Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by aparad: Jan 2010 Southern Caribbean
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Jan 2010 Southern Caribbean
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
I booked three adjacent balcony cabins for our family. Two triples and a double. The cabins were smaller than expected for 3 passengers. One of the triples included an infant so when the "crib"(playpen) was set up the sitting area was unusable. In the other triple, the sitting area was unusable and the balcony inaccessible if the 3rd passenger wanted to take a nap.The cabins showed some signs of wear -especially the bathrooms.
Embarkation was smooth. Bought wine for each cabin and a couple of small bottles of gin at the store at the pier and carried it on, no problem. Dining: We ate 6 evenings in the MDR and tried one evening in the casual dining restaurant($2 pp charge). The quality of the food overall was poor. Huge difference from the other two Celebrity cruises we've been on over the past 6 years. Some of it was inedible. Two times salads were served with rusty discolored lettuce. Some portions would leave a canary hungry. The best things we ate all week were the lunchtime More burgers out by the pool.Desserts overall were tasteless. Two evenings I asked for a can of gingerale and was told they had run out.
Service: Our waiter and assistant waiter were wonderful, as was our room steward. The wine steward could have been more pleasant. For the most part the service was very good.
Entertainment: Average. One show-a tribute to the stars was very good. The rest mediocre. All in all we had a nice time because our family was all together which doesn't happen often enough. Would I cruise again,especially on this cruiseline?? Probably not. We are foodies and unfortunately were really turned off by the quality of the food and by the hoards of people in the buffet lines overfilling they're plates acting as though they were never going to see food again.
Ports: We did no ship excursions but rather ventured off by ourselves. In St Thomas we took a bus located across the street from KMart to Sapphire Beach for $2.50 pp. It was beautiful there and we thoroughly enjoyed the day there. We took a taxi back to the ship.In St Croix we took a taxi to Rainbow Beach which is about a mile from the ship. The water was beautiful but the beach itself only so so. Small restaurant/bar there. In St Kitts we took a taxi to the Marriott resort and rented a day room for $65 per day so that we would have a home base. Well worth it. Lovely resort where we enjoyed the pool, beach and other amenities. We always brought a small cooler with beers, soft drinks and waters. In Antigua we took a bus from downtown to Church Valley Beach. I think we paid about $2 pp for a 20-30 minute ride. Gorgeous day at the beach. Negotiated for a taxi ride back at $4 pp (we had 7 passengers plus infant)(Taxi is usually $15+ round trip pp). In St Lucia we took the cruiseship recommendation and went to Marigot Bay. Waste of time and money. Dirty island, small, dirty beach at Marigot Bay, overpriced beverages. Less
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