Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by sunshine221
- Sail Date: August 2018
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Aqua Class Balcony
Embark. We booked overnight before the cruise at Hotel Arlecchino which was at the opposite side of the plaza that has many water taxis and buses and the People Mover to the dock. Note we wanted to have 1 1/2 days in Venice before the cruise but we made a mistake with the time difference. So we had a walking tour just after landing and then in the morning we did some sightseeing and then we walked to the port, crossing the plaza and taking the people mover for 1.5€ person each way to the port and then walking to the cruise terminal. This could be stressful for those with mobility problems and/or excessive luggage. There appeared to be a shuttle but it wasn't running and there were minimal porters. Once inside, we arrived about 11:15, the process went smoothly. As Elite members we were told our room would be available after 11 but they weren't opened until 1:30.
Room. We were in Aqua Class and our son and daughter-in-law were in a standard balcony room. Both rooms were clean and in reasonable repair as were most of the ship areas. They made good use of the Rendevous and Reflection Lounges, utilizing them most of the day and night. Bar staff were present but not obnoxious. Room cleaning staff were generally present and helpful. . I would have appreciated an option for vegetarian /dairy canapes. I look forward to receiving them but this time we were never able to eat all of them. Being an international cruise there were fewer participants at trivia, etc. But all the Celebrity Life staff were friendly and pleasant.
More than any other ship I remember, almost every event was on time - beginning and end.I think I've seen this on other Celebrity ships too, The captains announcements can't be heard in the room. I couldn’t even find the TV Station to hear them on. This was very frustrating. BINGO seems too expensive and too little payout. Also it doesn't seem fair to disallow the Captains Club benefit (3 extra cards )on the last day. It also doesn't seem fair to not have a minutes based renewal when I used my 90 free ones and then it wasn't fair because I didn't get the credit I would have if I purchased it first instead of doing the 90 minutes
The gym was basically function but their class schedule was very frustrating. The yoga and pilates classes were at 8am-9am and most of our excursions had stating times just after 8 and so we couldn't attend (I prepaid for 5 classes and only attended 1).
I haven't gone to some of the production shows on other recent cruises but these were very much worthwhile. The theater was very comfortable.
I apploud the designers for the great multi use of space espeically Rendevou and Reflection ships.
My son kept looking for the table tennis table. He found raquets and balls but no table. But there were table tennis meetings on the schedule. We then found out that there were no tables but they must have purchased them in Athens ,by the end of the week there were two tables.
Except for the last excursion day, the ship shore excursions seemed to go well. WE did a mixture of regular and third party excursions. Note it appeared that people taking private excursions often had to walk further than those on ship excursions. We had no problem exchanging some tickets when changed our mind.
Overall my biggest dissappointment was there wasn't a specialist on Greek Mythology on board.
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