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Celebrity Reflection Review

Celebrity Reflection
Celebrity Reflection
2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining

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Celebrity Reflection
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Pros

Newest ship in the Celebrity fleet, impressive free and for-a-fee dining options

Cons

Exclusive venues for suite guests could make other passengers feel excluded

Bottom Line

Stylish and contemporary mega-ship cruising with exceptional service


About

Passengers 3,046
Crew 1,255
Passenger to Crew 2.43:1
Launched October 2012
Shore Excursions 955

Celebrity Reflection Overview

Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe onboard Celebrity Reflection, the biggest of the five ships in the line's mega-popular Solstice Class. Standout features include the Lawn Club (featuring real grass), a Martini Bar and brilliant variety of restaurants, including one of our favorites, the Lawn Club Grill, where you can cook up your own meal or have a chef do it for you.

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While at max capacity the ship can hold up to 3,609 passengers, Reflection rarely feels crowded, as passengers tend to find their own spaces to hang out in. It's also well designed, and favorite spots like the excellent thermal spa are capacity controlled.

Reflection stands out with its exceptional variety of cabins, including its beautiful suites. The ship's 32 AquaClass Spa Suites might be the most coveted cabins on the ship, as passengers booked in AquaClass and AquaClass Spa Suites receive complimentary access to the ship's lovely Persian Garden thermal suite. They also receive complimentary access to Blu, which serves up healthier "spa cuisine."

Another hit is the ship's Lawn Club, with its half-acre of grass, upcharge restaurants (the Lawn Club Grill and The Porch) and eight alcoves, private rentable cabanas for those who want shade and a little privacy away from the pool area.

It's impossible to miss the art -- a multimillion-dollar investment -- on Reflection. It's big. It's bold. And it's everywhere. Perhaps the most stunning piece is the Grand Foyer showstopper: a live tree that grows tall, while an illuminated aluminum tree hangs from the base.

Service overall is warm and attentive; however, the widespread upselling of drink packages and specialty dining, particularly during the first 48 hours of the cruise, can be somewhat off-putting for those seeking a relaxing cruise vacation.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals at the main restaurant, the Oceanview Cafe & Grill buffet and a number of other casual venues
  • Theater shows and other entertainment
  • Access to the Lawn Cub
  • Most daily activities
  • Access to the fitness center and some classes
  • Daily Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Tips ($15.50 per person, per day; $16 per person, per day for Concierge Class or AquaClass; $19 per person, per day for suites)
  • 18 percent automatic beverage and spa tips
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda, bottled water, freshly squeezed juices
  • Specialty dining
  • Spa treatments and access to the thermal suite (except for passengers booked in select cabins)
  • Most fitness classes
  • Shore excursions
  • Cabanas
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities, including arcade games, bingo and gambling at the casino
  • Photos and art


Celebrity Reflection Dress Code

Daytime: Casual. Shorts and T-shirts are common, along with sundresses for women. Poolside, swimsuits and cover-ups are perfect choices.

Evening: Celebrity Reflection has a fairly casual approach to dress codes. The guidance is "smart casual and above," so for men, that's slacks and sports shirts or button-downs. It's looser for women, who will be comfortable in casual dresses, blouses and skirts, pants or capris. On evening chic nights, passengers can elect to go dressier. Even so, for men, jackets and ties aren't required.

Not permitted: T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and poolwear are not allowed in the main restaurant or specialty restaurants at any time. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed in the evening hours.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Celebrity.


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Deck:
Plaza Deck
Promenade Deck
Entertainment Deck
Continental Deck
Sunrise Deck
Vista Deck
Panorama Deck
Sky Deck
Penthouse Deck
Resort Deck
Lido Deck
The Lawn Club
Solstice Deck

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More about Celebrity Reflection

Where does Celebrity Reflection sail from?
Celebrity Reflection departs from Amsterdam, Dublin, Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) and Rome (Civitavecchia).
How much does it cost to go on Celebrity Reflection?
Cruises on Celebrity Reflection start from $568 per person.
Is Celebrity Reflection a good ship to cruise on?
Celebrity Reflection won 48 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins, Best for Dining in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2019 Best for First Timers
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best for First Timers
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best for First Timers
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Fitness
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Fitness
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Value
  • 2013 Best for Cabins
  • 2013 Best for Dining
  • 2013 Best for Public Rooms

Celebrity Reflection Member Reviews

Celebrity Reflection
Dr. Pam
Sail Date: Feb 2020
I just wanted to write a quick review onboard the Celebrity Reflection for the Mardi Gras/Mexico cruise. In one word, it was AMAZING!...Read More
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garubes1985
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We wanted to do a southern Caribbean cruise out of Florida and chose the Celebrity Reflection for two reasons. We had sailed on the Reflection twice before and knew the excellence that she offers....Read More
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Kingston Kruiser
Sail Date: Sep 2019
If you want to know why we are mini-suite-regulars on Celebrity Reflection and others, just look at the crowds outside the main dining room before it opens, or at the coffee bar at late morning....Read More
Celebrity Reflection
Cruising Cindy Lou
Sail Date: Nov 2019
We were on a Celebrity Reflection cruise November 29th thru December 9th. This was our 2nd Celebrity cruise. The first day kinda of got off to a rough start....Read More

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