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We booked this cruise a long time in advance & got a good deal on an Aqua Class cabin on the hump plus included tips, classic drinks package & onboard credit. We always wanted to travel on a Solstice Class ship but other cruises kept getting in the way! Going to the Caribbean from Miami was always going to be a special cruise coming across the pond & for me personally, 3rd time lucky in actually seeing St Thomas & St Maarten. We stayed in Miami for 2 nights before & after the cruise. Both times in South Beach but in different locations. Both independent boutique type hotels - Blanc Kara & The Beacon. South beach at the weekend is LOUD, do consider this if you book a beachfront property with an ocean view room! Everyone seemed to arrive at 11.30am at the pier, all keen to get on board! I thought uh oh and that we would take at least an hour to get on board but it actually took 40 minutes. The Celebrity Reflection is a gorgeous ship, to us she is well designed inside & nowhere ever felt really crowded & if it did then we found somewhere else to hang out. The Atrium area was modern & stunning with the bank of panoramic lifts each side. You might have thought it would be noisy to have this section of the ship open but we never heard any noise & we were close to the lifts. We liked our cabin & the location was fantastic. The balcony was larger than normal being on the hump but being on starboard side meant we had a lot of shade. As we were Aquaclass - we dined in Blu a lot of the time for our dinners & some breakfasts. Most of the food in there was excellent as was the service. We ate in Murano & thought the food there was really good & had a lunch at Sushi on 5 which again was very good indeed. The rest of the time we ate at the OceanView Cafe or the Mast Grill - the pizza at the Oceanview was delicious! Especially for a sneaky last night snack! We also had a few coffees from Cafe Al Bacio and they were really good plus great service as they were always busy in there. We saw 1 show - Lou Gazzara - he was excellent, well worth seeing, well worth going to. the rest of the time, we are donating our money to the casino! We enjoyed the spa area as part of our Aqua Class package, if these Solstice class ships had some spa pools then they would be perfect! We did all the ports DIY - it was great to experience a bit of night time San Juan as we could eat out there. Loved St Thomas but the best port of call for us was St Maarten. San Juan - we walked, caught the trolley bus to the fort, walked around the old town, had a pina colada at Barrachina's, shopped & ate at a seafood restuarant, Aguaviva. St Thomas - we shopped of course & took a tour with Sunny Liston to various look out points of the island & Mountain Top. The tour was a real laugh with our driver Taxi Love! St Maarten - we shopped again, admired the Boardwalk, took a taxi to Maho Beach, got footage of planes landing right above your head, got a taxi back to town & had the bestest lunch at Antoine's - a French bistro on the Boardwalk. We had 3 sea days in total, a perfect balance of rest & relaxation & port calls. I would definitely do this cruise again, same ship, same room (well I could hope for a suite!) same itinerary!

Fantastic Cruise to the Caribbean!

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by kikki21

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We booked this cruise a long time in advance & got a good deal on an Aqua Class cabin on the hump plus included tips, classic drinks package & onboard credit.

We always wanted to travel on a Solstice Class ship but other cruises kept getting in the way!

Going to the Caribbean from Miami was always going to be a special cruise coming across the pond & for me personally, 3rd time lucky in actually seeing St Thomas & St Maarten.

We stayed in Miami for 2 nights before & after the cruise. Both times in South Beach but in different locations. Both independent boutique type hotels - Blanc Kara & The Beacon.

South beach at the weekend is LOUD, do consider this if you book a beachfront property with an ocean view room!

Everyone seemed to arrive at 11.30am at the pier, all keen to get on board! I thought uh oh and that we would take at least an hour to get on board but it actually took 40 minutes.

The Celebrity Reflection is a gorgeous ship, to us she is well designed inside & nowhere ever felt really crowded & if it did then we found somewhere else to hang out. The Atrium area was modern & stunning with the bank of panoramic lifts each side. You might have thought it would be noisy to have this section of the ship open but we never heard any noise & we were close to the lifts.

We liked our cabin & the location was fantastic. The balcony was larger than normal being on the hump but being on starboard side meant we had a lot of shade.

As we were Aquaclass - we dined in Blu a lot of the time for our dinners & some breakfasts. Most of the food in there was excellent as was the service.

We ate in Murano & thought the food there was really good & had a lunch at Sushi on 5 which again was very good indeed.

The rest of the time we ate at the OceanView Cafe or the Mast Grill - the pizza at the Oceanview was delicious! Especially for a sneaky last night snack!

We also had a few coffees from Cafe Al Bacio and they were really good plus great service as they were always busy in there.

We saw 1 show - Lou Gazzara - he was excellent, well worth seeing, well worth going to. the rest of the time, we are donating our money to the casino!

We enjoyed the spa area as part of our Aqua Class package, if these Solstice class ships had some spa pools then they would be perfect!

We did all the ports DIY - it was great to experience a bit of night time San Juan as we could eat out there. Loved St Thomas but the best port of call for us was St Maarten.

San Juan - we walked, caught the trolley bus to the fort, walked around the old town, had a pina colada at Barrachina's, shopped & ate at a seafood restuarant, Aguaviva.

St Thomas - we shopped of course & took a tour with Sunny Liston to various look out points of the island & Mountain Top. The tour was a real laugh with our driver Taxi Love!

St Maarten - we shopped again, admired the Boardwalk, took a taxi to Maho Beach, got footage of planes landing right above your head, got a taxi back to town & had the bestest lunch at Antoine's - a French bistro on the Boardwalk.

We had 3 sea days in total, a perfect balance of rest & relaxation & port calls.

I would definitely do this cruise again, same ship, same room (well I could hope for a suite!) same itinerary!
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Cabin Review

AquaClass
Cabin A1 1614
Great cabin on the starboard hump, sheltered balcony from the sun, fantastic views to the front, side & aft. Balcony was great with 2 x reclining loungers, 2 x footstools & a table. Perfect for breakfast & snacks, we made full use of it!
Room was a good size, adequate storage.
Nice bathroom, shower with jets & a glass sliding door, no manky shower curtain! Hurrah!
Only basic toiletries provided - with a Aqua Class Cabin, you might expect more higher end toiletries.
Great room service provided by Nazareth!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Miami
    Love Miami - there is always something to do, something to eat, something to drink & something to shop.
    Take your time researching places to go & eat with Trip Advisor or take a food tour if you are spending time on South Beach.
    If you are a foodie, then there are lots of cuisines to try!
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  • San Juan
    Limited time in daylight hours to visit this port. We decided to just chill out & explore the old town. Saw plenty of sights on a round trip visit. Did a bit of shopping. Had a pina colada at the birthplace of the drink at Barrachina's.
    Quite a few tourist shops closed up early on the Monday we were there which was a surprise since there was a cruise ship in port.
    We had a nice meal at Aguaviva, wasn't our first choice as many restaurants are closed on a Monday.
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  • St. Maarten
    St Maarten was our favourite port of call. Philipsburg was more civilised, cleaner & smarter than Charlotte Amalie. The Boardwalk was beautiful. You could spend your whole day there, shopping, lunching & time on the beach! We had planes to go & spot so we took a taxi to Maho Beach. Stayed there an hour or so, got plenty of photos & video, had a drink at the Sunset Bar & headed back to have a fabulous lunch at Antoine's (lobster & creme brulee!) and wet our toes in the water! Awesome day!
    And yes did a bit of shopping!
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  • St. Thomas
    We did our own private excursion which was a trip into Charlotte Amalie for shopping - it is one long jewellery store but with lots of ships in port, it was busy.
    We then hopped on our open air tour bus (with a roof) & joined the mental tour of Taxi Love from Sunny Liston Tours. Saw some good sights especially from Mountain Top.
    Enjoyed the tour, saw quite a bit of the island.
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