21 October 2016
Celebrity Summit now sails with a new sense of style and excitement. The third member of Millennium Class ships, she has undergone a dazzling revitalisation including the addition of AquaClass staterooms and the popular restaurant, Blu, exclusively for AquaClass guests. She has the hip Celebrity iLounge where you can join in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech gadget from the first Apple Reseller at Sea. The food on board is unbelievable and you can enjoy a memorable dinner at the uniquely unordinary restaurant, Osine, with a menu and wine list presented on an iPad. Then finish your evenings with a chilled Lychee Martini at the ultra-cool, ice-topped Martini Bar. On this wonderful seven night cruise, which begins and ends in San Juan, Puerto Rico you will visit the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Thomas.
You join the Celebrity Summit in San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rica. It will be hard to tear yourself away from the luxury on board, but taking an excursion is a great way to experience the culture and history of the places you’re visiting. When you book through Celebrity, you can be sure all tour providers are licensed and have favourable reviews from other passengers. But most importantly, you can freely explore and know the ship won’t leave until everyone is back on board. There are lots of different excursions. Full day, half day. Active ones, and others where you can sit back and take in the sights. You can even rent your own private car and be your own tour guide.
This is the only full day at sea during the cruise, so make the very most of it. You can simply relax on one of the decks and soak up the Caribbean sunshine between meals, but there is so much to see, do and experience on the Celebrity Summit and you will want to try it all. The food is out of this world, there are spas and pools and therapy rooms, plenty of organised activities from dawn to dusk and top class entertainment every evening.
Your first port of call is Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, a coral island pushed out of sea by volcanic activity. On the west coast are coral shore beaches of fine white sand which stretch along a blue-green sea. Reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and scuba diving and along the east coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of these winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate. Plenty of tours to choose from in this tropical playground.
St Lucia is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about - a small, lush tropical gem that is still relatively unknown. And today it is all yours to explore. One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, St Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, with a shape that is said to resemble either a mango or an avocado, depending on your taste. The Atlantic Ocean kisses its eastern shore, while the beaches of the west coast owe their beauty to the calm Caribbean Sea. The scenery is spectacular so have those cameras ready.
Today the Celebrity Summit arrive at St John's, the capital of Antigua, which is the larger of the two main islands that make up Antigua and Barbuda. As you will discover on a variety of tours, Antigua is a beautiful Caribbean getaway and many tourists enjoy the really energetic island culture but also the peace and tranquility that the surrounding seas bring. You can take a drive or walk around the stunning landscape or stay in St John's which is the only city on the island.
Today you dock at St Maarten, which provides you with the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures on one 37 square mile island. There is the friendliness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage. Add to this dozens of beaches and lagoons, and more than 300 restaurants and you can understand why St. Maarten is the most visited of all the Leewards and recognised as the gourmet capital of the Caribbean. Shopping on the island is duty free and casinos, discos and nightclubs stay open till dawn.
After another memorable night on board, the Celebrity Summit sails into Charlotte Amalie, capital of the island of St Thomas. Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. You can go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course and picture-perfect beaches, take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for an incomparable view of the Caribbean. And if you’re interested in culture and history, don’t miss seeing the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists.
Today your wonderful cruise around the southern Caribbean comes to an end when the Celebrity Summit arrives back at San Juan, Costa Rica. Time to say farewell to all those new found friends and make the most of your time on board before heading to the airport to catch an onward flight to extend your holiday or begin the journey back home having sampled the high life at sea on one of the world's top cruise liners.
Inside Stateroom fr £479pp
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