This was our 3rd transatlantic crossing (2nd on Celebrity).
We spent 3 weeks in northern Italy and stayed at a B&B in Civitavecchia the night before the cruise. The owner of the B&B took us to the port.
Check-in was very smooth and quick.
Our balcony cabin 6302 was great. It was at the end of the corridor and it was always very quiet. There was enough space to store all our things. Our cabin attendant – Alfredo from Indonesia was very friendly and kept the cabin in a great condition. He always had a smile and was always so helpful.
We ate most of our meals in the main dining room – Opus. We had table 476 and our waiters Jay, I-Tenuk, and Abdul were amazing. The food was always very good. We also ate at a couple of the specialty restaurants and the food and service were outstanding in all. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview Café. It always had a great selection of foods, and they were all so tasty. The staff in the Oceanview Café was very friendly and helpful.
The entertainment program was very good. The ships own singers and dancers were excellent.
We went to the theatre every night and the entertainment was better each night than the night before. My favorite act was December63 – they are an amazing group of 4 young men that do a tribute show of Frankie Vallie. Gareth Oliver, comedian/ventriloquist, was great. Doug Cameron, a violinist, was outstanding. Philippa Healey, singer and piano player, amazing voice. The ships orchestra was incredible, amazing. There was also a wonderful jazz quartet called Capricorn. We had the opportunity to hear all the guest entertainers and the only one that I found very flat were Ear Candy, they had no charisma and had very little interaction with the audience.
One thing that the Reflection does not have is nice dance areas. Dancing was always taking place in the foyer.
The 3 Beyond the Podium Speakers were all great. Mike Siegel did an excellent job with his talks on ancient history and British history. Elin Haf Davies was a fantastic speaker. She shared her experiences of rowing across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
The cruise director, Alexander, was one of the best I have seen on a cruise and his staff was excellent. They were all very visible during the entire cruise.
We took a ships shore excursion in Madeira, which was very nice, we also spent a couple of hours downtown and had a typical lunch is a fantastic restaurant. In St. Kitts we did our own shore excursion and visited the other side of the island. It was raining on and off and very windy, so we only got out of the bus to take some photos. In St. Maartin, we did some shopping for Dutch chees and other goodies, and spent the rest of the day at the beach in Philipsburg. Labadee was absolutely beautiful. We did the zip line which was nice, but I thought that it would be a lot higher. We spent the rest of the day at the beach.
Overall, the crew was very friendly. Everyone always greeted you and had a smile. The crew seemed very proud to be on the Reflection. The Captain ( Captain Peppas) was very personable, as well as his officers.
The cabin was very spacious. We were able to store all our things. We had a balcony with an obstructed view, but it was fine.
It was a very nice overview of the island. We stopped in a couple of places to take photos and were able to taste some of the local wine and cheeses.View All 57 Island Tour Reviews
It was overprized. for the price, you should be able to go back and forth a couple of times. The zip line starting point is not that high up. It was very nice to zipline over the ocean, and the view was amazing.View All 233 Ziplining Reviews
We took the water taxi and went to the beach in Philipsburg. We rented a couple of beach chairs and umbrella and just enjoyed the water and beach.
Did not take an excursion. Walked around the downtown area.