This was our fourth cruise, after Carnival in the Bahamas, HAL - Mexican Rivera, and Princess - Alaska. I'm seventy, my wife of 47 years, sixty-nine.
Celebrity and its ship, Constellation, topped all of our previous three.
Night before in a arranged Miami Hotel and the boarding process went well.
Throughout the cruise -- almost every encounter with a crew member was one in which respect and genuine warmth was expressed! This is to be highly commended.
Our cabin was well constructed, with the bathroom having enough room, a reality not so with HAL and Princess, where one can barely turn around in the shower!
Our steward and his assistance were attentive, but not overly so. However, they could have been more enthusiastic.
The food was certainly the highlight of this cruise, with out head waiter and his assistant so attentive and wanting to please. The "wine guy" had a sparkling personality and served us well. Just the right amount of servings for a healthy approach.
I must say the healthy buffet at the Aqua Spa saved the day for both of us. During at sea days we ate both breakfast and lunch there. On those same days, we walked on the jogging-walking track around the eleventh deck. And we also made good use of the gym and its staff. Both my wife and I gained just two pounds over our fourteen day experience. On previous cruises, I unfortunately usually gained a pound a day. This was a "healthy cruise," during which we felt supported by the Celebrity crew and environment.
The nightly shows were good, although a couple left something to be desired. The singers/dancers were great and enthusiastic.
The top Shore Excursions for us were Cottaging, Columbia, and Huatulco, Mexico - with Acapulco a close third. The Costa Rica Port of Punt arenas is dirty, and left something to be desired, and Cabo San Lucas has become a building fest and overly commercialized. The Shore Excursions were good, but on the whole, not outstanding.
The Constellation is easy to find ones way around, and we rarely got lost. The elevators are well placed, and directional signs helped a lot.
The highlight of this cruise for us was traveling through the Panama Canal! The narrative provided throughout the day was very helpful.
Although the last day in San Diego was an unpleasant experience, it did not detract from our overall experience. The Coast Guard apparently couldn't find all the international passengers, communication broke down and resulted in hours of waiting.
Our San Diego Port and Airport experience were the same as the previous time, not good! The whole process needs redoing, and San Diego needs a new updated airport, like we have in Portland, Oregon