We had a great time on our 7 night cruise on the Reflection to the Eastern Caribbean. We have previously cruised on the Equinox and the Silhouette therefore this type of ship was not new to us.
Let me first say that we are a couple in our 40's and 50's and we have cruised six times before with Celebrity and other cruise lines. Our goal with this cruise was to relax and spend time together. Having been to all of these ports before, we knew what to expect and will not be commenting on them.
Embarkation: It was smooth and fairly quick. We drove to Miami and after parking our car and being dropped off at the port, we were on the ship in about 45 minutes. Our arrival on the ship was approximately 1:30pm. We were welcomed with mimosas and went directly to see our cabin then off to the Oceanview Café for lunch.
Overall Cruise: During sea days we explored the ship an spent time on our veranda enjoying the wonderful weather. The ship is spotless and is constantly being cleaned by the crew. They have numerous life activities from jewelry making to Zumba and everything in between. I took advantage of the Zumba classes with Emily and they were great!
Shows/Music: We truly enjoyed listening and dancing to the group "Vibes", if you are on the Reflection soon, don't miss them; they are awesome! We tried to not miss them when they performed in the grand foyer on deck 3. We attended several of the shows in the main theatre and very much enjoyed the Gareth Oliver's performance. His show has been one of our all-time favorite. All of the celebrity performers and singers are very good; a must see is the contortionist / trapeze artist. She was GREAT!
Dining: We chose "select dining" as we had never done that before. Pros: You can dine according to your schedule and you can interact with other cruisers if you'd like or chose a table for two. Cons: There may be a wait if you do not make a reservation. When dining with others there is the risk of not having a good chemistry at the table.
Food; The food was GREAT! I can not say I had a bad meal. We took advantage of the discount on the first night and attended Tuscan Grill specialty restaurant. It was SUPURB! Our waiter Zaza was great and made this an awesome experience. The rest of the evenings we ate in the Opus dining room for dinner and some lunches and breakfasts. We also enjoyed the Oceanview Café daily. We had lunch at the Mast grill by the pool one afternoon and the hamburgers and fries were very good. We also had lunch the Bistro (crepes) on deck 5 on one of the days we returned early from port and we loved it! The food was very good and to our surprise our waiter was Zaza! We were lucky to get a couple of the same waiters in the Opus restaurant and Remy and Jeronimo were wonderful!
Cabin: We were on deck 6 in a "guarantee" veranda with a partially obstructed view (6283). The view was not too obstructed as you are looking over one of the life boats. What bothered us is that in the middle of the night (after midnight) you can hear noise from outside the cabin, as they are cleaning and preparing for the day. We were never sure where the noise was coming from, but it was there. If you are a light sleeper, this cabin is not for you. Out of seven nights, my husband was woken up 5 nights and 3 myself with metallic banging noises. Needless to say we did not have full night sleeps although eventually we would go back to sleep.
Disembarkation: It was very, very smooth and we did not have a long wait. From the time we got to the theatre until the time we were outside the port waiting for our shuttle was 30 minutes (including clearing immigration and getting our luggage). This is the quickest we have ever disembarked a ship.
Overall we had a great experience and truly relaxed as this was our goal. We are ready to go back in 2015.