We have just returned from the Wine Immersive cruise on Celebrity Constellation,our first time with Celebrity.
We received word a few days before sailing to say we could not board till after 2pm due to deep cleansing of ship.We were a little disappointed at this but in fairness to the company they were doing it for the safety&comfort of the passengers.It had happened to us earlier this year on Independence of The Seas so we understand the reasoning behind a thorough cleansing.
We had booked Concierge class so we were boarded very quickly,given a glass of bubbly as we got on deck and told we could not get into our cabin but to go and get something to eat.We went to Seaside grill and had something to eat and met with some of our fellow passengers.As the afternoon wore on we wanted to get settled in our cabin but this did'nt happen till 4-30pm,but we accepted that it was for our benefit.
We were in 9077 just midship beyond the library,it was quite adequate for the time we would be spending in it!As others have said it needs a bit of TLC but apparently it is going in to dry dock for a bit of a makeover after the winter.Our Steward was Peter who did all he could to make our stay a good one.There were one or two hiccups as regard to extras we should have had,due in the main to the sanitation procedure.But after a few day's we had just about everything we were promised,we did have to speak to the housekeep supervisor Kaisha who was most apologetic.This all aside we were happy with accomodation,but the overhang above our balcony would have been a downside if we wanted to sunbathe.Saying that we did manage to sit out a few times which for November was a plus!
We had 6pm seating in San Marco restaurant,requested a table for 6 persons at booking but it was set for 8.We were on our own the first night,second night we were joined by Jean&Don from USA lovely table companions!Then the next night we had Alan&Maureen from Liverpool very nice couple,we were eventually a table of 6.Our waiter was Elston and his assistant Nandan could not have been more accomodating.Nothing was too much trouble to them,if you did'nt like anything they would change it if you wanted more they would get it.We did'nt eat in any of the speciality venues as we were more than happy with what we got in San Marco.The food quality was superb,always something to tempt any appetite!
The show's we saw were very good,there were some good artiste's Jon Courtnay was excellent,they gave him an extra spot on the last night which was a bonus.The young classical guitarist Adam Westcott did various spots around the ship he was superb!
We did our own thing with regard to excursion's as I do think that the organised one's are a tad pricey(on most cruise's not just this one)but we did what we wanted and went ashore at all port's.I agree that the port's for Paris and Bordeaux are a little out of the way(!)but it did not seem to put off our American&Japanese passengers.
We felt that there was plenty of space onboard to always find somewhere to sit or lounge even on sea day's.Although the ship was full it never seemed crowded,you did'nt have to fight your way through.
Disembarking was as swift again as embarkation,no problem's encountered.
All in all a lovely trip,cannot wait to go on the next one!