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We are experienced Celebrity cruisers and have sailed with them many times. We chose this itinery because of the ports that were scheduled to be visited by the Constellation. The ship is a Millennium class ship and we have sailed on it twice before. Embarkation was relatively straightforward in Civitavecchia, and because of the time we arrived at, around lunchtime, we got to our balcony cabin room straight away. We decided to have lunch at pool grill, and this is where the hard sell started with the waiter asking up our dining arrangements for the evening and offering 30% discount on speciality dining for the night. After politely declining the offer he further stated that we could take the offer any night. Talk about persistence. We still said no! This was the start of the hard sell, which even continued at Muster drill that same afternoon with the Excursions Manager talking about trips at a safety drill. This theme continued throughout the cruise with speciality restaurants, drinks packages, spa deals etc. all being pushed by crew members. I know that this part of their jobs, but in recent years on Celebrity we have noticed a bigger ‘push’ on this which is most disconcerting. On saying all of this the staff we encountered were friendly, and the service on the whole was of a good standard. The food in the main dining room was overall good fare, where we had fixed seating dinning and nice table of like-minded regular cruisers. We were well looked after by our table waiter team of Opong and Roman. However I must mention the Ocean view café where the food was a ‘hit or miss ’. Also the layout of the café and food stations does not lend itself to enjoyable eating experience, and hopefully this is something that celebrity will address in the ‘make over’ of the ship in 2020. Entertainment overall was of a good standard with the theatre headliners being of particularly good on the first week with Jayne Curry and December 63(Four seasons tribute act) being the standout acts. We only saw one ship’s production show based on rock songs which was average. We also did our first silent disco (twice) which was a good laugh and a lot of fun. One other observation about the early evening shows that we attended I have never seen the theatre as busy for these shows –so fair dues to Celebrity for getting some good quality headliners! We did not participate in any of the ships official shore excursions as we do not normally do this preferring our own independent travels. Celebrity seem to have put premium prices on these excursions now and additionally transporting guests from ship to shore or town centre. This was particular in evidence when we docked in Toulon. Here the ship berthed in some 10 Kilometres from the town centre in La Sayne sur Mer. Celebrity informed passengers that for 20 Dollars per person there would be return boat shuttles next to where the ship was docked. Celebrity did mention that local public transport was available,’ but may not be reliable or consistent’. However, what they omitted to say was that you could walk 10 Mins to the local public shuttle boat pier and get ferry therefor 2 Euros to Toulon centre. The boat here went every half hour and you could clearly see the stop from the ship. I suggest anyone going to this port check with tourist information right off the ship and they will explain all. I will state cabin comments and port comments below, however the biggest event of this cruise was the weather we encountered on the last 2 days. On the second last day we were scheduled to go to Portofino, but because of the storms that were forecast in North Italy we headed for La Spezia instead. This was a more sheltered port and everyone knew why we were going there. However while docked our moorings broke free and we bumped into a Costa ship behind. The ship dropped anchor and with the assistance of up to 3 tugs the captain managed to stabilize the situation. There have been a few posts about this and video on you tube. Personally I think that this was an unfortunate accident and the Captain and the crew actually worked remarkably hard and saved the situation very quickly. We were due to set sail about mid- afternoon to return to Civitavecchia overnight to end the cruise. However this did not happen as the winds had not subsided enough for us to set sell. Eventually an announcement was made about 10.30pm to say that those who wanted to leave the ship for flights the following morning at Rome airport, then they could leave with luggage now! Celebrity had laid on courtesy buses and trip was going last about 5 Hours. We took this option and departed the ship with many others. Again, there have been many other posts about this and my only comment was the lack of communication on this day in La Spezia and also the lack of organisation going off the ship to buses. I think someone else has posted that the theatre could have been used to keep people together until buses were ready. This would have helped ease the anxiety some people were obviously going through. We travelled on bus overnight through some atrocious weather and I have to praise our bus driver who had to do his best with some distraught travellers looking for comfort breaks. He did accommodate all requests, and got us to the airport with plenty of time for early morning departures. All in all it was a nice cruise, with wonderful weather, on the whole. Pity about end! My impressions about Celebrity now having cruised with then for over 10 years is that I will probably still go again with them, but although they are embracing change ,and maybe looking at getting new younger customers, they should not forget the regular maturing or middle age customers who generally fill these ships. Ports of call – Ajaccio- Nice port to walk around. We had been there before and had taken Hop on /off bus previously. Malaga- We did hop on /off bus which is just outside port. Visited Alcazaba de Malaga historical buildings and walked along sea front. All very easy. Nice place to spend day. You can get train along Costa del Sol very easily from here at train station- about half hour walk from ship or short taxi ride. Cadiz- Most people went to Seville or Jerez . We walked round the perimeter of old town and explored the city centre shops. Take a map, as the streets are narrow and it helps. Gibraltar- Ship docks close to own centre and easy walk to all the shops. We picked up good bargains on spirits and tobacco here. Sete – Nice surprise in this port. Free shuttle to port gate and then walk into town centre in 5 Mins. Lovely canals and walks. We walked up the hill that dominates town Mont-St Clair. It took us about 45 Mins –I hour, but well worth views of the town and surrounding country and coast. A local bus also runs to the top. Check with tourist office (at port gate) for this as well. Toulon- We took local public transport boat to town centre past the French naval centre across bay. The weather restricted our visit here but, walked around lively market in town centre. Suggest anyone visiting here visit other places in region as did not think there was a lot to see or do. La Spezia – Just a quick walk around Marina because of weather. Again jumping off place for assorted trips.

Western Med Cruise - Different ending!

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by seaview7

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A
We are experienced Celebrity cruisers and have sailed with them many times. We chose this itinery because of the ports that were scheduled to be visited by the Constellation. The ship is a Millennium class ship and we have sailed on it twice before.

Embarkation was relatively straightforward in Civitavecchia, and because of the time we arrived at, around lunchtime, we got to our balcony cabin room straight away.

We decided to have lunch at pool grill, and this is where the hard sell started with the waiter asking up our dining arrangements for the evening and offering 30% discount on speciality dining for the night. After politely declining the offer he further stated that we could take the offer any night. Talk about persistence. We still said no!

This was the start of the hard sell, which even continued at Muster drill that same afternoon with the Excursions Manager talking about trips at a safety drill. This theme continued throughout the cruise with speciality restaurants, drinks packages, spa deals etc. all being pushed by crew members. I know that this part of their jobs, but in recent years on Celebrity we have noticed a bigger ‘push’ on this which is most disconcerting.

On saying all of this the staff we encountered were friendly, and the service on the whole was of a good standard. The food in the main dining room was overall good fare, where we had fixed seating dinning and nice table of like-minded regular cruisers. We were well looked after by our table waiter team of Opong and Roman.

However I must mention the Ocean view café where the food was a ‘hit or miss ’. Also the layout of the café and food stations does not lend itself to enjoyable eating experience, and hopefully this is something that celebrity will address in the ‘make over’ of the ship in 2020.

Entertainment overall was of a good standard with the theatre headliners being of particularly good on the first week with Jayne Curry and December 63(Four seasons tribute act) being the standout acts. We only saw one ship’s production show based on rock songs which was average. We also did our first silent disco (twice) which was a good laugh and a lot of fun. One other observation about the early evening shows that we attended I have never seen the theatre as busy for these shows –so fair dues to Celebrity for getting some good quality headliners!

We did not participate in any of the ships official shore excursions as we do not normally do this preferring our own independent travels. Celebrity seem to have put premium prices on these excursions now and additionally transporting guests from ship to shore or town centre. This was particular in evidence when we docked in Toulon. Here the ship berthed in some 10 Kilometres from the town centre in La Sayne sur Mer. Celebrity informed passengers that for 20 Dollars per person there would be return boat shuttles next to where the ship was docked. Celebrity did mention that local public transport was available,’ but may not be reliable or consistent’. However, what they omitted to say was that you could walk 10 Mins to the local public shuttle boat pier and get ferry therefor 2 Euros to Toulon centre. The boat here went every half hour and you could clearly see the stop from the ship. I suggest anyone going to this port check with tourist information right off the ship and they will explain all.

I will state cabin comments and port comments below, however the biggest event of this cruise was the weather we encountered on the last 2 days. On the second last day we were scheduled to go to Portofino, but because of the storms that were forecast in North Italy we headed for La Spezia instead. This was a more sheltered port and everyone knew why we were going there. However while docked our moorings broke free and we bumped into a Costa ship behind. The ship dropped anchor and with the assistance of up to 3 tugs the captain managed to stabilize the situation. There have been a few posts about this and video on you tube. Personally I think that this was an unfortunate accident and the Captain and the crew actually worked remarkably hard and saved the situation very quickly.

We were due to set sail about mid- afternoon to return to Civitavecchia overnight to end the cruise. However this did not happen as the winds had not subsided enough for us to set sell. Eventually an announcement was made about 10.30pm to say that those who wanted to leave the ship for flights the following morning at Rome airport, then they could leave with luggage now!

Celebrity had laid on courtesy buses and trip was going last about 5 Hours. We took this option and departed the ship with many others. Again, there have been many other posts about this and my only comment was the lack of communication on this day in La Spezia and also the lack of organisation going off the ship to buses. I think someone else has posted that the theatre could have been used to keep people together until buses were ready. This would have helped ease the anxiety some people were obviously going through.

We travelled on bus overnight through some atrocious weather and I have to praise our bus driver who had to do his best with some distraught travellers looking for comfort breaks. He did accommodate all requests, and got us to the airport with plenty of time for early morning departures.

All in all it was a nice cruise, with wonderful weather, on the whole. Pity about end!

My impressions about Celebrity now having cruised with then for over 10 years is that I will probably still go again with them, but although they are embracing change ,and maybe looking at getting new younger customers, they should not forget the regular maturing or middle age customers who generally fill these ships.

Ports of call –

Ajaccio- Nice port to walk around. We had been there before and had taken Hop on /off bus previously.

Malaga- We did hop on /off bus which is just outside port. Visited Alcazaba de Malaga historical buildings and walked along sea front. All very easy. Nice place to spend day. You can get train along Costa del Sol very easily from here at train station- about half hour walk from ship or short taxi ride.

Cadiz- Most people went to Seville or Jerez . We walked round the perimeter of old town and explored the city centre shops. Take a map, as the streets are narrow and it helps.

Gibraltar- Ship docks close to own centre and easy walk to all the shops. We picked up good bargains on spirits and tobacco here.

Sete – Nice surprise in this port. Free shuttle to port gate and then walk into town centre in 5 Mins. Lovely canals and walks. We walked up the hill that dominates town Mont-St Clair. It took us about 45 Mins –I hour, but well worth views of the town and surrounding country and coast. A local bus also runs to the top. Check with tourist office (at port gate) for this as well.

Toulon- We took local public transport boat to town centre past the French naval centre across bay. The weather restricted our visit here but, walked around lively market in town centre. Suggest anyone visiting here visit other places in region as did not think there was a lot to see or do.

La Spezia – Just a quick walk around Marina because of weather. Again jumping off place for assorted trips.
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Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A
Cabin 2A 7086
Cabin was alright, but we felt it needed some TLC-especially furniture. Other things like the ‘shower curtain’ in bathroom and TV needs updating. We had some issues with our safe and hopefully all these kinds of things will be addressed in makeover.
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