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Age: 50+


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Constellation

Sailing Date: 2009-05-16

Itinerary: Scandinavia and Baltic

Overall our experience with Celebrity constellation was very good. Embarcation and debarcation was excellent. It took just 10 minutes from arriving at the cruise terminal to boarding the ship. We had checked in on-line so that probably helped.

All in all a wonderful holiday, not cheap but good value apart from drink prices which were expensive, but I think this applies to most cruise ships. If you want to keep costs down don't overdo the alcohol.

On the whole the food was very good. A couple of times some of the things I ordered where not what I expected. There was a large selection of food available from sushi to spaghetti or sandwiches on deck ten. Mostly we preferred to eat in the San Marco main dining room. The Brunch that was laid on the second week we were at sea was spectacular. Ice sculptures, vegetables cut to look like flower arrangements and plates decorated with fruit and vegetables to look like pictures. There was an enourmous selection of food from omlettes to chocolate fountain all arranged very tastefully on individual tables. Quite an experience!
Ocean Liners the speciality restaurant was worth the extra dollars the food was exceptional as was the service. We enjoyed dressing up for the formal nights there were 3 of them, although if you did not want to join in for this the seaside grill on deck 10 was open.

Our outside cabin was clean and comfortable and our steward was very pleasant. We were pleased with the large square window in the cabin. The bathroom was not large but adequate, with everything we would need: Shampoo shower hat, hairdryer etc. All the staff were very courteus and most very helpful.

There was quite a lot to do if you like trivia quizzes which we do. There were also golf tournaments, some lectures on places that we were visiting and various other activities.
The shows in the theatre varied. We particularly liked the opening show and the Broadway Musical show. The aerial husband and wife duo were very good as well.

The ports of call were all very interesting. Copenhagen was about a half hour gentle walk into the city. The Little Mermaid was only a 10 minute walk along the promenade from the ship. Warnemunde was a lovely seaside town the best place to get your souvenirs and have a coffee or beer, by far the cheapest port of call. Helsinki was interesting, we visited the Rock Church and Suomenlinna Island which is only a 10 minute ferry ride from the pier. You should use the ships shuttle into town as it is a fair distance from the docks and not very scenic for walking around the dock area.

St Petersberg had to be the highlight especially the trip to the Hermitage. We took Celebrities' excusions here and the guides were very informative although not cheap. They used personal earphones with the guides talking to you through a radio which was excellent way of hearing their talk.

Tallin Old Town was picturesque and interesting but quite touristy. Celebrity provided a complimentary shuttle bus for this port (most you had to pay for) which dropped us off just outside the Old Town saving a long walk from the ship. Beware the money exchangers. As Estonia has a closed currency you have to get your Estonian Kroons when you arrive there. The exchange we used in the flower market would not change any Kroons back to Euros for us when we wanted to go back to the ship. As it happens a lot of places accepted Euros anyway ( although we had been told they wouldn't). Stockholm was great The vasa Museum is spectacular and Gamla Stan (The old town) was nice to wander around. Our last port of call was Oslo; the ship opened up the helipad deck area for us so that we could have a good view of the Oslo fjord as we sailed towards the town. It was literally a 5 minute walk from where the ship docked to the town hall square, Radhuset . The Viking Ship Museum and the Folk Museum are fantastic as is Vigoland.

The decor of the public rooms was OK but did not have a wow factor. We liked the decor in Michaels Club, Rendevous Louge and Cova Cafe. We enjoyed the thallasotherapy pool and the hot tubs which were in a covered area on deck 10 and I enjoyed a swim in the open air swimming pool which was a good size but not heated. There were also open air hot tubs.

I think the Bar on the Edge of the Earth needs a revamp and the DJ needs to cater for the age and tastes of his guests. We went up there on the last night and he was playing techno music. As most guests on board were 50 upwards it seems a very strange choice. 60' and 70's music would have gone done better.

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