Wonderful Constellation !!!!: Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Lolotte

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Wonderful Constellation !!!!

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Amsterdam
We are Elite members ( 12 cruises with Celebrity) and it was our first time cruising the Baltic Sea. We had a bit of apprehension because of all the hoopla about the Norovirus but fortunately after a delayed embarkation all the traces were gone and after a few days of extra precautions everything was back to normal to our delight.

We stayed a few days in Amsterdam at the Moevenpick Hotel on the wharf which is very convenient, the price is reasonable ($200 a night), everything is wonderful but do not expect a friendly staff, they just cannot smile! As you probably know the Constellation has just been refurbished and is a beauty. As we cruised a few months ago on the Equinox, I was wondering how it would compare but I just loved it. The convenience of the Millenium class ship cannot be surpassed and the size is just perfect. The only thing that the Equinox has more of are the bars which we do not use much: the dancing floor is better ( at the rendez-vous), the boutiques are More better laid out, it is not as crowded around the pool and the Celebrity theater just looks great.

Our inside cabin was not as nice as on the Equinox but it was as convenient as ever and we hardly spend any time there, my husband did miss the multiple movies in the room which the Equinox offers. He is a movie buff and with all the enrichment talks the Cinema is hardly ever dedicated to a movie and the ones chosen were 2 years old. We also miss the card room which has disappeared in the new lay-out, bridge is definitely gone forever...

The food was great especially the Tuscan Grill and the service was great there. However I feel that the service in the dining room used to be as great as we have now in the speciality restaurants, in the MDR we never saw our Maitre D. and our server was just decent. The food was excellent and plentiful as always, the buffet needs to add variety each day, it seems always the same ! But the pizza and pasta sections were great as always.

The activities on board have evolved a lot over the years, it is really into the enrichment program which is great but it is not for everybody. We really enjoyed it especially the talks of the naturalist Don Enright and also the series with the naval officers that gave us insights : environment, the engines, etc. The cruise director, Allan King did a wonderful job as always, he is very present everywhere and the Captain Nicholas Pagonis is really the star and the master of the ship: he enjoys every minute of the cruise and knows what to say to make the guest feel special.

As Elite members we enjoyed many perks : cruising the Swedish archipelago on the helipad was just wonderful and our happy hour at Michael's Club was just a delight made possible by the excellent staff there especially Randy, he made everyone feel special. It wasn't our first cruise as Elite members but it was the first time we really saw the advantage. The entertainment was very good to excellent, we also had local entertainment while in Russia. The ports were well chosen and the sea very calm so it all made for a wonderful cruise ! Less

Published 08/02/10

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Port and Shore Excursions

It is a nice walkable town, the free National Museum is a gem and many palaces to visit. The Rosenborg Palace is different from the others on the Baltic Tour and should not be missed.

The ship is quite far from the action, you should definitely use the shuttle offered by the ship, we walked and it was quite long and not easy to find the center of town. We took the ferry in the market square to the island of Suomenlinna ( 15 minutes) where a fortress was established in the 1600. There is a blue circuit that you can follow and it will take you to all the sights. Do not miss the movie at the info center. When we came back we visited the two churches that dominate the city and it made for a great day !

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We decided to go to Rostock by train, nobody understand English it was intresting to say the least ! Rostock has a city market ( ceramics mostly), a few interesting churches and a nice commercial street with squares where the young German families enjoy the sun. It gave us insight in the former East German part of the world. We really enjoyed the day even if there is not that much to see ! On the other hand Warnemunde is an European beach town and it is just nice to walk in it for a couple of hours, very touristic.

This is the gem of the Baltic Cruise ! We took Celebrity tours, the first was Catherine's Palace and City highlights and the second day we went to Peterhoff. Both were excellent and we were happy with our choices. Because of the language it would be hard to visit on our own but it did seem like a safe city , we had heard the opposite. The architecture and the history makes it a delightful city and the tours are well planned and organized.

The highlight of this port is the 4 hour sailing in the archipelago, be sure to see it at least for a couple of hours. We took the 76 city bus to the center of town, just remember to buy tickets before boarding at any little store or info center. Then follow the blue painted line to get out of the port to the bus stop. We went to the Vasa museum, which should not be missed, the movie is interesting, it takes 1 or 2 hours to visit. Then we went to the Royal Palace and it took us the rest of our available time, not to be missed. There is also a nice cultural museum next to the Vasa which some in our group chose to visit and they enjoyed it.

This is a beautiful little medieval town built inside a wall. Do not make the mistake of booking a tour, the port is just 15 minutes of walking to the right of the pier and you should keep your shopping for this place, amazing prices, friendly english speaking crowd, they take dollars or euros, anything really. The sights are great, the history is interesting. We printed a walking tour on the internet and it was great and lasted about 2 hours. The secret is to go early, it soon becomes crowded with many shipd in town.

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