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Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by BURNSMN: CRUISING THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN IN AQUA CLASS


BURNSMN
7 Reviews
Member Since 2008
136 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin Not Rated
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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CRUISING THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN IN AQUA CLASS

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan

Pre-Cruise Flew into SJU two nights early and stayed at the Marriott Stellaris in Condado.
Enjoyed the hotel, beach, casino, and easy access to many restaurants in the Ashford Avenue area. One Warning. The lower floors of this hotel are extremely noisy as a result of the band in the lobby playing till 12:00 am on weeknights and 1:00 am on weekends.

Embarkation
Quickest by far of the seven cruises we have been on. We were on board in less than twenty minutes.

Ship
Public areas all were in good shape. Very easy to get around.

Aqua Class 9th floor Cabin
Enjoyed the layout of the room and balcony but did have problems. I had read on Cruise Critic that there were plumbing problems and sure enough when I checked out the toilet it did not flush. Took three calls to customer service to get the plumber to come. Probably took about two hours. After it was fixed no more problems the rest of the week with toilet. However, every time that you took a shower More it flooded the bathroom floor. This is another problem that has been mentioned on Cruise Critic. And because of this we also had some mold in the grout of the shower. Just put up with it and used lots of towels. Bed and pillows and everything else in the room were fine.

Aqua Class Amenities
Enjoyed then all: bottle of champagne, plush robes, fresh fruit, four bottles of water every day, afternoon canapes (switched to cheese and crackers), and iced tea. Went to Persian Gardens on the sea day, quite small but still enjoyable.

Blu Restaurant
This was the highlight of our time on the ship. Ate all our dinners and most of our breakfasts here. The food was wonderful. Service was outstanding and the maitre d Marcel was great. Best food we have ever had on a ship.

Entertainment
Went to all the shows in the Celebrity Theater. Hypnotist and Comedian were both very funny and the production shows were o.k.

Shore Excursions
Barbados-Glory Tours Harrsions Cave and Carlisle Beach (Copacabana)
Mix up on time tour started but once we got going great day.

St. Lucia-Spencer Ambrose Jalousie Beach Break
Fantastic time between the Pitons. No problems. Good food and drink.

Antigua-Lawrence of Antigua Island Tour and Beach.
Highly recommend. Informative land tour and then afternoon at Valley Church Beach. Spectacular Beach.

St Maarten-Bernard Tour #2.
Island tour with time at Orient and Maho Beaches. We really liked our time at Orient Beach but thought Maho was crowded. Would have preferred more time at Orient.

St Thomas-Celebrity St John Ferry and Shopping
Booked our excursion and only used the ferry portion to get to St. John.
Took a cab to Caneel Bay Resort and then hiked to Honeymoon Beach.
We had rain at the beach but then it cleared out for a couple of hours before we had to leave. Very beautiful beach with access only from the water or by hiking.

Disembarkation
This also went very smoothly. Took the Celebrity Old and New San Juan Tour and were dropped off at the airport.

San Juan Airport
Third time flying out of this airport and it always amazes me how people crowd into Terminal Concourse B.
Each time there it has been wall to wall people. We always use the other Concourses for Agriculture Check, Restaurants, Shopping, and relaxing before we move over to B for our flight.

Summary
We had a great time on the Summit and truly enjoyed the Blu Restaurant and the great Southern Caribbean itinerary. Met many nice people and can't wait to cruise AQ again. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


Island Tour with Lawrence of Antigua. Wonderful tour of island which included a lot of time in the National Park around Nelson's Dockyard. Finished with an afternoon on Valley Church Beach. Spectacular.
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Beach Break

(4)
Beach break at Carlisle Bay after Harrison's Cave Tour. Dropped at Copacabana. Beautiful beach.

Harrison's Cave

(4)
Very interesting tour of Harrison Cave. Definitely something different than normal island tour.

Spencer Ambrose Jalousie Beach Break. Speedboat to beach between the Pitons. One of the first one's there so no problem finding lounge chairs. Slightly rocky beach with good snorkeling along base of Piton.

Beach Break

(4)
Bernard's Tour Including Orient Beach and Maho Beach. Interesting land tour with time spent at both beaches. Preferred Orient to Maho. Maho was crowded.

St. John Tour

(5)
Used Celebrity Ferry Excursion to St. John. Taxied to Caneel Bay Resort and hiked Honeymoon Beach. Secluded and beautiful beach.

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