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Spent 12 nights on the Celebrity Constellation in October 2016. For a 14 year old ship she is in very good condition. She was refurbed about 3-4 years ago but is well maintained. She does not have the glamour of some of the newer ships perhaps but that was of no consequence. Sailed from Athens. Took Bus X80 from Syntagma Sq and were dropped off about 50m from check in. Check in was painless and since we were early all classes checked in quickly. We had opted for Aqua Guarantee and were allocated cabin 9046. It was very typical of balcony staterooms on that level in the forward half of the ship. The overhang from the pool deck had several consequences. There was a lot of condensation on the underside of the pool deck which dripped onto our balcony in the mornings. In warmer weather it may not be an issue. The sun only got to the balcony early or late in the day. In warm weather this would be a bonus. Another bonus was that when it did rain our balcony was protected. We liked dining in BLU restaurant which is reserved for Aqua class only. The service and presentation was very good. We had a couple of lunches in the MDR and were pleasantly surprised by the standard there also. The Buffet was of a slightly lower standard than we would have expected but that seems to be a deliberate strategy by Celebrity to pitch their upper tier dining experiences at your wallet. While the specialty restaurants fit the 5* billing the buffet is only 4* based on our limited experience. Celebrity appear to position themselves to target travellers who are prepared to pay an average price for a cruise but then pay extra for the premium levels of dining. We had a very full cruise in terms of activities and found ourselves lingering in the restaurant chatting with fellow cruisers and consequently did not attend any of the theatre presentations. Feedback from others indicated we had not really missed out most nights. This cruise was supposed to originate in Istanbul but after the June 2016 Terrorist bombings Athens was made base port. Everyone we spoke with was disappointed but realistic in their understanding of the changes. Most had Israel as No1 target and Istanbul as No2 so were not totally put out. Celebrity were very supportive with the changes forced on us as a result and they score a definite 5/5 for that. Our tour itinerary:Started from Athens; Kusadasi, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Limassol, Cyprus; Haifa, Israel; Ashdod, Israel; Valletta, Malta; Civitavecchia, Rome Disembark. Every port is interesting and there is more than enough to do. Just walking around the Old Town in Rhodes was a day in its self. it is about 300m from the Dock. In Cyprus we took a bus tour organised by another cruiser which was interesting. Consensus is that you need to have an organised tour in Israel. Those who simply went ashore in general felt they had not made the most of their time. Ashdod is too far from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem for an easy shore day unless you have an organised tour. In Malta we took a HOHO bus trip and saw quite a lot of the island. It was only 2 1/2 hours but there was not a lot of time for more unless you were organised and next time we would do a tour. Disembarkation at Civitavecchia can be an expensive process unless you have plenty of time. Transfer to Rome or the airport was offered at $75 pp. We had all day so with others we met on board we walked off the ship at 9.00; waited ages for the port shuttle to the gates. we were deposited at a bus stop and paid $2 for the bus to the station and $5 for a train ticket to Rome where we arrived at 12, put our bags in storage and walked around until about 5.00pm when we took a bus to the airport for $6. It can be done reasonably cheaply but you need time and public transport was crowded. Overall a very pleasant cruise and Celebrity are definitely up there for us.

Constellation: 12 Night Med and Israel Cruise

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Big Shed

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Spent 12 nights on the Celebrity Constellation in October 2016.

For a 14 year old ship she is in very good condition. She was refurbed about 3-4 years ago but is well maintained. She does not have the glamour of some of the newer ships perhaps but that was of no consequence.

Sailed from Athens.

Took Bus X80 from Syntagma Sq and were dropped off about 50m from check in.

Check in was painless and since we were early all classes checked in quickly.

We had opted for Aqua Guarantee and were allocated cabin 9046. It was very typical of balcony staterooms on that level in the forward half of the ship.

The overhang from the pool deck had several consequences. There was a lot of condensation on the underside of the pool deck which dripped onto our balcony in the mornings. In warmer weather it may not be an issue. The sun only got to the balcony early or late in the day. In warm weather this would be a bonus. Another bonus was that when it did rain our balcony was protected.

We liked dining in BLU restaurant which is reserved for Aqua class only. The service and presentation was very good. We had a couple of lunches in the MDR and were pleasantly surprised by the standard there also. The Buffet was of a slightly lower standard than we would have expected but that seems to be a deliberate strategy by Celebrity to pitch their upper tier dining experiences at your wallet. While the specialty restaurants fit the 5* billing the buffet is only 4* based on our limited experience. Celebrity appear to position themselves to target travellers who are prepared to pay an average price for a cruise but then pay extra for the premium levels of dining.

We had a very full cruise in terms of activities and found ourselves lingering in the restaurant chatting with fellow cruisers and consequently did not attend any of the theatre presentations. Feedback from others indicated we had not really missed out most nights.

This cruise was supposed to originate in Istanbul but after the June 2016 Terrorist bombings Athens was made base port. Everyone we spoke with was disappointed but realistic in their understanding of the changes. Most had Israel as No1 target and Istanbul as No2 so were not totally put out. Celebrity were very supportive with the changes forced on us as a result and they score a definite 5/5 for that.

Our tour itinerary:Started from Athens; Kusadasi, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Limassol, Cyprus; Haifa, Israel; Ashdod, Israel; Valletta, Malta; Civitavecchia, Rome Disembark.

Every port is interesting and there is more than enough to do.

Just walking around the Old Town in Rhodes was a day in its self. it is about 300m from the Dock. In Cyprus we took a bus tour organised by another cruiser which was interesting. Consensus is that you need to have an organised tour in Israel. Those who simply went ashore in general felt they had not made the most of their time. Ashdod is too far from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem for an easy shore day unless you have an organised tour.

In Malta we took a HOHO bus trip and saw quite a lot of the island. It was only 2 1/2 hours but there was not a lot of time for more unless you were organised and next time we would do a tour.

Disembarkation at Civitavecchia can be an expensive process unless you have plenty of time. Transfer to Rome or the airport was offered at $75 pp. We had all day so with others we met on board we walked off the ship at 9.00; waited ages for the port shuttle to the gates. we were deposited at a bus stop and paid $2 for the bus to the station and $5 for a train ticket to Rome where we arrived at 12, put our bags in storage and walked around until about 5.00pm when we took a bus to the airport for $6. It can be done reasonably cheaply but you need time and public transport was crowded.

Overall a very pleasant cruise and Celebrity are definitely up there for us.
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Aqua Class Balcony
Cabin A2 9046
We had opted for Aqua Guarantee and were allocated cabin 9046. It was very typical of balcony staterooms on that level in the forward half of the ship.
The overhang from the pool deck had several consequences. There was a lot of condensation on the underside of the pool deck which dripped onto our balcony in the mornings. In warmer weather it may not be an issue. The sun only got to the balcony early or late in the day. In warm weather this would be a bonus. Another bonus was that when it did rain our balcony was protected.

The noise from above was insignificant. Very little scraping of deck chairs and the sound of feet on the track above was minimal limited to waking hours anyway. Across from the cabin was a crew only door and we thought that might lead to increased noise. Most of the time our cabin attendant parked his trolley of equipment in it anyway.

The bathroom was enhanced by having a shower door in place of a curtain. The fridge did not cool drinks adequately. The cabin was spacious enough and compared to some hotel rooms around Europe was quite well proportioned.

Overall the cabin was just fine.
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