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Well, we have just returned from our first Celebrity Cruise in 5 years having spent the last 5 on P&O. We were onboard the Celebrity Constellation having done 3 cruises on the Silhouette when she was new. Our cruise was the Adriatic and the Greek Islands Cruise from the 20th August for 10 nights starting from Venice. We had stayed in Venice for 3 nights prior to the cruise and organised all transfers ourselves. First impressions of the ship were very positive, and embarkation was very smooth and efficient. We were onboard at about 11.30am and had not had to wait more than a minute to check in. We liked the size of the ship and loved the fact that she had a large prom deck, though disappointed that it does not go all round the front or the aft of the ship. Our cabin was superb – we had Concierge Class 7203 which had a huge aft balcony with 2 sun loungers and a small table, a large table and 4 chairs. There was easily enough space for more! I would say that the balcony was about 15ft by 8ft at the least. The shades above made it very private and it was very quiet, with a mixture of shade and sun. We had been worried that the length of the balcony would make the cabin dark, but this was not the case and the cabin was light and airy. As travellers from the OK we were really pleased that we were asked If we wanted a tea kettle – and very surprised. A nice touch for us Brits! One thing that surprised us was that the cabin next to us was a family cabin and not another CC cabin. This was a surprise as had we realised this we would have chosen another one. No offense to anyone with children but in the school holidays it can be a lottery re possible noise with children on a balcony. Thankfully, the family next to us were generally respectful of others and quiet and we thank them for that. If we travelled in an aft cabin on this class of ship again we would check out what cabins are either side in case we were not as lucky next time. One thing that struck us about this aft cabin was that, unlike the Silhouette aft cabin and an aft cabin we have had on P&O’s Britannia, there was no juddering or vibration and when docking we very rarely felt anything. Connie came across as a very smooth, well balanced ship – if that makes sense. No soot either! Our cabin was comfortable, though some of the furniture a little worn and our balcony rail needed some TLC (but looking at the one nearby I think it was the next one to have some varnish!). The bathroom was excellent, and the storage space was amazing. We’ve never had a cabin with so much space to store our belongings! Have to say, the one thing that we both disliked was the full-length mirror that covered the wall right opposite the bed. Useless as a mirror to use to dress as you couldn’t stand far enough back and not at all flattering first thing in the morning (ha ha). We found the crew on the whole to be friendly and attentive. Staff in the bar areas were helpful and chatty but we did feel that they seemed a little understaffed at times and quite often it was far easier to go to the bar ourselves to get a drink than wait from someone to come to us. We found the perks from Concierge Class to be really good – we loved the special chance to go to the helipad on our sail in to Dubrovnik and some of the little extras we received. We would definitely go CC again in the future if funds allowed. The enhanced breakfast menu was excellent, and we made use of cabin service for breakfast a number of times. It was very efficient - though we wished that the times given to order went beyond 9 – 9.30am as some days when we wanted a lazy day we would have preferred a time after 10am (particularly when the clocks had changed an hour). We have to mention our cabin steward Neranda who was amazing – a superb advertisement for the cruise line and probably one of the best stewards we have ever had. His was polite, friendly, helpful, and thoughtful. His decoration of our cabin for our anniversary and bottle of wine was a lovely surprise and very much appreciated. In effect, it was thanks to him that we had a special cruise and we would very much like to meet him again on a future cruise. Dining. On our last cruises on Celebrity we found the food to be better than this time. We ate in Qsine on the first night and enjoyed the meal once again. We did think that the staff in there sometimes try too hard though – if that makes sense. We did not eat in the other speciality restaurants though – with Sushi on 5 not being to our taste and the menu in the Tuscan Grill not inspiring us at all. The food in the Main Dining Room was good when we chose, but we found that our choices were very limited, and it was a case of ‘which one item do you fancy tonight’. In fact, the MDR was the main disappointment of the cruise as we had chosen select dining and, on this occasion, it seemed chaotic most evenings. We expected to wait, but on one occasion our pager did not work, and we waited an hour or more with little apology when we gave up and went back to check. We sat in 3 main areas and service was hit and miss. 2 areas were ok(ish) but nothing special and some staff tried their best. Another one where we sat for 2 nights was terrible and everyone we sat with made the same comment. Service for the wine was hit and miss too – with the wine steward checking and topping up your glass in one area and no sign of them in the other. On 2 evenings we ate in the Buffet Restaurant and that was ok – we ate at the back in the open air and it was enjoyable. The food was good and the service very good and friendly. We used the buffet restaurant a number of times for breakfast and lunch in the late afternoon. We were never disappointed, and service and the quality of the menu was excellent. I have to say that the quality of the Celebrity buffet has been and still is way above any we have had on other cruise lines. We also used Café al Bacio several times for speciality coffees and, again the service there was excellent and the coffees very good! We are not a couple who tend to go to the major shows and prefer a walk around the ship after our meal and sit is a quiet bar. This time we found that the singers were a mixed bag. Sadly, we can’t remember are the names but the male soloist in the Oceanview Bar at the back was excellent (just as well as we could hear him from our cabin balcony), as were the group who performed most nights. A female soloist had a voice that was not to our taste (if that is a polite way of saying it) and it was not much fun listening to her trying to sing Whitney Houston! The string duet – well, words fail. The arrangements for the items they were playing really were not good and, though we both like classical music, we just did not like this duet at all. They certainly emptied some of the bar areas quickly and just didn’t seem to fit with the ‘vibe’ of the ship. The Movies under the Stars seemed good and in a good location at the back of the ship. We were going to make use of this but that will have to be another time! Drinks packages. We had a free Classic Drinks Package (if anything is ever free) and we used our onboard credit to upgrade to Premium when we boarded. We are unsure if it was worth the upgrade charge, but we found it easier to use, but had to keep a check on our bill on the TV as sometimes we found that we had been charged extra for some drinks. A mention must go to the Customer Service Team. They were excellent and though we had had a problem with one of our suitcases being damaged they dealt with the issue immediately and sorted any issues we had with our bill quickly and friendly. Shopping – loved the way that the shops were laid out and there seemed to be a good range of goods. A shame that they did not have a small shop for little odds and ends though. It may sound a small think but when we ran out of small packets of tissues it was a pain having to walk around Mykonos to find more. Surely the ship could stock more ‘must haves’ for passengers. Sun loungers – there always seemed to be plenty of sun loungers available, even on a sea day and the pool areas were well maintained and an idea place for a swim. One thing we did miss on Celebrity was the end of the day message from the Captain as we left port. I know that this is not a Celebrity thing, but it seemed strange not to have a message from the Bridge as we sailed away. We did see several Officers around the ship and they were always polite and friendly. On one occasion the Captain stopped to chat with us and that was a very pleasant surprise. Finally, the ports of call: Dubrovnik 2 days, Mykonos, Crete, Athens, Santorini, Kotokolon – what more can you say! All great ports of call with amazing opportunities for site seeing. We did some of the ship’s excursions and they were a mixed bag! Next year we will be doing a similar itinerary and will be checking out the chance to do more alone as we found the cost of the ship’s excursions quite expensive. To summarise our first cruise with Celebrity on one of their smaller ships – we had a great time as always. Looking back at the review there are some negatives, but these are generally minor issues and just our objective viewpoint having returned to Celebrity after a short time. Things weren’t perfect, but we have yet to sail on a cruise line where everything is! The test is would be go again and the answer is a most definite ‘YES’ and have booked again to go on Edge next year.

A great cruise with just a few minor things to improve upon

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by Presto2

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Well, we have just returned from our first Celebrity Cruise in 5 years having spent the last 5 on P&O. We were onboard the Celebrity Constellation having done 3 cruises on the Silhouette when she was new. Our cruise was the Adriatic and the Greek Islands Cruise from the 20th August for 10 nights starting from Venice. We had stayed in Venice for 3 nights prior to the cruise and organised all transfers ourselves.

First impressions of the ship were very positive, and embarkation was very smooth and efficient. We were onboard at about 11.30am and had not had to wait more than a minute to check in. We liked the size of the ship and loved the fact that she had a large prom deck, though disappointed that it does not go all round the front or the aft of the ship.

Our cabin was superb – we had Concierge Class 7203 which had a huge aft balcony with 2 sun loungers and a small table, a large table and 4 chairs. There was easily enough space for more! I would say that the balcony was about 15ft by 8ft at the least. The shades above made it very private and it was very quiet, with a mixture of shade and sun. We had been worried that the length of the balcony would make the cabin dark, but this was not the case and the cabin was light and airy. As travellers from the OK we were really pleased that we were asked If we wanted a tea kettle – and very surprised. A nice touch for us Brits!

One thing that surprised us was that the cabin next to us was a family cabin and not another CC cabin. This was a surprise as had we realised this we would have chosen another one. No offense to anyone with children but in the school holidays it can be a lottery re possible noise with children on a balcony. Thankfully, the family next to us were generally respectful of others and quiet and we thank them for that. If we travelled in an aft cabin on this class of ship again we would check out what cabins are either side in case we were not as lucky next time.

One thing that struck us about this aft cabin was that, unlike the Silhouette aft cabin and an aft cabin we have had on P&O’s Britannia, there was no juddering or vibration and when docking we very rarely felt anything. Connie came across as a very smooth, well balanced ship – if that makes sense. No soot either!

Our cabin was comfortable, though some of the furniture a little worn and our balcony rail needed some TLC (but looking at the one nearby I think it was the next one to have some varnish!). The bathroom was excellent, and the storage space was amazing. We’ve never had a cabin with so much space to store our belongings!

Have to say, the one thing that we both disliked was the full-length mirror that covered the wall right opposite the bed. Useless as a mirror to use to dress as you couldn’t stand far enough back and not at all flattering first thing in the morning (ha ha).

We found the crew on the whole to be friendly and attentive. Staff in the bar areas were helpful and chatty but we did feel that they seemed a little understaffed at times and quite often it was far easier to go to the bar ourselves to get a drink than wait from someone to come to us.

We found the perks from Concierge Class to be really good – we loved the special chance to go to the helipad on our sail in to Dubrovnik and some of the little extras we received. We would definitely go CC again in the future if funds allowed. The enhanced breakfast menu was excellent, and we made use of cabin service for breakfast a number of times. It was very efficient - though we wished that the times given to order went beyond 9 – 9.30am as some days when we wanted a lazy day we would have preferred a time after 10am (particularly when the clocks had changed an hour).

We have to mention our cabin steward Neranda who was amazing – a superb advertisement for the cruise line and probably one of the best stewards we have ever had. His was polite, friendly, helpful, and thoughtful. His decoration of our cabin for our anniversary and bottle of wine was a lovely surprise and very much appreciated. In effect, it was thanks to him that we had a special cruise and we would very much like to meet him again on a future cruise.

Dining. On our last cruises on Celebrity we found the food to be better than this time. We ate in Qsine on the first night and enjoyed the meal once again. We did think that the staff in there sometimes try too hard though – if that makes sense. We did not eat in the other speciality restaurants though – with Sushi on 5 not being to our taste and the menu in the Tuscan Grill not inspiring us at all. The food in the Main Dining Room was good when we chose, but we found that our choices were very limited, and it was a case of ‘which one item do you fancy tonight’. In fact, the MDR was the main disappointment of the cruise as we had chosen select dining and, on this occasion, it seemed chaotic most evenings. We expected to wait, but on one occasion our pager did not work, and we waited an hour or more with little apology when we gave up and went back to check. We sat in 3 main areas and service was hit and miss. 2 areas were ok(ish) but nothing special and some staff tried their best. Another one where we sat for 2 nights was terrible and everyone we sat with made the same comment. Service for the wine was hit and miss too – with the wine steward checking and topping up your glass in one area and no sign of them in the other.

On 2 evenings we ate in the Buffet Restaurant and that was ok – we ate at the back in the open air and it was enjoyable. The food was good and the service very good and friendly.

We used the buffet restaurant a number of times for breakfast and lunch in the late afternoon. We were never disappointed, and service and the quality of the menu was excellent. I have to say that the quality of the Celebrity buffet has been and still is way above any we have had on other cruise lines.

We also used Café al Bacio several times for speciality coffees and, again the service there was excellent and the coffees very good!

We are not a couple who tend to go to the major shows and prefer a walk around the ship after our meal and sit is a quiet bar. This time we found that the singers were a mixed bag. Sadly, we can’t remember are the names but the male soloist in the Oceanview Bar at the back was excellent (just as well as we could hear him from our cabin balcony), as were the group who performed most nights. A female soloist had a voice that was not to our taste (if that is a polite way of saying it) and it was not much fun listening to her trying to sing Whitney Houston! The string duet – well, words fail. The arrangements for the items they were playing really were not good and, though we both like classical music, we just did not like this duet at all. They certainly emptied some of the bar areas quickly and just didn’t seem to fit with the ‘vibe’ of the ship.

The Movies under the Stars seemed good and in a good location at the back of the ship. We were going to make use of this but that will have to be another time!

Drinks packages. We had a free Classic Drinks Package (if anything is ever free) and we used our onboard credit to upgrade to Premium when we boarded. We are unsure if it was worth the upgrade charge, but we found it easier to use, but had to keep a check on our bill on the TV as sometimes we found that we had been charged extra for some drinks.

A mention must go to the Customer Service Team. They were excellent and though we had had a problem with one of our suitcases being damaged they dealt with the issue immediately and sorted any issues we had with our bill quickly and friendly.

Shopping – loved the way that the shops were laid out and there seemed to be a good range of goods. A shame that they did not have a small shop for little odds and ends though. It may sound a small think but when we ran out of small packets of tissues it was a pain having to walk around Mykonos to find more. Surely the ship could stock more ‘must haves’ for passengers.

Sun loungers – there always seemed to be plenty of sun loungers available, even on a sea day and the pool areas were well maintained and an idea place for a swim.

One thing we did miss on Celebrity was the end of the day message from the Captain as we left port. I know that this is not a Celebrity thing, but it seemed strange not to have a message from the Bridge as we sailed away. We did see several Officers around the ship and they were always polite and friendly. On one occasion the Captain stopped to chat with us and that was a very pleasant surprise.

Finally, the ports of call: Dubrovnik 2 days, Mykonos, Crete, Athens, Santorini, Kotokolon – what more can you say! All great ports of call with amazing opportunities for site seeing. We did some of the ship’s excursions and they were a mixed bag! Next year we will be doing a similar itinerary and will be checking out the chance to do more alone as we found the cost of the ship’s excursions quite expensive.

To summarise our first cruise with Celebrity on one of their smaller ships – we had a great time as always. Looking back at the review there are some negatives, but these are generally minor issues and just our objective viewpoint having returned to Celebrity after a short time. Things weren’t perfect, but we have yet to sail on a cruise line where everything is! The test is would be go again and the answer is a most definite ‘YES’ and have booked again to go on Edge next year.
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Cabin C1 7203
Our cabin was superb – we had Concierge Class 7203 which had a huge aft balcony with 2 sun loungers and a small table, a large table and 4 chairs. There was easily enough space for more! I would say that the balcony was about 15ft by 8ft at the least. The shades above made it very private and it was very quiet, with a mixture of shade and sun. We had been worried that the length of the balcony would make the cabin dark, but this was not the case and the cabin was light and airy. As travellers from the OK we were really pleased that we were asked If we wanted a tea kettle – and very surprised. A nice touch for us Brits!

One thing that surprised us was that the cabin next to us was a family cabin and not another CC cabin. This was a surprise as had we realised this we would have chosen another one. No offense to anyone with children but in the school holidays it can be a lottery re possible noise with children on a balcony. Thankfully, the family next to us were generally respectful of others and quiet and we thank them for that. If we travelled in an aft cabin on this class of ship again we would check out what cabins are either side in case we were not as lucky next time.

One thing that struck us about this aft cabin was that, unlike the Silhouette aft cabin and an aft cabin we have had on P&O’s Britannia, there was no juddering or vibration and when docking we very rarely felt anything. Connie came across as a very smooth, well balanced ship – if that makes sense. No soot either!

Our cabin was comfortable, though some of the furniture a little worn and our balcony rail needed some TLC (but looking at the one nearby I think it was the next one to have some varnish!). The bathroom was excellent, and the storage space was amazing. We’ve never had a cabin with so much space to store our belongings!

Have to say, the one thing that we both disliked was the full-length mirror that covered the wall right opposite the bed. Useless as a mirror to use to dress as you couldn’t stand far enough back and not at all flattering first thing in the morning (ha ha).
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