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238 Celebrity Reflection Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

A. Tour of Ship and Search For Food The ship is gorgeous, and really well laid out with ample sets of stairwells and elevators. 8 elevators can be found midship with 3 additional elevators forward. We found sustenance in the Oceanview ... Read More
A. Tour of Ship and Search For Food The ship is gorgeous, and really well laid out with ample sets of stairwells and elevators. 8 elevators can be found midship with 3 additional elevators forward. We found sustenance in the Oceanview Cafe on the Deck 14 for a buffet lunch. B. Dinner in the Main Dining Room - 6:00 pm "First Seating" Opus Restaurant is the main dining room (MDR), located on Decks 3 and 4. Passengers with assigned dining times (Early or Late) ate on 3 while passengers with anytime dining at upstairs on 4 (with some accommodated overflow on deck 3). The dining room is beautiful. C. Lifeboat Drill At 4:15 pm (about an hour prior to leaving port), we participated in the mandatory lifeboat drill at our assigned muster station. We were not required to wear lifejackets. We simply had to get to our muster station, watch a humorous lifejacket demonstration, and listen to announcements from Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis and our muster crew. Food! Celebrity has a good reputation for their cuisine. The meals met our expectations. Not only was it good, it was downright outstanding on many nights. There was excellent variety throughout the ship. A. Our Favorite Items The Best Breakfast Items: Made-to-order eggs and omelets, fresh fruit, oatmeal with choice of toppings, and smoked salmon in the Oceanview Cafe; and the donuts and pastries at Cafe al Bacio. The Best Dinner Appetizers: Escargot, dill salmon, anything with goat cheese, roasted beets, and meats in puff pasties. There were at least 6 appetizers each night. All appetizers were well presented. You can't go wrong. The Best Soups: Butternut squash, French onion, and Mushroom. The Best Lunch Items in the Oceanview Cafe: Fresh fish and chips, a buratta station, grilled colossal shrimp, salad bar, caesar salad, fruits, pasta bar, and daily grilled special. The Best Entrées in the Main Dining Room: Prime rib, Portabella mushroom with spinach and goat cheese, Lamb chops, Veal, Roasted trout, Australian Sea Bass, Lamb shank, Braised beef ribs, Seared Salmon, Mediterranean seafood with orzo. The Best Desserts: Baked Alaska, cheesecake, ice creams and sorbet; and the coconut macaroons. B. Opus Restaurant Opus Restaurant is the main dining room (MDR), located on Decks 3 and 4. Passengers with assigned dining times (Early or Late) ate on Deck 3 while passengers with anytime dining at upstairs on Deck 4 (opposite the dedicated dining room for suites). The Opus dining room is beautiful with nicely plated presentations at dinner. Meats were cooked to order, including Medium Rare upon request. We never needed to send back an undercooked or overcooked item. Our Waiter (Noel), our Assistant Waiter (Roger), and our Sommelier were all very friendly, efficient, and offered good guidance. In addition to the daily menu, the following items are available every night: shrimp cocktail, escargot, seasonal fruit, French onion soup, Caesar salad, chicken, salmon, NY sirloin steak, NY Cheesecake, creme brulee, apple pie, and chocolate cake. C. Specialty Restaurants and Premium Casual Dining Reflection has four premium "dressy" specialty dinner restaurants for which a cover charge applies. Murano is very fancy and serves a "blend of Classic and modern continental cuisine, freshly prepared in multi-course meals, as exquisite European-style service attends to your every need". Qsine is now exclusively featuring Le Petit Chef, an animated character that appears beside your plate via an immersive table display technology and prepares each course you’ll be enjoying right in front of you before you’re served the actual dish. Tuscan Grille is an italian-themed steakhouse that serves pastas, seafood, steaks and salads. Lawn Club Grill is a casual outdoor grill with an expansive salad bar, build your own flatbread pizza, and several grill specialties, including USDA Choice Beef, poultry, seafood, and vegetables. We ate at Lawn Club Grill twice. Both times my wife ordered a beautiful, huge, filet mignon; and both times I ordered the milk-fed veal chop (essentially a bone-in veal ribeye). Both are really good. The veal chop is simply incredible --- very tender and flavorful. A secret gem of the Lawn Club Grill. We did not visit any of the other three venues, though fellow passengers gave especially high praise to Murano. There are also two premium "casual" restaurants on Reflection that charge a cover. Sushi on Five (formerly Bistro on Five) offers freshly prepared sushi and Japanese favorites; while The Porch features fresh seafood and raw bar. We enjoyed a meal at The Porch while watching Greek islands pass by. We enjoyed the Seafood Tower (cold lobster, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and seafood salad) as an appetizer followed by lobster bisque and a lobster roll. The mussels are the tastiest I've ever had and everything else was also quite good. Most passengers never find The Porch which is hidden on Deck 15 next door to The Lawn Grill Club. Seek it out if you like seafood. For just $30, you'll be glad you did. Most of the restaurants are located on Deck 5. Lawn Club Grill and The Porch are on Deck 15. While the food in the Main Dining Room was quite good, we ate at the Lawn Club Grill and The Porch as a change of pace. The cover charges run $15 to $50, but discounts of 10% to 50% can be found most nights at one or more of the venues --- depending upon the current bookings. You'll find representatives from the restaurants each morning outside of the Oceanview Cafe on deck 14 at breakfast and sometimes at lunch. Ask them about any available discounts. D. Oceanview Cafe Found on Deck 14 aft, Oceanview has several hot, cold, and carved meat buffet stations which change daily; as well as a salad bar, pasta bar and pizza station. Be sure to wonder around to check out all of the offerings before plating. Surprises abound. The food was generally quite good. Hint: at breakfast, check both grill areas. Although both offer omelets, one seemed to always be busier. E. Cafe al Bacio Hit up Cafe al Bacio on Deck 5 for a variety of espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha and macchiatos; as well as a dozen premium hot teas and premium iced teas. My wife fell in love with the Cafe Mocha and the Caramel Machiatta on a prior cruise. Once I discovered the Raspberry iced tea I would pick one up as soon as we got back from each day's port excursions. Very refreshing! It is also a great place to stop in the morning on the way to breakfast. If you want a quick bite to eat, they offer free croissants, brioche, fresh muffins, berliners (great jelly doughnuts) and apple turnovers in the morning; light lunch items; and desserts at night. The baristas at this cafe are very friendly and efficient. F. Gelateria Located next to Cafe al Bacio, the Gelateria offers 12 flavors of Italian gelato. We enjoyed a refreshing gelato after one of our day's excursions. The mint chocolate chip is a winner. G. Mast Grill Located midship on Deck 15, Mast Grill offers limited bar service, hamburgers (beef, turkey or vegetable), chicken breast, hot dogs and french fries --- along with favorite toppings like sauerkraut, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Yes, you can ask for just a BLT. Hint: there is a softserve ice cream station here and the flavor changes daily, and almost nobody knows it exits. My wife loved the fudge brownie ice cream. H. Aqua Spa Cafe The Aqua Spa Cafe is open for lunch and is located midship in the Solarium on Deck 14. They only have about 7 tables which is usually plenty since most folks either don't know it's here or think it's only for Aqua Class passengers. Hint: The food is free but it's no longer the gem it once was when they offered poached salmon. There is only a surcharge for fruit juices, smoothies and parfaits. They offer grains, fruit plates, and salads. The food is good but very limited. I. Room Service You can order from morning to late night. We didn't order anything from room service this trip. From past experience, they are generally punctual and they don't just drop the order off at your door --- they come in and set it up for you. Be sure to tip! J. Classic Drink Package We had the Classic drink package on this trip. Bars are plentiful and the bartenders and service staff (looking at you Alexandra) did a great job of getting drinks out to everyone. We enjoyed wine each night at dinner. Plenty of red and white wine choices. If you have a package (or not) you won't go thirsty. The Classic Drink Package includes an array of beers, spirits, cocktails, liquors, frozen drinks, wines (up to $9 per serving), sodas, basic bottled water, and premium coffees and teas from Cafe al Bacio. Although it was never necessary, we could have simply paid the price difference to upgrade to any premium beer, wine or liquor selection on an as needed basis. Entertainment A. Celebrity Shows in the Reflections Theater Reflections Theater is located on forward on Decks 3, 4, and 5. The theater itself is beautiful and the viewing is excellent downstairs and with few exceptions the second floor as well. Almost all of the third floor seating is partially obstructed by high glass safety walls, safety rails, or the occasional pylon. Sound and lighting is excellent. The Stars of Reflections Production Cast (aka Celebrity Singers and Dancers) took part in 4 shows. They are a very talented and energetic group. We felt many of the song selections were pretty obscure. The finale "Euphoria" is not to be missed! B. Guest Appearances in the Reflections Theater Our guest artists included: Steve Lasiter (comedian), Jayne Curry (entertainer), David Deeble (comedian and juggler), Christopher Caress (hypnotist), Just John and Paul (tribute to Lennon and McCartney), Claire Maidin (singer, pianist, entertainer). We enjoyed all of the guests, especially the two female entertainers. C. Celebrity Orchestra and Other Ship Bands The Celebrity Orchestra was truly excellent and performed at most of the shows in the Celebrity Theater as well as occassionally at other venues. Among the other entertainment we enjoyed was Fiesta Duo (Classical Strings), The Sammy Tones (House Band), The Cardinals (House Band), Pipoka Duo (Guitar and Vocal Duo), and Linda Capewell (Solo Guitarist). Most played at various venues on the ship. D. Shows in the Celebrity Central Celebrity Central is an all-purpose venue. They offered movies, guest speakers, and travel talks in here. E. Enrichment Speakers Sea Days are typically when you get to hear about fascinating topics from engaging speakers. Celebrity calls it "Beyond The Podium". On our first sea day, Jim Kennedy, Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, gave two presentations "50 Years of Space Exploration" and "Space Shuttle & International Space Station" that were well attended and full of great information, stories, and anecdotes. On our second and final sea day, Jim Kennedy gave two more great presentations "Future of NASA and Why Should I Care?" and "Stories of Space Exploration". On the second sea day, Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis also gave a presentation entitled "Oceans Ahead: Secrets of Ship Navigation". The Captain, full of humor and interesting information, played to a full house. F. Port Talks If you like to shop and only take shore Celebrity excursions (or are otherwise looking to take a nap) then "Port Talks" are for you. They will highlight the excursions available through Celebrity and the port shopping opportunities that partner with Celebrity. I understand this is a commercial venture. Conversely, there is a definite hunger for good port information for do-it-yourselfers that is severely lacking on Celebrity. Along this same line, Celebrity provides each cabin with a map of the next day's port. The bits of the town that they map is very clear and easy to read. However, this is not a map you want to use for sightseeing. The map is typically only useful for finding the recommended stores mentioned at the "port talks". Either bring good port maps with you or seek out Tourist Information booths for free maps. Booths aren't always open and the maps vary significantly in usefulness depending upon the port. In general, fee maps from Western Mediterranean ports were better than those from Eastern Mediterranean ports. G. Casino The Fortunes Casino (amidship Deck 4) is filled with slot machines, two Craps tables, two roulette tables (1 American, 1 European), a few blackjack tables, texas hold 'em table, three card poker table, and a bar with flatscreen tv's. The casino was open while at sea and closed while in ports. The Casino is a fresh-air, non-smoking, environment. Kudos to Celebrity for their non-smoking policy. H. Movies and TV Channels Movies are available on your TV and nightly in Celebrity Central on Deck 4 and occassionally on the Jumbotron on Deck 15. Some of the movies shown included "Thor Ragnarock", "Shape of Water", "Red Sparrow", "Moana", and "Justice League". Your TV includes both pay-per-view and a dozen free on-demand movies (some of the same offerings as above). Satellite TV channels were very limited. They included several ship-related channels, 4 news stations, 3 sports stations (MLB is not shown), Travel, HGTV, and Food Channel. You can also order room service and check your current account balance on the TV as well. I. Canyon Ranch SpaClub This full-service spa is located on Deck 12. "The Persian Garden" (free for AquaClass passengers, fee for others) features steam rooms, infrared sauna, aromatic steam room with a mixture of warm steam and aromatherapy, sensory rainforest showers, and a dozen heated-tile loungers with awesome floor to ceiling exterior views accompanied by the calming music. J. Outdoor Pools and Hot Tubs There are six hot tubs and two outdoor pools along with an indoor pool (Solarium) on Deck 14. We did not use the pools. I found the hot tubs needed to be at least 10-degrees hotter. K. The Lawn Club Located on open-air Deck 15 aft, The Lawn Club features real grass to enjoy under foot along with lawn games like Bocce (lawn bowling), putting, and croquet. Part V - Parties A. Cruise Critic Rollcall Gathering Our rollcall group met for sailaway drinks shortly after muster drill at the Sunset Bar, Deck 15 aft. This is a great bar for frozen drinks. The mango daiquiri is excellent. B. Cruise Critic Connections Party We signed up for the Cruise Critic party on the Celebrity web site. We received an invitation to the party on our first sea day in Cellar Masters lounge on Deck 4. In total, about 40 folks attended. We had a great time meeting and greeting other addicted cruise critics. The Cruise Director was in attendance along with several of the ships key officers, the Captain's Club representative, and the Captain. C. Theme Parties Due to being late at night, we missed all of the theme parties: Masque Interactive Theme Party, Silent Disco, Time Machine Party, ABBAmania, Full Moon Party, Groove Interactive Theme Party, and Disco Never Dies. D. Captain's Club Parties Members of Captain's Club had access to parties depending upon your level. Elite members were invited to a Captain's Club Celebration and a Senior Officer's Party. Health Concerns A. Smoking Celebrity does this right! There was no smoking in the restaurants, casino, lounges, Reflections Theater, cabins or verandas. Smoking was permitted outside on the port side and rear of the ship. We are very sensitive to smoke and applaud Celebrity on it's smoking policy. The ship's environment was very enjoyable. We did not observe anyone abusing the smoking privilege. B. Pools and Hot Tubs We did not witness any babies in the pools or tubs. C. General Cleanliness of the Ship You could not take a stroll without witnessing some type of cleaning going on at all hours. The ship was constantly being cleaned or painted: floors, walls, fixtures, everything! The ship appears to be in really good shape. D. Viruses To the best of our knowledge, there was no outbreak on our ship. Kudos to our fellow passengers and Celebrity personnel for their personal diligence. E. Seasickness Overall, we had beautiful weather and fairly calm seas. Almost like glass a couple of days. Until a couple voyages ago, I always alternated half of a patch behind my ears for the duration of the voyage. This trip I again tried going unmedicated. It generally went well as I never got seasick. I did get low-grade headaches on our two roughest days at sea, despite waves being no worse than 2-5 feet. F. Drinking Water All Celebrity ships have their own desalination and purification process. The drinking water on Reflection was excellent. Part VII - Ship Notes A. Ship and Crew The ship was under the command of Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis. We were very impressed with the ship, captain, and his crew. Very friendly and competent. The ship and furnishings were in very good shape. She was very clean. B. Our Cabin Steward Our room steward (Lucy) did a great job with our cabin (no complaints). She kept the room clean and bed made. C. The Shops We're not shoppers. You'll find jewelry, watches, clothes, sundries, and souvenirs. Merchandise did not rotate very much. There was something on sale each day. Bottled liquor was not sampled or sold during this cruise due to European Union law, and a Value Added Tax (VAT) was added to all purchases in the shops, spa, iLounge, and photo gallery. D. Internet Service There are about 16 computers available in the Celebrity iLounge located midship on Deck 6, and while busy at times there always seemed to be an available computer to use. All had internet service and free printing capability. It was nice to be able to use our Elite benefit good for 90 free minutes. The internet was slow, but better than what we experienced on Equinox three years ago. Wi-fi was also available for use on your phone, and there is a keyboard to access the internet in your cabin too (though we didn't test it). How to Access the Ship's Wi-Fi: Turn on your phone's Wi-Fi. Open Chrome or another browser and go to site: Logon.com Create account Select a plan (including the 90-minute free Elite benefit option) Enjoy the internet. It works best in public areas. Not so good in most cabins. Important: when you finish using the internet, your time will continue to tick unless you specifically logout. Open Chrome or another browser and go to site: Logoff.com You'll see a screen showing your remaining time left that you can use. At that point you're officially logged out. E. Kids We saw a few kids and a couple of babies on board. All were well behaved. F. Dress Code Formal nights have been replaced with "Evening Chic". We had 2 evening chic nights and 8 smart casual nights. Most men were well dressed (with jackets and ties) on evening chic nights, and most of the women dressed up. Evening Chic is dressier than Smart Casual but intended to be less dressy than Formal attire. "Get glamorous and be sophisticated in your own way". Women should feel comfortable wearing: A cocktail dress or a skirt, pants or designer jeans with an elegant top. Men should feel comfortable wearing: pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down long-sleeve shirt or sweater. A sport coat or blazer is optional but was also the norm. With "Smart Casual" women should feel comfortable wearing skirt, pants or jeans with a casual top, and men should feel comfortable wearing pants or jeans with a sport shirt. Note that T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main dining room or specialty restaurant at any time. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed in the evening hours. The dress code will be enforced at all restaurants. Guests are asked to follow the dress code in the Reflections Theater for all evening performances. G. Time Changes The ship stayed on "local/port time" so we set our clocks forward one hour while in Greece. It was great to be on the same time as the ports we visited since this helps alleviate any confusion between "ship time" and "local/port time". H. Tendering The ship docked at all but one port, which made getting off the ship really easy. The gangplank was typically on Deck 2, but was sometimes on Deck 5 --- depending upon the tide and facilities at the port. We tendered in only one port: Santorini. Tendering involves taking a small boat of 100 to 300 passengers from ship to shore, and back again. Tender priority is first given to passengers on Celebrity's tours (which is as good a reason as any to book a ship's tour in a tender port, especially if it's an ocean-related tour), then to Suites, Elite, Elite Plus and Zenith. On prior cruises we received tender tickets. Essentially the lower your number, the earlier you can get off the ship. On this cruise we were simply invited to report to a specific lounge between 8:30 am and 11:00 am (the expected busy tender time) to be escorted to the tenders, but we didn't take advantage of this service. Instead, we simply went straight to the tenders on Deck 2 at 7:00 am when we were cleared and caught the first tender off the ship. I. Upon Returning to the Ship When you return to the queue to re-board the ship after a day in port, you are greeted with ice cold hand towels, and fruit-infused water. This is a really nice Celebrity touch. J. Solstice Deck At the very top of the ship (forward) is a nice, quiet deck with lots of chairs and loungers available. While it can be breezy with little shade here, the deck is also uncrowded and pretty quiet. There is no elevator access. Part VIII - Tipping The service personnel on Celebrity receive meager wages and rely on your tips for income. While Celebrity says it is customary to offer gratuities to the ship's personnel who service you on the voyage, it is now entirely expected and you should figure the cost into your cruise budget. The ship's personnel work long hours to service you and the other passengers, and the bulk of their pay has increasing been borne directly by the passengers rather than the cruiseline. Celebrity Cruises automatically adds gratuities to your onboard Seapass account. The "suggested" gratuities can either be prepaid or added to your account on a daily basis. The cost is $13.50 per day, per passenger for most cabins. It's $14/day/pp for Concierge Class and AquaClass, and $17/day/pp for suites. The gratuities are shared by your stateroom service, waiter, assistant waiter, dining room management, other service personnel (and concierge or butler, if applicable). If you wish to adjust the amount you pay (up or down), this can be done onboard the ship at Guest Relations on Deck 4. Gratuities for 10 days for two passengers in an Oceanview Cabin totalled $270. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to all bar bills, unless you have a beverage package --- in which case it's already built in. You should also tip for room service, extra to your favorite bartenders, the Sommelier, and any other personnel you wish to reward. Captain's Club If you have taken a previous voyage and are not a member of the Captain's Club, sign up. It's free. Benefits include a Captain's Club express line at Embarkation, priority Disembarkation, some small cabin welcome gifts (my wife likes the Celebrity travel tote), casino and spa discounts, and a one cabin upgrade when booking. Some exclusions apply. Elite members also receive 90 free minutes of internet, and some valuable laundry services. Elite members were invited to a free wine-tasting seminar, a Backstage Tour, and an Elegant Tea; as well as breakfast in the Tuscan Grill and a Private Departure Lounge. Elite members also have access to the Sky Lounge for free drinks and canapes between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. If both husband and spouse are members, then you each get all of the benefits. Here's a review of the Elite Benefits A. Priority embarkation while boarding the ship We arrived at the pier about 12:45 pm, gave our luggage and a tip to a baggage handler and immediately entered the terminal. Security took 5 minutes and we headed to Celebrity Check-in. Priority lines were set up for Suites, Aqua Class, Concierge, Elites and Select members, and a line for all others. In any case, the lines were minimal. Once in line, we waited until being directed to one of about two dozen Celebrity check-in agents. The agent checked our passports, credit card, and embarkation form. Within 10 minutes we had our Seapass (which is used as your ship ID, ship credit card, and door key). Boarding had begun before we arrived, so we headed straight for the ship. A couple more security checks later, we were on the Reflection. An attendant greeted us with champagne. Cabins were already ready, so we headed straight for our cabin. B. Access to the Captain's Club Lounge for daily coffee house style breakfast This lounge is located in the beautiful Tuscan Grille, located on Deck 5 aft. It's open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. This was formerly a continental-style buffet. Now it's a full-service venue with a limited menu. Food quality is high and service is attentive. Despite this, my wife preferred the former arrangement. C. Captain's Club Elite Cocktail Hour (excludes embarkation day) This lounge is located in the Sky Lounge on Deck 14 forward and is open from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Menu-specific drinks included wine, well drinks, soda, juices, Heineken, Bud light, and O'Douls. They also served appetizers. Due to the number of Elite members on this voyage, the Seapass was loaded with 3 free drink coupons each night good at any bar in lieu of Sky Lounge-only service, though the venue was still reserved for Elite members during this time and canapes were served. D. Complimentary 90-minute Internet package The Celebrity iLounge is located amidship on Deck 6. They have about 16 computers and 2 free printers. It's open 24 hours with limited staffing during daylight hours. It was nice to be able to use our Elite benefit good for 90 free minutes. The internet was slow, but better than what we experienced on Equinox three years ago. Wi-fi was also available for use on your phone, and there is a keyboard to access the internet in your cabin too (though we didn't test it). E. Complimentary access to Persian Garden (on one port day of your choice while ship is in port) "The Persian Garden", located in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Deck 12, features steam rooms, infrared sauna, aromatic steam room with a mixture of warm steam and aromatherapy, sensory rainforest showers, and a dozen heated-tile loungers with awesome floor to ceiling exterior views accompanied by the calming music. F. One complimentary bag of laundry (wash, dry, fold) This is one of the most appreciated benefits as it allowed us to pack lighter. They will wash and fold up to 30 pieces. On day 2 we gave them a bag a laundry and again on day 6. You also can get 2 items pressed and 1 item dry cleaned. G. A private shipboard departure lounge, serving continental breakfast We had the option to sit in the Elite departure lounge located in Tuscan Grille. H. Priority Tender Service in Tender Ports of Call We tendered in only one port: Santorini. Tender priority is first given to passengers on Celebrity's tours (which is as good a reason as any to book a ship's tour in a tender port, especially if it's an ocean-related tour), then to Suites, Elite, Elite Plus and Zenith. On prior cruises we received tender tickets. On this cruise we were simply invited to report to a specific lounge between 8:30 am and 11:00 am (the expected busy tender time) to be escorted to the tenders. I. Priority wait list in Main Dining Room We requested the 6:00 pm "Early" seating in the Main Dining Room and we got it. J. Elegant Tea invitation We received an invitation for tea for the final sea day. It was held in Blu Restaurant. Due to competing events, we did not attend the tea. K. Backstage Tour invitation We received an invitation for a Backstage Tour on Day 8 in the Reflections Theater. Due to competing events, we did not attend the tour. L. Other coupons and benefits that may also be applicable to Classic and Select club members Complimentary Wine Tasting: We received an invitation for wine tasting in the OPUS Restaurant at 11:00 am on the final sea day. Senior Officers Party: We received an invitation for this cocktail party on day 8. It was held in Sky Lounge. Gift: My wife received a rose and a nice note on day 2. Other useful coupons: Double payout on any $5 1-to-1 Roulette or Blackjack wager, discounts on wine and various spa services. Praises, Gripes and Your Questions A. Praises Reflection's personnel are very attentive, friendly and helpful. Officers made themselves very accessible. Food was very good to outstanding, and the drinking water was excellent. The ship is clean, beautiful, in very good shape, and built with a lot attention to detail with a layout that makes sense. It's nice to see Celebrity still believes in live music for the production shows as the Celebrity Orchestra was outstanding. The perks for repeat cruisers are worthy. And we really appreciated Celebrity's smoking policy. B. Gripes We certainly didn't have much to gripe about. The internet is a bit slow. American sports rarely air on the ship. We would like to see a better selection of songs performed in the Reflection Theater. (Celebrity tends to perform a lot of obscure songs and broadway selections). Port talks should include more than just Celebrity excursions and shopping partners. Port maps could be significantly improved. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We like Celebrity and this was a dream come true itinerary for our honeymoon. Reflection is a beautiful ship and her crew is fantastic. We ate at almost every venue that the ship has to offer, from the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) to the ... Read More
We like Celebrity and this was a dream come true itinerary for our honeymoon. Reflection is a beautiful ship and her crew is fantastic. We ate at almost every venue that the ship has to offer, from the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) to the specialty restaurant Murano. (We were in a standard cabin, so no Blu or Luminae for us.) We were underwhelmed with our dinner at the Lawn Club Grill, but everywhere else we ate was fantastic. Murano in particular is amazing, but we could have limited ourselves to eating in the main dining room (Opus) and still been quite happy. A couple of the excursions we did through Celebrity were a bit disappointing, but your mileage may vary. We don't cruise for the entertainment, so I can't say much about the shows. However, some of the singers and musicians who played around the ship at various were quite good and added a nice ambiance. Our cabin attendant knew it was our honeymoon and he went out of his way to make our experience special. Overall, this was a fantastic cruise and I'd recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first time on Celebrity and we were very impressed. We have traveled on smaller, more exclusive lines and the ship and the experience on Celebrity were clearly better. The ship was large but that just meant more room to move ... Read More
This was our first time on Celebrity and we were very impressed. We have traveled on smaller, more exclusive lines and the ship and the experience on Celebrity were clearly better. The ship was large but that just meant more room to move around. It was always possible to get away from the crowds. The departures and arrivals related to the shore excursions were well planned and executed. These actually worked better than on the smaller ship and the waits were never long. In fact, the excursions virtually always left within minutes of the assigned times. The majority of the staff could not have been friendlier or more committed to service. Our butler (Rene) and our room attendant (Raj) greeted us with smiles each time we saw them and were always readily available to help. They made us feel very special. The ship was immaculate both inside our stateroom and throughout the ship. We were careful in purchasing our packages (including drinks, gratuities, and internet services) so there were no add-on expenses. We had a suite so our dining choices included Luminae. The food was very good so there was no need to pay extra for specialty restaurants. The staff at Michaels, a club available to suite guests, were also very attentive and responsive. Our entertainment was impacted by the Florida hurricane (fewer floor shows), however the entertainment was still top notch. The only minor issue was related to one of the excursions purchased from Celebrity. It was an excursion to Messina, Sicily. We were very disappointed in the excursion ... it basically wasted our day. An even bigger disappointment was that when we complained, all we got was an argument from the shore excursion staff ... no offers to make it right. We did not use Celebrity for our Santorini excursion and the excursion could be done on our own very easily. The Canyon Ranch spa service was very good and the fitness center was well maintained and equipped. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This is our second cruise with Celebrity after Alaska last year and we were very impressed. Organisation and cleanliness of the ship was first rate and the staff were very helpful and the level of service was excellent. If you are ... Read More
This is our second cruise with Celebrity after Alaska last year and we were very impressed. Organisation and cleanliness of the ship was first rate and the staff were very helpful and the level of service was excellent. If you are looking for a cruise with a limited number of sea days and many interesting ports of call this one is the one for you. A good mix of quiet Greek islands to explore and large interesting city ports with "bucket list" sights to see (Athens and Naples). Dinner service was impeccable and very personal as we had the same table each night which was a great help as we have special dietary requirements. Drinks package "sales pitch" was a little annoying on embarkation and we had inconsiderate and noisy cabin neighbours but nothing Celebrity can do about that. We will certainly be returning to Celebrity again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The Celebrity Reflection is a great ship, well designed and beautifully maintained. Embarkation was a breeze because we came early and boarded with no lines. Stateroom was fine for a small cabin and bathroom, but it functioned well. ... Read More
The Celebrity Reflection is a great ship, well designed and beautifully maintained. Embarkation was a breeze because we came early and boarded with no lines. Stateroom was fine for a small cabin and bathroom, but it functioned well. We dined in Blu most of the time and the service and food were excellent. Broad selection and good choice of wines. Occasionally we went to the buffet because the selection was amazing. Never ate in the MDR. One evening we had dinner in the Sushi on Five and found the selection and service to be very good. A word on shore excursions from Celebrity - When organizing the large groups for departure was involved it was quite a cattle call. The crew was very rude and were screaming at the passengers to "move here, go there and don't stand there". We would not plan any more shore excursions with CC due to the poor handling of the crowds - a huge turnoff. Messina, we arranged our own excursion with a group from Cruise Critic and we were very pleased. Malta - a so so tour from CC. Not much to see or do. We would skip everything but Medina if we came back. Rhodes and Mykonos - these you can do on your own. No need for a tour. Santorini - lovely island and a must see. But we only had about one hour to see Oia and the rest of the time was mostly wasted. Spend your time in Oia. Athens - we arranged privately for a non CC excursion and it was excellent. Naples - we went on our own to Capri and it was perfect. Less crowds and no yelling cruise members. Service was excellent other than the shore excursions. Privately organized tours were so much better. All in all the cruise was great. The wait staff were exceptional in the bars and in Blu. We would return again for another cruise. Debarkation was smooth. We waited until most of the passengers had departed over a leisurely breakfast and arranged our own transportation to the hotel. No waiting, no lines. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Where to start? We are a couple in our 50s who have cruised quite a bit, not just on Celebrity but other lines as well. We had been planning for this cruise for over a year and all of our plans worked out great. We flew into Rome 3 days ... Read More
Where to start? We are a couple in our 50s who have cruised quite a bit, not just on Celebrity but other lines as well. We had been planning for this cruise for over a year and all of our plans worked out great. We flew into Rome 3 days early to spend more time and see things we didn't see several years ago. As always, Rome is just a spectacular place to visit, but it takes a lot of energy and patience to deal with the crowds and crazy drivers. the weather could not have been more perfect. We stayed at the Deko Rome hotel near Via Veneto and Barberini. It was a great location and nice little boutique hotel. We used StefanoRomeCabs to get from Fiumicino airport to the hotel, from the hotel to Civitavecchia, and from Civitavecchia to our hotel prior to flying home. Pickups and transport was flawless. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived around 11:15 and were onboard by 11:30. We stayed in Aqua cabin 1650 on deck 11 starboard. The cabin was the typical Aqua cabin with a fairly large bathroom (with the great shower, of course). Other than the cabin above us having some kids who liked to run around at night, it was a quiet location. Storage was adequate, but I have yet to get used to the storage bins above the bed. The cabin had the bed by the closet, which makes it a tight fit sometimes when you're trying to get into the closet. The balcony was nice with the footstools. At times we did note the smell of cigarettes when we were out on our balcony. We couldn't tell if it was wafting down from the starboard smoking area on deck 14 or if someone was smoking on their balcony (we could not see anyone doing this). The cabin was aft from the mid ship elevators, but not very much. It was a bit of a hike to get to the Persian Garden/Spa area. For dining, we had pre-booked the 4 dinner package, but when checking in, they were offering a 50% discount on the first night. So we took that deal and ended up eating in specialty restaurants for 5 nights and in Blu for the other 5 nights. It made for some excellent variety since the Blu menu is not my favorite. We ended up eating in Tuscan Grille twice, and once in each of Qsine, Murano, Lawn Club Grille. Tuscan was definitely our favorite with their ribeye steak just cooked to perfection. We might have enjoyed the Lawn Club Grille more had it not been fairly cold and windy the night we ate there. Qsine was consistently good. Murano was good as well. None of them were as good as Tuscan, though. We only got to eat breakfast in Blu twice due to early excursions, but both times it was excellent, as usual. Entertainment was above average for Celebrity, in my opinion. I have low expectations as we don't cruise on Celebrity for their entertainment. But they had some excellent acts. There was only one production show "Broken Strings", which was probably one of the best production shows we have seen on a cruise line. The reason for so few production shows was that the cast was new and they had not been able to rehearse in Miami due to Hurricane Irma. The two comedians were funny. The stage hypnotist was pretty good although we're still not sure how much of it was him and how much was the participants just wanting to appear funny on stage. Service was just excellent all around. From Marites who always had a smile on her face and willingness to go above and beyond, to Eddie in Tuscan Grille who had a great sense of humor. There's an art to making people feel welcome and Celebrity has that down. I saw a highly motivated crew and officers. Of course we chose this cruise for the ports and they did not disappoint. Of the 7 port stops, we took two Cruise Critic organized excursions, four Celebrity excursions, and one port we just walked around on our own. By far, the Cruise Critic organized excursions (Malta and Athens) were the best. Less expensive and waaaaay fewer people, they allowed us a more intimate view of those two fascinating places. My criticism of some of the Celebrity excursions is why do they have to end 3 hours before sailaway? In one case (Taourmina in Sicily), we only had 20 minutes on our own because we had to be back to the ship 3 hours before sailaway. Why couldn't we stay another hour? Others were full day tours and that comment didn't apply. Debarkation was again a breeze. With no customs to go through we found ourselves waiting longer than we might have to meet our car. We stayed on last night in the Hotel Tiber in Fiumicino right where the Tiber River enters the sea. There were lots of little restaurants in the area and it was only a 10 minute shuttle ride to the airport the next morning. If I could sum up this trip/cruise in one word it would be awesome. There were lots of opportunities for things to go wrong in transportation, ship activities, excursions, weather, you name it. Everything went flawlessly and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Review of Celebrity Reflection cruise through the Greek Isles 29 Sep to 9 Oct 2017 My wife and I were on a 10 day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection from Civitavecchia (Rome) through the Greek Isles and return. The cruise was booked ... Read More
Review of Celebrity Reflection cruise through the Greek Isles 29 Sep to 9 Oct 2017 My wife and I were on a 10 day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection from Civitavecchia (Rome) through the Greek Isles and return. The cruise was booked through Costco travel. My review will address the major areas of the cruise. Itinerary The cruise went from Civitavecchia to Messina, Malta, Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Athens,Naples and Civitavecchia. There were two sea days; between Malta and Rhodes and between Athens and Naples. The 7 ports of call meant maximum time to sightsee, with nights spent getting to the next port. Overall excellent. A suggestion for Celebrity would be to alter the itinerary so the sea days fall on Sunday. We left on a Friday, so Messina, sea day, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, sea day, Malta, Naples would have only Naples on a Sunday. We had Malta and Naples on Sunday. Much of the history of Europe revolves around its churches and losing two days because Malta and Sorrento churches were closed to us was disappointing. Room We were in 8134, a veranda stateroom. We had a minimally obstructed view of the ocean at the side of the ship, but effectively had a complete oceanview. The room was well appointed, the bathroom was marvelous, the beds were comfortable. Food and drink We had the classic beverage package, which did not include canned soda. We had been led to believe that it would. This was a minor inconvenience, but one nonetheless. We ate three meals at the Opus dining room. We had "select" dining, a no reservation option, but had no difficulty getting in the nights we went there. Because we had brought formal clothing, we attended the two formal nights, and one other night. We more enjoyed being in the Oceanview Café. The selection of foods was excellent, the quality of the food was generally excellent and we had the opportunity of going any time that was convenient for us. If I were to go on another Celebrity cruise I would probably not bring formal clothing, and just enjoy the Oceanview Café. Tours Our only tour was the tour to Sorrento on the day we were in Naples. The tour was quite good. We spent most of our time exploring Sorrento by ourselves, but having bus transportation and an explanation of what we were seeing made the experience more memorable. I cannot comment on any of the other tours. We planned ahead for the other ports of call and did walking tours on our own. Rick Steves' audio was helpful in some locations, particularly Athens. Wi-Fi We did not purchase Wi-Fi onboard. Wi-Fi is generally available at each of the ports in close proximity to the ship. In some cases it was available even as we were sitting on our veranda. Overall We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We appreciated the efficiency of getting to so many tourist locations in such a short period of time. Malta and Rhodes were especially interesting, and probably low on the list of sights to see for many of the passengers. (4.5/5) Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a holiday to celebrate my 60th birthday and we were able to combine it with our 32nd wedding anniversary. The holiday started with a huge thunderstorm as we approached Civitavecchia but that's the last we saw of rain until ... Read More
This was a holiday to celebrate my 60th birthday and we were able to combine it with our 32nd wedding anniversary. The holiday started with a huge thunderstorm as we approached Civitavecchia but that's the last we saw of rain until the cruise finished. The boarding was slightly delayed due to flooding within the boarding hall but once the rain cleared it was fairly straightforward and efficient. Our luggage took a little time to arrive at our stateroom but it gave us a little time to explore the ship and start taking advantage of our drinks packages. Our room (7110) was everything we expected and our room attendant, Basri, was excellent, very friendly and extremely helpful. The complete cruise was very enjoyable. The food was fantastic. We ate most nights in the main dining room (Opus) with one night, our anniversary, in the Tuscan Grille. This was incredible. Service was always great and we never had too long to wait before being seated. Breakfasts in the Oceanview buffet venue where excellent with great choices on offer. Some of the entertainment was 1st class, some of it just ok. The cruise Director, Damian, is a professional and very good at his job. Equally as good is Giuseppe, the activity manager, full of enthusiasm and very entertaining. The ports of call were all great with our favourite probably Santorini. The shore excursions are over priced so we generally did our own thing without difficulty. We stayed in Rome for 3 nights in The Empire Palace. This was also an excellent choice within easy walking distance to most of the main tourist attractions. Nothing fancy, very clean and homely with the most fantastic Gelato shop less than a minutes walk away. Should you stay in the Empire Palace, just take a right as you exit the hotel and take the first right again into Via Silvo Spaventa. It's no more than 50m down the street. There's a great little restaurant very nearby, Ristorante Da Giovanni, again less than a 5 minute stroll from the hotel. Take a left when exiting the hotel, walk to the top of the street until you reach the Via Venti Settembre, turn right and take the first on the right. It's just a few metres down Via Antonio Salandra. Great food and very reasonably priced. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
As veteran cruisers we are very particular when it comes to choosing cruise lines, itineraries and value. After reading some of the ridiculous negative comments by others(no veranda lite,too many children on board,rooms at rear of ship too ... Read More
As veteran cruisers we are very particular when it comes to choosing cruise lines, itineraries and value. After reading some of the ridiculous negative comments by others(no veranda lite,too many children on board,rooms at rear of ship too far from elevators) I would recommend that people due some research prior to booking a cruise. We sailed on a 10 day cruise from Rome to the Greek Isles and back to Rome. This was our second time on the Reflection and we could not have been more pleased. The service was outstanding at every level, the entertainment was top notch, the staff was very friendly, the ship was meticulously clean and the food was great. The central atrium area is the focal point for the evening entertainment with live music and/or a d.j. Playing throughout the evening. We highly recommend purchasing the Go Best package when booking as it includes tips, premium liquor package, internet and an onboard credit. Our butler Anan was professional, friendly and willing to do whatever was asked of him. We dined at the Luminae resataurant and the staff there was superb. We give special kudos to our waiter Dominic who made our dining experience extremely enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We´re a gay couple (around our 40´s) from Norway and this was our 17th cruise and the third with Celebrity. We booked this cruise in the previous sailing with Celebrity midt 2016. Basically because we wanted to experience the Solstice ... Read More
We´re a gay couple (around our 40´s) from Norway and this was our 17th cruise and the third with Celebrity. We booked this cruise in the previous sailing with Celebrity midt 2016. Basically because we wanted to experience the Solstice class again and we love the ports of call in Greece and is a short flight within Europe. PRE-CRUISE: We decided to stay 5 days in Rome as a mini pre-cruise vacation. We decided to stay at MyApARTsuite apartments in Trastevere area. Out of the touristy areas but close to the Tram #8 that can take you to the center in just minutes. We experience the side of Rome without the big tourist attractions (that we already have seen) and enjoyed a lot of the city hidden gems. We used Rome Shuttle Limousine from the Airport to Rome (5o euros) and from Rome to the Port (110 euros) and it worked perfect EMBARKATION: It was OK. worked fast and in less than 10 minutes we were checked inn. Once checked inn everybody had to wait since it was raining like a tropical storm with thunder and lightning and it was not safe to walk to the ship, Once the thunder and lightning stopped those who wanted to walk under the rain received an umbrella to do so. SHIP: Reflection is an amazing ship. Beautiful layout, public areas, lots of space even with a full sailing, it never felt crowded. It was extremely clean and spotless everywhere around the ship. Pooldeck was great and loved the solarium. In general I would say that this ship is now in our top three favorites. CABIN: we booked a Guarantee Sky Suite and were assigned the cabin 2192 (an Accessible Cabin) in deck 12. We were more than happy with this cabin, it´s bigger than the normal Sky Suites maybe a little bit of less closet space but it worked well for us. The Balcony was just amazing, we loved the extra space in the balcony, the full size table and the extra shadow provided in this deck. The bathroom is also bigger than normal bathrooms and doesn´t have a bathtub but the shower makes for it. Given its location under the Ocean View Cafe sometimes you could hear a little bit of noise, like a rolling something but it wasn´t really a problem, you get use to it and does not disturb at all. SUITE CLASS PERKS: Once we checked inn, we met Manuela (one of the Michaels Club concierge) who informed us briefly about the situation with the rain and the wait. Michaels Club concierges: Manuela and Adriana, were amazing hostesses and they made us feel like at home since we met them there. The rest of the staff there were also great and just after couple of visits they learnt our preferred drinks. It was great to have a place where you could relax and find assistance (if needed). Our Butler, Sever; introduced himself just shortly after we were in the suite and was of great assistance during the week for the thing we requested (like the morning coffees and room service couple of times). Also our Stateroom Attendant (Andhika) was great and kept our room spotless during the length of the cruise. Luminae will be commented under Dining. We think is worth to pay the extra for the Sky Suite and the perks that come along, would we book it again?, Yes… if the price range / Value is Ok for us. We also had the Premium Drinking Package, that we used a lot for drinks, coffees and Vitamin Waters / Arizona iced teas. DINING: as part of the Suite perks, we had access to Luminae as our main restaurant for dinner and breakfast everyday and lunch on embarkation and sea days. In general we loved Luminae, the dinner menu changes everyday and for some it could be very limited but we loved it. We noticed that a lot of guest asked for the main dining room menu and order form there. We just asked once for the onion soup from the main dining room (that we love ) and we got it. The staff made its best to make us feel welcome and at home (Katja, Vishal and the rest of the waiters and the Sommelier). Ocean View Cafe: Very good and varied selection for lunch (when we were there), good quality and tastes, also good service from the waiters. We bought a 3 dinners package fot the specialty restaurants and this how it went down: Qsine: Very nice concept and food, the portions are just huge, too much food for our taste; we felt the concept should be explained better so you know how much food to order. The Lawn Grill Club: Grill steakhouse, outdoor, dining al fresco, extremely good food and wine to pair. Amazing. Murano: it was like a dinner symphony, everything was just perfect and coordinated in terms of service and food taste / quality. We also decided to try the «special event» Thaj Mahjal dinner, and Indian dinner with an additional cost of 49$, this was hosted in Qsine; we felt the food was very good, the portions very small and there was a lack of story / presentation behind the dinner; for us it was not worthy of the extra cost. The Indian food in the buffet tasted as good and better than the special event dinner food. BARS: as said, we had the premium drinking package as part of our suite perks and booking promotion, we had the same package before and we fount it is still worth it. In general we found the service around all bars to be good with no long waiting. Al baccio Cafe, was great all time for our coffee or tea fix with small desserts. Martini Bar was entertain ing as usual but crowded most of the time. Pool Bar was great, Our favourite spot was the World Bar: very interesting drinks and best service on board (thanks Lazar and Aleksandr) ENTERTAINMENT: for our taste this was a rollercoaster, some shows we loved it (broken strings), others didn´t make so much sense (elysium and Max); having said that we think the singers (all of them) were some of the most talented we´ve ever seen on a cruise. The guest entertainers were also a mixed thing, we loved the classical strings duo; the girls make a great job and love how they talk a little about each piece and some stories related to these. Damian, the Cruise Director, was OK; Giuseppe and Kathe were very funny and friendly and Charlotte, the activity manager, was GREAT…. I just loved her… she would make an amazing Cruise Director. Not to miss: The silent party, just so much fun…. SERVICE: I would say the service all around the ship was great… nothing to complain, even if you can feel that it´s not the same as it was back just few years ago, the reflection staff makes sure you have an amazing holiday. SHORE EXCURSIONS DESK: we didn´t use this so will not comment on that. FUTURE CRUISES OFFICE: they did their job and we booked two future cruises with very good deals and promos SHOPPING: good selection for shopping, foe some it could be discouraging the fact that the itinerary is not DUTY FREE, but if you buy over 199$ (per day) you can get the tax refunded and they assist you with that. It worked perfectly for us and we just delivered the forms we got at the airport and got our taxes back (if you live outside the EU) POST CRUISE INFO: We used Rome Shuttle Limousine from the port to the Airport and it worked perfect; 110 Euros for 2 persons private transfer. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had a wonderful time on this cruise, our first time on a Celebrity ship. We started our trip with four days in Rome, it was just enough time to see everything we wanted to see. An amazing city. Ship was quite elegant, with many ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on this cruise, our first time on a Celebrity ship. We started our trip with four days in Rome, it was just enough time to see everything we wanted to see. An amazing city. Ship was quite elegant, with many public areas to relax. Cabin was great, service was excellent. Crew was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the silent disco party and other activities on board. Liked the adult only pool area, was a great place to go for some peace and relaxation. Loved the dance lessons. Even bought some jewelry on board (something I have never done before). We really loved the excursion on Malta to the Blue Grotto, wish it was longer. Santorini will always be our favorite place. Our waiters spoiled us every night with extras of the many choices- even had lobster one night. We can't wait to sail Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
On September 1, 2017 my wife and I took the 10-night Italy & Greek Isle cruise on board the Celebrity Reflection. We had sailed with Celebrity many times before, most recently on the Eclipse to the Caribbean, but this was our first ... Read More
On September 1, 2017 my wife and I took the 10-night Italy & Greek Isle cruise on board the Celebrity Reflection. We had sailed with Celebrity many times before, most recently on the Eclipse to the Caribbean, but this was our first cruise on the Reflection and our first trip to Europe. We traveled with another couple, spent three glorious days in Rome before boarding the ship, and had a totally fabulous time. It was a perfect combination of a great ship, great weather, great food, great service, great company and some great ports. About the Ship. The Reflection is the newest and largest of the five Celebrity Solstice Class ships and is, in a word, magnificent. As we set sail from the port of Civitavecchia we were docked near one of Cunard's Queens, which looked old and tired by comparison. There is no mistaking the majesty of the Solstice Class ships like the Eclipse and the Reflection: when they sail into port, people take notice. In our various ports of call, the locals would ask if we were from the "big" ship, and you could tell by their tone they meant grandeur as well as size. Our cabin was a balcony on Deck 9 in Concierge Class, more than adequate in size and storage space for the limited time we spent there, with very comfortable pillows and bed linens. In past cruises on the Eclipse we had sailed Aqua Class, which gave us access to the exclusive restaurant Blu. But Blu has recently lost its pre-eminence thanks to Luminae, the new exclusive restaurant for Suite guests; we were getting bored with the Blu menu which had remained unchanged for the three years in a row we had booked Aqua Class; and we're not especially fancy eaters anyway. More about the food below. There is an atrium on the Solstice ships that defies description. It towers nine decks and houses the glass-enclosed mid-ship elevators. Most nights Decks 3, 4 and 5 on the Reflection were rocking -- and I mean rocking -- with music and dancers, and you would even see passengers and professionals dancing in the elevators as they soared up and down the atrium. It was quite a sight on a cruise line never really known for launching party boats. But each evening without exception the Reflection came alive, people packed the non-smoking casino and bars, and everyone looked like they were having a blast. About the Service. None better at sea. Period. Our cabin steward was simply superb. Our bar server was also superb. During the entire cruise I didn't encounter any crew member who didn't greet me with a smile. No request was too small, too large or too difficult. In short, if you are looking for exceptional service at every level, Celebrity is your cruise line. By the way, in addition to a comprehensive survey I was e-mailed after the cruise, Celebrity was even soliciting the opinions of passengers during the cruise, wanting to know what the crew could do to improve their performance. And listen to this: we had chosen Select (anytime) Dining, and by happenstance were served one evening in the Main Dining Room by a waiter named David, who had served us two years before on the Eclipse in Blu and he remembered us by name! Think about it: thousands of passengers later and two years later on a different ship in a different dining room in a different part of the world, and David remembered us by name. Amazing. About the Food. I already admitted above that we're not especially fancy eaters, but we know good food when we taste it. We have also eaten in most of Celebrity's pricey Specialty Restaurants where the food is generally most enjoyable when not too rich for our tastes. But Celebrity's best kept secret is dinner in the Oceanview Café, the stylish and splendid buffet restaurant with selections so plentiful they are nearly inexhaustible. Popular for breakfast and lunch, the Oceanview was nearly empty at dinner time, and our one regret is that we ate there only three of our ten nights. To give you an idea how good it was, our cruise companions, who unlike us are foodies, canceled their reservations in the fancy specialty restaurants Murano and Tuscan Grille just to join us in the Oceanview. About the Ports and Shore Excursions. We booked our excursions on Malta, Santorini, Athens, and Capri (from Naples) through Celebrity and they were well worth the expense. The guides were very good and because we were among the first off the boat we got to our destinations early to avoid the long lines -- and in Oia (Santorini), Mdina (Malta), and Anacapri (Capri), to avoid the crowds. The bazaars in the scenic ports of Mykonos and Rhodes were fun and fascinating for shopping. My wife, a former Personal Shopper for Bloomingdale's, is from the Middle East and felt right at home. The only disappointing port was Messina, which was virtually deserted when we docked there on a Saturday. About Rick Steves. I had taken on my trip a copy of "Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports." The short biography on the book's cover failed to mention that the author is a pompous jerk. It turns out that the author, Rick Steves himself, was a passenger on our cruise for the full 10 days. So when I called his cabin to ask Mr. Steves if he would spare a minute and do me the favor of autographing my copy of his book, I was astonished to hear him say that he was "very sorry" but "too busy." I don't know how much time Mr. Steves thinks it takes to sign his rather short name. Evidently he forgot that he writes books showing the location of public toilets, et cetera in cruise ports, and for a deluded moment must have thought he was Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald. You know, a real author with a long name he was just too busy to sign. In Conclusion. Factoring in the flights, the stay and tours in Rome, the cruise fare, the shore excursions, the dining, the shopping, and the cost of Rick Steves' book I could have done without, planning and arranging this trip with so many moving parts was complicated and expensive. But it was an experience we will remember forever and would repeat in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our 2nd cruise first was P.O Britannia,our cruise on the 11th August 2017,great flight from Manchester on Jet2,nice quick coach to port,very quick on to ship,welcome drink as we got on,straight to lovely cabin on the hump,great ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise first was P.O Britannia,our cruise on the 11th August 2017,great flight from Manchester on Jet2,nice quick coach to port,very quick on to ship,welcome drink as we got on,straight to lovely cabin on the hump,great big balcony,perfect cabin.and straight to the Ocean view,the food in here is amazing,the choice Italian,English,Mexican,Asian,deserts to die for,even bread and butter pudding,breakfast had everything you could think of,nice hot fresh,perfect.The ship is spotless,constant cleaning,great shows,only tried one special restaurant Tuscan got a good deal on ship,the breathtaking view from the back of the ship with the setting sun,was incredible.Lovely friendly crew,who work very hard.Some one said kids running around,well it was school holidays but I did not see any running around,even the pools were ok to us....some great fun with the silent discos,and the last Saturday night was real fun,Celebrity really know how to do it,our girl and her friend loved everything,just watch the prices if you drink anything out of the fridge in cabin ...very very expensive,we really loved this ship,not cheap but the extra is worth it,left Rome at 12.15 pm back home another great flight,.....if you are considering your first cruise just go on the Reflection you will love it ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
As experienced cruisers with Princess and then Celebrity Constellation (x2) and Silhouette (x2), we've been to the Med so often ---but we're from the UK, so it's not that far ! Our flight from Heathrow was straightforward ... Read More
As experienced cruisers with Princess and then Celebrity Constellation (x2) and Silhouette (x2), we've been to the Med so often ---but we're from the UK, so it's not that far ! Our flight from Heathrow was straightforward and the transfer at Civitavecchia went well. Avoiding the photographers, we embarked and had expected to be met then escorted to Michael's Club ---but nobody was there for us and so we made our own way. Once there, our concierges greeted us and we offered drinks but we chose to lunch at Luminae instead. This suite-only restauant was everybit as welcoming as those on Connie and Silhouette. The maitre-d and his assistant were fabulous throughout the cruise. We also met a waiter, Shiv, from two previous cruises and Ivan from one prior cruise. The Celebrity family! Sadly, having collected our hand luggage from Michael's Club, we had to find our own way to our Signaturre suite on Deck 14. Entertainment: We certainly enjoyed Gordon Daniels, a guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player----seriously talented. The Ensemble lounge was a perfect venue for him. It was a shame that he had so few in the audience in Michael's Club. Then there was the fabulous Elan duo who performed light classical music plus other music (e.g. 'Game of Thrones' theme! and my request, 'Dos Gardenas') in the Ensemble lounge, Michael's Club and other venues. Amazing Lara and Berthe from Spain! Ravel's 'Bolero' was outstanding! I have never heard the 'voices' come through so well. A 'cellist and violonist of incredible talent! Our final fave entertainers were the duo Rick and Zoe ----it was their last contract with Celebrity; they are now on The World! Wow! Great to dance to... first night and I was up dancing in the Ensemble lounge. Their 'Rainy Night in Georgia' was as good if not better than the original. My favourite evening was when we heard Gordan playing with the Elan Duo and also danced to Rick & Zoe at another time. Thank you! Dining: We enjoyed Luminae every evening except for two, when we ate in Murano. Excellent service and food in both! On port days, we ate in the Oceanview Cafe at lunchtime because the other restaurants are closed. There was a good selection of food and the staff were really helpful. Sea Days: There were about 500 children on board --- but they were rarely seen. I guess that they were enjoying the kids' areas! Of course, the pool deck was fairly crowded. We're not sun worshiping people so we didn't mind. The shops: busy but rarely seemed to be heaving! The Future Cruise office: busy on sea days ---so we went on a port day. There are bargains to be had! Guest Relations: some queuing at times and so we used our butler and concierges for assistance. General Emergency Drill: Entertaining James Bond style The gym: not too busy, even on sea days EXCURSIONS: Sicily: We made an error signing up for the Tindari cliff-top village ship's tour. The village was far too commercial and the church, whilst impressive, was just too modern. We walked up to the Roman ruins (we've seen so, so, so many over the years!) but the guide often repeated himself and we left the group to it, preferring to enjoy a beer and ice-cream at 'Agora' on the way back down to the village. The view down to the sea is wonderful. Crete: the ship's three village tour was interesting. Mykonos: We enjoyed the ship's tour of the neighbouring island of Demos. Lots of ruins and history. An fascinating museum too! The boat over sells water, other drinks, icecream etc. I would do this excursion again ---although I would hope that it would be cooler! Afterwards, we wandered around Mykonos for about an hour before catching the tender back to the ship. Rhodes: Just wandered into the town, did some shopping and enjoyed some food on a roof-top restaurant. Santorini, Athens and Naples: we stayed on the ship and enjoyed a tranquil time. If we hadn't been to these ports a number of times before we would certainly have toured. Why only 3* for our excursions rating? A lack of alternatives for Santorini ---a coastal boat tour or a visit to a nearby island would have tempted us... the poor experience in Sicilly... More thinking outside the box, Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Loved this ship and all that it had to offer. We travelled with 3 other couples to celebrate a milestone birthday of one of our group. Celebrity made it so special, each and every day! They even feted others who had recently celebrated, or ... Read More
Loved this ship and all that it had to offer. We travelled with 3 other couples to celebrate a milestone birthday of one of our group. Celebrity made it so special, each and every day! They even feted others who had recently celebrated, or were about to celebrate a birthday, which was very thoughtful! Guest Services were never with huge lineups (given how large the ship was) and we loved the small quiet cafe spots on Deck 5. The Martini Bar on Deck 4 was a big hit. As with other cruises I have taken, I find that the Shore Excursion staff are not friendly or helpful and on this cruise, it was no exception; they were particularly unfriendly. It discouraged me from planning more than 1 excursion booked onboard. (I had one previously booked through the website). Excellent and friendly staff work in the bars, attend to the rooms, though our concierge did little to enhance the experience, I admit. She left messages through the week on our phone, but was rarely there to assist. I don't really find the service useful, but I do enjoy the other features of the Concierge class of rooms. This was a port-rich itinerary and we loved each and every port we stopped in. One did not need to necessarily book an excursion to enjoy each stop. It was our first Italy/Greece itinerary and I would happily repeat this itinerary! I love the service that Celebrity provides its passengers once they return back to the ship with cool towels, water, and a surprise fruit/gelato treat on our last stop on the cruise. Nice, classy touches that I have come to love in Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our 1st cruise taken as a treat to ourselves for our 25th wedding anniversary. We fancied the itinerary (Rome to Rome with some Italy and Greece in between) and wanted a cruise which wouldn't be filled with kids running riot ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise taken as a treat to ourselves for our 25th wedding anniversary. We fancied the itinerary (Rome to Rome with some Italy and Greece in between) and wanted a cruise which wouldn't be filled with kids running riot since this was our 1st real holiday without ours. We are late 40's and had always been a bit sceptical about cruising thinking it was for oldies. However, there is a mixed range of ages on the ship and a mixed range of entertainment but to our surprise most of the entertainment was perfect for us. Getting on (embarking I think they call it) was a breeze. We arrived at port early (11:00) and our suitcases were whisked away and before we knew it we were sitting in the Oceanview cafe, beer in hand, 10 minutes later - no queuing whatsoever, amazing. We did have a few waiters asking if we'd like to upgrade our drink package or book special restaurants on the 1st day but we politely declined and they left us alone. No hassle really. We explored the ship a bit and by 1:30 our rooms were ready. Cases were also delivered quickly by about 3:00 I think. Being our 1st cruise we worried about movement of the ship and seasickness. On Day 1 we didn't even realise we had left port it was so stable. In fact the entire cruise we virtually felt nothing, it was great. Our room (cabin) was excellent. We were Aquaclass so got the welcome sparkling wine which was good and we enjoyed it one day on the spacious veranda. We also got canapes every afternoon and flavoured cold tea (not sure we would miss them if we didn't have them). The room was very spacious as far as we were concerned. Wardrobes and drawers were ample and we had a lot of stuff. The cases all fit under the bed. Bathroom is ample and shower was very good too. Room attendant Marites was very nice. The muster drill thingy was a bit of a joke we thought - virtually no-one watched the James Bond style video, many talked through the whole thing meaning even if you did want to watch it was very difficult. Celebrity need to do something about that in my opinion. FOOD & DRINK Being in the Aquaclass we had Blu as our assigned restaurant. Before the cruise I had said we would book special restaurants for a couple of nights thinking eating in the same place each night would get tedious. How wrong was I. We ate breakfast and dinner in Blu every day (apart from 2 when we had a room service brekkie). The food was amazing, no need for special restaurants. Our waiters were fantastic as well. They continually brought me as much food as I desired, some days I had 2 starters, 2 mains and a double pudding. We cannot fault a single thing about the Blu restaurant. Special mention to Rolando and Rene although everyone was fantastic really. Another favourite spot was the Cafe al Bacio. On the classic drink package all coffees and teas were included as well as the most excellent selection of cakes. For a quick bite the Mast Grill is nice. McDonalds style burgers and nice hot dogs. I always went back for seconds. We're not really buffet lovers but when we did go to the Oceanview a couple of times and the selection is vast and is very good too. The spa cafe was also nice but we only went here once. We did a galley tour and were surprised to find out that all breads are cooked from scratch on board. This made for some very fresh breads and pastries. Kitchens look so clean and well organised. Our favourite bar was the Sunset. The lawn is a nice touch and was well utilised for french boules. We also liked the Ensemble for a drink before dinner and the Passport later in the evening after the show. We were always served quickly whatever bar we were in (which was all of them). We had the classic package and we do like a drink and this was fine for us. ENTERTAINMENT The shows were generally good, I'm not a theatre person but my wife is. We walked out of 2 shows (the illusionist and a singer) but everything else was great - the Beatles tribute, Phil Collins tribute and Ukelele band were the stand outs. The waitress in the theatre got to know us and our routine and soon we turned up at the theatre and sh had reserved our usual seats and sat our usual drinks there, great service. There always seemed to be something going on. There were 2 bands who normally played either the foyer or around the pool. There were singers and DJ's, violinists and duets in the Ensemble or the Sky lounge. The bingo was a bit rubbish - too slow, expensive and full of annoying people from a particular country who seem to think the cruise revolves around them. Same goes for the quizzes - teams of up to 10 people from that same country (not saying where but somewhere between South America and Canada) acting as if they owned the cruise line. Didn't spoil anything for us to be honest but this same race did also think the lifts were reserved for them too. Maybe it was just a minority but thought I'd mention it. The Silent Disco was great. So many people having fun. Take your headphones off every so often and listen to the ambient noise, it's so funny. Karaoke was good but quite poorly attended. We were invited to the helipad for sail away from Santorini. Not sure if everyone gets this perk but were thought it was a nice touch and enjoyed it very much. There was also a lot going on in the foyer which isn't actually a big enough space for some of the things that happen there. Plus it's across from Guest Relations so god knows how the staff there can hear when clients visit them. Not sure that the Gym falls under "Entertainment" but it was well equipped, easy to get on a machine and all in good working order. The Spa (included with Aquaclass) wasn't our thing but we went 1 day just to "do it". Pools - we are not really sunbathers but spent some time around the main pools on port days. On sea days we didn't even try to get a sunbed as they all seemed to be reserved by breakfast time. The indoor solarium pool is usually quieter though and was very nice for swimming. EXCURSIONS We did our own thing in most ports or a hop-on, hop-off bus if it was available. In Santorini we did a ships tour to Oia, a winery and then to Fira. This was very good with a fun tour guide. In Naples we went to Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. We booked this privately and I wasn't disappointed with this part of the world, it was beautiful. We also had 3 days in Rome after the cruise which was nice but beware of being ripped off by taxis and in bars/restaurants. Did a golf cart tour in Rome which was fantastic Generally around the ship was buzzing but there were loads of quiet spaces to go if you wanted. It was a perfect mix. Everywhere was clean and almost brand new looking. Getting off (disembarking) was just as easy as getting on. We put our cases out the night before, walked off the ship at 9:30 the following day and picked the luggage up, simples! Now I'm back home and carrying a few more pounds I have to say that I cannot see past Celebrity. Although we have not tried other cruise lines, for the quality and value for money I doubt if any other line can compete. I will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We always travel on Celebrity cruises. They pay close attention to detail and we have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and they are very willing to accommodate special requests. We ate in the dining room nightly except for ... Read More
We always travel on Celebrity cruises. They pay close attention to detail and we have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and they are very willing to accommodate special requests. We ate in the dining room nightly except for one trip to Tuscan Grille. The food in the café was plentiful and gave us everything we could have wanted. For breakfast and lunch there were the usual offerings, salads, main courses, desserts, terrific breads. We were never left hungry!!! We have found the quality of the food to be consistent year to year. Our staterooms have always been clean and well maintained. Our stateroom attendant was extra good this year. We use the indoor solarium to swim because they keep the little kids out!! it never got too crowded and I swam laps daily. Embarking and disembarking were very easy. Everything was smooth and no problems were encountered. We have already booked Alaska for next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We first flew into Rome and spent 3 days touring the city. This is a must. Absolutely loved Rome. Having never been on a cruise before we were not sure what to expect. Checking into the ship was a breeze and so well organized. This ... Read More
We first flew into Rome and spent 3 days touring the city. This is a must. Absolutely loved Rome. Having never been on a cruise before we were not sure what to expect. Checking into the ship was a breeze and so well organized. This took us approximately 15 mins. We were soon up on the top deck with a drink in our hands leaving the luggage to be taken to our room later. The ship was magnificent and the cabin - and especially the bathroom - much more spacious then I ever expected. Now i will clarify that we had a room with a balcony so it was more expensive. The staff was extremely friendly and always around so you never had to go looking for someone to help you. The dining was amazing. The ship will try to sell you packages to specialty restaurants but it is totally unnecessary. The food in the Opus dining room was delicious - again, beyond expectations. The buffet was a standard buffet but had many,many options, was clean, hot and always full. The entertainment was a bit of a letdown. They had only one act that was shown twice in the evening in a theater. I was only blown away by one of the acts - the Tenors of Rock. There were many small bands and vocals throughout the day that were nice. But the reason we went were for the stops. The ports that were chosen in Italy and Greece were the best. We did not take the ship's excursions as we wanted to go with four of us instead of a busload. But anytime that we did have to disembark and embark was done smoothly and efficiently. My only complaint during the cruise was on days at sea. There were not enough seats available outside for everyone and the pool was way too small for all of the people. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We wanted to visit all the ports of call and wasn't disappointed they were terrific. From arriving and getting on the Reflection we were treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble for our cabin boy Antony who went out of his ... Read More
We wanted to visit all the ports of call and wasn't disappointed they were terrific. From arriving and getting on the Reflection we were treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble for our cabin boy Antony who went out of his way to help us. I have a back problem and have to take my own foam mattress wherever we go. He immediately made the bed up for me without us having to remind him as we have had to do on so many of our other cruises. The critisism we had was that weren't allowed shower gel being told it was for suites only which in my opinion was so petty when we had paid so much for the cruise. The service and food in the restaurants was wonderful. We were in any time dining and loved it being we were sat with different people every evening. The waiters were all wonderful so pleasant and whatever I wanted they did their best to get it for me. Even the Guest Relations desk were so helpful which is quite unusual going by other cruises. We also loved the entertainment especially the special guests who were different every night. We thought Martin the Cruise Director was terrific with a terrific sense of humour. I personally thought the Production team wasn't varied enough although they were fantastic dancers. All in all loved every minute of the cruise and look forward to going back on the Reflection again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise due to the ports and only 2 sea days. We spent 3 days in rome prior to boarding the ship - rome was incredible! the embarkment process was so smooth and we were on-board so quickly! The food in the main dining ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the ports and only 2 sea days. We spent 3 days in rome prior to boarding the ship - rome was incredible! the embarkment process was so smooth and we were on-board so quickly! The food in the main dining room was wonderful and the service fantastic. My only complaint is that on sea days - unless you were up very early - it was nearly impossible to find a place to enjoy the day. most of the lounges were "saved" - which i did not think was allowed.. But it happened. the cruise was fabulous - the ports were amazing that the shore excursions were well run and enjoyable. the longest (waits) lines were at the bars.. Very well run ship and spotless! crew was friendly and kind. Disembarkment was smooth as well -- it was very sad to leave the ship and know our cruise was over - but we have so many wonderful memories to last a life time.. i highly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We are a group of 5 couples who have travelled together a few times already and wanted to have a taste of the Greek islands, it was perfect!! A beautiful cabin with balcony boasts a great view when approaching ports. A 10 day cruise and ... Read More
We are a group of 5 couples who have travelled together a few times already and wanted to have a taste of the Greek islands, it was perfect!! A beautiful cabin with balcony boasts a great view when approaching ports. A 10 day cruise and only 2 at sea. The food was 5 star in the main dining room and service over and beyond. A special thank you to the staff: Froelan(Head Server) Magdalena, Richard (sommelier) and Jocelyn (drinks). You made our experience memorable! Let's not forget our concierge Bertollino and Head MaitreD' Marko. This is my third cruise, first Carnaval Caribbean, MSC Mediterranean and last Celebrity Greek Isles. Celebrity by far the best! Embarking was a breeze and so was disembarking at the different isles even with tenders. Shore excursions for me are overrated, we mostly enjoyed walking around the towns and enjoying the local flavours of food and wine. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we explored both Venice and Rome for a few days before we boarded the ship. It was nice to have a chance to spend time in those remarkable cities to see the historical sites and the beauty of each ... Read More
To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we explored both Venice and Rome for a few days before we boarded the ship. It was nice to have a chance to spend time in those remarkable cities to see the historical sites and the beauty of each city! Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and efficient. Rome Cabs picked us up from our hotel in Rome at 10:00 am and dropped us off at the port shortly after 11:00 am. We were one of the first people to board the ship. When the cruise was over, we simply walked off the ship with our luggage and met the Rome Cabs driver at the port. The ship is beautiful! We particularly liked the tree suspended in the elevator shaft in the atrium and the banks of four glass elevators traveleing up and down on either side of the tree. We also liked the various lounges on the decks - the library, the gameroom, the Apple store, and the Hideaway. We weren't impressed with the lawn on Deck 15 and only spent time there on the day we boarded. Our cabin was spacious and comfortable. Our cabin attendant - Maricris was very friendly and very efficient! We ate breakfast every morning in the Ocean View Cafe except for getting room service for two mornings when we had early excursion departure times. Once we figured out what each station in the cafe offered, we managed to eat delicious breakfasts with a lot of variety. We ate dinner each night in Opus - the main dining room. At first we didn't have a table assignment, but we managed to form a table with two other couples after the second night with help of our server Jimmy, and had wonderful conversations with them each evening. The meals were delicious for the most part, but some of the food could have been warmer when it was served. There was a good variety of dishes offered at dinner - especially the appetizers. We enjoyed the live shows in the theater every night. However, we thought the sound system was too loud and the cruise's production cast shows were a little odd - especially Elysium! We watched two movies in the secondary theater and found the seats to be very uncomfortable! It was hard to sit through a two-hour movie in seats that made you sit in an odd angle! The service was excellent on the ship! Every crew member greeted us when we passed them onboard. We did have difficulty flagging down a server on the pool deck a few times. Our servers in the main dining room, Jimmy and Arol, were friendly and efficient. They didn't spend a lot of time chatting with us becuase they were busy serving all their tables. We chose this cruise based on the ports we visited. Each port was unique and interesting. We only did two shore excursions with Celebrity - the Island of Delos excursion at Mykonos and the Volcano Hike and Hot Spring Swim at Santorini. We had excellent guides for both excursions. We will definitely cruise with Celebrity again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Having always wanted to see Santorini and Athens this cruise was a must. We weren't disappointed and enjoyed every port of call. We did two ship tours, two private tours and on the other days we did our own thing and everything ... Read More
Having always wanted to see Santorini and Athens this cruise was a must. We weren't disappointed and enjoyed every port of call. We did two ship tours, two private tours and on the other days we did our own thing and everything worked out perfectly. Embarkation and disembarkation went without a hitch - very quick. The Reflection was a beautiful ship and it was a pleasure to be on board. We ate in the main dining room which offered a delicious choice of food every evening. All staff we came into contact with were polite, courteous and very accommodating. Before going for dinner in the evening, we enjoyed a cocktail or two at the Sunset Bar sailing to the next destination. Another favourite bar was the Martini bar. We had a classic drinks package as part of our package which we loved! I would think very seriously about booking with another cruise line after our wonderful experience with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We haven't cruised since 2006 and decided to treat ourselves for our 30th wedding anniversary. From start to finish everything was perfect - arrival quayside we were in our cabin in 10mins. Cabin was fantastic and bowled over by all ... Read More
We haven't cruised since 2006 and decided to treat ourselves for our 30th wedding anniversary. From start to finish everything was perfect - arrival quayside we were in our cabin in 10mins. Cabin was fantastic and bowled over by all the space, warrdrtobe, cupboards, drawers right down to the bathroom with excellent shower facilities with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Balcony was way bigger than we expected and many a night we enjoyed pre & post dinner drinks. Food was amazing throughout the ship though we had upgraded to 4 night Speciality Dining - Murano stole the show. In saying that even a simple coffee and pastry was an experience in Cafe Al Bacio. Didn't bother with any trips though we did our own thing at a few ports which was great. Staff were amazing wherever you went and i guess the World Famous Bar & The Martini Bar were the highlights. Would we go back absolutely and cant wait for next year Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Recommended and highly rated by family member who cruised with the Reflection 12 months earlier. All crew members went out of their way to make everyone feel very important and special. Our personal thanks to our Stateroom Concierge, ... Read More
Recommended and highly rated by family member who cruised with the Reflection 12 months earlier. All crew members went out of their way to make everyone feel very important and special. Our personal thanks to our Stateroom Concierge, Hipolito, who was extremely attentive to our every need and went above and beyond our expectations. On observing overall crew behaviour they treated each passenger as if they were the only person on board - this behaviour is very unique. The following contributed to our wonderful experience - The ship was immaculately clean. Food always fresh and delicious with a wide variety of cuisines No shortage of beverages and bar ambience to satisfy all occasions. Entertainment as much or as little as you wanted from Bingo or table tennis to Karaoke and Stage performances by the Reflection entertainment crew. Behind the Scenes is a must onboard tour to get a great understanding of the ships operations. Fantastic Experience and would definitely cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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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