EMBARKATION: Relatively smooth. Good idea to fill out documents on line make process easier.
STATEROOM: The ship is showing her age. Several outlets didn't work and the shower had mildew growing. We were on the 9th floor and the noise from the pool area above us was bothersome.
SHIP: The connie has seen better days and is in need of dry docking. Carpets were worn and had spots. Decor was somewhat dark which was good because if you looked close you could see the tiredness.
SHORE EXCURSIONS: There was a great variability in quality. On the whole they were a little below average.
FOOD: There has been a real change in menu and not for the better. Everyone at our table for 6 said this was the worst food they had on celebrity line. Steaks were tough, fish was old, portions were very small. Our waiter was great. He was one of the best we had on any cruise line including Crystal. The buffet lines were crowded but the food was decent. Note the main buffet line closes at 6 pm except for pizza or sushi. This was unusual because we didn't want to go to dining room dinner on night and eat at buffet-the only choices were sushi, pizza, or pasta. UGH! Celebrity had only one side open at most times which made for standing in line for sandwiches or toast a regular occurrence. The spa cafe had really good looking plates with light entrees and desserts. The main dining room is not open for lunch except on sea days.
ENTERTAINMENT: The shows were low production numbers with very little or none set decoration. The singers were ok but the band was overpowering. The last production show was the best had actual props. The enrichment series on this ship was the worst we have seen. The lecture was boring and his slides didn't even match his oral presentation. The library was in a shambles without an attendant. The books they had were unsorted and there was no books in reference. Only 2 atlases which were in use most times. If you want any sort of intellect enrichment this is definitely not the cruise for you. The movies shown were third run and on Encore when we came home. The average date of release was 1996. The Last King of Scotland, 300, Dream Girls, and Casino Royale to name a few. Very poor. Trivia games were fun and they had tribond trivia which was great fun. The prizes were pens, pens and more pens.
OVERALL: Do not believe hype and canned ratings this ship has seen better days.