Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by JohnL20
- Sail Date: September 2019
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
It was our first cruise so we had no preconceived notion on what to expect. We had input from many experienced cruisers who made us aware of all the intricacies of cruising including the ship, the cabin, the dinning facilities and shore excursions.
Over all , we were very pleased with our first cruise. The staff on celebrity were amazing especially our cabin steward. If i had to give one hint for a perfect cruise, it would be make friends with your cabin steward . They can make your cruise even more enjoyable.
The ports and islands we visited were amazing . We just wished we had more time in them especially Malta.
Our cabin was an interior one in the bow. We need feel a bit more of the rough seas , which there was only one night of, in that location on the ship. The lack of a window was not a problem for us .
We ended up dining mostly in the Oceanview Cafe, Refelction's buffet. We did try Opus , the formal dining room , but our assigned table for the cruise was at the entrance to the restaurant on the main floor near the kitchen. With a capacity of 1400 people in was a bit noisey where we were, So we decided to check the dinner menu every day and if there wasn't anything worth getting dressed up for, we ended up eating at the buffet. We ate 10 out of our 12 dinners in the Oceanview . It gave us the flexibility of food choices as well as the flexibility of eating times and you didn't have to get dressed up. The food and staff were superb. We looked forward to dinner time every night.
Overall it was a very pleasant first time experience and Celebrity will be a very hard cruise line to beat.
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we were told that 4 fellow cruisers actually hired a cab for 100E and he took them all around Athens and even waited for them while they explored the Acropolis. But you take your chances in doing this.
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If you do not have internet access aboard your ship most Mykonos restaurants offer free wifi with your meal.
The cobble stoned streets were a bit of a challenge for my wife. So if you have mobility issues getting a shore early is a blessing.
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We wished we had had more time here . We enjoyed the people and the history of this island very much, It is the only greek port we visited that we would go back for a visit.
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Oia VillageSantorini, the quintessential Greek Island you see on all the ads. The stark white churches with blue roofs bathed in sunlight. Except the day we were arrived. It was the first day that it had rained in 5 months. So no sunshine bathed buildings but some great pics with the same buildings against a very dark black sky.View All 227 Oia Village Reviews
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We even were back on board the ship for lunch.
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