Before Christmas on the Celebrity Summit ship: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by daisydee
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Before Christmas on the Celebrity Summit ship
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We were seated at the 6:00 dinner and were at a table of 6. We were with friends, and met 2 new people who were very pleasant and we actually exchanged Facebook info to keep in touch. I am thinking Celebrity paired us up with someone of similar age and geography. The food: On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give Celebrity a 7. It was what you would expect. Mostly good, though my rib eye one night was tough, and hard to eat. I did send it back. There is a different option each night of about 4-5 different meals. Though there is a standard option everynight that never changes and if you don't like the rotating menu, can always count on the standard meals (one was sirloin steak, which was very good!). Our waiter was VERY hard to understand, though More we loved our bus boy. I really do not like that they automatically deduct the gratuties automatically. The buy boy would have gotten our larger tips.
Nightly entertainment: On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 5. The singers and dancers were OK. The very tall fellow was excellent. However the 2 girls they showcased had tinny voices and were not that good of singers. Skip the second night's entertainment where it is the singers and dancers. Something about underseas, and very corny! The comedian Fred was EXCELLENT - a 10 for sure. He was onstage 2 nights, but I wish more. We even saw him late one night at the dance lounge for the staff "Liars Something" entertainment, which was too funny! The singer that was promoted heavily from Canada was in my opinion a 2. He would have been liked by the 80 plus year olds. Though he had a good voice, sang the same tone every song and tried to be like Frank Sinatra -but was not! The Cruise Director Casey was OK, but I especially liked the activity director.
Ports: We always take a taxi tour locally. Must more reasonable and we get to see things you would not see on a cruise tour. St. Crox: had a fabulous taxi driver named Prince. Look for him when you leave the ship. Go straight down and street and look for a fellow in a orange flame shirt. The best tour we have ever had - for sure! Do your homework so you know where to ask him to take you. He took us on a tour around the island and we stopped at a beach for 90 minutes at a pretty secluded beach that was excellent. It is a beach where there are wild monkeys close by you can see, but not touch. St. Kitts: Loved the shopping here. We also took a tax tour, that was good. Dominica: again another wonder taxi tour with a taxi driver named Reynolds. We actually swam at the bottom of a waterfall. Plus then he took us to a local named Mr. Nice where he cut up fruit from his own land for our taste. There was SO much fruit (probably 16 different fruits) and all he asked for was a donation in his hanging coconut. He made a wonderful coconut dip that would you put your plantation (banana) in that was fabulous. Granada: pretty disappointed with this island! St. Thomas: of course the shopping is great, if you are looking for jewelry. The shopping right at the port was pretty good.
Overall, this was a very good cruise. You can be as active as you want or not. The indoor pool right behind the outdoor pool was SO nice. It was heated with bubbling water. In the past this was part of the spa on other ships and you pay for this. Not here. EXCELLENT!
Disembarkation was easy and smooth. We opted to take the San Juan old and new city tour which I would rate a 6 We had a 4:00 flight, so had to do something. We took our luggage with us to where we were assigned to meet for this tour. So disembarkation for us was easy. And there is plenty of storage under your bed for your luggage. Plus the room itself had sufficient storage. Hope you enjoy your cruise as much as we did. Bon voyage! Less