Celebrity Reflection Cabin Tour: Not Your Average ‘Standard’ Balcony

December 3, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

We’re onboard Celebrity Reflection for its two-night inaugural U.S. sailing out of Miami. For this trip, we have an AquaClass cabin, part of a special category of accommodations situated near the ship’s spa. If you’re sailing on Reflection — or any of its sister ships in the Solstice class — and you book an AquaClass cabin, chances are, it will look a lot like this one. In fact, most standard cabins will be sized and configured similarly, though there are some basic décor differences. Passengers staying in the pricier AquaClass cabins also get a handful of perks, including access to the AquaSpa relaxation room, the Persian Garden (DIY spa suite) and Blu restaurant, as well as a few in-cabin accoutrements.

Storage. The cabin has a surprising amount of storage for its size (a shade less than 200 square feet). Shelving in the bathroom is deep, the closet has ample room for clothing for two and the overbed storage allowed us to store things that just didn’t seem to fit anywhere else. Plus, you can hide it all away just by shutting the door. The bed was high enough to accommodate suitcases underneath so as not to take up precious closet space.
Desk/Dresser. The dresser has three deep drawers; we only ended up using two of them. It’s also where you’ll find your in-room safe and minibar. One of the perks of staying in an AquaClass cabin is the daily delivery of bottled water and tea. The desk doubles as a vanity, with overhead light to use while applying makeup or drying your hair. The fresh flowers and reed diffusers are a nice touch, giving the room a light, pleasant scent that’s not overpowering.
Sitting Area. The couch faces the TV and has a small (really heavy) table in front of it. We received a welcome gift of fruit and sparkling wine — a treat for cruisers on the inaugural sailing but not standard for all passengers in AquaClass cabins. We also received a bag that includes slippers for each passenger, lip balm and a face hydrating spray. Those things are standard AquaClass amenities.
Shower. The biggest thing that sets the AquaClass apart from the rest of the standard cabins is the shower. Those little holes are jets designed to hit you, well, pretty much everywhere. The heat is adjustable, and an oversized showerhead provides a soaking so great, you won’t want to leave. Plus, there’s the handy shave bar for ladies to put a foot on while shaving.
Balcony. At about 50 square feet, the balcony is comfy, if a bit cozy. But it does come with a good-sized table, chairs and footstools. It also comes with privacy — no one above or below can peek in. The door slides open and stays open on its own, for those who like a natural breeze. We’re starboard for our sailing.
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    2 Responses to “Celebrity Reflection Cabin Tour: Not Your Average ‘Standard’ Balcony”

    1. Philip Henderson
      March 31st, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

      A great description and photos but:

      We have stayed in Aqua class twice (Eclipse and Sihouette) and never received the lip balm or the face hydrating spray with our slippers. On the other hand, we always receive the fruit and champagne – fruit daily, and champagne on arrival. They are perks included in the concierge and aqua classes.

    2. M Long
      October 31st, 2014 @ 11:15 am

      We loved Aqua class UNTIL Reflection decided to allow suite passengers. The whole idea was a design that had just enough space for the capacity of Aqua class passengers so no waiting. We waited every night and clearly the suite passengers were given preference. On a transatlantic cruise (Nov 2013) we finally started eating in the main dining room (with no wait and better service). The management of BLU on that cruise was very poor. So we won’t book Aqua class anymore – little difference between it and a standard balcony.

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