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Just completed a 21 day b2b on the Celebrity Reflection. Stayed in balcony cabin 6249. This was the first time on this ship, now having sailed all of them except the Millenium. Overall, cruise was good but not great. I see some good reviews, but having done many cruises on Celebrity and other lines, we have seen much better. We had some good times, but we do not think we shall ever do this particular Celebrity ship again. Itinerary was good especially the second leg with the ABC islands. Got to see a Carnivale parade in our overnight in Aruba, although it came by at 12:30 AM. Seas were rough on our second leg to Aruba. Captain said things were rough in those areas due to winds. Tough to walk and dance. Bunch of sick people including two of our favorite crew members. Enjoyed the beaches in Aruba, Curacao and Barbados. Would have liked to do beach in Grand Cayman, but timing not good, having to get back to the ship at 2:30. Having been to all the islands before and done tours there, some we went off for a brief walk in the nearby areas or enjoyed the ship's pool while others went ashore. Enjoy St Martin's. We go up one more street from the main one where most of the locals shop. Wife found nice pair of walking shoes. Do also enjoy their casino. It's exciting to see the islands your first times there. Some have some good destinations. Others, not so and the same scenery. Avoided going off in Antiqua due to recent news of attacking tourists. Encountered some new specialty restaurants that had not done before, Lawn Club, Porch and revised Quisine. We enjoyed Murano's and Lawn Club food and service. Friend ate in Quisine, and said you basically paid for the atmosphere (they have pictures of the chefs working displayed on your dinner plates) but food was mediocre. Said filet was toughest he ever had. Our filet mignons in the two restaurants we ate in were wonderful. If you are a first time cruiser the main dining room food may be fine, but nothing exceptional. Service was very good in MDR. They had a great martini bar and staff. Between them and having a string duo and jazz band, that played their standard jazz and classical music, but also gave us some great dance music, that helped us to enjoy some part of this cruise. Now and then, between his party music, got some good dance music from Alessio, the DJ. Their party band played primarily loud modern music if you like that sort of thing, and I am sure some of you do. A lot of the loud parties, and I mean loud, were done on the 3rd deck atrium, instead of upstairs in the Sky lounge. We believe this is so because this ship cut out a lot of the Sky lounge to put in Suites. And if I paid for a suite, I would not want all that late, loud music. Instead, the music went up the middle of the ship and people complained they heard it in their staterooms. The loud music was a major complaint. They put some ballroom recordings up in the new, very reduced, Sky lounge dance floor. Almost as bad finding room there to dance as in the atrium, plus rockier. They also have a statue of a rose on the atrium dance floor that cuts off a nice chunk of floor as if this floor is not small enough. We had to do a good portion of our dancing on the carpet there and in the Ensemble lounge. So if you don't do in-place dancing, try another ship. A lot of disappointed dancers, particularly on the second leg. Another minus is that Reflection removed the Disco on Deck 4, again, having to put loud music in the atrium. Shows were fine. Couple of new shows, Euphoria, which was like a Circus du Soleil and had a lot of aerial. Another, Broken Strings, had very good music and dancing, but like a lot of new Celebrity shows, did not know what the story was all about. On the second leg, the CD had to explain it the night before. There were good guest singers, had Beatles on the first and three tenors on the second one. We tend to skip the magicians and impressionists. Got spoiled having breakfast on Princess buffets. There, the staff asks and brings you all your drinks, not here. You go get them yourself. Princess puts silverware on each table. On Reflection, don't forget to find the scattered silverware otherwise you have to get back up and get it. Another thing here is they do not have dishes to put the tongs on after you grabbed food. The tongs go right back on the food when your done. Ugh. Had to make sure we grabbed food from the back. So much for cleanliness. After having done over 45 Celebrity cruises, I guess it was my bad that I did not know they smoked on Deck 5, port side, just below our balcony. All we ever knew that smoking was done by the pool and deck 15 on the port side, places we try avoid. For 21 days could not use the balcony as smoke would drift up there, and into the cabin if you opened your door. I know this is a touchy subject, smoking. But the vast majority of us do not like it. Celebrity publicizes the cabins that have obstructions, but does not mention that you will encounter smoking in some. If you are on the port side and you do not want to encounter smoke, do not book there. We talked to two couples that plan to speak to their travel agent to change future cruises booked there. Spoke to a manager in Guest Relations. They sent up a bottle of wine (we had the premium drink package) or figured that maybe we would like a specialty restaurant (we had enough OBC for them)would suffice. Nothing else was offered or done. Said travel agent should have warned me. Even got a note from the Hotel Director saying that he was happy our problem was resolved. Huh? So I sent letter to the president when we got home as they did not want to hear it about our problem. As said, there was some good spots along the way. Weather was sunny most of the time. Would have been nice to have smoother seas. Did not starve, but Celebrity needs some menu changes for people who cruise often. Get the feeling, as others do, that Celebrity would rather have new cruisers versus us experienced ones. Enjoyed El Bacio, the coffee shop, where, many believe the desserts are better than the MDR, especially for my wife who needs gluten-free. I guess the chemistry on this ship is not there for us. We find the Equinox to be much better with the bigger Sky lounge, tapas and beer lounge instead of the little used wine bar, more dance space in the atrium, and better music in general. Each person has their own preferences, and Reflection is not it for us.

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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by DanceDuo

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Just completed a 21 day b2b on the Celebrity Reflection. Stayed in balcony cabin 6249. This was the first time on this ship, now having sailed all of them except the Millenium. Overall, cruise was good but not great. I see some good reviews, but having done many cruises on Celebrity and other lines, we have seen much better. We had some good times, but we do not think we shall ever do this particular Celebrity ship again.

Itinerary was good especially the second leg with the ABC islands. Got to see a Carnivale parade in our overnight in Aruba, although it came by at 12:30 AM. Seas were rough on our second leg to Aruba. Captain said things were rough in those areas due to winds. Tough to walk and dance. Bunch of sick people including two of our favorite crew members. Enjoyed the beaches in Aruba, Curacao and Barbados. Would have liked to do beach in Grand Cayman, but timing not good, having to get back to the ship at 2:30. Having been to all the islands before and done tours there, some we went off for a brief walk in the nearby areas or enjoyed the ship's pool while others went ashore. Enjoy St Martin's. We go up one more street from the main one where most of the locals shop. Wife found nice pair of walking shoes. Do also enjoy their casino. It's exciting to see the islands your first times there. Some have some good destinations. Others, not so and the same scenery. Avoided going off in Antiqua due to recent news of attacking tourists.

Encountered some new specialty restaurants that had not done before, Lawn Club, Porch and revised Quisine. We enjoyed Murano's and Lawn Club food and service. Friend ate in Quisine, and said you basically paid for the atmosphere (they have pictures of the chefs working displayed on your dinner plates) but food was mediocre. Said filet was toughest he ever had. Our filet mignons in the two restaurants we ate in were wonderful. If you are a first time cruiser the main dining room food may be fine, but nothing exceptional. Service was very good in MDR.

They had a great martini bar and staff. Between them and having a string duo and jazz band, that played their standard jazz and classical music, but also gave us some great dance music, that helped us to enjoy some part of this cruise. Now and then, between his party music, got some good dance music from Alessio, the DJ. Their party band played primarily loud modern music if you like that sort of thing, and I am sure some of you do. A lot of the loud parties, and I mean loud, were done on the 3rd deck atrium, instead of upstairs in the Sky lounge. We believe this is so because this ship cut out a lot of the Sky lounge to put in Suites. And if I paid for a suite, I would not want all that late, loud music. Instead, the music went up the middle of the ship and people complained they heard it in their staterooms. The loud music was a major complaint. They put some ballroom recordings up in the new, very reduced, Sky lounge dance floor. Almost as bad finding room there to dance as in the atrium, plus rockier. They also have a statue of a rose on the atrium dance floor that cuts off a nice chunk of floor as if this floor is not small enough. We had to do a good portion of our dancing on the carpet there and in the Ensemble lounge. So if you don't do in-place dancing, try another ship. A lot of disappointed dancers, particularly on the second leg. Another minus is that Reflection removed the Disco on Deck 4, again, having to put loud music in the atrium.

Shows were fine. Couple of new shows, Euphoria, which was like a Circus du Soleil and had a lot of aerial. Another, Broken Strings, had very good music and dancing, but like a lot of new Celebrity shows, did not know what the story was all about. On the second leg, the CD had to explain it the night before. There were good guest singers, had Beatles on the first and three tenors on the second one. We tend to skip the magicians and impressionists.

Got spoiled having breakfast on Princess buffets. There, the staff asks and brings you all your drinks, not here. You go get them yourself. Princess puts silverware on each table. On Reflection, don't forget to find the scattered silverware otherwise you have to get back up and get it. Another thing here is they do not have dishes to put the tongs on after you grabbed food. The tongs go right back on the food when your done. Ugh. Had to make sure we grabbed food from the back. So much for cleanliness.

After having done over 45 Celebrity cruises, I guess it was my bad that I did not know they smoked on Deck 5, port side, just below our balcony. All we ever knew that smoking was done by the pool and deck 15 on the port side, places we try avoid. For 21 days could not use the balcony as smoke would drift up there, and into the cabin if you opened your door. I know this is a touchy subject, smoking. But the vast majority of us do not like it. Celebrity publicizes the cabins that have obstructions, but does not mention that you will encounter smoking in some. If you are on the port side and you do not want to encounter smoke, do not book there. We talked to two couples that plan to speak to their travel agent to change future cruises booked there. Spoke to a manager in Guest Relations. They sent up a bottle of wine (we had the premium drink package) or figured that maybe we would like a specialty restaurant (we had enough OBC for them)would suffice. Nothing else was offered or done. Said travel agent should have warned me. Even got a note from the Hotel Director saying that he was happy our problem was resolved. Huh? So I sent letter to the president when we got home as they did not want to hear it about our problem.

As said, there was some good spots along the way. Weather was sunny most of the time. Would have been nice to have smoother seas. Did not starve, but Celebrity needs some menu changes for people who cruise often. Get the feeling, as others do, that Celebrity would rather have new cruisers versus us experienced ones. Enjoyed El Bacio, the coffee shop, where, many believe the desserts are better than the MDR, especially for my wife who needs gluten-free. I guess the chemistry on this ship is not there for us. We find the Equinox to be much better with the bigger Sky lounge, tapas and beer lounge instead of the little used wine bar, more dance space in the atrium, and better music in general. Each person has their own preferences, and Reflection is not it for us.
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Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Cabin 2B 6249
On the port side. Do not book there if you do not like smoke and wish to use your balcony or open the door as smoke drifts up from the smokers below who smoke there all the time.
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