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My DH and I have just completed 2 seven night back to back cruises on this ship. It is not the first time we have done B to Bs, but it will be the last. Not only is the menu in the MDR repeated, but 80% of the entertainment in the theatre is repeated too. Also, because the ship has to return to Miami at the end of each cruise, we didn't get far south enough to get the chance of better weather. 14 night cruises for us from now on!!! That said, apart from the shocking weather on the first leg, the cruise was most enjoyable. We are Elite members so benefit from many bonuses which are appreciated. We were invited to stand on the heli-pad for the sail in to San Juan. Fun, if a little windy! The ship is beautiful. We have sailed on all the Solstice class ships and this one is the newest. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6 and were not bothered by the lifeboats. They are at floor level. The food in the MDR was hit and miss but mainly good, but the desserts everywhere on the ship all looked lovely but were very disappointing - better for my waistline! It is very difficult to find a quiet spot at night with music blaring out on deck 3. Serious bridge players couldn't possibly use the Games Room. The entertainment was the usual fare. The production shows were not great - seen it, seen it, seen it. One of the acts The Tenors of Rock, got a deserved standing ovation - but as another reviewer commented, they only managed 45 minutes - were they rushing off somewhere!! The Cruise Director Alexander Yepremian was one of the best we have come across. He has a great singing voice - maybe he could use it a bit more! There seemed to be more small pockets of entertainment than I've seen before the leader of the house band did a spot in Sky lounge one night. An English girl with a nice voice and the 2 girl singers from the production shows also did a short show in the Sky lounge - Enjoyable. However, we greatly miss the acappella groups - bring them back!!! The Captain, whose last cruise it was on this ship, was almost invisible. Obviously not a people person, but he did his job and mastered the ship well - especially in the rough seas of the first week. The speciality restaurants are now ridiculously expensive. I love the Murano, but $100 for 2 on top of what we have already paid is outrageous. Sometimes we ate dinner in the Ocean View on deck 14. The selection of food was incredible including freshly cooked fish, chicken or steak to order. Nice if you didn't want the formality of the Opus Restaurant. On this subject, Celebrity have dropped the "Formal" nights it's now called "Evening Chic" where they ask you to dress a little more "dressy". However, they have relaxed other rules and men are now allowed into the restaurant dressed in shorts. I do think that is a step too far and has really lowered the tone. Pretty soon they'll be allowing them in wearing swimming shorts. How can they ask us to be "dressy" and let men wear shorts to dinner. If you want to wear shorts, eat in the casual cafe. Not what you'd expect from Celebrity. All in all, as usual, a most enjoyable trip. The staff are helpful and polite and for a little while, you can pretend you are living in a little bubble of paradise.

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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by Cag.60

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  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
My DH and I have just completed 2 seven night back to back cruises on this ship. It is not the first time we have done B to Bs, but it will be the last. Not only is the menu in the MDR repeated, but 80% of the entertainment in the theatre is repeated too. Also, because the ship has to return to Miami at the end of each cruise, we didn't get far south enough to get the chance of better weather. 14 night cruises for us from now on!!! That said, apart from the shocking weather on the first leg, the cruise was most enjoyable. We are Elite members so benefit from many bonuses which are appreciated. We were invited to stand on the heli-pad for the sail in to San Juan. Fun, if a little windy!

The ship is beautiful. We have sailed on all the Solstice class ships and this one is the newest. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6 and were not bothered by the lifeboats. They are at floor level.

The food in the MDR was hit and miss but mainly good, but the desserts everywhere on the ship all looked lovely but were very disappointing - better for my waistline!

It is very difficult to find a quiet spot at night with music blaring out on deck 3. Serious bridge players couldn't possibly use the Games Room.

The entertainment was the usual fare. The production shows were not great - seen it, seen it, seen it. One of the acts The Tenors of Rock, got a deserved standing ovation - but as another reviewer commented, they only managed 45 minutes - were they rushing off somewhere!!

The Cruise Director Alexander Yepremian was one of the best we have come across. He has a great singing voice - maybe he could use it a bit more! There seemed to be more small pockets of entertainment than I've seen before the leader of the house band did a spot in Sky lounge one night. An English girl with a nice voice and the 2 girl singers from the production shows also did a short show in the Sky lounge - Enjoyable. However, we greatly miss the acappella groups - bring them back!!!

The Captain, whose last cruise it was on this ship, was almost invisible. Obviously not a people person, but he did his job and mastered the ship well - especially in the rough seas of the first week.

The speciality restaurants are now ridiculously expensive. I love the Murano, but $100 for 2 on top of what we have already paid is outrageous. Sometimes we ate dinner in the Ocean View on deck 14. The selection of food was incredible including freshly cooked fish, chicken or steak to order. Nice if you didn't want the formality of the Opus Restaurant. On this subject, Celebrity have dropped the "Formal" nights it's now called "Evening Chic" where they ask you to dress a little more "dressy". However, they have relaxed other rules and men are now allowed into the restaurant dressed in shorts. I do think that is a step too far and has really lowered the tone. Pretty soon they'll be allowing them in wearing swimming shorts. How can they ask us to be "dressy" and let men wear shorts to dinner. If you want to wear shorts, eat in the casual cafe. Not what you'd expect from Celebrity.

All in all, as usual, a most enjoyable trip. The staff are helpful and polite and for a little while, you can pretend you are living in a little bubble of paradise.
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