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Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Reflection Cruise Review

Newest of Celebrity's fab five, Reflection seduces in many ways, but a few evolutionary changes were disappointing

September 19, 2013
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Cabin Overview

There’s a wide variety of cabin options on Celebrity Reflection, starting with the usual array of Inside and Ocean View accommodations. Celebrity says the smallest of these measures 177 square feet, which is a relatively comfortable size among mass-market lines. But fully 85 percent of Reflection’s cabins have balconies, and for our cruise we stayed in one of these, described below. You can read about our Inside cabin aboard Celebrity Eclipse here.

There are lots of upgrade options available, including 16 Sunset Veranda units on Decks 7 and 8, facing aft. One can opt for Concierge Class or Aqua Class, which are the same size as Veranda units but with added services and amenities. Concierge guests receive early embarkation and debarkation, wine, fruit and flowers at check-in, an expanded breakfast menu, nightly hors d’oeuvres, and a massaging showerhead. AquaClass guests receive those extras plus a pillow menu, complimentary bathroom amenities, unlimited access to the Persian Garden and can dine in the restaurant Blu. There are several categories of suites, which start at 300 square feet.

A suite you may have heard about, the 1636-square-foot Reflection Suite, is one of the more extravagant offerings at sea: a two-bedroom penthouse with cantilevered shower. Cruise writers on preview cruises were shown through here to ooh and ahh on behalf of their readers, but alas, staying here wasn’t in our budget (on a typical cruise the Reflection Suite sells for about $2600 per day, per couple—drinks, tips and other add-ons not included).

Our Cabin: Deluxe Ocean View With Veranda

We snagged a good, last-minute deal on a Deluxe Ocean View with Veranda—the least-expensive balcony cabin available. The overall size—an interior space of about 194 square feet—was reasonable for two people, and the 56-square-foot balcony offered a happy escape at many points. There was a long couch—more than we needed, really—and a dinky coffee table. The one disappointment with the layout was a smallish closet that was barely sufficient for two passengers. A pair of overhead compartments above the bed helped make up for the limited closet space, and our luggage fit under the bed easily next to a wire basket containing life preservers.

Our bed was actually two single mattresses that could be linked together. The relatively firm bed, with a pillow-top, four pillows and a duvet, provided a good night’s sleep. At the foot of the mattress each corner was rounded, making it easier to navigate the confined space. There were lights on each side of the bed, adequate for reading, along with two small nightstands.

The bathroom was plain but made efficient use of a compact space, accented with a backsplash of mosaic tile and wood veneer on cabinets. It was small, as we expected, but there was good storage space for two people—seven stacked shelves each just large enough for typical travel kit, plus a larger shelf under the sink and a pair of small drawers suitable for jewelry and incidentals. The shower (no tub) was also compact, but it had rounded sliding doors wrapping it, rather than clingy curtains. There was a nightlight in the bathroom on at all times—a handy feature we’d like to see other cruise lines provide.

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Cabin Amenities

Straddling one wall of our cabin was a narrow counter that doubled as a desktop, with two US-style 110-volt outlets along with an outlet for Euro plugs. Next to it was a cabinet with a few drawers and a minibar offering a fairly standard selection of spirits, wine, beer, bottled water and soda, at ship prices. An ice bucket was provided, refilled twice daily without prompting (ice machines were otherwise not available to guests). We liked the wood hangers in the closet, two of which were occupied by a pair of bathrobes.

We were surprised that, although the TV monitor was a good quality high-definition Samsung model, and the satellite signal coming into the shop was high-def, the actual presentation was standard definition. We called down to see what the problem was and the front desk told us there was no high-def on the ship. Further, we wanted to watch a game on ESPN but the picture was stretched; another station was cropped on the sides, preventing us from seeing the scores in the upper left hand corner. If Celebrity is going to invest in quality TVs, why not get the signal right?

In the bathroom were Celebrity’s shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer, along with a shower cap and cotton balls. There was no makeup mirror, but there was a handy footrest in the shower for shaving legs. In the ceiling was an outlet for shavers, providing both 120- and 230-volt plugs. The hair dryer was in a drawer under the TV.

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Celebrity Cruises. Note that photos below have been provided by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Inside Stateroom
Staterooms with ample living space, including a sitting area and a flat screen TV.

Ocean View Stateroom
Window staterooms with a sitting area where you can kick back and relax after a day that has been as busy or easy as you want.

Sky Suite
When you stay in a Sky Suite, you'll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d'oeuvres and complimentary in-suite espresso and cappuccino from Café al Bacio.

Signature Suite
Book a spacious Signature Suite and you'll relax in airy, high-ceiling rooms and sleep on a Premium Reverie® mattress with the ground-breaking Reverie® Dream Sleep System™. An iPad® with Reverie Remote app acts as a remote control allowing you to easily operate the lights and TV in the stateroom, massage features, and elevation of the mattress. You'll also enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service 24/7 for assistance with unpacking, in-suite lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres plus complimentary espresso and cappuccino. Veranda has luxe lounge seating and the bath offers a shower/tub combination. Located in a private area accessible only to Signature Suite and Reflection Suite guests carrying special cardkeys. Accommodates four.

Celebrity Suite
When you stay in a Celebrity Suite, you'll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d'oeuvres and complimentary in-suite espresso and cappuccino from Café al Bacio.

Royal Suite
When you stay in a Royal Suite, you'll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d'oeuvres and complimentary in-suite espresso and cappuccino from Café al Bacio. Separate living room and dining area and a veranda with whirlpool and luxurious lounge seating.

Penthouse Suite
When you stay in one of our Penthouse Suites, you'll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d'oeuvres and complimentary in-suite espresso and cappuccino from Café al Bacio. We're sure you will be more than happy with the grandeur and scale of the space, along with all the amenities, like the butler's pantry and two interactive audio/visual entertainment systems.

Reflection Suite
The Reflection Suite-our fleet's first two-bedroom suite with sea-view bathroom-is nestled in the highly-desirable corner location near the new Signature Suites. This private section is accessible only to guests carrying a special cardkey. Here you'll sleep on a Premium Reverie® mattress with the ground-breaking Reverie® Dream Sleep System™. An iPad® with the Reverie Remote app acts as a remote control allowing you to easily operate the lights and TV in the stateroom, massage features, and elevation of the mattress. Experience the luxury of European-style butler service 24/7 for assistance with unpacking, in-suite lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres plus complimentary espresso and cappuccino. Sea-view bathroom extends out over the edge of the ship, veranda tubs offer a soothing rain shower, expansive veranda has lounge seating. Accommodates six.

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