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My wife and I chose this cruise because we had never visited any of the ports of call and the deal we were offered was good for us. We chose to stay a couple of nights in Singapore before we sailed - our travel agent chose the Furama Riverfront Hotel for us. Perhaps we should have researched this a little more for whilst the hotel was a fine place to stay it was too far from any of the attractions in Singapore. Having said that we covered all the main sights in the time we were there - walking for miles and miles. A taxi ride took us to the port where we undertook the embarkation process. Whilst we were asked by Celebrity what time we wanted to embark and arrived at that appropriate time, it appeared that the actual process was based on a "first come first embarked" process so a wait of an hour or so was experienced. Once on board the embarkation process was quickly forgotten when staterooms were quickly available and luggage arrived at the room. The ship is shortly to undergo a refit and its age does show from time to time but if you don't look too closely it is a fine old ship. The cabin was perfectly adequate with all the facilities that you would expect and was kept clean and tidy by the staff. We had chosen early dining in the main dining room and were allocated a table of ten and whilst only 6 ever turned up and they were great company throughout the cruise. The staff waiting on were good - very friendly and efficient. The food is generally very good - there are always classic dishes available if you do not like those on the daily menu. The cafe was always good for breakfast or a light lunch and whilst often busy, you could always find a table. Entertainment was generally good despite changes that had to be made to the schedule at the last moment. The ports of call were very interesting and a first for us in every case. Singapore is a thriving, lively city. It is easy to to arrange your own sightseeing trips and the MRT system ensures that it is easy to get from place to place. In Phuket we arranged an island trip via Klook which worked well for us. We arranged a pick up at a hotel opposite where the tenders brought us ashore and we were dropped off there in plenty of time to return to the boat. Colombo is a busy and not particularly attractive city. The traffic ensures that you cannot get far in the time available although we did manage a trip to a tea plantation and factory through Viator. Cochin was our first stop in India and we arranged a tuk tuk tour which included an hour on the backwaters on a small boat. A lovely city to visit is somewhat spoilt by the amount of litter that is spread around. Goa was the next stop. Initially I hadn't realised that Goa was a state rather than a single city and the ship berthed at an area a long way from any areas of interest. We hired a taxi from the port gates which took us around the churches of Old Goa. The area is beset by roadworks at present as they try to improve the infrastructure of the area. Finally we reached Mumbai where we had 2 days to look around the amazing city. Once again we did our own thing. On the first morning we caught the early ferry to Elephanta Island which is a great trip to make. Beware that there are entry charges to be paid at a couple of different points, but it is an easy trip to organise yourself rather than on a shore excursion. After that we had a short break watching the crowds celebrate Republic Day at the Gateway of India before meeting our guide from Mumbai Magic who took us on a local tour. The trip included some walking around the city, followed by a local bus ride, taxi ride and finally a train trip. Using public transport was one of the trip highlights. The following day we arrnged another trip via Mumbai Magic, this time around the Dharavi Slum area. The trip really opened our eyes to life in India and we will never forget Mumbai as a result. Mumbai is a magical city, but it is very busy and very noisy. Two days at sea helped us to recover before perhaps the most unexpected port visit on our cruise. Waking up in Muscat and looking out at the jagged peaks that surrounded the port was totally unexpected - what a stunning view it was. A private taxi was hired at the gates for 7 of us and a visit to the Grand Mosque, the palace and adjoining forts ending at the local souq was a good day out. Our final port was Dubai. Unfortunately we did not arrive until noon which only gave us half a day as the next morning we had to disembark. For Dubai, biggest is best and it is a very big city. Once again the port is a little way from the main tourist areas and the main public transport so be prepared to get a taxi to reach either the MRT or the place of your choice. All in all we had a great holiday with some brilliant ports of call. This was a cruise well worth booking.

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Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by hopper4

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class 1
My wife and I chose this cruise because we had never visited any of the ports of call and the deal we were offered was good for us. We chose to stay a couple of nights in Singapore before we sailed - our travel agent chose the Furama Riverfront Hotel for us. Perhaps we should have researched this a little more for whilst the hotel was a fine place to stay it was too far from any of the attractions in Singapore. Having said that we covered all the main sights in the time we were there - walking for miles and miles.

A taxi ride took us to the port where we undertook the embarkation process. Whilst we were asked by Celebrity what time we wanted to embark and arrived at that appropriate time, it appeared that the actual process was based on a "first come first embarked" process so a wait of an hour or so was experienced. Once on board the embarkation process was quickly forgotten when staterooms were quickly available and luggage arrived at the room.

The ship is shortly to undergo a refit and its age does show from time to time but if you don't look too closely it is a fine old ship. The cabin was perfectly adequate with all the facilities that you would expect and was kept clean and tidy by the staff. We had chosen early dining in the main dining room and were allocated a table of ten and whilst only 6 ever turned up and they were great company throughout the cruise. The staff waiting on were good - very friendly and efficient. The food is generally very good - there are always classic dishes available if you do not like those on the daily menu. The cafe was always good for breakfast or a light lunch and whilst often busy, you could always find a table. Entertainment was generally good despite changes that had to be made to the schedule at the last moment.

The ports of call were very interesting and a first for us in every case. Singapore is a thriving, lively city. It is easy to to arrange your own sightseeing trips and the MRT system ensures that it is easy to get from place to place.

In Phuket we arranged an island trip via Klook which worked well for us. We arranged a pick up at a hotel opposite where the tenders brought us ashore and we were dropped off there in plenty of time to return to the boat. Colombo is a busy and not particularly attractive city. The traffic ensures that you cannot get far in the time available although we did manage a trip to a tea plantation and factory through Viator.

Cochin was our first stop in India and we arranged a tuk tuk tour which included an hour on the backwaters on a small boat. A lovely city to visit is somewhat spoilt by the amount of litter that is spread around.

Goa was the next stop. Initially I hadn't realised that Goa was a state rather than a single city and the ship berthed at an area a long way from any areas of interest. We hired a taxi from the port gates which took us around the churches of Old Goa. The area is beset by roadworks at present as they try to improve the infrastructure of the area.

Finally we reached Mumbai where we had 2 days to look around the amazing city. Once again we did our own thing. On the first morning we caught the early ferry to Elephanta Island which is a great trip to make. Beware that there are entry charges to be paid at a couple of different points, but it is an easy trip to organise yourself rather than on a shore excursion. After that we had a short break watching the crowds celebrate Republic Day at the Gateway of India before meeting our guide from Mumbai Magic who took us on a local tour. The trip included some walking around the city, followed by a local bus ride, taxi ride and finally a train trip. Using public transport was one of the trip highlights. The following day we arrnged another trip via Mumbai Magic, this time around the Dharavi Slum area. The trip really opened our eyes to life in India and we will never forget Mumbai as a result. Mumbai is a magical city, but it is very busy and very noisy.

Two days at sea helped us to recover before perhaps the most unexpected port visit on our cruise. Waking up in Muscat and looking out at the jagged peaks that surrounded the port was totally unexpected - what a stunning view it was. A private taxi was hired at the gates for 7 of us and a visit to the Grand Mosque, the palace and adjoining forts ending at the local souq was a good day out.

Our final port was Dubai. Unfortunately we did not arrive until noon which only gave us half a day as the next morning we had to disembark. For Dubai, biggest is best and it is a very big city. Once again the port is a little way from the main tourist areas and the main public transport so be prepared to get a taxi to reach either the MRT or the place of your choice.

All in all we had a great holiday with some brilliant ports of call. This was a cruise well worth booking.
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Concierge Class 1
Cabin C1
The cabin itself was fairly standard, always kept clean and tidy. It is probably one of the only cabins with an obstructed view.
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