Summit - Southern Caribbean: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Andy

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Summit - Southern Caribbean

Sail Date: April 2004
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
PleHi-- first let me tell you-- this was my 5th celebrity cruise....but this one definitely had some problems...

The first was embarkation in there at 11 am and did not get into line up for ship til 1 1/2 hours later (and YES, we are Captain's Club-not that that made any difference).............Everyone was complaining because after waiting standing up in line, we were then marched to seats to sit for another 1/2 hr and then move to the last set of seats for the final 15 min...TOTALLY unacceptable..and TOTALLY disorganized..

Finally got on board--went to cabin- 3063--cabin was fine- and the cabin steward, Albano was a dear--but the LOCATION of the cabin was right across from the pantry that the stewards bring you room service...Mornings were the pits due to the NOISE level from that pantry...we complained 3 times during the cruise to the guest services, and each time we complained, the noise stopped for a day or so and then proceeded to get bad More again...Got to the point, we just went up to pool deck way earlier than usual and slept up there in the am...WOULD DEFINITELY NOT get this cabin again, even if it were FREE---But the location was good-totally midship and easy to get to other areas in ship....

Food on this ship was exactly how another poster described it....skimpy and not as good as past Celebrity cruises...Prime rib was about 1/2 inch thick== sirloin steaks looked like minute steaks and were almost impossible to get cooked medium rare due to the thinness...RACK of LAMB was FABULOUS!! Lobster was the pits--all rubbery or mushy from being previously frozen--plus they only brought out 1 lobster tail at a time---FISH was SUPER SALTY--we tried it 3 nights in a row and gave up on fish....

Service in the main dining room - the Cosmopolitan- was FABULOUS!! Our waiter, Lance-from South Africa and Lazaro from India (asst. waiter) were top quality..and right on the ball with our likes and dislikes..the cruiseline tried to move Lance to another section of the dining room- AFTER we had him for 2 nights and fell in love with him..A talk with the maitre'd 2 days later got him back to our table...

Tables in the dining room--MOST all were for 6 people MAX except for a few table for 10 and a few table for 2.. we were used to tables for 8 from past cruises--so this was surprising....However, we did have a FABULOUS table with old friends and new friends..

The Waterfall Cafe on the pool deck was GREAT for breakfast--WAFFLES were fantastic- and there was also an omelette station--plus the normal breakfast items..breads were to die for! As were desserts during lunch...

Our BEST lunches daily were at the AquaSpa lunch buffet..WONDERFUL- Low CAL beautifully presented spa food..Wanted to take THAT chef home!

Room service was on time--but got the orders mixed up on a continued basis--we just laughed it off and went up to the Waterfall if the room service breakfast arrived wrong..however, serving OUT OF DATE milk was a definite NO NO!! and that happened on day 1 for room service! Nothing like curdled milk in your cereal! Yuck!

Dinner in the NORMANDIE RESTAURANT was FABULOUS and sooooooooooo worth it...service was impeccable and food was totally awesome...had a leisurely 3 hr dinner-- not that you were eating that long-only that the courses were carefully spaced out and left time for food to settle and tablemates to talk.......truly FINE DINING!! and well worth the price for the service alone. We had the Cheese souffle, chateaubriand, cheese course and chocolate souffle for dessert PLUS a second dessert of a sampler plate of desserts-one of which was passion fruit creme brulee........and then they bring out petite fours...INCREDIBLE!!

The Martini Bar was our favorite place to sit before dinner- gorgeous room and you have to order a weird martini--I fell in love with the Chocolate Martini...

Pool chairs were held like in previous cruises..everyone was doing it.. Thallosotherapy pool was wonderful only one day someone turned up the heat so much that the regular pool felt like a jacuzzi....

Entertainment on this ship was some of the BEST we have ever had...Samantha Jay- a English female who played the obo, violin, piano and saxophone was TERRIFIC.. Elliot Finkel-pianist-was also good..the COMEDIAN- Steve Solomon is NOT to be missed--extremely funny!! and their aerialists were also good...The Celebrity entertainers were FABULOUS...the voices on these people were TERRIFIC--


St Martin- we did our usual shopping.

ST Lucia- we stayed on the ship and did it as a ship at sea day as we did not want to do any excursions here...

St Kitts- FABULOUS- got our own guide- toured the island and stopped at Rawlins Plantation for a traditional West Indian Lunch- $26 pp and well worth it...Need reservations-and our guide made them for us after he picked us up...

Barbados--AWESOME catamaran sailing excursion- booked on our own..boat only held 12 people and we were only 8--so it was perfect..Day started off cloudy,then rainy, then the sun came out and it was wonderful---swam with turtles and went snorkeling..

St Thomas--shopped...

BEST BUY for watches or jewelry were on St Martin..although a friend got some gorgeous things in St Thomas at Lucky's.....................

Saw a friend's AFT cabin-- HUGE DECK-but don't know if I would want if due to the movement... First 2 days at sea felt like you were rocking and rolling out of Ft Lauderdale..then it calmed down... We arrived home in Ft Lauderdale at 2am for maintenance....wonder if that was why ship was so rocky???Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Met cruise director- Simon Wier-super funny man and a terrific cruise director.

All in all, a good cruise...would I take the Summit again- YES- IF they got rid of the chef and decided to cook things properly...and PLEASE CHANGE THE DINING TO PERSONAL CHOICE like PRINCESS-- I hate eating at 830pm and 630pm is too early for me... To me, Princess had MUCH BETTER food. ( we went on the Golden in Dec.03) than Celebrity and it USED to be the other way around..........

But we did LOVE the ship- and all the public places-- the pool band, Voltz, was TERRIFIC~

This was NOT the CELEBRITY that we were used to cruising on............cutting back bigtime--

Come on Celebrity--go back to 2 years ago when we last cruised on you! Less

Published 07/02/04
Helpful? Thank Andy

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