Thumbs up!: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by 612dave

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Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We took the March 19 Celebrity Summit to St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, and Tobago. I used a travel agency to book the cruise, but used Hotwire to book flights and 3 days hotel in Puerto Rico. Since we're both retired, it seemed like a good idea to check out San Juan- we've been on 3

cruises leaving out of San Juan, but never enjoyed the San Juan experience.

We're on a fixed income, so we had to watch our pennies. Immediately, we received info that we could expect to pay an extra $140 because of a surcharge

that kicked in after oil prices exceeded $85/barrel (it was at $104/barrel during our cruise). We weren't charged this fee, so we were happy about that.

We had an inside handicapped stateroom, which was roomy and convenient. We don't spend much time in the room other than to sleep, so we don't feel we need to have anything fancy. The ship is well-designed, so it was quick and easy for us to get around. Celebrity seems to cater to older More travelers - we hardly noticed the kids that were on the cruise. That's a first!

We enjoyed the food on Lido, but it was pretty mundane after a couple of days. If you hunted around, you could find waffles, pizza, burgers, and homemade ice cream and even some healthy options, but the hours of availability were limited, so you have to learn to be "timely."

Celebrity was more generous with the booze- wine and champagne when we got on the ship and at one of the evening performance events. When you order a drink, be prepared to pay- a gin and tonic was almost $9 and a mohito was $11. They add a gratuity on the bill they present you and then they leave a blank for you to add another tip. We drank a lot of iced tea and juice.

Formal dining was great. Plenty of variety; good quality; excellent presentation. Mayra and Hose were our servers and I can't imagine that anyone could do a better job. We like the formal dining instead of freestyle. We like to get to know our servers -

I liked the fact that we weren't "molested" about buying bingo tickets and booze. Every other cruise we've been on was "pushy." Not Celebrity.

Not many frills- no towel animals or extravagant extras. Most seemed relaxed and in a good mood. Everything was clean and efficient. Less

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Dominica was exceptional- we took the tram to the rain forest- worth every penny. We had a great tour guide. The tram stops every so often for photos and to point out specifics of the rainforest. Though handicapped, we were able to walk a decent distance from the top of the tram across a suspension bridge and down to a lower tram stop to be picked up. This part was optional, so you can walk a bit or ride the tram for the entire experience. The people and customs of Dominica are rich and engaging. It was our favorite spot to visit.
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Grenada was a close second - it's a "spice" capitol. People were very friendly. We took an excursion to a nutmeg factory - unbelievable! The taxis for these excursions are not "roomy" so seats can be hard to access for people with handicaps.
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Tobago isn't offered as a port choice, so I added San Juan- we stayed here for 3 days before heading back - San Juan was a great experience and I would recommend that you check it out either before or after the cruise- it's an experience on it's own.
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We enjoyed all the islands we visited except for Tobago- our last stop. It was not handicap accessible and people were not as friendly as on the other sites we visited.

St. Croix, our first stop, though beautiful, was not much for shopping. Don't spend the $16 per person to take a Taxi to Fredrickson?

St. Kitts was good for shopping. People were friendly. Went snorkeling, but it wasn't as good as we've had on some of our cruises. Not much to see.
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