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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
It was a wonderful cruise in a beautiful ship. The stateroom was always very clean as all the ship. The food at 14º floor was tasty, varied with lots of flavours. The theater entertainment had excelente dancers and a fantastic ... Read More
It was a wonderful cruise in a beautiful ship. The stateroom was always very clean as all the ship. The food at 14º floor was tasty, varied with lots of flavours. The theater entertainment had excelente dancers and a fantastic coreograph. The shore excursions were always in time with excelent and very well prepared guides. Even the transfer from the port to the airport had an excelente guide. The lecture by a professor the day before we went to Athens was outstanding! All the staff was very helpful and kind except Ms Marlene in charge of Captain Club. This lady was very rude to my husband and me, and made such a mess with ours names and Captain's Club number that after a cruise of 11 nights we have 0 points. We hope to solve this problema in a few days... We used to cruise with Royal Caribbean and have cruised on Celebrity for the first time. After 6 cruises, she is the only person who does not correspond to the high standard these lines use to offer. We have already book another cruise to South America on this line. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our third time sailing with Celebrity but have sailed on other lines. Both my husband and I loved this cruise and the ship. We stayed in Rome three nights before embarking in Civitavecchia. We opted to take the airport bus ... Read More
This was our third time sailing with Celebrity but have sailed on other lines. Both my husband and I loved this cruise and the ship. We stayed in Rome three nights before embarking in Civitavecchia. We opted to take the airport bus from FCO to Termini train station. It was a mob scene to load our own luggage and board the bus--never again. This was our third time in Rome and it was great to see again. We stayed at the Hotel Opera Roma which was about 7 minutes walk from the Termini train station. The area was great for walking to most sights in the city. We took the train to the cruise port and then shared a cab to the cruise port entrance. The cab driver dropped us off in front of the ship. Embarkation was easy and we ate lunch in the Oceanview Café. At about 1 pm our rooms were ready. We were thrilled with our inside cabin(8148 Vista deck), much larger than we have had on either Princess or Holland America. Our cabin stewards were always friendly and both did a great job. We ate most meals at the Oceanview Café, breakfast and lunch were the best meals, had cheeseburgers at the Mast Grill, also good. We had the traditional 6 pm dining in the Opus dining room-meals were good and the service was great. We ate dinner in the Opus about 7 times during the cruise but did not visit any of the other dining venues. My husband and I only drink the occasional beer and soda pop so we did not opt for any of the drinks packages. We tend to pick cruises that are itinerary intense and have very few sea days - we usually just veg out on sea days so we don't really participate in the shipboard activities except for the enrichment talks, enjoying the music in the atrium. We also enjoyed watching the on demand movies in our cabin - we thought this was a great way to relax at the end of our day. We booked three shore excursions with Celebrity- 1. Santorini - Oia and Fira with a wine tasting - I loved Santorini and this excursion was great as was the wine. 2. Oracle of Delphi with lunch. This spot was located about 2 hours from Athens. This was interesting but really enjoyed the museum where all artifacts were on display. Lunch consisted of Greek dishes and was quite good. 3. Ephesus - 1/2 day. We enjoyed Ephesus very much but was glad to be back on the ship. We had an overnight in Athens, which I wasn't too happy about when we booked this cruise. We booked the hop on hop off bus(our first time doing this) on the second day and this actually turned out to be a really great day, but unfortunately, not enough time to see everything. This leaves us something for the next trip. The hop on hop off bus stops outside the ship's terminal building. What a great way to see a city! Mykonos was a great island to visit, we opted to walk around ourselves. I wanted to see the windmills so after asking for directions four times, we found the windmills. We then wandered around for a few hours. If the street (alleys?) names were posted anywhere we could not find them. Bodrum - we visited the castle and did a bit of shopping. Crete - we took the bus from the port to Chania. Walked through the marketplace and around the old port. Naples - we'd been there before so we just walked around and then headed back to the ship for lunch We chose the Celebrity transfer from the ship to the airport. Disembarkation was easy and efficient. Our bags were taken during the evening. After breakfast we went to the assigned lounge for disembarkation. Bags were easy to find. We had a great cruise, some things we would do differently, but we loved the cruise and this ship. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Would highly recommend this ship and these ports of call. Embarkation was well organised and quick. We boarded at 1pm and our cabin was ready. We had a stateroom with balcony #8224. Spacious room with bed next to balcony which gives more ... Read More
Would highly recommend this ship and these ports of call. Embarkation was well organised and quick. We boarded at 1pm and our cabin was ready. We had a stateroom with balcony #8224. Spacious room with bed next to balcony which gives more room as you enter the room or after using the bathroom. Adaquate storage room for suitcases under bed. Room on slant before hump giving a larger balcony also close to lift bay without being noisy. Room stewards were wonderful always friendly and professional. Nothing too much trouble, room always clean and tidy. Anytime dining was perfect for us. Never waited more than 5 minutes for a table even on formal nights. Dress code was very varied in dining room even on formal night so neat tidy dress shirt and smart trousers mingled amonst suits and tuxedos (fortunate for us as on 5 week European tour and no room for my husband suit). Food and service was wonderful. Also happily ate in buffet, grill by pool, cafe and Qsine (extra charge but on last night they offered 2 for one deal. Worth the experience!) Varied activities on board that guests can either join in if that way inclined or lots of quiet corners to escape to. Numerous bars on board. The Martini bar was always a popular spot to people watch as was the cafe with good coffee and cakes too. Also great spot for the evening entertainment. Very well equipped gym and good sunbeds over 2 levels around pool areas. The ship itself has been maintained to a high standard. Very clean throughout. We loved every port of call. Some ports we just wandered on our own at others we joined shore excursions which we organised ourselves nof through the ship (much cheaper and smaller groups). Great vibe on board both from other guests and especially all the staff. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Stayed three nights in Rome before departing. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoothly. The ship was very nice and clean. The staff everywhere were extremely friendly and courteous. Just after we got to our original cabin ... Read More
Stayed three nights in Rome before departing. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoothly. The ship was very nice and clean. The staff everywhere were extremely friendly and courteous. Just after we got to our original cabin 6216 we were asked if we could move to accommodate a family with children who wanted to be close by the children. We agreed and got upgraded to room 2173 which was a concierge room on the 12th floor. Mario was our cabin steward and he couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. We had the select seating and never had to wait for a table. That was really a nice feature being able to eat whenever we got hungry. Took two dinners in the oceanview buffet and that was good both nights. Ate one dinner and one lunch at Murano and both meals were excellent. Got one dinner at Tuscan Grill and we were a little disappointed. The filet was "mushy" on the inside and had an unusual flavor. Saw one good show Elysium and a good magician. Also a good Motown group. Other than that we did not care for the shows. We took shore excursions and enjoyed most of them. Would not recommend the shore excursions in Bodrum. Not much there other than a castle. The boat tour we took after the castle was a waste of time. In Santorini took the Aktori ruins and Oia tour and wish we had skipped the ruins and spent more time in the two towns there. The Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii excursion in Naples was very good but exhausting and wish we had more time at Vesuvius. Also the free time was at the end of the tour around 2 pm and we had not eaten lunch. Really enjoyed Crete and took the "Real Crete" tour to several small towns and enjoyed shopping for small gifts in the towns. Epheses was very nice and enjoyed the tour and lunch afterwards that was included. Had planned to rent bikes or ATV's in Mykonos but it was very windy so just walked around the town. We would definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This itinerary fit our plans. Our embarking experience in Miami for TA was the best we have ever had. This was our 14th and 15th cruise on several lines. The ship made our second check in on the ship seamless. Although we had select ... Read More
This itinerary fit our plans. Our embarking experience in Miami for TA was the best we have ever had. This was our 14th and 15th cruise on several lines. The ship made our second check in on the ship seamless. Although we had select dining, the hostess was great about sitting us with the same waiter, no matter when we arrived. Although the ship has excursions to most of the places we visited, we try to avoid the large bus group. Cruise Critic was a great help in finding those smaller groups. The entertainment was mostly good, can't expect to please everyone while on the ship for 27 days. Especially enjoyed the guest speakers. Prof Alan Fishman and Prof Lisa Didier were great, entertaining and informative. We enjoyed this so much, we have booked back to back TA to the Baltics for next year. The Customer Relations set up special events for the back to back cruisers and for Cruise Critic members. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our 2nd cruise, both on Celebrity. The cruise was the central part of our "dream vacation" and certainly lived up to our hopes and expectations. I normally don't write reviews but this site has been very helpful to ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise, both on Celebrity. The cruise was the central part of our "dream vacation" and certainly lived up to our hopes and expectations. I normally don't write reviews but this site has been very helpful to us in the past I want to return to the favor for those using this site in the future. As this was our 2nd cruise, we are still in awe of the cruise experience and lifestyle and this might skew our evaluations a little. Not knowing how the embarkation process would be we arrived at the cruise port early and were presently surprised to be on the ship within 1 hour. the whole process was very organized and painless and by noon we were having lunch in the Ocean View buffet. We were in Aqua class so the little extras provided including priority embarkation was appreciated and definitely worth the money. The cabin was well designed with plenty of storage space. We were on deck 11 and it was very quiet. Most of our evening meals were in the Blu restaurant which is exclusive to Aqua class members and provides a welcome break from "group" dining venues. We found the menu selection very good on most nights. there was only 1 night when the daily specials were not appealing to me and I had to "settle" for the steak which was very good. We enjoyed the appetizers as they were dishes that we would not normally prepare or order at home. The service was outstanding and each evening we enjoyed wonderful conversations with those around us. On our last night, we were seated between 2 other couples and proceeded to spend the next 2 and 1/2 hours solving the worlds problems as we closed the place down! the rest of our meals were mainly in the Ocean View buffet with the selection being vey good and the food tasty if not piping hot. We loved the design and layout of the ship. Having been on a Solstice class ship before we were familiar with the layout but still enjoyed exploring. We liked using the relaxation lounge ( a perk of Aqua class I think), and the many lounges, bars and common areas throughout the ship. We never felt like we were on a ship with 3000 other passengers. My wife likes to shop so we spent what I thought was an inordinate amount of time in the shopping mall but it was her vacation too. I do have 1 complaint on what Celebrity has done with the lawn area on deck 15. On our first cruise 5 years ago we enjoyed hanging out on the lawn and relaxing. With much of the area on this cruise off limits and especially with the creation of the for fee cabanas made the whole area inaccessible to us regular passengers. A prime area such as this should be open to all. The many ports of call were one of the reasons we chose this sailing and we took advantage of all ports. Did not use any of Celebrity tours as we find them expensive. My wife and I have travelled and lived around the world and prefer to make our own way around when in port. disembarkation was very quick and easy in all ports, even when we tendered in Santorini. We were cognizant of concerns raised by prior reviews as to the soft and hard sell atmosphere on the cruise and staffs fixation to upsell products and services. This was corroborated on this cruise but knowing up front what to expect and politely saying no made it a non issue. We did sample some of the entertainment although rarely sitting through an entire performance. We were aware of some of the comments made about the quality but after all, this was a cruise ship, not Las Vegas or Broadway. I likened it to good community theater productions, if not perfect, enjoyable and refreshing. Living in Texas, we also were not concerned too much for the pool area. When we did make our way to the pool and pool bar it was never excessively crowded. Spring break it was not. disembarkation was also vey easy and quick. so much so that we had to wait for our transportation at the cruise terminal as we did not plan on breezing through this process. Overall, this was a memorable cruise that we would definitely take again. the staff were incredibly accommodating and we met some wonderful people on board. it definitely lived up to our expextations and more Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the fact that we had enjoyed our last two Celebrity cruises. Transport to the ship from the airport was o.k., although the 20 minute break at a service station within sight of the ship seemed a ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the fact that we had enjoyed our last two Celebrity cruises. Transport to the ship from the airport was o.k., although the 20 minute break at a service station within sight of the ship seemed a little odd. Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on board by 1pm. We mostly ate Dinner in the Opus dinning room. The quality of food was mostly very good, although I found the desserts a little disappointing. Waiter service was excellent but the tables for two were just too close to each other for any private conversation. Breakfast venue varied: room service breakfast was delivered promptly to the Cabin (Sometimes too promptly, before the requested time!) Although choice was limited, the food was o.k. and breakfast on the balcony in the sunshine was a fine way to start the day. The Ocean view cafe provided a huge choice of breakfasts and we enjoyed the food and the uncrowded service area but found that the seating arrangements a little cramped and lacking in privacy. Breakfast service in the Opus was outstanding. Lunch was taken mostly in the Ocean view cafe with the same pros and cons mentioned at breakfast. Our one burger lunch at the Mast Grill was o.k. As part of a 'Focus Group we had a "free" dinner in the Tuscan Grille which was most enjoyable but I'm not sure that it was worth paying for! Entertainment was mostly good. The theatre was lovely: easy to get a seat, comfortable seating and well kept. We enjoyed the Tenors of Rock, Vocalist Nik Page, Queens of Rhythms and Garonway Thorn. There was a range of free films available on the tv in the room and the talks by Prof. Alan Fishman were absolutely first class. The general standard of service on the ship we would rate as first class with the exception of the cruise sales office and the shop staff. High standards do come at a price, however, bar prices are expensive, shore excursions are excessive and we felt that there was a tad too much 'hard sell: nickle and dime no! dollars and 20 dollars yes! Ports. Refused to pay Celebrity's excessive prices and did our own thing but you certainly have to do your homework and don't expect Celebrity to give the independent traveler any information, including two of our port calls were on public holidays! Santorinni Well organised Tender; only 10 min wait. Got to harbour, huge line for Funicular so bought local tour - boat ride to Oia, bus into town and then bus back to Firma. Good value at 15E. An enjoyable and interesting trip Athens Day1 Walked to dock gates. Took bus no.843 to Piraeus metro and bought 24 hr ticket for metro & buses for around 4E. Metro easy to navigate and announcements in English as well as Greek. Visited Syntagma square, National gardens, Acropolis Museum (Brilliant!) and Metaxa (Great views!). Then back to ship. Never waited more than 5 mins for metro or bus. Great day Day2 Whoops! Research lets us down. Today is Greek Good Friday so not a lot open until midday. Would have been nice if Celebrity had told us. Inexpensive trip in and at least we know where the National Archaeological Museum is for next time. Mykonos Free shuttle into Mykonos: Celebrity misses at trick! Took boat to Delos. Superb site, fantastic day out. Not cheap but much cheaper than you know who. Kusadasi Used an independent tour company to visit Ephesus. Worth the trip but didn't enjoy as much as Delos. Have a real problem with Turkish sales ethos; no chance of browsing just hard sell, so bought nothing. Bodrum Pretty port. Pleasant walk to Castle 30TL to get in. No Euros accepted. Well worth a good look. Great views, interesting exhibits but be aware that they close some of the exhibits for Lunch. Inexpensive supermarket opposite terminal. Souda Another public holiday. short walk around port. nice square and friendly locals. Could have got frequent local bus into Chania but not sure what would have been open. Naples Went to Herculaneum this time. Tram No1 (buy tickets at news kiosk across road from port) to railway station. Then train to Ercolano Scavi. Walk through town (well signposted) to ruins. Highly recommended. Worth buying a map: 2E plus the 11E entry. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the fact that we had enjoyed our last two Celebrity cruises. Transport to the ship from the airport was o.k., although the 20 minute break at a service station within sight of the ship seemed a ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the fact that we had enjoyed our last two Celebrity cruises. Transport to the ship from the airport was o.k., although the 20 minute break at a service station within sight of the ship seemed a little odd. Embarkation was quick and efficient and we were on board by 1pm. We mostly ate Dinner in the Opus dinning room. The quality of food was mostly very good, although I found the desserts a little disappointing. Waiter service was excellent but the tables for two were just too close to each other for any private conversation. Breakfast venue varied: room service breakfast was delivered promptly to the Cabin (Sometimes too promptly, before the requested time!) Although choice was limited, the food was o.k. and breakfast on the balcony in the sunshine was a fine way to start the day. The Ocean view cafe provided a huge choice of breakfasts and we enjoyed the food and the uncrowded service area but found that the seating arrangements a little cramped and lacking in privacy. Breakfast service in the Opus was outstanding. Lunch was taken mostly in the Ocean view cafe with the same pros and cons mentioned at breakfast. Our one burger lunch at the Mast Grill was o.k. As part of a 'Focus Group we had a "free" dinner in the Tuscan Grille which was most enjoyable but I'm not sure that it was worth paying for! Entertainment was mostly good. The theatre was lovely: easy to get a seat, comfortable seating and well kept. We enjoyed the Tenors of Rock, Vocalist Nik Page, Queens of Rhythms and Garonway Thorn. There was a range of free films available on the tv in the room and the talks by Prof. Alan Fishman were absolutely first class. The general standard of service on the ship we would rate as first class with the exception of the cruise sales office and the shop staff. High standards do come at a price, however, bar prices are expensive, shore excursions are excessive and we felt that there was a tad too much 'hard sell: nickle and dime no! dollars and 20 dollars yes! Ports. Refused to pay Celebrity's excessive prices and did our own thing but you certainly have to do your homework and don't expect Celebrity to give the independent traveler any information, including two of our port calls were on public holidays! Santorinni Well organised Tender; only 10 min wait. Got to harbour, huge line for Funicular so bought local tour - boat ride to Oia, bus into town and then bus back to Firma. Good value at 15E. An enjoyable and interesting trip Athens Day1 Walked to dock gates. Took bus no.843 to Piraeus metro and bought 24 hr ticket for metro & buses for around 4E. Metro easy to navigate and announcements in English as well as Greek. Visited Syntagma square, National gardens, Acropolis Museum (Brilliant!) and Metaxa (Great views!). Then back to ship. Never waited more than 5 mins for metro or bus. Great day Day2 Whoops! Research lets us down. Today is Greek Good Friday so not a lot open until midday. Would have been nice if Celebrity had told us. Inexpensive trip in and at least we know where the National Archaeological Museum is for next time. Mykonos Free shuttle into Mykonos: Celebrity misses at trick! Took boat to Delos. Superb site, fantastic day out. Not cheap but much cheaper than you know who. Kusadasi Used an independent tour company to visit Ephesus. Worth the trip but didn't enjoy as much as Delos. Have a real problem with Turkish sales ethos; no chance of browsing just hard sell, so bought nothing. Bodrum Pretty port. Pleasant walk to Castle 30TL to get in. No Euros accepted. Well worth a good look. Great views, interesting exhibits but be aware that they close some of the exhibits for Lunch. Inexpensive supermarket opposite terminal. Souda Another public holiday. short walk around port. nice square and friendly locals. Could have got frequent local bus into Chania but not sure what would have been open. Naples Went to Herculaneum this time. Tram No1 (buy tickets at news kiosk across road from port) to railway station. Then train to Ercolano Scavi. Walk through town (well signposted) to ruins. Highly recommended. Worth buying a map: 2E plus the 11E entry. Read Less
48 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Celebrity Reflection 11 Night Greece, Turkey and Italy Cruise April 25 – May 6, 2016 Itinerary: Rome (Civitavecchia), Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Kasudasi, Bodrum, Chania, Naples, Rome Arrival - Bloodhounds know to research ... Read More
Celebrity Reflection 11 Night Greece, Turkey and Italy Cruise April 25 – May 6, 2016 Itinerary: Rome (Civitavecchia), Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Kasudasi, Bodrum, Chania, Naples, Rome Arrival - Bloodhounds know to research cheaper travel alternatives available from Rome to Civitavecchia than offered by the cruise line. Sea Dawg arrived by train and walked beside the pretty waterfront to the port entrance. Once inside dawgs will pass a roundabout and come to a bus loading area where they should board a free shuttle to the ship terminal. Civitavecchia dock itself is quite long and Celebrity Reflection berthed close to the end. Sea Dawg doesn’t recommend this walk to dawgs with mobility issues. Embarkation: Sea Dawg is Royal Caribbean Diamond, Princess Captain’s Circle Platinum, and NCL Latitudes Gold so is not a show dawg for any cruise line. I found Celebrity Reflection’s embarkation much smoother than most, but maybe we just arrived at the right time. We had a deck 8, port (left) side, “veranda” stateroom. This is a port intensive itinerary and Captain Bouzakis navigated the ship by scenic islands and the Straight of Messina, so dawgs will be rewarded with more than sea to see if they book a balcony. I appreciate that the Captain kept dawgs informed of places the ship was or would be passing. Celebrity Reflection still has a new ship gleam. Beneath her modern sophisticated décor is a well-planned vessel featuring open public spaces and cozy private nooks. We seldom experienced long waits for an elevator after the first day. This is the time to purchase soda, alcohol, spa, photo, internet, and restaurant packages. The Lawn on Reflection has semiprivate cubicles available for reservation, but on this cruise the grass was undergoing restoration. There’s an adults only Solarium enclosed pool for dawgs wishing to escape the weather or frisky dawgs yapping and romping around the open air pool. Restaurant choices appear to be a chow hound’s paradise. Opus (the main dining restaurant), Oceanview Café (the buffet), and the Deck 15 Mast Grill (dogs/burgers/fries) are complimentary. Cover charge restaurants are Murano ($50 French), Tuscan Grille ($45 Italian), Qsine ($45 modern), The Porch ($30+ seafood), and Lawn Club ($45 al fresco). Sushi on Five, Café Gelateria, Cellar Masters (tapas) and AquaSpa Café (adult healthy lunch) are al la carte charged per item. Luminae (for suite guests) and Blu (for AquaClass) are usually restricted from all but First Class pedigrees. Celebrity seems to be one of the cruise lines addressing a market demand to reinvent the exclusive First class pampered pooches, Second class dawgs and possibly even Third Class muts system. I am not a fan of exclusivity and favoritism aboard ship because dawgs make a class of travel choice when they choose to book a “luxury”, “premium”, or “value” cruise line. Sea Dawg usually had dinner at the Opus main restaurant and feasted on prime rib, duck, redfish, lamb, fall-off-the-bone short ribs, veal, sea bass, salmon, shrimp, scallops, lobster, beef Wellington and flounder. Sea Dawg admits he doesn’t often eat this well ashore and is pleased to report every Opus meal exceeded expectations. Sea Dawg liked the variety of offerings in the Oceanview Café buffet, though long lines sometimes cued around the most popular servings. Like most buffets, they can get noisy and every once in a while a Rottweiler will take much more than her share. Sea Dawg found the hike up to the Mast Grill was worth the burger. Complimentary tea, coffee, lemonade, and flavored punches are easily available, so dawgs are wise to pack their own insulated and covered drink container to keep drinks hot/cold beside the pool or going ashore. Savvy dawgs check the restaurant menus. I think Celebrity offers an app for that. Our stateroom interactive television usually displayed a “call the restaurant” notice instead of posting a menu. Informal dawgs might welcome that Celebrity Reflection has replaced the “Formal Night” restaurant dress code with a less dressy “Evening Chic”. Other nights are “Smart Casual”. I’m guessing restaurants consider shorts, flip-flops, pool wear or bathrobes “Dumb Casual”. There's a mandated "muster" lifeboat drill just prior to sailing. Dawgs report to their designated muster station (without life vests) and staff checks your name/stateroom on their roster. Muts who skip have a private muster party later. An alert dawg may hear “… unlikely event of an evacuation, passengers will board a life boat or raft …” Wha-at? A raft? Pointer dawgs can find the canisters on the lifeboat deck that contain the rafts and ropes/chutes dawgs climb down the hull to board their raft. Some believe rafts are only for the crew, others count the lifeboats and do the math. Whatever, the directions on how to deploy the rafts are clearly displayed for crew and passengers alike. Let’s all pray the muster drill is the closest we come to wearing our life vest. Dawgs on this cruise were mostly seniors. Any 60 or less were pups in this wheelchair/walker pack. Though many dawgs came from North America, there were quite a few Europeans and Asians aboard. Most seemed well traveled and house broken. Music: To Celebrity’s credit, most musicians and DJ's played music that appealed to most seniors. The volume was not so loud hearing aids squealed causing dawgs to flee the venue searching for someplace to converse with howling. Shows: Most were hits and a few were misses. The shows on your cruise may not be the same as this cruise. I found the headliners all quite entertaining, especially Nik Page. Judging by the audience attendance and response, I believe the weakest shows were presented by Reflection’s singers and dancers. I applaud the sound tech who kept the theater volume from blasting and distorting. Photographers seemed thankfully less pushy on this cruise and were more respectful of dawgs who didn't want their photos taken. Still, they occasionally set up photo shoots in locations that jammed traffic patterns. Celebrity offers a variety of overpriced shore excursions available at all ports. Shore excursions are cash cows for the cruise line but independent sightseeing comes with risks. This cruise was originally advertised to stop in Istanbul, but social unrest presented too great a risk to passenger safety so the itinerary was changed. Announcements pertaining to going ashore were followed by a warning not to eat or drink anything away from the ship unless it was factory sealed, canned, or bottled. This is experienced traveler precaution, but salty dawgs familiar with statistics know most Norovirus outbreaks on a ship are attributed to unsanitary conditions aboard and careless handling of uncooked, "fresh" food. Dawgs have three sightseeing choices: (1) book the overpriced cruise line shore excursion and board their chariot conveniently parked near the ship … unless tendering; (2) research ahead and pre-book a tour with a private guide or reputable and recommended tour company; or (3) bravely venture into the port with guidebook and map in hand. Sea Dawg has done all three and there were times I made the right choice and times I regretted my decision. Dawgs with mobility issues should know that Reflection seemed to berth as far away from public transportation stations as possible. Hopefully dawgs are aware Cruise Critic is a great source of valuable information, advice, and experience that facilitates making the right choices for your pack. Sea Dawg was thankful to be able to take this cruise in April-May. The temperatures ashore were mild in the morning and approached 80 degrees by mid-afternoon. Summer tourist crowds will be larger and summer temperatures in most ports on this itinerary would be uncomfortably hot. Santorini (Thira), Greece, is a tendering port. Sea conditions determine whether dawgs with mobility issues may board a tender. Two other ships were already anchored, so dawgs knew it was already crowded ashore. Tenders arrive at a tiny dock at the base of a steep volcanic cliff. The town of Independent dawgs were challenged to find public transportation going to Oia, the most picturesque town. So if your heart is set on touring the island, savvy dawgs know to research online and pre-book a tour. Piraeus is the port town to Athens, Greece. Reflection berthed at Themosticles (Terminal B) about a 15 minute walk from the port entrance at Terminal A. Taxi drivers inside the port area can be quite pushy and expensive. Dawgs can figure out why there is a sign stating the once free shuttle is “out of service”. Maybe it will be in service during the “high” season. Inexpensive public transportation into Athens is available in Piraeus; the Acropolis can be reached by taxi, train or local bus. Piraeus itself is not a tourist town. Savvy dawgs will have packed a good map showing station locations. For dawgs who have already toured Athens, consider finding a tour to Corinth or Delphi. At Mykonos Celebrity arranged a free shuttle from the dock to Chora Town. Then Sea Dawg walked completely around the harbor to Delos Tours dock and purchased a 20 Euro round trip boat ticket to the island of Delos. The entrance fee onto the island was another 12 Euros. The ruins are extensive and impressive, but be prepared for a windy day. I returned to Mykonos and had several hours to explore Chora Town before boarding the shuttle back to the ship. Beach hounds can walk to Megali Ammos beach or Psarou beach from Chora Town, but on our visit it was too windy to stay. Famous Paradise Beach (Kalamopodi), Super Paradise Beach (clothing optional), and Elias Beach are on the south side and can be reached by bus or small boat. Kasudasi, Turkey, is the gateway to the spectacular ruins of Ephesus about 21 kilometers (13 miles) away. Again, savvy dawgs will have researched and pre-booked their tour. Here Celebrity cautioned against taking jewelry, excessive cash or personal passports (take a photocopy) ashore. Women were advised to dress conservatively and have a scarf to cover heads should they go into a mosque. Independent dawgs will likely be told there are no busses, only taxis, at the port entrance but know there are public busses/vans available further into town. Away from the port, shopping dawgs should know most prices are negotiable and a lower price may be offered as they walk away. Bodrum, Turkey, is a busy port. Our ship docked across the harbor from St. Peter’s Castle, a huge crusader fortress built from the ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was an easy walk along the harbor filled with luxurious Gulets (yachts), through the markets to St. Peter’s Castle which also contains the Underwater Archaeological Museum; entrance fee 10 Euros. Carefully check schedules before taking a tempting boat ride or the ferry going to Kos and back. A few inattentive dawgs missed the ship here. Relection docked at Souda, Crete, and Sea Dawg caught the local bus for 3,40 Euros (4 miles/15 minutes) into Chania Old Town. The road is hilly and narrow; Sea Dawg does not recommend walking from Souda to Chania. There is a scenic bay, a Venetian lighthouse, a maritime museum, and narrow streets lined with shops to practice negotiating skills again. Beach hounds might try to make their way to Elafonissi beach or Falassarna beach. Had Reflection docked in Heraklion, more dawgs would have been able to tour the Minoan ruins in Knossos. Chania is more than three hours away from Knossos; not much time to tour the ruins and get aboard the ship by all aboard 3:30 pm. The next day was a sea day. I stopped by Guest Services and obtained an accounting statement early to avoid the long lines that would form there the next day. Dawgs can access their account information anytime using their stateroom television. I had time to carefully inspect it and found that our statement was thankfully but disgustingly accurate. This is the moment inattentive dawgs discover they spent more aboard than on their cruise ticket. Our final statement arrived at our door 4 a.m. the last day and it was very quick and easy to verify. Naples, Italy, is a port offering dawgs more to see than time allows: Museums, palaces, castles, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, and Capri all compete for attention and tease decisions. Again, savvy dawgs research and pre-book their tour. Naples city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We packed light and had only carry-ons (yes, for an 11 night cruise) allowing us to use express departure, by-pass baggage claims and with little to declare, breeze through customs. Things to consider packing: sunscreen, solid insect repellent, sunglasses, hat, scarf, an insulated resealable drink container, a photocopy of your passport, laundry soap, bar soap, specialty shampoo, power strip extension cord, good walking map of ports, good walking shoes, favorite snacks, hard candy, band aids, and over the counter remedies you often need. Take the advertised perfect vacation cruise with a good dash of sea salt. Dawgs who board with realistic expectations that not everything will go their way, who can adhere to their budget, who plan ahead, and can be flexible in their schedule should be happiest on this fantastic cruise. Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I must say having sailed with Celebrity in the past I was excited about this trip. We did have a nice time however, sadly it fell short in a number of ways and is why I cannot rate it more than average. Overall the ship is lovely, very ... Read More
I must say having sailed with Celebrity in the past I was excited about this trip. We did have a nice time however, sadly it fell short in a number of ways and is why I cannot rate it more than average. Overall the ship is lovely, very modern and great facilities. Our cabin was very nice and well located. In particular the lawn club and lawn area on deck 15 are fantastic and we spent lots of time there. The levels of service are generally very good especially from IWayan our Cabin Steward. Sadly though, I just found the ship too large, that meant a constant mob scene at the pool area which felt very very cramped and overcrowded. In addition, the elevator capacity was just not good enough there were often long waits and not just at peak times. The entertainment in the main was average to poor although the Cruise Director Rich was a fun guy and tried very hard. The worst aspects however was the shore excursions team who were simply chaotic. It all felt very disorganised and at one point we had 4 different notes and calls to our cabin with 4 different departure times from the same outing. This culminated in a dreadful disembarkation where we were going to visit Rome. The departure was chaos. The staff organising it had no clue and pretty much abandoned us all to sort ourselves out and find our way to the exit and busses. Truly it felt as if we were finished with our cruise so did not really matter much any more. There were very very disrespectful and rude to one very distressed man. Finally the food was merely OK. Some was very nice but much was average. The "hot food" in the Ocean View buffet was always tepid at best. The desserts in particular were poor in every venue we ate in. It appeared they put more effort into their 5 speciality restaurants (at extra cost). These were pushed hard with a very "in your face" sales approach each time we returned to the ship. They were even approaching us during lunch to try to get us to book, really how inappropriate!! We were in an Aqua Class Cabin and so dined at Blu Restaurant. This was meant to be a more exclusive speciality restaurant however, the menu was uninspiring albeit we did have some very nice individual items. Actually the menus in the main dining room looked better. The main issue in Blu however was that the service was so slow at times and to be honest the staff weren't all great either (some were delightful). After a complaint we did get a bit more attention but still it was not ideal. We were told by others that the food in the main dining room was fine but many said it was just huge and very very noisy. So overall would I go back with Celebrity or on this ship? Sadly I concluded I probably would not as there are just better propositions out there. Read Less
28 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Be incredibly careful where your room is. We booked over the theatre, and had loud thumping bass "music" almost every afternoon (practice) and night for four hours. The only day of peace was when they had a terrible magician ... Read More
Be incredibly careful where your room is. We booked over the theatre, and had loud thumping bass "music" almost every afternoon (practice) and night for four hours. The only day of peace was when they had a terrible magician instead of a terrible band. The average age on board was about 60. Do they really think these people want to hear hard rock? Only the many many drunks on the ship. I think that is the main reason many people cruise - a week or more of drunkenness, without the drive home. The food is very good, if you avoid the main dinning room, which is terrible. Much of the food is good in the Oceanside Cafe. Must of the staff was very pleasant and friendly. The ship is too big to be able to handle tours - waiting in long lines just to get off of the ship is common. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Boarded the Reflection on April 9th, for a 16-day transatlantic voyage. We had a “Sunset Veranda” cabin – 8348 – which faces aft. Great cabin with an extra-wide balcony. We found plenty of storage …suitcase space under the ... Read More
Boarded the Reflection on April 9th, for a 16-day transatlantic voyage. We had a “Sunset Veranda” cabin – 8348 – which faces aft. Great cabin with an extra-wide balcony. We found plenty of storage …suitcase space under the bed, large cabinet over the king bed, small shelves on both sides of the bed, and a large closet with plenty of room for shoes on the closet floor. We brought less clothes and shoes than on previous cruises since “formal night” has been replaced by “elegant chic”—truth is that nowadays, it seems that you can wear anything you want to dinner as long as it doesn’t have holes in it or it’s not shorts! The dresser has 3 deep drawers, a small refrigerator and a safe, with a Samsung TV above and 2 AC plugs on the side. Adjacent to the dresser is a desk and chair, with a large mirror. Across from the dresser, a couch sits 3 comfortably, with a small table in front. The bathroom features a fairly large shower with a wonderful showerhead. Four narrow open shelves atop three closed shelves were next to the vanity. The vanity went the length of the bathroom and incorporated 4 open narrow shelves on top of 3 closed shelves, a bowl style sink, two very small drawers with a waste can drawer below, and some open storage. A large mirror was over the vanity. There’s an AC outlet as well. Towels were a bit disappointing— thin but adequate as were the lightweight bathrobes. The bed was large—king size—and comfortable. The veranda was very nice with its aft view…but soot was an occasional annoyance. Suggest wiping down the veranda chairs before sitting, even though the attendants clean the veranda twice every day. We’ve always had good food on Celebrity ships, and Reflection was no exception. Dining room service was superb—Rouland and Victoria were the best wait staff team we’ve experienced. However, we were disappointed with the breakfast menu for room service. Very limited compared to years past. For example, only a plain omelet was offered for free. If you want added ingredients, you will incur a charge of $5 to $7 or more as I recall. You would think that as a premier cruise line, Celebrity would not resort to such nickel/dime charges. However, breakfast at the café or restaurant was wonderful…you could get omelets with anything in them that you might like. They had some great entertainers on board…the “Tenors of Rock” were amazing, and Kev Orkian was one of the funniest comedians we’ve ever heard. Surprisingly, we were a bit underwhelmed with the on board full cast shows…the singers, dancers and aerialists were excellent, but the story lines of the productions were hard to follow. There were several terrific lecturers on board, each of whom had large followings. However, the on board cast was rehearsing for a new production show “Maxx” and many of the lectures had to be held in small venues that would not hold all who wanted to attend. All of the musical ensembles were exceptional—Big Mike’s big band, Black Vinyl, strings, jazz group, etc. Cruise director Rich and his entire staff were a delight! Who would have thought that loud socks with crazy designs, and a sign off each night of “I love you…” would be such a big hits with passengers. On a personal note, permit me to share something that proved much better that we ever expected… paper underwear. Yep, you read that right. I ordered mine on Amazon months before the cruise, to a fair amount of ridicule. Yet by the time we departed, there were 4 of us with paper skivvies in our suitcase. Imagine…instead of having to worry about washing your underpants on a longish voyage, you just toss them after a day’s wear. Order one size larger…they tend to run small…and you can buy a lot of extra stuff with all that extra room!! Really worked well for the 4 of us, although I’m not sure about what the cabin stewards might have thought… All in all, this was an absolutely wonderful cruise. We particularly loved the 7+ days at sea to begin the voyage. As far as cruise lines designed for the masses, Celebrity is hard to beat! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
As Celebrity Elite members, and having sailed on most of the major cruise lines that market to customers in the U.S., we are sad to report that there were too many issues we encountered on this cruise to recommend Celebrity. The ... Read More
As Celebrity Elite members, and having sailed on most of the major cruise lines that market to customers in the U.S., we are sad to report that there were too many issues we encountered on this cruise to recommend Celebrity. The bottom-line: not one issue with the staff on the Reflection (that's saying something on a 16-day cruise!); the key issue was the quality of the management team. Truly poor sense of customer service. We are hoping that this is simply a failure of the management staff on this cruise on the Reflection and not a general degradation indicate of the Celebrity brand. We would add that many of our observations were reinforced by discussions with fellow passengers. Just a few specifics that led to our conclusion: - Surprised at the overlapping events (e.g. Elite wine tasting at essentially the same time as one of the open wine tastings). Brought to the attention of a senior officer. Her reply: "Well, each department plans its own activities; these things happen." Hmmmm....how about having someone coordinate among department? - Left two separate voicemails for the Elite Manager; one not returned; second returned two days later (too late to deal with the issue we presented in the voicemail). - Manager of computer/Internet office. We had a connection problem (we are both in IT); the manager had no idea what to do, gave us erroneous information and was remarkably rude ("that is your opinion" response when he stated a surprisingly inaccurate assessment of the root cause of our problem). - Terrible planning for performances in the Grand Foyer of the ship. One of the better nightly performances was scheduled here; far too crowded due to the huge turnout; people started to get testy; we decided to leave. Further, 16 nights and only 3 production performances. - Only one of the three enrichment speakers were top notch; limited attendance for the other two; hard to get into the lounge for the one good speaker. - The Cruise Director (considered a senior officer) was never seen "around and about" for the 16 days. His colorful socks and repeated "I love you" mantra became old...very quickly! - Room Service Manager - rude and clearly communicated his disdain for his customers; did not like the fact that we ordered form the dining menu. - Elites have three free drinks using coupons for a two hour period every night at only 3 bars. Approximately one-third of cruisers were Elite members. Picture the seating and service issues! Quickly management had to change the hours of service due to crowding and conflicts with the early dinner seating (no notification of the change in hours was given). Reflection: Recent upgrade was noticeable; overall, excellent ship. Dining: Service was slow; after second night we did not return and opted for the buffet and room service. Food: limited variety in the buffet; however, quality was good. Shore Excursions: only scheduled one (we plan our own excursions); logistics and experience was good. Cabin (Veranda, 1B, 9193): standard; no issues; room steward and assistant were excellent. Activities: far too limited for a 16-day cruise with 7 consecutive sea days. Embarkation/Disembarkation: excellent. Wine tastings on sea days: plenty but far too expensive; most were poorly attended. Specialty restaurants: poorly attended; likely due to costs for several. Workout Room: crowded at times but waits were short; adequate equipment. Villefranche We found one shore excursion gem we thought we would share. We researched car rental companies and came across Easy Car Rental in Villefranche (http://www.easycarbooking.com). Renting cars in Europe can at times be challenging, so we were pleasently surprised with the excellent service we received. Eva from Easy Car met us at the dock where we exited the tender from the ship, had our car parked within walking distance and all the paperwork ready. She helped us with our itinerary for the day and even arranged to be available when we returned. We recommend them highly. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This is our 8th cruise. Three on Celebrity, three on Royal Caribbean, one on Norwegian and one Carnival. I teetered on giving an overall "3" or "4". The ship is absolutely beautiful! This is our first ... Read More
This is our 8th cruise. Three on Celebrity, three on Royal Caribbean, one on Norwegian and one Carnival. I teetered on giving an overall "3" or "4". The ship is absolutely beautiful! This is our first Concierge stateroom and we were very satisfied with the size, balcony and the big plus was the shower! My husband and I are are mid fifty age and if I had knowledge that transatlantic cruises were generally an older age group, we may have chosen a different cruise. I am not trying to be disrespectful, but we just needed a bit more "energy" especially at night. Many 70 year old cruisers were complaining about the music by the pool. We found no problem. Our Cruise Director was Richard. We were one of the few that did not care for him. He is the first director who was never seen around the ship. Never at the pool only for one event. I found his cute "sock" showing and "I Love You" quite annoying. Nothing about him impressed me. Activities on this cruise especially being eight days at sea were very low keyed. They were more lectures or "extra charge" wine tasting. Bingo has gotten over priced. We had some gorgeous, sunny days at the pool yet there was no live music. No activities on two of those days. There was only live music three out of the eight days. I talked with Guest Relations who relayed my comments to the Cruise Director and Activities Director. They said each of them would respond to me directly. I only heard back from the Music Director. I found that interesting.... The dining staff was excellent! Especially our Waiter, Jeekerson who provided cushions for us every night because the seats were too deep and big for short people. He was extremely attentive to our every need. Aleksandra, our Assistant Waiter was the most personable wait staff we have ever had. She was talkative and wanted to get to know the people at the table. Loved her! Last but not least was Elvin, our Sommelier who was very responsive with the wine. Entertainment was a "7" out of "10". To note the good performances were: Elton John, The first production show (out of 3) with the exception of the aerial acrobatic performers were excellent. The Tenors of Rock were excellent. Around the ship, we grew quite fond of "O&O" an acoustic duo usually located in the Ensemble Lounge. "Sean" on the other hand who was another solo guitarist was terrible and I wondered why he was even hired. Most of his vocals were not in a good range for his voice and his guitar playing was intermediate at best on a beat up guitar that was out of tune most of the time. Yes, I am a guitarist and teacher. Night Life as mentioned above was very low keyed. Most cruisers were tucked in by 11pm. Thank God for the Martini Bar where the bartenders were the entertainment and the drinks were well mixed. We are seriously going to research the cruise industry and compare Celebrity to Royal, Princess and Norwegian. Perhaps the economy has changed the quality that I always put Celebrity on top among it's rivals. It just doesn't have that "class" any more. Just ordinary and a bit above Royal and Norwegian. Also, we don't care for the segregation of dining and benefits. Is this the Titanic? I think not. While I can appreciate that those who are the "Elite" can have their private lounges, perks and dining, I don't appreciate that the Luminae is located within clear view of all the Main Dining patrons as a reminder that we are not good enough to go "there". Do all cruise lines have this? I will research. Food: The food was very good most nights. The favorite for us was the Onion Soup. Just two comments: The Chocolate Lava Cake was literally the size of a hockey puck. It became the dining joke. The Caesar Salad Dressing is terrible. Creamy and sorry, Chef, that is not a Caesar dressing. I have put it on my comments last year sailing on the Constellation but no one is listening. Shore Excursions: This is the first time that we did not use the cruise line's shore excursions. Celebrity, why do you feel the need to hike up the prices? I used local travel guides that were reviewed by Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor. The tours were identical to Celebrity for 1/2 the price. Yes, you have the security of the ship not leaving you stranded but I saw many disgruntled cruisers that were on coach buses who had trouble hearing their guides due to the large groups. We had small groups of four to twelve persons and traveled in very nice vans or shuttle buses. Also the smaller vehicles could maneuver on the narrow streets and dodge traffic problems. In Nice, a Celebrity bus was trying to reach the ship because they were having difficulty with the traffic. Celebrity also needs to rethink....... It also bothers me that there is the automatic tipping. It is not the automatic tipping but the desire of passengers to add additional tips to the already $13.75 per person per day. On this cruise it seemed that the majority of passengers had additional tip envelopes. Then what's the purpose for the automatic tipping? If you are a low keyed person then this is the cruise for you. We may go back to Royal. Sorry Celebrity but you need to kick up a few notches. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
My sister and I needed to get away and rejuvenate after our dad died. This cruise, beginning with many relaxing days at sea, was perfect. The Reflection is a gorgeous ship with wonderful art, cozy nooks, delicious food--and the Cruise ... Read More
My sister and I needed to get away and rejuvenate after our dad died. This cruise, beginning with many relaxing days at sea, was perfect. The Reflection is a gorgeous ship with wonderful art, cozy nooks, delicious food--and the Cruise Director, Richard, was fantastic. On the crossing, we took advantage of the full-sized gym and excellent spa, danced a lot, took in the shows, and met fun people. My sister really got into a watercolor class, tapping into her creativity in a long forgotten way. By the time we hit shore, we were ready for adventure and signed up for lots of the excursions. Wonderful. My favorite was a full day with a celebrity chef. Loved learning how to make paella, hanging out with a small group, going to a local marketplace, and enjoying dinner together that evening. I simply loved this trip. It provided a healing getaway that my sister and I will not forget. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
we have traveled on all of the solstice class ships at least once. the service from the crew was excellent. my complaint is about the choice of menu in the main dinning room. for the most part the food was low end. pork was served a lot. ... Read More
we have traveled on all of the solstice class ships at least once. the service from the crew was excellent. my complaint is about the choice of menu in the main dinning room. for the most part the food was low end. pork was served a lot. we thought that lunches in the café were very good and there where plenty of choices. I also noticed that they have raised the price of soda from 2.25 a can to 3.25 plus tax and gratuity. liquor drinks have gone from 7.50 to 9.00 dollars. I am an elite traveler with celebrity and I went to the captains club to question the prices and the quality of food and the answer they gave me was that because of the high price of fuel they have had to make changes. I don't know where there buying there fuel but some one doesn't know what they are talking about. we have been on other transatlantic cruises with celebrity and the entertainment was much better on those cruises. they also had afternoon concerts on the previous cruises. it seems in my opinion that celebrity is really cutting there quality. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The new internet unlimited package for $149 was fantastic! The speed was excellent and I used it all over the ship and got the same speed! Thanks Celebrity. The ship weathered very high seas well and got us across the Atlantic in ... Read More
The new internet unlimited package for $149 was fantastic! The speed was excellent and I used it all over the ship and got the same speed! Thanks Celebrity. The ship weathered very high seas well and got us across the Atlantic in style. The Oceanview Cafe has great food that is available all the time during the day and late into the evening. I am not too sure about the new "chic" dress style. Still having a formal night or two would be nice since it gives the ladies a chance to wear their evening clothes and jewelry. I wish Celebrity would change the ports of call on the Transatlantic crossings since we do it twice a year and are a bit tired of going to the same ports every time. The entertainment was quite good this crossing especially the "Flashers", a group of 4 male singers who do great harmony. They were also in charge of the choir and did a fabulous job of training the group to perform with them in the atrium. It would be great to have them on the next cruise and work with the choir again. I have been in the choir many times and would like to have a performance on the main stage that is well miked and give the audience a chance to hear how great the choir can be. Our cabin #6135 had a bad noise in the ceiling. We complained three times, but were told that they were unable to fix it. I definitely feel that this cabin should be taken out of service until it can be fixed! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my third transatlantic on the Celebrity Reflection and the best one yet. I have chosen it three times because it has a terrific itinerary with a perfect balance of sea days and port stops. It is the newest of the Solstice class ... Read More
This was my third transatlantic on the Celebrity Reflection and the best one yet. I have chosen it three times because it has a terrific itinerary with a perfect balance of sea days and port stops. It is the newest of the Solstice class ships and in immaculate condition. The activities more than fill the time with enrichment and fitness. To choose one activity is to miss several others taking place at the same time. Dining in the Main Dining Room was wonderful on this cruise, with many outstanding selections and wonderful service. The Ocean View Café was, likewise, amazing to dine in. There were many new choices including pizza and Italian specialties and many kinds of cakes (something missing from former sailings) that would be the envy of the best bakeries. Some people prefer room service for breakfast and others like the sit down service in the main dining room. I prefer the continental breakfast with specialty coffees, smoothies, and fresh squeezed juices available to the many elite passengers in the Tuscan Grill. Wherever one chooses to enjoy breakfast, each venue provides its own delights. There were many opportunities for enrichment on this particular cruise. I took advantage of the Celebrity Life series about the Beatles and the Italian Language lessons, as well as lectures detailing ports. Cabin stewards always provided service with a smile keeping the cabins in perfect order, helping passengers with whatever they need to make the sailing perfect in every way. I am so glad I sailed the Reflection this April, 2016. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Before we left for our TransAtlantic April Repositioning Cruise, I had so much trouble finding good information about what to pack (for weather) that I hope this is helpful. We left Miami in early April 2016 - mid-to-high 70's (20 ... Read More
Before we left for our TransAtlantic April Repositioning Cruise, I had so much trouble finding good information about what to pack (for weather) that I hope this is helpful. We left Miami in early April 2016 - mid-to-high 70's (20 - 25 celsius) and were happy to have bathing suits and sunscreen handy as we waited for our luggage to be delivered to our cabin. As we sailed, most days were mild. A few of them were still warm enough to enjoy some sun-worshipping on deck. We were definitely happy to have bathing suits to use at the inside pool and jacuzzis. Some of the days were very windy - so happy to have windbreakers. It rained a few days - so great to have some light rain gear. All of the days at sea were mild and we were comfortable in shorts and skirts. On occasion, we were happy to have jeans, sweaters, and hooded rain gear - especially for the excursions. Spain and Italy were actually quite cool (high 50s - low 60s - ~ 15 - 18 celsius). I recommend being ready with layers. I only needed to bring one bathing suit, and I was happy with 2-3 long pairs of pants (jeans), 2-3 shorts/ 2 - 3 skirts, 2 sweaters, one windbreaker with a hood, one warmer jacket. A few summer tops. And lots of fun "dress-for-dinner" dresses. Bring walking shoes that you can use in rainy weather. And, of course, dressy shoes, too! Mostly the water was calm, but there were times when we rocked relatively slow and steady for a couple of days in a row. If you are prone to seasickness, be ready with whatever works best for you. I hope this helps and that you LOVE your TransAtlantic cruise. There is NOTHING like watching the sun rise over the open sea as you sail due East. Make sure to wake up early and treat yourself to this experience! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I choose this cruise because doing a transatlantic cruise has been something I have wanted to do for a long time and I paired it with 3 1/2 weeks in Italy. I went as a solo cruiser and planned this nearly a year ahead. Although I have ... Read More
I choose this cruise because doing a transatlantic cruise has been something I have wanted to do for a long time and I paired it with 3 1/2 weeks in Italy. I went as a solo cruiser and planned this nearly a year ahead. Although I have done several cruises this was my first with Celebrity. I loved my Concierge cabin and its location right by the library and elevators. My stateroom attendants were eager to please and handled my requests easily. I especially enjoyed the balcony with 2 nice reclining chairs and ottomans and a decent sized table. The food in the main dining room was mostly very good but could be hit and miss and food in the buffet was mostly good. (Miss 4pm tea and scones!) The entertainment in the Reflection theatre was very hit and miss with way too many misses. Some was just not good and some was targeted for an audience 30 to 40 years younger then the clientele a transatlantic caters to. Lots of people walked out of many of the shows. Ports were good but they were seconary for me to sea days, which I loved. The first week of this early April cruise was warm enough to enjoy the balcony and summer clothes. After that we had a little rain and cooler weather. I would strongly suggest taking a throw for napping and for cooler days at sea. I was very happy they have replaced formal night with "dressy chic" clothes since I was packing for 6 1/2 weeks. My final analysis is that paying double as a solo supports my stance of mostly boycotting cruises that charge this supplement. Also, Celebrity wants nothing to do with you if you booked through a travel agent instead of them when the prices drop the last 6 weeks before the cruise. I would never book far out again but since I was flying home with frequent flyer miles it was necessary for me this time. One other thing, Celebrity has some of the highest drink packages I ve seen. $1222 for Premium Drink Package. Made me glad I don't drink. They have a tendency to nickle and dime you to death but you don't have to participate in that. Still I had a good time and met lots of nice and interesting people, thanks to our Cruise Critic board, which was very active. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We booked Aqua class and really enjoyed our trip. The ship is beautiful. In Aqua class you don't get a larger cabin, but you get some nicer amenities. Such as up graded linen and nice shower. Cabin stewards were awesome. We really ... Read More
We booked Aqua class and really enjoyed our trip. The ship is beautiful. In Aqua class you don't get a larger cabin, but you get some nicer amenities. Such as up graded linen and nice shower. Cabin stewards were awesome. We really enjoyed using the relaxation area in the spa which comes with the Aqua class. It was my favorite place to hang out during our 7 days at sea. We loved everything about the ship except the resturant Blu. Chooses were very odd and not much of a selection on the menu. And portions very small. Need 3 appetizers to make one. We never ate in the main dining room but tried the the ocean view cafe and they always had nice chooses. We loved the specialty restaurants, all excellent. Loved Qsine, very different and eclectic. Saw several shows and entertainment was good. This was our first Celebrity cruise and it won't be our last. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
My wife and I just completed our first transatlantic cruise on the Celebrity Reflection and now we are both hooked on transatlantic cruises. This was our 17th cruise and clearly it was one of our best. We enjoyed it so much we booked the ... Read More
My wife and I just completed our first transatlantic cruise on the Celebrity Reflection and now we are both hooked on transatlantic cruises. This was our 17th cruise and clearly it was one of our best. We enjoyed it so much we booked the same cruise with the same cabin for 2017. Embarkation in Miami was fast and smooth. From the time we arrived at the terminal until the time we were on board was about 30 minutes. We were in Aqua Class cabin 1524 which was large and well organized. Our balcony was large and we spent a lot of time out there. Both our cabin attendants were excellent. There was more than enough storage space but I would recommend bringing a plug in electrical adapter as the cabin has only 1 US electrical outlet. During the first 7 days we were at sea but between the Cruisecritic roll call activities and the ship's activities there was something to do every minute. If you wanted to just kick back and relax with a good book this was the time to do it. Most of the cruise we had breakfast and dinner in the Aqua Class restaurant Blu. Both the service and the meals were excellent. One evening we had dinner at the Lawn Club which was absolutely excellent. It was probably the best specialty restaurant we have ever dined in. We went to the show almost every evening and most were very good with a couple of shows just OK. The room service menu and service were excellent. The Deck 14 Mast Burgers & Hot Dog outdoor restaurant was very good. I thought the Buffet was just OK. It was always crowded and I thought the service was not up to celebrity's standards. I also thought the quality of the buffet food was dropping from other celebrity cruises. Our ports were Tenerife, Malaga, Cartagena, Villefranche, Barcelona, Florence and the cruise ended in Rome. In Tenerife, Malaga, Cartagena and Barcelona we booked tours private tours with Cruisecritic members through Spain Day Tours which were absolutely excellent. In each Spain Day Tour we were in a new, clean small bus which held about 12-15 passengers. Every guide was a professional who spoke excellent English. The tours were full day tours but we were never rushed at any location and the entire day went smoothly. If I ever return to these ports, which we plan on doing, I would book Spain Day Tours again. They were that good. In Villefranche (Nice, France) we toured with Ingrid of Kultours who was absolutely wonderful. She is an amazing tour guide who is knowledgeable of the culture, the history and the area. Six Cruisecritic members booked her tour which was the highlight of the cruise. She transported us in a beautiful, new Mercedes. This was the best tour and she is the best tour guide that we have ever toured with in 17 cruises. She was wonderful. In Florence and Pisa we toured with Lisa of Papillon Tours who was also excellent. When we arrived in Rome we used "Rome in Limo" who were also excellent to drive 6 cruisecritic members from the ship to our hotels in Rome. We were hesitant to try a 16 night transatlantic cruise but we loved it. I highly recommend the Celebrity Reflection. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
been on this beautiful ship before but first transatlantic. We thoroughly enjoyed. The lecture series on history and art were excellent. Along with a beautiful gym, kept us pretty occupied. Alan Fishman's lecture series left us ... Read More
been on this beautiful ship before but first transatlantic. We thoroughly enjoyed. The lecture series on history and art were excellent. Along with a beautiful gym, kept us pretty occupied. Alan Fishman's lecture series left us waiting for the next one. Learned a whole lot about modern artists as well as the classics. also, the italian lessons offered by Cynthia were excellent and made sure to attend her classes. Two entertainers stood out: Kev Orkian and Trig Watson. Excellent. Room and room service were very good. Food service at the aqua class restaurant was excellent as was the black seafood paella that chef Tata prepared in his demonstration class. The destination ports were very good and we will go back to a couple of the cities to spend a bit more time there. In summary, it was a very enjoyable trip and we will repeat it, perhaps in the opposite direction. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We're a couple in our mid 60's, but both pretty fit and active. We go on about 3 cruises a year and have been doing that for the past 10 years or so. We prefer the longer cruises so we end up spending 35-45 days a year on ... Read More
We're a couple in our mid 60's, but both pretty fit and active. We go on about 3 cruises a year and have been doing that for the past 10 years or so. We prefer the longer cruises so we end up spending 35-45 days a year on cruises. All toll, we've probably been on about 40-45 cruises with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian and Carnival. The larger ships suit us best due to the quality of shows, casino, free space, etc. We have been on every Celebrity ship in this class (All 5) at least once. They are all pretty much the same in my opinion, which is an excellent value. The weakest part of my experience is the main dining room menu. Over the past few years, they have been cutting down on the available choices for dinner. In the past you might have had 4 salads, 2 soups, 5 appetizers, etc. to choose from. Now those numbers have been cut nearly in half. I'm a pretty fussy eater, and every second or third night wished I had gone to the buffet instead of spending an hour and a half over a meal I didn't particularly care for. Celebrity ships have always been the cleanest I've seen, and the Reflection upheld that tradition. No coffee cups on the stairs for 2 days, grimy ladles in the buffet, fingerprints on the elevator glass. I never saw a single spot of rust or corrosion inside or outside this ship. For the techies, they have the new Harris Caprock internet system installed and it's great. During off hours, I was getting download speeds of 5-7Mbps, and uploads nearly that fast. It slows down when others are up and about, such as after dinner, but even then speeds were in the 1-2Mbps range. They allow Skype calling, and I am a T-Mobile customer, and therefore was able to use WiFi calling built into my iPhone 6s+. We made hundreds of minutes of calls to the US while at sea without a charge from the ship or T-Mobile. Best of all, the unlimited package has been reduced from $299 to $199 for my 16 day cruise. I have Elite status, so I got a 30% discount on that rate. Apparently this system is being installed across the fleet with the possible exception of the oldest ships. Our cabin was the usual deck 7 balcony. Always clean, no wear and tear visible, and everything worked perfectly. We had lunch in the Tuscan Grill and it was disappointing. Service was very slow, were were there for over 2 hours for lunch and the menu was limited. After telling the Asst. Maitre D, he gave us a great discount on the Murano specialty restaurant and it was wonderful. A bit pricy without the discount, but quite the fine dining experience. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise because of its great itinerary. We left from Miami. We had 7 sea days, which we loved. There was always somerthing to do, or you could just relax. We had a balcony cabin which we used everyday. The cabin was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its great itinerary. We left from Miami. We had 7 sea days, which we loved. There was always somerthing to do, or you could just relax. We had a balcony cabin which we used everyday. The cabin was spacious with plenty of storage. Our room steward was fantastic!! We had dinner in Opus every night. The food & service was great. We usually had breakfast in Oceanview Cafe. There was a large variety of food to choose from. Nightly entertainment was good. Richard Spacey was entertainment director...he did an amazing job. We found embarkation & disembarkation to be easy. Our shore excursions were well organized. We were always greeted with cold, flavoured water & a cold towel when returning to the ship. The ship was very clean. The staff were friendly, very accommodating. We loved this ship & would definitely go on Reflection again. Read Less
Celebrity Reflection Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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