Editor’s note: Celebrity Reflection is sailing a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Miami. Teijo Niemela, editor of Cruise Business Online and a Cruise Critic contributor, is onboard.
While Americans at home were settling in with turkey, family and football, Celebrity Reflection made its way toward Miami at a speed of 18 knots. Thanksgiving Day marked the first of nine consecutive days at sea on a transatlantic journey for Reflection’s 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members.
As the swells in the Atlantic rocked the ship slightly, many guests relaxed and napped either outdoors, at the Solarium or in the numerous public rooms, such as the Hideaway, a windowless lounge on the atrium that has proved popular.
Still, it has been buzzing onboard, with activities galore for Reflection’s passengers. My cabin corridor was crowded with dozens of Cruise Critic members participating in a cabin crawl — an onboard staple in which passengers get the opportunity to visit and compare cabins of various categories throughout the ship.
Twice-daily Zumba — the mega-popular Latin-inspired dance/fitness craze — has been a big draw at sea, attracting increasingly more passengers every day to work out in the fresh air of the sun deck.
The ocean crossing on the brand-new vessel proved so attractive to Captain’s Club members that Nick Weir, the ship’s cruise director, announced Reflection held almost 2,500 past Celebrity passengers. Among these, more than 1,000 were Elite-level passengers for whom Reflection organized two Thanksgiving Day cocktail parties. Judging by the crowds at the ship’s observation venue, Sky Lounge, they seemed to have fun, even with the occasional rolling of the ship.
While the Thanksgiving celebration was more muted around the ship, the galley staff didn’t forget us. In the main dining room, a traditional turkey dinner was served, accompanied with “homemade” stuffing and mashed potatoes. Passengers who weren’t celebrating could choose from a range of main courses, including potato gnocchi and a healthier tofu.
Of course, no Thanksgiving would be complete without some retail therapy. My in-cabin TV reminded me this morning about some great Black Friday offers throughout the ship’s shops, ranging from beachwear to expensive watches.
While the ship’s décor didn’t scream Thanksgiving, the holiday season is just around the corner, and Reflection, no doubt, will transform over the next few days with the spirit of the season. We’ll keep you posted with some of the progress.
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