Greetings! It is thrilling to be writing this blog post about the amazing two-day trip we just took on the Inaugural voyage of the newest Celebrity Cruises ship, the Celebrity Reflection. This is the last ship in the Solstice line, which Celebrity has been rolling out since 2008. Believe it or not, we won this trip through a contest from www.tastingtable.com, a fantastic website dedicated to foodies. Check them out!
The Celebrity Reflection is an absolutely gorgeous ship. Everything is brand new and very modern. When we walked onto the ship, we could immediately see a Gelateria and a Tea/Coffee/Pastry Bar. There was also a bar with a top made out of ice and another bar making “molecular” drinks. Riding the elevator up through the Atrium, one could see a huge tree propped up by metal supports right in the middle of the ship. Go up to the top deck and you’ll find a large lawn with real grass that contains hammocks, cabanas, over-sized Adirondack chairs, a place to play croquet, a few casual restaurants and an art studio!
Our AquaClass balcony stateroom was very spacious and comfortable and included a couch. Enjoying complimentary champagne on a lounge chair watching Miami go by is not a bad way to spend some time! I was surprised by how much storage space there was, especially in the bathroom, although you can still count on the usual tight fit in the shower as is the norm on every cruise boat.
Overall, the food was very impressive. Celebrity has always had a reputation as having some of the best food amongst the cruise lines and the Reflection certainly lived up to this. Our two dinners in the main dining room were well-received by everyone at our tables. Highlights for me included a just-creamy-enough cream of mushroom soup and a mouth-watering Chateaubriand. Our only complaint was that there were fixed seatings for dinner and we were forced to eat quite late. Also, the show times didn’t exactly line up with dinner.
We were also extremely lucky to be invited to a panel discussion at Blu Restaurant which is only available to guests staying in the AquaClass rooms. The panel included Scott Hocker, the Editor-in-Chief of Tasting Table, Jeff McInnis from Top Chef Season 5/Miami’s Yardbird Restaurant, representatives from the Celebrity culinary team, a food writer and someone from the James Beard Foundation. Our lunch at Blu, which serves healthier fare, included mushroom and pea risotto, a perfectly-cooked sea bass and the most wonderful Valrhona chocolate dessert with coffee accents.
Not to go on too much, here is a collection of photos to give you a taste of what we experienced. Click on the picture to make them larger. Stay tuned for February when Global Itineraries sets sail on the Carnival Victory!