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We wanted to see the Greek Isles and more of Italy since we had only had 1 other trip to Italy 6 years ago. We choose Celebrity for the wonderful reputation the line has, as this was our first cruise with them. The ship was large but never seemed too crowded. Getting on and off for tours was a breeze, even though we booked all of our port tours on our own and not through the ship (way less expensive that way and much smaller groups). Since we were in a Concierge stateroom, we had the first embarkation time slot of 11:30 with lunch in the main dining room. That was nice as we were moved right through in a flash. This class of service is till the basic balcony stateroom, with a few extras like getting on first in a special line, afternoon appetizers in our stateroom (fruit and 4 small canapes - nice touch but not the best), welcome champagne in our room, special concierge, and a few small gift items. We got the Concierge level room for the same price as balcony, so these perks did not cost us more. I don't think I would have paid extra for it otherwise. We did get 2 offers by email before the cruise from Celebrity for better prices for specialty dining and photos that we bought. They were also offering a deal the first day for specialty dining that was good. Our deal was for 3 nights at any of the specialty restaurants for basically the price of 2 nights. Most charged $50-$35 per person per night. They are all wonderful, but the main dining room had wonderful food and at no extra cost. The photo deal was an all inclusive price for prints and digital downloads of every picture they took on board and when leaving for ports each time. We ended up with 177 - 8x10 and 5x7 photos (less than $1.38 each for $244). We felt like this was a great deal since we never have photos made and don't want to book a photographer, pay a sitting fee, and then pay $$$ for each photo. And thankfully, we had many wonderful ones to remember our cruise! If we had just bought individual photos from them onboard, they would have cost $25 or $15 each!!! OUCH! The one extra we did not do is buy a drink package! Those were $65 per person for each adult in the cabin for premium drinks ($65 x 10 x 2 = $1,300) or less for the other packages ($50, $35). With 7 ports we were out all day and back in time for dinner, so we just had maybe 2 drinks before or during dinner on those days. At sea days we may have had 3-4 drinks each, but still only owed less than $200 at cruise end and did not feel like we had deprived ourselves. Drink costs - 2 martinis from the Martini Bar (which were fabulous) cost $28 with 18% service charge added, beers were $6-8, plus tips to give an example. Most of the cruisers we got to know onboard that had the drink package received it as a perk when they purchased their cruise, which might have been a good deal for them. But since we got a fantastic deal on our stateroom through RCI as far as total price, we were happy not to spend an extra $1,300 on booze. We also did not purchase any internet package as they are also high. We just used free wifi while in ports or used text messages on our international phone plane we bought before we left for Europe. This ship was spotless, the staff and crew were very friendly and visible, and the food overall was great. We never used room service so I can't speak on it, but our room steward was fantastic...not intrusive, but so personable and willing to please (Mohamed on Deck 9, cabin 9285). Pros - easy boarding & leaving for port tours, clean ship, friendly staff & crew, no smoking in casino and only in designated areas, great food Cons - slow service in specialty restaurants, large tour groups without headsets to hear guides, high prices for drinks & internet, need for more drawer storage in cabins.

Wonderful cruise through Italy & Greek Isles

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by StreakedBlonde

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We wanted to see the Greek Isles and more of Italy since we had only had 1 other trip to Italy 6 years ago. We choose Celebrity for the wonderful reputation the line has, as this was our first cruise with them. The ship was large but never seemed too crowded. Getting on and off for tours was a breeze, even though we booked all of our port tours on our own and not through the ship (way less expensive that way and much smaller groups). Since we were in a Concierge stateroom, we had the first embarkation time slot of 11:30 with lunch in the main dining room. That was nice as we were moved right through in a flash.

This class of service is till the basic balcony stateroom, with a few extras like getting on first in a special line, afternoon appetizers in our stateroom (fruit and 4 small canapes - nice touch but not the best), welcome champagne in our room, special concierge, and a few small gift items. We got the Concierge level room for the same price as balcony, so these perks did not cost us more. I don't think I would have paid extra for it otherwise.

We did get 2 offers by email before the cruise from Celebrity for better prices for specialty dining and photos that we bought. They were also offering a deal the first day for specialty dining that was good. Our deal was for 3 nights at any of the specialty restaurants for basically the price of 2 nights. Most charged $50-$35 per person per night. They are all wonderful, but the main dining room had wonderful food and at no extra cost. The photo deal was an all inclusive price for prints and digital downloads of every picture they took on board and when leaving for ports each time. We ended up with 177 - 8x10 and 5x7 photos (less than $1.38 each for $244). We felt like this was a great deal since we never have photos made and don't want to book a photographer, pay a sitting fee, and then pay $$$ for each photo. And thankfully, we had many wonderful ones to remember our cruise! If we had just bought individual photos from them onboard, they would have cost $25 or $15 each!!! OUCH!

The one extra we did not do is buy a drink package! Those were $65 per person for each adult in the cabin for premium drinks ($65 x 10 x 2 = $1,300) or less for the other packages ($50, $35). With 7 ports we were out all day and back in time for dinner, so we just had maybe 2 drinks before or during dinner on those days. At sea days we may have had 3-4 drinks each, but still only owed less than $200 at cruise end and did not feel like we had deprived ourselves. Drink costs - 2 martinis from the Martini Bar (which were fabulous) cost $28 with 18% service charge added, beers were $6-8, plus tips to give an example. Most of the cruisers we got to know onboard that had the drink package received it as a perk when they purchased their cruise, which might have been a good deal for them. But since we got a fantastic deal on our stateroom through RCI as far as total price, we were happy not to spend an extra $1,300 on booze. We also did not purchase any internet package as they are also high. We just used free wifi while in ports or used text messages on our international phone plane we bought before we left for Europe.

This ship was spotless, the staff and crew were very friendly and visible, and the food overall was great. We never used room service so I can't speak on it, but our room steward was fantastic...not intrusive, but so personable and willing to please (Mohamed on Deck 9, cabin 9285).

Pros - easy boarding & leaving for port tours, clean ship, friendly staff & crew, no smoking in casino and only in designated areas, great food

Cons - slow service in specialty restaurants, large tour groups without headsets to hear guides, high prices for drinks & internet, need for more drawer storage in cabins.
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Concierge Class
Cabin C3 9285
Typical small size for balcony cabin, outside balcony was large enough though. Small bathroom with very small shower, lots of storage in bathroom though. Cabin attendant kept room very clean & bed was comfortable enough. We did have to ask for different pillows though...the feather ones were just too flat!
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