Summary – as a single – only 3 star and would not repeat
As a couple – I’m assuming I’d add .5 to 1 star to this review.
Context – Male, 40, Montreal – Canada.
Accompanied by parents and sister + husband
Cruise was Miami – Sea – Cozumel – Grand Cayman – Falmouth – Labadee – Sea –Miami
Review will be separated by
Solo travelling / Ship state, amenities, rooms / Service / Food & restaurants / Persian something (spa) /Destinations / excursions / Daily activities, Aqua class vs Regular Class.
******Solo travelling – 1/5********
The offering of Reflection for solos / singles was severely lacking all through the cruise. Most cruise companies will advertise a single nights event / greet / activity. This would generally show in the daily schedule provided to all every night for the next day.
Usually, these events take place on the first or second night of the cruise, and give a chance for people travelling solo to meet and possibly find someone to hang out with at some point in the cruise, either to for meals, for activities, or for drinks.
Reflection did a terrible job at this. First – there were technically ‘’meets’’ scheduled every night, one at 8pm and one at 10 pm, but none were advertise in the daily schedule. A daily schedule so detailed, it took a whole page in very little writing. Picture provided below. Basically, if you wanted to know about a singles meet, you needed to go to guests relations desk, and on a ‘’community board’’ well removed from view were 3 little cardboards signs indicating a LGQT meet, an informal bridge game and the singles meet.
The time was a poor choice too, considering that the main dinner room had dinner services at 6 and 8 pm, meaning that half the cruise could not attend the 8pm one. Most cruises do cocktail hours, somewhere around 5pm, an hour well recognized everywhere in the world as happy hour, regardless of your scheduled time of meals.
The second terrible thing was that it was held at what they call the ‘’World Class Bar’’. The WCB is a place where every drink is 15$ and none of them are included in any package whatsoever – I had already the premium package. And you cannot order anything else, or bring any other drinks.
So basically, I would have had to to pay to sit down at a bar for a singles meet that no one knew was happening. Also, since the WCB is open to anyone at any point, there was absolutely no way to know who was there to have a drink, and who was there for the singles meet & greet.
Also, there were no signs that indicated a singles meet on the table, or anyone from the cruise to introduce / facilitate the singles meet. Finally, the WCB is a poor place to meet at all, it’s wedged on the 4th deck, in between the main foyer stairs and the stores.
Furthermore, what baffled me is that on a random day in the cruise, the LGQT meet actually made it in the daily schedule, but the singles meet stayed forever out of sight of the whole cruise, which really goes by the daily schedule.
In fact – I felt that Reflection did little to encourage socialization during the cruise. This cruise and the 2 following ones are mostly booked by families and it my feeling is that cruise management felt less of a responsibility to promote meets because of this. I would argue on the contrary that is the exact time where you should be promoting more of meets, because on a 3000 person boat with many families, it becomes highly complicated to meet other singles / solo travelers.
Just to be clear, I went with my parents and my sister + husband. I love them dearly, but some days / times, I would have like to simply hang out with others. So I basically chatted up with people in the hot tub, and sometimes getting drinks. But socialization is a repeat process, not a one off – meaning you won’t invite someone to share your meal until you’ve met him / her a few times. On a small cruise, it’s going to happen naturally. On a 3000 people boat, you might never meet the same people again. In fact, I never met the same people twice.
The Sky Lounge, which is the main bar at night would allow kids until 11h00 pm, which means the crowd was changing only around midnight – which becomes a little late if you are getting up at 6am for an excursion. Also – silent disco partys are fun, but again, not great to meet people if everyone has noise cancellation earphones on.
When a ship is filled with multiple siblings between 20-40 travelling with their parents, I would argue that these could all be considered as singles as some point, meaning that they may wish at some point to eat / hang out / perform activities with other people. Reflection has a very narrow view of singles, meaning you have to have booked a cabin on your own. I felt they used the low amount of single booked cabins / high number of family with kids on this cruise to justify this lack of support for singles meet.
Either way – promoting social activities is a very simple thing. It did not have to be a ‘’Singles’’ event, it could have been a social event, it could have been any corny or non corny name, which would have provided an opportunity for the people who wanted to meet others to do so. Doesn’t matter if only 20 or 30 people show up, these are the people interested in meeting other people.
My conclusion is that if you are planning a trip as a solo on the Reflection, and might assume that like other cruises you will be supported in meeting your fellow solo travellers, you are mostly on your own! Singles travelling is expensive, as we fork out the same price as everyone for a cabin, and having such a poor offering was almost insulting. It doesn’t take much to help solo people meet, and boy did Reflection fail on that account.
******Ship and amenities 4.5/5********
There is little to say about the ship itself and the amenities provided. The ship interior is beautiful, very well maintained and in excellent shape.
The rooms were modern, again in excellent shape. The beds were comfortable, not too firm nor too soft, a balance that would probably be to everyone’s liking. I really have little to say because the boat in general is clean, beautiful, with quality materials.
A quick word about our Stateroom attendant – Tracia. Should you be so lucky as to have her, she went above and beyond to ensure that our stay was comfortable and the service she provided was exceptional.
Wifi worked consistently all through the cruise. It’s not a quick connection, but I found it to be one of the most reliables one I’ve ever had. A few interruptions here and there, but generaly speaking, very reliable. Very pleased with that service.
AC – I found the AC to be at exactly the right temperature inside the ship. Sometimes, the difference between outside and inside is too pronounced, but I thought the ship managed the temperature differential real well. Inside the ship was always comfortable, but never too cold.
Gym – the Gym is a little small for a cruise ship this size. This meant that from 7 to almost 8h30 am, it was completely packed. Rest of the day was empty.
Pools and poolsides – There are 3 pools, 2 open to everyone and 1 for 16+. On sea days, the people go crazy real early and by 8-8h30 am, the seats near the pools are often mostly taken. On non-sea days, it is relatively easy to find a spot. Also – and huge props to them, the pool staff is fairly fast to make available chairs that have been unused for a while, even when they still have towels on them.
********Service 4.5 / 5**********
In general, service varied from very great to exceptional, with the exception of one area and two incidents which I will cover later.
Bar Staff – courteous and quick service
Stateroom attendant – extraordinary service
Restaurant staff – we review in details Blu restaurant below, but in general, excellent work at all restaurants in terms of services
Guest relations – I really liked the service provided by guest relations.
I had a small problem at the beginning of the cruise, where the room next to me was putting on loud music. I think these were first time cruisers, and were probably not aware of how thinner the rooms of a cabin are compared to let’s say, a hotel room. I didn’t mind so much during the day, even if their choice of music was not my own, but it bothered me that it still played at 11pm.
They did send some people repeatedly and finally managed to speak to them on the next day. The first night, they had left the room with the music on ) The problem was solved quickly after that, and I’ve never heard anything afterwards. Guest relations contacted me regularly during the cruise to ensure that the situation had been completely resolved, and I highly appreciated it.
Shore excursions – Excellent service provided by Elena and a lady from Ile Maurice at Shore Excursions.
First – we booked a little late for a dive in Cozumel, and when we arrived at the desk, it was already full. They contacted the tour operator, and made sure we had spot on the dive for us.
Second - because we didn’t get the dive on our first night in Cozumel, we booked the dive in the Caymans, but only wanted to do one during our trip. We managed to make it on the Cozumel dive, and I had understood I had all day to cancel the Cayman one (which was next day). The actual policy is 24h before the excursion. I was a few hours late on the cancellation, but shore excursions were very nice and accepted to cancel the second dive regardless.
Third – we did a tour in Jamaica that featured the Dunn’s Falls and River Garden. The tour operator decided to add a shopping stop which was not included in the description of the tour. This cost us about an hour and we got back to the boat one hour late. While we though the excursion was fair, the unexpected shopping stop at a tourist trap was a big thing for us. I later went to shore excursion to discuss this – Elena quickly recognized that there were no shopping stops on our excursion and flagged this for her manager. The next day, we got 25% of our excursion refunded, which we thought was quite fair.
So in general, all good with the service from shore excursions. The excursions taken will be covered in excursions.
An area of the ship and two specific situations prevent me from giving service a full 5 star.
The area of the ship in question is the 14th ocean view café, specifically the outside deck. The ocean view café is the main cafeteria, and like most of these, there is an area outside for seating. There are probably about 50 tables outside, and the deck is rarely very occupied, as people seem to prefer eating inside in the AC.
My family and I prefer eating outside – and I rarely seen such poor service – or at least service that is not consistent with a 5 star rating (and the amount we’ve paid) Whereas 95% of the boat staff always seems to be bustling with energy and work, the staff on the deck on the 14th floor mostly seem to be putzing around. Plates of food stayed on tables long after guests were gone, tables went unwashed, waiters never came asking if you need anything and never to pick up your empty plate between, let’s say main and dessert. The only time they interacted with me is on the first day, trying to sell me a premium package for drinks.
It may truly be that the 14th outside deck is like the overall cafeteria, where service to table is not provided. But with so few people sitting on the dock outside, you would assume that plates could be cleared in a decent amount of time, and tables still be washed. With all this staff just waiting around and nothing happening, it felt like the service should have been better.
As I know sometimes management reads these reviews, there was an exception, a young Russian lady waiter did provide an appropriate level of service, asking if we wanted anything and promptly came to pick up plates, but I’ve only seen her once, and I cant remember her name.
The first incident was with the tender tickets for Grand Cayman, the only stop requiring tenders. The whole tender operation for Grand Cayman was a bit of a mess – but I don’t fault the Cruise overly. The tender boats seemed to be operated by the port, and not by the cruise company, and there were 4 cruise ships all trying to disembark at roughly the same time, with our ship arriving the latest to port, with somewhat of a small swell.
So the shore excursions were leaving at 10 with the first tender, and then you had to get tender tickets on deck #4 for all further tender to shore. I cannot say exactly (guest relations? Shore excursions?) who was responsible to provide the tender tickets, but my mom went down after breakfeast to get some tickets for the family. The tender tickets lady refused to give her tickets, even if we were within 15 minutes of being ready, because it would seem we needed to be all in front of her and ready, which was never mentioned anywhere in any communication. That was at about 9h00. They were giving out tender tickets for boats 28-30 at that point. By the time my mom went up to rouse us all and we came back down about 15-20 minutes later, they had none left. We had to wait for the open tender boat. Turned out that the 28-30 tender left around noonish, and the open tender around 1h30. Why did the woman wanted us to be all ready and down a full 3 hours before the tender we would have left the cruise ship is still a total mystery to me. We lost a full 1h30 on Grand Cayman because of her. And as we had to be back on ship by 5 pm, and only touched shore around 2 pm, we barely had the time to hit the beach and so Grand Cayman was a bit of a bust for us.
As for the other incident, it happened on the first day – at the emergency drill. You have to show up, you have to listen to the presentation as to what to do and where to be in case of a emergency on the ship. It’s a mandatory requirement for cruise travel. I arrived with my family, tried to give my name 3 times to the lady calling our part of the boat, every time she waived me off saying she had it, and I knew she didn’t. She also seemed particularly bored to be there and I have to say, things were a little chaotic. The reserved spot for C1 was way too small for the amount of people. Third time, I just got tired, and decided that was enough. Of course, the same night, I had a note saying I wasn’t present at the emergency meeting.
There were no further consequences, but for some other cruise lines, the emergency meeting needs to be retaken if you do not make it. And as this was the first day on the cruise, in the first few hours, it did cast a bit of a shadow on the experience.
*********Food and restaurants**********
4.5/5 (but 75% of meals eaten at Blu)
My family was all upgraded to Aqua Class, meaning our dining room was the Blu Restaurant, on deck #5. But as I know that most of you will be eating out of the main dining room (opus café), I will be posting a picture of the menu on Blu and the menu for the dining room on the same night. This will be discussed further in the Is Aqua Class update worth it section.
So I’ll be discussing Blu, the Lawn Grill, the Ocean View Cafeteria, the Spa Café and the Boccia café. I did not eat elsewhere on the ship, and therefore would be inadequate of me to provide a review.
The Blu restaurant and his staff + chef gets a 5 star all around from me. From all of the trips I’ve taken, the food served at that restaurant varied from very good to excellent. Most nights, we would eat a minimum of 2 appetizers and one main + 1 dessert, and each time, the whole family came out fully satisfied. The ingredients were fresh, the choice interesting and the cooking of the various meats and fishes perfect. Generally speaking, you had one pasta, one fish, one vegetarian meal, one poultry and usually one or two choices of meat. You always had the possibility of salmon, steak and… I forgot. My dad was the only one who ever took the salmon one night out of the regular menu, and found his salmon excellent. All the others in our party were always convinced by at least one of the daily dishes.
Of everywhere on the ship, the service was by far the best. I know the names of every staff member, because of the repeated interactions we had with them. Violetta, our sommelier, knew her wines very well and provided exceptional service, though my dad wanted me to point out that he thought the wine selection that came with our premium package slightly limited.
Wayne. Roger, Emmanuel and Daria particularly, but Oleg, Wulan, PhongPhan and the maitre D, Dario who ran a tight ship, remembered our preferences and were quick to provide menu alternatives to maximize our happiness. I do not recall having such a staff attentive to our different needs / food allergies / food preferences.
I need to point out that the Blu restaurant is also the breakfeast restaurant for the Aqua Class, so maybe the repeated interactions of eating there twice a day and being served by the same staff did indeed help the service experience.
Breakfeast was also delicious and efficient. But breakfast is breakfast, and while there’s a bazillion ways to makes eggs, in the end, they’re still eggs. And breakfeast has everything you need there – from smoothies to oatmeal made behind you with your choice of toppings, to seriously every thing you need. Xcept Hash Browns – because they serve fingerling potatoes. And they offered often to go get some from the cafeteria upstairs, but the choice was so large, I never took them up on their offer.
In conclusion, blu restaurant is an absolute sure bet all round. Small warning – plates sizes are more on the European side of things – meaning that they go for quality instead of quantity. But as you can take as many plates as you wish if – the whole quantity becomes a moot point.
The Lawn and Grill
We ate our first dinner at the Lawn and Grill. Typically, the restaurants will offer a 50% on the first night, the offer should be at your door in an envelope. (Or maybe that was just Aqua Class, no way for me to know) Book fast if you choose to do so, seats go by pretty quickly because of that.
The Lawn and Grill is outside, on the 14th deck – or 15th? I forget. Doesn’t matter. It’s outside. You would except a lawn grill to provide excellent grill, and that they did. Generally speaking, you choose as many meats as you wish, and the chef grills them for you.
The appetizer is a very thin crusted pizza, with toppings of your choice, and a fresh, well supplied salad bar. There many side dishes like rice, potatoes, mac& cheese, etc, which we did not take, because well – why waste some spaces on sides when you are there for the meat.
I have less to say about the Lawn and Grill, but what I will say is they deliver in terms of service, quality of meats, quality of cooking and general freshness of service. I’m sure we would have gone again, had Blu not been so good. I would totally recommend.
Small notice – the wind often picks up at night in the Carribean. While there are glass walls to try to stop it and the waiters graciously lowered some side plastic barriers, it was still quite windy. If you are easily chilled, do bring a little vest.
The Ocean View Cafeteria.
I mostly ate lunch at the OVC and often at random hours. I feel like I rarely got the full experience or the full menu on display. The food was… ok. I mean, it’s a cafeteria. For those of you with food allergies, I can tell you they take it seriously, but you need to speak to the staff to get something specific. There was a gluten free dessert bar – I tried one, not great, but hey – it’s gluten free!
I would like to say the salad bar was always well stocked with fresh ingredients, but often lacked in terms of proteins. Often, you’d only have either chiken cubes or ham cubes never both. On the cold cuts table, only two types of cheeses and only two types of cold cuts (salami and something that looked like bologna). There was a pasta bar, a Mexican bar, a stir fry bar, etc – I never took any of them, can’t say either way. Usually, you could find some type of starch (potatoes, rice) some type of chicken or meat and some type of hot vegetables. They did change almost every day. There was a carving station I managed to catch once, and the turkey pieces were fine. In fact, all of the food was ok. Just not great.
I know I’ve spoke about the service in the deck outside of the OCV, but it also felt when passing through that it lacked inside too. There were often dishes on tables already unattended, there were often things lacking – like paper cups to make yourself a coffee to go. Often both coffee stations were lacking these paper cups. But I would like to point out that I didn’t eat very often there, that I wasn’t there for the rushes, and maybe my experience of an overall meh service was circumstantial. Or maybe the fact that the boat was full was stretching the OCV staff – it’s just that the other parts of the boat didn’t show it.
A few words about the Spa café – it’s situation on the 14th deck, but inside near the pool area reserved for 16+. Ate a few lunches there. Smaller salad bar, but always fresh – same protein problem, and a few appetizers dishes that were hit of misses, but always minimally ok. They have a very nice smoothie bar, but the wait can be a little daunting.
Located on the 5th floor, the café has a huge selection of cakes and desserts, but is mostly popular for the higher end coffees. My sister – big coffee fan, said the coffees were fine, well roasted and honest. There is another coffe shop on the other side which serves italien gelato. The ice cream on the ship is generally a bit meh, the gelato was good, but had to be paid over and was not included in the package. Probably the only thing we felt should have been included. (all of the desserts at Baccio are included)
******The Persian something (spa) 3.5 / 5*********
Aqua Class has an unlimited access to the spa and I went there twice. The spa is beautiful, with a hammam, a dry sauna, an cold room, cold showers, and a scented spa (??). There are about 6 chairs per rooms (2) and they are made out of ceramic and are heated, which is quite an added bonus.
My small problem with the spa was the noise, and the hammam. I’ve been doing the Scandinavian baths quite often in my life, and in order for them to work, the hot must be hot, and the cold, cold. I find it’s something I often have a problem with in spas, where often either one is not up to par.
In this particular case, the hammam was not hot enough. I could have stayed there indefinitely, which you are not supposed to be able to do. To be fair, the dry sauna reached the appropriate temperature.
The other problem was the noise. A spa is usually a place of relaxation, where, if a conversation was to take place, is usually done in hushed tones. My first visit was particularly unpleasant, with some guests chatting quite loudly, oblivious to the atmosphere. My main problem is that the staff was also regularly coming in to tour the spa with prospective guests, which was fine, and not only did they never asked the ladies to quiet down, but they themselves were speaking at full volume.
To be fair, I went there a second time, and the guests were quiet, and there were no visits, and the hammam wasn’t any hotter, but I still enjoyed my time, so it might have been circumstantial.
Cozumel - Cozumel doesn’t have any close beach, so it’s a bit of a funny destination. You’ll notice that a lot of the excursions proposed are really high in travel time, often making up to 75% of the actual excursion. Do ask at the shore excursions desk how long you are stopping, you might be surprised. The shopping mall near the pier is a bit of a bust, and we didn’t go to town, which I understand to be about 5-10 minutes by cab. If I wasn’t diving that day – that would probably have been a ship day for me.
Grand Cayman – other than the tender problems, Grand Cayman is an interesting destination. The 7 mile beach which is not really 7 miles is a nice, while not very large. With 4 boats in port, all beaches were pretty packed. We did not take an excursion that day, and I do not think one is necessary. Outside the pier, cabs will take you the most popular beaches for 5$ per person. Be careful on the way back, as the cabs are 10-20 people mini-buses and will wait to be full before driving back. I had to wait 20 mins before my cab left off. Tikki beach is a great sandy beach, but with a rock formation that makes for poor swimming. You can rent chais for about 10 per person on most beaches. The equivalent excursion, with a drink, goes around 70 per person, which we found to make small sense, as a round trip with a chair is 20$.
Jamaica – There’s nothing much at Falmouth, but at least the pier shopping center looks good. The only disadvantage of Jamaica is that the ship lands slightly far from any activity and there is some travelling time either way. About 1 hour to go to Ocho Rios, or 1 hour the other way to go to Montego Bay. But I’m told there are nice beaches, we just didn’t choose to go.
Haiti – Labadee. Completely man made vacation spot. There is absolutely nothing that is nature made on that site, and if you look around on the horizon, you wont find a beach in sight, because this was not originally a beach. I’m fairly sure all the sand was trucked from elsewhere. What are the downsides of this – well because they closed off the dragon something beach from the waves with man made formations, there is a lot of alguae in the water.
The other downside and I WILL PUT THIS IN CAPS HOPING THAT SOME FROM MANAGEMENT READS THIS BUT A BEACHVOLLEY BALL TERRAIN WITH ROCKS IN THE SAND IS JUST A LIABILITY SUIT WAITING TO HAPPEN. Seriously, I don’t know who is the genius who tought it would be a good idea, but I played about 2 hours, and had scratches all over my knees and legs and opened my toe because I stepped on a rock. One of the player got a screw out. So ya – Labadee management please send some people with rakes to take the rocks out? I wont even mentioned that they cordoned off the terrain with huge ropes, so every time you run out to catch an errant ball, you run the risk of face planting. In rocks.
But otherwise, Labadee is a fine destination for a beach day. There is sand, there is sun, there is food and drinks, and for kids – and some adults, the place is just a huge playing ground. The other side of the lagoon barefoot beach I think it was called, is much nice to swim in, without the algua problem. Obvisouly, it becomes quite crowded because of that.
Cozumel Diving – My dad and I dove in Cozumel, and we were both very impressed by the price vs offering. This was by far the best price / quality ratio. The dive shop is just off the pier, the staff of Sandbar was absolutely professional, and worried about our security at every step of our run. The dive spot is just 20 mins of boat away. 1 divemaster per 6 divers, a fair ratio. I dove many coral reefs, and often find them boring. There’s often little marine life to see. But the Cozumel reef was real lively, with a teeming aquatic fauna and flora. And back to the boat at 11h30 to enjoy the rest of the day! Overall, and excellent experience if you are a diver. 135 USD.
Treasure of Ocho Rios & Dunns Falls. Look – Dunn’s Falls is a beautiful place. Seriously, it’s an awesome little spot of small falls and nice warm water. The problem is the bazillion of people going up in human chains that are going up in groups of 20-30 people. They kinda ruin the experience…
About the difficulty – I’ve done a lot of hiking in my life, and stood out because I was wearing my hiking boots. You will be up to your waist in water, but I didn’t mind, I had 3 days to get them dry. With my boots, I could have got up in 5-10 minutes? The problem is – again – people. The only reason is takes so long is that they will accept anyone who wishes to climb. And then put it on the group to bring them up. Do bring yourself a pair of water shoes – FLIP FLOPS ARE NOT WATER SHOES, or buy them for 10$ at the entrance.
After Dunn’s Falls, we went to River Garden, which used to be the Gardens of a hotel in the 1920’s. Honestly, it was very nice. It’s a quick tour, but the flora / trees and the old leftovers of the old hotel are interesting and quite unique.
This is where they stopped us at a tourist trap, as explained earlier. And this is why we got a 25% rebate on our excursions. Count about 1 hour to go and another to come back. Buses were comfy – not complaints there.
Look, it was a fun day with the family. Could we have spent 80$ in a better way? Absolutely. Do I recommend it? Meh. Take that as you wish.
*****Daily Activities & entertainment*****
I found Daily activities to be a bit meh – with a lot of false conferences, where they wanted to sell you stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that side of the business, but other cruises do a great job at balancing those and providing some real information. I’ve provided a picture of a daily schedule. The interesting ones were often the paying ones. (I found for example that charging for a mixology class when most of us already have the premium package was a bit cheap). Also, not enough of them promoted a certain socialization, but I’ve covered that extensively, so wont get back to it.
In general, bands ranged from excellent to meh.
Strolling quartet provided excellent jazz and other music on request – we ended up following them around the schedule. We also danced swing and tango to them.
The guy with a guitar and the two ladies playing current hits to violon were both quite talented and very enjoyable to listen to (not dansable though)
Vinyl Band – An excellent range of songs – from about the 1970s to today, the Vinyl Band was really good. I thought some of the songs chosen were less to the advantage of the lady singer, but when you have such a wide selection of songs, it feels like I’m just nitpicking. It was the more mainstream band and they did an real good job. Not danceable as per partner dancing, but totally danceable in the more modern sense.
Big Band to Ballroom band was by far the worst – they only played on one night twice, and the bandleader is the director of the music experience on the boat. He seemed miffed that no one danced and repeatedly asked people to join in. I do not think he is a dancer himself and so possibly does not understand what a partnered dancer looks for in a song. First of all, his choice selection was either way too quick, or more often, way too slow. And secondly, the band seemed oblivious that they were playing the long versions of the standards – no partner dancer wants to dance for 6 mins… A good lindy / swing song lasts 3-4 mins, not 6. So all in all, a poor experience in song selection and beat selection. Our group danced blues, salsa, waltz, tango, lindy on this ship, and yet didn’t dance once to that band.
Casino – Casino was fine. Cash games for poker every night – 200 buy in. Very popular. Otherwise, a cruise ship casino like all others. Professional and all.
Shows and comedians
I went to the show on the first sea day and it was inegal, but generally good. But the Broadway review was a bit of a catastrophy. Otherwise, I avoided the shows.
Comedians: first comedian was very meh – vaguely got a chuckle out of me. The second comedian arrived mid week and was much better. Cant remember any names – sorry.
Aqua Class vs regular class
And now you wonder, should I upgrade to Aqua class or not. Some of the perks of Aqua class were excellent. And this is where it becomes tricky.
For us, Aqua Class was worth it because of the upgrade to the Blu restaurant. We ate breakfeast and dinner there, and short of our try of the Lawn Grill, we were happy to always go back. In fact, as stated service, food and menu was so good that were were never tempted to try one of the a la carte restaurant.
When the family sat down to review the cruise, we were all in agreeement that Aqua Class was worth it, just because of that. Otherwise, we rarely used the spa, and we coudnt really figure out what other perks was there for us from Aqua Class. (I think there were priority boarding / priority exits for us, but to be honest, the ship was really efficient, and I'm not sure we would have needed those)
I have two caveats here:
1) WE might have saved a few bucks by actually paying every time at the Blu instead of having it all included. My sister and her husband often missed breakfeast, so all an all, maybe it would have been cheaper to pay a la carte. By how much? No idea.
2) Because we were so satisfied with the food at Blu, we never tried the main dining room. Maybe the dinners were also great, and maybe Blu was simply just a little better?
That's yours to discover.
That's about all! Do write if you have some questions, I'll be happy to answer them.
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