Background -- I am actually a 16 (boy) writing this review!! (only child) I have traveled on cruises with my parents for almost ten years and have enjoyed them immensely, (Especially celebrity)!!. We returned from our cruise on the summit yesterday ( 7 night cruise from Puerto Rico)! So here it goes!
We left our house (in fort mill sc, Close to charlotte, around 6 A.m. -ish to head to our 8:30 flight. The flight was fine and we quickly arrived in San Juan just after 11, Hopped in a taxi and proceeded to the ship. When we arrived at the terminal (around 12) we quickly discovered people were still leaving the ship. Quite confused as to what was going on, they took our luggage and we had to wait outside, until about 1:30!!! There was some kind of issue with processing people through customs. Never the less we quickly boarded after that.
CABIN! We were in cabin 8122 CC. IT was the first time we had ever been in a Concierge on the m-Class, so it was a nice treat! When compared to the standard veranda, you got quite a bit more space in the sitting area, and storage around the vanity! This greatly helped, (especially those illuminated shelves) since there were three people, ( 3 people in a standard room, is very tight!!) But the cabin was very nice, good carpeting, comfy couch, hanging space, lighting and AC all was fine. The bathroom of course was small, but it worked. They also installed a (very small) light in the bathroom that stays on when the light is turned off, (like on the solstice) a nice touch. The balcony was great, not too big, but the new lounge chairs and table were very comfy. IS CC worth it though? On the m-class definitely!! The size of the room really made it easier for us, and the little treats like afternoon canapes ( which they just gave us, instead of filling out that little form) were tasty, better in my opinion than they were on the solstice. The only complaint I could find with the room was that there was a connecting door, (luckily our neighbors were quiet) but you could occasionally hear a conversation, really it wasn't a bother. However if your neighbors were loud, then get ready to go to guest relations!! LOL
THE SUMMIT- Having just come out of refit she does looks really good, especially on the inside. The lobby is still lovely!! Could walk up and down the foyer all day!! The martini bar fits in quite well too. Cellar masters never really got a crowd in the evening, unlike its counterpart down stairs. The rendezvous lounge was also our muster station too along with 700 other people!! If there was an emergency, I think that it would get very disorganized quickly!! The shops are all the same basically, souvenirs, drinks, and jewelry! The Michaels club took on a new face too. We never went in except to look around on embarkation day, but it had nice seating, a new tv, and a decent fridge with beer. Unfortunately the mural on the back wall and the other artwork was taken out, a shame. The new and not so improved revelations lounge was okay. It actually worked fine, putting up that wall really didn't change much other than the view, there was still enough seating, and it still looked good, but it was better before. The outside decks were improved too, the pool deck got some nice new loungers, (prime real -estate on the pool deck!!) that were very comfy. The pool was crowded on the one sea day but it wasn't as bad I thought it was going to be, you could find a chair if maybe you waited a bit. They also play music all the time too, sometimes it was fine, other times it was quite loud and annoying. The T-pool is one of the nicest features on this ship!! Swam in it almost every day!! The jets, the fountains were heaven after a hard day at the beach! Lol One of the nicest spaces aboard, (and wasn't even too crowded)! Very relaxing! Another interesting feature that I stumbled upon was the added deck space above the new aqua class cabins. It seems to me that they really should have put something up there, not even a hot tub, but maybe just some nice sun loungers? (like the solstice) It had some great views which I really think could have been utilized better. The promenade deck on deck four is another great space; it was empty almost all the time. However on deck four there some wear and tear (obviously not the place they spent too much time on the refit, some rust around some of the safety equipment, and railings, but it wasn't noticeable. Overall she's in good shape; hopefully she will stay like that for a while!!
FOOD!!!!!!! Let me say that I thought the food was good. We had select dinning ( a first for us) and we enjoyed it. The main dining room is lovely; the back wall is still one of the most stunning features on any ship! The service was good; we often sat in the back on the left side of the dining room and received the same waiters who were very friendly, and efficient. The food was good too. Especially the meat, veal and steak were delish! Never had the fish, but from what I saw it only looked okay. Soups and salads were find, a bit small, but tasty. The soups are now poured from a carafe type coffee pitcher, right at your seat, (except for French onion soup) needless to say there very hot. Desserts were good too, not out of this world but good. The buffet was fine too, we typically didn't eat here too often, but I thought it pretty standard celebrity fare, breads/ pastries especially I thought were quite tasty. The Aqua spa cafe was another nice place to eat, very yummy. WE were fortunate to eat at qsine one night, and it was well worth it. The food was really good. The ipads (watch the movies!) were very cool feature too. The disco shrimp, lava crab, just to name a few of the entrees were delish!! Dessert was also wonderful; ice cream was out of this world!! For breakfast we would eat in the normandie as part of the elite perks. We typically had the entire place to our selves, which was nice; almond croissants, and cappuccinos!! YUM! The elite lounge was in revelations.
Entertainment! The celebrity theater is still an impressive room with good views from just about every seat. The shows were very good. One production show we saw "Sirens" actually had a bit of story line that made sense! The singers and dancers were quite a talented and entertaining bunch that was quite memorable. There was also a good comedian, as well as a vocalist. There was also a steel drum player on board, which was very cool.
Barbados- did a catamaran tour and snorkel with sea turtles which was really cool. They provided a tasty lunch and drinks.
St. Lucia- WE did a ship tour, bike in the rainforest. it was very hard actually, but the rainforest is beautiful. IT ended with a stop by a waterfall, which you could swim in. They have to be the craziest drivers here!!
Antigua- took a taxi to Dickinson's beach; which is a stunning beach, with a bar and water sports.
St. martin- did the water taxi to the beach across the port, and shopped. In st. Thomas we just shopped, and went back to enjoy the pool on board.
This cruise had great weather, it rained for maybe five minutes in st. lucia, while we were docking. The crew was very helpful and would help us in anyway. The captains club hostess tanushka, was very friendly was happy to resolve any issues we had. The beaches were stunning, the food was good, and we just had a great time. You know you had a great time, when don't want to leave!! Long live the Millennium CLASS!!