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

Celebrity does a really good job. It runs a wonderful ship. For instance, we disembarked in every port by 8 a.m. and no one had to re-board until 5 p.m. - and sometimes later. Everything ran on time and everything worked like it was ... Read More
Celebrity does a really good job. It runs a wonderful ship. For instance, we disembarked in every port by 8 a.m. and no one had to re-board until 5 p.m. - and sometimes later. Everything ran on time and everything worked like it was supposed to. There was a Norwegian ship in St. Kitts that had supposedly lost a generator. For some strange reason, that justified making the ship sail more slowly and which in turn cut down on those guests' port time. Also, they said their cabins were warm. I have heard many stories like that related to Carnival and Norwegian ships. I have never experienced or heard about anything like that on Celebrity ships. Another plus to this cruise is that cruising from San Juan is a great way to go for travelers to the windward and leeward islands in the eastern Caribbean. Embarkation The pier used by Celebrity in San Juan (the Pan-American pier) offers and especially accessible and quick boarding process. While the facilities are not as new as those in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, the boarding experience is much better. Ship Experiences Food and Dining 5 out of 5 The quality of the food in the main dining room was quite good. It is improved from my experience last year on the Celebrity Reflection. However, the older design of the Summit’s Ocean View Café is not as good. It’s overall smaller but the food is spread out over a much larger area. The specialty dining continues to be very good. Onboard Activities Celebrity has fewer enrichment activities for adults than I would like. Also, for teens older than 17 years (Celebrity offers this group its X-Club), there are very few organized activities even though this New Year's sailing had a fair number of 18 to 25-year-olds on board. Entertainment Very good. The Celebrity singers and dancers were better than last year. The musicians were especially good. However, the visiting performers were not quite as strong as my Celebrity Reflection cruise last year. Service and Staff Absolutely wonderful staff. Celebrity always shines in this area but the staff on the Celebrity Summit is especially good. Since it's one of Celebrity's older ships, it's the opposite of what I thought I would see. I expected a good staff but thought the best and most experienced staff would be on Celebrity's newer and bigger ships. Apparently, that's not how things work at Celebrity. Ship Quality Extremely clean with a very modern and fresh feel. Since the Summit is almost 20 years old, the ship’s condition was the biggest surprise to me. Also, the Summit is very well-maintained. I never once came across anything that did not work properly and never once saw an out-of-order sign. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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
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
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
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
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
We chose this cruise primarily because we got such a great deal on it with great perks. We convinced another couple to go with us & had a great time. If you're looking for perfection on a cruise then you may never find it. ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because we got such a great deal on it with great perks. We convinced another couple to go with us & had a great time. If you're looking for perfection on a cruise then you may never find it. I've seen other reviews that seemed to nitpick at the smallest of things, like rust spots on their balcony & such. Guess what? Salt water does that. They take great measures at maintaining the ship while not getting in the way of your vacation. At every port they took the time to wash down the ship & touch up paint as needed. Service was excellent, food in the main dining room was excellent, and most of the workers were very friendly & seemed to really enjoy their jobs. Our main waiter in the dining room (Richard) has been with Celebrity for 14 years & our stateroom attendant (Oida) has been doing her job for 15 years. The buffet is what you'd expect from a buffet, but there were always options for freshly prepared food, such as omelette station at breakfast, pasta station at lunch & dinner as well as options for cooking various types of meat to your liking. Captain Kate was great as well. Enjoyed hearing her announcements unlike some other cruises we've done where the captain was either mono tone or had no personality what so ever. This is more of an adult oriented ship so if you're planning travel with children you'd probably be better off with another cruise line. If however you enjoy your vacation MORE without having rambunctious children around, book with Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My friend and I chose Celebrity because my travel agent said it was the only large-ship cruise line she would recommend. It was my eighth cruise, my 4th on a large ship, but the only one for which I can give a decent rating. I had switched ... Read More
My friend and I chose Celebrity because my travel agent said it was the only large-ship cruise line she would recommend. It was my eighth cruise, my 4th on a large ship, but the only one for which I can give a decent rating. I had switched to Windstar for last 3 cruises and before that, took a barge cruise with only 7 other guests through French wine country. I had sworn off large ships until I tried Celebrity. I was looking for something more affordable this time as I was traveling not with my husband, but with my close friend. We are two middle-aged women and the only thing I would do differently next time is lie and tell folks onboard that we are sisters. Once or twice the waitstaff mistook us for a couple, and other guests gave us chilly receptions sometimes until I casually mentioned my husband back home. Yes, I'm sorry to report that homophobia does exist on cruise ships, as we experienced some firsthand even though my friend and I are happily heterosexual. I think folks would have been friendlier to us if they thought we were sisters. Our ports were St. Croix, Martinique, Dominica, St. Kitts, and St. Thomas. Best excursions were in St. Croix (beach day at The Palms resort) and St. Thomas (beach day at state park). The worst one was on Martinique and involved "seeing" turtles through foggy glass, below deck in very cramped space, in the middle of a harbor, with a captain who did not know how to handle the boat well enough for us to get more than a fleeting glimpse. Save your $100 per person, folks, and wait til you get to St. Thomas. Go to the state park and let Kareem, your host, fill you with rum punch and set you free with a mask and snorkel. We hung out with three friendly turtles, several fish, and discovered a crab living inside a large conch shell. Doesn't get any better than that. Back on the ship, we couldn't have been happier with our little cabin on the 3rd deck. I have stayed in suites four times, but found nothing lacking in our well-appointed and very clean and tidy quarters. Our attendant walked in on us a couple times, but he'll learn. He was super friendly and new at his job. He just needs to wait for an answer after he knocks! The food blew us away in the Tuscan Grill. We bought the 3-dinner package and ate there twice. Simply amazing pasta and wonderful staff. Also very fun culinary experience at Qsine with the strangest menus we've ever seen. Really, even the main dining room and the buffet did not disappoint, and I'm pretty particular. Never liked those other ship buffets one bit. I am glad they've done away with trays, and we never had to wait more than a minute or two wherever we went. Burgers and fries hit the spot after a couple excursions in the late afternoon. We thought that Sarah and her crew did a fabulous job entertaining us while at sea. She was funny and bright, and made you want to hit as many game shows as you could. The other entertainment, especially from the comedian and the flair bartender, Mykola, also impressed us. Lots of laughing and tons of music to dance to. Luckily there were lots of women on the floor without their mates! Gotta love the muted dance party. What a way to bring groups who love different genres of music together in the same room. That was a real highlight for us. Sorry to mention this, but the magician was a bit lame. That's why entertainment does not get the full five stars. There is a lot more I could say, but no need to, really. We were happy with the classic beverage package. Plenty of offerings if you don't mind doing without martinis. You can still have a gin and tonic or Bailey's on the rocks at the frosty counter of the Martini Bar and watch Mykola juggle and share "real" magic tricks. He deserves big tips, everyone! No need to spend a bundle to have a very, very good time on Celebrity Summit. I will venture a guess that folks who are disappointed must have spent a lot more than we did because expectations tend to go up with the price paid. We enjoyed exploring Dominica on our own as well as St. Kitts, and learned what to avoid next time - if we're lucky enough to have a next time - while we pose as sisters to avoid any confusion. A few final words. We were extremely impressed with our captain, Kate, who entertained us daily with her riddles and words of wisdom. SO glad she chose to aim high and reached the Summit! Here's hoping she returns after her well-deserved 15-week vacation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My wife and I occasionally cruise every few years, this being our fourth cruise. We chose Celebrity to experience a level of service above what we had on Carnival 3 years ago. We picked the Summit out of San Juan, Puerto Rico to sail the ... Read More
My wife and I occasionally cruise every few years, this being our fourth cruise. We chose Celebrity to experience a level of service above what we had on Carnival 3 years ago. We picked the Summit out of San Juan, Puerto Rico to sail the Eastern Caribbean and visit new and exciting islands beyond the typical ports like Nassau and Cancun. We looked forward to the entertainment, and as social dancers any opportunities for us to hit the floor. The overall experience was great, friendly staff. The food was delicious and the main dining room (MDR) menu excellent. The ship was very peaceful and relaxing compared to Carnival. This may have been due to different type of passengers (mostly middle aged couples), time of year Dec. vs. April sailing, or just ship atmosphere. I'd sail Celebrity again just for the entertainment and the dancing. The Summit staff were hard working and provided excellent service like on other ships & lines, but seemed more welcoming and had a culture to make sure you were as taken care of as they could deliver. I enjoyed being greeted in line every dinner in the MDR. It's a nice touch and is among the little things contributing to the overall experience. I was pleased by the number and variety of live musicians on the Summit. It seems there was a performance somewhere starting every afternoon and going through the night. The ship orchestra was excellent, but the bands in the lounge were also very good and gave a more intimate experience. There were other great musical acts with talent, the Lado Strings being an awesome violin experience. The live acts were supplemented by a DJ with pre-recorded music, so you always had somewhere to go to at least sit and listen and possibly dance. The Summit only has two lounges with a dance floor. The small one in the Rendevous (near the MDR) can hold 4 couples for stationary and 2 couples for progressive dancing. The medium floor in the Revelations (Sky) lounge had about twice the capacity, but held a dozen couples to shuffle to a romantic song. We danced several nights at all the venues and the bands would accommodate requests as much as they could, though they may be limited by the event theme such as the Carribean deck party. The Bandmates band did the best job and provided us with ballroom music - foxtrot, waltz, cha-cha, and even tango. My advice is don't be shy with requests - the musicians appreciate people dancing to their songs. The production shows had great singers and dancers. These shows went a step above and included aeralists doing amazing feats of strength and grace. There was a high quality show every night in the main theater. This was much better than Carnival where the theater only had productions a few nights and showed movies or other low cost options the remaining nights. The food in the MDR was delicious and every menu had several appetizers and entrees that would be only be available at a fine restaurant on shore. Among the best entrees were Beef Wellington and their house special Beef Tournedos. The Iron Chef night menu was an amazing experience when we could enjoy dishes with combinations of ingredients that became sublime. We had select dining and reserved the same table for the remaining nights after we got a superior wait team - they could tell we appreciated their efforts and we tipped extra at the end. The Celebrity Summit lunch buffet ranged from very good to average. My favorite was the international station with the curries. The big weakness on the buffet was lack of variety after 7 days. I didn't get to enjoy the fresh grill or custom sandwich station as they had long lines while open. The desserts were excellent, but the home made ice cream was the best of all. The flavors changed during the day as the ice cream was consumed. Our cabin was nice and clean, but we out and about and only there to change clothes and sleep. It did show age as somethings were broken, but still functional. The Thalasso spa pool was very relaxing. We spent many afternoons resting in the pool and hot tubs there. It was so good, I should have bought a pass to the Persian Garden to enjoy those facilities as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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 3.6
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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