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Celebrity Reflection

September 2016 - Celebrity Reflection to Europe - Mediterranean

Still a little room to improve

Nice ship, cabin was excellent.  Balcony, and bathroom larger than normal. Cold refrigerator - yeah!  embarkation/debarkation very fast & easy.  Overall service was good.  

entertainment okay, but not as good as in the Caribbean - needed comedian(s).  

Our other 2 Celebrity cruises were better, especially the food.

Food was good, but repetitive.  Food menus for the Dining Room were not available on the TV, and often not posted until meal time.  Large variety to appeal to global audience, but execution could be better.  Breakfast- same every day, same potatoes, daily muffin (not labeled, and same nearly every day), fruit selection.  Lunch - outdoor grill open only a few hours - product selection limited.  Specialty salads limited, and repetitive.  Quality control - lettuce? Soups - almost no selection unless you want broth.  Crackers stale. Management present, but not paying attention - staff performing their daily ritual.  Dinner in the dining room good, but menu had some unusual choices. Dining room service was very good.  

 

Good itinerary.  Need more time/earlier arrival in Santorini.  Poor excursion in ephesus, not as advertised by ship, focused on shopping for crafts & carpet.

Favorite ports were Mykonos & Bodrum.  Castle tour in Bodrum was good, and allowed for option to walk back to ship through the shopping area - vendors not as pushy as Kusadasi.

 

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Bodrum, Turkey - Booked castle tour through ship. Inexpensive, and good tour. Considerable climbing of steps. After tour, had option to walk back or take the shuttle boat. We walked through the shopping area, enjoyable but it is a bit of a walk. Vendors not pushy,
Naples, Italy - No excursion, took ferry to Capri - purchase tickets on adjacent pier. Then took boat tour around the island. Did not go up to top of island as we were concerned of running short on time.
Santorini, Greece - May want to take an inexpensive excursion in order to get expedited tender & tram to the top. We tried to do it without excursion, and the lines were too long to make it worthwhile going up the tram.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Sailing from Civitavecchia - Civitatours offers bus transport from Cruise port entrance to Airport for $20 euro, much less than that offered in most transfers. Find on Trip Advisor. There is a free bus from the port entrance to the ship. Need to be sure that it will meet your time requirement.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - We chose a lower cost Ephesus tour through the ship. Not a good tour - waste of time, and did not see much of ephesus. Find another source or tour.
Mykonos, Greece - On our own. Good shopping - some expensive. Unique town, enjoyable.

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