4 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for Gay & Lesbian Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

We saw this affordable cruise as an option to try out suites on Celebrity. The suite class experience, particularly Luminae, was incredible. We still aren't sure what a Butler is for, but he was great, the suite concierge was a real ... Read More
We saw this affordable cruise as an option to try out suites on Celebrity. The suite class experience, particularly Luminae, was incredible. We still aren't sure what a Butler is for, but he was great, the suite concierge was a real value, and the waitstaff we can't appreciate enough. The ship was also wonderful and had none of the issues we were expecting for a ship about to be dry-docked. The process in San Juan was incredibly easy, much much simpler than Miami on and off, and the size of the ship was perfect. We enjoyed the common areas, the various bars. It had less than Solstice class ships, but was enough considering. The made for ship entertainment continues to not be our cup of tea - very eager kids trying their best - but the folks the cruise director brought on were great additions and got us to the theater - which with its tables and bench seating was very nice. There were 5 ports - we took advantage of some excursions but had to carve out another 'sea day' when in one of the ports. All of them (St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Kitts) are super simple though, easy to walk off and be in the middle of town or a market. The effort made to make LGBT travelers comfortable on Celebrity continues to be very good, there was even a lunch this time around, and that was nice too. We're a married couple in our early 30s and supposedly who the new upgrades are targeting, but here's to hoping they don't mess too much with Summit in the refresh! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise first for the itinerary which included southern Caribbean islands we hadn't visited before and the great value. I've previously cruised on Carnival and Princess, and I definitely feel like this ship and ... Read More
We chose this cruise first for the itinerary which included southern Caribbean islands we hadn't visited before and the great value. I've previously cruised on Carnival and Princess, and I definitely feel like this ship and Celebrity are a step above those two lines. Sailing out of Puerto Rico was also a first for us, and overall this more southern port made access to islands like Barbados and St. Lucia attainable for a seven-day cruise. Embarkation was simple and fast at the Pan American pier. As an Aqua Class guest, we had an expedited check in line, and were through the line at 11:30AM in five minutes from drop off to getting our welcome complimentary glass of sparkling wine. There were a lot of things to love about this ship. The decor and artwork were much more contemporary than any Carnival or Princess ship I've ever cruised, and that's a huge plus to me. While other reviews mentioned that the ship shows its age, I really didn't notice this. It's very well attended. The smaller size made it feel generally less crowded, although the main pool area could get busy and loud on sea days and after returning to the ship. My preference was the solarium with the two hot tubs, thalassotherapy pool, padded loungers, and air-conditioned enclosure. It's quieter here with nice views of the sea and soothing music. Access to the bar was close-- just through the doors to the pool area. The best part about the experience was the overall service level of the staff on this cruise. With small exception, service quality was all five-star. The crew were concerned about how well we liked everything. We had a small problem on the first day with the toilet flushing and on the second day with our sink leaking, but these things were fixed within a few hours. In each case, we got calls to our room to confirm that the problem was fixed and that we were satisfied with the resolution. We even got calls to our room after we had room service deliver our breakfasts to confirm our satisfaction with the food and the order. Our stateroom attendant, Suzannie, was fantastic. She'd visit our room two or three times a day, delivering beach towels for our excursions, dropping off afternoon canapes, getting us our sparkling wine when we ordered it, replacing our pillows with memory foam ones, and even replacing our beach back pack when I requested. Food overall was very good. We dined in Blu almost exclusively and I found the service to be the best I've ever experienced on a cruise and on par with any top quality restaurant on land. We had a team of people to serve us from the manager and hostess Alisa, to our head waiter Roy and assistant waiter Chedli, to the sommelier, to the bar waiter Nathasha, and even the backup staff who'd take away plates, serve us coffee in the morning for breakfast, or bring around the tray of pastries. Food quality was better than I've experienced before, if not Michelin star quality. The food itself looked great presentation wise and tasted very good. My only nit was that sometimes it was a bit overcooked: my ribeye and veal loin both ordered medium rare came more medium. It's good to know that the menu from the main dining room was also available, and we could mix and match from the two menus for any meal. The staff knew us by name by the second day. Room service for breakfast was always on time and great. The room service menu from Aqua Class was better than anything on Carnival or Princess. Made to order omelets, pancakes, multiple types of meats, any type of breads or pastries, juices including fresh squeezed were also complimentary. We tried specialty restaurant QSine on the first night. They were offering a discount of $35, but I waited until later and spoke with someone at the host stand in the restaurant around 5PM and got a discount to $30 per person. QSine overall was fun, food quality was generally great, and service was also five-star. We ordered 10 different options and shared them over the course of about 3 hours which included a break on the first night for the compulsory muster drill in the Rendezvous lounge. When we mentioned that we didn't particularly like one dish, the waiter then talked to the kitchen and got us special courses which weren't even on the menu. The dishes were a lot more circuses than bread, but the experience was amazing. We skipped Sushi on Five because they offered no special deals to eat there after the first night and everything was a ‘la carte. The Tuscan Grille menu, heavy with pasta and red meat didn't appeal to us, either. Fitness in the gym was great. The gym had towels, water and very up to date TechnoGym cardio equipment for running, biking, recumbent biking, and elliptical trainers. It was never crowded. The other passengers were probably just about 6-10 years older than we were on average. I'm 53, and my husband is 55. They were very international with multiple Canadians, Germans, Puerto Ricans, and French onboard. The people we met were the friendliest among cruisers we've ever met. We made great friends! My major disappointment with the ship would have to be the activities and entertainment overall, especially compared to Carnival and Princess. As for enrichment activities, unless you count our beloved trivia, there were none I noticed. We enjoy trivia and played twice. The first time, there was no prize given. We play an Eighties late night name that tune group game in the Revelations lounge one night and this was an exception. We had a blast attending this. As for the evening shows, I would say that the onboard talent was better than Princess or Carnival, but the shows had no cohesive productions. They were basically vehicles for sequential musical numbers which got a little boring. There were two very good aerialists, however. We missed the magician, who I heard was good the first night, but the pianist was boring, the comedian bombed unless you were over 75 years old, and I'm not old enough to want a Beatles or Motown review. The live singers and performers were okay to good, with the best one being the band performing in the Revelations lounge and in the main pool deck on sailaways. The string duo were anemic. Nevertheless, this was an elevated cruising experience for us. I liked it so much, I cancelled a cruise planned for October on the new Carnival Horizon in a Havana cabana, and rebooked to join trailblazer Captain Kate McCue on the Equinox to the ABC islands. I hope my next cruise lives up to this wonderful experience. Celebrity is awesome. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Caveat: My husband and I were on a fully booked private charter of the Summit, so we cannot speak to the retail cruise experience. This review is about the ship itself and the officers, staff, and crew. The Good: The crew... wow! I ... Read More
Caveat: My husband and I were on a fully booked private charter of the Summit, so we cannot speak to the retail cruise experience. This review is about the ship itself and the officers, staff, and crew. The Good: The crew... wow! I cannot say enough about this team. From Captain Alex Papadopoulos (at the helm for the cruise) to our stateroom attendant to every waiter, bartender, and guest relations personnel, I can only rave about the employees of the Summit. The food at Blu was always fantastic (Linda the host is a hoot!) and the Martini Bar festive & fun. Muhajir, our stateroom attendant, kept our room cleaned promptly and turned down every evening while we were at dinner. He just did a great job, period. There were so many positive experiences with the entire team, kudos! Our stateroom was a nice size and had plenty of storage options. The layout was efficient. The coffee from the 5th Level was incredible (as was from every restaurant). Qsine is a fun experience (pricey but worth it for a fun night). The Not-So-Good: Coming out of dry dock, there were a lot of bumps. Many of the rooms on Level 9 card keys were not working and had to be reprogrammed one by one by the electrician on duty. The mainline sewer was not working when we boarded and went out mid-week (meaning the toilets would not flush). Several rooms further down the hall apparently had a sewer backup (yikes!) and our for the first few days our bathroom did not smell "fresh" even though it was clean. Oh, and every shower meant 3 inches of standing water in the tub because it would take several minutes to drain. For Aquaclass we were expecting a better room experience. The cafeteria was hit or miss. The food would either be very tasty or just not available. Unfortunately the dry dock time didn't result in a new carpet for the cafe and, boy, is it needed. Oh, and this was fun... we lost power for about an hour one evening. Thankfully we were in the Caribbean on a comfortable night. Summary: I love Celebrity. I love their employees. Was our experience with the ship just a fallout from the dry dock process or the result of 15 years of use? I'm not sure but after a few trips on the Solstice class ships, I can not give the seal of approval to the Summit. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I had the opportunity to go on two cruises this year, both of which were with Celebrity. The first cruise was in the Mediterranean on Celebrity Solstice and our second was in the Southern Caribbean aboard Celebrity Summit. The decision to ... Read More
I had the opportunity to go on two cruises this year, both of which were with Celebrity. The first cruise was in the Mediterranean on Celebrity Solstice and our second was in the Southern Caribbean aboard Celebrity Summit. The decision to sail on Summit was based almost completely on price as we were much more price conscious for the second cruise. The Ship: Definitely not comparable to a Solstice class ship but the recent renovation insures the ship remains competitively elegant. Decks 2-5 are done particularly well, however, the main dining room feels outdated and extremely antique. Our cabin was well layed out and made excellent use of the limited space. I wouldn't recommend getting a cabin on any floor below seven as an off-putting sewage smell seemed to lurk the halls. The Food: The OceanView cafe on Summit is poorly laid out which ultimately results to in long queues. You literally need to walk around the entire cafe to cover all the different stations. The quality of the food in the cafe was average to borderline poor. The formal dining room had some great dishes and I enjoyed the culinary experience overall. Qsine was worth the extra money; food presentation was remarkable and entertaining to consume. The coffee and biscotti at Cafe Bacio are superb. Gay & Lesbian Cruising: We were seated with an older straight couple in the formal dining room and took pleasure in their company. Probably one of the nicest couples I have ever met while cruising. Overall: Sail on Summit if you're looking for a quick getaway that's easy on the wallet yet still offers some of the staple Celebrity luxury. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
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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