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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
    Tortola
  • Day 3
    St. Maarten
  • Day 4
    Dominica
  • Day 5
    Barbados
  • Day 6
    Grenada
  • 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

This is a mixed review. First before I got some facts about our sailing some general comments. We are Elite Celebrity cruisers and chose this sailing and ship as it was last minute and our options were limited. Sailing out of Puerto ... Read More
This is a mixed review. First before I got some facts about our sailing some general comments. We are Elite Celebrity cruisers and chose this sailing and ship as it was last minute and our options were limited. Sailing out of Puerto Rico was wonderful for us (or so we thought) as we spent two lovely days wandering Old San Juan and going to the Bacardi facility for a tour. Boarding the ship everyone's temperature was taken. Check in was immediate as since last year, no lines just scanning of your express pass and your cabins have your sea passes waiting. As our last cruise was on the Reflection, we found ourselves comparing the Summit to our overall experience on the Reflection. Cabin In an AQ midship on Deck 9. There was a huge overhang on right above us which shielded our balcony from the sun which was fine. Was quiet. The colour palette in their refurbished ship was lovely but the cabins had some awkward elements. HATED the chair that replaced the mini sofa as it was way to squishy for two. HATED the obvious last minute small table for this stupid chair as the cabin was not conducive to having breakfast room service. At least they could have had a larger table on the balcony to make up for that. The placement of phone chargers etc could have been better thought out too. BLU and other dining Outstanding management and staff! While the food was delicious, some things seemed to be repeated and the lack of fresh veggies sides continues to be annoying. We chose to eat breakfast at the buffet a few times although Blu's ambiance is so much better. We even asked for the MDR menu a few times for dinner. We ended up doing the seafood lunch at QSine after our ship ended up with two more days (more later). It was a lot of money and too much food but a ice change. It is time Celebrity rethinks its buffet from both a public hygiene and variety point of view. Learn from HAL where no one touches anything and everything is served. As far as variety, we found the salad bar lacking, the cold cuts poor quality, while the fresh bread area outstanding. Hot options could be healthier. While I love Indian food I don't get why it is available every day for lunch and dinner? I would have loved to see wings, ribs, bbq chicken! Aqua Spa was out go for snacks and smoothies. Entertainment and Activities Our sailing clearly had a younger crowd so even for us in our early 60s why Celebrity keeps on using their very talented singers and dancers in some often old school productions is beyond me. Once again HAL (only once but memorable) offers a better range and quality of entertainment. STAFF Captain was amazing and so were all the staff and crew. FINAL COMMENTS Our ship was the last sailing of the Summit before ships had to stop sailing. I believe the crew currently is at sea. We were turned away in San Juan on the day of our intended disembarkation We were told that we were approved by both the CDC and coast guard but after a few hours of negotiation, the government turned us down and we headed to Fort Lauderdale which had preapproved us. This gave us an extra two days at sea, 50% refund and 50% future cruise credit, open bar and free wifi. Great I suppose but.... what angers me about all this is we found out the following after we disembarked 1) the sailing before had someone tested with the virus and now I am reading that our sailing had it did too. Yet not a mention of this by anyone and all passengers continued partying and not confined to their cabins 2) no one was honest with us about the true story and passengers never had our temperatures taken getting off and on the ship at each port or at the end of the cruise. I sent two emails to Celebrity with no response, Not sure how I feel about cruising in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We choose this cruise because our December Cruise to the Far east was cancelled because of illness. We need to get some Vitamin D after another winter in Chicago, but it was mild winter as far as temps and snow. Since we had to send ... Read More
We choose this cruise because our December Cruise to the Far east was cancelled because of illness. We need to get some Vitamin D after another winter in Chicago, but it was mild winter as far as temps and snow. Since we had to send our pictures and credit card information weeks before the cruise for pre-boarding documents in made embarking quite painless. We had 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM boarding slot. When we got to the pier there were two couples in front of us with luggage. The porter took the luggage, we proceeded through security quickly. I thought we would have to stand in line for our ship passes, etc. I asked a crew member were our Sea Passes were, and she indicated they were at our stateroom. From the time were left our hotel which was only 1.5 half away to our stateroom was like 30 minutes. Great job Celebrity on streamlining the boarding process. We had sailed on the Summit in 2008 and like the small size. The ship was recently refurbished in 2019. The veranda cabin was on the 6th deck, halfway between the mid ship elevators and the front elevators. The seas were calm through out the entire trip, so there was not a lot of movement. One night on the transit between Dominica and Barbados out in the Atlantic, there was some creaking noises, which seem to be coming from the veranda doors, probably just the flexing of the metal. It was gone for the remaining nights of the cruise. The cabin was nicely done, but seem a bit small on the width of the cabin, maybe a foot between the edge of the bed and the wall. We opted for early dining with a table for eight. The first night we were the only ones at the table. The second night two other couples showed up. They were late boarders the night before because of flight issues. So there was six of us for the rest of the cruise and they were great table mates, Sandy and Mark from the Philly area and Tom and Linda from Minnesota. There were 5 new entrees every night, plus the 3 standard entrees of Salmon, Chicken and a strip steak. The meals were well presented and the right portions. They were very tasty and different. We only opted for the standard fare one night. The entertainment and activities were the standard stuff. The performances were well done and entertaining. More than enough activities throughout the day, which filled the daily calendar. There were also enough music options throughout the evening in the different bars and lounges. The groups and individuals did an excellent job were different music genres. The dining room service was excellent. The waiter Moe, his assistant Min and the sommelier Vlad were very attentive and well prepared to do their jobs. It was nice to order a bottle of wine and save the unfinished portion for another night. The buffet was the usual items for breakfast and lunch. They had 3 omelet stations set up for eggs to order or omelets, a very efficient operation. The pizza, so, so, Royal Caribbean has better. A lot of different ethic option to choose from for lunch, if you wanted to try something different. The day they had Tacos, the ground beef was to runny to make a good taco, but it was tasty. We disembarked the ship at every port and we been to may of these several times. We took a catamaran sailing and snorkling trip in St. Maarten from the ship. The crew on the cat were very good and kept us entertained. We did a coast to coast tour in Barbados, which was okay. Spent a little to much time at some of the stops. The Bajan accent was hard to understand at times. One of the guests asked the tour guide to slow it down a bit and it came out with a more of a British accent, slow and understandable. On Dominica we were just going to do a walkabout and get some souvenirs. But like any port there are always some pesky folks trying to sell you a tour. But we ran into a personable fellow and convinced us to join him for an island tour for 20 bucks apiece. He wanted a least ten people for his open air but covered wagon. So he had to convince some other people from the ship to join him. We had six people already and we helped convince other people to join us. My wife kept saying it,s cheaper then the ship tour for the same thing. So off we went and trip turned out to be delightful. Gerald took his time explain a lot of the floral and fauna of the island. He made several stops to show us the different flowers and fruits of the island. The passengers on the ship were mostly older. Very few kids or teenagers on board for this time of year. Luckily we had no health issues on the ship that we knew about. If there was it would have been rumored around the ship in no time at all. I don,t think the ship was full as when we left the dining room, a lot of the tables for the second seating were not set at all. After doing one of Royal Caribbeans MEGA ships in 2018 , they are to busy, but they don,t seem crowded. In the future my wife and I will try for passenger capacity of less than 2500/3000. There might not be that many ships ion the future with a smaller passenger load. So after this Covid19 scare is done, we will be looking for another cruise. The prices will come down a little and the perks should go up. The cruise lines will have to get people back on their ships. Happy sailing to you future cruisers Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We really enjoy sailing out of San Juan and no ship is better to do that on than the Celebrity Summit. This was our 3rd voyage on her in the past 6 years. We like the small to medium size of the ship and the new refurbished look is a ... Read More
We really enjoy sailing out of San Juan and no ship is better to do that on than the Celebrity Summit. This was our 3rd voyage on her in the past 6 years. We like the small to medium size of the ship and the new refurbished look is a plus. We were very lucky to have great weather throughout the week. The islands affected by the last hurricanes seem to be coming back to life which is great for the people who live there. San Juan itself, appears to be better than before especially by the Pan Am pier hotel area. We really enjoyed the food aboard the Summit. The new layout in the buffet seems to make it easier to find what you are looking for. The single seats along the window were where my wife and I chose to sit most mornings. At first I thought it looked like they took away seating but it actually freed up tables by leaving them for parties of mostly 4 people. This cruise was very port intensive which was nice. The last day was our only sea day. Chair hogging is still alive and well but we only had the one sea day and we were able to find some loungers around 9am. We didn't dine at any of the specialty restaurants or upgrade our drink packages this time. To be honest, we usually could get discounts once onboard but not this cruise. Every representative we asked would not budge and I was too proud to lose at the game, lol. We normally book our cabins midship on deck 8. This time we booked deck 7 by the forward elevators. The cabin was quiet and we didn't really feel any extra movement. The worst part for me was the long walk to the main activities which all seem to be near the back of the ship. We did get our exercise though. We really ended up having a fun time onboard. The Silent Disco was as fun as always, but it was too popular in that people were not able to get a set of head phones unless they arrived early. It has become the in thing to do. The staff all seemed very friendly. You were constantly being greeted by everyone who worked there, which was nice. All in all, this was another great cruise. I only hope future cruises do not get affected by the Corona Virus epidemic that has people nervous about cruising. Celebrity is being very understanding which is another reason we love to sail with them. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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