Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by selzhouses
- Sail Date: October 2016
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony 2A
Embarkation - We flew into San Juan around 12:30pm the day of the cruise, hopped in a taxi and were at the pier in no time. Lines were almost nonexistent and within 20 - 30 minutes we were on the Summit with a Champagne in hand. Could not have been easier or more pleasant.
Cabin - We were in cabin 7088 a balcony cabin and our cabin was ready as soon as we boarded ship. The cabin is a typical cabin that makes use of every square inch but works well. My one complaint is the only truly accessible electrical outlets are by the desk with nothing near the beds. I guess the cabins are starting to show their age a little as their was some rust and discoloration by the slider to the balcony as well as on the balcony itself. Overall, a very comfortable cabin. Our cabin steward Pablo did a very good job and was never in the way.
One issue we found - On the last couple days of the cruise, our cabin steward did not provide us with towels to take off the ship. The first day we were able to find our steward and he got them for us. The next day we couldn't find him but the day before our friends got theirs at the gangway - so we figured we would go there to get our towels. When we got there, they had none and said to go back up to deck 10 at the pool and get some there. We did that and there were NONE to be found. We were able to find a pool steward and she was able to track down a couple of towels but there is no reason not to have towels around 9:30 to go ashore with. If we had been meeting up with an excursion, this could easily have made us late.
Dining - Call me old fashioned but I look forward to eating dinner at a large table with the opportunity to meet new friends and talk about our days. Unfortunately the trend is "anytime" type dining. We did opt for the fixed late seating and were sat with the other couple we were traveling with but no one else. I wish we could have sat with 4 - 6 others as we have always enjoyed that aspect of cruising.
The food in the main dining room was very good. The menu is not very creative and has lost something over the years - however everything I ordered and everything our party ordered was excellent. It was all cooked properly and seasoned very well.
As good as the main courses were, the desserts were extremely disappointing. Not only was the variety not what it used to be, but the quality wasn't very good overall.
Our waiter Michael and our assistant waiter Kelvin did an excellent job in learning what we liked and making sure we were well fed! I was extremely disappointed in the Sommelier Lenworth. My wife and i always have a bottle of wine for dinner when we cruise every night. The first night Lenworth didn't come around until we were almost finished dessert. Truthfully, we saw him only 1 other time the whole trip. So instead of spending $45-$75 a bottle extra every night, we just drank by the glass the wines on our drink package.
I thought the Oceanview Grill did an admirable job. I thought breakfasts were very good with a good variety. Lunch was pretty good as well. Hamburgers and hot dogs are always good when we return to the ship from an excursion
We did go to Tuscan Grill one night and it was exceptional! Our waiter Carlos "from Peru" was excellent. His suggestions for courses were spot on and we had an amazing time. My wife and I had just celebrated our 39th anniversary and our friends were celebrating their 38th and this was the perfect evening for that! Even with the $45 up charge per person, this was still a great value!
Entertainment - I found the entertainment to be a mixed bag. Some of it was excellent, some average and some not worth the time. This was the first cruise I have been on where there was not a comedian as one of the entertainers. I usually look forward to at least one show with a comedian. That said, we had two excellent feature acts. One was a trio that paid tribute to the songs of Michael Buble. That was a great show. A couple of nights later their was another male vocalist that was very good as well.
I did not think the entertainment around the different venues of the ship was as good as it had been in the past. I also am not a big fan of Michael's now not being available to the public. I do understand that people that are Aqua- Class, Suite and above are entitled to certain things but I do remember when Michael's was open to all and I really enjoyed it.
On a separate note - I understand that things are more casual than ever and I am sure the majority of the passengers enjoy not having a formal night and evening chic is just fine with them. I love formal nights. It is one of the few times a year my wife and I get dressed up. She always looks great but especially so those nights and I get to feel special wearing my tuxedo to dinner and for the rest of the evening. I wish that didn't change but I do understand it.
We found no problems with finding lounge chairs, even on the sea day but we did see a lot of kids in some of the hot tubs they were not supposed to be in.
We always love the thalassotherapy pool. We noticed this time the four columns of water in the corners had been removed and capped. Not a big deal but we did like them.
We had a great time in all of the ports. We always book our excursions outside of the ship and will continue to do that. We seem to be able to find better excursions for less money. We are always careful to be back at least an hour or more before All Aboard.
Disembarkation was smooth and quick. Our flight was not until 3:35pm so we were in the last group off the ship and were off by 10:00am. We took a cab and left our luggage at Baracina's (sp) and then walked around Old San Juan for a while.
Overall - Celebrity is still the best experience for my money! I will be cruising celebrity again in the future but seeing as this was our third time on the Summit, we will try a different ship.
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Biggest issue was the only electrical outlets for recharging devices is by the desk. Would love to have a couple by the bed as well.
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