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Sail Date: September 2012
we have just returned from the celebrity wine immersion cruise overall we had a very nice cruise we met nice people, had a nice dining table the food was wonderful and service excellent our cabin was fine although we often heard ... Read More
we have just returned from the celebrity wine immersion cruise overall we had a very nice cruise we met nice people, had a nice dining table the food was wonderful and service excellent our cabin was fine although we often heard noises, laughing, and conversations from cabins nearby some stuffing had been put in the door between our neighbouring cabin our cabin girl jennifer remembered us from another cruise.. amazing the prices on the excursions were very high so we only took one to paris as we had never been there before otherwise we did our own thing with hop on buses royon and soulac were disasters at royon we found the tourist board and there were wine tours but we didn't know that you had to phone for a taxi and we had no phone we waited at a taxi stand in the rain for quite a while but of coarse no taxi came also at soulac there were no taxis to go to wineriesalso at le havre we shared a taxi for 6 and went to honfleur which was a beautiful medieval village, had a great time wandering, eating mussels and having wine we also found the prices for on board drinks,wine packages high and $25 for corkage is really alot at southampton we booked the holiday inn online, not knowing that it was out in the wilderness Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
We found this itinerary interesting and the cruise turned out to be a winner. The itinerary included 3 overnight stops for Paris, Bordeaux & Bilbao and that allowed for additional time to enjoy the stops. The pace of the cruise ... Read More
We found this itinerary interesting and the cruise turned out to be a winner. The itinerary included 3 overnight stops for Paris, Bordeaux & Bilbao and that allowed for additional time to enjoy the stops. The pace of the cruise allowed for ample down time at sea to recharge, rest and burn off some of the extra calories that are a part of cruising. The weather wasn't the greatest as we had several days of rain including at sea. The cruise definitely had a wine theme but it was not overbearing and beer afficionados like myself could enjoy the experience equally as much. The food in the dining was good. We had dinner at each of the specialty restaurants. Both had excellent service. Tuscan Grill is worth the surcharge but I would not say the same about Ocean Liners as that is just average. The service was excellent throughout the trip and the guy doing bingo was worth the admission cost. The entertainment was pretty good. The Celebrity players hit a home run each show and there was good jazz in the lounges. The make up was about 50/50 American to European which I find enjoyable. There was no port option of Bordeaux so I am including my review in this section as that was definitely one of the highlights of the voyage. The trip includes an overnight stay at port. We elected to take the cruiseline bus tour into Bourdeaux but did not return. The bus dropped us off right in the heart of Bordeaux and we were walking distance to our hotel. We did a city tour on our own as they offer an audio guided trip through the city in English. The tour was about 1.5 hours and well worth it. From there we walked the town to a few churches and along the river. Dinner in Bordeaux was memorable as our hotel directed us to a little fish restaurant in town and there were no tourists. Bordeaux definitely does not get the tourists like Paris. Day 2 was private tour from Bordeaux through the wine country with a couple of stops for tasting and a vineyard tours. The wine country is absolutely gorgeous and we enjoyed the ride through the countryside and were dropped off right at the port by our guide. Be mindful that the port for Bordeaux is desolate so you can't just walk off the boat to stroll through town. If you don't do an excursion then you will need to rely on the ship activities. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
This is a fairly new concept for Celebrity, and overall I am very happy with our cruise. We began by spending three nights in London, staying at the Judd Hotel. The location was fantastic, being near subways, rail, and many sites we wanted ... Read More
This is a fairly new concept for Celebrity, and overall I am very happy with our cruise. We began by spending three nights in London, staying at the Judd Hotel. The location was fantastic, being near subways, rail, and many sites we wanted to visit. Also, many pubs and restaurants in the area. On the 19th, we traveled to Southhampton and boarded the Constellation, which has been "Solsticized." While it was updated and overall very lovely, I would go for the true Solstice ships the next time. Our stateroom was plenty large, tho the balcony was very small. As the weather was cool, it did not become a problem as we spent little time on it. The Wine Cellar had self-service wine stations, which were convenient, but I had expected they would change the wines frequently so that we could try many different labels. That did not happen. The itinerary was what drew us to this cruise, and it did not disappoint. We first had a sea day, which was welcome as we had been on the go nonstop in London. Our first port was Vigo, of which we got to see little (our own choice). We were picked up at the pier by Brendan of Guided Galicia and left for Santiago de Compostela. Our tour there was very enjoyable...Brendan was an excellent guide and we learned and saw so much. After touring the cathedral, the office for the pilgrim certification and some little shops we got back in the van and saw more of the countryside. We visited Lagar de Costa winery and met with Sophia, part of the family, and tasted several of their wines. Very good!! After buying some of the wine we headed out and saw more beautiful scenery. We then went to Cambarro, a harbor town that was very picturesque and had a delicious seafood and omelette luncheon (with local wine of course). Next was Oporto, Portugal, another beautiful hilly town. We toured the Cathedral, then went to the Calem Cave to learn about and taste port. From there we boarded a boat to take us for a tour on the Douro River. We saw very interesting architecture and also saw a bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel. I really fell in love with Porto. Back to Spain, Bilbao this time, we took a tour of the Basque country visiting a small fishing town plus the city of Guernika. Our guide was steeped in Basque culture and educated us in the importance of this area to democracy. That afternoon, upon returning to ship, we walked about 45 minutes along the harbor get to the shopping area in Gekxo. The next day we took the shuttle into Bilbao, another beautiful and progressive city. I could easily go back and spend a week there. We visited the Guggenheim Museum and loved walking in the city and just observing the buildings. Quite an impressive area! That night we ran into some heavy seas in the Bay of Biscay...I'm not a good sailor and the Constellation's movement ended my evening very early. The next day was much better and we were sailing to France. Our first port was Bordeaux. Actually the port is in Le Verdon, quite a ways out from anything, so we spent our two days here doing alot of bus riding. The first day we went to St. Emilion, a Medieval town with steep winding streets surrounded by acres of lush vineyards. On the way we passed many chateaux and vineyards. We did alot of walking in St. E, took a ton of pictures. I loved seeing the town and the surrounding area, but I think our guide was new. She didn't seem real comfortable with her English and was a little stand-offish.We reboarded the bus and drove a short way to a chateau and wine cave for a very lovely and delicious luncheon and wine tasting. It was a buffet with roasted meats, wonderful salads, cheeses, desserts and two or three bottles of wine. Made the long drive back to the ship very good for napping! The next morning we took the "Bordeaux on Your Own" excursion and had cafe and croissants on the square near the Grand Theatre. We walked about quite and bit before meeting our guide, Patricia, from Bordeaux Walking Tours. She is American but has lived several years in France. She studied architecture and her enthusiasm for that subject is contagious! We learned (and saw) so much with her. She also educated us on the city's mayor who has pulled Bordeaux into a thriving city with modern transportation and regulations for keeping the city's historical buildings restored and cleaned so that everything is a treat for the eyes. The riverfront that he developed is filled with gardens and an amazing reflection/bathing pond. I would love to go back to Bordeaux also and spend much more time! We sailed that afternoon for Le Havre. We had our last sea day and last formal night before reaching port. We never did see much of Le Havre, because we left the next morning for an excursion to Giverney and to Rouen. Giverney is home to Claude Monet's home/museum and gardens. We spent a couple hours here just soaking in the beautiful flower and water gardens. Sooooo gorgeous!! After, we drove a short distance to a restaurant in the countryside. It had been a millhouse and still had the water wheel working. We had a very lovely 3 course meal here with wine. We were impressed both with the beauty of the setting and the food served. Leaving here we drove to Rouen and saw where Joan of Arc was tried and burned at the stake, where the Black Plague victims were buried (80% of the population was wiped out in less than a week), a modern church dedicated to St. Joan. It is a city with both midieval buildings and new. The cathedral is impressive as are the city's many bridges. Leaving here we had another hour or so drive to return to the ship. The next morning we packed up and left the ship by taxi for the train station in Le Havre. (The ship would sail back to Southhamption the next day.) We traveled into Paris and checked into our hotel, Le Petit Paris in the Latin Quarter. We spent 4 nights there and loved this chic little boutique hotel. Our rooms were small but efficient and very comfortable. After four days of non-stop walking and tour (and eating and drinking) we finally left for Charles De Gaulle and flew home. We have fond memories of our time on ship. While I still prefer the larger Solstice ships I cannot fault any of the service or food we received on the Constellation. Our cabin attendant, Mathys, was very helpful and kept our room spotless. Our dining room servers, Moses and Olga, were fantastic. I feel the meals served on this cruise were some of the best we've ever had on ship. All in all, I highly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2007
We are a mother and son and this is our first Celebrity cruise although we have both cruised with other lines. Because we live in the North of Scotland we decided to spend a couple of days in southampton prior to boarding the ship. We ... Read More
We are a mother and son and this is our first Celebrity cruise although we have both cruised with other lines. Because we live in the North of Scotland we decided to spend a couple of days in southampton prior to boarding the ship. We booked the Jury's Inn Hotel in Southampton which was well located for the city center being only a short walk away. We were lucky in that we got to see the brand new Liberty of the Seas who was berthed at the City Cruise terminal for the 2 days we were there. apparently this was one of the busiest weeks that Southampton docks have ever had with several ships being in, including QM2, Oriana, Arcadia, Artemis and the newly named Ocean Village 2. The day of embarkation we arrived at the terminal just before 12 and were through check-in within 5 minutes. This was where we got the pleasant surprise of an upgrade from an inside to a balcony cabin. We were then on the ship within 15mins with a glass of bubbly in hand. The ship seemed to be in a good state of repair with only a few things looking worn, you wouldn't think she was going into refit straight after this cruise. Our cabin was nicely located on deck 7 just aft of the midship elevators and only ever having inside cabins it was nice to have daylight streaming into the cabin. The balcony was a nice touch but the weather didn't really afford much time there. One thing i did find disconcerting was the mirrored wall. The dining room was a lovely two deck room and we had a table on the lower floor just by the staircase. I would have to say that i found the service to be quite ordinary and that we have received better service and more personable service on other lines we have cruised. The food itself was quite average with poor quality steaks, a limited choice and at times the food was not very hot. I found the room to be particularly noisy and had trouble speaking to the people on the other side of the table. The seaside cafe and grill would have to be the best buffet areas I have come across, with a good selection of food especially the Pizza and the burgers. The service we received here seemed to be better than that in the restaurant. Entertainment was generally good with the production shows being standard cruise ship fare. Although i find it strange that they bother to get the dancers to mine to the songs when most of them didn't do a very good job of it. There was an Irish comedian whose name I forget which is a bit like his show and also a cabaret singer from Scotland called Jack Walker who was particularly good, who was worth going back to the late show for. The ports of call were good but I found both Cork and Dublin just like any big city in the UK with some nice places of interest but generally the same shops selling the same things. There were several issues that put a slight damper on our cruise, these being not receiving our luggage until 8.30pm even after being told at 4.30 that they had located our luggage and would be sent directly to our cabin. We later found out it was actually sent to our original cabin of 9021 and that our cabin steward was going to cabin 9012 to look for it. Our cards were changed 8 times between us as my card would not open the cabin door and this took several visits to guest relations to get resolved. They also added double the amount of tips to our onboard account even after asking for the tips not to be added to our account. Overall we had a good cruise, meeting some very nice people and visiting some good ports of call but it was let down by some minor issues. We left this cruise feeling that Celebrity did not live up to its reputation where service and food are concerned and that it is no better than many of the other mass market lines out there. Read Less
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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