Paradise onboard Reflection
Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: April 06, 2013
Ship: Celebrity Reflection
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
This ship was paradise in every way. When booking this cruise for our honeymoon, our only worry was that it would just be a ship full of much older people who went to bed at 9. We're 26 and 27, and we found that quite a few people were partying even harder than us, but never obnoxiously. We had the promotion where we got a free classic beverage package. We had thought about upgrading to premium, but found we didn't need to. There was plenty of great stuff to drink without the highest package, and bars EVERYWHERE. We especially loved the Sky Lounge Observation Deck bar that turns into a club of sorts at night. Latin night was the best! The DJ was great every night we heard him as well, and he really got everyone dancing. It was exactly the atmosphere we were looking for - sophisticated but not stuffy.
The itinerary was amazing. Our first stop was San Juan. We didn't choose to do a ship excursion, but we wish we had. We walked around, but felt aimless amidst the many many repetitive tourist shops in Old San Juan. I would definitely book an excursion if I had it to do over. The next stop was Saint Maarten. We booked through Bernard's Tours, a local company, and we couldn't have been more pleased. We paid $40 each for a five hour tour that hit all of the great spots, including Marigot for French pastries at Serafine, Orient Beach (the most beautiful I've ever seen!), and Maho Beach, where we saw several jets fly in so stunningly low to Princess Juliana Airport. It also included basically unlimited drinks on the tour bus.
Unfortunately I was sick the day we were scheduled to be in Saint Thomas. We were refunded our Celebrity-booked excursion though, which was a really nice thing for them to do, and exemplifies the kind of service this company strives to implement.
The days at sea were filled with food, drinks, glorious pool time, and some light casino play. It was tough to find good lounge chairs, even tough to find two chairs together on some days. The solarium was always less crowded though, if you don't mind a bit of a quieter space. I wish we had discovered it a bit sooner. The food and service in the main dining room was superb. The lobster was great, the steak very good, but the best thing I had was the cobia fish. The cafe was very good as well. One of the best things though was Cafe al Bacio. The coffee was outstanding, and available all the time. We didn't do any specialty restaurants as they were really pricey. Our only complaint was that the MDR was incredibly hot, to the point that my husband in his suit couldn't really enjoy his dinner.
As far as entertainment, it was very good. We participated in fun trivia and saw the sin city comedy. It was hilarious!
Our stateroom was great. We had a deluxe oceanview room. It was spacious and had everything we needed. We will be getting a balcony in the future though, mainly because of the lack of space on the loungers at the pool. We booked our next cruise on board due to some great promotions. If you're going to do this though, do it the first few days on board because it was horribly crowded the last couple of days.