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5 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
3 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
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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