15 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Caribbean - Eastern Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews

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
This was our 5th Celebrity cruise. Maybe it was an exception but they were a lot of negative points during this cruise. First of all, I will start with the Celebrity website. My account was always locked, had difficulty with the purchases ... Read More
This was our 5th Celebrity cruise. Maybe it was an exception but they were a lot of negative points during this cruise. First of all, I will start with the Celebrity website. My account was always locked, had difficulty with the purchases and the online checkin. If you go now, you will notice that they still have alerts for the hurricane which were in 2017. The copyright is still 2017. It is a big fail if you don't take care of your window with the cruisers. Now for the cruise itself. Please keep in mind that I'm French and writing this review in English. There maybe some errors. My husband and I had a Concierge class room. We expected an priority check-in, it wasn't the case. They mixed everyone up when we arrived, even though there was a line in consequence. The ship was small then the other ships we cruised on. The getting around was easy. Everything is accessible. With the Concierge it was advertised that there was an exclusive embarkation lunch, which again wasn't the case. We went to the Oceanview Cafe. The buffet is small but with a good selection. Every day it was a different theme. Starting at 4h00pm, they offered tea time treats. We never tested the buffet for dinner but what they advertised was interesting. We had the late night dining. The service was perfect. The food was good. The fish and meat are always too cooked, but I expected it. Since I have allergies, they made me choose my meal for the next day in advance, to make sure that it was safe. Now the entertainment, this is were it was mostly lacking. The activities were mainly for the early diners. At 10:00 pm, we had one late night comedy and 2 games where people were shouting at 2 captains to reply the answers. The traditional entertainment like The not so newlywed game, The liars club, ... was not on the program. The cruise director was always repeating the same jokes. When you had the chance to cruise with the cruise directors, Richard, Sue and Chloe, the bar is set pretty high. Patrick wasn't in the same league. Manuel was cool and did a good job. The production dancers were good. Most of the singers were good. I liked to be entertained on a cruise. This wasn't the case most of the time. Service at the dining room was excellent as previously indicated and the Coffee shop also. However, every where else, I felt that the servers were tired and did not want to be there. They seemed indifferent. I even asked for a coffee americano at the OceanView and the server brought me a filter coffee, like I wouldn't notice. Due to weather, Punta Cana was replaced by San Juan. Captain Charris had our interest in mind. We had choppy waters one day and it would have been the same the following day. Instead he diverted his route, even though it would be longer, for a calmer cruise. The ship is well kept but it need to be updated. The roof was even leaking at the Revelation. The water wasn't always working. Once we had black water. There was some odor in the hallways. We had 3 days at sea and it never felt crowded. Our favorite place was the rooftop terrace. Finally the disembarkation was perfect. You don't wait. We were out in 15 minutes. I will travel with Celebrity again since we are now at the Captain-Select tier, but not with the Summit. 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
Let me start out by saying that this cruise was our 5th. We have done 2 Norwegians and previously we have been on Celebrity Silhouette and Reflection. After some serious research we have decided to remain loyal to Celebrity as they seem to ... Read More
Let me start out by saying that this cruise was our 5th. We have done 2 Norwegians and previously we have been on Celebrity Silhouette and Reflection. After some serious research we have decided to remain loyal to Celebrity as they seem to suit our life style. We like good food, exciting cocktails, fantastic service and an older more refined crowd that still likes to enjoy themselves. We chose Summit this year because of the Caribbean itinerary. We want to go to places that we have not yet been which starts to get a little difficult after having been on 5 cruises. Summit is an older, smaller ship than those we have sailed on in the past however, reviews were good and a smaller ship can be a more intimate experience they stated. We opted for the Aqua Class having done Concierge class on past Celebrity Cruises. In a nutshell, it was explained to me by Celebrity Aqua Class generally includes all the amenities of Concierge Class plus additional perks such as access to exclusive Blu restaurant and the Persian Gardens Spa. The boarding process was painless and stream lined. One of the first things I noticed once on board was the age of the ship. Although maintained well one could not help but notice the rust that is inevitable when saltwater comes in contact with steel. Having never sailed on an older ship one could not help but feel a little sad to see what was once been a grand lady of the seas starting to show her age. Not a deal breaker but lesson learned. After taking a walkabout the ship we were ready for some lunch. Upon arriving at the main dining room we were informed that the lunch this day was only for Concierge Class. Whoo, Whoo, Whoo, stop the clock. We're Aqua Class. Aqua Class is higher on the food chain than Concierge and Blu is not open for lunch. Where are we to eat? Well, where else...the buffet. People cruise for many reasons. Some people cruise for the all you can eat buffet. We're not one of them. If you've never been to the buffet on a cruise ship it’s a feeding frenzy. I don't want to come off as an elitist, I’m not, it’s just that we are more quality than quantity although we have been known to enjoy the buffet for breakfast and coffee on port days before an excursion. OK, not a deal breaker just another lesson learned. Blu was nice with amazing service. The staff were attentive, remembered our names, preferences and always seated us quickly. The food was what I would consider average. After several nights we started comparing the Blu menu to the Main dining room menu. This night we liked what was being served in the main dining room so we decided to eat there. It’s a different experience. Blu is small and intimate. The main dining room is grander with its 2 story ceiling to floor windows, grand stair case and is more akin to the tradition of cruise ship sailing from days gone by. “Table for 2 please.” “What’s that? Were Aqua Class and we have to eat in Blu?” “But we don’t care for the menu in Blu tonight. I’m sorry sir but you must eat at Blu”. And before we could say a word the hostess was on the phone with the matra de at Blu explaining to him that 2 of his diners had gone rogue and were currently off the reservation, no pun intended. We returned to Blu where our matra de was waiting for use. He seemed genuinely disappointed in us. We told him that we love Blu, it’s just that this night we decided to go for a change. Would it be possible to order off the Main Dining room menu? After all both restaurants share a common kitchen. We were told that this would be nearly impossible and would take forever. Do you see where I’m going with this? Perhaps we are just not Aqua Class people. Perhaps, just perhaps were are Concierge people. After it was all said and done we were able to get the meals from the main dining room in Blu but not without feeling a little like pains in the ass. OK, I have yet to have a bad day on a cruise ship and these turn of events were far from doing so. It’s like going to a restaurant and ordering wrong. There is nothing wrong with the meal. I just didn’t care for it. Getting back to the age of the ship. Did I mention that it was starting to show her age? She was. And along with that it seemed that a lot of things were not working as they should. No deal breakers but accumulatively it started to become a Nuisance. Let me give you a couple of examples. Our refrigerator in our room didn’t work, no problem they replaced it however the new one never really got to temp. My card would not work in the door to our cabin. It would work for a while and then it would just stop. I literally had to have it changed 4 times. The door to the balcony would not stay open in high seas. I would put the deck chair in the door way to keep it open while we slept. The bottom of the shower door did not make a good seal and the bathroom floor would fill up with water during showers. We did the best we could until the seal completely fell off. I told our cabin steward about this and told him that I would leave the seal in the sink. The remote for the TV did not work and had to be replaced. When we had returned to our cabin it still had not been repaired. One night we stopped into the wine cellar for a happy hour. My wife had 2 glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, her go to drink and I had a Monkey Shoulders Scotch. Keep in mind I am not a Scotch drinker I ordered it because I like the name. The next morning we saw a charge on our account for $70.00. When I enquired about the charge I was told it was for 2 glass of wine and a glass of scotch. Whoo, Whoo, Whoo, stop the clock. I have the Premium Drink package. Did I mention that I was Aqua Class.? Shouldn’t your bartender give you a head up if you are ordering something out of your package? Shouldn’t you have to sign something if you are ordering out of package? I was pretty sure I did not sign anything and I told the Guest Relations Rep that if I did I would own it but I don’t think I did. And to add insult to injury I would have enjoyed the scotch a hell of a lot more had I know what I was paying for it. In the end they voided the charge. Anyhow I’m rambling. Despite this less than stellar review I still love Celebrity and I have already booked my next cruse on The Equinox in Jan 2019. I still feel that Celebrity is a great value and will continue to cruise with them. Hope this is helpful. More to follow....................... Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My wife, our two sons (age 24 and 20) and my wife's parents went on the 9-day Christmas cruise aboard the Summit departing Ft. Lauderdale on December 17th. This was our 9th cruise ... our second on Celebrity with the first on the ... Read More
My wife, our two sons (age 24 and 20) and my wife's parents went on the 9-day Christmas cruise aboard the Summit departing Ft. Lauderdale on December 17th. This was our 9th cruise ... our second on Celebrity with the first on the Century in 1998. Past cruises being on RCI, Carnival, NCL Norway and Dolphin. This is also our second Christmas cruise with the previous one on RCI Brilliance of the Seas in December of 2002. There were some Christmas decorations but not nearly as many as on the Brilliance. We brought along a 3-foot tree for our cabin. What a wonderful cruise. There really is a difference on Celebrity. While food and entertainment are usually good on most major cruises, Celebrity does the little things that set them apart. Things like cold towels when returning to the ship from shore excursions, cloth hand towels in public bathrooms, welcome aboard champagne and mimosas, no annoying announcements and photographers who are not always in your face. CABIN -- Our cabin was on the 8th deck, midship and included a verandah. Very roomy with about 190 square feet and an additional 40+ feet verandah. Celebrity has some of the best laid out cabins and includes hair dryers, safes, mini bar refrigerators plus plenty of closet and storage space. PUBLIC SPACES -- No neon or glitz here. Just very classy colors and wood accents. The atrium is only 3 decks high and not as large as on other new ships but, like many things with Celebrity, understated and elegant. The Celebrity Theatre is beautiful with great sightlines and state of the art sound and stage. The Rendez-Vous Lounge, Champagne and Martini Bar, Revelations Lounge and all public lounges are classy and very seldom crowded. The pool decks are crowded on sea days as expected. However, the indoor therapy pool is for adults only and not usually crowded. DINING -- We did not eat in the Normandie speciality restaurant because the food in the Cosmopolitan was always excellent. I had read that the food quality was not as good as in the past on Celebrity but that was not our experience. The entrees were especially good and cooked to order. Soups were usually very good as were desserts. The only negative is that the portions are sometimes small. However, in terms of quality, the food was better than the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel vacation we just returned from. The casual Waterfall Cafe food was varied and good although sometimes seemed to fancy for a casual buffet. You sometimes have to go to two or three different lines to get everything you want. For lunch they usually had two pasta stations, a deli station, a featured food of the day station (Mexican, Italian, etc.) and the buffet line with various meats and vegetables. They always had two ice cream stations open in the waterfall so don't miss these. They also served burgers, hot dogs and pizza at a pool station. 24-hour room service is also available and service was fast. They even call just before they are to deliver to give you a heads up. SERVICE -- In a word ... excellent. Our cabin steward was efficient and friendly but very unobtrusive. No towel animals here. Service in the Cosmopolitan Restaurant was probably the best we have ever had. Vlaho, our waiter from Croatia, was formal in his service and friendly. These guys really work hard to make your cruise even more enjoyable. Several nights he brought salmon or another entree that was not on the menu if someone wanted something different. Everyone was friendly and always spoke. ENTERTAINMENT -- Again, some people think Celebrity is far behind in stage shows. Our entertainment was very good with a couple of excellent singers. It was much better and more professional than that on the Carnival Pride last year. However, it was probably not quite as good as on the Brilliance. It would be nice on longer holiday cruises if they had some name entertainment like RCI but we had none. Music in other lounges was very laid back with a 4-piece string quartet, singing quartet, a guitarist and a duo in the Rendez-Vous. Pool entertainment was typical Caribbean. Shopping is very good on this ship with some excellent bargains on jewelry, watches and liquor. They do have a movie cinema that is nice but the screen is small and the movies were not very recent. Casino is like most others on ships. PORTS OF CALL -- St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts and St. Thomas. EMBARKATION - DEBARKATION -- Stayed at Springhill Suites prior to cruise and were able to park at the hotel free. They have transportation to and from the port. There was no cost to drop us off but we had them pick us up after the cruise and it costs $6 per person since we were not checking back into the hotel ... still cheaper than port parking. We arrived at the port at about 12:15 and within 15 minutes were in line to get checked in and on the ship by 12:45. Debarkation was easy and we were off the ship by about 9:45. CHRISTMAS HAPPENINGS -- On Christmas eve, cruise entertainment staff and guests gathered around the atrium and sang Christmas carols for about 45 minutes. On Christmas morning, every cabin received a gift from Celebrity ... a small piece of luggage that was actually pretty nice. One thing that really bugged me though. On Christmas morning, Santa gave out gifts to all children in the Atrium. Santa was a FEMALE. Come on guys. Surely there was a man on board who could have played the part. OVERALL -- An excellent cruise and would do it again in a minute. If you have questions feel free to send me email at blueboro@msn.com Read Less
Sail Date December 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 arrived a day ahead of time and stayed at the Lago Mar - which was a very nice hotel. We arrived at the pier around 11AM and did not have a long wait. We sat in chairs for about 10 minutes and then proceeded into the lines for the ship. ... Read More
We arrived a day ahead of time and stayed at the Lago Mar - which was a very nice hotel. We arrived at the pier around 11AM and did not have a long wait. We sat in chairs for about 10 minutes and then proceeded into the lines for the ship. After we went through the "Picture" station, we asked for the pier coordinator (our TA suggested we do this for upgrade) and happily we were allowed to upgrade to the Penthouse. As we waited for the paperwork, I noticed a couple next to us and he was wearing orange. As a Cruise Critic member, we had agreed to wear orange to board, and I asked if he was hot. His facial expression was something to see....it turned out that they were indeed "hotters" and we had a good laugh about that. They were also looking for an upgrade, and were able to grab our cabin when we "vacated" it. Two happy families....Already, this cruise is good. We had to wait for our room, so we went up to the 10th deck and had a lunch. It was good and we enjoyed watching everyone getting on board. Without a doubt, the cabin was awsome. The Cruise Critic [Connections] party was set for Saturday morning, but we had arranged to meet around deck 11 port side and met up with a bunch of "hotters" that evening at sail away. We even made it into the cruise video. It just keeps getting better. The food: The food was good and a variety was available every meal and in-between. The ports days, it seemed we always wound up at the pasta bar - but I did not mind that. Normandie was wonderful as I remembered from 2000. We even met up with SAM who was with us in 2000 and he talked us into comming back a second time with promises of Steak Diane, which is not on the menu. We went back, of course. The butler we had, Roderick, was even better than others we had raved about. He anticipated every need, and was always available when needed. He helped me with several parties and he was always smiling. Maria, our room attendant and her helper were great and we enjoyed getting to know them. The public rooms were all very nice and never crowded. The shore excursions were on the whole very good, except for St. Kitts Railway disaster. That had more to do with the weather, though, so I cannot really say it would have been bad if the weather had co-operated. (See ports of call) Entertainment was exceptional. I always enjoyed it and my husband even became a part of it on one night. Naturally I will be able to show everyone when the cruise video comes. (He made it too) Fitness & Recreational was always available. There were no large lines, which made it nice to go when you wanted. Value for price was OUTSTANDING. I had a blast Overall cruise was really nice. I met a lot of great people and would love to cruise with them and Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2004
Here's my review of our trip on the Summit, April 16th through 26th, 2004. You will see some cross references to Holland America in this review, as I had only been on one other cruise line RCCL (7 days), which happened to be my first ... Read More
Here's my review of our trip on the Summit, April 16th through 26th, 2004. You will see some cross references to Holland America in this review, as I had only been on one other cruise line RCCL (7 days), which happened to be my first cruise. Holland America was my 2nd cruise and was my favorite. So, this was my 3rd cruise. The reason for the comparison between Holland and Celebrity was because they were both 10 day cruises. Embarkation was a breeze. I could not believe how quickly we got on the ship. We arrived at 11:15 am and were on the ship by 11:30 am. A lot quicker than when we sailed on Holland America last year. The champagne welcome when you entered the ship was a very nice touch. Holland America also had the champagne welcome. They were still getting our stateroom ready when we boarded, so we walked around the ship, made spa appointments and had lunch, then it was off to see if the room was ready for our arrival. They were done and we dropped off our carry on. The room was adequate, but not as large as Holland America. For the money, Holland America does have a much larger room and verandah as well as additional special services with their Deluxe Verandah Suite which included, free laundry, dry cleaning and pressing, in room VCR, hors d'oeuvres every evening. The room that would have been equivalent in money and space to Holland America's Deluxe Verandah Suite was Celebrity's Celebrity Suite, which did not have a balcony or verandah. Therefore, we chose the 1A which turned into the Concierge Class because of the balcony. We would have had to go up to the Royal Suite which would have been a little larger, but would have had a large verandah, in order to get equivalent to what we had at Holland in the Deluxe Verandah Suite. The money difference would have been approximately $2,500.00 more per person going into the Royal Suite. We had breakfast a few times on our balcony, but found it to be quite small compared to Holland America which had a table with 4 chairs and 2 lounge chairs on its verandah and still room to walk around without bumping into one another. We also had dinner a couple times and had to be very creative with the placement of the dishes and lids. One thing that Celebrity doesn't do that was a very nice touch on Holland America was that Holland Americas room attendant or butler brought your luggage in from the hall and placed it on your beds. With Celebrity, you were on your own to retrieve your luggage from the hall. We unpacked our clothes and put them in the drawers and closet and discovered that the shower had quite a bit of mildew in it and looked as though it had not been cleaned in a month. As soon as we brought it to the Chief Housekeeper, Yani's, attention, it was taken care of and cleaned . We had a new Cabin Attendant, Edwin. It was his first trip, but once he realized what we wanted, which basically consisted of ice, everything was handled and he was very accommodating. When Edwin wasn't around, his Assistant, Bijoy was right there to answer our needs. Around 2:00 we headed for the pool bar to have a drink, relax and to meet some of the people from the Cruise Critics board who would be meeting at 3:00. It was a lot of fun putting the faces with everyone who we talked with on the boards for so many months prior to sailing. At 4:00 we had The Muster Drill which went very smooth and done in record time. Off we went to Revelations Lounge for our sail away. We met one of the bar tenders, Omar, and became fast friends. He always had a smile on his face and was eager to please. He never forgot exactly what you wanted and how you wanted it. The DJ in the Revelations Lounge name was Ginge. He was most accommodating in playing what you wanted to listen too. The door decorations we put up seemed to multiply; thanks to some wonderful and wacky people we met...Rick and Kathy. They decided one night, as we were up in the Revelations Lounge dancing, that they were going to sneak down and put all these balloons on our door. We now refer to them as the balloon people as well as other loving and adoring titles. They also enjoyed moving around our fish every day in different positions on the door. Many people commented that it was easy to find their own rooms by our door decorations. We also decorated the balcony with these tropical flags. Next year we will choose some brighter and bolder colored ones so they can be seen easier when we look up from land. I can't comment much about the first 2 days at sea as I was a little sea sick. I'm not sure if it was really rough out, or the size of the ship that made it roll more than the smaller ones I have been use to, but it was a rough couple of days for me. Quite a few other people were talking about the motion and pitching of the M Class ships as well. I was told by another passenger about this wonderful pink pill which you only take once a day. What a difference it made. I went down to Guest Relations and they gave me an envelope with 4 pills in it. I used them for the last sea days going to the different ports and the 2 sea days coming home. It didn't bother me the port days, but the seas weren't as rough. Could have been because we were between land masses, or just in my head. Who knows? All I can say is thank God for the little pink pill and for Brian upstairs at the Waterfall Bar who suggested I try this certain kind of Italian bitters. I know I'm going to spell it wrong, but here goes...Fernet Bianca. It was the worst tasting stuff I had ever put in my mouth, but within minutes my stomach was settling down. I've never eaten a tree bark, but I can only assume that would be a similar taste. I had a massage the 2nd day at sea which was glorious. Between the little pink pill, the bitters and the massage, I was feeling much better. I think I actually floated out of the spa. Besides having the breakfast bar each morning, they had an omelet station. They also had a waffle, pancake and French toast station. Very nice touches. During lunch, not only did they have the lunch buffet, but they had a pasta area where you could get pasta and whatever kind of sauce with all the trimmings that you would want made right there to your liking. In the back of the Waterfall Cafe they had a place that made a special and different kind of sandwich every day (i.e.: philly steak sandwich, tuna melt, reuben, etc.). That too was a nice touch. These are some of the things that Holland didn't offer and should think about offering. One of my favorite places before heading to dinner was the Martini Bar. Their Chocolate Martinis were to die for and my sister enjoyed the Dirty Martinis. We always had Rose Ruiz who waited on us. She always remembered what we liked. One night we did the Martini tasting, but I didn't find anything I liked better than the Chocolate Martini. That was probably the one thing missing from our cruise with Holland America, no Chocolate Martinis. Another of our favorite places was the Casual Dining Blvd. It was in the back of the Waterfall Cafe and opened around 5:30 pm. They ask that you make a reservation sometime during the day if you are planning on going there to eat. There is no additional charge. It had wonderful food. Equivalent, in my opinion, to the Cosmopolitan Dining Room. The head waiter was wonderful and very attentive to every little detail. The staff under him was friendly, and seemed to enjoy their jobs immensely. The tables were set with linens and very well done. On the other side of the Casual Dining Blvd. was the Sushi Bar. If you liked Sushi, it was excellent. Just beyond the Casual Dining Blvd. and the Sushi Bar was the aft deck. We would wander out to the aft deck after dinner to have a drink and listen to the performance of Ron, who if you closed your eyes you would think that it was Santana performing. A couple we met on the ship had their stateroom in the aft about 3 floors under Ron and his music. They said they loved sitting out on their own balcony having a drink and dancing to his music. Very Romantic. We did not get a chance to eat in their specialty restaurant, The Normandy, but heard from others it was well worth the extra money. $30.00 if I'm not mistaken. Expect to spend approximately 2 to 2½ hours dining at The Normandy. They have two pools, both of which are saltwater. On Holland America the pools are fresh water, which I really like better than saltwater pools. One is their regular pool where all the activities,entertainment and music is. They also have the Spa Pool which is heated and has an area on each side of the pool where it is really bubbly. Almost like a hot tub. The Spa Pool is for adults only...no children. Well, everyone has heard of the pool chair "Hogs". They are alive and well on the Summit. But, the Pool Attendants did a wonderful job of overseeing and making sure everyone had a seat and if chairs were left unattended too long, there belongs were moved. There was a group of people on the ship that took over the Spa pool area. They had 2 tables that they played cards at and were VERY loud and also had about 5 of the teak lounge chairs with all their stuff on them that they weren't using. No matter where you go you'll find people with little to no manners. What a shame they were brought up by wolves. A lot of fun things happening daily poolside. A definite area not to miss. You will be entertained. The music was great too. The age group on our cruise was about the same age group that was on Holland last year. We didn't notice any difference in age from one ship to the other. They had some very interesting pieces of art throughout the ship. Very Contemporary. I will always remember Simon Weir (Cruise Director) and his rendition of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" Not only did we see it in person at the show one night, but we watched it the next day on the Celebrity TV while getting dressed for port, when they showed it, over and over again. And we laughed, over and over again. Definitely not to be missed. The Assistant Director, Stewart Turnbull, was one of the best we had seen. His expressions and energy was unsurpassed. Hopefully Stewart will get his own ship soon and become a Cruise Director. He definitely deserves it. Lauren, on the Activities staff, was a major asset to the team. She had only been on the ship for 1 month, which surprised me, as she seemed so comfortable with her position that I thought she had been on for years. She had this infectious energy and fabulous smile. She's definitely a keeper. On Celebrity they had Karaoke and also a Talent Show put on by the passengers. This is something that Holland America didn't have and would be a great addition to their roster. I have to give credit to all those who got up there and sang and danced. What a great time. Some of them were even good. I remember on Holland America how visible the captain was, which was nice. He was usually on the dock to greet everyone who got off the ship on most port days when he could. You could also see him around the ship and ask him questions and he was very friendly and accessible to all the passengers. On Celebrity, the only time we saw the Captain was the first formal night. Never saw him again. I chose to use their internet for $2.00 per email instead of using mine for $.75 per minute. By using theirs, I could write a very lengthy email or spend as many minutes on writing as I wanted. But remember, it is $2.00 per email whether you send one or you receive one. I had timed my self and on an average per email, either reading from my husband or writing to him, I spent an average of about 10 to 15 minutes each time. So I figured I made the right choice. Now on to shopping, my favorite. Found some great jewelry and linen deals in St. Maarten. Also found a lot of the jewelry to be less money in St. Maarten than in St. Thomas. I really liked Mac at Ballerina Jewelers in St. Maarten at the terminal port as soon as you get off the ship. He would really work to get you his best price possible. They also have another store in town as well. The French side was very quaint and we enjoyed a great lunch at the marina. In St. Thomas I wouldn't go anywhere else but Celebrity Jewelers in Haversight Mall which is the shopping area as soon as you get off the ship. The person to see there is Mark for great deals. They also have a store in downtown St. Thomas as well. The Liquor in St. Thomas is about the same in St. Maarten, but if you get it in St. Thomas, you can bring more back. St. Lucia was a fun place to get off and take the ferry and go shopping. They have this wonderful shopping area with all kinds of stuff and local crafts. The people were very friendly. In Barbados I found this wonderful sterling silver jewelry and acquired a couple pieces. As far as St. Kitts goes, unless you have booked an excursion, there isn't much shopping there. This island is flatter than the other islands we went to. It does look like they are trying to get together a nice area of shops, but doesn't look like it will be finished for some time. Maybe at the beginning of next season. Disembarkation was smooth. What takes the longest time is to find your suit cases. We even saved the flags from the balcony decorations and tied them to our suit cases hoping to spot them quicker, but they seemed to blend in. Maybe next year I'll paint my suit cases a neon yellow to find them quicker. Happy sailing to all. Remember, it's the journey that counts. Cindi Read Less
Sail Date April 2004
Review of the Celebrity Summit - Eastern Caribbean March 5, 2004 Susan and I booked our winter vacation almost a year ago. We had been on the Constellation a couple of times and all the Century class ships in both Europe and the ... Read More
Review of the Celebrity Summit - Eastern Caribbean March 5, 2004 Susan and I booked our winter vacation almost a year ago. We had been on the Constellation a couple of times and all the Century class ships in both Europe and the Caribbean, but had heard marvelous things about the Summit - and the itinerary looked just right - 10 days, including 2 sea days in the beginning and end. Another plus was that the cruise left from Fort Lauderdale - just a 2-½ hour flight for us. We originally booked 6131, one of Sky Suites with an oversize verandah. Then we were able to switch to 6146, one of two Sky Suites that adjoin the Penthouse Suites. This is a beautiful room, decorated just like the Penthouse Suites, slightly larger than the normal Sky Suites, also with a larger balcony - and a really great bathroom. Even though we had read some complaints on the boards about noise from the Penthouse, we decided it was too beautiful and special to pass up. We ended up thrilled with our decision. We had an absolutely great time with the added bonus of the best weather we have had on a cruise in the Caribbean in the past 4 years. The review will be in four parts - 1) Pre-Cruise, 2) The Ship, 3) The Ports and 4) Post Cruise and Wrap-up. I hope you find the review helpful if you are considering a cruise on the Summit or one of the other great Celebrity Ships to the Caribbean. Pre-Cruise We are pretty active on the boards, so we quickly registered for the Cruise Critic Party and found the specific cruise thread. The cruise thread was very active, but mostly with the same 15-20 folks. This is pretty typical. We were able to make some friends on the boards ahead of time, and arranged to be at the same dinner table - as well as make some other plans. This worked out great - and now that Celebrity lets you request dinner companions ahead of time, is something I am sure more and more cruisers will do in the future. We did some research on hotels and restaurants, since we were flying in a day early (always a good idea!), and decided to try Price line for the hotel. We weren't able to get one of the better hotels on the beach, unfortunately, and ended up at the Wyndham by the Airport. Because the hotel wasn't really near anything, we rented a car from Hertz for the day. We got a full size car for $40 and it did make it easier to run errands, meet up with the pre-cruise folks for cocktails - and would have allowed us to drive down to Hollywood Beach for dinner, had not the bridge gotten stuck!! When we do this again, we'll be a little more savvy on how to get one of the better hotels - but renting the car was a great idea - especially since Hertz had transport right to the ship the day of the cruise. The Wyndham was fine for the price ($90 in high season). Check in was easy and our room was clean and the bed was pretty good. There were a couple large groups also using the hotel - I believe all booked through tour agents for one of the ships leaving the next day - but the hotel was not overly crowded. One guest complained that his room was dirty and he couldn't get ice - but we had no problems. We looked around the pool area, and it was nothing special, and since we didn't have much time the afternoon of the 4th, didn't hang out down there. We brought 3 special bottles of wine with us, but wanted to purchase a few more bottles for the ship, along with some rum for our flask. Rosie from the boards (JNL Rose) had recommended a liquor store across from the Embassy Suites on 17th street, and her recommendation was right on. We found some very nice wines, well priced, and some good Tortuga Rum to help spice up our drinks. We had brought an extra piece of carry on luggage to bring it on board, and had no trouble. We then went to the Hyatt Pier 66 to meet some of our fellow cruisers for cocktails (this was arranged by Tommycruiser). It was a very pretty bar at the top of the hotel, and it rotates in a circle in about an hour. There is also a nice observation deck from where we saw a beautiful sunset. There were about 20 of us who met for cocktails and conversation and it very nice. Around 6 p.m. we stepped outside to the observation deck as others were leaving for dinner. We met some great folks from Ireland there on vacation, and chatted about our upcoming end of summer trip to their great Island and watched the sunset. It was then time to drive down to Hollywood where we had dinner reservations at an Argentinean restaurant we found through Fodor's, right on the beach. Unfortunately, we never made it. As we left the hotel to turn east on 17th to back over the bridge traffic was stopped. After 20 minutes cars started turning around and coming back towards us the wrong way!! Finally, someone came down and said the bridge was stuck, and it could be an hour before it was fixed. We joined the convoy in illegal U turns and went back to the hotel and had a great dinner at their outdoor restaurant right on the water. Great conversation with our waiter from Philadelphia, a super martini or two and great veal made us quickly forget our original plans!! We'll get there next time!!! Of course, 10 minutes after we sat down for dinner the bridge was fixed - and we later found out we could have turned the other way, gone down the coast road and crossed over another bridge a mile down the road - but not being from there, we wouldn't have known. The next morning we slept in, re-packed our carry on bags and returned the rental car around 11:30. We were at the ship by 12 noon. Since we had E Tickets, we had to prepare our own luggage tags at the pier - but the porter was very helpful and we wound our way into the holding area. In the holding area there must have been about 300 folks already there waiting to board. But because we were both Select CC Members and in a suite, we got moved to the head of the line, and we were on the ship by 12:30. Very smooth embarkation. The Ship The Summit is the third of the 4 M class ships, and it was almost an exact copy of the Constellation, which we have been on a couple of times. We liked the color scheme and art more on the Summit - a little more subdued and classy, we thought. Our suite - 6146 - was just as beautiful as we had seen before on the Constellation - especially the bathroom. The bath was all marble, with large double sinks, an extra large 2 person shower and a separate full size bath. The balcony already had two deck chairs with covers, 2 chairs and a small table. When we met our butler, Kenneth, we asked for a larger table so we could eat our breakfasts outside and one appeared later that afternoon. Drawer storage in the room is more than adequate but the closet is a tad small - especially for a 10 day cruise with 3 formal nights - but we did fine. We needed some items pressed right away for the first formal night which was the next day and the service was prompt and the prices reasonable. I mentioned our butler was Kenneth from a Portuguese part of the Indian subcontinent. He was superb. He took the time to get to know us - always brought us 3 cappucinos in the morning - always asked if we wanted 1 or 2 in the late afternoon - and if we weren't in, always knew to leave us some cookies in our room. He arranged for wines to be delivered to our table for dinner, shined my shoes, got our cleaning back promptly, and set up a beautiful table each morning for breakfast. We ate outside 8 mornings and it was the perfect way to start our day. We had read on the boards where some butlers were late, or didn't set up the table with proper linens, but Kenneth did a great job with everything. If you are lucky enough to get Kenneth for your butler you will be treated royally. And say hi from us! To be perfectly honest, we rarely saw our cabin steward(ess) and her assistant, but the room was kept sparkling clean. If we needed anything, though, including extra towels, it was Kenneth who was there to help us. The cabin stewards must love working the suites with active butlers - I'm sure they have a lot less to do. Everything in the room worked like clockwork (unlike our Royal Suite on the Constellation last year which always seemed to need some repairs). The 19 inch TV comes with a DVD player, that can also play CD's for music. While not as grand as the plasma TV's in the Royal and Penthouse Suites, it was fine for us, since we didn't spend an inordinate amount of time in our suite. We usually watched a bit of CNN to catch up on the news and used the DVD player to listen to music. But if you book a suite and like to watch movies, feel free to bring some on board. They also have some you can borrow while on board - ask your butler for the current list. You may need to ask for directions on how the lights and window shades/curtains operate as it is a rather unique button system. It took us until half the cruise to figure it all out. There is a door adjoining the room to the Penthouse - and the Penthouse bedroom is just on the other side - so, yes, you can hear some noise. Our neighbors were relatively quiet, the only constant being that their wake up calls always seemed to come a half hour before ours, and since we could hear it, we were always awake a little earlier than we would have otherwise liked. It has been our experience that most of the cabins on M Class ships are very quiet, and it was only because of the adjoining door we heard anything at all. We had second seating in the main restaurant. Because we changed our table from one of 12 near the center of deck 4 to a table for 6, we were in the back alcove on the starboard side. It turned out to be a great table - the two couples we had met earlier on the boards were super company and our waiter was the Great and Powerful Oz. Oz is from Istanbul, has been with Celebrity for 10 years, and his professionalism, polish and sense of humor were outstanding. He wasn't shy in recommending dishes (or not, as the case may be) and he was usually right on the money. He constantly teased Susan for never finishing everything, and another couple at our table who, no matter how great the regular desserts were, always ordered Sherbet. One day they asked, as usual, what the sherbet of the day was and he answered cooley and objectively, "Garlic", and proceeded to write down the order. He was kidding of course, and after that, each night we would try and come up with some outrageous sherbet they could be offering (Brussel Sprout sherbet, anyone?). The food was excellent - much better than our last cruise on the Connie. The beef was tender and always cooked to order, the fish was not fishy and the duck and veal were sublime. The lamb chops were exquisite. Overall, these were probably the best entrees we have had on a Celebrity Cruise. The only disappointment was the cold soups - which are usually out of this world. For some reason they were very watery - and not very cold. Also, the lobster was so-so. Still, the salads were fresh - crisp lettuce every night, and the hot appetizers were scrumptious. The few desserts I did have were worth the calories! We ate at the Normandie specialty restaurant twice - on the first Sunday with our regular tablemates, and then later in the week on Thursday just the two of us. The food was great - some dishes clearly unique and different than the regular restaurant, and the service, if a bit slow, was still way over the top. On a longer cruise, eating there twice was a nice break and clearly worth the money. On a shorter cruise, I would do it only once. We rarely ate at the cafeteria on 10 - just not our style, but the few sea days we did the food was fresh and service fine. A great place to eat lunch is on the back of the ship. The grill made adequate burgers - although the wait for 10 minute turkey burger did shine brightly. Later in the day, the sushi bar was also quite good, and very popular. Our friends spoke highly of the healthy food served in the Thelossatherapy pool area, but the strong smell of chlorine in that part of the ship kept us away. There is always somewhere on the ship to get food now, unlike the old days when you would come back from an excursion at 3 or 4 and have nothing. This is a real improvement!! Overall, I'd give the food an A-. Susan used the spa a couple of times and said they were very nice and helpful. For the last formal night, she went in to have her nails done - and after the evening was over, a couple needed to be re-done. The spa did them again for her the next day, gratis. The workout room - like the Connie, is at the front of the ship, with plenty of equipment and great views. I used it twice and had no waiting, although it was pretty busy. Because the weather was so pleasant most of the time, the pool area was pretty crowded on the sea days from about 8 a.m. on. Still, we never had a problem finding a place to hang out - usually on deck 11 (although it did get a bit windy up there). Of course, we always had our balcony - which got plenty of sun - even with the overhang. We actually liked the overhang since we could also get some nice shade during the day. We were regulars at the Champagne/Martini bar every evening before dinner. Our cocktail waitress was the lovely Emma from New Zealand. She made wicked martinis and cosmos - and, per my special request, made plenty of blue cheese olives for the whole cruise. I helped get one of our new ship-made friends hooked on em!! The duo in the Rendez-Vous Lounge were pretty lame, and seemed to repeat the same set night after night. Still, there were always plenty of dancers, so clearly some folks enjoyed them. We went to the disco a couple of times - and the DJ seemed pretty accommodating and the place was really hopping - especially for a Celebrity Cruise. A couple of our tablemates were excellent latin dancers, and the DJ would always plays one or two pieces from their own CD's for them to dance to after dinner. As for the rest of the ship's entertainment - we didn't take in any of the shows. Our tablemates felt the comedy was pretty lame but the musical shows were pretty good. The harp player and pianists we heard on board were very good, but the string quartet made everything sound like a dirge. The guitar quartet in the Normandie was excellent and the guitarist who played happy hour on the back of the ship was also very good. The only time we went to Michael's was for the Cruise Critic party on the second sea day, but I heard it was pretty empty most nights. There were a number of cigar smokers on this cruise - and they pretty much hung out at the back of the ship, but I'm sure they would have appreciated Michael's being converted back to a cigar bar. Our overall impression of the Summit was that it was absolutely tops in service, and the most elegant Celebrity ship afloat. While on board we booked next years trip - this time we will do the Western Caribbean in 11 days in February - with the added bonus that we get the same suite, and $400 in credits ($200 for booking on board and $200 for being stockholders and booking prior to March 31). By the way, if you are planning a future cruise, always try to book it on board, and do it early before it gets crowded. The Ports We went to St. Maarten/St. Martin; St. Lucia; Barbados; St. Kitts and St. Thomas, in that order. In St. Martin, one of our cruise critic friends, tablemates and, as it turned out, next door neighbors (6144, not the Penthouse) rented a car and we went with them on a drive around this relatively small and desert-like island. We spent most of the morning in Marigot - the capital of the French side. They had some very nice shops, but the prices were not all that great. We had a marvelous lunch and then drove further around the island to Orient Beach. For a few bucks, we got some nice chairs and a rum drink and soaked in the sun and the sights. Yes it is a clothing optional beach, and yes, most people should think twice before choosing to go without clothes. The water was warm, and swimming was good, but didn't try to snorkel. We then drove back to Phillipsburg and parked in town and did some more serious shopping. Better shopping here, especially for clothes, jewellery, tobacco and liquor. Our friends were more active than us, but it was fun to look. We then had to return the car and they hit us up for an outrageous extra charge for gas (I think we only used an 1/8 of a tank - it's a very small island). If you want to rent a car there, my recommendation is to wait until you land, negotiate the best price you can among the 3 or 4 rental agencies near the ship, and make sure you put gas in before you return it. Overall, a fun if somewhat expensive day. St. Lucia was second. We booked our only ship's excursion here, as we wanted to see the Pitons and get in some snorkeling, and the best way to do it without an arduous bus trip was on a half day catamaran sail. It was beautiful and tons of fun. I only wish we had more than 25 minutes for snorkeling, as it was really clear and there were lots of fish. St. Lucia is one of the most scenic islands - very lush, partly because they get lots of rain - and we did get some for about an hour right after we snorkeled. Who cared - we were already wet, and enjoying the rum punch immensely!! The excursion was $58 per person and well worth it. After lunch on the ship, we walked around the shopping area near the ship and spent a relaxing afternoon aboard. We'd love to spend more time here. Our next stop was Barbados. After a walk through town we caught a cab and went to Malibu Beach, which is pretty close to town and where the ships dock. It was very crowded, but we found a nice shady spot under a banyan tree, got pleasantly buzzed with Pina Coladas spiked from our stash, and got wet when it got too warm. Also a mid day shower here, but not as strong as on St. Lucia. We weren't interested in a tour of the rum distillery and the food didn't look all that great so we headed back to the ship around 1 for a light lunch and nap. A pleasant beach day, and not very expensive. The next day we docked at St. Kitts and with our shipboard friends, shared a cab to Turtle Beach, which is a good drive away ($8 per person each way). Free chairs and a beautiful beach including some wonderful snorkeling and views of Nevis. But watch the drink and lunch charges which are very high. We did have some interesting entertainment from someone pet hog, who woke up after lunch and proceeded to try to undress one of our shipmates, then rummaged through another one's bag to gorge on a banana or two and almost ate this gentleman's Rolex, until the unafraid Paula (one of our tablemates and neighbors) saved the day by distracting the pig and snaring the expensive would be lunch before the hog could swallow it. We lunched during the mid day shower here, and the water and snorkeling were particularly good after lunch. At 2:30 our intrepid taxi driver, the 6'5" Socrates, picked us up, played us his homemade CD's cut on Trinidad the previous year and dropped us off in town for a bit of shopping. Found some nice clothing here for both of us - some of it made locally, and pretty good quality. The town was very clean, the people very friendly, and St. Kitts remains one of our favorite islands. Not an inexpensive day, but mostly because of the lunch and shopping. Our last stop was the intrepid St. Thomas. Here, we had booked a private excursion with Sharon of the Winifred. We taxied over to Red Hook (also $8 per person) and met Sharon and her first mate and the 2 other couples for our sailing and snorkeling adventure. On the plus side, it was a gorgeous day, and the sailing was superb. The negative was the guided snorkeling trip off of Caneel Bay in St. Johns was an unmitigated disaster for me when our guide, the aforementioned first mate, left me behind. Here I am one minute trying to get used to their annoying fins, and following some fish and trying to enjoy myself - and the next thing I know, I raise my head and there isn't a soul around. I had somehow started heading towards the beach while the rest of the group headed in a 90 degree angle towards some distant rocks. Also, I am pretty blind in the water (can't wear my glasses - and though I can see pretty good through my mask in the water, am blind as a bat above water) and when I looked around to at least try and spot the boat, there were a number of them parked off shore and I wasn't sure which one was ours. After some loud yelling on my part, one of our group heard me, and waived her orange floatie in the air and I started heading in that way. Fifteen minutes later I caught up with her, but we were now 5 to 10 minutes behind the rest of the group so we swam hard to catch up to them. At that point our leader came up to me and asked me if I was alright. It took a lot of patience for me to not belt him one. Anyway, 10 minutes later we were pretty much where I had been 40 minutes earlier, and I got fed up with the fins, and swam to shore (beautiful beach areas there - drop dead gorgeous) where I ditched the fins and did some great snorkeling near some rocks. Finally, everyone seemed to be heading back towards one of the ships, and Susan, thank God, stayed behind and the two of us made it safely back to the ship (Susan was using a flotie so could carry my fins back with her - since they were the ship's and not ours -we had our own masks etc.). Then we had our "gourmet" lunch, which was a small piece of chicken and a salad, and some rum punch, and we sailed back to Red Hook. Nice sailing. Still, I cannot recommend this trip. It is overpriced at $110 per person plus recommended tip for the ubiquitous first mate, so do yourself a favor, and if you want to go snorkeling on St. John, do it yourself. When we got back to port, did our typical last minute booze shopping (since the prices are good and you can take back more from here than other islands), and got ready to enjoy our last two sea days. In summary - we loved St. Lucia and St. Kitts, and can see ourselves spending more time on both of those islands. The other stops were also fun, but those two were the most special. Post Cruise We had a relatively early flight back at 11:25 a.m. and were beige 2 for disembarkation. The various colors were given different times to meet in different areas of the ship - ours was in Michael's Club at 8:30. At 8:45 the cruise director came in and informed us we could leave the ship - and our color and the whites (wherever they were) were first off the ship. We had our luggage at 9, were in a taxi by 9:15 and having a Starbucks coffee at the airport by 9:30. We had read some horror stories on the boards about disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale, but ours was very easy. We had arranged our own air, and there were very few taxis - so, we do recommend if you are doing it on your own, to try to get off early so as to avoid a long wait for a taxi. Still, can't beat the airport being 10 minutes away - overall, a piece of cake. We made some great friends on the cruise - from England, Dallas, Northern California and Minnesota - and had incredible service from our butler, Kenneth, waiter, Oz and cocktail waitress Emma. We can't wait to be on the Summit again next winter!! Jeff Taxier Read Less
Sail Date March 2004
SUMMIT - 10 night Caribbean - October 10-20, 2003 Embarkation: We (Captain's Club Elite members) were ushered right on to the ship. Regular boarding started at 11:30. By 12:30 we had unpacked our carry-on baggage and headed off to ... Read More
SUMMIT - 10 night Caribbean - October 10-20, 2003 Embarkation: We (Captain's Club Elite members) were ushered right on to the ship. Regular boarding started at 11:30. By 12:30 we had unpacked our carry-on baggage and headed off to the welcome aboard lunch. Our luggage was delivered at 4 just as we headed off to the lifeboat drill. Elite Captains Club: Priority embarkation and disembarkation was great. Received vase with 2 red roses and a small box of Cova chocolates as a welcome aboard gift. We received an invitation to Elegant Tea in the Normandy, which was wonderful, special on-board coupons for Fortunes Casino and The Aqua Spa, an invitation to Wine Tasting, a special Captain's Club cocktail party and a behind-the-scenes theatre tour invitation. Cabin: Our inside category 10 cabin, 3057, was perfect. My husband thought it would be difficult going back to an inside cabin after 3 cruises with a balcony but it was not a problem at all. The location was perfect, making negotiating the ship a breeze. The night light and umbrella were nice touches. While the hairdryer is still a little on the hot side for prolonged use, there was an improvement over the other ships we have been on. Dining: Cosmopolitan Restaurant: We had breakfast there every day, lunch twice and dinner 9 out of 10 nights. The service throughout was excellent and the quality of the food was reminiscent of the Celebrity of old. I had beef every night and the only minor disappointment was the N.Y. steak. My husband tried a great variety (veal, lamb, seafood, pork) and was pleased with every meal. The French Potato Pie, our absolute favorite, was wonderful but we found many of the lunch offerings a little on the exotic side for our taste. A nice improvement over recent trips was how amenable the staff were to requests for a table for two. Our table, 413, was a table for four set up for two which was wonderful. It was tucked away in the back corner out of the hustle and bustle but still allowing us a great view of the staircase. An ideal location. Waterfall Cafe: We ate there a few times but, with the exception of the Oriental Buffet, baked potatoes and fresh pasta, we found the food to be just warm. This problem is not just a Celebrity issue which is the reason we normally avoid buffets. The selection on the Oriental Buffet was wonderful. We found the Afternoon Tea selections to be much nicer than previous experience; they had more "normal" fare. The Chocolate Lovers midnight buffet was disappointing; the location doesn't make it appealing for photo opportunities and the selection made it just another excuse to eat. Waterfall Grill: We had lunch here most days and found the hamburgers, hotdogs and french fries appealing. The pizza was never hot, sometimes barely warm. Normandie Restaurant: Very enjoyable experience, excellent food and service and the dEcor is beautiful. We did not get the same feeling as our very first visit to the S.S. United States on the Infinity but will definitely book again for our next trip. Staff: Cruise Director Simon Weir was fantastic; charming, full of energy and a very visible presence at all the functions. It's no wonder he keeps so trim; running from one function to another. His "Old Macdonald" song had us rolling in the seats with tears streaming from our eyes. He was far better than the "professional" comedian and this was a "do not miss" event. Anne Lepki, Manager, Captain's Club and Cruise Sales was a delightful young lady and treated everyone like special guests. Noel Grzetic, Social Hostess, was absolutely delightful and a credit to Canada. Our cabin stewards, Albano and Sison, were excellent; invisible. Bartolome Funez, a cabin steward in our section, started every day for us on a positive note with his enthusiasm and sweetness. He really set the tone for the entire trip. Czajka Wlodzimierz, Poland, our Ass't. Maitre'd, was charming and attentive. Sylvanus and Bandarsak were wonderful in the dining room. Every single officer, staff and crew member were first class. Entertainment: Production Shows: The Magic of Broadway - skipped this, not our type of music A Night of Stars - excellent, familiar tunes Classique - La Danza - very good, especially Phantom of the Opera selections Encore - pretty good Miscellaneous: Welcome Aboard Show - great Farewell Variety Showtime (pre dinner)- skipped it Gossamer Magic - thought they were terrible Reka & Farkas, Aerialists - excellent Joe Mulligan, Comedian - thought he was terrible David Meyer (pre dinner) - not our taste Mozart Duo - Rendez-vous Lounge - music great, accents too strong for singing Nina Brooks - Cova/Cosmopolitan - excellent Mark Livingood, guitarist - pretty good Dan Loranger, pianist , Michael's Club - never went Celebrity Orchestra - excellent Celebrity Singers/Dancers - excellent Party Bands - Five 4U and Voltz - pretty good Ports of Call: St. Maarten: Ship was cleared at 8:20. The pier area is lovely, taxi prices are posted and the waiting areas are shaded and well marked. There were 8 of us going to Orient Beach so the cost was $5. p.p. The cost for 2 chaise lounges with umbrella was $15. We were swimming by 9 and left the beach at 12. There is lots of seaweed on the beach and unless you have a particular desire to see Orient Beach I would suggest you just swim right in Philipsburg. When we returned to the ship we were greeted with "frosty towels" which are actually very cold facecloths and a very nice, welcome touch. After lunch on board we took a water taxi ($5. each all day) to Philipsburg for a little shopping. There was a bad fire here two weeks ago and you can still smell the smoke in the town. Also, there is lots of renovations going on both to businesses and the beach. This is really going to be beautiful when it's all done. The price for a beer or bottled water on the pier was $1. but sodas were $1.50! Weather was perfect. St. Lucia: Arrived at 8; ship cleared at 9:05. The pier area is beautiful with lots of gorgeous tropical flowers. Sitting on deck you could listen to the birds and roosters and watch the planes at the airport. We had a torrential downpour which lasted for about an hour; otherwise, the weather was beautiful. The lovely shopping area was right where the Summit was docked so there were no transportation costs involved. Barbados: Ordered a bouquet of tropical flowers, complete with bamboo vase, for $15. at the Exotic Blooms cart in the port terminal. Arranged to pick it up when we returned to the ship in the afternoon. We had planned to go to Sam Lord's Castle but apparently due to mismanagement they are now out of business and no taxi would go there. We ended up taking a 20 minute taxi ride ($20.) to the Bougainvillea Beach Resort where we paid $15 for two day passes. There was a large washroom to change in and there was ample shade around the pool and on the beach. We paid $3. for 2 small plastic cups of Diet Coke from the hotel restaurant which tasted terrible. A guest suggested buying our beverages/snacks just 2 minutes down the road in a little variety store where we got 2-16 oz. bottles of Diet Coke and 2 bags of chips for $3. They also sold sandwiches which the local construction workers were buying. Maxwell Beach, where the hotel is located, was lovely and the water perfect. We found the beaches in Barbados superior to Orient Beach which was covered in seaweed. We had arranged for the same taxi driver to pick us up at 2 and he arrived as arranged. Weather was perfect. St. Kitts: A 3 hour taxi tour around the island and to view Frigate Peninsula cost $70. This cost would have been the same for 4. We visited Romney Gardens and Caribelle Batik where fine island cotton is hand painted. The grounds were beautiful and the prices very reasonable. We visited Brimstone Hill and the view was well worth the $5. per person admission; breathtaking. Black Rocks was impressive as was Frigate Bay Peninsula. The windward beach at North Frigate Bay is battered by the Atlantic surf. On the leeward side, the beach is met by the calm Caribbean waters of Frigate Bay. Taxi tour prices are set but I would not recommend our driver, Kenneth Burnham, as he tried frequently to get us to change our route/price when we came out of Caribelle Batik. When we wouldn't budge he lost all interest in being a guide and drove so fast we had to be very firm in telling him to stop for pictures. He finally said he would take us to view Frigate Peninsula without additional charge, we could just give him something if we wanted. As this detour only took an additional fifteen minutes I added $10. to the $60. quoted price. To be fair we did not hear any other comments on this subject so assume we just got a bad apple. We had the driver drop us at Independence Square and from there we walked to The Circus and back to the ship. The sunset was beautiful and numerous passengers agreed with us that St. Kitts reminded them of Hawaii. It is a truly awesome, naturally beautiful island and I am so glad Celebrity has it on their itinerary. The weather was perfect. We had wanted to visit Turtle Beach to see the monkeys which would be an additional $40. We decided to do that excursion next trip and were glad we didn't go when other passengers told us there were no monkeys on the beach as a result of a dog attack on the monkeys last week which had scared them off. St. Thomas: We caught the 8:40 shuttle ($3. each) into Charlotte Amalie and easily made the 9:00 ferry ($7. each) to St. John. It is a 45 minute trip and very scenic. We paid $45. for a tour of the island from 9:50 - 11:15 and, included in the cost, our driver dropped us back at Hawksnest Bay at 11:30 and picked us up, as agreed, an hour later. We saw some lovely sights but think you see the nicest parts of St. John on the $4. jitney ride to Trunk Bay. For a change we went to Hawksnest Bay. Although there were no facilities, with the exception of picnic tables covered with a roof, the beach was amazing and the water was incredible. We caught the 1:15 ferry back to Charlotte Amalie. The "frosty towels" were a wonderful touch and much appreciated. Weather was perfect. Observations: - We loved the really whimsical artwork; especially the glass seagull wall outside the Waterfall Cafe and "homeless" person on the pool deck. This is a job I would gladly apply for! - The water temperature in the Caribbean and, as a result, the outdoor pools, was fantastic. I don't ever remember the Caribbean being this warm and I normally find the outdoor pools too cold so it was just perfect. - Le Grand Buffet was incredible; the ice sculptures ever more magnificent than normal. - For the first time ever, every "flame" in the Celebrity Theatre was working - There were only 30 kids onboard and whenever we did see them they seemed very happy with their activities and we found the children's activities staff to be very friendly and enthusiastic. Disembarkation: We (Captain's Club Elite members) had our own departure lounge (Gamma meeting room) complete with coffee, juice and pastries. We went to the lounge at 8:30 and Anne Lepki, Manager, Captain's Club and Cruise Sales personally came and escorted each colour group as they were called. We had blue, air arrangements, and we left the ship at 9:25. We had no problem locating our three pieces of luggage and finding a porter. Air Arrangements: Fantastic. Flew American Airlines, no line-ups, no problems with customs or immigration. There was confusion at Miami Airport where we were told our luggage was on carousel #27, then #24, then, finally #23 but this had no reflection on Celebrity. We went directly to the bus and ten minutes later we were on our way for a forty minute drive to the port. On the return we waited on the bus for approximately 20 minutes then headed for Miami International Airport. By 11:47 we were at the boarding gate. There were long line-ups at Pearson International for customs clearance but it was well organized and the lines moved quickly. One note: The ship's departure was delayed due to mechanical problems with one of the airlines. If they hadn't booked through Celebrity the passengers would have been S.O.L. They say nothing is perfect so I've listed some minor Negatives to pacify those who truly believe this: - We could faintly smell the smoke from next cabin in bathroom only. - Immigration in St. Thomas was a bit disorganized but the Celebrity staff tried to rectify the stampede by checking the times on your "invitation". Lots of people for 7:15 showed up early hoping to get through quickly. When they called the 6:45 group it was bedlam until an announcement was made saying only 6:45 guests were to be in line. Once people saw that Celebrity staff were actually checking the documentation they sat and things settled down. - Tiles around pool are in very bad shape, many missing, more falling off daily. - I much prefer the "old" pillow chocolates, much superior to the new brand. - Lots of bare walls in the Waterfall Cafe; lacks the interesting artwork in the Infinity cafe. but, overall, we preferred the artwork of the Summit - Crew painting/using power wash on windy days at sea when guests were on deck. We had such a wonderful time we've booked the same ship, same itinerary for March and October 2004! Read Less
Sail Date October 2003
It is so true when the commercial says, Celebrity is "SIMPLY THE BEST". The Summit is a beautiful lady of the seas and was a pleasure to be aboard her. She has more outside staterooms than many of the other ships that sail in ... Read More
It is so true when the commercial says, Celebrity is "SIMPLY THE BEST". The Summit is a beautiful lady of the seas and was a pleasure to be aboard her. She has more outside staterooms than many of the other ships that sail in the Caribbean. They are tastefully done and offer ample room. Although somewhat limited in drawer space is made up with more ample room to maneuver. We had an outside cat 2B with a veranda which was much larger than Princess. There was room for two chairs, small table, and a lounge chair. Her size is an well-engineered marvel, easy to get around and with public rooms that are not flashy but easy on the senses. In particular, her outside elevator makes for such pleasant rides between her floors. The pool and recreation areas are classy and fun areas. There were so many quiet areas to retreat, you never felt crowded nor confined sharing the ship with nearly 2000 guests and 300+ crew. The best feature I believe where simple touches of class. Crew in white gloves greeted you upon embarkation at the gangway to escort you to the stateroom. Cold towels awaited you at the gangway upon returning from a hot busy day ashore. Little things that set this cruise line apart form cheaper glitzy ships. My only dinning complaint was that the food in the main dinning room needs more variety. However, the quantity and the quality were more than adequate. There was everything from prime rib and filet mignon to lobster and escargot. Desserts knocked the buckle off your belt. The Normandie was a pay ($25/person) but was well worth it. You are attended to by at least 5 people and it is a 2-hour dining experience you would pay hundreds in a land based gourmet restaurant. The dEcor and other touches brought your sense back to the golden areas and you can almost close your eyes and go back in time. The other weakness was the cost of bar items, which ranged from $10 martinis to $4 beers. The spa prices were very high and we were not pleased with the treatments. The art work is somewhat weird but it made for some interesting dinner conversation. Free ice cream was included. Don't miss sherbet on parade severed by the waiters on the pool deck on the first or second sea day. It was a double wow! Pool was crowded at times but the pool attendants made sure it was clean and chairs that were un-used were cleaned. I tried to move a chair myself and was promptly told by an attendant that it was their job. They were so very helpful. The buffet lines were great and the pizza was terrific. Our itinerary brought us to Barbados, St Maarten, St Lucia, St Kitts, and St Thomas. All are jewels of the Caribbean. Our favorite excursions were the 5 Star Cat and Turtle Encounter in Barbados and the Pirates Extravaganza in St Lucia. Entertainment was so well done and professional. Simon Weir, the cruise director, was always about and was tops! It is an experience well worth the price. Please, Celebrity, keep doing what you do best! Read Less
Sail Date October 2003
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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