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We chose this cruise specifically because it was going to Israel. We had been to most of the other ports. The crew and service was excellent. I would like to suggest that they use less salt however, in their food. Our cabin was a Comcierge class balcony on deck 8, midship. It was so stable, most of the time we had no idea we were moving. The cabin was a little smaller than I thought it would be, but it was just enough space. I think that the cabin decor could have used a good update to make it more luxurious. We just about never used the balcony since we were out and about the ship or touring during the day and at night we were sailing and it was too windy. We only saw a couple of the shows since we were so exhausted after touring all day that we mostly just went to bed. This was not a relaxing cruise, it was very "port intensive". I am still recovering from it as I type. I felt that there could have been more activities on sea days. There is only so much shopping and eating you can do. We only used the cruise line for one of the tours we took and I'm sorry to say that the private tours were far better than the cruise line offerings. It was worth all the homework and research our group had to do. I will say that the embarkation and debarkation procedures were excellent. I just wish that the cruise lines would stop pushing their alternative dining venues just to boost their bottom line. There is only ONE kitchen so you folks that fall for their "special dining" are fools. I will NEVER give a cruise line one penny extra for food that is already included. They nickel and dime the passengers enough. If it is not the ART AUCTION, it's the BOOK ONBOARD, JEWELRY SHOWS, etc. It gets old really quickly. Certainly, Celebrity is not the only cruise line to do this. They all do. Would I go again? I would surely go to Israel but I think I have been to the Mediterranean a sufficient number of times.

Overall great Experience!

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by karend2

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We chose this cruise specifically because it was going to Israel. We had been to most of the other ports. The crew and service was excellent. I would like to suggest that they use less salt however, in their food. Our cabin was a Comcierge class balcony on deck 8, midship. It was so stable, most of the time we had no idea we were moving. The cabin was a little smaller than I thought it would be, but it was just enough space. I think that the cabin decor could have used a good update to make it more luxurious. We just about never used the balcony since we were out and about the ship or touring during the day and at night we were sailing and it was too windy. We only saw a couple of the shows since we were so exhausted after touring all day that we mostly just went to bed. This was not a relaxing cruise, it was very "port intensive". I am still recovering from it as I type. I felt that there could have been more activities on sea days. There is only so much shopping and eating you can do. We only used the cruise line for one of the tours we took and I'm sorry to say that the private tours were far better than the cruise line offerings. It was worth all the homework and research our group had to do. I will say that the embarkation and debarkation procedures were excellent. I just wish that the cruise lines would stop pushing their alternative dining venues just to boost their bottom line. There is only ONE kitchen so you folks that fall for their "special dining" are fools. I will NEVER give a cruise line one penny extra for food that is already included. They nickel and dime the passengers enough. If it is not the ART AUCTION, it's the BOOK ONBOARD, JEWELRY SHOWS, etc. It gets old really quickly. Certainly, Celebrity is not the only cruise line to do this. They all do. Would I go again? I would surely go to Israel but I think I have been to the Mediterranean a sufficient number of times.
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