Celebrity Constellation Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

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4 out of 5

Great Cruise for Running of the Bulls

Sail Date: July 01, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We chose this cruise because it had an overnight in Bilbao to enable us to go to Pamplona for Running of the Bulls.  The itinerary was excellent with some great stops along the way.  There is so much to see in Spain that you could take this cruise again and see completely different things.

This ship is a great size to keep interactions personal without getting too big like some of the mega-liners.  Staff would remember your drinks, ie cocktails, or specialty coffees.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Great spacious cabin at the front of the ship with views over the helipad
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Smooth and trouble free both ways. It only took 15 minutes from curb to ship.
Ship Quality
This ship has been well-maintained considering its age, and the flow of passengers is very good except passing through the casino (maybe this is intentional)
Destinations and Excursions
Great destinations. Excursions can be long due to the distance to the main cities from the ports. Recommend exploring the port towns.
Onboard Activities
Production cast was good, but guest entertainers were far better than previously experienced on Celebrity
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Compared to previous cruises with Celebrity the food was not as good. Inconsistent is probably the best description. I think a refresh of the menus would be beneficial
Barcelona, Spain
Make sure you visit La Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi buildings. It is recommended to pre-book a tour for the cathedral.
Cadiz (Seville), Spain
Take a trip to Seville even though its a 2 hour drive. Don't miss Plaza de Espana or the Real Alcazar
Lisbon, Portugal
If you've been to Lisbon previously, take a trip to Sintra and the Pena Palace
Bilbao, Spain
If you are Bilbao in early July, take a trip to Pamplona for Running of the Bulls
La Coruna, Spain
We took a trip to Santiago de Compostella but it was not worth the drive. We should have stayed and spent more time in La Coruna
Leixoes (Oporto), Portugal
Take a trip to the Duoro Valley (wine region). Beautiful scenery and great wine. Cruise terminal is very cool.
Gibraltar (U.K.)
Gibraltar is small, so easy to do a tour of the Rock in the morning with time to explore the town in the afternoon.
Malaga, Spain
If you have time, take a tour to Granada to visit the Alhambra. Be sure to allow some time to explore the town of Malaga on your return

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