We were in an Aquaclass (AQ2) room for the July 7 sailing to Bermuda. This was far and away the best cruise that we've been on and we will certainly return to Celebrity.
Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived shortly after 11AM, dropped our bags, parked at the port, and walked over check-in. It was 25 minutes from walking away from the parking lot to having a glass of chilled champagne in hand. Parking was easy. We were delighted to be swept past the regular line, past the concierge line, right into the very short suite line.
We explored the ship for a while before enjoying our first, quiet, meal on board at Bistro on Five. While I've had better crepes, the meal was certainly good. It was so nice to avoid the Oceanview Cafe. Cabins were ready nice and early and our luggage was delivered in time for us to have everything unpacked well before 4PM.
9047 is a beautiful cabin with wonderful service. I was originally a tiny bit disappointed to end up on deck 9 instead of deck 11 but our location was perfect and we really appreciated the escape from the sun that the balcony overhang provided. Everything in the cabin seemed perfectly new and impeccably clean. Not a complaint to be made about the room or the service. Anything we asked for we had in a very timely manner. Every amenity we expected was provided and we were able to decline the tea and canapes when we realized they just weren't for us.
Food exceeded my every expectation on this trip. Blu was phenomenal for breakfast and dinner. The maitre d and wine steward were fantastic. Each wait team had it's own personality but all were wonderful. Service could at time be a bit slow but we were on a second honeymoon. We didn't mind lingering over our wine and chatting in a beautiful and quiet dining room. We did overhear another couple request quick service as they had plans for a set time and they did, indeed, make it out by the desired time. For the few lunches we ate, my husband enjoyed the hamburgers at the grill very much and I enjoyed the offerings at the Aquaspa Cafe. We ate at the Normandie on night 3 and enjoyed it very much and QSine on night 6 and enjoyed that just as much, although for very different reasons. The unexpected delight at the Normandie was the wonderful cheese course, at QSine it was the out-of-this world cocktails.
The only food low-light was the Oceanview Cafe. We slept in one morning and missed breakfast at Blu so we ventured into the Oceanview Cafe. We've eating buffet breakfasts on past cruises, taken the kids for sushi and late night snacks, etc. We thought we knew what we were in for but it was SO hectic in comparison to Blu! Lesson learned? If you sleep in and miss breakfast in Blu.... go to Bistro on Five!
We thoroughly enjoyed our premium alcohol package on this trip. Wonderful premium and specialty coffees. We were very thankful to be on a package because specialty coffees are quite small and we are big coffee drinkers! We enjoyed all the bottled water we desired. At the end of the night we brought 2 large sparkling waters back to the room - one to enjoy on the balcony before bed and one to enjoy when we woke up. We've never been so well-hydrated on a cruise! We had wonderful wine service in Blu and bar service throughout the ship. No complaints at all!
We enjoyed various enrichment activities on the ship - Wine Appreciation 101, Food & Wine Pairing, Beer Tasting, and Jameson Whiskey Tasting. Each involved a fee but I highly recommend each of them.
We stayed as active as possible on this cruise. I made use of the fitness center. It was VERY crowded on the first sea day and virtually empty on the last. Cardio machines are very nice. Lots of nautilus machines (which I didn't touch). Mats and swiss balls were available and in good condition. The free weight area was very very small and the weights were limited. We were very thankful for the no-smoking policy as, in stark contrast to Enchantment of the Seas, there was no smoke accumulation in the stairwells which allowed us to use the stairs over the elevator the entire cruise. Despite all the wonderful food and drink, I stayed active enough to gain just 1 1/2 pounds on this cruise showing that it is, indeed, possible to fit into the same size at the end of the cruise that you wore at the beginning!
We popped in and back out of a few shows in the theater. With no kids in tow, we just didn't want to spend hours in the theater on this trip. We saw the Not-so-Newlywed (Love & Marriage?) Game and adult comedy show (and his early general audience comedy show) and enjoyed them. For the most part we traveled around the ship listening to live music and enjoying each other's company over drinks and/or a good book. We especially enjoyed Nester Santorio's guitar music and engaging entertainment.
Sea days were very relaxing. It rained on the first but we barely seemed to notice. I can't say that other passengers didn't. We got to laughing at each other for complaining about the complainers. The second and third sea days were much nicer. Almost impossible to find a lounge chair on the second, a little better on the third ... maybe because many, like us, had had their fill of the sun by then. Celebrity offered a large variety of activities on sea days so there was plenty to do if you didn't want to be on the pool deck or just relaxing somewhere.
Bermuda was sunny and hot. On the first day we took the bus to Horseshoe Bay Beach and walked as far as we could down the beach, stopping to swim in some of the most beautiful spots. I think we got as far as Astwood Cove... we certainly could get no farther. We enjoyed the beautiful views but stayed out of the crazy waves (lots of rocks!) before making the return trek. We were VERY glad for having brought a LOT of water with us! (And we really appreciated having brought along the luxurious towels provided by Celebrity.) We took the hot trek up the hill to the bus stop and the bus back to the Dockyard in time to dress for an early dinner. On the second day we took the ferry to St. George's Town and had a WONDERFUL walking tour before visiting The Perfumery and then taking the bus to the Crystal and Fantasy Caves. The caves were not very far from St. George's at all and SO worth the time and cost. From the caves we took the bus back to Hamilton and the ferry back to the dockyard so we could, again, dress for an early dinner. (We did 2 shifts a day - 'vacationy' fun during the day and 'party all night because the kids are at gramma's' late into the night separated by our delicious dinners.) By the third day in Bermuda we had had enough of the heat and humidity and decided to enjoy the relatively empty ship. We managed to bump into the officer opening the helipad for sail away and so had a nice long, enjoyable time out on the helipad. What a beautiful way to say good-bye to Bermuda.
We enjoyed the last sea day ... honestly, I can't even remember all we did except that it capped off a wonderful week aboard the Summit. Just don't leave your party dress for the last night! Revelations was d-e-a-d after the they made the under 18s leave. We'd been there most nights and this was an incredible contrast. Probably for the best though as morning comes early on disembarkation day.
Despite not being listed on the daily, Blu WAS open for breakfast on disembarkation day and we had a wonderful last meal there before taking a last stroll around deck 10, retrieving our bags from our room, and making our way to our disembarkation lounge in the conference room. We were group 1 and our number was called as we got off the elevator so we simply turned back around and followed the line of people off the ship. The shuttle was right there, our bags were waiting, there was no line for customs.... and we were on our way to retrieve the kids after a perfect cruising experience.