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A Chat With Celebrity Reflection Hotel Director Niyazi Korkmaz and Event Coordinator Zsofia Bak

Niyazi Korkmaz
Niyazi Korkmaz, Hotel Director

 

 

While I was on the Celebrity Reflection, Event Coordinator Zsofia Bak invited me to meet with her and Hotel Director Niyazi Korkmaz to talk about leadership, life on a cruise ship, and Celebrity Cruise line in general. We met in Cellar Masters at 6pm on the last night of the cruise. The following is a summary of the conversation and not a transcript. It should be taken as an indication of the topics discussed in the interview. Read more about A Chat With Celebrity Reflection Hotel Director Niyazi Korkmaz and Event Coordinator Zsofia Bak

"Heartbeat of the Operation" Galley Tour on the Celebrity Reflection

Recently Ric (@CruiseHabitRic on Periscope and Twitter) shared his 7 night Caribbean journey on Celebrity Reflection.  Click here to check out his live blog from that sailing.  Below read his take on the "Heartbeat of the Operation" galley tour".

On the first full day of the cruise, Food & Beverage Director, Clint Kelu, and Executive Chef Kuldeep Singh invited all of the ship’s passengers to take part in the “Heartbeat of the Operation Galley Tour.” The four of us went down to the lower deck of the Opus Dining Room about 15 minutes before the scheduled 11am start time. As we entered, crew members were at the entrance handing out small slips with group numbers on them. We were placed in Group 7, given a glass of champagne, and asked to take a seat in the dining room.

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Celebrity Reflection Live Blog - Day 8 - Disembarkation

I woke up at about 5am and decided rather than staying in bed, I’d give myself a final tour of the ship. I watched from the balcony as we slowly approached Dodge Island and Port of Miami. I finished up my packing and set out to walk around the ship.

As I walked past the shops on Deck 5, I saw a uniformed security officer who I assume was on her way to prepare the gangway for departure. I shrugged my shoulders and said “I just don’t want it to end.” 

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Celebrity Reflection Live Blog - Day 7 - Sea Day

Celebrity Reflection Christmas Display

 

This was the cruise’s second sea day.  I spent a good portion of the day doing things that will become the subjects of a few individual posts to come in the next couple of weeks. These post will include the art collection on the ship, the ship’s venues, a conversation I had with the ship’s Hotel Director, Niyazi Korkmaz and Event Coordinator, Zsofia Bak, and a recap of the specialty dining restaurant Qsine, which I ate at on the last night of the cruise compliments of Celebrity and the Hotel Director. 

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Celebrity Reflection Live Blog - Day 6 - Labadee, Haiti

Today was our day on Royal Caribbean’s private resort of Labadee, Haiti. As Celebrity is one of the brands in the greater Royal Caribbean corporation, Celebrity schedules ships to visit Labadee. The pier supports two ships, so sometimes, one ship is from Royal Caribbean and the other is from Celebrity (or both could be Royal Caribbean). For our visit, we were the only ship docked at the resort.

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Celebrity Reflection Live Blog - Day 5 - Falmouth, Jamaica

With no excursions booked, I decided to spend the day mostly napping. I took a tour of the ship that will become the basis for a couple of future posts on the ship and the art collection. The port facilities at Falmouth are all recently constructed and highly themed. If Disney or Universal were going to build a port in the Caribbean, what would it look like? Falmouth.

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Celebrity Reflection Live Blog - Day 4 - Grand Cayman

When I sat down to write this entry, I had a hard time getting started but I couldn’t figure out why. It’s because we had pastries at Cafe al Bacio. I had an Earl Grey tea with a blueberry streusel danish, carrot muffin, and Nutella croissant. This isn’t anything like what I would normally eat for breakfast, but it was an enjoyable change.

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