Middle East cruise fans can now experience the latest in luxury cruising on board Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Reflection. The ship was inaugurated this month, cruising from Eemshaven to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in a VIP event that showcased the luxurious vessel and her state-of-the-art features.
Among Celebrity Reflection’s highlights are the industry-first AquaClass suites, which are inspired by spa-style accommodation and offer more than 300 square feet of luxurious interior space and 79-square-foot verandas. Guests staying in any of the 34 AquaClass suites have exclusive and complimentary access to the highly rated specialty restaurant, Blu, which serves tasty, healthy Mediterranean cuisine. The new suites also offer a 24/7 butler service, which is a hallmark of every suite across the Celebrity fleet.
Lakshmi Durai, Executive Director Middle East, said Celebrity Reflection is the fifth and final ship to be built in the Solstice class. “Celebrity Reflection is an impressive ship with many great features and attractions. A personal favourite is the specialty dining restaurant Qsine, which has a menu created by masterchef James Beard. It is a feast for the senses with unexpected twists and flavour combinations, all presented with flair.”
Another first for Celebrity Cruises is the two-bedroom Reflection Suite, which has a distinctive sea-view bathroom featuring a unique glass shower that extends over the edge of the ship, offering stunning views of the ocean. The 1,636-square-foot suite has a 194-square-foot wraparound veranda and can accommodate six guests.
Guests booked in Celebrity’s new suites and the Penthouse Suite are guaranteed a great night’s sleep with the Reverie® Dream Sleep System, which features a premium mattress that allows guests to customise the firmness of their beds. An iPad in each suite can be used to control the massage function and mattress elevation, while also controlling the television and lights.
The AquaSpa by Elemis allows guests to create their own circuit of sensory experiences as they move from room to room and experience hot and cold, wet and dry, and peace and tranquility. The spa’s 883-square-foot Persian Garden features curved, heated tile beds and offers a range of experiences including a hammam, infrared sauna, aromatic steam room, cold room, DIY scrub and salt bar, sensory showers and acupuncture. The fitness centre, meanwhile, offers classes including yoga, bootcamp, pilates and indoor cycling.
Game On, a whimsical twist on the traditional card room, invites guests to challenge themselves and others with six 32-inch, interactive touchscreen tables. The modern makeover presents eight game experiences, which encourage vacationers to tap into their memory, attention and creativity.
With capacity for 3,030 guests, Celebrity Reflection boasts an expanded deck, more seating in the main and specialty restaurants, more sun lounges on the pool deck and more seats in the theatre compared with other ships in the Solstice class. Guests can enjoy up to 50 international draft beers in Michael’s Club, take an art class with a master artist in The Art Studio, enjoy al fresco dining in the new Lawn Club Grill or unwind in The Alcoves on the Lawn Club.
Celebrity Reflection will be based in the Caribbean for winter sailings before returning to the Mediterranean for summer. In a first for Celebrity Cruises, Reflection’s sister ship Celebrity Solstice will stop in Dubai for two days in November on its way from Europe to Australia. Cruise fans will be able to end the luxurious 16-night journey in Dubai after sailing from Barcelona and stopping in Egypt and Jordan, or they can take a 12-night cruise, which leaves Dubai and sails to Oman, India, Malaysia and Singapore.