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We chose this cruise , because it was a different type of Holiday,. We have never been to the countries that we visited , and were looking forward to the 5 star event. The ship was not 5 star ,and was badly in need of refurbishment. This coloured our first day of the trip. We had just left an excellent Hotel The Al Raha beach in Abu Dhabi and felt let down when we boarded the ship. We were not alone thinking about the ship in this way. Many more people on the ship felt the same way. We have been on many cruises with other companies who were supposed to be 4 Star, and were far better than this ship.(the constellation) The excursions that we went on were poor and were not value for money. My wife Mrs Susan Beswick has already put a review in about those. The coaches were old and Rickety on the Goa beach trip,the food was less than adequate. The SRI LANKAN trip was a tour of concrete and poorly air conditioned /lighted museums. The Mosque visit was far below the standard of the one in Abu Dhabi that we visited(not part of your Itinerary. What made the cruise a success for us , were the Staff on the ship(they were 5 star). The room attendant was exceptional. The dining room waiters and sommeliers were excellent. The Bar staff were very competent and good fun. The guest relations were excellent. The acts and entertainment in the theatre other than Elton Jack were of excellent Quality. All your staff had an excellent rapport with your customers. The room we had was ok but the furnishing was old and tatty. The ceiling had dents in it. We just use the room for sleeping and bathing, but we still like it to be of a good Standard. Last but not least, My name is Graham Beswick and I was the lead passenger with our friends the Doyles.It is my E mail that you use . I have sent a mail back explaining this, and you still put Gerrard Doyle on the mail We would not travel with this company again unless some improvements with the above were made. India was a country of extremes which we wanted to see . Singapore was a delight to stay there . The Swissotel was very good and good value.

A trip of mixed feelings re the ship ,the excursions and the staff.

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by graham beswick

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom 11
We chose this cruise , because it was a different type of Holiday,. We have never been to the countries that we visited , and were looking forward to the 5 star event.

The ship was not 5 star ,and was badly in need of refurbishment. This coloured our first day of the trip. We had just left an excellent Hotel The Al Raha beach in Abu Dhabi and felt let down when we boarded the ship. We were not alone thinking about the ship in this way. Many more people on the ship felt the same way. We have been on many cruises with other companies who were supposed to be 4 Star, and were far better than this ship.(the constellation)

The excursions that we went on were poor and were not value for money. My wife Mrs Susan Beswick has already put a review in about those. The coaches were old and Rickety on the Goa beach trip,the food was less than adequate. The SRI LANKAN trip was a tour of concrete and poorly air conditioned /lighted museums. The Mosque visit was far below the standard of the one in Abu Dhabi that we visited(not part of your Itinerary.

What made the cruise a success for us , were the Staff on the ship(they were 5 star). The room attendant was exceptional. The dining room waiters and sommeliers were excellent. The Bar staff were very competent and good fun. The guest relations were excellent. The acts and entertainment in the theatre other than Elton Jack were of excellent Quality. All your staff had an excellent rapport with your customers.

The room we had was ok but the furnishing was old and tatty. The ceiling had dents in it. We just use the room for sleeping and bathing, but we still like it to be of a good Standard.

Last but not least, My name is Graham Beswick and I was the lead passenger with our friends the Doyles.It is my E mail that you use . I have sent a mail back explaining this, and you still put Gerrard Doyle on the mail

We would not travel with this company again unless some improvements with the above were made.

India was a country of extremes which we wanted to see . Singapore was a delight to stay there . The Swissotel was very good and good value.
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Cabin Review

Inside Stateroom 11
Cabin 11 2092
Furniture old and tatty. Shower good. Cleanliness excellent
Deck 2 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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