Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

First time with Celebrity

Sail Date: January 10, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 1747

After cruising with Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean and friends raving about their Celebrity experience ... we had high expectations with Celebrity.

The Reflection is a gorgeous ship.  Great design, easy and convenient layout and the fit and finish is superb.  Our balcony stateroom was the best.  Spacious and comfortable.  Largest bathroom ever and the glass shower doors were a huge plus!   Very impressed with the cleanliness throughout the ship.  Overall, the staff was friendly and efficient. 

 We purchased a Specialty Restaurant package so 5 nights of the cruise were in one of the restaurants.  QSine was outstanding.  Great menu choices and service with excellent food.   Lawn Court was disappointing.  Steak house menu which we were looking forward to.  However, we observed the chef precooking our ordered steaks, placing them on a warmer and then finishing them off before serving.  The restaurant was not busy and we're not sure why they did this.   Murano.  Another disappointment.  Restaurant was very busy.  Service was slow.  Meal was unimpressive.   Tuscan Grill.  We enjoyed this restaurant 2 nights.  Service was outstanding and the dinner choices and quality of food was excellent.  One night we did go to our assigned seating in the main dining room.  Our table servers were beyond excited to see us and therefore the dinner service was very attentive.  The menu, food presentation and quality.... most disappointing.  Far from spectacular.

We purchased the premium beverage package.  Best deal ever.  They swipe your Ship card and that's it.  No tickets to sign. 

Breakfast and Lunches were in the Buffet offerings or around the pool areas.  Quality and selection was very good.  Very typical of most cruise ships.  Enjoyed the coffee bistro for lattes in the morning and some late evenings.    The most disappointing was bar service around the deck areas.  Wait staff was pretty much non existent or occasionally 1 lone server.  If you wanted a beverage, get up and get it yourself.

Martini Bar was fantastic.   Great service and all of the bartenders not only made a great drink .. they were entertaining as well.

If you enjoy your time out on the decks .. on sea days .. deck chairs go quickly.  Also, on the majority of the outside deck areas, the loungers are placed side by side with no way to move them around.  You are sitting right next to the person on either side of you.  You cannot walk between the loungers.  You crawl into them.  This was a first for me .. and I didn't care for it!

Another surprise to us were the Spa facilities.  The work out area is complimentary.  Sauna, Steam, etc are charged items.  They are also co-ed.  You can purchase a package for the cruise duration ... we opted not as I don't care to be in a co-ed steam room!   Just a preference!

Ship's entertainment venues were good.  We really never left the theatre saying ... WOW!    The best entertainment was in the evenings in the open Atrium by the various DJs.  Several of the other evening entertainment offerings around the ship ... not well attended and not entertaining.

Overall, we enjoyed ourselves.  Had a great time.  We just felt there are things that we were looking for or expecting .. that didn't happen. 




Ship Quality
Excellent decor. Never felt crowded. Exceptionally clean!
Food and Dining
It was either spectacular or average to below average. Not consistent throughout the various dining options.
Cabin / Stateroom
Spacious and very comfortable. Bathroom is the largest I've had on a ship.
Service and Staff
They got the job done and it was certainly adequate with a few exceptions.
Nothing spectacular or that I got home and raved about.
Onboard Activities
I don't require much and everything I needed was provided.
Destinations and Excursions
Each port was a great time.
Miami, Florida
We arrived 2 days earlyl and spent the time in South Beach. Great restaurants and easy access to the beach
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We have friends that live in PR so we had our own personal guided tour of Old San Juan including dinner!
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Great shopping and met a friend that operates a restaurant/bar in downtown. Easy to get around.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Took the beach tour to Orient Beach. Tour guide was great and very informative. Wished we had more time on the beach but also took the water taxi to town for some shopping.

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