June 2014 - Celebrity Reflection to Europe - Mediterranean
This was my first cruise and I wasn't sure what to expect. I was looking for a memorable vacation that would work for 3 different age groups. I booked a Sky suite for myself, my 81 year-old father and my 16 year-old son. When we arrived, we were overwhelmed with the size of the ship, how beautiful it was and most importantly, our fabulous suite. It exceeded our expectations on every level. There were 2 twin beds and a large pull-out sofa bed that was made up and waiting for us every night after dinner. Our staff were so helpful and accomodating I can't say enough positive things about them. Our suite came with a butler, April, who was wonderful. He quickly learned what we liked to eat and drink at tea time and made every effort to anticipate our needs. There were cold drinks waiting for us when we returned after a hot day in port! Ermalindo, our housekeeper, kept our room stocked and supplied with everything we needed. The room and bathroom was always spotless. Our wait staff. Gulhan, Ives and Jennet were outstanding as well. The entertainment every night was comparable to shows you would see in Vegas. However, the most special aspect of the cruise was how much my son enjoyed himself. There were so many teens on the ship and he made friends from all over the world. The first day we were at sea, Kyle said that he was going out and not coming back until he made friends. Boy did he make friends! He hung around with 30-40 kids in his age group and they had a ball. There are dedicated areas on the ship for different age groups. One night he came back to the room around 10:30 or 11 and was changing out of his bathing suit. My dad asked if he were getting to bed early and he replied, "Bed?! No, I'm changing and going to a dance!" He wouldn't get to bed until 2 or 3 every night and I went to sleep knowing that he was safe and having a great time. He is still in touch with some of the boys he met on board. I think Kyle summed it up for all of us, when he came to me a few days into our adventure and said, "Mom, best vacation EVER!" We made memories that will last a lifetime. We are all looking forward to our next cruise with Celebrity!