Wow!........the Constellation more than lived up to the great reviews we'd read! We just got back from a ...9 day cruise out of Bayonne, NJ to Labadee, San Juan, St. Maarten and Bermuda. We had 8 1/2 days of sunshine with only a half day of rain and fairly rough seas. I'm terrible at reviews but here goes... We arrived in Bayonne at 11 a.m and we started boarding at a little after noon. It was so easy and painless. You drop the bags when you first arrive and then proceed to the parking area. The parking was $15 a day and very secure. There's a shuttle that takes you to the terminal. This terminal has a nice inside waiting room with plenty of seats.
After boarding we explored the ship and then headed off to the buffet (rooms wouldn't be ready until about 1). We had stateroom 3065 with a 48" porthole window (great unobstructed view). Super nice room but the bed was on the firm side and pillows were flat and horrible (my only complaint on the room). We went to see the Maitre D' to see if we could have our dinner seating changed from late to early. He told us they'd let us know the next day (a card was delivered to our stateroom the following afternoon with a new table assignment). There were only 2 formal nights on this cruise, instead of the 3 that were listed. The second night was formal so we got all gussied up and ate in the gorgeous San Marco dining room.
The entertainment....was superb! The house band was Onyx and they played by the pool most days and in the Bar at the Edge of the Earth (deck 11). The ship's orchestra played big band music in the Rendevous Lounge one night, there was a singer/piano player in Michael's Club every night, The Mozart Duo also played in the Rendevous Lounge every evening. The Cova Cafe had a string quartet most days.