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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Amazing cruise!

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by drsel

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2016
  • Destination: the Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View 6

Celebrity Constellation 9 night Arabian cruise

Embarkation was a breeze-just 10 mins. Then we were welcomed onboard with champagne on a red carpet. We felt we were treated like royalty!.

Our oceanview room was quiet, comfy & spacious, but the bath cubicle was miniscule.

On the first day, they had liquer sampling the entire evening, right from 5pm to 9pm. You could sample all liquers on display. Their special discount offers on alcohol were much better than those at duty free airports.

They also had a wristwatch & handbag sale (really cheap, only $40 for 5, mix & match)

Every morning, on the way to the buffet breakfast, there were pretty girls waiting to give you a FREE sampler head massage. Yes, every morning!

On 9 days, we had 4 grand shows, a movie night, a Beatles tribute band, a singer (Jane), a violinist & a pianist, all best of class! So, every night was taken care of.

The 4 shows--Welcome, Land of Fantasy (or fairy tales), Dances of the World & Elyria were 45-50 mins each & truly amazing, easily of Broadway standard.

The performers also mingled, posed & danced with us throughout the 9 day cruise.

They also performed on the pool deck & in the Reflections lounge, in addition to the 4 main shows.

One evening, Celebrity even had a special BELLY DANCE show with Middle east delicacy starters & desserts--kababs, Baklava, the works!

The passenger vs crew (in full uniform) pool volleyball game was a blast!

Unfortunately, nobody showed up or seemed interested in the enrichment health & fitness lectures & we 2 were the only ones who attended every time. The fitness trainers who spoke on health & detoxification, were both experienced & knowledgeable.

The buffet lunch had a lot of variety & was very satisfying.

There were 6 diff. flavours of icecream & frozen yoghurt, which kept changing daily! Exotic flavors like cherry, pecan, peach, apricot, passion fruit, dark chocolate, banana, strawberry, etc

In the main dining room, the dinner & service was fit for a king. Lobster, jumbo prawns, pink salmon, beef steak, tenderloin, et all. Very satisfying, never had any complaint whatsoever. The desserts were so-so.

The cruise itinerary was well planned, with 8 port days--2 Abu Dhabi, 3 Dubai, 2 Muscat & 1 Khasab, so enough time for sightseeing at all ports, (except Dubai, which needs at least 7 days to see it all--

Dubai city tour with abra ride, Bastakiya, Al Fahidi fort, Gold souk, Spice souk, Perfume souk; Desert safari, Dubai mall with aquarium & musical fountain show, Burj Khalifa tallest observatory, Mall of the Emirates & Snow city, Global Village, Atlantis the palm, Jumeirah mosque & beach, Burj al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah, Miracle Gardens, Butterfly park, Dinosaur land, Glow City, etc.)

Overall I highly recommend this cruise. We got an amazing deal, just $451 per person for 9 nights in an oceanview cabin with $150 onboard credit per person ($300 onboard credit per cabin) !!!

Love & God bless,

drsel


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Cabin Review

Ocean View 6

Our oceanview room was quiet, comfy & spacious, but the bath cubicle was miniscule.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Muscat

Only the market near the port is good. We took a taxi to the hilltop for the view, then went to the palace, but it is PERMANENTLY CLOSED to the public.

The museum opposite the palace is overpriced at 5 Omani rial per person, while local senior citizens get FREE entry.

The beautiful mosque in Muscat is very far from the port & taxis wanted a whopping 20 Omani rial for a round trip!

Dubai

Take separate metered taxis to see Dubai city tour with abra ride, Bastakiya, Al Fahidi fort, Gold souk, Spice souk, Perfume souk; Desert safari, Dubai mall with aquarium & musical fountain show, Burj Khalifa tallest observatory, Mall of the Emirates & Snow city, Global Village, Atlantis the palm, Jumeirah mosque & beach, Burj al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah, Miracle Gardens, Butterfly park, Dinosaur land, Glow City, etc.)

Abu Dhabi

Take a metered taxi on your own to see Shaikh Zayed mosque, Emirates Palace, Observatory, Heritage Village & waterfront.


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