We choose this cruise because our December Cruise to the Far east was cancelled because of illness. We need to get some Vitamin D after another winter in Chicago, but it was mild winter as far as temps and snow.
Since we had to send our pictures and credit card information weeks before the cruise for pre-boarding documents in made embarking quite painless. We had 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM boarding slot. When we got to the pier there were two couples in front of us with luggage. The porter took the luggage, we proceeded through security quickly. I thought we would have to stand in line for our ship passes, etc. I asked a crew member were our Sea Passes were, and she indicated they were at our stateroom.
From the time were left our hotel which was only 1.5 half away to our stateroom was like 30 minutes. Great job Celebrity on streamlining the boarding process.
We had sailed on the Summit in 2008 and like the small size. The ship was recently refurbished in 2019. The veranda cabin was on the 6th deck, halfway between the mid ship elevators and the front elevators. The seas were calm through out the entire trip, so there was not a lot of movement. One night on the transit between Dominica and Barbados out in the Atlantic, there was some creaking noises, which seem to be coming from the veranda doors, probably just the flexing of the metal. It was gone for the remaining nights of the cruise.
The cabin was nicely done, but seem a bit small on the width of the cabin, maybe a foot between the edge of the bed and the wall.
We opted for early dining with a table for eight. The first night we were the only ones at the table. The second night two other couples showed up. They were late boarders the night before because of flight issues. So there was six of us for the rest of the cruise and they were great table mates, Sandy and Mark from the Philly area and Tom and Linda from Minnesota.
There were 5 new entrees every night, plus the 3 standard entrees of Salmon, Chicken and a strip steak. The meals were well presented and the right portions. They were very tasty and different. We only opted for the standard fare one night.
The entertainment and activities were the standard stuff. The performances were well done and entertaining. More than enough activities throughout the day, which filled the daily calendar. There were also enough music options throughout the evening in the different bars and lounges. The groups and individuals did an excellent job were different music genres.
The dining room service was excellent. The waiter Moe, his assistant Min and the sommelier Vlad were very attentive and well prepared to do their jobs. It was nice to order a bottle of wine and save the unfinished portion for another night.
The buffet was the usual items for breakfast and lunch. They had 3 omelet stations set up for eggs to order or omelets, a very efficient operation. The pizza, so, so, Royal Caribbean has better. A lot of different ethic option to choose from for lunch, if you wanted to try something different. The day they had Tacos, the ground beef was to runny to make a good taco, but it was tasty.
We disembarked the ship at every port and we been to may of these several times. We took a catamaran sailing and snorkling trip in St. Maarten from the ship. The crew on the cat were very good and kept us entertained. We did a coast to coast tour in Barbados, which was okay. Spent a little to much time at some of the stops. The Bajan accent was hard to understand at times. One of the guests asked the tour guide to slow it down a bit and it came out with a more of a British accent, slow and understandable. On Dominica we were just going to do a walkabout and get some souvenirs. But like any port there are always some pesky folks trying to sell you a tour. But we ran into a personable fellow and convinced us to join him for an island tour for 20 bucks apiece. He wanted a least ten people for his open air but covered wagon. So he had to convince some other people from the ship to join him. We had six people already and we helped convince other people to join us. My wife kept saying it,s cheaper then the ship tour for the same thing. So off we went and trip turned out to be delightful. Gerald took his time explain a lot of the floral and fauna of the island. He made several stops to show us the different flowers and fruits of the island.
The passengers on the ship were mostly older. Very few kids or teenagers on board for this time of year. Luckily we had no health issues on the ship that we knew about. If there was it would have been rumored around the ship in no time at all.
I don,t think the ship was full as when we left the dining room, a lot of the tables for the second seating were not set at all. After doing one of Royal Caribbeans MEGA ships in 2018 , they are to busy, but they don,t seem crowded. In the future my wife and I will try for passenger capacity of less than 2500/3000. There might not be that many ships ion the future with a smaller passenger load.
So after this Covid19 scare is done, we will be looking for another cruise. The prices will come down a little and the perks should go up. The cruise lines will have to get people back on their ships. Happy sailing to you future cruisers
Well done after 2019 refurb. Another 6 inches between the bed and the wall would have been nice., Chairs on the balcony were really not that comfortable. Stateroom was nicely decorated.
St Thomas the jewelry capital of the Caribbean, pesky shop owners trying to get you to come in to buy their jewelry. We did visit a shop in St Thomas, The Golden Star on Dronningens Gade AKA as Drakes Passage. We have bought jewelry from them on several occasion and always have been satiisfied. My wife is not a big fan of large stone or pieces, since she is petite, plus she doesn,t want to always worry about losing something
went right out to the snorkeling place, easy off and easy return to the Cat. Stopped off a beach were we could go ashore or swim in the shallows. The crew was very nice and free with the drinks after snorkeling.View All 92 Catamaran Tour Reviews
Our Tour Guide was Gerard Sharplis. Very congenial and knowledgeable about his isalnd.View All 71 Island tour Reviews
Been here several times and did this tour to get a feel of what the island was like. Was here in the summer of 1968. A lot has changed in 50 years. The tour guide was good, a guest had to slow him down in his narration of the island so we could understand him.View All 149 Island Tour Reviews
Just did a walk about bought some spices for friends at home
This was a post cruise trip because we didn,t want to spend 6 hours at the airport. The guide Mr Jimenez was very good. Had a lady who need a wheelchair when she got off the bus. He was very helpful to her and husband. He even wheeled it up the steep ramp the the Fort Moro.View All 262 City Tour Reviews