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We went on a 10-day cruise on the Celebrity Summit that left out of San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 4, 2020 and visited an island each day. Just one "at sea" day. We traveled with another couple who had never cruised before, so we thought that this itinerary would be an ideal way to introduce them to cruising since they would only be on the ship doing the evenings and overnight. It worked out beautifully! We enjoyed the ship very much. Here is a breakdown of the pluses and (a few) minuses with the ship. Embarkation and disembarkation: The check-in process was one of the easiest and quickest we have experienced, probably due to the newer technology of check-in online and uploading a photo, plus having an app with the boarding pass ready to scan! We walked in, deposited our large luggage at the terminal and breezed through the line. We were given a greeting and free champagne when boarding and could drop off our carry-ons and collect our sea pass at our room since it was left on our door! At the end of the cruise, we opted for later departure since we were spending a night in Old San Juan before returning home. We had time for breakfast in the Oceanview buffet and walked off when our group number was called. We easily found our checked luggage, walked right through customs after putting our luggage through a scanner for a USDA inspection, and had no delay or problems whatsoever! We called an Uber which came within 5 minutes and were taken to our hotel. Easy peasy! The food: Not quite as good as Princess and Holland. It was hit or miss... the first night, I had roast pork and it was so dry and chewy that I couldn't eat much of it. Another night, we had duck, and it was excellent. Sometimes the food proved to be very good, while at other times not so great. There was also a lot of "selling" going on (especially on the first 2 days) to encourage us to buy or upgrade to a beverage package or to go to one of the optional (up-charge) restaurants, which got annoying. I began to feel that the food was less than great to encourage us to go to one of the other restaurants that had an an extra charge! We went to the Oceanview buffet for breakfasts (which were usually quite good, especially the freshly made omelettes and the hot croissants that servers walked around and delivered while you ate), but we were usually on a shore excursion for lunch. We never tried it for dinner since a buffet usually isn't a nice as a sit-down dinner in the main dining room (although our traveling companions said they were considering it after having a couple of so-so dinners in the Cosmopolitan restaurant!). The service, however, in both venues was exemplary and our servers at dinner, Onsa and Preeya, were extremely friendly and efficient. They made us feel welcome and even anticipated what we liked for beverages and menu selections! Entertainment: Excellent guest entertainers. We loved the comedians, magician, singers and acrobats! The house singers and dancers were very good too. I thought that their shows could have used better costumes and sets since those got a little hum-drum. They often did the whole show (or most of it) in the same generic costumes and without much in the way of sets to separate the pieces except for a little mood lighting! The house band was great and the drummer did an inspired solo for one of the guest entertainers that was totally awesome! Activities: It may have been because we had so many shore days off the ship, but it seemed that there were fewer onboard activities than other cruises we have taken. Specifically, no cooking shows or demos, and no craft-type activities. I always enjoyed those on other cruises. We did like the trivia, silent disco, and a few of the game shows and dance parties. There were also no "food" events like on Princess and Holland such as dessert night by the pool or ice sculptures. And, although we didn't have much time to use a library, I was surprised that there was none on the Summit other than a tiny rack of books! Shore excursions: We only went on 3 of the Celebrity excursions. St. Thomas, Martinique, and Grenada. The St. Thomas tour was called the "5 Star Island Tour" but really was 2-star at best! It was on an open bus, which was quite warm and with no place to stow our bags while not on the bus. It mainly consisted of a 2-hour shopping stop which was MUCH too long (and the area was packed with mostly expensive jewelry stores in which we had zero interest), a quick drive up to an overlook, and a 2-hour beach break which was nice...but not much was seen of the island. Our other excursions were on larger buses, but we could at least store our bags while engaging in other activities and sit in comfort during the tours. We enjoyed our Martinique and Grenada tours very much! They took us all over the islands and we saw many interesting things. Our guides were very good on those tours too. Overall, the trip was great with some minor inconveniences! I would definitely try Celebrity again.

First time on Celebrity and generally pleased!

Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by betkai

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We went on a 10-day cruise on the Celebrity Summit that left out of San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 4, 2020 and visited an island each day. Just one "at sea" day. We traveled with another couple who had never cruised before, so we thought that this itinerary would be an ideal way to introduce them to cruising since they would only be on the ship doing the evenings and overnight. It worked out beautifully! We enjoyed the ship very much. Here is a breakdown of the pluses and (a few) minuses with the ship.

Embarkation and disembarkation: The check-in process was one of the easiest and quickest we have experienced, probably due to the newer technology of check-in online and uploading a photo, plus having an app with the boarding pass ready to scan! We walked in, deposited our large luggage at the terminal and breezed through the line. We were given a greeting and free champagne when boarding and could drop off our carry-ons and collect our sea pass at our room since it was left on our door!

At the end of the cruise, we opted for later departure since we were spending a night in Old San Juan before returning home. We had time for breakfast in the Oceanview buffet and walked off when our group number was called. We easily found our checked luggage, walked right through customs after putting our luggage through a scanner for a USDA inspection, and had no delay or problems whatsoever! We called an Uber which came within 5 minutes and were taken to our hotel. Easy peasy!

The food: Not quite as good as Princess and Holland. It was hit or miss... the first night, I had roast pork and it was so dry and chewy that I couldn't eat much of it. Another night, we had duck, and it was excellent. Sometimes the food proved to be very good, while at other times not so great. There was also a lot of "selling" going on (especially on the first 2 days) to encourage us to buy or upgrade to a beverage package or to go to one of the optional (up-charge) restaurants, which got annoying. I began to feel that the food was less than great to encourage us to go to one of the other restaurants that had an an extra charge! We went to the Oceanview buffet for breakfasts (which were usually quite good, especially the freshly made omelettes and the hot croissants that servers walked around and delivered while you ate), but we were usually on a shore excursion for lunch. We never tried it for dinner since a buffet usually isn't a nice as a sit-down dinner in the main dining room (although our traveling companions said they were considering it after having a couple of so-so dinners in the Cosmopolitan restaurant!). The service, however, in both venues was exemplary and our servers at dinner, Onsa and Preeya, were extremely friendly and efficient. They made us feel welcome and even anticipated what we liked for beverages and menu selections!

Entertainment: Excellent guest entertainers. We loved the comedians, magician, singers and acrobats! The house singers and dancers were very good too. I thought that their shows could have used better costumes and sets since those got a little hum-drum. They often did the whole show (or most of it) in the same generic costumes and without much in the way of sets to separate the pieces except for a little mood lighting! The house band was great and the drummer did an inspired solo for one of the guest entertainers that was totally awesome!

Activities: It may have been because we had so many shore days off the ship, but it seemed that there were fewer onboard activities than other cruises we have taken. Specifically, no cooking shows or demos, and no craft-type activities. I always enjoyed those on other cruises. We did like the trivia, silent disco, and a few of the game shows and dance parties. There were also no "food" events like on Princess and Holland such as dessert night by the pool or ice sculptures. And, although we didn't have much time to use a library, I was surprised that there was none on the Summit other than a tiny rack of books!

Shore excursions: We only went on 3 of the Celebrity excursions. St. Thomas, Martinique, and Grenada. The St. Thomas tour was called the "5 Star Island Tour" but really was 2-star at best! It was on an open bus, which was quite warm and with no place to stow our bags while not on the bus. It mainly consisted of a 2-hour shopping stop which was MUCH too long (and the area was packed with mostly expensive jewelry stores in which we had zero interest), a quick drive up to an overlook, and a 2-hour beach break which was nice...but not much was seen of the island. Our other excursions were on larger buses, but we could at least store our bags while engaging in other activities and sit in comfort during the tours. We enjoyed our Martinique and Grenada tours very much! They took us all over the islands and we saw many interesting things. Our guides were very good on those tours too.

Overall, the trip was great with some minor inconveniences! I would definitely try Celebrity again.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View 7
Cabin 07
We had Oceanview rooms on deck 2. My husband and I have cruised on other lines (mostly Princess and Holland America) for a total of about 12 cruises. He had cruised on Celebrity once, many years ago. I had never been on Celebrity. We have had balcony rooms before, but the price was so much more for a balcony on this cruise that we opted for the Oceanview this time. The room was average in size, but arranged conveniently and (I understand) had been updated recently. The bathroom was great! Especially the shower... the door had a tight seal that kept the water out of the room and, for some reason, didn't even steam up the rest of the bathroom when the bathroom door was closed. The shower was always nice and hot too! We weren't as pleased with the pillows.. they were foam and quite "fat" and uncomfortable. We asked our excellent and friendly room steward, Vency, if we could get feather pillows. He said they weren't normally available for our class of stateroom, but he did manage to get us a couple! Kudos to him! Our friends, unfortunately, weren't able to get any and complained that theirs were giving them neck pains. I think that feather pillows should be provided as an option to ALL staterooms!
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