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A Transatlantic cruise has been on my bucket list for a while. When I had the opportunity to do this cruise with family and friends, I decided to go for it. I was not disappointed. The sea days passed quickly with so many neat things ... Read More
A Transatlantic cruise has been on my bucket list for a while. When I had the opportunity to do this cruise with family and friends, I decided to go for it. I was not disappointed. The sea days passed quickly with so many neat things going on that you couldn't pack them all in. Even though we had a few rough days, I did not get seasick and just let the rocking relax me! I enjoyed the diverse opportunities for activities. What made this cruise especially nice was the superb crew that in most cases could not do enough for you. There also seemed to be a wonderful camaraderie among the crew who all seemed to enjoy their jobs. Since Celebrity likes to advance people from within, I think this gives the crew incentive to do their very best. I did find some of the extra costs to be on the high side--like the Inside Access tour that was priced at $99. Areas that could be improved were the dining room chairs that were especially uncomfortable for short people and hard to move in for everyone. They were in need of being refurbished. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose the cruise because of the ports. Loved tenerife because my wife and I went to Loro Park which was fantastic. Next was Malaga Spain, took free walking tour that was not so good, went to Picasso Museum which was not great, having ... Read More
I chose the cruise because of the ports. Loved tenerife because my wife and I went to Loro Park which was fantastic. Next was Malaga Spain, took free walking tour that was not so good, went to Picasso Museum which was not great, having seen Picasso works before. City is nice to walk around. Went to the Fort, Alhambra, which was a lot of walking for seniors. Next was Cartegena Spain, Very nice small city where we had churros and hot chocolate at Valor restaurant which was terrific. Used Wifi. Next was two days in Barcelona. Toured Sagrada church with audio tour, went for tapas at Barrio Biarritz, which was great, and then went to see spectacular Flamingo opera at the Palau de la Musica. Quick taxi back to the ship late at night. Next day walked around Gotic area and had churros and hot chocolate at Petritxol Xocoa. It was better at Valor. Used metro which was easy buying T10 ticket. Next was Villefranche. Took the Monte Carlo, Monaco tour. Next was Livorno. While most people visited Pisa or Florence, we already had seen those cities, so chose to stay in Livorno. Took the Livorno boat trip and had an good experience. Cruise ended in Rome. The food on the ship was excellent. Did not need to eat at any specialty restuarants. Shows were generally good. Production shows were not as good as the individual guest performers. Room was great. 16 day cruise but we had no problem with storing clothes since we brought with us a closet hanging shelves system from Target, and 3 foldable boxes to put in the storage area over the bed. I would definitely repeat a TA cruise. Only 1 bad day at sea. Weather was very good throughout the cruise trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We booked this transatlantic cruise from Miami because we needed the rest before getting to Europe. Easy check in on the arrival in Miami Port. We sure had a relaxing time, we enjoyed the main dining room every night (we did not feel the ... Read More
We booked this transatlantic cruise from Miami because we needed the rest before getting to Europe. Easy check in on the arrival in Miami Port. We sure had a relaxing time, we enjoyed the main dining room every night (we did not feel the need to try out the specialty restaurants), met lots of fellow travelers, had a great time at the shows, even though some were ok others were great. Our favourite was Mr. Bressler (pianist) very talented, the Beatles Review very well done. Elysium, did not feel a connection. Enjoyed the trivia challenges. The crew from the officers all the way to our cabin steward were courteous and seemed to enjoy being on the ship. Our cabin a superior balcony was lovely and practical, we loved the glass shower and our comfy bed. Thanks to our cabin steward Ian, he really made this cruise perfect. Our cruise ports were beautiful and all different, we really appreciated the 2 days in Barcelona. Loved Villefranche so quaint and pretty. Easy disembarkation in Civitavecchia. The night before the end of the cruise, we did not know if we should take our own luggage and walk off the ship or put them out the night before and hope it would not take to much time to find our luggage. We did not need to worry at all, our luggage was waiting for us in the hangar for an early taxi ride to Rome Termini. No need to worry, put out your luggage. It is an easy and quick disembarkation, as early as 07h15. We will cruise Celebrity again. Can't wait for the Edge next year... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We wanted to just get away from it all. The 8-days on the sea as part of the transatlantic part of the cruise was awesome! We really enjoyed that part so much!! We also enjoyed the ports we visited. Embarkation for us was easy! We ... Read More
We wanted to just get away from it all. The 8-days on the sea as part of the transatlantic part of the cruise was awesome! We really enjoyed that part so much!! We also enjoyed the ports we visited. Embarkation for us was easy! We were Aqua Class so we were able to board around 11AM and we made ourselves comfortable at the Martini Bar. This is where we met some really great people. Disembarkation was another whole story. It is hard to get 3,000 people off the ship in an easy manner. The elevators were always packed and it was very difficult to catch an elevator. We really enjoyed our room though. We were on deck 11 mid-ship. Our room was quiet and really enjoyable. Our cabin attendant, Baso, was awesome. Our dining room, Blu, was amazing! We loved all of the meals we had in the restaurant. Our dining room servers were so very attentive. We enjoyed the Martini Bar every night when they opened at 4:00 PM. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with people to see how their day went and what they did. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports and to enjoy the leisure time on the crossing. It was our first transatlantic cruise. The service from our butler and room steward were outstanding. We enjoyed dining in Luminae, however we were not ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports and to enjoy the leisure time on the crossing. It was our first transatlantic cruise. The service from our butler and room steward were outstanding. We enjoyed dining in Luminae, however we were not always able to dine a the time we wanted. It seemed crowded at times. It was suggested that we should have reserved a time for dining in Luminae as soon as we boarded. We tried three of the specialty restaurants. The Grill was our favorite. We planned all of our shore excursions independently and they went well. They were cheaper and were smaller groups than the Celebrity excursions. All of our excursions were planned with other cruisers off of the cruise critic board. Our favorite port was Nice. We spent two extra night in Rome. The concierge in Michael's Club was very convenient and they were always helpful. Guest Relations usually had a line and they were not always helpful. My room key was disabled three times during the two week cruise. The fourth time Guest Relations told me not to use the room key holder (given to me by Celebrity on this cruise) because it would disable the card. They gave out sea pass/card holders to use which had a magnet so it disabled the card. Seems like they should have been on top of this. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our third reposition cruise on Reflection. We love this ship as it has been very well maintained by the crews over the years. We rented a car for our one-way trip to Miami from Jacksonville ($50). Much cheaper than leaving ... Read More
This was our third reposition cruise on Reflection. We love this ship as it has been very well maintained by the crews over the years. We rented a car for our one-way trip to Miami from Jacksonville ($50). Much cheaper than leaving a car in the port parking terminal at $20/day for 18 days. We had a car prepositioned in JAX for our return flight to the Florida ($5/day parking). Celebrity did a great job getting us checked in. We arrived just as the cabins were made available (1 PM) and had our luggage by 2:30 PM. It was also very efficient for the Rome (Civitavecchia) debark and airport transfer. Tip of the hat to the DaVinci Airport in Rome. The new terminal is fantastic. Can't believe they can support so many high-end stores in one location. This was in stark contrast to Gate 53 at JFK. Kennedy needs a major overhaul. The entire cruise was a pleasure. Martin, our Belgian cruise director, and his team did a great job with on-board activities. I really enjoyed the enrichment programs featuring the history of Rome and of the major ports we visited, We have visited all the ports on this cruise before but took s few new excursions. The trip to the top of Mount Tiede on Tenerife was incredible. If you have any interest in micro-climates, volcanoes, geology, or beautiful views, take this trip! I liked the right side of the tour bus for views over the cliffs as we climbed the mountain.Having seen the Alhambra (don't miss it!), we did an excursion to Granada for a self-guided walking tour. We were not smart and should have taken the Granada trolley or red bus (or cab) to really see the city. I wanted to get into the old part of the town and the Gypsy areas with cave-homes across from the Alhambra. Next time! In Villefranche we experienced the only bad weather of the trip (not counting rough seas for a couple of days). I had lived in the area 60+ years ago so my nostalgia trip was dampened. Had great help from Shawn in Shore Excursions working on some future cruise arrangements. He was very helpful getting details on our upcoming Baltic cruise. In fact, all the crew were great. If I had any issues, it would be the fitness center. Two years ago Celebrity took out a section of the gym to expand the revenue-generating Canyon Spa [They also took out half the Sky Lounge to build new suites]. This cruise they took out one of the four recumbent bikes (which I must use for my back). Two of the three recumbent bikes had maintenance issues. One was taken out of service for 5 days. While I much prefer daily afternoon workouts, demand for the bikes was so high I had to shift to 6 AM and sneak thru the fire doors to be first in line for the working bikes. But fitness center issues aside, we will continue to book this cruise - either west to east or east to west. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise for the time and itinerary. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience on the Reflection. The staff was extremely accommodating and super friendly. Our cabin was a typical cruise cabin but enjoyed the extra ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the time and itinerary. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience on the Reflection. The staff was extremely accommodating and super friendly. Our cabin was a typical cruise cabin but enjoyed the extra space on the balcony. The dinning was endless (of course), the selections were great. The Speciality Dinning Rooms were excellent and the service was outstanding. The ports and excursions were wonderful. They made the disembarking as seamless as possible. We also had a wonderful experience at the Spa, the Persian Garden and the Solarium. Full disclosure - My husband and I are yoga instructors so personally, we would have enjoyed more true yoga and meditation classes rather then yoga classes from a fitness instructor. We also feel with the type of clientele on these cruises would also enjoy a more mindful educational experience. We loved Celebrity so much were booked our next cruise on the Edge. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We test drove Reflection Jan 2016 in the Caribbean, then decided to take her across the pond this April. We had a mid ship Aqua Class room which was kept sparkling by our cabin steward. Blue had a great rotational menu each night, and we ... Read More
We test drove Reflection Jan 2016 in the Caribbean, then decided to take her across the pond this April. We had a mid ship Aqua Class room which was kept sparkling by our cabin steward. Blue had a great rotational menu each night, and we supplemented it with 5 visits to Murano and Tuscan specialty restaurants. We met many new friends on board at The Martini Bar and participated on Cruise Critics Roll Call for the trip, which allowed us to interface with several hundred fellow passengers before we set sail and after we were on board. We organized a meet and greet sail away party at the Sunset Bar so we could put faces to the names from Cruise Critic Roll Call. The ports were fantastic as were the excursions. It was hard to get off the ship in Rome. We miss all our new friends already, esp the crew! Great Job Celebrity! Alan Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had the best time on the Celebrity Reflection Transatlantic, April 22-May 8, 2017. The ship was spotless, the crew and officers were friendly and approachable, the food was very good, and the entertainment was top notch. The ports ... Read More
We had the best time on the Celebrity Reflection Transatlantic, April 22-May 8, 2017. The ship was spotless, the crew and officers were friendly and approachable, the food was very good, and the entertainment was top notch. The ports were very interesting, beautiful, and worth the time: Tenerife, Canary Islands: explored, nice port Malaga: took the bus to Granada, but I read that Malaga is worth exploring Cartagena: new favorite port, beautiful, walkable, Roman amphitheater near the pier Barcelona: always lovely Villefranche: loved this port, so charming and took the train to Monte Carlo Livorno: stayed on the ship as we had been there before Civitavecchia: disembarked, stayed 3 nights in Tarquinia Tarquinia is a medieval walled hilltop city about 15-20 minutes from Civitavecchia. We stayed at the Tarquinia Resorts, which has apartments in three different buildings. We stayed in the apartment next to the Duomo in the Tullia studio apartment. This building was built in 1500 (ground floor) then added the next two floors in 1700! If you ever wanted to see what the apartments look like in the old buildings with the giant wooden doors and the arches and shutters, check out my Facebook post, which has 360 pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TravelPlanet360/photos/?tab=album&album_id=520807798309397 We highly recommend Tarquinia Resorts and the lovely city of Tarquinia. It is like stepping back in time, but with modern amenities! The General Manager, Francesco, could not be more friendly or accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. Had wanted at W Caribbean cruise for a change. Ship was gorgeous as always. MDR food was Excellent. Specialty Restaurants were Excellent, Buffet area is better than most, but still a buffet, ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. Had wanted at W Caribbean cruise for a change. Ship was gorgeous as always. MDR food was Excellent. Specialty Restaurants were Excellent, Buffet area is better than most, but still a buffet, where other cruisers can be rude and sloppy. Had the perfect weather. The comedy shows were excellent. Was delighted to see IMADE on the Reflection, I had seen him last on the Silhouette so of course the Martini Bar was my most favorite bar area to be in. 2nd being the Sunset Bar with Ricky and Jingle Bells. Did Celebrity excursions, Blue Hole tubing in Jamaica was an awecome experience, jumping off the rocks into the blue hole was breath taking. The Zipline in Labadee is a must do, if for nothing else the scenery is a don't miss! In Grand Cayman the dolphin encounter was way cool. Getting to be in the pool with the dolphins and touching them and kissing them was a great experience. Over all the ship was in excellent condition, the cabin was spacious, the staff is always happy and willing to make sure my cruise was the best it can be. This is my 15th Celebrity cruise and my 25th cruise overall, and I have to say, Celebrity is the cruise line for me. Reflection being my favorite of the Solstice class ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Background - This was our fifth cruise together, one with Princess and the rest with Celebrity, where we sail about every other year. My wife selected the ship and date while I helped with the cabin and pricing. We skew toward an older ... Read More
Background - This was our fifth cruise together, one with Princess and the rest with Celebrity, where we sail about every other year. My wife selected the ship and date while I helped with the cabin and pricing. We skew toward an older demographic but do not like anything too sedate and prefer things that are a little more upscale without any pretense. Our goal for this cruise was to have lots of time with each other as I travel extensively for work and my wife splits her time between work and volunteering in the community so this is our together time without distractions and no internet. Celebrity will sell you a network connection but we declined. Our cabins in the past have in Aqua Class but we found that we did not use some of the amenities and did get tired of eating in Blu every night. For this voyage we tried Concierge Class for two reasons - it was less expensive than Aqua Class and it offered the right amount of useful amenities for us. The cost saving on the cruise allowed us to dine in four speciality restaurants and still come out ahead. Travel to Port Area - Departure was from Miami but we flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before using Southwest points then booked a Moveo ride to a hotel about 15 minutes from the port. Moveo was great from FLL to the hotel and the next morning we took a cab to the port arriving right around 11am. Embarkation - After dropping the bags with the porter we went through the layers of security in about 10 minutes then got into the correct line for our cabin class and walked right up to checkin. After the checkin process we went right on the ship and headed to Opus for lunch. Very smooth all around. General - Ship is in great condition and spotless plus all the staff we met were happy and helpful. The first leg of the trip was to San Juan and had a very strong headwind which made for a rough ride on the first two days. It was so bad they closed the Solarium pool as the wave action in the pool would empty one end overflow the other end. Even the crew remarked this was very rough for this time of year. Once we turned south the rest of the trip was much smoother. Some passengers reported motion sickness but I am immune to that and my wife said she felt woozy at times but it was tolerable. Cabin - 9271 Port side Aft The only difference I noticed between this cabin and one in Aqua is the shower in Aqua has more jets plus the provided soaps are a little nicer. Our bed was near the balcony. Being aft we felt movement of the ship when seas were rough and at times it work both of us up at night. Dining - We did not like Opus as the tables were close together and there is a high noise level which made conversations challenging. The food is good and varied and the wait staff is really tries but they do not seem to be empowered to fix problems. For the first two nights we ate at Qsine and Sushi on 5 then headed to Opus for the third night. Upon arrival the greeter sat us at our assigned table of 8 where the self-appointed leader of the table lit into us for failing to show up the past two nights and then began quizzing us about our political beliefs and educational background, "to see if we are smart enough to sit at the table". Not sure if she was crazy, intoxicated, both or something else. We politely excused ourselves from the table and requested to speak with someone about another table and was told to wait. We waited about ten minutes with no one talking to us then left. The next day one of the higher ups contacted us and profusely apologized stating that table was his trouble table and we should have been accommodated with a different table before confronting the troublemakers. He then gave us our choice of two speciality restaurants and moved us to Choice dining. So all told we enjoyed sampling each restaurant except for Lawn Club as the reservations had to moved due to high winds and found all of them great. Entertainment - We are not into production shows and more into music. Rick and Zoe were fantastic having a massive catalog of songs from different genres. The band Blind Vinyl was a poor cover band with the lead vocalist have terrible diction. The violin cello duo was very good and the solo guitar player was just OK. We are a little picky about music as we both have hobbies involving music. Most of our entertainment was being with each other and really connecting. Shore Excursions - Stayed on the ship in San Juan then in St Martin my wife did the Butterfly Tour which she really enjoyed while I went into town for a walk and lunch on the beach. In St Kitts we both did the 4x4 tour with the beach and enjoyed it very much. It is highly recommended on Trip Advisor and lives up to expectations. Disembarkation - We booked the Hop On Hop Off Miami tour that drops off at FLL. Tour was good except it rained a bit so we decided to head back to the transfer point early and get some lunch. The tour combines an overview of Miami with an airport drop off and is a good price plus it gets you off the ship quickly. We met at Central at 7:45am then was through processing and on the bus in 45 minutes. At 1pm another bus dropped us at the airport and we caught an Uber to our hotel before flying out Sunday morning. We like staying and extra day as that is less pressure on making a flight. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We picked this ship to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary on the advice of a friend who cruises on Reflection each year. Hubby and I booked a balcony in Aqua Class. We mostly took it easy and relaxed. We hit the hot tubs, the Persian ... Read More
We picked this ship to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary on the advice of a friend who cruises on Reflection each year. Hubby and I booked a balcony in Aqua Class. We mostly took it easy and relaxed. We hit the hot tubs, the Persian Gardens (a fantastic perk with Aqua Class) and at at Blue 5 of the 7 nights. We at at Qsine one night, which was really good, but so much food! We couldn't even get through all the courses we wanted. For lunch several days we at at Sushi on 5. Hands down my favorite meals were at this restaurant. YUM. Our ship was doing the Eastern Caribbean and our first stop was to be San Juan. Sadly the seas were very choppy on Easter Sunday and it slowed us down, by the time we got to dock at San Juan it was dark and rainy, so we opted to stay onboard (our shore excursion had already been canceled). Second stop was St. Martin. We did a bus tour there and a little shopping, then back on ship for the hot tub and Persian Gardens. Third stop was my favorite. St. Kitts. We did the Beach Break excursion and oh my that was just fantastic. Beautiful island, mountains and beaches together is paradise. Back on the ship we visited the hot tubs and Persian Gardens. (see a theme forming here) Thursday was a sea day. We decided to do the All Access tour as we had onboard credit left over. Lots of walking and my feet hurt, but was really interesting. Glad we did it. Friday we had rented an Alcove up on the Lawn Deck. BEST DAY EVER. If you go on this ship and can afford it, rent an Alcove. You won't regret it. Would we go again? In a hot minute. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We always cruised Royal Caribbean and built up loyalty points to Diamond status. We decided to try Celebrity last April because of the ports and it being a part of the Royal family. It was not a problem transferring the status level to ... Read More
We always cruised Royal Caribbean and built up loyalty points to Diamond status. We decided to try Celebrity last April because of the ports and it being a part of the Royal family. It was not a problem transferring the status level to Celebrity. We are empty nesters and cruise by ourselves, the kids aren’t interested. Another reason we chose Celebrity Is that is seems to be more adult oriented. We didn’t really see very many children, a few teenagers. The cleanliness and friendly staff of the ship also impressed us. Living in South Florida makes for easy access to cruises are an easy drive. Leaving and arriving in Miami is beautiful. We started booking suites on Royal and booked one for this cruise- we are hooked on suites now. On Celebrity you get a butler and he was a wealth of information with top notch service. He also told us about his experiences while working on a ship on an Alaskan cruise- we did book one onboard after hearing about the beauty and his adventures. From start to end Celebrity treated us like we were the most important person on the ship. We like the suite amenities- the exclusive dining room and lounge. The dining room is smaller than the regular dining room. The Lounge, Michaels, is a cozy intimate bar with friendly staff. In the suite only dining room , Luminae, you have a slightly different menu, you can get the main dining room menu, you just have to ask. The food was excellent. On one evening we were bothered in the dining room by a rather loud couple a few tables away that felt the entire place needed to hear them. This went on for a while. you could see other passengers getting frustrated too. We quickly finished our meal without desert and left after telling our wonderful server why. The next day the head waiter came to us and was very concerned that we were not happy. We told him it was not our server but the loud couple... We told him how much we loved our food and server and we didn’t want to be seated anywhere else. He said we should have told him about the couple( we didn’t want a scene created at the time). The staff went above and beyond to make sure we were happy while dining. We did try the sushi in the specialty restaurant- very good. We felt the prices were reasonable. Shore Excursions: Debarking for shore excursions is very organized and timely ( we had one nightmare experience on a Royal ship). Returning is also easy. Don’t wait until the last minute to return. The places we visited do take US Dollars. We did Segways in San Juan , our time was bumped to late afternoon.You have to pass a Segway proficiency driver test due to the hills and cobblestones. Four people were refunded their money due to difficulties mastering the Segway and returned to the ship. We finally started as the sun was setting. It was really beautiful to see Old San Juan and the fort at night but would have preferred more daylight. We learned a great deal from our tour guide. We did Snuba in St Kitts- So much fun, we didn’t want it to end. Our tour guide was very attentive and pointed out various sea creatures. In St Maarten we returned to “ Jet Blast Beach” with an excursion . We went on a previous Royal cruise a few years before, we took a local taxi right outside the cruise terminal, and boy oh boy has it changed. The formerly small resturant /bar on one side is now a huge venue with a nice sized gift shop. If you want to sit at a table to see the jets you must order food or drink. They have a board listing the flights and times. The beach is on the small side, get there early if you want to rent a chair and umbrella or get a beach spot. The water is a beautiful blue and warm. BEWARE of the jet blast!! DO NOT HANG ON THE FENCE! People do get seriously hurt and yes die when the departing large jets take off, they literally get blow off and get slammed on the road/ curb. It is a tiny two lane road that separates the landing area and beach. Do be prepared to get sand blasted on the beach if you are in the immediate perimeter of the blast. We walked over to the small outdoor “Mexican” resturant nearby to grab a bite to eat while waiting for our return van. It was good and not too pricey. We enjoyed the variety of entertainment and activities on board. We would go again. Celebrity has spoiled us and highly unlikely we will ever use another ocean cruise line- they are that good. We did book our Alaska cruise while onboard, more perks with a small deposit if you book onboard. We are very excited about our upcoming Celebrity Alaska Landtour and cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The service provided was exceptional. This cruise, by far, was the best we had been on! The staff was extremely courteous and friendly, always with a smile. The cabin attendant was fantastic and always kept our room clean and inviting. The ... Read More
The service provided was exceptional. This cruise, by far, was the best we had been on! The staff was extremely courteous and friendly, always with a smile. The cabin attendant was fantastic and always kept our room clean and inviting. The food was absolutely delicious! We enjoyed every meal presented. The restaurant staff were courteous and offered wonderful suggestions about food and drink! All the excursions were professionally conducted, and the native staff were very knowledgeable about the tours and history associated with those tours. We enjoy not only experiencing the tours but learning of the culture and history of places we visit. Most of our activities keyed on relaxing and doing "nothing" in abundance! The embarkation and disembarkation processes were fantastic. We took advantage of Celebrities "ship to airport" valet program. This enabled us to send our bags, with correct airline tags attached, directly to the airport. We only had to worry about getting ourselves to the airport without hassling with the luggage. Made the trip home so much easier. Overall the best cruise we've been on and will likely stay with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first cruise with Celebrity and we enjoyed it very much. We have been on about 15 or so cruises, mostly with Princess so will add a little comparison here and there. First off let me put this all in prospective. My husband ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity and we enjoyed it very much. We have been on about 15 or so cruises, mostly with Princess so will add a little comparison here and there. First off let me put this all in prospective. My husband and I are in our mid 40s and we were in a Sky Suite for this sailing. Vacations are a time for us to relax as we both have professional careers and own a small business. We are realistic, open minded, and try to keep our expectation in check. Miami: We arrived the day before and stayed at the Intercontinental downtown. It offered a variety of places to walk for dinner and entertainment. We took Uber here and to the port the next morning. Had no problems with either and would recommend. Embarkation: This was the fastest embarkation we have ever had. I think our hotel checkout took longer than security and check-in at the port. We arrived dropped our luggage off with the porter who pointed us where to go. Always tip your porter. Being in a suite we entered the priority door side of the terminal and showed the ladies our paperwork who then directed us to security. There was only one couple in front of us so it moved very fast. We then went upstairs where we were greeted by a queen and directed to the check in counter which we were able to walk right up to without waiting. We were quickly checked in and told to see the concierge who was standing behind us. The concierge told us to follow him and that we were just cleared to start boarding. We went up the escalator and walked right on board. The way it happened we felt like the concierge was waiting on us to arrive so we could all start boarding. (lol) After embarking, we walked around the ship to explore and find where everything was located. Ship: Our first impression of the ship was how great it looked. There were multiple places and venues to hang out which seemed to disperse people well. Having only 2 sets of elevators, there was always waits and crowds at the back banks of elevators. The layout was nice and easy to get where you wanted to go. The Hideaway and Game room hidden in the middle of the ship on stateroom decks gave people a quiet places for people to relax and lounge around. Everything was always clean as is expected. The aft cabins had issues with their toilets on and off during the second half of the week due to the main pipe being clogged. Wish people would stop flushing things that aren’t allowed. The other big thing I noticed, or technically didn’t notice, was vibration during docking or departing. On Princess, especially aft, we could always feel vibration during dockings. It was never an issue but we noticed it. On the Reflection we felt nothing. And actually a few times we didn’t even know we left or arrived somewhere until we looked outside. Cabin: Cabins were ready exactly at 1:30. We had an aft Sky Suite on deck 12. For us, this was the perfect size. Enough room to relax and enjoy the room and not excessive space that we really don’t need. There was so much storage that we barely filled half of it. All light color woods which made the place larger and gave a modern look. The bathroom had a nice tub/shower combo with a large rainfall shower head and a hand held. Again, there was lots of storage with two cabinets and 4 drawers. The balcony was of nice size with a large table and 2 reclining chairs with foot stools. We had our breakfast delivered out there a couple mornings. Our butler was poor to average. Upon meeting him, he was in a hurry; he just introduced himself and didn’t really explain anything. We asked him if we needed reservations in Luminae which he said we did so we told him to get us in either at 6 or 630. He never notified us of the time he arranged and when we checked he had not made any reservations. He brought us our breakfast every morning and more than half the time forgot items. We weren’t really sure what to expect from him. Upon meeting it would have been nice for him to go over his duties and explain how to contact him at the very least. Our cabin steward was great. He was in and out like a ninja and everything was always perfect. But we are low maintenance and keep our cabin tidy. He would ask every time we saw him if we needed anything or if something wasn’t right. Lifeboat Drill: I just wanted to mention this as a comparison with Princess. On this cruise there were many more muster station than on Princess which meant more dispersion of people and not having to deal with herds of people arriving and leaving. Of course you still had the bottle necks at the stairwells & elevators post drill. It’s almost impossible to get around that. We also didn’t have to bring our lifejacket like you do on Princess which makes it easier to go somewhere else after vice having to return the lifejacket to your stateroom. At our drill, we happen to have a couple sit with us that we became friends with and hung out with for most of the cruise. They were so much fun and had very similar personalities. Bars: This is one area I think Princess is better. Princess has more bars and more open bars during the day whether it’s a sea day or port day. The only inside bar that seemed to be open during early afternoon was the Passport bar on deck 3. And the bartender there always seemed a little rude, slow, and not wanting to be there. The pool deck bars also seemed to be slow and understaffed. I think overall they need more bars open and bartenders on duty. For example, there typically was only 1 at the Passport bar during the afternoon. The Sunset bar was great and offered wonderful views. This was also the place to be for sail-a-ways. I loved how the Martini bar’s bar top was frosted. It actually kept your martinis cold till the end. We enjoyed the World bar on deck 5 after dinner each evening. They make some great specialty cocktails. But be forewarned they can only make what’s on their menu as they don’t carry bottle watered, sodas, or other mixers not needed in their menu cocktails. They were always pointing people elsewhere for water and sodas. Concierge Lounge: Michael’s Club was absolutely great. On the first day upon entry they ask you your cabin number and from then on they knew you. That first evening the concierge was able to fix our butler’s lacking and get us into Luminae every night at the time we wanted. They were also able to squeeze us in QSine when we asked later in the week and on the Ship’s Tour. The whole staff here gave outstanding service all around. We came here nightly for pre-dinner drinks and canapés and after the first night they knew your drink preferences. They also had live music on 3 nights during pre-dinner cocktails as well as a couple lectures during the afternoon throughout the week. A great place for some quiet time to chat with the friends we met at the lifeboat drill before dinner. This perk alone is another reason we will book again. Specialty Restaurants: We ate at the Lawn Club Grill on the second night. The weather was bad with gale force winds and a rocking ship. This caused us to have to tuck our napkins in our pants and eat our salads quickly before it all blew out to the lawn but our meal was great. I had one of the best NY strip steaks I have ever had. You can assist with making your “flat bread” if you choose which is more like a pizza as it’s quite large. But it was very good. The whole experience was worth the price. We tried QSine on the fifth night. Again another great meal and experience well worth the price. Our service was great but it would have been nice for her to push us to focus on fewer courses. We ordered 13 courses and by the 10th we were so full I thought I would need a wheel chair to get back to the stateroom. We cancelled the last two courses which we really wanted to try but just couldn’t. Later we were told for a couple that 5 or 6 courses is probably ideal. We thought some of the courses were much bigger than they needed to be. If they were a little smaller you would be able to taste more before getting too full. We also did Sushi on 5 one day for lunch. It was good and not too expensive. If you like sushi it’s worth trying. Would do all of these again but next cruise we also want to try the others. Dining Room: We never ate in the main dining room since we had access to Luminae. Only ate here for dinner and lunch once but wished me made it to lunch more as the menus were great. We were also able to order dishes off the main dining room menu if we saw something we wanted to try which we did a few times. You just had to ask to see that menu. The food and service was outstanding. I didn’t have one bad meal. Did I mention the service was outstanding? Anything we wanted they would have gotten. We never had to wait when arriving. In fact, there was never anyone else coming in at the same time unless we were eating with the couple we met. If I had to complain, I would say their wine selection was pretty poor. I normally drink Italian or French red but they mostly stocked Californian which was ok but a better wine selection would have been nice. And with our great service it was the little things that enhanced the experience. For example, from the first night, they knew who we were, our stateroom, and what beverage package we had. So we never had to take out our cards for drinks or extras. They also remembered your drink preferences and tastes which was amazing as we had a couple different waiters. If I had to compare the food with Princess I’d say it’s a close match. The service goes to Celebrity but it’s also not equal to compare Luminae with the main dining room on Princess as Luminae is a smaller venue with a much better server to guest ratio and less total guests to satisfy from its dedicated galley. Buffet: We never really ate a full meal in the buffet. We only used the buffet a couple times for snacks when coming back from excursions and needing something to tie us over till dinner. For the most part it was all good. The food was warm, we were always able to find a seat pretty quickly, and drink waiters were always close by. We liked how it’s laid out in stations which eliminates lines and makes it easier to get your food. I would suggest just walking around to see what they have before deciding and loading your plate. My husband complained the mid-day options were the same each day but it didn’t bother me. Food Stands: The only other places we tried were the Mast Grill and we got cookies & desserts from the Café on 5. The Mast Grill was ok. The burgers and fries we no different than on Princess except you could get sautéed onions and grilled mushrooms on your burgers. The cookies & desserts at the Café were good and the same as you can get in the buffet. We didn’t try the raw bar, the gelato stand, or the Solarium Café. Food: Over all the food was really outstanding. We generally consider ourselves a cross of being a foodie & basic eaters and love dining out in nice restaurants. We were completely satisfied with all our dining experiences. It was an A++ over all. Entertainment: We typically are not the big production number types so did not attend any of those. We did go to the Liar’s Club game show and it was hilarious. Maarten, the cruise director, and the other players put on a great show. Definitely not for children though. We also enjoyed both bands that were on board and the other live music performances. As compared to Princess, there were more live music options on this cruise. I did miss a good piano bar act where I can sing along to while having cocktails. We did the ships tour on the last sea day and it wasn’t bad. It was well organized and I liked how we all had ear pieces to hear the guide at all times. The one offered on Princess is better as you see more places and it’s not as much as an “assembly line” tour because they only do it once a cruise. On Celebrity it’s more for revenue and held a couple times each sea day. Pools: The weather the first couple days was cloudy and pretty windy so it wasn’t quite pool weather but people tried. On the first sea day we tried to find loungers in the Solarium but because of the weather it was packed beyond capacity. We got a couple seats under cover by the main pool. It rained off and on so it was fun to watch those without cover scatter when brief showers happened. We tried again on Thursday to lay by the pool. After a long search we found a couple loungers. There were definitely chair hogs on this sailing and people putting their stuff out really early in the morning to not return to the afternoon. We even saw families who reserved chairs in the sun and shade so they could move when hot. Those were some extremely rude people. The last sea day I just opted to lounge on my large balcony. Drink service was around but it was hit or miss if they were near when you needed a drink. We found it faster to just go to the bar. The pool deck was really the only area on the ship that felt crowded. Tech: The new higher speed internet was actually pretty good and faster than Princess and other lines I’ve been on. Coverage was a little weak in my aft suite but everywhere else it was good. First time we were able to access our account and order stuff via your TV. That was nice. It would have been nice if you could view the event schedule and your account with your iPhone or iPad via an intranet app. Also on your TV there were free and pay on demand movies. They really all should be free. Over all the ship is not as high techs as I would like but things are definitely getting better industry wide. Ships Staff: The ships staff overall was amazing. Outside of the couple bartenders, our butler, and the gal from Cellar Masters everyone was very friendly and helpful. The dining staff went way beyond to make our dining great. Our steward, the World Bar bartenders, concierges, Michael’s Club staff, and even guest services did an outstanding job. The cruise director, Maarten, was great. We would see him daily out and about and say hi. The guest services manager, Julie, was also awesome and very funny. We would see her around daily and she would recognize us and say hi, even if it was just a wave from across the atrium. Fellow passengers: Our fellow passengers seemed to be a bit more sophisticated, well-traveled, and friendlier on this cruise than past cruises. Not sure if it was the cruise line, time of year, or just luck of the draw. There was hardly any rude behavior noticed except for the chair hogs. It was nice and refreshing to not deal with the “shovie pushy” folks and rude behavior. There was a lot more Europeans on this cruise compared to my past cruises which made it more enjoyable for us. We also had about 250 kids on board because of being Easter/Spring break timeframe. Most were well behaved and mainly out of sight. Only exception was a young girl with her grandparents who insisted on running around, climbing on things, and playing on the floor in Michael’s Club during pre-dinner drinks. On Thurs morning we experienced our first Coast Guard extraction. Early in the morning, before we were up, a helicopter came out and picked up a man who needed medical attention. We did not see or hear this but later on in the morning the helicopter returned to extract his wife to be with him. We saw this one and it was exciting to see in person but our thoughts go out to the man and wish him a speedy recovery. Ports: For our cruise we stopped at San Juan, St Maarten, and St Kitts. Due to the weather we arrived into San Juan about 3 hours or so late. Our excursion was cancelled the evening before as they knew we would be late. Once we arrived it was already dark and was raining so we decided not to get off. According to the staff we talked to, it was common to arrive late here. Celebrity should probably adjust the itinerary for next season. In St Maarten the weather was partly cloudy. We took a taxi over to the French side and walked around a bit. Then went back to the Dutch side and walked down all the shops. We had a nice relaxing time ashore. Departing St Maarten we were invited to the helicopter pad on the front of the ship to watch sail-away. This was a nice view and we met quite a few of the ships officers while having sparkling wine. In St Kitts we originally had nothing planned except to get off and walk around. We walked around a bit and then decided to take an island tour with a local vendor. It was only $20 per person and included a couple beers or rum punches. Nice three hour tour and worth the money. There is not much around the port outside of the port shops so I would recommend some type of tour here. Disembarkation: We did the luggage valet for disembarkation. One of the best services cruise lines have done. For $25 per person you put your bags out the night before and don’t see them again till you get to your home airport. No finding and dragging your luggage around. We hung out in our suite until 8 then casually went down to walk off. No crowds, lines, or pushing. Once in the terminal our wait for customs was about 10 mins. It was early enough that the line was short and moved pretty fast. Once outside I called an Uber and we were at the airport by 0840. This was one of the easiest disembarkations yet. Issues: We really had no issues on this cruise. The minor problem of the toilet not working occasionally the second half of the week was an inconvenience. Our butler could have been better but maybe our expectations were too high for him. And once we got home, I noticed that what was charged to my credit card for my account was $5 more than the final bill we had leaving the ship. Not sure what that additional charge was for but it’s not worth my time to call and complain over $5. Last thoughts: We had an outstanding cruise and would sail with Celebrity and on the Reflection again. It was a very relaxing cruise which was what we needed. I’m still in awe at how great the service was. We have already booked a cruise on the new Edge for 2019. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This ship was new and the cruise line was recommended by a friend for the middle age group. I wasn't going to write a review because this was our first cruise, and I didn't feel qualified. But as time passed, this cruise ... Read More
This ship was new and the cruise line was recommended by a friend for the middle age group. I wasn't going to write a review because this was our first cruise, and I didn't feel qualified. But as time passed, this cruise vacation left us with very good memories. The cruise line should get my good review - they deserve it. Everyone should cruise at least once and this ship and cruise line will meet expectations of an enjoyable experience. My husband and I are from a rural area, so peacefulness and not waiting in long lines are the norm. Celebrity delivered promptness in every aspect with managing the volumes. The ship offered several areas to relax with all levels of "noise." The dining experiences were all fine. We both could always find something palatable. We felt the programs were good to excellent in that the different ones related to different audience types. The crew was always positive and helpful. This is their job, yet I was left with lingering feelings of family warmth. They were professional, yet personable. The enrichment seminars were good, also. Many centered on wellness and offered valuable information. One thing here is that we would suggest a few programs for the outdoorsman. The cabin was excellent in every way. All the conveniences. Our room steward excellent. The entire ship impeccably clean. I could go on and on, but will just end by saying, this cruise line and the Reflection Crew did an outstanding job. With the thousands onboard, there will always be criticisms, but all in all, IT WAS GREAT. THANK YOU. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Just got back from Reflection yesterday. Had a great time. We live in Naples so it was easy to get to the port. Just a couple hours drive. Boarding was easy and quick as usual. We typically like to cruise out of Ft Lauderdale but this ... Read More
Just got back from Reflection yesterday. Had a great time. We live in Naples so it was easy to get to the port. Just a couple hours drive. Boarding was easy and quick as usual. We typically like to cruise out of Ft Lauderdale but this itinerary had St Marten which we wanted to go to. Wife likes Rays Jewelry store there and that was a major factor. We had an aquaclass cabin on deck 11. Cabin was fine but wish they had some shelves in the closet. No big deal but would be nice. Balcony was fine and room steward was excellent. One of the best we've had. We were on Independence of the Seas in January and were very disappointed with the food on that ship. We actually lost weight on that cruise. It was a pleasure going back to Celebrity. The food and service were top notch. You can definitely tell the difference between the two lines. The staff all make a point to say hello and acknowledge you all over the ship. Not So on Rccl. where they try not to make eye contact. Reflection was in great shape and very clean. Food was excellent. Many choices in the buffet and they were open late which is nice for late night snack. Specialty restaurants were very good as was the service. We ate in the Tuscan Grill, Lawn Club Grill, went to the BBQ there which was excellent. Wine and food and good company. Quisine is a must try. Ask for Nathans section. he is a riot!! We had breakfast and dinner in Blu several times and was excellent everytime. Wife likes the Muselex cart that the prepare tableside for you. Ports, nothing special. We just walked around the port in St Kitts. Weather was windy so we just had a couple drinks and went back to the ship and chilled by the pool. St Marten, Jewelry store and shopped in town and had lunch on the beach. Very nice there. San Juan, weather was windy and we were late to get in to port. Didnt arrive until 6:pm so didn't even get off the boat. Entertainment was ok. Not as good as RCCL but they have everything you need. They had some decent shows and good comedians. Martini bar was jammed every night. I would definitely recommend Reflection. Overall Great experienace. Dont listen to the negative reviews. Just go with an open mind and you will have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our third cruise and our second Celebrity cruise (our first was on the Solcsitce) and we couldn't be happier! After comparing Celebrity to another cruiseine (in our case, Norwegian) there is no comparison. Celebrity is 2 ... Read More
This was our third cruise and our second Celebrity cruise (our first was on the Solcsitce) and we couldn't be happier! After comparing Celebrity to another cruiseine (in our case, Norwegian) there is no comparison. Celebrity is 2 for 2! It is all about the quality of service. EVERY staff member on the ship truly cares about your experience and delivers high quality, friendly, and fun service. The food in the main dining room was excellent, and the service was incredible (shout out to Denville, Albert, and Oleg!!). The food in the buffet was ok (better than you would expect for a buffet, but obviously still a buffet), but lacked variety (we only ate in the buffet for lunch and dinner). Wine Cellars is a must if you enjoy wine (even if you don't know much about wine like us), and Stephania will make your cruise memorable by sharing her wealth of knowledge (we hope to find out what ship she is on when we book our next cruise)! The wine tastings are a must too. Entertainment was hit or miss. Some shows were great, others just ok (I would recommend seeing them all). The best part is that you get a different show every night, so there is always something to see pre or post dinner. Finally, the Casino bar is a must. Milan, Roger, and Sasha are by far the best bartending trio I ever encountered. They made the trip fun and memorable. Another great cruise by Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had a great cruise even though the first three days we're rough seas and rainy. We arrived in Peurto rico couple hours late and rainy. So not a great stop. But that's ok. Had a great trip.  First time on a cruise we had ... Read More
We had a great cruise even though the first three days we're rough seas and rainy. We arrived in Peurto rico couple hours late and rainy. So not a great stop. But that's ok. Had a great trip.  First time on a cruise we had the coast guard helicopter medical vac a person. And then they came a couple hours later and took the wife. It was wild to watch. Hope the man is doing good. They took him to Peurto Rico hospital we were told.  Ship is probably the prettiest ship we have been on. Has bathroom attendants handing you real towels to dry your hands on. Everywhere a ship attendant was passing out hand sanitizer. We loved the cruise director Maarten. He was great. We ended up on the wedding game as, which was embarrassing. But fun The best thing of the cruise, no one hassled you to buy anything!! Not even drinks or specialty restaurants. We had the classic drink package and was able to get pretty much any drink you wanted from coffee, seltzer water, sodas, daquaris, beer mixed drinks. If the drink was not on the classic package, the waiter was good to tell you and offer a suggestion to something close that was on classic package. Never really a problem.  We had $500 onboard credit and was able to use everywhere, no problem at all. Yes in the casino also. I lost though! Even was able to transfer some for extra tip to our room steward. Our total bill was $1.44, yahoo!  We had aqua class 1635 cabin, nice big cabin and balcony with chairs and ottomans, really nice. My husband loved the Persian gardens, he was in there at least twice a day. We all loved Blu restaurant. Small atmosphere and great view. Aqua class we felt was worth it. Also we walked right on the ship due to aqua class, no line. And walked right off ship no lines. We got to eat in blu for breakfast on final day, which was nice to have a sit down breakfast. Not rushed.  Go to the Silent Disco!!! Lots of fun. The comedians were all good. The production shows were lacking, OK! All the fun activities with Maartan the Cruise Director were excellent, he's a lot of fun!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Boarding was slick in Miami and we were on board within 20 minutes, eating lunch at Ocean View Café. Travelled with 2 children aged 9 and 8 and there were a large amount of children on board which meant kids club had plenty of ... Read More
Boarding was slick in Miami and we were on board within 20 minutes, eating lunch at Ocean View Café. Travelled with 2 children aged 9 and 8 and there were a large amount of children on board which meant kids club had plenty of attendance at activities. Children loved the cruise and choice of activities and food on board. We enjoyed the variety of eating and drinking options and tried Tuscan Grille, Lawn Club and main dining room. Food was excellent throughout cruise, although I would say service in main dining room was less than average, plenty of staff just not coordinated enough, wine service was poor and we found if you know exactly what you wanted you would receive before main course! We hires an alcove for first sea day and then Jamaica. we loved this feature and found it very peaceful. Entertainment was good, we enjoyed Tom Franeck, the 70's evening, Elysium and a few other shows, also enjoyed the Martinin bar before dinner! Cozumel went to Playa Mai beach which we enjoyed but all inclusive not worth the money, Grand Cayman had a walk around, Jamaica we stayed on board and loved Labadee, the beaches were gorgeous. Overall an excellent cruise on a lovely ship, cannot wait to cruise again with Celebrity. Premium drinks package we got included within our rate as well as internet, tips and onboard credit - all felt good value for money. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The ship was great. The crew was friendly and cared about our good time. The food was very good. Thursday night was excellent. Beef Wellington and Lobster. So good. Phi Tag was on two times and he was so funny. We loved him. Jesse ... Read More
The ship was great. The crew was friendly and cared about our good time. The food was very good. Thursday night was excellent. Beef Wellington and Lobster. So good. Phi Tag was on two times and he was so funny. We loved him. Jesse Hamilton Jr was so talented and fun to watch. He can sing any song well. Loved him, too. Cozemel was OK, not great but we did take a great excursion there. We made chocolate and they told us all about the history and how to make it. I could never go back to Grand Cayman again and be happy. Very commercialized. We were there 13 yrs ago and it was not that way, but now it reminds me of a bad tourist area. Jamaica was great. Tubed down a lazy river and it was beautiful. zip lining not as much but OK. Labadee Haiti was beautiful Took a boat ride off the coast and they told us all about the local area, Jean was the boat captain and he was so friendly. Haiti has 80% unemployment, so be generous there. We love Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Having previously cruised on Celebrity, I had high standards as I knew what to expect from the top of the contemporary style cruises. This ship blew me away with good customer service, luxury style dining rooms, and entertainment. It ... Read More
Having previously cruised on Celebrity, I had high standards as I knew what to expect from the top of the contemporary style cruises. This ship blew me away with good customer service, luxury style dining rooms, and entertainment. It didn't feel crowded at all and there was lots for everyone of all ages to do without feeling like an amusement park. Our balcony cabin size was good, a bit cramped for my liking. The food was amazing, the specialty restaurant Qsine was a one-of-a-kind experience and it was one of the highlights of the trip. I don't remember any of the shows we saw so that tells me they weren't unforgettably amazing like Royal Caribbeans' entertainment. The ports were pretty popular so if you are looking for secluded or exclusive ports that other ships can't access then this isn't your cruise. However the staff did a great job of making you feel special. Celebrity is the best of its class, hands down. It is the perfect option for travelers who want a step up from Royal Caribbean but are not ready to try a luxury line yet. I would highly recommend to anyone! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Food in all areas fantastic plenty of officers on show ensuring all was in order, dress of all staff very smart. Well looked after loved the ship, big thanks to guest relations manager Julie Sherrington was so helpful and friendly so ... Read More
Food in all areas fantastic plenty of officers on show ensuring all was in order, dress of all staff very smart. Well looked after loved the ship, big thanks to guest relations manager Julie Sherrington was so helpful and friendly so looked forward to her company she is a star. Everyone should try Qusine for a dining treat every time we go it gets better, and Muranos for a gastronomic treat. The cabin was well cared for by our cabin Steward and was of a great standard ensuring a great stay. The ports were very good and plenty of time was given to enjoy them. The ships cleanliness was excellent and all places looked there best at all times, the captains club was a lovely place to enjoy good company and a few drinks with other captains club members. The overall cruise was memorable thanks to all the staff on board Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Since we have done the eastern itinerary before, our priorities for this cruise were to relax, cruise in comfort, enjoy great dining, and entertainment. We were lucky enough to upgrade to a corner aft Sky Suite on deck 9 the week before ... Read More
Since we have done the eastern itinerary before, our priorities for this cruise were to relax, cruise in comfort, enjoy great dining, and entertainment. We were lucky enough to upgrade to a corner aft Sky Suite on deck 9 the week before the cruise, and opted for the Go Best package-which included: prem drink package, wifi, prepaid tips, and $300 ship board credit. So glad we upgraded, as this cruise experience exceeded our expectations for all.. We are a married couple, no kids, and in our late 50's for perspective. We live in the Tampa FL area so we drove to Miami the night before we departed and stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. What a great hotel and experience. Saturday we left the hotel at 10am, arrived at the pier, parked in the garage across from the ship, checked our bags, went thru check in, and we were aboard the ship by 1030am! Very smooth process all along the way. Embarkation process was flawless! On board by 1030, how can you beat that! We first explored the ship and it was in great condition. Very beautiful ship. We were greeted by every staff member we encountered. We had lunch in Luminae which I will review later. Our room was ready by 1:00. After reading many reviews on CC, we were very excited to book a Corner Aft Sky Suite. It was very spacious, great storage, and the view from our balcony was amazing. We met our cabin attendant Cipta, and he made sure we were well taken care of the entire trip. The room was also very quiet. The butler, (after reading alot about this on the CC boards), we knew that we would need to be proactive with what our needs/expectations would be. While our requests were minimal, Bojan spent the entire cruise offering additional services, including arranging for a guest relations escort to get off the ship early in St. Marteen so we could make an excursion we booked outside of Celebrity. He also arranged for us to have an earlier disembarkation time. Dining in Luminae- we were blown away by the level of service and food! We ate all breakfasts and dinners here, and a few lunches. The food was exceptional, particularly at dinner. This was by far the pampering and dining we were hoping for. Since we made a reservation each night, we were able to have the same table by the window for all meals, and our waiter Davut made our experience very special and fun. The entire staff in Luminae went out of their way to make our dining experience exceptional. This perk alone was worth booking a Sky Suite.. Michael's club- our first time here, and again another SS perk. Our bartender Thomas was great, very good at making drinks, and we enjoyed going every eve before dinner. The club was never crowded, and while all drinks are complimentary, even with the prem drink package, we preferred coming here, and being served by Thomas. You also have the flexibility to stop in anytime for waters, sodas, and beer. Very nice. The Entertainment was very good to excellent. The 2 comedians were both great. The special acts were also great, including the 3 singers that did a tribute to the music of Queen. The productions were all very good, some better than others. The live music on board in various lounges was very good, especially enjoyed Willian the Solo guitarist. The aerial artists in several of the shows were amazing. The staff aboard the ship, from the buffet staff (we had several lunches here), bartenders, Cafe Al Bacio staff, and everyone we encountered, were all extremely friendly and more than willing to help with any request. Since we had the premium drink package, we really took advantage of all of the coffee options in the Coffee Cafe al Bacio.. Never found the lines too long, and they were very good about moving people along. They were open by 630a each morning, so for early risers like us it was great. Ports and Excursions. We have done the Eastern route several times, so San Juan and St. Kits were only a brief get off the ship, walk around an hour, then return to the ship and enjoy having the Solarium Pool area to ourselves for the afternoon! We did book a tour in St. Marteen thru Captain Bob. We really enjoyed the 6 hour boat ride, snorkeling, beach,, and overall island tour with our captain,Brett. I highly recommend this tour, it was 6 hours, and well worth it. Overall, The ship and staff of Reflection earned the highest marks from us. We designed our experience to be one of relaxing, dining, and entertainment, and Celebrity exceeded our expectations!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise for several reasons. We had not been on Celebrity but heard good things and wanted to find out. We have previously cruised with Disney (LOVE) and Royal Caribbean (adequate but VERY good deal). We also specifically ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons. We had not been on Celebrity but heard good things and wanted to find out. We have previously cruised with Disney (LOVE) and Royal Caribbean (adequate but VERY good deal). We also specifically wanted this itinerary. I have no complaints at all. Embarkation, disembarkation were both smooth and easy. The ship is beautiful and artwork is not only varied but everywhere! The Cabin was very nice and VERY well kept by our steward. We stayed in an Aquaclass cabin (which at the time was a $60 per person upgrade) and it was definitely worth it. We enjoyed the small perks, especially the water and daily tea and small snack at 4:00. We also enjoyed the Persian gardens (not at all crowded even on sea days). The entertainment was varied and ranged from ok to excellent. But entertainment is a matter of taste. The performers were all VERY good and we LOVED the cruise director. The service was very good...sometimes a bit slow for us northerners but attentive and very accommodating to requests---even when we asked for an appetizer from the main dining room (we ate in BLU every night but one) they got it for us not complaints or long faces. We loved all of the ports. We did one ship excursion, the Island Tour of St. Maarten and enjoyed it very much, The booked our own beach excursion on St. Kitts- Carambola Beach Club- and even if it was a bit more money than other places, we ALL loved it!! We would definitely go again and are looking forward to sailing with Celebrity. There were four of us, two couples. I would say average age on this cruise was early 40;s and up. We are all in early 50's. The atmosphere of the ship is definitely relaxing. Plenty of partying going on but overall it is a quiet atmosphere. It was exactly what we wanted. Celebrity lived up to it's philosophy of sophisticated elegance. Wide variety of activities, some gaming, shopping, enrichment lectures, outdoor pool games, movies, entertainment, crafts, wine and food "classes" --lots more! Read Less
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Celebrity Reflection Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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