We departed on May 5th from Ft. Lauderdale on the Celebrity Constellation. We gathered on the top deck waving to all and holding a sign that read "Cruise Critic Goes Dutch" since we were headed to Amsterdam. We had a great group of people who had been in touch on Cruise Critic for almost a year and now finally were meeting and enjoying each other in person.
The Ship is beautiful and in terrific shape. Except for Aqua Class which will be installed within the next six months, the refurbishing and solticizing of the ship made it look terrific.
We were in Concierge Class and although there is a little larger space, with a few more amenities, don't really think it was worth the extra money. Fresh flowers, champagne and fruit upon arrival and canapes each afternoon. Next time a balcony cabin without the frills would be fine.
Upon walking onto the ship, smiling faces of the staff greeted us with glasses of champagne and/or juice. The staff were amazing and wonderful. Each and every member on the ship was pleasant, helpful and ready to do whatever we asked of them.
The food in the MDR was really good with a varied menu each and everyday. You could always find something to your liking. We asked for our food to be served temperature hot and it was seen to without question. Our waiter Andy and his assistant Dino were just perfect. Our cabin steward Ovido couldn't have been better.
The ship had many activities to keep us busy and none if we so desired for rest and relaxation. The gym was the place to be each and every morning and the weather cooperated for most of the trip. We had two rocky sea days but not too bad.
We ate at the Tuscan Grille the first night and although the staff tried to please, we were not impressed with this restaurant. Our experience at the Ocean Liners was more favorable and we really enjoyed the food and service at this restaurant. You pay a little more but it was worth it. Also had a lunch at the Bistro for an up charge but the crepes were divine.
Discovered Perry Grant on this cruise and fell in love with him. What a talent he is. He made us laugh till our sides hurt and loved his singing all the old songs. He is a gold mine for the cruise line. we hope to catch him again on another cruise.
The ports we stopped at were great. Azores, (Amazing Tours with Ricardo) was just spectacular, Lisbon,a beautiful city but hot the day we were there. LeHavre and took a tour through cruise line to Fecamp and Entretat, and finally a stop in Dover. Met some wonderful friends at the port and they took us to Canterbury for a wonderful day.
We arrived in Amsterdam on May 20th and spent five days there.
We will definitely be on another transatlantic in the future but Celebrity is the way to to. The best cruise line...out there bar none.