I had put off for years cruising, but finally bit the bullet. As we had nothing to compare to, here are the first impressions of the Constellation: 1) Food: the buffet for breakfast was awesome (how can you mess up breakfast?), lunch and dinner were similar every day, without much ethnic variety. The Indian selections were superb. The beverage stations always were out of something, including cups. As to the San Marcos (sit down), the choices were quite limited and sometimes odd. Not very kid friendly. Interestingly, for formal night, there were most men without jackets, many in polo shirts and even shorts. So much for formal night- there wasn't anything special about the dinner, either, so not sure what marked it as "formal." The spa lunch was great. 2) Cabin space: quite tight for a family of four, but the balcony saved us. Bathroom amenities just ok. Very clean. Never had any fancy towels or decorations, seldom saw our attendant. 3). Pools; one (yes one) for everyone, and a smaller one that was heated for adults. 4 hot tubs in community pool. 4). Entertainment: this ship is grossly lacking in things to do for kids, particularly teens. When I spoke to the cruise director, he stated, "really? I think there is enough for them to do." If you count kids roaming the ship in a pack at night as an activity, maybe....the shows were OK, and included a magic show and a ventriloquist (very good). Other things to do? Not much is planned for those who stay behind when you are at port, in fact, the crew all leave, so many things are shut down.
All in all, we had a good time, and we will probably try to find another ship that has much more to offer next time in the way of food choices and entertainment. Embarking and debarking was extremely easy and pleasant (we took off our luggage but really didn't need to as customs was quick).
Very tight for a family of four (2 teenage girls), but the balcony was a lifesaver! The only electrical outlets were by the window.