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Some backgroud: This was my third cruise, my husbands first. I had sailed with HA (Veendam I believe) and RCCI (Oasis). We booked this through cruiseshipcentres for our honeymoon. Our original ports changed due to the hurricanes but we decided to stick with the new ports they chose. Embarkation was the quickest I've ever experienced. Celebrity has it down to an exact science, and the whole process took about 15 minutes from the moment we arrived to the moment we stepped foot onboard. Ports of Call: Ft Lauderdale 2 sea days Antigua Barbados St. Lucia St. Kitts St. Thomas 2 sea days Ft. Lauderdale Celebrity Reflection is the current newest ship in the Solstice series, built in 2012. It was dry docked for 10 days prior to our trip, for maintenance and scheduled cleaning/painting. It sure felt like a brand new ship when we got on! It was clean, crisp, and felt amazing. Our room originally was on deck 6 with a partially obstructed view (we could see the tops of the life boats). Seeing as it was our honeymoon we tried to get an upgrade by visiting Guest Services within just a few minutes of boarding the ship. Maria, one of the Guest Service Managers, immediately helped us out and told us she'd let us know if we could get a better room once everyone was on board...and sure enough, hours later we were moved up to deck 7! The room had no obstruction and was situated on the part of the ship where the verandas stick out...room 7221. It was close to the elevator which we loved. The rooms are very quiet, you can almost never hear your neighbours (unless you get an angry old man next door who liked to slam the door every now and again). Our stateroom attendant, Luis, was fantastic. Over the next few days he learned our habits and would greet us at our usual late breakfast and late dinner, and would make the bed exactly how we liked it. He also supplied us with a bottle of champagne for our honeymoon. Our cruiseshipcentres rep also gifted us with a plate of chocolates. It was simply put, PERFECT. The only specialty dining we paid for was at the Tuscan Grill. We took advantage of the 30% "day 1 special", so it only cost about $65 CAD for the two of us. We live in Alberta and are spoiled by great steaks, and the steak I had was on par with a great steak house locally. Husband had a seafood dish (salmon?) and he loved it. We ate mostly at the Opus Dining Room at open seating. We were NEVER disappointed in the food, and we highly recommend the escargot, french onion soup, lobster tail, beef wellington, prime rib, and the salmon. You can't go wrong with the dinners served at Opus. We used the buffet for breakfast and lunch, as well as the Mast Grill for hamburgers/hot dogs/fries. We didn't try all the dining options and we heard that QSINE was really good, we'll have to try it on our next cruise! Comparing the food on Celebrity to Royal Caribbean, there is no comparison...Celebrity wins hands down. OLD Holland America would have been on par but recently Holland America has really slid in quality. There are a ton of places to just sit and relax. From "The Hideaway" which is located on deck 7 (complete with a self serve coffee/tea bar) so the many different bars, library, and little coves all over the ship, you'll never be without a place to sit and relax. My ONE complaint about seating would be around the pool area...people "towel chairs" by leaving their towels on deck chairs all day, leaving them from the morning and not returning...sometimes all day. If there isn't a policy on this, there should be. Towels shouldn't be allowed to "save" a deck chair indefinitely. We didn't take in any shows (it was our honeymoon afterall LOL) but we heard they were all very entertaining. We had a comedian, an illusionist, some dancers, and others. If you like to cruise for the entertainment, you won't be disappointed. If you're like us and don't care either way, you won't be sad you missed it, as there are lots of other things to do. Casino - we lost all our money so I'd like to say I hated it, but we still had a great time. They have lots of tournaments all week so gamblers should have no problem getting involved. Be sure to use your Sea Pass to earn points. The boutique shops are nice, it would be nice to see some clothes a little younger than the wardrobe of most 60 year old women, but seeing as the average age is probably around 50-60, I can see why the clothes are geared that way. The jewellery store is beautiful with gorgeous pieces. They opened a Tiffany's while we were there. I've worked in jewellery before and would NEVER pay Tiffany prices for Tiffany pieces, so there's no way I was buying, but it was neat to see. Our ports of call were all great, here's a quick rundown: Antigua - swim with stingrays!!! An experience of a lifetime Barbados - THE BEST BEACHES WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR. We did a private tour of the Island with CJ's Tours, we fed some monkies, and we went to a beach near the port (can't remember the name of it but you pay $20 for 2 chairs, an umbrella, and access to a bar and some little shopping areas). The beach is the best beach we've ever seen. St. Lucia - we did the Marigot Bay Your Way tour. It was ok. St. Lucia is a gorgeous island, we were hoping for an amazing beach, and it just wasn't amazing. The view was amazing though. St. Kitts - we did an open air taxi around the island (booked off ship). They'll tell you it's a 2.5 hour tour, it ends up being a 6 hour tour, and they might almost kill you with how they drive. It was great to see the island but it was a little annoying how long it took and we didn't like almost dying in a car crash St. Thomas - our least favourite port. Originally we were supposed to see St Maarten but the hurricane changed that, so it was switched to St. Thomas. It's known for it's jewellery shopping, but we were shopped out so we just walked around downtown ($4 cab ride each, each way). If you like pushy sales, then you'll love it. We just liked a nice, slow day to walk around with no real plan. Back on board, you can't go wrong with the service. Even in the public bathrooms, you'll find an attendant making sure it's spotless. This isn't the best cruise for kids - there were MAYBE 12 kids total, if you want to bring your kids, don't do Celebrity. Royal Caribbean would be a much better choice. Disembarkation was sad because we didn't want to leave. It wasn't quite as smooth as embarkation, but that's only because it took a little longer for the port to clear us in. Would we go again? ABSOLUTELY YES. We've already put down a deposit for a future cruise. Overall this was a fantastic break for us, a memorable honeymoon, and we met some amazing new friends. Thank you Celebrity Cruises for treating us like Celebrities! Quick tips: Get a beverage package - at the minimum get the Classic package If given perk options, choose Classic Bev pkg and Gratuities pkg Opus Dining Room is great for all dinners, no need to pay for extras if you're on a budget Get up early to get a pool deck chair Bring lots of sunscreen and basic medication (for colds) because it's EXPENSIVE onboard Bring jeans/comfy yet casual clothes for nighttime, it can get chilly Don't be afraid to ask for upgrades/perks Take advantage of spa deals on the last few days of the trip (good deals)

Absolutely perfect honeymoon cruise!

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by lakureyri

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Some backgroud:

This was my third cruise, my husbands first. I had sailed with HA (Veendam I believe) and RCCI (Oasis).

We booked this through cruiseshipcentres for our honeymoon. Our original ports changed due to the hurricanes but we decided to stick with the new ports they chose.

Embarkation was the quickest I've ever experienced. Celebrity has it down to an exact science, and the whole process took about 15 minutes from the moment we arrived to the moment we stepped foot onboard.

Ports of Call:

Ft Lauderdale

2 sea days

Antigua

Barbados

St. Lucia

St. Kitts

St. Thomas

2 sea days

Ft. Lauderdale

Celebrity Reflection is the current newest ship in the Solstice series, built in 2012. It was dry docked for 10 days prior to our trip, for maintenance and scheduled cleaning/painting. It sure felt like a brand new ship when we got on! It was clean, crisp, and felt amazing.

Our room originally was on deck 6 with a partially obstructed view (we could see the tops of the life boats). Seeing as it was our honeymoon we tried to get an upgrade by visiting Guest Services within just a few minutes of boarding the ship. Maria, one of the Guest Service Managers, immediately helped us out and told us she'd let us know if we could get a better room once everyone was on board...and sure enough, hours later we were moved up to deck 7! The room had no obstruction and was situated on the part of the ship where the verandas stick out...room 7221. It was close to the elevator which we loved. The rooms are very quiet, you can almost never hear your neighbours (unless you get an angry old man next door who liked to slam the door every now and again).

Our stateroom attendant, Luis, was fantastic. Over the next few days he learned our habits and would greet us at our usual late breakfast and late dinner, and would make the bed exactly how we liked it. He also supplied us with a bottle of champagne for our honeymoon. Our cruiseshipcentres rep also gifted us with a plate of chocolates. It was simply put, PERFECT.

The only specialty dining we paid for was at the Tuscan Grill. We took advantage of the 30% "day 1 special", so it only cost about $65 CAD for the two of us. We live in Alberta and are spoiled by great steaks, and the steak I had was on par with a great steak house locally. Husband had a seafood dish (salmon?) and he loved it.

We ate mostly at the Opus Dining Room at open seating. We were NEVER disappointed in the food, and we highly recommend the escargot, french onion soup, lobster tail, beef wellington, prime rib, and the salmon. You can't go wrong with the dinners served at Opus. We used the buffet for breakfast and lunch, as well as the Mast Grill for hamburgers/hot dogs/fries. We didn't try all the dining options and we heard that QSINE was really good, we'll have to try it on our next cruise! Comparing the food on Celebrity to Royal Caribbean, there is no comparison...Celebrity wins hands down. OLD Holland America would have been on par but recently Holland America has really slid in quality.

There are a ton of places to just sit and relax. From "The Hideaway" which is located on deck 7 (complete with a self serve coffee/tea bar) so the many different bars, library, and little coves all over the ship, you'll never be without a place to sit and relax.

My ONE complaint about seating would be around the pool area...people "towel chairs" by leaving their towels on deck chairs all day, leaving them from the morning and not returning...sometimes all day. If there isn't a policy on this, there should be. Towels shouldn't be allowed to "save" a deck chair indefinitely.

We didn't take in any shows (it was our honeymoon afterall LOL) but we heard they were all very entertaining. We had a comedian, an illusionist, some dancers, and others. If you like to cruise for the entertainment, you won't be disappointed. If you're like us and don't care either way, you won't be sad you missed it, as there are lots of other things to do.

Casino - we lost all our money so I'd like to say I hated it, but we still had a great time. They have lots of tournaments all week so gamblers should have no problem getting involved. Be sure to use your Sea Pass to earn points.

The boutique shops are nice, it would be nice to see some clothes a little younger than the wardrobe of most 60 year old women, but seeing as the average age is probably around 50-60, I can see why the clothes are geared that way. The jewellery store is beautiful with gorgeous pieces. They opened a Tiffany's while we were there. I've worked in jewellery before and would NEVER pay Tiffany prices for Tiffany pieces, so there's no way I was buying, but it was neat to see.

Our ports of call were all great, here's a quick rundown:

Antigua - swim with stingrays!!! An experience of a lifetime

Barbados - THE BEST BEACHES WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR. We did a private tour of the Island with CJ's Tours, we fed some monkies, and we went to a beach near the port (can't remember the name of it but you pay $20 for 2 chairs, an umbrella, and access to a bar and some little shopping areas). The beach is the best beach we've ever seen.

St. Lucia - we did the Marigot Bay Your Way tour. It was ok. St. Lucia is a gorgeous island, we were hoping for an amazing beach, and it just wasn't amazing. The view was amazing though.

St. Kitts - we did an open air taxi around the island (booked off ship). They'll tell you it's a 2.5 hour tour, it ends up being a 6 hour tour, and they might almost kill you with how they drive. It was great to see the island but it was a little annoying how long it took and we didn't like almost dying in a car crash

St. Thomas - our least favourite port. Originally we were supposed to see St Maarten but the hurricane changed that, so it was switched to St. Thomas. It's known for it's jewellery shopping, but we were shopped out so we just walked around downtown ($4 cab ride each, each way). If you like pushy sales, then you'll love it. We just liked a nice, slow day to walk around with no real plan.

Back on board, you can't go wrong with the service. Even in the public bathrooms, you'll find an attendant making sure it's spotless.

This isn't the best cruise for kids - there were MAYBE 12 kids total, if you want to bring your kids, don't do Celebrity. Royal Caribbean would be a much better choice.

Disembarkation was sad because we didn't want to leave. It wasn't quite as smooth as embarkation, but that's only because it took a little longer for the port to clear us in.

Would we go again? ABSOLUTELY YES. We've already put down a deposit for a future cruise.

Overall this was a fantastic break for us, a memorable honeymoon, and we met some amazing new friends. Thank you Celebrity Cruises for treating us like Celebrities!

Quick tips:

Get a beverage package - at the minimum get the Classic package

If given perk options, choose Classic Bev pkg and Gratuities pkg

Opus Dining Room is great for all dinners, no need to pay for extras if you're on a budget

Get up early to get a pool deck chair

Bring lots of sunscreen and basic medication (for colds) because it's EXPENSIVE onboard

Bring jeans/comfy yet casual clothes for nighttime, it can get chilly

Don't be afraid to ask for upgrades/perks

Take advantage of spa deals on the last few days of the trip (good deals)
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Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Cabin 2B 7221
Our cabin was clean, the bathroom was very roomy, and Luis, our attendant was fantastic.
We would request this room again because of the proximity to the elevators.
We were upgraded from an obstructed view veranda room (deck 6) to deck 7 because we asked at Guest Services within minutes of boarding...not always guaranteed but we lucked out!
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