Celebrity Summit Cruise Review by Portside traveler: Summit ta
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Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
First off, leaving from Port Liberty was a pleasure. I felt like I was at a country club when I pulled up and several men got our luggage out of the trunk. Parking was simple, close and reasonable. Our check in as Concierge-class guests took only minutes. A short bus ride down the dock and we were on the Summit, sparkling wine in hand. Since we had cruised only once before - on Regent, we were expecting to be a little disappointed this time - but we weren't.
Our cabin was not nearly as big (particularly the bath), but it was very comfortable. Our balcony on the Deck 7 aft cabin was huge - about 20 feet deep, with room for several lounges, a table with four chairs and extra room to walk around! We immediately headed up to lunch, and service throughout the week at the casual buffet for breakfast or lunch throughout the week was very reasonable, with a multitude of choices.
Dinner with Celebrity Select seating was hit and miss. The first night, we had to wait a while More with no reservation. Other nights, we practically were seated at a table for two as soon as we showed up. Entertainment was very impressive all week, and the gym was well equipped and not overly crowded. Our cabin steward was outstanding, and almost everyone on staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our wine steward in the MDR was exceptional. We got a non-alcoholic drink package, which was worth it, and we were glad we skipped the alcohol. Drink prices were very reasonable, and less than we pay in most local restaurants. We had occasional cocktails and beer and wine with every dinner (including a bottle one night), and we spent just a little of $200 for two of us. We took just one of the ship's shore excursions, but their prices were the same as the same things if booked directly. Our one night of speciality dining in Qsine was more than worth it. Everyone should try that, and we were sorry we didn't go again. We were in no hurry to get off, but the disembarkation went just as smoothly as the front end. Altogether, an enjoyable, smooth experience. The one thing I would recommend was Cafe Bacio. There was always good coffee and "free" specialty coffees (if you had the premium non-alcohol package) - AND they always had pastries (am) and desserts (the rest of the day) whenever you had a craving. Less
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