Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Adam and Eve
- Sail Date: May 2016
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Aqua Class Balcony
Firstly we didn't expect hailstorms, thunderstorms and cold weather! Still, the sea was calm. Thank heavens we were on a cruise ship so we had shows, music, entertainment and eating to keep us busy.
We booked through Celebrity and they arranged the flights.we had to change at Brussels and we won't do this again. Waiting almost 4 hours between two 90 minute is not a lot of fun.
The ship is clean and tidy
This time we tried Aqua class and we really enjoyed it. We should have had priority boarding but the embarkation staff didn't seem to realize this and tried to direct us to a huge line until I pointed this out. The Aqua line was empty. This also happened to several other people we spoke to. No problem on the ship except for the hard sell which went with the free glass of champagne - drinks, dining, spa photos. Pretty hectic!
So cabin (stateroom?) 9083. Very clean and tidy. Lovely multi jet shower which was very refreshing. Balcony has a huge overhang from the deck above so you don't get any sun, but we knew this and it kept the rain off. I asked for and got a couple of blankets so we could wrap up and sit outside. I also asked for the fridge to be emptied so we could put our stuff in so no problem.Our cabin steward was Noel. He was excellent and friendly. If you're going on deck 9 have a look at the deck plans as some rooms can be noisy under some sections due to furniture being arranged very early in the mornings.Ours was OK
Aqua class means you can dine in Blu restaurant. Absolutely fabulous! We didn't eat anywhere else for evening meals. David (Maitre'D) had a chat with everyone every night and the rest of the staff were just as good. No reservations and good food. When we saw the chaos and arguments outside the anytime dining section of the main restaurant we were so glad we had this option. We ourselves had trouble with this on our last cruise. You pay your gratuities upfront to get anytime dining only to be told there is nothing available between 6.30 and 8.15! Celebrity needs to get a grip on this. I would go for fixed dining and not prepay the gratuities so you won't be sitting around for 45 mins with a pager waiting. I think that building the Blu restaurant has taken space out of the anytime section which causes this.
Entertainment - shows were good (except for the magician) but the variety and quality of the music has really slipped. No acappello, no string quartet, just a duo with a guitar and a disc jockey with a deck. Done to save money I suppose, but we don't like this trend. The variety of music around the ship is what attracted us to Celebrity in the first place. We don't like the Liars Club, Mr and Mrs type shows so we gave them a miss.
Enrichment activities seem to have slipped a bit too. Quite a bit of general and music trivia which was good fun, line dancing and lessons with the show cast, three talks about the Mediterranean region history, scrapbooking on the sea days.Staffing for these areas seem to have been reduced too.
Staffing - Cruise Director Maarten was excellent, always about and friendly. He didn't go over the top like some do! The star in this area was Sam - she was always friendly and tireless with a real bubbly personality. She needs promoting! The whole crew were friendly and always give you a smile and greeting when you passed them. Never saw the captain. He did give one talk but we didn't go because we were doing something else.
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