We as a family are pretty new to the world of cruising holidays. This has been our third cruise. Celebrity Cruises was chosen completely at random and our first cruise was aboard the Celebrity Eclipse sailing from Southampton. We enjoyed the experience so much that we sailed the Eclipse again a couple of years later, again from Southampton
For this years Cruise we wanted to celebrate a very special anniversary so we decided to holiday on the Celebrity reflection for an Italy and Greek Island cruise. It was fun researching what the last and largest of the Solstice class ships had to offer. It was the Signature Suite that caught our attention, these suites looked amazing and came with a host of extras that were not available with the Concierge rooms that we had used on our previous sailings. We booked suite number 4111 and waited eagerly for the holiday to arrive.
The Reflection is an absolutely stunning looking ship, for those of you familiar with the Solstice Class this ship is the 5th and last and also the largest of the sister ships. If you have previously sailed on one of the sister ships then you would feel quite at home, I would say that about 90% of the ship would be familiar to you. It's the other 10% that makes the ship so special. An extra deck has been added so everything above deck 12 has been shunted up. Deck 12 on the sister ships contained cabins and the pool deck area. On the Reflection, deck 12 is now purely cabins. Deck 14 has the pool areas and the Signature Suites/Reflection Suite located on it.
The ship is very tastefully decorated and differs slightly from the other ships in it's colour schemes and choice of fittings. Everything is immaculate and nothing looks cheap or out of place. The usual abundance of art work can be found displayed all over the ship and this certainly adds a touch of elegance.
Signature Suite 4111 is located as I have previously explained forward on deck 14 and offers stunning and commanding views. The suites are totally private and can only be accessed by those holding a special sea pass to enter the private corridor.
The dining options are various and offer widely differing choices of food.
The Ocean View Café self service restaurant is located on deck 14 and takes up half of the deck space, it is absolutely enormous, it even spills out onto the open area at the back of the ship so you can eat your food in the open area if you so wish. The variety of dishes on offer is staggering. Hot, cold, spicy, savoury, salads and fruits are on offer and to make a decision on what to have is quite honestly very difficult. We found the food to be of excellent quality and we never had a disappointing meal on the entire trip.
There are the usual speciality restaurant's and these offer mouth watering food but with a cover charge.
The Murano specialises in French style cooking most of which is cooked at your table, I can highly recommend the Murano Lobster. Try it, you will not be disappointed.
The Tuscan Grill is an upmarket steak house based around Italian food, the steaks are absolutely amazing.
Qsuine is a qwerky restaurant that offers food from around the world but with an added twist that they have put their own spin on it. You order your food from an Ipad then just wait patiently for it to be delivered. A word of warning, go there hungry because you can just sit there for hours eating non stop.
Blu is a restaurant exclusively for those that have Aqua class suites. The food is excellent and leans towards the more healthy diet.
The four restaurant's mentioned above are also found on the sister ships.
The reflection has a couple of new places to eat and these can be found on deck 15.
The Porch offers a menu based around sea food and believe me it is absolutely mouth watering. Try out the seafood Tower.
The Lawn Club Grill is a place where you can go and literally grill your own meat. It is basically a large do it yourself BBQ area that is covered so you don't have to worry if the weather is inclement. You can if you wish, just order food and one of the cooks there will prepare it to your liking and bring it over to your table.
The small grill bar just over the pool area is still the same as the other ships and here you can grab yourself a hot dog or burger.
The main restaurant is slightly larger than on previous ships and once again offers the option of regular timed seating or select dining where you just turn up at a time that suits yourself. We used this option because we knew that we would not be using the restaurant every evening. I would recommend that you book earlier in the day because sometimes you did have to wait a little while for a table to become available. I must stress here that we never waited more than 10 minutes and found that it fitted our plans perfectly.
Luminae is a restaurant that is only available to suite class guests, the menu here changes daily and the food is absolutely stunning. It is located just off the main restaurant and if I remember correctly it seats about 100 people, so it offers a very cosy and comfortable atmosphere.
The level of service on the Reflection is outstanding and we found that the crew could never do enough for us. The ship was forever being cleaned and everything was kept completely spotless. It never ceased to amaze me how happy the crew appeared to be considering how hard they worked. It must be very difficult to work like that while all the while appearing happy and contented. I can only assume that the crew genuinely enjoyed what they were doing.
There is the usual array of activities on offer. Theatre, bands, disco, gym, comedy, smaller bands dotted around the ship, bingo, casino, deck games and activities, the spa area. The list goes on, there is so much to do and try out. I will not describe it all here because it would just take too long. Suffice to say that there is always something to do and you will always find entertainment that suits your taste.
The cruise we were on was a pretty hectic one as far as ports of call were concerned, there was only two sea days throughout the cruise the rest were all ports of call. This often led to a bewildering choice of whether we should go ashore or not. We decided early on that there were some must do's. Santorini, Mykonos, Pompeii. For these we went on an organised excursion. Certainly not the cheapest option but we found that it gave us exactly what we wanted. For the other ports of call we just made out minds up there and then to go ashore and explore under out own steam, this was a great and fun way of finding our way around and yes a much cheaper option than taken an organised excursion.
As I explained earlier, this cruise was a special anniversary cruise hence the reason why we booked the Signature Suite. I would just like to add a few extras of what you get with the suite.
Premium drinks package for all suite guests.
Unlimited use of the speciality restaurants for all suite gusts.
Unlimited use of the cabin's mini bar, which is complementary and restocked daily.
Unlimited Wi-Fi in the cabin. Great if you like to keep in touch with those at home or via social media etc.
Exclusive use of the Luminae restaurant and Michaels Club.
Ipad in room hooked up to a Bose sound system.
Priority embarkation and debarkation.
There are other perks but I will not list them all here, I think you get the idea of what is on offer.
Well, in summary this is a cruise that we will never forget. The weather was perfect, the room amazing, food to die for and a crew that genuinely seemed to enjoy serving you. The ship is outstanding and immaculately clean. Infact we enjoyed it so much that we have re-booked the same cabin for a cruise next year...I can't wait.
What an absolutely amazing suite. The two previous cruises we had were on board the Eclipse and were concierge class staterooms. We decided to upgrade to this suite for this particular cruise to celebrate a special anniversary. To say we were stunned is an understatement, the suite is over twice the size of cabins we had become used to. Shower and hot tub on the balcony, shower and hot tub in the bathroom, separate bedroom, beautiful sofa in the living area that converted into a comfortable double bed and enough drawer and closet space that you could ever want. Infact we never used all the space and there were a couple of drawers empty. Two massive flat screen televisions which were hooked up to Bose sound systems, it made viewing the tvs a delight (especially when watching films or listening to music) We had friends who had travelled with us, celebrate our anniversary in the cabin. In total there were 7 people in the cabin and there was still room to spare, such is the space you get with this suite. The balcony is vast, and again all 7 of us spent time on the balcony and there was easily room for more. The hot tub and shower are an excellent feature on the balcony and it is a sublime experience soaking in hot bubbly water while watching the world go by. The cabin is located on deck 14, so the views from all the way up there are absolutely amazing. The décor of the suite is beautiful and tasteful, nothing is cheap looking and the suite was so easy to relax in. One feature of the bathroom which is very neat is the glass panel that you can see through into the bedroom or vice versa. At the flick of a switch the glass become opaque so you can’t see through it, so most importantly nobody can see you having a shower or bath etc. We never tired of switching the glass on and off. Of course all this comfort and space does come at a price, but if you want the luxury that this suite offers for a special occasion then I would highly recommend that you pay the extra for it. You will not be disappointed. If privacy is a factor for you on your cruise then again these suites will not disappoint. The 5 Signature suites are located on deck 14 in a private location on the ship. You have to use your pass card to gain access to a private corridor before you actually enter your cabin. We never heard any noise at all throughout the cruise even though most nights there was music and dancing in the observation lounge which is situated right next door. The area really is that private and quiet. The mini bar is a little larger than other cabins we have been in and there is also a separate chill cabinet for more bottle of beer/water. There is also a separate wine cooler for those that like to have a tipple of the grape variety. Several bottles can be stored and plenty of glasses are supplied to match whatever it is you are drinking at the time. The ceilings in the suite are very high and give the suite that extra airy feeling, huge glass wall to ceiling windows also add to that extra space feeling and allow a lot of light into the cabin. There is only one way out onto the balcony and that is through the door from the living area, the large sliding door is very light to use and it is very easy to slide the door open or shut. Heavy curtains hang along the whole length of the window areas and these can be pulled back to maximise the amount of light that you want to let into the suite area, the curtains are also lined with an inner net curtain. The large heavy curtain can be pulled back while allowing you to pull the net across the windows, this allows for light to enter the rooms but helps to filter out any strong sunlight from coming into the rooms, this allows for the rooms to be cool and bright. Air conditioning and heating are also available throughout the whole suite, if you are finding it a bit warm then close the windows and crank up the air conditioning. The system works very well and cools the rooms down quickly. Similarly, if you are feeling a bit cold then just turn up the heating. The heating and cooling system works extremely well and is very easy to use. There are plenty of light switches in evidence and these control a multitude of lights found throughout the suite. All of these also work on dimmer switches so you can find the perfect balance of lighting to suit your mood or likes. In summary the Signature Suites are beautiful rooms and are perfect for relaxing in or entertaining if you so wish. The extra space really does make them a special place to be in. They may not be affordable to most, but if you can spare the extra to upgrade then give these suites a try. You will not be disappointed.
Great, pretty little port area. We booked an overnight stay before and after the cruise in the Hotel Dell a Ville. Just what we wanted, clean and located very close to the cruise terminal.
Lovely place but very busy, we found a lovely little sea front restaurant and ate some delicious Greek food whilst watching the world go by.
Did our own thing here. I found Athens to be a little grubby and run down.
Beautiful place a great for strolling around.
Can not rate this due to the fact that we stayed on-board during this port of call.
Another beautiful place to stroll around, beware of sellers at every opportunity trying to entice you into their shops.
Absolutely fascinating, we had a very informative guide. Will deffo do this again given the opportunity.View All 504 Pompeii Walking Tour Reviews