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This was our firs cruise experience so this review will help you if you've never cruised before. We got married in Rome so started the cruise from there for a 10 day trip around the med finishing in Barcelona. Obviously not cruising before we had no idea what to expect! Embarkation was smooth, we were greeted by smiling staff offering sparkling wine(?) and we were overwhelmed by the ship in all honesty. The ship is grand and beautiful, there was some live music being played by an acoustic duo in the main stairwell area which made our first experiencing extremely smooth and relaxing. We had a wonder round and took in many of the different areas of the ship to gain some understanding of how to 'to cruise'. Cabin We opted for the Concierge Class. The room itself was great, spacious and the balcony was a great size and private. Bathroom was small and you could not fit 2 people in there at one time, but I can imagine this is probably the same in most ships. There is a decent size dressing table with lots of mirrors so you can look your best before leaving your room! Bed was extremely comfy and you had multiple pillow options when concierge class. We didn't really benefit from the Concierge, mostly because she was not available for the first day of our cruise, I am sure she was helping other guests, but we had questions regarding our drinks package etc that we just figured out ourselves or asked members of staff. What we did benefit from being Concierge class was a backstage tour of the kitchen area which was complementary as part of concierge class. It's only a quick tour but does give you an insight to the extremely busy and complex kitchen arrangements. Dining We took the opportunity to dine all suited and booted however the same cannot be said for other guests, which is just sad. We ate breakfast and lunch in the buffet which does have a really good range of food and the queues are minimal considering how many people are on the boat. However when dining in the buffet of an evening, you are sharing the experiencing with people still in swim shorts etc which just ruins it slightly. After a couple of days we booked in to the San Marco restaurant every night. We had pretty much the same table and waiter each night which is far better quality. I am quite fussy when it comes to food, so I ate French Onion soup and Steak pretty much the entire time which was delicious. My wife had various other dishes but again, the food quality was very high. As a couple you are put on either a 2 space table or out on a big table with other guests. As anti social as we are, we requested the individual 2 person table where there is minimal room between the tables but does not impact your experience too much. Entertainment The entertainment is good and ranges from musicals to magicians. The onboard entertainments team perform multiple times during the cruise, and this becomes a little boring. There is an acoustic duo that play twice a day most days of the cruise in various locations of the ship and they are brilliant to listen to. After the last show (10pm) there is no real entertainment. So if you visit the earlier show (7pm) you will be stuck for things to do after, other than the overpriced casino. There are daily sports activities which involve table tennis and quizes that are hosted by the activities team, there's not much of a budget for this but its still something extra to do. There are enough sun beds to cover even on sea days, just make sure you get down there before 10am. Of course theres still the usual people throwing towels down at 6am but theres enough room and lounges to cover. The pools are ok and decent size, the indoor salt pool is lovely and we spent a lot of time in there. There is a spa at an additional cost which is always put in front of you. They are very keen on upsells on this ship and you will always find extra ways to part with your cash. Didn't spend any time in the casino (Other than having to walk through it to get to the theatre) as it was expensive. $10 for minimum bet on blackjack is a little pricey for me, but that may just be all cruises?? Other than the table tennis and drinking alcohol there is no more activities for you to do. And as a couple in our late 20's we were at a point where we didnt want to sun bathe all day or sit at the bar. The ports we went to do were great, Portifino is beautiful but very small and expensive. They offer a boat to shore at an extra cost so be aware of this. We travelled during term time so there was no children, but I feel if we had kids then there wouldn't be a massive amount for them to do, so do not recommend this as a family holiday. Service Service is superb all round and 99% of the staff are, or at least appear to be happy. I will point out that the ship, I have no experience to compare, but was extremely clean and tidy. The toilet facilities were absolutely spotless and there was always a 'toilet guy' in the gents by the San Marco restaurant. Overall Do not recommend Concierge class The ship does appear to be dated and tired in places Theres not a massive amount to do (In comparison to Royal Carribean and Carnival for example) Very clean and tidy Good food Great staff We paid over £4k all in, so I do feel it was ok value for money. But we were expecting more from the concierge class.

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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by NeverThoughtIdLoveCruises

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This was our firs cruise experience so this review will help you if you've never cruised before.

We got married in Rome so started the cruise from there for a 10 day trip around the med finishing in Barcelona.

Obviously not cruising before we had no idea what to expect! Embarkation was smooth, we were greeted by smiling staff offering sparkling wine(?) and we were overwhelmed by the ship in all honesty. The ship is grand and beautiful, there was some live music being played by an acoustic duo in the main stairwell area which made our first experiencing extremely smooth and relaxing. We had a wonder round and took in many of the different areas of the ship to gain some understanding of how to 'to cruise'.

Cabin

We opted for the Concierge Class. The room itself was great, spacious and the balcony was a great size and private. Bathroom was small and you could not fit 2 people in there at one time, but I can imagine this is probably the same in most ships. There is a decent size dressing table with lots of mirrors so you can look your best before leaving your room! Bed was extremely comfy and you had multiple pillow options when concierge class.

We didn't really benefit from the Concierge, mostly because she was not available for the first day of our cruise, I am sure she was helping other guests, but we had questions regarding our drinks package etc that we just figured out ourselves or asked members of staff.

What we did benefit from being Concierge class was a backstage tour of the kitchen area which was complementary as part of concierge class. It's only a quick tour but does give you an insight to the extremely busy and complex kitchen arrangements.

Dining

We took the opportunity to dine all suited and booted however the same cannot be said for other guests, which is just sad. We ate breakfast and lunch in the buffet which does have a really good range of food and the queues are minimal considering how many people are on the boat. However when dining in the buffet of an evening, you are sharing the experiencing with people still in swim shorts etc which just ruins it slightly.

After a couple of days we booked in to the San Marco restaurant every night. We had pretty much the same table and waiter each night which is far better quality. I am quite fussy when it comes to food, so I ate French Onion soup and Steak pretty much the entire time which was delicious. My wife had various other dishes but again, the food quality was very high. As a couple you are put on either a 2 space table or out on a big table with other guests. As anti social as we are, we requested the individual 2 person table where there is minimal room between the tables but does not impact your experience too much.

Entertainment

The entertainment is good and ranges from musicals to magicians. The onboard entertainments team perform multiple times during the cruise, and this becomes a little boring. There is an acoustic duo that play twice a day most days of the cruise in various locations of the ship and they are brilliant to listen to. After the last show (10pm) there is no real entertainment. So if you visit the earlier show (7pm) you will be stuck for things to do after, other than the overpriced casino.

There are daily sports activities which involve table tennis and quizes that are hosted by the activities team, there's not much of a budget for this but its still something extra to do.

There are enough sun beds to cover even on sea days, just make sure you get down there before 10am. Of course theres still the usual people throwing towels down at 6am but theres enough room and lounges to cover. The pools are ok and decent size, the indoor salt pool is lovely and we spent a lot of time in there.

There is a spa at an additional cost which is always put in front of you. They are very keen on upsells on this ship and you will always find extra ways to part with your cash.

Didn't spend any time in the casino (Other than having to walk through it to get to the theatre) as it was expensive. $10 for minimum bet on blackjack is a little pricey for me, but that may just be all cruises??

Other than the table tennis and drinking alcohol there is no more activities for you to do. And as a couple in our late 20's we were at a point where we didnt want to sun bathe all day or sit at the bar.

The ports we went to do were great, Portifino is beautiful but very small and expensive.

They offer a boat to shore at an extra cost so be aware of this.

We travelled during term time so there was no children, but I feel if we had kids then there wouldn't be a massive amount for them to do, so do not recommend this as a family holiday.

Service

Service is superb all round and 99% of the staff are, or at least appear to be happy.

I will point out that the ship, I have no experience to compare, but was extremely clean and tidy. The toilet facilities were absolutely spotless and there was always a 'toilet guy' in the gents by the San Marco restaurant.

Overall

Do not recommend Concierge class

The ship does appear to be dated and tired in places

Theres not a massive amount to do (In comparison to Royal Carribean and Carnival for example)

Very clean and tidy

Good food

Great staff

We paid over £4k all in, so I do feel it was ok value for money. But we were expecting more from the concierge class.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class 1
Cabin C1
Spacious, clean and tidy. Balcony was good size and private.
Bathroom small but not unexpeted

Really comfy bed with choice of pillows
Deck 9 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins