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Well, Celebrity did it again - We were booked to Israel and unfortunately, due to security concerns, Celebrity needed to change the itinerary...well - they did so with panache. While we were still disappointed with the modification, we certainly could not blame Celebrity for global politics. The overnight in Jerusalem was replaced with an overnight in Athens, and they replaced a few sea days to make this itinerary packed with fabulous ports. A 12 night cruise with only 2 days at sea - extraordinary!!! The Constellation was a dream - more intimate than the Solstice class ships, but with many of their amenities and full style! The crew and staff could not have been more accommodating or fun, for that matter. Food, excursions, service, cleanliness, and entertainment were all what we have come to expect from this higher end cruise line. We stayed in a Concierge Veranda Cabin on the 8th deck and it was immaculate and well appointed. The bathroom showed a little bit of wear, but otherwise it was almost identical to our former cabins on the Silhouette, Solstice, and Equinox. The entertainment was fantastic and the brand new cruise director did quite well under some tricky circumstances. Our favorite evening was watching the Tenors of Rock (www.tenorsofrock.com) - amazing!!! Embarkation and disembarkation were completely painless - both in Istanbul and Rome - completely painless and FAST!!!

Another Fabulous Celebrity Cruise!

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by BKBKBK

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Well, Celebrity did it again -

We were booked to Israel and unfortunately, due to security concerns, Celebrity needed to change the itinerary...well - they did so with panache. While we were still disappointed with the modification, we certainly could not blame Celebrity for global politics.

The overnight in Jerusalem was replaced with an overnight in Athens, and they replaced a few sea days to make this itinerary packed with fabulous ports. A 12 night cruise with only 2 days at sea - extraordinary!!!

The Constellation was a dream - more intimate than the Solstice class ships, but with many of their amenities and full style! The crew and staff could not have been more accommodating or fun, for that matter. Food, excursions, service, cleanliness, and entertainment were all what we have come to expect from this higher end cruise line.

We stayed in a Concierge Veranda Cabin on the 8th deck and it was immaculate and well appointed. The bathroom showed a little bit of wear, but otherwise it was almost identical to our former cabins on the Silhouette, Solstice, and Equinox.

The entertainment was fantastic and the brand new cruise director did quite well under some tricky circumstances. Our favorite evening was watching the Tenors of Rock (www.tenorsofrock.com) - amazing!!!

Embarkation and disembarkation were completely painless - both in Istanbul and Rome - completely painless and FAST!!!
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