43 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

Our goal was to find a cruise to test my traveling ability since a medical problem has prevented me from going very far over the past three years. Prior to that I'd been on about 15 cruises. We booked on Celebrity because family ... Read More
Our goal was to find a cruise to test my traveling ability since a medical problem has prevented me from going very far over the past three years. Prior to that I'd been on about 15 cruises. We booked on Celebrity because family members had taken recent cruises and loved them. We chose the Summit for its smaller size and for the first time ever we booked a suite, mainly for comfort because we knew we might have to spend a lot of time there. As it turned out I was comparatively fine. Our balcony with lounge chairs was comfy for reading. We usually went to The Retreat Lounge - coffee, snacks and cocktails during the day - because the ambiance was great and we got to meet and chat with guests and staff. Alexandra was the bartender in the Lounge who was excellent and a very interesting person to get to know. Our concierge staff in the Lounge (Sophie, Georgina and Tony) responded to a few minor problems. They were efficient and very personable. We dined in Luminae for all dinners. Service was superb with special thanks to Kus, Vincent and Vladimir. We did not try the specialty restaurants because we enjoyed Luminae. There were games and trivia which were fun. The itinerary was great for beach lovers. We had to cancel two excursions because of weather and the island tour we took on St Maarten was not very good - driver with no personality and traffic jams, and not much to see.The Summit was very well refurbished ("revolutionized") in 2019. The Captain was gracious as were all the officers. The ship has a state of the art navigation system which will be on every Celebrity ship within the next few years. It was extremely impressive! The kitchen tour was amazing. This is a great ship for almost everyone. Young couples to seniors and everyone in between will find something to do. We will definitely book on Celebrity again - a suite - on the Summit or any of the other three Millenium class ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our 10th cruise and the first on Celebrity. It was by far the best cruise we've ever taken. The ship is beautiful. The staff is exceptional, I became ill while .sailing and everyone went above and beyond to make sure that ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise and the first on Celebrity. It was by far the best cruise we've ever taken. The ship is beautiful. The staff is exceptional, I became ill while .sailing and everyone went above and beyond to make sure that I was comfortable.. Our butler Tatiana and cabin steward Zam Zam were incredible. Dining in Luminae had excellent food and outstanding servers. Yuda was the best. Karen at Shore Excursions went above and beyond to assure that we were able to have accessible tours. The only downfall was the entertainment in the theater. It was rather lackluster. We did not stay for a complete show although we tried on 3 different nights From the Retreat Lounge to servers at the Sunset Bar, the medical staff, ,and everyone else it was. an exceptional trip, We will definitely be returning to Celebrity and to the Summit. Thanks to all who made our trip the best way to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Friends of ours kept telling us how the Celebrity Summit was their favorite ship. We hadn't been on Celebrity for over 10 years. Seeing that it was recently refurbed, we decided to give it a look-see. We were not disappointed. We ... Read More
Friends of ours kept telling us how the Celebrity Summit was their favorite ship. We hadn't been on Celebrity for over 10 years. Seeing that it was recently refurbed, we decided to give it a look-see. We were not disappointed. We booked a Concierge suite. Having been on Princess' mini-suites, it was a little smaller, but well laid out. Balcony appeared to be bigger. Embarkation in San Juan was the fastest of any of our 29 cruises. Food and service was impeccable. Asif, our waiter, and Seon, our cabin steward were magnificent. My wife is gluten free (Celiac Disease) and the chef, waiter, and assistant waiter went over backwards to take care of her needs. Shows were very good and entertaining. My wife and I won trivia multiple times, with the typical prizes (lanyards, cards, medals, etc.). We usually stay away from the casinos (SMOKE) but this was a totally smoke free casino, where I won a little money. We had been to all of the islands before (just wanted to get out of the cold in PA) so we cannot comment on the excursions. The refurb looks very good on a ship approaching 20 years since first launch. All in all, we will be looking at Celebrity in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We're Elite on Celebrity, but were a little disenchanted on this last cruise. I would say embarcation with the express pass was great, disembarcation easy also. We always carry our stuff off, and although directions were not ... Read More
We're Elite on Celebrity, but were a little disenchanted on this last cruise. I would say embarcation with the express pass was great, disembarcation easy also. We always carry our stuff off, and although directions were not consistent that morning, it was pretty easy. We sprung for Aqua class and totally enjoyed eating in Blu. Excellent staff, excellent food. So why are we disenchanted? So many small things that add up. The only 2 places to get a decent cocktail were the Rendezvous Lounge and the martini bar., We had the premium bev. package, not much by-the-glass selection. Had to go to Guest Services to have it corrected on our cards which read classic pkg. Had to go to guest services to get credit for 4 dinners at Quisine which was closed for the first 4 nights. We had booked prior with the discount. Got a call before we left that Quisine would be closed to install LPC software. The return of the OBC should have been automatic. Then we got a call that it would be open the last 2 nights, so did get to enjoy it one last time. New color palette was very pretty, stateroom looked quite refreshed. We thought we'd miss the cocktail table, but really didn't, although we did not order from room service. Our stateroom, 9101, was very convenient, but you DO get quite a bit of noise from the pool deck, One thing I did miss that I don't think anyone commented on, the sheer curtain is gone. Also from one side of the bed you must get out to turn the light next to the bed off. The nightstands are not "nailed" in and easily moved. When packing to go home, if I hadn't looked behind it I would have forgotten some items that had fallen thru the open shelves. Very pleased with the amount of storage. Another annoyance was the round shower head that either pushed the water toward the wall or the glass door, couldn't make the water flow downward. Did not have any trouble with the safe, it opened fine. Some have commented they had to pry the door open. Shows were as expected, nothing really stands out.. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was the first cruise after the Summit Renovation that is part of the Celebrity Revolution. The ship is beautiful, to say the least. I booked the Concierge Class state room out of curiosity. I read that if the difference is only ... Read More
This was the first cruise after the Summit Renovation that is part of the Celebrity Revolution. The ship is beautiful, to say the least. I booked the Concierge Class state room out of curiosity. I read that if the difference is only $100 - $150 per person for the week that we should do it for the perks. I liked the stateroom size and location. We like a nice sized stateroom and balcony. I looked at the Aqua Class but decided we would not use it with only 1 sea day in this itinerary. Boarding was quick and effortless with no lines for Concierge Class. The Embarkation luncheon was what you would expect in a dining room on a nice ship. It was quiet and relaxing. The gin and tonic I ordered was good. In fact, we enjoyed the Main Dining room and the buffet more than the specialty dining. We did the GO BEST offer for this cruise and I do recommend it. It is money that would be spent anyway, and the upgrade to the Premium Beverage package makes any cruise charges minimal. Concierge Class comes with perks, besides the Embarkation luncheon in the main dining room. We received a bottle of sparkling white wine which we enjoyed the first day. It opens like a Champagne bottle so no cork screw is needed. I packed one but we did not use it. We received the bowl of fresh fruit beginning on day 2, and I finally told our steward we had enough for the week after the second day. We received the afternoon snacks each afternoon between 3 and 4 PM, and they succeeded in ruining our appetites for dinner. We did not eat them every afternoon. No serving utensils come with them and sometimes a piece of crusty bread or tortilla chips would have been nice additions. We did not inquire about the pillow menu since we were comfortable with what was in the cabin. The robes and towels are nice and plush. I would not book Concierge Class for the perks. They are just nice additions. I booked it for the added space in the room. I ordered a continental breakfast one morning through Room Service. One thing I liked was the telephone call from the kitchen letting us know it was on its way to us. We took it out to the balcony and enjoyed hot coffee, bread and pastries with some of the left over afternoon fruit. It was a very pleasant morning. We also ordered lunch one afternoon through Room Service. I ordered 2 Chicken Caesar salads, which were excellent. We got the cheese platter and fruit platter, and I think I preferred it to the Concierge Class fruit bowl and snacks. The snacks are a little different and some days were quite enjoyable. I ended up going to a bar to get a mojito and coke, since the only complimentary beverages with Room Service are tea, lemonade, and milk. We learned that we needed to request ice for our drinks. The only mojito worth ordering was a frozen mojito from the pool bar. The lime and mint leaves are blended into the drink. It is delicious. The gin and tonics varied, and we learned to order a double shot of gin in them. The martini bar and main dining room made the strongest drinks. Some bartenders were better than others. The Sunset bar behind the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) was a nice addition. There were bars we did not frequent, and we did not try everything on the ship. We booked Specialty dining with our On Board Credit. Qsine is interesting, but we liked the filet mignon the best and it was served last. If you do this restaurant, resist the temptation to order as many as they say you can. Order an appetizer for each of you to share, as well as 2 different entrees. Then order dessert from the menu. The surprise dessert was surprisingly disappointing. The Tuscan Grille is hard to get to unless the forward elevator is used. It is off the beaten path and was not crowded. I did not like the lasagne, but the crab cake appetizer was excellent. I think this one is one we will not repeat. We had a fantastic broiled lobster tail dinner in the main dining room one night. This dinner made us question the need for Specialty dining on a Celebrity ship. The only entertainment we enjoyed was the ‘December 63’ show which features the music of the Four Seasons. The other entertainment was just okay, and we do not go to any of the late night comedy shows or events. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Well, it was our first cruise to this part of the Caribbean and we picked as to the number of different islands during the cruise. We‘ve been on a number of other cruises before, several of those with Celebrity which is so far our ... Read More
Well, it was our first cruise to this part of the Caribbean and we picked as to the number of different islands during the cruise. We‘ve been on a number of other cruises before, several of those with Celebrity which is so far our favorite cruise line. Although we enjoyed the cruise, I have to say it does not fully met our expectations. The itinerary was interesting, the islands are beautiful but very poor, i would have expected that they benefit much more from all the Cruise ship tourists coming over the year. We knew upfront that the summit is an older ship and will undergo a major overhaul shortly after our cruise. Anyhow, we recently have been on the Millennium just as well short before going into dry-dock. The overall appearance of the Millennium was nicer, cleaner and better maintained than our impression from the Summit. Food (we mainly went to the main restaurant for the fixed seating) was good quality, although we do have the feeling that the overall quality of food on Celebrity shipps is slightly getting down. Disappointing was the variety of food, menu was pretty much the same as during our last cruise on Millenium last October. That combined with a not extensive selection each given evening does not support the feeling of getting your money worth. Instead with all „special events“ being promoted by the staff you get the feeling that the cruise line wants you to pay additionally if you like good quality. We went on several days to the spa cafe for breakfast or lunch, they have nice small (and more or less healthy) food, however it is disappointing that the menu seems to never change, so after some day you had everything and it becomes boring. Service in the main restaurant was as good as always. Staff is very friendly, attentive and professional. However, the Sommelier concept (which we love as ware wine lovers) does not work anymore, if the the Sommelier has to many table to serve. How can a Sommelier advise you if he is mostly in a rush? He still did his best and we got nice wines to drink. But here as well as for the food, wine menu could need more changes from one cruise to the other. Positively we noted that the beer selection increased and they had a decent number of different beers on board. Beside the good service in the main restaurant we noted that service level in the Cafe al Bacio and in some bars was not as good as used from Celebrity. In the bars we had the feeling of a lack of staff, in Cafe al Bacio staff was there but not really attentive and not always as friendly as we are used to from former Celebrity cruises. For the stateroom, we had the impression that the staff has to less time for each stateroom to keep it in real good shape. They probably increased the number of staterooms each person has to look after. We booked three excursions with Celebrity and two on our own. We liked the fact that the groups were not as big as on other cruises, however that is most likely just based on the fact that the busses on the islands are smaller (and older). Especially as the busses are older and not that comfortable is was disappointing, that on the cruise line excursions this busses were pretty full packed, where the privately book tours left some seats empty to make it a little bit more comfortable. And if you now expect that those privately book tours have been more expensive, just the opposite is true. Cruise line charges more for less comfort. Overall: I still like Celebrity, staff is (mostly) very friendly and attentive, although the cruise line have to make sure that there is enough staff available. We very much liked the room service, which comes (except for a short blackout period during the night) free of charge and we enjoyed having breakfast in the room, although the selection in balcony class was not that extensive. However it was sufficient for a short breakfast before going on excursions. We like the ample room in the public areas, we never had the feeling the ship is too crowded and we alsways found a quiet place to sit and relax. However, we don’t like that we get the impression of a continuing lowering of quality and a continuing increase of „add-ons“ sold for „a fee“ (which is mostly much more than justified by the added quality. I know that’s not only true for Celebrity and maybe not only for cruise-lines too. Seems that companies try to reduce more and more the base fares to attract customers which then find out that they have to pay more and more additionally to get the service which was advertised and which they thought they have bought. I hope that will change back to a fair and transparent pricing. Customers may be sometimes not really clever but on general not as dump as marketing specialists believe, especially not those with enough money to pay for quality. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We had never done a cruise before and OH WOW!!! were we surprised. Ship was huge and beautiful. We ate mostly at the Oceanview café as it had plenty of variety. Stir Fry section in the evenings was our favorite and late pizza. Staff ... Read More
We had never done a cruise before and OH WOW!!! were we surprised. Ship was huge and beautiful. We ate mostly at the Oceanview café as it had plenty of variety. Stir Fry section in the evenings was our favorite and late pizza. Staff were great!! We ate at Qsine. Was very interesting. 3 dishes to chose from each then dessert. Was very good and so much food. Presentations were well done. We ate at Tuscan Grille was a pleasant experience our server was very pleasant. Great suggestions and meal was wonderful. Our Cruise Director Patrick was wondeful and the gentlemen that made our stay and every day with a smile was wonderful. Shout out to Arthur!!! Room was always clean, bed made and fresh towels. The Poolside bars, barstaff also pools and hot tubs were great!! Movie night under the stars was magical ;) We loved the excursions, saw so many places that we could not have done in 12 days. The evening shows at the Celebrity Theater and activities at the Revelations were great and fun!! Silent disco OMG that was great!! Canyon Ranch for fitness was great!! Massages were wonderful both my husband and I loved it! BUT: Being first timers, our Cruise & Vacation Consultant Expedia CruiseShipCenters did not inform us of an evening attire for every evening!! Therefore, most of our evenings were walking very quickly by the Martini bar, Grand foyer, Rendez-Vous or Cellar Masters. We have NEVER ever felt so out of place, and judge by so many people dressed up. Stares, and looking down on us incredible!! If we ever chose to cruise again, we will know next time to bring more evening attires. I suggest having those gatherings in an area of the deck where it is closed off and away from people walking through in order to get to where they are trying to go to. The age group was an OLDER crowd mostly retired people 60 and over. The other downfall was the internet pakage. Why not add it in as a hidden cost? Up the price of the cruise no one would ever know. They would simply be appreciative of the internet pakage added in with the price. Other than dreading the evenings dress up and age group everything else was great. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
About us: My husband and I generally cruise once a year for 12-14 days. We’ve been on about 10 cruises. We are in our early 60’s. We don’t do water sports, drink or gamble so cannot comment on anything related to these activities. ... Read More
About us: My husband and I generally cruise once a year for 12-14 days. We’ve been on about 10 cruises. We are in our early 60’s. We don’t do water sports, drink or gamble so cannot comment on anything related to these activities. No, this is not due to religious beliefs. We’re just boring. Most Celebrity guests are 50 plus. The longer the cruise, the older the crowd. We left port a day late due to ship issues. That meant we lost a day in Aruba. I personally was just happy the ship did not break down in the middle of the ocean. The itinerary was changed numerous times, once before the actual cruise. We wouldn’t have known about this first change if our friends’ travel agent had not informed them. MUSTER STATION Our group had to stand the entire time - in lines, no less. Short people could not see the demonstrations. It was ridiculous and useless. Thank goodness we didn’t need to evacuate the ship. We would not have been prepared. THE SHIP This cruise ship is going to be refurbished. There is an outdoor movie theatre that plays movies all day but it’s unsheltered on the top deck and frequently windy. Rumour has it Summit is removing the library and replacing it with inside rooms. I think that would be a real shame. The library always had people in it, even though 80% of the books were missing. Greed to the detriment of people’s enjoyment is not a good thing. The library is a “must have” for me as my husband goes to bed early and I read in the library. I hope they brighten the ship up with a Caribbean colour scheme. Tones of brown is a colour scheme for a hotel, not a cruise ship. (Years ago I was on RC's Adventure of the Seas and it was the most beautiful ship I have been on - vibrant yellow-golds and blues with mosaics everywhere. It was refurbished afterwards. I hope they kept the colour scheme.) They also need WAY more lounge chairs on deck 4. You have a ship of 3,000+ people and less than 15 chairs on each side of Deck 4. THE FOOD We ate in the anytime dining room and Oceanview Cafe. We did not go to any specialty restaurants. I liked most of the food in the Oceanview. Some of the meals in the dining room were wonderful. Some were not. The chocolate desserts were TERRIBLE. I am a chocoholic and did not eat more than a bite of any chocolate cake because they were bitter. What a disappointment after the awesome desserts on Celebrity Silhouette. Note: We like the freedom of anytime dining. You get to choose when you eat. You get to sit with different people every evening versus the same people for the whole cruise. And you have the freedom to eat with new friends you meet on the ship. I bought the basic soda package. I was pressured to up-grade it repeatedly but didn’t cave in. They were frequently out of club soda but servers (one with persuasion) gave me Perrier instead. STAFF Most of the staff were very friendly. Our waiter, Wi, was fabulous. Our housekeeper, Yolanda, kept our room neat and tidy. Donovan was wasted as the hand sanitizer guy. He was wonderfully entertaining while encouraging people to clean their hands. He should have been at the ice cream station. They really needed someone upbeat, who loved their job, in that position. The person who works there is the first person you see entering the Oceanview Cafe. That person sets the tone, and needs to be friendly and welcoming. STORES ON THE SHIP I personally would like more variety, not just clothes, jewellery, etc. A variety store with paperbacks, magazines, etc. would be a welcome addition. I prefer to spend my money at individually owned shops and kiosks on the islands to support the islanders. INTERNET This is a total rip-off. Save your money and use the internet at the ports. Most places have free internet if you buy something; even a soda will do. SHOWS IN THE THEATRE The entertainment was hit or miss. Pete Matthews was a hilarious juggler. I give him an 11/10. Chad Chesmark was billed as a magician, but he was mainly a comedian. I give him an 7.5/10. Uptown was an amazing band that got the audience really involved, a 10/10. “All McCartney Live” was a great show as well, 9/10. My husband saw Jeff Nease. I had a bad cough so I didn’t go. He gives him a 7/10. We did not enjoy the ship’s singers and dancers and only went to one show in its entirety, but the ship’s orchestra was excellent. The remaining performers were a 6/10 in my opinion. While wandering the ship I’d come across some good bands playing in a various venues. And there were a few Karaoke singers that could have gone professional. SHIP SEA DAYS I was not impressed with the Cruise Director, Rick. Activities on the ship were few and far between. I cannot understand why they do not take advantage of all the knowledge of their guests, many of whom could give lectures on interesting experiences, jobs, hobbies, etc. They could have a sign up sheet and designate a small venue for that purpose. The ship could state these speakers are unvetted so they are not responsible for the content of the lectures. If you don’t like it, you can leave. There were no craft activities, educational or hobby courses; just lectures about the islands, shopping or ship amenities to my knowledge. ISLANDS Regarding the following comments about shopping: I rarely spend more than $50 on any one item anywhere. So when I comment on shopping I am not referring to the abundant expensive chain jewellery stores that are everywhere. My husband and I generally just walk around the islands as we’ve taken tours already. We love SAN JUAN. The forts are fascinating. (If you only have time for one, do the bigger one.) The shopping is great. There are lots of restaurants. (We love a locals’ restaurant called Cafe Manolin at 251 San Justo. It is about a block away from my favourite store that has local jewellery, art and gifts called Puerto Rican Art and Crafts at 204 Fortaleza St.) Note: Next time our return flight leaves late, I will book an excursion with the ship that tours San Juan and then goes to the airport. Sitting in the airport all day was a waste of a lovely day. BONAIRE has lots of shops and great beaches. There is a store that sells local jewellery called Elements. (Bonaire is tiny so you can find it.) ARUBA also has great beaches. (No, I can’t be specific because we don’t go to them.) If you try to take the tram you must stay at the front near the tracks because there’s NO formal line and people crowd in front of you to get on the tram. We missed two trams and gave up. We took a tour on CURACAO with one of the many tour guides vying for our business. (As long as you take a tour that gets you back well before the ship leaves you should be fine with an island tour company. Some of our best tours have been non-ship excursions.) Curacao has the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. It has a dirt floor and is quite interesting. If you like history, it’s a must see. You can walk there from the ship. Curacoa also has a long bridge that rotates, which is quite neat. All the Dutch islands are lovely and, compared to other Caribbean islands, well-to-do. They are safe so you can have an enjoyable day just walking around the town. ST. CROIX basically has nothing but a beach right by the ship. There are a few kiosks. You can take an island bus to Frederiksted (which is a bigger city) for next to nothing or pay a lot more for a taxi. The taxi drivers lied to us about the bus and said it didn’t go there. Ask a local for bus information. We did not end up going to Frederiksted. I’m a children’s author and did an author visit at a local school instead. ANTIGUA’s infrastructure is very poorly maintained. It does have a new library with free wi-fi. There is also an impressive Anglican church under reconstruction with centuries old graves, and a museum of the island’s history, all within walking distance from the ship. However, if you have mobility issues note that the sidewalks are horrible. In ST. KITTS we took a private tour with Quincy. He was a really good tour guide. We have taken two previous tours with Beulah Mills (www.tourstkittsandnevis.com) without pre-booking. She was not working the day we were in St. Kitts. She is awesome. St. Kitts is a very poor island. Do NOT take a picture with the monkeys as they are stolen from the wild and do not appear to be well treated. ST. THOMAS is my favourite island because of the shops. My favourite store sells adorable hand-painted outfits that I buy for my grandchildren. (Sorry, I can’t remember the store’s name but it’s on a street with no traffic. There’s a bench in front of it.) My husband liked the historical ambience of PONCE. I was not feeling well and did not get off the ship so I can’t give an opinion. PLEASE ENSURE ANY EXCURSIONS YOU TAKE ARE ANIMAL FRIENDLY AND DO NOT SUPPORT CAPTURING ANIMALS FROM THE WILD. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We originally chose this cruise for two reasons. The first was the itinerary, seven days on the move with only one day at sea. The second was more sentimental. The Summit was the first ship my wife and I cruised on, and set the bar high ... Read More
We originally chose this cruise for two reasons. The first was the itinerary, seven days on the move with only one day at sea. The second was more sentimental. The Summit was the first ship my wife and I cruised on, and set the bar high in so many ways, and this cruise did nothing to dispel those notions. Foremost was the excellent service on the crew's part, one delicious meal after another. Stewards and others going out of their way to make sure you were enjoying every minute, or just relaxing on deck reading and watching the world go by. The shows were all excellent, and when it came to our ports of call, like I said earlier, the itinerary left nothing to be desired. It's an older ship with a few wrinkles showing, but it doesn't thrill you with baubles. It is all in the attitude and performance of the crew. Glad we made another round with you Summit. See you again soon! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our first time cruising and we were really not sure if we would like it or not. I had done lots of research on the ship and cabin classes offered by Celebrity. We really liked the ship. Other reviews talked about how the ship ... Read More
This was our first time cruising and we were really not sure if we would like it or not. I had done lots of research on the ship and cabin classes offered by Celebrity. We really liked the ship. Other reviews talked about how the ship was old, or showing her age, but really there was nothing wrong beyond a few areas of worn carpet we could see. Our cabin (1105) was in good shape and nothing was damaged or worn. We also liked the food on the shp. It was high quality from the buffet to the high-end dining. The staff was very friendly and engaging. They wanted to do their best for you with very few exceptions. We enjoyed the activities on the ship like trivia and gambling. The shows on the ship were also very good. Very good singers and dancers and two outstanding aerial artists. Captain Kate made the days special with her announcements and I was shocked she was waiting to say goodbye on disembarkation day. Sadly by the time you read this she will likely have made the move to to the Equinox. The Summit's loss is the Equinox's gain. Exploring the Caribbean islands really worked out well with the ship. We would fuel up on breakfast, go out on a tour or excursion, then come back for a late lunch, then finish by going out for shopping. Then it was back on the ship and ready for dinner. It was nice not having to worry where to eat meals like you would on a regular vacation. And as an older couple it was nice having your room move around with you if you didn't feel well that day. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Been several years since I’ve cruised on one of the floating hotels and now I remember why I gave up on them. Too crowded, too many lines, subpar entertainment, someone always trying to sell something, mediocre food. Very unfriendly ... Read More
Been several years since I’ve cruised on one of the floating hotels and now I remember why I gave up on them. Too crowded, too many lines, subpar entertainment, someone always trying to sell something, mediocre food. Very unfriendly dealers who tried to keep the game going fast, so fast I wasn’t able to get my bets in sometimes and I’m not a novice gambler. On the positive side dining room waiter, Suki, made dining a pleasure in spite of the foods . Room steward was always nearby when needed but never in the way. I’m headed back to the yachts with 200 to 300 guests. Embartion and debarking was long and unorganized. Embarking clerk needs training, had to ask others for help. We were conserig guest and were supposed to be escorted on the ship with a tour and shown to the dining room for lunch. Our name was not on the list but we gphad the correct sailing card. They just seemed very unorganized. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I chose this Cruise or the Itinerary..was great! The ship was very clean and the staff and Captain were great. We even did a rescue of 6 on our cruise thanks to the wonderful Captain Kate and her officers. I would love to try other ... Read More
I chose this Cruise or the Itinerary..was great! The ship was very clean and the staff and Captain were great. We even did a rescue of 6 on our cruise thanks to the wonderful Captain Kate and her officers. I would love to try other Celebrity ships if price is right Did not use ships excursions Missed Punta Cana because water was too rough for the Life boat Tenders..for me Entertainment was not the best I ever saw but some of the guest singers were fabulous! I missed having more lounge chairs on Top Floor at back or front of a ship for more privacy and quietness. Love the Roof Top Terrace but think it needs more movable lounge chairs to move away from the movie..couches comfy but not moveable. Would love to have servers in those areas also. Cart with cold water was only for pool area. Loved the facial I got in Canyon Spa The Qzine Restaurant was very cool..Tuscany had great steak but lacked on Vegetables for the price.. Love Love the Sunset Bar area for sail off from the Islands..Great Sunset shots and music! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We are frequent cruisers with Celebrity. For 2018 we will be at Elite Status with the Captains Club. I was thrilled to book a scuba diving adventure on Aruba. It was only my 2nd time. The ports of call were great except Dominican Republic. ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers with Celebrity. For 2018 we will be at Elite Status with the Captains Club. I was thrilled to book a scuba diving adventure on Aruba. It was only my 2nd time. The ports of call were great except Dominican Republic. Captain Kate, the only female captain had a huge presence on the ship. She rescued 6 people who were adrift at sea for 2 weeks and had no food or water for 6 days. The breakfast buffet was not very appetizing. The Entertainment.. especially the Singers and dancers were phenomenal ! Since this is a rather small ship, I was frustrated with other entertainment in the theater . Maybe because I live in Las Vegas and have seen quite a few musicians from here perform on the ship. There were two groups that left me dumbfounded. I walked out ! They also had some great dance bands , but the timing and location for them to perform was not convenient. I certainly hope my cruise next June on the Summit will be something better. I enjoy the early fixed dining and the food is outstanding. We enjoyed having our balcony and having coffee delivered to our room. I was surprised that several times the public bathrooms near the buffet were out of service.We also enjoyed free bus transportation from the port in San Juan to the airport. That was very generous of Celebrity cruise line to do that for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Celebrity Summit November 18, 2017 7 night Caribbean I little bit about us. It will help you understand our point of view on our wonderful cruise. We are in our mid 65’s and early 70’s. I am a certified Sommelier, Italian ... Read More
Celebrity Summit November 18, 2017 7 night Caribbean I little bit about us. It will help you understand our point of view on our wonderful cruise. We are in our mid 65’s and early 70’s. I am a certified Sommelier, Italian trained chef and have had the distinct opportunity to have been in the hospitality industry for over 50 years. That being said, we see, hear and taste darn near everything. We love sailing on Celebrity. They are the only cruise line we use. All of the comments in this review are meant as observations not complaints. We booked this trip just on a whim. The price was good so we could not refuse. We booked it thru Celebrity and the representative on the phone could not have been nicer. We got complimentary classic beverage packages for both of us and a $300 on board credit. We used the credit to buy a three night specialty restaurant package and to upgrade my classic to the premium beverage package. We went to book our first night at Marano and were informed that the Marano restaurants on all of the “M” class ships have been replaced with the Tuscan Grill. We took the package anyway but our hearts were a little bit broken. We love Marano. Embarkation Celebrity was kind enough to offer us a free shuttle from the airport to the cruise port. We were in line for maybe 15 minutes. I must thank Miguel Cunha, the Director of Guest Relations for giving us his fantastic assistance in helping with our boarding issue. We boarded about 2:00pm and went directly to our cabin to drop off our carryon bags and went to the Ocean View Café for a bite to eat. We were not real interested in excursions because we have done these islands many times in the past. I looked at our sea pass card and it said that we were dinning select not early as it said on our confirmation. I remember asking the representative on the phone when we booked about the early dinning and she said that the early seating was full but because we are Elite we could still get in. I went to the Maitre’d desk and we were changed to early. Tuscan Grill Our first night we dined at the Tuscan Grill. Being a Sommelier, I wanted to look at the wine list. I was disappointed. The pages were worn, the front cover page was missing and the last page was torn out and hanging by a thread. It was interesting to see that the wine list was much less diverse then when Marano was still open. I noticed that Tuscan Grill is boasting Dry Aged beef so I inquired if it was fresh or frozen and was told by the gentleman at the front deck that it was fresh. As is my custom, I always chat with the room chef and he informed me that the beef, as is all other protein on the ship, frozen. We were impressed that Tuscan grill is now making all of their pasta in house. They are extruding all of the odd shaped pasta and rolling and cutting all of the flat pasta like the pappardelle. I confirmed our reservation and asked for a male server and to have a window seat. We got the window seat but a female server. We were very thirsty from the long trip so we ordered a bottle of Pellegrino water from the female server. 1 minute later a busser comes by to pour tap water. We waited good 6 minutes for the Pellegrino. I asked to talk to the Sommelier about a glass of wine and it took her 18 minutes to come to the table. There were 3 other tables in the room so she could not have been too busy. She was opening a bottle of wine for another table while she was taking our order and that is unacceptable. We started the dinner with an Antipasti plater and it was good with the exception of the prosciutto. It is from Canada not Italy, fried calamari and crab cakes. All of these were very good. I asked the server for a few Kalamata olives and he pointed to the green Gordal olive and said that those were Kalamata. For dinner we had the Braised Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle and the lobster Alfredo over rigatoni. The short ribs were absolutely unbelievable. My wife enjoys shrimp so hers was made with ½ shrimp ½ lobster. The pasta was perfectly cooked. I wanted a glass of Amarone with the pasta but the Sommelier said they were out. We enjoyed Tira Mi Su for dessert and it was very enjoyable. Made with true Italian Mascarpone cheese. IMHO, it could have used a few more savoiardi cookies. The muster drill was at 8:00pm. We were almost finished with our dinner and had to go without having our dessert. When we returned or table was ready for us to continue our experience. The second time we went to the Tuscan grill everything was fantastic. We asked to have our same waiter Eduardo however he was not available. We had the honor of having Carlos serving us. Both Carlos and Eduardo showed us genuine professionalism and concern for our experience. When we went to order our wine we had the distinct privilege of having Mauricio the Cellar Master serve us. He presented us with a bottle of Brut Prosecco that is very new and unique to Celebrity served with his compliments. We had the same starters with the exception of the Bruschetta con Kalamata and I had their Carbonara as a second course. It was a big disappointment. It was more of an Alfredo sauce with pancetta. I found only 4 small pieces in the dish. For dinner we had the Bisteca Toscana rib eye steak. I have had many steaks at some of the finest places in Las Vegas and these were over the top. We had sides of fresh sautéed spinach and mashed potatoes. Both were outstanding. For dessert we had their Tira Mi Su and their Cream Brule. It was one of the best I have ever had. I asked Mauricio if they had one of my favorite after dinner drinks, Poli Grappa di Torcolato. They had it. I was so overwhelmed. I had not enjoyed it for years. At the end of the meal we were given a chilled glass of lemoncello that was very refreshing. MDR We got a good night’s sleep after our 24 hour arrival trip and went to have breakfast in the MDR. We were very impressed with the Danish offerings. They were still warm from the oven. I ordered corned beef hash and poached eggs with toasted whole wheat bread. The hash and eggs were great. My toast was terrible. Cold and chewy. My wife ordered Smoked salmon with cream cheese and a toasted bagel. The salmon was dry and tough. The cream cheese had a dry covering over the top. The bagel was cold. It looked like it had been plated in advance and was sitting for quite a while. I went to the Guest relations desk to see if I could chat with either the Food and Beverage director or the Director of Guest relations. A few hours later I had a meeting with both men. The F & B director recognized me from another cruise we took on the Equinox. I mentioned to them some of the opportunities we had and told them that these comments were not meant as complaints but to inform them of areas that could be improved on to ensure that other guests had great experiences. I do not know this for certain but I think that because we had the opportunity to chat with the F&B director the staff on board were informed of the opportunities we experienced, everyone was on their toes. Our front waiter Julius was great with a kind, professional attitude. Our assistant waiter ////////////was also great. He knew how to clear plates. He never reached over us and always politely asked if we were finished. I asked him how long he had had with Celebrity and told me that he started out as a cleaner for 5 years and was promoted to assistant waiter a few years ago. We enjoy prosciutto even if it was not Italian and asked if we could have a few slices. We got a whole plate full and had it at every meal without asking. My wife really enjoys Tira Mi Su. It was served to her every night even though it was not on the menu. We were seated at table 542. The table is situated where there is a column very near the chair making it impossible to fully pull out the chair to be seated comfortably. Our Sommelier was Fabien. He was unbelievable. He helped me with many food wine pairings because I was not familiar with the taste profiles of the food. He was spot on every time and all of his technical wine service was flawless. As it turns out he is studying to become a Certified Sommelier and hopes to be a Cellar Master in a few years. He is very determined. A night earlier, we dined at Quisne and wanted some of the wine that my wife enjoyed the night before. Even though it was not on the MDR list we got it. I had asked Fabien if we could have some Reidle glasses in our cabin to enjoy some of the wine we brought. We had them when we returned to the cabin. Were very impressed. After enjoying our glass of wine while watching a sun set we went to dinner. When we returned, we had new clean glasses every night. Thank you Akhmad. All of the food was excellent. It is getting to the point that we do not need to go to the specialty venues to get out standing food. We had only 2 opportunities. The gnocchi in a sage butter was cold and there was a tomato Gazpacho that was very watery with no taste. For one dinner the menu description said Broccoli Rabe but regular broccoli was served. Café al Bacio We frequent this venue frequently for we both enjoy a great cappuccino or espresso. The service is prompt and the coffee always properly prepared. We love the complementary pastries that are available at no charge. Across the hall on the other side of the ship is the Gelateria. This is the real McCoy! Gelato, not ice-cream! Many different types were offered but not offering our favorite, pistachio. Our first encounter was great. We were served by Andrew. He is normally an assistant waiter in the MDR. On that day there was a safety drill that ran late. The Gelateria is supposed to open at 11:00 but Andrew showed up at 11:15 and had to set up the display case. It was no problem for us. He was just super and very apologetic about being late. His waffle cones are the best. The only issue we saw here was that the display case fogs up and you cannot see the gelato choices and 2 of the container’s had no label making it difficult to know what the flavor was. Ship condition For the most part the ship was OK. Our cabin was very clean thanks to Akhmad. There were a few repair issues. There was a bad stain in the bathroom on the floor by the door, the carpet by the door to the veranda was torn, there appeared to be some sort of rheostat switch that might have controlled the lights to the cabin but it did not work, and it was very difficult to close and open the drapes. I was told that all of the public areas were refurbished about 2 years ago but I noticed a number of poorly laid carpet seams. The elevators seem to get confused and the up and down arrow buttons are hard to read when they are eliminated. It was very difficult to move the chairs on the carpet when you were seated or getting up from the table. Perhaps new leg glides are needed. The windows at the aft of the ship in the MDR need to be dusted. Restrooms As always they are as clean as a hospital. There are fresh orchids on the counter and cloth hand towels. During busy times there is an attendant making sure the rest rooms are always spic and span. Quisne This venue if by far the most original concept I have come across. I could spend 2 pages describing it. Long story short it kind of like an upscale tapas place but not with an emphasis on any one cuisine. Erol was our waiter. I cannot say enough about him. I find that many wait people talk so fast you cannot understand them. Not Erol. When he described each dish we ordered he was clear, distinct and patient and was very knowledgeable. I was impressed with our Sommelier. It is common when opening a bottle of Champagne to pop the bottle which is totally wrong. She opened it with just a slight hiss. Good job. We were pleased to see that they had another favorite wine on the list that I wanted my wife to try. She enjoyed it. I was also impressed that when I ordered my grappa even though it was not on the list it was served to me right away. This tells me that someone was looking out for us. Tastings I attend as many of the tastings on board as possible. The only problem was that most of them are on the last sea day. Unfortunately I could not attend all of them. Because we are Elite, Celebrity offers a free “Wine 101” Tasting in Blue. It was not informative. IMHO, the Cellar Master should give a script to the Sommelier giving the talk. Also, it would be nice if there was a microphone and an amplifier. It was very difficult to hear him. I went to a few other small Liquor tastings, Brazilian rum, Scotch and one other I cannot remember. They were all very informative. Ocean View Café We are not super fond of Buffet service. We found the food to be hot and fresh with a somewhat of varied assortment. The turkey and dressing on Thanks Giving was out of this world. We were always able to find a window seat and beverage service very good. One morning we got up late and had breakfast here. All was good but the OJ dispenser was offering water with a touch of orange. The gentleman that did the meat carving one day was not a caring, smiling person. When we went to get a slice of ham. The only piece left was mainly fat. He did not seem to care. He just put it on the plate and went on to the next guest. One day they offered some roast pork. It was absolutely fantastic. The Spa We love a good massage. It is a little pricey on board but you get a deal on port days. Because of being Elite, we get an additional 15% discount. I did a 50 minute deep tissue and my wife had a facial. I understand that they want to make a living but I do not appreciate being bugged into getting a hot stone treatment for an additional $35. I told the masseuse to do only my back and shoulders. Perhaps she did not understand for I got a whole body. The brochure says that they have a facial for sensitive skin but again they were trying to sell more of their products. The procedure that she requested was for sensitive skin. When the Esthetician started she informed my wife that she could not do much for sensitive skin. Every other facial that she has had at home, they always would do a quick massage of her neck and arms. That did not happen in this occasion. Sushi on Five. We dine at this venue every cruise for the food and service are great I love the selection of Sake. This time the food was good but the service needed some improvement. Half way through our experience our server went on break to have lunch. In all our cruises that has never happened. You have to start over establishing a connection with the server. Not good. Other stuff In each cabin there is an information book. I found it shall we say, “Well read”. The pages were frayed and it still listed the Normandy, AKA Marano as a specialty venue. Being Elite, we found out that a continental breakfast is served in the Tuscan grill. The selections are limited. Cheeses, Fruit, an assortment of sliced meats, smoked salmon and a cappuccino. Everything was good with the exception of the salmon. A slice is put on a cold mini bagel with a bit of cream cheese. We prefer our salmon on a toasted bagel with onion and capers. On all cruises we have been on when you came with in ear shot of a crew member, they would always great you with a good morning, good after noon or good evening. I found it less so on this cruise. I work in a restaurant that specializes in artisan bread and pastries. I found the quality rather commercial. The bakery products were much better on the last trip. The crust on the Key Lime pie was limp and tasteless and the apple pie was poor at best. In the past we enjoyed the Aqua Spa Café almost every day. They have down sized the area to nothing more than a small cafeteria line with a reduction in offerings. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We had a great experience celebrating our anniversary! Even with the detours of destinations from Hurricane Irma- our trip was unaffected. On the ship, we saw an older population with very minimal children. Great cruise line to attend ... Read More
We had a great experience celebrating our anniversary! Even with the detours of destinations from Hurricane Irma- our trip was unaffected. On the ship, we saw an older population with very minimal children. Great cruise line to attend with a group from ages 30-60s. The Uptown entertainment was AMAZING and the best show of the week. Beware of the Tuscan Grille as it is $45 extra all you can eat entry fee. A bit deceiving with onboard credit as it is essentially also your built in tip credit. Internet extremely pricing. We did 1 excursion through the cruise line (Harrison's Cave) and all of the others outside of the cruise line. The staff was friendly and excellent service. The cruise ship had little for children and our main activities during sail were sitting by the pool. The room was clean and not terribly small. We would book again through Celebrity- may just look for another cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Ship, once again, had propulsion issues. They canceled day one, leaving me to scramble for a hotel in San Juan. They revised the itinerary so we just missed a day at sea. Cruise itself was great. Qsine was outstanding. Tuscan grill is ... Read More
Ship, once again, had propulsion issues. They canceled day one, leaving me to scramble for a hotel in San Juan. They revised the itinerary so we just missed a day at sea. Cruise itself was great. Qsine was outstanding. Tuscan grill is tops. Evening chic with lobster and beef Wellington amazing. Yesh was the best sommelier anywhere, anytime. Check in was fine once they opened but since ship was a day late and arrived empty why not open check in early? The line snaked all around the parking lot with luggage in the hot sun. That part was stupid but I'm guessing more to do with port authority. Concierge class first day civilezed lunch was very good as we were all stressed out. The exit was fine and what we have learned in San Juan is get a porter, tip $10 and you're out. Overall another fine Celebrity cruise except the part of being notified 9 days ahead that we were missing 1 night and good luck. They cancelled the 4/8 and 4/15 cruise so those folks were screwed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Found Family Value cabin a couple of weeks before sailing only on Celebrity site. These cabins have 2 rooms with a slider partition between them, 2 TVs and 2 thermostats. Room closest to veranda slider and very large verandas has 2 sofas( ... Read More
Found Family Value cabin a couple of weeks before sailing only on Celebrity site. These cabins have 2 rooms with a slider partition between them, 2 TVs and 2 thermostats. Room closest to veranda slider and very large verandas has 2 sofas( not especially comfortable as they are sleepers). The end cabins have a veranda with a table and 4 chairs, 2 loungers and 2 lounge chairs. One bathroom. These rooms are only released at the last minute. They are not suites and do not get extra perks but the size alone makes them very desirable. Deck 9 is under the Sunset Bar on the Lido deck so there is some noise early am when the set up and at various tomes during the day. Due to the addition of Blu and Luminae the main dining room is very crowded and noisy. Many guests also do not understand that shouting in a restaurant is not cool. Shows were not well done even though the cast is very talented. Saw one comedian who was very low key and talented. Musicians around the ship were all quite good. Persian Garden on this boat is an interior room- not the loungers shown in the adverts. Beach excursion through the boat in St Kitts was very nice. Would do the one in St Martin through Twin Island excursions as much less crowded. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Left FL on Feb 18 for a 9 day cruise...a fill in between charters. Loved the ship...perfect size to get to know fellow passengers and staff. The friendliest staff encountered in our 35 days of Celebrity cruising. Dining staff ... Read More
Left FL on Feb 18 for a 9 day cruise...a fill in between charters. Loved the ship...perfect size to get to know fellow passengers and staff. The friendliest staff encountered in our 35 days of Celebrity cruising. Dining staff excellent...Cafe de Bachio also. Definitely intend to sail on Summit again......probably from San Juan her home port....which is an excellent place to spend a few days prior. Our stateroom was a midship balcony...although smaller than Eclipse and Equinox was fine for us (retired couple) Entertainment provided by the Summit entertainment staff was first clsss.......guest entertainers not so much...with the odd exception. Ports of call....the usual suspects...St.Kitts, St.Martin,St.Thomas and San Juan....enjoyed San Juan the best. Amazng the difference in Old San Juan from 20 odd years ago..had the best jug of Sangria there...just to replace body fluids you understand Overall a very enjoyable trip..we hope tò duplicate in the near future..God willing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Celebrity Summit out of Port Everglades February 18, 2017 Our Group: Our group consisted of 6 70 year old seasoned citizens and seasoned cruisers. Pre-cruise: We booked this 9 day cruise from a TA who gave us a $100.00 pp ... Read More
Celebrity Summit out of Port Everglades February 18, 2017 Our Group: Our group consisted of 6 70 year old seasoned citizens and seasoned cruisers. Pre-cruise: We booked this 9 day cruise from a TA who gave us a $100.00 pp refundable onboard credit in addition to the $150.00 pp non-refundable onboard credit from Celebrity. We all had the Classic Drink Package. One couple winters near Orlando. They had a 4 hour drive and parked at Park and Go. The other 2 couples had non-stop flights on United the day before the cruise. We stayed at Embassy Suites on 17th St. On cruise day, we took a shuttle from the hotel to Terminal 25. We were onboard the ship at 11:30, which means that I had a beer at 11:31. Cabins: We had 3 cat 2A cabins on deck 7. Rose and I had cabin 7166 which is on the starboard side. It has an angled balcony which is about 4 ft. on the bow side and about 6 ft. On the stern side. The balcony chairs were not very comfortable and did not recline there are no footstools. The bed is against the stern side wall and faces the bow side wall. There was a "love seat" between the bed and the balcony window. It is really the size of a "grandfather's chair" where a grandfather and a grandchild could sit. It has a mechanism under the cushion that I would assume could unfold and a child could sleep there. A chair is underneath the small desk. There are two 110 volt outlets on the balcony side of the desk and two European type outlets below them. The shower is adequate and has a height adjustable hose and nozzle. The Ports St. Kitts - Rose and I have been here twice. Once we took the Thenford Grey tour and once the train ride. Both are good excursions. This time, I guarded a bench while Rose shopped. St. Maarten - Rose and I have been here many times, another shopping day for us. The others took the 150 long double deck catamaran tour that served rum punch. St. Thomas - The ship docked at Crown Bay. We prefer Havensight. More shopping. San Juan - I accompanied Rose shopping, the others went to the square and the Cathedral. When you leave to pier, there are tons of drivers offering tours. We didn't ask the price, but a couple of years ago, we had a great tour in a nice bus for $15.00 each. Dining Breakfast and Lunch Rose and I had breakfast in the dining room on the 1st day. The service was excellent. For the rest of the breakfasts and all lunches, we picked up food from the buffet and eat at a table at the outdoor sunset bar. The layout for the buffet is confused. You may have to go on both sides if the ship to find everything that you want. Signage is not the best. All along, their a pot in front with either a scoop or a set of tongs for you to select items. However, there is an additional pot behind the front one. You can't reach the utensil of the rear pot so you must wait for a buffet staffer to do it for you. Dinner: We had Select Dining on Deck 4. We had table 134, a table for 6, reserved each night. The staff was great. I t consisted of I Komang - Waiter, Zainal - Assistant Waiter, Grace - Sommelier and Milton - Assistant Maître Di. The other two couples checked the menu posted each day. Rose and I would rather be surprised. One day they did not like the menu and told us that they would be eating in the buffet. When Rose and I showed up for our reservation, we informed them that the others would not be there. They moved Rose an I to a table for two with the Sam staff. and 6 walk-ins were able to use table 134 that evening. Rose and I really enjoyed the red snapper that evening. The others said that they would have eaten in the dining room if they knew that "red fish" meant red snapper. The bars: The bars were a challenge. It seemed that many in the bar staff were inexperienced. Rose and I only experienced the Sunset And Rendezvous Bars. Rose had a couple of frozen strawberry daiquiris, but her usual drink is Bacardi rum, Diet Coke and a slice of lime. I had mainly Chivas on the rocks, Heinekens and I ordered about 6 Celebrity Bloody Marys. I ordered them, but never received one. They are a signature drink and are pictured with the recipe on menu set on each table. No bartender made them per that recipe. Our friends like Mai Tais when in the Caribbean. Each bartender made his own recipe for them and our friends disliked most. Later in the cruise, they would go to the pool bar, order their drinks and bring them down to join us in the Rendezvous. The Shows: We attended all the evening shows. The only one that we didn't like was the magician. Comedian James Stephen III is one of the most talented performers that I have ever seen. In one of the shows, "The Flashback Four," a group that dis 60's music, my cousin Bill was selected to join them on stage. The rest of the cruise, everyone kept yelling,"there's Bill." Summary: Another great cruise on Celebrity. Although an older ship, Summit seemed to be in fairly good shape. If I saw something like a poorly varnished railing, I just had another glass of Chivas and it immediately improved. The seas were 3 feet or less the entire 9 days. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
i chose this line because i felt that we were in their wheelhouse in terms of their marketing. we are an active couple in our 60's and have cruised around 40 times, 5 of those being with celebrity. this was a very inexpensive cruise, ... Read More
i chose this line because i felt that we were in their wheelhouse in terms of their marketing. we are an active couple in our 60's and have cruised around 40 times, 5 of those being with celebrity. this was a very inexpensive cruise, for some reason the ones out of san juan tend to be lower, and we went in with relatively low expectations. the embarkation was very crowded and confusing; it looked like 1/2 of the ship showed up at the same time. i blamed myself for showing up at the earliest time to embark and made a note to arrive an hour later the next time i embarked on a cruise. we selected an inside room to get a better price and were pleased with the size and layout of the room. i'd rather save the extra money for specialty dining and excursions than having a window. dining in the main dining room and the buffets was well beyond my expectations. while it is not windstar or oceania, and at that price it couldn't be, it was way beyond royal caribbean a closer competitor, in service, presentation, taste, and quality. the every night offering of escargot, baked french onion soup, and shrimp cocktail were great choices and delicious. service was good without being too friendly and very professional. quisine, one of the specialty restaurants, was interesting and flavorful with a very fun waitress. she helped to make it a memorable evening. the buffets offered good and varied choices changing completely day to day and were not the usual fare.even the burgers and fries were of good quality and freshly made. the shows were ok but i did not expect much and did not choose them for this category. the gym was good with decent equipment and views. my only complaint was the pool deck. for some reason, someone decided that a ship whose average age was 60+ ,if not more, would want ridiculously loud music and a staff member screaming into the microphone to get everyone up and dancing at the pool at 2:00 in the afternoon. they should know their audience. when i told the staff member of my concerns, she basically told that she didn't have a problem with the noise and no one else did either. by the way, after cajoling the crowd to join in for 20 minutes, she finally gave up when no one joined in. in general, i thought this was a very good cruise and that it represents a great value. hopefully they will do a better job at recognizing who there target audience is. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Size of Summit is great, but it is deteriorating. Captain Kate is great, visible and genuinely friendly. Some staff were not so happy. Classic beverage package rules were confusing - got 5 different answers on first day. In a few cases, ... Read More
Size of Summit is great, but it is deteriorating. Captain Kate is great, visible and genuinely friendly. Some staff were not so happy. Classic beverage package rules were confusing - got 5 different answers on first day. In a few cases, those selling Premium beverage package and specialty restaurants were overly pushy. Excursions were pricey but very good. On Martinique, we were upset that the tour operator and her group were 35 minutes late returning to the bus at Balata Gardens. Had we known, we would've spent more time in the gardens. Food was not as great as past experiences. My NY steak was tender and tasty, but fellow passenger didn't think so. I miss the chilled fruit soups, and the one time it was offered, it was very watery instead of slushy. Ports and itinerary were very wonderful. Cabins are outdated in color schemes and need more than 2 outlets. Cabin attendant Anthony provided excellent service. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My wife and I took a back to back trip on the Summit , ( Nov 5 - 19 ) . The trip was excellent, the crew was very good-- friendly, polite and helpful. Captain Kate was a hoot; very approachable,personable,professional and had an ... Read More
My wife and I took a back to back trip on the Summit , ( Nov 5 - 19 ) . The trip was excellent, the crew was very good-- friendly, polite and helpful. Captain Kate was a hoot; very approachable,personable,professional and had an excellent personality. We stayed in suite 6130. The butler was there when we needed him and invisible when we did not. Had diner of the balcony one evening on short notice - no problem for the butler ! Maja, the concierge in Michael's Club was a jewel very helpful and knowledgeable, The staff in the restaurant new you by name and went well above and beyond to make the meal experience enjoyable ( food- 4 star). .The entertainment was good. Tours were OK. Ports were OK, but life on the ship was great. We had the Good-Better-Best Package. Everything we could want on the ship --food,drink,email/texting, tips was covered. Having no extra charges was cool. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Celebrity Summit to Southern Caribbean on November 5th 2016; this is the first cruise my wife and I have been on and I would never consider another cruise with Celebrity even if they paid me to go on it! My family and I felt very unwelcome ... Read More
Celebrity Summit to Southern Caribbean on November 5th 2016; this is the first cruise my wife and I have been on and I would never consider another cruise with Celebrity even if they paid me to go on it! My family and I felt very unwelcome on the boat from the moment we began to board and met the first rude employee who doesn't want to be there. The overall mood and experience on the boat is just very negative and we couldn't wait to get off. The boat is extremely boring while on board due to lack of restaurants and entertainment, it felt like the last cruise before they went out of business. Every single one of the employees are all foreign and can barely speak English, they are rude and act like they hate their jobs at Celebrity Cruises. These are not the type of people I want to spend my vacation around or pay a cruise line to be treated poorly. All the pools and hot tubs are packed all day and evening with senior citizens. The people that cannot fit in the overcrowded pools and hot tubs are running around in speedos and bikinis that expose way too much skin for their age. Everything on the boat closes down at 9pm, including the pools and bars, so you have no choice but to head back to the cramped out dated room and go to bed in the worst mattress you will ever encounter in your life. If you smoke, its forbidden anywhere except where they tell you its allowed otherwise you will be charged $250, I felt like a criminal for trying to enjoy my vacation and have a smoke. If you want to enjoy your vacation by having a drink and cigarette, its not allowed unless there is an open seat in their very limited "smoking areas", what a joke. The cruise line doesn't want to ruin other non-smoking people's vacation by letting their guests smoke on their balcony or at any bars, but they will let all these senior citizens run around wearing underwear and thongs, absolutely horrible business management. You are assigned a "room attendant" in which you rarely see unless he's knocking at the door or bothering you, asking when your leaving so he can make the bed. The boat is the complete opposite of luxury, it feels like an old worn out motel; several of the lights in our room were not working, the mini fridge items are warm, the balcony is all rusty, the mattress is horrible, everything is outdated, I could go on and on all day, im just happy we are off the ship! Oh and even if you have a beverage package, you cannot drink the items in the room mini fridge because those are not free. You can drink a Coke or water from the fridge, but then you have to walk downstairs and get a free one with your beverage package and put it back in the fridge or they will charge you, mind boggling. Every time you are hungry, you have to deal with the lack of restaurants, rude employees who don't want to be there and doesn't speak English, or you can head to the cafeteria that has old gross food sitting out all day that reminded me of a hospital cafeteria from the 90s. You will find yourself hungry or thirsty thousands of times during the cruise, but hopefully its not at night or you will be searching for a rude employee in the cafeteria to request a coke or bottle of water. During any meal, you feel like a cow during cattle call while everyone pushes and shoves to get a gross cheeseburger or hot dog from the rude employee who doesn’t even understand what your saying because they don’t speak English. You have a scheduled dinner time at their one decent restaurant on the ship, if you miss that then your eating in the horrible cafeteria, so be careful, you are on their schedule on your vacation, not yours! There are about 5 places to eat on the ship, but most only serve dinner and most are an additional cost or require a reservation, its a total disappointment every night. We booked plenty of the shore excursions and planned our days on them, but that didn't matter because they simply cancel them whenever they feel like it and your left with nothing to do, but nobody at Celebrity cares. There is no free wifi on this boat, so you will be completely out of touch with the world during your cruise unless you pay their ridicuIously high price for extremely slow internet. Every time you get on and off the boat, they will ask for your SeaPass card about 5 times, make you walk through metal detectors and treat you like criminals again, instead of like valued customers. The only live entertainment on the entire ship was either the senior citizens singing karaoke or the chinese lady singing 60s American Rock. As for shopping on board, they have plenty of jewlery stores, art stores, & more jewelery stores, thats it! Not even any convenience stores with snacks or drinks or anything, I was totally amazed at how poor the shopping experience was. I could tell you how horrible this vacation was by typing for hours on here, but I am so happy to be off this ship and home I am going to go enjoy my life now that I appreciate much more after dealing with this cruise line I chose for my "vacation". Total waste of money and disappointment I wasted my limited time for vacation on this experience. Bottom line, if you are considering a cruise, try any other cruise line besides Celebrity because it can’t be worse than this! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Just a pool, basketball court, spa, table tennis for sports BUT gets you to the destinations with good food and entertainment. You have the normal bars and casino and the same excursions of newer more sport activity ships. Doing something ... Read More
Just a pool, basketball court, spa, table tennis for sports BUT gets you to the destinations with good food and entertainment. You have the normal bars and casino and the same excursions of newer more sport activity ships. Doing something right as 6th time on her. Oh - Captain Kate should be cloned very few captains match her wit and personality. Wish more time in port and some ship/passenger activities were held after the tours returned so you didn't have to chose meet officers or go ashore. One downside of cruising is sit down dinning starts at 6 at the stern of the ship and the major show at 8 or 10 in the bow. There are too many beers to chose from and only an hour before eating. Martinis have too many and no score card to track what you already tried. ditto beer? Can it be the saying "Who counts? A relaxing vacation, will have to go back as there are still areas on the islands I haven't been to. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My wife and I are rather plain, ordinary people; we're both about sixty years of age - she works in a Library and I drive Taxi. Our house is paid for and our three children have "flown the coup", so we enjoy Cruising the ... Read More
My wife and I are rather plain, ordinary people; we're both about sixty years of age - she works in a Library and I drive Taxi. Our house is paid for and our three children have "flown the coup", so we enjoy Cruising the Caribbean for two weeks in the middle of our Canadian Winter. This was our fifth time sailing out of San Juan, Puerto Rico - it's closer to the islands we wish to visit and there's only one sea day per week! We chose to stay at the Sandy Beach Hotel for the two nights prior to boarding the Celebrity Summit - it was inexpensive and very close to the beach in Condado. This hotel was very "basic"; had hot and cold water, air conditioning, a bed to sleep on, and was old; with some plaster deterioration here and there - Remember, "You get what you pay for." On our free day in San Juan, we took the local bus (only 75 cents each - but they only accept change; not bills!) to Old San Juan to do some exploring. We noticed that the bus went right near the Cruise Ship Terminal; so the following day we jumped on the bus with our five pieces of luggage and were merrily on our way to embark on our two week Cruise! Unfortunately, we ended up at the bus transfer station, which was well past the Cruise Ship Terminal and on the other side of the port! We had taken the wrong bus and decided to wait in the "stinky" bus terminal for the right one. About a half hour later, I couldn't stand the stench any longer, so we decided to walk to the Cruise Ship; carrying/dragging five pieces of luggage. From the time we left the Sandy Beach Hotel, to the time we finally arrived at the Celebrity Summit Cruise Terminal, four and a half hours had elapsed!!! It was now two-thirty in the afternoon; we were very hot, sweaty, and thirsty; but we had finally arrived. Processing at the terminal was very efficient and quick - no line up at all - so we then stepped into the ship for the first time. We were welcomed with a delicious flute of champagne or orange juice and the worst type of music you could imagine - loud pop music with enough bass to make your ribs vibrate!!! My wife and I love music - but not that kind of music! One of the reasons we chose this ship was because we thought it was geared toward Seniors - only 2,000 guests, no rock wall, no huge movie screen in the pool area, etc. Well for the next two weeks we heard music on this ship that was obviously aimed at a very young crowd - it was much too loud, too much bass, too much rap, too much yelling/wailing, and not enough "quality" music that 55+ people enjoy listening to. My wife and I wore our ear plugs most of the time; in fact, I even wore my "sound reduction ear muffs" a good deal of the time! Had we known, before hand, about this type of music being broadcast throughout most of the ship, we would never have chosen to sail on the Celebrity Summit!! I don't understand why "the upper management team" of Celebrity would choose such awful music, when most of the guests on the ship were older. This was our third time sailing with Celebrity, and we will never choose to sail with them again!!! I complained numerous times to Guest Relations about the music, but they said there was nothing they could do to change it. The Playlist was apparently over 70 songs long; but to us, it all sounded similar, with very little variation. Our only means to "completely" escape from this horrid music was to hide in our stateroom or when we left the ship. This "music" issue is our only big complaint - all other aspects of our two week cruise were handled extremely well!!! We ate nearly all our meals in the Ocean-view Cafe, which was very noisy around eight in the morning, when everyone is rushing to eat before leaving the ship to explore the Caribbean Islands. The cumulative sounds of so many people talking/laughing, the clatter of dishes, and the disturbing music made for a chaotic start to each day. The food was exceptionally good, though!!! I opted to purchase the Soda package, since I'm a self-proclaimed Diet-Coke-A-Holic. At three dollars a can ( Yes, no plastic refillable containers on this ship.) I clearly saved lots of money by getting the package deal - since I averaged, eight twelve once cans, per day! Andres was super friendly (he speaks fluently in five languages) and always searched for a "cold" can of pop for me. The Summit Singers & Dancers were extremely talented, but the volume was cranked-up way too loud!!! Over-all, the music on this ship was very disappointing - I cannot overemphasize this point!!! Our Inner-cabin stateroom was very well planned out with lots of storage space - we did hide the glass-top table in the closet though, to gain more floor space and to eliminate a potential tripping hazard. We brought our own snorkel gear rather than formal attire, since snorkeling and swimming at the beach is more appealing to us than lingering in the fancy ship restaurants. Coki Point Beach on the island of St. Thomas was our favourite place to snorkel - lots of colourful fish and a lovely natural atmosphere. (Only nine dollars per person by cab to get there.) Disembarkation from the ship was well organized and once again, we thought we'd try the San Juan bus system to get us to the airport. We carried/dragged our five pieces of luggage to the lovely Park at the end of the Pier and waited about half an hour for the bus to come - it didn't come and I hate waiting around in the 85 degree heat! So we decided to walk back to our Sandy Beach Hotel and then either bus or cab the rest of the way to the airport. Remember: We're trying to save money by not taking one of the 300 cabs lined up at the Pier! Some might say we're being "savvy with the silver" - I say, "I'm just a cheap Dutchman!" An hour and a half later, we arrived back at our hotel - we then received instructions as to which bus to take and where to catch it. And then waited another hour for it to arrive. The bus driver expressed dismay at allowing us to board his bus with so much luggage.....fortunately for us, his kind heart won out and we were on our way to the airport. Mostly, we had a very wonderful vacation; but had we known about the "terrible music" on this ship, we would have picked an alternative ship to cruise with. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

Find a Celebrity Summit Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click