Caribbean Cruise: Celebrity Summit Review

As we were swimming at the beach in Barbados we heard a mix of people from Celebrity Summit and the Crown Princess (also in dock that day) complaining about their respective cruises. For the Celebrity folks, I just had to think: ARE WE EVEN ON THE SAME CRUISE? Because we were having a great time! Were there things I would change and stuff to improve on? Of course…but all in all this was another great cruise. Now we have three under our belt!

Thing big thing for us is this: For one blissful December week, someone else cooked for us, someone else made our bed and cleaned our room, and we had ample sunshine and warm temps. What’s not to like? That’s the appeal of a cruise: it’s your hotel; it’s your transportation; it’s your entertainment; it’s your sightseeing.

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Celebrity Summit

We sailed in December 2018. The ship is due for a dry dock renovation in spring 2019. Was there some wear and tear? Sure. But nothing major. It’s a beautiful ship. We like the slightly smaller size of it. Never felt crowded.

I would categorize the food as OK. I didn’t enjoy as many items in the buffet as I did on last year’s cruise on the Celebrity Equinox. The Main Dining Room food was mostly OK, with a couple stand out dishes. Service was excellent: from our cabin steward to the wait staff. We found the entertainment lacking, but we chalked it up to being a port-intensive cruise.

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Celebrity Summit, balcony stateroom

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Celebrity Summit, pool deck

Speaking of ports…

St. Croix: Be advised if you have Sunday port stop here, either book an excursion or make it a beach day as most shops will be closed. We enjoyed our island tour though.

St. Maarten: We did a beach day here. No complaints. Kim Sha Beach at Simpson Bay is a nice area. Very relaxing!

Dominica: Beautiful green and verdant island. Really loved our rainforest/waterfall excursion. Some of the scenery reminded me of Hawaii.

Grenada: Similar to Dominica in being green and pretty. Loved our river tubing adventure. Would not hesitate to do that again.

Barbados: We did another beach day here. Harbour Lights at Carlisle Bay has a fantastic stretch of sand with crystal clear water.

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St. George’s, Grenada

So what did we learn?

Well, on our 2017 Caribbean cruise we had three ports and three sea days. On this cruise we had five ports and one sea day. I think we’re like Goldilocks trying to find what’s right for us! We LOVED all of the islands we visited, but maybe next time we will look for four ports and two sea days? At times, we felt like we were in constant motion and needed just a bit more time to relax.

A few of the islands were not the “typical” Caribbean stops (unless you’re a frequent cruiser) that come to mind on a lot of itineraries like St. Thomas, Nassau, Cozumel, Jamaica, etc. I enjoyed that though. Dominica and Grenada were beautiful. I liked the mix of islands. I also liked leaving from San Juan and heading south to guaranteed WARM weather (we’re coming from Wisconsin, after all!). San Juan is a special place to us and we enjoyed our time there pre-cruise touring around Old San Juan. We will be back!

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Looking towards La Fortaleza

A couple fellow passengers on the ship inquired why we chose Celebrity–maybe insinuating we were too young (well, thanks but I just turned 40!). We like Celebrity because it’s peaceful and elegant…even classy. But then again, it’s not stuffy either. It just works for us.

That said, that doesn’t mean we’re Celebrity loyalists either. Price and itinerary are major components for us when booking. If I see a Celebrity sailing that works for us and matches our interests, we’ll be there!

I posted a full review on CruiseCritic.

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