We have cruised with Celebrity for over 15 years. We chose the Iberian Peninsula cruise as we had not been to the Ports on this cruise earlier.
The Check-in took ages in spite being Elite Members. They had the bookings messed up - we had two cabins allotted to us. They took time to resolve the issue. Disembarkation was a breeze.
Constellation is an old ship. With the refit and adding extra cabins it is a mess at Common areas of Swimming Pool/Jacuzzis, Oceanview Cafe & the Gym.
The Cabin was normal Balcony Cabin.\
The Dinning Restaurant - Dinner was crowded with tables close to each other. Not so earlier. Food in the Dinning Hall was good. In the Oceanview Cafe it was a challenge to find a place to sit and then to get food. The Crockery & Cutlery cleanliness was pathetic. They kept WET plates, unwashed plates & mugs. Plates with black marks. They had an excuse for everything, but set things right. Very disappointing from this point of view.
The some Shows were good rest average. Celebrity Life did a good job of their activities
We wanted to book two tickets for the "Under Siege" shore excursion at Gibraltar. Only one was confirmed, second waitlisted. Next day the status did not change. On asking to cancel the confirmed one. They immediately confirmed the second one. We had some friends who we met on board and advised of this excursion. They went to book the same. Got their reservation without a hassle. Never understood this game. The Guides at Shore excursions had no regards to people with difficulties, continued on at their own pace.
Most Ports we visited were fantastic. Since we were at Bilbao - overnight, on arrival we picked up a rental car (AVIS) at the Port area and drove (4Hours one way) to Lourdes in France. It was the High Point of the Vacation.
We cruise every year - have done 15 cruises with Celebrity. This one was amongst the last favourable.
It was a nice experience. Rain dampened the excursion. Lunch at Sintara was really goodView All 37 Cascais, Sintra and the beach Reviews
The Guide took off with the group. We the people with walking dificulties were left way behind. We did not know where to go. Finally someone on the street guided us to the Wine tasting place. Wine tasting was refreshingView All 34 Port Wine Tasting Reviews
We went ashore on the Shuttle. 5 Euros, operated by an outside agency. Walked around the Port area. Had Sangria at one of the Restaurants. Sangria was really good
We took a shore excursion from the Port. It was well conducted. 15 euros per person