I choose this cruise mainly for the Itinerary but also because I have sailed with Celebrity twice in the past albeit on bigger and newer ships. There have been mixed reviews about 'Connie' as it is affectionately known stating that it is looking tired and in need of a refit. We saw no signs of this. Yes it is an older ship and perhaps lacks the elegance of the newer ships but overall it was lovely. The main Restaurant has an amazing floor to ceiling window giving fantastic views as you sail along. The cabins were the same standard as any other Celebrity Ship. The bathroom was a little on the small side and had a shower curtain rather than a proper cubicle. To give the illusion of space there was floor to ceiling mirrors along the wall of the bedroom at the bottom of the bed.
One thing we absolutely loved about 'Connie' was the Adult indoor pool. It is a Thalolassotherapy pool and was like getting into a hot bath. So relaxing after a tiring day sightseeing. There are tubular seats on either side of the pool with jets of water - wonderful. There are also 2 Jacuzzis that have cold water jets strategically placed.
We were on fixed dining. We noticed that Celebrity have reduced the number of courses from 4 to 3. However, we often asked for 2 Starters eg soup and a salad and it was never a problem. The Staff were very accommodating. The Buffet had excellent choices, especially at lunchtime. The Asian section was first class and very varied. We didn't bother with the Specialty Restaurants as we felt they were overpriced and the food in the Main restaurant was generally very good.
Cabin was very quiet, clean and had an unobstructed view from the balcony. Bathroom is smaller than on newer ships but adequate
The Ship tries to get you to buy shuttle transfer to St Marks Square. If you walk out of the port then catch the People Mover €3 return (need change) then get a day ticket €20 or individual ticket on the public water bus which takes you the whole length of the Grand Canal to St Marks Square. Try and sit outside. You can then hop on and hop off all day. Venice is lovely, although very hot and crowded.
Koper is fairly small and will only take a couple of hours to explore. We caught the local bus to Piran which is along the coast. Well worth it. Walk straight through the old town to the main road. The local buses are across the main road. €3.10 each. the journey takes 30 mins along the coast road - beautiful - through Isola, Portoroz and finishes at Piran. This used to be a fishing port but is now mainly a holiday resort with a nice harbour, narrow streets a large square. Walk up the Bell Tower €1 for lovely views of the whole town.
Docks near the old town so no need to book any excursions. In old town it is worthwhile walking up the Bell Tower (not good if afraid of heights) €3. Views not as good as in Piran (Koper). Local singers sang traditional songs and at 12.00 in the main square there is a small show with people dressed up. Interesting town and walls
Dubrovnik is stunning. Take the cable car at the back of the town when you arrive 120 kruna pay by Credit card if no currency as won't accept Euros (too long queues later in the day) for fantastic views and then walk the walls later on. Have to have ships shuttle bus as ship moors quite a way out of the town
Worthwhile getting up early for the sail in. Ship is tendered in Bay. We got a private excursion when we got off the ship. Walked past all the first lot of people pushing tours and across main road. Got a 8 seater bus with an English Speaking tour guide , Meadow, for 3 hours for €12.50 each!! He took us along the coast to Perast where we got a small boat to the 'our lady of the Rocks' island €4. We then all opted to sit in this pretty town by the sea and have a drink. Beautiful. He then took us up the mountain for some fantastic views of the bay and our ship before taking us back and a quick tour of Kotor. Excellent day out. Would highly recommend
Took HOHO bus to Mdina which is a must see in Malta. Then went to the war Museum in St Elmo Fort. Worth visiting if interested in the 2nd World War. Lots to see in Malta