We arrived the evening before in New Jersey so getting to the port the following morning was fairly uneventful. We did arrive about an hour earlier than the recommended boarding time, but we passed through the concierge check-in within minutes. I think the whole process of dropping off luggage, parking the car, checking in and getting on-board took less than an hour. We were met by smiling, happy staff, offered wine or champagne and directed to deck 10 to have some lunch if we desired.
Our aft cabin CC 9160 was ready for us by about 1:00pm. We just loved the oversize balcony and had our breakfast there every morning. We found we had plenty of room to hang up our clothes and store our toiletries etc. Our room attendant, Edwin, was a delight who went over and above to make our vacation as lovely as possible. We had a little problem with our breakfast on the first morning,, too cold..and he delivered our breakfast himself, piping hot, every morning for the rest of the week. He really was a super star and we appreciated all of his attention and his cheery demeanor.
As we had a large balcony, we didn't really spend a lot of time around the pool area so I don't think I can comment on that. As our cabin was under the Sunset Bar we did enjoy listening to the music in the afternoon and early evening.
We ate most of our suppers in the MDR. There was a slight glitch with our table, but they took care of it immediately in a very satisfactory manner. We enjoyed our meals there and found the service to be outstanding from our waiter, Oscar, his helper, Gabriel to the Sommelier, Lalo. We ate one of our suppers at the Normandie and it was a great experience, well worth the extra charge.
We didn't arrange any shore excursions as we had been to beautiful Bermuda before. We just bought bus/ferry pass and went out on our own.
The entertainment was pretty good, they had a couple of comedians that we enjoyed. We're not huge fans of the cabaret type entertainment, but they sure did give it their all.
We purchased the Premium Beverage packages for the 2 of us and feel that it was a good deal because it covered everything from bottled water, juices, specialty coffee to wine and spirits.
The Summit may not be the newest or biggest ship, but the staff is just phenomenal. Everyone, no matter their job, was friendly, polite and very helpful. We really enjoyed the great vibe onboard and had a lovely cruise.