In this blog our travel expert Nicola discusses two of Celebrity Cruises®’ ships – the Celebrity Reflection® and the Celebrity Constellation®
Celebrity Cruises ships are award winning and it’s easy to see why. Described as ‘one big playground’, ships such as the Celebrity Reflection® and Celebrity Constellation® offer the ultimate blend of entertainment, relaxation, comfort and unforgettable shore excursions. Read on below as our Travelmood travel expert Nicola shares her on-board experience.
Celebrity Reflection® and the Caribbean
My 7 night Caribbean journey on-board the Celebrity Reflection® began in sunny Miami. The Celebrity Reflection® is a Solstice Class ship and is the newest member of the Celebrity fleet. If you are planning a getaway on-board this ship then prepare to be amazed. You can look forward to days and nights packed with fine dining, fabulous destinations, an unmatched ambience and true relaxation.
During our stay we had an interior stateroom which was a good size and suitable for our needs. If you are celebrating a special occasion during your trip, such as an anniversary or honeymoon, then I would recommend upgrading to a balcony cabin – there’s nothing quite like watching the water as you relax in the evening time.
Dining options on-board the Celebrity Reflection® are of a great variety and include both complimentary and speciality dining. For a real palette pleaser, book a night in ‘Qsine’ where you will be served classic dishes with a creative twist. We ate here during our cruise and were blown away with the whole experience – from ordering our food on iPads to tucking into ‘Popcorn’ Fish & Chips. It was both fun and interactive.
We knew ahead of our cruise that we wanted to dine in a number of speciality restaurants during our cruise. With this in mind we purchased a dining package once we were on board. This saved us almost 50% on our dining costs and is something I would definitely recommend if you also want to make savings.
During my time exploring the Celebrity Reflection®, I found that it has a great range of amenities for young children and teenagers. For young adults there’s the X Club, a cool hangout boasting the latest gaming consoles, sports activities and late night teen dances. For the younger one’s there’s the Fun Factory where kids can enjoy games, movies, crafts and musical activities.
The highlight of my cruise was our stop off at Labadee in Haiti – Celebrity Cruises’ very own private beach destination. This stunning island is home to a variety of different areas for you to explore. Visit ‘Labadee Town Square’ and immerse yourself in the Haitian culture. Thrill seekers should check out ‘Adrenaline Beach’ and try their hand at the ‘Dragon’s Breath Flight Line’ – the world’s longest zip line over water!
Celebrity Constellation® and Dubai
I was lucky to step on board Celebrity Constellation® to sail the Arabian Coast. The Arabian Gulf (a.k.a. the Persian Gulf) is cruising’s newest destination, and for me, the big attraction was the novelty of the itinerary.
Before boarding in Dubai, I took advantage of the online check in system. I printed my boarding pass which meant my boarding experience was seamless. When you board, a crew member will relieve you of your luggage and deliver it directly to your cabin. I would advise guests to bring a change of clothes and some swimwear in hand luggage so they can start enjoying all of the amenities straight away.
A big selling point for me with this cruise is the number of quality shore excursions and overnights in ports that it includes. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat – all of these destinations are rich in culture and history and are perfect for day trips. Make sure to head to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at night time for amazing views of the city lights.
As a self-proclaimed foodie, I was in heaven during my time on the Celebrity Constellation®.
During warm days I stopped by the Café al Bacio and Gelateria and cooled down with a gelato. My favourite meal that I tucked into on-board was a perfectly cooked steak at the Tuscan Grille, which is one of the speciality dining restaurants.
Like the Celebrity Reflection, the Celebrity Constellation® includes the X Club and the Fun Factory so big and little kids will be kept entertained. While the kids are away then the adults can play by dancing the night away in the Reflections Lounge.
Upgrading to Suite Class
For guests that are celebrating a special occasions or just simply want to treat themselves, then upgrading to Suite Class on your cruise is a must. Here are just a few of the benefits that you can look forward to:
- Your very own personal butler.
- Luminae – a private restaurant reserved exclusively for Suite Class guests.
- Michael’s lounge – an exclusive lounge where you can kick back and relax with an expertly made cocktail.
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