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Wow, what a great cruise. I’ll preface this with we went on the same cruise last year. Also, it was a Charter and left on the 27th of February and was 5 days. Arriving at Port Everglades, we found Starvista had a great backdrop for pictures. A VW bus flower-powered out. We were handed hard cover day planners and had to find awkward places to carry them on. With carryon bags, noodles, et al we had no place to put them. Please leave in rooms next time. We were met with glasses of champagne as we boarded. Since we arrived early, we went to Sushi on 5 for lunch. While you have to pay extra, we always go there as there are no people. We did like it better as Bistro on 5. Crepes were better than Sushi but it was still good. Rooms opened a little early at 1:20pm. We had a concierge balcony. Nothing spectacular but adequate. The A/C was making serious noises and the thermostat did not work so we stopped by guest services and it was fixed. After that we had no problems. Generally, the bathroom emits a sewerish smell on all ships. We brought two small battery-operated ionizers and put one in the bathroom and one in the main cabin. Problem solved. We experienced no congestion or coughing on this and the last trip because of it. We went around the ship and could not believe that the techie crew got all the audio setup across the ship. Wires galore and huge amps, mixers, and speakers. Well done. The ship was decorated with Flower Power posters throughout. Nice job Starvista (SV). We had the mandatory boat drill but Celebrity is smart and keeps passengers indoors during the drill. RCCL always makes them stand for an hour on outer decks. The sail away party was on the pool deck and I think most of the ship was there. Dinner – the food was exceptional on this cruise. It was nice to have different items than the normal fare we get on RCCL and Celebrity. Last year the food sucked. SV must have taken note and adjusted the menu. The passengers were split up into two groups – Silver cards for the first dinner seating and Gold for the second. This was to accommodate the theater for the main concerts. Excellent idea! We first went to the Spencer Davis concert in Revelation Lounge. It was, IMHO, so-so. We bailed about 8:00 to go line up for the theater presentation of Three Dog Night. We were disappointed because of the many technical difficulties they experienced. Many were teasing “One Dog Night” because only one original member was left. After the theater, we went back to Revelations and saw Rare Earth – much better – great sound. Venue was over packed. Tuesday, 28 Feb, was at sea. We went to the Trivia – awesome – Hitmasters finds some very obscure early videos of artists performing and you watch the clip and have to guess the name of the group. Since I make pins, I donated a bunch of custom made pins as prizes and also a T Shirt. One group got 37 out of 40 correct. We went to the pool deck where if you wore the FPC T-Shirt you got free booze. Most of the ship was there. We had a hamburger at the poolside grill and then went to the Family Feud by Hitmakers. Teams were setup and there was a lot of fun to be had. Off to dinner – the waiters were super. It was open seating and we were in and out in 30 minutes, including desert. Food again was great. We went to Revelations and saw Rare Earth for a bit and then off to the theater to see 5th Dimension – We enjoyed their show. After the show, it was Bell Bottom Ball – of course we had on bell bottoms and a Woodstock T-Shirt. Most people dressed in 60’s attire. Awesome. The CCR tribute band was pretty decent. More on that later. We saw Peter Asher at the late night theater concert – He is, by far, the most talented artist we have met. He tells a story about his experiences, sings songs, has a sing-a-long, and actually sings with Gordon Waller on the screen and was our favorite artist and show on the cruise. Funny story – on the first FPC, we were sitting in the front row of the trivia. When we swapped papers for grading, the paper we had got all but 1 correct. My wife returned the paper and said: “Wow, you did super – what were you – a D.J?” The man turned, grinned, and politely said “No.”. It was Peter Asher. This year we had him autograph that sheet we graded. What a nice guy. Wednesday in Falmouth, Jamaica – We went to Peppers, a small bar in the ‘Ville. They have Red Stripe beer on tap – we had 3 or 4 beers each, a plate of jerked chicken, rice, and slaw, shots of rum, a Rum Cream (like Baileys) and it was only $37. That’s 3 drinks on the ship. Food was delicious. Coming back we stopped at a roadside makeshift bar and had more beer and shots for a pittance. We were watching the locals playing dominoes and it was serious. Bought the players a round as they kept us entertained with slapping dominoes. We went back on the ship early and took our noodles and went in the pool – no one else was there until the show came on at 3pm with a tribute to Mick Jagger and Joe Cocker. After dinner was the Zombies concert – totally amazing. They sounded great! They did two concerts that night and the ship stayed in port till 11:30 so they could get off. We missed the Yardbirds because of other commitments. After the show was a British Invasion party on the pool deck and a costume contest. Some really bizarre costumes came out of the closet. The winner was a gal that made a mini dress out of duct tapes and it was brightly colored. All throughout the cruise Hal Bruce was playing in various venues. He does some wonderful songs. Thursday was Grand Cayman – we didn’t get off but stayed in the pool. At 3pm Cara Lee did a portrayal of the Divas with many songs. She is superb and has Cher down to a science. After dinner we went and saw BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band. Both BritBeat and Jukebox were superb. We liked the pool concerts the best. Our theater performance was Eric Burdon and the Animals. I talked with many and most feel he butchered The House of the Rising Sun. Not like the original. Sad. I was so looking forward to this. Last year it was the same thing with Jefferson Starship and White Rabbit. Disappointed. “We gotta get out of this place” was definitely better. The pool deck had the psychedelic dance party with The Family Stone, who were great. Friday was a day at sea. We again went to Hitmakers trivia. Again I donated T-Shirts and pins. Lots of fun. We went to the deconstructing of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour – Extremely fascinating – Scott Friedman did a superb job and is not to be missed. We gave him a pin as we did to most artists. CCR Relived was on the pool deck – wonderful – better than the other night. Then came Vanilla Fudge – these guys I saw in the very early 70’s at my high school. They were better now than back then and they were good back then. After dinner we caught Cara Lee again impersonating Janis Joplin. She is seriously good and fun to watch. We went down early for the Lovin’ Spoonful – this group interacted with the audience in a sing along. Awesome. One thing to know – the Ocean View café stayed open until 2am and you could get snacks after the concerts. Starvista did an amazing job of coordinating all events. Those in the “Red Shirts” and “Crew” shirts worked tirelessly in making this cruise a memorable one. Each night a new goodie would appear in the room. We received a brightly colored bag, water bottle, hat, and a wine bottle corkscrew. Why they put that in the room I don’t know. It had a small knife on it and I had one confiscated at the port because of this. What if people just had carryons for flights? Getting off – we were able to use the Mobile Passport and whisk to the empty line. I would like to see the Revelations Lounge using the two card system to allow everyone to get a seat. One thing I didn’t like was a lot of people were chattering during the performances. Especially in the theater. It was a nuisance and sometimes was louder than the acts. I had to tell many to shut up. Dancing up front is one thing but talking about pets ruins the concert experience. Next year is 7 days so perhaps a little more spread out for the acts so we can see them in their entirety. There is too much packed into 5 days. Well, we are thoroughly exhausted from running to different venues and have a chance to rest up. Ready to do it again next year and we are already signed up. What a super concept. Would love to see a 50 year Woodstock reunion at sea.

Flower Power Cruise 2017

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by dagunny

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Wow, what a great cruise. I’ll preface this with we went on the same cruise last year.

Also, it was a Charter and left on the 27th of February and was 5 days.

Arriving at Port Everglades, we found Starvista had a great backdrop for pictures. A VW bus flower-powered out. We were handed hard cover day planners and had to find awkward places to carry them on. With carryon bags, noodles, et al we had no place to put them. Please leave in rooms next time.

We were met with glasses of champagne as we boarded. Since we arrived early, we went to Sushi on 5 for lunch. While you have to pay extra, we always go there as there are no people. We did like it better as Bistro on 5. Crepes were better than Sushi but it was still good. Rooms opened a little early at 1:20pm.

We had a concierge balcony. Nothing spectacular but adequate. The A/C was making serious noises and the thermostat did not work so we stopped by guest services and it was fixed. After that we had no problems. Generally, the bathroom emits a sewerish smell on all ships. We brought two small battery-operated ionizers and put one in the bathroom and one in the main cabin. Problem solved. We experienced no congestion or coughing on this and the last trip because of it.

We went around the ship and could not believe that the techie crew got all the audio setup across the ship. Wires galore and huge amps, mixers, and speakers. Well done.

The ship was decorated with Flower Power posters throughout. Nice job Starvista (SV).

We had the mandatory boat drill but Celebrity is smart and keeps passengers indoors during the drill. RCCL always makes them stand for an hour on outer decks.

The sail away party was on the pool deck and I think most of the ship was there.

Dinner – the food was exceptional on this cruise. It was nice to have different items than the normal fare we get on RCCL and Celebrity. Last year the food sucked. SV must have taken note and adjusted the menu.

The passengers were split up into two groups – Silver cards for the first dinner seating and Gold for the second. This was to accommodate the theater for the main concerts. Excellent idea!

We first went to the Spencer Davis concert in Revelation Lounge. It was, IMHO, so-so. We bailed about 8:00 to go line up for the theater presentation of Three Dog Night. We were disappointed because of the many technical difficulties they experienced. Many were teasing “One Dog Night” because only one original member was left.

After the theater, we went back to Revelations and saw Rare Earth – much better – great sound. Venue was over packed.

Tuesday, 28 Feb, was at sea. We went to the Trivia – awesome – Hitmasters finds some very obscure early videos of artists performing and you watch the clip and have to guess the name of the group. Since I make pins, I donated a bunch of custom made pins as prizes and also a T Shirt. One group got 37 out of 40 correct.

We went to the pool deck where if you wore the FPC T-Shirt you got free booze. Most of the ship was there. We had a hamburger at the poolside grill and then went to the Family Feud by Hitmakers. Teams were setup and there was a lot of fun to be had.

Off to dinner – the waiters were super. It was open seating and we were in and out in 30 minutes, including desert. Food again was great.

We went to Revelations and saw Rare Earth for a bit and then off to the theater to see 5th Dimension – We enjoyed their show.

After the show, it was Bell Bottom Ball – of course we had on bell bottoms and a Woodstock T-Shirt. Most people dressed in 60’s attire. Awesome. The CCR tribute band was pretty decent. More on that later.

We saw Peter Asher at the late night theater concert – He is, by far, the most talented artist we have met. He tells a story about his experiences, sings songs, has a sing-a-long, and actually sings with Gordon Waller on the screen and was our favorite artist and show on the cruise. Funny story – on the first FPC, we were sitting in the front row of the trivia. When we swapped papers for grading, the paper we had got all but 1 correct. My wife returned the paper and said: “Wow, you did super – what were you – a D.J?” The man turned, grinned, and politely said “No.”. It was Peter Asher. This year we had him autograph that sheet we graded. What a nice guy.

Wednesday in Falmouth, Jamaica – We went to Peppers, a small bar in the ‘Ville. They have Red Stripe beer on tap – we had 3 or 4 beers each, a plate of jerked chicken, rice, and slaw, shots of rum, a Rum Cream (like Baileys) and it was only $37. That’s 3 drinks on the ship. Food was delicious. Coming back we stopped at a roadside makeshift bar and had more beer and shots for a pittance. We were watching the locals playing dominoes and it was serious. Bought the players a round as they kept us entertained with slapping dominoes.

We went back on the ship early and took our noodles and went in the pool – no one else was there until the show came on at 3pm with a tribute to Mick Jagger and Joe Cocker.

After dinner was the Zombies concert – totally amazing. They sounded great! They did two concerts that night and the ship stayed in port till 11:30 so they could get off. We missed the Yardbirds because of other commitments.

After the show was a British Invasion party on the pool deck and a costume contest. Some really bizarre costumes came out of the closet. The winner was a gal that made a mini dress out of duct tapes and it was brightly colored.

All throughout the cruise Hal Bruce was playing in various venues. He does some wonderful songs.

Thursday was Grand Cayman – we didn’t get off but stayed in the pool. At 3pm Cara Lee did a portrayal of the Divas with many songs. She is superb and has Cher down to a science.

After dinner we went and saw BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band. Both BritBeat and Jukebox were superb. We liked the pool concerts the best.

Our theater performance was Eric Burdon and the Animals. I talked with many and most feel he butchered The House of the Rising Sun. Not like the original. Sad. I was so looking forward to this. Last year it was the same thing with Jefferson Starship and White Rabbit. Disappointed. “We gotta get out of this place” was definitely better.

The pool deck had the psychedelic dance party with The Family Stone, who were great.

Friday was a day at sea. We again went to Hitmakers trivia. Again I donated T-Shirts and pins. Lots of fun.

We went to the deconstructing of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour – Extremely fascinating – Scott Friedman did a superb job and is not to be missed. We gave him a pin as we did to most artists.

CCR Relived was on the pool deck – wonderful – better than the other night. Then came Vanilla Fudge – these guys I saw in the very early 70’s at my high school. They were better now than back then and they were good back then.

After dinner we caught Cara Lee again impersonating Janis Joplin. She is seriously good and fun to watch.

We went down early for the Lovin’ Spoonful – this group interacted with the audience in a sing along. Awesome.

One thing to know – the Ocean View café stayed open until 2am and you could get snacks after the concerts.

Starvista did an amazing job of coordinating all events. Those in the “Red Shirts” and “Crew” shirts worked tirelessly in making this cruise a memorable one. Each night a new goodie would appear in the room. We received a brightly colored bag, water bottle, hat, and a wine bottle corkscrew. Why they put that in the room I don’t know. It had a small knife on it and I had one confiscated at the port because of this. What if people just had carryons for flights?

Getting off – we were able to use the Mobile Passport and whisk to the empty line.

I would like to see the Revelations Lounge using the two card system to allow everyone to get a seat.

One thing I didn’t like was a lot of people were chattering during the performances. Especially in the theater. It was a nuisance and sometimes was louder than the acts. I had to tell many to shut up. Dancing up front is one thing but talking about pets ruins the concert experience.

Next year is 7 days so perhaps a little more spread out for the acts so we can see them in their entirety. There is too much packed into 5 days.

Well, we are thoroughly exhausted from running to different venues and have a chance to rest up. Ready to do it again next year and we are already signed up. What a super concept. Would love to see a 50 year Woodstock reunion at sea.
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