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After the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix it was good to relax on board and be wafted to Muscat, Sir Bani Yas island, Dubai and back to Abu Dhabi. And wafting was what "Connie" did - we barely noticed her moving she was so smooth. Embarcation was a doddle as we'd checked in before leaving UK and printed out everything, including copies of our passports. The buffets for breakfast and lunch were good as long as you didn't hit "rush hour" when it was tricky finding a seat. We tended to dine early (6-7pm) at San Marco, shared a table with 2 or 3 other couples several times and only had to wait until our table was complete before ordering. The menu choice was good and the service excellent. The shows we went to were good and it was easy to exit if the entertainment wasn't to your taste. The lectures were a bit dry and the titles were sometimes misleading (a talk on the Bedouin was billed as "Dubai & Abu Dhabi - brothers but not twins"). Sea days were tedious - unless you were up early there were no sunbeds left and few places to relax out of the sun. I really missed having internet access but I wasn't prepared to pay the extortionate price for onboard access. Most port terminals had free wifi. The Fitness centre was awesome - we did two spin classes and my husband spent time there most days. Muscat : good, frequent shuttles between boat and the port gate. We booked an independent excursion and easily linked up with our group at the gate on day 1. The next day we walked along the Corniche back to the Bait Al Zubair Museum which had free wifi in the coffee shop. Sir Bani Yas Island : 20min ride in a tender to the beach area where a BBQ lunch was provided and bars manned by ship staff were available. The beach area was full of shells and rocks at the waters edge - beach shoes are advisable. And don't dream of snorkelling - the visibility is inches not metres because of the sand. We enjoyed the mountain bike tour around part of the nature reserve. Dubai : we like to explore using the local public transport but you still need to take a taxi to get to the nearest Metro station. Returning to the boat during rush hour was challenging until we found that taxis can usually be found near supermarkets in malls. We spent a day at Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa (book tickets online ahead), a day on The Palm at the waterpark and aquarium in the Altantis Hotel (Aquaventure) and our final day exploring the Dubai Marina, doing a boat trip around The Palm and winding up watching the skiers at Mall of the Emirates. Abu Dhabi : no public transport but taxis were cheap and plentiful, especially outside hotels. We'd booked an excursion (via Groupon) to go into the desert (camel ride, sand boarding, dune bashing, meal etc) which was awesome and a great end to our trip.

A great flavour of the Emirates and Oman

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by PetalPower

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2B
After the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix it was good to relax on board and be wafted to Muscat, Sir Bani Yas island, Dubai and back to Abu Dhabi. And wafting was what "Connie" did - we barely noticed her moving she was so smooth.

Embarcation was a doddle as we'd checked in before leaving UK and printed out everything, including copies of our passports.

The buffets for breakfast and lunch were good as long as you didn't hit "rush hour" when it was tricky finding a seat. We tended to dine early (6-7pm) at San Marco, shared a table with 2 or 3 other couples several times and only had to wait until our table was complete before ordering. The menu choice was good and the service excellent.

The shows we went to were good and it was easy to exit if the entertainment wasn't to your taste. The lectures were a bit dry and the titles were sometimes misleading (a talk on the Bedouin was billed as "Dubai & Abu Dhabi - brothers but not twins").

Sea days were tedious - unless you were up early there were no sunbeds left and few places to relax out of the sun. I really missed having internet access but I wasn't prepared to pay the extortionate price for onboard access. Most port terminals had free wifi.

The Fitness centre was awesome - we did two spin classes and my husband spent time there most days.

Muscat : good, frequent shuttles between boat and the port gate. We booked an independent excursion and easily linked up with our group at the gate on day 1. The next day we walked along the Corniche back to the Bait Al Zubair Museum which had free wifi in the coffee shop.

Sir Bani Yas Island : 20min ride in a tender to the beach area where a BBQ lunch was provided and bars manned by ship staff were available. The beach area was full of shells and rocks at the waters edge - beach shoes are advisable. And don't dream of snorkelling - the visibility is inches not metres because of the sand. We enjoyed the mountain bike tour around part of the nature reserve.

Dubai : we like to explore using the local public transport but you still need to take a taxi to get to the nearest Metro station. Returning to the boat during rush hour was challenging until we found that taxis can usually be found near supermarkets in malls. We spent a day at Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa (book tickets online ahead), a day on The Palm at the waterpark and aquarium in the Altantis Hotel (Aquaventure) and our final day exploring the Dubai Marina, doing a boat trip around The Palm and winding up watching the skiers at Mall of the Emirates.

Abu Dhabi : no public transport but taxis were cheap and plentiful, especially outside hotels. We'd booked an excursion (via Groupon) to go into the desert (camel ride, sand boarding, dune bashing, meal etc) which was awesome and a great end to our trip.
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Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2B
Cabin 2B 7084
All the essentials and more than enough storage space. The balcony was just big enough for us both to sit out in the sunshine. The position was great (pretty much middle of the middle) as we oscillated between Deck 5 (San Marco, Al Bacio, Theatre) and Deck 10 (Ocean View, pools, Fitness Centre) when on board.
Deck 9 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Abu Dhabi
    No public transport but taxis were cheap and plentiful, especially outside hotels. We'd booked an excursion (via Groupon) on our last day to go into the desert (camel ride, sand boarding, dune bashing, meal etc) which was awesome and a great end to our trip.
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  • Dubai
    We like to explore using the local public transport but you still need to take a taxi to exit the port and get to the nearest Metro station. Returning to the boat during rush hour was challenging until we found that taxis can usually be found near supermarkets in malls. We spent a day at Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa (book tickets online ahead), a day on The Palm at the waterpark and aquarium in the Altantis Hotel (Aquaventure) and our final day exploring the Dubai Marina, doing a boat trip around The Palm and winding up watching the skiers at Mall of the Emirates.
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  • Muscat
    There were good, frequent shuttles between the boat and the port gate. We booked an independent excursion (Mystical Muscat) and easily linked up with our group at the gate on day 1. The next day we walked along the Corniche back to the Bait Al Zubair Museum which had free wifi in the coffee shop.
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  • Sir Bani Yas Island
    Connie was moored offshore so there was a 20min ride in a tender to the beach area where a BBQ lunch was provided and bars manned by ship staff were available. The beach area was full of shells and rocks at the waters edge - beach shoes are advisable. And don't dream of snorkelling - the visibility is inches not metres because of the sand. We enjoyed the mountain bike tour around part of the nature reserve.
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