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We chose this cruise partly for the ports and also because we had been with celebrity before. The ship was spotless and the staff, particularly the cabin and restaurant staff extremely helpful. Our cabin was spacious and had plenty of storage. We had a window and I particularly enjoyed being able to lie on the comfortable bed and look out. Embarkation at Rome was efficient but disembarkation was a little haphazard. We had to ask numerous times where to pick up the shuttle bus to the entrance of the port. We spent a couple of nights in Rome as part of the trip along with about 60 other passengers. The hotel was satisfactory apart from not opening the restaurant on a Sunday night. Transfer to the ship very efficient. We did find the standard of food in the main restaurant had deteriorated. The choice had gone down and the meals were very similar each night. Sometimes the portions were extremely small. We did not try the speciality restaurants this time. The Oceanview cafe was consistently good with plenty of variety and although it was often very busy it was always possible to get a seat. We enjoyed the cafe al bacio and found the service there much better than previous cruises. It wasn't as busy either. The Lawn Club is ok but the bar is always slow and it is the place where everyone smokes so we tended to avoid it. If you look you can usually find a place to sit which suits you. The pool area gets very crowded and noisy with loud music etc but the solarium and other .decks are quieter. The entertainment was a bit like the curate's egg - good in parts. We enjoyed Jane Curry and the Macdonald brothers plus the violinist and juggler. The house dancers and acrobats were talented but the themes behind their shows were baffling. We did not use the shore excursions as we found them very expensive. And found information for people not on the excursions sketchy. We weren't told there was a shuttle bus in one port for example. Information on the tannoy was difficult to hear. It sounds as though I am complaining a lot but I am not! We enjoyed the cruise and met some very interesting people. The weather was beautiful. We found the Greek ports friendly and welcoming. The Turkish ones were spoiled by the constant hassle by traders but they are desperate as their tourist industry had declined. There is one other thing we do not like is the constant sales pitch that goes on on board, for drinks packages, spa treatments etc etc We are not quite sure whether we would go again with celebrity. Perhaps.

Good but disappointing compared to last time

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by Rebecca cambridge

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We chose this cruise partly for the ports and also because we had been with celebrity before. The ship was spotless and the staff, particularly the cabin and restaurant staff extremely helpful. Our cabin was spacious and had plenty of storage. We had a window and I particularly enjoyed being able to lie on the comfortable bed and look out.

Embarkation at Rome was efficient but disembarkation was a little haphazard. We had to ask numerous times where to pick up the shuttle bus to the entrance of the port.

We spent a couple of nights in Rome as part of the trip along with about 60 other passengers. The hotel was satisfactory apart from not opening the restaurant on a Sunday night. Transfer to the ship very efficient.

We did find the standard of food in the main restaurant had deteriorated. The choice had gone down and the meals were very similar each night. Sometimes the portions were extremely small. We did not try the speciality restaurants this time. The Oceanview cafe was consistently good with plenty of variety and although it was often very busy it was always possible to get a seat. We enjoyed the cafe al bacio and found the service there much better than previous cruises. It wasn't as busy either.

The Lawn Club is ok but the bar is always slow and it is the place where everyone smokes so we tended to avoid it. If you look you can usually find a place to sit which suits you. The pool area gets very crowded and noisy with loud music etc but the solarium and other .decks are quieter.

The entertainment was a bit like the curate's egg - good in parts. We enjoyed Jane Curry and the Macdonald brothers plus the violinist and juggler. The house dancers and acrobats were talented but the themes behind their shows were baffling.

We did not use the shore excursions as we found them very expensive. And found information for people not on the excursions sketchy. We weren't told there was a shuttle bus in one port for example. Information on the tannoy was difficult to hear.

It sounds as though I am complaining a lot but I am not! We enjoyed the cruise and met some very interesting people. The weather was beautiful. We found the Greek ports friendly and welcoming. The Turkish ones were spoiled by the constant hassle by traders but they are desperate as their tourist industry had declined.

There is one other thing we do not like is the constant sales pitch that goes on on board, for drinks packages, spa treatments etc etc

We are not quite sure whether we would go again with celebrity. Perhaps.
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Ocean View
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Spacious . Spotlessly clean, comfortable bed and enough storage. Slight noise from engine at times when docking
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