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Celebrity Constellation to undergo refit after 2017 Middle East cruise season in Abu Dhabi

Celebrity Cruises’ 294m cruise liner Celebrity Constellation is to undergo a comprehensive refit in May, 2017 following the completion of her first ever Middle East cruise season.

The 2,038-passenger Constellation is currently sailing roundtrip from Abu Dhabi on a number of Arabian Gulf and Indian cruise itineraries and has been confirmed to return to the Middle East cruise market for a further two seasons due to unprecendented demand.

During a tour of the ship at Dubai’s cruise port of Mina Rashid, Cruise Arabia & Africa was informed by a member of staff on-board that she was fully booked, with most of her suites sold out for the remainder of the 2016/17 cruise season.

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The refit in May was meant to be a purely technical overhaul of the 2002-built ship, but the same member of staff confirmed that she will now be significantly refurbished as well to bring her up to date and on-par with the other Millenium-class cruise ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet.

Celebrity Constellation was refit in 2013, but is currently the only Millenium-class cruise ship to have the premium dining option Tuscan Grill on Deck 11. The Tuscan Grill aboard Constellation is also the only restaurant among the Millenium-class ships to lack the dramatic barrel archway, which is a signature architectural entranceway.

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Cruise Arabia & Africa understands that the Tuscan Grill will be moved to deck 4, where the premium dining location Oceanliners is currently located. The space currently occupied by Tuscan Grill will in turn be converted into Qsine, Celebrity Cruises’ famous premium dining concept that attempts to surprise the pallet with new twists on classic dishes.

Qsine is a unique culinary experience that starts with ordering the meal using an iPad. The fun is matched by the contemporary twist in the classic décor, which combines flamboyance with sleek style and demands a similarly smart-casual dress code.

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Menu options include sushi lollipops, lobster escargot, popcorn fish and chips, and more, and following her May refit, Celebrity Constellation will offer passengers this experience from November 2017 to February 2018, when she returns for her second Middle East cruise season.

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