We arrived in Istanbul airport on day of departure, something we never do. This time we did and were very lucky. No trouble and used Celebrity Choice Air and their transportation to ship. Check-in was a breeze.
This trip we had originally booked an aqua class room in one of the new rooms just added. At last minute we saw a better deal and took a suite on deck 6 for the first cruise and then changed rooms to one of the aqua class rooms. It turned out to be the best decision we made. It made the cruise two distinctly different cruises. One with a suite and select dining and the second with Aqua Class and Blu dining. It was our first Aqua Blu experience. I should add we have done 50 plus cruises with all major cruise lines. We are top status on Princess and elite plus on Celebrity.
So, on with the first cruise with port of Istanbul, Kusadasi, Miramar, Athens, Mycanos, Santorini, Rhodes, Naples, and Rome. The suite was great, not much different than other balconies on the ship, however we had a butler that was outstanding, Benjamin. We were spoiled. He did everything we asked for in terms of reservations, etc. He also moved all our stuff when we left this cruise to our next room on the 11th floor. When we got back everything was done.
We did a wine tasting tour with the ship. It was outstanding. Got back on the ship for the second cruise for a crossing. This cruise was to Spain, Morocco, 2 stops in Canary Islands, and ending in Fort Lauderdale.
Now back to first cruise. Since we have been in each of these ports at least once before we looked to something different. We went to town in Kusadasi and shopped. We had lunch at Victoria Restaurant on harbor. It was fantastic. It is owned by an x martini bartender who we have visited on Soltice and Equinox ships. We got to meet his Father and food was great. We did the same in Mycoanos, we took train downtown to shopping area and had lunch along the waterfront. It was great better shopping than Kusadasi. Our favorite stop is Santorini. There is not a more beautiful place on earth. Shopping and food were great. Bring your camera. We did wine tours in Rhodes and Naples. Both were good.
On the second cruise the stop in Morocco was the most different. We had a cooking class in a kazbar. The excursion was one of the best we have ever done. We were greet by our host at the hotel. It was empty this time of year. He took our to a parlor room for tea which he brewed and told us stories of the area. We had a second tea. Both were great and I am not a tea person. Then onto kitchen where we made a local diner. Three courses. Then onto courtyard to make our bread and then sit and eat our meal. It was very good. I would do this again. It is the first time we ever did an excursion involved with making food.
Then on two the canary island. We took two tour there and neither were good. They were wine tastings and not very well done.
While on the ship we had a fantastic time. The constellation is an older ship that has been solticized and it has been done well. The crew with the Captain and Cruise Director kept you in stitches the whole 27 days. The officers and crew loved working there and it was obvious. Everything was top notch. We ate in Select on the first cruise and had three different waiters and all were great. We also ate in both specialty restaurants and both were great. The food was so good in regular dining we did not try Blue in first cruise. We had the chance since we were in a suite. We knew we would do blue on second cruise. On the second cruise we were amazed how different an experience it would be. The food and the wait staff were better than any other cruise we have ever been on. It was so good we booked again two short cruises on the connie for January to check to see if this was an anomaly. It was not. That cruise was the same result, outstanding. The wait staff was a great team. It was hard to tell who did what. Everyone it seemed was there to make the meal an event to remember. When we came back in January, they remembered us and what we liked. I could not believe it.