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Sail Date: September 2014
This is our third cruise with Celebrity and our first in the Connie. Other than a bad Cappuccino at Café Baccio, everything was Perfect! Embarkation was a breeze at the Amsterdam Port. Our cabin was ready for us as soon as we boarded, ... Read More
This is our third cruise with Celebrity and our first in the Connie. Other than a bad Cappuccino at Café Baccio, everything was Perfect! Embarkation was a breeze at the Amsterdam Port. Our cabin was ready for us as soon as we boarded, around 1:30PM. The cabin was comfortable 7106 starboard, I love to spend time at the balcony looking at the sea and relaxing. Our cabin stewards were fantastic, our room was always ready and welcoming. We are late risers so they gave us our time without knocking on our door to get us out. Our repositioning cruise had great ports of calls and enough sea days to relax and enjoy the ocean views. The port arrivals where comfortable, no rushing for us. Most of the ports we had already visited so we did a lot of walking tours on our own. The seas were calm, beautiful days with great weather followed us throughout our journey. I must say that the mix of passengers was great on this ship, It had the right amount of every age bracket making it very enjoyable. All the passengers we met were very friendly and eager to share stories of their past voyages and life at home. We were select dining so whenever we dined at San Marco we chose to seat with other passengers, the conversations were always very interesting and allowed us to learn more about other countries and their people. Funny, how we all want the same thing, Peace, Well-being for our families and time to enjoy life. If only our government leaders would follow our lead, the world would be a better place. Send them all on the same Cruise for 14 days, maybe then we will fix our differences. We enjoyed the buffet breakfasts and lunches, specially at the Ocean View bar AFT, the view is absolutely breath taking. When you consider that they are cooking four thousand meals a day, you realize how good the food was. The buffet was a good buffet and the MDR was better than most. We had a five specialty restaurant package so we enjoyed our dinners at Tuscan Grill were Alex took excellent care of us as well as Carlos at the Ocean Liners Restaurant. The food, service and wine selections were only comparable to a high end restaurant back home. We were invited to the Chef's table for dinner, not only the food and wine pairing were excellent but our other dinner companions made it a night to remember with a good mix of people from different parts of the world. The Tuscan restaurant manager and the head chef of the ship kept us animated during the meal. They were so proud of the ship, the staff and mostly of the food they were presenting to us, and we were all as excited as them. They have reasons to be proud! The conversations were delightful. What a great experience! The entertainment was enjoyable, with great guest entertainers throughout our voyage. We missed a couple of shows that we heard were outstanding, "White Magic", but the ones that we saw were excellent. Our nights were mostly spent at the Rendezvous Lounge listening to the sounds of Ocean Band from Colombia. Excellent music and great dancers, I guess we are going to have to learn Ball Room dancing if we are going to continue cruising. We did not take any ship sponsored tours so I cannot comment on them. The ports of calls were very easy to walk on our own. In Lisbon we took a private tour to Estoril, Sintra and Cascais beautiful and well worth visiting. In Athens we took a Taxi driver guided tour that was very enjoyable. All other ports Bruges's, Cherbourg, Vigo, Malta and Istanbul we were able to visit on our own. We stayed in the ship for Kusadasi as we had already visited the sights before. Overall a great Cruise with beautiful ports of calls and great company during our voyage. I would only improve the quality of the coffees at Café Baccio. I have read other passengers reviews and some are very demanding and complain about the smallest, insignificant things. Sometimes I wonder, where they in the same ship? This was a memorable Cruise and definitely one to recommend. I hope they keep this itinerary in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
My wife and I went to Barcelona with my cousin and his wife to join the 'Equinox' on a 12 night overnight in Venice cruise. We had a great late deal from Celebrity direct and had 2 Concierge verandah staterooms next to each ... Read More
My wife and I went to Barcelona with my cousin and his wife to join the 'Equinox' on a 12 night overnight in Venice cruise. We had a great late deal from Celebrity direct and had 2 Concierge verandah staterooms next to each other. The attendant, Dimas, was a star, he opened up the glass screen to give us one joined balcony to share. He was brilliant - nothing was too much trouble.The food was just a delight. The evening meal became my cruise highlight. We looked forward to being taken care of by Made Mahayasa and Maira - again 2 brilliant people who were so helpful and friendly. Many thanks too to Christian, our sommelier. I hope we meet with this great team again in the future. The whole ship was so friendly every one of the crew greeting us. The ship so smooth we hardly knew we were at sea. The bed was like a cloud - so comfortable and so big I hardly saw my wife. Fresh fruit and canapés daily, what a treat plus a bottle of bubbly when we arrived. Paradise. The ports of call were Dubrovnik, where we walked the walls. There was talk we may not dock as the wind was blowing but the skill of the Captain and crew plus having one of the most sophisticated ships made it possible. Overnight in Venice, where according to the guides, you need to get lost we certainly did this, the place is just a maze. We had to buy a map to get back. What a fantastic place. Kotor- where just me did the walk uphill to the old fortress. The views were amazing. Salerno, Rome, Florence, Toulon. All very nice experiences. The entertainment was first class and even the cruise director Paul sang a duet - what a voice, he could easily have sang in a top London Show. Loved the comedian Adrian Walsh, had us crying with laughter. None of us wanted to leave we were so at home, it was fantastic. Thank you all so much for giving us a great cruise to remember. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
After reading some disappointing previous reviews thought I would write this for those booked on future Equinox sailings. Husband and I flew from Toronto to Barcelona where we enjoyed a few wonderful days in the city before embarkation - ... Read More
After reading some disappointing previous reviews thought I would write this for those booked on future Equinox sailings. Husband and I flew from Toronto to Barcelona where we enjoyed a few wonderful days in the city before embarkation - highly recommend. In a précis we enjoyed everything about the cruise ( our second time on this ship due to itinerary). Embarkation smooth, cabin comfortable, food excellent in MDR, shore excursion staff and guest relations efficient, no complaints at all. As the cruise was fairly port intensive and we met so many nice people on board we never made it to any shows or spent time lounging around the pools. We really enjoyed having the complimentary premium drinks package, paid gratuities and onboard credit extended by Celebrity and upgraded. I think you have to be realistic - yes, it sometimes is a bit hectic at the morning buffet so order breakfast in your cabin, lunch in the Silhouette for a quieter experience, relax and watch the world go by. Consider you are being transported from one fabulous destination to another, having your accommodations tidied twice daily, delicious food selections, entertainment etc. etc. and remember you are there with lots of other people and the crew still makes you feel special! Hope you all enjoy as much as we did.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
This was our fifth celebrity cruise and tenth in total. We are retired and in our early sixties and prefer Celebrity to Royal Caribbean. We flew from Birmingham Airport to Venice and were met by Celebrity reps at the airport where our ... Read More
This was our fifth celebrity cruise and tenth in total. We are retired and in our early sixties and prefer Celebrity to Royal Caribbean. We flew from Birmingham Airport to Venice and were met by Celebrity reps at the airport where our luggage was taken for us. Transfer to the port was very quick and we were on the ship by midday, enjoying a mimosa. The cabins were ready by 1.30 and the luggage arrived at about 5 pm. The ship was docked overnight in Venice so you could explore the beautiful city for the rest of the day and also the following morning. We took a ships tour around the Venetian Islands the next morning. The various ports of call were interesting and varied. We particularly enjoyed Istanbul which was bustling and full of life. The Grand Bazaar is not to be missed with its thousands of stalls selling everything from carpets to Turkish delight. We did a tour of the major sights using a company called Cruising Excursions which is excellent and cheaper than the ships tours. We would highly recommend them and have used them for tours on previous Med cruises. We opted for select dining and only had to wait once for a table for two. The food and service were excellent. We also tried the three speciality restaurants and were highly delighted with all three. We had breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview cafe. It was very busy at times but we always managed to find a seat. The food is adequate, however, the hot food was never that hot. The salads were always the same and I got tired of them after a few days. Fruit was just melon and pineapple. I think they need to improve the quality and variety in this venue. The cabins are average size, we had concierge class. Celebrity have done away with the nice little touches like nighttime chocolate on the pillow and fresh flowers in concierge. The entertainment was good on the whole. Most of guest entertainers were British. We saw the production shows, the dancers were not that good but the singers were ok. We did not see the pianist or violinist. Our overall experience on this cruise was very good and I would recommend Celebrity to anyone thinking of booking a cruise. The staff are very friendly and polite and the ship is spotless. Can't wait till we go on our next one. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We sailed from Venice to Barcelona. Aqua class was worth the extra, dining in Blu for breakfasts and dinner for a lighter and smaller venue and location of the suite made it worthwhile. We had excellent service throughout. I found the ... Read More
We sailed from Venice to Barcelona. Aqua class was worth the extra, dining in Blu for breakfasts and dinner for a lighter and smaller venue and location of the suite made it worthwhile. We had excellent service throughout. I found the buffet a little overwhelming and chose to have light lunch at Aqua Spa cafe. Activities were good, the entertainment was okay. Did not really enjoy the band with the exception of the pool deck party night and the Beatles show. Dancing in the Sky lounge with DJ was fun. The lawn club is a nice option and we enjoyed playing Bocce. It is a mature crowd and very relaxing, with a busy itinerary. Embarkation and disembarkation well managed. We visited Florence and Rome prior to the cruise and were glad we did, since the travel time at ports would have limited what you could do. We did Cinque Terre excursion instead of Florence, lovely spot. In Salerno we took a ferry to Positano and cab and bus return it was an amazing day. Our suite was 1628 which was a great location, beds are very comfortable. Overall, the cruise exceeded my expectations. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
I finally gave in to my husbands years of pleading with me to go on a cruise and I can honestly say, it was one of the best holidays I have ever had (and I have had some real good holidays) We sailed from Southampton and ports of call ... Read More
I finally gave in to my husbands years of pleading with me to go on a cruise and I can honestly say, it was one of the best holidays I have ever had (and I have had some real good holidays) We sailed from Southampton and ports of call were Gibraltar, Villefranche, Citavecchia, Florence/Pisa, Genoa, Malaga & Lisbon. We booked the previous night with the Holiday Inn and used their Cruise Parking offer. Sadly I didn't know there are numerous Holiday Inns in the area and we ended up in one around 10 min drive from the port. We were given directions to Cruise Parking area which again was approx. 10 min drive from the port but the process was seamless. The driver took our luggage onto the minibus, while we took a seat, they took out car away to park and we were driven to the port. The driver put our luggage onto the carts provided and we checked in. There were numerous check in desks and no queues. We were welcomed onboard with a glass of bubbly and advised to familiarise ourselves with the boat as the cabins were still being prepared. The ship was amazing and it was spotless clean throughout. There were staff constantly cleaning the public areas and cabins. There are so many bars, shops, restaurants, activities etc that it is impossible to sample them all. We spoke to staff at the restaurants to find out the booking process for meals etc and every member of staff were very helpful. We bought the Classic Drinks package which I think we made good use of. This allowed us to have bottled water, beer up to $8, wine up to about the same and cocktails in abundance. It also allows for speciality coffees, freshly squeezed orange juice etc if that's what you like. The staff will advise you if you are going to incur an additional charge for a drink not included in the package so we were fine with this. I was a bit annoyed at having to pay a service charge for the drinks package when I had already paid gratuities, but I was assured by Celebrity that this is normal practice. I still feel that I paid two lots of tips for my trip though. We had an inside stateroom which was fairly spacious. It had a massive very comfortable bed, a sofa, a kettle, fridge and good size en-suite toilet/shower. We were provided with complimentary toiletries which were good. The bedding was cotton and the towels were lovely and fluffy. We also had bathrobes which was a nice touch. The only complaint we had with the room was the lack of pillows but we used the cushions from the couch so not the end of the world. The food was amazing. We were assigned to the Moonlight Sonata Restaurant which was beautiful and packed with attentive staff however we mainly opted to eat in the Ocean View Café as this was a buffet setting with almost every food you could ever want to eat. The staff were very helpful and the food was outstanding. Even late in the evening you could go up and get pizza & pasta which was handy. There were also speciality restaurants which cost extra. We didn't sample them as we couldn't drag ourselves away from the buffet style restaurant. There were 2000 guests onboard and not once did we struggle to find a seat. The entertainment was great. We went to the main show almost every night and watched, singers, dancers, comedians, magicians etc. Our favourite was a welsh comedian called Jack Doyle, he was also a great singer and the crowds loved him. There was also a Karaoke bar, Wine Bar, Martini Bar and various other bars throughout the ship. We spent a lot of time in the Casino Bar as the service from Floren and Alex was so good we struggled to find the same elsewhere. They were very knowledgeable and helpful and could make a great cocktail or two Hic!! There was also loads of other entertainment throughout the fortnight which we didn't manage to get to. (maybe next time!!) The casino was disappointing as the minimum bet for each game was $5. A bit pricey for people wanting to try the games out and have a wee flutter on holiday. Most of the tables were empty each night which speaks for itself. I spoke to one guest who had complained and was advised she could bet for $1 minimum and was advised she was the only person on board who had complained about this. I liked the fact that we were advised which nights were formal nights. I also liked that people could opt out of this as its not everyone's cup of tea. We had brought our Sunday best so we joined in on both nights just to enhance the experience a little. Some people may not be happy with this but you can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time. There are two adult pools (one in the solarium and one in the main pool area) there is a kids pool and also a water feature for kids. There is a pool bar and lots of pool butlers coming round to offer the bar service. There is always a plentiful supply of towels in each pool area. There are sunbeds around the pools and also on the upper decks. Despite the ship being so busy we were always able to get a sunbed even on sea days. There are several shops on board selling the usual Cigs. alcohol and designer bags at the cheapest prices I have seen (approx. £20 for 200 cigs and £13 for a litre of Smirnoff. There is also a vast range of designer watches, handbags, clothes etc. Each night there is a deal on a specific range and special sales events which is advertised in advance. Excursions are varied but quite pricey so we opted to do our own thing. We managed fine with local trains and buses being easy to use and a fraction of the price of the excursions. Overall we had a fantastic time for our first cruise and would definitely do another.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Just spent 14 nights on the Eclipse and was a amazing choice too being our very first cruise. We a group of 4 ( 2 couples ) all being novices when it comes to cruising. My thoughts as follows :- Boarding . A complete breeze ! Very well ... Read More
Just spent 14 nights on the Eclipse and was a amazing choice too being our very first cruise. We a group of 4 ( 2 couples ) all being novices when it comes to cruising. My thoughts as follows :- Boarding . A complete breeze ! Very well organised no problems at all. Cabin. We both had inside rooms ( 8143 & 8145 ) which meet all our needs, Comfy , Plenty of storage space , Very nice bathroom and kept clean by our Stateroom Steward Lucy. Dining. We ate in the Moonlight Sonata room 12 out of the 14 nights and had a fantastic experiance , Very good service , Fantastic food . If we had a complaint . and it's only minor, it would be that the time between courses can be a bit short. Would have liked a little longer to fully enjoy the previous dish. On some occasions the next course would be in front of us within 2 minutes. We also dined " out " in the Tuscan Grill which was an extra charge but was worth it with again stunning food and great service. Ocean view Cafe. Was very good with excellent choice and variety. Can be busy for breakfast and the wait for certain eggs / toast can be a bit long but didn't cause us any undue stress. Overall this venue was very good. Entertainment. Again overall very good and very enjoyable. Theater shows were first class , West End style shows, Tribute act's , Singers / comedians were all good fun. The in house band were below par as were the DJ's in the Quasar " night club " . Many times we stopped in the Quasar to find it empty or people sitting there looking bored as the music was bad. 70's / 80's / 90's would have gone down well as would 60's but why he was playing rap / re mix / recent music i don't know . The DJ never took the hint as people walked in and out and left the dance floor empty. We even tried later times and it was still empty ??? We weren't looking to party late in to the night but just to have a drink and a sing song. Overall . We throughly enjoyed our first cruise and would have no hesitation in recommending this ship to anyone. Already looking to go again but will have a window room this time !! Footnote. Can Celebrity please sort out the Internet charges please ? Totally over the top , Probably the biggest moan we heard from other passengers, Not a deal breaker but would have been nice to post a few pictures of our holiday from the ship as all our friends and family were waiting and considering the amount the holiday was costing 15 minutes free internet would have been fantastic. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
My wife and I had a wonderful European vacation which included two weeks on the Eclipse cruising the Mediterranean. We’ve sailed on Celebrity before but this was our first on the Eclipse, and we found the experience exceptional. We live ... Read More
My wife and I had a wonderful European vacation which included two weeks on the Eclipse cruising the Mediterranean. We’ve sailed on Celebrity before but this was our first on the Eclipse, and we found the experience exceptional. We live in Southern California so the cost was considerable when factoring in the air fare, however, we got our money’s worth and more. The ship had much to offer and even after two weeks never seemed old. Our Aqua Class cabin was well-appointed, comfy bed, and attended by Mary who always seemed to know whenever we needed anything, yet was never intrusive. One minor constructive suggestion was we thought there could be more storage space, like two drawers under the built-in sofa. However, most of the fun was outside the cabin and there was plenty to be had on the Eclipse. The ship was spotless, with light and warmth abounding. Although the ship was at full capacity and buzzing with people I could always find a quiet spot such as up on Lawn Club or in the Library. The highlights of the ship were the food, service, and activities. Cruise director Sue generally made one public address announcement in the morning so you were never bombarded with unnecessary PA announcements. If you read the daily list of activities you could plan accordingly. One poignant event was a brief, solemn remembrance on the morning of 9/11. We were blessed with wonderful, sunny weather and calm seas so most passengers jumped on a poolside lounge early morning and basked in the sun most of the day…including my wife. You can’t write about a cruise without mentioning the food. We spent most dinners in Blu and thoroughly enjoyed the savory cuisine. Blu was bright and cozy and was expertly managed by Igor, the Maitre D, and the hostess Marie who was there to seat you with a smile. Most nights our waiter was Umesha and he was a joy, with his spot-on menu recommendations with pleasant and efficient service. Steven, was our sommelier, and he made sure our wine glass was never empty. You also got to meet other interesting and friendly couples dining on adjacent tables. We had purchased a five-night specialty dinner package but did not use all of them because we preferred Blu. The passengers were primarily from the United Kingdom and we found them to be a fun group to holiday with. Unlike many cruises we’ve been on most passengers did dress up for the evening, especially formal nights with tuxes and array of gowns. The Martini Bar was the social hub and although I’ve read complaints on the wait for service I found the bar staff quite attentive and gave each drink the time it took to make it special. If it took a few extra minutes at time it was because there were so many people enjoying themselves - and isn't that the whole point of a cruise? We chose the itinerary because of the ports and they did not disappoint. We visited Gibraltar on its national day of celebration, Villa France (our favorite) with its sparkling blue waters. We actually spent the afternoon on local beach and took a swim. Next was Rome, which was crowed on a Saturday, Then to Livorno (Florence), although we took a short train ride to Pisa. Then on to Malaga, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal and finally back to Southampton. It’s been two weeks since we’ve disembarked but the vibrant memories remain. The Celebrity Eclipse and her crew provided us with a fantastic cruise.   Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
Stayed 3 nights in Rome - then travelled by shuttle via Bob's Limos (we used them from airport to Rome and from Rome to Civatavicci and then from the port to the airport - 2 out of the 3 drivers were maniac drivers - however, everyone ... Read More
Stayed 3 nights in Rome - then travelled by shuttle via Bob's Limos (we used them from airport to Rome and from Rome to Civatavicci and then from the port to the airport - 2 out of the 3 drivers were maniac drivers - however, everyone seems to drive like a maniac in Rome!) to the Pier where Embarkation was fast and efficient. Arrived around 1:00pm and our rooms were ready for us (Concierge Level room) Reflection ship - clean, clean clean...they work so hard keeping this ship spotless...you will be amazed. The staff are top notch and bend over backwards to make sure that you are taken care of. Show up at a bar and you get served immediately 99% of the time (they have an abundance of staff to serve you!) - and in those rare cases where you might have a large number of guests show up at the same time - they very politely ensure that they serve guests in order. One time, we went to the bar in the Ensemble Lounge (outside Murano) and my husband asked for a Vodka soda with white cranberry juice - and the bartender told him that this bar only stocked red cranberry juice - but without hesitation, he immediately sent someone to go get some from another bar to make my husband that one drink. So while that in itself is great customer service - the fact that we went back to that bar two nights later - the man turns to my husband and says, would you like a vodka soda with white cranberry juice sir - I saved it for you. (You have to know that my husband is a bald man who perhaps looks like many of the other bald men on board...so what a great memory!) We chose anytime dining - but requested the same table and time for the entire cruise...this allowed us to build up rapport with our waiters and bar staff - which made for some really fun banter with the staff each evening. We watched a few of the shows in the Reflection Theatre (4 of them in whole or partially) - and all were very well done. I noticed that the shows would run for about 45 minutes - which was perfect as you got a great show, but it wasn't an all night commitment! For other entertainment, using the atrium area on the 3rd and 4th floors was a great way to keep folks involved in some excellent music and/or events...I think if they put them in rooms versus this main area, they would not get the same turn out - and this "venue" provides the option to participate and/or watch and/or just walk on by! Many times we would be heading to bed...only to walk through the Atrium, and get redirected into spending another half hour or so watching the people dance or seeing the reflection performers. In terms of tours/what we did at each port...(we did all of our own excursions - no ship tours) Messina - Used Sicily Limousine Service (Claudio was our driver and he was both professional and knowledgeable about Sicily)...went to Castelmoa (quaint, but probably spent more time here than we needed to - but it was our choice) - then went to Taormina where you can walk from one end of the town to the other - lots of tourist shops, interspersed with upscale shops and wonderful little cafes to have wine and italian specialties) - if there was a "next time" I would have spent more time at one of the cafes just drinking wine and people watching. Athens - Used Private Tours of Athens Greece - had a great driver (Nicolas) for the day who took us through a very organized, well thought out tour. When we booked, they recommended starting the tour at 8am - and they were right - you really need to get to the Acropolis as early as possible (we should have gone even earlier!)...otherwise you will spend your time in the ticket line or being "herded" with the other bus loads of tourists. Kashadasi/Ephesus - Do NOT miss the Terrace Houses when you do the tour of Ephesus! We went with OTTI Travel and I highly, highly recommend this tour company. They are the real deal, they provide a money back guarantee (who does that!) - and are hooked into the curators of the site - so they have the most up-to-date information on the site. While Turkey isn't my favourite country due to the "pushy" sales people - I have to say that visiting Ephesus is one of my most memorable events of the whole cruise. Rhodes - Walked around Old Town...really medieval and quaint! Walked up the clock tower - not sure that the view was worth the walk "up" and the $5 dollar charge (although you get a drink with that fee)...people watching from one of the various cafe's was more fun in our opinion, as this is what we did later in the day. We also walked along the shore line to the beach that was closest to the harbour. Since we are used to ultra-fine white sand Carribean beaches, this "small rock/pebble" beach was a bit of a let down for us personally...although, there were thousands of people on various rented chairs on the beach. (Note: you just sit in a free chair and someone will come collect $4e from you - then you get hounded by beach vendors wanting to sell massages) Santorini - We opted to take the "speedboat" from the Pier to Oia ($25e gives you the ride to Oia harbour, a bus up to the town and then a return bus from Oia back to Fira (Port) and they give you about 4 or 5 bus return time options) - then, you can either take the cable car down, the donkeys down or walk down to the Tender Port. We decided to walk down...and it isn't nearly as stinky as folks will tell you...it is actually a fun adventure, as every couple of minutes a herd of donkeys will come running down and it becomes like the Spanish run of the bulls (you think you are going to get plowed into, but the donkeys go around you) - just don't wear slippery shoes! Be prepared to do alot of up/downhill walking in this town...the shopping is so unique and there are some really nice shops - especially in Oia. (Note: our friends did the donkey ride up and then took a city bus back and forth to Oia/Fira - which worked well for them as well) Mykonos - Walked through the "maze" of streets - so clean and so narrow! A lot of upscale shops and designers...and high prices! Enjoyed sitting and having a coffee and people watching in one of the harbour side cafes...and then after a lot of easy (flat ground) walking, enjoyed wine and greek appetizers in a sea-side restaurant in Little Venice (side that looks out over the wind mills) Naples - We were "ancient ruin overloaded" by this point - so we just walked through the town to the National Museum...but ended up finding out a lot of the exhibit was closed (got a bit lost in an undesireable area, so I would recommend doing a bit more research on where best to walk - note: we didn't feel nervous at all, we just feel like we wasted some time walking unneccesarily) - when we were on some of the streets, I loved the character of the buildings, the narrow streets, the laundry hanging out and the garlic cloves to ward off bad spirits. We had some Naples wood oven pizza - glad for the experience! Disembarkation was fine until we got out in the parking lot. I now see an advantage in taking the ships transport back to the airport - as it was mass chaos for those of us waiting for arranged cabs (Ship transport was efficiently run and the "on your own transport" folks were sent to another area). Bob's Limo driver was perhaps 2 minutes late - but I think they were restricting the traffic flow into the port as it was so chaotic - however, you could see folks starting to panic (us included) when you start to wonder if your driver is going to show up or not to take you to the airport. I don't hold Celebrity responsible for this chaos...I chose to use my own transport. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
This was my first celebrity cruise and it was steps above both Princess and Carnival. Check-in was quick and easy, our room was ready upon arrival. We met our stateroom attendent immediately and she was very welcoming. We were on Deck 11, ... Read More
This was my first celebrity cruise and it was steps above both Princess and Carnival. Check-in was quick and easy, our room was ready upon arrival. We met our stateroom attendent immediately and she was very welcoming. We were on Deck 11, which was very convient to walk up to the pool and oceanview cafe. The muster drill was quick and painless and we didn't have to wear our life jackets. A great spot to be in for sail away is the sunset bar at the back of the ship. We were defintely one of the youngest couples on the cruise (38/40). We weren't looking to party like on previous cruises (when we traveled with friends) so this was fine. We cruised in September in the Mediterranean and there were only a handful of kids, which was great as we were vacationing without ours. We chose open seating for dinner and it worked out really well for us. We sometimes ate at 6pm and other nights 7:30 or 8. We never had to wait for a table, and you can call ahead if you are worried. We could eat alone or with someone and chose to do so based on our mood that night. I actually think eating on floor 4 (open seating floor) is better than floor 3 (main dining). It was quieter and the tables didn't see so close together. All of our waiters were great, but Ali was the best, we went to him the last 3 nights in a row. We purcahsed the classic drink package (including alcohol) and I think it was worth it. No slips to sign and it included bottled water, which we drank a lot of. We never felt deprived of something, as there were several beers and frozen cocktails included, and captain morgan. The ship excurions were just OK, we only did two and I thought the 3rd party tour guides were not the best. In Athens at the Acropolis we just could not hear the tour guide and so we ventrured on our own. I highly reocmmend joining the roll call prior to the cruise and organizing excurions with groups. We did 2 of those on our own and they were outstanding. The pool area had ample seating in sun and shade and we only had trouble finding a sunny spot on one day. They sometimes play music and other times don't. About every other day there was some sort of short dance lesson pool side. The entertainment on the pool deck was more tame compared to other cruises I've been on. Bartenders were all very good. Sometimes a wait at pool bar on sea days, but that didn't bother us, we had no place to be! Lots of options for cocktails. We found the bartender, Ned at the casino bar to be our favorite. The workout room was well equipped with treadmills, eliptical, free weights and weight machines. Mats available too. I was most dissapointed in the class options. Yoga and Spinning we extra and free classes were easy, like stretching. There were no vigourous challenging class options. I'm assuming this is based on the average age of the cruiser on-board, but I was dissapointed. Even the Zumba done pool side (one day) was easy and short. Entertainment was surprisingly good. The Relfection cast did a great Cirque like show and also a good musical number show. The outside comedian/juggler/magic guy (Steve) was very good as well. We didn't make all the shows, but I heard from other cruisers that they were impressed. Getting off and back on the ship after excurisions was fine. It is busier getting back on after organized ship excursions. Sometimes they have two security lines running, other times one. We never had to wait very long. They also greet you with cold towels and water, something I've not seen on other cruise lines. We felt like the "big boat on campus" in port when other ships were around. The Reflection is big and noticeable and treats their guests well. I would highly recommend this ship and the mediterranean cruise. I can't wait to sail Celebrity again! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Sailed out of Rome on the Celebrity Reflection to Sicily, Athens, Greek Islands, Kusadasi, Turkey and then back. Great trip. The shore excursions we took were all through Celebrity. Athens - Parthenon, Olympic Stadium and Basilica of St. ... Read More
Sailed out of Rome on the Celebrity Reflection to Sicily, Athens, Greek Islands, Kusadasi, Turkey and then back. Great trip. The shore excursions we took were all through Celebrity. Athens - Parthenon, Olympic Stadium and Basilica of St. John. The Parthenon was well worth seeing and the tour guide did a very good job of telling stories and pointing out features. Kusadasi, Turkey - Toured Ephesus and saw a demo of Turkish carpet making. Ephesus is very well preserved for its age. Take the extra tour of the five houses under excavation because it really gives a feeling of life at the time of Christ. The Library of Celcius is awesome. Santorini - The tour to Oia has just incredible views. Pictures do not come close to doing it justice. We went to a tasting at Santo Winery near the top of the island. The wine was good and the views of the island were Wow! Mykonos - Took the ferry to Delos to see the ruins. The area is huge so plan to spend time walking. Tour guide did a great job taking us through the area and describing life back then. Naples - The drive along the Amalfi Coast is tremendously scenic; sheer cliffs, villages, seaside. Had lunch at the Best Western in Amalfi; four star and awesome views! Pompeii is one of those bucket list places that should not be missed. Celebrity did a great job. We did the Select Dining and the food every night was verrrrry good. Shows were good. The only time the ship felt crowded was the two days at sea. Everyone was on the top two decks and every chair was taken. All in all an awesome experience that we have recommended to our closest friends. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We had noise problems in our cabin, which were eventually resolved to our satisfaction. The Oceanview cabins on the 3rd deck are a good size. We later moved to a balcony cabin on deck six. It seemed to be a bit smaller. Other than the ... Read More
We had noise problems in our cabin, which were eventually resolved to our satisfaction. The Oceanview cabins on the 3rd deck are a good size. We later moved to a balcony cabin on deck six. It seemed to be a bit smaller. Other than the noisy cabin, this was one of the best cruises we have taken. Ports of call were outstanding, however most places were very busy. Several ships docking on the same day make for crowds. Celebrity-arranged guides were generally good, however, some of the listening devices were static-y and made it difficult to hear. We moved cabins mid cruise. Our first cabin steward was outstanding. Every time we left our cabin he seemed to be there with a big smile and a greeting. Our second steward was less visible, however, he was friendly when we met him, and our cabin was always in top shape. Food was excellent, as was the wait staff. Sommelier was tardy in arriving some evenings as we were in the back corner of the 3rd floor Opus dining room. The plus side was that it was relatively quiet; the minus side was that we didn't get to enjoy the ambience of the main dining room. Late dining was at 8:45, perhaps a little late for some. Entertainment was top notch with a variety of different shows. "Celebrity Life" daily activities staff were enthusiastic at the various events they held (trivia, dancing, etc. etc.) Guest Services had the hardest job of all, because they had to resolve our noisy cabin problem. It took a few days, but they came through. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
The Celebrity Reflection was launched in 2012, and the designers built the ship with the passengers needs and wants at the forefront. Spacious, stylish, modern, and comfortable all describe the Reflection. Indoor and outdoor pool. ... Read More
The Celebrity Reflection was launched in 2012, and the designers built the ship with the passengers needs and wants at the forefront. Spacious, stylish, modern, and comfortable all describe the Reflection. Indoor and outdoor pool. "Self-Guided wine tasting" where you an dispense your own wine (a taste, small or large glass) from 100 selections ranging from inexpensive to $25 a glass. We were concerned about sailing with 3000 other guests, but we never felt cramped or crowded, which we have felt on smaller ships with fewer people. Food - standard food is excellent. Service was outstanding. The specialty restaurants were much larger (less intimate) than NCL, and we had minor problems with both meals. Excursions - very good, although we prefer private tour guides since it became affordable with 3 couples. You cannot beat private tours versus the large busloads if you can afford it. Entertainment - large shows were typically good, not great. Small shows were very good. Would still recommend the Reflection to a friend. State room (Ocean View) - spacious, modern, comfortable. King size bed. Modern TV system with many, many choices. Excellent Service. Embarkation- excellent Disembarkation - Excellent by Celebrity. The port of Civatavecchia is a disorganized mess for disembarkation, with 1000 passengers milling around in a small area outside waiting for ground transportation. Activities - very good. Casino - much larger than typical. Well managed.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
Started our cruise with a night in the Hilton Southampton so we avoided the cramped parking at the dock. We were worried because of the times they sent to us to board, which was three o'clock. We arrived about twelve and walked ... Read More
Started our cruise with a night in the Hilton Southampton so we avoided the cramped parking at the dock. We were worried because of the times they sent to us to board, which was three o'clock. We arrived about twelve and walked straight on to the ship more aless. Not a problem in site. The ship as always was lovely although it has stated to look a bit tired, but the fact it's going into dry dock will sort that out. Our room was very nice, it was as always clean and tidy. It was a bit noisy on docking days because we were at the front of the ship. The entertainment is not always at its best, the acts move around the ship and if you like one particular group then you have to move with them. They also put a Dj on at 11 which is fine on its own but a guy with a elaborate set of drums set up next to him which really would be fine in a night club setting! Then you would see people from 50+ get up and go. The teenagers loved it but again they should have been in the night club, not in the main dance hall. The restaurant was fantastic, we chose to dine at the same time each night and got the same table. Our waiters were brilliant they couldn't do enough for us. We also noticed that the staff ratio had been cut down. We still enjoyed ourselves and would use the ship again.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
The actual ship is typical Celebrity, nothing faddy just a great looking, classy ship. Staff are all friendly and go above and beyond what is needed. On one occasion I asked if they had any tea bags left and one waiter went searching high ... Read More
The actual ship is typical Celebrity, nothing faddy just a great looking, classy ship. Staff are all friendly and go above and beyond what is needed. On one occasion I asked if they had any tea bags left and one waiter went searching high and low even though I said he didn’t need too. We had a lovely suite that was modern, clean and well kept. The room attendants do a remarkable job of cleaning the rooms- maybe a bit too much, it seems like they are there 24 hours a day! The ports were a nice variety of places but we did have to tender in Mykonos and Corfu which seemed to take quite a while. We had already seen Corfu and decided to stay on board that day anyway, might have been a good decision as there was a lot of people still waiting hours after stopping in Corfu to get on a tender boat. We did just one tour to Ephesus (from Kusadasi) which was excellent but quite demanding, it was a long, hot day but very enjoyable. Silhouette offers a huge amount of activities on board but for us it was all about the itinerary and relaxing so we didn’t really take part in extra activities. We did enjoy the music around the ship and we went to the theatre nearly every night and enjoyed most of the shows. An excellent show was Luca Volpe who did a mentalism show, something I had never seen before, we really enjoyed that and thought it was the best show of the cruise. Food was excellent, great choice and quality. They really pulled out all the stops on the last day with special desserts and sweet treats in the buffet. We mainly ate in the buffet but did go to the dinning room a few times when it was really busy in the day and occasionally in the evenings, either option is great and depends on what you like. There is also a large variety of bars and cafes on board, the choice is amazing for a ship. Another lovely cruise on a Celebrity ship. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
We flew to London on August 16 from Houston, Texas. We visited London, Paris, and Venice before our August 24th sailing on the Silhouette. We are not new to cruising (10 cruises on Carnival, one on Princess), but new to Celebrity. Our ... Read More
We flew to London on August 16 from Houston, Texas. We visited London, Paris, and Venice before our August 24th sailing on the Silhouette. We are not new to cruising (10 cruises on Carnival, one on Princess), but new to Celebrity. Our party consisted of me, my 16 year old son, and my 11 year old daughter. I'll start with Venice since that is where the ship leases from! We flew from Paris two days early because I really wanted to experience Venice. Unfortunately, I had broken my heel the month before, so getting around Venice was difficult.....plus, it rained. So, I don't feel we got a good feel for Venice. I can say, we stayed at the Hilton with the really neat pool on the roof, however, the hotel was having a private pool party. So, for what we paid, I was a bit disappointed in the Hilton and wouldn't recommend it, Embarkation was smooth. Of course, I was on crutches and also booked a concierge cabin, so we went straight to the front of the line. We were on the ship within 30 minutes. The champagne and mimosas was a nice touch. Having usually cruised with Carnival, I'm not used to all the "specialty" restaurants. This seems weird to me. Part of the experience and value of cruising, in my opinion, is everyone meeting in the dining room every night where the waiters usually put on a show and your dining is included with your cruise price. So, we had ever dinner in the main dining room. I'm going to do a final comparison to Carnival here and then focus on Celebrity. I immediately noticed that Celebrity blows Carnival away in three areas......food, service, and cleanliness. I would say the only area that Carnival has Celebrity beat is with the kids programs and activities. My kids missed the waterslides and such. And the activities on Celebrity for each age group were really "immature". My kids got a good laugh at the daily itinerary for their age groups and chose not to participate at all. Now to focus on Celebrity. Our cabin was on deck 10, the Sky deck, concierge cabin 1122. We could not have asked for a better cabin. It was larger than any cabin I have ever had and because of our location on the ships "angle", we had an extra large balcony. Further, and thank goodness with my injury, we were just a couple of cabins down from the main elevators to the atrium where all the activities were usually going on. Dining: We usually had lunch at the big buffet. It was very pleasant, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. There was an incredible selection and I always had a staff member offering to carry my plate around so I could manage my crutches. For dinner, we had Celebrity Select Dining. The first night, when I saw the line, I thought I was going to hate it. But they sat us immediately at a little table (#505) and we instantly fell in love with our head waiter, Aleksander, and his assistant. We learned that all we had to do was let the hostess know what time we would be coming for dinner the next day, and they would have a table waiting. I'm not sure if they are supposed to do this, but we requested and received the same table every single night. It didn't matter if we got there at 8:00 or 9:30, they had the table ready for us. These guys really made our cruising experience fantastic. Sea Days: Surprisingly, it was somewhat difficult to find an empty chair near the pool. People were saving chairs with towels, the typical rude behavior, but regardless, we always found a place. Entertainment: We went to the show in the theatre the first night and it just wasn't for us. We later caught the ventriloquist and he was much more entertaining. The ports: Kotor, Montenegro was surprisingly beautiful. Can't believe I have never heard of this place. We had booked an excursion through the cruise line where we took a banana boat to The Blue Cave for a swim, then on to a small beach. The ride over was really long and we got back to the ship late. I think I would have preferred to stick around the port and explore the town of Kotor, but anyway, live and learn. Santorini, Greece was incredible. I had hooked up with a group of people from Cruise Critic and we arranged two private boats to take us to a private bus to take us to the gorgeous town of Oia. Oh my gosh, the place is heaven on Earth. The most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. Afterwards, our boats took us to a mineral hot spring for a swim, then back to the ship. In Athens, I had booked the Acropolis tour with lunch. DO NOT DO THIS TOUR. First, we went to the Acropolis. We could not hear a word our guide was saying, We stayed a long time and I was exhausted. Then we got back on our hot bus and went for a few picture stops. We stopped at a hotel for lunch. It looked good, but wasn't. Then it was back on the miserable bus for an hour and 45 min ride to the Temple of Zeus. The whole way there, we passed all these beautiful beaches and I just wanted to scream "STOP". Plus our driver was horrible. He never once offered to help me step down off the bus with my crutches. He was apparently too busy texting. I was never so happy to see a tour end. Lastly was Katakolan. My son and I just grabbed a cab and went to a local beach. It was nice, and gave me a chance to relax. Debarkation went smooth, no problems there. I was glad we had the transfers. So, would I do Celebrity again? Absolutely, but as a couple. I think Celebrity is best suited for couples or families with older children who want to hang out with their parents like mine did. Singles, families with young children, and probably the elderly.....this is not the cruise for you. The staff was incredible, helpful, and engaging. There was only one person at the customer service desk that was less than helpful when I needed to get cash. And the sad part was, although gratuities were included with our fare, I wanted to give something extra to our waiters. She didn't care. The ship is beautiful, clean, and has a wonderful staff. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
Our second cruise with Celebrity. Embarkation was so smooth. We have cruised with different companies but this cruise was port intensive which was the main reason we chose this holiday. The staff were first class, the food was excellent as ... Read More
Our second cruise with Celebrity. Embarkation was so smooth. We have cruised with different companies but this cruise was port intensive which was the main reason we chose this holiday. The staff were first class, the food was excellent as was the entertainment. Overall a super holiday. Negatives were few, one the annoying over selling of speciality restaurants. Secondly, the cabin was in our opinion not well equipped for storage. Overhead storage above the bed was very awkward to access and with only three drawers available these units were necessary for clothes. Not a great design however the bathroom was super with plenty of storage and a great shower. All ports were super except for one. Catania, Sicily we will remember for two things rubbish and graffiti. Shocking! We suggest Celebrity rethink this port. Such a disappointment. Disembarkation was excellent with superb organisation. Would we choose Celebrity again. Definitely yes. Overall, their strengths are excellent, friendly, efficient staff, first class entertainment and superb organisation. Our favourite port was wonderful Dubrovnik, Croatia. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Our family of four have just returned from a totally wonderful cruise on Celebrity Equinox, sailing from Barcelona and ending in Venice. Having cruised in the past with Orient lines , Cunard QM2 and Royal Caribbean, I am very impressed ... Read More
Our family of four have just returned from a totally wonderful cruise on Celebrity Equinox, sailing from Barcelona and ending in Venice. Having cruised in the past with Orient lines , Cunard QM2 and Royal Caribbean, I am very impressed with the product that Celebrity offers. From the moment we arrived on our flight to Barcelona, celebrity staff were there to make out transfer to the ship seamless, from that moment our holiday began. I work in the customer service industry myself and know how challenging it is to attempt to keep people happy, but the staff here do a fantastic job. Considering they don't get a break, thousands of passengers getting off and thousands more getting on, they manage somehow to continue to offer 5 star service. Not a sarcastic comment, a sigh, a roll of the eyes etc. etc. was observed throughout our holiday. What an amazing bunch of people. I didn't come across one member of staff that was British , maybe that is their secret, when we cruised with Cunard on the QM2 the staff ( lots of British ) were hideously unwelcoming, the difference is unbelievable. The entertainment manager Josh was just wonderful and the shows were great, they have a fabulous acrobatic pair who do the most spectacular act. I can't fault any part of the holiday, the Celebrity staff absolutely made it for us. The food in all of the restaurants was divine, we purchased the classic drinks package which we were completely satisfied with. All in all, a fabulous holiday and we will definitely be booking another Celebrity cruise for sure. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
It was our first cruise, and we now love cruises. I think being on Celebrity Equinox had a lot to do with it. We are a relatively young couple for cruising 30/32 and we were worried we would find it boring, but we loved every minute of ... Read More
It was our first cruise, and we now love cruises. I think being on Celebrity Equinox had a lot to do with it. We are a relatively young couple for cruising 30/32 and we were worried we would find it boring, but we loved every minute of it. We booked an aqua class room 1533 and we were so glad we did. Blu was OK for dinner (tip: always get thew New dish being offered that evening, the classics can be hit or miss), we loved the other 3 restaurants more. We really loved Blu for breakfast, it was nice to have a big meal on board before before leaving the boat on port days. Also being able to board early, having our bags early, and being able to get off the boat around 9:30 were well worth the extra $$. The boat is extremely modern and luxuries, just as their brand tag line professes. It's like staying at a 4.5 star resort. We found variety of bars to be fun with Ensemble Lounge being our favorite. The bartender there, Alexandr, was so pleasant and after the first night already had our drinks memorized. There was an issue with the pool "pop-up" bars floating boose (using lower shelf gin in top shelf bottles), but I think that was because it was a charter cruise and these bars don't normally exist, still at $10/drink they should give people what they order. We only tendered one day, Monte Carlo, which made port days extremely easy. All in all I give the boat 5 stars and the staff another 5 stars. The food I give a strong 4 stars, with Blu, Main Dining, and Buffet getting 3 stars, and Silk Harvest, Tuscan, and Morano getting 5 stars. The pool areas are bigger than I expected and never had a hard time getting seats. The lawn area was pretty but I felt having the glass blowing was a waist of space. I think the changes on Reflection, having the restaurants in it's space is a far better use. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2014
Background information This was a family cruise we took and are regular cruisers. We have enjoyed lots of different cruise lines and our favourite being Royal Caribbean. As we are from the UK we have mainly taken Mediterranean cruises, a ... Read More
Background information This was a family cruise we took and are regular cruisers. We have enjoyed lots of different cruise lines and our favourite being Royal Caribbean. As we are from the UK we have mainly taken Mediterranean cruises, a couple in the Baltic and Caribbean too. We have cruised twice before with Celebrity; once on Eclipse and once on Silhouette. The cruise we went on was the 2014 President's Cruise, which meant the President of Celebrity cruises was on board and there were a lot of events for past cruisers, Select and upwards members as well as the Captain's Club. Being a part of the Elite club we were lucky to be a part of the events for this, which was a pleasant surprise as, upon booking, we were not aware of the President's Cruise! Travel to embarkation Port The cruise began in Rome, Civitavecchia, and we flew in on the morning of embarkation. We booked a private transfer to the port which is about an hour from the airports in Rome. As we had an early morning flight, we hand landed around 9am and were at the port for 10.45am - a little early as boarding was not due to start until 11.30am. However, we arrived, dropped out baggage off quickly and were seating in the check in area with a drink in hand - very smooth! After waiting a few moments, suite passengers could board and then Select members and above. Fast check in and were handed our SeaPasses. We were on by 11am, having had no queues or much waiting, and were good to go! Ship information The ship feels very new and modern; its striking atrium is what first greets you upon entering. We all thought the ship felt clean and minimalist, without being overdone. Public areas were always well cleaned and you would never know it was a couple of years old. Plenty of lounges and bars, spacious dining room and lots of deck chairs and sun loungers too - no complaints! Activities Because this was the President's Cruise, there was a lot of extra events for past cruisers, including cocktail parties and an evening trip to a Tuscan village with dinner and wine tasting. These all ran smoothly and were a great added touch to our cruise. The Tuscan village trip in particular was a wonderful evening (even though the food left an awful lot more to be desired!) and was well thought out. We aren't a family that takes part in too many on board activities, but the ones we did, we enjoyed. Ports Livorno - having done both Pisa and Florence before, we decided to take the port shuttle into town and had a look around. As it was a Sunday, most shops were shut, but some were open. Livorno is a quaint Italian town but not a whole lot there. If you are looking for more, definitely take an excursion into Florence and/or Pisa. The train station is also easily accessible via a bus/walk from the centre of town too, which cuts excursion prices too. Livorno was also the place for the President's Trip to Bolgheri. Nice - We decided to walk to the train station aft a tender ride to Villefranche and took the train to Monte Carlo, which was only a 10/15 minute walk from the tender station and a 20 minute train ride. The station is easily round by walking along the bay and there's ticket officers inside to help. Train's run to Monte Carlo, Nice and Eze which all make great trips. Ajaccio, Corsica - Here is a beautiful little port town all within walking distance of the ship, famous for the house where Napoleon was born. We had a walk around and a snack in a coffee shop, a look at the local market and then looked round Napoleon's House. A good visit. However, if you aren't fluent in French, please take a guide book or a French dictionary! The descriptions in the house are all in French - very frustrating if you only have school-level knowledge of the language! A real shame as we didn't get a lot out of the house. Tickets to look round were free for under 25s and €7 for overs. There is no way of buying tickets online, so you need to queue. We waited half an hour to queue as only a few people are let into the house at a time (it is very small) and it took half an hour to go round the house. Port Torres, Sardinia - A tiny industrial port town with not a lot there. Definitely organise an excursion or private trip. There was a free shuttle into the town and, as there was nothing really to see, we went into a cafe and then back to the ship. Check out the famous caves or take a trip to the capital, Cagliari. Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca - Great city full of interesting things to see and a vibrant area to walk around. Again, we've been here before as its not a long way from the UK. Therefore, we decided to take the bus into the centre and do a little shopping. Plenty of shops of all sorts (high end, department stores, local crafts) and some great places to have a bite to eat. Mallorca is a lovely island! Service No complaints here. We had a wonderful cabin steward and waiters in the main dining room. All were well trained, efficient and friendly. Guest relation staff, on the other hand, might benefit from a lesson in customer service. A few little niggles here and there and there always seemed to be a very long queue to see anyone here. However, nothing major, just annoying. Cabin My family and I were split between 3 deluxe balcony cabins. These were on the port and starboard side which meant we had optimum sunshine and port side views! Cabins seem particularly spacious which was greatly appreciated. We liked all the handy storage space and think the bathrooms on Celebrity are definitely the best we have ever come across; large walk in showers with proper sliding glass doors, various toiletry items (no unidentified dispensers of shampoo and shower gel in site!), plenty of storage and wonderfully soft towels. Beds and pillows were of a good quality too - only annoying thing was that the bed was curved at the ends to make more room in the cabin. This was quite annoying as we are a tall family! No complaints on any of our cabin stewards either. Overall: very satisfied. Dining We chose the later sitting dinner which was 8.45pm and requested a table just to fit our family, which we got. The main dinning room is a beautiful 2-tier room. We chose to eat here all nights, apart from the President's trip. As we were only on board 7 nights, we didn't decide to eat in the speciality restaurants. However, any more nights on board and we would have done. Food was good, well cooked and presented, but can get a little repetitive. The food selection was good with all the typical cruise favourites - plenty of steaks, lamb dishes, fish (lobster on formal night) ect) but we felt that it was needed a bit of a modernisation, maybe with more international dishes. As for the Oceanview cafe, which is the buffet style option, we ate here most breakfasts and lunches. Breakfasts, as expected, were crowded and we did have to search for a table - typical though, everyone wants to eat at the same time! Food here was good with chefs preparing cooked to order eggs, omelettes etc. Plenty of fruit juices and water all included as well. Lunch was good, a much nicer selection than other lines. We liked the 'Chef Specialities' which included Mexian food, as well as the Indian and Asian stations. We wished there was a larger selection of fruit and vegetables, however. There was always bowls of melon and pineapple but it would have been nice to have a wider selection of steamed vegetables and a wider variety of fruit. Good desserts and, our favourite, an actual ice cream station! Large selection of ice cream, frozen yoghurt and sorbet flavours with toppings and sauces, as well as soft serve ice cream. This was a particularly great touch as most lines just offer self serve soft serve ice cream. Great! We ate at the Bistro on 5 once throughout the cruise. On arriving back to the ship late one lunch, we decided to eat here. The $7 per person surcharge we felt was worth it. The menu was good; sweet and savoury crepes, paninis, salads, soups and deserts. We noticed it was very quiet throughout the cruise and was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the Oceanview Cafe. Room service we did every morning. We like waking up to coffee and juices and also ordered breakfast through this too. We liked how room service was interactive on the TV in the cabin 24 hours. Food arrived on time and was hot, well prepared and presented. Orders were never wrong either - bonus! Gym The majority of my family and I used the gym on board almost every day. It isn't the biggest gym but a decent size for a ship. We went at all times of the day - early morning, afternoon and night - and never had too much of a wait for machines. There were 2 rows of treadmills and a decent amount of bikes and cross trainers too. All cardio machines had easy to use touch screens which was a bonus. As for weights, the free weight area was rather small with a limited selection. However, it was still usable and offered a good way to burn off those extra calories and get you hungry for the next meal! Entertainment The entertainment on board is more laid back and quiet than the likes of Carnival and even RCI. There are no loud pool parties, music blaring on the decks or too many late night events. As we were late dinner sitting we did not attend many of the shows in the theatre. We did however, catch a few moments of a dancing and acrobatic show the Celebrity entertainers put on, which was good. Shows were varied; singers, dancers, jugglers, the lot. None of us are too keen on these shows, I for one couldn't sit through 45 minutes of juggling! Although, these did look very popular. Lounges and bars on board almost always had some kind of entertainment, which were always good. Overall, entertainment on Celebrity is subdued - there's no Carnival 'FUN!' style with it, as most guests are slightly older. However, this did not affect our enjoyment of the ship at all, and there was never a dull moment. Disembarkation We had an early afternoon flight after the cruise and booked a private transfer at the port. We requested a later disembarkation time and were off by 9am. This all worked well with no queues and our luggage was circulating in the baggage claim area - no complains! Very smooth and well done. Celebrity weren't 'forcing' us off at the crack of dawn and announcements were kept minimal. This was much appreciated as it didn't feel too pushy. Compared with Carnival which we have had announcements in cabins at 6am before, this was a great disembarkation. Summary A great weeks holiday. Had some brilliant days in port and a relaxing and enjoyable cruise for all. Service was great, as was food and entertainment. Thoroughly enjoyable and we will be cruising with Celebrity again. Score out of 10 - 8/10!   Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2014
We have just returned from a wonderful Adriatic cruise on the Silhouette. I'll try to highlight some of the postive points and issues that I would have wanted to know in advance of taking this particular cruise. The Ship: The ... Read More
We have just returned from a wonderful Adriatic cruise on the Silhouette. I'll try to highlight some of the postive points and issues that I would have wanted to know in advance of taking this particular cruise. The Ship: The Silhouette is beautiful and in excellent condition. I thought there was interesting art throughout the ship, but didn't leave myself enough time to just hang out and enjoy it. Our voyage was very smooth and everything seemed to 'work': we left on time, activities were well-organized, and I didn't realize there were propulsion issues on the ship until I read about them on Cruise Critic after the cruise was over. The cabin: we were in a concierge class room, which was kept clean and everything was attended to appropriately. We even had towel animals! I suspect we may have had a change in stateroom attendant after a couple of days because we didn't see our original attendant (Antonio) during the later part of the cruise. In any case, though, the room was consistently cleaned and perfectly maintained (whoever was doing it). Re concierge class: the cabin location and balcony stools were great. the canapes are gross. The fruit is nothing you couldn't pick up yourself around the ship. There is an actual concierge who seems like she is very sweet, but we didn't need her services. No flowers anymore. There was an upgraded totebag with black handles. The food: Both the MDR and the buffet are consistently very good. In fact, I think this ship had the best food of any of the last 4 celebrity cruises we were on (two on the solstice, one on the reflection). Room service using the concierge menu for breakfast was actually much better than it had been. We enjoyed the yogurt/fruit/granola parfaits and the croissants on those early excursion mornings. We didn't risk the room service coffee; Caffe Baccio was open at 7 every morning and we would pick up our coffee there. Our favorite foods in the MDR were the veal chops, the duck with french toast, the onion soup, the ahi tuna appetizer, the spring roll appetizer, and the sirloin. Favorite foods in the buffet include the scones, the Indian food, the fish and chips, the English breakfast, and the stirfry. We went to Qsine once, which was fun (M's Favorites is HUGE), but it is easy to get way too full, way too soon. The ports/excursions: We did a mixture of independent excursions, cruise critic organized excursions, and Celebrity excursions. One of the Celebrity excursions was very fun and lively (the blue grotto boat ride in Malta), and the other was a bit slow-paced (wine-tasting in Dubrovnik). Here's a quick rundown: Venice: we stayed in a terrific hotel, Ca Pisani, and didn't do any organized tours. Slovenia: Cruise Critic group: interesting tour of the Postonja caves, castle, and capital city. So-so lunch at seafood 'food truck' recommended by our guide (Roundabout). Ravenna: Did mosaics on our own. Lucked into a good lunch at a place called Scai near the John F Kennedy Piazza Split: Rafting organized on Viator, but almost identifical to the Celebrity rafting trip (same stretch of river). Very fun! Dubrovnik: Celebrity excursion, wine-tasting, a little slow paced. Kotor: Kayaking/Biking organized on line through Kotor Bay Connect. Excellent! Look for the Active Day Tour. Bari: Cruise Critic group: Alberobello and Polignani through Tours of Puglia. Interesting places (but unfortunately we had some rain). BTW, it seems like most tourists thought downtown old Bari was too decrepit and crumbly for them -- but I really liked it, particularly the ladies drying orichiette in front of their buildings. A chance to see a less touristy, authentic slice of Italy. Malta: Celebrity trip: Blue Grotto and fishing village. Beautiful, fun, and interesting. Sicily: Godfather tour, organized by a member of our Cruise Critic group. I thought being in these small villages was very picturesque and interesting (but I heard later that others became a little bored). Lunch in Taormino at a place recommended by our guide called the Granduca (good!). Naples: Amalfi coast, organized by a member of our Cruise Critic Group. LOVED the lunch at La Tagliata. Go if you can! Rome: stayed in a small, clean hotel in a wonderful location: The Duca D'alba. Did an excellent Food tour of Testaccio on our own (arranged on line through Eat Italy). Drinks on the Ship: Our favorite bars are the Molecular, the Martini, and the Sunset bars. I hate to write this, but the bartender at the Molecular always seemed a little down. The drinks were great, but the energy was a little low. There's a tall bartender at both Martini and Sunset (Ilya maybe?) who was extremely friendly and upbeat. Entertainment on ship: We missed a lot of the shows due to the busy schedule. But Nick Page, the singer, was excellent. The music around the ship seemed fine, not too loud or intrusive, and the variety was good. The Celebrity Life staff was hard-working, but it's possible that some of their activities were eclispsed by the World Cup games, which were being broadcast the week we were on board. Did catch the LIar's Club and was impressed by the dry wit of the captain. Embarkation: Walked right on in seconds at about 5:00 during the extended embarkation period (overnight in Venice). Debarkation was well-organized as well. All in all, a great trip! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We are just back from an absolutely fantastic vacation aboard the Celebrity Reflection. She is a lovely ship! I am 'borrowing' the format a previous reviewer recently submitted. Embarkation...Couldn't have been easier. We ... Read More
We are just back from an absolutely fantastic vacation aboard the Celebrity Reflection. She is a lovely ship! I am 'borrowing' the format a previous reviewer recently submitted. Embarkation...Couldn't have been easier. We arrived around 11:00am after taking a train from Termini and walking about a 1/4 mile to the shuttle location (super easy and affordable option). The total process took less than 15 minutes. We had completed our quick pass documentation and were handed one quick additional piece of information to fill in (a contract to ensure we were not ill). After getting our seapass cards, we were greeted by the speciality restaurants, where we quickly requested our reservation times for the five dinner speciality restaurant package (sidenote - we absolutely LOVED the restaurants and thought it was an amazing value). After that we grabbed a cold towel and drink and walked onto the ship. Easy peasy! From there we headed to deck 15 to have a burger and beer at the Mast Grill and bar. The burgers were fantastic! The room announcement arrived around 1:30 (I think). Stateroom...We were in 6272 (obstructed view balcony). Great location with no complaints. From our balcony you could see out almost totally; however, if you looked down you saw a lifeboat. We were offered the cabin at the same price as an oceanview (no brainer for us). We loved having a balcony! Ignacio, the room attendant, was fabulous. He was genuine, hard-working, and amazing! Absolutely no problems with the room. Bar service - we had a classic drink package included when we booked the cruise. Having a drink package was a serious enticement for us and we didn't realize how much more we enjoyed the cruise by having it (not having to worry about all of the little charges sneaking up on us). We initially thought we would be fine with the classic package. There are many options available with the classic package and this package would likely be suitable for most. I LOVE draught beer. On the ship they have Heineken and Amstel Light on tap in three places (Mast Bar, Pool Bar, and Skyview Lounge). I was hoping to drink draught beer throughout the cruise but it was $6.50, just out of the reach of the classic package. So, we agreed to upgrade one of our classic packages to premium (10/day + 15% gratuities ~100 for the entire cruise for one of us). However, after visiting the molecular bar on day two, we quickly upgraded our second seapass card so they both would have premium. I am SO glad we did. Having the premium cards was the BEST - we didn't have to worry at all about what we ordered, as nearly everything was included and if it wasn't we simply had to pay the difference. It gave us permission to relax and indulge. We loved drinking the premium water (Evian) and having coffees at Cafe Al Baccio (BTW - Staywell could likely be the nicest Barrista we've ever met!) not to mention the nightly cocktails at the Molecular Bar (which were absolutely unbelievable!). More about the drink package - we were initially worried we would have a 'surprise bill' to pay at the end of the cruise for 15% on top of each and every drink - NOT TRUE we simply paid 15% on the additional upgrade cost, which was $15 total. Something else to give you some comfort, you will not end up with a surprise bill, as any time something costs extra or is not included your waiter/waitress will let you know and if not, they will bring you a check to sign. Canyon Ranch spa....On one port day we paid a daily rate to access the Persian Gardens. As it was a popular port, which we had previously visited, we were the only people in the Persian Gardens. We had an amazing experience all to ourselves. Definitely check out the Persian Garden area at the spa. The steam rooms, saunas, and heated stone beds are heavenly! My husband also had a hot shave, which he enjoyed. I think it cost around $50 + manditory 18% gratuity. I had tried to get a hair blowout on our last formal night and all of the good time slots were not available. I should have thought to book the appointment when we first arrived on the ship. Oceanview Cafe - aka The Buffet - We ate there a few times and thought it was just fine. We were pleasantly surprised with the selection of food and table service for drinks. We found the staff to be very pleasant and hardworking. The food was good and plentiful. Opus Dining Room - we had 'on your own time' seating. We were pleasantly surprised to walk in immediately both times we ate there. The tables for two were slightly more private than with other lines we've sailed. The food was okay and the service was also okay. To be fair, we felt the speciality restaurants spoiled our opinion on the main dining room experience. Mast Grill...We had burgers or bacon wrapped hot dogs for lunch nearly everyday. So good! Great selection of beers too. Room service...We did room service breakfast once. It was prompt and the food was just okay. Speciality restaurants...We had previously purchased a five dinner speciality package and were grateful we did. They food was definitely superior to the Main Dining Room, the service was incredible, and the venues were great! The variety was also nice. I was also glad to do the Tuscan Grille twice with the package. We did not try Bistro on Five but did try the Porch for lunch. I am a sucker for a Panini. The Panini was excellent; however, it was sooo hot in there. There was no air conditioning and the glass walls didn't allow for any breeze. Had we known, we likely would've ordered our food to go. They had a couple of fans but it was a serious cooker in there. My husband LOVED the Lawn Club Grille. The biggest and best Filet Mignon I have ever had. The pizza was super fun to make and the atmosphere light. There was absolutely nothing one could complain about in any of the evening restaurants, as they were simply outstanding! Lobster table-side at Murano was a highlight. Entertainment...Didn't attend one single show but we LOVED the intimate music venues and performers throughout especially at the lounge at the centre of the speciality restaurants. Our favourite was Danny. He played guitar and sang to easy listening music (e.g., John Mayer, Elton John, James Taylor) and took requests (it was like having an incredible musician in our living room) - AMAZING! There was a good variety of all kinds of music and activities everyday on-board. Truly, something for everyone. Didn't attend Liquid or Indulgence. We loved the poolside music and no, we didn't find the music too loud. I've been thinking about how to describe the entertainment or vibe onboard and I can't quite put my finger on it. It was youthful but not in a 'hairy chest competition' kind of way. It was classy but not in a 'string quartet' kind of way. The little touches made a big difference (e.g., Mermaids by the pool). We simply loved it! Disembarkation...we requested self disembarkation and walked right off when we were ready. We carried our own bags and it was super easy. We had planned to take a train to the airport but I hadn't pre-purchased tickets, as I wasn't sure just when we would be ready to leave the Reflection. (Sidenote- there is a couple of departures each hour and it takes 45min-one hour from town to the airport by train). We intended to take the shuttle to the the main part of town and walk to the train station but the shuttle took us to a different 'main' spot where many transfer buses were waiting to take people to the airport and/or Termini. We inquired and found a rate of 20Euros per person to the airport. Done! This was super easy and affordable. We did have one hiccup. We missed one port, Messina, Italy, as the Refection had a mechanical issue. Naturally we were disappointed; however, Celebrity handled the communication and compensation well. Another excuse to head back to Italy... We LOVED this cruise and our vacation - Thanks Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
Partenza da Civitavecchia raggiunta in macchina. Imbarco accogliente ed organizzato Magnifica la nave (Equinox) Ottima cabina interna Cibo e cena molto buoni Intrattenimento e attività a bordo molto curato cinema, teatro, ... Read More
Partenza da Civitavecchia raggiunta in macchina. Imbarco accogliente ed organizzato Magnifica la nave (Equinox) Ottima cabina interna Cibo e cena molto buoni Intrattenimento e attività a bordo molto curato cinema, teatro, piscine negozi veramente interessanti Servizio cabina eccellente (problemi per la lingua italiana) Servizio assistenza in lingua spagnola abbastanza comprensibile Porti ed escursioni magnifici, Grecia e Turchia affascinanti, Il top sono state le Isole Greche specialmente Mikonos. Ad Istanbul forse sarebbe meglio evitare i contatti della Guida con i Commercianti locali per evitare perdita di tempo durante le escursioni. Molto ridotta la visita al Bazar (20 minuti) Pochi gli italiani a bordo Spero di poterla ripetere magari é migliorata in questi anni. La mia prossima crociera : EUROPA DEL NOR MAR BALTICO ROYAL CARIBBEAN BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS Amsterdam 9 giugno 2018 Spero che sia migliore della precedente descritta Mi auguro di trovare italiani con cui poter parlare e ancor di più di trovare personale che parla Italiano. Grazie per la cortese attenzione Buona crociera a tutti ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Departure from Civitavecchia reached by car. Boarding welcoming and organized Magnificent ship (Equinox) Excellent interior cabin Very good food and dinner Entertainment and activities on board very nice cinema, theater, swimming pools really interesting shops Excellent cabin service (problems for the Italian language) Assistance service in Spanish language quite understandable Ports and magnificent excursions, fascinating Greece and Turkey, The top were the Greek Islands especially Mikonos. In Istanbul, it might be better to avoid contact with the local dealers to avoid wasting time on excursions. Very little visit to the Bazaar (20 minutes) Few Italians on board I hope I can repeat it maybe it has improved in these years. My next cruise: NOR MAR BALTIC EUROPE ROYAL CARIBBEAN BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS Amsterdam 9 June 2018 I hope it is better than the previous one described I hope to find Italians with whom I can talk and even more to find staff who speak Italian. Thank you for your kind attention Good cruise to all Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
My husband and I boarded in Venice for our 7 night cruise. The boarding process was a bit long, but they did the best and off we went. Our cabin was 1206, at the rear of the ship which we loved as we could sit and watch as we left port, ... Read More
My husband and I boarded in Venice for our 7 night cruise. The boarding process was a bit long, but they did the best and off we went. Our cabin was 1206, at the rear of the ship which we loved as we could sit and watch as we left port, and could take last minute photos. We had early seating for dinner, but that was all that was left when we booked, so not their fault. We were at a table for 6 and enjoyed our companions, we ranged in ages so that was good. The food was good to very good at the restaurant. For breakfast and lunch we went to the View café. Lots to choose from, and varied choices of both fruit, yoghurt and hot breakfast items. We enjoyed our cabin, the bed and bedding. The bathroom was a good size, all in all the cabin was not cramped, and the lighting was good. The photographers were pleasant, so we did that a few times, enjoyed the fun ones getting of the ship at the ports so we could remember where we were. The entertainment was much better than we expected. We took in almost every show, and some were well worth it. The last night the show was like a Cirque de Solei. The spoken English of everyone on board was good, no difficulties understanding anyone, and they understood us. Would cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
My friends and I (4 adults) recently returned from a Celebrity/Equinox 7-Night Spanish Interlude cruise and we cannot say enough good things about this experience. We have cruised on other lines (Holland, Princess, Star Clippers, Zeus ... Read More
My friends and I (4 adults) recently returned from a Celebrity/Equinox 7-Night Spanish Interlude cruise and we cannot say enough good things about this experience. We have cruised on other lines (Holland, Princess, Star Clippers, Zeus Cruises) and this one was the winner. We embarked in Rome and were through the whole registration process in about 10 minutes (we arrived at the pier at about 1:00pm). Each and every staff person we encountered was friendly and before we knew it, we were on board. We had business to do at both the Shore Excursions desk and Guest Services desk. Both stations had plenty of friendly and efficient staff to handle the passengers and again, our questions and concerns were dealt with in a timely manner and with no fuss. The Oceanview Buffet was much larger than any of the other buffets we've encountered -- each and every station was fully stocked with food, there were plenty of choices and finding seating was not an issue at all. Again, the staff were there to assist in any way they could. Cabins. We booked a verandah cabin and were very pleasantly surprised at the size of the bathroom -- lots of storage space, great lighting and a terrific shower. The room itself was fine -- enough storage in the closets and drawers and of course, luggage under the bed! Our cabin steward greeted us when we arrived and was there whenever we needed something taken care of. Dining Room. We had a set reservation in the main dining room with the best table staff ever. Both Rafik and Regina greeted us every night and made us feel welcome -- they wanted to know how our day was, without being invasive. The choices on the "daily" menu were unbelievable -- escargots every night? We had more than enough choices each night and everything was beautifully presented and prepared. We did have dinner one night at Murano ... the service was impeccable, the ambiance wonderful, but the food was no better than what we had in the main dining room. Entertainment. We were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the entertainment. Their "Cirque du Soleil-type" show was outstanding. The tour of the galley was terrific -- very informative and interesting to see the inner workings of the ship's food center. Ports of Call. We book a cruise based on the itinerary and this one did not disappoint. We especialiy like Villefranche (we travelled to St. Paul de Vence on local transporation), Livorno (a private tour of the Cinque Terre) and Palma de Majorca (we booked a public day sail of Palma Bay on a great catamaran). We did take one organized ship excursion in Ajaccio, Corsica and that was excellent. The rest or the ports we went off on our own, using local guides or local transportation which we feel enhances the whole vacation experience. Our only complaint? The cruise wasn't long enough!!!! We cannot wait to sail again with Celebrity. Read Less
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