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