42 Celebrity Summit Repositioning Cruise Reviews

This was my dream cruise for 17 years not knowing it was even a luxury cruise. Then, my dream came true as of this past cruise. The double handicap interior stateroom was the most beautiful and largest stateroom in the interior category ... Read More
This was my dream cruise for 17 years not knowing it was even a luxury cruise. Then, my dream came true as of this past cruise. The double handicap interior stateroom was the most beautiful and largest stateroom in the interior category (get it before they do a complete makeover in 2019)...plus, we had our own padded headboards (per bed) unlike many other cruise lines. Thelma, our room stewardess was so wonderful and underrated...she deserves to be a butler someday. she made sure that everything was absolutely perfect. As for the food in the main dining room, the food was so excellent...I just had to get a recipe or two. The spa café was nothing but perfect and the buffet was decent (except for afternoon tea when the food was excellent every single time). The specialty dinning was excellent but Tuscan Grille and a Taste of Film were the best out of all of them. Tuscan Grille made me feel like I was in Italy without having to go there. Taste of Film was spot on...I saw Chef and they made their own twist on dishes from the film. As for the Spa and Fitness center there, I have been to better places than that except for their indoor spa pool but maybe next year when they do the ship over I will fully utilize it. The indoor and outdoor pools were amazing. You just have to see any of their shows but most especially..."Chandelier" where they do a good show within the whole nine yards including aerobatics. Of course, I did plenty of shopping during this past cruise but St Martin is the best place to shop for duty free alcohol and liquor. The Cruise Critic event at the casino was spot on despite not winning anything but I had a great time...the casino on this ship's pay out was decent but not as much as the main land casinos. As for the shore excursions, we did everything from the cruise line. In St Martin, we did the St Martin Beach Rendezvous as our first shore excursion. We had a wonderful tour guide and she showed us the entire Dutch side of the island. After that, we went to Simpson's Bay Beach that had nearly crystal blue waters except for the seaweed. The tour included a tour of the Dutch side of the island, a welcome drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) fruit punch, beach chairs (umbrellas were only $4 extra), authentic food with either an alcoholic or non alcoholic drink and an extra tour with transportation back to the ship. I was upset that Kon Tiki boat tour was undersold but at least my roommate was getting a little better. She wanted to do Magen's Bay but if we did it outside of the cruise line, we would had to pay more money and so we did the Magen's Beach Getaway in St Thomas instead. We had a tour and then we went to the beach before going back to the ship. As for the grand finale shore excursion for this cruise in San Juan which also included transportation to the airport, we had a wonderful tour guide named Hugo and he gave us a basic tour of San Juan before our Bacardi Factory Tour. Plus, we had a blast throughout our time in San Juan. Would I recommend this cruise to anyone? Yes. This cruise has great value. You will be well fed. You will be well entertained. You will end up shopping until your drop. You will be well traveled (depending on which shore excursion you pick). But would I go on this cruise again? Maybe. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I wanted to give Celebrity a try as they are well known for their service and food, which that did not disappoint. The ship is in need of a refurbish, and some area's were just not pleasant, and the reason for only an average ... Read More
I wanted to give Celebrity a try as they are well known for their service and food, which that did not disappoint. The ship is in need of a refurbish, and some area's were just not pleasant, and the reason for only an average review. The cabin, service, and food were exceptional. The Specialty Dining venues are by far, the best at sea and well worth the up charge. If you would pick 1 of the 3, I would recommend Qsine. It is truly a dining experience that is second to none. The food is 5-star Top Chef quality. Bermuda was a port where we booked an island tour through a private company, it was awesome. We had an overnight stay in Bermuda and there were many attractions would the visit located right at the Navy Pier. All in all, other than the outdated and old deco of the ship, it was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Fifth time on celebrity and second time on this itinerary. The summit is showing her age in some areas-especially in the ocean view cafe. Chairs are overly worn and need to be replaced-and not with the folding tables and chairs they’ve ... Read More
Fifth time on celebrity and second time on this itinerary. The summit is showing her age in some areas-especially in the ocean view cafe. Chairs are overly worn and need to be replaced-and not with the folding tables and chairs they’ve added! Staff was mostly good and friendly. Small things were lacking but nothing that would ruin a cruise. The room refrigerators are barely coolers and no ice bucket was provided. Robes provided are well worn! Room attendant was ok. Room attendants and room service need to work together. Our cabin was made up but 5 hrs later room tray hadn’t been removed-not attendants job?. Loved having coffee delivered every morning within 5 minutes of receiving call it was on its way! Enjoyed the main dining room menus and food and staff was excellent. The buffet would have been adequate-nothing real special - but fellow passengers ruin the experience! Watch your kids and don’t reach around or in front of people! Ask for help and get manners!! Overall a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Overall I had a good time with Celebrity Summit. Although it could use room for improvement. The communication between the ground and onboard staff needs to be improved. When I booked my cruise, I explained that I needed to be able to ... Read More
Overall I had a good time with Celebrity Summit. Although it could use room for improvement. The communication between the ground and onboard staff needs to be improved. When I booked my cruise, I explained that I needed to be able to connect my iPhone and Laptop to the internet at the same time. The sales man did research and let me know it was possible then sold me the package. However, once onboard this was not the case. The staff allowed me to have 2 account without additional costs. Regarding the restaurant Sushi 5. The sales men misrepresented that the Japanese chef Yoshi would be making authentic sushi. However, I was informed the manager that the chef was from the Philippines and not Japan. The manager made it up to me by not charging me the a la carte price. Another issue was my on board account, they charge me for items I didn't purchase. However, the guest relation rectified the situation, but it made my vacation a little stressful. The last issue has to do with the off shore excursion. when I booked my cruise I was informed that it shouldn't be an issue, and that I needed to speak with the accessibility department. The accessibility department informed me that they couldn't assist me due to liability issue. Later on the cruise manager informed me they could do a refund but I book a flight that was nonrefundable I am a blind member. I normally need a guide. For one of the excursions the driver could not get out of the bus to hold my arm. I had to rely on a good Samaritan who assisted me although she was not under any obligation to assists. They informed me that they were not in charge of off shore excursions. I would like for them to take guest disability under consideration and make more accommodations for the guest. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This cruise, I realized that what I like most about sailing on the Summit is the opportunity to encounter the wonderful culture that its crew has created/maintained. It just feels different from other ships. The vast majority of crew ... Read More
This cruise, I realized that what I like most about sailing on the Summit is the opportunity to encounter the wonderful culture that its crew has created/maintained. It just feels different from other ships. The vast majority of crew members appear to like each other and enjoy working on the Summit. That makes it a great place to spend a week or so. This was my 3rd sailing with them in the past 5 months. With that said, there were challenges: Embarkation was a zoo. I'd just done it in San Juan in January, so know that it can be handled better if imperfectly, but this was pretty miserable, complete chaos out front ( a well placed tip and mentioning suites did eventually get some help, though. I bring this up because it's an area some large lines are improving on-- MSC's yacht club tent for example. My hunch is that if the cruise is good enough then the beancounters assume that memories of how things went getting on board will fade. Not so. With Luminae closed on port days, and because I was mostly just staying on shp, I had opportunity to visit the buffet. I thought the food was pretty darn great up there, but the manners of many (not all) fellow passengers left a bit to be desired-- know, silently looking away when cutting in front of someone does not make you invisible; a simple "pardon me" would work wonders. While the food was tasty, the furnishing are beyond time for an overhaul. Given the way the seats are already shedding their upholstery, I can't imagine what things will look like after a summer of doing the nyc/hamilton shuttle. Oddly enough one area was already furnished in folding chairs and tables. The Luminae team on Summit is just fabulous. They seem to all work together so near perfectly that it'd be a fun place just to eat PB&J sandwiches. Although the menu is a bit long in the tooth, nothing was disappointing and several dishes proved memorable. The spa/gym were a place of various challenges/issues this trip.-- trouble with machines not working, and ship's dancers using the space as rehearsal hall combined with a little spat between canyon ranch staff and men's locker room staff member made this a bit less relaxing than normal. MC appeared pretty busy when i stuck my head in a couple of times, so I remained pretty close to my balcony most of the trip. But they do put on a nice daily spread at tea. And it is a lovely room. The two comedians and the 3 visiting musical acts I saw were all lots of fun. The comics were especially terrific. I can't say much about the ports this time around. I'd not visited Bermuda before so splurged on a night at a hotel whose reputation I'd known since my youth. That proved an enjoyable adventure, and it is a lovely island. All in all, a good trip. But the embarking issues and other mass crowd moments left me curious about trying a smaller line. I know I prefer M to S class ships on Celebrity, so think Azamara might be the Fall trip. Although they seem intimidatingly small, I am interested in really small, like SeaDream offers. So, while on this trip, I arranged for a tour of the SD1 next week while doing an 11 niter on Reflection. I still have trips booked on Summit so not looking to venture too far afield, but think it might be time to nose around a bit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We liked this itinerary. Wanted to see how all of the islands are recovering from the hurricanes. Most residents seemed upbeat, thanking those who have helped and are still helping in their recovery. We had never been to Bermuda, so ... Read More
We liked this itinerary. Wanted to see how all of the islands are recovering from the hurricanes. Most residents seemed upbeat, thanking those who have helped and are still helping in their recovery. We had never been to Bermuda, so this was a nice way to see it for those two days. We enjoy Aqua Class, eating in Blu. We are also now Elite, and enjoyed the perks, especially our nightly beverages in the Rendevous Lounge, hosted by a great Captain's Club manager, David, along with a fine group of servers. The Summit is showing some wear in the decor,seating,fixtures, etc., but it is a 2001 ship, so give her a break! (And going in for a revitalization next year) She doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the newer Celebrity ships, but seems to have the repeaters for sure. We felt the staff was top-notch, always speaking to passengers. Service at all venues was never lacking. The entertainment was a nice surprise as we thought it might be not up to speed with other ships. Not so....all shows were great in our opinion! Now for the things I think should be tweaked. We have eaten in Qsine in the past on other ships. This was a bit of a disappointment, for the choices we made. Just didn't make the grade. Service was great, however. As I mentioned, we were in Aqua Class. Every afternoon canapes were delivered. Must say they were not ever appetizing. Not a deal breaker as who really needs them?! The Persian Garden is not quite as nice as the newer ships, and prefer the heated tile individual beds vs. the longer one on this ship. So, again, this was a great itinerary, and we do like repositioning cruises. We love Celebrity, and would sail the Summit again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Very very very last minute (booked 2 days ahead) and the only room left was an Aqua Class Balcony room on 11th floor. Great room, location was terrific and near everything (directly above the buffet). As an Aqua Class, one of the benefits ... Read More
Very very very last minute (booked 2 days ahead) and the only room left was an Aqua Class Balcony room on 11th floor. Great room, location was terrific and near everything (directly above the buffet). As an Aqua Class, one of the benefits I thought was the highest value proved to be of nearly no value to me, and that was access to the Thermal Suite in the Spa. My reasoning was first, the room was in the back of the ship, and to get to the front of the ship, we had to go out on deck, walk all the way to the front and then down a level. When wanting a quick warm up in the thermal suite or a relaxing sit in the steam rooms, all of that was lost as soon as you had to trek back to your room. We have done this on other ships (this is our 25th+ cruise), and you can put on your spa slippers and a robe and buzz down the hall to use the spa. This was so inconvenient that it "harshed my mellow". The thermal suite was not great anyhow. They had a eucalyptus steam room that theoretically could fit 4 people if you like facing two strangers touching knees. The heated loungers were actually more like heated chairs and none of the relaxation you get from laying back and having your legs and feet elevated. They also had a "sahara" room that was also dry heat tiles, but too hot to even sit with a towel underneath you -- skin was burning within seconds. So overall we went once, tried a second time and left within minutes. The Thassolatherapy pool was public and out of the spa area so that was not part of a relaxing experience either. The real value of Aqua Class was dining in Blu. The restaurant was exclusive to that class, and was personal, quiet, easy to get a two person window seat. I enjoy meeting other people while dining, and although we were mostly at two person tables, they were configured so you could talk to the people next to you easily. The staff was top notch, the food excellent, and all a cut above on sophistication over the other "big box" cruise lines out there. Canyon Ranch Spa despite the thermal suite was amazing. I had no intention of having spa treatments but ended up with two massages and one conditioner/blow dry treatment that all were amazing. The staff were delightful, well trained and really good. The hot stone massage was the best I have ever had (ask for Nipa...her hands are out of this world). As for the rest of the ship, the rooms were great, nice and quiet and well tended to. Carnival has started the one-with-an-optional-twice cleaning policy that I hate. I dont even like being asked if I only want one cleaning a day... it makes me feel like I am overworking the staff, however I really like having my cabin cleaned and put to rights twice a day. These folks never even asked or made any efforts to cut my cleanings down... I appreciate that they still keep the standards of cruising that we became accustomed to over the last 30 years. The ship was always being maintained, painted, cleaned etc. That was super important. The food was always fairly well staffed, not too long of lines or too many times fighting for tables... not enough to mention, so that indicates a good flow of traffic. We always got to the shows a little late but never had a problem finding a good seat even though the ship was booked to capacity. If you have not cruised before or only a few times, these will be the things that make all the difference from one cruise line/ship to another. Sea days always have a hard time getting deck chairs unless you are an early riser. With that in mind, I did not find it too difficult. Around the main pool they were gone early, however there were many other locations convenient to a quick tip in the pool that make it not too inconvenient. Hot tubs were never packed either and were easily able to join. So, in summary, Aqua Class was worth it just for the room location and for dining at Blu. All in all one of the nicest and most complete cruise experiences ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This cruise was chosen specifically for the itinerary. Summit is an older ship, introduced in 2001. Although the public areas except for the Oceanview Cafe are updated, the staterooms are tired. It is scheduled for refurbishment in ... Read More
This cruise was chosen specifically for the itinerary. Summit is an older ship, introduced in 2001. Although the public areas except for the Oceanview Cafe are updated, the staterooms are tired. It is scheduled for refurbishment in early 2019 but Celebrity has a tendency to delay replacement of chairs, couches, and bathroom sinks and mirrors. Rust was prevalent on the balcony, the chairs in the Oceanview Cafe were in such poor condition, they actually substituted normal dining chairs with card table chairs. Beyond the cosmetic deficiencies, Celebrity always demonstrates consistent dining experiences and outstanding entertainment. The staff and crew exceed expectations and always make you welcome. The excursions sponsored by the ship will meet the needs of most passengers but our experience has been to seek more private tours online. The cost is significantly less and usually have only a handful of people on the tour. Viator allowed us to have multiple tours on St. Maarten and Bermuda with one in St. Maarten ending up as a totally private one. One of the highlights of the Celebrity Summit and its sister Millenium class ships is the thalassotherapy pool. This is open to all passengers and it provides a salt water pool with whirlpool type water motion. Too bad this is not a staple on the Solstice class ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My husband and I chose this cruise because it was cheap and visited my favorite two Caribbean ports - St. Thomas and St. Martin. This was cruise 29 for us. The was our first time to visit Bermuda. We flew to Puerto Rico from Nashville, ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because it was cheap and visited my favorite two Caribbean ports - St. Thomas and St. Martin. This was cruise 29 for us. The was our first time to visit Bermuda. We flew to Puerto Rico from Nashville, TN the day of the cruise on SW. We experienced no delays nor any problems. We took a taxi outside the airport for $27.00 to the cruise port. Because of the hurricane, the ships DO NOT dock in downtown San Juan. You are in a container port. We were able to walk almost right on (2:00 PM) and our room was ready. After some lunch, we went to our room to rest. While the Summit is older, we had no issues until the last two days - the toilet would not flush. It seemed to be a problem everywhere on the ship the last two days. We had an ocean view cabin which had plenty of storage for us. Service was excellent every where on this ship. The entertainment was very good. It had the best singers and dancers we have ever seen on a cruise ship. The areilist couple were exciting to watch. Jere Spader (broadway singer) did a show which was just wonderful. There was a group who sang Frankie V.'s music which was great. We do not spend money nor time in the casino BUT it was the first Non-smoking casino I have ever seen on a ship. We also are not into the game shows. Disembarkation was easy - we always just pull our suitcases off . We took a taxi service for $20.00 pp from cruise ship to airport. Great trip!! and YES we will cruise with CELEBRITY AGAIN. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose royal suite 6137 with connecting concierge class 6135 for an important reason. Celebrity has a very old & little known rule — a Connecting cabin to a royal or penthouse suite has the same privileges. This means if you are ... Read More
We chose royal suite 6137 with connecting concierge class 6135 for an important reason. Celebrity has a very old & little known rule — a Connecting cabin to a royal or penthouse suite has the same privileges. This means if you are sailing with in-laws (as we were) they are entitled to the same premium beverage package and unlimited speciality dining that we were. This includes dining in Luminae — the suite only restaurant. This includes all speciality restaurants. Upon arrival(11:30) our group of 4 went to the suite check-in. Check-in took 10 minutes tops for all of us. Then almost immediately, we were escorted by a concierge directly to Michael’s Club. We were then greeted by the suite concierge (12:15). We were advised that our rooms would not be ready until 1:00. We went to Luminae for lunch. After lunch (2:00) we went directly to the rooms. We were greeted by Peter the Butler and Mevin the stateroom attendant. Before arriving on the ship, the shoreside concierge had been in contact to learn all of our preferences... Sugar free Red Bull, Vitamin Water, Coors Lite all in the mini-fridge. Grey Goose and Patron Tequila on the in-room bar set-up. Everything was exactly as we had requested. All of this is provided in the royal suites and higher at no additional cost. The cruise itself, we could care less where the boat goes. The main point of going for us is: food, drink, service, casino, and shows. We did go to most of the shows. A- average rating. Casino. A rating. (Mother-in-law did win slot tournament) Tuscan Grille. A+ rating (expected) GO! Qsine. A+ rating (unexpected) if you had not planned on going, GO! Luminae. A+ rating (expected) Siraz is the best sommier. Dominic is the best waiter. This is the 4th time I’ve been on the Summit. It’s a great ship. Not to big, not to small. It’s probably going to be retired in about 5 years. Spend time with your family on this ship in suite accommodations. You will not be disappointed. Disembarkation day — We went to Luminae (7:30) for breakfast. Dominic took perfect care of us. We then made our way to Michael’s Club for the final time. After having one last coffee, the concierge escorted the four of us off the ship directly to our luggage. (Use Suite luggage tags for both royal suite and concierge room) You then see the long line that is immigration/customs. Ugh, but have no fear. The concierge escorted us to the suite line. (To which we heard someone standing in line say “there go the suites.”) It took us 3 minutes to get through where it takes the regular cabins 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then off to FLL and home. Next cruise booked on Celebrity Edge January 6th, 2019. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Three days at sea. Two days in port. Dock in San Juan and fly home. This was a re-positioning cruise; Celebrity wanted to move the Summit from Cape Liberty, NJ to its home port in Puerto Rico. My wife and I hadn't sailed Celebrity in ... Read More
Three days at sea. Two days in port. Dock in San Juan and fly home. This was a re-positioning cruise; Celebrity wanted to move the Summit from Cape Liberty, NJ to its home port in Puerto Rico. My wife and I hadn't sailed Celebrity in 9-10 years, and I was anxious to see if it was as good as I remember. It did not disappoint. My fondest memory was the food quality, and the Summit was excellent. Entrées and appetizers in the main dining room were flavorful and prepared well. The buffet, known as the Oceanview Cafe, was outstanding. Big variety of choices and cuisines. Hand-tossed pizza. Real ice cream. Yes, I ate wa-a-ay too much. But, honestly, that was part of my plan going in. We also ate in the Tuscan Grille, their specialty restaurant, and it was excellent, too. Life on-board ship for three days couldn't be beat. Plenty to do, and an Activities Manager that was pure entertainment himself. Spent time in the Solarium, a heated, salt water, adults only pool. In the late afternoon, sat on the Sunset Deck enjoying drinks and snacks with the folks we cruised with and folks we met. It's at the rear of the ship, behind the Oceanview Cafe. You may read that the Summit is an older ship, one that is showing its age despite a recent refurbishment. Perhaps that's true. But it had everything we needed and there was almost something charming in its lack of slick new bells and whistles. I'm told it is going to be completely done over, and I'm sure that will be outstanding, too. All in all, a super cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We wanted a cruise with a lot of sea days, at about this time. The ship and crew were wonderful as always. The ship is in good shape. The decor is dated, but not at all worn. The crew is amazing as always. The cabin was great. A ... Read More
We wanted a cruise with a lot of sea days, at about this time. The ship and crew were wonderful as always. The ship is in good shape. The decor is dated, but not at all worn. The crew is amazing as always. The cabin was great. A concierge cabin on deck 6 in the suite area, it had a larger than usual balcony and a great stateroom attendant. I would recommend it. We particularly liked the Tuscan Grill and Sushi on Five restaurant. The ports were changed due to hurricane damage to Antigua and St. Kitts. Both were a little disappointing. I think they would work well in the midst of bigger and more exciting ports, but as the main ports they were lacking. San Juan disembarking and airport transfers were a bit problematic, but that's also due to the hurricane and likely not representative of the future. They did fine. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Embarkation was smooth and early. Staff were terrific and led by Capt Kate who is fantastic.Ship was clean and well-run. Shipboard staff were friendly and helpful. Entertainment was very good - better than we've had on the ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth and early. Staff were terrific and led by Capt Kate who is fantastic.Ship was clean and well-run. Shipboard staff were friendly and helpful. Entertainment was very good - better than we've had on the Reflection and Solstice this year. Dining was good - were seated at a wonderful table of folks and our service was impeccable. Cabin steward was great and very responsive to our wishes. Ports were fine and reasonable choices (changed due to Irma). Zip-lining on St. Kitts is a blast. Celebrity provided complimentary transfers to SJU at the end of the cruise - nice gesture. Disembarking was smooth and they had all the bags out early for pick up that morning. SJU was good - great effort by the airport/airlines staff to accommodate us. Smooth departure from San Juan. Evidence of great destruction and pain and suffering was readily seen on our trip to SJU. They need more help in PR. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I was ready for some down time but a bit concerned about cruising solo. Although I've traveled to various places around the globe on my own, being on a ship full of people who are traveling together felt somewhat daunting. Add to ... Read More
I was ready for some down time but a bit concerned about cruising solo. Although I've traveled to various places around the globe on my own, being on a ship full of people who are traveling together felt somewhat daunting. Add to that a not very happy experience on another cruise line two decades ago and I was a bit concerned about whether I'd just go bonkers on a cruise, but had been thinking about it for a long time so I booked a 6-nighter. It was about as close to perfect as a trip could get. Embarkation was a breeze and I was in Michael's club within 15 minutes of my Lyft driver dropping me off. The room, a basic sky suite, was fabulous for one person, and would be fine for travelling with a friend. Everyone from the butler and steward to the concierge to the entire staff of Luminae, did all they could to make this an amazingly rejuvenating trip. As is noted in many other posts on here, the Summit's current captain, Kate, is a gracious host--and obviously gifted leader/manager. I promise I'm not all that easy to please--see another of my reviews for proof--this crew is outstanding. I can't say anything about the two ports of call because I stayed on board and enjoyed the ship from watching NYC as we floated by to walking off in San Juan. The gym was beautiful and the spa terrific. I had 2 Canyon Ranch and 2 Deep Tissue massages, each for 80 minutes, and enjoyed all four. Most of the dealers in the casino were fun and engaging. There were a couple who were a bit more distant, but different folks prefer loosing money to different sorts of personalities. The only room for improvement I found was in the men's locker-room in the spa/gym area. Mold, broken hair dryer and other not quite working pieces suggested that a fix-up is in order. Beyond that, I loved it, and can't wait to be back on board in late January. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
A re position cruise to NJ that was an excellent choice and very convenient for the departure port and arrival home. Good itinerary. service, food choices btw restaurants and buffet. The downsizing of Summit was a big contrast to the mega ... Read More
A re position cruise to NJ that was an excellent choice and very convenient for the departure port and arrival home. Good itinerary. service, food choices btw restaurants and buffet. The downsizing of Summit was a big contrast to the mega ships that we had been on previously and was a welcome change. A very relaxed atmosphere and calm was on the ship without the in your face pushiness we had on the prior cruises with NCL and RCI. The service was excellent with an almost 2 to 1 ratio of staff to passengers. The Veranda cabin has an excellent use of space with a lot of storage provided. Meal choices btw buffet and restaurants gave enough variety though the week. Overall despite the girl's age she shined. I would highly recommend this ship if you need down time and a relaxing vacation instead of the hustle found on the bigger ships. The only con that I can think of is that its not geared for young families with children so you may want to go elsewhere the get your monies worth. The average age was btw 40 - 60 with very few others on either side. Great ship and Capt Kate and crew were on their game all week. Highly recommend this ship and various itineraries she is deployed on btw the Caribbean and Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first-ever cruise. We were very happy - and relaxed - the whole time. We did not do any ship-sponsored excursions, preferring instead to go ashore. I didn't like the ports right by the ships, where it is obvious they are ... Read More
This was our first-ever cruise. We were very happy - and relaxed - the whole time. We did not do any ship-sponsored excursions, preferring instead to go ashore. I didn't like the ports right by the ships, where it is obvious they are trying to wring money from the onslaught of us tourists, but I cannot complain about that if I choose to go there on a cruise ship. If I never see a Diamonds International store again that would be great. I do blame ourselves for not trying harder to go further. Next time, we will stay FAR AWAY from that stuff. We just didn't really do a good job our first time visiting those ports. That said, we thought our cabin was very comfortable, plenty of storage for two people, very nice furnishings, the shower was great, toilet flushed everything in sight, never a smelly moment as we feared. We loved our balcony too. Just no complaints with our stateroom, would use that very one again. We also were amazed that we never heard any of the folks around us. We had a nice quiet room. We LOVED the Ocean Cafe. Amazing. You could lock up on choices - so many!!!! Always something delicious - maybe the last day the lunchtime lines were discouraging, but what are you gonna do - they made a massive variety of cakes as chefs special and EVERYBODY came to get a slice!!! I do wonder if some lines offer lap swimming somehow. I do like to swim and I did use the very nice fitness center but I was surprised that lap swimming, or pool swimming period, was not an option. The two small saltwater pools were meant for floating about with the rest of the guests. Disappointing for me. The main dining room was a terrific deal and we loved our no-reservations option (so did 75% of the ship.) We did see some slight stress going on with the wait staff and hostesses, it was not the easy-peasy relaxed approach one finds at, say, Olive Garden. I know the main dining room is not a quick service chain, but I was surprised to see the stress. I learned people work very long hours for months at a time so I am not surprised that a smile was sometimes gritted teeth. In fact, I need to learn more because their grueling schedule made me a little uncomfortable. I am not Marie Antoinette. (I hope.) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first Celebrity cruise and it included a good itinerary. Embarkation in San Juan took ten minutes and it was nice to get a glass of champagne as we boarded the ship. Meals were good and the Concierge Class lunch in the ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity cruise and it included a good itinerary. Embarkation in San Juan took ten minutes and it was nice to get a glass of champagne as we boarded the ship. Meals were good and the Concierge Class lunch in the dining room was a great way to start the cruise. Dennis and the dining staff provided excellent service throughout the cruise. Our veranda cabin offered plenty of space and was in good condition. The ship was in good shape and well maintained. Wish there had been a couple of other entertainment options at night. Cruise ship karaoke is getting old. Captain Kate was an excellent and witty host who always found time to chat with customers. After some vessel traffic issues ,disembarking at Cape Liberty was quick and easy. It was nice sailing on a smaller ship. It never seemed crowded while at sea or in port even though it was sold out. Hopefully the cruise lines will consider this as they continue to build and introduce bigger ships. We would consider a future cruise on Celebrity Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
we have been on the summit before and enoyed it , this cruise also was a timing for us as we were on a back to back getting off the jewel of the seas, stayed in san jaun for three days then boarded the summit. everything was great on ... Read More
we have been on the summit before and enoyed it , this cruise also was a timing for us as we were on a back to back getting off the jewel of the seas, stayed in san jaun for three days then boarded the summit. everything was great on board, however for the first time i have to say the food on the jewel was better than the food on the summit, staff on board were all freindly and polite. staying in bermuda for 2 days was an added bonus.our cabin was great, we had a balcony guarantee and once on board found that they had given us a sweet 16 balcony cabin. room roughly the same as a premium balcony however the balcony was 2 times the size. we had a added surprise when the comedian scheduled was delayed and the cruise line brought in the 4 tenors who were fantastic. did a 1 hour show and then on the last day at sea did an afternoon matinae. very pleased with the summit and especially captain kate Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have found Celebrity to be above all the other cruise lines I have taken in food quality, service, and overall pleasant experience with minimal children running wild. Although it is an older ship, the smaller size allows passengers to ... Read More
I have found Celebrity to be above all the other cruise lines I have taken in food quality, service, and overall pleasant experience with minimal children running wild. Although it is an older ship, the smaller size allows passengers to enjoy all the amenities without having to be the first in line , as can happen with the bigger ships. The pasta station on the Summit is one of the best options a passenger can have. It is all cooked in front of you with whatever your choice of ingredients and is hot and plentiful.I tip my hat to the chefs at the pasta station. Overall I have found the room attendants to be prompt and efficient, however our room attendant on the last cruise was basically no where to be found and on most days our room wasn't made up until 11 am or later.Overall I like Celebrity Cruises, Love the Summit and her Captain Kate, who actually is down to earth and has a personality, and all of the wonderful staff from the top to the bottom.To run a cruise ship properly it has to be from all staff levels from the maintenance people all the way to the top. I believe Captain Kate McCue has got the situation well in hand. Kudos to her and her ship! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first trip on Celebrity but, after doing a Transatlantic last fall, we have learned that we like sea days. This was a trip that provided a new port for us (Bermuda) as well as three sea days and all occurring over only one ... Read More
This was our first trip on Celebrity but, after doing a Transatlantic last fall, we have learned that we like sea days. This was a trip that provided a new port for us (Bermuda) as well as three sea days and all occurring over only one long week. Embarkation: We arrived in San Juan on an early morning flight. We went straight to the ship via taxi. We probably arrived around 10:30 and did have to wait until 11:00 am for them to open the doors. Check in was very easy and we stopped at the liquor store at the port to pick up our 2 bottles of wine. Once on the ship we went to the Concierge lunch. It was very nice. We were hungry after such an early flight. Ship: It has been a while since we have been on a ship this size. There were a few floors where you couldn't walk all the way from the front to the aft but once we figures out the best route to get places, the ship became very comfortable. It was really nice having three sets of staircases/elevators. Cabin: We had an aft balcony cabin. Although allegedly the same relative square footage as the cabin we had on Harmony, the room itself seemed tight. We got used to it but the greatest thing about this cabin is the balcony. It is 2/3rds covered and has a regular height table with 4 chairs and two reclining chairs with footstools. We ended up having many breakfasts and snacks on the balcony. Dining: We had most dinners in the main dining room. Food was great. We did have a meal at Tuscan Grill and I really enjoyed that. The fool and selection in the Ocean View Cafe was very good. The only thing we didn't like were the pre-made scrambled eggs. While they appeared hot (steam coming from the pan), they were always cold. Omelettes were very good. Entertainment: We only went to one show and it was good. There just always seemed to be something else to do rather than go to a show but I wish we had made a couple of others. Service: The crew seemed very happy and all were pleasant but I can't say the service was really great. Although we were at the same table most nights for dinner, I never felt a real connection to either the waiter or assistant waiter. Our room steward did a great job but she seemed like she had too many rooms in her care and that she seemed kind of harried. Excursions: We didn't do any ship excursions. For the first time ever, we took our chances and just booked taxi tours when you walk of the ship. This actually turned out great. We had three great tours, the best and longest being in Bermuda. Disembarkation: The ship arrived an hour late due to no fault of Celebrity or our great Captain Kate. Apparently there was a tanker/cargo ship blocking our entrance. This kind of made for a confusing disembarkation. We had plenty of time before our flight but, due to the delay, many people were trying to get off the ship at the same time. There was a very long line for taxi's/shuttles to the airport. We did arrive in plenty of time but there was some confusion in the lines. We are a couple in our 60's that travel without children. We traveled with another couple. We would absolutely do this cruise again. We have even talked about taking Summit to Bermuda R/T from Bayonne. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
All the buzz was about Captain Kate and it turned out to be mostly true. Our first Female American Captain (and one of the few American Captains at that) set a positive and fun tone for the ship. The Captain attended many public events, ... Read More
All the buzz was about Captain Kate and it turned out to be mostly true. Our first Female American Captain (and one of the few American Captains at that) set a positive and fun tone for the ship. The Captain attended many public events, plus it was so great to understand the Captain when he/she talked!! The Cruise Director was always about and a fun guy! The crew was one of the better seen and the service was good. The ship - while a little on the old side, looked great. The various public rooms were comfortable with many little nooks to get comfortable in. Also - the casino was non-smoking - so moving about the ship was pleasant. In many areas, you would think the ship was new – she looked that good. Dining went from very good to average (we had open seating, so a new table each night). The pool deck spa and gym area both well laid out. We found many things to like on this ship and very few things to not like. We would love to sail the Summit again!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We decided to give Celebrity a try after hearing rave reviews from family and friends. We set sail on April 22, 2017 out of San Juan Puerto Rico. It was one of the easiest ports to sail out of and we would definitely sail out of this port ... Read More
We decided to give Celebrity a try after hearing rave reviews from family and friends. We set sail on April 22, 2017 out of San Juan Puerto Rico. It was one of the easiest ports to sail out of and we would definitely sail out of this port again. This was my 14th cruise and my husband's 11th. Overall, we really enjoyed this cruise. The service was courteous, prompt and professional. The ship was clean and well appointed despite her age. We booked an Aqua Class Verandah cabin. I liked using the Persian Garden and spa more than my husband did. It was relaxing and the staff was wonderful. With this booking we were able to eat breakfast and dinner in Blu. While the service was excellent, the meals were not. I found the food to be mostly tasteless of low quality and uninspiring. Since it was the two of us, we sat at a table for 2. Many would like this and normally we would BUT these tables are about 4 inches away from each other. It was awkward when trying to have a conversation and not have the table next to you hear every word. I really didn't enjoy this part and we ate at other venues for an extra cost just to not be there. We enjoyed meals at the buffet in Oceanview Café. We really liked how it was set up with a variety of choices every time you turned the corner. It is a nice break from other lines that just seem to corral people in food stampedes. There were usually places to sit without having to fight the crowd. QSine and Tuscan Grill were outstanding. We liked QSine so well we ate there twice. Such a fun and interesting concept! We had a lot of fun here and loved the food and service. Thank you Leonardo, our fabulous waiter both times. Tuscan Grill was outstand! Some of the best food I have ever had on a cruise! We aren't into shows and didn't attend any except for the comedian. He was pretty good. We also watched the pianist in café Al Bacio a few times. He was good! Captain Kate is a delight and we enjoyed her daily announcements! We liked doing the behind the scenes ship tour and highly recommend this to anyone. The tour ended right around the corner from our cabin which was a bonus. It was our first time in Bermuda and we LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it there. Cannot wait to go back again someday. We would sail with Celebrity again but would probably do so with a group of friends. Thank you for making our first time with Celebrity a good one! Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have previously done this repo cruise but wanted to do it again. We flew on a direct flight from Newark to San Juan the day of sailing. We arrived in San Juan just before noon and headed directly to the ship. My wife has mobility issues ... Read More
We have previously done this repo cruise but wanted to do it again. We flew on a direct flight from Newark to San Juan the day of sailing. We arrived in San Juan just before noon and headed directly to the ship. My wife has mobility issues and a crew member gave her wheelchair assistance upon arrival at the terminal. Check in was quick and before boarding the ship, we stopped at the liquor store in the terminal to pick up two bottles of bubbly. Upon embarkation, the crew member brought us directly to our room which was ready to receive us. We next went to the Oceanview cafe for lunch and sat outside at the Sunset Bar. For your information, there is no longer any smoking allowed at the Sunset Bar which is great! Our first and second stops where St Thomas and Sint Maarten. Having suffered through a long winter and with Johanne still recuperating from a hip replacement it was great soaking in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Johanne in the first days of the cruise managed to get two spa treatments, a pedicure and a head, neck and foot massage with a hot oil drip on the top of her head. She loved both treatments. We continued on with two sea days until arrival in Bermuda. Of course at this time of the year we where not going to the beach because the water is still to cold for our liking. We decided to visit the aquarium on our own and enjoyed the visit. This was followed by a little shopping in Hamilton and a pint of beer at one of the pubs. After having spent the night in Bermuda, we shoved off in late afternoon with another sea day before arriving in Bayonne. The Captain allowed Captain's Club members with Elite status and plus to watch the departure from Bermuda on the forward helicoptor pad, which was nice. We met with the master of the ship, Captain Kate McCue. Such a warm and engaging lady. She is the first female captain we have ever had in our cruising experience. I'm convinced that her qualities in human relations reflect on the moral of the crew bringing it to be friendly and efficient. We enjoyed most of our meals, especially the quiet breakfats we had in the Tuscan Grill for Captain's Club Elite and plus guests. We also had the benefit of a daily happy hour which was a nice opportunity to meet and discuss with new friends. I also loved the fact that I could get some free laundry and dry cleaning. Loyalty does have it's advantages. Our Captain's Club hostess, Olga, was very engaging and helpful. It was a lovely and relaxing cruise with pleasant weather. The production shows where among the best I have seen, such a great crew. All in all, a wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The Summit repositioning cruise we've experienced for the past 3 years. The only complaint is the seriously out dated casino and delay for disembarkation due to a cargo ship still at our arrival port location. This was not Celebrities ... Read More
The Summit repositioning cruise we've experienced for the past 3 years. The only complaint is the seriously out dated casino and delay for disembarkation due to a cargo ship still at our arrival port location. This was not Celebrities fault but obviously the Bayonne port directors. Another suggestion is when there's a public address announcement, they really need to curtail (mute) the volume on the televisions until the announcement is complete. regarding the below ratings, There should be a "Not Applicable" selection as well. This was also the 3rd year in a row that the "Double Decker" bus excursion in St. Maarten was cancelled. Consideration may be best to just alleviate it completely (as it's unreliable). All in all, we hope to take the Summit again on next years repositioning from San Juan to Bayonne. Really though, The Summit needs to change out the ancient slot machines in the casino and possibly think about swapping the ships stores on deck 5 and move the casino up there where there's more space for a larger casino. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I did my first B2B cruise and loved that experience and highly recommend it. We sailed out of Bayonne on 10/16 and Puerto Rico on 10/22. Embarkation in Bayonne was excellent, embarkation for us as B2B at Puerto Rico was problematic but ... Read More
I did my first B2B cruise and loved that experience and highly recommend it. We sailed out of Bayonne on 10/16 and Puerto Rico on 10/22. Embarkation in Bayonne was excellent, embarkation for us as B2B at Puerto Rico was problematic but was rectified quickly once the right person was aware. This was cruise number 2 and 3 for me with Celebrity. I selected Celebrity for many reasons including, reputation, demographics, economics and ports of call. My overall experience was excellent. i Positives- Passengers, muted music and food The passengers are consistently the best that I have encounter on any cruise line. If you have an opportunity to participate in muted music or silent disco DO IT, it sounds stupid --- it is a blast!!!!!! Food. I try new things on a cruise, if i didn't like what I selected, I would ask for something else and was always pleased. Desserts were disappointing. Negatives - Pool area, select dining, drinks and "May I see your sea pass card" at dinner Pool side Ongoing issue with all lines seems to be an understaffed pool area. At the bar, the waiter service and the pool butlers for clean up and patrolling of the saved deck chairs that are unused for prolonged periods of time. This is something the industry really needs to address. Bar service pushes the drink packages and upgrades very heavily on day one. However, they are not able to accommodate the demands of those who invested in the package upfront. I recall the days of servers coming by constantly to get me to "purchase" a drink, those days are long gone. I speculate the drink packages have impacted the way that the bar service earns money. Select dining I have to go with the select dining because I don't like the 2 set times of traditional dining. We typically eat at the same time each night. Our table size varied because of the great people we met and wanted to dine with . When we had the same servers it is EXCELLENT, when we were moved to a different area, the experience was down right AWFUL. Drinks They did not have the wines were listed on the menu - not even on the first night They ran out of wines and some of the high end drinks mid cruise yet did not get them replenished at ports of call "May I see your sea pass card" at dinner With technology the way it is, there has to be a better way to account for drinks at dinner. I understand the need to show my sea pass card however, I find it utterly ridiculous and annoying to have to show it to the wine guy, the bar guy and the coffee guy at dinner. One would think they could figure out how to account for the bills and inventory with one swipe of the card at dinner or even collect them when we sit and return them once done. Another area the industry needs address. My best advice for others reading reviews is to first know what it is the YOU want in your cruise experience and select carefully. The ship is not new. It is VERY well maintained and the staff is friendly. What I like best about Celebrity is the demographics (fellow passengers). It is the one thing I emphasized when speaking to fellow passengers who were disappointed in some minor aspects of the cruise who expressed concern about future cruises with Celebrity. If you are looking for perfection in every area, Celebrity is not the cruise line for you. It is great and I will cruise with them again with expectations of very minor issues that will be resolved quickly and easily once identified. Read Less
Sail Date October 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 3.7
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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