Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by EatLobster: Summit Caribbean Cruise Dec. 4
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Summit Caribbean Cruise Dec. 4
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Fair value for the dollar since this cruise was discounted significantly. Not five star but worth the money ($1500 for two with tips/insurance included).
Ship is going to be refurbished in 2011 so will be out of commission for 3 weeks. While it's a little tired, it's certainly not bad for the money.
Cabin: small enough so you couldn't pass each other at the end of the bed. Balcony was smaller than on previous ships so we didn't use it as much as we thought we would. We went up on deck for sail-aways instead. I wouldn't bother paying for the balcony cabin on this ship - a window view would have worked just as well. When we booked, they were the same price but I wouldn't pay extra. Service by our room steward was fabulous. Room is ok. They could make better use of the space with some upper cabinets and different lighting which they will probably do when refurbished. AC worked but I would have liked it a little cooler. The sheets were worn in places with a few small More holes.
Other reviews complained about wine/beer prices but I found them to be very reasonable. A 1/2 bottle of St. Francis Chardonnay in the mini-bar was $15. The Sequoia Grove Cabernet, full bottle, in restaurant was $59 and excellent. 1/2 carafes of "jug wine" were $10. Lemonade, Iced tea, water, OJ are free. Water was fine without needing to buy bottled water. Drinks (martini, margarita) were $8.
Food was good but not great. There was a lot of variety so you could always find something. Rolls/pastries were best - must be the chef. We did the Celebrity Select dining so we could eat at 7 or 7:30 rather than 6 or 8:30. Only drawback is that the shows are built around the set dinner times, so we missed the early show which usually started at 8:45 and were too tired to stay up for the late show, which started at 10:30 or 10:45. On the two formal nights, the dinner takes longer so you couldn't rush and make the show. They had a brunch the day at sea that was excellent. Steaks were generally tough and not that good. But chicken, duck, lamb, pasta were all pretty good.
We ate twice in the Normandie restaurant which was outstanding with fabulous service. They have a 5 course meal with matching wines for $89 instead of the $35 normal charge and we had that once. We ordered from the regular menu the other time and ordered two glasses of Frog's Leap chardonnay and a bottle of Sequoia Grove Cabernet and they worked out to the same price. But absolutely worth it. The ship could use one or two more alternative high quality restaurants as there is only Normandie in addition to the buffet and large Cosomopolitan restaurant. Pizza was pretty lousy; ice cream bar is excellent.
Gym and therapy pool are great. Didn't use the spa as it's very expensive. Good books to read in the library. Internet is slow and expensive - I wish all ships would get with it and offer high speed internet that actually works without such outrageous charges.
I was expecting more movies and lectures. Pretty limited and not at convenient times if you went on excursions. The movies were a year old. They had new movies just out on DVD available on the little tv in your room but they charged for them (a lot more than Redbox' $1). They could show one of those DVDs at the theatre and it would be more popular.
The shopping on the ship was disappointing. We had some great deals on previous Royal Caribbean and Regent cruises on silver and costume jewelry. And t shirts. Didn't buy anything on this ship.
Visited St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados. The excursions were good, although they put too many people on the St. Lucia catamaran for the boat trip back up the coast. It poured in Antigua so we only went into town for an hour and spent the day on the ship which was disappointing. Less
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