Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by TheCruiseSearcher
- Sail Date: March 2018
- Destination: Asia
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom 9
As we are Captains Club select members embarkation was quite fast and efficient. The Constellation is showing a littlest wear and tear but it is still a nice ship. The solarium pool needed a little more sun loungers as on sea days it was not easy to find a free chair. Pool butlers did nothing about chair hoarding so people left their stuff on chairs for over 2 hours without using them which was a pain. We did not like the layout of the Oceanview Cafe (buffet dining) as you had to walk a lot to get your food. If you sat on the oppposite side of the station of food you wanted by the time you got to your seat the food as almost cold. I like the ships which have smaller stations and have more than one station for each food type. Dining in the main dining room was good. We never had to wait long for a table and most days service was good and the food came quickly. The food was nice but nothing outstanding. We thought it would be more special as it was the Presidents Cruise. Entertainment wasn't the best...the cruises' singers and dancers were ok and the shows we saw were ok. Some of the guest entertainers were good especially the magician and the singing/piano player comedian but there was not a lot of variety...there were mainly singing acts. We missed the comedians and other acts like jugglers or acrobats etc which we have seen on other ships. Service in general was good and the staff were friendly and not at all pushy with trying to sell you stuff which was good. Guest relations staff wasn't the best as we had trouble with our tips although it all got sorted out in the end (although we had to speak to 3 people before they understood what we wanted).
We did get a few nice gifts as it was the Presidents cruise and the Captains Club Presidents cocktail was very nice. The Presidents cruise event which took place on the ship this time and was a Bollywood extravaganza was wonderful. There was a show in the theatre which was amazing and lots of Indian food was available and then the poolside party was great with lots of dancing, free drinks and food, henna painting, fortune telling and Indian music.
There weren't as many activities taking place on sea days as in other ships. I missed the napkin folding classes and dancing lessons poolside and competitions but I guess Celebrity is more for quiet and relaxation but with 4 days at sea I missed a larger ship.
There were lots of special shore excursions with the President but they were all too expensive for my budget. We took 4 shore excursions (3 in Mumbai and 1 in Goa) from the ship and in general we were not impressed. Most were overpriced and we encountered a few problems. As we were in India for the first time we did not want to risk booking with local agencies but we regretted it as most people who did were happy with the outcome. The tours we did book with local tour companies in Dubai and Khasab in Oman all went well and were very nice.
In Muscat (we had been there before) we just took a taxi to a 5-star hotel and spent the day at the beach and swimming pool. We took a Dhow cruise in Khasab to see dolphins which was very nice and in Dubai we took taxis to one or two attractions we wanted to see and booked a dinner and dune safari in the desert which was nice.
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