Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by tinky41
- Sail Date: March 2013
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Celebrity failed to send notification to the hotel for our transfer to the port the next morning but the Concierge rang and sorted it for us.It turned out 4 other couples were also concerned regarding the lack of communication.
We arrived at the port about 12.45 as we had already been warned that embarkation would be later due to customs providing less staff.
After only a short wait we boarded the beautiful Reflection. The kids were blown away; although they'd seen many photos and videos of the vessel, seeing it in real life is just amazing. Our cabins were already ready to view so after a quick look and a hello to Munir and Michelle our stewards we headed off to the ocean view cafe for lunch.
The kids went off to register for the teen club and we honestly hardly saw them again -they met so many friends and dined with them most evenings. We did manage to persuade them to attend the 2nd formal night and we had some family photos taken which were of a very high quality and great for the album.
We ate in Opus each evening and found the food to be of the usual high standard, beautifully presented and plenty of choice.Our servers were attentive as was our sommelier. We were select dining so didn't have the same ones every night but did get to know them quite well. We paid for the premium beverage package so had top quality wines with lunch and dinner. On sea days we also ate lunch in Opus too - I would recommend for a quiet lunch.
There was a brunch served on the last sea day which was Easter themed with hundreds of chocolate eggs and rabbits placed all over the food tables for people to help themselves to.The usual ice sculptures and food carvings were on show along with sushi,roast beef,fish and chips,breakfast items,champagne etc etc. We hears the staff had been preparing all night and I can believe it -it was a spectacle if a little over whelming ! We were shown to a table so no problem with finding a table.
The port stops were ok, we had a walk around El Morro and the town area in San Juan and hopped on the free trolley train which the kids enjoyed.
At St Maarten we got the water taxi over to the beach and spent the morning swimming in the warm sea -such a treat for us Brits!!! This was our favourite stop.
At St Kitts we looked around the shopping area to buy some souvenirs but felt a little hassled by some of the locals - constantly being asked to go on trips or have a photo with a monkey. We politely said No and walked on.
For our family the Ship was the main event and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.Our kids had so much fun at the teen club meaning we had time to relax in the bars and cafe al bacio without worrying about them. Apparently the ship was full and kids/teens were at full capacity but we didn't feel it was swarming with kids.They keep them well entertained and we didn't see any bad behaviour from the kids. I did see the odd adult being very rude to staff members which saddens me greatly. The staff work so hard I fail to see why belittling them is necessary.
To sum up -we had an amazing cruise, received amazing service most of the time and would definitely recommend this beautiful ship. We miss her already