This is our second cruise on the Constellation and second since the Solsticization. We were very lucky with perfect weather and smooth sailing with only one slightly rocky day.
Our cabin was an outside with no veranda. We took two 14 days cruises last year so did this for economy. We had no complaints with the cabin but prefer having a veranda. Our steward, Newton, did a perfect job taking care of us.
We had Choice Dining and sat mostly at tables for two which wasn't a problem. We ate mostly between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. The two times we ate at large tables the "tablemates" talked politics which we never do and which no one should do.
We are Elite members so enjoyed the loyalty perks afforded us. No other cruiseline we've cruised on is as generous as Celebrity. We booked another cruise for next year on the Eclipse on the first night out and got an excellent deal.
We liked almost all the shows, enjoyed Perry Grant 4 times, and also enjoyed the music around the ship. The Constellation has a great concert band as well as the smaller groups.
The food was by far the best we've had on any of the other 25 cruises we've been on. For the life of me I will never understand how anyone can complain about the food. It was excellent. Lunches were in the Sea-view cafe except for the sea days and breakfasts there as well. We did enjoy the Ocean Liners for the good Elite coffees.
We ate at the cafe (the one that charges $5 pp) on embarcation and liked it very much. Great food and none of the hastle of the upstairs cafe. It was peaceful and the service was good. We will be doing this on future cruises but since there were not a lot of people there I have to wonder how long before they close it. Give it a try...you will like it and it's worth the $5.
We've been to all the islands many times before so hit the beaches on all of them.
The only one we missed was on St. Lucia. We were just all "beached" out that day. We took two ships tours to use up our cabin credit. One was Seaquarium beach in Curacao and the other was Dickinson Bay in Antigua. We could have done them on our one for a lot less money but with the credit it didn't cost us anything at all. Our all time favorite is the Boatyard Beach in Barbados. We both love that place!
On past cruises we've loved shopping in St. Martin and St. thomas but the prices on gold have gone up so much we won't be doing that anymore. We can remember when the jewelry store wall we hung with gold. Now just a few pieces and crazy high prices. Silver is the new gold, I guess.
Next year it'll be the Eclipze for 14 days and maybe we will sneak in another one this year. It sure is tempting!
I can't say enough about the staff on the Constellation. Every single person we met was friendly and helpful from the Captain on down. We never saw a frown and anything but smiles and helpful people.