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This was our 4th time on the Summit, so obviously, we like it. The Summit isn't new or huge ship, it has no ice skating rink, rock climbing walls, slides, or bumper cars. What is has is impeccable service, really good food, and I always meet the nicest people on her. I"ve been on larger, more modern and ships with more amenities, but the Summit is like comfortable shoes. There are no surprises (I don't like surprises), everything is just easy and relaxing, which is what I look for on a vacation. We left out of San Juan; embarkation was easy, in fact, we were the 3rd and 4th people to walk on the ship. The only hiccup is that we got in the "suites and Zenith" line, not realizing we had to drop our bags first, so we ended up schlepping our bags around with us for a couple hours. As this was our first suite class experience, we had priority boarding, and had lunch in Luminae vice our usual trip to the buffet. We then met up with our cruise buddies near the pool. The servers were there when you needed them, but not overly intrusive. We sat around chatting for an hour or two, and were then able to get into our cabin, which was a wheelchair-accessible sky suite. I'll address the cabin under that section of this review. Nelson, our butler, was very helpful. When we wanted to dine in the MDR with friends, he set it up, had our friend meet in our cabin, then escorted us to our table. On lobster (aka "chic") night, we had a wine and cheese party in our cabin prior to dinner with our friends, and again, were escorted to Luminae. Nelson brought wine glass, and cheese and shrimp platters. It was really nice. Dining: We ate primarily in Lumiae, which was an amazing experience. The service was on point, we met nice people, and the food was quite interesting. We prefer smaller portions of high quality food to large portions of "ok" food so it worked well for us. We ate breakfast in Luminae, which again was great. When we took friends with us to Luminae, most of the other diners had already left, so we pretty much had the space and server to ourselves. We had a fantastic meal, lots of variety, and an incredible bargain. We generally get breakfast in the buffet in order to get off the ship quickly. We also had yogurt parfaits in the spa cafe, a nice alternative if you are watching your diet. We normally go to Q-sine at least once, but as we were had Luminae, we didn't on this trip. The buffet was the usual, very good, and quite varied for such a small ship. The ship's officers were quite visible. I actually got a selfie with Captain Kate, and I'm not generally one for that kind of thing. She is truly a great ambassador to the cruise line. Very nice and personable. Activities: We don't go to shows, or do a whole lot of anything when we cruise. We really like wine tastings, and Celebrity tastings are always great. I inevitably get introduced to at least one kind of wine I've never tried. They aren't rushed, and don't feel like something you would expect in a liquor store on "Thirsty Thursday" such as I've experienced on other lines. And there were easily 50 people participating. My wife saw the comedian (Rondell Sheridan) and said he was great. I really enjoy the more intimate entertainment; the string duo, jazz band, that sort of thing. I really wish they would start getting reggae bands again, though. There's nothing like a good reggae band on the pool deck in the sun. I also played trivia, which was pretty normal, and fun. Public spaces. All were very clean, the stores are what you would expect. We aren't shoppers, so not much to say about that I gamble a little, again, it was about what one would expect. We spent a lot of time at the martini bar. If I had one wish, it would be that the bartenders didn't blast whistles when they poured martini flights. One night, I just got tired of it and went to the Sunset bar for some quiet. Bobby the bear is still in play at the martini bar. Those who know what I'm talking about will know what I'm talking about (It's a Summit thing). I got a few pics with him. Disembarkation was easy. I screwed up and didn't pay attention to when the dining options ended. Fortunately, we were spending a couple days after the cruise in San Juan, so it didn't really matter. Our bags were where they were supposed to be, and we were off the ship and through customs in a matter of minutes. Altogether, a lovely cruise, great ship, and I'm sure I'll cruise on the Summit again at some point in the future.

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Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Ardie12

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This was our 4th time on the Summit, so obviously, we like it. The Summit isn't new or huge ship, it has no ice skating rink, rock climbing walls, slides, or bumper cars. What is has is impeccable service, really good food, and I always meet the nicest people on her.

I"ve been on larger, more modern and ships with more amenities, but the Summit is like comfortable shoes. There are no surprises (I don't like surprises), everything is just easy and relaxing, which is what I look for on a vacation.

We left out of San Juan; embarkation was easy, in fact, we were the 3rd and 4th people to walk on the ship. The only hiccup is that we got in the "suites and Zenith" line, not realizing we had to drop our bags first, so we ended up schlepping our bags around with us for a couple hours. As this was our first suite class experience, we had priority boarding, and had lunch in Luminae vice our usual trip to the buffet. We then met up with our cruise buddies near the pool. The servers were there when you needed them, but not overly intrusive. We sat around chatting for an hour or two, and were then able to get into our cabin, which was a wheelchair-accessible sky suite. I'll address the cabin under that section of this review.

Nelson, our butler, was very helpful. When we wanted to dine in the MDR with friends, he set it up, had our friend meet in our cabin, then escorted us to our table. On lobster (aka "chic") night, we had a wine and cheese party in our cabin prior to dinner with our friends, and again, were escorted to Luminae. Nelson brought wine glass, and cheese and shrimp platters. It was really nice.

Dining: We ate primarily in Lumiae, which was an amazing experience. The service was on point, we met nice people, and the food was quite interesting. We prefer smaller portions of high quality food to large portions of "ok" food so it worked well for us. We ate breakfast in Luminae, which again was great. When we took friends with us to Luminae, most of the other diners had already left, so we pretty much had the space and server to ourselves. We had a fantastic meal, lots of variety, and an incredible bargain. We generally get breakfast in the buffet in order to get off the ship quickly. We also had yogurt parfaits in the spa cafe, a nice alternative if you are watching your diet. We normally go to Q-sine at least once, but as we were had Luminae, we didn't on this trip. The buffet was the usual, very good, and quite varied for such a small ship.

The ship's officers were quite visible. I actually got a selfie with Captain Kate, and I'm not generally one for that kind of thing. She is truly a great ambassador to the cruise line. Very nice and personable.

Activities: We don't go to shows, or do a whole lot of anything when we cruise. We really like wine tastings, and Celebrity tastings are always great. I inevitably get introduced to at least one kind of wine I've never tried. They aren't rushed, and don't feel like something you would expect in a liquor store on "Thirsty Thursday" such as I've experienced on other lines. And there were easily 50 people participating. My wife saw the comedian (Rondell Sheridan) and said he was great. I really enjoy the more intimate entertainment; the string duo, jazz band, that sort of thing. I really wish they would start getting reggae bands again, though. There's nothing like a good reggae band on the pool deck in the sun. I also played trivia, which was pretty normal, and fun.

Public spaces. All were very clean, the stores are what you would expect. We aren't shoppers, so not much to say about that I gamble a little, again, it was about what one would expect. We spent a lot of time at the martini bar. If I had one wish, it would be that the bartenders didn't blast whistles when they poured martini flights. One night, I just got tired of it and went to the Sunset bar for some quiet.

Bobby the bear is still in play at the martini bar. Those who know what I'm talking about will know what I'm talking about (It's a Summit thing). I got a few pics with him.

Disembarkation was easy. I screwed up and didn't pay attention to when the dining options ended. Fortunately, we were spending a couple days after the cruise in San Juan, so it didn't really matter. Our bags were where they were supposed to be, and we were off the ship and through customs in a matter of minutes.

Altogether, a lovely cruise, great ship, and I'm sure I'll cruise on the Summit again at some point in the future.
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Cabin Review

Sky Suite 2
Cabin S2 9121
From what I understand, this is the smallest suite on the ship. It was much larger than a standard cabin; it was easy for my wife and I to navigate without getting in each other's way. The cabin is right next to the elevators, and under the buffet area. On some occasions, there was some banging above us, but nothing too bad. The cabin is wheelchair-accessible, so the bathroom was huge.

The only downside is the veranda. Usually, verandas are at least as wide as the cabin, but not in this case, as the divider on one side canted in to allow space for the elevator. It also wasn't very deep. Getting on and off the veranda in a wheelchair would be a pain, because of the lip to the door.

So much roomier than a regular cabin, but not as "sweet" as some suites. You are really paying for Michaels club and Luminae access, priority embarkation and disembarkation, and the other amenities. We got an amazing deal, which is why we did it.
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    Jolly harbor is simply one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot of beaches. The water is clear, and pale blue; the sand white and clean. IT's just an amazing place to chill out, and a nice break from go-go-go excursions.
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