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Sail Date: November 2017
Wanted to see the Emirates. Thought we were getting a similar experience to a Solstice class experience (since the ship had been "solsticized") - eh, not so much. The ship was a little smaller than expected but not so much so ... Read More
Wanted to see the Emirates. Thought we were getting a similar experience to a Solstice class experience (since the ship had been "solsticized") - eh, not so much. The ship was a little smaller than expected but not so much so that it was limiting. Martini Bar - too small; which is sad because the place was entertaining and the drinks were good. Rendezvous - too big; can we swap this with Martini Bar? Cellar Masters - why is it even on the ship? No one was ever there. Sushi on 5 - felt bad, no one was ever there and when we walked near it the staff seemed excited, then they were crestfallen when we passed by. Qsine - fab. Would do again. Blu - solid. Spa Café - surprisingly good. I know maintenance is a constant battle on a cruise ship but dang, clean the windows. I know deck chairs are a constant battle but dang, crew please manage the "put a book on the chair at 8am then leave for four hours" thing. That's crap behavior and should be dealt with. General décor - just kinda average and worn in every space except the newly refurbished ones. The colors, finishes, and materials are all very early 2000's. Think cherry in public places, some weirdly placed pastels mixed with lighter woods. Crew - great. Lovely people. Very little wait time for drinks, generally very attentive overall. There is no lawn for bocce/putting and we couldn't find shuffleboard. The one rough area we encountered was in the cabin. A tile popped off the shower floor. After "fixing" it, the whole shower floor was sticky. The next day a whole foot full of tiles popped off of the floor and stuck to my foot just from taking a shower. They fixed it, but we couldn't use the shower for a long while. We finally chanced it and used it anyway because we had to take a shower in the evening. Not sure the grout cured completely. If this was my first Celebrity experience I would probably question coming back. The ship just didn't seem up-market. I know people affectionately call this ship Connie, but even with the cute nickname she didn't really win me over. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
The itinerary of this cruise is good, but affected by the closure of open decks in the hours of darkness for three nights while passing through the Gulf of Aden. The Blu restaurant exclusive to Aqua passengers was excellent entirely as ... Read More
The itinerary of this cruise is good, but affected by the closure of open decks in the hours of darkness for three nights while passing through the Gulf of Aden. The Blu restaurant exclusive to Aqua passengers was excellent entirely as expected, with an excellent maitre D. The buffet cafeteria standard of food was poor and bland. Often food was awkward to even reach due to the layout of the food bars. Staff in bars often stood about chatting among themselves rather than attending to guests. 18% service charge on every onboard purchase is outrageous, especially in bars on board where service is poor. Some of the deck bars were closed at times when they should have been open. The Aqua class stateroom while adequate, was looking rather tired. Worn furniture and rather small on Celebrity Constellation. Our cabin steward however, was outstanding. Advised that Celebrity cruises were definitely 5star, I’d say definitely not! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We were a family of 6 adults. This was my second celebrity cruise. We were in Aqua class. Disappointed in the cruise. The Suez Canal narrator did not have adequate microphone so he ended up speaking to people as they came up to him. Not at ... Read More
We were a family of 6 adults. This was my second celebrity cruise. We were in Aqua class. Disappointed in the cruise. The Suez Canal narrator did not have adequate microphone so he ended up speaking to people as they came up to him. Not at all like Panama Canal crossing on NCL. We used Aqua class and main dinning room menu- which was nice to have access to. Not as boring as repeats. The entertainment in the main venue was good but the entertainment in the other clubs was not. We attended most of the podium lectures which were good. Physics, naturalist and historical series. It was nice to get an invitation to go to helicopter area for docking. We ordered cheese for our afternoon snack which was far superior to the other offering in Aqua. No extra charge. Room service for breakfast was very prompt. Our cabin steward was always available and helpful. Aman. Our waiters at dinner got our preferences down and we had a table for 6 reserved for us which was spacious and nice. We went on private tours. The Dark Rome tour of the Basilicas and St. Peter's was great. The guides were very learned energetic and enthusiastic. We were able to get tickets to go down to St. Peter's tomb and see the old pagan cemeteries. Contact the Vatican- very limited each day. We were very lucky. On the way up to the main basilica we saw other areas. We also went to the top on the elevator. Would suggest this. You can climb up to the top for additional 300 stairs. We were happy with the elevator inside and out. You ended up where the statues are and the dome inside. To go to the top of the tallet building in Dubai get your tickets in advance. We were dissapointed. A must see the Mosque in Abu Dabi. We did a dune bashing which was fun. I would skip the dinner cruise- too long and you can get a water taxi that goes the same route and takes you to the gold market suick. I did not buy anything but the malls are a nice walk through with the aquarium and the ski slopes. Food courts are very interesting. Like being back in US but the customers were veiled. People were always very friendly. The acropolis is being restored which is nice. Also went to Poseiden ruins. Petra was fantastic and much larger than just the treasury in the Raider's movie. A very long walk. Horses and carts are available. Donkeys also. Hope this is helpful. No problem with pirates. We had some black out dates. Windows and curtains drawn. We did have a Safe Haven drill. Felt very safe. Enjoyed the Captian's talk.Buffet had great variety and was good. The aqua class comes with the Persiean Garden. This was not the same as on our other Celebrity cruise. Dark small and dank. I did enjoy the sauna for the general members off the pool. The gym was visited by my husband alot. The stretch exercises and abdominal exercises were good but needs to be offered more times especially since we had so many sea days with little activiites. They were very popular. I liked the fact that there was no hard pressure sales in the spa when we attended women's pamper day. My sister and sister in law enjoyed the brow presentation also. Our hostess in aqua class was wonderful. She greeted us and was very polite and happy!! She loved her job and it showed. Nice greeting every night. NurseGator Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
There's a lot of rust all over the ship. The public restrooms are almost always more dirty and smelly than the restroom on the average petrol station. The WTC Abu Dhabi shopping mall has better quality on their toilet paper than ... Read More
There's a lot of rust all over the ship. The public restrooms are almost always more dirty and smelly than the restroom on the average petrol station. The WTC Abu Dhabi shopping mall has better quality on their toilet paper than the ship. As always there are too many different kinds of music on at the same time around the Al Bacio, which is usually our favorite place to spend our time and money. This cruise we didn't. We couldn't. The two girls strangling their violins must have paid a lot of money to be on this ship because they really can't play. Classical music is supposed to be harmonious, but they have no ounce of harmony in their act. They just sound like they're mistreating their instruments. The singer Jessica Hart in the production team destroys everything that allows her to open her mouth. She can't carry a tune, at all. Vocal Captain Matt on the other hand is amazing. I've been calling Celebrity customer service a lot in the previous months asking about our upcoming trip and every time I got different answers. Not one person knew anything at all about visas or visitors permits. But they should all be fluent in the workings of the ship and that you will handle ships excursions and the guests needs. It turns out we've been worried for nothing. But we've actually seriously considered cancelling this cruise because it was virtually impossible to get any answers from customer services. The Silent Disco was the absolute highlight of the activities on the ship. The short episodes of "if you laugh you lose" would have won if they were longer. I could easily see this on stage in the theater for half an hour and remember it as the highlight of the cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The stateroom was chosen on our previous cruise using Celebrity future cruise . We were meticulous in choosing the cabin. It was A1 Aqua. 1124 . The constellation dry docked in March 2017 and added a movie theatre on deck twelve right ... Read More
The stateroom was chosen on our previous cruise using Celebrity future cruise . We were meticulous in choosing the cabin. It was A1 Aqua. 1124 . The constellation dry docked in March 2017 and added a movie theatre on deck twelve right above this stateroom. Which was NOT shown on the deck plans when we booked . The noise from the movie theatre is incesant you cannot sit on your balcony without hearing the dialog,sound effects and music The movies only stop for around thirty minutes between showings.This goes on until midnight. It stopped us using the balcony for the duration of the cruise . Otherwise the cruise was magnificent and up to celebrity’s usual standards. Staff were super , food in Blu was fabulous and the ship had a good friendly atmosphere . If you like to sit in your balcony without noise this is NOT the cabin for you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Cruised many times on Celebrity Constellation does not meet the quality of others. Food very average.....Indian food bad..no variety ....service poor.....had to request change of dining room waiter....who said I have only. 2 ... Read More
Cruised many times on Celebrity Constellation does not meet the quality of others. Food very average.....Indian food bad..no variety ....service poor.....had to request change of dining room waiter....who said I have only. 2 hands.....onboard shopping really poor....staff said Constellation does not get the better stuff.....we had difficulty. spending our OBC Best part is the Cafe...delicious coffee......cakes....excellent service Beverage package very enjoyable... Itinerary very good. Most shows were very enjoyable.....specially the vocal ones. Jane. Curry stood out as usual. Both her performances were amazing. Her wonderful voice combined with vitality were indeed remarkable. But the other singers were excellent as well.. did not enjoy the last night comedy show nor the ships crew shows except the acrobats who were very. skilled. The magician was good. Wish they would find. new words. for the Liars Club....every cruise they have the same ones ...so boring as we know all the answers ...so not funny anymore Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary which included several ports we hadn't been to before. We had a Sky suite after having been aqua before but I'm not really sure what the advantages actually were. Our Butler did ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary which included several ports we hadn't been to before. We had a Sky suite after having been aqua before but I'm not really sure what the advantages actually were. Our Butler did nothing and forgot to do the things we asked . I've had much better service from our cabin stewards .So I would not pay all that extra money next time ,using the money instead on Specialty restaurants,excursions drinks etc. As we had a drinks package we preferred the other bars to Michaels . Luminea is a lovely restaurant with an amazing staff but many times we'd ask for things off the othe restaurant menus . Celebrity will have to watch with so much completion ,the prices for everything were really inflated:- Internet .no real package choice ,$295 for unlimited minutes Speciality Restaurants $45 a head Classic drinks package only covers drinks up to $9 but so many glasses of wine,cocktails ,liqueurs were $10+ Shore excursions ..very pricey we used small independent local shore excursion providers with only 8-10 in a mini van In room Tv programmes very limited with pay for on demand movies (on Princess in July these were all free) Saying that the weather was fabulous ,seas calm and the ports all fantastic apart from Sete, So we had a fabulous holiday .But Celebrity used to be my No1 ,I've had second thoughts! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I was forced to choose this cruise because Celebrity relocated Equinox to the Caribbean after I had booked a Greek Island Cruise on her, so in fairness this cruise was 'second choice'. I had cruised on Constellation many years ... Read More
I was forced to choose this cruise because Celebrity relocated Equinox to the Caribbean after I had booked a Greek Island Cruise on her, so in fairness this cruise was 'second choice'. I had cruised on Constellation many years ago before the launching of the Solstice Class ships which I have cruised on very happily for some years. Constellaion, is not in the same league as the Solstice class ships. Despite a recent visit to the dry dock she looks dated and lacks charisma.'Over painting ' may have looked good at first but rust is already breaking through. The sun beds had not been replaced just frame painted which was scratched and scuffed after a short time.Upholstery had been replaced in some ares and this brightened the interior a little.Loungers with cushions brightened and gave comfort on the sun deck, but all other loungers were without pads. Concierge Cabin was OK and well serviced but no Sparkling wine or flowers this trip. Restaurants:¨Ocean view, Lay out confusing at first food mediocre and often cool Main Restaurant, food of a good standard but noisey Tuscan excellent in every respect The biggest disappointment was the removal of The Murano to be replaced by Sushi on 5, what a let down! The loss of this restaurant would definitely stop me booking Constellation again, Generally Officers were seen and polite, on social occasions friendly. Many staff were cheerful and accommodating but some,appeared to lack interest. There was a general lack of atmosphere in most of the bars except the Martini Bar which as always generated a good atmosphere. Finally I enjoyed the cruise partly down to the good weather and The Tuscan Grill which served superior food. Would I book again, unlikely on Constellation Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary and hopefully the time of year and value...and it did not disappoint in that regard. We had amazing weather. This was our third time on Constellation in three years, so we were doing a lot of ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary and hopefully the time of year and value...and it did not disappoint in that regard. We had amazing weather. This was our third time on Constellation in three years, so we were doing a lot of comparing. The ship is comfortable but dull. The food has gone downhill. We believe this may be because they are really pushing the specialty restaurants. The buffet has lots of variety, but much of it tastes like cafeteria food. You are best served sticking to the salads and the grilled and carved foods. The afternoon tea time offerings are kind of fun, and if they work out with arrival on the ship after a long day of touring and exhaustion, it is enjoyable to take it back to your cabin or on deck for sail away. The dining dinners were just ok as far as my review goes, but the staff is wonderful. I had two really good dinners early in the cruise, but the options seemed to go downhill. The entertainment was ok, nothing special. We are not gamblers, but the casino seemed to be quiet. This is a hectic itinerary, so maybe people were just tired. What makes this cruise are the staff, who are really great, and the cruisers, who are friendly. If you stay open to opportunities to meet people, you can make a lot of friends...and they might just save your cruise...read on. We had an "interesting" experience our fifth day, and second At Sea day. I woke up really sick with cruise crud...sinus infection, cough, the works. Two new friends we had met on board fixed me up with Emergen-C, Zicam, even prednisone for a few days. Lesson learned...ask your doctor to give you an antibiotic to take with you JUST IN CASE, and bring every possible over the counter drug you can think of. You can get run down from all the touring, lack of sleep, etc. That night, still not feeling great, we went to bed relatively early...11ish, and we were awakened at midnight by screaming in the hallway. Long story short, a hot water pipe burst on deck 2, flooding around six or eight cabins, including ours. The Celebrity staff handled it as best they could...shop vacs, relocating passengers in the middle of the night. It took awhile, but by 2:30 AM we had moved temporarily to a stateroom on deck 9. The next morning we were exhausted and they were still shopvac-ing on deck 2, so we asked to move permanently to our new room. Guest services complied, and although we hated to say goodbye to our amazing stateroom attendant Jay, we moved everything to 9, and gained a balcony for no extra charge. Celebrity basically rebuilt the flooded rooms while we cruised...new carpet, new furnishings, etc. Not sure how everyone else was compensated, but we were pleased. They offered us a night at a Specialty restaurant....no drinks, but free dinner...and we chose Tuscan Grill. It was great, but I was still pretty sick, and didn't last til dessert. Towards the end of the cruise, we received future cruise credit as well, for our inconvenience. The only other thing I would warn cruisers about, especially regarding this itinerary. The big stops...Cadiz, Marseille, Livorno and Civitavecchia...require a decent amount of travel time if you want to go to Seville, Provence, Florence, or Rome. Be forewarned that you will be getting up very early to make tour connections, and doing a lot of driving. Gibraltar was a pleasant surprise for me...don't let the videos of the Barbary Apes scare you. A good tour guide will make sure you have a safe, fun and interactive experience with them. Eat at Ray's Fish and Chips...nothing special, but decent and affordable. One portion is definitely enough for two. Alicante, Sete and Corsica are beautiful but smaller ports, so figure out what you plan to do ahead of time, especially eating in port. In Alicante we did a "free" walking tour that we enjoyed, and then explored on our own, but we weren't sure where to eat. We lucked up with a local tapas place called El Pale, but we just found it by accident. Sete was kind of dead with lots of the shops closed, but again we got lucky in a local restaurant called Le Gout du Jour. Corsica had a farmer's market in the port, and we did the double decker bus tour which was fine...opt for a boat tour if you are more adventurous and don't mind spending the cash. Thanks to Thor for lots of touring ideas and organization, to Debbie D and Terry and Marsha for healing me! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We have been sailing with Celebrity for a number of years, and was pretty disappointed in this cruise! I know the ship was in dry dock this past Spring for upgrades, but the ship certainly did not reflect any! We were Aqua Class, ... Read More
We have been sailing with Celebrity for a number of years, and was pretty disappointed in this cruise! I know the ship was in dry dock this past Spring for upgrades, but the ship certainly did not reflect any! We were Aqua Class, however, it certainly was not worth the added cost! We (3 couples) found Blu to be quite disappointing this time around! Some evenings we went to Blu, but ordered from the main dining room menu! The staff in Blu was great, but the food left a little to be desired. One evening we dined at Tuscan, and were not impressed at all! Last year, while on the Silouhette, we dined at Tuscan twice, and the food was exceptional! Well worth the added charge. While our Cabin steward was wonderful, the cabin itself was rather sorry looking (I meant to take pictures)! The drapes were hanging off the slider because drapery hooks were missing! The bed skirt was torn in several spots, and the railings on the balcony were peeling and rusty! The noise over our cabin was ridiculous!!! Nearly every evening (between midnight and 1:00AM) it sounded as if furniture was being dragged around! Perhaps decks were being washed! We only did one of the ships excursions, as we personally find you get more bang for the buck! I have been a big fan of Celebrity for years! This cruise left me with second thoughts for the next! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
An ok cruise definitely not my favourite have sailed with celebrity before and I think they have got very greedy charging extra for everything such as shuttles from ports like Sicily which are a dump so they know everyone will pay to go on ... Read More
An ok cruise definitely not my favourite have sailed with celebrity before and I think they have got very greedy charging extra for everything such as shuttles from ports like Sicily which are a dump so they know everyone will pay to go on trips or to the town. I was upset by a member of the dining staff who on two consecutive mornings said loudly I was eating too much butter I was completely humiliated and on the second morning went to reception in tears. The entertainment was good and enjoyed Valencia. Food at lunch not very hot but at night in dining room very nice . I will not be travelling with celebrity again much prefer Princess better value for money. The port at Catania was terrible have no idea why they would stop here . Also bar service was not good at all didn't seem many staff at all. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the destination. We boarded the ship in Venice and overall check-in was very good. Our outside cabin was located on deck 2, right above the exit....You can imagine the noise we had to put up with. There were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destination. We boarded the ship in Venice and overall check-in was very good. Our outside cabin was located on deck 2, right above the exit....You can imagine the noise we had to put up with. There were only 2 sea days, which means that we heard the noise 9 mornings out of 11. Even if we wanted to sleep in on some mornings, we could'nt. We were at the second seating in the main dining room. Food was OK but not great. We are used to great food on Celebrity. I had to return some plates because they were too salty which has never happened on Celebrity. Overall the ship still looks ok but needs a bit of a face lift. The cabins are "tired". In need of new furniture and bedding. However service was great all over the ship. No complaints there! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Having just taken a Holland America cruise (which I enjoyed very much), my expectations were high coming into this one. Unfortunately, it fell short in the biggest area for me, the food. First, let me start by saying that I thought the ... Read More
Having just taken a Holland America cruise (which I enjoyed very much), my expectations were high coming into this one. Unfortunately, it fell short in the biggest area for me, the food. First, let me start by saying that I thought the ship was very nice, with a bright, cheery decor. The staff was wonderful, the embarkation/disembarkation very smooth, the special performers memorable, etc. I basically view the ship as transportation from one port to another, instead of as the destination of the trip itself, so in that it was a success. I had a big issue with the fact that there were only pay-per-view movies available in the room ($14.98 a shot). The last cruise I was on offered complimentary movies that mirrored what I found on the air flight to the embarkation city. I thought that was now a standard offering on all cruises, but apparently not. But now for the reason for the average rating. I found the food to be mediocre. Not only that, but for the most part, people served themselves from the buffet. Food in the back row of serving dishes were often not easily accessible to those with short arms. On three separate occasions, I saw people who were completely under the food guard reaching for food. Having just been on a Holland America cruise, where food was almost always dished out for you by servers, this was very surprising (and not in a good way). Half way through the cruise, both I and my spouse became ill, and spent the remainder of the cruise eating the blandest food possible (baked chicken breast and white rice) whenever we were on the ship. Oddly enough, things seemed to be better when we were off the ship and eating from places where we were docked. We had been drinking the water from the dispensers on the ship, so we're not sure if it was the food or the water that was the cause of our stomach issues. Between the issue with the food and the lack of complimentary movies in the room, I do not plan on cruising with Celebrity again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I have to admit that I was spoiled by having been on the Reflection in January. Not only was the ship beautiful, but it had an amazing attentive staff. This ship was the functional opposite. Cleaning the room consisted of leaving every ... Read More
I have to admit that I was spoiled by having been on the Reflection in January. Not only was the ship beautiful, but it had an amazing attentive staff. This ship was the functional opposite. Cleaning the room consisted of leaving every old half consumed item exactly where it had been left and service in the dining room meant waiting 20 to 30 minutes per course (which would be ok, if your companions weren't finished with their mean in the interim). I ordered a birthday cake for my friend (at a $29 charge) and not only did we have to wait 20 minutes for it after the entrees, but then we had to wait for the plates and forks. Once they brought those, we couldn't get tea and coffee for another 10 minutes until I got up and physically found the Assitant Maitre D'. To his credit, the Assistant Maitre D' from Croatia ( I believe his name was Milan) went out of his way to try to make up for the terrible food and service in the dining room. As to the quality of the food, I saw that other reviewers reported it to be fine. This may be because they were eating in Aqua or in the specialty restaurants. Also, these people probably eat their foods sauced, which I do not, which covers up cheap ingredients. I realized too late in the trip that we should have paid extra in order to get edible food. The captain and senior officers clearly knew this, since they never ate in the dining room. That should have given me the clue. Towards the end of the cruise I went to Sushi on 5 and both the staff and the food were wonderful. Our group was treated to a dinner at Tuscany the last night, and while it was not as good as it was on the Reflection, it was certainly lovely. As to the dining room and buffet food, it consisted of tasteless tomatoes from cold storage, cheap frozen spinach defrosted into a watery mess, white rice which was so bad that when I asked my dining companion to sample she involuntarily spit it out, stir fries which were overcooked and over salted, french fries that tasted like they were from a t.v. dinner heated in the microwave, etc. The quality of the food rivaled an elementary school cafeteria, not an alleged premium cruise line. As to the rest of the ship, it is old and tired. It has that worn, need to be renovated look. The Good: Embarkation- Absolutely up to Celebrity standards. Quick, efficient and easy. Pool- Thalassotherapy was an absolute delight. If the ports weren't so good, we could have stayed there for days. Entertainment- Jenny Cho was amazing. The other shows were a delight. Itinerary- Could not have been better. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We've cruised Constellations 3 times and this will be the last one. We opted for Aqua Class and we were a little disappointed with the Persian Garden. It was noisey and had benches as opposed to individual beds with NO VIEW. ... Read More
We've cruised Constellations 3 times and this will be the last one. We opted for Aqua Class and we were a little disappointed with the Persian Garden. It was noisey and had benches as opposed to individual beds with NO VIEW. Small area. Cabin was dated and looked a bit run down. You can see the wear and tear of the 17yr old ship. Musical entertainment minimal and they played for very short periods, could have used more live music for longer periods of time. The one show we did see was not the greatest. Love the 'silent disco' - great fun. Staff seemed overworked/stressed and definitely understaffed. Room stewards don't have assistance anymore and they are cleaning at a surface level because they can't get around to doing a 'full' cleaning. BLU was our favourite part and the food was great. Bartenders are mostly attentive and the staff at Bacio are always welcoming. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary. We previously cruised on the Constellation in 2012. The ship is a bit tired, staffing needs improvement. Dining staff ineffective, they did not respond to the needs of our group. ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary. We previously cruised on the Constellation in 2012. The ship is a bit tired, staffing needs improvement. Dining staff ineffective, they did not respond to the needs of our group. Dining experience was terrible, though the menu was average. Specialty Restaurant, Tuscan Grill was wonderful. Room Steward was great! Production shows were terrible, guest entertainers were great. Ports of call were fabulous, though I would not recommend using ships transfers. We had a horrible experience in Palma de Mallorca. A 20 minute wait for the shuttle turned into 1.5 hours in a torrential storm. Complained about it, and NOTHING was done!! Shuttle Service does not belong to Celebrity, so they didn't care. Embarkation/Debarkation was quick and effective. Cruise Director was a delight. Staffing not sufficient for a ship this size. Will not likely cruise on the particular ship again, but will definitely continue to cruise with Celebrity. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Friends chose this cruise. We wanted to see the Greek Isles. We liked that the ship would overnight in Athens giving us more time there. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The ship decor was pleasing and the flow of people was ... Read More
Friends chose this cruise. We wanted to see the Greek Isles. We liked that the ship would overnight in Athens giving us more time there. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The ship decor was pleasing and the flow of people was nice. We did not like the smoking area being in a corner of the pool area where you were constantly forced to walk by all of it on your way to the buffet dining on that deck. It was nice not having smoking in the casino. One of our table mates at dinner said she loves that policy with Celebrity. The music in the buffet area was constantly too loud. Several instances we had a hard time talking over it. They did turn it down once after we complained. Unfortunately, the choice of music was not conducive to dining. It was show tunes like we heard for the evening shows! The food at the buffet was not very good and they served the same chicken dish multiple times. The salads were limited and not imaginative. Salads on Princess Lines are so wonderful. Even the desserts were not very good. The main dining room was much better and we enjoyed the evening meals. Wait staff there were super! Our cabin was very nice and kept immaculate. Wonderful cabin steward! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Here is my review of the August 28th 10 day cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. The cruise left from the Veice cruise port. Check in was fast; I was on the ship in 15 minutes. I had an inside cabin that was located at the far end of ... Read More
Here is my review of the August 28th 10 day cruise to Greece and the Greek Islands. The cruise left from the Veice cruise port. Check in was fast; I was on the ship in 15 minutes. I had an inside cabin that was located at the far end of the front of the ship. Disadvantage was walking to the main dinning room located at the back of the ship. Afte 13 RCCL cruises this was my first time on Celebrity. The ship was an older model but still was well maintained. It had lots of wood touches and updated bars and service areas. We left Venice on the first day for a day at sea. Everyone settled in for a easy day to explore the ship. The ship has three pools; one being the covered solarium with the thesso type pool. The pools were next crowded. There were very few children on board because being a 10 day cruise and the ship had very little to offer children. Off to dinner at 8:45 the first night. My tablemates included two couples from the UK, a pair of ladies from Canada and a couple from Houston, Texas. Being a solo cruiser I felt I would be the outsider. The other couples welcomed me that first night and turns out to have been a great table for conversation. The table service left something to be desired with very slow service all the time of the cruise. We would get our desert at around 10:30 and it left little time to finish and catch the 10:30 show in the main theater. I saw 4 out of the 9 shows this cruise. Mostly singer and dancers. The one great show was a gentleman from the UK that played the saxaphone that was amazing. Because of the the diners finishing late the theater was about half empty every night. First port of call was Olympia, Greece; the site of the first olympics. The site had a museum and an outdoor area. Cost for the site was 12 euros. The town within walking distance of the ruins was small but it did have free WiFi. Next port of call was Santorini. The island was amazing but we had very litle time to really enjoy all it offers. I took a ships excursion that brought you to the top of the volcano to the town of Oia. Because of the number of ships in port the town which is one of the picture postcard places in the Greek islands was very crowded. The small winding streets were packed with tourists. I had lunch at one of themany restaurants that was overpriced but still worth the view. The excursion took us again by bus to a Greek winery for some samples and cheese. Last stop was the town of Fira for the cable car ride down to the ship. There was a long line for getting on the cabke car but considering the views and the town itself it was worth the wait. Some chose to walk the 600 steps down. Our next port was an overnight in Athens. Two days gave everyone to go into the city. I opted for the HoponHopoff bus from the port city of Piraeus. For 20 euros fortwo days it was worth the money. Athens is a very large city with the old and the new all packed into a very small area. The parthenon was my first stop but the crowds prevented me from waiting for a ticket to go to the top. I had lunch in the area of Monastiraki a beautiful section of Athens with outdoor cafes and flea market stands. Back on the bus I headed back to the ship. Second day in Athens I opted to stay on the ship. Next port was Mykonos. It has the look of what ervyone expects a greek island should look like. White and blue small homes and churches dotted the coastline. Again WiFi was available in the local restaurants for free. Next port was Corfu. Being a very large island with the main city of Corfutown; the island had a very different look than the two previous stops. The narrow streets and lots of shops made it iteresting people watching. I had lunch at an outdoor cafe that had the best moussaka dish I have ever had there. If you eat there it is called Aegli; claims to be the oldest restaurant in Corfu. Back on the ship for the final day at sea before returning to Venice I had a chance to photograph the interior of the ship. The ship is beautiful with the old style wood and classic looking decor. I was disapointed in the entertainment available compared to the RCCL Oasis class ships but the cruise director reminded me of how old the ship was and does not have the ability of do all the things an Oasis class ship can do. Ther was no piano bar to sit around; one thing I have enjoyed on RCCL ships. The entertainment consisted of soft rock bands playing in various locations around the ship, trivia games and other cruiser participation games. One thing Celebrity does is have guest speakers come on board. One gentleman gave three talks on the history of Greece and the islands. The second gentleman Ed Buckbee spoke three times on the history of NASA. Ed was around for all of the maned space shots from the Mercury to the Space Shuttles. As a big fan of the space program I had a chance to have breakfast with Ed. He was an amazing speaker telling us all the things about the original seven astronauts that most people never have known. If you are looking for agreat way of visiting Greece and the Greek islands this cruise is for you. The is a lot of walking in the ports and sometimes the cobblestone and marble walkways can be very slippery. Best not to wear flip flops off the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
After having fantastic cruises with celebrity in the past this ship is old and tired . Our bed sheets were full of holes and torn in places they were also not white any longer but yellow from age or from lack of cleanliness together ... Read More
After having fantastic cruises with celebrity in the past this ship is old and tired . Our bed sheets were full of holes and torn in places they were also not white any longer but yellow from age or from lack of cleanliness together with bad service in most places and overcrowded restaurants made this a unpleasant trip for all of us . with the result we were totally put off from this cruise line and will for sure choose another one for this year and for future cruises Even the bathroom towels were worn to its thinnest limit Theatre entertainment was of a very average standard so after 4 nights we just simply gave up and entertained ourselves we occupied 3 concierge class staterooms and all of us have dropped the idea of using celebrity as our first choice in future . Such a pity . Cape Town South Africa Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Itinerary was good and 9 nights instead of our usual 7 round the Mediterranean which is why we chose the Constellation after only sailing with Celebrity on their solstice class ships. Embarkation was excellent probably due to our later ... Read More
Itinerary was good and 9 nights instead of our usual 7 round the Mediterranean which is why we chose the Constellation after only sailing with Celebrity on their solstice class ships. Embarkation was excellent probably due to our later and delayed flight (couldn't see Venice) budget airline so less luggage as well, soon as we arrived in the terminal, went straight to queue and was on ship within ten minutes. My husband and I travelled with our friends who we always sail with and we all agreed that Connie was very tired in places. Cabin was very disappointing, bathroom smaller than we have experienced on Celebrity Solstice, shower tiles strained and old, shower curtain brown stain on, lack of toliteries I.e shower cap, cotton buds the little touches we have always been given, our cabin attendant was good and got my shower cap instantly but why wasn't one provided, cutbacks or Millinumum class? Balcony rust in several places but a nice clear unobstructed view. Main dining room San Marco hit and miss, waiters rushed off their feet, so many times waited over twenty minutes for a glass of wine, we always have premium drinks package, I drink white New Zealand wine and waited constantly while our two friends were served their red instantly and was given theirs as soon as they sat to eat!!! I gave up in the end and stuck to water. Food was average, lobster night wow what a difference to other Celebrity cruises (cutbacks or Millinum class)?? small lobster tail, no fillet mignon offered like previous cruises but beef Wellington with a rather soggy pastry!!! and small slice of beef! And as they market Celebrity as five star luxury the food presentation was not great. Ocean view cafe food was excellent and could not fault, in fact better than on the Solstice class but the one fault is food stations too over the place, we preferred it all contained in one area, time I got a poached egg then had to walk to other station in completely different areas which was confusing! Entertainment always average but we don't do shows so singers and musicians were the usual sort on Celebrity ships, ok but the silent discos were great fun and the dj was good especially the Latin music in Reflections played quite regular late into the night. Well what can I say about service, San Marco they were good but seemed to be rushed off their feet more hit and misses, Martini bar great staff, always happy and served drinks instantly but it was Bar seating we done, the same can't be said for other bars especially cellar masters, didn't get offered one drink and table on the few times we went did not get cleared at all with glasses and bottles piled high!! Seems the last two days of the cruise we got asked for drinks in the Ocean view !! At times never got asked if we wanted one, most of the cruise we went to the bar ourselves. As usual stateroom attendant Clement was great, chocs on pillow last thing and he couldn't do enough for us. Service in bars or lack of was so apparent from our previous experience on other Celebrity ships. Excursions we don't do, get told our hard it is by yourself where in fact found it simpler, bus two minute walk from ship to bus stop in Athens, bus every twenty minutes to the Acropolis for €1.80 each!!! Our last stop in Katakolon, were told not much there except for a few cafes, in fact cafes, bars and shops in abundance with lots of transport (cheap) to take you to the winery or beaches! Celebrity doing their usual then of wanting you to pay hundreds of dollars for excursions. This itinery was good even though seem Mykonos 3 times now and Dubrovnik the same, they still have the sparkle, Athens good but the highlight was Santorini which was magical, again, got the tender to cable car early, local bus then to Oia, in Oia 9am, no queues or crowds all for a few euros each!! Cave hotels and apartments stunning with breathtaking views, a must to do in Santorini. Disembarking was dreadful, off ship by 9.15, coach at 11am for a 3.45 pm flight, sat in the ships terminal all that time, was sold bad flights!! Wouldn't do a package again. Would I sail with Celebrity again, yes but never again on this tired ship, Solstice class only for the modern contemporary luxury ships Celebrity promise!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We sailed with celebrity before and booked this cruise on the last one because we enjoyed it so much. Constellation was a disappointment. We went Jet set sail which was fine this end. Nearly 2 hour wait for our luggage with no information ... Read More
We sailed with celebrity before and booked this cruise on the last one because we enjoyed it so much. Constellation was a disappointment. We went Jet set sail which was fine this end. Nearly 2 hour wait for our luggage with no information meant a poor start. No welcome on arrival. Poor bar service was an issue throughout compared to last cruise. Staff in Blu were amazing but service was wanting in other areas. There were other issues which although raised with guest relations were not sorted. Celebrity did not want to know either on board or after writing to them. Excursions to Split and Montenegro were interesting but the latter included a forced and unexpected fashion show at a leather showroom. We never felt relaxed as we had done on our last cruise. However the entertainment was much improved. The Cardinals were excellent entertaining in the lounges. The guest shows were much better than our previous cruise. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We took our four daughters, their spouses and our eleven grandchildren (ages 4 - 18) on an Adriatic and Italy cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. There were 21 of us altogether, and we picked Celebrity because of the family ... Read More
We took our four daughters, their spouses and our eleven grandchildren (ages 4 - 18) on an Adriatic and Italy cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. There were 21 of us altogether, and we picked Celebrity because of the family cabins (allowing people to a cabin, with the ability to create two separate sleeping areas, and the huge verandahs for the family cabins) and of course, the itinerary. The Concierge class cabins were nothing to speak of, however. Most of the family have been on luxury cruises before, and one family in particular are Celebrity fans, so it seemed a good choice for the age groups (4 to 73) involved...it seemed to offer something for everyone. Boarding and disembarkation went well, the kids loved their cabins, and loved the dining in the Marco Polo restaurant every evening...to Celebrity's great credit, the waiters particularly Ishkander and Sagar, were wonderful and patient and creative.. offering magic tricks and extra desserts to keep all 11 grandchildren happy and entertained.. Plusses.. the wait staff in the Marco Polo, the cabin attendant, Dora, who was never without a smile.. the menus in the Marco Polo which were varied and kept everyone happy. The condition of the ship was fine, well kept and up to date...the itinerary was great.. Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Malta, Sicily, Naples and Rome.. all were fascinating ports with lots to see and do. Entertainment in the theatre was good on the whole, with one fabulous British lady singer whose name I cannot recall...but some of the costuming was not appropriate for younger audiences. Minuses...the ship staff is constantly up-selling, from beverage packages to art auctions to yada-yada...(used Rolexes was one day's offering).. yet there was very little good information available about the ports to be visited.. and you were left with the impression that the cruise ship was only interested in selling things on board the ship.. the shore experiences were inconsequential. That was disappointing, since most people, I assume, were on the cruise to visit those ports in particular. The so-called Kid's Clubs were over-rated.. there was actually a dearth of children on board, which seemed odd to us since we had chosen a cruise line that catered to families.. the teens in our group were disappointed with the activities for their age groups. Service was spotty.. great in some areas (cabin attendants and the Marco Polo) but got sluggish and bogged down in other areas. Much of that was due, surely, to the outbreak of norovirus which hit the ship....and for our family, it was a painful experience..in all, seven of our 21 family members were sickened by the norovirus, with several family members falling ill the day we disembarked, which sadly affected their stay in Rome and worse, their flights back to California. While the ship acknowledged the outbreak of the norovirus, and repeatedly reminded passengers to use the hand sanitizers offered everywhere, the expansion of the virus aboard quickly affected the meals being offered in the casual dining food areas, and caused meal service to slow to painful and long lines... The medical center on the ship did provide free medical care, including shots and pills for virus victims, plus a mandatory 24 hr. quarantine for each affected passenger...but the fact that so many families were affected by the norovirus...certainly no one expected to travel thousands of miles on a family vacation to become ill! put a damper on the vacation...particularly on the part of myself and my husband who has planned this trip for 18 months...and expended more than $50,000 for the cruise. I would say that our kids and grandkids all enjoyed the cruise and the ship and the ports visited...and the ice cream! on the ship! I would say that, from my perspective.. wanting this to be a most memorable trip for our family.. I was somewhat disappointed. Would I go again? No. Read Less
31 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Chose because of port itinerary. Did a back to back from Venice to Rome and Rome to Barcelona. We always travel Aqua Class and found that this time in our first room which was 9090 and was also the same room for 2nd cruise was VERY ... Read More
Chose because of port itinerary. Did a back to back from Venice to Rome and Rome to Barcelona. We always travel Aqua Class and found that this time in our first room which was 9090 and was also the same room for 2nd cruise was VERY NOISY.... 2nd cruise they moved us (because of noise) to 1120 where it was just as NOISY and we were not the only passengers to complain. I even opened up the door at midnight to find kids running up and down the hallways. We have traveled many times on Celebrity and were very disappointed in this cruise (lack of many items that escalated to the unhappiness) -- the only GREAT experience was that of the BLU DINING STAFF - they were outstanding... never did Q-sine as we didn't like it on Millenium.... have been disappointed with the fact that they changed Bistro on 5 to a Sushi Restaurant, and Tuscan was just OK -- and ..... CELEBRITY charged for a special lunch at TUSCAN (on a sea day); and they started charging for the OUTSIDE grill area ... thus "nickel and diming" you for small things - There were many children on 2nd half of the back 2 back - with no PARENTAL SUPERVISION - and they let their children do whatever they wanted without regard to the time of day and other passengers on the ship! The entertainment was so so, some front staff was exceptional and others were not -- the first leg we had an outbreak of a virus and on the 2nd cruise there were passengers handling the fruit (peaches, plums, etc.) on the buffet looking for ripe ones - who wants to touch the fruit after witnessing this! It would be better if the staff just dished out the food - so those who do not sanitize don't infect the rest of the people. Rest rooms could have been more kept up. Our experience on the Millineum was so much more "homey" ... the Captain (Niklaus) came around and met and greeted as many passengers as he could. He was always accessible ... we didn't even know the Captain on this ship ... he never made many announcements - as Captain Niklaus did - every morning he gave an upbeat good morning etc. World of difference. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
The ship is showing her age. There is a lot of rust and too much of it has just been painted over rather than repaired and or repainted. There are so many shops on the fifth level that it seems more like a shopping mall (with a lot of ... Read More
The ship is showing her age. There is a lot of rust and too much of it has just been painted over rather than repaired and or repainted. There are so many shops on the fifth level that it seems more like a shopping mall (with a lot of overpriced products and push salespeople). The staff is nice and friendly, just as they are on most Celebrity cruises. The guest entertainers were pretty good, except for Jayne Curry who is always outstanding. The productions shows were good but a little weird in context. The itinerary for 6/15 cruise wasn't particularly good with two days in Malta and only a half day in Sicily. The stop in Naples was a disaster because it took local authorities two hours to clear the ship for disembarkation, and Celebrity didn't adjust the shore excursions appropriately. All in all, the worst of the five cruises we've taken on Celebrity.. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Embarkation was the poorest we have ever experiences in all our years travelling with Celebrity. The "priority line" was a joke. It took over an hour to check in and when complete it took them almost another 10 minutes to ... Read More
Embarkation was the poorest we have ever experiences in all our years travelling with Celebrity. The "priority line" was a joke. It took over an hour to check in and when complete it took them almost another 10 minutes to locate our cards. The head of Guest Relations made one excuse after another. Disembarkation was great...no wait especially being Elite. The ship is okay for being as old as it is. Our cabin service was great. Location on the back end was the only reason we took this cruise other than itinerary. Dining: we ate in the Main Dining Room. Dinner service was spectacular with Nelson and Elvis along with our Sommelier, Nebojsa. Can't say the same for breakfast -- it was the "worst" from service to the food. Never ate there again after this one time experience. As for the Specialty Dining, not a big fan. Ate in Tuscan and as for us way over priced at $45 each. The service however, was impeccable. Silvano, Lan, and Marco were the best in our opinion. As an Elite we had breakfast everyday in the Tuscan and the food was very fresh and good. Service again was superb with Tari and Lan. Entertainment and activities were OK. Ports were why we were on the ship. As for excursions Celebrity's are always way overpriced so we did our own private or with small groups. 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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