This was our third Celebrity Cruise and we're pretty much sold that this company is for us. This was also our second trip aboard the Summit. We cruised on it last Christmas in 2012 and found it to be a fabulous trip.
We're also Aqua Class enthusiasts. We love dining in Blu and the extras that come with Aqua Class are wonderful. We used to frequent NCL, but didn't care for their numerous sales-pitches and mass-dining. Celebrity seems more intimate and there aren't as many families with screaming, rude children. Celebrity just seems a bit more "sophisticated" which is the way I like to travel.
Dining in Aqua Class at Blu is truly a privilege. The service is stellar and the whole experience is intimate and relaxing. My husband loves cruising, but hates dressing up for formal nights. Blu never requires passengers to dress formal, so he loves that.
The Summit pool area is spacious and we really loved spending time out there.
Our stateroom was comfortable, roomy (for a boat!), and Bran & Grigorio, our stewards did a wonderful job keeping it clean. Grigorio also opened the panel between our room and my cousins' out on the Balcony. This was really nice, enabling us to sit out there together for wine and good times, especially at night. It does seem that Celebrity is now having its Aqua Class passengers request canapes; at least on board the Summit. This was not the case 1.5 years ago when we first sailed on her. This was one facet of the trip that was slightly disappointing. We only received them twice, and they were both exactly the same. Celebrity is usually very creative with cuisine, so this was not a highlight. Also, to receive canapes one was supposed to fill out a card and leave it hanging on your door. One was also asked to be IN the cabin when they were delivered, which is absurd. Who is going to spend several hours of their vacation day waiting for the steward to show up with the canapes? Nuts!
We did experience some plumbing difficulty. The first time, the problem persisted for about 3 hrs., but we were told it was being taken care of. We had to use bathroom facilities elsewhere on the boat. The problem was solved, but occurred once or twice more during the cruise for shorter periods. The Summit may be starting to show her age???
Showers in Aqua Class are really nice, with the HansGrohe heads and spigots. The bath products seemed to have changed since last summer, when we cruised to AK. I preferred what they used to have. The bed was wonderful and the linens were top-notch.
I will say that we were really disappointed in one of the performances done by the main cast on this sailing. It was a Pirate review themed show called "Sirens", and it was hammy and ridiculous. Though the singing was alright, whoever produced it did a very poor job. Some of the costumes were poor-fitting and the four people in our party all left wondering what on earth the show was about!