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Celebrity Reflection

February 2018 - 11 Night Ultimate Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Reflection

Celebrity Reflection

June 2017 - 10 Night Italy & Greek Isles (Rome Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Reflection

One of the Best Celebrity Itineraries

This was a fantastic cruise on Reflection. Beautiful ship with a few design quirks (changes from the other Solstice class ships), but the itinerary was one of the best on offer. You can't really fault Italy and the Greek Islands at this time of year for weather and scenery. The only downside was the number of children/teens on-board exceeded the capacity of the facilities, so they were far more visible and disruptive to other guests.

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Celebrity Millennium

December 2016 - 12 Night Southeast Asia Holidays (Hong Kong To Singapore) Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Attention to Detail and Food Quality has dropped

This was a return cruise on the Millennium after sailing on her in January 2016. I'm sad to say that the attention to detail to detail and food quality and presentation has dropped in that time.

on two occasions we had bugs in our food - once was in a salad in the main dining room, and when the salad was sent back to the kitchen for a replacement, the replacement also had bugs. The third salad was fine. We had an apology sent to our cabin of four small under-ripe strawberries dipped in chocolate (I would have preferred a verbal apology). The second occasion was weevil bugs in the cereal in the Oceanview Cafe - an apology on the spot, but no further acknowledgement that the issue had been addressed.

This was a Holidays sailing, so we were on board for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years. Previous Christmas sailings with Celebrity had seen them go all out with the food with a Christmas Day brunch in the dining room with Ice Sculptures and various food stations, with egg nog avaialable. This time saw nothing on the menu for breakfast or lunch that was remotely Christmas related, and there was only turkey on the dinner menu that was close to Christmas- not even any Christmas pudding available for dessert. Even the OceanView Cafe didn't have any special display of cakes to show it was Christmas. The only thing food related was a display of gingerbread houses at the entry to the OceanView and on the Grand Staircase but they were there all cruise.

We had also booked for the New Years Eve dinner in Tuscan Grill, which was sold as a special five course event and priced accordingly at $99 pp, but the whole evening was rushed like they were trying to get us out as quickly as possible (we were out in an hour and a half!). The only dish worth mentioning was the steak which was cooked to perfection and just melted in the mouth, the lobster on the other had was like rubber.

In general, none of the food across the ship wowed us like it had on our previous 10 cruises with Celebrity, and it feels as though they are starting to wind the ship down for retirement once the new Celebrity Edge ships are launched.

Bar staffing seemed very disorganised as well, and there was always a significant wait for drinks and understaffing in key areas - eg inadequate bar staff in the theatre before shows, inadequate staff in the martini bar prior to dinner seatings, and rarely enough Pool Bar staff on sea days, however if you went to less populated areas, such as lounges during sea days, they had more than enough staff - some readjustment of rosters in required. It may also be related to the fact that they are now including the drinks packages, so don't want to make it too easy for people to get a drink.

on the positive side, cabin staff were excellent. Celebrity have recently changed their staffing in this area with a single cabin steward responsible for a smaller number of cabins (rather than a Head Steward and Assistant responsible for a larger number). This works well, and you get to know your Steward much better, and they are responsible for all things cabin related. The Chief Housekeeper - Mila, was exceptional. One of the port days saw a large number of passengers return to the ship just as a downpour of rain hit. As they were queued to reboard, she was running out with umbrellas and towels just to keep everyone as dry as possible for their comfort - she was saturated in the process, but this is the type of service we have grown to appreciate from Celebrity in the past - I just hope it returns to other areas of the ship.

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Celebrity Constellation

July 2016 - 13 Night Iberian Peninsula (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Constellation

Great Cruise for Running of the Bulls

We chose this cruise because it had an overnight in Bilbao to enable us to go to Pamplona for Running of the Bulls.  The itinerary was excellent with some great stops along the way.  There is so much to see in Spain that you could take this cruise again and see completely different things.

This ship is a great size to keep interactions personal without getting too big like some of the mega-liners.  Staff would remember your drinks, ie cocktails, or specialty coffees.

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Celebrity Millennium

January 2016 - 14 Night Vietnam & Philippines (Singapore Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Great Cruise Itinerary, but condition of the ship needs some work

We had originally booked on the cruise after this which was scheduled as a Chinese New Year Signature Sailing, but when Celebrity chartered the ship, we moved to this cruise as the itinerary was almost the same.

The service was generally what we had come to expect from Celebrity from previous cruises, but there were a couple of standouts such as Maria in Cafe al Bacio and Sever, one of the somelliers in the main dining room.

While most people go to the buffet for breakfast and lunch, give the main dining room a try, as the food there is as exceptional through the day as it is at night.

If you get the opportunity, try the progressive dinner (limited spaces available) which samples the food and experience in each of the specialty restaurants on the ship (one restaurant per course).

We did have a slight change to our itinerary (extra night in Hong Kong) as a result of bad weather.  Even delaying our departure we experienced 18ft waves the day after Hong Kong.  The ship was prepared, putting out extra paper bags around the ship for ill passengers affected by the high seas.

Overall a great cruise and some very interesting ports (particularly Vietnam).

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Celebrity Eclipse

September 2014 - 14 Night Canaries & Azores (Southampton Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Summit

December 2013 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Summit

December 2013 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean Christmas (San Juan roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Millennium

January 2013 - 14 Night Gems of Southeast Asia (Singapore roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Celebrity Constellation

July 2012 - 12 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Amsterdam roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Constellation

Celebrity Century

April 2011 - 15 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Miami to San Diego) Cruise on Celebrity Century

Celebrity Solstice

September 2010 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Summit

August 2009 - 12 Night Mediterranean Legacies (Venice to Barcelona) Cruise on Celebrity Summit

Pacific Sun

June 2007 - June 17, 2007 Cruise on Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun

February 2005 - February 06, 2005 Cruise on Pacific Sun

Atlantic Star

February 2003 - February 13, 2003 Cruise on Atlantic Star

Atlantic Star

December 2001 - December 19, 2001 Cruise on Atlantic Star

iankaus's Tips

Rhodes, Greece - We just did a self guided walking tour around the Old Town - this is a beautiful place with such rich history.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece - As we had been to Athens previously, we escaped the crowds and took a ship excursion to Ancient Corinth and the Corinth Canal. It was a long drive (approx 1.5 hours each way), but was worth it for the history and to see this feat of engineering.
Valletta, Malta - Beautiful Port - must see Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk fishing village
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - While this is quite a distance from the port (1 1/2 hours), the Eternal City has so much to see. We had a great tour of the Colosseum, walked through the Forum, up to the Trevi Fountain, and found a great place to have a relaxing lunch near Piazza Navona.
Mykonos, Greece - Great morning at Elia Beach, then a stroll the the old town
Naples, Italy - We had a beautiful day on the Amalfi Coast - private excursion. Visited Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento, with lunch at a beautiful restaurant on a clifftop at Conca dei Marini.
Messina, Sicily - Did a ship excursion to Mt Etna and Taormina. Too much time at a souvenir shop near Mt Etna and not enough time seeing either the volcano or the town of Taormina
Santorini, Greece - We did an independent Sea Kayak tour around the Southern Coast (Black, Red and White Beaches). Tough paddling, but spectacular scenery.
Gibraltar (U.K.) - Gibraltar is small, so easy to do a tour of the Rock in the morning with time to explore the town in the afternoon.
Malaga, Spain - If you have time, take a tour to Granada to visit the Alhambra. Be sure to allow some time to explore the town of Malaga on your return
Leixoes (Oporto), Portugal - Take a trip to the Duoro Valley (wine region). Beautiful scenery and great wine. Cruise terminal is very cool.
Cadiz (Seville), Spain - Take a trip to Seville even though its a 2 hour drive. Don't miss Plaza de Espana or the Real Alcazar
La Coruna, Spain - We took a trip to Santiago de Compostella but it was not worth the drive. We should have stayed and spent more time in La Coruna
Bilbao, Spain - If you are Bilbao in early July, take a trip to Pamplona for Running of the Bulls
Barcelona, Spain - Make sure you visit La Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi buildings. It is recommended to pre-book a tour for the cathedral.
Lisbon, Portugal - If you've been to Lisbon previously, take a trip to Sintra and the Pena Palace
Hong Kong - Lots to do here. Visit The Paek via the tram for spectacular views. Visit the Ladies Market in Mongkok for bargains, and sail the harbour on a historic Junk boat.
Manila, Philippines - Cruise line tours are limited. Beware of tours that include shopping - you will be dropped at the Mall of Asia for two hours and miss more of what Manila has to offer.
Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Do a day trip to Ho Chi Minh. We did a private tour with Private Asia Tours. You get to see more than the cruise ship tours and there is more flexibility
Celebrity Millennium Celebrity Millennium - The Martini Bar is the hot venue of an evening, while Cafe al Bacio is very popular through the day. If you can't find a deck chair immediately beside the pool, go up one level where it is easy to find many that still overlook the pool.

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