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This was our fourth cruise with Celebrity and the first on Reflection. Embarkation and disembarkation both smooth. We had a sky suite at the back of the ship as we like the views and we don’t mind the walk to and from the room. ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise with Celebrity and the first on Reflection. Embarkation and disembarkation both smooth. We had a sky suite at the back of the ship as we like the views and we don’t mind the walk to and from the room. Room was large, comfortable and the attendant throughout the cruise kept it spotless. Plenty of storage. Bathroom small with a combined bath/shower; plenty of storage for your toiletries. We had a butler but did not make use of him; we don’t like to dine in the room and we do our own bookings. The ship was well maintained and spotless. Where we noticed a difference is the ship felt more crowded than its sister ship Silhouette; we found out the Reflection has a lot more suites and hence about 400 more people; the suite ‘perks’ of Luminae and Michaels Club felt crowded and did not have the same ambience we felt on Silhouette. This was disappointing. We had a mix up with dates for dinner bookings which was annoying as we were travelling with another couple and we realised with hindsight that Michaels club had not confirmed the details – if they had we would have picked up the errors. This resulted in us thinking we were going to dinner that had been booked for the next day (notwithstanding we were on a day trip that would only get back in time for the booking!). Our preferred night was booked out and we had to then replan our remaining nights. Food was very good but not consistent. Luminae was generally excellent and staff are amazing; Blu also very good; we had lunch and dinner in Murano and both meals were excellent. Qsine interesting as they have changed the format – we went to two ‘shows’ – the first show not as interesting but great food; the second show was excellent, but the food was lacking (steak tough and the ravoli was tasteless). Sushi on Five was mixed; wasn’t overly keen on The Porch but had best steak of the cruise in The Lawn Grill. Staff really make Celebrity a great cruise line; it is rare to bump into someone who isn’t friendly. Shows – Fox Ventura was great and there was another 4 man UK band that was also great (just cant remember the name); the comedians fell flat; hypnotist and violinist were good; the Celebrity shows were ok and the final night one, Elysium with acrobatics was excellent. Giuseppe the cruise director made us laugh with his antics whenever we went to the theatre. As an Australian the pricing of Celebrity is now expensive given the Aus dollar has deteriorated against the USD; we found it more expensive as a result. Spa excellent but expensive; had my hair styled twice - again expensive but a treat. They really do up sell/push product which is annoying. Excursions: We organised through Celebrity notwithstanding it is more expensive; we like the insurance that the boat won’t leave without us. Warnemunde: We chose the day trip to Schwerin which was a great day out and we would recommend this. We later learned people who went to Berlin had a 6 hour return train trip (and the train was not airconditioned!). Helsinki: We did small group tour (25 people). A quick trip through the city then stopped at Porvoo to wander the shops there. Quaint village which we enjoyed. The highlight was lunch at Nybergs Varpet just for the tour group. Off the beaten track it was tucked away by the water. We had outstanding finnish food prepared by the chef who was on site and chatted to the group. Saint Petersburg: We had a private tour guide for 4 over 2 days. Our guide was young, and we didn’t get that feel for what it was like to live in Russia during harsher times – can’t be helped but I think a guide with more experience would have been more interesting. The palaces are huge, amazing and over the top. It is a very crowded place so everywhere there were crowds and ques. Gardens are beautiful. Boat ride was really good to see Saint Petersburg from the water. We had lunch at the same restaurant both days which was strange; I think because we liked it the first day our guide took us back even though it meant backtracking into the city. A more experienced guide would have chosen two different places to eat. We also did not get to see the subways; our guide mentioned it late on the second day but we had run out of time (spending too much time waiting for lunch). Tallin: What a lovely town; wish we had more time there. Had a walking guided tour; a little time to browse; saw the concert area and a seaside fishing museum. An easy town to visit unguided or use the hop on hop off bus. Stockholm: Day trip to Vasa Museum; City hall to see where the Nobel peace prize dinner is held and ending the day in the Old Town. Worth doing but would have preferred more time in the Old Town to wander and explore. Also an easy town to visit unguided or use the hop on hop off bus. Copenhagen: Private tour and we were disappointed as there was a mix up at the port with the tour guide waiting in one spot while we waited in another wasting time for what was a very expensive tour. We got away about 20 mins late as a result. We had stops at Mermaid, Palace, Nyhavn, the main shopping street and Tivoli Gardens. The low light was the Tivoli Gardens stop as we were dropped there for three hours when half that time would have been sufficient. Lesson learned for us to be more careful with the ship preparing an itinerary – they did not ask us what we liked, and we would have told them we were not theme park enthusiasts. I think the hop on hop off bus would have been fine. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Just had a 12 night Baltic Cruise on Reflection, which we thoroughly enjoyed. All the ports where excellent and we where also blessed with the weather. It was our first time with Celebrity and a lot of our friends rave about them so ... Read More
Just had a 12 night Baltic Cruise on Reflection, which we thoroughly enjoyed. All the ports where excellent and we where also blessed with the weather. It was our first time with Celebrity and a lot of our friends rave about them so thought we would try. The cabins are Fine we had a Balcony good size though no tea or coffee making facilities. The Food was excellent mainly in the Opus restaurant but used the buffet a couple of times. The main disappointment was the Entertainment. Out of the 12 nights only 3 acts impressed us in the theatre, they had there own company dancers and singers who on other ships we have cruised with are on every night as well as gust artists but celebrities had 2 of there own shows. Also a lot of the bars lacked atmosphere in our view and they kept changing venues with the duos some times 3 times a night. Apart from that we as stated earlier had a good cruise with some great memories and new friends. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Celebrity Line is a top notch cruise experience. From the time one embarks the ship to the time you disembark things go smoothly. The dining venues are wonderful, and although we were Aqua class and ate in Blu most nights, I ... Read More
Celebrity Line is a top notch cruise experience. From the time one embarks the ship to the time you disembark things go smoothly. The dining venues are wonderful, and although we were Aqua class and ate in Blu most nights, I wouldn't hesitate to eat in other restaurants. Qsine was a special treat! The buffet was always well stocked and the quality was excellent. Mast Grill hamburgers can't be beaten! The staff on Celebrity Reflection are wonderful and attend to your every need...extra hangers - no problem; more chocolates at night - they will be there. Nothing was too much. My only criticism would be for the one tour that we booked with Celebrity. The guide was uninformed about our destination (Sigtuna), and did not provide us with a quality excursion. She was well informed about the second part of the day (Stockholm), but managed to run ahead of the group in her panic to get back to the bus. While we thoroughly enjoyed the actual places that day, we were extremely disappointed in the guide. Celebrity needs to ensure that the companies that are contracted to do tours are informed. All tours that we booked off the ship were excellent. I would expect the same of Celebrity. Regardless of the above criticism, this was a dream trip, and Celebrity made that happen. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I chose this cruise because several of our friends cruise Celebrity regularly and speak highly of it. This is my first cruise on this line. We usually book on Seabourn, but this ship had the itinerary we wanted at the time we were ... Read More
I chose this cruise because several of our friends cruise Celebrity regularly and speak highly of it. This is my first cruise on this line. We usually book on Seabourn, but this ship had the itinerary we wanted at the time we were available to go, so we choose this cruise. One of my biggest gripes is the way they manage their suite class cabins. Other lines allow only three people per room, max. However, Celebrity has bunk beds in some of the rooms and a fold out sofa. So I assume you can pack the whole family (kids fares are deeply discounted) into a small suite and then you have access to Luminae, a restaurant exclusive to suite travelers. The kids carry on, some toddlers scream, and the parents often do nothing to quiet them. Misbehaving children have been a real problem for me on this cruise. So much so, I would not book again on Celebrity. Also, we bought the premium beverage package. If you drink spirits, premium spirits are available at most bars and restaurants, but I am a wine drinker. The wines I paid for with my premium beverage package are not available at most bars. If you give them advance notice, they will make an effort to accommodate you, but why should I have to bother with that? Some of the servers do not seem well oriented to the different types of wine. I ordered an after dinner glass of Zinfandel, which is what I had been drinking at dinner, at the bar. They brought me white Zinfandel. I tried to explain to the young waiter that there was a difference, but he never really got the message. So they are happy to sell you a premium beverage package, but you are likely going to be served white Zinfandel. There is a significant wait to get into Luminae, unless you go very early or very late. Most of the food is frozen, especially the seafood. I guess with this many people to feed, there is no way to do everything fresh. I understand it, but it is disappointing, none the less. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
As regular Celebrity cruisers, this was our first time on the Reflection and loved it! After having booked a year in advance, as prices went down we upgraded from concierge mid ship to AQ forward if only to get to eat in Blu (more about ... Read More
As regular Celebrity cruisers, this was our first time on the Reflection and loved it! After having booked a year in advance, as prices went down we upgraded from concierge mid ship to AQ forward if only to get to eat in Blu (more about that later). A brief rundown of things that are important to us. Dining We chose AQ for Blu which we have dined in on other ships. Our first night dining in Blu our group of 4 were seated in the front section and found the waiter a bit too high energy and the sommelier terrible. After that first night, we asked to sit in the back which is more quiet and we lucked out with Ivis our waitress and Madelina, our sommelier who were outstanding, warm and professional! Each dinner was terrific but we chose to eat at the buffet for breakfast a couple of times as the Blu breakfast menu really needs to change as it gets very boring. It's time to switch Blu breakfast up Celebrity! And its also time to improve desserts!! On our first night we took advantage of a Murano discount and had a fabulous meal. We also had the seafood tower at the Porch for lunch on our first day at sea (good thing as there were not other days at sea that were warm enough) We decided if AQ, on subsequent cruises is too expensive, we will choose a better cabin location and eat more in the speciality restaurants. Thanks to all staff who were always helpful in Gluten Free dining options for my husband and sister in law. They can however do a much better job in GF bread quality considering the huge choices available now. Entertainment and Activities The overall energy of this particular sailing was phenomenal. Guiseppe, the cruise director was by far the best cruise director we have ever had in any of our 12 cruises on Celebrity or any other ship. Having many of the ship "parties" in the central foyer resulted in a lot of participation including a few silent discos and an amazing Abba Sing A Long on the night we sailed away from Stockholm. Imagine 3 levels of the grand foyer all signing along, it was a blast. As far as the other entertainment, the Broadway selection was great, one of the comedians was fabulous and the other entertainment was eh. The bars had boring singers and Celebrity needs to step that up a bit. Bars and Café Bacio Clearly they are short staffed at the Martini Bar which, as usual was packed and often hard to find staff. As days at sea were pretty windy and cool, we stayed in the solarium for two days and found staff non existent and often no one around to take orders or clean up dirty dishes. Café Bacio had only two staff, one a hard working man and one a young woman who was downright rude when she made two mistakes (like forgetting one person's order) and rather than saying sorry, she decided to suggest it was our fault. Mmmm. But the coffee there is fantastic and we took lattes from there in the mornings for Blu as it was better. Ports This was a Baltic cruise which had a fantastic itinerary. I will not get into the details as these can be found on the Baltic boards but a few things. Avoid the Strommers Hop On Hop Off Bus at the Copenhagen port!!! They are the only HOHO at the port and run a terrible operation. Hope enough people complain to Celebrity. Not only were they not prepared for the masses, one bus broke down before it even left, then when our bus finally left, we were then told we needed to changes buses at the first stop. Well after at least 45 minutes, another bus showed up. This after we say 5!! other HOHO buses from another company come and go. Plan ahead and book any private tours. We used TJ in St Petersburg who were terrific and if you choose not to go into Berlin (we went 3 days early to spend time there) the local port is lovely and no need to go to Rostock. We found that Celebrity should have allowed full days to get the experience at each port as we felt rushed. Loved our cruise, no regrets, but next time we are in Europe, we will do it by land. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
The Reflection is a solidly-appointed, comfortable ship. It carries on the Celebrity tradition of quality service with professional and polite staffing. The cabin, at 194 sq ft was sufficiently large and comfortable. Dining is ... Read More
The Reflection is a solidly-appointed, comfortable ship. It carries on the Celebrity tradition of quality service with professional and polite staffing. The cabin, at 194 sq ft was sufficiently large and comfortable. Dining is always a plus on Celebrity, and was again. The entertainment was fair to good; nothing special, really. The ports of the Baltic are very enticing, BUT; each port had 5-6-7 cruise ships in at one time. So, for 'premier stops' like St Petersburg, with everyone wanting to see the Peterhof Palace and the Hermitage, 'seeing' anything becomes a 'hit or miss' affair. Picture touring the rooms of these aforementioned places like taking a tour whilst moving around in a Rugby scrum! The crowds are UNBELIEVABLE. You get moved along from room to room on a 'timer' in the Peterhof. In the Hermitage we couldn't even GET INTO the room housing the Rembrandts! Also, I do not understand WHY people who are wheelchair-bound insist on coming on these types of cruises; there is NO handicapped accessibility to any of these places. I saw a man taken out of his wheelchair and was CARRIED UPSTAIRS while his wife CARRIED HIS WHEELCHAIR up the stairs. And how they maneuvered through these massive crowds is beyond me. CHOOSE A DIFFERENT ITINERARY! But the real 'ugly' in the title belongs to Celebrity itself. We used a travel agent and they bought a coordinated package for us including flights, the pre-cruise hotel, and transfers from/to the Amsterdam airport and into/out of the hotel. Well, we, two senior citizens, were to be met at the airport and to be transported to the hotel; well, NO ONE MET US. It was 90*, we had a total of 4 suitcases, and there was NO ONE to meet us OR to provide ANY guidance/help. We had to SEARCH the airport to scramble to get ANY transportation to the hotel. Then, as we had read many reviews of the high-cost and slow-performing internet on Celebrity, we decided to NOT make use of this service. BUT, as we HAD purchased our airline tickets through Celebrity we asked them to 'confirm us/check us in' with our homeward-bound flights---and all we were told was 'just buy one hour of internet time and do it yourselves'; I mean, REALLY?! THIS is 'end-to-end coordinated service'? And then, there was another scrum when the truck containing the departing passengers' luggage arrived AT THE SAME TIME as the busses w/the passengers--although the trucks had left TWO HOURS BEFORE the busses did! So, another 'scrum' took place as everyone scrambled to find their luggage. And THIS scrum was all courtesy of Celebrity. We have (HAD!) traveled with Celebrity several times over the past several years, but I think that this trip, overall, has made Celebrity 'persona non grata' with us going forward! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Celebrity Reflection Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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