We loved the Southern crossing which was calm and warm. Loved our room and our cabin stewards Jason and Tre were excellent. The food in the Opus Dining Room was the best we have had on the five Celebrity cruises we have taken and much better than Norwegian, Cunard and Costa. We followed the recommendations of our waiter IKetut and he always provided excellent advice. The Cruise Director Alexander was excellent.
The only downside with the cruise was the fact that the Reflection has less public space than other Celebrity ships and so it is crowded when at full capacity. The Reflection has one additional deck of passengers and has cut the Sky lounge in half to put in more suites and also removed the disco so there is no where to dance except in the atrium. Alexander tried a number of different theme nights including one in the solarium pool area so that passengers had more room to gather and dance. The atrium is also used to sell "art" from Park West so it difficult to get to reception when the atrium is full of paintings. Events held in the Sky Lounge are standing room only if you do not arrive at least 30 minutes in advance. Smoking is allowed on half of the open decks so it is hard to avoid. The lack of public space really detracts from the feeling of modern luxury. Hopefully Celebrity will not "reflectionize" the rest of the fleet. Otherwise a great cruise!
Cabin was on deck 10 port side. Unobstructed view straight out but you can see the lifeboats if you are looking down to the water. Smoking is allowed on deck 5 on the port side , so you will smell smoke on the veranda on deck 10 some of the time. Port side veranda cabins on decks 5, 7, and 8 should be avoided if you do not like the smell of smoke.
Rome is a great port. Recommend taking the Vatican Gardens tour which includes a tour of the Vatican gardens that is restricted to 20 people. It also gives you immediate access to the Vatican museums and the cathedral.
Recommend taking the cable car to the church and botanic gardens. The city is easy to get around with many museums, historic sites and restaurants.
Take an excursion to get away from St Maarten if you can. Otherwise take advantage of the small bars along the beach to sit and people watch.
This was our first visit to Labadee (a private resort operated by Royal Caribbean.) We liked the walkways, beaches and activities and enjoyed the ability to relax without worrying.