We flew into Barcelona the day before and stayed overnight before boarding the Constellation the following day. Boarding was any time from 12 noon onwards and we got there about 2.45pm. Although it was very busy the process went quite smoothly and we were on our way to our stateroom. We were delighted with the lovely, spacious room which offered every comfort. A bottle of champagne in an ice bucket, together with a bowl of fresh fruit awaited us on arrival and we soon settled in to luxury!
Our stateroom with balcony was fabulous. Spacious with plenty of room to move about, it housed a huge, comfortable bed, flat screen TV, mini bar, dressing table area and a large sofa (convertible into a double bed), coffee table and a double wardrobe with plenty of drawers. Every detail was thought of from the lovely, thick bathrobes to the binoculars and golf umbrellas 'just in case'. The bathroom had a large shower and lots of hot water! Everything was replaced immediately and the whole room was spotlessly clean. There's nothing negative I can say about it.
We chose Celebrity Select dining which meant we could choose at what time we wanted to eat in the main dining room. You are advised to book a table in advance but we didn't bother and although we had to wait a few times it usually wasn't more than about 20 minutes. The food was good with plenty of choice and the service was faultless. In fact, all the staff (of every nationality you could think of) was friendly, helpful and efficient. The only thing that marred the holiday for us was the extortionate price of the bottles of wine and other alcohol. We enjoy a bottle of wine with our meal but by the time the 8% Spanish tax (because we sailed out of a Spanish port) and the 15% surcharge was added, we ended up paying £35 for a bottle of wine! Non-EU residents could claim back the 8% Spanish tax so it wasn't quite as expensive for the Americans
The theatre entertainment was OK but we thought P & O had the edge on their productions. We did watch the a capella group, the High C's and thoroughly enjoyed their barbershop type songs but the real star of the ship was Perry Grant in Michael's Club. He was brilliant, so funny and a real diva! He played to packed audiences every night and entertained with his great singing and interaction with the audience. You daren't move out of your seat for fear of being targeted!! A real entertainer and highly recommended. Well worth going on the cruise just to see him.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable cruise although, because of all the walking, we needed a holiday to recover!
We would recommend Celebrity any time but think about getting a drinks package if you enjoy a bottle of wine.