Celebrity Reflection Postcard #2 Embarking at Civitavecchia

I was awake for work this morning, no alarm to get me just my body clock telling me it was time. Fortunately being in Italy meant we were an hour ahead so it wasn’t too bad  but it still wasn’t early enough to catch the ship coming in to port. We would have had a prime view but alas it wasn’t to be this time.
Breakfast was on the roof terrace at the hotel and a simple continental style buffet, nothing to elaborate but it did the job. The hotel has on offer a shuttle service to the ship for 10 euros each which we made use of today, in fact it was very busy with as many as 26 other people stopping at the hotel doing the same thing. We nearly filled the 40 seater coach and it was nice to arrive at the dock side  totally relaxed and ready to board.

Our first glimpse of the Celebrity Reflection
Roma Cruise Terminal Civitavecchia

Embarkation was a dream, different channels for different categories and as we are Select members we were able to board with the Elite members and we probably on the ship within 25 minutes. On first impressions the ship seems exactly the same as her sister ships but then you start to notice the differences.
They have added an extra deck to the Reflection but not all the changes are on one level. It is almost like there has been an earthquake and certain areas have been raised, widened and lengthened. Its not like we don’t know our way around but we have been caught out a couple of times already with the different deck locations of certain areas. As an example below, deck 15 which is the one above the pool deck now runs continuously from the lawn club, there are no stairs near the rear stairwell. You can walk straight across to the Lawn Club Grille which does seem really peculiar to start with.

Celebrity Reflection Deck 15

We were eventually allowed access to the cabins and it would seem the current trend is to have some of the cabin doors opening out which is what our does.

On a positive note the coffee machine in The Hideway is open from 7:00am and not 8:30am like it was the Silhouette. This is a bit of a result given the close proximity of the coffee machine to our cabin as you can see from the photo below.

Our cabin door to the left and the coffee machine to the right
The Hideaway Coffee Machine

The muster was at 4:30 and we set sail shortly after 5:00 heading for Santorini with a sea day in between.

Tonight the dining attire is Smart Casual and we are on second sitting which is at 8:45pm, we are on table 248 and will find out what the seating is when we get there. Not having specified anything I am curious to see what we have been given.

Right, time to test the WiFi out……..

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