greek ... Read More
I really enjoyed the above cruise on the celebrity constellation in October 2015. The employees of the company go out of their way to make you feel great. It was very disappointing not to go into Israel . Instead we went to 4 Greek islands. A shame there wasn't something else to break of all the old churches and look alike places, even tho they were interesting. Other cruises had many informative lectures, but the celebrity did not. That was not good. Their crew of actors for their production numbers were phenomenal .! This was not a cruise for children as about 90% of people were 60 and older. That was a plus for some of us! Naturally shore excursions are high, as they are on any ship. I found the hop on/hop off busses in a number of cities to be great. Besides giving a bit of info as u pass a point of interest, you pay one nominal fee for a 24 hour pass and you can get on and off the bus whenever it stops! These are run by the port you are in and big competition for the shore excursions sold! Our stateroom was very small, but I heard that other ones in the same area were a bit bigger. But I never plan on staying in it for too long anyway! There was a big fitness area, spa, and beauty area. For what we got, where we went, saw, and duration, this was a great deal! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We went on this cruise solely because of the itinery which proved to be the correct choice. The Greek Islands & Turkey were great. We arrived in Istanbul late due to the flight time, then over 1hr 20 to get to the ship by then it was ... Read More
We went on this cruise solely because of the itinery which proved to be the correct choice. The Greek Islands & Turkey were great. We arrived in Istanbul late due to the flight time, then over 1hr 20 to get to the ship by then it was 2045 so up to the buffet for something to eat.!st impressions ok, not realising same thing all the time. Next morning , breakfast. What a carry on, first of all find the English counter then find a plate then look for cutlery. It was the same at lunch time. Every day was the same, with no change to the menu at all. Dinner was very good. Excellent waiters and food fairly varied but quite small portions, no good if you have a good appetite. Our cabin was 1st class (316) ideal for dining room & getting on/off the ship. Entertainment on the whole was very good. good bands/duo's etc in the bars were excellent. The main artists in the theatre were English so were to a high standard. The ships company (singers/dancers) were bad, very bad in some cases, they only performed 3 times in 12 nights (one being at 2300) which was lucky for us. All in all it was an enjoyable cruise with great locations and all the staff on board were attentive & friendly. Would we use Celebrity again. Possibly if the itinery was good & a gratuity/drinks package was included. If not , then no as 18% on everything could make it a very expensive holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are Captain's Club Elite and no strangers to Celebrity. We had our usual fine experience on The Constellation. It's no secret that cruise line profit margins have been squeezed in recent years and it really shows in several ... Read More
We are Captain's Club Elite and no strangers to Celebrity. We had our usual fine experience on The Constellation. It's no secret that cruise line profit margins have been squeezed in recent years and it really shows in several areas. Since base cruise fares have not risen at all that we can see in the past ten years, it may be time for a modest increase to restore some of the value to the experience. Overall, food quality is very good and the buffet has held up well. The real decline has come with the selections in the MDR and Celebrity (and other lines from what we can tell) need to address this as a point of competitive differentiation. Out of a half dozen entree selections each night only two were really worthy of the excellence in dining on which Celebrity originally built its reputation. Other cost-cutting moves were evident, but less egregious than trying to do entrees on the cheap. Most bar prices have shifted to the high side, but values remain for those willing to work the menus. I'm sure Celebrity has a profit model for optimizing drink consumption against costs, but whatever the components of that model are escape me. The beverage packages are no value at all for most cruisers. Continuing my rambling, Perry Grant continues to make his mark with us Celebrity denizens and the entertainment was, on the whole, very fine. One problem: many of us on this cruise appeared to sail with Celebrity once or twice each year and we all agreed it's time for some fresh production shows. Two criticisms: With deck seating at a premium why, during the middle of the afternoon, is it necessary for the spa staff to tie up 12 to 15 seats in the solarium to hawk their wares with free demos? The spa may have run its course as a profit center for cruise lines especially among age 50+ passengers who predominate on most Celebrity ships. Many of us have regular spa and massage memberships at home and aren't interested in paying the severely inflated prices on cruise ships. There's nothing special about it. Second, the berths where we were moored in several cities were miserably inconvenient and long hikes from the Port Terminals and transportation. In Athens, why was the Norwegian Jade berthed next to the terminal while Constellation was parked at the very far end in the freight area? Can the port charge be that different? Seems like serious nickel and dime stuff to many of us. Overall, another fine cruise and we look forward to stealing away for another sometime soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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