Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

Great first cruise!

Sail Date: April 04, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Balcony

This was my first cruise so i dont really have another cruise to which to compare it.  Did a lot of research before booking anything.  This cruise line and itinerary looked to be the best for me and my family (wife, son 12, daughter 8).  Ship was very clean.  Food was v. good and always available but not outstanding. Activities were mixed but plentiful--there is a wide range of ages and tastes to satisfy.  3 levels of kids clubs; 6-8, 8-11, 12-17(12-17 was called the X Club).  My 12 year old LOVED the X Club and spent most nights there.  My daughter did not go to the kids club for her age group.  Two watch outs:  1)  three very small pools.  one was indoors (in a 'solarium') and was adults only.  the other two were outdoors in two depth levels (one went to 3.5 feet, the other to 6 feet).  On the 'At sea' days, the deck and pools were very crowded.  The other is the 'dress code'.  As a first time cruiser, i was not aware of this.  For gentlemen, pants were expected in the dining room on 'Smart Casual' nights.  Also, there were two 'formal' nights and I saw people in tuxedos and evening gowns.  We were refused service in the dining room at dinner on formal nights because I did not have a jacket.  interestingly, they did share with us that they would rent formal attire to me if I wanted to dine in main dining room on formal nights.

I thought Celebrity, overall, was a great line and it was a great experience.  I would recommend Celebrity ships.

Finally, there is a casino onboard which was fantastic!

Ship Quality
extremely clean and well appointed
Food and Dining
very plentiful and plety of options.
Service and Staff
all very friendly and from all over the world. Plenty of it too.
some great events and some not so great. evening shows are good. disco dance lessons in the afternoon, not so much
Children's Programs
X Club for 12-17 YOs was my son's favorite part of the trip
Onboard Activities
i found the multiple art auctions to be odd. There were also
Destinations and Excursions
3 islands in three straight days. just the right amount of time in each
Cabin / Stateroom
much more spacious than i expected. even the bathroom. i got an adjoining room for my 2 kids which worked out VERY well.
Miami, Florida
didnt do anything here
San Juan, Puerto Rico
dined at a great restaurant called Aguaviva and shopped in the stores. also tourned the forts which was fun, too.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
take the $7 shuttle to town lots to do. shopping dining, etc. also did a tour in the morning to snorkel in turtle bay.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
cant say much about phillipsburg as we did a 'resort for a day' excursion and swam in the pool and ocean at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort. Great day of R&R.


See my full review about the pools and dress code

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