Celebrity Cruises’ 3,046-passenger Celebrity Reflection debuts this month as the fifth and final Solstice-class ship. The design, which revolutionized Celebrity’s whole fleet, started with Celebrity Solstice in 2008 and was followed by Celebrity Equinox in 2009, Celebrity Eclipse in 2010 and Celebrity Silhouette in 2011.
Reflection has an additional deck beyond its sisterships, and the extra space has allowed the line to include an extra 72 staterooms, 45 more seats in the theater, room for 40 more diners in the main dining room and room for more than 100 more in the Oceanview Cafe in addition to 200 more deck chairs.
Forty-two new suites make their appearance on Celebrity Reflection. Thirty-four of them introduce the new category of AquaClass spa suites with 79-square-foot verandas, special spa amenities and priority access to the specialty restaurant, Blu.
An enhanced AquaSpa offers an expanded Persian Garden, an infrared sauna, an aromatic steam room, a cold room, sensory showers and a hammam, along with new spa and salon services.
Reflection’s Signature Suites have floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, special Reverie Dream Sleep System mattresses that can be customized, European-style butler service and verandas with lounge seating. Celebrity is also introducing the line’s first two-bedroom Reflection suite, which includes an all-glass shower stall that extends over the edge of the ship.
Concierge staterooms have increased services as well. Guests in this category will receive customized courtesy cards to ensure that they can directly contact the Concierge at any time during the cruise for assistance. They will also have access to a pre-departure lounge with complimentary coffee and juices. These services are in addition to complimentary Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, fresh fruits and flowers, daily delivery of afternoon savories, a pillow menu, a special room service breakfast menu, Frette bathrobes, Hansgrohe massaging showerheads, a veranda table for dining al fresco and more.
Reflection will feature several new and transformed venues that debuted on Silhouette (not designed into Solstice, Equinox or Eclipse). The Lawn Club Grill specialty restaurant replaces the Corning Glass Museum and glass-blowing demonstrations. Billed as an outdoor interactive grill venue, the restaurant features gourmet burgers and pizza at lunch; at dinner, guests choose their cut of meat and grill along with the chefs of the restaurant. The cost is $30. The Porch is a casual eatery, providing complimentary breakfast and lunch plus specialty coffee, wine and beer for a fee. Also more relaxed is Michael’s Club, a bar offering more than 50 international hand-crafted beers and a selection of whiskies, plus caramel popcorn, homemade gourmet potato chips and 46-inch televisions.
The Art Studio at the entrance to The Lawn Club is home to two resident master artists from The Art Center/South Florida who give classes and demonstrations in jewelry making, beading, sketching and painting. The studio point is also used for lessons in cooking and drink mixology.
Eight private cabanas, each holding up to four people, are Wi-Fi enabled and have movies and magazines loaded into an iPad, available for rent by the day or half day. Guests can order drinks and picnic baskets for delivery to their cabanas.
Team Earth, the interactive environmental awareness exhibit, is being eliminated and replaced by The Hideaway, a quiet retreat intended for reading, relaxing and listening to music. Apple products from the Celebrity iLounge can be used here, and regular (complimentary) and specialty (for-fee) coffee will be offered.
Reflection starts operation with a nine-night Northern Europe inaugural cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona on Oct. 12, followed by a pair of two-week Mediterranean cruises between Barcelona and Venice. The ship will then sail a 13-night Trans-Atlantic cruise from Barcelona to her winter homeport in Miami. In Miami, she will offer a season of weeklong Eastern Caribbean cruises, alternating calls in San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Thomas with calls in San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.