March Madness - all good: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by coachboon

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March Madness - all good

Sail Date: March 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We're first time cruisers and wanted to try something different from our timeshare vacations. We wanted warmth and good food. Based on other reviews of the Summit, the food did not disappoint. We were also found the service to be excellent.

This was a port intensive cruise. We took it because the time frame was right, not for the ports. We started out in San Juan, then St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Antigua and St. Lucia with the last day being at sea. This ship was doing a different set of islands that I would have preferred the week after (Barbados and Saint Martin). We took the pre-cruise program in San Juan. We enjoyed the El Convento hotel. It had great service and was in Old San Juan which we both enjoyed.

We were very fortunate, or it was planned that way, that we were either the only ship in port or there were only two ships in port. That made visiting these islands much easier as the crowds were very reasonable. We found many well priced tours in port More rather than doing the tours offered by the ship. Although those who took the catamaran tours really enjoyed them.

What we liked about Celebrity was the age group of 45-55 fit us perfectly. The service meet our expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed the food. The SS Normandie Restaurant is an absolute must do! All three couples at our table ate at the Normandie and agreed it was a 5 star restaurant and was absolutely awesome! I travel and enjoy good quality food whether it's pub food to 5 star and I was able to find all types of great food on board. The hamburgers were excellent (agreed by everyone at our dinner table). The waffles were also a big hit.

Entertainment was decent. Everyone enjoyed the staff performances which is unique to this ship. Waiters were present and provided quick service for booze orders but they weren't pushy which was nice.

Celebrity offers a beverage package for alcohol, soft drinks or water. We opted for the soft drinks but to be honest we didn't use it very often. You had to carry your refillable container around with you - a pain to be honest. It was nice to see that our stateroom was replenished with water twice a day and that would have been sufficient for us. We purchased drinks at other times but it's nice having water in your stateroom that you don't have to pay for. One couple had the alcohol package and canceled it after a few days. There was no hassle in doing so and they were charged a pro-rated amount which is fair. Kudos to Celebrity for the no hassles policy on this one. Less

Published 03/23/10

Cabin review:

We had an inside cabinet in mid-ship. The location was excellent. We were a few doors behind the customer service desk - easy access to the restaurants, embarkation and disembarkation. We didn't feel a balcony was necessary. Nothing to see on this particular cruise. Very very clean. Never heard any noise what's so ever. There's no window so for some that might not be a good choice. But across the hall those cabins had windows and they were of a good size.

Port and Shore Excursions

Antigua is known for it's beaches. There's a Sandals Resort not far from where the ships dock. We went to a beach near there (Dickenson's Bay). It was very nice as was the water. The only thing is that in almost all the islands they charge for chairs and umbrellas. We only stayed two hours but we could have easily stayed longer and were not beach people. We didn't see much else of the island except for the area around the ship and that downtown was interesting to tour.

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WE liked San Juan, especially the Old San Juan. It's a great place to walk around, shop and eat. The walled portion of the city is interesting as well as the forts. We ate is some of the local restaurants. Food was good and moderately priced. Hotels are IMO, priced above most tourist destinations but you can find some reasonably priced hotels.

The cabs drivers were all above board and very easy to deal with.

Read 2844 San Juan Reviews

The ship docks in Frederiksted. There's not much to do there so we took a bus to Christiansted. It was worth the trip. It wasn't expensive, we got to see some of the island and Christiansted is much nicer town than Frederiksted. We took a very very short water taxi to a small island in the harbour and spent some time on the beach. The water temperature was fabulous.

We took a full tour of St. Kitts. We enjoyed the island views that it offered. We could have stayed a short while at a beach which was very nice but declined. We enjoyed the tour but I'm not sure what else could be done on the island. There were other tours offered by the ship which might appeal to others preferring a more active visit.

Read 1298 St. Kitts Reviews

We had a 6 hour tour of this island by Cosol Tours. We got to see all of the island including near the volcano. It included a nice beach stop (albeit short)that we got to by a water taxi. The tour company through in a meal of all local foods. We got to stop at a banana plantation as well. Driving through the hills on those windy roads was quite different compared to the flat islands we had visited to date.

Read 1130 St. Lucia Reviews

We just walked the St. Thomas shopping district. We enjoyed it. Lots to see. Some high end shops and the usual tourist traps. Getting in and out of the city to the ship was a breeze. We didn't see much else of the island.

Read 3960 St. Thomas Reviews

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