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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan

7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan

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  • Day 1
    San Juan
  • Day 2
    St. Kitts (Port Zante)
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Aruba
  • Day 5
    Curacao
  • Day 6
    Bonaire
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Juan

Celebrity Summit

Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

Cons

Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

Bottom Line

The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.


Cruise Reviews

I chose Celebrity because I had taken the Millenium in Alaska 4 years ago and the experiences was over the top. I love cruising, as it's the only vacation where Mom doesn't have to lift a finger! I invited 3 of my gal relatives ... Read More
I chose Celebrity because I had taken the Millenium in Alaska 4 years ago and the experiences was over the top. I love cruising, as it's the only vacation where Mom doesn't have to lift a finger! I invited 3 of my gal relatives (and one who had never cruised before.) I guess the build up in my mind raised my expectations too high. I SO wanted my three sisters/cousins to become as enthused about cruising as I am! (Selfishly.) The new refurbish on Summit is terrific. Decor restful and tasteful (not garish Las Vegas!) We had a Veranda room and our beds were divine and we slept very well. The bathroom was super clean and outfitted with the latest bath decor. We took coffee on the veranda each morning and G&Ts each night! A small thing, but our favorite part of the day. I won't ever cruise without a veranda. We did a SPA package which allowed us to eat at Blu, which we loved and did about half the time. It also lets you use all the spa amenities, which was really nice. Only annoyance was that not one of our special spa products had a pump that worked. We had to unscrew the lids and dump out the soap, lotion, etc. Given that the Spa package is kind of a 'thing' this was odd. Odder still was that our Steward never did replace the products with pump bottles that worked even though it was obvious (because we left all the pumps sitting out.) Our Steward was wonderful but unobtrusive. We didn't do a lot of chatting with him but when we asked for something (like extra ice) we received it promptly and then each day thereafter. The only hiccup was we ordered room service hors d'oeurvres one night and they never arrived. All of the ship staff was wonderful, helpful and personable. From the cleaners to the stewards, servers and offices, not one person failed to greet me when we passed. We tipped our steward extra. The food on the ship was good, but not outstanding, and not up to what I had on the Millennium. Can't quite figure this out. Are there different 'levels' even inside Celebrity?And it was not as good as what I had on a Med cruise on the Royal Princess. We ate at Qsine one night, and again the menu and the food did not 'Wow' us. The dinner visual experience was quite cute and fun. Great also if you have children. The menu selections, creativity, and the quality were just not there. This was a disappointment, especially since I had talked up the culinary experience. If you are gluten free, however, you do have LOTS of options, so don't fret if you have special dietary needs- the folks are very accommodating. You can even pre-order in the dining room the night before to make sure your needs are met. The shows were entertaining and I liked each one very much. Just know, NOT the same caliber as on the larger ship which have more room, more budget, etc. On our trip leaving Feb 8, 2020, the sea was rough due to wind when we sailed at night. This was the first time in 5 cruises I had experienced this. I don't get seasick, but two of my companions do, so they were on Dramamine much of the time. Summit is a smaller older boat, so perhaps the stabilizer technology is better now on the bigger newer ships. If you get seasick, pick a larger newer ship. My opinion on the Caribbean in general - it's a beach and water vacation. And the beaches and water are truly gob-smacking.If you don't like those two things, there is really NOT much to see on each island. These are not destination stops. The excursions offered by Celebrity are limited - either a bus 'panoramic' tour, or boat excursions. If you opt for a snorkeling tour, the actual time snorkeling is very limited. And the top thing Celebrity urges you to do is shop. Mostly in jewelry stores! (Note, if you buy jewelry, be sure to try and research the piece you are buying via the internet before you purchase. The stores appear to mark the item up x2, and then advertise a 'sale' of 50% off (and push the duty free, tax free thing.) I found the exact same jewelry at the same price on the internet sold here in the states. Buy to have a memento, but don't assume you're getting a great 'deal.' I love snorkeling, so that's what I opted for in each port. However, I researched and opted for tours on Trip Advisor, and Viatour and ended up getting much longer snorkeling with multiple stops and locations.. Don't hesitate to use these sites; our three water tours were wonderful and our tour guides and zippy boat rides were the best part! Just know that the area's reefs have been hard hit between hurricane damage and warming waters. They are bleached and widely dead. Yes, we still saw pretty fish, coral, turtles, stingrays etc. But brilliant underwater colors are not evident and not what I remember from snorkeling in the Caymans 20 years ago. Other travelers are correct - once you get outside the port, the poverty is evident. Once must remember that what passes for middle class on some islands looks a bit tattered to us. That said, this is true when I travel almost anywhere in the world. America is truly the land of plenty. I tried to tip very well, as most operators rely on tips to make their earning, as the parent firm they work for takes a big swath of the fee you paid for the tour. In all, for me, my next cruise will be on a newer bigger boat that I assume receives the most lavish attention from Celebrity. I am trying to be a 'loyal' cruiser which means extra perks every time you cruise. On this trip I received $300 onboard credits, and then when we arrived, surprise..75 more! I shared these with my friends. On Celebrity, these can be used for just about anything - store purchases onboard, your drink package, specialty dining, your gratuities, massages or other special activities. AND, if you don't use them all, they are credited back to your credit card as cash!! So the cruise lines really reward loyalty, which, along with great offers on rooms, creates the best travel value around. So, did my three travelling companions swear to cruise again? Yes/maybe with a lot of caveats. Not because of anything that went wrong, per se, but because of personal preferences. One cousin really doesn't like crowds, and one sister gets seasick and another sister might prefer better ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were a group of six adults who had a marvelous time on Celebrity Summit sailing out of San Juan for a 7-day Southern Caribbean sailing that was for us a holiday celebration and wonderful gathering as family and friends. We selected ... Read More
We were a group of six adults who had a marvelous time on Celebrity Summit sailing out of San Juan for a 7-day Southern Caribbean sailing that was for us a holiday celebration and wonderful gathering as family and friends. We selected this sailing for the following reasons: 1. nice itinerary that was a blend of familiar (St Thomas/Water Island, Antigua, San Juan) and new locations (St. Kitts, St. Lucia, & Barbados) to visit and enjoy 2. were aware at the time of our booking that Celebrity Summit was to go into dry dock for renovations--which are quite striking; including the cabin spaces 3. discovered this was one of the best values available to us in terms of the base price of the cruise along with extras (credit, tips, and wifi) being provided by Celebrity Our favorite areas on the ship: 1. our cabin--elegant in its redesign and quite spacious for an "economy" level (oceanview) cabin 2. main dining area/Cosmopolitan (decks 4&5)--highly recommend for breakfast (fresh made to order breakfast and kind and attentive service); dinner was always a treat with gracious service and fine sampling of food items (including vegetarian and vegan options) 3. terrace buffet on deck 10--one of the finest buffets that we've encountered; fine selection of a variety of ethnic foods and dietary needs/preferences; was particularly fond of their Indian food, salads, and fresh fish (in particular Rock Fish) that was brought on board while docked in Barbados; certainly could get crowded as might be expected for breakfast which was a reason that we ended up enjoying the main dining area for breakfast 4. sunset bar on deck 10 (attached to the terrace buffet area)--lovely spot for your meal or a drink; particularly during sail aways; in the evenings occasional live music which was a treat; only downside is that it's not a larger space 5. Retreat area on deck 11--wonderful outdoor lounging area--great quiet space on the ship, movies were shown here, and another lovely spot to enjoy sail aways (though more exposed and more wind than the sunset bar on deck 10) 6. Rendezvous Lounge on Deck 4--open, comfortable--our favorite place to have a drink before dinner; fine entertainment as well 7. Tuscan Grille--Deck 3-specialty restaurant/added charge but quite worth the added cost given the quality and quantity of food as well as service--manager, table service, and sommelier Misc. 1. theater on decks 4/5 forward very comfortable, fine site lines; and very good entertainment 2. felt house band and other musical performers in the different public spaces/lounge areas some of the finest we've encountered 3. Sky Lounge on deck 11 a great location to take in the arrival to a port; a number of fun enrichment and entertainment activities were hosted here; though we wished there had been more dancing 4. Spa by Canyon Ranch--two in our group used and enjoyed; expansive fitness area is attached 5. Spa Pool area and cafe was quite pleasant including loungers and seating areas 6. Main pool area quite nice though as might be expected on a Caribbean sailing was quickly quite crowded 7. Smoking is permitted on certain port outside areas which is unfortunate--believe smoking should be banned in all areas of the ship 8. Deck 5 shopping area quite lovely, light, and open and attached to coffee cafe 9. embarkation/disembarkation--whether at the beginning and ending of our vacation or each day that we were in port was some of the smoothest that we've encountered Some Comments on the ports we visited: 1. San Juan--Celebrity is docked at the Pan-American Pier--a scenic setting near to sheltered marina and in view but not within walking distance of Old San Juan; taxis are very plentiful for your return to the airport and we discovered much more affordable for our return to the airport than Uber (the opposite was true when going from the airport to the ship where Uber was more affordable) 2. St. Thomas--we were docked near to the Crown Bay Marina which was ideal for our plans as we walked to the Marina for the Water taxi to Water Island and then walked to Honeymoon Beach--lovely calm waters; can have periods of crowding as various catamaran and other boat tours may stop for a visit 3. St. Kitts--one of our favorite locations to visit; we used a private car hire and visiting Christophe Harbor Marina & shops & the Pavilion Beach Club for lunch followed by a swim at the adjacent beach--both of which were marvelous 4. Antigua--here too used a private car hire for lunch at Sheer Rocks Restaurant and time at an adjacent beach--both so relaxing 5. St. Lucia--had a private boat taxi to and from Sugar Beach (nestled in between the Pitons) where we spent our entire day--a great treat 6. Barbados--another beach and lunch day; in this case on Barbados' western coast--beautiful setting but not as spectacular as the other islands; be aware that the port was the largest of the ones that we visited and takes awhile to get to and from the ship -did end our sailing with a day at sea which was quite relaxing Do highly recommend the Celebrity Summit and this sailing! Bon Voyage!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was my families first cruise and it was unbelievable in every way. The food, the service, the staff who made every day memorable, the ports...I can't say enough. Food: We enjoyed the Oceanview Cafe for breakfast and ... Read More
This was my families first cruise and it was unbelievable in every way. The food, the service, the staff who made every day memorable, the ports...I can't say enough. Food: We enjoyed the Oceanview Cafe for breakfast and lunch each day. The food was 10+! There was everything you could want and more. It was beautifully displayed and there was always more then enough to feed all the guests. We had a standing reservation at 6PM in the MDR with Reagen, Bozidar and Dragan. They definitely made our dinner experience top notch. The food was always displayed beautifully and you felt like you were at a 5 star restaurant with a different menu each night. I would go back in heart beat just to visit those three guys again! Ports: We did beach days in St. Thomas, St. Kitts and Antigua! All beautiful spots to visit and the transportation using taxi services was super easy. Although we were told in Antigua that we would be picked up at a specific time and the driver never came. There was another one that came around a short while later, so it wasn't a huge deal. We did ziplining at the Pitons in St. Lucia through the ships excursion which was an amazing experience! It was very organized! In Barbados we swam with the turtles which was also booked through the cruise. Again, it was another great day! Room: We had an oceanview stateroom for myself, my husband and 14 year old daughter. It never felt cramped and was always beautifully tidied and cleaned by our steward Conford! He was so discrete, but left our room to a very high standard. All in all, I would hightly recommend this cruise if you are looking to relax, eat amazing food and see beautiful islands! It met every one of our expectations and beyond! Thank you for a memorable vacation Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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