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Early flight meant a taxi pick up at 2.30am arrived and printed boarding cards then had to wait an hour for the bag check in to open. That done another wait for the gate number , boarding was the usual scrum ( why does it have to be like ... Read More
Early flight meant a taxi pick up at 2.30am arrived and printed boarding cards then had to wait an hour for the bag check in to open. That done another wait for the gate number , boarding was the usual scrum ( why does it have to be like that? ) luckily Rome is only a 2 hour flight so avoided the extras on food and drink. On arrival we were impressed with the number of celebrity staff on hand to guide us. Coach transfer was efficient and check in about 10 minutes our cabin was ready which was a bonus. After a lunch in the oceanview we rested and when our cases arrived unpacked before muster. We were on freedom dining and because the food and service was so good in the MDR we decided not to bother with the speciality restaurants. Breakfast next morning taken in MDR I made the mistake of ordering brown toast instead of whole wheat and what came was inedible. I am not going to detail every port as each person has their own preferences just a summary. Messina we walked into town and watched the midday clock tower performance. Valletta we did a tour with boat trip to blue caves, poor in my opinion. Mykinoss we took the shuttle and walked the town very pretty but it rained on us. Rhodes was my favourite place we did a tour of excavated ruins and the old town. Santorini was a very early start and lots of waiting for the tenders to commence did a tour to oia and a winery before descending on the cable car not as impressed as I thought I was going to be. Athens was good we did a trip to the Accropolis but be very careful as it is very uneven and a number of people stumbled. Naples we went to Pompeii and were lukey enough to have a very good guide which made for an interesting visit. The entertainment on board was average with Jayne Curry being the stand out performer. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise an find Celebrity to provide excellent service although one niggle is having a drinks package and finding that the bars were shut in the areas where some of the activities were taking place such as quizzes and the lectures. The final night was awkward as we had prepaid our gratuities and felt we were leaving the restaurant without due reward to the staff who had given us most excellent service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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 choose this cruise based on the ports. It had longer times in port and went to almost every destination we wanted within 10 days. We were very impressed with our embarkation when we were allowed to board and dine with our friends ... Read More
We choose this cruise based on the ports. It had longer times in port and went to almost every destination we wanted within 10 days. We were very impressed with our embarkation when we were allowed to board and dine with our friends who were in a lower class than us. We were concierge and they were veranda. The staff in general were very attentive and not pushy to sell things which made this cruise a plus among others. As for dinner dining, we can not say enough for Lalita and Bernard. It only took the first night and we were sold by their amazing service and friendliness. Every night after we reserved the same table at the Opus so we could be served by our new friends. Aside from the service, the food was amazing! We were so impressed. Other forms of dinning were great at the upper deck grill and the buffet. We do not recommend room service. It was really low quality for breakfast. Honesty, the best Gelato was on board our ship (ironically)! We really enjoyed the activities they had available on the days at sea, but did not get a chance to see any shows, drink or party, or even gamble. After all, we were there for the ports and wanted to get an early night for each excursion ahead. The formal nights however were very elegant and as the whole boat felt upscale, we were excited to participate with our own formal wear. The whole ship was immaculate and upscale that made us feel like we were all in the same class. There was a quite a few crowds that varied from families to seniors, but because of the size of the ship, it felt very cozy, private, and less crowded over all. 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
We chose this cruise since it was going to all of the ports we were interested in going to. We were both celebrating our 70th birthdays. We have been on Celebrity before on an Alaskan cruise two years ago and were quite satisfied. ... Read More
We chose this cruise since it was going to all of the ports we were interested in going to. We were both celebrating our 70th birthdays. We have been on Celebrity before on an Alaskan cruise two years ago and were quite satisfied. However, this cruise left a little to be desired. The cabin was very nice and our cabin steward was terrific. Even though we are now 70 years old, we are not old and feeble and like to enjoy life. We were disappointed that a lot of the bars were not open late in the evening....we had to go to the outdoor bar (which was a little chilly) to get a drink after 11pm. The ice bar was open but was crowded. Also, as far as the buffet is concerned, we were disappointed in the lack of variety of foods. It seemed that it was mostly the same day after day. The Tuscan Grille however was fantastic!! We didn't utilize the shore excursions from Celebrity due to their price. We were able to get the same excursions through Costco at a lower price. Our dining room steward Hary was magnificent...night after night! In fact, we have received an email from him stating that he enjoyed serving us and hoped to see us again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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
The ship was nice, the food and service were good, but we were very disappointed in the selection of activities on board. Most of the scheduled "activities" were only meant to generate SALES of one kind or another for the cruise ... Read More
The ship was nice, the food and service were good, but we were very disappointed in the selection of activities on board. Most of the scheduled "activities" were only meant to generate SALES of one kind or another for the cruise line. It was either jewelry, watches, bingo cards, art auction, casino slot tournament ($$), fitness center massages/teeth whitening/expensive classes, or other "activities" that weren't really designed for the cruiser's enjoyment, but just to SELL to us once again. Sadly, we were a captive audience! By the 5th day of the 10-day cruise, we stopped having expectations that there would be any activities that were actually fun, intellectually stimulating, or not costing us more money. Only twice during the 10 days, there was an interesting lecture by Clive Mayhew. That was the only bright spot in the daytime lineup. For this reason, Celebrity was hugely disappointing this time, and it will be a long time before we circle back to Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Good itinerary , ship had good reviews. It was a bigger ship than I have been used to so I was a little put off by the size. The embarkation was reasonably good although more chaotic than I've been used to . The crew were for the most ... Read More
Good itinerary , ship had good reviews. It was a bigger ship than I have been used to so I was a little put off by the size. The embarkation was reasonably good although more chaotic than I've been used to . The crew were for the most part friendly and helpful. Didn't get to really understand the select eating system . The food I cant truly say was more than average and whilst I like my vegetables cooked al dente , the broccoli was a tooth breaker! Carrots and broccoli every night was a bit much . Shows were a big disappointment in the theatre , 45 minutes duration only and no variety. The resident singers and bands were very good.The barmen in the Martini bar provided the best cabaret. Cafeteria was excellent, with a good choice of food . Good variety of bars and lounges to use but so dark at night, I personally like to see who I am talking to whilst appreciating mood lighting . Disembarkation was a little chaotic ,and then dropped off at Rome airport at the wrong entrance and told the wrong check in desk number . Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose the Reflection because of the itinerary and the perks that were offered at the time. Even though the ship is huge, we never felt that it was crowded. The Aqua class cabin we had was very nice and our steward was always available ... Read More
We chose the Reflection because of the itinerary and the perks that were offered at the time. Even though the ship is huge, we never felt that it was crowded. The Aqua class cabin we had was very nice and our steward was always available if I needed something. We thought that we would eat at Blu a lot, but found that the offerings in the main dining room were more to our liking. However, we did eat at Blu for breakfast. The embarkation was extremely smooth and we were in our cabins before we ate lunch. I was dreading disembarkation because of some of the other, not Celebrity, ships we had been on. But it also went very smoothly. I can't give it 5 stars because I felt that the entertainment was not good. In fact, I felt that it was geared toward a very old age group - an awful hypnotist and a singer that should not have been singing. The activities were also lacking. My husband and two other men went to the golf putting competition that was supposed to happen and no one from the activities staff showed up. This ship is beautiful. The captain is very funny. I would travel on Reflection again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Embarkation was amazing from taxi to boarding was ten minutes,the Reflection was spotlessly clean,can't say enough about how friendly and efficient the crew were, the entertainment was pretty good the only negative things I had on ... Read More
Embarkation was amazing from taxi to boarding was ten minutes,the Reflection was spotlessly clean,can't say enough about how friendly and efficient the crew were, the entertainment was pretty good the only negative things I had on this cruise was the food,everything in the buffet was luke warm,why can't they keep the food hot and why can't they cook a moist chicken breast,the chicken I had on my air canada flight back home was ten times better,we booked Aqua but they close blu at 9am so if you want breakfast you have to get up way to early,as for the specialty restaurants way,way overpriced,we tried all four,the presentation and service is excellent but the food doesn't match the service,we had lobster in murano,like chewing rubber,duck another night which was almost impossible to chew,we only went to the main dining room once and it turned out to be one of our best meals,very tender lobster,disembarkation was a breeze much better than North America,overall we enjoyed this cruise I just think they have to improve the food. 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 our second Eastern Med cruise on Reflection, our first having been in May 2016, and we are a couple travelling without children. This time round, the Turkish ports of Bodrum and Kusadasi had been dropped and Messina, Valetta and ... Read More
This was our second Eastern Med cruise on Reflection, our first having been in May 2016, and we are a couple travelling without children. This time round, the Turkish ports of Bodrum and Kusadasi had been dropped and Messina, Valetta and Rhodes added in, so we had new venues to explore and a chance to do something different in ports we'd visited before. We flew out direct from Manchester to Rome to join the ship and enjoyed a private taxi transfer from the airport. There were short queues at the cruise terminal but the staff were efficient and embarkation was a pleasurable experience. Our stateroom attendant was very helpful and attentive, and was happy to meet a couple of special requests we made - stateroom review and details below. We had opted for flexible dining and were offered either a shared table or a table for two on a walk in basis every time we chose to eat in the dining room. There is a reasonable choice of food, which is usually well cooked and presented, and we found the portions adequate and not overfacing. A minor criticism is that the food we were served was never really hot. For all our other meals and a few evenings we chose the oceanview café and were delighted with the choice and quality of the food - special mentions for the authenticity of the Indian curries and the home made ice cream is better than that in the gelateria! All of the crew in both venues were welcoming and efficient, with a few outstanding individuals. We aren't really night owls so don't take advantage of the shows and late night entertainment, preferring to relax in one of the lounges which feature live music. The performers we saw were generally of good quality and were very friendly and approachable. We also like to do our own thing when in port, so can't offer any personal opinion about the excursions on this trip. The constant upselling of drinks/speciality restaurants and photo opportunities can be a little irritating at first, but a polite refusal is always accepted with good grace! Overall, Reflection remains an elegant and impressive ship but there are some signs of her age if you look closely. We will certainly cruise with Celebrity again and would not hesitate to choose Reflection Solstice class sisters whenever her itinerary meets our requirements. 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
We arrived in Rome one day pre-cruise and stayed two days post-cruise. That was barely enough time to scratch the surface and I can't wait to return to Rome. But the next time, I'll go in January!!! Rome is very crowded, even ... Read More
We arrived in Rome one day pre-cruise and stayed two days post-cruise. That was barely enough time to scratch the surface and I can't wait to return to Rome. But the next time, I'll go in January!!! Rome is very crowded, even in September. We took the train from Termini to the port at Civitavecchia. Our train ticket cost five euros and I'd do the same thing next time. The train was on time and comfortable. But if you have a lot of bags, perhaps you'd be better off with one of the shuttles that pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at the ship. This was my first time sailing out of this port and I had no idea how complicated it would be. See below. Once we arrived at Civitavecchia however, the heavens opened. We were soaked. There was only one staff member present and he was no help other than to say that the walk would take at least 20 minutes. He didn't have a map. He didn't offer to call a taxi. So after much debate, we bought a ticket for the town bus that took us to the cruise lines' shuttle buses that take you to the ship. The bus ticket cost two euros. But the walk across the road soaked us and our luggage. We had to wait about twenty minutes for the town bus. The other thing I'll point out is that the bus to the cruise line shuttle buses stops running at about noon for two hours. Lunch time? There were only one or two taxis visible at the Civitavecchia train station, so that wasn't really an option. It's too bad that the staging area for the cruise lines' shuttle buses isn't closer to the train station. The torrential rains really complicated the situation and there were a lot of mobility challenged people who were struggling. It was a poor start. Check in was smooth once we got to the terminal and our room was available promptly. We had an inside cabin and it was okay. We chose 8:30pm dining. It was perfect. There were many long days in port and the later dining allowed a few hours to relax at the pool before dinner. I enjoyed most of the dinners. There is a pretty decent pool side grill that's open from 11am -6pm. It's a popular place. Service was great all over the ship. But I hated being questioned all the time by the servers why I didn't have a drinks package. I was travelling with a non-drinker, so the package didn't seem worthwhile. I found the questioning off-putting. The other thing I don't like is my servers and room steward begging me to give them good reviews during the last two days on board. They do a very good job. They're professional and efficient. And my feelings of distaste are not with them but rather a system that makes them do this. I hate that they feel like they have to do this when I know that their wages wouldn't approach the poverty line in my country. Presumably they have supervisors on the ship who judge their work. That should be enough. We didn't attend any of the shows but enjoyed some of the poolside music. One young guitar player was especially good. I could have listened to him every day. He played a lot of traditional Greek and Russian music and received the biggest applause of the week. We chose this itinerary for its ports and they didn't let us down. I loved all of them and can't wait to return to the Med in the future. My favourites were Malta and Rhodes. We paid $25 (US dollars) each at the end of the cruise for a transfer to the Civitavecchia train station. It's robbery on the cruise line's part as it's a five minute drive. But with rain in the forecast, it seemed prudent. All together, we had a great cruise. 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
My wife and I took the September 1 to 11, 2017 cruise. Once the ship docked at the different ports we had wonderful days. Each stop in Greece, Malta and Italy were fantastic. The cabin, we were on Deck 11 Starboard side, was very nice. ... Read More
My wife and I took the September 1 to 11, 2017 cruise. Once the ship docked at the different ports we had wonderful days. Each stop in Greece, Malta and Italy were fantastic. The cabin, we were on Deck 11 Starboard side, was very nice. Our cabin attendant was great. The cabin was kept spotless, we had plenty of towels in the bathroom. The only issue was, we had to request the bed sheets needed to be changed. The Celebrity Reflection turned out to be just another large ship. I guess I fell into the trap of all the hype Celebrity kept sending me. I was very disappointed in the carnival like atmosphere of the shopping area. Every time I walked by the shops, on my way to the theatre, employees would harass us to come into their shops. It was very cheap for them to do this. The entertainment on the ship was new every night, so after dinner it was nice to go to the 9 pm show. They lasted about 50 minutes. Have you ever been on a ship where the entertainers hawk their cd's? Almost every night the "talent" would say they have a table set up on the lower level lobby and you just swipe your room card and you can own their music cd or stop smoking cd or meditation cd, etc. I never expected this on Celebrity. The dining on the ship was fine, nothing memorable or special. The Opus dining room had a nice variety of selections but nothing special. One night we went to Murano, the $50 per person restaurant. I was expecting, for $100, a dining experience. What I received was anything but. I don't drink so the waiter didn't pay much attention to us. My water glass sat empty for 8 minutes. I finally got up, took the pitcher of water, and refilled my glass. Then the waiter started to pay attention. I ordered a fish dish, and I didn't like the sauce, so I asked for the sauce to be left off. The waiter did not offer any other sauce. What I received was a burnt piece of fish. The skin side can be burnt but not the meat side. Anyway, it was a very poor meal, but it was the best Murano could do that night. A few nights later, I met a man who worked in guest relations. I asked him what he does? He said his department "fixes things". I told him of our experience at Murano. In very short order, I received a phone call from the Maitre D' of Murano. I met with him and the Head Chef. What was interesting was learning that ALL of the proteins on the ship arrive FROZEN. Nothing is fresh. So when I ordered that fish without the red bell pepper sauce, another sauce should have been offered. Our waiter must have had an off night. I appreciate the time that Krassimir Rizov and Ashly, the Head Chef, took with me. But it didn't make up for the poor service and meal. The ship on Level 14 has a 5/8 mile walking/running track. But it goes thru the smoking section, twice. Not thought out. The Cruise Director and his staff had plenty of activities for the 2 days "at sea". We could always find something to do. Would I take Celebrity again? I wanted to find a reason to book 2 more trips with Celebrity, the Panama Canal and Galapagos Islands. By the end of the cruise, with being harassed in the shopping area and the other items, I decided to try Princess for the Panama Canal and Metropolitan Touring on the M/V Santa Cruz II for the Galapagos. Embarkation and Disembarkation was great. We completed our paperwork online so when we arrived at the ship, it only took a few minutes to complete the process. The security staff was excellent. The shore staff was wonderful. At every port call, Celebrity had a tent set up and the staff had ice cold water waiting, along with cold towels to refresh your face. This was a very nice touch. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise on Celebrity because we 1) Loved the itinerary and 2) are long time cruisers with Royal Caribbean and were told Celebrity was a step up from RCCL. While the ship (Reflection) was beautiful and the accommodations top ... Read More
We chose this cruise on Celebrity because we 1) Loved the itinerary and 2) are long time cruisers with Royal Caribbean and were told Celebrity was a step up from RCCL. While the ship (Reflection) was beautiful and the accommodations top notch, the best we can say about the rest of the cruise is meh! First of all, the ports did not disappoint. We had a fabulous time at all of them. The ship is relatively new, very clean and new. The food was very good, but nothing special. We saw 4 of the entertainment shows and only one (a magician) was outstanding. The shipboard activities were mostly sparsely attended and therefore, did not yield an exciting atmosphere. The service was generally pleasant, but with a few exceptions, not effusive. We took one shore excursion (with the cruise line) in Naples, and while very good, it was long (6.5 hours), they did not offer food and allowed us less than 20 minutes to find food on our own. In addition, they stopped at a cameo factory as an "enticement" to sell us something that was not part of the description. Everything was exceedingly overpriced. A $50 "special" halfway through the cruise for a small bag of laundry; A $250 "special" halfway through for WIFI (most coffee shops in port offered free WIFI); the wine packages that included $40 bottles of $8-12 California wines. We never went to any of the specialty restaurants because the up price was exhorbitant ($40-50 per person). We'll continue to cruise because we love it, but if I'm going to pay for an upscale version, I'd like something for the extra money without having to pay for it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this specific cruise for the Ports of Call. We have only been on one other cruise before (Royal Caribbean -- Alaska) -- and had a Wonderful experience. We arrived in Rome a few days prior to our cruise and used a company called ... Read More
We chose this specific cruise for the Ports of Call. We have only been on one other cruise before (Royal Caribbean -- Alaska) -- and had a Wonderful experience. We arrived in Rome a few days prior to our cruise and used a company called Bags Free (they met us at the airport, stored our larger suitcase, and brought it to the ship the day of sailing - it was in our room when we arrived. We Highly Recommend this company!) Both embarkation and disembarkation was very quick and organized. Impressed. When we arrived on the ship we were greeted with a welcome cocktail. The Celebrity Reflection is a much larger ship than the ship we were on in Alaska (Radiance of the Seas). The Muster was organized and less hectic since it was held in the dining room (for us), and we did not have to put on life jackets and go out on-deck. The ship was kept spotless the whole trip. The staff was cleaning, sanitizing, straightening...etc., continuously. We had a balcony (room # 8257). The room is very spacious with lots of storage. Enough room under the bed for your luggage. The bathroom was spacious as well -- the shower was bigger than the one we had in our hotel room in Rome! The buffet-style cafeteria had a very good assortment of hot and cold items. We were impressed that they had staff walking around to see if you wanted a refill (from the bar). The staff cleared tables quickly. We never had problem finding a seat. With so many people on board, they did a good job. The ice cream was not real ice cream -- more like ice milk. I was Very disappointed in that. We read prior to our cruise that Celebrity has very good food in the main dining room. We were a little disappointed. The portion sizes were very small; although the main courses ran from small to average sizes. The food, for some reason unknown to us, seemed to improve quite a bit the last 2 nights of the cruise. Like in the cafeteria, the ice cream was ice-milk. Not creamy and enjoyable as it should be. Most of the desserts were forgettable in flavor. Our wine person did not do a very good job -- both in suggestions and in keeping our glasses full. Our waitstaff did an Excellent job. Great personalities and attentive. We attended one of the shows in the evening. It would have been more enjoyable if they upgraded their sound system. I think the singing was probably very good -- if the sound system was better. Same for the other entertainment around the ship. The ship was overrun with children. That was quite a surprise since we read that Celebrity was a bit more adult. The kids did not bother us at all, except for the pool areas. They kind of took over the outdoor pools so we could not enjoy them. We tried the adult/indoor pool area and it was nice and quiet, but not the same feel as being able to be outside in the sun/shade/breeze. The pool attendants kept the pool area very clean and straightened and there was always plenty of towels available. The restroom attendants were all very pleasant and kept the restrooms clean throughout the ship. We did not order room service, so can not comment. We were impressed with the staff at the coffee place and also the younger man at the Martini Bar. He had such a good attitude! We did not buy any shore excursions through the ship, so can not comment. We enjoyed exploring all the ports of call. We did so mainly by foot, but did buy 2 tours that were not through Celebrity (it was more expensive buying through the ship). We connected with another couple and shared a ride to Rome after the cruise. They checked with Celebrity, and it was 3 times more expensive to go with their transportation. We did not travel with children. This cruise had a very good itinerary. We have a cruise planned in March on Royal Caribbean; so we will be able to do a better comparison to see if we will cruise on Celebrity again, or not. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
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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