Celebrity Constellation Review

Celebrity is losing it’s sparkle

Review for the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Celebrity Constellation
Tigs2015
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023
Cabin: Prime Veranda

The Constellation would be great for first time cruisers but repeat guests will notice the changes, cutbacks, price hikes and doubling of the cost of cruises.

All effort now appears to be directed to the new Edge class ships which are fabulous but the rest of the fleet are being left behind.

We cruised on the Constellation in January and again in September/ October 2023 but have cancelled the one planned for next year. Why?

Cabin Review

Prime Veranda

Upgrade to aqua class simply to eat in Blu- it’s definitely worth it, staterooms aren’t any bigger.

Room was good size, quiet and clean. In good location.

View was slightly obscured looking upwards by over hang from deck 10 but not a real problem.

Major flaw was air conditioning that couldn’t be switched off completely and it made me ill.

No privacy net curtains, no extras unless you ask for them and Celebrity will soon be stopping some altogether.

Port Reviews

Kotor

Gorgeous town just great just to wander around on your own- we ate at Restoran Atrium in old town- a fabulous restaurant hidden up flight of stairs - peaceful, beautiful and excellent food.

Mykonos

Cute as always and ultra photogenic but way overpriced (2 black espressos for 12 Euros!) and crowded- time to move on to somewhere else now.

Kusadasi

Easy to walk to and wander round from the ship - constant ,if well meant, hassle from shop keepers was off putting and stopped us going into shops even though I’m sure there were plenty of bargains.

Rhodes

lovely old town surprised us- great for shopping, eating and wandering round. No hassle and very friendly.

Went on Hop on Hop off bus from over road from cruise port which was well worth it but not very well organised.

After seeing lots of hotels and built up areas we thought the old town was best part.

Ravenna (Bologna)

Interesting historical town with amazing mosaics and buildings but Ravenna is Italy with the fun taken out, it’s far too serious and lacks the usual Italian energy and buzz.

We went in a free walking tour for the 2 of us with a local (Franco) and it was excellent ( and really free- no tips expected or wanted) we saw lots of things we would have missed by ourselves- very informative and fun.

Get the local bus from cruise port into Ravenna for few Euros. Easy, flat walk alongside main road for about 15mins till you get to bus stop on right hand side by a bar.

Santorini

Of course there are great photo opportunities but Santorini is way overrated we think. It was fun once but now there’s way too many people, far too busy and you’ll be fighting through the crowds just to take another picture of a white and blue building on the cliffs.

From the cruise port take 1 way ferry to Oia and then the bus back to Fira (all included in ticket you buy at port) take the cable car back down to port/ tender or walk the steep cobbled path down (please don’t use the donkeys- poor things) .

NOTE ferry only starts running at 0930 but get on the first one to be ahead of crowds (there’s usually huge crowds and queues from 1000 onwards) and you’ll have no trouble getting cable car back down about 1330, 1400.

Split

Loved split- it was Beautiful, atmospheric, elegant, interesting- use a free walking tour ( customary to tip for the tour but there’s no set prices) bookable online with some excellent local guides.

It gets busy in old town but we loved it, loads of places for coffee stops.

Zadar

Fabulous town- we want to go back it was that lovely- historical, friendly, beautiful and quirky ( you must visit the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation at the waterfront).

We did brilliant free walking tour with very knowledgeable tour guide (it’s customary to tip afterwards) and saw so much that we would have missed by ourselves- like the ancient church inside and at the back of a bar/ restaurant- you can just wander in to see it but it’s not obvious from the outside.

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