SAILED THE REFLECTION which was in good shape out of Ft. Lauderdale to New Orleans, Grand Cayman and Cozumel . An older crowd with very few kids. The ship was close to sold out if not completely. Celebrity’s product while still pretty good has suffered as have the other lines with food quality price cutting and staffing restrictions. Serving staff; in restaurants and bars appear to be at a minimum. Dining Room staff looked rushed and “Anytime Dining” puts unfamiliar passengers with needs often with different staff which doesn’t help. We had a table for 11 which is large and sometimes cumbersome for staff anyways. The waiter who who had others table(s) was very good at his job and did well. Sit at a large table you suffer the consequences. We were also the longest away from the kitchen for some reason. Food was good and portions suitable to our age bracket. (All Seniors). The bread sticks on X are almost worth the fare by themselves.
The Porch for Lunch..seafood towers were excellent. We also had dinner one night at the “Lawn Club”. Also great but at extra cost of course.
Other than the first night when there was a lot of confusion about our dinner reservation time. (The claimed not to have one for us) anytime went just fine although they wanted us to eat early than we actually wanted but that got fixed pretty quickly also.
Took in a few of the shows and acts and they are pretty standard on Celebrity. Entertaining but not remarkable. Very capable musicians in the orchestra which to me makes the cruise entertainment wise.
Our Room guy was second to none in my cruise experience. How these folks do it without being intrusive is beyond me.
Ports. New Orleans Day 3 6:30 PM after almost a full day going into and up the Mississippi. Great experience.Use our rollcall to find a pretty good write up about what you are seeing. We snitched it from another chaps posts on another roll call. (You know how that works)
Day 4/ docked right downtown
Day. 5/Docked and departed at 10 PM
So we got there in time to see a parade finish just blocks from the ship. Other parades went frequently on Monday and on Tuesday they seem to go all day. New Orleans is a happening folks. YOu need to train for the experience. It’s very Crowded along the parade routes. At night the place still goes on stop with parades and other experiences. The only real suggestion I have is do it before your body needs to feel the need for sleep rather than party. (Age wise that is)
Grand Cayman.. Had to use the alternative dock on the outside of the Island. Waves at George Town took away tender capabilities. Small dock with two ships handled it all quite well with shoreside tenders. No ability to handle wheel chairs. Shuttles were available to Georgetown. We went to a fairly new Attraction on the Island “ Crystal Caves”. Small caves well lit with good guides. Kinda neat if you have never been underground anywhere else. Pretty easy walking on good small pebbled paths.
Cozumel.. Planned snorkel for rookies was a washout also because of wave action. Just to rough to get into the water from an outfit 15 mins walk towards town. Nice bar and beach set up for being handy to the ship however. Not a super great beach but would have been ok if not for the waves.
So a really friendly staff on a very nice ship for 10 days in The Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico with maybe a touch of the Caribbean was a great holiday. No really warm weather until a day south of the Mississippi. We were in Florida for several days before the cruise and weather was very nice but sail away and the next few days were damp and cool unfortunately. Nothing to do with the Cruise Ship though of course. Just do not expect it to be warm in New Orleans. You might get lucky as the timing does move around but last year they even wore touques. Lol
Larger balcony. View not really obstructed by Life Boats at all. View out to sea and forward grreat. Straightdown ok. To the stern obstructed by the hump. Directly over a smoking area which was never a problem. However on this cruise I will be haunted by a smoking ladies' laugh forever. She was just having too much fun with her fellow smokers.. Closing the door fixed the problem. Had it been warmer I may have resorted to a bucket of water. lol