We knew before the cruise this ship should not be compared to our previous sailing on the Solstice but after all it is Celebrity and it is the Baltic. Despite the solsticization of the Constellation the old girl really shows her age. Overall, we enjoyed the trip and friends met but not a typical Celebrity experience.
Embarkation and disembarkation were flawless. Decided to upgrade to Aqua Class (AQ) so priority line helped expedite boarding. Immediately went to crowded buffet and room ready at about 1:30. Room was clean and enough storage. We all noticed the food was rather plain but only first day on board. Excited about our eating in BLU....what a major disappointment. As we met others on the cruise we found out several other AQ members started going to the main dining room because variety and entrees superior to BLU. Only real advantage to BLU we observed was fewer tables and less noise. Otherwise, we alternated dining rooms to take advantage of better entrees served in MDR. Overall buffet was boring all week. Never understood why all buffet stations not open for lunch, especially on sea days. Entertainment was amateurish and redundant. Two piano players simply lack effort in booking a variety of talent. Magician and singing and dancing shows were entertaining. Martina Bar bartender entertainment was a blast. The bartenders were great and enjoyed their mix drinking juggling. Had the premium beverage package and never had a problem getting drink service. The ports were all interesting and educational. The highlight was St Petersburg.
One tip for future passengers. Best desserts located at Cafe al Bacio where you can get specialty coffees and teas. Even those there is a fee for the specialty beverages the desserts are free.
Noisy early in the morning since located under the dining room work area.