This is our third Celebrity cruise and we have already booked our fourth. After a very disappointing cruise over Christmas on the Carnival Breeze, it was wonderful to get back to the cruising that we enjoy. Great service, food and shows! Everything on the Celebrity Summit was exactly what we expect on a cruise! The staff aboard the ship was friendly and helpful and the Officers were highly visible all of the time. Having never cruised from Bayonne, NJ out of Cape Liberty, it was very organized and easy to embark the ship. The cost of the parking in the lot at the pier was $19 per day (or $133 for the week), but it was much better and less expensive than flying! The embarkation staff was welcoming and professional.
The food on the ship was totally as expected, and the service in the dinning room was outstanding. Although we like having early seating, we had late seating for the first four nights. Fauzi, our waiter was outstanding!! It was hard to move to early seating and having a new waiter, but it was two tables over and he came over every night to say hello. The most disappointing thing for us (there are 8 of us that cruise together) was that we requested early seating the first day. It was not until the fifth day and a call to the restaurant manager that we finally were able to move and we found out that table was open for the entire cruise.
The shows were great! Liz Callaway, the singer was fantastic. Jason Bishop, the illusionist was excellent, but the best show was by far James Stephens III. This show as funny and totally entertaining!! Of course the singers and dancers on the ship were also very talented and present excellent and enjoyable shows. The cruise director, Alexander, was great! He made announcements as necessary and never tried to sell you something with every announcement.
The Summit, although refurbished, still shows it age and needs some additional upgrades. We asked about a tour of the bridge and were told that there is a tour - for $150 per person, the included the bridge and other areas not usually open to the public. What happened to the free bridge tours?
But overall the ship was clean, the food was good, the service was great and the shows were highly enjoyable. The port in Bermuda was very nice and having the three days there allowed time to explore the island. Since our cruise was early May the weather was not very accommodating as the temperature never got about 72 degrees and there was rain, but the cruise line has no control over the weather.
We are looking forward to our next Celebrity cruise and planning on many more about Celebrity!!