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My wife Coby and I chose this transatlantic cruise to celebrate our retirement and take a journey we've never taken before. Some highlights. Booked directly through Celebrity including Celebrity Air flight from Ft. Lauderdale ... Read More
My wife Coby and I chose this transatlantic cruise to celebrate our retirement and take a journey we've never taken before. Some highlights. Booked directly through Celebrity including Celebrity Air flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Charlotte to Rome. Couldn't have been looked after better. Greater by two Celebrity reps before we cleared customs who immediately took over looked after our baggage and got us on the bus to Civvitavchia. The food service staff and the condition of the vessel met all our expectations. We particularly enjoyed the ports itinerary. The entertainment was first rate. Taking advantage of the Persian Garden is an absolute must on these Solstice ships. Our servers in the main dining room and the Porch were were all absolutely the best. Our Captain was incredibly impressive with his mixture of humor and dedication to his duty as Master. We were delighted by the way we were received and acknowledged as Elite Captains Club Members. We have taken all our crises with Celebrity and this voyage confirmed our decision to make the line our first and only choice. Our stateroom on deck 6 forward had a delightful veranda where we took our breakfast every day. Overall we found all the staff delightful who were all a paradigm of politeness and dedicated to making our experience memorable. We always recommend Celebrity As always a topnotch well managed operation Coby & Jonathan Booth Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We cruised on Celebrity Millenium 10+ years ago and still remember the outstanding experience. We anticipated the same high quality service level and entertainment existed today, alas not. The nightly shows in the theater were fair -- ... Read More
We cruised on Celebrity Millenium 10+ years ago and still remember the outstanding experience. We anticipated the same high quality service level and entertainment existed today, alas not. The nightly shows in the theater were fair -- the ship's cast of singers (Broken Strings show) and show guests (We3Vocal, Divalution (Lauren Tidbit was the only good singer), Gid Pool). The ship's cast was energetic and the aerial acrobatics were amazing. Unfortunately, the singing was fair. Dominick Allen's singing was horrible - out of tune, pitchy, flat. The best show/guest was comedian Ed Regine. Phil Lewis as Phil Collins was stellar as was Ben Mills. The podium talks in the mornings were a treat, especially Melinda Bates. The matinee shows during the day is a good offering but were really no better than the show from the previous night. The house band was superb! Late night shows (Frisk Feud, Liar's Club) were excellent! Other singers and acts throughout the ship (Take 5) were good. A dietary restriction (dairy allergy) existed in our party which was communicated to staff at Lawn Club, Blu and Ocean Cafe (buffet) the first time dining in each. Since we ate at Lawn Club for dinner the first night, the individual made a note in our account (no dairy or garlic). However, that notation was not viewed by staff at Blu as we had to re-tell them again. Due to Celebrity staff's miscommunication of pre-ordering lunch, some lunchtime meals were not served or took an extended amount of time (20-45 minutes, the latter being on 11/01/2018 when the lunch order was simply cooked fish on a bed of salad greens). I even inquired a second time on the status of lunch and staff replied "it's coming." Lunch this day was delivered 45 minutes after initial check-in at Ocean Cafe. Celebrity Staff apologized for the mishap while patiently waiting in Ocean Cafe. It took 4 days for things to be worked out whereupon lunch service improved - took 4 days for a process to be defined which we strictly followed going forward. Fortunately, no further mishaps occurred requiring the need to speak with a ship's officer. Both Chef Raynold and Pastry Chef Sherin are excellent, especially preparing dairy-free meals and deserts. When ordering a specialty dinner package at Murano, upon going to Lawn Club to book a dinner for later in the sailing, it could not be found. Fortunately we were not charged extra. It was frustrating internal systems are not talking to each other or updating timely. Food on the boat was tasty for every meal eaten on board. While Blu offered light entrees at dinner, Aqua Spa Cafe offered light dishes at lunch. The salad and soba noodles were excellent! Sushi was great! It was a treat to experience Taj X one night at Sushi on 5. Since this was an Indian cuisine experience, Indian Beer should have been offered. Activities were posted in the daily itinerary and on a board at Guest Relations. Because each method draws its own audience, all daily items posted on the board at Guest Relations should have also been included in the daily agenda. As a participant, the LGBTQ social was moved two times without notice. This was confirmed because I took a photo as a reminder of the location (Martini Bar) and time the first day, only to see a different location (World Class Bar) when checking the board again. This was only discovered checking the board at Guest Relations at different times - not until Day 12 was the social published in the agenda. Posting all activities (for that day or daily occurrence) in the agenda all staterooms receive is best. On a related note, a small World Class Bar sign exists on the wall at the bar, but there is no World Class Bar listing on any board in hallways or outside an elevator bank(s). I had to ask Guest Relations two times for the location because I bypassed it for two days. We enjoyed activities offered on board (Nacho's dance classes in the morning, pool volleyball (guests vs. guests, guests vs. crew), Thriller dance class, Apple device classes/tutorials, cooking demonstrations). The Thriller dance class was fun to prepare for Halloween night. The foyer staircase and Ocean Cafe were decorated nicely and guests were encouraged to dress up. A costume parade would have been even better - start at Opus, walk to Reflection Theater, go down one floor, then end at Grand Foyer. DJ Gio played good tunes and mixes at the martini bar in the evenings and the bartenders at martini bar were animated making drinks, especially the evening of pouring several martinis from several shakers at one time. Some assistant/waiters in Blu were very attentive to us. The ship was elegant, clean, and well maintained. The glass elevators were very cool in the center portion of the ship. We spent a lot of time on the pool deck and in the solarium. I remember the Millenium's Solarium pool had metal bars in the pool for guests to sit/lean on - that was missing from this pool. The stateroom was always made up nicely by Wardan. He kept our quarters clean and tidy. He was attentive to our needs and personable when passing him in the hallway. Instead of Do Not Disturb signs, which easily fall off door handles, the rotating dial outside the stateroom telling the stateroom attendant service needed would have been better: Do Not Disturb, Make Up Cabin, Turn Down. A pleasant surprise was the light in the stateroom's bathroom did not fully turn off, but became a night-light. That was great - for those of us who get up in the middle of the night. The Captain was the best. He participated in the late night show Liar's Club. His daily morning announcements were hilarious and he met with guests while in public. Definitely a star! Went to Sky Lounge for Bandioke -- this was very clever and fortunately had a good turnout and guest singers. It was this night I attempted to order a Virgo drink from the lounge menu. The bartender told me the bar was out of some ingredients and could not make it. At World Class Bar another night, I ordered Strawberry Fields from this bar's menu. Bartender advised the drink is no longer made with egg white because of guest's intolerance, yet the menu clearly listed his ingredient, a reason I wanted to try this drink. For guests like us who did not purchase the drink package, Celebrity lost revenue. These mishaps deteriorate our experience on the Reflection and with Celebrity Cruises. We booked Aqua Class to experience light dining and hoped service level in the dining room would be more attentive. Consistently, this was not the case. It took 2 days for restaurant Maitre'D and Assistant Maitre'D to open up to us (they were so focused on the job and not guest experience) which left a bad first impression. Fortunately, as cruise went on, they became more personable and conversational. Staff were busy serving and clearing tables, but consistently we observed inefficiencies. At Blu and restaurants throughout the ship (Lawn Club, Tuscan), food would be delivered to our table correctly, but placed in front of the wrong person. This boat was understaffed (on 10/31/2018 at Ocean Cafe, took 20 minutes for tables at 2-3pm to be cleared by staff on the back deck, on 11/01/2018 while eating dinner at Tuscan service was very slow - had to request water glasses be filled twice and the wine order took 10 minutes to arrive at the table) and under-trained. We heard from guests and staff throughout the cruise, many staff were pulled off Reflection to prepare for Celebrity Edge - this showed and certainly contributed to our less than highly satisfied experience. Quality was not the same as prior Celebrity Cruise. As experienced mariners with NCL Cruises, we truly had high hopes for Celebrity to deliver in all areas. We have even stayed in NCL's Haven class (on mega-ships - MS Escape) and felt Celebrity's Aqua Class would offer equivalent food and service levels. Unfortunately that was not the case. Consistently, service performance on this Celebrity cruise under-performed. With Celebrity striving to provide the best vacation possible, it fell short. While the cruise was enjoyable, no positive changes were made in our lives as guests. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our second cruise on the Celebrity Reflection but our first Transatlantic crossing. We were in a balcony cabin on Deck 8. The ship itself is already several years old but it could have been brand new; it is very well kept and ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Celebrity Reflection but our first Transatlantic crossing. We were in a balcony cabin on Deck 8. The ship itself is already several years old but it could have been brand new; it is very well kept and spotlessly clean. Because it was a 14 night cruise in October, the passengers seemed to be mostly retired, in their 60s and older. There were virtually no children aboard. (That’s not a complaint.) As you might expect on a Celebrity cruise, the crew could not have been friendlier, more helpful or more gracious, whether at the popular Martini Bar or select dining in the Opus restaurant on Deck 4, or the Oceanview Cafe on Deck 14, or the Fitness Center on Deck 12, the places I frequented the most. The service was superb. Our cabin steward was beyond superb. The food was not simply good, it was very good. At many meals it was nothing short of spectacular. Say what you will about Celebrity, you will not leave their ships hungry. Also, in a very generous gesture, and as a reflection (so to speak) of Celebrity’s appreciation for returning customers like us, as Captain’s Club members with Elite status Celebrity bought us drinks every night until 7:30 PM (except for the evening of embarkation), so my bar bill was very low. In the very subjective category of theatrical entertainment, I do not give Celebrity high marks. My wife and her girlfriend went to all the performances and were not terribly impressed. I went to three shows featuring comedians; only two were funny. We had dined in most of the specialty for-fee restaurants before, but they are now outrageously expensive and in my opinion not worth the price, certainly not when compared to the plentiful and multiple very high quality “for-free” dining venues. At the beginning of the cruise the ship stopped in the Spanish ports of Barcelona, Cartagena and Malaga. We were blessed with beautiful weather and had booked half-day tours through Celebrity which we found informative and fairly priced with guides who were interesting and easy to understand. It rained during our final stop in Tenerife and Celebrity was kind enough to refund a portion of the supposedly scenic excursion cost. The weather during the crossing was generally good with only two instances of rough seas. The temperatures were cool and comfortable until we neared the Florida heat the last two days of the cruise. Because there are plenty of sea days on a crossing, my wife, the Queen of Mah Jongg, was able to find a group of girls and played with them every afternoon. I occupied myself with a good book and time in the gym, but the cruise director did a fine job of organizing all kinds of activities for passengers with other interests. The bottom line is that we loved this cruise so much that while on board we booked another crossing for next year, leaving from Barcelona exactly a year to the day after this cruise ended in Ft. Lauderdale. We even reserved the same cabin, and asked Celebrity to simply let us keep our clothes in our closet and drawers so packing for next year will be easier. That’s a joke, by the way, but the rest of my review is serious and sincere. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because we have done several transatlantics and really enjoyed them. We flew to Rome 2 days early and stayed at the Hotel Diocleziano. We chose this hotel as it is located near Teremini Train Station as we took the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have done several transatlantics and really enjoyed them. We flew to Rome 2 days early and stayed at the Hotel Diocleziano. We chose this hotel as it is located near Teremini Train Station as we took the train to the port. We had been to Rome several times so we just did our own thing. Really enjoyed outdoor cafes and restaurants. The train to Civitavecchia is about an hour ride and costs about 6 euros. The trains are very frequent almost every hour. You can buy your ticket at a kiosk and then to the track. There is staff to advise the track but then there is no one to help you. Our train was on Track 29 and we had to walk all the way down to Track 24 and then cross over to another track. The signage was lacking and no conductor available at the track. I asked a passenger who told me this was the train to Civiavecchia. Never saw a conductor to collect our ticket. Don't buy first class ticket as there is no one to direct you to those cars. The trains are double deckers so if you have issues with luggage and stairs this isn't a good option. Also, at Civitavecchia the elevator was working so we needed to carry luggage down stairs and then up stairs. Took cab to the ship for 5 euros per person. Embarkation - No issues and you when come on board you are handed sparking wine. Nice touch. Ship is lovely. We had a balcony room on the 6th floor. Plenty of space, the bathroom seemed larger than others we have had. Room attendent was wonderful. Very helpful and accomdating. Dining - I thought the buffet had good variety each day. I saw complaints about this with other reviewers but I didn't find that. We did lunch in the restauant on several days but the menu was quite limited and the food was sometimes cool. Evening dinners were very good. We did one speciality restaurant, the Lawn Grill, and it was excellent. Veal chop was outstanding. Overall, we thought the food was one of the best that we experienced on a cruise. On the 7th floor there is an area called the Hidaway which had a coffee and tea station. It was easy access for us as we were on the 6th floor. Entertainment - The shows that I attended were excellent. They were mostly singers with live orchestra. There were enrichment programs that were informative and enjoyable.There were plenty of activities if you chose to participate. I just relaxed and read on our balcony. Ports Barcelona - we took 4 hour tour of the city thru the cruise line as we had never been to the city before. I wouldn't recomend this as there were too many people on the tour. If you want to go it alone, for 5 euros you can take the shuttle into town or you can take a taxi. The famous church sagrada familia is something to see. You can buy your tickets on line and take a taxi to the venue. Cartegena - lovely small city - we took 4 hour tour but again I think the best sites to see is the Roman Theater and the shopping districts which you can do on your own. Malaga - Took atour of the city with tapas which was a waste of time. The tapas were terrible and I think we could have done this on our own. Tenerife- We took tour to the volcano and really enjoyed it. We went up 7500 feet and it was cloudy, cold and raining so on our way up we couldn't see much but then we to the crater which was magnificent. Fellow passengers - The passengers are older and some are very fral.. They are very well traveled and interesting for the most part. Some we rude and entittled. Loved the martini bar show. Lots of fun watching the bartenders pour 18 martinis at once. Disembarkation- We walked off with our luggage. Easy, no crowds and took cab to airport. All in all it was a great cruise. Only negative, 7 sea days were too much for me. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
You know, the thing is that we have been floating on this ship for over 3 weeks now.. with the best Captain, the best staff, pretty good food, an nice suite on the 12 th floor. Love it.. but...but.. there is just one big thing that ... Read More
You know, the thing is that we have been floating on this ship for over 3 weeks now.. with the best Captain, the best staff, pretty good food, an nice suite on the 12 th floor. Love it.. but...but.. there is just one big thing that gnaws on me daily. The Guy in charge of movies, sports etc. on tv. So get this, 70% or more of the 3000 cruisers are from US. It is the middle of the football season. They have espn 1 & 2 and... and an extra sports channel. Today is Saturday 3rd of November , and it is no different than last Saturday or the sat. prior. ESPN Showing the Michigan game, ESPN 2 showing Crickett, extra sports channel showing another soccer game from Europe, as if the 3 other European channels is not enough. I complained, and the guy in charge said he just got in from India ( thus, Crickett.?) and said he would work on it. Nothing. Same guy in charge of movies. There are 5 movies available free on demand, and guess what he plays in the movies downstairs, either cartoons or any of the 5 above. So it’s all about us buying old..on demand... movies at 15 bucks that are free at home on HBO. What I’m saying here is that the entertainment via TV is old, stale as the 10 year old tv resolution. Charge me more in my ticket, but serve me something in a new, clear medium. Outside of this, the ship is good. Even our Indian Head Chef. I do question if there really is a Tandoori oven, oh, but I digress..Like it ...as a good upper middle cruise option. Recommendation......get an American in charge of video.. when you do a rehab..buy some modern flat screens. So, childish as we sports fans are, and not that I am glued to the TV more than 6 hours per week, just want to point out this one small, to most, an insignificant side note. However, this is enough to drop the rating. You know, it’s the little things, etc. Like I said, Suite is great, Imade, our cabin steward was meticulous, always on the job. Got us a fan for the suite. It is obvious that all these cruise lines use specialty dining, as added revenue. We pay for cruise but they charge us 100 bucks plus service charge just to have dinner at Murano’s for example. Alcohol is extra. The Master ( infamous Captain) is the best. Gives feeling of safety with a flair of a stand up comic. A French Chef would have been desirable. Not a big fan of pseudo tandoori cooked Indian Cuisine. No garlic nan bread for instance. How about a specialty Indian restaurant? Park the master chef there. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The itinerary was the main draw for me. That is why I was so disappointed the we missed Rhodes. I realize w a man overboard situation compromises are necessary , but offering a second tour AT NIGHT with nothing opened an limited ... Read More
The itinerary was the main draw for me. That is why I was so disappointed the we missed Rhodes. I realize w a man overboard situation compromises are necessary , but offering a second tour AT NIGHT with nothing opened an limited lighting was not really adequate ( and they threw in a dinner at a Rhodes restaurant for more than the original tour) Obviously it was done to fulfil the obligation of going to Rhodes so guests could not complain and ask for compensation. I was not really that impressed w the main dining room OPUS. The staff r great work very hard the food was good but not great, after I'd heard so many raves for Celebrity's food -disappointed. Only 2- 3 dinners were really notable the rest were adequate or on one night really subpar. The Oceanview cafe often was as good or better. The entertainment was pretty good. The dancers/acrobats are very talented and do an excellent job w the space and choreography they have been given. The singers also shine particularly in a substitute show they put on as the comic that was supposed to perform was stuck on Rhodes. Particularly enjoyed the song selection, not your typical Broadway medley. They need to plan more for alternate activities when a situation occurs that prevents the itinerary being fulfilled. Loved the Persian Garden- took the trip duration pass and used it almost daily The sauna's and cold room and that relaxing heated tile bench. The tours we organized ourselves were at least as good and on 2 occasions ( Pompei and the Acropolis better) Would not go again as I would prefer more in depth exploration next time I go, but got a distinct taste for what would interest me Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Let's start with the positives: Cabin clean and attendant excellent Dining room staff terrific attentive and great range of food found no need to eat at additional charges restaurants Pool area no problem in finding seating. ... Read More
Let's start with the positives: Cabin clean and attendant excellent Dining room staff terrific attentive and great range of food found no need to eat at additional charges restaurants Pool area no problem in finding seating. Ports of call -great itinery and easy to master on your own Both embarkation and disembarkation simple The negatives: Celebrity appear to be saving money with their shows! There are no Broadway musicals but rather it seems they have written their own story. Eg prince meets princess etc. No plot to follow just random often unknown songs! At sea days had minimal activities. The decision to show the one and only movie at 11 pm was ridiculous. Focus seemed to be on money with charges on many activities . In summary have seen a decline in the cruise experience and will definitely look at other companies for our next trip. As you can see lots of positives but also negatives which need to be addressed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We were on the Celebrity Reflection 10 day Italy & Greece Tour.We had a Stateroom with Balcony on the 9th Deck. We found nearly everything about the cruise to be really good. The service, from ALL staff was friendly and ... Read More
We were on the Celebrity Reflection 10 day Italy & Greece Tour.We had a Stateroom with Balcony on the 9th Deck. We found nearly everything about the cruise to be really good. The service, from ALL staff was friendly and courteous. They all give you the impression they ENJOY doing their job. The standard of food & service in the Opus Restaurant was superb. We did not bother eating in any of the Speciality Restaurants (despite the strong sales pressures) The choice and standard of food in the Oceanview Restaurant was brilliant. We ate there everyday (apart from 1) for breakfast & lunch. Bewildering choice of eggs etc. Beware attempting just to have a salad for lunch - you are tempted with Indian, Chinese, English,American,Pizzas etc. All of good quality. Our room was spacious, clean & tidy. We had breakfast served in the room 1 day. Lovely to sit on the balcony eating scrambled eggs.... Shame about the tea being cold. We tried room service for morning tea but the water was always luke warm. Good shows, good variety of artists. Embarkation and disembarkation - well organised. Did not use Celebrity Excursions - preferred to make our own arrangements. Only 1 gripe - we loved sitting on deck watching the ship sail in/out port. Spoilt by the large number of people smoking. Would I use Celebrity again? - definitely! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have sailed with Celebrity about 17 times. We've also sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean, and other lines, but Celebrity has been our favorite. The public rooms are spotless and beautiful. The Ocean Grill had many options and ... Read More
We have sailed with Celebrity about 17 times. We've also sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean, and other lines, but Celebrity has been our favorite. The public rooms are spotless and beautiful. The Ocean Grill had many options and much variety, which we enjoyed. The Opus Dining Room served good food as well, although the last evening the service was exceptionally slow and we didn't finish our meal until 10:15 PM, which was too late. We will not get the late seating again. We enjoyed the music, entertainment, and ports. Celebrity really takes care of its guests. Returning from the ports, weary guests were greeted by employees handing out cucumber water and cold towels. Embarkation and debarkation were a breeze, and the final transfer on the bus to Rome made our lives so much easier than getting a taxi and hauling our luggage to the train to the airport in Rome. Things have certainly changed since our earlier cruises on Celebrity, where the dining room served the many courses separately (salads, soups, entrees, etc). We used to get a beautifully illustrated, large parchment menu listing the choices. Formal night was truly formal. Now there is only one formal night and the dress ranged from evening gowns and tuxedos to couples wearing jeans. The dress code should really be enforced or formal night should just be eliminated.The selection of tv channels was very poor; that is one improvement Celebrity should make. The meals were good, but absolutely no comparison to the meals under Chef Michel Roux. Those were outstanding, memorable meals and exquisite desserts. Costs go up and times change. Overall we had an excellent experience on the Reflection and look forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This particular sailing was way too busy. The first two days of the cruise were sea days but after that, it was port after port after port. A saving grace was an overnight in Barcelona. I just wished the overnight was in La Spezia. The ... Read More
This particular sailing was way too busy. The first two days of the cruise were sea days but after that, it was port after port after port. A saving grace was an overnight in Barcelona. I just wished the overnight was in La Spezia. The itinerary was a big blur as I tried to look back. * I booked a Suite Class room directly through CelebrityCruises.com. The website indicated in-suite espresso. I was expecting an espresso/cappuccino machine as NCL provides in suites; to my disappointment, I walked into a rather bare room - no plush amenities. The bathroom had a nice jetted tub, but no bath sheet. In fact, the towels were small and very worn. When I come out of a hot bath, I like to wrap myself in a plush bath sheet. The bedding was standard and probably no different from the Veranda and lower staterooms. I have booked Aqua Class many times in the past and bedding and linens were much more plush; perhaps I should have booked Aqua Class on this cruise. * Suite Class has their own dining room, Luminae as well as a private club, Michael's. Both venues are wonderful in that there are no crowds. The staff are very attentive and really get to know their passengers' likes and preferences. Luminae offers great food and allows you to order from the Aqua Class dining room (Blu) or the Main Dining room increasing your options - I truly liked that! * The entertainment provided by the ship's production cast seemed amateurish; the singing sounded out of tune. However, the last performance, "Elysium," had great choreography. Guest performers were a little better. I always enjoy a hypnotist! * We did a ship's excursion in Ibiza to Can Marca Caves and D'Alt. It was a 4.5 hour tour which went past 13:30. Nice tour of the caves and Old Village but for it to go that long, time should have been set aside for lunch. The tour provided no down time. * The Reflection is a beautiful ship that is impeccably maintained. It's a very clean ship with a wonderful crew. For what Celebrity offers to Suite Class passengers is lacking and definitely not worth the money. There should be more pools and a thelasso therapy pool for a ship this large. There are way too many passengers and not enough things to do. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have been 9n loads of cruises and cruise lines but our first with Celebrity. We booked aqua class and premium drinks package and paid near £3,000 each. However as soon as we were onboard constantly bombarded with having to spend ... Read More
We have been 9n loads of cruises and cruise lines but our first with Celebrity. We booked aqua class and premium drinks package and paid near £3,000 each. However as soon as we were onboard constantly bombarded with having to spend more. Everything about this company is trying to make more money out of the passengers. We expected to have some sales pitches but you need to be careful as there are hidden cost. Charged us $11 dollars for a bottle of water when we were told it's free. Constantly at reception quiering our onboard account as kept getting charged for item which were already included in our package. Staff were exceptional especially in the blue restaurant. However when we ventured into the future cruises and asked if they do cruises with less sea days we were told quite rudely we are not going to get anything like that as the company needs to make money so cant when everyone is off. The man was extremely unhelpful so we ended up walking out telling him to work on his sales pitch a bit more!! Everything shuts at 1am (most nights even before that) Food always cold in the buffet but on port days no other place to eat so had to put up with it. Sea days had other places to eat but you had to pay pay pay!! to add insult to injury we find out that the vast amount of Americans onboard paid less than half of what we did for the same cruise. Thank you Celebrity but NEVER AGAIN. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate my Big Birthday, and as usual, Celebrity didn’t fail to impress. The Itinerary appealed to us as we hadn’t been to most of the ports of call. We had an Aquaclass cabin with balcony. Comfy bed, decent ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate my Big Birthday, and as usual, Celebrity didn’t fail to impress. The Itinerary appealed to us as we hadn’t been to most of the ports of call. We had an Aquaclass cabin with balcony. Comfy bed, decent sized bathroom and adequate wardrobe space. Our favorite trip was to a Spanish Ranch to see beautiful Andalusian horses. Prior to the cruise we had five days in Rome, and stayed at the Pantheon Hotel right in the centre of Rome. Location was amazing but our ‘double’ room was sadly lacking in size. We had six inches of room between our bed and the wall and paid approximately £850 for the privilege, all booked through Celebrity. The food on Reflection was first class although the main buffet restaurant served food which was barely warm. Once home, we were disappointed to have been charged for two bathrobes and for using the minibar. Neither of which we used. Overall, we had an amazing time and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our 4th cruise, and our previous 3 have all been on Solstice ships (Equinox and then twice on Silhouette) so we went in having got the first-timers 'wow' thing out the way, and felt we knew what to expect on this ship. ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise, and our previous 3 have all been on Solstice ships (Equinox and then twice on Silhouette) so we went in having got the first-timers 'wow' thing out the way, and felt we knew what to expect on this ship. There was a lot as expected, some things a bit better, some not so good. The ship overall is just what we knew we'd get from this class of ship and in terms of what is available and where, it was just small variations on a theme we were used to. One highlight for us was having Captain Dimitrios Kafetzis. He has got to be the funniest ever. If he was to produce a CD of his ships announcements we'd buy it. He could do his own spot in the theatre at night and it would be a sell out. The downside to this cruise was having just 2 sea days and having them as the first and second days of the cruise. It means no break from all the port days and by the end of the cruise we were pretty tired (even though we bailed out and stayed on ship during our second day in Barcelona with poor weather). We were also unlucky in that our first day at sea was pretty rubbish weather. We were warned at the muster meeting that we could expect rough weather the next day. I woke at 3am on the Tuesday and while the rolling movement didn't unduly bother me, the creaking made it impossible to sleep through. I did make it to breakfast and lunch and while somewhat entertaining watching people staggering around (“only the drunks walk straight today”) it wasn't something I could do for long and I spent quite a bit of time lying on our bed. Some people, including a number of crew, were quite poorly from what I heard later. We did a bit of side to side as well as up and down movement that went on until about 6pm. Not the best fun! Overall we enjoyed this cruise, with some great ports and mostly lucky with the weather. Much was what we have come to expect from a Celebrity Solstice ship, the things we know and love. We did feel the size of the ship had a detrimental effect in terms of service as described specifically elsewhere in this review, but it just took this down from a great to a very good experience. I have rated the service a 3 (average) but that was because I didnt feel it merited a 'very good' 4. Good would be better, but maybe average isn't so bad when compared to what we have come to expect from celebrity in the past. Would we choose Celebrity again – absolutely? Would we choose Reflection – probably not if we found an itinerary we liked on a smaller ship, but if Reflection ticked all other boxes we would sail on her again, maybe just with slightly different expectations. Transfer and embarkation: One of the best embarkation experiences ever I think! We had a transfer from Rome FCO airport, and had done this before so we knew the score. Collect bags from the carousel and head to the Celebrity reps. At the airport there were loads of Celebrity people so it would have been near impossible to not have got sorted quite easily. Bags dropped, onto the coach and just a short wait until we drove off to join the ship. Once at the port we sailed through (pun intended) the check in part really quickly, no queues at all so we were actually on board with very little delay. We had no need to go explore; I headed up quickly to grab some food and then we headed down to Martini bar to make ourselves feel at home :) Food and drink: Buffet. We knew what to expect in terms of what is on offer and I personally thought this one was the best buffet in terms of what was available. Plenty of choice of items, and only limited if you went at changeover time. At breakfast the usual hot food offerings included an English selection with 'proper' bacon and English bangers. The egg counter with various options to order was usually popular but wait times weren't too bad. Waffles and pancakes were always plentiful but beware if there's only one jug of syrup...it turned out to actually be chocolate sauce as the maple syrup was being topped up. I saw a couple of people come a cropper with that! Lots of hot and cold selections, and too many dessert options to count! And their cookies are lovely, soft and gooey ones! My personal favourite treat became the honey and raisin scones, especially if getting them when still warm. We did a couple of evening meals in the buffet and had a good choice, though not spectacular. My only drawback with the buffet, which was a theme for other food and drink venues, was that service seemed slow. We had premium drinks package and on previous cruises would very quickly be able to order a nice coffee or fresh juice on previous cruises. This time round we found it took longer to get served, and a couple of times we went to the bar if we were in a hurry. We put this down to the actual venues being the same size as smaller ships but catering for an extra deck of passengers. Main dining room: We ate in here on both the evening chic nights, and a few others. Food was mostly good but on a few days my husband and our friends said their meals weren't as hot as they could be. We did notice again the slower service, and whereas on previous cruises we were used to having our wine and water topped up very regularly, this time we had a couple of occasions with wine glass sitting empty and having to call for replenishment. It just felt like there were so many people, it was impossible for the staff to keep watch over all so well. On one occasion in a group of 4 we found ourselves put round in a table tucked right back in a corner where we had particularly poor service. We had to twice request a side plate, chase up a drink order which still hadn't arrived when starters came out, and it felt we were generally being made to wait. It's one thing to not be rushed but this was just plain slow. On the last night, when we thought it might be busier, it actually felt like they'd got everything right; it was just a shame we hadn't had consistent service throughout. Tuscan Grill: This has always been our favourite speciality restaurant and we ate there twice. My husband said the steaks there were superb, and my pasta dishes were lovely. It has a lovely relaxed feel in there Murano: This has now become my husband's top choice and if there'd been any tables available we would have had a second night in here. Food and service are just the best, perfect atmosphere and made to feel like royalty. Absolutely first class, and for fussy eaters who think it may be a bit fussy, as I am and did, they look after you well and will tailor things to your choice. Qsine: I was a bit confused about this before I'd left as I had heard it had now become 'Le Petit Chef' but I was still seeing Qsine listed. Confusingly, they have kept the Qsine name but totally changed the restaurant. I don't get this at all. You wouldn't turn the Tuscan grill into an Indian restaurant but keep the tuscan name, so I don't understand why they haven't changed the name here. Qsine as known and loved by many was the 'tapas on speed' as my husband called it. The name Qsine is there but none of that food choice. There is basically one set menu and if you have that you get your dinner presented with 'Le Petit Chef' pixel mapping presentation. It's like having a little 3D cartoon chef on your plate. There is just one other menu option available but this would not have the graphics. We didn't fancy either menu choice so didn't eat there, so I can't review the food but just wanted to try to de-confuse people who think they know what Qsine is but not sure where 'Le Petit Chef' fits in. Lawn Grill: This was the only other speciality restaurant we ate at and had a lovely meal. There was some confusion over our flatbreads which delayed things but once sorted the meal was great. It was a little cool that evening but blankets were provided before heating was then turned on so we were all comfortable. Mast Bar grill: We love the burgers here and there is something about sitting out in the sun with a juicy burger. We did have a couple of days where the weather was not so kind and that is when the Mast Bar needs a bit more caution. After one port day in grotty weather, we returned to the ship and I decided to grab one of their burgers and meet my husband in the buffet area. The burgers were in less demand and so had been sitting keeping warm. They then became quite average. Definitely at their best when cooked fresh. Other dining options are Porch and Sushi on 5 (additional charge) and the healthy options by the spa/solarium (as well as Blue or Luminae if you're in the right 'class') but we didn't use them so cannot comment. Martini Bar: This is our second home, we love this bar and the guys make it such a fun place, especially if you can sit at the bar and not just in the booths around it. They have a menu of drinks and cocktails but will make things to order. And of course there's the entertainment when somebody orders a flight! Always popular, always busy, but never a problem getting served. This place has it right Sunset bar: Previously our pre-dinner go-to place, before sail away each evening, or during the day if at sea. On Reflection the bar is more central with seating around it and we found service really poor. We ended up always going to the bar to order as the table service seemed non-existent. This was where the layout and increased number of passengers seemed to have the worst effect. It is lovely up there but just not the same. There is a chunk of the seating given over to smokers which we personally found off-putting and avoided, but it was the time and effort to get drinks which was the worst point for us. Pool bar: I don't sit by the pool much but when I did there was good service for drinks by the main pool or in the solarium. However on deck 15 if using the sunbeds, it was hard to get drinks service and so I ended up queueing at the pool bar myself. Seemed a reflection on the numbers and possibly lack of staff again. Passport bar: This is somewhere we've enjoyed occasionally in the past as a bit of a chilled out area. This cruise on the days at sea the space round it was used for art auctions so the relaxing seating element was gone. That was a shame and we didn't return there apart from one brief visit. Ensemble lounge: We have gone here on other cruises for a pre-show or pre-diner drink in a lovely chilled atmosphere. Again we noticed it felt busier and my husband ordered at the bar on more than one occasion. We still enjoyed the place but it didn't feel quite as laid back as we've experienced on other ships. Cafe El Bacio; We love this place to end the night when we have it pretty much to ourselves. Victoria working there got to know us, and always had cookies left for us, not to mention the biggest smile on the ship. Truly lovely going there for that personal touch. During the day it is so busy and we've never yet managed to get there on a sea day and get a seat. People do 'camp out' there, making a coffee last an eternity and just sit and read. That's fine but it does mean customers are forced to grab a takeaway and miss out on a lovely cafe experience. The cake selection is great there and remember they are all free!! The gelateria there never seemed that busy, maybe as people can get free ice cream in the buffet. I would happily pay however as their ice cream is just delicious. Shows: We attended a couple of shows in the theatre, often we just didn't manage to find time between getting ready to eat and being in restaurants. The 'brought in acts we saw: Mark Walker, comedian, first time seeing him and he was good The Macdonald Brothers, we've seen them on British TV before, good but not our favourite Reitta Ann Austin, she can belt out a tune but not really our cup of tea Goronwy Thom. A comedy juggler who we've seen and enjoyed before. Fast and funny Matt McGurk, fantastic Bristish magician specialising in sleight of hand tricks. And managed to also make Blackpool sound like Las Vegas – now that's magic!! We only saw one of the 'ship's own' shows and it was appalling. Maxx was dated and slow, it probably wouldn't have been that amazing in the 80s which is where it felt it belonged. We hung on hoping for the speciality acts to rescue it. There was some hoop work but too little too late, and we left before others came on as we were just bored beyond belief. We spoke to several people on the ship and many had quit even earlier. Didn't find anybody with a good word to say for that particular show Apart from one quiz (which we won!!) we didn't take part in other activities. Many were on when we were off ship, or just busy eating or doing nothing! There is a lot around but it suits us to do our own thing. We did join a cruise critic gathering but that was less well attended, possibly because our day at sea turned out to be rather bumpy and many people were being ill or lying down to stop being ill. And we also joined one Captain's Club gathering, more fancy nibbles and some drinks but didn't actually get to talk to any crew. Tendering: We only had one day where we tendered, in Villefranche. My memories of previous tenders were long queues in the Passport lounge waiting to get called. This time tenders were due to start at 9 with tickets available from 8.30. We went down about 8.20 hoping to get a good spot in the queue and were pleasantly surprised to find tickets already being dished out with minimal queue. The call for first boat came around 8.40, and we were called about 10 mins later (our batch was boats 4,5,6). We were off the ship a little after 9 so very impressed with that. I have accidentally ticked 'very good' for shore excursions and now can't change it! We didn't do any ship excursions as all of these ports lent themselves to DIY or we had private excursion booked Disembarkation: We had a tax booked for 8.30 and aimed to be off the ship around 8 just to give us time to get cases sorted etc. There were calls for numbers but we had been told we could pretty much go when we wanted. As it was they called our number pretty much as we were planning to go anyway, and again it was effortless. Quickly off the ship and found our luggage instantly. Very smooth process all round Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was an 11 night Mediterranean Cruise. We have sailed on Celebrity Reflection before and found it to be a beautiful ship which is one of the reasons we chose it again. It's a perfect size, around 3000 passengers, so it's ... Read More
This was an 11 night Mediterranean Cruise. We have sailed on Celebrity Reflection before and found it to be a beautiful ship which is one of the reasons we chose it again. It's a perfect size, around 3000 passengers, so it's large enough to have some decent entertainment and amenities but not so big that it seems crowded. There are so many areas on board to just hang out....we especially enjoyed the outdoor Sunset Bar at the back of the ship and the Sky Lounge at the front. We went with another couple, all of us in our 50's--and it seemed like most other passengers were about our age or a little older. We liked the informal relaxed evening dress code. I wore either a casual dress or capris and a top, my husband wore kakis or jeans and a collared shirt. We did see others in jacket and tie, or tuxes and sparkly dresses.. Regarding the nightly entertainment--there was something for everybody. Each night the theatre had 2 show times--one night was a juggler/comedian, one night a magician, other nights featured vocalists, or a singing/dancing show. The theatre band providing the music every night was excellent. We stayed in an Aqua Suite, there are several perks to this level of suite, but the best I have to say is the access to the Blu restaurant. The food was consistently above average and the service excellent. Our servers got to know us and our preferences and we enjoyed seeing and talking to Ace, Nixon and Nina every night. A perk of this suite level is the Persian Garden, which is a coed spa of sorts with heated stone beds and a steam and sauna and cold room...honestly I've been in nicer spas and this is just ok. There are no jacuzis in the Persian Garden but there are some on the pool deck. The Persian Garden is a place to relax if you don't mind listening to someone snoring next to you! Ports of Call: We didn't do any of Celebrity's excursions--we did our own thing or used an outside company...mainly to give us flexibility when planning our day. Gibraltar: Easy walk to downtown, but can take a shuttle. We booked a 4 hr tour through Viator and saw all the main sights. Just a head's up...we were to meet up with the tour bus at a location called Coach Park which wasn't easy to find. Give yourself extra time to meet up with an outside tour group! Malaga: We skipped the shuttle thinking the walk wasn't too bad, but it took a good 30-40 minutes to get to town. Once there, we did a 2 hour segway tour that gave us an overall view of the city and then we were able to spend the afternoon returning to the sites that interested us. This was one of our favorite ports. Cartagena: This is easy to DYI. The city is very close walking distance, easy to get around town to see the sites. By the way, the "sites" in all of these towns includes ruins of some type, old castles and cathedrals, and narrow quaint streets with shops and restaurants which serve paella and sangria! Ibiza: This is an easy walk to the terminal where you can hop on a shuttle to take you into the city. When we were planning our trip to Ibiza, we wanted to rent a jeep for the day but were told they were all sold out. When we arrived at the terminal we saw plenty of taxis and a few car rental places and were able to rent a jeep on the spot! So we drove to a small beach area (Cala d'Hort) that was absolutely beautiful. We had lunch there and found a nearby trail (15 min walk) that led to stunning views of the coast below. We drove back into town for the afternoon and had no trouble finding parking...we walked up to the old castle (D'alt Villa) and then drove through the narrow downtown area. Just a head's up...even though we had a map, to get around the island was a bit more difficult than we anticipated because not all the roads on the map were marked. If you just want to shuttle into town for the day, there is a ocean front promenade with restaurants and shops and the old castle is within walking distance to explore. Ibiza was also one of our fav ports. Barcelona: Here you can take a shuttle to the World Trade Center hub. Also plenty of taxis are available at the shuttle area as soon as you get off the ship. Once we got to the World Trade Center we took a hop on hop off bus...we did both routes which took about 2 hours each but it gave us a good overview of the entire city. Not to miss: La Sagrada Familia. Park Guell was just ok. We enjoyed exploring the Gothic Quarter. Villefranche (Nice, Eze, Monaco): Here we tendered in, which went smoothly. Had no plans but knew we wanted to explore Eze and Monaco. Once we arrived at the dock there were plenty of taxis..fare to Eze 40 Euro, fare to Monaco 70 Euro. Be sure to always ask the fare before you get in the taxi! Our driver offered to take us for a 4 hour sightseeing tour for 280 Euro which we agreed to and it turned out great. He took us to the places we wanted to go and dropped us off exactly where we needed to be and was waiting for us when we were done. Eze has an old medieval castle/village up on a hill which has been converted into upscale restaurants and shops and art galleries. We then went to Monaco and walked around the palace area and after that we went to Monte Carlo and walked around the casino. Beautiful and interesting place..lots of gardens and statues. La Spezia: Here we had plans to take the ferry up the coast of Cinque Terre but the towns had been shut down due to flooding and boats were not operating due to rainy weather. Still were able to take the free shuttle into downtown La Spezia for shopping and sightseeing. Disembarking: we had an early flight out of Rome and so we kept our luggage with us and we arranged for a driver to meet us at the port. There were plenty of taxis available right when we got off the ship. No problems---got off the ship at 7:30, it was about 45 min to the airport, and were there in plenty of time for our 11:05 am flight! A seasoned passenger recommended we try a offline app called Maps.me which my husband used and it did help us get around the ports of call. The printed maps Celebrity puts in their daily newsletters are not a whole lot of help! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel an earlier cruise, so when I saw a tremendous deal offered for this one, my wife Rosy and I jumped at the chance, although it was on a much larger ship than we have become used to. We ... Read More
Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel an earlier cruise, so when I saw a tremendous deal offered for this one, my wife Rosy and I jumped at the chance, although it was on a much larger ship than we have become used to. We were quoted around £2900 each for a Sky suite, including premium beverage package, wifi, gratuities and $300 OBC, virtually an all-inclusive cruise, but Celebrity had other ideas, - more later! We booked flights, with Alitalia from London-Rome, with two nights at the Hotel Morgana, situated very close to Termini station, very convenient for arrival and departure. They had offered a ‘birthday’ upgrade, but on arrival they sprung a nice surprise. We were allocated a private apartment about 50m away, with private entrance and balcony overlooking some nice gardens. The soft drinks in the fridge were free and tea / coffee making things were also provided. A comprehensive buffet breakfast was served in the hotel and on my birthday, they served us Prosecco and a nice chocolate cake. We toured Rome using a 48-hour ticket for all local transport, but some buses / routes were cancelled, and this caused us a few problems. We should have stuck to the more reliable, if boring, metro service. We used the airport express to Rome and if booked in advance useful discounts are available. For the journey to the port at Civitavecchia, we took the train, which was packed, then the port bus, then the port shuttle. In future we’ll book a shuttle or taxi, as our option was very tiring. Check-in was a breeze, once we realised we had to drop the bags then get in the check-in line. Others made the same mistake, but the Rome Port Authority don’t make life too easy. We were soon onboard, drinking our welcome bubbly and eagerly anticipating our cruise. We decided to have a pre-lunch cocktail outside as the weather was good, having experienced rain on the way. However, it was quite windy, and the sea was choppy outside the shelter of the harbour. We ate a healthy lunch in the Ocean View Café, sitting outside, but bar service was slow, an unfortunate feature of this location. They need to move some of the upselling staff to jobs serving people what they had already paid for! After lunch we went to our suite 2111, which was a welcome sight with chilling champagne, a large bed, sofa and picture windows. The balcony was huge, but being under the overhang, we got very little sunshine. The bath tub was a jacuzzi and the rain shower was nice but lacked power. Our butler, Bojan, seemed keener to discuss English soccer than anything else, but did say that as were on a Premium package, all the contents of the mini-bar were included, not that we used any apart from the water. Our steward, Raj, was excellent, until the final morning when he rang the doorbell and walked right in, at 07.45. We were not amused. I feel that once the staff have had their gratuities, they are no longer interested, thinking only of their next victims (guests)! Each evening we enjoyed dinner in Luminae, the suite restaurant, which was an enjoyable experience, but the menu was limited. The Sommelier was very good as was the wine. We at breakfast mostly in the Aqua Café, with cereal from the OVC. This was a nice peaceful experience, contrasting starkly with the buffet. We also had lunch in the OVC, which offered a grand selection of dishes ENTERTAINMENT We found the guest entertainers were generally very good but didn’t much care for the shows by the ship’s singers and dancers. There were a few game shows which were good and bad. One aspect we hated was the constant attempts at upselling, restaurants, packages, art, bingo, photos, etc. We even received restaurant reservations, which we hadn’t booked. Unusually, we didn’t receive any recognition as members of the Captain’s club, until we pointed this out, nor any notification of our OBC. The internet was decent, which went well with our ability to use our home phone packages, as were in Europe. The weather was pretty good, but the mornings were dark, which we didn’t like. Overall an enjoyable cruise, but many venues were too noisy and we concluded that we prefer the smaller lines, like Seabourn, Regent, Crystal and Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My first cruise on Celebrity was a wonderful, luxurious experience. The ship was beautiful and clean. The crew was friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and plentiful. There were many activities available on the ship. I booked ... Read More
My first cruise on Celebrity was a wonderful, luxurious experience. The ship was beautiful and clean. The crew was friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and plentiful. There were many activities available on the ship. I booked the Rome port transportation with Celebrity. I arrived 1 day early and stayed at the Rome airport Hilton. I had planned to walk back to the airport arrival area to catch their bus to the port but I was pleased to find out the Celebrity had a bus that left from the Rome airport Hilton. When the cruise was complete, I received luggage tags the night before arriving in Rome. The number corresponded to a time to meet and catch the return bus to the Rome airport. I especially enjoyed breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe. The staff was very cheerful and frequently greeted people. There was always a wide variety of food to choose from. Nightly entertainment was excellent. I attended shows in the Reflection Theater each night and there was a great variety of top performances. Every evening we received a handout containing the next day's activities, helpful information and tips; so we could easily plan our activities. In the morning Rich and Nacho had a helpful review of the day's activities on a television channel. There was also a channel devoted to excursions. I booked my excursions with Celebrity except for Mykonos which I explored on my own. All of the locations were beautiful but Santorini and Mykonos were my favorites. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our first cruise experience, and Celebrity did not disappoint. We arrived in Rome 5 days before sail date and explored all the city has to offer. We were travelling with friends and shared a private car (Blacklane) to the ... Read More
This was our first cruise experience, and Celebrity did not disappoint. We arrived in Rome 5 days before sail date and explored all the city has to offer. We were travelling with friends and shared a private car (Blacklane) to the embarkation port, arriving around noon. Embarkation went very, very smoothly - barely took 15 minutes to get through the line, get our Sea Pass and board the ship! We went to the Ocean View Café to have lunch until our room was ready. We had booked a room with a balcony, on deck 7. The room was clean, comfortable and efficient - the only downside was its proximity to the elevators, which meant we could hear a very muted "ding" whenever the elevator arrived. If I remember correctly, our luggage arrived before the muster drill; we were happy to unpack and organize all our clothes and there was plenty of room, between the closet, storage above the bed and 3 drawers below the tv. We asked for and received extra hangers. The ship is absolutely beautiful; hard to remember you're actually on a ship when you are strolling through the main areas! There is something for everyone ... louder bars, quieter bars, little nooks and crannies to sit and read in, a library, etc. The food in the cafeteria was quite good, many temptations but also many healthy choices. The food in the dining room was ok but not spectacular, and sometimes too salty. We were not overly impressed with the food in the Tuscan Grill, though our friends had a good experience there on a previous cruise. We were however quite impressed with the food at the Lawn Club, and also had an excellent meal at Murano's. It's possible that our impression of the food was tainted by an overall negative experience relating to food service. In virtually every venue from the cafeteria to Murano's and everything in between, we were consistently interrupted by wait staff who did not pause or say "excuse me" whenever they approached our table. We were even interrupted in the middle of a birthday toast! By the 3rd of 4th time my husband started pointing this out to wait staff, but as you have someone different every time, this did nothing to improve our experience. In retrospect, we should have gone to Guest Services with our complaint. This is clearly a flaw in Celebrity's training curriculum, and put a damper on an otherwise excellent experience. In addition to a smooth embarkation on day 1, getting on and off the ship at ports of call also went very smoothly, and disembarkation was just as smooth. Celebrity clearly has this down to a science. Can't comment on the entertainment as we didn't go to any of the shows (we're not show people), but the musicians in the lobby area on the various nights were good, and the 5-person jazz band in the bar just outside Michael's Club was quite good. Our favorite spot on the ship was the Sunset Bar on deck 15 - an ideal spot to be in when the ship leaves port. We found service there to be quite excellent and really liked being outside. What surprised us the most was the demographics on the ship - we are in the 50-60 age range and expected, from what we'd heard, that most guests would be in this demographic as well. My perception is that the majority were in the 65-80 age range and we saw very few guests younger than us. Overall, this was an excellent experience and I would have given it a 4.75 rating if that was possible. The only reason I did not give it a 5 is the irritation of the interrupting wait staff. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We decided to review our cruise as we truly appreciate others doing so. Thank you all. We chose this cruise for its itinerary not realizing this S class ship would be so wonderful. Booked a VIP tour with our travel agent Alberto at ... Read More
We decided to review our cruise as we truly appreciate others doing so. Thank you all. We chose this cruise for its itinerary not realizing this S class ship would be so wonderful. Booked a VIP tour with our travel agent Alberto at Online Vacation Center that included pre night hotel in Rome, air and transfers. Made it so easy and loved having few days in Rome again. Our journey on the Reflection was made so memorable by the crew. Everyone and we mean everyone was super friendly and helpful making this one of our favorite journeys. The ship itself although large is incredibly well laid out and easy to navigate. As we were in a Concierge Cabin embarkation was just minutes. Our cabin was lovely and its balcony was a bit larger than the others. Lots of storage and the closet was great. Our steward Dominic kept everything super clean. The bathroom was the biggest surprise as it was the largest we've had. We got a good workout walking to the elevators which we didn't mind at all. One tip is to bring strong magnetic hooks as the walls are magnetic. We use to hang hats etc and super handy. Just make sure they are strong magnets. We chose anytime dining and after meeting Alexio waited until a table for 2 was available in his area. Didn't know until afterwards that we could have set up a certain time for each night of the cruise. The food was great and we saw no need to eat in any of the specialty restaurants. We made a special effort to go to the shows and most were terrific. A male vocal group from Germany was onboard and other guests were invited to their afternoon show on sea day. What a gift. They were amazing. The ports were all fabulous and by the end of the journey we were exhausted. We didn't use the ship's excursions as we prefer small tours in the ports. Safe and happy travels fellow members! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose Celebrity Reflection because it fit into our time frame and went to many sites that we wanted to see. The ship is very new and it great condition. The service was excellent. We were hesitant to pay the extra money for concierge ... Read More
We chose Celebrity Reflection because it fit into our time frame and went to many sites that we wanted to see. The ship is very new and it great condition. The service was excellent. We were hesitant to pay the extra money for concierge level but were glad we did. Our concierge, Aldin, made sure we had everything we needed and even arranged for a special dinner for us. Some other things you get with concierge level are a bottle of champagne, hors d'oeuvres every afternoon, free shoe shines, and special help with anything you need. We were also invited to stand on the helicopter pad to enjoy our sail away from Barcelona. Before our cruise, I read some negative reviews about the entertainment. I'm not sure what those people were watching but I thought the entertainment was excellent. Our favorites were Jon Courtenay who did a comedy/piano show, Raegar (who did a rock & Roll/country show), and the aerialist show. But all of the shows with the Reflection singers and dancers were great too. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining every night. We dined at the 6:00 seating in the Opus dining room. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Carlos and Saude, were very attentive and had great recommendations on what to eat. Carlos always gave me an extra scoop of sorbet for dessert. Compared to other cruises we have taken, I will say the food seemed to be a step up. One night, we dined in the Tuscan Grill which is at the very back of the ship. We had a table on the window which was great. The food and service were excellent. If you don't mind paying a surcharge for dining in a specialty restaurant, i highly recommend it. For breakfast, we always dined in the Oceanview Cafe. You can get anything you want here including eggs made to order. For lunch on days at sea we often ate at the AquaSpa cafe by the adult pool. There aren't that many selections but it's a great place to get chicken salad, tuna salad, wraps or other selections. Then, of course you have to go to the ice cream/sorbet bar in the Oceanview Cafe for your dessert. If you really like to play a lot of games, you won't find as many as you would on a cruise line such as Carnival. But I enjoyed all of the activities they had such as trivia, bocce ball, archery, pool games, and a nightly game at 8:00 before the last show. Nacho, Brittany, and Roxstar did a great job of keeping the games fun for the participants and spectators. They made my trip even more fun and all knew me by name. And don't miss the crew vs guests volleyball game. We took several excursions that we arranged through the ship and others we didn't so I will review a few below: Livorno, Italy - we took a full day trip to Cinque Terre. We enjoyed the trip and Cinque Terre is a beautiful place. But there are a couple of things that could be improved. First, our bus stopped at a truck stop halfway there so everyone could go to the bathroom. But there were other tour buses there and only a small bathroom so it took over thirty minutes. If they had buses with a toilet, this could be avoided. Or stagger the buses. Second, to get to Cinque Terre, you take the public ferry from Portovenere. That means you stop at each of the 5 towns while people unload and load. So you spend a great deal of time sitting on the boat while this happens. There were so many people from the ship on these ferries, you would think they could charter one for everyone and not stop in each town. Once you reach the final site, Monterosso, you have a couple of hours to sightsee see or relax. Try the Cinque Terre wine (yes that's what it's called). It's very good with a Four Stations (Quattro Stagioni) pizza at Trattoria Il Piccolo Diavolo in Monterosso. Nice, France - We took a full day winery tour and were very disappointed. This tour was over $300 per person so were were expecting a lot. We expected to be taken to a winery where we would see vineyards and learn about wine making. The winery had a nice view from the balcony but the winery itself was a disappointment. There was no vineyard. We basically went in a garage where they had tanks of wine. It was impossible to hear our guide because of the workers making noise. After this we went to a small porch where we tasted 3 wines and had snacks which we had to share with the dozens of flies. We left the winery and went to the Old Nice where we had lunch at Le Grand Balcon. The lunch was a set menu for everyone so were served things that we would not have otherwise ordered. All you had to do was look around at the half eaten plates of food to see that most people did not enjoy their lunch. This tour was certainly not worth the money. Barcelona, Spain - we did not book a tour through the ship for Barcelona. We took a taxi straight from the ship to Sagrada Familia where we had bought tickets in advance through their website. Later we toured the Catedral de Barcelona which was amazing as well. We bought walk up tickets and had no line. Make sure you go to the roof for some great views. That evening, we watched a Flamenco show at Tablao Flamenco and enjoyed that. Again, we had made a reservation in advance. We weren't interested in a fancy flamenco show where we would have to go back to the ship and change into nice clothes so this was perfect for us. Gibraltar - we did a 1.5 hour taxi tour which was okay but not that great. We wanted to do the 3 hour tour but it was full. St. Michael's Cave was great and we got a good overview of Gibraltar. Ape's Den was a disappointment because there was only one ape sitting on a truck. After the tour, we walked over to the cable car and rode to the top. I wish we had done that first. There were incredible views at the top and plenty of apes. Later we walked through the botanical gardens which was free the day we were there. if you want a nice souvenir of Gibraltar, visit Gibraltar Crystal where they have beautiful glass ornaments. We finished off our day with a drink on the water. Skip all of the bars in Old Town. Walk over to Ocean Village where there are several bar and restaurants right on the water. We had delicious drinks at the Bridge Bar & Grill. Malaga - we pre-arranged a Segway tour through Segway Malaga. I highly recommend the 2 hour tour because it gives you a great overview of the city. Don't be afraid, I had never ridden one and I caught on in less than a minute. And I'm 62. Afterwards, make sure you visit Alcazaba. Very interesting place, the price is right, and there is a great snack bar near the top with a surprisingly good menu. We had a pitcher of sangria and a pizza while sitting at a table overlooking the city. Very nice city. Cartagena - No need to book a tour here. You walk right off the ship into the town. Make your way to the Concepcion Castle tour. You can buy tickets to take the elevator up or just walk it. On the floor above the elevator is a old fallout shelter that was really interesting. We only found it because we asked where the bathroom was before we went up the lift. I recommend buying the multi-attraction ticket so you can see the Roman theater and other sites also. The Roman theater was incredible, especially considering it was buried under the earth until just recently. Later, we had our requisite pitcher of sangria at a sidewalk cafe. Very interesting city. Ibiza - we booked a jeep tour through the ship and this was our favorite excursion, but it's not for the faint of heart. You take a convoy of jeeps to some incredibly beautiful sites. Part of the trip is on dirt roads through the countryside which is where the fun comes in. It's like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. It's dusty and thrilling. Later, you stop for an hour or so at a nice beach. I didn't see anyone on the tour actually get in the water but it's a nice place to relax, enjoy the sites, and have a pitcher of sangria. One word of advice. If you have a small bladder, I recommend going to the bathroom nature style on the first stop because there's not another stop for over an hour. All in all, this was a great cruise and I highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Western Mediterranean cruise Positives: Stateroom # 2176 Butler-Nelson was excellent as was room attendant Xavier. The ship staff was very friendly. Dining and beverage: Luminea Dining selection just okay. We frequently ordered ... Read More
Western Mediterranean cruise Positives: Stateroom # 2176 Butler-Nelson was excellent as was room attendant Xavier. The ship staff was very friendly. Dining and beverage: Luminea Dining selection just okay. We frequently ordered from the MDR menu. Four entrees were offered each of the eleven nights. Shrimp were slightly larger than popcorn shrimp were served on a piece of lettuce. Not what I remember from past Celebrity cruises. Martinis at all bars and restaurants were served in small glasses with olives the size of a peanut. I expect more with a premium package. Fortune's Casino: Annoying carnival barker Hawking promotions. Embarkation and disembarkation: As suites guests we went to our room to wait for luggage. We left and went back to room at 3:15. No Luggage wherein we called Butler who promptly had luggage delivered. No the way it was handled on the Summit. Disembarkation- We were told to take a seat in Michael's Club and wait for our number to be called. Announcements were not made in Michaels. We had #23 and made it ti bus #26. We did make flight. Thanks to global entry. Excursions: WE especially enjoyed Nice and San Paul and Marbella and Puerto Banus. This was our fifth Celebrity cruise and our last. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our 2nd cruise on Reflection (plus a previous Mediterranean cruise on Equinox) & we love the Solstice class of ships. We found Reflection to be clean & updated, & it’s hard to beat the ports of call. We were in ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on Reflection (plus a previous Mediterranean cruise on Equinox) & we love the Solstice class of ships. We found Reflection to be clean & updated, & it’s hard to beat the ports of call. We were in Rome for 2 days pre-cruise, staying at a hidden gem called The Inn at the Roman Forum, minutes from the Colosseum & Forum. We highly recommend the Walks of Italy VIP Nighttime Colosseum with Underground Access if this fits into your schedule. Room: Concierge Class 1014, starboard side. We had great views of the port at nearly every stop. The room was quiet as well. Our steward Nevis was wonderful. We typically weren’t in the room around 3 when the daily appetizers were delivered, so we told him to discontinue that service. Food: we had select dining, but had made a 6:45 reservation for each evening. We enjoyed every meal in Opus....our theory is that it is better food than we’d be having at home, plus we don’t have to shop, prepare or clean up for it! Most nights we ate at Table 406 where Jose, Evan & Cajetan were wonderful & they truly worked as a team. The one night that the Opus menu didn’t call to us, we went to Qsine/Le Petite Chef where we thoroughly enjoyed the animation throughout dinner, as well as the filet mignon & lobster. We also looked forward to the daily treats from Al Bacio on 5. Oceanview was our daily breakfast stop & an occasional late lunch stop. Staff: the ship motto is “happy crew, happy cruise” & we found the staff to be so friendly. We seldom passed by a crew member that they didn’t acknowledge us with a “Good morning” or “Have a good day”. Bonus: being invited to the helipad for sail away from Santorini. Also really interesting was the galley tour on the first day at sea. Spa: just after embarkation I purchased the Persian Garden pass for $149, as we had a lot of OBC to spend. This was a daily stop for me after the hot tub. My husband made use of the sauna & large showers in the men’s changing room every day. Entertainment: we only went to the Broadway Show & silent disco one night. Between the long days ashore & the heat/humidity every day, we went to bed fairly early most nights. Cons: on our previous cruises we loved the Sunset Bar & were there daily for sail away. This is such a beautiful spot on the ship but it is ruined by the strong smell of cigar & cigarette smoke, which always drifted into the non smoking area. Celebrity needs to find a spot....away from the general population & specifically for cigar smoking. We were also charged for a drink here that we did not purchase (we had the beverage package). It took 2 trips to Guest Relations & about 36 hours to get this removed from our account. Embarkation/Debarkation: we were on board within 15 minutes of arriving at the ship. It’s always nice to be welcomed with champagne. We did walk off with our bags & were off the ship at 6:35am. Ports of Call Sicily: we did this on our own, using the HOHO bus (€10 pp). The bus arrived back to the square just at noon, as the clock was doing it’s little performance. This was our least favorite stop. However, the people we talked to that went to Taormina & Mt Etna loved it. Malta: we did a small (14) group tour with Amy Pace (Intensive Cultural Tour). We saw a lot of the island & learned the history. Our favorite stops were the Blue Grotto boat ride & Mdina. Mykonos: from the tender you can see the windmills. Great little town to explore. We ate lunch at Little Venice. Then spent an hour & a half trying to find a little shop that we had seen early in the morning, where we were going to buy a few things. Never did locate it. Rhodes: we did HOHO again (€12 pp) & then explored the walled city. Santorini: if possible, be on deck or your veranda for sail in....it is breathtaking. We were not about to climb the stairs or ride a donkey to the top, & weren’t keen on waiting in line for the cable car, so we pre-booked a small group tour called The Oia Experience with Olympic Traveller. Once off the tender, we boarded their boat to Oia, then went by small bus up to Oia. Our guide spent about 20 minutes pointing out the best spot for photos, then left us to explore on our own for about 2 hours. From there we went to a winery south of Fira, with amazing views of the caldera & our ship. We were dropped off in Fira, near the cable car about 2:45 & immediately got in line, as the line already had a few hundred people in it. But it moved faster than expected & we were back on the ship around 3:30. We did talk to a few people who saw the long cable car lines & decided to walk down the hill. Every one of them said less than halfway down they were regretting their choice, as the stairs were so slippery. Athens: another private 8 hr tour (6 of us) with Greece Tours. Our guide was excellent. After a short city tour, we went to the Acropolis which was amazing. Then to the Olympic stadium, with a long stop in the Plaka for lunch & a little shopping (our choice to stay longer here & skip Leviticus Hill & the changing of the guard), then on to the New Acropolis Museum. Naples: this was the only Celebrity Shore Excursion that we did.....a small group tour to Herculeanum. We had visited Pompeii previously & enjoyed seeing Herculeanum. But being a ship excursion, this was our most expensive ...& shortest....shore excursion. ** the ice cold towels & cold water were always a welcome sight when we’d return after a long, hot day in port. Transportation: we had booked transportation through Civitecchia Shuttle Express. Pickup from our hotel in Rome was scheduled at 9:30. At 8:45 our hotel reception received a call saying pickup wouldn’t be until 11am. I think they had overbooked, though we were just told “there was a problem at the port”. When our driver did arrive at 11, he stated “It’s not my fault” & then conveniently didn’t know any other English. From the ship to the airport, we had scheduled a 7am pick up, & our driver Claudio arrived right on time. He was very personable & explained a lot about the countryside/type of farming on our ride. We thought this was a fabulous cruise & wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Firstly these are the things I liked about this cruise: -the cabins were large including the bathroom. They might not have won any interior design competitions but they were comfortable. -the ports visited were very good and we ... Read More
Firstly these are the things I liked about this cruise: -the cabins were large including the bathroom. They might not have won any interior design competitions but they were comfortable. -the ports visited were very good and we enjoyed all of the tours I arranged independently of the boat -the food overall was of good quality in the Opus restaurant and for afternoon tea and for some dinner choices in the 14th floor cafe -the serving staff in the restaurants and bars on board were smiling and helpful -the sunset bar at the back of the boat was one of our favourite areas on board and the martinis at the Martini bar were very good. -the gym was well equiped and large. -the iced towels and water that we were greeted with before we embarked back on the boat at each port of call. -Lunch at the Porch restaurant was well worth the additional fees. But, here are the things I really did not like and spoilt our cruise to some extent: -the check in desks in Rome were small and the whole atmosphere was chaotic and did not lend itself to a relaxed embarkation -we had free wifi and a drinks package which was not initially honoured by the ship and it took a few hours into the cruise before this could be sorted out, which was an unnecessary aggrevation. -the safety demonstration was awful. We had to watch a lame video which made a mockery of what should have been a serious safety briefing -we went for breakfast on the first day of the cruise at the Opus restaurant. The dinning room was only about 20 percent full but they insisted on shoving everyone into one corner of the dining room which did not make for a comfortable dining experience. The same thing happened on the second day so we stopped using the dinning room for breakfast for the remainder of the cruise, which was a shame as I normally enjoy sitting down for breakfast and having it served on holiday -one of the Food and Beverage managers for the Opus Restaurant was quite rude and acted in a belittling manner, but in fairness to the cruise line the maitre de called me back after recieving the feedback form and offered us not only his apologies but a free upgraded dining experience by way of apology which was much appreciated. -as fairly in experienced cruisers we did not realise that the water bottles in our cabins were not free of charge and were stunned to receive charges of over $100 on our final account. I think they should be clearly indicated as mini bar items on the bottles themselves and chargeable as such. -public areas that you would expect to be quiet such as the library, games area and reading area are located in the atrium so are not quiet at all. -music was played virtually everywhere on board and it was difficuly to escape from and it really wasn't our cup of tea, with the exception of some accustic music at the sunset bar and the violinist and cellist on board. -our bingo fiasco was one event which really spoilt one evening. We thought we would play bingo for a bit of fun with our daughters which at $49 a board did not seem that cheap to us. It included some raffle tickets. A big deal was made out of the draw, read out one number at a time until the $1,000 winner was announced. Turned out to be my husband, we were so excited not having won much before. At the end my husband went to claim his prize which was not the on board credit we were expecting but a certificate for $1,000 off our next cruise with Celebrity which as it can only be used directly with them is probably not worth anything when travel agents offer other incentives to get you to book. As my husband said afterwards he felt he had won a $1,000 and lost it all in the space of one evening. So would we travel with Celebrity Cruises again. In honesty if the prices was right and the ports of call were interesting, maybe, but the overall feeling that we felt about this cruise line is that it is a bit underhand in it's charging and constantly looking for ways to make you spend as much money as possible on board. I think we would look at a different cruise line next time. They certainly didn't do much to entice us to come back again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Charter group cruise; and wanted to visit Mykonos etc. The ship was fine; compliments both to service, organization and especially the Buffet (great pastries in-particular). Criticism for the internet service; although staff were ... Read More
Charter group cruise; and wanted to visit Mykonos etc. The ship was fine; compliments both to service, organization and especially the Buffet (great pastries in-particular). Criticism for the internet service; although staff were somewhat understanding. Advertised as 'Fastest at Sea'; it certainly is not. Parent Company Royal Caribbean was faster and less overpriced (all are overpriced). Ship officer confided that ultimately this should be included and fast; indicating internet (WiFi) was their biggest 'compliant & biggest money maker'. As a stock market analyst who must upload at least 2 video reports on economics and market activity daily, I struggled with their system consistently; to the point of using land-based access when in Ports if possible. Downloading was 'fair'; uploading a 75 mb file for my market reports was almost impossible, as my U.S. Server would often 'time out'. The ship gave me a nominal credit; but honestly should not only have refunded the charge of $300. but paid me for my troubles; since the struggle to serve clients impeded enjoyment of the cruise quite frankly. Again; although I liked the ship overall; especially the indoor pool. 'Truth in Advertising' matters. That's where Royal Caribbean also slipped a bit. In 2017 on Allure I had truly fast internet. On the newer Harmony in 2018 it was much slower. Why? It appears RCL expanded the Zoom service to their entire fleet; but they all share bandwidth on the same satellite(s). It's not a question of how many passengers are using it on a Ship, but rather their failure to provision adequate bandwidth/backhaul to share among the ships in their fleet. If they spend the money for more capacity, fuller speeds should resume. In the meantime, I cannot cruise on a Celebrity ship unless they improve this Service. RCL overall is now barely better; but both (same company) can be elevated if RCL parent will spend the money to do so. I emphasize this as I do a couple cruises a year; but will shift the ships or take different types of holidays, if I cannot count on 'as advertised' high speed WiFi. Again otherwise loved Celebrity; and hope the EDGE has a better system; but if they depend on the same limited bandwidth among the Fleet, perhaps not? I would welcome a courtesy response (or consideration) from RCL due to the experience on Reflection. Also I do not know if the satellite services in the Med are inferior to what's available in the Carib. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I chose this cruise because of the places visited and I was not disappointed. I have now been spoilt as I don't think any other cruise will give me such wonderful places to visit. I loved Sicily and our trip to Mt Etna and Taormina, ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the places visited and I was not disappointed. I have now been spoilt as I don't think any other cruise will give me such wonderful places to visit. I loved Sicily and our trip to Mt Etna and Taormina, and then explored the history of Malta and visited the old capital of Mdina. We had a beach day in Mykonos and did some shopping in beautiful Santorini. more History in Rhodes museums and then a tour on the hop on hop off bus through Athens ending at the beautiful new Acropolis Museum. It was hot and tiring but well worth it and I enjoyed exploring and keeping away form the long queues. We thought it was supposed to be a five star ship but there was little difference to Royal Caribbean which we are used to. We had an unfortunate start to the cruise with 'misprints' on our key card which the guest relations dealt with reluctantly and little grace. so we were disappointed to find the cabin was a little scruffy with less storage. The pillows were small and hard. We did however like the larger bathroom and shower. We were asked for feedback early on and to the crew's credit they did deal with some issues like replacing a very worn chair. My request to the special services made in advance was not met. I found it odd that there were no instructions or guidance in the cabin about the ship. There was no map. There was no explanation about using the TV and I only found out from other guests about using it to order breakfast by room service. It took a few days to find the films which were all new releases. Our cabin attendant was lovely and worked so hard. Always polite and willing to help. My daughter found it odd that bars closed so early especially when they still had customers. We did like the coffee station on floor 7 which was just outside our cabin. There were always plenty of sun beds, except on sea days when it got busy, and you could help yourself to towels. The food was excellent in the restaurant although a bit pretentious at times. The cafeteria always had plenty of choice although it was difficult to keep a table when on your own as dishes are cleared away very quickly. I never saw the entertainment in the theatre but I enjoyed taking part in the quizzes and my prizes at the end that you get for taking part. The sun shone all the time and we had a wonderful holiday but Celebrity did not live up to my expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
2nd time on this ship, did a Caribbean back in 2013 when she was new. After trying pretty much all cruise lines, I liked Celebrity the best. Still good, but they are definitely cutting some more corners from the last time we used them. ... Read More
2nd time on this ship, did a Caribbean back in 2013 when she was new. After trying pretty much all cruise lines, I liked Celebrity the best. Still good, but they are definitely cutting some more corners from the last time we used them. We sailed Aqua Class balcony. Ship was clean, and beautiful! Staff was great for the most part. Embarcation in Civitavecchia was very fast. Arrived at 1pm and were on board in less than 15 minutes. Cabin was ready. Our steward Sherwin did a fantastic job! The lawn is just a waste of space. Celebrity should look into better use for these areas! Enjoyed the Persian Gardens most days. Had some nice canapes delivered. Nice little treats... Blu dining was just OK, hit and miss menu. A few service problems 1st day breakfast which were pointed out to the maitre dee. The staff worked hard to make sure we were satisfied after that. Specialty dining: Qsine was a big disappointment! Loved the old small plated format, new deal is lame. Video projector on a plate is not really that interesting, and a fixed menu! Skip it! Tuscan Grille, just OK nothing really special. Nice view of the sun set by the transom windows. Murano: Awesome service, venue and food. Well worth it! Should of used our 3 meal package all in this joint! Beverages: Upgraded to premium package. Glad we did. Shout out to the Mast bar crew Iputu, Igung and Borris. Great service a lots of laughs with these characters! Spent a lot of time up in that area. Café al Bacio had great coffee and fast service! Activities were lacking. Not a lot for such a nice big ship. Entertainment: Lame or no music by the pool at times. Pick it up! Only caught a couple of shows. They were Ok. Loved the Freddie Mercury guy! Excursions: Booked everything off the ship. Much better deals. Hop on Hop off busses are a great way to get around! Itinerary was great! Arrived in Rome a day early to see some sights. Wish we would of arrived 2 days early! So much to see. Very busy cruise. Went to bed early a few nights after the sight seeing all day. Malta is very interesting, but the ship stopped on Sunday when most things are closed. Loved the ports in Greece. Mykonos was my favorite. Santorini is beautiful but too crowded! Loved Pompei! Amazing place. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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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