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426 Celebrity Reflection Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

First time cruising and hopefully not the last. The ship is magnificent the interior is of five star class as are the cabins and the food is mind blowing in the variety. The entertainment was spectacular and brilliant. Our cabin ... Read More
First time cruising and hopefully not the last. The ship is magnificent the interior is of five star class as are the cabins and the food is mind blowing in the variety. The entertainment was spectacular and brilliant. Our cabin stewards Dominador and Christian were so obliging and friendly. My husband and daughter both celebrated their birthdays whilst on board and Dominador made them both so extra special. The evening dining in the Opus restaurant was wonderful due to the obliging Maitre de Lea who always tried to make sure we had the same table and the food and staff was brilliant. The information of what was going to be on each and every day was in a professional leaflet left in our cabin each evening so we could plan what we would be doing the next day. Although this is a big ship carrying 3000 people we never felt overcrowded. Our cabin had a balcony and I spent some early mornings just watching the smooth flow of the ship on the ocean. We had a drinks package and needless to say I had some exotic cocktails. We had an .exceptional time one that I will remember for ever Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are fairly new to cruising (cruised once before). Celebrity Reflection is a beautiful ship and we really enjoyed our experience. The communications, activities, service, verandah cabin (deck 6), dining, entertainment, disembarkation ... Read More
We are fairly new to cruising (cruised once before). Celebrity Reflection is a beautiful ship and we really enjoyed our experience. The communications, activities, service, verandah cabin (deck 6), dining, entertainment, disembarkation were top notch. We had select dining and really enjoyed being able to choose our own dining times. The reservation staff worked hard to accommodate us when we needed to adjust a couple of our dining reservations. One small negative is that the servers were not consistent in delivering their service. Some paid attention to detail such as helping us into our chairs, offering more wine, others did not. The entertainment was very good, especially the acrobatic performers and the live bands. The stewards Dominador and Christian were excellent. They made us feel very comfortable. Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Right off the bat, I have to say that this is one great boat. The staff could not be better in all aspects. The guest relations desk were the best I have ever encountered. The stateroom attendants were fantastic and couldn't do ... Read More
Right off the bat, I have to say that this is one great boat. The staff could not be better in all aspects. The guest relations desk were the best I have ever encountered. The stateroom attendants were fantastic and couldn't do enough for you. The waiters and staff in the restaurant were attentive and efficient. The only thing that I felt was sadly lacking was the entertainment. I found it boring Compared to the other 7 celebrity ships I have been on. And I really look forward to the entertainment on my cruises. The Ocean View Cafe was normally good but some mornings, some of the food were the dregs and should have been refilled quicker. On sea days, the sun beds around the pool were filled up by 9.30 making it very difficult for people wanting to relax by the pool. The casino was exciting and vibrant, the casino host always kept people excited. On the whole, I had a great time and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first cruise. We were somewhat skeptical about the size of the ship and whether service, food and actual space on the ship would be ok with so many passengers. But the ship never felt crowded with the possible exception of the ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We were somewhat skeptical about the size of the ship and whether service, food and actual space on the ship would be ok with so many passengers. But the ship never felt crowded with the possible exception of the pool on sea days. But the top solstice floor was a quiet retreat from the crowds round the pool. The itinerary is fabulous, and it is a dream to wake up in a different port/ country every day. We found the entertainment particularly the live bands really excellent. We like jazz and there were several groups, with excellent singers and instrumentalists. Equally the formal shows were good. The cruise director gave a very funny performance one day of different dancing styles on the boat! Since we were in a suite we ate in the Luminae most days, at least for dinner. The package came with two complimentary dinners so we went to the Tuscan Grill and the Murano. Neither came up to the standard of the Luminae, either in service or in the quality of its menu. I was glad that we hadn't paid for them. Murano in particular seemed like a French restaurant out of the 80s (their cheeses were good though!) We only did one Celebrity excursion. That was at Ephesus, and we took the one that takes you to three different sites and includes lunch. It was really excellent. It gave you a look at the countryside and three different archeological sites, lunch as a delicious buffet in a tourist complex, that was extemely fresh and well serviced. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We sailed from Rome on 11 September 2015 on a 10 night cruise. This ship lived up to all we had previously read about it. We selected an inside stateroom on the Penthouse Deck (11) - 1594 - because having sailed previously on Princess ... Read More
We sailed from Rome on 11 September 2015 on a 10 night cruise. This ship lived up to all we had previously read about it. We selected an inside stateroom on the Penthouse Deck (11) - 1594 - because having sailed previously on Princess Lines we like the quietness of inside cabins and they are darker in the morning if you want a lie in- cheaper also. Speaking with other passengers on board, not a lot of them sat on their verandahs very often or looked out their windows. Our stateroom was spacious and well appointed, the bed was comfortable, bathroom a good size with a great shower that maintained a constant temperature (adjustable). Our stateroom attendants did an excellent job everyday- especially liked the bed turned down in the evening and chocolates left on the pillows. We purchased Premium Non- Alcoholic Drink packages as we are not huge drinkers. We purchased wine separately for dinner and liked being able to have an unfinished bottle put away for the following evening. I think that if we were to sail on Celebrity in the future I would probably buy a Classic Alcohol Package and take fewer tours ashore so I could benefit better from the package. We enjoyed the entertainment on board- the on-ship singers,dancers and acrobats were superb. We only saw 2 of their shows but they were spectacular and very talented performers-First Class. We saw some other entertainers on other nights and although we enjoyed them we didn't think they were outstanding. I understand the ship may have experienced some difficulties in getting the entertainers on board. The Cruise Director Richard gave an exceptionally funny dancing performance one night. We ate predominately in the Opus Dining Room in the evening where we had select dining (we could just turn up when we were ready). We were happy to share tables when we were asked, but we were also placed as a couple on 2 or 3 occasions. The menus changed every night and we managed 4 courses on most evenings-excellent food presentation and flavours. The Oceanview buffet was excellent- we had breakfasts and lunches there- wide selection of great tasting food to satisfy all tastes. I truly believe that passengers who complain about food on board must be very difficult to please. We sometimes used to Aqua Spa Cafe for a healthy option lunch or a breakfast smoothie. We did not use any of the alternative restaurants on board as we felt why pay extra when the food in the main restaurant was outstanding. We enjoyed our coffee and cakes at the Cafe al Bacio (coffees were included in our drink package)- a very efficient group of waiters in there. Enjoyed the fact that there were a number of quiet areas on board where you could just sit and read a book. Criticisms (mostly minor)-Not enough bar staff on-waiting too long for service at the various bars on board, inconsiderate passengers who think they can book sun beds around the pool and then disappear for hours leaving them vacant and passengers who waste so much food. The cost of internet was just ridiculous-US$299 for unlimited use for the voyage (did not use it). We took advantage of the ships shore excursions at all ports (booked prior to coming onboard). Was pretty happy in the main with the way they were organised and with the tour guides (very knowledgeable). I had to cancel a number of tours for my wife who had a painful leg- this was done promptly and money refunded with no questions asked. Overall this ship was first class and we would gladly cruise again. The level of cleanliness was superb- congratulations Celebrity and thank you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was not our first cruise. Far from it in fact. My wife and I picked this Celebrity cruise to Greece and Turkey as we had not been to either place. We cruise to see things, relax and for the convenience of the restaurant on board. ... Read More
This was not our first cruise. Far from it in fact. My wife and I picked this Celebrity cruise to Greece and Turkey as we had not been to either place. We cruise to see things, relax and for the convenience of the restaurant on board. Overall, the trip was good. The ship is big and has all the amenities that most cruise ships have these days. The food and cabin were OK. I have several criticisms that not only Celebrity should read but all other cruise lines as they are equally guilty of these faults. One thing I will say that Celebrity excels at...shore excursions. Not the quality of the trips themselves, but in the way that they are organized. Most lines just pull up to the dock and let everyone push off. Celebrity gathered us in the theater and discharged us in groups before other passengers were allowed to disembark. Other cruise lines...take note. 1. I am very tired of the lines' "hands out policy". This has nothing to do with tips, but with the constant effort to pry us from our money. After spending 10 grand for tickets and airline flights, I am in no mood to shop at their "boutiques", ( with a lot of overpriced stuff) get special deals on drinks, $25 pix taken of us at every opportunity and plenty of other efforts such as specialty restaurants. 2. About tipping. Tipping is a personal thing and should never be included in your ticket price. I do not mind keeping some cash on hand for our cabin stewards, waiter, bus service and som. Tipping is for good service. I don't know how anyone knows for certain that their employees give good service all of the time. Leave the tipping to me, guys. 3. I am tired of listening to waiters whine about the review that we are asked to participate in, asking that we give him "tens" all the way down...even on the food prep which he has nothing to do with. Cruise lines, stop this practice. I did not pay to see this dog and pony show and it is especially bad during dinner. 4. Casino. $10 a hand for Blackjack? Not me, guys. It's easier to stay home and burn the cash. Get me a table where the ante doesn't make me think that you are trying to drain me. 5. On the positive side, food, service embarkation, disembarkation, shore excursions and the rest of the things that cruise lines do, were mostly OK for all cruises. 6. Lastly, I have heard rumbles about leaving out dining rooms and charging for all meals in a variety of on-board restaurants. My advice to you DON'T DO IT! One of the reasons that people cruise is the huge quantity of reasonably good quality food served. You will lose my business and I think most of your business. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The service and cleanliness of the ship was exemplary. The food excellent. First impression on boarding was a little disappointing. A we walked up the gangway, a ... Read More
This was our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The service and cleanliness of the ship was exemplary. The food excellent. First impression on boarding was a little disappointing. A we walked up the gangway, a complimentary glass of champagne was handed to us, we then had to gulp it down before entering the lift to our cabin. I feel it would have been more impressive to go the the main foyer on deck 3 for the champagne reception. Boarding felt very rushed. We did not take out a drinks package as we found them far too expensive. The main restaurant is excellent, although we found it difficult to get a table between 8 - 8.30 pm, so I would recommend booking your dining times before you cruise. This often meant that we missed some shows (although that was not a bad thing). The only criticism I have is the entertainment. I had always imagined cruise ships to have glitzy showgirls and big shows every evening, including several acts....boy was I wrong. There was a 1 hour, 1 act show at two times during the evening, most of which were pretty poor. Celebrity have there own singers and dance crew who preformed a show 3 nights during the duration of the cruise. They were very good. The cheesy cruise director and his assistant are both British and made the entertainment feel a little like Butlins or Pontins UK holiday camps (party dances, Mr and Mrs competitions etc). There was also music in the main foyer on some nights until 12pm, after this the ship felt a little lifeless, other than the disco in the Sky lounger which went on until around 2am I believe. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Just returned from the Reflection (21st Aug sailing), sailed with Celebrity last time, previous to that have taken 5 Royal Caribbean cruises. Last time we really preferred Celebrity to Royal Caribbean, this time not so sure. There are ... Read More
Just returned from the Reflection (21st Aug sailing), sailed with Celebrity last time, previous to that have taken 5 Royal Caribbean cruises. Last time we really preferred Celebrity to Royal Caribbean, this time not so sure. There are some great parts to the cruise, the staff are great, service is excellent and the cabin was 1st class - cleanliness spot on. The captain was out and about which is great. We purchased the premium drink package and before boarding I was expecting it to be difficult to get drinks when you want them (bases on previous comments on this site). The reality was that we only ever waited seconds to be served and around the pool there were plenty of waiters asking to take orders, so great value. Sunbeds - I was expecting there being a challenge getting 4 beds together, so long as you were on deck at 10am (at sea days) no problem at all. On port days you can take your pick of sunbeds and there are plenty of towels available for use. The adult pool is very good as well. My 2 son's (21 & 18) used the Gym every day and said it was great, they too had a drinks package and made full use of it - the staff were great with them. Christopher at the Martini Bar was especially good. Embarkation at Rome was fantastic, 10 mins and we were on the ship...spot on! To be fair dis-embarkation was very efficient as well. There are some really, really poor parts to this cruise - in the main the entertainment. It really does feel that a lot of cost has been taken out of the Cruise Directors budget. The shows in the main theatre were poor to say the least, previous cruises always had good quality variety acts - not on the reflection! That said there was plenty of music around the bars in the evening. The "grasstonbury" on the lawn was ok and the staff worked hard on this. But when you sit back and consider the investment in entertainment its clear that savings have been made. The timings of the shows penalises the last dinner sitting as they started at 9.15, just as our starters where being served...what ever happened to the tradition of a 10.30/10.45pm show escapes me. Food - the buffet was excellent, great choice and quality. The main dining room was ok, on the whole but food lacked flavour and the potions are small, and I mean small! Speciality dining - BEWARE! DO NOT BOOK BEFORE BOARDING!! We did and as an example paid $45 dollars each x 4 for one restaurant only to have one of the main dining room waiters offer it us at $30. We booked Qzine on board and was able to negotiate a 20% discount on the cover price. This feels like customers are being cheated - not a great tactic from Celebrity. We didn't take any paid trips as the price in my opinion is too high, many guests made their own arrangements but as we have been to many of the ports before we got off for a stroll and then enjoyed an empty ship. I would not recommend anyone pays $39 for the cruise review DVD, watched it last night and it is appalling and again I feel like I have been cheated. It contains 95% library footage and almost laughably it covers ships other than the reflection. I feel so strongly about this that I am writing to request a refund....most of the footage can be downloaded from YouTube for free. Looking to next years holiday we are really inclined not to cruise as we cant help but feel that costs are being taken out to compensate for booking offers ( free grats. drinks packages etc). My final observation relates to the silly, stupid touches applied for Suite+ guests. The most ridiculous one is the little red carpet (1m sq) at the ship re-entry point, basically suite guests walk across that and then queue at the ID point with everyone else. I never saw anyone use it...I would be too embarrassed. In my opinion all customers are important, in my case I booked a balcony and a cabin at the front with window - total cost was 50% more than a couple/family taking a suite, so pound for pound I spend more but the red carpet gives the impression that there are 2 classes of travellers...this is 2015 not the 1900's. Same goes for the theatre suite+ guests have a roped our area (Red rope on gold posts of course!) with 2 "bouncers" to ensure those 2nd class customers don't mix with the elite...silly, silly, silly. Anyway off to the carpet shop to but a red rug for my front door. It may sound like we didn't enjoy our cruise - we did on the whole but it just missed our delivering on some key aspects for us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Just arrived back from 11 nights on the celebrity reflection. Our cruise started on the 31st august 2015 from rome. I took my mother of 81 years and we both enjoyed the whole 11 days. Our cabin was on the 12th deck number 2192 and ... Read More
Just arrived back from 11 nights on the celebrity reflection. Our cruise started on the 31st august 2015 from rome. I took my mother of 81 years and we both enjoyed the whole 11 days. Our cabin was on the 12th deck number 2192 and was excellent. large plenty of storage, great bathroom, roomy balcony and a super efficient polite butler who went out of his way for my mum. Cabin was always kept clean The ship is large but did not feel that there was a lot of people (except on sea days). ship is very clean and the toilets are spotless. I did not like the layout for the sunbeds. you had to climb onto them so tightly packed together. The grass area on the top deck of the ship seems to me to be a complete waste of space. they would be better to get rid of and place sunbeds there for the people who want peace and quiet away from the noise of the deck where the pools are. i hardly saw this area being used. Gym pretty good. pools on the smallest size - but that's what you get on ships. We used the luminae restaurant every day. the staff and food are wonderful. did use the ocean café - very busy - okay if you like that sort of thing. Tried the main restaurant on the first day but too busy and noisy. All; of the staff on the ship are polite and very helpful. We had the premium drinks package and had no problems with our drinks (we didn't actually drink that much) but it seemed easier to buy this. The only complaint about the whole cruise is the entertainment. this seems to be the norm on most of the reviews of the ship. i have had better entertainment on the thompson ships. they really do need to take a step back and look at the entertainment. a lot of passengers we spoke to said this needed addressing. The tours. plenty to chose from and can book on board. okay they are expensive. we did three on our own using public transport. worked out very inexpensive and had more time to look at the places. don't be afraid to try. My mum wanted to try the bingo (really!). so we did. wow expensive and what a performance. were treated like children. having to stand up when you wanted one number and making noises when you got one. Really celebrity. this was not fun. if it wasn't for the fact of paying so much for the tickets i would have walked out. Treat your customers with a bit of respect here. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and the places we visited were fantastic and yes i would sail on this ship again if the itinery was what i wanted. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We went as family of four with two girls 14 & 16 on our first cruise with two of us very wheat intolerant. Our travel agent booked our hotel for two days in Rome and transfers. Rome fabulous. Almost happy to go home after that as it ... Read More
We went as family of four with two girls 14 & 16 on our first cruise with two of us very wheat intolerant. Our travel agent booked our hotel for two days in Rome and transfers. Rome fabulous. Almost happy to go home after that as it blew us away. Embarkation was chaotic in the tent as hot, crowded and no instructions and conflicting advice. Once inside the hall it was quick in the suite queue. From then on found everything to be organised and immaculate, with helpful and attentive staff everywhere. FOOD Only used MDU on formal nights and found the food to be so so, tables packed in and noisy. It was a huge shame that people didn't make more of an effort for formal nights and were allowed to rock up in very casual wear. Next time we won't bother attending. Luminae. We loved it as it was quiet, light decor, a view, better food and the staff, once they got to know us, really looked after us, discretely helping us to make suitable decisions re our classic alcohol beverage package. We used it for most dinners and breakfast. Ocean View. Loved this also, especially the girls because of the choice. We lived on made to order stir fries, curry, salads, carvery and sushi . The only problem was crowds, especially on sea days or time pressured days. Appreciated 24h drinks stations everywhere. Tuscan grill. Perfectly cooked meats. Had the most helpful staff re food. Great aft view for sailaways. QSine. Food average but served in quirky ways. Fun evening, especially our waitress but we all had indigestion that night. Murano. Hated it. Oppressive dining room, no view, hit by smell of old fish on walking in. Wine list had only one choice in classic package when other places had a range. Flambé at the table is v 70's and just made the dining room stink which was off putting when eating desert. Food seemed old hat and not the treat we were expecting. Too much pomp for what it was. Beverage package was classic non alcohol for girls and classic alcohol for us. Perfectly adequate as we have one or two glasses with a meal or an occasional beer and that's it. We don't bother with cocktails or spirits. This is probably why we didn't get any embarrassing moments with bar staff that others report. First few days of hard sell for premium package was annoying but it stopped. Teenage activities. Our girls avoided the X Club like the plague, put off by the teenage specimens on ship, who roamed in packs and seemed immature and only interested in romances. The nightly card with various activities with titles meant to appeal to youths, just made them wince. So, it meant we had a good family time rather than us time for the parents. Entertainment. The shows, which are not my cup of tea, were actually very good. The comedy juggler ok. If you are not an early or very late eater then you'll miss the big stuff. The singers in the central areas ranged from ok to terrible. The male jazz singer/guitarist was good. The dance competition was hilarious, the guests really made it. The trouble with acts being in the central area is that one could not get a good view due to lack of seating or even standing room. It also meant the library and hideaway were very noisy, often needlessly due to over amplified sound. Too tired for the late late shows. Too busy for other offerings. Public areas. The staff did a sterling job keeping everything clear of rubbish and towels left on loungers for too long. The open pools were small and packed, so v early or v late the best times. Night time hot tubs are great. The indoor pool was cold and unfortunately my 14 year old who dislikes crowds was too young to use it and staff really policed it. So we used the beds to read and enjoy the ambient music instead. To get an outdoor lounger on the pool deck meant setting up camp around 9am. We loved 10pm use of the running track, normally cluttered with sunbathers by day, for our daily girls walk. Shopping area not useful and amusing the first time round. Terrible art. Do they really make enough $$ to have these shops instead of useful or good value items? Gym. Happy memories of being on the treadmill looking out over shipping lanes, but that's just me. Needs more treadmills to cope with crowds. You either have to be flexible with timing or learn guests' patterns quickly which for us meant quiet times at 11am or 2pm on sea days. This is where port days came in handy. Service. Brilliant. We didn't see our butler much, but we didn't ask for much. Loved the afternoon cakes and canapés in suite. The ship's tailor altered a suit bought in Rome beautifully with a hour's notice for whatever we wanted to pay. Our cabin attendants were lovely, always enquiring of our adventures and giving advice from cold remedies to ports. Ports/Excursions. Do your homework on general port info as little comes from the ship. Everywhere was hot, around 35C. Being newbies we didn't have the courage to do our own thing on shore every time and mainly went for Celebrity excursions for the security of getting on ship on time. We also went for half days due to the heat. Ephesus was transfer only and was very enjoyable apart from the obligatory carpet making demo. Even hot and crowded with a million selfie sticks its majesty was apparent. Athens was easy to get to on the X80 bus within sight of the ship. It took 20 mins there but much longer back due to traffic so beware. Acropolis not as good as Ephesus as much scaffolding and you can't get close to the marble. Fab views and lovely trees. Get there early due to crowds. Istanbul's tram is easy to use but packed and tickets are bought from machines at the stops. First trip in we walked and it was a hot slog through not much. Nearly didn't go due to UK gov website carrying terrorism warnings, but decided to play the odds. Armed police everywhere in the tourist areas. Aya Sofya v interesting, glad we had an official guide albeit reluctantly after he hounded us. He was mad but brought it to life and pointed things out that we would have missed, for 20TL per person and he beat back the crowds. Friday being prayer day meant restricted access but after Aya Sofya and the faff of getting in was a bit underwhelming. Never forget opening our cabin curtains to the sight of the mosques poking out of the skyline at dawn and the sound of the call to prayer echoing around the city. Santorini. Hot and horrible due to sheer amount of people. We were last off the coach and our tour guide had disappeared into the numerous other groups. Wasted time trying to find our group. Only time to snap the blue domes and get back down. The stop off at the winery was unexpectedly the best bit. No queue for the cable car down at 5pm. Mykonos. Celebrity lay on a free shuttle bus to the 'town'. More pleasant than Santorini but again, very crowded and hot. Lovely windmills at the other end of the bay within easy walking distance. Some fantastic art shops. Pompeii and Vesuvius. Vesuvius was great as we had a clear day and it was blissfully cool. Waste of money for Pompeii. So hot and crowded and the guide seemed to go on and on such that most people were flagging and fed up. It wasn't until we got home that we realised she had bypassed the main display of the the bodies which is unbelievable. We loved what we called the Celebrity Salvation Tent at the end of each trip. Smiling people handing out cold towels and iced drinks on the pier, saying "welcome back". Disembarkation. We're grateful for the suite option of getting off any time, so had a leisurely breakfast in Luminae before walking off at 8:30 straight to our cases as most had gone already. We had a wonderful time and would certainly cruise Celebrity again. We are not crowd lovers but never felt we were sharing the ship with 3000 others. The staff and cleanliness make it a delight. 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Sail Date August 2015
Just returned from an excellent and stress-free cruise on the Reflection. The itinerary is the 11 Night Eastern med cruise that includes the overnight in Istanbul and feature 3 sea days and some mid-morning arrivals in port, which makes ... Read More
Just returned from an excellent and stress-free cruise on the Reflection. The itinerary is the 11 Night Eastern med cruise that includes the overnight in Istanbul and feature 3 sea days and some mid-morning arrivals in port, which makes for a relaxing cruise. We had taken a Guaranteed Veranda booking and were delighted to get a 1B level stateroom (9105), which was on the front port side of the ship, one level below the wing of the bridge, which gave us a view of the activities up there during the docking and leaving port, along with the occasional cheery wave from Captain Bouzakis. The stateroom was in excellent order and well maintained by our excellent stewards, Mario and Warden, to whom nothing was too much bother. The ship itself shows little signs of wear and is constantly being cleaned and kept in fine order. The staff were all welcoming and helpful, I cannot make an adverse remark about any of them, while the officers and catering managers were always seen about the ship and were more than happy to answer any queries. There were no queues that we encountered in our Select Dining, but we generally eat between 7 -7.30 and the large Mediterranean contingent present on this cruise seemed in the main to opt for the later times and I suspect there may have been some small queues for those wishing to eat from 8.45 onwards. The food in the MDR was up to the required standard, and there was always something on the menu to suit. One tip for those of you who like your potatoes, if in doubt order some mashed ones as a side order. As usual the Wait staff were excellent, we had no particular table, so had four senior waiters during the cruise, Elias, Daby, Arthuro and Ada with each being entertaining and masters of their craft. The Sommeliers, Mehmet and Dadan were also great and looked after us very well. We dined in the Tuscan Grill (twice) and the Lawn Club Grill, both were great, though I thought that the LCG was a "do it once for the experience" sort of place, it's not fine dining, just a big fun barbeque. We didn't try the new Porch with it's expanded menu, but would consider it on a future cruise. We did room service for breakfast twice, but were slightly disappointed, certainly not as good as that on Holland America. We didn't go to any of the shows, the live music in the Atrium was good, but the DJ music just didn't fit in, as it was mainly modern mixes of the classic 70s & 80s classics with a drum beat jammed on top. I think given the wide range of clientele Celebrity need to revisit this aspect. They had a music night on the lawn called "Grasstonbury", which is a great idea and was well set up with blankets available for the audience to sit on the grass, popcorn and candyfloss handed out for free all to help with the festival spirit. But once again the music didn't match the idea and the modern mixes just left most standing round watching rather than joining the hard worked ship's dancers, who were working their socks off trying to get the party started. Really these couple of points were the only downside to the cruise. As to the ports, the embarkation was fast and well run at Civitavecchia, as was the disembarkation on our return 11 days later. Santorini - We did the ships tour to Oia, meaning you are one of the first off onto the local tenders. The bus ride takes you up the twisty road out of the New Port , a great photo op for those on the left of the coach, then to the winery, which in another great photo location, with 3 glasses of wine to sample, followed by the drive via the coast road to Oia, which is very picturesque and then afterwards they drop you back in Fira where you can walk around and shop, we returned to the ship to eat, but those who stayed in the town were faced with long queues for the cable car after their meal. Istanbul - We again did the ship's tour, the one with the two half days, being first timers to this great city we felt it was the better option. This gave us a late start on the first day (12.45) which gave time to view this great city from the ship and watch all the shipping activity on the Bosphorus. The guide was excellent, as was the tour company, Tura, certainly one of the best organised tours I have been on. We did the Topkapi Palace and then the Archaeological Museum and finally the Grand Bazaar in the afternoon, followed by the Blue Mosque, the carpet presentation/sales pitch, the Hippodrome and finally Hagia Sophia the next morning. Istanbul is vast, it is very cosmopolitan and we never felt ill at ease in it, just be prepared for the heavy sales pitches in the Grand Bazaar and do have atleast one go at haggling a price ! Kusadasi / Ephesus - We did Ultimate Ephesus Smart Tour. The guide was again excellent (once again a Tura tour), he was a young archaeologist who had worked in Ephesus, so had great passion and inside knowledge. A word of warning, Ephesus is hot, take a big bottle of water in with you. This tour includes the Terraced Houses, which are worth seeing and are also under a huge canopy, so you get 20mins or so in its shade. It is all worth seeing and at the end of the tour of the site, much welcomed iced cloths were handed out to cool you down. We then went to the "Ephesus Theme Park", which is really just a large shop, and finally another carpet sales pitch, though more than half the coach party managed to avoid it, by simply telling the guide they wanted to get back to the then nearby ship. Mykonos - Here the ship docked (no tendering as listed) and a free bus shuttle was set up to get you from the New Port to Mykonos town. There were three other ships in and the town was crowded. Lots of shops, but you are just happy to walk round and not be accosted by a salesman. We found a nice café by the shore and had a pleasant drink, and the shopping was varied with some nice handmade items as well as the ubiquitous tourist tat. Athens - We docked at Terminal B, but the Ho-Ho buses camped themselves in the car park (15 Euro for a day ticket), so we used them. We got the Blue bus into town, got off at the Acropolis, but the queues to get in were huge, so we just had a look at it from one of the view points. We then got the next Blue bus into the centre of Athens and made our way to the Parliament building, here the two guards at the grave of the Unknown Soldier do their stuff every 30 minutes, well worth a look, with the changing of the guard at noon. We then wonder through the Plaka area, having a snack and some more shopping, before getting the Ho-Ho back to the port where it dropped us back to Terminal B. If you want to see the Acropolis, I would suggest you get one of the ship's tours which go early in the morning, it gets very crowded by 11am. Naples - Having been there before we decided to make our own way to Sorrento. This is very easy, as the ferries leave from the Beverello pier right next to the cruise terminal. You buy the tickets at the kiosks there, and the ticket guys all speak good English, so you don't need to stumble out your pigeon Italian !! Book a Return ticket (we got the 9.00 from Naples and the 14.25 back from Sorrento - 24.60 euro each). If you only get a single ticket, buy the return leg ticket as soon as you get to Sorrento, as the queues can be big close to sailing time. The kiosks are on the right when you come off the pier, beside the car park, not the one beside the shops facing you. Sorrento is beautiful, get the lift up to the town. a great place to look around and sit in a café enjoying La Dolce Vita. All in all this was an enjoyable cruise, Celebrity was as good as I had expected, the weather was terrific and the Reflection delivered, well done to Capt Bouzakis and his crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
For our golden wedding we chose to take our wonderful family on a cruise. after much research we chose Celebrity Reflection for a 10 night mediterranean cruise. The family of 15 and of varying ages from 8 to 72, all thoroughly enjoyed ... Read More
For our golden wedding we chose to take our wonderful family on a cruise. after much research we chose Celebrity Reflection for a 10 night mediterranean cruise. The family of 15 and of varying ages from 8 to 72, all thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the cruise from the moment we stepped on board. we were on deck 8 the cabins were adjoining, of which we had 8 cabins, also we adjoined the balconies, which was a great way to keep in touch with everyone. each of us did our own thing and met up for sail away, and for dinner. Celebrity staff were amazing nothing was to much trouble, which made for a memorable celebration. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was a dream cruise that we had booked for my mother's 70th birthday. It was our first trip to Rome and we were looking forward to the adventure. We knew that booking at this time of year was going to be extremely hot, but it fit ... Read More
This was a dream cruise that we had booked for my mother's 70th birthday. It was our first trip to Rome and we were looking forward to the adventure. We knew that booking at this time of year was going to be extremely hot, but it fit with our schedules. Our arrival in Rome was great. Everything worked out. We used Rome Chauffeur for our ground transportation and I would highly recommend them. Cost is comparable to other limo/taxi companies. Caesar was our driver and he was very pleasant and spoke good English. We stayed in Rome for two days and did the hop on/hop off bus tour (highly recommend these tours in any city that offers them) and we visited the Vatican. Everything was great but the weather was quite unbearable. We would like to go back in the Spring or early Fall. We arrived at the port by midday on the day we were sailing and everything went smoothly. No long line ups to drop off bags or check in. It was one of the best embarkations we have experienced. The Reflection is a gorgeous, newer ship. Everything is completely updated and very fresh. We had Stateroom 6291, mid ship. It was a great location but I would recommend if you are looking for a balcony mid ship that you go one or two floors higher as the life boats did block our view and was not the nicest to look at daily. If you do choose the 6th floor try to get something aft or forward past the life boats and you will be fine. Our Stateroom was gorgeous and quite spacious for three people. The bathrooms are the nicest we have had on a cruise by far and quite spacious considering. The 14 floor dining buffet was okay but a little compact. It would have been better if they had spread the buffet throughout the entire space and had more choices. It was pretty standard cruise fare every day but all was very nice and tasty. They feature full American and English style breakfast which was a nice treat since we are British background. The main dining restaurant was amazing every night. We had anytime dining and didn't wait once for a table. All the staff were very personable, a lot of fun and polite. The food was first class which we have come to expect with Celebrity. This was our third cruise with this cruise line and they always do a fantastic job! The ports were amazing! We missed out on Mykonos because the water was too choppy for us to tender. Instead we went on to Kusadaci and stayed overnight. We didn't get out at Santorini either because we were scared off by the tendering and the the chair lift or stairs up to the island. It was too hot in all of these places to be standing around and we were also told that there were four other ships that would be in port that day. All good, we had a relaxing time on the ship. Recommendations for the ports, do not miss Toarmina in Sicily, Ephesus near Kusadaci, The Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens (take the hop on/hop off bus that has a stop right in the port parking lot - more bang for your buck) and Pompeii near Naples. On the last morning we had a pick up scheduled for 08:00am by Rome Chauffeur and we were able to just walk off the ship and grab our bags, with no issues. Again the quickest and easiest disembarkation we have experienced. We were at the Rome Airport by 08:40am which was surprising. I do think that the fare was a little pricey considering it is half the distance than going all the way into Rome. We will know better next time and there are other options. All in all it was a great trip, one that we will never forget and Celebrity was a huge part of that experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Embarkation was a nightmare. My daughter and husband names were mixed up so he was Miss and she was Mr - they needed to leave us waiting for around 20 minute to make the changes. The marquee was chaotic and hot. The check-in desks too ... Read More
Embarkation was a nightmare. My daughter and husband names were mixed up so he was Miss and she was Mr - they needed to leave us waiting for around 20 minute to make the changes. The marquee was chaotic and hot. The check-in desks too close together. The walk on to the ship didn't WOW! me like it did with our last cruise (RC Liberty of the Seas). But I was impressed with the cleanliness and courteous staff. We were told the only food at that time was the burger bar - we were all starving - burgers were fab! But nothing other than burgers or hotdogs there and not enough seats/tables. We then found out the buffet was in fact open! Itinerary was good - unfortunately the weather prevented us from stopping at Mykonos - shame as we were looking forward to beach and swimming in the sea! Santorini was awful - felt like cattle. Hated every bit. Sea days were fine - although agree with most other reviews the pools too small and cramped sunbed areas. we found some spots on the upper sun decks. One pool was closed for a day as someone vomited in it - meant the other pool even more cramped! They should have allowed kids in the indoor pool and made the outside pool for adults only! Grassy area seemed a waste of space. As did all the fancy shops - where I never saw a soul in! As a foodie family we were really excited about the food - the buffet was great plenty of choice and abundant. Mostly fresh and crisp salad - although ready made salads far too much dressing drowning them made them limp! Opus - we had set dining - food was mediocre - not amazing - too salty and sometimes flavourless. Some creations were so gross! Desserts all awful! Waiter staff wonderful! Drinks package still prevented some drinks being purchased and some cocktails - embarrassing at the bar when they tell you you can't have it in your package. Kids - our 3 teens had a wonderful time - made loads of friends. I object to this: our kids (12,14 &17) are considered kids on the cruise - i.e. under 21. But when you book a shore excursion (we booked 1, the tour to Herculaneum) anyone over 12 years is adult price! Theatre shows - in the evening these needed to be available to those dining later too - they only show times were 7.15 or 9.15 (or something like that). Our table sitting was 8.45 - we were not out of the dining room until around 10.30 and shows over then! Fitness room - too small - not enough equipment, especially on sea days! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our 7th cruise with Celebrity so we had high expectations. Overall we were not disappointed but I do agree with a previous reviewer who commented on overcrowding on sun decks. In fact getting onto a sunbed was quite a challenge ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise with Celebrity so we had high expectations. Overall we were not disappointed but I do agree with a previous reviewer who commented on overcrowding on sun decks. In fact getting onto a sunbed was quite a challenge as there was no space between them at all - crawling or shuffling was the only option. It sometimes felt like the ship wasn't big enough for the amount of people on it!! The crew were very helpful. Waiters, Stateroom attendants etc couldn't have done more. The biggest disappointment was the entertainment in the main theatre. The circus acts were very talented. However, the two Celebrity female singers were so screechy and loud it was painful listening! The Celebrity cast shows were boring and amateurish. My children's High School End of year shows had more talent in them!! It appeared to be cut price entertainment. We also found the Cruise Director to be lack lustre and ill-equipped for the role, although he tried hard. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Compared to other cruises, this was just average. The ship is very dark and feels cramped, the pool area is far too small and the loungers are packed so tightly together that there is no privacy. No chance of getting a sun bed on a sea ... Read More
Compared to other cruises, this was just average. The ship is very dark and feels cramped, the pool area is far too small and the loungers are packed so tightly together that there is no privacy. No chance of getting a sun bed on a sea day. Cabins are ok, we had 2 balcony cabins, 8255 and 8257 with the extra large balconies which I would recommend especially as we spent more time than usual on them due to the overcrowded outdoor deck areas. We found the furnishings a bit basic but the bathroom was the biggest we have had on a cruise ship. Cleanliness excellent. Entertainment was a let down. The aim of the ship was to get as much money out of passengers as possible and the constant sell sell sell attitude was annoying. They wanted you to pay extra for alternative evening entertainment so if you were intending on watching the main acts in the theatre, you would be disappointed at the lack of variety. For the 10 night cruise, the Celebrity performers only did 2 shows and I have to say that they were very good. The singers were the best we have seen on a cruise ship. Apart from 2 comedian/impressionist/singers, the other acts were just singers/musicians which are not entertaining enough to hold a theatre audience. The 2 comedians were scheduled straight after each other and on the 3rd day, they did a joint show so although they were quite entertaining, their acts became a bit tedious. Other entertainment ( a couple of games and dancing ) were carried out in the foyer or another small walkway area so was totally useless for the majority to see or interact. We ate in the main dining room, Opus, and mostly found the food too salty and of poor quality. The usual no action taken when guests arrived in shorts and t shirts prevailed. The buffet dinner looked good with a lot of variety but we didn't try it. Again, Celebrity tried to get extra money from the passengers with the many surcharge restaurants. Again, you were constantly bombarded with advertising to book these. Even after a day sightseeing, the usual welcome back was replaced by staff trying to sell these restaurants and handing out leaflets. Some good points, embarkation and disembarkation was efficient. The 2 ports we had to use tenders was carried out really well and we didn't have to wait at all. However, we didn't leave until most of the passengers had got off. The itinerary was good and varied. We had been to most places before so focused more on relaxing activities like finding a local beach. Our cruise on Royal Princess 2 years previously with a similar itinerary was far superior. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Ship beautiful. Loved being on it. Food great. But there were instances of cold food or something not quite right. Activities some we enjoyed and some were at times we could not attend like too close to dinner time or too early in the ... Read More
Ship beautiful. Loved being on it. Food great. But there were instances of cold food or something not quite right. Activities some we enjoyed and some were at times we could not attend like too close to dinner time or too early in the morning. We did eat at one extra pay restaurant the Italian one and it was fabulous. However, the server as wonderful as he was asked for a bigger tip and also a great review. Everyone was pressuring me to write a good great review and give them top marks. Too many asked how we were and if we were enjoying ourselves and where we were going and where we had been and why going back to room so soon and a million other non essential questions. Also we left a light on in our inside cabin and they kept turning it off so we had to grope in the dark. and no pace for unpacking clothes beside closet. no shelves. the big cabinet was for a safe and to buy refrigerated drinks to pay for. we had to put a lot of clothes on the floor or on the floor of the closet. there was room above the bed but no one told us about it and when we found it hard to use. Didn't care for shows. too many places to eat for extra money. Beverage package very expensive and free food on deck 14 and n deck 15 at lunch time. Always pressuring us to spend more money. Shore excursions way about our budget. Way too expensive. The one spa day I bought to use the saunas and the hot beds I did not care for. I like the other Celebrity ships that are smaller better. Gave us a table for 4 when we asked for a table for 8. Not enough trivia games at time we could attend. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We travelled on Celebrity Reflection, departing Rome on the 10th July with an Eastern Mediterranean itinerary. We had arranged flights directly with Celebrity and our Jet2 flight from Manchester was uneventful. Representatives were very ... Read More
We travelled on Celebrity Reflection, departing Rome on the 10th July with an Eastern Mediterranean itinerary. We had arranged flights directly with Celebrity and our Jet2 flight from Manchester was uneventful. Representatives were very visible at the airport and cases were tagged and left there for transportation to the ship. The journey to the port takes just over an hour and check-in was quick and efficient, with cold drinks available while you waited. We were on board within about 20 minutes of arrival at the port and offered a glass of fizz on boarding. Our cabin was ready when we boarded about 2pm but after finishing our drink we went up to the Oceanview cafe for lunch. A good variety of food is provided in the Oceanview at lunchtime but the full lunch service stops around 2:30 with almost everything bar pizza and pasta being cleared away until the afternoon cakes/sandwiches about 4pm. This caught us out one day when we arrived back on board about 3pm and found limited choices in food. Additionally Celebrity don’t serve burgers and fries in the cafe at lunchtime, if you want a burger you have to go to the Mast Grill and lug it back to the Cafe in order to eat with your more discerning spouse. We never had difficulty getting a table in the cafe, either at breakfast or lunchtime (when on board) and the open area at the back always had available tables. Our cabin was clean, tidy and kept as such by our steward who had our beds made up when we returned from breakfast every day but one. A minibar is provided with drinks even more expensive than those from the bar. We did not have a drinks package but I understand the minibar drinks are excluded from the package, I may be wrong however. 3 accessible sockets, 2 US and one European 2-pin. TV has news, sports and film channels and you can also check your onboard account and view your ship’s photos. We prefer to eat dinner relatively early and so our normal routine is Captain’s Club Elite drinks between 5-7 pm in the Sky lounge, followed by dinner about 7:15 and the 9pm show in the theatre. We had Mytime dining and only once did we not walk straight in to dinner, always on a table for two and often on a window table. We did not specify a dining time or request a particular table/waiter and had a variety of waiting staff, some more efficient than others. Food was perfectly acceptable in the dining room and only once did I resort to the “Always available” menu for a main course although I had the French Onion soup a few times as it is a personal favourite. Vegetables seemed to be more in evidence than on previous Celebrity/RCI cruises. We missed the first night show as we had been up travelling overnight the previous night and were exhausted. There were only two main production shows, a Broadway songs show and an upbeat musical show with acrobats which was spectacular but got a bit repetitive. The guest acts varied in quality, the young singer Gemma Doyle lacked presence but may improve with experience, the two singers/musicians/comics were OK, with Steve Stevens being the better of the two; it was pushing it a bit though to have them on consecutive nights and then to squeeze another night from them later. There was also a violinist who was very well received (not my thing), a lively Motown/soul singer and ex X-factor finalist Ben Mills who was excellent but played to a half empty theatre as it was last night and presumably people were packing. The theatre was not full at any show we attended and you did not need to get there very early to get a seat. A number of people were ignoring the instructions not to record the shows to the extent that the soul singer took a phone from the people in the front row and proceeded to record the orchestra, the audience and himself before returning the phone. We felt other entertainment was lacking a bit with the main non-theatre shows being held in the atrium with limited viewing available. We didn’t bother, nor did we attend the peripatetic night club which switched venues each night. Didn’t speak to anybody that did attend either..... We choose our cruises normally on the itinerary and this cruise had a number of good ports of call. We had arranged to join private tours on cruise forums for the three ports we hadn’t visited before, Messina (Sicilywithmario), Kusadasi (Ephesusshuttle) and Santorini (Santorini private tours with Kostas). Each of these went like clockwork with guides meeting us at the dock and spiriting us away in air-conditioned vehicles in small groups. The guides were all well informed, spoke excellent English and provided comprehensive tours for a fraction of the cost of Celebrity excursions. No money paid until the end of the tours. Happy to accept either USD or Euros. There were five ships in port in Santorini so we were up early and on the first tender at 7:20 and on the first cable car and were in Fira before 8am. There were boats offering trips to Oia at the tender point with return by local bus. Alternatively there are public buses running between Fira and Oia for 1.60 euro. We were back in Fira around 3:30 and waited about 45 minutes to get the cable car and another 10-15 minutes for a tender and were back on board around 5pm. I wouldn’t leave it much later. At 5 euro for the cable car I wouldn’t advise walking up unless you are pretty fit and definitely don’t advise taking the donkeys. Mykonos and Rhodes are easy ports to get off and wander yourself, Rhodes has easily the best shopping on the trip, everything from tat to high quality jewellery and pleasant, non-pushy shopkeepers. Mykonos has designer stores if you are that way inclined. (We managed to see the pelican in Mykonos, it’s taken three visits but we got there in the end.) In Piraeus (Athens) we stayed on board as it was just too hot and we had been before and enjoyed the largely empty ship. We prefer the solarium to the outdoor pool due to our Celtic colouring and never had any difficulty getting a lounger on the two sea days or the Athens port day. Towels are freely available and not checked in and out as on RCI. No issues with youngsters/teenagers in the solarium pool on this trip, there were teens and some kids on board but you barely noticed them. In Naples we took the tram and train to Herculaneum, got water, tickets, an audio guide and drinks at the end of the tour for 40 euros for two. (Celebrity excursion 69.75 USD pp ...) If you get the tram I would suggest walking to the tram stop after the station on the way back, lots of undesirables/pickpockets hanging about at the station, we were fortunate to escape intact. Disembarkation was quick and painless at 7:30 for a 12:10 flight and we were at the airport in plenty of time for our flight. Pros: Lovely ship, nice mix of passengers, many US and Australian, not that many Brits we felt. Food good both in cafe and main dining room. Didn’t feel the need to use speciality dining. Ship often felt quiet, apart from Martini bar most bars had plenty of space. Enjoyed sailaway from Athens on the helipad at the bow of the ship. Cons: Mytime dining meant dining at tables for two, we like to swap stories at dinner with table companions. However the tables are packed so tightly it wasn’t that hard to strike up a conversation with adjoining tables. Many people had drinks packages, we felt that this resulted in a shortage of waiters; usually when you sit anywhere a waiter is at your side in an instant, not so this time, very few waiters in the theatre, none in the solarium and even in the bars service was slow. If they have your money in advance where is the incentive to serve? On the plus side this may have resulted in longer stays in port with the earliest departure being 6pm, (if you’re not on board you’re not consuming your pre-paid drinks) No need to charge extra for drinks taken from your in-cabin minibar. Internet was extortionate (59$/day or 299$ for 10 days) and slow. We made do with our 90 min Captain’s Club freebies. Overall we had a great time and would not hesitate to sail with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I love Celebrity. Let me just say that. We had cruised with them a few years ago and loved the care and attention that each guest receives. We enjoyed Aqua Class rooms (we had two rooms side by side) and travelled with my Mom and her ... Read More
I love Celebrity. Let me just say that. We had cruised with them a few years ago and loved the care and attention that each guest receives. We enjoyed Aqua Class rooms (we had two rooms side by side) and travelled with my Mom and her husband (Aqua Class as well) and my brother and his family (Celebrity Suite and a room beside). We loved the feel and size of the ship. Our room was wonderful for the amount of time we spent inside. Our room beside (for my adult sized kids), while not connecting we were able to access via a removable piece on the balcony, thereby making it connecting via the decks. This made it very convenient for us to see and discuss with our kids. We had planned this cruise a year ahead. I coincided with my daughter's university graduation (Bachelor of Science, Nursing) so she was looking forward to it even more after four long years of study. We stayed in Rome before the cruise and arranged our own hotel and transport to the dock. Everything was great. We loved the room, bars, specialty restaurants etc. We all had Premium beverage package so we could have anything we wanted. The pools were nice and clean, busy some days but that is to be expected. We also arranged numerous shore excursions which we loved, specially in Ephesus (Kusadasi) Turkey. The tour guide there was one of the best. There was only one drawback and disappointment through this trip. We had gone on a half day excursion in Athens and returned in time to have lunch on board. It was about 1 p.m. and we were sitting down to eat a salad from the buffet salad bar. My daughter turned to me and pointed out something she had just spit out of her mouth and another that looked the same in her salad. Both were dried up cockroaches....no joke. We were seriously disgusted and that ended lunch. Two of the staff members noticed them when they took the plate away and kept it out of the garbage for a while while they examined them. Then they serepticiously dumped the evidence without a word to us. Since my brother had a suite, he was afforded a concierge whom I got to know through my brother's dealing with her. The next day, after careful thought, I decided to tell her. She promised to look into it for me. Well, the long and short of this is that I spoke with her as well as quietly left a review post cruise that is sent to us to fill in for a short time. I thought I might have heard from someone at the cruise line but I haven't. So that is my only disappointment. A pretty big one in my opinion. I didn't want to draw negative light on Celebrity because I believe in their brand, however, I did expect some feedback from my review Will I travel Celebrity again....absolutely.. Will I eat in their buffets again...maybe, maybe not...I will be checking the salad though. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We went with our 17 yr old daughter. We shared a balcony room. The master bed was wonderful, the extra bed /couch was a bit stiff but she didn't care because she had the best trip of her life. She met tons of teens from all over the ... Read More
We went with our 17 yr old daughter. We shared a balcony room. The master bed was wonderful, the extra bed /couch was a bit stiff but she didn't care because she had the best trip of her life. She met tons of teens from all over the US and the world .Stayed out socializing , hanging out and dancing long after we went to bed. Ahhhh to be 17 again! The room was clean and tight. We were only there for sleeping . The bathroom was nice and better than we expected. The closet space needs an overhaul with shelves,better hangers, etc. The storage above the bed was super clever . Really no need for a refrigerator with liqueur and soda if your cruising. A bit of wasted space The ship was sleep and modern just the way I like things. The most stunning and esthetically lovely atrium , solarium, restaurants, elevators ..The spa was terrific we bought a 10 pass to use all the saunas, cold room and to relax. we were in there literally every day after excursions to chill out before dinner. Were not huge eaters so the Oceaniew café was fine. We watch what we eat a lot so salads for lunch and dinner with grilled chicken and eggs and toast for breakfast are okay with us and only went to 2 restaurants Qsine and Tuscan Grill Both were delicious . The regular coffee needs improvement . It was soooo very bitter so it needed an enormous amount of sugar and creamer to make it drinkable. A new coffee vendor is needed for sure The cappuccinos and lattes were very lovely , We never felt pressured to buy more . That's the ships job to make sure your have dinner plans if you want them . We always felt welcomed back from a big day sightseeing. The cold towels and waters were wonderful after a long hot day. The Gym was great and we used it 3-4 times on the 10 day cruise. The cabin hallway leading onto the gym has a slight odor but I wasn't on that level sleeping The pools were crowed but if you expect to be handed a seat when you walk out you will be surprised. We sat out on the top level and found plenty of seats you have to look a bit. The solarium is where it was at. A little Jacuzzi and a cold dip and a nap , reading and cocktail and a late dinner /snack was all I needed on the days at sea. Excursions were great . Esephus, Delos and Pompeii were amazing! I am moving to either Capri, Santorini and Mykonis Disembarking was easy . No issues whatsoever Overall a super cruise Cant wait to cruise with celebrity again Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I just came back from a wonderful cruise with Celebrity Reflection. Everything was excellent, from the room comfort to the food and professional and friendly crew members, especially services in the Opus Dining room. I sat always at the ... Read More
I just came back from a wonderful cruise with Celebrity Reflection. Everything was excellent, from the room comfort to the food and professional and friendly crew members, especially services in the Opus Dining room. I sat always at the same table to get a closer relationship with the same table attendants and the wine advisor. Luis and his team were fabulous! Luis had an excellent team spirit and leadership. Very professional and attentive to all of us. He made very good suggestions on the best meal selection every day. You should ask for him for your next cruise. Luis and his team will add a lot of joy and pleasure to your cruise. I left Civitavecchia on July 10 and returned on the July 20th. Mostly in Greece, and three stops in Italy, one in Turkey. I suggest you taking extra days before departing or when returning from your cruise to visit Rome, which is rich in history. However, there were too many children on that trip. Better to take this cruise during the school period for those who are looking for tranquillity at night.The selection of excursions are also excellent with some exceptions. No need to reserve these excursions in advance. Other interesting options are also available when you go on shore, at the exit of each port. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Arrived Gatwick south terminal 29/06/15 at 0145-0200 approx, to be advised by Easyjet staff that there had been a power cut the evening before and the Easyjet plus bag drop wasn’t working but would be open around 0400. About 0300 the ... Read More
Arrived Gatwick south terminal 29/06/15 at 0145-0200 approx, to be advised by Easyjet staff that there had been a power cut the evening before and the Easyjet plus bag drop wasn’t working but would be open around 0400. About 0300 the Easyjet plus bag drop opened up and our 3 cases were accepted once the boarding pass had been scanned and a receipt issued, (cant find receipt at present), we proceeded to the security check in desks. On arrival at the security check in we were unable to proceed into the departure lounge as our boarding passes, which had been printed at home weren’t being accepted, after advice from the security staff there, we went back to the Easyjet desk to get it sorted out. The Easyjet personnel (male) listened to what we had to say looked at our boarding passes and printed out new ones, once again we returned to the security check in with our newly printed out Easyjet boarding passes, only to be refused entry to the departure lounge again. Once again we went back to the Easyjet personnel (male) who now informed us that the flight had been cancelled, we were told various things including we should have been notified by our travel agents, or we should have been advised by Celebrity, or we had all been sent emails and it had been cancelled 4 days previously, needless to say neither us or any of the other passengers going on the cruise had been given any such notification. The flight EZY5253 had been shown on their website as still departing on the 29/06/15 at 0650, the night before, and after checking the internet at the airport, it was still shown as departing at the same day & time, there was nothing there about it being cancelled. The 27 others that were flying out to join the cruise hadn't been notified either, there were also a lot of other people possibly independent travellers who likewise hadn’t been informed, I would estimate there were about 100 of them all in a queue trying to get seen by an extremely inadequate number of Easyjet staff at the check in desks. When asked what we were supposed to do, the Easyjet personnel (male) just said join the enquiries queue, which by this time was very long and growing by the minute. This was totally unacceptable, we had a cruise ship to meet up with in Italy, if we weren’t there it would depart without us, Easyjet staff did not seem concerned about this at all. Two of the passengers, who were slightly in front of us in the queue, were told they would fly them to Naples and they could catch a train to Rome airport but that would arrive to late anyway, and the train journey cost would be at their own expense. As there appeared to be only 2 available seats on that flight, it was not an option for anyone else. Amongst my paperwork for this very expensive holiday I found a phone number for Celebrity, which I rang at 0402 and spoke with a helpful lady who also wasn't aware that our flight had been cancelled, she said that if I didn't hear from her within 15mins I was to call her back, I called her back at 0432, 30mins later, and she informed me that the flight EZY5253 was going to be reinstated and she was still on the phone with Easyjet. There was no time given for this flight to take off however. We then had to get our boarding passes reissued so that we could proceed to the departure lounge to travel, we sat around the airport for around 4 hours, waiting for the flight gate to be shown, there were no apologies from Easyjet at the airport, no offers of refreshment while we were waiting around. Not only did this totally ruin the start of our holiday which we had been planning for months, it left us stressed out, still unsure whether we would actually make the connection to the ship as there was a coach journey to be made the other end. This is solely down to the incompetence of Easyjet to operate a service, they say on the boarding pass “if you're late we won't wait” but nothing about how they will treat passengers if Easyjet are late or in this case cancelled/postponed. We landed in Rome and caught the transfer coach from Rome to Civitavecchia, where we were rushed through the check in, onto Celebrity Reflection only to be ordered to the muster positions for the safety talk, no thought about letting us put our bags down or into our cabins or get something to drink, it wasn't our fault we were late, it was Easyjet which had been booked by Celebrity, perhaps they should think about flying with a decent company rather than Easyjet. We received no ‘welcome on board’ or drink, we actually felt like an inconvenience to the staff for being late. One of our fellow travellers refused to attend the safety talk until he had accessed his cabin, such were his and ours stress levels. Our Cabin was fine, as expected, cabin staff Hariaji & John very nice and obliging, kept the cabin spic and span while we were there, staff in the main were very helpful, food was great and the table waiters Mihai & Milena were excellent, ports of call were also very good, and they were places we hadn't been to before. We only got to see one show, and this is solely down to Celebrity, as on previous cruises we opted for the late sitting, mainly so that when we went ashore we didn't have to rush back to get ourselves ready for dinner, the shows on this cruise were at 7pm and 9pm, at 7pm we were getting ourselves ready and at 9pm we were having dinner, the same applied to our other table guests. On other cruises we have been on, there was a show starting around 8pm-8.30pm and also 10pm-1030pm, but I think Celebrity have stopped thinking about what the fare paying cruisers want and more about what Celebrity Reflection want. Celebrity Reflection concentrated on having disco music around bars or in foyers, (probably to boost the bar sales), which is fine if you are into that scene, there were no late night shows, comedy or otherwise, we were very disappointed at only getting to see one show for the whole of the holiday. Having been on a celebrity ship before, we had thoroughly enjoyed the after dinner shows and late night comedy shows. Another issue that arose, on most nights of the cruise were the children/teenagers running around the corridors during the evening and late at night / early morning and with doors banging also, into the early hours. No one seemed to be controlling these children. We know complaints were made around this, so we didn’t register ours as well as we hoped it was being dealt with. In general, we enjoyed the cruise, the places we visited and the other table guests company in the evening, it was very pleasant and excellent company. That was until late Wednesday afternoon, when we were informed, by call to our cabin, that Easyjet had cancelled our return flight EZY5254 on the 10/07/15 back to Gatwick, no reasons for the cancellation were given to us. The options we were given were that we could fly from Rome to Frankfurt or Amsterdam for a transfer flight from there to Heathrow or Birmingham from where a coach would take us back to Gatwick, or catch a flight from Naples to Gatwick on Thursday 09/07/15 cutting our holiday short by a day. Where as we should have flown from Rome to Gatwick arriving at around 12:35pm, we were now told that the flights would get us back around 11pm-midnight, Celebrity staff were unable to confirm flight times until sometime Thursday morning while in Naples, this meant hanging around onboard until things had been confirmed, so we only got to spend about an hour in Naples. This also meant that we were unable to make our planned trip to Pompeii (arranged by ourselves). We were forced into opting for going back on the Thursday because we had a long standing appointment at 2pm on 10/07/15 in Surrey which couldn't be changed. When guest relations staff were asked about our transfer to Naples airport they said they would sort it all out, they wanted to know what time we would leave and were informed that we would be ready to go around 4pm, Julia did call us back to ask if we were prepared to share a cab, I pointed out that while we have no objections to that, we had 3 cases of our own and I doubt there would be enough room for 2 couples and all the cases, I wasn't going to sit in a cab with a case on my lap, and after meeting up with the other couple at the airport they had told staff the same thing. Needless to say they didn't arrange a cab, we waited for 30mins and spoke to someone from the excursions staff who tried calling on the radio to Guest Relations, but there was no answer, they had got us off the ship they weren't interested in us anymore, so much for guest relations. I spoke to someone who was arranging the transportation of crew members, who for some reason thought ours was arranged for 4.30pm but none had arrived, so he arranged a cab for us with one of those drivers waiting, to take us, to the airport which we had to pay for and which cost us 55 euros, it wasn't paid for by Celebrity, which Guest Relations had said that it would be. We flew back to Gatwick with British Airways which was a much better service, although I still had to pay them for the extra case which I had already paid Easyjet for, along with extra leg room, which I have no doubt Celebrity will tell me that I have to get that back from Easyjet. We certainly would not contemplate travelling with Celebrity Cruises again, if they try to put us on an Easyjet flight, they know from previous experience with Easyjet that they do this a lot, according to what staff at Guest relations told us. We thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise experience with Celebrity and having tried other cruise lines since, had decided to return to yourselves however this experience has left us somewhat scarred and not very willing to recommend you to our friends, family and colleagues. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My husband and I were first time cruisers so didn't really know what to expect however we weren't disappointed with the ship, its lovely crew members and the destinations we visited. Real positives: The embarkation ... Read More
My husband and I were first time cruisers so didn't really know what to expect however we weren't disappointed with the ship, its lovely crew members and the destinations we visited. Real positives: The embarkation process was slick and straightforward and the glass on champagne on arrival was very welcome although you don't get much time to drink it before making your way to your cabin. The ship is truly amazing, very clean and the stateroom attendants were immediately on hand to provide any support required. They worked tirelessly throughout the cruise to ensure the room was kept in tip top condition and there was always ice in the ice bucket, day and night. There are a huge array of activities to get involved in onboard if you want to of course or you can spend time sunbathing on deck. We never had an issue looking for sunbeds, even on the sea days. The Opus dining room is lovely and the food delicious and varied. Service was, in the main, excellent. The Ocean View Cafe provides a huge variety of food, salads, carvery, mexican, indian etc but can sometimes get rather busy. We found that towards the end of the cruise there were less and less staff around so felt the service here suffered. The entertainment on board seemed to be at odd times which clashed with the dining times so we only managed to see 2 of the shows. The majority of the entertainment however took place in the central area so there was always live music of some kind but it did feel a bit repetitive at times. The staff in the passport bar were exceptional and provided excellent service throughout the whole cruise. We enjoyed 2 of the shore excursions provided by celebrity. Santorini - Volcano hike and hot springs swim. This was excellent, the guide was brilliant and the swim into the hot springs was lovely. Be aware that the mud in the springs discolours your swimwear and seems to stay on your skin for days, so don't wear new swimwear! The other excursion was a trip to Pompeii which was amazing to see and again the guide was really informative. In all ports however, you can make your own way around using local transport at a much reduced price so it all depends on how confident you are in doing this as to whether you feel the celebrity excursions are value for money. We loved the Captains updates and the friendliness of the officers. Disembarkation was also slick and easy with our suitcases waiting for us to collect when we left the ship. Slight negatives - Our cabin had a stale stagnant smell which lasted for 3 days but which did go after the stateroom attendant worked hard to remove. Not sure if this is the same on all cruise ships (or just American ones) but there seemed to be lots of hard selling for other activities/dining options/photos/upgrade to premium drinks package. There are many restaurants on board however if you want to eat in any of those not part of the standard dining package, you need to pay anything from $25 to $50 per head extra. The prices can be negotiable on board too. So if you do think you want to experience all the restaurants, it might be worth purchasing one of the speciality dining packages. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise and would not hesitate to go on this lovely ship again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I just read the JonAlone review, and had a very different experience. I was traveling with a family with two kids 9 and 11, so our viewpoint not quite the same. I have traveled on Azamara and Princess in the past, and we chose Celebrity ... Read More
I just read the JonAlone review, and had a very different experience. I was traveling with a family with two kids 9 and 11, so our viewpoint not quite the same. I have traveled on Azamara and Princess in the past, and we chose Celebrity because of the kids. We sailed Aqua Class, and we upgraded to the premium drink package, which is the only way I would do it in the future. Our room great (we got two rooms, which helped space us out). Room attendants were fantastic, and great to our kids. We are on mid deck 11, and felt everything accessible, never had noise issues. My only complaint on lay out is how they number the rooms--hard to find your way around first few days when there is no logical system (for example, the room numbers don't correspond to the floor you are on). We loved Blu restaurant, and ate most meals there. While menu selection smaller (and not as exciting to our kids), we only had to wait once for a table because we wanted a window seat. The food was very good--not Michelin 3 star, but good enough for us on the cruise. Upgrading to premium helped to get sparkling water (my palette not refined enough to noticed different brands of water, so fine with whatever they served). I still paid an overage to drink the wine I enjoyed the most...and I wish they used more regional high end wines. most of them from Napa Valley, and I wanted to try local wines. The ship is very lovely, and for all the complaints about shopping, I would say you are taking the wrong cruise line. I only walked by them to get to the theatre, as I don't do "entertainment shopping". Far more interesting to go into a bazaar in a port and shop. I also used the Bistro often for coffee-again using premium package, and loved hanging out in that area. But most of all, I got green juices from the Aqua Coffee every day with my premium package, which is the only reason i didn't gain 20 pounds--definitely made it worth. Yes, seating sometimes challenging...but I found if you waited a little bit, seats opened up everyday, and that was never an issue for me. I did see underage drinking, and wish less teenagers in the solarium, but I never was bothered much by them. Only one of my kids liked the fun factory, but that is more personality...and the fact that she turned 12 the week after we ended-so I think she was on the older side for her category. My other child dissappeared for hours she loved it so much. I only went to one of the shows, which was very good. We socialized most in the Martini Bar, but also in the Sunset Deck as well. Too bad people aren't hanging out in the Sky Lounge which is beautiful. I know families were hanging out late with their little kids...but it wasn't just the "Hispanic" families (wow, what a racist comment JonAlone). So what? everyone on vacation, and traveling with kids not always easy. I don't require the ship to entertain me all the time--I barely got through the books I brought, as I loved just sitting on a balcony and watching the skyline-and talking to new people. We worked out every single day, and though the treadmills had lines, the rest of the machines did not, and I never had an issue accessing the equipment I wanted to. We chose to do all excursions outside of Celebrity, which for me felt like a much better value. My one complaint to Celebrity: your group guide stickers individuals are required to wear wear littered all over ancient sites in every port! shame shame! maybe a non sticker system would be better.... Trivia fun! Would like more lectures about our ports, or more intellectual topics. And my husband did well in your casino one night, thank you! I would recommend this line for those with families. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Time for discounted parents to fill the Martini Bar with under age drinkers on Celebrity Reflection. We just returned home from Celebrity Reflection Eastern Med. Sadly one of the worst Celebrity trips I have ever done... A few weeks ... Read More
Time for discounted parents to fill the Martini Bar with under age drinkers on Celebrity Reflection. We just returned home from Celebrity Reflection Eastern Med. Sadly one of the worst Celebrity trips I have ever done... A few weeks before the cruise there were many empty cabins, then all of a sudden the ship was full... It would appear that deals were done where children in parent's cabins got a much reduced rate.. The ship was overfull .. Not only were there groups of teens standing in the pool most of the day, they migrated to the Spa Pool in the late afternoons which defies the age limits in there, but of course they reserved many of the then unused sunbeds in the pool area too. The Martini Bar became the venue of choice so older siblings or parents could supply them alcohol leaving little room for adults. HideAway became a school common-room. Empty sunbeds were hard to find on sea days as parent reserved beds for their kids who roamed elsewhere and reserved their own before moving on to sit in groups elsewhere. Despite the obvious shortage of sunbeds and deck space, many guests still seemed OK with still reserving sunbeds while they went for food. On an 11 night cruise, not once did we find 2 sunbeds poolside, but it was also much too noisy to read poolside with the screaming children and teens. Never mind, there was always the theatre for the adults to attend??? Sadly not... there were NO after dinner shows as Showtimes were 7pm and 9pm ONLY !! This was made even worse due to the new Suite restaurant (Luminae) as there is now limited space in the fixed time dining part of the MDR. Many passengers were automatically booked into Select (Free Time) Dining, however with so many cabins occupied with 4s, Select could not cope with the queues. Arriving to dine at 8.45 meant waiting til 9.45 for a table. So no shows possible and a very late meal!! The staff were excellent but frustrated at their lack of ability to help. We booked Late Sitting, but despite having our table number confirmed on arrival, there was no room at the table and we were kept waiting so long on the first and second night we moved upstairs to "Select" hoping for an improvement. No luck there and of course we missed the Captain's Toast. At least he got something to eat! I am not sure what was wrong with the Chef on this ship. He seemed to have just the one condiment in his palette ... SALT ! The MDR menu for the first 7 days lacked Celebrity's usual flair and inspiration. In the 2010's surely we are 40 years past heralding Veal Cordon Bleu, Herb Roasted Chicken, Broiled SeaBass or Sauteed Duck Breast as a Chef's Recommendations?? I have a Celebrity recipe book that I won on Celebrity's Facebook Competition last year... None of the meals pictured were evident on the menu. The OceanView Buffet however was excellent with lots of choice throughout the day, however sitting on the outside deck to eat became a bit of a chore. Trying to get a table cleared and wiped was an effort not experiences on Silhouette and ordering a drink with the meal was pointless as the waiters took so long you would be finished eating before your limited choice of wine arrived. The tables themselves were only worthy of a faded second rate night-club with numerous cigarette burns on most tables! Why these old tables purloined from the old smoking areas haven't been thrown overboard is beyond me! This is not the 4+Star cruising as experienced on Solstice, Equinox or Silhouette, yet is the newest of them all! Another gripe I have is that we paid the extra to upgrade our drinks package from the 123GO offer... By day 7 of 11 they had run out of Pelligrini, Evian and many of the wines we liked that came within the upper limit of the Premium Package but exceeded the Basic package. Cheaper wines were offered by an apologetic sommelier but the Medoc was excellent and the other Cabernet mix really wasn't. Entertainment was poor. I have no idea who the Cruise Director (Alexander) was sleeping with but he certainly was not around much after 11pm All shows seemed to be timed so he could have an early night! The show staff hated doing the early shows and with many of the port Sail-Aways at the same time as the 7pm show. It was impractical to enjoy cruising with the usual adult timed entertainment at sea. Furthermore, the teenage mobs roaming the bars after dinner made the after dining experience unpleasant. There were hundreds of complaints to bar staff and to Guest Relations. The recent expansion of the idea that people want to dance or watch a show on an Atrium staircase lacks practicality. Atria have rails as well as adjacent tables and chairs, so really only the front row can see anything happening below. With a few thousand people on-board, whoever thought that more than 300 would be able to see the "Spectacular" sited on a staircase obviously has some sort of mental deficiency! The limitations of performing on a spiral staircase is obvious to most, and the dancers themselves obviously hate it! If I wanted to see performers on a staircase I could use the New York, London or Paris Metro systems without having to don Black Tie or pay for the privilege - let alone be forced to lean over Hispanic parents and their over tired 5 year old children taking pride of place! Celebrity have, in their wisdom, removed Quazar NightClub on Reflection. The Sky Lounge is the rarely frequented night-club. A very very poor DJ MX is sometimes sited in the Martini Bar - (His wife sings and plays flute, and she is excellent, so no doubt they came as a package but his track changing skills were worthy of a 1970's needle lifter on a vinyl single deck! The electronic drum kit was best at volume -1 on the 0 to 11 scale) The guitarist and singer was far superior but sadly only on for a short while waiting for a late dining table. Sky lounge music was 1980's Disco mixed with "Is this the way to Amarillo" again with the needle lifted mid-track for a tempo change! (POOR!) It was a good venue for the teens after X-Club closed at midnight, so if you wanted to hear about who kissed who and what Amy said to Simon about Dale's kiss with Patricia in the twin's bedroom, then it was probably excellent. Oh, and she had her hair high-lights done just before coming away! (I can vouch for that as all the hair flicking and preening left strands in my soon to be discarded cocktail.) The Martini Bar, sadly, was little better. Hektor and one other (Ginger) Barman were excellent... the other two barmen were often rude and unhelpful. When there are 30 people waiting to be served, perhaps it is better to make the damn drinks rather than juggle cocktail shakers and ice cubes?? Save the show stuff for when people actually have a drink in their hand??? You wouldn't wait for a CheeseBurger in MacDonalds while the cook threw bits of cheese and a bun over his shoulder instead of grilling the meat!! We were lucky choosing a cabin aft on deck 6, as many central on deck 10 and 11 complained of teens congregating in the corridors at night and too many children running around... there were many unsupervised under 10's in the OceanView Cafe, who really do not have the skills to raise a slice of chocolate cake onto a plate without leaving fingerprints in the next portion! "Hey Alisa, ooo..ooo,,,they have a chocolate fountain!!!" "NO WAY !! Awesome! Can I put my Pizza in there?" Jacuzzis, Spa area and pool and bar age limits were all discarded with the under age drinking permitted by parents. Shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops were evident in the MDR as were tables of under 16s giving the hard pushed waiters a tough time... "Is there a lot of alcohol in a Prawn Cocktail?". This was little more than a school cruise spoilt by adults and parents. The (apparently) super trendy Cruise Director in his bright yellow suit was so up to the minute he announced a party night with music provided by Lady g'Gaaaa, so destroying his little remaining credibility (he was apparently a singer on Celebrity in past years before gaining this promotion - obviously he only ever listened to his own voice and thankfully was not acquainted with the offerings of Mad Donna or Samantha Smith). His idea to put a mermaid in the pool for SocietyX Liquid Nightclub even bored the teens as nobody thought the lack of other features worth a second glimpse on a windy night. The much publicised OPA! Eruo Dance Party had the DJ MX playing hits from around Eruope (Europe?) (I dare you to try to name a German, Belgian, Italian or French HIT) The later attempt to turn CellarMAsters into a fetish nightclub was nothing short of ridiculous. Calling a room with wine racks and comfy sofas The Cellar Nightclub, showcasing International House Music with a semi-naked male pole-dancer, is feeble and an admission that removing Quazar was a massive error. Saying it is the first such venue at sea ignores The Chamber nightclubs recently removed from sister company's Royal Caribbean Explorer and Navigator of the Seas! There were many features events often publicised to excess.... Invitations arrived daily to exclusive Art Auctions and offered a free glass of something cheap if you really wanted to get away from the mobs of teenagers. Here you could buy original art (one of just 40,000 available on every cruise ship that sails out of Miami) for a fraction of the price of a real painting by a Dutch Master ... Go figure... How do they do that?? I guess it suits the same people who would buy a Breitling or a Tag on-board. Perhaps check out Rent-a-cruise companion. com ?? In conclusion... I apologise if I sound like a grumpy old man with no patience for other people's children and preening teenagers getting drunk and shouting in bars... but that is EXACTLY what I am!!... and that is why I, like many others, have chosen Celebrity Solstice Class ships for the past 8 years. I liked the decorum, the service and the facilities on-board. The shows, the Martinis and the night-club. The excellent dining choices and inventive menus along with the space at the pool and the quieter Spa areas. Celebrity without the above is actually somewhat unpleasant. Adults found it hard to mingle and make new friends under these conditions. We met a decent crowd while ashore and had a good time but it was DESPITE Celebrity and these problems became a unifying talking point in the few spots where adults were able to hear themselves talk. Would I go on Celebrity again?? 70/30 against currently. #sadfaced50s !! (Note: I am not saying the teens were particularly badly behaved, they weren't.. They were polite and neat, but they do what teens do.. The 14 yr old girls dressed like 20's but that sadly made them look like under-age hookers and the 15 - 16s almost looked like adults til they said something.......The boys Hi-5'd the bar staff when they got a drink and spread all along the Martini Bar denying space to others who wanted serving. They would have been much more suited on NCL or RC, rather than on Celebrity or a cruise marketed to those seeking an adult environment.) Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
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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