Just returned from our cruise on celebrity constellation. This is our 5th cruise with celebrity which we thought we would return to after two mediocre cruises on RCCL and Holland America. The first thing to go wrong was that my husband and I were allocated a different dining table to my sister and her husband. We did finally sort it out after two trips to see the Maitre d'. We had cross referenced our booking even though he told us we hadn't. So instead of being part of a table for eight as requested we had one for just us four.
We were surprised to be hassled for the first three days to purchase the drinks package, which we knew would be uneconomical for us as we were off the ship for nine of the twelve days but we couldn't sit down before being approached. Bit of a nuisance, we were also offered discounts in the specialty restaurants which again was a bit intrusive. They must have been struggling to fill the places.
We didn't go to many of the shows as we were on late sitting and after a day ashore didn't feel like going to the early show at 7.15pm. There were a couple of late ones which we enjoyed. We used to see passengers going into the main sitting at 6.15 and some didn't go in until gone 7 pm. Maybe this is the reason that the late sitting was at 8.45pm the latest we have ever had. We would have preferred 8.15 as on other cruises.
We did enjoy this cruise although like other cruisers we felt the standards have dropped considerably, it just isn't so special now. The dress codes are are ignored by some diners, the food is certainly not fine dining anymore and it all seems to be about money. When we booked this cruise We were supposed to spend our last day and overnight in Venice but a couple of months prior to sailing date we were informed that due to regulations regarding ships in the Grand Canal we would arrive at 9.30pm and would also make a stop in Ravenna for one hour. This of course turned out to be the stop to allow tours into Venice to commence. I might add these tours had to be paid for. We don't take any tours because they are so expensive. During the cruise we made enquires about disembarking when we did finally dock at 9.30 but no one seemed to know and we were given what turned out to be misinformation about, people movers, vaporettos and land taxis. The night before our arrival in Italy our evening info sheet told us we could disembark and that the last ships water taxi would be at 1am. The queues therefore were horrendous, I don't think the company realised how many passengers wanted to do this, it should have been offered when the schedule change was made and proper plans put into action. I think it was a last minute attempt to appease angry passengers who were missing out on the final destination.
We're not sure if we want to cruise again now that things have become so dumbed down, this was our 11th cruise in all and the last four have disappointed us. Nevertheless we visited interesting destinations, all done under our own steam, which costs a fraction of the tours offered and also enjoyed meeting other passengers and comparing notes. It's surprising what you learn!
straight onto ship.
Took the ferry to Sorrento
Took the number 51 bus to Mdina
Hop on hop off bus, but so much traffic spoils it.
Don't take the donkey, we did last time and it is scary. Take the funicular up to FERA or the trip to Olia
Walked to Ellia beach. Excellent sun bed hire for 8 euros per couple.
We caught the number .5 dolmas to Ladies Beach
We didn't pay for the 10 dollar bus into the town as just as you disembark there is water taxi operating for 4 euros return.