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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by dgreeves

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Celebrity Reflection
Celebrity Reflection
Member Name: dgreeves
Cruise Date: April 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Transatlantic
Cabin Category: 10
Cabin Number: 9172
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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The cruise exceeded our expectations
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.

Embarkation:

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.

Accommodations:

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

lines).

Cruise Experiences:

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

entertainment.

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

everywhere.

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.

Dining:

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

varied.

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.

Publication Date: 05/21/13
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