This was our third time on a Solstice class ship with Celebrity. First the Solstice then the Eclicpse and both times in the Caribbean. We've cruised with other lines and on some beautiful ships but I think that the Celebrity Solstice class ships really stand out.
This was our first cruise in Aqua Class and we were thrilled that the Reflection offered suites since we wanted a bit more room for an 11 night cruise. The cabin was very roomy with additional windows and a spacious veranda. It also came with a butler who couldn't do enough for us! But, as many people have already noted, the big plus to Aqua Class is the Aqua Class private restaurant Blu. The food was sensational but never heavy. If you've ever eaten at a Season's 52 restaurant, then you'll have an idea of the quality of the meals in Blu.
We also had three excellent meals at three of the specialty restaurants -- Qsuine, Murano and Tuscan Grill. We never were able to eat at the Lawn Club because of the inclement weather. It's too bad that the designers weren't able to devise a layout that would prevent the wind from whipping through the restaurant! Another odd thing was the design of the lawn club cabanas. We never saw anyone in them. But who'd want to sit on the lawn with people passing by and peering in at you?
The ports of call were great, although we could have done without the second day in Istanbul.
Thanks to the Cruise Critic Roll Call, we were able to plan all of our excursions with other passengers. Instead of the huge crowds on the expensive ship's excursions, we took private, small group tours for much less. The Roll Call also gave us the opportunity to connect and make friends with fellow passengers before boarding the ship. In fact, we met three other couples for dinner in Rome the night before the cruise started!
My husband and I agree that this was the best cruise ever! We think it was a combination of the ports of call, the ship itself and being in an Aqua Class Suite. We feel quite blessed to have had this wonderful trip.