Up until this cruise, we had cruised on all the M-Class ships of Celebrity, and on the Equinox and Eclipse of the S-Class. We were excited to sail on their newest ship, the Reflection, and we were not disappointed.
We flew to Miami out of Bangor, Maine on February 19. Despite a seven inch snowfall the night before, our flights were on schedule Wednesday morning. We landed in Miami around 12:35 pm and got a taxi to the Downtown Hyatt Regency. We spent three days in Miami prior to the cruise, just relaxing and soaking up the sunshine and warm weather.
On Saturday, we got to the pier at around 11 a.m. There will still many passengers waiting for taxis and buses after debarking the ship...it looked a bit like a madhouse. But our taxi pulled up and a porter immediately took our luggage and showed us where to enter the terminal. Inside was a madhouse too, because their was a "special event" onboard before we cruised...folks from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival which was opening that day. In spite of this, we were immediately checked in. We requested a wheelchair for Dick because he has mobility issues with long distances and steep ramps, and within 15 minutes we were headed on to the ship. We immediately headed to the Sunset Bar. Wow...what a pretty area! Lots of seating and areas of shade and sun. We were delighted to see Onur from Turkey tending bar...we had met Onur previously on the Summit, and kept in touch with him via Facebook.
By 1:30 we were able to go to our cabin...an Accessible Aqua Class. It was very big, with ample room for Dick's rental scooter. Nice large balcony with two loungers and a table. The desk/vanity had the usual fridge/cooler, a safe, and about six drawers for clothing. Right next to it was a wardrobe. There was a night table on each side of the bed with a drawer and two shelves. We also had a loveseat and a table, and a nice, big flat screen TV. The accessible bathroom was also quite big, with a roll-in shower and two shower heads and a seat. Very nice. Drawers and shelves on either side of the sink held all our toiletries.
The ship is beautiful. We ate in the two new eateries...The Porch and The Lawn Grill. The Porch has a $5 surcharge, and we had a nice lunch there...they offer soups, salads, and deli sandwiches in a very pretty setting on Deck 15. Also on this deck is the Lawn Grill...we ate there Sunday evening and had a good time helping the chefs. I made the flatbread pizza (threw my dough with such energy it landed behind me on the floor! Good thing the chef was making another one right next to me!). Had some laughs while making a tomato/cheese/basil pizza for an appetizer. Then Dick helped grill some lamb chops for himself and salmon for me. Everything turned out delicious, after which we stuffed ourselves with a delicious dessert. The warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream was to die for!
This cruise went to three ports we've been to many times, so we didn't do any excursions. In San Juan (docked from 3 to 10 pm) we stayed on board. In St. Thomas, Dick stayed on board and I visited the Butterfly Farm right next to the pier. In St. Maarten, we went into Phillipsburg in the morning, and got back on the ship just before it poured rain.
We enjoyed the various lounges throughout the cruise, especially Cellar Masters and the Ensemble lounge. The small musical groups/individuals that entertain in the lounge were all wonderful...Brandi who did vocals & played guitar--fabulous voice and a good guitarist; the Walker Black Duo; and also Kelly Broadway, another great vocalist. We prefer this style of entertainment over the big shows in the theater.
In Cellar Masters I purchased an Enomatic card for the first time, and really enjoyed sampling many different wines. I like that you can choose 2 oz, 4 oz, or 8 oz. I had many 2 oz glasses of many different wines.
Each day when the Captain gave his 10 a.m. address, he stressed the necessity of everyone washing their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. The ship itself sparkled with cleanliness. We all stayed nice & healthy!
Once again, Celebrity did not disappoint. The crew was terrific...friendly, helpful, always ready with a smile and a greeting. We were invited to eat at the Captain's Table with the Staff Captain and Environmental Officer. They were both very personable...and we had a goat cheese souffle that was out of this world!
Looking forward to our next Celebrity cruise on the Equinox in the eastern Mediterranean!