The ever-elegant Celebrity Constellation was launched in May 2002. Since then, this Millennium Class cruise ship has enjoyed a host of enhancements, including 66 spa-inspired staterooms, private verandas in Celebrity Suites, and innovative cuisine at exclusive restaurant Blu. But it's not only design and dining that have been transformed. The addition of Celebrity iLounge with the first Apple specialist at sea makes connecting to social networking sites quick and simple. While enhanced Wi-Fi is available across the ship. Kids are also sure to relish XBox and Kinect game consoles in the incredibly entertaining Fun Factory. With fresh décor, modern amenities and new Reverie mattresses in all suites and staterooms, Celebrity Constellation is truly a sailing palace. The ship's open pool deck is the ideal place for fun in the sun during hot days at sea. Its two swimming pools, whirlpools and sun loungers are surrounded by a bar, grill, bandstand, and dance floor. The adult-only Solarium features the sound of waterfalls amid a scenery of lounge chairs, hot tubs and an indoor pool. If retail therapy is more your style, The Emporium offers brands, boutiques and collectibles to suit any shopper, while the nearby art gallery adds a touch of culture and temptingly unique souvenirs. For connoisseurs, Cellar Masters offers a global wine tour without stepping off deck. Inspired by Napa Valley, discover new tastes and broaden you wine knowledge. The ultimate indulgence, Canyon Ranch SpaClub provides a complete stress cleanse with a variety of baths including: herbal steam, medicinal mud, and thalassotherapy seawater. The pioneering Persian Gardens enhances relaxation even further thanks to its holistic music and calming sauna rooms. Rest assured, while you unwind, kids aged 3-11 have their hands full with a host of activities at the Fun Factory. Youngsters aged from 12-17 can make friends at XClub, which offers trips to the age-appropriate dance club and coffee lounge. You can also keep fit using the jogging track, basketball court or spacious fitness centre. There's no room for boredom aboard Celebrity Constellation.
Dining is transformed aboard this luxury cruise ship. Main Restaurant sets the pace for the others to follow with a huge yet personal eating area, variety of ever-changing global cuisine, and round-the-clock dining. Choose from Traditional Dining and eat at the same time each evening, or opt for Celebrity Select Dining and sit in the ship's main restaurant for more flexible dining hours. The new and sophisticated Luminae restaurant serves an eclectic mix of modern dishes throughout the day, including lobster, roasted lamb and creamy truffle risotto. For a more casual venue, head to Mast Bar & Grill for a poolside burger in the sun, or the AquaSpa Cafe for a menu of deliciously healthy dishes. All AquaClass guests can savour the sumptuous delights of the intimate and contemporary Blu restaurant. Blu specialises in crisp flavours and inventive dishes with a décor and atmosphere inspired by the Mediterranean. The speciality restaurants on Celebrity Constellation need to be savoured to be believed. Ocean Liners Restaurant caters for dinner guests and emulates the stylish era of early transatlantic crossings, with marine memorabilia and Continental cuisine. Cutting-edge Italian steakhouse Tuscan Grille serves tender meats, fresh pastas and sizzling sea bass with tableside service. The casual Bistro On Five is available all day with soups, crepes, salads, burgers, sandwiches and ice creams, as well as special dishes such as braised ribs, lamb chops and Sunday roasts. For comfort and cosiness, try Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria. It's the best place for premium teas, speciality coffees, delicious pastries, fruity sorbettos, and artisan gelatos in a range of flavours. Michael's Club and Fortune's Casino are private lounges for guests in Royal, Celebrity, Penthouse, Signature and Reflection Suites. They offer exclusive continental breakfasts, light lunches, evening canapés and complimentary drinks. Regardless of dining venue, each meal is one to remember.
Celebrity Constellation has a host of fantastic places to relax with a drink. Martini Bar offers a trendy ambience and frosted bar - ideal to enjoy all night long or for a quick pre-dinner drink. Wander into Crush, Martini Bar's secret alcove, for ice-filled tables and a classy atmosphere complete with vodka and caviar sampling. Rendezvous Lounge gives its guests plush seating and intimate chats, while Reflections Lounge is filled with colourful lights and fantastic music to dance until late. Although, you could always take a seat and savour an appetising dessert cocktails at Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria. With most eateries serving a range of enticing drinks, you're sure to have a hard time finding a favourite venue for evening refreshments.
Celebrity Constellation brings night-time alive with its superb variety of entertainment. Take in a Broadway-style show at Celebrity Theater, chance your luck at Fortune's Casino, or take an evening stroll across the open deck while breathing in the sea air. Enjoy quality time at a selection of modish bars and plush lounges, or have a ball on the dance floor while sipping a fruity cocktail. Then again, you can always make those at home envious at the state-of-the-art Celebrity iLounge with 24-hour Internet access, while the kids enjoy dedicated clubs to keep them occupied. There's fun and entertainment for everyone on this enviable ship.
Day 1: UK to Abu Dhabi, UAE
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Abu Dhabi and be privately transferred to your Abu Dhabi hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 2: Abu Dhabi, UAE
In the space of a generation Abu Dhabi has managed to transform herself from small fishing village into the thriving metropolis of today. A dramatic skyline of modern skyscrapers and exquisite hotels provides a contrast with the mosques and bazaars of old that can still be found here. Take a ride out to Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park providing thrills and fun for all the family, or why not take a Jeep Safari through the sand dunes surrounding the city.
Day 3: Abu Dhabi, UAE (Embarkation Day)
After check out, be privately transferred to the port to board Celebrity Constellation for your fifteen-night cruise.
Day 4: Dubai, UAE
Your Arabian adventure begins in Dubai, the world's fastest-growing global city with a vibrancy and a majesty all of its own. You’ll find all kinds of wonderful modern attractions here, including, at 2,722 feet, the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, plus cutting-edge bars and nightclubs, a man made island in the shape of a giant palm tree, and unparalleled shopping opportunities.
Day 5: Muscat, Oman
Muscat, unlike a lot of her Arabian cousins, has managed to retain a scene of authenticity to the old ways. Where her more notable cousins have arrived into the 21st century with a skyline dominated by skyscrapers, shopping malls and hotels, Muscat has retained a lot more of her traditions and values of old. It is this aspect that allows her to captivate guests time and time again. Sail into the preserved historical waterfront and experience the traditional architecture of this calming seascape, hike through the terracotta coloured mountains or even visit the old town and discover the traditional souk and spice markets.
Day 11: Aqaba, Jordan
Situated at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba; the Jordanian port city of Aqaba boasts stunning beaches and breath-taking coral reefs. Visit the Aqaba Fort and adjacent Aquaba Archaeological Museum with its large collection of Egyptian and Chinese ceramics and displays. Discover the ruins of the old city of Ayla in the city centre, admire the Sherif al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque, and explore Mamluk Castle. The Yamanieh coral reef in the nearby Aquaba Marine Park is a favourite with scuba divers, and Aquaba Bird Observatory is a bird-watchers' paradise. Venture further afield to explore the rose-red city of Petra; buried by sand for over 2000 years and named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Day 12 – 13: Suez Canal (Egypt waterway)
Cruise through the Suez Canal - one of the world's most impressive man-made waterways. Stretching over 101miles, the surreal surroundings may give the impression that you are sailing through the heart of the desert itself. The Canal crosses the Isthmus of Suez, dividing the Mediterranean from the Red Sea, and is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. Enjoy a stroll along the Corniche and gaze in awe at the huge ships on their way to the other side of the world.
Day 15: Athens, Greece
Athens — Greece's capital city — was the birthplace of democracy and western civilisation. The city features numerous 5th-century landmarks including the former temple of Parthenon and the Acropolis, an ancient citadel that sits on a hilltop overlooking the Plaka district. The historic Plaka neighbourhood is one of the oldest in the world and features winding streets lined with family-run bars and restaurants.
Day 16: Katakolon, Greece
The sleepy fishing port of Katakolon sits on the west coast of the Peloponnese, close to Pyrgos. The port is gateway to one of Greece's most famous landmarks - Olympia. Visit the ancient ruins of the Olympic Stadium where the sacred flame is lit each Olympic year. Pay a visit to the remains of the 7th-century BC Temple of Hera and the Temple of Zeus. Admire the classical, Roman and Greek treasures at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Pay a visit to the Mercouri Estate Winery to enjoy a wine tour and taste the wine.
Day 18: Rome, Italy to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.