30 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

I would actually give the cruise 4.5 stars if possible....This was my 3rd Celebrity cruise with the other 2 being in the Mediterranean on Constellation and Silhouette. It was my husband's first cruise ever. We had flown in to San ... Read More
I would actually give the cruise 4.5 stars if possible....This was my 3rd Celebrity cruise with the other 2 being in the Mediterranean on Constellation and Silhouette. It was my husband's first cruise ever. We had flown in to San Juan the day before, staying at a lovely, small guest house at a great location in Old San Juan- 352 Guest House. The Summit did not sail until later in the evening, so we had lots of time that day to get to the ship and enjoy San Juan a bit. We had a nice breakfast at our hotel, walked the streets of Old San Juan for a while, then got a Uber to the ship around 11am. We checked in (this was very fast as we had done everything ahead of time even our pictures), waited for a very short time, then were allowed to board around 11:30-12. We got our Seapasses from behind the sign on our cabin door, dropped off most of our luggage, and started exploring. We found a spot outside behind the main buffet out of the sporadic raindrops. Everyone talks about how crazy the main buffet is that first few hours, but before 2pm that day, it never got very busy. We had a few "snacks" while we sat there for a while waiting for them to announce the cabins were clear. (although we never did hear an announcement). We sailed at 8:30pm and dined at 8:45pm in the MDR. Our cabin was 2C 6028 - this was a good cabin, one of the Sweet Sixteen cabins with the double deep balcony. Even though it is quite far forward, we felt very little movement. I like the cabin renos. There are many spots for storage, but the closet rod space seemed less IMO and does not seem quite high enough for longer shirts. The bathroom reno is a great improvement. Our bathroom floor kept getting wet each day as if there was a slow leak somewhere, and we could not figure out why until I mentioned it to our room attendant and he said it's probably the AC unit dripping because it was so hot that week - sure enough, he opened the compartment to check, and that's what it was lol...I should have told him sooner - he must have thought we were messy people leaving wet towels on the bathroom floor every day. Marville was a great room attendant. Quiet and kind. The decor in many spots on the ship is all lighter, more airy colors now. It looks great IMO. Cafe El Bacio is still the same as it used to be - I like those yellow chairs :) We had Select Dining all week, and I had made our reservation times in our Cruise Planner. Only one night had extremely long lines. The other nights we only waited max 2-3 minutes. They seated us in the same section each night as well which we liked. We often had a table for 2 with the high backs and did not mind them at all. We enjoyed the MDR very much. It was nice seeing the same waiters, sommelier, etc each evening. We tried Tuscan Grille one evening, and it was excellent as well. I enjoyed early morning coffee and a croissant at Cafe el Bacio and then breakfast at the main buffet every day. Everything was very good - I love the cold choices at breakfast - smoked salmon, fruit, bagel. The buffet was busy every day, but we always went around 9am which is peak time. We had lunch one day at the main buffet, and it was very good with lots of choices. We really like the burgers at the grill by the pool at lunch time. We actually had one dinner at the buffet, the one night the main dining room line was backed up horribly right at 8pm. The food was very good at the buffet, but it was pretty quiet and empty lol. It was definitely "private" lol. We had the Classic Beverage Package perk and had no trouble finding drinks we liked that were included. One night I did get a chocolate martini at the martini bar expecting to pay the difference, but the bartender didn’t make the extra charge :) Perhaps he used the included alcohols. This was a pleasant surprise. Overall, I find the service on Celebrity to be excellent; however, I will say that in many cases, the bartenders aren’t the friendliest staff. (and I don’t mean at the Martini bar…just in general). They should really work on this. Many of them even after “getting to know them” during the week were still quite abrupt and standoffish. We are more used to some friendly interaction and missed that in many cases this cruise. We went off ship each day but tried not to do any early tours as we liked to not have to rush our morning and breakfast. We spent 3-5 hours on shore most days and came back for a late lunch and to relax in the sun by the pool. It was extremely hot many afternoons on the top deck (there often was another ship docked beside us blocking the breeze) Up on the top deck, there is also not much shade. It would be nice to see a few more shaded spots up there. The pool was often very crowded on those hot afternoons, so it made it difficult to jump in and cool off. We enjoyed the production show, Life, the a Capella group Revoiced and the Adult Comedy very much. They were the only shows we made it to as our dinner time was kind of in the middle. We had fun spending the rest of our onboard credit in the casino. You can cash in the amount you wish at the desk for either the slot machines or for promo chips for the tables. For the slot machines, the value you cash in is loaded on your seapass card which you play from in the machines. It is a bit tricky and several steps to actually get on to play. They did have a sheet with instructions. You can play the games at the tables with promo chips. Anything you win above these can be pocketed to cash in; however the promo chips cannot be cashed in. We didn't do very well with the slot machines but did okay with roulette. It was fun once we got a dealer who was helpful with some of us "newbies" trying to get used to how the system worked while using our promo chips. I did the ship's tour with some more of the onboard credit. It was quite interesting; however, I still didn't see as much as I'd hoped of where the crew live, dine, socialize, etc. It was interesting learning about the recycling plans in place, food purchasing/ storage, and visiting the bridge. I will add here to watch your cruise planner for sales, because all the excursions I had booked in the cruise planner, I rebooked once or twice at lower prices. There were sales several times during the months previous. We liked the Rendevouz lounge area. It has had a lovely renovation, and is a nice spot to sit and have a few drinks, listen to the live music, karoake, trivia, etc. I wish they would keep things going all evening there instead of something for an hour there - then switching up to the Sky Lounge, then back down to Rendevouz.... etc... The 80s music and trivia up in the Sky Lounge was fun. We did one regular shore excursion in Dominica. It was alright; however, we felt it was a bit disorganized. They never let people know where and when washrooms were available, didn't have bottled water, etc. We had no issues or waits when leaving or returning to the ship at all except the day we docked in San Juan. The lines at the dock were very long for customs, and we were even leaving for the ship's excursion and drop off in Old San Juan. We were probably 45 minutes at least getting out through there. This was quite disorganized. We booked the excursion because it included the 2 transfers - in to Old San Juan then with a pickup and transfer to the airport for our later flight (and they transferred our luggage). We booked it because originally we didn't have to leave until 9:15. Once we boarded, our ticket said 8:15....And after the wait through customs, we got in a bus that waited probably another 45 minutes to head to Old San Juan. You'd think when booking a ship's excursion, we'd have been able to get right off and head out. A large bus picked us up at the prearranged time and spot and got us to the airport in lots of time. All our luggage was in a designated area outside the airport where we just picked it up and headed to departures. Overall, we had a wonderful cruise, although I did miss the humour of the Kafetzis captains (especially Tasos) who have been on my previous cruises. Three staff stood out to us the most - Jason, who worked at the Mast Bar; Chelsy, our 2nd waiter in the MDR, and Raluca at Cafe el Bacio -they were excellent from day 1. My husband, who was very apprehensive and nervous about being on the water all those days for his first time cruising, was very impressed when it was all said and done. Fortunately, we had quite smooth waters for our whole cruise. Chances are, maybe we'll do another one :) . Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We were on the first Summit sailing after the “Revolution” for a 5 night Dutch Antilles cruise from San Juan. This was our first cruise on Celebrity. We did a lot of research before our cruise, so there were no surprises and we were ... Read More
We were on the first Summit sailing after the “Revolution” for a 5 night Dutch Antilles cruise from San Juan. This was our first cruise on Celebrity. We did a lot of research before our cruise, so there were no surprises and we were overall very pleased with our cruise. I am going to break it down into segments. Pre-Cruise – Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites, Condado San Juan This hotel was adequate for a 1 night stay. Our room was clean. The breakfast was edible and it was free, so we didn’t expect too much. The price was right as it was high season and we didn’t want to pay in excess of $250. This was our first time in Condado. It reminded me of a kitschy beach town – lots of souvenir shops. We did eat at Orozco’s and I would highly recommend them. Great service and we tried the Trifongo (as recommended by our taxi driver from the airport) – which was fantastic. We went into the lobbies of La Concha – stunning! and the Marriott Stelaris, which was also beautiful. We asked the concierge to get a van for us when we were ready to leave for the ship. We left the hotel around 10:30am and we were all checked in and on the ship by 11:00am. We took a little tour around the ship and ate the concierge luncheon in the dining room. The menu was limited, but the food was very good – the choices were short rib, salmon and chicken. Our Room - We had a concierge balcony – room 8169 towards the rear of the ship. Our room steward was okay to sub-standard. Our travel partners had many issues with him, including a missing bowl of chocolate they had put out to entertain on their cabin crawl. He suggested that maybe they put it on the breakfast tray by accident. They were not too happy with that or him at all. He didn’t know that there was a pillow menu – which there was as confirmed by our concierge. As for the room itself, we were pleased with the overall size and the amount of storage. Also there were plenty of outlets and places to recharge our electronics. I also liked the light strip at the bathroom door, so no nightlight was needed. We did get the late afternoon tray of appetizers. Some were good, others pretty strange. Sometimes we could have used a utensil or some sort of cracker or chip to taste the appetizer, but were not provided with such. For instance there was a lovely beet salad, however, nothing to eat it with and I did not want to eat beets with my hands, lol. Also there was a lovely shrimp salad, same thing. However, I did pick out the shrimp and then washed my hands. The Ship – We thought overall very beautiful. However, we though some of it is going to be very hard to keep clean. Some furry chairs at the martini bar were already looking a little used where one would put their hands to get on and off. We loved the solarium and the bubbling pipes! Food – We loved the layout of the Oceanview Café and the stations were well placed and there was a good flow. The only stations that had lines were the pasta station, the omelets and waffles – the maker only made 4 waffles at a time. There was a nice variety of food and it was very good. As for dinner, we only ate at the main dining room –The Cosmopolitan Restaurant at the 6pm seating. Our server, Xiomarra, was very nice and prompt. On the first evening, we were already at our main entrée by the time the beverage person came around. We complained, and it was rectified for the remainder of the week. Our sommelier was lovely. The food was very good. I was expecting over the top amazing from all I had read about Celebrity, but I wouldn’t say that it was. Overall we were very happy with it and the selections except on our last evening. The deserts were sometimes were lacking flavor. We were seated by the rear big window on the 2nd floor and had those funky tall coffin-like chairs. I hated them – so very, very hard and heavy to move and impossible to get in and out of. Also, it was very uncomfortable and my server found me an extra pillow and at times I added my airplane pillow! Ship-wise, the bar staff seemed to be overworked and not enough of them. I waited many times just for a bottle of water, which often was at room temperature and not chilled. Cruise Director – We had Patrick. We saw him only pre-shows on the stage, but never walking around on the ship. He did teach and demonstrate Salsa dancing at the Salsa deck party. Boy can he move! He was not that personable, but got the job done. Shows/Entertainment – We did not know what to expect, so we brought cards just in case. I am happy to report that we didn’t touch them. Monday – Comedian Phil Tag, only one show at 9:45. He was pretty good. There was also a Salsa party on the deck and the CD Patrick showed us how to dance. His dancing was amazing and we had a great time! Tuesday – the show by the ship’s entertainment staff was “Soundtrack”. It was a great show and the singers were really, really good. We also attending the Silent Disco which was a real hoot. There was also a late night adult show with Phil Tag. Wednesday – Was a performance by 2 members of the American Ballet theatre – they did the piece White Swan. Then there was a violinist, Katarina Rosse who was simply amazing. Then there was another modern ballet performance from the 2 stars. A beautiful, wonderful night. Thursday – the production show December ’63. Again, it was fabulous. This entertainment crew is probably the most talented we have ever seen on a ship. Friday – Production show “Life”. This was the best of all. Somewhere in here was a comedy show with Brian Bradley which I liked better than the other one. There were also several Trivia games throughout the day and evening which we joined in on. Bingo was only done once, on our last day. That was disappointing. There were no electronic packages – the cards were the tear the flap kind. Excursions – We only booked 1 excursion – Old and New San Juan with airport drop-off – from the ship. We booked independent operators for the islands. St. Kitts – We booked the Grand Tour of St. Kitts with Thenford Gray. We were 6 of us in a lovely air conditioned van. Our driver and tour guide was Sackville Gray. He was very knowledgeable of his island and we loved his tour. We went to Carambola Batik at the beautiful Romney Manor and grounds, Brimstone Fort and the amazing outlook on Timothy Hill of where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean. We also went to a black sand beach for approximately 40 minutes. My first black sand beach and boy is the sand hot! I would highly recommend this tour. St. Croix – Sadly, this island has barely recovered from hurricane Maria. We did an island tour with Prince Taxi. He was very knowledgeable and personable. However, we ended up in an open air vehicle – website advertised air conditioned van. Also we waited at the port while he tried to fill up 2 vehicles. Unfortunately, we ended up in the vehicle with a different driver. He knew nothing about the island and made no commentary. However, at times Jaylen (the owner) would stop his vehicle and come over to ours to point out something of interest. The part I did not like of this tour was a stop by a bar in the country which had pigs that the tourists feed O’Douls to. I felt uncomfortable with this and our time would have been better spend seeing a more beautiful part of the island such as the tide pools. Basically it was a ploy to share some tourist dollars to his friends at the bar. We went to the Cruzan Rum factory – interesting tour and the Pina Colada’s were wonderful. We spend about 40 minutes in Christianstaad. Wish we had more time there. It was very quaint and lots of nice shops and restaurants. We were supposed to have time at the end of the tour for a beach visit, but there was no time due to the late start. Antigua – The gem of these 3 islands. We took a tour with Scenic Tours Antigua with our tour guide Ray. Again we were 6 of us in a very well maintained air conditioned van. Ray was wonderful – full of energy and very knowledgeable. He took us to all the spots that had amazing vistas. We went to Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights and ended with a trip to Jolly Beach (which was stunningly beautiful). We had a great day and I would highly recommend this tour. Service Comments – Spotty, especially bar service. But I wanted to again complement our dining room server Xiomarra. Our excursion in Puerto Rico - Bacardi rum factory with airport drop off was cancelled. We went to the excursion desk, and even though it was during their closed hours, the girl Alina saw us and helped us rebook our excursion to the tour Old and New San Juan and printed out new luggage embarkation tags for us. She was very helpful. On our first day on the ship we learned our flight had been cancelled and we had to call Southwest to change it. The day before disembarkment, Roberto in the Innovations (Apple) store was not too busy, so he helped us log into our flights the day before and sent the boarding passes to the new computer area printer. Very helpful! Conclusion – The ship was beautiful. My husband and I liked the size of the ship - we are small ship people. My younger brother and his wife prefer the Oasis size ships of Royal. We tried not to expect too much going into this knowing we were the first cruise after the refurbishment. I would say it went pretty seamlessly. One thing we did feel, however, is that Celebrity is very class driven. Dining venues and lounges for upper reward levels took a disproportionate area of the ship, especially for one this size. Overall we enjoyed our first Celebrity cruise and I am pretty certain it will not be the last. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Cruise sailed from San Juan. There was a surprising diversity among the passengers - English speaking, Spanish speaking; young, old; families, and couples. The highlight was the New Year's celebration. We have been on 17 Celebrity ... Read More
Cruise sailed from San Juan. There was a surprising diversity among the passengers - English speaking, Spanish speaking; young, old; families, and couples. The highlight was the New Year's celebration. We have been on 17 Celebrity cruises and have always found the food and service to be excellent. But, this time the food, particularly the beef, wasn't up to par - two different dinners, the beef was tough. I also became annoyed by being constantly reminded how I was expected to fill out the end of cruise survey. I know the waiter didn't cook the food, but I do know how well he/she resolves dissatisfaction with the food. Overall, ship was clean and we'll maintained. Service was very good, and the entertainment was about as good as I've seen. Small things, like usable shelves in the bathroom we're appreciated. We have sailed on the once Summit before, and would again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We had a wonderful cruise. We choose this cruise because we thought it would be a nice relaxing trip with good weather. Service on the ship was exceptional. This was our second Celebrity Cruise, first in 15 years. We were in Aqua class ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise. We choose this cruise because we thought it would be a nice relaxing trip with good weather. Service on the ship was exceptional. This was our second Celebrity Cruise, first in 15 years. We were in Aqua class and did not know what to expect. We highly recommend Aqua class because of the Blu dining room. Blu was incredible in our opinion. Service top rate. We were able to select from either the main dining room menu or the Blu menu. So we had double the menu choices not that we really needed both. We had the classic drink package and that was perfectly fine. The many bars throughout the ship were great and adequately staffed so never had an issue getting a drink. The staff in Blu always made sure our wine glasses were full. Our room was fine and no complaints. Roderick our head waiter in Blu was a pleasure and made our meals always feel special. Everyone was so polite and always smiled and asked how our day was. We enjoyed the Celebrity service so much we booked an Alaskan trip for the summer on the sister ship Millenium. Took one excursion in Dominica when we walked off the boat, a local tour, very nice. Really weren't interested in many excursions as we preferred to hang around the boat and relax. Getting on and off the ship was the best we have ever experienced. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
A surprise get together for my aunt. A great week being looked after by the staff who treated us like family. We sailed out and back to San Juan The ship was extremely well maintained. We stayed in concierge class 8095 and it really ... Read More
A surprise get together for my aunt. A great week being looked after by the staff who treated us like family. We sailed out and back to San Juan The ship was extremely well maintained. We stayed in concierge class 8095 and it really was wow on the service. I would highly recommend this, the little perks make you feel special. Such a great ship. Fab evening entertainment loved the shows with such variation. The silent disco was such fun. Make sure you take your headphones off and spend a few moments watching everyone it is so funny. The games get everyone involved loved the Majority Rules quiz. People have such a variety of answers to the questions, will be using this with the family at Xmas. Had dinner in the main dining room most nights the food was truly a culinary experience. Our waiting staff made us feel so special, anticipating our every need. The staff made the whole dining experience an event we will never forget. To sum up my experience when can I go again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Having never cruised before, I can only compare it to a land resort. First, great staff on every level...best cappuccino I've had ever. Thalassotherapy pool was awesome! Champagne in my cabin on my birthday was a lovely surprise. ... Read More
Having never cruised before, I can only compare it to a land resort. First, great staff on every level...best cappuccino I've had ever. Thalassotherapy pool was awesome! Champagne in my cabin on my birthday was a lovely surprise. Daily tasting tray delivered every afternoon was unique and always scrumptious. Traveling Aquaclass was definitely part of the experience. Blu restaurant was amazing! Staff was knowledgeable, warm, remembered you everytime they saw you, knew your preferences from the first visit, noticed if you missed a night. The entertainment was magnificent including the Broadway performer who played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables for 22 years! Are you kidding? Totally unexpected. Room steward was exceptional. Blissful overall experience...of course the sunsets were grand. Off ship, loved every island but St Lucia were I felt heckled by the locals hawking their wares and the roads were terrible so not the best day excursion. St Kitts was my favorite...rain forest hiking and shipwreck snorkeling with tour guide Javin (Myisland Tours by Javin) was the best day. Loved it all! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We originally chose this cruise for two reasons. The first was the itinerary, seven days on the move with only one day at sea. The second was more sentimental. The Summit was the first ship my wife and I cruised on, and set the bar high ... Read More
We originally chose this cruise for two reasons. The first was the itinerary, seven days on the move with only one day at sea. The second was more sentimental. The Summit was the first ship my wife and I cruised on, and set the bar high in so many ways, and this cruise did nothing to dispel those notions. Foremost was the excellent service on the crew's part, one delicious meal after another. Stewards and others going out of their way to make sure you were enjoying every minute, or just relaxing on deck reading and watching the world go by. The shows were all excellent, and when it came to our ports of call, like I said earlier, the itinerary left nothing to be desired. It's an older ship with a few wrinkles showing, but it doesn't thrill you with baubles. It is all in the attitude and performance of the crew. Glad we made another round with you Summit. See you again soon! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I loved the Rock and Romance part of the cruise. As far as the ship goes, I was very disappointed. I usually love Celebrity ships. I had been on the Infinity (the sister ship of Summit) 15 years ago. Well, this boat surely looked 15 ... Read More
I loved the Rock and Romance part of the cruise. As far as the ship goes, I was very disappointed. I usually love Celebrity ships. I had been on the Infinity (the sister ship of Summit) 15 years ago. Well, this boat surely looked 15 years old. Really needs updating. My cabin furniture was very worn. The bathroom really needed a redo- tile and sink and shower looked really worn. The food in the main dining room and the buffet were practically in-editble! What happened to the food??? Did they give us different food b/c we were a charter??? It made me have to spend extra $$ on the specialty restaurants. They were good! I loved QSine! That being said, I still had a great time with the entertainment and that is why I was on there. I would never choose to go on that ship again. I am booked to go on the Eclipse in July!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our very first cruise, we are in our late 60's. Four of us booked the Rock N Romance cruise that sailed from March 3-8. The ship was wonderful. The attentive staff was great. We never had any situations with our room or the ... Read More
Our very first cruise, we are in our late 60's. Four of us booked the Rock N Romance cruise that sailed from March 3-8. The ship was wonderful. The attentive staff was great. We never had any situations with our room or the service. Because we all love music it was the perfect first time cruise. Styx were fabulous, Air Supply superb, The Guess Who put on a great show. I loved the Cher show.....she did a great job. All the bands on the ship were great!! The Queen Review at night was fun!!! He had Freddie down to a T. There was always something going on to do or see or listen to. The band members were all over the ship and very accessible! We were 12 inches from Michael McDonald. He was so gracious and signed my husband's drum head. We ate twice near the bass player from The Guess Who. Everyone on board was very polite, professional and very helpful. The food was good, lots of it and a good variety. They would bring you a dish that they thought you should taste because it was so good. By the second day they knew what you drank!!! Happy Happy wait staff. Considering they leave their families behind for 6 - 8 months to come and work on the ship. Think about leaving your family for months just to go to work and service others. Pretty impressive and the all had great personalities!! You know you booked the right cruise when you have a crisis!! A MEDICAL CRISIS!! My husband got very ill ( from a premedical condition) and the medical staff on board were great!!! they flew into action, made sure he was well taken care of AND made sure I was taken care of Too! When we had to disembark the ship to be taken to the hospital in the Grand Cayman Islands, we left with written instructions on who to call and their names and titles. They sent staff to our room to help our friends pack our stuff so we could take our belongings with us. They even made sure we had food to eat. We were taken by tender boat to the dock and all the way my husband had a lovely nurse Donna at his side. All this time I was wearing a black beaded bracelet given to me by Tasso, the Safety Captain on the ship. He took it off and said to me "my grandmother gave this to me. She got it in church. Wear it and know that God will be with you." As I was crying I thanked him. How thoughtful and caring. The Medical staff on the Summit is fabulous! The doctor knew just what to do and what to say to help us feel safe and secure. When we were taken to the Health City Facility, a 30 minute ambulance ride, I was told that thank goodness we were on a Celebrity cruise. They are wonderful and are very good at handling medical emergencies. I agreed. We had the best of care from the most caring staff of doctors, nurses and cruise line staff. They even made sure we got a message back to our friends before we left the ship. Although our cruise was cut short by 2 days due to the emergency, I am so grateful we were on a Celebrity Ship. They know how to treat there customers. I have been in contact with customer service to review charges and medical services. Thank God I took out the medical insurance and GEO Blue international travel insurance. Don't leave home without it!! We will go again because I know the ropes now and have confidence in the entire staff of Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first time cruising and we were really not sure if we would like it or not. I had done lots of research on the ship and cabin classes offered by Celebrity. We really liked the ship. Other reviews talked about how the ship ... Read More
This was our first time cruising and we were really not sure if we would like it or not. I had done lots of research on the ship and cabin classes offered by Celebrity. We really liked the ship. Other reviews talked about how the ship was old, or showing her age, but really there was nothing wrong beyond a few areas of worn carpet we could see. Our cabin (1105) was in good shape and nothing was damaged or worn. We also liked the food on the shp. It was high quality from the buffet to the high-end dining. The staff was very friendly and engaging. They wanted to do their best for you with very few exceptions. We enjoyed the activities on the ship like trivia and gambling. The shows on the ship were also very good. Very good singers and dancers and two outstanding aerial artists. Captain Kate made the days special with her announcements and I was shocked she was waiting to say goodbye on disembarkation day. Sadly by the time you read this she will likely have made the move to to the Equinox. The Summit's loss is the Equinox's gain. Exploring the Caribbean islands really worked out well with the ship. We would fuel up on breakfast, go out on a tour or excursion, then come back for a late lunch, then finish by going out for shopping. Then it was back on the ship and ready for dinner. It was nice not having to worry where to eat meals like you would on a regular vacation. And as an older couple it was nice having your room move around with you if you didn't feel well that day. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Celebrated my ‘big’ Birthday with relatives and friends on board this cruise liner. The experience was memorable - the tour excursions to the different islands were brilliant with lots to see. The onboard entertainment was very good. ... Read More
Celebrated my ‘big’ Birthday with relatives and friends on board this cruise liner. The experience was memorable - the tour excursions to the different islands were brilliant with lots to see. The onboard entertainment was very good. There was lots of food - variety of dishes. The formal dinner in the dining room was also good. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I was looked after well. Did not stop - there was always something to do. On my Birthday everyone including staff made me feel special. The staterooms and surroundings were cleaned twice a day. I thought the cost of wi-fi on board was a bit pricey - felt the ship could have given about 15/30 ministers complimentary. Embarkation was easy - we arrived early and went in easily and welcomed with a glass of champagne. Although the cabins were not ready when we got in - we were kept informed and it gave us time to find our way around. I would definitely like to go on another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Location, number of stops and wanting to warm on the 25th of December. Summit launched in 2001 but was fully "Solsticised" (Made to look like the Reflection, Eclipse, etc) in 2015. Older ship bonus-- smaller so fewer ... Read More
Location, number of stops and wanting to warm on the 25th of December. Summit launched in 2001 but was fully "Solsticised" (Made to look like the Reflection, Eclipse, etc) in 2015. Older ship bonus-- smaller so fewer crowds and more intimate sailing experience. Cabin-- Veranda Mid ship 7th deck-- Wonderful location-- Easy to get around on and off the ship. Room a tad smaller than the Reflection Veranda Cabin in 2016. But we met lots of nice folks so spent little time in our room anyway. Our Cabin attendant Eliseo was friendly and responsive. Dining Staff: A Plus! Korey, (Sommlier) Vincey (Waiter) and Mathew (Assistant Waiter) were wonderful! Korey wine wise is wonderful. We signed up for the Wine taste post dinner one night and it was a lot of fun. Seating was with other couples and we had a pleasant dining experience with all of them. Also visited Sushi on 5. We were disappointed with the sushi on our Reflection Mediterranean Cruise, so gave it another try. Much, much better. Entertainment- Went to Chandelier, The Holiday Show, Soundtrack, The Three Divas and Motown Party. It was very good. A shout out to the aerialists and dancing-- excellent! The Martini Bar is a wonderful place to people watch expecially before and after the shows. Henry, Mikola and the others put on quite a show making marvelous martinis. Service--excellent once again. Shore Excursions: A shout out to Karen, the Shore Excursion Concierge. Helped us select a private tour on Martinique (the Botanical Garden and Suspension Bridge) and then made sure we found some local products (sugar with molasses) when we ran into her at Carre Four. Captain Kate and Alejandro were personable and made us feel at home. How cool to sail with a Captain who also happened not to be male. :) Good Cruise, Celebrity is consistent. We'll be back. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Been several years since I’ve cruised on one of the floating hotels and now I remember why I gave up on them. Too crowded, too many lines, subpar entertainment, someone always trying to sell something, mediocre food. Very unfriendly ... Read More
Been several years since I’ve cruised on one of the floating hotels and now I remember why I gave up on them. Too crowded, too many lines, subpar entertainment, someone always trying to sell something, mediocre food. Very unfriendly dealers who tried to keep the game going fast, so fast I wasn’t able to get my bets in sometimes and I’m not a novice gambler. On the positive side dining room waiter, Suki, made dining a pleasure in spite of the foods . Room steward was always nearby when needed but never in the way. I’m headed back to the yachts with 200 to 300 guests. Embartion and debarking was long and unorganized. Embarking clerk needs training, had to ask others for help. We were conserig guest and were supposed to be escorted on the ship with a tour and shown to the dining room for lunch. Our name was not on the list but we gphad the correct sailing card. They just seemed very unorganized. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was our 12th cruise with Celebrity, 5th on the Summit. Obviously, we are fond of her. There was a lot of weird going on with this cruise as it was out of San Juan. I made hotel reservations months before the hurricane with the ... Read More
This was our 12th cruise with Celebrity, 5th on the Summit. Obviously, we are fond of her. There was a lot of weird going on with this cruise as it was out of San Juan. I made hotel reservations months before the hurricane with the intent of spending a couple nights pre-cruise in San Juan. I read a lot of reports of the various hotels with regards to opening dates, etc; our hotel was to reopen on the 1st of December, which it did. I know this is supposed to be a ship review, but details on San Juan night be of value. We had no trouble getting a cab to our hotel; the only wrinkle was that normally, I can get early check in, but on this occasion, we weren't able to check in until an hour after the normal time. Street lights weren't powered, but drivers exercised remarkable restraint with regard to letting people in, and traffic flow was surprisingly smooth. The power was on in most places in Condado and old San Juan. The only obvious sign of problems was at night, you didn't see all the lights on in tall buildings. There are also a lot of damaged cars. As we drove through the city, you could see areas with significant damage, and there appeared to be heightened security. I'm aware that the situation is much more dire outside of that area. I think it important to mention that numerous local people thanked us for being there. I had a few people give me grief prior to the cruise, such as "Those people are rebuilding their lives, they don't have time to amuse you", which I found rather insulting, and, as it turned out, completely false. I mean at pretty much every restaurant and shop we went to, people said to tell our friends that they welcomed the return of tourists. So. Embarkation was very smooth. I'd say we were on the ship within 15 minutes of arrival at the port. The Summit isn't a fancy, huge ship. It has no ice rink, roller coaster, zip lines or whatever other non-cruise related activities so many other ships are offering. That's a good thing. My idea of a good cruise is a conversation over a glass of wine with friends, and meeting new people. The Summit is very accommodating in that area. Cabin: I wrote up the cabin under that header Dining: We ate in Blu. Service was exceptional, shout out to Donovan, our head winter. I made a point of checking the MDR menu each night, and we had no problem ordering off that menu in addition to the Blu menu if there was an item that looked interesting. There were 8 in our group, so while we all had select dining, we had the same table each night, and didn't have to wait in line. The service was stellar; friendly, accommodating, and just great overall. I don't like a lot of noise when I eat, and it was much quieter than the MDR. I ate dinner at the buffet one night, and it was quite good; they had a "Mongolian Grill" type thing where you put what you wanted on your plate and they cooked to order. Very nice. I had breakfast and lunch in the buffet, pretty standard fare with the occasional nice surprise. Chef's table: I've done chef's tables on both RCL and Carnival, and throughly enjoyed them. Celebrity's chef's table is significantly more expensive, at $279 for a couple. There were only 6 of us, the wine flowed freely, and was of nice quality. The fixed menu was great, and it was a blast. Was it worth the money? Hard to say. Glad I did it, unsure if I'd do it again. Common areas: All good, I read about obviously wear, but I didn't really notice anything like that. Weird bits: They have a jumbotron on the 12th deck and did a "dinner and a movie" type thing. I believe it was $15 pp. For that you got nice little taster courses, and a film. It was a lot of fun. Definitely worth checking out if they offer it. Staff and Crew: Top notch. Captain Kate was, as usual, very "there". She not only came to the Cruise Critic mingle, she was also there at disembarkation, seeing everyone off. Pool deck: No deck chair wars. Despite the glorious weather, there was never any difficulty getting a chair. I saw the pool butlers taking stuff off chairs on occasion, but none of the bad behavior so common near the pool. Disembarkation: The usual. We decided to do the walk off thing with our bags. Getting an elevator was about impossible, but carrying our bags down 11 floors wasn't an option either. We had breakfast in Blu, and then wandered off. I'd say we were through customs in 10 minutes or less. Friends had a 9:30 flight and had no problem making it. Entertainment: Sorry, I don't go to shows. The solo acts, and cellist/violinist were great. So great cruise, great people, great ship. Aces all around. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Had a great time with Celebrity as always. Captain Kate is so refreshing. She is friendly , approachable and you can understand her. Rescue at sea a new experience. The shipboard activities seem to be fewer maybe due to smaller ship. ... Read More
Had a great time with Celebrity as always. Captain Kate is so refreshing. She is friendly , approachable and you can understand her. Rescue at sea a new experience. The shipboard activities seem to be fewer maybe due to smaller ship. Would like more activities during the day. Was surprised that that on an 11 night cruise only saw singers and dancers 3 times. The fill in shows were not as much to my taste. Ship was clean but is showing her age. . Embarkation could not have been easier. Food good but need to modify menus. Cabins give plenty of space and service was great. Ports fantastic with the exception of the replacement port of Punta Cana. Not set up for cruise ships. Celebrity provided transportation to airport for everyone to help out but I am not sure it was necessary. 12th cruise with celebrity and they are still my favorite. Love Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Celebrity Summit has Captain Kate who is a celebrity herself. It was so cool to hear a woman captain speak to you each morning and you could understand her. She is witty and polished and captains well. With all of the turmoil in San Juan ... Read More
Celebrity Summit has Captain Kate who is a celebrity herself. It was so cool to hear a woman captain speak to you each morning and you could understand her. She is witty and polished and captains well. With all of the turmoil in San Juan and hotel cancellations and what not, this turned into a terrific cruise. Our steward was wonderful, our cabin was spacious, although it did have odd whiffs of unpleasant smells at times, the food was very good. Dinner service was special with our waiter. We had a table for two originally but asked to share a table in future nights. It was no problem for them to change it and we sat with personable folks for dinner each night. The comedians were very funny, the aerialists were amazing, and the guitar solo and duet singers were very good. The productions were okay. With the changes in the itinerary, we went to some ports which we hadn't been to which was great. Barbados was the only port that a shuttle would have been appreciated as it was a very long walk to the terminal. The staff was considerate and polite. Just a few issues...why isn't there ever enough pizza...why do they only offer hamburgers and hotdogs by the pool...a change up would be nice. We're happy cruisers and are ready to plan another. Chris Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We had booked several months ahead as an anniversary cruise. That was before the hurricanes hit. Celebrity was no way ready to sail again after the hurricanes hit the Caribbean. Embarkation horrible at the San Juan airport. In ... Read More
We had booked several months ahead as an anniversary cruise. That was before the hurricanes hit. Celebrity was no way ready to sail again after the hurricanes hit the Caribbean. Embarkation horrible at the San Juan airport. In spite of us having paid for the ship transfers, we literally waiting in a line for 1.5-2 hours for the buses to arrive. Our cabin was sufficient, concierge class, but our bathroom smelled like urine from day 1. We reported it to the steward, he supposedly reported to his boss. We were told it would "take a few days" for it to be fixed which was a leaky toilet tank under the tile. We were never given the option of moving to another cabin and this ship was not by any means full. Shore excursions and ports: Barbados was basically a dump, very dull island tour. St. Thomas replaced with Martinique but them it was a national holiday and no shops or restaurants were open. Because the ship wasn't full we were able to change out some shore excursions for better ones. Service from our steward was just the basics not even enough shampoo/conditioner. Buffet food was very bland and we stopped eating there by the third day. The up charge restaurant we went to was very good but the charge was $45 extra per person. Disembarkation again in San Juan was a mess. The airport had people seated on the floors because not enough chairs. We were so glad to get home and will never use Celebrity again. This trip should have been canceled by the company. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My friends and I were so excited to book this cruise with ocean view staterooms next door to each other, four gals who love a great time and this music we grew up with. This was the first cruise for all four of us so we have nothing to ... Read More
My friends and I were so excited to book this cruise with ocean view staterooms next door to each other, four gals who love a great time and this music we grew up with. This was the first cruise for all four of us so we have nothing to compare it to, but I can tell you I will not likely be using Celebrity again. The boat was great, stateroom was cozy, but they didn't separate the beds so my friend used the pull out sofa the first night. The next day they said they didn't get the message to do it and apologized. The music was fabulous, but the scheduling of performances overlapped too much so we couldn't see some of the acts we wanted to. Top names were scheduled to perform at the same time in totally different areas on the boat. That should have been planned better. The food was great, but for the price of the trip, you would have expected to get at least one dinner where lobster was an option. But it wasn't unless you paid extra to go to one of the exclusive restaurants. Buying a beverage package was also necessary due to the fact they automatically add an 18% gratuity on each drink, so a margarita might cost $10. The $45 per day drink package had the gratuity added just once, so having just 5 or 6 drinks per day made it pay for itself, which was easy to do especially being at sea so long and staying up partying until the wee hours of the morning. As far as onboard experience at sea, it was excellent. There were bars and food readily available without waiting. And servers walking around to take orders and returned quickly with your drinks, even at the concerts. We saw amazing original artists: Peter Frampton, America, Ambrosia, Little River Band, The Orchestra (ELO originals), Orleans, and Christopher Cross, to name a few. Scheduling of shows made it impossible to see Firefall, Player, or Stephen Bishop, but the artists were wandering around the ship and were readily available for pictures and autographs before and after the shows. They had meet and greet sessions for many of them too. Christopher Cross was disappointing and many left during his show. But everyone else was great, including cover performers for The Bee Gees, Eagles, Cher, Stevie Nicks, and many others. The shore excursions in Cozumel and Key West were good. We did the river cave tour in Cozumel and the pub crawl in Key West. We didn't know we had to be packed and leave our luggage in the hallway before bed on the last night, so we were scrambling to do this at 1am which was very inconvenient. They didn't communicate this until that last night and we had to go to our dinner and show so we didn't have time, nor the inclination to do so as we would have wanted to change clothes and pack our evening attire after the show anyway. I had packed a travel iron in my checked bag which was confiscated and I was given a ticket to get it after we got back. So when I went to security to get it they said they had to bring it from the other pier and it would be about 10 minutes. Forty minutes later I asked again and they said it would be about 10 minutes. They should have known what dock we would be arriving at and bring everyone's confiscated items before we got there. I was frustrated and left without my stupid iron, it wasn't worth the hassle or the wait, but that was very disorganized and unacceptable. I wasn't the only one who had something confiscated, so they should have had those items waiting for us when we got off the ship. I will definitely go cruising again, but not with Celebrity. This was a unique experience because of the music, but not something I will do again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I sailed on the Celebrity Summit last week for the "Rock and Romance Cruise' which was a charter hosted by StarVista Live. I require a wheelchair accessible stateroom and I was not impressed with many of the aspects of our cabin. ... Read More
I sailed on the Celebrity Summit last week for the "Rock and Romance Cruise' which was a charter hosted by StarVista Live. I require a wheelchair accessible stateroom and I was not impressed with many of the aspects of our cabin. The size of the room did not allow a comfortable amount of space for maneuvering my chair around the cabin. The bed was 3 inches lower than the height of my wheelchair seat (should be even) and thus, I was unable to get into or out of the bed without assistance each time (typically I can do this unassisted 100% of the time), the ramp leading to the balcony was blocked by the bed, so, again, I required assistance to access the ramp to get to the balcony. Then, the roll-in shower in the bathroom--the fixed seat that I require to use in the shower was on the opposite wall from the water controls, thus requiring assistance each time I took a shower. I am an independent woman that prides myself on not needing much assistance from my husband or traveling companion, this cruise, because of this cabin, was very frustrating. The rest of the ship had obstacles to the manual wheelchair-user EVERYWHERE! At each doorway, there was at least one, sometimes two, 2-3 inch high thresholds that required that I pop a wheelie to get over or risk falling out of my chair if I hit them without doing so (not being dramatic here). On top of that, I believe I only saw one automatic door way on the whole ship, when I am used to automatic doors at all entrances/exits. Continuing with my rant about lack of wheelchair accessibility, there is a really cool Rooftop terrace on this class of Celebrity ships. It is up on Deck 12, which is only accessible by a stairway and a hard to find wheelchair lift. I know about this lift as I first saw it on the Celebrity Infinity when I did a site inspection of it last June. I was excited to see it and use it to access the Rooftop terrace...but no, didn't work, no signage either. There was a worker cleaning it, I asked it I could use it, he advised it did not work. I asked when it would be fixed or worked on, he didn't know (apparently there is no intention to fix it). I saw a sign near the lift to call for assistance in using it. I called and asked when it would be fixed, they did not know either. Not cool. It did not work for the entirety of my cruise. On top of all of the physical issues I had getting around the ship, I signed up for an excursion in Cozumel, the "Wine and Chocolate tasting" excursion. The morning of, I sent my husband to the Shore Excursions desk to ask what kind of transportation was involved. If it was a bus, we were planning on taking a taxi. The Shore Excursion representative told him "that tour is completely inaccessible to wheelchair users'...disappointed, we then had to cancel the tour that we had pre-booked with our two friends. When we took the tickets back to the desk to get a refund, I spoke to the same rep, he repeated that the tour was completely inaccessible that there was 'no way we could have taken that tour'...ok fine, until our friends came back and told us there was absolutely no reason why we couldn't have taken the tour, that the vendor had ramps available and was ready, willing and able to accommodate a guest in a wheelchair...SUPER FRUSTRATING! Lastly, the rest of the ship was tired looking in decor and there were many areas in which handrails were missing, or things/fabrics were ripped... I sail a lot on many different cruise lines and had a higher impression of Celebrity prior to this cruise, I feel they need to send this ship to dry dock for updates, STAT! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Up on Saturday for another bright and sunny mid 80s March day in Florida and boarding the Celebrity Summit cruise ship for five days of 1970s era live music.  Dropped the Mazda off and taxi'd a couple miles from the airport ... Read More
Up on Saturday for another bright and sunny mid 80s March day in Florida and boarding the Celebrity Summit cruise ship for five days of 1970s era live music.  Dropped the Mazda off and taxi'd a couple miles from the airport to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Along with a few other ships, we pulled out at 5pm with a DJ playing hits from the 70s by the pool.  DJ?  When he finished and Barry Williams welcomed us, Hal Bruce played some covers solo with an acoustic guitar.  When he finished I was expecting a featured originals performer or band to take the stage.  Nope.   As it turned out, the only originals band to play during the day for the entire cruise was Orleans on Sunday afternoon for an hour.  There was just one or two one hour performances by a cover act per day by the pool. I had pictured the originals musicians to play some during the day, either on stage or informally in various configurations.  There were daytime interviews in lounges with some of them that you could watch on your stateroom TV.  Didn't go to any of those so the only place I saw the originals musicians was onstage except for Jock Bartley of Firefall.  Had an interesting talk with him in the spa area on Sunday. Each originals band did two shows.  The featured ones played the theater, one night early and the next night late, and vice versa.  The color of our card got us into the late shows.  The theater acts were America, Little River Band, The Orchestra, Christopher Cross and Peter Frampton.  Frampton got on and off in Cozumel and did both his shows on one night, Monday.  Most of the other acts, including cover bands, were on board for half the trip, departing or arriving in Cozumel. The other originals bands' two appearances were in the biggest lounge, Revelations, starting at 7:30pm, and the pool stage, one act at 11pm.  Revelations had limited unobstructed views.  Those bands were Player, Ambrosia, Firefall, Stephen Bishop and Chuck Negron.  Saw all but Negron as one show conflicted and we didn't feel like hanging around for his 11pm show on the last night.  We were sufficiently burnt out.  We were rousted up at 7:30am for disembarking on Thursday.  We didn't go to the gong show or two late night theme parties: disco and 70s movie and TV characters. The cover acts were mostly very good:  For the whole cruise there was Hal Bruce solo, a young solo guy at the lobby, Joel Mason, George Trullinger and band, All You Need Is Love band, and Cara Lee's karaoke acts.  Hotel California and Bee Gees Gold only played the last couple days. The PA system played 70s hits by B list bands all around the boat.  I don't know the source but there were no songs by A listers like Wings, Dylan, Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, CSN, Steve Miller, Beach Boys, etc. Despite the boat being docked until 2am at Cozumel, we didn't go past the bars and shops at Port Cozumel.  Been there.  Mexican Dayquil is putrid.  In Orlando, we got news that our ship with the Soul Train crowd was broke down in Cozumel for two extra days.  Yikes.  No problem for us though.  We took a trolley tour of Key West ($28/ea) and walked Duval Street.  Left there at 5pm on Wednesday, about the same time the only bad weather greeted us for the outdoor sail away party with Bruce and Hotel California.   Hadn't been to that party town in many years. We had a blast on the cruise, met a lot of nice people, mostly aged 50 to mid 70, talked a lot of music.  Good to see bands I've never seen and probably wouldn't plan to:  Player, Ambrosia, The Orchestra and Stephen Bishop.   Don't know if I'd go again, at least not coach on the airplanes.  My aching butt.  How about one out of LA?  Uber to and from Seatac was cheaper than Ajax P&R. First Celebrity cruise. We had Room 6033. Nice extra big deck. No complaint. Median priced room: $2,200/ea including port charges, taxes, gratuities. The food was nothing to write home about, especially the selections in the dining room. The buffet was better.  Not as good as the other three cruises we've taken.  "Classic" (Bud, Coors) 12 ounce bottles of beer were $5.50/ea plus an obligatory 18% tip = $6.49.  Premium beers $6 to $7.50 plus tip.  Mixed drinks $8 plus tip.  I discovered the five beer buckets of "Classics" for the price of four at the aft Sunset Bar.  On Monday, on TV, the booze leader announced that all Classics and cocktails would be $5 plus tip for the rest of the trip.  Some bartenders had to be reminded of that and some said a vodka tonic is not a "cocktail", it's a mixed drink. Entertainment in chronological order (without accompanying photos): Saturday: Hal Bruce and wife do covers at the sail away party.  Good guy with several appearances throughout: Leaving Port Everglades.   Fort Lauderdale beach: Player at Revelations Lounge 7:30pm.  Baby Come Back, This Time I'm In It For Love.   Not a big fan, but these guys rocked.  Led by singer-writer Peter Beckett and singer-bassist Ronn Moss who starred in The Bold And The Beautiful for several years: America in the theater, 9pm.  Excellent show.  Way more energized than the last time I saw them, at the Emerald Queen in 2001.  Their three backing players are new since then, and really turned up the rock, not just on the hits, but some deep cuts were almost psychedelic.  I don't recall Dewey Bunnell playing as much lead electric.  Interesting photos and video.  They mentioned "old friend, Dan Peek" (RIP) when they introduced his This Is For All The Lonely People.  They also did his Don't Cross The River, sung by Gerry Beckley.  Covers were Eleanor Rigby and California Dreamin'.: Took in a couple Ambrosia songs by the pool before retiring.  Saw them again on Sunday at Revelations.  Good band.  No David Pack, but three of the original four members, including singer-bassist, Joe Puerta were there.  Ken Stacey is also an fine lead singer.  Biggest hit was You're The Biggest Part Of Me: Sunday: Day at sea. 3pm.  Orleans, the only originals band to play during the day.  Good show.  They had to be hot.  John Hall had been on his own but has been back for awhile.   Saw his band open for Bob Seger at the Coliseum in 1985.  Orleans songs included You're Still The One, Dancing In The Moonlight, Dance With Me: Ambrosia at Revelations 7:30pm.  Firefall's David Muse guests on sax: Little River Band in theater 9pm.  With a load of superb songs and fine musicians, you can't go wrong, but I kept thinking these guys had nothing to do with writing these hits, and almost nothing to do with the recording of them.  Singer-bassist Wayne Nelson (Jim Messina band alumni) did join in 1980 in time for the recording of Time Exposure, on which he sang lead vocals on Night Owls.  He had excellent rapport with the crowd and the two lead guitarists whipped some into a frenzy with their more electrified rocking versions of the songs.  I saw the original guys open for Jimmy Buffett at the Mt Baker Theater in 1975, their first US tour.  I knew they'd be big.  Firefall at Revelations 11:30pm.  Well worth the wait.  My favorite act of the cruise.  Covers included Mark Andes singing Spirit's Nature's Way and I I I Got A Line On You Girl.  Ambrosia's guitarist, Doug Jackson, joined for an encore of So You Wanna Be a Rock And Roll Star.  Loved it: Monday at Cozumel: George Trullinger's cover band by the pool.  Very good.  People on the taller Celebrity Reflection ship next door enjoyed the music and shipped off mid show.   Saw a guy on the Reflection catch a fish.  Besides guesting with Joel Mason, Trullinger also did a karaoke tribute to Mick Jagger and Joe Cocker: Stephen Bishop at Revelations 7:30pm.  Mellow act with some funny stories and songs like Avacado to the tune of Desperado.  Big hits: On And On and Separate Lives recorded by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin: Peter Frampton in the theater 9pm.  He had a good time with plenty of joking and extended guitar jams with the other crack guitarist.  Covers:  Rebel Rebel, Black Hole Sun.  Encore was While My Guitar Gently Weeps: Cara Lee karaoke tribute to Cher.  Rendezvous Lounge 9:45pm.  Good singer.  She also did a Stevie Nicks and a Songbirds Of The 70s tribute: Tuesday day at sea: Joel Mason tribute to Elton John 11:30am.  Talented singer, pianist and comedian: All You Need Is Love at Rendezvous 7:15pm.  Fun band from Ontario on the ship for the duration.  Their leader really knows how to work a crowd: Christopher Cross in theater 9pm.  Too mellow, stiff, cheat sheets, a little boring.  Saw him at the Enumclaw fair in 2001 and that show was upbeat and entertaining.  On Tuesday he talked too much, and despite being a sharp guitarist, he played lead just a little, leaving more work to the pianist and horn player.  The female singers sang lead almost as much as Cross.  Good visuals.  Imagine was his last song: Wednesday Key West: Took the trolley tour and a walk around Duval Street.  Nice:  Hotel California 4:30pm.  Well done Eagles tribute.  Liked it all except the noisey harmonica guitar National Anthem jam.  Why that instead of Peaceful Easy Feeling?  Their bassist has quite the falsetto.  Bee Gees Gold at Revelations 7:30pm.  Well done.  Not much of a crowd.  I suppose many saw them at the disco party. The Orchestra in theater 9pm.  Seven former members of Electric Light Orchestra.  Probably my third favorite show behind America and Firefall.  What talent.  No Jeff Lynne, his lead vocals replaced by three singers: Thusday disembark was pretty quick. No doubt a fun trip. Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/67928702@N00/albums/72157678196309223 Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My wife and I were passengers aboard the Celebrity Summit for the recent Soul Train Cruise. I say cruise, but unfortunately it was a boat ride to Mexico due to the ship not being fir for purpose for 5 out of the 7 days of the trip. Having ... Read More
My wife and I were passengers aboard the Celebrity Summit for the recent Soul Train Cruise. I say cruise, but unfortunately it was a boat ride to Mexico due to the ship not being fir for purpose for 5 out of the 7 days of the trip. Having spent in the region of $14,000 dollars to fund the trip of a lifetime, I got a trip to Mexico, which I could have done for considerably less from the UK (in the region of $3,000. As you can imagine, I am seeking considerable compensation for the lack of ability by Celebrity Cruises to provide Starvistalive with what we agreed for the $8,000 we paid. Here is a chronologically catalogued explanation of why: 4th March 2017: Boarded ship and left Everglades Port, Fort Lauderdale slightly behind schedule but not significantly late at this point. Overnight voyage, heading at this point for Belize, which was atrocious; the sea was rough and the listing of the ship was severe; this transpired to be exacerbated by the lack of speed due to a major propulsion fault with the ship, shortly after leaving port. 5th March 2017: Informed of a change to the itinerary due to propulsion fault. The ship was now heading straight for Cozumel for investigatory work alongside. At this point we were reasonably content as the seas had calmed, the food was very good and the entertainment exceeded our expectations. The drinks package was also good, but expensive, BUT I was disappointed that 2 hours of free drinks were given to all passengers when the first port of call was announced as cancelled; this was of zero benefit to me and my wife as we each had premium drinks packages.. 6th March 2017: Ship arrived in Cozumel for inspection. Going ashore in Mexico was never appealing to either of us, but we went around the port shops for around an hour before re-boarding the ship. We started to notice the general tiredness of the ship and I have a picture of the rusty state of the handrails at the rear of the ship, by the ocean restaurant on deck 10. The majority of people we met on board were absolutely friendly and not at all wary of our colour (white European) and, whilst the majority of the acts I came to see were very good, there were a few acts that came across as less than politically correct, appearing to be racially opposed to my wife and my presence on what was a celebration of black music; a celebration that Robert Bell, Peabo Bryson, The Commodores and Thelma Houston all managed to convey sensitively. 7th March 2017: Informed by the Captain that the ship’s propulsion problem was worse than he had hoped and that we would be staying in Cozumel until 9th March 2017 to get the issue sorted; the planned visit to Grand Bahama was therefore cancelled. The $500 compensation given, along with the return of our beach excursion fees, when the second port of call was cancelled does not go anywhere near the compensation I feel is warranted. How can a flat fee for all be equitable, when everybody paid different amounts for different standards of cabin? The free drinks and food are an insult when I paid so much for my cruise, inclusive of food, and an additional $1,000 plus for a premium drinks package for both myself and my wife. In addition, some people were openly abusing their drinks billing and I felt that I was subsidising this due to the lack of control of this practice; why should I be penalised for playing by the rules? 8th March 2017: Still alongside in Cozumel as the ship was still not fit for purpose. Now the Starvistalive compare tells us how lucky we are to be looked after so well and that the Captain was not prepared to bodge the ship up with tape to get us back, we were going to get a certified safety certificate to leave port from the U.S. Coastguard; IS THIS NOT THE BASIC MINIMUM I COULD REASONABLY EXPECT? When my wife queried the sensitivity of this flippant remark, the Starvistalive compare threatened to call security to have her removed from the auditorium; not a justified or appropriate response and I complained to the Starvistalive desk and the Celebrity Cruise desk at the earliest opportunity. 9th March 2017: Finally the ship leaves port in Mexico for 2 hours of sea trials. Still not fit for purpose and no guarantee of getting back to Florida. 10th March 2017: Ship travels at full speed back to Fort Lauderdale. Please tell me why we arrived back at Fort Lauderdale early (0430) and from a northerly direction? Please explain why the only channel on the TV not working for the last 24 hours of the cruise was the one showing the ship’s position? I questioned this on board and did not get a satisfactory answer; I also made it clear that I felt the ship was not fit for purpose for 5 of the 7 days. 11th March 2017: Arrive back at Everglades port at around 0430. So this begs the following questions, which I feel Starvistalive should be reasonably expected to answer to my satisfaction following Celebrity Cruises’ position of “deal with Starvistalive”: 1. What constitutes a cruise please? In my opinion this wasn’t a Caribbean cruise, it was a boat trip to Mexico; changing the itinerary is one thing, cancelling all port visits bar an extended one to fix the ship is not in the spirit of the terms and conditions. 2. If our safety was so important, the Captain should have returned to port as soon as the issue occurred instead of subjecting us to a torturous journey down to Cozumel? 3. Given that the ship was unserviceable for 5 days, I would expect 5/7th of my fare back (approx $5,500). Having said that, there were some positive elements (artists and food) so half of my money back would be a reasonable settlement. This would require a further refund of $3,000 to add to the $1,000 already paid to make up the $4,000 (50%). Why is Starvistalive refusing to correspond with me or answer any of my questions? Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My partner and I decided to go on the Soul Train Cruise obviously for the music first, but since the ship was going to Belize, Cozumel and Grand Bahamas, we thought why not. The entertainment was wonderful, the ship was a bit old, but we ... Read More
My partner and I decided to go on the Soul Train Cruise obviously for the music first, but since the ship was going to Belize, Cozumel and Grand Bahamas, we thought why not. The entertainment was wonderful, the ship was a bit old, but we had a balcony room, which was nice, the breakfast was the best, lunch and dinner offered the same meals each day, I would definitely suggest more of a variety in foods. . Service was great, our ship ended up having engine trouble so we only made it to Cozumel, we were credited $500 per person on board but it went back to our ship credit. The staff overall was helpful at least as much as they could help, our time spent on the boat was good. I loved sailing we aren't sure if we will go back on a Celebrity line, we believe they may have known about the engine issue before we sailed. For future reference, it would be helpful if the Captain of the ship spoke English, his accent was very strong and it was hard trying to interpret when he attempted to keep us updated on the ships progress. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Wow, what a great cruise. I’ll preface this with we went on the same cruise last year. Also, it was a Charter and left on the 27th of February and was 5 days. Arriving at Port Everglades, we found Starvista had a great backdrop for ... Read More
Wow, what a great cruise. I’ll preface this with we went on the same cruise last year. Also, it was a Charter and left on the 27th of February and was 5 days. Arriving at Port Everglades, we found Starvista had a great backdrop for pictures. A VW bus flower-powered out. We were handed hard cover day planners and had to find awkward places to carry them on. With carryon bags, noodles, et al we had no place to put them. Please leave in rooms next time. We were met with glasses of champagne as we boarded. Since we arrived early, we went to Sushi on 5 for lunch. While you have to pay extra, we always go there as there are no people. We did like it better as Bistro on 5. Crepes were better than Sushi but it was still good. Rooms opened a little early at 1:20pm. We had a concierge balcony. Nothing spectacular but adequate. The A/C was making serious noises and the thermostat did not work so we stopped by guest services and it was fixed. After that we had no problems. Generally, the bathroom emits a sewerish smell on all ships. We brought two small battery-operated ionizers and put one in the bathroom and one in the main cabin. Problem solved. We experienced no congestion or coughing on this and the last trip because of it. We went around the ship and could not believe that the techie crew got all the audio setup across the ship. Wires galore and huge amps, mixers, and speakers. Well done. The ship was decorated with Flower Power posters throughout. Nice job Starvista (SV). We had the mandatory boat drill but Celebrity is smart and keeps passengers indoors during the drill. RCCL always makes them stand for an hour on outer decks. The sail away party was on the pool deck and I think most of the ship was there. Dinner – the food was exceptional on this cruise. It was nice to have different items than the normal fare we get on RCCL and Celebrity. Last year the food sucked. SV must have taken note and adjusted the menu. The passengers were split up into two groups – Silver cards for the first dinner seating and Gold for the second. This was to accommodate the theater for the main concerts. Excellent idea! We first went to the Spencer Davis concert in Revelation Lounge. It was, IMHO, so-so. We bailed about 8:00 to go line up for the theater presentation of Three Dog Night. We were disappointed because of the many technical difficulties they experienced. Many were teasing “One Dog Night” because only one original member was left. After the theater, we went back to Revelations and saw Rare Earth – much better – great sound. Venue was over packed. Tuesday, 28 Feb, was at sea. We went to the Trivia – awesome – Hitmasters finds some very obscure early videos of artists performing and you watch the clip and have to guess the name of the group. Since I make pins, I donated a bunch of custom made pins as prizes and also a T Shirt. One group got 37 out of 40 correct. We went to the pool deck where if you wore the FPC T-Shirt you got free booze. Most of the ship was there. We had a hamburger at the poolside grill and then went to the Family Feud by Hitmakers. Teams were setup and there was a lot of fun to be had. Off to dinner – the waiters were super. It was open seating and we were in and out in 30 minutes, including desert. Food again was great. We went to Revelations and saw Rare Earth for a bit and then off to the theater to see 5th Dimension – We enjoyed their show. After the show, it was Bell Bottom Ball – of course we had on bell bottoms and a Woodstock T-Shirt. Most people dressed in 60’s attire. Awesome. The CCR tribute band was pretty decent. More on that later. We saw Peter Asher at the late night theater concert – He is, by far, the most talented artist we have met. He tells a story about his experiences, sings songs, has a sing-a-long, and actually sings with Gordon Waller on the screen and was our favorite artist and show on the cruise. Funny story – on the first FPC, we were sitting in the front row of the trivia. When we swapped papers for grading, the paper we had got all but 1 correct. My wife returned the paper and said: “Wow, you did super – what were you – a D.J?” The man turned, grinned, and politely said “No.”. It was Peter Asher. This year we had him autograph that sheet we graded. What a nice guy. Wednesday in Falmouth, Jamaica – We went to Peppers, a small bar in the ‘Ville. They have Red Stripe beer on tap – we had 3 or 4 beers each, a plate of jerked chicken, rice, and slaw, shots of rum, a Rum Cream (like Baileys) and it was only $37. That’s 3 drinks on the ship. Food was delicious. Coming back we stopped at a roadside makeshift bar and had more beer and shots for a pittance. We were watching the locals playing dominoes and it was serious. Bought the players a round as they kept us entertained with slapping dominoes. We went back on the ship early and took our noodles and went in the pool – no one else was there until the show came on at 3pm with a tribute to Mick Jagger and Joe Cocker. After dinner was the Zombies concert – totally amazing. They sounded great! They did two concerts that night and the ship stayed in port till 11:30 so they could get off. We missed the Yardbirds because of other commitments. After the show was a British Invasion party on the pool deck and a costume contest. Some really bizarre costumes came out of the closet. The winner was a gal that made a mini dress out of duct tapes and it was brightly colored. All throughout the cruise Hal Bruce was playing in various venues. He does some wonderful songs. Thursday was Grand Cayman – we didn’t get off but stayed in the pool. At 3pm Cara Lee did a portrayal of the Divas with many songs. She is superb and has Cher down to a science. After dinner we went and saw BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band. Both BritBeat and Jukebox were superb. We liked the pool concerts the best. Our theater performance was Eric Burdon and the Animals. I talked with many and most feel he butchered The House of the Rising Sun. Not like the original. Sad. I was so looking forward to this. Last year it was the same thing with Jefferson Starship and White Rabbit. Disappointed. “We gotta get out of this place” was definitely better. The pool deck had the psychedelic dance party with The Family Stone, who were great. Friday was a day at sea. We again went to Hitmakers trivia. Again I donated T-Shirts and pins. Lots of fun. We went to the deconstructing of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour – Extremely fascinating – Scott Friedman did a superb job and is not to be missed. We gave him a pin as we did to most artists. CCR Relived was on the pool deck – wonderful – better than the other night. Then came Vanilla Fudge – these guys I saw in the very early 70’s at my high school. They were better now than back then and they were good back then. After dinner we caught Cara Lee again impersonating Janis Joplin. She is seriously good and fun to watch. We went down early for the Lovin’ Spoonful – this group interacted with the audience in a sing along. Awesome. One thing to know – the Ocean View café stayed open until 2am and you could get snacks after the concerts. Starvista did an amazing job of coordinating all events. Those in the “Red Shirts” and “Crew” shirts worked tirelessly in making this cruise a memorable one. Each night a new goodie would appear in the room. We received a brightly colored bag, water bottle, hat, and a wine bottle corkscrew. Why they put that in the room I don’t know. It had a small knife on it and I had one confiscated at the port because of this. What if people just had carryons for flights? Getting off – we were able to use the Mobile Passport and whisk to the empty line. I would like to see the Revelations Lounge using the two card system to allow everyone to get a seat. One thing I didn’t like was a lot of people were chattering during the performances. Especially in the theater. It was a nuisance and sometimes was louder than the acts. I had to tell many to shut up. Dancing up front is one thing but talking about pets ruins the concert experience. Next year is 7 days so perhaps a little more spread out for the acts so we can see them in their entirety. There is too much packed into 5 days. Well, we are thoroughly exhausted from running to different venues and have a chance to rest up. Ready to do it again next year and we are already signed up. What a super concept. Would love to see a 50 year Woodstock reunion at sea. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
First things first! 80s Cruise was spectacular. An entire week of great music, great people and great times! Definitely look into it if you’re looking for something special! The boat was great. Captain Alex was hysterical and so ... Read More
First things first! 80s Cruise was spectacular. An entire week of great music, great people and great times! Definitely look into it if you’re looking for something special! The boat was great. Captain Alex was hysterical and so friendly, he did a stand up skit that would rival any comedian. The members of the crew were fantastic and a bit overwhelmed at times, the 80s cruise crowd were all about drinking and having fun, a number of the crew said they were amazed at how much fun everyone and the cruise itself was! The Summit herself was a great boat. Pools, spa, restaurants etc, all of it; pretty fantastic. We ate in Quisine, a great experience. Tuscan grill was really good, we ordered half portions of a bunch of dishes so we could sample a lot of the menu. Sushi place was excellent(sorry I forget the name) but the sushi was super fresh! We loved the buffet and only ate in the main dining a handful of times. It’s nit a preference thing, it’s a flow thing. We like to get busy doing things and being involved in enjoying our vacation without time constraints or schedules on any level so, we opt to hit the buffets more often than the MD, even with the my-time stuff. MD to me is about dressing nicer and being casual and sometimes, I just want to wear my crocs, shorts and a T-shirt and I don’t feel that’s respectful attire to subject others to when they’re dressing up a bit more. Just my two cents. Anyway, the buffet was bangin! Flat out good to really good each day. No, it doesn’t compare to MD dishes and yes, MD is better in the sense that it’s more restaurant level offerings. The couples massage at the spa was cool, but it’s a punch in the wallet’s mouth for what you actually get. I’m thinking stone massage next time or, a bucket of beers and get my feet done. Our cruise hit Cozumel, we didn’t venture far but, we did enjoy fresh salsas, chips and real Mexican foods. A little shopping and some laughs in Senor Frogs were how the day unfolded. Grand Cayman was next. Drinks, good eats and plenty of sun and fun on 7 mike beach. Beautiful restaurant right on the beach, $$ but nice. Next up: Dunne’s Falls Jamaica. Do it. Don’t ask questions, do it. Get some beef patties and Red stripe to celebrate your conquest afterwards! Coco Cay followed up and man, I love this island. It’s fun, there’s a hammock swinging from a palm tree waiting for you there and delicious Pina Colladas...best ones I’ve ever had. Plenty to do or, not to do on this wee island. P.S. It’s MY ISLAND. I’ll fight you for it. HAHAHAHA. Summit is a fine boat. Movie screen in the back, check out a film or sports in a quiet and comfortable atmosphere. Def get the cabanas! Basketball court up top in the aft section. I’m allergic to basketball so, I can’t help you with any opinion there. Two pools and a few nice jacuzzis midship. Great places for plenty of sun or shade all over this boat. The clubs are all cool spots to hang out in. On our cruise, there were MJ, Tina Turner and Madonna impersonators who were all great and, they had tons of interactive game shows and trivia things going on. I hope to be on the Summit again one day and experience her on a normal cruise. I hope some of this helpsvyou plan your trip. Nothing like cruising, right? If you haven’t, it’s ridiculous. You’re traveling from One paradise or bucket list location to another with your hotel room and restaurants following you everywhere. Meet new people or dint, make new friends or don’t. Enjoy yourselves/yourself or, make every day a party. Memories for life and a drug you won’t want to quit. Cruising is amazing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This cruise was part of the Smooth Jazz Cruise "The Greatest Party at Sea" as it is also called. We have been on 8 of these cruises in the past on a different cruise line. Folks where I live told me how wonderful Celebrity was ... Read More
This cruise was part of the Smooth Jazz Cruise "The Greatest Party at Sea" as it is also called. We have been on 8 of these cruises in the past on a different cruise line. Folks where I live told me how wonderful Celebrity was so we really looked forward to it. The music on this cruise (the reason we go) was nothing short of wonderful! No other way to say it 5 Stars... The ship and service and food was down right bad. Stateroom was not clean, had to have the sheets changed in the middle of the evening because of dead bugs. Food was over cooked not just a little but they made Chicken Jerky is was so dried. Cooks did not know how to crave ham, leg of lamb, or roast beef. ( I am a professional chef). Lunch meat were cheap, no flavor, there cheddar cheese must have at least one day of age on it ....again cheap. Have a meal in one of the upscale restaurants was no better. Service was fine but again the Chicken used in the Parmigino was a split cut chicken breast, breaded and fried to a golden black.....we sent it back. Some of the meal was fine but for a $45.00 per person up charge it should have been great. Order wine at the pool one day, never got it and was charged for it and it was diffucult to get it removed from bill. None of the employees smiled much it was if they did not like something. Every thing on the ship was $$$$$ like cell / internet service at $265.00 for a week or get this $25.00 per hour or $60.00 per day. Will not cruise with Celebrity again. Only reason not 1 star is because of the music.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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