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60 Celebrity Reflection Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

This was our first cruise experience, and Celebrity did not disappoint. We arrived in Rome 5 days before sail date and explored all the city has to offer. We were travelling with friends and shared a private car (Blacklane) to the ... Read More
This was our first cruise experience, and Celebrity did not disappoint. We arrived in Rome 5 days before sail date and explored all the city has to offer. We were travelling with friends and shared a private car (Blacklane) to the embarkation port, arriving around noon. Embarkation went very, very smoothly - barely took 15 minutes to get through the line, get our Sea Pass and board the ship! We went to the Ocean View Café to have lunch until our room was ready. We had booked a room with a balcony, on deck 7. The room was clean, comfortable and efficient - the only downside was its proximity to the elevators, which meant we could hear a very muted "ding" whenever the elevator arrived. If I remember correctly, our luggage arrived before the muster drill; we were happy to unpack and organize all our clothes and there was plenty of room, between the closet, storage above the bed and 3 drawers below the tv. We asked for and received extra hangers. The ship is absolutely beautiful; hard to remember you're actually on a ship when you are strolling through the main areas! There is something for everyone ... louder bars, quieter bars, little nooks and crannies to sit and read in, a library, etc. The food in the cafeteria was quite good, many temptations but also many healthy choices. The food in the dining room was ok but not spectacular, and sometimes too salty. We were not overly impressed with the food in the Tuscan Grill, though our friends had a good experience there on a previous cruise. We were however quite impressed with the food at the Lawn Club, and also had an excellent meal at Murano's. It's possible that our impression of the food was tainted by an overall negative experience relating to food service. In virtually every venue from the cafeteria to Murano's and everything in between, we were consistently interrupted by wait staff who did not pause or say "excuse me" whenever they approached our table. We were even interrupted in the middle of a birthday toast! By the 3rd of 4th time my husband started pointing this out to wait staff, but as you have someone different every time, this did nothing to improve our experience. In retrospect, we should have gone to Guest Services with our complaint. This is clearly a flaw in Celebrity's training curriculum, and put a damper on an otherwise excellent experience. In addition to a smooth embarkation on day 1, getting on and off the ship at ports of call also went very smoothly, and disembarkation was just as smooth. Celebrity clearly has this down to a science. Can't comment on the entertainment as we didn't go to any of the shows (we're not show people), but the musicians in the lobby area on the various nights were good, and the 5-person jazz band in the bar just outside Michael's Club was quite good. Our favorite spot on the ship was the Sunset Bar on deck 15 - an ideal spot to be in when the ship leaves port. We found service there to be quite excellent and really liked being outside. What surprised us the most was the demographics on the ship - we are in the 50-60 age range and expected, from what we'd heard, that most guests would be in this demographic as well. My perception is that the majority were in the 65-80 age range and we saw very few guests younger than us. Overall, this was an excellent experience and I would have given it a 4.75 rating if that was possible. The only reason I did not give it a 5 is the irritation of the interrupting wait staff. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We decided to review our cruise as we truly appreciate others doing so. Thank you all. We chose this cruise for its itinerary not realizing this S class ship would be so wonderful. Booked a VIP tour with our travel agent Alberto at ... Read More
We decided to review our cruise as we truly appreciate others doing so. Thank you all. We chose this cruise for its itinerary not realizing this S class ship would be so wonderful. Booked a VIP tour with our travel agent Alberto at Online Vacation Center that included pre night hotel in Rome, air and transfers. Made it so easy and loved having few days in Rome again. Our journey on the Reflection was made so memorable by the crew. Everyone and we mean everyone was super friendly and helpful making this one of our favorite journeys. The ship itself although large is incredibly well laid out and easy to navigate. As we were in a Concierge Cabin embarkation was just minutes. Our cabin was lovely and its balcony was a bit larger than the others. Lots of storage and the closet was great. Our steward Dominic kept everything super clean. The bathroom was the biggest surprise as it was the largest we've had. We got a good workout walking to the elevators which we didn't mind at all. One tip is to bring strong magnetic hooks as the walls are magnetic. We use to hang hats etc and super handy. Just make sure they are strong magnets. We chose anytime dining and after meeting Alexio waited until a table for 2 was available in his area. Didn't know until afterwards that we could have set up a certain time for each night of the cruise. The food was great and we saw no need to eat in any of the specialty restaurants. We made a special effort to go to the shows and most were terrific. A male vocal group from Germany was onboard and other guests were invited to their afternoon show on sea day. What a gift. They were amazing. The ports were all fabulous and by the end of the journey we were exhausted. We didn't use the ship's excursions as we prefer small tours in the ports. Safe and happy travels fellow members! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
It was our twenty fifth wedding anniversary and our first cruise so I had some misgivings about it ! I did not need to worry as the staff were fabulous, the food was amazing, our room was gorgeous and Maynard who looked after us was ... Read More
It was our twenty fifth wedding anniversary and our first cruise so I had some misgivings about it ! I did not need to worry as the staff were fabulous, the food was amazing, our room was gorgeous and Maynard who looked after us was fantastic! Everything was well organised and it was great that security and safety were taken very seriously so we had no issues about leaving the ship or returning to it as we knew exactly what to do! We met some lovely new friends although we did not feel pressured to eat with anyone if we wanted to be on our own. We booked a number of gourmet restaurants but the food in the restaurants on board was delicious! We had great fun in the Qsine restaurant it was so much fun a real experience. We are saving up to go on another Celebrity cruise in 2020 Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because it was an area we had never been to before and we were quite happy with the Celebrity line as we have cruised with them twice before. The June itinerary was perfect for us, just getting into the hot season in ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was an area we had never been to before and we were quite happy with the Celebrity line as we have cruised with them twice before. The June itinerary was perfect for us, just getting into the hot season in many ports and still not too many young kids who were still in school. So far every cruise I have been on with Celebrity has amazed me about their customer service. Their crews are top notch and without criticism. Most crew seemed happy and always had a smile and greeting for you. They could not do enough! Ikadek was our cabin steward. I swear these stewards hide around the corner to lean up you rooms as soon as you step out. He was wonderful. Even left us a nice surprise for a celebration evening. Embarkation was quite quick and so was disembarkation on the last day. We chose to self-disembark on the last date as we had booked private transfer to the airport. Seemless. Excursion prices are getting steep with Celebrity so we booked most of our excursions through private tour companies at substantial savings and seemingly better things to see and do. Santorini was tendered obviously but very efficiently done. The Island itself is just crowded and the cable car return was very crowded having to wait one hour in a long snaking line but I guess we could have competed with the donkeys on our own and walked down. Our choice so I can really complain too much. The scheduled docking a departure times were always early. Everyone got back on board pretty promptly so no delays there and we were always early to every port. We chose the Classic Beverage package for this cruise. In the past, it covered the basic drinks and coffees, but this time we seemed to get dinged for a dollar every time now you ordered a coffee with alcohol in it. That had not happened in the past. But staff were pleasant about it and quite clearly let you know if there was an additional charge. Good thing we had an onboard credit that we unsuccessfully tried to use up!! Entertainment was very good but not as many full cast shows as we had in the past. A larger variety so we chose to skip a couple. The first night of Silent Disco was fun with a good variety of music for all ages but the second night must have been for the younger set as it was all electronic and dance club that I did not recognize at all. Maybe showing my age?? I think the design of the Grand Foyer is nice but not as a venue to dance. The large "rose" flower statue just takes up floor space - move it out of there. The grand stairway should have been moved farther back to the aft wall to make a larger dance floor space since so many activities and musical acts performed there. [I guess I am a nautical ship designer now?!?!] I feel the Lawn Club is a waste of space for relaxing. Very rarely was anyone on the grass or in the large cabanas there. The Sunset Bar is taken up by smokers on one whole side. And they need to turn down the music on the speakers a lot. Could not hear a conversation with someone sitting directly beside me Some concerns about this cruise are as follows: 1] We are non-smokers and had booked a balcony stateroom but unfortunately were not informed that we were on the port aft side directly above the smoking area. So we may as well have lived among the smokers. This information should be made available to guests. I understand the need for smokers to get their fix but not at my expense. It physically makes me ill. The smokers were to be outside on the Deck Five area and to the aft side of the doorway. They were never moved away from directly in front of the doors and therefore directly under the staterooms above [6235, 6233, 6231, 6229, and 6227]. And we were informed that the port side is good for viewing docking and departures. Wrong this time, Everything happened on the starboard side this cruise. 2] Opus Restaurant menu is tired. We ate more off the classic side than the specials of the night. Being the 3rd cruise, we found the menu was becoming the same as previous cruises. We actually preferred to eat in the Oceanview Cafe a few nights for better variety. But I must state the wait staff [Vlada, Jomar, Juan and Carlos were absolutely the best. Great fun and attentive service made the meals quite fun. They even made a point of celebrating people's anniversaries with song, cake and champagne. 3] Officer Rank Insignia should be posted somewhere. You see so many officer staf walking around the ship but have no idea what their function or rank might be. In fact one day I saw the Captain sitting with some other staff and did not realize who he was until I saw him at the Liar's Night show. Maybe as part of the television shows and ship information, they should tell you what their arm stripes mean. I did ask a few but you are reluctant to so so. Lots of security though, felt very safe on board. 4] External stateroom noise. It may seem trivial but when you can hear certain "activities" in the stateroom above you [love is grand - and prolonged!!!], at all hours of the night - from midnight through until 2:00 am, 4:00 am, etc, I does disturb the sleep of others to be wakened in the night and be disturbed by the noisy antics and rhythmic thumping. At first I thought possibly it was actual ship noises but eventually you heard the whole show to confirm what it was you were hearing.... 5] Ship Enrichment. Would like to see more activities and tours provided to other areas like bridge, kitchens, and "off-limit" areas that could be made accessible on sea days. 6] Check your onboard account!! Frequently!! I checked mine daily on the TV channels and found someone had used my room number to book dinner and drinks in one of the specialty restaurants. I was able to have it corrected but was told by Guest services that the person obviously did not have their Se Pass card swiped, strictly through word of mouth to let this happen. We also found once we got home that there are are additional charges on our account that we will need to call about to get cleared off. This is the first time it has occurred but companions travelling with us had it happen to them as well. It seems I am a little negative, but far from it. I really enjoyed this ship and the cruise port selections and if given the chance, will return to a few of these island in future. I like the Celebrity cruise offerings [Caribbean, Alaska and Mediterranean] but might take a recommendation from family and friends and try some other lines just to see if Celebrity really does have the system down as properly as they seem to have it now. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Celebrity is our cruise line of choice and second time on Reflection. Wonderful cruise and ship. Dining and service, as usual, was wonderful. We tried the new Qsine with Le Petite Chef - great entertainment and food. Celebrity ... Read More
Celebrity is our cruise line of choice and second time on Reflection. Wonderful cruise and ship. Dining and service, as usual, was wonderful. We tried the new Qsine with Le Petite Chef - great entertainment and food. Celebrity continues to put itself above the rest. We will be doing our next cruises with them. Entertainment was good and we especially liked Jayne Curry and the final sea day acrobatic and singing/dancing show. The Captain was hilarious and informative at his session on navigation. Ports and itinerary were wonderful. We could not believe how quickly and well the embarkation and disembarkation went. The itinerary is very full and we found ourselves wishing for more than 2 sea days. We have room service on our balcony almost every morning and dined in dining room almost every evening. Food choices and meals were great. We did not use the pool much on this cruise because our time in port was so active that we were dead tired each port day. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This cruise was recommended by a close friend and delivered all that was promised. Most notable who made our stay amazing were: Dickson (stateroom), Fillipe (Blu), Miriam (Blu) Donovan (Sky Lounge), Guillermo (Sky Lounge) and Damien (Sky ... Read More
This cruise was recommended by a close friend and delivered all that was promised. Most notable who made our stay amazing were: Dickson (stateroom), Fillipe (Blu), Miriam (Blu) Donovan (Sky Lounge), Guillermo (Sky Lounge) and Damien (Sky Lounge). We also thoroughly enjoyed DJ Banks and the music he provided. In addition to these, we made good use of the Canyon Ranch Spa and gym facilities, even attending a seminar and participating in a great zumba class. We must comment on the At Sea days which turned out be so chock full of activities that we didn't miss going ashore. The ports of call were all excellent and gave us ample opportunity to experience, in Celebrity Cruises words, "history, relevance and culture." The cuisine was first class where we ate at both Ocenview Cafe and the Blu specialty restaurant. The shows we saw were also wonderful and the highights were Jayne Curry's show and the aerial performances. Thank you Celebrity Cruises! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
It was a surprise anniversary present to celebrate 50 years married. What a way to do it,the only way,and that's in STYLE. Totally spoiled like no other holiday. 1 the ship ,what can't you say about her and the crew. ... Read More
It was a surprise anniversary present to celebrate 50 years married. What a way to do it,the only way,and that's in STYLE. Totally spoiled like no other holiday. 1 the ship ,what can't you say about her and the crew. Professional, organised, polite,hygienic, happy and cheerful. Going that little bit extra just to please. 2 Security at its best. 3 Food ,well if anyone complains about 5 star meals they must be Ill. Breakfast great selection.lunch if you had room. Evening dinner in the Pegasus something else. Table 570 we hijacked it for the entire cruise. Head waiter Roberto and waitress Teresa looked after our party of 7 like family. Advising us on the menue selection,the destination for the following day,places of interests, wine for the evening. So relaxing to know your being looked after. The food and quality pluses presentation equals to at least a Michelin Star rating. 4 The cabin steward for 203 just brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble. 5 The cruise itineraries can only be described as brilliant. However Malta could be sacrificed for another destination. 6 The on board facilities and entertainment were mind blowing. Something for all age groups. Finally, than you for just an amazing experience, something to remember and something to plan for the next one. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Overall, this was probably the best cruise we have taken between Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. There was lots to see and do and the excursions we took were all very good. The ship was very clean and well maintained. We slept well every ... Read More
Overall, this was probably the best cruise we have taken between Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. There was lots to see and do and the excursions we took were all very good. The ship was very clean and well maintained. We slept well every night and were able to truly relax. Some thoughts on specifics . . . Aqua Class We couldn’t find any real value for this upgrade this trip. The Blu Restaurant was the only perk offered. We didn’t have access to Michael’s Lounge, which was unfortunate. The Blu Restaurant was never open early enough for breakfast on days when we had an excursion planned. The dinner menu choices in Blu were almost never as good as the choices in the Opus General Dining Room. We don’t think we would pay for this upgrade again. Premium Drink Package We have been disappointed with the Celebrity drink packages on every cruise we have taken. This time, the only benefit we got from the Premium Package was for wine selections in Blu and Opus. And, the only “premium” wines offered were Mer Soleil Chardonnay and Decoy Cabernet, every single night. No other options to try. And, none of the other bars on the ship offered a premium wine option. Really disappointing for anyone who knows and enjoys wine. Access to Michael’s Lounge would have helped a great deal. Excursions The excursions were really well planned and executed this trip . . . kudos to the organizer(s)!! We spent very little time waiting for our bus number to be called sitting in the Reflection Theater this time. Massage As with every other massage I have had at Canyon Ranch, I tell them where I would like them to spend time and energy (my neck), and they go about doing whatever it is they always do. They spend very little time and zero energy really trying to work through neck pain. Stop asking me if you aren’t going to do anything different. Room Attendant Our room attendant, pronounced E-mah-day, was exceptionally attentive and eager to please us. Whatever he is getting paid, it isn’t enough. He is great and should be treasured!! Opus Dining Room Our server at Table 32, Brian, and our sommelier, Marvin, were both fabulous professionals. We looked forward to joining them about half the evenings on the ship and enjoyed their service to be much more attentive and fun than what we found in Blu. Buffet For what it is, I think the chefs in the buffet do a great job! My only suggestion would be to start serving pastries, fruit and continental items (eggs, sausage and potatoes) earlier than 6:30 am for guests who are planning to take an early excursion and need to eat something (anything) before they leave the ship. Private Pilates Class OJ was very good and we enjoyed his class very much. My only caution to Celebrity would be . . . I’m not sure this class should be advertised as a “Private Pilates” class, because it really is a very general core strength and stretching class. There were no true Pilates elements included in the class. When guests are paying $100 per hour for Pilates, they should get Pilates. Gifts from Friends Since this was my retirement cruise, we received flowers from two of our friends. One arrangement arrived with no card, so we had to put a photo up on Facebook to figure out who sent it to us (not good). When we returned home, the same friends asked if we had also received a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne and a dinner in a specialty restaurant on the evening of our choice. No, we didn't. My husband saw a bottle of Dom Perignon in our refrigerator, but just assumed it was part of the bar. I would think a gift of Dom Perignon would be left on the coffee table in a bucket of ice and with a card. Not well executed and our friends are now trying to work through getting credits from Celebrity. Formal Nights We very much enjoyed the formal "at sea" nights on Celebrity. They have discontinued them and now call the at sea nights "chic". We saw all kinds of attire on the "chic" nights and were quite disappointed. We have booked an Azamara cruise for 2020 in hopes they will have formal nights and a much better premium wine selection. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary, but also because we love Celebrity. We were on the Silhouette last year, and we knew we'd get a similar experience. The ship is what we consider the perfect size. Not massive ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary, but also because we love Celebrity. We were on the Silhouette last year, and we knew we'd get a similar experience. The ship is what we consider the perfect size. Not massive like the Royal Caribbean ships, but big enough to have every amenity you need. The selection of speciality dining restaurants are fantastic, and the Opus Dining Room has consistently great food and service. We did find Qsine a bit of a letdown... last year it was more of a "tappas" style of sharing plates that you ordered from iPads, but now it's a live animation show that is a little cheesy without enough food selection. Entertainment was great for the most part. The cast shows are extremely well done, and most of the guest entertainers were fantastic. We did have one letdown night where we left after 2 songs (a "Country & Rock duo" whose name I forget). But the best performer of the week was a singer named Jayne Curry; she had an amazing voice and was VERY funny. The ports on this cruise were all excellent choices. Can't say anything but good things about all of them. We were parts of small group tours organized on CruiseCritic when we did tours, but a couple of places we explored on our own (including renting a car with another couple in Rhodes and driving to Lindos). Our only issue with the ship is the temperature of the fitness centre. The heat in there makes it difficult to workout. I can't understand why it doesn't have better A/C. I would highly recommend both the ship and the itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We choose this cruise based on the ports. It had longer times in port and went to almost every destination we wanted within 10 days. We were very impressed with our embarkation when we were allowed to board and dine with our friends ... Read More
We choose this cruise based on the ports. It had longer times in port and went to almost every destination we wanted within 10 days. We were very impressed with our embarkation when we were allowed to board and dine with our friends who were in a lower class than us. We were concierge and they were veranda. The staff in general were very attentive and not pushy to sell things which made this cruise a plus among others. As for dinner dining, we can not say enough for Lalita and Bernard. It only took the first night and we were sold by their amazing service and friendliness. Every night after we reserved the same table at the Opus so we could be served by our new friends. Aside from the service, the food was amazing! We were so impressed. Other forms of dinning were great at the upper deck grill and the buffet. We do not recommend room service. It was really low quality for breakfast. Honesty, the best Gelato was on board our ship (ironically)! We really enjoyed the activities they had available on the days at sea, but did not get a chance to see any shows, drink or party, or even gamble. After all, we were there for the ports and wanted to get an early night for each excursion ahead. The formal nights however were very elegant and as the whole boat felt upscale, we were excited to participate with our own formal wear. The whole ship was immaculate and upscale that made us feel like we were all in the same class. There was a quite a few crowds that varied from families to seniors, but because of the size of the ship, it felt very cozy, private, and less crowded over all. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
A. Tour of Ship and Search For Food The ship is gorgeous, and really well laid out with ample sets of stairwells and elevators. 8 elevators can be found midship with 3 additional elevators forward. We found sustenance in the Oceanview ... Read More
A. Tour of Ship and Search For Food The ship is gorgeous, and really well laid out with ample sets of stairwells and elevators. 8 elevators can be found midship with 3 additional elevators forward. We found sustenance in the Oceanview Cafe on the Deck 14 for a buffet lunch. B. Dinner in the Main Dining Room - 6:00 pm "First Seating" Opus Restaurant is the main dining room (MDR), located on Decks 3 and 4. Passengers with assigned dining times (Early or Late) ate on 3 while passengers with anytime dining at upstairs on 4 (with some accommodated overflow on deck 3). The dining room is beautiful. C. Lifeboat Drill At 4:15 pm (about an hour prior to leaving port), we participated in the mandatory lifeboat drill at our assigned muster station. We were not required to wear lifejackets. We simply had to get to our muster station, watch a humorous lifejacket demonstration, and listen to announcements from Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis and our muster crew. Food! Celebrity has a good reputation for their cuisine. The meals met our expectations. Not only was it good, it was downright outstanding on many nights. There was excellent variety throughout the ship. A. Our Favorite Items The Best Breakfast Items: Made-to-order eggs and omelets, fresh fruit, oatmeal with choice of toppings, and smoked salmon in the Oceanview Cafe; and the donuts and pastries at Cafe al Bacio. The Best Dinner Appetizers: Escargot, dill salmon, anything with goat cheese, roasted beets, and meats in puff pasties. There were at least 6 appetizers each night. All appetizers were well presented. You can't go wrong. The Best Soups: Butternut squash, French onion, and Mushroom. The Best Lunch Items in the Oceanview Cafe: Fresh fish and chips, a buratta station, grilled colossal shrimp, salad bar, caesar salad, fruits, pasta bar, and daily grilled special. The Best Entrées in the Main Dining Room: Prime rib, Portabella mushroom with spinach and goat cheese, Lamb chops, Veal, Roasted trout, Australian Sea Bass, Lamb shank, Braised beef ribs, Seared Salmon, Mediterranean seafood with orzo. The Best Desserts: Baked Alaska, cheesecake, ice creams and sorbet; and the coconut macaroons. B. Opus Restaurant Opus Restaurant is the main dining room (MDR), located on Decks 3 and 4. Passengers with assigned dining times (Early or Late) ate on Deck 3 while passengers with anytime dining at upstairs on Deck 4 (opposite the dedicated dining room for suites). The Opus dining room is beautiful with nicely plated presentations at dinner. Meats were cooked to order, including Medium Rare upon request. We never needed to send back an undercooked or overcooked item. Our Waiter (Noel), our Assistant Waiter (Roger), and our Sommelier were all very friendly, efficient, and offered good guidance. In addition to the daily menu, the following items are available every night: shrimp cocktail, escargot, seasonal fruit, French onion soup, Caesar salad, chicken, salmon, NY sirloin steak, NY Cheesecake, creme brulee, apple pie, and chocolate cake. C. Specialty Restaurants and Premium Casual Dining Reflection has four premium "dressy" specialty dinner restaurants for which a cover charge applies. Murano is very fancy and serves a "blend of Classic and modern continental cuisine, freshly prepared in multi-course meals, as exquisite European-style service attends to your every need". Qsine is now exclusively featuring Le Petit Chef, an animated character that appears beside your plate via an immersive table display technology and prepares each course you’ll be enjoying right in front of you before you’re served the actual dish. Tuscan Grille is an italian-themed steakhouse that serves pastas, seafood, steaks and salads. Lawn Club Grill is a casual outdoor grill with an expansive salad bar, build your own flatbread pizza, and several grill specialties, including USDA Choice Beef, poultry, seafood, and vegetables. We ate at Lawn Club Grill twice. Both times my wife ordered a beautiful, huge, filet mignon; and both times I ordered the milk-fed veal chop (essentially a bone-in veal ribeye). Both are really good. The veal chop is simply incredible --- very tender and flavorful. A secret gem of the Lawn Club Grill. We did not visit any of the other three venues, though fellow passengers gave especially high praise to Murano. There are also two premium "casual" restaurants on Reflection that charge a cover. Sushi on Five (formerly Bistro on Five) offers freshly prepared sushi and Japanese favorites; while The Porch features fresh seafood and raw bar. We enjoyed a meal at The Porch while watching Greek islands pass by. We enjoyed the Seafood Tower (cold lobster, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and seafood salad) as an appetizer followed by lobster bisque and a lobster roll. The mussels are the tastiest I've ever had and everything else was also quite good. Most passengers never find The Porch which is hidden on Deck 15 next door to The Lawn Grill Club. Seek it out if you like seafood. For just $30, you'll be glad you did. Most of the restaurants are located on Deck 5. Lawn Club Grill and The Porch are on Deck 15. While the food in the Main Dining Room was quite good, we ate at the Lawn Club Grill and The Porch as a change of pace. The cover charges run $15 to $50, but discounts of 10% to 50% can be found most nights at one or more of the venues --- depending upon the current bookings. You'll find representatives from the restaurants each morning outside of the Oceanview Cafe on deck 14 at breakfast and sometimes at lunch. Ask them about any available discounts. D. Oceanview Cafe Found on Deck 14 aft, Oceanview has several hot, cold, and carved meat buffet stations which change daily; as well as a salad bar, pasta bar and pizza station. Be sure to wonder around to check out all of the offerings before plating. Surprises abound. The food was generally quite good. Hint: at breakfast, check both grill areas. Although both offer omelets, one seemed to always be busier. E. Cafe al Bacio Hit up Cafe al Bacio on Deck 5 for a variety of espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha and macchiatos; as well as a dozen premium hot teas and premium iced teas. My wife fell in love with the Cafe Mocha and the Caramel Machiatta on a prior cruise. Once I discovered the Raspberry iced tea I would pick one up as soon as we got back from each day's port excursions. Very refreshing! It is also a great place to stop in the morning on the way to breakfast. If you want a quick bite to eat, they offer free croissants, brioche, fresh muffins, berliners (great jelly doughnuts) and apple turnovers in the morning; light lunch items; and desserts at night. The baristas at this cafe are very friendly and efficient. F. Gelateria Located next to Cafe al Bacio, the Gelateria offers 12 flavors of Italian gelato. We enjoyed a refreshing gelato after one of our day's excursions. The mint chocolate chip is a winner. G. Mast Grill Located midship on Deck 15, Mast Grill offers limited bar service, hamburgers (beef, turkey or vegetable), chicken breast, hot dogs and french fries --- along with favorite toppings like sauerkraut, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Yes, you can ask for just a BLT. Hint: there is a softserve ice cream station here and the flavor changes daily, and almost nobody knows it exits. My wife loved the fudge brownie ice cream. H. Aqua Spa Cafe The Aqua Spa Cafe is open for lunch and is located midship in the Solarium on Deck 14. They only have about 7 tables which is usually plenty since most folks either don't know it's here or think it's only for Aqua Class passengers. Hint: The food is free but it's no longer the gem it once was when they offered poached salmon. There is only a surcharge for fruit juices, smoothies and parfaits. They offer grains, fruit plates, and salads. The food is good but very limited. I. Room Service You can order from morning to late night. We didn't order anything from room service this trip. From past experience, they are generally punctual and they don't just drop the order off at your door --- they come in and set it up for you. Be sure to tip! J. Classic Drink Package We had the Classic drink package on this trip. Bars are plentiful and the bartenders and service staff (looking at you Alexandra) did a great job of getting drinks out to everyone. We enjoyed wine each night at dinner. Plenty of red and white wine choices. If you have a package (or not) you won't go thirsty. The Classic Drink Package includes an array of beers, spirits, cocktails, liquors, frozen drinks, wines (up to $9 per serving), sodas, basic bottled water, and premium coffees and teas from Cafe al Bacio. Although it was never necessary, we could have simply paid the price difference to upgrade to any premium beer, wine or liquor selection on an as needed basis. Entertainment A. Celebrity Shows in the Reflections Theater Reflections Theater is located on forward on Decks 3, 4, and 5. The theater itself is beautiful and the viewing is excellent downstairs and with few exceptions the second floor as well. Almost all of the third floor seating is partially obstructed by high glass safety walls, safety rails, or the occasional pylon. Sound and lighting is excellent. The Stars of Reflections Production Cast (aka Celebrity Singers and Dancers) took part in 4 shows. They are a very talented and energetic group. We felt many of the song selections were pretty obscure. The finale "Euphoria" is not to be missed! B. Guest Appearances in the Reflections Theater Our guest artists included: Steve Lasiter (comedian), Jayne Curry (entertainer), David Deeble (comedian and juggler), Christopher Caress (hypnotist), Just John and Paul (tribute to Lennon and McCartney), Claire Maidin (singer, pianist, entertainer). We enjoyed all of the guests, especially the two female entertainers. C. Celebrity Orchestra and Other Ship Bands The Celebrity Orchestra was truly excellent and performed at most of the shows in the Celebrity Theater as well as occassionally at other venues. Among the other entertainment we enjoyed was Fiesta Duo (Classical Strings), The Sammy Tones (House Band), The Cardinals (House Band), Pipoka Duo (Guitar and Vocal Duo), and Linda Capewell (Solo Guitarist). Most played at various venues on the ship. D. Shows in the Celebrity Central Celebrity Central is an all-purpose venue. They offered movies, guest speakers, and travel talks in here. E. Enrichment Speakers Sea Days are typically when you get to hear about fascinating topics from engaging speakers. Celebrity calls it "Beyond The Podium". On our first sea day, Jim Kennedy, Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, gave two presentations "50 Years of Space Exploration" and "Space Shuttle & International Space Station" that were well attended and full of great information, stories, and anecdotes. On our second and final sea day, Jim Kennedy gave two more great presentations "Future of NASA and Why Should I Care?" and "Stories of Space Exploration". On the second sea day, Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis also gave a presentation entitled "Oceans Ahead: Secrets of Ship Navigation". The Captain, full of humor and interesting information, played to a full house. F. Port Talks If you like to shop and only take shore Celebrity excursions (or are otherwise looking to take a nap) then "Port Talks" are for you. They will highlight the excursions available through Celebrity and the port shopping opportunities that partner with Celebrity. I understand this is a commercial venture. Conversely, there is a definite hunger for good port information for do-it-yourselfers that is severely lacking on Celebrity. Along this same line, Celebrity provides each cabin with a map of the next day's port. The bits of the town that they map is very clear and easy to read. However, this is not a map you want to use for sightseeing. The map is typically only useful for finding the recommended stores mentioned at the "port talks". Either bring good port maps with you or seek out Tourist Information booths for free maps. Booths aren't always open and the maps vary significantly in usefulness depending upon the port. In general, fee maps from Western Mediterranean ports were better than those from Eastern Mediterranean ports. G. Casino The Fortunes Casino (amidship Deck 4) is filled with slot machines, two Craps tables, two roulette tables (1 American, 1 European), a few blackjack tables, texas hold 'em table, three card poker table, and a bar with flatscreen tv's. The casino was open while at sea and closed while in ports. The Casino is a fresh-air, non-smoking, environment. Kudos to Celebrity for their non-smoking policy. H. Movies and TV Channels Movies are available on your TV and nightly in Celebrity Central on Deck 4 and occassionally on the Jumbotron on Deck 15. Some of the movies shown included "Thor Ragnarock", "Shape of Water", "Red Sparrow", "Moana", and "Justice League". Your TV includes both pay-per-view and a dozen free on-demand movies (some of the same offerings as above). Satellite TV channels were very limited. They included several ship-related channels, 4 news stations, 3 sports stations (MLB is not shown), Travel, HGTV, and Food Channel. You can also order room service and check your current account balance on the TV as well. I. Canyon Ranch SpaClub This full-service spa is located on Deck 12. "The Persian Garden" (free for AquaClass passengers, fee for others) features steam rooms, infrared sauna, aromatic steam room with a mixture of warm steam and aromatherapy, sensory rainforest showers, and a dozen heated-tile loungers with awesome floor to ceiling exterior views accompanied by the calming music. J. Outdoor Pools and Hot Tubs There are six hot tubs and two outdoor pools along with an indoor pool (Solarium) on Deck 14. We did not use the pools. I found the hot tubs needed to be at least 10-degrees hotter. K. The Lawn Club Located on open-air Deck 15 aft, The Lawn Club features real grass to enjoy under foot along with lawn games like Bocce (lawn bowling), putting, and croquet. Part V - Parties A. Cruise Critic Rollcall Gathering Our rollcall group met for sailaway drinks shortly after muster drill at the Sunset Bar, Deck 15 aft. This is a great bar for frozen drinks. The mango daiquiri is excellent. B. Cruise Critic Connections Party We signed up for the Cruise Critic party on the Celebrity web site. We received an invitation to the party on our first sea day in Cellar Masters lounge on Deck 4. In total, about 40 folks attended. We had a great time meeting and greeting other addicted cruise critics. The Cruise Director was in attendance along with several of the ships key officers, the Captain's Club representative, and the Captain. C. Theme Parties Due to being late at night, we missed all of the theme parties: Masque Interactive Theme Party, Silent Disco, Time Machine Party, ABBAmania, Full Moon Party, Groove Interactive Theme Party, and Disco Never Dies. D. Captain's Club Parties Members of Captain's Club had access to parties depending upon your level. Elite members were invited to a Captain's Club Celebration and a Senior Officer's Party. Health Concerns A. Smoking Celebrity does this right! There was no smoking in the restaurants, casino, lounges, Reflections Theater, cabins or verandas. Smoking was permitted outside on the port side and rear of the ship. We are very sensitive to smoke and applaud Celebrity on it's smoking policy. The ship's environment was very enjoyable. We did not observe anyone abusing the smoking privilege. B. Pools and Hot Tubs We did not witness any babies in the pools or tubs. C. General Cleanliness of the Ship You could not take a stroll without witnessing some type of cleaning going on at all hours. The ship was constantly being cleaned or painted: floors, walls, fixtures, everything! The ship appears to be in really good shape. D. Viruses To the best of our knowledge, there was no outbreak on our ship. Kudos to our fellow passengers and Celebrity personnel for their personal diligence. E. Seasickness Overall, we had beautiful weather and fairly calm seas. Almost like glass a couple of days. Until a couple voyages ago, I always alternated half of a patch behind my ears for the duration of the voyage. This trip I again tried going unmedicated. It generally went well as I never got seasick. I did get low-grade headaches on our two roughest days at sea, despite waves being no worse than 2-5 feet. F. Drinking Water All Celebrity ships have their own desalination and purification process. The drinking water on Reflection was excellent. Part VII - Ship Notes A. Ship and Crew The ship was under the command of Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis. We were very impressed with the ship, captain, and his crew. Very friendly and competent. The ship and furnishings were in very good shape. She was very clean. B. Our Cabin Steward Our room steward (Lucy) did a great job with our cabin (no complaints). She kept the room clean and bed made. C. The Shops We're not shoppers. You'll find jewelry, watches, clothes, sundries, and souvenirs. Merchandise did not rotate very much. There was something on sale each day. Bottled liquor was not sampled or sold during this cruise due to European Union law, and a Value Added Tax (VAT) was added to all purchases in the shops, spa, iLounge, and photo gallery. D. Internet Service There are about 16 computers available in the Celebrity iLounge located midship on Deck 6, and while busy at times there always seemed to be an available computer to use. All had internet service and free printing capability. It was nice to be able to use our Elite benefit good for 90 free minutes. The internet was slow, but better than what we experienced on Equinox three years ago. Wi-fi was also available for use on your phone, and there is a keyboard to access the internet in your cabin too (though we didn't test it). How to Access the Ship's Wi-Fi: Turn on your phone's Wi-Fi. Open Chrome or another browser and go to site: Logon.com Create account Select a plan (including the 90-minute free Elite benefit option) Enjoy the internet. It works best in public areas. Not so good in most cabins. Important: when you finish using the internet, your time will continue to tick unless you specifically logout. Open Chrome or another browser and go to site: Logoff.com You'll see a screen showing your remaining time left that you can use. At that point you're officially logged out. E. Kids We saw a few kids and a couple of babies on board. All were well behaved. F. Dress Code Formal nights have been replaced with "Evening Chic". We had 2 evening chic nights and 8 smart casual nights. Most men were well dressed (with jackets and ties) on evening chic nights, and most of the women dressed up. Evening Chic is dressier than Smart Casual but intended to be less dressy than Formal attire. "Get glamorous and be sophisticated in your own way". Women should feel comfortable wearing: A cocktail dress or a skirt, pants or designer jeans with an elegant top. Men should feel comfortable wearing: pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down long-sleeve shirt or sweater. A sport coat or blazer is optional but was also the norm. With "Smart Casual" women should feel comfortable wearing skirt, pants or jeans with a casual top, and men should feel comfortable wearing pants or jeans with a sport shirt. Note that T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main dining room or specialty restaurant at any time. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed in the evening hours. The dress code will be enforced at all restaurants. Guests are asked to follow the dress code in the Reflections Theater for all evening performances. G. Time Changes The ship stayed on "local/port time" so we set our clocks forward one hour while in Greece. It was great to be on the same time as the ports we visited since this helps alleviate any confusion between "ship time" and "local/port time". H. Tendering The ship docked at all but one port, which made getting off the ship really easy. The gangplank was typically on Deck 2, but was sometimes on Deck 5 --- depending upon the tide and facilities at the port. We tendered in only one port: Santorini. Tendering involves taking a small boat of 100 to 300 passengers from ship to shore, and back again. Tender priority is first given to passengers on Celebrity's tours (which is as good a reason as any to book a ship's tour in a tender port, especially if it's an ocean-related tour), then to Suites, Elite, Elite Plus and Zenith. On prior cruises we received tender tickets. Essentially the lower your number, the earlier you can get off the ship. On this cruise we were simply invited to report to a specific lounge between 8:30 am and 11:00 am (the expected busy tender time) to be escorted to the tenders, but we didn't take advantage of this service. Instead, we simply went straight to the tenders on Deck 2 at 7:00 am when we were cleared and caught the first tender off the ship. I. Upon Returning to the Ship When you return to the queue to re-board the ship after a day in port, you are greeted with ice cold hand towels, and fruit-infused water. This is a really nice Celebrity touch. J. Solstice Deck At the very top of the ship (forward) is a nice, quiet deck with lots of chairs and loungers available. While it can be breezy with little shade here, the deck is also uncrowded and pretty quiet. There is no elevator access. Part VIII - Tipping The service personnel on Celebrity receive meager wages and rely on your tips for income. While Celebrity says it is customary to offer gratuities to the ship's personnel who service you on the voyage, it is now entirely expected and you should figure the cost into your cruise budget. The ship's personnel work long hours to service you and the other passengers, and the bulk of their pay has increasing been borne directly by the passengers rather than the cruiseline. Celebrity Cruises automatically adds gratuities to your onboard Seapass account. The "suggested" gratuities can either be prepaid or added to your account on a daily basis. The cost is $13.50 per day, per passenger for most cabins. It's $14/day/pp for Concierge Class and AquaClass, and $17/day/pp for suites. The gratuities are shared by your stateroom service, waiter, assistant waiter, dining room management, other service personnel (and concierge or butler, if applicable). If you wish to adjust the amount you pay (up or down), this can be done onboard the ship at Guest Relations on Deck 4. Gratuities for 10 days for two passengers in an Oceanview Cabin totalled $270. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to all bar bills, unless you have a beverage package --- in which case it's already built in. You should also tip for room service, extra to your favorite bartenders, the Sommelier, and any other personnel you wish to reward. Captain's Club If you have taken a previous voyage and are not a member of the Captain's Club, sign up. It's free. Benefits include a Captain's Club express line at Embarkation, priority Disembarkation, some small cabin welcome gifts (my wife likes the Celebrity travel tote), casino and spa discounts, and a one cabin upgrade when booking. Some exclusions apply. Elite members also receive 90 free minutes of internet, and some valuable laundry services. Elite members were invited to a free wine-tasting seminar, a Backstage Tour, and an Elegant Tea; as well as breakfast in the Tuscan Grill and a Private Departure Lounge. Elite members also have access to the Sky Lounge for free drinks and canapes between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. If both husband and spouse are members, then you each get all of the benefits. Here's a review of the Elite Benefits A. Priority embarkation while boarding the ship We arrived at the pier about 12:45 pm, gave our luggage and a tip to a baggage handler and immediately entered the terminal. Security took 5 minutes and we headed to Celebrity Check-in. Priority lines were set up for Suites, Aqua Class, Concierge, Elites and Select members, and a line for all others. In any case, the lines were minimal. Once in line, we waited until being directed to one of about two dozen Celebrity check-in agents. The agent checked our passports, credit card, and embarkation form. Within 10 minutes we had our Seapass (which is used as your ship ID, ship credit card, and door key). Boarding had begun before we arrived, so we headed straight for the ship. A couple more security checks later, we were on the Reflection. An attendant greeted us with champagne. Cabins were already ready, so we headed straight for our cabin. B. Access to the Captain's Club Lounge for daily coffee house style breakfast This lounge is located in the beautiful Tuscan Grille, located on Deck 5 aft. It's open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. This was formerly a continental-style buffet. Now it's a full-service venue with a limited menu. Food quality is high and service is attentive. Despite this, my wife preferred the former arrangement. C. Captain's Club Elite Cocktail Hour (excludes embarkation day) This lounge is located in the Sky Lounge on Deck 14 forward and is open from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Menu-specific drinks included wine, well drinks, soda, juices, Heineken, Bud light, and O'Douls. They also served appetizers. Due to the number of Elite members on this voyage, the Seapass was loaded with 3 free drink coupons each night good at any bar in lieu of Sky Lounge-only service, though the venue was still reserved for Elite members during this time and canapes were served. D. Complimentary 90-minute Internet package The Celebrity iLounge is located amidship on Deck 6. They have about 16 computers and 2 free printers. It's open 24 hours with limited staffing during daylight hours. It was nice to be able to use our Elite benefit good for 90 free minutes. The internet was slow, but better than what we experienced on Equinox three years ago. Wi-fi was also available for use on your phone, and there is a keyboard to access the internet in your cabin too (though we didn't test it). E. Complimentary access to Persian Garden (on one port day of your choice while ship is in port) "The Persian Garden", located in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Deck 12, features steam rooms, infrared sauna, aromatic steam room with a mixture of warm steam and aromatherapy, sensory rainforest showers, and a dozen heated-tile loungers with awesome floor to ceiling exterior views accompanied by the calming music. F. One complimentary bag of laundry (wash, dry, fold) This is one of the most appreciated benefits as it allowed us to pack lighter. They will wash and fold up to 30 pieces. On day 2 we gave them a bag a laundry and again on day 6. You also can get 2 items pressed and 1 item dry cleaned. G. A private shipboard departure lounge, serving continental breakfast We had the option to sit in the Elite departure lounge located in Tuscan Grille. H. Priority Tender Service in Tender Ports of Call We tendered in only one port: Santorini. Tender priority is first given to passengers on Celebrity's tours (which is as good a reason as any to book a ship's tour in a tender port, especially if it's an ocean-related tour), then to Suites, Elite, Elite Plus and Zenith. On prior cruises we received tender tickets. On this cruise we were simply invited to report to a specific lounge between 8:30 am and 11:00 am (the expected busy tender time) to be escorted to the tenders. I. Priority wait list in Main Dining Room We requested the 6:00 pm "Early" seating in the Main Dining Room and we got it. J. Elegant Tea invitation We received an invitation for tea for the final sea day. It was held in Blu Restaurant. Due to competing events, we did not attend the tea. K. Backstage Tour invitation We received an invitation for a Backstage Tour on Day 8 in the Reflections Theater. Due to competing events, we did not attend the tour. L. Other coupons and benefits that may also be applicable to Classic and Select club members Complimentary Wine Tasting: We received an invitation for wine tasting in the OPUS Restaurant at 11:00 am on the final sea day. Senior Officers Party: We received an invitation for this cocktail party on day 8. It was held in Sky Lounge. Gift: My wife received a rose and a nice note on day 2. Other useful coupons: Double payout on any $5 1-to-1 Roulette or Blackjack wager, discounts on wine and various spa services. Praises, Gripes and Your Questions A. Praises Reflection's personnel are very attentive, friendly and helpful. Officers made themselves very accessible. Food was very good to outstanding, and the drinking water was excellent. The ship is clean, beautiful, in very good shape, and built with a lot attention to detail with a layout that makes sense. It's nice to see Celebrity still believes in live music for the production shows as the Celebrity Orchestra was outstanding. The perks for repeat cruisers are worthy. And we really appreciated Celebrity's smoking policy. B. Gripes We certainly didn't have much to gripe about. The internet is a bit slow. American sports rarely air on the ship. We would like to see a better selection of songs performed in the Reflection Theater. (Celebrity tends to perform a lot of obscure songs and broadway selections). Port talks should include more than just Celebrity excursions and shopping partners. Port maps could be significantly improved. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We like Celebrity and this was a dream come true itinerary for our honeymoon. Reflection is a beautiful ship and her crew is fantastic. We ate at almost every venue that the ship has to offer, from the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) to the ... Read More
We like Celebrity and this was a dream come true itinerary for our honeymoon. Reflection is a beautiful ship and her crew is fantastic. We ate at almost every venue that the ship has to offer, from the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) to the specialty restaurant Murano. (We were in a standard cabin, so no Blu or Luminae for us.) We were underwhelmed with our dinner at the Lawn Club Grill, but everywhere else we ate was fantastic. Murano in particular is amazing, but we could have limited ourselves to eating in the main dining room (Opus) and still been quite happy. A couple of the excursions we did through Celebrity were a bit disappointing, but your mileage may vary. We don't cruise for the entertainment, so I can't say much about the shows. However, some of the singers and musicians who played around the ship at various were quite good and added a nice ambiance. Our cabin attendant knew it was our honeymoon and he went out of his way to make our experience special. Overall, this was a fantastic cruise and I'd recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise since it was going to all of the ports we were interested in going to. We were both celebrating our 70th birthdays. We have been on Celebrity before on an Alaskan cruise two years ago and were quite satisfied. ... Read More
We chose this cruise since it was going to all of the ports we were interested in going to. We were both celebrating our 70th birthdays. We have been on Celebrity before on an Alaskan cruise two years ago and were quite satisfied. However, this cruise left a little to be desired. The cabin was very nice and our cabin steward was terrific. Even though we are now 70 years old, we are not old and feeble and like to enjoy life. We were disappointed that a lot of the bars were not open late in the evening....we had to go to the outdoor bar (which was a little chilly) to get a drink after 11pm. The ice bar was open but was crowded. Also, as far as the buffet is concerned, we were disappointed in the lack of variety of foods. It seemed that it was mostly the same day after day. The Tuscan Grille however was fantastic!! We didn't utilize the shore excursions from Celebrity due to their price. We were able to get the same excursions through Costco at a lower price. Our dining room steward Hary was magnificent...night after night! In fact, we have received an email from him stating that he enjoyed serving us and hoped to see us again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first time on Celebrity and we were very impressed. We have traveled on smaller, more exclusive lines and the ship and the experience on Celebrity were clearly better. The ship was large but that just meant more room to move ... Read More
This was our first time on Celebrity and we were very impressed. We have traveled on smaller, more exclusive lines and the ship and the experience on Celebrity were clearly better. The ship was large but that just meant more room to move around. It was always possible to get away from the crowds. The departures and arrivals related to the shore excursions were well planned and executed. These actually worked better than on the smaller ship and the waits were never long. In fact, the excursions virtually always left within minutes of the assigned times. The majority of the staff could not have been friendlier or more committed to service. Our butler (Rene) and our room attendant (Raj) greeted us with smiles each time we saw them and were always readily available to help. They made us feel very special. The ship was immaculate both inside our stateroom and throughout the ship. We were careful in purchasing our packages (including drinks, gratuities, and internet services) so there were no add-on expenses. We had a suite so our dining choices included Luminae. The food was very good so there was no need to pay extra for specialty restaurants. The staff at Michaels, a club available to suite guests, were also very attentive and responsive. Our entertainment was impacted by the Florida hurricane (fewer floor shows), however the entertainment was still top notch. The only minor issue was related to one of the excursions purchased from Celebrity. It was an excursion to Messina, Sicily. We were very disappointed in the excursion ... it basically wasted our day. An even bigger disappointment was that when we complained, all we got was an argument from the shore excursion staff ... no offers to make it right. We did not use Celebrity for our Santorini excursion and the excursion could be done on our own very easily. The Canyon Ranch spa service was very good and the fitness center was well maintained and equipped. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Where to start? We are a couple in our 50s who have cruised quite a bit, not just on Celebrity but other lines as well. We had been planning for this cruise for over a year and all of our plans worked out great. We flew into Rome 3 days ... Read More
Where to start? We are a couple in our 50s who have cruised quite a bit, not just on Celebrity but other lines as well. We had been planning for this cruise for over a year and all of our plans worked out great. We flew into Rome 3 days early to spend more time and see things we didn't see several years ago. As always, Rome is just a spectacular place to visit, but it takes a lot of energy and patience to deal with the crowds and crazy drivers. the weather could not have been more perfect. We stayed at the Deko Rome hotel near Via Veneto and Barberini. It was a great location and nice little boutique hotel. We used StefanoRomeCabs to get from Fiumicino airport to the hotel, from the hotel to Civitavecchia, and from Civitavecchia to our hotel prior to flying home. Pickups and transport was flawless. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived around 11:15 and were onboard by 11:30. We stayed in Aqua cabin 1650 on deck 11 starboard. The cabin was the typical Aqua cabin with a fairly large bathroom (with the great shower, of course). Other than the cabin above us having some kids who liked to run around at night, it was a quiet location. Storage was adequate, but I have yet to get used to the storage bins above the bed. The cabin had the bed by the closet, which makes it a tight fit sometimes when you're trying to get into the closet. The balcony was nice with the footstools. At times we did note the smell of cigarettes when we were out on our balcony. We couldn't tell if it was wafting down from the starboard smoking area on deck 14 or if someone was smoking on their balcony (we could not see anyone doing this). The cabin was aft from the mid ship elevators, but not very much. It was a bit of a hike to get to the Persian Garden/Spa area. For dining, we had pre-booked the 4 dinner package, but when checking in, they were offering a 50% discount on the first night. So we took that deal and ended up eating in specialty restaurants for 5 nights and in Blu for the other 5 nights. It made for some excellent variety since the Blu menu is not my favorite. We ended up eating in Tuscan Grille twice, and once in each of Qsine, Murano, Lawn Club Grille. Tuscan was definitely our favorite with their ribeye steak just cooked to perfection. We might have enjoyed the Lawn Club Grille more had it not been fairly cold and windy the night we ate there. Qsine was consistently good. Murano was good as well. None of them were as good as Tuscan, though. We only got to eat breakfast in Blu twice due to early excursions, but both times it was excellent, as usual. Entertainment was above average for Celebrity, in my opinion. I have low expectations as we don't cruise on Celebrity for their entertainment. But they had some excellent acts. There was only one production show "Broken Strings", which was probably one of the best production shows we have seen on a cruise line. The reason for so few production shows was that the cast was new and they had not been able to rehearse in Miami due to Hurricane Irma. The two comedians were funny. The stage hypnotist was pretty good although we're still not sure how much of it was him and how much was the participants just wanting to appear funny on stage. Service was just excellent all around. From Marites who always had a smile on her face and willingness to go above and beyond, to Eddie in Tuscan Grille who had a great sense of humor. There's an art to making people feel welcome and Celebrity has that down. I saw a highly motivated crew and officers. Of course we chose this cruise for the ports and they did not disappoint. Of the 7 port stops, we took two Cruise Critic organized excursions, four Celebrity excursions, and one port we just walked around on our own. By far, the Cruise Critic organized excursions (Malta and Athens) were the best. Less expensive and waaaaay fewer people, they allowed us a more intimate view of those two fascinating places. My criticism of some of the Celebrity excursions is why do they have to end 3 hours before sailaway? In one case (Taourmina in Sicily), we only had 20 minutes on our own because we had to be back to the ship 3 hours before sailaway. Why couldn't we stay another hour? Others were full day tours and that comment didn't apply. Debarkation was again a breeze. With no customs to go through we found ourselves waiting longer than we might have to meet our car. We stayed on last night in the Hotel Tiber in Fiumicino right where the Tiber River enters the sea. There were lots of little restaurants in the area and it was only a 10 minute shuttle ride to the airport the next morning. If I could sum up this trip/cruise in one word it would be awesome. There were lots of opportunities for things to go wrong in transportation, ship activities, excursions, weather, you name it. Everything went flawlessly and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We´re a gay couple (around our 40´s) from Norway and this was our 17th cruise and the third with Celebrity. We booked this cruise in the previous sailing with Celebrity midt 2016. Basically because we wanted to experience the Solstice ... Read More
We´re a gay couple (around our 40´s) from Norway and this was our 17th cruise and the third with Celebrity. We booked this cruise in the previous sailing with Celebrity midt 2016. Basically because we wanted to experience the Solstice class again and we love the ports of call in Greece and is a short flight within Europe. PRE-CRUISE: We decided to stay 5 days in Rome as a mini pre-cruise vacation. We decided to stay at MyApARTsuite apartments in Trastevere area. Out of the touristy areas but close to the Tram #8 that can take you to the center in just minutes. We experience the side of Rome without the big tourist attractions (that we already have seen) and enjoyed a lot of the city hidden gems. We used Rome Shuttle Limousine from the Airport to Rome (5o euros) and from Rome to the Port (110 euros) and it worked perfect EMBARKATION: It was OK. worked fast and in less than 10 minutes we were checked inn. Once checked inn everybody had to wait since it was raining like a tropical storm with thunder and lightning and it was not safe to walk to the ship, Once the thunder and lightning stopped those who wanted to walk under the rain received an umbrella to do so. SHIP: Reflection is an amazing ship. Beautiful layout, public areas, lots of space even with a full sailing, it never felt crowded. It was extremely clean and spotless everywhere around the ship. Pooldeck was great and loved the solarium. In general I would say that this ship is now in our top three favorites. CABIN: we booked a Guarantee Sky Suite and were assigned the cabin 2192 (an Accessible Cabin) in deck 12. We were more than happy with this cabin, it´s bigger than the normal Sky Suites maybe a little bit of less closet space but it worked well for us. The Balcony was just amazing, we loved the extra space in the balcony, the full size table and the extra shadow provided in this deck. The bathroom is also bigger than normal bathrooms and doesn´t have a bathtub but the shower makes for it. Given its location under the Ocean View Cafe sometimes you could hear a little bit of noise, like a rolling something but it wasn´t really a problem, you get use to it and does not disturb at all. SUITE CLASS PERKS: Once we checked inn, we met Manuela (one of the Michaels Club concierge) who informed us briefly about the situation with the rain and the wait. Michaels Club concierges: Manuela and Adriana, were amazing hostesses and they made us feel like at home since we met them there. The rest of the staff there were also great and just after couple of visits they learnt our preferred drinks. It was great to have a place where you could relax and find assistance (if needed). Our Butler, Sever; introduced himself just shortly after we were in the suite and was of great assistance during the week for the thing we requested (like the morning coffees and room service couple of times). Also our Stateroom Attendant (Andhika) was great and kept our room spotless during the length of the cruise. Luminae will be commented under Dining. We think is worth to pay the extra for the Sky Suite and the perks that come along, would we book it again?, Yes… if the price range / Value is Ok for us. We also had the Premium Drinking Package, that we used a lot for drinks, coffees and Vitamin Waters / Arizona iced teas. DINING: as part of the Suite perks, we had access to Luminae as our main restaurant for dinner and breakfast everyday and lunch on embarkation and sea days. In general we loved Luminae, the dinner menu changes everyday and for some it could be very limited but we loved it. We noticed that a lot of guest asked for the main dining room menu and order form there. We just asked once for the onion soup from the main dining room (that we love ) and we got it. The staff made its best to make us feel welcome and at home (Katja, Vishal and the rest of the waiters and the Sommelier). Ocean View Cafe: Very good and varied selection for lunch (when we were there), good quality and tastes, also good service from the waiters. We bought a 3 dinners package fot the specialty restaurants and this how it went down: Qsine: Very nice concept and food, the portions are just huge, too much food for our taste; we felt the concept should be explained better so you know how much food to order. The Lawn Grill Club: Grill steakhouse, outdoor, dining al fresco, extremely good food and wine to pair. Amazing. Murano: it was like a dinner symphony, everything was just perfect and coordinated in terms of service and food taste / quality. We also decided to try the «special event» Thaj Mahjal dinner, and Indian dinner with an additional cost of 49$, this was hosted in Qsine; we felt the food was very good, the portions very small and there was a lack of story / presentation behind the dinner; for us it was not worthy of the extra cost. The Indian food in the buffet tasted as good and better than the special event dinner food. BARS: as said, we had the premium drinking package as part of our suite perks and booking promotion, we had the same package before and we fount it is still worth it. In general we found the service around all bars to be good with no long waiting. Al baccio Cafe, was great all time for our coffee or tea fix with small desserts. Martini Bar was entertain ing as usual but crowded most of the time. Pool Bar was great, Our favourite spot was the World Bar: very interesting drinks and best service on board (thanks Lazar and Aleksandr) ENTERTAINMENT: for our taste this was a rollercoaster, some shows we loved it (broken strings), others didn´t make so much sense (elysium and Max); having said that we think the singers (all of them) were some of the most talented we´ve ever seen on a cruise. The guest entertainers were also a mixed thing, we loved the classical strings duo; the girls make a great job and love how they talk a little about each piece and some stories related to these. Damian, the Cruise Director, was OK; Giuseppe and Kathe were very funny and friendly and Charlotte, the activity manager, was GREAT…. I just loved her… she would make an amazing Cruise Director. Not to miss: The silent party, just so much fun…. SERVICE: I would say the service all around the ship was great… nothing to complain, even if you can feel that it´s not the same as it was back just few years ago, the reflection staff makes sure you have an amazing holiday. SHORE EXCURSIONS DESK: we didn´t use this so will not comment on that. FUTURE CRUISES OFFICE: they did their job and we booked two future cruises with very good deals and promos SHOPPING: good selection for shopping, foe some it could be discouraging the fact that the itinerary is not DUTY FREE, but if you buy over 199$ (per day) you can get the tax refunded and they assist you with that. It worked perfectly for us and we just delivered the forms we got at the airport and got our taxes back (if you live outside the EU) POST CRUISE INFO: We used Rome Shuttle Limousine from the port to the Airport and it worked perfect; 110 Euros for 2 persons private transfer. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had a wonderful time on this cruise, our first time on a Celebrity ship. We started our trip with four days in Rome, it was just enough time to see everything we wanted to see. An amazing city. Ship was quite elegant, with many ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on this cruise, our first time on a Celebrity ship. We started our trip with four days in Rome, it was just enough time to see everything we wanted to see. An amazing city. Ship was quite elegant, with many public areas to relax. Cabin was great, service was excellent. Crew was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the silent disco party and other activities on board. Liked the adult only pool area, was a great place to go for some peace and relaxation. Loved the dance lessons. Even bought some jewelry on board (something I have never done before). We really loved the excursion on Malta to the Blue Grotto, wish it was longer. Santorini will always be our favorite place. Our waiters spoiled us every night with extras of the many choices- even had lobster one night. We can't wait to sail Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Wonderful tasteful ship. My husband and I enjoyed our 25th wedding anniversary on board ship, and the staff went out of their way to help us celebrate. Luminae was wonderful, and regret that we took the dining package to leave that ... Read More
Wonderful tasteful ship. My husband and I enjoyed our 25th wedding anniversary on board ship, and the staff went out of their way to help us celebrate. Luminae was wonderful, and regret that we took the dining package to leave that wonderful dining room, although enjoyed Murano and Tuscany. Qsine and LawnClub were OK. Michaels Club was our getaway from the crowds, just wish we had a view of the ocean from inside that elegant hideaway. The entertainment was fun and innovative. We enjoyed a couples massage that was over the top expensive. My criticism is that we felt crowded in main areas; particularly in the lifts that grew smellier with each passing day. We had not a prayer of getting a seat by the any of the pool area on sea-days, since people grab seats for their family and friends who don't use them for hours, wrecking it for others and this rude grabby behavior was never addressed. There is room for improvement, although overall we had a good experience. Would have liked more educational and enrichment talks beyond sales and art lectures. I am now interested in much smaller ships and may look beyond Celebrity, even though this was our 6th sailing. We are 10 points away from Elite; felt that the amenities from Select are few and far between after having 6 cruises with Celebrity. Tours were too crowded for my taste, as compared to other lines I have been on. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise based on the ports. We had been to Italy a few times but never the Greek Islands. We had originally chosen a cruise that started in Barcelona but that trip was cancelled by Celebrity. This was our first time in Aqua ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the ports. We had been to Italy a few times but never the Greek Islands. We had originally chosen a cruise that started in Barcelona but that trip was cancelled by Celebrity. This was our first time in Aqua class. We booked this class based on the great reviews of Aqua class dining. We actually thought the food was better in the main dining room. The service in Blue was excellent we just were not impressed by the bland food. We did purchase 3 nights of specialty dining and loved our meals in Tucson grill, Murano and the porch. Food at all of these places was amazing. We thought the room was very nice. We rarely saw our cabin steward but when we did he was very friendly. We were NOT impressed with the shows. This was our second cruise and our first was a 7 night cruise with 3 nights of comedy. This cruise was 10 nights and we had no comedy. We are just not a fan of the other shows. The cruise director was amazing and he did his best to keep everyone entertained with the evening events such as the bands and the best part of all was the silent disco. Very fun and very entertaining. We did the upgrade beverage package and felt is was worth the extra 10.00 a day just to be able to have martini bar and our last few days we discovered the world bar. This was a hidden gem and they had the best drinks on the ship. If you have upgraded your package stop and have a drink there. The ports on this cruise were amazing. We did our own thing and did not do the celebrity tours and we had an adventure at every port. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Chose this cruise because of the date, which worked with a business conference, and the itinerary, as well as the price (friends wanted to join us, but by the time they looked into it, our promotion was gone and price had doubled). Had ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the date, which worked with a business conference, and the itinerary, as well as the price (friends wanted to join us, but by the time they looked into it, our promotion was gone and price had doubled). Had sailed on Azamara last year, which we loved for its great service, small size, and everything but Iand excursions included policy. Not on Celebrity, where staff stopped someone publicly for trying to take a small bottle of water at breakfast, because she didn't have a drink package. Was a bit concerned by number of passengers, but that was handled well. We were Aqua class and ate all our dinners and some breakfasts in Blu. Staff there were excellent, and we could choose to be seated with the same waiters and often the same people nearby we got to know. We have dietary restrictions and they arranged to get us food not on the menu as needed. Rest of staff on ship not quite of their caliber. Rest of food was not as good as we had enjoyed on previous cruises. Fruit at breakfast in buffet restaurant was either canned or the same choice day after day, melon and pineapple, with cherries twice. Beautiful produce anywhere we ate on land, but not the same quality on board. Tomatoes tasted like those from our grocery, while fresh tomatoes onshore in Italy and Greece are in season and amazing. Grill restaurant had no shade, do although we would have liked to have lunch there, we didn't. Ship was very clean. Our cabin was comfortable. We did three land excursions, where quality seemed to be determined by guide. We had a great guide on Delos. We were very disappointed with Mt Etna where the guide's priority seemed to be his own lunch. He jumped off the bus and hurried us through the view of the crater, which was nowhere near the top of the volcano, not even allowing a rest room stop until after he finished his small tour, to a spot with a restaurant but not much else for us to see, where he and the guides and drivers from the other buses had lunch together. The main thing he told us when we drive was the name if the vegetation. There was nothing for us or most if the other passengers to eat at that restaurant, so we got no lunch until 3 pm when we had free time in Taormina. We did a self-guided tour in Oi and Fira which was excellent. We arranged private tours for the other stops because we didn't like the ship's choices. Went to two shows, and were not impressed. This surprised us as we thought this would be one of the advantages on a big ship. Sea days were great, with lots of choices with shade. Went on a tour of the galley which was fun. My husband went to two programs at the Fitness Centre, both of which turned out to be product promotions despite sounding like fitness/health advice. Liked that there was an international mix of guests with many Brits. Turned out there was a promotion there for Aqua class. We did a ship transfer when we debarked, and process was excellent. Would sail on Celebrity again if the itinerary and price were right. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was a wonderful vacation for us, one of the best, and it's difficult to separate the boat from the ports we visited. This was our first time to this part of the world and now we can scratch Pompeii, the Parthenon, and the Greek ... Read More
This was a wonderful vacation for us, one of the best, and it's difficult to separate the boat from the ports we visited. This was our first time to this part of the world and now we can scratch Pompeii, the Parthenon, and the Greek isles off our bucket list. As to the boat, there was much to like and very little to take issue with. As big as it is, we rarely felt the presence of so many people. There were times when the elevators were impossible but that's about it. We talked to several people that, like us, watched empty cars fly right past them. The ship really needs to reprogram them. The food was good in the main dining room, in the cafeteria there were a few exceptions. The clam chowder had no clams, the bean soup no beans. Either the soup was pisspoor or the guy serving it up didn't know all the substance was at the bottom. And every pot of scrambled eggs contained soggy, undercooked eggs. We were told they put cream in them. You would think with several egg stations around they'd at least cook one properly. We ended up getting our eggs at the omelet station where they made them to order. We ate in one specialty restaurant, the Tuscan. While it was good it wasn't $100 better than the main dining. room. At best it was a slight upgrade so save your money. With the exception of a couple of obviously new staff, all Celebrity employees were excellent. You won't find a better room attendant than Leslie, or better bartenders than the group in the Ensemble. Onboard entertainment was excellent about the ship.. The theater was hit or miss. Their in house shows were strange, We watched very talented people singing lousy songs or songs they had no business trying to sing. When a high pitched soprano tries to sing a baritone song, all you can do is scratch your head in confusion. They had an excellent trio perform Motown, a replacement fill on the last night did a wonderful job and a British comedian (Jon Courtenoy) I wanted to slug. Just a day after the Manchester massacre this jackass gets up there and tells Trump jokes. How insensitive, classless, and boorish can anyone be? If his own children were splattered all over the city of Manchester I wonder if he would have thought it was funny? My prayers are with Manchester and I pray Trump's message to the Muslim world will be answered. Getting on and off the boat was a breeze at all ports. All in all a very nice boat and an excellent choice for a vacation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We wanted to see the Greek Isles and more of Italy since we had only had 1 other trip to Italy 6 years ago. We choose Celebrity for the wonderful reputation the line has, as this was our first cruise with them. The ship was large but ... Read More
We wanted to see the Greek Isles and more of Italy since we had only had 1 other trip to Italy 6 years ago. We choose Celebrity for the wonderful reputation the line has, as this was our first cruise with them. The ship was large but never seemed too crowded. Getting on and off for tours was a breeze, even though we booked all of our port tours on our own and not through the ship (way less expensive that way and much smaller groups). Since we were in a Concierge stateroom, we had the first embarkation time slot of 11:30 with lunch in the main dining room. That was nice as we were moved right through in a flash. This class of service is till the basic balcony stateroom, with a few extras like getting on first in a special line, afternoon appetizers in our stateroom (fruit and 4 small canapes - nice touch but not the best), welcome champagne in our room, special concierge, and a few small gift items. We got the Concierge level room for the same price as balcony, so these perks did not cost us more. I don't think I would have paid extra for it otherwise. We did get 2 offers by email before the cruise from Celebrity for better prices for specialty dining and photos that we bought. They were also offering a deal the first day for specialty dining that was good. Our deal was for 3 nights at any of the specialty restaurants for basically the price of 2 nights. Most charged $50-$35 per person per night. They are all wonderful, but the main dining room had wonderful food and at no extra cost. The photo deal was an all inclusive price for prints and digital downloads of every picture they took on board and when leaving for ports each time. We ended up with 177 - 8x10 and 5x7 photos (less than $1.38 each for $244). We felt like this was a great deal since we never have photos made and don't want to book a photographer, pay a sitting fee, and then pay $$$ for each photo. And thankfully, we had many wonderful ones to remember our cruise! If we had just bought individual photos from them onboard, they would have cost $25 or $15 each!!! OUCH! The one extra we did not do is buy a drink package! Those were $65 per person for each adult in the cabin for premium drinks ($65 x 10 x 2 = $1,300) or less for the other packages ($50, $35). With 7 ports we were out all day and back in time for dinner, so we just had maybe 2 drinks before or during dinner on those days. At sea days we may have had 3-4 drinks each, but still only owed less than $200 at cruise end and did not feel like we had deprived ourselves. Drink costs - 2 martinis from the Martini Bar (which were fabulous) cost $28 with 18% service charge added, beers were $6-8, plus tips to give an example. Most of the cruisers we got to know onboard that had the drink package received it as a perk when they purchased their cruise, which might have been a good deal for them. But since we got a fantastic deal on our stateroom through RCI as far as total price, we were happy not to spend an extra $1,300 on booze. We also did not purchase any internet package as they are also high. We just used free wifi while in ports or used text messages on our international phone plane we bought before we left for Europe. This ship was spotless, the staff and crew were very friendly and visible, and the food overall was great. We never used room service so I can't speak on it, but our room steward was fantastic...not intrusive, but so personable and willing to please (Mohamed on Deck 9, cabin 9285). Pros - easy boarding & leaving for port tours, clean ship, friendly staff & crew, no smoking in casino and only in designated areas, great food Cons - slow service in specialty restaurants, large tour groups without headsets to hear guides, high prices for drinks & internet, need for more drawer storage in cabins. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My husband and I decided on this cruise for our combination first anniversary and honeymoon, and decided to splurge on a Sky Suite. Even though it was quite expensive, it was so worth it for the included premium beverage package, free ... Read More
My husband and I decided on this cruise for our combination first anniversary and honeymoon, and decided to splurge on a Sky Suite. Even though it was quite expensive, it was so worth it for the included premium beverage package, free wifi, onboard credit and use of the restaurant Luminae. We ate at Luminae all but 3 nights of the cruise and had wonderful meals there each time, while getting exceptional service. The cabin was very comfortable, and the only complaint we really had was about the small toilet and sloped sides of the tub and shower. This was just a minor inconvenience, and the bed was comfortable and the verandah was lovely. Our butler and steward were both attentive and respectful without being overbearing and were a really nice perk of the suite. The ship is beautiful and easy to find your way around on, and the service we received everywhere was really great. The only real complaints we had were that things seemed to close earlier than we expected - restaurants close at 10 or 11 (for sushi) and even the casino usually shut down between 12 and 1am even with a full table of players. That may be because of the other thing we did not love - the average age of the other passengers was in their 60s, and they seemed to go to bed earlier than we wanted to (we are in our early 40s) and to request a lot of music that felt dated and over-played. If we went into Michael's Club or Cellar Masters after about 10pm, they were always empty and quiet, and most of the times when we went to sit down at a bar we were the only ones there. I'm not sure there is a good way around it, but being on a cruise with people old enough to be your parents made for a lot of lost opportunities for quality nightlife and some bad behavior when in port by folks with "ugly American" syndrome. We only took one shore excursion, the Taste of Athens in a small group, but ended up having a great time in every port. We booked taxi drivers to take us to nearby sights, such as Taormina in Sicily, Lindos in Rhodes, and Sorrento and Pompeii in Naples. The excursion in Athens was fine, but we preferred exploring on our own and doing things at our own pace. In Malta, there are hop on, hop off buses available right at the port that were very cost effective. The only bad experience we had was on Santorini, where we took the water taxi to Oia (which was breathtaking - really worth the trip) and were supposed to get a bus back to Thira to take the gondola down to the port. First, there was a huge line for the bus by 2pm, and we waited for 3 buses and then did not get back to Thira until almost 3:30. By the time we found the gondola line, there were almost 1000 people in it and we realized we would not make it down to the boat by our 5:30 departure time, so we had to walk carefully down the 588 steps covered in donkey poop to make it back to the ship (this took about 45 minutes). The ship's newsletter advised against taking the donkeys really didn't make it clear how early you would need to be in line for the gondola to make it back in time, and there were no other options, so it was a somewhat frustrating experience. Santorini was totally worth it, but the bottleneck to get back to the port was a problem and I think the ship should consider alternatives such as return water taxis from the other side of the island to avoid it. During our sea days, we did 2 wine tastings and one Reidel Comparative Crystal workshop. All were great - we were really surprised by how few people attended the Reidel workshop, perhaps because of the price, but it includes a free set of Reidel wine glasses at the end (shipped to your home) and was very interesting! I loved both the premium wine tasting and the Italian red tasting, and both were quite well attended. The wine selection on board the ship was also excellent - we got to taste Opus One at Cellar Masters ($54 a glass, but very hard to find) and it was spectacular. I do wish Cellar Masters had been utilized more - we were often the only ones there. We would definitely cruise on Celebrity again, and absolutely book a suite for the same service and perks. We just might choose an itinerary next time that is likely to have a somewhat younger sailing population than the Eastern Mediterranean did. But it was an amazing experience overall. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My now husband and I selected this cruise by luck. We were actually booked on a Norwegian cruise but when Norwegian decided to change every port on the itinerary, we canceled it and found this one. Since we were celebrating our ... Read More
My now husband and I selected this cruise by luck. We were actually booked on a Norwegian cruise but when Norwegian decided to change every port on the itinerary, we canceled it and found this one. Since we were celebrating our honeymoon, we splurged and booked a balcony room. This was our first Celebrity cruise and we have to say, it lived up to its potential! To start, we arrived by shared private shuttle probably around 1pm. The shuttle pulled right up to the terminal, our bags were checked, and we were off down the terminal hall. It was a very quick and easy walk. Once we arrived in the check-in area, we were pleased to see that there were NO LINES! WHAT? The check-in process was quick and painless as well. Total time between getting out of the shuttle and getting on the ship was no more than 20 minutes (unlike Carnival where we had to wait 2 hours at a boarding gate). Once on board, we found the ships layout to be very easy to navigate and the decor very interesting and beautiful. One thing we noticed throughout the cruise is that Celebrity is constantly working on the ship to keep it in shape. One day they were going around touching up the paint and another day (in port) one of the jacuzzis was closed off so they could sand and stain the wood around it. Everything was kept very pristine! On that note, I know a lot of cruise lines have hand sanitizers all over the ship but I liked how Celebrity would keep attendants strategically placed to offer a squirt of sanitizer... when getting onboard, when entering the Oceanview Cafe, etc. Better safe than sorry!! The public bathroom spaces (although at times were hard to locate) were also kept very clean with warm towels for hand drying. Our stateroom was also very beautiful and well-kept. Our stateroom attendant, Davian, had our names down by the 2nd day! The service was another great part of this cruise. Everyone is very friendly making sure to say good morning/evening, etc when passing by. We dined in 4 of the specialty restaurants: Tuscan Grille, Murano, Lawn Club Grill, and Qsine. I've listed them in order of favorite to least. The food in all 4 was excellent but we decided we probably wouldn't go back to Lawn Club or Qsine. Just wasn't for us. That steak in Tuscan Grille was perfection and I would definitely go back for it! Another really great aspect of this cruise was the disembarkation process. WOW!! Again, comparing Celebrity and Carnival are like comparing fine wine and engine oil. =\ Getting off a Carnival ship, it was like a herd of people all trying to accomplish the same goal of getting off the ship with some of those people just shoving without so much as an "I'm sorry." I had to elbow some girl who flopped herself onto me to get me to move... and there was no where to go! Not with Celebrity. Hello personal space!!! Each cabin class had a spacious designated area where they could wait to get off the ship. But mostly it was the option guests had to disembark any time in a 3 hour window making the process very smooth. We were even able to use the elevators! Overall, I give this cruise line 5 stars. They really know what they are doing! On the downside... just a couple of things I wish they would improve. Since we were splurging, we decided to do their GoBest program to get the Premium Drink Package, Unlimited Internet Access, Prepaid Gratuities, and $300 Onboard Credit. (Side note, the Premium drink package is the way to go!) Plus we pre-purchased a specialty restaurant dining package. For about the first 3 days onboard, it was practically impossible to go anywhere without being hounded about buying a package. Sure you can just walk by and politely say "No thanks" but then again, when you're on vacation, how many times do you really want to be pestered about this stuff? If I want it, I'll buy it. Otherwise, leave me alone. The food was another area leaving something to be desired. The food in the main dining room was average. On cruises, I like to branch out from the norm and order some of the interesting things cruise chefs come up with... On this cruise, it's better to stick to the basics. Too many of my meals in the MDR were bleh while my husband's were good. Stick to the basics! Also, not sure why but not all the bars/restaurants carry the same wine selection. I just found that odd. It took us a while but we finally figured out which bars we needed to get to in order to get the wine we wanted. My final gripe is one that I think applies to a lot of cruise ships. We live in a tech-oriented world and cruise lines seem to struggle to keep up with that. Celebrity has developed one really great app, Cruise Lingo, but this isn't their main app. It's a great app for traveling and I highly recommend downloading it if traveling internationally. However, their main app, once downloaded, only crashed over and over again. I never got it to work and finally deleted it. It would be GREAT if cruise lines could develop one app where guests can see a variety of info: 1. The daily itinerary (goodbye wasted paper in the stateroom); 2. Daily menu's for the dining areas so guests can pick ahead of time where they want to eat; 3. Link the stateroom charges to the guests account on the app so guests can log in and see their charges at a glance; 4. Maybe even link the onboard photos to guests' accounts so they can see and/or purchase them from the app; 5. List the excursions available for purchase and maybe even allow purchasing through the app! There are endless possibilities! Shore Excursions: We did 3 excursions with Celebrity (2 good, 1 bad), 2 excursions organized by Cruise Critic roll call members (1 good, 1 bad), and 1 excursion on our own. Messina (Sicily), Italy A roll call member organized a tour that was supposed to include hiking the Silvestri crater. We were very disappointed when that plan changed at the last minute and we weren't informed. We spent an hour and a half driving up the mountain to a recent lava flow, spent 35 MINUTES at the lava flow (enough time to use the bathroom, buy a quick souvenir, and get back on the shuttle, BOOOOOO), and then drove back down the mountain to a winery where we spent 2 hours (and had to pay an extra E20/person), finally 1.5 hours back to the port. The crater is what we thought we were getting and since that didn't happen, we didn't think this excursion was worth it. Be sure to ask a lot of questions if someone else is planning the excursion so you don't pay for something you don't want. Valletta, Malta We did our own thing. At sea We did the Inside Access Cruise Ship tour. It was interesting to see behind the scenes. All the employees are super friendly! Then a Pub Crawl with Cruise Critic roll call members. That was fun! Mykonos, Greece We explored Mykonos Town on our own. We were going to hit up a beach but it was too windy and kind of cold. Rhodes, Greece Medieval Segway Tour. Highly recommend doing this!!! It was so much fun!! Santorini, Greece, A roll call member organized a tour to drive around the caldera and visit the Akrotiri excavations site, then up the mountain to Prophet Elias, wine tasting at a small, 5 generation family owned winery, and then to Oia to see the famous blue dome. And of course back to the cruise port. Akrotiri was very neat to see. We didn't make it all the way to the monastery as there were too many tour buses in the way but we did go pretty high up and it was awesome! We stopped around the caldera for some really great views too. The winery was amazing! We discovered a new kind of cheese that is delish! Oia was extremely crowded as there were 3 ships in port at the time but we still managed to get a photo of the blue domes. Athens, Greece Celebrity excursion: Athens and Cape Sounion Tour. It was AWESOME! Our tour guide was very informative but didn't really do a very good job at keeping a headcount (at one point leaving 2 guests behind but we stopped in time to get them). We visited the Olympic Stadium, Parthenon, and Temple of Poseidon. Full day tour but very fun, not too crowded at each place. There were 3 tour buses with Celebrity passengers but they staggered us so we were never all in same place at once. Lunch was included and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was! Usually cruise planned excursion meals aren't that great but this was very good! At sea Did NOTHING and it was beautiful! :) Naples, Italy This was our final Celebrity excursion and we were not very excited about it. It was the Capri, Sorrento, and Pompeii Tour. We took a jetfoil (silly me, thought this was a fast boat) to Capri, rode the funicular up to Capri Town and walked to the Augustus Gardens. The entire island looks very beautiful but it was crowded and Capri Town is full of high-end shops. We did not make any purchases. Then another jetfoil (this one a bit faster) over to Sorrento where were were left to get lunch on our own. Thank goodness because by this point we were already sick and tired of the lines/crowds. We had lunch in a nice little restaurant off the main path and did some shopping. Then back to the large tour bus to go to Pompeii. Of course at each stop the tour guide wanted us to go into this shop or that shop and listen to their selling pitch. Bleh! The shop in Pompeii was by far the most expensive so nothing purchased there. It was very hot in Pompeii but we knew that going in. Learning about the history was really cool and there are some neat artifacts there. Lots of history. The 2nd best part of this whole tour. The best part was getting back on the ship after it was over. It was just too much going on. Stand in line, boat ride, stand in line, funicular, walk in line to gardens, stand in line at funicular again, stand in line for boat again, stand in line for small bus to get up to Sorrento, lunch and no lines (YAY), back to bus, stand in line, Pompeii, lines, cruise ship, no lines (YAY again). Not for us. Had we known the weather was going to play nice that day, we would have booked a tour to the Blue Grotto instead. Or just Pompeii on it's own. But we did manage to cram it all in and saw a lot so that's the bright side! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We haven't cruised since 2006 and decided to treat ourselves for our 30th wedding anniversary. From start to finish everything was perfect - arrival quayside we were in our cabin in 10mins. Cabin was fantastic and bowled over by all ... Read More
We haven't cruised since 2006 and decided to treat ourselves for our 30th wedding anniversary. From start to finish everything was perfect - arrival quayside we were in our cabin in 10mins. Cabin was fantastic and bowled over by all the space, warrdrtobe, cupboards, drawers right down to the bathroom with excellent shower facilities with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Balcony was way bigger than we expected and many a night we enjoyed pre & post dinner drinks. Food was amazing throughout the ship though we had upgraded to 4 night Speciality Dining - Murano stole the show. In saying that even a simple coffee and pastry was an experience in Cafe Al Bacio. Didn't bother with any trips though we did our own thing at a few ports which was great. Staff were amazing wherever you went and i guess the World Famous Bar & The Martini Bar were the highlights. Would we go back absolutely and cant wait for next year Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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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