Here, three travelers share their very different experiences and itineraries onboard Celebrity Cruises newest ship, Celebrity Reflection. These are just a few of the hundreds of ways you can enjoy all she has to offer.
Cynthia Drescher, 28, New York City
I sailed with my best friend, Jared. We went on the cruise and then stayed in Miami for the start of Art Basel.
While onboard, we made sure to really use the entirety of the ship, from taking in a show in the theater to eating at a different restaurant every night and having drinks at the variety of bars (Sunset Bar became our go-to meeting point, always in the company of a mimosa). The Reflection has a ton of modern art throughout, so we would also stroll around to find pieces by famous artists. We didn't do any swimming or spa time. However, Jared did end up the star of a Zumba class. When within range of land, we hung out on deck with our laptops, iPads and iPhones.
Highlights: Those mimosa meet-ups at the Sunset Bar several times a day. A dinner at The Lawn Club and sailing out of Miami through Government Cut were also favorite events, but it's those relaxed moments with my best friend and an expansive ocean view that mattered most to me.
I wish I got to eat at Blu, the ship's healthy dining restaurant. It's reserved for AquaClass stateroom guests (which we were), but we just ran out of time.
One thing I would change about the ship is the strict policy on the Blu restaurant. It's currently open only to AquaClass, but I feel it should take reservations from all stateroom classes to promote healthy dining onboard. I also wish the ship had a juice bar — the kind that serves fresh-pressed juices (not smoothies).
This ship is great for twentysomethings traveling with friends because of the independence it affords. There's no pressure to join group activities or eat at the same table with the same people every day. We could sleep in, have a panini, hang out in the hammocks on the lawn, head to the iLounge for an Internet fix, have a drink, zone out while staring at the horizon and still change and have a fancy dinner and dance until 2 a.m.
For more of Cynthia's travels, visit Jaunted, the pop culture travel blog.
David D, 65, Toledo, Ohio
I went on the cruise with my wife of 33 years.
While onboard, we mostly took the time to relax. This revolved around enjoying the onboard shows in the theater, swimming in the pools and sitting on our verandah, listening to the waves.
Highlights: Dining in the Oceanview Café and main dining room because it's here that we chatted with others on the cruise. Strolling along the decks and heading out on shore excursions were also nice enough to be called highlights.
I wish we'd thought to have a drink at the Sunset Bar at the rear of the ship instead of just walking through to see it on our initial look around. We also would have liked to have had lunch at The Lawn Club and dinner at Blu, but the latter was not available for our stateroom category.
This ship is great for retired couples, as we enjoyed mostly everything. But all ages can benefit from the entertainment. Shore excursions ranged from mild to strenuous, so there is a range of activities for all abilities. We preferred the mild-level sightseeing.
Katarina Kovacevic, 27, New York City
I traveled with my mom. It was the first time we had taken a girls' trip together.
While onboard, we mostly relaxed. We took advantage of the pool and restaurants and also played a couple of rounds on a slot machine in the casino. Didn't get lucky, though!
Highlights: I loved the overall design of the ship, especially the little alcoves throughout. They are perfect for lounging. The library had the coolest nest-like seating areas.
I wish I got to spend time in the AquaSpa. The Reflection has an enhanced version with a modern take on a traditional hammam and Persian gardens, and has heated loungers and expansive views of the ocean.
This ship was great for traveling with my mom because there was always something to do. We played lawn games on the top deck, lounged poolside and did a little window-shopping. We were never bored!
See more of Katarina’s Reflection experience at her blog, Style Jaunt.
Photo Credit: Celebrity Cruises