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On Dec. 1, Celebrity Cruises formally named the final ship in its highly successful Solstice class, Celebrity Reflection.
Reflection’s four godmothers are all company employees whose lives have been touched by breast cancer: Celebrity Reflection AquaSpa manager Jovanka Goronjic; Solstice Class Hot Glass Show artist Megan Mathie; shoreside community relations manager Helen O'Connell; and shoreside special events manager Rosey Rodriguez. The godmothers took the stage with Royal Caribbean chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain, Celebrity's president and CEO Michael Bayley, and Celebrity Reflection captain Nicholas Pagonis, together with three of the godmothers of Reflection's sister ships, in a naming ceremony tradition unique to Celebrity.
The ship's new features, inspired by guest comments, include five 441-square-foot Signature Suites with 118-square-foot verandas. The brand also introduced its first AquaClass Suites, building on the popularity of Celebrity's spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms by adding additional space and 24/7 butler service to the amenities already associated with AquaClass. The new 1,636-square-foot Reflection Suite received a great deal of attention; the two-bedroom suite has an all-glass shower extending over the edge of the ship, plus a 194-square-foot veranda.
Reflection also debuted a new, multi-functional conference center, and continues the venues and experiences introduced on Celebrity Silhouette in 2011,including the interactive Lawn Club Grill, where guests can select and grill their own meats or have selections cooked to order; private, Wi-Fi-equipped Alcove cabanas; and The Porch, a breezy, casual dining spot offering sandwiches and coffees and the Art Studio. The Hideaway, which also made its first appearance on Silhouette, is also on board, along with the features of other Solstice-class ships.
Celebrity Reflection will embark on her inaugural Caribbean season with roundtrip, seven-night astern Caribbean sailings from Miami calling in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Basseterre, St. Kitts.