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Celebrity Reflection is the fifth and final Solstice-class cruise ship, her sister ships being Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Silhouette. Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse and Silhouette entered service in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 respectively. Reflection was launched in 2012.

Since October 2012, it has been owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises. It has one more deck than other Solstice-class cruise ships, has the first Aqua Class Suites and is the only ship to have Reflection Class Suites. She can accommodate over 3,000 passengers - 150 more than other Solstice class ships.

Atmosphere on board 

Celebrity Reflection is our newest marvel offering three new suites, including 34 new AquaClass Suites that feature stunning 79 square foot verandas, so you can relax like never before. Plus, your favorite spa amenities and priority access to the highly-rated specialty restaurant, Blu, are included. There are even more inspired additions to this ship. Celebrity Reflection boasts an expanded deck, 72 additional staterooms overall, more seating in the main and specialty restaurants, more sun lounges on the pool deck, and more seats in the theatre. On the Lawn Club, take a painting class with a Master Artist from the ArtCenter South Florida in The Art Studio. Celebrate the flavorful joys of outdoor grilling in the new Lawn Club Grill. Enjoy more than 20 delicious options in the Main Restaurant that are SPE-certified and healthy for you. Unwind in your own cabana-style haven, The Alcoves, on the Lawn Club. And check out all the new spa innovations in the enhanced Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Your vacation time is precious. Time aboard Celebrity Reflection will make the most of it.

Family with Kids/Teens

Celebrity doesn't have the huge waterslides, climbing walls or ropes courses other lines have, but that doesn't mean families won't enjoy Reflection.

Reflection dedicates three spaces on Deck 15 to children. ShipMates is designed for the youngest, ages 3 to 5. Kids can participate in theme parties, treasure hunts, T-shirt-decorating, talent shows, arts and crafts, dancing, musical games, imagination play and interactive challenges, cartoon trivia, and ice cream and pizza parties.

The Fun Factory is for those ages 6 to 11. Staffmembers divide the kids by age and encourage participation in age-appropriate activities. For children ages 6 to 8, activities include theme parties, relay races, arts and crafts, gaming, movies, ice cream and pizza parties, and interactive team-building games. Those ages 9 to 11 can participate in scavenger hunts, karaoke, talent shows, theme parties, T-shirt-decorating, sports activities, team challenges, movies, gaming and late-night pizza parties.

Teens have the XClub, which includes a dance club and coffee lounge for those ages 12 to 17. Teen activities include theme parties, scavenger hunts, pool Olympics, sports tournaments, team trivia, karaoke, gaming and fitness activities.

In-room baby-sitting for children 12 months and older is available for $19 per hour, for up to three children in the same family.

Late-night group baby-sitting, for kids, ages 3 to 11, is available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $6 per hour, per child. This slumber party is free on the last night of the sailing.

Past Passenger Programs

The Program: Captain's Club, a three-tiered system

Perks: "Classic" members (those who have earned one to four credits for cruising with Celebrity) get perks including access to the loyalty desk and loyalty host, a premium onboard discount booklet, a one-category upgrade (when available), pre-sailing dining reservations at alternative eateries on applicable vessels, and little freebies like wine tasting and golf clinics. "Select" cruisers (five to nine credits) receive all of the above as well as a complimentary wine seminar, priority status to shore excursion waitlist, an invitation to the senior officers' cocktail party, 25 percent off any Internet package, complimentary pressing of two clothing items, and discounted laundry on cruises of 12 nights or more.

Added perks for "Elite" members (10 or more credits) include a private shipboard departure lounge with continental breakfast, priority tender service, priority waitlist for dining room seating, elegant tea service, complimentary use of Thalassotherapy pool use on Celebrity Mercury, complimentary access to the Persian Garden (port days only), access to the new Captain's Club Lounge at Michael's Club (certain hours of the day), 90 free Internet minutes, one free item of dry cleaning, a complimentary bag of laundry (wash, dry and fold), discounted laundry on cruises of 12 nights or more, and the ability to join Royal Caribbean's Crown and Anchor Society at the Diamond level.

All members get the traditional invite to the captain's cocktail party, newsletter and chance to cruise on reunion voyages.

Incentive to Belong: As Celebrity's ships get larger, preferential boarding and disembarkation is a nice benefit. Also, because the tier system is based on credits -- not just the number of cruises taken -- there are ways to move up the ranks faster. For example, you'll earn an extra credit for booking a Concierge-level stateroom or higher, or for sailing for 12 nights or more, for a possible total of three credits for one voyage.

Members-Only Deals: Captain's Club members are offered several special discounted sailings per year, some of which can be a good deal compared to retail rates, especially if it also includes an onboard credit or discount certificate. Compare prices to verify the savings.

For More Info: Visit the Captain's Club section on Celebrity's Web site or call

Fitness And Spa

Reflection's fitness center and spa occupy the forward section of Deck 12. The fitness center, overseen by famed destination spa Canyon Ranch, features modern equipment, including the standard treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical trainers, as well as resistance equipment and a solid selection of dumbbells. If you go during peak hours (particularly mornings before 9 a.m. on sea days), you might have to wait for a piece of cardio equipment.

Classes include yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and two new-to-fleet options: TRX suspension training and Flywheel cycling (two ultra-hot options on land). Fees for the classes are reasonable; we paid less for a TRX class onboard than we paid at our home gym. Though classes require a fee, they fill up quickly, so if you have your heart set on a particular workout, sign up as soon as you get onboard.

Reflection's jogging (and walking) track is on Deck 15, and, bewilderingly, winds its way through a smoking area around the Mast Bar, which seems the antithesis of a morning fitness routine. It gets crowded around the same time the fitness center does, so if you're a jogger looking to avoid working your way around walkers or if you just want a little privacy, hit the track early or late. A sports court, located on Deck 15, routinely hosts basketball tournaments.

The spa, also run by Canyon Ranch, offers treatments that range from teeth-whitening to acupuncture and Restylane skincare treatments, in addition to massages. AquaClass and AquaSpa Suite passengers have free access to the Persian Garden, a serene space decorated in greens and whites. It includes heated ceramic tile loungers, an aroma steam room, and a scrub and salt bar. The Persian Garden on Reflection is 82 square meters larger than the same space on all other ships in the class. It includes six more heated beds, too. Access is $35 a day for those who haven't booked AquaClass cabins.

The adults-only Solarium on Deck 14 houses two hot tubs and a pool beneath an expansive glass cover, which allows in the sun without the sunburn. The area offers a tranquil escape with a fun fountain feature, soothing music and grand-scale art. Clamshell seating for two and cushy loungers make the spot perfect for Kindle time or an afternoon nap.

The main pool area, located midship, has two pools and four hot tubs, with cushioned loungers, including the class's signature two-person poolside beds. The Pool Bar is nearby for libations, and passengers craving burgers can head up the stairs to Deck 15's Mast Grill.

The Lawn Club is also located on Deck 15. While still a public space, it also has eight for-fee alcoves available ($99 for a port day, $149 for a sea day), which cut into the lawn space available for everyone else. They also break up the space, making the area feel less park-like and, frankly, less special than the original wide-open design on the early ships in the Solstice class.

Food & Dining

Celebrity didn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to dining options on Reflection, sticking instead with some familiar options. The main dining area, Opus, occupies space on Reflection's third and fourth decks. It's an elegant venue, decorated in deep browns and silvers, with bright white tablecloths and crystal as far as the eye can see. The vast space -- which accommodates 40 more seats than its counterpart on Celebrity Silhouette -- is stunningly designed, though tables are a bit too close together, which makes private conversation difficult.

Reflection sticks with a traditional dining option -- 6 p.m. for the early seating, 8:30 for the late. Diners also can choose the more flexible Celebrity Select Dining, which allows them to eat in the main dining room any time between 6 and 9:30 p.m. Passengers on this plan can book daily dinner reservations online up to four days before they sail or once they get aboard Reflection.

Menus in Opus offer appetizers, soups and salads, entrees and desserts, and they're flexible enough to accommodate specific dietary needs. You'll choose from a variety of options, including favorites like shrimp cocktail, escargot, prime rib, rack of lamb and creme brulee. Food is generally good, with appropriate portion sizes and some surprises on the menu, like the beef Carpaccio or frog legs.

Vegetarian and healthier options are identified on the menu, but if you have specific dietary needs (vegan or gluten-free), discuss them with the maitre d' before your first meal, and ask specific questions about the menu items you select.

Passengers who have booked AquaClass cabins or suites will eat at Blu, which serves lighter "spa-inspired" fare. They also have the option to eat in Opus if they prefer the main dining room experience.

Reflection has a number of for-fee restaurants, including unpredictable Qsine ($45 per person), French-continental Murano ($45), Italian steakhouse Tuscan Grill ($35), D.I.Y. steak experience Lawn Club Grill ($40), panini restaurant The Porch ($5, open for breakfast and lunch) and creperie Bistro on 5 ($7).

Qsine diners order on iPads from a menu that has no order, then waiters bring out the food in the order of their choosing. Fun? Sure. But we found the timing to be off, with long gaps between dishes and a dinner that stretched to three hours, causing us to miss the night's entertainment offerings. The food was excellent (especially the Dorito-encrusted sushi lollipops), though you're bound to eat what your tablemates order, as it's served family style (albeit in funky serving dishes). If one person at your table of four selects a dish, four servings are brought out, regardless of whether all four people want to eat it. This is tricky (and wasteful) if one person is a seafood-lover, another is a meat-eater and a third is a vegetarian. Service was particularly slow, with waitstaff disappearing for long stretches and drinks and water glasses remaining empty.

Food at Murano is rich and decadent, with traditional French dishes like delicious foie gras, creamy bisques and a cheese course. For $89 per person, passengers can purchase the Five Senses package, a five-course meal that pairs each course with wine.

Steaks are the star at Tuscan Grill, though pasta-lovers have plenty of options, too, including ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese and lobster linguine Alfredo. The Lawn Club Grill is part pizzeria, part open-air grill, and passengers serve as the grillmasters, seasoning and grilling up their meats or baking their pizzas with assistance from Celebrity chefs. Bistro on 5 serves up Celebrity's famous crepes, both savory and sweet, while The Porch provides pressed sandwiches and soups.

Those who enjoy coffee can get their caffeine fixes at Cafe al Bacio & Gelateria, which also offers gelato and Italian ices, all for a la carte pricing. An afternoon tea is also available.

In January 2013, Celebrity introduced a package option for its upcharge restaurants. Passengers can purchase packages that combine three, four or five restaurants for a savings of up to 31 percent over booking them individually. Packages have to be booked at least four days before the sailing. A four-dinners package costs $125, a five-dinners package is $139, and the Ultimate Specialty Package is $29 per day.

Oceanview Cafe is Reflection's buffet area, serving breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. The menu changes each day, but every-day options include made-to-order eggs and omelets, a salad bar that includes a mix of lettuce and toppings, and a cheese bar that includes American standards like cheddar and Colby in addition to brie, gouda and a good selection of the stinky cheeses. Pasta, pizza, Mexican, Indian and Asian choices vary, so one day you might find sushi and, the next, you could see soba noodles. Indian selections are particularly good, with chicken masala and tandoori chicken. Spice levels are decent, but we heard people asking for hot sauce.

The AquaSpa Cafe, located in the Solarium, provides healthy and convenient options -- such as premade salads and fruit and to made-to-order dishes like broiled salmon -- for breakfast and lunch. The Mast Grille & Bar, located on Deck 15 overlooking the pool, serves up burgers and fries with a toppings bar (including guacamole).

Room service is available 24 hours a day, though offerings vary depending on your cabin category. 

Entertainment

At night, there's no shortage of entertainment options onboard Reflection. The production shows take place in the Reflection Theater, a lovely two-level venue befitting the big-time entertainment on stage. The seats are well spaced and comfortable, and they have great sight lines -- we didn't find a bad seat in the house.

The entertainment varies and includes big production shows, comedians, magicians, music and dance. "Reflection: The Show" is the highlight of the production shows. It features a combination of rock music and acrobatics and is entertaining -- and occasionally cringe-inducing with its feats of contortion -- from start to finish. It will be familiar to those who have seen "Silhouette: The Show." Passengers usually have two opportunities to catch shows in the Reflection Theater each night, depending on which dining options they select.

Most nights, you'll find live music in several spots throughout the ship -- guitars and vocals or jazz in the Ensemble Lounge midship, as well as a D.J. spinning dance music poolside or at the Sky Lounge, for example. The ubiquitous a cappella group, These Guys, makes so many appearances at so many venues all day long that we wondered whether they slept.

Because the ship has no official dance club (a la Quasar on its sister ships), those looking to do the Cupid Shuffle have to look to the day's schedule to find the best spot to bust a move. While venues around the atrium host music and entertainment of their own, don't be surprised at night if an impromptu show, with music and wild costumes, breaks out. Just don't expect it to appear on your Celebrity Today daily. Reflection also uses its Lawn Club to host Concerts on the Lawn, where passengers are provided with cheese, wine and blankets for sitting.

Movie buffs can catch feature films most nights in Celebrity Central, a secondary theater venue located on Deck 4. Films tend to be of the new-to-DVD variety. Celebrity Central also hosts events like game shows and bingo.

During the day, entertainment includes games, enrichment and music. Trivia abounds, and Celebrity has teamed with Billboard, so, rather than the typical keychain, prizes might include gift cards to purchase music. A video arcade appeals as much to adults as it does children, and the sports courts regularly host basketball shootouts. Enrichment options include wine and spirits tastings, cake-decorating, sushi-making and other culinary demonstrations, as well as digital camera and computer seminars. The music mix includes the aforementioned a cappella group, D.J. and steel drum band, among other options.

If you order a couple of "flights" in the Martini Bar, you might see a different kind of entertainment -- a spectacular show involving bottle-flipping, glass-stacking and the pouring of a dozen drinks at once. It's seriously the stuff of YouTube legend. There's no guarantee you'll get the performance, but if you're interested, your best bet is to place your order when the bar isn't too busy, perhaps after ordering a couple of rounds for which you've left a big tip. Late night, the Martini Bar, with its ice-covered surface, gets crowded and loud. The Molecular Bar is another crowd favorite for those who don't mind forking over a little more cash in exchange for some of the most creative drinks at sea (think avocado margaritas and dry ice cocktails).

Beer-drinkers dream of spots like Michael's Club, which offers a rotating selection of more than 50 craft beer options from the United States and abroad. Some are more typical of land-based U.S. bars (Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn, for example), but it's refreshing to find a great beer selection at sea, where light domestics typically dominate the options. This also serves as the ship's sports bar.

Cellar Masters, a wine-lover's happy place, features Enomatic dispensers, where you can pour yourself your favorite by touching a button.

Sunset Bar, with its fun lighted stools and killer aft location, is a favorite at night, when you can settle in for some cocktails and an unparalleled view of the sun setting over the sea. You'll also fight for a seat there during sailaways.

Of course there's always Fortune's Casino, which occupies the middle of Deck 4. Games include the typical cruise offerings: slots, blackjack and video poker. Players looking for Texas Hold'em action will find 2/5 no-limit options at scheduled times most days.

Reflection alternates between Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries. Excursion options in the Caribbean are appropriately water-based, while those sailing in the Med might find more tour-based offerings.

Staterooms

Celebrity Reflection features a variety of cabin categories to suit any passenger's needs, from tiny insides to lavish 1,500-square-foot suites, and 60 percent of all accommodations feature verandahs.

Reflectionstandard cabins -- insides, outsides and balconies (called "Deluxe Oceanview") -- average a paltry 170 square feet (38-square-foot balconies), about 15 to 20 feet below the industry average.

Decor features hotel-style white bedding with light brown accents, rust carpeting and striking red love seats thrown in for a shock of color, all of which replaced the flamboyant turquoise-and-yellow Caribbean decor of the old abodes. (For a before and after, check out part three of our refurb slideshow.)

Insides, outsides and balconies feature two twin beds that convert to queens, safes, small desks, stocked mini-fridges, flat-screen TV's and bathrobes. The mini-fridges are locked; have your room steward open yours and clear out the for-fee booze if you want to store your wine or water. Shower-only bathrooms have hair dryers, shampoo, moisturizer and bar soap. There is no shower gel.

Drawers might be some issue for because they were a little stressed for space -- especially with having to pack for a 12-night cruise. There are drawers hidden in a secondary closet in each room, which also houses the safe. There's another drawer above the flat-screen TV, which is also where extra bedding is stored.

For those looking for a little more space and a few more amenities, the ConciergeClass cabins are 191 square feet with 42-square-foot-balconies. Added touches for concierge passengers include welcome bubbly, a pillow menu, nightly canapes, a 32-inch TV and nicer balcony furniture. In 2012, Celebrity expanded the ConciergeClass services to include an exclusive pre-departure lounge with free coffee and juices. Sky Suites come in at 251 square feet with 57-square-foot balconies.

Continuing up in size, Family Oceanview cabins are 271 square feet with enormous 242-square-foot verandahs that feature pairs of loungers and tables with two chairs each. Inside, there's a partition separating the "master bedroom" from the lounge/extra bed area.

Eight 467-square-foot Celebrity Suites feature lovely floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows (but no balconies), a jetted tub and a pair of entertainment centers. The eight 538-square-foot Royal Suites (195-square-foot balconies) add more space and feature whirlpool tubs on the verandahs. On the top of the list are a pair of 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suites with massive, 1,098-square-foot balconies. These suites also feature a baby grand piano, should you wish for a private concert or to tinkle the ivories on your own.

All suite passengers enjoy the service of a butler, who can help pack and unpack, set up in-cabin meals and help make onboard arrangements. Other suite extras include complimentary dinner at a specialty restaurant (one dinner for cruises of seven nights or less, two for cruises of eight nights or more); priority check-in; in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner; complimentary espresso and evening hors d'oeuvres.

There are 26 wheelchair-accessible cabins, including insides, oceanviews, balconies, concierge class cabins and Sky Suites.

Tipping

Celebrity suggests a per-person per-day gratuity of $3.50 for the waiter, butler (Suites only) and stateroom attendant; $4.00 for Concierge Class stateroom attendant; $2.00 for the Assistant Waiter; and $.75 for the Assistant Maitre d' and the Assistant Chief Housekeeper.

All guests are given a form to sign if they wish to have these gratuities charged to their shipboard account. Children under 12 who are the third or fourth person in the stateroom pay only half these amounts. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Gratuities for room service, spa, casino and other staff are at your discretion. Note: Passengers who choose "Celebrity Select Dining" before their cruises are required to prepay gratuities (prior to boarding).

Alternatives: If you wish to adjust the amount you pay, this can be done onboard at guest relations.

Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to all bar bills.

Fellow Passengers

Celebrity draws a wide range of upper-middle-class couples and groups, with the average age of passengers in the mid-50's. During the Caribbean season, expect more families with children.

Our recommendation

The stylish ships of Celebrity Cruises feature high-end decor, modern technology, excellent enrichment programs, superior dining options and outstanding spas.

Celebrity Cruises is best for: Adult couples, cruise line also attract families with teen-agers, family reunions, multi-generational; Young adults looking for soft adventure and sports activities; Boomers looking for a cruise with lots of enrichment at sea; Spa lovers and Travelers who want a taste of luxury at a premium cruise price.