Some background. We have been cruising since 1992 with 27 cruises under our belt, 7 with Celebrity. All of our cruises over the past several cruises have been with Celebrity except a weekend getaway out of Los Angeles with Princess. I am in my mid 60's and my wife is in her early 60's but we are very active. This was our first on Reflection and our 3rd on a Solstice class ship.
Embarkation: We flew into Miami from LA the day before the cruise staying near the airport overnight, We took a taxi to the terminal at about 11:00 AM and boarding was a snap, taking maybe 15 minutes with no lines. We were greeted with champagne (always a nice touch) and headed for Michael's club to await the availability of our cabin. We were in a Celebrity Suite 1615, hence access to Michael's club. Everyone there including the Concierge's Samantha and Tatjana were very friendly and helpful with dinner reservations and keeping an eye on our luggage while we went up to the Oceanview Café for lunch. The food was good and varied, better than any ship we have been on.
Cabin: Our cabin was ready at 1:00 and we made our way up to another chilled bottle of champagne waiting in the cabin. The cabin was very clean and in good repair. In short order George our butler introduced himself. During the rest of the cruise George was always available to take care of any issues or reservations. We rarely saw our room attendant's, but our room was always spotless and ready.
Onboard: We really enjoyed our time at the Martini Bar. We recognized one of the flair bartender's, Putu, from a previous cruise on another ship. We had a great time talking to the bartender's and meeting our fellow passengers everyday at around 6:00 PM at that bar. One of the flair bartenders, I Gede, was really great. I casually mentioned that we might want caviar on my wife's birthday on Thursday and when we walked in he said he had it all ready to go if we wanted it. Best caviar ever on a cruise ship. Later in the evening he lead all the bartenders in a bell and light parade for my wife's birthday along with a cake with her name on it. We never did notice any problems over bar service anywhere on the ship in contrast to some reviews I have read. The premium drink package came with our cabin and we really liked the convenience of not having to sign tickets and after the 2nd night we never even had to hand over our cards again. The entire bar staff everywhere we went were great. We didn't try the World Bar because none of the offered drinks appealed to us.
Food: We had all of our dinners in Lumina which is the suite restaurant except two in Murano's and one in Tuscan Grill. All the food in Lumina was great with a different menu each night. We like escargot and though not on the menu they brought it to us when we asked. The host Nicoli at Murano's was great when we showed up he was ready for us because we had mentioned to the very beautiful and helpful Ema at the future cruise desk that we would be having dinner there. When we got up early enough we had breakfast in Lumina which was very good but there was nothing wrong with the buffet in the Oceanwiew either. Too much food at the Tuscan Grill. It was great, but we couldn't eat half of it. Our favorite meal was the tableside prepared lobster at Murano's. One thing I wish Celebrity would be do is have the balcony dinner featured on Princess. We dressed up in formal ware on smart chic nights because we like to, quite a few others did as well. Most of the passengers dressed nice every night; much different than on Norwegian.
Entertainment: The shows were good and the musicians around ship were good as well. I did not enjoy the featured show with the Celebrity cast, it was a fantasy sort of thing that didn't flow, but the acrobats were good. We visited the Sky Lounge on the last evening and enjoyed the 80's music party.
Ports; We have been to all before so we stayed near or on the ship. We had booked an trip to St. Barths which was canceled at the last minute which was disappointing, but it was the operator who canceled, not Celebrity and they did try to help us find something else.
The thing that really stands out on this cruise was the energetic, friendly, and very helpful crew. The always seemed to know what you needed or wanted before you asked.
Debarkation: Not too painful, the line through customs is always slow. We hated to leave the great crew and fellow passengers.
Walked up the fort. Reading the history was interesting
Stayed overnight at Embassy Suite MIA
Walked around and looked at some of the mega yachts.
Our shore excursion to St. Barths canceled by the operator