This was the twentieth cruise, eight with Celebrity, the second on Constellation and, because of advancing age and declining health, possibly the final sailaway. The decision, for what might be the last time in a lifetime, was to take a relaxed approach to travelling.
After four and a half hours from the house to Gatwick by train. We had requested assistance at our local station which we discovered included Reading and Gatwick.
We stayed overnight at the Premier Hotel with dinner and breakfast included. We had stayed at the Premier on a previous trip and were satisfied. The food is very good. In the morning we had a short and easy walk from the hotel to the terminal.
Larger cabin with same size balcony as standard stateroom. Strange layout that didn't provide much more useable space than standard stateroom. Lots of wardrobe space but when the doors were open they blocked access to the bathroom. It is difficult to see how it can be described as a 'suite', larger cabin is a better description. Some guest extra guest advantages.