This was our third time on the Summit and each experience gets better. This review encompasses our seven night cruise that included stops in Barbados, San Lucia, Antigua, San Maarten and St. Thomas.
Embarkation - Absolutely no problem. Our direct flight from LaGuardia arrived a little after one and we got to the port by two. Check in was easy and we were soon at the buffet.
The Ship - One of the highlights of the Summit is the T-Pool, a heated, indoor salt water pool that is limited to adults. With the T-Pool are two hot tubs. Bottom line... relaxing!
The Food - After a disappointing cruise on Carnival with indedible meatloaf, the Summit brought us back to quality. This was especially true with all of the beef entrees, which obviously used high quality cuts of beef. Another plus for me was the buffet breakfast which included poached eggs. The lunch highlight was the Asian Station, which often included chinese dumplings and Indian curry dishes.
The Cabin - We had an outside cabin with plenty of room. The only problem was the toilet which refused to flush a couple of times but was quickly fixed.
The Perks - We are D+ on Royal Caribbean so automatically receive Elite Status on Celebrity. The nightly cocktail hour in Revelations was wonderful. There is a drink menu which included Manhattans for myself and Cosmos for my wife. The time was 5-7 and multiple drinks were no problem. The Captain's Club hostess Ti-Ann was wonderful and deserves a promotion! One thing I really appreciated was that she enforced the dress code, although, in general, folks on Celebrity tend to dress better than Carnival or RCCL. When we last sailed the Summit, we were privileged to have dinner with Filip, the Chief Safety Officer. In the course of the year, he was promoted to Staff Captain and graciously invited us once again to join him for dinner.... very nice! Truly the Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Loyalty Programs are the best.
Ports - In Antigua, Barbados and San Lucia, we simply took tours offered on the dock. It worked out well. In addition to saving money, we were in samller vehicles which allowed for more individual time. St. Maarten involved a walk to town and in St. Thomas we simply stayed in the port area.
Debarkation - Once again, absolutely no problem. We were off the ship in less than five minutes.
Entertainment - It was the best and it was the worst. The best was every act and show with one exception. The production shows were top notch and the Aqua Fellows, an A Cappella Group, were terrific. Kudos also to the comedy juggler. Now the bad, a singer-commedian named James Stephens, III. Yes, it is our opinion, but we found his comedy to be offensive and perpetuating racial stereotypes. His comedic style, modeled after Don Rickles, the master of insults, was directed toward Asians, women, African-Americans, and Caucasians.
We have spent a good part of our lives fighting racism and racial stereotyping. Stephens, from the way he dressed (think Amos and Andy), to his insulting remarks to "White women" to African-Americans who he said didn't understand his humor, was clearly over the top and offensive. Then again, most of the audience was laughing hysterically. I think I know why, but will not say it in public.
Overall - An absolutely wonderful cruise. Summit rocks (in the good sense), the staff is great, the food wonderful! You can't go wrong on Summit!