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This was our 4th cruise on Celebrity; second & last on Reflection. Prior experiences on Summit & Millennium were outstanding, and we thought that Celebrity would be our preferred line going forward - not so sure any longer - food & entertainment were disappointing. We are 55/63, still working, and have cruised frequently since 2005. Started with Carnival in the Mediterranean, and used Carnival extensively, achieving platinum status. Also sailed Princess, Holland, and Norwegian. First Celebrity cruise on Millennium about 7 years ago, and we thought that we had found a new home. The itinerary for this cruise was the selling point as we had never been to Columbia, Panama, or the East Coast of Costa Rica. A bonus was that it was on Celebrity. For this cruise, we had 3 persons with my wife's sister joining us. We opted for a 'Family Balcony' cabin #7108 so as to avoid the need for 2 rooms. Great decision - not cheap, but a very large room which was much better than 2 rooms. It was located all the way forward, so we received advance warning of arrivals/departures as we heard all of the mechanical preparations for anchorage or docking - no need for a wake up call. As mentioned, the food & entertainment are the weakness of this ship. Food was good quality, but variety was boring. We ate in the dining room every evening, table #144, 9 persons. We joined 3 other couples who we had not previously met - delightful. The evening menu offered a few standard items, and more often than not, our table ordered these items such as a Caesar salad & NY Steak because there was nothing of interest on the featured menu of the day. Lunch in the buffet also had a weak menu & offerings. The deli was a poor set up with little to offer - Ham (sometimes), Turkey (sometimes), Bavarian Loaf ? (everyday). The Chicken Salad was disgusting. The Deli had a panini press, but I did not see any customer order an item served from the panini press. The salad selections were repetitive, and had limited salad bar toppings. 3 selections of soup, but little that is popular - 1 chilled soup, 1 clear broth, 1 variety soup but on an 11 day cruise that 3rd soup was Black Bean 3X, Mushroom 2X, and Split Pea 2X - don't recall the other 4 days, but the selection was never chicken noodle or vegetable beef. Desserts were primarily cakes or mousse - no pies. Many cakes had a poor texture, not edible. Entertainment was limited primarily to the main show. The staff performers were pretty good, but in general the featured hired talent did not have talent. There is no good alternative to the main show - no comedy club or other offering. The Sky Lounge is probably the only other venue of size which could be developed, but it is used primarily for Karaoke, so if your ship mates do not have talent, you are out of luck. Positives - our stateroom attendant Elroy was superb. Our dining room waiter, staff, and sommelier did a great job. We are looking for a ship for the next cruise, so please post comments.

Reflection not as good as Celebrity smaller ships

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by smoke3726

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Verandah
This was our 4th cruise on Celebrity; second & last on Reflection. Prior experiences on Summit & Millennium were outstanding, and we thought that Celebrity would be our preferred line going forward - not so sure any longer - food & entertainment were disappointing.

We are 55/63, still working, and have cruised frequently since 2005. Started with Carnival in the Mediterranean, and used Carnival extensively, achieving platinum status. Also sailed Princess, Holland, and Norwegian. First Celebrity cruise on Millennium about 7 years ago, and we thought that we had found a new home.

The itinerary for this cruise was the selling point as we had never been to Columbia, Panama, or the East Coast of Costa Rica. A bonus was that it was on Celebrity.

For this cruise, we had 3 persons with my wife's sister joining us. We opted for a 'Family Balcony' cabin #7108 so as to avoid the need for 2 rooms. Great decision - not cheap, but a very large room which was much better than 2 rooms. It was located all the way forward, so we received advance warning of arrivals/departures as we heard all of the mechanical preparations for anchorage or docking - no need for a wake up call.

As mentioned, the food & entertainment are the weakness of this ship. Food was good quality, but variety was boring. We ate in the dining room every evening, table #144, 9 persons. We joined 3 other couples who we had not previously met - delightful. The evening menu offered a few standard items, and more often than not, our table ordered these items such as a Caesar salad & NY Steak because there was nothing of interest on the featured menu of the day.

Lunch in the buffet also had a weak menu & offerings. The deli was a poor set up with little to offer - Ham (sometimes), Turkey (sometimes), Bavarian Loaf ? (everyday). The Chicken Salad was disgusting. The Deli had a panini press, but I did not see any customer order an item served from the panini press. The salad selections were repetitive, and had limited salad bar toppings. 3 selections of soup, but little that is popular - 1 chilled soup, 1 clear broth, 1 variety soup but on an 11 day cruise that 3rd soup was Black Bean 3X, Mushroom 2X, and Split Pea 2X - don't recall the other 4 days, but the selection was never chicken noodle or vegetable beef. Desserts were primarily cakes or mousse - no pies. Many cakes had a poor texture, not edible.

Entertainment was limited primarily to the main show. The staff performers were pretty good, but in general the featured hired talent did not have talent. There is no good alternative to the main show - no comedy club or other offering. The Sky Lounge is probably the only other venue of size which could be developed, but it is used primarily for Karaoke, so if your ship mates do not have talent, you are out of luck.

Positives - our stateroom attendant Elroy was superb. Our dining room waiter, staff, and sommelier did a great job.

We are looking for a ship for the next cruise, so please post comments.
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Family Verandah
Cabin FV 7108
Very large (575 sq ft?) - not cheap, but good value. Room has a normal queen/split bed room with door, large shared living area (12X15) with TV, sofa, table with 5 chairs, shared bathroom, small bedroom with door & bunk beds. It even has a doorbell. Would book again.
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