It is well known that Celebrity Constellation is one of the older vessels in the Celebrity fleet, but considering she is about to go in for a significant upgrade in May 2020 in France, she is in pretty good nick.
Sure, you always notice minor things like a bit of rust or flaking paintwork on the outer hull structure, which had no detrimental effect on my enjoyment of the cruise, but otherwise they keep her well maintained, particularly inside the vessel.
The friendliness and service level of the crew in the main were very good. You will always come across the odd bar or wait person who is having a bad day and is a little curt/short of a smile, but arent we all on occasions? Again, it did not deter from the enjoyment of the cruise.
I know that upselling is a bug bear of many cruisers, but can honestly say that we did not see any of that on this particular cruise.
We booked a Celebrity Suite and so did not use the MDR, which we find too crowded on most occasions, so mainly used Luminae or speciality restauarnts for dinner in the evenings and Oceanview Cafe for lunch. Breakfast was a mixture of Luminae, Ocean View Cafe and in suite. Food was of a good quality at all venues.
The speciality restaurant Qisine, has changed from a Tapas style eatery, to Le Petit Chef, which is an interesting concept where they have a set 4 course menu for each week of sailing and before the plate is delivered to your table an overhead video system projects an animated film onto your plate of the chef preparing the meal. It is different and quite novel the first time you see it. We went twice to try the second 4 course set menu and the different video. There is an alternative men , from which you can swap all or some courses.
The Celebrity Suite on Constellation was disappointing in that it is really showing its age in terms of both configeration and quality of furniture/fittings. The celebrity Suite on the Solstice class ships is much better.
The entertainment in the theatre each evening was not very wonderful. Of the 15 nightly shows during the cruise, I would only rate three as being of any good quality. The production cast were disappointing and certainly below par compared to our previous 5 Celebrity cruises.
The only other real criticism is the fact that Celebrity have reduced the number of sun lounges in the shaded areas of the pool decks and replaced them with upright seats. That meant that it was usually difficult to find a sun lounge in those areas. Not everyone wants to lie in the full sun all day!
The itinerary was interesting and a good way to sample India in particular, without actually having an onshore holiday there.
Muscat was very clean and attractive enough, but nothing much there really.
Dubai was a pleasant surpise. Stayed there after the cruise for 3 days and had a thoroughly good time. So much to see. Spectacular modern architecture combined with very inetesting old Dubai Creek/Diera area, with its gold and spice souks. Dubai Marina area, Palm Jumeira, Dubai Mall and everywhere clean as a whistle.
Food and other goods are a little more expensive than home (Australia), but taxis were plentiful and cheap.
Celebrity Constellation will not be returning next year to this itinerary after her May 2020 upgrade as she is being relocated to Tampa, Florida for Caribbean cruise season and then the Meditteranean season.