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Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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LOVE sailing of the Celebrity Reflection!

Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review by garubes1985

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Sunset Verandah

We wanted to do a southern Caribbean cruise out of Florida and chose the Celebrity Reflection for two reasons. We had sailed on the Reflection twice before and knew the excellence that she offers. Also the itinerary to Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia brought us to our favorite islands. We loved everything of the Reflection from the service, to the activities, to the friendliness of the crew. The Reflection crew is outstanding and the professionalism shows in everything they do.

As seasoned cruisers there were a few things that really stood out: This was the fastest embarkation and disembarkation we have ever experienced (smooth and easy)! Even at each port of call, the lines were short or not at all. There was very little upselling (specialty dining, photo packages, etc) which allowed you to really enjoy each day without feeling like they were constantly trying to sell you on something. Granted, these things were offered and available if you were interested but they were not pushy and constant as we have experienced on other cruises. Officers and managers were visible throughout the ship. The big plus was if one area needed extra staff (the specialty coffee cafe, the lido deck dining area, the pool bar) they brought in more help. It was apparent in everything the Reflection crew did was to make the cruise more enjoyable for the passengers.

Our cabin steward knew our names from day one and greeted us every time he saw us or heard us coming down the hallway. He made sure our cabin was always clean and we had everything we needed. We dined mostly in the dining room (our preference) and the food and service was always great. We had the beverage package and the bartenders were the best we've ever experienced. They were friendly and accommodating throughout the ship.

We enjoyed the shows and especially the acrobats who were incredible! The only disappointment was that we never won in the casino! One tour that we highly recommend on an "at sea" day if the ship tour. It is $99 per person and you get to tour the bridge, the laundry, the galley, the engineering room, and more. It was well worth it and we enjoyed that very much.

Overall, beautiful ship, amazing crew, awesome itinerary! Highly recommend!

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Cabin Review

Sunset Verandah

This aft cabin is very quiet and private because it is in the back of the ship where there is little traffic. The balcony is one of the smaller ones (they are not all the same size on the aft of the Reflection) and is not covered so you are in the sun most of the time. This also brings a lot of sun into your cabin which is not great if you like a cooler cabin. There is two chairs and a small table on the balcony. One very strange thing about this cabin is: There are two framed prints in the cabin (one at the foot of the bed and one over the couch) and they are exactly the same! Just seemed strange to us! Otherwise, your standard aft cabin. But I have to add that our room steward, Moses, was exceptional!! He was the best we've ever had!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Shirley Heights

Great day tour with Lawrence of Antigua Tours! Went to Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard, rain forest, and Turners Beach.

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Catamaran Tour

Perfect day on Calypso Cruises with Captain Nick and his crew! Swam with turtles, snorkeled two ship wrecks, and had time to swam in beautiful blue waters. Nick had plenty of food. drinks, and music to make the day memorable!

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Catamaran Day Sail

We did the West Side Treasure by Catamaran through Celebrity. Sailed to Pigeon Island and had about an hour to walk up to the fort or sit on the beach. Then we sailed to the Pitons and took pictures. During the sail from Pigeon Island to the Pitons, lunch was served onboard. Drinks and music were plentiful during the cruise.

On the return trip we stopped at a beach for a quick swim and sailed into Marigot Bay. Great excursion!

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St. Kitts (Port Zante)

We took a taxi (readily available just off the dock) to Cockleshell Beach. Our driver stopped at Timothy Hill Overlook for photos on the way. We gave him a time we would like to leave and he came back to return us to the ship. At the beach, we rented two chairs and an umbrella. Beautiful beach, perfect water, and great views of Nevis made this a perfect beach day!

Island Tour

Awesome day on Captain Bob's Most Popular Tour! Went by boat around most of the island with beach and snorkel stops along the way. Great lunch, snacks and plenty of drinks were available throughout the day. Stopped by the airport to watch the planes come in before heading back to the ship.

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We did this tour on the last "at sea" day. This tour sells out so book early. Great tour to the parts of the ship that you never see (the bridge, the galley, the laundry, the lower decks). Loved this tour!

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