Summit Needs Work: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Cruselover

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Summit Needs Work

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
This was our first cruise with Celebrity and we were excited about the previous things we have heard. I'll break my comments down by categories. Summit is scheduled for a makeover in January 2012, but it needs it NOW.

Ship Overall: While Summit is not the most beautiful ship on the exterior, the interior is very nice and has some interesting features. Most areas are well decorated and well appointed. There is adequate seating on the pool and other decks to accommodate the sun/shade worshippers, even on Sea Day. The ship layout is a bit unusual so it took us about a day to learn the best way to navigate the ship. Summit also does not have a full looping Promenade Deck. The negatives are all related to the age of the ship... worn carpet, chipping paint, warped railings, worn furniture, worn/threadbare draperies, dirty windows, mechanical/electrical anomalies, sticking doors, rust, and many other things that took away from the whole experience. The other thing that took More away was the obvious lack of crew available to keep things picked up and wiped down. All week we saw dishes, glasses, fingerprints, greasy surfaces all over the ship. Someone had put a martini glass in a plant near the dining room and it stayed there all week! On another day we saw a coffee cup on the floor of one of the elevators and it was still there the next morning!

Food: The food in Cosmopolitan Dining Room was quite good and the portions were manageable. There were some interesting interpretations from the galley (e.g. Chicken Saltimbucca that was really just a stuffed chicken breast). Menu options were adequate as there was a fixed menu that was available everyday and a daily changing menu with other options. The one exception to this was the bread and desserts which were average at best and in some cases disappointing. The food in the Waterfall Cafe was good and there was adequate variety. The buffet/cafeteria style serving was easier to navigate after we learned to time it right. Again the bread and desserts were average at best, though they did have two stations serving homemade ice cream everyday and this was very good. We did not take advantage of Room Service nor did we go to the Fruit and Chocolate late night buffet that was held one night.

Service: Cosmopolitan Dining room waiters and sommeliers did a good job (not great). They were attentive but did not go above and beyond. Waterfall Cafe roaming waiters were a bit scarce. Bar Service was GREAT and all bar personnel were fun, cordial, and appreciative. Less

Published 04/12/11

Cabin review: C28090 Concierge Class 2

Cabin 8090 (Concierge Class C2 - Starboard). Adequate cabin though a bit tight for two adults. Plenty of drawers, shelves, and closet space and enough room to put suitcases under the bed. In room safe, fresh flowers, daily afternoon canapes, welcome champagne, bath robes, and pillow menu. Balcony was small but adequate with two chairs and a table. Was directly across the hall from a service closet, but this did not cause any issues with noise.

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Port and Shore Excursions

we docked in Dominica and had not booked an excursion here. Wish we had as the downtown area is very depressed. It has a small straw market and dozens of tour hawkers walking around harassing you. We stayed on shore about 30 minutes and then went back to the ship. Heard some other people way that the other parts of the island were quite beautiful.
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We docked in Grenada. This is a beautiful island. Very green, but very depressed. 30% unemployment rate. The people are very nice and accomodating. We took the Spice and Waterfalls excursion which was very interesting. This took us to an old sugar plantation where we learned about the island spcies, to the nutmeg processing facility which was amazing, and then to a waterfall that feeds the river that provides the primary water source for the island.
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This was the embark/debark port. Airport greet was a bit muddled as the signage in SJU is inadequate. We had a hard time finding the baggage area and the Celebrity area and when we got to the bus loading area there was a bit of confusion. When we arrived at the cruise terminal, there is also inadequate signage to direct you to the proper outside line to enter the building. Once inside, we were checked in and on the ship inside of 10 minutes.

On debarkation day, everything flowed well. We had booked the Bacardi Distillery tour which was interesting. Got to SJU in plenty of time for our flight.

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We docked in Fredericksted, St. Croix. Had booked the Hotel on the Cay Beach Break excursion in Christensted which is about a 40 minute bus and 3 minute ferry ride. This excursion gives you access to part of the beach along with two chairs. There are umbrellas and portable cabanas for rent. A buffet lunch is also provided and 1 free drink in addition. This took up most of the day so we didn't see much more of the island.

St. Kitts was beautiful and we can't wait to go back. The people are gracious and informative. We docked here too and got a taxi which was well organized. We opted to do a self excursion and took a taxi ($10 US) to the Marriott Beach Resort. We paid $35 US each and that gave us access to the beach, the pools, and the pool bar and restaurant. This is a very nice resort on the Atlantic side. We plan to go back sometime and stay here.
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