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This cruise was chosen to celebrate our friends Golden Wedding anniversary, which was 2nd July. We have cruised many times but not with Celebrity before. We flew easyjet from Gatwick and our friends flew Monarch from Birmingham. If booking a fly cruise with Celebrity you are not able to access your flight carrier details until 10days before your sail date. We would normally purchase extra legroom seats, as my husband is 6'4" and were concerned that standard seat pitch would be a problem. However,for the relatively short flight to Rome of 2hours, it was manageable. Celebrity are very organised at Rome airport and from collecting our luggage there were representatives at various areas directing cruise passengers to the luggage drop off area and then onto the transfer coach. About a 1hour transfer to Civitavecchia port. Usual registration process was swift. This is to register debit/credit cards, photo ID and issuing of Seapass cards. We were on board and able to go up to the Oceanview Cafe for something to drink. Cabin 6219 deluxe balcony grade 2B. Well appointed cabin above the outside seating area for Sushi on 5. This was also a designated smoking area, which we hadn't realised,but we didn't find this to be a problem in any way and the smell of smoke didn't drift to our cabin. Very comfortable queen size bed, situated by the sliding doors to the balcony. (Our friends were next door in 6217 and their bed was in the centre of the cabin with the drawers/dressing table next to the balcony doors.) Two large cupboards above the bed, a small, shelved unit either side of the bed. 3 deep drawer unit with 32" interactive tv above. The hairdryer and interactive keypad is in the dressing table drawer. Ample power outlets. The bathroom was a good size with lots of storage. A sliding door shower with soap but this grade a cabin does not get shower gel as standard only shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, however we asked for some and our lovely steward Mohamed gave us some and continued to keep us supplied. No cotton buds or cotton wool balls but we had taken some anyway. There is a night light in the bathroom, what a great idea, wish other cruise lines would take note. Food. We had breakfast and dinner in the Opus dining room and we were select dining. Lots of passengers reserved a table each day but we turned up around 7pm and were always given a table for 4 without ever waiting. The food was good and there were several choices always available (steak,salmon) if the a la crate menu didn't tempt you. We were pleasantly surprised that portions were not too large but for anyone who wanted more you only had to ask. For our friends anniversary we booked Murano and we were not disappointed. Very attentive waiters, lovely area and excellent food, we had a memorable evening. The waiter served a cake at the end of our meal, very thoughtful. Entertainment. Every night there is music played in the Grand Foyer. It is very loud and resonates through all the bars in this area. It's not easy to have a conversation without shouting. How the crew at the Guest Relations desk hear on the telephone I don't know! The music is moved at 11.30pm to Skylounge so why not have it there anyway? We went to nearly every show in Reflection Theatre and enjoyed them all. The Reflection team are very a talented and professional troupe. The rest of the entertainment were mainly British, comedians, tribute acts and singers. The Ukrainian violinist was amazing what a shame the theatre wasn't full, a very talented young lady. Reflection. A beautiful ship and the crew were wonderful. So many nationalities and they seemed genuinely happy. My friend and I were particularly impressed with the cleanliness on the ship, especially the ladies loos!! An attendant cleaned constantly. Cotton towels were supplied for drying your hands and the lovely attendants even pressed the automatic door button on exit. Am I just easily pleased or what? There is so much negative press about cruise ships and noro virus, well, on Reflection you can only blame thoughtless passengers not the ship if an outbreak happens. Debarkation. Very organised process debarking so many passengers. Easily found our luggage in the quayside area and found our coach back to Rome airport. The representative on the coach told us where our check in area was. This was a great help as Rome airport is, to say the least, chaotic. Overall experience. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise BUT we will not return as they have adopted an Evening Chic policy which basically means passengers can wear the same clothes every night because there is no effort made on the 2 Chic nights. We challenged the head waiter as to why a man on the table next to us was wearing jogging bottoms and unironed tee shirt? He said he had seen the man but decided not to embarrass him and spoke to him when he left the restaurant. Sorry but he should not have been shown to the table in the first place. We were in the minority wearing dinner suits and evening dress and from our point of view this is dropping standards. Celebrity is supposed to be a step up from Royal Caribbean but Royal Caribbean still have formal nights? Such a shame but we enjoy this aspect of cruise holidays and Reflection is such a friendly, beautiful ship and we would have definitely booked again if it wasn't for the evening chic change.

Wonderful Cruise, Shame About the Dress Codes

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by Devtom

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This cruise was chosen to celebrate our friends Golden Wedding anniversary, which was 2nd July. We have cruised many times but not with Celebrity before. We flew easyjet from Gatwick and our friends flew Monarch from Birmingham. If booking a fly cruise with Celebrity you are not able to access your flight carrier details until 10days before your sail date. We would normally purchase extra legroom seats, as my husband is 6'4" and were concerned that standard seat pitch would be a problem. However,for the relatively short flight to Rome of 2hours, it was manageable. Celebrity are very organised at Rome airport and from collecting our luggage there were representatives at various areas directing cruise passengers to the luggage drop off area and then onto the transfer coach. About a 1hour transfer to Civitavecchia port. Usual registration process was swift. This is to register debit/credit cards, photo ID and issuing of Seapass cards. We were on board and able to go up to the Oceanview Cafe for something to drink.

Cabin 6219 deluxe balcony grade 2B. Well appointed cabin above the outside seating area for Sushi on 5. This was also a designated smoking area, which we hadn't realised,but we didn't find this to be a problem in any way and the smell of smoke didn't drift to our cabin. Very comfortable queen size bed, situated by the sliding doors to the balcony. (Our friends were next door in 6217 and their bed was in the centre of the cabin with the drawers/dressing table next to the balcony doors.) Two large cupboards above the bed, a small, shelved unit either side of the bed. 3 deep drawer unit with 32" interactive tv above. The hairdryer and interactive keypad is in the dressing table drawer. Ample power outlets. The bathroom was a good size with lots of storage. A sliding door shower with soap but this grade a cabin does not get shower gel as standard only shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, however we asked for some and our lovely steward Mohamed gave us some and continued to keep us supplied. No cotton buds or cotton wool balls but we had taken some anyway. There is a night light in the bathroom, what a great idea, wish other cruise lines would take note.

Food. We had breakfast and dinner in the Opus dining room and we were select dining. Lots of passengers reserved a table each day but we turned up around 7pm and were always given a table for 4 without ever waiting. The food was good and there were several choices always available (steak,salmon) if the a la crate menu didn't tempt you. We were pleasantly surprised that portions were not too large but for anyone who wanted more you only had to ask. For our friends anniversary we booked Murano and we were not disappointed. Very attentive waiters, lovely area and excellent food, we had a memorable evening. The waiter served a cake at the end of our meal, very thoughtful.

Entertainment. Every night there is music played in the Grand Foyer. It is very loud and resonates through all the bars in this area. It's not easy to have a conversation without shouting. How the crew at the Guest Relations desk hear on the telephone I don't know! The music is moved at 11.30pm to Skylounge so why not have it there anyway? We went to nearly every show in Reflection Theatre and enjoyed them all. The Reflection team are very a talented and professional troupe. The rest of the entertainment were mainly British, comedians, tribute acts and singers. The Ukrainian violinist was amazing what a shame the theatre wasn't full, a very talented young lady.

Reflection. A beautiful ship and the crew were wonderful. So many nationalities and they seemed genuinely happy. My friend and I were particularly impressed with the cleanliness on the ship, especially the ladies loos!! An attendant cleaned constantly. Cotton towels were supplied for drying your hands and the lovely attendants even pressed the automatic door button on exit. Am I just easily pleased or what? There is so much negative press about cruise ships and noro virus, well, on Reflection you can only blame thoughtless passengers not the ship if an outbreak happens.

Debarkation. Very organised process debarking so many passengers. Easily found our luggage in the quayside area and found our coach back to Rome airport. The representative on the coach told us where our check in area was. This was a great help as Rome airport is, to say the least, chaotic.

Overall experience. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise BUT we will not return as they have adopted an Evening Chic policy which basically means passengers can wear the same clothes every night because there is no effort made on the 2 Chic nights. We challenged the head waiter as to why a man on the table next to us was wearing jogging bottoms and unironed tee shirt? He said he had seen the man but decided not to embarrass him and spoke to him when he left the restaurant. Sorry but he should not have been shown to the table in the first place. We were in the minority wearing dinner suits and evening dress and from our point of view this is dropping standards. Celebrity is supposed to be a step up from Royal Caribbean but Royal Caribbean still have formal nights? Such a shame but we enjoy this aspect of cruise holidays and Reflection is such a friendly, beautiful ship and we would have definitely booked again if it wasn't for the evening chic change.
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