We were on the Celebrity Summit last week and had a wonderful time cruising with good friends and enjoying the ship, the crew, the ship's activities, tours of each port, and being in the warm weather and out of the deep freeze in the Northeast.
We departed from San Juan on January 3 after a morning touring Fort San Cristobal, which is now a national historic site but that dates back to the early 17th century when the Spanish built it to defend San Juan from attack. Our ship left in the evening, and we set out for points south.
Our first stop was in St. Croix, where 4 of our group took a private tour of the island with Bert, a driver and guide who we met at the pier. Bert took us to the Botanical Gardens and the Curzon rum distillery. He described the history of the sugar plantation that had originally occupied the land and taught us about the wide variety of tropical plants and flowers that fill the Gardens. We loved our stop at the Curzon factory, where we had a very good tour and were able to taste pina coladas and various flavored rums after the tour.
Our next stop was St. Kitts, where 4 of us also took a private tour with a driver/guide whom we met at the pier. St. Clair William was a great guide who showed us the island, took us to the Batik factory in the Botantical Gardens, described the history of the island, and parried my husband's jokes with jokes of his own! That night we ate in Qsine, which is known for its creatively presented and delicious food and great service. Since we were 10 people, we were able to taste just about everything, and everything was wonderful! It was a dinner we will remember for the rest of our lives.
On Tuesday, the ship arrived at Dominica, where all 10 of us had the first of our prearranged tours. Kash was our guide and Charles was our driver. They are part of Levi Baron's Bumpiingtours company, and both of the them are excellent. They took us to the Emerald Pool, to which we hiked down through the rain forest and where a few of us swam in the pool beneath a beautiful waterfall. We stopped at Mr. Nice's Fruit Stand and tasted delicious coconuts, a coconut and rum mixture that was out of this world, pineapples, and bananas. There is no charge for the fruit, but everyone left tips as a thank you for the fruit and banter with the generous Mr. Nice. We also went to Trafalgar Falls and to a sulphur spring, where we soaked in the warm water. Kash was very knowledgeable and quick-witted, and we thoroughly enjoyed her tour. The next day we went to Grenada, where we had our second prearranged tour. This one was with Allan Medford of AJMeddy Tours and Taxi. Allan's tour was outstanding. He took us around the island and served as our guide and teacher about spice production, rum production, and the history and politics and flora of the island. Each and every one of us learned so much from Allan, and his passion for his island was evident to us all.
That night, some of our group ate at Normandie, the other specialty restaurant, while 4 of us went back to Blu, where we had been eating all week. The food and service at Blu were terrific, and we especially enjoyed kidding around with Mazy, the maître d' of Blu, who made the whole experience there very special. Our last port was St. Thomas, where we shopped and went to the beach, and enjoyed a leisurely day. The Summit was a great ship, being in Aqua class was a new experience for us and was everything we wanted it to be. We had a great cruise and were sorry to have to go home.