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We were on the Reflection in March as a couple and returned with friends. We took a Celebrity suite instead of the Sky suite that we had in March because my husband wanted to be able to watch football after I went to sleep. Since our ... Read More
We were on the Reflection in March as a couple and returned with friends. We took a Celebrity suite instead of the Sky suite that we had in March because my husband wanted to be able to watch football after I went to sleep. Since our friends were not in a suite we ate in the the main dining room for dinner every night. We didn't feel we lost much by not eating in Luminae as in March we mostly ordered off the main menu ( Luminae's offerings were often odd). We had a terrific waiter Melvyn who has been a waiter with Celebrity for 19 years. He made us feel special. Make reservations each night the night before!!! The Reflection is a beautiful ship, spotless and elegant with, in our view the best staff at sea ( we have been on 45 cruises (Princess, RCCL, NCL, Oceania, Regent) Our suite Butler Jesus did everything he could do for us and Leslie our stateroom attendant was excellent. The Celebrity suite has several design flaws. There are only two electrical outlets in the whole suite!! We brought a surge protector as we do on every cruise and security confiscated it. They held one of our bags without telling us ( the ship had sailed) and my husband and Jesus had to scour the ship looking for it. There is a large window cut in the side of the bedroom wall letting light in from the living room lamps and TV ( it was like New Years eve). Half way through the cruise the suite manager stopped by to see how we were doing and that night a black out curtain appeared covering the window. I guess we weren't the first to complain. I would not take that suite again considering the stiff price. Michael's Club is a great perk ( loved Alex and Alexandra) making friends at the bar, tea from 3:30-4:30 every day. I thought the specialty restaurants were over rated and not worth it. In March we loved the Lawn Club but this time we felt the food was not as good and the same with Murano. The cruise Director Eddy Jenkins is great, funny and charming. He is much more involved than they usually are. He did four lectures: 10 things you should know about Art, Music, Cruising and Wales not Whales. We saw the first three and loved them. The rest of the entertainment is consistently awful. The stage shows are old ( we saw them last year and the year before ( Celebrity has a ton of repeat cruisers so that doesn't make sense) . The Beatles cover troupe wasn't good and except for Dominic Allan ( a great musician) and December '63 ( Four Seasons) we compared it to a dental visit. The one bright spot was a young acoustic guitarist, Danny Smart. We were groupies, following him from bar to bar. The last night he played American Pie and had half the ship singing. We had been to all the ports many times before except for Grenada. We took a ship's excursion "Spices and Waterfalls". It was miss-able. The guide was great and tried her best giving a gruesome history of the island and the revolution, but it was a 45 minutes drive to a rundown shack called a factory and the skinniest waterfall I've ever seen. In Aruba, an overnight allowed the two couples to reserve ( from home) a room at the Renaissance Marriott Resort. Walked from the ship. We spent almost two full days at the private island ( they have a small motor boat) with lagoon, flamingos and restaurant) as they gave us passes until we could check into our room ( which we never even went up to). We returned to the ship for dinner. The weather was perfect, the seas calm, I hit in the casino ( gave it all back). Great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
14 days of gorgeous sunny warm weather in a January is ideal. Cruise guests were mostly old. Many guests were repeat guests who liked longer cruises. I had a good time on the Reflection. As one of Celebrity’s newest ships, it looked ... Read More
14 days of gorgeous sunny warm weather in a January is ideal. Cruise guests were mostly old. Many guests were repeat guests who liked longer cruises. I had a good time on the Reflection. As one of Celebrity’s newest ships, it looked fresh and well kept. Our cabin was in good shape. Furniture was comfortable. Our cabin steward was new. He was friendly. However, we had to ask for several basic items that were not already in the cabin. Shower caps,smooth soap, robes, ice, pen, paper, laundry bags. Towels were thin and not very absorbent. Asked for extra towels. The public areas were also clean and nicely appointed. Pool area had lots of chaises and areas in the shade. Never had to go far to find an empty chaise. The buffet area was often crowded. There were many times when I had to wait to find an empty table. Buffet seating was not adequate. Food choices were good. However, there were often lines of people waiting to be served. Pool grill was good. The Main Dining Room was better than the buffet. Service was excellent. The food was good, not great. Menus are old and worn. Choices haven’t changed in years. It would be nice if Celebrity would freshen up their menus and offer new dishes. We also ate dinner one night at the Tuscan Grill. I really enjoyed the filet. Loved the Tea at Cafe Al Bacio. Entertainment was good. The musical groups were excellent. Music soup was my favorite. Evening shows were good. The Library was sadly lacking books. There is no longer a daily News sheet. Guest services said that they don’t print it anymore because people check news on the web. That only works on ships that include free WiFi for all guests. We enjoyed time in the ports, met lots of nice people, and had a good time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
14 days had Aruba two full days. Murano (11 times) provided a great dining experience. Less children. They did have several dogs on board. One Small dog barked and barked.. Barked uncontrollable. Setting on balcony reading and barking was ... Read More
14 days had Aruba two full days. Murano (11 times) provided a great dining experience. Less children. They did have several dogs on board. One Small dog barked and barked.. Barked uncontrollable. Setting on balcony reading and barking was disturbing. Celebrity should have put dog and owner off the ship. That is actually in the write up of how they handle that situation, but I guess they did not want the press. Entertainment is subpar to Royal Caribbean. I cruise 110 days a year. This is now my 140th cruise and I have been on 22 Celebrity cruises and 77 Royal Caribbean cruises. This past year I cruised 7 days on the MSC Seaside, 8 days on the Carnival Vista, 35 on Celebrity and62 on Royal Caribbean, so I know the differences and direction cruise lines are headed to make more $$, and how they are achieving that. I have 6 more cruises booked this year, and will book at least 6 more this year. I am not booking as much in advance because of the non-refundable deposits. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Parents took family.Ship is awesome! Food is excellent! Layout is great! Entertainment was fabulous, especially the comedian. Funny!!!! It would be nice if there was another outdoor pool for only adults. No nightclub, but the silent disco ... Read More
Parents took family.Ship is awesome! Food is excellent! Layout is great! Entertainment was fabulous, especially the comedian. Funny!!!! It would be nice if there was another outdoor pool for only adults. No nightclub, but the silent disco rocked!Cabin was wonderful. Clean and loved having the verandah. Food was pretty good. Service was excellent.Did not go on this ship for the ports. Mexico is not my favorite, but I do like Grand Caymen. However, it is a pain not to have a port to directly dock and get off on island. Have taken Celebrity prior and the experience was wonderful and plan on taking it again. It was nice not to have a ton of children on board. For a big ship, it did not feel crowded. Would definitely recommend to friends. Even the bar service was wonderful and quick. On other lines, it can be a hastle. Overall, great experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
What better way to enjoy the Christmas holiday than on a cruise. This was our first holiday cruise and it was fun to be with others in the holiday spirit.. it had been a while since we have sailed on Celebrity and we were not disappointed. ... Read More
What better way to enjoy the Christmas holiday than on a cruise. This was our first holiday cruise and it was fun to be with others in the holiday spirit.. it had been a while since we have sailed on Celebrity and we were not disappointed. The ship was clean and well maintained which is hard when doing seven day Caribbean sailings. The crew was super friendly although not as polished as some crew. But we had a wonderful time and looking forward to our next sailing. Eddy the cruise director did a great job and his talks about his experiences over the years were well done. The production shows are a must see for everyone. The individual shows such as comedians, singers, bands, etc were also very good. Hard to find any faults with the entertainment. Our Aqua class cabin was quiet, clean comfortable. Clive, the cabin attendant was attentive and always knew when to get in and clean before we got back. The iced tea in the afternoon was appreciated and delicious. On Christmas morning we had a gingerbread village that was set up for the holiday. A beautiful display for pictures. Later in the day the officers gave a concert of Christmas carols which was wonderful and a nice surprise. Definitely got even the grinches into the holiday spirit. Overall a great week and a fun way to spend a holiday. This will not be our last holiday cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Just completed a 2 week trip to the Caribbean The ship is very impressive with great staff Itinerary was good including port visits to Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia, Grenada and the ABC Islands The entertainment was second to none ... Read More
Just completed a 2 week trip to the Caribbean The ship is very impressive with great staff Itinerary was good including port visits to Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia, Grenada and the ABC Islands The entertainment was second to none with great shows each night and plenty of live music in venues around the ship One slight disappointment was that once leaving the main restaurant there was very few places to sit and continue the interaction with other guests you had meet during dinner, unlike most other ships the atrium area was a little disjointed with limited seating The food selection in the main dining room and buffet area was very extensive with no complaints from anyone we could see, and for us Brits very hot water for our tea A good selection of speciality restaurants are available but slightly more expensive than most other ships, we found that staff would offer discounts most nights which brought the price down by around 10% There appeared to be 3 different drinks packages available:- Standard, Classic & Premium, we had the Classic package which allowed us any drink up to $9 in price, however Vitamin water in the buffet priced at $4.5 was excluded for some reason. In the Martini bar situated within the atrium area all cocktail started at $12 which was a little strange as most people appeared to have the Classic package, all this meant was that the staff used different spirits in your drink I think Several people mentioned that at key times such as pre dinner or show time there was a lack of bar staff and not all the bars opened which was a little disappointing as on several evening we had arranged to meet friends for drinks before dinner and could not find bar or waiter staff Would we cruise with Celebrity again? Yes Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Family Christmas together. First cruise for my husband and I, but Grandma and my brother's family had both cruised several times before. Embarkation was dismal - standing in line for 3 hours facing armed security guards, with no ... Read More
Family Christmas together. First cruise for my husband and I, but Grandma and my brother's family had both cruised several times before. Embarkation was dismal - standing in line for 3 hours facing armed security guards, with no explanation given until after we finally boarded. (The explanation eventually given was that the 30-mph winds were too high to safely deploy the gangplank. I think Celebrity needs a stronger gangplank.) Debarkation also much slower than expected: from on-line research, we though we would be able to just walk off since we were carrying our bags, but there was a huge lineup and it took about 45 minutes to get off the ship and another half hour to get through customs. Once on the ship, things improved a lot! We had a terrific cabin steward and good dining experiences in the main dining room. We were doing "anytime" dining and ended up never needing to make a reservation - there was only one night when we had to wait longer than 5 minutes. Excellent gym facilities, although very busy. Bought one Pilates class and it was excellent, although pricey. The ship is beautiful and well maintained, and although full there were always places to sit and relax. We had 3 cabins in a row and had the dividers removed between the verandahs, so had some good quality family time together out there. It would have been nice to have some useful shops on board e.g. cruisewear, last-minute Christmas gifts. Instead it was pretty much all diamonds and watches. Hard to imagine they do a good business. The internet packages were ridiculously expensive, so we went without for a week, which was kind of refreshing. A "classic" beverage package came with our booking, and that turned out to be just right for us - we paid the difference when we occasionally wanted a more expensive glass of wine or cocktail. Time in ports was too short. There was only time to hop off for 3-4 hours at each stop. We did manage to get quite a lot out of those 3-4 hours, at least in San Juan and Antigua, but it was a bit hectic. If I were cruising again I would look for longer times in port, and port days that are more spread out instead of bunched together. Overall the cruise itself was a comfortable, enjoyable, and expensive experience. We may try it again sometime... Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I loved the Itenerary. All my favorite islands. The ship is gorgeous. Very tasteful and not gaudy. Service in main dining room was outstanding. Try to get Frankie and Ketut. Deck 4, Select dining. The specialty restaurants were very good. ... Read More
I loved the Itenerary. All my favorite islands. The ship is gorgeous. Very tasteful and not gaudy. Service in main dining room was outstanding. Try to get Frankie and Ketut. Deck 4, Select dining. The specialty restaurants were very good. Love the lawn grill, Murano, Tuscan Grille and of course Q'sine. The chateaubriand is incredible. Don’t miss it. Our room , C2, was nice and stewards were wonderful as well as breakfast in the room. Concierge was never helpful or even available much. Captains club hostess could not handle anything nor could Guest Relations. These need improvements or empowerment. Service in the bars before dinner is very slow, just not enough waiters. Better be prepared for a wait. That’s the only reason for 4 stars instead of five. I think this is my new favorite S class ship, even better than Equinox. My next cruise is on the Edge in March. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Getting on/off the ship was pretty smooth. Our room was fabulous as was our stateroom attendant. The entertainment was top notch and the cruise director as well. The live music was also great, especially the band 'Music Soup' and ... Read More
Getting on/off the ship was pretty smooth. Our room was fabulous as was our stateroom attendant. The entertainment was top notch and the cruise director as well. The live music was also great, especially the band 'Music Soup' and the string duo. The ship is beautiful, well maintained and clean with the exception of the public bathrooms at peak times. The itinerary was great and we had smooth sailing throughout. With the exception of the Martini Bar, all the bar staff were below par. The work inefficiently and not as a team. I sat through an entire set of 45 min. in the Sky Lounge and the Ensemble Lounge without anybody coming by and asking for service. To get a drink at lunch in the Oceanview Café is challenge as well. The ATM only spits out $ 50 bills and guests relations was not in a position to provide change. I'm sure in cooperation with the casino, this could be accomodated. The big 'rose' sculpture in the Foyer is in the wrong place when you want to dance. We ate at Murano, Sushi on 5 and the Porch - all outstanding food and service. Worth the extra money. The food in main dining room was tired and uninspired as was the room service food. The Food in the Oceanview Café was actually much better since you can have any meat grilled. The service we had in the main dining room was below standard with the notable exception of the Asst. waiter. The sommelier was pretty useless and had a massive chip on his shoulder. We know they can do better and would definitly go again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We sailed on Reflection in November 2018 on an 11 night western and southern Caribbean cruise. The ship itself is beautiful and quite modern. The staff are very friendly and the food is very good, especially Murano, which is worth every ... Read More
We sailed on Reflection in November 2018 on an 11 night western and southern Caribbean cruise. The ship itself is beautiful and quite modern. The staff are very friendly and the food is very good, especially Murano, which is worth every penny you pay.. The itinerary was great. The entertainment was pretty good, and there are a lot of onboard activities, our favorite being Silent Disco.The stateroom itself was ok, but the beds are not terribly comfortable. The room layout could also be better, but this would be difficult to do without gutting the entire ship. I would give a 5* rating, but there are little things missing that are available on other lines, such as self serve laundry facilities, a slightly better pool setup, and quicker "graduation" through the affinity levels. We will definitely sail with Celebrity again, but they would get a perfect rating if some of the above issues were addressed. Just my humble opinion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We stayed in Fort Lauderdale 2 1/2 days prior to sailing. It was nice to get used to sunshine and warm temperatures again. We walked around a lot and also explored the city by the water taxi. Highly recommendable. Embarkation went ... Read More
We stayed in Fort Lauderdale 2 1/2 days prior to sailing. It was nice to get used to sunshine and warm temperatures again. We walked around a lot and also explored the city by the water taxi. Highly recommendable. Embarkation went smooth. We were in Port Everglades around 11.30 a.m. The people checking us in was in a great mood, and I think we waited approx. 15 minutes to get on board. Disembarkation took a little longer, as there were some problems with the luggage (not ours specifically) but we enjoyed this extra time outside the cafe in the sun. As we did not have a flight this day, we just relaxed. All in all the ship was fine. I was never a fan of carpeting, but I guess it is a good solution on a ship. I liked the size, easy to be familiar with. Cabin with balcony with obstructed view. We were on deck 6, and under us were the life boats. We could look straight out with no obstruction and actually see the water between the life boats. So no problem. The Muster Drill was a joke. We were called to our muster station as usual and did not need to bring the life vest. They showed a lot of commercials for other Celebrity cruise destinations, while we were waiting for everyone to arrive. After a very long time we were told they had tech problems. Suddenly a staff person came running in with her life vest, could hardly speak after running and told us what to do. Then we waited for the captain to call off the drill and it was over. This was a joke of a safety demonstration. I sure hope they have better procedures in case of a real emergency. Fixed dining at 6.00 p.m. The room was very large covered 2 floors and the noise loud. The waiters were a new team. Their first cruise. They did the best they could and with a few more cruises under their belts, they will be excellent. The Sommelier always found the perfect wine not only to the food but also my taste. In general it would be nice with more vegetables to the different dishes. The best was the companions we were seated with. Every evening we all looked forward to meet and exchange stories of the day. I was not so impressed with the entertainment in the theater. I took part in some of the activities and the very best was Silent Disco - super funny. Service was great, the cabin always nice and clean. Shore excursions were booked from home. As I had hesitations regarding one of the trips, we decided to cancel it. No problem, we were refunded the full amount as we came 2 days prior to the date. When we arrived home, the money was already on my credit card. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We joined this cruise following a repositioning cruise. Too many things went wrong, Our excursion on Panama was ruined by our terrible coach which broke down. First replacement coach as bad, 3rd time lucky. However, the excursions team ... Read More
We joined this cruise following a repositioning cruise. Too many things went wrong, Our excursion on Panama was ruined by our terrible coach which broke down. First replacement coach as bad, 3rd time lucky. However, the excursions team did not want to hear our complaints. The cabin was pleasant and well looked after by the young gentleman who was swift to resolve any issues. The restaurants were good, however, too much cap doffing to suite customers and we were ignored, just a little too often. The queue management at the restaurant was haphazard. With the word Ultimate in the cruise name, you would have thought that the destination ports may have been more select. The captain was brilliant and we looked forward to his 10am messages each day when we were at sea. Other officers were not the most professional. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed the trip, but we are hesitant to book another cruise with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our second Celebrity cruise, previous time was on Infinity. The ship was very nice overall, spotlessly clean and I must say, I sort of prefer the design of the ship as it now before Celebrity start to refurbish Relection as per ... Read More
This was our second Celebrity cruise, previous time was on Infinity. The ship was very nice overall, spotlessly clean and I must say, I sort of prefer the design of the ship as it now before Celebrity start to refurbish Relection as per Edge! I much prefer the standard staterooms and conventional balconies! One aspect on this voyage that I was surprised about - the safety muster (ours was Deck 5 C3) was very poorly conducted. There was just a small video screen and it was impossible for most people to even get a glimpse of it. The crew were poorly coordinated and certainly not in charge and I'm not sure would be of much use in a real emergency at sea! This is very important and definitely should be improved. Our Veranda stateroom was very clean, nicely designed and well looked after by our room attendant throughout the voyage. We chose Select Dining in the Opus Dining room and the evening experience was excellent - food good throughout with excellent wines and our waiters and sommelier were superb giving us first class treatment. There was some confusion with regard to pre-booking of tables with waiters saying we could select a particular table but the reception staff saying different - felt like some people could pre-book but others couldn't? The evening experience on Celebrity is a good step up from Royal Caribbean. However, I feel that in the Ocean View buffet, this lags behind Royal Caribbean where the selection of food, especially fruits is much wider. One thing we noticed was that most of the time, the cocktail of the day was not included in the Classic Package. I just feel that a cocktail of the day should be available across all drink packages. The upper deck areas on /deck 15 were a bit too crowded, the grassed area takes up far too much space! Enjoyed the entertainment throughout. The voyage was called Ultimate Caribbean Cruise! Not really Ultimate imho, lol! Grand Cayman was not very interesting. Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica were the highlights of the trip. Costa Maya is built for cruise ships and is a tourist rip-off, complete waist of time. Not much more at Cozumel either! Compared to European resort areas......well, maybe European people are just more discerning..... I will leave it at that. Personally, I would have preferred missing out Grand Cayman and the Mexican calls and maybe have gone to Jamaica instead. The shore excursions were very expensive. We used these at Cartagena, Colon and Costa Rica. For the price they were not at all great and would have expected a lot more! Anyway, enjoyed the cruise overall, perhaps the best days were the days at sea! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itenerary which included Cartagena, Panama and Costa Rica which we had never visited. Our cabin was fine size for us with ample storage space, having learned from previous trips to be a bit more ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itenerary which included Cartagena, Panama and Costa Rica which we had never visited. Our cabin was fine size for us with ample storage space, having learned from previous trips to be a bit more practical in packing. Our steward, Francisco, was always available and took really good care of us and the cabin. We usually ate in the main dining room and the service and the food were excellent, especially the tournedos. We had breakfast in the buffet with good variety and quality available. We went to the show each night after dinner and enjoyed every performance, especially Ashley Amber who has a fantastic voice and puts on a really great show. She was our muster leader on Summit a few tears ago and has come a long way. On previous Celebrity cruises we enjoyed a glass of Bailey’s after dinner with our coffee so on the first night we did the same only to be charged a dollar each overage which I thought really petty. It was always included in the classic package but they now charge ten dollars for a glass. It cost twenty five dollars for a litre bottle in their duty free shop. We did excursions on most stops but were really surprised at how untidy Costa Rica is. Considering how it prides itself on it’s biodiversity and respect for the environment, there was so much garbage like beer bottles and plastic lying on the beaches. Maybe we picked a bad day. We had a great excursion in Cozumel called Salsa, salsa and margaritas. It was a lot of fun and probably one of the best days of the cruise. Embarkation was a bit slow but disembarking was a breeze. What a difference from Miami. All in all it was a great cruise and we will be cruising again with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Ship: Celebrity Reflection The Captain: Dimitrios Kafetzis Cruise Director: Lewis Power-Stannard Dates: November 5 – November 16, 2018 Ports: Leaving out of Fort Lauderdale; Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, ... Read More
Ship: Celebrity Reflection The Captain: Dimitrios Kafetzis Cruise Director: Lewis Power-Stannard Dates: November 5 – November 16, 2018 Ports: Leaving out of Fort Lauderdale; Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico Our Cruising History: 5 Celebrity Ships, 2nd on Reflection; 39 cruises overall Embarkation: We began our day early on November 5th out of Charlotte to Fort Lauderdale. We arrived shortly after 9:15 and were at the terminal, checked in and on board having lunch by 10:45. It was a quick and easy embarkation process. The Ship: After lunch, we explored the ship. Even though we’d sailed on the Reflection two years ago, we’d forgotten some things about it. The top deck has The Porch restaurant and The Lawn Club Grill. We did not eat in either of these, but Deck 15 is neat. It actually has grass growing on it. We did go up and just sat around one evening. It can be quite romantic up there! My favorite thing is probably the tree in the Grand Foyer. It is an actual tree and has grown quite a bit since our last sailing. It has “roots” growing out of the bottom which are very neat to see. The spa is nice with large showers, steam room, and sauna. They have a barber shop as well as the hair salon. One of our perks was a free one-day use of the Persian Garden. You lie on these wonderful contoured lounges covered in heated tiles. We used this one day after two days of intensive walking in Panama and Columbia. My calves were very sore from all that walking and the heat felt so good on them! I actually fell asleep and woke myself up when I snored! In the Persian Garden is also a steam room, a cold room, and an aroma therapy room. I loved the cold room after using the tiled chairs, there was actually ice on the walls! Our Cabin: We were in cabin 9140, an inside cabin. The layout is nice and you have some space against the wall between the door and the dresser which is where we stored our luggage since we couldn’t get it under bed. The bed is arranged close to the closet on one side, the wall on the other side, and across from the bed is the dresser…not much room to try to slide your suitcases under. There is plenty of room in the closet for our clothes. There is a hair dryer in the drawer, but it is the kind you have to hold your thumb on the button to keep it on. It’s adequate. The TV is above the dresser, and there is a space for the ladies to use for applying makeup. There are plenty of shelves, but I missed having drawer space. The safe is inside a cabinet and you set a numeric code to open and lock it. There is a small refrigerator with items for purchase. The bathroom is small, but the shower is angled so you have a little more space than you do on other ships. You have small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion which are replaced when used up. Our cabin steward, Edy, was the best! He was so concerned about making us happy and making sure we had everything we needed. I think we scared him the first day because when we came back from lunch, he had cleaned the carpet and it left a strong scent. With my asthma, I couldn’t breathe and we were coughing and asking what it was. He felt bad about that. I told him I couldn’t be around anything scented. After that he was always asking if we needed anything, if everything was okay, etc. He was great and I gave him a nice extra tip. Elite Perks: So speaking of perks, besides the one time complimentary pass for the Persian Garden, you get a bag of complimentary laundry, one item dry cleaned (one time only); some Bingo and Casino offers; complimentary 90 minutes of Internet or 30% off Unlimited Internet Package. We used the 90 minutes we each had, but you waste a lot of minutes waiting for it come up, trying to get logged on to your email, and logging off, so you really don’t get a full 90 minutes of Internet use. Other perks included wine savings, specialty dining offers, and photo gallery. We got our free scoop of gelato, it’s small, but good enough. As an Elite member we also had three complimentary drinks loaded onto our cards each day. We would usually go to the Ensemble Lounge before dinner every night for these drinks. The bartender there is Sasha and she is great! We would leave her a couple of dollars each night and then I gave her an extra tip on the last night. Sit at the bar and tell her I said to ask for “Miss Sassy”; that was my nickname for her. Food: The food in the dining room was hit or miss. Some nights good, other nights terrible. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants or room service except for the Tuscan Grill for breakfast one morning since it was one of our Elite perks. Here’s what I remember we had… Apps: Thai spring roll, bleu cheese soufflé, Mâche salad, shrimp cocktail, fish cake (wish I’d gotten two of these!), shrimp cakes (scrumptious!) Soups: wild mushroom, French onion, butternut squash, tomato, cream of broccoli, chilled strawberry Entrees: prime rib (hit or miss on temp), beef tornedo, sirloin, trout, flank steak, short ribs, steak Diane, beef bourguignon, sea bass, lobster tail, beef wellington The first night we got prime rib and they both were cooked the way we ordered them. The last night, they couldn’t get it right. I ordered medium, my husband ordered medium well and they were both medium rare. The lobster was terrible. It was dried out, rubbery and had no flavor at all, even the melted butter had no flavor. I was looking forward to that rich, scrumptious flavor you get with lobster, but I was out of luck. Other people we talked to said the same things so it wasn’t just us. We loved all of the soups we got. They were all very creamy and smooth, and would leave a nice flavor in your mouth that would wake up your taste buds! Desserts actually looked better than they tasted; I usually got ice cream or sherbet. I waited all cruise for a soufflé and finally on the last night, they had a chocolate soufflé with a coffee sauce, it was pretty good. I did love the bleu cheese soufflé I got as an appetizer one night. If you like bleu cheese, you will love this soufflé. It’s rich with a smooth creamy flavor that will almost melt in your mouth. It’s a flurry of flavor and textures that your palate will love! We tried the main dining room for breakfast a few times, but they couldn’t get my husband’s eggs right. They were always over cooked. I always ordered an egg white omelet and it was never very good and looked sloppily made. At the buffet we could get our eggs cooked to order and they were always perfect from there. Ports: Grand Cayman: We’ve been here many times and done everything there is to do, so we stayed on the ship. If you have not been here, I would recommend snorkeling with the sting rays or a tour around the island; you can pick these up at the pier and they all take you to Hell and Seven Mile Beach. Cartagena, Columbia: We booked a private tour with Dora. We had read a lot of reviews about her tours on TripAdvisor and the majority of them raved about the tour they received. We were disappointed, however, with the number of shopping stops and that no water or drinks of any kind were offered. It’s very hot and humid and we did a lot of walking. We met our guide, Tous, at an aviary and we had some time before the tour began and after we returned to see the birds and peacocks. There were even some anteaters here – I didn’t know they were so big! We met Tous around 8:15 and the tour lasted approximately 4.5 hours. We began the tour at La Popa Monastery. The convent stands on a 150m-high hill, the highest point in Cartagena. The views from here are amazing and you are able to see all over the city. According to The Lonely Planet, the convent's name literally means the Convent of the Stern, after the hill's similarity to a ship's back end. Founded by Augustine fathers in 1607, it was initially just a small wooden chapel, but when the hill was fortified two centuries later it was replaced by the more stout construction of today. From the Monastery, we stopped at the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. We did not go inside the fort, it was just a photo op of the outside. The vendor vultures were all over you here and at other places we went. I can’t tell you how many times I said no, and no to the same people over and over. I know they are just trying to make a living, but they were very annoying. After our stop at the fort, we had a shopping stop and since we are not shoppers, we waited outside the shops for what seemed like hours. It was extremely hot and fortunately I had taken a bottle of water, but it didn’t last very long between the two of us. We then headed to the actual Walled City. Again, the vendor vultures were all over you and there were triple the number that were at the fort. Making our way through all the vultures and city streets, we saw some amazing sights. The architecture is truly old world and just beautiful! It’s actually neat to be inside this city where everything is connected. We visited San Pedro Claver Catholic Church; it’s so amazing and ornate. It has a huge courtyard that is breathtaking with lush, thick vegetation and flora. There was a man on the street selling beautiful paintings he created with only his fingers! The Plaza de San Diego is somewhat centrally located within the Walled City and is surrounded by some colorful buildings and churches. We walked through this plaza on our way to San Pedro Claver Catholic Church. After the visit to the church, I think we walked back to the main streets where the vendor vultures were. We had another shopping stop and after 30 minutes or so of waiting in the hot sun, we asked Tous if we could go back to the bus and wait. He called the driver and he walked out from under the bridge and waved at us. We walked to him and followed him to where the bus was parked. He had kept the A/C going and it was nice and cool. He played music for us and was so nice. I wish I could remember his name, he was so sweet and tried to speak to us in English, even using a translator on his phone. There is a lot of rich history here along with some amazing buildings and beautiful architecture, which I enjoyed, but there were too many shopping stops (3) and they should at least have water to hand out for those who want it. I would not recommend this tour to anyone who is mobility challenged as there is a lot of walking up and down hills and city streets with uneven pavement. Take bottles of water with you and a towel to wipe the perspiration off your face and neck. I would have preferred they missed a shopping stop or two and gone inside the fort, or visited a pretty boardwalk area we saw on the way back. After we got back and walked through the aviary one more time, we headed back to the ship in time for lunch at the buffet. After that, it was definitely nap time! Colon, Panama: We booked a ship’s tour here (Panama City and Locks tour) because we’d read about how bad the traffic is and it takes a long time to get back from Panama City. This turned out to be a good decision on our part. We were picked up at the cruise terminal and loaded onto several buses. We stopped at the Agua Clara Locks first. I have to say it’s not what I imagined, but it was somewhat magical to watch that big freighter go ever so slowly through the locks. There’s really nothing spectacular about it, yet you were drawn in because now you have to see this ship make it all the way through! We spent some time walking around the area after watching the incredible scene of the freighter ship go through the locks. There is a small hiking trail and we walked through that hoping to see some monkeys, but we didn’t and then it was time to hop on the bus and head to Panama City. That was about a 45 minute drive, or should have been, but it was raining and we came to a place on the highway (like our interstates) that was flooded. Traffic moved very slow through the flooded area and it seemed as though, and rightly so, they were afraid to drive through the high waters. After what seemed like an eternity, but was only about 30 minutes, we finally made our way to the flooded spot and our big bus drove through it with no problem. We are on our way once again! We made a shopping/restroom stop on our way to Panama City. We bought a Coke here and we left everyone else and went back to the bus since it was so hot. As we were getting on the bus, the driver handed us our lunch, which consisted of a sandwich that I think was turkey on a very long and large sub-type roll. We also had a banana nut muffin and a bottle of water. As others began coming back on the bus, they were handed their lunch and after everyone was finished, we were on our way again. After driving through some streets, we got off the bus and began our walking tour. We made so many stops, and saw so many sights, I can’t remember it all! Again, the architecture and history is very interesting and beautiful amidst a city littered with trash all along the streets. We stopped at churches, saw hundreds of buildings, some beautiful sights, and had more shopping stops, OMG! I think we walked 100 miles that day; we went all over the entire city! We stopped at one church that had hundreds of Nativity scenes that someone donated to the church. I did get some amazing shots of those. It took us almost an hour to get back to the ship and it was almost 5:30 when we arrived at the terminal. I know I was dirty, stinky, and all my makeup had melted off, but I didn’t care, I went to dinner without a shower that night, just too tired and not enough time to take one. This was a wonderful tour, but again, if walking is a challenge, it may not be for you. We walked literally all day and up a lot of steps. Puerto Limon, Costa Rica: We didn’t leave the ship this day. We couldn’t find anything we wanted to do there, and decided to use our Persian Garden perk since it had to be used on a port day. The heat from that chair did wonders on my legs and everywhere else that ached from our two days of non-stop walking. If you get that perk, USE IT, it’s worth it. Costa Maya, Mexico: We booked Maya Chan for this day. We had read all the reviews about it on TripAdvisor and made the decision to book. It was a nice, relaxing day, and very laid back. It was just the kind of day we needed after two days of walking. We had a problem finding the representative. Our instructions said to head toward the fake pyramid and look for the Maya Chan sign with representative. We walked to the pyramid and even passed it, but couldn’t find anyone there, we never saw a sign. We began walking back to the ship and stopped outside a store looking around perplexed, and I said something about the sign and a lady called out to us asking if we were looking for Maya Chan. We went over, got checked in and waited. One other couple was already there. We saw others wandering around trying to find the sign; she never put the sign out for people to see while we were there. I said something to her about the directions being deceptive because it says to look for the sign. She said it was in the restroom because of something; I can’t remember now what the reason was. After a short wait, we were loaded into a van for our ride to Maya Chan Beach Resort. I appreciated the fact that she put those who came first in the first van. It is about a 30 minute ride on very rough roads. That didn’t bother me because we knew from reading reviews how long the ride would be and I never expect good roads; we are not at home and shouldn’t expect anything to be like home; isn’t that why we visit other countries, to experience what’s there along with their culture? When we arrived, the “Welcoming Committee” came to meet us! Rodas was first and he made everyone feel very welcome! Rodas is a black Lab who also loves attention! He loves his job and loves it even more when everyone begins to ooh and ahh over him. His assistant is Cocoa, who just likes to sleep. One of the resident cats also showed up during lunch and I believe her name is Isabella. You are taken to some chairs with a thatched umbrella and one of those beach beds. Massages are offered at an additional cost. I had planned on getting one, but got so relaxed, I forgot about it! We got there very early, close to noon I think, and lunch wasn’t until 2:00, so we were given a rum punch and a welcome snack of chips and guacamole and a spicy salsa – very good! They offer free WiFi, one at the beach and one at the bar. As I sat there in my very own personal chair under our very own umbrella checking my e-mails, fb, and munching on our snack and drinking my rum punch, I realized how relaxed I was and I liked that feeling! You forget about all the “stuff” at home and you begin to forget about all the stress and worries. There’s just something about being on a beach far away from the everyday rush and stress of the “outside” world. The water washing up on the beach looked muddy so we did not get in the water. There is a lot of seaweed, which we knew would be there and were familiar with since a resort we go to in Playa del Carmen has the same issue. Men were there raking it up, but Mother Nature plays her own game when it comes to who wins over that! No need to complain about it or let it ruin your visit, just enjoy the rest of what’s there. If you take a look around, you can find some amazingly beautiful pieces of nature. They do have inner tubes if you’d like to float around in the ocean. Our chairs were located at the far end of the property which I liked because you are not in the middle of a lot going on and was quieter. Lunch consisted of a small buffet of tacos, fish, BBQ, and more. It was all good. Rodas joined us for lunch and begged a little as only Labs can do. Having had three Labs of our own, we knew what that “look” meant when he sat down beside us and looked up with those big pitiful brown eyes. Gotta love him…he tries! If you’re not familiar with Labs, they always think they’re starving! During lunch, a van with more visitors arrived and of course, both Rodas and Cocoa were there to greet them! After lunch we walked around the property and there is a house next to Maya Chan with lots of beautiful palm trees full of coconuts. I can’t imagine my backyard being a beach full of palm trees and coconuts! We took some pictures and just cruised around a while before settling back into our very own chairs under our very own umbrella. We had a very relaxing day and before we knew it, it was time to take that bumpy ride back to the cruise terminal. We both enjoyed a relaxing, peaceful day at Maya Chan and it’s your choice to just relax or play in the ocean – the day is what you make it. Cozumel, Mexico: For our day in Cozumel, we booked our old stand by and favorite place, Nachi Cocum. We grabbed a cab at the terminal and made our way there. It was early, but it was open and we were some of the first ones there. We were taken to our chairs under a thatched umbrella, but after some time there, we gradually made our way to the pool area and ended up in the hot tub for most of the day – well, my husband stayed in the hot tub most of the day while I laid in the sun. At Nachi Cocum your price includes your chairs on the beach, your personal waiter, all of whatever you want to drink, an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert whenever you are ready. We usually eat our appetizer a few hours after getting there, our entrée closer to lunch time and dessert either after our lunch or later before we leave. When you are ready to leave they will call a taxi for you. I’ve read that the cost includes your tips, but I’m not 100% sure about that so we always tip the bartender and our waiter if we use him, before we leave. They offer massages, paddle boarding, and some other things that are an extra cost, but again, this was more of a relaxing day for us. It wasn’t overly crowded since it’s spacious, however, it wasn’t as quiet as I like it either. There’s always one, you know, the loud mouthed guy in the pool or hot tub, or wherever and we had one that day. He made sure everyone heard him talking about the ship he was on, and the good deal he got, and blah, blah, blah. He really got on my last nerve, but I still managed to relax and get some sun. We stayed most of the day. Entertainment: Entertainment was pretty good on the Reflection. The first night was Dan Grueter, a comedian who has appeared on The Late Show and Comedy Central. He was funny. We also saw Ashlie Amber, who is a former American Idol contestant. She sang Whitney Houston songs so flawlessly that you thought you were hearing Whitney herself. The Celebrity Singers and Dancers performed “Broken Strings” which we’d seen before, but this time it was a little better. It’s still not one of those shows that you can’t wait to see again. They also performed Elysium one night, but we missed that one. I wasn’t feeling well and went to bed after dinner. We had seen it before and it is a wonderful show and one that you shouldn’t miss. It is a magical story between good and evil and the costumes are truly beautiful. Gary Arbuthnot performed “Irish Party in 3rd Class” one night. He is really good, playing Celtic tunes, and other musical scores from movies and rock groups. Michael Paul was another performer using puppets. You will most likely enjoy this show. A Hard Day’s Night was probably the best show and my favorite. This group was on the Reflection when we sailed her two years ago so we knew what to expect. They are a Beatles tribute band going through the decades of the Beatles. They are so good, you feel like you are at a Beatles concert! When they played “Hey, Jude”, we turned on our cell phones’ flashlight and began waving back and forth. Everyone else began doing the same thing and with everyone doing that harmony, you then truly felt like you were at a Beatles concert. I could have listened to them all night. If they are ever on your cruise, do not miss them. Jesse Hamilton was a singer who has played Simba in the Lion King, played in The Wiz, and other shows. He sang different songs from across different genres of music. Ralph Harris was another comedian. He was really funny, and never said anything vulgar, not even a cuss word! I appreciated that very much. They announced that he would have a matinee show the next day, but that didn’t happen. Someone messed up and his contract was for two performances, which were the 8:00 show and the 10:00 show. I hated that happened because I would have loved to see him again. The last night’s show was Euphoria. The “Today” paper describes it as breathtaking and it truly is. You will not want to miss this. Acrobatics and flying are involved – that’s all I’m saying about that. You will love it! We also watched the Love and Marriage show, a show thrown together to replace Ralph Harris’s matinee show; a show I think was called the Liar’s Club with the Captain, the CD and some other staff. They were asked for the definition of certain words and only one of them was telling the truth. They all give silly definitions that couldn’t possibly be the correct answer, yet one of them is! It’s fun to watch and try to decide for yourself who is telling the truth. I have to say, the Captain is very funny, AND, he’s Greek for those who don’t know! You don’t get that now, but you will if you ever sail with him. He will be moving to the Edge soon, so I hope you have him as your Captain on a cruise sometime. We watched some things going on in a small venue on our way to the theatre every night and they were all fun to watch. We listened to some of the bands around the ship, went to some other smaller shows and enjoyed everything we did on board. Debarkation: This was just as easy as embarkation. We had a 7:30 time to disembark, found our luggage right away, sped through Customs, got a taxi and were at the airport soon after 8:00. We were even able to get on an earlier flight home! My Reflections: I’m really glad we took this ship a second time. I discovered things I’d forgotten and fell in love with her all over again. It’s a beautiful ship and I would sail it again. The ports were all good selections, and the entertainment was amazing and all so professional; I have no complaints about anything except some of the food. Tips: We had a few days with rough seas, so if you are prone to sea sickness, you will want to take some Bonine, Dramamine, or whatever you use for that. We always take some magnetic clips for the walls to hold things we don’t want to lose, like the “Today” paper, invitations, etc. I also took some heavy duty magnetic hooks to hang wet clothes on, my husband’s pants, etc. Try everything, do everything, eat everything, and enjoy your 11 wonderful days! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because we have done several transatlantics and really enjoyed them. We flew to Rome 2 days early and stayed at the Hotel Diocleziano. We chose this hotel as it is located near Teremini Train Station as we took the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have done several transatlantics and really enjoyed them. We flew to Rome 2 days early and stayed at the Hotel Diocleziano. We chose this hotel as it is located near Teremini Train Station as we took the train to the port. We had been to Rome several times so we just did our own thing. Really enjoyed outdoor cafes and restaurants. The train to Civitavecchia is about an hour ride and costs about 6 euros. The trains are very frequent almost every hour. You can buy your ticket at a kiosk and then to the track. There is staff to advise the track but then there is no one to help you. Our train was on Track 29 and we had to walk all the way down to Track 24 and then cross over to another track. The signage was lacking and no conductor available at the track. I asked a passenger who told me this was the train to Civiavecchia. Never saw a conductor to collect our ticket. Don't buy first class ticket as there is no one to direct you to those cars. The trains are double deckers so if you have issues with luggage and stairs this isn't a good option. Also, at Civitavecchia the elevator was working so we needed to carry luggage down stairs and then up stairs. Took cab to the ship for 5 euros per person. Embarkation - No issues and you when come on board you are handed sparking wine. Nice touch. Ship is lovely. We had a balcony room on the 6th floor. Plenty of space, the bathroom seemed larger than others we have had. Room attendent was wonderful. Very helpful and accomdating. Dining - I thought the buffet had good variety each day. I saw complaints about this with other reviewers but I didn't find that. We did lunch in the restauant on several days but the menu was quite limited and the food was sometimes cool. Evening dinners were very good. We did one speciality restaurant, the Lawn Grill, and it was excellent. Veal chop was outstanding. Overall, we thought the food was one of the best that we experienced on a cruise. On the 7th floor there is an area called the Hidaway which had a coffee and tea station. It was easy access for us as we were on the 6th floor. Entertainment - The shows that I attended were excellent. They were mostly singers with live orchestra. There were enrichment programs that were informative and enjoyable.There were plenty of activities if you chose to participate. I just relaxed and read on our balcony. Ports Barcelona - we took 4 hour tour of the city thru the cruise line as we had never been to the city before. I wouldn't recomend this as there were too many people on the tour. If you want to go it alone, for 5 euros you can take the shuttle into town or you can take a taxi. The famous church sagrada familia is something to see. You can buy your tickets on line and take a taxi to the venue. Cartegena - lovely small city - we took 4 hour tour but again I think the best sites to see is the Roman Theater and the shopping districts which you can do on your own. Malaga - Took atour of the city with tapas which was a waste of time. The tapas were terrible and I think we could have done this on our own. Tenerife- We took tour to the volcano and really enjoyed it. We went up 7500 feet and it was cloudy, cold and raining so on our way up we couldn't see much but then we to the crater which was magnificent. Fellow passengers - The passengers are older and some are very fral.. They are very well traveled and interesting for the most part. Some we rude and entittled. Loved the martini bar show. Lots of fun watching the bartenders pour 18 martinis at once. Disembarkation- We walked off with our luggage. Easy, no crowds and took cab to airport. All in all it was a great cruise. Only negative, 7 sea days were too much for me. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
You know, the thing is that we have been floating on this ship for over 3 weeks now.. with the best Captain, the best staff, pretty good food, an nice suite on the 12 th floor. Love it.. but...but.. there is just one big thing that ... Read More
You know, the thing is that we have been floating on this ship for over 3 weeks now.. with the best Captain, the best staff, pretty good food, an nice suite on the 12 th floor. Love it.. but...but.. there is just one big thing that gnaws on me daily. The Guy in charge of movies, sports etc. on tv. So get this, 70% or more of the 3000 cruisers are from US. It is the middle of the football season. They have espn 1 & 2 and... and an extra sports channel. Today is Saturday 3rd of November , and it is no different than last Saturday or the sat. prior. ESPN Showing the Michigan game, ESPN 2 showing Crickett, extra sports channel showing another soccer game from Europe, as if the 3 other European channels is not enough. I complained, and the guy in charge said he just got in from India ( thus, Crickett.?) and said he would work on it. Nothing. Same guy in charge of movies. There are 5 movies available free on demand, and guess what he plays in the movies downstairs, either cartoons or any of the 5 above. So it’s all about us buying old..on demand... movies at 15 bucks that are free at home on HBO. What I’m saying here is that the entertainment via TV is old, stale as the 10 year old tv resolution. Charge me more in my ticket, but serve me something in a new, clear medium. Outside of this, the ship is good. Even our Indian Head Chef. I do question if there really is a Tandoori oven, oh, but I digress..Like it ...as a good upper middle cruise option. Recommendation......get an American in charge of video.. when you do a rehab..buy some modern flat screens. So, childish as we sports fans are, and not that I am glued to the TV more than 6 hours per week, just want to point out this one small, to most, an insignificant side note. However, this is enough to drop the rating. You know, it’s the little things, etc. Like I said, Suite is great, Imade, our cabin steward was meticulous, always on the job. Got us a fan for the suite. It is obvious that all these cruise lines use specialty dining, as added revenue. We pay for cruise but they charge us 100 bucks plus service charge just to have dinner at Murano’s for example. Alcohol is extra. The Master ( infamous Captain) is the best. Gives feeling of safety with a flair of a stand up comic. A French Chef would have been desirable. Not a big fan of pseudo tandoori cooked Indian Cuisine. No garlic nan bread for instance. How about a specialty Indian restaurant? Park the master chef there. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The itinerary was the main draw for me. That is why I was so disappointed the we missed Rhodes. I realize w a man overboard situation compromises are necessary , but offering a second tour AT NIGHT with nothing opened an limited ... Read More
The itinerary was the main draw for me. That is why I was so disappointed the we missed Rhodes. I realize w a man overboard situation compromises are necessary , but offering a second tour AT NIGHT with nothing opened an limited lighting was not really adequate ( and they threw in a dinner at a Rhodes restaurant for more than the original tour) Obviously it was done to fulfil the obligation of going to Rhodes so guests could not complain and ask for compensation. I was not really that impressed w the main dining room OPUS. The staff r great work very hard the food was good but not great, after I'd heard so many raves for Celebrity's food -disappointed. Only 2- 3 dinners were really notable the rest were adequate or on one night really subpar. The Oceanview cafe often was as good or better. The entertainment was pretty good. The dancers/acrobats are very talented and do an excellent job w the space and choreography they have been given. The singers also shine particularly in a substitute show they put on as the comic that was supposed to perform was stuck on Rhodes. Particularly enjoyed the song selection, not your typical Broadway medley. They need to plan more for alternate activities when a situation occurs that prevents the itinerary being fulfilled. Loved the Persian Garden- took the trip duration pass and used it almost daily The sauna's and cold room and that relaxing heated tile bench. The tours we organized ourselves were at least as good and on 2 occasions ( Pompei and the Acropolis better) Would not go again as I would prefer more in depth exploration next time I go, but got a distinct taste for what would interest me Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Let's start with the positives: Cabin clean and attendant excellent Dining room staff terrific attentive and great range of food found no need to eat at additional charges restaurants Pool area no problem in finding seating. ... Read More
Let's start with the positives: Cabin clean and attendant excellent Dining room staff terrific attentive and great range of food found no need to eat at additional charges restaurants Pool area no problem in finding seating. Ports of call -great itinery and easy to master on your own Both embarkation and disembarkation simple The negatives: Celebrity appear to be saving money with their shows! There are no Broadway musicals but rather it seems they have written their own story. Eg prince meets princess etc. No plot to follow just random often unknown songs! At sea days had minimal activities. The decision to show the one and only movie at 11 pm was ridiculous. Focus seemed to be on money with charges on many activities . In summary have seen a decline in the cruise experience and will definitely look at other companies for our next trip. As you can see lots of positives but also negatives which need to be addressed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have sailed with Celebrity about 17 times. We've also sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean, and other lines, but Celebrity has been our favorite. The public rooms are spotless and beautiful. The Ocean Grill had many options and ... Read More
We have sailed with Celebrity about 17 times. We've also sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean, and other lines, but Celebrity has been our favorite. The public rooms are spotless and beautiful. The Ocean Grill had many options and much variety, which we enjoyed. The Opus Dining Room served good food as well, although the last evening the service was exceptionally slow and we didn't finish our meal until 10:15 PM, which was too late. We will not get the late seating again. We enjoyed the music, entertainment, and ports. Celebrity really takes care of its guests. Returning from the ports, weary guests were greeted by employees handing out cucumber water and cold towels. Embarkation and debarkation were a breeze, and the final transfer on the bus to Rome made our lives so much easier than getting a taxi and hauling our luggage to the train to the airport in Rome. Things have certainly changed since our earlier cruises on Celebrity, where the dining room served the many courses separately (salads, soups, entrees, etc). We used to get a beautifully illustrated, large parchment menu listing the choices. Formal night was truly formal. Now there is only one formal night and the dress ranged from evening gowns and tuxedos to couples wearing jeans. The dress code should really be enforced or formal night should just be eliminated.The selection of tv channels was very poor; that is one improvement Celebrity should make. The meals were good, but absolutely no comparison to the meals under Chef Michel Roux. Those were outstanding, memorable meals and exquisite desserts. Costs go up and times change. Overall we had an excellent experience on the Reflection and look forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate my Big Birthday, and as usual, Celebrity didn’t fail to impress. The Itinerary appealed to us as we hadn’t been to most of the ports of call. We had an Aquaclass cabin with balcony. Comfy bed, decent ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate my Big Birthday, and as usual, Celebrity didn’t fail to impress. The Itinerary appealed to us as we hadn’t been to most of the ports of call. We had an Aquaclass cabin with balcony. Comfy bed, decent sized bathroom and adequate wardrobe space. Our favorite trip was to a Spanish Ranch to see beautiful Andalusian horses. Prior to the cruise we had five days in Rome, and stayed at the Pantheon Hotel right in the centre of Rome. Location was amazing but our ‘double’ room was sadly lacking in size. We had six inches of room between our bed and the wall and paid approximately £850 for the privilege, all booked through Celebrity. The food on Reflection was first class although the main buffet restaurant served food which was barely warm. Once home, we were disappointed to have been charged for two bathrobes and for using the minibar. Neither of which we used. Overall, we had an amazing time and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our 4th cruise, and our previous 3 have all been on Solstice ships (Equinox and then twice on Silhouette) so we went in having got the first-timers 'wow' thing out the way, and felt we knew what to expect on this ship. ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise, and our previous 3 have all been on Solstice ships (Equinox and then twice on Silhouette) so we went in having got the first-timers 'wow' thing out the way, and felt we knew what to expect on this ship. There was a lot as expected, some things a bit better, some not so good. The ship overall is just what we knew we'd get from this class of ship and in terms of what is available and where, it was just small variations on a theme we were used to. One highlight for us was having Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis. He has got to be the funniest ever. If he was to produce a CD of his ships announcements we'd buy it. He could do his own spot in the theatre at night and it would be a sell out. The downside to this cruise was having just 2 sea days and having them as the first and second days of the cruise. It means no break from all the port days and by the end of the cruise we were pretty tired (even though we bailed out and stayed on ship during our second day in Barcelona with poor weather). We were also unlucky in that our first day at sea was pretty rubbish weather. We were warned at the muster meeting that we could expect rough weather the next day. I woke at 3am on the Tuesday and while the rolling movement didn't unduly bother me, the creaking made it impossible to sleep through. I did make it to breakfast and lunch and while somewhat entertaining watching people staggering around (“only the drunks walk straight today”) it wasn't something I could do for long and I spent quite a bit of time lying on our bed. Some people, including a number of crew, were quite poorly from what I heard later. We did a bit of side to side as well as up and down movement that went on until about 6pm. Not the best fun! Overall we enjoyed this cruise, with some great ports and mostly lucky with the weather. Much was what we have come to expect from a Celebrity Solstice ship, the things we know and love. We did feel the size of the ship had a detrimental effect in terms of service as described specifically elsewhere in this review, but it just took this down from a great to a very good experience. I have rated the service a 3 (average) but that was because I didnt feel it merited a 'very good' 4. Good would be better, but maybe average isn't so bad when compared to what we have come to expect from celebrity in the past. Would we choose Celebrity again – absolutely? Would we choose Reflection – probably not if we found an itinerary we liked on a smaller ship, but if Reflection ticked all other boxes we would sail on her again, maybe just with slightly different expectations. Transfer and embarkation: One of the best embarkation experiences ever I think! We had a transfer from Rome FCO airport, and had done this before so we knew the score. Collect bags from the carousel and head to the Celebrity reps. At the airport there were loads of Celebrity people so it would have been near impossible to not have got sorted quite easily. Bags dropped, onto the coach and just a short wait until we drove off to join the ship. Once at the port we sailed through (pun intended) the check in part really quickly, no queues at all so we were actually on board with very little delay. We had no need to go explore; I headed up quickly to grab some food and then we headed down to Martini bar to make ourselves feel at home :) Food and drink: Buffet. We knew what to expect in terms of what is on offer and I personally thought this one was the best buffet in terms of what was available. Plenty of choice of items, and only limited if you went at changeover time. At breakfast the usual hot food offerings included an English selection with 'proper' bacon and English bangers. The egg counter with various options to order was usually popular but wait times weren't too bad. Waffles and pancakes were always plentiful but beware if there's only one jug of syrup...it turned out to actually be chocolate sauce as the maple syrup was being topped up. I saw a couple of people come a cropper with that! Lots of hot and cold selections, and too many dessert options to count! And their cookies are lovely, soft and gooey ones! My personal favourite treat became the honey and raisin scones, especially if getting them when still warm. We did a couple of evening meals in the buffet and had a good choice, though not spectacular. My only drawback with the buffet, which was a theme for other food and drink venues, was that service seemed slow. We had premium drinks package and on previous cruises would very quickly be able to order a nice coffee or fresh juice on previous cruises. This time round we found it took longer to get served, and a couple of times we went to the bar if we were in a hurry. We put this down to the actual venues being the same size as smaller ships but catering for an extra deck of passengers. Main dining room: We ate in here on both the evening chic nights, and a few others. Food was mostly good but on a few days my husband and our friends said their meals weren't as hot as they could be. We did notice again the slower service, and whereas on previous cruises we were used to having our wine and water topped up very regularly, this time we had a couple of occasions with wine glass sitting empty and having to call for replenishment. It just felt like there were so many people, it was impossible for the staff to keep watch over all so well. On one occasion in a group of 4 we found ourselves put round in a table tucked right back in a corner where we had particularly poor service. We had to twice request a side plate, chase up a drink order which still hadn't arrived when starters came out, and it felt we were generally being made to wait. It's one thing to not be rushed but this was just plain slow. On the last night, when we thought it might be busier, it actually felt like they'd got everything right; it was just a shame we hadn't had consistent service throughout. Tuscan Grill: This has always been our favourite speciality restaurant and we ate there twice. My husband said the steaks there were superb, and my pasta dishes were lovely. It has a lovely relaxed feel in there Murano: This has now become my husband's top choice and if there'd been any tables available we would have had a second night in here. Food and service are just the best, perfect atmosphere and made to feel like royalty. Absolutely first class, and for fussy eaters who think it may be a bit fussy, as I am and did, they look after you well and will tailor things to your choice. Qsine: I was a bit confused about this before I'd left as I had heard it had now become 'Le Petit Chef' but I was still seeing Qsine listed. Confusingly, they have kept the Qsine name but totally changed the restaurant. I don't get this at all. You wouldn't turn the Tuscan grill into an Indian restaurant but keep the tuscan name, so I don't understand why they haven't changed the name here. Qsine as known and loved by many was the 'tapas on speed' as my husband called it. The name Qsine is there but none of that food choice. There is basically one set menu and if you have that you get your dinner presented with 'Le Petit Chef' pixel mapping presentation. It's like having a little 3D cartoon chef on your plate. There is just one other menu option available but this would not have the graphics. We didn't fancy either menu choice so didn't eat there, so I can't review the food but just wanted to try to de-confuse people who think they know what Qsine is but not sure where 'Le Petit Chef' fits in. Lawn Grill: This was the only other speciality restaurant we ate at and had a lovely meal. There was some confusion over our flatbreads which delayed things but once sorted the meal was great. It was a little cool that evening but blankets were provided before heating was then turned on so we were all comfortable. Mast Bar grill: We love the burgers here and there is something about sitting out in the sun with a juicy burger. We did have a couple of days where the weather was not so kind and that is when the Mast Bar needs a bit more caution. After one port day in grotty weather, we returned to the ship and I decided to grab one of their burgers and meet my husband in the buffet area. The burgers were in less demand and so had been sitting keeping warm. They then became quite average. Definitely at their best when cooked fresh. Other dining options are Porch and Sushi on 5 (additional charge) and the healthy options by the spa/solarium (as well as Blue or Luminae if you're in the right 'class') but we didn't use them so cannot comment. Martini Bar: This is our second home, we love this bar and the guys make it such a fun place, especially if you can sit at the bar and not just in the booths around it. They have a menu of drinks and cocktails but will make things to order. And of course there's the entertainment when somebody orders a flight! Always popular, always busy, but never a problem getting served. This place has it right Sunset bar: Previously our pre-dinner go-to place, before sail away each evening, or during the day if at sea. On Reflection the bar is more central with seating around it and we found service really poor. We ended up always going to the bar to order as the table service seemed non-existent. This was where the layout and increased number of passengers seemed to have the worst effect. It is lovely up there but just not the same. There is a chunk of the seating given over to smokers which we personally found off-putting and avoided, but it was the time and effort to get drinks which was the worst point for us. Pool bar: I don't sit by the pool much but when I did there was good service for drinks by the main pool or in the solarium. However on deck 15 if using the sunbeds, it was hard to get drinks service and so I ended up queueing at the pool bar myself. Seemed a reflection on the numbers and possibly lack of staff again. Passport bar: This is somewhere we've enjoyed occasionally in the past as a bit of a chilled out area. This cruise on the days at sea the space round it was used for art auctions so the relaxing seating element was gone. That was a shame and we didn't return there apart from one brief visit. Ensemble lounge: We have gone here on other cruises for a pre-show or pre-diner drink in a lovely chilled atmosphere. Again we noticed it felt busier and my husband ordered at the bar on more than one occasion. We still enjoyed the place but it didn't feel quite as laid back as we've experienced on other ships. Cafe El Bacio; We love this place to end the night when we have it pretty much to ourselves. Victoria working there got to know us, and always had cookies left for us, not to mention the biggest smile on the ship. Truly lovely going there for that personal touch. During the day it is so busy and we've never yet managed to get there on a sea day and get a seat. People do 'camp out' there, making a coffee last an eternity and just sit and read. That's fine but it does mean customers are forced to grab a takeaway and miss out on a lovely cafe experience. The cake selection is great there and remember they are all free!! The gelateria there never seemed that busy, maybe as people can get free ice cream in the buffet. I would happily pay however as their ice cream is just delicious. Shows: We attended a couple of shows in the theatre, often we just didn't manage to find time between getting ready to eat and being in restaurants. The 'brought in acts we saw: Mark Walker, comedian, first time seeing him and he was good The Macdonald Brothers, we've seen them on British TV before, good but not our favourite Reitta Ann Austin, she can belt out a tune but not really our cup of tea Goronwy Thom. A comedy juggler who we've seen and enjoyed before. Fast and funny Matt McGurk, fantastic Bristish magician specialising in sleight of hand tricks. And managed to also make Blackpool sound like Las Vegas – now that's magic!! We only saw one of the 'ship's own' shows and it was appalling. Maxx was dated and slow, it probably wouldn't have been that amazing in the 80s which is where it felt it belonged. We hung on hoping for the speciality acts to rescue it. There was some hoop work but too little too late, and we left before others came on as we were just bored beyond belief. We spoke to several people on the ship and many had quit even earlier. Didn't find anybody with a good word to say for that particular show Apart from one quiz (which we won!!) we didn't take part in other activities. Many were on when we were off ship, or just busy eating or doing nothing! There is a lot around but it suits us to do our own thing. We did join a cruise critic gathering but that was less well attended, possibly because our day at sea turned out to be rather bumpy and many people were being ill or lying down to stop being ill. And we also joined one Captain's Club gathering, more fancy nibbles and some drinks but didn't actually get to talk to any crew. Tendering: We only had one day where we tendered, in Villefranche. My memories of previous tenders were long queues in the Passport lounge waiting to get called. This time tenders were due to start at 9 with tickets available from 8.30. We went down about 8.20 hoping to get a good spot in the queue and were pleasantly surprised to find tickets already being dished out with minimal queue. The call for first boat came around 8.40, and we were called about 10 mins later (our batch was boats 4,5,6). We were off the ship a little after 9 so very impressed with that. I have accidentally ticked 'very good' for shore excursions and now can't change it! We didn't do any ship excursions as all of these ports lent themselves to DIY or we had private excursion booked Disembarkation: We had a tax booked for 8.30 and aimed to be off the ship around 8 just to give us time to get cases sorted etc. There were calls for numbers but we had been told we could pretty much go when we wanted. As it was they called our number pretty much as we were planning to go anyway, and again it was effortless. Quickly off the ship and found our luggage instantly. Very smooth process all round Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was an 11 night Mediterranean Cruise. We have sailed on Celebrity Reflection before and found it to be a beautiful ship which is one of the reasons we chose it again. It's a perfect size, around 3000 passengers, so it's ... Read More
This was an 11 night Mediterranean Cruise. We have sailed on Celebrity Reflection before and found it to be a beautiful ship which is one of the reasons we chose it again. It's a perfect size, around 3000 passengers, so it's large enough to have some decent entertainment and amenities but not so big that it seems crowded. There are so many areas on board to just hang out....we especially enjoyed the outdoor Sunset Bar at the back of the ship and the Sky Lounge at the front. We went with another couple, all of us in our 50's--and it seemed like most other passengers were about our age or a little older. We liked the informal relaxed evening dress code. I wore either a casual dress or capris and a top, my husband wore kakis or jeans and a collared shirt. We did see others in jacket and tie, or tuxes and sparkly dresses.. Regarding the nightly entertainment--there was something for everybody. Each night the theatre had 2 show times--one night was a juggler/comedian, one night a magician, other nights featured vocalists, or a singing/dancing show. The theatre band providing the music every night was excellent. We stayed in an Aqua Suite, there are several perks to this level of suite, but the best I have to say is the access to the Blu restaurant. The food was consistently above average and the service excellent. Our servers got to know us and our preferences and we enjoyed seeing and talking to Ace, Nixon and Nina every night. A perk of this suite level is the Persian Garden, which is a coed spa of sorts with heated stone beds and a steam and sauna and cold room...honestly I've been in nicer spas and this is just ok. There are no jacuzis in the Persian Garden but there are some on the pool deck. The Persian Garden is a place to relax if you don't mind listening to someone snoring next to you! Ports of Call: We didn't do any of Celebrity's excursions--we did our own thing or used an outside company...mainly to give us flexibility when planning our day. Gibraltar: Easy walk to downtown, but can take a shuttle. We booked a 4 hr tour through Viator and saw all the main sights. Just a head's up...we were to meet up with the tour bus at a location called Coach Park which wasn't easy to find. Give yourself extra time to meet up with an outside tour group! Malaga: We skipped the shuttle thinking the walk wasn't too bad, but it took a good 30-40 minutes to get to town. Once there, we did a 2 hour segway tour that gave us an overall view of the city and then we were able to spend the afternoon returning to the sites that interested us. This was one of our favorite ports. Cartagena: This is easy to DYI. The city is very close walking distance, easy to get around town to see the sites. By the way, the "sites" in all of these towns includes ruins of some type, old castles and cathedrals, and narrow quaint streets with shops and restaurants which serve paella and sangria! Ibiza: This is an easy walk to the terminal where you can hop on a shuttle to take you into the city. When we were planning our trip to Ibiza, we wanted to rent a jeep for the day but were told they were all sold out. When we arrived at the terminal we saw plenty of taxis and a few car rental places and were able to rent a jeep on the spot! So we drove to a small beach area (Cala d'Hort) that was absolutely beautiful. We had lunch there and found a nearby trail (15 min walk) that led to stunning views of the coast below. We drove back into town for the afternoon and had no trouble finding parking...we walked up to the old castle (D'alt Villa) and then drove through the narrow downtown area. Just a head's up...even though we had a map, to get around the island was a bit more difficult than we anticipated because not all the roads on the map were marked. If you just want to shuttle into town for the day, there is a ocean front promenade with restaurants and shops and the old castle is within walking distance to explore. Ibiza was also one of our fav ports. Barcelona: Here you can take a shuttle to the World Trade Center hub. Also plenty of taxis are available at the shuttle area as soon as you get off the ship. Once we got to the World Trade Center we took a hop on hop off bus...we did both routes which took about 2 hours each but it gave us a good overview of the entire city. Not to miss: La Sagrada Familia. Park Guell was just ok. We enjoyed exploring the Gothic Quarter. Villefranche (Nice, Eze, Monaco): Here we tendered in, which went smoothly. Had no plans but knew we wanted to explore Eze and Monaco. Once we arrived at the dock there were plenty of taxis..fare to Eze 40 Euro, fare to Monaco 70 Euro. Be sure to always ask the fare before you get in the taxi! Our driver offered to take us for a 4 hour sightseeing tour for 280 Euro which we agreed to and it turned out great. He took us to the places we wanted to go and dropped us off exactly where we needed to be and was waiting for us when we were done. Eze has an old medieval castle/village up on a hill which has been converted into upscale restaurants and shops and art galleries. We then went to Monaco and walked around the palace area and after that we went to Monte Carlo and walked around the casino. Beautiful and interesting place..lots of gardens and statues. La Spezia: Here we had plans to take the ferry up the coast of Cinque Terre but the towns had been shut down due to flooding and boats were not operating due to rainy weather. Still were able to take the free shuttle into downtown La Spezia for shopping and sightseeing. Disembarking: we had an early flight out of Rome and so we kept our luggage with us and we arranged for a driver to meet us at the port. There were plenty of taxis available right when we got off the ship. No problems---got off the ship at 7:30, it was about 45 min to the airport, and were there in plenty of time for our 11:05 am flight! A seasoned passenger recommended we try a offline app called Maps.me which my husband used and it did help us get around the ports of call. The printed maps Celebrity puts in their daily newsletters are not a whole lot of help! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel an earlier cruise, so when I saw a tremendous deal offered for this one, my wife Rosy and I jumped at the chance, although it was on a much larger ship than we have become used to. We ... Read More
Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel an earlier cruise, so when I saw a tremendous deal offered for this one, my wife Rosy and I jumped at the chance, although it was on a much larger ship than we have become used to. We were quoted around £2900 each for a Sky suite, including premium beverage package, wifi, gratuities and $300 OBC, virtually an all-inclusive cruise, but Celebrity had other ideas, - more later! We booked flights, with Alitalia from London-Rome, with two nights at the Hotel Morgana, situated very close to Termini station, very convenient for arrival and departure. They had offered a ‘birthday’ upgrade, but on arrival they sprung a nice surprise. We were allocated a private apartment about 50m away, with private entrance and balcony overlooking some nice gardens. The soft drinks in the fridge were free and tea / coffee making things were also provided. A comprehensive buffet breakfast was served in the hotel and on my birthday, they served us Prosecco and a nice chocolate cake. We toured Rome using a 48-hour ticket for all local transport, but some buses / routes were cancelled, and this caused us a few problems. We should have stuck to the more reliable, if boring, metro service. We used the airport express to Rome and if booked in advance useful discounts are available. For the journey to the port at Civitavecchia, we took the train, which was packed, then the port bus, then the port shuttle. In future we’ll book a shuttle or taxi, as our option was very tiring. Check-in was a breeze, once we realised we had to drop the bags then get in the check-in line. Others made the same mistake, but the Rome Port Authority don’t make life too easy. We were soon onboard, drinking our welcome bubbly and eagerly anticipating our cruise. We decided to have a pre-lunch cocktail outside as the weather was good, having experienced rain on the way. However, it was quite windy, and the sea was choppy outside the shelter of the harbour. We ate a healthy lunch in the Ocean View Café, sitting outside, but bar service was slow, an unfortunate feature of this location. They need to move some of the upselling staff to jobs serving people what they had already paid for! After lunch we went to our suite 2111, which was a welcome sight with chilling champagne, a large bed, sofa and picture windows. The balcony was huge, but being under the overhang, we got very little sunshine. The bath tub was a jacuzzi and the rain shower was nice but lacked power. Our butler, Bojan, seemed keener to discuss English soccer than anything else, but did say that as were on a Premium package, all the contents of the mini-bar were included, not that we used any apart from the water. Our steward, Raj, was excellent, until the final morning when he rang the doorbell and walked right in, at 07.45. We were not amused. I feel that once the staff have had their gratuities, they are no longer interested, thinking only of their next victims (guests)! Each evening we enjoyed dinner in Luminae, the suite restaurant, which was an enjoyable experience, but the menu was limited. The Sommelier was very good as was the wine. We at breakfast mostly in the Aqua Café, with cereal from the OVC. This was a nice peaceful experience, contrasting starkly with the buffet. We also had lunch in the OVC, which offered a grand selection of dishes ENTERTAINMENT We found the guest entertainers were generally very good but didn’t much care for the shows by the ship’s singers and dancers. There were a few game shows which were good and bad. One aspect we hated was the constant attempts at upselling, restaurants, packages, art, bingo, photos, etc. We even received restaurant reservations, which we hadn’t booked. Unusually, we didn’t receive any recognition as members of the Captain’s club, until we pointed this out, nor any notification of our OBC. The internet was decent, which went well with our ability to use our home phone packages, as were in Europe. The weather was pretty good, but the mornings were dark, which we didn’t like. Overall an enjoyable cruise, but many venues were too noisy and we concluded that we prefer the smaller lines, like Seabourn, Regent, Crystal and Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
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
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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