Celebrity Treatment: A Hyper-Modern Love Boat
At just under one year old, Celebrity cruises’ youngest ship, the Celebrity Reflection, is already making major waves from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. The latest addition to Celebrity’s Solstice Class fleet, the 1,253-stateroom Reflection has revived youthful sophistication and romance within the larger cruise ship experience.
While subscribing to the overall whimsical and stylish design of other Solstice Class ships, Reflection achieves another level of chic. The ship unveils a new category of loft-inspired Signature Aqua Class Suites, replete with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, and expansive, lounger-clad verandas. Nevertheless, the new 1,636-square-foot Reflection Suite reins the ship’s most romantic address—a design-driven, modern luxury masterpiece nestling the ship’s apex, teeming with gotta-see-it-to-believe-it amenities, including a floating glass-enveloped shower deftly suspended over the high seas.
Couples seeking nirvana gravitate toward the AquaSpa, a colossal relaxation sanctuary boasting an extensive hydrotherapy circuit and an ocean-view Persian garden lined with heated tile beds. The DIY Scrub and Salt Bar is particularly popular with honeymooners, and fitness buffs can burn off extra cruise calories in the flywheel, TRX and hot yoga studios.
Eight diverse restaurants grace the ship, from French fine dining in Murano (try the flambéed lobster served tableside) to the interactive Lawn Club Grill, where you’ll barbecue your own meats and craft your own wood-oven pizzas in a vibrant alfresco kitchen. Libations are best enjoyed in the open-air Sunset Bar, a hip and metro outdoor bar exclusive to the Celebrity Reflection, channeling the vibe of a New York summertime rooftop gathering. Come late night, the indoor Martini Bar becomes the epicenter of fun, where the frozen countertop ensures the artisanal cocktails maintain a deep chill.
During sea days and downtime, grab a private cabana on the ship’s spacious, grassy rooftop known as The Alcoves and indulge in a picnic lunch while lazing the day away in style. Curl up with a good read in a swinging nest at The Hideaway—a jazzed-up tree house for adults—or in a retro, tufted chair in the flamboyant, art-filled library. Become a savvier oenophile through a Riedel wine workshop, where you’ll learn how the shape and quality of a wine glass can affect the taste and smell of various wines (generous pours included). And, of course, savor the grandeur of the vast panoramas enveloping the ship—from alternating hues of sparkling blues in the open ocean to gravity-defying white and blue estates scaling postcard-perfect Santorini to historic Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan—while disconnecting from the world and immersing yourself in the romance of Celebrity cruising. (800-647-2251, celebritycruises.com)