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We were first time cruisers on Celebrity and sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. We expected a little more than we received on the Summit. This was the fault of the TV advertising. We had previously cruised four times on Holland America and once on Renaissance. We expected an outstanding cruise experience and instead had an average one that was similar to Holland America's formula. The Cosmopolitan dining room service was excellent and the waiters were attentive and pleasant. The service on the Summit was better than that offered on four Holland America ships we had previously sailed on. However, we were not impressed by the shore excursions. We booked the Aerial Tramway tour in Costa Rica at $118 each. We saw one squirrel, hardly any flowers, and one yellow bird at the forest sanctuary. We do not recommend this tour as it is not a good value! The food and presentation in the restaurants was of a generally high quality but not outstanding. The entertainment had greater variety and more virtuoso performances than usual. The modern art decor is not than interesting. There are many photographs and modern sculptures but we prefer Holland America's antiques. The pools are good but the poolside music can be annoying. The casino is gloomy as it has an absence of windows, and the casino staff could be more inspiring and customer-orientated. The destinations were quite interesting but the time spent at each location only permitted a cursory inspection. Aruba is bigger than we expected and more interesting than anticipated. We saw very little of Panama but what we did see looked modern and up-to-date. The same could not be said for Costa Rica. Puntarenas had an abundance of iron bars on windows and graffiti. We were told that many Nicaraguans illegally emigrate to Costa Rica in order to escape poverty and high unemployment. What with this fact and the crocodiles we could not see why so many Americans want to retire there! Huatulco in Mexico was delightful as was Cabo San Lucas. Acapulco is interesting too, particularly Fort San Diego - a good value at 33 pesos. There are seven days at sea on this trip and that is a little too long. The overall conclusion for the voyage was good but not outstanding.

Summit - Central America/Panama Canal

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Peter Taylor

Trip Details
We were first time cruisers on Celebrity and sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. We expected a little more than we received on the Summit. This was the fault of the TV advertising. We had previously cruised four times on Holland America and once on Renaissance. We expected an outstanding cruise experience and instead had an average one that was similar to Holland America's formula.
The Cosmopolitan dining room service was excellent and the waiters were attentive and pleasant. The service on the Summit was better than that offered on four Holland America ships we had previously sailed on.
However, we were not impressed by the shore excursions. We booked the Aerial Tramway tour in Costa Rica at $118 each. We saw one squirrel, hardly any flowers, and one yellow bird at the forest sanctuary. We do not recommend this tour as it is not a good value!
The food and presentation in the restaurants was of a generally high quality but not outstanding. The entertainment had greater variety and more virtuoso performances than usual. The modern art decor is not than interesting. There are many photographs and modern sculptures but we prefer Holland America's antiques. The pools are good but the poolside music can be annoying. The casino is gloomy as it has an absence of windows, and the casino staff could be more inspiring and customer-orientated. The destinations were quite interesting but the time spent at each location only permitted a cursory inspection. Aruba is bigger than we expected and more interesting than anticipated. We saw very little of Panama but what we did see looked modern and up-to-date. The same could not be said for Costa Rica. Puntarenas had an abundance of iron bars on windows and graffiti. We were told that many Nicaraguans illegally emigrate to Costa Rica in order to escape poverty and high unemployment. What with this fact and the crocodiles we could not see why so many Americans want to retire there! Huatulco in Mexico was delightful as was Cabo San Lucas. Acapulco is interesting too, particularly Fort San Diego - a good value at 33 pesos.
There are seven days at sea on this trip and that is a little too long. The overall conclusion for the voyage was good but not outstanding.
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