We are two people in our early 30s. We have cruised together 3 times -- to the Caribbean, in March/April for the last 3 years. The first year was a 7 night on MSC Poesia, the second year was a 10 night on Emerald Princess, and this year this 14 night on the Celebrity Constellation.
So far, of the 3, Constellation carries the day as far as best service, best food, best all-around experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our time.
Things we didn't like: Number one, Perry Grant. Absolutely have no idea how people can love this guy. Gave him a fair chance -- watched 15-30 minutes of two of his shows in Michael's Club and watched his big show in the Theatre. He plays the same tune over and over and everything sounds the same. He has about 5 minutes worth of funny stuff/comments -- but after that all he can do is repeat that same 5 minutes worth. Also, Rich the cruise director was a little over the top in our opinion. These things didn't ruin our cruise, don't get me wrong -- we are just in disbelief as to how Perry Grant can be popular. The cult-like following makes no sense. People seem to like him because they've been told to like him or told they should like him or that it would be crazy not to like him because "everybody else does." Also, the wine dispensing machines in Cellar Masters were not operating properly. We were informed by a crew member that she would be happy to get us a card for them, but she would not recommend it b/c several of them were out of order and she would not want to sell us the card and not have the machines get fixed in time. We appreciated her honesty but did not appreciate Celebrity not being able to have these machines running during the cruise, or at least get them repaired sometime during the 14 night cruise so they would be operational within a day or so of breaking.
The service was fantastic overall. Every crew member that we came across was exceptionally kind and upbeat -- despite the fact that their job can no doubt be taxing after a while with the long hours and people that want to complain about everything.
The food was good. Of the 14 nights, had two dinners that we didn't care for, but, once again, this didn't and wouldn't ruin our cruise. The salmon seemed to be disliked by many. Of the 5 people in our area (us included) that got it, nobody ate it. Most nights were great though. The food was better than MSC by far and also better than Princess.
It is hard to commit to one cruise line without enough repeat experience. We've been experimenting and it would be unfair to crown anyone the best or worst with just one cruise on each of three different cruise lines, but we will probably lean towards Celebrity in the future unless we want to try someone else and are getting a much better deal that is worth trying out.
We had the cheapest inside cabin and it was great and so were our room stewards.
We had no intention of eating at the pay-more-to-eat-dinner restaurants onboard, but we ended up getting 20% off at Tuscan Grill and giving it a shot. It was excellent. Even at the full price of $30/person I would recommend that everyone spend one evening there. You will not be disappointed and will leave very full and very satisfied.
Apparently the Constellation is not longer going to do this 14-night caribbean voyage any longer, it is going to be doing shorter 4 or 5 night trips I believe starting in 2013. Because of that, we won't be back onboard Constellation, BUT we would highly recommend it to anyone that is thinking about it.
[a lot of reviewers comment on age of passengers -- no doubt that the average age on this ship had to be around 58-62 years old -- but that did not bother us -- we aren't cruising to make friends, just to get away from home, work, and spend some time relaxing -- so we mind our business, eat at a table for two, and have patience when walking behind a long line of people that aren't moving so fast from point A to point B! and no offense, because we'll be moving just as slow one day -- we just won't be worshiping Perry Grant.. EVER!]