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This was our fourth cruise. Our daughter got married on Royal Freedom, then we did Norwegian Epic to the Mediterainean, then Norwegian Sun to Alaska. We chose Celebrity this time because my sister told us Celebrity has the best food of all. We went with a group of 8 all between 63 and 75. We flew Westjet from Toronto to Ft. Lauderdale worry free and stayed in Ocean Beach Club hotel in the north end. Although it is a half hour north of the port, the hotel prices are cheaper than near the port. This hotel was fine and friendly staff. We didn't tour Ft. Lauderdale we just spent the night had a nice dinner in the hotel and grabbed a cab in the morning for the ship. We always arrive at the port city one day earlier than the cruise date in case of any bad weather or plane trouble from Toronto. (Lesson learned, it happened to us once where they couldn't get the cargo doors to latch and held us over 22 hours in Toronto because they had no other plane.) Once at the port the Celebrity embarkation was going smoothly until they announced their computer malfunctioned and everyone who already had their Seapass with photos had to have their photos retaken. This meant everyone in line had to wait while about 1000 people had to have photos retaken. Nobody could board the ship. Everyone got grumpy waiting and Celebrity kept saying they were sorry. It took about 2 hours extra standing in line while photos were retaken. There were no drinks or snacks offered to anyone during the wait. One thing about Celebrity I don't care for is they have a pecking order of select guests, who obviously pay more, for different classes of sailing. The Aqua class example. Celebrity also lets the preferred classes board first, and they even have their own restaurants and bars on board the ship for these preferred classes only. It really does make you feel less important if you're not paying for the higher classes. But we never felt dissapointed in the normal restaurants and bars, just so you know, some restaurants you can't use. Once the computers worked again embarkation sped up and we moved along fine. The ship is beautiful. Clean and well maintained what you can see. The staff are all very friendly and look you in the eye when they approach and say hello. Staff direct you to the 14th level Oceanview Cafe for food and also told us our rooms were ready now! We were in stateroom 8120. Starboard side (even numbers) with a verandah. About 8 rooms from the front of the ship. The up and down wasn't as bad as my wife thought but there was noticeable side to side rolling as the Caribbean sea seems rougher than the Atlantic. The room is a standard verandah stateroom like other ships we have sailed, with a 32" wall mount TV. The bathroom is all contained, i.e. The toilet, shower and sink are all in one room. If one is sitting on the toilet it is tight if another is at the sink as you are touching. Some ships have the sink outside the toilet area and that is a better set up for getting ready each day. You can check your Seapass account on the room TV but note you can also download an app onto your phone for Celebrity that also tells you current costs and gives you the daily itenary. We found this app very useful and you download before you go on the cruise. It's easy for Apple or Samsung phones. There were two 120V ac outlets at the desk. Lots of storage and wooden hangers. A mini bar in the fridge (expensive) two bathrobes and a hair dryer that works well. The towels are changed every time you seem to leave the room as our steward (Singh-India) was very keen and seemed to know when we came and went. Room service was used daily around 4pm for coffee and tea. It was quickly delivered. After 11pm they charge you $4.95 for delivery. The first 2 days of our cruise the guys all found the bartenders would drive you crazy with telling you to upgrade your drink package. Every time you got a drink they would give you the pitch. It became annoying. After the 3rd day they seemed to stop bothering you. Again some bars are specialty bars for certain class of passengers and unless you have the high end drink package you can't get in there. Generally bar service is very good. The Cafe Bacio on the 5th floor is excellent for coffee, lattes, expressos and cookies and cakes anytime of the day. There is a lounge there and it's great to sit at to hear music from the 4th floor. The Bacio is also beside a Gelato ice cream bar but there is a charge for it. I never saw anyone using it. The server just stood there all day. There are ice cream stations on the 14th floor Oceanview Cafe and the 15th floor an ice cream self serve machine. Smoking is only allowed on the port side 5th floor and 15th floor port/rear side. You'll get to know the regulars. We never used any specialty restaurants as we enjoyed the Opus Dining Room for dinners and some breakfasts, and the Oceanview Cafe for breakfasts and lunches. We ate around 6:30 pm each night at Opus on the 4th floor and were seated pretty much at the same table. Our server was Alexio -India and Paolo. Both men were excellent and very kind. We tipped them extra near the end. Most ship buffets change their menu slightly daily, ie, one day you will get sushi or a large variety of Chinese. This ship has a restaurant called "Sushi on 5ive" (extra charge) and I guess that's why our buffet never offered any sushi. The Celebrity Reflection has several restaurants just for upper crust passengers that we couldn't eat in anyway. Some people may think this is separation but we never felt left out. The Opus Dining Room menu changes daily with one night being lobster, two nights were prime rib. The Opus also has daily standards of fish, New York Strip steak and a chicken dish. All were delicious. Now I mentioned this before, we noticed the Celebrity passengers average age was 65. There are no water slides on this ship. The pool areas are crambed with lounge chairs and hand rails. Daily the 14th and 15th floors are filled with older people sleeping on loungers with a book across their chests. Nothing wrong with that if that's your thing. We didn't see more than 10 19-28 year olds. Only saw 2 children under 3. And many of the passengers seemed to have mobility issues ie leg problems. canes, wheelchairs, knee braces. Entertainment was OK. They have a house band, a duo, a singer/guitar player and a big band type combo. The various bands only play for about 45 minutes then stop. At night the house band plays in the Sky Lounge at the front of the ship but it rocks so much side to side my wife couldn't stay in there. We found by 10 pm the ship was very quiet everywhere. Again the age group is older and they seemed to disapear. There were a few nights where there is an Abba tribute and lots get up to sing along and dance. There was a 60's night and again the seniors are up and dancing. Lots of fun. We saw some shows, magician was great, juggler was amazing, Danny Smart guitarist doing Beatles/Elvis tribute, comedian was very funny and a cirque de sole type show. Great movie shown was Bohemian Rhapsody. We got off at all 5 ports of call. We never took any ship excursions. Most bars in town offer wi-fi but you must drink or eat for them to enter the password on your phone. And it is slow wi-fi. The Reflection has two floors with shops on it. We found the 4th floor has the lower grade stores, the 5th floor has the high end stores. My wife wanted a Michael Kors purse. One day near the end of the cruise this store has a sale. My wife asked the clerk if this purse would be on sale that day as currently, with the Cdn exchange rate, this purse cost the same as back in Canada. The clerk was honest and said that purse was a popular purse and it never goes on sale, the sale purses are red or yellow or outdated models. We went back on the sale night and they announced every bag in the store was on sale. They were. But my wifes model was not on display! Debarkation we carried our own luggage off and it was fast and easy. Overall the Celebrity Reflection is a fabulous ship in beautiful shape with good food and friendly staff. Lots to do on board if you want to. I wouldn't say the food was better than Royal C. Or Norwegian, but we are glad we tried it for ourselves.

Excellent cruise. Staff were great. Great food. Great ports of call.

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by Jimi65

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
This was our fourth cruise. Our daughter got married on Royal Freedom, then we did Norwegian Epic to the Mediterainean, then Norwegian Sun to Alaska. We chose Celebrity this time because my sister told us Celebrity has the best food of all. We went with a group of 8 all between 63 and 75.

We flew Westjet from Toronto to Ft. Lauderdale worry free and stayed in Ocean Beach Club hotel in the north end. Although it is a half hour north of the port, the hotel prices are cheaper than near the port. This hotel was fine and friendly staff.

We didn't tour Ft. Lauderdale we just spent the night had a nice dinner in the hotel and grabbed a cab in the morning for the ship. We always arrive at the port city one day earlier than the cruise date in case of any bad weather or plane trouble from Toronto. (Lesson learned, it happened to us once where they couldn't get the cargo doors to latch and held us over 22 hours in Toronto because they had no other plane.)

Once at the port the Celebrity embarkation was going smoothly until they announced their computer malfunctioned and everyone who already had their Seapass with photos had to have their photos retaken. This meant everyone in line had to wait while about 1000 people had to have photos retaken. Nobody could board the ship. Everyone got grumpy waiting and Celebrity kept saying they were sorry. It took about 2 hours extra standing in line while photos were retaken. There were no drinks or snacks offered to anyone during the wait.

One thing about Celebrity I don't care for is they have a pecking order of select guests, who obviously pay more, for different classes of sailing. The Aqua class example. Celebrity also lets the preferred classes board first, and they even have their own restaurants and bars on board the ship for these preferred classes only. It really does make you feel less important if you're not paying for the higher classes. But we never felt dissapointed in the normal restaurants and bars, just so you know, some restaurants you can't use.

Once the computers worked again embarkation sped up and we moved along fine.

The ship is beautiful. Clean and well maintained what you can see. The staff are all very friendly and look you in the eye when they approach and say hello. Staff direct you to the 14th level Oceanview Cafe for food and also told us our rooms were ready now!

We were in stateroom 8120. Starboard side (even numbers) with a verandah. About 8 rooms from the front of the ship. The up and down wasn't as bad as my wife thought but there was noticeable side to side rolling as the Caribbean sea seems rougher than the Atlantic. The room is a standard verandah stateroom like other ships we have sailed, with a 32" wall mount TV. The bathroom is all contained, i.e. The toilet, shower and sink are all in one room. If one is sitting on the toilet it is tight if another is at the sink as you are touching. Some ships have the sink outside the toilet area and that is a better set up for getting ready each day.

You can check your Seapass account on the room TV but note you can also download an app onto your phone for Celebrity that also tells you current costs and gives you the daily itenary. We found this app very useful and you download before you go on the cruise. It's easy for Apple or Samsung phones.

There were two 120V ac outlets at the desk. Lots of storage and wooden hangers. A mini bar in the fridge (expensive) two bathrobes and a hair dryer that works well.

The towels are changed every time you seem to leave the room as our steward (Singh-India) was very keen and seemed to know when we came and went. Room service was used daily around 4pm for coffee and tea. It was quickly delivered. After 11pm they charge you $4.95 for delivery.

The first 2 days of our cruise the guys all found the bartenders would drive you crazy with telling you to upgrade your drink package. Every time you got a drink they would give you the pitch. It became annoying. After the 3rd day they seemed to stop bothering you. Again some bars are specialty bars for certain class of passengers and unless you have the high end drink package you can't get in there. Generally bar service is very good.

The Cafe Bacio on the 5th floor is excellent for coffee, lattes, expressos and cookies and cakes anytime of the day. There is a lounge there and it's great to sit at to hear music from the 4th floor. The Bacio is also beside a Gelato ice cream bar but there is a charge for it. I never saw anyone using it. The server just stood there all day. There are ice cream stations on the 14th floor Oceanview Cafe and the 15th floor an ice cream self serve machine.

Smoking is only allowed on the port side 5th floor and 15th floor port/rear side. You'll get to know the regulars.

We never used any specialty restaurants as we enjoyed the Opus Dining Room for dinners and some breakfasts, and the Oceanview Cafe for breakfasts and lunches. We ate around 6:30 pm each night at Opus on the 4th floor and were seated pretty much at the same table. Our server was Alexio -India and Paolo. Both men were excellent and very kind. We tipped them extra near the end. Most ship buffets change their menu slightly daily, ie, one day you will get sushi or a large variety of Chinese. This ship has a restaurant called "Sushi on 5ive" (extra charge) and I guess that's why our buffet never offered any sushi. The Celebrity Reflection has several restaurants just for upper crust passengers that we couldn't eat in anyway. Some people may think this is separation but we never felt left out.

The Opus Dining Room menu changes daily with one night being lobster, two nights were prime rib. The Opus also has daily standards of fish, New York Strip steak and a chicken dish. All were delicious.

Now I mentioned this before, we noticed the Celebrity passengers average age was 65. There are no water slides on this ship. The pool areas are crambed with lounge chairs and hand rails. Daily the 14th and 15th floors are filled with older people sleeping on loungers with a book across their chests. Nothing wrong with that if that's your thing. We didn't see more than 10 19-28 year olds. Only saw 2 children under 3. And many of the passengers seemed to have mobility issues ie leg problems. canes, wheelchairs, knee braces.

Entertainment was OK. They have a house band, a duo, a singer/guitar player and a big band type combo. The various bands only play for about 45 minutes then stop. At night the house band plays in the Sky Lounge at the front of the ship but it rocks so much side to side my wife couldn't stay in there. We found by 10 pm the ship was very quiet everywhere. Again the age group is older and they seemed to disapear. There were a few nights where there is an Abba tribute and lots get up to sing along and dance. There was a 60's night and again the seniors are up and dancing. Lots of fun.

We saw some shows, magician was great, juggler was amazing, Danny Smart guitarist doing Beatles/Elvis tribute, comedian was very funny and a cirque de sole type show. Great movie shown was Bohemian Rhapsody.

We got off at all 5 ports of call. We never took any ship excursions. Most bars in town offer wi-fi but you must drink or eat for them to enter the password on your phone. And it is slow wi-fi.

The Reflection has two floors with shops on it. We found the 4th floor has the lower grade stores, the 5th floor has the high end stores. My wife wanted a Michael Kors purse. One day near the end of the cruise this store has a sale. My wife asked the clerk if this purse would be on sale that day as currently, with the Cdn exchange rate, this purse cost the same as back in Canada. The clerk was honest and said that purse was a popular purse and it never goes on sale, the sale purses are red or yellow or outdated models. We went back on the sale night and they announced every bag in the store was on sale. They were. But my wifes model was not on display!

Debarkation we carried our own luggage off and it was fast and easy.

Overall the Celebrity Reflection is a fabulous ship in beautiful shape with good food and friendly staff. Lots to do on board if you want to. I wouldn't say the food was better than Royal C. Or Norwegian, but we are glad we tried it for ourselves.
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