My husband and I have been on 17 cruises, this being our 7th cruise on Celebrity. We are in our late 40s/early 50s. We have always thought highly of Celebrity because we found it to be at the top of the mainstream cruise lines. We just wanted a short, relaxing break, that included my birthday/Valentines Day, and this ship did not disappoint. We live in Florida, so it's easy for us to get to take cruises. Embarkation here was very easy as we were one of the last to get on the ship in the late afternoon.
The Constellation is a nice ship. We did not expect it to be "like new" because it is 12 years old. It was in good shape, but the cabins are definitely smaller than what we find on the newer ships. Our only complaint about the cabin was the metal bed frame was exposed, there wasn't much room to get around the bed, and I kept hitting my leg on the corner and actually got a pretty good cut. We ended up taking the throw that they use to protect the duvet that sits at the foot of the bed and wrapping it around the frame to cover it. The ship has a nice layout and the public areas were very nice.
This was one of the liveliest ships we have ever been on. There were actually very few children on board, and the passenger mix was varied. It seemed like people came to party - maybe because it was a short, inexpensive cruise. People stayed up late -- the casino and the martini bar were always crowded past midnight and the Reflections Lounge had a dance crowd (20 year olds to 70 year olds) into the wee hours. We loved that! We had receive the basic drink package as part of our incentive, perhaps others did as well, and that may have contributed to the party atmosphere. We upgraded to the premium package once on board, and felt it was worth the money.
There were lots of activities on board, all day, every day -- something for everyone. The crew seemed to have a good time as well - many of the senior officers participated in a volleyball game at the pool, and the captain was a great sport in the Liar's Game. We came to relax, so we didn't participate in many of the activities, but we did enjoy the karaoke/sing-a-longs in Michael's Lounge and the Latin band in various public areas. We caught the end of the impersonator's act in the theater and it seemed like he put on a good show. We ate late every night, so missed most of the theater entertainment. We missed having the Celebrity Orchestra on board to play traditional dance music - ballroom dancing has become so popular, and there really wasn't much music to dance to like that. It seemed like the bands on board played what they wanted, not what the crowd really wanted to hear and dance to. We did enjoy the in-door pool, but wished they had cushions on EVERY chair, not just a few. By the 4th day, the few cushions were in high demand and being moved all over the place.
The breakfasts and lunches at the buffet were OK, nothing really great. We ate dinner twice at the main dining room and both were good. The first night we ate at Tuscan Grille, which was excellent. Per various e-mails and incentive information we received prior to the cruise, it was advertised that if you booked and pre-paid for a specialty restaurant on the first night, you would get a 20% discount that would be applied to your on board account, so we did that. We never saw the credit on our on board account, so on the last night we went to Guest Relations, and they acted like they had never heard of such a thing. I showed them 2 printed documents with these details and they said they would take care of it. We still don't know if they really applied the credit. We also ate in Ocean Liners, which had the most expensive up charge of $45 per person - the food was very good, but we liked Tuscan Grille better for food and service.
We have been to both the Bahamas and Key West, but not in a number of years. We just walked around the town in Nassau and then took the water taxi to the Atlantis to see what had changed. They really restrict access to see much more than the casino and shopping areas. We had a lot of time in Key West and did a bike tour, had lunch at Schooner's Bar and a frozen key lime pie at Kermit's, and then did some shopping. It was an enjoyable, relaxing day.
Overall, we had a good time and would recommend the Constellation to anyone who wants a fun short break.