29 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

My wife and I booked this cruise for it's itinerary (many ports of call) for our 25th anniversary. Although for us there were many unknowns of cruising before departing, the cruise was perfect. We had very little issues with the ship ... Read More
My wife and I booked this cruise for it's itinerary (many ports of call) for our 25th anniversary. Although for us there were many unknowns of cruising before departing, the cruise was perfect. We had very little issues with the ship and found it easy to get around. Our room was bigger than expected and the bed was very comfortable! We splurged for a room with balcony and glad we did. We sat out on the balcony every morning with our room service coffee and pastries as we'd pull into a new port, what luxury. Took advantage of the main dining room for all dinners and occasionally for breakfast as well. All the meals were top rate, better than we anticipated. The staff in general was very pleasant to deal with and quick to greet you with a smile. All in all, we'd go again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first cruise..and what a fantastic time we had. I thought the Celebrity Summit was a very nice ship and was impressed with the majority of staff on board. We traveled AQ and had a very nice room that was taken care of by the ... Read More
This was our first cruise..and what a fantastic time we had. I thought the Celebrity Summit was a very nice ship and was impressed with the majority of staff on board. We traveled AQ and had a very nice room that was taken care of by the most wonderful steward, Maria. She made us towel animals each and every night of our cruise and kept our room in tip top shape. We had dining in BLU as we were sailing AQ and found the food to be delicious and plentiful. We enjoyed our waiters Rambo and Jose and our sommelier Onur. We were very unimpressed with the maitre d, Shah. We found him to be very rude and condescending. If it wasn't for the wonderful wait staff he would have put a damper on dining experience aboard the Summit. He was the only employee we encounter on the ship that gave us a negative vibe. So enough of Shah. We enjoyed the entertainment on the ship. We loved the I Magic show as well as the comedian. We watched a great staff vs. guest water volleyball tournament and thought it was great the captain of the ship participated. We participated in a few trivia contest and had a great time. The other guests on board were friendly and I actually made a few new friends that I look forward to traveling with in the future. Each and every island was unique and we enjoyed many days on the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean. We booked another trip aboard the Summit and can't wait to go back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
First cruise as an adult for me, as I sailed with my husband out of San Juan in late February. I had learned a lot from the reviews and forums on this website, and all that advice was really helpful! We greatly enjoyed our week on the ... Read More
First cruise as an adult for me, as I sailed with my husband out of San Juan in late February. I had learned a lot from the reviews and forums on this website, and all that advice was really helpful! We greatly enjoyed our week on the Celebrity Summit, and not just because we missed some awful weather back home. We’re in our early 60s, happy introverts, and this was the best vacation we’ve had in many full moons. So here’s the story… EMBARK AND DISEMBARK As first-timers, we took advantage of airport to ship transfers in both directions. Signage at San Juan was clear when we arrived, and we only waited about 10 minutes before the van ride to the cruise terminal. Embarkation was smooth and easy. We changed into the carried-on shorts and Tshirts and started exploring the ship. The crew and staff we met were friendly, helpful, and took extra time all week to connect with us. On the last morning, everything also went smoothly, although with longer lines and waiting around. FAVORITES Over the week, these were our favorite moments on the Summit: • Sushi in the evening at the Oceanview café buffet • First day galley tour activity - stainless steel and so many pastries! • Well-equipped fitness center with wonderful forward views • Thalassotherapy pool and its nearby café, especially for afternoon tea (scones and clotted cream!) • 11th deck jogging track was a great spot for sunrise, followed by coffee on deck 10 • Sunset bar for the evenings • Evening shows – especially the magician/illusionist, and wonderfully funny ventriloquist The Summit was both small enough to enjoy and big enough to enjoy. If there had been a lot of sea days, we would probably have run out of things to do. But this was a port-intensive cruise... EXCURSIONS As first-timers, we used Celebrity shore excursions for four of the five amazing islands on this cruise. Our favorites were the bookends: Segways on Barbados, and the Champagne catamaran with St John’s beach and snorkel from St Thomas. This was an easy and trouble-free way of visiting each island, but we’ll be more adventurous next time. FOOD We ate in the main dining room three nights – the first night, and the two formal nights. Good service and food, although some of the few disappointments we encountered on board were found here. Slow-cooked lamb leg was not tender, and scallops was one scallop on its shell. The wine list was extensive but expensive – we didn’t buy a drinks package, and chose instead to enjoy some good vino with dinners and the two bottles allowed from home with room service on our verandah. The room service menus (breakfast, and then all day) is limited, but everything we ordered was tasty and on time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My husband and I sailed this cruise in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary so we splurged on some upgrades. Dining in Blu was a wonderful experience which really made all the difference in our cruise experience. All of the staff ... Read More
My husband and I sailed this cruise in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary so we splurged on some upgrades. Dining in Blu was a wonderful experience which really made all the difference in our cruise experience. All of the staff at Blu were wonderful making us feel welcome. They always addressed us by name, remembered our seating preferences, our drink preferences and *always* said "you're welcome" rather than "no problem". The sommelier in Blu, Onur, *made* our cruise. He was everything I could hope for in a server; polite, kind, knowledgeable, wise, attentive... I could go on and on. He truly made our vacation the best. The food was above average- probably excellent for ship food but, I have had (and prepared) better meals for sure. Buffet food was surprisingly good. Q'sine was a fun experience with above average food and fun presentation. Probably not worth the $45 per person, but we had friends and ship credit to use. We upgraded to the Premium beverage package which basically let us order anything we wanted- worth it! No stress over what something might cost us. I was able to get premium coffee at Al Bacio everyday- sometimes twice. I was able to try stuff that I might not otherwise be willing or able to try. Martinis were fabulous and watching Serghi and the other bartenders was fun. I would not go premium with the kids but for an anniversary trip, I'm glad I did. Ship seemed to be in good repair and well maintained for its age. Never really saw towels or dishes sitting about as staff were quick in cleaning everything up. Shows were excellent. Activities were fun and entertaining. Other cruisers were great to sail with. We had booked one shore excursion through the cruise line which ended up being cancelled prior to embarkation so we ended up doing all 5 port days on our own which was super easy given our ports of call even though we had no previous cruise port experience. All 5 days were well spent and seemed to be a good value for the money. Overall we were extremely pleased and would sail this ship again given the opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We were in a Sky Suite and loved the way the bed was arranged so you could see out while in the bed. Our butler came by in the afternoon with tea and a small tray of food to choose from. The ship was spotless, the staff was always ... Read More
We were in a Sky Suite and loved the way the bed was arranged so you could see out while in the bed. Our butler came by in the afternoon with tea and a small tray of food to choose from. The ship was spotless, the staff was always cleaning and smiling. The carpet was so worn out in places it was like a cheap hotel. We also noticed a sewage smell in the hallway on deck 6, that went away when we sailed. The entertainment was standard cruise quality. I loved the movies that were offered, so after dinner we would just go back to the room and catch up on some movies we wanted to see. I did think the quality of the main show group was good. We like the Southern Caribbean, but noticed Grenada was our least favorite island, so our next trip will avoid that island. Usually we don't shop much, but in St. Thomas, we were the only ship in port and what deals! My partner is the bargain hunter, I thought you paid what they asked, silly me.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
This was our first at cruising and we honestly did not expect much, but to our joyous surprise, this ship, its crew, and the service was outstanding, to say the least. Because of Celebrity, we are anxiously anticipating our next cruising ... Read More
This was our first at cruising and we honestly did not expect much, but to our joyous surprise, this ship, its crew, and the service was outstanding, to say the least. Because of Celebrity, we are anxiously anticipating our next cruising opportunity. First off, the welcome and baggage handling was very courteous and informational. Entering the ship we were greeted by a cleanliness routine for the hands (highly welcome and an excellent idea), a fresh cocktail, and more friendly greetings. This was the pattern for the entire cruise - friendliness at every turn, constant service and help, cleanliness and excellent facilities. We just booked the cheapest inside cabin, but that by no means meant reduced service - the stateroom and accommodations were excellent and comfortable and our steward was always available to help, whether it be directions or something we needed. We were concerned that there would be no place to get away from people on the ship - totally not true. The ship is laid out with lots and lots of outdoor spaces with chairs and clean towels at every turn. There are several outstanding lounges offering all varieties of drinks, from great coffees to the best of world beers. These cost extra of course, but were very well worth the price and competitive (or less) than what one would find off ship. Food choices were abundant, varied, and excellent, not matter if a hamburger or lamb chop. Above all, the service of the hard-working staff was just phenomenal - these folks, of many nationalities, are super hard working and always pleasant. My only regret is that I did not find the opportunity to add to my pre-paid gratuities, because these employees deserve every cent they make. Great, great cruise of the Virgin Islands - the most enjoyable of which was the time on ship - just because they make it so pleasant. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Hi. We are first-time cruisers, and sailed on the Summit on the St. Croix-St. Kitts-Dominica-Grenada-St. Thomas itinerary. My husband and I are 50 and 51, but are very active. We have younger kids, which we left at home. We were ... Read More
Hi. We are first-time cruisers, and sailed on the Summit on the St. Croix-St. Kitts-Dominica-Grenada-St. Thomas itinerary. My husband and I are 50 and 51, but are very active. We have younger kids, which we left at home. We were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. Cruise Critic was so helpful as we planned our vacation. I especially loved reading other’s reviews so I hope this is helpful to someone. Saturday, Embarkation We took a taxi to the port. Boarding was a breeze – took about 10 minutes maybe? No lines. We got there about 11:15, and were up on Deck 10 by 11:30. We wore our swimsuits under shorts and tees to board. We got some food in the buffet and enjoyed a nice table by the window. The buffet was not crowded at all. The food was decent – nothing special, but we loved the views. Then we walked back to the pool area and enjoyed that until about 1:30. They announced cabins available at 1, but we were enjoying the pool and were in no hurry. Cabin 9131, Aqua Class We were in Aqua Class, cabin 9131. It was beautiful. Our stateroom attendant Jose came and introduced himself a little while after we got to the room. We asked him to empty the fridge, which really didn’t get anything cold by the way. The best I can say that it might keep something from getting hot. We asked him to bring a cheese plate instead of canapés, not to bring the tea, and to bring us an ice bucket. There was not one in the room, but he was happy to provide it and refilled it each day without us asking. We received the regular canapés on Saturday, but had the cheese plate every day after that, which was wonderful. They left it in the room even if we weren’t there. When we got back from ports, we would stop and get a drink to go and take it to our room and enjoy our cheese plate and drinks on our balcony, overlooking the port. We would usually stay out there for sail away at 5, then come in to shower and change for dinner. We had our robes and slippers, and all other AQ goodies in a white bag. We got our Celebrity beach bag the next day and it seemed like they gave everyone the same one. I didn’t see an upgraded bag. But I really liked the bag we got. It was lightweight, and the straps were long enough to stay on your shoulder. The robe was really heavy – I was wishing for something lighter weight. The towels were very plush and nice, but I wouldn’t describe them as oversized. I didn’t see a pillow menu, but we asked for and received promptly firmer pillows and a body pillow. The pillows provided when we got there were small and very flat, although there were 4 of them. We also received an extra blanket after asking. The room got plenty cold with the AC to please my husband, who always likes to sleep colder than me, so I used the extra blanket. We got at least 2 bottles of water a day. There were always extras sitting around the room. There was a bottle of sparkling wine in an ice bucket. We brought it to Blu on Saturday night. At first, the Maitre D said it was a gift and we could give it to someone else but that was it. But then he said he would check on it. Then the sommelier came and said we could exchange it for a nonalcoholic sparkling wine, which we did. On our account, there was a credit for the original “champagne” and a charge for the replacement, which cost a little less than the champagne, so we came out ahead and enjoyed the nonalcoholic champagne. The room was immaculate – no shower mold, no peeling paint on the balcony rail – it was all beautiful. Somehow the room was always cleaned, bed made, toilet paper folded into a point – every time we left – at least twice a day. I wanted to bring Jose back home with me in a suitcase. We did get a towel animal one day. No noise at all from anything above us. It was a very quiet room. The overhang is really large, and sometimes it was annoying getting pictures, but overall we liked it because it was protected from sun and rain and we spent a lot of time out there. Yes, the shower door did leak a little - we played with it and figured out by the way you close it that you can reduce it to almost none. I brought a Belkin outlet expander and that was indispensable. We most always had 3 devices plugged in, then I used my curling iron and the blow dryer each day. The blow dryer provided was okay, although it stopped working midway, and they had to bring another one. You do have to hold the button down continuously, so I brought some duct tape to tape it down, then unplugged the dryer when I was done with it. I just rolled duct tape around a pen to have a little handy through the trip rather than bringing a whole roll. The desk in the room makes a wonderful vanity – the lighting is great. So, I ended up storing makeup and hair stuff in the desk – there is storage underneath. I brought a hanging cosmetics bag with clear plastic pockets that stayed hanging up in the bathroom that worked out great. With Aqua Class, you get access to the Persian Gardens, but we never made it there. We intended to, but we were too busy in the ports each day and with other things. We ended up saving money booking AQ over a standard balcony just because of the special going on at the time we booked. However, I’m not sure we would pay more for it? Perhaps we would try a standard balcony to compare next time, if we go on Celebrity again. Blu We loved the service in Blu. The Maitre D Mazy was great. We had Osvin as our waiter all nights except one when we got there later and his area was full. He was wonderful, as was his assistant Ganna. The presentation of the food, the size of the restaurant, the personal attention and service was all excellent. The food varied. Some things were great. Other times I wished we were getting the MDR food instead. For example, one evening we had Rib Eye. The MDR did as well, but they had potatoes and vegetables as side dishes. We had white beans – they were not good – but I don’t really care for most beans. I had read here that Blu food is not “healthy spa food”, but I disagree somewhat. I wished all week for more indulgent food. You could order the classic appetizers, entrees and desserts – Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, French onion soup, roast chicken, salmon, NY strip steak, crème brulee, apple pie a la mode, cheesecake. At one time or another we ordered all of these, except for the salmon, as we didn’t see anything we cared for on the Blu menu. The roast chicken was not good at all – the smallest chicken I have ever seen – and tough and chewy. My dh ordered it but they promptly offered the steak as a replacement when they saw he didn’t like it. In general, they were always offering something else if you didn’t like something, or if you wanted more. You would never have to leave hungry. DH jokingly called them “food pushers”. Mazy at various times offered to send a crème brulee and even a roast chicken to our room as we left if we were still hungry. On lobster night, Osvin offered a second lobster to dh, which he willingly accepted. Lobster was cooked well and drawn butter was offered, but not the flavor of cold water lobster of course. I loved Blu for breakfast although I didn’t care for their pancakes or the French toast. On the 2nd or 3rd day, I asked why they didn’t have waffles in Blu. That day and every day after they asked if I wanted waffles and I gladly accepted. Formal nights in Blu were much dressier than I expected. Yes, it is still smart casual officially, but the majority of people were dressed up. My husband brought dark slacks and a button down shirt and wore that on formal nights. I wore black pants and a dressy blouse. Most people were in suits and dresses. I wouldn’t go so far to say we felt out of place, but I was glad we brought something a little nicer for those two nights. Food - other I was a huge fan of the regular croissants on the ship – very, very good. The buffet was okay – you wouldn’t go hungry but nothing that wowed me. I meant to, but never tried the pizza or the paninis. I was hoping for Indian food every day, but I only saw it once and we had already eaten at port so I didn’t try it. I didn’t try the sushi, but did find the mini sandwiches late afternoon and brought them back to the room to have with our cheese plate a couple of days. DH enjoyed the cookies. We went to the sea day brunch in the MDR. It was very pretty. We went about 10:45. It was busy but we had no problem getting seated and making our way around to whatever food we wanted. Again, no food that was spectacular but it was fun and we certainly didn’t leave hungry. The melon and pineapple all week was never ripe which was disappointing. In Blu, I figured out to ask for a bowl of berries which is not on the menu instead of the fruit plate. They were wonderful. In the brunch, the chocolate fountain looked great but they only had the melon and pineapple to dip which was not very good. I was wishing for strawberries and bananas. I only got snacks from Café Al Bacio once, and it was a brownie which was good. But generally there was a line of people getting coffee drinks and only one guy working and it wasn’t worth it to wait in line as they had plenty of treats at the buffet. We meant to try Bistro on 5 but never made it. Drink Package I don’t drink alcohol, but I love my Diet Coke, and also nonalcoholic pina coladas and other fun drinks. I splurged on the premium nonalcoholic package when we boarded. We had a lot of OBC to use. Overall, I found finding the drinks I wanted difficult and frustrating. There are no soda fountains or a way to get just a soda or even a bottle of water other than finding a bar and waiting in line. At the buffet there is only one small bar as you enter on the mid-ship side. Or you can walk out of the buffet to the back of the ship to the Sunset Bar. Either way, there was typically only one guy working. There were usually only 2 or 3 people in front of me, but if they were making a drink they took some effort, it could be awhile. Then too often by the time I got there, I found there was no Diet Coke. At the buffet bar, there was no Diet Coke at all 4 out of the 7 days of the cruise. I would then try the Sunset Bar, wait in line there, only to find out no Diet Coke there either. It was very frustrating. I had no problem if I was in Blu – they would somehow find them for me, even if it took a while. I had one bar waiter at the Sunset Bar assure me he could find one and was gone a good 10 minutes but finally came back and was unsuccessful. I did tell Guest Relations and they called the Bar Manager and assured me it would be taken care of, but I didn’t notice a difference. When I asked them where I could find a Diet Coke more easily they recommended Café Al Bacio which didn’t make any sense. That was even a longer wait because there was just one person working and they were making very time-intensive drinks for the people in line in front of you. If I had known it would be so difficult, I would have just bought a case of Diet Coke and brought it on the ship with me. My husband did not get a package and brought on some Gatorade. We had plenty of bottles of water in our room with AQ. I didn’t count to see whether it was just two a day or not, but we always had extras sitting around. As far as nonalcoholic fun drinks, I had no problem getting pina coladas and drank lots of those. But not all the bars could make them. I went to the Martini Bar and asked what nonalcoholic drinks they had and they said none, which I thought was weird. When I pushed him on whether he could make anything at all for me, he came up with a fruity drink which was actually pretty good. The sparkling mint lemonade which I could get in Revelations and Rendezvous was good too. Roll Call Our roll call wasn’t huge but I met some very nice people. We had an informal get-together on embarkation day at the Sunset Bar at 5. Then the official one was Sunday at 5 in Cellar Masters. Not many people, but it was nice. There were several couples on the same Dominica Tour which was fun, and one other on the tour to St. John. Overall Passenger Mix Everyone was so very nice. I did not see any rude passengers, no elevator problems. I saw lots of please and thank you and politeness and helpfulness. Everyone seemed to be using the hand sanitizer, I saw no buffet issues – taking food and putting it back, etc. I saw no unruly kids. In fact, I only saw about 10 kids total on the ship. There were no babies in diapers in the pool, no kids in the hot tubs. No kids in the adults only area. Everyone I talked to was intelligent, well-traveled, and interesting. However, I will say that the mix was older than we expected. We are 50 and 51 and I felt the majority of the passengers were a generation older than us. I lost count of how many times I saw someone that looked just like my Dad. I had heard that cruises out of San Juan had a large number of locals. I didn’t see that at all. It must just depend on the cruise – offers being made, holidays, etc. Entertainment/Atmosphere The ship was elegant, and very quiet. That was nice during the day. We both thought it was too quiet in the evenings. I heard no loud music, no rap, no techno - ever. The only popular music I heard was a couple of times by the pool in the late afternoon. Usually even the pool was quiet, and if you didn’t want to hear the band, you could go in the T pool area. I thought there would be a nightclub/dance club we could go to after dinner. There was not. You would have various entertainers going on for short periods – you would wander one place and listen for 45 minutes which is how long they played, then you could wander somewhere else and watch something else for 45 minutes. After a band played for a short time, they would then switch to Family Feud or some other silly game. You never got momentum where there was a place you could always go to hang out and meet friends and dance. The piano player and guitar player were excellent and very enjoyable to listen to for their short sets, in Michael’s Club usually. For the ballroom dancers, there was a low-key Latin Band in Rendez-Vous for a while most evenings. The floor was small but okay – they played some rumba, cha cha, salsa, even an occasional fox trot. It was okay. It did not have the energy of a salsa club, but good for a little dancing. The floor at Revelations on 11 was a sticky linoleum of some sort – awful for ballroom or swing if you wanted to spin, but there wasn’t much opportunity up there to do that sort of dancing anyway. They would have their theme nights there – 50’s and 60’s (which was packed), Motown, etc. We went up there one time for a “DJ party” and the music was old, too quiet – not what we were wishing for. Sunday, St. Croix We did the Big Beard’s snorkeling to Buck Island, half day. It was a gorgeous day. The Big Beard’s staff said we got a great day and we agreed. The water was clear and warm, the snorkeling was great. I had heard horror stories of large waves, strong currents, difficult snorkeling, but I didn’t experience any of that. Yes, much of the coral is dead, but there was a great variety of fish, including a nurse shark. We did the half day thinking we’d rather eat a restaurant in Christiansted than a beach bbq. However, after we returned from snorkeling there really wasn’t much in Christiansted that interested us – it was Sunday and pretty quiet. We took the taxi back to Fredericksted, and just went back onto the ship for lunch at the buffet. DH went back into town and did a little shopping, but not much there. As far as other things to do, I heard Rainbow beach was small and crowded. The Gecko ATV tour had mechanical issues. So, I’m glad we did what we did, but not sure what we’d do if we ever go back on a Sunday. Monday, St. Kitts We took a taxi to Cockleshell Beach, Reggae Beach Bar. I think it was $28 plus tip. We got there early – about 9:30 am - and had our pick of chairs and an umbrella – right in front. $5 a piece – so $15 for 2 chairs and an umbrella. Beach service for drinks and lunch – it was very relaxing, but nothing fancy. Food was very pricey but you’re paying for atmosphere. We had great pina coladas here. They had clean bathrooms but again not fancy. We rented a 2 person kayak for an hour which was fun. Not much to see snorkeling. It got crowded as the day went on – most all chairs filled. DH got a massage on the beach. No problem finding a taxi to take us back which was a van with a shared cost so a lot cheaper. We left the beach about 2. Tuesday, Dominica We did the Bumpiing Tours Rosseau Valley Treasures – which included Champagne Reef, Titou Gorge, and Trafalgar Falls and hot springs. It was really incredible, and we were lucky to get Levi himself as our tour guide. I loved all the stops and Dominica is a beautiful island. Not really beaches here, so you want to take a tour to the interior somewhere. I highly recommend Bumpiing Tours. Wednesday, Grenada We went to Grand Anse Beach on our own. This was our favorite beach – long and beautiful. I had heard Umbrellas was good and emailed Umbrellas and they recommended taking a regular taxi right to their location so that is what we did. However, when we got there, there were no chairs available in front of Umbrellas. Either they never have them, or we were too early. We ended up walking back up toward the spice market in the main area of the beach and got two chairs and an umbrella for $15 right in front of Native Spirit Scuba. It would have been better to take the water taxi, which is what we did to go back. We did a 1 hour Hobie Cat ride/tour with Thayne from Native Spirit which was awesome. Very nice people there. We did have one woman who brought us drinks to our chairs early in the day and offered us a lunch menu but we weren’t ready for lunch yet. Then we never saw her again. To eat, we just got some snacks from vendors in the spice market area and brought them back to our chairs. We never made it back down to Umbrellas as it was a pretty long walk. As for the chairs, you just pick what you want, and a guy comes and collects your money. After Native Spirit, it appeared between there and Umbrellas the chairs were all for just the resorts. But where we were, there were plenty for rent. Thursday, Sea Day Sea day – slept late, had a snack in the buffet for an early breakfast, then hit the brunch about 10:45. Ate too much and took a nap. Spent the afternoon at the T pool and the outdoor pool. I can see why people like sea days – it was very relaxing. Friday, St. Thomas We wanted to see St. John, and we had OBC to use, so we thought a good way would be to do the Celebrity excursion Self Explore St. John to get the ferry there and back. However, it wasn’t as great as we expected. Celebrity advertised it as a 6.5 hour tour. When we purchased it from Shore Excursions they said it left at 9:30. However, we discovered after purchasing that you met for the tour at 9:45 and the boat eventually left after 10 and we were told to report back to the boat at 2:45. There was less time on St. John than Celebrity said there would be. Even though it was a good price - $35 pp – I would just do it ourselves next time. We could have gotten off the ship at 8 am and had more time on St. John. We took a taxi to Trunk Bay and planned on snorkeling. We did a little, but it was a yellow flag day and stormy which made the visibility very poor. It's a National Park, so nothing fancy. Bring a credit card or lots of money if you want to rent chairs or snorkel equipment. To rent two folding chairs and a pair of fins required a $50 deposit. You have to carry your own chairs to the beach. The beach even with only one cruise ship in town was quite crowded and it was a challenge to find a place to sit. But it is pretty. We went back to Cruz Bay and had lunch and did some shopping before taking the boat back. Saturday, Debarkation We traveled with just 21 inch carry-ons and another smaller bag. A beach bag for me and a backpack for dh. We stocked up on a few things at Walgreens in San Juan – sunscreen mostly – that wouldn’t fit in the quart bag. We brought some travel laundry soap and washed out some things midway through the cruise. It worked out great actually. We mostly wore shorts, tshirts and swimsuits anyway. We chose “Self Assist” or self disembark. The instructions said to report to Normandie between 7-7:30 but we did not. We left the room by 8 then went up to deck 10 and got some snacks at the buffet and sat out at the Sunset Bar. Our plan was to check our bags at Barrachina in Old San Juan then walk to see El Morro before going to the airport for a 1:10 flight. DH didn’t want to get to Barrachina before 9 as that is when they open for bag check. We left the ship about 8:15 but unfortunately Customs was very slow and crowded. Somehow we chose the slow line and didn’t get out of the port until a little after 9. By the time we got a taxi and made it to Barrachina, it was 9:30. We hurried and walked to the fort, then got back about 11. We got virgin pina coladas in to-go cups and headed to the airport. From Cruise Critic, I knew to go through the USDA (agriculture) inspection first, but it is not obvious at all, and even our taxi driver didn’t mention it. Lots of people having to get out of other lines after waiting a long time, to go get their bags checked then come back and wait again. Ag check was very fast if you knew to do it. Line at Southwest to check bags was about 20 minutes. United was way longer. Time in the security line was average – about 20 minutes I’d say. Food lines were long in Terminal C and choices limited. We ate lunch then boarded our plane for home. Overall thoughts We had a wonderful time, and are definitely sold on cruising. The ship was not perfect for us, but most things were great. I’m not sure that a “perfect” ship exists. We loved that the Summit was smaller and never felt crowded. We felt pampered and the service was extraordinary. Almost every employee was amazingly friendly. You were always greeted, even passing a cleaning person down the hall. However, we wished for nightlife geared towards a younger crowd. And on my perfect ship, they would have a Diet Coke fountain that I could access anytime. We talked to others closer to our age that we met on the ship and they felt the same as us as far as the passengers being older than they expected and not enough nightlife to their tastes. Someone else also mentioned their troubles getting a soda on the ship. I would like to come back and do the other Summit itinerary. I think if we did that, we would probably try to go with friends and “make our own fun” as we will know there’s not much going on in the evenings. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We traveled with friends (five couples total). Two of the couples had been on previous cruises and we, along with two of the other couples had never been on a cruise before. We sailed January 25-February 1, 2014. Embarkation We boarded ... Read More
We traveled with friends (five couples total). Two of the couples had been on previous cruises and we, along with two of the other couples had never been on a cruise before. We sailed January 25-February 1, 2014. Embarkation We boarded the ship with one of the other couples that stayed in the same hotel as us the night before in San Juan. It seemed pretty seamless. We were given a ship card that would allow us on and off the ship at the ports, let us into our rooms, and swiped if we were making purchases/getting drinks. What we did not know was that we could not get into our stateroom when we got on the ship until they made an announcement, or else we would have went straight to the Ocean View Cafe (buffet) instead of trying to go to unavailable rooms to drop off our backpacks (our suitcase was dropped off on our way in). Ocean View Cafe There was a lot of different food to choose from - anything to please just about anyone. Constantly fresh with people ready to server. Lot's of seating. Only complaint is that it is a really large oval so it is hard to see what there was - and no real way to tell if the end had food until you got there. The pork buns are fantastic. Stateroom We were on an inside cabin on the lowest level, with only one cabin that we shared a wall with. I am not the right person to comment on noise levels as I can sleep through most loud noises. It was great for the choppy nights because it was lower to the sea and in the middle. There was more than enough storage space for everything so we unpacked. There was a pretty painting and a nice vanity that I made use of. Our cabin was slightly smaller than our friends who had ocean views, but we were just spending our time in the cabin to sleep anyway so that was not a problem. The bathroom was more compact than we were used to but it was good enough and did the trick. The shower was actually quite sizable. Bed was not that comfortable (too firm for me, but just right for my fiance) - the bed was two mattresses that was put together so there was constantly a space down the middle of the bed. Our stateroom attendant was really great. Cosmopolitan Restaurant This was the main dining room. The food was absolutely amazing and the staff fantastic. The waiter, assistant waiter, sommelier, and bar waiter were so attentive and just wanted to please us.They made changes we asked for, joked with us, and made recommendations. If you like Indian food go on this ship as the head chef and sous chef are both Indian and know their stuff (I'm not a fan but one of our friends who came with us is Indian and loved it. The staff would let us have changes to different food items (ie. putting the cherry jubilee on top of the chocolate lava cake) and giving our entire table a dessert that was not available that night by letting us give 24 hours notice. The bar guy I felt sorry for. The issue for them is that a full bar is not available close by so when certain items were asked for that were not available in the dining room area, ours would go to grab those drinks from the other bars so he went above and beyond. Not to mention the fresh squeezed orange juice at dinner that wasn't available during that time of day. Qsine I was, unfortunately, feeling nauseous the evening we went. However, the food was very good. The waiter we had was fabulous. Be aware that this restaurant is on deck 10 so if it is choppy you really feel it. Martini Bar Bar staff were amazing. One attempted to do shows (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) that was added entertainment. They made an absolutely delicious cherry lane martini that I fell in love with. Cafe Bacio Loved. This was probably my favourite place on the ship. The iced tea and iced hot chocolate (igloo sans coffee)were delicious. There are some large arm chairs next to these huge windows that were so nice to sit in while sipping a drink and watching the ocean quietly. Probably one of the very few spaces on the ship, other than the room, that allowed for you to have some private space and looking out unless you have a balcony. There was a very good acappella group, Four Sail, that would sing every so often. Entertainment The shows in the theater were okay. We did not go out much to the entertainment. However, the newlywed game was hilarious. I do not feel like it would be really fair to comment on this. Overall very impressive. We are planning to do our next vacation on Celebrity, which is our honeymoon in Hawaii! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I were both apprehensive and excited for this cruise -- we were celebrating our anniversary. When we set sail, my husband's eyes were like saucers -- "we are moving!" We thought we had done some much homework ... Read More
My husband and I were both apprehensive and excited for this cruise -- we were celebrating our anniversary. When we set sail, my husband's eyes were like saucers -- "we are moving!" We thought we had done some much homework before leaving home, but we still found ourselves learning as we went from day to day. We stayed at the San Juan Radisson before and after our cruise and it was fine for the short stay we had. We found our cabin and cabin steward to be perfect for us. We found ample room to store our belongings and the bed was very comfortable. We opted for a room with a ocean-view, and it made all the difference in the world to us -- helping us to know when we were in port and when to close the shade. Our dinner table was wonderful for the couples that were assigned to sit with us. Our wine steward and head waiter were the best. They remembered what we liked and always asked or prompted us with suggestions. The food was good, but the quantities could have been a little more ample. Some nights it felt like we were eating all appetizers or tapas. We were not happy with entertainment options. We had thought that there would be more steel-drum bands playing by the pool or onboard -- we had to disembark on islands in order to hear a few at the docks. We were also surprised at the majority of the music having a Latin influence to it onboard. We felt there should be been more offerings in the restaurants or bars with a variety of music -- big band, jazz, oldies, soft rock, etc. The shows in the theater were wonderful -- and what a theater it was! Island disembarking was easy and the time allowed on each island seemed more than ample. We wish we would have scheduled our excursions before leaving home -- trying to do any island found us swarmed with locals looking to take us here, there, and everywhere. Here's where we learned something after the first 2 days. Disembarkation was a bit drawn out -- I think we were one of the last groups to be called off the ship. We never received a copy of our Sea Pass Statement before departing the ship and found out upon flying out of San Juan that we should have received one. Now we are into our 3rd week home and still trying to secure a copy of our Statement. In summary, we loved the cruise. We had to unwind and relax before we truly could enjoy this new world of vacationing we found. We will definitely cruise again and enjoyed Celebrity based on the majority of the cruisers were in our age bracket (35-65). Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
My wife and I were new to cruising, so we don't have anything to compare this to, but we did learn what we liked and didn't like with cruising in general and this specific line and ship. Embarkation/ disembarkation in San Juan, ... Read More
My wife and I were new to cruising, so we don't have anything to compare this to, but we did learn what we liked and didn't like with cruising in general and this specific line and ship. Embarkation/ disembarkation in San Juan, PR was excellent and I would not hesitate doing this again. For an older ship, the Summit wears her age well, it's kept clean and neat, but of course lacks some of the newer more modern offerings of the other ships you see pulling into ports with you, but nothing we couldn't do without. My only complaints (and they may be the same on all lines, but can be easily rectified) are as follows: WiFi conductivity; I understand we don’t go on a cruise to sit around on our smart phones day and night, but we had hoped to at least check in with our family on e-mail daily. We purchased the on-board WiFi package on the ship, this is a total rip off, it is twice as slow as old dial up from the early 90’s, doesn’t work in most places on the ship, so I had to sit outside of the iStore on board (BTW, the tech experts inside have one answer to any question- well with an Apple product…). My thought is that the cruise line is wasting a perfect opportunity at advertisement that they cannot buy, if I’m having a ball on-board the ship and post a photo on Facebook with the location listed as “Celebrity Summit” and all my friends who are going about their normal lives see this, has Celebrity just gotten the best advertisement ever? Smarten up; this is an easy marketing move. Sports pub, this is specific to this ship, the only place to watch a football game was at the casino bar, about 10 seats available to view two tiny screens behind the bartender (both showing the same game), no volume because you’re in the casino. This sucked, that’s all I can say about that. Specialty restaurants, nice places, but do you really want to drop an additional $80- $100 per meal when the other included meals on board are so good? Not me. Overall we were very happy with this cruise, the ship and most especially the crew. Our stateroom steward, waiter and wine steward in the MDR were sensational. We learned what we will look for in the next cruise, many of which this ship had, but some as listed that we will try to avoid.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
I enjoyed my trip very much, the food was good, the accommodations and service was excellent. Amenities were great, the shows and onboard entertainment and pretty much anything was great. There was only two things I didn't like: 1. ... Read More
I enjoyed my trip very much, the food was good, the accommodations and service was excellent. Amenities were great, the shows and onboard entertainment and pretty much anything was great. There was only two things I didn't like: 1. When you want to try something, they hard sell you for more. It would be nice to just try and then let me decide if I want more but I guess they need to meet their quotas to keep the price down. Overall it wasn't too bad. 2. I traveled solo and maybe I am just to romantic in my outlook but I didn't find this cruise very accommodating for singles. If you can go with friends then great but I felt alone on a ship with 2000 people. Sure, the couples and groups are nice and welcoming but I found a lot of the activities were geared to couples and I guess that's right because there are few solo travelers. Everything was fantastic, I would suggest pre-booking your excursions because as soon as you leave the ship, there are a ton of people looking to take you everywhere and if you don't know where to go then they will take advantage of you. In St. Lucia, I just wanted to go to a beach and the cabby took me to one, he was nice but when I got there, for 2 hours I sat on the beach and continuous beach sellers were hounding me. I was so sick of it. I understand their point of view but come once, not every 15 minutes. Antigua was gorgeous but I didn't get a chance to see much of the inner island but would go back for a longer vacation. I did meet many Canadians and others on board, if you are going solo or just a couple, do the seating for dinner, it will allow you to meet new people and if you don't like them, there are other places to dine. I was quite satisfied with my ocean view room, it was clean and had all I needed. a balcony would be nice but for more than one cause we aren't there to spend time in the cabin. if it was a free upgrade then great. Overall there are no complaints about the ship, it was fantastic, the islands were great, I guess it would have been nicer to either go with someone or try another line that caters more to singles. You will love Celebrity because there are no lines for food, no big crowds, the ship is big enough for everyone and yet intimate enough. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was a first-time cruise for my husband and I, and we were celebrating 35 years of marriage. It had been some time since we had a vacation of this length and distance from home. Pre-cruise we flew into San Juan, PR the Friday before ... Read More
This was a first-time cruise for my husband and I, and we were celebrating 35 years of marriage. It had been some time since we had a vacation of this length and distance from home. Pre-cruise we flew into San Juan, PR the Friday before departure and stayed at the San Juan Radisson Hotel. Not an "over the top" luxury hotel, but it certainly satisfied our need in an area where we had never been. It was close to a number of local restaurants, had cab service available to anywhere, and had a roof-top pool that was away from crowds and masses of tourists. The dining room was not quite what we had hoped for as far as food options, but it worked out considering the tremendous rain storm on Friday evening. Saturday afternoon was a $20 cab fare to the port, and a manageable wait to board the ship. A line that moved along quickily to grab our cruise paperwork, passport, and credit card, and we were greeted with champagne as we boarded the ship. Let the adventure begin! Since we had never cruised before, we were overwhelmed with the size of the ship and the many venues available to us. We were able to check into our room as soon as we boarded, and we quickly changed to head to the pool. We were met at our cabin door by our room porter (Reggie), who was very happy and accommodating. The pool was already crowded with passengers who had the same idea -- relax and await our sailing. A number of pool porters made it easy to grab a cocktail while we soaked up the sun and relaxed. We had the late seating for dinner, so we lounged around until it was time to head to our room again in order to change for dinner. The main dining room was beautiful and we found ourselves seated with a number of other cruise passengers around our same age group and all looking for a relaxing vacation. The food options were wonderful -- one page of standard fare followed by a page of evening offerings -- and as much as you could possibly hope for as far as options and quantities. Just as our appetizers arrived, our ship set sail and my husband's eyes were like saucers -- "we're moving!" We came to love our wine steward, and he came to truly know us! Every evening he knew exactly what wine we wanted with our dinners. It was a bit of a challenge getting used to "sea legs", but we eventually mastered it and began enjoying our time aboard ship. The lull of the ship's swaying made for an easy night's sleep. Our mistake was not signing up for shore excursions before boarding the ship. We figured we could do the islands by ourselves, but were swammed with locals all offering to transport us to anywhere we desired. The first 2 days we were a bit disappointed we had not made plans for excursions. At that point, we signed up for island tours on the next 3 islands. We truly enjoyed 3 of the 5 islands that we traveled to, but would have loved all if we had set up excursions ahead of time and didn't listen to people back at home that told us we could handle arrangements on our own. The daily newsletter left in our room made it easy to decide what to do each day, but there is so much to offered that it is impossible to do it all and still feel like you are relaxing. - We enjoyed the Martini Bar daily. The bartenders were accommodating and very entertaining -- loved them all. - We enjoyed the pool daily. Difficult some times to find a spot in the sun unless you reserved your seat early in the day. The pool could have been a little larger, but it worked for this size ship. - We enjoyed the main dining room daily (and some mornings for a sit-down, hot breakfast too). We couldn't understand why we should pay for meals elsewhere on the ship when the main dining room had so much to offer. - We also enjoyed the daily buffet -- breakfast some morning, lunch most afternoons, and daily Sushi before our dinner. The additional restaurants on ship are great, but not sure if we would spend the extra money for the offering. - We enjoyed the Theater offerings every evening. The shows were great and cocktail service offered was wonderful too. - Some of the extra activites we enjoyed: ice carving at poolside, vegetable and fruit carvings by a master chef poolside, the galley tour, Gelato station, and the many bars that offered cocktail service and some entertainment. We were disappointed by the offerings of musical entertainment. Much of what was offered was Latin music, and we felt it must have had to do with our departure from San Juan. We were hoping for more diverse offerings -- standards, jazz, easy listening, oldies, etc. Even at poolside, we had hoped for a steel drum band and were surprised by the Latin ensemble that played daily. The musical entertainment was our major disappointment of this cruise. Our cabin (outside view) was ample for the 2 of us. We managed to find enough storage for our belongings and stow-away for our luggage. Considering the little bit of time we spent in the cabin, it was just perfect for our needs. We were both totally surprised how the cabin space worked out so well for us. Disembarkation was long and drawn out. Luckily we didn't have anywhere that we definitely needed to be on our last ship day. We were the last group off the ship and the line at Customs was very long as well. Once off the ship, we had to find a cab back to the Radisson San Juan for our last night before heading home. Again, the Radisson served us just fine. On our last day we took a tour of the Bacardi facility as well as a tour of Old San Juan -- a must for any traveler to San Juan! We truly enjoyed San Juan and would look to go back in a minute to see more of the island and the rich history here. Celebrity Summit was a great ship for us based on our age group, the size of the passenger list, and the offerings onboard. We would definitely travel Celebrity cruise lines again. We are now sold on cruising! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This being our first cruise, we were really hoping we chose the right ship, ports, etc. I was a little nervous after reading some of the reviews, but we had a WONDERFUL time and can't wait to cruise again soon! We flew from Boston ... Read More
This being our first cruise, we were really hoping we chose the right ship, ports, etc. I was a little nervous after reading some of the reviews, but we had a WONDERFUL time and can't wait to cruise again soon! We flew from Boston to San Juan the night before on JetBlue. They were great. Got a room at the Radisson through Priceline. Taxi to the hotel was between $20-25 for 2 people and way too much luggage. The hotel was OK, fine for one night but I don't think I would want to stay there for an extended stay. Check in and out was easy and quick. Left there around 12 and took a taxi to the Pan American Pier. This again was about $20. Got dropped on and embarked the boat quickly and easily. We were on the ship by 1 having lunch in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet). Our room was ready around 130-2. We changed into our bathing suits and headed to the pool deck for drinks and sun! Nice, relaxing atmosphere. We were back to the room early evening and our luggage had already arrived. Showered and hit the late dinner at 830. We had an oceanview room on the 2nd deck about midship. It was great. Heard no weird noises, no noise from above. Our stateroom attendant, Abel, was rarely seen and did a nice job keeping the room tidy. Always had nice fresh towels. Bed was turned down when we got back after dinner every night with chocolates. One night we had a towel bunny, but that was the only towel creature we had all week. The food was amazing as far as I was concerned! I gained 5lb!!! Had breakfast every morning in the Oceanview Cafe. Quite a lot to choose from...omelets and eggs to order, standard American breakfast, English breakfast, pancakes, waffles. Was slightly disappointed in the watery scrambled eggs, but the omelets made up for it! Skipped lunch everyday except for the day at sea, when we just ate in the buffet. They had a panini station but the line was too long on that day to try it. They have a burger/hot dog station out on the pool deck which was nice for an afternoon snack. Hit the buffet daily after getting back to the ship for a snack. Had dinner at the MDR every night except for one, when we went to Normandie. Dinner in the MDR was delcious, and our waiter, Senthil, was awesome. Normandie was OK, I don't think we would have gone if it hadn't been a freebie thrown in by the TA. It was good, don't get me wrong, but not any better than anything I ate in the MDR. And dinner took 3 hours that night. Day #1 in St. Croix: I have been there 14 times in the past (yearly in the summer) so we rented a Jeep and went around the island. Vendors in port are nice. Got a handcrafted wine bottle opener and some mango jam which is delicious! Only downfall is that the shops in C'Sted are closed on Sundays. Went through the rainforest to Cane Bay, down through town, out to the east end. Had lunch and beach time at the Divi. Hit KMart for some aloe and then off to Sandy Point. It is amazing. It is only open in the winter due to turtle nesting, open from 10-4 on weekends. Rent a car and go. No facilities, gorgeous unruined beach. Back to the ship by 430. Day #2 in St. Kitts: Walked around port and did some jewelry browsing, there are definitely some good deals to be had!! Lots of locals charging for pictures with their monkeys. They are cute. Give them 5 bucks for a few pics. Took a taxi from "Sam the Man" to Cockleshell Beach. Food and drinks there were good, average price. Chairs $5 each in the sun or shade. Go in the shade a save a few bucks on an umbrella. Water was warm and calm. Beautiful views to Nevis. Left the beach at 3, back to port, little more shopping and back on the ship. Day #3 in Dominica: This was my least favorite. Stayed on the ship til lunch time due to clouds and sprinkles. As soon as you get off beware the hungry taxi drivers. Take one from inside the gated area. They have local vendors set up but they all have the SAME souveniers. Went to Mero Beach, about 1/2 hour taxi ride. Black sand beach, it was cool, not overcrowded, water was warm but kind of rough for me. Not much for food/drink but there is some. Lots of locals walking trying to sell hand made jewelry, etc. Left there at 330 and went straight back to the ship. Day #4 in Grenada: Loved this one! Got off the ship fairly early, and caught a water taxi to Grand Anse Beach, about a 5-10 min ride. $8 r/t. Tons of water taxis to leave whenever you want. Dropped you off on a dock at the beach. Beach rental was $20 for 2 chairs and umbrella (get the umbrella here!). I am a serious sunbather and was so happy with the umbrella that day! Water was close and calm. You could walk out quite far. Only downfall was the guys on the beach trying to get us to go out on his tube. $10pp for a 1 minute ride. They were very persistent. We finally gave one guys $5 to leave us alone. Food was not good. Lots of different people selling food and apparently all have different menus. Get a fresh coconut for $3 and drink the water. Delicious. Got back to the ship around 4, after a little shopping for spices in port. They smell delicious and I can't wait to cook with them! Day #5 was the day at sea. Get out early for a good seat. We spend the morning in the shade because we were a little burnt, and the afternoon in the sun. A lot of people went in after lunch so more chairs opened up. Entertainment was OK. The band, Xtasea, was good, and loved the steel drums. My boyfriend likes to gamble so he did the poker tournament this day and won $250. Day #6 in St. Thomas: Could possibly be my new favorite island! Docked at Havensight, walked around a bit before taking a taxi to Magens Bay. Shopping here was so-so. Taxi to Magens was $8pp each way, and $4 to get into the park. They had beach chair rentals and such. Food and drinks were good. Food a bit expensive. GORGEOUS beach and water. About 8 feet deep at the buoys. Left the beach around 3 and went back into Charlotte Amalie for some jewelry shopping. Got a few killer deals. Go to the Golden Star on Main St. Had to rush back to the ship this day, which I didn't like, but we made it and I got my jewelry! Sailaway this night was particularly beautiful. Disembarkation was the worst part of the whole trip. Luggage had to be out at 11pm the night before. We were assigned a number and time based on our flight (which thankfully was not early). We were assigned 935am and didn't get off the ship til nearly 11am. They only had 2 officers doing Customs (which is not Celebrity's fault). The lines were so long. You pretty much had to wait inside until they called your number. Breakfast was available until 8am. Got our luggage, through Customs, and took a taxi to Old San Juan. Taxi was about $18. Dropped off at Barrachina where they hold luggage. $5 charge is totally worth it! Had lunch here as well. DELICIOUS!!! I would venture to say it was better than the cruise food! This is the home of the Pina Colada, which were yummy. I had Mahi and my boyfriend had the local favorite of mofungo. Both were awesome. There was a resident macaw there as well, who is 18 years old! Left the restaurant and just walked around the city, down to the main cruise port, Senor Frogs, and then back up to El Morro. Left town at 330 and were at the airport by 4. All in all a great experience and I can't wait to go again. May choose another ship/cruiseline as we are in our 20's and there was not much for nightlife. Then again, I was in bed right after dinner! Loved it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
We booked this cruise 18 months in advance and tried to do our homework to get the most out of it. We travelled from the UK the day before the cruise from Heathrow through Miami to San Juan. It's a long journey and the second half ... Read More
We booked this cruise 18 months in advance and tried to do our homework to get the most out of it. We travelled from the UK the day before the cruise from Heathrow through Miami to San Juan. It's a long journey and the second half was delayed by an hour and a half. We were met by our Celebrity transfer who swiftly took us to our overnight hotel Caribe Hilton about 10-15 mins away. We were checked in to the noise of a very loud disco which was open to the reception area which was a bit off putting as you had a job to hear the staff talking to you but when we did arrive in our room in the tower block you could not hear it thank goodness.We were given instructions by the reception staff about our embarkation details from Celebrity for the next day. The room was ok - they had a large air conditioning unit free standing in the room going full blast which was so loud we had to turn it off in order to sleep. Thankfully the room was not too bad without it but you had to be careful not to fall over it! The room was a little tired but did the job for one night. The hotel itself seemed very nice - we walked around in the morning whilst waiting for our pick up. They did a buffet breakfast (full for $20 or continental for $12). We had the continental and it was very nice. Our luggage had to be placed down by the bell porter by 11am to be picked up ahead of ourselves at 1pm. The coach arrived a bit early at about 12.45pm and we were checked in and on the ship sipping our welcome drink and heading for lunch by 1.15pm. We had a nice lunch - it was busy in the Oceanview buffet but not unreasonably so considering it was embarkation day. After that we wandered back to see if our stateroom was ready and it was but our luggage did not arrive until 5pm which I was a bit disappointed in as we were in a sky suite and Celebrity said we would have priority baggage delivery. It didn't matter that much though as we toured the ship and then met our Butler Elmerio and steward Norma. They were extremely friendly and helpful and could not do enough to make your holiday enjoyable. The first day was a sea day and we ordered a light early breakfast to have on the balcony by filling in the form in the back of the Celebrity information book on the counter and hanging it on the outside of our cabin door overnight. Elmerio duly brought our breakfast and informed us that we could ring him any time directly to order anything like tea coffee or food. We then went to the sea day Brunch in the main dining room around midday which was amazing - every food you can imagine. As we were in a suite we were offered a free meal in the Normandie restaurant and so the first evening we ate there and it was lovely - really good service and environment. The first port day was Barbados and we had booked a catamaran trip swimming and snorkelling with the turtles through Celebrity. We booked all our tours with them as we felt as first time cruisers it was safer as we had no idea how things worked but we were pleased with the organisation and the trips we picked. The trip was really enjoyable and the people friendly. We travelled along the coast line of Barbados on the catamaran after being transported on a bus a few minutes from the port. Everyone was given snorkelling equipment and lifejackets which were mandatory and given instructions if they needed it and the crew helped everyone in and out of the water. Some people chose not to go in the water and just watched - you could do as you please. Drinks were complementary. The second day was St. Lucia and we had booked a trip to the volcano and see the Pitons. The trip itself was ok but we were disappointed with the island as we were shocked at the poverty and the people trying to scrap a living by selling you anything possible. A different world to the showy holiday resorts by the beach. Third day port was Antigua on which we had booked a tour called "Highlights of Antigua" a tour of the island going to Nelsons Dockyard and Shirley Heights. The views were absolutely amazing and we had plenty of opportunity to take photographs. Fourth day was St Martin. We had booked a trip including a voyage on a semi submersible to see the coral and fish but that part of the trip had to be cancelled due to windy weather making it unsafe. The road tour of the Dutch and French side still took place with an hour in Marigot. You were given the chance to cancel or go ahead and get a 50% refund. We took the tour and it gave us a flavour of the island which was ok. The refund was duly on our sea pass by the next morning! Fifth day visited St Thomas and did an island drive with a 2 1/2 hour beach stop on Sapphire beach. This was just as we had always thought of when thinking of a Caribbean beach. We had loungers and there was plenty of trees for shade. You could have free snorkelling equipment if you wanted it and a complimentary drink. The only thing against it was the temperature of the water - it was cold! We really enjoyed just lounging and walking on the beach - idyllic. The ship had something for everyone. We aren't people to join in much and just enjoyed wandering around and watching sail away from the aft of the ship. The best place we found was the bar behind the Oceanview cafe where they would have live music each day for sail away. We would get an ice cream on the way and just enjoy the views. The ice cream is free at the entrance to the Oceanview and was delicious and the flavours changed each day - soft either vanilla or chocolate on alternate days and hard with about 10 choices. We did try the ice cream at the Gelato at the Cafe Bacio but honestly couldn't tell much difference. At this cafe (not at the counter with the cup cakes with prices on) but on the other side of the ship at the cafe counter you can get free cakes, biscuits and pastries which you can have there or to go and only have to pay for the speciality drinks. We would have them packed to go and get our free tea and coffee from the Oceanview (available all the time) and take them to our balcony and enjoy. Although I must say we were spoilt as having the suite Elmerio would bring round the afternoon tea trolley for us to pick out our treats. The entertainment was ok if you like that sort of thing - we did go to a few things - the comedian was good but felt the singers were a bit under par - not Broadway!! The food overall we thought amazing considering the numbers they have to cater for. It was well laid out in the buffet and a huge choice and always hot. If you go right down the back (it looks like it's finished) and then you find a hidden station which in the morning was the waffle and pancakes and in the evening became the grill which cooked to order chicken, fish, chops, steaks etc. The main dining room food was very good and the service exemplary. We had select dining and only had to wait a few minutes except one night (the second formal) and we went back after 30 minutes and was seated immediately. Overall we had no complaints - enjoyed our first cruise and will certainly be cruising again and after being spoilt by Celebrity will have no qualms about booking with them again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
All in all our group of 8 had a wonderful time on this cruise. From check-in to check-out all was pretty easy. Our Royal Suite 6141 - Butler was Santos, and he was attentive and always there when we needed something without being ... Read More
All in all our group of 8 had a wonderful time on this cruise. From check-in to check-out all was pretty easy. Our Royal Suite 6141 - Butler was Santos, and he was attentive and always there when we needed something without being annoying. He even accompanied our group to "Blu" one night when we didn't have a reservation for 8. Very helpful. Breakfast was always on time in our room, and afternoon canapes and coffee were usually between 3:30 and 4:30. Our "room attendant" was Eugene and we always had our bed made, fresh towels, and plenty of toiletries. Being my first cruise I was disappointed in not having any "towel animals" though. Others in our group did have them who were not in a Royal Suite. BIG PERK: I guess because we were in the Royal Suite we received Captain's Club Elite status for this cruise. Ton's of free stuff like coupons for free internet service, free laundry, dry-cleaning, discounts on spa services, and access to the Captains Club cocktail party, etc. This status saved us several hundred dollars on perks. Our dining experience: Main dining room food and service was average to good. The hostess Diana was fantastic at accommodating us. Kuddo's to Diana. She remembered us after the first night. The food was good, but nothing memorable. Normandy Restaurant was excellent. Some of the best lamb chops I've ever had. A lot of table-side preparation at Normandy. Wonderful grand marnier souffle. Staff was terrific. Blu restaurant we ate here one night and it was good. It was nice to be away from the main dining room crowd. Qsine restaurant was good, but be prepared for a 3 hour tapas style dining. Way to much food. We even cancelled some of our orders. One thing that really pissed me off about Qsine is we tried to make a 7:30 reservation and was told only 6:30 and 8:30 was available. Reluctantly we chose the 6:30. After being seating promptly we saw that the restaurant wasn't full nor did it ever fill up threw our whole time there. There were empty tables everywhere. Even when we finished dinner at 9:30 the place was only about 1/2 full. Have no idea why they wouldn't accommodate us at our 7:30 time. Crush bar was a lot of fun and where we spent most of our alcoholic times. Jennifer and Sheldon are the best. Also right next to the casino which made it convenient. The pools were nice and not crowded. The indoor therapy pool was great too. I had a very nice (but pricey) message at the spa. Watch out for the pushing of products after your service. They didn't even ask me if I wanted them, just added them to my bill and handed me a package of creams and oils. What really made this cruise so nice was the absence of children. The age range was from 40's to 70's. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
In March 2012, over 30 friends booked the 7 day souther caribbean cruise on Celebrity for January 2013. We used a local agent to handle all bookings for flight, hotel & cruise itself. The discount received for the group booking was ... Read More
In March 2012, over 30 friends booked the 7 day souther caribbean cruise on Celebrity for January 2013. We used a local agent to handle all bookings for flight, hotel & cruise itself. The discount received for the group booking was split among all travelers on the cruise. We got home from this wonderful vacation just this passed weekend. We had a blast! With so many of us on this trip, there were plenty of avenues to share with one group of friends or another (or with someone we'd just met while on the cruise). From the time you get up in the morning, to every hour on the hour activities on board as well as the excursions offered at each port, then more activities & fun to be had again on board throughout the night! We laughed ourselves into tears! In reading some of the reviews from people stating they "expected more" or felt their trip wasn't up to their liking..... shame on you! The comedian we saw while on this cruise was right.... some people will travel thousands of miles just to complain. In my opinion, if any one somebody did not have a great trip then they did not take full advantage of new experiences, or should maybe book another kind of vacation. Upgrade your room! It's a little bigger and does make a difference even if you feel you won't spend much time in your room - it's worth it. Staff - awesome people through & through. From our stateroom attendant, to wait staff, officers, spa techs, doctor on board, entertainment staff, etc. Purchase a drink package to fit your needs. It will save you money in the end. Throughout the duration of the cruise we lounged in the sun, hung out in the pool, drank (a lot), ate (a lot), saw a few stage shows, gambled, played shuffle board & ping pong, experienced services at the spa, shopped, booked a dinner (upgrade - worth the money) one night at The Normandy which was great. Our day at sea, we put together a poker run (walk) to five of the bars with our group - lots of fun! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We are a married couple in our early sixties. We don't usually cruise for travel (took one cruis on NCL 26 years ago) as we normally want to see many places, but really needed a relaxing break from work and in a warm spot. Wanted ... Read More
We are a married couple in our early sixties. We don't usually cruise for travel (took one cruis on NCL 26 years ago) as we normally want to see many places, but really needed a relaxing break from work and in a warm spot. Wanted interesting ports and good food and no "mega ships". Wanted to avoid teenagers and rowdy party types so narrowed our choice to either Celebrity or RCL. We were on the 1/26/13 sailing of the Celebrity Summit out of San Juan. I like that we had only one sea day which was the first day out. Visited Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and loved them all. While we are not experienced cruisers we were both extremely happy with our experience on the Celebrity Summit. I can't say enough about out well organized they are, the great food, service and choices in the main dining room and in the Ocean View Cafe/Buffet as well as poolside. We loved the entertainment, especially Lisa Richard the cruise director. I cannot say enough about the entire crew - everyone from ladies restroom attendant, to the waiters, chefs, buffet servers, busboys, pool attendants, officers....you name it - they were friendly, cheerful and top notch. We did not meet a single grumpy staff member the entire week! We were amazed at the efficiency each time we left or boarded the ship. The security was amazing and the sanitation excellent. Kudos to the guys in the Crush Martini Bar, too. Note: we don't drink sodas generally. We do like martinis and a glass of wine with dinner, so we found that we did better w/o the drink packages. Their cocktails were in the $10 range, plus 15% gratuity and wine roughly $9.00 per glass which is reasonalbe considering we were their captives. There was alot of 'selling' of jewelry, art, etc in the guise of activities but we just ignored that. This was a great value and both fun and relaxing. I really felt that the entire staff was aiming to make this a good experience and it certainly was. We loved the Galley Tour. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Ok here I go....This was out first cruise so please bear with me. We flew into San Juan the day before we sailed to spend some time exploring (OSJ)Old San Juan. Once we arrived we found a taxi to our hotel. Once we checked in and ... Read More
Ok here I go....This was out first cruise so please bear with me. We flew into San Juan the day before we sailed to spend some time exploring (OSJ)Old San Juan. Once we arrived we found a taxi to our hotel. Once we checked in and dropped off our luggage we went to OSJ to explore. Exploring El Morro, a 400 year old fort was amazing!!! Took so many amazing pictures. After exploring OSJ we took a taxi back to our hotel. We changed and checked out Club Brava & Ultra Lounge. DW & I had an amazing time till abou 3am when her feet gave out lol. Next morning we took a taxi to the port to board the Summit.Dropped off the two large bags and carried on the small ones. Since we were early and also Concierge class we breezed through the check in process in less then 30 minutes. We explored the ship for a little till we were advised that our room was ready. We then went to our room and changed into swim suits to go enjoy the pools and hot tubs for a couple hours. When we returned my suitcase was there but not my DW suitcase. I then noticed the VM light was flashing on our room phone. There was a message that we had to come check our missing bag. We had no alcohol so I was curious as to what had flagged her bag. Went down and found out it was the 6 plug surge protector that we had brought to charge our Iphones, digital cameras, and laptop. They said that was ok but warned us that our room steward may say something about it. After that DW took a nap while I unpacked everything. There was plenty of rrom for storage of everything we brought with us. Met our room stewards and they were both very nice. About the ship: We found everything on board very clean and nice. We enjoyed going to the lounges and Martini Bar every night before our 830 dinner. There was a show or some form on entertainment every night which we attended before dinner. The dancers were very good. The comedian was hysterical!!! They had a lady singing some songs from current female artist...left after the second song. Just not my cup of tea. Other people enjoyed it I heard. Played pool volleyball vs the crew and had we won. Had a great time. Formal nights were so fun to get dressed up and go take pictures. We took lots of pictures. Tried to pick out just one nice one for us to frame and it was to hard. After trying to pick out just 15 for the one package it was decided just to go with the unlimited package. We ended up walking away with 70 pictures from the ship without really trying to take pictures. It was very nice. Cons: Did not have very many cons but have to say this...Our dinner staff finally learned our names and drink preference by mid cruise and service was slow. Our table of 8 had a great time and we actually got "shooshed" by a table of Brits next to us. The next night they moved half our table away which we were not happy about. After everyone complained about the move we were brought back together to enjoy the rest of our cruise. Also when we were eating lunch up on Ten trying to find someone to get you a drink was very hard. It seemed to be almost a chore for some people. That was really the only complaint about the cruise. The rest of the crew we met were very nice and polite. The one thing that my DW and I wish was different was there was more people our age on the ship. Being in our early 30s mostly everyone was older. I expected that since this isn't a party cruise but more of a luxury cruise. This was a great cruise for our 10 year wedding anniversary. Needless to say we had a great time!! We were off the ship about as quickly as we got on which was great since we were able to beat the mad rush to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We arrived in San Juan on March 1st and stayed 2 nights at the Intercontinental in Isla Verde. The hotel was great, staff was friendly, and the pool grounds were beautiful. Only complaint was the drink prices at the resort. We had four ... Read More
We arrived in San Juan on March 1st and stayed 2 nights at the Intercontinental in Isla Verde. The hotel was great, staff was friendly, and the pool grounds were beautiful. Only complaint was the drink prices at the resort. We had four Pina Coladas on day at the pool bar and it was like $51.00..Now doing some research we expected this so we budgeted to have fun. If the drinks are too much for you just go buy your own alcohol at a local store like many people did. We only ate at the hotel once for dinner at the beach bar and had a pizza which was good and only 14.00. We also visited Lupis mexican grill(I think that was the name) wich was good..and also went to 101 sports bar wich I loved the wings. After meeting some new friends on cruise c ritic we met at the lobby bar in the hotel for a pre-meet. We had a good time and decided to meet for breakfast at mi casita?? Was very nice and basically right across the street from the hotel. After breakfast we gathered our things and shared a cab to port. Embarkation: We arrived at port around 11:30am..was a bit of a line but we were inside the terminal in less than an hour and were on the ship by 12:30 having our first drink. Ship: Once on the ship the other two couples that we met have been on the summit before so it was nice of them to take us on a tour of the ship showing us the changes they have made. We loved it. We have seen pictures of the solstice class ships and yes they are amazing but we loved this ship. Room: When they announced our rooms were ready my wife and I decided to go check it out. We stayed in cabin 9193 wich was a concierge class and I was worried about people saying how there is no room for stuff and the bathroom is small but we had no problem putting our stuff away and having plenty of room. We loved this room and trying to book it again now. Dining: Ok so here we go. We ate in the Main dining room every night except one. I will say the food was not excellent but ok. The good thing is if you didn't like a dish you ordered simply tell your waiter and try something else. This is no problem as they are there to make you happy. We can not say enough about the wait staff. They were excellent and they will be missed. Our head waiter Menino was great and the assistant waiter Mustafa was awesome! I don't understand how some passengers act like the staff is there slaves. I couldn't believe it. I guess cause we work in the food industry we are very understanding. We did auto tips and we still tipped our wait staff extra for making it so enjoyable. One night we visited Qsine with a group and all I can say is WOW! well worth the experience. Go hungry as we were there for almost 4 hours. Entertainment: Honestly we didn't make one show. We were either in the casino or hanging out on the pool deck or one of the bars. The stuff we did see I guess was on par for cruise ships but I think thats what made it fun. Drink Package: We decided to get the premium drink package and we are glad we did. I am pretty sure we at least broke even wich I liked so I didn't get sticker shocked at the end of our trip. I have heard a lot of people complain about the package so hear is my experience. In the dining room I ordered a glass of wine. When asked did I have the drink package I said yes so he left the whole bottle for me and said enjoy..this happened every time I ordered wine. Now for the bars we only had one issue when trying to order 2 beers and a bottle of water. when we were told we could only get two drinks I said we will go somewhere else then and then he gave us the bottle of water..Overall we had no problems. We found a favorite bartender we liked and tipped him a bit extra here and there and he gave us anything we wanted. one night heading to bed we asked johan if we could get a water and diet coke..he gave us 3 giant waters and 3 diet cokes..we drank there so often he had us in the computer so we didn't even have to give him our card..He will be missed he was great..hope to see him again. Disembarkation: This wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. we decided to do a tour so we were off the ship around8:15..met are tour guide and off we went..toured old san juan and new san juan..then he took us to a local beach with food shacks lined up for lunch. He had to translate for us as nobody spoke english..this was the highlight of our trip. the food was awesome. we had crab and rice with beans..after lunch we headed to the airport. our luggage had not yet arrived so we had to wait about 20 min. went through USDA inspection and then checked in our flight. Security line was LONG and took about hour and a half to get through. Next time I will stay overnight but you learn as you go I guess. Overall: We had a blast and would do it again. There wasn't any screaming kids everywhere..actually we could probably count on both hands how many kids we saw. No crazy drunks everywhere, not a crazy party atmosphere..If you want a lively ship that goes all night then celebrity is not for you. If you want to have a layed back vacation but still have a little fun than this is for you and thats why we loved it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
My boyfriend and I had never cruised before, and in fact had never even been to the Caribbean. We are recent college graduates and decided to take this cruise as a sort of celebration of my boyfriend's scoring a great job just out of ... Read More
My boyfriend and I had never cruised before, and in fact had never even been to the Caribbean. We are recent college graduates and decided to take this cruise as a sort of celebration of my boyfriend's scoring a great job just out of school. So we are pretty young and it was all new to us -that's just my disclaimer. We flew in a day early to San Juan because we're from the Northeast US and were fearful of snow delaying us. We stayed in the Chateau Cervantes in Old San Juan, which was a really nice hotel. We enjoyed walking around San Juan, but we were itching to get on that boat, so we didn't do a lot of touring and sightseeing, aside from just walking Old San Juan. Getting on the ship was stressful for me just because I had never done it and didn't know what to expect. That being said, it wasn't bad at all. There were lines, but they weren't bad. We got there early so we couldn't go to our room, but we were in time for lunch and were only too excited for our first cruise food frenzy. It did not disappoint, buffet style but good. Our room had a balcony, and while the balcony looked a little 'eh' I loved it. We had breakfast out there most days. That was lovely. The room was small, and I didn't really know where to go with my suitcase so I tripped over it for the whole trip. Even that wasn't bad, though. The bathroom was small too, but actually just perfect for us. It was well ventilated the whole trip. We ate dinner every night in the Main Dining Room. I had called ahead (months ahead) to say that I have celiac and need to eat gluten free, and upon arriving in my room I found a note telling me to meet with the maitre d. Our waiter was wonderful, he brought me the menu for the next night so the kitchen could make sure I could eat it. He even gave suggestions, for example telling me that they could make me rice pasta but that it wouldn't taste very good. When he was concerned that I wouldn't like it, or that I'd like something else better, he would suggest it and bring out two entrees for me. That actually started a trend at my table. The food was delicious, I have no complaints. I am a caterer's daughter and I know he wouldn't have been super impressed, but we enjoyed ourselves. We had only one other couple at our table, another young couple like ourselves (though, of course, still a few years older), and we loved them. It was wonderful to talk to them each night about what we had done. Dinner was probably one of our favorite parts of the cruise. Our ports were St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Thomas. We had a scuba excursion booked through the cruise that we went on in St. Croix, but before we even got into the water I panicked and we ended up just hanging out on the beach at Cane Bay. It was still gorgeous and we enjoyed ourselves. Probably wouldn't spend that much for it again, but oh well, now I know. We stayed on the ship in St. Kitts because I had heard that the ship is less crowded on port-days, and it was true. We had lots of time by the pool, and it was wonderful. In Dominica I had booked a tour with BumpiingTours, which I heard about lurking on CruiseCritic, and it was amazing. We loved every second of it. The island is gorgeous, the tour was fabulous, and our guide was just awesome. It was the best Valentine's Day I'd ever had. Grenada was a different story. I had not booked anything specific because I figured we would just go to Grand Anse beach and the spice market. The beach was so pretty and we would have loved it if we could have just been left alone. Unfortunately there were people trying to sell us drinks, food, water-sports adventures, and chairs every other minute. It was the opposite of relaxing. The day in St. Thomas we booked an excursion through the cruise, after our experience on Grenada we wanted to have a plan. We went on a Sail and Snorkel to Turtle Cove. It was really fun, but maybe a little too much fun. The turtles were great, but unfortunately the drinks were a little strong. We were burnt and sick our last night on the cruise. Totally our fault, but if you are looking for good never-ending drink refills, I'd recommend that trip. I would do it again, though, it was great...I'd just hide my cup when the drink came around again. The day at sea was a disappointment. I don't know what we would have done if we didn't have a balcony. There was a brunch that morning that was to die for, but by the time we got up to the pool and sun decks there were absolutely NO chairs. We went back to our room and sat on our balcony, which got full sun in the afternoon. Have I mentioned that the balcony was my favorite part? Well it was. Here are some things I didn't like: Having everyone assume/ask if we were married or engaged, or one guy even WHY we weren't, my poor boyfriend doesn't need that kind of pressure and neither do I. I did wonder if maybe it was just being a cruise with a slightly older crowd, which we really liked for the most part. Just not this part. Room service was really not gluten-free-friendly. I guess this should have been no surprise, but it was a bit disappointing. Disembarkation. There was some delay at customs and it took forever to get off the ship. I wouldn't have minded if I could have enjoyed the ship while I waited, but sitting in the theater waiting for hours is kind of frustrating. All in all, we really loved our cruise, and will cruise again. We might try Royal Caribbean next time because it looks like it has a bit more going on for people our age, but we did like the quiet and relaxing feel of Celebrity and would have no qualms about sailing with them again. The service on board Celebrity was outstanding, attentive but never pushy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Over the past thirty years, we have stayed on and explored over a dozen islands in the Caribbean. This year we chose to take our first cruise and selected a week long cruise leaving from San Juan with two other couples. Fearing ... Read More
Over the past thirty years, we have stayed on and explored over a dozen islands in the Caribbean. This year we chose to take our first cruise and selected a week long cruise leaving from San Juan with two other couples. Fearing seasickness, we chose a cabin in the middle of the ship on Deck 6. Happily, we never felt seasick. With the Summit's January remodel, we found our cabin to be beautifully redecorated and the new bed was very comfortable. The trip began with an at sea day which we used to enjoy the extensive, beautiful, and delicious Sunday brunch in the main dining room and to explore the ship. The pool area was very very crowded and had loud music and announcements blaring on the speakers, but we found that on subsequent days when we were in port, it was quiet and finding a lounge chair was not a problem. We usually checked out the breakfast and lunch offerings in the healthy Aqua Spa Cafe on Deck 10 and supplemented them with other food from the Waterfall Cafe on the same deck. We always found plenty of delicious items - except in the area of breakfast pastries and desserts - their breakfast pastries were usually dry and flavorless and their desserts looked beautiful but were lacking flavor. Our friends who drink coffee preferred paying extra for the coffee in Bacio on Deck 5. We assumed that the morning pastries and evening desserts in Bacio's pastry case cost extra, too. But I just read a Cruise Critic review which stated that there is no additional charge for these pastries. Our friends were never offered a pastry from these cases - I guess you have to ask. The Gellateria on Deck 5 costs $3 for two scoops of gelato. Small spoons of gelato to taste are complimentary. Before dinner, we often met in the Crush Martini Bar on Deck 4 where the bartenders stack up martini glasses and pour six or more martinis at once! This is great fun to watch. Martinis are $10 each. The other bar we enjoyed was the Cellar Masters Wine Bar. You read the labels on the different wine bottles, grab a wine glass, swipe your sea pass card to pay for the wine, and press a button for a small, medium, or large pour. Or you can order a wine flight from a server. The appetizers we ordered in Cellar Masters for an additional charge were very good. We chose the early dinner seating (6 PM). After exploring a port, it was hard to get ready in time for a 5:30 drink and 6:00 dinner. So we began arriving for dinner at 6:30 and that worked out better for us. A Cruise Critic reviewer had said that as long as you are done dining at 8, it doesn't matter if you are a bit late. We enjoyed about 80% of the food in the Main Dining Room. One night we ate at Qsine - it was excellent! The food was much more creative and delicious than we usually had in the MDR and it was worth the $40 per person additional charge. Regarding the ports, we took a cab in Barbados to Folkestone Beach to swim and snorkel - it was fine for snorkeling, but the beach is very small. We booked our independent tours of St. Lucia and Antigua online after reading about tours on Trip Advisor. St. Lucia was lush and beautiful - Antigua was more arid and if we wanted to save money or so something that did not take the whole day, we could have skipped the Antigua tour. On St. Martin, after sleeping in and relaxing on lounge chairs by the pool, we left the ship around 2 PM and took a half hour cab ride to the French town of Marigot - cab ride was $7 per person each way. We shopped for a while and ate a dessert at a patisserie - but we found that the town was larger and not as charming as it had been when we stayed on Martin about twenty years ago. On St. Thomas we took a $9 per person cab ride to Coki Beach (they have bathrooms and lunch available) where we snorkeled and relaxed on the beach. Lounge chairs rent for $5 each and the vendor put up a beach umbrella for free (even though they charge $10 to rent them). In the middle of the fairly large beach a man walks around offering smoothie samples. They are so good - we bought a delicious mango smoothie from him. The snorkeling at Coki is fine and even though snorkeling on St. John is generally better, we did not feel like dealing with the ferry to St. John and subsequent taxi to a beach. In summary, we enjoyed sunny, warm days exploring five different Caribbean islands, fine dining, and relaxing with friends on this beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Our family of 8 had a fabulous time on the Summit over Christmas. For 7 of us it was our first time cruising. We ate in the dining room every night. Our waiter Jesus was amazing as was the wine guru Alex. Food was excellent and ... Read More
Our family of 8 had a fabulous time on the Summit over Christmas. For 7 of us it was our first time cruising. We ate in the dining room every night. Our waiter Jesus was amazing as was the wine guru Alex. Food was excellent and abundant. If you wanted to you could have ordered one of everything on the menu. The night we had lobster Jesus brought out my husband a second one without being asked. Jesus was wonderful with the kids (15,13,12 & 11) he showed them card tricks, cutlery tricks and napkin tricks. We looked forward to dinner with him every night. We had breakfast in the dining room once but preferred the selection of the buffet and the chance to eat outside off the back of the ship. Lunch was eaten at the buffet after a day at port as well. Lots of selection from salads to hot dishes. The ship was looking tired in a few areas - the cabins and bathrooms are not great but we were on on the 2nd deck so maybe the higher decks are nicer. The public areas of the ship were in fine shape. The public bathrooms are immaculate. The shows were good for the most part. The comedian was very good. The magician was good but found that it could have been 20 minutes shorter. The musical numbers some were better than others. The staff on the ship were all amazing. Friendly, helpful and very professional. We did have a sad start to our cruise with a bartender jumping overboard just a few hours out of San Juan. The ship had to stop for 9 hours and wait for the Coast Guard to clear us to continue but we arrived in Barbados on schedule. I can imagine it was difficult for the staff to put on a happy face Christmas Day but they did. The ports we visited were all lovely, lush and tropical. Some were more interesting than others. When in Barbados it was a holiday so many things were closed but we took a cab on a tour that was very informative and saw lots of the island. In Dominica we prearranged a tour with Sheppee's tours. A little disappointed that it wasn't Sheppee who I had arranged the tour with. His friend Asher took us around. It was nice we saw the falls, the hot pools, sulpher springs, rain forest but I was expecting more. St. Kitts we walked around the town for a few hours and then returned to the ship. St. Croix we went snorkeling - didn't see much but the kids did enjoy it. St. Maarten we shopped while the kids and Dad went on the America's Cup excursion. We had a great time on our first cruise. While 7 of us had nothing to compare it to my mother in law, who has been on many cruises, thought it was wonderful as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Like the title says we have never cruised before and were looking for a fun getaway. My girlfriend and I are in our mid-twenties and were nervous about booking a cruise because we thought we'd be the only people in our age group, but ... Read More
Like the title says we have never cruised before and were looking for a fun getaway. My girlfriend and I are in our mid-twenties and were nervous about booking a cruise because we thought we'd be the only people in our age group, but are glad we did! If you were on the cruise you'd remember I was the tallest person on the boat! This review is a little late as we departed on the 9th of April, just have been a little busy, but really wanted to tell the board our thoughts on the cruise. First, we loved cruising! It was the best vacation either one of us has ever been on. Really, it was that great. The experience for us was breathtaking views every day, AWESOME food, even better service and all the amazing people we met! I'll try to go through the experience the best I recall with highlights and some items we weren't thrilled with. Embarkation; The line at embarkation to check your luggage was awful. Noticed several people tipping the handlers and skipping when we got close to the front. And, yes the luggage handlers expect a tip complete with putting their hand out and rubbing their fingers. We booked concierge class and it offered us almost no relief, priority check in yeah right! First Thought of Ship; Amazing! Very clean and constantly was being maintained. Other posters are either nitpicking when complaining or other ships are unreal... I thought the crew did an excellent job and loved the decor. Room; Our room was adequate. This is where the refit will help but still very clean. Our room steward was like a ninja who I almost never saw but didn't need to ask for a thing. The balcony is way worth the money. Our views were amazing and breakfast on your balcony can't be beat. Food; THE best part of the trip. I was expecting golden corral buffet and applebee's in the main DR. The main DR was awesome and the service was like nothing I've ever seen great job... One bad point room service. Constantly cold, missing items or just plain bad. We stopped using after two days. The pastries by the coffee bar is a great way to start the morning. Service; Amazing. Very attentive friendly people all around. A few people to shine the light on if celebrity people read this. I hope I spell their names right! Dimintric (Main DR host/manager,) was great. Very helpful and friendly. Always made a point when I saw him around to ask how things were going. Guadencio (main DR server) was the man. It's been a month and I still remember his name (he knew ours after the first night onwards!) That man is a workhorse, everyone at our table swore by him. Lailo, our wine guy! never ever was wanting for a glass of wine and made the best selections for us. Once he knew what we liked it was at the ready at the perfect moment. Damien, the cruise director. I don't think the man ever sleeps to be honest. He was a great host, knew our names and had great conversations every time he saw us! Drink Package; We purchased the premium all inclusive package and it was so worth it for us. I didn't have to worry about every drink I purchased adding up the bill and just got whatever we wanted. We'd go every morning and get specialty coffee at the bar and then go around and get red bulls and evian for our ports and just put it in the bag. Then when we got back we'd get a few pre dinner drinks, wine with the meal and then to the bars afterwards. Totally paid off for us, maybe not by much but honestly the convenience of not having to worry about how much your bar bill will be is worth it to me. I will only go with celebrity based off this package and the level of food and service we received. Entertainment; Hit or miss. I like the french rope couple, but this ship is more aimed at older couples in the area. Charlie Butler was amazing though, and he played every night at the back of the boat bar. Which also is where we were and loved it. Concierge Class; Priority check in was a joke, the champagne was nice but we had the drink package, the food they delivered every day was awful, the expanded breakfast menu never tasted good, I never saw a pillow menu and all in all was not impressed. However, it did mean you have a gold key card. Another passenger explained that this meant you were CC or above to the staff and resulted in better service. Don't know if this is true or not by our service all the way around was impeccable. Main DR; If you are a first time cruise sit with a table. We almost didn't but loved that we did, we met some awesome people and liked conversing about our day at the table. If you don't like your table you can request a table for two later on. Ports; Don't do the ships tours, rip/off... Book in advance with a local company and go from there. You don't want to be waiting around at the port. Have a great time! We are looking at booking our next cruise thru Europe this fall on a solstice, can't wait... Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Three friends and I went on the Summit out of San Juan leaving on February 19. One our friends had never cruised before. I was a little leary of the ship since I had read some reviews that said it needed work but overall I thought the ship ... Read More
Three friends and I went on the Summit out of San Juan leaving on February 19. One our friends had never cruised before. I was a little leary of the ship since I had read some reviews that said it needed work but overall I thought the ship was in great shape. Our stateroom was great and the attendant was very nice. The food was excellent. The best I have ever had on a cruise. I would agree though that the layout of the Waterfall Cafe is somewhat confusing. It took us a couple of days to realize there was a sandwich area. It would certainly be nice if it were all in one area. The food in the dining room at night was excellent. The entertainment could have been better. Most nights it was the Celebrity singers and dancers. There were only two outside performers. The ports were nice with one exception. We did not care for Tobago at all. Perhaps if we had gone on an excursion we would have enjoyed it more but we walked downtown and found a free visitor's guide who walked around with us. If she had not been with us we would have immediately gone back to the ship. We honestly wondered why they had brought us to this port. In Dominica the Emerald Pool is amazing. Like being in the Garden of Eden. On-board activities were somewhat lacking. Couldn't exactly put my finger on it but it lacked something. Overall though, we had a blast and would definitely go back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
My wife and I sailed on the Celebrity on 1-8-11 and had the most fantastic time. We have traveled a lot, but this was our first cruise. I completely agree with Cruise Fan Sandi as it being wonderful with great service. Maybe we got blessed ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Celebrity on 1-8-11 and had the most fantastic time. We have traveled a lot, but this was our first cruise. I completely agree with Cruise Fan Sandi as it being wonderful with great service. Maybe we got blessed with good service people and no matter where we went, we were treated like royalty. The only place I thought was uncomfortable was in the elevators with passengers who would not say a word and were stone faced. I'm an out going guy and I would always initiate conversation, but honestly, overall I liked the people on the island. Dinners at night were great. I mean, when do you sit down and have 11 pieces of silver? The food was great, we were greeted on a first name basis, could get multiple items whether it was an appetizer, main course, or desert. I found there was a great selection and the night that I had the New York steak, it was great. The food was served hot and tasty. My only complaint was the lack of veggies. The guys taking care of the room greeted us upon arrival and were wonderful. They did a great job. Miss Columbia at the ice cream bar was super. Everyone I encountered from the captain to the janitor treated us with class , respect, and it flat out seemed like I was treated in the best possible way. It could not have been better. The main reason I picked Celebrity and this cruise was for the ratings I saw on the ship and the multiple ports. We wanted to get off the ship and experience each island. It seemed that many were there for the ship and really felt uncomfortable in getting off ,and God forbid, talk to a local. Highlights and suggestions for the islands: San Juan: Go on the Segway tour, www.segwaytourspr.com Located at pier 2. This was fantastic, 2 hours, very easy, 787-786-8981 The guide, Jose, is a history buff and this excursion I could not rate any higher as a thing to do. Very good snorkeling spot on very calm water, lots of fish, showers to clean up in, at Poota Marine Park. This is in an area by Third Millennium National Park going from Condado to Old San Juan. A large athletic complex that looks closed, but there is a nice dive shop at the protected bay and staff was very helpful. Girl gave us a couple of dog bones for food and fish came from all over to eat the crumbs. St Croix: I made a mistake and rented from Hertz. They were an hour late and then we had to go to the airport . Rent a car from either Avis or Budget which are located right across the street from when you get off the ship. If you are going to rent a car, this is the best island for it. BUT, road signs are poor, people there do NOT know how to read a map. So, Hwy 70 is your friend. Take highway 70 east to Hwy.69, go north which takes you to the coast and Cane Bay. This road it T's into is Hwy 80. Cane Bay is 1-2 miles east, but go left or west to Colony Cove Beach Resort (Antilles Resorts) Public are allowed to walk in, the girl at the little dive shop is very nice and told us to go at the far end of the beach to snorkel. I snorkeled on every island and this was the best. The clarity was amazing and when you swim out a ways, you come to the wall where it drops over 3000 ft. Wow factor. From there we cleaned up and drove to Christiansted, nothing special. Went to Botanical gardens which was poor so don't go. Driving on the left side is manageable, but be careful, only had 3 drivers have their eyes bug out with me coming towards them on wrong side of the road. Sorry mate. St Kitts: Rented a car again. Drove to the Fort, worth the drive. My wife paid for a audible voice tour which was good. Went to Romney Manor which was well worth it. Nice gardens and Batik clothing. Then drove back to South Friars beach areas. We found some secluded beaches on the Caribbean side with nice snorkeling, saw a turtle, found some shells, lots to explore. Ended up a Shipwrecks Beach which was nice. Dominica: Booked a tour with levibaron@bumpiingtours.com I highly recommend this tour. It had been raining heavily before we arrived to the island and this altered the excursion a little. Any tubing was canceled as was swimming up the Titou Gorge. Our day included a very good guide, went to the waterfalls, saw the rain forest, etc.and ended up at Champagne Reef. A nice spot to snorkel and the bubbles were unique. Those who didn't have water shoes to walk over the pebble beach in entering the water had difficulties with their tender feet. Come prepared with foot wear. Our guide made me realize the benefits of talking to locals and learning about their life on the island. Grenada: Now I had realized the difference of finding a tour guide verses a taxi driver. I decided to interview taxi drivers and pick who I wanted to spend the day with. In impromptu talks with drivers outside the union drivers, I found Dennis Frank, 417-458-7292, who was in his 60's and used to be a skipper on ships. He was very personal, knew a lot of nice places to go, very knowledgeable and just a great guy to be our guide. Paid driver $150 for the day. On this island, bring lots of small bills for tips to the many people who you will meet. You can buy spices, tip the guy with the monkey, buy a coconut, tip the musicians, the divers off the clifff, ladies with baskets on their heads, and so forth. These people only make money from the cruise ships and I was somewhat embarrassed by many fellow cruisers who would put their head down and walk by talented, loving. and nice people without giving a buck or two. But let's get back on the ship and spend big bucks with speciality restaurants, drinks, gambling, etc. As John Stossel would say, "Give me a break". How about a buck or two to the great steel drum band as we went back to board the ship? Tobago: I had scheduled an excursion with Fabrizio for a jeep tour but he was delayed getting to the dock area. After an hour's wait, I looked and found another taxi driver who took us around, to the fort, etc. and then to the beach south of Pigeon Point. From there he hooked us up with a glass bottom boat which had 10 people verses the others at Pigeon Point that had over 30. At any rate, we went out to the reefs to snorkle, then to the Nylon Reef which is a sandy spot with water 3 feet deep and yet you are a mile out in the ocean. Pretty cool. Got back and our driver was waiting and I just thought that finding a taxi /tour driver was perfect for us. Taxi driver was $60 plus 20 tip. Cruising home with a day on the ship. Wow, that was nice too. The brunch was great, however, I have to commend Sandi who make great posts of her cruise. She got to the buffet before anyone else and took some great pictures. Oh, so that is how it looked before the attack of hungry cruisers. The trip was fantastic as the ship was first class to me, so much to do on board, and then the island trips were a highlight. I am hooked on this way of travel, so I can now understand why so many have taken so many cruises. I just have to figure out how to make enough money to do more of this. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
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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