BACKGROUND/SHIP INFO: To celebrate our one-year anniversary as a married couple, my husband and I booked a cruise through our travel agent. We cruised Celebrity Summit out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ to King's Wharf in Bermuda from May 12-19, 2013. He has cruised once before (Royal Caribbean) and this was my first cruise.
ACTIVITIES: Each day we received an itinerary of activities happening the next day. Although we found this to be informative, we felt like most of the things offered were geared towards an older crowd (we are in our late 30s). We watched a cooking demo, an ice carving demo & shopped at sales in shops. Especially since the weather was cool and breezy aboard the ship, we were looking for things to do but we found the activities offered did not interest us. We enjoyed just relaxing on our balcony or exploring the ship though!
SERVICE: We found the service to be excellent aboard the Summit! Everyone was very attentive, helpful and professional. From the waiters/sommelier in the main dining room, to the servers in the buffet, to the room attendants-we felt special! We did find the bar service (at all bars) and the pool grill attendants to be a bit aloof and somewhat unfriendly.
PORT & SHORE EXCURSIONS: We love Bermuda because it's beautiful and easy, safe and quick to get around. Not to mention the friendly, kind, outgoing locals! We bought a 3-day transportation pass that provided unlimited bus & ferry rides. I loved being able to grab that bus or this ferry to go wherever we wanted!
Our first day in port we planned on catching the first ferry (9:30) to St. George's but missed it so we caught the first ferry to Hamilton, then took a bus to St. George's. No worries! It was great to see the island in more than one way! We snorkeled at Tobacco Bay (beautiful but water was COLD!) We grabbed lunch to go and split a cab with another couple to get to Alexandras Battery Park to search for sea glass. Then we walked to the ferry at St. George's and took it back to the ship. We showered, got dressed and took the ferry back to Hamilton for Harbor Nights, which was great! We took in the sights, walked around, sampled some food and did a little shopping. Although we took the 8:30 ferry back to the ship (we were exhausted!) and missed the parade and dancing, we still enjoyed ourselves!
Our second day in port we participated in a Snuba excursion that we booked through Celebrity. We met our tour guide, Sean, on the pier and walked to Snorkel Park. He was amazing~we had a physics lesson which really helped us understand how snuba works! We had a blast and would highly recommend this excursion to everyone! BTW, the water was COLD so they gave us wet suits-which was not in the original plan. It was greatly appreciated!
Our third and final day in port we took a ferry to Hamilton so that I could mail postcards ($3 for 3! Expensive!) and walk around a bit more. We sat on a bench at Point Pleasant Park then walked to the bus terminal to get to the beaches. We enjoyed Horseshoe Bay (swam/snorkeled) and saw a large parrot fish up close! After laying out and climbing the rock there, we hopped the bus again and got off at Church Bay. We snorkeled there and it was amazing! Water was the warmest so far so it was tolerable. I was glad to have my water shoes on because of the rocks/coral. Then we hopped the bus again and got off at sea glass beach to check it out. There was an amazing amount of sea glass (which you cannot take) but there was also a lot of trash. The government has purchased the property and hopefully will clean up the beach. Then, we hopped the bus and headed back to King's Warf and did a little sight seeing and shopping.
TRAVEL TO PORT OF EMBARKATION: We live in Central Jersey so it was about an hour ride to the port, which was very easy. When we arrived at noon, he dropped me off at the security tent, then parked the car in the adjacent lot (which was free thanks to a voucher our travel agent provided!). A short walk from the lot to the security and we were on our way! Passing through the security checkpoint was easy, as was the check-in station although there was a bit of a wait. After we checked in and got our Sea Pass cards, we had our security photo and a novelty photo taken, then boarded a shuttle to the ship. We crossed the gangplank, boarded the ship, dropped our carry-on bags in our cabin and were eating lunch by 1:00!
STATEROOM: We stayed in room 6090 that was ideal for me being a first time cruiser: mid-deck, mid-ship. It was a standard room with a balcony. The room was clean and well taken care of. We had a connecting room, which I would never do again. We could hear *everything* and whenever they opened their balcony door, we heard a LOUD whistling due to the air pressure that only stopped if we cracked our balcony door. The shower was very small and had mold on the grout-not happy with that. Our room attendant was very attentive and took care of us.
DINING: We loved the food in the main dining room where we ate second seating each night~such a variety and very good quality. We also enjoyed the burgers/hotdogs at the pool grill, sushi everyday (!), and cappuccinos daily! However, the buffet was blah and repetitive and the desserts at Al Baccio were not good ?
ENTERTAINMENT: We played craps each night and had fun although one stick girl was setting the dice when she pushed them back to me, which is illegal! Anyway, I know better and won anyway! We took in a few shows which were good and of high quality.
DISEMBARKATION: This was very organized and flowed easily. We placed our bags outside our rooms the night before, met at the rendezvous point the next day, waited a few minutes then deboarded and grabbed our bags! So easy!
SUMMARY: We had an amazing time in port and will definitely be back although probably not with Celebrity Summit. Perhaps on another ship in this line but most likely with another line altogether.