SHIP: Absolutely stunning! We did not feel it was overcrowded despite the extra cabins compared to the other S Class ships. Always easily found seats at the pool and other venues. In fact, we preferred the layout with the extra deck, as one could walk from stem to stern on one level without climbing stairs. Also preferred having the Ocean Cafe on the same level as the pool.
Most improved space is the new Sunset bar..it is a really beautiful, chic venue. Also, as part of the redesign, the outside terrace of the Ocean Cafe has been vastly expanded. There were always tables available. Maybe in the future the aft decks of other S class vessels can be Reflectionized :).
Best kept secret is the Porch. On embarkation day, it was not included in the list of venues open for lunch.
We went up to deck 15, and sure enough it was open. While crowds were in the Ocean Cafe, we had this magical venue to ourselves. Tip: try the Reuben and chocolate cup cake!! We went there twice.
Another successful new venue was Game On..this was always popular. The Hideaway was pleasant, but we did not see it used much.
Art collection and central lobby tree particularly stunning. Theme of the art is "the seductiveness of reflection", which provided a unifying theme for the interesting collection.
While Sky Lounge is compromised by the extra suites, it is still a fine venue, but definately a step down. Hopefully this change will not be made to the rest of the class.
Biggest negative was the Cabanas. They really hog the Lawn Club lawn, and were rarely used. As a result, lawn games like bocce are restricted to the smaller lawns on the sides of the funnel. Only one bocce set on this ship, vs several on Solstice. I felt it defeated the concept of the Lawn Club.
We had Anytime dining, and food and service in MDR were excellent. We also had a fun evening at Qsine, and while in San juan, had dinner at the Lawn Club Grill. While service and ambience at LCG were excellent, we thought the salad bar was very poor, and the choice of sides abysmal! It really is just a lot of meat, without great sides and sauces. Would not do it again. Frankly, thought the lamb chops in the MDR were better!!!
ENTERTAINMENT: Typical Celebrity mix of production shows and individual performers. Been there, done that. Music at pool still loud at times, (Mr Bayley, I thought you said you were addressing this issue) and some pool activities really not compatible with Celebrities "Modern Luxury" brand positioning. If I wanted the fun ship with loud, screeching announcements at the pool, I would sail on Carnival.
SERVICE: First rate. In particular, the Captain and senior staff were very visible, and participated in a range of activities from giving lectures about the ship to the pool olympics to the Liars show.
Net: Once again, a great cruise on Celebrity. Looking forward to comparing the Reflection with the Silhouette which we sail in February.