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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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1,874 Reviews

Should have been better

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by timandjim

6 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View 7

We chose this cruise for the itinerary (Miami to early off in Villefranche), the price, and one past experience with Celebrity which was mostly positive.

The embarkation was smooth and efficient. Welcome buffet was good, and our stateroom was available earliest than usual. Our steward met us in the room, answered questions and began two weeks of excellent service. The room (deck 3, middle of ship) was smaller than some, but well laid out with plenty of storage. The bathroom was very good, with room in the shower to turn around.

The location was a real plus on the one very rough afternoon and evening. Quite stable even as the waves crashed against the window.

There was no clothesline in the shower which became important as the ship has no launderettes, a problem on a two week cruise. The ship laundry was very expensive and the full bag special at $50 was way overpriced.

The food in Opus, the main dining room was very good to excellent. The service was good as well. We did open seating and only had to wait twice for a two-top. The food upstairs was also good, but the layout was confusing. Open air seating on the aft deck was lovely.

We did not try any of the very expensive specialty restaurants nor did we buy the very expensive drinks package. One of us got the coffee/soda package which is worth the price for someone who likes good coffee.

The public spaces were the noisiest of any ship we have ever been on. Hard to get away from the constant loud music even in places promoted as quiet. Only outdoors on deck five was it quiet. Near the pool was constant loud music or very loud group activities. The bars which often provide respite were full of art auctions and other such activities.

The enrichment lectures were terrible. The lecturer on the Roman Empire (appropriate as the destination was Rome) did not know his subject, made lots of factual errors and tried to be funny. The Hollywood speaker was all about himself. The destination talks were pure sales pitches. No helpful information for those going ashore independently. On a seven sea day cruise enrichment is even more important. Celebrity failed this one.

With the exception of the singer who did a Judy Garland evening and one of the acrobats who was terrific, the guest entertainers were from mediocre to embarrassing. The production nights were loud, the choreography awful, the stories ridiculous. If one closed one's eyes it would have been difficult to,tell the shows apart save for the gender of the lead singer.

The entertainment in the foyer was better, particularly when dance music was played. Many people thoroughly enjoyed dancing.

Given that we did not like the entertainment it would have been helpful to have a wider selection of in-room movies and TV shows.

It was difficult to get information about our early departure, but in the event the staff were very helpful. It turned out to be the only tender port which made things more difficult, but the thirty or so of us who left did so first.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View 7

Smaller than some, but well laid out. Plenty of storage. Very good bathroom.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Beautiful town. Easily accessible from the ship. We did a trip to Granada on an earlier cruise and loved it.

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