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We just returned from an 11 night cruise on the Celebrity Summit that was recently upgraded. We were traveling alone this cruise without a group of friends. All in all, it was a wonderful cruise! Random comments follow: Average age was probably around 60. Not many elderly and almost no children. We are both 73 and this was our 16th cruise, the second on Celebrity. We’ve been on Azamara, Oceania, NCL, Costa, RCI and AMA cruise lines before. We really like Celebrity and feel it is a very good value. Very diverse mix of passenger nationality. I think the biggest contingent was from Canada, followed by the US and then the UK - places that are horrid in winter and warrant a getaway! We’re from Michigan which explains our presence. The ship was great. We really liked the modernization and the updated decor. We were booked into a handicapped accessible veranda stateroom. It was huge! It was 1-1/2 times larger than a standard stateroom! This was a very port intensive cruise with only two sea days. And the islands visited - especially at the beginning - were great to see; but, to tell the truth, they have all somewhat morphed into one big island in our memory. That’s not an issue, just an observation! The one real issue we had with the redo of the Summit was the removal of the sunshade over the fantail bar on deck 10. There is now very little shade. That seemed to us to be a poor decision. Also, half the tables on the deck of the fantail bar area were cocktail height making them hard to use for eating. If I were in charge I’d get rid of all of them and replace them with regular height tables. We did feel that the use of so much space on the ship to the photo gallery and the “fine art” for sale is unneeded. We saw very few passengers availing themselves of the myriad photo ops and we really question whether anyone really buys the “art” that is being hawked by Park West. The meals were quite good - no complaints at all. The last cruise we took on Celebrity we were in Aqua Class but it was fully booked by the time we signed up. We were worried about losing Blu as a dining venue but that proved not to be problem. We did eat in the Tuscan Grille ($45 pp upcharge) once, but it wasn’t really worth it. We never ate in the Sushi restaurant - nor did we see very many other passengers doing so - and we had no desire to eat at Qsine. We had no problems or long waits in getting a table for two in the main dining room. Entertainment was really good and the music being played throughout the ship at different venues was always appropriate for the passenger mix and was never overbearing. The silent disco was really fun, REALLY FUN. Eddy the cruise director, was a wonderful host with a great sense of humor - he did a great job. Normally we book all of our own tours and guides before leaving. But, for this cruise we were given a large OBC by our travel agent and we decided to use much of it on ship-sponsored excursions. We felt the ones we chose were fair in price, really quite good and were comparable to the ones we booked on our own. Boarding the ship with our Express Pass was really slick and we had no wait at all to get on board and get into our stateroom. Our luggage was delivered within two hours. Service was great and all of the staff were really pleasant and seemed to enjoy their jobs. There was never any aggravation about anything whatsoever about this cruise. Great ports, great weather, great ship, great staff, great entertainment, great food and a great group of passengers. Just about perfect for a winter respite. Boarding - 10/10 Stateroom - 10/10 Staff - 10/10 Sunset bar - 6/10 (no shade, bad tables, not enough tables) Ship - 9/10 Time it took to get drinks - 6/10 Food variety and quality - 8/10 Entertainment - 9/10 Excursions through ship - Grenada - beach resort - 9/10 - Aruba - Sail & Snorkel - 7/10 (too windy to go where advertised) - Curaçao - Beauties of Curaçao - 10/10 Tuscan Grille - 10/10 - but why bother for the price? Cruise Director - 10/10 Disembarkation - 10/10

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Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by jshape

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2B
We just returned from an 11 night cruise on the Celebrity Summit that was recently upgraded. We were traveling alone this cruise without a group of friends. All in all, it was a wonderful cruise!

Random comments follow:

Average age was probably around 60. Not many elderly and almost no children. We are both 73 and this was our 16th cruise, the second on Celebrity. We’ve been on Azamara, Oceania, NCL, Costa, RCI and AMA cruise lines before. We really like Celebrity and feel it is a very good value.

Very diverse mix of passenger nationality. I think the biggest contingent was from Canada, followed by the US and then the UK - places that are horrid in winter and warrant a getaway! We’re from Michigan which explains our presence.

The ship was great. We really liked the modernization and the updated decor. We were booked into a handicapped accessible veranda stateroom. It was huge! It was 1-1/2 times larger than a standard stateroom!

This was a very port intensive cruise with only two sea days. And the islands visited - especially at the beginning - were great to see; but, to tell the truth, they have all somewhat morphed into one big island in our memory. That’s not an issue, just an observation!

The one real issue we had with the redo of the Summit was the removal of the sunshade over the fantail bar on deck 10. There is now very little shade. That seemed to us to be a poor decision. Also, half the tables on the deck of the fantail bar area were cocktail height making them hard to use for eating. If I were in charge I’d get rid of all of them and replace them with regular height tables.

We did feel that the use of so much space on the ship to the photo gallery and the “fine art” for sale is unneeded. We saw very few passengers availing themselves of the myriad photo ops and we really question whether anyone really buys the “art” that is being hawked by Park West.

The meals were quite good - no complaints at all. The last cruise we took on Celebrity we were in Aqua Class but it was fully booked by the time we signed up. We were worried about losing Blu as a dining venue but that proved not to be problem. We did eat in the Tuscan Grille ($45 pp upcharge) once, but it wasn’t really worth it. We never ate in the Sushi restaurant - nor did we see very many other passengers doing so - and we had no desire to eat at Qsine. We had no problems or long waits in getting a table for two in the main dining room.

Entertainment was really good and the music being played throughout the ship at different venues was always appropriate for the passenger mix and was never overbearing. The silent disco was really fun, REALLY FUN. Eddy the cruise director, was a wonderful host with a great sense of humor - he did a great job.

Normally we book all of our own tours and guides before leaving. But, for this cruise we were given a large OBC by our travel agent and we decided to use much of it on ship-sponsored excursions. We felt the ones we chose were fair in price, really quite good and were comparable to the ones we booked on our own.

Boarding the ship with our Express Pass was really slick and we had no wait at all to get on board and get into our stateroom. Our luggage was delivered within two hours.

Service was great and all of the staff were really pleasant and seemed to enjoy their jobs.

There was never any aggravation about anything whatsoever about this cruise. Great ports, great weather, great ship, great staff, great entertainment, great food and a great group of passengers. Just about perfect for a winter respite.

Boarding - 10/10

Stateroom - 10/10

Staff - 10/10

Sunset bar - 6/10 (no shade, bad tables, not enough tables)

Ship - 9/10

Time it took to get drinks - 6/10

Food variety and quality - 8/10

Entertainment - 9/10

Excursions through ship

- Grenada - beach resort - 9/10

- Aruba - Sail & Snorkel - 7/10 (too windy to go where advertised)

- Curaçao - Beauties of Curaçao - 10/10

Tuscan Grille - 10/10 - but why bother for the price?

Cruise Director - 10/10

Disembarkation - 10/10
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