We also boarded the Constellation in Barcelona on November 20, 2011 for the transatlantic crossing to Ft. Laudcerdale. We were given a document upon arriving into the check in hall regarding the delay in embarkation and the extraordinary sanitary measures that had to be taken due to the norovirus outbreak on the previous cruise. We were inconvenienced in such a small way, and preferred that the issues of sanitation were taken care of prior to our boarding. Celebrity presented all passengers with this document, so there was no reason not to know why we were being delayed. Snacks and drinks were provided while we waited, and we were personally very grateful that these precautions were taken, and that we were informed. About every 30 minutes during the time we arrived and actually got onboard, an announcement was made in the waiting hall regarding the delay and the need to completely sanitize the ship, and the apology for the delay. Yes, we were delayed a few hours, but once we got onboard, we were again grateful for the extraordinary sanitary precautions. We also were in a concierge balcony, excellent room, stewards Alvin and Arnold on the 9th deck were amazing, and met our every need.
As far as the dining room went, we truly enjoyed everything that we ordered, and some if was very gourmet to the point of not being able to pronounce some of it. We enjoyed the steaks, and veal, I do agree that the expected lobster night which ended up being lobster thermidor was a bit disappointing, but overall we felt that the meals were excellent.
The captain kept us informed on a daily basis regarding our itinerary, and at one point, we did have to skip Madeira, Portugal due to a general strike where no services at the port could be provided. We were THRILLED to have the port of Gibralter added to our itinerary in place of Portugal. The ship's officers did everything in their power to keep us informed of what was going on, and any changes were either sent via letter to our stateroom or announced over the p.a., as well as on the television in our staterooms.
The cruise director, Sue was wonderful. The entertainment was some of the best we have seen aboard any cruise line, and the onboard crew entertainers had just performed on our cruise for the first time together, and we felt they were wonderful. We never felt that we were being dismissed at any point, each request was met with grace and a smile. There are some people who feel that they are owed something more, or something special over everyone else. I would much rather feel safe, and had no problem waiting for someone to serve me my buffet requests, or pour my coffee if it meant keeping me healthy for my cruise. Cudos to the entire Celebrity Staff for an excellent cruise, great food and entertainment. While this was our first time on Celebrity, it will definitely not be our last.