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2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We went with 2 couples who have done this exact cruise many years in a row. We have only done 1 cruise prior to this and did not really enjoy it, however it was a Carnival down to Mexico. That cruise was a druken fest, everyone was smashed ... Read More
We went with 2 couples who have done this exact cruise many years in a row. We have only done 1 cruise prior to this and did not really enjoy it, however it was a Carnival down to Mexico. That cruise was a druken fest, everyone was smashed and rude. We booked this cruise thru a travel agent and felt comfortable with the price and amenities offered. We opted for the gratuities package and the drink package based on our friends suggestions. When we boarded the ship, we were pestered to upgrade our drink package and it was never ending, very bothersome. We loved our cabin, the best part of the entire cruise and our cabin attendant too. The first ports of call were the West Indies and very "third world". Antigua, Barbados, Genada and St. Lucia. We did not get a good vibe in any of them and felt unsafe for the most part. I would not return to any of them. The ABC Islands were great and no problem with the panhandlers or the pesky taxi drivers. The people here seem thankful for you and your business unlike the first ports. We had a good vibe and felt sad, would return and will but not by Cruise. More to follow on that. We had a number of "issues" on/off the ship. First, the first days at sea, everyone is milling about and seats were difficult to find. When we went down for cocktail hour, they had 1 waiter and 1 bartender for 50+ people. Everyone complained. After the third wight it good somewhat better. Second, we were stranded at a snorkel excursion for 1 1/2 hours waiting for pickup. They gave us an apology and a discount on another excursion only after all people on the excursion signed a petition and turn did in. Third, I went to book the next excursion and the desk had 15 people in line. I waited 45 minutes. Finally the Concierge came and apologized for the problem and told us they had an issue while in port that caused staffing problems?! I bailed out of line and went to Guest relations(no line) and 5 people working. Told the girl the problem and she booked my excursion in minutes. I asked why the Concierge was not bright enough to send some of the people here, she replied I don't know, he should have! I went back to the line and told everyone to go to Guest relations, they did! Lastly, we had a chemical incident outside our cabin. We were walking to our stateroom about 1 in the afternoon and smelled a very strong odor. Another couple also smelled it, it seemed to be within 10 rooms of ours but strongest at our room. I called the front desk and reported it, ask for an immediate update. Waited 10 minutes and nothing. Went down to the desk, a girl acted as if there was no call there. She called round and found out it was someone ordered to remove and clean stickers from the Fire Doors, using Paint thinner! I asked if they could stop, she said no. Told she would be done in about 20 minutes and the odor should be one in an hour. Went back to the room, now the girl is outside our room with a bottle of thinner, no gloves, no eye wear and no respirator. Using a rag to apply it. I asked her to stop because my eyes were watering and the fumes were affecting my breathing. Said she could not stop and suggested I leave the area. Got my wife and went to the pool for 2 hours. Returned and the odor was worse. Went back to the desk and asked for a Manager. He finally came out about 10 minutes later and apologized. Now he is offering to move us to the other end of the ship. He cannot give me any explanation of WHY it was so important to do this while people are on board! We went to dinner all the while left the sliding door open to our cabin. Came back to the cabin by 11pm, still there but a bit better. Slept in the room and awoke with headaches of course. I have reported this to corporate and they gave me a $200 on board credit for another Cruise, I think this is outrageous and will now report the incident to the Coast Guard and OSHA. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Loved the 14 night Caribbean itinerary and was sorry to see Celebrity discontinue it. The Reflection is a beautiful ship with one of the friendliest, hard working crews I’ve seen in 21 cruises. I don’t think I’ve ever sailed on a ... Read More
Loved the 14 night Caribbean itinerary and was sorry to see Celebrity discontinue it. The Reflection is a beautiful ship with one of the friendliest, hard working crews I’ve seen in 21 cruises. I don’t think I’ve ever sailed on a cleaner ship. The crew is constantly working to keep it that way despite the slovenly habits of some passengers. (Yes, you’re on vacation but it wouldn’t kill you to throw away a can or other trash.) Food was fantastic. We ate at all the specialty restaurants except Sushi on 5 and enjoyed the food and service. The view from the Tuscan Grill is great. Arrive early enough to get a table by the aft windows. You might even get the treat of watching dolphins riding the wake. We wake up early so usually don’t make it to shows. We did, however really enjoy several of the musical acts. The Starlight Duo and Danny Smart were our favorites. If there was something of a disappointment it was the bar tenders at The Pool and Mast Bars. Usually ships put some of their more outgoing peopl in those locations. They were polite and efficient, just not very fun. I suppose everyone looks for different things in their cruise experience. Ours is pool time, relaxation, good food and friendly service. The Celebrity Reflection certainly delivered that and more. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
As we book our winter getaway in January we have learned from previous cruises that it's vital we choose an itinerary that goes down to the Southern Caribbean - the East/West itineraries in January may not be hot enough. This January ... Read More
As we book our winter getaway in January we have learned from previous cruises that it's vital we choose an itinerary that goes down to the Southern Caribbean - the East/West itineraries in January may not be hot enough. This January 4th 2019 Reflection was perfect - the weather was hot starting in Fort Lauderdale and continued for every island. Embarkation in Fort Lauderdale was easy - we were in Terminal #25 that is the new Celebrity terminal. We like this itinerary as it lets you relax immediately once you board with 2 sea days, then 5 ports, then a sea day, then 3 ports (Aruba Bonaire Curacao) and 2 days at sea to relax for the journey home. Celebrity is our favourite cruise line and Reflection is my favourite ship in the fleet. Celebrity provides a level of "modern luxury" that can't be matched with other cruise lines while still providing the casual atmosphere of cruising (not the country club feel of luxury lines). The entertainment on Celebrity has increased dramatically the past 2 years which makes me happy. The crew from the Captain on down to every person cleaning were amazing - always friendly, always professional and always willing to fix any issues. We always choose Celebrity Select Dinning and we make reservations in advance - we were a group of 6 so this was necessary. We arrived @ 6:30 and our table for 6 was always ready for us. Some may want more flexibility - not knowing what time they will eat everyday but that flexibility may mean you wait in line. All the food was amazing including Oceanview, MDR, Tuscan, Murano and our new favourite Lawn Grill. The food was great in Le Petit Chef but I wasn't a fan of the 3D concept - it doesn't enable tablemates to talk (must be quiet) and I felt pushed out at the end with the "goodbye" animation. This was a great cruise. I strongly recommend any 14-night itinerary - I wish Celebrity would offer more 14-night cruises. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Not a good ship for sunbathers. Not enough lounge chairs and the ones they do have are packed so tightly together you have to climb onto them. People remove them to get a little space and stack them up, compounding the problem. Seams to be ... Read More
Not a good ship for sunbathers. Not enough lounge chairs and the ones they do have are packed so tightly together you have to climb onto them. People remove them to get a little space and stack them up, compounding the problem. Seams to be smokers all around the decks making people go away from the pool activity area in order to breathe freely. On this ship they took away a lot of deck space and the Corning Glass Works to put in two specialty restaurants and a grass area with several cabanas. Can't put a chair on the grass and they don't show movies until late at night. Cabin # 6157 was directly above the designated smoking area making our veranda useless as my wife has COPD. This ship is more suited to a Med. cruise. Smokers everywhere, will try to avoid this ship in the future. Waitstaff was awful most of the 14 nights. One night we had to ask the waiter if we can order after waiting 30 minutes, another we didn't get coffee or our tea until after we consumed our dessert and on other nights the table wasn't set and had to ask for silverware. I could write 150 words on our dining room experience. Bottom line: go to the buffet! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The crew was so unfriendly and truly looked miserable. We traveled with our 3 children (10,8 and 2), we went on this same boat 4 years ago and had a horrible time year. The boat is not maintained. All games on deck 9 are broken. The kids ... Read More
The crew was so unfriendly and truly looked miserable. We traveled with our 3 children (10,8 and 2), we went on this same boat 4 years ago and had a horrible time year. The boat is not maintained. All games on deck 9 are broken. The kids club is awful. My child said she didn’t feel well they left her sitting in the sun on the sports court for an hour with no water. Told she couldn’t go to the bathroom since she didn’t have permission to sign herself out. Was told children were not allowed in speciality restaurants. I had to get permission for each restaurant. The people on this boat were the rudest old nasty people I have ever seen. On several occasions as my family got on the elevator these old people had comments. One morning some had the nerve to say quick close the door no kids allowed. My son was pushed in the elevator by one of these old nuts. It truly is a cruise line for the 75+. I would never recommend celebrity to anyone with children. I could go on and on! The cabana service on the two sea days was a joke. They have one bartender for the ten cabanas. Don’t order food through him. It took over 1.5 hours. We ended up walking downstairs and bringing up food for the kids. In the morning I would take the stroller to the ocean view cafe and I would have two dishes and the children. Not once was I offered help. When I asked for a straw I was told I had to go to the bar. So I would have to leave three children sitting at the table to go walk to a crowded bar and wait on line for a straw. The service sucked for what you pay. There were no kids activities. Also, the milk was warm in the buffet and I mentioned it to a guy in a suit. The temp on the fridge said 39... told me it was fine. Next morning fridge was set at 35. They can get someone real sick with warm milk. No regard from the boat. My kids were bored all week and were so happy to head home today. Unless your old and crotchety .. stay away from celebrity! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Positives: 1) Fabulous ship – absolutely gorgeous, very comfortable, in pristine condition, and very well designed. I was so impressed with the cabins, pool areas, fitness area (great equipment and I used it every day), buffet ... Read More
Positives: 1) Fabulous ship – absolutely gorgeous, very comfortable, in pristine condition, and very well designed. I was so impressed with the cabins, pool areas, fitness area (great equipment and I used it every day), buffet set-up, theaters, shops, specialty restaurants, promenade, Nook, game room, library and more. 2) Fabulous specialty restaurants. All three we went to had great food and service. 3) Nice passengers. We encountered no obnoxious drunks, no one tried to steal my lounge chair at the pool (although there were always plenty even on this very full cruise), everyone in the elevators and somewhat narrow corridors were nice and polite, no one fought for position in line or over a table at the buffet, etc. 4) The standard non-alcoholic drink selection was reasonable. 5) The Qsine specialty restaurant deserves special recognition. It’s amazing. 6) The entertainers who came on board at one port and then performed before leaving at the next port were very good. 7) Did a great job with tendering at Grand Cayman where there is no ship pier. I watched the way Holland America handled tendering for its ship and felt sorry for their passengers who were crammed into relatively small and slow life boats that were difficult to climb into and out of. 8) Even though the ship was full for this New Year’s sailing, mostly there were no lines and it was easy to get around the ship. There were no lines at the bars and plenty of waiters were available to serve drinks by the pool. Showing up at the main dining room without a reservation was never a problem for us. Boarding and disembarking was orderly and expeditious. Good seats were always available in the theater (except for the late-night adult comedy show). While the positives greatly outweighed the negatives, there nevertheless were some negatives. Negatives: 1) Food (especially the entree’s) in the main dining room was disappointing. I’m not exaggerating when I say my local cafeteria serves food of at least equal quality. By the end of the cruise, I compensated by ordering three starters and two entrees each meal and then ate the more palatable from each group. 2) Not many smiles and some bruskness from wait staff at the main dining room and buffet. But there were notable exceptions. 3) More up-selling throughout the cruise than I wanted. I hear it’s even worse on many other cruise lines but if Celebrity wants to position itself as a luxury line, then its effort to “Sell, Sell, Sell” is inconsistent with that. 4) The dedicated live-aboard entertainment was nothing special. Also, the costumes tended to be racy and even weird. 5) An exception to Celebrity’s generally excellent handling of the crowd on-board was the persistent long line at guest relations. Also, while the staff was friendly, it frequently was not very helpful. 6) The pools were too cold and the hot tubs were always packed 7) Seems like the Disney and Carnival ships who docked in port at the same time as the Celebrity Reflection got priority when it came to docking location. 8) Celebrity’s repeat customer program is called the Captains Club. These privileges should work on all Royal Caribbean lines – but mostly don’t. 9) There is not enough room in the group fitness classroom. Also, charging for group fitness classes seems cheap to me. 10) Even though the ship was full, there were not that many teenagers on-board. Certainly, there were not as many as the Celebrity booking agent said we could expect on a New Year’s cruise. Also, the teen program is way too limited. 11) All the best reservation times for the specialty restaurants were taken well before boarding. This was true despite the fact that there were always many empty tables in each of the three excellent specialty restaurants we tried. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We are first time cruisers and selected this cruise upon the advice of our travel agent, McCabe Travel in Mclean, VA. The ship itself was well maintained — clean, efficient, well-organized, friendly and helpful staff. However, the focus ... Read More
We are first time cruisers and selected this cruise upon the advice of our travel agent, McCabe Travel in Mclean, VA. The ship itself was well maintained — clean, efficient, well-organized, friendly and helpful staff. However, the focus on efficiency came at the expense of quality- in the food, entertainment and off-shore excursions. We booked two Aqua Class rooms - one for us and one for our two children, ages 20 and 16 and sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale, FLA from December 28, 2018 to January 4, 2018. The first night, we ate at the main dining room - Opus - and the food was good given the size of the crowd. It wasn’t cuisine level but it was flavorful, on-time, well-cooked and the servers were very friendly — acknowledging everyone in our party by name. The second night we ate at the Porch Grille and had a similar experience. Third night - Sushi on 5 — good food and polite, attentive servers. We never got to really know anyone or connect with them - a loss in my view - but we had a positive experience none-the-less. After that, we ate at the OceanView Cafe and the Blu restaurant. Same experience — food that was good enough and servers that were polite and friendly - just about what expected for a ship of this size. There was a wide variety of food options — from traditional English/European fare (bangers and mash), to Indian dinner to Asian to gluten-free. Plenty of different American options as well. The biggest disappointment was the desserts. All the sugar from the sweets must have been used for the drinks which seemed entirely devoid of any alcohol whatsoever. If you are a sweet-lover, just go for the ice cream. Believe it or not, as delicious as all the pastries looked, they was utterly, completely, entirely without any taste whatsoever. On the upside, the ship attempts to create unique and fun experiences at all of its restaurants and all different types of clients. It doesn’t fail in achieving this goal. If you enjoy dressing up, you can have a wonderful time in the Opus dining room, Ensemble lounge, martini bar, etc. If you want to relax and enjoy a more Caribbean vibe, you can go to the Porch, Lawn Grille or the OceanView Cafe and have a more relaxed, low-key experience. If you like game shows, concerts and comedy acts - they have those too but don’t expect anything marvelous. Adequate is what you are more likely to get. The cocktails are quite sugary and weak (we had a Classic drinks package) as were the entertainment and shore excursions. If you enjoy a nice cocktail in the evening, your best bet is to go to the martini lounge. The poolside and restaurant cocktails are quite poor quality. We booked several excursions and I would strongly suggest people book their own off-shore experiences. If you go through Celebrity, you will pay a premium for a very mediocre experience. We were very disappointed by Costa Maya - a faux Mayan village created in the jungle especially for cruise ship patrons. The beach had been overtaken by seaweed, and, because of the high wind that day, all water actitivies had been cancelled. You got one ticket for a watery drink when it would have been more enjoyable to stay onboard and the ship to yourselves. The shops were nice but the prices were twice what you would pay anywhere else. We enjoyed the ATV rides in Cozumel, but it didn’t last very long and we were back at the ship by noon. In Grand Cayman, the 7-mile beach excursion had been oversold and a lot of people were upset about it. The staff on site were not expecting such a large group and they did not have enough chairs + umbrellas for all guests. Plus, the “transportation” - a 1950’s era school bus that everyone nicknamed the “prison bus” - got stuck in the parking lot on the way out which added 30 minutes to an already bad day, Still, we enjoyed cruising and would do it again but perhaps would consider a different cruise line than Celebrity. We would book our own excursions and would consider looking into bringing our own wine/alcohol on board. The Classic drink package and the execursions really weren’t worth the price. The entertainment, other than ABBA Night, was pretty mediocre as well. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
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
Celebrity Reflection Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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