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We have just returned from our first cruise. We were recommended Celebrity by several friends. We chose this cruise because of the great ports of call. Whilst we had a wonderful holiday, I'm, not sure we will rush to do another. The overall experience was good, but there were too many little grouses. The good: 1. Fantastic staff - almost always helpful, and friendly 2. Plentiful food 3. Large number of great stops 4. Cleanliness 5. Hygiene in eating areas The bad 1. Money - Celebrity's prime purpose on life seems to be to relieve passengers of large amounts of money. 2. Prices were inflated for everything. No bargains - the cheap items on offer were still overpriced, and trashy. 3. No consistency - too often, different people would give different information. 4. Few activities on sea days. A cinema would have been good, but Celebrity got rid of that to make room for more paying passengers. 5. Food in MDR average - better, and more plentiful in Ocean View diner. 6. Overpriced shore excursions. Similar, and cheaper elsewhere, eg via Viator. 7. Crap shows, except where entertainers specially brought in. We walked out of 2. Very disappointing. 8. Formal nights that were not. I had a tuxedo, and felt very overdressed on each of the 3 nights. No enforcement - many passengers did not even have a tie and jacket. If they want formal nights, then enforce it, and make an occasion of it. FNs were no different apart from very few people really dressed up, than any other night.

Lovely Holiday, but Some Disappointments

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by frealan

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We have just returned from our first cruise. We were recommended Celebrity by several friends. We chose this cruise because of the great ports of call. Whilst we had a wonderful holiday, I'm, not sure we will rush to do another. The overall experience was good, but there were too many little grouses.

The good:

1. Fantastic staff - almost always helpful, and friendly

2. Plentiful food

3. Large number of great stops

4. Cleanliness

5. Hygiene in eating areas

The bad

1. Money - Celebrity's prime purpose on life seems to be to relieve passengers of large amounts of money.

2. Prices were inflated for everything. No bargains - the cheap items on offer were still overpriced, and trashy.

3. No consistency - too often, different people would give different information.

4. Few activities on sea days. A cinema would have been good, but Celebrity got rid of that to make room for more paying passengers.

5. Food in MDR average - better, and more plentiful in Ocean View diner.

6. Overpriced shore excursions. Similar, and cheaper elsewhere, eg via Viator.

7. Crap shows, except where entertainers specially brought in. We walked out of 2. Very disappointing.

8. Formal nights that were not. I had a tuxedo, and felt very overdressed on each of the 3 nights. No enforcement - many passengers did not even have a tie and jacket. If they want formal nights, then enforce it, and make an occasion of it. FNs were no different apart from very few people really dressed up, than any other night.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View 8
Cabin 08 9028
No complaints - clean, and as expected.
Deck 2 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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