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Age: 24

Occupation:Student

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Ship: Summit

Sailing Date: 2011-12-24

Itinerary: Caribbean

Overall the cruise allowed for good family time. We got to explore interesting islands and there were activities for most people within our party (kids, early 20s, active minded adults, stay on ship adults and a less mobile grandparent). However we were less than impressed with the quality of the experience. The fitness staff charged for class yet were insufficiently trained to provide the services paid for. The evening entertainment was ok but after 11 there was really nothing to do for people in their 20s. The only "club" was always empty and the band played exactly the same set every night. We found the staff generally to be accomodating, and friendly and there were a few who went out of their way to help us. I would not recommend this cruise for anyone sailing with older children, who wants to spend time being active on the ship or enjoys high quality fancy restaurant food.

The food in the buffet was delicious. The chefs that worked behind the counters were really friendly and helpful even on super rushed mornings when we were trying to get out to port. The food seemed really fresh and there were a lot of options to try both healthy and less healthy. The dinning room food was less satisfactory. Our assistant waiter Olga was very nice, tried to remember what people had to drink and was super helpful. The waiter was also very nice but didnt seem to know a lot about the dishes so it was hard to get his suggestions on what dishes to order. The bar tender was very slow and frequently forgot people or their orders. The Sommelier didnt come to our table some nights even though we ordered at least one bottle of wine with dinner and the bartender had to fill in. The appetizers were generally very good, but very small however we had many problems with the entres. The steak was rarely cooked properly or evenly, the fish was often over cooked. The veggie meal looked like a side dish. The fruit and chocolate midnight (ish) buffets were delicious and the chefs there were agains very nice. It was also always surprising to see the chef participate in the entertainment but really fun!

My siblings and I shared a interior stateroom between the three of us so it was a bit squishy. Generally though we slept well and the room was clean. It definitely needs a little TLC though, the bedskirts were ripped and titles in the bath tub were cracked. Our parents and grandparent's rooms experienced days where the toilets wouldnt flush (something we heard from people around the boat). We were told that it was a problem with the pipes. Our room steward was a nice guy but compared to the other cruise we went on he was more standoffish.

We found that because we were in port for most of the days we did not really use many of the onboard activities during the days. However members of my family did attend the yoga and fitness seminar programs offered and found that the staff were not trained to properly conduct the classes. They gave medical advice which was wrong (Dr. said so) and the yoga class was not actually a yoga class, no focus on breathing and the instructor could barely hold the poses himself. The kids really enjoyed the kids program and were constantly running away from dinner to participate. The evening shows were enjoyable. The best was the comedian who somehow got our entire party laughing. My siblings and I found there to be little to do when the show was over. The lounge that was made into a club was always empty and the band played the same set every night until 1 when the DJ finally took over and played a random mix of music that was not exciting and upbeat enough to keep people there.

FYI the staff talent show on the second last night is AMAZING! a must see! The tech guy and guyanese room attendant were amazing! I really hope someone in the music industry hears them because they deserve a lot more than one song in a cruise ship.

For the adventurous super athletic type the volcano hike on St. Kitts was a huge thrill for those who went on it. The 4x4 safari in St. Kitts was beautiful. The best part was the guide who brought us to this secluded beach and made a little snack buffet with delicious fruit, cookies and some of the best rum I've ever had.

The river rafting in dominica was also a lot of fun and the trafalger falls and emerald pools excursion was beautiful but a little bit challenging for the older members of the party. (if you have keens wear them, made the hot springs WAY easier).

We booked a catamaran trip to bucks island off of tripadvisor for st. croix and it was amazing, the cruise excursion just did the snorkel tour but we actually got to spend some time on the island. (be aware its a tiny swim in so dry bags would have made it WAY easier)

Ultimately we had a lot of fun because the ports of call were beautiful and it was nice to be together as a family. I dont think the cruise was economical (although we got a good price) they include tips onto everything and it seems like the extras on the boat (many of which we felt like we had to do really added up). They took pictures during formal nights and would not take them with our cameras as well (which we were shocked about because they take both in disney world and that place really tries to get your money) and the photo each cost 20$ and there was no package to make it cheaper. Many of the fitness classes cost $12 as well.

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