18 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews

Was a little hesitant to book this cruise based on some of the negative reviews regarding the condition of the ship. Well, don't worry. The ship is in great shape. Of course some of the furniture could be replaced. Specifically in ... Read More
Was a little hesitant to book this cruise based on some of the negative reviews regarding the condition of the ship. Well, don't worry. The ship is in great shape. Of course some of the furniture could be replaced. Specifically in the buffet. It looks like they didn't update that in the last drydock. But by no means is the ship looking old and dingy. The staff was by far some of the best that we have seen. Always upbeat and they always make a point to acknowledge guests in passing. Its a pleasure to see the crew take such initiative. Thats what sets Celebrity apart from the other mainstream lines. They are a step above. Constantly cleaning and making sure our needs are met. The food was really good. We had an aquaclass balcony but ate in the main dining room a few times and have no complaints. Good variety in the buffets and lots of made to order offerings. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our FIRST cruise. Wonderful cruise ship. Food was excellent. Suite was excellent. Chip our butler was amazing. Service was perfect. Ship does move...yes you can feel it back and forth at times. We had no problems with any ... Read More
Our FIRST cruise. Wonderful cruise ship. Food was excellent. Suite was excellent. Chip our butler was amazing. Service was perfect. Ship does move...yes you can feel it back and forth at times. We had no problems with any seasickness. Shows were decent. Comedian had been on Beverly Hills 90210 and other tv shows. Sit in the front for interaction. There's plenty of seating. Suite guests get free alcohol and pop in one lounge without drink package. Big issue - our balcony sliding door popped loudly the second night, over and over again as the ship rocked. I really needed sleep and got very little. I hope this can be fixed. If it were a longer cruise, I don't know how I'd survive. Casino is small and has no Texas holdem poker table or room. But it does have craps! Pool was cold. Too cold to swim in. Art auction was for very expensive pieces only, like $20,000 pieces. Would love to see less-expensive Giclees in the hundreds. Do NOT bring a power strip. Your bag will get flagged and sent to security. You will have to check room phone messages to find this out or walk around wondering where your bag is as your butler will not know. We figured it out after a while. Muster Drill was extremely long, lame, and boring. Better organization might help, but Im guessing many cruisers were too lazy to get to where they should be, making those of us who followed rules wait. Many young female cruisers thought they were above the rules and continued to talk on cell phones during the drill. No surprise there. Nassau sucks. I don't know why so many people cruise on ships that go there. You won't go to the forts, they are in ghettos. We saw the courthouse. The library was closed. Junkanoo beach was run down, dirty, and small. We walked off the main drag on our own to find the Queen's Staircase, and feared for our lives. Two blocks off the main drag looked like a bomb went off, trash and debris everywhere, boarded up and open houses worse than Flint, Michigan, the area we are from. Two Bahamians were yelling at the manager in McDonalds. One was walking behind me yelling. Cruise ships should try other ports in the Bahamas, but business must be good there. I don't know why. Stay away from Nassau. Upon disembarkation, had to wait in a VERY LONG LINE. NO special line for suite guests to get off the boat. Customs was very backed up. Asked customs agent if suite guests had to wait in line, and they let us through the global express line. Worked out well as our flight was leaving and if we had had to wait in the customs line, we might have missed it. Make sure your return flight home is well after noon to be safe. Also on the last day - go ahead and sleep in and check out late. It's better than waiting in line Im sure. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I picked this cruise to be able to explore a new cruise line; after getting disappointed by a lack of service on another trip, I wanted a short vacation in case things didn't live up to expectations. But by the end of the weekend, I ... Read More
I picked this cruise to be able to explore a new cruise line; after getting disappointed by a lack of service on another trip, I wanted a short vacation in case things didn't live up to expectations. But by the end of the weekend, I was wishing that the trip was much longer; it was a wonderful vacation. The Summit is a beautiful ship, and just the size that I like. The main stairwell was beautiful and dramatic, especially when they added drapes for photos on Evening Chic night. The pool areas (family and Solarium) were beautiful; the adults-only Thalassotherapy pool and hot tubs were especially relaxing. I purchased a pass for the Persian Garden in the spa; it was a nice way to end time in the Thalassotherapy pool. I enjoy​ed the aromatherapy room and Turkish bath, although I missed having heated lounges by a huge window like on other ships. The rooftop terrace at the back of the ship was wonderful; when movies weren't playing, they had calming views of beaches or underwater scenes. While it was lovely, the Summit is definitely not new. Even with a refit in 2012 and Solstice-izing in 2016, its age shows in places: cracked granite on a vanity, rusted screw heads popping through walls in the bathroom, stains on the bed skirts, carpet falling off the stairs. Little things that will happen on any old ship. Keeping up the public areas seemed to be a higher priority than the cabins. The majority of the ship was very nicely decorated, with the exception of the creepy, glitter-covered busts in the mid-ship stairwell. The only real complaint I have about the ship's features was the lack of a promenade. There was a walking/jogging track above the pool, but it's a very small loop. A trip up the stairs to the rooftop terrace would make a lap a little longer, but still. A promenade seems like such a key feature for a cruise ship. Embarkation at Port Everglades was so simple. We arrived at ~11:15a (had to check out of the hotel at 11). Bags were immediately taken by porters and we went in to the relatively short lines for the metal detectors. After that, we headed to check in. Concierge Class has its own line and we met our concierge, Ann, while waiting. We also got invitations to a Concierge Class lunch in the dining room that day. After checking in, it was a quick line to the ship (some passengers from the previous voyage were still getting off!) and we were onboard by ~11:45. Champagne and mimosas were offered as you entered the main lobby on Deck 3 (there was a lot of free alcohol offered all over the ship during the cruise). The only negative - my bag's luggage tag got ripped off somewhere along the line (the tags sent by Celebrity weren't very sturdy) so I didn't get my bag until late that night. I had to go down to guest services, and there was a big stack of unclaimed/untagged bags, so I wasn't alone. The crew was exceptional and easily the best part of the trip. My expectations had been lowered by other cruise lines, so I was very happy to find that service isn't a lost art. The crew genuinely seemed to want to make sure everyone had a good vacation. I've never been on another ship where the officers did so much to interact with the guests. Crew v. Guests game shows and pool volleyball, a meet and greet sail away party... And it wasn't just the activities manager or the cruise director - HR, marketing, financial, etc. It was great to have faces to recognize and acknowledge all the work being done to keep the ship running smoothly. Everyone on the crew was always quick with a smile and 'good morning' or 'hello' and it seemingly became contagious, as guests would often greet each other, too. Captain Alex's PA-system announcements were very funny. Sarah, the CelebrityLife activities manager, was fantastic and hilarious at every event (even as she lost her voice). Dragica, a hostess at the Cosmopolitan restaurant (main dining room), was one of the first crewmembers we met onboard while making a reservation and she always remembered us every night at dinner. Sherwin, our waiter for the last 2 nights, always gave great recommendations from the menu, as well as advice about the ship (like the best place for breakfast on disembarkation day). He remembered both people and preferences from one night to the next, something that some other lines don't bother to do. The food was almost all fantastic. Breakfast at the main dining room was the only thing that wasn't very good. (Edible, but not worth repeating). Dinner at Qsine was outstanding; will definitely go back on future cruises. Dinners in the main dining room were also very good, with a lot of variety. Normally, the Lido deck on a cruise ship is a mad house, but Summit's Oceanview Cafe had ample seating, even at noon on a at-sea day! It also had great views and good food. The poolside grill had great burgers and it was nice to be able to do your own toppings (grilled onions, bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.) Afternoon tea was lovely, although it would have been nice to get real tea cups instead of coffee mugs (tiny nit). I didn't try the other specialty restaurants or room service. In my opinion, it was worth it to pay a little extra for Concierge Class (the difference was small for such a short cruise). Having someone to answer questions and run down problems (like a missing suitcase) was very helpful. The invitation-only sail away party on the helicopter pad at the bow was fun and unique. The complimentary bag was very useful for the pool and will continue to be useful at home. It was also nice to have the lounge/library nearby and the room location was great. As for the itinerary, I was very interested in Key West, but had been to Nassau before (I liked having a day to explore the ship with less people around and take advantage of in-port deals). Key West was as nice as expected and I'd like to go back again sometime. The Conch Train tour was a great way to see the Old Town (though I imagine the open-air trolley would be very hot in the summer). For the at sea day, I decided to purchase a 24-hour internet package (I had some OBC to burn). The speed was pretty good, maybe a little slower than 3G. One purchase could be shared by multiple devices, but only one device at a time. This was great if you had a phone and a tablet or multiple people. I also went on the galley tour during the at sea day; it was really interesting to see how they prepare so many dishes for the various restaurants. It was also amazing how much they use technology/analytics to reduce food waste and ensure they have the right kinds of food onboard based on the passenger demographics. One weird thing about the trip was that scheduled music performances kept not happening. One night, a piano performance was cancelled because they couldn't find a key to unlock the piano. Another night, a jazz performance just didn't happen (no musicians after 15-20 minutes). I'm not sure what was going on (or if the daily schedule listed the wrong location). We chose walk-off disembarkation, since we each just had 1 small suitcase. We cleared customs at 7am - 30 minutes early and while still finishing breakfast. So there was a bit of a scramble to go get our bags and get going. But the process was extremely smooth: take the elevator to Deck 3 and walk right off. Customs took a couple minutes, taxis were waiting outside, and we were at Ft. Lauderdale Airport by 7:30am. Overall, it was a fantastic trip, and I would definitely sail on Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We selected this cruise as a short get away for a group of adults. Close proximity to port; size of ship and based on prior experience on Summit. We enjoyed the Summit when we cruised on her in 2015. Now, she is in need of some TLC: ... Read More
We selected this cruise as a short get away for a group of adults. Close proximity to port; size of ship and based on prior experience on Summit. We enjoyed the Summit when we cruised on her in 2015. Now, she is in need of some TLC: painting; rug replacement; elevator repairs. Embarkation: Easy, speedy and cabins were ready before 1:00pm! Dining in the main dining room was great! We had table 430 with Shurmon and "Nelson" were pleasant, attentive and after the first day,our beverages were waiting for us. Food was great; hot or cold appropriately; nice presentation. Buffet: Great selection of food. Servers were helpful and went out of their way to assist. Disembarkation: A heads up: should you need a wheelchair AFTER entering the terminal, once on the lower level, there are NO wheelchairs. We had a member of our group suddenly in need of a wheelchair and no one knew how to get one from the second floor. We asked staff, security and no one had radio contact with the second floor! Need better preparation for emergencies. A great big thank you to Laura El Massaoudi, Event Coordinator and Jack Falconer, Guest Relations Officer for their kind assistance with our group events! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I sailed Celebrity 3 times 15 to 20 years ago. They were a notch above the others then. Not now. They are as good as any but have lost their advantage. I can say the food was great as was the staff. The bands were good but not enough of ... Read More
I sailed Celebrity 3 times 15 to 20 years ago. They were a notch above the others then. Not now. They are as good as any but have lost their advantage. I can say the food was great as was the staff. The bands were good but not enough of them. Acoustic singles and duos are not my cup of tea. The main theatre shows were a notch below the competition. Embarkation and disembarkation were rough and tiring. I have seen others do that much better. The Summit is a nice ship and the rooms were extremely quiet. The drinks were generous. While there was supposedly 900 crew to 2100 passengers, it didn't seem to me like there was enough crew. I would have liked to have seen more bands to chose from. On a 9 day cruise you can quickly tire of the same band every night. All of the bands were of top quality but I don't think an acoustic soloist and or duo are appropriate on a ship. We wanted to go out and dance and only one dance band was on board and everything they played was fast. The entertainment was a corny pianist, 2 different acoustic guitarists, a violin duo, a jazz quartet and a rock quartet. The average age on the cruise was probably over 65 and the on board music was geared to much younger. This is not knowing your customers. The shows consisted of 3 comedians, 2 singers, 1 magician and 3 nights of the ships singers and dancers. Boring. Still it was a good value for the price and we enjoyed ourselves. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Found Family Value cabin a couple of weeks before sailing only on Celebrity site. These cabins have 2 rooms with a slider partition between them, 2 TVs and 2 thermostats. Room closest to veranda slider and very large verandas has 2 sofas( ... Read More
Found Family Value cabin a couple of weeks before sailing only on Celebrity site. These cabins have 2 rooms with a slider partition between them, 2 TVs and 2 thermostats. Room closest to veranda slider and very large verandas has 2 sofas( not especially comfortable as they are sleepers). The end cabins have a veranda with a table and 4 chairs, 2 loungers and 2 lounge chairs. One bathroom. These rooms are only released at the last minute. They are not suites and do not get extra perks but the size alone makes them very desirable. Deck 9 is under the Sunset Bar on the Lido deck so there is some noise early am when the set up and at various tomes during the day. Due to the addition of Blu and Luminae the main dining room is very crowded and noisy. Many guests also do not understand that shouting in a restaurant is not cool. Shows were not well done even though the cast is very talented. Saw one comedian who was very low key and talented. Musicians around the ship were all quite good. Persian Garden on this boat is an interior room- not the loungers shown in the adverts. Beach excursion through the boat in St Kitts was very nice. Would do the one in St Martin through Twin Island excursions as much less crowded. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I will start by saying Captain Alex is running a tight ship. He has a crew with high morale that go above and beyond to make sure every aspect of our vacation was excellent and went smoothly. From embarkation to debarkation, everything ... Read More
I will start by saying Captain Alex is running a tight ship. He has a crew with high morale that go above and beyond to make sure every aspect of our vacation was excellent and went smoothly. From embarkation to debarkation, everything worked like clock work and there was never a worry or concern. The food was spot on in the dining room and the buffet. Our server Xiomara was a cut above and never ceased to insure our experience was top notch. Never a miss on any meal though there was a temperature issue at times with the after dinner coffees but she doesn't make them. The condition of the ship is superb for a ship its age. There are some spots that need some paint, but hey, I spent 20+ years in the Navy so I notice those things. And the reason they call ships "she" is because it costs so much to keep them both in paint and powder - Chester Nimitz. The bartenders and servers were quick and responsive everywhere. And the pool area, while crowded was clean and enjoyable. There could be better enforcement of the holding of chairs as we saw multiple groups of chairs held for hours with no on in them. The staff entertainment was superb and two of the comedians were very good. Sure, the age of the guest was elevated, but that is what you get in mid February. We had an excellent time with our travelling partners and enjoyed every bit of the cruise. The negative reviews seem to be from people who need others to help them have a good time or were stressed by their kids. Any vacation is what you make of it. My only concern is the obvious and blatant cost cutting. No ice sculptures, no towel animals, no midnight buffet. We wanted for nothing, but could not help but notice the corner cutting. If there is anything I would like to impart to Celebrity is that if you are going to be a luxury cruise line, you can't do it while making you cost cutting so apparent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Celebrity Review This was our 4th cruise and first time on a Celebrity ship. We´ve cruised Carnival, Holland America, and Silversea. Obviously we cannot compare Celebrity with Silversea, but for the price point we very much enjoyed ... Read More
Celebrity Review This was our 4th cruise and first time on a Celebrity ship. We´ve cruised Carnival, Holland America, and Silversea. Obviously we cannot compare Celebrity with Silversea, but for the price point we very much enjoyed the Celebrity Summit. Cabin and balcony were comfortable with plenty of space to store things. Maintained clean throughout our trip. We enjoyed the food, particularly the dinners in the main dining room. Very nice service and delicious food with good wine choices. We chose the celebrity select dining. We made dinner reservations nightly and never had to wait more than just a couple of minutes to be seated. We prefer to sit by ourselves, which we were able to do. Due to limited space, the tables for 2 are placed very close to each other. Whether or not we enjoyed a true dinner for 2 really depended on how sociable the people seated next to us were feeling. We had nice dinners both when we kept to ourselves, and when we felt as if we had a table with another couple. As we said, the service at dinner was great. There was 1 exception. My husband enjoys an after dinner drink while on vacation. A nice selection of after dinner drinks is included on the menu. He ordered one with desert each night, but it was hit or miss when, or even if, it would arrive. It sometimes appeared we ordered from the wrong person, however, this was never communicated clearly. Once we were told the assistant waiter was responsible for this. Anyway, we would have to ask for the drink multiple times. On the last evening we asked each of the 3 members of our wait team for this drink over a 15 minute period. We finished desert, then waited an additional 15 minutes. The drink never arrived, so we left. Not a huge complaint, but we weren´t making a special request, just ordering a drink from the menu. Don´t understand what the issue was. We liked the main areas of the ship. The indoor pool / solarium area is nice. The main pool is nice too, but the smoke bothered us after a while. The upper decks are quieter with beautiful views, but no pools, so it can get a little hot up there. Very pretty areas though. Only took advantage of 1 show, since we´re not very into the typical song and dance numbers. There was 1 magician. We enjoyed him, even though some of the special effects weren´t working during this performance. There was 1 comedian, and we accidentally missed this performance, which we were disappointed about. We loved the rooftop terrace and the outdoor movies. Lots of fun. There was drink service available up there during the movie. Very nice. There were some choices included as far as movies in the stateroom, and also a couple of news channels, which we enjoyed. Drink packages were worth purchasing. Embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth and easy. However the muster drill was the worst we´ve experienced. We stood indoors, in a hot & stuffy area, shoulder to shoulder, for at least 30 minutes before any information or instructions even began. These drills have always been pretty quick and easy for us on other cruises. Not sure what was going on - maybe it was just a bad day for them. We had a very nice vacation and thought the crew members were extremely friendly and professional. We would cruise with Celebrity again and would recommend this ship to others. Very nice Caribbean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Good price for a short cruise. Had never been to Key West/Bahamas so wanted this experience. The room attendant was very attentive. There was a shortage of wooden hangars and we were not given any additional ones. Really enjoyed the ... Read More
Good price for a short cruise. Had never been to Key West/Bahamas so wanted this experience. The room attendant was very attentive. There was a shortage of wooden hangars and we were not given any additional ones. Really enjoyed the therapy pool every afternoon. But there was a shortage of towels at the pool every afternoon. The food in Blu was excellent in the evening. Did not eat breakfast there, however. The wait staff and maître d knew our names from day one. The drink service staff was understaffed through out the ship, except at the Blu. Obtained our own soft drinks and water at the bar most of the time. Entertainment was above average (comparable to our experience on Solstice). Even though Summit is an older ship, it is in good shape and public areas were clean and comfortable. We would sail on Summit again based on this experience. Excursion in Key West (Trolley) was well worth the money. Coco Cay was a fun adventure and loved the beach area. The Essentials Nassau (bus tour) was too commercial (two long stops at Atlantis, rum factory, rum cake store). Only included one historical stop (fort). All in all, it was a very pleasant cruise and we would recommend this trip and the Summit. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This is our 9th cruise and comparison contained in the following review was made with Royal Caribbean (Mariner, Legend, Serenade, Splendour), Princess (Golden), Holland America (Zuiderdam), Carnival (Ecstacy) ships that we had been on. ... Read More
This is our 9th cruise and comparison contained in the following review was made with Royal Caribbean (Mariner, Legend, Serenade, Splendour), Princess (Golden), Holland America (Zuiderdam), Carnival (Ecstacy) ships that we had been on. Embarkation: Quite efficient. We got to the pier at about 11:20 am. We waited in the waiting lounge for about 20 minutes and then being led to the check in counters, the process was reasonably smooth. It was about 1200 noon when we are on board Summit. Public rooms: The decor is very neutral and does not have the wow factor. It may be mistaken by some that they were in a hotel going to a business conference. Summit does not have what RCL ships got - an Atrium running the 10 or 11 decks delivering the grand perception. It was also showing its age with some of the elevators not working properly, the broadloom in the stairwell showing wear and tear. The "dance floors" in different lounges were substandard and was a big disappointment to us and should be an embarrassment to the cruise line. We were not the only one observing that, another couple told us they had complained to the staff but of course is not something that can be fixed very easily at the sea. Staterooms: Functional, about the same size as all the other cruise lines. Not much of a surprise and none was expected. The ship is seven years old and the wear and tear starts to show and I believe it is about time to have a make over. The attendant team (Paz and Daniel) were very pleasant, efficient and friendly. Their services certainly ranked top compared with my other cruises. Entertainment: The production shows generally been good. Overall, it was only average probably because of two main factors, the cliental is very "mature" and the whole ship comes to a stop at 10:30 pm. The "Newly wed" in the "Newly wed and not so newly wed show" been only married for 10 years (yup, years and not days) and the longest been married for 32 years. Another observation, hardly anyone is around in any of the lounges after dinner. Secondly, Cruise Director, she failed to bring the crowd together and I felt she was "just" doing the bare minimum she needed to do and I am not sure whether she was on her last cruise duty had anything to do with that. The other reason was no one was in sight! We were on the late sitting and had a lot of challenge with the shows, some were at 7 pm, some were at 10:45 pm. Not sure why not having all the shows for the late sitting at 7 pm. Food: The food quality, in general, compared to my previous experience was a touch better in this cruise. The Speciality Restaurant "The Normandie" is not to be missed. The quality of food and service both been exceptional. We did the wine pairing and worth the money they charged for. The only disappointment was the "Waterfall" - the buffet cafe, the selection was ok, but certainly not any better than other cruise lines. The Metropolitan Restaurant was above average and the Waiting team, Mahayasa and Jimmy, we had were very attentive and providing excellent service. They were there to please and a couple of times when the food was not liked by my cruisemates, they were promptly changed. Disembarkation: It was very well organized and we were off quickly and smoothly. A good experience to finish the cruise. Itinerary: It was ok, the sea days before the crossing of Panama Canal was a bit much especially when there was not much happening on the ship. The sea was a bit rough on the first few days and some people got sea sick. Not sure if that was attributed to storms or not. Overall: The most common question asked must be: Will you go with Celebrity again? Most likely but I like to choose ships that are not in service that long, may be the new ships launching in 2008 or 2009. Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
Part 2: Just finished a review asking Celebrity to manage its passenger list better. More positive and achievable is to ask them to manage their passengers better when they're on the ship. People who wear swimsuits to dinner in ... Read More
Part 2: Just finished a review asking Celebrity to manage its passenger list better. More positive and achievable is to ask them to manage their passengers better when they're on the ship. People who wear swimsuits to dinner in the dining room when others are in sport coats, or people wearing beach wraps on formal night could certainly be discretely "managed." The man who complained that his granddaughter's underpants were soiled as he set her on the Martini bar and ordered a "Ketel One and don't be cheap with the pour..." could have had a discrete word with Security, and all of us would have been healthier. The men and women of a certain age and size who insisted on wearing string bikinis and smoking cigars in the non-smoking section could have been pleasantly reminded that these are publicly-shared spaces... So much of the displeasure I displayed in a previous review could have been discretely managed as a discreet hotel in Europe or a big Casino in Vegas would have done. Perhaps Celebrity doesn't find this "tasteful." Well, as a victim of these fellow-travelers, I can tell you it's less tasteful to witness and attempt to recover from their grossness. A Perfect Guest. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
The cruise was nice but not exceptional. Here are some areas most people are interested in when picking a cruise - I hope they are helpful as you make your decision. Feel free to email me with questions. 1) Food - varies by meal. ... Read More
The cruise was nice but not exceptional. Here are some areas most people are interested in when picking a cruise - I hope they are helpful as you make your decision. Feel free to email me with questions. 1) Food - varies by meal. Breakfast: We ate in the "cafeteria" all but 1 day. Decent selection, but pretty much the same every day. Some days there was smoked salmon, other days pickled herring (strange for breakfast, but good). All days, they offered bacon, sausage, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, hot and cold cereal, cheese, breads, pastries, fruit. There was an omelet station, which was good, and sometimes a belgium waffle station, which wasn't so good. Even though there was usually 2-4 paths to get the same food, the traffic flow was pretty poor since everyone comes in from the same end of the room. The other aggravation was toasting - if you want toast or a bagel, you have to ask 1 person in a central place to do it. With 2 lines feeding into this single person, it got backed up and often the rest of your food would be cold by the time you got your toast. We went to the dining room once - less selection, not really relaxing, and you can't wear shorts. Lunch: varied significantly by day in the cafeteria. Some days were lousy, like day 1, other days were very good (American theme day). Mexican was awful, Chinese was OK. Admittedly, we didn't eat there daily - we really liked the "healthy choice" offering near the spa. The food there was beautiful and delicious, even if you need to supplement it with fries or a burger from the grill (fries are GREAT!) Dinner: Dining room is nice but kind of noisy. It seems there were a lot of large tables for 10. We travelled with family and had a table for 6. All tables seem relatively near a server station where dishes clang, etc. Don't get up during dinner else you will be mowed down by a waiter! The food was pretty good most nights. Better than other cruises I've been on. As with most cruises, if you order 1 item from each category (appetizer, soup, salad, entree, dessert) you will have plenty, even if 1 or more of your choices aren't to your liking. Salads are very small - get 2 if you are a salad fan. They bend over backwards to make you happy here, so for example, we asked for escargot every night even though it wasn't on the menu, and they accommodated. As I said, most meals were pretty good. Rack of lamb was excellent, as was the chicken. Don't get excited about the lobster tails though - they were dry and chewy (not Maine Lobster). Deserts: lots of selection in the cafeteria and dining room - most look better than they are, but nothing to complain about. Desserts at the healthy area were very good - not sweet but really fresh. Cabins: We had a balcony cabin on the Penthouse deck. It had plenty of storage space - even the biggest luggage fits under the bed. You can remove the items in the minibar and use the fridge. The room looked a lot more "worn" than I expected given the ship is only 3-4 yrs old. Need new bedspreads, curtains, and deck furniture. The bed was very comfortable, although I needed more pillows and was able to request feather. The bathroom got musty towards the end of the week - we should have asked for the shower curtain to be washed mid-week. Lousy hair dryer (like a shopvac on blow). Bring one. The vanity was chipped, but the bathroom had plenty of storage and the shower had a hand-held shower head. TV choices were very limited. A bunch of ship stations with pitches for the auctions and ports, plus CNN (not headline), TNT, Cartoon Network, and one other station. Movies are pay per view and very expensive compared to home. Ports of call: I don't cruise for the ports, I cruise for the experience. That being said, I did like Costa Rica and Panama since I'd never been, and we did some nice excursions at most stops - contact me for more details. General: I don't recommend this cruise unless you are 65+, since that's the avg age I'd guess. There was very little to do during the 4 days at sea, and the entertainment was positively AWFUL. There was a good comedian 1 night, but other than that, it was mostly song and dance similar to a high school production. Don't get fooled by the Cirque du Soleil stuff - there are 2 "aerialists" who do a short performance on 2 nights as part of the show. They are very good but sitting for nearly an hour to see 7 minutes of good performance is not a viable trade-off. There is also a funky bar on deck 11 that features Cirque theses some night. It's odd, and not suited to the cruise passenger population. Shopping: decent selection of stores, auctions (art and wine), etc. Casino: good - big, lots of tables and machines - decent payouts, and fun competitions during sea days Movies: they have a theater but play 3rd rate movies only a few times a day that generally conflict with other activities (like dinner or excursions) Health Spa: double or triple the cost of home, but you'll get a 40% off coupon for 1 service if you book an excursion. They also have specials. Bottom line - we had a good time because it was vacation, but I won't sail Celebrity again until I'm in my 60s. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
This was our sixth cruise, previously cruising twice on Princess and three times on RCCL. Three of those were my wife and I by ourselves and two were with out two daughters in their late teens/early twenties. I am writing this review for ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise, previously cruising twice on Princess and three times on RCCL. Three of those were my wife and I by ourselves and two were with out two daughters in their late teens/early twenties. I am writing this review for people that are planning a cruise and trying to select a cruise line and ship that best suits their age and lifestyle and have broken my review into the sections that I believe are key in that selection. The Ship. The ship was built in 2002 and is about 92,000 tonnes yet it seemed no bigger than the Princess and RCCL ships we cruised on earlier in the 75,000 tonne range. There was no atrium to speak of nor a grand mall such as the RCCL Voyager class ships boast. The ship was very understated which I assume is to make it "classier" than some of the competition, but I preferred the artwork and a bit more glitz on some of our earlier cruises. Overall we were a bit disappointed in the ship itself, perhaps because our expectations were higher since Celebrity is advertised as a premium line. The one feature that we loved was the glass covered indoor pool/spa. The water was about 95 degrees F and had jets and recliners around the perimeter. There were also two hot tubs and a sauna that were not over crowded at all. Restaurants. The main restaurant was nice but certainly no nicer that those on our previous cruises and not in the same class as the three story restaurant in the Voyager. The Waterfall grill and cafe on the pool level (where we ate breakfast and lunch each day) were long and narrow which seemed unusual because the other ships all had a round restaurant at the top. This resulted in long walks to inspect the buffet lines and to find a table. The upside was that all tables were close to a window. There was also an outside section at the back which we enjoyed. We found that the various sections along the buffet lines were closed and covered a great deal of the time which we found somewhat frustrating. A number of people commented that the buffet was more refined than other ships because the serving trays had white linens on them and because there were servers to dish out the food rather than spooning it out yourself. I suppose that's a nice touch but wasn't a big deal for me. One evening we missed the early seating in the main dining room and didn't want to wait till 8:45 for the late seating so we decided to try the Waterfall grill/cafe for supper. We were surprised to find there was no buffet, but rather a section had been cordoned off and that full service meals were offered. After a bit of a lecture from a self-important restaurant manager about the need for a reservation (who knew?) we were seated and had a very nice meal and still made the early show. Food quality. The food was very good in general, but again, nothing out of the ordinary compared to our past experiences. Each night there was a fish dish, chicken, beef and one other like lamb, pork or veal. I don't know if it was the selection or just me, but I found myself having the steak more often than I usually do on cruises - I get great steaks at home and like to try different things on my cruises. We didn't eat in the Normandy Room because we couldn't see paying $60 when the meals in the main dining room were more than adequate. We did get feedback from others and I would say they were split 50/50 between those who loved it and those who were very disappointed. The food quality in the Waterfall grill was the same as other buffets. The hamburgers by the pool were great and the pizza was good as well. One of our favourite touches was the sushi bar but it was opened from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. only - and since we had the early sitting at 6 p.m. and the show ran till 10 p.m. our only option was to go after dinner, load up a plate and take it back to our room to enjoy after the show - probably "frowned upon in better circles". The Shows. Far and away the best entertainment of any cruise we've been on. The four Broadway style shows were the best we've seen and they had two male and two female singers - one of each was outstanding. Other shows included a female soloist who had been the lead in Les Mis and Evita in London's West End; a young woman in her 20's who played violin, clarinet and saxophone and had played an Prince Charles' 50th birthday party; and a pianist who we truly enjoyed. Of course there was a magician and a comedian the other two nights - both quite good. The Itinerary. The itinerary was great and probably the main reason we selected this cruise. We had not been to Costa Rica, Panama or Aruba and found them all very interesting, particularly Costa Rica and Panama since they were not simply Caribbean tourist stops. One suggestion I would offer is to do some research and try to book excursions privately ahead of time. You will save money, Get a more personalized service and see things you wouldn't see on the ships' excursions. You can do so safely by reading reviews and following chat rooms to find the local providers who get the positive comments. The Demographics. We found this cruise had the oldest group of cruisers that we have yet encountered. Apparently out of 2000 passengers there were 18 children. We saw almost no teenagers or young adults. If we had brought our daughters on this cruise it would have been a disaster, both because of the lack of people their age and the lack of fun activities around the pool or after the shows - there was some but very little compared to other ships we've been on. It was a bit too quiet for us as well, but clearly their target audience was retirees who want peace and quiet to have a relaxing vacation Conclusion. We very much enjoyed the cruise because of the itinerary, the shows and because we enjoyed our table mates (all of whom were older than us - a couple of pups at 52). However we probably wouldn't go with Celebrity in the near future simply because we're not really their target audience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
This was cruise #13. Others include the Norway, Norwegian Wind, Ocean Princess, Grandeur of the Seas, Carnival Destiny, Celebrity Horizon, Celebrity Mercury, and others whose names have passed from memory. Maybe I am getting jaded but ... Read More
This was cruise #13. Others include the Norway, Norwegian Wind, Ocean Princess, Grandeur of the Seas, Carnival Destiny, Celebrity Horizon, Celebrity Mercury, and others whose names have passed from memory. Maybe I am getting jaded but they seem to be losing their lustre. The ports on this last cruise were not the most memorable, especially Costa Rica and Panama. Costa Rica is very poor and does not encourage solo trips outside the port area. Panama could not protect the cruise line tours from labour problems forcing the cancellation of all tours. Took a taxi to the canal on our own, not much to see other than the canal locks that we could tell. Not even pleasant scenery. The tall ship tour in Key West was cancelled without notice. Finally we were told on the pier after waiting for some time. We purchased the tour on board but after being spoken to like we were less than human by one of the tall ships crew members, we were then told that the tall ship never ever had offered a tour at that time of day. Celebrity, hello there !! Key West and Aruba are good stops, Curacao is a bit iffy. Embarkation is slow, probably due to the staff resembling that of the cast of Cocoon but not as fast moving. Debarkation was quite good compared to others we have experienced. Food was just acceptable to O.K. Buffets were nothing special. The dining room service was very good, probably gratuity driven but whatever it was good. Entertainment was very good, especially the singers and dancers. The cruise director was invisible except at the end of each show in the theatre. Perhaps he felt he might have to mingle with the passengers, heaven forbid. He certainly paid a great deal of attention to the officers at the special Celebrity hosted functions. One member of the staff in the shopping area of the ship, not sure of his name but he had a British accent and gelled black hair, was probably the most arrogant and useless clerk I have encountered anywhere. Nice ship and cabin staff but most ships offer the same features to some degree or other (with the exception of the Norwegian Wind, what a mess). Not the best cruise I have been on but probably due to the choice of ports, so so food, and the ridiculously high average age of the passenger list, which appeared to be much higher than we have experienced in the past. I believe one of our table mates was called Methusaleh. Two members of our dining room table were on dialysis and one managed to spoil every ones dinner by being sick at the table just before the main course. Not done on purpose of course but it certainly didn't do much to enhance anyone's appetite. Maybe it is time to look at an island/golf vacation at a nice resort for a change. Read Less
Sail Date November 2004
Celebrity Summit November 15, 2004 - W. Caribbean - 11 Day Cruise Ship: Am comparing this ship to previous cruises the past 4 years (CostaAtlantica; RCI Radiance of the Seas; Norwegian Sun; Carnival Spirit and Legend and HAL Oosterdam). ... Read More
Celebrity Summit November 15, 2004 - W. Caribbean - 11 Day Cruise Ship: Am comparing this ship to previous cruises the past 4 years (CostaAtlantica; RCI Radiance of the Seas; Norwegian Sun; Carnival Spirit and Legend and HAL Oosterdam). This three-year-old ship is tastefully decorated in a low-key way. It does not exhibit the glitz and gaudiness of the new ships we have been on in the past four years. All common areas are coordinated in terms of color and fabrics, most pleasing to the eye. At 91,000 tons she is indeed large and very spacious. Much varied and beautiful art work throughout the ship. Very nice common areas including Celebrity theatre .. one of the nicest, best decorated and well set up in terms of rows, fixed tables, and space for people to get by those already seated. Revelations lounge ... large area for dancing on deck 11 (where the DJ and band plays every night. Waterfall cafeteria (breakfast and lunch) - light, bright and nicely decorated; Cosmopolitan main dining room. Elegant in a word! I also felt that the ride was a little bit smoother than most ships! Had no problems with the much publicized gas turbine engines. Ship's guests: Only 30 children on this ship! More mature average age than most ships. All well behaved! Many many dressed up on the ship's three formal nights. Most men wore tuxes. Could not help but notice that there was a significant number of British residents on this ship. Room: 7193 far aft, port side is spacious 1B category (190 sq. ft.) with small balcony. Lots of storage room. Larger stall shower than most ships. Lots of shelves in bathroom, below the sink. Hair dryer in bathroom above the commode. Balcony room is comfortable though not as large as we had on HAL's Oosterdam last Xmas. Balcony is cramped and confining. Note: the balcony rooms at the dead back of the ship have larger balconies. Route: Key West; Costa Rica; Panama; Aruba; Curacao (substituted for Grand Cayman). Key West: Took the $22 Conch train tour that we booked on land. Same price as ship .... but 30 minutes longer than ship's tour. Nice way to get the flavor and feel of the whole area. Did a $25 pp private taxi tour of Costa Rica with the Tortuguero canal. When you get off the ship go past the tour vendors and walk into air-conditioned building right before the main road. Tours are cheapest there ... by almost half. Canal ride is mostly a very pleasant boat ride. We did see a few sloths and a lot of birds and lizards. No crocs. Nice shopping at the pier -- numerous vendor stalls ... offering beautiful wood products, cutting boards, entire salad bowl sets for $25. Your can certainly find some nice souvenirs there ... and some bargaining can be done. Probably the best souvenirs of the whole trip! Transportation vehicles were on strike the day we pulled into Panama. All ship's tours were cancelled. Shopped at the pier. Not much there, except large, local supermarket where we bought inexpensive souvenirs. Heineken Draft beer was only 65 cents per can at liquor store right at pier (vs. $4.50 on board). Needless to say we brought cans on the ship. Most interesting thing at the Panama pier were the miniature monkeys children were passing around ... $1 for a picture. Sweet little creatures. Enterprising young children. Missed Aruba due to virus or food poisoning (from meal the night before? ... Scallops) .. very ill the whole next day. Was not the only one who got sick on the ship. The last four days we heard many comments about people who were sick. First ship I have been on where I got sick.. Fernette Branca (bitters) did not help. That's a first. In Curacao we took a local (group bus) tour of the island $25 pp.- 2 hours. Although we did not shop downtown, the bus did drive through many streets. Looked like a lot of shops. Island is charming, upscale, very European in feel and yes, those colorful painted houses are everywhere on the island. Shopping at the pier is dismal. Walk from the pier to downtown is easily 15-20'. It was definitely the rainy season in Curacao. Service: High point of this ship is its service. Superb! Employees seem genuinely happy, eager to meet and greet and willing to help out in anyway they can. Mendes our room attendant was the most efficient we have ever had. Our waiters/assistant (table 484)- Erol and Clikson were wonderful. Clikson even performed a magic trick every night at the end of the meal and shared the secrets of the magic with us. We tipped all of these individuals beyond the suggested gratuity (which we charged to the room). Entertainment: This got better as the cruise went on and overall was very good. Four shows by Celebrity singers and dancers ...each one was better and better and incorporated more sets. Two female vocalists had superb voices. Samantha Jay ... talented British musician (plays 3 instruments) and Tommy Bond (pianist) were great entertainers. Kevin Flynn was a good comedian, but we have seen funnier on most ships. Celebrity band players were great. Very versatile players. Cruise Director: Don. Very nice addition to the ship. He is the right age (maturity) related well to passengers of all ages, particularly the mature audience that is prevalent on this ship. He is most visible at night in the Celebrity theatre and the various venues. He was in a word ... a most gracious host. His young assistants could learn a lot from him. Ship's newsletters: Best of any ships. The most informative, the longest and simply well done. You were never lacking for information even on a ship where there were very few PA announcements. Embarkation/Debarkation: Smoothest, easiest and quickest of all the ships! Wonderful and greatly appreciated! I doubt that this system will ever be topped anywhere else. Food: Unfortunately this is a very weak point of this ship and perhaps shocking since everything else is so well done. It was not only our opinion, but also that of our table mates and many people we met. The only exceptions being the Aqua Spa Cafe and the The Normandie alternative restaurant, which I will cover further down. The food in the Waterfall Cafe (breakfast and lunch) was mediocre at best. Not appetizing, not great tasting. Pizzas were good if you got a slice fresh out of the oven. The pasta bar always had overcooked pasta and weak tasting sauces. Hamburgers and hot dogs ok, nothing special. French fries were good if you got them right out of the deep fryer. Did not sample the sandwich station, which is at the back end of the ship, not conveniently located. Many of the meals in the Cosmopolitan restaurant ultimately were disappointing. Soups consistently over salty, appetizers nothing special. Entrees .... Roast beef repeated constantly ... fish not a forte. Desserts were also nothing special. There were a few exceptions ... Rack of Lamb (offered two nights out of 11) was very good, but overcooked each time. Rack of Veal (last night) was actually good. Lobster (tail) was ok. Not mushy as described by other reviews, firm but lacking a good taste that one would expect. It was nice size, however. Exceptions: Coffee onboard is very good. Gratis beverages: tea; lemonade; punch and guava juice. If you like soppresata salami ... the real stuff ... it usually was at the Waterfall cafe every morning. No prosciutto until the last night at the Cosmopolitan ... on melon as an appetizer. One meager slice. I asked for more. We found the lunches at the Cosmopolitan restaurant even more disappointing than the Waterfall cafe. Bread was good on this ship! Aqua Spa cafe: This is a separate low calorie, cold plate area located past the pool where creative and light breakfasts and gourmet looking lunch plates are created. Very nice touch. Cold soups also available. Appetizing in looks and taste. No other ship has this upscale menu. The Normandie: The $30 pp alternative dinner. Don't miss it. It will be the only best food you will have on this ship. Room is beautifully decorated. Service is supreme and food the best you will have anywhere. Try the warm goat cheese soufflE. The Chateaubriand for two ... most divine cut of meat ... and any of the desserts ... especially the Bombe (white and chocolate mousse). Don't miss the cheese trolley with the finest aged cheeses that you can sample. Make sure to pick the aged goat cheese! Again, those of you who rebel at paying additional for a meal ... don't let the meager $30 cause you to miss the best meal you will have on any ship ... or even on land. It is that special. Pools: High marks for decent pools. Large salt water pool 15' x 35' - could actually do laps when it was not too crowded. Thalassotherapy pool .. adjacent to main pool is next to Aqua Spa cafe and actually is a very large Jacuzzi that has three forms of stimulating, pulsing action: on each side ... a set of pipes that you lay on that bubble and pulsate; in the center .... One very large pulsing stream that you "try to stand in front of" and get the biggest blast of bubbles from ... and four sky high spigots that come down on your shoulders and give you one heck of a shoulder massage. This gratis pool is a godsend for adults ... and it is free. No $15 a day charge. Thank goodness. Gym: Well equipped ... as nice as you will see on any ship. With appropriate amount of weight bearing equipment! Which most ships do not have? Nice workout, exercise floor. A lot of exercise classes (free and paid for ... are offered.). Can't comment as we did not use ... but the spa services were always busy. Since it is next to the gym we could easily see this. The ship appears to offer a myriad of spa packages. Overall Rating: 1-5 (1 being the lowest; 5 the highest) Ship: 4 Food: 1- 2 Service 5+ Route/Ports: 4 Entertainment: 4 Cruise Director (Don): 4- 5 Ship's Events: 4-5 Ship's Newsletter: 5 Embarkation/Debarkation: 5 Read Less
Sail Date November 2004
First Cruise --- so excited --- spending 25th anniversary on a ship for 10 nights! Flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before - stayed at Embassy Suites - great hotel, easy complimentary shuttle service to Pier and free breakfast! Got to Pier ... Read More
First Cruise --- so excited --- spending 25th anniversary on a ship for 10 nights! Flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before - stayed at Embassy Suites - great hotel, easy complimentary shuttle service to Pier and free breakfast! Got to Pier earlier than tickets reported - and glad we did. Waited in outside line (moving smoothly) for about 1/2 hour, and then got into the terminal building, and snaked through more lines and then sat for about 45 minutes. Went through all the security drills, then finally got on the Ship at about 1:30 and into cabin. Had balcony cabin - IA category guaranteed (might not do in the future). Had a tower/ladder off to the left side of our balcony that obstructed our view of the ocean/sunsets. Bathroom way too small, and shower stall too confining w/shower curtain! Celebrity can do better on their bathroom sizes! Bed comfy - king size! Room attendant was friendly and responsive to more bed pillows, ice, etc. Some nights - 5 p.m. rush - ice never came before our late seating dinner time though. Entertainment on the ship - we thought it was entertaining. Some shows/entertainers were better than others, but overall, the ship did a good job at providing a variety of entertainment. The Cruise Director, Simon, was the best (well, it was our first cruise) and we thought he was great! We were often rushing through the final bites of dessert just to get to his next "Music Trivia" game in the Lounge! Yes, we are easily entertained! The Acapella Group on board - SOULD OUT were excellent too - so we followed their schedule all week to hear more! Food - well, the dinners were great, not too much food though (unless you asked for seconds, etc.). The Belgian waffles were good - but we found the lunch foods at the "buffet" to not be worth much! Lunch at the Cosmo Restaurant was better. Room service worked well too - asked for items not on menu and got them! Husband ate burgers several days (timing bad for main restaurant lunch due to ports and activities on shore). Pizza was OK. The Gala buffet was gorgeously displayed and delicious (but those coming from late dining just couldn't eat much -- and then most of it went to waste, due to lack of interest by cruisers??). As non-smokers and coming from CA, we really noticed the smokers on the Port side --- and tried to stay away, but sometimes, you couldn't help passing through - especially walking through the casino. We attempted to use the outside decks as much as possible, just to avoid the smokers. Ports of call - well, the islands pretty much looked alike. We focused on shopping during most of the stops, and took 1 shore excursion on St. Lucia which took us on a short island tour, Batik Factory/Shop, and Beach stop. Watch out for the locals who bombard you at the beaches - (guilt trips ---tourists, money, help our economy, etc.) If you can, take the ferry from St. Thomas to St. John and tour that island. The beaches are less crowded and you can actually relax and enjoy yourself without getting hounded to buy something. Sea days were well spent on the ship, as there was always something going on that interested us. The pool area lounge chairs were in high demand on sea days - can't report on the pool, spa, hot tubs - never used them. We did notice that the over 55/60 crowd was the majority on the Summit - so if you enjoy low-key cruising, the Summit was the place to be. For our first cruise, that's what we chose, and we were happy with that decision -- it was a memorable trip, and we would recommend Celebrity again -- keeping in mind what type of experience you are looking for. Read Less
Sail Date October 2004
We thought we try another cruise line to see where they stand compared with RCI. The ship is the Summit and we were told by a lot of people that you will have great food and a real good time. The rooms are great and the people took care ... Read More
We thought we try another cruise line to see where they stand compared with RCI. The ship is the Summit and we were told by a lot of people that you will have great food and a real good time. The rooms are great and the people took care of us all the time. The main setting for dinner was 8:30 for us. We like to take our time and enjoy the day. We asked for a table for two, but received a table for 8? We booked in June of '04 and thought we would have no problem. Wrong! T he service was good and the table was very interesting. The food was ok, but not what we were told. I cook and I can tell you, not enough food to start and a very simple foods. The pool chairs were gone before 8:30 in the a.m. Celebrity line needs to do a better job in letting people hold 5 to 8 chairs. Their pools were good except for all the loose tile in one of them. I did find someone to tell and he said they knew about the problem three cruise ago???? So why not fix it? You could have cut your foot if you stepped on them wrong. My wife and myself felt let down on this cruise. We have gone on 12+ and the age difference was far older than a good mix of young and older people. There was no tv to see sports shows (Red Sox). The one they had was at the slots mech. The ship went to sleep by 9 p.m. there were no people around. That tells you how old most of them were. I have to say one thing. Boy can they dance!! We will see what the Star Princess has to offer this month. Have a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2004
Loved the cruise, but had very inadequate service in the cosmopolitan dining room for breakfast and lunch... mentioned it to our waiter Mario... who was wonderful... and he told us to complain, because they did not have enough kitchen ... Read More
Loved the cruise, but had very inadequate service in the cosmopolitan dining room for breakfast and lunch... mentioned it to our waiter Mario... who was wonderful... and he told us to complain, because they did not have enough kitchen help.. that's why everything was so slow.... the last time we tried it for breakfast we waited over 15 minutes for coffee....without stopping at our table ..... we had to flag waiters down....and the service staff was surly and gumpy...it was not up to Celebrity status.... also felt the Island tours were poor... we took a great one in St Maarten... and art tour, so we were so excited to sign up for others on St Kitts, st Thomas and St, Lucia.... on St Thomas and Kitts... the tours just led us to places that sold tacky items.... every stop!!!!also both tour guides had poor english and did not know anything... on St Kitts the guy would read all the signs... never explaining anything... nor could he answer questions.... we like to stay with the ship tours but these were expensive and disappointing... then in St Lucia... I found on a website the recommendation of jungle tours with Gerald Lecompte.... do not sign up with him...., the tour was awful... almost made us late for the boat and we missed one of the sites.... it cost us $80 per person... what a rip off.... never again will I take a recommendation from a website...not only that ...the tour guide drank rum punch the whole day... and fell asleep on the wild trip home.... I also thought that celebrity should have offered more snorkeling tours... I waited to sign up due to weather and stuff... and all were sold out immediately.... that's why we ended up with the island tours... in Barbados we rented our own cab and also rode the bus from the beach to the ship.... that turned out to be one of our better days... Needless to say.. it is buyer beware and I have certainly learned my lesson.... we cruise a lot and travel a lot... so this was a hard experience to have.., I thought I knew it all.... what a mistake that was.... Love celebrity line and will continue to use them... but with the understanding that I have to lower my expectations...I feel the cruise lines have to take a bit more responsibility for the trips they recommend... and should clarify that drivers need to speak english... Last year on the Infinity tour thro the Panama Canal... we had a young female student guide us through a full day trip in Costa Rica... she was grand and got a huge tip from all of us....Once again... I have just had such high quality from Celebrity in the past... that this experience has shaken my confidence... I hope all readers learn from my experience and do more research on the offered tours.... and fort lauderdales parking and baggage pickup was awful.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2004
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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