Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by DesertBrett
- Sail Date: August 2015
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Royal Suite
The ports of call were all very good; our first time for all of them. It was annoying the ship left each port so early in the evening, always between 6-7 pm, so that you did not have the chance to have dinner in a port. We all chalked it up to Celebrity's desire to get us all back on the boat and out of the port to open the casino, shops, and bars. The ship traveled between ports very slowly.
Our suite came with the premium beverage package. It thought that got you any cocktail or glass of wine, but we were told there were dollar limits to both and we needed to pay the difference. We never ordered anything over the limit. Also, if you have the premium package, you must order your drink with the particular brand of liquor, otherwise they will make your drink with the cheapest. Any bar might do that, but you just have to keep that in mind.
We never ate in the main dining room, so I can't speak to that. The specialty restaurants were many and generally very good. Our suite came with unlimited free specialty dining so we took them up on it. Our favorite was Tuscan Grille; we ate their about four times. So good and the setting was very nice. We generally got window tables and the moon was off the back of the ship. A great setting. Qzine was very good, but only worth going once. Murano was great. A smaller place. Don't sit in the table toward the window on the left. You will get a view of the sights and sounds of the kitchen/staging area. The dinner was free for us but I would have been pissed if I paid $45 each for it.
The Martini Bar was great, along with the dancing/DJ. We danced a lot. Didn't do too many other formal entertainment things.
The adult pool was air conditioned and very nice, and got us away from the good number of kids in the main pool.
Two incidents was particularly troubling to us. We sat at a bar and down the at the other end of the bar were two gentlemen. The bartender, a woman from Russia, asked the other couple where their wives were. We shot them a glance and they smiled at us, and they said they were not married (as it turns out, they were, to each other, but not to women). The bartender then come over to us and asked where our wives were. My husband, a little miffed at this point, said that we were married, but to each other. She looked at us like we had three heads and muttered something, How do you mean? He said we call it marriage equality in the United States. Did they have that where she came from? She avoided answering. We knew Russian didn't. My husband told her she needs to be careful with the line about where are your wives because she is going to be running into a number of married LGBT couples. She was just clueless.
The other incident involved two friends of ours who were at a specialty restaurant. Halfway through the meal, a clearly drunk passenger started talking loudly enough so those in the tables around him could hear, that all these gay people were ruining his cruise. He went on and on, and eventually my friend (who was there with his husband) went to the maitre'd to ask that the passenger be asked to calm down. The maitre'd went to the gentleman and that seemed to work for awhile. On the way out, the gentleman stopped at my friend's table and loudly berated him for ratting him out. Unreal. We've been on about 10 cruises and never have had anything like this happen to us.
The ship is very new, clean, crisp, easy, nice. No disappointment there. Sunset Bar in the back of the ship was very popular. The little rentable cabanas are cute, but it's very hot up there even on the open sea, and you could easily overheat.
All in all, a good cruise. I don't know if Celebrity is a good fit for us and I don't think we are going to jump back on that cruise line, but it's not a bad deal at all.
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