It was cruise number 13 ( 11 with Celebrity and 2 with Royal Carribbean) and we were a group of 3 couples ( early 60s). Being from Canada we were happy to escape the cold.
The Constellation was beautiful as ever ( we were on that ship last October in Turkey) except the outside needed a little paint in spots, the Captain Nicholas Frantzis assured us it would be taken care of shortly.
We always book an inside cabin as we siay in as little as possible and it was adequate as usual. The only bad point was the Norovirus who surfaced after a few days at sea. The crew was tired but the service was excellent, one has to wonder how comw there seem to be more and more epidemics ????
We just loved the cruise director, Sue Denning, she seems genuinely interested in everyone and she is everywhere, what a lady !!!! The entertainment was the best we had seen in many years and presented a lot of variety : clasical pianist, singer, ventriloquist, magician, violonist, comedy etc and the singers and dancers ( we had seen their shows last October but 2 out of 3 were good enough to guarantee a second performance). The activities were the same as usual, I think they should find original stuff especially with 5 days at sea and 500 Elite members !!! The Elite perks were wonderful, plenty of drinks and appetizers at the free Happy Hour and again wonderful service !
The food was excellent, superior to our last 2 cruises on the Constellation ( summer 2010 and fall 2011). We were surprised to see a few changes since our last cruise.
Another point that could be better is the disembarkation : it ran late in Fort lauderdale and some of our friends did run for their flights ( missing luggage), it also started 1 hour late.
The ports were wonderful even if we had seen them in some cases many times:
Aruba : we took the city bus, cheap and reliable and spnt the day at Eagle Beach
Curacao : We went by taxi to a snorkeling beach :Porto Mari ( not as nice for plainh swimming) and visited the town.
Grenada : again beach and snorkeling at Morne Rouge beach, the snorkeling is quite a distance in the ocean, need a vest or a strong swimmer but the beach is wonderful
Barbados: A catamaran sailboat dcruise on Silvermoon : fabulous day and swim with the turtles
St Lucia : Went swimming, hiking and snorkeling to Pigeon Island national Park, adequate but the best deal in town is still Cosol Tours which we did last year !!!!
Antigua : Eli Eco Tour on a catamaran ( not a sailboat) very different and interesting: hiking, snorkeling etc
St Marteen : went to Pinel island, nice but not as secluded as a few years ago.
St Thomas : We can never resist taking the Red Hook Ferry to St John where you can find the best beaches and snorkeling in the Caribbeans !
A beautiful cruise and we hope to go again next year but we would appreciate if the 14 days cruise woould modify slightly their itineraries !!