Our second cruise with Celebrity began with a pre cruise 2 day stay in Barcelona using a Celebrity pre-cruise package which was at an average mid-town hotel (Gran Hotel Havanna - a Silken chain. Terribly over-priced ($300+/day), it was clean, well-staffed, and included a substantial buffet breakfast. The room was small with no where to place two pieces of luggage except on a desk and side table. The rooftop pool was cold and the sauna could only be turned on by the front desk. A fitness center was available off-site for 15 euro/day!A transfer to the cruise ship was included.
After sightseeing for two days, we embarked on the Constellation in a 400sq. ft. suite with a separate bedroom and floor to ceiling wall of windows ( partially obstructed by a service ladder-not mentioned in Celebrity's description of the suite). The amenities listed a DVD player ( missing and unable to be attached to the TV's)The TV's (42")were wall mounted. Also included in the suite was a sitting area, dining area, bath with shower/jacuzzi combo, dual sinks, refrigerator and ample closet and drawer space. A computer was also in the suite. Whether the free 90 minutes per person was included in suite or our membership in Captain's Club ( free after two cruises with Celebrity)made us elegible for the service was not clear. Also included with our suite was free soft drinks and well liquor which did not include beer??? Also included was admission and free beer, cocktails, and appetizers in Michael's Club from 4-6PM daily. All of these were great ammenities.
Food was about average. The buffet breakfast and lunches were good in the Seaside Buffet but had a limited dinner. The San Marco dining room food ranged from poor to good. The ambiance and service were about average for cruises. It also had a relatively small menu. A specialty dining room Ocean Liner with an extra fee ( 1 free with our suite)was great!! I'd recommend the Venison and Lobster. For me, the speed and variety of a dinner buffet, beats the fanfare of the main dining room. I can't eat ambiance!! The two formal nights should also be eliminated.
The ship had 3 pools - not long enough for lap swimmers- clean and heated with six jacuzzis. One was a therapy pool under a dome. The fitness center was adequate and staffed except 6 - 7 AM and 10 - 11PM. But,it was closed on the day of departure!!
The Persian Garden - extra fee - has a Turkish bath, aroma steam room, and relaxation area which I used free with coupons included in our package, otherwise, the free sauna worked very well.
The casino was average but failed to have any amenities for frequent gamblers. The entertainment was poor to average.
Because of poor weather and the fact that we already were worn out on Italy from previous visits, we only used one Celebrity sponsored excursion to Pompeii out of Naples which was reasonably priced but had a poor English- speaking guide.
Overall, the cruise was enjoyable but not memorable.