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A belated 70th birthday celebration for both of us. We picked this cruise for the islands it was visiting. Only complaint was the wind on deck 15 the first two days. The rest of the cruise had some great weather and smooth sailing. Ship is ... Read More
A belated 70th birthday celebration for both of us. We picked this cruise for the islands it was visiting. Only complaint was the wind on deck 15 the first two days. The rest of the cruise had some great weather and smooth sailing. Ship is very nice,cabin was good...enjoyed morning coffee on the balcony. Food was great,if you were hungry it was your own fault. Our head server was awesome,one of the best we have ever had. He took very good care of us and his suggestions were on spot. Entertainment was awesome, we were never disappointed in any of the shows we attended. We enjoyed dancing and listening to the great music that was provided. The house band was great. It's a pleasure to have live music for dancing. Our cabin steward was great, he keep our cabin in top shape and we enjoyed seeing the little chocolates when we returned each evening. I other words we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We went on our first cruise to celebrate my 50th Birthday and wow, we were super impressed by Celebrity and were told by many cruise addicts, once aboard, that we had selected by far and away the best line and a great ship. Our ... Read More
We went on our first cruise to celebrate my 50th Birthday and wow, we were super impressed by Celebrity and were told by many cruise addicts, once aboard, that we had selected by far and away the best line and a great ship. Our concierge class cabin 1210, was excellent, with very comfortable bed and plenty of storage space for clothes, cases and other items. The balcony was excellent, with very comfortable loungers with foot stools. The ship itself (Reflection) is in excellent condition, very well maintained to high standards, it is clean, bright and safe. The crew, were all excellent, friendly, attentive and professional, our cabin steward, was amazing and took care of everything we wished for. Entertainment was very good, albeit 'toned' down somewhat, in particular the comedians, for a family audience. We were impressed with the overall ambience of the ship, with pretty much everyone onboard, being super friendly, polite and considerate of everybody around them. No louts, loudmouths or intimidating groups - which we were very pleased about. We went on a number of excursions, including Snorkel and Kayak, Mount Gay rum tour (I am a big fan and it was great), beach tours and plenty more. All was well organised, safe and stress free. All in all, this was a fantastic first cruise experience, which I can highly recommend to anyone who is not so sure it is for them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had chosen this trip to fit in with our cruise on Celebrity Edge, so it was about timing rather than itinerary. We were lucky enough to have sailed this itinerary before, so knew what to expect. Sailing from the new Celebrity ... Read More
We had chosen this trip to fit in with our cruise on Celebrity Edge, so it was about timing rather than itinerary. We were lucky enough to have sailed this itinerary before, so knew what to expect. Sailing from the new Celebrity terminal at Port Everglades was really wonderful, and so straightforward, We were in a Sky Suite, so were able to take advantage of the dedicated drop off area, and had access to the Retreat Lounge in the terminal, which is beautiful, but boarding was so quick that we didn't have time to take advantage of it! The ship is great, and familiar. The dark wood and some of the decor is starting to feel a little old fashioned, particularly in light of what is happening with the makeover the fleet is having, but is none the less modern, with a great crew. Our cabin was an S1 Sky suite on the back corner which had ample space, a large balcony, and a bath. The balcony also had sun a lot of the time which was a real benefit. We ate mainly in Luminae, which as ever, was wonderful. Great service, the whole team were friendly and efficient, my only slight niggle was that the menu is fairly limited. We spent one night in Tuscan Grill, and one in Murano, both of which were great, but it is probably time that the menus were given a makeover. The Martini bar was an absolute highlight, great service, and a great atmosphere. The itinerary is not great, but I think this is a horses for courses thing - I'm not a fan of excursions, but like to be able to get off an wonder around the area near the ship, which you couldn't really do in a lot of these ports, but we knew this before sailing, so it wasn't an issue, we stayed on board for a lot of them. For all getting on the ship was a breeze, getting off the ship was another matter! We were in a different terminal, and to say it was somewhat chaotic would be an understatement. Long lines and no one really seems to know what was happening. Again, we were really luck that one of the perks of our cabin was priority disembarkation - the question really were huge. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
What a holiday! This was our first cruise and to say we absolutely loved it would probably be an understatement. Embarking to begin with was very easy and quick. We arrived at the port around 11am and were on the ship around half an ... Read More
What a holiday! This was our first cruise and to say we absolutely loved it would probably be an understatement. Embarking to begin with was very easy and quick. We arrived at the port around 11am and were on the ship around half an hour later with no problems. The cabin was bigger than we had expected, I found lots of room for all our bits and bobs, travelling from Ireland meant we could only carry a maximum 23KG luggage and 10KG hand luggage so we didn't have munch as we didn't bring cabin luggage with us (the plan was to stock up at Sawgrass Mills on the way home as we had a day to kill in Miami. The ship was beautiful, a little worn in some places but not to any extend that it was going to impact on our holiday. Overall we thought it was beautiful. We took part in the insiders tour on our second sea day, I wouldn't recommend it. I thought it was a big waste of time, very expensive, hard to hear and i wasn't very happy about a group of people walking around the kitchen with no hats or gloves on. All the staff we came into contact with were amazing, so friendly, helpful and eager to please. My other half isn't a huge fan of dressing up so we only ate in the MDR three times. I couldn't fault the food but then again I couldn't fault the food at the buffet either. I found the MDR very cramped and noisy. At times it was more romantic to eat in the buffet would you believe?! The only issue i had with staff was at the jewelry auction, a gentleman spilled his glass of champagne when he walked in front of the stage and the staff thought it was hilarious. My heart broke for him as he wasn't even aware of what he was doing and i thought if he was my little grandad i'd have been so annoyed. On the other hand I did lose my bag in the Cafe with my purse in it didn't realise until the following morning. It was at guest relations, untouched! i assume due to staff handing it in. We had a classic drink package which was more than enough for us. I tried almost every cocktail on the menu but even at 29 and 31 years of age we found ourselves in bed by 10.30 each night as we were exhausted! We never had to wait more than 2mins for a drink at any bar or at the coffee shop and we found the bar staff particularly polite and friendly. The singers and the shows on board were very good we went to 2 shows in the theater and the St. Patricks day songs the night before the big day. It was good- as Irish people we always find it funny how Danny Boy is considered an Irish song when its not lol but we enjoyed it :) the dancing on the other nights was amazing! Spending St. Patricks day in Costa Rica was one of my favourite days. It rained rather heavy and I think it just made our experience of the rainforset. I had a laugh at people trying to obtain a refund on their excursions as the weather was so bad, at home we would call that 'a wee drop a rain.' All our excursions were booked through Celebrity, as first timers we were too sacred not too. I found them very well organised and all tour guides very good. It might sound silly but I loved how the constantly updated you on how long it was until the next restroom stop/ eating time. We found the activities and the shops catered for an older clientele which makes sense as we were certainly in the minority on the ship- not that we minded. We took part in some of the activities. I'm sure I've left loads out but overall we had an amazing time, i'd read the whole of the internet before we left! And was particularly worried about a few bad reviews but it is what you make it and we made it amazing. We got engaged in Cozumel so Reflection will always have a special place in our hearts! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 2nd cruise with celebrity and our 14th cruise overall. Both my husband and I agreed that this was the best yet. The ship, staff, food and accommodation were superb. Excellent value for money. The only downside of the trip ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise with celebrity and our 14th cruise overall. Both my husband and I agreed that this was the best yet. The ship, staff, food and accommodation were superb. Excellent value for money. The only downside of the trip was the weather in New Orleans as it was very cold and we didn’t expect it. Not to worry though, once we had layered up the atmosphere of the Mardi Gra more than made up for this. The staff on board couldn’t do enough to help us and make our trip great. All were very friendly. They were fab. There was an excellent choice of entertainment going on so we had lots of choice each night. Wales were playing Scotland in the six nations and the game was screened on board. Fab. We would definitely recommend the Reflection to our friends and family and will be booking again soon. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The whole experience was amazing . The entertainment was great - perhaps with the exception of the comedian who was an acquired taste. Big Mike is and his music was just exceptional and the shows were spectacular . We loved the not the ... Read More
The whole experience was amazing . The entertainment was great - perhaps with the exception of the comedian who was an acquired taste. Big Mike is and his music was just exceptional and the shows were spectacular . We loved the not the three tennors and the acrobat shows which were stunning. All the staff were kind and helpful. the food also excellent and so much of it. There were plenty of activities for you to join in if you wished. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth with good security arrangements . Our cabin Stewart attended to our every need and was very helpful with showing us the ropes . Everything we had wished for was there and catered for. I had reason to use the medical centre which was very through and I would particularly like to thank Dr Mistry who got me back on my feet so I could enjoy my holiday We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have booked two more cruises Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Starting from Fort Lauderdale is always our choice - such a lovely port. We stayed in Hollywood for 3 nights pre-cruise (see separate TripAdvisor review). Mardi Gras in New Orleans was the highlight of this cruise. We chose it because ... Read More
Starting from Fort Lauderdale is always our choice - such a lovely port. We stayed in Hollywood for 3 nights pre-cruise (see separate TripAdvisor review). Mardi Gras in New Orleans was the highlight of this cruise. We chose it because we had never been to New Orleans. What a spectacle! And the Reflection made the most of it, with purple, green and gold decorations, events for all cruisers and especially for Captains Club, and the music. I can't say enough about "Big Mike"' musical director, band leader, trombone player par excellence! Also, Ray Brown Jr Jazz band, Danny Smart singer/guitar player, and Starlight Duo cello and violin were all fantastic. Celebrity CEO Linda joined us in New Orleans, and again in Grand Cayman to celebrate International Women's Day. She is very enthusiastic and delightful to meet. We received useful "Celebrate with the CEO" gifts in our cabin almost every day! The Reflection docked in NOLA starboard side to the dock, right at the end of Julia St. It was a short walk up it to the Bacchus parade route on Sunday night - perfect! And an easy walk the next day into the French Quarter. The parade is not visible from the ship because of the large Convention Centre and Riverwalk Outlets buildings at the dock. The Reflection has several large foyers for entertainment as well as numerous bars. Our only criticism was that the Ensemble lounge was always packed and we could not get a seat to listen to Ray Brown! The evening shows were all excellent, especially Broken Strings, Elysium, and Euphoria by the Reflection cast of singers, dancers and acrobats. We enjoyed a backstage tour with Emma, the lead singer/dancer. These kids have boundless energy! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We booked this cruise for the opportunity to see Mardi Gras and New Orleans and Grand Cayman. The Reflection was a very nice boat, very clean and well-maintained. Our cabin steward Richard was absolutely outstanding. The cruise ... Read More
We booked this cruise for the opportunity to see Mardi Gras and New Orleans and Grand Cayman. The Reflection was a very nice boat, very clean and well-maintained. Our cabin steward Richard was absolutely outstanding. The cruise director Eddy Jenkins was also a plus. His "10 things" talks in the Reflection Theater were better than any of the shows we saw which were contrived and ridiculously loud. The comedian Rich Aronovitch was decent. The staff captain also gave a talk on how the ship works which was really interesting and enlightening. All of the Live Music was mediocre and incredibly and needlessly loud, with the exception of the Emotions Duo. They were very talented and entertaining and you could listen to them without earplugs. The volume of all music and shows on cruise ships has gotten out of hand. Loud doesn't mean exciting and it certainly doesn't mean good. Our first night in New Orleans we opted for the Palm Court Jazz Café show and dinner. While it was grossly overpriced, we were able to apply a cruise account credit to take some of the sting out of it. Despite the cost it was a great experience I would recommend. The music was great and the food was really delicious. Short bus ride to the restaurant and back to the boat. The next day we opted for the Oak Alley Mansion tour. A total waste of time. You will spend most of the time on a bus seeing nothing much and then get very little time to explore the actual site which I think would be a worthwhile experience if you could see it without any time constraints. We expressed our displeasure with Celebrity and they refunded half of the cost. That evening we took a relatively short walk up Julia Street directly off the boat to take in the Orpheus parade. Really something to see. Collected our first of many beads. On Fat Tuesday we opted to just walk up to the French Quarter and check out the Mardi Gras celebration there. On the way we saw part of the Zulu and Rex parades. If you are a walker this is the best way to see the French Quarter in my opinion. We probably walked a total of five miles round trip. We had plotted out a path on Google and followed a Fodor's guide to the French Quarter to make sure we saw the main attractions. We went as far as the French Market on Decatur and would have taken in the Jazz Museum but it was closed on Fat Tuesday. One thing you must do is go to the Café Du Monde on Decatur St. and have their coffee and some beignets. The line might be out the door but it moves quite fast and it is so well worth it. The coffee is outstanding and the beignets are really delicious. And as a plus you will be covered in powdered sugar when you leave:) On thing to keep in mind while in the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday is that there are no bathrooms except for the port-a-johns on the official parade routes on Canal St. The parades do not go into the French Quarter. Only impromptu jazz bands appear in the French Quarter. Restaurants in the French Quarter have bathrooms but you have to buy something and the lines will be long anyway. Regarding the atmosphere on Fat Tuesday it was nothing but pleasurable and entertaining. I expected drunks and nefarious activity. There was none of that, just people having fun and enjoying the day. Grand Cayman is a tender. On a previous cruise we could not tender due to rough seas so it was nice to see it finally. It was a decent port, but do not waste your time or your money on the Cayman Highlights tour. It is nothing but a 2 1/2 hour advertisement for the Rum store, the Camana Bay development and some cheesy gift shop in the town of Hell. You will spend a grand total of five minutes on Seven Mile beach which is the only worthwhile site. Cozumel we saw before and did not go on any excursions. Overall an enjoyable cruise on a nice ship with good food, a great cabin steward, obnoxiously-loud mediocre live music and a great port stop in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
An enjoyable eleven-night Southern Caribbean cruise! Our trip began in Tallahassee on February 17th as we drove to Ft. Lauderdale. We stayed at the SpringHill Suites in Dania Beach (a 10-minute drive to the port) and was disappointed in ... Read More
An enjoyable eleven-night Southern Caribbean cruise! Our trip began in Tallahassee on February 17th as we drove to Ft. Lauderdale. We stayed at the SpringHill Suites in Dania Beach (a 10-minute drive to the port) and was disappointed in the hotel as the check-in process was unorganized (a long list of people waiting for rooms) and there was no hot water for our morning shower. The hotel, as well as several others, is in a great location, surrounded by various stores and restaurants. We had a fantastic dinner at the nearby Moonlite Dinner. You definitely will not go away hungry! For the convenience, we parked at the port - $15/day. Since the Celebrity Reflection was docked at newly renovated Pier 25, we chose to park in the mid-port garage after dropping off our luggage at the pier. We arrived around 10:30 a.m. and check-in was very organized and a pleasant process. We boarded the ship a little after 11:00 am. Southern Caribbean Cruise The Reflection, the largest in the Celebrity fleet, is a beautiful ship and was clean and well maintained. We stayed in cabin 9225, a veranda room. The room was well maintained and outstanding service was provided by our Cabin Attendant (Romeo)! He was very friendly and was always asking if we needed anything. The food in the Main Dining Room was average at best, as the menus did not provide many desirable options for the main course or for dessert. Service was slow and many evening dinners took three hours to complete. While early dinning began at 5:30 p.m., the dinning room always seemed to open a few minutes late and staff never seemed prepared as they were always finalizing dinner setup. Several nights it took over 40 minutes for the first course to arrive after the waiter took our order. If you wanted refills on water or iced tea, you had to ask. However, service from the wine sommelier was excellent. The highlight of our dining experience in the main dining room was the great conversations with our table mates, three couples - two from near Overland Park, KS and a couple from near Harrisburg, PA. There was never a dull moment at our table as the conversations were intense, focused on “fun” topics and generated great laughter! We did elect to purchase the four night speciality dinning plan for $149 per person. Two nights we chose to have dinner at the Tuscan Grill; as usual, it was excellent. What could be better, great food, great service and a beautiful sunset to enjoy! We also had dinner in the Lawn Club Grill and at Murano’s. Service and the food did not disappoint at either venue! Food at Murano’s is contemporary French in an intimate setting. While we really enjoyed both dinners, our favorite continues to be the Lawn Club Grill. We also found the food and service in the Ocean View Cafe to be very good and we enjoyed having breakfast and lunch there on most days. The AquaSpa Cafe also offers a lighter, healthy alternative for breakfast and lunch which we found to be a very good option. While I have been critical of the entertainment on recent Celebrity cruises, we found the entertainment on the Reflection to be very good. Our favorite shows were: Jesse Hamilton Jr. (entertainer), Bobby Borgia (magician), Lorraine Crosby (vocalist), Jason Neistadt (impressionist), and the Production Shows: Broken Strings and Euphoria - all were excellent shows. The singers and dancers in the production shows were impressive and extremely talented. The seven piece orchestra, lead by Big Mike, was fantastic! On sea days, I enjoyed attending the four presentations by Cruise Director Eddy Jenkins covering topics such as 10 Things You Don’t Know about Music, 10 Thinks You Don’t Know About Art, 10 Things You Don’t Know About Wales and 10 Things You Don’t Know About Crew Life. I also enjoyed attending the Beyond the Podium presentation by Paul Cirillo on the Universe and Cosmic topics and presentations by Doris Welch on Ocean Life - Whales and Turtles. In my reviews, I always like to include tips and advice on how to make your next cruise more enjoyable. Below are a few thoughts: 1. Make it a point to make new friends on the ship. I suggest that you talk to as many people as you can in the halls, in the elevators, at the bars, and at the pool. Even if you just ask them how the cruise is going, you will be surprised how people like to talk and share their experiences. I had some great conversations we folks from Germany, Finland, England, and Canada on this cruise. 2. When you are on a cruise, just be prepared for the shrinkage in your clothes caused by the salt air! Apparently, several days at sea in the salt air on a cruise ship will make your clothes shrink considerably. I have been told that spending some time in the gym and taking the stairs helps with this shrinkage issue. 3. When my wife and I cruise, we each take a large suitcase and a backpack. We always distribute our clothes between the suitcases and the backpacks in case one of the suitcases is lost or delayed in arriving. While this has never happened to us, we have witnessed a full cart of suitcases rolling off the pier into the water in Vancouver and numerous carts of suitcases getting soaked in Sydney. Our backpacks are our carryon bags and we always pack enough clothes, medicines, and toiletries to survive for a couple of days until our bags arrive if they are lost. 4. When printing out the cruise bag tags, I always print a few extra copies and place them in the outside pockets of the suit cases in case the bag tags attached to the bags get lost. It just makes it easier for the luggage to get to your room. 5. Travel insurance - this is not an easy issue. I have found that most health insurance plans do not cover you when you are in a foreign country. While having insurance to cover your trip costs if you have to cancel your trip is a plus, I believe the real issue here is the health insurance issue. We always purchase travel insurance. When cruising nearby (Caribbean), I normally purchase the insurance provide by the cruise lines. However, when going to Europe or other destinations, I normally purchase travel insurance with increased coverage limits. I focus on the medical coverage and the coverage limits for medical evacuations. I have found that the cost for medical evacuations can easily exceed $50,000. I highly recommend that every traveler research this issue online and know the limits of your health insurance. On our last two sea days we had some additional excitement on board due to an unfortunate event where a crew member had a severe medical condition and had to be evacuated from the ship. The ship had to divert to Jamaica so the crew member could be flown to Kingston for medical attention. The Captain did a good job in keeping the passengers informed. About 50 miles off the coast of Kingston around midnight we were met by a Jamaican Coast Guard helicopter and the crewman was hoisted aboard the helicopter. The helicopter crew, the Captain of the Reflection, and the many crew members onboard the Reflection involved in this complex operation are to be commended and congratulated for a job well done! When you see these types of events on TV you are amazed, but when an event like this happens on your cruise, you have another level of appreciation for the preparations, pre-cautions, and skill and talent level it takes to make these type of operations a success. Once the emergency event occurred, the ship was at maximum speed to get to Jamaica and once the crewman was evacuated, the increased speed was maintained to facilitate our arrival in Ft. Lauderdale on schedule. We arrived back in Ft. Lauderdale at Pier 18. We used the Express Departure (carry your own luggage). Disembarkation began around 7:30 a.m. and we were at our car in the garage within 40 minutes. In the terminal, to take the escalator, you must have one hand free to use the handrail (to have a free hand - we each use a large suitcase and a backpack). Otherwise, you have to take the elevator, which may result in a delay due to lines forming to take the elevator. By arriving at Pier 18, we had to take a shuttle to the Midpoint Garage. Unfortunately, when we exited the terminal, nobody could tell us where to get the shuttle to the parking garage. After walking around for several minutes asking numerous people about the parking garage shuttle, we finally found a gentlemen that directed us to the other side of the terminal where the shuttles were parked. Shuttle personnel were surprised that ship personnel had not provided this information prior to disembarking. I found it odd that we did not dock at Pier 25, the Celebrity terminal, as we were the only cruise ship in port that day. This would have made access to the parking garage much easier. While I asked several Celebrity employees why were were not docking at Pier 25, no one could answer the question. However, I did note that as we were going into immigration, they were directing folks from Canada (700 Canadians on this cruise) to a separate area. Maybe, Terminal 18 has more space to accommodate faster processing of so many foreign travelers - who knows??? Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
First the positives (because there are many) The ship was clean. the crew were all friendly and polite. The ship is clean, everywhere and you never had to wait long for an elevator. To get off the ship for excursions was organized and ... Read More
First the positives (because there are many) The ship was clean. the crew were all friendly and polite. The ship is clean, everywhere and you never had to wait long for an elevator. To get off the ship for excursions was organized and easy. The food was pretty good. We ate at the Tuscan Grill for the first night and Nazareen was the person who would get us anything to drink. We saw her in the buffet every morning after and she remembered us and always smiled. She was very sweet. One thing that is a MUST on this ship is to go to Qsine restaurant. It is a specialty restaurant and you have to pay extra but it is well worth the extra price. It was the best meal we have had on any ship. Before each course there is a video/show that plays out on everyone's table and plate. Le Petit Chef catches and prepares your meal. When the video is finished, it disappears from the table and your waiter serves you with the same dish Le Petit Chef just prepared in front of you. This goes through every course and is very entertaining and great food!!! Don't miss this! We had anytime dining and always had to wait 15-30 minutes to be seated (there were 6 of us). The staff were very nice and the food was good. Joan was our stateroom steward. He was wonderful! Always greeted us when he saw us with a smile and a great attitude. Our room was always clean and everything stocked. One morning the divider on our balcony was loose and it was fixed when we returned after breakfast. Eddy the cruise director was great. You saw him everywhere. I don't think he ever stopped working. He was friendly and hilarious. He was the best cruise director we've had on any ship we've been on. The entertainment was excellent Really, the only bad thing was the Muster drill. This was the worst of any cruise line we've been on. People were jammed in the photo area shoulder to shoulder standing while we watched a couple videos (if you could see them over and around the people around you. I felt bad for people who where on their first cruise because I'm sure they weren't able to understand anything that was going on. If there were a real emergency, it would be awful. They need to have more areas for the muster drills and have fewer people. It was way too crowded! Everyone was complaining. Luckily that was at the beginning of the trip and the rest of the trip was wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Celebrity Reflection – cabin 6232 This was our 7th cruse, 4th on celebrity and second on reflection. In hindsight this was the best cruise ever, my husband and I(65 and 67) loved every minute. The ship was in excellent condition, ... Read More
Celebrity Reflection – cabin 6232 This was our 7th cruse, 4th on celebrity and second on reflection. In hindsight this was the best cruise ever, my husband and I(65 and 67) loved every minute. The ship was in excellent condition, cleanliness was top notch, food was good (perhaps not outstanding) and the itinerary was amazing. Embarkation and disembarkation at Fort Lauderdale was straight forward and took about 40 minutes each time. The horror stories that I had read about US customs were unfounded. Because we had a late flight I booked a dayroom at the Pullman hotel close to Miami airport and that was a brilliant idea. Hours spent by a beautiful pool while my husband had a leisurely rest rather than sitting in the airport for 10 hours, money well spent. . My husband and I had purchased the premier drinks package primarily because I like drinking champagne. We love the ease of having a package but although it was good with 5 sea days perhaps not cost effective, there is a limit to how much I can drink! The classic package is included with our September cruise so we have decided to pay the surplus and see how the $’s work out. We loved our cabin (6232) and balcony and Xavier our cabin steward was excellent, he kept our cabin spotless and always seemed to anticipate our schedule so we hardly saw him. When we did bump into each other he was charming, friendly and very helpful. A true star We like to have a very lazy (possibly sedate cruise) and the age range of passengers suited us as there were few children, not too many dedicated drinkers and not many walking aids. I would guess the average age was about 55-65 Entertainment was good and seemed to suit all tastes. ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ – the Beatles tribute band was superb and had everyone singing clapping shouting and reliving their youth. I loved their performance. The solo guitarist, string duo and house band were all excellent. We booked private tours at each port using cruise critic, trip advisor and previous cruisers comments to choose and organise. All were excellent both in content and economically. I much prefer small group private tours rather than celebrity tours. See my more detailed reviews on trip adviser Miami - Big Bus Tour - bit disappointing St Johns - Scenic Tours - value for money Barbados - Calabaza - catamaran tour - beyond amazing St Lucia - fun packed day St Kitts - Royston - amazing guy - book him St Marteeen - Soualika Tours - Excellent but perhaps not for 65+ Celebrity is our cruise line of choice and we can’t wait until our equinox cruise in September. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I will start with I am very sensitive to motion sickness and it was really windy and rocky for me . With the patch everything went well. Now what did not go so well, the embarkation was not so hot , it was our first cruise and had no idea ... Read More
I will start with I am very sensitive to motion sickness and it was really windy and rocky for me . With the patch everything went well. Now what did not go so well, the embarkation was not so hot , it was our first cruise and had no idea how things worked, was not helped by anyone we kept telling staff we were concierge class I think we had an invitation to the Opus restaurant but was not directed to that we were told to go to the 14th and 15th floor, which we did and we also had the beverage package but no ever came to ask us if we wanted anything to drink . Our cabin was ready at 13:00 which was good and it was really nice, very clean ,the patio is great . The room was very well cleaned the whole cruise just a little flaw on our last night was locked out of our fridge which sucked cause no cold water in the morning or cold juice , we were charged for bottled water so be careful Water in room not included in beverage package. The shore excursions were fabulous we had such a great time, well organized we loved every single one from the beach , the caves in Barbados ,to the Jeeps in St Marteen . We spent our wedding anniversary on the ship and had reserved a seat at the Qsine Restaurant which was spectacular from the food, the service ,the staff and the entertainment everything was beyond our expectations . The captain is a very nice person ,nice smile and greets and makes people feel at ease and welcomed . The entertainment is really nice 2 shows a nite for early birds like us . The food was good , the young girl who made my toast every morning remembered me and burnt my English muffin like I love them Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our third time on Celebrity and it seems as though each cruise has been better than the preceding one. Embarkation was a breeze. We got to the terminal around 1:30 and there was no one in line. We were through the check in ... Read More
This was our third time on Celebrity and it seems as though each cruise has been better than the preceding one. Embarkation was a breeze. We got to the terminal around 1:30 and there was no one in line. We were through the check in procedure, on the ship and in our cabin before 2:00; it could not have been smoother. Our room, a preferred inside, was immaculate and comfortable and Bruce, our steward, could not have been nicer. This fine young man had a megawatt smile and an attitude to match. He was excellent and always ready to help. Unlike some other reviewers, we found the food in the main dining room to be of consistent high quality. It always came out quickly and was perfectly prepared. Perhaps the fact that we dined at 8:30 each evening meant that there was less pressure or stress on the kitchen but we never, ever, had a long wait for any course. A special shout out to Natasha in the main dining room and to Gerry and his team, our servers. Also, high marks to Murano where we had a world class dinner with all the trimmings - worth every penny; thank you Ina! The Oceanview Cafe continues to be very crowded and finding a seat is an occasional challenge - avoiding peak hours is a good idea. The food in the Cafe is good, if not always memorable, and the staff consistently friendly and happy to assist. We tried many of the bars and found the staff expert and personable but frequently overwhelmed - more bar staff please! On several occasions we waited fifteen minutes to be served at the Martini Bar. The ship overall is really handsome and beautifully maintained. On this cruise we were pleased to see that there was much less aggressive upselling, an unpleasant experience on other sailings. We agree with other passengers, some venues can get unpleasantly crowded - using the foyer for the ABBA night is a prime example. Our one major disappointment was the entertainment which we found mediocre at best. Half way through our cruise we began to skip the shows altogether. We have found the entertainment only average on each of our Celebrity cruises; in our opinion, this is the one area that needs careful thought and improvement. We would also prefer to see a movie inside, in a theatre, and not on the lawn. Others must agree as the movies at night were woefully under attended. We pretty much did our own thing when in port, usually finding a cab to take us to a secluded beach where we could spend a pleasant few hours. The one exception: a full day island tour that we took on St Lucia. It was excellent but not for anyone who is prone to motion sickness: the roads are very narrow and very twisty - lots of corkscrew turns! A couple of the folk in our van were miserable. Our disembarkation was as easy and as effortless as our embarkation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My husband and I had a fantastic time on our 10 day Caribbean cruise in February. Our cabin was perfect, and our balcony view was spectacular. The crew were friendly and extremely helpful. Everything about the ship was as advertised. ... Read More
My husband and I had a fantastic time on our 10 day Caribbean cruise in February. Our cabin was perfect, and our balcony view was spectacular. The crew were friendly and extremely helpful. Everything about the ship was as advertised. Because of the long day excursions, we chose late dining which worked out perfect. The food was exceptional, and we didn't feel rushed to leave. Our concierge was the best. She assisted us many, many times during the trip. Everything went without a snag from the beginning of the journey to the debarkation. The only negative part of our journey had nothing to do with the cruise, but with the hotel prior to beginning the cruise. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the night before and rented a hotel room near the cruise terminal. We paid over $200 for a disgusting room with two full size beds, sticky carpet, broken light shades, running toilet, dripping sink, taped up chairs, and a horrible smell throughout the room. The next time I travel to Ft. Lauderdale, I will conduct better research on hotels in the area. As far as the cruise, we'd definitely go again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise because of it's interesting stopovers. Columbia, Central America and Mexico. It provided much more interesting tours than Caribbean islands. Independently we arranged a very good 2 hour walking tour of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of it's interesting stopovers. Columbia, Central America and Mexico. It provided much more interesting tours than Caribbean islands. Independently we arranged a very good 2 hour walking tour of Cartegena - Yellow Umbrella Tour. Our other tours were arranged through Celebrity - Stingray City and Snorkelling in Grand Cayman were excellent. We visited Panama City and the Agua Clara canal lock, Veragua rainforest in Costa Rica and a Mayan site in Mexico. The 3 reef snorkelling in Cozumel was a little too long. The buffet on board was excellent and the main restaurant in the evening was good. The entertainment was the best we have experienced on a cruise - both the evening theatre and live performances on deck during the day. Don't go on this cruise if you don't like loud music on deck during the day. Everyone on board was very friendly and Celebrity were very well organised. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The cruise would have been even better had I not gotten a severe upper respiratory infection on the 8th day of the cruise! Our Concierge cabin was standard and adequate. Loved sitting out on the veranda reading! Our Steward, Felix, was ... Read More
The cruise would have been even better had I not gotten a severe upper respiratory infection on the 8th day of the cruise! Our Concierge cabin was standard and adequate. Loved sitting out on the veranda reading! Our Steward, Felix, was very helpful and on top of things. We had an easy embarkation and a nice lunch in the Opus Dining Room before being allowed in our cabins. As with last year's cruise with Celebrity, they really need to get their dining situation resolved. We signed up for 'early sitting - 6 p.m.,' yet they kept making us make reservations nightly. On the 9th night found out we'd been assigned a table every night, but absolutely NO notice sent to cabin on table assignment or showed up on app until the 9th evening! Instead of getting our assigned 6:00 p.m. table, they kept insisting that we call for reservations daily. It appears they have no system for determining which cabins have assigned seating and which are not. It is a REAL pain to remember to call every morning! I will say the food in the dining room was good! The medical staff on the ship was excellent! I was under their care for 3 1/2 days, though allowed to return to my room and not confined. I pretty much opted to confine myself though and ended up using room service. Be sure to verify that your medical insurance will cover your cruise OR buy insurance to do so. Embarkation was easy and we were on the ship in about 30 minutes. We had to have 'assisted' disembarkation due to my illness and I must say assistance from leaving the ship to getting our luggage, through immigration and then to a cab was excellent and carrying! A Special THANK YOU to all of them!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We enjoyed the variety of ports- history, Panama Canal, Cartagena, Costa Rica rainforest and Cozumel! Great ship and service Good food on board... only negative was QSine- tiny portions, waste of money- heard the original format was ... Read More
We enjoyed the variety of ports- history, Panama Canal, Cartagena, Costa Rica rainforest and Cozumel! Great ship and service Good food on board... only negative was QSine- tiny portions, waste of money- heard the original format was excellent! The Costa Maya port was not good.. village just for cruise ships- better to be 2 nights in Cartagena or different place. Dora De Explorer the best guide in Cartagena.. she is smart, warm and loves her city!! Let her show you Cartagena Roberto also an excellent tour guide in Panama The specialty restaurant that you should try is The Porch! Mediterranean fare so lots of Seafood- fresh and delicious.. lobster, shrimp, fish all very good Probably the best meal on our cruise and less $ than most other specialty restaurants.. of course, nice rooms.. clean shop and pretty Martini Bar super busy but fun as always Inc- house band were excellent Entertainment overall very good! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I chose this ship and date to travel with five of my best friends. They had never been to any of the ports on the itinerary and since Imhad, I was the guide/planner. I had been on the Reflection on its innaugural transatlantic and again ... Read More
I chose this ship and date to travel with five of my best friends. They had never been to any of the ports on the itinerary and since Imhad, I was the guide/planner. I had been on the Reflection on its innaugural transatlantic and again in November/Dec of last year. I chose this ship for several,reasons: The crew on this ship are some of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of meeting. The food - outstanding and consistently good - and such a great selection every day. The cabins are large and roomy and the showers to die for. I knew they would love the ship as I do - and they did. We had a magnificent cruise and a grand time. It was like old home week when many of the staff actually remembered me from my Dec cruise. I got many hugs, and handshakes and hello Miss Barbara. It was really special, We had picture perfect weather, calm seas and it was the best cruise ever. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our fourth cruise. Our daughter got married on Royal Freedom, then we did Norwegian Epic to the Mediterainean, then Norwegian Sun to Alaska. We chose Celebrity this time because my sister told us Celebrity has the best food of ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise. Our daughter got married on Royal Freedom, then we did Norwegian Epic to the Mediterainean, then Norwegian Sun to Alaska. We chose Celebrity this time because my sister told us Celebrity has the best food of all. We went with a group of 8 all between 63 and 75. We flew Westjet from Toronto to Ft. Lauderdale worry free and stayed in Ocean Beach Club hotel in the north end. Although it is a half hour north of the port, the hotel prices are cheaper than near the port. This hotel was fine and friendly staff. We didn't tour Ft. Lauderdale we just spent the night had a nice dinner in the hotel and grabbed a cab in the morning for the ship. We always arrive at the port city one day earlier than the cruise date in case of any bad weather or plane trouble from Toronto. (Lesson learned, it happened to us once where they couldn't get the cargo doors to latch and held us over 22 hours in Toronto because they had no other plane.) Once at the port the Celebrity embarkation was going smoothly until they announced their computer malfunctioned and everyone who already had their Seapass with photos had to have their photos retaken. This meant everyone in line had to wait while about 1000 people had to have photos retaken. Nobody could board the ship. Everyone got grumpy waiting and Celebrity kept saying they were sorry. It took about 2 hours extra standing in line while photos were retaken. There were no drinks or snacks offered to anyone during the wait. One thing about Celebrity I don't care for is they have a pecking order of select guests, who obviously pay more, for different classes of sailing. The Aqua class example. Celebrity also lets the preferred classes board first, and they even have their own restaurants and bars on board the ship for these preferred classes only. It really does make you feel less important if you're not paying for the higher classes. But we never felt dissapointed in the normal restaurants and bars, just so you know, some restaurants you can't use. Once the computers worked again embarkation sped up and we moved along fine. The ship is beautiful. Clean and well maintained what you can see. The staff are all very friendly and look you in the eye when they approach and say hello. Staff direct you to the 14th level Oceanview Cafe for food and also told us our rooms were ready now! We were in stateroom 8120. Starboard side (even numbers) with a verandah. About 8 rooms from the front of the ship. The up and down wasn't as bad as my wife thought but there was noticeable side to side rolling as the Caribbean sea seems rougher than the Atlantic. The room is a standard verandah stateroom like other ships we have sailed, with a 32" wall mount TV. The bathroom is all contained, i.e. The toilet, shower and sink are all in one room. If one is sitting on the toilet it is tight if another is at the sink as you are touching. Some ships have the sink outside the toilet area and that is a better set up for getting ready each day. You can check your Seapass account on the room TV but note you can also download an app onto your phone for Celebrity that also tells you current costs and gives you the daily itenary. We found this app very useful and you download before you go on the cruise. It's easy for Apple or Samsung phones. There were two 120V ac outlets at the desk. Lots of storage and wooden hangers. A mini bar in the fridge (expensive) two bathrobes and a hair dryer that works well. The towels are changed every time you seem to leave the room as our steward (Singh-India) was very keen and seemed to know when we came and went. Room service was used daily around 4pm for coffee and tea. It was quickly delivered. After 11pm they charge you $4.95 for delivery. The first 2 days of our cruise the guys all found the bartenders would drive you crazy with telling you to upgrade your drink package. Every time you got a drink they would give you the pitch. It became annoying. After the 3rd day they seemed to stop bothering you. Again some bars are specialty bars for certain class of passengers and unless you have the high end drink package you can't get in there. Generally bar service is very good. The Cafe Bacio on the 5th floor is excellent for coffee, lattes, expressos and cookies and cakes anytime of the day. There is a lounge there and it's great to sit at to hear music from the 4th floor. The Bacio is also beside a Gelato ice cream bar but there is a charge for it. I never saw anyone using it. The server just stood there all day. There are ice cream stations on the 14th floor Oceanview Cafe and the 15th floor an ice cream self serve machine. Smoking is only allowed on the port side 5th floor and 15th floor port/rear side. You'll get to know the regulars. We never used any specialty restaurants as we enjoyed the Opus Dining Room for dinners and some breakfasts, and the Oceanview Cafe for breakfasts and lunches. We ate around 6:30 pm each night at Opus on the 4th floor and were seated pretty much at the same table. Our server was Alexio -India and Paolo. Both men were excellent and very kind. We tipped them extra near the end. Most ship buffets change their menu slightly daily, ie, one day you will get sushi or a large variety of Chinese. This ship has a restaurant called "Sushi on 5ive" (extra charge) and I guess that's why our buffet never offered any sushi. The Celebrity Reflection has several restaurants just for upper crust passengers that we couldn't eat in anyway. Some people may think this is separation but we never felt left out. The Opus Dining Room menu changes daily with one night being lobster, two nights were prime rib. The Opus also has daily standards of fish, New York Strip steak and a chicken dish. All were delicious. Now I mentioned this before, we noticed the Celebrity passengers average age was 65. There are no water slides on this ship. The pool areas are crambed with lounge chairs and hand rails. Daily the 14th and 15th floors are filled with older people sleeping on loungers with a book across their chests. Nothing wrong with that if that's your thing. We didn't see more than 10 19-28 year olds. Only saw 2 children under 3. And many of the passengers seemed to have mobility issues ie leg problems. canes, wheelchairs, knee braces. Entertainment was OK. They have a house band, a duo, a singer/guitar player and a big band type combo. The various bands only play for about 45 minutes then stop. At night the house band plays in the Sky Lounge at the front of the ship but it rocks so much side to side my wife couldn't stay in there. We found by 10 pm the ship was very quiet everywhere. Again the age group is older and they seemed to disapear. There were a few nights where there is an Abba tribute and lots get up to sing along and dance. There was a 60's night and again the seniors are up and dancing. Lots of fun. We saw some shows, magician was great, juggler was amazing, Danny Smart guitarist doing Beatles/Elvis tribute, comedian was very funny and a cirque de sole type show. Great movie shown was Bohemian Rhapsody. We got off at all 5 ports of call. We never took any ship excursions. Most bars in town offer wi-fi but you must drink or eat for them to enter the password on your phone. And it is slow wi-fi. The Reflection has two floors with shops on it. We found the 4th floor has the lower grade stores, the 5th floor has the high end stores. My wife wanted a Michael Kors purse. One day near the end of the cruise this store has a sale. My wife asked the clerk if this purse would be on sale that day as currently, with the Cdn exchange rate, this purse cost the same as back in Canada. The clerk was honest and said that purse was a popular purse and it never goes on sale, the sale purses are red or yellow or outdated models. We went back on the sale night and they announced every bag in the store was on sale. They were. But my wifes model was not on display! Debarkation we carried our own luggage off and it was fast and easy. Overall the Celebrity Reflection is a fabulous ship in beautiful shape with good food and friendly staff. Lots to do on board if you want to. I wouldn't say the food was better than Royal C. Or Norwegian, but we are glad we tried it for ourselves. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary as it would check off all the islands we hadn't been to yet and it was overnighting in Aruba and it was a two week cruise which we have never done before. I am going to start from the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary as it would check off all the islands we hadn't been to yet and it was overnighting in Aruba and it was a two week cruise which we have never done before. I am going to start from the beginning and I will tell you our thoughts on this cruise as I know some of the topics are very subjective: EMBARKATION/BOARDING: The ship was docked at Terminal 25, which is the newest terminal and was built for the Edge. This a very large terminal and had a very long desk with more agents than I could count. We got to the terminal at 11:40 and we were on the ship by 12:10 pm. It was one of the easiest embarkations I have ever had! There was plenty of staff to direct us to the correct line and each greeted us with sunny smiles and hellos. Even the security people were pleasant!! There were waiters waiting at the entrance of deck 5 with champagne for us and there was plenty of seating in the lounges for us to wait until we could get to our cabins which was announced that they would be ready at 1:00 PM. We sat in the Ensemble Lounge for a bit and Murano was open so I went and made our specialty dinner reservations for the trip and then we went to Deck 7 to wait to get into our Stateroom. There is a lovely area called the Hideaway on 7 midship which had very comfortable chairs and little nooks to sit and they have fresh coffee service there from early morning until late afternoon, which many of the other decks can take advantage of. We used it quite a bit on this cruise - along with our balcony. As promised, the staterooms were ready at 1 PM and we were able to drop our carry ons and go do some exploring. MUSTER - This where my ONLY criticisim is - Muster started out with a nice surprise. Almost all muster stations are in the dining rooms and lounges so you can sit and not have to stand for a interminably long time. Instead of a boring lecture - they have created a really cute film about emergency procedures, etc. HOWEVER, we were in the Opus Dining Room near the back and the decorative banners were in the way of the movie screen, so we couldn't see anything - we had to look across to the other side of the room to try to see the screen!! Now, this wasn't our first cruise, so we know "the drill"; however, for first time cruisers - this is a problem. We did have a live demo on how to use the vests. SERVICE/CREW: Impeccable service - always smiling and greeting everyone they came across. The staff in the Cafe was great - they butlered a coffee cart around and one of the servers called out " Good Morning - Happy Happy Coffee" every day! That put a smile on everyone's face! We cannot say enough about this crew - they really do care about the ship and its passengers. They were constantly cleaning and sprucing up - I didn't see any deficincies on this ship at all. Every port we stopped at they were cleaning and painting the hull!! FOOD - Now, this is subjective and I know not everyone likes all the food, but we did not have a bad meal the entire 14 days! Murano, Tuscan Grille and the Lawn Grille were absolutely superb! The Opus Dining Room was also excellent and our waitstaff and sommelier was most attentive the entire cruise. The Oceanview Cafe had a marvelous selection of food and I was impressed that they are sensitive to people who have all types of allgeriges - they had almond and soy milk and had a whole selection of gluten free pasteries. STATEROOM - We were on Deck 7 on the "bump" just past midship port side. It was quite spacious and my husband was very pleased with the shower - it was a decent size and he could move around in it. Our stateroom attendant was most attuned to our needs and while we didn't see much of her she kept our room very clean and took care of any requests in a timely manner. ENERTAINMENT/CRUISE DIRECTOR: Eddy, our Cruise Director, really made this cruise a great deal of fun. The passengers were "of a certain age" some older - some younger - and he had something for everyone. We had a Beatles cover band and a Four Seasons cover band and they were both excellent and the ship went wild for both of them. The production shows were very good and the different bands and musical entertainment was excellent and enjoyably toe tapping. They had quite a few Beyond the Podium Lectures which I attended and they were all very interesting. There was plenty to do onboard if you chose to do it. I brought my Mah Jongg set and I am glad I did - they really didn't have a complete set - we had to make up one set from two incomplete sets. Maybe they shouldn't leave the sets out - they should put them away and you would have to sign one out - that may keep the tiles from disappearing, EXCURSIONS/ITINERARY: We did Celebrity Excursions in every port except Grenada and we were pleased with all of them except Antigua. The transportation there was very uncomfortable with small vans with little to no legroom. My husband has bad knees and it was not a good day for him because of this. Needless to say, Antigua was not our favorite stop. We enjoyed all the other stops - especially the ABC islands! As I said, I chose this cruise for the itinerary and it didn't disappoint! DISEMBARKATION; This is always painful and we cannot blame the cruise lines. The fault is always with the Government and the cruise line was really concerned because of the current shudown that there would be more difficuly than usual. When we got our luggage tags - we were told that our number would be called at approximately 9:15 AM. We live in Florida so we didn't have to get off early to get to the airport. They called out number about 9:35 AM which wasn't bad and we found our luggage easily, Then came the wait; there were 6 BP agents which was a pleasant surprise - BUT they didn't have a line for foreign nationals so we were all mixed in so some people went right through, but others took a while. All in all it was about 2 hours to get everything situated, It could have been worse but it is defintely never better. As I said, we are at the mercy of the government and there is nothing the cruise lline can do, This is a cruise we would definitely do again when they bring this itinerary back - maybe it two years or so. There are many many people disappointed that this isn't on the schedule for the forseeable future. Hopefully, Celebrity will be listening and return this itinerary to the schedule in the future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
this cruise was chosen for its relaxed itinerary and hopefully good weather. It did not disappoint. Reflection lived up to its reputation being a modern sleek and fairly lively ship. Embarkation was in the new terminal created for the ... Read More
this cruise was chosen for its relaxed itinerary and hopefully good weather. It did not disappoint. Reflection lived up to its reputation being a modern sleek and fairly lively ship. Embarkation was in the new terminal created for the Edge, there were lines but we did not wait too long before we were checked in efficiently by the staff there, The terminal did not live up to the hype that some guest were suggesting but it was adequate, As usual after walking what seemed to be an age we eventually got on board the ship to be greeted by the friendly crew with a glass on sparkling wine, We were allowed to our cabins at approx 1:30 having visited the Ocean View whilst waiting. All the other public rooms and areas were available to use. The room was very clean and although the cabin steward was under pressure he was very welcoming. So for us this was a restfuli cruise having visited all the ports previously. Private tours were available at all the ports should you wish to take advantage of them. In Antigua we walked to the Cathedral and was pleasantly surprised they have nearly finished the renovations inside and it was beautiful. Please go take a look. Donations are more than welcome as it goes to the restoration fund. If you are a cricket fan, the old ground in St Johns is still open for you to take a look. If the groundsman is around he has lots of information and memories that he will share with you. Barbados we strolled into town, went over the bridge and sat at the harbour side for a lovely cool beer, watching the world go by and chatting to other cruisers. St Lucia, having been here several times and holidayed on the island we decided to stay in town. Been berthed on the town dock we took the water taxi to the other side, then enjoyed a quiet ship. Greneda, something of a tradition for us to walk through the tunnel to the old harbour. its good to see it being brought back to life. BB;s Crabback is a great place for a drink or food and to take advantage of the free wifi. It is on the waterfront so lovely to sit. Bit of a trend here as we had a couple of beers. Aruba We visited the Butterfly farm which is well worth it, saw lots that we would never get to see in the wild. They had 34 different species and of course I have hundreds of photos after waiting patiently to try to get a shot. Well worth the $16 each. Walked back to Eagle Beach, one of the worlds top 10, and you can see why. Caught the service bus back for $3 each, great ride. Curacao, went into town as we wanted a couple of items and as the bridge was opening, we had sit and wait having a beer. It was great to see this old bridge open to let a ship through and then close. Bonaire, Once we got there we realised we have actually never been here. So got a tour which took us around the North of the island. Our lovely lady driver tried to get us into the Cactus brewery but the guy on the door was having none of it, however she dropped us off around the corner and we walked back and hey ho we got let in. they told us all about brewing the cactus and got to try the spirit. It is GORGEOUS, very refreshing. We also saw Flamingos and even a baby one, makes a great photo. 2 sea days found us back in Fort Lauderdale. having a late flight 3rd time lucky on the ships excursions we went on the Everglades trip. We did see 2 wild alligators and a small selection of captive animals, these were formally pets and are now being looked after properly. Worth doing if you havent done this trip before, Reflections did not disappoint, staff very friendly, the venues - particularly the Sky Lounge were excellant. Great Celebrity vacation once again, Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
After trying several other cruise lines we keep coming back to Celebrity. This is about our 7th cruise with Celebrity and every time the ships are sparkling clean and the service is excellent. The food is great, to our taste, in both the ... Read More
After trying several other cruise lines we keep coming back to Celebrity. This is about our 7th cruise with Celebrity and every time the ships are sparkling clean and the service is excellent. The food is great, to our taste, in both the main dining rooms and the "buffet" area. We usually eat in the main dining room for breakfast and dinner, and use the buffet or burger bar for lunch so that we can sit outside with our mid-day drinks:) This is the second time we have done the 14 day itinerary in the Caribbean early in the year. I really like the 14 day cruises as opposed to shorter ones and wouldn't even consider a 7 day as you barely get on before you are planning to disembark. Although we've been to several of these ports in the past, we just enjoy being on the ship and cruising along...the port stops are just a bonus. This cruise we were happily surprised with Grenada and Bonaire. We recommend them highly and hope to return there again on a future cruise. We were happy to find that there were only a handfull of children on the ship, which is why we choose Celebrity over other, more kid friendly cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Also, cruising when school is in session helps. I think this is the first cruise we've ever had children on, actually. I love my grown children, but now we prefer to cruise with adults only and Celebrity's Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We were in Sky Suite 2119, a very nice sized suite on the 12th deck, forward on the port side, with a larger balcony, just a few doorways from the spa, so quiet. Jo, our butler, was very responsive and helpful. Brought us lovely ... Read More
We were in Sky Suite 2119, a very nice sized suite on the 12th deck, forward on the port side, with a larger balcony, just a few doorways from the spa, so quiet. Jo, our butler, was very responsive and helpful. Brought us lovely canapés when we requested them, and served us a lovely dinner in our suite. Raj, our suite attendant always provided a clean room and extra towels as needed, with a smile. Luminae - The Food... Amuse bouche were occasionally kind of boring (goat cheese stuffed in a large puff pastry cracker?), but would then surprise (a deviled egg with salmon caviar). Lean into the caviar, perhaps with some fresh potato crisps and sour cream? The octopus starter was EXCELLENT! Lobster salad had an odor, so I avoided it; the waiter offered me shrimp cocktail instead, and although small, the shrimp were good. Pepper tuna was a tad too peppery. Venison was overdone, and as a result, slightly dry. Had Opus grilled chicken breast one night with mashed potatoes and veggies - good comfort food, but the broccolini tasted fishy. The rack of pork was sliced, so not REALLY a rack. French onion soup was bland and oily, but escargot were quite good. The buttered lobster with champagne sauce was excellent, and my husband loved the duck as well. :) The chocolate sphere dessert was entertaining AND fabulously delicious! Zouihair, the maitre d’ was attentive and very helpful, and clearly a good leader, as his team were well trained. Sanjeev was a very good waiter always quick with a funny comment to make us laugh. Allan was a PHENOMENAL sommelier and suggested excellent pairings within the wine package we selected; the Beringers Founders Estate Cabernet, Sincerely Malbec, and the Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot we’re right in our “sweet spot”, bold, chewy, and dry. One night my husband selected a Malbec that was quite nice. Allan approved. ;) Murano was excellent, start to finish, with the mild exception of the lamb being slightly undercooked. Zac was an excellent waiter and the gran marnier soufflé was FABULOUS. Blu was good as well, just not our thing. Michael’s Club, part of our suite experience, was a great getaway. Riz, one of the staff, was an excellent bartender (great lemon drops!) and Alex and Alessandra were AWESOME concierges, getting us into the restaurants we wanted. Canyon Ranch Spa - Elizabeth’s manicure was perfectly done. My husband said my nails have never looked so good! Wakasa, who studied massage in Japan for 10 years, was my masseuse. Her hot stone massage was the best that I have EVER had and I’ve had PLENTY. On the whole, this was one of our better cruises, with great excursions (snorkeling in Bonaire!), good internet (paid, but shared), and good island locations (Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire). The shows were ok, but not the BEST that we’ve seen. One comic (Rich Aronovich) was quite funny, and the local cast (singers, dancers, musicians) were quite talented. The App to determine activities and scheduled appointments is EXCELLENT, but needs to integrate with the spa. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Loved the 14 night Caribbean itinerary and was sorry to see Celebrity discontinue it. The Reflection is a beautiful ship with one of the friendliest, hard working crews I’ve seen in 21 cruises. I don’t think I’ve ever sailed on a ... Read More
Loved the 14 night Caribbean itinerary and was sorry to see Celebrity discontinue it. The Reflection is a beautiful ship with one of the friendliest, hard working crews I’ve seen in 21 cruises. I don’t think I’ve ever sailed on a cleaner ship. The crew is constantly working to keep it that way despite the slovenly habits of some passengers. (Yes, you’re on vacation but it wouldn’t kill you to throw away a can or other trash.) Food was fantastic. We ate at all the specialty restaurants except Sushi on 5 and enjoyed the food and service. The view from the Tuscan Grill is great. Arrive early enough to get a table by the aft windows. You might even get the treat of watching dolphins riding the wake. We wake up early so usually don’t make it to shows. We did, however really enjoy several of the musical acts. The Starlight Duo and Danny Smart were our favorites. If there was something of a disappointment it was the bar tenders at The Pool and Mast Bars. Usually ships put some of their more outgoing peopl in those locations. They were polite and efficient, just not very fun. I suppose everyone looks for different things in their cruise experience. Ours is pool time, relaxation, good food and friendly service. The Celebrity Reflection certainly delivered that and more. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
As we book our winter getaway in January we have learned from previous cruises that it's vital we choose an itinerary that goes down to the Southern Caribbean - the East/West itineraries in January may not be hot enough. This January ... Read More
As we book our winter getaway in January we have learned from previous cruises that it's vital we choose an itinerary that goes down to the Southern Caribbean - the East/West itineraries in January may not be hot enough. This January 4th 2019 Reflection was perfect - the weather was hot starting in Fort Lauderdale and continued for every island. Embarkation in Fort Lauderdale was easy - we were in Terminal #25 that is the new Celebrity terminal. We like this itinerary as it lets you relax immediately once you board with 2 sea days, then 5 ports, then a sea day, then 3 ports (Aruba Bonaire Curacao) and 2 days at sea to relax for the journey home. Celebrity is our favourite cruise line and Reflection is my favourite ship in the fleet. Celebrity provides a level of "modern luxury" that can't be matched with other cruise lines while still providing the casual atmosphere of cruising (not the country club feel of luxury lines). The entertainment on Celebrity has increased dramatically the past 2 years which makes me happy. The crew from the Captain on down to every person cleaning were amazing - always friendly, always professional and always willing to fix any issues. We always choose Celebrity Select Dinning and we make reservations in advance - we were a group of 6 so this was necessary. We arrived @ 6:30 and our table for 6 was always ready for us. Some may want more flexibility - not knowing what time they will eat everyday but that flexibility may mean you wait in line. All the food was amazing including Oceanview, MDR, Tuscan, Murano and our new favourite Lawn Grill. The food was great in Le Petit Chef but I wasn't a fan of the 3D concept - it doesn't enable tablemates to talk (must be quiet) and I felt pushed out at the end with the "goodbye" animation. This was a great cruise. I strongly recommend any 14-night itinerary - I wish Celebrity would offer more 14-night cruises. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
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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