April 22 – 30th, 2017: Celebrity Summit: 8-night repositioning cruise
Ports of Call: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten; King’s Wharf, Bermuda; Cape Liberty, New Jersey.
For reviews, please visit the links below (followed by a description of the post):
The Summit: Overview: cabin assignment, the ship, and dining experiences.
22 April 2017: San Juan, Puerto Rico [incl. Arrival & Embarkation]
23 April 2017: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (USVI)
24 April 2017: Philipsburg, Sint Maarten (St Martin)
27-28 April 2017: King’s Wharf, Bermuda
30 April 2017: Cape Liberty, New Jersey (USA) & Disembarkation
Sea Days: Relaxation & Celebrity Activities
This would be our first “REPO” (repositioning) cruise and we did not know what to expect. With Celebrity Cruise lines, there are “no perks” included (e.g., pre-paid gratuities, internet, on-board credit, drink packages) on Transatlantic, Transpacific, or “Repositioning” cruises. We have avoided the same, as a cruise without perks can get a bit pricey with “add-ons”.
However! after our Asian Immersion cruise, we had enough points via the Celebrity “Captain’s Club” (Loyalty) program to graduate to “Elite” (click link for perks) status. Although we did not use many of the perks, as we had Michael’s, we did make good use of the free 90 minutes of internet (per person) and utilized the complimentary laundry (one bag each).
We had booked a Suite for the REPO cruise, which meant that we would have access to the Michael’s Lounge that provided complimentary water, soda, specialty coffees & teas, as well as an “Open Bar”. In the past four cruises, we rarely visited Michael’s – but we soon found out how valuable this Suite/Zenith lounge was on repositioning cruises. We also managed to have $300 USD on board credit (OBC) from booking a cruise on board the Asia cruise ($200 USD) and a small top up ($100 USD) from our vacation planner.
Overall we certainly enjoyed this REPO cruise and certainly would do one again – but would most certainly ensure that we had a suite booked as the Michael’s Lounge certainly came into good use throughout the 8 nights on board the Summit and kept us aligned to our cruise budget.