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We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the fact that we had enjoyed our last two Celebrity cruises. Transport to the ship from the airport was o.k., although the 20 minute break at a service station within sight of the ship seemed a little odd. Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on board by 1pm. We mostly ate Dinner in the Opus dinning room. The quality of food was mostly very good, although I found the desserts a little disappointing. Waiter service was excellent but the tables for two were just too close to each other for any private conversation. Breakfast venue varied: room service breakfast was delivered promptly to the Cabin (Sometimes too promptly, before the requested time!) Although choice was limited, the food was o.k. and breakfast on the balcony in the sunshine was a fine way to start the day. The Ocean view cafe provided a huge choice of breakfasts and we enjoyed the food and the uncrowded service area but found that the seating arrangements a little cramped and lacking in privacy. Breakfast service in the Opus was outstanding. Lunch was taken mostly in the Ocean view cafe with the same pros and cons mentioned at breakfast. Our one burger lunch at the Mast Grill was o.k. As part of a 'Focus Group we had a "free" dinner in the Tuscan Grille which was most enjoyable but I'm not sure that it was worth paying for! Entertainment was mostly good. The theatre was lovely: easy to get a seat, comfortable seating and well kept. We enjoyed the Tenors of Rock, Vocalist Nik Page, Queens of Rhythms and Garonway Thorn. There was a range of free films available on the tv in the room and the talks by Prof. Alan Fishman were absolutely first class. The general standard of service on the ship we would rate as first class with the exception of the cruise sales office and the shop staff. High standards do come at a price, however, bar prices are expensive, shore excursions are excessive and we felt that there was a tad too much 'hard sell: nickle and dime no! dollars and 20 dollars yes! Ports. Refused to pay Celebrity's excessive prices and did our own thing but you certainly have to do your homework and don't expect Celebrity to give the independent traveler any information, including two of our port calls were on public holidays! Santorinni Well organised Tender; only 10 min wait. Got to harbour, huge line for Funicular so bought local tour - boat ride to Oia, bus into town and then bus back to Firma. Good value at 15E. An enjoyable and interesting trip Athens Day1 Walked to dock gates. Took bus no.843 to Piraeus metro and bought 24 hr ticket for metro & buses for around 4E. Metro easy to navigate and announcements in English as well as Greek. Visited Syntagma square, National gardens, Acropolis Museum (Brilliant!) and Metaxa (Great views!). Then back to ship. Never waited more than 5 mins for metro or bus. Great day Day2 Whoops! Research lets us down. Today is Greek Good Friday so not a lot open until midday. Would have been nice if Celebrity had told us. Inexpensive trip in and at least we know where the National Archaeological Museum is for next time. Mykonos Free shuttle into Mykonos: Celebrity misses at trick! Took boat to Delos. Superb site, fantastic day out. Not cheap but much cheaper than you know who. Kusadasi Used an independent tour company to visit Ephesus. Worth the trip but didn't enjoy as much as Delos. Have a real problem with Turkish sales ethos; no chance of browsing just hard sell, so bought nothing. Bodrum Pretty port. Pleasant walk to Castle 30TL to get in. No Euros accepted. Well worth a good look. Great views, interesting exhibits but be aware that they close some of the exhibits for Lunch. Inexpensive supermarket opposite terminal. Souda Another public holiday. short walk around port. nice square and friendly locals. Could have got frequent local bus into Chania but not sure what would have been open. Naples Went to Herculaneum this time. Tram No1 (buy tickets at news kiosk across road from port) to railway station. Then train to Ercolano Scavi. Walk through town (well signposted) to ruins. Highly recommended. Worth buying a map: 2E plus the 11E entry.

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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by southampton observer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah (partially obstructed view)
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the fact that we had enjoyed our last two Celebrity cruises. Transport to the ship from the airport was o.k., although the 20 minute break at a service station within sight of the ship seemed a little odd. Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on board by 1pm.

We mostly ate Dinner in the Opus dinning room. The quality of food was mostly very good, although I found the desserts a little disappointing. Waiter service was excellent but the tables for two were just too close to each other for any private conversation.

Breakfast venue varied: room service breakfast was delivered promptly to the Cabin (Sometimes too promptly, before the requested time!) Although choice was limited, the food was o.k. and breakfast on the balcony in the sunshine was a fine way to start the day. The Ocean view cafe provided a huge choice of breakfasts and we enjoyed the food and the uncrowded service area but found that the seating arrangements a little cramped and lacking in privacy. Breakfast service in the Opus was outstanding.

Lunch was taken mostly in the Ocean view cafe with the same pros and cons mentioned at breakfast. Our one burger lunch at the Mast Grill was o.k.

As part of a 'Focus Group we had a "free" dinner in the Tuscan Grille which was most enjoyable but I'm not sure that it was worth paying for!

Entertainment was mostly good. The theatre was lovely: easy to get a seat, comfortable seating and well kept. We enjoyed the Tenors of Rock, Vocalist Nik Page, Queens of Rhythms and Garonway Thorn. There was a range of free films available on the tv in the room and the talks by Prof. Alan Fishman were absolutely first class.

The general standard of service on the ship we would rate as first class with the exception of the cruise sales office and the shop staff. High standards do come at a price, however, bar prices are expensive, shore excursions are excessive and we felt that there was a tad too much 'hard sell: nickle and dime no! dollars and 20 dollars yes!

Ports. Refused to pay Celebrity's excessive prices and did our own thing but you certainly have to do your homework and don't expect Celebrity to give the independent traveler any information, including two of our port calls were on public holidays!

Santorinni

Well organised Tender; only 10 min wait. Got to harbour, huge line for Funicular so bought local tour - boat ride to Oia, bus into town and then bus back to Firma. Good value at 15E. An enjoyable and interesting trip

Athens

Day1

Walked to dock gates. Took bus no.843 to Piraeus metro and bought 24 hr ticket for metro & buses for around 4E. Metro easy to navigate and announcements in English as well as Greek. Visited Syntagma square, National gardens, Acropolis Museum (Brilliant!) and Metaxa (Great views!). Then back to ship. Never waited more than 5 mins for metro or bus. Great day

Day2

Whoops! Research lets us down. Today is Greek Good Friday so not a lot open until midday. Would have been nice if Celebrity had told us. Inexpensive trip in and at least we know where the National Archaeological Museum is for next time.

Mykonos

Free shuttle into Mykonos: Celebrity misses at trick! Took boat to Delos. Superb site, fantastic day out. Not cheap but much cheaper than you know who.

Kusadasi

Used an independent tour company to visit Ephesus. Worth the trip but didn't enjoy as much as Delos. Have a real problem with Turkish sales ethos; no chance of browsing just hard sell, so bought nothing.

Bodrum

Pretty port. Pleasant walk to Castle 30TL to get in. No Euros accepted. Well worth a good look. Great views, interesting exhibits but be aware that they close some of the exhibits for Lunch. Inexpensive supermarket opposite terminal.

Souda

Another public holiday. short walk around port. nice square and friendly locals. Could have got frequent local bus into Chania but not sure what would have been open.

Naples

Went to Herculaneum this time. Tram No1 (buy tickets at news kiosk across road from port) to railway station. Then train to Ercolano Scavi. Walk through town (well signposted) to ruins. Highly recommended. Worth buying a map: 2E plus the 11E entry.
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Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah (partially obstructed view)
Cabin 2C 6279
Great cabin, which was well maintained by our excellent steward. Nice bathroom with superb shower and ergonomic night light. Reasonable storage space but maybe needs a few more drawers. Cabin has partially restricted view which wasn't a problem for us: you can see over the lifeboat without any problem, however there was a fair bit of outside noise from the open deck below, some of it in the very early morning as the staff went about their business.
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  • Athens (Piraeus)
    Athens
    Day1
    Walked to dock gates. Took bus no.843 to Piraeus metro and bought 24 hr ticket for metro & buses for around 4E. Metro easy to navigate and announcements in English as well as Greek. Visited Syntagma square, National gardens, Acropolis Museum (Brilliant!) and Metaxa (Great views!). Then back to ship. Never waited more than 5 mins for metro or bus. Great day
    Day2
    Whoops! Research lets us down. Today is Greek Good Friday so not a lot open until midday. Would have been nice if Celebrity had told us. Inexpensive trip in and at least we know where the National Archaeological Museum is for next time.
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  • Bodrum
    Bodrum
    Pretty port. Pleasant walk to Castle 30TL to get in. No Euros accepted. Well worth a good look. Great views, interesting exhibits but be aware that they close some of the exhibits for Lunch. Inexpensive supermarket opposite terminal.
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  • Ephesus
    Kusadasi
    Used an independent tour company to visit Ephesus. Worth the trip but didn't enjoy as much as Delos. Have a real problem with Turkish sales ethos; no chance of browsing just hard sell, so bought nothing.
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  • Naples
    Naples
    Went to Herculaneum this time. Tram No1 (buy tickets at news kiosk across road from port) to railway station. Then train to Ercolano Scavi. Walk through town (well signposted) to ruins. Highly recommended. Worth buying a map: 2E plus the 11E entry.
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  • Santorini
    Santorinni
    Well organised Tender; only 10 min wait. Got to harbour, huge line for Funicular so bought local tour - boat ride to Oia, bus into town and then bus back to Firma. Good value at 15E. An enjoyable and interesting trip
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