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We chose the cruise because of the itinerary but also because we prefer to cruise with Celebrity. This was our first ime on a Millenium Class ship having sailed on Solstice class many times. The public rooms and other areas on Constellation were beautifully maintained and had been refurbished recently re carpets soft furnishings etc. Our cabin was comfortable, spacious, had new carpets, beds and bedding. The decor is dated, though functional. I am assuming this will be upgraded as part of the May 2020 upgrade "revolution".The shower area is spacious but I would prefer a glass shower door. Our only gripe was the slightly "stiff to open" balcony door. This was reported both on board and in the post cruise survey as "needing attention". Plenty of storage in the cabin, though no over-bed storage as on Solstice class and we could not get our suitcases under the bed ( the same suitcases fit under Solstice class beds). We put them in the wardrobe. We found the balconies were shorter, front to back than on Solstice. Our steward was pleasant and quietly efficient. He seemed to sense when we were out and magically refreshed the room to perfection again. Just what you want in a steward. We had chosen Select Dining in the San Marco ( Main) dining room. Select dining is on the lower floor, fixed dining on the upper floor, the opposite to Solstice class. We had also pre-booked a dining time, before boarding, so had no waiting time for a table in the evening. There were two desks on arrival, one for those with reservations, one for those without reservations. The dining room has a "colonial style" decor which we liked. The food and service was excellent at all times. Could not fault the food at all. We had an invite to dine in Qsine one evening with two senior members of staff, and had a better experience than our first time in Qsine on another ship, a couple of years ago. We were brought everything to sample, so it was quite special. The food was excellent, in particular the lamb chops and the "lava crab" . I am not a fan of the Ipad ordering idea.... an unnecessary gimmick. We enjoyed breakfasts of fresh fruit, smoked salmon , coffee etc...not forgetting in particular the yummy, warm mini almond croissants....in Tuscan Grill, which is midships on Constellation. We were impressed by the Rendezvous Bar which comprises a small stage area, dance floor with surrounding tables/seating areas. There is a bar at the rear of the lounge with bar seating. This we prefer to the Ensemble lounge arrangement on deck 5 Solstice class, which seems too much like a "corridor" . The entertainment changed a few times nightly in the Rendezvous Bar,and we thoroughly enjoyed solo artists, duos and small groups, Izzie & Mo, Ultraviolet to name just two. The bar service was entertaining and very efficient. We were spoilt with choice re entertainment but managed to attend two of the shows. Rietta Austin was excellent and had a wonderful vocal range. Paul Baya the cruise director is also a wonderful singer and his voice reminded me of Andrea Bocelli. Beautiful. We enjoyed two Celebrity organised tours. From Livorno...Florence by train on a Sunday was a success. A coach took us to the railway station and then a train whisked us comfortably into Florence. We had a tour guide, Angelika, who gave us a map and lots of tips, answered lots of questions on the train trip and said that we could join her on a walk through Florence's main sights, if we wished, leaving her at any point. This was really a "Florence on your own tour" so you could just do your own thing. This guided tour was a very pleasant unexpected extra. The 46 strong party dwindled as people drifted off but having never been to Florence before, we ( and about another 12 people) stayed with Angelika until reaching the Ponte Vecchio viewing area by the river. We then chose to wander and find somewhere on our own for lunch, which wasn't difficult. We relaxed with pasta and red wine and then gently meandered past the magnificent architecture back to the meeting point at the station. Had we wanted to go inside any of the buildings, the queues were long and it was a warm day. We were happy just taking in the atmosphere and marvelling at the buildings from the exterior. There were crowds but it was not as busy as we expected it to be. Our second excursion was to Carcasonne from Sete. This medieval town, reached by coach is wonderful. Not as we expected, as there is a fully functional small town within the fortress walls with hotels, shops, restaurants etc...but lots of history too. We had a good guide who pointed out things you would have missed and told stories which transported you back in time. We had plenty of time to wander on our own , visit the main citadel, have lunch etc. before meeting for the return journey. We encountered problems on the motorway on the way back...a traffic accident and extensive,bad traffic queues, but had no anxiety re arriving back late ( and we did) as we were on a Celebrity organised tour. Other than these two tours we explored on our own. We took the ship's tender (free) into Portofino and, as we had been before, we found and walked on part of the Ligurian way eventually rejoining a path by the road and arrived in Santa Margherita ( 4 miles away) at lunchtime, for more pasta and red wine...well, why not? We caught the frequent bus back. Tickets cold be obtained from the machine by the tourist office...3 Euros each. Villefranche, we tendered in and wandered round the town as this was our first visit ...but we did some research whilst there and it would have been very easy to catch a train to Nice or Monte Carlo. We have been to Monte Carlo twice before but never by train....maybe next time. Toulon , we decided to have a day on board, the ship docked at La Seyne sur Mer, across the bay from Toulon and a shuttle was offered for $20 each. Maybe it wasn't just another retail opportunity, and maybe next time we would go on a tour but we had a lovely view from the ship across the busy bay and gave it a miss this time. We do feel that if Celebrity choose to dock in places which necessitate a paid shuttle then they should bear this cost. The Ibiza shuttle was 10 Euros for a day pass each, the Pama de Majorca shutlle was 10 Euros return each Disembarkation day came too soon but was very well organised. Too soon we were on our way home. But...we had booked another cruise on board so something to look forward to. We would have no hesitation in booking another cruise to sail on Celebrity Constellation.

Memorable cruise on lovely ship

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review by BEENWALKING

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We chose the cruise because of the itinerary but also because we prefer to cruise with Celebrity.

This was our first ime on a Millenium Class ship having sailed on Solstice class many times.

The public rooms and other areas on Constellation were beautifully maintained and had been refurbished recently re carpets soft furnishings etc.

Our cabin was comfortable, spacious, had new carpets, beds and bedding. The decor is dated, though functional. I am assuming this will be upgraded as part of the May 2020 upgrade "revolution".The shower area is spacious but I would prefer a glass shower door. Our only gripe was the slightly "stiff to open" balcony door. This was reported both on board and in the post cruise survey as "needing attention".

Plenty of storage in the cabin, though no over-bed storage as on Solstice class and we could not get our suitcases under the bed ( the same suitcases fit under Solstice class beds). We put them in the wardrobe.

We found the balconies were shorter, front to back than on Solstice.

Our steward was pleasant and quietly efficient. He seemed to sense when we were out and magically refreshed the room to perfection again. Just what you want in a steward.

We had chosen Select Dining in the San Marco ( Main) dining room. Select dining is on the lower floor, fixed dining on the upper floor, the opposite to Solstice class. We had also pre-booked a dining time, before boarding, so had no waiting time for a table in the evening. There were two desks on arrival, one for those with reservations, one for those without reservations. The dining room has a "colonial style" decor which we liked.

The food and service was excellent at all times. Could not fault the food at all.

We had an invite to dine in Qsine one evening with two senior members of staff, and had a better experience than our first time in Qsine on another ship, a couple of years ago. We were brought everything to sample, so it was quite special. The food was excellent, in particular the lamb chops and the "lava crab" . I am not a fan of the Ipad ordering idea.... an unnecessary gimmick.

We enjoyed breakfasts of fresh fruit, smoked salmon , coffee etc...not forgetting in particular the yummy, warm mini almond croissants....in Tuscan Grill, which is midships on Constellation.

We were impressed by the Rendezvous Bar which comprises a small stage area, dance floor with surrounding tables/seating areas. There is a bar at the rear of the lounge with bar seating. This we prefer to the Ensemble lounge arrangement on deck 5 Solstice class, which seems too much like a "corridor" .

The entertainment changed a few times nightly in the Rendezvous Bar,and we thoroughly enjoyed solo artists, duos and small groups, Izzie & Mo, Ultraviolet to name just two.

The bar service was entertaining and very efficient.

We were spoilt with choice re entertainment but managed to attend two of the shows. Rietta Austin was excellent and had a wonderful vocal range. Paul Baya the cruise director is also a wonderful singer and his voice reminded me of Andrea Bocelli. Beautiful.

We enjoyed two Celebrity organised tours.

From Livorno...Florence by train on a Sunday was a success. A coach took us to the railway station and then a train whisked us comfortably into Florence. We had a tour guide, Angelika, who gave us a map and lots of tips, answered lots of questions on the train trip and said that we could join her on a walk through Florence's main sights, if we wished, leaving her at any point. This was really a "Florence on your own tour" so you could just do your own thing. This guided tour was a very pleasant unexpected extra. The 46 strong party dwindled as people drifted off but having never been to Florence before, we ( and about another 12 people) stayed with Angelika until reaching the Ponte Vecchio viewing area by the river. We then chose to wander and find somewhere on our own for lunch, which wasn't difficult. We relaxed with pasta and red wine and then gently meandered past the magnificent architecture back to the meeting point at the station. Had we wanted to go inside any of the buildings, the queues were long and it was a warm day. We were happy just taking in the atmosphere and marvelling at the buildings from the exterior. There were crowds but it was not as busy as we expected it to be.

Our second excursion was to Carcasonne from Sete. This medieval town, reached by coach is wonderful. Not as we expected, as there is a fully functional small town within the fortress walls with hotels, shops, restaurants etc...but lots of history too. We had a good guide who pointed out things you would have missed and told stories which transported you back in time. We had plenty of time to wander on our own , visit the main citadel, have lunch etc. before meeting for the return journey. We encountered problems on the motorway on the way back...a traffic accident and extensive,bad traffic queues, but had no anxiety re arriving back late ( and we did) as we were on a Celebrity organised tour.

Other than these two tours we explored on our own.

We took the ship's tender (free) into Portofino and, as we had been before, we found and walked on part of the Ligurian way eventually rejoining a path by the road and arrived in Santa Margherita ( 4 miles away) at lunchtime, for more pasta and red wine...well, why not? We caught the frequent bus back. Tickets cold be obtained from the machine by the tourist office...3 Euros each.

Villefranche, we tendered in and wandered round the town as this was our first visit ...but we did some research whilst there and it would have been very easy to catch a train to Nice or Monte Carlo. We have been to Monte Carlo twice before but never by train....maybe next time.

Toulon , we decided to have a day on board, the ship docked at La Seyne sur Mer, across the bay from Toulon and a shuttle was offered for $20 each. Maybe it wasn't just another retail opportunity, and maybe next time we would go on a tour but we had a lovely view from the ship across the busy bay and gave it a miss this time. We do feel that if Celebrity choose to dock in places which necessitate a paid shuttle then they should bear this cost. The Ibiza shuttle was 10 Euros for a day pass each, the Pama de Majorca shutlle was 10 Euros return each

Disembarkation day came too soon but was very well organised. Too soon we were on our way home. But...we had booked another cruise on board so something to look forward to.

We would have no hesitation in booking another cruise to sail on Celebrity Constellation.
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