64 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews

We decided on Celebrity Summit because we wanted a higher end cruise with fewer children. We decided to go Suite Class and it was worth every penny. From the time we arrived at Port to the time we left, we were treated first class. We got ... Read More
We decided on Celebrity Summit because we wanted a higher end cruise with fewer children. We decided to go Suite Class and it was worth every penny. From the time we arrived at Port to the time we left, we were treated first class. We got to bypass all the lines and had a personal Butler and Concerige that were so awesome and helpful. Everyone on the ship knows what customer service is all about. We ate at Luminae since that was our Suite restaurant but if we wanted something not on the menu they prepared it for us. Their waiters are phenomal. Stay away from OceanView Cafe bc it's pure chaos and buffet type food. Our suite was beautiful and we enjoyed the balcony. The Butler would bring us coffee out on the balcony every morning and afternoon appetizers. It was nice having space. Our excursion to the Dolphin Cay was spectacular. Pay the additional money. You won't be disappointed. You are treated as VIP and again everyone on that ship was so helpful! Also being part of suite class meant we had a private tour of the Bridge and Helicopter Pad which is the foremost of the ship. This was our first cruise and we were blown away by the service. P.S. it was for my mom's birthday and our Butler Rikki and Consceige Adriana decorated the room, had sparkling cider, flowers and small cake for us when we came back on shore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose the cruise for the itinerary; just good fortune that it was on the Summit. Four nights, 2 stops: Bahamas and Key West. I really wanted to go to Key West; Bahamas I've been to before. Key West is, in a word, Bohemian. ... Read More
I chose the cruise for the itinerary; just good fortune that it was on the Summit. Four nights, 2 stops: Bahamas and Key West. I really wanted to go to Key West; Bahamas I've been to before. Key West is, in a word, Bohemian. Colorful, shop after shop, restaurants galore of various quality with historic places of interest and museums here and there. Interesting characters hanging about (one definitely had the pirate thing going one). The highlight for me was the Hemingway House. I learned quite a bit about Hemingway from a really excellent docent. Small souvenir shop but had nice choice of items. If you fancy felines, Hemingway's cats are there for photo ops and a quick pet (54 of them!) Be warned that Key West is a tourist trap: a mix of typical Caribbean stuff, high end cosmetics and jewelry, arts stores, etc. Folks on bicycles everywhere. The first thing I noticed once off the ship was the smell .... not a good smell either. The place needs a good cleaning (garbage laying about) ... quaint colorful small homes, old churches & B&B's but the rundown buildings diminished the allure for me. I'd like to see the night life there. Bottom line: I'll go back for a day trip or overnight, but wouldn't want to spend extended time there (I'll be back in 2020!) Entertainment on the cruise was great! The house cast was very good. The singing trio Uptown was excellent (sang Motown songs!), and a fellow named Chris Hawks was impressive with his guitar and voice. I hope I see Uptown & Chris on a future cruise! Blu was great, as usual. Service equally excellent ... Something about the Summit ... I always have a great time on the Summit! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose this as a short getaway break from the winter and cold. The Nassau stop was not important and we were only off the ship for a short time. Key West is always fun and we have friends there. Having been on the Infinity for a Panama ... Read More
Chose this as a short getaway break from the winter and cold. The Nassau stop was not important and we were only off the ship for a short time. Key West is always fun and we have friends there. Having been on the Infinity for a Panama cruise I already knew I would like the layout and size of Summit and I was not disappointed. Nice group of cruisers mostly our age and very few children on board made for a relaxing cruise and the ability to actually get near and in the pool. The food was quite good and we liked the spa food for lunch. The cafeteria never felt crazy crowded on this ship. There is a nice balance of size of public spaces vs. passegers. The fastest embarkation and debarkation we had ever experienced. I don’t know how they do it! Painless. The staff were attentive and our room was kept spotless. We had a forward cabin with the deeper balcony. It was smaller than I typically book but just right for this short cruise. The balcony is nice because there is shade and sun. My favorite spot is definitely the Sunset Bar before dinner. Never crowded and I think some people just never “find it.” The pool area is nicely laid out and I noticed very few chair hogs plus I did see the pool staff remove some towels that were placed and abandoned. The entertainment on this ship was especially good. All in all it was a very short cruise but one of my favorites! I am sure there will be another Celebtity cruise in my future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were informed from a co-worker about Celebrity Cruises (which we'd never hear of) and after talking we decided to give it a go. The atmosphere was very relaxing, there were employees everywhere and would assist in any questions ... Read More
We were informed from a co-worker about Celebrity Cruises (which we'd never hear of) and after talking we decided to give it a go. The atmosphere was very relaxing, there were employees everywhere and would assist in any questions that we had. When we had an issue with the shower not getting hot water, our room attendant had maintenance there and they swapped out the shower faucet while we were out enjoying the sun. We had no clue that they were going to swap the faucet, just that they were going to check on it. It was very nice to come back to the room and suddenly have hot (not warm) water. My wife has Celiacs and the availability and marking of which foods were Gluten Free was exceptional. My wifes only complaint was that there weren't as many Gluten Free Pastries. Overall, as stated, it was very relaxing and were pampered at every turn. That's why we booked another cruise with Celebrity shortly after getting home. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I needed to get out of town for a couple of days and this cruise was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a couple of nights of spoiled adventure. I chose the Royal Suite, however, I was upgraded to the Penthouse suite the night before the ... Read More
I needed to get out of town for a couple of days and this cruise was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a couple of nights of spoiled adventure. I chose the Royal Suite, however, I was upgraded to the Penthouse suite the night before the cruise. Amazing! The room was absolutely everything I could hope for. Lots of space and room to relax, the balcony was 1000 square feet with a bath tub. We docked in Nassau, however, we stayed on the ship and ordered room service and enjoyed the automatic player on the piano. The scenery and atmosphere of the room was absolutely perfect. The cabins steward and the butler were right on top of things and they really treated us special. The shoreside team had all our goodies waiting for us when we arrived. The butler came and got us from Michaels club when our room was ready, a very nice touch! The ship was clean and well laid out. There wasn't a lot of time to do everything, but, the stand up comedy was funny, the casino was busy and the music was excellent. Tuscan Grille was one of the best dinners of my life, the steak was amazing! Qsuine was pretty good, but I wish I would have went to Luminae instead. Luminae for breakfast was simply stunning. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Great cruise. Better clientele than the base cruise lines. Mid- sized ship showing her age a bit. Great food and service. Would book this ship or similar class ship again. The crew were very Friendly and hardworking people. We ... Read More
Great cruise. Better clientele than the base cruise lines. Mid- sized ship showing her age a bit. Great food and service. Would book this ship or similar class ship again. The crew were very Friendly and hardworking people. We have been on many cruises and I think this ranks among the best. We have already book another cruise Later this year on a sister ship. I prefer the mid-sized ship compared to the mega- ships. The food and the service rivaled some of the so-called luxury cruise lines in My opinion. We attended one of the shows and it was top notch. The comedian Was very funny without being "r" rated. The pools and hot tubs were accessible But pretty full especially on sea days. Lounge chairs were hard to find as people Would reserve them and not use them. We are vegetarians and did not make any special arrangements but found plenty of good food to eat. The pizza was very good and available late night. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our third cruise on the Summit, second in Summit Aqua, and first with an aft balcony. We were very happily lazy, enjoying every moment just hanging out. Here's the details: Embarkation was efficient and smooth. The 5th ... Read More
This was our third cruise on the Summit, second in Summit Aqua, and first with an aft balcony. We were very happily lazy, enjoying every moment just hanging out. Here's the details: Embarkation was efficient and smooth. The 5th floor Al Bacio coffee spot was a comfortable place to wait for our room to be ready that first day. Our cabin, 1130, was Aqua class with an aft balcony, and we loved it. Easy access to the Sunset Bar and Oceanview Cafe. Minimal noise, although there were a few times when the banging door to the back staircase that connects deck 10, 11 and 12 was annoying. Great service from our steward. We ate almost all of our meals in Blu, the Aqua restaurant, which we love for the ambience, service, and food. The Summit is a favorite ship for us - just the right size to create a very personal and intimate experience while still having plenty to do. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We sailed on Summit in February 2018. The itinerary was not particularly interesting, especially the Bahamas stop on day two. I have always found it to be a "why bother" port. There were also scheduled stops in Punta Cana (which ... Read More
We sailed on Summit in February 2018. The itinerary was not particularly interesting, especially the Bahamas stop on day two. I have always found it to be a "why bother" port. There were also scheduled stops in Punta Cana (which was switched for San Juan at the last minute due to weather making tendering not possible). San Juan is another port I find boring. The only other port of call was St. Thomas, which is always wonderful. We did get a nice price on our Celebrity Suite, which made the cruise seem more worthwhile. We have stayed in the Sky suites in the past, but this our first cruise in a Celebrity Suite, which has a separate bedroom. We absolutely love Luminae and you can only dine there if you are suite class. We had read that the Celebrity Suites were not upgraded when they updated the Royal and Penthouse suites. This is correct, but the furnishings and carpet were in good shape. The cabin has a beautiful wall of windows, large balcony and large living room with a dining area. My only complaint was the bathroom. You practically need to be an acrobat to get into and out of the jacuzzi tub/shower. It's truly not safe. The bathroom also could be use an update. Maybe in the next dry dock? Ram, our butler was truly wonderful. In the past we have had butlers that did little more than collect their tip. Ram couldn't have done more. Coffee, cappuccino with Baileys and mimosa delivered in the morning. He took care of restaurant reservations and all our laundry. Very nice! Hope we get his services again. Our cabin steward, Made, was also wonderful and extremely unobtrusive. We hardly saw him the entire week. We also enjoyed the perk of Michael's Club. The bartender in there is excellent. He knew what we liked by the second day. The concierge was also excellent; however, I cannot recall her name. Once you stay in the suites, it's almost impossible to go back to a standard or even Aqua cabin! Service was excellent throughout the ship. We never encountered a problem with any staff on board. Quite the opposite, they could not do enough for us. Some guests were another matter, and treated the employees with disrespect sometimes even scorn. It was pathetic! I witnessed one truly horrible women curse at a server at the pool grill because he put a bun on her hamburger and when he gave her a new one without a bun she cursed at him for not putting french fries on her plate. She never asked for fries! I had to tell her what a horrible person I thought she was and she cursed at me too. We felt that the food we enjoyed in Luminae was excellent, as was the service. Some may not know, but if you wish to order off the main dining room menu or the Blu menu, you are free to do so in Luminae. My husband is a manager in a very high end steak house and he agreed the food was excellent. Dominic was our primary server in Luminae and he was the best! Not that any of the other were not also excellent, I just don't recall everyone's name. I wish I could be as good with names as they all are. Virtually every crew member with whom we interacted knew our names by day 2. We also dined at Tuscan Grill and Quisine, both were incredible and well worth the fee. My husband also really liked Sushi on Five, but it's not my preference, so I skipped it. There did seem to be a lack of bartenders and pool servers on sea days and it sometimes took quite a long time to get a drink. The Summit is showing some signs of wear and tear, primarily on the exterior, but nothing unexpected or problematic. The interior was pristine. The new rooftop theatre/lounge is also very nice, but we didn't utilize it that much. We saw a couple of shows, and they were surprisingly good which has not always been the case on Summit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The Celebrity Summit is great cruise ship. It is very easy to move about the ship. The food was fabulous. We do not buy into the extra dining experiences we choose to eat what is included. If you like cooked to order, steak, fish, pork ... Read More
The Celebrity Summit is great cruise ship. It is very easy to move about the ship. The food was fabulous. We do not buy into the extra dining experiences we choose to eat what is included. If you like cooked to order, steak, fish, pork chops, hamburgers and even hot dogs go to the back of the Oceans dining and you can have it all. Each night they had an extra cook to order we had Salmon, and Prime Rib on night. Very good. They also have great pizza and pasta bar. The homemade ice cream, and cookie bar was Wonderful!!! The buffet offered lots of food choices. One afternoon there was a dessert extravaganza!!! Delicious! We did eat in the dining room two nights. The staff was great and the food was wonderful. We usually only eat once or twice in this setting. Remember that they do not allow suits or flip flops into the dining room. Our cabin was 2178 ocean view. Roberto was our steward and had 22 years working with Celebrity. That tells you a lot about a company!! We had 4 in our room with the option of a 5th. It would have been crowded but would have worked. There was plenty of storage. I actually had not had this much storage on the other ships that I had traveled on. They even had room under the sink!!! They do have a hair dryer but that was a joke. My 1875 hairdryer is my travel companion. Plenty to do on this ship!!!! Make sure that you take advantage of the extra night parties. They are very fun. There is music all over this ship all day everyday. If we did not like the music in one place we moved on to the next place. Dance classes are a couple times a day. They also have many Game show like activities. Very well attended and loads of fun, The Cruise director Patrick was a blast. The shows at night were great. There was an Ariel group that was amazing. There was two comedy acts on two of the nights. I would much like to see more musical shows. Not much of a comedian show lover unless in a small venue. Would have been perfect for one of the night club venues. Are ports were Bahama's Nassau. We choose to do our own tour that I found on Pintrest "Walking tour of Bahama's" Worked great then walked to Junkanoo beach which is very close. About a 10 minute walk to the ship. We were suppose to go to Punta Cana but the captain said that the weather was not good and that we would be going to San Juan Porto Rico. We did not see much hurricane problems in the port. The people in Old San Juan do not have electricity and said the other part of the island is very bad. The people of San Juan sure were excited to see that a ship had come in. One store owner was so excited that she would have some money coming in. This was Celebrity's first ship to return to this area.We have been before and went to all our favorite places and stocked up on the goods. We also went to St. Thomas there was 5 ships in this day so it was very busy. You can tell that the hurricane did a lot of damage in this area. We took a trip to Megan's beach. The beach is beautiful and very easy access to bathrooms, drinks and food. You can rent a chaise lounge for $10 and they give you $5 back when you return it. There is a few picnic tables if there also. Service was great everywhere we turned. One problem that we had and I would say make sure you stay on top of. Our trip included everything, Wifi (did not use) I shut off when I'm cruising. On board credit, drinks and tips. Everything but the tips went smoothly. We looked on our account on the TV in our room and they had been putting the tips on each day. I went down to correct this problem. They had to call someone to make sure that this was part of our plan. This took a long time. I finally go tired of waiting and told them to take all tips off and I will tip myself (we always tip people extra) The one guy at the desk got all snippy with me but smiled and fixed the problem, We booked our next cruise to Alaska on board and this was great. We got extra credit for booking on the ship and the shore excursion specialist explained to us some of the great excursion opportunities that they have in Alaska. The Summit does show some where and tear but all in all the ship was an excellent ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We drove down to Fort Lauderdale the day before the cruise and stayed at Embassy Suites. We enjoyed the large two-room suite and manager's evening reception with drinks and snacks. The short drive to Port Everglades was ... Read More
We drove down to Fort Lauderdale the day before the cruise and stayed at Embassy Suites. We enjoyed the large two-room suite and manager's evening reception with drinks and snacks. The short drive to Port Everglades was unfortunately prolonged an additional 30-minutes because our Garmin GPS kept sending on a wild goose chase through a shopping center rather than the road to Port Everglades. Stateroom: We stayed in a marvelous Sky Suite in deck 6 near the aft section of the ship. Our stateroom attendant did a great job – friendly and efficient. He promptly adjusted things we requested like removing the heavy bed comforter and replaced it with a blanket. The bathroom was huge! Abundant storage for sundries with two sinks, a sitting bath tub and the most luxurious shower I can ever remember. Luminae: The restaurant is on Deck 4 and reserved for suite guests. We went straight there after embarkation to relax, have a beer and enjoy lunch. Passengers not staying in suites may accompany their friends for an addition $30 per person for dinner. Reservations are recommended. We found the extra cost very reasonable to avoid the chaos in the main dining room. Service is superb and quality of the food excels many of the specialty restaurants. Embarkation and Debarkation: The Celebrity Summit was docked at Terminal 21 right next to the Midport Parking Garage. Expedited lines for both were available for suite guests. We were grateful to minimize time standing in lines. Luggage delivery: We dropped our luggage off at 11:15am with the usual gratuity and received them in our suite by 2:30. Very good! What we did not like about the cruise: Time Change: The ship changed all the clocks ahead one-hour after the formal night on Day 3. Unfortunately, that night was also very rocky and windy. There was a lot of broken dishes in the main dining room. Waiters had a difficult time balancing the dishes on a pitching deck. There were many passengers sea sick because of the weather and imposed jet lag from losing an additional hour sleep. The ship did not change the time back to Eastern Standard Time until Day 7, the last night of the cruise. Our humble advice to the captain: PLEASE STAY ON SHIP'S TIME! Itinerary Change: The captain wisely decided to bypass tendering into the port on our scheduled stop at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic due to high wind and waves. He docked at Puerto Rico instead. I decided to stay on the ship. St. Thomas Dock: Celebrity docked at the Crown Bay Pier instead Havensight Mall, which has fantastic shopping and Paradise Point for spectacular views, good food and great drinks. We took a taxi to Mountain Top for shopping. Cost from Crown Bay is $20 per person, each way. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We generally get away on Celebrity every winter but always on a balcony. Wanted to get away this year but with the canadian dollar so low,had to choose a cheaper option so booked an inside. Was upgraded to 9011 which is at the front but is ... Read More
We generally get away on Celebrity every winter but always on a balcony. Wanted to get away this year but with the canadian dollar so low,had to choose a cheaper option so booked an inside. Was upgraded to 9011 which is at the front but is an adjoining cabin. Had an adjoining cabin on Princess which had no sound proofing so was leary of taking this one. As soon as we were able to settle in to the cabin we could hear every cough, sneeze, word from next cabin. Felt like they were in our cabin with us.We talked to our room steward Putu , who was wonderful . He immediately got maintenence to install a rubber gasket around the door frame and while not perfect, certainly muffled the sound a lot! Location was so good, one flight up to pool and short walk to buffet. . Loved the Thalassotherapy Pool ,very relaxing. Difficult to get a lounge ,lots of chair saving going on as usual .Food was great at main restaurant, ate dinner one time at ocean view cafe and found the food cold. They do offer a pasta station and that was very good. Breakfast is amazing, fresh omelets made to order, crispy bacon, fresh fruit etc. Didn't have beverage package this time and the drinks were pricey, especially factoring in the 33+% exchange. The bartender Ivan was at the casino bar and amazing to watch him in action. Very nice person and so organized and efficient. The casino was actually fun this time, won enough to play for awhile on slots, unlike last year on Equinox where we had no luck. Entertainment in theatre disappointing compared to earlier years. Basic with OK singers and dancers, no wow factor. Guest comedians , vocalists and Illusionist were entertaining.The guest band Jim Beam made up for it, I thought the lead singer had an amazing voice! Piano player and string duo were great as well. Embarkation was fast,but had to wait til 130pm to access our room. The fastest disembarkation ever, 10 minutes to get through customs after picking up luggage. Probably because we were the only ship in port on a monday. Weather great, didnt do excursions as have been on these island a few times before, same shops etc. No deals to be had this year. :( The staff in every category are very friendly and welcoming,most have a smile and hello when you see them. Captain Alex was very visible as well and very approachable. Was hoping to see Captain Kate but she was on holiday. Hoping she will be on Canada /New England cruise this fall. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I recently returned from our first-ever cruise. Our travel agent set up all of the details and suggested the Summit as a good first cruise experience due to the size of the ship, the package offerings and the fact that we ... Read More
My husband and I recently returned from our first-ever cruise. Our travel agent set up all of the details and suggested the Summit as a good first cruise experience due to the size of the ship, the package offerings and the fact that we preferred to cruise on a ship with more adults & fewer kids. All in all, we had a great time! We went Concierge Class and the attention to detail in our stateroom by our room attendant was second to none. Every detail was attended to - even doing things that we did not expect! Food choice was very good and service in the dining room was excellent. On board entertainment was also a highlight as we didn't realize EVERYTHING would be live - from signing to dancing to the music. Having only done all-inclusive resorts before we were used to the mediocre dance groups and the lip synced songs. There was certainly enough to see and do on board and everyone on staff was excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Summit and already have our travel agent checking into options for another cruise with Celebrity in 2019! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Left FL on Feb 18 for a 9 day cruise...a fill in between charters. Loved the ship...perfect size to get to know fellow passengers and staff. The friendliest staff encountered in our 35 days of Celebrity cruising. Dining staff ... Read More
Left FL on Feb 18 for a 9 day cruise...a fill in between charters. Loved the ship...perfect size to get to know fellow passengers and staff. The friendliest staff encountered in our 35 days of Celebrity cruising. Dining staff excellent...Cafe de Bachio also. Definitely intend to sail on Summit again......probably from San Juan her home port....which is an excellent place to spend a few days prior. Our stateroom was a midship balcony...although smaller than Eclipse and Equinox was fine for us (retired couple) Entertainment provided by the Summit entertainment staff was first clsss.......guest entertainers not so much...with the odd exception. Ports of call....the usual suspects...St.Kitts, St.Martin,St.Thomas and San Juan....enjoyed San Juan the best. Amazng the difference in Old San Juan from 20 odd years ago..had the best jug of Sangria there...just to replace body fluids you understand Overall a very enjoyable trip..we hope tò duplicate in the near future..God willing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We had an absolutely perfect cruise on the Summit. Our room was great, lots of storage room and a big balcony. We were in Concierge Class in room 8084 and it was wonderful. Our room Steward Belvin was a treat. He was seemingly always ... Read More
We had an absolutely perfect cruise on the Summit. Our room was great, lots of storage room and a big balcony. We were in Concierge Class in room 8084 and it was wonderful. Our room Steward Belvin was a treat. He was seemingly always around with a smile on his face. He met out requests quickly and professionally. The food on board was excellent. From the MDR to the buffet to all the specialty restaurants, everything we had was wonderful. The only real complaint on food was that the breakfast room service was not very hot. The food was still good however. Captain Alex and cruise director Chris were very visible and both are really fun to be around. We had nothing but friendly and excellent service no matter where we went. It was like being on a boat full of friends. Embarkation was super fast and smooth as was disembarkation. Celebrity made every aspect of our cruise great. We loved it so much we booked another on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary onboard, and we were treated like a King and a Queen. Maja, the Michael's Club Concierge, greeted us in the Embarkation area and walked with us on board the Summit. She ... Read More
My husband and I were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary onboard, and we were treated like a King and a Queen. Maja, the Michael's Club Concierge, greeted us in the Embarkation area and walked with us on board the Summit. She told us that since we were in a Suite (our first time and it will be very difficult to go to a regular room), we could dine in Luminae for lunch. The food was absolutely fabulous not only for lunch, but for the entire time we were on the ship. Since my husband was in the food business, it is always difficult to please him, but not onboard the Summit!!!! Captain Alex was the friendliest Captain that we have ever had the pleasure of meeting and he and his staff were visible all the time!!! Every crew member on board always greeted us with a smile and seemed to be enjoying their jobs. We walked off the ship with Maja and it was the easiest de-embarkation ever. This was a cruise of our lifetime and hope you too will cruise on the Celebrity Summit!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Celebrity Summit out of Port Everglades February 18, 2017 Our Group: Our group consisted of 6 70 year old seasoned citizens and seasoned cruisers. Pre-cruise: We booked this 9 day cruise from a TA who gave us a $100.00 pp ... Read More
Celebrity Summit out of Port Everglades February 18, 2017 Our Group: Our group consisted of 6 70 year old seasoned citizens and seasoned cruisers. Pre-cruise: We booked this 9 day cruise from a TA who gave us a $100.00 pp refundable onboard credit in addition to the $150.00 pp non-refundable onboard credit from Celebrity. We all had the Classic Drink Package. One couple winters near Orlando. They had a 4 hour drive and parked at Park and Go. The other 2 couples had non-stop flights on United the day before the cruise. We stayed at Embassy Suites on 17th St. On cruise day, we took a shuttle from the hotel to Terminal 25. We were onboard the ship at 11:30, which means that I had a beer at 11:31. Cabins: We had 3 cat 2A cabins on deck 7. Rose and I had cabin 7166 which is on the starboard side. It has an angled balcony which is about 4 ft. on the bow side and about 6 ft. On the stern side. The balcony chairs were not very comfortable and did not recline there are no footstools. The bed is against the stern side wall and faces the bow side wall. There was a "love seat" between the bed and the balcony window. It is really the size of a "grandfather's chair" where a grandfather and a grandchild could sit. It has a mechanism under the cushion that I would assume could unfold and a child could sleep there. A chair is underneath the small desk. There are two 110 volt outlets on the balcony side of the desk and two European type outlets below them. The shower is adequate and has a height adjustable hose and nozzle. The Ports St. Kitts - Rose and I have been here twice. Once we took the Thenford Grey tour and once the train ride. Both are good excursions. This time, I guarded a bench while Rose shopped. St. Maarten - Rose and I have been here many times, another shopping day for us. The others took the 150 long double deck catamaran tour that served rum punch. St. Thomas - The ship docked at Crown Bay. We prefer Havensight. More shopping. San Juan - I accompanied Rose shopping, the others went to the square and the Cathedral. When you leave to pier, there are tons of drivers offering tours. We didn't ask the price, but a couple of years ago, we had a great tour in a nice bus for $15.00 each. Dining Breakfast and Lunch Rose and I had breakfast in the dining room on the 1st day. The service was excellent. For the rest of the breakfasts and all lunches, we picked up food from the buffet and eat at a table at the outdoor sunset bar. The layout for the buffet is confused. You may have to go on both sides if the ship to find everything that you want. Signage is not the best. All along, their a pot in front with either a scoop or a set of tongs for you to select items. However, there is an additional pot behind the front one. You can't reach the utensil of the rear pot so you must wait for a buffet staffer to do it for you. Dinner: We had Select Dining on Deck 4. We had table 134, a table for 6, reserved each night. The staff was great. I t consisted of I Komang - Waiter, Zainal - Assistant Waiter, Grace - Sommelier and Milton - Assistant Maître Di. The other two couples checked the menu posted each day. Rose and I would rather be surprised. One day they did not like the menu and told us that they would be eating in the buffet. When Rose and I showed up for our reservation, we informed them that the others would not be there. They moved Rose an I to a table for two with the Sam staff. and 6 walk-ins were able to use table 134 that evening. Rose and I really enjoyed the red snapper that evening. The others said that they would have eaten in the dining room if they knew that "red fish" meant red snapper. The bars: The bars were a challenge. It seemed that many in the bar staff were inexperienced. Rose and I only experienced the Sunset And Rendezvous Bars. Rose had a couple of frozen strawberry daiquiris, but her usual drink is Bacardi rum, Diet Coke and a slice of lime. I had mainly Chivas on the rocks, Heinekens and I ordered about 6 Celebrity Bloody Marys. I ordered them, but never received one. They are a signature drink and are pictured with the recipe on menu set on each table. No bartender made them per that recipe. Our friends like Mai Tais when in the Caribbean. Each bartender made his own recipe for them and our friends disliked most. Later in the cruise, they would go to the pool bar, order their drinks and bring them down to join us in the Rendezvous. The Shows: We attended all the evening shows. The only one that we didn't like was the magician. Comedian James Stephen III is one of the most talented performers that I have ever seen. In one of the shows, "The Flashback Four," a group that dis 60's music, my cousin Bill was selected to join them on stage. The rest of the cruise, everyone kept yelling,"there's Bill." Summary: Another great cruise on Celebrity. Although an older ship, Summit seemed to be in fairly good shape. If I saw something like a poorly varnished railing, I just had another glass of Chivas and it immediately improved. The seas were 3 feet or less the entire 9 days. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
First things first! 80s Cruise was spectacular. An entire week of great music, great people and great times! Definitely look into it if you’re looking for something special! The boat was great. Captain Alex was hysterical and so ... Read More
First things first! 80s Cruise was spectacular. An entire week of great music, great people and great times! Definitely look into it if you’re looking for something special! The boat was great. Captain Alex was hysterical and so friendly, he did a stand up skit that would rival any comedian. The members of the crew were fantastic and a bit overwhelmed at times, the 80s cruise crowd were all about drinking and having fun, a number of the crew said they were amazed at how much fun everyone and the cruise itself was! The Summit herself was a great boat. Pools, spa, restaurants etc, all of it; pretty fantastic. We ate in Quisine, a great experience. Tuscan grill was really good, we ordered half portions of a bunch of dishes so we could sample a lot of the menu. Sushi place was excellent(sorry I forget the name) but the sushi was super fresh! We loved the buffet and only ate in the main dining a handful of times. It’s nit a preference thing, it’s a flow thing. We like to get busy doing things and being involved in enjoying our vacation without time constraints or schedules on any level so, we opt to hit the buffets more often than the MD, even with the my-time stuff. MD to me is about dressing nicer and being casual and sometimes, I just want to wear my crocs, shorts and a T-shirt and I don’t feel that’s respectful attire to subject others to when they’re dressing up a bit more. Just my two cents. Anyway, the buffet was bangin! Flat out good to really good each day. No, it doesn’t compare to MD dishes and yes, MD is better in the sense that it’s more restaurant level offerings. The couples massage at the spa was cool, but it’s a punch in the wallet’s mouth for what you actually get. I’m thinking stone massage next time or, a bucket of beers and get my feet done. Our cruise hit Cozumel, we didn’t venture far but, we did enjoy fresh salsas, chips and real Mexican foods. A little shopping and some laughs in Senor Frogs were how the day unfolded. Grand Cayman was next. Drinks, good eats and plenty of sun and fun on 7 mike beach. Beautiful restaurant right on the beach, $$ but nice. Next up: Dunne’s Falls Jamaica. Do it. Don’t ask questions, do it. Get some beef patties and Red stripe to celebrate your conquest afterwards! Coco Cay followed up and man, I love this island. It’s fun, there’s a hammock swinging from a palm tree waiting for you there and delicious Pina Colladas...best ones I’ve ever had. Plenty to do or, not to do on this wee island. P.S. It’s MY ISLAND. I’ll fight you for it. HAHAHAHA. Summit is a fine boat. Movie screen in the back, check out a film or sports in a quiet and comfortable atmosphere. Def get the cabanas! Basketball court up top in the aft section. I’m allergic to basketball so, I can’t help you with any opinion there. Two pools and a few nice jacuzzis midship. Great places for plenty of sun or shade all over this boat. The clubs are all cool spots to hang out in. On our cruise, there were MJ, Tina Turner and Madonna impersonators who were all great and, they had tons of interactive game shows and trivia things going on. I hope to be on the Summit again one day and experience her on a normal cruise. I hope some of this helpsvyou plan your trip. Nothing like cruising, right? If you haven’t, it’s ridiculous. You’re traveling from One paradise or bucket list location to another with your hotel room and restaurants following you everywhere. Meet new people or dint, make new friends or don’t. Enjoy yourselves/yourself or, make every day a party. Memories for life and a drug you won’t want to quit. Cruising is amazing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This is a review more so of Entertainment Cruise Productions who chartered Celebrity Summit for a jazz cruise out of Ft Lauderdale. It was the inaugural sailing of Blue Note At Sea - a famed jazz recording label responsible for ... Read More
This is a review more so of Entertainment Cruise Productions who chartered Celebrity Summit for a jazz cruise out of Ft Lauderdale. It was the inaugural sailing of Blue Note At Sea - a famed jazz recording label responsible for launching jazz legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Van Morrison, Nora Jones and so many more. The line up on the cruise was the elite of contemporary jazz artists including no less than 10 Grammy Award winners and a boatload of the genre's finest. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. WOW!! ...Not quite household names, but music that moves the soul and many of the artists you'll find in the credits of Oscar winning movies, Broadway shows and A-List collaborators. Not your standard on board entertainment - which is the major drawcard for those who don't generally subscribe to cruising. This was Jazz Concentrate... a festival of soul, funk, jazz and beyond. All-you-can-take music of the highest order. Entertainment Cruise Productions headed up by jazz enthusiast Michael Lazaroff are the indisputable specialists in packaging jazz at sea, and this sailing was nothing short of exceptional. Ports of call were ok - Nassau, San Juan, Samana, Labadee... however I am guilty of staying on the ship to catch more music well into the small hours of the night. Artists such as Marcus Miller, Gregory Porter, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Dianne Reeves Chucho Valdes, David Sanborn, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Lalah Hathaway, Grace Kelly, Natalie Williams and so many more rocked the boat - and 3000 music loving passengers! I'm still buzzing! If you're a serious music lover, and like the idea of cruising the Bahamas on board a luxury vessel with like-minded travellers, then book Blue Note At Sea 2018. Entertainment Cruise Productions also produce The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise. I've spoken to many passengers who were on board both of the 2017 sailings, and were equally wowed by the entertainment and calibre of talent. The cost of putting an A-List line up to sea, coupled with increased production and specialised enrichment events is huge, so for the value, you have to forgive a few lackings with the ship itself. The great thing about Celebrity Summit is its 5 amazing venues for the music. The food is good, the staff and service, good... the cabins... good enough. But you're there for the music and the music will keep you on a high until you book your next fix - 3 incredible jazz cruises for Jan - Feb 2018. Blue Note At Sea was the most life-affirming musical experience. If you decide to give yourself the greatest gift and book, you'll come home with a suitcase full of incredible memories and a long list of new friends for future travel. I have nothing to do with this company - I am just a very enthusiastic jazz fan, (with tears welling in many of the performances from the sheer joy of such sublime music). This cruise delivered the experience of a lifetime. Blue Note At Sea was PHENOMENAL. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We were a church group. Best trip with 48 people. Everyone working on the ship was wonderful. Thank you for making great Memories. We are looking forward in making this a yearly trip. The service in the main dining room and then seeing our ... Read More
We were a church group. Best trip with 48 people. Everyone working on the ship was wonderful. Thank you for making great Memories. We are looking forward in making this a yearly trip. The service in the main dining room and then seeing our waters at breakfast. We felt like family. Everyone went out of their way to give excellent service. Our rooms were always taken care of and were so nice to help us with three in the room. We all were in aw at the Captain. Very much out there and very approachable. Love his announcements every day we looked forward to them. We were so surprised to see him saying goodbye as we left the ship. I have never seen that before. One of the most memorable times when 7 of us had dinner in the captains dining room at the Tuscan restaurant. What a beautiful presentation and great teats of a 7 course meal. Pared with wonderful wines. The fun we had at the Martini bar all the waters with their talents and very entertaining. Also the silent disco. I Love the concept and so much fun. We took a tour on blue Lagoon where we swam with Sea Lions. What a great experience. Thank You and looking forward in another cruse next year. Melody Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Choose this cruise because it fit into our time schedule. Enjoyed the ship very much , we like smaller ships and we wanted to go to Key West one more time. Our cabin was very nice, we had an upgrade to Aqua class, the room was about the ... Read More
Choose this cruise because it fit into our time schedule. Enjoyed the ship very much , we like smaller ships and we wanted to go to Key West one more time. Our cabin was very nice, we had an upgrade to Aqua class, the room was about the same size as we always get, except they bring some snacks everyday, and give you a bottle of wine when you get there. We were assigned to the Blu restaurant, but ate at the main dining room because we enjoy sitting with other people and hearing of there experience they had that day. We went for the open dining seating and had no problem getting a seat. Buffet was always stocked, never a shortage of food. Also the poolside grill was open for hours, and then there was another spot that was cooking up steaks, chops, and fish to order in the rear of the ship. Also excellent eating. Entertainment and activities kept us busy when we did not leave the ship. And nightly entertainment was also excellent, performers really work hard to please you. The service we had was great. Whether it be at our room, dining room, bars, theater. Bars were busy but there was not a long wait to get a drink. All in all we had a great time and will probably take this ship again. If not it will be another Celebrity cruise somewhere. Something for everyone no matter what age group you were in always something to do or just do nothing. Must say our stateroom attendant Erwin, was top notch. Room always made by 9 AM, and turned down when we got back at night. Always a smile, hello, can I get you anything, just great to work with him. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My wife and I and 3 other couples booked this cruise over a year in advance. This was our third cruise but first with Celebrity. We let Celebrity book our flights as this was not a round trip cruise and the price seemed very reasonable. ... Read More
My wife and I and 3 other couples booked this cruise over a year in advance. This was our third cruise but first with Celebrity. We let Celebrity book our flights as this was not a round trip cruise and the price seemed very reasonable. There were no disappointments with the air arrangements, in fact I could have not done better had I booked the air myself. Celebrity put us up at the Marriott north Fll, which is a fair distance from the airport and terminal but with 5 cruise ships in port at the same time I understood why. The transfer from the hotel to the ship went smooth and without much hassle. I have to say that getting on the ship was the smoothest experience I have had cruising. I think it was 15 minutes from the time we got off the bus until I had my glass of champagne. This cruise was on that we had been wanting to do since we discovered cruising 10 years ago so expectations were high to say the least. I will say right now we were not disappointed. As far as the ship goes, the Summit was very nice, clean and well taken care of. The artwork on the ship was not to my liking and looked as if someone very strange had picked it. To be honest I really don't care but just an observation. The crew was very friendly and helpful and some where a highlight of our cruise. The group of 8 that I traveled with are in their late 30's to early 40's and I would say the average age of the rest of the cruisers were in their late 60's to early 70's so their was quite a bit of age difference but this did not stop us from having fun. Their was little to no night life on the cruise and our group was often the only ones up past 11pm and we had the only nightclub on the ship to ourselves almost every night. I admit it would have been nicer to have had more people our age but you work with what you get and as I said we still had an excellent time. The evening entertainment was hit and miss with us (again due to our age some of the entertainment was geared towards the older age cruisers). The casino was nice and the staff was fun to be around. Dinner was fantastic. We had late seating so we didn't have to rush around getting ready for dinner while there was still time to lay out by the pool. Our waiter was a great man who did very well to accommodate our group. We did not do the specialty dinning option as the food we were being served was exceptional and found no reason to do the other option. About halfway through the cruise there was a virus outbreak and the crew was everywhere cleaning and serving us so to try to contain it. I am happy to say that none of us got sick and that Celebrity did an excellent job keeping us healthy. The only problem we had was a sprinkler pipe in our cabin ceiling developed a leak and got our entry floor very wet. We notified the front desk and they offered to move us to another cabin. We declined as they were fixing it and we did not want to pack up to move down the hall. They surprised us the next day with a free bottle of champagne and fruit delivered to our room. Nice touch for a small problem that really wasn't a problem for us. Overall I would give this cruise a big thumbs up. I do think that they do overcharge for drinks, not that it stopped us from spending a lot for them. We were able to offset some of the cost by having cocktail hours in our cabins with the bottles we smuggled on at various ports. Read Less
Sail Date April 2007
We arrived Fort Lauderdale two days before sailing and were glad we did as there was a Pro-Football game on Sunday and about 5 ships in port hotels so the hotels were full. Some of the connection group coming in a day before sailing were ... Read More
We arrived Fort Lauderdale two days before sailing and were glad we did as there was a Pro-Football game on Sunday and about 5 ships in port hotels so the hotels were full. Some of the connection group coming in a day before sailing were moved to other hotels as they had over sold the hotels in the area. Almost everyone had to wait a hour or two for a room to be cleaned even if they did get in the original hotel. The night before we had a pre-cruise party of the Connection group and about 25 were able to show up. Storms in the North-East delayed many airplanes. The boarding went very fast once they were able to start. There was a delay due to off loading a medical problem and a car accident in the port area. We were on board and dropped our carry-on in our stateroom in about 30 minutes once they got things going. Our Connection group sail-away party had about 40 people out of 56 at the aft bar on deck 10. It was great to put names to the web sign on names. We had two days at sea before our first port Our Cruise Critic/Celebrity party was on the first day at sea and from what I could tell 90% showed up. The group was hosted by John Howell (Cruise Director) and Jennifer Prince (Captain Club Hostess) it lasted about one hour. Our Connection group had a stateroom tour after the Cruise Critic Party (about 20 couples attended) . We viewed 6 different staterooms that we had in the group. On the second day at sea we went to the Normandie Restaurant with another connection couple and I must say it was the best that Joann and I have had in the specially restaurants. The staff was very friendly and talked and joked with us in a nice way yet they were formal in their service. -- an outstanding evening. With that comment we must say that this Ships Staff is the best we have had on a Celebrity cruise. From the Master Captain Skylogiannis , Hotel Director Daniel Llias and all their staff their attitude and attention to details was outstanding. We had a butler for our SS stateroom who with out question was the best we have ever had (George) The greeter (security) as you leave the ship and return is a man we call MR HAPPY if he is on our next cruise to Hawaii ,you will know who I mean. (he was on the Baltics cruise earlier this year) The captain hosted two Captain tables of the three on this cruise (He may have hosted the 3rd as we missed one night, most cruises the captain hosts one and other staff hosts the others) Cirque Du Soleil the 30 minute performance was outstanding -- the Full Theater give them a STANDING curtain call. Do not miss it! Food -- As most Celebrity cruisers know they have a 14 day menu and it has not changed in years, we knew what was for dinner without looking. It is excellent and good, but, we are ready for a change, which we understand is in the works for 2006. (we are Elite w/Celebrity) Ports -- We had been to all ports before, so no comments on the tours from us -- the tours were all very good. Disembarkation was a little slow because Immigration/Customs was done on board before bags could be off loaded. Why was it slow -- well Immigration officers were to be there starting at 6:00 AM. Well, when we were to show up (7:30 AM) there were only two (2) officers there. Once the rest showed up it went fast and Celebritys part and bag finding went fast. From the time we left our stateroom to outside was 30 minutes. Breakfast was served in the buffet area, so we went to Immigration/Customs and then to breakfast. We were off waiting for our son at 10:00 AM and we had asked for late disembarkation. Other than the fact Joann and I both got sick for the first time on a cruise and it did effect our after cruise trip to Las Vegas, but all said and done it was a great cruise due to the attitude of the staff on this ship -- The Summit. Read Less
Sail Date December 2005
This was our 21st cruise & our second cruise on Celebrity. I say that only to give the reader an idea of our cruise experiences & knowledge. Service&&&I cant say enough about this ship's staff & their ... Read More
This was our 21st cruise & our second cruise on Celebrity. I say that only to give the reader an idea of our cruise experiences & knowledge. Service&&&I cant say enough about this ship's staff & their overall service. From the day we started this 14 day cruise we were amazed at how helpful & friendly everyone was on this cruise. It is among the best service we have ever received on any other cruise line. Food was good to very good at the dining room & at the Waterfall Cafe. We believe that cruisers are sometimes to critical of the food but we rated this cruise about equal to or better than HAL, Princess & RCCL. Their specialty restaurant, The Normandy, is worth the extra expense at least once during the cruise. We were in room 9088 which is a Concierge level room. The extra service was well worth the extra expense. From the flowers, canapEs, plush towels, comfortable bed & pillows, tender tickets, priority embarkation/disembarkation, & room service menu were some of the extras. The room itself was about average, no more/no less than most other rooms we have stayed in. One complaint, try & book the 8th deck as the noise from the pool deck can be a little loud. The ship is in fine condition. A little wear here and there but overall it is in great shape for the number of years it has been in service. This is the fastest ship I have been on & I clocked it at 27 mph on my GPS. The Panama Canal passage was good. Learned much about the canal from the narrator which stayed onboard through the entire journey. The helicopter pad was opened up during the passage to allow access to the bow for a great view of the locks. Some might be a little disappointed as far as ship activities & shows go but we were happy with it. If you expect a Carnival experience you will be disappointed. The age of our passengers was older than we expected (65 up) but we believe it was because it was a 14 day trip between Thanksgiving & Christmas. We were told that the next trip to Hawaii was to have 650 children on board, a big difference from our trip. I have to mention a few extras that we have never seen on a cruise before. Cold towels around the pool in the afternoon & dockside when coming onboard. Sherbet around the pool. Extra thick towels at the pool along with padded loungers. A light & lean food area by the mineral pool offering a healthy food alternative with limited selection. Free ice cream made onboard daily. Overall it was one of the best cruises we have been on. We hope to cruise with Celebrity again soon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2005
I can say only wonderful things about Celebrity and the Summit. Yes, it's true that the majority of passengers are older....but we had no problem relating to our fellow passengers or having a good time ourselves. (We are in our 30s.) ... Read More
I can say only wonderful things about Celebrity and the Summit. Yes, it's true that the majority of passengers are older....but we had no problem relating to our fellow passengers or having a good time ourselves. (We are in our 30s.) We took the Summit for our 10th anniversary cruise and it lived up to all the planning and anticipation. The entertainment did not suit our tastes, but the Aqua Spa and the Thalasotherapy pool more than made up for that. We enjoyed lingering over dinner with our friends (also on their 10th anniversary) and talking more than we would have enjoyed a show anyway. We spent our days enjoying room service for breakfast on our balcony. (The concierge class cabins have an expanded room service menu that we really enjoyed.) We then went to the gym for a Yoga class (Have you ever tried to do Yoga on a moving ship? That in itself was pretty entertaining!) Or to the spa for a massage. We spent our days lounging in the thalasotherapy pool and jacuzzi or in the beautiful teak loungers by the pool. This area of the ship and the spa are its' crowning glory. The Rasul mud treatment has to be the best couple's treatment anywhere! The food on the ship was excellent. We have sailed with Royal Caribbean and Disney - and preferred the Celebrity fare hands down. The spa cuisine by the pool was superb. The daily lunch buffet was generally very good. We enjoyed the daily sandwich selections at the back of the buffet line the best. We did try the buffet and the dining room for breakfast, but much preferred ordering room service...it was more relaxing and the food was better. We also enjoyed the grilled hamburgers very much....and my husband and I rarely eat red meat....so that's saying quite a lot! We had the late seating, so many nights we would grab a sushi snack, do some shopping (quite a nice selection for on-board shops), and then dress for dinner. The sushi was not the best I've ever had, but it was fresh and flavorful. The dining room was superb simply because of our waitstaff. Our head waiter, Alex was so warm and friendly. We quizzed him on what to do in the upcoming port at every meal....and his recommendations were always right on the mark! Our assistant waiter, Keyan, was great too, and always in such a good mood that it was contagious. The first night of our cruise, we were seated at a table for 6. We talked to Fabio, the maitre d' and explained that since we had not seen each other in 10 years, we would prefer a table for 4. The next evening, we were moved to a table for 4. Not only that, but Fabio, Alex, Keyan, and Maggie (our sommelier) all came over to sing 'Happy Anniversary' when our dessert was served! We hadn't said a word! Fabio had filled our new waitstaff in on our story. On the last formal night at sea, he also arranged for us to sit at the Captain's table! Our hostess was the Assistant Hotel Manager, Ms. Hautaniemi. It was a lovely evening. Ms. Hautaniemi was the perfect hostess. At the end of the night, we truly felt like actors in one of the Celebrity commercials talking about how they were treated famously! The Normandie restaurant was so exceptional that we dined there twice. It is well worth the cover charge and more. The goat cheese souffle was to die for. The itinerary of this sailing was also excellent. Our husbands enjoyed the 12 metre sailing regatta and scuba diving in Barbados. We all took the shore excursion to St. John from St. Thomas and loved it. The St. John excursion still left plenty of time to explore St. Thomas. Next time, we would definitely do an excursion in St. Lucia (not enough to see on our own, wish we had gotten a better look at the Pitons) and Barbados. While our husbands enjoyed the scuba excursion, my friend and I decided to take a taxi to one of the nearby beaches to relax while the guys were gone. The port is VERY commercial, the taxi stand was chaos, and the drivers were quite rude. I am sure there are beautiful experiences on Barbados, but I would NOT try to find them on my own again. St. Maarten is great and it's so easy to reach the charming shopping area from the ship. (Taloula Mangos has a great vista of the beach and the ship and wonderful fried gouda cheesesticks!) I hope this review was helpful. We will book another Celebrity vacation as soon as our schedules allow! Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
Embarkation went very smoothly. We arrived about 11:30 that morning from a directly flight from Washington DC which I booked independently from the cruise line. We did not purchase transfers because a cab ride is less that $20 for two ... Read More
Embarkation went very smoothly. We arrived about 11:30 that morning from a directly flight from Washington DC which I booked independently from the cruise line. We did not purchase transfers because a cab ride is less that $20 for two people from the airport to the docks. Advice is to make sure that you have a passport. It will make the embarkation and debarkation go much smoothly. I traveled with a passport and my husband did not and he was the one they questioned. He was traveling with a government identification but it nearly became necessary for him to have a "birth certificate" in addition to his government ID. Word to the wise, have a passport. The ship was having a special event that afternoon in the Celebrity Theater which we attended before being able to get in our room at 1:00. The buffet was ready to serve all those that arrived early in the Waterfall Cafe. Our room was a balcony room, mid ship, and our cabin stewards were terrific. Our every wish was fulfilled. We asked that a pool lounge chair be put on our veranda when we checked in at the Guest Services desk and it was there when we arrived in our room. There were always fresh towels and ice in the bucket whenever we left our room for the entire 11 days. There was only one night that they forgot to leave for us the Daily Newsletter so that we could plan our activities for the next day, but it was not a problem to get one at Guest Services. You will want to study this newsletter at night or in the morning to make sure you don't miss any of the instructions or activities of the day. You can stay as busy as you want with the variety of activities, or just sit at the pool and bake like a fish. Remember to stuff your luggage under the bed. There is plenty of room. The rooms also have refrigerators and safes. You can also take sodas on the ship. We stopped at the local market before boarding, carried an extra duffel bag in our carryon and packed it with sodas for the week. You can join a soda program which is $5 per day. The AquaSpa was a wonderful area to hang out. We loved the AquaSpa Cafe for lunch. We ate there everyday. It made us feel better about not gorging ourselves in the middle of the day. If we needed a snack in the afternoon, there was always Tea Sandwiches, Hamburgers and hot dogs, french fries, ice cream, pizza or pasta. Believe me we tried them all. They also have veggie burgers and turkey burgers which are prepared on request and we did that a bit. The hydrospa was great after returning from a tour on the islands. We did not participate in any SPA body treatments, however we did use the gym nearly on a daily basis. There was a need to reserve treadmills on sea days which we did and had no problem. One day there was actually a gentleman waiting for me to get off mine when my time was up. What can I say about The Bar at the End of the Earth, Cirque du Soleil. It was wonderful. You either like it or hate it. It is a very interactive "event" and my husband and I became interactive with the characters and it really made for an enjoyable evening on more than one night. The entertainment on the ship was outstanding. The Celebrity Singers and Dancers, the Orchestra and the sets were unbelievable for a cruise ship. There was special entertainment with a comedian one night and he was terrific. He really spoke frankly about some of the experiences on ship and believe me when I say, you could relate to everything he was saying. Just to give you an example, when you flush the toilets it is a very strong suction noise. He made the comment during his performance that we should all flush the toilet at midnight. It would jet propulsion us right to the next port of call in a matter of minutes. Brooks Aeron an accomplished pianist was also there and we had heard him before when cruising on the Millennium. He gave two additional concerts on ships days in the mid afternoon and the Celebrity Theater was packed for a sunny afternoon. THE FOOD....We ate at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant every night. This is an event that you don't want to miss. There are other venues to eat dinner throughout the ship, but we enjoyed getting to know our waiter and assistant waiter on a personal level. We had requested a table for two when we booked the cruise 8 months in advance and when we arrived the first night we were paired with two couples that could have been our parents. Well, needless to say, that was not going to work for us. We were given a table for two that night and the Restaurant was very accommodating to find us a table for two (which was really a table for 6) however we were the only ones sitting there for the entire rest of the cruise. We don't particularly like to share our evening meal with people we don't know, and didn't care to make lasting friendships on a boat if you know what we mean. The one sad thing about the restaurant were there were many couples who never bothered to show up the entire cruise. People were assigned to the tables around us, however, they never came one night to the Restaurant. The waiters and assistant waiters make their livelihood on the tips they receive for the service they perform and if there is no one at their tables, their cruise is not as profitable as it could have been. It does not affect their level of service which was OUTSTANDING our entire cruise. We hope to stay in touch with both our waiter and the assistant waiter. The ship is beginning to show a little age. Our carpets were a bit faded in our room, the bed covering was a bit soiled, but not worn in any way and the toilet was missing a couple of pieces of paint. The wood railings on our veranda were in need of a new coat of varnish and there were small spots of rust that could easily have been maintained. Some of the ports of call were good and some were OUTSTANDING. Key West was fun and definitely a place where more time needs to be spent. Lots of eclectic shops that you will want to visit within walking distance of the dock. This is a tendered port and that experience was not hard at all. Cozumel was a bit drear. Puerto Limon, Costa Rica was also a bit drear around the port. We did not take tours at either of these ports. The Panama Canal trip is well work the money. We started by bus and traveled to the Pacific Ocean and then came through 3 locks back toward the Atlantic, docked and then bussed back to the ship. It was an experience you will not want to miss. This trip is 7 hours long, but once you are in the locks, you understand, why it is such a long trip. It is a very interesting trip that you will remember for a long time. Aruba was beautiful. Nothing like you would expect since one-half of the island is uninhabitable. The Natural Bridge is not to be missed. Pictures there will make great Christmas Cards. Grand Cayman was fine. We are not snorkelers or divers and I am sure there is a wonderful world below the surface that we did not see. Definitely would like to explore this further and then back to Ft. Lauderdale. Disembarkation was a breeze. We would recommend an afternoon flight to return home that day. Our flight was at 4:00 and we left the ship around 11:00. By that time almost all the luggage was gone from the holding area, customs was a breeze too because we picked up our luggage and were out of the building catching our cab to the airport in no more than 10 minutes. If you leave the ship early in the morning it is very crowded with everyone's luggage and you having to find yours in this room completely packed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
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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