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Age: 26


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Summit

Sailing Date: 03-29-2009

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

The Southern Caribbean was the 2nd Celebrity cruise for my mother and I (3rd overall). The ports of call were: San Juan (departure), St. Martin, Dominica, Grenada, Tobago, and Barbados. We had an unbelievable experience and are very sad to see our vacation end. I want to give a big thumbs up to the Celerity Summit staff as they really made the experience very memorable.

Food was same as most other cruises I think. Pretty good, but would have liked a little more variety. But really nothing to complain about at all.

We liked the layout of the cabins more on this ship than on others and they were also slightly bigger which is a huge deal when you're cramped in small quarters. We had the ocean view on deck 3 and the beds were not up against the outside wall as they usually are but in the middle of the room and there was a sitting area with a loveseat (pullout) and a coffee table as well as a console table near the window which was very useful and nice to have. The cleaning staff were also very good and not as intrusive as I've seen previously.

We LOVED Gary. He was the cruise director and really fit the job profile well. Definitely the type of person you want in that position as he was very entertaining and endearing. The female dancers were also very good, but the guys were a bit on the odd side. Short, overweight.. strange. The aerialists were really fun to watch and they had Mario D'Andrea as a guest performer who was a very good time. I didn't like the magician whatsoever, but that's probably a personal opinion as many others really enjoyed his show.

I thought the turnout for activities was much better on this cruise. The newlywed game, which was more than boring on other sailings, was very very entertaining here and a full house. We came late and didn't get a seat as there were so many people. The pool games on the last day at sea were very fun to watch as well.

The only thing is that the destination ports and available excursions were not all that great. Tobago wasn't even worth leaving the ship for and most passengers ventured outside only to return minutes later. This didn't sway our opinion too much though as the weather was great, the passengers fun, and the spa offered great deals! The available excursions were somewhat limited but I think this is because of the ports. Our last cruise was to Central America and there were many more offered and only once did we not sign up for anything. This time we didn't take a single excursion, the only one we wanted was sold out. This turned out just fine though as most places had water taxis (and regular taxis) available to beaches and other destinations. In Dominica I would actually suggest not buying an excursion as you can get the exact same thing at the dock. The same drivers offer the same exact tour for much, MUCH cheaper. Make sure they are licensed and you are good to go.

Our waiter Felipe (from Venezuela) and Assistant Waiter Edgar (from Peru) were so sweet and helpful (and it appeared that the rest of the waiters around us were as well). He offered tons of tips about the ports we were stopping at and we had a lot of heartfelt laughs with him and the 2 other couples at our table. One of the most pleasant experiences I've had. One thing we realized is that they match the people you're sat with based on age which was a great relief to us!! My mother is in her 40s and I'm in my 20s so we were very worried as to who would be sat with us. Both the couples were of similar ages as my mother and it worked out wonderfully.

So overall this was a wonderful vacation. I'm not sure if I would go to these ports again (I'm glad to have seen them but probably don't need to again. except Barbados which we really liked), but I would recommend the Summit to anyone. Great, great cruise!!

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