About us: This was our 8th cruise with Celebrity or RCI and our 2nd on the Summit. We cruise for the experience of cruising, fine dining and dancing, together with visiting the posts, makes a perfect vacation.
Embarkation: Smooth and easy but a little confusion when you first arrive as the line is not to get onto the ship but to check you luggage for the porters to take to your room. Have your tags on your luggage ahead of time as it will save you some time. No line up to get on the ship and it was around 3:00 pm. We received our welcome champagne and checked into our room and then checked out the ship. It is an easy ship to get familiar with and the staff are so friendly. The Waterfall Cafe is open if you need a treat.
Dining:It is a beautiful ship offering many options for dining. Dinners: We were at the fist sitting in the main dining room for supper. Formal nights were St Maartin and Barbados and all the other nights are Smart Casual. Enjoyed all the meals, especially the desserts. You have 2 menus to choose from, the daily menu that changes each day or the left side of the menu remains the same and is available every day. There is Casual Dining in the aft of the Waterfall Cafe offering the same menu all week and there is small charge to dine there. The buffets have a great variety of foods for breakfast, lunches and supper. Breakfasts: We went to the main dining room, the Waterfall Cafe, and had room service on 2 mornings. Lunch: We had lunches either at the Waterfall Cafe, the Lido deck, or the Aqua Spa Night Time Nibbles; usually found in different locations around the ship at 11:30pm plus there was a fruit buffet by the pool one night and a dessert buffet as well one night. Some ships have gotten away from offering this but the Summit is still going all out with ice sculptures and all.
Cabin: We had an aft cabin with the larger balcony and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our attendant took very good care of us and the room
Music & Dancing: Best Band on board: The Elk Island Trio playing in Michael's Club, Rendezvous, Aft 10th Deck, they play everything form Jazz & Blues, Beatles, to Country. Great Musicians follow them as they are moved about the ship to different venues. Simon Blair could be found strumming his guitar most nights on the aft outside deck 10th floor. Easy listening and we could hear him from our deck. Katie G - pianist - Michael's Club - she can really play the piano and her specialty is movie themes Classical Duo - Casa Cova - can be heard on your way to dinner Celebrity Swing Band - play one night in the Rendezvous Lounge - they are fabulous and I wish they had played again Salsa Band - Rendezvous Lounge most evenings - salsa or Latin style music
Celebrity Theater: The Celebrity Dancers and Singers put on a great show and are very entertaining. We did not go to the shows offering a Comedian or to see the singer.
Spa; They had a special one day offering mini treatments pool side for free it was there Wellness Clinic. It was a great opportunity to enjoy a bit of pampering and to decide how you would like to be pampered
Pools: Loved the T pool and the inside lounge chairs, plus enjoyed the Sauna few times as well.
Highlights of our Cruise: The Elk Island Trio Celebrity Swing Band Fine Dining with great service Dominica; fun cat snorkel Cruise Critics -getting to meet all the people that I had been communicating with over the past year planning this vacation
Disappointments of our Cruise: -2 year old at our dining table in main dining room - solution next cruise I will ask who is sitting at our table as I feel families should dine with families as all would feel more comfortable - limited dancing before 10:00 pm as we like to dance pre and post dinner before going to the show. The Salsa band in the Rendezvous Lounge was very fast and difficult to dance to.
We will cruise with Celebrity again and am presently booked on the Summit for next Jan. They provide an excellent total package for Cruising. If any one wishes to contact me or ask me any questions you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org