We sailed on the Constellation on February 18th to the southern and western caribbean. This was our 15th cruise, the 4th on Celebrity, and the 11th to the caribbean. We chose this cruise for the itinerary that included 5 sea days. Since we live just outside of Atlanta, we drive to the port and extend our vacation by a few days. We overnight in Ft. Pierce at the Comfort Suites which is pretty good and drive is about 2 hours to the port in the morning. There is a new parking lot right across from terminal 18 that has its own shuttle that makes it real convenient.
Embarkation was very quick and well organized as it always is in Ft. Lauderdale. We drove onto the pier at 11:10am, had been in our stateroom, and were having lunch by 12:20pm.
There is not much "wow factor" when you board the Connie. The colors are bright and cheerful and the ship is extremely well maintained, one of the best that we have been on. Our cabin was smaller than other balcony cabins on other ships. It was tight when we were getting ready for dinner. We did not book a "concierge class" cabin. Celebrity is billed as a premium class cruise line and one would expect concierge class service on a premium line in all of their cabins without extra cost. Celebrity seems to be regressing back to the Titanic-era ships. They should rethink this one. The passenger make-up appears to be very mature, older than me and I am 68 years old. Lots of wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen tanks and electric scooters. Celebrity should do a better job of regulating the scooters so that the users do not try to get into crowded elevators and force passengers to plaster themselves against the sides. One guy who was always running into people, forced his way onto a crowded elevator and ran over my wifes foot.
We had dinner each night in San Marco. Food prep and quality was hit and miss. We had two other couples at our table who were lots of fun. Do not order meat well done because it will arrive over cooked and dry. We requested medium and it was better. Between the pizza, the buffet, hot dogs and hamburgers, asian food, and much more, you will not go hungry. We had lunch at the Seaside Cafe on deck 10 every day and one of the waiters, Zeus, would always help us with our tray and get us beverages. Nice guy. They still do the casual afternoon tea and snacks at 3:30pm that is nice.
Entertainment was conservative and similar to other Celebrity ships. Some of the production numbers got into light opera which is not my thing. Perry Grant was in Michaels Club in the evening and he was very good. We played trivia and met some folks we played with on the Summit. Kaci and Donne ran the games and made them lots of fun.
We did not do any tours. As stated above, this was our 11th cruise to the caribbean and we have done everything that we want to do. Did some shopping in Colon and it was pretty reasonable. When we got to Cozumel the weather was very windy and the sea was rough. There were 10 ships in port and fortunately the Connie docked and we did not have to deal with the tenders like most of the other ships.
Disembarkation was quick. You are requested to stay in your cabin until your specified time. We were off the ship with our luggage by 9:15am.
In summary, the Connie is an OK ride and a good value for your money. We always felt safe and the ship is very well maintained and very smooth. Food is so-so and the general ship activities are conservative which from judging the age of the passengers is what they want. Celebrity needs to rethink their "Concierge Class".