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Background - This was our fifth cruise together, one with Princess and the rest with Celebrity, where we sail about every other year. My wife selected the ship and date while I helped with the cabin and pricing. We skew toward an older demographic but do not like anything too sedate and prefer things that are a little more upscale without any pretense. Our goal for this cruise was to have lots of time with each other as I travel extensively for work and my wife splits her time between work and volunteering in the community so this is our together time without distractions and no internet. Celebrity will sell you a network connection but we declined. Our cabins in the past have in Aqua Class but we found that we did not use some of the amenities and did get tired of eating in Blu every night. For this voyage we tried Concierge Class for two reasons - it was less expensive than Aqua Class and it offered the right amount of useful amenities for us. The cost saving on the cruise allowed us to dine in four speciality restaurants and still come out ahead. Travel to Port Area - Departure was from Miami but we flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before using Southwest points then booked a Moveo ride to a hotel about 15 minutes from the port. Moveo was great from FLL to the hotel and the next morning we took a cab to the port arriving right around 11am. Embarkation - After dropping the bags with the porter we went through the layers of security in about 10 minutes then got into the correct line for our cabin class and walked right up to checkin. After the checkin process we went right on the ship and headed to Opus for lunch. Very smooth all around. General - Ship is in great condition and spotless plus all the staff we met were happy and helpful. The first leg of the trip was to San Juan and had a very strong headwind which made for a rough ride on the first two days. It was so bad they closed the Solarium pool as the wave action in the pool would empty one end overflow the other end. Even the crew remarked this was very rough for this time of year. Once we turned south the rest of the trip was much smoother. Some passengers reported motion sickness but I am immune to that and my wife said she felt woozy at times but it was tolerable. Cabin - 9271 Port side Aft The only difference I noticed between this cabin and one in Aqua is the shower in Aqua has more jets plus the provided soaps are a little nicer. Our bed was near the balcony. Being aft we felt movement of the ship when seas were rough and at times it work both of us up at night. Dining - We did not like Opus as the tables were close together and there is a high noise level which made conversations challenging. The food is good and varied and the wait staff is really tries but they do not seem to be empowered to fix problems. For the first two nights we ate at Qsine and Sushi on 5 then headed to Opus for the third night. Upon arrival the greeter sat us at our assigned table of 8 where the self-appointed leader of the table lit into us for failing to show up the past two nights and then began quizzing us about our political beliefs and educational background, "to see if we are smart enough to sit at the table". Not sure if she was crazy, intoxicated, both or something else. We politely excused ourselves from the table and requested to speak with someone about another table and was told to wait. We waited about ten minutes with no one talking to us then left. The next day one of the higher ups contacted us and profusely apologized stating that table was his trouble table and we should have been accommodated with a different table before confronting the troublemakers. He then gave us our choice of two speciality restaurants and moved us to Choice dining. So all told we enjoyed sampling each restaurant except for Lawn Club as the reservations had to moved due to high winds and found all of them great. Entertainment - We are not into production shows and more into music. Rick and Zoe were fantastic having a massive catalog of songs from different genres. The band Blind Vinyl was a poor cover band with the lead vocalist have terrible diction. The violin cello duo was very good and the solo guitar player was just OK. We are a little picky about music as we both have hobbies involving music. Most of our entertainment was being with each other and really connecting. Shore Excursions - Stayed on the ship in San Juan then in St Martin my wife did the Butterfly Tour which she really enjoyed while I went into town for a walk and lunch on the beach. In St Kitts we both did the 4x4 tour with the beach and enjoyed it very much. It is highly recommended on Trip Advisor and lives up to expectations. Disembarkation - We booked the Hop On Hop Off Miami tour that drops off at FLL. Tour was good except it rained a bit so we decided to head back to the transfer point early and get some lunch. The tour combines an overview of Miami with an airport drop off and is a good price plus it gets you off the ship quickly. We met at Central at 7:45am then was through processing and on the bus in 45 minutes. At 1pm another bus dropped us at the airport and we caught an Uber to our hotel before flying out Sunday morning. We like staying and extra day as that is less pressure on making a flight.

Reflection Eastern Caribbean April 15 Sailing

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by drd-aus

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Background - This was our fifth cruise together, one with Princess and the rest with Celebrity, where we sail about every other year. My wife selected the ship and date while I helped with the cabin and pricing. We skew toward an older demographic but do not like anything too sedate and prefer things that are a little more upscale without any pretense. Our goal for this cruise was to have lots of time with each other as I travel extensively for work and my wife splits her time between work and volunteering in the community so this is our together time without distractions and no internet. Celebrity will sell you a network connection but we declined.

Our cabins in the past have in Aqua Class but we found that we did not use some of the amenities and did get tired of eating in Blu every night. For this voyage we tried Concierge Class for two reasons - it was less expensive than Aqua Class and it offered the right amount of useful amenities for us. The cost saving on the cruise allowed us to dine in four speciality restaurants and still come out ahead.

Travel to Port Area - Departure was from Miami but we flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before using Southwest points then booked a Moveo ride to a hotel about 15 minutes from the port. Moveo was great from FLL to the hotel and the next morning we took a cab to the port arriving right around 11am.

Embarkation - After dropping the bags with the porter we went through the layers of security in about 10 minutes then got into the correct line for our cabin class and walked right up to checkin. After the checkin process we went right on the ship and headed to Opus for lunch. Very smooth all around.

General - Ship is in great condition and spotless plus all the staff we met were happy and helpful. The first leg of the trip was to San Juan and had a very strong headwind which made for a rough ride on the first two days. It was so bad they closed the Solarium pool as the wave action in the pool would empty one end overflow the other end. Even the crew remarked this was very rough for this time of year. Once we turned south the rest of the trip was much smoother. Some passengers reported motion sickness but I am immune to that and my wife said she felt woozy at times but it was tolerable.

Cabin - 9271 Port side Aft The only difference I noticed between this cabin and one in Aqua is the shower in Aqua has more jets plus the provided soaps are a little nicer. Our bed was near the balcony. Being aft we felt movement of the ship when seas were rough and at times it work both of us up at night.

Dining - We did not like Opus as the tables were close together and there is a high noise level which made conversations challenging. The food is good and varied and the wait staff is really tries but they do not seem to be empowered to fix problems. For the first two nights we ate at Qsine and Sushi on 5 then headed to Opus for the third night. Upon arrival the greeter sat us at our assigned table of 8 where the self-appointed leader of the table lit into us for failing to show up the past two nights and then began quizzing us about our political beliefs and educational background, "to see if we are smart enough to sit at the table". Not sure if she was crazy, intoxicated, both or something else. We politely excused ourselves from the table and requested to speak with someone about another table and was told to wait. We waited about ten minutes with no one talking to us then left. The next day one of the higher ups contacted us and profusely apologized stating that table was his trouble table and we should have been accommodated with a different table before confronting the troublemakers. He then gave us our choice of two speciality restaurants and moved us to Choice dining. So all told we enjoyed sampling each restaurant except for Lawn Club as the reservations had to moved due to high winds and found all of them great.

Entertainment - We are not into production shows and more into music. Rick and Zoe were fantastic having a massive catalog of songs from different genres. The band Blind Vinyl was a poor cover band with the lead vocalist have terrible diction. The violin cello duo was very good and the solo guitar player was just OK. We are a little picky about music as we both have hobbies involving music. Most of our entertainment was being with each other and really connecting.

Shore Excursions - Stayed on the ship in San Juan then in St Martin my wife did the Butterfly Tour which she really enjoyed while I went into town for a walk and lunch on the beach. In St Kitts we both did the 4x4 tour with the beach and enjoyed it very much. It is highly recommended on Trip Advisor and lives up to expectations.

Disembarkation - We booked the Hop On Hop Off Miami tour that drops off at FLL. Tour was good except it rained a bit so we decided to head back to the transfer point early and get some lunch. The tour combines an overview of Miami with an airport drop off and is a good price plus it gets you off the ship quickly. We met at Central at 7:45am then was through processing and on the bus in 45 minutes. At 1pm another bus dropped us at the airport and we caught an Uber to our hotel before flying out Sunday morning. We like staying and extra day as that is less pressure on making a flight.
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