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.
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.