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My sister Carol and I
My sister Carol and I

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to go on a Celebrity preview cruise for their newest ship, Reflection. Reflection is the fifth and final planned Solstice-class cruise ship in their fleet, and it’s sweet! I’ve been on four of the five ships (Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox, and Celebrity Silhouette) which have been introduced every year starting in 2008. The only one I haven’t sailed on is Celebrity Eclipse, and that’s because a certain Icelandic volcano decided to erupt and my flight to England was cancelled.

Celebrity Reflection at night
Celebrity Reflection at night

The Solstice-class ships are basically all the same: 1,047 feet long, 123 feet wide, 122,000 tons, have 13 guest decks and cost $750 million. They hold 2,850 passengers and 1,255 crew members and the top speed is 24 knots. They all have similar interior designs except for a few tweaks here and there to improve the passengers’ experience or to make room for increased demand – like doubling the size of their Persian Garden.

Instead of writing a similar detailed report of the ship, I’ve decided to list 10 new reasons to cruise on Celebrity Reflection. So here they are, and don’t forget to scroll through the photo gallery at the bottom where I’ve included 100 of my photos from our preview cruise.

Suite shower
Suite shower
  1. Reflection Suite: The new two-bedroom, 1,636-square-foot Reflection Suite features an all-glass shower shaped like a diamond that extends out over the edge of the ship. Talk about “WOW!”.

    Suite
    Suite
  2. Signature Suites: There are now five 441-square-foot Signature Aqua Class Suites with 118-square-foot verandas. To access them you need a key to get in.

    Sunset Bar
    Sunset Bar
  3. Sunset Bar: The Sunset Bar at the Aft has had a design change. It now has a Middle Eastern Kasbah theme and there’s a beverage pitcher program.
  4. Conference Rooms: On Deck 4 what used to be the restaurant, Qasar, is now a facility for conference or banquet type events, which is a big incentive for charters.

    Art work
    Artwork
  5. Art: All the art is new, and it’s amazing. It’s so impressive that they invited the folks from Art Basel for a preview and they loved it. My sister happened to be friends with one of the invited guests, which is how I know, and I learned from her that the theme of much of the art is keyed around the name of the ship … reflection.

    Sushi
    Sushi
  6. Healthy Dining: They added more healthy dining options, which is great news for everyone.

    Media center
    Media center
  7. Wi-Fi: They added more bandwidth and increased the reach of the Wi-Fi. Now you can access the internet throughout the ship.

    Lawn Club
    Lawn Club
  8. More Cabanas: Up on the Lawn Club they doubled the amount of cabanas to eight (rental fee applies).

    Tons of chairs
    Tons of sun loungers
  9. More Seating: There’s more seating in the main and specialty restaurants, more sun loungers on the top deck and Persian Garden, and more seats in the theatre.

    My sister taking a class
    My sister taking an art class
  10. Art Studio:  You can now take a painting class with a Master Artist from the ArtCenter South Florida in the Art Studio.

    Atrium
    Celebrity Reflection’s Grand Atrium

As you can see from the photos below the ship is amazing and you will never be bored. So no matter how many days you booked, it won’t be enough.

Theatre
Theatre
Theatre
Theatre
Theatre
Theatre
Live shows
Live shows
Grammy Award winner
Grammy Award winner
Live music everywhere
Live music everywhere
Reflection is the theme for the art work
Reflection is the theme for the art work
Art work
Art work
Art work
Art work
Art work
Art work
Art work
Art work
Celebrity Reflection at night
Celebrity Reflection at night
Workers
Workers
Shopping
Shopping
Carol getting her nails done
Carol getting her nails done
Barber
Barber
Chilled room
Chilled room
Steam room
Steam room
Relaxing
Relaxing
Persian Garden
Persian Garden
AquaSpa
AquaSpa
Suite balcony
Suite balcony
View from shower
View from shower
Suite shower
Suite shower
Suite bathroom
Suite bathroom
Suite
Suite
Gym
Gym
Arcade games
Arcade games
Fun slot machines
Fun slot machines
Good actor
Good actor
Fortune's Casino
Fortune's Casino
Qsine surprise dessert
Qsine surprise dessert
Qsine make your own cupcakes
Qsine make your own cupcakes
Qsine cake pops
Qsine cake pops
Mediterranean tapas
Mediterranean tapas
Qsine sushi pops
Qsine sushi pops
Qsine soups served in test tubes
Qsine soups served in test tubes
Qsine Spring Rolls
Qsine Spring Rolls
Qsine
Qsine
Molecular Bar
Molecular Bar
The Porch
The Porch
Bistro on Five
Bistro on Five
Having tea at Café al Bacio
Having tea at Café al Bacio
Yum!
Yum!
Café al Bacio & Gelateria
Café al Bacio & Gelateria
Fruit
Fruit
Lunch
Lunch
Sushi
Sushi
Beverage station
Beverage station
Tons of food stations
Tons of food stations
Oceanview Cafe and Grill
Oceanview Cafe and Grill
Michael's Club (has 50 int'l craft beers)
Michael's Club (has 50 int'l craft beers)
Cocktails in hot tub
Cocktails in hot tub
Pool bar
Pool bar
Lawn Club BBQ
Lawn Club BBQ
Lawn Club BBQ
Lawn Club BBQ
Live music
Live music
Reflection Library
Reflection Library
Reflection Theatre
Reflection Theatre
Bird's nest
Bird's nest
Media center
Media center
This game is addicting
This game is addicting
Card room
Card room
Atrium
Atrium
Zumba class
Zumba class
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Indoor solarium
Indoor solarium
My sister taking a class
My sister taking a class
Art Studio
Art Studio
Sunset Bar
Sunset Bar
Tons of chairs
Tons of chairs
Playing bocce
Playing bocce
Lawn Club
Lawn Club
My sister
My sister
Oversized Adirondack chairs
Oversized Adirondack chairs
Celebrity's logo
Celebrity's logo
Above the men's urinal
Above the men's urinal
Muster drill video
Muster drill video
Muster drill
Muster drill
Live TV
Live TV
Our location
Our location
Find pro photos on your TV
Find pro photos on your TV
Our balcony
Our balcony
Morning view
Morning view
Closet space
Closet space
Electrical outlets
Electrical outlets
Bathroom
Bathroom
TV
TV
Twin beds
Twin beds
Full size bed
Full size bed
Our cabin
Our cabin
Long hallways
Long hallways
Welcome drinks
Welcome drinks
Checking-in
Checking-in
Arrival
Arrival
See the reflection!
See the reflection!
Celebrity Reflection
Celebrity Reflection
Port of Miami
Port of Miami
My sister Carol and I
My sister Carol and I

9 Comments On "10 New Reasons to Sail on Celebrity Reflection"
  1. Kevie1970 (@Kevie1970)|

    Excellent overview of this newest addition to the Celbrity fleet.

  2. Adam|

    Put me in a suite and I’ll sail on any ship. Monday I’ll be going to Miami for a 4 day Bahamas cruise.

  3. Nitya|

    Isita child friendly ship

    1. Lance|

      It is a very friendly ship on the whole. But while there are places and activities for children, there were not many on board. You may consider a ship with climbing walls, carousels and water slides.
      Just my .02.

  4. Anonymous|

    It looks amazing! I am travelling with my 16 year old daughter in March do you think this ship would be a good fit for her age? Thanks

    1. Johnny Jet|

      I think she will love it!

  5. Malcolm Hebert|

    Its a plus 55 ship, ur kid would love royal carribean or carnival better, definitely not this cruise line. Lol

  6. Stephanie|

    Really nice pics!

  7. Noah|

    I going to this ship in march and I compared to celebrity summit . It kid friendly there not lot of kids on this ship, way less than msc divina.

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