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145 Rome (Civitavecchia) Celebrity Constellation Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as part of a family group and for it being a Mediterranean cruise. It was our first time on Celebrity, but we have travelled on many other cruise lines, primarily on Princess. Being near the end of season, we got a ... Read More
We chose this cruise as part of a family group and for it being a Mediterranean cruise. It was our first time on Celebrity, but we have travelled on many other cruise lines, primarily on Princess. Being near the end of season, we got a great deal that included gratuities and the classic drink package as well as our shipboard credits. Part of the reason for writing this review is Celebrity's feedback questionnaire. While we wanted to give feedback, our group all noticed that there was no place to really do so, except to leave "press worthy" comments for marketing. First, let me say that the ship is scheduled for a refit, and there were the signs that this is needed. Just saying... Here are bullet points on what I learned about Celebrity. - The upcharges on celebrity are much higher than Princess and Holland America. Drinks, specialty dining, and even shore excursions are 30% higher on Celebrity. - Buy the drink package. We upgraded to the premium package, and felt good about it. The package for just water is $16 USD per day. Yikes. -The specialty dining experience was twice the price of Princess and HA. The food was dry, and both my wine and water glass were empty for 15 minutes. I would have been happier if I could have refilled my own glass. We stayed happily in the main dining room after that where the service and food were great. - The shore excursions had discrepancies from the advertised itineraries and what actually occurred. I asked about the Valencia city tour for my wife and I, and I was told that there was 20 minutes of walking, We decided to pass due to my wife's mobility. My brother did this tour, and it included 2 hours 45 minutes of walking.Again- YIKES - On the positive side, every crew member was happy, smiling and friendly. This is clearly a sign of a well run ship. - Embarkation and disembarkation is tied for the easiest we have every had. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I have been on 21 cruises, 11 with Celebrity and 10 with RCCL, so I know how Celebrity standards should be and what they weren't on this cruise. The Constellation was built in 2002 and it shows. She is going into refurb in March ... Read More
I have been on 21 cruises, 11 with Celebrity and 10 with RCCL, so I know how Celebrity standards should be and what they weren't on this cruise. The Constellation was built in 2002 and it shows. She is going into refurb in March 2020, but only for cosmetic updates and not mechanical fixes. In the meantime, Celebrity is doing NOTHING to keep the ship in good condition. There is visible rust everywhere, the furnishings around the ship are very worn, the balcony furniture looks like it came from a garage sale. For room service one morning, I was served moldy berries. Gross! The room service food was hit or miss, but mostly missed the mark for quality, accuracy of the order, and hot food. The cabins on deck 11 are Aqua Class, and they are not part of the original design. The rooftop terrace with the outdoor movie theater is directly above these rooms and they have movies blaring 12 hours a day, every day, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and you can hear the noise from the balcony but not from inside the room. This was a really bad idea to shove Aqua Class rooms in this location. Blu restaurant is insufficiently staffed. It was difficult to have a meal in less than 1 1/2 to 2 hours. If you tried to get a table between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m., there was 1 to 1 1/2 hours to wait. This was unacceptable and frustrating. Since Celebrity added the cabins on Deck 11, there is now too many people in Aqua Class to fit into Blu. The Oceanview Cafe (buffet) food has improved a bit, but the dining room is so very hot, so I ate outside whenever possible. The ports on this itinerary were great! The shore excursions are ridiculously priced through Celebrity if you book closer to the cruise date, but I booked my excursions as soon as they were released, so the pricing was fair. Some excursions tripled in price by the time of the sailing. The quality of the excursions was very good and enjoyable. The downside is the motor coach experience because there's so many people. If you don't have a Celebrity tour, they charge $5 to $15 for port shuttles into town. This is another nickle and dime tactic that I don't appreciate. Transportation from the ship should be free. The theater shows were not very good and it seems Celebrity is cutting back on quality here. Karen is the shore excursions director and oftentimes she was giving us the wrong information about the ports, but you didn't realize it until you got to the port. Her presentations of the ports were unorganized and scattered. Graeme, the Captain's Club host, was a delightful fellow and very helpful. He has a great personality and lots of smiles. This will be my last sailing in the Millennium class of ships. I'll stick to Solstice class ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The background on this trip was the family vacation we haven't taken since our kids hit their teens and now both are graduated and continuing their educations, not living at home anymore, and thus this was supposed to be a trip with ... Read More
The background on this trip was the family vacation we haven't taken since our kids hit their teens and now both are graduated and continuing their educations, not living at home anymore, and thus this was supposed to be a trip with our two adult age children 23/21 like we have never done before. A trip we would cherish as time together going forward will be nothing but precious....... My wife, who used to be a travel agent, and I have been on over 20 cruises so were well versed in our younger days on cruising, but have not done so in over 10 years. Once the ships got so big, the itineraries didn't seem to ever change and the product just wasn't as glamorous as the days before the magaliners we decided to hang it up for a while until the family got older and we could afford a higher-end vacation and this is what we thought we booked......this is where the two stories begin..... We chose Celebrity because of past experience years ago and the more adult style experience it was to offer.....we chose this 10 day cruise as we have never traveled to most of the stops and have never been with our children to Europe as a family before....and after putting two through college we had to try to cut some corners...so we booked a quad cabin....family veranda and figured we could deal in one space given the amount of time we would be off the ship on this busy trip. Before I go further I just want to say that despite the negatives that will follow, the ship was the perfect size for us, though older it was clean, well kept, the crew and staff were smiling, attentive, and it truly was what we expected from the Cruise Lines in regards to the service associated with Celebrity. The itinerary was superb. We also found the food better then we had anticipated given the size of ships these days....there were never lines of people to fight, never an issue finding a table, lounge chair or seat in a show and embarkation, tendering, returning aboard, and disembarkation were as smooth as could be so to that end Celebrity gets a 10/10.... So what say you was wrong with our trip???? To begin with, we found the booking process to be a real "cheapish" experience...kind of like buying a car.....it seemed that once we booked the trip we had to call several times to get the rate/perks adjusted based on the different promotions that would come out just days after originally booking or changing something....it was like trying to keep track of airfare...and was very confusing....even to us seasoned cruisers back in the day. And the thing that really pissed me off was the email I received to "BID" on a cabin upgrade....I found this to be extremely low-end for such a high-end business. This left a very poor taste in our mouth before ever leaving given what this trip was costing soup to nuts.....we can't believe the cost of drink packages and the confusing way they are presented, the internet fees for what was almost no service....they consider internet a perk in this day and age and half the time we couldn't do our work if needed or make calls to friends using Wi-fi calling....it should be free for everyone in this time of our lives....more on the drink package issue later...... More background....we chose to travel at this time of year due to the fact we figured there would be very few children on this ship on a June 9 sailing from Europe and we never expected babies and small children on a 10 day port packed European sailing....boy were we wrong!! We arrived at the ship and boarded easily and we found our nice sized family, veranda stateroom with our very nice attendant....we were exhausted as we had to travel to the ship in Rome the day of sailing and so really needed to get a nap in before dinner.....this is where the problems began..... The family Verandas on the back of the ship have two pull-out type sofa beds to go along with the twin/king really beds....my son is 5'11'' and my daughter 5'8" so no one could sleep without their sofa being out and made.....when we got in our cabin we immediately tried to pull out the beds and the smaller one wouldn't come out...the fabric was all torn and the side of one armrest was coming apart from the back of the couch....mildly annoyed we couldn't do this ourselves we had to get our cabin steward and he informed us the bed was bent so had to pulled out a special way....still exhausted and wanting to be able to sleep when we wanted they called someone to fix the bent framing and the head of housekeeping came and told us that the next day while we were in port they would remove the furniture and reupholster it and fix it properly....he was great...Claudio and they did as promised but it was a little off putting to not be able to get comfy right off the bat..... Well....from here the problems got worse......we had just all laid down to nap and as soon as we drifted off our neighbors got to their cabin....all 5 of them...thats right all 5!! Parents with 3 children under the age of 8 one of whom was under a year old.....the fighting, crying, screaming from parents etc...started instantly and I just for the life of me couldn't fathom a family of this age on a trip like this......I still can't.....needless to say we immediately reached out to the staff about a room change and as usual "No Rooms at the Inn"....we were stuck with this circus next to us for 10 days...and it was a circus....baby crying in middle of the night...wall so thin I could hear every word said in their cabin when I laid in bed....they had breakfast delivered to their cabin every morning 6:30-7:00AM and never once showed any concern for their level of noise...babies you can't control but toddlers you can to some degree and they couldn't.....my two children were so upset being 23/21 and not being able to sleep-in was brutal.....to make matters worse....they would leave their room by 7:30 and their alarm clock would go off at 8AM....I had to leave them a note on their door about this..... This scenario of this young family next door really is what drove so much of our negativity about the cruise...the lack of sleep magnified every experience and again....I feel this was no place for children this age and in speaking to so many older passengers when they heard our story they couldn't believe it either.....now this family was part of a bigger family....we actually met their parents (the grandparents) of the little ones on a tender....I offered to switch rooms so they could be closer to their family and they just laughed...they knew what would happen if they were next to their kin.....they also had two other grandchildren on board one of whom was a newborn we met on a train in France....I'm sorry Grandparents..but why would you bring 5 children under the age of 8 on a trip like this...to me this is selfish.....I don't care what circumstances there may be in life and all looked very very healthy so I don't believe this was a bucket-list family cruise for them..... We had several meetings with the cruise personal about the issues we were experiencing and although they sent us flowers champagne, paid for dinner one night and ended up giving us a nominal certificate towards another trip some day $2500 it in no way could make up for this over $12,000 vacation......they actually said they would not reach out to the family and that we shouldn't confront them either......we asked for our internet packages be refunded as the service was terrible and they wouldn't do this which we thought was pretty cheap.....enough of "The Children of the Corn".....very, very disappointing..... Now for the other issues we had.... 1) Drink and internet packages/perks are a suck job...the fact that there is plastic all over the bottom of the ocean they use plastic water bottles in the restaurant and that if you don't show you have a drink package you get tap water......it was like showing your passport to fly and ridiculous to have a waiter pour water form a small plastic water bottle.....between the drinks and internet packages/perks this is a very, very sad consumer experience!!! 2) So Canyon Ranch runs the Spa on Celebrity.....well, we've been to Canyon Ranches on land and have been pampered to death....well, not the case on this ship....staff very ordinary and we paid for the "Persian Garden Experience" with the "Adult Only" pool area.....well three times my wife came out of the shower to find young children with their parent using the toilet in the locker room and one day a woman was breast feeding a baby right by the Adult Only pool....there was no policing of this policy and it was far from Canyon Ranch quality. 3) Dining room experience was not the service we were used to.....now I know I said the food was better then we thought it would be, but there is so much energy wasted on figuring out who has what drink package by the servers, sommeliers, etc....that to get more then 1 glass of wine at dinner was like pulling teeth....or getting a second drink....you pay for these packages but yet they bog down the entire service/experience you expect in the dining room....this was very, very annoying..... 4) Casino...staff friendly and pleasant, but Casino was small, and opened later then stated every night and not just by a few minutes.....I would have liked to have been able to utilize the Casino more..... 5) gift shops.....basically felt the shopping onboard was lame and wouldn't have noticed if it wasn't part of the ship...and liquor store never opened once the entire 10 day cruise. 6) Shore excursions don't seem to be worth the money...we had private tours arranged in several ports and did our own thing in others and saved hundreds of dollars doing this and felt we had a great experience in all ports we stopped in. In Sete France it cost us 50 Euro total to take the train to Mountpellier but if we did the tour for 4 it would have been close to $1000 Staff, Ship, Entertainment, Ports 10/10....over all experience and discomfort factor due to the above 3/10..... Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
we boarded Constellation 9th June and looking forward to several new excursions we had arranged for this cruise. We met our fellow Cruise Critic members as we sailed out of Rome, only a small group but very friendly. First stop ... Read More
we boarded Constellation 9th June and looking forward to several new excursions we had arranged for this cruise. We met our fellow Cruise Critic members as we sailed out of Rome, only a small group but very friendly. First stop Livorno, we joined a small group and went to Cinque Terre, wow, great day out, 1.5 hrs drive got us to Portovenere and from there the ferry to Manorola, the villages all picture postcard and hugged the coastline with the exception of Corniglia which is not accessible from the sea only by road or train as it is high up on the hills we took the train from Manorola to Veranazza, word of warning please get on the correct train. We didnt but realised and got off at the next stop and waited for the correct one. From there we had a ride with the guide to Corniglia, lunch and explored the town. We had a very good guide in Nicolo Scovenno who we do recommend. After Corniglia we had a 1.5 hrs drive back and called in at Pisa to see the Field of Miracles (the Tower) for those who had never been before. Back to ship, very tiring day but a very special tour, worth the effort. Word of warning, the villages are steep and it is strenuous to reach the carparks/train stations etc. Day 2 Portofino, still suffering the effects of the previous day, we settled for a stroll around Portofino, very picturesque and worth a visit. Sea Day, rest and relaxation Villefranche, Having been here many times we wanted something different to do and had read about Villa Effrusi, this turned out to be a great morning and well worth the visit. The villa belonged to the Rothschild family and was built around 1890 but now open to the public. There is a electronic guide for each room and is worth getting, all we did was leave a passport copy which was returned when we took back the devices. the gardens are spectacular and the musical fountains worth watching. it cost 15 euros each to get in. Use the 81 bus or a taxi which is expensive. Toulon we took another private group tour to the Lavendar Fields and Aix en Provence. We were just 1 week too soon for the full bloom of the lavender but the coloured haze you got the gist of what was to come, and Aix is lovely old town centre. Sete we took a ships tour to Nimes and Pont Du Gard. Wow the old aqueduct is truly amazing and the walk around the old part of Nimes to see the roman ruins well worth the effort. Sea Day feet up and relaxation Valencia - shuttle bus into town and wandered following a map, this is another old town and worth the effort to see. Palma - shuttle again and a leisurely wander around town. We have holidayed here before so relaxing day really no need to go further than town. Constellation is still a lovely lady, well maintained and very clean. The crew are extremely friendly and helpful. Our cabin Aqua 2 grade was very well kept with best cabin steward we have had. The entertainment was not to our liking, The shows we had seen several times so did not bother and the guest artists sorry but did walk out Now for the worst part of the cruise, the food in Blu. We have never eaten so much from the MDR menu which we had brought through on several occasions and my dearest husband has never had the roast chicken as many times as on this cruise. he did try the salmon which was raw in the middle, as opposed to the pheasant which was tough and overcooked and must have been chased around the deck a few times before it was cooked. I did try the duck with cherry sauce but unfortunately it arrived still quacking. My ultra sharp knife could not make any inroads into cutting it either, there was more blood than cherry sauce. My main course that night was a bowl of minestrone soup from the MDR. the chef on his walk around simply shrugged. when he was complimented on the soup he had to admit he did not cook that!! We were not alone in finding Blu a big disappointment on this cruise. The waiters however were amazing. Having been on Constellation several times we know that the kitchen can do better than they did on this cruise. Fingers crossed for September as we are going back for round 2 Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise because of the ports, thinking it would be great way to travel to these destinations without having pack and unpack. Our first impression of the ship was good, considering the negative reviews of the ship. All areas ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports, thinking it would be great way to travel to these destinations without having pack and unpack. Our first impression of the ship was good, considering the negative reviews of the ship. All areas of the ship were kept clean and in good condition. Our cabin (9126) was on level 9, a good level to access the pool area and Buffet, but a bad area as it’s directly below this high traffic area. At all hours of the morning, day and nights, there is continual noise of trolley’s being rolled around above, and items being dropped on the floor. A few days into the cruise they had to perform maintenance on our bathroom (hot water issues with neighbouring rooms) which extended into the early evening. This was a bit of an inconvenience as we weren’t able to easily get ready for the evening with our friends, however guest services tried their best to make this as little a hassle for us as possible. The cabin problems persisted for a few days afterwards, and the staff did well to minimise the impact on us. However, considering this is Sold as a 5 star cruise, it really cheapened the overall experience for us, which is disappointing considering this was our second cruise with this company. As with any cruise, there was plenty of food. The selection was great and the service in the main dining areas was to the normal celebrity standard. The entertainment on the ship was great. They had a couple of guest acts that were exceptional. Although we chose this cruise for its ports, it turned out to be a negative as there were so many of them. With some of them (Toulon) a long way from anything of interest. Tip, research and book tours well in advance so that you are not left in a port with nothing to do. In Toulon in particular it was near impossible to get a cab to the main town centre, which wasn’t much to look at anyway. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Recently returned from a 10 night cruise from Rome to Barcelona in June on the Constellation. We have been on this ship once before to India and Asia about 2 years ago and really enjoyed it, unfortunately this time although we enjoyed ... Read More
Recently returned from a 10 night cruise from Rome to Barcelona in June on the Constellation. We have been on this ship once before to India and Asia about 2 years ago and really enjoyed it, unfortunately this time although we enjoyed the ports of call and to be fair thought the aqua class dining was still good and the staff overall worked hard to please the rest of the experience though was very average. The entertainment on board overall was hit and miss, the buffet restaurant was chaotic it was quantity over quality. The ship is need of a refurbishment which we understand is happening soon, the public areas were well worn and shabby. But the biggest disappointment was our cabin, we were in an aqua A1 which had a fab balcony overlooking the rear of the ship but numerous issues including poor water pressure, some evenings the shower would not function, broken drawers, thread bare sofa. Also anyone that books a cabin in this area needs to be aware it is just under the big cinema screen which plays a movie four times a day with booming sound, it was seriously annoying if you want a bit of piece & quiet, one evening it was going until midnight. We have travelled with Celebrity numerous times previously but feel the quality of previous trips has declined and they are not a 5 star operation in any way now unfortunately. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise for the ports. We wanted to see a Dubai and Petra. In my opinion, the ship was in pretty good shape. Yes, it needs paint in a few areas, but it is due for a refurbish anyway. I like the M class ships and was very happy ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. We wanted to see a Dubai and Petra. In my opinion, the ship was in pretty good shape. Yes, it needs paint in a few areas, but it is due for a refurbish anyway. I like the M class ships and was very happy with the ship. We could not get excited about the entertainment offerings in the theatre, which I think was because it was a repositioning cruise. We did enjoy the Take 5 band. The food in the main dining room was good, not great, but I had no trouble finding something that I wanted to eat. I was disappointed with the Tuscan Grill. I thought my steak lacked seasoning and could have used a little more attention from the servers. At $45 per person, I will not go back. Princess specialty restaurants, ie Crown Grill, is $29 per person. We did eat at Quine twice - catching it on sale at $30 per person, I felt we got much more attention and a great selection of food. We had 9 sea days, including transiting the Suez Canal, and 5 ports. We did ship excursions in Muscat, Oman and Petra, Jordan. We had scheduled a walking tour in Muscat which was cancelled, and the only other offering was a panoramic tour. It gave us the opportunity to get off the ship, but we were not impressed with Muscat, or the panoramic tour. Our ships tour of Petra was excellent. I only wish we had another day in Petra to explore some more. We rented a car in Katakolon and drove to Olympia. I was disappointed in Olympia. While there is signage by most of the ruins to describe the ancient use, they did not provide a map or brochure to help you organize your visit. Also, there is no parking at the site. You have to find a parking spot in the modern town of Olympia and then walk to the site. We did like the little town of a Katakolon and the people were very friendly. Our cruise also visited Dubai and Athens, where we had arranged private tours. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We went for this cruise for the itinerary. Had not sailed with Celebrity before but reviews were generally good. We were disappointed. Most cruise lines want to extract your cash but Celebrity take this to another level. Definitely not to ... Read More
We went for this cruise for the itinerary. Had not sailed with Celebrity before but reviews were generally good. We were disappointed. Most cruise lines want to extract your cash but Celebrity take this to another level. Definitely not to the standard of Princess or Cunard. Their entertainment programme, especially for five consecutive sea days was very thin. Not everyone wants to lie on a sun bed all day. Their customer service is appalling; once we arrived in Abu Dhabi for a two day stop over diesel tankers directly below our stateroom were refuelling all night, both nights. When we complained we were told it was out of their hands although after much pressure from us they moved us on the second night. Never, ever again. There are much better cruise lines out there that won't cost you as much. Embarkation was a little chaotic but nothing to compare with disembarkation. We were off the ship by 7.15 am and directed to our coach transfer to the airport. We then sat there for 45 minutes while they decided who should be on the coach. Other people we knew on the same flight as us home didn't disembark until 8.15am. Dining in the restaurant offered limited choice and the presentation of menus was poor, with tired,tatty looking menus that looked as if they hadn't been changed for months. Service however was very good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The holiday was part of my wife's 80th birthday celebration. Having been several cruises with other companies we wanted to try out the Celebrity Cruise line. Also we had never before been through the Suez Canal. We spent a few ... Read More
The holiday was part of my wife's 80th birthday celebration. Having been several cruises with other companies we wanted to try out the Celebrity Cruise line. Also we had never before been through the Suez Canal. We spent a few days in Rome (a city we are familiar with) before the cruise and then a few days in Dubai (a new experience) at the end. Seen it now - wouldn't go back! The ship was very good (maybe a little bit tired) but the cabin was excellent and the organisation and staff first class. We old folks took part in lots of on-board activities and particularly enjoyed the entertainment - especially the very informative lectures. The upstairs buffet was very good but unfortunately the main dinning room not so. Many people complained about the slow service and on occasions the piped music made conversation impossible. I've never had such a bad crepe suzette. Would we go again with Celebrity ? Well, maybe. While we can perhaps afford it, I'm never comfortable feeling I'm being "ripped off". The excursions were well over priced; $300 up front for gratuities plus 18% on all drinks (come on !!) and $530 for Wi Fi - even the ship's comedian thought it was a joke. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, we had a great holiday - thoroughly enjoyed it. However, our two immediately previous cruises on TUI Discovery and the Allure of the Seas were equally good, if not better value for money. Celebrity Cruises are good - but not as good as they think they are. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Let me start by saying the majority of the staff were great. I found some of the male help in the dining room did not give way to any females, even when they, the female, had the right of way. I found the decor of the ship drab and the ... Read More
Let me start by saying the majority of the staff were great. I found some of the male help in the dining room did not give way to any females, even when they, the female, had the right of way. I found the decor of the ship drab and the floor plan very confusing. The organization of the ship/ships crew I found to be disorganized. Why, for the love of sanity, would a crew member to told to paint the cafe during breakfast and lunch? The fumes were horrible and very unappetizing. Why not do it at night when there would be less people there? The offering of entertainment/activities I found to be very limiting. Why are there always more offerings for activities that are trying to sell you something? More for their pocketbook, I know. The offerings for this cruise was very limited, compared to other cruise lines, in my experience. The food was the most distressing. My DH and I do not tolerate spices and almost every dish we had was unedible because of having too much spice. Even foods not expected to have spice, was spicy. My mouth was on fire the majority of the trip. The mineral bath was fantastic! And it was free! Other cruise lines charge for the use. The activity of Improvisation was the most fun we have had on a cruise line in a long, long time. It was just not long enough. Speaking of service, my DH has a problem with his arms and requires ice packs at night. The crew was most helpful in providing that in the middle of the night. They were great. Would I go again? Probably not on a Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We selected this cruise based on the interesting itinerary from Rome to Abu Dhabi, including a journey through the Suez Canal and a trip to Petra from Aqaba, Jordan. The ports were all a lot of fun and interesting. Several were easy enough ... Read More
We selected this cruise based on the interesting itinerary from Rome to Abu Dhabi, including a journey through the Suez Canal and a trip to Petra from Aqaba, Jordan. The ports were all a lot of fun and interesting. Several were easy enough to do on our own. Our time was limited in Catania and Muscat, so I wish we were there for more hours. The cruise was long with many sea days, but we enjoyed the different activities the Celebrity Constellation offered. I wish they would vary the timing of activities from day to day so we could do more. For instance, if you decide to participate in trivia, it's at the same time daily and often conflicts with several other things on the schedule. Also, the schedule is packed from 10am-3pm, but not much going on in the late afternoon. While the Constellation is an older ship, it didn't feel old and they've done a good job keeping it updated. We found our cabin comfortable and the ship easy to get around. The food in the Oceanview Cafe was great for breakfast and lunch, offering a wide variety. We also enjoyed access to ice cream and cookies in the afternoon. We had great service by a couple of different waiters in the main dining room (a few not so great servers). For the most part, the food was good, but not great. We had a few misses. The entertainment was predictable but enjoyable. The production cast and musicians were very good, and we liked the theme nights in the Reflections lounge in the late evening. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were very excited about this cruise and choose celebrity with its great reputation and with this ship having so many sea days we wanted to make sure we had great food and great entertainment... we were in an aqua spa suit with balcony ... Read More
We were very excited about this cruise and choose celebrity with its great reputation and with this ship having so many sea days we wanted to make sure we had great food and great entertainment... we were in an aqua spa suit with balcony and on first impressions although it was dated it was very clean so we were happy well this didn’t last long... our room was above the main buffet so it was noisy and constantly smelt of food and the overwhelming strong garlic smell that stuck to our clothes and was in our room and throughout the corridor was sickening... the main buffet served the same everyday just changing the meat, the man carving the meat would just pick it up with his hands and chuck it on your plate even though he was wearing gloves it put you off eating it he was very rude and he had an argument with a guest because he manhandled his food so bad half of it miss his plate, it was like being served in prison...I always eat fresh vegetables at home so much to my shock and surprise to find them serving only frozen vegetables in the buffet they were tasteless and soggy quite frankly vile... I can confirm it was frozen veg as every day we saw a member of staff walking through our corridor with bags of frozen veg taking it down to the buffet... there was a particular group of people that spend all day and all night in the smoking area getting drunk which is fine until they were so drunk they were swearing shouting racist remarks being rude to the bar staff chucking rubbish and bottles all over the floor and upsetting many guest around them... where was the ships security why were these people aloud to carry on... if i had been told for 3 days of this cruise the outer decks would be shut down and lighting turned down for safety because of pirates I would have never booked this cruise, this also ment if you had paid for a balcony you couldn’t go on it the lights had to be off curtains shut... our room was difficult to get to and from with the amount of areas shut down on the ship and I saw many elderly people struggling to get to there room in the dark and getting lost in fact we helped a few and we don’t even work on the ship... entertainment well if you can call it entertainment was diabolical the best singer I saw on that ship was a guest getting up to sing in karaoke, the shows were so amateur that it was embarrassing to watch I never saw any to the end cos it was awful, celebrity need to take a leaf out of Norwegian books they had amazing shows, they charge 25 dollars per person to play deal or no deal I know other ships charge 20 dollars, the only good thing the entrainment team put on was the silent disco... tv channels consist of all about celebrity cruises a bit of sport and news channels if you want to watch a movie you pay 15 dollars that’s of course if the movie can download now even though they are charging you 15 dollars to watch a movie in your room you can watch some of them films for free in the outdoor cinema total daylight robbery on celebrity’s behalf... also opposite the coffee shop you can purchase ice cream at a cost but you can get the same ice cream in the buffet for free how can you charge people in some parts of the ship and have it for free in other parts of the ship... daylight robbery... the internet is massively over expensive and we need it for my husbands work but over half the time it didn’t work...When we got on the ship we brought a drinks package included soft drinks and alcohol much to our surprise half way through our cruise the had run out of coco cola, Nescafé and other brands not exceptable celebrity especially when it was at the start of the sea days so you had to wait till the next port before they could stock up again and even then there was still beverages unavailable... we wanted champagne with our dinner in the Italian restaurant which was the only nice meal we had they had a long list and we know that’s not encluded but we wanted a romantic night and were more than happy to pay for champagne the only good one they had was Cristal how can you run out of champagne...me and my husband got tummy aches and sickness along with a lot of other guest whilst on this ship, the only time We enjoyed ourself was when we got off the ship in Tormina and Petra... when we docked in Abu Dhabi we changed our flight and came home early because we couldn’t stand to be on this ship a moment longer I can honestly say our bad experience with this ship has put us off cruising for life I certainly will never book with celebrity again Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise line because of the itinerary and that is the only reason, three days in Israel. Three cabins, two generations of cruisers. We have been on lots of cruises, never on Celebrity and never again! Let me start with ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because of the itinerary and that is the only reason, three days in Israel. Three cabins, two generations of cruisers. We have been on lots of cruises, never on Celebrity and never again! Let me start with the positive: big upgraded rooms (we paid for this!) nice staff. Now the negative: we paid to upgrade my parents, we show up at entry, there is no cabin for them and no one seems concerned. I pitched a fit and they found one. They charge for spin and Zumba and yoga classes, a first in my experience. No free Internet --in fact Internet charge was close to $500. Many rooms off limits thruout the cruise for private functions. Unless you drink tap water, coffee (lukewarm) or tea, you pay for ANYTHING you drink. You pay for specialty restaurants. You pay for gelato! Food in dining room and café was unbelievably tasteless even desserts!! Even croissants! No real fridge in rooms.No bottled water.Certain room service items were extra. Ship dirty and smelly Entertainment and activities scant.Forget TV movies and channels, very limited and mostly UK game shows!! Hard sell on everything, in fact, most "activites" were sale shows. 26 such events in ONE DAY. Port lectures were very poor and unreliable, mostly telling you where to shop at their "preferred: shops. It took us three hours to get a rerplacement bathroom light. Towels and sheets are very old and paper thin. Tap water is vile yellowish. Prized for trivia contests were pathetic...sunglass paper cover, small USB stick...?deck of cards Charged $50 for one small sack of laundry. The experience was laughably bad. Avoid at all costs. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Me and my husband plus a group of couples of 11 did the 12-Nights Israel and Mediterranean Cruise aboard Celebrity Constellation from October 30 to November 11, 2018. We are all seasoned cruisers having been cruised for 12 or more ... Read More
Me and my husband plus a group of couples of 11 did the 12-Nights Israel and Mediterranean Cruise aboard Celebrity Constellation from October 30 to November 11, 2018. We are all seasoned cruisers having been cruised for 12 or more times aboard Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival. It’s our first time to cruise with Celebrity. Here are our overall positive and negative comments. Positive Comments: Excellent Wait Staff on the Main Dining on Deck 4 where we had our group nightly dinner. Also most of the morning staff assigned at Oceanview Café on Deck 10 are commendable for their friendliness and quick in responding to our requests. The Hospitality Staff assigned on our decks (Deck 3, 7 and 8) are also friendly and are conscientious workers. One of them managed to memorize our names on the second day of the cruise. The Ultra Violet Party House Band that played at Reflections Lounge (Deck 11) and Rendezvous Lounge (Deck 4) provided excellent music especially catering to those who love disco/ballroom dancing. DJ Carlos is also commendable. Silent Disco was awesome. Negative Comments: I wonder why the staff at Guest Relations (Deck 3) provided different answers to the same question or issue at hand. I don’t normally give up if I wasn’t happy with the answer I received for the question or issue at hand. I noticed that you need to talk to the staff with higher position. For example, in the early morning of November 9 (at sea), I requested for new tags for earlier disembarkation be issued to my group. The first staff I approached at the Guest Relations advised me that she will consult with the team and will contact or leave a message to my stateroom. After a couple of hours, I went back to the Guest Relations desk for an update and this time a different staff but has a position by looking at her uniform. The staff asked me if I was issued the new tags and I said no. Right there and then she printed all the tags for all members of my group. What happens if I didn’t do a follow-up on the matter? Will I be falling in line together with the rest who have issues to be addressed at the last minute? Celebrity has poor security training. One gentleman from my group had a sort of harassment by one of their security staff on Deck 5 (Emporium). This gentleman just paid for his purchases when the security staff approached him suddenly (and rudely) and asked for his Sail Pass. Why would this security staff ask for his Sail Pass upfront? Guests are all scrutinized upon check-in and hence given a valid Sail Pass. When confronted, the security staff went away abruptly without apologizing or gave a reason for his action. We gathered that someone’s husband was missing and my friend was mistakenly identified. More than 24 hours had passed but no apology was issued and so I went to Guest Relations to ask for an update. After a few minutes, another security staff met us only to say that he’s waiting for the perfect time to issue an apology. That was bull. If that was the case, the apology should have been done on that same time and day. Celebrity hires inept staff. One lady in my group had contacted Celebrity a few months before sailing to arrange for distilled water for her CPAP machine. After checking-in, my lady friend went to her stateroom and called Guest Relations for her distilled water. A staff came with an empty water bottle. To cut the long story short, the “distilled water” was delivered to Stateroom 3029 and was used that night. My friend felt something unusual when she used her CPAP and complained to the Guest Relations. Well, what was delivered was distilled water used for batteries! Whoever arranged to fulfill the request was inept. Celebrity should be held responsible if something serious happened to my friend during the cruise. We requested for a special breakfast to be served on the last sea day since we’re aware that there’s a kitchen staff who can cook this breakfast menu. This was set for November 9 at 8:30 am in the main dining room with the maître-d. A couple days before November 9, I requested the maître-d to move the breakfast from 8:30 am to 8:45 am so we can attend the mass officiated daily by the Cruise Chaplain. The maître-d outrightly said NO since 8:45 am is almost closing time for breakfast. Come breakfast on November 9, half of my group were at the dining room at 8:30 am sharp. It was okay even though we didn’t have the same tables that we used nightly. However, to wait for the breakfast to be served way past 9:00 am (about 9:20 am) was unacceptable. It was ridiculous to think that my request to move our breakfast 15 minutes later was not granted! Furthermore, we waited for the service only to find out the rice was uncooked and the “tapa” we requested looked like “beef stroganoff”, the same of which was served at Oceanview Café on Deck 10. Worse, no one approached our tables to offer coffee, juices nor water. It looks like the staff was busy for lunch that day. One last thing re entertainment. The lady that performs with Good Vibes at Rendezvous (Deck 4) didn't look like she's an entertainer with the way she dresses. Lastly, we arrived at 12 noon on embarkation on October 30 at Civitavecchia terminal. However, embarkation was delayed to past 5:00 pm due to weather conditions the previous day. The guests who arrived at that time were offered a bottle of water and a small pack of cookies. Since Celebrity is a big cruise line and their cruises are a bit pricey, the guests should be offered at least decent sandwiches for waiting for more than 4 hours. Since it’s our first time with Celebrity, we will have second thoughts if we will book our future cruises with this cruise line. First impression lasts! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise due to the ports (Rome, Crete, 3 days Israel, Mykonos, Athens , Naples) and because we liked our cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette in January. This was my 15 cruise (Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival, ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the ports (Rome, Crete, 3 days Israel, Mykonos, Athens , Naples) and because we liked our cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette in January. This was my 15 cruise (Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival, Holland America)and I believe the Constellation is my favorite ship so far. I enjoyed the easy layout and the general ambiance. It is not a party ship and in general I would say that the average age is 50+ and mostly well traveled cruisers but I'm looking to relax on a cruise. My favoite things about this ship: 1) The 3 story bow shaped window at the back of the Marco Polo dining room (fabulous views as we departed the ports) 2) The outside movie theatre. At the back of the ship deck 12 (go to 11th floor then walk upstairs) instead of being at the pool deck. Very nice comfortable lounge furniture. I was surprised with the sun out how well the movie still showed on the screen. 3) Theatre. Very nice size for this size ship, never had a problem finding a seat at either time frame. Nice mixture of entertainment. 4) The table/bar area at the back of the ship just beyond the buffet. Very seldom crowded, quiet place to eat and enjoy a mixture of covered and uncovered seating. 5) Very good ship's excursions and I'm not a great lover of ship's excursions in general but these were exceptional. 6) Many nice quiet nooks inside to sit and read or just converse with friends. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose those cruise because it was going to places that we wanted to visit and also ports we have never been to be. Right from start it was horrific. We arrived at Rome port to find the ship not there. We were told there would be at ... Read More
We chose those cruise because it was going to places that we wanted to visit and also ports we have never been to be. Right from start it was horrific. We arrived at Rome port to find the ship not there. We were told there would be at least a delay of 6 hours due to bad weather. During that wait, which the cruise company were aware of all we were offered was a small bottle of water and a small packet oftuc biscuits but because they run out of them we had to share. There were not enough seats so we had to stand part of the time. Then we got to our state room to find the air conditioning not working which took them 5 attempts before it was put right. We had to wait in the room to explain the problem each time. Eventually they put a new system in which would have been done on the first visit. Then on 5th day toilet didn’t work so they had to put a new system in there. We asked to be put into a different cabin but we were told the cruise was fully booked. Also our cabin was never cleaned when we first got into it. Our hand towels were a disgrace. I have better dish clothes. The food in the restaurant always came cold and selection very poor. The whole of the ship looked as if it needed refurbishing. I have never been on a cruise where they didn’t have the currency of the places we were visiting. They didn’t even have euros. When we were at sea there was nothing to entertain us except if you were interested in the casino or going to an auction to bid for a painting. There were so many issues I could go on and on about it. It was even more of a disappointment as we were on the cruise to celebrate my husbands special birthday. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
It was the worse cruise we have ever been on. On getting to Rome Port the ship wasn’t there due to bad weather which they were aware of 24 hours beforehand. We then had to wait over 6 hours on a hard chair (if you were lucky to get one) ... Read More
It was the worse cruise we have ever been on. On getting to Rome Port the ship wasn’t there due to bad weather which they were aware of 24 hours beforehand. We then had to wait over 6 hours on a hard chair (if you were lucky to get one) and all we were offered was a small bottle of water and a small packet of crackers which they run out of so we only got 1 to share. When we got to our cabin it wasn’t cleaned out sticky marks on the unit. The toilet smelled. Had to ask for disinfectant. The hand towels were a disgrace ready for the bin. Then our fiasco began our air conditioning didn’t work and we had 5 visits from maintenance before they installed a new unit. We asked to be put into a different cabin but was told there weren’t none as shipwas full. Then on the 5th day toilet didn’t work so once again had to wait in cabin for anew system to be put in. The whole ship looked as if it needed refurbishing. There wasn’t any currency to be had on the places we were visiting . The days at sea were a disgrace nothing organised unless you wanted to gamble or attend an art auction. The excursions cost a fortune so didn’t go on any. All the food in restaurant came up cold and had to keep returning it and the variety of food was very poor. The entertainment was more suitable for children which obviously didn’t appeal to most people as the theatre was never full. It was such a disappointment as we went on this cruise to celebrate my husbands special birthday. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I chose this cruise because a group of us wanted to visit countries the apostles did their missions. The installation were very good, good options were also good and the service in the rooms was the best. Our allocated attendee Dewi was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because a group of us wanted to visit countries the apostles did their missions. The installation were very good, good options were also good and the service in the rooms was the best. Our allocated attendee Dewi was the best o ever had in any hotel or cruise. Seat down dinner was also a treat. The food selection was good and our waiters Arman, Linda and Adrian made our stay very enjoyable. Embarkation and disembarkation at every port was straight foward. We stayed on the 2nd deck. No window. Room was comfortable. The spa is also very, the persion garden, massagens and pedicures but you do pay excessively or these services. The worse think for me was the fact that they always chose to leave dock around dinner time and the initial rocking of the ship always made me sick and the service at customer service was not good. Some very rude lady. Not sure how she was selected to be in that post. Everyone i spoke too had a hard time whenever she was the one serving. We were a group of 95 people. There were also very limited activities and shows where sometimes very good most times not worth the time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our first Celebrity Cruise. We chose this shop both for the size and the itineraries. These were some interesting ports! We arrived from our hotel in Rome with two other couples we met on Cruise Critic. We arrived around 1:45 and ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity Cruise. We chose this shop both for the size and the itineraries. These were some interesting ports! We arrived from our hotel in Rome with two other couples we met on Cruise Critic. We arrived around 1:45 and walked right on to the ship! No lines or waiting due to being past the rush and having the express paperwork filled out. Our cabin was ready and we dropped our carryon and went to have lunch in the Oceanview Cafe. There was a lot of choices and a bit confusing in the layout. We found our friends and enjoyed our first days, The cabin had plenty of storage and we had brought some extra hangers to store our gear. The bathroom was adequate with a pretty good size shower. The balcony furniture was nice and comfortable. There was some signs of age. Particularly the “ headboards” are kind of scruffy and the carpeting worn. But comfortable and adequate. We ate our meals in the MDR and even though we had open seating we ended up making a reservation for th same table most nights and got to know our waiters... Food was mostly very good. Some choices were a little unique for our tastes but generally very good. Staff all over the ship were welcoming and friendly. The cruise director Paul and a Sarah were entertaining without being cloying. Entertainment was mostly very good in the main theater. The ship orchestra was excellent. However, the lounge singers were painfully bad. They tried but were off key and sad. Would have liked a piano bar sing along atmosphere better. We had only booked two excursions through Celebrity, The one in Cassis was very good. The one in Portofino was difficult due to having to travel from LaSpezia when our port was cancelled . The motor coaches were good but then they smooshed us onto a public bus and we had to stand for 15 minutes into Portofino, The crazy ending came when we encountered very bad storms on our way back to Italy. Two ports had to be cancelled, seas were very rough, our mooring snapped and we hit the Costa Magica behind us in port. There was nothing Celebrity could do about the weather but the communication was not good. People were waiting to hear if we could sail again and get to Civitavecchia on time to get flights home. When that became impossible they made a vague announcement about letting people leave this ship at night and be bussed to Rome... we decided to stay on board and hoped to make our flights. Those who left encountered chaos trying to get out... blame on both sides. But again communication was lacking.. there were long lines at guest relations. I felt bad for those folks. Since we had booked our air with Celebrity they said they would take care of us, we arrived very late in port and hung out watching movies, eating and sunning on the deck. They did take us by bus to the Hilton, fed us dinner and rebooked our flights for the next day. Getting your flight was rather chaotic, they could have done a bit better there. They put us on a different flight than our friends. They took us to the airport at 4:00am.it worked out in the end but it wa quite crazy!!! Too bad because we enjoyed the ports, our new friends we met, the food and ost of the experiences we had. I would recommend booking through Celebrity Air , it certainly helped us! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Will start my review saying that we were a group of 9 friends who started our trip with a two night stay in Rome then we headed to port to begin our Celebrity experience. We all felt the food and service in the bars and dining area was ... Read More
Will start my review saying that we were a group of 9 friends who started our trip with a two night stay in Rome then we headed to port to begin our Celebrity experience. We all felt the food and service in the bars and dining area was very good. Cold beer was a problem for three of our group. Never could find one. Bar service poolside was very slow but all the staff was super friendly. We were concerned about the Constellation due to her age and the fact that she's getting a major reno in two years but not a problem. She's in great shape and we had no reason to be concerned. Entertainment was lacking. Had a band in the RendeVous room every night that was marginal at best. Headphone night and a few comedians were enjoyable. Problem is most of the shows in the Celebrity Theatre were too early for diners who ate after 7 pm. So far so good. Now I'll get to the ugly part of the trip. We travel quite a bit and realize that no one has control over weather conditions. What is under control is how those unexpected issues are handled. We ran into serious problems with weather on the last 3 days of our cruise which caused the company to alter our ports. We were no longer able to go to Portofino due to the lack of a break wall to protect us from the incoming storms. We were docked in La Spezia instead. A nice enough place in good weather but not much else when it's not. Many shops closed being a Sunday. Thought we'd have Monday to shop but due to storms and flooding some of us felt it best to stay put on the boat. I'm shocked they even let people disembark in that weather but didn't seem too concerned. We felt the excursions were going due to financial issues and not safety. They should have warned all wanting to get off of the problems in town. We were expected to leave port for Rome (our final destination) at 3 pm. The weather prevented us from doing this. We had an issue with the winds causing the mooring lines to snap and our boat started shifting into the port on its own. The gangplank then came off while we moved. We then bumped into the Costa ship docked behind us. Felt the captain did a good job with the handling of a scary situation. People who were returning from excursions were kept on their coaches during this weather and, thankfully no one was injured. Obviously we were going nowhere anytime soon. A few hours later we went to Guest Services where we were told no problem we'll get you to Rome in time so we then prepared for dinner which went off without a hitch. No word from anyone in command about our plans to get us to Rome for flights the following morning. We understood the gravity of the situation and assumed they were doing all they good under the crazy circumstances. At 10:45 pm we received a ship wide announcement from the captain stating that between 11 pm and 1 am Celebrity would be proving bus transfers to Rome for all interested. Gather your things and come to Deck 3. We did just what we were told. Once there we were told to put our names on a list with our flight times and to go back to rooms and turn on Channel 6 where our names would appear when it was time to return to Deck 3. Needless to say this didn't happen. We were absolutely in no danger remaining on the ship so we returned to our rooms watching channel 6 for over an hour. When nothing seemed to be happening except people loading onto coaches, which we could see from our balconies, we decided to send a rep down to assess. He was told the logical approach was scrapped because people refused to follow the instruction. We then gathered our things and got in a line the entire length of the ship hauling our bags ourselves. Commented about elderly and handicapped situation for them would be awful. Finally boarded our coach for Rome at 2:40 am for a 5 hour drive. Could have been handled much better if they'd only followed the number system that was already on our bags for our disembarkation the next morning. Bad ending to an otherwise great experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Pre-cruise: As twice before, we had reserved a room with a package at the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia. In addition to the room, the package included a shuttle service from Funcimo Airport, Rome and to the Hotel, a good three course ... Read More
Pre-cruise: As twice before, we had reserved a room with a package at the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia. In addition to the room, the package included a shuttle service from Funcimo Airport, Rome and to the Hotel, a good three course dinner at their nice restaurant “Bistro 34”, breakfast next day, and after breakfast – shuttle to the port. Embarkation: Went very smoothly. We have earlier sailed on several cruises in the Mediterranean, but never late fall. Therefore, we were a little anxious about the weather conditions at this time of the year. But more about the weather later in this review. The Ship: It is a few years since we last were on a Celebrity cruise, and then only on S-Class ships. This was the first time we were aboard an M-Class ship. But it turned out that we had nothing “to be worried about”! We found the Constellation to be a nice ship, and we think the ship seems mostly well maintained. Moreover, we really enjoyed the indoor Thalassotherapy Pool. Stateroom info: We had booked a Deluxe Veranda Stateroom on deck seven. It was comfortable. Two special comments: Some of the joins in the tiles on the bathroom were not clean, and some part of the balcony floor was not nice. We were very satisfied with our stateroom attendant. Dining: In connection with our embarkation, we were surprised to be informed that we had not been assigned to a set dining time in the MDR on deck five. We were on the wait list. But after talking to the maître, fortunately it was sorted out after a short while. We were pleased with the quality of the food we selected, and we had always excellent and pleasant service on our table no. 462, from our waiter Mayuresh and ass. waiter Praful, both from India, and from our sommelier, Lorenz from the Philippines. We really looked forward to every dinner with pleasure. We had all our breakfasts at the Oceanview Café, and also lunches, if we got back on time, after being ashore. During “peak hours” it could be a bit difficult to find an unoccupied table. When the weather was nice, we really liked to eat in the outside part of the Oceanview. We were pleased with the food selection. The employees did a good job of clearing tables etc., and the bars service was very good. We found the burgers at the Poolside Grill to be good. The Café al Bacio impressed us with its wide menu of coffee and teas, and with an excellent waiter service. Bars: We were very pleased with the service in all bars, and we think it was extra impressive with a view to the fact that the majority of the passengers also had a Beverage Package. Our favorite hang-out bar/lounge, was the Rendez-Vous, where we always received a friendly bar service, right after we were seated. Entertainment: With the exception of a male group, who performed Four Seasons Songs in the Theater, what we think in an excellent way, we were not particularly impressed. Unfortunately, we think most of the live music in the Rendez-Vous, was too noisy. The Captain’s Club Society: We are Elite Members, but we never attended the Elite Cocktail Hour, so I can't give any comment on that event. The Voyage: This cruise should have visited 8 ports of call - Gibraltar and 7 ports in Italy and France - in addition 2 sea days. But it happened unfortunately not quite as planned. During the first 8 days of the cruise, we had great weather. But especially the last 2 days, we were strucked by really bad weather with high winds and rough seas. And Constellation had to alter 2 ports. Instead of sailing to Portofino and Livorno, we had to sail to La Spezia as a replacement port. We were docked in La Spezia for 2 days, and on the second day it became really dramatic.The ship’s moorings broke, caused by the bad weather with heavy winds, and Constellation hit the cruise ship Costa Magica, which was docked behind us. Fortunately no one was hurt! The incident with Costa Magica happened in the afternoon, but no information was given until in the evening. Later, it was informed that those passengers, who wanted a free coach ride to the Funcimo Airport in Rome later in the evening / night, could register with Guest Relations on deck 3. Along with several hundred other passengers, we stood in line to be registered. We were told, that further information about the coach departures, would be announced later in the evening/night. My wife and I travel a lot, both on cruises and other ways of traveling. We have both experienced and know that unforeseen thinks can occur during a trip. In such cases, we also know that you unfortunately not always can thrust the information given by crew and employees, is correct. Their first priority will often be to try to “calm down the situation”. Personally, we therefore always in the best possible way, “closely try to follow up”, if unfortunate incidents should occur when we are travelling. After a couple of hours, we responded to the lack of information about the bus departures. We therefore took our baggage from our stateroom and found a place to sit down together with many other passengers near Guest Relations on deck 3. After a while we realized that the registration with the Guest Relations earlier in the evening, did not meant anything. You had to queue up. “First come, first served”. We understood later that we probably were some of the last ones who got a coach ride to the Airport. Our coach left the port around 3.00 am, and the ride took about 6 hours. Due to lack of space for suitcases on our coach, the coach was not full. So we had a relatively ok ride on mostly highways to the airport, and we arrived well in advance to our previously booked flight. I understand that it probably would not have been possible for Celebrity in the evening and night to get enough coaches to carry many hundred passengers on a 6 hour coach ride. But I feel really sorry for those of my fellow passengers who waited in vain in their staterooms for many hours for announcements for coach departures, announcements that never came. And therefore did not get the chance to catch a coach to the Funcimo Airport in Rome, and again maybe lost their flights. Overall – with the exception of the last 2 days of the cruise, we are very pleased with this our first cruise with Constellation. A nice ship, with an excellent and friendly crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Celebrity Constellation – Sailing date 19th October 2018 Having booked several Celebrity cruises over last 4 years we decided we will never cruise with Celebrity again. Let me explain why. The good Without a shadow of a doubt, ... Read More
Celebrity Constellation – Sailing date 19th October 2018 Having booked several Celebrity cruises over last 4 years we decided we will never cruise with Celebrity again. Let me explain why. The good Without a shadow of a doubt, the best thing about Celebrity (with a few exceptions) is its very hardworking and dedicated staff. The bad (1) The food on Celebrity used to be oh so good – a real dining experience in the evenings and a good range of choice in the buffet. The food in the dining room is still reasonable but the menus have not changed in years, anybody with a half decent memory will remember what they are going to be fed for dinner without any need to go and have a look at the menu. Costs have been cut and apart from the gala evenings the evening meal is no longer an event to look forward to. (2) The food in buffet restaurant has gone downhill dramatically. It was never of the standard found on Princess, but now resembles canteen food. You will be offered an array of cheap cream based cakes that are full of sugar but have no taste. If you like refried beans and chilli, you will be laughing as they are on the buffet every day. The choice of dishes is in fact, almost the same every day. The so called themed buffets lack any imagination or quality. Breakfast is also exactly the same every day. The “eggs benedict” is tasteless with the sauce cooked en masse. The choice of cold cuts is limited to the cheapest of the cheap, the kind you would find in a two star hotel. Five star modern luxury – yeah right. (3) The entertainment is extremely poor with the same old tired acts that you have seen on all your previous cruises. The on board musical acts are dreadfully dull and stuck in the past. The music played in the buffet is depressingly dull (4) Onboard activities are all based on extracting as many dollars as possible out of the pockets of their customers The ugly We experienced some very bad weather on the last three days of our cruise and the way Celebrity handled the situation was inexcusable. Be very clear that unless you have booked your flights and hotel through Celebrity, you are on your own. We were scheduled to visit Portofino and Florence , however due to impending bad weather the decision had been taken by the captain to sail instead to La Spezia to ensure the safety and well being ??? of its customers and crew. Be very clear that when this decision was taken, waters were still calm and relocating to calmer waters should have been a clear possibility ( an issue we raised with Celebrity but one they did not address) By sailing to La Spezia it enabled Celebrity (by their own admission) to go ahead with the numerous overpriced shore excursions many of their customers had paid for, ensuring this corporation did not lose what would have amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. However those of us that wanted to make individual arrangements were left with a TOTAL OF NOTHING. No transport was laid on to take us to our original ports of call - when enquiring at customer relations desk staff became unpleasant, confrontational and plain dismissive. The weather in La Spezia became so bad that the town got flooded and was closed, making it impossible for the independent passenger to go anywhere. The mooring ropes on the ship broke, resulting in us drifting away from the pier and colliding with another cruise liner. The ship eventually left La Spezia many hours late as the prevailing weather conditions were so bad that it was impossible to leave at the scheduled time or for many hours after, a fact that Celebrity should surely have been aware of. We arrived back in Rome at 3pm – nine hours late. During this time the level of communication from Celebrity was shamefully poor ranging on non existent. When the Captain did eventually come on the public address system to explain the situation, the ships entertainments officer came on the public address system immediately afterwards and repeated word for word exactly what the captain had said, I will leave you to draw your own conclusions on that. Many, many people missed their flights home and as previously stated unless you booked your flight through Celebrity themselves you were on your own with very limited access to wifi to try to get flights re-booked, hotels booked etc. This review has been delayed as we wrote to Celebrity seeking answers twice and twice waited an eternity to receive what resembled in our opinion a “copy and paste job”, notably with spelling mistakes - please do not think me petty but this shows, in my opinion, how little Celebrity think of us, mugs that pay into their profit when the chips are down. We asked why we had effectively been taken into the eye of a viscous storm instead of being sailed out to calmer waters in Spain. Their response was “they acted in the best interests of the passengers and crew” We believe as a group that their main interest was in the money they would have lost had they had to refund the cost of all those pre booked excursions. The response from their customer service team was most unhelpful, refusing to answer many of the issues we raised. In our communications with celebrity we asked that our concerns be passed on to and responded to by a Senior Manager – this request was ignored. We asked about compensation for our lost three days and were told that their senior management team had taken the decision not to pay any customer compensation. In short, they had badly let down their customers and appointed themselves judge and jury on whether compensation would be paid. Is there no independent body that rules whether compensation will be paid, based on a situation like this? Perhaps somebody out there can enlighten me ? Needless to say we will never cruise with Celebrity again. The standard of the food has slipped alarmingly, the entertainment lacks any real imagination or flair. Onboard activities are all about extracting your hard earned cash. However the most unforgivable thing is that they had a clear opportunity to do the right thing in a difficult situation and treat everybody equally not just those who could afford their overpriced tours or had booked their flights and hotels through them, but based on all the evidence to hand, decided instead to chase the dollar and their own corporate interests. Finally and very importantly the shambles that was the disembarkation in Rome, having arrived there so late. Passengers were understandably looking to leave the ship as quickly as possible, many in a last ditch attempt to make their flights home. The organisation from Celebrity was woeful. There was not even a semblance of any kind of crowd control. People were pushing and shoving and multiple different queues were forming. Celebrity placed the blame for the further delay in disembarking, after docking, squarely on the shoulders of the Italian authorities. As passengers continued to wait and wait to disembark, tempers became frayed, but not only among passengers but staff members who were doing such a poor job of organising the disembarkation also started to become rude when asked how much longer the commencement of disembarkation would take. Based on this experience, one could not help but reflect on what might happen if there were a real emergency on board this ship, making the decision never to travel with Celebrity again a very straightforward one. One would imagine that Celebrity held an in depth investigation into the events of last few days of this sailing. Perhaps they should share the lessons learned with all those passengers who lost money and suffered unnecessary stress as a result of their extremely poor handling of the whole situation. It is quite astonishing that so few people have reviewed this debacle of a cruise but maybe after reading this fact based review more people might feel compelled to add their thoughts. Perhaps Celebrity take the view that people live busy lives and the majority of dissatisfied customers never quite find the time to write that critical review? Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This is my 2nd Celebrity Cruise and it may be my last! The communication on the ship following severe weather and hitting another cruise ship was delayed, inconsistent and handled non-professionally by the captain and the officers. The ... Read More
This is my 2nd Celebrity Cruise and it may be my last! The communication on the ship following severe weather and hitting another cruise ship was delayed, inconsistent and handled non-professionally by the captain and the officers. The lack of trained personnel to answer questions, to direct to appropriate resources and to effectively and timely offer solutions were non existent. Understanding that we had to miss 2 ports of call due to poor weather, new excursions were not offered, access to free internet was not communicated effectively to make changes to hotels and airlines and a minimal of ship activities were added when a partial sea day was added. After I waited 1 hour for internet access (only 2 computer terminals were available) an officer confiscated the computer I was about to use forcibly and would not let me sign out of my Gmail account. Besides missing the ports of Liverno and Portofino we lost a planned day in Rome upon the completion of the cruise. A scheduled debarkation time of 5 am to Civitavecchia was changed to 2:30 pm. Following the pick-up of our luggage we did not arrive in Rome till 6 pm when all churches and places to visit were closed. We requested compensation(suggested $ towards a future cruise) for the lack of professional and timely customer service, missed planned travel opportunities and the lack of sleep received the last night of the cruise due to officer announcements after midnight and a rattling noise in our stateroom caused by the increased speed of the ship to arrive at our final destination which was denied. What was amazing to us was the Celebrity Public Relations Officer Marie Kirk elaborated on the lack of professionalism of the staff, the inability to calm and comfort the passengers and the insufficient communication of the staff to resolve the issues. She stated the staff would need additional training despite the numerous complaints they had received. Marie requested invoices regarding missed tours and other expenses accrued due to an inability to contact vendors with travel changes and these were denied, too. Is this customer service? Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I really loved the cruise up to the last 3 days! Food was excellent, service was good and the entertainment was good! I sailed with Celebrity to Alaska and I would say everything there was amazing. I expected the same with this cruise! ... Read More
I really loved the cruise up to the last 3 days! Food was excellent, service was good and the entertainment was good! I sailed with Celebrity to Alaska and I would say everything there was amazing. I expected the same with this cruise! That is why I chose CELEBRITY! I understand there is not much a captain can do on a ship when such bad weather occurs! However, not letting guest know what is going on when they can clearly see that things are not right is not being helpful! We count on you to be honest with us and you let your passengers down by not relaying information for hours and then waking people in the middle of night telling them to get out of bed and stand in blocked hallways to try to get to a customer relations desk ! I was not involved in the chaos, however, we were trying to help friends get off the ship! It was a madhouse! I appreciated and noted the response after the next morning with help for missed flights and hotel accommodations however, would that not have been more helpful to the people to offer that before the madhouse started? I would like to give Celebrity another chance because I loved seeing and cruising the Mediterranean and would like to share these sites with my husband! I hope you learned something about how not to share information quicker, provided internet quicker and to just bite the bullet a little sooner with all the accommodations that you ended up giving just a few hours later than the buses left! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our 26th cruise, so we speak from experience! We took the 11 night France, Spain, Italy cruise beginning and ending in Rome. The ship is smaller and very well maintained, meaning we were able to visit some of the smaller ... Read More
This was our 26th cruise, so we speak from experience! We took the 11 night France, Spain, Italy cruise beginning and ending in Rome. The ship is smaller and very well maintained, meaning we were able to visit some of the smaller ports. New was the drink package offered...a third level, cheaper than classic and premium. Apparently only offered in the last few cruises. Not sure if they are being offered fleetwide. They were charging $500 each for the 11 night cruise. We declined this because we would be off the ship so many days...only 2 days at sea. Being elite level captains club members, however, we were given 3 free drinks at any bar on the ship between 5 and 7pm!! Unfortunately, the only problem was gale force winds near the end of the cruise. We were unable to visit the last 2 scheduled ports of call so spent two nights in a more sheltered port...not very calm here either. The gangway was closed several times due to safety issues, and on our last day we broke away from the dock and floated out into the harbours hitting the nearby Costa ship. The captain took great control and a couple of hours later we were pushed by several tugs (working in incredibly choppy waters) back to the dock These storms were all across northern and western Italy. So the Rome port was also closed. We were offered free bus service for the 5 hour drive to Rome airport, so boarded a bus at 230am with the help of many many ship staff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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