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14 Night Transatlantic Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

14 Night Transatlantic Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Madeira (Funchal)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cobh (Cork)
  • Day 13
    Belfast
  • Day 14
    Liverpool
  • Day 15
    Dublin

Celebrity Reflection

Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

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

Cons

Exclusive venues for suite guests could make other passengers feel excluded

Bottom Line

Stylish and contemporary mega-ship cruising with exceptional service


Cruise Reviews

7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
What a Fantastic Trip!! Our trip began in Tallahassee, Florida on May 29th as we drove to Atlanta for our Delta flight to Dublin. On this trip we used ChoiceAir through Celebrity Cruises to acquire our flights. We found several ... Read More
What a Fantastic Trip!! Our trip began in Tallahassee, Florida on May 29th as we drove to Atlanta for our Delta flight to Dublin. On this trip we used ChoiceAir through Celebrity Cruises to acquire our flights. We found several advantages in using ChoiceAir: excellent prices; ability to choose the flights; and, additional cost protection if you experience flight delays. We just told the ChoiceAir agent the Delta flights we wanted and once the purchase process was complete, we just went to the Delta site and selected our seats and provided additional personal information. We will definitely use ChoiceAir in the future. We chose to park at the Atlanta Airport and used the shuttle to transfer (5 minutes) from the International Park and Ride Garage to the International Terminal. We departed Atlanta at 9:40 p.m. and arrived in Dublin at 10:45 a.m. the following morning. Clearing immigration In Ireland took 30 minutes as there was a queue of approximately 300 people, but the line moved quickly. Expect questions about the purpose of your trip and what you will be doing in Ireland. Pre-cruise: Four Days in Dublin in order to experience Dublin, we arrived four-days prior to the cruise. For convenience, we took a taxi (25 euros) to our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn at 1 Custom House Quay. The cost for a four-night stay was 892 euros which included a full Irish buffet breakfast every morning. After checking in at the hotel, we walked around for a couple of hours in downtown Dublin to get our bearings. We checked for the nearest Laus (light rail) stop which was out the hotel’s back door, visited the main office for Elegant Tours to check on our two pre-booked tours for the next two days, and walked around the Temple Bar area. The hotel was conveniently located on the north side of the River Liffey and a 10 minute walk to O’Connell Street (the main north/south route) in downtown Dublin. I highly recommend the hotel. We found Dublin to be a very walkable city with a very active downtown during the day and in the evenings. There were always a lot of people out enjoying the many things that Dublin has to offer. We found it to be a safe and a fun city to visit. On Friday, May 31st (57 degrees and light rain), we toured with Elegant Small Group Tours (maximum of 25 passengers) to the Cliff of Mohrs. The cost for the tour was 85 euro per person. We were picked up at 7:30 a.m. at the Westin Hotel (a 12 minute walk from our hotel). The 12-hour tour included stops at King John’s Castle, a coastal ride along the Wild Atlantic Drive, a visit to Doolin Village, and a tour of the Cliffs of Moher. Our driver recommended a hour-long ferry ride (20 euros per person) to view the Cliffs from sea level to get a better view. Unfortunately, it was raining with a diminished view at the cliffs and the seas were rough resulting in a number of passengers getting sea sick. Unless the weather is clear and the seas are calm, I would not recommend the ferry ride. The highlight of the visit to the Cliffs was lunch in Fitz’s Pub in the Dollin Hotel. The seafood chowder and the fish potpie was excellent! We also enjoyed our visit to King John’s Castle in Limerick. The tour was self-guided and the view of the city from the armory tower was great! The Irish countryside is really beautiful and you really do see 50 shades of green. After a long day, we had dinner at Eddie Rockets on the River Liffey across from our hotel - a great place for burgers and wings. On Saturday, June 1st (58 degrees and sunny), we went on a 12-hour Elegant Small Group Tour to Giant’s Causeway. This tour included a stop in Belfast and a tour of Giant’s Causeway. In Belfast we took the Black Cab tour - this was included in the cost of the tour. The Black Cab tour took you to the wall that divides the two communities and explained the history of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. The visit to the Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO World Heritage Site) was excellent! The Causeway is a distinctive volcanic and geological formation. We enjoyed the commentary provided by our driver and really loved the drive through the Irish countryside. We were very pleased with Elegant’s small group tours and highly recommend their tours. On Sunday, June 2nd, (60 degrees and sunny), we toured downtown Dublin using Do Dublin’s Bus Tours (the Hop-On Hop Off - Green Bus). Two senior two-day passes cost $54.92. The buses departed at 9:00 a.m. from stop 1 on north O’Connell Street. I recommend walking to stop 1 at 9:00 a.m. to get the best seats in the top level of the bus. We rode the entire circuit and enjoyed the driver’s commentary on the numerous sites and history of the city. Stop 5 was outside of our hotel. In the afternoon, we toured the Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The architecture in all of these magnificent structures was amazing! All had an entry fee of less than 10 euros. We concluded our day of touring with an excellent early dinner at the Kingfisher Restaurant (fish and chips) on Parnell Street. Celebrity Reflection First of all, make sure to print the Celebrity Guest Ticket Booklet when you check in online for the cruise as it has detailed directions to the Dublin pier. On Monday, June 3rd, we took a cab to the pier to board the Celebrity Reflection. We had been assigned a boarding time of 11:30 a.m. In Dublin, check-in is not adjacent to the ship since the ship is docked in an active commercial port. We arrived around 11:00 a.m., but I would recommend arriving around 10:30 a.m. Embarkation was efficient, except that after checking-in you are directed to take a seat and wait until your number is called to board the shuttle. Unfortunately, the wait for us was more than an hour for the shuttle to take us to the ship. The Reflection is a beautiful ship and was clean and well-maintained. We stayed in cabin 7193, a veranda room. The room was well maintained and outstanding cabin service was provided by our Cabin Attendant (Diardra)! She was very friendly and was always asking if we needed anything. We also received excellent service from Zora and Benji in the Cafe al Bacio on Deck Five. The food in the Main Dining Room was good and the service was excellent (Joaquim - Waiter, Srdan - Asst. Waiter). We usually had breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe and we really enjoyed the made-to-order omelettes, the fresh fruit (especially the sliced oranges), and the daily featured danish and breakfast bread station. The walnut, cinnamon breakfast bread was delicious!! We did purchase the four-night speciality dinning plan for $149 per person. We had dinner at the Lawn Club Grill two of the nights; as usual, it was outstanding and I highly recommend this restaurant. What could be better, great food, great service and the cool evening air of Ireland and Iceland! We also had dinner one night in the Tuscan Grill; the service and the food did not disappoint! The fourth night we had dinner in Murano, a French restaurant, and the food and service were outstanding. The entertainment on the ship was good and we enjoyed several shows. The highlight was the last night in Dublin, where a Celtic band and dance group performed Irish music and dancing in the Grand Foyer. Disembarkation in Dublin was very efficient and began around 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14th, with passengers carrying their own luggage. Since we had a 12:20 p.m. flight (which originally was an 11:00 a.m. flight) we decided to stay another night in Dublin and fly home on Saturday. We departed the ship around 9:00 a.m. and took the bus transfer provided by the cruise line to the airport as we had booked the Crown Plaza near the airport (1.5 miles). There are limited taxis available near the ship and there was a long line waiting for taxis when we left the ship. If we had to do it again, we would do the express departure (carry your own luggage), take a taxi from the pier to the airport, and fly home the same day, especially if your flight is after 12 noon. Delta recommends that you arrive at least 4 hours before your flight time for international flights from Dublin due to the US Customs and Immigration clearance prior to boarding. Several sources recommend that you arrive more than three hours before international flights since there are a lot of international flights leaving around noon and the airport gets congested. A Delta agent at the airport told us to allow at least 2 hours just to clear the U.S. Security and U.S. Customs and Immigration. Most international flights, including Delta, leave from Terminal 2. We caught the 6:00 a.m. free hotel bus to the airport and at this early hour it took us approximately one hour to get to the gate with virtually no waiting in line. We are a member of the Global Traveler Program and this expedited our processing time in U.S. Customs and Immigration as there are separated kiosks for Global Travel members. This allowed us to clear U. S. Immigration in just a few minutes,. The check-in procedure was also different from the U.S. as we went to a kiosk to get our boarding pass, then to passport control in line waiting to check in/baggage to have our passports checked by a Delta agent (to get a passport sticker), then to the counter to check our baggage, then scanned our boarding passes to get to Irish security to have our carryon luggage scanned. Once past Irish Security, follow the American Flag signs to U.S. security screening and then to U.S.Customs and Immigration, as in Dublin you clear Customs and Immigration prior to boarding the plane. Once you are at the gate area, there are limited food services in the gate area. The advantage of clearing U.S. Customs and Immigration in Dublin is that when you arrive in the U.S., the flight is treated as a domestic flight and you do not have to go to Customs and Immigration. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We have always liked Celebrity. But, the Celebrity Reflection cruise last week from Ireland to the fjords of Norway disappointed us in several ways. First the pros: The shows each night were spectacular...the best we have seen on a ... Read More
We have always liked Celebrity. But, the Celebrity Reflection cruise last week from Ireland to the fjords of Norway disappointed us in several ways. First the pros: The shows each night were spectacular...the best we have seen on a cruise. The food in all the dining venues was excellent. Staying in the Aqua Class suite allowed us a tour of the galley and we felt so comfortable witnessing how clean and organized and focused on food safety they were. The waiters in the dining room were very efficient and kind. Our room steward got the flu, unfortunately, and we didn't see him again after the first few days, but the room was cleaned daily by different people. The cons: 6-months before the cruise, we realized that the two major shore excursions we booked the cruise to see (the major fjords) were already full. They did not open extra excursions and Norway does not have many private tours (the ones we did find were also already booked because the ship excursions were booked, or we were unable to book them because the ship offered such short time in several ports). We did luck out and find some city bus tours, but couldn't understand why Celebrity would take a ship full of thousands of people to such remote ports without offering sufficient things to do. We had bad weather (very windy) most of the time and four of us (in two separate cabins) were bothered intermittently with some kind of knocking or creaking in the walls when the ship would move with the wind. Our friends had someone come up to their cabin to see if they could find the cause, but it was to no avail. (Decks 9 and 11). All passengers had to get off the ship by 0730 the morning of disembarkation. This caused us to have to spend 6 hours at the airport before our flight was to leave back to U.S. If you want to actually "see" the fjords, we suggest that you try another cruise line or check the availability of the shore excursions before booking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise for the destination. It was my second cruise (my 1st was with Celebrity in 2017 to Alaska) and my husband's first cruise. We were in a suite. Embarkation from the Port of Dublin was a nightmare and took just ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the destination. It was my second cruise (my 1st was with Celebrity in 2017 to Alaska) and my husband's first cruise. We were in a suite. Embarkation from the Port of Dublin was a nightmare and took just shy of two hours. Our cabin was 2210 located aft on deck 12. We liked the layout of the cabin (sofa near balcony). The bathroom was spacious and had lots of storage. The cabin itself had sufficient storage as well. All was in good condition except the sofa was a little threadbare. We could hear a little scraping of chairs from the Sunset Bar above, but mostly in the morning. It was not enough to bother us. Our cabin steward kept our cabin clean and stocked. Our butler was eager and pleasant but was not as present as he should have been. He failed to continuously stock breakfast room service order forms and we had to ask for them. He failed to ask us if we intended to attend the performances, but we showed up anyway to be seated in the reserved seating area. We had to remind him several times for the blankets that we had requested to use on our balcony. He did clear the refrigerator and keep it stocked with water as we had requested. We ate breakfast in our room and were pleased with the quality of the food and timeliness of delivery. The food was warm, but not hot. The coffee was hot. We at most of the rest of our meals in Luminae. The service was exceptional. The food was very good. We did note, though, that the cooked fish dishes were what we considered over-cooked. We ate at the Porch once for lunch and found it very good. We also at Sushi on 5 for lunch and found it very good. The ramen was warm but not hot, but everything else was very good. We had lunch at the Ocean View Café once and found the service very good and the food good as well. We arrived right as lunch service opened and had no trouble finding a table. We were approached by wait staff several times asking if we had a drink order and tables were cleared quickly. We tried a number of the lounges. We enjoyed Michael's lounge for suite guests. Staff were very friendly and professional. They remembered us and our usual drink orders. We enjoyed the several times that entertainment was provided there. Our usual lounge, besides Michaels, was the Ensemble Lounge. We enjoyed the live music there. It could have used another waiter. The bar staff and wait staff were very busy and the wait to put in a drink order was a bit long. We particularly enjoyed the performer Charlotte who played acoustic guitar and sang. We saw the guest performers but not the Celebrity shows. We enjoyed the guest performers in the theater. We enjoyed the silent disco twice. The dance floor was packed both times. We also enjoyed the Beatles review and again the dance floor was packed. We did a Ridele wine tasting that focused on the most appropriate type of glass for a wine. The wines served were very good, the presenter was well informed and a good speaker. We 3 excursions through Celebrity: behind the scenes tour; kayaking; and a tour of a goat farm and dairy. 2 were great and 1 was not. The kayaking was not good because Celebrity had booked too many participants (29). For the operator to get all the participants in 2-man kayaks with the splash guards in place and the rudders set took nearly an hour. That left a little more than an hour of guided tour in the water. Also, it was difficult to keep everyone close enough to hear the tour guide. We did a smaller excursion boat up on fjord on our own and it was great. We did some hiking and some self-guided walks around towns on our own. All very easily. We flew into Dublin 4 days early, rented a car and drove out to the West Coast and along the Wild Atlantic Way. We did a tour of a fish smokehouse and a tour of an oyster farm. We enjoyed a self-guided walk of Galway. We found the Hop on Hop Off bus in Dublin to be a good way to see the city with limited time. We enjoyed all the ports, including Alesund and Bergen. We also enjoyed Belfast. We did Belfast on our own and went to the Titanic Museum and St. George's Market. Read Less
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