Review of Celebrity Reflection cruise through the Greek Isles 29 Sep to 9 Oct 2017
My wife and I were on a 10 day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection from Civitavecchia (Rome) through the Greek Isles and return. The cruise was booked through Costco travel. My review will address the major areas of the cruise.
The cruise went from Civitavecchia to Messina, Malta, Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Athens,Naples and Civitavecchia. There were two sea days; between Malta and Rhodes and between Athens and Naples. The 7 ports of call meant maximum time to sightsee, with nights spent getting to the next port. Overall excellent. A suggestion for Celebrity would be to alter the itinerary so the sea days fall on Sunday. We left on a Friday, so Messina, sea day, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, sea day, Malta, Naples would have only Naples on a Sunday. We had Malta and Naples on Sunday. Much of the history of Europe revolves around its churches and losing two days because Malta and Sorrento churches were closed to us was disappointing.
We were in 8134, a veranda stateroom. We had a minimally obstructed view of the ocean at the side of the ship, but effectively had a complete oceanview. The room was well appointed, the bathroom was marvelous, the beds were comfortable.
Food and drink
We had the classic beverage package, which did not include canned soda. We had been led to believe that it would. This was a minor inconvenience, but one nonetheless.
We ate three meals at the Opus dining room. We had "select" dining, a no reservation option, but had no difficulty getting in the nights we went there. Because we had brought formal clothing, we attended the two formal nights, and one other night. We more enjoyed being in the Oceanview Café. The selection of foods was excellent, the quality of the food was generally excellent and we had the opportunity of going any time that was convenient for us. If I were to go on another Celebrity cruise I would probably not bring formal clothing, and just enjoy the Oceanview Café.
Our only tour was the tour to Sorrento on the day we were in Naples. The tour was quite good. We spent most of our time exploring Sorrento by ourselves, but having bus transportation and an explanation of what we were seeing made the experience more memorable. I cannot comment on any of the other tours. We planned ahead for the other ports of call and did walking tours on our own. Rick Steves' audio was helpful in some locations, particularly Athens.
We did not purchase Wi-Fi onboard. Wi-Fi is generally available at each of the ports in close proximity to the ship. In some cases it was available even as we were sitting on our veranda.
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We appreciated the efficiency of getting to so many tourist locations in such a short period of time. Malta and Rhodes were especially interesting, and probably low on the list of sights to see for many of the passengers. (4.5/5)