We choose this cruise because friends of ours recommended/invited us along. I believe this was their 2nd time sailing on this itinerary and they raved about the Reflection so we were eager to give Celebrity a try!
We selected an AquaClass cabin which gave us access to the Blu Restaurant. The staff at Blu went above & beyond to take care of us. Shout-out to the Maitre D', Laurence, who was always cheerfully checking on us... also to our head waiter, Param and his team. Param went out of his way to get us just about anything we asked for and even some things we just had questions about. Thank you to Arvind, our sommelier, who kept up with our ever-changing beverage requests. Keep on smiling, Niak. I looked forward to your happy disposition each night that we visited Blu. At the end of our journey, Laurence invited us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the main galley and we also got to see the galley for Blu. This was a treat as it was our first behind-the-scenes tour of any type on any cruiseline.
Although this was not our first time cruising, we had many firsts on this sailing. While I wouldn't recommend this sailing to those with children, I think it would be an absolutely blast to take my adult children the next time (and there will be a next time) we sail this itinerary. New Orleans during Maris Gras, was something to experience, for sure! Save your head/face and bring a long a hat if you plan to be attending any of the many parades where people are throwing beads & other goodies from the floats. I saw several people catch beads with their faces - ouch! Our first night in New Orleans, we had started to head to one of the local piano bars with our friends, but we never made it past Julia Street due to a parade going by that caught our interest... for 2+ hours! I am still trying to figure out what to do with all the beads we brought home.
If you enjoy shopping, visit the French Market. There are some good deals to be had there. We were under the impression that the French Market might be closed on Fat Tuesday due to what we had read online. Nearly every booth was open. Cafe Du Monde was open on Fat Tuesday as well.
Our other two ports on this cruise, were Cozumel MX and Grand Cayman. It was windy the day we were to dock at Grand Cayman. The ship's captain made a decision to dock at the south port (less affected by the wind) where they provided free shuttles for us to go downtown. It's not walkable so we were grateful for the cruiseline's choice to provide this service. We took a shuttle downtown then walked to the Guy Harvey Art Museum and store. After a few hours of meandering around downtown, we took the shuttle back to the south port and hopped on the tender boat to go back to the ship.
The entertainment on the ship varied. We had a comedian piano player who we all enjoyed. There was a stage show or 2 that had the usual singing/dancing. But, the best show of all was saved for the end of the cruise. Euphoria is a cirque-type-show with acrobatics & aerialists along with dancing, giant blow-up animals & singing. I can't really describe it better than that, other than to say that it is a must-see show.
Overall, this was one of our favorite cruises so far. Celebrity's staff, though many of them seemed to be at the end of their contract on this sailing, were all eager to assist in any way they could. We hope to run into them on other Celebrity ships. We will definitely be sailing with Celebrity again.
Positives about this room type... Plenty of shelving & drawer space in the bathroom for all of our toiletries, a sliding door on the shower (no pesky shower curtain), a sliding door to enter the balcony (no slamming door), AquaClass shower with multiple directional sprayers, a large closet for hanging clothing, lots of clothes hangers, daily flavored cold brewed tea service along with daily snacks that are delivered between 3-4 (unless you put your 'I'm sleeping' sign on the door) and the ability to have the room steward open the balcony partition between you and your neighbors (assuming you both agree to it) so you can hang out with your friends on the balcony. Suitcases fit perfectly underneath the bed though we opted to keep ours on the couch for quick & easy access since we didn't have a use for our couch.
Negatives... There are just 2 electrical outlets for charging phones, camera batteries, walkie talkies, etc. If you bring 2 converter plugs for the 2 European outlets, you will have 4 usable outlets. Clothing drawer space is rather limited. We had 3 drawers, total. Thankfully, most of our clothing fit on hangers and the closet is fairly large.