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  1. We are on September Italy, Croatia and Spain cruise - anyone have copies of daily ship activities (i.e. newspaper) to share?
  2. I booked Tuscan for the first night discount on Connie thinking it was the grand view in the back of the ship. But just realized that on Connie it is mid-ship and not that same S-class experience. It's our first night sailing out of Venice and our Anniversary so thought it would be a lovely option given the limited specialty restaurants onboard. We have Luminae but sometimes night one is a bit hectic and off. Anyone for keeping Tuscan or is it a clunker ? We usually get a decent table at Luminae as we dine early.
  3. I just discovered that Constellation has seven OV cabins (3115-3127) on the port side between the glass elevators and Qsine. I cannot find any information on them, however. Are they exactly like the newer OV cabins on the starboard side (i.e. larger windows)? I see that the 3115, closest to the elevators, is available on a cruise I'm interested in, but wonder if the elevator creates much noise for this cabin. Also, for those going to Qsine on Constellation, do you walk down the hallway of these cabins to get there? Thanks for any information on these unique cabins.
  4. After disembarking Constellation this morning, my wife wrote a quick review. She’s having trouble getting it posted here, so here it is from my account instead: Here’s a short review about our cruise in the Mediterranean. We are a scandinavian couple in our mid thirties and early forties. We just finished our cruise and are sitting in the airport. It was a great cruise and have a post cruise depression already...;) We like Celebrity, 10 + cruises on Celebrity but have tried Royal, Oceania, MSC and Carnival too. We have done many cruises in the Mediterranean and are used to doing things on our own and use the public transportation (or walk!) We stayed two nights in Venice pre cruise. It was a budget alternative, bed and breakfast Dalla Mora 166 euros for two nights. Adequate, good location and friendly staff. We would recommend to others. Good value for money but quite basic! Easy to get to the port from Dalla Mora. Couple of bridges and then the people mover to port. We had two dinners in Venice, first one, a more old-fashioned place was called Osteria alla Bifora. Classic venetian food, no frills but good. Located in a square with loads of students hanging out as it’s just around the corner from the university. No need to make reservations here. Second one was Estro. Delicious, modern food and great tasting menu! They have a huge wine list and are more than happy to pair local wines by the glass with the dishes. We also tried couple of cicchetti bars. Please try a cicchetti and a glass of local wine. Great way to feel more local life. Venice is very touristic so you need to search for the more local spots. Ports Koper- We took the local bus to Piran and Portoroz. Beautiful towns and nice walk by the sea. Very easy to do on your own. Koper is a small city, you only need an hour or two to walk around. Rijeka - We just walked around. Nice little town and easy to get to from the port. The walk up to the castle is well worth the effort, with lovely views from the top. Free entry to the castle. Dubrovnik - We hiked from the port up to the Imperial fortress (took us around 1 hour and 20-30 minutes from the port to the top, but we’re reasonably fit) and then down to the old town. A refreshing drink at the Buza bar in old town with lovely view. Local bus back to port. Really easy and inexpensive, 1.20 euros. No need for cruise shuttle for 12 euros. Kotor- Our fellow cruise critic member Pooja (thank you!) arranged a very nice boat excursion in Kotor. Early morning and beautiful views when sitting in a boat and seeing the sights like Perast, Lady Rock and the caves. Cost was 36 euros per person. Malta- My husband went scuba diving. It was wreckdiving. The company is called Dive Systems Malta and the cost for the day was round 130 e with transfer (and nitrox) included. He enjoyed it a lot and recommends the company to others. I took a long walk in Valetta. Lovely city. Catania - Our favourite. Such a nice city with interesting buzzling market and local delicacies. We wandered round in the city and had great time. Don’t miss it! Naples -We have been in Napoli many times. This time we wandered round and ate lunch at the Gino e Toto Sorbillo pizzeria. Such an experience! One hour wait to get a table but so worth it! Once ordered, the pizzas arrived in just a few minutes. It is one of the best pizza restaurants in Neaples. Two pizzas, wine, water and a small dessert cost us 30 euros for two. Nothing fancy but so delicious. Airport transfer- We arranged a transfer to the airport through roll call. 130 euros for 6 people. Company is called Elegant taxi. Very easy to use! The ship, food and entertainment. Constellation is a well kept ship. We didn’t notice much wear and tear. It doesn’t have the same restaurant alternatives as S-class ships do, so we skipped the specialty restaurants this time. We actually ate all the dinners in MDR and had great meals every night. Service was good. We ate at different sections with different waiters. Service was a bit slow sometimes but mostly good - some evenings all the guests seem to arrive at the same time and then the waiters and other staff had a hard time coping. Sommeliers were mostly good. We had the classic package and found the wine choices decent. Food was at good quality and we found it a be a bit better than last time. We ate breakfast at Aqua spa cafe every morning. Calmer experience and you could get greek yoghurt and fresh berries with your musli. Delicious! Very good healthier energy bars at breakfast. Nice to skip the Oceanview and have a quieter breakfast. Entertainment - Very good! A lot of music everywhere. Shows were good and we specielly enjoyed Miss Connolly (spelling?) who was a finalist in UK Voice. Beautiful voice! Cruise director Alejandro had great dance classes by the pool. Fun to watch! All in all, enjoyable cruise and good value (found a good deal!) Celebrity continues to deliver great product for a good price. We have noticed some cutbacks (less staff in mdr and bars) but still find Celebrity good value if you find a good deal. M-class ships often have good offers on oceanview staterooms. We have enjoyed our last couple of cruises in oceanview cabins too and noticed that it is a good value for money. If you have any comments or questions we will be happy to answer.
  5. We want to pack as little as possible. What toiletries are offered in a Royal Suite? Specifically, is there body lotion, shampoo and conditioner?
  6. Here comes a short review about our cruise in the Mediterranean. We are a scandinavian couple in our mid thirties and early forties. We just finished our cruise and are sitting in the airport. It was a great cruise and have a post cruise depression already...;) We like Celebrity, 10 + cruises on Celebrity but have tried Royal, Oceania, MSC and Carnival too. We have done many cruises in the Mediterranean and are used to doing things on our own and use the public transportation (or walk!) We stayed two nights in Venice pre cruise. It was a budget alternative, bed and breakfast Dalla Mora 166 euros for two nights. Adequate, good location and friendly staff. We would recommend to others. Good value for money but quite basic! Easy to get to the port from Dalla Mora. Couple of bridges and then the people mover to port. We had two dinners in Venice, first one, a more old-fashioned place was called Osteria alla Bifora. Classic venetian food, no frills but good. Located in a square with loads of students hanging out as it’s just around the corner from the university. No need to make reservations here. Second one was Estro. Delicious, modern food and great tasting menu! They have a huge wine list and are more than happy to pair local wines by the glass with the dishes. We also tried couple of cicchetti bars. Please try a cicchetti and a glass of local wine. Great way to feel more local life. Venice is very touristic so you need to search for the more local spots. Ports Koper- We took the local bus to Piran and Portoroz. Beautiful towns and nice walk by the sea. Very easy to do on your own. Koper is a small city, you only need an hour or two to walk around. Rijeka - We just walked around. Nice little town and easy to get to from the port. The walk up to the castle is well worth the effort, with lovely views from the top. Free entry to the castle. Dubrovnik - We hiked from the port up to the Imperial fortress (took us around 1 hour and 20-30 minutes from the port to the top, but we’re reasonably fit) and then down to the old town. A refreshing drink at the Buza bar in old town with lovely view. Local bus back to port. Really easy and inexpensive, 1.20 euros. No need for cruise shuttle for 12 euros. Kotor- Our fellow cruise critic member (thank you!) arranged a very nice boat excursion in Kotor. Early morning and beautiful views when sitting in a boat and seeing the sights like Perast, Lady Rock and the caves. Cost was 36 euros per person. Malta- My husband went scuba diving. It was wreckdiving. The company is called Dive Systems Malta and the cost for the day was round 130 e with transfer (and nitrox) included. He enjoyed it a lot and recommends the company to others. I took a long walk in Valetta. Lovely city. Catania - Our favourite. Such a nice city with interesting buzzling market and local delicacies. We wandered round in the city and had great time. Don’t miss it! Naples -We have been in Napoli many times. This time we wandered round and ate lunch at the Gino e Toto Sorbillo pizzeria. Such an experience! One hour wait to get a table but so worth it! Once ordered, the pizzas arrived in just a few minutes. It is one of the best pizza restaurants in Neaples. Two pizzas, wine, water and a small dessert cost us 30 euros for two. Nothing fancy but so delicious. Airport transfer- We arranged a transfer to the airport through roll call. 130 euros for 6 people. Company is called Elegant taxi. Very easy to use! The ship, food and entertainment. Constellation is a well kept ship. We didn’t notice much wear and tear. It doesn’t have the same restaurant alternatives as S-class ships do, so we skipped the specialty restaurants this time. We actually ate all the dinners in MDR and had great meals every night. Service was good. We ate at different sections with different waiters. Service was a bit slow sometimes but mostly good - some evenings all the guests seem to arrive at the same time and then the waiters and other staff had a hard time coping. Sommeliers were mostly good. We had the classic package and found the wine choices decent. Food was at good quality and we found it a be a bit better than last time. We ate breakfast at Aqua spa cafe every morning. Calmer experience and you could get greek yoghurt and fresh berries with your musli. Delicious! Very good healthier energy bars at breakfast. Nice to skip the Oceanview and have a quieter breakfast. Entertainment - Very good! A lot of music everywhere. Shows were good and we specielly enjoyed Miss Connolly (spelling?) who was a finalist in UK Voice. Beautiful voice! Cruise director Alejandro had great dance classes by the pool. Fun to watch! All in all, enjoyable cruise and good value (found a good deal!) Celebrity continues to deliver great product for a good price. We have noticed some cutbacks (less staff in mdr and bars) but still find Celebrity good value if you find a good deal. M-class ships often have good offers on oceanview staterooms. We have enjoyed our last couple of cruises in oceanview cabins too and noticed that it is a good value for money. If you have any comments or questions I will be happy to answer.
  7. A few months ago We booked a Guarantee Sky Suite for our upcoming September Med cruise. I just saw on the Celebrity website that we have been assigned an accessible room. Has anyone stayed in one before and what can we expect? Will the special equipment take away from the ambience of the room?
  8. We are officially on our way to Barcelona to join Celebrity Constellation for a 9 night sailing from Barcelona to Venice. Celebrity sell this sailing as French Riviera and Dalmatian Coast. We are mother and son from central Scotland and this is our 4th cruise with Celebrity. This will be my first time live blogging as we sail but I've been inspired by the many others who have shared their sailings on here. We are currently sitting in a very busy Edinburgh airport after staying at the Hilton Doubletree last night. Very impressed with the Hilton at the airport. We always fly in one or two days before our sailing, so will have an overnight tonight in Barcelona. Not impressed by the organisation this morning in Edinburgh. Security was the worst I've ever seen it and I'm a regular in the airport here. My main inspiration for the live blog is Constellation has been getting some mixed reports lately and before we sailed I didn't see many live blogs covering her. I hope to be able to answer any questions for those who are booked on future sailings and I hope to be able to confirm that some of the negative reviews were a poor reflection of the ship. That's the plan anyway. We are flying through London Heathrow as we couldn't secure good direct flights at the times we wanted. British Airways both flights. Anyway. I will update as the day progresses as we are due to board our London bound flight in the next few minutes. I hope you will follow along. Michael Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  9. Hi we’ve been looking at celebrity constellation to cruise the med this Summer is it suitable for a 13 year olds ? I ask this as we have one child who’d like activities and to make friends
  10. Question --- has anyone used the internet package on Celebrity? We never buy it and are interested in getting it this time to be in touch with our family for personal reasons, but only if the experience has been good for others. Is it really high speed? Do we have access to it all the time? The package price is steep about 172 gbp for one device Question 2 - would it be better to get an international plan instead with our cell phone carrier --> Verizon? Has anyone done this and how was the signal when on the cruise ship? Thanks!
  11. I think there is more than one terminal, right? Is it the Marittima terminal? - Joel
  12. Looking at 2 cruises both June 2020. One in Infinity one in Constellation. Never been on any M class ships. What would people recommend? Pay a lower cost for Infinity or higher cost for Constellation that will have been tarted up? Am I right in saying that Constellation will come out looking the same as Summit with new decor, bathrooms and hard solid balcony dividers? Thanks
  13. In our cruise on the Millennium last year, unfortunately I noticed a significant decline in terms of food quality at Luminae compared to my previous cruises. I'm glad to report that in my most recent cruise on the Constellation, which finished earlier this month, the staff at Luminae restored my confidence in their ability to deliver a superior dining experience on board. Generally speaking, the food preparation and taste were better, mostly for cooked foods, not as much for desserts. Unfortunately the kitchen had an issue with the kielbasa sausage on board, where the texture was way off; the kitchen was aware of the issue and unfortunately could not address it until the ship was restocked. One of my favorite lunch desserts is the Olive Oil Cremeux Pudding, which is generally a delightful light cream with delicate flavor, but which on this sailing turned into a heavy gloppy curd. Special thanks to Swaraj, whose consistent outstanding service made our experience at Luminae a delight. My spouse is vegan and based on our experience over the years, Luminae has been the best venue on board Celebrity ships to cater to vegan dietary needs. On the first day of the cruise, my spouse usually approaches the Luminae sous-chef and requests nutritionally balanced vegan meals throughout the voyage. The Luminae sous-chef on board the Constellation delivered delicious imaginative dishes for both lunch and dinner on a daily basis. Given the sous-chef's ethnical background, many dishes were South Asian inspired. For breakfast, Swaraj learned in the first few days what my spouse wanted, and from that point on he ensured that my spouse was taken care of. Photos of Luminae's regular and vegan offerings can be viewed here [link].
  14. Is the balcony large enough for a lounger? The X diagrams show them but actual pix I’ve seen show only chairs and ottomans. Also, does the deck matter? The decks higher up seem to have larger verandas, but it’s hard to tell from the deck plans. We’re considering a CS but lack of a lounger would be a huge deal for us (and, yes, I know there are loungers on the pool decks).
  15. Does anyone have the email address for Constellation's maitre d'? I have a family of 11 and want to ask for one of the big tables so everyone can sit together (kids are small so a table for 10 could squeeze in an 11th seat). Thanks
  16. Which berth number does Connie usually use in Venice, please? Thanks for your help.
  17. Can anyone please tell me the opening times of Michaels Lounge on the Constellation and what time they serve alcohol. Can you call in there during the day for a non alcoholic beverge. What is the lounge like on the Constellation. Thanks
  18. I’m sure I read somewhere that there is s free to use sauna in the changing rooms of the Constellation. Is this true?
  19. Hi Has anyone been on this itinerary and can offer some tips about excursions and making your own way onshore ? Have been considering this cruise for our retirement treat in March 2010 and would appreciate any advice .
  20. Curious as to what they actually do when they renovate. Is it the rooms or public areas or both? We're on a late May 2020 cruise and I'd like to know what to expect.
  21. We are looking at a Mediterranean cruise in the summer of 2019 and LOVE the itinerary for the Constellation.....but are concerned for the ship itself based on reviews and one cruise we did on it about 10 years ago. We LOVE the solstice class ships and have been on all of them. We did not like Constellation when we were on it....but it has been refurbed since then so wondering how updated it is now?? Another option is the Edge which we know we'd love....but itinerary is not as good and it's way more expensive. Any advice is appreciated
  22. When the Constellation was last updated in 2017, were the Sky Suites updated at all?
  23. The ship departs for the trip at 4:30pm. What is the earliest that we can board?
  24. The last cruise I was on a few years ago, Blu Restaurant stopped preparing the breakfast Muesli tableside. Does anyone know if they started the service again?
  25. The ship departs at 4:30pm for the cruise. What's the earliest we can embark?
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