A group of 5 - 3 sisters, 1 BIL and our step-dad (ages 46 - 65) cruised on the Celebrity Summit on January 16-23, 2010 from San Juan. Ports included: St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Antigua, and St. Lucia along with 1 sea day. Overall remarks: Had a great time. Some of us had sailed on the Summit before and really like her. Perfect size ship for our taste - not too big with just the right amount of people
Types of cabins: 2 inside (2111 and 3083) and 1 balcony (7147)
Ship condition: Not too bad overall. There were areas of carpet that needed to be replaced but I also saw them replacing carpet while we were in port. I understand that unless you put the ship in dry-dock, it has to be done in pieces. But overall, we thought the ship was in good shape and beautiful.
Dining Room: We ate in the MDR, second seating, 2nd level. Overall, we thought the food was good. Watch out for the chilled pea and mint soup - nasty!! I always order the chilled soup for something different but that one was inedible. On our last Summit sailing, we were on the 1st level of the MDR. There was a definite difference in noise levels Overall, we had a great time. Our waiter, Jorge, and assistant, Pavel, were wonderful!
Favorite place on the ship: Aft Bar We would eat breakfast here. There was an informal CC get-together here on the afternoon that we sailed. It quickly became the place that we would gather at sail away or late afternoon before dinner. It was also the unspoken place that our party would look for one another.
What did we do:
St. Thomas: It was raining. My step-dad and I had booked a morning tour with Papa Bear (Air Force One Tours) and an afternoon one (Coral World) through the ship. The ship moved theirs to the morning, so we cancelled it. Papa Bear was great - he kept apologizing for the rain. We ended up at Gladys Cafe for lunch since it was raining and no one wanted to go to the beach. Walked in and there sat my 2 sisters and BIL. Everyone had a great time and the food was good!
St. Croix - the 5 of us took a taxi to Christiansted. We wandered around for awhile and did some shopping. Spent the rest of our time sitting at Rum Runners which is a great bar/restaurant on the water. Good food and killer rum runners and painkillers!
St. Kitts - Step-dad and I took the St. Kitts Scenic Railway in the morning. Interesting way to see the island on a narrow gauge railway. Double-decker cars that sway a lot. Step-dad liked it more than I did - I thought it was a little expensive. 2 sisters and BIL did a catamaran, snorkeling and lunch excursion through the ship. They had a great time and said lunch was great. BIL broke both his feet jumping off the cat - they said the crew was great about getting him back on the boat and arranging for a wheelchair to be at the dock when they returned.
Antigua - this was a lost day. We spent the morning trying to make arrangements for BIL to be seen at the hospital (HUGE FIASCO). 1 sister and BIL spend afternoon at hospital. Rest of us spend some time shopping by the pier and then had a snack and drink at Hemingway's.
St. Lucia - by far the most beautiful island on this itinerary. If you've ever been to Dominica, it reminded us of that. We booked a private tour with Spencer Ambrose. 4 of us (BIL stuck on ship in wheelchair) and a couple that we met in St. Thomas spent the day with Spencer. Fantastic tour and day. He took us to a banana plantation and taught us about bananas. Took us to a few scenic overviews and through some of the fishing villages. He even stopped in Soufrie and took a couple of us to a grocery store to buy Banana ketchup and some of the local hot sauce. We then spent a couple of hours at Jalousie Beach, which sits between the Pitons. OMG - absolutely beautiful and the lunch that Spencer provided was delicious. He also stopped and bought various coconut breads and pies for us to try as well as having an ample supply of water, beer, soda, and rum punch.
All in all, a great time!! Please contact me if you have any specific questions.