This was our 12th cruise,a first with Celebrity.We chose this cruise because of the destination. We arrived in San Diego on Nov. 22 by air and transferred to the Best Western Bayside Inn downtown.The room on the 10th floor was both clean and quiet.We found the staff friendly and very helpful. W We transferred to the ship terminal at 1:00pm.The driver set our on the curb and the porter would not load them on a cart without a tip first. After about 15 min.I took the bags to the nearest cart,put them on myself,and waited until the cart was picked up by a fork lift and taken to the ship. Embarkation was probably the worst we have encountered, too many people not knowing what they were supposed to do or how to do it. In approx. 2 hrs. we were on the ship. We had an inside stateroom #7067 and upon arrival our room stewart Willian greeted us and explained the room features, his functions and gave us his cell phone number in case we required anything.The room was large comfortable, and very clean. We took a walk to find the library,theatre,dining room and pool area,and were very impressed with the condition of the ship. No papers, empty cups,half eaten plates of food,etc.the clean up was super.
We had first seating in the upper dining room, at a table for 6 very friendly dinner companions.The assistant Maitre D, our waiter Jeorge, and assistant waiter Edward all went out of their way to see that we enjoyed our meals. The food was presented very well,but in some cases it had no taste to it,or just did not taste good at all. I have never sat at a table where so many dinners were sent back.On the second day we had breakfast in the dining room,and never went back.Never tried it at lunch, we stuck with the buffet. There were plenty of activities on sea days to keep you going,the only problem was that the ones we were interested in were offered at the same time. Someone has spent a lot of time and effort selecting the staff for this ship.They all appear to enjoy their job and were more than willing to go out of their way to answer questions or help where needed. when it comes to entertainment theships singers and dancers put on two of the best performances we have seen on a ship.With one exception the guest performers were very talented and great entertainment .When you really enjoy 13 out of 14 shows,it says a lot. There was no shortage of very good musical entertainment in the lounges.To our suprisewe found that the music was very listenable or danceable without the usual assault on our hearing.
Shore excursions were not foremost on our minds as we have been to the Mexican Rivera twice before so we stayed on board at Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco. At Huatulco Mexico, we disembarked and walked in to the village.Was very surprised at the lack of hustlers, you could walk freely without being pestered to buy. It is a beautiful village with very little evidence of tourism. At Puntarenas Costa Rica we took a bus tour of the surrounding villages. The tour guide was very well informed and gave a very factual description of his country,both the good and the bad. All but 3 of the Panama tours were cancelled due to our late arrival at Guntan lake. We were allowed off the ship at the Cristobal terminal since one of the tours had a problem returning to the ship. Cartagena Columbia was a surprise,the tour of the old town made you think you were in Europe.A walled city with great historic buildings and churches. the one big problem was that the city licenses individuals to hustle and harass you in hopes that you will buy whatever it is that they are trying to sell. When we arrived at Ft. Lauderdale I dreaded having to go through another day like we had getting onboard.Now I have to apologize for all the thoughts that I had.The disembarkation of the Celebrity Summit was the best organized of any of the previous 11 cruises we have been on. It was a great cruise with great people and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone,after a full explanation about the food.