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This was our second Celebrity cruise, previous time was on Infinity. The ship was very nice overall, spotlessly clean and I must say, I sort of prefer the design of the ship as it now before Celebrity start to refurbish Relection as per Edge! I much prefer the standard staterooms and conventional balconies! One aspect on this voyage that I was surprised about - the safety muster (ours was Deck 5 C3) was very poorly conducted. There was just a small video screen and it was impossible for most people to even get a glimpse of it. The crew were poorly coordinated and certainly not in charge and I'm not sure would be of much use in a real emergency at sea! This is very important and definitely should be improved. Our Veranda stateroom was very clean, nicely designed and well looked after by our room attendant throughout the voyage. We chose Select Dining in the Opus Dining room and the evening experience was excellent - food good throughout with excellent wines and our waiters and sommelier were superb giving us first class treatment. There was some confusion with regard to pre-booking of tables with waiters saying we could select a particular table but the reception staff saying different - felt like some people could pre-book but others couldn't? The evening experience on Celebrity is a good step up from Royal Caribbean. However, I feel that in the Ocean View buffet, this lags behind Royal Caribbean where the selection of food, especially fruits is much wider. One thing we noticed was that most of the time, the cocktail of the day was not included in the Classic Package. I just feel that a cocktail of the day should be available across all drink packages. The upper deck areas on /deck 15 were a bit too crowded, the grassed area takes up far too much space! Enjoyed the entertainment throughout. The voyage was called Ultimate Caribbean Cruise! Not really Ultimate imho, lol! Grand Cayman was not very interesting. Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica were the highlights of the trip. Costa Maya is built for cruise ships and is a tourist rip-off, complete waist of time. Not much more at Cozumel either! Compared to European resort areas......well, maybe European people are just more discerning..... I will leave it at that. Personally, I would have preferred missing out Grand Cayman and the Mexican calls and maybe have gone to Jamaica instead. The shore excursions were very expensive. We used these at Cartagena, Colon and Costa Rica. For the price they were not at all great and would have expected a lot more! Anyway, enjoyed the cruise overall, perhaps the best days were the days at sea!

Nice Ship, A Few Areas Where Improvement Will Benefit

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by jmwairey

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
This was our second Celebrity cruise, previous time was on Infinity. The ship was very nice overall, spotlessly clean and I must say, I sort of prefer the design of the ship as it now before Celebrity start to refurbish Relection as per Edge! I much prefer the standard staterooms and conventional balconies!

One aspect on this voyage that I was surprised about - the safety muster (ours was Deck 5 C3) was very poorly conducted. There was just a small video screen and it was impossible for most people to even get a glimpse of it. The crew were poorly coordinated and certainly not in charge and I'm not sure would be of much use in a real emergency at sea! This is very important and definitely should be improved.

Our Veranda stateroom was very clean, nicely designed and well looked after by our room attendant throughout the voyage. We chose Select Dining in the Opus Dining room and the evening experience was excellent - food good throughout with excellent wines and our waiters and sommelier were superb giving us first class treatment. There was some confusion with regard to pre-booking of tables with waiters saying we could select a particular table but the reception staff saying different - felt like some people could pre-book but others couldn't? The evening experience on Celebrity is a good step up from Royal Caribbean. However, I feel that in the Ocean View buffet, this lags behind Royal Caribbean where the selection of food, especially fruits is much wider.

One thing we noticed was that most of the time, the cocktail of the day was not included in the Classic Package. I just feel that a cocktail of the day should be available across all drink packages. The upper deck areas on /deck 15 were a bit too crowded, the grassed area takes up far too much space!

Enjoyed the entertainment throughout.

The voyage was called Ultimate Caribbean Cruise! Not really Ultimate imho, lol! Grand Cayman was not very interesting. Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica were the highlights of the trip. Costa Maya is built for cruise ships and is a tourist rip-off, complete waist of time. Not much more at Cozumel either! Compared to European resort areas......well, maybe European people are just more discerning..... I will leave it at that. Personally, I would have preferred missing out Grand Cayman and the Mexican calls and maybe have gone to Jamaica instead. The shore excursions were very expensive. We used these at Cartagena, Colon and Costa Rica. For the price they were not at all great and would have expected a lot more!

Anyway, enjoyed the cruise overall, perhaps the best days were the days at sea!
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Cabin 2B 7298
Nicely designed, very clean and well maintained throughout the voyage.
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