We joined up with friends whom we met on a prior cruise for this post-holiday getaway. This was our 4th sailing on the Reflection, so we know her pretty well. The ship is still in great shape and the crew is generally well-prepared and attentive.
We greatly enjoy Aqua Class for its access to BLU, which just makes for a much more intimate cruise experience. With the exception of 1 meal, we ate exclusively in BLU for all of our breakfasts & dinners and had caring and responsive servers. The BLU breakfast menu is unchanging and could benefit from a 'daily special' just to shake up the offerings over the course of a long cruise. Their dinner menu is more limited than the MDR and tries to be more upscale, but on some evenings, this left the 4 of us who were dining together with a menu of unappealing options. Thankfully BLU accommodates orders from the MDR menu on special request, and they're very good about bringing an extra entree for the table to share, just to let us 'give it a try'. Our BLU service staff of Sandeepa, Dominic and Bayu were really extraordinary.
The only real service negative we encountered onboard was in the bars, and particularly in our favorite Martini Bar, where the before-dinner crowd was crushing and the bar staff and servers couldn't keep up with demand. The Passport Bar was also jammed, while the World Class Bar sat virtually empty, as it has on every cruise we've ever taken on the Reflection. The WCB has odd specialty drinks that are clearly not very popular and they don't even stock all of the liquors on the Premium Beverage Package. Why they don't make this bar more mainstream is beyond me ...
It's rare for us to rate Celebrity Entertainment as 'excellent', but it truly was on this cruise. There were standout performances in the theatre on most nights, and even a bonus matinee from one of the ship's favorite guest performers. We hope this is indicative of a positive new trend for Celebrity.
Great access to the forward elevators
Embarkation was very quick and easy
Be aware that you take a small ferry and then tender to the submarine in open sea to transfer aboard. Once submerged, the ride is enjoyable and interesting, although the variety of fish was limited and visibility was a bit cloudy overall. The crew was highly entertaining.View All 15 Submarine Tour Reviews
This tour took us to Pigeon Island for swimming in the morning, then on to the Titons and an open-sea swim before returning to the ship late afternoon. A very tasty lunch and free-flowing beverages were provided onboard.
There was a very scary incident during boarding because choppy seas and rolling swells kept the catamaran from tying up securely. One passenger failed to execute the transfer and fell between the cement dock and the catamaran. Fortunately, a crew member quickly dove in to save the passenger, who appeared uninjured - but the incident was certainly unnerving to all.View All 87 Catamaran Day Sail Reviews
This tour began with a bus tour of St. Kitts and visit to an old rum factory, followed by a catamaran transfer to Nevis, a short safari-type vehicle tour of the island, a refreshment stop near a beach, and finally catamaran transfer back to our ship. The time we spent on the water was picturesque and enjoyable. The land portions were uninspired.View All 128 Catamaran Tour Reviews
The transfer to/from St. Barth was via 'fast ferry', which took about 45 minutes. The seating is all 'inside' with limited views, but you truly don't want to do anything but concentrate on holding down your breakfast during the extremely bumpy eastbound morning trip. (Fortunately westbound back to our ship was far more enjoyable). The crew was excellent and well prepared to assist seasick passengers with quick acting remedies.
St. Barth itself is lovely and easy to navigate on foot. The harbor is teeming with impressive yachts, restaurants, and high-end shopping. Note that the shops all seem to close from 1-3, which significantly limits how to spend your time here. We found 4 hours there almost too long, but passed the time people-watching and basking in the best weather we had on the entire cruise.View All undefined undefined Reviews