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We loved everything, bar none, about the 21 March departure to Eastern Caribbean out of Miami. We splurged on a Sky Suite (2) - 2177. We were thrilled with the extras that came with the Suite class: private restaurant (Luminae), afternoon snacks at 4PM delivered to our door and the added personalized service with the wonderful butler (Nelson) and fantastic cabin steward (Nicolae) who took great care of us. Luminae food and service was very good (and excellent sommelier Randy from North Philly); took most of our meals there. About our STATE ROOM: very happy with the size, storage and cleanliness. Bathroom had ample storage and a full tub. The cabin was located just aft midship, making it very conveniently one flight of stairs below the pool and Secondo il Bacio (great quick service for water, wine, coffee). We had been worried we'd have noise from the Oceanview Cafe immediately overhead, but it was no problem. We had also done some digging looking for in-cabin pictures of the overhang about which we'd read. (I'm trying to figure out how to post these - if you want them emailed to you, please drop me a note.) For our part, we liked it: extra sun protection in the early and late sunlight hours. Be aware that it juts out 8-10 feet beyond the balustrade and there is a large metal canopy support. If you are looking for a wide open, blazing sunny balcony, this may not be for you. Only other comment: because the deck plan has the staterooms forward of this one stepping further out, you do NOT have 100% privacy on some parts of your balcony - keep your robe tied! All that said, we loved this state room and would rebook it. It was a heavenly base for our 7 days aboard. ENTERTAINMENT AND LOUNGES: the various musical groups in the multiple bars fronting the grand foyer were our nightly entertainment: best viewing is on Level 5 so you can look down on the action; arrive early to grab a seat next to the glass-front railing. We enjoyed most of the musical groups rotating between the various lounges, and always looked forward to the after dinner drinks and people watching. We enjoyed the Sunset Bar: although we are not smokers, we frequented this spot to find a quiet place for a glass of wine and some shade to read a book. Possibly one of the loveliest spots on the ship. If you don't smoke, don't worry: it's breezy and pleasant. We spent a lot of time hanging out with the smokers. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS: we ate twice at Bistro on Five ($7 surcharge) and found it very quiet and pleasant. Had lunch at Tuscan Grille which was excellent, and the view not to be missed. Upcharge of $25 per person, which is hefty. Go hungry and you won't be disappointed. SPA: services are expensive, but services were well worth the cost (I took a pedicure and an "up do" for a formal night); both technicians very professional and capable. The Persian Garden was lovely, with the sauna, steam room/hamam and the heated relaxation beds facing out at the ocean ahead. If I knew when I was set to leave this Earth, this would be my last stop. I paid $75 for week's pass to use the Persian Garden and felt it was worth it. FITNESS CENTER: Here we would say, "Meh." Decent amount of equipment but only one ancient water fountain; no bottled water and sanitizing wipes were hard to find. Could be so much better. Better to get up very early and use the jogging track on the pool deck BEVERAGE PLAN: took the Premium Plan which more than paid for itself between the wine with lunch and dinner, various cocktails, tons of bottled water and cappuccino - worth every dime to us. Unlike another passenger who posted to Cruise Critic, we had no trouble getting served except in the Sunset Bar where the wait staff seemed a little spacey (I'd be mesmerized if I had that view all day too!). SEE HOW IT'S DONE TOUR: This cost us the princely sum of $150 per person...figured out Celebrity charges this much to keep the tour group size small: there were only 9 on our tour. Still, it was fascinating to see the bridge, backstage in the theatre, the mooring deck, galley, crew quarters, provisions storage and have lunch in Murano with two of the ships officers. It was a full morning on a sea day. It was another real splurge but we felt worth it. Only discordant note was the SELF-ABSORBED IDIOT WITH THE SELFIE STICK who was on our tour wandering away from the guide and into areas he didn't belong. A worldwide ban on these things is already overdue. SHORE EXCURSIONS: San Juan was the Segway tour of the fortifications at night (a blast!!); St. John Island Tour ("Meh" #2) and the America's Cup sailing in St Maarten. On this last excursion: be careful what you volunteer for: you may get a great job, as I did (winch "wench" sitting next to the captain) or stuck with your head down for two hours on the master grinder, where my husband landed...he saw very little blue water. Still an adventure. Finally: our FELLOW PASSENGERS: a friendly, fun-loving group, 99.5% well behaved (see note on selfie stick above). Several hundred cheerful Canadians from the frozen north, and these cats know how to have a good time! We will re-book, and soon!

Blissful week on Reflection in Sky Suite 2.

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by CatsRKool

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We loved everything, bar none, about the 21 March departure to Eastern Caribbean out of Miami. We splurged on a Sky Suite (2) - 2177. We were thrilled with the extras that came with the Suite class: private restaurant (Luminae), afternoon snacks at 4PM delivered to our door and the added personalized service with the wonderful butler (Nelson) and fantastic cabin steward (Nicolae) who took great care of us. Luminae food and service was very good (and excellent sommelier Randy from North Philly); took most of our meals there.

About our STATE ROOM: very happy with the size, storage and cleanliness. Bathroom had ample storage and a full tub. The cabin was located just aft midship, making it very conveniently one flight of stairs below the pool and Secondo il Bacio (great quick service for water, wine, coffee). We had been worried we'd have noise from the Oceanview Cafe immediately overhead, but it was no problem. We had also done some digging looking for in-cabin pictures of the overhang about which we'd read. (I'm trying to figure out how to post these - if you want them emailed to you, please drop me a note.) For our part, we liked it: extra sun protection in the early and late sunlight hours. Be aware that it juts out 8-10 feet beyond the balustrade and there is a large metal canopy support. If you are looking for a wide open, blazing sunny balcony, this may not be for you. Only other comment: because the deck plan has the staterooms forward of this one stepping further out, you do NOT have 100% privacy on some parts of your balcony - keep your robe tied! All that said, we loved this state room and would rebook it. It was a heavenly base for our 7 days aboard.

ENTERTAINMENT AND LOUNGES: the various musical groups in the multiple bars fronting the grand foyer were our nightly entertainment: best viewing is on Level 5 so you can look down on the action; arrive early to grab a seat next to the glass-front railing. We enjoyed most of the musical groups rotating between the various lounges, and always looked forward to the after dinner drinks and people watching. We enjoyed the Sunset Bar: although we are not smokers, we frequented this spot to find a quiet place for a glass of wine and some shade to read a book. Possibly one of the loveliest spots on the ship. If you don't smoke, don't worry: it's breezy and pleasant. We spent a lot of time hanging out with the smokers.

SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS: we ate twice at Bistro on Five ($7 surcharge) and found it very quiet and pleasant. Had lunch at Tuscan Grille which was excellent, and the view not to be missed. Upcharge of $25 per person, which is hefty. Go hungry and you won't be disappointed.

SPA: services are expensive, but services were well worth the cost (I took a pedicure and an "up do" for a formal night); both technicians very professional and capable. The Persian Garden was lovely, with the sauna, steam room/hamam and the heated relaxation beds facing out at the ocean ahead. If I knew when I was set to leave this Earth, this would be my last stop. I paid $75 for week's pass to use the Persian Garden and felt it was worth it.

FITNESS CENTER: Here we would say, "Meh." Decent amount of equipment but only one ancient water fountain; no bottled water and sanitizing wipes were hard to find. Could be so much better. Better to get up very early and use the jogging track on the pool deck

BEVERAGE PLAN: took the Premium Plan which more than paid for itself between the wine with lunch and dinner, various cocktails, tons of bottled water and cappuccino - worth every dime to us. Unlike another passenger who posted to Cruise Critic, we had no trouble getting served except in the Sunset Bar where the wait staff seemed a little spacey (I'd be mesmerized if I had that view all day too!).

SEE HOW IT'S DONE TOUR: This cost us the princely sum of $150 per person...figured out Celebrity charges this much to keep the tour group size small: there were only 9 on our tour. Still, it was fascinating to see the bridge, backstage in the theatre, the mooring deck, galley, crew quarters, provisions storage and have lunch in Murano with two of the ships officers. It was a full morning on a sea day. It was another real splurge but we felt worth it. Only discordant note was the SELF-ABSORBED IDIOT WITH THE SELFIE STICK who was on our tour wandering away from the guide and into areas he didn't belong. A worldwide ban on these things is already overdue.

SHORE EXCURSIONS: San Juan was the Segway tour of the fortifications at night (a blast!!); St. John Island Tour ("Meh" #2) and the America's Cup sailing in St Maarten. On this last excursion: be careful what you volunteer for: you may get a great job, as I did (winch "wench" sitting next to the captain) or stuck with your head down for two hours on the master grinder, where my husband landed...he saw very little blue water. Still an adventure.

Finally: our FELLOW PASSENGERS: a friendly, fun-loving group, 99.5% well behaved (see note on selfie stick above). Several hundred cheerful Canadians from the frozen north, and these cats know how to have a good time!

We will re-book, and soon!
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Sky Suite
Cabin S2 2177
Lots of storage both in the main cabin area and in the bathroom.
Located just aft of midship and one deck below lido and pool: very convenient.
Quiet.
OVERHANG: we enjoyed the extra sun protection, but you need to be aware of exactly what the overhang pluses and minuses are. If you want 'full sun' this is not for you.
Super clean.
Would book this cabin again.
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