Some quick notes on Celebrity Refection. 7 night Eastern Caribbean in an Ocean View cabin on deck 3. Booked through Air Canada vacations with a super deal on airfare direct to Miami from YYZ.
We arrived in Miami at 12:30pm on departure day. Transfer was easy and embarkation process was a breeze. Cabin was ready when we boarded. We went to the Porch for lunch and enjoyed a light lunch.
I noticed a pair of officers sitting nearby and decided to approach them to inquire about the propulsion issue I'd read about. It turned out that one of them was the Captain and he was rather condescending and brushed off my question by responding that one shouldn't believe everything they read on the Internet.
We noticed quite a bit of heeling when the ship left port later that afternoon. It turned out that the ship was not following the course that is illustrated on the Celebrity website. Instead of heading south from Miami and skirting the northern shore of Cuba and the D.R. we instead cut straight across the Gulf Stream and headed through the Bahamas straight east.
Dined in Murano the first evening since they offered a special rate for the first evening of the cruise. Very good meal. Plus we brought a bottle of wine and had it served to us. $100 for dinner for two with corkage for that calibre meal is a bargain.
MDR and buffet were both fine. Tuscan Grill was also very good. All in all food was very good.
Entertainment was also above average. Good musicians, the stage shows were enjoyable and the comedian and magician were very good.
Ports were okay. San Juan is not particularly great. A little surprised that they can only fit three ports into the cruise. Length of time in port was fine too.
Reflection is a beautiful ship and they are still working out a few kinks in the service. There was an annoying vibration noise in our cabin but aside from that it was roomy with adequate storage.
Celebrity does a good job delivering an upscale experience on a large ship. Are there some issues at times? Sure. But I don't understand the whining I see on these boards at times. We received excellent value for our money and had an enjoyable vacation. We met some nice people. The crew were great and all in all had a nice vacation.