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Southern Caribbean Cruise on the Celebrity Summit: St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Grenada & St. John

We had a fantastic week onboard the Celebrity Summit, mainly because I did this really weird thing that I haven’t done in a while: I took a vacation. I still worked and read my emails and helped my travelers, but I didn’t spend every day touring or visiting properties or blogging. I apologize if I’ve failed anyone here – I’m a bit sorry to myself for missing out on the opportunities to do and see more, but it’s our busy season and sometimes you just need to sit on a sun deck and drink piña coladas… for 6 straight days. Don’t act like you wouldn’t do the same!

I’ve provided a small synopsis of my time in each one below. To make up for the general lack of information you’ll find here, I’ll be featuring several of our partner properties on the blog in the next couple of weeks. Properties are highlighted below, stay tuned for more info on each one!

 

ST. CROIX

They just filmed The Bachelor here. We got off, walked around, saw a small St. Patrick’s Day parade, and got back on the ship. Spent the day on the deck after walking into the little town with some BEAUTIFUL water.

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ST. KITT’S

I was supposed to hop a ferry over to Nevis this morning but, unfortunately, ran a little late and missed the best ferry to get us over and back (travel agents, while great at planning everyone else’s trips, are notoriously bad at planning their own). Instead, we were hassled by hawkers in St. Kitt’s, worse than what we experienced at the Pyramids in Egypt. That’s saying something.

The highlight of our time in St. Kitt’s was what we were docked beside: the Maltese Falcon, the world’s largest privately owned sailboat. The ship recently sold for $165 million to a female hedge fund manager from Greece and was featured on a documentary called Mine’s Bigger. You can rent the ship for a week for about $250,000, which is just a little more than it would cost to travel into space on the world’s first commercial space flight, Virgin Galactic (a $200,000 trip, which I am happy to provide you with more information on as my agency is part of the only network certified to sell this adventure).

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One day, after I’ve sold quite a few Virgin Galactics, I’d like to maybe buy this boat. What? A girl can dream….

Since I didn’t make it over to the Four Seasons Nevis as planned, I’ll be featuring this amazing property on my blog within the next couple of weeks

 

DOMINICA

Judging by the vast array of waterfall tours in Dominica, we thought taking a shore excursion would be a good way to spend 3 hours today. Unfortunately, due to my dad’s recent ski injury, we decided to take one of the accessible tours where there would only be a “short 30 meter walk to see this breathtaking waterfall!”

The waterfall was a little bit of a letdown, especially considering the lengthiness of the tour. We heard from others that they didn’t love Dominica, so maybe it’s best to stay on the ship here?

Can you see the waterfall? Yeah, we couldn't either.
Can you see the waterfall? Yeah, we couldn’t either.

 

GRENADA

Another day on the ship, with a short venture into town to buy spices. Did you know that 23% of the world’s nutmeg comes from Grenada? That’s one of those facts I picked up when researching Spice Island Resort for a client and, strangely enough, one of the facts that has stuck with me for years in the business. Fellow cruisers told us that the beaches and waterfalls here were breathtaking – we should’ve saved our touring for today, not Dominica! To make up for my lack of touring, I’ll do a blog post on Spice Island Resort to make it up to you, travel enthusiasts.

 

ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN

We’ve been to St. Thomas quite a few times, so we decided to take a beach break tour over to St. John. This was a great decision – the little island was perfect: Trunk’s Bay was gorgeous and even the shopping area, Mongoose Junction, was the nicest we’d seen in the Caribbean.

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I got to take a sneak peak at Caneel Bay Resort from a high viewing point and would’ve loved to have spent some time there. While I didn’t get a chance to check it out personally, you will definitely be hearing more about this property on the blog within the next couple of weeks.

 

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As an added bonus, I’ll even write a post on the Ritz St. Thomas.

 

THE CELEBRITY SUMMIT OVERALL:

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We had a great experience onboard and, in my opinion, this is the best ship currently sailing regularly out of Puerto Rico (it will soon reroute to Bayonne to become a Bermuda cruise at the beginning of May, I believe). While the ship is a bit older for Celebrity, it has recently been “Solsticized” – meaning it has many of the features that a regular Solstice Class ship would, like their specialty restaurants, Martini bar, Il Bacio coffee shop, Cellar Masters, iLounge, and more. As part of the travel agent group on board, I was able to experience several fun activities, including a wine tasting at Cellar Masters and a presentation at Martini. Big thanks to Monica for having us all and treating us like royalty, I can’t wait to keep recommending Celebrity which is hands down the best premium cruise line at sea!

Lindsey Epperly

My name is Lindsey Epperly and I’m a travel consultant and owner of Epperly Travel, a national affiliate of Century Travel. I’m most passionate about building lifelong relationships with my clients and suppliers, discovering the globe in a way that makes me a better agent, and celebrating with my team when we reach a new milestone. One of our core values at Epperly Travel is to create fun and celebrate constantly – and I’m fortunate to be in a career that allows me to do just that. I’m proud to announce my recent achievements: landing a spot on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List as their Caribbean expert, being nominated for Virtuoso’s Rising Star Award and receiving a place on Jezebel Magazine’s Trailblazing Ten list.

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