Summit - Great Ship, But Solsticization Much Over-Rated: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by yogimax

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Summit - Great Ship, But Solsticization Much Over-Rated

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We sailed on Summit a year ago and liked it so much we decided to book again, this time with stops in Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua. When we booked, we didn't realize the ship would be a week out of drydock so we were looking forward to seeing the changes. The bottom line was that the ship has changed little, except for more restaurant options. As a matter of fact, the "Solsiticization" totally overlooked cosmetic changes that would have had a major passenger impact.

We love the T-Pool and it was as good as ever, but the signs were never changed. They were old and worn out in places. The same was true in our stateroom. There were signs in the bathroom that may have been original to the ship and totally worn down. Minor things? Absolutely, but these are simple cosmetic upgrades that would have meant a lot to the overall experience.

We are Diamond Plus on RCCL so had Elite status on Celebrity. Embarkation was disappointing. We arrived about 12 noon and had to More wait. There was no separate waiting area for Elites and though there was an Elite Check in Line which opened later, it was as fast (or slow) as the regular line.

The nightly event was held in Revelations on Deck 11 as Michael's Club had been converted to a Craft Beer Bar.

We ate in the MDR every night and the food ranged from excellent (petite filet mignon, escargot, french onion soup) to completely inedible (Beef Ragout). Select Dining worked perfectly, never having to wait.

In addition to the T-Pool, we enjoy trivia, but c'mon, Celebrity can do better than a pen for the winners!

Overall, the staff was excellent... Kudos to the Maitre D' and Captain's Club Hostess! Another positive was the almost total smoke free policy, including the casino. Thank you Celebrity!

Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua were all new ports for us and we were happy with the independent tours we booked.

We totally enjoyed our experience on Summit and have booked her again for next year. I did, however, expect more from the highly hyped Solsticization process which ignored simple and basic things like new signs. Less

Published 02/18/12

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