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Celebrity Cruises had to announce on the afternoon before we left home that the ship was no longer sailing from Singapore, but from Dubai. Amazingly we were redirected to Dubai for the first 4 nights instead of Singapore and whilst the ... Read More
Celebrity Cruises had to announce on the afternoon before we left home that the ship was no longer sailing from Singapore, but from Dubai. Amazingly we were redirected to Dubai for the first 4 nights instead of Singapore and whilst the hotel was not ideal (Holiday Inn in Festival City Dubai) it was adequate for 4 nights. The transport to and from the airport and Port Rashid on the day we set sail were all in place. The cruise on Celebrity Constellation was absolutely fantastic. I guess helped with so many people not proceeding with their cruise for reasons mostly associated with the coronavirus. The ship was therefore not busy, anywhere and it seemed to add to the enjoyment and great atmosphere, especially from the staff who seemed to be trying even harder to make sure we had a wonderful cruise experience. Of course it was disappointing not to get to Singapore and we were equally disappointed not to visit Phuket but it was for our safety and well worth making the change. Four cruise to start the cruise and then the cruise ports of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Cochin, India weren’t great. Or we just picked the wrong tours. However we enjoyed Goa (we went to Panjim) and absolutely loved Mumbai for two days. Muscat was super and then back to Dubai where we enjoyed an afternoon at the Miracle Garden (although 3 hours there was 90 mins too long). Celebrity Constellation did not look "too tried" and while it will get a $500,000 refit in a couple off weeks, it didn't look to us as if it was essential or even needed. Michael's Club was brilliant and the Concierge service there was wonderful (Lucy and Natalia). We were superbly looked after in our cabin by Brijesh. Films Deck on Level 12 (outdoors) was good but not all the films were entertaining or good. Entertainment in the Theatre was no more than ok - best were the Tribute acts for Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Phil Collins. Met lots of nice fellow passengers and loved the massages from Shami in Canyon Ranch. Overall - a wonderful, friendly, happy and enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
As we were leaving home Celebrity changed the embarkation port from a Singapore to Dubai and dropped the Phuket port call All this was due to the evolving Covi-19 epidemic. Onboard we were maybe at two-thirds occupation due to the ... Read More
As we were leaving home Celebrity changed the embarkation port from a Singapore to Dubai and dropped the Phuket port call All this was due to the evolving Covi-19 epidemic. Onboard we were maybe at two-thirds occupation due to the cancellations. This meant that everything was much easier than expected - no pressure on sun beds, dinner times, buffet or the theatre. The staff were excellent and we enjoyed a fabulous cruise. After many sea days (4);we arrived at Columbo, Sri Lanka. This and all subsequent port dates were unaffected by the new itinerary. The ships’ excursions were the best we’ve ever been on. The food was excellent as was the service in the restaurant. The passengers onboard were mainly from UK, US, Canada and the EU. We never felt at all at threat from the Coronavirus at any time, though the precautions taken were very thorough. This was our first cruise with Celebrity having previously travelled with P&O, Cunard and a Princess. The only ‘complaint’ we had was the incessant attempt to increase the money spent onboard. The cost of WiFi and drinks packages was exorbitant, higher than even on Cunard. Obviously lots of fellow passengers had these packages included within their original purchase or maybe as a result of loyalty perks. Another example of ridiculous charges would the cost of studio photographs. A minimum charge of €900 for a nice photograph is simply ridiculous. We have a fabulous photo taken by a professional photographer at the Taj Mahal after our cruise for the astonishing charge of €2 and it was superb! The cruise director, Luiginano, deserves special mention. His vivacious approach kept everyone happy and he even on the dockside in Dubai wishing passengers a happy journey home. Regrettably passengers on the following cruise on Constellation were not so fortunate. The ship apparently reached Mumbai and was then forced to disembark all its passengers to find their own way home. Overall I think Celebrity did a fabulous job in very difficult circumstances. Soon it should be reaching dry dock in Europe for a refit. It would be inter3sting to see what those changes turn out to be. Can others on the forum please update us when she comes out of the refit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The Celebrity Constellation is even before the major Revolution overhaul scheduled in May 2020 an excellent ship. Very stable, not too crowded and in very good condition. The staff is very, very friendly, no exceptions. Service onboard ... Read More
The Celebrity Constellation is even before the major Revolution overhaul scheduled in May 2020 an excellent ship. Very stable, not too crowded and in very good condition. The staff is very, very friendly, no exceptions. Service onboard excellent. Trip was changed, start and finish in Dubai with extra sea days. Even with less people aboard all the shows, music en entertainment was excellent, we haven't been board a single moment. Dining in the main dining room San Marco is like on every Celebrity ship very special. The Ocean view cafe is set up in a bit strange way, but the quality of the food is excellent. Eating outside on the after deck is a pleasure, especially with a nice drink from the bar. Embarking and disembarking in Dubai is very comfortable, even with the extra health checks. Shore excursions were not very special, but this has to do with the stops and the facilities in the visiting countries. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This is the first time my wife and I have sailed with Celebrity. We were extremely lucky to apply for an upgrade, MoveUp programme, and stayed in the Sky Suite Class. Whilst the cabin was tired and under whelming, if honest for the price, ... Read More
This is the first time my wife and I have sailed with Celebrity. We were extremely lucky to apply for an upgrade, MoveUp programme, and stayed in the Sky Suite Class. Whilst the cabin was tired and under whelming, if honest for the price, the staff associated with this level of cabin were outstanding. From the cabin staff and Butler to the private lounge we felt everyone took a personal interest in us. This was also very prevalent in the Luminae Restaurant, dedicated to suite class guests, where staff had time to get to know us better and care for our specific interests. The quality of the food and drink in this restaurant was exceptionally high as was the presentation and table service. Under our circumstances, returning to Dubai, the Suite class concierge and her manager, were outstanding and we can’t praise them enough. You only know how good a ship, and it’s staff are, when it encounters a serious incident. The coronavirus was such a global incident and we felt Celebrity dealt with the risks extremely well. We returned home safe and sound with there kind help. I like the production shows, so a little disappointed they only did four full ones. Over 15 days I don’t think that’s enough and solo singers are interesting but should not be the norm, in my opinion. That said, the four shows we did see were outstanding and of a very high quality. We booked the shore excursions in advance, and were horrified to see the price change. We feel the excursions are overpriced and, whilst the itinerary was good, a number were spoilt by either a language problem or an inability to hear, over the traffic. The latter was especially disappointing because the guide was outstanding, but we just couldn’t hear her. This could easily be remedied by supplying headphone, we certainly paid enough. We understand the ship, the Constellation, goes into ‘dry dock’ in two more cruises, and this is much needed. I would love to travel again on the updated ship to see the transformation and see the bigger smile on staff faces. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had an “aqua” cabin so ate in the “Blu” restaurant thank goodness. The food was good but had a lot better. The “Blu” was only open for breakfast and dinner. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Unfortunately we had ... Read More
We had an “aqua” cabin so ate in the “Blu” restaurant thank goodness. The food was good but had a lot better. The “Blu” was only open for breakfast and dinner. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Unfortunately we had to eat in the Oceanview cafe for lunch, which was chaotic to say the least. You would think that was this was last meal for most people the way the plates were piled high, disgusting. Finding a seat was a joke. The additions for this cruise was ridiculous. Eye watering prices for the internet and drinks. Packages are thrown in with some bookings but I believe it is in the price anyway so you weren’t getting a bargain at all. As an “aqua” cabin you were given canapés at teatimes which looked like leftovers from lunch! Cabin not wonderful. Trying to sunbathe on deck 10, as usual (unless you reserved a place, which is not allowed) was pathetic and jammed tight like sardines, horrendous. Thankfully we had a good balcony. Entertainment was good, some better than others. Some passengers brought their desserts in the theatre when they were late. This I have never ever seen on other ships, pretty tacky, but then again, this is Celebrity. The ship had to forfeit Thailand and Singapore, our main reason for going due to coronavirus, so we were all annoyed. Strange how Singapore were still allowing flights in but not our ship. Ship being refurbished in May and it does need it. All in all, our first cruise on this ship and will definitely be the last. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have been on several cruises previously , although we have never travelled with Celebrity. Upon arrival our cabin was dirty with used dressing gowns under the bed and a contact lense, which neither of us wear on the floor. the bathroom ... Read More
We have been on several cruises previously , although we have never travelled with Celebrity. Upon arrival our cabin was dirty with used dressing gowns under the bed and a contact lense, which neither of us wear on the floor. the bathroom was grubby . we had requested twin beds but the bed was double. i went outside and spoke to a staff member who said' you can easily separate the beds.' If we had that would have meant that one of us would not have had bedding! the room was shabby. The first night we went to the restaurant , I am vegetarian and explained this to the waitress who completely ignored me . when the food arrived it was not great . returning to the cabin the beds had still not been separated. We purchased a drink from one of the bars a Mojito - it was the worse cocktail we have had in a long time. i went to complain to reception regarding the room , service and cocktail . The money was reimbursed for the cocktail and the room had a thorough clean. The manager of the restaurant advised that there was a vegetarian menu ' if i had only asked for it' and asked that we would return to the restaurant again. Which we did . The following time the service was good but the food was still not great. I noticed they were toasting normal and gluten free bread on the same toaster at breakfast time. worrying if you are a coeliac . The food was unmarked regarding allergens in the upstairs eatery and there were often flies around the food counters. one evening I watched someone bring out a basket of chips that also contained meat sausages. I asked for a vegetarian burger one day at the bar side grill . the man behind the counter took the order and while i waited a lady was served with a meat burger and onions , using the same tongs. when my burger was ready the same guy scooped up some onions with the same tongs and offered me them. when i pointed out that i was vegetarian and he had used the tongs for serving a previous customer a meat burger he just said sorry and put the tongs back next to the onions. has no one on the ship heard of cross contamination? The cabin was shabby , the ship was shabby . There was an outdoor cinema that allegedly showed a film every night that was identified in the daily flier that we were given. This was not the case and several times films that were advertised were not shown or the start time was not the same as advertised. I attended several lectures in the shabby theatre which were good but again some of these were advertised and did not materialise.the activities offered were pretty poor to be honest. excursions were really not worth the money. Once on the ship the mission was for the staff to get as much money out of you as possible. I complained to Celebrity once i had returned but they felt that my complaints regarding the shabby ship etc were not justified and wanted to know why i did not complain more when on the ship . I could have complained every day but tried not to as was on holiday. would we travel with CELEBRITY again? NO NO NO. Would we cruise again? maybe but certainly NOT WITH THIS COMPANY . This was such a disappointment we had so looked forward to this holiday and it ended up being one of the worst holidays we have been on. For the first time ever we both could not wait to get home, not a good sign of a holiday. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
It is well known that Celebrity Constellation is one of the older vessels in the Celebrity fleet, but considering she is about to go in for a significant upgrade in May 2020 in France, she is in pretty good nick. Sure, you always notice ... Read More
It is well known that Celebrity Constellation is one of the older vessels in the Celebrity fleet, but considering she is about to go in for a significant upgrade in May 2020 in France, she is in pretty good nick. Sure, you always notice minor things like a bit of rust or flaking paintwork on the outer hull structure, which had no detrimental effect on my enjoyment of the cruise, but otherwise they keep her well maintained, particularly inside the vessel. The friendliness and service level of the crew in the main were very good. You will always come across the odd bar or wait person who is having a bad day and is a little curt/short of a smile, but arent we all on occasions? Again, it did not deter from the enjoyment of the cruise. I know that upselling is a bug bear of many cruisers, but can honestly say that we did not see any of that on this particular cruise. We booked a Celebrity Suite and so did not use the MDR, which we find too crowded on most occasions, so mainly used Luminae or speciality restauarnts for dinner in the evenings and Oceanview Cafe for lunch. Breakfast was a mixture of Luminae, Ocean View Cafe and in suite. Food was of a good quality at all venues. The speciality restaurant Qisine, has changed from a Tapas style eatery, to Le Petit Chef, which is an interesting concept where they have a set 4 course menu for each week of sailing and before the plate is delivered to your table an overhead video system projects an animated film onto your plate of the chef preparing the meal. It is different and quite novel the first time you see it. We went twice to try the second 4 course set menu and the different video. There is an alternative men , from which you can swap all or some courses. The Celebrity Suite on Constellation was disappointing in that it is really showing its age in terms of both configeration and quality of furniture/fittings. The celebrity Suite on the Solstice class ships is much better. The entertainment in the theatre each evening was not very wonderful. Of the 15 nightly shows during the cruise, I would only rate three as being of any good quality. The production cast were disappointing and certainly below par compared to our previous 5 Celebrity cruises. The only other real criticism is the fact that Celebrity have reduced the number of sun lounges in the shaded areas of the pool decks and replaced them with upright seats. That meant that it was usually difficult to find a sun lounge in those areas. Not everyone wants to lie in the full sun all day! The itinerary was interesting and a good way to sample India in particular, without actually having an onshore holiday there. Muscat was very clean and attractive enough, but nothing much there really. Dubai was a pleasant surpise. Stayed there after the cruise for 3 days and had a thoroughly good time. So much to see. Spectacular modern architecture combined with very inetesting old Dubai Creek/Diera area, with its gold and spice souks. Dubai Marina area, Palm Jumeira, Dubai Mall and everywhere clean as a whistle. Food and other goods are a little more expensive than home (Australia), but taxis were plentiful and cheap. Celebrity Constellation will not be returning next year to this itinerary after her May 2020 upgrade as she is being relocated to Tampa, Florida for Caribbean cruise season and then the Meditteranean season. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My wife and I chose this cruise because we had never visited any of the ports of call and the deal we were offered was good for us. We chose to stay a couple of nights in Singapore before we sailed - our travel agent chose the Furama ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise because we had never visited any of the ports of call and the deal we were offered was good for us. We chose to stay a couple of nights in Singapore before we sailed - our travel agent chose the Furama Riverfront Hotel for us. Perhaps we should have researched this a little more for whilst the hotel was a fine place to stay it was too far from any of the attractions in Singapore. Having said that we covered all the main sights in the time we were there - walking for miles and miles. A taxi ride took us to the port where we undertook the embarkation process. Whilst we were asked by Celebrity what time we wanted to embark and arrived at that appropriate time, it appeared that the actual process was based on a "first come first embarked" process so a wait of an hour or so was experienced. Once on board the embarkation process was quickly forgotten when staterooms were quickly available and luggage arrived at the room. The ship is shortly to undergo a refit and its age does show from time to time but if you don't look too closely it is a fine old ship. The cabin was perfectly adequate with all the facilities that you would expect and was kept clean and tidy by the staff. We had chosen early dining in the main dining room and were allocated a table of ten and whilst only 6 ever turned up and they were great company throughout the cruise. The staff waiting on were good - very friendly and efficient. The food is generally very good - there are always classic dishes available if you do not like those on the daily menu. The cafe was always good for breakfast or a light lunch and whilst often busy, you could always find a table. Entertainment was generally good despite changes that had to be made to the schedule at the last moment. The ports of call were very interesting and a first for us in every case. Singapore is a thriving, lively city. It is easy to to arrange your own sightseeing trips and the MRT system ensures that it is easy to get from place to place. In Phuket we arranged an island trip via Klook which worked well for us. We arranged a pick up at a hotel opposite where the tenders brought us ashore and we were dropped off there in plenty of time to return to the boat. Colombo is a busy and not particularly attractive city. The traffic ensures that you cannot get far in the time available although we did manage a trip to a tea plantation and factory through Viator. Cochin was our first stop in India and we arranged a tuk tuk tour which included an hour on the backwaters on a small boat. A lovely city to visit is somewhat spoilt by the amount of litter that is spread around. Goa was the next stop. Initially I hadn't realised that Goa was a state rather than a single city and the ship berthed at an area a long way from any areas of interest. We hired a taxi from the port gates which took us around the churches of Old Goa. The area is beset by roadworks at present as they try to improve the infrastructure of the area. Finally we reached Mumbai where we had 2 days to look around the amazing city. Once again we did our own thing. On the first morning we caught the early ferry to Elephanta Island which is a great trip to make. Beware that there are entry charges to be paid at a couple of different points, but it is an easy trip to organise yourself rather than on a shore excursion. After that we had a short break watching the crowds celebrate Republic Day at the Gateway of India before meeting our guide from Mumbai Magic who took us on a local tour. The trip included some walking around the city, followed by a local bus ride, taxi ride and finally a train trip. Using public transport was one of the trip highlights. The following day we arrnged another trip via Mumbai Magic, this time around the Dharavi Slum area. The trip really opened our eyes to life in India and we will never forget Mumbai as a result. Mumbai is a magical city, but it is very busy and very noisy. Two days at sea helped us to recover before perhaps the most unexpected port visit on our cruise. Waking up in Muscat and looking out at the jagged peaks that surrounded the port was totally unexpected - what a stunning view it was. A private taxi was hired at the gates for 7 of us and a visit to the Grand Mosque, the palace and adjoining forts ending at the local souq was a good day out. Our final port was Dubai. Unfortunately we did not arrive until noon which only gave us half a day as the next morning we had to disembark. For Dubai, biggest is best and it is a very big city. Once again the port is a little way from the main tourist areas and the main public transport so be prepared to get a taxi to reach either the MRT or the place of your choice. All in all we had a great holiday with some brilliant ports of call. This was a cruise well worth booking. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise as we had previously sailed with Celebrity in 2018 and were very impressed with the ship, facilities and the food. We also wanted the opportunity to sample The countries in the agenda. Firstly the ship and ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had previously sailed with Celebrity in 2018 and were very impressed with the ship, facilities and the food. We also wanted the opportunity to sample The countries in the agenda. Firstly the ship and amenities were good. The only issue with the facilities was the open air cinema was on the only deck in the ship that did not have a lift so having a mobility issue was unable to attend any of the film showings. Generally the food was OK but was never hot. Whilst it is accepted that there would be a mixture of both nationalities and religions was very disappointed that there was no Christmas meal as such. The ship had a Christmas Tree and a Father Christmas but no attempt a Christmas meal, One of the delights of our previous cruise was treating ourselves to a meal in the Tuscan Grill. As it was my Birthday on Christmas Day my wide decided to treat me to a meal in the Tuscan Grill. Firstly they corralled the half dozen tables of dinner into one corner of the restaurant. Bearing mind they were charging £50 excluding drinks with the exception of the desert the food was appalling so much so we eventually got a complete refund. :The other major issue was the bars ran out of a numbers of the beers and the basics of soft drinks. The ship arrived in Dubai New Years Eve and no effort was made to replenish stocks for New Years Eve so drinks available were limited so spoiling the evening. Have said this the staff in the bars were really good even to the extend to searching other bars to give their customers got what they wanted. My other grip is that in some cases ports listened were not where the ship docked resulted in significant journey times to get the town. Example was Phuket. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Not long home from another great Celebrity cruise. This was our 1st Christmas/New Year cruise and we were not disappointed. Although the ship is looking tired (it’s about to get its refit ) it didn’t spoil our holiday at all. The ... Read More
Not long home from another great Celebrity cruise. This was our 1st Christmas/New Year cruise and we were not disappointed. Although the ship is looking tired (it’s about to get its refit ) it didn’t spoil our holiday at all. The ship was beautifully decked out with Christmas trees and lights everywhere and the crew were amazing. The ports were very good although we stayed onboard in Mumbai so I can’t comment on it personally but speaking to other guests onboard they really enjoyed their tours there. The food as always was beautiful and plentiful and the atmosphere onboard exceptional. I must give a big shout out to Marren in Cellar Masters. She greeted everyone as though they were her best friends, she remembered everyone’s favourite drink and always had a smile for us all. My husband wore his kilt on New Years Eve, (or as we call it in Scotland, Hogmanay) and she was delighted to get her photo taken with him. Can’t recommend Celebrity Cruises enough and we’re looking forward to Joining the Millennium for Vietnam/Asia cruise next. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose the itinerary not the ship. I was slightly concerned about the age & size of the ship and the fact that she was getting a refurb AFTER our cruise. I was pleasantly surprised by the Connie. She had a graceful old charm ... Read More
We chose the itinerary not the ship. I was slightly concerned about the age & size of the ship and the fact that she was getting a refurb AFTER our cruise. I was pleasantly surprised by the Connie. She had a graceful old charm & dignity to her. Yes I did find some examples of worn cushions, torn carpet and evidence of age. This did not spoil anything or detract from the cruise. The smaller ship made walking forward to aft quick and easy. Not at all intimidating and hard to navigate as the large mega ships. I believe that I prefer this size ship now. We stayed in an Aqua class cabin on deck 9. The cabin was clean and neat. It did show some sign of wear and age. It also seemed slightly outdated. Ex: Only two electrical outlets, both at the desk. None in the bathroom? No USB plugs at all. The cabin lights were fluorescent and incandescent - no LED at all. Our attendant was outstanding and remembered our names from day one. It was nice to have a bottle of champagne waiting for us on demand and afternoon canapés & ice tea every afternoon. We dined at Blu and had the same table & waiter almost every time. The food was good, but nothing really outstanding. We also ate at the MDR and the buffet. Both good. Whatever lacked in the food was made up for by the waitstaff and crew members. This was probably the best crew we have ever had on a cruise. They actually seemed happy and were very friendly and went above and beyond to please. Such nice people!!!!!! The Blu staff was especially outstanding. AAA+++ The entertainment was average or a little less than average on this cruise. The one standout performer was Lorraine Crosby. She had such a strong voice and ultra high energy. A pleasure to see her perform. The Elton John performer was not really that good. He sang EJ but did not sound like him. Nice costume though. There were other performers that I forgot the names of. Both good, but not high energy. We did an excursion at every port. Some thru Celebrity and some private. I hate to be mean, but India was not a stop we would ever make again. Mostly dirty with sick people coughing and following you begging for money. Everything was a scam from the sellers to the taxi drivers trying to rip you off. Even our private tour guide came back AFTER being fully paid - and wanted more money. Could not wait to get out. Singapore & Dubai were the real stars of this cruise. Both countries were fantastic. Very safe, very clean and modern. We will be going back to each, and just stay there for a week. Sri Lanka & Thailand were nice, but not worth going back to again. We already booked our next holiday cruise while on the ship. We will be doing the Panama Canal touch holiday cruise in 2020 - on the CONSTELLATION again!!! We are looking forward to seeing the Connie after her Edge style refurb. Our next cabin is 2 doors down from this cruise cabin. I am hoping that the ship does not lose any of her classic charm, in favor of some new hip decor. Areas like Cellar Masters & the Martini bar had an old school classic vibe to them. We are looking forward to seeing the old girl again......wearing her new dress. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We expected a luxury holiday, we paid a fortune for this cruise and it really and truly wasn’t worth it. We had never been with celebrity before and wouldn’t consider them again. All the sales people want are your dollars, they sell a ... Read More
We expected a luxury holiday, we paid a fortune for this cruise and it really and truly wasn’t worth it. We had never been with celebrity before and wouldn’t consider them again. All the sales people want are your dollars, they sell a large range of mediocre diamonds, but nothing of any use on the actual store, for example no sun tan lotion, no indigestion tablets, no newspapers, no books, they do have books for hire in the library, but some bright spark has stuck stickers’ property of celebrity cruises’ over the spine of each one, I mean when you have paid nearly 6k for a cruise, it’s unlikely you are going to steal a £3.00 paperback. The outside seats were grubby and sticky (yuk) and the food was at best average. We ate in SAN Marco 4 times and sent our meals back twice, we ate in Blu but the portions while supposedly healthy, are tiny, you are left feeling hungry. The CustomerService staff we encountered were on the whole, not that bothered, one or two of them were great, but they were in the minority. If 8 was to sum up our cruise with Celebrity in a few words, I’d say go with someone else, no wow factor with this ship, more like a glorified ferry. There were People who seemed to enjoy it but they had cabins on the lower decks and paid a lot less than we did, it was a waste of money. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
For the Suez Canal passage and other tour stops. The price was a great value as well. The tours really varied, it was either a great experience with the tour guide or not. The guides for the Celebrity arranged tours in Athens and ... Read More
For the Suez Canal passage and other tour stops. The price was a great value as well. The tours really varied, it was either a great experience with the tour guide or not. The guides for the Celebrity arranged tours in Athens and Petra were great. In Abu Dhabi, the guide was so scattered going through the mosque, the group basically took matters into our own hands to make the most of the outing. We knew where the bus was and what time to meet , so we just ventured on our own. I understand Celebrity isn't doing the Suez anymore but RCCL still is, so please be aware of the rip-off gift shop stop all the buses do on the way to Petra. While there I found a lacquered box and negotiated a fair price. While at the counter the sales person quickly bubble wrapped my purchase knowing it would travel by plane back home, so I likely would not unwrap it. Boy, did I learn my lesson. When I got back to the U.S. and AFTER I submitted my Celebrity review, I unwrapped the box and found my choice had been switched out for an inferior version that hadn't been fully lacquered. How am I so sure? Because I saw it, noticed the poor quality and looked for a better version of the same design, and took that one instead to the the register. I was approached by a staff member, who after some negotiation, took it from me, had a chat with I guess a manager, and then came back to the counter and very quickly wrapped it. I naively assumed it was because our bus needed to leave before the next wave of Celebrity guests on the next buses arrived. Supposedly it's repairable but what a downer. Celebrity should do a better job of what they recommend to its customers. Everything on board was as it should be except the buffet was below usual standards,but with so many days at sea it would be a challenge to execute the normal menus for a repositioning cruise. So perhaps Celebrity should alter its supplies amd menus accordingly. My cabin steward was very thoughtful. Many of the entertainers were on board for multiple days due to the number of sea days and they were so gracious and interactive with passengers away from the theater. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Wanted to try a different ship. Usually go with a group of family and friends of 20 Money grab. Drinks package $59 plus 20% a day. We said No but waiters fairly insistent. One wIter argued that it was 20% OFF .. no such thing. Music ... Read More
Wanted to try a different ship. Usually go with a group of family and friends of 20 Money grab. Drinks package $59 plus 20% a day. We said No but waiters fairly insistent. One wIter argued that it was 20% OFF .. no such thing. Music Trivia very boring .. no fun at all. On P & O we laughed till our faces ached. Constellation staff shuffled us off as soon as possible because every afternoon ther were staff meetings. When we asked if we could have Music Trivia at anotger venue, we were told other activities were going on there. There most definitely weren't. At P &O if you weren't at Trivia at least 30 minutes before the start, you could not get a seat. On Constellation at the last Trivia, there were only 7 people there. Utterly biring. Partner and i read 3 books each .. so lacking of things to do. Couldn't get off the ship quick enough. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I had a pretty poor X experience a few years ago on the Eclipse, the captain having to write to each cabin to apologise type of experience. I wanted though to travel the Suez Canal though and so it seemed a good time to give the X another ... Read More
I had a pretty poor X experience a few years ago on the Eclipse, the captain having to write to each cabin to apologise type of experience. I wanted though to travel the Suez Canal though and so it seemed a good time to give the X another try. it started badly though when their greeters in Rome said I wasn't on their list and went on from there. The room had used toothpicks and peoples pills in the draws while the clothes line in the shower hung at neck height and wouldn't retract, the entertainment was mostly rejects from BGT etc with even one from Star in their eyes though to be honest they were better than the staff shows, the Suez Canal commentary was read from Wiki and over in a few minutes, while the food was okay service was slow and the wait staff went on about 10s on and off for the whole cruise and a couple of my excursions were cut short as they ran out of time (a plea here if you can't walk as far as the description says please don't book that tour and if the ship takes tour bookings please put off people that obviously won't be able to do the tour). On the plus side the guest services desk was great though I did see them a lot more than I normal do and the passengers camping out in the indoor pool playing the Ukulele was actually better than the pros. The best part of the cruise was the ports. The final straw was when I got my passport back for the last time, we had to hand it in twice to find a very stuck on sticker on the picture page of my passport. No third chance. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We (wife and I, and another couple – call us “late 50’s”) chose this cruise as we wanted to experience a European cruise after doing several Caribbean cruises. This was our 3rd cruise on Celebrity. The Venice-Rome, and Dalmatian ... Read More
We (wife and I, and another couple – call us “late 50’s”) chose this cruise as we wanted to experience a European cruise after doing several Caribbean cruises. This was our 3rd cruise on Celebrity. The Venice-Rome, and Dalmatian Coast was highly appealing to us as we have read so much about these areas. Port stops were Rijeka, Split, and Dubrovnik (Croatia); Kotor, Montenegro; Valleta, Malta; Catania, Sicily; Naples, Italy; and ending in Rome (Civitevecchia). We flew into Venice a day in advance and stayed at the Hotel Olimpia, which is very convenient to the cruise port. It could not have been better for us. Although it was raining on embarkation day, we found it very easy to get to the Marittima Cruise Port via the people mover. Embarkation was as easy and fast as we have ever experienced. We were on board in no more than about 20 minutes, start to finish. The staff welcomed us as they always have, with a glass of sparkling wine. Having been on the Infinity 2 years prior, the ship was immediately familiar. Overall, the Connie is in very good shape – very clean, well maintained. We get that she is older and will be spiffed up shortly, however there was NOTHING we could find that detracted from our cruise experience! Our room was in fine condition, and we did not experience “threadbare” conditions as I have seen in some reviews. We were lucky to have left Venice when we did, for shortly after our departure, the city experienced their epic flooding that we only heard about later. We did dodge wind and rain for good parts of the cruise, however we were still able to enjoy our cruise. One port stop, Kotor, Montenegro, was cancelled due to advancing Adriatic weather systems, however they diverted to Corfu, Greece rather than settle for a sea day. That decision was made early, and we are thankful for the consideration for passenger safety. Food is always subjective, but we always enjoyed all of our options. The menu in the MDR is somewhat repetitious from past cruises, however our food was always well prepared and tasty. Options in the OVC were varied, and we could always find options for the few meals we ate there. We did the Tuscan Grille one night to celebrate the birthday of one of our travel companions. This particular night was their “seafood night”, so they did not have their usual menu. We had the mixed seafood grill, and the amount of food was staggering. The staff also wanted us to have lobster, so they went ahead and gave us all a lobster too! It was very good, but not over the top. The wait staff was amazing, though! Entertainment was very good overall. The House Band (“Cardinals”) and Music Soup were amazing (heard mostly in the Rendezvous Lounge). I am a musician, and the pianist is stunningly good! For “down time”, we really enjoyed the Stonewall Acoustic Duo (usually in the Cellermasters) – and got to know them a bit while on board. Very friendly folks! We only made it to one production show due to the busy itinerary - it was pretty good, but not over the top. Two different evenings featured British entertainers – one a “piano guy” (did all Elton John, Billy Joel, etc), and a female singer (seriously funny, and an amazing voice). Comedians were a bit “hit and miss”. Overall….quite happy with the entertainment. The port stops were amazing – we mostly did private tours for the 4 of us. We did opt for ship credit to do ship tours from Catania, Sicily (Taste of Mt. Etna and Taormina), and Naples (Taste of Pompeii and Sorrento). They were good, but we do believe we were spoiled by the private tours. However, the distances travelled on these 2 tours dictated that we felt we should be on a ship tour. Disembarkation was among the fastest ever! Our suitcases were easy to locate, and the lines easy to navigate. Bravo! OVERALL – we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. Everything, but for 1 port stop, went according to plan. While we do prefer the S-Class ships (Murano!!), we were very satisfied with our experience one the Connie. She was very warm and comfortable, and the staff was amazing. We would certainly book this ship (and M-Class) if the itinerary dictates it. Kudos to some of our favorite folks: Sanyan (stateroom attendant, Deck 3), Dawangga (bar service), Akor (bar service – Rendezvous Lounge); Carlos (MDR), and so many others! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise as part of a family group and for it being a Mediterranean cruise. It was our first time on Celebrity, but we have travelled on many other cruise lines, primarily on Princess. Being near the end of season, we got a ... Read More
We chose this cruise as part of a family group and for it being a Mediterranean cruise. It was our first time on Celebrity, but we have travelled on many other cruise lines, primarily on Princess. Being near the end of season, we got a great deal that included gratuities and the classic drink package as well as our shipboard credits. Part of the reason for writing this review is Celebrity's feedback questionnaire. While we wanted to give feedback, our group all noticed that there was no place to really do so, except to leave "press worthy" comments for marketing. First, let me say that the ship is scheduled for a refit, and there were the signs that this is needed. Just saying... Here are bullet points on what I learned about Celebrity. - The upcharges on celebrity are much higher than Princess and Holland America. Drinks, specialty dining, and even shore excursions are 30% higher on Celebrity. - Buy the drink package. We upgraded to the premium package, and felt good about it. The package for just water is $16 USD per day. Yikes. -The specialty dining experience was twice the price of Princess and HA. The food was dry, and both my wine and water glass were empty for 15 minutes. I would have been happier if I could have refilled my own glass. We stayed happily in the main dining room after that where the service and food were great. - The shore excursions had discrepancies from the advertised itineraries and what actually occurred. I asked about the Valencia city tour for my wife and I, and I was told that there was 20 minutes of walking, We decided to pass due to my wife's mobility. My brother did this tour, and it included 2 hours 45 minutes of walking.Again- YIKES - On the positive side, every crew member was happy, smiling and friendly. This is clearly a sign of a well run ship. - Embarkation and disembarkation is tied for the easiest we have every had. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We sailed on Constellation's voyage from Venice to Rome. We had a great itinerary. Embarkation in Venice was extremely smooth and we were in our stateroom less than one-half hour after getting to the pier. Celebrity staff were mostly ... Read More
We sailed on Constellation's voyage from Venice to Rome. We had a great itinerary. Embarkation in Venice was extremely smooth and we were in our stateroom less than one-half hour after getting to the pier. Celebrity staff were mostly friendly and helpful. Food in the main dining room was very good but mediocre in the buffet. Food there was often lukewarm and would become cold by the time you got your juice or coffee. Rarely would a waiter or waitress assist with drink service in the buffet area. Entertainment was very good with a variety of singing acts, dancers, comedians, magicians, and acrobats. I would have rated this cruise 4 stars if not for the rundown condition of Constellation. Everything looked worn and old. Carpets, blinds, wall coverings, and upholstery were in poor condition. I tried to close a blind in the gym while working out and it fell off the window. The decor had a distinctly 90s feel in the lounges and restaurant. We took one shore excursion in Valletta, Malta with Celebrity and it was well-run, informative, and enjoyful. After cruising on another lines 2-year old ship in 2018, Constellation was a let down. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I have been on 21 cruises, 11 with Celebrity and 10 with RCCL, so I know how Celebrity standards should be and what they weren't on this cruise. The Constellation was built in 2002 and it shows. She is going into refurb in March ... Read More
I have been on 21 cruises, 11 with Celebrity and 10 with RCCL, so I know how Celebrity standards should be and what they weren't on this cruise. The Constellation was built in 2002 and it shows. She is going into refurb in March 2020, but only for cosmetic updates and not mechanical fixes. In the meantime, Celebrity is doing NOTHING to keep the ship in good condition. There is visible rust everywhere, the furnishings around the ship are very worn, the balcony furniture looks like it came from a garage sale. For room service one morning, I was served moldy berries. Gross! The room service food was hit or miss, but mostly missed the mark for quality, accuracy of the order, and hot food. The cabins on deck 11 are Aqua Class, and they are not part of the original design. The rooftop terrace with the outdoor movie theater is directly above these rooms and they have movies blaring 12 hours a day, every day, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and you can hear the noise from the balcony but not from inside the room. This was a really bad idea to shove Aqua Class rooms in this location. Blu restaurant is insufficiently staffed. It was difficult to have a meal in less than 1 1/2 to 2 hours. If you tried to get a table between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m., there was 1 to 1 1/2 hours to wait. This was unacceptable and frustrating. Since Celebrity added the cabins on Deck 11, there is now too many people in Aqua Class to fit into Blu. The Oceanview Cafe (buffet) food has improved a bit, but the dining room is so very hot, so I ate outside whenever possible. The ports on this itinerary were great! The shore excursions are ridiculously priced through Celebrity if you book closer to the cruise date, but I booked my excursions as soon as they were released, so the pricing was fair. Some excursions tripled in price by the time of the sailing. The quality of the excursions was very good and enjoyable. The downside is the motor coach experience because there's so many people. If you don't have a Celebrity tour, they charge $5 to $15 for port shuttles into town. This is another nickle and dime tactic that I don't appreciate. Transportation from the ship should be free. The theater shows were not very good and it seems Celebrity is cutting back on quality here. Karen is the shore excursions director and oftentimes she was giving us the wrong information about the ports, but you didn't realize it until you got to the port. Her presentations of the ports were unorganized and scattered. Graeme, the Captain's Club host, was a delightful fellow and very helpful. He has a great personality and lots of smiles. This will be my last sailing in the Millennium class of ships. I'll stick to Solstice class ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We boarded in Barcelona Spain with ports of call in Gibraltar, Sete, Nice, Florence and Corsica for a 9 day cruise. The ship could use a refresh, but everything was clean and well cared for. We had a Royal Suite which was phenomenal. I ... Read More
We boarded in Barcelona Spain with ports of call in Gibraltar, Sete, Nice, Florence and Corsica for a 9 day cruise. The ship could use a refresh, but everything was clean and well cared for. We had a Royal Suite which was phenomenal. I think we only saw our room attendant, Natasha, twice during the whole cruise, but the cabin was always spotless. Our butler, Ellie, was the best! He couldn't do enough even though I don't think we asked much. He came every morning with cappuccino and mimosas. Even thought we only had 2 sea days, we did enjoy the large balcony and private hot tub. The bed was comfortable. We had 1 minor maintenance issue which was very quickly rectified. The service thought the cruise was outstanding. We did find the food to be not as good as on previous cruises, particularly in Luminae. Not that it was bad, just not excellent. We ordered off the main dining menu most evenings because there simply wasn't much of interest on the Luminae menu. Luckily, you can still do this on the M class ships. You can't on the new Edge class! We had one mediocre meal in Tuscan and one good one. Our dinner in Quisine was great. I would note that while we generally don't dine in the buffett, we did have lunch once and the selection was very good as was the food. We didn't go to a lot of shows because we were so busy, but the few we did go to were pretty good. We are sailing on the Summit in February which has already been refit. We are looking forward to seeing the improvements. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This is the 2nd cruise we sailed with Celebrity, we were impressed with Eclipse last year and decide to join another cruise with Celebrity. This is a slightly smaller and older ship than the Eclipse, but we still had a lot of fun in this 9 ... Read More
This is the 2nd cruise we sailed with Celebrity, we were impressed with Eclipse last year and decide to join another cruise with Celebrity. This is a slightly smaller and older ship than the Eclipse, but we still had a lot of fun in this 9 nights cruise trip. First of all, we love the shows at night, the performances, singer and dancers did a fantastic jobs, we caught the show every evenings and make sure we don't miss it. The onboard activities were Okay, a lot of them are the same as what we played last year, so it is a bit lack of surprise for us, but the games are still fun to watch. We still had a great time. We did not go to the specialty dinning, so we stayed at St-Marco Dinning room for your dinner. They updated the menu everyday with plenty of choices. We tried a lot of different food everyday and they had Lobster Tail and Scallops which are my favorite! We also had our breakfast and sometimes lunch and snacks at OceanCafe, honestly the food are getting a bit boring. They did change their Chef Specials everyday, but other than that, the other food in the buffet was very similar everyday. With a cruise of 9 nights, you may get bored. My wife went to their morning sketch a couple of times early in the morning, but other dance or yoga class has to pay, so we skipped that. The gym was clean and the machines were fairly new. They have a basketball court, which is often forgotten by a lot of guests. I spent a good 45 minutes there while at the sea. The basketball are a bit old and some of time are not pumped. Service was great, there were officers teaching us to use the new App on Board, which is very useful to see the daily activities and communicate with your cruise mates and family on board. Most of the staff are very friendly and had smile with them at all time. However, my steward's job was really bad. First, she never come greet us or come talk to us during the 9 nights of the cruise. Second, she always forgot stuff in our room. For example, we had no agenda for a couple day, toiletries not refilled, no clean towels. Dirty cups are not taking away, etc. It was horrible, and we decide to talk to the guest relation after 1 week. They sent a steward supervisor to talk to us and apologized, and they gave us a follow call the days after to make sure our room and supplies are Okay. I would say that it could be just a bad individual who didn't properly do her job and not Celebrity's standard. Overall, the ship is clean and easy to navigate. We like Celebrity and have great experience at the ship, but we like to see Celebrity creating more new activities, providing more and different foods in OceanCafe daily, so it keep their guest impressed with this Premium Cruiseline. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I was travelling with my mum in a Sky Suite and we were both not expecting the cruise to be as wonderful as it was. We embarked in Barcelona and were on a 9 day Spain, France and Italy cruise. From the moment we got on the ship to ... Read More
I was travelling with my mum in a Sky Suite and we were both not expecting the cruise to be as wonderful as it was. We embarked in Barcelona and were on a 9 day Spain, France and Italy cruise. From the moment we got on the ship to disembarking we were made to feel extra special. I was eyeing up the free welcome drink when Vinay (who we soon found out worked in the fine jewellery store) asked if he could escort us to Michaels Club to have a drink there. He walked us through the ship giving us a tour and stayed with us until Jess the concierge was free. She was so welcoming and it became apparent that pretty much everyone working on this ship loves it and is proud to be there. People remembered our names and managed to get that balance right of being professional but also friendly at the same time. I saw no evidence of wear and tear on the ship and the twilight lounge where they showed the films seemed quite new. We didn't choose our state room and were given an accessible one and it was quite small compared to the other sky suites but it did the job. We went to all the shows and they were all very good and high quality. We dined in Luminae most nights and all the people in there worked so hard and nothing was too much trouble. 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
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
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
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursions 3.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.3
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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