Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by cynergi: Beautiful ship - great Cruise!
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Beautiful ship - great Cruise!
Wow - this was our 12th cruise (We use Holland, Princess, Lindbladt and Celebrity) and the ship was just gorgeous. They created all sorts of little nooks and hideaways to make the ship seem more personal and create little gathering spaces. The buffet area was really well marked and laid out so that we never stood in line... and we went on Spring Break when usually the ships are overrun with kids of all ages. Some cool spots are the game room (with table top group and individual games free to use) the library, the top of deck 15 forward had a secluded spot that in the evenings was totally empty, also they have a covered pool for 16 and over which was very peaceful. The water is only waist deep, but you can swim laps if you'd like to. They have a healthy spa/food area in this covered pool area which was really exceptional.
We opted for a cheap veranda room - and the rooms were a little tight - seemed quite narrow - but very well laid out. They have new bathrooms with solid More curving shower doors which make the bathrooms much better than on some of the older ships.
We had 2 rooms, 6114 and 6112. Because of how narrow they are, the configurations have to be different (like a serpentine) in each room. We preferred how 6112 was laid out - with the beds right next to the balcony and the sitting area next to the bathroom and entrance. In 6114 the beds are right next to the closet and it makes for a very tight space to use the closet, and if you have room service they have to squeeze past the beds to get to the couch/vanity area. These layouts alternated throughout the ship (mirrored due to the width of the rooms having to serpentine) but if you have a choice try for the one with the beds near the window. Also, on this ship the cabin door opens OUT into the hallway. This was new and actually made things much easier - on other ships you have to pull the door into the room and get out of the way, so this was nice. The 2 rooms share this entry/indent - again in pairs like 6112/6114 - so check to make sure you have the mirror rooms if you are traveling with a group. The glass on the balconies can be removed on either side to make a connection - which we greatly enjoyed.
*Warning - the rooms on 6 are less expensive - and if you are in the front (6112/6114) you are directly over the theater and you WILL hear the bass and drums fairly loudly of the theater. We didn't mind because we are night owls - but if you are early risers and go to bed, you will hear the noise for the late show which runs from 10:30-11:30pm nightly. Less
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Cabin review: Celebrity Reflection
We booked both 6114 and 6112 - smallish veranda rooms - with nice views. The glass panels can be removed on either side of the verandas to make a pass through - which was awesome, we went back and forth throughout. Note -there didn't appear to be a way to "lock" the veranda sliding door, so make sure you know the people well if you open the partition. NOISE - you WILL hear the theater which is directly below these rooms - especially the drums and bass of the band during shows. These run at 7:30 and 10:30 for an hour or so most nights, so if you go to bed early be advised. The bathrooms are really spacious - they added rounded solid shower doors which were so much better than curtains. Made the space feel much roomier. The rooms are very narrow and therefore have little bump-outs to accommodate the beds - so they are serpentine with the way they are laid out. 6114 has the beds right next to the bathroom and closet - which makes it very hard to access the full closet and get dressed. 6112 was much better, it had the couch and vanity near the bathroom and entry door, so you could dress in that space, and also if you had room service delivered they don't have to squeeze past your bed to reach the coffee table. We had a 3rd teenager in our room and the couch is a bed for them (no bunk in the ceiling) it wasn't terribly comfortable, and they don't have a curtain or anything to make it private (some ships do) but it was fine for a 14 year old. The elevator is pretty far - so be prepared to walk. We liked getting some exercise with all the food we were eating!
Port and Shore Excursions
We have stopped here at least 8 times and have never found anything fun to do. It is always SUPER windy.... we just shopped a little and went back to the cabin.
We have stopped here at least 4 times and this time finally did a city/beach all day tour. It was so worth it. We learned all about the history, but also went to several beaches and over to the French side to shop in the market. Everyone found something at the market to buy - some cool art and some typical things - we went to Le Galion beach which was windy but once you got in the water was fine. It would be ideal for kids. the Water is super shallow for quite a long stretch and they have a little platform where the kids can jump into the water. Umbrella with 2 chairs was $20 - but it was indeed really windy and we didn't hang out there all day. The water was so warm and very salty - we seemed to float like we were on an innertube - very different.
Then we headed to Maho beach to see the airplanes land - this was like spring break frat party - super crowded with people drinking and trying to get blown over by the planes. the water was gorgeous though - but definitely a crazy scene.
Scuba - beginner
We went to Coki Beach to learn PADI (scuba) diving - it was fabulous. Great beach for the others in your party to hang out on, and the dive center was well equipped and affordable. The cab ride was around $9 per person from the cruise port each way. You could rent snorkel gear for $10. 2 beach lounges w/umbrella was $20 for the day. They sell soda/snacks/lunch and gift shop items on the beach. The water is perfect, no rocks - calm (it's an inlet) and gorgeous. IT was pretty crowded but fun and casual. Loved the COKI Beach dive shop personnel - super friendly and accommodating. Coral World is adjacent but we didn't go there.
Magen's Bay- awesome! Really cheap cab ride ($7 or so) to a national park with a protected inlet again for swimming. You can rent a chair and even get a slice of pizza. Great vibe, gorgeous calm waters to swim in - we even saw sea turtles there.