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 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.