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Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise line because of the itinerary and that is the only reason, three days in Israel. Three cabins, two generations of cruisers. We have been on lots of cruises, never on Celebrity and never again! Let me start with ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because of the itinerary and that is the only reason, three days in Israel. Three cabins, two generations of cruisers. We have been on lots of cruises, never on Celebrity and never again! Let me start with the positive: big upgraded rooms (we paid for this!) nice staff. Now the negative: we paid to upgrade my parents, we show up at entry, there is no cabin for them and no one seems concerned. I pitched a fit and they found one. They charge for spin and Zumba and yoga classes, a first in my experience. No free Internet --in fact Internet charge was close to $500. Many rooms off limits thruout the cruise for private functions. Unless you drink tap water, coffee (lukewarm) or tea, you pay for ANYTHING you drink. You pay for specialty restaurants. You pay for gelato! Food in dining room and café was unbelievably tasteless even desserts!! Even croissants! No real fridge in rooms.No bottled water.Certain room service items were extra. Ship dirty and smelly Entertainment and activities scant.Forget TV movies and channels, very limited and mostly UK game shows!! Hard sell on everything, in fact, most "activites" were sale shows. 26 such events in ONE DAY. Port lectures were very poor and unreliable, mostly telling you where to shop at their "preferred: shops. It took us three hours to get a rerplacement bathroom light. Towels and sheets are very old and paper thin. Tap water is vile yellowish. Prized for trivia contests were pathetic...sunglass paper cover, small USB stick...?deck of cards Charged $50 for one small sack of laundry. The experience was laughably bad. Avoid at all costs. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Pre-cruise: As twice before, we had reserved a room with a package at the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia. In addition to the room, the package included a shuttle service from Funcimo Airport, Rome and to the Hotel, a good three course ... Read More
Pre-cruise: As twice before, we had reserved a room with a package at the Hotel San Giorgio in Civitavecchia. In addition to the room, the package included a shuttle service from Funcimo Airport, Rome and to the Hotel, a good three course dinner at their nice restaurant “Bistro 34”, breakfast next day, and after breakfast – shuttle to the port. Embarkation: Went very smoothly. We have earlier sailed on several cruises in the Mediterranean, but never late fall. Therefore, we were a little anxious about the weather conditions at this time of the year. But more about the weather later in this review. The Ship: It is a few years since we last were on a Celebrity cruise, and then only on S-Class ships. This was the first time we were aboard an M-Class ship. But it turned out that we had nothing “to be worried about”! We found the Constellation to be a nice ship, and we think the ship seems mostly well maintained. Moreover, we really enjoyed the indoor Thalassotherapy Pool. Stateroom info: We had booked a Deluxe Veranda Stateroom on deck seven. It was comfortable. Two special comments: Some of the joins in the tiles on the bathroom were not clean, and some part of the balcony floor was not nice. We were very satisfied with our stateroom attendant. Dining: In connection with our embarkation, we were surprised to be informed that we had not been assigned to a set dining time in the MDR on deck five. We were on the wait list. But after talking to the maître, fortunately it was sorted out after a short while. We were pleased with the quality of the food we selected, and we had always excellent and pleasant service on our table no. 462, from our waiter Mayuresh and ass. waiter Praful, both from India, and from our sommelier, Lorenz from the Philippines. We really looked forward to every dinner with pleasure. We had all our breakfasts at the Oceanview Café, and also lunches, if we got back on time, after being ashore. During “peak hours” it could be a bit difficult to find an unoccupied table. When the weather was nice, we really liked to eat in the outside part of the Oceanview. We were pleased with the food selection. The employees did a good job of clearing tables etc., and the bars service was very good. We found the burgers at the Poolside Grill to be good. The Café al Bacio impressed us with its wide menu of coffee and teas, and with an excellent waiter service. Bars: We were very pleased with the service in all bars, and we think it was extra impressive with a view to the fact that the majority of the passengers also had a Beverage Package. Our favorite hang-out bar/lounge, was the Rendez-Vous, where we always received a friendly bar service, right after we were seated. Entertainment: With the exception of a male group, who performed Four Seasons Songs in the Theater, what we think in an excellent way, we were not particularly impressed. Unfortunately, we think most of the live music in the Rendez-Vous, was too noisy. The Captain’s Club Society: We are Elite Members, but we never attended the Elite Cocktail Hour, so I can't give any comment on that event. The Voyage: This cruise should have visited 8 ports of call - Gibraltar and 7 ports in Italy and France - in addition 2 sea days. But it happened unfortunately not quite as planned. During the first 8 days of the cruise, we had great weather. But especially the last 2 days, we were strucked by really bad weather with high winds and rough seas. And Constellation had to alter 2 ports. Instead of sailing to Portofino and Livorno, we had to sail to La Spezia as a replacement port. We were docked in La Spezia for 2 days, and on the second day it became really dramatic.The ship’s moorings broke, caused by the bad weather with heavy winds, and Constellation hit the cruise ship Costa Magica, which was docked behind us. Fortunately no one was hurt! The incident with Costa Magica happened in the afternoon, but no information was given until in the evening. Later, it was informed that those passengers, who wanted a free coach ride to the Funcimo Airport in Rome later in the evening / night, could register with Guest Relations on deck 3. Along with several hundred other passengers, we stood in line to be registered. We were told, that further information about the coach departures, would be announced later in the evening/night. My wife and I travel a lot, both on cruises and other ways of traveling. We have both experienced and know that unforeseen thinks can occur during a trip. In such cases, we also know that you unfortunately not always can thrust the information given by crew and employees, is correct. Their first priority will often be to try to “calm down the situation”. Personally, we therefore always in the best possible way, “closely try to follow up”, if unfortunate incidents should occur when we are travelling. After a couple of hours, we responded to the lack of information about the bus departures. We therefore took our baggage from our stateroom and found a place to sit down together with many other passengers near Guest Relations on deck 3. After a while we realized that the registration with the Guest Relations earlier in the evening, did not meant anything. You had to queue up. “First come, first served”. We understood later that we probably were some of the last ones who got a coach ride to the Airport. Our coach left the port around 3.00 am, and the ride took about 6 hours. Due to lack of space for suitcases on our coach, the coach was not full. So we had a relatively ok ride on mostly highways to the airport, and we arrived well in advance to our previously booked flight. I understand that it probably would not have been possible for Celebrity in the evening and night to get enough coaches to carry many hundred passengers on a 6 hour coach ride. But I feel really sorry for those of my fellow passengers who waited in vain in their staterooms for many hours for announcements for coach departures, announcements that never came. And therefore did not get the chance to catch a coach to the Funcimo Airport in Rome, and again maybe lost their flights. Overall – with the exception of the last 2 days of the cruise, we are very pleased with this our first cruise with Constellation. A nice ship, with an excellent and friendly crew. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
We are experienced Celebrity cruisers and have sailed with them many times. We chose this itinery because of the ports that were scheduled to be visited by the Constellation. The ship is a Millennium class ship and we have sailed on it ... Read More
We are experienced Celebrity cruisers and have sailed with them many times. We chose this itinery because of the ports that were scheduled to be visited by the Constellation. The ship is a Millennium class ship and we have sailed on it twice before. Embarkation was relatively straightforward in Civitavecchia, and because of the time we arrived at, around lunchtime, we got to our balcony cabin room straight away. We decided to have lunch at pool grill, and this is where the hard sell started with the waiter asking up our dining arrangements for the evening and offering 30% discount on speciality dining for the night. After politely declining the offer he further stated that we could take the offer any night. Talk about persistence. We still said no! This was the start of the hard sell, which even continued at Muster drill that same afternoon with the Excursions Manager talking about trips at a safety drill. This theme continued throughout the cruise with speciality restaurants, drinks packages, spa deals etc. all being pushed by crew members. I know that this part of their jobs, but in recent years on Celebrity we have noticed a bigger ‘push’ on this which is most disconcerting. On saying all of this the staff we encountered were friendly, and the service on the whole was of a good standard. The food in the main dining room was overall good fare, where we had fixed seating dinning and nice table of like-minded regular cruisers. We were well looked after by our table waiter team of Opong and Roman. However I must mention the Ocean view café where the food was a ‘hit or miss ’. Also the layout of the café and food stations does not lend itself to enjoyable eating experience, and hopefully this is something that celebrity will address in the ‘make over’ of the ship in 2020. Entertainment overall was of a good standard with the theatre headliners being of particularly good on the first week with Jayne Curry and December 63(Four seasons tribute act) being the standout acts. We only saw one ship’s production show based on rock songs which was average. We also did our first silent disco (twice) which was a good laugh and a lot of fun. One other observation about the early evening shows that we attended I have never seen the theatre as busy for these shows –so fair dues to Celebrity for getting some good quality headliners! We did not participate in any of the ships official shore excursions as we do not normally do this preferring our own independent travels. Celebrity seem to have put premium prices on these excursions now and additionally transporting guests from ship to shore or town centre. This was particular in evidence when we docked in Toulon. Here the ship berthed in some 10 Kilometres from the town centre in La Sayne sur Mer. Celebrity informed passengers that for 20 Dollars per person there would be return boat shuttles next to where the ship was docked. Celebrity did mention that local public transport was available,’ but may not be reliable or consistent’. However, what they omitted to say was that you could walk 10 Mins to the local public shuttle boat pier and get ferry therefor 2 Euros to Toulon centre. The boat here went every half hour and you could clearly see the stop from the ship. I suggest anyone going to this port check with tourist information right off the ship and they will explain all. I will state cabin comments and port comments below, however the biggest event of this cruise was the weather we encountered on the last 2 days. On the second last day we were scheduled to go to Portofino, but because of the storms that were forecast in North Italy we headed for La Spezia instead. This was a more sheltered port and everyone knew why we were going there. However while docked our moorings broke free and we bumped into a Costa ship behind. The ship dropped anchor and with the assistance of up to 3 tugs the captain managed to stabilize the situation. There have been a few posts about this and video on you tube. Personally I think that this was an unfortunate accident and the Captain and the crew actually worked remarkably hard and saved the situation very quickly. We were due to set sail about mid- afternoon to return to Civitavecchia overnight to end the cruise. However this did not happen as the winds had not subsided enough for us to set sell. Eventually an announcement was made about 10.30pm to say that those who wanted to leave the ship for flights the following morning at Rome airport, then they could leave with luggage now! Celebrity had laid on courtesy buses and trip was going last about 5 Hours. We took this option and departed the ship with many others. Again, there have been many other posts about this and my only comment was the lack of communication on this day in La Spezia and also the lack of organisation going off the ship to buses. I think someone else has posted that the theatre could have been used to keep people together until buses were ready. This would have helped ease the anxiety some people were obviously going through. We travelled on bus overnight through some atrocious weather and I have to praise our bus driver who had to do his best with some distraught travellers looking for comfort breaks. He did accommodate all requests, and got us to the airport with plenty of time for early morning departures. All in all it was a nice cruise, with wonderful weather, on the whole. Pity about end! My impressions about Celebrity now having cruised with then for over 10 years is that I will probably still go again with them, but although they are embracing change ,and maybe looking at getting new younger customers, they should not forget the regular maturing or middle age customers who generally fill these ships. Ports of call – Ajaccio- Nice port to walk around. We had been there before and had taken Hop on /off bus previously. Malaga- We did hop on /off bus which is just outside port. Visited Alcazaba de Malaga historical buildings and walked along sea front. All very easy. Nice place to spend day. You can get train along Costa del Sol very easily from here at train station- about half hour walk from ship or short taxi ride. Cadiz- Most people went to Seville or Jerez . We walked round the perimeter of old town and explored the city centre shops. Take a map, as the streets are narrow and it helps. Gibraltar- Ship docks close to own centre and easy walk to all the shops. We picked up good bargains on spirits and tobacco here. Sete – Nice surprise in this port. Free shuttle to port gate and then walk into town centre in 5 Mins. Lovely canals and walks. We walked up the hill that dominates town Mont-St Clair. It took us about 45 Mins –I hour, but well worth views of the town and surrounding country and coast. A local bus also runs to the top. Check with tourist office (at port gate) for this as well. Toulon- We took local public transport boat to town centre past the French naval centre across bay. The weather restricted our visit here but, walked around lively market in town centre. Suggest anyone visiting here visit other places in region as did not think there was a lot to see or do. La Spezia – Just a quick walk around Marina because of weather. Again jumping off place for assorted trips. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first Celebrity Cruise. We chose this shop both for the size and the itineraries. These were some interesting ports! We arrived from our hotel in Rome with two other couples we met on Cruise Critic. We arrived around 1:45 and ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity Cruise. We chose this shop both for the size and the itineraries. These were some interesting ports! We arrived from our hotel in Rome with two other couples we met on Cruise Critic. We arrived around 1:45 and walked right on to the ship! No lines or waiting due to being past the rush and having the express paperwork filled out. Our cabin was ready and we dropped our carryon and went to have lunch in the Oceanview Cafe. There was a lot of choices and a bit confusing in the layout. We found our friends and enjoyed our first days, The cabin had plenty of storage and we had brought some extra hangers to store our gear. The bathroom was adequate with a pretty good size shower. The balcony furniture was nice and comfortable. There was some signs of age. Particularly the “ headboards” are kind of scruffy and the carpeting worn. But comfortable and adequate. We ate our meals in the MDR and even though we had open seating we ended up making a reservation for th same table most nights and got to know our waiters... Food was mostly very good. Some choices were a little unique for our tastes but generally very good. Staff all over the ship were welcoming and friendly. The cruise director Paul and a Sarah were entertaining without being cloying. Entertainment was mostly very good in the main theater. The ship orchestra was excellent. However, the lounge singers were painfully bad. They tried but were off key and sad. Would have liked a piano bar sing along atmosphere better. We had only booked two excursions through Celebrity, The one in Cassis was very good. The one in Portofino was difficult due to having to travel from LaSpezia when our port was cancelled . The motor coaches were good but then they smooshed us onto a public bus and we had to stand for 15 minutes into Portofino, The crazy ending came when we encountered very bad storms on our way back to Italy. Two ports had to be cancelled, seas were very rough, our mooring snapped and we hit the Costa Magica behind us in port. There was nothing Celebrity could do about the weather but the communication was not good. People were waiting to hear if we could sail again and get to Civitavecchia on time to get flights home. When that became impossible they made a vague announcement about letting people leave this ship at night and be bussed to Rome... we decided to stay on board and hoped to make our flights. Those who left encountered chaos trying to get out... blame on both sides. But again communication was lacking.. there were long lines at guest relations. I felt bad for those folks. Since we had booked our air with Celebrity they said they would take care of us, we arrived very late in port and hung out watching movies, eating and sunning on the deck. They did take us by bus to the Hilton, fed us dinner and rebooked our flights for the next day. Getting your flight was rather chaotic, they could have done a bit better there. They put us on a different flight than our friends. They took us to the airport at 4:00am.it worked out in the end but it wa quite crazy!!! Too bad because we enjoyed the ports, our new friends we met, the food and ost of the experiences we had. I would recommend booking through Celebrity Air , it certainly helped us! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
To begin with the positives, We enjoyed some parts of the cruise, it was a 11 night cruise and the ports, excursions and dining staff were fantastic. However, our last night we encountered horrible weather and had to dock in La Spezia ... Read More
To begin with the positives, We enjoyed some parts of the cruise, it was a 11 night cruise and the ports, excursions and dining staff were fantastic. However, our last night we encountered horrible weather and had to dock in La Spezia missing our last two ports. Our ship broke the moorings on the dock and drifted away in the wind causing it to bump into the neighboring ship. Our family was very disappointed that there was no warning before the collision or any information shared with passengers that the ship had broke from the dock. No one was injured but that was just lucky because it could have been a bad collision and notice should be given immediately when that is happening. We then had to leave in the middle of the night by bus to go to Rome. Weather can always occur but we were very disappointed in the lack of communication from the Celebrity officers. Also, we have two small children and one should know that this ship does not have many young family amenities. The indoor pool is adult only and the outdoor pool is not heated so we had no pool to use when it got chilly. There is a kids room upstairs on deck 11. Overall it caters to older adults. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our 26th cruise, so we speak from experience! We took the 11 night France, Spain, Italy cruise beginning and ending in Rome. The ship is smaller and very well maintained, meaning we were able to visit some of the smaller ... Read More
This was our 26th cruise, so we speak from experience! We took the 11 night France, Spain, Italy cruise beginning and ending in Rome. The ship is smaller and very well maintained, meaning we were able to visit some of the smaller ports. New was the drink package offered...a third level, cheaper than classic and premium. Apparently only offered in the last few cruises. Not sure if they are being offered fleetwide. They were charging $500 each for the 11 night cruise. We declined this because we would be off the ship so many days...only 2 days at sea. Being elite level captains club members, however, we were given 3 free drinks at any bar on the ship between 5 and 7pm!! Unfortunately, the only problem was gale force winds near the end of the cruise. We were unable to visit the last 2 scheduled ports of call so spent two nights in a more sheltered port...not very calm here either. The gangway was closed several times due to safety issues, and on our last day we broke away from the dock and floated out into the harbours hitting the nearby Costa ship. The captain took great control and a couple of hours later we were pushed by several tugs (working in incredibly choppy waters) back to the dock These storms were all across northern and western Italy. So the Rome port was also closed. We were offered free bus service for the 5 hour drive to Rome airport, so boarded a bus at 230am with the help of many many ship staff. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
I really loved the cruise up to the last 3 days! Food was excellent, service was good and the entertainment was good! I sailed with Celebrity to Alaska and I would say everything there was amazing. I expected the same with this cruise! ... Read More
I really loved the cruise up to the last 3 days! Food was excellent, service was good and the entertainment was good! I sailed with Celebrity to Alaska and I would say everything there was amazing. I expected the same with this cruise! That is why I chose CELEBRITY! I understand there is not much a captain can do on a ship when such bad weather occurs! However, not letting guest know what is going on when they can clearly see that things are not right is not being helpful! We count on you to be honest with us and you let your passengers down by not relaying information for hours and then waking people in the middle of night telling them to get out of bed and stand in blocked hallways to try to get to a customer relations desk ! I was not involved in the chaos, however, we were trying to help friends get off the ship! It was a madhouse! I appreciated and noted the response after the next morning with help for missed flights and hotel accommodations however, would that not have been more helpful to the people to offer that before the madhouse started? I would like to give Celebrity another chance because I loved seeing and cruising the Mediterranean and would like to share these sites with my husband! I hope you learned something about how not to share information quicker, provided internet quicker and to just bite the bullet a little sooner with all the accommodations that you ended up giving just a few hours later than the buses left! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Will start my review saying that we were a group of 9 friends who started our trip with a two night stay in Rome then we headed to port to begin our Celebrity experience. We all felt the food and service in the bars and dining area was ... Read More
Will start my review saying that we were a group of 9 friends who started our trip with a two night stay in Rome then we headed to port to begin our Celebrity experience. We all felt the food and service in the bars and dining area was very good. Cold beer was a problem for three of our group. Never could find one. Bar service poolside was very slow but all the staff was super friendly. We were concerned about the Constellation due to her age and the fact that she's getting a major reno in two years but not a problem. She's in great shape and we had no reason to be concerned. Entertainment was lacking. Had a band in the RendeVous room every night that was marginal at best. Headphone night and a few comedians were enjoyable. Problem is most of the shows in the Celebrity Theatre were too early for diners who ate after 7 pm. So far so good. Now I'll get to the ugly part of the trip. We travel quite a bit and realize that no one has control over weather conditions. What is under control is how those unexpected issues are handled. We ran into serious problems with weather on the last 3 days of our cruise which caused the company to alter our ports. We were no longer able to go to Portofino due to the lack of a break wall to protect us from the incoming storms. We were docked in La Spezia instead. A nice enough place in good weather but not much else when it's not. Many shops closed being a Sunday. Thought we'd have Monday to shop but due to storms and flooding some of us felt it best to stay put on the boat. I'm shocked they even let people disembark in that weather but didn't seem too concerned. We felt the excursions were going due to financial issues and not safety. They should have warned all wanting to get off of the problems in town. We were expected to leave port for Rome (our final destination) at 3 pm. The weather prevented us from doing this. We had an issue with the winds causing the mooring lines to snap and our boat started shifting into the port on its own. The gangplank then came off while we moved. We then bumped into the Costa ship docked behind us. Felt the captain did a good job with the handling of a scary situation. People who were returning from excursions were kept on their coaches during this weather and, thankfully no one was injured. Obviously we were going nowhere anytime soon. A few hours later we went to Guest Services where we were told no problem we'll get you to Rome in time so we then prepared for dinner which went off without a hitch. No word from anyone in command about our plans to get us to Rome for flights the following morning. We understood the gravity of the situation and assumed they were doing all they good under the crazy circumstances. At 10:45 pm we received a ship wide announcement from the captain stating that between 11 pm and 1 am Celebrity would be proving bus transfers to Rome for all interested. Gather your things and come to Deck 3. We did just what we were told. Once there we were told to put our names on a list with our flight times and to go back to rooms and turn on Channel 6 where our names would appear when it was time to return to Deck 3. Needless to say this didn't happen. We were absolutely in no danger remaining on the ship so we returned to our rooms watching channel 6 for over an hour. When nothing seemed to be happening except people loading onto coaches, which we could see from our balconies, we decided to send a rep down to assess. He was told the logical approach was scrapped because people refused to follow the instruction. We then gathered our things and got in a line the entire length of the ship hauling our bags ourselves. Commented about elderly and handicapped situation for them would be awful. Finally boarded our coach for Rome at 2:40 am for a 5 hour drive. Could have been handled much better if they'd only followed the number system that was already on our bags for our disembarkation the next morning. Bad ending to an otherwise great experience. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Classic Drinks Package-to 9$ a drink- except not highlighted you pay in full if the included drinks are from cabin mini bar or served with food in cabin, & you pay in full for $5/6 fruit & smoothies drinks from the Spa Bar. It's ... Read More
Classic Drinks Package-to 9$ a drink- except not highlighted you pay in full if the included drinks are from cabin mini bar or served with food in cabin, & you pay in full for $5/6 fruit & smoothies drinks from the Spa Bar. It's either a drinks package or it isn't, & it isn't. A rip off. Horrendous loud screaming music in the buffet restaurant - turn it OFF! This is not a pleasant dining experience. Gratuities do not get any mention or prominence in the glossy brochures other than in the very small print terms & conditions. Celebrity, why are you deliberately concealing these charges from your customers? Put them up front in your brochures. On Select Dining why are large groups able to advance pre-book tables at the same time each evening resulting in denied access to others until after 8.00pm. They should be allocated to Fixed Dining. The excursions in Israel were probably the best experience we have had in 25+ cruises. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Chose this primarily because of the time in Israel and Greece. Celebrity have chosen to put an outside movie theatre at the rear of the ship on deck 12 (More of a "terrace than a deck really) which has a negative impact on all the ... Read More
Chose this primarily because of the time in Israel and Greece. Celebrity have chosen to put an outside movie theatre at the rear of the ship on deck 12 (More of a "terrace than a deck really) which has a negative impact on all the rear- facing 11th floor cabins, especially 1140. Israel was not as good as I had hoped - the crowds are really bad - and we went when things were "quiet". By really bad I mean I have never been that close to anyone with my clothes still on before - and hope never to do so again. Really liked Haifa/Acre though. Pompeii (Naples) was the highlight of the trip for me. Many of the shore excursions seemed "rushed" - we only went on Celebrity excursions, and we were being constantly hassled to move without adequate time to look around or soak in the experience. Entertainment was the typical lackluster/tired experience one expects from Celebrity, the only exception being Jayne Curry who has a powerful voice and stage presence. The itinerary was great - so good we may do it again, but next time I would go on private excursions as did a lot of others on our cruise... Read Less
Celebrity Constellation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 5.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.6
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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