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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first cruise and if we hadn't planned and paid a land trip for next year already we would have booked another cruise for 2016, never mind we are planning for 2017 now, so we clearly got bitten by the cruise bug. Since we ... Read More
This was our first cruise and if we hadn't planned and paid a land trip for next year already we would have booked another cruise for 2016, never mind we are planning for 2017 now, so we clearly got bitten by the cruise bug. Since we have no other cruises to compare to, this might be an "over the top" review for seasoned cruisers, anyway this is our personal experience. We started actually our trip over a year ago by planning flights, hotels pre- and post cruise and looking for excursions. I found cruisecritic around the same time when we booked and found out quickly that this website is of great help and registered on the roll call. We were able to book some great tours with even greater people, a shout and big hand to John, Wayne and Mike for organizing the tours and to the fellow members of our various groups. After all the confusion on the net and the final message from Celebrity regarding canceling the overnight in Istanbul, we were relieved that we planned ahead a couple of months ago to start or "Meds adventure" a couple of days before embarkation day. Our flight with Qatar Airways departed Bangkok at 2.40 am on the 17th of September and arrived in Istanbul by around noon the same day, after some confusion which immigration counter to use, we were out the airport door and welcomed by our transfer driver that we had booked online. We were staying at the Antea Old City Hotel for the next 2 nights to come and after some refreshing out to explore this great city. The hotel is just within 10 walking minutes of all sites in the old city, we visited the Cistern, walked around the town, listen to the call for prayer at the Blue Mosque (it sounded surprisingly relaxing to me) and looked for some local food before called it a day. The next morning we had a half day guided tour through the old city with the Hippodrome, Hagia Sofya, the Blue Mosque (outside only in the morning as it was Friday and it was opened for non Muslims after 2.30 pm, so went by our self inside in the afternoon) and the Grand Bazaar. The guide was ok, nothing special, felt a little rushed through all the historical figures. Anyway the afternoon was for us and we went through some alleys in the Grand Bazaar, visited the Topkapi Palace (great) with the Harem (little to see there though). and visited the Blue Mosque inside, a little disappointment there as expected more, it is not that blue inside lol. The 19th was filled with excitement as we finally came to embarkation day, yeehhh :) But first things first... We had another half day tour... Bosporus Cruise, cable car ride with the same tour company as the day before but a much better guide, who took time to explain things and answering questions. We saw a small Mosque that was really blue inside, but unfortunately I forgot the name :( We were almost on a private tour, just with another couple from the USA (New York) who had finished a cruise on the Reflection the day before and the best thing was, they WON that cruise, some lucky people :) The driver kept all our bags safe in the car during the tour and dropped us off right in front of the Cruise Terminal by around 1pm. So here we were in the midst of hundreds of people aiming for the same goal to get on this beautiful ship :). We dropped our bags in the area were all the other bags for Deck 7 were and made our way into the building for check in. With all the screening, the check in procedure (we had our xpress passes ready), Passport controls, I think it took no longer than 15 minutes to get on the ship. So at 1.20 pm we were finally on the ship and we went straight to our cabin to check if it was ready or not, what can I say... it was, so we dropped our carry-on stuff there and made our way to the "infamous" (according to some reviews) Oceanview on Deck 14 for our first food experience on a cruise ship. There was no "mayhem" in regards of service or to find a table, the Restaurant was well visited and the service team handled our drink requests very quick and friendly. The food we chose was very tasty and after some fruits we headed back to town as we had to purchase some Turkish delight sweets requested by friends and family back home. After we were back on the ship we did our embarkation day "duties" such as checking out the dining room, we had requested some Spa treatment online before hand, so we went there to confirm our appointments and the unpacking procedure. Jenny our room attendant knocked the door and introduced herself to us, what a very nice person she is, we asked her to clear out the Mini Bar and bring us some additional hangers for the closet. The hangers came in 5 minutes and the Mini Bar was cleared by the time we came back from dinner. The safety drill was at 5.15 pm, our station was C2 the Ensemble Lounge on Deck 5 and was done within 30 minutes or so, with some moaning from other cruisers, well when the ship sinks, I hope you moaners remember what to do then... Prepared for dinner at Murano, we had a 3 dinner package and the first night Celebrity booked us for Murano. Great experience overall, great food table side prepared and of course excellent service. Wandered around this great ship after dinner and called it a day. The 20th was converted from the overnight in Istanbul to a sea day, which for us came very handy as it gave us time to enjoy the ship to the fullest. Checked out the Solarium with the hot tubs, had a drink at Slush and some lunch at the Mast Grill. All in all an uneventful day, which why it is called vacation lol. That evening was the 1st of 3 formal nights in the Silhouette Dining Room, we had chosen select dining (is on Deck 4) as it would give us more freedom after the daily excursions to relax before going to dinner. We were assigned for a table of 2 right by the window and boy was this a great area, kind of private, we had all the following nights we dined there either tables 475, 476, or 478. Jesus the Head Waiter and Vincent are great guys, with great recommendations each night and they remembered after the 1at night what we liked and knew our names. The Sommelier in that section was also a great guy, forget your name man...sorry :( Tall from Serbia, had great conversations with him about wines, Thailand, etc. always got excellent wines from him, within or mostly beyond the Premium Package we don't know hehehe. In general the food, service in the MDR were always excellent, just one time the lamb for my wife was tough, that was the only minor glitch in an otherwise excellent experience. To sum up the food and Restaurants now... Murano we wished we had the time to go there again during the cruise, but the MDR was so good, we couldn't make it. Silk Harvest was a nice experience in service and the food as well. We visited the Tuscan Grill on our last night and it was wonderful as well. We met a waiter who knew some people we worked both together in the past (I am in the hospitality business), small world. Bistro on 5 we never visited, we wanted, but did not have the time really... Each time we walked past it was well visited and NEVER empty as I read in previous reviews. Ocean View we went there once for lunch on embarkation day and all the other days for breakfast. Some hick ups regarding ordering OJ on some mornings, probably language barrier as neither me nor the waiters are native English speakers, but "fresh Orange Juice please" shouldn't be much of a problem. Mast Grill good for hot dog and burgers during the day. The dress code during the formal nights we feel was followed by most of the other cruisers, we did not stare around, but a brief look we felt it was well followed. The 21st was our first excursion day, Ephesus, organized by John and Pam and a small group. Very well guided by I believe a Professor, lunch in a local place, of course with a rug presentation, but in a nice way and not pushy. The 22nd was Mykonos, beautiful island were we took a half day Celebrity excursion to Delos, well organized, very windy, chilly and with some rain. Interesting excavation site. After our return from Delos we wandered around the harbour and had some local food in a very nice restaurant. The 23rd we arrived in Athens and we had joined a group online with PK travel. A lot of information from our guide, lunch on the way to Cape Seunion and well back in time in the port. Very fun day The 24th we had another sea day to relax and enjoy the offerings on the ship, that evening was the 2nd formal night. The 25th and 26th we had 2 days in Dubrovnik, both days we had tours with Celebrity, well organized and informative. 1day we had a Rivera Cruise with cable car ride and wandering the old town. that evening we ate in a little local restaurant just outside the city walls. The 26nd we had a tour around the coastline with wine and olive oil testings. Very nice and tasty with local snacks. The 27th was the last sea day as we were on our way to Rome, the last day to really relax and enjoy the ship. The 28th we arrived in Rome and joined a tour organized by Mike, saw all the highlights such as inside the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Vatican museum, Pantheon. 1 day or only a 8-9 hours stint does the city no justice, I am sure we will back in the future. The 29th we arrived in La Spezia and we opted on our roll call to join Wayne's tour to Pisa/Florence with a visit to the Accademia to see the famous David, which you are actually allowed now to take pictures off. Great driver and a guide for the old town with the Domo and the Accademia. The 30th we arrived in Villfranche and joined a tour organized by Mike to see the small towns around the Cote a zure, like nice and Monaco, this was as well the 3rd and final formal night. October 1st we had a tour organized by Celebrity to see Marseilles, Cassis and other small towns. Marseilles was a lot of drive by but hte smaller towns we had free time to wander around. Sadly October 2nd was our last morning and debarkation time for us :(. The night before we settled our bills so check out was a breeze, We had chosen 8.10 am, so we were not that much in a rush to leave. In the terminal we found quickly our bags on the belt and we were in a taxi within half an hour after leaving the ship. This day we used to explore the city of Barcelona with its highlights such as the Las Ramblas, The Famila Cathedrale, etc.... took a hop on/off bus tour around the city until the early evening. The next day we made our way by taxi to the airport and boarded our 3.45 pm flight to Doha and from there back to Bangkok just to arrive back in reality last Sunday. Oops... the review got longer than I had planned.. Anyway, it was our first cruise and all our expectations were exceeded in terms of cabin size, service teams, food and the fellow cruisers we met great and the not so good (some snobs and moaners on near by tables). Shows were all to our liking, the 2nd half of the cruise Celebrity had guest stars from UK got Talent, etc. who try to sell their CD's, which did not reduce our fun. Tons of things to do even late in the evening, we not joined many activities, since this was a port intensive cruise, but the ones we joined were fun, even the art auctions, raffles, etc.(rats...did not win anything..lol) We joined the hot glass shows more than once as we like the craftsmanship of the guys. Eddy the Cruise Director was a great guy, he left for his well deserved vacation after this cruise, not sure when or where he will rejoin Celebrity. Officers in were all friendly and very visible on the ship day time and evenings. Some Managers in too tight shirts and ties in the Ocean View were not friendly at all only when some guys who were higher up the food chain appeared, then they became chatty all of the sudden, funny :) I gave them the nick name "Secret Service" as only the shades were missing, they had already the in-ear walky talkies. To sum it up,finally lol.... Great Cruise will sure do it again, nothing to fault that would spoil the experience. We met nice people that convinced us that cruising is for us Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Sailed on the constellation, last september, and found so much lacking this time. Dining: service not as good, did not pay attention to what i ordered. the meat was always dry. one night we had lamb and everyone after said it was ... Read More
Sailed on the constellation, last september, and found so much lacking this time. Dining: service not as good, did not pay attention to what i ordered. the meat was always dry. one night we had lamb and everyone after said it was chewy and hard to eat at all. Worst ever entertainment, only one show was really worth watching that was goronwy thom., the rest we saw last year nothing changed. What really was the worst was nothing to do on sea days, we only saw a get together one day (dancing) last year the staff all jumped in the pool, even the entertainment director and played vollyball. There was lot's going on.,this time sad to say we were bored. I have never been on a cruise ship (done 12) where the last formal night, did not do something with the staff, introducing them all, one by one and we clapped, and the napkin waving, silly as it is, it is fun to watch everyone doing it., this time nothing. We finished our meal, and we all left. This entertainment director needs to put some effort into doing his job, we had better entertainment on the century and that is a much older ship., but i was impressed and told them so, as it was so good. Cabin service, constantly had to ask for shampoo., we brought shower get, etc., but not shampoo, expecting to get in our cabin. i would leave the empty one on the floor in the shower, he must have seen it was empty. Last year, and previous years, celebrity including the constellaton used cloth towels in the public washrooms, must be cutting back, as there was non this year, just the paper towels. I will continue sailing with celebrity to get our level up, but was greatly dissapointed this time., constellation standards have greatly declined. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our second cruise. We sailed on the Eclipse last year and expected the same standard this year. We were very disappointed with the food, somehow the standard was not as good as the Eclipse. The entertainment was another ... Read More
This was our second cruise. We sailed on the Eclipse last year and expected the same standard this year. We were very disappointed with the food, somehow the standard was not as good as the Eclipse. The entertainment was another disappointment, same old, same old. The head of entertainment, Richard, was very funny. Overall the service on the ship was first class and the level of cleanliness was superb! Hasn't put us off cruising, but we shall be giving Royal Caribbean a go next time. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We set sail on September 11 2015 for an amazing adventure on Celebrity Reflection. The ship was beautiful with so many wonderful amenities. Our cabin was a great size, with a comfortable bed and nice size bathroom. The restaurants were ... Read More
We set sail on September 11 2015 for an amazing adventure on Celebrity Reflection. The ship was beautiful with so many wonderful amenities. Our cabin was a great size, with a comfortable bed and nice size bathroom. The restaurants were really good with great service. We purchased the alcohol package which was worth every penny. The ports were so much fun. We did not purchase any excursions through the cruise ship. We did our own research and saved a ton of money and had a great time and not stuck traveling with a bus full of people. (Highly recommend!!) Sicily went got a driver and went to Taormina. Absolutely beautiful city!! Breath taking views Mykonos rented ATV and went to a beautiful beach and then had drinks in Little Venice. Kusadasi took public transportation to the beach however our friends went to Ephesus and enjoyed that trip with great sites and even better shopping. Rhodes...cute Old Town (walking distance from ship) great shopping and even better restaurants. Santorini...rented a van and went to Oyi (amazing views) as well as black beach. Athens...public transportation to the Acropolis and shopping district and took a train back to the port. Naples took a ferry (walking distance from the port) over to Capri...LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I suggest you arrive in Rome a few days before your cruise and enjoy the sites of Rome. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
To celebrate our fifth anniversary, my husband and I decided to go on a mediterranean cruise and found a good deal on the Celebrity Constellation with an ocean view cabin, and drinks and gratuities included. The embarkation process went ... Read More
To celebrate our fifth anniversary, my husband and I decided to go on a mediterranean cruise and found a good deal on the Celebrity Constellation with an ocean view cabin, and drinks and gratuities included. The embarkation process went fairly smoothly although there was quite a line. We arrived via train from Rome, and tried to walk all the way to the ship which didn't quite work. Fortunately we found the shuttle to the boat, although it took awhile for the shuttle to get going (and there was no a/c). After arriving in the check-in tent, the lines moved quickly and before long, our luggage was handled and we were boarding the ship. We were greeted with mimosas which was a nice touch. The cabin itself was nicely appointed. The bathroom felt slightly run down, but overall no complaints. The exterior of our cabin window was dirty and we couldn't see well through it, but fortunately that was cleaned by the next day. Dining options were plentiful and we enjoyed the flexible dining option where we ate basically whenever we wanted (but making a reservation a day in advance). Meals were pretty good quality, as expected, but some entrees missed the mark, and the buffets could be hit or miss. Our best dinner was at Ocean Liners, which felt like eating on the Titanic -- so formal and old-timey in the best way. There’s a cafe which we stopped by at least once per day which had great views and delicious lattes. Service across the ship was wonderful. The crew couldn’t have done a better job. Entertainment was better than expected. We had assumed the shows would be cheesy... which some were. But one evening, they had a late night "adult-oriented" show which was actually really impressive, and the talent of the ships' entertainers was way better than I'd anticipated. We actually preferred the on-board entertainment over the special guests. It definitely seemed that there were options for everyone, no matter your taste. The Motown night was especially fun! We enjoyed many gorgeous sunsets, drinks in hand, while others were dining. After dinner, we strolled on the deserted decks, sometimes lying on the deck chairs to look at the Milky Way. Most of the informational sessions for upcoming ports really focused on selling their partnerships with local shops and, of course, the shore excursions. I would’ve preferred the history and interesting facts about those places, so if that’s what you’re looking for, bring a guide book. My biggest piece of advice is to research the ports ahead of time so you know when to book an excursion and to sight-see on your own. We had days in Athens and Santorini on our own, but then a really mediocre time in Sicily since we’d vastly underestimated the transportation options there, and ended up wandering around Messina (which wasn’t so great). All in all, it was a great first cruise experience. We definitely aren’t going to be lifetime cruisers, but I’m sure we’ll go again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We enjoyed this cruise with the exception of the food. The main dining room as well as the surcharge restaurants were a grave disappointment. Breakfast was the only redeeming meal offering an excellent variety, however serving green ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise with the exception of the food. The main dining room as well as the surcharge restaurants were a grave disappointment. Breakfast was the only redeeming meal offering an excellent variety, however serving green bananas, cooking eggs benedict with either no yoke or a hard boiled one on 2 of the 10 occasions was hardly acceptable. Dinner consisted of repetitive offerings, subgrade quality sushi, and boring everyday meats ie. chicken, pork, grilled minute steak and poorly prepared desserts, not to mention the driest and worst tasting (giant) apricots we have ever experienced. A message to the head chef responsible for the main dining room: a normal caesar salad requires GARLIC. Also be more choosy in the quality and freshness of the shrimp you are serving. The selection and quality of the food in the surcharge restaurants also requires much attention and improvement. On the other hand, the cabin was comfortable and spacious and the attentiveness to cleanliness and detail was more than acceptable. The voyage itself was smooth and relaxing. A good time was had on the upper deck on the basketball court as well as the bocci game on the lawn. The excursions were definitely a highlight of the trip. A word to the wise: There are no bargains in the Duty Free Shop! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Picked this cruise because of the ports of call, but found the cruise company to be poor. The food on board was bland, over cooked and lacking in any quality. We visited Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey and non of the meals were ... Read More
Picked this cruise because of the ports of call, but found the cruise company to be poor. The food on board was bland, over cooked and lacking in any quality. We visited Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey and non of the meals were authentic to the place we visited. The wine on board was poor low grade wine and over priced while again traveling through wine counties, never had any "casa" wine on board. We ate lunch each in the city we visited and had house wine with lunch and was never disappointed and highest we ever spent was about $20 USD. The rooms were not provide with ice or any means of getting or have ice in the room. The refrigerator was small and filled with the cash bar drinks, leaving no room for our things, had to have the drinks removed but they had to stay in the room occupying space. No laundry facilities on board except ship laundry with cost more than the cost of the item being laundered, sock -$3, shirt -$6, and so on. Literature received from Celebrity said we needed a Visa to get in to Turkey but no one at check in know anything about a visa and said it was not needed, no announcement in disembarking saying a visa was required - Turkey requires a Visa, I had it but was disturbed that the staff had no clue about a visa. We elected to most tours on our own. The ship however never stopped at the city being advertised but at a close port requiring transportation to the city. The cost of this transportation was to costly. We found after a few days the means of catching locale public transportation at about 10% of the ships cost. But some of the ports were in the shipping yards making it impossible to catch local transportation, with their bus service costing $16 per person while local transportation was $4 or $5. We would do this itinerary again but look for docking ports not to be located in industrial port, even going on tenders would be better so as allow us more opportunities to explore on our own. If you like bland unexciting food and little organization travel with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Just came home from the Equinox, Barcelona to Istanbul, 2 weeks. This was our fourth Celebrity Cruise and our second on this ship. The following is quite long but hopefully valuable. Embarkation Ship was in “Code Red” due to ... Read More
Just came home from the Equinox, Barcelona to Istanbul, 2 weeks. This was our fourth Celebrity Cruise and our second on this ship. The following is quite long but hopefully valuable. Embarkation Ship was in “Code Red” due to previous voyage’s novovirus occurrence which caused delayed boarding. There were not enough staff to manage the rush, and as such our “Select” line did not move for over 20 minutes while the man managing the lines alternated between the “Super Elites” and the regular line. The person checking us in was not an employee of Celebrity and did not know any answers to our questions, repeatedly telling us we could go to Customer Service on the ship (which we know is overwhelmed typically on departure day). A new policy to collect and hold our passports was not conveyed ahead of time and the front staff was telling us it was “because of Turkey” when the letter we were given at that time said it was a new rule of “Greece”. The cruise line sent out emails about the novovirus situation but not the surrender of passports, which caused and overall bad boarding experience. General Service We were in Concierge Class on Floor 10. The common areas were all very clean and well maintained. Our room attendant Philipe was great, always cheerful and the towel animals were always entertaining. While the ship was in “Code Red” the food and bartending service was definitely lacking, it appeared that there was not enough staff at bars, and strangely a lot of inexperienced bartenders who made different versions of the same cocktails. The food in the main dining room was lackluster and average was about the best you could say (5/10). Our main room dining staff (Katrenya, Jasminka and Robert) were wonderful and very efficient. Four days into the cruise the food in the main dining room dramatically improved. (I would give them an 8/10 from that point on). We had a couple cocktails in the Emsemble Lounge that were so bad we put them down and went elsewhere. Other cruisers we talked too told us they did the same thing. The service in the Molecular bar was great and it became our hangout for great drinks. They are supposedly changing over to the World Class Bar in October but the bartenders felt it would be a good thing as it would allow them to make some of their own creations. The bartenders at that bar were consistently great, social and very efficient. Kudos to Jelena, Barbera and Ivan (who later was moved to the Gastropub). Specialty Restaurants Spectacular service and food in Murano (2), Silk Harvest and Tuscan Grille. Never disappoints. I would eat in these restaurants more often except I like the socialness of the mixed table as we were only a single couple travelling together. Great lunch in the Gastropub. The Steak and Guinness pie was incredible. If you can, try all the specialty restaurants. Excursions We took three private excursions with people we met via Cruise Critic – kudos to “Hawaiiyes” for arranging these. They were all through Papillon and our drivers were all very nice and informative. This was the first time we did private tours. Due to problems in Turkey our cruise did not do our overnight in Istanbul but luckily we didn’t have any tours planned but some people we were talking to were quite upset because they have planned private tours and even though the previous voyage also cancelled the overnights, pre-cruise checking with Celebrity did not identify we would be also missing the overnight, so this is a word of warning to people who plan private excursions or early departures – your plans can get messed up even if you do your due diligence to verify before boarding. We also did a few Celebrity Excursions, all of which had a wine tasting element. They were all run well – no complaints about the service. The “CV62 Bracciano Lake & Wine Tasting” could have had more time at the actual winery, the lake portion was too long and personality, did not add any real value to this tour. Entertainment We usually do dinner at 8:30 so we avoid the entertainment. We didn't therefore go to any productions but you can't avoid the silly hype games which in my opinion are too loud and disruptive around the pool and common areas. Because this was Sept there were few children on board (earlier reviews commented on all the kids, so I thought I would touch on that too). I did attend the Top Chef Quickfire - fun and amusing to watch, and the Discovery - Navigation lecture which was very interesting and informative. Previous cruises we have participated in the wine tastings but this time didn't bother as it is the same each cruise. I spent a lot of time in the casino and did participate in all the blackjack tournaments. Overall the Cruise was an enjoyable experience and we would cruise with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We have been on many cruises in the Caribbean and Western Mexico, but this was our first European cruise. I had been to three of the destination cities more than 40 years earlier, as a teenager, and my husband had never been to Europe. ... Read More
We have been on many cruises in the Caribbean and Western Mexico, but this was our first European cruise. I had been to three of the destination cities more than 40 years earlier, as a teenager, and my husband had never been to Europe. It needs to be said that you are at best "sampling" the cities, as virtually every port deserved more time than the 8-12 hours we had in port. If your primary interest is Italy, don't do it by cruise ship. Both Florence and Rome are 1 1/2 hour train rides, each way, from the port. Within those limitations, this was an incredible cruise. The ship was excellent. They had had a novo virus outbreak the trip before ours, so they did an extra thorough cleaning of the ship, and the hand sanitizer brigade was waiting for us every time we re-boarded or walked into a dining room. Food was excellent, and attempted to mirror some of the local cuisine. The ability to do "anytime" dining was a great plus (only available if you pre-pay gratuities). We used a local travel agent and Cruise Critic's roll call boards to organize shore excursions. Joining some fellow cruisers on the roll call message boards to share costs on private tours was great. The "Hop on, Hob Off" bus tours were also excellent, and available at most of our ports. The biggest disappointment is that Celebrity pulled the full-day Istanbul in-port, and spent an extra day at sea, due to some security concerns. Since we had 1 1/2 extra days in Istanbul, this was not a problem for us, but many on the ship had little chance to see Istanbul. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first cruise. We learned the do's and don'ts along the way. The first thing that struck us was how beautiful the celebrity equinox is, inside and out. there were 6 glass elevators so we never waited more than a ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We learned the do's and don'ts along the way. The first thing that struck us was how beautiful the celebrity equinox is, inside and out. there were 6 glass elevators so we never waited more than a minute for one to arrive. There was usually an immediate 'hello' from fellow 'lifters' it was so friendly everywhere. From morning to night we could eat the most wonderful food in either an international buffet or in a classy dining room. Our stateside cabin was kept immaculate by Harry. We spent a wonderful 12 days in that cabin. We had a balcony with free view and it was wonderful to wake up to the sight of a charming harbour in 11 different countries. During our voyage we kept forgetting we were at sea! Our cabin was 7th deck, midship. Steady as a rock! We were amazed at the choice of activities on board from morning to evening! We had fabulous weather but lazing around the pools all day seemed a waste of time since we could either visit the beautiful towns or try out all the activities on board that day. The excursion to Rome and the Vatican City including a lunch, a walking tour and the visit to the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes by Michelangelo (was on my bucket list!) was so well organised and well worth the price. Leaving and entering the ship was made easy by the cheerful and professional staff. They were all there awaiting our return to ship offering us ice-cold towels and lovely refreshing drinks! Brilliant! Excursions are definitely the best way to visit the sights. Just check if there are parts where its difficult to walk. Melene, our beautiful waitress in the Silhouette Dining Room, was our saviour when it came to making choices. She explained every dish on the menu as if she had cooked it herself. Her choice was always our choice and it was always delicious. Vladimir, our Sommelier delighted us every evening with wine choices and he was always very interested in our opinion. The ships dancers were better than any ive ever seen. Their version of Cirque du Soleil was amazing. The twice nightly shows were excellent too. We were sad to leave this wonderful ship and its crew. But our memories will last a lifetime. Thank you Celebrity Cruises and to all the crew of the Equinox. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
My first "upscale" cruise. I promised my wife a trip to Turkey and a cruise to get there. She did the research and found this cruise. She also found two other couples who wanted to go. All the women looked at the rooms and ... Read More
My first "upscale" cruise. I promised my wife a trip to Turkey and a cruise to get there. She did the research and found this cruise. She also found two other couples who wanted to go. All the women looked at the rooms and the guys studied the ports and amenities. I'm a retired military officer, so I understand the requirements of logistics and on-going operations in a vessel of this size and passenger load and I can tell you they are staggering. This ship had experienced a bit of a bug brought aboard by a passenger so not only did they clean the ship (I brought a UV light and checked) they increased their health protocols so there were no events while we were aboard. The suite was cleaned daily as was the outside of the ship while we were in port. I always saw cleaners in the process of cleaning everywhere. The attention to detail was impressive. The Food was excellent. They had plenty of stations and a wide variety of cuisines including a lot of attention to gluten free which was really nice. The staff in the cafe was friendly and constantly looking to see if you needed anything. The breakfast selections were incredible and they provided international breakfast options -- like the traditional British breakfast. If you wanted to be waited on the dining room staff was excellent and the food very well done -- the problem was getting in while it was open, but as an early riser, I enjoyed taking morning coffee on the fantail while in a port. The evening dining experience was terrific. We became fans of our waiters and sommelier. There recommendations were always spot on and delicious. They were portioned just right and were perfectly seasoned. Everybody in our party remarked on that. We went to one of the upscale restaurants (Tuscan grill) on a formal night and enjoyed the entire dining experience (the sun was setting in Kusadasi, Turkey) and we enjoyed the show and then we enjoyed the best steak any of us had ever eaten -- and I've eaten a fair amount of wagu beef. Don't know how the Chef did it, but it was amazing. There were shows each night in the theater and each was excellent in it's own way. Eddy the cruise director was very engaged and engaging. The casino was beautifully appointed and I actually won some more there. The Ports were the ports. The other couples hadn't been around the Med so they happily took tours and came back exhausted each day but happy with their choices. I enjoyed going ashore in Ville Franche and enjoying a walk along the streets. We took a train into Rome and wandered around St. Peter's square then took the train back out to the ship. In Mykonos we rented a mini-van and drove all around the Island and had a marvelous time. You can never spend enough time ashore on these cruises, but it sure gives you an appetite to return. My wife and I are going to return to Celebrity again - different itinerary, but we are comfortable we'll have the same first rate experience. My only complaint is the outrageous money charged for the internet service. In Rome we rented a pocket wifi for 5 Euros for the day and it could handle up to six devices. My friends who bought the $299 package were very disappointed. I think they'd make more money at $120 with 2 devices. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We (mom and I) were a little concerned after being delayed for boarding by a norovirus issue. We arrived at the dock shortly after 2pm and had champagne in hand at 2:47! The beverage package was well used as that was the first of many ... Read More
We (mom and I) were a little concerned after being delayed for boarding by a norovirus issue. We arrived at the dock shortly after 2pm and had champagne in hand at 2:47! The beverage package was well used as that was the first of many celebratory beverages. We had stayed in Barcelona a few nights to get acclimated, What a great city with the best cab drivers on the planet! It was my first cruise and it won't be my last. The food was top notch and the staff members without exception were wonderful. We went to every show and the Jazz on the lawn concert, all were enjoyable. It was a pretty port intensive and busy trip but there is no way we would have seen the places we did with out this cruise. I would not book our cabin again 6258. The obstruction didn't bother us even with the white hoisting mechanisms in view but the music from the lounge below was an issue on some nights. That was our only issue. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This is my Honeymoon with my beautiful wife! We did a 12 day cruise on the Equinox, stayed in a indoor stateroom, and traveled from Barcelona, to France, Italy, Malta, Greece, and Turkey. I'll list the places we visited and what we ... Read More
This is my Honeymoon with my beautiful wife! We did a 12 day cruise on the Equinox, stayed in a indoor stateroom, and traveled from Barcelona, to France, Italy, Malta, Greece, and Turkey. I'll list the places we visited and what we did for excursions below. Also, check out the videos I did as well, for a much more in depth look into what we did! You may need to copy and paste the links into your address bar on your web browser, just an FYI. Video Playlist: http://bit.ly/EquinoxPlaylist Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
EMBARKATION - This was very straightforward, mainly because we arrived at 2:30, after the majority of other passengers. As a result, the self service restaurant was closed. We had not eaten since breakfast and therefore headed for the ... Read More
EMBARKATION - This was very straightforward, mainly because we arrived at 2:30, after the majority of other passengers. As a result, the self service restaurant was closed. We had not eaten since breakfast and therefore headed for the Grill on deck 14. With a temperature of over 30 C and no shade, this was not an option. The only other alternative was to pay $10 each and eat at the Bistro on Five. We arrived and were told by the Maitre D’, who was less than welcoming, that we could eat there, but we would have to be quick, because it would close for the Safety Drill at 4:20. It was now 3:10. They promised to serve us as quickly as possible – there were only three other couples in the bistro. We were given menus and waited and waited until someone eventually took our order. The Maitre D’ walked up and down but it was obviously beneath him to speed things up by taking our order – more about him later. For speed we ordered beef burgers. Bad choice. Probably the worst quality of minced beef we have ever tasted. This was followed by crepes which were much better. We were told to leave at 4:10. Not a pleasant experience or introduction to Celebrity Reflection. TIP – If staying in Rome the night before your cruise and transport is being arranged on your behalf, make sure the collection time from the hotel is as early as possible. We had a pick up time of 11:45 from the centre of Rome. After delays in leaving - this was Italy! - the traffic and considerable distance to Civitavecchia, we eventually arrived at 2:30pm. Our original collection time was an hour earlier but this had been changed when we arrived in Rome. (Shame on you Imagine Cruises. With your experience, earlier collection times should be arranged.) CABIN - This was clean and well maintained, with more than adequate hanging and drawer space. Nice touches in the bathrooms on these Celebrity ships are things many of us have at home. Lots of storage, heated mirrors which do not steam up and night lights so that you do not disturb your partner by turning on a light if you need to use the bathroom at night. CABIN STEWARD – Having just travelled twice on QM2, where the cabin stewards never introduced themselves, we were pleased that the steward came to see us and discussed our requirements, promising to help in any way he could. He continued to offer assistance on a daily basis, but then got into the habit of putting his head around the door early in the evening when we were getting ready for dinner. My wife was usually in various states of undress and he seemed not to understand that we expect some privacy. We then made sure the “Do not disturb” sign was placed on the door whenever we were in the cabin. This obviously upset him, because the sign was taken away towards the end of the cruise. We noticed that the glass balcony screen remained dirty, even after being cleaned several times while we were in port. Towards the end of the cruise we realised the external surface was very clean, but the build up of dirt was on the inside. Presumably this is the cabin steward’s responsibility. As we only realised this two days from the end of the cruise, we did not ask for it to be cleaned. BLU RESTAURANT – Being in an Aqua Class Cabin, we ate here for breakfast and dinner. We had booked this cruise, based on the very good experience we had on Celebrity Solstice last December, where the food in Blu Restaurant was very good. Not so on Reflection. It lacked the care and quality we had enjoyed on Solstice. Food was invariably warm, rather than hot and chilled soups were warm, rather than chilled. There was also an inability to balance flavours, or use the right amount of seasoning. Despite the lower standards in the kitchen, the staff certainly excelled, being very friendly and attentive, making every meal a pleasant experience, in spite of shortcomings with many of the dishes. OCEANVIEW CAFE – We ate several lunches here, where the quality of the food was not consistent. It was almost always lukewarm and often had a dried out appearance. At busy times, it was just not big enough to cope with the large number of people. BISTRO ON FIVE – On one sea day when there was no seating left in the cafe and it was raining on deck, we decided to go to Bistro on Five. Just six other couples were seated in the bistro and the Maitre D’ was very offhand, telling us the kitchen could not cope and we would have to return later. We then went down to the main restaurant, but it was 1:15 and we realised it was only open from 12 until 1pm. We returned to our cabin and ordered room service, only to be told it takes 45 – 50 minutes at lunchtime. Nevertheless, with little other option we waited and it was served within 45 minutes and was both hot and very good. (At other times room service arrived within 20 minutes.) TIP – On a ship of this size we should have learnt from past experience. Make sure you plan ahead at lunch time. Do not just turn up at peak times. DRINKS – I suppose I should not have been surprised at the continued high cost of drinks on board. A bottle of wine which would sell for around $8 ashore is priced at around $30 on board, plus an 18% gratuity – up from 15%. I would not mind if the wine was of reasonable quality, but most is just very cheap plonk, unless you spend considerably more. I see from other reviews that many bring their own drink on board, but officially this is limited to two bottles of wine per cabin at the beginning of the cruise. I doubt you will get further bottles past security when returning from trips ashore. DRESS CODE – On the Celebrity website the dress code for men on formal nights is a tuxedo, suit, or jacket and trousers with a tie. On board the written requirement for wearing a tie has been removed. On our cruise, the number of men who wore a tuxedo or suit with tie, was about 50/50 with those who wore a jacket and trousers, with or without a tie. A few of the Americans decided that shorts and a tee shirt were the correct attire in the evenings, even on formal nights. We saw no one turned away from the Blu Restaurant, because they were not correctly dressed. TIP - My advice is that if you are not comfortable in a tuxedo or suit, or luggage restrictions make packing the extra clothes impractical, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, but please, no shorts in the dining room at night. PORTS OF CALL – Like most who booked this cruise, the prime reason was the two day visit to Istanbul. This was cancelled at the last minute following an incident in the city, although Cunard and other cruise lines had not removed Istanbul from their itinerary. Let’s be honest, it is more likely there will be shooting incidents in New York or London, but this does not deter the tourists, who see it as a fact of life in the world today. Two extra islands were added, Crete and Rhodes, plus an overnight in Athens. Having not been to Crete or Rhodes it was some compensation for us, but for many others who had, the change was a great disappointment. The time taken to get ashore whether by tender or direct onto the dock side, was much improved from the arrangements on Solstice, where it could take up to three hours by tender. On Reflection they have the sense to use two tender docks and two gangways, unlike Solstice who used just one. CONCLUSIONS – Those who rate this ship with five stars obviously have lower expectations than us. We have travelled on most of the other lines and the overall experience on Reflection is certainly very good, due mainly to the crew, who are very friendly and attentive – sometimes too attentive in the case of our cabin steward! Nevertheless, the quality of the food has dropped, possibly a result of the dramatic drop in the cost of the cruises in the eastern Med, due to an over-supply of ships this year. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Had a great cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse for our Ruby wedding anniversary. The ship was immaculate, with great customer care. We had a balcony cabin with restricted view. This did not bother us, but it could cause a concern for some ... Read More
Had a great cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse for our Ruby wedding anniversary. The ship was immaculate, with great customer care. We had a balcony cabin with restricted view. This did not bother us, but it could cause a concern for some guests as the lifeboats were just below the balcony. The cabin butlers were fantastic, kept the room immaculate, and not at all intrusive. The food was good, and we chose the anytime dining and ate in the cafeteria, which had a great choice of food in particlar over lunch time. The only downside was that breakfast was hectic, and it was hard to get a table, and the tables were very close together. Entertainment very good, with a great choice of acts. The only downside to the holiday was that we always felt someone was trying to sell us something, and anytime you went near Canyon Ranch or the shops, someone would be pressing you to buy something, which was annoying. You also had to pay to dine in a number of the restaurants, and most of the classes. The gym was fantastic, and had a great choice of equipment. All in all a great holiday. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We cruised for two weeks from Istanbul to Barcelona on 24th August. We were surprised at how Celebrity standards had slipped since we last cruised with them. We had a novovirus outbreak for the entire cruise but communication was bad and ... Read More
We cruised for two weeks from Istanbul to Barcelona on 24th August. We were surprised at how Celebrity standards had slipped since we last cruised with them. We had a novovirus outbreak for the entire cruise but communication was bad and we had to rely on rumour which suggested there were up to 450 cases. Plates were dirty, cups were chipped and cracked and service was more akin to a Greek ferry. Constant pressure to upgrade beverage packages and overpriced port shuttles where, in some cases, there were free port shuttles. We left Istanbul early due to some perceived security threat. We were to sail at 9pm on 24th instead of 1pm on 25th; we missed out on much of the fascinating city of Istanbul. Eventually sailed at midnight so I guess the security threat was not too serious. Never again Celebrity. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We've cruised with Celebrity before (on Eclipse) and loved it. Equinox is a fine ship, our restricted view balcony cabin was great (the view was only partially restricted) and the itinerary should have been fantastic. Unfortunately ... Read More
We've cruised with Celebrity before (on Eclipse) and loved it. Equinox is a fine ship, our restricted view balcony cabin was great (the view was only partially restricted) and the itinerary should have been fantastic. Unfortunately the cruise got off to a bad start as Celebrity decided not to stay in Istanbul. The stay in Istanbul was the main reason for choosing this cruise. The day before we were due to fly out we received an email which was stated to be from Celebrity but was not from a Celebrity email address and had no Celebrity branding. It also had an embedded link which looked extremely suspect - my email system had placed it straight into spam as it appeared highly suspect. It was not until we arrived in Istanbul that we received a message to tell us of the change of itinerary. Fortunately we had traveled out independently and had some of one day in Istanbul (without incident), but to spend the following day at sea instead of seeing more of the wonderful sights of this amazing city was galling. We are careful travelers and knew that there had been some incidents in Istanbul and been following government travel warnings, but Celebrity's decision to cancel overnight stops in the city is in our view a complete overreaction. If Istanbul isn't safe, why bring us all there to start/end our cruises?? By all means issue warnings/advice if you think there are safety issues but let us make our own decisions as to whether we go ashore. By the third day of the cruise it was apparent that there was an issue with Norovirus. The buffet self service was cancelled, with items being served by staff for the remainder of the cruise. This led to frustrating experiences with staff often unable to understand what we'd asked for and long queues. The ice disappeared from the Martini bar, which ruined its atmosphere, and items kept being removed from our cabin, never to reappear (cushions, the valance from the bed, glasses, paper) - the atmosphere on the cruise became more and more muted as the cruise went on. To be fair Celebrity were clearly making efforts to sanitise the ship, but it did not make for a pleasant cruise. We were affected by the Norovirus which wiped out our cruise from day 5 onwards, which naturally had a bearing on our enjoyment! Many of the staff had also contracted the virus, which led to poor service due to reduced staff numbers and staff taking on unfamiliar roles. Our previous very positive experience on Eclipse, when everything went right, won't necessarily stop us sailing with Celebrity again, but this cruise was not good and we were glad to get home. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
We have many cruises and 750 points on Celebrity and are truly big supporters and have recommended many to go by Celebrity. We were surprised when this beautiful ship did not deliver what the cruiseline promise as a premier cruiseline, and ... Read More
We have many cruises and 750 points on Celebrity and are truly big supporters and have recommended many to go by Celebrity. We were surprised when this beautiful ship did not deliver what the cruiseline promise as a premier cruiseline, and what we are just to, latest on Silhoutte in march 2015. The stateroom is very nice and the stateroom attendant could not be better. Breakfast and lunch in Oceanview Cafe were very good and the destinations in Italy, Greece and Turky are simply the best. The weather was excellent and we had good company from Norway, USA and England.Then we can accept dinner or entertainment are poor - but not both! First dinner: The quality of the food were up and down. The dish could be not hot or were too salty. The fish could be to much cooked or fried. The cruiseline promise this in the brochure to be " Deliciously distinctive dining - a foodies heaven". Entertainment: This is important for us, and I had not given my first review after 82 cruises had it not been for both dinner and entertainment disappointed us. The music was too loud from the band. The cruiseline choose to magnify the drummer via three microphones and loudspeakers, were others put the drummer behind a plexiglass wall. The sound was a disaster. One evening they had a piano man from Texas and the first part we just mostly saw him, and could not hear the piano because the band and the drummer were too loud. The other music was not our liking. I told the cruise director about this, and asked why the ship had no entertainment and music for people over 60 ( I am 61). He was not interested, but told me they had entertainment for other ages it was more people. We saw a lot of people of older people of our age, but if the Celebrity Cruiseline choose to play too loud and music we do not like or recognize, it has lost its identity and a lot of old customers. It had been fair that Celebrity had given us a warning in advance, but that is too much to expect when the cruise director did not want to listen. By the way the same man talk too much and too fast for people who do not speak english too well. It was too much talk over the loudspeaker as well. I guess Reflection has a reason why they have 50 % of the books other ships have in the library. Reflection is not up to Celebrity standard and a premier cruiseline. If this is intended the Celebrity Brand will be damaged. The passengers wants a product they are promised and used too, or they will choose other cruises. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Our cruise left from Rome and took us back there, after cruising the Greek Islands, Athens, and Ephesus. Embarkation was easy and efficient. The ports of call were all very good; our first time for all of them. It was annoying the ... Read More
Our cruise left from Rome and took us back there, after cruising the Greek Islands, Athens, and Ephesus. Embarkation was easy and efficient. The ports of call were all very good; our first time for all of them. It was annoying the ship left each port so early in the evening, always between 6-7 pm, so that you did not have the chance to have dinner in a port. We all chalked it up to Celebrity's desire to get us all back on the boat and out of the port to open the casino, shops, and bars. The ship traveled between ports very slowly. Our suite came with the premium beverage package. It thought that got you any cocktail or glass of wine, but we were told there were dollar limits to both and we needed to pay the difference. We never ordered anything over the limit. Also, if you have the premium package, you must order your drink with the particular brand of liquor, otherwise they will make your drink with the cheapest. Any bar might do that, but you just have to keep that in mind. We never ate in the main dining room, so I can't speak to that. The specialty restaurants were many and generally very good. Our suite came with unlimited free specialty dining so we took them up on it. Our favorite was Tuscan Grille; we ate their about four times. So good and the setting was very nice. We generally got window tables and the moon was off the back of the ship. A great setting. Qzine was very good, but only worth going once. Murano was great. A smaller place. Don't sit in the table toward the window on the left. You will get a view of the sights and sounds of the kitchen/staging area. The dinner was free for us but I would have been pissed if I paid $45 each for it. The Martini Bar was great, along with the dancing/DJ. We danced a lot. Didn't do too many other formal entertainment things. The adult pool was air conditioned and very nice, and got us away from the good number of kids in the main pool. Two incidents was particularly troubling to us. We sat at a bar and down the at the other end of the bar were two gentlemen. The bartender, a woman from Russia, asked the other couple where their wives were. We shot them a glance and they smiled at us, and they said they were not married (as it turns out, they were, to each other, but not to women). The bartender then come over to us and asked where our wives were. My husband, a little miffed at this point, said that we were married, but to each other. She looked at us like we had three heads and muttered something, How do you mean? He said we call it marriage equality in the United States. Did they have that where she came from? She avoided answering. We knew Russian didn't. My husband told her she needs to be careful with the line about where are your wives because she is going to be running into a number of married LGBT couples. She was just clueless. The other incident involved two friends of ours who were at a specialty restaurant. Halfway through the meal, a clearly drunk passenger started talking loudly enough so those in the tables around him could hear, that all these gay people were ruining his cruise. He went on and on, and eventually my friend (who was there with his husband) went to the maitre'd to ask that the passenger be asked to calm down. The maitre'd went to the gentleman and that seemed to work for awhile. On the way out, the gentleman stopped at my friend's table and loudly berated him for ratting him out. Unreal. We've been on about 10 cruises and never have had anything like this happen to us. The ship is very new, clean, crisp, easy, nice. No disappointment there. Sunset Bar in the back of the ship was very popular. The little rentable cabanas are cute, but it's very hot up there even on the open sea, and you could easily overheat. All in all, a good cruise. I don't know if Celebrity is a good fit for us and I don't think we are going to jump back on that cruise line, but it's not a bad deal at all. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We had never been on a cruise before and wanted to see a bit of the Mediterranean easier than booking trains. I booked a first time cruise with Celebrity Reflection as I'd researched they had large rooms on a newer ship. I' ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise before and wanted to see a bit of the Mediterranean easier than booking trains. I booked a first time cruise with Celebrity Reflection as I'd researched they had large rooms on a newer ship. I' didn't know what to expect for a cruise, as I'd read come complaints about cabin sizes (from other cruise lines), but these must have been in regards to smaller ships or people used to big hotel suites, because we were extremely satisfied with our cabin. We booked concierge class, and it was very roomy, lots of place to store our stuff and luggage. The bathroom was a bonus as there were lots of storage compartments. The veranda was also super nice. The rooms must be very sound proof as we didn't hear any of the neighbors, or their toilets flushing or water running. We embarked early the first day and had the pool deck to ourselves. Of course it was super busy during the at sea days. The ship was super fantastic, as well as the staff. The one downsize though was the sale pitches daily for upgrades to dining services and/or beverage packages. We just used the main dining room and buffet area, which believe me was more than sufficient. I can't believe how much food is available during the cruise. And I really love the theme days based on the ports being visited. Our favourite foody day was when we visited Turkey. Our room attendant went out of his way to make us comfortable the entire trip. He was a big help. There was plenty of entertainment, although we only attended a couple of the bigger shows, and they were great. I wish they had some broadway type shows, but understand that is a lot of work to put together. We took advantage of some of the cruise excursions, but we did more ports as do-it-yourself tours, by researching ports ahead of time. To take advantage of Oia in Santorini, we booked the early cruise excursion, just to avoid the long lines at the trams. This worked great. We didn't even take the tram up, as our tender took us to a different location to hop on a waiting bus that drove us to Oia. Mind you the bus had to drive on crazy roads to go up the cliff, but the drivers are experienced. We did have to take the trams down, but I recommend the ship excursion to give you priority access off the ship. We booked our travel back to the Rome airport via the ship, and everything went smooth. Disembarkation was a breeze. I would totally recommend this cruise line/ship to anyone. I would love to travel with it again someday. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
We had never tried a cruise before and now wonder why we waited so long. We have nothing negative to say, only praise, for the wonderful service, the amazing food, and for the many activities for guests to enjoy. We upgraded to a ... Read More
We had never tried a cruise before and now wonder why we waited so long. We have nothing negative to say, only praise, for the wonderful service, the amazing food, and for the many activities for guests to enjoy. We upgraded to a fine dining package, and then my husband booked another as we so enjoyed being made to feel like celebrities! All in all a fantastic experience. We will definitely book another . One thing I would say is the formal nights were not as formal as I imagined them to be, and a cocktail dress for the ladies and a lounge suit for the men is adequate. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Oh dear, be prepared for a noisy crammed packed cruising experience if travelling on the equinox, pool area taken over by privileged teenagers while being deafened by 'Dj Flo's' music choice. Maybe you can relax in the ... Read More
Oh dear, be prepared for a noisy crammed packed cruising experience if travelling on the equinox, pool area taken over by privileged teenagers while being deafened by 'Dj Flo's' music choice. Maybe you can relax in the adult only areas -NO- unfortunately I was told children could use the sauna area as long as they were supervised, lots of bad parenting on display, as far as I could see. The evening entertainment was very hit and miss, mostly miss, some acts humiliating audience members, so embarrassing and poor entertainment in my opinion. On the plus side the dining in Blu resturant was first class as was the cabin steward, always polite and welcoming. Beware of many extra charges at every opportunity. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
What i saw of the entertainment , pretty good . Saw some decent comedy , the juggler and the earlier musical / comedy guy were funny . Don't know what some people expect , but i found the shows i saw to be worth going . Singers ... Read More
What i saw of the entertainment , pretty good . Saw some decent comedy , the juggler and the earlier musical / comedy guy were funny . Don't know what some people expect , but i found the shows i saw to be worth going . Singers (first or second night a lady put in an opera piece that was both surprising and excellent ) , dancers ( a ballet routine i thought to be quite stunning ) , were certainly entertaining .the cirque type thing was quite good .theatre seating was two levels and large enough that i could always get a good seat . Shoving the modern , boogie , techno beat , dj, down our throats at the pool in the afternoons was not my cuppa for sure . Loud, obtrusive ,and just crap to me . Didn't look like he was drawing much of a crowd in the disco area the nights i went by .the bands in the public areas were good . The girl singer / guitarist in the foyer had some chops . I don't expect much, i'm pretty sick of cover bands , but people like hearing songs they know . There was a variety of music .i think they want to attract a future crop of cruisers . Don't know why i needed piped in sound all over the buffet , but they have geniuses that figure these things out .get some straight up rock and roll guys . The main pools , in general , were useless every afternoon . Lots of kids and way too crowded .something was done about the kids jumping after the first two days . and of coarse , every lounge chair had some stupid , absent for the most part , towel hogging moron , trying to occupy it .the attendants did pull some towels from time to time . Glad they had the solarium pool . It was better , a bit cooler water , and mostly free of pre 16 year olds , as posted . If you don't like kids , don't go during summer would be obvious advice .we had a lot of stomping in the halls above our room . an outside cabin ,9262 was a great location . A minute or less to the elevator took us to the pool , or the all important buffet ,very quick . Nice that it was glass and you could hear the band . Layout of the ship worked very well . Mid ship elevators only , both port and starboard food was as good or better than expected . All nights in the silhouette dr , except for one in tuscan ( crazy amounts of food ) , and one in the buffet , were really good. .the soups , desserts , appetizers , and entrees never failed .the beef was always good .the short ribs on polenta on the first or second night was" da bomb " . Breakfast in the buffet was fine but crowded sometimes .difficult to get poached eggs at times .lots of fruit , baked goods , smoked salmon , waffles , pan cakes , sliced to order canadian bacon , potatoes ( you know what i'm talking about ) . The entrees at dinner were often slow to arrive . But service was , for the most part excellent . Our select (anytime) dinning tables were pretty fast seatings . A couple nights we shared , and had nice conversations with enjoyable people . Internet worked , but imo flipping robbery for the unlimited package .they did give a 10% discount for a former customer . Our room guys were tireless , cleaning up after us . As the bar drinks are never cheap , they were decent pours and made by real bartenders . We got lucky going off the boat for our winging it , excursion in livorno , we were going to take the "free" shuttle into town . And antoinette , latched on and told us , don't do it . She , on the spot , negotiated ( in fluid italiano ) , a van for about 30 e pp, all the way to florence and pisa and back . Wasn't so great once we got there , crowded , miserably hot , and the lines for the attractions were way too long to get in . And..... How do you get thousands of people into an areas like those with almost no public toilets ? I have to pee right now just thinking about it . boat rides in malta and corfu , were especially great values . Thanks very much to the queen shirleen from houston and her very gracious man shanam for their assistance on corfu and malta .we got our moneys worth with transportation .would liked to have seen pompeii , but didn't want to put up the money and time , as it turned out ( from a guy who went) , the brutal heat would have near killed me . The constant hand sanitizers were annoying , but what can you do ? We had a good time . And i was able to help a lady who had paid for a tour on corfu , only to have a stranger back out of two seats and cancel without paying , thanks to cc we found replacements . Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
it was my first cruise and i never thought i would love it that much. the staff is extremely friendly and always polite; says good morning and good afternoon all the time. What i was the more impressed of is the food, which deserves five ... Read More
it was my first cruise and i never thought i would love it that much. the staff is extremely friendly and always polite; says good morning and good afternoon all the time. What i was the more impressed of is the food, which deserves five stars! the continental buffet is always fresh and full of delicious food. About the celebrity dining room, the food is definitely to die for!!! see for yourself ;) As for the entertainment, the evening shows were really good, especially for the one celebrity equinox is famous for, called ''The Show''. I promise this one was almost as good as the Circus of the Sun. Absolutely incredible! Professional dancers are performing in front of you. WOW! (Celebrity Cruises are known for spending more money on food than on entertainment, as opposed to other cruise lines, which i think is a very good choice. To eat well on vacations is primordial to have a good experience. ) The staterooms were of a very good dimension as for the balcony. The only negative points for me were that we didn't know in advance that the drinks from the minibar of our staterooms were not included in our package. for example, water was included in my package, but if i take it directly from the minibar, they charge me. and many people got trapped and we ended up paying around 6 dollars per bottle we drank from there. The second and last negative point was the shore excursions. They are made for people who wants to see a lot of things in one day, by staying very shortly in every place. For that reason, at the end of the day of a shore excursion, i didn't have lots of souvenirs of what i visited because we had too short time and saw too much! The best part about vacation is to enjoy the little things and appreciate the country's atmosphere. For that, we have to see less. The days i went to visit on my own were the best! It took me 2 months or so before the cruise to organise these days. you have to be passionate about traveling like me;) (sorry for my bad english, it is not my first language). in conclusion, i hope you'll all have the chance to cruise with Celebrity, because of all the reasons possible:) Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
What more can I say than 'absolutely fabulous!' The memories we will take from our wonderful Eastern Med cruise on board the Celebrity Reflection will stay with us forever. The Entertainment for my husband and I was absolutely ... Read More
What more can I say than 'absolutely fabulous!' The memories we will take from our wonderful Eastern Med cruise on board the Celebrity Reflection will stay with us forever. The Entertainment for my husband and I was absolutely fantastic and our two teenage children (aged 14 and 18) were entertained the whole holiday. The food was exceptional, the staff were so friendly and efficient, the ship was beautiful and clean and the ports we went to were wonderful. I couldn't fault Celebrity and I think if anybody did find fault then they're just nit-picking and too hard to please. Well done Celebrity! we've even booked for the same cruise next year only a week after returning from this holiday. Thank you Read Less
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