We chose this cruise because of Celebrity and the consistency they deliver. We chose the Constellation because we enjoy this class of ship with the vintage old world appeal. The crew, the food and the service was outstanding as always. Graem, our Captain's Club host, was the most outstanding of everyone. I do hope Celebrity will shy away from an overnight in Athens. We found the city to be dirty, full of graffiti, expensive and not something one wants to experience for two days. The other ports were delightful! My husband and I always search for Celebrity cruises and then plan where they can take us. We love doing back to backs and stayed aboard the Constellation for the Mediterranean cruise after taking the re-positioning out of Ft Lauderdale early April. We did change cabins from the first cruise but the crew made the transition effortlessly. Our embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Celebrity crew and staff always make a point to greet you each and every time they see you. They have a way of bringing you into their happy family. The crew and staff all seem to really enjoy their job and want to make sure their customers have a good time. It's hard to believe they do this cruise after cruise because they all seem so fresh and happy to serve. It all starts at the top for employees and their customers to be satisfied and there is no better cruise line for the money than Celebrity!
We choose an inside cabin for the value and the coolness of the room. We have found with a verandah our cabin doesn't cool down as much as we would like. Yes, the outside air is nice but there are plenty of decks for outside air! The amenities, the television station choices are fine. There is plenty of storage with drawers and hanging space. The luggage fits nicely under the bed without having to lift the bed.
We took the local bus to Amalfi and, of course, marveled at the beauty and the winding road.........needless to say bus driver's have to be at the top of their game. Next time we will venture out and take the ferry to Positano but had to check one of the bucket list with the local bus!
The beauty of this island is always breathtaking. The streets/sidewalks weaving throughout the white buildings make it a fascinating shopping touring experience. We missed seeing the pelican this year but maybe next time.
We spent a little more time in the port city of Rome and enjoyed the sites and shopping it had to offer.
A photographer's dream always around each and every corner. The local bus took us to Oia where we strolled and enjoyed the sun.
We wish we had an overnight here rather than Athens. We actually experienced a spa experience with facials, threading, hair cut and shave for my husband. It was a riot and the people were so nice. We didn't get to got to Ephesus so had to entertain ourselves for the day. Next time Ephesus for sure.
Not a place we ever want to go back to. Once you've seen the Acropolis and the Parthenon and a couple of museums no need to stay there. Definitely an excursion away from Athens is recommended.
The HOHO busses are great but don't count on hopping on and off. The schedules do not lend themselves to much but staying on and riding all the lines. Maybe we were at the beginning of the season and the times were longer between busses than they should have been, but just beware of how often the busses come. Their is a wartime museum within walking distance of the port we will see next time and see the Blue Grotto.
Very nice port and old town is the place to walk around. Great gyros and good prices and very friendly people added to our day. The feet eating fish are always a fun thing to do in the Greek Isles.
We took the train to Taormina since our last visit we had a driver. I would recommend taking the bus from Messina to have a more scenic view. Our train stayed close to sea level and then we taxi'd up to Taormina.