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This is our 9th cruise and comparison contained in the following review was made with Royal Caribbean (Mariner, Legend, Serenade, Splendour), Princess (Golden), Holland America (Zuiderdam), Carnival (Ecstacy) ships that we had been on. Embarkation: Quite efficient. We got to the pier at about 11:20 am. We waited in the waiting lounge for about 20 minutes and then being led to the check in counters, the process was reasonably smooth. It was about 1200 noon when we are on board Summit. Public rooms: The decor is very neutral and does not have the wow factor. It may be mistaken by some that they were in a hotel going to a business conference. Summit does not have what RCL ships got - an Atrium running the 10 or 11 decks delivering the grand perception. It was also showing its age with some of the elevators not working properly, the broadloom in the stairwell showing wear and tear. The "dance floors" in different lounges were substandard and was a big disappointment to us and should be an embarrassment to the cruise line. We were not the only one observing that, another couple told us they had complained to the staff but of course is not something that can be fixed very easily at the sea. Staterooms: Functional, about the same size as all the other cruise lines. Not much of a surprise and none was expected. The ship is seven years old and the wear and tear starts to show and I believe it is about time to have a make over. The attendant team (Paz and Daniel) were very pleasant, efficient and friendly. Their services certainly ranked top compared with my other cruises. Entertainment: The production shows generally been good. Overall, it was only average probably because of two main factors, the cliental is very "mature" and the whole ship comes to a stop at 10:30 pm. The "Newly wed" in the "Newly wed and not so newly wed show" been only married for 10 years (yup, years and not days) and the longest been married for 32 years. Another observation, hardly anyone is around in any of the lounges after dinner. Secondly, Cruise Director, she failed to bring the crowd together and I felt she was "just" doing the bare minimum she needed to do and I am not sure whether she was on her last cruise duty had anything to do with that. The other reason was no one was in sight! We were on the late sitting and had a lot of challenge with the shows, some were at 7 pm, some were at 10:45 pm. Not sure why not having all the shows for the late sitting at 7 pm. Food: The food quality, in general, compared to my previous experience was a touch better in this cruise. The Speciality Restaurant "The Normandie" is not to be missed. The quality of food and service both been exceptional. We did the wine pairing and worth the money they charged for. The only disappointment was the "Waterfall" - the buffet cafe, the selection was ok, but certainly not any better than other cruise lines. The Metropolitan Restaurant was above average and the Waiting team, Mahayasa and Jimmy, we had were very attentive and providing excellent service. They were there to please and a couple of times when the food was not liked by my cruisemates, they were promptly changed. Disembarkation: It was very well organized and we were off quickly and smoothly. A good experience to finish the cruise. Itinerary: It was ok, the sea days before the crossing of Panama Canal was a bit much especially when there was not much happening on the ship. The sea was a bit rough on the first few days and some people got sea sick. Not sure if that was attributed to storms or not. Overall: The most common question asked must be: Will you go with Celebrity again? Most likely but I like to choose ships that are not in service that long, may be the new ships launching in 2008 or 2009.

14 days Panama Canal December 7 to 21

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by KC

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This is our 9th cruise and comparison contained in the following review was made with Royal Caribbean (Mariner, Legend, Serenade, Splendour), Princess (Golden), Holland America (Zuiderdam), Carnival (Ecstacy) ships that we had been on.
Embarkation: Quite efficient. We got to the pier at about 11:20 am. We waited in the waiting lounge for about 20 minutes and then being led to the check in counters, the process was reasonably smooth. It was about 1200 noon when we are on board Summit.
Public rooms: The decor is very neutral and does not have the wow factor. It may be mistaken by some that they were in a hotel going to a business conference. Summit does not have what RCL ships got - an Atrium running the 10 or 11 decks delivering the grand perception. It was also showing its age with some of the elevators not working properly, the broadloom in the stairwell showing wear and tear. The "dance floors" in different lounges were substandard and was a big disappointment to us and should be an embarrassment to the cruise line. We were not the only one observing that, another couple told us they had complained to the staff but of course is not something that can be fixed very easily at the sea.
Staterooms: Functional, about the same size as all the other cruise lines. Not much of a surprise and none was expected. The ship is seven years old and the wear and tear starts to show and I believe it is about time to have a make over. The attendant team (Paz and Daniel) were very pleasant, efficient and friendly. Their services certainly ranked top compared with my other cruises.
Entertainment: The production shows generally been good. Overall, it was only average probably because of two main factors, the cliental is very "mature" and the whole ship comes to a stop at 10:30 pm. The "Newly wed" in the "Newly wed and not so newly wed show" been only married for 10 years (yup, years and not days) and the longest been married for 32 years. Another observation, hardly anyone is around in any of the lounges after dinner. Secondly, Cruise Director, she failed to bring the crowd together and I felt she was "just" doing the bare minimum she needed to do and I am not sure whether she was on her last cruise duty had anything to do with that. The other reason was no one was in sight! We were on the late sitting and had a lot of challenge with the shows, some were at 7 pm, some were at 10:45 pm. Not sure why not having all the shows for the late sitting at 7 pm.
Food: The food quality, in general, compared to my previous experience was a touch better in this cruise. The Speciality Restaurant "The Normandie" is not to be missed. The quality of food and service both been exceptional. We did the wine pairing and worth the money they charged for. The only disappointment was the "Waterfall" - the buffet cafe, the selection was ok, but certainly not any better than other cruise lines. The Metropolitan Restaurant was above average and the Waiting team, Mahayasa and Jimmy, we had were very attentive and providing excellent service. They were there to please and a couple of times when the food was not liked by my cruisemates, they were promptly changed.
Disembarkation: It was very well organized and we were off quickly and smoothly. A good experience to finish the cruise.
Itinerary: It was ok, the sea days before the crossing of Panama Canal was a bit much especially when there was not much happening on the ship. The sea was a bit rough on the first few days and some people got sea sick. Not sure if that was attributed to storms or not. Overall: The most common question asked must be: Will you go with Celebrity again? Most likely but I like to choose ships that are not in service that long, may be the new ships launching in 2008 or 2009.
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