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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Key West
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    St. Maarten
  • Day 6
    St. Kitts (Port Zante)
  • Day 7
    St. Thomas
  • 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

We chose this cruise because four of the five islands were new to us and I really wanted to try out a "revolutionized" Celebrity ship. We booked an AirBnb in the rainforest and rented a car from Charlie car rental. They are ... Read More
We chose this cruise because four of the five islands were new to us and I really wanted to try out a "revolutionized" Celebrity ship. We booked an AirBnb in the rainforest and rented a car from Charlie car rental. They are off airport, but have a shuttle, and even provided a shuttle to the pier after we dropped the car off. I'd highly recommend them because we got a new car and great service for dirt cheap. Embarkation was so fast we almost didn't stop walking once we dropped off our checked luggage. We went straight to our room, grabbed our keys and dropped off our luggage and then rushed to the MDR for our Concierge lunch. Easy-peasy. First, the ship: it's beautiful. I think the decor is elegant and soothing. I will admit, I noticed some of the places that used to be more "open" that are now occupied by cabins, especially on our deck, by the elevators. It just didn't have that airy feel the Equinox did last year. But that's a minor complaint. Our C2 was spacious with a ton of storage and plenty of outlets. I still think the sofa/over-large chair needs to be a real sofa since there's room for it, but I didn't miss the footstools (but, to be fair, we were rarely in our room or on the balcony). The service was impeccable and we enjoyed the food in the MDR. We did try Tuscan Grille and had a great meal and service, probably because we were dining early and were only one of two tables. We also tried Sushi on Five and it was great. I don't normally like buffets, but the Oceanview once again had great selections and good food. I will say that you had to do quite a bit of wandering to find everything, so they could maybe duplicate some things a bit more, but it was fine once I figured out where most things were. Because it was all about the ports of call, we didn't do much on the ship. We listened to music, watched a comedian, did a couple of rounds of trivia, but mostly we were off the ship. But there were plenty of activities available and plenty of places for quiet time. We didn't do any Celebrity shore excursions, instead booking them on our own. We had amazing experiences! Tortola, BVI: we did a powered catamaran with Kuralu. We got to snorkel in two locations for a couple of hours and then spend almost three hours on Jost Van Dyke. It was my first time snorkeling in open waters, but it was great! My husband especially loved it! It was a well kept boat and a great trip all around. Philipsburg, St. Maarten: We booked through Bernard's again. This time it was a trip to Orient and Maho. Orient had built up so much since we were here in June 2018! It was windy and the waves were a bit high, but I enjoyed relaxing on a shady recliner while hubby tackled the waves. We then went to Sunset Bar and ate while watching all the planes land. Great coconut shrimp! Bernard's has a great variety of tours and we'll use them again. Roseau, Dominica: We did Pepper's Choice tour with HOT Pepper Tours. There were 12 of us, all from our roll call and we had a blast! Saw waterfalls, black sand beaches, sulfur hot springs, all the sites! Pepper himself is entertaining and kept the rum punch flowing! I highly recommend this tour! Bridgetown, Barbados: We did Silver Moon sailing catamaran for snorkeling and sailing. The catamaran was gorgeous! There was a crew of three for 12 passengers and they provided exceptional service: food, drinks, and guiding us in snorkeling. The water was a bit rough from the waves, but it was a glorious day and we'll definitely be back! Last port was St. George's, Grenada: We booked with JnJTours by Stan, but since he was overbooked, we got Glenroy of Gifted Taxi & Tours (he and Stan work together). So it was just four of us in the van and this was one of the most interesting and informative tours I've ever been on. He'd stop and pick a leave and point out bay leaf, or break a small branch for us to smell: cinnamon. He showed us all the plants and the waterfall and the lake, but he also took us through the plantation where we got to see what nutmeg looks like from tree to spice. And it was interesting, but nothing was quite as mind boggling as cocoa! You have to see it and experience it to be believed. Glenroy is an amazing storyteller and he's had quite the life. Definitely a tour to not be missed! We had one sea day which was mostly relaxing and packing up. The pool was hopping and we spent some time by it. And then the next morning we opted to carry our bags off ourselves and that was very quick. The longest part was the line through immigration. Then we had a mix-up with Uber (it could have been the app or user error), but we were off and to the airport long before Celebrity would have gotten us there. In summary, it was a great cruise. A fabulous way to see so many islands, but I wish we'd had a day or two in between for some down time and to get to enjoy the ship. It was exactly what my husband had asked for, so I'm glad we did it (especially because now he gets why I like sea days). Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We departed out of San Juan. Our flight arrived at 4:30, so got to the ship late. Needless to say, the embarkation process was fast as nobody was there! We were on the ship in 10 minutes. Missed the muster drill, so had the makeup ... Read More
We departed out of San Juan. Our flight arrived at 4:30, so got to the ship late. Needless to say, the embarkation process was fast as nobody was there! We were on the ship in 10 minutes. Missed the muster drill, so had the makeup powerpoint presentation in a conference room - 10 minutes long and painless. Definitely better than the drill. Our room was a veranda on deck 8. The ship has recently been refurbished and is beautiful and elegant. Our room had tons of storage space, and the bathroom was small but functional with a glass shower door, an upgraded shower head, and instant hot water every time. All the common spaces were comfortable and nicely done. It never seemed crowded, except around the pool bars. Dining and food were good. Lots of choices for all the meals; snacks and desserts throughout the day. We tried the specialty restaurant, Tuscan Grill, which was very good, but the dining room food was just as good. The buffet was well laid out, with many stations and lots of choices. Waiters circulated with fresh pastries and coffee in the morning, and easy to get drinks at lunch. Bars and drinks were plentiful. Our favorite was the Martini Bar with the frosted counter. Only complaint was lack of waiters around the pool areas - we saw only one on our day at sea. The pool bars were ridiculously crowded and took forever. We were told they were short-staffed, and it showed here and in the shops. Entertainment wasn't great, the production shows were dated and no great dance bands. But there was a lot of other options, such as the silent disco, the 80's party, and a huge deck party. There were game shows, movies on the upper deck, and a pretty good comedian. This was an elegant, classy cruise without the need to dress up. It is not the right choice for people who like hairy chest competitions and singing/dancing waiters. There was nobody trying to sell us "drinks of the day" or pushing any product on us - so refreshing. We loved it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We're Elite on Celebrity, but were a little disenchanted on this last cruise. I would say embarcation with the express pass was great, disembarcation easy also. We always carry our stuff off, and although directions were not ... Read More
We're Elite on Celebrity, but were a little disenchanted on this last cruise. I would say embarcation with the express pass was great, disembarcation easy also. We always carry our stuff off, and although directions were not consistent that morning, it was pretty easy. We sprung for Aqua class and totally enjoyed eating in Blu. Excellent staff, excellent food. So why are we disenchanted? So many small things that add up. The only 2 places to get a decent cocktail were the Rendezvous Lounge and the martini bar., We had the premium bev. package, not much by-the-glass selection. Had to go to Guest Services to have it corrected on our cards which read classic pkg. Had to go to guest services to get credit for 4 dinners at Quisine which was closed for the first 4 nights. We had booked prior with the discount. Got a call before we left that Quisine would be closed to install LPC software. The return of the OBC should have been automatic. Then we got a call that it would be open the last 2 nights, so did get to enjoy it one last time. New color palette was very pretty, stateroom looked quite refreshed. We thought we'd miss the cocktail table, but really didn't, although we did not order from room service. Our stateroom, 9101, was very convenient, but you DO get quite a bit of noise from the pool deck, One thing I did miss that I don't think anyone commented on, the sheer curtain is gone. Also from one side of the bed you must get out to turn the light next to the bed off. The nightstands are not "nailed" in and easily moved. When packing to go home, if I hadn't looked behind it I would have forgotten some items that had fallen thru the open shelves. Very pleased with the amount of storage. Another annoyance was the round shower head that either pushed the water toward the wall or the glass door, couldn't make the water flow downward. Did not have any trouble with the safe, it opened fine. Some have commented they had to pry the door open. Shows were as expected, nothing really stands out.. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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