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Celebrity Cruise Line

GTS Summit

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: Ken & Judi Glass
# previous cruises: 1
Date of Trip:March 26, 2006
Itinerary: Hawaii

Luxurious ship. Friendly staff. Food very good. Alcoholic drinks extremely expensive and they searched you to make sure you didn't bring any of your own on board. Most people seemed to be drinking water at meals, presumably due to the high cost of the wine.

Public Areas
All areas very clean. The staff could frequently be seen with cloths and sprays, cleaning the public areas. Sometimes they would be wearing masks, which made us wonder! The pools were good. The jacuzzis were popular.

Food and Service
Food and service were excellent, with mostly friendly staff, who were of numerous different nationalities. There seemed to be food everywhere. There was a buffet style service and also waiter-served meals at breakfast, lunch and supper. You could pay a fair nit more and use the Normandie Restaurant, but we didn't bother. The normal one was fine.

Our cabin was one of the cheaper ones, and it was fine. There was plenty of closet space and the shower was fine. The toilet got blocked several times, but we were relieved to find that someone else had caused the blockage! The cabin was extremely quiet and there was no noticeable vibration.

The shows were acceptable but that was about it. We were pounced on by wine waiters almost before we sat down, but again, most people didn't bother, due to the high price of the drinks.

Ship stopped at 4 Hawaiian Islands. Ship tours were mostly available, although some had sold out. Never mind....... a cheaper way to do trips was to wait till you got off and go on one organised by the locals. Big Island has a good National Park where you can see the volcanoes, but you don't have enough time to do it justice really. Kauai has some excellent scenery and the helicopter ride is worth doing, but again, shop around. Prices vary tremendously. One company offers 'two people for the price of one'. Oahu is good for Pearl Harbour, and you can go on a bus trip right around the island for $2. Don't rely on the bus being on time though and hope it isn't raining while you wait an hour at the bus stop. The Polynesian Village is expensive to get in, but is probably worth it. However, you need a day to see it all and the ship doesn't stay that long! You certainly couldn't do Pearl Harbour and the Polynesian Village in one day. Waikiki Beach was closed when we got there. They'd had so much rain that the beach was contaminated with bacteria! Yuck! Maui looked to be very nice, but we only got as far as the waterfront. The ship didn't stay very long and it was back to the tender to return on board.

Who Goes
We got on very well with everyone we spoke to. None of them lived anywhere near us, so no.... we won't be inviting them over!

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