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This is our 6th cruise and our 3rd with Celebrity. Overall, we had a great vacation and would cruise again with Celebrity and on the Reflection. Here is what we thought were the pros and cons and our experience at the ports: Pros - The Reflection is a beautiful ship. It is very clean and we liked the layout for the most part. The food in the Main Dining room (Opus) and the buffets in the Oceanview Cafe were all above average to excellent. We ate at the Qsine restaurant on the first night (30% off) and the food was EXCELLENT - would highly recommend. The other couple that we travelled with ate at the Tuscan Grille and thought the steak there was AWESOME. We had a balcony room which had a good layout, ample storage, and the room attendants always kept it clean w/o being under our feet. Loved the martini bar and the drinks at the Molecular Bar were awesome. We were also regulars at the coffee bar which had a great selection of coffees and teas. Btw, embarkation was a dream compared to other cruise lines/ports! Ports - Had a wonderful time at Cozumel. Took a taxi for $14 each way to Paradise Beach and paid a $3 admission to a gorgeous beach, pool, tiki bars, bathrooms, etc. Glad we went based on online recommendations. In Grand Cayman we did the Turtle Farm and Stingray excursion which was great. Loved the Stingray part but I think I would do a similar excursion which included 7-mile beach and lunch. Our tour was fun but we were taken to 2 tourist traps along the way which we didn't appreciate. Didn't get off the ship for Jamaica and glad we didn't. We spoke to a lot of people and almost everyone that did get off regretted it (shop owners downtown were barricading people and intimidating them into buying). Labadee, Haiti has beautiful beaches and they've done some major upgrades since we were there 6 years ago including putting a dock in so you don't have to take tender boats. Although we call it "Disney Haiti" they've really done a nice job. We paid one of the workers $5 and he cleaned off 2 chairs for us and set them up right on the water for us. Just be careful of some of the shop owners - they tell you that they don't want to pressure you but they do just that in order for you to come into their store. Cons - Our number one complaint is definitely the spotty bar service in the pool area and the Sunset Bar. No exaggeration, there were times when we stood at the pool bars for 30 minutes trying to get a drink. We tried all 3 of them but you have to get lucky or run to the bar when you only see a few people at them and then you will still wait at least 10 minutes because often there is only 1 bartender. It seemed that a majority of the people had beverage packages (due to the Pick Your Perk promotions) and maybe there was little motivation for the bartenders to move quickly or to give good service at all. Don't know, don't care - they need to fix this asap. We've been on other cruises with beverage packages and never had an issue getting a drink and there were servers coming up to you while we were laying by the pool or in the hot tub. We thought the service for the other bars were very good though but we think it's also partially because the Martini Bar and the Molecular Bar were only free if you had the premium bar package (which we had - it was worth it!). We like most of the entertainment but we were only wowed a couple of times compared to other cruises. The service in the dining rooms and the buffet was very good overall but we did have a waiter on the last night who was totally incompetent. Ship is beautiful but wish they still had the Michael's bar with the craft beers. Also, some of the space seemed to not be well-utilized. The grassy areas were cool to see at first until you realize how much space it takes up and that we never saw anyone there. Also, never saw anyone in the wine room which seemed to be very pricey.  

A Memorable Vacation!

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by Happy Traveler63

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This is our 6th cruise and our 3rd with Celebrity. Overall, we had a great vacation and would cruise again with Celebrity and on the Reflection. Here is what we thought were the pros and cons and our experience at the ports:
Pros - The Reflection is a beautiful ship. It is very clean and we liked the layout for the most part. The food in the Main Dining room (Opus) and the buffets in the Oceanview Cafe were all above average to excellent. We ate at the Qsine restaurant on the first night (30% off) and the food was EXCELLENT - would highly recommend. The other couple that we travelled with ate at the Tuscan Grille and thought the steak there was AWESOME. We had a balcony room which had a good layout, ample storage, and the room attendants always kept it clean w/o being under our feet. Loved the martini bar and the drinks at the Molecular Bar were awesome. We were also regulars at the coffee bar which had a great selection of coffees and teas. Btw, embarkation was a dream compared to other cruise lines/ports!
Ports - Had a wonderful time at Cozumel. Took a taxi for $14 each way to Paradise Beach and paid a $3 admission to a gorgeous beach, pool, tiki bars, bathrooms, etc. Glad we went based on online recommendations. In Grand Cayman we did the Turtle Farm and Stingray excursion which was great. Loved the Stingray part but I think I would do a similar excursion which included 7-mile beach and lunch. Our tour was fun but we were taken to 2 tourist traps along the way which we didn't appreciate. Didn't get off the ship for Jamaica and glad we didn't. We spoke to a lot of people and almost everyone that did get off regretted it (shop owners downtown were barricading people and intimidating them into buying). Labadee, Haiti has beautiful beaches and they've done some major upgrades since we were there 6 years ago including putting a dock in so you don't have to take tender boats. Although we call it "Disney Haiti" they've really done a nice job. We paid one of the workers $5 and he cleaned off 2 chairs for us and set them up right on the water for us. Just be careful of some of the shop owners - they tell you that they don't want to pressure you but they do just that in order for you to come into their store.
Cons - Our number one complaint is definitely the spotty bar service in the pool area and the Sunset Bar. No exaggeration, there were times when we stood at the pool bars for 30 minutes trying to get a drink. We tried all 3 of them but you have to get lucky or run to the bar when you only see a few people at them and then you will still wait at least 10 minutes because often there is only 1 bartender. It seemed that a majority of the people had beverage packages (due to the Pick Your Perk promotions) and maybe there was little motivation for the bartenders to move quickly or to give good service at all. Don't know, don't care - they need to fix this asap. We've been on other cruises with beverage packages and never had an issue getting a drink and there were servers coming up to you while we were laying by the pool or in the hot tub. We thought the service for the other bars were very good though but we think it's also partially because the Martini Bar and the Molecular Bar were only free if you had the premium bar package (which we had - it was worth it!). We like most of the entertainment but we were only wowed a couple of times compared to other cruises. The service in the dining rooms and the buffet was very good overall but we did have a waiter on the last night who was totally incompetent. Ship is beautiful but wish they still had the Michael's bar with the craft beers. Also, some of the space seemed to not be well-utilized. The grassy areas were cool to see at first until you realize how much space it takes up and that we never saw anyone there. Also, never saw anyone in the wine room which seemed to be very pricey.
 
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