Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by aseg: Exceeded our expectations
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Exceeded our expectations
Trans Atlantic cruises can be a 50/50 situation. Our TA took the Southern route down to the Caribbean and ended up in Miami. The crossing was like being in a bath tub. Out of 15 days only rough weather day out from Miami. Ship is wonderful for both new cruisers as well as the more well traveled(we being the latter).Despite large size with over 3000 passengers, the ship provided plenty of quiet spots, little if any crowds and no problems with lines.
Food in MDR was diverse and ALWAYS served hot. Great assortment of different main entrees, beef, chicken, pork, fish, pasta as well as vegetarian.Portions small but adequate with each meal at least 4 courses. We thought the wine menu was very expensive with the average bottle costing $55. In fact, all liquor prices were high with martinis being $11 each,glasses of wine at over $9, mixed drinks $9 ave. and non-domestic beers even more. Not too many specials on this sailing because the fares had been drastically lowered to fill the More ship.
The ships crew was unbelievable!! From every level including the Captain who walked the ship every day and many times during the evening. Service was impeccable, not a frown on ANY face. Best trained crew I've sailed with. Specialty restaurants were awesome with many discounted packages available. Ship is a destination unto itself. Only three ports of calls in 15 days and we didn't miss a thing. Activities through the day keeping everyone busy( only 12 children on this crossing). Two Deck high reading library with more than enough books. Internet center, Apple based, not very good connections at sea and very expensive to connect.20% of my purchased minutes were wasted just longing on and off. Once cabin card is swiped, the clock starts ticking.....
As usual, we arrange our own port tours, so much cheaper and longer.Getting onto ship not too chaotic but disembarking was a nightmare. Baggage getting put on wrong carousels long after guests were told to depart. I will say this about Celebrity, they are efficient and timely to a fault. You snooze you lose. Cafe lines are roped off and food taken away as you are still trying to put food on your plate. Getting off the ship was 90 minutes behind, but you couldn't find a thing to eat or drink after 9 am. Not a day went by when the coffee did not run out, coffee mugs and paper cups out of stock. Thankfully we brought our own mugs. I had a sense that the ship was always fighting an imaginary stop watch, time was up, that was the end, move on to the next activity. We were in the middle of the Atlantic, where were we going?? Compared to some other cruise lines, the Celebrity is very happy, content and well paid. Truly an international crew but enough of each part of the world that the crew seemed to make friends easier.
The entertainment was outstanding. This cruise line spared no expense when providing, singers and dancers; acrobats and contortionists;soloists both instrumental and singers,"make believe Beatles", magicians and comics, early night to late night shows and afternoon matinees.Cannot forget the ship's band, accapella group, trios, jazz group etc who played throughout the ship every day, alternating venues. Celebrity is wonderful, upscale and the Reflection is the capstone of the Solstice class of ships. Less
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