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Lorraine Woodmansee

Age: 55

Occupation:sales rep

Number of Cruises: 10

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Summit

Sailing Date: 2009-12-13

Itinerary: Southern Carribean

We have previously sailed with Carnival, Royal Carribean and Norwegian. We always had fun on the Carnival and RCI ships, but thought we'd try what we thought was "a step up" with Celebrity's concierge service.

The food was disappointing. Steaks were tough and overdone, lobster was mushy, almost no vegetables served with meals. The buffet was the worst. I waited 25 minuites for an omelet and my husband waited 20 minuites for a slice of pizza...with only a handful of people in front of us. The buffets were not always open, and there was little variety. The exception was the sushi bar....excellent. The coffee was awful, and drink stations were often out of drinks and supplies. There were very few bars operating at any one time on the ship, and sometimes it was a real hunt to find an open one.

Stateroom was OK. The grout in the bath tile was moldy and mildewed, and there was a broken tile in the shower stall that worked itself free by the end of our trip. The toilet hasd a mind of it's own as to whether it would flush or not. Stateroom service was very good. We always had ice, water, and fresh fruit, and our steward was very reponsive to our needs. We had a nice selection of bed pillows, but I found the bed to be quite hard, and woke up stiff and achy every morning.

There was not a lot to do on the ship. The production shows were wonderful, the comedian was great, and the crew talent show was surprisingly entertaining, . Two of the participants belonged in the lounges, not the kitchen. The piano bar was not my cup of tea, the pool band was so-so and the guitarist on the outside rear deck was so awful. I was not impressed with the lounge band either, but the band the night of the midnight desert buffet was quite good.

Basically nothing to do in Tobago, except travel to the fort for a beautiful view. In St Maartin we rode atv's along the coast. It was a blast and the views were gorgeous. We also had about an hour to relax at a beach. We went on a whale and dolphin watch in Dominica, and the whales were in a perofming mood, so that was great. In Granada we took an eco-snorkle tour, and had a good tour of the coast in a high-speed inflatable boat. I was surprised there were not more excursions in Barbados, but we took a bus tour around the island that was ok, but I would have rather had more choices of things to do.

We were told to arrive at the port after 5 PM. We arrived at 4:30 and found 90% of the boat was boarded and we had missed the muster drill. That realyy ticked us off, as we had flown into San Juan the day before and had to check out of our hotel by 11 AM and would have loved to go directly to the ship. Our luggage did not arrive until after 8PM, and we were not dressed for the dining room, so we looked around the ship for alternative choices, and there really were NONE. All the food stations closed at 5 pm and the dining room opened at 6:30. Our luggage arrived in time to catch the late dinner in the main restaurant, but it was nothing to brag about. We did enjoy the hydrotherapy pool, and at no time did the ship seem crowded although we were told it was a full ship. Many of the areas were eerily unoccupied. The decor of the ship was very nice, but I'd rather have more service and more entertainment for my money. All in all, Celebrity is not the cruise line for me.

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