Once again our group from Central Pennsylvania found itself sailing the Caribbean during the Super Bowl. This was our second Super Bowl with Celebrity and they do it right. Not just TVs in the sports bar and some crackers and cheese. On Celebrity the entire theatre is given over to the Super Bowl. There's plenty to eat ? burgers, hot dogs, tacos and, of course, bar service is readily available. For Super Bowl XLII, Giants vs. Patriots, we sailed on Celebrity Summit. It is a beautiful ship with Celebrity's usual excellent food.
Although the cruise was Saturday to Saturday, we came down to San Juan, our embarkation point, a day early due to uncertainty over weather, flights delays, etc. We stayed overnight at the Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel in San Juan's Condado section. The rooms are sufficiently spacious. In the concierge level, there are hors d'oeuvre in the afternoon and a continental breakfast in the morning. Nearby are lively Puerto Rican restaurants and the beach is a short walk away. However, we're always too tired from traveling to do much exploring.
Saturday morning our travel agent has arranged for a bus and we're whisked off to the ship. This was our second Celebrity cruise. Last year we sailed on the Galaxy, a so-so ship, actually not as nice as the Royal Caribbean ships we'd sailed on previously. But this year we were on Celebrity's Summit. This year we had a balcony. We couldn't get one on the Galaxy and, I think, a balcony makes all the difference in the world. There's nothing like relaxing on your balcony with a book, a cold drink, and watching the world go by.
Now it may freak some people out, but I like looking out and seeing nothing but ocean as far as the eye can see. It's as if everything you know, other than your traveling companion, is away on another planet. My companion ? Janet, my wife ? love it.
The Summit has the usual assortment of clubs ? the Redez-Vous, Michael's Club, Revelations, and a couple more. We don't do a lot of drinking on ship, so none of them made a huge impression on me, other than they were all nicely appointed, and very lovely without being splashy. What drinking we did do, however, was very satisfactory. In other words, the drinks were very good as opposed to the Galaxy where, for some reason, the drinks were less than mediocre.
We were also impressed with the live music on Celebrity Summit. It included the Vivaldi strings, a string quartet from Europe; the Elk Lake Quartet, a singer and three-piece combo doing standards and some occasional jazz. There was a regular pianist, a singer-guitar player and "Wave," a rock band that played poolside and late night in the clubs. Always plenty of good music on Celebrity (and Royal Caribbean).