Great Experience on First TA: Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by lhbsurf

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Great Experience on First TA

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Barcelona
We booked a Concierge Class for our first ever Transatlantic Crossing. (Actually we had originally booked a Sunset Aft Balcony when my husband had second thoughts and we were able to move to a CC3 for 100 less per person). We really enjoyed the little extra perks like the Canapes that we could enjoy on our Veranda with wine brought on Board in Barcelona, nicer robes, pillows, and lounger ottomans etc....

Embarkation in Barcelona was a little slow due to a delay, but we are always prepared for craziness on embarkation.

In fact, we were prepared for a lot of little "blips" due to the fact that it was a new ship - really there were very few. The food in the MDR was the best we've had on a cruise ship in a while. We tried all the Specialty Restaurants and they were a lot of fun, though only in Murano did we feel that the food was truly exceptional. The experiences were so fun however, we would do them all again.

Lounge chairs around pool were always available. More We thoroughly enjoyed The Porch restaurant and ate there once for breakfast and lunch - well worth the $5 cover charge. Bistro on 5 was a nice, quiet place for lunch on embarkation day.

We tried most of the bars and really enjoyed them...except during the hours of 5 - 7 pm when they were mobbed with Elite members trying to get free drinks with their vouchers. Have to avoid all bars except Molecular and Michael's Club during those hours...really hoping they figure out another option for the Elite get togethers!!Wine tastings were mostly led by onBoard expert who was training Sommeliers as well and he was excellent. Other activities we attended were nice also. I was disappointed to be unable to attend any of the Art Studio classes - they were all full when I showed up early on the first at sea day.

We were disappointed to miss Tenerife, but were given OnBoard credit for our "inconvenience" and we felt it was handled as well as it could be. We wondered if 9 straight at sea days would get boring, but we had a wonderful relaxing time.

We found all employees to be hard working and friendly, room stewards, waiters,etc - Alex in the Casino Bar and Christopher in the Martini Bar were our favorite Bartenders.

We chose to disembark as early as we could and did not experience the delays that others apparently did - took us 30 minutes from stated departure time to taxi.

We had a marvelous cruise experience...Reflection is one of my favorite cruise ships and we will definitely be sailing on her again in the future!!! Less

Published 12/11/12
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Cabin review: CC31257

1257 - perfect location!! Close to elevators, so not a lot of walking, but not so close to be noisy. Cabins above and below so very quiet!!

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