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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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2nd time around

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by cruisingqueen62

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah 1A

Last year we did the Reflection June 17 Mediterranean sailing. The ship was beautiful and our cabin was great (Standard Balcony on the Hump). But i wrote a review on some of the obstacles we encountered and never heard back; i did the Silhouette out of FTL for New Years Eve; and again sent a review and no feedback. It seems pointless to ask for reviews by Celebrity but not to get back any response from them is unnerving. We did the Transatlantic Sailing on 4/22 again we had a Standard Balcony on the 6th floor with a Hump Balcony; no complaints on the location and room. More on that later. We had rough seas the last couple of days before reaching Tenerife; and even though my husband and i do not get seasick; there were a couple of folks that had a rough time. At dinner one night waves were hitting our window; i don't think the captain put the stabilizers. I have done 2 prior TA's and the one before on the Connie; which was a smaller ship and the ocean was always as smooth as a plate.

Port of calls were wonderful since we had not been to any of them except Barcelona and Rome; but we disembarked in Livorno to roam around Italy and France. Once again i feel that the cruise lines are nickel and diming us all; there was a special to buy the Beverage package about a month prior to the cruise; first time ever on a TA! but we do not drink enough to merit the amount charged...all in all since we are Elite we spent around $800 for both of us on the whole trip. Talking about Elite; i must say that it is embarrassing the way they go about giving their "free drinks" to us. First of all you have to go at a predetermined time (4-7) 2 bars only. The liquor offered is the cheapest available and the drinks are just bad! We used our coupons mostly on bottled water and went to the martini bar and bought our own drinks! It is a shame that the cruise lines don't take into consideration the amount of money one spends on cruising to reach a certain level to be treated so lowly that you have to have coupons and go at a special time to drink. If they are going to limit the drinks to 3 a piece why not put it on your card and let you drink them whenever you want! Just saying!! The other perks are good; breakfast at the Tuscan Grill (again nothing to brag about - pastries, cold cuts and the best part specialty coffee) We also made use of the laundry service which is great when you are on such a lengthy cruise and are trying to limit your suitcase size!!

Speaking of Drinks..they keep raising the prices to push people into buying the beverage package..again a shame for a cruise line like Celebrity. I think people are willing to pay a little bit more to go on this class ship and not feel like they are on Carnival or a party cruise.

We had dinner one time at the Tuscan Grill and was not happy with the new menu; the filet was a joke; and the explanation from the waiter did not help that it was because it came from the US instead of Europe where the cows are killed differently; lost him on that one!! In the past i have always enjoyed going to the Tuscan several nights; but in mho it was not worth the money; even though mid cruise we were invited to go to any specialty restaurant for the rest of the cruise at 50%. Not necessary; the food in the MDR was nothing to brag about but we always had the steak as a back up choice! The hostess at MDR 4th floor select dining was excellent (Anne) she always make sure to have our table ready for the same time and with the same wait staff; which were excellent..Shout out to table 488/9 - our Waiter, Eudel, Asst. Waiter Manuela, Beverage hostess Roxana, Wine Steward Enrike. Always greeted us by our names new what we like and make sure everything was taken car of.

Cruise director was good a young guy; can't remember his name but he was always around and made sure everyone was having a good time. Casino was ok; paid out some nights and there were not many people playing so i guess this was not good for the house!! I won the slot tournament; but only because only like 15 folks played! Lucky i guess. They did have several events everyday to entice folks to play but not happening!

All in all we had a great cruise met a wonderful family from UK which we will stay in touch with and it made dinners a lot more enjoyable with someone to exchange stories with! I will continue sailing on Celebrity; in fact have another one on the Equinox in July...but i sincerely hope that they do read these reviews and give us feedback!

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah 1A
Cabin 1A 6236

Our cabin was perfect! Close to the elevators and a terrific Balcony. Our attendant Akeelash was awesome! Make sure we had everything we needed. They don't put an ice bucket in the room but will bring one on request. He also brought us a large ice bucket to keep our wine chilled!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Awesome!! Great way to see the city and fun.

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Given by travel agency. 4 hour tour stopped in several places for pictures and it included a wine tasting. Had time to do our thing once done.

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Cartagena (Spain)

We did the museum and the Roman Theater and walked the city on our own. Had a nice lunch and headed back to the ship.

We have been before just wanted to stop at certain places and had lunch. Went back the next day to walk around and enjoy Churros!

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Had a rainy day; tender was not operating early due to weather. Came back early due to rain.

Florence (Livorno)

We disembarked here and went to Pisa to see the Tower and continued to La Spezia to Cinque Terre on our own.

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