This morning I made the trek from Jacksonville to Miami to board Celebrity Cruises brand new Celebrity Reflection. Holding 3,030-guests, 126,000-tons and a 2:1 staff to passenger ratio, this ship is sure to impress. She’ll be in Port Miami until April 2013 doing seven-night Caribbean sailings.
Once landing in Miami I took the cruise lines transfer the Celebrity Reflection. I have to say after numerous sailings and only doing the cruise line transfer one time – it’s the way to go. The logistics of having a meeting point, not having to find a cab, and not worrying about if you’re going to get gouged is all worth it. The shuttle ride from Miami Airport to Port Miami is about 30 minutes.
Embarkation was fairly easy and I was able to get right to check-in after security. Of course there were people trying to sneak booze on and they got caught, always fun when they hold up the line.
When you board the ship you’re greeted with champagne and mimosa’s. The staterooms weren’t ready til one but there was plenty to check out and see on this brand-new ship. There first thing I did was went to the Oceanview Café and grabbed some lunch. I can appreciate the café because there are plenty of little food islands and it isn’t like a cattle call when you want to eat. Rarely are there lines. Cruise lines are slowly started to morph into this food-island concept. We saw it last year on Allure of the Seas and Carnival Magic and on a lot more ships this year.
I wouldn’t be what you consider a foodie but a cruise ship buffet is a buffet, nothing thrilling about it. Quick service and good food.
I went and checked out the lawn club and the outdoor area on the ship. The pool was very nice and plenty of chairs around it facing both directions. The lawn club seemed to be a huge hit. It was funny watching the reactions on people’s face when they were stepping on the grass for the first time – like they’ve never saw grass before. The Alcoves on the lawn club (which were introduced on Silhouette) seemed to be a big hit but people are worrying about the price. They aren’t for everyone but a great idea and concept. In case you’re wondering about the price, it’s $99 port day and $149 sea day.
The stateroom (#1658) is on deck 11, aft, and is an AquaClass stateroom. The amenties in the room are pretty nice and I thought it was quite spacious with the deep drawers, nice size bathroom, the cabin itself is 194 square feet and the balcony is 54 square feet. The stateroom is located close to the AquaSpa and the shower is really cool with five jets of water spraying at you simultaneously.
Dinner was in the Opus dining room, the main dining room located on decks three and four. The food was great and they served dishes like filets, lamb shank, halibut, salmon, and Tuna Carpaccio. The menu also offered gluten free options.
There’s still so much to explore on this ship like the specialty dining venues, the Art Studio, the Alcoves, Michael’s Club and the Hideaway. Which will be all done tomorrow!
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