Celebrity Summit Review

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Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Summit
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cmhdoogalsatsea
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2018
Cabin: Sky Suite 1

This cruise, I realized that what I like most about sailing on the Summit is the opportunity to encounter the wonderful culture that its crew has created/maintained. It just feels different from other ships. The vast majority of crew members appear to like each other and enjoy working on the Summit. That makes it a great place to spend a week or so. This was my 3rd sailing with them in the past 5 months.

With that said, there were challenges: Embarkation was a zoo. I'd just done it in San Juan in January, so know that it can be handled better if imperfectly, but this was pretty miserable, complete chaos out front ( a well placed tip and mentioning suites did eventually get some help, though. I bring this up because it's an area some large lines are improving on-- MSC's yacht club tent for example. My hunch is that if the cruise is good enough then the beancounters assume that memories of how things went getting on board will fade. Not so.

With Luminae closed on port days, and because I was mostly just staying on shp, I had opportunity to visit the buffet. I thought the food was pretty darn great up there, but the manners of many (not all) fellow passengers left a bit to be desired-- know, silently looking away when cutting in front of someone does not make you invisible; a simple "pardon me" would work wonders. While the food was tasty, the furnishing are beyond time for an overhaul. Given the way the seats are already shedding their upholstery, I can't imagine what things will look like after a summer of doing the nyc/hamilton shuttle. Oddly enough one area was already furnished in folding chairs and tables.

Cabin Review

Sky Suite 1

Cabin S1

Awesome cabin. I travel solo, so sky suite is all the room i need and i prefer them to the inside cabins with living room attached that are the CS's. But the balcony on 6132 and 6131 is just terrific. Being on the slant of the hump cuts down a little on privacy but opens up terrific vistas. And there's just enough of an over hang to be able to sit outside and enjoy the evening's 18 shrimp the butler dropped off...even if there's a little rain.

Port Reviews

St. Thomas

Not a spot I'd seek out, but if beaches are your thing and you've not been there, then worth a visit.

San Juan

Any excuse to spend a night at Condado Vanderbilt. Awesome massage therapy, gorgeous views, tasty food and near the ship.

King's Wharf

It is a pretty place. At the same time its colonial past/present is omnipresent and makes for a certain discomforting atmosphere.

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