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Having a great Mexican Riviera cruise on Summit!

 

We had our Cruisecritic party Saturday at Michael's Club, very well-attended. The Food and Beverage Manager, Didier Vacher, and head Chef even attended, which we really appreciated. We are planning a room tour Wed. for our Roll Call group.

 

We missed Cabo San Lucas yesterday (Sunday) because of Hurricane Otis, but those things happen! Hey, it's a good excuse to take another cruise down here some day. Captain Karatzas steered us far west to skirt the storm, and then brought us into Mazatlan exactly on time this morning. We really appreciated how he kept us so well-informed, both through annoucements and a TV appearance showing and explaining our altered route.

 

Today we are in Mazatlan. We just finished riding on the beach with Randi's Happy Horses (terrific!) and are doing a little shopping. There is an internet station here at the cruise shopping area that is a real bargain, hence this update ;) .

 

So far the highlights of our cruise have been listening to a fabulous guitarist, Paul Strowe, and attending an interesting Cabernet blending seminar by sommelier Ivo. (sp?). Oh, and of course the Martini Tasting with our Cruisecritic buddies was fun too. And the food is fantastic, as always on a Celebrity cruise.

 

Will post a little review when we return. This is our first time to have an aft cabin (7208) and we are LOVING it ... lots of room for little parties on that balcony! I really appreciate all the advice here on the Cruisecritic boards that have helped make this cruise so great for us.

 

Regards,

Jan

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Jan,

 

Could you do me a huge favor? Could you see how high your balcony door threshold sill is inside & out? I'm guessing it's 3" high but really need to know for sure. Thanks so much!

 

Adam

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Sure thing, Adam, glad to! (You know that 7208 is not the accessible cabin, right? That is next door to us, though.)

 

I'll measure it and post when I get a chance, probably in a few days, if that's okay.

 

If you're in this cabin on an upcoming cruise, you will love it!

 

Regards,

Jan

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Jan, it would be great to see some pics of 7208. I am staying in that one next March. I have first time cruiser friends on the cruise with you. How has the sea been? It looked a bit rough yesterday on the bridgecam.

 

Enjoy the rest of your cruise and thanks for posting:)

 

Phil

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Thanks for your update. We got off the Summit the day you got on. Figured that you would miss Cabo but great that you were in Maz right on time.

 

Didier is fun and interesting. If you go to Michael's club, tell Betsy the entertainer in that room that Ed and Cathy from the last cruise said "hey!"

 

Have a great cruise!

 

Ed and Cathy

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Sure thing, Adam, glad to! (You know that 7208 is not the accessible cabin, right? That is next door to us, though.)

 

I'll measure it and post when I get a chance, probably in a few days, if that's okay.

 

If you're in this cabin on an upcoming cruise, you will love it!

 

Regards,

Jan

 

Jan,

 

Thanks! No, your's (the non-accessible one) is what I'm interested in. Have a great remainder of your cruise!

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Hi, we also got off the summit when you got on.

 

Didier Vacher is a very interesting person. Ask him about his new project.

He realised a tour of the ships kitchen. This was a great experience for us.

If you meet him once please greet him from the honeymoon couple from Luxembourg.

 

Have a wonderful cruise, greetings

Norbert

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Hi Jan,

 

Thanks for taking the time to post! Glad to hear that you are having a great time. We will be on the Summit when you return and are getting excited now -- we also have an aft cabin a few down from where you are! We wanted to try Cirque and understand it has been pulled, but the Cabernet tasting and martini bar aound great! Enjoy the rest of your cruise - leave some martinis for us! :)

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Hi Jan, another Thank You:) for the posting!

 

I am on Summit next week too!

 

Love those Martini and Wine Tastings:D

 

Glad you are having such a wonderful time!

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Hi Jan,

 

Thanks for the great post. We'll be boading next Monday. :D

We also love the Aft cabins, and look forward to looking at the wake and enjoying a drink on the huge balcony.

The Summit sounds great, and I hope the rest of your cruise is also wonderful.

Mari

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Hi Phil:) nope, not too long!;) Just the rest of this week:eek:

 

Hey Mari:D

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Not long now Lois!:cool::)

 

Phil

 

You got that right, Phil!!

I know your cruise will also be around the corner.

Hope yours is fantastic as well.

Mari

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to watch our whales from Hawaii in Alaska feeding. Curious on something I am noting from Char's photo of the AFT cabins on M Class. 7th Deck has 3.5 panels as the separator between cabins on the balcony. 8 & ( have 2.5 panels. So is 7 larger??? Do a measurement please, if it is larger than 20 x 10 = 200 sq ft.

 

I am awaiting word from CDS on what happened. Shocked to hear they were pulled off Summit but not Connie as yet. But they are not popular with the elderly from shows I've attended all over the world. And we know how Carribean cruises draw them as well as Alaska, so maybe they complained no one was there. We don't know the truth but I am asking for everyone.

 

Also who is Head Chef???

 

ENJOY!!!

 

Having a great Mexican Riviera cruise on Summit!

 

We had our Cruisecritic party Saturday at Michael's Club, very well-attended. The Food and Beverage Manager, Didier Vacher, and head Chef even attended, which we really appreciated. We are planning a room tour Wed. for our Roll Call group.

 

We missed Cabo San Lucas yesterday (Sunday) because of Hurricane Otis, but those things happen! Hey, it's a good excuse to take another cruise down here some day. Captain Karatzas steered us far west to skirt the storm, and then brought us into Mazatlan exactly on time this morning. We really appreciated how he kept us so well-informed, both through annoucements and a TV appearance showing and explaining our altered route.

 

Today we are in Mazatlan. We just finished riding on the beach with Randi's Happy Horses (terrific!) and are doing a little shopping. There is an internet station here at the cruise shopping area that is a real bargain, hence this update ;) .

 

So far the highlights of our cruise have been listening to a fabulous guitarist, Paul Strowe, and attending an interesting Cabernet blending seminar by sommelier Ivo. (sp?). Oh, and of course the Martini Tasting with our Cruisecritic buddies was fun too. And the food is fantastic, as always on a Celebrity cruise.

 

Will post a little review when we return. This is our first time to have an aft cabin (7208) and we are LOVING it ... lots of room for little parties on that balcony! I really appreciate all the advice here on the Cruisecritic boards that have helped make this cruise so great for us.

 

Regards,

Jan

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Hi everybody! Thanks for your replies!

 

We came into Acapulco early this morning and will be here until 11 tonight, so lots of time to explore! Had a wonderful sea day yesterday with lots of fun stuff to do: our rollcall room tour, lunch with our Cruisecritic friends, formal tea in the afternoon, Capt Club reception, formal night dinner ... the day went too fast! The day before, we were in Puerto Vallarta, where we went ziplining at Los Veranos (which we discovered here on CC). It was just amazing; I didn't want it to end!! Will definitely do that again some day! Met a fun couple (Bob and Gail) from the Sapphire Princess there, and it turns out they also had found los Veranos thru this site.

 

Adam, I checked the balcony threshold using our room card, which is the same size as a standard credit card. On both sides, it was 1/4 inch shorter than the length of the card. Hope that helps! Also, it can be locked in place at any position, so no bungee cord needed. The HC room next door has a wooden ramp over their threshold, supplied by the ship.

 

MACOP, I don't have a tape measure, but if I find one I'll measure the balcony for you. It looks a little bigger than those above it, as they are tiered. It is so great for sailaways! I'm afraid I'll be spoiled now, and always want an aft!! (Thanks Lori for snagging it for me, and for the Normandie!)

 

Phil, I will definitely post some pics of it for you when we get back. You will love that cabin. Re: the seas, there has been a little rocking and rolling, not that bad; just enough to help us sleep better! Nowhere near as rough as the Connie T/A last fall (which wasn't that bad either, just bigger waves.)

 

Norbert, we are hoping to get an invitation to tour the kitchens too! (We really enjoyed the backstage tour night before last.) So if we see Didier Vacher again, will ask about his project and pass on your greetings!

 

Conan, we had hoped to see the Cirque thing too, and even brought white clothes and masks, but oh well! There has been mention of some kind of masked ball later this week, though. The Bar at the Edge is still decorated the way people described it for Cirque. I asked at the backstage tour what was going to happen with Cirque, and they said that it was being re-evaluated or something like that; no definite plans yet.

 

Ed and Cathy, will pass on your greetings to Betsy! She passed us last night as we waited in line before the Captain's reception, and joked that she'd like to see a line that long outside of Michael's! We are hoping to hear her there tonight.

 

Mari and Lois, have a terrific cruise! Wish we could just turn around in the terminal and re-board with y'all.

 

MACOP, I can't recall the head chef's name just now, but will find out for you.

 

Looks like the rain is letting up a bit, so I'm heading into town!

 

Regards,

Jan

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Jan, you sound like you are having great fun. Enjoy the rest of your cruise and thanks for keeping us updated. Look forward to seeing your pictures when you are back:)

 

Phil

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When I was on the ship the last two weeks of September, the head chef was a German, named Dennis Starch. I guess he's still on board.

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Hi,

 

I'm planning to bring my laptop onboard our cruise next week. Is it worth it to buy the Connect@Sea kit? I'm told it costs $100 for 7 days which includes 50 minutes per day. Celebrity couldn't tell me what exactly is in the kit so if anyone has info, I'd appreciate it.

 

Thanks!

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Hi! We'll be on the Summit in Acapluco later this month. What did you do? I"m sure you had fun! Have you met AuntDeb -- I think she's on your cruise?

 

Where do they play bingo these days?

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Hi,

 

I'm planning to bring my laptop onboard our cruise next week. Is it worth it to buy the Connect@Sea kit? I'm told it costs $100 for 7 days which includes 50 minutes per day. Celebrity couldn't tell me what exactly is in the kit so if anyone has info, I'd appreciate it.

 

Thanks!

 

Connect@Sea is a good bit more than that. You can find all the info here. ($10 per day for the kit + .75/minute.) If you have WIFI, you can avoid the $10 kit charge but access fees are the same. WIFI is best mid-ship, atrium, Library, Michaels, etc. although we were able to connect from our balcony (virtually full aft) but did not stay on because if you involuntarily become disconnected (which is easy with a weak signal) the clock might still be ticking until you log off).

 

Have a great cruise!

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Connect@Sea is a good bit more than that. You can find all the info here. ($10 per day for the kit + .75/minute.) If you have WIFI, you can avoid the $10 kit charge but access fees are the same. WIFI is best mid-ship, atrium, Library, Michaels, etc. although we were able to connect from our balcony (virtually full aft) but did not stay on because if you involuntarily become disconnected (which is easy with a weak signal) the clock might still be ticking until you log off).

 

Have a great cruise!

 

So if I have a wireless card, I don't need to get this kit? Our cabin is pretty far forward and I'm leery of those outages you mentioned. Thanks for the quick reply, by the way! The $100/7 day w/50 minutes/day quote was given to me today over the phone by the Celebrity reservations desk. Maybe the $10/day rental doesn't include any minutes.

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Hi to those on the Summit -

 

I'm bringing my 8 year old son on next week's Mexico sailing. Just wondering if you've noticed lots of kids or just a few. We only have Disney cruises to compare to and I know it won't be like that.

 

Thanks!

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HI All

 

Hi Jan!! (thanks for the red wine!)

 

I'm in an intertnet cafe in ACAPULCO (10 PESOS AN HOUR!) and can tell you its a great cruise apart from the weather. Acapulco has had a drenching this morning but the cliff divers were not to be missed. Summit looks great, the cruise critic guys are a great bunch and all so good looking!!, the food is better than on Galaxy last year, Normandie was one of the best meals I have had, the cocktails are amazing, our cabin 6131 is beautiful, our waiyer and assistant Colombian, Fernando and Philippine Arnold and the best. So all up I am hating this cruise (not!). I will never sail on Summit again until next time!

 

I have vowed never to read a posting complaining of the condition of a Celebrity Ship. This one is in great condition and a delight!

 

Michael :D

 

PS Very few kids :) and hardly any at school age this cruise.

 

PS2 I am using onshore cafes and it is hard to beat $1.00 per hour. I have heard compliments for the speed of on board connections this trip when weather conditions have been ok but it is very expensive as stated earler.

 

PS3 Aunt Debba is lovely!

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how did you make arrangement to have a cabin tour we are going to have a nice size group on our April Infinity panama canal cruise. Also if we wanted to have lunch together how do we go about making arrangement for that on a sea day? We have about 30 people of more signed up so far and someone posted that we had enouft for a cc party already.

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PS Very few kids :) and hardly any at school age this cruise.

 

I always find that you don't see the kids anyway because they are being cared for so superbly by the "kids-entertainment-staff". :)

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Hi to those on the Summit -

 

I'm bringing my 8 year old son on next week's Mexico sailing. Just wondering if you've noticed lots of kids or just a few. We only have Disney cruises to compare to and I know it won't be like that.

Thanks!

Hi Kalama,

If you're on the 10/10 sailing, I know there will be a few boys on the ship.

I think their age range is 6 -12.

 

Hi Michael,

Glad to hear such great news about the Summit. Lois and I can't wait for Monday. Hope there's some wine and martinis left!:D

Mari

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Hi Michael:) Glad you are having such a wonderful time:D

 

I agree with Mari...we can't wait to sail this ship too!

 

Kalama, please come say hello...we have a wonderful Roll Call and

there are at least 2 or 3 boys who will be going. Daniel, Jonathon, and

Jarret just to name a few;)

 

3 more sleeps:D

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Thanks for the Summit news. I am anxiously awaiting our sail away end of Jan.

We too bought masks and white fun clothes for the CDS. I guess we will just use them for Halloween. Lois, have a great trip next week and I hope your shoes are comfortable. I still want a pair like them...Connie

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Hi and thanks for your replies. I'm signed up for the C.C. roll call party and will bring my son along. He'll be happy to hear that he won't be alone in the kids' club!

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I'm glad you are having a great trip. Please tell AuntDebba that Linda and Charlie send their love. Also, please take great care of the ship -- we'll be boarding on the 23rd!

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til my DH & I get to do it in CC AFT. Oh you have me SO excited! I alo sent a thank you note for you to you-know-who........our gal.

 

We were at Olympic Triad boxing last night with USA vs Ireland & Italy. A friend who is a 6'6" female boxer up gainst Ali's daughter in April was commenting on boxing aboard a cruise ship. So I told her to call RCCL & Celebrity. If they can do poker, they can do boxing!

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To those of you on this sailing, I have a photo of your ship taken from shore in the San Diego area last Sunday (10/2). I was at the Hotel Del Coronado that day and saw a Celebrity cruiseship on the horizon that evening. I could just make out an "X" on the stack, so knew it must be a Celebrity ship. I took a couple of photos of it.

 

When I got home, I checked Celebrity's schedule, and it appears the Summit was the only Celebrity ship off the California coast on 10/2. I was on the Summit a couple of years ago (loved the ship) - fun to see her again from shore!

 

The file size of the photo exceeds CC's attachment limits. If anyone out there would like a copy of it, please let me know and I'll try to post it elsewhere on the Web for you.

 

Hope you've all enjoyed your cruise!

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Hi Percy

 

It was a great cruise, apart from the disembarkation which was 2 hours I wished I'd missed.

 

I am not sure what ship was the one you photographed but Summit was well past San Diego on 10/2. We were at sea between Cabo an Mazatlan, having missed Cabo because of Hurricane Otis.

 

Michael

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Had a terrific cruise, made all the better because of our wonderful CruiseCritic friends.

 

MACOP, I sent our friend a thank-you email as well; she's terrific. You asked about the cabin: Larry loaned me his measuring tape, and it came out to 10 ft 8 inches by 20 feet 10 inches. Plenty big!

 

Michael, I hear ya' on the 2-hour line! Whew. My guess is that it was all due to factors beyond Celebrity's control (i.e., Immigration and their very minimum staffing). I wish every port would adopt Galveston's setup, where the Immigration officials staff desks in the terminal itself rather than onboard. That went so much faster than in L.A. and New York, last year, with the lines snaking all over the ship! Not Celebrity's fault, though; their people were facilitating the process the best they could.

 

Basketlady, we loved meeting AuntDebba! And the ship is in great shape, you will love her.

 

Percy, isn't the Hotel Del fantastic?! Thanks for your offer, that was very kind of you. Even if it wasn't Summit, would like to see the pic!

 

littleboy, re: the cabin tour, we just arranged it amongst ourselves. Those who were willing to host emailed Debba, and she indicated that beside their names on the list of rollcall participants. We decided on a time and day at the Connections party. After the tour, anyone who wanted to lunch together just went down to the dining room together, and we asked for a large table. Have fun!

 

Phil, took some pics and will post them when we get home!

 

To update: after Acapulco we went to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. We just LOVED Zihuatanejo!! It reminded us of our own much-loved Nuevo Laredo 30 years ago. Friendly people. A great market with very reasonable prices and unique folk art. A little cafe called Mandarino with ceiling fans, cold Pacifico and local cuisine. Just wish we could have stayed much longer there!

 

Will post a little review when we get home in a few days (we're still on the road). But to sum it up, we were SO impressed with Summit and had a fantastic time.

 

Regards,

Jan

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Hi Jan

 

Yes it was great to meet all the Cruise Critic people and thank you for your hospitality. Thanks particularly to Debba for her great organization. Thinking of getting my hair beaded too Debba!

 

I thought all aspects of the cruise were great and exceeded my very good experiences on Galaxy last year. If Celebrity could have controlled the weather it would have been even better. But our inconvenience was nothing to that of the souls who's lives were destroyed by the same storms in Central America.

 

On the lines issue, you hear lots of rumors when you are (im)patiently waiting. I heard the immigration guys were 45 minutes late. That would have obviously been a big factor. But my main concern was the almost total lack of Celebrity staff visible as the line snaked from the theater for at least 200 yards around the various roomson Deck 4. There were old ladies trying to hobble along, and many people who should not have been in that situation. The only staff member I saw was the Activities guy Quentin and he did a great job despite the unreasonable abuse I heard him cop. It is to his credit he was willing to face the mob. Maybe it will take for someone to collapse and sue for Celebrity to review their system.

 

My plan next time, assuming I don't have a flight to catch, is to have breakfast and stay in my cabin until they announce last call for immigration. I do not want to put myself through that again. My day ended with a 30 minute taxi wait and, inexcusably, a 45 minute wait in line for a Hertz rental car at Long Beach because one of the two agents went to lunch and wasn't replaced.

 

But now its all over and I'm reflecting on the good things of the cruise. It was awesome, as my younger friends say!

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Welcome back Jan and Michael.

We disembarked Summit the day you guys embarked and had exactly the same problem with timing. Over an hour sitting in the Cinema followed by a long wait for a shuttle to the airport. With 4 ships in port that AM, I kind of figured that was the problem. How many were in port yesterday?

 

And Jan, isn't Zihua great? Probably our favorite port in North/Central/South America. Love just sitting there with a cerveza and a view of the beach. Too bad that the majority of other cruise ports become clones of one another with the same hokey jewelry stores--even in Alaska.

 

Glad you all had a great time. We love Summit and her crew!

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Hi Phil,

 

Agree Z is great. Four or us took a taxi for 3 hours ($10.00 per person) all over and had a great tour. The waterfront area near the tender point was great fun. We also went to IXtapa which was really like any other high rise area with a nice beach. But Z was more interesting and friendly

 

EC, I think there were only 2 arrivals yesterday though there may have been 3. My guess is that Celebrity has lost a few customers because it was managed so badly, and even more so if it were the same the previous week.

 

M

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