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This was a Back to Back cruise, from Dublin to Iceland on May 16, then Dublin to Norway on May 26. Celebrity runs these routes only a few times a year. Because of the weather, balcony and outside deck use was minimal, if at all. The only outside features that were used were the hot tubs. The Celebrity excursions were double to triple the price of private excursions. In all cases, our private excursions returned to the ship with plenty of time. As we have found with all Celebrity ships, the crew is always glad to see you. We noticed this especially with our cabin attendant, our server in the main dining room, and the sanitizer lady in front of the buffet. Speaking of the buffet, we always got fresh made omelets to order very quickly. There was always something delicious and as always, the pastries were created by a master; they always looked so enticing. For those wanting coffee, there is a free coffee/tea station in the Hideaway Lounge on Deck 7. Speaking of free, Celebrity doesn’t tell you that the pastries in the Cafe al Baccio are free. We did have two instances where a bit of communications would have made the cruise better. First, Celebrity decided to perform heavy maintenance directly below our cabin. They were cutting the wall on the Promenade deck with heavy saws, drills and other tools. Our cabin was shaking. Our first complaint to Guest Relations received a “Huh?” They couldn’t find anything going on. We continued to complain, and by the fifth day, the supervisor gave us a partial credit for a future cruise, saying they were doing work on the emission system. A letter saying they were going to do maintenance would have been helpful. Second, Celebrity decided to turn on the spray washers to wash the balconies. A letter telling us about the washing would have been nice, just in case we left a door open. Even though Celebrity says there is a shortage of taxis at the Dublin dock (and maybe you should buy a Celebrity transport), we didn’t see a slowdown. Disembarkation was smooth.

Super as Usual with a bit of a communication issue

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by honeyb085

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah (partially obstructed view)
This was a Back to Back cruise, from Dublin to Iceland on May 16, then Dublin to Norway on May 26. Celebrity runs these routes only a few times a year. Because of the weather, balcony and outside deck use was minimal, if at all. The only outside features that were used were the hot tubs.

The Celebrity excursions were double to triple the price of private excursions. In all cases, our private excursions returned to the ship with plenty of time.

As we have found with all Celebrity ships, the crew is always glad to see you. We noticed this especially with our cabin attendant, our server in the main dining room, and the sanitizer lady in front of the buffet. Speaking of the buffet, we always got fresh made omelets to order very quickly. There was always something delicious and as always, the pastries were created by a master; they always looked so enticing. For those wanting coffee, there is a free coffee/tea station in the Hideaway Lounge on Deck 7. Speaking of free, Celebrity doesn’t tell you that the pastries in the Cafe al Baccio are free.

We did have two instances where a bit of communications would have made the cruise better. First, Celebrity decided to perform heavy maintenance directly below our cabin. They were cutting the wall on the Promenade deck with heavy saws, drills and other tools. Our cabin was shaking. Our first complaint to Guest Relations received a “Huh?” They couldn’t find anything going on. We continued to complain, and by the fifth day, the supervisor gave us a partial credit for a future cruise, saying they were doing work on the emission system. A letter saying they were going to do maintenance would have been helpful. Second, Celebrity decided to turn on the spray washers to wash the balconies. A letter telling us about the washing would have been nice, just in case we left a door open.

Even though Celebrity says there is a shortage of taxis at the Dublin dock (and maybe you should buy a Celebrity transport), we didn’t see a slowdown. Disembarkation was smooth.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah (partially obstructed view)
Cabin 2C 6241
This cabin is classified as an Obstructed View. We didn’t see a problem with that. Even when we were docked, we could still look at the dock and watch what was going on. In addition, the cabin has a bump-out balcony, with enough room for a chaise lounge in addition to the usual two chairs and a table. I was concerned about noise coming from the Central Foyer, especially when the singers and the band got going in the evening. Not to worry; we didn’t hear anything.
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