1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Celebrity Cruises
  4. Celebrity Cruises Cruise Reviews
Sail Date: March 2010
This ship is not suitable for dancers. Music focuses on the 50's and 60's, with some 70's disco. I even heard "Macarena"- I haven't heard that in years. But they didn't have "Sex On The Beach"- ... Read More
This ship is not suitable for dancers. Music focuses on the 50's and 60's, with some 70's disco. I even heard "Macarena"- I haven't heard that in years. But they didn't have "Sex On The Beach"- too racy, I guess. The dance floor in the Rendezvous lounge is too small for ballroom. The group there tries to accommodate requests, but only has 2 mambos, 2 merengues and 2 tangos. They play 3 hours a night, often less. The Bar At The Edge Of The Earth (BEE)is on deck 11 forward, susceptible to any movement. The dance floor is larger but a metal disco-wannabe with raised joints, not a very good surface at best, and often dirty from cooking displays. The deck band plays there for an hour most nights- very monotonous, the same disco-y stuff over and over. After that, the disco. The group I was with kept it open till 4 AM twice, which the DJ said was unprecedented. I gather anything after 10 PM is usually pretty dead. I understand the Constellation is due for refit so I will not say much about maintenance, but BEE definitely is due for refurbishing. Food quality was generally 4+. Restaurant service was good, there seems to have been fewer staff cutbacks than most ships. Buffet service was poorly organised and slow. Food quality was good, but choice on the evening buffet was limited. The staff seemed competent, but not particularly well-motivated. You've heard the cruise ship joke "What time is the midnight buffet?" It was at NOON! And only on sea days. Even the "late" night pizza closed at 11 PM, then only room service. Many daytime activities were thinly disguised advertising- bars, shops, spa, art. Definitely not in keeping with a premium image. The rest? If the excitement of bean bag toss and shuffleboard was too demanding, there were trivia-clone games. A few cooking displays, a couple of enrichment lectures, that was about it. Library is a decent size, but fiction appears to have been bought by the pound from a clearance house. Non-fiction is definitely right-wing, not many titles praising Obama. The thalassotherapy (heated) pool was nice. The hot tubs closed at 8 PM, and were only at 85 degrees. The front desk attempted to use the "health regulations" excuse, but since Celebrity's parent company Royal Caribbean keeps the tubs hot and open 24 hours, this was less than believable. Some hand sanitiser was available at the restaurant entrance, but I saw little effort made to keep handrails and elevator call buttons clean and sanitize carpets during port stops. My cabin was about average, except it was set up for a third person in a fold-out bed, which made the layout a bit awkward. The cabin steward was quite professional, kept the cabin made up without intruding even though "Makeup Cabin" tags are not used. Summary: Unless you're looking for "Florida retirement home" ambiance, Royal Caribbean is better value. From what I saw of the ship's activities, I'd guess the average passenger to be a regimented, unimaginative and inactive old geezer, in bed by 10 PM. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
My husband, sister and I spent a wonderful 12 nights onboard the Millenium on a repostioning, ocean crossing adventure!  We had read disturbing information about the condition of the Millenium, but was happy to see she was in great ... Read More
My husband, sister and I spent a wonderful 12 nights onboard the Millenium on a repostioning, ocean crossing adventure!  We had read disturbing information about the condition of the Millenium, but was happy to see she was in great shape, even though she was going in for an update right after our cruise was over.  Our room was always clean and well cared for and all public areas were immaculate.  Our favorite was the Platnium Lounge.  It's crystal lights and deep purple and shiny silver color palate was beautiful.  Boarding the ship was a piece of cake - everything went very fast with no hitches.  We were greeted with a lovely fresh lei upon arrival which stayed fresh looking for an amazing number of days.  We had a delicious Welcome Aboard Lunch and then found our lovely room.  We had a balcony cabin that featured a very large deck.  My sister had an inside directly across from us that was just as clean and lovely as ours.  We found the food in the buffet area about as good as can be expected with the number of people eating everyday. The waffles and french toast are wonderful and we grew quite fond of the nachos and cheese out by the pool.  Everyone was freindly and there was always a clean table to sit at.  One interesting note:  For the first 3 or 4 days of the cruise there was no coffee cream, only milk.  We asked several times and there was none to be found.  One of the servers suggested we ask at Guest Relations so we went down and asked the girl at the desk.  She seemed puzzled and said there was milk in single serving containers in the buffet area and I said that I was actually asking for cream  She then said, "I am not sure what you mean.  What is cream?"  Hmmmm.   I gave up and just asked if I could have a card to fill in.  The next day the cream made an appearence and was there for the rest of the cruise. The dining room (once we cleared up some confusion about which seating and what size table) was great.  Food was excellent and well presented.  Our servers were a little off at the start but things improved as the cruise went on.  We had wonderful table mates and had many laughs every night!  The entertainment was okay - a bit boring and we chose not to go to some of the shows, but the singers and dancers were good.  Seeing the costumes makes it worth going.  The pool area was wonderful and we swam and tanned and rested....it was great!  We ate once in the Olympic restaurant.  It has a beautiful decor and it was well worth going.  Service was amazing and the food was out of this world.  We had a great tour of the galley by the head chef.  It was so clean and organized.  What an amazing operation!  The musical entertainment in the lounges were none too exciting.  I am not sure how one is hired to perform on the cruise ships - if there are auditions I might just try out myself.  Although I can't carry much of a tune, I think I could do as good as some of the ones I have seen over the past few years. The shops were a bit boring after the first few days - lots (almost too much) jewelry and very little in the way of clothing, etc.  This can be a good thing as one has a milder shock at the end of the crusie!!   The ship's captain gave an update every day at noon.  Or I think it was an update - it was hard to tell.  It was Greek to me!! :-)  All in all it was an amazing holiday and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I wish I could see the Millenium now - it spent 2 weeks in Victoria, B.C. getting a face lift.  I thought it was a wonderful ship before - now it must be amazing!     Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Overall:This was our 16th cruise on a major Cruise Line.  First for the good stuff:   The Ports of Call were excellent. The not so good:  During the second leg of our Sydney to Honolulu cruise we were forced to change cabins and loose ... Read More
Overall:This was our 16th cruise on a major Cruise Line.  First for the good stuff:   The Ports of Call were excellent. The not so good:  During the second leg of our Sydney to Honolulu cruise we were forced to change cabins and loose half our day in Auckland. We actually believe the staff in Sydney that we would have one statement for the entire cruise to Honolulu.  The ship Millennium is definitely showing her age with worn carpets and furniture in the staterooms and the mirrors in the bath turning black around the edges.  The Food was mediocre in the main dining room with less than mediocre service provided by our waiter and his assistant.  The food at the 10th deck buffet was awful.  The onboard entertainment was marginal at best, and an exact repeat of the previous 14 days.  The shore excursions were usurious, at least 4 times the same tours purchased on land.  Embarkation:This was the second leg of a 28 day cruise. Public RoomsNothing special one way or the other.  Showing their age. CabinThe cabin was old, with a worn and stained sofa, worn carpet and sway back beds.  Lot of noise from behind back wall. Enrichment The enrichment series with the Weintrob Duo, Discovery String Quartet and Capt Cook Lecture series was the only note worthy experiences on the cruise DiningOur maitre d' asked us if we would like a window table for this leg of the cruise.  We asked for our waiter from the 1st leg and the Maitre d' said of course.  Well we were assigned to a different waiter and assistant that bordered on the incompetent.  When we asked the waiter why we didn't get the previous waiter, he responded that the previous waiter was assigned to a different table, end of story.  The food and menu was an exact replica of the first 14 days, except we now had terrible service.  The service was so slow, we even had an occasion where the lights were being flicked on and off at the beginning of our dessert. EntertainmentThe entertainment was well below the standards of other cruise lines, was an exact repeat of the first 14 days.  They did bring on a "New" magician, who performed the exact same act as the previous magician.  When some friends told the Cruise Director, he remarked with words to the effect that "We can't please everyone." Service:In Sydney, where we originally embarked, we were told we would have the same cabin through to Honolulu.  On board the ship, the guest relations staff confirmed that we had the same statement for the remainder of our cruise.  We unpacked everything, since we weren't moving, and the night before we arrived at Auckland we were told to pack-up and move the next day.  We were told that we were never told that we would stay in the same cabin, and besides what was the big deal. This room change impacted the majority of the 500 continuing passengers. When exchanging New Zealand Dollars for Polynesian Francs, we received only 50% of the value of the NZ Dollars.  At first they told me that was impossible, when I insisted they said they would check the cash drawer and later called and told me the other half of my money was in an envelop at guest services. Shore Excursions:Much too pricey to take. Value for MoneyDisappointing   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2007
This past holiday season my wife and I decided to combine our 40th anniversary, a desire to finally make it to Hawaii and a chance to celebrate Christmas and New Years on the high seas... We have traveled on Celebrity transatlantic and ... Read More
This past holiday season my wife and I decided to combine our 40th anniversary, a desire to finally make it to Hawaii and a chance to celebrate Christmas and New Years on the high seas... We have traveled on Celebrity transatlantic and through the Panama Canal, and it truly was our only choice of a line, after having tasted Holland America and Carnival on other occasions. My son had traveled on one of Celebrity's sister ships to the Summit, and for the last two years extolled the virtues of having booked a Concierge Class room, with the additional service and amenities. We had always booked a balcony room, but this time we were convinced to go all out and book into Concierge Class (CC). .. for which we paid a premium. It ran us nearly $8k for the two of us, without shore excursions. Boarding at LA was a pain... We were told we had priority boarding with CC, and to show up no sooner than 1 PM to board for a 5:00 sailing. We got their about `12:30 and found many lines and much confusion. When I asked about priority, I was told to just get in the line!.. I am on a cane, and standing isn't my strong point, but we managed to get through and then were told to go sit on a bench with the rest of the hundreds. I again asked about priority boarding and was greeted with.. " That was at 11:00 this morning... sit down and wait until your number is called. I asked about my handicap and was asked if I needed a wheelchair. I said no, and was told to have a seat... only there were no available seats. I found a sign marked elevator in the back of the room, and my wife and I worked our way there and up the elevator, where we found a line, about 100yds long leading up to the gangplank! We got up to the ship in about 50 minutes time. It was LA, but windy and cool. Once onboard we were handed a quick champagne and sent to our rooms. Even on the infinity we were offered to be escorted. The whole front lobby was crowded and looked fairly disorganized, We finally made it to the room and found our rooms to be the same size as the balcony rooms we had on the other 2 ships. They were up under the Pool deck so the noise was fairly heavy at all hours, and the overhang of the above deck sheltered the skyline and set us in shade for most of the trip. The cabin staff was great as always on Celebrity... But, the only amenities that Concierge brought us were some stale snacks at 5 (6 each day!) and a bottle of cheap champagne on the first day. There were a lot of kids on this trip, but that is to be expected on all vacation cruises. They over ran the Spa's thermospa pool however and we didn't get a chance to use it. Food at the special restaurant was first class as was the service, I wish I could say the same for the dining room, however. The food was not well prepared, though it looked great, but the service was just fine. Spa Food for lunch was the best! This was the best entertainment we'd seen on a ship, but the shops were full of a lot of touristy junk, unlike the other cruises on Celebrity. The worst part of the cruise was shuttling to shore on the launches. It was totally disorganized and PRIORITY tickets left on our bed in the Evening before were worthless. We waited 3 hours to get into port, one time. Another was 1 ½ hrs. The itinerary was everything we expected and more. I rate this a 3, Could have enjoyed it more by flying out there. And spending the extra $ of great dining Read Less
Sail Date: December 2007
Sorry I took so long to post, but I figured better late than never... In June / July of 2007 I took a trip to Alaska on the Celebrity Summit (Southbound from Seward). It was an amazing trip and I was very much impressed with the ship: so ... Read More
Sorry I took so long to post, but I figured better late than never... In June / July of 2007 I took a trip to Alaska on the Celebrity Summit (Southbound from Seward). It was an amazing trip and I was very much impressed with the ship: so much so that I booked another trip on the Summit to Hawaii from LA. This time there were a lot more sea days, but I knew it was a great ship, so I wasn't worried. My parents, my grandparents, myself and my husband went on the trip, so I'm going to include observations from all in my review. I'll start with the ship review / getting on from LA and then get into what I did at each stop. Kona, Hilo, Maui, Oahu, and Escondido will all be included. Flight was non-eventful. We flew in the day before our trip (December 20th). We rented a car through Hertz @ LAX, drove to our hotel (Manhattan Beach Marriott), stayed the night, and then got up early the next morning. DM and DH both forgot things so we stopped quickly at a mall & got the forgotten items. Then we went to breakfast at Uncle Bill's in Redondo Beach. DF talked to some of the locals while we were in the mall and they suggested we go there. At 10am there was about a 20 minute wait, so DH and I walked down to the beach (not far, just all downhill which made coming back a bit of a workout). Then the 4 of us took the car over to the Hollywood sign. DH had never seen it, so we figured he should see Griffith Park. I'm SO glad we decided to do this. I've heard that the best time to do this is right after a huge rain storm and it was pouring the few days before we arrived. We had PERFECT weather. Albeit, a little cold, but it was so clear we could see everything. If you are renting a car in LA, I HIGHLY recommend the navigation upgrade. If we didn't have that, I wouldn't know where we were at all. After we finished with Griffith Park / Hollywood Sign, we started back towards an off airport Hertz location to return the car. (Quite close to the pier) Embarkation: When we arrived at the pier it was a mad house. MUCH more so than Alaska. My grandparents arrived about 15 minutes before us and since my grandma's in a wheelchair; they were whisked away and got on board in about 15 minutes tops. By the time we got there and got on line, my grandfather was in his room and they went to get lunch. After about 45 minutes of waiting on line outside we got into the building. Right before we did though there was SUCH a cute owl we saw napping in the planks above. (had to add that because it brightened my mood on line) Then it was another hour until we got to the front of the line and got our cards to board. Then they gave us a boarding number. By the time they called our number another 30 minutes went by and what we were unaware of is that there was another line after your number called to then get on the ship. That line was another 45 minutes. There was a very nice gentleman in charge of the situation talking to us (wish I could remember his name). He explained that they were only allowed 1 gangplank and that was what the hold up was for. I felt bad for him because so many people felt the need to yell at him for something that wasn't Celebrity's or his fault. The pier really needs to make another gangplank available for ease of checking in. Lesson: If you are leaving out of LA, make sure you don't arrive at the busy times. We wanted to see things before hand, so we got there at prime time which was a mistake. On Board Finally: *sigh* Thank goodness we finally got on board. DH & DF headed straight for the buffet. Even though we were starving, we got a special for the spa for a raffle drawing while we were on-line, so DM and I headed there. Sadly, by the time they got there the raffle was over. I suggested they not hand those specials out for those who wouldn't be able to make the drawing on time and headed to the spa with DM (we were all starving at this point). Great service at the buffet, same as I remembered! After we skarfed down some food, DM and I headed for the Normandie to make reservations for one of the days we were there. DH & DF went to check out the rooms. The ship was as gorgeous as I remembered. DM & I were on our way down to the Normandie, but we saw on the side of the buffet, they had a station setting up reservations. What a great idea! So, we did it right there and then headed back to the spa for one of their spa tours. I was excited to see if the Rasul treatment was open this time. It was and I made 1 appointment for a massage for me, 1 for DH, and the Rasul on a different day for the both of us! (super excitement!) Okay, to the room. This time I didn't have an aft, but the room was still nice. I have to say that my best experience and something that will stay with me forever was our room Steward. His name is Santana and he was AMAZING!!!!!!!! He went OUT of his way to help us whenever and I swear he had GPS on me because every time I went back to the room, he was there to open my door! I hope someone from the cruise line is reading this part because they need to give Santana MAJOR credit for how amazing he is. Something my grandma wants to add: Santana went so far out of his way for us it isn't even funny. We (my grandparents) like to keep the door open to the bathroom at night for a little bit of light. But, they were having issues with the door bouncing open and slamming closed during the night. So, Santana made something to put under the door so it wouldn't slam at night. Really, if that isn't going above and beyond, I don't know what is! The rest of the staff was very friendly and courteous and they also treated us like Celebrities. In particular, I also really liked our wine sommelier, Maggie. She was great! You can still get over-the-counter seasickness meds at customer service or the purser's desk. Free, dispensed a couple of tablets at a time. The sailing from LA to Hawaii was one of the roughest and the crew even said it hadn't been that rough in a long time. PLEASE take precautions. Also, if you see that they are doing a Internet class, you an get free internet for 30 minutes (you just have to sit though the class). I didn't see that happen during this cruise though. Since it's so expensive, this would be worth it. I was depressed I missed the culinary demonstration (was busy with something else DH wanted to do). Again, I say to make sure to go to this. Art Auctions: I go to these each cruise. My first reason is because I like looking at the pieces of art and my next reason is because I am a collector. The last cruise to Alaska I ended up buying 8 pieces. Eik, right! I liked that auctioneer and he was very helpful to me and not pushy. This cruise I did not like the auctioneer and helpers. I found them pushy and rude. Also, because I am younger I felt they did not take me seriously at all. I'm on vacation, so I didn't feel the need to wear a suit to the auction and I felt talked down to. I even ended up not attending the last auction (a first for me). Cova: This time I went to the cova and people watched. It was great! Had coffee (which you pay for), but the pastries are free and yummy! The 6 of us even played some monopoly. (they have boards free for use in the main areas there) Spa Treatments: I had the Ocean Wrap (nice seaweed wrap). It was a nice seaweed wrap (which they let you try on the spa tour). Then afterwards while you relax (basically in a waterbed) while wrapped you get a massage on your hands and feet. Then you shower everything off and get a full body massage. It was very nice and I would do it again. Just so everyone's aware: spa services have the gratuity built in already, but you can add more. DH had a massage and loved it too. Rasul: That's a whole story. First let me explain what it is. You're in an outer area which is free of steam / water and you apply a seaweed wrap. (very nice) Then you go & sit in the steam area which looks like a Turkish bath type of place. After a while it gets pretty hot in there. I enjoyed the hot, but DH didn't enjoy it and just wanted to get out of there. I guess he felt a little claustrophobic. Here's where the fun comes in.....as I'm still enjoying my time in the steam I hear him yelling, so I walked out. We were locked in there! Also, it's a bit far away from everything else, so he was trying to get someone's attention to help get us out. DH is a pretty strong guy and after playing with the lock, he did get the door open. I got dressed quickly and got out of there as well. (I didn't want to be stuck!) We went to the front desk, explained, and one of the ladies went with DH to see the problem. He showed her and they came back. They didn't charge us for the Rasul (I'm glad because we weren't in there long) and that was that. I'm sure they fixed that lock right after we left, but make sure the lock works before you get stuck too! Normandie: The food and experience were spectacular and gourmet, while the people were friendly, pleasant, and we were treated like royalty. A couple of highlights—the Caesar salad is made table-side. DF ordered the steak diane (again—same thing last cruise) which was again made tableside. He couldn't stop raving about this either. I had the Goat Cheese appetizer (again). It was still amazing. For those who are weary on ordering this as I was the first time, please try it. YUM! This time I knew they were bringing a cheese cart after dinner, but I still wasn't prepared. My stomach just doesn't expand like that! Dinner was $30 per person + a 15% tip. We tipped more. Tons of people were waiting on us the entire time. Even though I know this is part of going to this restaurant, we had a great time here. Wine Tastings: I went to 3 events on the ship. The Riedel Glasses Tasting, Wine & Food Pairing, and the Different Regions Wine Tasting. Wine & Food Pairing: I did this last time and I focused on different things, so it was still great! Again, different than Princess though. When I was on Princess, once you were done with your glass, you were done. But, Celebrity is different. When you finish one glass, they will refill it so you can get the most out of the talk. I thought this was very interesting so I started drinking what I wanted to so I could fully experience what was going on. If you ask me, $9.95 for 4 bottomless glasses of wine is a GREAT deal. I drank more than 4 glasses. It was entertaining, interesting, and I learned a lot. I highly recommend going. Regional Wine Tasting: GREAT! I got to try lots of wines I hadn't tried before from different regions. I enjoyed it immensely. Big tip here. PLEEEEEASE come after you eat something. They serve a few things here, but not lunch. You need something in your stomach to counteract all the alcohol you are going to drink! Trust me there! Riedel Glasses Tasting: By far, my favorite event. Before going on this cruise I had never heard of Riedel. It was an experience. They had 4 different Riedel glasses and 1 "joker" glass which I've seen at my restaurants. We drank wine out of glasses they weren't supposed to be in. Ie: Chardonnay out of a Bordeaux glass. Then we transferred them to the joker (the worst of all) and then into their rightful glass. The changes were astounding. I STILL cannot believe the differences and how much better wine tastes in the right glass!!!!!!! I know it's an expensive event, but it comes with the 4 Riedel glasses. Attend if you're a wine lover! Ports: Kona: Here we decided to book a rental car through Thrifty. My main motivation for this was that the rental car area was a walk from the pier and we didn't have to drive anywhere to get here. It was easy to pick up the car and right after we drove up to Hapuna Beach. It was beautiful there and our first experience with Hawaii. We got some chairs, sat, and went into the water for a bit. There were a TON of people there, but we still got a spot and enjoyed ourselves. It was nice and I wish we could have stayed there longer. We decided to leave and go to Greenwell farms to do a coffee tasting. This wasn't as organized as I thought at all. It is a short 10 minute tour of the equipment and then you taste coffees that have been sitting out (in a stay warm container). The coffee tasting was the best part and it was good coffee. We ordered some to ship back. I also wanted to go to the seahorse farm, but we didn't have time to stop this time. So, we headed back to the ship. All in all, it was a great beach, but a little far and a lot of traffic for a 1-day visit. Hilo: We were here from 8-6. Our itinerary was volcano national park and then I wanted to stop and get macadamia nuts. The day before I signed onto the computer and checked the NPS website to see about volcano activity. (http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/lava2.htm) All was fine, so our day went on as scheduled. DH, DM, and I (DF decided he wasn't going to come) got off the ship as soon as we were able and got on the Hertz bus that was waiting for us. (we were the first ones there) We left the airport at 8:30 and arrived at VNP around 9:15. I printed out the guide on what to do, but we stopped at the visitors center first. Since people were arriving, we skipped the movie and went straight across the street to Volcano House to see the view out the back. It was amazing. (a tip I got from the board) Please make sure you see that when you are there. Then we got into the car and started on the way. Sadly, it started raining a little and I was glad at this point I brought my waterproof jacket. Since we were ahead of all the groups, we had most of the stops to ourselves. We also brought coolers with us so we had snacks along the way. Some of our stops included Steaming Bluff & Sulphur Bank: Whew—it stunk a little bit here, but the steam vents were really cool to see. Southwest Rift Zone, Halemaumau Crater Overlook (VERY cool), Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, Puu Puai Overlook, Thurston Lava Tube. This was great. DM went and saw the main part, but DH and I took our flashlight and went into the creepy part. It was AMAZING. We couldn't see at all. While scary, it was really fun. Then we drove back around to the main area and out. On the way back we stopped at the Macadamia plantation and bought some things. We even shipped some directly back. YUM! Then back to the ship. All in all, a fun day. Wish it wasn't raining, but it was very cool to see. A day later DM realized she lost something (wallet like thing containing money). She was upset, but didn't let it ruin the trip. When we got home Hertz had sent me a letter noting we left something in the car and to call them. DM had to describe it and it was shipped back to her by Hertz. No questions asked and they even paid for shipping! She was so relieved and I have to say that was very professional and a great Hertz experience. Maui: This was our relaxing island. During the day, we decided to take a shuttle to the Whaler's Village and then stay at Kaanapali Beach. We sat there for about 4 hours. It was beautiful. On the way back to the pier we took a cab to the Japanese Jodo Mission, took pictures for a few, and then took the cab back to the pier to get ready. We had pre-booked a luau called the Feast at Lele. We walked there from the ship. It was gorgeous. Upon arrival we got a lei and a table. Then we sat back and watched the show. The way they handle it is that for each portion of the show, they give you something to represent that region. Some of the food was odd, but it was a great experience. That night was Friday night and Lahaina (where we were docked) hosts an Art Night from 7-10pm. DH and walked through a bunch of them and if nothing else, it was interesting. Very festive. We got back to the ship as soon as we could after that because we had a Bike Trip down Haleakala the next morning. At 1:30 we were out of our rooms and down by the tender. We were nervous about not catching a tender and having to wait more than ½ hour. We actually just ended up catching one, so we were outside the tenders on land at 1:45. Since we had until about 2:45 our pick up time for someone to pick us up, we decided to sit on a curb a little further up in some kind of light because it was a bit dark where we were. We were chased away by cops who told us not to loiter... Then DH decided he had to use the facilities, so we hunted around for a while for one and finally found a public one. At 3am another couple joined the wait (made me wonder what time they had). At 3:30 the van finally showed up. They apologized for the delay and said another couple never showed up at their first pick up. We got into the van and rode to the base. On the way up the mountain DH & I slept on each other. Finally we got to the top and were told we had about 45 minutes until the sun would rise. So, we stayed in the van because it was cold! Outside! Just to give you an idea of our attire: I was wearing a tank top, long sleeves over that, my Columbia lined jacket with fleece liner on top of that. On the bottom I was wearing my super warm pants. Then sneakers, my ear liners, a hat, & my gloves. When it got closer to sunrise DH & I got out of the van to get closer to view the sunrise without buildings / other things blocking the way. It was freezing and rainy. Colder than parts of Alaska! Unfortunately, here's my regret. We saw NOTHING. The people meeting us outside the national park with the bikes further down said they saw an amazing sunrise, but we were stuck in the cloud. It's a shame because the point of the trip for me was to see the sunrise and it never happened. *sigh* Moving onto the bike ride. We took the bus out of the park to where a van with bikes was waiting. We loaded up on gear and formed a line of lightest to heaviest. (per the guides) They instructed us on safety and then started us down. It was amazing. I hadn't bike rode in a while and there was a stretch of about 200 yards which was hard for me. But, otherwise I pushed through and made it from the top to the beach. To look back and see where we came from was just amazing and breathtaking. I would do it again, even without the sunrise. The guides were professional and I can't say enough great things. (I used mountain riders) Oahu: We were here from 7am - 2pm. This was the only stop my grandparents agreed to get off the ship at. So, I decided to hire a limousine to take us around so they wouldn't have to worry about climbing on a bus and the 6 of us could just be together. After a lot of searching on the boards, I found abc limo. They were great. Before I came, they set up everything with me and gave me a cell number to call when we got off the ship because they couldn't park there long. DH & I wanted to go to Pearl Harbor, but the rest of the group already went. So, we got off the ship as early as possible, got in the limo and he took us there. There was a HUGE wait. It was nuts. But, DH wanted to do it, so I stayed with the plan. In the meantime Marvin from ABC went and picked up my grandparents and parents. He gave them a tour and by the time they were done, he picked us up. He took us to the most beautiful places. My favorite was Hanauma Bay. It was gorgeous. (He also took us to a fast-food type place for lunch the locals go too—that was great too!) VERY professional and I HIGHLY recommend you use ABC. Since this was our last stop in Hawaii, I wanted a pretty lei before I got back on the ship. We were told to go to China town, but it was too late. One of the locals said to try to grocery store, so DH & I walked there. It's about 3 blocks from where we were docked. I got a gorgeous lei there for $10. Escondido: My least favorite. I guess they to stop here just to include an international stop. I wish they didn't, but nothing we can do. In retrospect, I wouldn't have even gotten off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
This was our 20th cruise together. Although we have cruised on Crystal, Seven Seas, Cunard (QM II Maiden Voyage), Royal Viking Sun, Seabourn Sun and Princess, we now pretty much stick to either Celebrity or HAL. Our previous cruise was ... Read More
This was our 20th cruise together. Although we have cruised on Crystal, Seven Seas, Cunard (QM II Maiden Voyage), Royal Viking Sun, Seabourn Sun and Princess, we now pretty much stick to either Celebrity or HAL. Our previous cruise was last fall on the Noordam from NYC to the Caribbean. We have had four cruises on Celebrity, including the Zenith, Infinity, Millennium and Summit. We chose this cruise because we wanted the sea days, Linda lives in San Diego county and we love Hawaii. We drove from Oceanside and parked across the street from the pier. We had a suite so we were able to bypass the very long lines of passengers waiting to check in. There was still quite a line for photographs. In addition to the Noordam, we also did a seven day Mexico cruise on the Oosterdam, so this review will essentially be comparing the HAL Vista class ships with Celebrity's Millennium class ships. First I want to say that the Roll Call board for this cruise was quite active and the Cruise Critic party was well attended. The gift exchange was a great idea. The best thing about the Summit is The Normandie Restaurant. The food and service are second to none. HAL's Pinnacle Restaurants are not even close. The food in the Cosmopolitan Restaurant was quite good, but our waiter simply would not give us time to enjoy each course. Table assignment was another issue. On the Infinity and Millennium, our cabin was a Sky Suite and we had a table for two by the railing. This time we had a table for two by the window (not nearly as nice), but I was content with this until a couple sitting next to us at the Martini Bar told me that they had a table for two by the railing and they had an INSIDE cabin. Not cool!!! The Waterfall Cafe was actually quite nice. Very good food selection, easy to find a clean table and the service was excellent. We had a Celebrity Suite which meant lots of space (including a walkin closet) but no balcony. I learned from the Cruise Critic message board shortly before we left that a window washing platform would be right outside one of our windows. Not a problem because it covered only one of four windows and we kept that curtain down. Unfortunately, the windows looked like the washing platform had not been used in quite some time. My major complaint with the cabin was the mattress. When I first laid down, I thought I was laying in the back of a pickup truck. When I complained, I was told that the bedding was only two cruises old. Our room steward put a mattress pad on the bed but the improvement was marginal. On the Noordam, we had a Deluxe Verandah Suite and the mattress was heavenly. Bedding is obviously a matter of personal choice but in my opinion, HAL wins this one hands down. Celebrity Suites have connecting doors and we had some neighbors with loud voices but we got used to it. I saw on the Cruise Critic review of the Summit a mention of all this fantastic artwork. Made me wonder if I was on the wrong ship. All I remember from the Summit were the busts on the stair landings by Liza Lou that seemed to have been made out of staples or paper clips. And the brown draperies in the atrium were nondescript to say the least. If the Noordam and Oosterdam are any indication, HAL wins this one hands down. The smoking/no smoking rules were pretty much ignored. However, this was not a major issue. We went to two shows, one of which was awesome and the other we walked out of. They had a Filipino band called Top Notch which was the best band I have heard on any cruise ship. The Voice Males were also quite good. Hawaii is, well Hawaii. We only did one shore excursion, Land of the Frozen Fire, on Hilo, which was nice. We did book The Feast At Lele in Lahaina on our own and loved it. The only complaint was having to leave Kona at 1 PM. According to the HAL brochure, the Zaandam leaves Kona at 5 PM, spends four hours in Ensenada (not one like the Summit) and still makes it back to San Diego at 7 AM. Disembarkation was a mess. HAL lets you stay in your cabin until it's time to leave. Celebrity sent us to the Normandie but they kicked us out at 10:00. Having had a suite, we should have been off the ship long before that but Celebrity, in their infinite wisdom, had us in the very last group leaving the ship, a category labeled Deck 2 Aft. One last comment for the road. Before I left I sent an e-mail to the Captains Club asking for an e-mail contact while at sea. No answer (until I was long gone). So my travel agent called Celebrity and was told that the address would be myname@summit.celebrityatsea.com. WRONG. The celebrityatsea e-mail service ended last February so we were forced to set up a Hotmail account while at sea. Both of us had given the celebrityatsea address to both business and personal associates so we were left with a bit of egg on our faces. Our cruise next fall will probably be Canada/New England. The choices are the Constellation out of Port Liberty, NJ or the Eurodam from NYC to Quebec or visa versa. I'm thinking it's time to try HAL again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
We arrived at the port at 11:30 and were onboard by 11:45- no lines. We loved our room with the extra large balcony but had a great deal of trouble with the poor circulation that brought tobacco smoke into our room. The staff were ... Read More
We arrived at the port at 11:30 and were onboard by 11:45- no lines. We loved our room with the extra large balcony but had a great deal of trouble with the poor circulation that brought tobacco smoke into our room. The staff were terrific in trying to control this problem by sprinkling a deodorizer on the carpet and then providing us an air cleaner for the rest of the days. My main complaint with this cruise was it was the smokiest ship that we have ever been in. We had to leave many public rooms due to the smoke drifting over from the smoking side. Our room continued to fill with tobacco smoke, but they did the best that they could to discourage our neighbor from smoking quite as much. I wish that they made one side of the ship's cabins for smokers a the other side for non-smokers so that everyone was happy. Jefferson Ang was my favorite performer, the comedians were funny, but the singers and dancers were not quite as good as Royal Caribbean or Carnival's. The food was great and the service was even better. We loved our server Balkan who even went beyond the call of duty in the casual dining area when he saw us in there. He went down to the 4th floor to bring me Diet Cokes every morning!! I am 44 and traveled with my 17 year old daughter. There were only 6 kids on board so she was left sort of high and dry regarding having a teen club to socialize with. However, the youth care staff were very good to her and she enjoyed stopping in to chat with them daily. Many of the other staff learned her age and made her feel very special. I was in a minority as far as my age group- most people were 20 years or more older than me! I am used to a younger age group or parents on the other lines. Notmuch night life if I was looking for it.I was content to sit on the balcony at night. We enjoyed Lindsay and her trivia game, but I found some of Allen's jokes a bit off color and did not have much or an appreciation for his personality and presentation. This may have been due to him being used to having an audience of seniors rather than of my age group. I really enjoyed being so spoiled on this cruise by the service staff, my only complaint was that the smoking was intolerable and the poor circulation made the problem even more severe. We rented a car at each port instead of taking the ship tours so we were able to see things that we were interested in and move about with ease on the Islands. The weather was chilly, but the staff warmed up our hearts. Special praise for the very personable photographers, dining room servers, and room attendants. It is so nice to hear all of the time, "It is my pleasure." Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
Flights booked direct with Virgin Atlantic to from London(LHR)to LAX Premium Economy excellent flights,brilliant service,although the inflight breakfast was of poor quality and I should know I am a frequent flyer. Stayed overnight at the ... Read More
Flights booked direct with Virgin Atlantic to from London(LHR)to LAX Premium Economy excellent flights,brilliant service,although the inflight breakfast was of poor quality and I should know I am a frequent flyer. Stayed overnight at the 3* Marriott Airport Hotel LA and again this proved to be an excellent choice.The following day we picked up a luxury rental car from Dollar just off the airport and had a choice of 30 automatic cars to choose including Lincoln Town car and Chrysler 300. My wife liked the Silver one,so Silver Chrysler 300 was selected and it was fine.I drove down to San Diego the scenic route and there was evidence of the scorched earth and smoke in the air due to the forest fires that had occurred at the time of our trip especially when we approached San Diego on the 25/10/07. Stayed overnight here at the Crown Plaza on Circle North and that was also a good 4* hotel but not in the best location for the port of San Diego. Joined the Celebrity Ship "Summit" at San Diego dock at 2pm. Check In was slightly delayed by security although we were met by one of the ship's Butler's offered a glass of Brut or Orange juice and shown to our Sky-suite on the penthousedeck 6. The baggage arrived a couple of hours later and we settled in and familiarized ourselves with our surroundings. The safety drill was mandatory but its implementation was poorly executed. The Sky Suite was small and really a balcony cabin with twin beds and a two seater sofa, analogue television that needed a thump to make it work.The suite had a bath and shower. It was serviced well by the butler and other staff. I did try to book a Royal Suite but this was a late booking. The Sky Suite on the Penthouse deck was the only suite choice available,so we took it at a value for money price. We spent 8 days at sea going to and from San Diego to Hawaii, this ship needs urgent refurbishment. It is showing signs of wear and tear. It has noisy engines which vibrate particularly in the Public restaurant areas.I would not recommend this ship to passengers prone to sea-sickness as it rock and rolls too much when travelling at 21 knots, the sea was not rough.The Spa area was superb as was the sauna which I used frequently.The weather was disappointing as was the amateurish entertainment on board. The food was of a good standard although the Buffet area was often overcrowded, especially after shore trips. The tender operation had technical difficulties and Priority disembarkation was non-existent. Branded soft drinks were not free and a charge was made for a glass of pure orange juice, latte/cappuccino etc.The hard sell was in evidence from the waiting staff. Celebrity Penny-Pinching Practices were also evident.The quality of the merchandise sold in the ship's shops is best described as what I term "TAT" low quality merchandise bearing the Celebrity motif. The library was small with a poor selection of books. The islands of Hawaii were attractive, Honolulu was very busy although the trip to the Pearl Harbor Memorial was a very moving experience and well worth a visit. Whalers Village at Maui was probably the pick of the island beaches that we saw over the 4 islands visited. We completed our holiday with a couple of days in a suite at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort Palm Springs and this hotel was stunning with again high quality food good service.Wished we stayed here longer but demands of business prevented this. In summary Celebrity Cruises advertises itself as a Premium Cruise operator and I think that is not an unfair claim.The crew on board the ship were courteous and helpful and the food was of good quality. Our table companions at dinner were great fun and it was a pleasure to be part of their holiday. Terry Bartlett Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
Decided in February of 2007 to join 6 family members on this 14 day cruise to Hawaii out of San Diego and then return. My husband was celebrating his 60th birthday and my dad, his 80th. We have cruised with Royal Caribbean before and this ... Read More
Decided in February of 2007 to join 6 family members on this 14 day cruise to Hawaii out of San Diego and then return. My husband was celebrating his 60th birthday and my dad, his 80th. We have cruised with Royal Caribbean before and this was to be our first Celebrity cruise. We let Celebrity plan our flights and they did a great job. We took Delta there from Grand Rapids, MI to Cincinnati, OH and then onto San Diego. We returned on Northwest and went through Minneapolis on the way back. Layovers were just the right amount of time and we encountered no problems at all. Something new for us was the valet luggage program Celebrity uses. For $20/person they will handle your luggage so that it goes onto your final destination (upon your return home). Once you put it outside your door, you do not see it until you go to baggage claim at your home airport. This service also includes Celebrity obtaining your boarding passes for you so that you can go right to security when you reach the airport. On our former cruises, one of the downsides was disembarking the ship - long lines - finding your suitcases in warehouses full of luggage - finding a bus - trying to find a bus with room for your suitcases - taking your suitcases off the bus - standing in long lines to get your boarding pass at the airport, etc. Now this has been eliminated by this new valet luggage program. It went so smoothly for us. We left the ship, stepped onto a bus, and went right to security at the San Diego airport. Luggage arrived in Grand Rapids, MI at the same time we did. We will use this service every time. Some airlines do not participate but many do and I highly recommend it. The service on Summit was outstanding. The wait staff were the best we have ever had. The room steward for our concierge room was very nice and did a fairly good job but he was in charge of 15 rooms, which I think is a stretch for perfect service. He did accommodate special requests though, which I appreciated. One request was to remove all items from the room that would cost me money to use - bottled water, bar items, etc. This gave me room to put my own things in the refrigerator. My room was nice. Concierge has decent sized showers so you can actually fit your body into them. Flowers, canapes before dinner, etc. were fun extras. However, my room was beneath what must be the busiest place on the ship - sounded like elephants bowling at all hours of the day and night. This was our only disappointment with the room. Stay off the 9th floor and this will probably not be a problem. The shore excursions we went on in Hawaii were arranged ahead of time on-line and were all educational and fun. We did a bus tour on Maui (have been there many times before) of a beautiful plantation and a very tropical location called the Iao Needle. We also did a bus tour of the North Shore on Oahu. Saw lots of surfers and the narrator did an excellent job of giving us background information. On the island of Hawaii we visited sites where there has been lava damage in the past. This involved some walking across old lava from the 1980's. This was a long tour - about 6 hours. We learned a lot. The last excursion was in Kona (we love this city!!! - we hope to return here). We snorkeled from a beach, visited an old refuge site, and visited a small coffee producer. I found the Summit ship itself to be ok. It was rather plain looking to me. I think Royal Caribbean ships are breathtaking so was a little disappointed in this but other than that there were lots and lots of activities from bingo to pool games, etc. Service was without compare. The dinners were done well and a good selection of food available - lobster is still my favorite! The entertainment was ok. We had a couple good comedians, one fantastic singer, and a very entertaining piano player. The ship musicians were good but the dancers and singers were just ok to me. Lots of my fellow shipmates really loved them though so you have to be your own judge of this. If you sail on this ship, don't miss the coffee bar area. Mochaccino is the drink you will like if you are a fan of Starbucks flavored drinks. Cost is reasonable and includes a piece of delicious chocolate candy. This area also has baked goods which are free for the taking - an outstanding selection every day - not to be missed! Enjoy this ship and crew when you go - stay off the 9th deck - go starboard. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
This was out first Cruise to Hawaii and our first cruise from San Diego. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on the Bay the night prior to Embarkation, a good hotel with all the amenities of a Holiday Inn. This Hotel is literally across the road ... Read More
This was out first Cruise to Hawaii and our first cruise from San Diego. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on the Bay the night prior to Embarkation, a good hotel with all the amenities of a Holiday Inn. This Hotel is literally across the road from the Cruise Port, we were on the 10th Floor and could have thrown our luggage from the window across the street onto the ship!!! We were awake very early due to the time difference (we are from England) so were sat on our Balcony of the hotel at 5am and watched Summit pull into her berth... We didn't check-in until 3pm on Embarkation day as we wanted to have a wander around San Diego, this was a wise thing to do, we were on board and in our cabin by 3.20pm, with Champagne, our luggage was delivered to our stateroom by 5pm. What followed was a wonderful trip - our stateroom was in a great location, midship, balcony concierge class, 2 floors down from the Pool and 3 floors up from the dining room (we used the stairs most of the time, to help exercise the food off!) Our stateroom attendant was good and was extremely helpful. We had the 'New bedding' which was very crisp. The bed was very comfortable. Room service was excellent and our daily fruit replenished with our choice of fruit. We left a note requesting the ice bucket to be filled daily - which was duly done. We enjoyed every meal we had, our waiter, Acosta and assistant waiter were very attentive, our first table was on deck 4 - aft, which was quite noisy and above the engines, so we requested to move to Deck 5, again done with no problem and we enjoyed a lovely location next to the window on a table for 6. We found the food to be of excellent standard, although it could have been a little warmer on serving. The Sommelier, Marko was extremely knowledgeable and always there when we were seated, with our choice of wine. Breakfast was always at the aft of the ship, outside, lovely view of the 'white line' disappearing into the distance on a beautiful azure ocean. We ate lunch in the Grill daily, which we always chose a light salad with fish, which was 'tossed' for us in a salad dressing of the day - very nice. We ate in the specialist restaurant, Normandie, this is a 'must do' - what an experience, we ate on a table for 2, had 4-6 waiters attending to our every need, the food was piping hot and excellent standard. Well worth the $30 cover charge. At this point, we could not have had better service from any of the staff all over the ship, there was always a smile and 'Good Morning' from everyone, Bar staff, Restaurant staff, Pool Staff, Housekeeping staff even the engineer staff whom you occasionally came into contact with. We enjoyed the entertainment, Top Notch and Jefferson Ang being our most time spent listening to. The shows were of a good standard, plenty of daily activities if required, but we were looking for a relaxing vacation, which is exactly what we had. We thoroughly enjoyed 'Paki' and the Hula Maidens. Maui, was beautiful and we loved the overnight stay, allowed us to explore with more time spent on shore without having to 'clock-watch' & rush back to the ship. Oahu was very busy, Pearl Harbour Memorial with its long lines took up most of the morning (even though we were one of the first off the ship) Spent the afternoon at Waikiki Beach, sat on our grain of sand watching the surfers..... Did a tour in Hilo (from the dockside) whistle stop, here, there and everywhere - probably wouldn't have bothered but felt the need to see some culture. Kona - absolutely lovely, but just not long enough, tendered in and out, long queues, but well worth seeing 'Snorkel Bay', swimming with Turtles, exotic fish and I believe some people were lucky enough to swim with the dolphins. Last four days - at sea - on our way back to San Diego, very restful, breezy, cooler weather, but pleasant for us 'Brits'. Disembarkation was the usual -get up, breakfast, get off situation - quick and painless. Sadly the cruise came to an end, we could have sailed around again, quite happily........ One thing I would like to note - Mr Philip Herbert, the Hotel Director, was a wonderful host. He was seen in and around the ship, conversing with passengers and asking if there was anything the ships company could do for you to help make this a better cruise - this was a very unexpected and welcoming factor - we will definitely sail Celebrity again and maybe even Summit on her new itineraries....... Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
We are a retired couple in our 50's who have been cruising since 1978. We drove from Arizona and after 5 hours, arrived at the terminal around 11 AM to a very orderly process. By 12 noon, we were happily sipping welcome champagne. Our ... Read More
We are a retired couple in our 50's who have been cruising since 1978. We drove from Arizona and after 5 hours, arrived at the terminal around 11 AM to a very orderly process. By 12 noon, we were happily sipping welcome champagne. Our Concierge Cabin was a pleasant surprise, being larger than others we have experienced on Celebrity. Our room stewards, Lawrence and Joseph, immediately welcomed us with a warm introduction and pleasant smiles. Since I was celebrating a birthday, we immediately made our way to the Normandie Restaurant to secure reservations. Decor and lighting were romantic and elegant. However, the bright flourescent lights from the very visible kitchen was quite disturbing during our special dinner. In addition, the constant clanging of pots and pans certainly didn't add to the experience. However, one taste of the cheese souffle swept us away to a much better place. Lobster bisque was good, not great though. Steak Diane was tender and flavorful but was surprised it didn't come served as medallions. It was presented as a large filet mignon. DH's lobster and scallops were slightly overcooked. Creme Brulee was a big disappointment, lacking a sweetness that we have become accustomed to. The maitre' D agreed after sampling it himself. But by that time, we were quite satisfied with all we had to eat; and were thankful that we were able to walk away from the dessert without any regrets. All in all, the cuisine was pretty good and the service excellent. Not enough though to make another reservation during the rest of the cruise. Especially when the food in the main dining room was so wonderful!!!! Breakfasts were great, no matter what we ate, Eggs Benedict, Smoked Salmon, pancakes, ect. all were impeccable. Even when they were ordered on Room Service for dining on our balcony, which was a real special experience once we arrived in Hawaii. Prior to that, the weather was a little too cool to dine on the balcony while at sea. Lunches were a disappointment, with strange cuisine choices and even stranger cuisine preparations. It also seemed that the dining room had the same choices for lunch as the buffet, so that was an added disappointment. However, the pizza station more than compensated, and as we all know, no ever starved or went hungary on a cruise. Dinners, on the other hand, were wonderful. The Summit's beef is the best we have had on a cruise in quite a long time. Especially the huge, tender, tasty veal chop. Mmmm,Mmmm!!!! The lobster was also much better than we have been experiencing lately. Although I will say we usually are served lobster tails on 2 nights on a 2 week cruise. Whereas we didn't get the lobster until the end of the sailing. We found the dessert offerings at the end of dinner have been cut in selection. When we last were on the Mercury in March, our waiter would present a tray with 6 or 7 delectable choices. However, on this sailing most nights only offered 3 choices, all of which, were lacking in sugar and imagination. It seems to us that the preparation was all show and no satisfying substance. To which DH and I were grateful. In fact, the only dessert we even enjoyed was the bananas foster. Of course, they did offer all kinds of ice cream, sorbet and sherbert. What truly impressed me on this ship was the ample amount of time that was devoted to dancing. WE love to dance, and on many cruises we are not satisfied with the lack of venues for same. This ship offered ample time in the Night Club and the Rendez-Vous Lounge. Guys & Doll (Cathy) were quite enjoyable and made every effort to accommodate everyone's taste. We truly loved listening to Jefferson Ang at the Waterfall Cafe Bar. We weren't too impressed with Allen King, Cruise Director. Seemed to be sleepwalking through his job. We kept wondering why the 1 hour of live music poolside was only offered from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, when most people leave for lunch. Strange...... Another strange thing was why did men have to were sports jackets for tea time in the afternoon??? Well, as far as service all over the Summit, all I can say is that it was impeccable. Lawrence and Joseph were 2 of the very best room stewards we have every had. Mildred, our Dining Room waitress, was the absolute BEST. Even the cocktail staff were wonderful when I finally found the need to complain about the weakness of the cocktails. When I spend $10.50 plus gratuity for a cosmo, I expect to taste more than cranberry juice. That is the one major complaint I have for Celebrity. The cost of the wines and cocktails leave a lot to be desired. Wine choices were meager and expensive in cost. All cocktails tasted mostly of fruit juices, with no noticeable liquor. Many passengers felt the same about this issue. All in all, I have to say The Summit is probably my favorite ship thus far. The decor and lighting in the public areas is simply beautiful. Celebrity is still doing a good job and we look forward to sailing with them again in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
Day 1: We were supposed to leave the house by 10:30 to drive to Chicago. But, I really procrastinated and didn't even start packing until 1:30pm. It's really bad to not plan your wardrobe ahead of time. Because you bring too much ... Read More
Day 1: We were supposed to leave the house by 10:30 to drive to Chicago. But, I really procrastinated and didn't even start packing until 1:30pm. It's really bad to not plan your wardrobe ahead of time. Because you bring too much or not everything that you mean to bring. But, by 4:00, I'm done and starting to bring the suitcases downstairs to pack in the car. My crown fell out of my mouth. A quick call to the dentist who told me to come right into the office. Now I am in panic mode, so I just throw things into the car including Rod and all of the dog's things and head out. The dentist does his thing and we get started on the road to Chicago. It's much later than I wanted to leave so I called our daughter and asked her to meet me at an exit on I94 so save me some time. Then, I discover that I don't have the key to Rod's scooter. It's at home on the dinette table. So, I called my sister and asked if she would find a locksmith even though it's going to cost me a mint to have one come to her house to make a key. After trying, she informs me that no locksmith is able to make a key for a scooter. Now, I call the company and they agree to overnight a key to us at the Marriott in San Diego. Good news: Going through Chicago at 8:00pm is much faster than going through it earlier in the afternoon. Day 2: We get up early and my sister drives us to the airport. Oops, I have this scooter that doesn't work and will need to be pushed through O'Hare airport. It really wasn't as bad as a porter pushed Rod in a wheelchair while I pushed the dead scooter with the carryon stuff to the gate. We made arrangements for the scooter to be taken directly to San Diego so I wouldn't have to push it through Phoenix's airport too. It was returned to us at the baggage station in SD. The flights from Chicago to SD were just fine. Too close seats on US Air though. We saw the smoke from the fires flying into SD. We even went through smoke so thick that you might have thought that it was a dirty cloud. So sad. We arrived at the Marriott Hotel and Marina and, (par for the course for us), our room wasn't ready. Of course, we were about 8 minutes early. So, we went to have a drink. I really don't drink that much but I felt that we needed it. We finally got to our room minus the scooter which we left with the bellman and it was a lovely room overlooking the pool and marina. It was somewhat cloudy due to the fires. It was such a grueling two days that we decided to call for room service and just relax in our room. Day 3: I woke up early and found a book to read. I made us some coffee and began calling to see if the key to the scooter had arrived. I figured that touring was probably out for the day, but maybe a dip in the pool could be arranged. Oh dear, I found that I needed some things from a drugstore. I was online and asked Jon from the Cruise Critic roll call board where a drugstore might be found. He replied right away and said to call him. He said the he and Carol were going out and would pick us up and take us to get what we needed. What Sweethearts!!! After we shopped, they took us for a drive to give us a mini excursion of San Diego's waterfront area and islands. When we arrived back to the hotel, I checked and, sure enough, the key had arrived. A bellman took the key and went to bring up the scooter. Have you ever had a sinking feeling that something was wrong? Well, I started getting one when it seemed to be taking an especially long time to bring up the scooter. Then, I saw the bellman with it. He was pushing it! Oh no, was it the wrong key? No, the darn, almost brand new scooter would not work. It just went beep, beep, beep, beep 16 times when you turned on the key. So, I called Michigan where the tech person said that it sounded like there was something loose but we couldn't find anything loose. By now, I should tell you that we have several people trying to help us out, including security. Every time someone turns on the key, the darn thing beeps and everyone looks at us. So, I call someone in the SD area who didn't really seem to want to help us. Finally, I tried another company and the man, Gino, was very helpful. Since he does business with Celebrity Cruises, he said that he would come and pick up our scooter and let us rent, for a very reasonable charge, a scooter to take on the cruise. He would then drop ours off at the pier when we return. Thank you, Gino. We decided to have some lunch which was enjoyed but really close to the time that we were meeting people from the roll call at Anthony's restaurant. Oh what the heck, we'll just have soup and a dessert and meet our new friends and get acquainted. This we did! It was great meeting everyone who showed up. There were 21 of us. Thanks Jon for making these arrangements. Day 4 (precruise) Day 1 (cruise): We were up early repacking everything and putting on the luggage tags for the ship. We talked about getting there early (11:00am). We took our cab and they wouldn't let him go into the gates. They were only letting in people and taxis that were picking up people. So, here I am, stuck outside of the gates with Rod on his scooter guarding 6 pieces of luggage. (I told you that I overpacked, right????) I tried to bargain, etc. but no luck getting someone from the inside to come outside the gates to help me get the luggage in. The man inside the gates told me to get a pedibicycle to help me with the luggage. But, security wouldn't allow them to bring in luggage for the Summit. So, I finally brought in 2 of the bags. By that time, they did allow the bikes to help out so the entire luggage was in Celebrity's hands. And, Rod and I got in line to be checked in. This was handled very efficiently and it wasn't long until we stopped by to see our room. Since this was to be a truly special vacation, we decided to stay in a Royal Suite. We were really impressed. Our room steward, Antonio, introduced himself but didn't know who would be our butler. We decided to eat some lunch and then check out our table location for the Cosmopolitan Restaurant. We were at table 555 which is next to the railing on deck five. A table for 8. We also changed our dinner in the Normandie from the second night to the third so we wouldn't miss the first formal night. About 3:30, our butler came to introduce himself to us. His name is Rikki and he is very famous on the Celebrity boards. I was thrilled to meet him and know that he will be excellent. Now, I'm feeling pretty lucky. Our bags arrived and I put everything in its place. After the muster, we met several more people from the Roll Call board during sail away from San Diego. It became quite chilly so we left for dinner. For our dinner, Rod and I had the prime rib. I thought that it was good. And, of course, the infamous, crème Brule` for dessert. The ship is rocking and rolling like people said it would when we left San Diego. Day 2: The time change has me waking up early as did the hard bed. This was resolved by the egg crate foam mattress and I'm very comfortable now. Rikki brought us our breakfast right at 8:00 as requested. We went to the Cruise Connections party which was held in the Bar at the Edge because we had 122 people signed up. There were around 70 or 80 people there and it was nice to put names and faces together. Alan King, the cruise director said that he would arrange for another get together later in the cruise. I'm looking forward to that one too. It's still a little too cool to sit out on the verandah so we're watching TV news and other interesting things on TV and relaxing. We had lunch from room service. Good soup and sandwich. Tonight is Informal dress for dinner. I asked Rikki if he would please tie Rod's tie for him. Wow, it was outstanding. Rod looked so good. For dinner, Rod and I both ordered the strip steak. I checked with our waiter, Singh, if the meat was tough (as I read on the Celebrity board) and he said that he hadn't had any complaints. Well, friends, the steak was tough. Even Singh had to admit that it was tough as he cut up Rod's steak for him. And, as the desserts didn't appeal to me, I just had sherbet. Of course, Rod had his chocolate which he enjoyed. We went to bed early as we had to set our clocks back one hour and I was tired. Relaxing takes a lot out of you, LOL Day 3: I slept well but still was up around 6:00am. Rikki asked me to call him if I wanted some coffee early. I did and also had some of the fruit that's in our room. It doesn't seem as rocky or as cool today, but Rod still doesn't want to sit outdoors. I made lei today. Sat with Karen from the roll call board and both made beautiful leis. Later, I went to an Excel computer class. For lunch, we ate at the outdoor area at the aft of the ship. It felt good having the sun shine on us. Turned back our clocks one more time. Dinner was Formal and our table is full again. We lost 2 couples after the first night as they requested a table for 4. We added a couple on day 2 and then another couple on day 3. We are a complete table once more. For dinner, Rod and I both had medallions and they were okay. Up until now, I wouldn't say that anything was outstanding. After dinner, we went to the show. I felt that the singers and dancers did a good job and I enjoyed it very much. Day 4: Up early again but that's okay. I enjoy the quiet time. I'm reading again. I used to read all of the time but that stopped with Rod's stroke. Now, with the sea days, I find that reading is relaxing and I'm getting into the books again. Rod and I went up to deck 11 to be in the sun for a little while. Well, we fell asleep for 2 hours and even though I wasn't facing the sun, I was sunburned. So was Rod, but not to the extent that I was. We ate again and went down to our room where I read out on the verandah. Yes, it's getting quite comfortable for me and I love hearing the sounds of the waves in the background. Tonight was an Informal night in the Cosmopolitan restaurant, but we're eating in the Normandie with Barb and Paul Conway from the roll call board. Let me tell you about our meal. It was delicious and we all enjoyed what we ate. The goat cheese soufflE was outstanding as was our Steak Diane. Barb had Dover Sole and she said that it was delicious also. During dinner, an announcement was made that the port authority in Lahaina did not want us to tender there on Wednesday. They said that with the large number of people coming for the Halloween parade, they felt that it was unsafe to add another 2,000 people to the island area. So, we're going to Honolulu on Wednesday and will now be in Lahaina on Thursday and Friday. Oh no! This means that we'll have to cancel our privately made reservations for the laua at the Feast at Lela. It was late so we decided to do it the next day. We tried to go to the magician/comedian show but it was too full so, tried my hand at slots and left with a loss. Turned our clocks back another hour. Now, we're 6 hours earlier than Michigan. Day 5: Again, was up at 6:00 and this time I went out on the deck, in the warm weather to read. How relaxing. I went to the Concierge to call the Feast at Lele to cancel. They understood but said that they were filled for Thursday evening. They later called to say that they had an opening and would be expecting us. I'm writing this review on the table on the verandah. It is warm and comfortable. The sun is shining on the other side of the ship. The sky is partly cloudy. I'm in heaven. Rod is sitting in the chair next to me sleeping. Tonight is an Informal Dress night. Back to the Cosmopolitan. We told everyone about our delicious dinner and ordered the prime rib as our entrEe` for this evening's meal. After dinner, we decided to go back to the room and go to bed early. I need a nap during the day so I can stay up later at night. Day 6: I was up at 5:30. I guess that I'm excited about being in port. We are going on a small circle island tour. It was very nice and our bus driver, Ralph, was very good. I only wish that the tour company provided us with a list of stops so I could coordinate my pictures with each stop. I'm sorry but my memory isn't as good as it used to be. I have some really good pictures of the island of Oahu. It did rain on and off and, I guess, some people were caught in the rain and got pretty soaked. We observed it from our verandah and room. Let's talk about food. I've found that the beef has been okay, not great, but okay. People, at our table say that the fish has been from flavorless to very good. Tonight's meal was so salty (the vegetables) that I just didn't eat it. The desserts, with the exception of a few things, have been okay but I preferred the sherbet. There doesn't seem to be the variety that we had, even in February. Day 7: Slept in a little but was still up about 7:00am. I looked out the verandah and saw the island of Molokai with a cloud covering the top. We cannot see Lahaina from our vantage point. But, that's okay, we'll see it later on our tour. We can see the tenders as they leave the ship bringing passengers to shore. Our tour driver was Duane. He was good. He's a retired policeman on the island of Maui so is quite knowledgeable and gave us some ins and outs. I guess that it was a good thing that we did not go on the island on Halloween as he said that they had to hire 100 extra police to control the situation and that most of the businesses close with the exception of the bars. On our tour, we went to the Maui Ocean Center. Although we were there for 1 ½ hours, it wasn't enough time. It is a very fascinating place. We also went to the rain forest where it...RAINED! Then, we went to the Tropical Plantation where we shopped and had a tour and saw all kinds of plants and flowers. I shipped home a dozen pineapples to be distributed to family and friends. Since Rod and I were going to a Luau, we decided to stay in town and shop a little and then walk down to the shopping area where the Feast at Lele is held. As we started out, it rained and, even though we looked for shelter under trees, we did get wet. We were very early and had to stand around and wait for the luau to begin, but it was worth it. Now, you must know that my husband is a very picky eater but we decided that we would, at least, try everything so we can say that we did it. Even the poi! Maybe it was because it was dark and we were hungry, and the mai tai was really good, but we did try everything including the poi. As a matter of fact, Rod ate a heck of a lot more than I ever thought he would. It is a 4 course meal and all of the drinks, with the exception of some of the more expensive liquors are covered by the price. It is a sit down dinner and you are served at your table. The entertainment is fantastic and I would definitely recommend it. I totally enjoyed seeing the ship anchored from our vantage point at the luau. It was nice to see it at night, all lit up. We met another couple from the ship and they walked home with us. It was a long day as we were off of the ship for over 12 hours. I figured that we would sleep in the next day. Day 8: I did wake up about 8:00am and saw the island again. No breakfast in the room this morning, but I called Rikki and he brought me some coffee so I could sit on the balcony and type this review. The ship turns with the current and I now see the Pacific Princess which is also anchored and a part of Lahaina. It is very relaxing. Later today, I plan to go into town to Hilo Hatties to get a muumuu, I hope. Back from Hilo Hatties with a more formal muumuu than I really wanted but they have no shapeless things for a gal my size and even mom's had to be an x-large. Crazy. Bought other things and had everything shipped home. Went back to the ship where we spent the rest of the day relaxing. We did have a late lunch which then did not make us hungry for dinner at 6:00, so we decided to have pizza for dinner in the room. Just perfect. Day 9: Today, we're in Hilo. I was up early so watched us coming into port. We had a 9:00 excursion scheduled so it was up, dressed and eating early to get to the cruise terminal. We were going on an accessible tour of Hilo that was to last until after 4:00 in the afternoon. We had a "short" bus and the bus was full. It had a lift which enabled a couple of people to leave the ship and go on an excursion. Cruise ships should make arrangement with tour companies to provide this service at every port. As long as I'm talking about this, there was a man, at the end of the tour, who was displeased because his handicapped person had to go up and down the steps of the bus. I understand his concern and perhaps some suggestions could be made to the company to arrange for all who need wheelchairs to be lifted onto the bus and then assisted to their seat. The tour bus was rented from a touring bus company and there was a man onboard who assisted the lift passengers on and off and even pushed one person who was alone and in a wheelchair. We went to the Macadamia Nut Factory and I had some things shipped home. We went to Volcano National Park and looked at huge craters where steam was still rising. We saw the cracks from when the last large earthquake hit the Big Island of Hawaii. They gave us a bag lunch which was filling. Then we went to an orchid farm. There were so many different kinds of orchids - so beautiful and different. I didn't ship anything home because Michigan's weather and my "red" thumb would kill them quickly. Better that they stay where they can be appreciated. We also stopped at the rainbow falls but it was too cloudy for a rainbow and finally, to the Candy factory. We didn't get off of the bus. Security at the port was very strict and included someone getting on the bus before allowing the bus into the terminal area who checked our picture id and seapass. Rod and I were both tired and decided not to get dressed up for dinner. So, we made a reservation at the casual restaurant. This is on the 10 floor on the port aft side of the buffet area. We had a nice dinner. We also saw another couple from our table who said that we were missed. Since it's a formal night tomorrow, we'll be back or normal at table 555. Passing by the Volcano: Since we were on the starboard side of the ship, we were excited to be able to see the volcano. We were told, during our excursion, that we probably would only be able to see red reflected off of the clouds. He said that the lava flow had turned inward from the water now. He was right and we did see some red reflections. It was a little disappointing but we did see something. Day 10: Today we're in Kona which we understand is the "luxury" town on the island. I was going to tender in to look at some clothes or something, but decided not to go after all. So, I took a leisurely shower and air dried my hair on the verandah so I could continue typing my thoughts on this cruise. Rod is sleeping on a lounge chair. It started raining about 12:30 and we watched the tenders bringing back people to the ship. We were supposed to leave at 1:00 but the last tender didn't arrive until after 1:30. We finally started moving about 2:00. And then, the rain really came down. Tonight was the Captain's Club Cocktail party. It was very nice and we had our picture taken with him. Then, we joined our tablemates for a nice dinner. Afterward, we went to the casino where I contributed to the ship. Rod ended up even for the night which I consider a win. The ship is really moving out to get us home on time. Day 11: Well, we've been rocking and rolling all night. Today, the sky is pretty cloudy and it seems quite windy out. It is also cool. I really didn't expect this kind of coolness until we approached the San Diego area. Actually, I originally planned to put on the old bathing suit today so I could make it look like I'd been in Hawaii. Oh well,…………plans are made to be broken. The sun came out from behind the clouds so it became quite nice on the deck. We spent most of the afternoon reading and enjoying the warmth and slight breeze. Now, I have to tell you something funny. I wanted to order some pizza slices for lunch so I went on the TV and ordered 4 slices, or so I thought. What arrived were 4 individual pizzas with 4 slices in each pizza. Obviously, not what I thought I ordered. So if you're going to order pizza off of the TV menu, know that they're little individual pizzas, not slices. LOL. Tonight for dinner was pretty good. However, we think that our waiter might be new because he is very slow and our table is usually the last one to leave the dining room. I finally told the asst. maître about our concerns and he indicated that things would be better. Entertainment tonight was a variety show and we enjoyed it. Afterward, Rod and I went to the casino. I contributed and Rod won. Tonight, we turn our clocks ahead one hour so we're only 4 hours behind Michigan time (EST). Day 12: Now I'm starting to wake up later than on the way to Hawaii. Tonight will be casual night in the dining room. It's a really cloudy day and cool. Rod tried to go out on the deck but came in shortly as it was too cool for him. I may get a manicure this afternoon or tomorrow. We'll see. No manicure. Rod and I slept for awhile and then got ready for dinner. Tonight was a casual night so I wore the lei that I made on the way to Hawaii. It was fun to wear it to dinner. After dinner, on the way to the theater, we stopped in the casino and contributed to their profit fund. We have to turn our clocks ahead one hour tonight so we're back on Pacific Time. Tomorrow is the last formal night and the midnight buffet. Everything is coming to an end. Day 13: We awoke to a beautifully sunny day with hardly any clouds. Rod and I had a late breakfast in our room and while he sunned on the verandah, I went for a tour of the galley with the pastry chef. I took many pictures. When I returned, Rod decided that he'd had enough sun and came in and I put on my bathing suit and went out. At noon, the captain announced that the temperature was 66 and that we were sailing at 22.5 knots. I went back out to bask in the sun which lasted about 2 more minutes and then the sky clouded up and it became quite cool so I came inside to write. We watched the Newly Wed, Not so Newly Wed Game from the previous evening and enjoyed it. Then it was time to dress for dinner. This was our last formal night also Lobster and Baked Alaska night. Our table had a good time. Afterwards, we went to the final show with the Celebrity singers, dancers and band. I really enjoyed the show. We will buy one or two pictures tomorrow. Then, we went to the casino. Rod did very well and I contributed again. I finally won a little bit on the nickel machine. Day 14: Well, this is it! Our last sea day and cruise day. Tomorrow morning, we disembark, but let's enjoy today. Oh no, it's cloudy and cool out today. We can't spend the day outside. Figures! Rod and I enjoyed a leisurely morning. We did go and pickup a couple of photos. We did get a copy of our cruise critic photo. What a gang we were. I won't forget any of them. Decided to get a head start, for me, on packing. But, as usual, I procrastinated and didn't finish until 10:00pm. Typical!! We did relax during the day and even went to the Cova Cafe for awhile . While rod enjoyed an afternoon nap, I went to the passenger talent show. There were some good and some not so good, but I think that everyone had fun and the very packed theater applauded everyone. Dinner was very nice and we continued our discussions way beyond 8:00. It was a very enjoyable evening. I think that I forgot to mention earlier that our tablemates were Isabelle and Dean from the San Diego area, Nora and Bud from Oregon, and Marion and Roger from California. Following dinner, I finished packing and eventually we were ready to go to bed. About 11:oo I noticed that there were lights outside and realized that we were pulling into Ensenada, Mexico, so I went out on the balcony to watch our approach. As we passed a small island you could hear seals barking about our intrusion or just plain welcoming us. In any case, it made me chuckle to hear them. We were in port less than an hour and we headed home to San Diego. San Diego: We arrived early and, it was another cloudy cool day. Rod and I went for breakfast in the dining room. This was the first time for us ---ever. We were seated at a table for 6 and met new people to us. After a very nice breakfast, we went back to our room and said our goodbyes to Rikki and Antonio. We then proceeded to the Normandie Restaurant to wait for our luggage color and number to be called. FYI: Noro Virus/Sanitizing. There was no sanitizing before going into the buffet or Cosmopolitan restaurant. And, I only heard of one slight case of noro and they were only confined to their room for one day. Announcements: Only twice were there any announcements during the day except for the captain's update at noon. We were a little later but that was okay as I was desperately trying to get hold of Gino to make plans to meet to exchange scooters. Well, we found our luggage but didn't find Gino. He didn't answer our phone calls but did tell Celebrity staff that he would meet us at the taxi stand. We waited and waited but no Gino. The bottom line is that he didn't come until after 11:30 when new passengers were beginning to arrive at the cruise terminal. And, when he did, the scooter wasn't fixed!!!!!!! He said that if he fixed it, it would have negated our warranty and we would have to give him $600.00 out of our own pockets. So, we're now bringing home a scooter that has never worked. This will not happen in January! Luckily, we were relatively close to the train station so we arrived in time for our noon departure from San Diego to Los Angeles. The people at AMTRAK were very nice and helpful and took care of our baggage (now including our scooter) and put us on the train. We were in business class and it was very nice. The thing that I noticed most was that you didn't hear the train horn as we were traveling. This was due to the fact that the train either went above or below streets so that cars were not blocked by the trains. Plus, the scenery was great. Sometimes we would be next to the ocean and other times we were next homes and condos. When we arrived in Los Angeles, the personnel of AMTRAK were again very nice to us even though we had a 4 hour wait for our train to Chicago. We enjoyed watching the characters inside and outside the train station. Eddie finally took us to our train car. We're in a handicapped room in car 430. It wasn't what I expected. The HC room was at the end of the car on the lower deck of the train. There were two seat next to the window facing each other and room for a table in between (this was folded up when not in use). Across the room was a toilet and sink. There was a curtain that could be pulled for privacy. But, I figured that it would work. Joe, our room attendant, made up the beds and I was hardly able to get into the top bunk. Then, I had a flat pillow that put my head about 8 inches from the ceiling. I couldn't do it. I'm somewhat claustrophobic and this just wouldn't work. If there was a chair in the room, I might be able to sleep in the chair but this wasn't going to work. I contacted Joe and he contacted the conductor. There was one large room on the upper deck available. We took it. It did have a chair and when the bottom bunk was open, I could sleep in the chair part of the night and at the edge of the bed, on my side, during the rest of the night. There was a very small combination shower/toilet room too. This was more acceptable than the handicapped room and Rod didn't have to climb the stairs to and from the dining area. Overall, some of the scenery was outstanding; the food was okay; but there wasn't much to do in the room. I did read some but the motion of the train made it somewhat difficult for me. Rod has decided that we'll never do this again. I'm glad that we did it and it was an adventure but probably never again. The Red Caps in Chicago were very helpful and my sister met us and we left for Michigan. We stayed Sunday night at the Marriott Courtyard in Benton Harbor. The bed felt soooooo good. Monday, we met our daughter who had our dog and we went home. It's good to be home. One note: It was rumored that the reason that we went to Honolulu first was due to two deaths on the ship and not the reason that was given by the announcement by Alan King. And, many people were upset as they felt that Celebrity wasn't being honest with them. One Cruise Critic member did write the Governor of Hawaii's office and was sent an answer that indicated that the Port at Lanaii was closed at 6:00pm on the night of Halloween and that no ship was allowed to tender. Celebrity did give us the correct information Read Less
Sail Date: October 2007
This will be a short review. This was our third cruise, and second on Celebrity in the Concierge Class. We are in our late 50's.I am going to focus on the pluses and minuses. PLUS (1) Celebrity service, other than what will ... Read More
This will be a short review. This was our third cruise, and second on Celebrity in the Concierge Class. We are in our late 50's.I am going to focus on the pluses and minuses. PLUS (1) Celebrity service, other than what will follow, was outstanding. This is consistent with their reputation. This is true for the stateroom attendants, to the dining service, and all of the other areas of the ship. A special thanks to the Concierge Desk who was very responsive to our requests. (2) As was the case with our first Celebrity cruise, the food was exceptional. We thought that the various buffet meals were actually improved over the previous cruise. (3) The daily change of the linens in this class is a real luxury. (4) Contrary to some criticism from other cruisers, I found the Summit to be in very good condition, including our balcony. (5) We still prefer pre-determined seating arrangements. This allows a group to get to know each other very well. We had a hoot. We also like 'formal evenings'. (6) Finally, we thought the entertainment was second to none. On this type of cruise (8 sea days), this is a welcomed bonus. MINUS (1) We had to tender in two ports. This was an unmitigated disaster. There were ridiculous delays in both ports. In Lahaina, we actually witnessed heated disputes between ship personnel and port employees who were operating the tenders. On one occasion, the tender actually rammed the ship on its return from the port. On another trip, the tender almost ripped off the access ramp to the ship. This was very dangerous for the tender passengers and the ship personnel overseeing the embarkation. With these larger ships having to tender more often in these small ports, the cruise lines have got to get this right!!!! (2)We noticed there there were numerous malfunctioning drink dispensers for coffee, tea, water and juices. One service area was actually out of service for most of the cruise. This is not very pleasant on these large ships. (3) The Normandie Restaurant provides exceptional service, but the food is not much better than in the main dining room. One suggestion is to go to this restaurant in a group. With the right people, this can be very enjoyable. (4) Smoking !!!!!!! Still in too many areas of the ship. (5) Finally, disembarkation was not very efficient. We had very tight air connections and asked to be off the ship as early as possible. In Concierge Class, there is a priority disembarkation privilege. This did not happen in our case. We just got off as we pleased and others did not follow the color procedures. GENERAL All in all, we greatly enjoyed the cruise and would recommend Celebrity anytime. I just hope they do not change to 'open seating' because for some of the market, the preference is for set seating arrangements. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2007
This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare it with. We were astonished at the size of the ship when we saw it, and were equally amazed at how quickly the boarding procedure was achieved. We had decided on an inner cabin (sorry ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare it with. We were astonished at the size of the ship when we saw it, and were equally amazed at how quickly the boarding procedure was achieved. We had decided on an inner cabin (sorry - stateroom. Whoever chose that name had a vivid imagination!) because we would only be in it to sleep or to change clothes, and we were certainly happy enough with our choice. Though the room was small it was very well laid out, with every inch of space being used to the full. We would have liked to have been provided with an LCD clock, though, because whenever we woke up we had no idea of the time or whether it was night or day. On first arriving in the room we found a bottle of water and a half-bottle of wine awaiting us, which we thought was a nice welcoming touch. Then we saw a little notice beside them which said that we would be charged $4 if we opened the water and about $20 if we opened the wine. Some welcome! The ship was very impressive and spotlessly clean throughout at all times. There were plenty of sunbeds around the pools and open decks, though the beds in prime spots around the pools and where sheltered from the wind were all "bagged" (though not all in use) by about 7 am (so it is not only the Germans who do this!). We were not at all impressed to have recorded music blaring out loudly all day around the pool - not really what you expect on what is claimed to be a 5-star cruise ship. For our evening's dining we had asked to be seated on a table for 8 but found we were seated with just two other couples whose company we enjoyed throughout the trip. The five-course meals were extremely good every night, and the service from our waiters Jesus and Diego was quite exceptional. This was a formal restaurant, with a set dress code each day, and we were extremely disappointed to discover that this code was not enforced - some people were coming in in quite casual clothes even on "formal" nights - which makes me wonder why I had gone to the trouble of hiring a tuxedo (complete outfit for $100, which saves an awful lot of weight and possible excess baggage charges on the flight from England). Other people were allowed into the dining room when they consistently turned up 30 to 50 minutes after the scheduled meal time - why make rules if they are not enforced? Evening entertainment in the theatre was of a good standard, if not always to our taste, but the daytime entertainment programme was lacking imagination and inspiration. Wilst there is a library on board it is fairly limited in choice, and I would have liked to have seen a paper-back book exchange where we could leave our own books when finished. The four-day crossing of the Pacific was slightly marred by the rolling of the ship, even though the weather was quite good, the sea reasonably smooth and the wind not too strong. The rolling was still there but less noticeable on our return journey. The four stops in Hawaii were quite short in duration, and it was pretty much a whirlwind tour. You took pot luck with the tour you chose and the bus driver you happened to have. Our best was the Little Circle Island Tour round Oahu ($36) and by far the worst was the Kona Highlights, on which we saw nothing of real interest and the driver could talk about nothing but the plants and trees we passed. The Waikapu Village Luau at Lahaina was, to my mind, highly overpriced at $110 - the traditional dance show was good but the food was truly awful and barely warm. Really, the stops were so short that there was no real opportunity to see or explore the islands in any depth. Finally, we were astonished and not in any way impressed at the behavior of a good number of the passengers who treated the hard-working and very courteous staff like inferior servants. It doesn't cost much to be civil, to smile occasionally and to treat them with a degree of respect. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2007
This was our third trip on Celebrity's Summit, she is a fine ship but showing her age. I say that only because while I was on board I learned that she is going into dry dock for a month and I suspect that there will be a lot of ... Read More
This was our third trip on Celebrity's Summit, she is a fine ship but showing her age. I say that only because while I was on board I learned that she is going into dry dock for a month and I suspect that there will be a lot of upgrading during that time. Our reservations always include air and transfers from the airport to the ship and return. Our destination was San Diego, and surprisingly US Air was almost on time and didn't lose or destroy our luggage! We were met at the San Diego Airport by two Celebrity Reps and told to take our luggage (two heavy and two smaller, plus personal carry-on's to the transportation check in point. This was probably one of the worst parts of the trip! The check-in for ground transportation was outside at the way end of the terminal. The agent there was sitting on a wall, the sign was posted on a cart and no definite lines to check in appeared to exist. I walked up to her to check in and was informed rather curtly that I needed to get in line. I did, once I determined there was a haphazard line, and the check in process was rather smooth, other than there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to where the checked luggage was left. Arriving at the terminal, after a very short bus ride, came the next frustrating time. The terminal was hot and crowded, the line was fairly long, however the check-in desk person was very nice and quick, bypassing the pictures we headed for the ship. The San Diego port only has one elevator and a long flight of stairs to reach the gangway, this resulted in long lines with older passengers needing to use the elevator. Once we reached level 3 the boarding was quick and efficient, as this was our third time we headed directly to our ocean view stateroom on Deck 2 mid-ship. As one would expect the state room was the usual quality that one would associate with Celebrity. During the cruise our attendant Ramon was very helpful, and never failed to greet us in the passageway. Our checked bags were delivered in a timely fashion with one even being place inside our stateroom. The Summit was launched in 2001 and is showing some signs of age, dirty arms and worn fabric on the chairs in the Martini Lounge, the dance floor was missing some covering and was warped in other places. The staff did an excellent job of cleaning and keeping things orderly. The cruise overall was great as usual, pretty smooth sailing, arriving as scheduled. My days at sea were filled with playing trivia, I was the Captain of the men's team for "Battle of The Sexes Trivia", and had a great time with the Activity Staff Naomi and Lindsey, and Kevin and Activity Director Cher. This was Lindsey's first cruise and she seemed to be doing very well and really came across well to the passengers as did all the activity staff. We also took advantage of the on board movies for the first time. The only downsides I could see to the Cinema on deck 3 was the projection was at times too low and with people in front of you you could not see the sub-titles in The Da' Vinci Code. Missing was popcorn! Other lines have it. Food was good, as expected, we split our evening dining between the main dining room, first sitting, where Vincent and Saphri served us well with Vincent's dinner suggestions being right on the money! The service at times was a bit slow I had a feeling the kitchen was backed up a bit. We were greeted every night by the Asst. Maitre D, Lorita, who was friendly and stopped for more than just the normal "hi how are things." We also used casual dining three times on nights we did not find the main dining room menu appealing and on formal nights as we packed no formal clothes. (I hate wearing ties) Service in Casual Dining was excellent, with waiter Elvis being extra attentive, but then everyone was including Carlos. Other times we had breakfast in the dining room, that was good, and buffet in the Waterfall Cafe (lunch and dinner)both being good. Oh if you like a good hamburger then head to poolside on deck 10. Entertainment on board was good, with the exception of two nights when it was more "high brow" than I would care. Having been on the ship 6 months earlier we avoided one of the vocalists, Jeniffer Faire who we did not care for, although several people we talked with thought she was great. The comedian, and cyclist/juggler were both excellent as was the xylo-synth performer. The Celebrity singers and dancers were at the top, with one vocalist who really had a great voice, the Celebrity Orch. was once again top notch and played a great variety of music to back up the performers. Shore excursions could not have been better, I won't go into detail but to say they started on time and were definitely worth the money. I did especially enjoy the Submarine. The return to San Diego was not the best, as we had to go to the Celebrity Theatre that served as our departure point. I have bad knees and it really was a struggle to go down and then up pulling my suitcase. Previously we had exited the theatre through the passage way on level 3 however this was not available for some reason. While we were waiting we were subjected to CNN on the video screens in the theatre. I thing that they should have rerun the cruise video it would have been much more enjoyable. San Diego port was no better on return, customs was quick, but the luggage area was a total cluster! A long trek to the bus and long lines at the airport after a long walk from the drop off point. Celebrity, if they continue to sail from that port really need to address those issues. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2007
Just returned from 14day Summit to Hawaii. This was our second cruise on Summit, 5th on Celebrity. Embarkation in San Diego is a breeze. We arrived at 1130am and didn't wait at all, just walked to checkin, and were on board in ... Read More
Just returned from 14day Summit to Hawaii. This was our second cruise on Summit, 5th on Celebrity. Embarkation in San Diego is a breeze. We arrived at 1130am and didn't wait at all, just walked to checkin, and were on board in 10mins. A cab from the SAN airport was only $7 and took less than 10mins. The food was wonderful! The best we've ever had on our 5 Celebrity cruises. Dinner at The Normandie was also great- goat cheese souffle still on the menu and still fantastic. The buffets are somewhat uninspired but the dining room was excellent for breakfast and lunch. The Royal Suite was fantastic- except for the very tired (and quite ugly to begin with) Emile Robba silk flowers. They are awful and truly should be removed. They were glued in the middle of the coffee table, glued to the nightstand and glued to the vanity counter. Fresh flowers would have been better- actually no flowers would have been okay. We enjoyed the plasma TV's, the cozy living room area and the wonderful balcony. Our butler Darrell and stateroom attendant Bernadeth, made us all feel like royalty! Service was impeccable all over the ship. The crew and officers were always pleasant, warm and friendly. The entertainment was good- although 2 of the production shows were not very good. The worst is Encore. It's disjointed and doesn't flow well. The theme was very confusing and we sat thru it just to see the last number which is songs from Les Mis. The ladder guy was funny as was Noodles, we had seen both before and always enjoy them. Had several singers, one was exceptional; Jennifer Fair. Overall the entertainment was just good- not great. Our ports were: Lahaina, Honolulu, Hilo and Kona. Lahaina is a tender port and the TSA-type inspection when returning to the ship is a hassle (pack your patience) but not of Celebrity's doing. We tendered at off times and avoided most of the crowds, waiting only about 10mins to get back to the ship. Easy to get around once you get to Lahaina and only about a 15min walk to Hertz to pick up a rental car (they also have a shuttle 8am-330pm). We were in Lahaina 10am to 11pm the following day. Plenty of time to do luau, shop, sightsee and go to the beach. Honolulu 7a to 7p- Did Pearl Harbor/Big Mo on our own and were thru with the Arizona tour by the time the Celebrity bus pulled up to get tour tickets. Oahu is a pretty island- if you have time see more of it than Honolulu/Waikiki. Hilo 7a-6pm- Did a private van tour of VNP, Mauna Loa factory and happened upon the Hilo Tahiti Fete. The fete was amazing and we loved the VNP. Kona 7a-1p- Not long enough to stop. We did a Kona coffee, Painted Church, Place of Refuge tour and had not one minute to spend in Kona due to the short stop. Would be better to skip the port than stop for such a short time. Place of Refuge was just breathtaking- worth the price of the tour several times over. If we had it to over again, we'd have done it on our own and not done a ships tour. The 4 days over & back were perfect. It allowed us all to relax, so when we hit Hawaii we were ready for sightseeing. The 4 days back gave time to relax again and we really enjoyed the time at sea. The seas were calm both coming & going overall. We decided we liked Hawaii so much that we wanted to do it again. So we're headed back next Oct but on Mercury rather than Summit. Back to San Diego for debarkation and flights home- again it was a breeze and getting to the airport took 10mins. San Diego is a great departure port! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2007
The Summit San Diego to Hawaii round trip was to be our first ever cruise when we booked about a year ago. However we took cold feet on advice from more experienced cruisers who thought eight sea days for first timers was foolhardy. ... Read More
The Summit San Diego to Hawaii round trip was to be our first ever cruise when we booked about a year ago. However we took cold feet on advice from more experienced cruisers who thought eight sea days for first timers was foolhardy. Therefore in the interim, we took a five day Caribbean cruise on the Century which we loved but thought too short. So this experience made us even more impatient than we might have been for the Summit cruise and, I'm happy to report, we were not at all disappointed. The whole experience was great; in fact we liked the ship so much we booked it for two more trips while on board. What did we like best? The Normandie specialty restaurant was superb the food enhanced by splendid unpretentious service in a setting with considerable old world charm. We planned two meals in the Normandie and in the end ate there four times. Our Maitre d' contributed significantly to the experience by his charm, attention and after the first evening by throwing the menu away and offering us off menu specials on each visit. The Persian Garden was a daily treat for us with its steam and hot dry chambers, well worth the $99 fee for the entire cruise. Dancing each evening with a choice of two venues and two good bands, Top Notch and Guys and Doll was a pleasure. Other musical entertainment was also excellent, our favorite being the soprano, Jennifer Fair, closely followed by the pianist Walter Wojciechowski and vocalist Chris Riggins. Michael's Piano Club quickly became a favorite aperitif and night cap spot with very pleasant romantic music provided by Keith Turner. The Celebrity Orchestra was very good as was the Odessa String Quartet, who we particularly enjoyed while sipping on a glass of wine in the evenings at the Cova Cafe. Daily Trivia provided a little bit of mental stimulation and entertainment for us, at its best when hosted by Cruise director Allan King. Allan seemed to be everywhere; in addition to hosting Trivia, he did the daily activities announcements, introduced the shows in the theatre and did an occasional late night cabaret spot then one would meet him all over the ship. For breakfast and lunch we ate light and the Aqua Spa Cafe provided exactly what we needed with very appetizing light meals served very pleasantly; mostly by the staff from the Normandie. The Cosmopolitan Restaurant where we had late seating dinner all other evenings was very good and our dinner companions were a great group to be with; contributing considerably to the enjoyment of the cruise. This was a group who had never met before but joined up for other activities and went to the Normandie as a group on the last formal evening. The ship is elegant and although it shows signs of wear it is very attractive with excellent facilities, seldom seemed crowded and one could always find a quiet spot to enjoy the ambiance. There wasn't too much that we didn't like on the Summit, but what we liked least was that it was sometimes difficult to avoid smoking areas, it being so bad in the casino during a slot tournament that I left before the final round! Also the chair hogs booked up the non smoking side of the pool early each day. The spa seminars irritated us with their hard sell of Elimis products. If you want to tour Hawaii extensively this is probably not the right trip for you as time at each port is pretty limited, so you either have to fill the time completely and efficiently or settle for a snapshot at each location. That said it was just right for us, we were very happy with the snapshots as we found it difficult to drag ourselves away from the amenities and ambience of the ship. At Lahaina, Maui we did the Feast at Lele Luau which was an easy walk from the tender and most enjoyable with a spectacular show and beautiful setting with table service and white linen. The rest of our shore excursions were booked through Celebrity starting on Maui with the Heleakala Crater Tour which was interesting and provided a feel for the island; but which we thought could have benefited by skipping the included lunch and getting back to the ship earlier. On Oahu we did the Little Circle Island Tour which was short and gave us a feel for the place. The tour we enjoyed most was The Valley of the Kings on Hilo with a four wheel drive van trip down into a spectacular unspoiled valley with a driver who was a real character and infectious in his enthusiasm. The outbound and return voyage did provide an idea of the shear vastness of the Pacific Ocean; day after day of seeing nothing but vast expanses of sea and sky. During this time we didn't see another ship, an aircraft or another living thing beyond the ship, however, that being said we didn't spend all our time looking! The weather was very pleasant throughout although cool the first and last days, with calm seas all the way. Our Cruise Critic Roll Call considerably enhanced the trip, it was informative, amusing and got the enthusiasm pumped up in advance so we felt part of a group right from the start. The Roll Call brought a group of us together for a pre cruise dinner in San Diego and a majority of the group got together for a sail away party as we set off. Thus we never went far on the ship without bumping in to someone for a chat or to join up for a refreshment. Our two cruises have been Concierge Class and we are not convinced it is worth any significant extra money, so next trip we will have a balcony without the free Champagne, canapEs fresh flowers etc. and see how it compares. This was not an all night party cruise, in fact there was little going on after midnight to 1AM most nights. We found ourselves closing restaurant and bars and being last off the dance floor most nights. The average age was higher than we expected with us, in our mid sixties, feeling that that we were among the younger crowd. There was a high percentage of Europeans on board which might have made for more late night action but they also must have been early bedders. Embarkation in San Diego was quick but it felt a bit muddled and there were a lot of stairs to climb as an alternative to the one elevator. Debarkation was slow, due, we were told, to some passengers with foreign passports not presenting themselves on time to emigration staff. Also bags were not laid out very conveniently for pickup. All in all we loved the Summit, Celebrity's on board service was excellent and the sea days were the best part of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2007
This was our second cruise, first on Celebrity. We flew in to San Diego the morning of the cruise, had purchased transfers through Celebrity so after getting our luggage found the cruise reps outside. We were on the first bus to the pier, ... Read More
This was our second cruise, first on Celebrity. We flew in to San Diego the morning of the cruise, had purchased transfers through Celebrity so after getting our luggage found the cruise reps outside. We were on the first bus to the pier, about 12:30pm. Our luggage had gone ahead on a truck so we only had to deal with our carryons. Check in was as quickly as we could walk through the various stations, I had done on line check in and had an express pass printed, I think that helped quite a bit. We were met onboard by a steward who escorted us to our cabin, after getting a glass of champagne, a nice extra touch. Our cabin 7064 was a balcony on the starboard side, forward on the ship. We were very pleased with the cabin, and our cabin service during the cruise. This cruise had 4 sea days going over and 5 sea days coming back, so we got a good chance to enjoy all the ship's amenities. Food in the dining room was almost always good, service was excellent. The extra stations in the buffet such as fresh pasta, salads, sandwiches, waffles in the morning, sushi, etc were very good. Just about every evening before dinner we had the special drink of the day in one of the lounges and listened to the live music. The shows were good, we especially enjoyed the comedian. The first port was Hilo. We rented a van with two other couples we'd met on Cruise Critic, and went to Volcanoes park for the day. That night the ship cruised by the southern end of the island, we saw red hot lava flowing into the ocean. The next port was Kona, we did a ship shore excursion kayak and snorkel trip. It was fun except my husband managed to flip our kayak with me still on it when he was getting off to snorkel. The third port was Lahaina on Maui. We did a whale watch trip we booked ourselves, very enjoyable 2 hrs seeing humpbacked whales and spinner dolphins. The final port was Honolulu, we too The Bus to Diamond Head and climbed it for fantastic views of the city and surrounding areas. On the trip back, we encountered extra strong head winds and the captain had to use the stabilizers quite a bit, slowing the ship down. Two days before we got to San Diego he said we would be late getting there, and some flights would have to be rebooked. We had done our own flight arrangements, so called the airline and got rescheduled for the following day. We arrived in San Diego at 11:30am, and we were off the ship at about 3pm. The disembarkation went smoothly, no huge crowds or problems finding out luggage. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2007
Infinity, Hawaii - roundtrip from San Diego April 22 - May 6, 2007 Background We are a married couple, in our 50's and retired (celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on the cruise). We have cruised 8 times, mostly on HAL and this ... Read More
Infinity, Hawaii - roundtrip from San Diego April 22 - May 6, 2007 Background We are a married couple, in our 50's and retired (celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on the cruise). We have cruised 8 times, mostly on HAL and this is our first cruise over 10 nights. We are cabin folks, and the days at sea are more important to us than a port intensive itinerary. Embarkation What a disappointment! The cruise before ours was late in arriving back in port therefore pushing our embarkation until evening (I believe it was 8pm when we finally stepped foot onboard). Celebrity did what they could by fairing passengers to the San Diego Convention Center to check in and wait. I felt the process was disorganized and chaotic and there was not enough seating for all those needing to sit. We waited in lines to do virtually everything. Our Cabin/Staff/Dining We had an AFT CC Class cabin (7203). The cabin itself was compact but manageable at 191 sq ft. Both the cabin and it's bathroom and verandah were in good condition (albeit the mattress which desperately needs to be replaced). Our cabin attendants were Diogo and Herman and they were excellent and took incredible care of our needs and us. Our wait staff in the dining room was Ahmed and Donaldo - Ahmed was capable but dry and Donaldo was fabulous with an outgoing personality. We had late seating (8:30pm and a table for two). Food in the dining room was good but not excellent. The beef was chewy, the salads were unimaginative and downright plain. Some plates had more food than I could eat and others didn't have enough. Desserts were too fancy instead of tasting good. I would have preferred everyday kind of desserts, cake. Pie, and such. The Buffet was alright, food was good but not a great selection and again the salad bar doesn't have good variety. Room service was excellent every time!! The menu was great, the food consistent, and the service was always on time and with a smile. Entertainment Hmmmm, we aren't joiners so I don't have much to say about this first hand but we met other couples that loved all the entertainment they encountered (and they were joiners). We enjoyed the themed entertainment in the Constellation Lounge and we weren't alone as it was the most attended bar onboard. Casino was tight. Dress From what I had read online I was expecting people in clothing I couldn't compete with and instead I found most people were nicely dressed but not to the nines (or at least what I think of as Formal). This was fine with me. I did see people that didn't even attempt the dress code of the night but at least they were cleaned up and it didn't impact anything about the cruise for us. The Cruise The first 2 days at sea (out of 4 heading over to the Hawaiian Islands) were cool and windy but continued to warm up as we got closer to our first stop in Hilo. Our next stop was Kona, then Oahu (Honolulu), and then Maui. Our itinerary changed a number of times before and then during the cruise - while this was disappointing, it did not adversely affect our cruise experience. The cruise back from the islands ended up being 5 days and 6 nights with most of them being chilly and very windy with moderately high seas. Cruise Critic Friends We had an outstanding roll call and attendance at the reception onboard from Celebrity. The people we met online and then onboard are the nicest bunch of folks we could have hoped to cruise with. Thank you to everyone that put so much time and effort into the reception! Disembarkation We planned for the worst with travel and therefore did not leave San Diego until 4:10pm so we didn't have to leave our cabin until almost 10am and disembarkation was quick and painless. Luggage was somewhat difficult to find as there was nothing marking what color was where. Our Final Thoughts We will definitely cruise with Celebrity again and wouldn't mind going on another "M Class" ship as long as missing time on the itinerary isn't important. They have to get those pod issues addressed with something permanent. We came home to letters from Celebrity offering us 20% off of (what we paid per person) for another cruise (I'm certain it was due to all the itinerary changes) with a selection of other cruises - we will take them up on that. In addition, we were given a $300 shipboard credit while onboard due to the changes to the itinerary after we had booked. We were very satisfied. We really enjoyed this cruise and Celebrity!!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2007
This was our 5th cruise , 2nd on celebrity , we've also been on NCL, and carnival,, We were shocked at all the different ages onboard compared to our 1st celebrity cruise but im so glad we went... Heres my review as short and sweet as ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise , 2nd on celebrity , we've also been on NCL, and carnival,, We were shocked at all the different ages onboard compared to our 1st celebrity cruise but im so glad we went... Heres my review as short and sweet as I can make it BOOKING- we called and booked the cruise through celebrity directly on 12/12/06 this was after kauai was already cancelled,then we received a call in march stating that some times would be changed in hilo and honolulu. and that they were offering 200$ ship credit for people in insides .. this was a great thing on celebrity's part, it was generous of them to do this. EMBARKATION AND GETTING THERE - Port of san diego We live in northern ca so we drove down to san diego to board the infinity for our 14 day adventure of a lifetime. we stayed 1 day before at the super8 motel in the little italy district of san diego. For the price of 80$ per night, the hotel was very accommodating, and comfortable. We decided to go to the cruise terminal around 11am to see if they were checking people in yet, so we pulled up to drop off my mom who is in a wheelchair and the security guard said, sorry no dropoffs yet. come back in 1 hr.. so we pulled out , into all the traffic again, found somewhere to park for 1 hr and then went back, we were told the same thing again, come back at 100p, I said ok,, so we went and parked by the airport on the side road where there was a portipotty in case we needed it . then we headed back over to the cruise terminal at 115p and we were told that they still weren't dropping off. So we went to lane field to park our car, and decided to walk over. We hired a bike carriage to take all of our luggage , so my husband could push my mom in her wheelchair . after all of this , the walk was short, everything was close. then we headed to get checked in. Celebrity had people waiting there for wheelchair assistance and they were great with my mom. Checking in was a breeze, it took only about 30 minutes. And when we were checking in they gave my daughter a wristband to wear for the kids club, that says the muster station she needs to be at in case of emergency, I thought this was great. So we headed up to our rooms on board this beautiful ship and then we were ready to eat.. The Room- we had a Inside room on deck 2 mid ship Nice size room, very clean,and we loved the set up of the TV, how it was right in front of you . Right away we were met by our room attendants Wilbert and Antonio , they were very nice and provided great service throughout the whole cruise. FOOD- The food was EXCELLENT !!!!! I never ate anything I didn't enjoy. The many selections, on one would go hungry on this cruise. I ate alot of beef and everything tasted excellent . I enjoyed the dinner salads and all of the wonderful dressings they had to chose from ,they were all yummy . The buffet was ok, but nothing spectacular, not alot of choices, pasta and pizza was available until 1am everyday which was good, but we did get tired of it GALA BUFFET- Nice set up but the food was GROSS. alot of the fruit had mold on it and it was old. We couldn't even eat any of it ROOM SERVICE - Nice choices, like steak , club sandwiches, fruit , desserts. etc.. everything was very good. we ordered a lot of room service for snacks and things and it always came within 30 minutes or less. which compared to other cruises we've been on is excellent . ENTERTAINMENT- We only went to a few shows on this trip. we saw the comedian who was funny, I love the dancing shows." Celebrate the World " was the best dancing show ive seen on any cruise, and the Drums of the Pacific show that they had when we were docked in honolulu was great.. CASINO- Tight, nothing paid, all the machines were old, a lot of them didn't work. the casino staff was nice and friendly and didn't care if you gave them 100$ bill and wanted all 5$.. KIDS CLUB-FUN FACTORY- All I can say is that my daughter who is 6 loved it !!!! She never wanted to come out of there, she only ate dinner with us 1 time out of 14 days, she always wanted to be there with the kids and workers. they were all so great , and the activities they did with the kids were awesome, they had scavenger hunts, karaoke,face painting, arts and crafts,playstation2, story time, etc etc etc, they even had a talent show for them to do towards the end of the cruise.They had a great schedule for the kids they can go there 9a-12n or 1p,then you pick them up for a snack then you can take them back, they took them all to dinner at 6pm, you had to sign them up on a sheet by 5p each day for dinner, which melika loved , great kid selections. they also took them for snacks and ice cream during the day. THe whole fun factory system was great, you had to sign the kids in and out and you had to have a password, I felt very safe doing this , the 1st cruise we took our daughter on , she didn't go into the kids club , im so overprotective.. this one, I felt so safe doing this. it was great for her she loved it .. THE PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS - HILO- In Hilo we booked the accessible east hawaii- which was a visit to volcanoes national park, rainbow falls, big island candies, mauna loa macadamia nut farm and atkusuda orchid farm, for 100 each this was well worth it, the only bad thing was the description of the shore excursion it stated that this was for people with limited mobility and wheelchairs and that it was a lift-equipped van, well there was no lift luckily my mom isn't totally confined, and no one else who booked it was. I spoke to the shore ex desk before we got to hilo and the lady told me she would find out for sure if there was a lift or not and then call me, she did call the day before we got there, and told me there was no lift and she gave me the option to cancel, but we didn't and im glad we didn't it was a great tour, 6 hours, included lunch the tour guide was great took it into account that alot of the people on the tour couldn't get in and out alot so he drove close to alot of places so everyone could see . It was fun. KONA-KAILUA- We brought our own snorkel gear and took a shuttle from the pier to the beach park where the turtles are. it was 5$ per person each way. and the shuttle ran every 15-20 minutes back and forth. The only bad thing was that you had to walk across the street and find this store called the beach shack, which was well hidden, in order to get your wristband for the shuttle, and they also had all the gear if you needed to rent it . It had to be returned by 330p though which didn't give people who didn't have their own gear much time. the beach was nice, alot of reef and coral.you had to have swim shoes or flippers. or else you would get cut.. there were no turtles,but im glad we did it , it was relaxing and nice . LAHAINA - MAUI - WE rented a car through hertz and we met my husbands brother who is lucky enough to live there, and he took us to rent our car, on the confirmation email i got it said that the location was at the west maui airport. well theres no car rentals there, its actually down the road by all the other rental places. you cant miss it , then we got there, and they didn't have the car we reserved , which was an SUV nissan xterra or similar, so they gave us a 2007 cadillac escalade at no extra charge.. we were happy. we drove around, went to the maui ocean center and haleakala crater, that was crazy, we couldn't barely breathe. The drive there is winding and Me and my daughter were car sick, it was worth it, ive never seen a view that high up at 16,000 ft elevation. we rented our car from 9a-9p, so we dropped it off, and they had a night drop box, then my brother in law drove us back to the ship, no line for the tender but they were rocky. it was windy and they had a hard time controlling the tender to tie it up to let us on the ship. but we made it . HOnolulu- we rented a car though hertz, they had a shuttle waiting when we were off the ship at 9am, we got our van and drove around the island and then we met up with my husbands other brother who lives there as well. We ate at a restaurant called zippys, great fried chicken, i cant remember where it was since his brother navigated but it was good, we had to drop our car off at the airport since the other location was closed, this was very simple, we followed the signs at the airport that said car rental return, and there we were it took about 5 minutes to get out of the car and get our stuff we had bought at the international market and bam there was a taxi which hertz called for us, that quick , they also took 20$ off our rental since they didn't have a shuttle to take us back to the pier ,, we got back on and watched the drums of pacific show that night which was great . CRUISE SHIP WORKERS - Nicest ive seen on any cruiseline, very attentive and friendly and also caring. they were all great and deserve everything. DISEMBARKING- well we got word from the captain 2 nights before we were getting off that we were going to be 6 hrs late due to the wind, and it was windy, we also got a letter in our room stating the same. We weren't really concerned since we didn't have flights out since we drove but the people with flights really had a headache. They tried to be accommodating in helping the passengers, with free internet and phone lines. but from what i saw it was still a mess. so we got a letter stating we would get off the ship at 430p, i thought oh no we are going to be home late. well they called us 1 hr before since they were ahead on the schedule which was good, the only bad thing was that after 130p , there was no more food or drinks anywhere not even water. so we were sitting there eating our case of macadamia nuts we got as souvenirs for people, that was bad on their part, they could have had people giving out water or anything.. but they didn't When we got off the ship we found our luggage easily, then my husband got in a line for a porter, we got off , got the curb, left my mom there in her wheelchair and went and got our car, came back, loaded up and we were leaving san diego by 415p, we got home at 1am due to traffic in san diego and LA. OVERALL - great cruise, I would do this one again in a heartbeat. I loved everything about it , nothing negative to say. I hope everyone could do this cruise one day and enjoy it like we did , we love celebrity and would love to go on them again one day soon. along with the 200$ ship credit we got since they cancelled kauai a couple months before the sailing, they also sent us vouchers worth 240$ for each of us for a future cruise. which was nice on their part, not everyone on our cruise got one, but hopefully they will .. If anyone has any questions about this ship or cruise , please email me anytime, I love to share information, since ive learned so much from this website.. its great . HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE Read Less
Sail Date: April 2007
**Background Information We are a married couple from outside of Chicago in our late 20's. We have been on 7 cruises, including 4 on Celebrity (Century pre remodel; Mercury; Summit; Infinity). We are Select Captains Club members and ... Read More
**Background Information We are a married couple from outside of Chicago in our late 20's. We have been on 7 cruises, including 4 on Celebrity (Century pre remodel; Mercury; Summit; Infinity). We are Select Captains Club members and have been on several 10 day cruises in the Caribbean and Western Mexico. We had never been on this long a cruise and had never been to Hawaii. We booked this cruise through Celebrity online. We reserved a family view veranda room on the stern (aft) of the ship - even though other cruisers said they were unable to book this cabin class with less than 4 people, we had no problems. The trip was great, diminished only by the complaints of fellow passengers and a few very minor things that could be improved by Celebrity for future cruises. This review is long as I tried to outline all areas of our experience for you. **The arrival Several weeks before the cruise, we were informed that our arrival in Hilo was going to be delayed and our departure from Lahaina, Maui was going to be moved up. We were given $300 shipboard credit for the inconvenience. This was enough to cover our gratuities plus a little extra. The cruise left on Sunday and on that Friday evening we received a call to inform us that the Infinity was going to be delayed coming into San Diego. We were very worried that the ship may not be able to leave at all. Our United flight arrived in SD at 10:30am Sunday and we had bus vouchers. The cruise line staff at the airport did not help with our luggage or offer a cart, but they were otherwise pleasant. We left our bags at the airport with their reps. to be taken to the ship later. We boarded a bus and were taken to the convention center (near the gas lamp district) where we were shown to a large hall with tables, chairs, sandwiches, cookies, pop, fruit and chips. They kept the area stocked with food/drinks all day as more people arrived. The staff was pleasant and explained the delay, but the arrival day was very long. The Infinity came into port at about noon from the previous cruise. We received a number when we arrived and were able to check in at the convention center, get our sea pass cards, etc. at approximately 2pm. We had to be back at the convention center by 6 to board the buses to take us to the ship. Therefore, we had about 4 hours to explore San Diego. We just wandered around and had a snack/drink at one of the lovely open air restaurants in the area. Once back at the convention center, we had to wait for our number to be called. We did not mind sitting all day, but can imagine it was uncomfortable for many. I was impressed at the organized effort by Celebrity (buses, food, and the convention hall). It was alright, but not the best way to start the vacation. Once we got to the terminal, we had to stand in line again to board the ship. The lines at the terminal were long, but we got on board and were shown to our room immediately. **The Ship - a deck by deck impression In spite of what I had heard, the Infinity was in very good condition. The carpets and other upholstery seemed newly done. Some lights in the halls were burned out, but mostly everything was shiny and ship-shape. I did notice several places where the floor seemed soft and seemed to give way (noticed by other passengers). The public lounges had either a blue, purple, or red theme to them. Fantastic Modern art in abundance. Each stairwell has a theme (the miniatures, the glass sculptures, and the clay sculptures). In spite of the great dEcor, there was also a pervasive "sewer" smell, which was noticed by others and according to rumor, due to a new waste management system. The smell was worse in the stairs/elevators. Smoking was reserved to the starboard side of the ship but evident in most public areas. Cigars and pipes were limited to deck 10 aft, and due to the windy conditions, not very busy. AT&T wireless phones work on board 24/7, but they are roaming and at high rates. *Trellis Restaurant-we were on deck 4 in the corner. Tables, linens, silverware, chairs all very lovely. The staircase and window area was very striking. I'll talk about food and service later. *Rendez-Vous Lounge - red themed, packed before dinner, a small band with singer played standards for dancing each night. There seemed to be an older crowd in this area. Art Auctions, trivia, and other events held here daily. *Celebrity Online - very modern computer area (rates $.75 per minute at dial-up speeds). It was free most times and this is the place to go to be immortalized by standing in front of the webcam. Access to celebrity site was free. We logged on the last day to check-in and print boarding passes, took about 10 minutes but printing was free. *Fortunes Casino - a glitzy Egyptian themed room. I played nickel /quarter slots and lost money nearly every time. There were all kinds of table games. All but Texas hold 'em table seemed available each night. There were several tournaments and the casino was open unless we were in port. Smoking was allowed throughout the casino. *Michael's Club - no cigars or pipes allowed. Several special events including our CC meeting held here. A nice smallish public room with piano music each night (a sing-along style player). Scotch tasting was also held here. *Photo Gallery - this was the first cruise I have been on where they were not taking pictures all the time. Formal nights and a couple of casual nights had portrait settings available. In Honolulu they took pictures with some props, but otherwise the port picture setting was you holding a life preserver with the port name stuck in the middle. Needless to say, we didn't buy pictures *Celebrity Theater- a large and lovely area for shows. One nicety was tables that swiveled, so you could adjust them after you sat down. They had a very wide variety of shows (Broadway, opera, dance, comedy, magic, Hawaiian, etc.). We saw a singer and the magician, and they were pretty good. Lights and sounds were all good. *Cinema-newly released movies shown daily throughout the day. Seats were comfortable, but sit in the middle or the picture quality is poor. Also the venue for religious observances. Sabbath hosted by fellow guests, an interdenominational service hosted by a church group on board, but NO CATHOLIC MASS. We were very upset by this, as it was advertised on celebrity and on this cruise that there would be a priest on board. *SS United States (specialty restaurant)- A strange mix of modern architecture, shiny silver, blue walls, and sea creature accessories. Overall, it felt light and breezy (will talk about food/service later). *Public Restrooms - women's and men's available at the front and back of the ship. Clean, roomy, and well taken care of. *Martini Bar / Champagne Bar - a mix of blue and red, comfy seats and cozy seating arrangements. There was a jazz trio playing, no dancing, and a younger crowd. In addition to the yummy martinis, this lounge was less crowded than the others both before and after dinner. Prices were around $10 per drink. *Cova Cafe / Card Room - Coffee and pots of tea available for purchase and a quiet place to read and play games during the day. After dinner (alcoholic) drinks also available. Prices were very reasonable: $2-4. The card room was available for private events. *Emporium Shops - Souvenirs, clothing, fashion/costume jewelry, fine jewelry, perfume/makeup, art gallery, duty free liquor, and sundries. They had special sales daily, but we did not buy anything. *Words - a well-stocked two story library with a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction, travel, and other books. Plenty of seating, and great woodwork, but the lighting was very low/poor. There was a nice place to exchange paperbacks. The library was open 24 hours per day and was not manned. Books were checked out/in on an honor system. The books were in no order and it was hard to find what you wanted, but if you didn't mind browsing, many new releases were available. Scrabble was also available for play. *Oceanview Grill and Cafe - plenty of seating indoors and out and nice dEcor. Lines were not long and the buffet lunch varied (breakfast was the same daily). *Breezes pool - in excellent condition and lots of hot tubs. Plenty of deck chairs with pads, but they ran out of towels one day. Wool blankets were also out on chilly days. The pool water was cold the whole cruise. *Aquaspa pool - in excellent condition, lovely teak chairs and padded loungers that were rarely available. The hydrotherapy pool was free and open most times. A very relaxing atmosphere - great place to read. *Persian Garden - special $99 for entire cruise. Very affordable. A unisex room where swimsuits are required. Showers, steam rooms, and heated benches were as relaxing as a massage. Changing rooms for men and women were lovely and the dry sauna is found in the changing rooms. Razors and shaving cream were also complimentary in the changing rooms and towels were available on days when the pool area ran out. We did not have a massage or other treatment, but there were several days with $99 or $79 specials - even on sea days. *Gym - very well equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and rowers. Even busy mornings, wait was not too long. Most also had a TV to watch as you worked out. Nautilus machines and free weights. At least one free aerobics class daily (busy) and fee-based yoga, spinning, and Pilates ($10 per class). One or two participants in the yoga. The gym got less busy as the cruise went on. *Teen area (formerly Notes)- okay, so we thought about pretending to be teens, just to be able to play on the playstation and Nintendo Wii, but we just watched from afar. I think this place was free. *Shipmates fun factory - again, it looked fun and the kids seemed to be having a great time with the staff, but cannot speak from experience. *The conservatory / Acupuncture at sea / Golf simulator - we walked through, but did not partake in the services. They had seminars on acupuncture and golf excursions available. Art fans - check out the Dale Chihuly chandelier in the staircase! *Mast Bar - cushioned couches flanked both sides of the bar and were great for relaxing and people watching. *Constellation - nightclub and bingo area. This was a well decorated room with plenty of seating and cozy areas. Variety of music each night and the captain's club parties were held here. The views were nice too. *Jogging/Walking track - fairly narrow and lined with lounge chairs. *Viewing area and Topless Sunbathing - Go to the forward stairs on deck 11, then up to 12 for a lovely viewing area. This uncrowded area at the front of the ship is a great place to watch the sun rise/set and watch the ship come into/leave port. Two more sets of stairs up to the topless sunbathing area (which we went to in the middle of the night). This area was not advertised, but lounge chairs were available and the section was separated by privacy barriers to keep onlookers out. **Activities: suffice it to say that the program was PACKED with things to do. Multiple sessions of trivia and games (charades, table tennis, name that tune) each day until 4:30 p.m. Bingo twice daily (cost $30 per session). Hawaiian crafts and dance classes daily. Enrichment lectures (Hawaii culture and nature talks) daily. Organized sports (Basketball, shuffleboard, etc.). Spa seminars and fitness classes several times daily. Movies three times daily (same as the movies on your stateroom TV). Culinary demonstrations and wine/liquor tastings (some free, some for a fee). Nightly show and music in the public lounges. Post dinner dancing, music, and relaxing. Theme nights (50's, Western, Crooners). **Stateroom: Our aft family view cabin was GREAT. This room would easily and comfortably sleep 4 adults (however the bathroom was small). There was a lot of closet and drawer space and room for suitcases under the bed. Bring extra hangers, we needed them with 2 people in the room. Rack for ties/belts was provided as was a digital combination safe, umbrella, and extra blanket. There was a cabinet in the corner of the room with glass shelves and doors, but we did not use this for anything. Main room had the bed, side tables and lamps, desk area with chair and TV on top of the mini-bar. Mini bar was same price as the bar ($2 for can of pop) **HINT** bring your own pop, or something to mix with the water your stateroom attendant provides. Bathroom was standard Celebrity fair - toilet and sink area, shower. Toiletries were in dispensers on the wall and were not the best quality. Q-tips and cotton balls provided. **HINT** bring an air freshener and some conditioner, you will need it. Wall mounted hair dryer provided (with plug for shaver). Plenty of storage under the sink. Two waffle style robes provided for your use. Water temperature and pressure were good. Heavy frosted glass and wood door separated the main area from the living room area. A 3 cushioned sofa (with cot) and a two cushioned chaise with a pullout bed were in the living area. My snoring husband slept one night in on this pull out couch and was very comfortable (better yet, I could barely hear the snores through the heavy dividing door. More shelves and drawers, a lamp, and a small glass table in this area. A second TV was in this room, but there was only one remote. As a side note, the TV in this area does not have a VCR, but the VCR can be easily moved from the main area. As another note, if you wish to connect your DVD player or video game console, you will need an RF adapter. An RCA adapter or S-video will plug in, but since you cannot change the channel on the VCR, you will not be able to play any peripherals unless you plug directly into the TV via an RF connector. A glass patio door leads to the HUGE veranda. A standard table and two dining chairs are available and perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with friends in your room. Two padded (but non-reclining) lounge chairs were provided. The view from the aft cabin was spectacular. Morning or afternoon sun streams in and fills the entire patio with sun for at least 4 hours a day. The dividers blocked the winds, but you could see through the glass and cracks into the neighboring verandas. Noise and vibration in the aft cabins was pretty intense. At times it sounded like the whole ship was going to come apart. The patio door would not stay open or closed and even opened one night in spite of the latch. The wind also howls through the rear of the ship, reminiscent of a haunted house. I think that children might honestly by frightened by the shaking, creaking, and noises. This area of the ship also has a lot more rocking and pitching, but it actually put us to sleep! **Dining - Note, 24 hour room service available and order by remote on your stateroom TV Breakfast in room and on the buffet were very good and consistent - eggs, meat, fish, cereals, potatoes, cottage cheese, fruits, milk, coffee, tea, and juice (only orange and apple available - otherwise you had to flag down a waiter for V8, pineapple, grapefruit, prune - but there was no charge). Waffles at the back with lovely fruit toppings (but a little undercooked since so many people waiting and they were rushing the waffles). Omelettes and fried eggs at the back on the sides. Toast on the sides and pastries in the front. Dining room, open seating breakfast was great, eggs benedict anyone? Also, try the baked apples or berries and cream in the dining room. Cova Cafe also open for breakfast, pastries free, charge for the drinks. On sea days breakfast from 7:30-10 (earlier on port days). Try the croissants, they are FAB. Yogurt smoothies available in the aquaspa cafe. Lunch buffet or room service: sandwiches, pizza, salads, pasta, and a theme buffet. The curry was good, okay, everything was good. Some days it was tex-mex, others Italian, others sandwich and soup. Homemade salad dressings were great, but the salads were pre-made (I like the salad bar on HAL better). Pizza (pre-made and create your own) and pasta were yummy and available from noon-1am. Ice cream and deserts same times. Save room for the great homemade ice cream and sorbets. Hamburgers/grill open until 7pm. The cafe had light meals available until 8pm. Afternoon teas each day with lots of variety of sweet and savory. Dinner: Sushi was very good and available from 5-10pm. They also have sake and miso soup available. Casual dining was apparently your choice of three entrees, but we did not partake. As above, you could also have pizza or pasta for dinner. Dinner in the specialty restaurant was very good. We did the menu exceptional - the wine dinner. Each person at the table has to do it (total charge $67 per person) but you still have a choice of two for each course and for each wine. A table of two essentially gets to try everything on the menu. It was well worth the price. The service was phenomenal - the staff was very attentive and friendly, not at all pretentious. The glass of wine with each course was great. We tried wines that we would not have selected due to the price, but the menu exceptional made it affordable. Started with soup-we didn't like the soup; on to appetizer-the cheese souffle was to die for; then main course-salmon was a little to fragrant and rosemary tasting for my liking; then cheese-stinky but oh so tasty; and finish with desert - which could have been my whole meal. The desert was 10 times better than the other deserts - a crème Brule with fudge on the bottom! I joked that I needed another desert to decide if I liked it or not, and when we got to our room, they had sent another tray of desert. Dinner in the main dining room was great. There was a different menu each night-Appetizer, soup, salad, main, and desert. There was a lot of variety (not just fish, chicken, or beef) and everything was super tasty. The service was very attentive and friendly. The staff was knowledgeable and not afraid to give their recommendations. Nothing was over sauced or under seasoned. I did not have one bad meal in the main dining room. Our sommelier was outstanding. Most wines on the menu were priced around $40 a bottle. There was a good mix of familiar mass market wines and other affordable interesting vintages. They did not try to push expensive wines and let us try before we bought on several occasions. They did an excellent job at matching food and wine together and it was a delightful experience. Soda pop and sparkling water were available for a fee, but iced tea, water, coffee were available. **Weather / Ports The weather was sunny and breezy each day at sea (we were told by the crew it is never sunny for more than 2 days on this trip to Hawaii). It was in the 60’s, then 70’s, then 80’s as we got close to Hawaii. It was nice enough each day to sit out on deck, but some days you were in a swimsuit and others you were in a jogging suit. If you bring one sweater/sweatshirt, you will be fine. The sea is very deep and a gorgeous blue. Some others saw dolphins in our wake. The sea was very choppy and it was hard to walk some days due to the heat. The sunsets were great and the full moon shone like the sun some evenings. Hawaii is an absolutely gorgeous place and you could easily spend weeks there. But, by the end of our 4 days, we were ready to get back on the ship to get some rest. There are hardly any shells on the beaches we went to, but lots of nice sand and views. Cell phone reception (both sprint and AT&T were very good on the islands). We spent 5 days at sea going to Hawaii 4 days in Hawaii and 4 days returning from Hawaii. This was a good mix of sea and land time. *HILO-we were scheduled to arrive at 8, but delayed until noon. We heard that it rains every day in Hilo, but it was in the 80’s and sunny all day. Our only disappointment was that we did not receive lays when we got off at this first port. Hilo is an industrial port, but still very Hawaiian. Lays and flowers were available for purchase in the terminal, were inexpensive, and were approved to bring back on board (ours are still like new 3 weeks later). We rented a car from Thrifty and went to the volcano. There was a long line for taxis and the free Hilo Hattie shuttle but the rental van picked up our group of 6 and took us to the airport (just a few minutes away). They gave us good maps and tips. The rental process went smooth and we stopped at Wal-Mart on the way to the volcano to pick up a few necessaries (also a good place to buy souvenirs). Gas was about the same as the mainland and roads were in excellent condition. Traffic is not bad and It took about 45 minutes to the volcano ($10 per car to get in) and the volcano took about 4 hours (we did the whole volcano and chain of craters). If you get a chance GO TO THE VOLCANO. What you have seen on TV cannot measure up to the actual experience. We did the whole thing by car, stopping and getting out just briefly. We took over 100 pictures. You can stop at the macadamia nut factory or the black sand beach on your way back to the rental car return. Hilo was great. *KONA-we tendered in, a short ride. The whole town is within walking distance of the pier. It was very hot and humid in Kona. There is also a farmers market daily from 8:30-5 with lots of fresh fruit and crafts. Surf gear and clothing is inexpensive – especially at shops further from the pier. Kona coffee was cheaper here than at the Wal-Mart in Hilo. The water in Kona is CRYSTAL clear and full of sea creatures. There is a great sea-wall and a banyan tree, lots of photo ops, but be careful of the waves breaking over the wall and drenching you. In the early morning, the beach at Kilua pier is nice, but it gets covered by the water in the afternoon. Be wary of cheap activities; don’t trade your day for a time share pitch just to get a discount on snorkeling. A bus to the “snorkel beach” leaves about every 20 minutes and costs $20, equipment included. The seas were too rough for snorkeling on our trip. A catholic church was within walking distance with mass at 7, 9, and 11. We did our laundry at a Laundromat and had beers at the Kona brewing company (get a cab-the walk to the brewing company is difficult and in the way of heavy traffic). Food and drinks were inexpensive and portions were big. *HONOLULU-the pier is in walking distance of downtown, but you can’t walk to Waikiki and cabs cost about $20 one-way. We walked to Chinatown and had Dim Sum at Legends Seafood Restaurant. Another person in our group had her purse snatched, so be careful. The architecture was like any typical American city, with a few unique buildings and parks. The town didn’t really seem to wake up until around 11, but it was a Sunday. We took a bus ($2) across the island to the town of Kailua and the long and wide white sand beach (it was fantastic and not at all crowded – it is a hidden treasure). We then went to Waikiki to see Henry Kapono at Duke’s Canoe Club. There was a big crowd rocking out until sunset. Waikiki beach was a lot more narrow and rocky than I expected. There is a lot of shopping and other activities at Waikiki. We came back to the ship early and enjoyed being virtually alone on board. *LAHAINA-another tender port, with a longer ride into shore. It was a comfortable 80 degrees. The pier and shore area was super busy. We rented a car from Dollar – they take drivers only to the rental area 20 minutes away – so the rest of your family must stay behind and then you have to return to pick them up. After that adventure (the car was cheap, keep telling yourself that), we drove North of Kaanapali beach to Kapalua. We parked for free at the Ritz-Carlton and walked through their property to the DT Fleming beach park (there are only 30 parking spots at the beach park and the Ritz doesn’t mind as long as you don’t try to use towels, chairs, or other facilities). Again, we were hoping to snorkel but it was too rough. Golfing is also available in this area. We then drove north on highway 30/340. In my opinion, this beats the scenery on the road to Hana any day. You go from sea level with gorgeous beaches, to desert like areas with cacti and cattle farms, to cliffs similar to the Grand Canyon, to lush green valleys with waterfalls. The road is newly expanded to 2 lanes in most areas and there was hardly any traffic. Again, we took over 100 pictures and only stopped and turned around because we had to get the rental car back. If you bring back the rental after 3, you have to get a $20 cab back to the pier. You have nice views of Molokai and Lanai from Maui. **Service – bar service and cabin stewards were awesome. As a tip, give the staff phone cards early on in the trip as a “pre-tip” to ensure good service for the whole 14 day journey. They appreciated being able to use it to call family once we were in port. Bar staff remembered your names and your drink of preference and never hurried you, neither did you have to hunt them down when you were ready to sign your tab and leave. We brought post-it notes to leave notes for our cabin steward and this was an effective way to communicate without having to page him. One thing that could be improved was for celebrity to have a number to call when you are done with your room service tray. We didn’t really know what to do with the tray, so it just sat all day with dirty plates. All of the staff was very polite and accommodating, and there were some grumpy and difficult passengers on board our cruise. We were missing a suitcase on the first day and the guest relations staff quickly found it and apologized for the delay and inconvenience. The captain and other crew gave us prompt and complete information about any changes to itinerary. The weather was very rough coming home and I now understand why we had to make changes to get us home on time and safe. **Disembarkation – if you have cruised, you know the drill. You get color coded tags, put them on your luggage and hope you find the luggage the next day at the pier. You also have to get up at the crack of dawn to go sit in a public lounge. All that was true on this cruise, except breakfast was served up to 8:30am and the luggage was easy to find at pier side. We got off the ship at 10am and took a shuttle to the airport. I was disappointed that there was no “luggage valet” where you can check your bags at their pier. That was part of the reason we chose a flight after noon and a flight on United. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2007
This was a two week round-trip cruise out of San Diego featuring two long ocean passages, interrupted by a whirlwind tour of four Hawaiian ports. My wife Norma and I had never been to Hawaii, but we had crossed the Atlantic on a sister ... Read More
This was a two week round-trip cruise out of San Diego featuring two long ocean passages, interrupted by a whirlwind tour of four Hawaiian ports. My wife Norma and I had never been to Hawaii, but we had crossed the Atlantic on a sister ship (Celebrity Millennium) back in 2004, and we enjoyed very much that Celebrity experience, as well as the extended time at sea. This cruise had an interesting beginning. On April 22, the Infinity was late returning to port because of heavy weather, and her departure from San Diego was necessarily delayed by almost 5 hours. Faced with this challenge, the folks at Celebrity bussed awaiting passengers to the local convention center, where we were very well fed and cared for. Our luggage was transported to the ship, and Celebrity even managed to move their embarkation/registration process to the convention center, making good use of this down-time. Under the circumstances, we think that the folks at Celebrity did an admirable job. We met a lot of nice people at the convention center, and we did not find this delay to be a serious concern. But many passengers were irritable and grumpy; regrettably, when dealt a few lemons, not all passengers chose to make lemonade! More on this later. The demographics of this cruise were unusual. This was a very much older crowd that we had experience on any of our previous cruises, and a surprisingly large number of them had serious mobility problems: wheel-chairs, walkers, canes, and motorized carts were definitely in vogue! This skewed demographic was the topic of conversation at our dinner table. Our best guess was that a disproportionate number of older Americans with health and mobility problems are attracted to the Hawaiian itinerary; an itinerary which takes place entirely in a USA-context, with reliable and familiar health services, unilingual-English language services, US dollar currency, etc. Onboard, it was deja-vu all over again! Celebrity Infinity is almost a clone of Millennium, so we felt immediately at home. Celebrity has four of these wonderful French-built ships, and we think their size (91,000 tons) is just about optimal. Their pod-propulsion systems provide a smooth ride which is pretty much free of the vibration problems sometimes encountered in more conventional cruise ships. On the return leg of our journey we had two days of fairly heavy seas (20-28 foot swells) and it was barely noticeable. One negative -- although these are well thought out and well-appointed ships, we did note quite a few signs of wear and tear; so we suspect that a cosmetic refit may be on the horizon. Onboard entertainment was pretty standard fare of this cruise - three glitzy 'production shows', and the usual smattering of good vocalists, comedians and magicians. Lounge entertainers were generally very good: special kudos to the versatile 'cover band' which played all over the ship. The worst-entertainer award goes to the pianist/vocalist in Michael's Club. To our ears, this entertainer had serious 'pitch problems', rendering Michael's Club off-limits for the duration of the cruise - too bad! In our view, Celebrity offers a superior cruising experience at a very attractive price point. The staff are generally superb, and the cuisine is clearly a cut above (for example) Royal Caribbean and Holland America. And, the Celebrity ships are quieter - public announcements are restricted to a single noon-hour session, entertainment in the pool area is reasonably restrained, and noisy activities like Bingos and those terrible art auctions are generally well isolated and contained. This contributes to a good and restful ambiance onboard. As noted earlier, we had never been to Hawaii, and this itinerary visited four Hawaiian ports. Frankly, we found the two stops on the Big Island of Hawaii to be a bit of a bore. We would have much preferred a longer stay in Honolulu, and we heard many passengers express a similar view. The visit to Maui was interesting - and one day duration was just about right. Excursions were in high demand at all the stops, and many late-comers did not get their first choices. A lot of the very same people who had been complaining about the San Diego Conference center episode were complaining about this too. Would we recommend this cruise? Yes, if you like an itinerary with lots of days at sea. If you really want to see Hawaii, a conventional land holiday is probably a better idea. For our part, we really liked the cruise. The only negative was the disproportionate number of unreasonably demanding and downright grumpy older passengers; but I'm not sure what Celebrity Cruises (or any other cruise line) can do to try to cheer these folks up. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2007
This was the best vacation we ever had! We are a couple in our fifties. This was our thirteenth cruise and our second cruise to Hawaii. This was our seventh Celebrity cruise. We have also cruised on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Princess. ... Read More
This was the best vacation we ever had! We are a couple in our fifties. This was our thirteenth cruise and our second cruise to Hawaii. This was our seventh Celebrity cruise. We have also cruised on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Princess. Luckily for us we did not read the cruise reviews before booking this cruise. We would have missed out on a wonderful cruise experience. When we read the Cruise Critic reviews as we prepared to depart we were dismayed to see comments about worn furnishings, housekeeping problems, poor food, mediocre service and mechanical problems. There were so many negative descriptions of the Summit that we were anxious about what we would find. We are very happy to report the ship is beautiful and in excellent condition. The food was meticulously prepared and presented in every venue including the buffet. The service is exemplary and the staff members in every area were friendly, knowledgeable and committed to anticipating and exceeding customer expectations. The common areas are beautifully appointed and spacious. The ship was spotless. EMBARKATION- We arrived the day before the cruise and spent the night in a hotel (Hyatt Regency Long Beach) arranged through Celebrity. The next morning we opted to take a cab to the ship rather than waiting for the 1:00 pm shuttle provided by the cruise line. We arrived at the pier at a little after 11 am and breezed through security. We had checked out our cabin and were at the buffet by 12 noon. This was one of the quickest embarkations we have ever experienced and certainly the fastest post 9/11. FOOD - From the multiple courses at the Normandie Restaurant to the daily buffets the food on the Summit was wonderful. The buffet area is thoughtfully laid out. There are not only trays for carrying your plates (unlike Princess) but there are linen placemats and napkins. In addition, Celebrity continues the tradition of providing multiple waiters to assist passengers in carrying their trays to a table. The dining area around the buffet is oversized so there is never any difficulty in finding a table in any area you prefer. This is certainly not the case on other, larger, cruise ships especially Princess. There are multiple buffet areas to suit every taste. We particularly enjoyed the pasta station, the sandwich area, the outdoor grill with its daily barbecue specials, the international specials (especially the Asian selections) and the breakfast stations. We loved the waffle/pancake and omelet stations! In the main dining room the food and service were excellent. We especially appreciated our dining room waiter, Andy. He made every meal enjoyable. Our dining guests were two lovely couples from Britain who kept us laughing with their dry humor for two weeks. We also enjoyed the prompt and courteous service of Joseph who worked in a specific dining area in the buffet every morning. This is certainly the first cruise where we've found a favorite buffet waiter! But that is just one small example of the level of service which epitomized the entire Summit experience. This ship is passionately committed to service. LOUNGES - The first night of the cruise we headed to the Cova Cafe for cappuccinos. We had the pleasure to be waited on by Wendy. The very next time we went to the Cova Cafe Wendy remembered our names! We were impressed. She was so friendly and attentive we found ourselves there every night. We also spent some time every evening at the Martini Bar where Maria became our regular server. She also always remembered our names and favorite drinks. Thanks to these two staff members we thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent each evening before our late seating dinner. ENTERTAINMENT – This was our thirteenth cruise so our expectations were not really high as far as entertainment goes. We were happily surprised by the talent of the Celebrity Singers and Dancers who enthusiastically performed ambitious Broadway shows such as Le Mis (complete with a barricade) and Phantom of the Opera. That was only the beginning. A female vocalist (I apologize that I cannot recall her name) was breathtaking. In the evening she performed a selection of Broadway favorites mixed with opera. Then, the next day, a special performance of opera was held in the afternoon. She was wonderful. We also enjoyed the talent of a male vocalist, Darren Williams, who had a beautiful voice. We loved the understated humor of Cruise Director Allan. The ship overflowed with talent. The string quartet, Prelude Strings, should not be missed. Jefferson Ang, a vocalist/guitarist was a favorite as was the classical harpist. There was always something going on, in every area of the ship. ACTIVITIES – The ship is equipped with a beautiful, fully equipped Spa and gym. I did indulge in a “spa day” and, (surprise!) no one tried to sell me anything! It was wonderful. The thallisotherapy pool was peaceful, soothing and free. Most fitness classes were also at no additional charge. It was wonderful to be on a cruise where people weren’t “nickel and diming” you to death. While we were in Hawaii the ship had several cultural advisors on board who held many classes intended to acquaint the guests to the unique history and art which is Hawaii. There were classes in the Hula and in playing the ukulele. There were at least two classes in Hawaiian lei making where mounds of fresh picked, gently fragrant orchids were available to string into beautiful leis. There was a class in making Hawaiian bracelets. These classes as well as the materials were all free. HAWAII – We did manage to tear ourselves from the ship long enough to see Hawaii. On Oahu we went on the “Explore the North Shore” tour which included stops at Turtle Bay Beach where we saw many sea turtles, several prime surfing areas and, most interesting to us, stops at various spots on the island where the television series, Lost, is filmed. At Kona we went on the Zodiac excursion which was great. The snorkeling was wonderful. We saw multiple pods of dolphins. We were overnight in Maui so we went to a restaurant we were familiar with from our previous trip. We enjoyed the evening sail past Mount Kilauea where we saw lava splashing into the ocean creating rising plumes of steam. DISEMBARKATION – It was managed well but we hated to leave. CONCLUSION – This cruise was perfect. We loved every minute of it. We have already booked a cruise to the Mediterranean on the Summit and even booked the same stateroom! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2007
We took back to back cruises for a total cruise of 28 nights on the Infinity and remained in the same cabin for the entire trip. The first cruise was Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to San Diego. The second trip was round trip Ft. ... Read More
We took back to back cruises for a total cruise of 28 nights on the Infinity and remained in the same cabin for the entire trip. The first cruise was Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to San Diego. The second trip was round trip Ft. Lauderdale to Hawaii. My parents are in their 80s and cannot say enough good things about how they were treated overall. Because of their age we took trip insurance through Celebrity, because Medicare covers nothing outside of the United States. Because we are all retired and enjoy cruising the "pod" problem of the Infinity did not affect us, but it did cause quite a bit of inconvenience for others. Since we are from Wisconsin making our own air arrangements we flew down to Ft. Lauderdale on Midwest Express (only way to fly) a day early. In the morning we boarded the Ramada shuttle at not cost to the dock. The bad news is that although we arrive just before 12, because of U.S. Customs, embarkation was delayed for about 2 hours. At least they had seats for us. Because I completed all cruise information online, checking in was simple for us. We decided to take an inside cabin for the entire trip, because we could get more bang for the bucks. Although the room is only 175 sq feet., we found it to be fine for the three of us. My parents slept on the beds, which they said were excellent, and I had the sofa coach. I am over 6 feet and nearly 300 pounds and had no problems. Because we were going to be gone for 28 nights, we did laundry on board. The Infinity doesn't have guest laundry. You have to pay. The prices were reasonable and the laundry was returned the next day. We were extremely pleased with the quality. We decided to take main seat dining, and we were given the option to have the same excellent wait team of Alkam and Ivan for both cruises. The food and service was superb. We never had one bad meal. In the morning we would normally go to the restaurant, and by the end of the trip we knew everyone on the wait staff and they knew us. Again service was superb. Although the Panama Cruise stopped at various ports on and after the canal, we just ventured off the ship to do some exploring and didn't do any of the excursions, because we were mostly interested in the Panama Canal. We started crossing the canal at 6 a.m. and finished 10 hours later. This was an experience of a life-time. The Infinity just fit. I could have easily touched either side of the locks as we went through them. The weather was perfect and we only had a few drops of rain. When we arrived in San Diego, we were given notification by letter and several phone calls on what to do. This is one area the Celebrity could do a better job of informing guests exactly what to do. We found out on our own that we should go through on board security again as we were really starting a new cruise. Again just a minor inconvenience. We decided to remain on board. Once again U.S. customs delayed the loading of the ship only by about 30 minutes. When we went for lunch at noon at the buffet, the staff informed us that, because of the delay the buffet was going to open a half hour later. When an officer heard this he came us to us and said they would open the buffet just for us. Talk about service!!!! We declined and said we could wait until 12:30. The staff nevertheless got us our drinks before the buffet opened. The cruise to Hawaii was 4 days and the cruise back was 5 and 1/2 days. In fact the ship came in about 6 hours late. We got an extra lunch, but people who had flights before five were in real trouble. I had a motel room reserved for that night as we were flying out the next day. I think people need to remember that ships are not like airlines. According to the captain the delay coming back was caused because of winds and swells. However, as most individuals know the Infinity has problems with its pods. If the pods would have been working at 100%, there would not have been a delay. Through out the entire cruise I used the gym every day, and was surprised at how many people were working out to reduce the effect of all of the excellent food. At this time I should mentioned that our afternoon meals were all taken at the Aqua Spa Cafe. Superb healthy food -- one of the best kept secrets of the Infinity. Once we arrived in the Hawaiian Islands we were the typical tourists who had never been there before, and tool all of the introductory tours. The tours that stand out most were the visits to the following: U.S.S. Arizona, volcano bus tour, and plantation tour. If you are looking at cruise line that delivers excellence service and superb food, Celebrity is for you. The Infinity was the perfect ship to spend 28 nights on. Or as I told my parents, it is cheaper per day than assisted living. What more can I say. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2007
Overall - This was our third cruise, but first on Celebrity. Our other two cruises were on Royal Caribbean. We enjoyed our first cruise on X and would recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxed experience and doesn't need to have an ... Read More
Overall - This was our third cruise, but first on Celebrity. Our other two cruises were on Royal Caribbean. We enjoyed our first cruise on X and would recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxed experience and doesn't need to have an exciting nightlife. Even though the passengers on our cruise tended to be older, bringing children on this cruise was not an issue at all - they had plenty of fun. Embarkation - We drove to the pier from our home in Orange County. We arrived about 1:00 pm and found unloading our luggage and parking our vehicle to be very easy. We waited inside for about 15 minutes before boarding the Summit. The entire process was very smooth and easy. So with the exception of not being offered champagne upon boarding, we were quite happy. Public Areas - We found all the public areas to be clean and maintained very well. After taking previous cruises on Royal Caribbean Grandeur and Rhapsody, we found the central area of the ship to be rather disappointing and not very elegant. Wear and tear of the carpets, furniture, etc. were what we would expect given the amount of traffic in these areas and were rather surprised at the number of negative comments in the member reviews regarding this. The pool area was laid out very nice and having the Waterfall Grill at one end of the pool area was very convenient. One complaint that we have concerned the hot tubs on the pool deck - the water temperature was very tepid, even cold sometimes. This problem seemed to go away once we arrived in the warmer climate around the islands, but during the days at sea they were too cold to enjoy. They close at 6 pm, which is too early. The indoor pool and hot tubs were always warm and very comfortable. The gym was excellent. They had very good equipment and lots of it. I had no problem finding a bike and my wife could always find an elliptical to work out on. The weight machines seemed new and were very nice. Everything was extremely clean and didn't notice any locker room smell. Most people were very good at cleaning up the machines after they used them, and I noticed that crew would come by and clean the machines periodically. Room - We were very disappointed in the size of the room. It was smaller than either room we had aboard RC. Granted, the rooms we had on RC both had balconies, so they seemed bigger. On previous cruises we had been on decks 8 and 9, so we were concerned about having a room on such a low deck (deck 2). But it turned out that except for the lack of a balcony there wasn't much of a difference in terms of noise and movement. We booked our Summit cruise late and didn't have much of a choice in rooms that would accommodate five people and frankly, we were very surprised that Celebrity would put five people in a room that small. The furnishings were clean and not very worn; however the decor was done in very unattractive shades of orange and yellow. Yuck. That being said, we did not spend much time in our room and really only found the small size to be a detriment when we were getting ready in the mornings and before dinner. We had no complaints about the comfort of the beds/bunks. The bathroom was small and could accommodate two people only if one of them were in the shower at the time. Service - Overall the service was very good. Our wait staff in the dining room was excellent and very entertaining for our children. They were very good at accommodating our children's food choices - they knew what our children liked to drink with dinner and would have their drinks waiting for them when we arrived at our table. We encouraged our children to try new foods and our waiters were very good about substituting other dishes if they found ones they didn't care for. Our cabin attendant was very attentive and responded to our requests very quickly. It seemed like we always had fresh towels in our bathroom. Even if we took showers during the day, we would have fresh towels in the evening. We usually went to the martini bar in the evenings before dinner, and our waitress would bring us mixed nuts and bread sticks, and even cherries over ice for the children. We were slightly disappointed in the pool deck service and would have liked the attendants to come around more frequently, although the service did seem to improve somewhat later in the cruise. The entire staff was very good at remembering our names and trying to personalize our experience as much as possible, such as remembering our drink preferences and how we liked our food prepared, etc. Food - Reviewing the food is very difficult. We had dinner in the main dining room almost every night. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, but we don't recall raving over any particular dish. The fish was good, the soups were good, the salads were good, etc. The beef, however, was usually excellent. Desserts were almost always disappointing. Overall, we did not notice a big difference in the quality of the food on the Summit and the food we enjoyed on our previous RC cruises. The Summit fare did tend to be more gourmet, with pate, escargot, frog legs, etc. Perhaps that is why we are not raving about it, as our tastes tend to run more simple. As an aside, the late seating was not a good option for our children, although they handled the late meal very well. Our personal preference is to go to the shows after we eat dinner rather than before, but the show times seemed geared for the early diners. The sommelier in the main dining room was not very good. He offered few suggestions and no descriptions of the wines we were interested in. He clearly had too many other diners to attend to as it usually took him at least ten minutes after we were seated to bring us the wine from the bottle we had not finished the night before. The midnight buffet was amazing to look at, but with our late dinner seating we were not able to sample any of the food since our dinner ended only about an hour and a half before the buffet started. The breakfast food at the Waterfall Cafe was very good. We had freshly made waffles almost every morning, as well as Omelets made to order. We rarely ate there for lunch and never for dinner. There generally seemed to be a lot of different choices such as sushi, stir fry, and always lots of different sandwiches. Many days we would stop by in the afternoon for some ice cream. The hamburgers at the Waterfall Grill were good and the fries were excellent. The light fare in the indoor pool area was delicious. Entertainment – We didn’t see any shows other than the talent show and a movie in the cinema, so we really can’t comment on their quality overall. The lounge band in the Rendezvous was below average, but then again, like most entertainment on the ship seemed geared toward the older crowd. My wife and I are in our late 30’s, so we were a little disappointed in the night life. The “Party Band” was fun, although their selection of tunes was very limited. I hope to never hear YMCA again, but my wife and kids loved it. The crowd in the disco was usually very small and reluctant to get up and dance unless the ship activities staff was there to encourage them. Kids Activities – The kids club was clean and well maintained, with plenty of toys and activities including a ball pit and slide. There were plenty of children ages 3 to 12. Our 6 year old had a fantastic time playing and meeting new friends, as did our 9 year old although she did get bored at times with the “leap frog” games. Overall, they enjoyed the staff and the program and even wanted to stay for the late night session (10:00 pm to 1:00 am). Our 14 year old was concerned about the lack of teenagers upon arrival on the Summit, but soon met some great friends and ended up having an excellent time. He enjoyed playing card games and dancing in the Teen Tower. He also had a great time playing basketball on the sports deck and liked the video arcade. He still maintains contact with a small group of teens he met onboard. Overall, 2 weeks was a little long for our teenager, as he missed his friends, etc. at home. Our younger ones seemed fine with the whole experience and were well entertained. Excursions – Hilo was our least favorite destination. We took the “Best of Hilo” excursion to the Mauna Loa Nut Factory, the gardens and to Akaka Falls. The gardens were beautiful and the falls were a highlight. Other passengers went on volcano excursions and seemed to enjoy them. There did not appear to be much else on that side of the island of interest. The area near the ship was fairly industrial and not conducive to exploring. Most passengers went to either Wal-Mart or Hilo Hatties to shop. Maui was very enjoyable. We loved snorkeling and trying snuba at Molokini Crater. The town of Lahaina is great for shopping and dining. We really enjoyed eating at the Lahaina Fish Company…..great Mai Tai’s! Everyone needs to visit the big Banyan tree. Kona was our favorite excursion! We went on the Zodiac and Snorkel excursion. If you enjoy snorkeling, this is a must. The amount of unique and beautiful sea life in Kealakekua Bay was incredible. And Chad from Captain Zodiac was a riot! After several hours of incredible snorkeling and sightseeing, we had a very good lunch at the Fish Hopper restaurant near the tender dock. In Honolulu we went on the Arizona/Mighty Mo excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing both memorials, although the tour was rather disorganized. We heard of people renting cars or taking taxis and doing the tours themselves, and that seems to be the way to go. We recommend going early as the wait at the Arizona Memorial can be very long. We also did the Paradise Cove Luau later that evening. The activities and dancing were very enjoyable, but very long lines for drinks. The food was okay. Our only other luau experience at the Royal Lahaina Luau was better overall, but Paradise Cove was fun. In closing, even though we experienced some minor disappointments, this cruise is well worth going on and our family had a wonderful time! Read Less
Already Booked?

Get to know who you’ll be sailing with

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise