2 Celebrity Summit Singles Cruise Reviews

I had an assignment (traveling alone as a single) to cover the Caribbean Islands - Celebrity Summit departing from San Juan, had a comprehensive itinerary which suited my needs. Being able to secure an ocean-view cabin at a very low ... Read More
I had an assignment (traveling alone as a single) to cover the Caribbean Islands - Celebrity Summit departing from San Juan, had a comprehensive itinerary which suited my needs. Being able to secure an ocean-view cabin at a very low price, certainly didn't hurt my feelings either! This is an older ship of the Celebrity line, but well maintained. The crew are a delight, especially the wait staff in the various restaurants. They go out of their way to make you comfortable, feel welcome and try to anticipate your every culinary need with each meal. The food is not necessarily the best available onboard - you have to cough up more dollars to eat in the specialty restaurants which I am not about to do. What is served in the Cosmopolitan restaurant and the Ocean View Café is adequate, but not much more. On three separate evening occasions, I had to return two steak and one veal dinner, the meal was tough, old and tasteless. The chef did come to my table to confer with me on my preferences, but the damage to the reputation of the kitchen was already done. My cabin steward was also another outstanding employee...he kept the cabin spotless and nothing was too much trouble. Shore excursions were plentiful but far too expensive, however, halfway thru the first cruise (I was doing a B2B), I was able to purchase land tours for the next segment at 20% of the published price. Wifi is extremely expensive (percentage discounts available depending on your tier status) and the signal is great, but only in public areas of the ship. In the cabin, where I needed it the most, it SUCKED. Considering what Celebrity charges for Wifi, this is simply not acceptable, as routers place on each deck or even in each cabin, would be very inexpensive to do. Yes I would consider cruising with Celebrity again but I still feel improvements in some areas are necessary. I will applaud for Celebrity for one specific item: complimentary airport/ship/airport transfers and an immediate refund to my credit card, for the amount I had prepaid for these. Kudos for this! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
After my first and second Celebrity cruises I never thought I'd see myself giving a Celebrity ship anything less than 4 to 5 stars. Unfortunately, that day has come. My wife and I have been on many of the major cruises, but our ... Read More
After my first and second Celebrity cruises I never thought I'd see myself giving a Celebrity ship anything less than 4 to 5 stars. Unfortunately, that day has come. My wife and I have been on many of the major cruises, but our first was on the Celebrity Galaxy in 1997. That cruise seemed to set the standard for us in cruising. We tried other cruise lines, but the two key factors that differentiate cruises for us are the service/staff and the food. Our view is that pretty much everything else besides the service and food is the same between cruise lines. Same activities, same ports, same tours, etc. The service and attitude of the staff on Summit seemed to be right on par with what I expect from Celebrity. Very friendly! Everyone you make eye contact with while passing gives you a greeting. Another BIG PLUS I find on Celebrity compared to other cruise lines is the quick clean-up of public eating areas. As you finish with use of trays, plates, cups, etc. someone is almost immediately there to take them away. Not only does this keep areas clean, it also allows the next people to find a seat quicker. I have been on many other cruises where this is a HUGE problem. This said about the service, I must get to the food issue. If you did not have a chance to sail on Celebrity in the 90's or early 2000's then you will probably have no idea of the difference in food I am talking about. Quite simply, I found the quality of the food and presentation severely lacking compared past cruises on Celebrity. Main Dining Room The food selections in the main dining room were uninspiring and very bland. I had never had such a hard time deciding what to eat from a cruise menu. Unfortunately, this was not because of all the appetizing selections, but rather the multitude of selections that just didn't appeal to me. In fact, one night I couldn't even find something that sounded appealing so I decided to go to the informal dining. The portions being provided are ridiculously small now too. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise though due to the food taste and quality. Buffets/Alternate Dining A disturbing trend that I found was the type of food being served in these areas. In my opinion it appeared that most of the buffets served some form of international/foreign dish rather than good old American meat and potato type meals. I travel and eat all over the world so I eat most anything, but it seemed to me that while Italian, Indian and Asian seemed to be the day-to-day buffet, the only American food was hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza. In summary, I don't know if these food issues have more to due with the economy, attempts to stay competitive or both. One additional factor that has to be considered is the departure of Michel Roux. I personally think the loss of the chef, Michel Roux, is a big part of this problem. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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