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This was our first Caribbean cruise. Though we have been to a dozen islands in the Caribbean over the years, we usually go for 7-10 days to a single island. We chose this cruise because it was going to islands we hadn't visited (Bonaire, Curacao, St. Kitts, and St. Croix) and some we wanted to visit again (Aruba, St. Thomas, Antigua, and Puerto Rico). We have previously sailed on Celebrity and Azamara in Europe, and on HAL to Alaska and Bermuda. Embarkation in St. Juan was a breeze. We flew in the day of the cruise, arrived around 1:30, took a cab for the 20-minute ride to the port, and were in our stateroom in 15 minutes or less. We knew the Summit was scheduled for drydock within a month, so we expected some glitches. We didn't let them spoil our vacation. The ship had a computer problem that delayed its departure from San Juan for more than 24 hours and necessitated a change in the itinerary. The result was a day in San Juan we hadn’t expected, and only one day instead of two in Aruba. We didn’t mind the change, especially since we were compensated with $200 of OBC. X was getting a jump on remodeling the Summit before drydock, so there was often one elevator in each of the three banks that wasn’t operational while it was given the new Edge-y look. We were on vacation, so waiting a minute longer for an elevator was no biggy. Service from everyone on the ship (cabin attendants, dining room staff, guest relations, etc.) was superb and always given with a smile. We had Select Dining, generally showed up between 6 and 6:30, and never to wait for a table. Food in the MDR was very good, similar to HAL’s, but service quite slow for tables of six, taking two hours or more for dinner. Though we enjoy sharing a table with other passengers, a couple of times we opted for a table for two in order to get to an event on time. The dining room was crowded with tables and loud to the point that hearing someone across a table for four was difficult. The ambiance was hectic with waiters rushing with trays piled high with plates. No one ever dropped a tray but I cringed a few times when those trays were close to my head. The buffet restaurant, Oceanview Café, was outstanding, offering a variety of lunch food--American, British, Asian, Italian (pasta and pizza), and salads. We particularly like the grill in the aft part of the Oceanview Café, where I had the best fish I’d ever eaten on a cruise for both lunch and dinner. Grilled meat was also available there. Another highlight was the ice cream bar, where ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt in various flavors were available for most of the day. Otherwise, the desserts in the cafe were mostly disappointing. They looked better than they tasted. There was a preponderance of eggy and creamy desserts in the mousse-custard-pudding-parfait family. Miniature cake slices relied on a lot of sweet icing/filling to combat their dryness and were often topped with a shiny gelatinous substance. However, the baklava, served twice during the 12-day cruise, was excellent, as were the tarts and other desserts at Café al Bacio. We did not take any of the ship's excursions, but arranged private ones on Bonaire and St. Kitts, and otherwise went out on our own. We went to a couple of shows which we enjoyed (acrobat comedian and Beatles music). We also participated in trivia sessions. After one of them, I overheard a British woman on the elevator say that the trivia was very America-oriented. That was true. Half of the questions revolved around U.S. pop culture. This is in contrast to trivia on our recent HAL cruise, where the questions did not favor passengers from any one country. They had to do with geography, science, history, classic books and music, and general knowledge. There were enough passengers from countries in Europe and Asia on the Summit cruise so that the trivia should have dealt with more universal subject matter (and I say that as an American who did well at trivia). One area of improvement I could suggest for Celebrity is to offer a sign-up sheet for people interested in playing board or card games so that they can make contact with others on the ship with similar interests, as both HAL and Azamara do. All in all, we had a wonderful time on the cruise, enjoyed the food and our fellow passengers, and look forward to our next cruise on a Celebrity M-class ship, which we much prefer to the larger S-class ships.

We left the ship saying "That was a great vacation!"

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Maya_C

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This was our first Caribbean cruise. Though we have been to a dozen islands in the Caribbean over the years, we usually go for 7-10 days to a single island. We chose this cruise because it was going to islands we hadn't visited (Bonaire, Curacao, St. Kitts, and St. Croix) and some we wanted to visit again (Aruba, St. Thomas, Antigua, and Puerto Rico). We have previously sailed on Celebrity and Azamara in Europe, and on HAL to Alaska and Bermuda.

Embarkation in St. Juan was a breeze. We flew in the day of the cruise, arrived around 1:30, took a cab for the 20-minute ride to the port, and were in our stateroom in 15 minutes or less. We knew the Summit was scheduled for drydock within a month, so we expected some glitches. We didn't let them spoil our vacation. The ship had a computer problem that delayed its departure from San Juan for more than 24 hours and necessitated a change in the itinerary. The result was a day in San Juan we hadn’t expected, and only one day instead of two in Aruba. We didn’t mind the change, especially since we were compensated with $200 of OBC. X was getting a jump on remodeling the Summit before drydock, so there was often one elevator in each of the three banks that wasn’t operational while it was given the new Edge-y look. We were on vacation, so waiting a minute longer for an elevator was no biggy. Service from everyone on the ship (cabin attendants, dining room staff, guest relations, etc.) was superb and always given with a smile.

We had Select Dining, generally showed up between 6 and 6:30, and never to wait for a table. Food in the MDR was very good, similar to HAL’s, but service quite slow for tables of six, taking two hours or more for dinner. Though we enjoy sharing a table with other passengers, a couple of times we opted for a table for two in order to get to an event on time. The dining room was crowded with tables and loud to the point that hearing someone across a table for four was difficult. The ambiance was hectic with waiters rushing with trays piled high with plates. No one ever dropped a tray but I cringed a few times when those trays were close to my head.

The buffet restaurant, Oceanview Café, was outstanding, offering a variety of lunch food--American, British, Asian, Italian (pasta and pizza), and salads. We particularly like the grill in the aft part of the Oceanview Café, where I had the best fish I’d ever eaten on a cruise for both lunch and dinner. Grilled meat was also available there. Another highlight was the ice cream bar, where ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt in various flavors were available for most of the day. Otherwise, the desserts in the cafe were mostly disappointing. They looked better than they tasted. There was a preponderance of eggy and creamy desserts in the mousse-custard-pudding-parfait family. Miniature cake slices relied on a lot of sweet icing/filling to combat their dryness and were often topped with a shiny gelatinous substance. However, the baklava, served twice during the 12-day cruise, was excellent, as were the tarts and other desserts at Café al Bacio.

We did not take any of the ship's excursions, but arranged private ones on Bonaire and St. Kitts, and otherwise went out on our own. We went to a couple of shows which we enjoyed (acrobat comedian and Beatles music). We also participated in trivia sessions. After one of them, I overheard a British woman on the elevator say that the trivia was very America-oriented. That was true. Half of the questions revolved around U.S. pop culture. This is in contrast to trivia on our recent HAL cruise, where the questions did not favor passengers from any one country. They had to do with geography, science, history, classic books and music, and general knowledge. There were enough passengers from countries in Europe and Asia on the Summit cruise so that the trivia should have dealt with more universal subject matter (and I say that as an American who did well at trivia). One area of improvement I could suggest for Celebrity is to offer a sign-up sheet for people interested in playing board or card games so that they can make contact with others on the ship with similar interests, as both HAL and Azamara do.

All in all, we had a wonderful time on the cruise, enjoyed the food and our fellow passengers, and look forward to our next cruise on a Celebrity M-class ship, which we much prefer to the larger S-class ships.
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Ocean View 6
Cabin 06 3126
This is one of the ocean view cabins that were carved out of the conference center on the starboard side. It was in a great location and extremely quiet. Though it was an adjoining cabin, we heard nothing from the neighboring one. These cabins have a larger window than most OVs on the M-class ships but, at least on the Summit, they have a fatal flaw for some people. The toilet is several inches higher than even handicapped-toilet height, so anyone shorter than 5 foot 4 inches will have their feet dangling when using it. When I mentioned this issue to our cabin attendant, Pamela, she said she’d heard that from other petite women who’d stayed in these rooms. She then managed to locate a stepping stool for me, similar to the kind made for pre-schoolers so they can reach sink faucets. Pamela was a gem of an attendant. Much as I liked the cabin and its location, I would never choose one of these rooms again, unless X lowers the fixture height during the dry dock.
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