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9 Celebrity Reflection Luxury Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we have cruised with Celebrity a number of times and this ship twice before. We already have 2 more cruises booked on the Reflection. Of more than 35 cruises over the past 25 years, we have found Celebrity in ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have cruised with Celebrity a number of times and this ship twice before. We already have 2 more cruises booked on the Reflection. Of more than 35 cruises over the past 25 years, we have found Celebrity in general and Reflection in particular, to be the best. The ship is beautiful and always sparking clean. The food is excellent. We usually get a small suite and that gives us access to Luminae, the suite special restaurant with its own chef. the food is excellent and the staff at Luminae is made up of the best of the best. They are warm and inviting and constantly strive to make your experience fantastic. Our waiter this time was Jose whose menu recommendations were always spot on. The ship truly is spic and span with constant cleaning including the public rest rooms. Tours were very good. In Rome, we actually booked private tours with a company not affiliated with the ship. All around Italy (info@allarounditaly.com) with Fabrizio and Valentino. They were fantastic. In 2 days, we saw more of Rome than we ever could have in a week on our own. Drove us in a Mercedes van directly to the Vatican and Colosseum as well as many other sites and their English was excellent. The entertainment on Reflection was varied and top quality. The ship's band was excellent as well. Overall, I cannot think of enough superlatives for this ship and its crew. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 60th birthdays and it was our first ever cruise but certainly not our last. It was a truly wonderful experience from start to finish. We sailed from Rome stopping at Messina, Sicily, Mykonos, Rhodes, ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 60th birthdays and it was our first ever cruise but certainly not our last. It was a truly wonderful experience from start to finish. We sailed from Rome stopping at Messina, Sicily, Mykonos, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Santorini, Athens, Naples and finally Civitavecchia. The level of service, food, entertainment, comfort etc was exceptiional. We would particularly like to give special mention to Peter, our charming and Professional Waiter in the Opus Restaurant, assistant Waiter. Purnama and Sommelier Braganza. These gentlemen are a credit to themselves and a wonderful asset to Celebrity Cruises. Last but certainly not least We would also like to give a mention to Jose our wonderful stateroom attendant who looked after us so well. A big Thank you to all the wonderful staff Who Made our first cruise so memorable. We look forward to hopefully meeting you all again. Grazie mille a tutti. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had dreamed of taking a cruise to Rome and the Greek Isles and this one fit everything on our wish list. We flew into Rome the day before to get a little more acclimated to the time change. We had arrange for private transfers from ... Read More
We had dreamed of taking a cruise to Rome and the Greek Isles and this one fit everything on our wish list. We flew into Rome the day before to get a little more acclimated to the time change. We had arrange for private transfers from the hotel in Rome to the port. We would highly recommend this. Very efficient. We love our room which had a balcony. We had tapas in the room every day around 4:30. We also opted for the Premium drink package. My husband loves beer and there were not many choices with the regular package. The dinners in the dining room were nice, but we were not overly impressed with the selections. The crème Brule was incredible, lobster was outstanding the night they had that. Breakfast there was a eggs benedict bar that was excellent. Also the blueberry blintzes were to die for. Great salad bar with so many choices. We probably went to the dining room 5 nights out of the 10. The food at the buffet was very good. We chose to go there several nights. We would get back on the ship after a full day of excursions and loved cooling off at the Passport Bar on 3. The two Jamaican bartenders were so much fun and friendly. Then we'd head up to the Sunset Bar to watch us pull out of port. Sitting up there sometimes until the sun went down. Enjoying a drink or glass of wine while watching the lights twinkling from the Greek Isles we were passing by. The excursions were very good. We did the Biblical tour in Ephesus. Visited Mary's house and were able to attend Mass there at a chapel. We then went to the ruins in Ephesus. This was one of the best tours and we were totally amazed. Then went to the place St. John the Apostle is buried. Would highly recommend this one. We did Mykonos on our own which was good. Would have liked to have had more time in Oia and Fira in Santorini. Did the excursion to Lindos in Rhodes. Did not spend much time in the Old City. That would have been a day in and of itself. Athens we did the tour of the Parthenon and Acropolis and the museum. This was well worth it. In Naples we took a bus to Serrento which was amazing. Loved all the little shops. Then a tour of the Amalfi Coast. It took all day but the scenery was unbelievable. If you get motion sickness easily, please take a patch or dramamine with you. We had a couple of early morning excursions, so we ordered room service and ate on the balcony while getting dressed. We enjoyed meeting lots of people. It was just the two of us on the cruise. You had to fight for the hot tubs in the afternoon, but it was well worth it. We usually went out to the adult Solarium area. Harder to find a waiter there, but away from the noise around the main pool. We met several people who had taken this exact cruise before and came again, but did different shore excursions. All of our guides were great. Easy to understand and appreciated that we were there visiting their country and contributing to the economy. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful time on the Reflection. The staff is so professional, yet friendly. They are smiling and want to be sure you are having an excellent experience. Several even thanked us for sailing so they had ... Read More
My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful time on the Reflection. The staff is so professional, yet friendly. They are smiling and want to be sure you are having an excellent experience. Several even thanked us for sailing so they had employment. This is a classy ship that caters to a more upscale crowd. We certainly received the experience we expected. I always smile when I read reviews such as the previous one that said they were bored. I can't believe that people book cruises without any investigation about the ship, the experience and cruise company. Many would be better suited on Carnival than Celebrity for what they are looking for. I find a variety of age groups on Celebrity and the Reflection and not just one age group as mentioned by another reviewer. I have yet to have a bad cruise. You are on vacation - enjoy it and be happy. Our weather was beautiful every day, which made for a pleasant stay. Our experience in Luminae was spectacular. The wait staff went out of their way to greet us and inquire about our day. Our suite was clean and made up early each day. Lots of fun each night at the Martini bar prior to dinner. The entertainment was great. Really had fun with the Beatles Legend show and the Tenors of Rock was a big hit! We were able to use the Alcoves a few days and our servers Alex and Raul made the trip. Two great guys who just wanted to be sure you were happy and enjoying yourselves. We had dinner two nights at Tuscan restaurant. Found the food to be even better than we remembered. The steaks were cooked perfectly, the pasta good and the salads very refreshing. The service was friendly and consistent. We continue to return to Celebrity as they provide exactly what we are looking for in a cruise experience. Every cruise line and ship appeals to different folks, which is great as there is something for everyone. Just be sure you do your homework to find the right one for you. We will continue to cruise with Celebrity and have a British Isles cruise booked this summer which we are very excited about. I know my experience with Celebrity and this cruise will be the experience I expect and have come to enjoy. Happy sailing to all. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I just came back from a wonderful cruise with Celebrity Reflection. Everything was excellent, from the room comfort to the food and professional and friendly crew members, especially services in the Opus Dining room. I sat always at the ... Read More
I just came back from a wonderful cruise with Celebrity Reflection. Everything was excellent, from the room comfort to the food and professional and friendly crew members, especially services in the Opus Dining room. I sat always at the same table to get a closer relationship with the same table attendants and the wine advisor. Luis and his team were fabulous! Luis had an excellent team spirit and leadership. Very professional and attentive to all of us. He made very good suggestions on the best meal selection every day. You should ask for him for your next cruise. Luis and his team will add a lot of joy and pleasure to your cruise. I left Civitavecchia on July 10 and returned on the July 20th. Mostly in Greece, and three stops in Italy, one in Turkey. I suggest you taking extra days before departing or when returning from your cruise to visit Rome, which is rich in history. However, there were too many children on that trip. Better to take this cruise during the school period for those who are looking for tranquillity at night.The selection of excursions are also excellent with some exceptions. No need to reserve these excursions in advance. Other interesting options are also available when you go on shore, at the exit of each port. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Overall, the Celebrity Reflection is a beautiful and almost brand new ship, and if you've been on other cruises you realize the newer boats make your cruise a little bit nicer. The ship has been built around all the modern ... Read More
Overall, the Celebrity Reflection is a beautiful and almost brand new ship, and if you've been on other cruises you realize the newer boats make your cruise a little bit nicer. The ship has been built around all the modern conveniences we expect, ie. wifi, hdtv, well designed staterooms, more verandas available, ect. The ship offers many specialty restaurants that seemed desperate for more reservations, as they were constantly doing the sales pitch even on the elevators and in bathrooms. The anytime dining was impossible to get after boarding so we stuck with our 6:15 dinners, even though it was not something we signed up for or were able to change once aboard. My advice is to make sure when you book your cruise request anytime dining, it allows the freedom to eat when you want, and that is no small thing. While we were at shore we often had to leave early in order to get dressed for our early dinner times. These ports are mostly incredibly gorgeous with more to do than anyone could possibly do in a day. DO NOT PLAN AN EXCURSION IN MYKONOS!!! Instead do what we did and have the best day of the entire cruise. In Mykonos we were able to walk through the ridiculously beautiful town and reach the area where one can rent a motor scooter or 4 wheeled ATV (very cheap and easy to operate because there is very little traffic). We took the ATV and drove it over the island and followed the signs to the "Super Paradise Beach", not to be confused with the "Paradise Beach", we also saw the "Paradise Beach" and it's not as good as the super one. The Super Paradise Beach was the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my whole life, seriously. The beach is set in a large lagoon with lounging beds with umbrellas to be enjoyed for the cost of 20Euro's (not positive on that price). You could order drinks and food, all at slightly elevated prices but it was worth every penny to be in such an incredible location. Also, being Mykonos, a party island for Europeans, the sandy beach leads to a white-washed outdoor club that must really be a killer spot come midnight. In the DJ booth during our stay at Super Paradise Beach they had someone playing "chilled-out house" music at a perfect volume to add that extra ambiance to our amazing day. We chose a set of beach beds with an umbrella just steps from the calm, crystal clear, blue sea. Walking into the water, the depth increases very gradually and on our day there were few people swimming, it was early June so the water was cold at first but after a few moments was just perfect. We were very sad to leave this island oasis we felt we had discovered, but of course we had to get back to the ship to get ready for our annoying early dinner time. One piece of advice, if you take the ATV and you are two people you might want to pay for a vehicle per person. That is because Mykonos is a hilly island and the weight of two normal sized adults was more than the engine could handle on it's steepest points, and you must get up those hills to reach the Super Paradise Beach. These ATV's are very easy to use, I had never used one before and I picked it up immediately. They do not go very fast, maximum 30mph except for going down hills, as fast as you dare! Make sure your ATV is in good working order before you take it on, because we didn't notice the starter on ours was loose and this became a slight problem on our way back. Also, they will ask you to put gasoline in the tank. There is a gas station right almost next to the places that rent the vehicles. If at all concerned about driving your own vehicle, just take a taxi, its worth it. On our way back to the port and drop off the ATV, we noticed a tiny little open air cafe sitting among the craggy rocks and scattering goats. My husband had a beer and I had the most delicious home-made yogurt with honey. I thought I had died and gone to heaven, that day was so memorable and fun. My issue with the cruise isn't really a critique of the ship or its services. We just found that landing in say, Santorini or Rhodes, it is difficult to pick what activities to do since its a big enough island that you cannot see all you may want to see. We wanted to have the chance to swim but our excursion (volcano and hot springs)* was so strenuous that we didn't have the time or energy to get a bus or expensive taxi to the other side of the island for the really good beaches. If we had tried we would run the risk of possibly arriving late and missing the ship. Since they hold on to your passports, the thought of this happening was not even comprehensible. In fact we chose to only take excursions from two ports, Messina for Taromina (worth it!), and Santorini for the volcano and hotsprings (see comments in next paragraph). One more thing you need to know before signing on for the Santorini Excursion "Volcano and Hot springs". First of all you do not need to purchase this excursion through the cruise ship. The ship tenders in Santorini and as soon as you get off the tendering boat you will see signs advertising the EXACT same tour you have already paid for but it's half the price. The tour starts with getting on an old fashioned "pirate ship" type boat with loads of black smoke billowing from the engines and you are packed in like sardines with literally a couple hundred people. The boat takes you to the black volcanic island that has some very unusual rock structures. There are not trees or shade so put on loads of sunblock and wear a hat. It takes about 30 minutes to climb to the top and it is quite difficult, many people did not go all the way up. Also, don't be a silly and wear sandals or flip-flops because the ground you are climbing is made up of loose small volcanic rocks that are slippery and can easily get in your open shoes. Getting to the top is quite nice and you can see some smoking ground and feel the heat if you put your hand down a hole. I took a nasty fall on my way down because of the steep and loose rocks, and I was wearing my walking shoes. If it's a really hot day be warned it's bloody hot as Hades sauna on that hill because its pitch black and there is no shade besides the fact that the hill is producing its own heat. If you make it through this you will be happy to get back on the pirate ship. There is a nice boat ride to the other side of the volcanic mountain where the boat is anchored and you are told to jump off the edge of the deck. Many brave souls did so immediately but I could see by the expressions on their faces that it was like a polar dive. The water was quite choppy and so cold that a few minutes after jumping in three people started to drown in separate incidents. The crew quickly threw out life-savers and other swimmers helped the poor (slightly embarrassed individuals) get back on the boat. The distance to the hot springs was quite far because of the rough seas and the fact there was nothing to grab onto for a breather. The hot springs looked like dirty mucky water and I was told that because of the cold temperature of the sea the hot springs were more like "tepid" springs. The swimmers came back to the boat looking exhausted and freezing. A couple more people had to be "saved" as they had developed cramps in their legs. My husband a medical doctor said this was not surprising because of the intense physical strain of the climb followed by difficult swimming conditions in such cold water. Overall this wasn't a terrible excursion, except for the fact that we paid the ship twice the cost for no benefit to us. The craziness of the hot springs swimming party was kind of exciting albeit at some other travelers expense. No one would have drowned, there were highly capable Greek crew members ready to dive in and save the day. It's easy to realize that a cruise of the Eastern Med is going to be a good one. Italy and Greece have some of the most beautiful waters in the world. The only thing I came back home with was an intense desire to return to the islands on our own so we can stay for a few days and really get the experience. I'm also planning on going back to the Super Paradise Beach in Mykonos for some serious partying into the wee hours with no ship ticking its clock for me to come back. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Well, after deciding that we liked Crystal best, we of course took our next cruise on Celebrity. I wanted to know if Celebrity was "Crystal lite". Due to my motion sickness, I also wanted to see if a larger ship would be more ... Read More
Well, after deciding that we liked Crystal best, we of course took our next cruise on Celebrity. I wanted to know if Celebrity was "Crystal lite". Due to my motion sickness, I also wanted to see if a larger ship would be more helpful to me. The cost of our vacation was in fact 1/2 of our previous cruise with Crystal , and we overall thought this was good value for what we got. Motion on the Celebrity reflection: I know the cruise line cannot control the weather! It was very windy and wavy, and the ship was very rolly. I had a very hard time with the two sea days to the ports, and the two sea days back. This of course has coloured my view overall of this vacation, but will try to remain objective for remainder of review. So, no, the larger ship was not better for my motion sickenss. Size of ship: Pros- lots to do! Very impressed with the diversity of activities. This was a Top Chef themed cruise, and DH enjoyed the free cooking shows. He noted that they were overall too short for an hour each, but likely this was to promote the longer paid sessions, that one could book. I liked the shops on board, and used my cruise credit to buy Chanel eyeliner that I had run out of- so I was very pleased to have the makeup area on board. Cons- the ship was full- there were too many people for my liking, and I got agoraphobic. The one lone tree in the middle of the ship could not clean the stale air of so many people wandering about. Despite so many people, one could find a lounger on the sun deck and seating at the buffet if you looked hard enough. Lines for drinks were long- no separate line for sodas or non-alcoholic drinks, so often you had to wait a little while. Leaving the ship at ports had long lines. I could not imagine how a tender port would go. Patience is needed, everywhere. Dining and Beverage: We had select dining. The first night the main dining room was overwhelmed and we were told to order room service, (or to wait for at least 20 minutes for a table), which suited us fine as we prefer to dine in our cabin (especially with my motion sickness). We did not dine at the main dining room after trying the first night, so no comments of that. We had room service from the main dining menu on Top Chef night, which we enjoyed very much. We liked Tiffany Derry's shrimp dish the best, despite us both thinking Hosea's dishes would suit our palates. I did not try Shirley's congee, but in hindsight, this would have been good for my motion sickness. No regular rotation Asian soup on board. However! I love the buffet! Fantastic. One day I had the lelemon coriander hot soup which was so flavorable and soothing I was so impressed with it. Well done. Lawn club grill. We liked this venue the best. It was outdoors (helped with motion sickness). The cuts of meat were of good quality, and well seasoned. It was fun for DH togrill his own meat. I didn';t really care for the flatbread as wanted to keep my appetite for the grilled meats and seafood. DH said Qsine was very interesting, but you need a larger number in your party to properly try everything. He also said Tuscan Grill had good service, and the food was good too. We thought the specialty restaurants were worth the extra fees. Premium beverage package: We tried to make our cruise as "all inclusive" as possible to mimic our previous small ship cruises. THe range of beverages were more than we have seen in the luxury cruise lines, so we really enjoyed sampling everything. We tried the martinis, molecular bar, etc and the alcoholic drinks were very fun. We would not think these would be worth paying for, individually, but very fun to be able to try them. We really like the smoothies at the Aqua bar. They were well made, tasted great, and the service was so friendly. We enjoyed the Vitamin water, Evian, San Pellegrino, Tea Forte teas, specialty coffees, Arizona iced teas (beverage heaven). No high tea time though, and no loose tea on board. Tea Forte was OK for our needs, but we also brought our own tea. Michael's club: Maritza was very helpful to us, and welcoming too! Thank you Maritza! We took water, iced teas etc from the Michael's club to stock our bar fridge. Our butler emptied out the fridge so that we could stock it to our preference. Otherwise all the bar fridge contents would be a charge despite having the premium bev package. Makes no sense to me, but those are the rules at the moment, and may change in the future. Maritza helped us make specialty restaurant reservations, and notified us of any special events. DH went to a special sail-away at the helicopter pad. The venue (Michael's club)provides a more intimate location to chat with your fellow passengers. The people we met were interesting and friendly. Royal Suite 1130: The room opens directly to the elevator banks and stairs. Very convenient, but also very public. This was the best equipped room we have sailed in- very very nice. I liked that the bed was in an entirely different room, with a door (not separated by a curtain). Bathroom well appointed with Duravit sinks (two). Shower worked well. Bulgari white tea toiletries (not my favorite, meh). LIked very much the large dining table, which we did use for room service, and as a desk. Kitchen-like area with bar sink made organization of empties easy. Separate "guest" bathroom very cute and cozy. Balcony was luxurious and spacious! I spent much of my seasickness time on the divan on the balcony, in my Frette housecoat, sipping smoothies, far from the madding crowd. How great is that! The jet tub on the balcony just takes up space. I couldn't imagine using it. There is also a small table with two chairs. We liked the modern, Vegas-like decor of the ship overall. I thought the artworks were thoughtful and impressive. Why couldn't you auction off to me that wonderful lithograph, instead of the cheesy artworks in the shop? :) Excursions: we did not take any ship sponsored excursions. We took a foodie tour in San Juan (spoon food tours) which was fantastic!! We could not find any similar type walking tours for the other ports. I was surprised there were not Top Chef themed food tours at the ports (mostly on board demonstrations). Overall: Good value for money. Tries to be a "just short of luxury" experience, and succeeds. I would be intrigued to see their new "suite class" and how all inclusive it would be. The sheer number of fellow travellers would however hinder me to book with this cruise line again, but if you are outgoing there is a lot of opportunity for socializing. I would not book this cruise line for ports of call that I would find important to see (eg Europe- getting off the ship took too long) but for a sea and sand Caribbean cruise the ship has a lot of fun things to do on board. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Recently came from the Celebrity Inaugural, expected more but was just average. Boarding from Amsterdam was busy, strange that they handed passengers numbers, ours being #3 while others in our group 8 and 12. We registered and got in the ... Read More
Recently came from the Celebrity Inaugural, expected more but was just average. Boarding from Amsterdam was busy, strange that they handed passengers numbers, ours being #3 while others in our group 8 and 12. We registered and got in the ship right away. Our friends in the other numbers were made to wait in lounge outside the ship which we found strange. We have been on Oasis and Allure and were able to board right away. Upon entering we were informed the rooms were not ready so we proceeded to the Oceanview Cafe- sleek, clean with good service. Food stations were well placed and spaced. We had a veranda stateroom which was a good size and a large washroom with toiletries. Due to the rainy weather we hardly used the balcony. Elevators were slow. There were no outlets in the washroom nor the side tables. Activities- Casino was great the first night but slots tightened as the days passed. The shows were mediocre from a rock-type one; acrobatic; 2 female singers; magician who did basic tricks one of our members already showed us in the dining room. They had an a capella group, 2 female violinists and a band on level 3 by the elevators. Bingo, game shows, dance classes, karaoke, trivia were so-so. The dancing with the stripes was great entertainment since they were funny with a Canadian winning it. It Excursions - horrible since it rained every day. The local guides gave us more information than we needed and should have considered that discomfort of the weather and should have put us in the buildings earlier if not faster. Tapas tour which consisted of visiting 3 tapas bars left us hungry and angry- the lack of food for the price charged. Paris stores were closed being a Sunday and the stores at Champs with 1 hour was not enough with the rain and all. A total waste of money. Also there was practically no time for shopping. Dining - We had early seating with a great waiter Gede, polished, polite and knew our preferences right away. Meals were good, nothing spectacular though. We tried Murano, great food, menu and service. Qsine, you order from an Ipad took forever for some dishes to arrive. The best was the angus burgers. Presentation was unique, but wished the other dished tasted better. Tuscan Grill had excellent steaks and sides. Champagne given free was already flat, too bad since I love champagne. The ship had a hideaway for reading, resting in the cocoon chairs. Apple store, Michael Kors, etc. Staff were still not informed as to where and what we had to ask several times/several guys. Disembarkation on your own not great since we did not know the gangway till we were assembled on level 4 and then had to go move and exit at level 5. Gratuities were automatically billed, unless you waived them by a certain date and you were given the envelopes. Overall, we expected a lot from an inaugural cruise and this one failed. Nothing special, no fireworks, no souvenirs, nothing. It was expensive and it did not equate to the cost. We were bored in between due to the lack of activities/amenities. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
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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