My husband and I booked the Celebrity Constellation about 6 weeks prior to departure. We were desperate to get away from the long long winter in the Mid-West. Having been on several different cruises and various ports we selected this itinerary for the value and a new port we had not been to, (Key West).
We flew right into Ft.Lauderdale airport. Picked up a taxi to the pier, which cost about $20.00 and was a ten minute ride. The port seemed busy that afternoon but went into the terminal to find a long line that wasn't moving really fast? A Cruise Critic member that we met in line said that this was not at all common. Once thru security in the terminal the check in at the main counter was a breeze. We were on in no time. Total time in the terminal 45 mins
Once on board we were met with Champagne and Mimosas! Nice Celebrity touch. We were told to explore the ship and have lunch as the staterooms would not be available till 1:30p. And the cabins were ready right around that time. Our cabin and OV #3012 was just around from the elevator on deck 3 starboard and was very nicely appointed and very clean. The only complaint would be an outlet needed in the bathroom and the bathroom door opens into the closet and if someone is in there, you will bump into them. I was always announcing my departure from the bathroom to avoid and mishaps. Great TV and movie line up. Never saw the cabin steward much, maybe on the way to breakfast. Towel animal appeared only 1 night.
Oh, the mini bar fridge...not so cold. barely room temp. Had heard another passenger lost some meds that needed refrigeration!! It was an injection for her medical condition and had to end up storing the rest with guest services.
The Oceanview Café is the buffet on board. It was a mess. Most of the time the food was barely warm. I even had lukewarm to cold oatmeal for the last days breakfast. And could never find a bowl for the oatmeal. I would get coffee, out of cups or they would have cups and be out of coffee. Great Ice Cream for desert! It was homemade everyday and was the biggest hit at the buffet. Also we were told that all of the breads and rolls were homemade every day. Nice! But no one could find the famous sticky buns?? They were MIA just like the limes! No limes for any bar drinks. Guess they are in short supply due to a fungus or so we were told?? The main dinning room was our only dinner spot as we did not pay for the upscale restaurants. I think if we were to pick we would have done Oceanliners. It was a beautiful!! Lots of old ship artifacts and historical items. The MDR was nice, waiter was ok the first night he had to warm up to us I guess. We all thought the Asst. Waiter should have been the Waiter. Any way the food gets an A for presentation, taste a C+ and you feel like its very portion controlled. Cut backs I suppose. Some nights were better than others. You have standard menu for every night and the nightly menu to choose from. By the end of the sailing we had Larry the Asst. Maitre D in the palm of our hand and managed to score 2 lava cake desserts on the last night! They are to die for!
The Martini Bar was quit the happing place before and after dinner. Very good show from the bar tenders and if you can hit happy hour at 4 or be prepared to pay for their libations. 2 Martinis and tip. $30.00
Entertainment for the most part was good. They had the dancers and singers the first and last nite for the big stage shows, but we really like the "Almost Elton John" performer. He was really rockin and had the crowd really going as well. Went to the 80s party on the pool deck, only to find ourselves listening to Thriller over and over. Maybe 80s is just overdone now these days. Lounge acts were good and enjoyed a Latin band at the pool one afternoon.
Loved the all adults area! The therapy pool was great and it was just a nice quiet place to retreat. Relax and read and enjoy the view. Probably our favorite place.
The pool butlers was always handy with towels and the bar staff was always asking pool guests if they needed a drink from the bar. The best place for lunch was the poolside hamburger stand. Made to order and had hot French fries too. Cheeseburgers were AWESOME!
Really enjoyed the tour of the galley!! And its was FREE! Got to see all the behind the scenes in the kitchen.Dont forget your camera!
The ports were good. Really enjoyed Key West. Took the trolley tour around the Island. (Bought tickets on groupon) Had key lime pie and a great lunch down by the board walk. Stayed on the ship for some great pool time during the stop at Cozumel.
In summary for the price and the 5 nights and 2 ports of call. It was a great cruise. Staff and service was excellent. The ship, being older was spot less and reminded me a cruising from years ago. Right size and the right amount of people. Oh the people were awesome! Thanks to Micki and Mark and Carol and Ashley for joining us for dinner at our table for 6. Met them thru the roll call and it was a delight! Hope they enjoyed it as much as we did. Would we sail her again perhaps, just would like a little better food and a decent buffet.
Disembarkation was a breeze!! we arrived in port at 7am and were off the ship by 815am and luggage and customs back to the airport by 9am.