This was our first experience on Celebrity Cruises and overall it was good.
Embarkation in San Juan is fast and easy. Once we boarded, my wife had pre-booked a spa visit for 5pm the day of embarkation. However, this had to be moved due to the muster drill that was scheduled for all passengers. This caused a minor hiccup for our planned activities for embarkation day.
We stayed in the Royal Suite. Our butler, Singh, met us when we arrived at the cabin and gave us a brief tour of our room and its amenities. He was very helpful and responsive throughout the cruise and was always only a phone call away to address any issues we had.
Our room steward was Ruel. He was also great and called us by our name from the first time we met him until the last morning we disembarked.
We ate at two of the specialty restaurants during our cruise. The Normandie was our first specialty restaurant. The service was top notch and the food was near perfection. The More
sommelier assisted throughout the dinner to help pair wines throughout the dinner. The additional charge of $40 per person was well worth it. Our second specialty restaurant experience was QSine. Qsine is a unique restaurant experience unlike any other I have had before. Upon being seated, each person is handed an iPad as your menu. You select a variety of cuisines from around the world. After selecting all your dishes, the waiter helps you plan your meal by suggesting which dishes to have first and what portion size you should have for each dish. Every dish we received was presented in a unique and almost artistic display. The taste was also excellent. Pace yourself here. You get lots of food and just take your time.
As good as our specialty restaurant experience was, our traditional dining room experience was the opposite. The service seemed to mediocre at best and the quality, taste, and presentation of food was well below our expectations (we have had much better traditional dining room experience on HAL and RCCL).
My wife enjoyed the spa treatments throughout the cruise.
On the entertainment side, theonly show we attended was the comedian, Fred Klett. He was very funny and also very clean (no vulgar language). I went to the casino several nights and had a great time. Dealers were helpful and friendly.
Debarkation was easy and hassle free again. Overall, we had a great time. Our only complaint was the traditional dining room experience and food. Less
Celebrity Summit Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
Our next port was Dominica. Here we took the Hot Springs Escape. This was great. The first leg of the trip takes you to a cool mountain spring with a nice water fall that you take a short swim to. Then you head to the hot springs for a nice relaxing 30-45 minutes in the hot springs. After our excursion we had lunch at Coco Rico, located a five minute walk from the pier to the left.
Our next port was Grenada. In Grenada, we were on our own again. We took the water taxi to Grande Anse Beach ($8/person round trip). We rented two beach chairs and one umbrella ($15 total). We just relaxed on the beach. There are several places to get drinks and food. We also bought some local spices at the spice market located right off of the beach.
The first port of call was St Croix. We booked an excursion on our own and not through the cruise line. We went snorkeling with "Big Beard's" It was a good experience, but the water was a little rough that day, so the snorkeling wasn't the best.
Next port was St Kitts. In the morning we took the Essential St. Kitts excursion through the cruise line. It was a good tour with two stops, Romney manor and Brimstone Hill Fortress (The fort had breath taking views and great photo opportunity). After our morning excursion we walked around the port area and had some delicious local lobster and chicken that was being cooked on a grill on the road side by a local gentleman, Loochie . He is located across from the Social Security Building.
Our last port of call was St. Thomas. Here we were on our own again. We made our way to St. Johns. We took a taxi from the pier to Red Hook($10/person one way). From the Red Hook, we took the ferry to St. Johns ($12/person round trip and 20 minute ride one way). Once we arrived at Cruz Bay in St. Johns we took a taxi to Cinnamon Bay ($8/person one way). Cinnamon Bay was great. It is a nice long and wide beach. Water is very calm and great for snorkeling. You can rent beach chairs, snorkel gear, and water sports gear right on the beach. There is also a restaurant, showers, and a bathroom close by.