We sailed on her last February and are sailing on her February 2. In between we sailed on the Millennium. The reason that we are sailing for the third time in a year on Celebrity is for the great service and better then average cruise line food. Their speciality Restaurant is a stand out and worth every cent extra they charge. We do enjoy dining in good restaurants with a good bottle of wine and were not let down by Celebrity.
We were on the November 10, 2003, 11-night Western Caribbean Summit cruise.
In spite of a few health problems at the start (not the fault of the cruise line--we had the flu), it was a great cruise. The weather cooperated with sunny days, fairly calm seas (two days were a bit rough) and beautiful evenings at sea.
The service was excellent. Our room steward, Mendes and his assistant, Lewis, kept the cabin tidy and clean. They also provided us with the extra towels we requested on the first day throughout the cruise without asking again. The dining room waiter, Dervis and his assistant, Christopher, were the best team we've had so far. Dervis went out of his way to ensure that you had a pleasant dining experience and Christopher always remembered your preferences for salad dressing, coffee, tea, etc.
For a treat, try the specialty restaurant The Normandy. You need a reservation, which you can make onboard the first day, but it's worth the $25 per person. The menu is a bit limited, but the choices are very good and the food was excellent. As was the service. For a similar experience in a fine US or Canadian restaurant, you would pay $125 and up. It has an extensive wine list and the sommelier is very helpful. It is an intimate setting and an unhurried meal.
Food is subjective. While we prefer the breakfast and lunch buffet on Holland America, we find that evening meals are far superior on Celebrity. That said, there were a few misses, but not by much. I find that the veal is a bit tough, but the fish is usually very good. Pizza is excellent, as is the salad and sandwich bar at lunch. The daily pasta bar was always a busy spot on sea days when the buffet was usually quite busy.
Because we had the flu, we missed a few ports, but did manage to see a bit of Panama and did a tour in Aurba. Many people headed to the beaches in some ports and took tours in Costa Rica and Panama. Note: Cozumel was very busy as there were eight ships in port that day.
THE SUMMIT IS FANTASTIC!! It is a very nice ship with superb service and amentities. We were on her in October and had an excellent time. One of the best crews we ever encountered. Look for my review in the review section. ENJOY!!
We were on Summit last April and thought it was the best out of all the Celebrity cruises we have been on (8 cruises) so we are going again this March. We were on Millennium in Dec. and it was great but still we thought Summit was better. We agree with what everyone said also. Would definitely recommend a balcony, happy cruising!1
thanks to all for your input. This will be our second Celebrity cruise (Galaxy two years ago) and we definitely see an improvement over Carnival and Royal Caribbean. After reading your responses, we can't wait!! Thanks again.
Have you checked the cruisecritic.com website. If you do and go to roll call for Celebrity you will find a thread for the April 5th cruise. Also there is a link to Celebrity Connections on the Celebrity website. If you are unfamiliar with this. If 25 cruisers sign up Celebrtiy throws an onboard party. Currently there are 21 cruisers signed up the the party.
Hope you will join us. In any case it should be a great cruise