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Old January 17th, 2008, 07:05 PM
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Default Wonderful cruise on Celebrity Summit Dec 07

We had a great cruise from Ft. Lauderdale thru the Panama Canal and back to LA. Sorry to hear that Summit is going to drydock in April 08. Does anybody have more details about that? When is it scheudled to sail again?
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We had a great cruise from Ft. Lauderdale thru the Panama Canal and back to LA. Sorry to hear that Summit is going to drydock in April 08. Does anybody have more details about that? When is it scheudled to sail again?
It appears that she'll be out of service from the completion of a Transatlantic cruise on 10 April 2008 until the start of a "Best of Europe" cruise on 29 April 2008. IOW, she'll be out of service for less than three weeks.

Drydocking is a very important event in the maintenance of a ship, as it's the only way to clean and paint the underwater portion of the hull and to service other underwater elements such as screws, shafts, rudders, pods, and external bearings. The better cruise lines also take advantage of this time, when no passengers are aboard, to refurbish public areas, to do topside maintenance and repairs that require the shipyard's cranes and other resources, and to make any significant changes to the ship's configuration that seem desirable.

When GTS Infinity went into drydock for her last pod replacement in September of 2006, for example, the shipyard removed the rails surrounding the opening in the deck between the Martini Bar/Champagne Bar and the Rendez-Vous Lounge below and welded a plug flush with the deck into the hole to separate the spaces. A round patch of contrasting carpet over the plug and a grand piano in the center of the plug finished the job, uniting the Martini Bar/Champagne Bar and turning that space into a piano lounge. It seems likely that GTS Summit will receive the same modification during the upcoming drydocking.

And I seriously hope that Celebrity will get rid of the trashy decor in the observation lounge/disco that's the last remnant of the "Cirque du Soleil" debacle. It has about as much class as a freshly "toilet papered" college dorm room.

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We had a great cruise from Ft. Lauderdale thru the Panama Canal and back to LA. Sorry to hear that Summit is going to drydock in April 08. Does anybody have more details about that? When is it scheudled to sail again?

When GTS Infinity went into drydock for her last pod replacement in September of 2006, .......

And I seriously hope that Celebrity will get rid of the trashy decor in the observation lounge/disco that's the last remnant of the "Cirque du Soleil" debacle. It has about as much class as a freshly "toilet papered" college dorm room.

Norm.
Hi Norm: Again you are mistaken about this fact. Shortly after the dry dock in September 2006 the pods failed again in November 2006 and the Infinity sailed at reduced speeds until a scheduled dry dock on May 20, 2007. During this scheduled dry dock in 2007 the defective pod was repaired. I know how it is to sometimes get something in your head and you just can't get it out!
Just setting the record straight, again, the last pod problem for the Infinity was repaired in dry dock on May 20, 2007.

As for the observation lounge you did a great job of very colorfully describing exactly what it looks like after the departure of "Cirque du Soleil" about a year and a half ago. Once Celebrity decides to restore it to what it once was, it will be the envy of every cruise ship afloat!
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The Bar at the Edge of the Earth is truly hideous and is definitely on the agenda during this dry dock. They don't refer to it by that name on board ship, btw. We sailed the west to east Panama run just previous to Koala, great cruise on a beautiful ship. A certain someone seems obsessed with the pod problems. We've never encountered a mechanical problem on any Celebrity ship. Smoothest 2 week cruise ever (San Diego to Ft Lauderdale).
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Just returned from a 7-night Caribbean cruise from San Juan on Summit. Agree with negative comments on "Edge of the Earth" Lounge. Truly ugly, cheap-looking and out of character for the rest of the ship. The ship is definitely due for some serious attention. We noticed peeling varnish on outdoor dining chairs and tables, and several very amateurish "fixes" aboard -- ceiling tiles held up with tape, hair dryer in our cabin held together with tape, etc. No problems with propulsion and found the ship quieter and more stable than any we've been on.

Food and shows definitely the best of any ship we've been on, but a bout of Norovirus kept one of us in isolation for two days and the other for one day. Cabin attendant and room service didn't seem to know what to do with anyone in isolation. In general, staff seemed "cool" rather than warm and friendly versus, say, the Mercury. Cruise director was great in his public comments, but nearly invisible otherwise and the rest of the activities staff seemed like real novices.

Nonetheless, only real complaint was odd choice of FOD meetings. Cruise Director scheduled them every night at 8:00PM in Martini Bar, but the bar was so crowded the first night (a formal night) that super-gaydar would be required to find other family members -- and with no place to sit and high noise level, it was nearly impossible to get acquainted.
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We were on Summit Alaska and back to Los Angeles (repositioning cruise) in Sept 2006.
Everything was great, EXCEPT the Cirque de Soliel. That was the worst show we have ever seen (we had a much better show in a hotel in Larnaca, Cyprus!) I complained to the cruise director just before disembarking in LA. He said that many, many passengers complained, and he had just gotten word the the group was to leave the ship in LA. Am sorry to hear that the tacky tents and decor is still there.

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