Baltic Cruise: Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Browser495

Celebrity Constellation 5
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Sail Date: August 2009
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Harwich
After reading previous reviews, we were worried about embarking on a 14 day cruise of the Baltics, however our concerns were groundless. We had a fabulous time and would definitely go cruising again. The Constellation is a lovely ship and the service was outstanding. We were very pleased with our accommodations and were happy to have a balcony.

While all of the services were good, the guest services desk could have been a little more friendly. The were competent and professional, but were not as helpful or anxious to please as other personnel.

The dining room staff was excellent and always ready to accommodate special requests. The food was great....the prime rib with Yorkshire pudding was probably the best I've ever had anywhere. There was lots of choice!

Our butler was great, always ready to be of assistance without being intrusive.

We took the ship's excursions and found they were great. Celebrity made it easy for us to enjoy More our holiday and see the sights.

We liked the automatic tipping and were happy not to have to worry about saving up money and hunting down people we wanted to tip. It's a great improvement over previous trips. It is nice to have the option to discontinue the auto tipping if you aren't receiving good service; but, that was certainly not the case for us.

Our accommodations were lovely. The room was a good size, the bed was comfortable, the washroom was large enough and there was lots of storage space. We enjoyed the quiet of our room, and on a particularly rough sea day were were happy to just relax in our room, which was situated mid-ship so we didn't feel the rough seas as much there as we did in other parts of the ship.

The ports of call were fantastic. St Petersburg is a must! We took 2 all day ship's excursions in St Petersburg, which were informative and included interesting sites, and really good lunches! Copenhagen and Tallinn are beautiful. Also, the ship had fantastic shore excursions into the countryside outside of Helsinki and Stockholm.

We went to 3 variety shows featuring the Celebrity entertainers and we thought they were great. We also enjoyed the ship's enrichment series on Happiness which was offered by a University of British Columbia professor.

We knew about the sales pitches going in, and for the most part, having expected it, it wasn't a problem for us. The only glitch was the gym which charged $50 (per couple) to basically sell you on their products for what was billed to be part of an enrichment program. Less

Published 09/12/09

Cabin review: SS

Port and Shore Excursions

Lovely city. Our stay was very short, so we decided to take a ship's excursion. It consisted of a bus and boat ride, and provided an excellent overview.

We decided going into Berlin would be too time consuming, so we took an excursion into Rostock. We had a great walking tour around this charming town and stopped into a micro brewery for a local brew and a pretzl. Afterwards we went back to the dock by boat.

In the afternoon we wandered around Warenmunde and enjoyed the lovely weather. The beaches were amazingly crowded as people were enjoying the weather. It was very crowded.

A fantastic two day experience. We booked 2 all day excursions which included all the major sites....Hermitage, Peterhof and fountains, Church of St Isaacs just to name a few. Awesome sites. The tours included great lunches with entertainment. Would definitely recommend it. We had one day of rain in St Petersburg, and walked around the gardens of the Peterhof getting drenched. However, we wouldn't have missed doing it and were very pleased to see this amazing place and be able to walk around, even in the rain!

We woke early to enjoy the cruise through the archipelago. It was quite beautiful. We took toured around Stockholm and then took a bus to Sigtuna, where we toured a church and some old abbey ruins. We had lunch in a lovely restaurant in Sigtuna before heading back to Stockholm. We walked around the old town a bit. The stay was too short, but gave us a real flavour of Stockholm....definitely have to go back someday.

Beautiful city. Bright and cheerful. Fun to walk around. Lovely architecture. We toured the upper and lower towns, wandered around the stalls built into the old wall. Fantastic spot.

We also went to Copenhagen for 2 days and loved it! Friendly and beautiful.

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