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This was a dream cruise that we had booked for my mother's 70th birthday. It was our first trip to Rome and we were looking forward to the adventure. We knew that booking at this time of year was going to be extremely hot, but it fit with our schedules. Our arrival in Rome was great. Everything worked out. We used Rome Chauffeur for our ground transportation and I would highly recommend them. Cost is comparable to other limo/taxi companies. Caesar was our driver and he was very pleasant and spoke good English. We stayed in Rome for two days and did the hop on/hop off bus tour (highly recommend these tours in any city that offers them) and we visited the Vatican. Everything was great but the weather was quite unbearable. We would like to go back in the Spring or early Fall. We arrived at the port by midday on the day we were sailing and everything went smoothly. No long line ups to drop off bags or check in. It was one of the best embarkations we have experienced. The Reflection is a gorgeous, newer ship. Everything is completely updated and very fresh. We had Stateroom 6291, mid ship. It was a great location but I would recommend if you are looking for a balcony mid ship that you go one or two floors higher as the life boats did block our view and was not the nicest to look at daily. If you do choose the 6th floor try to get something aft or forward past the life boats and you will be fine. Our Stateroom was gorgeous and quite spacious for three people. The bathrooms are the nicest we have had on a cruise by far and quite spacious considering. The 14 floor dining buffet was okay but a little compact. It would have been better if they had spread the buffet throughout the entire space and had more choices. It was pretty standard cruise fare every day but all was very nice and tasty. They feature full American and English style breakfast which was a nice treat since we are British background. The main dining restaurant was amazing every night. We had anytime dining and didn't wait once for a table. All the staff were very personable, a lot of fun and polite. The food was first class which we have come to expect with Celebrity. This was our third cruise with this cruise line and they always do a fantastic job! The ports were amazing! We missed out on Mykonos because the water was too choppy for us to tender. Instead we went on to Kusadaci and stayed overnight. We didn't get out at Santorini either because we were scared off by the tendering and the the chair lift or stairs up to the island. It was too hot in all of these places to be standing around and we were also told that there were four other ships that would be in port that day. All good, we had a relaxing time on the ship. Recommendations for the ports, do not miss Toarmina in Sicily, Ephesus near Kusadaci, The Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens (take the hop on/hop off bus that has a stop right in the port parking lot - more bang for your buck) and Pompeii near Naples. On the last morning we had a pick up scheduled for 08:00am by Rome Chauffeur and we were able to just walk off the ship and grab our bags, with no issues. Again the quickest and easiest disembarkation we have experienced. We were at the Rome Airport by 08:40am which was surprising. I do think that the fare was a little pricey considering it is half the distance than going all the way into Rome. We will know better next time and there are other options. All in all it was a great trip, one that we will never forget and Celebrity was a huge part of that experience.

Beautiful Ship and Great Itinerary

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by bella_good

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah (partially obstructed view)
This was a dream cruise that we had booked for my mother's 70th birthday. It was our first trip to Rome and we were looking forward to the adventure. We knew that booking at this time of year was going to be extremely hot, but it fit with our schedules. Our arrival in Rome was great. Everything worked out. We used Rome Chauffeur for our ground transportation and I would highly recommend them. Cost is comparable to other limo/taxi companies. Caesar was our driver and he was very pleasant and spoke good English. We stayed in Rome for two days and did the hop on/hop off bus tour (highly recommend these tours in any city that offers them) and we visited the Vatican. Everything was great but the weather was quite unbearable. We would like to go back in the Spring or early Fall.

We arrived at the port by midday on the day we were sailing and everything went smoothly. No long line ups to drop off bags or check in. It was one of the best embarkations we have experienced. The Reflection is a gorgeous, newer ship. Everything is completely updated and very fresh. We had Stateroom 6291, mid ship. It was a great location but I would recommend if you are looking for a balcony mid ship that you go one or two floors higher as the life boats did block our view and was not the nicest to look at daily. If you do choose the 6th floor try to get something aft or forward past the life boats and you will be fine.

Our Stateroom was gorgeous and quite spacious for three people. The bathrooms are the nicest we have had on a cruise by far and quite spacious considering. The 14 floor dining buffet was okay but a little compact. It would have been better if they had spread the buffet throughout the entire space and had more choices. It was pretty standard cruise fare every day but all was very nice and tasty. They feature full American and English style breakfast which was a nice treat since we are British background. The main dining restaurant was amazing every night. We had anytime dining and didn't wait once for a table. All the staff were very personable, a lot of fun and polite. The food was first class which we have come to expect with Celebrity. This was our third cruise with this cruise line and they always do a fantastic job!

The ports were amazing! We missed out on Mykonos because the water was too choppy for us to tender. Instead we went on to Kusadaci and stayed overnight. We didn't get out at Santorini either because we were scared off by the tendering and the the chair lift or stairs up to the island. It was too hot in all of these places to be standing around and we were also told that there were four other ships that would be in port that day. All good, we had a relaxing time on the ship. Recommendations for the ports, do not miss Toarmina in Sicily, Ephesus near Kusadaci, The Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens (take the hop on/hop off bus that has a stop right in the port parking lot - more bang for your buck) and Pompeii near Naples.

On the last morning we had a pick up scheduled for 08:00am by Rome Chauffeur and we were able to just walk off the ship and grab our bags, with no issues. Again the quickest and easiest disembarkation we have experienced. We were at the Rome Airport by 08:40am which was surprising. I do think that the fare was a little pricey considering it is half the distance than going all the way into Rome. We will know better next time and there are other options. All in all it was a great trip, one that we will never forget and Celebrity was a huge part of that experience.
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Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah (partially obstructed view)
Cabin 2C 6291
We had Stateroom 6291, mid ship. It was a great location but I would recommend if you are looking for a balcony mid ship that you go one or two floors higher as the life boats did block our view and was not the nicest to look at daily. If you do choose the 6th floor try to get something aft or forward past the life boats and you will be fine. Our Stateroom was gorgeous and quite spacious for three people. The bathrooms are the nicest we have had on a cruise by far and quite spacious considering.
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