We just returned from the June 24th sailing which was out 40th anniversary gift to each other. We loved the Summit when we were on a cruise two years ago and were looking forward to seeing all the changes.
The drive down from Albany, NY to the port of Bayonne was relatively easy although finding the cruise terminal somewhat of a challenge as the signs are lacking. Parking and embarkation was quick and we were on the ship around 11:00, enjoying our mimosas. We did a quick look around. The ship was beautiful, with new furniture and carpets, many new venues. We had a relaxing lunch at the Bistro on 5, which is well worth the $5 per person charge. The Oceanview Cafe tends to be very crowded and challenging on embarkation day, especially with carry-on luggage. The cabins were ready around 1:00. New furniture, carpet, bedding, etc. The cabins on the M class have plenty of storage. We met out cabin attendant, Prince, who did an excellent job with our cabin and quickly filled any special requests we had. We found the service throughout the ship excellent and the staff friendly.
Food is always subjective but we found the food in the MDR to be excellent and much improved from our last Celebrity cruise on the Solstice in March, 2011. We also enjoyed the Oceanview Cafe for lunch, especially the Asian selections. They also have made to order sandwiches and paninis, pasta with a variety of sauces, pizza as well as several hot dishes. Hamburgers and Hot dogs are out by the pool and light, beautifully presented dishes at the Aqua Spa pool. My husband looked forward to and especially enjoyed the sushi bar, which begins at 5:30.
We enjoyed the entertainment throughout the ship. The shows were enjoyable and especially enjoyed the comedian, Troy Thirdgill, who was so popular that they moved his late night show to the theatre from the Revelations Lounge. Entertainment throughout the ship included two guitarists, which became somewhat repetitive, a piano singer (fair) and an accapella group (Up til 2) who were fabulous. We did miss the string quartet that is usually around different venues on Celebrity ships as well as live music during the formal dinners. The party band Fusion was terrific although we would have liked to have had them play more at the pool on sea days. Also excellent was the Rythmix group. We enjoyed dancing to them (great singers) before and after dinner most evenings in the Rendez-Vous Lounge, a venue which we miss on the S class ships. The cruise director, Alejandro, was excellent - very friendly and outgoing, with lots of energy.
Bermuda was beautiful. Rain was predicted for the first day but never came (although was windy) and we enjoyed the day at Horseshoe Beach. The second day we took the ferry to St. George and did the 10:30 walking tour. Then took the bus to the Swizzle Inn for lunch and run swizzles, bus again to Hamilton and ferry back to the ship. We had purchased the three day bus/ferry pass right outside the ship.
Overall this was a great cruise. The M class ships are small enough that you tend to run into people you have met. We enjoyed meeting out Celebrity Connections passengers.
A few criticisms are: 1) Celebrity used to have live music on formal nights- no longer, 2) the Summit had no classical music instead two guitarists- one more than they needed, 3) no enforcement of dress code for people even wearing shorts into MDR- really!.