Summit Cruise to the Southern Caribbean: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by landcomm

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Summit Cruise to the Southern Caribbean

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Summit is the third and most beautiful of the Millennium class ships we have cruised aboard. Although we did not confirm, it appears Summit has either gone through or is still in the process of what I would classify as a "soft refit" which finds carpets, uphostery, window coverings and perhaps more decorator features replaced with new. Overall the look and feel of the ship was tasteful, beautiful, comfortable and clean. From a maintenance standpoint we did not observe any significant corrosion, damage or lack of care by maintenance staff who - as usual - were busy in various places aboard the ship.

Embarkation in San Juan was rough for us but this was primarily driven by the fact our flight was delayed, we arrived at 6:15 a.m. and had to sit outside the terminal until the doors opened at 11:00 a.m. While we were the only couple sitting on the curb by 7:00 a.m., it was only an hour or two before others began to arrive.

If I were to make any suggestion either to the More Port of San Juan or the cruise lines using this facility it would be to provide better support for international passengers who have no option except to go from airport to terminal. There are few comfortable places to sit beyond the curb or ground; there is no access to an interior space which might be cooler than the outside temperature; there was a beverage machine but product dispensed was warm; there was a bathroom which was far from clean but was at least stocked with the basics!

At 10:45 a.m. we were ushered into the terminal. At 11:00 a.m. check-in began and shortly thereafter we were the first to walk aboard. The process was just as smooth as any other ports we have embarked.

Overall the ship, service, food and ports were exceptional. We had little to complain about. When a toilet failed to flush, our room attendant called maintenance who was in our room within twenty minutes. Buffets were always filled, bars were open, the entertainment was solid. Our table-mates were fun, the wait staff was truly the best we've experienced aboard any ship. The only exception to perfection was a short period of time when there weren't fresh towels available poolside.

I should note that a recurring issue aboard each of the Millennium class ships we've sailed on is the condition of tile-work and grout in the stateroom showers. Although we did not suffer water leakage aboard summit, the grout was in rough shape and some tiles were un-even. I am hopeful the recently announce major overhaul of this class of ships will include replacing or repairing this problem.

Tobago review (port not listed below)

Tobago was next. Here we hired our own driver at a rate more than we should likely have paid but gasoline is expensive and we enjoyed a pleasant two hours at a rate of $25 per hour (for the two of us). We visited Ft. St. Charles then made a drive to Plymouth, where we visited Ft. James and the beautiful local beaches before returning to the ship. Tobago is a beautiful place and those we encountered were far friendlier than in Dominica, that's for sure!

In summary, Celebrity Summit was a great ship. The itinerary was excellent. We would certainly do it again. While aboard we booked an 11-night trip aboard Equinox for February of 2011. Less

Published 01/27/10

Cabin review: 2132

Our cabin was in reasonable shape. The walls were slightly scuffed, likely from impact by the twin beds. The shower tile and grout was in rough shape, with grout stained and tiles uneven. This is a problem throughout the Millennium class of ships. Cleanliness was never an issue.

Port and Shore Excursions

Having been to Barbados in the past (truly fabulous catamaran cruise and swimming with sea turtles) we had a quiet shipboard day, by the pool.

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Dominica appeared to be beautiful and we were interested in the possibility of hiring a local drivers but found ourselves set upon by a pack-like group of obnoxious locals who chased one another around the block, suspecting they might lose out to someone else. This caused us to give up in frustration and return to the ship; honestly, had we been more assertive, this matter would not have been such an issue but we weren't in the mood so early in the day to be harassed.

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In Grenada we took another approach and booked an excursion from the ship. The Spice Tour was exceptional with a visit to the Dougaldston Spice Estate, outside Gouyave, Grenada. In Gouyave we also visited the Nutmeg Processing Cooperative, which was quite interesting, giving us a close-up opportunity to see the locals at work. Last, we visited Grand Etang Lake and Forest Reserve, which was cloaked in clouds, rain and chill. The drive to mountain top was beautiful and our guide did a fantastic job describing local flora and fauna.

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Our last stop was back in San Juan, where we opted to stay for a few extra days at the Caribe Hilton (reviewed elsewhere). We enjoyed strolls around Old San Juan, where we dined in a local restaurant and on the following day took a tour to the Rain Forest, which was capped with a fantastic meal at Tropicale Restaurant. Puerto Rico was beautiful (if wet) and we enjoyed our two days.

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We have been to St. Maarten repeatedly and didn't go farther than the local beach where chair, umbrella and drink service was promptly provided

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