The two-day inaugural sailing of the Celebrity Reflection (along the South Florida coast toward the Keys) is over. My visit to the new ship is ended and the suitcase empty. It was short, it was sweet, and very, very busy.
Many of the guests were members of the travel media, travel agents, and those involved in local South Florida charities. They roamed the ship at will, gawking, partying and enjoying entertainment and fine dining. The entertainment, incidentally, never ends.
A trio of women musicians perform in the Grand Foyer and attract crows with their sweet and beautiful tunes. At the other end of the spectrum, a performer belts out pop tunes and the crowd dances ‘til dawn in the Atrium. Think clubs and lounges of every size and shape, large showroom with wonderful productions and the choice to do as little or as lot as you like.
Reflection is absolutely beautiful, filled with intimate little areas where one can have a drink, talk and visit with new (or in my case old) friends, a sprawling shopping area, 80 additional staterooms (the ship is two-feet wider than her sister vessels) and many improvements over the earlier ships. But remember, the oldest Solstice ship is only five years old! And the Aqua Spa on Reflection? Unbelievable!
Let me tell you first about my favorite areas on the gorgeous new ship:
• Consider the delightful Game On! room on Deck Nine with interactive games: chess, monopoly, word games, etc. Unfortunately, my not-quite-two days at sea did not give me the chance to play, but everyone I saw in the room – and there are lots of gamers at sea – had a blast.
• The Ensemble Lounge is a large cocktail area located on Deck Five near the alternate dining areas (read, for-a-fee.) It is a beautiful spot with great comfy seating, so pull up a martini and spend some time. This is probably one of the prettiest rooms at sea.
• The Library, Decks Ten and Eleven, is another outstanding collection of books, elegant design and furnishings. I spent a couple of hours there chatting with friends from Boston I hadn’t seen in years. And, yes, we used our quiet voices.
• And for pure, unadulterated quiet and serenity, don’t miss the Hideway on Deck Ten with its unique seating and “Treehouse” effect.
• The very sexy Reflection suite with its cantilevered shower is absolutely daunting and quite beautiful.
Touches throughout the vessel are welcoming, attractive and designed to tempt the most jaded cruiser.
Reflection will be wintering in Miami doing Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
Photos by Marcia Raffel Levin