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Celebrity Reflection

March 2017 - Celebrity Reflection to Caribbean - Western

Awesome trip

Loved the trip.

Food 5 star

service 5 star 

staff 5 star 


the only negative I have to say 

the ship needs more trash cans in the public area

next to the lifts would be great


the lifts are very slow

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Carnival Freedom

September 2016 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western

Cruising with Carnaval

Staff was very friendly. Cruise director is very funny

and awesome at his job. The comedy entertainment

was great. I did not like how the cruise line pushes

alcohol. So many people on the ship obviously drunk

and should have been cut off. 


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Brilliance of the Seas

October 2015 - Brilliance of the Seas to Canada, New England, New York

Boston on Royal Caribbean

First cruise on RC

staff was very nice and the ship was clean.

Food was okay, deserts very good.

The cruise director is very funny.

Fall color was late this year but

still beautiful. 


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Celebrity Summit

January 2015 - Celebrity Summit to Caribbean - Southern

Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan

This was a very good cruise.  We recommend you spend a couple of days in San Juan/Puerto Rico before or after the cruise as this is an interesting place with both natural beauty and lots of interesting history.

As for the cruise itself:  The Celebrity Summit is a nice, clean ship with an outstanding, efficient, and friendly crew and service staff.  The extra amenities which are provided for suite passengers were well worth the additional cost. The food was generally very good variety and flavor, with the exceptions of the pizza , paper-thin bacon, and a few dishes which were overcooked (lobster in the main dining room and room service omlette).  The open layout of the buffet is much less chaotic than we experienced on Princess cruise ships.

Snorkeling with green sea turtles and over ship wrecks in Barbados was awesome.  St Lucia offered good shopping in the local craft market, an easy walk from the pier. Antigua has many beautiful beaches.  A tour around St Maarten discovered a huge number of restaurants near Marigot and some good shopping along the Philipsburg Boardwalk and Front Street.  St. Thomas was a favorite with Celebrity's secret beach near Sugar Bay offering a beautiful and almost empty beach and some very good snorkeling.   The locals on all of the islands are friendly and helpful, the weather in January almost perfect, and the turquoise and azure waters amazing.

We highly recommend this cruise, both for the ship and the destinations.

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SanDiegoPete's Tips

Belize City, Belize - Be sure to bring bug spray. Please be safe and use Skin so Soft from Avon. We were at the Mayan Ruins and did not get one mosquito bite. People around us were getting bit and we shared our Skin so Soft
Cozumel, Mexico - We went on a boat to snorkel the staff was awesome and the water and fish are amazing. This excursion is called Three Reef Snorkel. Bring cash with you ($30) for a CD with you and the fish. I attached some photos.
Galveston, Texas - We rented a car in Houston and drove to the port. Port parking was easy and it cost less for the 4 of us for parking and rental car than paying for shuttle service from Carnaval
Bar Harbor, Maine - We missed Bar Harbor because of fog. We have been before and it's a beautiful town
Halifax, Nova Scotia - I would suggest using Canadian money sales people in shops and restaurants get an attitude when you use US cash. I don't think they appreciate our US business. Lots of fellow passengers also surprised with the negative anti America attitude. Maybe cruise ships should rethink this port.
Brilliance of the Seas Brilliance of the Seas - On sea days be ready in the Windjamer Cafe no tables to sit and eat. One of the problems passengers park themselves at tables to play cards or read. Tables don't turn over
Celebrity Summit Celebrity Summit - Having a suite with a butler was awesome as he took excellent care of us.

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