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Jolene Schadler

Age: 67


Number of Cruises: 12

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Summit

Sailing Date: October 28th, 2006

Itinerary: n/a

Celebrity Cruise Line
Summit Cruise Review

Jolene Schadler

This is a lovely ship with the best theater of any we've sailed. Our two most recent cruises were with Holland America and Crystal, which probably put me in a more critical frame of mind. Given a choice for a future cruise, I'd pay the extra for Crystal's success at pampering.

We selected this itinerary because it wouldn't involve a flight. We arrived one day early by car and were very happy with our experience at the Crown Plaza. They provided a wonderful bed, breakfast, bottle of champagne and free shuttle service to and from the pier in addition to keeping our car in valet parking for two weeks. All of this for less than $200.

Embarking was frustrating. The previous cruise was two hours late arriving, so they held us at the hotel until 2 o'clock and then we spent an hour and a half in line at the pier before we finally made it to our rooms, too late by then for lunch, but they had passed around water, cookies and pizza slices. Our outside cabin was small, but efficient. We found the beds to be too hard; however, our ever-accommodating cabin waiter added a pad, which helped a little.

The lifeboat drill went more quickly and smoothly than any we'd experienced. Our first four days were spent at sea. I felt the bridge instructor was the best I'd ever had, so I went to his lecture each morning and played in a duplicate bridge game each afternoon. If it weren't for bridge, I'd have been bored. I love movies and usually see the matinee when we are at sea. On the Summit, all of the movies were about a year old and I'd seen all of the ones I wanted to. Twice I went to ones I'd seen before just to have something to do. One more popcorn. Both Crystal and Holland American offered popcorn to their movie-goers.

Since this was our sixth trip to Hawaii, we didn't sign up for any of the shore excursions, but we enjoyed shopping and seeing the ports. Honolulu has wonderful city buses for just $1 for seniors. We shopped the malls one day and the International Market on another day.

The food was mixed. We'd heard such great things about Celebrity food that we were a little disappointed. The first day I had a waffle with fresh berries and whipped cream for breakfast, and it was such a treat I could hardly wait for my next one. Unfortunately, there never was a next one. When I asked, I was told the waffle maker broke and they didn't expect it to be replaced or repaired during our cruise as it was the sixth and final one to break down. There were plenty of other food choices, so I never went hungry.

Celebrity says rather strongly that you cannot bring liquor on board; however, their prices seemed unreasonable to me. A glass of good Chardonnay was $8.95. I paid it because it enhanced my vacation experience, but I came away feeling we were nickel and dimed to death.

No self laundry is available on this ship and their advertised special was $25 to launder a bag on clothes. A movie watched in your room on the TV costs $11.95 and their charges to access the internet were the highest I'd ever run across.

The live entertainment was outstanding and offered something for all tastes. We followed Ian Millar, an Irish guitarist and folk singer, around to the different bars on board. I particularly enjoyed the evening Scott Record performed, imitating singers and providing humor.

Our room and dinner waiters couldn't have been nicer. Jimmy Luiz provided magic tricks at our dinner table in addition to his great service. I hope my review doesn't sound too negative because overall it was a wonderful two weeks.


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