You would think that I could follow my own advice, but instead we ended up arriving at the cruise terminal an hour late and right at peak time; 12 noon. Bad idea. Two hours later after winding our way through the queuing crowd, we board the Reflection.
At least with the delay we didn’t have any problems finding a table for a late lunch at the patio directly outside the Oceanview Cafe on deck 14. The patio is large, mostly covered, and offers a wonderful view of the ship’s wake on the ocean. I recommend it for either breakfast or lunch as well as a place for sail away. I will get to that in a minute.
Our cabin was ready by the time we finished lunch and our luggage had arrived. Leslie, our cabin steward was nearby and quickly returned with the extra hangers and pillows we requested. Greeting and getting to know your cabin steward is a wonderful way to start your cruise. Their advice and assistance will be imperative to the enjoyment of your cruise experience.
The mandatory muster drill occurred at around 3 p.m. Although it is still mandatory that you find your muster station and attend the demonstration, it is no longer necessary for you to retrieve your life vests from your cabin. Different from our past cruises, this time Celebrity had produced a short film depicting the necessary safety information through a enacted spy film. Presumably Celebrity is hoping that delivering the normally dry and boring safety information as entertainment will help the passengers remember what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Heading to the Sunset bar on deck 15 for the sail away, we quickly realized that most of the ship’s occupants had the same idea. No tables and a half hour wait at the bar. However, one deck below at the Oceanview Cafe patio, we easily obtained a table for the six of us and waiters served drinks right to our table. Same atmosphere, same view and better service. A great idea I will have to remember on future cruises.
As is our norm, we dressed for dinner in the main dining room. We have selected anytime dining, which means you have to wait for table. We arrived about 7 p.m. and waited about 15 minutes for a table. Alternatively you can book a reservation but only for times before 6 p.m. and after 8 p.m.; neither of which works for us.
Dinner was delicious, as usual. I will talk more about the menus and selections in a later post. After dinner we headed to the Main Theatre on deck 4 for the feature comedy show. Karaoke in the Sky Lounge on deck 14 followed the theatre and we ended our evening with dancing to variety of tunes by the house DJ. I highly recommend you check out the Sky Lounge for dancing as well as their features and themed events.
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