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  1. Hi, I am trying to exercise every morning using ellipticals. I do it for approximately 70-80 minutes and I need to watch/listen to something in order to not get extremely bored. I am trying to make a decision if I should buy streaming internet package (which is somewhat expensive on Celebrity) to use in Gym or if ellipticals have TVs and in this case I can live without wifi or at least buy only surf package. I would really appreciate your help.
  2. We just returned from 10 days on the Summit and decided to post some comments rather than a full blown review. So lets start with some of the good :). With very few exceptions, the ship looks fantastic. Celebrity spent a lot of money trying to recreate a new ship and we think they succeeded in many ways. New carpeting was everywhere and looked great. The cabins have all been completely redone and are what you would expect on a new ship. While some have complained about the contemporary décor (in the cabins) we thought everything was functional, well designed and attractive. The cabin bathrooms have been completely redone and look great. We especially liked the new showers with glass doors. Even the towels were new :). The bedding was fine although mattresses are always subject to individual taste (one person's firm is another person's soft). Most of the public spaces also looked fantastic. The one exception was the Sky Lounge where DW commented that is looked like they ran out of money when they reached the top of the ship :(. The old furniture was worn, and the large windows lacked any kind of system to handle a very sunny day (there was still evidence of the old curtains and shades). We were also surprised to find that Qsine is still Qsine and has not been changed into the Petit Chef format. Staff told us they expect Qsine to be changed-over sometime this year (no clue as to exactly when). We did note that Sushi on 5 was constantly empty. On many nights there were fewer then 4 paying customers with the venue favored by a couple of Officers who we saw dining on Sushi several nights. IMHO Sushi on 5 is wasted space and a concept that has failed...miserably! We think that its previous format (with crepes) was far superior. We liked the spread out format of the Lido although we did hear many others grumbling because it means lots of walking to get a selection of food. The pool deck looked fantastic and the loungers/furniture were in tip top shape. As to the "Ugly" for us it was the wine service in the MDR and the lack of sufficient bar tenders in some of the lounges. We ordered a 5 bottle Classic Wine Package the first night (we drink 1/2 of a bottle every night). The wine sommeliers seldom had a clue as to which wines were even available and one had the nerve to tell us that we should have ordered all of our wine (for the entire 10 day cruise) at the first dinner so they could put aside bottles. When I suggested that it might be nice to know the food menus before ordering wine he had no answer. And it also turned out that they had no clue what wines were in stock on the first night since the staff had yet to unpack the new inventory. It became almost funny when on day 9 a wine steward suggested we order the Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet (we like this wine)! The problem was that we had tried to order that wine since the first night of the cruise only to be told there was none onboard. But on day 9 we had a different wine steward who told us they had plenty and she quickly produced a bottle. ARGH! The reality of Celebrity is that they have "sold out" to the drink packages with little attention given to those who want to actually order off a wine list. Wine sommeliers need to know what is available on the wine list without having to constantly run off to check. Princess has easily solved this problem by equipping their sommeliers with a wireless tablet that they can use to quickly check on inventory without having to run across the dining room to a terminal or supervisor. In Cellar Masters, where we spent a lot of time listening to the wonderful singer/guitar player (Ron Kingston)….one could easily wait more than 15 minutes to get a drink. The lone bar tender (much of the time) was often overwhelmed and could not possibly provide the service one would expect on Celebrity. The wonderful waiter in Cellar Masters had to often bide his time while waiting for that poor bar tender to handle the big orders while also trying to satisfy the many customers at the bar. The Martini bar did seem to be well staffed, but when you consider that 2 Martinis (at the Martini bar) would cost over $30....it should be well staffed ! Our cruise (10 days to Bermuda, Boston and Bar Harbor) seemed to be a little different then many of our past X cruises. The passenger demographics could be described as Old (mentioned by 2 of the comedians) and if I had the franchise on scooters, canes and wheelchairs it would have been a lucrative business. And before anyone flames me, I am also a senior in my 70s...although I often felt like one of the younger folks in the room :). It also seemed that not many passengers had booked with drink packages. Perhaps experienced cruisers are realizing that spending over $140 a day (per couple) for some drink packages is nutz! Accordingly, the Elite cocktail hour had a relatively large crowd as we all took advantage of that wonderful Elite drink benefit. The Elite drinks could also be ordered at any bar on the ship (between 5 and 7). I must also mention that we thought all the entertainment on our cruise was excellent. We especially liked that the main Production shows (we had 3) were all done with live music (a 6 piece band) with no pre-recorded tracks. It has been a long time since we were on a cruise with a dedicated show band (and they were excellent) who provided all the music in the main theater for all shows (including the Guest Entertainers). Hank
  3. We seniors have just returned from Summit to Bermuda, staying in Aqua 9048. We have done this particular cruise a number of times before and were interested to see the ship after being revolutionized. Overall, this was another fine Celebrity cruise for us. Here are a few random notes. 1. The Aqua Balcony room was every bit as good as ever. The warm wood theme was replaced in neutral grays and white. The bed was Queen-size, not King and so it did not occupy more of the room than previously. There was plenty of room next to the bed for a two-person sofa, but now it was only a 1 1/2 person piece of furniture. REALLY STUPID. The new bedding was fabulous. As reported, there was no table in the room, but you could bring in the one from the balcony. At first we were concerned about storage but it proved to be more than adequate. We used the closets to hang all of our clothing that should be on hangers. To enter the room you merely had to swipe your key card on the mechanism. Lighting control was satisfactory. However, it was chilly the 1st couple days and getting enough warmth was difficult. No problem with air-conditioning when it was warm outside. The bathroom was satisfactory and now has outlets for using the blow dryer but you had to be tall enough to reach it. As others have reported, the shower has a poorly situated grab bar which I told my wife was going to hurt me. Instead it hurt her once. Several times I use the men's locker room in the Solarium to shower and shave. All in all, we only rate the revolutionized room about equal to the previous. 2. The Ocean View buffet: all new tables and chairs with a lot of tall counters and stools. Some of these were along the windows. The new arrangement seemed to provide more seating. In particular, the counters were particularly good for singles, freeing up tables for larger groups. I believe the ship was pretty much of a sellout, but the buffet was not particularly crowded for lunch. Lunch and breakfast buffet items were pretty much as we have been used to. One negative is that the Aft grill has been removed. Instead of cooked to order steaks and fish fillets, everything was just in heated table pans. A BIG negative is that the roof covering in the Sunset bar has been replaced by slats and offer no protection to either sun or rain. And it seems to us that the floor space has been reduced. This used to be our favorite place to have our 1st coffee and watch the sun come up, or to get a lunch from the grill. We wound up not using the outdoor seating even once. 3. Embarkation was amazingly fast… Maybe 20 minutes. Debarkation was also satisfactory considering that a medical emergency involving Anthem of the Seas required both ships to dock on Sunday. Summit arrived later than scheduled but Celebrity did a good job of debarking passengers at nearly the same time as getting arrivals on board. 4. The casino was as poor as ever. Tight slot machines and bad video poker pay tables. I did take advantage of the pre-cruise purchase of slot play with 10% bonus. This was available on the website 5. Blu restaurant: fabulous as ever. Great service, excellent menus, wonderful servers and attentive maître d'. 6. Lounge entertainment. For us this was a MAJOR improvement. Lots of pre-dinner entertainers, talented musicians and singers. Kudos to guitarist Ron Kingston, Soundtrack Quartet. House Band Long Play. This last band was unbelievable. Lead guitar versions of Santana's music was great. Vocals by the drummer were also fabulous. 7. Production shows also seem to be better than what we were used to. Billy McGuigan was the best rock show we've seen on a ship (60s 70s 80s music.). We were very happy with all the entertainment on this ship, this trip. 8. Lounges. Who in the world ordered the chairs in many of the lounge areas such as Sky Lounge and Rendezvous? A classic case of form over function. Many of the chairs are ridiculously deep. Some have pillows chained to them that very discomforting and not removable. 9. As with all our previous Celebrity cruises, the ship's crew was exceptional. Room attendant, restaurant staff, bartenders and other crew members were friendly, diligent and effective.
  4. Has anyone else who is sailing on Summit on July 7, 2019 bid on an upgrade, and have heard yay or nay regarding the bid(s) they placed? DH and I are booked in a lovely Sky Suite (sailed in this same suite twice before) but we did bid on an upgrade to a Celebrity Suite and/or a Royal Suite. Does Celebrity wait until a few days before sailing to let you know if you "won" the upgrade or not? Thanks for any insight. This is the first time we have bid on any upgrades.
  5. I was told the summit doesn't have a sunset veranda. What's the equivalent?
  6. I've searched and I can't find good recent information. For flying home out of San Juan, is a 10:00am flight reasonably do-able? We are flying to the West Coast with TSA Pre-check in first. We'd do walk-off disembarkation and are "get the lead out" kind of people vs. dawdlers. The last time we sailed the Summit out of SJU, we were at the airport in the gate area by 8:45am but that was a couple years ago. Any recent experience or recommendations?
  7. We seniors have just returned from Summit to Bermuda, staying in Aqua 9048. We have done this particular cruise a number of times before and were interested to see the ship after being revolutionized. Overall, this was another fine Celebrity cruise for us. Here are a few random notes. 1. The Aqua Balcony room was every bit as good as ever. The warm wood theme was replaced in neutral grays and white. The bed was Queen-size, not King and so it did not occupy more of the room than previously. There was plenty of room next to the bed for a two-person sofa, but now it was only a 1 1/2 person piece of furniture. REALLY STUPID. The new bedding was fabulous. As reported, there was no table in the room, but you could bring in the one from the balcony. At first we were concerned about storage but it proved to be more than adequate. We used the closets to hang all of our clothing that should be on hangers. To enter the room you merely had to swipe your key card on the mechanism. Lighting control was satisfactory. However, it was chilly the 1st couple days and getting enough warmth was difficult. No problem with air-conditioning when it was warm outside. The bathroom was satisfactory and now has outlets for using the blow dryer but you had to be tall enough to reach it. As others have reported, the shower has a poorly situated grab bar which I told my wife was going to hurt me. Instead it hurt her once. Several times I use the men's locker room in the Solarium to shower and shave. All in all, we only rate the revolutionized room about equal to the previous. 2. The Ocean View buffet: all new tables and chairs with a lot of tall counters and stools. Some of these were along the windows. The new arrangement seemed to provide more seating. In particular, the counters were particularly good for singles, freeing up tables for larger groups. I believe the ship was pretty much of a sellout, but the buffet was not particularly crowded for lunch. Lunch and breakfast buffet items were pretty much as we have been used to. One negative is that the Aft grill has been removed. Instead of cooked to order steaks and fish fillets, everything was just in heated table pans. A BIG negative is that the roof covering in the Sunset bar has been replaced by slats and offer no protection to either sun or rain. And it seems to us that the floor space has been reduced. This used to be our favorite place to have our 1st coffee and watch the sun come up, or to get a lunch from the grill. We wound up not using the outdoor seating even once. 3. Embarkation was amazingly fast… Maybe 20 minutes. Debarkation was also satisfactory considering that a medical emergency involving Anthem of the Seas required both ships to dock on Sunday. Summit arrived later than scheduled but Celebrity did a good job of debarking passengers at nearly the same time as getting arrivals on board. 4. The casino was as poor as ever. Tight slot machines and bad video poker pay tables. I did take advantage of the pre-cruise purchase of slot play with 10% bonus. This was available on the website 5. Blu restaurant: fabulous as ever. Great service, excellent menus, wonderful servers and attentive maître d'. 6. Lounge entertainment. For us this was a MAJOR improvement. Lots of pre-dinner entertainers, talented musicians and singers. Kudos to guitarist Ron Kingston, Soundtrack Quartet. House Band Long Play. This last band was unbelievable. Lead guitar versions of Santana's music was great. Vocals by the drummer were also fabulous. 7. Production shows also seem to be better than what we were used to. Billy McGuigan was the best rock show we've seen on a ship (60s 70s 80s music.). We were very happy with all the entertainment on this ship, this trip. 8. Lounges. Who in the world ordered the chairs in many of the lounge areas such as Sky Lounge and Rendezvous? A classic case of form over function. Many of the chairs are ridiculously deep. Some have pillows chained to them that very discomforting and not removable. 9. As with all our previous Celebrity cruises, the ship's crew was exceptional. Room attendant, restaurant staff, bartenders and other crew members were friendly, diligent and effective.
  8. Question if anyone has stayed in this cabin. Looking at it for Panama Canal cruise in 2020. We have stayed in other inside cabins on Silhouette and I think Reflection. Usually in the same area outside the passport bar on those ships. Didn’t have any problems with noise except for neighbors that let their door slam. Just curious on thought since I have never sailed Summit. Thanks
  9. Hi all, Going to Bermuda this summer on the Summit, and we have a bunch of OBC. My wife is wondering if there is a Kate Spade store on board, or any way to purchase her purses. TIA
  10. Just on last month, and enjoyed the ship. Tuscan Grille is not my favorite specialty restaurant, but I was on vacation, so it did in a pinch. Food was good, evening was delightful, service attentive, and the wine flowed. Ate too much, but, all in all, not so enthralled to make a second reservation. But here's the odd thing: They took out the Normandie/Ocean Liners/Whatever this one was called that had the Murano Style service and the separate wine room that you could reserve for 8 people. They also chopped the restaurant in half, creating more cabins near the former entrance, and changing the entrance to the aft staircase. O.k., so I liked the QE2 and it's odd passageways and got-to-go-up-to-go-down layout, odd cabin differences and other quirks, so I am fine with the odd choice of entrances. But when you walk towards the lovely wall with the restaurant's logo, you turn right in the vestibule to enter the restaurant. All fine. But if you look to the left, it's sort of shabby, and very back-of-the-house. They put up a fabric curtain, but it didn't hide the mess. I felt as though I'd entered from the kitchen (which I did do later in the cruise on a kitchen tour). I actually thought "there must be another way to enter, but no. Honestly, this was not an earth shattering moment, nor did it affect my cruise enjoyment, but I noticed it. And that leads me to believe that the M Class is not long for the Celebrity World. I don't WANT them to go, mind you, but I think with enough Edge class ships in their future, Celebrity will unload a few of these to become Mein Schiff 8 or whatever. The M ships post-renovation seem overly done up with the latest gadgets, decor, etc, but shoe-horned in to the very elegant old spaces, like the effect of too much plastic surgery. If you've ever seen the episode of "The Simpsons," where Marge gets a Chanel suit, redesigning it over and over so that noone notices that she only has the one suit, you get the effect of these renovations. I can and will still happily sail on Summit again, but my feeling is that this is the last re-cut of that suit, and it'll move on in a few years. I actually prefer ships to age a little, getting a little shabby like an old house at the beach, a la QE2. But let's not pretend here. Thoughts?
  11. I've cruised eight times in the past twelve years, including twice on the Celebrity Reflection. I am sailing on the Summit out of San Juan in November. Historically I have found main dining room food to be very average across all cruise lines, generally not much better than buffet food. With a very port intensive itinerary (5 in 7 days), we think we'll probably use the buffet a lot at dinner because we'll be tired from daily activities. Any recent feedback on the quality of Summit buffet food at dinner? Do they have theme dinners (i.e. Asian food, Mexican night), or is the food generally the same nightly? Thanks!
  12. We were really excited to be on the Summit on the 3rd cruise after the drydock "Revolution." About us: My husband and I have cruised since the early 90s. Our first Celebrity cruise was a 7-day Inside Passage Alaskan Cruise on the Mercury for my parents' 50th anniversary. Eleven other friends and family members "just happened" to show up for the cruise and the anniversary celebration. We loved it! We now cruise (mostly just the 2 of us) once or twice a year, in AQ, Concierge, or regular balcony cabin. This cruise was special because my parents and my brother were with us. Overall impressions of the ship: I liked the new colors and the fresh feeling on the ship. It has been years (2007) since we have been on an M-class ship, so some of my comments are likely due to that. Lounges: The Martini Bar did not work for us, because the bar was usually full, and the tables only seat 2 and are lined up in a row. There was no way that the 5 of us could sit and have a drink. Cellar Masters turned out to be our pre-dinner lounge of choice, mainly because it is quiet, and my parents don't like loud music. I liked Rendezvous; the entertainment was not too loud for my husband and me. We used Sunset Bar a lot, but only for getting drinks to take to our cabins. The lack of shade made it too uncomfortable while the sun was out. Restaurants: Our cabins were AQ, so Blu was our main restaurant. I have to say that I was disappointed in the quality of the food; our experiences in Blu on S-class ships were far better. Breakfast was hit and miss – sometimes eggs were cooked perfectly, but many times they were way off (over medium eggs had hard yolks a couple of days). Dinner was also hit and miss, but the lamb was always good. You can order escargots and other items from Cosmopolitan. I liked the appetizers more than the entrees. Desserts were okay, except for the apple pie a la mode; neither my husband nor my father liked it. You can get crème brulee every night – yum! The Blu staff were great. The hostess, Irina, was sweet and always smiling. Alex, the maître d’, was helpful and always checking on the passengers. I wish I could remember the names of more of our waiters and assistants. Elvis was one of our excellent waiters and assistants. The sommelier was always helpful. Even though the food quality was inconsistent, the service was excellent. Oceanview Buffet had a great variety, so even if one of us didn’t like our choice, we could find something else. The salad bars were consistently good. There was a large roast carved to order every day (beef, pork, and turkey and all 3 on the last day). We had really good carved roast beef and tasteless carved roast beef. We had delicious roast pork, and dry and tasteless roast pork. None of us had the turkey. I liked a lot of the Indian food. The pizza was also good. Tip: if you have a small group, or a very hearty appetite, you can order a whole pizza, and you get it hot and fresh. The homemade ice cream is still delicious. We never had trouble finding a table. Bar service was sometimes good in the buffet, and sometimes almost non-existent. Qsine was wonderful. We took the opportunity with the first night discount to treat the rest of our family, a first for them. As usual, the waiter convinced us to order too much, so we didn’t have dessert. I think I read somewhere that Qsine will become Le Petit Chef later this year, so I’m glad we went. Cabins: We were in 1130, an aft cabin with a larger balcony. My parents were in 1127 and my brother was in 1123, both portside. We had plenty of storage space (4 drawers next to the closet, 4 smaller drawers, multiple shelves in the closet and 3 behind the glass doors – the 4th was the safe, and 3-4 shelves in the closet). There were plenty of hangers in the closet, and we had no problems with that space (and I packed at least 3 outfits too many). I used one of the shelves in the bathroom for smaller items, and it was fine. I put my cosmetic back on the floor shelf under the sink. I liked the new colors. The bed is very comfortable, but the larger size reduces usable floor area. Our balcony was larger than normal, but not as large as 1140 and the other middle aft cabin. I did not like the lamp over my side of the bed. It hangs down from the ceiling, and you can’t turn it off and on without getting out of bed. The shower is tiny, and my husband kept hitting his elbow on the grab bar. A woman in our cabin crawl group had a big bruise on her upper arm from the grab bar. The shower door opens inward, which makes it challenging to get in the shower. My husband noted that if someone collapsed in the shower, it would be difficult, if not impossible for rescuers to get him/her out. The leg shaving bar is useless; it’s right under the shower head. There is a large lighted round mirror over the desk, which is useful for drying your hair and putting on makeup. The balcony is a nice size in 1130, but there is little privacy from the Sunset Bar below because of the open wavy wood slats in lieu of the awning. Ports: We chose this cruise in part for the itinerary, but we discovered that 5 ports on a 7-day cruise is too many for us. We like sea days and having all of the ship’s amenities open during the day (casino, shops, Cosmopolitan for lunch). We have been to St. Thomas many times, so we went into town to do some shopping. In the past we have gone to a beach and our favorite was a small sailboat excursion to St. John. We were in St. Kitts last year and had a wonderful island tour. My husband hurt his ankle the night before, so we only went into town. My Mom wanted to find a shop in Antigua where she had been with her best friend several years ago, and we found it. Beautiful original designs for dresses, linen clothing, and stunning evening wear. Unfortunately, my Mom hit her foot against some rough pavement and had to go the ship’s clinic that afternoon. We had purchased an independent excursion in St. Lucia the next day to Soufriere and the Pitons, but had to cancel it. My Mom was in a wheelchair and my husband’s ankle was still very painful. The next day in Barbados my brother and I took a taxi into town. Big mistake. It was crowded, hot, and nothing much to see. We should have taken the taxi somewhere else, like Nelson’s Boatyard. Ship Clinic (and more on Blu): My Mom couldn’t walk after injuring her foot and was in severe pain. She had to order a wheelchair to get to the clinic. She waited for 20 minutes for the wheelchair, and my brother discovered it had been left outside the stateroom without a call or knock on the door to let my parents know it was there. My brother accompanied my parents to the clinic, and both he and my Mom told me it was old, dingy, and looked dirty. They were pleased with the doctor’s care. The x-rays showed no fractures (Dr. even did a third to check). I had called guest relations and asked if my parents could order off the Blu or Cosmopolitan menu and was told no; the limited room service menu was it. The Blu staff was wonderful that night. They gave my brother that night’s menu to take to my parents, and my brother gave the order to Blu staff, who made sure my parents had what they ordered. The next morning, when we went to Blu for breakfast, the staff was so kind and solicitous of my Mom; we were very grateful. Future Cruises: We went to the Future Cruises office earlier during the week. The woman who helped us (last name of Trembath) was great. We booked a similar 10-night cruise (but with 3 different ports) on the Summit for January of next year. However, we have decided to change that to a cruise with more sea days, even though we’re familiar with the ports. Plus, we have decided we prefer the S-class ships. This review reflects our experience and preferences. As always, others will have other preferences and experience.
  13. We have booked connecting cabins. Does anyone know if the divider between the 2 verandas can be opened? Thanks.
  14. We’re booked on our first Celebrity B2B on Summit out of San Juan in November. I’m curious how check in works. We have 2 separate reservations in the same cabin. Do we get a sea pass card good for both cruises at first check in or do we have to check in again for the second one? Any info or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks. Dave M.
  15. Looking at a Panama Canal cruise in 2020 on the Summit. Have sailed on Silhouette a few times, the Reflection and the Eclipse. What is the Summit like? Thanks so much... Is there a bar on deck 3 by the Grand Foyer like on Silhouette? (Passport bar I think it was)
  16. Where can I find the menu for the main dining room for the Summit for the 7 day cruise to Bermuda? Wondering if anyone had pictures of the menu or if it is listed anywhere. Thanks in advance! We will be on the July 28 sailing.
  17. First time I will be in Aqua Class. Are the hair dryers in the bathroom or on the vanity tables in the cabin?
  18. Hello and greetings. Have booked the above cruise and was hoping to hear how and when to book flights to SAN Juan (how far ahead) and also any tips for good hotels at reasonable prices. Does anyone have past experience with Repo out of SAN Juan requiring one way flight fares. Thanks so much in advance.
  19. Just got off the Summit a few hours ago here in San Juan and wanted to give a little feedback about our experience on a 7-night cruise on the Summit. This was my 6th cruise and 2nd on Celebrity. Previously sailed on Carnival Breeze, Norwegian Getaway & Escape, MSC Seaside, and Celebrity Edge in January. Boarding San Juan went very smoothly. We arrived at the cruise terminal around noon and walked right on, no wait whatsoever. On the ship there weren't very many people. Headed to the buffet for lunch and there were maybe 7-8 other people there. We then went to our room and dropped off our bags and eventually around 1pm were told the rooms were ready. Sailed away at 8:30pm with no issues. For Sailaway we hung out at the Sunset bar. There was a singer there (Kyle from Connecticut) who did a very nice job. It was the perfect ambiance for him. The one complaint about the Sunset bar is the lack of shade. They have those wooden boards that are supposed to look like rays from the sun but it just isn't enough. There should be some type of cover over that area as it is just too hot during the day. We were in an Aqua cabin on deck 9 and were surprised as to how small the room is. We sailed in an inside room on the Edge and that room felt considerably bigger. The bathroom felt tiny especially the shower. Not sure if this is the same way on all M class ships on Celebrity but it was a disappointment. The food on the Summit in the dining room met expectations. We dined at Blu every night and the staff was very attentive and friendly. Joe the maitre d' was amazing and cam by every night to chat with us. Very nice! On the other hand we felt that the food at the buffet was very limited and we frequently had to wait for food. Almost every night we went to the buffet around 11-12 for a midnight snack before heading to bed and always had to wait 10-15 minutes for pizza to come out. It was very poorly planned. There was 1 person making pizzas and he just couldn't keep up with demand. During our 7 day cruise the ship ran out of Red Stripe, Stella, and Strongbow. We asked a multiple bars and were all told the ship was out of those things until Barbados. Seems like very poor planning if you ask me. We booked 3 excursions thru the ship and in 2 ports did our own thing. St Thomas - We took the Water Island ferry and spent the day at Honeymoon beach. Very nice relaxing day! St Kitts - Catamaran to Nevis thru the ship. Not a very exciting excursion. It took about 75-80 minutes to get to Nevis and the crew just played music and had rum punch for people. They didn't tell us anything about the island or the landmarks we were passing by. Got to Nevis, had a BBQ lunch which was good, had another 45 minutes or so at the beach and then headed back...same thing...a little music and rum punch. Not overly impressed with this excursion. Antigua - Catamaran with lobster lunch thru the ship. Very nice excursion! Had 2 different beach breaks and lobster lunch on the catamaran. Crew was very friendly and told us about the island and all the landmarks as we passed by them as well as their history. Plenty of food, drinks, and music to go around. Highly recommend this excursion. St Lucia - Volcanic mud bath experience booked thru the ship. I will pay money to never do this again. I don't do very well on a bus ride and I knew there would be some driving to get there but the drive to the park with the mud bath was 2 and a half hours long!!!! We were crunched in there like sardines in one of those underpowered buses and the thing barely went up the hills and mountains we crossed. It was 2 and a half hours of nothing but up and down and curves. The tour guide did a good job telling us all about the island but I couldn't care any less at that point...I was miserable and others were also complaining about the ride. Finally got to the mud bath place and we spent maybe 45 minutes there. We left and drove back about 30 minutes and stopped for lunch. Lunch was a typical caribbean lunch buffet and the food was good but there were cats everywhere in the dining room and it only included water and 1 glass of juice. If you wanted a coke or beer you had to pay for it. After lunch it took about an hour and a half to get back to the ship...and it was only 23 miles away. Barbados - Went to Carlisle beach for a relaxing day on the island. Got off the ship and took a taxi for $5 per person to Carlisle beach. Went to Lobster Alive and got 2 loungers and an umbrella for $15 and they gave us 3 free drink coupons. We were the first ones there around 11am but within 1 hour the place filled up. Very nice beach area and very convenient. Perfect for a relaxing day at the beach. Overall we had a good time on our cruise and the staff did a great job other than one of the waiters on the pool deck that was completely aloof the entire time and wasn't friendly at all. When we asked him for a drink he stuck his hand out (wanted our sea pass card) and didn't say anything or smiled or anything else for that matter. We then got the drink (a bloody mary) and after he delivered he came back and asked us if he put vodka in it because he couldn't remember. Kind of odd. Cruise director Dan also just boarded the ship and he's a very funny guy. The entertainment and the staff was probably the biggest let down of the cruise. The entertainment itself was sub par and the production shows were very basic. Many of the activities were very poorly planned and never started on-time. We participated in one of the bags competitions and it was very poorly planned, and then tried to participate in the volleyball match with the officers and signing up for it was a complete clusterfu**. We can only compare to the events on the Edge but I will say that on the Edge the activities were run much better and things were done in an orderly fashion whereas on the Summit the entertainment staff seemed clueless (or just didn't care). We're used to sailing on bigger ships and found ourselves bored at time on the Summit. I think it may just be a bit too small for us. Next time around we'll try the S-class ships to see if it fits us a bit better. If you have any questions feel free to ask -
  20. i'm going solo on the Summit in mid June. I usually sail NCL and i've only been on the Edge where the Tuscan type restaurant is free (MDR) and there isnt a Qsine. Worth the $30? And How do speciality restaurants work in Celebrity? Is it like NCL where it's unlimited appetizers and 1 entree + dessert? If going solo, which restaurant would you pick? Why?
  21. It is spectacular. I am blown away by everything. Pictures coming.
  22. i'm going solo on the Summit in mid June. I usually sail NCL and i've only been on the Edge where the Tuscan type restaurant is free (MDR) and there isnt a Qsine. Worth the $30? And How do speciality restaurants work in Celebrity? Is it like NCL where it's unlimited appetizers and 1 entree + dessert? If going solo, which restaurant would you pick? Why?
  23. ive only sailed on the Edge. i will sail on the Summit next month (free casino cruise). What are the major differences between the 2 ships?
  24. I hope these are not stupid questions. We are on the Summit in July to Bermuda in a Concierge cabin. We cruised earlier this year on a weekend cruise on Infinity also Concierge but it was so short we didn't really get to experience anything on the ship (no CC activities at all). The only benefit we got was the embarkation lunch (didn't get the wine in our cabin or any afternoon appetizers). My question is about the actual "concierge" part of the concierge cabin. What does the concierge actually do for you? We are low-maintenance, self-sufficient people. We already have specialty restaurant reservations. Anything else the concierge can do for us that I should be aware of? We are only CC Select. Are there any CC events we might get invited to? One final question - we will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary on the cruise (we took a RCCL cruise to Bermuda on our honeymoon). The anniversary is noted in our reservation. Is Celebrity likely to acknowledge it in any way? Thanks so much for your input!
  25. Does anyone happen to know who the Current MCC and Suite Manager are on Summit? Jim
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