Before wrapping up this Celebrity Summit sailing recap, here are links to the previous posts:
April 22nd: Pre-Cruise Travel
April 23rd: Embarkation
April 24th: St. Thomas
April 25th: St. Maarten
April 26th: Sea Day 1
April 27th: Sea Day 2
April 28th: Bermuda
April 29th: Bermuda, Day 2
April 30th: Sea Day 3
May 1st: Disembarkation
It had been a dozen years since our previous Celebrity Cruise (on the Galaxy!) so we weren’t sure what to expect when booking this cruise. Additionally, I was a little concerned about the age of the Summit who is in her teens now.
I shouldn’t have been concerned as it was a great cruise and although Celebrity Cruises can be pricey, it’s important to consider the value of the perks into any comparison to other lines.
Here are a few of the things we loved about Celebrity.
The Summit had just been through drydock for a refresh a couple of months before our sailing and it showed. The ship was not only clean but elegant. She has a timeless style that doesn’t scream the 90’s (I’m thinking about my last cruise on the Carnival Triumph there!)
I didn’t take many pictures around the ship but here are the few I managed to get.
My husband joked the pool sculpture had “stayed in the sun too long”. He also referred to him as Pompeii man since it reminded him of the remains we saw last year in Italy.
We really liked our extended balcony cabin (6024) and have booked a similar one next year on the opposite side of the ship.
The balcony was large and we had tons of storage in the cabin and bathroom.
We had great service everywhere by every staff member except in the dining room. Our wait team was not the best by any measure, but they certainly weren’t bad enough sway us from sailing again.
I loved how the ship’s officers participate in activities with the passengers (volleyball, evening games, etc.). Captain Kate is impressive, personable and entertaining.
You may wonder why the picture of hot tea selections? Carnival Cruises recently cut back their tea selections to the basically regular and decaf and charge for herbal teas. Not the case as you can see on Celebrity.
The food was definitely a cut above the standard dining fare on Carnival and the buffet was worlds above. However, no Guy’s burger!
Things to Improve
Was it perfect? No, but what vacation is. Here are a few improvements I would like to see.
1. Time Change Reminders. There wasn’t a card left on the bed the night before a time change reminding people to adjust their clocks. If you didn’t pay attention to the daily program, it might be missed.
2. Entertainment. I felt there weren’t enough entertainment offerings on the ship. A second venue offering stand up comedy, more movies on the outdoor big screen, etc. would be welcome.
3. TV. No, I don’t go on a cruise to spend all our time watching televsions but we do want to see newer movies and some TV shows. Something other than foreign TV and ship channels would have been great!
If you’ve been considering Celebrity, I highly recommend making the leap. You won’t regret it!
Here are links to handouts and information not included in previous posts for this sailing. Cilck the link to get the downloadable PDF.