Excellent Greek Isles and Malta

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Celebrity Reflection

10 Night Italy & Greek Isles (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 08, 2018

Ship: Celebrity Reflection

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6229

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Wonderful cruise and ship. Some ports are very crowded but once you get over that, there is so much ancient history to see up close and enjoy

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very efficient and easy. No more than about 20 minutes start to boarding. Thanks for getting rid of the paper questionnaire about health.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food is always good but Opus Dining Room needs to update their menus as we have done three cruises with Celebrity and they are starting to look the same. Wait staff cannot be beat - so fun to have serving you. The Oceanview Cafe was so good we chose to eat there a couple nights insted of the Opus DIning Room. We chose not to utilize the over-priced specialty restaurants. Saw their menus and nothing interested me.

Opus (Main) Dining Room

4 out of 5

Opus DIning Room is good but menu needs some updating. It is the same after three different cruise ships with same menu. We actually skipped it twice in favour of Oceanview Cafe. Wait staff are excellent. We took the late seating for 8:30 pm but were assigned an 8:45 seating - kind of late to eat dinner if you have an early excursion next morning. We were seated in a table in back corner [#249] with no exterior view at all almost under the staircase next to kitchen entrance. We would have asked to be moved if not for the team of wait staff who were so much fun to be with while dining. They even put on a nice anniversary cake and champagne for us.

Oceanview Cafe and Bar

5 out of 5

This restaurant always astounds me on the variety and quality with quantity. Might be better to add some more coffee and drink stewards as you had to wait long periods of time for them to come around, particularly in the mornings. I loved being able to sit outside on aft of ship to see the port while eating or having a coffee or afternoon drink.

Cafe al Bacio and Gelateria

4 out of 5

Favourite spot for good coffee. Sweet pastries were a little dried out this time. Stale? BUT, we had the Classic drink package and still there were some small $1.00 extra charges. Seriously? Could that have been part of the package? Feel that is a money grab on Celebrity's part. Did not see many people use the Gelateria. Too pricey for what is there probably.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
I enjoyed the Captain's lecture on navigation. Realized how much of a sense of humour he has. Pools are busy always and hard to get desk chairs but I think that is just the norm. Crew were better at removing 'reserved' chairs. Need better chairs in Solarium as the angle to sit and read is terrible for your neck and back. Raise the angle please. Did not use fitness centre. There is a deck in front of fitness area that is wasted - put a few chairs out there to relax in. Unfortunately the bar/lounge on Deck 15 has been cut in half for a conference room. Sorry to see that. Really enjoyed the view from thee on the Millenium.

Sky Conference Center

2 out of 5

Why is this there? Saw it used once in daily itinerary. Took up space from Sky Lounge.

Galleria Boutiques

3 out of 5

Hours of operation were limited specially on last night of cruise for any shopping. Did not carry enough sizes in men's shorts so did not buy two I liked. Just out of stock. No access to duty free liquor area either.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Grand Foyer

4 out of 5

Good and popular venue for a lot activities for dancing and relaxing with a drink. But remove the Rose sculpture - it just takes up dancing space.

The Lawn Club

2 out of 5

Why is this there? Sure it is unique, but no one was really using it. Cabanas and dinners are too expensive to consider using it. Used it to walk around for exercise only. And one of smoking areas is up there too at Sunset Bar.

Solstice Deck

3 out of 5

Busy, busy. Not enough seating.

Sky Observation Lounge

4 out of 5

Too bad it is not larger for cruise days. Nice to sit out of sun sometimes. Maybe have some windows that could be opened to the sea iar during the evenings?

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Celebrity must do their hiring right. Not once did I see any crew without a smile or a greeting. They will do pretty much anything asked of them. Our stateroom attendant, Ikadek, was so accommodating and friendly. Our wait staff of Vlada, Jomar and somellier Carlos made dining fun. hey made up for the somewhat mediocre menu that needs updating. All other staff we encountered were easy to deal with. Bartenders seem to play some favourites but maybe those are to the big tippers?? Some drinks seem a little light on alcohol content depending on which bar you went to. Is that the staff or the quality of the booze?

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Always clean, Never saw garbage. Crew always picking up empty glasses and plates around pools. Need to remove rose sculpture in Grand Foyer. It is just in the way. Consider future ship design to move stairways further aft to pen the Grand Foyer space up. I think the Lawn Club area is a waste of good upper deck space. Rarely saw cabanas being rented or used.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Avodi Deck 6 aft staterooms with balcony as it located directly above smoking area on Deck 5. Or at least advise travel agents that this is an issue. And crew did not enforce moving those people back to the actual smoking area.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

3 out of 5
Spent time here prior to cruise and only disembarked on way home.

Messina, Sicily

4 out of 5
Picturesque. Did a private excursion to Taormina and Castelmola. Celebrity excursions were too pricey here.

Valletta, Malta

5 out of 5
Wonderful place. So much history. Did a private excursion called Karlito's Way for the Malta 360 tour. Best one of the whole cruise.

Mykonos, Greece

3 out of 5
Small island. Used it for a day at the beach. Not much else to do here. No excursion taken.

Rhodes, Greece

5 out of 5
I really liked this siland and would consider returning here. Seemed a little less crowded and more relaxed. Did a private excursion with a taxi tour guide right at dock for 1.5 hours to get a quick tour around then went to ships and restaurants.

Santorini, Greece

3 out of 5
This such a picture haven but in Oia, there are way too many tours and crowds. I seriously saw Tour Group 42 get taken through town. There were 5-7 ships in 'port' [tendered]. Do ships not come in the the other side of th island and maybe dock then tour from there? Need more tours to the wineries. Used the Oia Celebrity excursion just so we could get tendered off first to avoid some crowding in Oia. Maybe Fira needs to increase their cable car system to move people faster?? Get rid of the donkeys - seemed a little cruel.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

4 out of 5
Took private excursion here and viewed the main sites. Not enough time in this port. Maybe we should dock here overnight and let use spend more time exploring sites.

Naples, Italy

4 out of 5
Did a private tour down Amalfi Coast to Sorrento and Pompeii. Used CBM Tours. Wonderful guide. Lovely sights. Limoncello is so tasty. Somewhat less frenetic pace to shops in Sorrento.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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