Our family of 8 had a fabulous time on the Summit over Christmas. For 7 of us it was our first time cruising.
We ate in the dining room every night. Our waiter Jesus was amazing as was the wine guru Alex. Food was excellent and abundant. If you wanted to you could have ordered one of everything on the menu. The night we had lobster Jesus brought out my husband a second one without being asked. Jesus was wonderful with the kids (15,13,12 & 11) he showed them card tricks, cutlery tricks and napkin tricks. We looked forward to dinner with him every night. We had breakfast in the dining room once but preferred the selection of the buffet and the chance to eat outside off the back of the ship. Lunch was eaten at the buffet after a day at port as well. Lots of selection from salads to hot dishes.
The ship was looking tired in a few areas - the cabins and bathrooms are not great but we were on on the 2nd deck so maybe the higher decks are nicer. The public areas of the ship were in fine shape. The public bathrooms are immaculate.
The shows were good for the most part. The comedian was very good. The magician was good but found that it could have been 20 minutes shorter. The musical numbers some were better than others.
The staff on the ship were all amazing. Friendly, helpful and very professional.
We did have a sad start to our cruise with a bartender jumping overboard just a few hours out of San Juan. The ship had to stop for 9 hours and wait for the Coast Guard to clear us to continue but we arrived in Barbados on schedule. I can imagine it was difficult for the staff to put on a happy face Christmas Day but they did.
The ports we visited were all lovely, lush and tropical. Some were more interesting than others. When in Barbados it was a holiday so many things were closed but we took a cab on a tour that was very informative and saw lots of the island. In Dominica we prearranged a tour with Sheppee's tours. A little disappointed that it wasn't Sheppee who I had arranged the tour with. His friend Asher took us around. It was nice we saw the falls, the hot pools, sulpher springs, rain forest but I was expecting more. St. Kitts we walked around the town for a few hours and then returned to the ship. St. Croix we went snorkeling - didn't see much but the kids did enjoy it. St. Maarten we shopped while the kids and Dad went on the America's Cup excursion.
We had a great time on our first cruise. While 7 of us had nothing to compare it to my mother in law, who has been on many cruises, thought it was wonderful as well.