Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by letsfly: Great Cruise on the Reflection
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Great Cruise on the Reflection
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Just got back from the September 30, 2013 sailing of the Celebrity Reflection. We traveled with 2 other couples. Our 12th cruise but our first time on celebrity. It was a fantastic 11 night cruise to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. The ship still looks new. We actually celebrated the ships 1 year anniversary on our cruise. The entire staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We ate at the Tuscan Grill and Qsine. Both were excellent. Be careful though how you order though in Qsine. You can eat till you explode. They give a lot of food. Our waitress made our dining experience fantastic. We were a little disappointed though in the quality of the food in the main dining room. We would say it was between fair to good. We were surprised since we always heard how good the food was on celebrity. They served a lot of lamb. The fish tasted a little fishy and the steaks were not the best. The portions were a good size though. We had an excellent waiter and assistant waiter also. We enjoyed the aqua More
spa almost every day for a lighter/healthier breakfast. Only thing we did not like was being charged extra for the yogurt. We did visit the Martini Bar almost every day. 100 types of vodka. Had some good drinks. Also had good drinks at the molecular bar. I did the behind the scenes tour (cost of $150). If your interested in the navigation bridge, engine room, galley, and crew accommodations, then sign up for this. Only 16 people allowed. I signed up as soon as I got on board. Enjoyed the casino. Only played bingo once and it has gotten real expensive. Not very crowded. Past cruises it was always crowded and was held in the main theater. This was held in the smaller room. The cruise director and staff were very good. The shows were ok except for the last show which was like a cirque du soleil. It was fantastic. Had an early flight, so we kept our luggage and we were off the ship by 6:30am.
In Santorini, we went out on our own. Most us us took the gondola up except for 1 friend who wanted the exercise and walked up. It took him maybe 5 extra minutes and he enjoyed the walk. Took a taxi to Oia which was no problem. Getting back was another problem. We could not hale a taxi. When they would drive by, they said they would take us back but would then pick up another fare. We finally had to take the public bus back. I would suggest that you set up with the taxi driver that takes you up there to take you back. Had a great dinner at The Sphinx restaurant which was recommended by the captain. We overlooked the cruise ship and it was an unforgettable sunset.
Did our own private tour of Istanbul the first day. Had a very knowledgeable tour guide. Very historic as were most of the places we went. Ate lunch and dinner at local restaurants. The 2nd day we did the Bosphorus day cruise trough the ship since we wanted to make sure we were back for the early afternoon sailing.
Did another private tour in Kusadasi. Had another great tour guide. Ephesus was unbelievable. My wife thought she would be board but she enjoyed every bit of it. Make sure you see the 7 house dwelling. Had lunch at a private farm house and it was also very good. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Mykonos, we did our own thing again. Took a taxi to the beach and ate lunch at a restaurant there. By eating at this restaurant they let us use the lounge chairs at the beach.
Another private tour in Athens and another good driver/guide. Ate lunch at a local restaurant recommended by our tour guide.
In Naples, did a tour through the ship. We wanted to see Capri, Sorrento, and Pompeii. Our friends spent time there before the cruise started, so we did not want to do a private tour for the 2 of us so we went with the ships tour. We knew it was going to be rushed this way. Spent only an hour and a half in Capri. Would like to go back though. Really liked Sorrento. The lunch that was provided was so so. Pompeii was also very interesting. Had to sit through a 5 minute presentation at a cameo making store. It was a little hard to understand the guide through the wireless headphones though. A long day with the 10 hour tour. Less
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