My husband and I just returned from a one week cruise to Bermuda. Since we are NY residents, leaving from Bayonne, New Jersey was easy. We arrived at the terminal about 10:30 AM. No real problem, except that the markings when you enter the terminal area aren't clear. But we did manage to drop our luggage off, they proceed to a close parking lot. We then entered the terminal. Since we were Elite members, and Suite guests, we had a very quick check in and went to a nice waiting room. We were offered coffee, tea and some other goodies. We were also given a "free" dinner at a speciality restaurant which we arranged in the terminal.
At about 11:30 we were directed to a shuttle bus, which drove us a short distance to the terminal. We entered the ship and were offered champagne and mimosa's. We had heard that the best place for lunch on embarkation was at Bistro on Five-so we proceeded to the Bistro for lunch. It was excellent- quiet and relaxed. Certainly a good choice for the first day lunch. Since we had previously sailed on the Summit, we walked around to see the new renovations. They were done very well. We loved the new Martini Bar, improved iLounge, Blu restaurant, Quisine Restaurant, Bistro on Five and the new decor.
At about 1:30, an announcement was made telling us that our cabins were ready. We entered our beautiful Celebrity Suite. We have stayed in Sky Suites previously, but this was like an apartment. It had a large living room/dining room. A separate bedroom with walk in his and her closet. A dressing table and a marble bathroom with a jacuzzi and double marble sink. My only negative comment is that the bathtub in deep and is a combo/bath shower, so getting in/out you must take care. Probably not the best for super seniors or those who might be short. It was fine for my husband and I. He loved the bath and I the shower. We had a butler, Elvis, who saw to it that we wanted for nothing. He also brought us breakfast when ordered and canapes and tea in the afternoon. As Elite members, we also got two free bags of laundry, 2 pieces of dry cleaning and some garment pressing. The suite had flowers and champagne. If requested, you could also have cappuccino delivered gratis. We had the unlimited premium non-alcoholic package, and got our own cappuccino a few times a day at the Bacci Cafe. We also got premium bottled water and soda at all of the bars, theaters and restaurants when requested. While we didn't drink the fancy non-alcoholic "virgin" drinks and hot and cold coffee drinks- we could have as the package included them. We certainly got our monies worth with the package and highly recommend it.
The entertainment was spectacular. What a talented group of performers. The staff was probably the best of any ship we have sailed on. I think because the captain is so friendly, he insist that all of his staff follow his lead. All senior staff member walked around the ship to meet and greet passengers. The staff as a whole was excellent- mostly all smiling and anxious to please. We went to Michael's Lounge daily for cocktail hour. As an Elite member free cocktails are offered daily. The serving staff in Michael's lounge were excellent- always bringing drinks around, when your was near empty-they would immediately bring you another drink.
We loved the adult indoor pool and spent most of our time enjoying the pool and hot tubs. We truly loved the Martini Bar and would go their for a delicious martini. The Bartenders, Boom-Boom and Metin provided a floor show when they mixed the drinks- great to watch them.
We also enjoyed taking pictures every day as the photographers were stationed all over the ship. They each had a variety of nice backgrounds for formal and informal pictures. The picture packages were also worthwhile and a real bargain as each picture costs about twenty-dollars and you can get dozens of pictures and all the pictures on a CD for a flat fee of $249.
We dined in Qsine both the presentation and the food were excellent. We loved Normandie, the French style restaurant and that also was wonderful. Blu, the Aqua class restaurant a real treat. The food at the buffet, grill and Cosmopolitan restaurant also very good. My husband and I "attempted" to diet- but we each gained about 3 lbs. We are now back on our diets- but it was worth eating and drinking for the week.
I recommend the Celebrity Summit to all. We love Celebrity and are booked on the Eclipse this winter and the Reflection next spring. We will continue to be celebrity fans!