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A common theme of a number of these reviews has been chaos in embarkation/disembarkation in Venice, either at the docks, airport or both. We chose to organise our own flights since we were staying on in Venice for a few days. Our experience of Venice airport was excellent both on arrival and departure. This was in marked contrast to friends on Celebrity-booked flights. However, getting to the ship from the Venice "People Mover" was a route march, in very hot conditions, with no shuttle bus or luggage trolleys. The Celebrity rep posted at the terminal entrance had no suggestions other than to walk and drag our cases. We arrived hot, sweaty and stressed. Cabins were made available from about 1pm, by which time we had already lunched in "Ocean View". Our luggage arrived promptly. Our on-board experience started and continued to be excellent. We used the ship's shuttle service to St. Mark's Square which worked well. Cruise Critic organised a "Welcome on board/Venice sailaway" party on the helicopter deck as we sailed through Venice. We felt honoured and appreciated. We were then straight into two ports of call before our first "sea day". Somehow this seemed to mitigate against getting to know many of our travelling companions. We did our own thing in Split, booking a tour by private taxi on the dockside to take in Trogir and Split. Good value and well worth the visits to both. Dubrovnik was very hot, and most activities are in un-shaded areas. V picturesque though. (For any that tried it, it is a long, noisy and fume-ridden walk from the docks to the old town.) We then had our first "Sea Day" before seven straight port visits. Most excursions leave early in the morning and getting up at 5.30 restricts the ability to function into the small hours! 7 days on the trot, in very interesting ports with lots to see reduced the ambiance on board. So overall, we saw many fascinating places but missed out on the on-board experience. Breakfast was normally in Ocean View - it pays to check all the different food stations - the Eggs Benedict took some finding but worthwhile once located! Lunch either on shore or Ocean View - my wife loved being able to have dark turkey meat on demand - and we normally ate dinner in San Marco. Food was good quality without being exciting. We tried Ocean Liners once - $50 per head for appalling service. Food was good but 4 hours for a meal!! Once they'd done the "reveal" on the main course they didn't want to know. We went to the Bistro on 5 twice. $10 for a cover charge but they don't supply bread! normally empty - they haven't got this one right yet. Friends we were travelling with had access to Illuminati, which caters for passengers in suites. We weren't impressed with the additional menu items and, by and large, preferred the main San Marco restaurant. Our favourite stops were Santorini and Rhodes. Would like more time in both. Kusadasi for Ephesus is a must-see. The excursion time is quite short for all that there is to look at. The ubiquitous photographers were a bit of a pain to begin with, a couple of them were really good however. We enjoyed most of the entertainment - not sure about hypnosis as entertainment - but why oh why schedule the end of cruise passenger and crew show/concert at the same time as the junior show. People were bound to be disappointed. Also neither feature in the "video of your cruise" which, if you participated as two of our party did, was a major disappointment. I didn't see our concierge until disembarkation. On the few occasions I looked for her in her den on deck 3 she was not present. Not sure what we got for the money! From our point of view disembarkation was faultless. People tend to complain about the price of the ship-arranged excursions. We felt that they were reasonable value. Wine however is grossly overpriced, even though it comes in generous sized glasses. We have rarely drunk so little on holiday. They would sell a lot more if it was more reasonably priced. With only three sea days on our itinerary, you would really have to go some to get value from the drinks packages on offer! Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable cruise on a well-run ship, enjoying good standards of food, entertainment and cleanliness, with an excellent itinerary.

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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Panda4

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A common theme of a number of these reviews has been chaos in embarkation/disembarkation in Venice, either at the docks, airport or both.

We chose to organise our own flights since we were staying on in Venice for a few days. Our experience of Venice airport was excellent both on arrival and departure. This was in marked contrast to friends on Celebrity-booked flights. However, getting to the ship from the Venice "People Mover" was a route march, in very hot conditions, with no shuttle bus or luggage trolleys. The Celebrity rep posted at the terminal entrance had no suggestions other than to walk and drag our cases. We arrived hot, sweaty and stressed.

Cabins were made available from about 1pm, by which time we had already lunched in "Ocean View". Our luggage arrived promptly. Our on-board experience started and continued to be excellent. We used the ship's shuttle service to St. Mark's Square which worked well.

Cruise Critic organised a "Welcome on board/Venice sailaway" party on the helicopter deck as we sailed through Venice. We felt honoured and appreciated. We were then straight into two ports of call before our first "sea day". Somehow this seemed to mitigate against getting to know many of our travelling companions.

We did our own thing in Split, booking a tour by private taxi on the dockside to take in Trogir and Split. Good value and well worth the visits to both. Dubrovnik was very hot, and most activities are in un-shaded areas. V picturesque though. (For any that tried it, it is a long, noisy and fume-ridden walk from the docks to the old town.)

We then had our first "Sea Day" before seven straight port visits. Most excursions leave early in the morning and getting up at 5.30 restricts the ability to function into the small hours! 7 days on the trot, in very interesting ports with lots to see reduced the ambiance on board. So overall, we saw many fascinating places but missed out on the on-board experience.

Breakfast was normally in Ocean View - it pays to check all the different food stations - the Eggs Benedict took some finding but worthwhile once located! Lunch either on shore or Ocean View - my wife loved being able to have dark turkey meat on demand - and we normally ate dinner in San Marco. Food was good quality without being exciting.

We tried Ocean Liners once - $50 per head for appalling service. Food was good but 4 hours for a meal!! Once they'd done the "reveal" on the main course they didn't want to know. We went to the Bistro on 5 twice. $10 for a cover charge but they don't supply bread! normally empty - they haven't got this one right yet. Friends we were travelling with had access to Illuminati, which caters for passengers in suites. We weren't impressed with the additional menu items and, by and large, preferred the main San Marco restaurant.

Our favourite stops were Santorini and Rhodes. Would like more time in both. Kusadasi for Ephesus is a must-see. The excursion time is quite short for all that there is to look at.

The ubiquitous photographers were a bit of a pain to begin with, a couple of them were really good however.

We enjoyed most of the entertainment - not sure about hypnosis as entertainment - but why oh why schedule the end of cruise passenger and crew show/concert at the same time as the junior show. People were bound to be disappointed. Also neither feature in the "video of your cruise" which, if you participated as two of our party did, was a major disappointment.

I didn't see our concierge until disembarkation. On the few occasions I looked for her in her den on deck 3 she was not present. Not sure what we got for the money! From our point of view disembarkation was faultless.

People tend to complain about the price of the ship-arranged excursions. We felt that they were reasonable value. Wine however is grossly overpriced, even though it comes in generous sized glasses. We have rarely drunk so little on holiday. They would sell a lot more if it was more reasonably priced. With only three sea days on our itinerary, you would really have to go some to get value from the drinks packages on offer!

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable cruise on a well-run ship, enjoying good standards of food, entertainment and cleanliness, with an excellent itinerary.
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