We drove to Fort Lauderdale and parked in the Park N Go because they offered a discount on-line. Free shuttle service to the ship. We arrived at the ship around 12:30 pm and we went through the check-in in record time. We checked out our room on deck 3 and meant our cabin steward-Joel. We went to deck 10 for the buffet and then walked around "The Connie" to see the changes. This is our second voyage on "The Connie". Our luggage finally made it to our cabin around 5:00 PM. I was getting just a little nervous. We changed for dinner and then went to the sail away party with other cruise critic members. We signed up for the 6:00 dinner which is the main seating. We were at a table for 10 and our waiter, Jose and his assistant Dennis were great. They both had a good sense of humor which made our dining experience enjoyable.
Service - Both cabin service and the dining room service was excellent. Our cabin steward-Joel refreshed our ice bucket everyday at 4:00 so that we could have a cocktail in our room before dinner. In the dining room after the first night our waiter figured it out that we were all lovers of bread sticks so he made sure that there were extra bread sticks every evening. The staff was very attentive.
Port Excursions-We never do sign up for shore excursions. Instead we go outside the gated taxi area and hire a taxi on the outside. It is cheaper and the driver doesn't have to give part of his earnings to the ship.
Entertainment-We are followers of Perry Grant so we were in Michaels Club every night till midnight. We did go to every show in the main theater. The dancers and singers on the ship were fantastic. Lots of energy and very good voices. However, on the first night they sang and danced, the male dancers had large holes in their shirts which I feel should have been addressed before going on stage to perform. The entertainers that Celebrity hired for the cruise were good. Perry Grant did have a show in the main theater and it was good. I feel he is better in the smaller venue because he can interact with the cruisers. My husband and I enjoy hearing him play the piano and singing the "Oldies but Goodies". However, he kept using the same people over and over to "turn on his ball" and that got old because the stories were all the same. He needs to change it up more. and use other new faces. Sue Denning, the cruise director is very talented as a singer. She even had a show in the main theater. Strong voice and very entertaining. She is also a very good and attentive cruise director.
Our dining table had a situation with the maitre-d and we went to Sue Denning and it was handled in less than 4 hours. The restaurant manager even sat with my husband and I for at least 30 minutes and talked to us about the situation and kept apologizing.
I wish cruisers would read and obey the dress code rules. It clearly states that after 6:00 pm in the public areas-shorts, flip flops, jeans (no holes, rips or tears) are permitted. During the day I even saw bear chested men parade around the buffet area in their speedos and some of them shouldn't be wearing them. On formal night in the dining room, people were wearing flip flops, t-shirts,, blue jeans with holes. The staff do not want to "hurt their feelings" but what about the cruisers who do dress according to the dress code. Don't they have feelings? Two couples at our table told us on the first night that they would not be in the dining room for formal night because they do not wish to dress in the appropriate clothes. Instead they ate at the buffet.
Food - Excellent in all areas. In the dining room, on one side of the menu was meals that can be served every night and the other side of the menu there were different meals every night.
Disembarkation - We left the ship at 7:45 am and we were on the interstate at 8:45 am. Very organized in the luggage area and customs was quick.
We will certainly use Celebrity again.