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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Like the ship and intinerary, but some other areas could be better

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by HSTsmarty

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2016
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2B

The main reason for choosing this cruise was the itinerary, having a number of ports that we have not cruised to before. A secondary consideration was Celebrity who we have cruised with before and thoroughly enjoyed the experience although previously always on a Solstice class and not on the Constellation, one of their Millennium class. We were somewhat disappointed to find out several weeks before the cruise that they have dropped their formal nights for what they call "Chic nights". We really enjoy the formal nights and we were concerned what we might be faced with. We decided to split the difference with my wife taking some of her slightly less elegant but still gorgeous dresses and me settling for jacket and tie. It would be fair to say that about 5% of people still dressed formal, about 25% did the same as us and the rest dressed the same as any other night. Overall the standard of dress code in the main dining room was not what we have come to expect of Celebrity, even spotting shorts on a couple of occasions.

The ship:

Spacious, clean and efficiently run with ever friendly staff. Of all the ships we have been on this felt the least crowded.

Shops: The ever present jewellery, watches, spirits etc with nothing out of the ordinary.

Theatre: Again plenty of room, never full with reasonable shows although many acts will have been seen before on previous cruises.

Food: The 24 hour café on the 10th deck was pretty good with a range of choices. The main dining room in the evening however we thought was a little crowed with one of our table having a door handle in his back. Also the evening meals we thought have dropped in quality. Still good but not as good a previous years.

Cabins: Clean and what you would expect.

The passengers: Being an Easter Med cruise there was a broad mix. UK, USA, Canada, Australia probably the biggest numbers but quite a few Japanese and smaller numbers of other European countries. Most of them are fine but one thing that really does frustrate as well as amuse me on cruises is the way some of these people perform on trips. If only they would do what they are told it would be fine, but no, a small minority have to question everything and refusing to do it as told by the tour leaders/crew. Pushing in (something that riles me) and to see people almost running and pushing to be first on the coach is a but like walking sticks at dawn. If only they realised how daft they look!

The ports:

Ravenna. The port is several miles away from the town and NOT walkable.

Dubrovnik. 5 ships docked! Again to the main part its NOT walkable, use the shuttle bus but once in town its very pretty with loads of gift shops. Currency Kuna (Euro rarely accepted)

Kotor: Port is right in the town, easy to just walk of the dock into the town. Small cobbled streets with lots of little shops, very pretty and a walk along the bank will find a range of cafes and bars. Currency Euro.

Valletta: 3 ships docked and we were on the opposite side of the harbour than the town. A free ferry is available but only half hourly. The town is pretty with loads of shops, cafes, side streets etc and loads of history. Currency Euro.

Split: Did a trip so didn't see much of the town but it is walkable from the boat. Went to Trigor which was very pretty, apart from the trip there which passed through a lot of industrial areas. Currency Kuna.

Zadar: Unfortunately cant really comment other than to say the port is some way from the town. We were both under the weather so stayed on the boat.

Venice: I only mention this because of the transfer and airport. Disembarkation from the ship to the coach, picking up our luggage en route was fine. It all really fell apart at the airport. Marco Polo airport is simply not able to deal with the numbers that descend on it when a ship disembarks. Not helped by block bookings not being bale to check in on line everyone having to cue. It took us two hours to just check in.


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2B
Cabin 2B 7069

What you would expect from a balcony cabin. A small snug two seatter settee, a dressing table and chair. Balcony was ok with 2 chairs and a table. Nice size shower and plenty of storage space


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

2nd trip by boat and approached Dubrovnik by sea, then spent time on our own. Much better fewere poeple.

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Land & Sea Tour

2 days in port. 1st day a trip up the coast to a small village followed by a visit to the town of Dubrovnik. A nice excursion but a liitle crowded with 5 ships in port.

View All 18 Land & Sea Tour Reviews
Malta (Valletta)

Valletta has plenty of histiry. The streets are line with shops, cafes and bars or you can stroll down some of the back streets to see how they live. Buckingham Palace has two guards standing watch who occasionaly march back and forth but dont cross the rope!

Trogir Walking Tour

Very pretty town, shame about the graffiti. Worth visiting though.

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