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My wife and I have a cruise in about 3 months' time, but for some reason I just cannot get excited by it. I think the last cruise I took pretty much killed my enthusiasm for cruising. There was some negative things that happened, none of which was the cruiseline's fault, that have me more than a tad wary. And then I keep seeing negative or less than positive reviews of Summit, so that just further deepens it. (Yes, there have been some positive ones, but then you see the comments that follow...)

 

As much as I'm looking forward to visiting places we've never been to before, part of me just has extremely lowered expectations. Plus with the whole new experience of a totally different line does not help.

 

When we booked it, I was all gung-ho and wanted to go "now!". Not so much any more. Talk me off the "cruiseline cliff", will you??

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My wife and I were on the Millennium for a 15 night Panama cruise a few weeks ago and had a great time. It was our first Celebrity cruise and one of the nicest ships we've been on. The Summit is nearly an identical ship and has been "solsticized" as was the Millennium.

Stop worrying, you'll have a great time too.

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I think our holiday experiences come down to attitude, if you go thinking how much fun you will have exploring new places and meeting new people you will have a ball. If you overthink it and worry about every last little thing you risk "sweating the small stuff"

Look forward to exploring all those new places you will visit. Laugh at any little hiccups along the way. You will have a great trip!

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My wife and I have a cruise in about 3 months' time, but for some reason I just cannot get excited by it. I think the last cruise I took pretty much killed my enthusiasm for cruising. There was some negative things that happened, none of which was the cruiseline's fault, that have me more than a tad wary. And then I keep seeing negative or less than positive reviews of Summit, so that just further deepens it. (Yes, there have been some positive ones, but then you see the comments that follow...)

 

As much as I'm looking forward to visiting places we've never been to before, part of me just has extremely lowered expectations. Plus with the whole new experience of a totally different line does not help.

 

When we booked it, I was all gung-ho and wanted to go "now!". Not so much any more. Talk me off the "cruiseline cliff", will you??

 

It is your choice and your choice alone. You know what you want and what you don't want. Cruising may or may not be for you. If I wasn't happy with my decision I would change it if possible. You have the option to cancel. If you're going into the cruise with negative feelings you should consider that option.

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I have been on more than 20 cruises with Celebrity and I have never, ever not enjoyed it. Some cruises are better than others but short of getting very ill or the like, I cannot imagine not having a great time on any Celebrity cruise. I love the M class ships (happen to be leaving on Summit in a little over a week!) and while they are not as brand spanking new as the Solstice class they are great. I personally prefer them. The t-pool is my favorite spot on any Celebrity ship. I remember sailing the Century right before her last major upgrade. I got onboard and she was pretty shabby in spots and I was overtired and frustrated and bummed out. That lasted about two hours. The crew was so nice and she had the best food I can remember on any X ship. My point is that your cruise is what you make of it. I expect Summit will not be perfect but I can't wait to get onboard. A bad day on vacation beats a good day at work anytime (and I have yet to have a really bad day on Celebrity -ever). Good luck.

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I'd look at the experience of trying a new cruise line as a positive. X won't have the night life, but the food and service are great. As you are doing the Summit, it's a port intensive cruise with 5 ports. So much to do. We are sailing on the Summit in January and I'm ready to go.

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Any bad vacation beats a good day at work LOL. Go and enjoy.

 

I'm sailing on the Summit in October. A little nervous since I've only been on Solstice class, but VERY excited about not having to FLY to a port, have luggage weight restrictions, or get a hotel.

 

Many folks on here love the Summit.

 

Have you joined your roll call? Perhaps talking with them will get you more excited.

 

Personally, I'd go on a cruise on just about any cruise ship tomorrow if it were an option!

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My wife and I have a cruise in about 3 months' time, but for some reason I just cannot get excited by it. I think the last cruise I took pretty much killed my enthusiasm for cruising. There was some negative things that happened, none of which was the cruiseline's fault, that have me more than a tad wary. And then I keep seeing negative or less than positive reviews of Summit, so that just further deepens it. (Yes, there have been some positive ones, but then you see the comments that follow...)

 

As much as I'm looking forward to visiting places we've never been to before, part of me just has extremely lowered expectations. Plus with the whole new experience of a totally different line does not help.

 

When we booked it, I was all gung-ho and wanted to go "now!". Not so much any more. Talk me off the "cruiseline cliff", will you??

 

Head to New Jersey and/or New York and help the tens of thousands of people who have had their lives devastated by the loss of their homes and loved ones.

 

Head to Africa, Asia, or South America and help the BILLIONS of people who are struggling just to survive and who have never even seen a PICTURE of a cruise ship.

 

Head to most any country in the middle east and try to help the people who would love to kill you because you don't believe in their god/religon/social structure.

 

Head to your local childrens hospital or seniors centers and offer to visit and comfort people who are dying slow, lingering, painfull, lonely deaths.

 

Head to your local disabled veteran's center and assist the people who have sacrificed their youth, their health, their body parts, and their well being so you can whine and complain about just how terrible an existance you have.

 

Find a mirror and take a long hard serious look at what you see.

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My cruise motivation:

 

I am an 8 year cancer survivor. I had radical surgery. Cancer returned in 2 years. Had 8 weeks of daily radiation. The unrelenting cancer returned again. I will always have it.

I have to have checkups, every 6 months, to ascertain if it has started to spread. I hold my breath, every time I go for the checkup.

 

I do not take life for granted. Many people do. I cherish each day, for what it is.

 

I am looking forward to my February 2013 Eclipse cruise.

 

I don't need any motivation, in order to look forward to the cruise.

 

I am still here.........................................

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Head to New Jersey and/or New York and help the tens of thousands of people who have had their lives devastated by the loss of their homes and loved ones.

 

Head to Africa, Asia, or South America and help the BILLIONS of people who are struggling just to survive and who have never even seen a PICTURE of a cruise ship.

 

Head to most any country in the middle east and try to help the people who would love to kill you because you don't believe in their god/religon/social structure.

 

Head to your local childrens hospital or seniors centers and offer to visit and comfort people who are dying slow, lingering, painfull, lonely deaths.

 

Head to your local disabled veteran's center and assist the people who have sacrificed their youth, their health, their body parts, and their well being so you can whine and complain about just how terrible an existance you have.

 

Find a mirror and take a long hard serious look at what you see.

 

 

I completely agree. It's called having a little perspective.:)

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My wife and I have a cruise in about 3 months' time, but for some reason I just cannot get excited by it. I think the last cruise I took pretty much killed my enthusiasm for cruising. There was some negative things that happened, none of which was the cruiseline's fault, that have me more than a tad wary. And then I keep seeing negative or less than positive reviews of Summit, so that just further deepens it. (Yes, there have been some positive ones, but then you see the comments that follow...)

 

As much as I'm looking forward to visiting places we've never been to before, part of me just has extremely lowered expectations. Plus with the whole new experience of a totally different line does not help.

 

When we booked it, I was all gung-ho and wanted to go "now!". Not so much any more. Talk me off the "cruiseline cliff", will you??

If you go to the reviews section the last five reviews of the Summit are one four star, two five star and tw five plus stars..................

 

The reviews prior to that were reviews for the Canada/New England season. They were very long cruises with tendering issues and the staff on the Summit was very happy to see the end of that season...........

 

 

I don't want to make any generalizations by the dynamic on those sailings was not typical..........and hopefully Celebrity will wake up and realize that the long Canada/New England cruises do not generate much income and they cater to a population that is not appropriate for tendering.

 

I returned two weeks ago from a fabulous cruise on the Summit.......I could not have asked for anything more. My only complaint is a very strong complaint regarding the Casino.........

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I'll bet 3 months of Chicago winter weather will make an escape to warmer climates a great choice. And as cruising loses some of its sparkle, you still get nice accommodations, wonderful service, transportation to some nice places to visit, all the food you want and bars to serve you a few glasses of relaxation. There are worse ways to spend a week in winter.

 

Give Q-Sine a try, its a neat place that is worth the cost. Your gonna love the cruise.

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My cruise motivation:

 

I am an 8 year cancer survivor. I had radical surgery. Cancer returned in 2 years. Had 8 weeks of daily radiation. The unrelenting cancer returned again. I will always have it.

I have to have checkups, every 6 months, to ascertain if it has started to spread. I hold my breath, every time I go for the checkup.

 

I do not take life for granted. Many people do. I cherish each day, for what it is.

 

I am looking forward to my February 2013 Eclipse cruise.

 

I don't need any motivation, in order to look forward to the cruise.

 

I am still here.........................................

 

Wow, Magnum. Your story made me cry. May you be blessed with many, many more cruises in your future. It is just sad that for many of us - it takes something like this to put life into perspective. :(

 

As for the poster that mentioned going to NJ to help out - anyone is definitely welcome here. The coast line suffered loss that was previously unimaginable to all of us. There are houses in the middle of highways. There are homes inland that were flooded out worse than some shore towns. There were trees that were 100 years old uprooted as if the were popsicle sticks. 2.7 million people lost power on the same day and linesmen came from all over the country to help us out. (I thankfully was only out for 5 days here). There are still I think 3k+ without power, 16 days later. It's cold without heat as our temps have dropped into the 30s. There are many who would love your help. This particular disaster has made me realize just how fragile my home state is, and has also made me realize how strong this state is when we have to be.

 

Use this time to look at your life and be grateful that you're able to give yourself this gift of a luxury vacation. So many in this world cannot do the same. I think we all lose perspective on things like this sometimes. As I'm sitting here typing this, and thinking about my previous cruise and what I've lived through since then with Hurricane Sandy - I'm really wondering how I could find anything to complain about on that cruise, 11 days of rain on our cruise or not, I had a home to come home to and a job to return to.

 

Sorry I've rambled, I think allowing myself to think about the past month, and allowing myself to feel it all, just made it flow.

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A couple of quick things:

 

One, my wife is a 12 year cancer survivor. I hope everything turns out just fine for you, Magnum. You are definitely someone people should look up to and admire to be.

 

Two, to navyrotorhead and Ma Bell. I definitely have plenty of perspective. People I know lost their houses to Sandy or were without power for many days, thankfully no one died or is injured. One friend just got power back yesterday. But rather than, I don't know, ASK, you'd rather assume I do nothing. (Not that you care, but I used to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Unfortunately health issues have put a stop to that.) Though I wonder how much time, money, and effort you put out... It must be pretty nice up there on your soap boxes.

 

Anyway, to those you who did offer sincere suggestions or even the funny comment, thank you very much. :) I guess I was asking a bit too much for a thread around here to be a bit relaxed with people commenting positively. There's always someone who has to come in with a holier than thou attitude. Ah well.... I think may just steer clear of the Celebrity forum for now. C'est la vie.

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I guess I'm not surprised at the reply. Go ahead and lash out...I can take it. As I agreed, we all need a little perspective. Although a little over the top, I thought Navyrotorhead had some great suggestions for talking you "off the cliff".

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My cruise motivation:

 

I am an 8 year cancer survivor. I had radical surgery. Cancer returned in 2 years. Had 8 weeks of daily radiation. The unrelenting cancer returned again. I will always have it.

I have to have checkups, every 6 months, to ascertain if it has started to spread. I hold my breath, every time I go for the checkup.

 

I do not take life for granted. Many people do. I cherish each day, for what it is.

 

I am looking forward to my February 2013 Eclipse cruise.

 

I don't need any motivation, in order to look forward to the cruise.

 

Magnum,

 

Great post and I admire your courage and attitude. Why don't you come over to our roll call for this cruise. I don't think I"ve seen you there. Lots of very nice people.

 

Hang in there, I'd be proud to meet you. Cancer recently touched my life with a young nephew of mine. Things seem to be going in a positive direction but, as you well know, one never really knows.

 

Louis

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It won't be a bad vacation! I was on the Mille in July and the ship was very nice- yours should be almost exactly the same. Go with the right expectations (midway between the worst reviews and the best reviews). Food is always subjective so if that is an issue then spring for the dining package, if you like to have a more all inclusive experience then maybe purchase the premium drink package. The most important thing is to picture yourself waking up to the deep blue sea and the freedom to explore new places and try new things. Also, maybe look for pictures in the boards to help you to get excited.

Happy Travels:D

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