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We were on the 7 night So. Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Summit out of San Juan. This was our 4th time on the Summit, and she always impresses us. We had a "scare" the morning of embarkation as there was a strike of the port workers. Through social media, we heard that passengers were not being allowed to disembark, and thus we would not be allowed to embark because of the strike. Unfortunately, we were not aware of who to contact about this, and the Celebrity office was closed. Luckily, we had befriended a cab driver and he said we should still head over for embarkation. By the time we reached the port, we were allowed in, and were one of the first people at the pier. We were on the ship early and the vacation started. The Summit is going in to be "Edgeisized" soon, but we found her upkeep to be very good. Is there some signs of wear and tear on her, sure. But nothing that would spoil our vacation or that we would complain about. For a "smaller" ship, the Summit never seemed crowded to us, and offered us the usual OUTSTANDING service, friendliness, and quality food and beverage that we have come to expect from Celebrity. We stayed in an A2 AquaClass cabin (our prior times of the Summit we were in A1). Although located on deck 9, and under the pool, we only heard minimal noise from the pool deck in the morning (and we were up anyway), and nothing at night (but we are almost never in the cabin during the day/night except to sleep, shower and change). Because of being in AquaClass, we dined in Blu every night. Blue was excellent and the staff was wonderful. The staples for us on Celebrity cruise vacations, the entertainment in the theater (only gave it a 4 here because we had already seen the 3 Celebrity shows multiple times already, but the cast on the Summit was great, so worth going again), the Martini Bar, Pool Bar, Revelations, etc., were all great as usual. This trip was "port heavy" stopping at 5 ports during the 7 days. This had its pluses and minuses. Biggest minus, only 1 real sea day. However, for ports we had been to before or that did not have things we were interested in doing, we spent most of the time on the ship, which we had to ourselves. So, like a sea day at the pool, but without any crowd. Overall, another 5 star cruise and experience delivered by the Summit and her amazing crew.

Another Winner on the Summit.

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by BlueLobster

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We were on the 7 night So. Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Summit out of San Juan. This was our 4th time on the Summit, and she always impresses us.

We had a "scare" the morning of embarkation as there was a strike of the port workers. Through social media, we heard that passengers were not being allowed to disembark, and thus we would not be allowed to embark because of the strike. Unfortunately, we were not aware of who to contact about this, and the Celebrity office was closed. Luckily, we had befriended a cab driver and he said we should still head over for embarkation. By the time we reached the port, we were allowed in, and were one of the first people at the pier. We were on the ship early and the vacation started.

The Summit is going in to be "Edgeisized" soon, but we found her upkeep to be very good. Is there some signs of wear and tear on her, sure. But nothing that would spoil our vacation or that we would complain about. For a "smaller" ship, the Summit never seemed crowded to us, and offered us the usual OUTSTANDING service, friendliness, and quality food and beverage that we have come to expect from Celebrity.

We stayed in an A2 AquaClass cabin (our prior times of the Summit we were in A1). Although located on deck 9, and under the pool, we only heard minimal noise from the pool deck in the morning (and we were up anyway), and nothing at night (but we are almost never in the cabin during the day/night except to sleep, shower and change). Because of being in AquaClass, we dined in Blu every night. Blue was excellent and the staff was wonderful.

The staples for us on Celebrity cruise vacations, the entertainment in the theater (only gave it a 4 here because we had already seen the 3 Celebrity shows multiple times already, but the cast on the Summit was great, so worth going again), the Martini Bar, Pool Bar, Revelations, etc., were all great as usual.

This trip was "port heavy" stopping at 5 ports during the 7 days. This had its pluses and minuses. Biggest minus, only 1 real sea day. However, for ports we had been to before or that did not have things we were interested in doing, we spent most of the time on the ship, which we had to ourselves. So, like a sea day at the pool, but without any crowd.

Overall, another 5 star cruise and experience delivered by the Summit and her amazing crew.
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class
Cabin A2 9090
Very minimal wear and tear, but nothing that bothered us. Although located on deck 9, and under the pool, we only heard minimal noise from the pool deck in the morning (and we were up anyway), and nothing at night (but we are almost never in the cabin during the day/night except to sleep, shower and change). Large overhang on the balcony because of the pool, so a lot of shade on the balcony (but no one looking down at you either). Because of being in AquaClass, we dined in Blu every night. Blue was excellent and the staff was wonderful.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    We just walked around the port shops to stretch our legs and got back on the ship and enjoyed having her all to ourselves. We had been to Barbados before and there is a wide variety of things to do (Hamilton Caves, snorkeling, etc.).
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  • River Tubing
    We did the Hibiscus Eco Village tubing and waterfall excursion. Although it involved a few "legs" of long bus rides to the tubing, to the waterfall, and back to the pier, the overall experience was great. Tubing was fun (not dangerous - but that can be dependent upon the rain), and the waterfall was cool to see and swim under (not directly under though - that would hurt!).
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  • Snorkeling
    We did the Catamaran Snorkel and Beach excursion. It takes you snorkeling at the Underwater Sculpture Park, which was the reason we booked this one. That was very interesting, cool, and creepy at the same time. If you want to see fish, go on a different snorkeling trip. It also stops at a beach, but you only get 45 minutes, so just took a walk up/down the beach (which was beautiful).
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  • San Juan
    San Juan was the home port for this cruise. We had a pre-cruise stay at the La Concha hotel. Highly recommend the La Concha. San Juan is still recovering from the hurricanes, but doing much better.
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  • St. Croix
    There was a small beach just to the left of the pier that rented chairs and umbrellas, so we opted for a beach day for day one. No cab necessary, and a very easy walk. Not very commercialized, but some shops and local craft stands at the end of the pier.
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  • Snorkeling
    We did the Golden Eagle Sail and Snorkel excursion. Can't say enough about the crew for this catamaran excursion. Very entertaining and accommodating. The snorkeling area was somewhat small, but they take you to a location that had a sunken helicopter, and other sunken items, and there were a lot of fish to see.
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