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Celebrity Reflection - Transatlantic - October 2016

 

Transatlantic Repositioning Crossing. Three magical words that I have been wanting to experience for quite some time. I recently hosted a group aboard Celebrity Reflection. This was my first time aboard a Solstice class ship and it was very enjoyable.

This trip was two trips in one. The first half was all about the ports. Two in France - ports near Nice and Marseilles, an overnight in Barcelona, and a day in Tenarife in the Canary Islands. Each port was interesting and unique in its own way. Our tours included much history, some wine tasting, beautiful scenery, and fascinating architecture across several different centuries.

The second half of the trip was all about the ship. The crossing took seven days, directly from Tenarife to Miami. The seas were calm with just a mild and enjoyable roll from time to time. This Solstice class ship was a joy.

Several specialty restaurants, a variety of themed and unthemed bars, a beautiful theatre, and many activities to pass the time including games and lectures. Two of us even participated in the crew vs guests water volleyball match. It was also a perfect time to relax, unplug, and unwind.

I always try to include a few extras for our group and planned several additional activities. This included a backstage theatre tour, a kitchen galley tour, and a gay wolf movie on Halloween night. We held three parties during the trip and met in the Martini each of the other nights before dinner to socialize and share our daily experiences.

This was a fun group with people from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.

If you ever get a chance to do a repositioning cruise, I highly recommend it!

Howard

See you onboard!


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