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238 Celebrity Reflection Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

This was our 2nd cruise on the Reflection, the reason being that we enjoyed our first ever cruise on her 18 months before hand. We travelled with another couple who also took there first cruise with us previously, we simply loved our ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on the Reflection, the reason being that we enjoyed our first ever cruise on her 18 months before hand. We travelled with another couple who also took there first cruise with us previously, we simply loved our time spent on her and could really not fault anything on this trip. We had a cabin right at the aft of the ship, definitely a cabin we would choose agin we loved looking at the wake and sunsets. One criticism would be that the pool butlers did not manage the pool area that well as children were often swimming in the adult pool and using the jacuzzis. We witnessed a couple having a lovely time relaxing in the jacuzzi until slowly a group of teenagers one by one joined them, they didn't look happy and left, though personally I would of said something. Staff were yet again fantastic only came across one grumpy staff member in the entire trip, I'm happy with that. We were always acknowledge when walking past staff. We now have the dilemma do we go on Reflection again or try another cruise line/ship !!! And risk it !! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
From landing in Fiumicino airport to departure from Rome this cruise was an excellent first time experience. Crew of Reflection could not do enough for us .Our room on the 11th deck was looked after so efficiently- thank you Helen and ... Read More
From landing in Fiumicino airport to departure from Rome this cruise was an excellent first time experience. Crew of Reflection could not do enough for us .Our room on the 11th deck was looked after so efficiently- thank you Helen and staff.. Food and service in Blu was superlative - special treat for 35th wedding anniversary was a lovely surprise- thank you Slobodan and staff.. Equally selection in Ocean view was very wide. Enjoyed afternoon tea offerings.. Burgers in Mast Grill so tasty.Availed of gym and Canyon Ranch - all super.- just the outdoor pool was a little small for number of guests but never any problem getting a sunbed. Entertainment of very high quality. Very attentive and friendly service in Ensemble. Disembarkation at various ports was so smooth. Weather was so hot, that the iced towels and selection of iced waters on quayside were so welcome - what a thoughtful touch. We'll be back!!. Excursions - Messina - private excursion with new found friends - Sicily4you - highly recommend Godfather tour. Mykonos - just walked around town. Kusadasi- ship's excursion - had an excellent guide for trip to Ephesus. We now realize how lucky we were to get to Turkey - our sympathies to the innocent Turkish people whose tourist industry has been devastated by terrorism. Rhodes-Did our own thing - a lovely compact town with loads of historical buildings to explore. Santorini-Again did our own thing - no queues for cable car either in the morning or evening - all a matter of timing. Athens-Took hop -on , hop off bus from port - 22 euro.. Accropolis v hot so take loads of water. Good timing to see changing of guard at Parliament Building. Traffic in Athens is crazy! Naples-Took hop on, hop off bus from port. 20 euro . View from Capodimonte spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Never before having cruised on a "big" ship this was a new experience. Before there had only been 600 or so, and here was 3000! Would there be queues everywhere, was it going to be crowded, what about space in the public areas? ... Read More
Never before having cruised on a "big" ship this was a new experience. Before there had only been 600 or so, and here was 3000! Would there be queues everywhere, was it going to be crowded, what about space in the public areas? What an amazing experience to sail with Celebrity. The amount of space was incredible, and always, when needed, the opportunity of finding that quiet corner. The Dining experience was outstanding, what amazing choices, almost too many, and without exception all to an exceedingly high standard. The stateroom? We have experienced bigger on some boats but here everything was to our satisfaction, and as for the Stewards. Helpful always, and with that constant smile and obvious satisfaction that they enjoyed working for Celebrity and that you, as the passenger were ultra important. Delighted with the cruise? Oh yes!!! Another booked within 72hrs, and again with CELEBRITY, this to be taken within 3 months and we are already looking for available dates in 2017. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
our first cruise and we couldn't have chosen a better ship to experience it. The quality of the staff, the cleanliness which was second to none and the attention to detail onboard was astonishing. We had nothing to compare it to ... Read More
our first cruise and we couldn't have chosen a better ship to experience it. The quality of the staff, the cleanliness which was second to none and the attention to detail onboard was astonishing. We had nothing to compare it to never having sailed before, but have stayed in plenty of high end hotels around the world. This surpassed all of them. We chose a balcony suite on the 9th floor midship which after some research I learned was the best place to be to avoid too much motion. We never experienced anything but a very slight rocking motion when the ship increased speed overnight on one occasion. Hardly worth a mention to be fair. The staff all over the ship are outstanding in every single way. Could only fault one sour faced waitress in the main dining room who was curt and verged on being rude. After a complaint was made about her we never saw her at our table again and were presented with a lovely bottle of wine. They couldn't apologise enough. The food, although not Michelin level, was very nice on all the nights we ate at Opus, the main dining room. A couple of exceptions when it was just ok. We used two speciality restaurants Murano and Lawn Grill. The food and service in Murano is fantastic (maybe a bit too interactive for my liking, but good nonetheless). Fabulous lobster. Lawn Grill had the best fillet steak I have ever eaten. I didn't particularly like drinking my water out of a jam jar but hey ho! I had to ask for a stemmed wine glass when initially my red wine was poured into a tumbler. It's a very laid back environment and I think this diversion from proper drinking glasses was a step too far. However that's my only grumble. The service was excellent and the steaks amazing. We had the classic drinks package and don't let it worry you if you're concerned about what you can drink. If your waiters don't ask you what package you're on when you order (which mostly they do), just ask them what wine, spirits etc your card entitles you to. There was never an issue with us. I don't see the need for the premium package if i'm honest. There is so much choice on the classic. Excursions provided by the ship were very expensive and we only did one to the Godfather village in Sicily but it was excellent. The dress code is very casual and even the classy chic (formal) nights were do what you like style. Some people were dolled up to the nines others not so much, but nobody cared or took any notice of who was wearing what. I like the lack of informality. Security onboard is very strict which was very reassuring. Getting off and on again was very quick, efficient and super secure. Overall this ship is amazing on every level and I simply can't wait to go on it again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Great Ship. Food and Service is outstanding Had the Premium drinks and Ultimate Dining packages, and it makes a wonderful holiday Had many dinners in the Lawn Club and Muranos and they were all excellent. The porch is great as ... Read More
Great Ship. Food and Service is outstanding Had the Premium drinks and Ultimate Dining packages, and it makes a wonderful holiday Had many dinners in the Lawn Club and Muranos and they were all excellent. The porch is great as well, and they serve seafood towers. You can eat lobster everyday. Sadly the porch is not open for lunch, but open from 3pm apart from sea days Service in Blu was as good as we have ever seen. Very prompt and friendly service. Service around the pool was really good, and you can always get a seat The shows were great, especially the Elton John cover act The ports were really good, and the ship docked in much better positions than we have seen previously, especially in Athens. Overall a great ship, and it is the best of all the celebrity ships. Being the newest ship helps, but it is run very well Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
we had a wonderfull Cruise, the ship is beautifull, everyone is so friendly The dining in the Luminae was exceptionnel. (We had a Sky Suite) The entertainment wag very good. We didnt book any excursions on board, because they are ... Read More
we had a wonderfull Cruise, the ship is beautifull, everyone is so friendly The dining in the Luminae was exceptionnel. (We had a Sky Suite) The entertainment wag very good. We didnt book any excursions on board, because they are very expensif and you can find in every city a taxi tour for less money, and this is only for the 2 of us. or you can go with a hopon/hopof bus, witch are very well organised in European city's It wasn't our first time in de Mediterranean, and we did visit almost all the city's 2 days in Athens is a bit to much for us, (to crowdy, to warm) we would prefer a second day in Napels, because there is so mucht to see, Napels, Sorrento, Pompei, and Capri to much to do in one day. But it was a wonderfull holiday, and yes we booked our next one on the Reflection. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We have cruised with Celebrity a few times now and I've got to say it's our preferred cruise line. They just seem to have the edge now in that class of ship. We like the Solstice class for its range of dining venues and extra ... Read More
We have cruised with Celebrity a few times now and I've got to say it's our preferred cruise line. They just seem to have the edge now in that class of ship. We like the Solstice class for its range of dining venues and extra little touches around the ships generally. We had not been on Reflection before but found it a lovely ship with great food and exceptional staff. We would be happy to sail on her again. We enjoyed our cabin very much having our usual balcony, but coming down a few decks to normal to deck 6 was no dissapointment . We were slightly disappointed in the observation lounge on this ship as you only get a half viewing area and not a full wrap around lounge with amazing view points. We still don't like the fact that they have no formal nights opting for what they call Chic nights which causes problems with dress code, this was obvious on this ship especially with some of the gentlemen guests that now they have said Smart jeans can be worn a lot of men were in jeans they would work in or travel in, to me not acceptable especially when worn with trainers, these should be refused in the dining room and sent to dine in the buffet. ( moan over ) Wont matter how many more Celebrity cruises I go on it will always be something I think has been a silly decision to make. We had some great entertainment and a good cruise director and staff. During our cruise I unfortunately received some very bad news from home and I have got to say my husband and I could not praise the guest relation staff more they were so kind to us both and helped us enormously to get through our last few days of our trip. When we considered there were over 3000 guests on board they showed kindness and compassion which helped so much. 10/10 was the least we could give them, and that reflected in all the other staff, we think they were the best we have had so far in the fleet, very friendly and efficient. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
To celebrate my daughter's graduation from college, I took her and my 20 year old son on this Eastern Med. cruise. My husband and I are traveling again in Europe in a couple weeks (on a Viking Danube cruise) so he stayed behind for ... Read More
To celebrate my daughter's graduation from college, I took her and my 20 year old son on this Eastern Med. cruise. My husband and I are traveling again in Europe in a couple weeks (on a Viking Danube cruise) so he stayed behind for this trip. We embarked following a few magical days in Rome, and settled in to our Penthouse suite (1611). In March we sailed in the Caribbean on this same ship, then in a Royal suite and for the kids a concierge stateroom adjoining our suite. The enormous space of this suite and impeccable service helped to make this a vacation we won't forget. If we were at all unhappy the fault would have been our own. Prior to leaving the states we were contacted several times by a Celebrity shore concierge who inquired about dining preferences and other stateroom preferences, including what beverages we wanted in the refrigerator. This was a nice touch, however half of what we had requested somehow was never communicated to the ship. No worries, our butler took care of the dining reservations and the fridge but I was a little confused. They called me three separate times -- time enough to get it right. One change we noted from the March cruise was that afternoon canapes are served primarily in Michael's Club now. We must have looked disappointed when our butler told us this because he hastily insisted he would bring us a selection each day and he unfailingly did that. After long days of sightseeing that was most welcome. We had breakfast each day either on our balcony or at our dining table, and George once again was extremely punctual and made sure we had more than we needed. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants and dined several times in Luminae, which we found consistently good. One evening George arranged with the chef for us to have several excellent curry dishes which were not on the menu -- this was delightful! We were so appreciative of that extra service. A word about shore excursions: In reading several reviews I noticed that most people are disparaging of Celebrity's pricing and offerings. We took part in Celebrity excursions at each port of call for several reasons. First, the ship will wait for guests on Celebrity sponsored excursions who are delayed -- and we watched a couple run for it past our sail time who found themselves delayed. Second, having visited several of these ports of call in the past I made mental comparisons between past visits and this time, and Celebrity's pricing was at or near private companies for small groups (which we preferred). The guides were fantastic. We didn't want the hassle of going it alone and felt we had a more relaxed time leaving the logistics in someone else's hands. At no time did we ever feel unsafe or rushed. For us it was worth it, but it really boils down to a matter of taste and desires. Entertainment on board was consistently good and varied. Celebrity has debuted new production shows and they were good -- not great. They don't bill themselves as Broadway so expectations need to be reasonable, and we happen to appreciate anyone willing to put themselves out there, especially before what is typically a finicky crowd. We went to all the shows and enjoyed them all with that in mind. We were thrilled to reconnect with Karen in the Canyon Ranch Spa. She is literally a miracle worker -- my daughter's bad knees felt much better and my back and neck are still better today after several of her massages. I hope we will see her on a future cruise - she is that good. We also enjoyed the nail ladies and the hot stone pedicures. We were fortunate to be invited to dine with the Captain one evening and found him to be engaging and very personable. Officers are highly visible on this ship and genuinely seem to enjoy interacting with guests. We took advantage of the photo package to strike a pose and take home a stack of memories. Seeing how rude some guests were to the photography staff made us want to be extra nice -- and they are really fun, outgoing people who we enjoyed. Plus we have some outstanding photo memories. Sometimes people forget to pack their patience with their sunscreen, and we witnessed a couple epic meltdowns by guests over stupid things. We also witnessed Celebrity staff working overtime to make guests happy. That's why we keep returning to this company and will do so again in the spring. We have sailed with Silverseas, Viking, Disney, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian but enjoy Celebrity so much. A vacation is what we make of it and it helps when there is a company interested in making it fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Fantastic cruise from beginning to end! Clean ship, lovely accomodations, delicious food, great staff, fabulous ports! A wonderfully interesting and fun adventure! Spent 2 1/2 days in Rome first, then everything went smoothly from ... Read More
Fantastic cruise from beginning to end! Clean ship, lovely accomodations, delicious food, great staff, fabulous ports! A wonderfully interesting and fun adventure! Spent 2 1/2 days in Rome first, then everything went smoothly from beginning to end. Easy embarkation, staff always aimed to please. Calm seas, all sunny days, very comfortable room, even the bathroom. Loved the amazing ruins and history in Rome, Athens, Ephesus and Pompeii. Definitely a "must-see" for those who like history and who like to learn. Swimming in the Aegean in Mykonos was delightful. Lunch on the sea in Chania, Crete was also lovely. Santorini was a bit rushed and didn't like that we had to take a tender in. We also didn't get to stay very long. Bodrum replaced Istanbul, due to safety. Wish I could have seen Istanbul. Nice combination of history, culture, relaxation and fun! Can't wait to go on another Celebrity cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
A great mix of relaxing and activities. We have cruised a couple of times in the last three years, but I think this one made for the best holiday. It was a lovely mix of relaxed days and then a few which were relatively busy, as opposed ... Read More
A great mix of relaxing and activities. We have cruised a couple of times in the last three years, but I think this one made for the best holiday. It was a lovely mix of relaxed days and then a few which were relatively busy, as opposed to every port meaning a full day off the ship. We flew to Rome where we stayed in the ESH Hotel which was on the outskirts of Rome. We had one full day in Rome which was easy to get to on the Metro, 1.5€ each way or there was a bus stop right outside the hotel. Both nights we dined in a local restaurant called Restaurante Gustotando which did lovely pastas and pizza. It was always buzzing with locals, so that tells you a lot. Transfer to the ship was included and took about an hour to get to the port. Embarkation was the easiest so far, we had checked in online, so dropped the cases and walked on. Our room was ready so we went straight there. We were on deck 9 port side, which for this trip I would recommend starboard ( the views in port were better) Having previously cruised with Carnival and Royal Caribbean, I thought the cabin on the Celebrity was slightly better. The bathroom was certainly more spacious with lots of storage. I would have liked more drawer space in the cabin, but you have the overhead cupboard which has to serve instead of drawers. The toiletries provided by Celebrity like shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash and body lotion were all good quality and next time I will leave those out of my packing. Nice touches like more sockets, a night light in the bathroom all made for a better standard of stateroom I felt. We thoroughly enjoyed the quality of food on offer in the buffet. The eggs hollondaise were among the best I have ever eaten. Our dining time was at six for the dining room, which was a bit early for us, so we ate in the buffet most nights. The evening shows were on the whole enjoyable especially the McDonald Brothers from Scotland ( not that I'm biased in any way!!) I heard quite a number of people criticising the staff shows and a lot of people walked out, but we quite enjoyed them. The majority of the staff especially those from the Far East were excellent, most courteous and eager to assist in any way. My only complaint is the temperature of the ship especially in the evening. I would put on a sleeveless dress for dinner then need a cardigan to ward off the chill of the aircon. Sometimes I would have to pop out on deck to warm up a bit. Why is the air conditioning kept so low? Here speaks a woman who hails from the north of Scotland! Our first port of call was Santorini. This was the port I was most keen to visit and strangely the one I enjoyed least. The island rises on steep cliffs out of the sea looking rather like a wedding cake. You have to be tendered ashore and it was pretty choppy the day we arrived. Three other cruise ships were in port at the same time which meant the harbour area was really busy. We had a half hour queue for the cable car which costs 5€ each. It was easy enough to escape the crowds once you reached the top and we had a pleasant walk along the top of the caldera. There were not as many blue roofs as I had been expecting, we had to search for them! We decided to walk down rather than queue again and we are used to steep hills in Scotland, but I did not enjoy the walk down one bit. The path was not only steep but very slippy, the stones worn smooth over time. The poor donkeys left their rather pungent aroma. I felt so sorry for them. They did not seem to have shade or water. There were many who were untethered and I was rather wary of being kicked as I dodged between them. I hope they are better cared for than was obvious to us. Athens ( Piraeus) was an overnight stop. We walked from terminal B to the bus stop, there was a kiosk outside the ship area where you could buy your bus ticket. 1.5€ which lasted 90 mins. This covered the metro too. Bus843 took us close to the metro which in turn takes you straight to Ancient Athens. We bought a 20€ ticket to the Acropolis. Which was enough for us really. Over 65 you get in for 10€. It was an amazing place to visit although it did not have the same kind of feeling that other ancient sites we have visited have had. I wonder if this is because there is so much reconstruction that has taken place over the years. Day 2 we decided just to wander round the port of Pireaus and take advantage of the free wifi. The next port of call was Mykonos. When we disembarked after breakfast, it was straight onto the jetty. Complimentary buses were waiting to shuttle us into the town of Mykonos, it's only about half a mile but nice to be bussed. Mykonos town was really sweet, very pretty streets the floor and walls seemlessly plastered, which made walking very easy. Geraniums and Bougainville proliferate. We spent a couple of hours wandering around then back to the ship to relax. The port of Kusadasi was so much prettier than I expected. Hilly and trees everywhere. Contrary to some of the information out there, you definitely do not need a visa if you are staying for less than 72 hours. We thought there would be forms to fill in and customs to clear but it was straight off the boat, straight onto the harbour, no customs, no nothing. We had pre booked a tour with Ephesus Shuttle, Luckily Serkan from Ephasus shuttle was there very early. We waited until half past when the other couple arrived. We were lucky it was just the four of us, it cost 40€ each . Serkan was really nice and guided us round the ruins of Ephesus. They were amazing!!Really worth visiting especially the terraced houses. It was good to go early as it really began heating up. I used my umbrella a lot to shade us from the sun. On our return to Kusadasi he gave us some helpful hints about shopping etc. We went back to the boat for lunch, then in the afternoon we walked along the promenade to a local beach which was shallow and sandy to SWIM IN THE SEA!! Lots of people came back laden with bags. You could bargain about 20% off the advertised price of the 'Genuine Fakes'! Bodrum, the next port was also very pretty and easy to wander around, good shopping, if you like to bargain. The last Greek port was in Chania Crete. It was the least auspicious port so far. The town lay at the other side of a narrow peninsula. The local buses ferried us the 6 K to the town. It was 3.70€ each for the round trip. Chania has the muted terracotta, cream colours of Venice, so relaxing to the eye. A semi circular port with low rise restaurants and shops. The bus dropped us off outside a covered market that sold olives, spices, leather goods etc. I preferred the shopping here to Turkey as the price advertised was the price you bought at. We had a beer at the port before catching the bus back in the afternoon. It was a shorter day as you had to be back at the boat by half three. The last port was Naples. I had planned to visit Herculaneum, but hadn't really done my research. We took the metro then wandered around a very dubious part of the town searching for the ancient site ( we should have caught a bus) In the end we gave up and wandered back to the ship, more research required for the next time! Back to Piraeus and another easy disembarkation. Thank you Celebrity! We have now booked our next cruise for October! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We close this cruise original for the itinerary which included an overnight in Istanbul, unfortunately this was changed due to work at the port for Istanbul to an overnight in Athens. We considered cancelling but decided in the end to go ... Read More
We close this cruise original for the itinerary which included an overnight in Istanbul, unfortunately this was changed due to work at the port for Istanbul to an overnight in Athens. We considered cancelling but decided in the end to go ahead and are very pleased we did. We had an Aqua Class cabin with premium drinks and wifi packages, both of which were excellent. Best wifi we have ever had on a ship, the the premium drinks package suits our taste for drinking wine much better than the classic package which we have previously found too restrictive. The Blu restaurant is excellent, we enjoyed it so much we dined there every night. Definitely the best ship we have been on for facilities, cleanliness and crew. Only two small criticisms - the theatre show cast were poor, their shows not at all to our taste, and the quality of singers and dancers not up to the standard we would expect. Having said that the Refection orchestra, house band and all other musicians performing around the ship were excellent, as were the guest entertainers in the show theatre. If you are ever on a cruise with Jayne Curry as a guest performer do not miss it! She was the highlight of the entertainment for us. The second issue is that we only found out once onboard that there were no formal nights during this 11 night cruise - they had been replaced with 'chic' nights. We did not mind missing the 'formal' format, but were frustrated that we had packed formal wear which was not needed. We have written to Celebrity to ask if this is a permanent arrangement in the future but have yet to receive a response. These were minor frustrations which did not diminish at at our enjoyment of an excellent cruise. Celebrity have certainly gone to the top of our favourite cruise line list - our experience aboard the Refection will be a hard to match let alone beat! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Celebrity Reflection is a very beautiful ship. It was spotless, (especially the public rest rooms - there was always an attendant in there). The crew was great, the food was delicious We saw the marriage game (our daughter & ... Read More
Celebrity Reflection is a very beautiful ship. It was spotless, (especially the public rest rooms - there was always an attendant in there). The crew was great, the food was delicious We saw the marriage game (our daughter & son-in-law) was participants) and the late night adult entertainment was lots of fun. Service is ALWAYS the best! Royal Suite - absolutely perfect!! My daughter got married on the ship and Celebrity did everything just perfectly - from flowers to tux. The Captain did the ceremony and he was wonderful. Loved our ports and our excursions. Absolutely love the Sunset Bar - a great way to relax. The Lawn Club is lovely and the food in the Lawn Club Grill is sensational. I've traveled with Celebrity for a long time and have become an Elite member and always book the suites (Luminae Restaurant for Suite guests is delicious and their service was superb.) ALWAYS booking another with Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Isaw the cruise advertised in our paper it was such a good price we booked it the same day. I am so glad we did. The ship was out of this world, I just fell in love with it. Our balcony stateroom was first class, our steward was ... Read More
Isaw the cruise advertised in our paper it was such a good price we booked it the same day. I am so glad we did. The ship was out of this world, I just fell in love with it. Our balcony stateroom was first class, our steward was delightful, nothing was too much trouble. We were on the hideaway deck with a very nice sitting area with coffee and tea facilities, which we enjoyed a few times. We were on early dinner 6pm. The food in the restaurant was excellent as was the buffet I have never seen such a choice of food and I have been on many cruises.I enjoyed the drinks package which was included in the price we paid. The martini bar was the favourite the barmen were special. We enjoyed the ports and went ashorein them all. Santorini was beautiful except for the long wait for the cable car to return to the ship. We really enjoyed all the entertainment it was first class. In all the best ship and cruise I have ever done. We are currently looking at cruises for next year with celebrity. Thank you for a most enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My Wife and I have just returned from a fantastic cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. It all started at the Check in when you step on the Red Carpet then as you step on board its a Glass of Champagne to welcome you on board, the ship is ... Read More
My Wife and I have just returned from a fantastic cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. It all started at the Check in when you step on the Red Carpet then as you step on board its a Glass of Champagne to welcome you on board, the ship is spotless and very modern our stateroom was well appointed and had all the trappings of a five star plus hotel.. the Dining as a retired Chef all I can say is it was exceptional as the food was so good in the main dining room we never tried the specialty Restaurants. the entertainment on the ship was fantastic in all fields this was our eight cruise and we have never seen a Cruise Director work so hard he was every where. but what makes Celebrity stand out from the rest is the ships company they make you feel like a celebrity there is nothing they will not do to make your cruise a Great Cruise and the Reflection its Crew and Ships Company are excellent and we can't wait to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our tenth Celebrity Solstice Class ship cruise. The Reflection is the newest ship in this class, and it is a step above the other four (Solstice, Equinox, etc.) We arranged transport from the Rome airport to the port through ... Read More
This was our tenth Celebrity Solstice Class ship cruise. The Reflection is the newest ship in this class, and it is a step above the other four (Solstice, Equinox, etc.) We arranged transport from the Rome airport to the port through Celebrity. Agents greeted us just beyond luggage claim, checked off our name as prepaid and directed us to the exit where 2 agents from Celebrity took our luggage. We waited a short time and were walked out to a bus. 30 minutes later, we were on our way. Ride took about one hour-very easy way to travel in a foreign country. Arrived at dock, smooth check-in and on board in 15 minutes. Easy! As a suite guest we were directed to lunch in Luminae (private restaurant-suites only). Had a wonderful, elegant lunch. Rooms were ready before 1 pm. Enjoyed some quiet down time. Each day we had our choice of activites-tours (pricey), on board activities and debarking and exploring on our own. In Messina, picked up a hop on hop off open air bus tour-$15 per person for about 1.5 hours. Great way to see the city and learn the culture.Did the same in Naples. Santorini-did not leave the ship. The donkeys going up the mountain were not for us nor were the 600 steps worth the climb. Most people were disappointed that left. Mykanos was easily to walk and very beautiful. Kusadasi, Turkey was a complete joke. Do not leave the ship unless on a Celebrity tour. One vendor had the nerve to ask my husband and I--"Good Morning How can I get your money from you?" His exact words! We turned around and got back on board. Ship itself is incredible-clean, well managed, delicious food. Our private butler, Rudolf could not do enough for us (also his assistant was great) Kateryna, our Luminae waitress was the best. She was the reason we did not have dinner in any other restaurant other than Luminae! Nightly entertainment was pretty good. Disembark was very easy. We waited on deck 3 in the Grand Foyer starting at 6:15 am--only ones there so early. At 6:35 we took the elevator down 1 flight to deck 2 and by 6:45 were leaving the ship for our transport bus back. We had an 11:15 flight back to Detroit and were told by Delta to get to the Rome airport 3 hours before flight time. We were there by 8:15--no problems. All and all--a great cruise, perfect weather this time of year, very calm seas excellent ship, service, food and crew. Best vacation yet on Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We as a family are pretty new to the world of cruising holidays. This has been our third cruise. Celebrity Cruises was chosen completely at random and our first cruise was aboard the Celebrity Eclipse sailing from Southampton. We enjoyed ... Read More
We as a family are pretty new to the world of cruising holidays. This has been our third cruise. Celebrity Cruises was chosen completely at random and our first cruise was aboard the Celebrity Eclipse sailing from Southampton. We enjoyed the experience so much that we sailed the Eclipse again a couple of years later, again from Southampton For this years Cruise we wanted to celebrate a very special anniversary so we decided to holiday on the Celebrity reflection for an Italy and Greek Island cruise. It was fun researching what the last and largest of the Solstice class ships had to offer. It was the Signature Suite that caught our attention, these suites looked amazing and came with a host of extras that were not available with the Concierge rooms that we had used on our previous sailings. We booked suite number 4111 and waited eagerly for the holiday to arrive. The Reflection is an absolutely stunning looking ship, for those of you familiar with the Solstice Class this ship is the 5th and last and also the largest of the sister ships. If you have previously sailed on one of the sister ships then you would feel quite at home, I would say that about 90% of the ship would be familiar to you. It's the other 10% that makes the ship so special. An extra deck has been added so everything above deck 12 has been shunted up. Deck 12 on the sister ships contained cabins and the pool deck area. On the Reflection, deck 12 is now purely cabins. Deck 14 has the pool areas and the Signature Suites/Reflection Suite located on it. The ship is very tastefully decorated and differs slightly from the other ships in it's colour schemes and choice of fittings. Everything is immaculate and nothing looks cheap or out of place. The usual abundance of art work can be found displayed all over the ship and this certainly adds a touch of elegance. Signature Suite 4111 is located as I have previously explained forward on deck 14 and offers stunning and commanding views. The suites are totally private and can only be accessed by those holding a special sea pass to enter the private corridor. The dining options are various and offer widely differing choices of food. The Ocean View Café self service restaurant is located on deck 14 and takes up half of the deck space, it is absolutely enormous, it even spills out onto the open area at the back of the ship so you can eat your food in the open area if you so wish. The variety of dishes on offer is staggering. Hot, cold, spicy, savoury, salads and fruits are on offer and to make a decision on what to have is quite honestly very difficult. We found the food to be of excellent quality and we never had a disappointing meal on the entire trip. There are the usual speciality restaurant's and these offer mouth watering food but with a cover charge. The Murano specialises in French style cooking most of which is cooked at your table, I can highly recommend the Murano Lobster. Try it, you will not be disappointed. The Tuscan Grill is an upmarket steak house based around Italian food, the steaks are absolutely amazing. Qsuine is a qwerky restaurant that offers food from around the world but with an added twist that they have put their own spin on it. You order your food from an Ipad then just wait patiently for it to be delivered. A word of warning, go there hungry because you can just sit there for hours eating non stop. Blu is a restaurant exclusively for those that have Aqua class suites. The food is excellent and leans towards the more healthy diet. The four restaurant's mentioned above are also found on the sister ships. The reflection has a couple of new places to eat and these can be found on deck 15. The Porch offers a menu based around sea food and believe me it is absolutely mouth watering. Try out the seafood Tower. The Lawn Club Grill is a place where you can go and literally grill your own meat. It is basically a large do it yourself BBQ area that is covered so you don't have to worry if the weather is inclement. You can if you wish, just order food and one of the cooks there will prepare it to your liking and bring it over to your table. The small grill bar just over the pool area is still the same as the other ships and here you can grab yourself a hot dog or burger. The main restaurant is slightly larger than on previous ships and once again offers the option of regular timed seating or select dining where you just turn up at a time that suits yourself. We used this option because we knew that we would not be using the restaurant every evening. I would recommend that you book earlier in the day because sometimes you did have to wait a little while for a table to become available. I must stress here that we never waited more than 10 minutes and found that it fitted our plans perfectly. Luminae is a restaurant that is only available to suite class guests, the menu here changes daily and the food is absolutely stunning. It is located just off the main restaurant and if I remember correctly it seats about 100 people, so it offers a very cosy and comfortable atmosphere. The level of service on the Reflection is outstanding and we found that the crew could never do enough for us. The ship was forever being cleaned and everything was kept completely spotless. It never ceased to amaze me how happy the crew appeared to be considering how hard they worked. It must be very difficult to work like that while all the while appearing happy and contented. I can only assume that the crew genuinely enjoyed what they were doing. There is the usual array of activities on offer. Theatre, bands, disco, gym, comedy, smaller bands dotted around the ship, bingo, casino, deck games and activities, the spa area. The list goes on, there is so much to do and try out. I will not describe it all here because it would just take too long. Suffice to say that there is always something to do and you will always find entertainment that suits your taste. The cruise we were on was a pretty hectic one as far as ports of call were concerned, there was only two sea days throughout the cruise the rest were all ports of call. This often led to a bewildering choice of whether we should go ashore or not. We decided early on that there were some must do's. Santorini, Mykonos, Pompeii. For these we went on an organised excursion. Certainly not the cheapest option but we found that it gave us exactly what we wanted. For the other ports of call we just made out minds up there and then to go ashore and explore under out own steam, this was a great and fun way of finding our way around and yes a much cheaper option than taken an organised excursion. As I explained earlier, this cruise was a special anniversary cruise hence the reason why we booked the Signature Suite. I would just like to add a few extras of what you get with the suite. Premium drinks package for all suite guests. Unlimited use of the speciality restaurants for all suite gusts. Unlimited use of the cabin's mini bar, which is complementary and restocked daily. Unlimited Wi-Fi in the cabin. Great if you like to keep in touch with those at home or via social media etc. Exclusive use of the Luminae restaurant and Michaels Club. Ipad in room hooked up to a Bose sound system. Priority embarkation and debarkation. There are other perks but I will not list them all here, I think you get the idea of what is on offer. Well, in summary this is a cruise that we will never forget. The weather was perfect, the room amazing, food to die for and a crew that genuinely seemed to enjoy serving you. The ship is outstanding and immaculately clean. Infact we enjoyed it so much that we have re-booked the same cabin for a cruise next year...I can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our 3rd Celebrity cruise - we keep returning because they are consistently good and enjoy the Celebrity way of doing things. Embarkation in Civittavechia was a breeze, we arrived at the port at 12.10 and we're in the ... Read More
This was our 3rd Celebrity cruise - we keep returning because they are consistently good and enjoy the Celebrity way of doing things. Embarkation in Civittavechia was a breeze, we arrived at the port at 12.10 and we're in the Ocean view having lunch at 12.45, brilliant organisation. Staterooms were ready at 1pm and our luggage was already out side the door, doesn't start off much better than that. The ship is spotless although some minor signs of wear and tear in the chairs in the main dining room, but to be expected. The cabin was kept immaculately clean and well supplied with towels and toiletries. We had breakfast in Ocean view every day - plenty of choice, all cooked and presented well and never had a problem finding a table. Dinners were in the main dining room with the exception of 2 nights when we ate in Tuscan Grill and Qsine. We chose these 2 speciality restaurants as we have used them before and the food and service standards are impeccable. We skipped Murano this time as we find it a bit over the top and the menu doesn't appear to have changed much in 2 years. Main dining room food was very good and our waiters were just great. I've said this before on other questionnaires and it still stands true. Cafe Al Bacio is so popular it needs more space. The coffees, teas and cakes are devine and the service superb, but it just can't cater for the number of users. My last and only real criticism about this particular cruise concerns bar opening hours on rainy days. We had awful rain in Naples and the only place you could get a drink indoors was Cafe all Bacio. Management should have made better arrangements to cater for passengers who had no intention of going on deck to the pool bar for a drink in the pouring rain. Otherwise all was good as usual including debarkation which was just as smooth as Embarkation. Full marks Celebrity - we're back next year! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My partner and I had never thought of a cruise holiday before. We saw an advert in our travel agents window advertising the 11 day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection and chose it because it visited most of the places we had previously been ... Read More
My partner and I had never thought of a cruise holiday before. We saw an advert in our travel agents window advertising the 11 day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection and chose it because it visited most of the places we had previously been on holiday too. We researched the ship through YouTube videos so had a pretty good idea of what the ship was like, including the AquaClass cabin. My partner's niece and her husband has decided to join us. We flew local, from Birmingham to Rome. We were too late to join the optional tour into the city before embarking so transferred straight away. Believe it or not, the only niggle I can mention from the whole holiday, Yep, the whole holiday was the chaos that construed when we tried to hand over our luggage to the Reflection crew at the airport. It was just a free for all and had no organisation whatsever. The transfer into the ship was smooth and fairly quick. It was the most amazing sight to see this magnificent ship close up! We started feeling the first tingle of excitement as we walked up the gangway into the ship. We were able to go straight up to our cabin, 1506 on the starboard side. Our fellow travellers were in 1505 on the port side. After settling in we went on a wander to discover what this magnificent vessel had to offer. Phew! Just getting round the ship was a major fitness session! But plenty of lifts zipped you up and down the decks in no time. Being in AquaClass gave us certain extra perks. Not many but a few. One of them was the dining option. There are several speciality restaurants on the ship. One of which is Blue, which is reserved exclusively for AquaClass passengers. The restaurant looked amazing and the menu looked exciting. First night dining was very good. Second night in Blu was reasonably OK but not great. It is very intimate and I mean intimate. It's small and everyone is sitting next to one another. It wasn't until we decided to try the main restaurant, Opus, that we found the perfect combination of setting, style, perfect food, service and happy staff that we switched to this restaurant for the remainder of the trip.A few nights later, the maitre'd asked us when we arrived for dinner why we were not going to Blu anymore! He was obviously pleased when we told him the reason why. We had our own table reserved every evening on the balcony of the restaurant. With the same team which looked after us who were Marvin, Vanya and Anya. Three delightful people who it was a pleasure to meet. We occasionally used to Ocean View Café but it became a bit too manic for us at times and we just used it for the odd beverage. The ship has various bars, coffee shops etc. The place to be was the Café Al Bacio, a lovely café to have afternoon tea and listen to the live music in the foyer the Ensemble Lounge with some great jazz groups, the Sunset Bar, the AquaSpa cafe which had amazing salads and health food along with a huge range of smoothies and juices and for entertainment the Reflection Theatre which was huge and had some good shows as well as visiting entertainers.There are numerous activities on board. We didn't actually get involved in any of the activities as were too busy doing other things but there is a fair choice. Service. Suffice to say that this ship lives up to all the stories you hear about it. The service is phenomenal. From the cabin staff (and in our particular case we have to mention Sunil who organised our cabin and dealt with our need with perfection) to the cleaning staff who were always out in force and it certainly showed in the standard of cleanliness right throughout the ship to the restaurant staff in Opus to any crew member who happened to be walking about and took time to chat. to the cruise director of entertainment, Richard Starkey who worked tirelessly every day and night to make sure people had a good time. We went on two paid excursion, one to Santorini and the other to Naples/Sorrento/Pompeii. We had been to these places before but our companions hadn't and it was nice to see how impressed they were with the organisation. There was one incident on the trip to Santorini. We had been to Oia and were on our way to a winery for a tasting and food when the bus broke down and no attempt could get it going again. It was an extremely hot day, middle of the afternoon and it looked as though we were stuck for the duration! The guide was brilliant in dealing with his passengers, some, I hasten to add personally and verbally abused him saying it was his fault. It's unbelievable human nature sometimes. One or two stormed off to get a taxi to get back to the cable car. All I can say is that this is where the British patience and good sense prevails. Which is more than can be said for some Americans. The problem was solved shortly after when another tour buss offered us a lift to the cable car. The port visits were brilliant to watch as our cabin was right next to where the captain steered the ship. We'll never forget the sunrise docking at Mykonos at 6am and watching it coming up from our balcony. The ports of call are some of the best. The only time we had to use a tender was at Santorni. Just a tip. If you disembark at Mykonos for a visit on your own, don't bother to join the long queues for the bus. Just hop onto the water taxi next to the bus and you are in the harbour at Mykonos in no time. For just 2 euros return it was really worth it. We all had a fabulous 11 days on this ship and it dispelled all my prejudices about going on a hugh cruise ship. Believe me, sometimes you just don't know you are on one. We were glad that there were at least two formal nights which gave us the chance to wear our dinner suits. There were a predominate number of passengers who made the effort. I would say that the average age of passengers on our trip was between 50 to 70 and it was brilliant to see everybody having a good time. Disembarkation was quick and easy and in time we were at Rome airport and on the way home. Would we go again? We most certainly would! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Phenomenal cruise. The ship and bathrooms were spotlessly clean. Service throughout the ship was outstanding. Josie , our room steward was pleasant, efficient and thorough. We didn't have to ask for anything. We booked a Veranda room ... Read More
Phenomenal cruise. The ship and bathrooms were spotlessly clean. Service throughout the ship was outstanding. Josie , our room steward was pleasant, efficient and thorough. We didn't have to ask for anything. We booked a Veranda room concierge class room 9338. Balcony views were unobstructed. We were given fresh fruit and a small tray of olives, spreads and crackers every afternoon. We had them stop sending us the small trays ... we were always too full to eat them. We chose the Classic Beverage Package and received an additional $300 ship board credit. Our gratuities were paid in advance. We didn't have to pay for anything, however we did leave an extra tip for Josie and our favorite bartender Dario at the Passport bar. In fact, we had $289 dollars left in shipboard credit two days before departure. My wife ended up buying a Kate Spade bag and purse, which made her very happy. When we left the ship, our tab was $1.35! They tried to upsell us to a Premium liquor package. It was not necessary. We were able to drink Ketel 1 or Absolute Vodkas. I could drink Corona's or Heineken's and any $9 glass of wine or Proseco. Plus if we purchased the Premium Package, we would have to pay an 18% gratuity for every drink. We chose the 4 night Dining Package. It was so worth it. A word of caution, we ate at Murano the second night of the cruise. We had three glasses of wine which we liked and received a bill of $60.00. We figured our package would credit us $27.00 or $9 dollars a glass. It doesn't. Another example, If you buy a drink special for $8.25 you pay the full amount. Fortunately we found that out the next day. Our favorite restaurant by far was The Lawn Club Grill. We both had perfectly grilled 9 ounce Filet Mignons that were to die for. We also enjoyed the entertainment, especially Gareth Oliver, an over the top ventriloquist. Be careful in Turkey ... My wife almost ended up buying an 1,800 Euros carpet. I had to say no to her and at least 5 salesmen about 50 times! We booked our shore excursions independently. We used Viator for the Amalfi Coast which was fantastic and had a free tour of Athens through Distinctive Voyages which we are not members but truly enjoyed. It came with an authentic Greek lunch in Plaka. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Wow! What a fantastic experience! This was our second cruise, and our first with Celebrity, and also our first with a child: our four-year old boy. So we decided to push the boat out a bit and get a Celebrity Suite, and it was well ... Read More
Wow! What a fantastic experience! This was our second cruise, and our first with Celebrity, and also our first with a child: our four-year old boy. So we decided to push the boat out a bit and get a Celebrity Suite, and it was well worth the extra, in my view. Embarkation was painless. We had arranged a taxi from our hotel in Rome to the port, and we didn't have to wait more than ten minutes to get on board. We were able to go straight to our suite, which was nice, and quickly met our butler Ashwin and stateroom attendants Avi and Geoffrey. We hit our first snag shortly after boarding, as our baggage was mislaid and was not delivered to our room. Ashwin was able to track it down fairly quickly though. Disembarkation was also smooth. The stateroom was excellent. It was a good size and well laid out and the bathroom was good too, though the bath itself was a bit on the cosy side. The balcony was really big (we had a Celebrity Suite -1122 - on the end of the bulge with a diagonal balcony). It was a great location, near the lifts and the library. There was quite a bit of noise in the lift area in the evenings, but we didn't hear a thing in the suite itself. The cabin was spotlessly clean, and was cleaned beautifully every day by the stateroom attendants. The attendants and butler were all very helpful and accommodating throughout the cruise. We made use of the butler service quite a bit, to book our tables at dinner, order in suite dining etc. Ashwin was also able to get us a kettle for the suite which was something I was very pleased about. Avi made some fun animals out of towels to entertain our son. I'm not really sure if "butler" is the right word for the service provided by Celebrity, as it felt more like personalised room service, but it was nevertheless very helpful indeed. The ship is beautiful throughout and well laid out. There were some nice touches like the hideaway and the library which made the ship feel spacious and uncrowded. That said, I did think that Cafe al Bacio got a bit overcrowded at times, and the same went for the pool area (though not the pool itself). One issue with the ship was that the internet was not that fast (just fast enough to watch a youtube clip, not fast enough to watch an iTunes movie in real time) and dropped out for an extended period at one point. We wife and I didn't take in any of the entertainment or activities except catching some music in passing here and there. I did think it was a nice touch to have people playing live music in different parts of the ship from time to time. I wanted to try the Persian Garden once but they didn't let me in because it was crowded, which I thought was a bit of a shame, and I didn't ever try again. Our son however was a regular at the kids' factory, and he had a great time there (even though there weren't that many other kids). The staff looked after him really well, came up with lots of different activities, and he always wanted to go back there. Our son preferred eating with us though, so what we ended up doing was eating in-suite some nights; and on other nights we got him something in the suite and then dropped him at the kids' factory and then went to the suite-guest restaurant Luminae for our dinner (we tried taking him there once and it was just too stressful for all concerned, though the staff did their best). The in-suite food (which came from the main dining room) was good without being especially memorable. But Luminae was just amazing. I've rarely eaten so well, and never so consistently. The service was also excellent. Staff were friendly without being overbearing and knew what they were doing. I was extremely impressed. We had breakfast in the suite most days and this was fairly good, again without being especially memorable and was always delivered on time by Ashwin and often ate on the balcony, which was lovely. One gripe was that we were constantly being asked for our sea pass when ordering drinks, and we were charged for a some trivial little things like ice cream in Cafe Al Bacia (but not in the Oceanview Cafe), which seemed a little stingy considering the amount we paid to be in Suite Class and the fact that we had premium drinks packages. The other facility that we made a great deal of use of was Michael's club. Whenever it was overcrowded elsewhere, we could go there and have some peace and quiet as well as lots of nice canapés and lots of free tea, whisky or champagne (Though I am not sure if these were only free because we had the drinks package). Samantha and Denny, the concierges in Michael's club were really fantastic and couldn't do enough for us. They helped us with the disembarkation, with tendering, with booking meals and just with a lot of quick and accurate help and advice on how to do things. They made us feel really, very well looked after and I would go Suite Class again just for that service. Shore excursions were a mixed bag. We only did transfer-only excursions, because we didn't want to be dragging our four-year-old around trying to keep up with a guide. Here I review only the transfer, not the locations themselves, as they're in avery guidebook (and all well worth a visit in my view). The trip to Taormina (from Messina) was good, and the guide told us some interesting things on the way. The trip to Ephesus (from Kusadasi) was fine, but we were a bit annoyed at being taken to a carpet shop which was not advertised on the itinerary. Fortunately this was within walking distance of the ship, so we could skip it easily. We did Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes under our own steam, as the ports are all walkable to the main sites of interest. We bottled out of Athens as we just couldn't face dragging our boy around Athens for all those hours (it was a fairly long excursion). Our transfer to Pompeii (from Naples) was cancelled, which we were really disappointed about, so we had to haggle for a cab and go under our own steam. Not a problem really, but an annoyance, as we thought we'd settled that already. Would I go again? Would I recommend it to others? Yes, undoubtedly, to both. I would always go Suite Class if at all possible though, as Michael's Club and Luminae are the star turns of the ship in my view and made the cruise feel like a real luxury experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This is the second Celebrity cruise we have gone on. We like this cruse line as it's sheer luxury, we felt like celebrities, everything you could wish for. We had a stateroom on the 10th deck our cabin was of a high standard.( ... Read More
This is the second Celebrity cruise we have gone on. We like this cruse line as it's sheer luxury, we felt like celebrities, everything you could wish for. We had a stateroom on the 10th deck our cabin was of a high standard.( concierge class) The food in the Ocean View was excellent with a wide choice something to suit everyone, The staff in the Opus restaurant especially Anna on the reception desk, and Richard, Michael, and Ann we always asked to be seated at their section. All gave us very good service, nothing was any trouble, a credit to Celebrity cruise line. The Martini bar( "boys" ) waiters kept everyone entertained with their tricks, and again gave excellent service., even when it was busy no one waited very long to be served. We loved all the ports apart from the one in Turkey ( Kusadasi ) the reason being shopping was a ordeal and the shop owners very persistent Our favourite was Santorini, followed by Mykonos. The shore trip we booked was very good with a excellent guide Amalfia coast etc missed out on the motor launch because of choppy seas, but the guide arranged for us to see the coast line by bus. It was a relaxing holiday, with excellent service and food amazing.. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Would highly recommend this ship and these ports of call. Embarkation was well organised and quick. We boarded at 1pm and our cabin was ready. We had a stateroom with balcony #8224. Spacious room with bed next to balcony which gives more ... Read More
Would highly recommend this ship and these ports of call. Embarkation was well organised and quick. We boarded at 1pm and our cabin was ready. We had a stateroom with balcony #8224. Spacious room with bed next to balcony which gives more room as you enter the room or after using the bathroom. Adaquate storage room for suitcases under bed. Room on slant before hump giving a larger balcony also close to lift bay without being noisy. Room stewards were wonderful always friendly and professional. Nothing too much trouble, room always clean and tidy. Anytime dining was perfect for us. Never waited more than 5 minutes for a table even on formal nights. Dress code was very varied in dining room even on formal night so neat tidy dress shirt and smart trousers mingled amonst suits and tuxedos (fortunate for us as on 5 week European tour and no room for my husband suit). Food and service was wonderful. Also happily ate in buffet, grill by pool, cafe and Qsine (extra charge but on last night they offered 2 for one deal. Worth the experience!) Varied activities on board that guests can either join in if that way inclined or lots of quiet corners to escape to. Numerous bars on board. The Martini bar was always a popular spot to people watch as was the cafe with good coffee and cakes too. Also great spot for the evening entertainment. Very well equipped gym and good sunbeds over 2 levels around pool areas. The ship itself has been maintained to a high standard. Very clean throughout. We loved every port of call. Some ports we just wandered on our own at others we joined shore excursions which we organised ourselves nof through the ship (much cheaper and smaller groups). Great vibe on board both from other guests and especially all the staff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Stayed three nights in Rome before departing. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoothly. The ship was very nice and clean. The staff everywhere were extremely friendly and courteous. Just after we got to our original cabin ... Read More
Stayed three nights in Rome before departing. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoothly. The ship was very nice and clean. The staff everywhere were extremely friendly and courteous. Just after we got to our original cabin 6216 we were asked if we could move to accommodate a family with children who wanted to be close by the children. We agreed and got upgraded to room 2173 which was a concierge room on the 12th floor. Mario was our cabin steward and he couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. We had the select seating and never had to wait for a table. That was really a nice feature being able to eat whenever we got hungry. Took two dinners in the oceanview buffet and that was good both nights. Ate one dinner and one lunch at Murano and both meals were excellent. Got one dinner at Tuscan Grill and we were a little disappointed. The filet was "mushy" on the inside and had an unusual flavor. Saw one good show Elysium and a good magician. Also a good Motown group. Other than that we did not care for the shows. We took shore excursions and enjoyed most of them. Would not recommend the shore excursions in Bodrum. Not much there other than a castle. The boat tour we took after the castle was a waste of time. In Santorini took the Aktori ruins and Oia tour and wish we had skipped the ruins and spent more time in the two towns there. The Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii excursion in Naples was very good but exhausting and wish we had more time at Vesuvius. Also the free time was at the end of the tour around 2 pm and we had not eaten lunch. Really enjoyed Crete and took the "Real Crete" tour to several small towns and enjoyed shopping for small gifts in the towns. Epheses was very nice and enjoyed the tour and lunch afterwards that was included. Had planned to rent bikes or ATV's in Mykonos but it was very windy so just walked around the town. We would definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This itinerary fit our plans. Our embarking experience in Miami for TA was the best we have ever had. This was our 14th and 15th cruise on several lines. The ship made our second check in on the ship seamless. Although we had select ... Read More
This itinerary fit our plans. Our embarking experience in Miami for TA was the best we have ever had. This was our 14th and 15th cruise on several lines. The ship made our second check in on the ship seamless. Although we had select dining, the hostess was great about sitting us with the same waiter, no matter when we arrived. Although the ship has excursions to most of the places we visited, we try to avoid the large bus group. Cruise Critic was a great help in finding those smaller groups. The entertainment was mostly good, can't expect to please everyone while on the ship for 27 days. Especially enjoyed the guest speakers. Prof Alan Fishman and Prof Lisa Didier were great, entertaining and informative. We enjoyed this so much, we have booked back to back TA to the Baltics for next year. The Customer Relations set up special events for the back to back cruisers and for Cruise Critic members. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our 2nd cruise, both on Celebrity. The cruise was the central part of our "dream vacation" and certainly lived up to our hopes and expectations. I normally don't write reviews but this site has been very helpful to ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise, both on Celebrity. The cruise was the central part of our "dream vacation" and certainly lived up to our hopes and expectations. I normally don't write reviews but this site has been very helpful to us in the past I want to return to the favor for those using this site in the future. As this was our 2nd cruise, we are still in awe of the cruise experience and lifestyle and this might skew our evaluations a little. Not knowing how the embarkation process would be we arrived at the cruise port early and were presently surprised to be on the ship within 1 hour. the whole process was very organized and painless and by noon we were having lunch in the Ocean View buffet. We were in Aqua class so the little extras provided including priority embarkation was appreciated and definitely worth the money. The cabin was well designed with plenty of storage space. We were on deck 11 and it was very quiet. Most of our evening meals were in the Blu restaurant which is exclusive to Aqua class members and provides a welcome break from "group" dining venues. We found the menu selection very good on most nights. there was only 1 night when the daily specials were not appealing to me and I had to "settle" for the steak which was very good. We enjoyed the appetizers as they were dishes that we would not normally prepare or order at home. The service was outstanding and each evening we enjoyed wonderful conversations with those around us. On our last night, we were seated between 2 other couples and proceeded to spend the next 2 and 1/2 hours solving the worlds problems as we closed the place down! the rest of our meals were mainly in the Ocean View buffet with the selection being vey good and the food tasty if not piping hot. We loved the design and layout of the ship. Having been on a Solstice class ship before we were familiar with the layout but still enjoyed exploring. We liked using the relaxation lounge ( a perk of Aqua class I think), and the many lounges, bars and common areas throughout the ship. We never felt like we were on a ship with 3000 other passengers. My wife likes to shop so we spent what I thought was an inordinate amount of time in the shopping mall but it was her vacation too. I do have 1 complaint on what Celebrity has done with the lawn area on deck 15. On our first cruise 5 years ago we enjoyed hanging out on the lawn and relaxing. With much of the area on this cruise off limits and especially with the creation of the for fee cabanas made the whole area inaccessible to us regular passengers. A prime area such as this should be open to all. The many ports of call were one of the reasons we chose this sailing and we took advantage of all ports. Did not use any of Celebrity tours as we find them expensive. My wife and I have travelled and lived around the world and prefer to make our own way around when in port. disembarkation was very quick and easy in all ports, even when we tendered in Santorini. We were cognizant of concerns raised by prior reviews as to the soft and hard sell atmosphere on the cruise and staffs fixation to upsell products and services. This was corroborated on this cruise but knowing up front what to expect and politely saying no made it a non issue. We did sample some of the entertainment although rarely sitting through an entire performance. We were aware of some of the comments made about the quality but after all, this was a cruise ship, not Las Vegas or Broadway. I likened it to good community theater productions, if not perfect, enjoyable and refreshing. Living in Texas, we also were not concerned too much for the pool area. When we did make our way to the pool and pool bar it was never excessively crowded. Spring break it was not. disembarkation was also vey easy and quick. so much so that we had to wait for our transportation at the cruise terminal as we did not plan on breezing through this process. Overall, this was a memorable cruise that we would definitely take again. the staff were incredibly accommodating and we met some wonderful people on board. it definitely lived up to our expextations and more Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Celebrity Reflection Ratings
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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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