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This was our 2nd cruise on Reflection (plus a previous Mediterranean cruise on Equinox) & we love the Solstice class of ships. We found Reflection to be clean & updated, & it’s hard to beat the ports of call. We were in Rome for 2 days pre-cruise, staying at a hidden gem called The Inn at the Roman Forum, minutes from the Colosseum & Forum. We highly recommend the Walks of Italy VIP Nighttime Colosseum with Underground Access if this fits into your schedule. Room: Concierge Class 1014, starboard side. We had great views of the port at nearly every stop. The room was quiet as well. Our steward Nevis was wonderful. We typically weren’t in the room around 3 when the daily appetizers were delivered, so we told him to discontinue that service. Food: we had select dining, but had made a 6:45 reservation for each evening. We enjoyed every meal in Opus....our theory is that it is better food than we’d be having at home, plus we don’t have to shop, prepare or clean up for it! Most nights we ate at Table 406 where Jose, Evan & Cajetan were wonderful & they truly worked as a team. The one night that the Opus menu didn’t call to us, we went to Qsine/Le Petite Chef where we thoroughly enjoyed the animation throughout dinner, as well as the filet mignon & lobster. We also looked forward to the daily treats from Al Bacio on 5. Oceanview was our daily breakfast stop & an occasional late lunch stop. Staff: the ship motto is “happy crew, happy cruise” & we found the staff to be so friendly. We seldom passed by a crew member that they didn’t acknowledge us with a “Good morning” or “Have a good day”. Bonus: being invited to the helipad for sail away from Santorini. Also really interesting was the galley tour on the first day at sea. Spa: just after embarkation I purchased the Persian Garden pass for $149, as we had a lot of OBC to spend. This was a daily stop for me after the hot tub. My husband made use of the sauna & large showers in the men’s changing room every day. Entertainment: we only went to the Broadway Show & silent disco one night. Between the long days ashore & the heat/humidity every day, we went to bed fairly early most nights. Cons: on our previous cruises we loved the Sunset Bar & were there daily for sail away. This is such a beautiful spot on the ship but it is ruined by the strong smell of cigar & cigarette smoke, which always drifted into the non smoking area. Celebrity needs to find a spot....away from the general population & specifically for cigar smoking. We were also charged for a drink here that we did not purchase (we had the beverage package). It took 2 trips to Guest Relations & about 36 hours to get this removed from our account. Embarkation/Debarkation: we were on board within 15 minutes of arriving at the ship. It’s always nice to be welcomed with champagne. We did walk off with our bags & were off the ship at 6:35am. Ports of Call Sicily: we did this on our own, using the HOHO bus (€10 pp). The bus arrived back to the square just at noon, as the clock was doing it’s little performance. This was our least favorite stop. However, the people we talked to that went to Taormina & Mt Etna loved it. Malta: we did a small (14) group tour with Amy Pace (Intensive Cultural Tour). We saw a lot of the island & learned the history. Our favorite stops were the Blue Grotto boat ride & Mdina. Mykonos: from the tender you can see the windmills. Great little town to explore. We ate lunch at Little Venice. Then spent an hour & a half trying to find a little shop that we had seen early in the morning, where we were going to buy a few things. Never did locate it. Rhodes: we did HOHO again (€12 pp) & then explored the walled city. Santorini: if possible, be on deck or your veranda for sail in....it is breathtaking. We were not about to climb the stairs or ride a donkey to the top, & weren’t keen on waiting in line for the cable car, so we pre-booked a small group tour called The Oia Experience with Olympic Traveller. Once off the tender, we boarded their boat to Oia, then went by small bus up to Oia. Our guide spent about 20 minutes pointing out the best spot for photos, then left us to explore on our own for about 2 hours. From there we went to a winery south of Fira, with amazing views of the caldera & our ship. We were dropped off in Fira, near the cable car about 2:45 & immediately got in line, as the line already had a few hundred people in it. But it moved faster than expected & we were back on the ship around 3:30. We did talk to a few people who saw the long cable car lines & decided to walk down the hill. Every one of them said less than halfway down they were regretting their choice, as the stairs were so slippery. Athens: another private 8 hr tour (6 of us) with Greece Tours. Our guide was excellent. After a short city tour, we went to the Acropolis which was amazing. Then to the Olympic stadium, with a long stop in the Plaka for lunch & a little shopping (our choice to stay longer here & skip Leviticus Hill & the changing of the guard), then on to the New Acropolis Museum. Naples: this was the only Celebrity Shore Excursion that we did.....a small group tour to Herculeanum. We had visited Pompeii previously & enjoyed seeing Herculeanum. But being a ship excursion, this was our most expensive ...& shortest....shore excursion. ** the ice cold towels & cold water were always a welcome sight when we’d return after a long, hot day in port. Transportation: we had booked transportation through Civitecchia Shuttle Express. Pickup from our hotel in Rome was scheduled at 9:30. At 8:45 our hotel reception received a call saying pickup wouldn’t be until 11am. I think they had overbooked, though we were just told “there was a problem at the port”. When our driver did arrive at 11, he stated “It’s not my fault” & then conveniently didn’t know any other English. From the ship to the airport, we had scheduled a 7am pick up, & our driver Claudio arrived right on time. He was very personable & explained a lot about the countryside/type of farming on our ride. We thought this was a fabulous cruise & wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by bbkcruiser

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This was our 2nd cruise on Reflection (plus a previous Mediterranean cruise on Equinox) & we love the Solstice class of ships. We found Reflection to be clean & updated, & it’s hard to beat the ports of call.

We were in Rome for 2 days pre-cruise, staying at a hidden gem called The Inn at the Roman Forum, minutes from the Colosseum & Forum. We highly recommend the Walks of Italy VIP Nighttime Colosseum with Underground Access if this fits into your schedule.

Room: Concierge Class 1014, starboard side. We had great views of the port at nearly every stop. The room was quiet as well. Our steward Nevis was wonderful. We typically weren’t in the room around 3 when the daily appetizers were delivered, so we told him to discontinue that service.

Food: we had select dining, but had made a 6:45 reservation for each evening. We enjoyed every meal in Opus....our theory is that it is better food than we’d be having at home, plus we don’t have to shop, prepare or clean up for it! Most nights we ate at Table 406 where Jose, Evan & Cajetan were wonderful & they truly worked as a team. The one night that the Opus menu didn’t call to us, we went to Qsine/Le Petite Chef where we thoroughly enjoyed the animation throughout dinner, as well as the filet mignon & lobster. We also looked forward to the daily treats from Al Bacio on 5. Oceanview was our daily breakfast stop & an occasional late lunch stop.

Staff: the ship motto is “happy crew, happy cruise” & we found the staff to be so friendly. We seldom passed by a crew member that they didn’t acknowledge us with a “Good morning” or “Have a good day”.

Bonus: being invited to the helipad for sail away from Santorini. Also really interesting was the galley tour on the first day at sea.

Spa: just after embarkation I purchased the Persian Garden pass for $149, as we had a lot of OBC to spend. This was a daily stop for me after the hot tub. My husband made use of the sauna & large showers in the men’s changing room every day.

Entertainment: we only went to the Broadway Show & silent disco one night. Between the long days ashore & the heat/humidity every day, we went to bed fairly early most nights.

Cons: on our previous cruises we loved the Sunset Bar & were there daily for sail away. This is such a beautiful spot on the ship but it is ruined by the strong smell of cigar & cigarette smoke, which always drifted into the non smoking area. Celebrity needs to find a spot....away from the general population & specifically for cigar smoking. We were also charged for a drink here that we did not purchase (we had the beverage package). It took 2 trips to Guest Relations & about 36 hours to get this removed from our account.

Embarkation/Debarkation: we were on board within 15 minutes of arriving at the ship. It’s always nice to be welcomed with champagne. We did walk off with our bags & were off the ship at 6:35am.

Ports of Call

Sicily: we did this on our own, using the HOHO bus (€10 pp). The bus arrived back to the square just at noon, as the clock was doing it’s little performance. This was our least favorite stop. However, the people we talked to that went to Taormina & Mt Etna loved it.

Malta: we did a small (14) group tour with Amy Pace (Intensive Cultural Tour). We saw a lot of the island & learned the history. Our favorite stops were the Blue Grotto boat ride & Mdina.

Mykonos: from the tender you can see the windmills. Great little town to explore. We ate lunch at Little Venice. Then spent an hour & a half trying to find a little shop that we had seen early in the morning, where we were going to buy a few things. Never did locate it.

Rhodes: we did HOHO again (€12 pp) & then explored the walled city.

Santorini: if possible, be on deck or your veranda for sail in....it is breathtaking. We were not about to climb the stairs or ride a donkey to the top, & weren’t keen on waiting in line for the cable car, so we pre-booked a small group tour called The Oia Experience with Olympic Traveller. Once off the tender, we boarded their boat to Oia, then went by small bus up to Oia. Our guide spent about 20 minutes pointing out the best spot for photos, then left us to explore on our own for about 2 hours. From there we went to a winery south of Fira, with amazing views of the caldera & our ship. We were dropped off in Fira, near the cable car about 2:45 & immediately got in line, as the line already had a few hundred people in it. But it moved faster than expected & we were back on the ship around 3:30. We did talk to a few people who saw the long cable car lines & decided to walk down the hill. Every one of them said less than halfway down they were regretting their choice, as the stairs were so slippery.

Athens: another private 8 hr tour (6 of us) with Greece Tours. Our guide was excellent. After a short city tour, we went to the Acropolis which was amazing. Then to the Olympic stadium, with a long stop in the Plaka for lunch & a little shopping (our choice to stay longer here & skip Leviticus Hill & the changing of the guard), then on to the New Acropolis Museum.

Naples: this was the only Celebrity Shore Excursion that we did.....a small group tour to Herculeanum. We had visited Pompeii previously & enjoyed seeing Herculeanum. But being a ship excursion, this was our most expensive ...& shortest....shore excursion.

** the ice cold towels & cold water were always a welcome sight when we’d return after a long, hot day in port.

Transportation: we had booked transportation through Civitecchia Shuttle Express. Pickup from our hotel in Rome was scheduled at 9:30. At 8:45 our hotel reception received a call saying pickup wouldn’t be until 11am. I think they had overbooked, though we were just told “there was a problem at the port”. When our driver did arrive at 11, he stated “It’s not my fault” & then conveniently didn’t know any other English. From the ship to the airport, we had scheduled a 7am pick up, & our driver Claudio arrived right on time. He was very personable & explained a lot about the countryside/type of farming on our ride.

We thought this was a fabulous cruise & wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
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