Celebrity Reflection Entertainment
At night, there's no shortage of entertainment options onboard Reflection. The production shows take place in the Reflection Theater, a lovely two-level venue befitting the big-time entertainment on stage. The seats are well spaced and comfortable, and they have great sight lines -- we didn't find a bad seat in the house.
The entertainment varies and includes big production shows, comedians, magicians, music and dance. "Reflection: The Show" is the highlight of the production shows. It features a combination of rock music and acrobatics and is entertaining -- and occasionally cringe-inducing with its feats of contortion -- from start to finish. It will be familiar to those who have seen "Silhouette: The Show." Passengers usually have two opportunities to catch shows in the Reflection Theater each night, depending on which dining options they select.
Most nights, you'll find live music in several spots throughout the ship -- guitars and vocals or jazz in the Ensemble Lounge midship, as well as a D.J. spinning dance music poolside or at the Sky Lounge, for example. The ubiquitous a cappella group, These Guys, makes so many appearances at so many venues all day long that we wondered whether they slept.
Because the ship has no official dance club (a la Quasar on its sister ships), those looking to do the Cupid Shuffle have to look to the day's schedule to find the best spot to bust a move. While venues around the atrium host music and entertainment of their own, don't be surprised at night if an impromptu show, with music and wild costumes, breaks out. Just don't expect it to appear on your Celebrity Today daily. Reflection also uses its Lawn Club to host Concerts on the Lawn, where passengers are provided with cheese, wine and blankets for sitting.
Movie buffs can catch feature films most nights in Celebrity Central, a secondary theater venue located on Deck 4. Films tend to be of the new-to-DVD variety. Celebrity Central also hosts events like game shows and bingo.
During the day, entertainment includes games, enrichment and music. Trivia abounds, and Celebrity has teamed with Billboard, so, rather than the typical keychain, prizes might include gift cards to purchase music. A video arcade appeals as much to adults as it does children, and the sports courts regularly host basketball shootouts. Enrichment options include wine and spirits tastings, cake-decorating, sushi-making and other culinary demonstrations, as well as digital camera and computer seminars. The music mix includes the aforementioned a cappella group, D.J. and steel drum band, among other options.
If you order a couple of "flights" in the Martini Bar, you might see a different kind of entertainment -- a spectacular show involving bottle-flipping, glass-stacking and the pouring of a dozen drinks at once. It's seriously the stuff of YouTube legend. There's no guarantee you'll get the performance, but if you're interested, your best bet is to place your order when the bar isn't too busy, perhaps after ordering a couple of rounds for which you've left a big tip. Late night, the Martini Bar, with its ice-covered surface, gets crowded and loud. The Molecular Bar is another crowd favorite for those who don't mind forking over a little more cash in exchange for some of the most creative drinks at sea (think avocado margaritas and dry ice cocktails).
Beer-drinkers dream of spots like Michael's Club, which offers a rotating selection of more than 50 craft beer options from the United States and abroad. Some are more typical of land-based U.S. bars (Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn, for example), but it's refreshing to find a great beer selection at sea, where light domestics typically dominate the options. This also serves as the ship's sports bar.
Cellar Masters, a wine-lover's happy place, features Enomatic dispensers, where you can pour yourself your favorite by touching a button.
Sunset Bar, with its fun lighted stools and killer aft location, is a favorite at night, when you can settle in for some cocktails and an unparalleled view of the sun setting over the sea. You'll also fight for a seat there during sailaways.
Of course there's always Fortune's Casino, which occupies the middle of Deck 4. Games include the typical cruise offerings: slots, blackjack and video poker. Players looking for Texas Hold'em action will find 2/5 no-limit options at scheduled times most days.
Reflection alternates between Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries. Excursion options in the Caribbean are appropriately water-based, while those sailing in the Med might find more tour-based offerings.
Celebrity Reflection Public Rooms
The Grand Foyer sets the tone of the ship, with its gorgeous beige and black marble staircase and rich, dark wood touches. Located on Deck 3, it's an impressive entryway to the ship. Passport Bar and the guest relations and shore excursions desks are also located on Deck 3.
Most of the action on Reflection takes place on Decks 4 and 5, where you'll find the main dining room, a number of bars and alternative restaurants, the theater, conference room, casino, shops, art gallery, photo gallery, coffee shop, gelateria and Captain's Club. Some of the most interesting design choices are on display on Deck 5, where you'll walk through the intriguing Celestial Garden, a floor-to-ceiling experience from Miami artist Carlos Betancourt. It's visually stunning, though we're still perplexed by the bell that dings as you walk through. You'll also see a captivating birch tree display that might make you forget for a bit that you're actually at sea.
Reflection's iLounge, where passengers can access the Internet, take classes and purchase shiny new Apple products for fair prices, is located on Deck 6. Internet access is steep at 75 cents a minute, but packages are available, from $24.95 for 38 minutes to $399.95 for 1,666 minutes. While some computer classes are complimentary, others have fees, so ask before you attend.
The Hideaway, which spans Decks 7 and 8, is a whimsical and busy space that has comfy chairs and pods that offer a quiet retreat. The two-deck design is reminiscent of trees, with nests "hanging" from the higher deck. You can grab a cup of self-serve coffee there. Game On, the ship's card and game room, is on Deck 9, where traditional games like Scrabble can be played electronically. The library is on Decks 10 and 11. Reflection doesn't offer a self-service laundry facility.
Celebrity Reflection Spa & Fitness
Reflection's fitness center and spa occupy the forward section of Deck 12. The fitness center features modern equipment, including the standard treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical trainers, as well as resistance equipment and a solid selection of dumbbells. If you go during peak hours (particularly mornings before 9 a.m. on sea days), you might have to wait for a piece of cardio equipment.
Classes include yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and two new-to-fleet options: TRX suspension training and Flywheel cycling (two ultra-hot options on land). Fees for the classes are reasonable; we paid less for a TRX class onboard than we paid at our home gym. Though classes require a fee, they fill up quickly, so if you have your heart set on a particular workout, sign up as soon as you get onboard.
Reflection's jogging (and walking) track is on Deck 15, and, bewilderingly, winds its way through a smoking area around the Mast Bar, which seems the antithesis of a morning fitness routine. It gets crowded around the same time the fitness center does, so if you're a jogger looking to avoid working your way around walkers or if you just want a little privacy, hit the track early or late. A sports court, located on Deck 15, routinely hosts basketball tournaments.
Elemis Spa, operated by Steiner Ltd., offers treatments that range from teeth-whitening to acupuncture and Restylane skincare treatments, in addition to massages. AquaClass and AquaSpa Suite passengers have free access to the Persian Garden, a serene space decorated in greens and whites. It includes heated ceramic tile loungers, an aroma steam room, and a scrub and salt bar. The Persian Garden on Reflection is 82 square meters larger than the same space on all other ships in the class. It includes six more heated beds, too. Access is $35 a day for those who haven't booked AquaClass cabins.
The adults-only Solarium on Deck 14 houses two hot tubs and a pool beneath an expansive glass cover, which allows in the sun without the sunburn. The area offers a tranquil escape with a fun fountain feature, soothing music and grand-scale art. Clamshell seating for two and cushy loungers make the spot perfect for Kindle time or an afternoon nap.
The main pool area, located midship, has two pools and four hot tubs, with cushioned loungers, including the class's signature two-person poolside beds. The Pool Bar is nearby for libations, and passengers craving burgers can head up the stairs to Deck 15's Mast Grill.
The Lawn Club is also located on Deck 15. While still a public space, it also has eight for-fee alcoves available ($99 for a port day, $149 for a sea day), which cut into the lawn space available for everyone else. They also break up the space, making the area feel less park-like and, frankly, less special than the original wide-open design on the early ships in the Solstice class.