We took the March 19 Celebrity Summit to St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, and Tobago. I used a travel agency to book the cruise, but used Hotwire to book flights and 3 days hotel in Puerto Rico. Since we're both retired, it seemed like a good idea to check out San Juan- we've been on 3
cruises leaving out of San Juan, but never enjoyed the San Juan experience.
We're on a fixed income, so we had to watch our pennies. Immediately, we received info that we could expect to pay an extra $140 because of a surcharge
that kicked in after oil prices exceeded $85/barrel (it was at $104/barrel during our cruise). We weren't charged this fee, so we were happy about that.
We had an inside handicapped stateroom, which was roomy and convenient. We don't spend much time in the room other than to sleep, so we don't feel we need to have anything fancy. The ship is well-designed, so it was quick and easy for us to get around. Celebrity seems to cater to older travelers - we hardly noticed the kids that were on the cruise. That's a first!
We enjoyed the food on Lido, but it was pretty mundane after a couple of days. If you hunted around, you could find waffles, pizza, burgers, and homemade ice cream and even some healthy options, but the hours of availability were limited, so you have to learn to be "timely."
Celebrity was more generous with the booze- wine and champagne when we got on the ship and at one of the evening performance events. When you order a drink, be prepared to pay- a gin and tonic was almost $9 and a mohito was $11. They add a gratuity on the bill they present you and then they leave a blank for you to add another tip. We drank a lot of iced tea and juice.
Formal dining was great. Plenty of variety; good quality; excellent presentation. Mayra and Hose were our servers and I can't imagine that anyone could do a better job. We like the formal dining instead of freestyle. We like to get to know our servers -
I liked the fact that we weren't "molested" about buying bingo tickets and booze. Every other cruise we've been on was "pushy." Not Celebrity.
Not many frills- no towel animals or extravagant extras. Most seemed relaxed and in a good mood. Everything was clean and efficient.