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We, husband and I, in our mid 30s, booked this cruise back in October - based on the ports and a great package deal with our travel agent, a wine tasting cruise with an Oregon based winery. This is our 8th cruise, and 2nd with Celebrity, first time on the Reflection. As the time grew closer our cruise critic roll call thread was on fire! We had well over 130 pages of posts and the vibe in the roll was awesome - we were so looking forward to meeting everyone. We had a spread sheet set up with hundreds of comments and tours and shared excursions and such all allowing multiple people to update. We shared a taxi from the airport with a couple on our roll call and were at the cruise port at 1045am. We were through check in and on board within 15 minutes. We were given glasses of champagne upon embarkation - but then told we couldn't take the glasses in the elevator.... so there were a bunch of people standing in Deck 4 chugging champagne trying to catch the next elevator - it was funny - we took the stairs. We arrived at the Ocean View Café before they started serving lunch and were one of the first couples in the café. Lunch was great and were approached 3 times about upgrading our beverage package -although we had the premium package. We found all sorts of good food, including a chilled peach soup and a leg of lamb at the carving station. First impressions of the Reflection were A+. We walked around the ship learning the layout - as it's quite different from the Solstice in terms of the Solarium and Spa. We saw the crowds steadily increasing as the day went on. We jumped in the pool, then in the hot tubs and heard the announcement that staterooms were ready at 1 pm. We headed to room 7338 on the starboard side and saw our bags waiting for us right next to the door. :-) We met our room attendant - Rhonda - and she was amazing the entire holiday. We asked for ice - and it was never empty the entire 11 days. The room is well appointed - spacious, clean and neat. The bathroom was well thought out and the room was plenty big enough for all our stuff and suitcases. We went to the Aqua Spa and bought the Persian Garden pass for $159/pp including all gratuities. We then enjoyed the Persian Garden for the afternoon in the sauna, steam room and my favorite - the heated stone benches. We checked out the Fitness Center and were impressed by the size, location on the very front of the ship and the quality of the equipment. Muster drill around 4 - and we were crammed into Qusine - and lucky enough to have chairs as more and more people kept coming in. The cheesy video is the same we've seen for a few years now. Once the drill is over - that's the one and only time the ship felt crowded. We hoofed it from deck 5 up to deck 15 to the Sunset bar for Sailaway - and to meet our Roll Call friends. Sailaway and the Sunset bar was awesome - but the weather was turning wet. We had a tough time getting a drink, as the bar was mobbed - but not a big deal. We met most of our friends at the bar and set up a few last minute tours with others. We then went to the Sky Observation Lounge and met with our travel agent group for a welcome aboard reception. This lounge was very nice and floor to ceiling windows and nice furniture was in good repair. The food and drinks were great, and we were meeting so many awesome fellow cruisers. We headed to dinner after freshening up, and were escorted to our table - all the way in the back. We sat alone for 30 minutes, at a table for 6...then our seat mates arrived - but we didn't speak the same language, so needles to say, dinner was very quiet. We went to the Passport bar after dinner for drinks and listening to some nice music. We didn't see any shows - except for the comedian - really none of the other shows sounded interesting to us. Next morning - bright and early we were off the ship at 645am headed to Cinque Terre. The process for getting off the ship was smooth and efficient and we never waited to get off the ship. The ship provided a mandatory shuttle, as we were parked in a shipyard, and this shuttle was free - no one was allowed to walk into town. We met a group of DIY heading to Cinque Terre from the Roll Call. We purchased the all day train ticket online before our trip for the day we were in port. We shared a taxi to the train station, hopped on the train to the furthest of the five cities and worked our way back towards La Spezia. This was by far my favorite port on this cruise. Cinque Terre was so incredibly beautiful and fun, and we enjoyed the fellowship with the other people from our roll call. Back at the ship an hour or so before all aboard - no issues boarding the ship- again - fast and smooth. The had all sorts of waters awaiting us (orange infused water, cucumber water, grapefruit waters and so on, and cold towels - this was such a nice touch, as it was a hot and muggy afternoon and we walked over 15,000 steps exploring the five lands. At dinner on night 2, we inquired about switching our table and were promptly placed at an awesome table with two other couples - and we hit it off for the rest of the dinners - we were usually one of the last tables out of the dining room. Nice, France was a tender port. We met with a couple from our roll call who were suite guests and we got off the ship with them with no wait early in the morning. We split and Uber to the base of Eze, and hiked the Nietzsche Path with them. This was no easy hike - but was totally enjoyable and a great way to get to the town of Eze to where the shoppes and cafes are for a reasonable amount. We spent a few hours going around the narrow streets and walking up winding roads. We sampled some crepes and French breads and were impressed with both. We enjoyed people watching from the mountain side. Tendering back to the ship was fine- about 25 minutes, including the on and off times. The weather cleared up and I got some great photos of the ship as well as the French Rivera. This port was the prettiest port we pulled into. The Persian Garden was my happy place each and everyday. It was only crowded on the first day - and some people didn't realize it's supposed to be a quiet place - as I listened to a lady tell a stranger her entire life story in the sauna ( I was outside the sauna, lounging in the heated benches. Someone actually went into the sauna and asked her to keep it down - as everyone could hear her. The steam room was wonderful, sauna was hot and the cool room was first for me. Th herbal suite was nice too. I would spend 90-120 minutes in the Persian Garden each and every day - it was so nice to totally relax and unwind. We came back to our room to find a notice from the shore excursions desk - stating our Celebrity excursion in Barcelona (the next day) was cancelled. No information as to why, but a 15% off any other Barcelona excursion. (We had booked another Celebrity excursion in Gibraltar that was cancelled two months prior to the sailing). I was a little upset that they waited till the night before to inform us of the cancellation - as there were tons of tours our rollcall people were doing and filling that we would have jumped in on - but when we went to the shore excursion desk to see what was available - everything was sold out. This was really the only negative we encountered on the whole trip. That evening we were invited to the helipad for sailaway from Nice, and it was also Formal night (Chic night). We were dressed really well - and felt totally overdressed - as many people wore jeans and tees. Sailaway on the helipad was awesome - they provided champagne and some of the officers were out and about for people to speak with them and get some photos with them. Dinner in the Opus dining room was outstanding as always. Lamb, Prime rib, lobster, Pork Lion, Salmon and so one were features during the cruise - everything was very good to outstanding. Our server, Batiz, was over the top - he did everything he could to please us and was very friendly. This night they had a party on the pool deck and we stopped by to see some dancing, fancy, light up drinks being served and plenty of music playing. We danced for a short time and called it a night. Barcelona port was an overnight stop. To get to the city center it cost 5 euros per person, per day for round trip service. The bus dropped us off at Columbus circle. From there we explored on our own and sampled some local cuisine and headed back to a nearly empty ship. That evening the dining room was half full and service was slow, but, that's the nice thing about a cruise - no agenda, no hurry, no big deal. We enjoyed our table mates conversation and he headed to the lawn club and spread out a Celebrity provided blanket and read books as the sun set over Barcelona city scape, it was mostly cloudy however. We passed through the Ocean View Café this evening quite late on our way back from the Sunset Bar and discovered there were having a Barcelona Bazaar. They had TONS of locally acquired smoked meats, cheeses and desserts all local to Barcelona. Speaking to one of the chefs - most of these items were bought in a local Barcelona food market that day - this was really something to see and taste- we had some small samples here and there as we still were full from dinner in the Opus dining room. One of my favorite places for breakfast was the Aqua Spa Café - light fare and fresh made to order smoothies. This was my normal breakfast place before my trip to the spa. Another great spot for amazing Italian coffee was the coffee shop on Deck 5 - tons of coffees to chose from and each one I tried was fantastic. Our second morning in Barcelona we headed out with a couple from cruise critic to do a self booked "secret food tour Barcelona." We caught an Uber to a central Metro station (not using the 5euro shuttle) to meet our tour. This tour was great and I highly recommend it. We headed back onboard and went to the Spa and used the hot tubs - nearly empty public spaces and plenty of sun chairs for everyone. The bar service was average in speed and availability. Each bar carried some things that could only get there, at that bar - and by day 5 we were starting to figure out which ones we had to visit. The next day was our first of two sea days on an 11 day cruise. This afternoon the pool deck and Solstice deck were filling up until noon time. We saw some, not a ton, but many chair hogs - reserving their loungers for hours before they are used. We found a canopy in the Solarium and stayed there for hours together, napping, snacking and watching the ocean pass by. It was so relaxing and enjoyable, and this little 'basket canopy' was semi private and enjoyable. We were very impressed with the friendliness of all the crew on the ship -each one would stop, look at us, and say pleasantly - good morning or good day ect. We loved chatting with a few that we would see everyday, and we got to know them - where they are from - when they get to see their families again , are they getting off the ship on the next port, ect. Speaking of that - the ship was so clean - and bright - everywhere we looked we could see someone cleaning. All the public areas were clean, the spa was cleaned and refreshed multiple times during the day, our stateroom was freshened up every time we left the room. We were pleased to see the pride the crew takes in the ship. We had a wine tasting and a behind the scenes tour of the wine tower on the sea day as well - both were fun and the tower tour was awesome to learn about. We also did an outstanding cabin crawl - organized by a great gal in our roll call - this was a great way to meet others from the roll call and see other cabin categories. Next port was Malaga, Spain. A 4Euro pp shuttle was offered to take guests to the town. We chose to walk, it was only a 20 minute walk to the beach and shops. We had no formal plans here, we found a leafy palm tree on the beach, and spent the afternoon at the beach and strolling the boardwalk. We caught a late lunch at the Ocean View Café and were again impressed by the choices and quality of the food there. Tons of desserts, ice creams, salads, soups, breads, meats, carving station, Mexican choices, Asian choices, grill station (burgers, chicken and steaks cooked to order) pizza choices and fruits. We never had a bad meal here or anywhere. The menu changed daily, but some choices were there for the entire week. Gibraltar was our next port and we met with some roll call people for a 3 hour tour of the Rock of Gibraltar. There was 8 us and we got an early start. We met our driver right on the pier and we were off. This was such a fascinating place and enjoyed this tour so much. We saw, and drove over, the road/airport runway, all around. under, through and over the Rock. We saw the monkeys, the Pillars of Hercules, saw Africa, walked though the caves (AWESOME), the WWII siege tunnels, saw the 100 ton gun, Europa point and the light house. We seemed to be one step ahead of the crowds and saw so much in such a short time. It was amazing and we had a good group. We sailed away from Gibraltar at 2 pm, making our day very short - but still was such a great day- I'd love go come back there again! We had another wine tasting today at the Tuscan Grill and saw dolphins playing in the wake of the ship! This was incredible and they followed us for almost an hour, we were seated right at the window and the windows are at the very aft of the ship and we saw multiple calves and full grown dolphins. Next stop was Cartagena, Spain. This was a beautiful stop - parked right next to a marina. This was a very walkable town - we did a self walking tour around the city, and found lots of things to explore, the roman ruins, the old tower, some bull ring remains and some peacocks, they were just roaming around looking for food. This port was very nice - and the cleanest of all the ports we visited. The streets were made of marble. We stopped at the Spanish Naval Museum, within sight of the cruise ship - not more than a quarter mile from the ship. We stopped here for some snacks and some trinkets from Spain. On our way back to the ship the little visitors center was open right outside the ship and they had very nice maps and such - those would have been handy on the way out - but we left very early - before 8am, so the center wasn't open yet. There was a catamaran sailboat that had hourly tours that left from the same marina and I believe it as 11 Euro/pp. We didn't do this, but saw lots of people going. The ship sure looked good in this setting - lots of crew members painting the hull and washing the balconies. The Reflection just gleamed. We attended the Captains' Cocktail Hour this evening and Capt. Demetrious was funny and personable. I cruised with his brother on the Solstice last May and they were so alike. The Captain gave a power point presentation on the last sea day and he was hilarious! We enjoyed that very much, we learned about him, about the ship and about Celebrity as a cruise line. I recommend this presentation if you get a chance. Ibiza was our next and final port stop before heading home to Rome. We booked with SailingDivingIbiza for a private 8 hr sailing excursion on the owners personal home and sailboat. This was definitely a highlight for us. We sailed from Ibiza to Formentera and then back again. Once back onboard we missed dinner by a few minutes and went to the Ocean View Café for dinner and we were not disappointed. Dinner here was great - fast bar service, good food and a great view as we sailed away from Ibiza. The sunset was beautiful. Our last day on the cruise was at sea and full of activities. Our travel agent set up a private tour of the galleys with the executive chef and then a wine pairing luncheon at the Tuscan Grille. These were both wonderful, and the food at the Tuscan Grille was outstanding. We went to the Persian Gardens, swam in the Solarium, danced in the Centrum, attended the Captains' PowerPoint, did some trivia and spent some time in the casino. We had a hammock hung on our balcony and I spent a few hours in the late afternoon napping. We then began packing and getting ready to leave our great ship. We had a lovely dinner again (as always) and spent a few hours at the Sunset Bar enjoying ourselves and meeting some great people. Last morning -Disembarkation- We chose to self-disembark, since we only had one large bag each and one small carryon between the two of us. We walked down to deck 4, walked out and were waiting for our transfer to the airport (booked with roll call people, a group of 8) with in 10 minutes. It was literally the quickest and easiest disembarkation we've ever had. No customs to go through since all the ports were in the EU. Overall - an outstanding cruise. An A rating for everything. The ship was clean, well maintained, bright, great selection of food, wonderful drinks, good bar staff, outstanding room steward and very good dining room staff. Every staff member we encountered was helpful and polite. The cabin was fine, everything was in working order and modern. The Entertainment wasn't our cup of tea - but we like to do things on our own and kept ourselves entertained. The ports were very good, but wished Celebrity would cover the costs of the transfers at every port. We would go again in a heartbeat, this itinerary as well as the Reflection. It was the small touches that made it such a memorable experience for us - cold towels offered at embarkation, chocolates on the pillows for turndown, garnishes on the dinner plates and especially the Persian Garden.

Outstanding from start to finish

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by wranglerkb

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We, husband and I, in our mid 30s, booked this cruise back in October - based on the ports and a great package deal with our travel agent, a wine tasting cruise with an Oregon based winery. This is our 8th cruise, and 2nd with Celebrity, first time on the Reflection.

As the time grew closer our cruise critic roll call thread was on fire! We had well over 130 pages of posts and the vibe in the roll was awesome - we were so looking forward to meeting everyone. We had a spread sheet set up with hundreds of comments and tours and shared excursions and such all allowing multiple people to update.

We shared a taxi from the airport with a couple on our roll call and were at the cruise port at 1045am. We were through check in and on board within 15 minutes. We were given glasses of champagne upon embarkation - but then told we couldn't take the glasses in the elevator.... so there were a bunch of people standing in Deck 4 chugging champagne trying to catch the next elevator - it was funny - we took the stairs.

We arrived at the Ocean View Café before they started serving lunch and were one of the first couples in the café. Lunch was great and were approached 3 times about upgrading our beverage package -although we had the premium package. We found all sorts of good food, including a chilled peach soup and a leg of lamb at the carving station. First impressions of the Reflection were A+.

We walked around the ship learning the layout - as it's quite different from the Solstice in terms of the Solarium and Spa. We saw the crowds steadily increasing as the day went on. We jumped in the pool, then in the hot tubs and heard the announcement that staterooms were ready at 1 pm.

We headed to room 7338 on the starboard side and saw our bags waiting for us right next to the door. :-) We met our room attendant - Rhonda - and she was amazing the entire holiday. We asked for ice - and it was never empty the entire 11 days. The room is well appointed - spacious, clean and neat. The bathroom was well thought out and the room was plenty big enough for all our stuff and suitcases.

We went to the Aqua Spa and bought the Persian Garden pass for $159/pp including all gratuities. We then enjoyed the Persian Garden for the afternoon in the sauna, steam room and my favorite - the heated stone benches. We checked out the Fitness Center and were impressed by the size, location on the very front of the ship and the quality of the equipment.

Muster drill around 4 - and we were crammed into Qusine - and lucky enough to have chairs as more and more people kept coming in. The cheesy video is the same we've seen for a few years now. Once the drill is over - that's the one and only time the ship felt crowded. We hoofed it from deck 5 up to deck 15 to the Sunset bar for Sailaway - and to meet our Roll Call friends.

Sailaway and the Sunset bar was awesome - but the weather was turning wet. We had a tough time getting a drink, as the bar was mobbed - but not a big deal. We met most of our friends at the bar and set up a few last minute tours with others. We then went to the Sky Observation Lounge and met with our travel agent group for a welcome aboard reception. This lounge was very nice and floor to ceiling windows and nice furniture was in good repair. The food and drinks were great, and we were meeting so many awesome fellow cruisers.

We headed to dinner after freshening up, and were escorted to our table - all the way in the back. We sat alone for 30 minutes, at a table for 6...then our seat mates arrived - but we didn't speak the same language, so needles to say, dinner was very quiet. We went to the Passport bar after dinner for drinks and listening to some nice music. We didn't see any shows - except for the comedian - really none of the other shows sounded interesting to us.

Next morning - bright and early we were off the ship at 645am headed to Cinque Terre. The process for getting off the ship was smooth and efficient and we never waited to get off the ship. The ship provided a mandatory shuttle, as we were parked in a shipyard, and this shuttle was free - no one was allowed to walk into town. We met a group of DIY heading to Cinque Terre from the Roll Call. We purchased the all day train ticket online before our trip for the day we were in port. We shared a taxi to the train station, hopped on the train to the furthest of the five cities and worked our way back towards La Spezia. This was by far my favorite port on this cruise. Cinque Terre was so incredibly beautiful and fun, and we enjoyed the fellowship with the other people from our roll call.

Back at the ship an hour or so before all aboard - no issues boarding the ship- again - fast and smooth. The had all sorts of waters awaiting us (orange infused water, cucumber water, grapefruit waters and so on, and cold towels - this was such a nice touch, as it was a hot and muggy afternoon and we walked over 15,000 steps exploring the five lands.

At dinner on night 2, we inquired about switching our table and were promptly placed at an awesome table with two other couples - and we hit it off for the rest of the dinners - we were usually one of the last tables out of the dining room.

Nice, France was a tender port. We met with a couple from our roll call who were suite guests and we got off the ship with them with no wait early in the morning. We split and Uber to the base of Eze, and hiked the Nietzsche Path with them. This was no easy hike - but was totally enjoyable and a great way to get to the town of Eze to where the shoppes and cafes are for a reasonable amount. We spent a few hours going around the narrow streets and walking up winding roads. We sampled some crepes and French breads and were impressed with both. We enjoyed people watching from the mountain side. Tendering back to the ship was fine- about 25 minutes, including the on and off times. The weather cleared up and I got some great photos of the ship as well as the French Rivera. This port was the prettiest port we pulled into.

The Persian Garden was my happy place each and everyday. It was only crowded on the first day - and some people didn't realize it's supposed to be a quiet place - as I listened to a lady tell a stranger her entire life story in the sauna ( I was outside the sauna, lounging in the heated benches. Someone actually went into the sauna and asked her to keep it down - as everyone could hear her. The steam room was wonderful, sauna was hot and the cool room was first for me. Th herbal suite was nice too. I would spend 90-120 minutes in the Persian Garden each and every day - it was so nice to totally relax and unwind.

We came back to our room to find a notice from the shore excursions desk - stating our Celebrity excursion in Barcelona (the next day) was cancelled. No information as to why, but a 15% off any other Barcelona excursion. (We had booked another Celebrity excursion in Gibraltar that was cancelled two months prior to the sailing). I was a little upset that they waited till the night before to inform us of the cancellation - as there were tons of tours our rollcall people were doing and filling that we would have jumped in on - but when we went to the shore excursion desk to see what was available - everything was sold out. This was really the only negative we encountered on the whole trip.

That evening we were invited to the helipad for sailaway from Nice, and it was also Formal night (Chic night). We were dressed really well - and felt totally overdressed - as many people wore jeans and tees. Sailaway on the helipad was awesome - they provided champagne and some of the officers were out and about for people to speak with them and get some photos with them.

Dinner in the Opus dining room was outstanding as always. Lamb, Prime rib, lobster, Pork Lion, Salmon and so one were features during the cruise - everything was very good to outstanding. Our server, Batiz, was over the top - he did everything he could to please us and was very friendly.

This night they had a party on the pool deck and we stopped by to see some dancing, fancy, light up drinks being served and plenty of music playing. We danced for a short time and called it a night.

Barcelona port was an overnight stop. To get to the city center it cost 5 euros per person, per day for round trip service. The bus dropped us off at Columbus circle. From there we explored on our own and sampled some local cuisine and headed back to a nearly empty ship. That evening the dining room was half full and service was slow, but, that's the nice thing about a cruise - no agenda, no hurry, no big deal. We enjoyed our table mates conversation and he headed to the lawn club and spread out a Celebrity provided blanket and read books as the sun set over Barcelona city scape, it was mostly cloudy however.

We passed through the Ocean View Café this evening quite late on our way back from the Sunset Bar and discovered there were having a Barcelona Bazaar. They had TONS of locally acquired smoked meats, cheeses and desserts all local to Barcelona. Speaking to one of the chefs - most of these items were bought in a local Barcelona food market that day - this was really something to see and taste- we had some small samples here and there as we still were full from dinner in the Opus dining room.

One of my favorite places for breakfast was the Aqua Spa Café - light fare and fresh made to order smoothies. This was my normal breakfast place before my trip to the spa. Another great spot for amazing Italian coffee was the coffee shop on Deck 5 - tons of coffees to chose from and each one I tried was fantastic.

Our second morning in Barcelona we headed out with a couple from cruise critic to do a self booked "secret food tour Barcelona." We caught an Uber to a central Metro station (not using the 5euro shuttle) to meet our tour. This tour was great and I highly recommend it.

We headed back onboard and went to the Spa and used the hot tubs - nearly empty public spaces and plenty of sun chairs for everyone. The bar service was average in speed and availability. Each bar carried some things that could only get there, at that bar - and by day 5 we were starting to figure out which ones we had to visit.

The next day was our first of two sea days on an 11 day cruise. This afternoon the pool deck and Solstice deck were filling up until noon time. We saw some, not a ton, but many chair hogs - reserving their loungers for hours before they are used. We found a canopy in the Solarium and stayed there for hours together, napping, snacking and watching the ocean pass by. It was so relaxing and enjoyable, and this little 'basket canopy' was semi private and enjoyable.

We were very impressed with the friendliness of all the crew on the ship -each one would stop, look at us, and say pleasantly - good morning or good day ect. We loved chatting with a few that we would see everyday, and we got to know them - where they are from - when they get to see their families again , are they getting off the ship on the next port, ect. Speaking of that - the ship was so clean - and bright - everywhere we looked we could see someone cleaning. All the public areas were clean, the spa was cleaned and refreshed multiple times during the day, our stateroom was freshened up every time we left the room. We were pleased to see the pride the crew takes in the ship.

We had a wine tasting and a behind the scenes tour of the wine tower on the sea day as well - both were fun and the tower tour was awesome to learn about. We also did an outstanding cabin crawl - organized by a great gal in our roll call - this was a great way to meet others from the roll call and see other cabin categories.

Next port was Malaga, Spain. A 4Euro pp shuttle was offered to take guests to the town. We chose to walk, it was only a 20 minute walk to the beach and shops. We had no formal plans here, we found a leafy palm tree on the beach, and spent the afternoon at the beach and strolling the boardwalk.

We caught a late lunch at the Ocean View Café and were again impressed by the choices and quality of the food there. Tons of desserts, ice creams, salads, soups, breads, meats, carving station, Mexican choices, Asian choices, grill station (burgers, chicken and steaks cooked to order) pizza choices and fruits. We never had a bad meal here or anywhere. The menu changed daily, but some choices were there for the entire week.

Gibraltar was our next port and we met with some roll call people for a 3 hour tour of the Rock of Gibraltar. There was 8 us and we got an early start. We met our driver right on the pier and we were off. This was such a fascinating place and enjoyed this tour so much. We saw, and drove over, the road/airport runway, all around. under, through and over the Rock. We saw the monkeys, the Pillars of Hercules, saw Africa, walked though the caves (AWESOME), the WWII siege tunnels, saw the 100 ton gun, Europa point and the light house. We seemed to be one step ahead of the crowds and saw so much in such a short time. It was amazing and we had a good group. We sailed away from Gibraltar at 2 pm, making our day very short - but still was such a great day- I'd love go come back there again!

We had another wine tasting today at the Tuscan Grill and saw dolphins playing in the wake of the ship! This was incredible and they followed us for almost an hour, we were seated right at the window and the windows are at the very aft of the ship and we saw multiple calves and full grown dolphins.

Next stop was Cartagena, Spain. This was a beautiful stop - parked right next to a marina. This was a very walkable town - we did a self walking tour around the city, and found lots of things to explore, the roman ruins, the old tower, some bull ring remains and some peacocks, they were just roaming around looking for food. This port was very nice - and the cleanest of all the ports we visited. The streets were made of marble. We stopped at the Spanish Naval Museum, within sight of the cruise ship - not more than a quarter mile from the ship. We stopped here for some snacks and some trinkets from Spain. On our way back to the ship the little visitors center was open right outside the ship and they had very nice maps and such - those would have been handy on the way out - but we left very early - before 8am, so the center wasn't open yet. There was a catamaran sailboat that had hourly tours that left from the same marina and I believe it as 11 Euro/pp. We didn't do this, but saw lots of people going.

The ship sure looked good in this setting - lots of crew members painting the hull and washing the balconies. The Reflection just gleamed.

We attended the Captains' Cocktail Hour this evening and Capt. Demetrious was funny and personable. I cruised with his brother on the Solstice last May and they were so alike. The Captain gave a power point presentation on the last sea day and he was hilarious! We enjoyed that very much, we learned about him, about the ship and about Celebrity as a cruise line. I recommend this presentation if you get a chance.

Ibiza was our next and final port stop before heading home to Rome. We booked with SailingDivingIbiza for a private 8 hr sailing excursion on the owners personal home and sailboat. This was definitely a highlight for us. We sailed from Ibiza to Formentera and then back again.

Once back onboard we missed dinner by a few minutes and went to the Ocean View Café for dinner and we were not disappointed. Dinner here was great - fast bar service, good food and a great view as we sailed away from Ibiza. The sunset was beautiful.

Our last day on the cruise was at sea and full of activities. Our travel agent set up a private tour of the galleys with the executive chef and then a wine pairing luncheon at the Tuscan Grille. These were both wonderful, and the food at the Tuscan Grille was outstanding. We went to the Persian Gardens, swam in the Solarium, danced in the Centrum, attended the Captains' PowerPoint, did some trivia and spent some time in the casino.

We had a hammock hung on our balcony and I spent a few hours in the late afternoon napping. We then began packing and getting ready to leave our great ship. We had a lovely dinner again (as always) and spent a few hours at the Sunset Bar enjoying ourselves and meeting some great people.

Last morning -Disembarkation- We chose to self-disembark, since we only had one large bag each and one small carryon between the two of us. We walked down to deck 4, walked out and were waiting for our transfer to the airport (booked with roll call people, a group of 8) with in 10 minutes. It was literally the quickest and easiest disembarkation we've ever had. No customs to go through since all the ports were in the EU.

Overall - an outstanding cruise. An A rating for everything. The ship was clean, well maintained, bright, great selection of food, wonderful drinks, good bar staff, outstanding room steward and very good dining room staff.

Every staff member we encountered was helpful and polite. The cabin was fine, everything was in working order and modern.

The Entertainment wasn't our cup of tea - but we like to do things on our own and kept ourselves entertained.

The ports were very good, but wished Celebrity would cover the costs of the transfers at every port.

We would go again in a heartbeat, this itinerary as well as the Reflection. It was the small touches that made it such a memorable experience for us - cold towels offered at embarkation, chocolates on the pillows for turndown, garnishes on the dinner plates and especially the Persian Garden.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Cabin 2B 7338
Aft, Starboard side, Deck 7. Clean, adequate space, balcony with two chairs and large table, balcony large enough to hang our hammock on. Comfortable bed, interactive TV with access to room service, room charges and shore excursions.
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