By Darren Hutchinson Cruise Specialist


My experience on board Celebrity Cruises ‘Reflection’ award-winning cruise ship

y journey started with flying from Dublin to Miami via Newark and then a 1-night pre-cruise hotel at

the Turnberry Isle Hotel. It was excellent. Next day after breakfast and a tour of this

fantastic hotel, we took the Thriller Experi- ence, which is a speedboat tour of the bay, taking in the A-List Celebrity homes and followed by lunch in the Hard Rock Café over- looking the port. After lunch on route to the cruise port, all

I can see are these magnificent cruise ships lined beside each other and see my Celebrity “Reflection”, which is the newest and largest ship in the Solstice Class of Celebrity Cruises fleet. Check-In was effortless and I was greet- ed with a glass of champagne on arrival and my bags were delivered to my stateroom so I could explore my floating hotel. This ship has the famous Lawn Club – a real grass garden with Private Cabanas, Lawn Club Grille and my favourite spot on-board the Sunset Bar, perfect for a cocktail as you set sail. Our itinerary was a 7-night Western

Caribbean Cruise which included Cozumel in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Falmouth in Jamaica & Labadee in Haiti. All these islands have something to offer - whether it is to chill out on the beach or take in some shore excursion activities. We stayed in an Inside Stateroom on Deck

11 and we were looked after by Barbara our Stateroom Attendant, who excelled at her

Outdoor swimming pool on the Celebrity Reflection

job. The room was very comfortable and per- fect for our needs, Flat Screen TV, En-Suite with amenities, seating area. It was perfect. This ship has a number of stateroom cate-

gories, with 85% of them offering a veranda. Other choice ranges from Inside /Outside / Veranda and Suites. Most nights we dined in the main dining room, which was amazing, with a great choice of four course meals. Staff were extremely polite and helpful and very courteous. The ship also has a number of Spe-

ciality Restaurants for that special occasion at a small premium. We were treated to a night in the Qsine Restaurant where we ordered by Ipad – food & service was phenomenal. The shops on-board ranged from Art Gal-

lery, Clothing, Jewellery and Duty Free with great offers and discounts. Entertainment was extremely well organised, from the night- ly band in the foyer, Cinema, Comedy Club, Broadway style theatre, pool party with DJ or silent Disco, to mention a few. There was a great choice of bars from one end of the ship to the other and also a Casino. For families, they can take advantage of

the Teen Zone with the XClub, basketball court, video arcade and the Fun Factory for the younger ones. Babysitting is also available at a charge. Celebrity Cruises has received Autism Friendly Cruise Line status. My cruise experience exceeded my expec-

tations especially with “Reflection” Winning Best Large Cruise Ship & Best Staterooms by Cruise Critic 2017. Cruise Holidays are a fantastic holiday option for all ages, groups, honeymooners

and even singles. I would highly recommend and want to go again. Darren Hutchinson Cruise Specialist

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