We love to cruise and try to get out to sea as often as is possible and affordable. This was our 4th Celebrity cruise and about the 16th Caribbean cruise.
After our flight from Manchester, NH we arrived at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and waited quite a long time (about 90 minutes) for our shuttle to the hotel. After 3 calls he finally arrived. Tt wasn't a great way to start off but bright and early the next day we were ready to go. We waited in the hot sun another 2 hours before our van arrived. The hotel was almost 100% occupied by cruisers and not well prepared. It was the Comfort Inn Airport/Cruise Port at Stirling Rd. in Hollywood. That's the end of my complaints!
The embarcation process was very slow because the ship had just made a Trans-Atlantic repositioning and had to be throughly inspected. We were made as comfortable as possible and the delay was explained and understandable.
The ship looked great and we found our cabin easily. It was on deck 6 and had a balcony overlooking the tops of the lifeboats. It was no problem for us as we could see straight out and it was very quiet.
Our overall impression of the Constellation was that it was very pretty after the new renovation, very sleak and modern and clean.
We travel with very good friends from England and found them at the lifeboat drill. We get along so well that we are all bound and determined to sail the 7 seas until we finally drop. We were lucky to find them several years ago on a cruise to Hawaii. We have our 5th cruise with them lready booked on the Solstice next September to the Med.
Our dining table was on the 2nd floor to the back of the ship and our waiters were very good to us. None of us had a single complaint about the food. It was always well prepared and delicious. It never ceases to amaze me how well they can handle all those people and get the food out nice and hot and never anything but yummy. My diet starts tomorrow.
We are Diamond members of RCI and Elite on Celebrity so could enjoy the Elite Captains Club lounge. Because of so many members onboard, we met in Reflections. The bar menu was excellent and the service was great. We were very well taken care of up there and there was always a friendly waiter offering us service.
The service aboard the Constellation reflects the high morale of the crew. In 14 days we never met anyone, from the Captain on down, who didn't great us with a smile and offer help. They are the friendliest and nicest crew we have ever encountered. The officers were very visable and the Captain even jumped in the pool and competed with the passengers (my husband included) in a pool volleyball contest. We both sincerely hope we will be able to cruise with them again. They greatly added to our good time aboard ship.
The weather wasn't great and we got quite a few showers. We got sunshine everyday so it wasn't a complete washout. Two nights the seas were pretty high and I got a little queasy but by the next day had found my sealegs and I was fine.
The entertainment was very good to excellent. We only discovered Perry Grant toward the last week of the cruise but tried to see his shows whenever we could. That man is so talented! He has a beautiful voice, plays great piano and has a quick wit. We both waited for every word out of his mouth because he is a riot. I believe he is the funniest and most talented man on the seas! He packs the room (Michael's Club) with standing room only. We both loved his musical choices.
Our one complaint about the whole cruise isn't much but we all wish that Celebrity could do a more efficient job with the disembarcation. It just wasn't well organized and at one point the announcement was made that all colors could leave. The hallways and elevators were jammed. It could be dangerous and they need to do better.
We both hope we will be able to book the Constellation again soon. We were told that it has the highest return passenger rate of any Celebrity ship and it's easy to see why. When people are treated well, as the crew is, they are happy and it is passed on tp the passengers. We were happy to learn that the Captain will be with us on the Solstice next year. We can't wait!