Celebrity Summit Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Sail Date: March 16, 2013
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8172
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 5 years ago
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.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
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.