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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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1,874 Reviews

Enjoyable cruise, needs more entertainment

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by buramiko

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah 2B

This itinerary to British Isles and Iceland was on sale so in general we felt a great value for money. Some said there was a downgrade of quality & service but we didn't see that at all. The ship was in good shape, well kept and clean. Service was as usual very good.

Embarkation at Dublin was longer than expected. Check in tent was far away from the dock. Most people (except suite guests) needed to wait at least 30-45 mins to board a shuttle that took you to the ship. No excuse, Celebrity could have arranged MORE buses.

Food at MDR was OK. Murano was still awesome. Le Petit chef was fun but tasted bad - steak was so tough, not really edible. Buffet was better than expected with paella, shrimp risotto, and fish & chips etc.

We were really disappointed with entertainment though as there was no lectures on this cruise - sea days were boring. And because of weather we didn't spend alot of time on deck. Trivias and games were mostly small scaled and only lasted 15-30 mins. I'm not sure about others, many people might enjoy the shows but I found them extremely out-dated and corny.

We didn't join any ship's excursions as some of their prices were outrageous. a 5-6 hour tour to Game of Thrones castle cost $399!

Some said the bad itinerary was the reason it needed to discount to fill up the rooms. Overall very rushed as the ship departed at 4-5pm most of the ports. Clearly this cruise was not for someone who wished to thoroughly visit a place.

Itinerary / embarkation / entertainment needed improvement but still an enjoyable cruise. At this price I would not hesitate to go again.

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Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah 2B
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