Our Celebrity Reflection Cruise Itinerary
returned from a cruise on board the new Celebrity Reflection cruise ship.
Our itinerary was perfect for this particular cruise as was the beautiful
new cruise ship.
My wife was offered a new position from her boss. Before Carol was to take
the new position her boss wanted her to take some of her accumulated
vacation time. And we needed to act fast as the new job started in three
Fortunately our cruise consultant had the perfect answer and was able to put
things together in a matter of hours. We were looking for a relaxing cruise
with some sea days – especially on a new cruise ship. Celebrity Cruise lines
was a great choice. Their attention to detail and service are impeccable.
Check out here for our
review of the Celebrity Reflection.
Day of Embarkation
On the day of embarkation we were later getting to the ship
than we had wanted. Our flight from Buffalo was delayed because of a snow
storm that had roared through overnight. Fortunately we had stayed at the
Sleep Inn at the Buffalo Airport. If we had not we not have made the plane
Despite the little added stress created by our delay we were quite relaxed
once on board the Reflection. The ship was gorgeous. The Grand Foyer area
had a fantastic “wow” factor.
The rest of that day we checked out a few of the “important” areas – our
stateroom, the buffet (we hadn’t eaten yet), the formal dining room, the
internet café and more of the Grand Foyer. After a welcomed glass of wine,
we were able to get cleaned up for dinner as our luggage had arrived.
Our table had seating for eight but there were only six of us. We are from
Canada. There was a couple from Mexico and a couple from Russia. That made
quite the interesting mealtimes. Fortunately our waiter spoke Spanish and
his helper spoke Russian so they were able to interpret for us.
Because we had the late sitting at dinner we were usually pretty tired by
the time dinner was finished. This night we were exhausted so we retired for
Day One – Sea Day
first full day on board was a sea day. We particularly like to have a sea
day at the start of the cruise so that we can get our bearings on board.
There is so much to see and so many places to check out that it takes at
least a day to know where you are and where you want to go.
This day was not a sunny warm day so we didn’t feel that we were missing any
sun time while we explored. It appeared that we were not alone in our
explorations. Many of the passengers were wandering around trying to find
their “special” places.
We had a perk on this cruise that allowed us to have free standard drinks.
That was great for exploring. The odd drink as we passed by a bar was
There are a number of specialty dining restaurants on board the Celebrity
Reflection. We checked them out to see what we might be missing if we didn’t
opt for these pay-for restaurants.
We were impressed with the look of the Murano restaurant and the menu looked
great. That would be one restaurant that we would have to try.
The steak house looked nice as well but we are not much for steak houses.
The Tuscan Grille did not seem to have many intimate seating areas but we
heard from others on board that the food was excellent. Other restaurants
included the Lawn Club Grille, Bistro on Five, Qsine and Blu.
We were very impressed with the layout of the lido buffet. There were not
long lines (except for perhaps the ice-cream line ;-) ) because the lines
were actually triangles with access to all three sides. There were maybe six
or so of these triangular serving stations along with a few straight lines.
After suffering on other ships in the lido buffet this area was like heaven.
There was a burger joint on board that had great burgers and fries. It was
very popular on sea days especially at lunch time.
The casino area was compact but seemed to be large enough for the guests
that wanted to indulge. There were the usual number of bars and lounges on
board each with its own atmosphere.
About four o’clock we headed to the buffet area. We grabbed a plate with
some crackers and a selection of cheese, a glass of wine each and went back
to our balcony stateroom for our “mandatory” quiet down-time. We have found
that nothing is more relaxing – or enjoyable – as having this time to
ourselves with a glass of fine wine.
Later in the afternoon/evening we got ourselves cleaned up for dinner.
Tonight was the night we would enjoy a mouth-watering lobster dish in the
Murano restaurant. The service was fabulous and the food was spectacular.
Having the lobster prepared at the table was a bonus (we tried to remember
the recipe used).
After dinner we enjoyed some time in the Grand Foyer area with its wonderful
entertainers. We would do this often on this cruise - dancing to the music
and appreciating the superb music.
We later tried our luck in the casino. Our luck was not necessarily good but
we did have some fun.
Time to retire…
Day Two - San Juan, Puerto Rico
The cruise ship entered the harbor to San Juan around the
point where the old fort and city walls are located. We had the opportunity
to get some great shots and video of the fort from the decks of the ship –
shots that one could ONLY get from a cruise ship.
We docked in San Juan at 3:00 p.m. We found this an unusual time for a
docking. Arrival to most ports-of-call is often in the morning to allow as
much day-time in the ports. There were, in this case, a number of cruise
line shore excursions that extended into the evening. Our “all aboard” time
was 9:45 p.m.
We decided to take a walk to the fort in Old San Juan. It was a very hot
afternoon. The last stretch of our stroll to the fort afforded no shade. The
views from the fort area were extraordinary. It was a wonderful afternoon
wandering through the streets of Old San Juan.
When we returned to the ship we were quite ready for some refreshment and
time to relax. After cleaning up for dinner we headed down to the Grand
Foyer to listen (and dance) to what had become our favorite band
D’Revelations. They were to perform twice this evening – just before our
dinner seating and after we would finish.
It was an exceptionally quiet dinner at our table as we were the only ones
there. You tend to feel pretty special when you are the only people seated
at a table for eight with two waiters and a sommelier serving you!
Day Three – Philipsburg St. Maarten
three saw us at port in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. St. Maarten is one of our
favorite islands. There are some beautiful beaches on St. Maarten/Saint
Martin the small island that is jointly owned by France and the Netherland
Antilles. A treaty signed more than 350 years ago divided the island in two.
We decided to spend the day at the beach that has been created right in
Philipsburg. On our last visit here we saw for the first time the beginnings
of the large beach area. It was nice to be able to get off the ship and walk
to the beach with the town right there as well.
For $15.00 we were assigned two chairs, an umbrella and were given two
drinks. The area was not as busy as I would have thought but the day was
overcast then sunny then rainy then sunny then… Despite the rain and the
cool water it was still wonderful floating around a couple of days after
leaving two feet of snow.
We decided to wander through the streets of Philipsburg for some window
shopping. It started to rain again so we ducked into a Casino that happened
to be right in front of us. We invested a whole $5.00 and had some fun for
over a half hour.
The day in St. Maarten was not as nice as we had hoped because of the
weather but it at least it was not a complete washout.
Day Four – St. Kitts
Today would be the first time that we had been on the island
of St. Kitts. We weren’t quite sure what to expect. We were told that the
island was beautiful. However we had been also told that the island was very
chose a beach day excursion from the cruise line. Originally we had thought
that we should take the narrow gauge train tour. Once at the beach we were
very glad that we chose the beach tour.
Our group rode in a small bus through the countryside. Our driver was quite
well informed and very interesting – and funny. We passed along narrow roads
through the hills with steep cliffs and sharp turns. The landscape was
incredible - lush, and yet rugged.
The beach that we were heading to was quite remote. From the shore it looked
as though you could reach out and touch the sister island of Nevis. The
water was wonderful and the sand was warm. It was a beautiful sunny day.
There was a photo shoot taking place on the beach. We recognized the model
as one of the passengers on our cruise ship. What an idyllic location for a
We wandered up the beach to the end of the sand as we usually do when at the
beach. Every few feet you get a different perspective of the panorama.
Our trip back to the ship was just as entertaining as our ride out -
wonderful scenery and witty conversation with our driver.
Day Five and Day Six – Sea Days
The next two days were sea days for us. They were a welcomed
relaxing time. We found a quiet area down on deck five that had wooden
lounges with thick chair pads. We would enjoy this area when we wanted to
get away from the bustle on the lido deck.
This area was on the opposite side of the cruise ship from our stateroom so
we could get some sun – or shade – when we wanted it.
As far as itineraries go this cruise was extremely relaxing - two
ports-of-call that we have enjoyed in the past, one beautiful new one and a
few sea days on board the magnificent Celebrity Reflection.
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