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Second time we have used Celebrity and again booked a Sky suite as larger suites were all taken. The cruise was from Abu Dhabi to Dubai (overnight) to New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai all India. The cruise was supposed to go into Oman but due to bad weather we returned a day early (4pm) to Abu Dhabi but remained onboard overnight. The led to the farcical situation of a standoff between Celebrity and UAE immigration which led to EVERY man, woman and child being called off the ship in queues to the cruise centre at 10pm to surrender their passport!! This could have been avoided by Celebrity but they did not wish to disrupt dinner service and obviously tried to use their influence to leave it till morning! Funnily they then used that excuse to say immigration was being called at 10pm and it was better now instead of queues in morning...unfortunately this meant children, babies and the infirm being called from their sleep ( this was the last night and everyone had to be out of their cabins by 7am so many including us had retired early). This is definitely a bad mark to Celebrity and some extent UAE immigration. We as usual picked up our own taxis for tours so as not to be stuck waiting for others on a bus or the repetitive queuing to get on /off same bus and at a fraction of tour costs! Mumbai was particularly excellent for us as the taxi driver we used was very informative and took us to places we had not asked to see but were pleased he had added...of course there was the obligatory jewelry and carpet shop stops but that was an easy distraction at the end. Once again the Luminae restaurant was very good both in food and service. Our suite was tired and had torn bedding and had to constantly mention to Butler or attendant things that required attention such as shower hose leaks and lamps that were out. The Michael's Club (for suite passengers only) was again excellent but poorly utilized other that afternoon tea and early evening before dinner. Part of this was because it was supposed to close at midnight but staff started cleaning up sometimes as early as 10.45. with the vacuum out at 11pm putting clients off coming. Will still use Celebrity again as we like the private dining of Luminae and drinks at Michael's club at times to suit our taste.

Maiden Voyage of Constellation from Abu Dhabi to India, Sky Suite 6129

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by d2jlr

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Sky Suite 1
Second time we have used Celebrity and again booked a Sky suite as larger suites were all taken.

The cruise was from Abu Dhabi to Dubai (overnight) to New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai all India. The cruise was supposed to go into Oman but due to bad weather we returned a day early (4pm) to Abu Dhabi but remained onboard overnight.

The led to the farcical situation of a standoff between Celebrity and UAE immigration which led to EVERY man, woman and child being called off the ship in queues to the cruise centre at 10pm to surrender their passport!!

This could have been avoided by Celebrity but they did not wish to disrupt dinner service and obviously tried to use their influence to leave it till morning!

Funnily they then used that excuse to say immigration was being called at 10pm and it was better now instead of queues in morning...unfortunately this meant children, babies and the infirm being called from their sleep ( this was the last night and everyone had to be out of their cabins by 7am so many including us had retired early).

This is definitely a bad mark to Celebrity and some extent UAE immigration.

We as usual picked up our own taxis for tours so as not to be stuck waiting for others on a bus or the repetitive queuing to get on /off same bus and at a fraction of tour costs! Mumbai was particularly excellent for us as the taxi driver we used was very informative and took us to places we had not asked to see but were pleased he had added...of course there was the obligatory jewelry and carpet shop stops but that was an easy distraction at the end.

Once again the Luminae restaurant was very good both in food and service.

Our suite was tired and had torn bedding and had to constantly mention to Butler or attendant things that required attention such as shower hose leaks and lamps that were out.

The Michael's Club (for suite passengers only) was again excellent but poorly utilized other that afternoon tea and early evening before dinner. Part of this was because it was supposed to close at midnight but staff started cleaning up sometimes as early as 10.45. with the vacuum out at 11pm putting clients off coming.

Will still use Celebrity again as we like the private dining of Luminae and drinks at Michael's club at times to suit our taste.
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Cabin Review

Sky Suite 1
Cabin S1 6129
Tired suite that requires refurbishment and deep clean. It was also surprisingly small.
The balcony of 6131 looks into suite if part of curtain not closed but due to mirrors on wall this sometimes requires full curtain closure.
The butler and attendant need to be aware of general maintenance every day during their rounds and not leave it up to clients.
Deck 9 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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