We sailed the Constellation in the fall of 2002 and I liked it the best of any ship I ever sailed on. I experienced the best food and service plus I liked the layout of this ship. I understand that the food and service has suffered to some degree since I last sailed her but we will be on the Constellation again in May because of the wonderful experience we had before.
There are not real pros or cons. If you like what any Millennium class ship offers, the Constellation has all of what people like in this class. I don't know if certain crew members are on board, like Granville Bailey, but when I sailed her he served onboard the ship and was very affable, gracious, and entertaining.
My tastes goes towards a more individual ship, a ship that has well partitioned areas in destination lounges, a ship that has aft deck space that can be enjoyed by the passengers and I prefer teak decking, and as for individual decor, I like a ship that has less brightwork and busy patterns than I found on the Constellation. Some people could care less about the decor but for me it is something in the background that has a psychological effect on passengers. Constellation is my least favorite Celebrity ship and of the Millennium ships I prefer the Millennium but I prefer the Century ships any day to a Millennium ship.
What are you looking for specifically? Casinos? Pools? Particular activities? Balcony cabins? How much anyone enjoys any cruise or ship has to do with personal tastes. There just isn't any consistent level of product delivery that any Celebrity ship is giving right now to say that any particular Celebrity ship is going to perform as a good or poor representation of the line on a cruise you may take in the future.
Here is the scoop. It will be are 10 year anniversary soon and we wanted to do something special. We have never been on a cruise before but heard so much about them so we figured we'd give it a shot. We are looking for mid to late 20's and up. Don't want a Spring break type of cruise but some excitement and activities. Gambling, shows or just plain sitting by the pool is fine. We seemed to get a good rate for an upper level closer to mid ship with a balcony. Want the cruise to be worth every penny spent, so we do expect good food and good service, but I'm not that spoiled that I need someone to be around every corner ready to serve me. But if we need assistance, we'd expect to have it.
Can you point out any things we should be aware of before we step on this ship. If we decide to take this cruise we will be going on March 20th 2004 on a Southern Caribbean cruise.
Thanks in advance.
2cruiseornotocruise, I just emailed you but did not see your age requirements. My daughter and SIL (mid 30's - celebrating 13 yr. anniversary) picked the Millennium (sister ship) for its reputation of great service, good food, spacious cabins, good ports and fair price. We will sail as a family soon. You will not find a rocking disco or Hairy Chest contest on Celebrity ships. You will find plenty of variety of music, shows, trivia, and time to kick back and relax. I really doubt you will find a large college break crowd either. Although there will be people of all ages on board, Celebrity attracks a clientele that is not of the Party hardy crowd. If the price is right (I was looking at that cruise for a 40 yr. old couple here at work) and advised him to grab a Premium cabin at a great price. There were a lot of cabins left last week, but that won't last long. Go for it if you can find decent airfare, too!
Benjamin got it right when he said that "[h]ow much anyone enjoys any cruise or ship has to do with personal tastes." My husband and I are in our 30's and have sailed on Norweigan, Carnival and Celebrity. Of the three, Celebrity is our favorite line because it seems to fit our tastes the best. Although Celebrity had a slightly older crowd than the other two lines, there were plenty of people our age on board. I think that they make an effort to seat you with like-aged passengers in the dining room (we were in our young 30's and were seated w/ a great group of older 20's on our last cruise). There are plenty of fun things to do and you can take adventurous excursions but this is not the party til you puke bunch. It's a bit more refined without being stuffy. I'd call it grown up fun, for the folks that like a little reggae by the pool that's not necessarily the ear-blasting backdrop for a hairy chest contest. Your itinerary is a great one for a first time cruiser. Good luck!