We’ve not sailed the Reflection since 2014, and were pleased to see it so immaculately clean. Our C3 cabin #8279 was close to the aft, in a quiet corridor with just some minor vibrations. However it was about 300 steps to the bow elevators to head up to the Sky Lounge. The weather started out mild and warmed up as we headed south to Cartagena, Columbia and the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). On our way back we experienced stronger wind and moderate waves getting around Cuba.
The crowd was typical to Celebrity – few kids and mostly 65+, numerous with mobility challenges.
Reflection is using the older technology for embarkation, so it was not quick. We were allowed to drop off our hand luggage in the cabin. We were advised that U.S. Government conducted an inspection of the food preparation areas, so many services were delayed, including the Concierge lunch in the dining room, and some menu items were in short supply. The crew is very friendly and the officers mingle with guests throughout. Our cabin steward Michael from Honduras was polite, efficient and unobtrusive.
Meals: Generally met our high expectations. We had Select Dining at 7:30pm and after 3 nights we found the team of Jeronimo and Roidon who took care of us the rest of the way doing an excellent job every night. Our dishes were nicely prepared and arrived at the proper temperature. The only disappointment was the elimination of Rack of Lamb from the menu, drum fish and turkey parmesean. The Oceanview Café was somewhat crowded at times, but the food stations are spread out and lines moved quickly at the pasta, stir-fry and egg stations (at breakfast). Some of the “Special menu” themes did not live up to our expectations. For example, the Greek Giro was a far cry from what Niko our Greek Captain would find at home. The ice cream stand offered good variety of flavors, soft-serve, and toppings. We did not dine at any specialty restaurants. Our Elite level light breakfasts at Tuscan Grill included cheeses, cold meats and fruit along with fresh juices and specialty coffees. They also added various rolls and baguette for the first time. The “cocktail hour” allowed unlimited free drinks from the Elite menu at most bars, but cold and hot hors d'oeuvre were served only at the Sky lounge. The Café Al Baccio was a nice meeting place for coffee and pastries. We asked for the “coffee card” which hardly any server knows about. Finally we were told that yes, they have it! It cost $29.95 plus 20% gratuity, and allows 10 coffee-based non-alcoholic choices at the Al Bacio Café. We used our onboard credits to get the card and shared it many afternoons throughout the sailing.
Entertainment and activities: Generally good enrichment talks and movies. The headline soloists were average except for the talented violinist Katerina Rossa. The big production shows Elysium, Tribute to Broadway, and Broken Strings were average. Special mention must be given to Cruise Director Giueseppe who was the life of the party wherever he popped up, always talking about is “mama”.
Ports: The itinerary covered islands we’ve already visited at least twice, but we managed to explore new sights. Disembarkation was somewhat delayed, but after we got off the ship and got our luggage quickly, it was slow moving line for non-U.S. citizens through immigration. Ground terminal staff claimed only Global Entry card holders could be cleared with U.S. citizens, while the Immigration Officer told us that NEXUS card holders could have also used that line. It would have saved us at least an hour in line.
Cabin was on the port side, close to the aft, in a quiet corridor with just some minor vibrations. It was about 300 steps to the bow elevators to head up to the Sky Lounge.
Balcony was good size with no obstructions other than straight down. Fridge worked well cooling our drinks. Sofa bed was good size and comfortable to sit on. Bed was by the bath. We requested a mattress topper for added comfort. Very clean throughout including balcony.
we walked around the pier visitor area which included a mock rain forest with animals. Wifi was $5 for 2 hours.
stayed overnight here. We walked to the Rainessance Internaional Plaza where they had lots of music, open-air restaurants, art and local craft exhibits, even “ice” skating for the kids. The following day we took the free trolley at the turnaround circle and enjoyed the slow ride through the main streets. We found free wifi at the street corner once we got off the trolley back at the turnaround.
We did the Irie Tour bus (as repeat customers). Our driver Ariel was very good, giving clear and informative narration, supplied beer water and soft drinks, and dropped us at Mambo Beach for 2 hours, then coming back to take us to the ship. Very reasonable at $25/person.View All 224 Island Tour Reviews
Grand Cayman is a tender port, and with 5 other ships was very crowded. We walked to the public library for free wifi in a cool environment, stopped for some rum cake tasting, and returned to the find our tender back to the ship. It was easy to make a mistake and wait in a much longer line for one of the other ships in port. Many people felt they should have stayed on the ship. It started raining pretty hard and they got soaked.