5 Celebrity Summit Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Caribbean - Southern from San Juan

I had an assignment (traveling alone as a single) to cover the Caribbean Islands - Celebrity Summit departing from San Juan, had a comprehensive itinerary which suited my needs. Being able to secure an ocean-view cabin at a very low ... Read More
I had an assignment (traveling alone as a single) to cover the Caribbean Islands - Celebrity Summit departing from San Juan, had a comprehensive itinerary which suited my needs. Being able to secure an ocean-view cabin at a very low price, certainly didn't hurt my feelings either! This is an older ship of the Celebrity line, but well maintained. The crew are a delight, especially the wait staff in the various restaurants. They go out of their way to make you comfortable, feel welcome and try to anticipate your every culinary need with each meal. The food is not necessarily the best available onboard - you have to cough up more dollars to eat in the specialty restaurants which I am not about to do. What is served in the Cosmopolitan restaurant and the Ocean View Café is adequate, but not much more. On three separate evening occasions, I had to return two steak and one veal dinner, the meal was tough, old and tasteless. The chef did come to my table to confer with me on my preferences, but the damage to the reputation of the kitchen was already done. My cabin steward was also another outstanding employee...he kept the cabin spotless and nothing was too much trouble. Shore excursions were plentiful but far too expensive, however, halfway thru the first cruise (I was doing a B2B), I was able to purchase land tours for the next segment at 20% of the published price. Wifi is extremely expensive (percentage discounts available depending on your tier status) and the signal is great, but only in public areas of the ship. In the cabin, where I needed it the most, it SUCKED. Considering what Celebrity charges for Wifi, this is simply not acceptable, as routers place on each deck or even in each cabin, would be very inexpensive to do. Yes I would consider cruising with Celebrity again but I still feel improvements in some areas are necessary. I will applaud for Celebrity for one specific item: complimentary airport/ship/airport transfers and an immediate refund to my credit card, for the amount I had prepaid for these. Kudos for this! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We left the Hotel Verdanza, San Juan at 10:30 a.m. and had no trouble boarding. We were Concierge class and we were on board in 25 minutes. Even our friends who were not concierge class got on in the same amount of time. This was ... Read More
We left the Hotel Verdanza, San Juan at 10:30 a.m. and had no trouble boarding. We were Concierge class and we were on board in 25 minutes. Even our friends who were not concierge class got on in the same amount of time. This was terrific. Within the hour we were sitting in the buffet having lunch We went up to the Ocean View buffet for a terrific lunch and of course the view was spectacular. The buffet wasn't fully open as it was 11:30 am but whatever was opened was enough for us to have a great lunch. We then went to our stateroom at 1:30 and met our Stewards. Our room wasn't quite ready for us and he said that it would be done later in the day. What I don't understand is how a regular balcony stateroom can be ready before our Concierge Class room! We had to ask for the shampoo products etc. Rooms were smaller than RCL and not so comfortable. We hardly ever saw the stewards, and when we did they were very friendly, but they did clean up and eventually the next day we got our rose (flowers), champagne, fruit and tiny canapes. The robes were terrific and I used them every single day. We were in a balcony which had an obstructed view. We were on deck 7-aft (not port side) and when you looked out from your balcony we saw this long awning, so you didn't get to see the water. I still loved standing out there and just gazing out on the water. We missed seeing the boat come in, in the morning and leave in the evening because of where our cabin was situated, but still saw some great sights from the balcony. We then explored the ship and it was beautiful and we were very excited to start our journey. What we enjoyed was that we did not have to walk through smoke filled rooms when you went through the Casino. We enjoyed our breakfasts, and late afternoon snacks in the Buffet and there was lots of variety and lots of choices It was delightful to come back from our excursions and have a cool drink and a snack and relax till we had to go and get ready for dinner or whatever we were doing. We had dinner on Level 4 in the main dining room every night, which was the most terrific experience. The food was amazing, even the steak, our waitress Verencia and assistant Rahon were fantastic and they brought everything we had requested on the 1st day, every day. We never had to ask. We had some dietary restrictions and they never forgot. We couldn't have asked for better service. A truly great experience! The entertainment was also 1st class. The cruise director, Lisa Robert was amazing and had a voice to boot. She reminded me of a blond Lisa Minnelli. She kept us entertained as well as the execution of the terrific shows. Each one better than the next. The ports were terrific and saw some lovely sights, even though it rained on some days, we were still able to see the sights, go to the beaches etc. We didn't use the ship's excursions as we were a very large group and our group leader arranged our excursions for her group. I loved getting the cold hand towels and drinks when we returned to the ship. It was great that you were able to go to the buffet later in the evening and grab a snack and meet some of your friends. The pool area was very spacious although people did save seats so sometimes we had a hard time getting chairs. So all in all a terrific cruise, with terrific people and I would definitely travel Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
The reputation of Celebrity Cruise lines had me at high expectations, but the Summit falls short in many areas, mainly in the food, and ambiance. In my past experience, I've had an extremely pleasant experience on a Princess cruise ... Read More
The reputation of Celebrity Cruise lines had me at high expectations, but the Summit falls short in many areas, mainly in the food, and ambiance. In my past experience, I've had an extremely pleasant experience on a Princess cruise that took me to the Eastern Caribbean and I basically chose this particular cruise due to the ports that the Summit was stopping in the Souther Caribbean (St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominca, Grenada and St. Thomas). In the simple areas such as food, ambiance, and website that these were areas to work on. Food - Cruises are known for having great food and excelling in the dining experience. My friend and I are foodies and currently live in DC where we can basically walk out and grab a fabulous bite to eat. The food was completely dissapointing and were both appalled that the food in the dining room (we had done anytime dining) was usually salty, covered in a brown sauce, and was nothing to write home about. Aside from the food, our first time in the dining room on formal night we were in there for about 2.5 hours - basically they sat all 8 tables of 2 to our waitress at one time which slammed the service. Another annoying point was the beverage taker would only show in the beginning of service and if you wanted anything else you basically had to chase someone down in the restuarant. On nights we ate later in the night we had much more attentive service, but in the past I've never had a problem. I would like to point out that the fruit and vegetables did not seem fresh at all as the 5 fruits they offered and the salads from the salad bar seemed limp and grayish. My friend and I had one wonderful meal on the boat (we ate at both specialty restuarants at Qsine and Normandie) and it was at Normandie, but then again this was on the last night and there was an empty restaurant. The food in Qsine is impressive and presentation is super amazing, but at times our dishes we ordered were just overcooked or felt like they were cold and then sitting under a heat lamp for awhile. I would like to point out the highlight of the boat, was most definitely the Martini bar, Coffee and Gelato stands - all of course extra. Overall, the food was very dissapointing on the celebrity Summit. Ambiance - the Summit is a remodeled boat. Often we have had people at our table (we would choose to sit in any configuration) and many of the people we have met were impressed with the new renovations on the boat and how they did not recognize the ship at times. But as a first time guest, the interiors were nice, but much maintenance was being done on a regular basis. I cannot say there was a time where I did not see someone painting the exterior of the boat - I completely understand that the sea water is harsh, but I can tell a lot of maintenance is used on a daily basis. In my review of ambiance, I would like to mention my cabin. I had an interior room on the 8 deck, my friend and I did not spend too much time in there was we were always on the top deck or on the side decks on level 4, but I must say I was appalled that there was a hole in the wall of my shower next to the shower dial. While the bathroom did look dated, I would say the rest of the cabin was quite comfortable and had a good layout for such small quarters. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
After my first and second Celebrity cruises I never thought I'd see myself giving a Celebrity ship anything less than 4 to 5 stars. Unfortunately, that day has come. My wife and I have been on many of the major cruises, but our ... Read More
After my first and second Celebrity cruises I never thought I'd see myself giving a Celebrity ship anything less than 4 to 5 stars. Unfortunately, that day has come. My wife and I have been on many of the major cruises, but our first was on the Celebrity Galaxy in 1997. That cruise seemed to set the standard for us in cruising. We tried other cruise lines, but the two key factors that differentiate cruises for us are the service/staff and the food. Our view is that pretty much everything else besides the service and food is the same between cruise lines. Same activities, same ports, same tours, etc. The service and attitude of the staff on Summit seemed to be right on par with what I expect from Celebrity. Very friendly! Everyone you make eye contact with while passing gives you a greeting. Another BIG PLUS I find on Celebrity compared to other cruise lines is the quick clean-up of public eating areas. As you finish with use of trays, plates, cups, etc. someone is almost immediately there to take them away. Not only does this keep areas clean, it also allows the next people to find a seat quicker. I have been on many other cruises where this is a HUGE problem. This said about the service, I must get to the food issue. If you did not have a chance to sail on Celebrity in the 90's or early 2000's then you will probably have no idea of the difference in food I am talking about. Quite simply, I found the quality of the food and presentation severely lacking compared past cruises on Celebrity. Main Dining Room The food selections in the main dining room were uninspiring and very bland. I had never had such a hard time deciding what to eat from a cruise menu. Unfortunately, this was not because of all the appetizing selections, but rather the multitude of selections that just didn't appeal to me. In fact, one night I couldn't even find something that sounded appealing so I decided to go to the informal dining. The portions being provided are ridiculously small now too. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise though due to the food taste and quality. Buffets/Alternate Dining A disturbing trend that I found was the type of food being served in these areas. In my opinion it appeared that most of the buffets served some form of international/foreign dish rather than good old American meat and potato type meals. I travel and eat all over the world so I eat most anything, but it seemed to me that while Italian, Indian and Asian seemed to be the day-to-day buffet, the only American food was hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza. In summary, I don't know if these food issues have more to due with the economy, attempts to stay competitive or both. One additional factor that has to be considered is the departure of Michel Roux. I personally think the loss of the chef, Michel Roux, is a big part of this problem. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Background information on me, early 40'ish yr old woman sailing solo, this was my third cruise having previously had a good time on RCI's Majesty of the Seas and an absolutely horrible time on the Caribbean Princess last year. ... Read More
Background information on me, early 40'ish yr old woman sailing solo, this was my third cruise having previously had a good time on RCI's Majesty of the Seas and an absolutely horrible time on the Caribbean Princess last year. Any worries I had before this trip were blown out of the water! Ship - Spotless and well laid out. Helpful signage everywhere and if a staff member saw you looking they always offered to direct you to where you were going. Cabin and balcony was about the same size as other lines but much more nicely appointed than either RCI or Princess. Shower was quite a bit bigger than Princess as well. Lotion and shampoo dispensers are a nice touch. Cabin steward was very efficient and I hardly ever saw him. While I never thought I would say this, I loved the towel animals. How they make towels into what he did is beyond me, birds, turtles, monkeys hanging from the curtains, flowers etc. Buffet/Pool Grill Food - While I am generally not a fan of buffets, I have to say this was one of the better ones. The pizza, omelettes and little sandwiches in the afternoon were great. Burgers, wings and fries out by the pool were always good too. The only thing that was a tad annoying is that it never seemed like what was open when was consistent. Not a big deal in any case. I hardly went hungry during the day. Dining room and food- Very nicely laid out and I never encountered the "soft spots" in the floor that so many have posted about here. Service was uniformly excellent across the board from day one. Wait staff remembered preferences which was appreciated. Dinners were really good to great every night with a good variety to choose from every night. Great wine selection and service. Prices were about comparable to home. Only negative was that the waiter would always bring a dessert whether I wanted it or not and got all pouty when I wouldn't eat much of it. Champagne/Martini Bar/Poolside drink service - The first and last night offered "flights" in the Champagne/Martini bar which was great. A little taste of six different drinks. Drink service at the pool was fine, appreciated that they were not constantly pushing something or other all day long. Workshops on Board - Participated in both the Food and Wine Comparative pairing and the Riedel Wine glass workshops. Both were excellent with great wines and were really well done. Nightclub/Music in general - Revelations night club was generally pretty crowded although I thought the various "games" could have been conducted earlier in the evening leaving more time to crank the tunes instead of playing the Newlywed game at 11:00 at night. While the ages on the boat appeared to be 20's to 70's the music was really skewed to the Elvis/Beach Blanket Bingo and Moonlight Serenade eras all over the ship with the exception of the first night or two in Revelations. I like a pretty wide range of music but would have much preferred to have more current stuff in more places. Excursions - Did the High Hopes, High Ropes tour in Dominica, loved it! But you have to be in pretty decent shape or it might not be so much fun. Went on the Whale and Dolphin spotting tour in Grenada and unfortunately did not see a single fish. Boat was pretty small and seas ended up being a bit rough. Also went on the tour that goes to the Butterfly Farm and Aloe production facility and the Natural Bridge which was good as well. Great pictures from that one! Disembarkation - Pretty painless and no problems with the luggage thankfully. Cabbed it back to the airport. All in all this was a great trip! Can't say enough good things about it. Would not hesitate for a second to book again on this same agenda or another Celebrity cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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