Cruising the Caribbean aboard Celebrity Summit: Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by debkaysmith

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Cruising the Caribbean aboard Celebrity Summit

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Our group of six travelers set sail in early February on the second Summit sailing after her dry-dock. The ship was absolutely beautiful and all of the public areas were a pleasure to visit. The pool areas were sparkling, the spa and gym were re-carpeted, and smelled brand new. The first day give-a-way at the spa was a bonus for some lucky winners. The seven prizes were higher-quality massages and facials and the like.

The lay-out of the ship was not difficult to navigate though we have never sailed a "Solsticized" ship before. We loved the new Cellar-Masters area with its nifty "do it yourself" wine bar. The Martini Bar is a glorious icy area that was packed every night. The bartenders were quite talented, but we much preferred the quiet and cozy Cellar-Masters with an incredible sommelier. Qsine was a delicious masterpiece of tantalizing food, amazing service, and dynamic/interactive presentations.

High Tea in the Specialty Restaurant was worth every penny with More gloved service, fragrantly delicious tea, and delectable treats. (Qsine-$40pp and High Tea-$25pp.)

Our balcony cabin was very comfortable with plenty of storage space and a lovely balcony with new deck chairs. Watching Summit set sail from our own balcony each night was a special treat. Dinner in the main dining room was delicious and we were disappointed only once with something called "black salmon." Skip it for sure, but absolutely everything else was yummy. The buffet was quite good for breakfast and a late lunch, and the ice cream and cookies every afternoon are a nice treat. Celebrity ice-cream is so creamy and the flavors rotate each day. The burger grill was tasty too and available when we returned late from port visits.

I also love the way that Celebrity cares for you upon your return from port as well. Cool, icy towels and refreshing lemonade or water was especially welcome in the humid Caribbean.

This cruise sailed with the Super Bowl on Sunday and Celebrity outdid themselves with snacks/treats in the casino and Celebrity Theatre. There was not a show that night but everyone who wanted to see the game had a great chance to do so.

Evening performances were good, with one brand new performance. The only thing I noticed missing on this ship was a movie theatre. You can purchase movies on your in-room TV, but no theatre for movies in the afternoon anymore. This cruise was port-intensive and some of the daily activities didn't happen for us as we were off the ship during most of the day. Less

Published 02/28/12

Cabin review: 7171

Cabin 7171 was ideally located near the aft of the ship but not too far from center. Our balcony was a bit bigger than our neighbors and we appreciated the extra room. The cabin was roomy and there was plenty of storage especially in the bathroom surprisingly. The shower was also of a good size and we could turn around easily while showering. Very nice.

Port and Shore Excursions

We did not do an excursion in Antigua and wandered through the shopping district and up to the church/cemetery at the top of town. Shopping prices were quite good, the people were extremely friendly, and the local color was photographic indeed.
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Cave Tour

This tour was fantastic and the cave was a wonder to behold. Our bus driver was full of interesting information and the docent at the cave was interesting and knowledgeable. We stopped at the pier for some snacks, shopping, Banks' Beer and Mt. Gay Rum. Really wonderful people, friendly and very hospitable here in Barbados.

Our excursion in St. Lucia was a tour of the island including the La Soufriere Volcano, Pitons, and Maranatha Prayer Garden. It was quite beautiful and informative. We learned so much about the island itself and saw quite a bit as well. This island was the most beautiful island on our itinerary.
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St. Maarten was crowded but our excursion took us on an art tour to five different artists throughout the island. Our guide was so informative and shared so many interesting tidbits with us. We loved seeing the variety of art available on the island and there was no pressure whatsoever to purchase along the way. The French side was quite crowded with tourists and we were glad to be aboard a bus. Driving a car yourself could be challenging. We did a little shopping in town and were happy to see that not much has changed since we were here 10 years ago.

St. Thomas is a gorgeous place and a mecca for shopping. We wandered about doing a little shopping, a little eating, and a little photographing of the environs. Sailing out of this port was by far the most beautiful at night with the sunset and lights of the bay and hotels on our way out of port.
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