Our cruise from Miami to Rome April 20, 2013 to May 6, 2013 As veterans of some 26 cruises, we were very pleased with the Celebrity Reflection and the 16 day cruise aboard this beautiful ship. Our experience exceeded expectations during most of the trip.
We arrived at the pier about 12:00 noon, and moved rapidly through the embarkation
process. We were on the ship and enjoying the food, public rooms, and ambiance of the
vessel by 12:15 p.m. We are seniors, and noted immediately that most other passengers
were near our ages. The staff were immediately attentive, and some of the most-friendly
staff we have ever encountered in our cruises. The Reflection is very much a unique design
for a cruise ship. Modern, progressive decor was everywhere, with some of the finest art
we have seen. The new Reflection looked to us like it had just sailed for the first time, even
though it had initially sailed several months ago. Muster drill was conducted without
passengers wearing jackets in the Main theater. It was handled very well and featured
well-produced videos along with the typical instructions.
Our cabin was well-designed, with one of the largest bathrooms on any ship we have experienced Plenty of storage, especially if you use the storage above the bed. Cabin stewards
were always attentive, and provided extras such as tissues, ice, towels, etc. whenever we
needed them. Even chocolate on the pillows (which has been eliminated by some cruise
We attended the main Reflection showroom almost every evening. We found the entertain-
ment to be good, but not excellent. The ship's main singers and dancers only appeared
one or two nights, and most entertainment was typical, with comedians, magicians,
jugglers, etc. I would rate the entertainment a level of 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.. The cruise
director was very animated, but seldom provided much information before or after
the evening performances. We rarely saw him during the cruise other than at the evening
Activities aboard the ship we many and varied. There was even an art instruction program, and
many classes and other activities. We did not feel "pushed" to attend bingo or any other
programs. We enjoyed the numerous "quiet" places aboard the reflection, such as the library, the
"hideout", the persian gardens, and the reflection lounge. We like to read and relax. The pool
areas, especially the large solarium indoor pool were excellent, with plenty of lounge chairs
Ports of Call:
We found the ports of call to be varied and excellent. Each was well organized for easy passengers
leaving and returning to the ship. The Canary Islands were both scenic and easy to navigate. We
did not get off the ship in Barcelona due to having been there a number of times previously.
Other ports were equally easy and enjoyable for passengers who wished to go ashore.
The food was excellent in the Main Dining room where we dined nearly every evening. We had signed
up for "select" dining, but were fortunate to find a group of diners who dined at the same
table as we did each night at the same time. It was similar to fixed time dining, and we made
some very good friends and enjoyed our meals together. The food was very good, and
The food at the Ocean View buffet restaurant was very good at breakfast and lunch, with many
choices of different types of foods, including mexican, stir-fry , grill food, and pasta bar. In the
evenings, however, we were disappointed with the Oceanview. Two nights during the cruise
we had occasion to dine there, and the food was not as good as it was at the lunch or
breakfast buffets. No carving station, no dinner menu similar to the main dining room, no
linens, no gourmet desserts, salads, steaks, lobster or other food that one would typically
enjoy in the main dining room. The evening buffet was a great disappointment for us, and unequal to the quality we had enjoyed on previous cruises!
Disembarkation and overall comments:
Disembarkation was fast, well organized, and easy. Our overall comments are that we would sail
again on the Reflection. All of our experiences except the evening shows and the Oceanview
buffet far-exceeded our expectations. We recommend this ship to anyone.