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Firstly I would like to say 'OH MY GOD THAT WAS SO AWESOME'! I cant wait to book my next cruise. Huge thanks to everyone who works on board this ship, just about each and every one of you contributed to our fantastic experience and you all deserve a big thank you from myself and my family, in particular our Personal Room Attendant Romeo and also our Head Waiter Peter. They were both the MVP's in our experience. Pretrip Advice You most definitely need at LEAST a 'Classic Drinks Package' and 'Basic Internet Package’ minimum if you are going to enjoy your cruise at all. On average we drank around 8 cocktails and beers each per day (4-5 around the pool area during the day and 2-3 in the evening during and after the shows) and around 4-5 soft drinks and 2 glasses of wine at dinner. Without a drinks package that is going to sting you hard on a 10 day cruise! And remember, on a Drinks Package the only limitation you have is your appetite! Drink as much as you can without feeling guilty at all! The Classic Drinks package entitles you to anything on the cocktail menu priced up to $8 or $9, most standard beers and glasses of ordinary wine. Without the internet you will find yourself pretty much secluded from the rest of the world however the basic internet package is VERY VERY SLOW and forget youtube or netflix, even instagram is patchy at best. The ATM is on Deck 3, you'll need to withdraw wads of cash before Port Calls because the Caribbean Islands are expensive - or at least everybody who lives there has their main priority in life to try and obtain as much out of a cruise passenger as possible and that means inflated taxi prices (expect $10-20 or more for a short journey per person). However if you are paying for excursions you will need less. But the excursions are super expensive so we opted for private or ad hoc tours (we paid our own taxis basically). Dont worry too much about mosquitos, they only really come out around sunset and by then you are on the ship and far away at sea! There are soooo many events and activities happening on the ship from 8am through to past midnight that it is mind boggling to keep up with everything, so have a quick scan of every day's events in advance and choose what you are keen on doing rather than just going around in limbo not knowing whats happening. Download the APP to keep track of everything. And the Attendant will drop off a schedule in the evening so carry that around with you just in case. Smoking areas are on Deck 5 Starboard side (2 areas) and also on one side of Deck 15. There are fantastic kids groups onboard, for teens and also for younger kids. Our 11 year old really enjoyed hanging out with the Kids Club and actually asked to go there whenever he had the chance. You dont need any towels for this cruise - even on excursions you are given towels to use. You only need toothpaste, shaving cream and personal items really as flannels, soap, shampoo and lotions are all provided. Island Tips: Antigua has great beaches but scruffy town and rural areas. Avoid. We spent the day at Ffryes beach but we could ideally have done 2 beaches ($40 taxi ride for 4 of us there and the same back). Barbados has amazing beaches - we spent the day on Pirate Cove and there is a whole stretch of amazing beaches walkable around that area. You can even walk there from the ship! We also did a Turtle and snorkelling session ($80 for 4 of us). Taxi there and back was $16 each way for 4 of us. St Lucia has no great beaches to speak of, we looked. It's also really shabby, we did however do the mudbaths which was interesting (but it smells!) - skin felt great afterwards. If I went back I would probably do a hike or see the rainforest or something, a driving tour is a bit dull as it's a bit shabby generally everywhere and the Pitons are nice to look at for around 20 minutes. Tour cost through Viator $170 for 4. St Kitts has some great beaches and is a stunning looking island - we went to Cockleshell Bay which was lovely and has 2 beach bars - we had lunch at one of them which was pretty decent. Taxi was $40 each way for 4 of us. St Kitts and St Maarten and well worth a repeat visit. St Maarten was our favourite island - it is really nicely developed and has amazing beaches - we went to Kim Sha beach, there is a nice restaurant there too (The Green Room) but we could have also gone to Maho Beach to see the airplanes landing which we missed unfortunately. Decks There are 16 decks on the ship or really only 14 that can be used (Theres no deck 13 and no deck 1 available to public). Most of them are stateroom levels but the ones we used the most are levels 3, 4, 5, 9, 14 and 15. The ship seems huge on arrival, especially if you haven't been on a cruise before but you quickly discover the areas you prefer. Deck 2 is the debarkation deck for exiting the ship during the Port calls. The nice thing about coming back from Port Calls is that Celebrity are on hand with fresh cucumber water and iced towels. They issue all guests with ship cards which basically act like a form of ID and also credit cards - so anything you buy gets scanned on your card and also it is used to verify your identity on port calls. DO NOT LOSE THIS - IT IS BASICALLY YOUR MEANS OF PAYMENT and the only thing you really need aboard ship. Deck 3 has the Guest Services and Excursions Desks as well as half the space dedicated to the Opus dining area which is where we had our evening meals. A band or musicians are usually based by the central elevator locations playing anything from classic rock tunes to upbeat disco tunes to jazz or violin, sometimes they have a DJ but it's the bands in the evening who are the pick of the music in the Grand Foyer. With the lifts whizzing up and down, the band playing, the terraces bustling and the shops and restaurants jostling for space it does seem very elegant and exciting, particularly at night. Deck 4 has the upstairs of the Opus dining area and the Theatre lower seating levels mostly. Then there is the Martini Bar and the Casino! Cellar Masters is a quiet wine specialty seating lounge. There is a shop promenade where you can purchase things like alcohol and clothing. The conference centre was holding an art exhibition and the Celebrity Central was where they had some games, quizzes and small events. Deck 5 is where you will find most of the specialty restaurants, the World Class Bar, Photo Gallery, Boutique shops and the top entrance to the Theatre. There is also the Ensemble Lounge Bar and a Coffee Bar area called Cafe Albacio. On Decks 6-10 there isn’t anything really other than the Hideaway (a place to sit in quiet) and the Library (free books to read). Deck 12 is the Spa and gym (they have free Saunas as part of the gym - wish we could have gone!) Deck 14 is the Pool Deck with 2 pools and a handful of jacuzzis, and the Ocean View Cafe where a buffet is served throughout most of the day and pool bars where we spent half our time. The Sky Observation Lounge is also where they have Karaoke and some Silent Discos, it is a nice generally quiet bar most of the time. There is also an Indoor Solarium pool mainly for adults with jacuzzis too. The main pool deck is a bit of an annoyance - people tend to think they can reserve their decks chairs close to the pool by leaving a peg on the chair and bugger off for the day. This really annoyed us. They need to implement a no peg rule. Deck 15 has seating around the overlook to the pool, a burger grill and some bars and the kids zone is based here. The best part of this deck is the back of the ship The Sunset Bar where the view is spectacular for sipping cocktails and the Lawn Club where they do an outdoor cinema some nights Theres a basketball court at the front but it’s a bit of a novelty item. And of course right at the top is deck 16 but its pretty boring up there as it’s just a sun lounging deck really and a place for special events like weddings.

10 Nights of Ultimate Awesome!

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by brandonspeed

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Firstly I would like to say 'OH MY GOD THAT WAS SO AWESOME'! I cant wait to book my next cruise. Huge thanks to everyone who works on board this ship, just about each and every one of you contributed to our fantastic experience and you all deserve a big thank you from myself and my family, in particular our Personal Room Attendant Romeo and also our Head Waiter Peter. They were both the MVP's in our experience.

Pretrip Advice

You most definitely need at LEAST a 'Classic Drinks Package' and 'Basic Internet Package’ minimum if you are going to enjoy your cruise at all. On average we drank around 8 cocktails and beers each per day (4-5 around the pool area during the day and 2-3 in the evening during and after the shows) and around 4-5 soft drinks and 2 glasses of wine at dinner. Without a drinks package that is going to sting you hard on a 10 day cruise! And remember, on a Drinks Package the only limitation you have is your appetite! Drink as much as you can without feeling guilty at all!

The Classic Drinks package entitles you to anything on the cocktail menu priced up to $8 or $9, most standard beers and glasses of ordinary wine. Without the internet you will find yourself pretty much secluded from the rest of the world however the basic internet package is VERY VERY SLOW and forget youtube or netflix, even instagram is patchy at best.

The ATM is on Deck 3, you'll need to withdraw wads of cash before Port Calls because the Caribbean Islands are expensive - or at least everybody who lives there has their main priority in life to try and obtain as much out of a cruise passenger as possible and that means inflated taxi prices (expect $10-20 or more for a short journey per person).

However if you are paying for excursions you will need less. But the excursions are super expensive so we opted for private or ad hoc tours (we paid our own taxis basically).

Dont worry too much about mosquitos, they only really come out around sunset and by then you are on the ship and far away at sea!

There are soooo many events and activities happening on the ship from 8am through to past midnight that it is mind boggling to keep up with everything, so have a quick scan of every day's events in advance and choose what you are keen on doing rather than just going around in limbo not knowing whats happening. Download the APP to keep track of everything. And the Attendant will drop off a schedule in the evening so carry that around with you just in case.

Smoking areas are on Deck 5 Starboard side (2 areas) and also on one side of Deck 15.

There are fantastic kids groups onboard, for teens and also for younger kids. Our 11 year old really enjoyed hanging out with the Kids Club and actually asked to go there whenever he had the chance.

You dont need any towels for this cruise - even on excursions you are given towels to use.

You only need toothpaste, shaving cream and personal items really as flannels, soap, shampoo and lotions are all provided.

Island Tips:

Antigua has great beaches but scruffy town and rural areas. Avoid. We spent the day at Ffryes beach but we could ideally have done 2 beaches ($40 taxi ride for 4 of us there and the same back).

Barbados has amazing beaches - we spent the day on Pirate Cove and there is a whole stretch of amazing beaches walkable around that area. You can even walk there from the ship! We also did a Turtle and snorkelling session ($80 for 4 of us). Taxi there and back was $16 each way for 4 of us.

St Lucia has no great beaches to speak of, we looked. It's also really shabby, we did however do the mudbaths which was interesting (but it smells!) - skin felt great afterwards.

If I went back I would probably do a hike or see the rainforest or something, a driving tour is a bit dull as it's a bit shabby generally everywhere and the Pitons are nice to look at for around 20 minutes. Tour cost through Viator $170 for 4.

St Kitts has some great beaches and is a stunning looking island - we went to Cockleshell Bay which was lovely and has 2 beach bars - we had lunch at one of them which was pretty decent. Taxi was $40 each way for 4 of us. St Kitts and St Maarten and well worth a repeat visit.

St Maarten was our favourite island - it is really nicely developed and has amazing beaches - we went to Kim Sha beach, there is a nice restaurant there too (The Green Room) but we could have also gone to Maho Beach to see the airplanes landing which we missed unfortunately.

Decks

There are 16 decks on the ship or really only 14 that can be used (Theres no deck 13 and no deck 1 available to public). Most of them are stateroom levels but the ones we used the most are levels 3, 4, 5, 9, 14 and 15. The ship seems huge on arrival, especially if you haven't been on a cruise before but you quickly discover the areas you prefer.

Deck 2 is the debarkation deck for exiting the ship during the Port calls. The nice thing about coming back from Port Calls is that Celebrity are on hand with fresh cucumber water and iced towels. They issue all guests with ship cards which basically act like a form of ID and also credit cards - so anything you buy gets scanned on your card and also it is used to verify your identity on port calls. DO NOT LOSE THIS - IT IS BASICALLY YOUR MEANS OF PAYMENT and the only thing you really need aboard ship.

Deck 3 has the Guest Services and Excursions Desks as well as half the space dedicated to the Opus dining area which is where we had our evening meals. A band or musicians are usually based by the central elevator locations playing anything from classic rock tunes to upbeat disco tunes to jazz or violin, sometimes they have a DJ but it's the bands in the evening who are the pick of the music in the Grand Foyer. With the lifts whizzing up and down, the band playing, the terraces bustling and the shops and restaurants jostling for space it does seem very elegant and exciting, particularly at night.

Deck 4 has the upstairs of the Opus dining area and the Theatre lower seating levels mostly. Then there is the Martini Bar and the Casino! Cellar Masters is a quiet wine specialty seating lounge. There is a shop promenade where you can purchase things like alcohol and clothing. The conference centre was holding an art exhibition and the Celebrity Central was where they had some games, quizzes and small events.

Deck 5 is where you will find most of the specialty restaurants, the World Class Bar, Photo Gallery, Boutique shops and the top entrance to the Theatre. There is also the Ensemble Lounge Bar and a Coffee Bar area called Cafe Albacio.

On Decks 6-10 there isn’t anything really other than the Hideaway (a place to sit in quiet) and the Library (free books to read).

Deck 12 is the Spa and gym (they have free Saunas as part of the gym - wish we could have gone!)

Deck 14 is the Pool Deck with 2 pools and a handful of jacuzzis, and the Ocean View Cafe where a buffet is served throughout most of the day and pool bars where we spent half our time. The Sky Observation Lounge is also where they have Karaoke and some Silent Discos, it is a nice generally quiet bar most of the time. There is also an Indoor Solarium pool mainly for adults with jacuzzis too. The main pool deck is a bit of an annoyance - people tend to think they can reserve their decks chairs close to the pool by leaving a peg on the chair and bugger off for the day. This really annoyed us. They need to implement a no peg rule.

Deck 15 has seating around the overlook to the pool, a burger grill and some bars and the kids zone is based here. The best part of this deck is the back of the ship The Sunset Bar where the view is spectacular for sipping cocktails and the Lawn Club where they do an outdoor cinema some nights Theres a basketball court at the front but it’s a bit of a novelty item.

And of course right at the top is deck 16 but its pretty boring up there as it’s just a sun lounging deck really and a place for special events like weddings.
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Cabin C1 9237
We had Room 9237 - which was a large stateroom with a large balcony - we had the extra side bit as we were on the end of the central row so I think our balcony was larger than most. Our room was spacious, bigger than we expected really, an ample shower room, never had any cramped feeling in the shower, a basin and toilet with good flush facility, and overall very nicely designed with everything you may need. Probably only suggestion would be to have the hairdryer in the shower room as I missed it the first day only to find it in a drawer by the television! In the main room towards the balcony we had a drop down bunk for my eldest which is released by a catch in the ceiling, a crib for my youngest next to the bed and my wife and I shared the super king bed. We even had a spare double sofabed if we needed it. The balcony is private, you cant see anyone else and we had 2 laying down deckchairs and 2 sitting chairs and a table outside. Celebrity allocate every guest a Personal Room Attendant - they are on hand to ensure your room is cleaned every day and turned down for the evenings. Our guy Romeo was without doubt the best housekeeper we have ever been assigned. Helped me look for my phone when I lost it half way through the cruise (luckily I found it in a suitcase!). These guys keep the impeccable standards of Celebrity and every day the room is spotless and everything refreshed, an itinerary is left as well as some choccies for the kids. I also used the Laundry Service which was great. Room service was excellent with freshly prepared meals sent to our room for a very reduced rate. The TV entertainment selection was world class with some of the latest films available for free streaming - particularly good to send the kids off to sleep! Only comment was that the fridge could have been better stocked with more refreshments (juices, cans of soda) for the kids.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Antigua
    Antigua has great beaches but scruffy towns and rural areas. Avoid everywhere except the beaches and resorts. We spent the day at Ffryes beach but we could ideally have done 2 beaches that day ($40 taxi ride for 4 of us there and the same back).
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  • Barbados
    Barbados has amazing beaches and was amongst the 2 best excursions on offer - we spent the day on Pirate Cove Beach and there is a whole stretch of amazing beaches walkable around that area. You can even walk there from the ship! We also did a Turtle and snorkelling session ($80 for 4 of us). Taxi there and back was $16 each way for 4 of us.
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  • Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    We really only caught the ship as we spent most of our time in Miami.
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  • Beach
    St Kitts has some stunning beaches and is a beautiful looking island - we went to Cockleshell Bay which was lovely and has 2 beach bars - we had lunch at one of them which was pretty decent. Taxi was $40 each way for 4 of us however we did an island tour on the way back which was a bit rushed and there really wasn't much to see other than the Blackrock fortress. St Kitts and St Maarten are well worth a repeat visit for a beach resort break.
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  • Island Tour
    St Lucia has no great beaches to speak of, we looked. There is a beach at the Pitons but its dark sand and a bit rocky. It's also really shabby generally everywhere, lot of poor folks, but the island has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife and hiking excursions (recommended) which looked interesting...and of course the Pitons.

    If I went back I would probably do a hike or see the rainforest rather than a driving tour which became a bit dull as it's a bit shabby everywhere and the Pitons are nice to look at for around 20 minutes. Tour cost through Viator $170 for 4.
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  • Sulphur Springs Mud Bath
    The mudbaths are created from the volcanic heated mud that bubbles up through geysers making these mud baths accessible, there are heated pools and people can rub white mud or dark mud on themselves. The dark mud kind of stains so use only if you are wearing dark clothing. It really smells here too - but after an hour and your skin will be tingling and the smell wont seem so bad! :-D It gets quite busy, not really my thing but the family insisted.
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  • Beach
    St Maarten was our favourite island - it is really nicely developed and has amazing beaches - we went to Kim Sha beach, there is a nice restaurant there too (The Green Room) but we could have also gone to Maho Beach to see the airplanes landing which we missed unfortunately.
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