We were looking for a quick getaway and the five day trip to the western Caribbean was perfect. I had some concerns about the age of the Constellation but it did go through a major refitting and I was pleased to find the ship in excellent shape. We sailed on the new Celebrity Reflection about a year ago and had a good time but I found the ship to not have much personality. That is not the case with the Constellation. It has far fewer passengers than some of the mega ships we have cruised on in the last couple of years and I found this to be extremely positive.
Getting on and off the ship was a breeze but we did have a concierge class cabin so did not have to wait in any lines. It was terrific and I just cannot say enough about the crew and officers. Only one incident from a crew member - the bartender in the casino bar - was negative. The ships captain is highly regarded by the crew and is very visible on a daily basis. Much more so than on any other cruise we have taken.
The food was good in the main dining room and it was always easy to get seated on the select dining schedule. We did eat in the Tuscan Grill the first night as it offered a discount on the first sea night and we found the food to be very good. We also ate a couple of times in the Bistro on Five and found it to be very very good. It does have a surcharge but it is only $5 and it is for all you can eat. Perhaps the best deal on the ship.
We found the entertainment to be good as well. The two major shows were outstanding and the magician was also quite good. The comic was only ok in our opinion. The best part of the shows was there was always ample seating and in very good locations. Recent mega ship entertainment venues were very difficult to find decent seating unless you went a full 30 minutes prior to show time.
A quick mention about the drink cards on the Constellation. The classic package was offered as one of the perks for going on the cruise. For us it worked out extremely well and the bartenders and wait staff could not have been better in getting our "free" drinks. I guess this may be so because Celebrity does give a 15% gratuity to the staff for each drink ordered and that is included in the drink package. If you are a big time highball drinker then the premium package might work out better as our package only allowed us to order drinks with a price of up to $8 and many of the drinks - particularly martinis - cost way above that amount.
The five day schedule was just perfect for our needs and the Constellation was even better than we thought she would be.