Better than Expected: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Reedsdale

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Better than Expected

Sail Date: April 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
This was our second cruise. The first was on Royal Caribbean where our 2 children had a blast. Some of the reviews of the Summit made us wonder if we'd made the right choice, but the timing and itinerary were optimal for us. We flew to San Juan the morning of embarkation. We had no problems with the flight or transfers to the ship (we booked independently of the cruise line). Checking in was well organized and we were onboard eating at the poolside grill in no time. Our luggage arrived about 3 hours after we boarded. Nelson was our state room attendant and he was very efficient. We didn't see him much, but our room was always pin neat.

We traveled with our friends and their 2 children. Our daughter (age 8) spent a grand total of 23 minutes in the Fun Factory. As a result, we really have no opinion of it. Every night we received the next day's Fun Factory schedule, but our daughter was NOT interested. Oh well. Our son and our friends' 2 children checked out the Teen Club, but More only participated in the dodgeball tournaments. They met a fun group of kids on the basketball court and ended up with their own informal teen club. They had a great time on the Sports Deck and made arrangements every night to meet after dinner. We hardly ever saw them.

We didn't find any activities that we liked. We pretty much sat in the sun, went to the Spa (so-so - my facial was relaxing but my manicure lasted 2 days), shopped a bit and had delicious drinks. We tried to do Karoake, but they couldn't seem to get the party started and we went to the casino instead.

We ate at the early seating. Diego, Dragan and Crisanto - we already miss you!! The two families ate together every night but 2. Honestly, I think we went out of our way to eat in the MDR because we had such good service and so many laughs with Diego (head waiter), Dragan (Asst. Waiter) and Crisanto (Bar Server). Our MDR servers on RC were pretty grumpy, so we loved our experience on Summit. Our only complaint about the food (MDR and Waterfall) was that it was always lukewarm. But, hey, it was served with a smile and I didn't have to cook it or clean it up.

Overall, we got what we wanted out of our cruise. Summit was a fine ship and and we didn't have any problems that made us think we made the wrong choice. Less

Published 04/26/10

Cabin review: 7132

Great. Much better bathroom layout than expected. Comfy beds (including the upper berth and the open out arm chair). Nice balcony. Our only problem was the smell of sewage the last couple of days. It was pretty rank.

Port and Shore Excursions

LOVED Bermuda. We all want to go back asap. We bought public transportation passes for the 2 days we were there. We jumped on buses and ferries and got around the island with no problem. Bermuda even runs additional buses to get the ship passengers where they want to go. For example, we wanted to go to Horseshoe Bay Beach. We walked to the bus stop and imagine our surprise...a bus set aside to take passengers to Horseshoe Bay Beach. It was windy, but the beach was awesome. We rented chairs, the kids ran off to explore the rocks and we had a another great beach day. When we went back to the Horseshoe Bay bus stop, there was another bus waiting to go back to King's Wharf.

We also really enjoyed our dinner at the Swizzle Inn near the airport. The Rum Swizzles were delicious and the food was alright, too!

Sadly, we were disappointed with St. Maarten. We booked a 4x4 Jeep excursion and it was blah. It could have been the iffy weather, but the leader of the excursion could have at least tried to be enthusiatic. Oh well, maybe she was having a bad day. We did get to see both sides of the island and the kids had fun in the jeep. Lunch was not included, which was a surprise to some of the participants (us included).

We caught an open air bus to Sapphire Beach. LOVED it. Rented chairs and snorkling equipment. The girls had their hair braided. A waitress took our lunch orders and we enjoyed the food. There was a stand selling buckets of beer. Our bus driver came back at the appointed time and we all agreed that St. Thomas was a great beach day.

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We took a chance and jumped on Freddie's Fun Bus to Cane Garden Bay. Freddie wouldn't leave the dock until he'd filled all the seats, but that didn't take too long. It was $12 per person round trip. Since there were passengers from 2 different ships with 2 different departure times, Freddie made us vote what time we'd return to the dock. It worked out fine. Again, the weather was iffy. It sprinkled a bit, but we loved the beach. Great swimming. We rented chairs ($5 ea) and an umbrella ($3). The waitress brought buckets of beer and excellent strawberry daiquiris. Despite the clouds, we had a fun beach day. Freddie left right on time and we enjoyed his comments on the local scenery.

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