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We booked this cruise for the opportunity to see Mardi Gras and New Orleans and Grand Cayman. The Reflection was a very nice boat, very clean and well-maintained. Our cabin steward Richard was absolutely outstanding. The cruise director Eddy Jenkins was also a plus. His "10 things" talks in the Reflection Theater were better than any of the shows we saw which were contrived and ridiculously loud. The comedian Rich Aronovitch was decent. The staff captain also gave a talk on how the ship works which was really interesting and enlightening. All of the Live Music was mediocre and incredibly and needlessly loud, with the exception of the Emotions Duo. They were very talented and entertaining and you could listen to them without earplugs. The volume of all music and shows on cruise ships has gotten out of hand. Loud doesn't mean exciting and it certainly doesn't mean good. Our first night in New Orleans we opted for the Palm Court Jazz Café show and dinner. While it was grossly overpriced, we were able to apply a cruise account credit to take some of the sting out of it. Despite the cost it was a great experience I would recommend. The music was great and the food was really delicious. Short bus ride to the restaurant and back to the boat. The next day we opted for the Oak Alley Mansion tour. A total waste of time. You will spend most of the time on a bus seeing nothing much and then get very little time to explore the actual site which I think would be a worthwhile experience if you could see it without any time constraints. We expressed our displeasure with Celebrity and they refunded half of the cost. That evening we took a relatively short walk up Julia Street directly off the boat to take in the Orpheus parade. Really something to see. Collected our first of many beads. On Fat Tuesday we opted to just walk up to the French Quarter and check out the Mardi Gras celebration there. On the way we saw part of the Zulu and Rex parades. If you are a walker this is the best way to see the French Quarter in my opinion. We probably walked a total of five miles round trip. We had plotted out a path on Google and followed a Fodor's guide to the French Quarter to make sure we saw the main attractions. We went as far as the French Market on Decatur and would have taken in the Jazz Museum but it was closed on Fat Tuesday. One thing you must do is go to the Café Du Monde on Decatur St. and have their coffee and some beignets. The line might be out the door but it moves quite fast and it is so well worth it. The coffee is outstanding and the beignets are really delicious. And as a plus you will be covered in powdered sugar when you leave:) On thing to keep in mind while in the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday is that there are no bathrooms except for the port-a-johns on the official parade routes on Canal St. The parades do not go into the French Quarter. Only impromptu jazz bands appear in the French Quarter. Restaurants in the French Quarter have bathrooms but you have to buy something and the lines will be long anyway. Regarding the atmosphere on Fat Tuesday it was nothing but pleasurable and entertaining. I expected drunks and nefarious activity. There was none of that, just people having fun and enjoying the day. Grand Cayman is a tender. On a previous cruise we could not tender due to rough seas so it was nice to see it finally. It was a decent port, but do not waste your time or your money on the Cayman Highlights tour. It is nothing but a 2 1/2 hour advertisement for the Rum store, the Camana Bay development and some cheesy gift shop in the town of Hell. You will spend a grand total of five minutes on Seven Mile beach which is the only worthwhile site. Cozumel we saw before and did not go on any excursions. Overall an enjoyable cruise on a nice ship with good food, a great cabin steward, obnoxiously-loud mediocre live music and a great port stop in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by tipitina

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We booked this cruise for the opportunity to see Mardi Gras and New Orleans and Grand Cayman. The Reflection was a very nice boat, very clean and well-maintained.

Our cabin steward Richard was absolutely outstanding. The cruise director Eddy Jenkins was also a plus. His "10 things" talks in the Reflection Theater were better than any of the shows we saw which were contrived and ridiculously loud. The comedian Rich Aronovitch was decent. The staff captain also gave a talk on how the ship works which was really interesting and enlightening. All of the Live Music was mediocre and incredibly and needlessly loud, with the exception of the Emotions Duo. They were very talented and entertaining and you could listen to them without earplugs. The volume of all music and shows on cruise ships has gotten out of hand. Loud doesn't mean exciting and it certainly doesn't mean good.

Our first night in New Orleans we opted for the Palm Court Jazz Café show and dinner.

While it was grossly overpriced, we were able to apply a cruise account credit to take some of the sting out of it. Despite the cost it was a great experience I would recommend. The music was great and the food was really delicious. Short bus ride to the restaurant and back to the boat.

The next day we opted for the Oak Alley Mansion tour. A total waste of time. You will spend most of the time on a bus seeing nothing much and then get very little time to explore the actual site which I think would be a worthwhile experience if you could see it without any time constraints. We expressed our displeasure with Celebrity and they refunded half of the cost.

That evening we took a relatively short walk up Julia Street directly off the boat to take in the Orpheus parade. Really something to see. Collected our first of many beads.

On Fat Tuesday we opted to just walk up to the French Quarter and check out the Mardi Gras celebration there. On the way we saw part of the Zulu and Rex parades. If you are a walker this is the best way to see the French Quarter in my opinion. We probably walked a total of five miles round trip. We had plotted out a path on Google and followed a Fodor's guide to the French Quarter to make sure we saw the main attractions. We went as far as the French Market on Decatur and would have taken in the Jazz Museum but it was closed on Fat Tuesday.

One thing you must do is go to the Café Du Monde on Decatur St. and have their coffee and some beignets. The line might be out the door but it moves quite fast and it is so well worth it. The coffee is outstanding and the beignets are really delicious. And as a plus you will be covered in powdered sugar when you leave:)

On thing to keep in mind while in the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday is that there are no bathrooms except for the port-a-johns on the official parade routes on Canal St. The parades do not go into the French Quarter. Only impromptu jazz bands appear in the French Quarter. Restaurants in the French Quarter have bathrooms but you have to buy something and the lines will be long anyway.

Regarding the atmosphere on Fat Tuesday it was nothing but pleasurable and entertaining. I expected drunks and nefarious activity. There was none of that, just people having fun and enjoying the day.

Grand Cayman is a tender. On a previous cruise we could not tender due to rough seas so it was nice to see it finally. It was a decent port, but do not waste your time or your money on the Cayman Highlights tour. It is nothing but a 2 1/2 hour advertisement for the Rum store, the Camana Bay development and some cheesy gift shop in the town of Hell.

You will spend a grand total of five minutes on Seven Mile beach which is the only worthwhile site.

Cozumel we saw before and did not go on any excursions.

Overall an enjoyable cruise on a nice ship with good food, a great cabin steward, obnoxiously-loud mediocre live music and a great port stop in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
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