Celebrity Summit Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Carribean Holiday

Sail Date: March 16, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

Newly referbished, Celebrity Summit provides room to enjoy the sun even among a full ship. Faultless stateroom service, superb diningroom staff and gracious service elsewhere made the ship a pleasure. If not for a thoughtless Captain and Hotel Manager, I might well have given this trip all 5 stars. However, despite how well the ship was appointed, comfortable the bed and delicious the food, Captain Teddy needs some lessions in deportment. Much to our horror, he in concert with the Hotel Manager refused to share a taxi with a stranded passenger.
One feature all the cruise lines need to adopt is the portable rest area near the gangway complete with cool towels for returning guests. Nothing like feeling welcome on your return.
Entertainment was better than average, and I am sure would be better still in high season.
One very nice happenstance on the cruise. In each port, we were the only cruise ship in for the day. This was likely the result of a backwards intinerary, starting in San Juan, then St Croix, St Kits, Dominica, Granada, at sea, and finally St. Thomas. No smothering crowds. Just easy strolls.
Ship Quality
Just refurbished
Food and Dining
A touch of overstriving in the recipes but generally well done.
Cabin / Stateroom
Comfortable bed; really! Lots of storage.
Service and Staff
Other than as noted, quite helpful and friendly.
Poorly broadcast but certainly not mundane.
Children's Programs
Kept the kids away from the adults
Onboard Activities
Poorly announced but nice if you found them.
Destinations and Excursions
The available excursions were well presented, but too much was either "sit in the bus" or horribly strenuous.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Still a pain to go through. Sailing is from the new port facility.
Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
Not a touristy place and large enough to handle the ships cruiseres without getting overwhelmed.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Take the train and maybe the distillery tour.
Roseau, Dominica
Barely ok. Formerly French and it shows. Not very friendly to Americans. Small buses and tight seating. A lot of tour restrictions.
St. George's, Grenada
Here they love Americans. Buy spices. Skip the rum distilleries as the rum is better for a foot rub than for drinking.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Always fun. A lot has been done to improve the notoriously tough traffic. Best small jewelry shops are in Drake's Passage downtown.


Breakfast upstairs is not too crowded and well presented. See "Juan Valdez" for coffee. He makes his own blend. Lunch is best near the pool at the burger bar. Nice think patties and excellent hot dogs. At dinner some menu items were not what was expected, but largely the result of trying too hard. The chef has to learn limits when serving hundreds at a time. Chicken Kiev was dry as it was made "gluten free". Chicken Saltambucca and Veal Cordon Blue were similarly flawed. The lamb, and there was a lot, was absolutely wonderful especially the lamb shanks braised in red wine.

Loved the heated salt water pool with massage benches and waterfall spigots.

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