Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by captainmcd: Better than ever
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Better than ever
The Summit has two itineraries in the Eastern Caribbean, and last year we went on one, and booked the other one for March 24, 2012 while aboard. Since we have adult children (early 20's) with us, we booked a Celebrity Suite (CS) which were large cabins midship which had a lot of space, a separate bedroom, and a panoramic window, but last year with no balcony. When they "Solistacized" the Summit in January, unknown to me was that they added about 80 sq. feet of balcony outside these staterooms, a real bargain based on location and $/sf.
Boarded shortly after noon on Saturday, and found our suite ready for us. Our suitcases arrived shortly afterward. Boarding was quick with no problems. Our room, as stated above, was much better than expected, with new carpets, drapes, and best of all a balcony, and a big one at that!
We ate at QSine the first night, a high tech specialty restaurant where you order from an I-Pad. The waitress seemed to enjoy helping guests get More through the ordering process and was very informative and patient. The menu was one of a kind, and we enjoyed everything, but a few of the items were spicy for us. Our daughter loved everything, it was her favorite restaurant.
We booked the rail and sail on St.Kitts. I liked the train ride, but the sail on a catamaran was disappointing, since we took the boat before the train and nobody seemed interested in the free drinks and lunch at 10 A.M. Also the sail boat motored the whole way up the coast.
On Dominica we and some other CC passengers booked a private tour with Surpee, which was wonderful. We visited about everything on the ship tours and did a lot of swimming, snorkeling, and sight seeing and got back to the ship an hour before sailing, all for $55 per person.
On Granada we also booked a private tour with the same passengers, and got the circle tour of the island, but spent more time in the van, and less on other activities, again getting back 45 minutes prior to sailing. We visited a cocoa plantation and a rum distillery, the 75 proof rum was too much for me, but visiting the low tech distillery, unchanged in over a hundred years was neat, no computers or electricity was needed, the still fired with sugar cane fronds and wood, and mechanical power provided by a water wheel.
On St Croix we just walked to a nearby beach and did some shopping downtown near the ship, and on St. Thomas I did the same, but my wife and daughter booked a snorkeling tour with Celebrity, and were amazed at how well organized it was after the tours on other islands. (signed release forms, careful instruction, etc. missing on the more laid back West Indies islands.
Alejandro, the Argentine cruise director was great, and the entertainment, especially the comedian and the female singer/impressionist, as well as the aerialists who danced were top notch.
Dinner in the Cosmopolitan main dining room was very good, the service great, and I thought the quality and preparation were great considering so many people dined at the same time. We signed up for the dine at your own time and were always accommodated quickly, even without reservations, even on a full cruise. We ate at Normandy for our daughter's 23rd. birthday, and as expected the service and food were impeccable. Less
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