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Celebrity Cruise Line

GTS Summit

Your Rating:Five Stars
Reviewed by:Kimberly C.
# previous cruises: 5
Date of Trip: December 24, 2001
Itinerary: Caribbean - Southern

This ranks #1 choice of the five cruises taken, and all of the others were fabulous, too. The ship is absolutely breathtaking. We sailed the 11 night cruise, which included Christmas and New Year's. There were over 400 children on board, so we recommend not going this particular week if you're on a romantic get-away.

Public Areas
The artwork is unusual to the point of conversation. Many people were taking one another's photos in front of the various sculptures and wall hangings. The favorite room for all of us was the indoor heated pool. Healthy food was served, along with calming music and comfy chairs.

Food and Service
We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfasts in the buffet style in the Waterfall Cafe. They did a great job of changing the items daily, which is difficult at breakfast. In our party of 4 adults and one child, none of us would recommend the Normandie Restaurant on board. Even with two bottles of wine, we found the food either strange tasting or tasteless. We heard the same from others.

Cabins had ample storage. We emptied the refrigerator and placed sodas and other items. We then placed the items originally in the refrigerator back on the last evening of the trip. The shower was absolutely too small, even for 130 lb woman. Absolutely no room to even try to shave. There is a blow dryer provided, but it's not accurate for evening affairs and we recommend taking your own, even though it means plugging it in beside the desk, as there are no plugs in the bathroom. We were purposely on the 3rd floor, as it rocks less - it was quiet and extremely comfortable.

This was an extremely disappointing feature, as the other Celebrity cruises we took had wonderful entertainment. This line-up seemed to be something you would see as walking entertainment at Disney - At Disney, it would be great. On a ship, after two songs, we were ready to move on. Many people walked out in the middle of performances nightly.

Cozumel was great for shopping, as we have been 3 times before and have toured. Lovely place. The canal at Colon was fascinating...recommend the walking tour via bus. Those who chose the trans Atlantic train were sorely disappointed that they didn't get close to the canal - and saw no ships passing through.Cartagena - stay with a group tour - the begging is out of site and scary, even in a group.

Who Goes
The fellow passengers were all avid cruisers. Several booked future cruises while on the ship. Approximately 30% of the ship were British, the great majority from the states. Everyone was extremely social, however many were upset about a few groups of teenagers that were causing some damage to the ship along with drunkenness. I heard about it several times in the elevators, but never saw anything awry.

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