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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
On the Reflection for an 11-day cruise to Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica, Cozumel. All in all, pretty good. The ship was well-maintained and it didn't seem overly crowded. Staff generally friendly and helpful, especially ... Read More
On the Reflection for an 11-day cruise to Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica, Cozumel. All in all, pretty good. The ship was well-maintained and it didn't seem overly crowded. Staff generally friendly and helpful, especially in main dining room. The food was very good. However, a number of dishes had too much salt. Even with that, it was as good food as I've had on a cruise. I'd give it a 5 if not for the salt. The overall experience in the main dining room was first-rate. Lots of choices, especially with appetizers & soups. While the bread was good, desserts were so-so. Was happy with the variety and quality in the buffet for lunch and the 3-4 breakfasts we ate there. Had one meal in Murano, the extra-cost restaurant. It was good, but don't think it was any better than the food in the main dining room and don't think it was worth the extra cost. The entertainment ranged from OK to bad and was not comparable to what I've experienced on other lines, including Holland America, which seems to be their competition. The house band was competent, guitarist Danny Smart entertaining, and the magician good. Otherwise, the production shows were embarrassingly bad--cruise entertainment seems to have slipped from dinner theater quality in the past to second-rate amusement park fare. Other than the main show, the other entertainment was sparse--a lot of it was in the atrium, which was not conducive to sitting and enjoying it. Daytime activities were not very extensive--we went to two pretty good lectures, but Holland America has cooking classes and there's nothing to compare with on Celebrity. Fitness center was reasonably well-equipped. I ignored staff's efforts to sell useless upgrades, but that's a feature on every cruise these days. If you want to get on a cruise ship and vegetate, this may be the ship for you--it was clean and comfortable with generally top-notch food. If you're interested something a little more stimulating, there may be better choices. Celebrity did a good job with embarkation and disembarkation. Did three ship excursions, two snorkeling and a tour in Panama, and they all met expectations. Private tour in Cartagena (with Dora) was pretty good, although her bus was not that comfortable. The room was clean, the balcony spacious, and the beds comfortable. It was relatively small, and the lack of storage was a negative--there were big cabinets above the beds, but I could see that some people would have a problem. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
First off our cabin attendant Gusti was amazing, I don't know how he was so good at getting or room cleaner and organized when we hardly ever saw him. A very pleasant individual and interesting to talk to. Our MD room head waiter ... Read More
First off our cabin attendant Gusti was amazing, I don't know how he was so good at getting or room cleaner and organized when we hardly ever saw him. A very pleasant individual and interesting to talk to. Our MD room head waiter Ronald and his assistant Greg where wonderful. One of the gentlemen with us has an allergy and Ronald was right on top of it. Even questioning some of the items that should have been fine. Great service. We usually had drinks waiting for us. Did not feel the need to go to any of the specialty dining, MD is great. Ocean view Cafe was great, lots to pick from. (Too bad people think they can use their hands) food was fresh. Pizza is always a favorite. Entertainment was good. Some better than others but that is to be expected. Lots of Celebrity Life activities also that are fun to watch. Embarkation was easy and took about 15 minutes. This trip did not have a lot of staff trying to up sell dining, beverage etc packages. A nice break. We felt the bar service was terrible in most areas. Hard to find a waiter on the pool deck and don't try and find one on any of the other decks. Waiters seemed to have a bit of an attitude and not as friendly as past cruises. Bartenders not as quick to help you. Maybe the drink packages mean they don't have to work as hard or Celebrity has cut staff too much. Internet is terrible, kept disconnecting and the fellows couldn't really figure it out. All and all a great cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Celebrity Reflection, March 11, 2019, veranda cabin 6199 We consider the Celebrity Reflection the best ship in the fleet currently. The ship itself is in excellent condition and is well run by the staff. This particular cruise was ... Read More
Celebrity Reflection, March 11, 2019, veranda cabin 6199 We consider the Celebrity Reflection the best ship in the fleet currently. The ship itself is in excellent condition and is well run by the staff. This particular cruise was essentially up to the standards expected of Celebrity. The food and service were generally good. There were no issues with deck chair availability. My time dining was flawless because we booked our times prior to sailing. This is a must or you’ll have trouble eating when you want. Entertainment was generally average to poor. Shows in the theater are average at best. No headline type shows like those found on other cruise lines. Pool and bar entertainment was generally poor. No music played to enhance destination experience. Band was average but other entertainers were rather boring. Night life is lacking with very limited venues. Only one deck party and it wasn’t very good. Cartagena, Columbia is great stop, especially if you haven’t been there before. In the past we have hired our own driver at the dock for city tours. You really can’t walk to anything worthwhile. Colon, Panama is kind of a wasted stop. You are not within walking distance of much other than the little shopping area near the ship. It has very little to do there. Good stop to see some of the canal stuff if you haven’t done it before. Not the safest place to wander the streets. A very good ship tour in Cozumel is the Fury Catamaran snorkel and beach tour. It lasts about 4 hours. Snorkeling location isn’t great but there are plenty of small colorful fish. Very good active photographer in the water will take your picture for $12.00. Beach is excellent with large float park in the water, clean sand, beach chairs, kayaks, stand-up boards, life jackets and floats all at no additional cost. Beer and margaritas are served at no charge on the boat and the beach. Line dancing with crew on the way back was fun. Whole crew is very active and friendly. They are constantly delivering drinks and intermingling with guests. Edwin was especially friendly and always about with the guests. About 50 minutes snorkeling and 2 hours at beach. Food available for extra cost at beach. Toilets at beach. Cost was $79.50. Another good stop was Nohechkay beach at Costa Maya, Mexico. If you want to get away from the cruise port this is an inexpensive thing to do. It’s a 10 minutes cab ride for $8.00 plus tip. We got 2 lounge chairs under a thatched roof hut for no charge. Beers are $3.00 and mixed drinks and wine are $4.00. Food is pretty good with large portions. 5 drinks and 2 meals with lounge chairs cost $29.00. Beach is nice. Lagoon is very shallow and calm. Very safe. Costa Maya port itself is well worth seeing. It is designed and built for cruise ships. Lots to see and do there. At the end of the dock there are shops, Dolphin encounter, pool with swim up bar, show with locals, tequila tasting, bars, waterpark with slides, lounge chairs and beach. Some items do cost extra. Liked availability of catholic mass, no shuffling machines at blackjack tables and gym. Disliked smell of cigarette smoke on balconies on deck 6, starboard side from deck 5 below. Lack of rule enforcement on pool deck with regard to glass in pool and topless sunbathing. 6 to 5 payout and no even money rules for black jack at black jack tables unless you play $50 minimum or higher. In summary, if you’re looking for a cruise that provides very good food and service, a nice room and a generally quiet and relaxing experience on the ship for a very good price, then this is the cruise ship and line for you. I don’t think it’s a good trip for people looking for activities and night life on the ship. It’s not very good for children either. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Our second time on the ship was excellent. Th ship has wonderful, friendly and attentive staff. The ship is kept in top notch condition. We enjoyed the option of the indoor pool when it was to hot to stay out in the direct sun for more ... Read More
Our second time on the ship was excellent. Th ship has wonderful, friendly and attentive staff. The ship is kept in top notch condition. We enjoyed the option of the indoor pool when it was to hot to stay out in the direct sun for more than a few hours. The entertainment, both on board staff and visiting entertainers was super. We ate at four of the specialty restaurants, and made sure to buy the "package" ahead of time to take advantage of the reduced price. We loved "QSine", Murano and the Lawn Club Grill. Felt that the steaks at the Tuscany tasted "processed" or tenderized and was our least favorite of the four. Did an excursion in Cartagenia to "old town". Be prepared there and around town to be swarmed by people selling stuff. And when you say "no" to one, another one arrives right behind, and they just keep on coming. We were not able to enjoy our tour or even hear our guide as a result. Also, traffic moves really, really slow. On retrospect, we would have been better off staying by the ship and visiting the great little zoo there. Our only complaint over the whole cruise was the Casino onboard is VERY tight, especially the slot machines. We didn't see anyone win anything. Also, be careful about betting limits. The one guy over the 11 nights on the cruise we saw win anything hit a Royal Flush at the ultimate Texas Holdem table. He should have been paid close to $7500 with his bets on the table. However they paid him only $5000. When his friend asked where the rest of the money was, they pointed to the fine print on the little board at the corner of the table which said the maximum payout was $5000. What a shame. Our cabin. a deluxe veranda was nice and well kept by our state room attendant, it just had insufficient space (just 3 small drawers) to store our clothes. Nice bathroom with plenty of space but the "night lite" that we could not turn off was too bright and woke you up when you went in during the middle of the night. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Our wonderful travel agent had put together a group of about 60 folks, many of which we had cruised with previously. We have done a number of previous cruises aboard Celebrity ships and have enjoyed them. So, this seemed to be a logical ... Read More
Our wonderful travel agent had put together a group of about 60 folks, many of which we had cruised with previously. We have done a number of previous cruises aboard Celebrity ships and have enjoyed them. So, this seemed to be a logical choice. Leaving New Hampshire, in February, and going to Southern Caribbean sounded like a good idea. We had previously been to each of the ports of call, so that was not a major draw. Our cabin was 2131 (supposedly a former Aqua Suite, that is now a Sky Suite). The location is fine and convenient. The suite attendant and butler were both outstanding and professional. This suite has more than ample storage and is quite spacious. There is a considerable overhang above the balcony, which found very nice. Even being in the Caribbean, we had ample shade, with only a short jaunt to the fully open-to-the-sun decks, if desired. Some of the aspects that we most enjoy about cruising in suites aboard Celebrity ships are dining in Luminae and relaxing in Michael's Club. On this cruise Luminae dining was almost on par, but the Michael's Club experience was somewhat disappointing. The source of the disappointments were not due to any lack of effort on the part of the crew, but were systemic. It seems that when Celebrity chose to do away with the Aqua Suites, and convert them to Sky Suites, they neglected to factor in the full impact. As we were told by one of the ship's hotel staff officers, the Reflection now has more suites than any of the hips in this class, and yet Luminae and Michael's Club are the same size as the other ships in this class. Hence frequent periods of over-crowding can (and do) occur, probably too frequently. The staff in Michael's Club try their best but available space and furniture size/configuration work heavily against optimal usage. Luminae has some of the same issues (to a lesser extent). One immediate step to alleviate one aspect would be to have an additional sommelier available to assist at the very heavy usage times. We had no problems with overall service, entertainment, or activities, except perhaps the quality of some of the wines offered with the beverage packages. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My husband and I chose this cruise because of the destinations. He wanted to visit Aruba. We chose Celebrity because of a positive experience on a previous Celebrity cruise. We have also cruised with Royal Caribbean. Things we like ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because of the destinations. He wanted to visit Aruba. We chose Celebrity because of a positive experience on a previous Celebrity cruise. We have also cruised with Royal Caribbean. Things we like about Celebrity: the food, the cabins, the cleanliness, the other guests. We moved to Celebrity from Royal because of the cruisers. Got tired of people who showed up in the dining room in shorts and ball cap, overloaded plates in the cafeteria, disregarded wishes of fellow travelers etc. We are in our sixties and found fellow travelers willing to dress for dinner, mannerly, etc. on Celebrity. There was a good variety of food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best thing about Celebrity is the staff. The cafeteria workers, the table servers are well train and take the time to learn your name and talk with you. The maintenance staff is always busy. Did not see them standing around doing nothing. Getting on and off the ship could not have been smoother. We disembarked in 5 minutes. Things that could be improved: Reflections management needs to pay as much attention to details as their service employees. At dinner the black folders that hold the menu were torn and tattered. When we brought it to the attention of the maitre'd he explained that they were taping them with black tape but hadn't gotten all the covers done yet. Tape? Really? Why not order new covers. The Abba party had group sign-along. The words on the screen look like the Powerpoint or similar program was made too many years ago. Take the time to update so it doesn't look like it was made when Abba was first performing. While the Reflections is clean the public spaces are too small. The Abba celebration was held in the Foyer. Not enough room for everyone. This is also where there is dancing after dinner. The dance floor is way too small and there are no enough seats for those who want to listen but not dance. Can't make the area bigger but can add more seating. Wish there had been more activities on the ship. On nights when we didn't go to the 9:00 show we had trouble finding other things to do. The game shows were fun but again held in a crowded area and over too soon. Had heard that Celebrity had watercolor classes but there were no opportunities for any art or craft activities during our sailing. We did listen to the psychologist. She was more entertainment than information. Her early talks were enjoyable so we went back later in the cruise. The last talk was a waste of time. There were activities scheduled in the room right before and after her talk so she started late and had to quit early and had very little to say. Recommendation: The talks about the upcoming ports were helpful as far as seeing where we would be docking in relation to shopping and the town. Highlights of excursions were useful. It would be interesting to expand the talks to share information about the culture and history of the islands. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We have Cruised on Celebrity many times and this ship was well well maintained. The crew, including housekeeping and dining room service, were excellent. Food was actually better than I remembered it on my last cruise, including the ... Read More
We have Cruised on Celebrity many times and this ship was well well maintained. The crew, including housekeeping and dining room service, were excellent. Food was actually better than I remembered it on my last cruise, including the buffet and Opus dining room, where we dined for all but one day of the cruise. We ate in the Lawn Grill on deck 15 for one night and found the food to be excellent and plentiful. Ports of call included Aruba Curacao , Bonaire (great for snorkeling) Grand Cayman, and Cartagena, Columbia, which I could have done without. My only complaint is with the entertainment. Most of it was bland and stale production shows and performers, with a few exceptions. Indoing their part to save the environment, Celebrity has chosen to replace plastic straws with was paper straws, which is probably a good thing. However, it seems that no matter which bar you purchase a drink from, They will never give you a paper napkin unless you ask/ Since paper is biodegradable, this rings of pettiness on the part of Celebrity. Overall, a very satisfying cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our 2nd cruise on Celebrity and on Reflection. We flew out of snowstorms in Mpls. into sunny and warm weather in Ft. Lauderdale the afternoon before the cruise. We booked a ride through the hotel (Best Western Cruise port) to the ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on Celebrity and on Reflection. We flew out of snowstorms in Mpls. into sunny and warm weather in Ft. Lauderdale the afternoon before the cruise. We booked a ride through the hotel (Best Western Cruise port) to the ship and also prepaid to have them meet us after the cruise to take us to the airport. It was a breeze! The hotel was fine for one night. Nothing fancy but convenient. We arrived at the dock and did not have much of a wait at all and before we knew it we were on board with our glasses of champagne, Big Smiles and heading to the pool! Nice to have carried on our swimsuits! We were on board early enough to enjoy some sun time before having lunch. Having been on The Reflection once before, we knew the layout of the ship and where "our cabin" is located (same cabin as before). Very easy ship to navigate. The ship is Always being cleaned. Our cabin was clean, spacious and had the extra bonus of having not just deck chairs, but loungers too. A shout out to Hasip - our room steward - who was exceptional! We had Anytime Dining. I tried to make daily reservations prior to boarding -- on Celebrity's website), but it did not "take" except for the first and last day of the cruise. We tried to get a specific time for the other nights so that we would get the same table and servers, but the maitre d' said to just come when ever we want. It was not as efficient as when we were on Reflection a year and a half ago in the Mediterranean. We were able to have the same time each night and after the first night we did not have to wait to be seated -- we were able to just go to our table. On this cruise we did, however, sit in the same area every night and had the same servers. A Big Thank You to our Wonderful Dining Staff -- Russel is Top Notch! "By one get one free" and Always Attentive. Diego helpful and attentive. Randy - Great "wine master". The food in the MDR was mostly very good. Portion sizes varied, so we usually both got an appetizer and one to share. During sea days we had lunch in the MDR. The portions seemed to be larger during lunchtime. We ate breakfast a few times in the MDR and the rest of the time in the buffet. It would be nice if they had some variations in the breakfast items in the MDR - like a special of the day. But the food was always good! We enjoyed the buffet for breakfast and the lunches on port days when the MDR was not open. Lots of variety in the buffet for both breakfast and lunch. Freshly made and good quality food. I enjoyed the ship made ice cream Everyday after lunch -- YUM! Even better with a special topping of Kahlua ;) We had the Premium Beverage package. It is really nice to be able to order almost anything you want and not worry about extra costs. There were a few wines that were higher, and of course any flights, etc. that are not included. We discovered a drink that became our pool favorite - French Caribbean. We found that the quality of drinks did not seem to be the same throughout the ship. We specified we had the Premium Drink package and to use Top Shelf liquor, but don't think they always did it, especially at the pool bars when the poolside staff took the order. When we went to the poolside bars, I think they did tend to give us the Top Shelf liquor. Issac is an exceptional bartender (near the Theater, and on the last sea day saw him at the pool bar). Of course, the Martini Bar is fun and always good! Miss it already! This cruise seemed to have a majority of elderly folks on board. I think Celebrity must have correlated the daily entertainment towards the majority. We really enjoyed the shows in the Theater that the Reflection Team and musicians put on. The guest entertainers were OK, but I would not pay to go see them at home. There did not seem to be a lot going on if you did not gamble or go to an art or jewelry show or auction. The pool music was always good. Service --- GREAT! The staff on Reflection is exceptional in their service. Always a smile and hello when you meet them on the stairs or hallways. Before dinner, the Martini Bar did get a bit busy and service was a bit slower -- but we weren't going anywhere :) Happily! Ports: We bought 2 Shore Excursions through Celebrity (when they had the really good sale). We did not do a shore excursion when we were in Ft. Lauderdale. We walked around quite a bit up and down the street where our hotel was located, just enjoying the warm weather. Once on-board we stayed on-board - enjoying Reflections hospitality :) Grand Cayman: We tendered here. Had a bit of rain that did not last long. We walked to a beach that was South of the cruise ship. A nice walk 2 12 miles (approx.) each way. It was warm and sunny. The beach was mostly for snorkeling, but there were some sunbathers as well. A bit rough to swim. We did a Tour of Cartagena, Columbia through Celebrity. It was interesting and our guide was very informative. A very enjoyable tour. It was both a bus and walking tour. Our next stop was Aruba. This was an overnight, which was a lot of fun. We were fortunate enough to be there when they had the Big Carnaval Parade (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.). After dinner, we walked a long way down the street that runs along the water, where people were lined up waiting for the parade. It was so much fun to see all the local folks with their own tents, lights, food, drinks and music. It was definitely a Big Event. I think everyone on the Island was there! We felt completely safe the whole time. Lots of families, children, parents and grandparents. I watched a couple hours of the parade before retiring back to the ship. The next day we took a local bus to Eagle Beach. The bus was very convenient ($2.50 per person each way). We rented 2 loungers for $10.00 each. We were early enough that we were able to get one of their free huts (bamboo type large "umbrella". If we wanted to, we could rent a beach umbrella for $25.00. It was a very nice beach, lots of soft sand and fairly warm water. This is the first time we had wi-fi, so it was nice to send a couple photos home to the "kids". Our next stop was Curacao. We just did a lot of walking and exploring, Very pretty bridge and buildings and friendly people. Had a little bit of rain, but then the sun came back out and really made things steamy. Bonaire was our last port of call. We took a Double Dip Snorkeling Tour through Celebrity. The boat picked us up right at the pier where Reflection was docked. Could not get any more convenient than that! We went out to the smaller isle near the ship. The crew on the Seacow was Wonderful. Personable and helpful; reassuring for nervous snorkeling novices. The waves were a bit rough, more-so than normal. The water was colder than we expected, so we were shivering when we got out of the water the first time. We were fitted with fins and told how to put on and fit our masks. We were given signs if we needed help or were OK. We were split into 3 groups and had 3 guides. Our guide pointed out different fish and a turtle, diving down to point and then coming up to talk about what it was she pointed at. Always making sure everyone was OK. After getting back on the boat the first time we warmed up a tiny bit and got back in the water for a little shorter time to see some more. This was a very good excursion to go on and I would highly recommend it. After the 2nd snorkel we were treated to rum punch :) It was another good day! My only complaint was that the time on Bonaire was limited. I think all aboard was 3:30. So, after our snorkeling and going back on board to eat lunch, there was not any time to explore the town. We did, however, take a Quick walk through town prior to the snorkeling. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The OPUS main dining room was not well organized from the taking of table orders to getting your food. Tried twice in OPUS and final cruise night was worse than first night. CAFE DE BACIO was very good. The Oceanview Cafe had lots of ... Read More
The OPUS main dining room was not well organized from the taking of table orders to getting your food. Tried twice in OPUS and final cruise night was worse than first night. CAFE DE BACIO was very good. The Oceanview Cafe had lots of great choices and themed dishes. Our cabin steward (Oki) was excellent. Smiling, pleasant and always working hard. The swimming pools were very nice and it was nice to have an adults only solarium. The pool butlers worked hard making sure used towels were gathered and fresh ones replenished. They were always looking after us to make sure that we were hydrated at all times. The unfortunate part was the timing of the late shows. After a full day of activities, bedtime was calling us. The crew was amazing, enjoying their jobs and always welcoming us wherever we went. Very windy and choppy at times that made us look like drunks on the ship and we only had the premium non-alcoholic package. A very pleasant time cruising with Celebrity Cruises and will do so in the future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
First off this is our second cruise with Celebrity. We took this cruise for its literary and ports of  call Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama. Service was great. No complaints with food choices either. We ate in the buffet for lunch and ... Read More
First off this is our second cruise with Celebrity. We took this cruise for its literary and ports of  call Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama. Service was great. No complaints with food choices either. We ate in the buffet for lunch and each night in main dining. Crews worked hard to please very polite. Average age appear to be 70ish. Not hardly no young people, only saw four kids. Casio was active at night. At the buffet in the evening very few people ate there.  I would say that 90 percent of folks went to main dining. We had late dining at 8:30pm. Night shows Asylum ok was a musical. Illusionist was good, comedy shows excellent especially Al Ducharme. Celebrity has no bells an whistles, no water slides , no rope courses,  no bowling alleys. We been on two of their ships. Celebrity is pretty tame.  I would not recommend to family's with kids. Pretty dry atmosphere. Read Less
Celebrity Reflection Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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