We sailed on the May 27 cruise of the Celebrity Reflection. The Celebrity Reflection is the flagship of the Celebrity line.The ship came into service in October 2012. The cruise started in the port of Rome Civitavecchia, where it also terminated.
I have taken several cruises on Celebrity's sister line "Royal Caribbean. On balance Celebrity compares favorably to RCCL, but there are areas that can be improved.
First, I believe the cabins are slightly smaller in size. We typically take a veranda stateroom, and the Reflection's stateroom appeared smaller. The Television in the room is HD, and there is a lot of choices. We also were pleased with the comfort of the bed and it's mattress, which seems to be thicker than those found on RCCL ships.
One thing I noticed about the staff is that most had a star on their uniforms. I asked one about that, and was told that is a reminder to be courteous to all the passengers. I found this to be true, since wherever I went on the ship and encountered a member of the crew, I received a greeting from that crew member.
Most Cruise critic members are interested in the food and meals while aboard. We generally like to eat in the second seating. Celebrity has two seating's and also an alternative dining program. The regular seating's are on the third deck, those who use the alternative program are on the fourth deck.
I found the food adequate, but not really outstanding. They offered a small menu of regulars every night, and then had the daily choices, which usually featured one or two excellent main dishes.
In the past, I've tried to eat in the dining room for breakfast. However, on Celebrity, I recommend going to the Oceanview (lido) restaurant. normally on Cruise ships, I find more variety in the dining room, but on the reflection they have a fixed menu. On the other hand in the Oceanview cafe. You can get your eggs fixed anyway, which is not necessarily true on other lines.
During our cruise, we did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants, so i can't comment here.
One other criticism about our trip, I found that daily activities were not publicized enough. Yes, they were listed in the daily paper, but the cruise director did not go on the PA to announce various activities. This lack of information was so bad that some had to be canceled.
The entertainment was mixed. I thought the production nights and shows were fantastic. They were reminiscent in some ways of Cirque de soleil, with acrobats and a contortionist as well as the usual singers, who are excellent.
While the production shows are excellent, the rest of the entertainment program was very pedestrian. While these entertainers change with each cruise, I would think that the quality of this entertainment probably is comparable on other cruises.
They did have a special show called "Sin City" this late night show had a Las Vegas style, and featured a blue comedian. He was very funny, but you are forewarned.