This was our 5th Celebrity cruise over the last 8yrs, 4th cruise on the Constellation. Our previous cruise was spring of 2007. The "solticizing" changes to the Constellation were overall nice improvements. The former Conservatory is now the Tuscan Grille, an Italian steak restaurant. We didn't eat there or at Ocean Liners, but did consider it. We did eat at the Bistro on 5 for lunch one day. This is a creperie/panini restaurant basically for breakfast or lunch. Food was good. Not worth a $5.00/pp upcharge, though. Ate dinners at the San Marco (main dining room). Dinner menus were good, overall. Escargot has been replaced with crab stuffed mushrooms due to unavailability of escargot. The mushrooms were fantastic. Some of our friends had them every night! We had lunches at the Seaside cafe; the idea of having a section of the buffet devoted to a different country every day is good, as is having the English breakfast every day. (But I never did find out what "black pudding" More
is.) We usually went to the Sunset Bar after shows. The singer was very good. Entertainment was good. The comedian was outstanding, and guests all over the ship talked about how good his shows were. The Celebrity singers and dancers were good, but a smaller group in past years. A nice change to the ship was the Reflections Lounge on 11, formerly known as "The Bar at the Edge of the Earth" when Cirque de Soleil was onboard. We really liked Reflections. We also liked the Martini Bar, with the ice topping to the bar. We did not try the Gelateria. The ice cream at Seaside does not have an upcharge and was delicious with varying flavors every day.
Accomodations on Constellation are the same as before she was solsticized. New colors and flat screen televisions. Our stateroom was clean when we arrived and our stateroom attendant was excellent. We had an issue with the shower head and it was repaired within hours.
I have read other reviews of this ship for the previous month, and one complaint I read that I did not see was lack of cool towels. They were available to us at every port.
I do, however agree with the consistent complaints about disembarkation, and this is not a Celebrity issue. The US Customs process at Port Everglades was EXTREMELY slow. Celebrity always sends their customers a questionnaire about the cruise, and we will certainly mention that!
This was the lowest of the Concierge Class staterooms because of location, but it was great! Only negative was that the circular glass floor areas in Seaside Cafe looked down on verandas on the 9th floor.