We love to cruise!: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by phillies09

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We love to cruise!

Sail Date: February 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
This was our first cruise on the Celebrity Cruise Lines. We have cruised previously on Holland America twice, and Royal Caribbean once. This ship was just as nice as the ships for Holland America but seemed to be lacking compared to Royal Caribbean.

We embarked in San Juan. As we would love to cruise the Caribbean destinations again we would not choose to leave from San Juan. We live in Hawaii and the travel arrangements to get to San Juan are completely exhausting. Next time we will leave from some port in Fla.

Celebrity tries very hard to convince you that they are the best cruise line on the high seas. This gets a little old after you've heard it for the umpteenth time. Having been on other cruise lines and seen the entertainment we have become accustomed to the type of shows you are going to see on board. Cruise ship entertainment leaves a bit to be desired to begin with but the entertainment on board was, by a mile, the worst yet. While the onboard More entertainment was horrible, whatever it lacked was made up for by the outside talent. We had a female singing impressionist who was great and the magician, Carl Andrews, was awesome, everyone loved it.

Dining. On a scale of one to ten I'd give this ship an eight. Breakfast is pretty standard fair and coffee was always hot. It seems as if they were running out of orange juice and we had to walk around until we found a juice machine that had the OJ. We never ate lunch on board as there is plenty to eat for breakfast and it got us through until about 5 pm. We had the late dinner 8:30pm and we would snack around five at the dining room on the 10th floor. Great sushi bar and chicken wings. The pizza bar was great and we stopped by nearly everyday. Check out the drink specials for the day as it seemed they were a pretty good deal and were good. We tried the Mojito's and Pina Colada's and were happy with both. Ice cream. The ice cream bar was open daily and I felt a little sorry for the person behind the counter because they must have been the busiest person on the ship. Good ice cream and plenty of toppings, it was a hit. Dinner was OK nothing was really disappointing but nothing really stood out. Our wait staff was OK also. Our head waiter Jose seemed like he was going through some difficulties with management and while he was polite he never really seemed relaxed and ready to serve. Our other waiter, Ida, was always on top of things and we really enjoyed his willingness to make us feel taken care of. We also ate at the Normandie one night and enjoyed every second on this dining experience. Book early and don't be afraid to spend the extra $30 per person for dining here. These waiter's know how to please and the food....excellent. Don't miss it. We didn't like the arrangement for the wine as we had to buy it by the bottle instead of other cruise lines that sell you a package when you first board, much better deal. We opted for wine only twice.

Pools were good, the therapy pool was OK, but I didn't feel any different after being in it. We didn't use the gym but it did look adequate.

The ships on board activities were OK but this trip was all about the islands so we'll focus on that next.

On a final note about the ship, we did have a hundred and sixty kids on board but rarely saw any of them. This was an older crowd and as we are in our late 30's we would prefer a bit of a younger crowd like what we had with Royal Caribbean.

One more thing. Our cabin guy was awesome. It's just not right getting that good of service. You come back home and wonder why your clothes don't pick themselves up! Less

Published 03/14/09

Cabin review: 8037

Get a balcony if you can afford it. This was our first time with a balcony room and will never cruise without a balcony room again.

Port and Shore Excursions

snorkel and sail on this Island. Water was rough, wind strong and snorkeling disappointing. I'm sure it's great on a better day, but sometimes you just hit it at the wrong time. It was fun anyway.

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No need to do an excursion here. Get off the boat go right and you'll hit a beach that's perfect for snorkeling. It'll cost you $20 per person for a chair (no drinks included in this deal) or if you do what we did you might get it for less. Walk on the beach like you don't know about the charge and find a seat. Sit, sun, snorkel and wait for someone from the beach hut to pass by. They'll ask for 20 bucks each and then you start to negotiate. We told them we didn't have that much on us (which was the absolute truth) and we got the chairs and pass for 10 bucks each.

snorkeling was unbelievable. Much better than Hawaii. It's a must for this port. I'm sure an excursion would get you to some different spots that may hold even better snorkeling. Had we know how good it was we would have booked a snorkel excursion here instead of Aruba. But like I mentioned before this beach was great for seeing tons of fish.

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Dominica was great. We had a really fun time doing a river rafting excursion (it was more like a stream with some tiny rapids). The crew that took us was great and the tour fantastic. When you get into the van to get to the rapids you'll have about a 45 minute drive to get there. If you suffer from motion sickness request to be in the front seat. The roads are incredibly skinny and the driver's rival those on the Nascar circuit. It's a little hair raising and one of the guys in our group was getting sick halfway there (he switched seats to the front). All in all you'll have a great time if you give this excursion a try.
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On Grenada our friends did an excursion to the waterfalls and had a great time. My wife and I decided to just look around the port town on foot. Be prepared when you walk off the ship you will be bombarded with those wanting you to buy spices and other wares. We turned down an offer for a "walking tour" and not 50 feet down the road were offered another "walking tour". We asked how much and it's on a "donation" basis. We were a bit harassed but in a kind way and we caved and said yes. Wow! We are glad we did. If you are interested in this you can ask for Roger (everybody seems to know him) and for about $40 (or whatever you decide) you'll get a hour and a half to two hour tour. He really knows his stuff and you'll get a bunch of history and he'll help you out at the market too.

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Went to Orient beach. Paid 6 dollars per person to get there. Wacky taxi system down there in the islands. It gives you rates on the door but then we got charged a flat rate. Just make sure you know how much it will be per person before you start the ride. Orient beach is beautiful. Be prepared to see bikini's minus the tops on this beach. I was surprised to see a charge for chairs at anywhere from 7-11 dollars. You get a chair and a drink (run punch or beer) for that rate. Being from Hawaii it seemed strange to pay for sitting on the beach. There just wasn't any room for laying your towel down and relaxing.

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