Reflection is BEAUTIFUL: Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by AVAD
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Reflection is BEAUTIFUL
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
We attended all the shows and the Reflection singers and dancers are very good. The Reflection show which featured circus type performers was especially good. There was also a violinist, pianist, magician, etc. and only the magician was a little "tired". I know entertainment is a personal thing, but we enjoyed most of the shows and obviously, they try to get a variety. Our favorite was a group of 4 acapella singers called "these guys" from FL. They performed beautiful 4 part harmony, had a show one night and also performed in the lounges.
We ate in the Opus Dining room each night except one, and we enjoyed all the meals. The More service, food and presentation was top notch and our waiter was excellent. My husband is a beef eater and he had no complaints. We thought the buffet was well laid out, spacious and there was a good variety for breakfast and lunch. The pasta station, mexican station, salad bar, etc were busy, but the waiters kept them stocked. The ice cream bar was especially a favorite and open from noon until 10 PM.
We aren't gamblers and only played the slots a few times. We saw someone win over $2,000 on the slots one evening, but other than that, everyone we talked to lost money, of course. My husband used the treadmill a few times in the fitness center and the machines were new and well used. At times it was difficult to get a machine, but that is the usual.
We didn't use the lawn services, as we thought they were pricey, but the lawn is pretty.. I made a bracelet and necklace at the art studio and thought that was fun. We took the kitchen tour and my husband did the trivia. Many loved the Zumba.
The big difference in Celebrity is their personnel. We never saw an employee who was not smiling, friendly, and ready to please and help. We especially noticed it in the buffet and public rooms, as well as the Guest Relations, which is important.
We picked this cruise as much for the ports as anything else, and they were great. We didn't take any ship excursions, but did buy the cruise transfer in Mykonos to get from the port to the town, as they recommended. We were scheduled to tender to town, but docked instead and were told it was not safe to walk the 2 miles to town. We find that most ships excursions are overpriced, and Celebrity is no exception. We bought Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports book and did most of the ports easily on our own.. We did private excursions in Santorini and Ephesus, but did the others with no problem using public transportation or walking around on our own. I will write about the various ports on the different forums.
Embarking and disembarking was very easy--we used Romecabs for our transfers and I highly recommend them.
We met many interesting people from other parts of the world. Although most of the cruisers were probably over 50, there was a mix of other ages and few children on this particular cruise.
All in all, Reflection is a definite winner and Celebrity is our new favorite cruise line. Less
Cabin review: 6240
Cabin 6240 was an obstructed view, but there was only a small boat underneath the cabin and looking out, the only obstruction was a small pole on one side. The balcony was near the hump, so it was larger than normal. The rounded bed was beside the balcony, which was nice. The sofa was a good across from the desk with the flat screen TV over it. There was not abundant drawers, as there were only 3 small ones plus the fridge and safe in the desk. There are two shelves above the bed, so that helped. The closet was large and the luggage fit under the bed. The bathroom was the largest we have ever had on a cruise ship with a round sink, tile backsplash, lots of storage in the bathroom and a good size shower. The location is only a few cabins from the elevators and stairs, so the location is great. It was quiet and we had no problem.
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