My birthday cruise: Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by Act 3
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My birthday cruise
Destination: Southern Caribbean
We chose this particular cruise since it coincided with my birthday and really wanted to relax so the 3 days at sea (out of 7 days) was a plus for us. We also wanted beach time and the stops had beach tours which appealed to us.
The really unexpected surprise was the outstanding quality of the specialty restaurants. We had paid extra for the 5 night package because we wanted to be sure we could have early seating. Every dining meal was as good as any restaurant we have eaten in. And every wait staff in these restaurants were courteous, knowledgeable, and just friendly. I would highly recommend that anyone taking this cruise ship would really consider paying a bit more to eat in the specialty restaurants. On the other hand, our 2 meals in the main dining room was less inspiring, the food being good but not outstanding or memorable in my opinion. Hopefully the quality of food will not suffer in the main room because of the outstanding quality in the specialty ones. The breakfast and lunch buffets were very good and complete.
As a bonus for concierge level, we did get champagne in our room and refreshed every couple of days. It was delightful to sip champagne on the veranda each night before dinner.
There were plenty of deck chairs for all passengers so no need to save places through the day. The noise level outside was not overwhelming.
Since this was a new ship, everything looked fresh and visually delightful. The shops onboard were typical of other ships we have been on. We really didn't take in the entertainment options, preferring to relax on our veranda and read.
Disembarking was organized and seemed efficient. We opted for valet service so our bags were checked through to our final destination, without our need to drag them through customs. I would recommend this option strongly.
The weather was great, the seas a bit rough going out, but we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise immensely. Less
Concierge. Well worth the extra free for some of the amenities that are included: location on the ship; and especially the nightly champagne which we enjoyed
Port and Shore Excursions
Because of a delay arriving, we opted just to walk around the port shops off the ship. There was nothing special of note with the shopping, and I wouldn't recommend the time spent.
We opted for a 3 hour beach break which included lunch. The beach was lovely and long, considered one of the finest in the Caribbean. The sand was powder white and it was a most enjoyable afternoon.
This was a lovely tour of scenic points, a botanical garden, and a 2 hour beach break which was relaxing and delightful to walk,
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