We just spent a week on the Summit (Jan 11-18) and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Loved the suite and now am spoiled - how hard it will be to go back to a balcony. Suite 6132 was very nice with bed facing the sliding glass door, full bath with tub (more on the tub later), huge balcony with two chairs, two loungers and a table, super staff (kudos to our butler Peter and room attendant Bernard), and overall ambience of the ship.
Port intensive meant we did many self-guided and guided excursions. Highlights included:
Carlisle Bay in Barbados - pretty beach and water but not impressed with the beach club. Should have just brought a towel and sat in the sand.
St Lucia - went with James Touring and had a blast. Saw the Pitons, took a thermal mud bath and washed off in a waterfall. We had a super driver who we enjoyed talking with and who made us feel like family. Highly recommend James and his company. St Lucia is stunningly beautiful.
Antigua - Valley's Church Beach
Again a great cab driver out to the beach. Beautiful beach and gentle, swimmable water. Umbrellas and chairs for rent, restaurant, changing and washrooms.
St Maarten - Maho mad Mullet beaches
Cab to Maho beach and walked over to Mullet Bay. Mullet had a little more wave action than Antigua and a definite undertow. Sat on a towel and had a great time in the waves. Then walked back to Maho to watch the planes come over the beach. More Americanized area which did not appeal to me as much but still fun.
St. Thomas to St John - Trunk Bay
Took an excursion from the ship which was self-guided to St John. When you do it this way you don't have to cab over to the public ferry area which really gave us more time on St John. The private ferry is right at the cruise dock to pick you up and drop you off. Took a taxi to Trunk Bay on St John which was stunning and has snorkeling in crystal clear water.
As for the ship -
We had previously sailed CC on the Solstice. This ship was smaller and did not have the lawn club that we loved on that ship. That being said, I spent a lot of time on our balcony relaxing instead of being upstairs in the common areas. Peter, our butler, was attentive without being intrusive and we enjoyed having him take care of us. He always seemed to know what we needed just at the right time. Bernard, our room attendant, also kept everything clean and well supplied. We had breakfast in the room every morning which was lovely.
The pool areas were fine and we did not have problems finding chairs. I enjoyed the heated, indoor pool which was adults only.
We had very attentive servers for the dining room and had no complaints about the food. I think the Solstice was a bit better in overall food quality. The buffet was also good and was obviously under the watchful eye of the supervisor. We had one meal in Normandie which was good but not as good as Murano on the Solstice. The waiters were great though and we enjoyed talking and kidding with them.
Room - Suite 6132
Large room, large balcony and full bath. Only oddness here was the tub which, as a shorter person, I had to practically vault over the side as it was so deep. Made getting in and out a bit of a trick.
Shows were boring and not very entertaining.
Person who was working in the future sales office was not the friendliest but I think this was not a conscience decision on her part but she is more of an abrupt personality. I didn't book my next trip on board because of her lack of help and information.
Wonderful vacation. Can't wait to go again.