Live From Celebrity Reflection: The End of an Era?

October 10, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

The 3,030-passenger Celebrity Reflection has generated the most new ship buzz we’ve seen in a while.
And rightly so. The launch of Reflection marks the final stage in a five-ship journey for Celebrity Cruises which started with Celebrity Solstice in 2008.

These game-changing ships managed to combine what many observers thought was impossible: luxury with high service levels, style with substance and a sleek design for what are — for all intents and purposes — mega-ships.
Real grass lawns, some of the best food at sea in Murano, Qsine and Blu, the Apple-product-filled iLounge, AquaClass and Concierge Class cabins — the list goes on.
It’s a combination of all of these features that have made these ships your favorites, nearly scooping the board in our 2012 Cruisers’ Choice Awards.
So it’s with a combination of excitement and sadness that we step onboard the last of this class when we set sail on Reflection this afternoon from Eemshaven to Amsterdam with one question top of mind — what’s next?
That question was put to Celebrity’s new President and CEO Michael Bayley in a Q&A session on the Cruise Critic Message Boards by dkjretired, who asked:
“Now that Reflection is almost here and the fact that it takes a few years to launch a new ship, are there any plans for a new class or any new ships?”
Bayley did not answer this question, but rest assured, we will be tackling this topic during our short time onboard. For now, we can tell you this much: After such an ambitious launch schedule — five ships in less than five years — we’d be surprised if there’s any comment forthcoming about the next new-build program. Certainly, Celebrity will begin talking about their next new generation of ships, but it probably won’t be today … or even tomorrow.
If there is anything else you’d like to know about what’s new and different on this final Solstice-class ship, please let us know and we will do our best to get answers for you.
We will also be posting on Twitter and on our Facebook page throughout the cruise.
 See photos and news from the Celebrity Reflection launch on our Celebrity Reflection ship review page.
Want to know what else is on the drawing boards? Don’t miss our guide to New Cruise Ships.
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    One Response to “Live From Celebrity Reflection: The End of an Era?”

    1. John Loomis
      October 17th, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

      These ships seem to try to convince one they are not at sea and rather in a huge hotel. Also,when two of these ships are in one port you can be sure of a chaotic day ashore. Celebrity used to be a first choice with me, but with too many passengers which negatively impact a cruise vacation I have switched to other lines.

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