This was our third Celebrity cruise. This is the first time we spent the night in a distant port the night prior to boarding our ship. Our accommodations at the Comfort Inn in San Juan were definitely sub-standard. We used a local taxi to transfer to the port. That worked out well. The fare is zoned so we knew up front how much to pay and it was reasonable. From the time we arrived at the port till we boarded the ship things were handled very expediently. We were on board and headed to the lunch buffet in less than 30 minutes including everything. Our luggage was brought to our stateroom in about 2 hours.
The Summit met our expectations from past Celebrity cruises. This was our first time in Concierge level. The ship was clean and well maintained. The Summit is somewhat smaller than our 2 previous so we did notice more motion, particularly the first 2 nights when we experienced rain. The dining room is very motion-prone as it is in the back of the ship. Our stateroom, as it was mid-ship was never a problem.
Our cabin steward and waiter's in the dining room were very attentive and friendly. The staff in the other areas of the ship such as the pool deck the fitness center and spa, was also friendly and helpful. Any requests we had were met with no problem.
While cruising we usually spend most of our time lounging, reading, etc. We took advantage of the fitness center most days as well. While in port we take excursions and find them to be very informative and enjoyable. We found the ship's entertainment enjoyable as well, particularly the special guests, a pianist and a ventriloquist.
In general, the food was good. There was a decent variety on the buffet to cater to many types of ethnic groups. There could have been a better selection from 2PM to 5PM to allow for people returning from excursions that were going to a late seating dinner. The grill was open all afternoon for hamburgers and hotdogs. We did like the availability of water, tea, and lemonade most of the day, which we had not had on the 2 prior cruises. We liked the menu in the dining room with an option for standard choices if you preferred. The lobster dinner was especially good. We enjoyed our tablelmates company but all of us agreed that our table for 8 was really a table for 6 and we were cramped.
At the Captain's Club receptions we were invited to the helipad to watch our sailaway from the port that day - very neat. And another time, if you express interest to the right party, you can get an invitation to tour the bridge, which we did. It was informative and interesting. The ship's officer's were friendly.
We have no other cruise lines with which to compare Celebrity, but we have not been disappointed. We would continue to research Celebrity for our future cruise needs.