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14 day turn around cruise (Vancouver/LA) Alaska and West Coast. This was our 4th celebrity cruise and 1st on Summit. Cabin 9101 was wonderful- close to elevators but quiet and Santana the room steward was amazing, he was better than the butler we had on our last cruise in a Sky Suite. All Concierge Class amenities were in place and refurbished as needed. We used laundry service several times on the ship and it is reasonable, very fast and they did an excellent job. The food was better on this cruise than on any of the past 3 cruises. We especially enjoyed our dinner at The Normandie. It is certainly worth the upcharge of $30 per person. Our waiter and Asst MD were fantastic and we had a great table for 4 upstairs on the rail. Perfect for us. This was our first experience on an M class ship and while we enjoyed most of the amenities, several public areas were a disappointment. First and foremost the Grand Foyer- it seems very empty and almost institutional (cold and unappealing), some lighting/sculpture would help tremendously. The Cova cafe is set up so that the space is not well defined, seating is inadequate and the huge coffee bean sculpture next to the card room would be better removed and additional tables set up for seating. The string quartet was wonderful but they had no place to play and ended up stuck in a corner of the Grand Foyer (which isn't very grand at all) where no one could really sit and enjoy their music. The Cova set up on Mercury is much more inviting and appealing. The layout and set-up of the Aqua Spa was confusing and didn't "flow" very well. The spa was very nice and I really enjoyed the huge window in the sauna but the changing room was poorly designed (lockers too close to counters, everyone seemed to be in each others way) and the changing rooms should be further back in the Spa area not off the elevator lobby. It was strange to change into my robe for my treatment and have to walk all the way around the gym or thru the elevator lobby to get to the check in desk. These things aside, Summit is a lovely ship and we enjoyed our cruise tremendously. We're sailing on Summit again in 2007 to Hawaii. Embarkation in Vancouver was very smooth and debarkation in LA was as well. Debarkation was helped a lot by the fact that we had cleared US immigration in Seattle a few days before, so customs was the only formality that morning. Getting a taxi outside of San Pedro was a bit of a wait, just get your bags and stand in line. The queue moves quickly but it seems disorganized and several people tried to jump in queue. The transportation manager calmly directed them to the back of the line but there were some upset people as the wait was over 30mins.

Summit - Alaska

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by krca11

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2006
  • Destination: Alaska
14 day turn around cruise (Vancouver/LA) Alaska and West Coast. This was our 4th celebrity cruise and 1st on Summit. Cabin 9101 was wonderful- close to elevators but quiet and Santana the room steward was amazing, he was better than the butler we had on our last cruise in a Sky Suite.
All Concierge Class amenities were in place and refurbished as needed. We used laundry service several times on the ship and it is reasonable, very fast and they did an excellent job.
The food was better on this cruise than on any of the past 3 cruises. We especially enjoyed our dinner at The Normandie. It is certainly worth the upcharge of $30 per person. Our waiter and Asst MD were fantastic and we had a great table for 4 upstairs on the rail. Perfect for us.
This was our first experience on an M class ship and while we enjoyed most of the amenities, several public areas were a disappointment. First and foremost the Grand Foyer- it seems very empty and almost institutional (cold and unappealing), some lighting/sculpture would help tremendously. The Cova cafe is set up so that the space is not well defined, seating is inadequate and the huge coffee bean sculpture next to the card room would be better removed and additional tables set up for seating. The string quartet was wonderful but they had no place to play and ended up stuck in a corner of the Grand Foyer (which isn't very grand at all) where no one could really sit and enjoy their music. The Cova set up on Mercury is much more inviting and appealing.
The layout and set-up of the Aqua Spa was confusing and didn't "flow" very well. The spa was very nice and I really enjoyed the huge window in the sauna but the changing room was poorly designed (lockers too close to counters, everyone seemed to be in each others way) and the changing rooms should be further back in the Spa area not off the elevator lobby. It was strange to change into my robe for my treatment and have to walk all the way around the gym or thru the elevator lobby to get to the check in desk.
These things aside, Summit is a lovely ship and we enjoyed our cruise tremendously. We're sailing on Summit again in 2007 to Hawaii.
Embarkation in Vancouver was very smooth and debarkation in LA was as well. Debarkation was helped a lot by the fact that we had cleared US immigration in Seattle a few days before, so customs was the only formality that morning.
Getting a taxi outside of San Pedro was a bit of a wait, just get your bags and stand in line. The queue moves quickly but it seems disorganized and several people tried to jump in queue. The transportation manager calmly directed them to the back of the line but there were some upset people as the wait was over 30mins.
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