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We had an absolutely wonderful time on our Western Mediterranean cruise on board the Reflection! It was my husband's first cruise on Celebrity (and only second cruise overall), and we took the trip to celebrate our milestone birthdays this year along with our anniversary. We flew into Rome 3 days before embarkation to explore the city, which was wonderful but simply not enough time to see all Rome had to offer! We took a train from Rome Termini to Civitavecchia, which was very easy and convenient. We didn't see signs for where to catch a bus to the port, so after about 10-15 minutes of walking we caught a free shuttle that took us over to another shuttle that took us to the ship. Embarkation was a breeze, and within about 15 minutes we were on board with champagne in our hands (a wonderful welcome to a Celebrity cruise!) The ship is in great shape, well decorated, and it seemed it was constantly being cleaned all over. There were no shortage of friendly workers able to offer a hand at every turn. Our balcony cabin was larger than expected, and we had plenty of space to enjoy the next 11 days. For dining we ate in the main dining room (MDR) most nights (select dining) but we did purchase a 4-dinner package in the specialty restaurants. I must say, while the selections weren't always very varied in the MDR, the food was always prepared perfectly, and came out hot to order. We ate in Tuscan Grille one of our first nights on board, and loved it so much we went back a second night! Only complaint is it was way too much food! Qsine was an interesting experience in terms of the presentation of the food, but I didn't find it too spectacular otherwise, and Lawn Club Grille was a bit of a bummer with our steaks very overcooked, although the wait staff made up for it with their attitudes and surprising us with a cake for our anniversary. We only attended two shows, and I can say they were geared towards the older audience on board, but were entertaining. The cruise was very port-intensive so we did not attend a ton of activities on board, but we always felt there was something going on and were never bored. I enjoyed listening to various live music around the ship in the evenings, there was always one or two musicians playing at any given time. We only took one Celebrity-shore excursion in Villefranche to the Eze Medieval Village, due to difficultly in arranging transportation there ourselves, but otherwise we planned our days in port alone or with others through Cruise Critic and found the cities to be easy to navigate. One complaint would be the shuttle fees various ports charged to the city center, I felt that Celebrity should just roll those into the taxes and fees so we are none the wiser and don't have to worry about it out of pocket as we're getting off the ship. Disembarkation was equally as smooth as embarkation, we found our bags easily, got a shuttle and then a bus to the train station and took the train to the FCO airport outside of time, very easy to navigate and figure out on our own. In all it was a great cruise, with wonderful passengers and staff, and we look forward to cruising Celebrity in the future!

Fantastic Celebratory Cruise!

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by lukaaj12

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We had an absolutely wonderful time on our Western Mediterranean cruise on board the Reflection! It was my husband's first cruise on Celebrity (and only second cruise overall), and we took the trip to celebrate our milestone birthdays this year along with our anniversary.

We flew into Rome 3 days before embarkation to explore the city, which was wonderful but simply not enough time to see all Rome had to offer! We took a train from Rome Termini to Civitavecchia, which was very easy and convenient. We didn't see signs for where to catch a bus to the port, so after about 10-15 minutes of walking we caught a free shuttle that took us over to another shuttle that took us to the ship. Embarkation was a breeze, and within about 15 minutes we were on board with champagne in our hands (a wonderful welcome to a Celebrity cruise!)

The ship is in great shape, well decorated, and it seemed it was constantly being cleaned all over. There were no shortage of friendly workers able to offer a hand at every turn. Our balcony cabin was larger than expected, and we had plenty of space to enjoy the next 11 days.

For dining we ate in the main dining room (MDR) most nights (select dining) but we did purchase a 4-dinner package in the specialty restaurants. I must say, while the selections weren't always very varied in the MDR, the food was always prepared perfectly, and came out hot to order. We ate in Tuscan Grille one of our first nights on board, and loved it so much we went back a second night! Only complaint is it was way too much food! Qsine was an interesting experience in terms of the presentation of the food, but I didn't find it too spectacular otherwise, and Lawn Club Grille was a bit of a bummer with our steaks very overcooked, although the wait staff made up for it with their attitudes and surprising us with a cake for our anniversary.

We only attended two shows, and I can say they were geared towards the older audience on board, but were entertaining. The cruise was very port-intensive so we did not attend a ton of activities on board, but we always felt there was something going on and were never bored. I enjoyed listening to various live music around the ship in the evenings, there was always one or two musicians playing at any given time.

We only took one Celebrity-shore excursion in Villefranche to the Eze Medieval Village, due to difficultly in arranging transportation there ourselves, but otherwise we planned our days in port alone or with others through Cruise Critic and found the cities to be easy to navigate. One complaint would be the shuttle fees various ports charged to the city center, I felt that Celebrity should just roll those into the taxes and fees so we are none the wiser and don't have to worry about it out of pocket as we're getting off the ship.

Disembarkation was equally as smooth as embarkation, we found our bags easily, got a shuttle and then a bus to the train station and took the train to the FCO airport outside of time, very easy to navigate and figure out on our own.

In all it was a great cruise, with wonderful passengers and staff, and we look forward to cruising Celebrity in the future!
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Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Cabin 2B
Cabin was well-appointed with a ton of storage space and a large bathroom. Balcony was private and quiet.
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