Just returned from a 5 day cruise on Constellation to Cozumel and Honduras during February break. Overall a great time was had by all-two 70+ grandparents, three 50+ parents and three teens. All relatively picky, relatively sophisticated travellers. Here are my thoughts:
Celebrity Choice Air Arrangements-very unhappy, our flight was cancelled, no one at Celebrity notified us, and because we had booked through Celebrity, the airline was unable to notify us. We were rebooked on a very inconvenient flight and the people at Celebrity were completely unhelpful in trying to get us a better one.
Embarkation-a breeze although they forgot my mother's wheelchair which had been ordered, disembarkation was not as efficient, some waiting around although they took care of wheelchair this time.
Room-lovely, super comfortable bed, always made up in a timely manner.
Staff-terrific, all around.
Food-mostly quite good though the beef and lamb were very mediocre. No better than RCL and since this was supposed to be a premium cruise, expected a notch above. Did not try any of the premium restaurants. Ate breakfast and lunch in buffet every day, dinner in the main dining room.
Entertainment-Theater typical cruise line fare. Loved, loved Alan Kavanaugh, brand new Irish/pop guitarist on the sunset deck in the evenings. Went every night. Enjoyed the music and just right amount of entertainment at the pool.
Decor-Dining room and casino seemed a little gaudy given the understated elegance of the rest of the ship. Maybe they will fix that when ship is renovated (which I guess is happening soon?) Plenty of indoor and outdoor space, never need to feel crowded. Actually easy to find a spot at the ship's railing when you are leaving port!
Teen programs-like all teens, our kids used the teen center solely as a place to meet up so that they could then hang out and do whatever they wanted. This cruise was over February break and had about 35-40 teens, about 20 of whom hung out as a group after meeting at the teen club. I imagine the numbers were a little low because so many of the schools in the Northeast were forced to cancel their February breaks because of Hurricane Sandy. They all absolutely loved the trip, mostly I think because of the freedom they were able to have. Most seemed completely uninterested in any organized activities other than the get-to-know-you party on the first night which is an absolute necessity.
Internet-expensive and slow. Nice computer room and classes.
Roaton-port area adorable, terrible poverty when you leave (which I expected). Interesting drive. Did Tabyana Beach snorkel trip which was very nice and well run. Right when you get there, they have guides who take you out on a 45 minute snorkel tour which was somewhat physically demanding but fine for any reasonably competent swimmer.Reef was gorgeous. Rest of day, you could spend enjoying the beach. Food adequate, facilities were fine. Had people to watch over your stuff while you were out and about. Kept the vast majority of hawkers/peddlers out. It was raining as we were departing on the tour and they offered us our money back if we wanted it, which is almost unheard of. Glad we turned them down because sun came out and we had a great day!
Cozumel-went to see the Tulum ruins, which are stunning compared to 20 years ago. They have obviously put a lot of money into maintaining this site. Problem was it takes almost two hours to get there because of ferry to mainland. This is a problem with any excursion on the mainland and if I went again I would try to do something on the island of Cozumel itself. Wear a bathing suit under your clothes because there is a gorgeous beach there which is great for a quick dip after touring the site.
Overall, a great time was had. Celebrity is my new favorite cruise line. We never liked Carnival and RCL is just too crowded. Holland America was pleasant but the crowd and vibe were just too old. Celebrity was the right combination of refinement and fun, just get a better butcher!