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How to radically alter your mode of living...it really was a departure. I had not cruised in over 20 years and Robert had never cruised...you might call us semi-newbies! The Constellation was a far cry from the "Fun Ships" and the barefoot cruising of my past. I chose CC simply for the price vs the amenities available in other classes. I was very anxious that R be comfortable on his first cruise and this more than met the ticket. At the last minute, I switched our cabin to an open handicapped room on the aft and wound up with twice the space and a huge balcony! *tip - the Baltic is cold and a balcony is not really a necessity at all as it might be in the Med. The downside of this cabin is that in warm months noise from the seaside grill would be VERY noticeable. Noise is a factor in Sky deck cabins when the weather permits a lot of outdoor activity. In warm weather, book deck 8 or below. The cabin and amenities were delivered as advertised. Always fresh fruit and flowers and R had his pillows galore. The bedding was very comfortable and our steward placed a larger table for in room dining which we did a lot. It was meticulously maintained and coffee, water and smoothies appeared at all hours. While Celebrity will sell you just about anything on the ship,just imagine my disappointment when I found that I could not take the steward home with me. Izzy was more of a butler, hanging clothes and sometimes choosing meals when we came in from a long excursion. Constellation gets 6 stars from me on the cabin and the staff. The ships rating drops radically when it comes to food. Maybe it's was just us, maybe we are food snobs, but we really didn't care for the food. It just wasn't that good. I am aware that the preparation of meals for 2000 + people is an enormous undertaking and I owned a restaurant in NY for many years, but this fell far short of what I expected. Our table was pre-booked so that we could dine with friends at the early seating. Our waiter Oleman was excellent but his assistant just never got it. The dining room can be exceptionally noisy and R found it very difficult to hear anything. While the menus include lite dining choices, the emphasis on heavy protein and fat and the absence of vegetables except as garnish was a huge minus for us. We eventually asked to be presented with the vegetarian menu along with the regular and made choices from both. The beef was routinely overcooked no matter how rare one requested and any item returned resulted in a 15 minute wait for replacement. We ate in the dining room approx 6 nites including 1 open seating which was a nightmare. During open seating the waiters are rude and hostile because they are not getting a tip from you. Management sent personal apologies after observing this (we never complained to them) but I don't think anything really changed. In contrast, the same menus served in our cabin were presented flawlessly and Izzy had extra veggies put on our entrees without our requesting them. (see why I wanted to take him home). We gave up on the main dining room expect for formal nights. Alternative dining on the 10th deck is cafeteria style (not my favorite) and offered lots of choices all of which were mediocre enough to not offend anyone. Only once did a waiter offer to carry my tray or to assist me to a table. One can wander endlessly looking for a place to eat as your food gets helplessly colder. It is also very noisy and the lines can be really long when excursions have returned. *TIP have a plan in advance for dining when returning from shore or you will be cold, hungry and get very annoyed. Pizza and Pasta are available until 1 am but the ice cream shuts down at six. This is a huge mistake as the ice cream is wonderful and is what I really wanted in the wee hours. The Aqua Spa and SeaSide Grill are located in the coldest part of the ship with limited dining spaces. These are ideal areas for casual dining in warm weather ports but can be impossible in the Baltics. Hamburgers are precooked and they serve pork (not kosher)hot dogs. Aqua Spa entrees present beautifully, but the food is bland and tasteless. Good place to get a fruit plate. In the land of desserts and pastries: very good brioche and croissants, so so bread and rolls. The formal tea in the dining room had wonderful little tarts and sandwiches. This was the time the dining room was at it's best. The coffee and teas were far better than at any other time. *Note to Celebrity: coffee and dishwater are NOT interchangeable. Ocean Liners: Not only did we do the specialty restaurant, we gave a dinner party there. Lots of waiters whipping around. It is a lovely way to entertain at a modest cost, however it is NOT 5 star food. It is better than any other area on the ship, but your best hometown restaurant is probably better. All in all we had a lovely time and the 4 sea days were appreciated as this trip was very port intensive. The enrichment lectures vis a vis the ports were dreary and not informative or particularly accurate, but take them all with a grain of salt and form your own opinions. The service can be very uneven with very marvelous and helpful people floating about in a sea of the clueless. We enjoyed a lot of the spa services and the elaborate Persian Garden but the pedicures had the most primitive equipment possible and left Robert with bleeding feet. At 64$ for a pedicure this is not acceptable. This was an affordable and generally comfortably way to see places that we wanted to visit. We met a lot of very interesting people and enjoyed ourselves very much. It is not worth the time or effort to waste vacation being irritated, so find what suits you and have a ball...we did and we thank everyone on this site who contributed to making it memorable. Ports to follow!

Constellation - Northern Europe

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by gnarfle23

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How to radically alter your mode of living...it really was a departure. I had not cruised in over 20 years and Robert had never cruised...you might call us semi-newbies!
The Constellation was a far cry from the "Fun Ships" and the barefoot cruising of my past. I chose CC simply for the price vs the amenities available in other classes. I was very anxious that R be comfortable on his first cruise and this more than met the ticket.
At the last minute, I switched our cabin to an open handicapped room on the aft and wound up with twice the space and a huge balcony! *tip - the Baltic is cold and a balcony is not really a necessity at all as it might be in the Med. The downside of this cabin is that in warm months noise from the seaside grill would be VERY noticeable. Noise is a factor in Sky deck cabins when the weather permits a lot of outdoor activity. In warm weather, book deck 8 or below. The cabin and amenities were delivered as advertised. Always fresh fruit and flowers and R had his pillows galore. The bedding was very comfortable and our steward placed a larger table for in room dining which we did a lot. It was meticulously maintained and coffee, water and smoothies appeared at all hours. While Celebrity will sell you just about anything on the ship,just imagine my disappointment when I found that I could not take the steward home with me. Izzy was more of a butler, hanging clothes and sometimes choosing meals when we came in from a long excursion. Constellation gets 6 stars from me on the cabin and the staff.
The ships rating drops radically when it comes to food. Maybe it's was just us, maybe we are food snobs, but we really didn't care for the food. It just wasn't that good. I am aware that the preparation of meals for 2000 + people is an enormous undertaking and I owned a restaurant in NY for many years, but this fell far short of what I expected. Our table was pre-booked so that we could dine with friends at the early seating. Our waiter Oleman was excellent but his assistant just never got it. The dining room can be exceptionally noisy and R found it very difficult to hear anything. While the menus include lite dining choices, the emphasis on heavy protein and fat and the absence of vegetables except as garnish was a huge minus for us. We eventually asked to be presented with the vegetarian menu along with the regular and made choices from both. The beef was routinely overcooked no matter how rare one requested and any item returned resulted in a 15 minute wait for replacement. We ate in the dining room approx 6 nites including 1 open seating which was a nightmare. During open seating the waiters are rude and hostile because they are not getting a tip from you. Management sent personal apologies after observing this (we never complained to them) but I don't think anything really changed. In contrast, the same menus served in our cabin were presented flawlessly and Izzy had extra veggies put on our entrees without our requesting them. (see why I wanted to take him home). We gave up on the main dining room expect for formal nights. Alternative dining on the 10th deck is cafeteria style (not my favorite) and offered lots of choices all of which were mediocre enough to not offend anyone. Only once did a waiter offer to carry my tray or to assist me to a table. One can wander endlessly looking for a place to eat as your food gets helplessly colder. It is also very noisy and the lines can be really long when excursions have returned. *TIP have a plan in advance for dining when returning from shore or you will be cold, hungry and get very annoyed. Pizza and Pasta are available until 1 am but the ice cream shuts down at six. This is a huge mistake as the ice cream is wonderful and is what I really wanted in the wee hours. The Aqua Spa and SeaSide Grill are located in the coldest part of the ship with limited dining spaces. These are ideal areas for casual dining in warm weather ports but can be impossible in the Baltics. Hamburgers are precooked and they serve pork (not kosher)hot dogs. Aqua Spa entrees present beautifully, but the food is bland and tasteless. Good place to get a fruit plate. In the land of desserts and pastries: very good brioche and croissants, so so bread and rolls. The formal tea in the dining room had wonderful little tarts and sandwiches. This was the time the dining room was at it's best. The coffee and teas were far better than at any other time. *Note to Celebrity: coffee and dishwater are NOT interchangeable. Ocean Liners: Not only did we do the specialty restaurant, we gave a dinner party there. Lots of waiters whipping around. It is a lovely way to entertain at a modest cost, however it is NOT 5 star food. It is better than any other area on the ship, but your best hometown restaurant is probably better.
All in all we had a lovely time and the 4 sea days were appreciated as this trip was very port intensive. The enrichment lectures vis a vis the ports were dreary and not informative or particularly accurate, but take them all with a grain of salt and form your own opinions. The service can be very uneven with very marvelous and helpful people floating about in a sea of the clueless. We enjoyed a lot of the spa services and the elaborate Persian Garden but the pedicures had the most primitive equipment possible and left Robert with bleeding feet. At 64$ for a pedicure this is not acceptable. This was an affordable and generally comfortably way to see places that we wanted to visit. We met a lot of very interesting people and enjoyed ourselves very much. It is not worth the time or effort to waste vacation being irritated, so find what suits you and have a ball...we did and we thank everyone on this site who contributed to making it memorable. Ports to follow!
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