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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 Cruises Insulated Tumbler, Visor, & Tote Giveaway

As we continue to cover and review Ric's Celebrity Reflection cruise from last week, we thought it'd be a great time to give away some Celebrity swag.  Up for grabs this time is an insulated Celebrity Reflection tumbler and a Celebrity visor (pretty high quality material, actually).  We'll throw it in a lightweight Celebrity tote for good measure.  I highly recommend using that tumbler for your next pre-cruise coffee, as there are few times I desire to be highly alert than embarkation day.  Entering takes only a minute and is nearly guaranteed to be painless.

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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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Weekly Video Cruise News Update - December 10th 2016

It's time to try something new.  We're going to start getting you weekly (or maybe bi-weekly) updates on what's going on in the cruise world.  This will take place live on Periscope and then get cross-posted to YouTube.  Take a look below and get all caught up.  We did run into some technical issues with the camera feed, but we'll work on that for next week.  Please subscribe to our new YouTube channel and follow us on Periscope so you can catch our live sail-away interactive broadcasts as well as next week's news.

 

 

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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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Celebrity Reflection Live Blog - Day 2 - Sea Day

Our first full cruise day was a Sea Day on our way to Cozumel. I should clarify that the itinerary I posted earlier was backwards, so the order for this cruise is: Sea Day, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Labadee, Sea Day.

I started the day with breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe. I was just before they opened the full buffet. Still plenty of options, but more to come. The last cruise ship I was on was Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas, the smallest ship in the fleet, so when I see the amount of food put out for the much larger number of guests, it’s pretty impressive. I had a typical cruise breakfast for me of melon and a couple of sausage links. I also had some roasted potatoes and a brioche bun. I don't usually eat bread in the morning, but this roll looked interesting.

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