This was our second cruise with Celebrity. The first time we sailed on Celebrity was a western Caribbean cruise on the Eclipse which sailed out of Miami. We picked Celebrity again as we liked the itinerary and the length of the cruise - not for ship. The Constellation is an older ship and not as nice as the Eclipse.
We went down to Ft. Lauderdale a few days in advance of sailing. The day of sailing had to wait a long time for a van to show to take us to the ship. This was because there were 7 cruise ships in port and it was taking over an hour to get in and out of the port area.
Boarding the ship took a long time. We had a long wait (over 2 hours) to board the ship. The line ups were very long. This could be due to fact that the ship had just sailed over from Europe and had to go through various customs procedures before passengers could start to board. Once on board we were able to find our cabin. The cabin was a little nice; there was lots of space to put things away. The bathroom was a little on the small side with just a shower curtain for the shower - you had to be careful when you were showering that the water didn't go over the lip of the shower stall. There were some items missing from our statement i.e. face cloths, hand towels, bag for laundry and bath robes. Once we notified the room steward these items were provided. The cabin was kept very clean by the room stewards and they were always around cleaning hallways, etc. I needed ice for an ice pack and it was provided 2 or 3 times a day.
The islands we visited were Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Saint Maarten and St. Thomas. However every island we went to the shops were same - no variety just the same jewellery shops and souvenir shops
The meals in the MDR were a hit and miss affair - some nights were good some not so good. The wait staff for our table were excellent. We did go to the Tuscan Grill for 2 nights - here the meals and service were excellent. The breakfast buffet was so, so. I found that there were no individual serving stations so everyone came the buffet from all sides. We also found that even though they were supposed to be open until 11:00 to serve breakfast by 10:30 they had closed everything up to get ready for lunch. We did not take advantage of breakfast in the MDR as they closed up at 9:00 am - on sea days could they not stay open a little later???
The entertainment on the ship so so ..... The 2 comedians that we saw were very poor. In fact many people got up and left including us. Sue Dennings, the entertainment director, one woman show was quite good. We didn't go in to see Perry Grant but did hear him from outside Michael's lounge.
Disembarking from the ship was very poor. Rather than go through customs, then pick up your bags you picked up your bags which had to be lugged through long lines to get to customs. Once outside we had signed up for transfers to the airport - there were not enough buses so more buses had to be brought in - very poorly organized.
In summary if we were going to do another Caribbean cruise, we would not go on the Constellation and would sail out of Miami - a much better port to sail from - Port Everglades should be renovated to more reflect the 21st century.