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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
40th wedding anniversary thought it would be a wonderful treat but it was very disappointing ship old, cabin tired in need of refurbishment. Fresh linen everyday but the towels small and grey, bathrobes I’ve seen better in a charity ... Read More
40th wedding anniversary thought it would be a wonderful treat but it was very disappointing ship old, cabin tired in need of refurbishment. Fresh linen everyday but the towels small and grey, bathrobes I’ve seen better in a charity shop. Dinner room San Marco service slow, food good Buffet, chairs were often sunken and need replacing, staff fun, food excellent. Public areas all good position sun beds taken before 9 in the morning, Outdoor cinema show films but it took on average 3 trys to get a seat, people lying sleeping oblivious to people wanting to watch a movie. Ports of calls hours from the alleged ports of call for example 2 1/2 hours from Bangkok. If you didn’t buy ab excursion then there was little or no information as to get anywhere. No maps given customer relation and shore excursions desk staff were unhelpful and abrupt Poor customer care in fact a total shake down Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise as part of a land/cruise package starting in Beijing. Embarkation at Shanghai was the longest we have ever experienced lasting over two hours. Passengers were being put through the priority lines regardless of Captains ... Read More
We chose this cruise as part of a land/cruise package starting in Beijing. Embarkation at Shanghai was the longest we have ever experienced lasting over two hours. Passengers were being put through the priority lines regardless of Captains Club status. Once on board we found that the items we preordered for embarkation had not been delivered. It was a disappointing start to the cruise but things did get better. The food in the Main Dining room was good albeit the menu was somewhat limited. By far the best food was found in Qsine and Sushi on 5. The lunch menu in the Ocean View buffet was very good with lots of specials going on such as lobster rolls. Unfortunately the evening menu was bland and repetitive. Our concierge class cabin was good and clean. However there was a metal bar above the bed that was irritating. I believe it once held cushions as a sort it head board. Our cabin attendant was average and on several occasions did the evenin turn down at 4:30 in the afternoon. Each time he removed our canapés before we had the chance to eat them! Apart from two shows the entertainment was average. As usual the production shows are over amplified and in many cases mimed us the “click” system. The Rock City show was an example where the cast yelled the rock songs at us rather than singing them. Less is more. On the plus side two shows were very good. The fairy tale show wad fun and the cast actually looked like they were enjoying themselves. The best show of all featured two Ariel artistes and acrobats/dancers. We like to attend the quizzes but the two activitiy hosts were extremely irritating. Shore trips were good but as this was Chinese New Year the locations were very crowded and we encountered a lot a jostling and pushing. Hing Kong in particular was extremely busy which ruled out a visit to the Peak. In addition many museums/places of interest were closed. Moral of story - avoid Asia at time of the lunar New Year. Disembarkation at Singapore’s was relatively quick. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Chose tour because never had been to Southeast Asia. Lots of cities. Unfortunately, not much time in each city because of transportation time from ports to cities. Not the cruise's fault. As most people who have cruised know, ... Read More
Chose tour because never had been to Southeast Asia. Lots of cities. Unfortunately, not much time in each city because of transportation time from ports to cities. Not the cruise's fault. As most people who have cruised know, there's less quality and quantity with every passing year. Maybe because much less money coming from casino, bingo, and jewelry sales. There were very few people doing these on cruise. Had a cabin with a porthole. Porthole was so dirty on outside, we could hardly see out of it. Enrichment speakers, psychologist and speaker on Buddhism very good This ship is very old. Upholstery in buffet and cabin dirty and stained. Thought buffet might include dishes related to countries we were in. No such luck. Indian an Mexican stations every night. Several days with no bananas in buffet. No whole grain breads. Coffee and drink stations occasionally empty. Food in main dining room average. One night had a piece of fish so small, I ate it in 3 bites. Guest relations very helpful with issues. Cast shows with Celebrity entertainers were inappropriate for demographic of older cruisers. Took independent excursions. Celebrity's much too expensive. Heard people complaining about quality of Celebrity excursions. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose Celebrity as we preferred not to have the very formal nights that some ships have. We also loved the itinerary and we were not disappointed. We will definitely sail with Celebrity again in the future. The food and service from ... Read More
We chose Celebrity as we preferred not to have the very formal nights that some ships have. We also loved the itinerary and we were not disappointed. We will definitely sail with Celebrity again in the future. The food and service from the food and beverage teams could not be faulted. The staff in the San Marco restaurant were amazing and could not have done any more for us. The food and drink everywhere we went on the ship was faultless. The size of Constellation for us was ideal. We have cruised on larger and smaller ships but we now realise that this is our preferred size. We also loved the fact that aside from the buffet (which is to be expected), at no point did we feel that the ship was crowded. There was never an issue with sunbeds even on sea days and there is space if you do not want to be too close to others. The ship is a little old and this is noteable in places, particularly in the cabins but this did not put us off and the cruise was good value. The downsides that I would say are that the linen and towels in the cabin were worn and that is something that should be addressed. The linen was also not changed as frequently as we would have liked but if we asked then of course it was no problem. I don't know if this is an area where Celebrity are trying to cut costs. We had the Classic drinks package included and for us this was invaluable. I did also upgrade to Premium as I wanted to ensure we didn't have only a small selection of wines to choose from. In fact, wines were good but they did not have any of those on the lists and no French wine so I don't think this was worth it. We did drink the more expensive spirits as we could but could easily have stuck with the Classic package. We loved the coffee bar and this is something we have not seen on other ships we've been on. It was great to be able to go after dinner and have coffee and/or drinks and a nice cookie. Many nights, we did a takeaway and this was great too. All included in the Classic package. We did a couple of tours from the ship which were not great for different reasons but I think some of this was outside the control of Celebrity. My final point where I think Celebrity could improve is their communication. I was disappointed to find that whilst in Hong Kong you could see the new year fireworks from the ship and if we had known this we would most certainly have returned to the ship instead we hung around in town to watch. I also feel that it is a missed opportunity for the Captain not to communicate a little more to the passengers regarding what is going on when leaving port etc. There were no sail away parties which is unusual and there was not even an announcement to say we were leaving. On sailing into Singapore for example it would have been nice if there was a little information given. I sailed into New York on Cunard and it was so interesting having the sights pointed out and knowing when the pilot got on the ship, what was happening etc. but maybe this is just me. That said any negatives were most definitely outweighed by the positives. A great trip! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Chose cruise because of itinerary and previous pleasant experience with Celebrity. On a positive note - nice cabin, excellent steward and friendly, helpful crew with the exception of shore excursion staff. However from the moment of ... Read More
Chose cruise because of itinerary and previous pleasant experience with Celebrity. On a positive note - nice cabin, excellent steward and friendly, helpful crew with the exception of shore excursion staff. However from the moment of boarding, incessant pressure to upgrade. Pestered to take out drinks package. If you have drinks package, pressure to upgrade to premium package. Constant pressure to upgrade dining package. Smoothie for breakfast? - $10 please! Mundane activities in daily programme - cycling in gym **Fee applies. Yoga class**Fee applies etc.etc Outrageous prices of drinks, internet and shore excursions. Shore excursion staff snotty and so far up their own backsides. Unhelpful to the point of being obstructive if not taking their tour. Little or no provision for independent travellers wanting to do their own thing ashore - scant interest/help/direction/maps on ports of call. Several so called city dockings in Vietnam and Thailand actually up to 3 hours travel from city with docking at an obscure cargo terminal with minimal onshore facilities - presumably Celebrity saving on docking fees and increasing pressure to use their shore excursions. Food choice repetitive. Meat and fish invariably overcooked and dry. Culinary highlights poached eggs, water melon and ice cream! Overall ship's appearance OK but a little tatty in some areas with tired/worn upholstery Comfortable recliners on sun decks. My second, and last, cruise with Celebrity Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Liked the itinerary. Best food seemed to be in Blu or Oceanview. The burger in grill by pool is absolutely the worst thing ever!!! Really, Celebrity, how do you mess up a burger so bad??? MDR food was not good. Connie is clean and ... Read More
Liked the itinerary. Best food seemed to be in Blu or Oceanview. The burger in grill by pool is absolutely the worst thing ever!!! Really, Celebrity, how do you mess up a burger so bad??? MDR food was not good. Connie is clean and service in cabin was great. Our cabin, Aqua on deck 9 was quiet and kept spotless. We love Celebrity but prefer the S class ships and can’t wait to try Apex next year. Enjoyed all the excursions. Great tour guides. Booked all our excursions thru X. Caught a bad cold mid cruise and attendant was very nice about seeing I had everything I need when I stayed in cabin all day on a sea day to recover. Public areas are lovely. Always love Bacio. While staff very friendly and helpful. All in All we enjoyed the cruise but prefer the S class ships. Met so many nice people from all over the world. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We choose this cruise for the itinerary and it was as good as expected. We enjoyed each port, knowing ahead of time that some were underdeveloped and far away from the city. We did mostly private tours as the ship's appeared limited ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the itinerary and it was as good as expected. We enjoyed each port, knowing ahead of time that some were underdeveloped and far away from the city. We did mostly private tours as the ship's appeared limited for more money. The staff were hit and miss. Some, like our waiter in the dining room (Sofyan) and our cabin steward (sorry but name is eluding me), were consistently excellent while others appeared to not know or care we were present. A repeat example was getting any service in the wine room. The food got better as the cruise progressed but repetitive. It was mostly enjoyable but we limited ourselves to the dining room after two painful experiences in the buffet. It was a surprise to us to not have other options, like we enjoy on NCL cruises, unless you were high paying customers. The entertainment was sad and short, about 30-40 minutes. The most enjoyable was the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. The cabin was fine and had lots of storage. It was kept very clean by our steward. The deck was clearly painted multiple times as flakes came off by touching the railing but we did enjoy our time outside each evening. I was truly disgusted by the towels and wash cloths. They were stained and grey/brown instead of the intended white. I understand some adjustments for an older ship but there's no excuse for dirty. This was our first cruise on Celebrity. Our fellow passengers, who were a delight, assured us this is not typical and that we should try another ship. I'd be very reluctant to do so unless it was a fantastic itinerary but I will miss the excellent repeat cruisers we met and enjoyed. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Booked this cruise for the exciting sounding itinerary. Singapore, Bangkok, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The ship is nearly 20 years old, but in fair condition, and has charm. It was easy to get around, with good lifts, and never ... Read More
Booked this cruise for the exciting sounding itinerary. Singapore, Bangkok, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The ship is nearly 20 years old, but in fair condition, and has charm. It was easy to get around, with good lifts, and never felt overcrowded. The Cabin an Outside was a good size and clean and tidy, it had everything we needed but the Linens and towels were old and badly need replacing. From the moment we boarded the Ship, Celebrity went into Up sell mode, Internet prices were extortionate, and the onboard shops sold nothing but high end goods such as very expensive watches like Rolex. Nothing useful like toiletries or sweets such as mints. We found the entertainment to be mixed some very good and some diabolical. Excursions - Many of the ports, were in fact container ports, miles from anywhere and unsafe to get off for a stroll. This required excursions to be booked but so much time was involved traveling to and from, we felt cheated that we had been unable to enjoy the destinations and the guides would add in stops to factories that sold goods such as high end jewllry in the hope of gaining commission on sales when we really would have enjoyed more time at the destination. Food and Beverage We found the main restaurants food to be good but towards the end of the cruise was stuggling to choose as the meals felt a bit samey. The service however was excellent. The Buffet restaurant had lots of choice and was always well stocked, we liked the fact that hand sanitasion was encouraged, and that the staff kept everywhere clean and tidy. We had a Beverage package, but unless you are a massive drinker, they are poor value. On sea days there was not enough entertainment on offer, with some of the Lectures and Fitness classes requiring to be paid for. So unless the sun is shining, you may be bored! We found all the staff to be excellent, but overall we were disappointed in this cruise It just did not deliver on any level apart from Staff.and we have done a few cruises from basic to Luxury. This has to be the only one that did not come up to expectations for the price paid. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as the weather in the Indian ocean is good at this time of year and the ports of call were new to us. Never having sailed on celebrity before, we had high expectations as it was not a large ship and entertainment ... Read More
We chose this cruise as the weather in the Indian ocean is good at this time of year and the ports of call were new to us. Never having sailed on celebrity before, we had high expectations as it was not a large ship and entertainment reviews were good. The entertainment was good , as were the helpful cheerful crew, however we were disappointed with the food choice in both the main dining and buffet restaurants - not enough variation . We ended up eating similar meals several evenings. Also lacking is a ship laundry room , you are not permitted to take on travel irons and would have to use their laundry service ( pricey). The drinks packages are extortionate ( unless you want to spend all day and night in the bar drinking ). We didn't have a package but bought as we wanted , and staff in bars and restaurants are obviously instructed to push the drinks packages as we were soon tired of being pestered - similarly pestered to have photos taken , and to eat in the very expensive select restaurants. On many other ships we have cruised , there have been destination information talks and often maps provided or the local port areas. Not with Celebrity , it was a destination talk only about their shore excursions , so if you don't want those make sure you do your homework before leaving home. My last gripe was half a deck of the ship that housed shops selling all the usual upmarket clothing and watches + art auctions, but not essential items that may be needed on a 2 week cruise like toothpaste ! We did enjoy our holiday ( but it could have been better). Next time I'll know what to expect on a Celebrity cruise - and choose another line. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We liked the itinerary of this cruise and although we hadn't been with Celebrity Cruises before we thought we would give them a try. Abu Dhabu, Dubai and Muscat were such rich countries with new buildings and then there was Mumbai, ... Read More
We liked the itinerary of this cruise and although we hadn't been with Celebrity Cruises before we thought we would give them a try. Abu Dhabu, Dubai and Muscat were such rich countries with new buildings and then there was Mumbai, Goa and Cochin, so dirty and poor! Columbo in Sri Lanka, Phuket and of course Singpore were all fantastic in their own way too. People thought the ship was old, but we thought it was lovely. There was the usual queue to embark, but there generally is, so no change there. The food was excellent and we had a super waiter. Our cabin was kept very clean by our steward and it was no problem for him to solve any of our problems, of which there weren't many. The shows in the evening were excellent and the Cruise Directer was too, he was so entertaining and had plenty to say without being over the top. We had booked plenty of Shore excursions and they were all excellent and we were able to understand what the couriers were saying, which is in fact very important. We had excellent speakers too, when we had sea days. All in all, fabulous. Wifi was rather pricey, so we went without! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We booked this cruise for the exciting itinerary. We were concerned after reading some previous reviews that the ship would disappoint. We kept out expectations realistic and were very pleasantly surprised. We loved the layout of the ... Read More
We booked this cruise for the exciting itinerary. We were concerned after reading some previous reviews that the ship would disappoint. We kept out expectations realistic and were very pleasantly surprised. We loved the layout of the ship. We have been on 10 cruises and we prefer the older style ships as we feel they offer more space and a lovely relaxed feel. The food was very good at all the restaurants. Although we had access to Blu with our cabin class we chose to dine at San Marco every night with the rest of our family and loved the atmosphere and food quality. We enjoyed the shows and the variety of entertainment and we loved the outdoor cinema. We were very happy with our cabins and found the storage to be more then other ships. The crew were fantastic! Its amazing how they turn up each day with so much enthusiasm and energy for their jobs. Well done to Celebrity for creating, from what we could see, a strong crew morale. Our recommendations would be to keep your expectations realistic and you'll probably be pleasantly surprised. How could we complain over spending two weeks being totally waited on and entertained? Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Service generally way off cekebrity standards except in Blu - food and service there was excellent. Wi-Fi improved but still intermittent. Excursions so so. Local providers much better and cheaper. Prices for everything on the ship ... Read More
Service generally way off cekebrity standards except in Blu - food and service there was excellent. Wi-Fi improved but still intermittent. Excursions so so. Local providers much better and cheaper. Prices for everything on the ship extortionate. Fitness facilities on the ship were very good and the Buffet selection on food was excellent The food and service in the Suite restaurant Luminae we're both terrible and certainly not worth the premium do you have to pay to be in a suite We took shore excursions run by the ship in five of the ports and again, they were very mediocre and not close to offering value for money. In one case for example, the excursion started at 1 pm and the first stop was a fish market which had just closed . In another port because only one exit to the dark from the ship was open it took over 20 minutes just a disembark All in all we were not impressed by the ship or the service and value we received Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean in the past, but decided to try Celebrity this time. We were not disappointed. From start to finish, we were delighted with every aspect. From staff, catering, entertainment ports of call and customer ... Read More
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean in the past, but decided to try Celebrity this time. We were not disappointed. From start to finish, we were delighted with every aspect. From staff, catering, entertainment ports of call and customer service, we finished our experience on a high and can’t wait to book our next one with Celebrity. Having a proper coffee lounge was a huge plus for us which gave us the chance to catch up with fellow travellers in a relaxed atmosphere whilst enjoying proper coffee. Our Cruise Director Steve was just the perfect “host”, making everyone feel speacial at all times. He was visible at all the important times and had such a warm and engaging way with guests. We also thoroughly enjoyed the guest speakers on our trip. Very entertaining and interesting. A real bonus for us. We are now seriously looking to book our next adventure with Celebrity. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Loved the variety of ports offered on this cruise. Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi, including Dubai and Mumbai and Goa.all different and exciting in their own way. The New Year overnight tour in Dubai was fabulous, from Jeep riding over the dunes, ... Read More
Loved the variety of ports offered on this cruise. Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi, including Dubai and Mumbai and Goa.all different and exciting in their own way. The New Year overnight tour in Dubai was fabulous, from Jeep riding over the dunes, camel ride to a Bedouin camp and dinner the Bedouin way. The tents were extremely comfortable. Sunset on the dunes and sunrise at the camp were amazing. After breakfast we went to a camel shelter to pat and talk to the beautiful animals. This was a Celebrity shore excursion and the best we have ever done. Returning to the ship we felt like we were coming home, the crew were all so friendly. Dinner every night was a pleasure as our waiters learnt quickly our dietary needs and made sure every meal was perfect for us. We loved Cafe Bachio and met many new friends there. A cruise is as good as you want it to be. Ours was perfect. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and we enjoy Celebrity. The ship is showing its’ age. It was kept very clean.The staff were helpful & friendly. In the buffet in the morning we enjoyed the beautiful voices of some of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and we enjoy Celebrity. The ship is showing its’ age. It was kept very clean.The staff were helpful & friendly. In the buffet in the morning we enjoyed the beautiful voices of some of the staff. The buffet choices were plentiful breakfast & lunch. We had the same waiters each night for dinner and they were great. Food was very delicious and plentiful.They gave recommendations each evening and told us about their home cities. We enjoyed coffee in the Elite Lounge each morning.The entertainment wasn’t the best. We did especially enjoy the guest lecturer,”David Weimers”.We did not participate in the ship games. The gym was good and not busy first thing in the morning. Would liked a lower deck to walk around- only could go part way.We only had 1 tender port - Phuket, and all went smoothly. Disembarking was easy too. We chose to take our own luggage off. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Recently returned from this much anticipated cruise from Abu Dhabi. Found the ship to be tired with internal & external maintenance required, especially in some of the public toilets. There was a sewage smell at various areas ... Read More
Recently returned from this much anticipated cruise from Abu Dhabi. Found the ship to be tired with internal & external maintenance required, especially in some of the public toilets. There was a sewage smell at various areas throughout the ship during most of our cruise. On the last night there was a sudden potent smell of sewage appeared in the theatre mid show & approximately 100 people walked out, including ourselves. Then engineering staff that appeared at the theatre denied any problem, despite the smell!! Food was hit & miss in quality - in the main dining room some meals were very good, however several arrived look warm. Food choice & information - little/poor labelling in Oceanview Cafe with crew unable to confirm allergens. Again crew were the same - some excellent, interested, knowledgeable & attentive, with others with little knowledge, apparently little training or interest. Next to no visibility of the senior officers - when on Millennium last year all senior officers were seen regularly throughout the ship, but not the case this cruise. Smoking area talking more than 50% of open decks & regularly moved between sides on deck 4 - making it hard to avoid smoke at times. Itinerary was good, with India being especially interesting. Like the class of ship having cruises on Millennium last Christmas- crew night & day between the two ships. Would definitely try similar itinerary but not on this ship! The ship dancers & singers were excellent, but the other entertainment was very poor. Rated shore excursions as average as we did our own excursions. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We are Celebrity fans having first cruised on Equinox in 2013. We only ever cruise at Christmas and with friends we met on our first cruise. The biggest disappointment was the arrogance of some of the passengers especially with the ... Read More
We are Celebrity fans having first cruised on Equinox in 2013. We only ever cruise at Christmas and with friends we met on our first cruise. The biggest disappointment was the arrogance of some of the passengers especially with the sunbeams. Now we Brits have a reputation for competing with other europeans for beds around hotel pools in europe but seizing 20 beds at 0630 using 4 towels per bed, smacks of selfishness and arrogance and to top it all, from fellow Brits1 We cruised at Christmas from Abu Dhabi including Goa, Mumbai, Dubai, Sir Bani island and back to Abu Dhabi. Abu dhabi is rather boring, Goa was disappointing, Dubai is impressive but hugely expensive, Sir Bani island (never went ashore) seemed pointless. Why have to wait two ours to be tendered to a beach for a BBQ? We were deck 11 in AquaClass and our cabin attendant was fantastic as were 80% of the crew some, clearly their first contract, need a short sharp shock. Celebrity has a policy of not allowing reservation of sunbeds and if you leave, its 30 minutes or your personal belongings are collected and taken to guest relations. Never happened. Pool butlers seemed either intimidated or were perhaps, getting a little kick back for turning a blind eye. Now I appreciate that there are never enough beds on sea days especially if the weather is hot, but it kind of iritates you knowing you have to hunt for a bed after you've had breakfast and certainly put us and our friends, in a bad mood - not the way to start your day! The ridiculous use of 4 towels per bed, kind of flys in the face of Celebrity's "save the waves" campaign and perhaps should require you to sign for a maximum amount of two towels using your sea pass and return them otherwise, you pay for them. Better policing would also help. We always book AquaClass mainly because Blu restaurant has, in my opinion, the best food on the ship along with a comprehensive and impressive wine list. Neither was obvious in Blu in fact, its probably some of the most mediocre food we have ever had. Celebrity have definetly reduced the selection too, even though we always opt for Premium Drinks Package as opposed to the Classic Drinks Package. I would be replacing executive chef too. Are Celebrity aware of the dozens of potato dishes that can be created rather than has or chips? Or sauces rather than some light hearted attempt to disguise yesterdays with todays? As a former chef, I was deeply frustrated at the lack of culinary skill or imagination AND the bloody lack of potato dishes! Connie is showing her age and any any amount of "refits' makes little difference. She is shabby and unloved and should be scrapped. Going back the Solstice class a in September and then Christmas 2020 - never again on a Millennium Class. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My review will be on the ship/cruise line primarily which was more of a disappointment than I expected despite my previously reading reviews of the cruise line and the ship itself. I've cruised RCL, NCL, Oceania and HAL, and even ... Read More
My review will be on the ship/cruise line primarily which was more of a disappointment than I expected despite my previously reading reviews of the cruise line and the ship itself. I've cruised RCL, NCL, Oceania and HAL, and even done a few river cruises so I have several points of comparison. This ship's weakness comes close to my HAL experience which is why they will be added to my one and done list. Some ships are older, I've been on some older RCL ships but it need not look so run down. When you have nearly 5 sea days in a 14 day cruise the entertainment needs to be on point. To be left with pitchy singers, and staging that resembles that of a High School musical tells me that Celebrity has stopped investing in this ship and so I should not either. The house band tried but blah and the ships standard entertainers for the most part could not hold a note in key for any of their renditions. My last visit was their take on Cirque de Soliel's Zumanity - AWFUL! As was noted here and elsewhere Celebrity is on the push for additional dollars EVERYWHERE! Once I get my email for the survey I will happily unsubscribe so as to ease the burden on my email of their constant offers for this cruise and others. The tours were overpriced and not well thought out as to timing. How are you booking a high tea for 10am ?? Mosque tour on a Friday near the time of prayer in Abu Dhabi? Taking bookings for NYE and then "realizing" that there will be "operational" problems with that day so you rebook all clients to another day -taking no notice that in some cases you're new booking clashes with other tours booked?? Sheesh. First day on I was clarifying that you can't push my 2:45 Tea to the 3rd January since I've already booked the Arabian Desert Dinner which leaves at 3:45. That's something that their system should have caught but I suppose they were hoping not to have to issue refunds, I would honestly think this was Celebrity's first time doing a NYE in Dubai because all up to the day of the cruise there were no indications of a plan for NYE in the city and then suddenly two days in is a special offer of dinner in a hotel near the Khalifa fireworks, with transportation for $450. I do not fault the price but it would have been great to have that as on option as part of the original cruise excursions so that could be planned. Instead friends and I planned another option on our own. We did several tours on our own as the Cruise tour options were horrifically overpriced. The very last penny pinching effort was the night before being advised that you could use the computers in the ilounge to print your boarding passes ... with fees applying. Note, at this point we are in Abu Dhabi port and you still want to charge high internet fees, to get boarding passes??? We downloaded ours and sent them to guest services and asked them to print it. The cabin decor is tired, the linens have seen their day pass, the cutlery is banged up and the lounge chairs need more than power washing. Upside, the crew and even the Captain were great. I must say that I saw the captain, house manager, and several staff members, walking the decks, dining rooms, buffet's etc more often than on any cruise. It was as if they were trying to see for themselves what the environment was on make sure the staff remained on their toes. Cruise director was upbeat, despite having little to work with (my opinion) and aside from the evening show there was very little to do during the day except shop in the overpriced gift ships. I got a pass to the spa and spent time there. BTW, can anyone help them with the holding of deck chairs for hrs on end? I know its a perpetual problem aboard ship but this was one of my pet peeves on this cruise. Dining San Marco = mediocre food and inconsistent cooking capability. Qsine - Specialty restaurant, was pricey but the premise for the concept was cool and the food was fantastic. It's a tough dining room to find on 3 but worth the effort as it was by far the best meal I had on ship. For generally good food I kept going back to the Ocean View Buffet. There were days I thought they misplaced the salt and pepper shaker, and someone clearly doesn't have a good idea of the color of a good fish and chips but otherwise consistently good food and very helpful staff. The best part of this cruise was the stops and if you make plans to do things on your own you can save money and enjoy your time in port. Don't be put off by the Shore Excursion desks frightening comments about using port taxi's or other options for shore excursions, use common sense, know what you want and how much you are willing to pay and enjoy yourself. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
After a wonderful cruise to the Baltic on Silhouette we turned to Celebrity for Christmas and New Year and found the India and Emirates cruise, which we booked with great anticipation. What a disappointment, the ship, not the itinerary. ... Read More
After a wonderful cruise to the Baltic on Silhouette we turned to Celebrity for Christmas and New Year and found the India and Emirates cruise, which we booked with great anticipation. What a disappointment, the ship, not the itinerary. Not enough storage space in cabin, cases would not fit under the bed, seal strips kept coming off the shower door, the balcony, deck nine had a massive overhang from deck ten which was the pool deck, so there was constant noise and running footsteps, even in the cabin we had youngsters running up and down the corridor, this is not something we expect in an Aqua Class cabin. There was no adult only area on the pool deck which meant we had constant loud music and shouting, the sunbeds were rammed so close together,(if an empty one could be found) one could have mistaken the deck for a Riviera beach. Celebrity advertise that they cater for low sugar, which l might add is a medical requirement, not a lifestyle choice, no evidence in the Oceanview restaurant of low sugar. infact the organisation in their was very poor on the whole. Afternoon tea consisted of Pizza or Pasta until the last day when miraculously sandwiches appeared and much to my husbands delight scones. We book Aqua class because we love the Blu restaurant, l was delighted to see a low sugar desert option which l ordered, what a mistake, there is certainly a lack of understanding with the chefs on what low sugar actually means, luckily for me our waiters and Maitre d were so concerned that the problem was soon corrected. I was asked for some examples and every night l was provided with a delicious desert. Special thanks to Avan for actually buying me some low sugar sweets when we were in India. The staff on board were always very helpful and polite, things are not always the fault of the actual staff. Sometimes l have mobility difficulty, l couldnt have wished for more help. Our excursions were a mixture, Mumbai was something we would not have missed, a unique experience. On the whole Christmas and New Year on the ship was disappointing, not the fault of the staff. Come on Celebrity stop resting on your laurels, we are looking at other cruise lines. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
was Looking forward to sailing back on Connie after doing the med on her in May however we were on deck 9 and had a bad overhang. this time we had deck 11 perfect rooms. It was the same matrie d in Blu and Laurence was fantastic being a ... Read More
was Looking forward to sailing back on Connie after doing the med on her in May however we were on deck 9 and had a bad overhang. this time we had deck 11 perfect rooms. It was the same matrie d in Blu and Laurence was fantastic being a vegetarian she remembered us and straight away we got the same table every night and same waiter. Shame the entertainment and shows were the same as back in may very disappointed with this. the supposedly xmas show was an utter joke and when they did have decent acts on it was when we were in port so not many people attended. The E visa for india was a utter nightmare to do, so much information regarding collecting passports, leaving them collecting them getting off th ship etc. Got speaking to people and seemed like we had a paid a lot more than people on board even though we had booked it onboard a year ago. People who had booked last minute had got wifi and drinks packages too. As always blu is why we travel with celebrity the separate dining room is perfect, we hardly ventured into the rush and stuff buffet!! Never saw the captain or hotel director around, as on our cruise in May both were very prominent. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I choose the cruise for the destination. The ship too my surprise was 29 years old and showed it. My Gripes are as follows: 1. The cost of the drinks package are a complete rip off an extra $600 for a non alcohol package or $1800 for ... Read More
I choose the cruise for the destination. The ship too my surprise was 29 years old and showed it. My Gripes are as follows: 1. The cost of the drinks package are a complete rip off an extra $600 for a non alcohol package or $1800 for alcohol (about 25% of cruise cost). 2 Entertainment was third grade and boring. Sound in the theater was not up to standard 3. They used to let you watch movies in the room for free now its $15 plus there was simply nothing too watch 4. They even want you to pay for a tour of the ships Kitchen 5. There were 5 sea days and if I tell you there was simply nothing to do. They had 2 lecturers on board who were not even that good. In other words the lecture rooms were empty most of the day. What the ship thinks is an activity is playing ping pong. 6. In this day an age to charge $500 for internet access is a "crime". You can get that for a year in any country. 7 When you travel in Asia or middle east the price for an excursion is about 5 times what you will pay instead of using one of the locals who are in abundance outside the docks 8. Food: We dined second session and the food mostly was adequate but frequently arrived cold. The buffet was not sub standard. Fruit was either over ripe or simply not there. Salads were boring and often at breakfast there was a choice of one cold meat or cheese. Also not everyone eats pork products. (I noticed flies buzzing around the food area). The drinks waiters in the buffet area had limited knowledge of English and frequently could not understand a simple drinks order Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
A long awaited visit to this region after the trials and tribulations of getting the e-visa for India , we were very excited about the cruise The embarkation was very efficient after a long tiring drive from Dubai airport. The cabin ... Read More
A long awaited visit to this region after the trials and tribulations of getting the e-visa for India , we were very excited about the cruise The embarkation was very efficient after a long tiring drive from Dubai airport. The cabin wasn't ready until later but we had the use of the other areas while waiting and had lunch in Ocean view restaurant which was adequate. The ship was not as opulent as others we have sailed on. This was first experience with Celebrity. We were very disappointed with the stateroom which was a 2a balcony on deck 7. The room was very dated old curtains poorly fitted. Valance on bed dirty , room dirty . The bathroom had hairs stuck on shower and floor was stained. The actual balcony looked like it hadn't been cleaned properly for weeks. This had to be re-cleaned by the stateroom attendant, after this it was satisfactory for rest of cruise. The bed was comfortable . Just no wow factor ! The San Marco dining room was good , waiters efficient and food very nice. At busy times had a little wait for a table. The sea days were calm, nice and relaxing. Three Chic evening's gave us the chance to dress up but not compulsory to wear a tuxedos. The Ships excursions just gave us a whistle stop tour but we got to see the places we planned. India was challenging but exciting. The people were so friendly, Mumbai busy lots of traffic as we expected. The last day arrived late afternoon in Abu Dhabi with a trip planned for 4pm to Grand Mosque which was not for the faint hearted, after immigration we proceeded for panoramic tour then onto the highlight of the Mosque. I would NOT recommend this trip as seems that Friday is definitely not the best time to go and don't think ship highlighted the challenges this trip held. It was absolutely manic , pushing crowds and frightening long wait least 1.5 hours in dreadful dangerous crowds before you even get through the Mosque security scanners. Once inside the crowds were in the thousands and detracting from the experience of visiting a beautiful place of worship. There must have had many complaints as the ship actually refunded the costs of the excursion. It was just a shame as it meant the last evening was extremely stressful and rushed with late arrival time to dinner , cases out for 10pm . This left us bit deflated after the very enjoyable last two weeks. Would I do it again YES! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The missus always wanted to visit India so this cruise itinerary gave us an ideal opportunity to experience India and ‘test the waters’ as such. We’ve sailed on many ships on different lines and only once prior had we sailed with ... Read More
The missus always wanted to visit India so this cruise itinerary gave us an ideal opportunity to experience India and ‘test the waters’ as such. We’ve sailed on many ships on different lines and only once prior had we sailed with Celebrity on the Equinox and we have fond memories of a classy ship with great food. On that, the Constellation didn’t disappoint. The food was really good and the crew were probably some of the best and happiest we’ve seen. Couldn’t fault them or the food in our opinion. The ship is much older than the Equinox and less modern so can’t compete in that regard but it was kept in pretty good shape. We had an Aqua Class balcony cabin that was nice and comfortable and the public areas were all clean and in good order also. As we were Aqua Class, we had access to the Blu restaurant which was really good, quiet and relaxed and we could go whenever we wanted as there weren’t any set dining times for Blu. The menu is supposed to be a little bit healthier with less emphasis on rich sauces but sometimes, you crave a decadent meal and we occasionally opted for choices on the main menu from San Marco next door. The Oceanview Cafe buffet had really nice options and we had breakfast and lunch from here plus the occasional evening meal when we wanted something simpler. Overall, we rated the Oceanview Cafe compared to most buffets on ships. Where the Constellation was let down was in the entertainment provided. The theatre shows were poor, comedian wasn’t overly funny, guest singers were mediocre but more let down by the support of a poor house/backing band. Same with the bands playing around the pool....dull and boring and one had a singer that could clear the pool deck of passengers. The entertainment was the biggest let down really and doesn’t even come close compared to entertainment we’ve had on NCL cruises. I do wonder if the entertainment director is looking at his passenger demographics and concluding, wrongly, that they like music circa 20 years before their time. It was the biggest dispointment for us. As for the itinerary, the India stops were great and kinda what I expected, but not what the missus had in her mind. She watched tv shows with Joanna Lumley visiting tranquil lakes with floating palm fronds and people meditating. What we got was busy and bustling streets and a crazy traffic system that whilst completely chaotic to us with drivers pulling out without looking, driving on the wrong side of the road, stopping randomly, pedestrians wandering about and overtaking when it didn’t seem like a good idea to....somehow just worked. You can get tuk tuks in Cochin and Mangalore quite easily and cheaply to see the local sites and generally just experience typical living in India. We took a taxi to a beach in Goa as the beaches were further away so a long Tuk Tuk ride didn’t seem the best idea. In that, the beach was beautiful and we took a dip in the Arabian Sea. There aren’t any Tuk Tuk’s in Mumbai (Bombay) so again, we took a taxi but this was also cheap and way, way cheaper than the ships tours. Oman was a surprise as we didn’t know what to expect but it was immaculately clean and quiet. We took a taxi for a tour to different places. Abu Dhabi and Dubai were also clean with luxury hotels and big fancy buildings everywhere but to be honest, it didn’t do anything for us. We’re glad we’ve seen it but we wouldn’t rush back. Just seemed really expensive for food and shopping, whilst in amazing malls, is more expensive than the UK so not sure what the attraction is but that’s just our opinion. All in all, we really enjoyed our trip as we pretty much do all our holidays as it’s new experiences. I wouldn’t rush back on the the Connie, or any Millennium class ship to be honest. But I wouldn’t avoid it either. We accept that if we want to travel further afield in the world, we can’t expect it to be on the newest and bestest ships in any cruise fleet. The itinerary and the crew made this a holiday to remember. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our first Celebrity Cruise and though it would be a step up from others we had done, P&O, NCL, RCL, but what a disappointment, maybe it was the ship as it was very old. Thank goodness we and most other passengers had got a ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity Cruise and though it would be a step up from others we had done, P&O, NCL, RCL, but what a disappointment, maybe it was the ship as it was very old. Thank goodness we and most other passengers had got a classic drinks package in with our cruise, the drinks if we had to purchase were extortionate. We visited Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin and Goa. Never having visited India previously it was a shock to the system, Mangalore was a real industrial area with coal and dust everywhere, nothing to see, we ventured to the beach literally round the corner, but ladies cover up, we have never been stared at as much, full of local young men. The Celebrity trips again a real rip off, do your homework on trip advisor and book directly with the locals, you will save hundreds and they will benefit from your custom not the cruise ship. The staff onboard were magnificent, as other have said, cabins really tired, despite a refurb last year, this was mainly common areas of the ship. The paid for restaurants were empty and not worth the extra money, we took a half price offer one evening in the Italian but not fantastic as food in the main dining room was excellent. Entertainment was mainly at the expense of the guests, silly games etc. Not many big shows, pretty disappointing. Robes in cabin very poor, need a good iron, no shower gel dispenser, had to ask for shower gel etc. Paint splashed on balcony and outdoor chairs. Everyone trying to hard sell drinks packages, spa treatments etc. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We booked this cruise two weeks before we sailed as it was good value. Drinks package was expensive as were the ships tours. WiFi stupid money that we did not buy. I had read previous reviews but we found the ship to be great - ok needs ... Read More
We booked this cruise two weeks before we sailed as it was good value. Drinks package was expensive as were the ships tours. WiFi stupid money that we did not buy. I had read previous reviews but we found the ship to be great - ok needs a refit but food and stafff were excellent. I was very anxious travelling to India but enjoyed the experience immensely. We met lots of interesting people and chose select dining enabling us to sit beside different people. Thought cruise were quite negative about going on trips on our own as obviously they wanted to sell their tours and lots of passengers did their own thing much cheaper. There were quite a few people in wheelchairs on board and the staff were wonderful with them. Enjoyed the entertainment on the ship including in house singer James Humphreys. He was lead male singer with the show team and was excellent. Loved the big screen outside at stern of the ship. 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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