We visited Istanbul independently prior to the cruise and spent 3 wonderful days site seeing. we boarded the ship on the 20/9 and the process was quick from getting on board to the cabin being ready and our luggage arriving , we were in aqua class deck 11 The cabin was spacious and clean but I was disappointed with the size of the bathroom/shower probably the smallest we have ever had and we have been on a number of ships . our steward Alvin was excellent nothing to much trouble for him .
we dined in BLU most nights and the food was average my wife had to send somefood mainly fish back due to the way it was cooked . to be fair they were very apologetic and offered us any other dish . we went in the restaurant on deck 10 for breakfast and enjoyed what we had . the entertainment in the main show lounge each night was okay but we did not go to all the shows . we opted to go to reflections on deck 11 and the group were excellent although we did not feel the room was fully utilised . we were extremely disappointed with the activity programme throughout the day if you stayed on board there was very little to do . regarding the ports of call we booked this cruise to visit Ukraine we understand that this part of the cruise had to be cancelled but the new itinery was not good .the ports of bourgas,varna ,constanta,trabazon and sinop were very disappointing they all had the customary churches statues and museums but little else. we did enjoy mykanos kusadasi and Athens but we had been there before . when I booked this cruise in December 2013 the cost of the cruise was over £2000 per person after the cruise itinery was changed at the end of may 2014 the cost of the cruise was £1800 for two people and this is reflected in the ports of call and the lowering of standards compared with our previous cruises on celebrity . I would conclude that we have no problems with the cleanliness of the ship or the staff who were always polite and friendly .it was the ship , the itinery on board and the ports of call It is unlikely we will go on constellation again although we could go on celebrity again as we enjoyed eclipse in the past