About us: This was our 8th cruise with Celebrity or RCI and our 2nd on the Summit. We cruise for the experience of cruising, fine dining and dancing, together with visiting the posts, makes a perfect vacation.
Embarkation: Smooth and easy but a little confusion when you first arrive as the line is not to get onto the ship but to check you luggage for the porters to take to your room. Have your tags on your luggage ahead of time as it will save you some time. No line up to get on the ship and it was around 3:00 pm. We received our welcome champagne and checked into our room and then checked out the ship. It is an easy ship to get familiar with and the staff are so friendly. The Waterfall Cafe is open if you need a treat.
Dining:It is a beautiful ship offering many options for dining. Dinners: We were at the fist sitting in the main dining room for supper. Formal nights were St Maartin and Barbados and all the other nights are Smart Casual. Enjoyed all the meals, especially the desserts. You have 2 menus to choose from, the daily menu that changes each day or the left side of the menu remains the same and is available every day. There is Casual Dining in the aft of the Waterfall Cafe offering the same menu all week and there is small charge to dine there. The buffets have a great variety of foods for breakfast, lunches and supper. Breakfasts: We went to the main dining room, the Waterfall Cafe, and had room service on 2 mornings. Lunch: We had lunches either at the Waterfall Cafe, the Lido deck, or the Aqua Spa Night Time Nibbles; usually found in different locations around the ship at 11:30pm plus there was a fruit buffet by the pool one night and a dessert buffet as well one night. Some ships have gotten away from offering this but the Summit is still going all out with ice sculptures and all.
Room 8185 - Concierge Class
We always try to book an aft cabin as we enjoy the larger balcony. We had a small table with 2 chairs and 3 chaise lounges. We enjoy breakfast on our balcony.
It offers a great view and we love the sound of the wake.
We have not found it to be noisy from the motors and what not located at the back of the boat. We do not feel the motion of the boat any more then anywhere else in the boat.
Average closet and space - an aft cabin is our first choice for a cabin. I know on the newer ships all balconies are the same size and we have not stayed in one of those yet.
Our 6th visit to this port. We took a taxi to the French Side even though it was a Sunday. The cost depends on the number of passengers in the taxi. There were 4 of us and it was $7.00 each one way. There are taxis available to bring you back when you are ready. They have a very organized taxi system with excellent fee structure and taxis are located at all the spots tourists visit. The stores are all closed on Sunday but the Straw Market is open. We explored the area and then walked up the steps to the Fort and it was worth it. Great view of the bay and ship. We then took a taxi to Orient Beach and walked along the waters edge enjoying an ice cream cone. There are lots of chaise lounges and umbrellas plus shade trees. There also seemed to be water sports available but I am not sure of the cost. It is a beautiful beach and I will be going back. We returned to the ship by taxi and it seemed to cost the same no matter where we went. After returning to Philipsburg we explored the shops and walked along the beach there and took the water taxi $ 4.00 each back to the ship. All and all a great day exploring St Maarten
This was our 4th visit to this port. The first time we visited this port the whole village had blue tarps for roofs as the hurricane had blown off all the roofs. The last time we were there some of the roofs were still covered with blue tarps from the hurricane. This year no tarps could be seen and the church even had a new roof. They have recovered. We walked through the Town to Dots for spices and visited Tikal which is close to Dots selling local Artisans works. We then walked along the water returning to the tunnel and then climbing the stairs to the fort. There was a $2.00 charge and you are given a guided tour with all the history of the fort. Parts of the Fort are presently being used for the local polices and we saw were they sew their own uniforms. The Fort offers a fabulous view of the harbor and great photo opportunities. There are lots of spice vendors just outside the ports gates and we bought vanilla and nutmeg pods to bring home.
Previous visits we had taken island tours. This is a beautiful island to explore.
Our 2rd visit to this port. It is a beautiful island and this year we decided to book a snorkel tour through Celebrity. We booked the Fun Cat Tour R049 being picked up at the pier and taken to Grand Anse. They have 6 fun cats but only 6 of us had signed up. It was a great experience. The shoreline is Rocky and water shoes will help you get onto the Cat. The 2 guides assist you to get onto and out of your mini catamaran and you steer yourself around the bay to the snorkel area. It offered fabulous snorkeling and we saw lots of colorful fish. The perfect morning offering a little bit of sun, snorkeling and relaxing on our own little cat. I wanted to stay and do the afternoon tour as well but we had other commitments. The next time we go to Dominica I would do this tour again. The 1st time we visited Dominica we did the rain forest tour and it was an interesting adventure as well. This island is an ECO island with so much to offer its visitors.
We have been to Barbados 5 times doing snorkeling and island tours. This year we decided to take a Taxi into Bridgetown, they filled a mini van at the port for $2.00 a person one way and it was easy to get a taxi back to the port for $ 5.00 for the two of us. We walked along the boardwalk and went into some of the shops. I had read on these boards that shopping was expensive but I bought a pair of ear rings and did not find shopping overly expensive.
TOBAGO: I could not find it listed as a port so I will include it here. We got off the ship and walked around the downtown port area. Most stores have razor wire over their property area. We heard music and followed it to an area of white tents. There was an Educational Festival going on and the children where all in costumes marching and dancing. It was an enjoyable experience. I would do a ship tour only in this port and I think they offer several land and snorkeling excursions..