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Celebrity Reflection

OVERVIEW: Celebrity Reflectionis a sleek-looking ship, with two slim funnels. It is a close sister ship toCelebrity Eclipse(2010),Celebrity Equinox(2009),Celebrity Silhouette(2011), andCelebrity Solstice(2008). Behind the two funnels, the ship recreates the great outdoors with a Lawn Club, an area w


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On Reflection

Overall Rating: 5
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12 out of 13 people found this useful
Cruise Line:
Celebrity Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Celebrity Reflection
Destination:
Mediterranean

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Drove to Civitavecchia with three nights in hotels on the way, in Germany, Innsbruck and Italy. We had pre-booked our parking this time after a bad experience on a previous occasion..it didn't save on the hassle at all with the operator sending us off to another parking area and I would not use Myparking.It again. If anyone needs anymore info please ask.

We boarded on the 17th May with a reasonable twenty minute wait to check in and then safely onboard. Balcony cabin 9223 on the 'hump' so great uninterrupted views and the bed next to the balcony door so throw back the curtains in the morning lie there and watch the ocean. The beds arrangement alternates so you can work out from my number where your sofa and bed will be if you prefer to sit by the window.

Safety drill was in the Opus restaurant for us and consisted of a video and demonstration, no lifejackets required.

Second sitting for dinner on a table for two but the one next to us was so close it felt like a four. No problem at all as the young couple from the States were delightful and on their first cruise and visit to Europe. Their enthusiasm was infectious and made us appreciate how fortunate we are to have such easy access to some great countries.

The food was excellent, four choices for a starter, then soups and salads followed by imaginative main courses and desserts. The beef in particular was excellent. The waiters soon picked up on personal preferences and were friendly and professional.

Lovely comfy bed and the next day found us in Messina. Following advice on the forum we booked a transfer to Taormina. If there is more than two of you a taxi would probably be cheaper. It was hot and pretty busy but wander off the main street and you will soon find some lovely places to eat and the views are just stunning. A couple we met on the ship went back to their coach to find it had already left (5 mins early apparently) and so had to find places on another one to return to the ship, they reported the incident but it should not happen.

We had a day at sea so plenty of time to check out the ship. Tried the buffet and as on Eclipse the food stations are set at angles and somehow this does cut down on the queuing. Everything you would expect including beautiful ham that they cut to order and tempting breads and pastries. The restaurant is of course open and Bistro on Five with a $5 charge is another option. Be really healthy and head for the Aquaspa with lighter choices.

Reflection has an Art Studio which replaces the Glass Blowing on Eclipse and I really enjoyed a couple of classes here. $20 charge for materials but I made a wearable mosaic pendant and a slightly less wearable resin ring set with 'millefiori' glass beads.

The pool areas were very busy but there seemed to be plenty of loungers available. The quizzes seemed very quiet in comparison to other ships so very little competition but good fun. If anyone needs a lanyard or luggage tag I have got loads!

Athens followed but the temperature was in the nineties and I am grumpy when it is too hot so OH went ashore and I enjoyed a peaceful day onboard. Found plenty to do and had a good wander around and admired the amazing Art work onboard, you can borrow an Ipod from reception which gives a guided talk.

Kusadasi next, good place to pick up some great handmade bowls and glass tealight holders. The sellers are pushy but are not aggressive and love a good haggle. There are limits to how low they can go and I think you need to recognise when you have reached that point and buy the darn thing. If you don't want to take the ships excursion then friends hired a taxi for $70 and did a four hour trip to Ephesus and thought it good value. Plenty of places for lunch or the ship is so close it is easy to go back onboard.

One of the features on Reflection was an entertainment called 'Sin City' this was billed as adult comedy, strictly 18 and over, and was in the smaller venue Celebrity Central. This was packed out with people standing at the back. Don't go if you are easily offended, we loved it but there were times when we cringed followed by huge laughter.

Rhodes was next, another scorcher but a short walk from the ship and a wander around the town where quite a lot of restoration work is in progress. OH ordered a large beer and it appeared in a glass boot and was 1 and a half litres, way more than we expected so check on the size when ordering.

The Martini bar onboard is one of the most popular venues. Entertaining waiters make the atmosphere really fun and the list to choose from is extensive. $10 or so is the usual price and they are fabulous. There is plenty of live music around the various bars so you can choose the style you prefer. Great live jazz in the Ensemble lounge late evening.

Santorini on the 23rd and at first we were the only cruise ship in the Caldera. This meant the queue for the cable car was manageable. Later in the day other ships arrived and so the cable car coming down became busy, because of this a lady got tired of waiting and decided to walk down on the donkey trail. She subsequently slipped on the cobbles and broke her lower leg in two places and ended up in hospital in Athens.

Mykonos and although we originally thought we would be tendering this was changed to a shuttle bus with an $8 charge. All the ports had good long days so a good chance to hire bikes or a car and explore further afield. Plenty of photo opportunities and loads of eateries. The streets wind up the hill and become a maze but quite a compact centre. The Little Venice area is pretty but the most expensive place to eat and drink, wander further into town if this is an issue.

At last a sea day and our second formal night. There was a wildly differing interpretation of the dress code. Maybe 50% in DJ's and the rest opted for suits or even jeans and t-shirts. I didn't see anyone challenged and in the Martini bar it was most noticeable, a group of young people with the girls well dressed including Christian Louboutin shoes and the men with them in scruffy jeans and trainers.

Our dining room was supposed to close the doors at 9 but passengers regularly turned up well after that which I think is unacceptable. Friends who were Aquaclass had Blu as their restaurant and said the 9 o clock rule was enforced. They also said the food was better than the main dining room. They joined us on two occasions so had a comparison.

Our penultimate day was Naples. We left all valuables on the ship and didn't wander too far off the main drag. Did find a great local market which I love to visit, the fish and fruit looked so amazing it would be easy to eat well living there.

If you have sailed on Eclipse then you will know your way around Reflection. There are areas on Reflection I prefer. The Lawn Club Grill looked fun, work with the chefs or they will cook for you and was popular. The Sunset Bar was attractive, very Moroccan in style but the smoking area made it a no-go area for us.

It was nice to see the Captain so much in evidence, we saw him, his wife and son frequently and he always spoke. The ship is spotless and the crew are friendly and appear to be enjoying their work. I am struggling to find any negatives on this cruise...which is good.

Disembarkation on the 27th was efficient and we were off before our 8am time, trouble recovering the car but that's another story!






12 out of 13 people found this useful

Times cruised before: 10+
Sailed: May, 2013
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Balcony


Quality of Food
Opus restaurant. Had some great steaks and salads plus delicious puds.
5

Entertainment
Comedy Club was different and the live music was excellent.
4

Shore Excursions
Only used a transfer to Taormina but found it good.
5

Staff
Love our waiter Elston, especially when he sometimes brought two desserts without me asking. Then it would be rude not to eat them!
5

Children's Facilities
0

Onboard Activities
All the usual but plenty of choice.
4

Cabins
Balcony cabin was as expected and comfy and spotless.
5

Overall Rating
5
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