We left Bayonne on 7-22-12 for 7 nite cruise to Bermuda. Check-in at port, customs & ship were just unbelievably simple. Everyone is helpful and organized, even if we weren't! There were 11 of us. My family does everything TOGETHER. We were on the ship by 12:45, eating lunch, when it was announced our cabins were ready. This was much earlier than anticipated. We checked out all 5 rooms on the 7th floor. Everyone was happy - pretty amazing.
We had booked this cruise in February and the early seating for dinner was not available. We choose the 'free-styling' option. We prepaid all gratuities up front in order to do this. The first nite there was some confusion regarding the reservation process. This was clearly not explained by our agent. Celebrity was very patient in explaining and seating our large group. We found the food and selection to be quite good. Occasionally a cold dish was served, but our waiter took it back with no problem. It is simply amazing how they can cook and prepare thousands of meals.
We ate breakfast and lunch in the buffets or by the pool. There is something for everybody, and very good quality. We ate dinner in the main restaurant every nite. We ordered everything from frog legs to fillet mignon to quail. We didn't see a need to go to the specialty restaurants. We even ordered 2 different dinners when we couldn't decide on one. Entire staff was great. We had two b-day celebrations & the flowers and cake were nice.
Entertainment was adequate. More interesting things to do on the Infinity cruise to Alaska. The pool experience was a nitemare. There are 2 outdoor pools on the Summit. One has an occupancy rate of 11. Perfect for my family, but what about the other 2000 cruisers? The other pool was too deep and not much larger. My in-ground at home was much bigger than these two! The Infinity to Alaska has one huge pool -much more suited for island destinations. Pool deck was crowded every day on this cruise. Music was a little too loud by the pool, but very enjoyable.
I would recommend checking your onboard account regularly. We had several charges with large amounts charged incorrectly. Celebrity took care of that immediately.
It was very easy to get off ship when in port. The excursions were fun. We went reef fishing with the Ellen B. nicest father/son team. Very knowledgeable and personable. Ultimate catamaran adventure was also great. We had fun on this trip and overall a good experience. Pool was very disappointing. Staff was attentive, polite and extremely nice.