4 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews

Cruised on the Celebrity Summit 14 months ago. It was a very good experience. I do not know what has happened but, if this one was our first cruise. We would never have cruised again. Easter weekend, 2018, this was our 60th cruise. Not ... Read More
Cruised on the Celebrity Summit 14 months ago. It was a very good experience. I do not know what has happened but, if this one was our first cruise. We would never have cruised again. Easter weekend, 2018, this was our 60th cruise. Not with Celebrity. We are priority and it might as well been our first boarding. Entered the building a few min. after 12 noon. No priority line when you walk in. You are with everyone. All cruisers. After the luggage scan. Back in line. They had priority and non-priority. You would never think that it was that way. Both had as many in line waiting. Once you finally were entered in the system. They had to go somewhere to get your boarding pass “Room key “It took almost an hour from entering the building to getting onboard. Mind you, this is a very small ship. 2100 guests. Two months ago getting on RCCL Harmony, it took no more than 20 min. tops. Very fast boarding and super fast debarkation. Not on this ship. We were told it was because the ship was docked at a location for a smaller ship. This is a small ship! Finally on board, it was now after 1:00PM, usually by this time all the state rooms are ready. We went to ours and got kicked out in a jiffy. All the plumbing was shut down. My wife needed it and needless to say she was very worried. We were on the bottom deck near the aft section. Come to find out, only one men’s room and one ladies room were working. Top deck, front of the ship. You can imagine the line. Plumbing was fixed 3 hrs. later. Just before getting underway. A sigh of relief from everyone. I will try to make the rest as short as possible. The shows were boring. Over and over the same thing both days. Very repetitious. Singers were average to poor. Dancers were almost in sync. Food, never hot, warm at the best. The ship was super ice cold. Your food got colder very fast. Many wearing jackets and sweaters. I asked why is it so cold. The response was. You are the first person ever to say that. (Ya Right) Did not do the dining rooms or specialty restaurants. Buffet deck 10, food every day was almost the exact same. I must say. The burgers were excellent and so were the fry’s. Far better than Guys’ on Carnival. Guess what I was eating. Pasta section was also great. Nassau to Key West. Never go to Key West as the last port. Once before we did it and it went fine. Customs in Key West. No Customs in Ft. Lauderdale. Not this time. Early morning in Key West we had to do Customs. If not a $3000.00 fine. Staying on or getting off. No matter. Guess what, debarkation in Ft. Lauderdale. Customs again. Both times all they did was look at your Passport picture and you and say Okay. Nothing else. What a joke. The ship itself was well kept, our state room was also. However the bed was like a rock. So if you want to sit and read. It was a great cruise for you. So glad we know what great cruises are like. Just not this one. Guess we are lucky to hit only one bad one out of sixty. Looking forward to the nest. Booked on the Celebrity EDGE for next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We picked the cruise because it had better ports than a similar one on a newer/better ship. We assumed that the days at sea activities would keep us happy the two sea days on each side of the four ports of call. We were horribly wrong. ... Read More
We picked the cruise because it had better ports than a similar one on a newer/better ship. We assumed that the days at sea activities would keep us happy the two sea days on each side of the four ports of call. We were horribly wrong. On the plus side, the food was really good almost every day and we found something to enjoy at St. Kitts, St. Marteen, St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico. That's about where the good ends. We ate dinner once at the Tuscan premium steakhouse and it was fantastic. (always bargain for a deal - 2 for 1s were easy to be had). Embarkation was pretty smooth. We thought that since this took place over a winter break for schools in many parts of the country it would be kid friendly. It was not. I didn't ask but I'd say the average age here was at least 62. Our NCL cruise had an average age of 42. Service in the restaurant was generally very good but I would rate it as mediocre to bad everywhere else. For some reason the Maître d'hôtel insisted on seating people right next to each other even in an empty restaurant and some of the tables are literally 3 or 4 inches from each other - it's like eating at a community table. I had an issue with some maintenance guys ruining my morning and sent what I thought was a pleasant note to the Chief Engineer suggesting his teams who need to do work in a public space guests are already using simply say hello and share the duration of their assignment so the guest can make an informed decision. I got no response. The guest relations crew was mediocre - one guy was really good, one guy was really rude, everyone else seemed to be unhappy to be at work. Attendant was fine but nothing special. We missed the towel animals more than I thought we would - I guess it's an NCL thing. The ship experience itself was a major disappointment. In talking with some of the crew, this itinerary with back to back sea days is notorious for an ancient crowd. At 46, I was easily one of the youngest men on board. There are scooters and wheelchairs and walking canes everywhere. There may be 20-25 other kids besides mine (which is not altogether terrible as kids can be as spoiled or worse than these wealthy old people). The consequence is the ship's activities are very geared to really old people. The high points of their activities were things like a guy talking about the book he wrote 15 years ago on the best players in major league baseball history. He things Barry Bonds - a known repeat cheater - is number 1. Three of the four days at sea offered very little of interest to us. They don't even show movies in the theater - they do it on a fairly small rooftop terrace where there is enormous competition for seating with people who aren't even there for the movie. They use the theater during days at sea for bingo which is a shame because it's a nice venue. The last day at sea I literally got up at 6:30 to go claim a spot to see the movie Trolls at 1pm. To be clear, I am saying the best way I could think of to spend 6.5 hours of my last day of vacation on this ship was sitting in one spot waiting for a really average movie to start. Entertainment on the cruise was okay. Our only other family cruise on NCL had far better entertainment. They did have some live music around the ship that was pretty good - probably better than half their big evening shows. Cabin size was good but the people who say the staterooms/bathrooms need work are basically right. We did not fully appreciate the evening dress code well when we were packing. Our focus was on the two "formal/evening chic" nights but to eat at the main restaurant or see a show you actually still needed to be somewhat dressy every other night (long pants, nicer shirt). We made it work but with all the focus on their move to evening chic, it's easy to lose sight of Celebrity's desire to "honor this grand sailing tradition" of a dress code for dinner and the evening shows. Disembarkation was a disaster until you got to customs and immigration. Anyone with even a little experience in queue management would have found six our eight process improvements without trying very hard. The mandatory safety briefing was useless and long and will end up getting people killed if there was a real event (these things need to be realistic to provide any actual life safety value). The gym looked nice but it was like 100 degrees in there all the time. When I'm done with a vacation I like to ask, "If I had to do it again knowing what I know now, would I do it?" In this case the answer is 100% no. We gave Celebrity over $4k all told plus airfaire, dog boarding, etc. so all told we spent nearly $6 for the getaway and it was beyond a doubt the worst spent vacation money of our lives. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
our 25th anniversary! we wanted to do it right so we spent about $2,300 dollars including airfare for 5 nights in a room with a window (not a balcony) so we were expecting awesomeness. NOT! i will start with the crew and captain. they ... Read More
our 25th anniversary! we wanted to do it right so we spent about $2,300 dollars including airfare for 5 nights in a room with a window (not a balcony) so we were expecting awesomeness. NOT! i will start with the crew and captain. they were awesome, so sweet, so genuine. other positives were the premium drink package. it is awesome!! vitamin water, red bulls, Evian water in giant bottles(although they ran out of big bottles by day 4), tons of beers and premium spirits! the clubs are beautiful but we did not have any luck with the music except for motown night. they have a "silent disco" which was weird. you wear headphones to hear the music so basically it works if you are drunk, other than that, it is stupid. there was some live music here and there and it was ok but honestly, it was "Marty & Bobbi Culp classically trained singers". (just google Will Ferrell's marty culp SNL skit) the bed was comfortable and the room was clean. the toilet never really worked and actually the entire floors toilets malfunctioned for a few hours. was pretty smelly and gross. room stewards with masks, etc. getting on and off at the ports was easy and quick. cant say that about the disembark. there is no "express" disembark. they say there is, but there is not! the entire ship gets off 2 elevators at a time! had to be out of the room at 7am. YES 7 AM! that sucked! there is very little entertainment. 2 bingo games in 5 days, one comedian and no comedy club. One show with 2 times every night consisting of singing. no costumes, no sets, nothing exceptional just plain and frankly boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nothing you can not see at a local high school. the food! breakfast- not one item i ate was piping hot. items were cold or room temp. bread was stale and it got worse as the week went on. in contrast, the coffee which was mcdonald's hot, was so acidic, i visited the restroom 3 times in 1 hour that day. drank tea after that. lunch and dinner: hamburgers, turkey or veggie burgers by the pool or a buffet. the lunch and dinner buffet food is exactly the same every day. mediocre on day one and as the week went by, we noticed the food at the buffet tasted more and more like the food served days ago, because it was. they must never throw anything out. they just keep on adding to it. i had a stomach ache on day 4 and full blown by 5. i was not alone. you had to hold your nose as you walked through our hall. so was it something i ate or a bug? we will never know but i think it was something i ate. there is a homemade pizza place in the buffet at night. that was probably the freshest item we ever ate. ate twice in the big dining room. servers are awesome. food is boring and mass produced. nothing we ate was ever "Delicious". the desert tables were a joke. cake icing and the cake on every cake or cup cake had a stale crunch. cookies are cheap, mass produced and frankly not worth the calories. not one desert was "delicious". this cruise over priced! spoke with other mates who felt exactly the same! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The Summit is different -she is white-the service though is still the same, excellent. I was expecting much after the dry dock period but it seems that only the hull was repainted CduS was not ready but hey who cares we are back cruising. ... Read More
The Summit is different -she is white-the service though is still the same, excellent. I was expecting much after the dry dock period but it seems that only the hull was repainted CduS was not ready but hey who cares we are back cruising. Embarkation was a dream and for all those wondering about CC Don't bother, (Only so I can make sure its available when I book again). Seriously, you are treated special from the moment you arrive at the pier it took us 20 minutes and we were on board sipping our welcome champagne and reacquainting ourselves with the ship. This was very easy as the deck plans are very easy to understand and the Summit is so easy to get around. Our cabin on Sky deck 9125 was perfectly placed for the elevators and also the stairs -- the extra touches from CC class were nice and the room was light clean and the bathroom was well fitted with nice big towels and bathrobes, the flowers were a nice extra. The Cabin Steward whilst smiling and friendly was not as attentive as those we have experienced previously and needed to be reminded and asked 2/3 times before some things were sorted and he just did not seem to do the job as well. Maybe I have been spoilt in the past but hey he was 7/10 and was always smiling. The overall service on Summit is 1st class in my opinion, and the in room service is the best I have experienced. Breakfast on the balcony was superb, you can choose from the full menu and it was always delivered on time and hot take advantage of this service. The food as you would expect was very good, plenty of choice and a good selection of Entrees-our waiter and Asst. were probably the best we have had and also the Maitre D' was informative and did not just visit at the end to get his tip!! Visit the Normandie --The food and service are second to none and would cost an arm and leg ashore. Expect very fine dining the food is rich and flavoursome the Soups are delicious as is the Cheese board, well worth $30. The Buffet dining was also quite good and the pasta and Soup and Sandwich stations are good options. The area at the back of the ship is a great place to have lunch, there is nothing better than enjoying a nice lunch with wine watching the wake from the stern of the ship as you sail to your next Caribbean destination. I will not talk about itinerary as I think this is a personal choice and also most have been covered in depth previously. The deck areas are spacious and we always found a bed the pool was freezing and maybe Celebrity should think about heating it a little as there was hardly anyone using the pools even though the temperatures were in the 80's. The Spa is great and the extra touches like shaving cream etc. in the changing rooms/Sauna was good to see. The entertainment around the pool was normal cruise type -join in if you want or sit and read, the band was quite good played all the usual pool songs and also did spots in the rendezvous lounge. There was also a duo here that played before dinner again the usual soup music to dance to but of good quality. The bar staff were always friendly, they made you feel like you were at home in your local bar-and nothing was too much trouble. Michaels Club -no longer a cigar lounge -was our favourite venue. The entertainer was 1st class and this reminds me of a Vegas Cabaret Lounge, I cannot speak for the Theatre Shows as we did not see any but all the Artists we did see perform were 1st Class. As you would expect from Celebrity. Disembarkation was as usual like a Cattle-market, get a porter to take your bags through customs, you will sail through. Overall this was an excellent cruise Summit is a beautiful ship and the staff and crew deserve a lot of praise for their hard work and attention to their passengers comforts. Hope this has been of use. Read Less
Sail Date February 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

Find a Celebrity Summit Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click