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A review of our 21 night (back to back) Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. Embarkation at Civitavecchia was brilliant. We arrived just before 11am to no lines at all and were onboard by 11.10. We set about exploring the ship before upgrading our classic drinks package to the premium and headed to the Oceanview Buffet for lunch. By 1.30pm, all staterooms were ready so we headed down there to find our luggage had already arrived. The ship is just beautiful and is only 4 years old - we were actually lucky enough to celebrate her birthday with a pool party whilst onboard which was fun. Every area of the ship was scrupulously clean and certainly could not be faulted. The staff were just amazing. We did not meet even one who was not smiling and happy. We mainly ate in the Main Dining Room and could not fault the food except to say that it was often not hot enough. The only Specialty Restaurant we tried was The Porch on Deck 15 adjacent to the Lawn Club and Lawn Club Grill. They serve beautiful fresh seafood and we certainly ate our share of lobster tails, prawns, scallops, etc on the 4 occasions we ate there. Cost was $30USD but we only paid $20 each time. The specialty restaurants really seemed to be struggling and staff were constantly offering discounts to dine in them. These discounts started at 30%, quickly went to 40% and were eventually 50%. We are not fans of the buffet at all and only ate there when we had absolutely no choice. I did not like the food and it was definitely not hot enough. This is a particular bugbear of my Health Inspector Hubby! We had an oceanview cabin on deck 3 which was very spacious with plenty of storage space. It was only 4 cabins from the main foyer which includes Guest Relations, Shore Excursions and the Passport Bar. We were initially worried that it would be very noisy, but I can honestly say that we heard nothing, even when there was a band playing. We absolutely loved the position of this cabin. Straight into the main foyer and through to the dining room. Lifts close by and down one flight of stairs to deck 2 for disembarkation at ports. Our favourite bar was the Sunset Bar, aft deck 15. The staff there were fantastic and Milton always made us laugh. We found the Martini Bar and the Passport Bar very flat which is quite different from our experience on other Celebrity ships. Eventually we made out way to the Ensemble Lounge and found Nelson who we had met in the Passport Bar on the Solstice last year. He and Dario took very good care of us and we met some lovely couples who also frequented this bar. We had visited most of the ports when we sailed on the Equinox 4 years ago, so decided to do something different in each one. We did not do any of the exorbitantly priced ship's tours. I organised tours for us before we left home. This all went very well and if anyone wants any recommendations, please feel free to PM me. The transition from the first to the second cruise was absolutely painless and took no time at all. This is the smoothest cruise we have ever been. The sea was flat as, except for 2 or 3 nights when things got just a little rough. After spending 21 nights on a cruise ship, you would expect to have that rock and roll feeling for a few days afterwards but we had no side effects at all. The only complaint I have about Celebrity is that as they increase the free perks they offer, onboard prices seem to be getting higher. A bag of laundry on our cruise last year was $30 and is now $50. To have a pair of undies laundered is $3USD! Yes we washed ours in the sink of course. Internet prices are also ridiculous. We paid $37 for 24 continuous hours and this was with 25% off for our Select status. I used free wi fi in ports and eventually bought a local sim card. Re upgrading your classic package to the premium - wait until you are onboard as they offer deals. The person who secures your upgrade gets a commission, so competition is pretty stiff. Don't be afraid to ask what they can do for you. We received one day free for each cruise. We loved cruising on this beautiful ship so much. Every day, we looked at each other with a huge smile and said, "Living the Dream". The itinerary is fantastic but is very port intensive. This is not a cruise for those who want to lie back and relax. There were only 4 sea days out of 21. We were Celebrity loyalists well before this cruise, but will certainly be hard pressed to cruise with another line now.

21 Glorious Nights; Cruising Paradise

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by cruisingcaker

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View
A review of our 21 night (back to back) Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Reflection.

Embarkation at Civitavecchia was brilliant. We arrived just before 11am to no lines at all and were onboard by 11.10. We set about exploring the ship before upgrading our classic drinks package to the premium and headed to the Oceanview Buffet for lunch.

By 1.30pm, all staterooms were ready so we headed down there to find our luggage had already arrived.

The ship is just beautiful and is only 4 years old - we were actually lucky enough to celebrate her birthday with a pool party whilst onboard which was fun. Every area of the ship was scrupulously clean and certainly could not be faulted. The staff were just amazing. We did not meet even one who was not smiling and happy.

We mainly ate in the Main Dining Room and could not fault the food except to say that it was often not hot enough. The only Specialty Restaurant we tried was The Porch on Deck 15 adjacent to the Lawn Club and Lawn Club Grill. They serve beautiful fresh seafood and we certainly ate our share of lobster tails, prawns, scallops, etc on the 4 occasions we ate there. Cost was $30USD but we only paid $20 each time. The specialty restaurants really seemed to be struggling and staff were constantly offering discounts to dine in them. These discounts started at 30%, quickly went to 40% and were eventually 50%. We are not fans of the buffet at all and only ate there when we had absolutely no choice. I did not like the food and it was definitely not hot enough. This is a particular bugbear of my Health Inspector Hubby!

We had an oceanview cabin on deck 3 which was very spacious with plenty of storage space. It was only 4 cabins from the main foyer which includes Guest Relations, Shore Excursions and the Passport Bar. We were initially worried that it would be very noisy, but I can honestly say that we heard nothing, even when there was a band playing. We absolutely loved the position of this cabin. Straight into the main foyer and through to the dining room. Lifts close by and down one flight of stairs to deck 2 for disembarkation at ports.

Our favourite bar was the Sunset Bar, aft deck 15. The staff there were fantastic and Milton always made us laugh. We found the Martini Bar and the Passport Bar very flat which is quite different from our experience on other Celebrity ships. Eventually we made out way to the Ensemble Lounge and found Nelson who we had met in the Passport Bar on the Solstice last year. He and Dario took very good care of us and we met some lovely couples who also frequented this bar.

We had visited most of the ports when we sailed on the Equinox 4 years ago, so decided to do something different in each one. We did not do any of the exorbitantly priced ship's tours. I organised tours for us before we left home. This all went very well and if anyone wants any recommendations, please feel free to PM me.

The transition from the first to the second cruise was absolutely painless and took no time at all.

This is the smoothest cruise we have ever been. The sea was flat as, except for 2 or 3 nights when things got just a little rough. After spending 21 nights on a cruise ship, you would expect to have that rock and roll feeling for a few days afterwards but we had no side effects at all.

The only complaint I have about Celebrity is that as they increase the free perks they offer, onboard prices seem to be getting higher. A bag of laundry on our cruise last year was $30 and is now $50. To have a pair of undies laundered is $3USD! Yes we washed ours in the sink of course. Internet prices are also ridiculous. We paid $37 for 24 continuous hours and this was with 25% off for our Select status. I used free wi fi in ports and eventually bought a local sim card.

Re upgrading your classic package to the premium - wait until you are onboard as they offer deals. The person who secures your upgrade gets a commission, so competition is pretty stiff. Don't be afraid to ask what they can do for you. We received one day free for each cruise.

We loved cruising on this beautiful ship so much. Every day, we looked at each other with a huge smile and said, "Living the Dream". The itinerary is fantastic but is very port intensive. This is not a cruise for those who want to lie back and relax. There were only 4 sea days out of 21.

We were Celebrity loyalists well before this cruise, but will certainly be hard pressed to cruise with another line now.
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