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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan

7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan

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Itinerary

  • 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

4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
The Celebrity Summit has just come out of dry dock and has had a terrific makeover. Folk say that she is now similar in some ways to the Edge, on which we have not yet sailed. The ship is handsome, the decor very soothing with a calm, ... Read More
The Celebrity Summit has just come out of dry dock and has had a terrific makeover. Folk say that she is now similar in some ways to the Edge, on which we have not yet sailed. The ship is handsome, the decor very soothing with a calm, serene, sophisticated aura. The cabins, in particular, are nicely done in beige tones. Lots of storage space. Sadly, no coffee table so room service is a challenge! The bathrooms are sleek but tight and their compactness could be an issue for some passengers. We weren't overly happy with the new configuration of the Oceanview Cafe. There seems to be more seating so finding a seat is not usually a problem but it always felt a little chaotic as passengers tried to navigate the various stations. There are a number of attractive bars, none of them ever overcrowded. Unfortunately, there seems to be no game or card room and, sad to note, no library to speak of (there is a miserable book nook in one of the lounges with about thirty books in a number of languages that is really unsatisfactory); this seems to totally ignore the likes and wishes of many of the passengers. Folk are now spread out on the ship playing board games and cards, occupying necessary space, for example, in the Oceanview Cafe. There is one small lounge next to Sushi on Five which was never, ever occupied which would have made a nice place for a library or cards. This entertainment aspect was not well thought out but seems to be a trend, assuming everyone is now content to be on their electronic devices. The on board entertainment on Celebrity continues to disappoint, never rising above the mediocre. However, on this sailing, praise to Anne Steele and Ric Steel (not related; they performed on separate evenings) two exceptional entertainers - above par! Our major disappointment was the cuisine in the Cosmopolitan Restaurant. Dining is usually a big plus on Celebrity but not on this occasion. Curiously, the food was just acceptable on the first five or six nights, never better than okay. Suddenly on, perhaps, day six the food improved significantly and was up to the expected Celebrity standards. It seemed quite peculiar and we couldn't find any logical reason for that; it was unfortunate that the first nights were really underwhelming. As always, the dining room staff was delightful. We must single out Branco, our Sommelier - he's just great! And the matre'd, Vitaly, does a commendable job. Our cabin attendant was excellent and we never wanted for anything. Embarking and disembarking at Cape Liberty was smooth and super easy. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Celebrity Cruise line has dropped from a premier cruise line to just average. The food is so poor that I thought I was eating cafeteria food. The cruise line wants you to eat at the specialty dining, I refuse to go this route, So I will ... Read More
Celebrity Cruise line has dropped from a premier cruise line to just average. The food is so poor that I thought I was eating cafeteria food. The cruise line wants you to eat at the specialty dining, I refuse to go this route, So I will refuse to sail Celebrity. I have sailed on the Summit several times, with the refurbishment they made it a terrible ship. The main dining room is so cramped you are almost sitting on the lap of the person next to you. They eliminated the library. To see a movie have to go outside in an uncomfortable seat to view a movie that was released years ago in the cold, heat or rain. Unacceptable!! To make mattes worst they were not current and most were rated R. You could not even watch the movie that was being shown on the 12th deck in your stateroom. The cruise did not have the final Game of the Stanley Cup or the NBA's play off games, to be viewed by the passengers. Did you know all passengers on the Summit could see these games being shown on the big screen from the Norwegian Escape as we were docked in Bermuda. I was not the only passenger outraged that I could not watch the games, you should of heard the passengers talking among themselves. Celebrity could not even pay for the cable feed of NBC and ABC to see the games. CEO's bad judgement not to show major sporting events, Stateroom TV choice was very limited to several news stations and a few entertainment show that were the same shows repeated through out the cruise. No movies, nothing like Turner Movie Classics , TNT, Cartoons, Disney. I have sailed over 35 cruises and have never seen a cruise line skimp on the little things like Stateroom programing.The CEO's better get a wake up call before they deep 6 this Cruise Line. I do not intend to Sail on another Royal or Celebrity Ship again they just do not get it, the CEO's are running a Great Cruise Line into the mud.I am Extremely Disappointed. However Celebrity gets an AA++++ in the Service Department. The Crew bent over backwards for the passengers. The problem with Celebrity is with the CEO Department making this into an average ship. The Executive Board do not have a clue who is their clientele. Average passenger is over 60 and they are focusing on a younger crowd without the extra activities. I will be canceling my cruise schedule for August 2020 on the Summit Celebrity. The main reason the ship smells!!! I could not put up with the fact that this ship smells of sewerage at various times as you walk around the ship. Our cabin smelled so bad we had to notify the front desk and vacate our room. No excuse I will not recommend Celebrity to anyone nor sail on another Celebrity ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
This cruise solidified for me and my family that we will not be traveling on Celebrity Cruises until they undergo another change in direction. Celebrity's standards have nosedived; I have a hard time classifying them as a ... Read More
This cruise solidified for me and my family that we will not be traveling on Celebrity Cruises until they undergo another change in direction. Celebrity's standards have nosedived; I have a hard time classifying them as a "premium" cruise line alongside the likes of Princess and Holland American. I can't help but feel that Celebrity has lost track of their actual customer base. It seems that they want to attract young, hip, and rich customers when in reality their clientele is for the most part rather old and appreciate classic cruising; In a way I am curious how large their target market is, as I feel most people whom these changes are targeted to do not cruise very much either due to lack of money, vacation time, or other more preferred options. When talking to the people on my last Celebrity cruise I found around 7/10 people to be upset with the changes and the other 3/10 to simply be content. I think that Celebrity's leadership and particularly their new CEO have missed the forest for the trees and are trying to turn their brand into something it is not. I'm really sad to see a once great cruise line now deliver a product that is both strange and of a lower-quality. What is really interesting to me is that the changes in quality and direction appear from my perspective to make the line much closer to its parent company, Royal Caribbean; they too are now trying to attract a younger crowd with vibrant, new, and large ships and creating an economic model around people spending extra money on-board for unique experiences and specialty dining options. I will be interested to see if Royal Caribbean steps in and forces another change in direction for Celebrity after finding out that Celebrity is starting to cannibalize its parent company's business. The worst aspect of the cruise for me was the food in the main dining room. I will say that they at least did a decent job of keeping and baking fresh bread. I think the worst thing for my personal taste was that it was impossible to get a good cut of steak in the main dining room; they want you instead to pay for the Tuscan Grill specialty dining option. If you order the everyday "New York Strip Steak" you will get something that passes for barely more than a minute steak. Even the one day they had Beef Wellington they served it with striploin instead of tenderloin which in my opinion ruins the dish (you need a tender beef to make proper Wellington). I was even able to extract a confession regarding the lowering standards of food from our waiter, who was begging us not to rate the food poorly in our survey because the company decided to count the rating of food against the waiter's tips (for anyone who doesn't know, in the age of automatic tipping the comments left on the post-cruise surveys affect how large of a tip your servers get). The entertainment on the ship was decent. The main reason for my low rating when it comes to entertainment is because of Celebrity's decision to ignore the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals. I had emailed Celebrity before the cruise to ask if they planned to stream the games on the ship, to which they replied that they stream all major sporting events. This was an outright lie. To add a humorous aspect to this, we docked in Bermuda alongside the Norwegian Escape which streamed game 7 of the series on their large screen in the back of the ship. It was funny that Norwegian was streaming the game for its customers while the customers of the "premium cruise line" next to them were left high and dry. There were many people on the ship who were upset with this. I did not personally use the Shore Excursions desk at any point in the cruise for the simple reason that their express purpose seems to be to fleece their customers. Not only was each excursion laughably overpriced (usually more than double what the actual tour itself cost), but the Shore Excursions team openly allowed their customers to be swindled in ports. For example, in Boston the cruise line set up a charter bus which would deliver passengers to Quincy Market for $17 per person round trip. The cruise line went through excruciating effort to ensure no one was notified of the Silver Line Mass Transit bus one block over from the terminal which will take you anywhere inbound to Boston for FREE. The cost to take mass transit back to the cruise terminal in Boston is around $3 a person. The only way you would know about the mass transit option is if you live in Boston (as I do) or if you happen to ask at the local information booth set up in the cruise terminal; Celebrity will not tell you about it and instead wants you to pay an extra $14 (of which I am sure they get a fair cut). The selection of tours for the destinations was average to below-average when compared to other cruise lines. But to me misleading your customers in this way in unforgivable. If you do business with the Shore Excursions desk on the Summit know that they do not value your money, and their knowledge of the ports (willingly or unwillingly) is extremely limited beyond their overpriced tours. I will finally note that Celebrity's service (like all lines in the Royal Caribbean company) is a notch above their competition. This is frankly the one area where Royal Caribbean and its subsidiaries have maintained their standards, and it is appreciated. Read Less
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